Stories for July 2004


Saturday, July 31


¢ J.Lo exes team up for democracy ¢ Clinton headed to 'Late Show' ¢ Fisher writes autobiography ¢ Cage marries former waitress

Fox's flatfoots continue to stomp competition

What Fox show still dominates its time period after 15 years on the air? If you guessed "The Simpsons," you would be wrong. "Cops" (7 p.m. today, Fox) premiered in March 1989 and has been on Saturday nights ever since.

Nintendo's Custom Robo - Customizer's Dream

TLC's Junkyard Mega-Wars guru finds tons of fun in Nintendo's newest

Custom Robo is all about competition. First, to see who can build the world's best fighting machine, and second, to see who can tough it out by triumphing over the other players in the arena

Review: Mario vs. Donkey Kong - Game Boy Advance

The Donkey Kong franchise doesn't get more of an update than it does a total re-working...and we couldn't be happier.

The Donkey Kong franchise doesn't get more of an update than it does a total re-working...and we couldn't be happier.

Next 'Apprentice' in the wings

A camouflaged architect, children screaming "You're fired!" and hundreds of business-suited wannabe moguls flocked to the Trump Tower for "The Apprentice 3" auditions Friday. "I'm looking for someone with great drive," Trump told The Associated Press.

Friday, July 30

'Fahrenheit' draws crowd in Bush's 'hometown'

Brian Munoz already saw the documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" in a theater, but he and some friends couldn't resist a chance to watch it again outdoors on a muggy summer night -- especially only a few miles from President Bush.

Best bets

'Manchurian' remake teems with paranoia

Certain films should stay off limits to being remade.

Review: NCAA Football 2005 - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

Another year of college. Another year of solid collegiate pigskinnin'.

Another year of college. Another year of solid collegiate pigskinnin'.

Bands do battle by the book

Teenagers have a knack for inventing creative Friday night alibis, from wildly unbelievable falsehoods to slick and practiced white lies. But tonight one seemingly strange excuse should hold up, says Kim Patton, young adult specialist at the Lawrence Public Library. "If you hear your child say, 'Mom, Dad, I'm going to a rock concert at the library,' well, I can assure you it is a real event."

Knievel retrospective is short on accuracy

George Eads must be a very happy man to have reconciled his pay dispute with CBS and "CSI" before the arrival of "Evel Knievel" (7 p.m., TNT) on our TV screens. Otherwise, he'd be drifting helplessly into the Shelley Long night of his career.

'Barbershop' actor charged with rape

Anthony Anderson, the rotund comedic co-star of "Kangaroo Jack" and the original "Barbershop," has been arrested and charged with aggravated rape while shooting a movie.

Vital Signs :: Downtown venue showcases Christian artists and musicians

In downtown Lawrence there are places to buy books, places to get a cup of coffee, places to listen to music, and places to admire and purchase art. What Signs of Life has done is eliminate the extra walk.

Wanted: Convention trinkets

Smithsonian seeks historic mementoes

History is roaming the aisles at the Democratic National Convention, getting in people's faces, asking them for buttons, lusting after practically everything that isn't nailed down, as well as some things that are.


¢ Dreaming of a co-star ¢ Tickets doom 'Amazing Race' pair ¢ J.Lo's 'new beginning' ¢ Aces and eights for everyone

Thursday, July 29

Catherine Zeta-Jones testifies about stalking

Catherine Zeta-Jones took the stand Wednesday and read from 19 letters containing death threats written by a woman charged with stalking the Oscar-winning actress.

Olsen twins' image survives eating-disorder treatment

There are two Mary-Kates in crisis.

'Blue Collar' too blue for time slot

Make no mistake about it, "Blue Collar TV" (7 p.m., WB) is a major departure for its network. Whether it represents a new direction or a sign of desperation remains to be seen.


¢ 'Hero' to the rescue ¢ Tom Sizemore going back to court ¢ Rated 'T' for teens? ¢ Competition Trump-style

Wednesday, July 28

Jay-Z leads nominees for MTV video awards

The MTV Video Music Awards are all about scene-stealing stunts, so it was fitting Tuesday when the network announced that stars will approach this year's red carpet on luxury yachts and the entire show will be host-free.

'Amish in the City' tries to tempt young followers

Can a group of kids from a strict religious background cope in a "Real World" setting? "Amish in the City" (7 p.m., UPN) follows a group of Amish teens as they embark on "rumspringa," a cultural ritual that allows young people to taste the freedoms and pleasures of the "English," or modern, world. It's done in the hopes that once they sow their wild oats, they will return to the fold. Rumspringa was the subject of "Devil's Playground," a 2001 documentary by one of the co-creators of "Amish in the City."

Prosecutors allege Jackson imprisoned victim's family

Michael Jackson imprisoned a child and his family at his ranch and forced them to make a videotape absolving him of molestation claims after a television documentary linked the pop star to an obsession with young boys, a prosecutor said Tuesday.


¢ Prince, sweetheart step out ¢ Ja Rule out on bail ¢ Newhart statue dedicated

Review: ESPN NFL 2K5 - PS2, Xbox

There is no reason not to buy this game.

There is no reason not to buy this game.

Tuesday, July 27


¢ 'Sex' star heads to stage ¢ Not just a sandwich ¢ Rapper charged again with murder ¢ Cruz twice denied U.S. visa

Review :: Old Canes, "Early Morning Hymns"

Imagine for a second that local indie rock favorites The Appleseed Cast awake from their sleeping bags to find all their equipment stolen from their van. Amps, electric guitars, basses, effects pedals, custom drums -- all now just a list of items to be turned into the band's insurance carrier. With a show scheduled in eight hours, the boys decide to make the best of a bad situation. They scour the local antique stores and pawn shops and buy all they can with the $300 they made last night: an acoustic guitar, some tambourines, a beat-up trumpet, a toy piano, a half-strung banjo and a harmonica.

'Stevie' reflects effects of troubled childhood

Just how far can we go to help another human being? And just how close can a filmmaker get to his subject? These are just two of the questions posed by the documentary "Stevie" (6:30 p.m., Cinemax).

'Blue Collar TV' touts redneck humor

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy launches latest show

The deer's ears twitch as "detective" Jeff Foxworthy tries to interrogate the animal.

Monday, July 26

Matt Damon 'Bourne' again

Sequel tops box office

As an assassin on the run in "The Bourne Supremacy," Matt Damon can take a real punch, absorb a real car crash and wave a real gun around to terrify his co-stars, but he's got to fake that tricky Russian dialogue.


¢ 'Star Wars' film title announced ¢ Prince's ex-financier says Diana took Charles 'to the cleaners' ¢ Venice Film Festival jury named

'Bourne'-again action leaves feeling behind

The only time I'd seen the most-rented movie in America of 2003, the Matt Damon spy thriller "The Bourne Identity," was during its theatrical release in the summer of 2002. But before seeing the sequel, "The Bourne Supremacy" I studied up by watching the first one again at home.

Cable offers Democratic convention coverage

The Democratic National Convention opens tonight in Boston. Television viewers and political junkies can watch as much or as little of it as they want. The big three networks, ABC, CBS and NBC, have cut down coverage to one hour per night, beginning at 9 p.m. CDT. And Tuesday night, there is no network coverage at all.

'Catwoman' falters with moviegoers

Halle Berry's critically derided comic-book adaptation "Catwoman" opened a distant third at the box office with $17.16 million, behind "I, Robot," which took in $22.05 million to lift its 10-day total to $95.4 million.

Sunday, July 25

Arts notes

¢ KU junior to dance with New York company ¢ Bowery Dancers to perform in South Park ¢ Ad astra gallery show concludes Saturday ¢ Chamber orchestra names new conductor ¢ Theater announces 10-minute play festival ¢ Art guild has new Web address ¢ Ad astra gallery show concludes Saturday ¢ World music series returns to Nelson-Atkins ¢ Overland Park seeks sculpture submissions ¢ 'Cairo on the Kaw' celebrates anniversary ¢ World music series returns to museum ¢ Overland Park seeks sculpture submissions

'Ragtime' lures Lawrence performers

Genee Figuieras is a dental hygienist by day, a Broadway-channeling actress by night. The 31-year-old Lawrence resident made her Topeka Civic Theatre debut July 9 in "Ragtime."

Famous Names: Michael Irvin goes long in Lecompton

Contrary to the name he shares with an erstwhile Dallas Cowboy, Michael Irvin met his wife, B.J., at a roller rink and not on the gridiron. "I can still see her lacing up her skates across the room," he says. B.J., also known as Betty Jean, can't help but smile. She remembers the scenario well.

Homegrown dancer gets big break

KU junior selected to perform with select group

Jun Kuribayashi traveled to New York for the first time in mid-July. "I was just excited to go out there," he says. "I tried to keep my expectations fairly low." Instead, the 26-year-old dancer found himself flying, leaping and kicking higher than ever before in the Big Apple.

War paint

Paintball popularity exploding around Lawrence

It hurts. That's the first thing you should know about how it feels to get hit by a speeding paintball. Some paintball enthusiasts liken the sensation to being snapped by a towel, but that doesn't quite capture the unique zing of a paint-filled gelatin capsule meeting your collarbone or bare skin at about 280 feet per second. That's one heck of a towel snap.

Review: Writer fights complacency in 'Resistance'

In his new book, "Resistance," National Book Award winner Barry Lopez issues a call to artists, activists and anyone else stifled by globalization, jingoism and politics-as-usual.

Spanish author talks about 'alluring' novel

Carlos Ruiz Zafon strides through the labyrinth of Barcelona's Gothic quarter, making his way with ease through this neighborhood of narrow streets, stone walls, low light and mystery.

Poet's showcase


Economy forcing theaters to go mainstream

Jake Gordy does a little bit of everything with his community theater in Toledo, Ohio -- acting, producing, singing and building sets.


¢ Rowling expecting third child ¢ Keillor, Altman team up ¢ Channing's awards stolen ¢ Duff sisters checking out legs

'CSI' actors to return to work

Actors George Eads and Jorja Fox will both be back on the job next week at "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" after learning a lesson in hardball network politics.

Wonder Woman, Klingons par for course at Comic-Con

A real superhero convention would perhaps showcase the latest in bulletproof capes or underground-lair interior decorating. But the annual Comic-Con event doesn't specialize in reality.

Saturday, July 24

Incubus tops bill for Kemper show

Multiplatinum-selling act Incubus returns to Kansas City after the band's successful headlining slot at last summer's Lollapalooza. The Calabasas, Calif., group has just released its fifth album, "A Crow Left of the Murder," which further explores its blend of aggressive rock and hip-hop grooves. The band will be joined by The Vines and Sparta, at 7 p.m. Sunday at Kemper Arena, 1800 Genessee St., Kansas City, Mo.


¢ Allen to open Spanish film fest ¢ A chick is born ¢ Band plans free charity concert ¢ NPR host's future up in air

Bring out the 'Dead' for a second season

Heaven and hell are pretty difficult to capture on film. Perhaps that's why current dramatists prefer purgatory. No major faith ever imagined an afterlife quite as peculiar and mundane as the antics on the cable drama "Dead Like Me" (9 p.m. Sunday, Showtime), now entering its sophomore season. As we learned last year, George (Ellen Muth) is a teenager who died in a ball of flames when a piece of space debris fell from the sky. She was bickering with her parents at the time, and still has "issues."

Nickelodeon tells kids to turn off television

Turn off the TV and go outside! Kids hear that from their parents all the time. Now, improbably, they'll hear it from a TV network.

Media lawyers say celebrities get special treatment in court

The extraordinary secrecy imposed by judges in the cases of Michael Jackson, Kobe Bryant and Martha Stewart has some media experts and scholars warning that America is developing a two-tiered justice system: one for celebrities and one for everyone else.

Friday, July 23

EMOtion Potion

Warped Tour band Motion City Soundtrack catches its stride in local recording studio

Turns out the difference between crappy D.I.Y. album and an album that gets the attention of Epitaph can be as simple as a road trip to Eudora, Kansas.


¢ Buffett collects first No. 1 album ¢ Sutherland does strip tease ¢ 'Newhart Show' statue planned ¢ Abercrombie changes focus

Hell hath no fury like a frozen pet scorned

Nobody holds a grudge like a country singer. That's the gist of "CMT Most Shocking: Feuds" (7 p.m., CMT). After a nod to the legendary tiff between the Hatfields and the McCoys, "Feuds" gets right down to dishing the dirt on the love-triangle tussle between Mac Davis and Glen Campbell; bad feelings between singer Brad Paisley and songwriter Richard Marx; the melee between the mullet-maned stars Travis Tritt and Billy Ray Cyrus; and even the pitched battle for custody of a frozen pet that roiled the waters at the Jim Reeves Museum.

Acclaimed TV, movie composer dies at 75

Academy Award-winning composer Jerry Goldsmith, who created the memorable music for scores of classic movies and television shows ranging from the "Star Trek" and "Planet of the Apes" series to "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." and "Perry Mason," has died. He was 75.

Sept. 11 film has GOP nervous

'Fahrenheit 9/11' reaching mainstream

Republicans initially dismissed "Fahrenheit 9/11" as a cinematic screed that would play mostly to inveterate Bush bashers. Four weeks and $94 million later, the film is still pulling in moviegoers at 2,000 theaters around the country, making Republicans nervous as it settles into the American mainstream.

Best bets

Library introduces new generation to older films

For centuries, libraries have been doing their best to bring a spirit of culture and education to the public, through distribution of literature and other forms of the written word.

Female comic characters fight for status

Only one female character in comic books has reached the icon status of Superman, Batman and Spider-Man.

'Catwoman' is de-clawed by director's style, goofy story

I'm allergic to cats. But I'd rather rub my face on a Persian tabby than have to sit through "Catwoman" again.

Ralph Stanley picks tradition

In the music world, there's a difference between being "famous" and "legendary."

Thursday, July 22

Documentary gives 'Washington Wives' own voice

"Washington Wives" (9 p.m., A&E) may sound like a Jackie Collins novel, but it's really a pastiche of primary campaign footage, focusing on the spouses of the presidential aspirants. Teresa Heinz Kerry is shown ordering soup at a deli while fielding a battery of questions and requests for interviews. John Edwards' wife, Elizabeth, discusses her husband's campaigning skills while trying to keep her pre-kindergarten son and daughter from getting out of hand on the bus.

Review: Mega Man Anniversary Collection - PS2, Gamecube

A fantastic trip down memory lane. These memories are of great gameplay.

A fantastic trip down memory lane. These memories are of great gameplay.


¢ Mary-Kate update ¢ A big visit ¢ Sid and Nancy, revisited ¢ Britney's beau has new baby

Amish the unlikeliest of TV stars

Amish adventures will make it to television next week.

Wednesday, July 21

Denis Leary all fired up in FX series

Shows too smart for network television thrive on cable. Denis Leary's irreverent cop comedy "The Job" went missing in action on ABC, so Leary changes uniforms and civil service exams to become a fireman on "Rescue Me" (9 p.m., FX).


¢ '24' subtracts cast members ¢ Don't wait up for Britney ¢ Sexy vegetarians ¢ A boat to boast of

Michael Jackson denies reports of quadruplets

Us Weekly magazine reports that Michael Jackson, who is due to go on trial in his child molestation case Sept. 13, is expecting quadruplets -- a story the singer flatly denies.

Martha Stewart is muse for year's worst prose

A California man has claimed top honors at the annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest celebrating bad writing, likening the end of a love affair to "Martha Stewart ripping the sand vein out of a shrimp's tail."

Tuesday, July 20

FTC petition challenges Fox slogan

Fox News' use of the slogan "Fair and Balanced" constitutes deceptive advertising, two political advocacy groups claimed today in a petition filed with the Federal Trade Commission.

This season's 'Race' amazingly disrespectful

As if scenes of a dwarf hauling a side of beef through Uruguay weren't tasteless enough, "The Amazing Race 5" (9 p.m., CBS) has stumbled headlong into Ugly American territory yet again. Now don't get me wrong -- I like watching cranky strangers stampede through airports as much as the next guy, but did the producers of this series ever learn any manners? I'm not talking about the "what spoon do you eat sorbet with" kind of etiquette. I'm more concerned with the basics your mother should have taught you, like "don't play in cemeteries or desecrate shrines in foreign countries."

'Guitar face' grimace worth gold

The term might not be familiar, but the image definitely is: that look guitarists get when trying to nail a high note or power chord.


¢ Booed, then booted ¢ Sub-par performance ¢ The Boss drops by

Pipe dreams: Lawrence skaters fundraise for high-end skate park addition

There are some who may say Kansas skaters were doomed from the start. As evidence: the first major effort to organize a skate park in Lawrence - a cooperative in Burcham Park - came to an abrupt end when temporary stages from the '97 Vans Warped Tour displaced it. "They basically threw the skate park in the river," recalled local skateboarder and BMX rider Joe Montgomery. "One of my friends was working at the dam and he calls me and says, 'Hey Joe, I got two ramps down here that are just floating in the reservoir.'"

Monday, July 19


¢ 'Robot' slays competition ¢ Hustler store can't be stopped ¢ The Idaho supremacy ¢ Austria honors Arnold

PBS sticks to conventional coverage

Other networks cutting airtime at political conventions

The national political conventions clearly aren't what they used to be, but PBS' Jim Lehrer isn't sure many people in television news recognize what they've become.

'The Grid' a less-than-thrilling post-9-11 thriller

Every decade or so, some writer or genius stands up and tells us that fiction is dead and that writers just can't make stuff up as weird, chilling and compelling as real life. Novelist Philip Roth wrote something to this effect in the 1970s, and Tom Wolfe said pretty much the same thing late in the 1980s.

Sunday, July 18


Poet's showcase

Children's titles explore the fantastic, serious

From absolutely wacked-out, to absolutely serious, these two children's books won't soon be forgotten by kids or by the adults who introduce them to lucky adolescents.

'Ordinary People' author hopes for success with fifth novel

Judith Guest's first book, "Ordinary People," has brought her "one birthday present after the next," including a film version that won wide acclaim and several Academy Awards.

Arts notes

¢ Arts Commission seeks poet laureate ¢ Lawrence City Band wraps up season ¢ Brown Bag Concert features jazz band ¢ Organ concert includes artists and dancers ¢ Children's theater program sets sail ¢ Van Go to unveil Benchmark 2004 ¢ Online book seminar set for the fall ¢ Lawrence thespians act in Colorado ¢ Entry deadline nears for art exhibitions

Hooked on fishing

Crown Casting Club reels in young anglers

Tiara Barrett was exultant about her catch. "I got a big-mouth bass -- 12 inches, I think. I'm just happy to see the fish and catch it. I'm trying to get another one," said Tiara, 10, a fifth-grader at Deerfield School.

Quirky artist declares: 'We're all mad here'

Margaret Meyer Schultz isn't REALLY twisted. It's just that she loves Halloween, she loves darkly imaginative filmmaker Tim Burton and she loves painting curious pictures and fabricating even curiouser puppets and dolls.

Minus story

When it comes to color, painter says less is more

Color wields power. Everyone remembers that Dorothy's slippers glistened ruby red in "The Wizard of Oz."

'Cairo on the Kaw' celebrates decade of Middle Eastern dance

Jo Anne Zingo-Hargis, a thrill-seeker since birth, used to climb telephone poles for a living. The Connecticut native moved to Kansas in 1978 after she heard Southwestern Bell was "looking for women to work outside."

Review: Modern 'She Stoops to Conquer' surprises, delights

The "Summer of Romance" continues at University Theatre with Oliver Goldsmith's "She Stoops to Conquer," a hallmark of the brief 18th-century revival of the Restoration comedy of manners; despite its age, the play is a fresh, funny and pointed caricature of humanity's foibles.


¢ Shock jock seeks sheriff's job ¢ Prince's plane had 'near miss' ¢ Creator of Internet knighted

This 'Cinderella Story' a tired tale

Maybe the time has come to give the Cinderella story a rest for a while.

Behind the scenes

Budding thespians enliven Lawrence Arts Center stage

Hannah Bailey scrunches up her face and tries to look menacing. Playing a dog -- even a soft, shaggy one -- is no easy task.

Saturday, July 17

Search for Bobby Fischer ends with capture at Japan airport

In a bizarre end game, Bobby Fischer, the chess world's most eccentric star, was taken into custody after trying to fly out of Japan with an invalid passport.

'Entourage' follows other superior HBO fare

The new half-hour comedy "Entourage" (9 p.m. Sunday, HBO) offers a fast-paced, slice-of-life glance at young Hollywood. What's it like for a kid from Queens, N.Y., to see his face on a giant billboard on Sunset Boulevard? Vince (Adrian Grenier) has dreamy looks. But will he become the next Johnny Depp or merely the latest flash in the pan? He surrounds himself with hometown lackeys, including his "manager," Eric (Kevin Connolly), his half-brother Drama (Kevin Dillon), and Turtle (Jerry Ferrara), who acts as chauffeur, go-fer and court jester.

Robert Blake trial delayed to November

A judge Friday reluctantly granted actor Robert Blake a two-month delay in his murder trial, with jury selection now set to start Nov. 1.


¢ 'N Sync back 'n the game ¢ Much ado about privates ¢ Unfinished U2 CD pilfered

Friday, July 16

Space, sea shows on slate today

Two very different programs explore outer space and underwater themes.

Review :: The Belles, "Idle Acres"

Though erratic, "Idle Acres" works as a stopgap offering between full-length albums and hints at what The Belles could bring to the table with their next recorded project.

Turn on the Gaslight

North Lawrence music venue finds new way to connect with the past

During the tumultuous late 1960s and early '70s in Lawrence, the old Gaslight Tavern had a well-earned reputation both as a place where diversity was the norm and as an extreme hotbed of political activity.

Ashley Judd finds her voice in 'De-Lovely'

Ashley Judd has so firmly entrenched herself in Hollywood that it's hard to remember less than a decade ago she was best known for being the one in the family who DIDN'T sing.

Best bets

HBO tops Emmy nominees

"Angels in America," "The Sopranos," "Deadwood," "Sex and the City" and even a program or two not appearing on HBO led the nominees for the 56th Primetime Emmy Awards, announced Thursday morning.

Bush twins getting a feel for public roles

A photo spread and interview in the August Vogue dutifully applies polish to the Bush daughters' personas -- no tabloid shots of boozy, dirty dancing here -- but readers do get a hint of mother Laura's shockingly countercultural music tastes. She sent twins Jenna and Barbara the Bob Dylan album "At Budokan" when they requested music at summer camp after sixth grade.


¢ Smith makes robot predictions ¢ Opera to explore Gadhafi's life ¢ Affleck turns down hoops film ¢ Soccer team promos Spier-Man

Thursday, July 15


¢ Love admitted to institution ¢ Coppola, Tarantino dating ¢ Bergman retiring from stage ¢ Presley women speak out

'Kingdom,' 'Pepsi Smash' fizzle out

Two series wrap up their summer seasons without having made much of a ripple in the ratings pool.

New stars make Latin Grammy list

Household names took a back seat at the Latin Grammy nominations Wednesday, as Brazilian jazz singer Maria Rita and Cuban pianist Bebo Valdes collected four nods each while producer Tom Capone had five.

New artists perk up country music sales

Last summer, country music's hottest act, the Dixie Chicks, was in a meltdown. Country CD sales were sliding, and record executives were praying for a spate of holiday releases to perk up the industry.

Wednesday, July 14

The personal is political in moving HBO documentary

A touching and surprisingly intimate sports documentary, "Hitler's Pawn" (9 p.m., HBO), recalls a little-known chapter in Olympic history. Gretel Bergmann may not be as well known as Jesse Owens, but she played an important if painful role in the 1936 Berlin games.


¢ Olympic Games albums feature international favorites ¢ Bill O'Reilly has no comment ¢ Eminem plans radio channel

Tuesday, July 13

'Weezie' of 'Jeffersons' fame dies

Isabel Sanford won Emmy in 1981

Actress Isabel Sanford, best known as "Weezie," Louise Jefferson on the television sitcom "The Jeffersons," died of natural causes, her publicist said Monday. She was 86.

Q&A with The Waxwings

Descent out of madness

Sell your Verizon stock. Their cell phones don't work. But in between the seven (SEVEN!) call drops, managed to have a very nice conversation with Dean Fertita from the Waxwings while he was watching a friend sky dive. We don't know who he was waiting for (Thanks again, Verizon), but between "Hello?" and "Did you get that last part?," we managed to talk about the new record ("Let's Make Our Descent"), Detroit, and "the letter."

Broadway producers, actors reach agreement

Broadway lights will continue to shine.

Fox offers 'people's choice' baseball fare

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the 75th Baseball All-Star Game (7 p.m., Fox) at Minute Maid Park (formerly Enron Field) in Houston. Am I just getting crabby, or do these spectacles mean less every summer?


¢ Captain Fantastic planning fund-raising performance ¢ Imelda Marcos loses lawsuit ¢ ESPN, Espen to meet ¢ Eastwood, Spielberg to make film

Monday, July 12


¢ 'Spider-Man 2' remains No. 1 ¢ Gay cruise plans celebratory stop ¢ 'Tony Twist' -- name taken ¢ TV actor seeks help for daughter

Top 'Jeopardy!' champ close to $1 million in winnings

If the answer is Ken Jennings and his record $920,960 so far in "Jeopardy!" winnings, the question must be how does he do it?

VH1 revisits 'Hammer Time'

Nostalgia is a funny thing. Sometimes the more recent past seems the most distant and dated. This occurred to me recently when I stumbled upon a "Ned and Stacey" rerun on the WE network. The clothes, the hair, the horror!

Sunday, July 11

Head over wheels

Tricked out tires, rims and the people who own them

When Coco Hinojos drives his pearl-white Cadillac CTS sedan around Lawrence, the car gets plenty of attention. Especially since he slapped on a $2,000 set of custom, chrome-plated wheels -- known to auto enthusiasts as rims -- and special, low-profile tires.

Poet's showcase


Diet creator, author to appear in Lawrence

Topeka native Rob Stevens, a Chicago resident, will be in Lawrence today promoting his anti-diet book "The Overfed Head: What If Everything You Know about Weight Loss is Wrong?" (Thintuition Inc., $29.95).

Review: Kent Haruf's 'Eventide' sings of life in small-town America

Kent Haruf's "Plainsong" won over critics and average readers alike with its sparse prose and bittersweet story line.

Former NY prosecutor takes on D.A.'s office in novel, lawsuit

Robert Reuland parked his black Mercedes station wagon at a meter and walked across Ralph Avenue to a half-dead strip mall.


¢ Prince makes surprise run ¢ 'West Wing' worker seeks real deal ¢ Trump getting a head start ¢ Ex-Motown exec pans new music

Campbell performs for fellow inmates

Glen Campbell called it "a captive audience" -- and he wasn't kidding.

'Queer as Folk' takes on gay marriage

Today's episode explores issue as Congress debates ban

While the issue of gay marriage has received its share of television news and talk show time, it has been largely absent from TV series -- until now.

Arts notes

¢ Lawrence City Band to play worldly music ¢ Brown Bag Concert features bluegrass band ¢ Quilter to lead Lawrence workshop ¢ Theater troupes to have auditions ¢ Eudora quilters compete for international award ¢ Kemper Museum touts beautiful women ¢ Wheelmen to meet in Baldwin, Lawrence ¢ Missouri guitar festival returns for second year ¢ Art guild issues grants ¢ El Dorado exhibition calls for entries ¢ Preparations under way for Arkansas exhibit

Exhibit traces link between Lawrence and the visual arts

It's a daunting task by any standard: Assemble a visual identity for Lawrence in honor of its 150th anniversary. Where to begin? In its upcoming exhibition "Windmills to Workshops: Lawrence and the Visual Arts," the Spencer Museum of Art starts with the obvious.

Vanished Voices

Exhibition pays homage to American Indians displaced when the city was founded in 1854

In case you've been living under a rock, Lawrence turns 150 this year. A months-long birthday party has drawn crowds to re-enactments, historical tours, concerts and exhibitions. It's been festive, educational.

Prince tops concert tours list

The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Comedy closes KU theater's summer season

Oliver Goldsmith's 'She Stoops to Conquer' combines low humor, high farce

It's difficult to imagine a contemporary audience objecting to the subject matter of University Theatre's upcoming production.

Saturday, July 10


¢ Jolie decides to add stripes ¢ Rowling given honorary degree ¢ Barker honored in bronze ¢ Charles wins schoolgirls' hearts

Dial '4400' for smart, original sci-fi series

Pulverized by remakes, sequels, cookie-cutter makeover shows and "reality" clones, will viewers recognize an original idea when they see one? "The 4400" (8 p.m. Sunday, USA) is a five-part limited series based on a novel idea filled with good performances and genuinely creepy situations.

TV's 'Frugal Gourmet' Smith dies at 65

Jeff Smith, a white-bearded minister who became public television's popular "Frugal Gourmet" before a sex scandal ruined his career, has died, his business manager said Friday. He was 65. Smith died in his sleep Wednesday, Jim Paddleford said. He had long suffered from heart disease and had a valve replaced in 1981.

Friday, July 9

Best bets

Hunt explores 'New Shade of Blue'

Kelley Hunt is a pro. Pro like Karl Malone. Pro like Dan Rather. Pro like P. Diddy.

This just in: 'Anchorman' funny, uneven

During rather hilarious outtakes that run over the closing credits of "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," star Will Ferrell is seen improvising take after take of the same scene. Each time he comes up with a different off-the-wall phrase to punctuate his dialog.

70 dog night

Dog Stock assembles bands to benefit Akita Rescue Farm

Randy Long gives his dog a bear hug. "This one is named Geddy -- for Geddy Lee of Rush," he says of the fluffy, burly Akita. "I sometimes forget people's names, but never dogs' names."

Glickman adjusts to taking over MPAA

A key casting decision relating to the movie industry was revealed last week -- and it didn't involve an actor.


¢ Michael shuts fan forum ¢ Family sues for lion's share ¢ Cantone gets one-man show ¢ Making baldness cool again

'Stargate' wormholes its way to new season

The Sci Fi channel's most popular series opens a new chapter with the two-hour season premiere of "Stargate SG-1" (8 p.m., Sci Fi). You needn't have followed the series, or have seen the 1994 movie version of "Stargate," to keep up with the action.

Review: Zelda: Four Swords Adventures - Gamecube

It's an original experience that should prove fun for anyone.

Four Swords Adventures hits the Gamecube meshing the goodness of multiplayer gaming and Zelda

Review: Driv3r - PS2, Xbox

The eagerly-awaited "GTA-killer" finally hits the shelves. And what a thud it makes.

The eagerly-awaited "GTA-killer" finally hits the shelves. And what a thud it makes.

Buffoons as newsmen? More at 11

Why it's so easy to lampoon America's anchors

Will Ferrell's title character in "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" is faced with a serious female colleague for the first time. Diversity is the reason, he's told. But he thinks diversity is the name of an old wooden ship from the Civil War.

Thursday, July 8

Review: Way of the Samurai 2 - PS2

So I was watching grass grow while re-arranging my sock drawer. Then I thought, "Holy crap! I am missing the hot dog eating championship on ESPN Regional!"

So I was watching grass grow while re-arranging my sock drawer. Then I thought, "Holy crap! I am missing a hot dog eating championship on ESPN Regional!"

Wednesday, July 7


¢ 'Scotty' has Alzheimer's ¢ Cambodia offers citizenship ¢ Spelling a first-time bride ¢ Quaid on third marriage

Review: Mario Golf: Advance Tour - GBA

The best golf game ever?

The best golf game ever?

Kirk Douglas' youngest son dies

Oscar-winning actor Kirk Douglas' youngest son, who battled drug and alcohol problems for years, was found dead Tuesday inside an apartment building, police said.

TV Land parties like it's 1989

Just how do you reach the fickle audience of 20-somethings that advertisers crave? Some programmers try to lure them with sports, others with violence; when all else fails, they turn to sex and shock value. How else do we explain the vile series "The Simple Life 2" (9 p.m., Fox), in which a former junkie and the unwitting star of a porn film travel across the country abusing the kindness of strangers?

Billionaire's son spends time promoting Indian music

Deep, pounding drums underscore the chanting of tribal names as the music of an electric guitar weaves in and out.

Restaurants to take slice of pizza market

Wheat State opens along 23rd Street, CiCi's aims to follow

With Kansas University students as a key ingredient, two new pizza shops have targeted the Lawrence market. Wheat State Pizza recently opened its doors in The Malls Shopping Center at 23rd and Louisiana streets, while the national franchise CiCi's Pizza has plans to open in late September in the Southwest Plaza Shopping Center at 23rd and Iowa streets.

Tuesday, July 6


¢ From 'Baywatch' to Billy Flynn ¢ Swede smell of success ¢ Real-life jackpot ¢ Cigars highly coveted

Dude, where's my fame?

Laid-back Houston rapper trying to give Texas a better name

It's no secret that Texas is a state populated primarily by self-admiring, soft-headed boneheads and shitkicker-wearing nimrods with belt buckles as big as their constant-look-of-surprise faces. Between the raging floodwaters and Dubya's insistence that all non-Caucasians register at the border, it doesn't seem to be a very welcoming environment for a rapper, let alone a rapper who makes no secret of his love of R & B (reefer and beer). But alas, Houston native Devin the Dude continues to thrive and produce stoned, funky gems from within the armpit of North America. July 13 marks the release date for "To Tha X-Treme," Devin's latest LP. spoke with Devin the Dude about parenthood, sluts, and boo boo'n. F'sho.

'Spider-Man 2' sets pace for blockbuster summer

"Spider-Man 2" snared a record $180 million box-office take in its first six days of release.

CBS relies on reality standbys

The summer reality season begins in earnest with the return of "Big Brother" (7 p.m., CBS) and "Amazing Race" (8:30 p.m., CBS), both with 90-minute season premieres.

Radio plays Elvis album to mark rock 'n' roll recording anniversary

Elvis Presley's "That's All Right" played simultaneously on radio stations around the world Monday to mark the 50th anniversary of the rock 'n' roll icon's first professional record.

Monday, July 5

Games under the gun

Violence drawing more response from lawmakers

In video games these days, you can strangle someone with a garrote ("Manhunt"), pop an enemy's head off in a shower of gore with a sniper shot ("Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy") and direct a teenager to shotgun a demon dog ("Silent Hill 3").

A&E series offers plane storytelling

When Frank Sinatra recorded the song "Come Fly with Me" about a half-century ago, the notion of air travel still had a certain luxurious cache. After all, the "Chairman of the Board" wasn't catching a connecting flight between Milwaukee and Duluth, Minn.; he was off to "llama land" or "far Bombay" or other places where the "air is rarified" and offered "exotic booze."


¢ 'Spider-Man 2' poised to smash box-office record ¢ Actor charged for failing to register as sex offender ¢ No more waddling

Sunday, July 4


Poet's showcase

Poem to My Unborn Daughter: Conception

Animals inspire emotions in new kids' books

They're all about animals, but there's definitely nothing beastly about these books.

Insects help solve crimes, book and exhibit explain

In a famous poem, Emily Dickinson wrote, "I heard a fly buzz when I died." And according to the forensic entomologists who examine murder scenes for insect evidence, there's a good chance Dickinson eventually did.


¢ 'Simple Life' family snubbed ¢ Armstrong loses fight over book ¢ Monroe's mandolin in dispute ¢ Lachey snags acting gig

Comedy Central tries another twist on reality TV

Matt Besser believes there is nothing wrong with a man getting his 15 minutes of fame by hanging upside down while eating a cow patty.

100-lb wonder eats like champ

Sonya Thomas may look like she "couldn't eat a cup of cottage cheese," but she's a rock star in the world of competitive eating.

Arts notes

¢ Lawrence City Band to celebrate dance ¢ John Brown's role in abolition examined ¢ Olive patron to show paintings at gallery ¢ Blues jam king on Brown Bag bill

Virtuosos in the making

KU institute's youth piano contest keys in on world's best players

Grace Ma spends hours bonding with musical luminaries such as Bach, Chopin and Liszt. The 12-year-old Phoenix, Ariz., resident doesn't mind that her famous friends are long since gone; the piano, she says, keeps them very much alive.

Young leukemia patient inspires benefit

Concert proceeds earmarked for foundation that assists families of children with cancer

When Emily Venters was diagnosed with leukemia four days after her third birthday, her mother's friends from a Lawrence group called MOMS Club did what they could to support the little girl's family.

Under-appreciated songs capture America in all its complexity

Living in America means a steady diet of songs about America, a select few of which we memorize at school auditoriums or with hand on heart at the ballpark, and pass down through repetition. The rest, tributes and critiques alike, reach us through less civic channels.

Pollstar ranks top 20 summer concert tours

The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Arts and style briefs

¢ Unity Gallery issues call for artworks ¢ Poets to read 'Words by The Cup' ¢ Lawrence native takes Starlight stage ¢ KPR comedy show wins national award ¢ Print studio to teach framing workshop ¢ Two design gurus honored by Smithsonian

Patience yields sensitive photo that tells story

Journal-World reporter Joel Mathis has been working on a series called "Portraits of Honor," which includes stories and photos from those who fought in past wars.

Arts notes

¢ Lawrence artists exhibit regionally ¢ LOYO deadline fast approaching ¢ Accessible Arts elects new board members

Saturday, July 3

Credits roll as acting world mourns Brando's death

Marlon Brando, who revolutionized American acting with his Method performances in "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "On the Waterfront" and went on to create the iconic character of Don Vito Corleone in "The Godfather," has died. He was 80.

'De-Lovely' is too darn cold

Cole Porter film offers cursory glance at composer's life

What a horrible irony that "De-Lovely," the story of Cole Porter, should be so off-key.

Television bangs out July 4 fare

Pomp, patriotism and pyrotechnics dominate July 4th programming. Barry Bostwick is host of "A Capitol Fourth 2004" (7 p.m. Sunday, PBS). Musical guests include Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Clay Aiken, Robin Gibb and Yolanda Adams. Erich Kunzel conducts the National Symphony Orchestra. Musical themes include a 150th-birthday salute to John Phillips Sousa, a medley of classic film scores and a posthumous tribute to Ray Charles. The evening culminates with rousing music accompanying the colorful fireworks display over the Washington Monument.


¢ Crosby pleads to gun charge ¢ ESPYs to honor Tillman ¢ AIDS conference gets energized ¢ Ruck counts lucky stars

Friday, July 2

Guys get chance to 'go wild'

Harvey Keitel has done it. Ewan McGregor has done it at least four times. Now all red-blooded American males can drop trou for the cameras.

Best bets


¢ Auction winner gets the shaft ¢ Kelly statue plan falls apart ¢ Campbell defends driving drunk

VH1 and TCM keep viewers on their toes

This weekend, when we recall our nation's fight for independence, let us celebrate our freedom to dance. Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow and Dianne Wiest star in the 1984 musical "Footloose" (5:30 p.m., VH1). The fancy footwork continues with the 1983 welder-turned-dancer, torn-sweatshirt classic "Flashdance" (8 p.m., VH1).

Glickman to lead Hollywood lobbyists

Hollywood's most powerful lobbying group said Thursday it had selected as its new chief Dan Glickman, a former Democratic lawmaker from Kansas and agriculture secretary under President Clinton.

KU graduate helps comic book come to life

Donny Rausch is living a geek's dream.

Mutual benefits :: Charitable band ACME Jazz Co. bids farewell to Lawrence

"Looney Tunes" star Wile E. Coyote seemed to single-handedly keep the ACME company employed. Whether ordering giant boomerangs, invisible paint or rocket-powered roller skates, the predator always found the business helpful in his quest to capture the Road Runner.

'Spider-Man 2' spins a spectacular tale

The mantra of the Spider-Man character has always been, "With great power comes great responsibility." Filmmaker Sam Raimi could certainly relate to that when he tackled the first "Spider-Man" project two years ago. Commendably, he took one of the most popular of all comic book characters and crafted a critically praised blockbuster that went on to become the fifth-highest grossing movie of all time.

Thursday, July 1


¢ Second time's a charm ¢ A good man is hard to find ¢ Party central ¢ Movies, 'SNL' -- now handbags

In a groove :: Big Metal Rooster celebrates 100th show

Nobody seems sure exactly how to describe the sound of local act Big Metal Rooster -- and that's just fine with the members. "It fits under the 'jam band' heading, but everything underneath that label is so diverse," Hein adds. "The really great thing about this genre is that we can have a Latin song or a blues song or a rock song and still have the ability to improvise on it."

PBS shows wide view of terrorism

What makes homicidal terrorists tick? Are suicide bombers driven by poverty? Resentment? Or religion? The documentary series "Wide Angle" (8 p.m., PBS) begins its third summer season with "Suicide Bombers." The film offers rare interviews with two Palestinian terrorists in Israeli custody for recruiting and deploying the suicide bombers who killed 17 Israelis in a horrific bus explosion.

'Fahrenheit 9/11' Liberty Hall's hottest movie ticket ever

Bryan Newbury wants "Fahrenheit 9/11" to be an event in Lawrence. Even before the movie's Lawrence debut at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, he was doing his part to make it one. The North Lawrence resident was the first in line at Liberty Hall to purchase tickets to the new Michael Moore film, which in its opening weekend became the largest-grossing documentary of all time.

Beyonce, Jay-Z win big on BET

R&B diva and actress Beyonce and her rap-star boyfriend, Jay-Z, won separate awards and were honored for their hit song collaboration during Tuesday's 2004 BET Awards honoring musicians, actors and athletes.