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State employees’ insurance skyrockets
August 15, 2002
(Updated Thursday at 3:33 p.m.) By Scott Rothschild TOPEKA State employees and retired state employees will see increases in the health insurance premiums that they pay, ranging from 12 percent to 46 percent, starting Jan. 1.
Governor announces $41 million in cuts
August 15, 2002
(Updated Wednesday at 4:54 a.m.) Gov. Bill Graves on Thursday cut state spending by $41 million, slicing funds to social services, education and higher education. “We’re starting to carve away at the bone,” Graves said as he implemented the cuts that he said were needed because of slumping tax revenue.
Deadly virus reaches Douglas County
August 15, 2002
(Updated Thursday at 2:04 p.m.) The West Nile virus has reached Douglas County. Officials learned Thursday morning that the mosquito-borne virus had infected a blue jay found in the county, said Kim Ens, communicable diseases coordinator for the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department.
Local school superintendent preparing for budget cuts
August 15, 2002
(Updated Wednesday at 2:55 a.m.) Most Lawrence public school students had their first full day of class Thursday morning. But reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic were taking a back seat as school district officials pondered a fourth R Red ink. Gov. Bill Graves is expected early Thursday afternoon to announce budget cuts across most state agencies and programs in order to shore up a slump in tax revenue.
SEC deadline reveals more errors
Household Inc. among companies to restate earnings
August 15, 2002
Investors jarred by a wave of accounting scandals were jostled by smaller ripples Wednesday as several big companies restated their finances against a deadline to swear to the accuracy of financial reports. After waiting until the last minute, scores of major corporations rushed to comply with a new government order holding top executives’ feet to the fire by requiring them to vouch in writing for the veracity of recent financial reports.
Denali packs punch with mysterious edge
August 15, 2002
Although Denali takes its name from a mountainous region of Alaska, the band’s sound is more befitting a subterranean club in a European metropolis.
Driving in circles
August 15, 2002
Do you have a problem intersection? How about building a roundabout? Roundabouts, or their junior counterpart, traffic-calming circles, appear to be the traffic control device du jour for Lawrence.
Fall yoga sessions to begin on Monday
August 15, 2002
The Yoga Center of Lawrence, 920 Mass., suite 4, which has a couple of hundred students enrolled in four levels of classes, teaches Iyengar yoga. The class schedule for early fall 2002 begins Monday. Classes meet for eight weeks and range in price from $63 to $72. For more information about courses at the Yoga Center, call 830-9642.
Homeland prepares to welcome pope
August 15, 2002
Pope John Paul II, Poland’s favorite son, returns to his homeland Friday, making a nostalgic four-day visit in what he calls the “twilight years” of his papacy.
Koreas agree on range of projects
August 15, 2002
The two Koreas agreed Wednesday to have family reunions and resume negotiations on a range of projects aimed at building reconciliation, but the communist North fell short of giving a firm commitment to crucial military dialogue.
Trio charged with defrauding Medicare
August 15, 2002
A Lawrence woman was one of three people indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in a health-care fraud scheme.
Anna Nicole’s ex-boyfriend pleads innocent to stalking
August 15, 2002
An ex-boyfriend of Anna Nicole Smith pleaded innocent Wednesday to charges that he called her repeatedly after she broke up with him and assaulted her neighbor.
Rockettes will join new line for auditions
August 15, 2002
Negotiations between the union representing a group of Rockettes and the owners of Radio City Music Hall have broken down, with the owners kicking out the dancers’ claim to job guarantees.
Longtime local attorney dies at 72
August 15, 2002
Eugene C. Riling, a Lawrence attorney whose family’s history of practicing law here dates to the turn of the 19th century, died Tuesday at his home. He was 72. Friends said Riling, a former senior partner in what was then known as Riling, Burkhead, Fairchild & Nitcher, had battled leukemia for many years but never really retired from a profession from which he derived great satisfaction.
Legends’ class proves popular
August 15, 2002
There has been great interest in Kansas University Continuing Education’s “KU For Lawrence” class involving KU basketball. So far, 150 community members have signed up for the non-credit course, “KU Men’s Basketball: Legends, Traditions and the Sixth Man,” set for Sept. 17, 24 and Oct. 2 and 8 at Horejsi Center behind Allen Fieldhouse.
Braves stifle San Francisco
Smoltz wins showdown with Bonds for 42nd save
August 15, 2002
Tom Glavine took care of the first seven innings. Then it came down to a classic matchup: Barry Bonds vs. John Smoltz.
Koch reaches 30-save plateau
August 15, 2002
Billy Koch needed just 12 pitches to redeem himself after a shaky outing.
Arthur Kroeger
August 15, 2002
Eugene F. ‘Francis’ Strasser
August 15, 2002
More students may pay to ride city buses
August 15, 2002
Karin Rexroad has taken a flurry of phone calls the past few weeks from parents who want to know how to get their children to school on city buses. “I had a lady drop in today so I could show her son how to ride,” said Rexroad, public transit administrator for the city of Lawrence.
Anthrax investigators show researcher’s photo
August 15, 2002
A day after the announcement that a New Jersey mailbox tested positive for anthrax exposure, federal agents canvassed the streets with a photograph of the researcher under scrutiny in last fall’s anthrax attacks.
Mice become sperm incubators for other species
August 15, 2002
Scientists in Pennsylvania have created pig and goat sperm inside the bodies of laboratory mice, marking the first time that male reproductive cells have been produced in such distantly related species. The researchers said they hoped to use mice as “bio-incubators” to grow sperm cells for endangered species whose survival is threatened by a lack of sexually mature males. They also want to produce sperm from valuable farm animals without waiting for them to reach puberty.
Labor talks hit ‘bump in road’
Union’s executive board could set strike date likely Aug. 30 on Friday
August 15, 2002
Baseball’s labor talks hit a snag when the sides delved deeper into the key economic issues, leaving the union’s executive board on track to set a strike date Friday.
Texas executes Mexican national
August 15, 2002
A man convicted of killing a Dallas police officer in 1988 was executed Wednesday despite protests that putting him to death violated international law. Speaking English and Spanish, Javier Suarez Medina apologized for the crime, asked forgiveness from the relatives of the slain police officer and thanked the people of Mexico for their support in his case.
United warns bankruptcy filing coming in autumn
August 15, 2002
United Airlines, the nation’s second-largest carrier, warned Wednesday that it will file for bankruptcy protection this fall unless it succeeds in “dramatically” cutting costs.
Thousands expected at rally in support of slavery reparations
August 15, 2002
The controversial appeal for slavery reparations comes to the nation’s capital Saturday when supporters from around the country will gather on the National Mall for a “Millions for Reparations” march and rally.
Regents mull seeking tax support from communities with universities
August 15, 2002
Frustrated with state spending on higher education, members of the Kansas Board of Regents may turn to city and county governments for additional money. The idea of local sales or property taxes in areas with state universities was one of many ideas discussed by regents at their annual retreat at a ranch in southeast Kansas.
Area briefs
August 15, 2002
Moore begins campaign today with stops in Lawrence, area Gunman in DeSoto slaying sentenced to term in prison Radio reporter wins award Former Newton mayor charged with sex abuse
Local briefs
August 15, 2002
Third horse confirmed to have West Nile virus State board OKs request for school funding boost Journal-World editors earn national awards City invites comments on 23rd Street corridor
On the record
August 15, 2002
KU official disputes ticket rumor
Hinrichs: KSU fans didn’t snap up family passes
August 15, 2002
Two weeks ago, Kansas University officials trumpeted they had sold all of the 1,000 Family Zone football tickets they made available to the public. Since then, rumors have circulated mostly in Internet chat rooms that most of those Family Zone tickets were snapped up by Kansas State fans who recognized a bargain when they saw one.
Kansas’ depth chart starting to take shape
Loss of receiver Hill shakes up two-deep
August 15, 2002
Harrison Hill left a gaping hole in Kansas University’s football program when chronic dehydration forced him to leave the team on Sunday. Not only was the senior co-captain the third-leading receiver in KU history, he was listed No. 1 at three different positions on the original preseason depth chart.
Bird to present ‘Magic’ at Hall of Fame induction
August 15, 2002
They were fierce rivals on the court, beginning in their college days and continuing throughout their stellar NBA careers. Now, Larry Bird will present Earvin “Magic” Johnson for induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame at the Sept. 28 induction.
Aaron OK with Bonds
August 15, 2002
Home run king Hank Aaron doesn’t mind if Barry Bonds passes his total.
Chicago routs Wizards
August 15, 2002
Damarcus Beasley, Hristo Stoitchkov, Josh Wolff and Ante Razov each scored a goal and an assist to lead the Chicago Fire to a 5-1 victory over the Kansas City Wizards on Wednesday.
New York overcomes Sweeney’s steal - Yankees 3, Royals 2, 14 innings
August 15, 2002
Bernie Williams hit an RBI single in the 14th inning as the New York Yankees overcame Mike Sweeney’s straight steal of home to beat the Kansas City Royals, 3-2, Wednesday night. Alfonso Soriano singled with one out in the 14th off Blake Stein (0-3) and moved to third on Jason Giambi’s two-out single. Williams followed with a single to right field as the Yankees won for the 16th time in their final at-bat.
Newton sentenced to 30 months
Former All-Pro lineman still faces second trial on drug charges
August 15, 2002
Former Dallas Cowboys lineman Nate Newton was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in prison after being caught with 175 pounds of marijuana in December.
Vermeil seeks improvement across board
August 15, 2002
Dick Vermeil takes a simple approach to improving the Kansas City Chiefs.
Baseball briefs
August 15, 2002
Piazza has tendinitis, out of lineup again Indians CF Bradley has appendectomy Astros’ Lugo finished Counsell goes on DL
Mickelson on a mission
Golfer ready for latest attempt to win first major
August 15, 2002
Phil Mickelson can explain how to make the ball spin sideways when it lands on the green. He knows the depth chart of nearly every NFL team. He can fly a plane. He can tell you about black holes and constellations.
Coleman takes over during Jags’ practice
Veteran blasts teammates for sloppy play
August 15, 2002
Camp Coughlin turned into Camp Coleman for a brief period Wednesday.
Sparks hungry to defend WNBA title
August 15, 2002
It’s playoff time in the WNBA, and the Los Angeles Sparks say that’s when they become a different team. Not the one that struggled down the stretch, but the defending league champions who expect to repeat.
World Online video: Lawrence residents getting ready for the virus
August 15, 2002
Some were surprised, while others said they were expecting the West Nile virus to make it to Lawrence. Several people contacted Thursday afternoon outside Lawrence’s downtown post office had a range of opions on how they would protect themselves.
Briefly
August 15, 2002
Missing infant found, reunited with parents Drought affects half of Lower 48 states Study: Fats, calories linked to Alzheimer’s
Fannie M. Bricker
August 15, 2002
Trading liberty
August 15, 2002
True justice
August 15, 2002
Voting counts
August 15, 2002
Charities benefit from sale of KU basketballs
August 15, 2002
It’s Christmas in August for five charities, courtesy of Kansas University’s men’s basketball team. The 2001-02 Jayhawks raised $65,898 for Lawrence’s Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers and Sisters; Nebraska’s Girls and Boys Town; and Camdenton R III Foundation of Camdenton, Mo.
Horoscopes
August 15, 2002
Eugene C. Riling
August 15, 2002
Graves likely to outline plan today
August 15, 2002
Public schools and state universities could find their budgets on the chopping block today when Gov. Bill Graves announces new state spending cuts. “The message we have been getting is that some type of cut is going to be inevitable,” said Mark Tallman, a lobbyist for the Kansas Association of School Boards. “When K through 12 is half the general fund, we believe it would not be possible for the governor to make significant reductions in state spending and exempt schools.”
Angst overrides academics on first day at high schools
August 15, 2002
At least on this one day of high school, topics such as college preparation, grade-point averages and textbooks took a back seat to such weighty matters as clothes, hair and class elections. On Wednesday morning, about 450 sophomores at Lawrence High School and 430 sophomores at Free State High School reached another stepping stone on their journey to adulthood.
Democracy advances in Arab world
August 15, 2002
Fifty-six years ago American officials worried about unconventional uses of weapons of mass destruction. In a 1946 congressional hearing, J. Robert Oppenheimer acknowledged that a few people could smuggle components of an atomic bomb into New York City. Asked how such components could be detected in a crate or suitcase, he answered: “With a screwdriver.”
No-mail list
August 15, 2002
Bush promotes trade on political stops
August 15, 2002
President Bush told crowds in two farm states Wednesday that he would use his new trade negotiating powers to export more American agricultural products. His official message was economic recovery, but politics loomed large on Bush’s agenda. While he was raising money in Wisconsin and Iowa states he lost by fewer than 7,000 votes in 2000 his wife was collecting campaign funds for the Republican Party’s Senate candidate in Texas.
Topekan pleads no contest in 1998 accidental shooting death
August 15, 2002
A day before he was to go on trial in Douglas County, a Topeka man pleaded no contest to reckless involuntary manslaughter in the 1998 accidental shooting death of his girlfriend. “He’s been living with this for four years, and he needs to get on with his life,” Topeka attorney Jonathan Phelps said of his client, Joseph R. Beier Jr., 24. “He was strongly attached to that girl.”
Driving in circles
August 15, 2002
Do you have a problem intersection? How about building a roundabout? Roundabouts, or their junior counterpart, traffic-calming circles, appear to be the traffic control device du jour for Lawrence.
Daily ticker
August 15, 2002
Our town sports
August 15, 2002
No time for excuses
Blaney chooses to keep his energies focused on racing
August 15, 2002
Dave Blaney’s doesn’t make excuses. The former World of Outlaws sprint car champion doesn’t hold much stock in blaming others for what happens to him on the racetrack.
s aims to draw tourists
August 15, 2002
John Castillo, assistant store manager with Cabela’s, said the outdoor equipment and clothing retailer had a simple goal for its new store about 30 minutes east of Lawrence near the Kansas Speedway. “We want people to walk in and say, ‘Wow,” Castillo said. “We want it to be a place where people can come and buy their outdoor gear, but more than that, we want it to really be an exhibit.”
Local briefs
August 15, 2002
 Third horse confirmed to have West Nile virus  State board OKs request for school funding boost  Journal-World editors earn national awards  City invites comments on 23rd Street corridor
Area briefs
August 15, 2002
 Moore begins campaign today with stops in Lawrence, area  Gunman in DeSoto slaying sentenced to term in prison  Radio reporter wins award  Former Newton mayor charged with sex abuse
Pump Patrol seeks deals
August 15, 2002
The Journal-World has found a gasoline price as low as $1.36.9 at Sam’s Food Mart, 1910 Haskell Ave. If you find a lower price, call us at 832-7154. Be prepared to leave the name and address of the business and the price.
Kentucky horse owners worried about West Nile
August 15, 2002
Churchill Downs’ primary weapon against the West Nile virus sits in a clear, plastic vial on the desk of track superintendent Butch Lehr.
class proves popular
August 15, 2002
There has been great interest in Kansas University Continuing Education’s “KU For Lawrence” class involving KU basketball. So far, 150 community members have signed up for the non-credit course, “KU Men’s Basketball: Legends, Traditions and the Sixth Man,” set for Sept. 17, 24 and Oct. 2 and 8 at Horejsi Center behind Allen Fieldhouse.
Bus shelters suit passengers to a ‘T’
August 15, 2002
The days of flagging down a city bus from anywhere along its route may be numbered. New bus shelters popping up around the city are the first step toward setting up a more structured system of stops for the system, whose ridership continues to increase.
Hooters chief mulls Vanguard bailout
August 15, 2002
Fly the friendly skies, indeed. The man who runs Hooters restaurants is thinking about buying Vanguard Airlines, the Kansas City, Mo.-based discount carrier that shut down and filed for bankruptcy last month.
People
August 15, 2002
Drowning Pool singer found dead Stone Cold surrenders Singing a different tune Environmentalists honor singer
Pump Patrol seeks deals
August 15, 2002
The Journal-World has found a gasoline price as low as $1.36.9 at Sam’s Food Mart, 1910 Haskell Ave. If you find a lower price, call us at 832-7154. Be prepared to leave the name and address of the business and the price.
Golfers not thrilled with vocal fans
August 15, 2002
Here’s one of golf’s nightmares.
t snap up family passes
August 15, 2002
Two weeks ago, Kansas University officials trumpeted they had sold all of the 1,000 Family Zone football tickets they made available to the public. Since then, rumors have circulated  mostly in Internet chat rooms  that most of those Family Zone tickets were snapped up by Kansas State fans who recognized a bargain when they saw one.
James Ira Smith III
August 15, 2002
Services for James Ira Smith III, 38, Lawrence, are pending and will be announced by Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Mr. Smith died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2002, at his home.
Eugene C. Riling
August 15, 2002
Services for Eugene C. Riling, 72, Lawrence, are pending and will announced by Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Mr. Riling died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2002, at his home.
Births
August 15, 2002
Charmaene Thompson and Paul Franklin-Bey, Lawrence, a girl, Wednesday. Kimberly Asher and Shawn Kilburn, Lawrence, a boy, Wednesday.
On the street
August 15, 2002
Asked at Sheridan’s Frozen Custard What has been your favorite memory of summer 2002?
Fannie M. Bricker
August 15, 2002
Services for Fannie M. Bricker, 104, Pittsburg, will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Pittsburg. Burial will be at Rosebank Cemetery, Mulberry. Mrs. Bricker died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2002, at Beverly Rehabilitation Center, Pittsburg.
Ruth LaVerne Kahle
August 15, 2002
Services for Ruth LaVerne Kahle, 75, Big Springs, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Big Springs United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Eastview Cemetery, Big Springs. Mrs. Kahle died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2002, at a Topeka retirement center.
Freedom flight taps Salina pilot as Kansas entry
Onetime flier in Vietnam War to represent state in 9-11 memorial
August 15, 2002
As an aviator, Ronald Williams has piloted some important flights, many for his country in the Vietnam War. Now, the Salina man is joining others from across the country in a flight for freedom that will take them past ground zero in New York. Williams, a former Air Force colonel and former TWA pilot, will transport the Kansas flag to Essex, N.J., as part of Flight Across America a project to celebrate freedom in aviation and to honor people killed on Sept. 11.
Elvis confidante shares memories
August 15, 2002
She was the sister Elvis Presley never had, a companion, confidante and keeper of secrets in the exciting days of his early career.
James Ira Smith III
August 15, 2002
Angst overrides academics on first day at high schools
August 15, 2002
At least on this one day of high school, topics such as college preparation, grade-point averages and textbooks took a back seat to such weighty matters as clothes, hair and class elections. On Wednesday morning, about 450 sophomores at Lawrence High School and 430 sophomores at Free State High School reached another stepping stone on their journey to adulthood.
Universities, public schools brace for cuts
Graves likely to outline plan today
August 15, 2002
Public schools and state universities could find their budgets on the chopping block today when Gov. Bill Graves announces new state spending cuts. “The message we have been getting is that some type of cut is going to be inevitable,” said Mark Tallman, a lobbyist for the Kansas Association of School Boards. “When K through 12 is half the general fund, we believe it would not be possible for the governor to make significant reductions in state spending and exempt schools.”
Israel puts Palestinian militant on trial
August 15, 2002
In the theatrical opening to the groundbreaking trial of a Palestinian leader, Marwan Barghouti raised his manacled hands Wednesday and denied Israeli charges that he orchestrated more than three dozen attacks against Israelis.
Companies continue to bolster inventories
August 15, 2002
U.S. companies, trying to gauge Americans’ appetites during the uneven economic recovery, added to their stocks of unsold goods in June for the second month in a row.
Briefcase
August 15, 2002
Dow rises as CEOs certify financial books Sprint cuts 50 more jobs Troubled French business to sell publishing firm Payless profits rise Record bankruptcies filed
Swim with sharks and survive
August 15, 2002
Would you jump into shark-invested waters to save your best friend’s life? Would you brave the bloody waves to rescue a complete stranger? “Shark Attack Rescuers” (8 p.m., Discovery) documents the incredible and selfless heroism of beach-goers, surfers and professional rescue personnel who have risked certain danger to save shark-bite victims.
Chinese leader ponders exit
August 15, 2002
The scene: A solitary figure slumps behind an imposing desk near the open window. Sea breezes blow in from China’s Bohai Gulf and flutter the curtains in this work area of Building 8, Beidaihe’s most hidden and luxurious villa. Piles of draft documents for the 16th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party tumble over the desk and onto the floor. Jiang Zemin rises wearily, glances out the window and walks downstage to begin his soliloquy:
GOP needs to get angry
August 15, 2002
Professional football is in its pre-season and so is politics. Coaches are trying out plays and players to see what might bring them victory when the season starts next month. Politicians are experimenting with themes they think will bring them victory in the November election.
Medications connected to dizziness
August 15, 2002
Q: I am in excellent health, but most of the day I lie on my bed praying for death. Why? I am dizzy all day long. My brain feels like it’s sloshing in a bucket of water, and every move sends waves of dizziness over me. Ten months ago I was driving and living independently. Now I’ve had to give up my car and have moved from my apartment to assisted living.
Hold that pose
Yoga yields many health benefits, practitioners say
August 15, 2002
Think yoga’s for sissies? Come visit a 90-minute session for intermediate/advanced students some evening at the 3-year-old Yoga Center of Lawrence, 920 Mass.
Brushing teeth needs to be part of youngsters’ routine
August 15, 2002
It’s important to get kids to make brushing their teeth part of their regular routines, but it’s just as important to get them to brush the right way.
Europe hopes worst flooding has passed
August 15, 2002
Firefighters and volunteers fought back river waters swamping the National Theater and other landmarks Wednesday as unprecedented flooding that has killed at least 98 people across Europe threatened this medieval city’s historic Old Town.
Burn ban remains in county
August 15, 2002
Even a morning’s worth of steady rain wasn’t enough to douse Douglas County’s need for a burn ban. The county’s prohibition on setting open fires will remain in effect through midnight Friday, said Paula Phillips, the county’s emergency management director. Bans also remain in effect in Baldwin and Eudora.
Priest plans to plead guilty
Attorney for onetime Lawrence clergyman says suspect is ‘remorseful’
August 15, 2002
A Catholic priest who once worked in Lawrence intends to plead guilty to charges of taking indecent liberties with a child, his attorney said after a hearing Wednesday in Douglas County District Court. The Rev. Dennis Schmitz, 41, formerly of Lawrence, on Wednesday waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the matter. He will enter a formal plea during an arraignment set for 3 p.m. Sept. 5 before Judge Michael Malone.
Group to study classified workers’ concerns
August 15, 2002
State employees haven’t had much to cheer about lately lawmakers and Gov. Bill Graves failed to enact a pay raise this year but a new committee may find ways to improve their situations. A state employee advisory committee is being formed to meet with members of the Graves administration.
Loss of receiver Hill shakes up two-deep
August 15, 2002
Harrison Hill left a gaping hole in Kansas University’s football program when chronic dehydration forced him to leave the team on Sunday. Not only was the senior co-captain the third-leading receiver in KU history, he was listed No. 1 at three different positions on the original preseason depth chart.
Sound off
August 15, 2002
At Kansas University, who decides prices for the parking passes, and how much are they? I want to know why the red garage permits are the same price as the blue garage permits, without the same benefits. The Parking Commission, made of faculty, staff and students, recommends fees to David Shulenburger, provost and executive vice chancellor, with Chancellor Robert Hemenway making the final decision.
Regents mull seeking tax support from communities with universities
August 15, 2002
Frustrated with state spending on higher education, members of the Kansas Board of Regents may turn to city and county governments for additional money. The idea of local sales or property taxes in areas with state universities was one of many ideas discussed by regents at their annual retreat at a ranch in southeast Kansas.
Yoga yields many health benefits, practitioners say
August 15, 2002
Think yoga’s for sissies? Come visit a 90-minute session for intermediate/advanced students some evening at the 3-year-old Yoga Center of Lawrence, 920 Mass.
Briefly
August 15, 2002
Bodies of Air Force personnel killed in plane crash returned WTC redevelopment plans opened to global competition Coalition planes strike Iraqi air defense sites
Briefly
August 15, 2002
WWII surrender anniversary marked President promises increased security Last E. Timor governor convicted of war crimes New president vows to fight corruption
No-mail list
August 15, 2002
To the editor: Congrats to the Attorney General’s Office, AARP and other consumer organizations for creating a consumer-friendly no-call list. After registering for this list, many readers may want to reduce the amount of junk mail they receive. To have your name removed from the mailing lists of national direct marketers, register with the Mail Preference Service of the Direct Marketing Assn. Information is available at http://www.dmaconsumers.org/offmailinglist.html#how
Ruth LaVerne Kahle
August 15, 2002
Fall yoga sessions to begin on Monday
August 15, 2002
The Yoga Center of Lawrence, 920 Mass., suite 4, which has a couple of hundred students enrolled in four levels of classes, teaches Iyengar yoga. The class schedule for early fall 2002 begins Monday. Classes meet for eight weeks and range in price from $63 to $72. For more information about courses at the Yoga Center, call 830-9642.
Charities benefit from sale of KU basketballs
August 15, 2002
It’s Christmas in August for five charities, courtesy of Kansas University’s men’s basketball team. The 2001-02 Jayhawks raised $65,898 for Lawrence’s Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers and Sisters; Nebraska’s Girls and Boys Town; and Camdenton R III Foundation of Camdenton, Mo.
Topekan pleads no contest in 1998 accidental shooting death
August 15, 2002
A day before he was to go on trial in Douglas County, a Topeka man pleaded no contest to reckless involuntary manslaughter in the 1998 accidental shooting death of his girlfriend. “He’s been living with this for four years, and he needs to get on with his life,” Topeka attorney Jonathan Phelps said of his client, Joseph R. Beier Jr., 24. “He was strongly attached to that girl.”
concerns
August 15, 2002
State employees haven’t had much to cheer about lately  lawmakers and Gov. Bill Graves failed to enact a pay raise this year  but a new committee may find ways to improve their situations. A state employee advisory committee is being formed to meet with members of the Graves administration.
August 15, 2002
A Catholic priest who once worked in Lawrence intends to plead guilty to charges of taking indecent liberties with a child, his attorney said after a hearing Wednesday in Douglas County District Court. The Rev. Dennis Schmitz, 41, formerly of Lawrence, on Wednesday waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the matter. He will enter a formal plea during an arraignment set for 3 p.m. Sept. 5 before Judge Michael Malone.
More students may pay to ride city buses
August 15, 2002
Karin Rexroad has taken a flurry of phone calls the past few weeks from parents who want to know how to get their children to school on city buses. “I had a lady drop in today so I could show her son how to ride,” said Rexroad, public transit administrator for the city of Lawrence.
Longtime local attorney dies at 72
August 15, 2002
Eugene C. Riling, a Lawrence attorney whose family’s history of practicing law here dates to the turn of the 19th century, died Tuesday at his home. He was 72. Friends said Riling, a former senior partner in what was then known as Riling, Burkhead, Fairchild & Nitcher, had battled leukemia for many years but never really retired from a profession from which he derived great satisfaction.
Trio charged with defrauding Medicare
August 15, 2002
A Lawrence woman was one of three people indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in a health-care fraud scheme.
Burn ban remains in county
August 15, 2002
Even a morning’s worth of steady rain wasn’t enough to douse Douglas County’s need for a burn ban. The county’s prohibition on setting open fires will remain in effect through midnight Friday, said Paula Phillips, the county’s emergency management director. Bans also remain in effect in Baldwin and Eudora.
Denali packs punch with mysterious edge
August 15, 2002
Although Denali takes its name from a mountainous region of Alaska, the band’s sound is more befitting a subterranean club in a European metropolis.
Voting counts
August 15, 2002
To the editor: I am writing in response to the letter titled “Shameful Turnout” that appeared Saturday.
True justice
August 15, 2002
To the editor: My first political memory is the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., and the message of peace that he communicated created a justice streak in me that is 10 miles wide. No one can deny that events on Sept. 11 were horrific, but I hoped we would respond with justice and embrace the Bill of Rights for the world’s population, because we are all created equal. Instead I see the growth of a McCarthy Era attitude of suspicion, with the Office of Homeland Security as its lesion, where intolerance and paranoia are funded with our tax dollars. I hope the residents of this country do not allow the fear pressure that is the trumpet of the Bush administration to lull us into intolerant complacency.
Strasser
August 15, 2002
Funeral Mass for Eugene F. ‘Francis’ Strasser, 92, St. Paul, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Francis Catholic Church, St. Paul. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery. Mr. Strasser died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2002, at Labette County Medical Center, Parsons.
Trading liberty
August 15, 2002
To the editor: I agree with your Aug. 9 editorial calling the FBI’s proposed TIPS program unacceptable. A national snitch program won’t create national unity. I’m also concerned about provisions in the U.S. Patriot Act passed blindly after 9-11. The Justice Department’s main argument for expanding its powers in questionable ways seems to be the government will keep us safe if we citizens surrender some of our “unalienable rights.”
Study: Fetal growth affects adult health
August 15, 2002
New research adds to a growing body of evidence that adult health is set to a significant degree by conditions in the womb and suggests the programming may start earlier in pregnancy than previously believed.
August 15, 2002
The days of flagging down a city bus from anywhere along its route may be numbered. New bus shelters popping up around the city are the first step toward setting up a more structured system of stops for the system, whose ridership continues to increase.
Idaho pins hopes on Anne Frank
August 15, 2002
Stonemason Mario Hernandez can’t help but hope that Idaho’s new human rights memorial will help the state shed its image as a haven for hate-mongering racists.
Arthur Kroeger
August 15, 2002
Services for Arthur Kroeger, 79, Lawrence, will be announced at a later date. His body has been donated to Kansas University Medical Center for research and teaching. Mr. Kroeger died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2002, at Brandon Woods Retirement Community, from a prolonged neurological disorder.
Cabela’s aims to draw tourists
August 15, 2002
John Castillo, assistant store manager with Cabela’s, said the outdoor equipment and clothing retailer had a simple goal for its new store about 30 minutes east of Lawrence near the Kansas Speedway. “We want people to walk in and say, ‘Wow,” Castillo said. “We want it to be a place where people can come and buy their outdoor gear, but more than that, we want it to really be an exhibit.”