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Mays elected Speaker of Kansas House of Representatives
December 2, 2002
(Web Posted Monday at 11:25 a.m.) State Rep. Doug Mays, a Topeka Republican, was elected speaker of the Kansas House Monday morning. Rep. Dennis McKinney, a Greensburg Democrat, was named minority leader.
Nov. 5 election results certified by state canvassers
December 2, 2002
(Updated Monday at 11:16 a.m.) TOPEKA — It’s official. The State Board of Canvassers today approved and certified the results of the Nov. 5 general election.
Cold blast and snow flurries coming to Lawrence
December 2, 2002
(Updated Monday at 10:48 a.m.) If you’ve got an outdoor activity planned, Monday won’t be a bad day for it. But a big chill is headed toward Lawrence starting Tuesday, with a chance of snow flurries Wednesday.
Miami QB Lucas leaves with nerve injury in neck
December 2, 2002
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ray Lucas was hurt in Sunday’s 38-21 loss at Buffalo, but regular starter Jay Fiedler replaced him. Fiedler is expected to be ready to start next week.
Briefly
December 2, 2002
¢ England: Arson suspected at former butler’s shop ¢ Netherlands: Four terror suspects go on trial today ¢ Ivory Coast: Thousands flee as fighting expands ¢ Tahiti: Passengers evacuated from burning ship
NFL Roundup: Green Bay wins NFC North
Packers clinch title with 30-20 victory against Bears
December 2, 2002
Spectacular touchdown-saving plays by two backups named Walker allowed the Green Bay Packers to win their first division title in five years.
NBA briefs
December 2, 2002
¢ Kings sign Jackson, put Turkoglu on IR ¢ Mutombo, Kittles sit out for Nets with injuries ¢ Clippers center out
KSU research tackles feedlot dust
December 2, 2002
Sure, most feedlots are dusty and smell bad. But just how bad and how dusty? Researchers at Kansas State University and Texas A&M are trying to find out.
McDonald’s leaves Bolivia
December 2, 2002
Thousands of Bolivians crammed into McDonald’s Saturday to order their final Big Macs before the fast food restaurant closed up shop for good.
Kenya won’t turn over bomb evidence to Israel
December 2, 2002
Kenya will not heed Israeli demands to turn over some evidence in the attacks on an Israeli-owned hotel and an Israeli jetliner, saying Sunday it would conduct the probe alone. The Israeli defense minister said al-Qaida was the main suspect in the attacks.
Senator declares presidential ambition
December 2, 2002
Massachusetts Democrat John Kerry, a leading Senate liberal and decorated gunboat officer during the Vietnam War, said Sunday he is taking a first step toward running for president in 2004.
Fightin’ Whites’ campaign raises $100,000 for Indian scholarships
December 2, 2002
What started out as an attempt to shame a local high school into dropping a mascot name viewed as racist has raised at least $100,000 for scholarships for Indian college students.
Museum’s robotic T. rex undergoes surgery
December 2, 2002
The Tyrannosaurus exhibit at Fort Hays State University’s Sternberg Museum is proving to be so popular that the giant lizard is wearing out. Nearly 400,000 people have gone through the museum, which will celebrate its fourth anniversary at its present location in March.
Russell on the rebound
Town’s population decline stalls when company revives industrial plant, creates jobs
December 2, 2002
Gary Hobbie has grown accustomed to reaching for his blue safety helmet. The welcome fixture in his green sport utility vehicle is a sign of progress in this small town. “It’s good when a city manager keeps a hard-hat nearby,” he said before joining another tour of Russell’s Industrial Park just northeast of town.
Supreme Court to rule on Miranda warnings
December 2, 2002
For five years, Oliverio Martinez has been blind and paralyzed as the result of a police shooting. Now he is at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court case that could determine whether decades of restraints on police interrogations should be discarded.
Cost-conscious shoppers give retailers what they bargain for
December 2, 2002
The holiday shopping season got off to a solid start over the Thanksgiving weekend as retailers wooed discount-hungry consumers with specials on televisions, DVD players and other popular gifts.
KU bowlers place third at national tournament
December 2, 2002
Kansas University’s men’s bowling club team placed third in a 52-team field Saturday at the National Collegiate Team Match Games, the largest event of the fall semester.
Once the King of Pop
December 2, 2002
Twenty years ago, Michael Jackson was probably the coolest person in America and on his way to making history with an album called “Thriller.”
On the record
December 2, 2002
Harry Potter, James Bond duel for lead at holiday box office
December 2, 2002
It was a photo finish between Harry Potter on his broomstick and James Bond in his Aston Martin at the box office during the long Thanksgiving weekend.
ABC cautious to try ‘Bachelorette’
Success with ‘The Bachelor’ leads network to test new show
December 2, 2002
Outperforming even the network’s expectations, ABC’s “The Bachelor” is planning to run for a third time next March. Until then, an experimental “Bachelorette” will fill in for six episodes (shorter than the eight granted for the “Bachelor”), starting Wednesday, Jan. 6.
On the money
December 2, 2002
A Dividend Reinvestment Plan (DRIP) program is one way to buy stock in a company without having to go through a broker.
How professionals can cope with century’s first recession
December 2, 2002
Dealing with the emotional fallout of a layoff is a crucial step career coaches and employment consultants emphasize in this first recession of the 21st century.
Technology transforms hunt
Job searching has changed because of online searches, Web sites
December 2, 2002
A good hunter gets the best tools he can afford and maintains them in top condition. He learns his craft at least partly by listening to more successful hunters. He keeps up on the location of the most bountiful wildlife.
Old home town - 25, 40 and 100 years ago today
December 2, 2002
Art auction raises $12,000 for AIDS cause
December 2, 2002
The Douglas County AIDS Project raised about $12,000 Sunday at its annual Red Ribbon Art Auction, slightly less than its goal of $13,500.
Retired writer sharing his talents with youth
December 2, 2002
Ten-year-old Jessica Jacobs is a poet. And she knows it. “When I grow up, I want to be a famous writer,” she said last week.
Rift may affect U.S. foreign policy
December 2, 2002
A foreign policy rift simmering in the Bush administration shows no signs of mending and could affect Iraq policy as well as U.S. dealings in the Middle East and with North Korea and China.
Farmers still struggling as drought lingers
December 2, 2002
Dave Schwieterman’s parched prairie should be full of cattle. Instead, he had to sell his entire herd at the end of the summer, another victim of the Kansas drought.
Santa suits up for pet pictures
Lawrence Humane Society offers photographs to raise funds
December 2, 2002
Poking and prodding. Oohing and aahing. Waving and whistling. When it comes to animal photography, all of the above come into play. And then?
NBA Roundup: Pierce paces Celtics
Davis misses first game in four years
December 2, 2002
The New Orleans Hornets aren’t used to playing without Baron Davis, and it showed. Paul Pierce scored 30 points and Antoine Walker added 26 Sunday in the Boston Celtics’ 95-86 victory against the Hornets, who were without their All-Star guard for the first time in four seasons.
Big 12 Women: Bluejays trip Huskers in Nebraska showdown
December 2, 2002
Laura Spanheimer scored 14 points Sunday as Creighton beat Nebraska 55-40. Spanheimer finished with four three-point field goals as the Bluejays (2-1) beat their former coach.
Big 12 Men: Cornhuskers club Roadrunners
December 2, 2002
Jake Muhleisen scored 14 points and John Turek added 12 Sunday to lead Nebraska past cold-shooting Texas-San Antonio 69-53.
O’Meara wins Skins Game
Camera click bothers last-place finisher Woods
December 2, 2002
Every now and then, Mark O’Meara can still get the best of Tiger Woods. Far more frequently, someone with a camera gets to Woods.
AP Top 25 Football Poll: Miami, Ohio State still 1-2
December 2, 2002
Miami is a unanimous No. 1 in the AP poll again, and Southern California moved into the top five for the first time in more than seven years.
KU volleyball Jayhawks denied by NCAA
Not earning invitation disappointing to Kansas
December 2, 2002
For Kansas University’s volleyball team, the emotions were all on the surface. The Jayhawks displayed anxiety, hope, fear, optimism and shock Sunday as the 64 teams receiving invitations to the NCAA Tournament slowly were unveiled. Kansas was not one of them.
Chiefs fold Cards - Kansas City 49, Arizona 0
KC defense dominates in record-setting win
December 2, 2002
Whether this was the worst, second-worst or 10th-worst loss in their team’s long history hardly mattered to the glassy-eyed men in the somber Arizona dressing room.
Stolen identity
December 2, 2002
One cannot be too careful about data that can be acquired by identity thieves. Talk with anyone who has been a victim of stolen identity and the image of a nightmare emerges immediately. The anxiety is horrible and reaching a resolution can seem endless.
Mother distraught as suspect set free
December 2, 2002
The mother of a Kansas University student killed in Costa Rica last year had her worst fears realized Sunday upon learning that the man she believed had repeatedly stabbed her daughter had been released from custody.
Lawrence Humane Society offers photographs to raise funds
December 2, 2002
Poking and prodding. Oohing and aahing. Waving and whistling. When it comes to animal photography, all of the above come into play. And then?
Art auction raises $12,000 for AIDS cause
December 2, 2002
The Douglas County AIDS Project raised about $12,000 Sunday at its annual Red Ribbon Art Auction, slightly less than its goal of $13,500.
Cold blast and snow flurries coming to Lawrence
December 2, 2002
(Updated Monday at 10:48 a.m.) If youâÂÂve got an outdoor activity planned, Monday wonâÂÂt be a bad day for it. But a big chill is headed toward Lawrence starting Tuesday, with a chance of snow flurries Wednesday.
Nov. 5 election results certified by state canvassers
December 2, 2002
(Updated Monday at 11:16 a.m.) TOPEKA — It’s official. The State Board of Canvassers today approved and certified the results of the Nov. 5 general election.
Mays elected Speaker of Kansas House of Representatives
December 2, 2002
(Web Posted Monday at 11:25 a.m.) State Rep. Doug Mays, a Topeka Republican, was elected speaker of the Kansas House Monday morning. Rep. Dennis McKinney, a Greensburg Democrat, was named minority leader.
Briefly
December 2, 2002
¢ Virginia: Washington’s papers online ¢ Boston: Archdiocese considers filing for bankruptcy ¢ Gaza Strip: Palestinians elude missile
Miners risk their lives to save fellow workers, livelihood
December 2, 2002
Tony Key heard the explosion before he felt it. He half-turned to look and found himself hurtling through the air.
KU grad captures elite prize after all
He survived cancer and won a Marshall; now, he wants to change the face of environmentalism
December 2, 2002
Mark Bradshaw wants to change the world. Last year he learned how easily his own world could change.
Kansas looking ahead following losses
December 2, 2002
Yes, the sun still shined in Lawrence the mornings after Kansas UniversityâÂÂs menâÂÂs basketball losses Wednesday night and Friday night.
Lawrence city commission
December 2, 2002
6:45 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts ¢ Sunflower Broadband Channel 25
U.S. getting ready to make change with $20 bill
December 2, 2002
The last time Andrew Jackson got a makeover, he ended up with a big head, slightly off-center. This time, he will get a little color.
Freshman gives Snyder options
McKinney backing up three spots in Missouri’s lineup
December 2, 2002
Jimmy McKinney will be coming off the bench for a while at Missouri, no matter how well he plays.
Top 25 Men: Hoosiers roll in home opener, 84-58
December 2, 2002
With last season’s success noted on its Big Ten championship and Final Four banners in time for the home opener, Indiana is aiming higher.
Actually, Carolina should be No. 1
Top 25 voters won’t reward unheralded, unbeaten Tar Heels, however
December 2, 2002
North Carolina should be ranked No. 1 when this week’s Top 25 is released today, but that will never happen because most pollsters - sorry, brethren - blindly follow the status quo.
Kansas City defense earns redemption with shutout
December 2, 2002
Go figure. The Kansas City defense comes off what everybody considered its worst game of the year and immediately pins a shutout on the Arizona Cardinals.
Inspectors return to Iraqi airfield
December 2, 2002
In the late 1980s, according to U.N. arms experts, military researchers at this sleepy airfield north of Baghdad tested the Zubaidy device, a helicopter-mounted contraption that could disperse deadly bacteriological agents from the air.
Education, treatment key concerns on World AIDS Day
December 2, 2002
With songs, stars and prayers, Americans recognized World AIDS Day as a time to focus on a cure, on making treatment more available around the world and on remembering the millions who have already died.
Lawsuits want someone else to blame
December 2, 2002
I offer you today a column for the season of holiday feasts when, for most of us, at least, stomachs are pleasantly taut and we wander about with that sense of warm contentment that comes of appetites indulged, that sense of well-being, good cheer and rightness with the world that is unfortunately followed, as naturally as sun follows moon, by insidious guilt, crushing remorse and solemn self-promises to henceforth eat only carrots and tofu and to hit the gym hard and regularly beginning at dawn on Jan. 1.
Area briefs
December 2, 2002
¢ Driver killed trying to beat oncoming train ¢ Missing hiker committed suicide, authorities say ¢ Vespers, open house planned for Sunday ¢ Veterinarian to lecture on West Nile Virus ¢ Free mental health screenings available ¢ Immunizations offered Friday and Saturday ¢ Health department offers screenings ¢ Annual bird count looks to match 1999 numbers
Drunken-driving habitual offender on trial for murder
December 2, 2002
Jerry James Carruth was indicted in 1984 on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, but he wasn’t prosecuted because, a note written on the indictment says, he was “severely handicapped and paralyzed. He will not be able to drive a car again.”
Nightclub fire kills 47 in Venezuela
December 2, 2002
Flames quickly engulfed a tiny, downtown nightclub packed with hundreds of dancers but lacking emergency exits, triggering a panicky stampede and killing 47 people, fire officials and victims said Sunday.
14 killed on Mo. roads during holiday weekend
December 2, 2002
At least 14 people have died in traffic accidents around the state during the long holiday weekend, including a northwest Missouri man who was killed early Sunday in a one-car accident.
It’s time to come up with financial battle plan
December 2, 2002
Whether or not we go to war with Iraq, members of the National Guard and the Reserves need a plan.
Safe feeling eludes nation
December 2, 2002
I wonder how many Americans, as they gathered around the Thanksgiving table, remembered to be thankful that their Congress had passed the sweeping Homeland Security Act of 2002?
People
December 2, 2002
¢ San Francisco treat ¢ Jen and Ben at the arcade ¢ Going for No. 3 ¢ Bo Derek in doghouse
Retired writer sharing his talents with youth
December 2, 2002
Ten-year-old Jessica Jacobs is a poet. And she knows it. âÂÂWhen I grow up, I want to be a famous writer,â she said last week.
Mother distraught as suspect set free
December 2, 2002
The mother of a Kansas University student killed in Costa Rica last year had her worst fears realized Sunday upon learning that the man she believed had repeatedly stabbed her daughter had been released from custody.
District wants to keep tabs on soda contracts
December 2, 2002
The Lawrence school board is uncapping the bottle on soft-drink contracts controlled by the districtâÂÂs secondary principals.
He survived cancer and won a Marshall
December 2, 2002
Mark Bradshaw wants to change the world. Last year he learned how easily his own world could change.
Briefly
December 2, 2002
¢ Honolulu: Democrat wins special House election ¢ California: Condor found dead under power line ¢ Houston: House built by former Enron executive burns ¢ New York City: New mayor declines wedding invitations
Notre Dame still factor in BCS
Irish have shot at major bowl game despite 44-13 loss to USC
December 2, 2002
Call it the Notre Dame factor. The Fighting Irish are perhaps the only team in college football that could lose its final game by 31 points - and still get an invitation from the Bowl Championship Series.
Iowa considers speed limit increase, studies states
December 2, 2002
A new study shows that most Iowa motorists zoomed past the speed limit on the state’s four-lane roadways in a recent three-month period, and the results have one lawmaker talking about raising the limit.
From ‘Bad’ to worst
These days, Michael Jackson gets mostly unflattering publicity
December 2, 2002
Michael Jackson seems to be moonwalking from one embarrassment to another this year. He publicly feuded with his record label, accusing its chief of racism after his album sales were low.
Sci-Fi Channel airs Spielberg series
December 2, 2002
As networks dither, cable networks rush to fill the vacuum. The Sci-Fi Channel hopes that millions of viewers will devote 20 hours over the next 10 consecutive weeknights watching “Taken” (8 p.m., Sci-Fi), a sweeping 50- year saga concerning four families and several generations deeply affected by alien encounters.
Whose side are Saudis on?
December 2, 2002
The revelation that checks written by the wife of the Saudi ambassador might have helped fund the Sept. 11 hijackers shines an unwelcome light on the U.S-Saudi relationship. What kind of relationship is this? Are the Saudis a key American ally, or are they working to undermine U.S. interests in the Middle East?
Horoscopes
December 2, 2002
Cell phones, vehicle fatalities linked
December 2, 2002
The death toll from crashes caused by drivers talking on their wireless phones appears to be rising significantly as the devices become a must-have accessory for many Americans.
Not earning invitation disappointing to Kansas
December 2, 2002
For Kansas UniversityâÂÂs volleyball team, the emotions were all on the surface. The Jayhawks displayed anxiety, hope, fear, optimism and shock Sunday as the 64 teams receiving invitations to the NCAA Tournament slowly were unveiled. Kansas was not one of them.
KCK pastor plays father role to neighborhood
December 2, 2002
Tuesday and Thursday nights there’s a whole lot of parenting going on in the gymnasium of Grace Lutheran Church.
District wants to keep tabs on soda contracts
December 2, 2002
The Lawrence school board is uncapping the bottle on soft-drink contracts controlled by the district’s secondary principals.
Kansas looking ahead following losses
December 2, 2002
Yes, the sun still shined in Lawrence the mornings after Kansas University’s men’s basketball losses Wednesday night and Friday night.