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Slight chance of snow later this week
December 9, 2002
(Updated Monday at 10:40 a.m.) If your Christmas wish list includes snow, you’ll have to keep dreaming, says Matt Makens, 6News meteorologist. But there is a possibility of seeing a few flurries Thursday and Friday.
Slight chance of snow later this week
December 9, 2002
(Updated Monday at 10:40 a.m.) If your Christmas wish list includes snow, you’ll have to keep dreaming, says Matt Makens, 6News meteorologist. But there is a possibility of seeing a few flurries Thursday and Friday.
Privatization effort praised despite mistakes
December 9, 2002
States thinking about privatizing their child welfare services ought to take a long, careful look at what went on in Kansas six years ago. âÂÂA great deal can be learned from the approach that Kansas took - a lot of pain can be avoided, and some very positive lessons can be picked up as well,â said Madelyn Freundlich, policy director at ChildrenâÂÂs Rights Inc., a New York-based, nonprofit advocacy group.
Kansas has started slow this season with 3-3 record, but every loss has been against a ranked team
December 9, 2002
If it’s any consolation, Kansas University’s 3-3 men’s basketball team has lost to some pretty good teams. North Carolina, Florida and Oregon all have been ranked at some point, with the Gators and Ducks ranked in the Top 10 at the time of their games against KU.
Briefly
December 9, 2002
¢ Israel: Report: Little done to deter sex slavery ¢ Russia: Chechen official survives ambush ¢ Colombia: Military says bombing kills 40 guerrillas ¢ Philippines: Communists rule out Christmas cease-fire
All I want for Christmas is … some of the latest gadgets
December 9, 2002
âÂÂSo, Dad, what do you want for Christmas?â When I heard that question my mind started racing through all the gadgets and gizmos IâÂÂd been reading about for months.
s 8 years in office
December 9, 2002
On the second floor of the Capitol, Gov. Bill Gravesâ staff is boxing up papers from his eight years in office, but unlike the previous four administrations, there is no researcher sifting through the collection to chronicle it for history.
Big 12 men’s roundup: Notre Dame stuns Texas
No. 2 Longhorns third straight ranked victims of Irish, 98-92
December 9, 2002
Notre Dame won’t be sneaking up on any more opponents this season. The unranked Fighting Irish won their third straight game over a ranked team, stunning No. 2 Texas 98-92 on Sunday in the championship game of the BB&T Classic.
OU leads Big 12 contingent
Conference equals record with eight bowl teams
December 9, 2002
Eight Big 12 teams are headed to bowl games, matching the conference record set by the young league a year ago.
Notre Dame settles for Gator Bowl after BCS snub
December 9, 2002
Passed over for the lucrative Bowl Championship Series, Notre Dame coach Tyrone Willingham and his players showed no signs of disappointment about having to settle for the Gator Bowl.
NCAA Women’s College cup final: Portland clips Santa Clara, 2-1, in OT
December 9, 2002
Christine Sinclair looked at the rain and soggy field and liked Portland’s chances of winning its first national championship. Put shots on goal, she said, and something’s bound to go in.
Mother of 3 gets second chance to pursue college hoop dreams
December 9, 2002
She is listed as a freshman forward from McPherson, and that’s her near the end of the bench in her warmup jersey. She doesn’t play much for the McPherson College varsity. Like most freshmen on a team deep with talent, this will be a season spent honing her skills on the JV squad, a role she happily accepts.
School consolidation plan pitched
Superintendents suggest collapsing districts would improve financial issues
December 9, 2002
Two superintendents hope their proposal for a regional education district ignites a serious debate about school consolidation and inequities in how the state distributes its aid.
Priests join calls for cardinal’s resignation after new revelations
December 9, 2002
Outside the stately Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Sunday, hundreds of angry demonstrators heaped vitriol on the church most of them were raised in.
Fire destroys section of Edinburgh Old Town
December 9, 2002
A fire tore through Edinburgh’s medieval Old Town, destroying 13 buildings, and firefighters working to control the blaze in the neighborhood’s narrow cobblestone alleys said Sunday it would likely take two more days to put it out completely.
Recreation may dry up with reservoirs
December 9, 2002
Reservoirs in northeast Kansas are at or near their lowest levels since they were built more than 30 years ago, leading officials to worry about the effects on water recreation this winter and next spring. âÂÂIt started causing some problems late last summer when in some places mud flats and stumps were uncovered by water,â said Jim Franz of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Clinton Lake southwest of Lawrence.
Atkinson wants top faculty for future research facility
December 9, 2002
Barbara Atkinson doesnâÂÂt want a state-of-the-art research building with no one in it to perform research. So Atkinson, executive dean of the Kansas University School of Medicine, is starting to recruit now to fill up the schoolâÂÂs new life sciences research facility - even though it isnâÂÂt scheduled for completion until 2006 and the school has had its budget cut by $2.6 million - or 6 percent - this year.
Police seek clues in beating
December 9, 2002
The sister of a Lawrence man beaten early Friday outside a downtown bar said her brother was the victim of a hate crime. âÂÂHeâÂÂs gay, and itâÂÂs very obvious,â Lisa Hunt said during an interview Saturday about her 28-year-old brother.
Fast’ Bucs shut down Vick
Tampa Bay defeats Falcons, keeps NFC South lead
December 9, 2002
A harried Michael Vick took a moment to confide in Warren Sapp. “He said: ‘I can’t believe it. You guys are fast …. I’ve never seen anything like this before,”’ Sapp said after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had shut down the NFL’s most elusive quarterback for a 34-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
Terps upend Colonials, snap two-game skid
December 9, 2002
When Gary Williams demanded an emotional performance to end a rare losing streak, Steve Blake and Drew Nicholas delivered.
Kings spank Spurs, 104-80
Sacramento ruins opener at SBC Center
December 9, 2002
The San Antonio Spurs might have fared better against the Sacramento Kings on Sunday if they had a pair of Jacksons. And some steals. And their coach for all four quarters.
Recreation may dry up with reservoirs
December 9, 2002
Reservoirs in northeast Kansas are at or near their lowest levels since they were built more than 30 years ago, leading officials to worry about the effects on water recreation this winter and next spring. “It started causing some problems late last summer when in some places mud flats and stumps were uncovered by water,” said Jim Franz of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Clinton Lake southwest of Lawrence.
Kansas ‘pioneer’ in child services
Privatization effort praised despite mistakes
December 9, 2002
States thinking about privatizing their child welfare services ought to take a long, careful look at what went on in Kansas six years ago. “A great deal can be learned from the approach that Kansas took - a lot of pain can be avoided, and some very positive lessons can be picked up as well,” said Madelyn Freundlich, policy director at Children’s Rights Inc., a New York-based, nonprofit advocacy group.
Political speech difficult to regulate
December 9, 2002
In theory, at least, the three federal judges who heard oral arguments last week on the latest piece of campaign finance legislation are supposed to be weighing the constitutionality of its provisions, not its practical or partisan effects. But as this case moves through the courts - an accelerated appeal to the Supreme Court is certain, no matter what the outcome - the real-world consequences of the legislation are already being felt.
Area briefs
December 9, 2002
¢ KU Med announces cardiac arrest seminar ¢ Forum addresses natural resources issues ¢ Medical office managers to start association ¢ Papa John’s offers scholarships
Nerve, biological weapons areas of concern
December 9, 2002
A top adviser to President Saddam Hussein challenged Washington on Sunday to “come up” with evidence it claims to have that Baghdad still has weapons of mass destruction.
No historic research slated for Graves era
Faltering finances impede state researchers from documenting governor’s 8 years in office
December 9, 2002
On the second floor of the Capitol, Gov. Bill Graves’ staff is boxing up papers from his eight years in office, but unlike the previous four administrations, there is no researcher sifting through the collection to chronicle it for history.
Today Show’ and KU outreach center sponsor holiday party for children
December 9, 2002
The KU Center for Community Outreach will have a holiday party for Lawrence-area children from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Kansas Union. The center has paired up with NBC’s “Today Show,” which will donate gifts for the party. Every child who attends will leave with a wrapped gift. Based on past numbers, the center expects more than 600 children to come to the party. Gift donations will be accepted at the center’s office in the union
Graduation ceremonies short, sweet
December 9, 2002
More than 170 journalism, engineering and computer science majors at Kansas University were recognized Sunday during fall-semester graduation ceremonies at Woodruff Auditorium.
People
December 9, 2002
¢ Singer renews wedding vows ¢ Former ‘first cat’ leads parade ¢ Director taps into vineyard ¢ Nicholson’s affairs of the heart
Lawrence city commission
December 9, 2002
Agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall ¢ Sunflower Broadband 25
BCS bowl roundup: Orange pulls rank on Rose
USC, Iowa to tangle in ‘Rose Bowl East’
December 9, 2002
No surprise in the Fiesta Bowl: It’s No. 1 Miami vs. No. 2 Ohio State in the BCS national title game. But the Orange Bowl has a matchup that looks more suited for Pasadena than Miami.
Harry L. Tryon
December 9, 2002
Police seek clues in beating; sister claims hate crime
December 9, 2002
The sister of a Lawrence man beaten early Friday outside a downtown bar said her brother was the victim of a hate crime. “He’s gay, and it’s very obvious,” Lisa Hunt said during an interview Saturday about her 28-year-old brother.
Fort Riley preparing for potential war in Iraq
December 9, 2002
On a bitter-cold field at Fort Riley, a U.S. Army tank the color of desert sand glides past Capt. Aaron Cichocki.
Islam undercuts democracy
December 9, 2002
Military rulers and hereditary potentates are costly luxuries for developing countries in the dawn of the 21st century. In history’s unclosing and unforgiving eye, the autocrats are forgotten but not gone.
Big Gun’ may loom large in an Iraq war
December 9, 2002
Its official name is the AC-130. Some call it simply the Big Gun. Packed with a unique combination of airborne firepower, it is one of the most fearsome warplanes. Just one look shows why.
Local briefs
December 9, 2002
¢ Concert, auction help Arc of Douglas County ¢ Higher education: Baker University plans winter commencement ¢ Federal aid: Grant to help AIDS, HIV patients obtain housing ¢ Arts: HINU auction showcases American Indian culture
Naughty trumps nice in cartoons
December 9, 2002
A peculiar theme emerges on two new animated holiday originals. Both feature spoiled characters who drive Santa out of the Christmas business.
Holiday blitz a matter of faiths
December 9, 2002
There’s something for just about every faith at the White House this holiday season. Over the course of 24 hours last week, President Bush helped light a menorah for Hanukkah and the national Christmas tree and visited a mosque at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Cheaters threaten online gaming
December 9, 2002
Tony Ray knows how cheating can ruin a good time online. Two years ago, he was among video gamers who regularly conquered rivals in the three-dimensional combat game “Team Fortress.”
Horoscopes
December 9, 2002
KSU fans livid about bowl
December 9, 2002
Kansas State fans don’t have all the answers, but they’re convinced that something has to change. KSU fans were frustrated with Sunday’s announcement that the Wildcats would play unranked Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl. Kansas State was shut out of the Bowl Championship Series this season, despite being ranked eighth in the BCS.
Saints’ Brooks leaves with injured shoulder
December 9, 2002
New Orleans Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks reaggravated a right shoulder injury in Sunday’s 37-25 win over the Baltimore Ravens and left as a precaution in the third quarter. Brooks was removed after being sacked on two of three plays and was replaced by Jake Delhomme.
Pacers coach Thomas ticketed for failing to obey police officer
December 9, 2002
Indiana Pacers coach Isiah Thomas was ticketed for failing to obey an officer early Sunday after police pulled over his vehicle.
KU women bowlers fall in semis
December 9, 2002
Kansas University’s men failed to advance to the elimination rounds, but the KU women finished in the top four at the Leatherneck Classic bowling tournament over the weekend.
WVU coach lashes out after Irish swipe spot
December 9, 2002
West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez lashed out at Notre Dame on Sunday after the Irish earned a spot in the Gator Bowl and denied the Mountaineers a New Year’s Day game.
Harrington holds off Woods
Golfer wins Target World Challenge by two strokes
December 9, 2002
Two holes into the final round, Padraig Harrington extended his lead to eight strokes over Tiger Woods and then braced for the worst Sunday in the Target World Challenge.
No change at top: Miami unanimous No. 1 in AP football poll
December 9, 2002
Miami will go into its Fiesta Bowl matchup against Ohio State as a unanimous No. 1 in the Associated Press football poll, while the rest of the top 10 also remained exactly the same.
National Guard aids ice storm victims
December 9, 2002
In a region left dark and cold by a major ice storm, National Guard volunteers went door to door Sunday to show residents how to safely heat their homes after two people died of carbon monoxide poisoning while trying to keep warm.
U.S. to get uncensored copy of Iraq declaration
December 9, 2002
In a surprise decision late Sunday, the Security Council agreed to give the United States, Russia, France, China and Britain full access to Iraq’s arms declaration, U.N. officials and diplomats said.
Bush ready to name Treasury replacement
December 9, 2002
CSX Corp. Chairman John Snow is likely to be nominated by President Bush to replace Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill, White House officials said Sunday night. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Bush had told advisers that Snow, 63, was his choice after a final review of his financial and personal background.
United Airlines to declare bankruptcy today
December 9, 2002
United Airlines, unable to stanch more than two years of swelling losses and spurned in a plea for federal assistance, will file today for federal bankruptcy court protection, a source close to the company said Sunday.
Briefly
December 9, 2002
¢ Cleveland: Priest found dead in fire died from gunshot wound ¢ Venezuela: President sends troops to run gasoline distribution ¢ Israel: Sharon aide: Arafat should stay away from Bethlehem
Sentencing not end of Courtney case’s impact
December 9, 2002
As Robert Courtney begins serving his 30-year term prison term for diluting drugs, the pharmacy industry and politicians are weighing the fallout from a crime that shook the public’s confidence in those who mix and dispense drugs.
Graduation ceremonies short, sweet
December 9, 2002
More than 170 journalism, engineering and computer science majors at Kansas University were recognized Sunday during fall-semester graduation ceremonies at Woodruff Auditorium.
Dean recruiting despite budget
Atkinson wants top faculty for future research facility
December 9, 2002
Barbara Atkinson doesn’t want a state-of-the-art research building with no one in it to perform research. So Atkinson, executive dean of the Kansas University School of Medicine, is starting to recruit now to fill up the school’s new life sciences research facility - even though it isn’t scheduled for completion until 2006 and the school has had its budget cut by $2.6 million - or 6 percent - this year.
Hargadine services
December 9, 2002
Brown Sugar’ leads Image Awards with 8 nominations
Barbershop’ is second with 5
December 9, 2002
The romantic movie “Brown Sugar” received a leading eight nominations Thursday for the NAACP Image Awards.
On the money
December 9, 2002
In recent years, the path to a comfortable retirement has become bumpier. But there are a few useful road maps out there designed to prove retirement saving guidance.
All I want for Christmas is … some of the latest gadgets
December 9, 2002
“So, Dad, what do you want for Christmas?” When I heard that question my mind started racing through all the gadgets and gizmos I’d been reading about for months.
Don’t let holidays chase you into debt
Experts advise consumers to begin with budget
December 9, 2002
Last Christmas, Susan O’Neill wanted to wow family and friends with great gifts. So she spent $300 on a Banana Republic coat for her husband and even gave gifts to the letter carrier and baby-sitter.
Gang murder yields 30 year sentence
December 9, 2002
A man who said he was “hanging out with the wrong crowd” has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for a murder that was caught on surveillance tape outside a liquor store.
U.N.-driven policy a mistake
December 9, 2002
The United Nations is not the U.S. Department of State. The United Nations does not control U.S. foreign policy. But this is precisely what happened when President George Bush listened to Secretary of State Colin Powell and allowed the United Nations to dictate what is and what is not in the interest of U.S. security regarding the matter of Saddam Hussein and his weapons of mass destruction. Now, the mistake must be unraveled.
Old home town - 25, 40 and 100 years ago today
December 9, 2002
Don’t count on affirmative action
December 9, 2002
The strongest argument against affirmative action I’ve ever heard was only one sentence long. The setting was a room full of black journalists in Seattle in the summer of 1999, the year after Washingtonians voted their state out of the affirmative-action business.
War coverage
December 9, 2002
Pentagon plans for media involvement with war units is definitely a sound move. We can only hope that the U.S. Department of Defense will follow through on early plans to deploy hundreds of print reporters, photographers and television journalists with front-line American units if there is war in Iraq.
Die another Day’ shows new life
December 9, 2002
“Die Another Day” has won another weekend at the box office. The James Bond flick, which debuted as the No. 1 movie two weeks earlier, returned to the top spot with $13 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Turner prize winner inspired by computers
December 9, 2002
Painter and sculptor Keith Tyson, whose playful artwork is inspired by scientific theories and often ponders the role of computers in the modern world, won Britain’s prestigious Turner Prize on Sunday.
On the record
December 9, 2002
Kennedy Center pays tribute to legends of stage, screen, song
December 9, 2002
A mix of politicians, Hollywood celebrities and performing arts legends joined President Bush and the first lady in honoring Academy Award-winning actress Elizabeth Taylor, Grammy-honored singer Paul Simon and actor James Earl Jones Sunday.
Lack of coordination threatens WTC redevelopment
December 9, 2002
As officials prepare seven alternative plans for reconstruction of the World Trade Center - including a memorial in the sky and the world’s tallest tower - doubts about who is in charge of the process threaten to muffle the fanfare.
Serbia’s voters again fail to elect new president
December 9, 2002
Serbia failed for a second time to elect a president as too few voters showed up to cast ballots Sunday, deepening a political crisis in the dominant Yugoslav republic.
Armand ‘Sonny’ Grant Townsend
December 9, 2002
Spanish troops join oil cleanup
December 9, 2002
The Spanish military sent reinforcements and an oil platform was on its way to help with cleanup operations from the sunken tanker Prestige as officials spotted new slicks off already blackened coastal areas.
KC’s Hall has a ball - Chiefs 49, Rams 10
Kansas City kick returner makes history in rout
December 9, 2002
It ended with a big, loud thud for the St. Louis Rams. Their three-year postseason run, which included two Super Bowl appearances and one championship, came crashing to a halt Sunday in one of the most lopsided losses in the history of a proud franchise.
Tough schedule taking toll on Jayhawks
Kansas has started slow this season with 3-3 record, but every loss has been against a ranked team
December 9, 2002
If it’s any consolation, Kansas University’s 3-3 men’s basketball team has lost to some pretty good teams. North Carolina, Florida and Oregon all have been ranked at some point, with the Gators and Ducks ranked in the Top 10 at the time of their games against KU.