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Kansas stays at No. 19 in AP Top 25
December 23, 2002
(Updated Tuesday at 2:09 a.m.) Even with Saturday’s 87-70 victory over UCLA, Kansas University’s mens’ basketball team kept its No. 19 ranking in the newest AP Top 25 poll.
Hinrich named Big 12 player of the week
December 23, 2002
(Updated Tuesday at 2:09 a.m.) Kansas University senior guard Kirk Hinrich was chosen as Big 12 player of the week for his 27 points on 8-of-13 shooting against UCLA in the Jayhawks’ 87-70 victory on Saturday.
More Kansans fall prey to hard times this year
December 23, 2002
Lisa Bernie knew what it was like to get a regular paycheck. She was poor. Life was often a struggle. Still she managed to support herself and her children.
Volunteers needed to provide child care
December 23, 2002
Agency: Small World Address: 2415 Clinton Parkway Contact Person: Kathy Mulinazzi, 841-3645
Teen behavior shaping up
December 23, 2002
The latest news about smoking, drinking and the use of illegal drugs among teen-agers is good news. Perhaps that’s why it got so little attention.
Universities go for ratings
December 23, 2002
Universities say they hate magazines’ best and worst rankings. Oh, really? If you are exhausted by the frantic pace of the for-profit markets and yearn for the tranquility of the nonprofits, yearn again.
Bengals game deserted
You have a feeling of being shortchanged’
December 23, 2002
Scalpers hung out on empty street corners, offering high-priced tickets for bargain rates. Vendors stood by carts crammed with Bengals gear, waiting for a customer to come into sight.
Weak partners undercut U.S. foreign policy
December 23, 2002
From the Korean peninsula to the Red Sea the Bush administration is absorbing new lessons daily in the difficulties of turning its bold pronouncements and overwhelming global power into workable policies that protect Americans and advance U.S. interests abroad.
Lott says he fell into ‘trap’ set by political enemies
December 23, 2002
Sen. Trent Lott, in his first public remarks since resigning as Senate Republican leader, said Sunday that he had fallen into a “trap” set by his political enemies and had “only myself to blame.”
Horse trainer back in saddle after life-changing events
December 23, 2002
There was a time Joseph Grant had it all — a loving family, a successful horse-training business and a 40-acre ranch.
War could sink cruise industry
Company officials hope to overcome 9-11, virus outbreaks
December 23, 2002
The cruise industry had hoped 2003 would bring an end to the uncertainty that shadowed the business since the terrorist attacks. With the recent outbreak of stomach viruses on ships, the outlook for next year is even more unclear.
Suits reveal tough legislative choices
Cities, counties and advocacy groups fighting state budget cuts in the courts
December 23, 2002
Faced with a looming budget deficit, Gov. Bill Graves ordered cuts in state spending and the withholding of funds to local governments.
Protest uncovers complaints about fur
December 23, 2002
They wore Santa Claus hats and sandwich signs but not much else. Five Lawrence women drew honks, cheers and criticism downtown Sunday by staging a nearly naked animal-rights protest.
Sniper report puts most blame on teen
December 23, 2002
Evidence in the Washington-area sniper shootings case points to teenager John Lee Malvo as the triggerman in most— if not all — of the shootings, according to a published report Sunday.
Merchants’ holiday hopes fall short
December 23, 2002
Despite bustling stores and malls during the last weekend before Christmas, retailers remained anxious and uncertain after a hoped-for sales bonanza failed to materialize.
Engineers say nuclear plants can withstand jetliner impact
December 23, 2002
Tests using engineering models support the nuclear industry’s arguments that a reactor could withstand a direct hit by a jetliner, an industry-sponsored report says.
N. Korea unsealing nuclear facilities
December 23, 2002
In a defiant declaration that triggered alarm in foreign capitals, North Korea said Sunday that it had begun removing U.N. seals and surveillance cameras from nuclear facilities that U.S. officials say could yield weapons within months.
Neighbors deck streets with candles
December 23, 2002
Drivers dimmed their headlights and circled the neighborhood. The curbside glowed and flickered. In some yards, the smell of vanilla-scented candles filled the air.
Donald D. Decker
December 23, 2002
Services for Donald D. Decker, 53, rural Valley Falls, will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Christian Church of Valley Falls. Burial will be in Spring Grove Cemetery. Mr. Decker died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002, at a Topeka hospital after an apparent heart attack.
Unlikely heroes help Kansas City
December 23, 2002
This time a year ago Marc Boerigter was catching passes in Canada and Michael Husted was a lonely figure in California, drilling make-believe field goals through imaginary goal posts.
Manhattan teen’s caroling puts food on needy tables
December 23, 2002
In some ways, Matt Droge seems like your average 17-year-old. He’s a senior at Manhattan High School and he enjoys playing with his two dogs.
Top 25 Men: Oregon runs past Gophers
December 23, 2002
The fifth-ranked Oregon Ducks took advantage of their opportunities even though they weren’t at their best.
Bruins were clueless against Kansas
KU’s Williams against UCLA’s Lavin isn’t even debateable; it showed in Jayhawks’ 87-70 win
December 23, 2002
The sad part for anyone who cares even the smallest bit about UCLA basketball wasn’t Kansas 87, Bruins 70. There was actually a touch of honor in that final score of Saturday’s game at Allen Fieldhouse, a reflection of continued effort despite an apparent lost cause.
Tangerine dream for Clemson
December 23, 2002
Sloshing through the snow in Idaho last year wasn’t much fun for Clemson center Tommy Sharpe, even though the Tigers beat Louisiana Tech in the Humanitarian Bowl.
People
December 23, 2002
¢ McCartney gets coat of arms ¢ Christmas party brings mayhem ¢ Castro favoring his left leg ¢ Lady Bird celebrates 90th
Local briefs
December 23, 2002
¢ Commission meetings canceled during holidays ¢ Courts: Kansas to get its share of Ford Motor settlement ¢ State: Population growth in line with Midwest ¢ Education: Manhattan senator to lead commission
Not everything confirmed in U.S. case against Iraq
December 23, 2002
Today’s claims about Iraq could become tomorrow’s call to arms. But not all the statements coming from the Bush administration have been supported by evidence, and some that haven’t are central to the question of whether Americans should go to war.
Professor to receive two achievement awards
Chemistry honors named for mentors at KU
December 23, 2002
Within the next nine months, Ron Borchardt will receive two lifetime achievement awards. And he said they’ll be doubly significant to him since they also pay tribute to two Kansas University giants who helped launch his career.
You say pop; we say soda
Dialect Survey gives insight into regional speech differences
December 23, 2002
Do you call a soft drink a “soda,” or “pop?” Do you say “you,” “you guys” or “you all?” Does the word “poem” have one syllable or two?
Morning shows feed on emotion
Competition frenzied for human-interest interviews
December 23, 2002
The danger of the morning news show competition for interviews was evident last week in the tears streaming down a 9-year-old boy’s face.
Districts paying teachers with fund-raiser proceeds
December 23, 2002
Students at Belinder Elementary School in the cash-strapped Shawnee Mission School District in suburban Kansas City brought in loose change and the proceeds from lemonade stands earlier this year to help pay the salaries of a nurse, counselor and foreign language teacher.
Chemistry honors named for mentors at KU
December 23, 2002
Within the next nine months, Ron Borchardt will receive two lifetime achievement awards. And he said they’ll be doubly significant to him since they also pay tribute to two Kansas University giants who helped launch his career.
Playoff picture puzzling
December 23, 2002
It’s the most muddled playoff picture in NFL history. Entering the final week, the playoff possibilities in the AFC are almost as wide open as they were in Week 1, when 32 teams started 0-0.
Whistle-blowing women Persons of Year for 2002
December 23, 2002
Three women “whistleblowers” - an FBI agent who wrote a memo blasting intelligence failures after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and two executives who exposed corporate corruption - are Time magazine’s Persons of the Year for 2002.
Volunteers needed to provide child care
December 23, 2002
Agency: Small World Address: 2415 Clinton Parkway Contact Person: Kathy Mulinazzi, 841-3645
Christmas Day jackpot Powerball’s third-largest
December 23, 2002
Somewhere in a Christmas stocking or holiday card this season could be a lottery ticket worth nearly $300 million.
Horoscopes
December 23, 2002
Ronald Larkin
December 23, 2002
Mass of Christian burial for Ronald O. Larkin, 60, Axtell, will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Michael’s Church in Axtell. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Baileyville. Mr. Larkin died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002, at his home after fighting cancer for three years.
Martha Catherine Hopkins
December 23, 2002
Services for Martha Catherine Hopkins, 80, McLouth, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Lawrence Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Hopkins died Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002, at her home.
Marie Esther Dahl
December 23, 2002
Services for Marie Esther Dahl, 75, Lawrence, will be 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Dahl died Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002, in Lawrence.
Donald D. Decker
December 23, 2002
Texas RB commits to Kansas
December 23, 2002
Kansas football coach Mark Mangino’s list of recruits is now at 14 after Taurance Rawls verbally committed to the Jayhawks, according to Jon Kirby of Rivals.com.
Teen charged in shooting
December 23, 2002
A Kansas City man has been charged with murder in the Nov. 24 shooting death of a 17-year-old girl at a dance in Kansas City.
Old home town - 40 and 100 years ago today
December 23, 2002
Rude attitude
December 23, 2002
Bulls inching back toward respectability
December 23, 2002
Don’t go looking for spots to hang new banners or start clearing out room in the trophy case just yet. At 10-17, the Chicago Bulls still have a long way to go before they make a championship run like Michael Jordan and his sidekicks.
NBA Roundup: Lakers skirt by Raptors
Bryant’s last-second layup leads L.A. to overtime win
December 23, 2002
The struggling Los Angeles Lakers barely escaped Toronto with a win. Kobe Bryant scored 31 points, including a layup with 33.2 seconds left in overtime, as the Lakers ended a three-game losing streak with a 109-107 victory over the Raptors on Sunday.
Injury Roundup: Sunday’s games rough on starting quarterbacks
December 23, 2002
Four starting quarterbacks were injured and forced from their games Sunday. St. Louis’ Marc Bulger left the Rams’ 30-10 loss to Seattle on the fourth play from scrimmage after hurting his back.
NFL Roundup: Tennessee wins AFC South
Titans earn division title with 28-10 win over Jaguars
December 23, 2002
One moment, the Tennessee Titans made the playoffs. The next, they won the division. At this rate, there’s no telling how far the Titans might go in a season that seems to get better by the minute.
Michael Jackson just disappears
December 23, 2002
On Christmas Day, it will be 20 years since Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album debuted on the pop charts. Twenty years since the rules changed, 20 years since the record book was rewritten, 20 years since the onset of a globe-straddling phenomenon.
Big 12 Men: Longhorns slip past Princeton
December 23, 2002
This one had the look of a playground pickup game. Not the flashy moves variety with ankle-rolling crossover dribbles and in-your-face dunks. Princeton at Texas was more like the scrawny kid who frustrates the neighborhood bully with an efficient textbook attack.
Timely prudence
December 23, 2002
The new governor is wise to scale down her inauguration glitz and glamour. Regardless of one’s political leanings, there should be considerable support among Kansans for Gov.-elect Kathleen Sebelius’ decision to scale down her inaugural events next month.
Rose meeting taking shape
Members to discuss banned legend’s HOF future
December 23, 2002
Count out Robin Roberts from the proposed meeting between commissioner Bud Selig and the Hall of Fame’s 58 living members regarding Pete Rose’s possible reinstatement.
Reputed gang leader sentenced in drug case
December 23, 2002
Reputed prison gang leader Michael McElhiney, 45, has been sentenced to 30 years without parole for smuggling heroin into the Leavenworth federal penitentiary.
On the record
December 23, 2002
Chiefs give Chargers boot - Kansas City 24, San Diego 22
Husted’s kick clinches non-losing season for KC
December 23, 2002
A handful of former backups and a kickoff specialist helped the Kansas City Chiefs pull out a last-minute win. Four key players in the Chiefs’ 24-22 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday were backups two weeks ago. Two made their first starts Sunday.
Holiday emotions run high for reservists
December 23, 2002
Sgt. 1st Class Suzanne Middleton knows what she’s getting for Christmas — a tattered piece of cloth printed with faded lions that, 19 years ago, was a new baby blanket.
Residents give town shot of holiday cheer
December 23, 2002
The residents here have had precious little to cheer about the past year, with the community budget in tatters, a scandal at the college and the water service breaking down.
Offices list holiday hours
December 23, 2002
Most government offices and public services in Lawrence will be closed Wednesday in observance of Christmas.
Teachers union officials face federal investigation
December 23, 2002
Federal investigators are accusing former top officials of the Washington Teachers’ Union of using more than $2 million of members’ dues to buy themselves luxury items, including a $20,000 fur coat and a $57,000 Tiffany silver service.
Mills suspended three games
December 23, 2002
Golden State forward Chris Mills was suspended for three games without pay by the NBA Sunday for fighting with Portland’s Bonzi Wells after a game, going after him in the locker room and even blocking the Trail Blazers’ bus.
Experimental vaccine reduces AIDS virus in monkeys
December 23, 2002
An experimental vaccine against the monkey form of AIDS sharply reduced but did not eliminate the amount of the virus in the animals’ blood.
Smokies neighbors donate 700 acres for preservation
December 23, 2002
More than 700 acres bordering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will remain natural and undeveloped thanks to a Christmas gift from the land owners.
Father charged in death of 3-month-old daughter
Child is second to die while alone with suspect
December 23, 2002
A Lee’s Summit man has been accused of suffocating his 3-month-old daughter. Geoffrey P. Duvall, 22, was charged Saturday with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Megan N. Duvall.
Extradition filed in 1998 Kinsley slayings
December 23, 2002
Federal officials have filed extradition papers in Mexico seeking the return of the only suspect in a triple slaying four years ago in Kinsley.
Jayhawks’ Miles excited about holiday break
December 23, 2002
Visions of family, friends and food no doubt danced through Aaron Miles’ head on Sunday as he boarded a flight home to Portland, Ore., where he’ll spend the Christmas holiday.
Wichita airline drops route to Chicago
December 23, 2002
Optimistic economic forecasts helped bring AirTran Airways to Wichita in May, but fiscal reality has prompted the carrier to drop one of its routes.
Discrepancies in credit reports could harm some consumers
December 23, 2002
Just how accurate are those credit reports that agencies keep on you? A study by advocacy groups suggest that many have errors or omissions that can hurt your chances of getting a good interest rate on a loan.
Former football coach may run for governor
December 23, 2002
Three years after former Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne stepped into the political arena, the Republican congressman could be setting his sights on the governor’s seat.
Ronald Larkin
December 23, 2002
Marie Esther Dahl
December 23, 2002
Martha Catherine Hopkins
December 23, 2002
Rings’ sequel towers over box office competition
December 23, 2002
The “Lord of the Rings” sequel dominated in its debut weekend, taking in $61.5 million — 30 percent better than its predecessor did last year, according to studio estimates Sunday.
On the money
December 23, 2002
What is one of the most suggested year-end tax tips? Give some money away.
Experts lend advice on buying vehicles
December 23, 2002
How should you operate in a car market that strongly favors buying over leasing? Experts offered a few tips.
Buyers, lenders shift from leasing
Low-rate financing deals steer consumers toward buying cars
December 23, 2002
The world of car buying has changed. Have your personal finances kept pace? Just a few years ago, banks and automakers flooded drivers with lease deals so good it almost didn’t make sense to tie up your money to purchase a car, especially when it could be earning fatter returns in the go-go stock market.
Iraq says U.S. jumps gun on inspections
December 23, 2002
American and British officials are rushing to judgment about Iraq’s weapons report and should wait for U.N. arms inspectors to do their job, Saddam Hussein’s chief scientific adviser said Sunday.
Neighbors deck streets with candles
December 23, 2002
Drivers dimmed their headlights and circled the neighborhood. The curbside glowed and flickered. In some yards, the smell of vanilla-scented candles filled the air.
Senate GOP to pick new leader today
December 23, 2002
Now that they have deposed one party leader and are to elect another today, Senate Republicans are working to limit the damage that Trent Lott’s words had on GOP efforts to court minority voters.
Nutrition issue
December 23, 2002
Inexpensive gift ideas for those who love high-tech gadgets
December 23, 2002
Wanting to be a good American and do my part for the national economy, I headed out to my van. There were eight shopping days left. I had a half tank of gas, a shiny credit card and 18 festive tunes on the Christmas CD I burned on my computer.
More Kansans fall prey to hard times this year
December 23, 2002
Lisa Bernie knew what it was like to get a regular paycheck. She was poor. Life was often a struggle. Still she managed to support herself and her children.
Protest uncovers complaints about fur
December 23, 2002
They wore Santa Claus hats and sandwich signs but not much else. Five Lawrence women drew honks, cheers and criticism downtown Sunday by staging a nearly naked animal-rights protest.
Miles excited about holiday break
December 23, 2002
Visions of family, friends and food no doubt danced through Aaron Miles’ head on Sunday as he boarded a flight home to Portland, Ore., where he’ll spend the Christmas holiday.
Inexpensive gift ideas for those who love high-tech gadgets
December 23, 2002
Wanting to be a good American and do my part for the national economy, I headed out to my van. There were eight shopping days left. I had a half tank of gas, a shiny credit card and 18 festive tunes on the Christmas CD I burned on my computer.
Briefly
December 23, 2002
¢ Philadelphia: Catholic archdiocese scraps museum plans ¢ Iowa: Donors replace gifts stolen from shelter ¢ New York: Organic farm planned on Rockefeller estate ¢ Salt Lake City: Mormon church cuts hundreds of jobs
Briefly
December 23, 2002
¢ Afghanistan: Nonaggression pact signed ¢ West Bank: Palestinian vote postponed ¢ Venezuela: Oil workers’ jobs at risk