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Local briefs
December 26, 2002
¢ Appraiser to mail personal property forms ¢ Free taxi rides offered New Year’s Eve ¢ Deadline nears to apply for bond issue projects
Local briefs
December 26, 2002
⢠Appraiser to mail personal property forms ⢠Free taxi rides offered New Year’s Eve ⢠Deadline nears to apply for bond issue projects
Fighting breeds
December 26, 2002
To the editor: Bitsey Patton asked what I meant by “attack breeds” in a letter I wrote supporting a proposed county ban on pit bull terriers.
Area briefs
December 26, 2002
¢ Grinch pays visit to motel parking lot ¢ Senator announces academy nominees
Area briefs
December 26, 2002
⢠Grinch pays visit to motel parking lot ⢠Senator announces academy nominees
A bad rap
December 26, 2002
A bad rap
December 26, 2002
To the editor: Shakespeare once wrote, “Something’s rotten in Denmark.”
Library struggle
December 26, 2002
To the editor: Does Lawrence deserve a good public library? Considering the support the library has been given? No! Does Lawrence have a good public library? Yes!
Try a little kindness
December 26, 2002
Simple acts of kindness can have a big payoff. The story of a South Korean businessman who has decided to donate $100,000 to KU Med in Kansas City is a reminder to all of us that small acts of kindness can make a big difference in people’s lives.
Clinton Lake, Kaw projects part of $6.8 million sought by Department of Wildlife and Parks from Legislature
December 26, 2002
State officials are planning about $400,000 worth of improvements at Clinton State Park and a $320,000 ramp for canoeists on the Kansas River in Lecompton. The projects are part of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks’ plan for $6.8 million in improvements and maintenance statewide that lawmakers will consider when the legislative session starts next month. If approved, work on the projects will start after July 1.
Santa gives post-flight report on world
December 26, 2002
‘Twas the morning after Christmas. In a cozy, atlas-lined study at the North Pole sits a bearded, rotund figure. He rises from a vast easy chair with a steaming mug of cocoa in hand. He walks downstage as if in a daze. Slowly, quizzically, Santa speaks: The state of the world, as seen from an airborne sleigh? I’ve been up all night pondering that. Look, my vision was hampered this year by the fog of pre-war and the low-hanging clouds of financial gloom. But one thing did hit this old pilot: Culture still makes the world’s politics go ‘round, globalization or no.
12-year-old ponies up donation
Youth gives horse to foster care group
December 26, 2002
Twelve-year-old Aryn Schowengerdt waited years for her father to make good on a promise to give her a pony. But after receiving the horse of her dreams this Christmas, Aryn decided to give it to the children of United Methodist Youthville, a 75-year-old foster care agency with a ranch and horse program on 120 acres in Dodge City.
Moscow prosecutors to investigate Harry Potter books
December 26, 2002
Moscow prosecutors have opened an investigation into whether the Harry Potter series of children’s books incite religious hatred, an official said Wednesday.
Park improvements, canoe ramp planned
Clinton Lake, Kaw projects part of $6.8 million sought by Department of Wildlife and Parks from Legislature
December 26, 2002
State officials are planning about $400,000 worth of improvements at Clinton State Park and a $320,000 ramp for canoeists on the Kansas River in Lecompton. The projects are part of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks’ plan for $6.8 million in improvements and maintenance statewide that lawmakers will consider when the legislative session starts next month. If approved, work on the projects will start after July 1.
Downfall of a giant
Conseco’s financial ruin blamed on string of bad decisions
December 26, 2002
When Conseco Inc. bought Green Tree Financial in 1998, the fast-growing insurer hailed the deal as the breakthrough it needed to become a financial-services supermarket to middle America. Instead, the $6 billion acquisition has turned into a nightmare, triggering a torturous stock slide that forced Conseco to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week.
Words of wisdom for 2003
December 26, 2002
Every New Year, I vow to do better. I promise myself to lose that extra 10 pounds that has stubbornly clung to my hips and thighs since the birth of my third child. I promise to get more sleep. I say I won’t watch so much television. I promise to spend more time with family and friends. And, like many people, I declare that I will become a better steward of my money.
Kohl’s recalls sets of children’s clothes
December 26, 2002
Kohl’s Department Stores Inc. is recalling about 9,600 children’s two-piece pants sets after receiving a report of a child choking on fabric that easily tore off from the fleece sleeves.
Joyful noise recorded for posterity
December 26, 2002
History used to be silent. We don’t know what Julius Caesar sounded like, or how the actors performed when Shakespeare’s plays debuted at the Globe theatre. In 1877, inventor Thomas Edison captured the words “Mary had a little lamb” on a tinfoil cylinder phonograph, and the era of recorded sound was born. “Save Our Sounds,” an installment of “Save Our History” (7 p.m., History), recounts the efforts of archivists and historians to preserve treasures of recorded sound for future generations.
2002 culture varied from ‘Spider-Man’ Toyota Camry
December 26, 2002
A sampling of what Americans elevated to No. 1 in 2002.
Study questions effectiveness of Celebrex at blocking ulcers
December 26, 2002
The blockbuster arthritis drug Celebrex doesn’t protect the stomach from dangerous bleeding ulcers as well as thought, a study suggests.
Violence mars holiday around globe
Grenade blast at church in Pakistan among Christmas tragedies
December 26, 2002
Bloodshed marred some of the world’s Christmas celebrations and social tensions shadowed others. A grenade killed a girl and two other worshippers at a church in Pakistan, bombs exploded at a church in India, protesters blocked church doors in Yugoslavia. Most tourists and religious pilgrims stayed away from Bethlehem on Wednesday, but a small number of Palestinian Christians braved dreary weather to attend Mass in the town of Jesus’ birth.
Annual yuletide event serves up food, fellowship
Organizers estimate more than 500 meals were served at the ninth Free Community Holiday Dinner
December 26, 2002
James Simpson knows the benefits of Lawrence’s annual Free Community Holiday Dinner — so much so that Wednesday’s event marked the third consecutive year he’s attended. “The town’s all closed up. It’s better to be around people than home by yourself,” said Simpson, a retired electrician.
Tulane survives Hawaii in back-and-forth battle
December 26, 2002
Lynaris Elpheage returned one punt for a touchdown and set up the go-ahead score, leading Tulane to a 36-28 victory over Hawaii in the inaugural Hawaii Bowl on Wednesday night.
Sportsline
December 26, 2002
¢ Chiefs’ Holmes ruled out ¢ Coach lauds Thomas ¢ Wizards courting Moore
Colorado lineman sent home
Senior linebacker might play in bowl game despite arrest
December 26, 2002
Colorado has sent home one of two football players arrested on public intoxication charges along the River Walk.
Soldiers mark holiday in Gulf
December 26, 2002
There was no Christmas break for U.S. pilots patrolling Iraqi skies from this Saudi base, and similar flights screeched off the deck of a U.S. aircraft carrier at sea.
Eagles, Rockets ready for Ford Field debut
December 26, 2002
After playing powerhouses like Miami, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech, it would be understandable if Boston College had a hard time taking little-known Toledo seriously.
6Sports video: Lady Jayhawks are boosted by Burras
December 26, 2002
The sophomore newcomer does it all for the Kansas women’s team.
6Sports video: Free State has a new standout player
December 26, 2002
Dain Dillingham has taken on a leadership role for the Firebirds.
6News video: Christmas comes to Lawrence Memorial Hospital
December 26, 2002
The holiday takes on a special meaning for patients at the hospital.
6News video: Free Community Holiday Dinner gives Christmas to hundreds
December 26, 2002
The ninth annual event brought people together for the holiday.
Proposed listserve pushes boundaries on open meetings
December 26, 2002
David Burress wants to bring “electronic democracy” to his colleagues on the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission. But the proposal could stumble on laws created before the rise of cyberspace.
Sound off
December 26, 2002
How do you report a violation of the no-call law in Kansas? The Kansas Attorney General’s Office recommends that you try to obtain as much information as possible from the telemarketer. Request their name and on whose behalf the call is being made. If possible, get a phone number and address for the company.
Johnson services
December 26, 2002
Services for Mildred Johnson, 93, Vinland, will be at 2 p.m. today at Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home in Baldwin. Burial will follow in Vinland Cemetery. Mrs. Johnson died Monday, Dec. 23, 2002, at Vintage Park Retirement Home in Baldwin.
6News video: Christmas comes to Lawrence Memorial Hospital
December 26, 2002
The holiday takes on a special meaning for patients at the hospital.
Williams praises admissions changes
December 26, 2002
The NCAA’s emphasis on standardized test scores has long puzzled Kansas University basketball coach Roy Williams. “I’ve always been against standardized testing as a measurement for someone’s perceived success at the college level,” Williams said of initial eligibility requirements based on minimum ACT and SAT scores the past 16 years.
Pennington still popular in Knoxville
December 26, 2002
Blame Chad Pennington for children watching football instead of doing their homework on Sundays.
Insight Bowl offers clash of 8-4 teams
December 26, 2002
The Pittsburgh Panthers are in the Insight Bowl for the second time in three years after a season that came tantalizingly close to being spectacular.
Northeast receives white Christmas
December 26, 2002
More than two feet of snow fell Wednesday in parts of upstate New York as a powerful Nor’easter moved up the Atlantic Coast, setting Christmas snowfall records, closing airports and bringing an unexpected holiday spectacle of lightning and thunder.
Preservationists create catalogue of World Trade Center wreckage
December 26, 2002
Preservationists are cleaning and photographing hundreds of burned, battered and twisted World Trade Center relics at an isolated airport hangar to create a catalog for museum curators and memorial planners worldwide.
Johnson services
December 26, 2002
Jayhawks earn top ranking for graduates
December 26, 2002
Most, but not all, of the talk at last year’s Final Four was about college basketball. Kansas graduated 64 percent of its players from the last NCAA reporting period, followed by Indiana (43 percent), Maryland (19) and Oklahoma (0).
Edythe Marshall
December 26, 2002
Services for Edythe Irene Hamlin Marshall, 86, Lawrence, are pending and will be announced by Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Mrs. Marshall died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2002, at Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community
Historic document almost pitched in trash
December 26, 2002
Tim Clark saved a slice of Lawrence public school history. While cleaning a storage room at the district’s maintenance shop, Clark grabbed a box of junk off a high shelf. He nearly pitched it all in the trash, until a tattered brown folder caught his eye.
Organizers estimate more than 500 meals were served at the ninth Free Community Holiday Dinner
December 26, 2002
James Simpson knows the benefits of Lawrence’s annual Free Community Holiday Dinner — so much so that Wednesday’s event marked the third consecutive year he’s attended. “The town’s all closed up. It’s better to be around people than home by yourself,” said Simpson, a retired electrician.
When gifts miss the mark…
December 26, 2002
Once upon a time, when I was in another marriage with another mother-in-law, I got a Christmas gift of china. I was not — am not — a china kind of gal. It was what my mother-in-law wanted me to want. So I oohed and ahhed and thanked her and began a tradition. Every Christmas, every birthday, I got another plate. It became harder and harder, and finally impossible, to tell her the truth.
Spas for children? Gag me
December 26, 2002
Alas, I’ve seen proof that I’m as stodgy and out of touch as my children are convinced I am.
UCLA powers past upstart New Mexico
December 26, 2002
Ed Kezirian’s brief time in the spotlight went much better than Katie Hnida’s.
Family and feathered friends
December 26, 2002
Friends and neighbors
December 26, 2002
Earl Wayne Bryant
December 26, 2002
Briefly
December 26, 2002
¢ Three women killed in home ¢ Castro offers reassurance ¢ Bush celebrates holiday with family at Camp David
On the record
December 26, 2002
Doris Powell
December 26, 2002
City overestimates some water bills
December 26, 2002
When Bill Beningfield got his water bill this month, the bottom line didn’t look right.
Academic aptitude
Jayhawks earn top ranking for graduates
December 26, 2002
Most, but not all, of the talk at last year’s Final Four was about college basketball. Kansas graduated 64 percent of its players from the last NCAA reporting period, followed by Indiana (43 percent), Maryland (19) and Oklahoma (0).
Choctaw graduate student strives to keep his native tongue alive
December 26, 2002
Chahta iskitini anumpuli li. In English, that would be: “I speak a little Choctaw.”
Chinese activist ‘overjoyed’ by freedom
December 26, 2002
A Chinese democracy activist who was released from jail and flown to the United States is overjoyed by his new freedom but awed by the task of starting his life over at 59, his daughter said Wednesday.
Proposed listserve pushes boundaries on open meetings
December 26, 2002
David Burress wants to bring “electronic democracy” to his colleagues on the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission. But the proposal could stumble on laws created before the rise of cyberspace.
Historic document almost pitched in trash
December 26, 2002
Tim Clark saved a slice of Lawrence public school history. While cleaning a storage room at the district’s maintenance shop, Clark grabbed a box of junk off a high shelf. He nearly pitched it all in the trash, until a tattered brown folder caught his eye.
Santa gives unique gift to grieving family
December 26, 2002
Early last December, there were good days for Hannah Saulsbury. Days when she could play like any other toddler. Days when the 3-year-old didn’t feel the pain — the “owies,” she called it — from her cancer.
Sebelius aide hints at agency consolidation
December 26, 2002
The administration of Gov.-elect Kathleen Sebelius might consolidate some economic development agencies, according to Lt. Gov.-elect John Moore.
Penn gets no peace for efforts
Actor joins long line of celebrities wading into politics
December 26, 2002
From the moment Sean Penn arrived in Baghdad, eager to advance the cause of peace, he was doomed — a dead man talking.
Researchers hope to boost chestnut production in area
December 26, 2002
You won’t find many chestnuts roasting on open fires this holiday season. Once a staple food in the diets of American Indians and Appalachian pioneers, they have been scarce since the late 19th century. Two forestry researchers from the University of Missouri at Columbia are working to change that.
Fighting breeds
December 26, 2002
Agnes Bouton
December 26, 2002
San Francisco-based company has big plans for its newly-acquired facilities, including a Lawrence plant
December 26, 2002
While other businesses slow down for the holidays, Del Monte Foods Co. is gearing up to try to capitalize on its biggest acquisition in more than a decade of dealmaking. This week marked Del Monte’s first week of running a greatly expanded product line that has doubled the company’s size. The additions include Starkist tuna and top-selling brands of pet food.
Commissioner holds up approval of tuition bill to protest budget cuts
December 26, 2002
Jere McElhaney doesn’t mind giving the state a taste of its own financial bad medicine. That’s why he’s decided against paying $24,000 in community college tuition bills that the Douglas County Commission is required by state law to cover.
Choctaw graduate student strives to keep his native tongue alive
December 26, 2002
Chahta iskitini anumpuli li. In English, that would be: “I speak a little Choctaw.”
City overestimates some water bills
December 26, 2002
When Bill Beningfield got his water bill this month, the bottom line didn’t look right.
Births
December 26, 2002
⢠Tanya Howell and Josh Mitchell, Lawrence, boy, Monday. ⢠Chelsey Scanland and Ronald E. Clock, Lawrence, boy, Tuesday.
Family and feathered friends
December 26, 2002
On the street
December 26, 2002
Asked at Hastings What was the best Christmas present you ever received?
Powerball spurs buying frenzy
December 26, 2002
An unexpected Christmas Day run on Powerball tickets pushed the already whopping $280 million jackpot to $314.9 million just before numbers were drawn, making it the multistate lottery’s largest prize ever. The numbers drawn Wednesday night were 5-14-16-29-53 and the Powerball was 7. The prize would be the third-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.
McGrady magical in win
Orlando standout scores 46 vs. Detroit
December 26, 2002
Tracy McGrady’s back was in pain but watching from the bench hurt the NBA’s leading scorer even more.
Expansion means more bad players
NBA should learn lesson from major league baseball’s mistakes
December 26, 2002
There is something tidy about the decision to bring the NBA back to Charlotte, N.C.
Linebacker Maslowski chasing Chiefs tackle record
December 26, 2002
Not even the most rabid fan of Mike Maslowski would say he’s better than Willie Lanier or Bobby Bell or any of the other great linebackers in Kansas City’s past.
Library struggle
December 26, 2002
Earl Wayne Bryant
December 26, 2002
Services for Earl Wayne Bryant, 90, Perry, are pending and will be announced by Lawrence Funeral Chapel. Mr. Bryant died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2002, at Winchester Geriatric Center.
Firefighters battle apartment blaze
December 26, 2002
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical personnel spent much of Christmas night battling a fire at a central Lawrence apartment complex.
Try a little kindness
December 26, 2002
Simple acts of kindness can have a big payoff. The story of a South Korean businessman who has decided to donate $100,000 to KU Med in Kansas City is a reminder to all of us that small acts of kindness can make a big difference in people’s lives.
Del Monte aims to capitalize on Heinz deal
San Francisco-based company has big plans for its newly-acquired facilities, including a Lawrence plant
December 26, 2002
While other businesses slow down for the holidays, Del Monte Foods Co. is gearing up to try to capitalize on its biggest acquisition in more than a decade of dealmaking. This week marked Del Monte’s first week of running a greatly expanded product line that has doubled the company’s size. The additions include Starkist tuna and top-selling brands of pet food.
North Korea moving fuel rods
Country steps closer to reactivating nuclear facilities, agency says
December 26, 2002
North Korea has begun moving fresh fuel rods into a reactor, a key step in reactivating nuclear facilities that could eventually produce weapons, a South Korean news agency said today. It appeared to reflect the Communist north’s determination to restart the dormant plant, the center of a diplomatic standoff with the United States.
Something missing this holiday season
Things just aren’t the same in St. Louis this Christmas without Cardinals’ Kile, Buck
December 26, 2002
This is not going to be your typical Christmastime sports column.
Doris Powell
December 26, 2002
Services for Doris Powell, 82, Des Moines, Iowa, are pending and will be announced by Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, Lawrence. She died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2002, at a Des Moines hospital.
Briefly
December 26, 2002
¢ Environmentalist plans to leave tree in January ¢ Quake shakes upstate ¢ Police arrest three in slaying of family
Briefly
December 26, 2002
¢ Russia reports budget for weapon destruction ¢ New rail system draws 1 million onlookers ¢ Israel won’t vaccinate public against smallpox ¢ Pro-Kremlin party head killed by gunmen
Payment to state withheld
Commissioner holds up approval of tuition bill to protest budget cuts
December 26, 2002
Jere McElhaney doesn’t mind giving the state a taste of its own financial bad medicine. That’s why he’s decided against paying $24,000 in community college tuition bills that the Douglas County Commission is required by state law to cover.
State payments put squeeze on child care providers
December 26, 2002
Child-care providers in Kansas and Missouri say they are being squeezed by inadequate state payments that fail to cover the complete cost of caring for the children of low-income families.
Unwrapped
December 26, 2002
Recreation calendar
December 26, 2002
People
December 26, 2002
¢ Philanthropist plants offer ¢ Seacrest hopes to steer viewers away from TV idol ¢ Blair gets style from mom ¢ Actress hopes to smarten up youngsters about environment
Edythe Marshall
December 26, 2002
Newly released papers show Soviets didn’t bite on Nixon’s ‘madman strategy’
December 26, 2002
President Nixon ordered a worldwide secret nuclear alert in October 1969, calling his wartime tactic a “madman strategy” aimed at scaring the Soviets into forcing concessions from North Vietnam, declassified documents show. It didn’t work, as Moscow displayed no concern. The reason is unclear. The Soviets may not have cared, may not have been as influential as Nixon believed — or, like the rest of the world, might not have noticed the alert.
Firefighters battle apartment blaze
December 26, 2002
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical personnel spent much of Christmas night battling a fire at a central Lawrence apartment complex.
Horoscopes
December 26, 2002
Agnes Bouton
December 26, 2002
Services for Agnes Bouton, 65, Lawrence, are pending and will be announced by Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Mrs. Bouton died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2002, at Lakeview Manor in Lawrence.
Our town sports
December 26, 2002
Williams praises admissions changes
December 26, 2002
The NCAA’s emphasis on standardized test scores has long puzzled Kansas University basketball coach Roy Williams. “I’ve always been against standardized testing as a measurement for someone’s perceived success at the college level,” Williams said of initial eligibility requirements based on minimum ACT and SAT scores the past 16 years.