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Sprint PCS closing down Lawrence operations
February 15, 2002
(Updated Saturday at 4:25 a.m.) Sprint PCS Center is moving out of Lawrence and will close down operations, putting more than 500 employees out of their existing jobs.
Mobile home park owner sued for harassment
February 15, 2002
The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against a Kansas mobile home park alleging the park’s owner sexually harassed a tenant. The suit, filed Wednesday in U.S District Court in Kansas, names Trinidan Maldonado, co-owner and manager of the Midway Mobile Home Park in Junction City, and co-owner Centro Rental Inc. as defendants.
Zero tolerance
February 15, 2002
Journal-World Editorial Anyone who causes an airliner commotion anymore has to accept whatever punishment results. So the man wasn’t a terrorist and was just “upset.” Whatever the reasons for his recent effort to force his way into an airliner cockpit, he has to suffer whichever injuries and penalties occur and merits no sympathy, not in today’s troubled world.
Political contributions come in back door
February 15, 2002
By George Will Washington Post Writers Group Pandering is part of politics, but President Bush tiptoed to the edge of parody when, addressing cattlemen, he said the Sept. 11 terrorists underestimated American toughness because they “had never been to a National Cattlemen’s Convention,” which is probably true.
Insurance thanks
February 15, 2002
Here’s the real story behind debacle on ice
February 15, 2002
People out here are so mad they could spit, if spitting were legal in Utah. They’re mad over this figure-skating scandal, which has the figure-skating world in such a state of confusion that National Guard troops have been called in to safeguard the mascara supply.
KU ‘mess’
February 15, 2002
Man of steel
Junior Brown’s unconventional approach finally leads to widespread success
February 15, 2002
By Jon Niccum “When I was first getting going, people would make fun of me,” said Junior Brown while on tour in Jacksonville, Fla. “They used to laugh at me because I was singing in the style of an Ernest Tubb song, and it was so out of style. I’d just lean down and turn my amps up all the way and blast them. (laughs) Then they’d think, ‘Wow, this guy’s really good. He just hurt my eardrums.’”
Fine Arts Theatre offers unique promotion
February 15, 2002
By Jon Niccum The Fine Arts Theatre in Mission, 5909 Johnson Drive, is undertaking an unusual promotion for the film “Audition,” which is scheduled to open today. This disturbing Japanese horror movie has been linked to several reports of unsuspecting viewers who have been unable to finish watching as the result of nausea and fainting.
Sleep study: 5 to 7 hours may increase life span
February 15, 2002
In the largest study of sleep habits to date, researchers reported Thursday that Americans appear to live longer when they average five to seven hours of sleep a night. As a group, people who slept moderate amounts were least likely to have died in the six-year period in which the study was conducted.
Half of heart disease deaths happen before hospital arrival
February 15, 2002
About half of all deaths from heart disease happen before the patient can get to a hospital, the government reported Thursday, a finding health officials called alarming.
Offices, firms to observe holiday
February 15, 2002
Many government offices and public services in Lawrence will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day. They also will be closed in many area towns.
Police chase through city ends in arrest
February 15, 2002
By Mike Belt Several charges were filed Thursday against a man accused of leading Lawrence Police on a car chase that ended south of Eudora after the man allegedly fled on foot into a field when his car struck a culvert.
Kansans split along party lines
February 15, 2002
Democratic Rep. Dennis Moore was the only Kansan to favor campaign-spending reforms in a key House vote, while the three Kansas Republicans sided with opponents who say it tramples free speech protections in the Constitution.
Rental law to be challenged
Citizens Rights Committee gathering support for legal fight against Lawrence ordinance
February 15, 2002
By Joel Mathis A group calling itself the Citizens Rights Committee is soliciting support for an anticipated lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the city’s new rental licensing ordinance. “We have done a lot of research, and we have a lot of people involved in this,” said Bob Ebey, a Lawrence landlord who is a spokesman for the group.
Book, film show Bush behind the scenes
February 15, 2002
George W. Bush mugs for the camera. He pats a reporter’s bald head and, mimicking a preacher, intones, “Heal.” He sticks his fingers in the ears of another. “The coolest thing of all was to light up a butt,” he confides, fondly recalling the days before he quit smoking.
Women’s museum features O’Keeffe, Kahlo and Carr
February 15, 2002
If ever a show was ideal for the National Museum of Women in the Arts, “Places of Their Own: Emily Carr, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Frida Kahlo” is it. The first exhibition to combine these three important 20th century artists, it has already broken attendance records in Toronto and Santa Fe.
Skirmish leaves two wounded
February 15, 2002
Gunmen came within 50 yards of U.S. positions in an apparently well-organized attack on the main American base in southern Afghanistan that left two soldiers slightly injured, an Army spokesman said Thursday.
1.6 million Jeeps recalled
February 15, 2002
Chrysler announced the recall of 1.6 million Jeep Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicles Thursday in response to a series of accidents in which the vehicles unexpectedly lurched into reverse, causing at least five deaths and more than 150 injuries.
Police: Driver admits crashing into pedestrians
February 15, 2002
A bizarre Manhattan serial hit-and-run case took a turn Thursday, with midtown pedestrians again paying the price. Two days after crashing his sedan into 19 people along a 20-block stretch, authorities said, Ronald Popadich pulled a carjacking at a New Jersey mall, then returned to the scene of Tuesday’s first hit-run crime, crashing into seven people in a midtown crosswalk.
Aviation festival among tourism events under study by officials in Wichita
February 15, 2002
Tourism and convention-going in Wichita is about to become more glamorous or at least that’s what the Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau is working toward. The bureau is taking steps to bring to life an ambitious tourism plan consultant Alf Nucifora wrote in 2000, bureau president John Rolfe said.
Bomb kills 3 Israelis
February 15, 2002
A bomb went off under a tank in the Gaza Strip Thursday, killing three Israelis and wounding two, military officials said, as European diplomats stepped up an offensive to end Israeli-Palestinian violence.
Valentine shoppers scurry to satisfy their sweethearts
February 15, 2002
By Mindie Paget Kansas University student Lindell Pearson only sees his long-distance girlfriend two or three times a month. So he knew he would be in serious hot water if he didn’t get her anything for their first Valentine’s Day together.
Clinton Seifert
February 15, 2002
Gallery leaving downtown
Vormehr & Youngquist Gallery shedding retail presence for warehouse
February 15, 2002
By Matt Merkel-Hess After three years on Massachusetts Street, Vormehr & Youngquist Gallery is moving its operation to a warehouse on the 2800 block of Four Wheel Drive. Co-owner Vicki Vormehr said it just didn’t make any sense to keep the location at 914 Mass.
Bohl mum on Allen’s contract
AD says Kansas to honor former coach’s pact
February 15, 2002
By Robert Sinclair Former Kansas University football coach Terry Allen might be talking to Iowa State about a job, but KU athletic director Al Bohl isn’t talking about Allen’s contract with the Jayhawks.
Armstrong, divers lead city entries
February 15, 2002
By Steve Rottinghaus Lawrence High senior John Armstrong leads the city’s entries into this weekend’s state swimming and diving meet in Manhattan. Armstrong, one of nine LHS qualifiers, will swim the 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle and the 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay.
Blue Devils wallop Wolfpack, 108-71
February 15, 2002
No. 1 Duke and Carlos Boozer did in No. 24 North Carolina State yet again Thursday night. Boozer scored a career-high 32 points as the Blue Devils warmed up for their Atlantic Coast Conference showdown this weekend at Maryland by blasting the Wolfpack 108-71.
Jazz jolt Sixers
February 15, 2002
Pushed out of town by the Olympics, the Utah Jazz are trying to make a move on the road. Karl Malone had 26 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists, leading the Jazz to a 98-91 victory over Philadelphia on Thursday.
Waltrip, Gordon victorious
Race winners qualify for Daytona 500 on second row
February 15, 2002
Defending Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip and reigning Winston Cup champion Jeff Gordon each won a Gatorade 125-mile qualifying race Thursday. The way they did it, though, couldn’t have been more different.
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February 15, 2002
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February 15, 2002
Arts notes
February 15, 2002
 KU bands combine for classical concert  Abilene theater sets auditions
Arts notes
February 15, 2002
KU bands combine for classical concert Abilene theater sets auditions
Clinton Seifert
February 15, 2002
Services for Clinton “Butch” Seifert, 81, Russell, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. John Lutheran Church, Russell. Burial will be in Dorrance Cemetery. Mr. Seifert died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2002, at his home.
Gerken services
February 15, 2002
Memorial services for Garry Patrick Gerken, 47, Oskaloosa, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Barnett Funeral Home, Oskaloosa. Private family inurnment will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, Oskaloosa. Mr. Gerken died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002, at Baptist St. Anthony’s Hospice, Amarillo, Tex. He had cancer.
Insurance thanks
February 15, 2002
To the editor: I want to thank Kathleen Sebelius for rejecting Anthem. I have Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance, which is very good. I read all the papers that were sent to me about the sale. They sent pages and pages of fine-printed legal jargon. In order to vote against the sale you had to fill out a complicated form exactly right. If you did not vote, or if you filled out your ballot incorrectly, your vote was counted in favor of the sale.
Jazz jolt Sixers
February 15, 2002
Pushed out of town by the Olympics, the Utah Jazz are trying to make a move on the road. Karl Malone had 26 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists, leading the Jazz to a 98-91 victory over Philadelphia on Thursday.
National briefs
February 15, 2002
Iran: Bodies of crash victims retrieved from mountain London: British lawmakers rebel against plan for Lords India: Hindu nationalists protest Valentine’s Day
On the record
February 15, 2002
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
On the record
February 15, 2002
Precious gift
February 15, 2002
Top music
February 15, 2002
Singles 1. “Always On Time,” Ja Rule
KU softball, baseball hit road
February 15, 2002
Kansas University’s softball team, fresh from winning three of five games in Phoenix last weekend, will be in Las Vegas today for the start of another three-day tourney.
Could Kansas land four players on All-Big 12 team?
February 15, 2002
By Chuck Woodling Is it too early to begin thinking about the All-Big 12 Conference men’s basketball team? Well, maybe it is, but what the heck? The league race is winding down. Kansas, in fact, will clinch at least a tie for the championship if it defeats Baylor on Saturday and Iowa State on Monday a likelihood with both games in Allen Fieldhouse and the Jayhawks outscoring their body temperatures in their last five outings.
Ohio State aide replaces Borbely on KU staff
February 15, 2002
Goodbye, Dave Borbely. Hello, Ken Conatser. New Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino lost offensive line coach Borbely to Colorado, but quickly replaced him by hiring Conatser away from Ohio State.
Williams disappointed by flag flap
February 15, 2002
By Gary Bedore Kansas coach Roy Williams was on top of the world during Monday night’s 110-103 overtime victory at Texas. “Very seldom in a college basketball game do you have a chance to say during the game, ‘This is fun,”’ Williams said Thursday.
People
February 15, 2002
Singer punished for song theft ABC’s mainstay ‘Blue’ to return McCarthy carrying bundle of love Jewish porn star shares insights
Horoscopes
February 15, 2002
Decision lauded
February 15, 2002
To the editor: Hats off to Kathleen Sebelius for her rejection of the Anthem deal. It is unusual, but certainly refreshing, to find a politician who puts the needs of her constituents in front of her personal aspirations.
People
February 15, 2002
 Singer punished for song theft  ABC’s mainstay ‘Blue’ to return  McCarthy carrying bundle of love  Jewish porn star shares insights
Improved fire service is goal of Wakarusa Township station
February 15, 2002
By Chad Lawhorn A new fire station will cut response times in half and perhaps reduce insurance rates for homeowners in the northern section of Wakarusa Township once it opens early next month.
Lester D. Deay
February 15, 2002
Local briefs
February 15, 2002
LMH patients receive bears from blood center, Wal-Mart A representative of the Community Blood Center, Sixth Street and Gateway Drive, presented 100 teddy bears to Lawrence Memorial Hospital to mark Valentine’s Day. Amanda Storm, a donor recruiter with the center, gave the bears to LMH officials to pass out to patients. The cards that accompanied the bears were signed by registered blood donors and read, “A Gift from the Heart from Wal-Mart, Community Blood Center and Our Donors.” LMH patient Madeline Martin, Bloomfield, Iowa, at left in the above photo, received a bear from Storm. Wal-Mart stores in the Lawrence and Topeka areas donated the bears for the LMH patients, said Michelle Wilson, the blood center’s manager of donor recruitment. The bears and cards will help to personalize the idea of making blood donations, even if patients who receive the bears haven’t needed any donations themselves, said Belinda Rehmer, LMH community relations specialist. _________________________ Brain Teaser: Hughes quiz, Day 15 This is the answer to the last in a series of questions to test your knowledge on Langston Hughes, as part of the celebration of his 100th birthday. Thursday’s question: What was the name of Langston Hughes’ patron in Harlem? _________________________ Law enforcement: Sheriff’s officers to begin DUI ‘saturation patrols’ Douglas County Sheriff’s officers will be out in force late tonight, watching for drunken drivers. Officers will conduct “saturation patrols” with officers in five or six patrol cars concentrating mainly on spotting drunken drivers. The patrol will move to different parts of the county between 11 p.m. today and 3 a.m. Saturday, Lt. Kathy Tate said. The saturation patrols are possible because of a $6,079 Kansas Department of Transportation grant designed to help pay for assigning extra officers to a shift. _________________________ Higher education: Baker University observes annual Founders’ Day A widely known preacher and teacher helped Baker University celebrate its founding and 144-year connection with the United Methodist Church. Heather Murray Elkins, associate dean and professor of worship and liturgical studies at Drew University, delivered the keynote address Thursday at a Founders’ Day convocation ceremony at Baker’s campus in Baldwin. Elkins, who has published several religious texts, gave an address to students and faculty on “Minding the Soul of the Ministry” and encouraged people to take an introspective look at their life and goals. The annual ceremony commemorates Baker’s founding in 1858 by what is now the United Methodist Church. The school is now the oldest college in the state. _________________________ Leadership: Former KU chancellor returning to give lecture Former Kansas University Chancellor Gene Budig will return to campus next week to promote his new book and give a public lecture. Budig, chancellor from 1981 to 1994, will sign copies of “A Game of Uncommon Skill: Leading the Modern College and University” from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Kansas Union lobby. He will speak at 4 p.m. Tuesday in room 150 at Joseph R. Pearson Hall. Budig left KU in 1994 to become president of major league baseball’s American League. He now teaches public and international affairs at Princeton University.
Lions stun No. 1 Falcons
LHS hands O-South first league loss
February 15, 2002
By Steve Rottinghaus Lawrence High fans were sweet on their boys basketball team on Valentine’s Day. The Lions never trailed on Thursday during a 64-44 romp over Olathe South ranked No. 1 in Class 6A and the Sunflower League leader prompting the LHS student section to storm the court.
Book, film show Bush behind the scenes
February 15, 2002
George W. Bush mugs for the camera. He pats a reporter’s bald head and, mimicking a preacher, intones, “Heal.” He sticks his fingers in the ears of another. “The coolest thing of all was to light up a butt,” he confides, fondly recalling the days before he quit smoking.
s demonstration
February 15, 2002
By Terry Rombeck Worried they won’t be heard in decision-making that could double the cost of tuition, Kansas University students Thursday went to the Board of Regents toting Valentines and heart-shaped signs.
Warhol’s work foreign to relations
Fifteen years after his death, artist still baffles many in land of his parents
February 15, 2002
Two waist-high Campbell Soup cans greet visitors to the Andy Warhol Museum of Modern Art in the town near where his parents were born. For the locals, who make their soup from scratch, the canned kind is an alien concept. So is Warhol and so are his works, which just don’t compute in a corner of Slovakia frozen in its bleak communist past.
Probe into plagiarism case begins
Prosecutor wants to know if Piper school board adhered to Open Meetings Act
February 15, 2002
The Wyandotte County district attorney began taking deposition-style testimony Thursday from people involved in the Piper High School plagiarism controversy. Dist. Atty. Nick Tomasic issued subpoenas last week for members of the Piper school board, district administrators and Christine Pelton, the teacher involved in the case.
Two pairs golds ‘not impossible’
February 15, 2002
Like an inversion above the Utah valley, the contentious debate over judging in the pairs figure skating lingered over the Olympics for a fourth day and showed few signs of dissipating.
Yagudin takes gold, Goebel bronze
February 15, 2002
More Russian gold in Olympic figure skating this time with perfection, not controversy. Alexei Yagudin won his duel with teammate and rival Evgeni Plushenko, and Tim Goebel finished third, the first time since 1992 that an American man won a medal in the event.
Lester D. Deay
February 15, 2002
Graveside services for Lester R. Deay, 100, Baldwin, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin. Mr. Deay died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2002, at Brandon Woods Retirement Community.
World Online: Arts and Entertainment Calendar
February 15, 2002
Budget writers eye highway program
February 15, 2002
The state’s $13.5 billion transportation program could end up on the budget chopping block, three years into its 10-year lifespan. House Speaker Kent Glasscock on Thursday named a six-member special committee to review proposals for rewriting and possibly scaling back the plan, enacted in 1999 to improve highways, shortline railroads, airports and public transit systems.
Blue Devils wallop Wolfpack, 108-71
February 15, 2002
No. 1 Duke and Carlos Boozer did in No. 24 North Carolina State yet again Thursday night. Boozer scored a career-high 32 points as the Blue Devils warmed up for their Atlantic Coast Conference showdown this weekend at Maryland by blasting the Wolfpack 108-71.
Legislative chambers redraw their maps
House overwhelmingly approves amended plan; Senate splits 21-19 over its proposal
February 15, 2002
A coalition of Democrats and conservative Republicans pushed a redistricting bill through the Senate on Thursday over the objections of the chamber’s GOP leaders. Meanwhile, the House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill redrawing the chamber’s 125 districts, with a few members still unhappy about the process as a whole and their own futures in particular.
Cities want law to cover regulation of strip joints
February 15, 2002
By Joel Mathis When a Lawrence strip joint wanted to start serving alcohol last year, it wasn’t as simple as bringing in a keg. Instead, the owners of Bada Bing had to apply for state and city liquor licenses. And under city ordinances, the club had to agree to start keeping its dancers partially covered to get the license.
Horoscopes
February 15, 2002
For Friday, Feb. 15, 2002, those with birthdays today: Make the most out of opportunities at work and in your day-to-day life. You might enjoy yourself so much that you could have a difficult time keeping your waistline. Use care with sweets and other such temptations. Speak your mind to others. Your ideas count. If you are single, you could feel hemmed in by a relationship. If you are attached, the two of you will bond even more closely, deciding on yet one more commitment. The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult
Top music
February 15, 2002
Political contributions come in back door
February 15, 2002
By George Will Washington Post Writers Group Pandering is part of politics, but President Bush tiptoed to the edge of parody when, addressing cattlemen, he said the Sept. 11 terrorists underestimated American toughness because they “had never been to a National Cattlemen’s Convention,” which is probably true.
s unconventional approach finally leads to widespread success
February 15, 2002
By Jon Niccum “When I was first getting going, people would make fun of me,” said Junior Brown while on tour in Jacksonville, Fla. “They used to laugh at me because I was singing in the style of an Ernest Tubb song, and it was so out of style. I’d just lean down and turn my amps up all the way and blast them. (laughs) Then they’d think, ‘Wow, this guy’s really good. He just hurt my eardrums.’”
Donald Johns Sr.
February 15, 2002
Enron executives tricked Lay, witness testifies
February 15, 2002
Enron executive Sherron Watkins said Thursday it was common knowledge at the company that partnerships were used improperly to hide debt and inflate profits but chairman Kenneth Lay was duped into acceptance and others were intimidated into silence.
Regulators take on psychic hot line
February 15, 2002
Federal fraud fighters say Miss Cleo’s psychic hot line should have seen it coming: A lawsuit accusing the service of rampant deception. Describing the hot line as “permeated with fraud,” the Federal Trade Commission said Thursday that it wants to shut down Access Resource Services Inc. and Psychic Readers Network.
Free State boys falter late, fall to Cougars, 43-42
February 15, 2002
By Robert Sinclair It seems the only thing the Firebirds have to fear is the Firebirds themselves. After taking an eight-point lead with 2:56 remaining, Free State High committed four turnovers and didn’t make another shot in succumbing to Shawnee Mission Northwest, 43-42, in boys basketball Thursday night at SMNW.
Area briefs
February 15, 2002
Murder trial set to begin Driver killed in one-car crash Actor to stage one-man show featuring Hughes enactment
Briefcase
February 15, 2002
Rebates cause tax confusion Economy: Job report signals recovery Computers: Dell posts profit increase Aviation: Air Midwest cuts flights
Local briefs
February 15, 2002
 LMH patients receive bears from blood center, Wal-Mart A representative of the Community Blood Center, Sixth Street and Gateway Drive, presented 100 teddy bears to Lawrence Memorial Hospital to mark Valentine’s Day. Amanda Storm, a donor recruiter with the center, gave the bears to LMH officials to pass out to patients. The cards that accompanied the bears were signed by registered blood donors and read, “A Gift from the Heart from Wal-Mart, Community Blood Center and Our Donors.” LMH patient Madeline Martin, Bloomfield, Iowa, at left in the above photo, received a bear from Storm. Wal-Mart stores in the Lawrence and Topeka areas donated the bears for the LMH patients, said Michelle Wilson, the blood center’s manager of donor recruitment. The bears and cards will help to personalize the idea of making blood donations, even if patients who receive the bears haven’t needed any donations themselves, said Belinda Rehmer, LMH community relations specialist. _________________________  Brain Teaser: Hughes quiz, Day 15 This is the answer to the last in a series of questions to test your knowledge on Langston Hughes, as part of the celebration of his 100th birthday. Thursday’s question: What was the name of Langston Hughes’ patron in Harlem? _________________________  Law enforcement: Sheriff’s officers to begin DUI ‘saturation patrols’ Douglas County Sheriff’s officers will be out in force late tonight, watching for drunken drivers. Officers will conduct “saturation patrols” with officers in five or six patrol cars concentrating mainly on spotting drunken drivers. The patrol will move to different parts of the county between 11 p.m. today and 3 a.m. Saturday, Lt. Kathy Tate said. The saturation patrols are possible because of a $6,079 Kansas Department of Transportation grant designed to help pay for assigning extra officers to a shift. _________________________  Higher education: Baker University observes annual Founders’ Day A widely known preacher and teacher helped Baker University celebrate its founding and 144-year connection with the United Methodist Church. Heather Murray Elkins, associate dean and professor of worship and liturgical studies at Drew University, delivered the keynote address Thursday at a Founders’ Day convocation ceremony at Baker’s campus in Baldwin. Elkins, who has published several religious texts, gave an address to students and faculty on “Minding the Soul of the Ministry” and encouraged people to take an introspective look at their life and goals. The annual ceremony commemorates Baker’s founding in 1858 by what is now the United Methodist Church. The school is now the oldest college in the state. _________________________  Leadership: Former KU chancellor returning to give lecture Former Kansas University Chancellor Gene Budig will return to campus next week to promote his new book and give a public lecture. Budig, chancellor from 1981 to 1994, will sign copies of “A Game of Uncommon Skill: Leading the Modern College and University” from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Kansas Union lobby. He will speak at 4 p.m. Tuesday in room 150 at Joseph R. Pearson Hall. Budig left KU in 1994 to become president of major league baseball’s American League. He now teaches public and international affairs at Princeton University.
Top U.S. adviser warns al-Qaida may be rebuilding
February 15, 2002
The White House is concerned that Osama bin Laden’s fractured terror network could be regenerating in havens across the globe, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice said Thursday. In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, President Bush’s top foreign policy adviser said the United States continues to aggressively pursue bin Laden because “we assume he’s alive,” even as his al-Qaida network operates without its former command structure.
Road to state tough in Class 4A
February 15, 2002
By Steve Rottinghaus Five area high schools  Baldwin, Santa Fe Trail, DeSoto, Eudora and Ottawa  will compete today and Saturday the Class 4A wrestling regional at Burlington. “It’s tougher than last year,” SFT coach Regan Erickson said of the 15-team regional field. It’s as tough as it’s ever been.”
Cruelty special belabors obvious
February 15, 2002
Stop the presses! John Stossel has a scoop. In his one-hour special, “The In Crowd and Social Cruelty,” (9 p.m., ABC), the intrepid news correspondent diligently informs us that bullies are mean, kids can be cruel, and grown-ups even grown-up network correspondents like Stossel can still remember the pain of being a geek in the seventh grade.
Film review - ‘John Q.’
February 15, 2002
By Jon Niccum The concept of a hostage thriller based around disdain for the health care system is already dubious. And at times, “John Q.” plays like “Dog Day Afternoon” crossed with a human resources seminar.
Board of Regents treated to Valentine’s demonstration
February 15, 2002
By Terry Rombeck Worried they won’t be heard in decision-making that could double the cost of tuition, Kansas University students Thursday went to the Board of Regents toting Valentines and heart-shaped signs.
Campaign reform bill to move quickly
Sen. Daschle promises fast passage of spending legislation
February 15, 2002
Moving swiftly, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle pledged Thursday to seek passage of sweeping legislation to rewrite campaign spending rules “the minute we receive it” from the House. He said any filibuster was doomed.
Top U.S. adviser warns al-Qaida may be rebuilding
February 15, 2002
The White House is concerned that Osama bin Laden’s fractured terror network could be regenerating in havens across the globe, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice said Thursday. In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, President Bush’s top foreign policy adviser said the United States continues to aggressively pursue bin Laden because “we assume he’s alive,” even as his al-Qaida network operates without its former command structure.
Milosevic denies war atrocities
February 15, 2002
Shifting from accused to accuser, Slobodan Milosevic took the offensive at his war crimes trial Thursday and charged that Western countries tried to bomb Yugoslavia “back to the Stone Age” and were staging a political trial against him.
ECO2 leader: Cities to get funds
Haste to get legislation introduced led to oversight, Heck says
February 15, 2002
By Joel Mathis Deadline haste inadvertently led to a state bill provision cutting Douglas County cities out of funds raised by a proposed local sales tax for open space and industrial land, ECO2’s chairman said Thursday.
Auditor makes case on campus
Andersen tries to reassure students in aftermath of Enron case
February 15, 2002
By Mark Fagan The embattled Andersen accounting firm today will seek to reassure accounting professors on Mount Oread and campuses nationwide that the company remains a good place for their students to work.
Road to state tough in Class 4A
February 15, 2002
By Steve Rottinghaus Five area high schools Baldwin, Santa Fe Trail, DeSoto, Eudora and Ottawa will compete today and Saturday the Class 4A wrestling regional at Burlington. “It’s tougher than last year,” SFT coach Regan Erickson said of the 15-team regional field. It’s as tough as it’s ever been.”
Six accused of killing Afghanistan’s aviation minister
February 15, 2002
Prime Minister Hamid Karzai accused six senior government officials of killing the country’s aviation minister and said Friday that they were motivated by a long-standing feud. Three were arrested and the others were being sought in Saudi Arabia.
Donald Johns Sr.
February 15, 2002
Graveside services for Donald Henry Johns Sr., 89, Chandler, Ariz., will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence. Mr. Johns died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002, in Chandler.
House overwhelmingly approves amended plan
February 15, 2002
A coalition of Democrats and conservative Republicans pushed a redistricting bill through the Senate on Thursday over the objections of the chamber’s GOP leaders. Meanwhile, the House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill redrawing the chamber’s 125 districts, with a few members still unhappy about the process as a whole and their own futures in particular.
Skirmish leaves two wounded
February 15, 2002
Gunmen came within 50 yards of U.S. positions in an apparently well-organized attack on the main American base in southern Afghanistan that left two soldiers slightly injured, an Army spokesman said Thursday.
Milosevic denies war atrocities
February 15, 2002
Shifting from accused to accuser, Slobodan Milosevic took the offensive at his war crimes trial Thursday and charged that Western countries tried to bomb Yugoslavia “back to the Stone Age” and were staging a political trial against him.
News of the weird
February 15, 2002
 Lead story  Scamming in America’s darkest hour  Oops!
Could Kansas land four players on All-Big 12 team?
February 15, 2002
By Chuck Woodling Is it too early to begin thinking about the All-Big 12 Conference men’s basketball team? Well, maybe it is, but what the heck? The league race is winding down. Kansas, in fact, will clinch at least a tie for the championship if it defeats Baylor on Saturday and Iowa State on Monday  a likelihood with both games in Allen Fieldhouse and the Jayhawks outscoring their body temperatures in their last five outings.
Ohio State aide replaces Borbely on KU staff
February 15, 2002
Goodbye, Dave Borbely. Hello, Ken Conatser. New Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino lost offensive line coach Borbely to Colorado, but quickly replaced him by hiring Conatser away from Ohio State.
Free State boys falter late, fall to Cougars, 43-42
February 15, 2002
By Robert Sinclair It seems the only thing the Firebirds have to fear is the Firebirds themselves. After taking an eight-point lead with 2:56 remaining, Free State High committed four turnovers and didn’t make another shot in succumbing to Shawnee Mission Northwest, 43-42, in boys basketball Thursday night at SMNW.
LHS hands O-South first league loss
February 15, 2002
By Steve Rottinghaus Lawrence High fans were sweet on their boys basketball team on Valentine’s Day. The Lions never trailed on Thursday during a 64-44 romp over Olathe South  ranked No. 1 in Class 6A and the Sunflower League leader  prompting the LHS student section to storm the court.
Prosecutor wants to know if Piper school board adhered to Open Meetings Act
February 15, 2002
The Wyandotte County district attorney began taking deposition-style testimony Thursday from people involved in the Piper High School plagiarism controversy. Dist. Atty. Nick Tomasic issued subpoenas last week for members of the Piper school board, district administrators and Christine Pelton, the teacher involved in the case.
Regulators take on psychic hot line
February 15, 2002
Federal fraud fighters say Miss Cleo’s psychic hot line should have seen it coming: A lawsuit accusing the service of rampant deception. Describing the hot line as “permeated with fraud,” the Federal Trade Commission said Thursday that it wants to shut down Access Resource Services Inc. and Psychic Readers Network.
Improved fire service is goal of Wakarusa Township station
February 15, 2002
By Chad Lawhorn A new fire station will cut response times in half and perhaps reduce insurance rates for homeowners in the northern section of Wakarusa Township once it opens early next month.
Births
February 15, 2002
Kim Donnell and Louis Elliott Jr., Lawrence, a boy, Wednesday. Teresa Higgins and Nekon Dake, Lawrence, a boy, Wednesday.
Andersen tries to reassure students in aftermath of Enron case
February 15, 2002
By Mark Fagan The embattled Andersen accounting firm today will seek to reassure accounting professors on Mount Oread and campuses nationwide that the company remains a good place for their students to work.
Sound off
February 15, 2002
Could you print the address where we can write to Kathleen Sebelius so we can thank her for turning down the Blue Cross-Anthem deal? You can reach Insurance Commissioner Kathleen Sebelius at the Kansas Insurance Department, 420 S.W. Ninth St., Topeka 66612. Her e-mail address is ksebelius@ksinsurance.org. The Insurance Department telephone number is (800) 432-2484.
Haste to get legislation introduced led to oversight, Heck says
February 15, 2002
By Joel Mathis Deadline haste inadvertently led to a state bill provision cutting Douglas County cities out of funds raised by a proposed local sales tax for open space and industrial land, ECO2’s chairman said Thursday.
Retired Air Force sergeant indicted, accused of trying to spy for Iraq
February 15, 2002
Prosecutors charged a retired Air Force sergeant Thursday with trying to spy for Iraq, Libya and China, offering Saddam Hussein military secrets for $13 million. Brian Patrick Regan allegedly called the sum a “small price” compared with what movies stars and athletes are paid.
ll fight cuts if proposal makes it to floor for debate
February 15, 2002
By Scott Rothschild An education budget committee Thursday held its nose and recommended cuts in higher education  cuts that Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway said would put KU in peril.
Domestic issues on the table
February 15, 2002
By Cal Thomas Tribune Media Services President Bush has opened a second front in the war on terrorism. He wants to revamp bloated and broken programs long in need of revitalization. He’s doing it in the context of the war so that any criticism might be seen as hurting the war effort by undermining our economic health and national resolve.
Armstrong, divers lead city entries
February 15, 2002
By Steve Rottinghaus Lawrence High senior John Armstrong leads the city’s entries into this weekend’s state swimming and diving meet in Manhattan. Armstrong, one of nine LHS qualifiers, will swim the 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle and the 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay.
s golf in fourth
February 15, 2002
Kansas University’s men’s golf team was in a tie for fourth place after the first two rounds of the Taylor Made/Big Island Invitational on Thursday.
World Online: Arts and Entertainment Calendar
February 15, 2002
NIGHTLIFE Thursday
Headline News Lawrence - 6News video report
February 15, 2002
 Rumors swirling of a major layoff at Sprint  KU men’s basketball team set to battle Baylor
Yagudin takes gold, Goebel bronze
February 15, 2002
More Russian gold in Olympic figure skating  this time with perfection, not controversy. Alexei Yagudin won his duel with teammate and rival Evgeni Plushenko, and Tim Goebel finished third, the first time since 1992 that an American man won a medal in the event.
House panel OKs higher-ed cuts
Members say they’ll fight cuts if proposal makes it to floor for debate
February 15, 2002
By Scott Rothschild An education budget committee Thursday held its nose and recommended cuts in higher education cuts that Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway said would put KU in peril.
Decision lauded
February 15, 2002
State needs wind energy plan
February 15, 2002
By Kyle K. Wetzel The construction of Kansas’ first 107-megawatt wind farm near Montezuma has produced excitement regarding the state’s wind energy potential. But the state of Kansas must move more aggressively if we are to fully exploit this resource.
Domestic issues on the table
February 15, 2002
By Cal Thomas Tribune Media Services President Bush has opened a second front in the war on terrorism. He wants to revamp bloated and broken programs long in need of revitalization. He’s doing it in the context of the war so that any criticism might be seen as hurting the war effort by undermining our economic health and national resolve.
Budget writers eye highway program
February 15, 2002
The state’s $13.5 billion transportation program could end up on the budget chopping block, three years into its 10-year lifespan. House Speaker Kent Glasscock on Thursday named a six-member special committee to review proposals for rewriting and possibly scaling back the plan, enacted in 1999 to improve highways, shortline railroads, airports and public transit systems.
Scientists clone first house cat
February 15, 2002
In an advance that takes cloning out of the barnyard and into the living room, researchers announced Thursday they have cloned a cat. The female domestic shorthair is called “cc” for “copycat.” She was born Dec. 22 and is healthy and frisky, said researcher Duane Kraemer of Texas A&M University in College Station.
Obtaining development rights can help preserve green space
Speaker tells group of ECO2 conservation-easement program
February 15, 2002
By Mindie Paget As Douglas County continues to grow, it’s important that it have a “well-equipped land policy tool box” at its disposal, an urban planning expert said Thursday. Stacey Swearingen White, assistant professor of urban planning at Kansas University, told more than 40 members of the Jayhawk Audubon Society about two tools that could protect open space in Douglas County.
Critics blast Bush’s global warming plan
February 15, 2002
Offering an alternative to the global warming agreement he rejected last year, President Bush proposed a plan Thursday that he said would encourage businesses to cut pollution and develop more energy-efficient technology.
Retired Air Force sergeant indicted, accused of trying to spy for Iraq
February 15, 2002
Prosecutors charged a retired Air Force sergeant Thursday with trying to spy for Iraq, Libya and China, offering Saddam Hussein military secrets for $13 million. Brian Patrick Regan allegedly called the sum a “small price” compared with what movies stars and athletes are paid.
Briefly
February 15, 2002
Pakistan: Officials question suspect’s claim of reporter’s death Washington: 6 Yemenis taken off terror list Iran: 150 foreigners arrested
Powell talks war, sex on MTV
February 15, 2002
Fielding particularly sober questions from a youth audience normally tuned in to watch the latest hip-hop videos, Secretary of State Colin Powell explained the war on terrorism to MTV viewers around the world Thursday and stressed the supremacy of American democratic values.
Gerken services
February 15, 2002
Canadian skating pair awarded gold medal
February 15, 2002
The Canadian figure skating pair was awarded a gold medal Friday after the skating union uncovered judging misconduct in a controversy that has dominated the Winter Games.
Cruelty special belabors obvious
February 15, 2002
Stop the presses! John Stossel has a scoop. In his one-hour special, “The In Crowd and Social Cruelty,” (9 p.m., ABC), the intrepid news correspondent diligently informs us that bullies are mean, kids can be cruel, and grown-ups  even grown-up network correspondents like Stossel  can still remember the pain of being a geek in the seventh grade.
Canadian skating pair awarded gold medal
February 15, 2002
The Canadian figure skating pair was awarded a gold medal Friday after the skating union uncovered judging misconduct in a controversy that has dominated the Winter Games.
On the street
February 15, 2002
What would be the best solution in the Olympic pairs skating controversy? Barbara Sauter, analyst, Olathe
Briefcase
February 15, 2002
 Rebates cause tax confusion  Economy: Job report signals recovery  Computers: Dell posts profit increase  Aviation: Air Midwest cuts flights
Williams disappointed by flag flap
February 15, 2002
By Gary Bedore Kansas coach Roy Williams was on top of the world during Monday night’s 110-103 overtime victory at Texas. “Very seldom in a college basketball game do you have a chance to say during the game, ‘This is fun,”’ Williams said Thursday.
Keeffe, Kahlo and Carr
February 15, 2002
If ever a show was ideal for the National Museum of Women in the Arts, “Places of Their Own: Emily Carr, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Frida Kahlo” is it. The first exhibition to combine these three important 20th century artists, it has already broken attendance records in Toronto and Santa Fe.
Recreation Calendar
February 15, 2002
Lawrence Barn Dance Assn. Today  Barn dance, 7:30 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center Dance Annex, 205 1/2 W. Eighth St. Beginners session at 6:45 p.m. Caller: Terry Rouse. Music by the Euphoria Stringband. Admission: $6 for adults, $2 for children under 16.
Cities want law to cover regulation of strip joints
February 15, 2002
By Joel Mathis When a Lawrence strip joint wanted to start serving alcohol last year, it wasn’t as simple as bringing in a keg. Instead, the owners of Bada Bing had to apply for state and city liquor licenses. And under city ordinances, the club had to agree to start keeping its dancers partially covered to get the license.
Enron executives tricked Lay, witness testifies
February 15, 2002
Enron executive Sherron Watkins said Thursday it was common knowledge at the company that partnerships were used improperly to hide debt and inflate profits but chairman Kenneth Lay was duped into acceptance and others were intimidated into silence.
Sen. Daschle promises fast passage of spending legislation
February 15, 2002
Moving swiftly, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle pledged Thursday to seek passage of sweeping legislation to rewrite campaign spending rules “the minute we receive it” from the House. He said any filibuster was doomed.
February 15, 2002
By Jon Niccum The concept of a hostage thriller based around disdain for the health care system is already dubious. And at times, “John Q.” plays like “Dog Day Afternoon” crossed with a human resources seminar.
Briefly
February 15, 2002
 Pakistan: Officials question suspect’s claim of reporter’s death  Washington: 6 Yemenis taken off terror list  Iran: 150 foreigners arrested
Speaker tells group of ECO2 conservation-easement program
February 15, 2002
By Mindie Paget As Douglas County continues to grow, it’s important that it have a “well-equipped land policy tool box” at its disposal, an urban planning expert said Thursday. Stacey Swearingen White, assistant professor of urban planning at Kansas University, told more than 40 members of the Jayhawk Audubon Society about two tools that could protect open space in Douglas County.
Area briefs
February 15, 2002
 Murder trial set to begin  Driver killed in one-car crash  Actor to stage one-man show featuring Hughes enactment
National briefs
February 15, 2002
 Iran: Bodies of crash victims retrieved from mountain  London: British lawmakers rebel against plan for Lords  India: Hindu nationalists protest Valentine’s Day
Zero tolerance
February 15, 2002
Journal-World Editorial Anyone who causes an airliner commotion anymore has to accept whatever punishment results. So the man wasn’t a terrorist and was just “upset.” Whatever the reasons for his recent effort to force his way into an airliner cockpit, he has to suffer whichever injuries and penalties occur and merits no sympathy, not in today’s troubled world.
1.6 million Jeeps recalled
February 15, 2002
Chrysler announced the recall of 1.6 million Jeep Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicles Thursday in response to a series of accidents in which the vehicles unexpectedly lurched into reverse, causing at least five deaths and more than 150 injuries.
Fifteen years after his death, artist still baffles many in land of his parents
February 15, 2002
Two waist-high Campbell Soup cans greet visitors to the Andy Warhol Museum of Modern Art in the town near where his parents were born. For the locals, who make their soup from scratch, the canned kind is an alien concept. So is Warhol and so are his works, which just don’t compute in a corner of Slovakia frozen in its bleak communist past.
Commodities
February 15, 2002
Local markets As of Thursday’s close, courtesy of Ottawa Cooperative Assn. Ottawa Elevator  Wheat, $2.65; corn, $1.82; milo, $1.77; soybeans, $4.09. Edgerton Elevator  Wheat, $2.68; corn, $1.84; milo, $1.77; soybeans, $4.09. Overbrook Elevator  Wheat, $2.68; corn, $1.82; milo, $1.77; soybeans, $4.09. Midland Elevator  Wheat, NA; corn, $1.84; milo, NA; soybeans, $4.11. Lawrence Elevator  Wheat, NA; corn, $1.87; milo, NA; soybeans, $4.14. Pauline Elevator  Wheat, NA; corn, $1.87; milo, $1.82; soybeans, $4.14.
Race winners qualify for Daytona 500 on second row
February 15, 2002
Defending Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip and reigning Winston Cup champion Jeff Gordon each won a Gatorade 125-mile qualifying race Thursday. The way they did it, though, couldn’t have been more different.
s pact
February 15, 2002
By Robert Sinclair Former Kansas University football coach Terry Allen might be talking to Iowa State about a job, but KU athletic director Al Bohl isn’t talking about Allen’s contract with the Jayhawks.
KU softball, baseball hit road
February 15, 2002
Kansas University’s softball team, fresh from winning three of five games in Phoenix last weekend, will be in Las Vegas today for the start of another three-day tourney.
Mobile home park owner sued for harassment
February 15, 2002
The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against a Kansas mobile home park alleging the park’s owner sexually harassed a tenant. The suit, filed Wednesday in U.S District Court in Kansas, names Trinidan Maldonado, co-owner and manager of the Midway Mobile Home Park in Junction City, and co-owner Centro Rental Inc. as defendants.
West Nile tests prove negative
February 15, 2002
Though many expect the West Nile virus to eventually reach Kansas, there are no signs yet that it has arrived. But entomologists and state wildlife officials are on the lookout anyway. Wildlife workers have trapped about 100 crows in west Wichita over the past several days and have drawn their blood to test for West Nile.
Fine Arts Theatre offers unique promotion
February 15, 2002
By Jon Niccum The Fine Arts Theatre in Mission, 5909 Johnson Drive, is undertaking an unusual promotion for the film “Audition,” which is scheduled to open today. This disturbing Japanese horror movie has been linked to several reports of unsuspecting viewers who have been unable to finish watching as the result of nausea and fainting.
s aviation minister
February 15, 2002
Prime Minister Hamid Karzai accused six senior government officials of killing the country’s aviation minister and said Friday that they were motivated by a long-standing feud. Three were arrested and the others were being sought in Saudi Arabia.
Youngquist Gallery shedding retail presence for warehouse
February 15, 2002
By Matt Merkel-Hess After three years on Massachusetts Street, Vormehr & Youngquist Gallery is moving its operation to a warehouse on the 2800 block of Four Wheel Drive. Co-owner Vicki Vormehr said it just didn’t make any sense to keep the location at 914 Mass.
Bomb kills 3 Israelis
February 15, 2002
A bomb went off under a tank in the Gaza Strip Thursday, killing three Israelis and wounding two, military officials said, as European diplomats stepped up an offensive to end Israeli-Palestinian violence.
Valentine shoppers scurry to satisfy their sweethearts
February 15, 2002
By Mindie Paget Kansas University student Lindell Pearson only sees his long-distance girlfriend two or three times a month. So he knew he would be in serious hot water if he didn’t get her anything for their first Valentine’s Day together.
Powell talks war, sex on MTV
February 15, 2002
Fielding particularly sober questions from a youth audience normally tuned in to watch the latest hip-hop videos, Secretary of State Colin Powell explained the war on terrorism to MTV viewers around the world Thursday and stressed the supremacy of American democratic values.
Aviation festival among tourism events under study by officials in Wichita
February 15, 2002
Tourism and convention-going in Wichita is about to become more glamorous  or at least that’s what the Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau is working toward. The bureau is taking steps to bring to life an ambitious tourism plan consultant Alf Nucifora wrote in 2000, bureau president John Rolfe said.
Police: Driver admits crashing into pedestrians
February 15, 2002
A bizarre Manhattan serial hit-and-run case took a turn Thursday, with midtown pedestrians again paying the price. Two days after crashing his sedan into 19 people along a 20-block stretch, authorities said, Ronald Popadich pulled a carjacking at a New Jersey mall, then returned to the scene of Tuesday’s first hit-run crime, crashing into seven people in a midtown crosswalk.
s global warming plan
February 15, 2002
Offering an alternative to the global warming agreement he rejected last year, President Bush proposed a plan Thursday that he said would encourage businesses to cut pollution and develop more energy-efficient technology.
Citizens Rights Committee gathering support for legal fight against Lawrence ordinance
February 15, 2002
By Joel Mathis A group calling itself the Citizens Rights Committee is soliciting support for an anticipated lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the city’s new rental licensing ordinance. “We have done a lot of research, and we have a lot of people involved in this,” said Bob Ebey, a Lawrence landlord who is a spokesman for the group.
Kansans split along party lines
February 15, 2002
Democratic Rep. Dennis Moore was the only Kansan to favor campaign-spending reforms in a key House vote, while the three Kansas Republicans sided with opponents who say it tramples free speech protections in the Constitution.
Police chase through city ends in arrest
February 15, 2002
By Mike Belt Several charges were filed Thursday against a man accused of leading Lawrence Police on a car chase that ended south of Eudora after the man allegedly fled on foot into a field when his car struck a culvert.
Offices, firms to observe holiday
February 15, 2002
Many government offices and public services in Lawrence will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day. They also will be closed in many area towns.
Half of heart disease deaths happen before hospital arrival
February 15, 2002
About half of all deaths from heart disease happen before the patient can get to a hospital, the government reported Thursday, a finding health officials called alarming.
Sleep study: 5 to 7 hours may increase life span
February 15, 2002
In the largest study of sleep habits to date, researchers reported Thursday that Americans appear to live longer when they average five to seven hours of sleep a night. As a group, people who slept moderate amounts were least likely to have died in the six-year period in which the study was conducted.
Scientists clone first house cat
February 15, 2002
In an advance that takes cloning out of the barnyard and into the living room, researchers announced Thursday they have cloned a cat. The female domestic shorthair is called “cc” for “copycat.” She was born Dec. 22 and is healthy and frisky, said researcher Duane Kraemer of Texas A&M University in College Station.
State needs wind energy plan
February 15, 2002
By Kyle K. Wetzel The construction of Kansas’ first 107-megawatt wind farm near Montezuma has produced excitement regarding the state’s wind energy potential. But the state of Kansas must move more aggressively if we are to fully exploit this resource.
Precious gift
February 15, 2002
To the editor: On Valentine’s Day we recall old love stories and do the romantic, silly, wonderful things for our loved ones that make new memories. My favorite Valentine’s Day was the one I spent curled up around my newborn son, Michael. If you’ve never fallen in love with a baby, I wish you this precious experience! I had begun to love him the instant I knew he existed. I could almost feel his heart beating deep beneath my own.
February 15, 2002
To the editor: It’s gratifying that the Journal-World is speaking out so directly about the serious problems facing faculty and students at KU. Yes, KU is a mess  both on the Lawrence campus and at KU Med.
s the real story behind debacle on ice
February 15, 2002
People out here are so mad they could spit, if spitting were legal in Utah. They’re mad over this figure-skating scandal, which has the figure-skating world in such a state of confusion that National Guard troops have been called in to safeguard the mascara supply.
February 15, 2002
Like an inversion above the Utah valley, the contentious debate over judging in the pairs figure skating lingered over the Olympics for a fourth day  and showed few signs of dissipating.
Virus not yet in state
West Nile tests prove negative
February 15, 2002
Though many expect the West Nile virus to eventually reach Kansas, there are no signs yet that it has arrived. But entomologists and state wildlife officials are on the lookout anyway. Wildlife workers have trapped about 100 crows in west Wichita over the past several days and have drawn their blood to test for West Nile.
Sprint PCS closing down Lawrence operations
February 15, 2002
(Updated Saturday at 4:25 a.m.) Sprint PCS Center is moving out of Lawrence and will close down operations, putting more than 500 employees out of their existing jobs.