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World Online report: Kansas crushes Cyclones, 102-66
February 18, 2002
(Web Posted Monday at 10:22 p.m.) Break out the scissors. The Rock-Chalk chant had some competition at the end of the Jayhawks’ victory over the Iowa State Cyclones. In addition to that time-honored tradition, the crowd implored junior Drew Gooden to stay “one more year!” Right at the end, the cry changed to “we’re number one!”
Iranian foreign minister denies al-Qaida fighters in Iran
February 18, 2002
(Web Posted Monday at 3:21 p.m.) There are no al-Qaida members among more than 100 people detained after crossing into Iran from Afghanistan and Pakistan, Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi told journalists Monday. He said most are women and children.
Lawrence to become part of 2nd District under congressional map change
February 18, 2002
(Web Posted Monday at 2:01 p.m.) Lawrence would be moved from the 3rd Congressional District into the 2nd Congressional District under a redistricting plan approved today by a state Senate committee.
One person dies in early-morning apartment fire
February 18, 2002
(Updated Monday at 11:29 a.m.) One person was killed early Monday morning in a fire at an apartment complex near 24th and Missouri streets in Lawrence.
Top U.S. general in Afghanistan to help build national army
February 18, 2002
(Web Posted Monday at 6:52 a.m.) A U.S. general arrived in Afghanistan on Monday to meet with Afghan commanders and discuss the daunting task of building a national army in a country where most fighters are loyal only to their tribal leaders or local warlords.
U.S. must protect moral high ground
February 18, 2002
By Leonard Pitts Jr. Miami Herald You’ve got to hand it to the Afghans: They’ve been darn civil about this whole business of wrong-way bombs killing innocent people. Which is good, because things like that seem to be happening with appalling frequency. The American military is compiling a record of miscues, misjudgments and mistakes, both alleged and conceded, which could easily jeopardize international support for the terrorism war.
Bigger picture
February 18, 2002
School size
February 18, 2002
Partisan bias
February 18, 2002
State’s budget problems force debate on tax policy
February 18, 2002
Budget problems this year have forced legislators to reopen old debates about tax policy. In the late 1990s, when the state seemed to have more money than it needed, Gov. Bill Graves and lawmakers argued about which taxpayers most deserved a break and which tax cuts would give the economy the biggest boost.
After weekend of violence, Karzai vows to beef up security in Afghanistan
February 18, 2002
With his top security officials charged with murdering a Cabinet minister and his capital’s international peacekeeping force under fire, interim Afghan Prime Minister Hamid Karzai promised Sunday to take “every measure to guarantee security in this battered nation.”
Suspect in shooting sentenced for drug case
February 18, 2002
A Lawrence man convicted last month of drug trafficking in Kansas City, Mo., will undergo drug addiction treatment to see if he can be placed on probation.
Financial literacy can be empowering
February 18, 2002
Unlike the packed hearings in which former Enron employees cried while the company’s executives and accountants passed the buck, there wasn’t much media attention when the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs took testimony on financial literacy. And yet those Banking Committee hearings might lead to some of the best things that come out of this Enron mess. Maybe, just maybe, financial literacy will become a priority for all of us.
Computer filing helps soften blow at annual taxing time
February 18, 2002
By Dave Toplikar “So, how are the taxes going?” My wife’s voice sounded cheerful over the phone. I turned the TV down.
St. Martin ensemble richly deserves reputation for greatness
February 18, 2002
By Jan Biles The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble creates music that resembles a Brandy Alexander: smooth, satisfying and totally intoxicating.
Arlington cemetery expands
February 18, 2002
Arlington National Cemetery is expanding by 60 acres to make room to receive another generation of honored dead. Yet at the nation’s most famous cemetery, no one can say how many rows of white headstones will be needed by midcentury.
Pedal adjusters put Ford on defensive
Suit claims automaker negligent by not marketing devices sooner
February 18, 2002
Offered for just three years, power adjusters for the gas and brake pedals have become Ford Motor Co.’s best-selling optional feature.
Bush opens Asian tour
President urges reform in Japan
February 18, 2002
President Bush, worried that Japan’s recession threatens to delay a U.S. recovery, implored Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi today to act quickly on his plans for restructuring the world’s second-largest economy. Meeting with Koizumi as he opened a six-day tour of Asian capitals, Bush took a delicate approach to prodding the Japanese leader. Bush publicly praised Koizumi as “a great reformer,” but in private, administration officials said, he pressed the Japanese leader to enact the reform agenda he has championed since taking office last April.
City’s fate at center of redistricting talks
February 18, 2002
By Scott Rothschild Will Lawrence be politically sliced and diced? After a bruising week settling their own legislative district boundaries, state lawmakers this week will turn their attention to re-drawing congressional district maps.
KC revitalization plan draws skeptics
Mayor’s $1.8 billion proposal renews memories of failed urban renewal projects
February 18, 2002
Paul Thomas has stuck it out in downtown Kansas City, basing his rubber stamp and sign business there for 42 years. He’s seen neighbors come and go mostly go and watched property owners tear down their buildings instead of renovating them. In their place, uncovered parking lots lie like fallow fields in this city’s core.
Drama spills out of cinema
Female director pushes boundaries in Egypt, becomes assassination target
February 18, 2002
Some see Inas el-Degheidi as a feminist fighting through her films for the rights of Egyptian women. Others argue that Egypt’s most famous female director gets attention the easy way by filming cheap sex scenes. Islamic militants simply think el-Degheidi should be dead, police say.
John Q’ goes public with No. 1 premiere
February 18, 2002
Denzel Washington, fresh off his latest Oscar nomination, found a captive audience at theaters as “John Q” debuted as the top weekend film.
Georgia community struggles with task of identifying bodies
February 18, 2002
Distraught families began the wrenching task of trying to identify loved ones Sunday in this rural community where dozens of decomposing corpses were being removed from a crematory. Authorities said they had recovered 97 bodies including one infant from storage sheds and scattered in woods behind Tri-State Crematory in this hamlet about 25 miles south of Chattanooga, Tenn.
People
February 18, 2002
Joan Collins says ‘I do’ George Michael robbed Adventures with Ozzy A gay old cartoon
Communist rebels in Nepal kill 129
February 18, 2002
Communist rebels killed at least 129 police, soldiers and civilians in unprecedented attacks Sunday in northwestern Nepal, undermining prospects for peace in this poor Himalayan kingdom still recovering from the shock of a massacre at the royal palace last year.
Biologists, land managers meet to discuss saving grasslands
February 18, 2002
Experts responsible for much of America’s open spaces are meeting in Kansas City through Tuesday to discuss ways to improve the nation’s grasslands. About 1,200 members from across the nation are attending the Society for Range Management conference, where topics vary from controlling prickly pear cactus with fire to grazing with buffalo.
Mattiace earns first victory
Seven-year itch scratched at Nissan Open
February 18, 2002
The par putt was no more than a foot, still long enough that Len Mattiace gave it his undivided attention.
LaFrentz open to Knicks trade
February 18, 2002
Nick Van Exel is hoping to be “Knick” Van Exel by Thursday night. Raef LaFrentz, his taller, less controversial Denver teammate, wasn’t as forthcoming. But LaFrentz, high on New York general manager Scott Layden’s wish list, didn’t sound opposed to a move east.
Partisan bias
February 18, 2002
To the editor: In response to Mr. Carleton’s Feb. 11 letter to the editor.
Bigger picture
February 18, 2002
To the editor: In response to “Federal failure” on Feb. 11, we were curious as to how dismissing every senior officer of the national government during a time of crisis would benefit our nation? Additionally, President Bush’s proclamation of failure would simply throw an already traumatized country into panic. Should Bush and the CIA be apologizing for not spying on their own citizens? Perhaps if the FBI had installed listening devices in our homes and public buildings, they too could be held responsible for the grand “failure.”
Briefly
February 18, 2002
U.S. forces launch airstrikes Officials tour Guantanamo Common Cause founder dies Ski bus crash injures 28
Convicted killer escapes from Texas penitentiary
February 18, 2002
A convicted killer overpowered a correctional officer and escaped from a state penitentiary Sunday.
James McDaniels
February 18, 2002
Services for James “Cree” McDaniels, 93, Baldwin, will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Oakwood Cemetery. Mr. McDaniels died Friday, Feb. 15, 2002, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Local briefs
February 18, 2002
 Presidents Day: Dole Institute director to appear today on CNN Richard Norton Smith, director of the Dole Institute of Politics at Kansas University, is scheduled to appear on CNN’s “Inside Politics” with Judy Woodruff at 3 p.m. today. The other guest on the Presidents Day program will be historian Doug Brinkley. Smith is a nationally recognized authority on the presidency and the award-winning author of eight books. For more information about the Dole Institute, visit http://www.ku.edu/~dole/. ____________  Leadership: KU chosen to sponsor alternative break school Kansas University has been selected as one of two sites for the 2002 Alternative Break Citizenship School. The school, sponsored by the Breakaway organization, will bring 48 students from across the country to KU July 12-29. The students will study American Indian issues and work with faculty and students at Haskell Indian Nations University and community service organizations. The Lawrence school, as well as one at the University of Vermont, will teach students and staff leaders how to build alternative break programs. Such programs pair students with projects to address community issues such as hunger, homelessness and the environment. ____________  Education: Multicultural Affairs director to speak at Topeka event Robert Page, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Kansas University, will give the keynote speech at a Topeka program honoring Black History Month. The event, at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at Topeka West High School auditorium, is sponsored by the high school’s Multicultural Club. It includes student readings, a talent show and a soul-food dinner. Admission is $5. For more information, contact Jerome Plunkett at (785) 271-3501.
NBA Briefs
February 18, 2002
Malone won’t rule out possibility of trade 76ers’ Iverson sidelined
NBA Briefs
February 18, 2002
 Malone won’t rule out possibility of trade  76ers’ Iverson sidelined
On the money
February 18, 2002
Has the “Dogs of the Dow” strategy, a popular stock-picking method based on dividend yield, lost its bite among investors? In the current economic climate, perhaps not. To learn about how the “Dogs of the Dow” strategy works and what stocks currently offer the highest dividend yield, you might want to check out some dividend information sites found on the Internet.
On the money
February 18, 2002
Has the “Dogs of the Dow” strategy, a popular stock-picking method based on dividend yield, lost its bite among investors? In the current economic climate, perhaps not. To learn about how the “Dogs of the Dow” strategy works and what stocks currently offer the highest dividend yield, you might want to check out some dividend information sites found on the Internet.
On the record
February 18, 2002
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
On the record
February 18, 2002
School size
February 18, 2002
To the editor Closing Lawrence elementary schools because of a perceived optimum school size is wrong (LJW Feb. 4). Research shows that elementary schools of 500 and high schools of 1,200 are not the ideals of efficiency and achievement that some once thought, not that schools of 100 or 200 are inefficient or lack achievement.
Wilson services
February 18, 2002
Services for Richard Troy “Dick” Wilson II, 70, Lawrence, will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Mr. Wilson died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2002 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Wilson services
February 18, 2002
World briefs
February 18, 2002
 Trial begins hostel fire  U.S. troops land on southern island  U.S citizen arrested for pistol in luggage  Kashmir attack kills 8
Nelson-Atkins seeks volunteers for new exhibit
February 18, 2002
Agency: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Address: 4525 Oak St., Kansas City, Mo
Top 25 Roundup: No. 3 Terps upend No. 1 Duke
February 18, 2002
No last-minute collapse. Not even a home loss.
Potential sales tax to be discussed
February 18, 2002
The Lawrence City Commission will receive a staff report concerning a proposed Douglas County sales tax.
NASA space probe to begin searching for water on Mars
February 18, 2002
A NASA spacecraft will start examining the contents of the dry, dusty surface of Mars this week, searching for what scientists expect are vast, hidden stores of water.
Top U.S. general in Afghanistan to help build national army
February 18, 2002
(Web Posted Monday at 6:52 a.m.) A U.S. general arrived in Afghanistan on Monday to meet with Afghan commanders and discuss the daunting task of building a national army in a country where most fighters are loyal only to their tribal leaders or local warlords.
s kidnapping seen as move against Musharraf, U.S.
February 18, 2002
The kidnapping of Wall Street Journal correspondent Daniel Pearl is widely seen as an attempt to strike a dramatic blow at Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf for getting tough on Islamic militants and siding with the United States in the war against terrorism.
President urges reform in Japan
February 18, 2002
President Bush, worried that Japan’s recession threatens to delay a U.S. recovery, implored Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi today to act quickly on his plans for restructuring the world’s second-largest economy. Meeting with Koizumi as he opened a six-day tour of Asian capitals, Bush took a delicate approach to prodding the Japanese leader. Bush publicly praised Koizumi as “a great reformer,” but in private, administration officials said, he pressed the Japanese leader to enact the reform agenda he has championed since taking office last April.
Lawrence Eagles honor police, fire, medical personnel
February 18, 2002
By Matt Merkel-Hess On his 21st birthday, Tracy Russell didn’t go to the bars to celebrate  he had his first day on the job as a police officer in Great Bend. Russell, a Lawrence police officer, always knew that he wanted to be a policeman. On Sunday, his dedication to law enforcement was honored when he received the Reverence for Law Award from the Mount Oread Aerie No. 309, Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Percy Kiser
February 18, 2002
Horoscopes
February 18, 2002
Two share Bear for best film at Berlin festival
February 18, 2002
British director Paul Greengrass’ dramatization of the most infamous incident in Northern Ireland’s troubles, “Bloody Sunday,” shared the Berlin film festival’s top Golden Bear award Sunday with “Spirited Away,” an animated adventure from Japan’s Hayao Miyazaki.
Lawrence briefs
February 18, 2002
 Kiwanis to serve pancakes, raise funds  St. Patrick’s Day planners organize fund-raisers  ‘Yogathon’ pledges raise $800 for Drop-In Center  KU bioethicist to discuss moral issues in research
Presidents Day ignored
February 18, 2002
Some national holidays lend themselves to television. Others don’t. Christmas programming begins shortly after Halloween, a holiday that has seen its share of holiday specials increase exponentially in recent years.
Marlins, Expos open for business
Ownership shuffle is history as teams begin training for Opening Day
February 18, 2002
The ownership shuffle is barely over. The coaches were hired moments before the players arrived. None of it matters now: The Florida Marlins and Montreal Expos are playing ball.
Life, liberty and curling
Winter sport inalienable right for Americans
February 18, 2002
This is the site of the Olympic curling competition, which has approximately 15 security personnel for every spectator. The tight security is necessary because curling is a prime target of terrorists. “If we can stop them from curling, then we will have won,” is a phrase often heard at terrorist gatherings.
Computer filing helps soften blow at annual taxing time
February 18, 2002
By David Toplikar “So, how are the taxes going?” My wife’s voice sounded cheerful over the phone. I turned the TV down.
s drownings
February 18, 2002
The fate of Andrea Yates hinges on whether the jurors who start hearing evidence today will believe she knew the difference between right and wrong when she drowned her five young children in their bathtub, then called 911 and told police what she had done.
Potential saint reason for costly repairs at church
February 18, 2002
The Catholic Diocese of Wichita has approved renovating a church in a nearly deserted town because someday the church may be a shrine to a saint. On almost any weekday, the work at the St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church is about the only sign of life in this Marion County town, which is so small that census figures don’t report a population for it.
City girls basketball Free State, LHS playing for seeding
February 18, 2002
By Steve Rottinghaus With five games in 12 days, Free State High girls basketball coach Craig Hershiser hasn’t had much time to think about tonight’s opponent, crosstown rival Lawrence High. Tipoff for the nonleague contest between FSHS and LHS is 7 tonight in the Lions’ gym.
The crazy world of Junior Brown
Junior Brown - The Bottleneck, Lawrence, Kan. - 02/16/2002
February 18, 2002
By Michael Newman Saturday night at the Bottleneck in downtown Lawrence, undervalued country virtuoso Junior Brown entertained an absolutely packed house for more than two hours with his self-styled blend of honky-tonk, rock and good time humor.
Female director pushes boundaries in Egypt, becomes assassination target
February 18, 2002
Some see Inas el-Degheidi as a feminist fighting through her films for the rights of Egyptian women. Others argue that Egypt’s most famous female director gets attention the easy way  by filming cheap sex scenes. Islamic militants simply think el-Degheidi should be dead, police say.
Security lines a jackpot for airport
February 18, 2002
Las Vegas air travelers are arriving hours early these days  and gambling more at McCarran International Airport, where slot machines sit side-by-side with baggage carousels and departure gates.
Sneaky software program snoops on users
February 18, 2002
Right now, your boss, your spouse or the government could secretly be reading all your typed words  even the ones you deleted  while surreptitiously snapping your picture.
China also poses a threat
February 18, 2002
By Jack Anderson and Douglas Cohn United Feature Syndicate President George W. Bush has dubbed Iraq, Iran and North Korea the “axis of evil,” but what country continues to pose the greatest threat to the United States? One nation is spending billions to create a deep sea fleet, weapons of mass destruction, missiles with ever increasing range and accuracy, a military/industrial espionage system, sophisticated electronic listening and interference systems, and the largest army in the world. That country is the Peoples Republic of China, which is neither the peoples’ nor a republic. It is a communist dictatorship.
World briefs
February 18, 2002
Trial begins hostel fire U.S. troops land on southern island U.S citizen arrested for pistol in luggage Kashmir attack kills 8
Air security now fully in federal hands
February 18, 2002
On the first day the government took responsibility for airport security, some passengers noticed extra vigilance and felt reassured by the change. Federal officials pledged on Sunday to protect travelers and treat them with courtesy. The second major deadline in the new airline security law passed as smoothly as the first, when airlines last month began inspecting checked baggage for explosives. A new federal agency now oversees aviation security rather than the airline industry and Federal Aviation Administration.
Top 25 Roundup: No. 3 Terps upend No. 1 Duke
February 18, 2002
No last-minute collapse. Not even a home loss.
Briefly
February 18, 2002
 U.S. forces launch airstrikes  Officials tour Guantanamo  Common Cause founder dies  Ski bus crash injures 28
Lawrence briefs
February 18, 2002
Kiwanis to serve pancakes, raise funds St. Patrick’s Day planners organize fund-raisers ‘Yogathon’ pledges raise $800 for Drop-In Center KU bioethicist to discuss moral issues in research
Two share Bear for best film at Berlin festival
February 18, 2002
British director Paul Greengrass’ dramatization of the most infamous incident in Northern Ireland’s troubles, “Bloody Sunday,” shared the Berlin film festival’s top Golden Bear award Sunday with “Spirited Away,” an animated adventure from Japan’s Hayao Miyazaki.
s budget problems force debate on tax policy
February 18, 2002
Budget problems this year have forced legislators to reopen old debates about tax policy. In the late 1990s, when the state seemed to have more money than it needed, Gov. Bill Graves and lawmakers argued about which taxpayers most deserved a break and which tax cuts would give the economy the biggest boost.
U.S. must protect moral high ground
February 18, 2002
By Leonard Pitts Jr. Miami Herald You’ve got to hand it to the Afghans: They’ve been darn civil about this whole business of wrong-way bombs killing innocent people. Which is good, because things like that seem to be happening with appalling frequency. The American military is compiling a record of miscues, misjudgments and mistakes, both alleged and conceded, which could easily jeopardize international support for the terrorism war.
Kansas State women felt right at home
February 18, 2002
Kansas State’s women’s basketball team didn’t just leave the floor after its 65-40 victory over Kansas on Sunday in Allen Fieldhouse.
City girls basketball Free State, LHS playing for seeding
February 18, 2002
By Steve Rottinghaus With five games in 12 days, Free State High girls basketball coach Craig Hershiser hasn’t had much time to think about tonight’s opponent, crosstown rival Lawrence High. Tipoff for the nonleague contest between FSHS and LHS is 7 tonight in the Lions’ gym.
Percy Kiser
February 18, 2002
Services for Percy Kiser, 49, Lawrence, are pending and will be announced by Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Kiser died Friday, Feb. 15, 2002, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Junior Brown - The Bottleneck, Lawrence, Kan. - 02/16/2002
February 18, 2002
By Michael Newman Saturday night at the Bottleneck in downtown Lawrence, undervalued country virtuoso Junior Brown entertained an absolutely packed house for more than two hours with his self-styled blend of honky-tonk, rock and good time humor.
Air security now fully in federal hands
February 18, 2002
On the first day the government took responsibility for airport security, some passengers noticed extra vigilance and felt reassured by the change. Federal officials pledged on Sunday to protect travelers and treat them with courtesy. The second major deadline in the new airline security law passed as smoothly as the first, when airlines last month began inspecting checked baggage for explosives. A new federal agency now oversees aviation security rather than the airline industry and Federal Aviation Administration.
Big 12: Ford sparks Longhorns past Tigers
February 18, 2002
Texas freshman T.J. Ford dazzled another opponent.
LaFrentz open to Knicks trade
February 18, 2002
Nick Van Exel is hoping to be “Knick” Van Exel by Thursday night. Raef LaFrentz, his taller, less controversial Denver teammate, wasn’t as forthcoming. But LaFrentz, high on New York general manager Scott Layden’s wish list, didn’t sound opposed to a move east.
Winter sport inalienable right for Americans
February 18, 2002
This is the site of the Olympic curling competition, which has approximately 15 security personnel for every spectator. The tight security is necessary because curling is a prime target of terrorists. “If we can stop them from curling, then we will have won,” is a phrase often heard at terrorist gatherings.
Ownership shuffle is history as teams begin training for Opening Day
February 18, 2002
The ownership shuffle is barely over. The coaches were hired moments before the players arrived. None of it matters now: The Florida Marlins and Montreal Expos are playing ball.
Suit claims automaker negligent by not marketing devices sooner
February 18, 2002
Offered for just three years, power adjusters for the gas and brake pedals have become Ford Motor Co.’s best-selling optional feature.
NASA space probe to begin searching for water on Mars
February 18, 2002
A NASA spacecraft will start examining the contents of the dry, dusty surface of Mars this week, searching for what scientists expect are vast, hidden stores of water.
World Online report: Kansas crushes Cyclones, 102-66
February 18, 2002
(Web Posted Monday at 10:22 p.m.) Break out the scissors. The Rock-Chalk chant had some competition at the end of the Jayhawks’ victory over the Iowa State Cyclones. In addition to that time-honored tradition, the crowd implored junior Drew Gooden to stay “one more year!” Right at the end, the cry changed to “we’re number one!”
Arlington cemetery expands
February 18, 2002
Arlington National Cemetery is expanding by 60 acres to make room to receive another generation of honored dead. Yet at the nation’s most famous cemetery, no one can say how many rows of white headstones will be needed by midcentury.
Georgia community struggles with task of identifying bodies
February 18, 2002
Distraught families began the wrenching task of trying to identify loved ones Sunday in this rural community where dozens of decomposing corpses were being removed from a crematory. Authorities said they had recovered 97 bodies  including one infant  from storage sheds and scattered in woods behind Tri-State Crematory in this hamlet about 25 miles south of Chattanooga, Tenn.
s $1.8 billion proposal renews memories of failed urban renewal projects
February 18, 2002
Paul Thomas has stuck it out in downtown Kansas City, basing his rubber stamp and sign business there for 42 years. He’s seen neighbors come and go  mostly go  and watched property owners tear down their buildings instead of renovating them. In their place, uncovered parking lots lie like fallow fields in this city’s core.
s fate at center of redistricting talks
February 18, 2002
By Scott Rothschild Will Lawrence be politically sliced and diced? After a bruising week settling their own legislative district boundaries, state lawmakers this week will turn their attention to re-drawing congressional district maps.
China also poses a threat
February 18, 2002
By Jack Anderson and Douglas Cohn United Feature Syndicate President George W. Bush has dubbed Iraq, Iran and North Korea the “axis of evil,” but what country continues to pose the greatest threat to the United States? One nation is spending billions to create a deep sea fleet, weapons of mass destruction, missiles with ever increasing range and accuracy, a military/industrial espionage system, sophisticated electronic listening and interference systems, and the largest army in the world. That country is the Peoples Republic of China, which is neither the peoples’ nor a republic. It is a communist dictatorship.
t count Gray Davis out
February 18, 2002
By Mark Shields Creators Syndicate Four years ago, on the strength of his landslide, 20-point victory, Gray Davis became the first Democrat since 1978 to win the California governorship. In 1992 and 1996, Democrat Bill Clinton had easily carried the Golden State. In 2000, Al Gore  even though his campaign did not buy a single TV spot in the state  still thumped George W. Bush (whose own side spent millions on TV and who personally spent two days of the campaign’s crucial last week there) by 1.3 million votes in California.
t have long-term effect, KU professor says
February 18, 2002
By Terry Rombeck Orley “Chip” Taylor didn’t think twice about driving through a rainstorm last month on his way back from Mexico. But that storm, it turned out, resulted in the largest mass death of monarch butterflies ever known.
Disaster walking?
February 18, 2002
J-W Editorials A psychiatrist makes valid points about the need to force violent boxer Mike Tyson to get the help he clearly needs. Boxer Mike Tyson is regarded by many observers, in and out of the field of sports, as an accident constantly looking for a place to happen. So far, nobody has had the wisdom or courage to force him to get help before he self-destructs and perhaps does serious harm to someone else.
Convicted killer escapes from Texas penitentiary
February 18, 2002
A convicted killer overpowered a correctional officer and escaped from a state penitentiary Sunday.
Iranian foreign minister denies al-Qaida fighters in Iran
February 18, 2002
(Web Posted Monday at 3:21 p.m.) There are no al-Qaida members among more than 100 people detained after crossing into Iran from Afghanistan and Pakistan, Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi told journalists Monday. He said most are women and children.
s research brings love of history to medicine
February 18, 2002
By Terry Rombeck While most doctors are working on cures for the present and future, Frederick Holmes is a detective of the past. Holmes, a retired physician at the Kansas University Medical Center, combines his knowledge of medicine and British history to determine what ailed royalty hundreds of years ago.
Faculty push for tuition waiver
February 18, 2002
By Terry Rombeck When Jerel Hilding decided to leave his professional dance troupe for academia, he thought one of the perks of a teaching job might be free college tuition for his children. He was surprised to learn that Kansas University  and many of the other state universities he applied to  didn’t offer tuition waivers.
CIA exhibit shares spy secrets
February 18, 2002
For the first time, the public is getting a large-scale view of the CIA’s and KGB’s real-life James Bond gadgets, from a replica of the Russians’ deadly poison-dart umbrella to some of the Americans’ most ingeniously concealed cameras.
CIA exhibit shares spy secrets
February 18, 2002
For the first time, the public is getting a large-scale view of the CIA’s and KGB’s real-life James Bond gadgets, from a replica of the Russians’ deadly poison-dart umbrella to some of the Americans’ most ingeniously concealed cameras.
Sneaky software program snoops on users
February 18, 2002
Right now, your boss, your spouse or the government could secretly be reading all your typed words even the ones you deleted while surreptitiously snapping your picture.
Former SLA member charged in murder posts $1million bail
February 18, 2002
One of five former Symbionese Liberation Army members charged with killing a woman in a 1975 bank heist posted bond Sunday.
Faculty push for tuition waiver
February 18, 2002
By Terry Rombeck When Jerel Hilding decided to leave his professional dance troupe for academia, he thought one of the perks of a teaching job might be free college tuition for his children. He was surprised to learn that Kansas University and many of the other state universities he applied to didn’t offer tuition waivers.
Don’t count Gray Davis out
February 18, 2002
By Mark Shields Creators Syndicate Four years ago, on the strength of his landslide, 20-point victory, Gray Davis became the first Democrat since 1978 to win the California governorship. In 1992 and 1996, Democrat Bill Clinton had easily carried the Golden State. In 2000, Al Gore even though his campaign did not buy a single TV spot in the state still thumped George W. Bush (whose own side spent millions on TV and who personally spent two days of the campaign’s crucial last week there) by 1.3 million votes in California.
Missouri senator presents challenge to Kansas Democrats
February 18, 2002
Sen. Jean Carnahan of Missouri told Kansas Democratic leaders they need to build on the party’s heritage in the state. “We are the party that dreams and dares and delivers,” Carnahan said. “Democrats should be proud of our heritage, proud of who we are and proud of what we have accomplished.”
James McDaniels
February 18, 2002
Bank safe-deposit boxes not as safe as you think
February 18, 2002
People with precious family heirlooms and documents that smoldered in safe- deposit boxes within one of the still-standing World Trade Center buildings have learned a hard lesson. Although the contents of a safe-deposit box are secured inside a bank’s facilities, the items in the box are personal belongings and are not insured by the bank. Consumers need to insure those items on their own.
Burton wins bizarre Daytona 500
Marlin’s miscue down stretch costs driver NASCAR victorycosts driver NASCAR victory
February 18, 2002
When Sterling Marlin tried a little repair job on his car, he handed Ward Burton the victory in Sunday’s Daytona 500. Following a late red flag, Burton won a three-lap dash to the finish line for his fourth career win in 251 starts.
Reporter’s kidnapping seen as move against Musharraf, U.S.
February 18, 2002
The kidnapping of Wall Street Journal correspondent Daniel Pearl is widely seen as an attempt to strike a dramatic blow at Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf for getting tough on Islamic militants and siding with the United States in the war against terrorism.
Mother’s trial opens in children’s drownings
February 18, 2002
The fate of Andrea Yates hinges on whether the jurors who start hearing evidence today will believe she knew the difference between right and wrong when she drowned her five young children in their bathtub, then called 911 and told police what she had done.
Security lines a jackpot for airport
February 18, 2002
Las Vegas air travelers are arriving hours early these days and gambling more at McCarran International Airport, where slot machines sit side-by-side with baggage carousels and departure gates.
Potential sales tax to be discussed
February 18, 2002
The Lawrence City Commission will receive a staff report concerning a proposed Douglas County sales tax.
Witty wins gold for U.S.
February 18, 2002
It was the best day of Chris Witty’s Olympic career a gold medal against long odds with the greatest race she’d ever skated. She succeeded where other U.S. teammates failed just barely on Sunday: the Nordic combined team, now 78 years without a medal, and the American bobsledders, without a medal for 46 years. Both finished fourth, just missing a streak-breaking medal.
Canadians finally get their golds
February 18, 2002
These are gold medals to be shared, not divided.
Suns coach loses debut
After replacing Skiles, Johnson falls, 105-92
February 18, 2002
Frank Johnson’s debut as coach of the Phoenix Suns started with a splash, then fizzled.
Big 12: Ford sparks Longhorns past Tigers
February 18, 2002
Texas freshman T.J. Ford dazzled another opponent.
People
February 18, 2002
 Joan Collins says ‘I do’  George Michael robbed  Adventures with Ozzy  A gay old cartoon
s miscue down stretch costs driver NASCAR victorycosts driver NASCAR victory
February 18, 2002
When Sterling Marlin tried a little repair job on his car, he handed Ward Burton the victory in Sunday’s Daytona 500. Following a late red flag, Burton won a three-lap dash to the finish line for his fourth career win in 251 starts.
After replacing Skiles, Johnson falls, 105-92
February 18, 2002
Frank Johnson’s debut as coach of the Phoenix Suns started with a splash, then fizzled.
Canadians finally get their golds
February 18, 2002
These are gold medals to be shared, not divided.
K-State enjoys edge on court, in stands
February 18, 2002
By Doug Pacey Fans of Kansas University’s men’s basketball team like to refer to Kansas State’s Bramlage Coliseum as Allen Fieldhouse West. It’s an appropriate nickname because the KU men haven’t lost a game in the arena since it was built 13 years ago. But the Jayhawks never have received the kind of support in Bramlage as the Wildcats’ women’s team did Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.
for KU
February 18, 2002
By Gary Bedore Kansas University’s men’s basketball players can make one of their dreams come true tonight at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks (23-2 overall, 12-0 Big 12) can claim at least a share of the Big 12 Conference championship with an ESPN Big Monday victory against Iowa State (11-15, 3-9). Tip is 8:05 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse.
Witty wins gold for U.S.
February 18, 2002
It was the best day of Chris Witty’s Olympic career  a gold medal against long odds with the greatest race she’d ever skated. She succeeded where other U.S. teammates failed  just barely  on Sunday: the Nordic combined team, now 78 years without a medal, and the American bobsledders, without a medal for 46 years. Both finished fourth, just missing a streak-breaking medal.
Are online polls: a) fake
February 18, 2002
Radio talk show host Dori Monson knows the Internet surveys he reads on air are bogus. But he doesn’t care. Monson said his main goal is to generate debate.
Horoscopes
February 18, 2002
For Monday, Feb. 18, 2002, those with birthdays today: You often hedge, as confusion surrounds decisions. Take your time declaring your preferences. Your finances become a key focus. You see new ways of making money, possibly through an innate talent or interest. You might go through a mini-identity crisis while getting there. If single, your popularity will build this year. Meanwhile, have a ball! If you are attached, work together as a team. You might join together to build a business. The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult
On the street
February 18, 2002
Asked at Lawrence Public Library Would you ever clone a pet?
Sound off
February 18, 2002
What are the words to the song by Wilt Chamberlain that the Kansas University pep band plays? Tom Stidham, basketball band director, said he thinks Chamberlain recorded the song but didn’t write it. Its origin is unknown. The band usually plays only the first verse of the song:
After weekend of violence, Karzai vows to beef up security in Afghanistan
February 18, 2002
With his top security officials charged with murdering a Cabinet minister and his capital’s international peacekeeping force under fire, interim Afghan Prime Minister Hamid Karzai promised Sunday to take “every measure to guarantee security in this battered nation.”
KU softball falls to Cal
February 18, 2002
Kansas University’s softball team didn’t have any better luck against No. 5 California on Sunday, losing to the Bears for the second time this season, 8-4, in the UNLV Classic.
Jayhawks complete sweep
February 18, 2002
Senior right-hander Dan Olson earned his second win as Kansas University defeated Centenary in baseball for the third straight day, 4-2 on Sunday at Shehee Stadium.
Kansas tennis trounced by Ohio State
February 18, 2002
Kansas University’s tennis team lost for the second straight day, falling to No. 35-ranked Ohio State, 6-1, in a nonconference match at Jesse Owens West Recreation Center.
goes public with No. 1 premiere
February 18, 2002
Denzel Washington, fresh off his latest Oscar nomination, found a captive audience at theaters as “John Q” debuted as the top weekend film.
St. Martin ensemble richly deserves reputation for greatness
February 18, 2002
By Jan Biles The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble creates music that resembles a Brandy Alexander: smooth, satisfying and totally intoxicating.
s new
February 18, 2002
 New iCEBOX is one cool unit  TV networks’ nightmare is a dream appliance
Seven-year itch scratched at Nissan Open
February 18, 2002
The par putt was no more than a foot, still long enough that Len Mattiace gave it his undivided attention.
Lawrence to become part of 2nd District under congressional map change
February 18, 2002
(Web Posted Monday at 2:01 p.m.) Lawrence would be moved from the 3rd Congressional District into the 2nd Congressional District under a redistricting plan approved today by a state Senate committee.
One person dies in early-morning apartment fire
February 18, 2002
(Updated Monday at 11:29 a.m.) One person was killed early Monday morning in a fire at an apartment complex near 24th and Missouri streets in Lawrence.
Potential saint reason for costly repairs at church
February 18, 2002
The Catholic Diocese of Wichita has approved renovating a church in a nearly deserted town because someday the church may be a shrine to a saint. On almost any weekday, the work at the St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church is about the only sign of life in this Marion County town, which is so small that census figures don’t report a population for it.
Biologists, land managers meet to discuss saving grasslands
February 18, 2002
Experts responsible for much of America’s open spaces are meeting in Kansas City through Tuesday to discuss ways to improve the nation’s grasslands. About 1,200 members from across the nation are attending the Society for Range Management conference, where topics vary from controlling prickly pear cactus with fire to grazing with buffalo.
Communist rebels in Nepal kill 129
February 18, 2002
Communist rebels killed at least 129 police, soldiers and civilians in unprecedented attacks Sunday in northwestern Nepal, undermining prospects for peace in this poor Himalayan kingdom still recovering from the shock of a massacre at the royal palace last year.
Presidents Day ignored
February 18, 2002
Some national holidays lend themselves to television. Others don’t. Christmas programming begins shortly after Halloween, a holiday that has seen its share of holiday specials increase exponentially in recent years.
Financial literacy can be empowering
February 18, 2002
Unlike the packed hearings in which former Enron employees cried while the company’s executives and accountants passed the buck, there wasn’t much media attention when the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs took testimony on financial literacy. And yet those Banking Committee hearings might lead to some of the best things that come out of this Enron mess. Maybe, just maybe, financial literacy will become a priority for all of us.
Bank safe-deposit boxes not as safe as you think
February 18, 2002
People with precious family heirlooms and documents that smoldered in safe- deposit boxes within one of the still-standing World Trade Center buildings have learned a hard lesson. Although the contents of a safe-deposit box are secured inside a bank’s facilities, the items in the box are personal belongings and are not insured by the bank. Consumers need to insure those items on their own.
Suspect in shooting sentenced for drug case
February 18, 2002
A Lawrence man convicted last month of drug trafficking in Kansas City, Mo., will undergo drug addiction treatment to see if he can be placed on probation.
Nelson-Atkins seeks volunteers for new exhibit
February 18, 2002
Agency: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Address: 4525 Oak St., Kansas City, Mo
Missouri senator presents challenge to Kansas Democrats
February 18, 2002
Sen. Jean Carnahan of Missouri told Kansas Democratic leaders they need to build on the party’s heritage in the state. “We are the party that dreams and dares and delivers,” Carnahan said. “Democrats should be proud of our heritage, proud of who we are and proud of what we have accomplished.”
Former SLA member charged in murder posts $1million bail
February 18, 2002
One of five former Symbionese Liberation Army members charged with killing a woman in a 1975 bank heist posted bond Sunday.
s resignation
February 18, 2002
Demonstrators carried protest signs and sang hymns Sunday outside the residence of Cardinal Bernard Law, demanding that he resign because of his handling of allegations that priests sexually abused children.
Demonstrators demand cardinal’s resignation
February 18, 2002
Demonstrators carried protest signs and sang hymns Sunday outside the residence of Cardinal Bernard Law, demanding that he resign because of his handling of allegations that priests sexually abused children.
Local briefs
February 18, 2002
Presidents Day: Dole Institute director to appear today on CNN Richard Norton Smith, director of the Dole Institute of Politics at Kansas University, is scheduled to appear on CNN’s “Inside Politics” with Judy Woodruff at 3 p.m. today. The other guest on the Presidents Day program will be historian Doug Brinkley. Smith is a nationally recognized authority on the presidency and the award-winning author of eight books. For more information about the Dole Institute, visit http://www.ku.edu/~dole/. ____________ Leadership: KU chosen to sponsor alternative break school Kansas University has been selected as one of two sites for the 2002 Alternative Break Citizenship School. The school, sponsored by the Breakaway organization, will bring 48 students from across the country to KU July 12-29. The students will study American Indian issues and work with faculty and students at Haskell Indian Nations University and community service organizations. The Lawrence school, as well as one at the University of Vermont, will teach students and staff leaders how to build alternative break programs. Such programs pair students with projects to address community issues such as hunger, homelessness and the environment. ____________ Education: Multicultural Affairs director to speak at Topeka event Robert Page, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Kansas University, will give the keynote speech at a Topeka program honoring Black History Month. The event, at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at Topeka West High School auditorium, is sponsored by the high school’s Multicultural Club. It includes student readings, a talent show and a soul-food dinner. Admission is $5. For more information, contact Jerome Plunkett at (785) 271-3501.
Retired physician’s research brings love of history to medicine
February 18, 2002
By Terry Rombeck While most doctors are working on cures for the present and future, Frederick Holmes is a detective of the past. Holmes, a retired physician at the Kansas University Medical Center, combines his knowledge of medicine and British history to determine what ailed royalty hundreds of years ago.
Storm kills largest group of monarchs to date
Mass death shouldn’t have long-term effect, KU professor says
February 18, 2002
By Terry Rombeck Orley “Chip” Taylor didn’t think twice about driving through a rainstorm last month on his way back from Mexico. But that storm, it turned out, resulted in the largest mass death of monarch butterflies ever known.
Lawrence Eagles honor police, fire, medical personnel
February 18, 2002
By Matt Merkel-Hess On his 21st birthday, Tracy Russell didn’t go to the bars to celebrate he had his first day on the job as a police officer in Great Bend. Russell, a Lawrence police officer, always knew that he wanted to be a policeman. On Sunday, his dedication to law enforcement was honored when he received the Reverence for Law Award from the Mount Oread Aerie No. 309, Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Disaster walking?
February 18, 2002
J-W Editorials A psychiatrist makes valid points about the need to force violent boxer Mike Tyson to get the help he clearly needs. Boxer Mike Tyson is regarded by many observers, in and out of the field of sports, as an accident constantly looking for a place to happen. So far, nobody has had the wisdom or courage to force him to get help before he self-destructs and perhaps does serious harm to someone else.