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Small plane slams into Fourth of July crowd; at least one dead, 10 injured
July 4, 2002
(Web Posted Thursday at 4:03 p.m.) A small private plane slammed into a Fourth of July crowd on the banks of a park lake, killing at least one and injuring 10, firefighters said.
Two dead in shooting at Israel’s El Al ticket counter at Los Angeles International
July 4, 2002
(Updated Thursday at 3:54 p.m.) A gunman opened fire Thursday at the ticket counter of Israel’s El Al airlines at Los Angeles International Airport, killing one person before being shot dead by an airline security guard, police said.
President defends Pledge in Independence Day speech
July 4, 2002
(Updated Thursday at 4:04 p.m.) On the first Independence Day since Sept. 11, President Bush paid tribute Thursday to American veterans and offered a feisty defense of the Pledge of Allegiance after a federal court questioned its constitutionality.
Homesick U.S. forces celebrate Fourth in Afghanistan
July 4, 2002
(Updated Thursday at 12:22 p.m.) BAGRAM, Afghanistan Red, white and blue flags flew over the Bagram air base Thursday as U.S. forces marked the Fourth of July with grilled T-bone steaks, corn and basketball games on a helicopter pad.
Births
July 4, 2002
Carrie Coffey, Lawrence, a girl, Tuesday. Brian and Kristina Bradfield, Lawrence, a girl, Tuesday.
Sound off
July 4, 2002
I remember the Legislature approved a budget provision that would prohibit state agencies from using color printing in their annual reports. Lawmakers said that would save $1 million per year. Is this true? Gov. Bill Graves budget director Duane Goossen recently reported that the savings will not come close to $1 million. He said removing color printing from annual reports would save $4,000.
Americans not expected to end Open drought
July 4, 2002
By David Mitchell During a time of newfound patriotism, American golfers would like to see an American champion at the U.S. Women’s Open. “It sure would be nice if an American would win this weekend,” said two-time champion Patty Sheehan. “It would be a great tribute to American golf and the American people.”
Sorenstam enters on roll
July 4, 2002
By David Mitchell Annika Sorenstam is, by far, the hottest golfer on the LPGA Tour.
Heart of a nation
July 4, 2002
J-W Editorials The greatest strength of America is its founding principle: freedom. The Fourth of July is a celebration of America’s freedom.
Battle flags exhibit shows evolution of patriotism
July 4, 2002
By Dave Ranney An aging reminder of the mix of terrorism and patriotism that defines both Lawrence and Kansas history is, for a few more days, on display at the Kansas Museum of History. It’s a large, faded red flag with a once-white star in the center. In the upper left corner appear the menacing words “Southern Rights.”
Gooden makes good impression
Former Kansas forward delays signing contract to show on time for Grizzlies’ practice
July 4, 2002
Drew Gooden wasted little time making a good first impression on his new boss. And the Grizzlies’ first-round draft pick did so before even taking the court Tuesday night for his debut. This is a story about a guy so excited to play basketball that he intentionally skipped the lucrative part of being taken No. 4 overall in the NBA draft.
Briefly
July 4, 2002
Saddam’s stepson arrested Flood disaster declared Cost estimate grows for Indian trust fund Trauma center closes as doctors resign en masse
U.S. vows to keep peacekeepers in Bosnia
July 4, 2002
American officials made it known throughout the day Wednesday that U.S. personnel in Bosnia were there to stay regardless of what the U.N. Security Council did. As it turned out, the council decided late Wednesday to buy more time to resolve a deep disagreement in which the United States found itself virtually all alone in its view that the newly created International Criminal Court was a potential menace to American peacekeepers and perhaps even to U.S. diplomats.
Horoscopes
July 4, 2002
U.S. technology helped track Philippine rebels
July 4, 2002
Two major operations against Abu Sayyaf rebels were a triumph of American technology and local intelligence in the anti-terrorism fight, Philippine military officials said Wednesday. U.S.-provided tracing devices implanted in a backpack and boat used by the Muslim extremists helped in the rescue of an American hostage and later in the apparent death of a rebel leader, the officials said on condition of anonymity.
Local briefs
July 4, 2002
Rain threat delays work on South Park wading pool The threat of rain Wednesday delayed the repainting of the South Park wading pool, setting back its re-opening to July 11. The city is repainting the pool near 11th and Massachusetts streets because the existing paint is flaking. The pool paint must be applied on a dry day without rain forecast in the next 24 hours, allowing the paint to set. Five more days are required after that to allow the paint to cure. _______________ Investigation: Police find missing boys, 21-year-old who were lost Law enforcement officers Tuesday night searched a wooded area along Clinton Lake for a man and two boys who had been reported missing. All three were found unhurt near County Road 6 and East 550 Road, Sheriff’s Lt. Kathy Tate said. The man, 21, and the boys, ages 12 and 11, apparently left the back yard of a residence in Clinton to follow a trail that led toward the lake, Tate said. No names were released, but the 21-year-old and one of the younger boys are brothers, Tate said. Their mother called sheriff’s officers about 11 p.m. after she searched for two hours without results. About a half-dozen officers, including a Clinton Lake State Park ranger, searched for the boys before finding them after a little more than an hour. _______________ Higher education: KU ranked a top bargain in national Kaplan survey Despite a recently approved tuition increase at Kansas University, the institution has been recognized for offering “the best value for your tuition dollar” by a new college guide. “The Unofficial, Unbiased Insider’s Guide to the 320 Most Interesting Colleges,” which is based on results from Kaplan’s Annual National High School Guidance Counselors Survey, said KU offered “tremendous athletics and a great assortment of majors at a very attractive price. ” Using recently approved tuition rates for 2002-2003, KU in-state annual tuition and fees are $1,798. The guide highlights KU’s programs in architecture, pre-med studies, nursing, pharmacy, engineering, journalism, Spanish and Portuguese. _______________ Amtrak: Locomotive failure causes late arrival in Lawrence Amtrak’s Southwest Chief didn’t make its usual morning appearance Wednesday in Lawrence, but not because of the railroad’s financial problems. Kathleen Cantillon, an Amtrak spokeswoman in Chicago, said two of the train’s four locomotives had failed Tuesday, one in Arizona and the other in New Mexico. All four locomotives are needed to pull the train, which has as many as 34 passenger cars. The second failure required Amtrak to wait for a Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad locomotive for assistance. Those failures, in combination with the need to replace an overtime engine crew in Albuquerque, N.M., put the Los Angeles-to-Chicago train 14 hours behind schedule. She didn’t say how many Lawrence passengers were stranded by the delay, but City Commissioner Marty Kennedy said he had seen roughly 15 people waiting in the station at 413 E. Seventh St. _______________ Gasoline Prices: Pump Patrol seeks best deal The Journal-World has found a gasoline price as low as $1.31 at several gas stations. If you find a lower price, call us at 832-7154. Be prepared to leave the name and address of the business and the price.
World Online: Arts & Entertainment Calendar
July 4, 2002
Midseason marks
Reviewing the big stories of the 2002 season
July 4, 2002
Back to trioval one.
County keeping office on Iowa
July 4, 2002
By Mark Fagan Douglas County will keep its office presence on South Iowa Street.
On the street
July 4, 2002
Asked on Massachusetts Street Why do you appreciate the Fourth of July?
Districts get late state payment
July 4, 2002
By Tim Carpenter The state made good Wednesday on its $1.3 million late payment to the Lawrence school district. Districts across the state received transfers that totaled $103 million  the second half of a school-finance payment due in mid-June. It was the fifth time in the 2001-2002 school year that the state was tardy sending funds to school districts.
Congressional map is valid
July 4, 2002
By Joel Mathis A panel of federal judges on Wednesday upheld the Kansas Legislature’s plan that splits Lawrence between two congressional districts. “This court cannot now replace the Legislature’s judgments with its own,” the three-judge panel said in an unsigned ruling.
Fireworks stands are the holiday norm for the Pines
July 4, 2002
By Jim Baker For as long as Jerry Pine can remember, fireworks have been a family affair. That’s because various members of Lawrence’s extended Pine family have manned a fireworks stand just outside the city for the past 54 years.
Williams sisters advance to final, Hewitt scrapes into semis
July 4, 2002
It’s Williams vs. Williams in another Grand Slam final. Sisters Venus and Serena Williams won in straight sets to set up their third meeting in a title match at a major - and the first all-sister Wimbledon final since 1884.
Former demolition derby driver ranks Modified racing as favorite pastime
July 4, 2002
Jim Thorne’s foot has gone from in his mouth to the gas pedal in the last 10 years. Looking for a vehicle for his tree service in 1992, Thorne was searching for a truck. While surveying the area, he found one for sale and visited the owner’s house.
WTA clarifies drug testing policy
Little to no warning to be given in offseason, but testers won’t be strangers
July 4, 2002
WTA Tour officials sought Wednesday to allay fears of Venus Williams and any other players that complete strangers would soon be pounding on doors at their homes to do random out-of-competition drug testing.
Briefcase
July 4, 2002
Media giant replaces CEO Williams announces plans to sell Hugoton pipeline Unemployment claims drop Markets closed
Thunderhill results: 6/29
July 4, 2002
Thunderhill Speedway results, June 29.
Sorenstam enters on roll
July 4, 2002
By David Mitchell Annika Sorenstam is, by far, the hottest golfer on the LPGA Tour.
Earnhardt autopsy off limits
Judge reaffirms decision to keep photos private
July 4, 2002
A judge Wednesday upheld a Florida law restricting public access to autopsy photos that was being challenged by several newspapers.
Bill Cosby’s recent behavior is cause for concern
July 4, 2002
Something wasn’t quite right with Bill Cosby.
Battle flags exhibit shows evolution of patriotism
July 4, 2002
By Dave Ranney An aging reminder of the mix of terrorism and patriotism that defines both Lawrence and Kansas history is, for a few more days, on display at the Kansas Museum of History. It’s a large, faded red flag with a once-white star in the center. In the upper left corner appear the menacing words “Southern Rights.”
McConnell bombers making last flyovers
B-1 to commemorate Fourth over 30 cities across Kansas
July 4, 2002
Lt. Col. Brad Link was hoping his B-1 bomber flight wouldn’t end once it took off from McConnell Air Force Base. For a few hours today, he and three crewmen, including Maj. Gen. Greg Gardner, the state’s adjutant general, were to fly over more than 30 Kansas communities to commemorate the Fourth of July.
Speedway, Women’s Open draw media attention to state
July 4, 2002
Picture this: A helicopter pans over the fairways of a lush golf course, showcasing large galleries and a talented field of 150 of the world’s finest women’s golfers. Or imagine a blimp shows a sellout, sun-drenched crowd of 100,000 as daring men in racing machines compete on a 1.5-mile course.
Comfort Keepers banking on area baby boomer trend
July 4, 2002
By Chad Lawhorn Seth Movsovitz and Kyle Wilson don’t have a crystal ball, but they don’t need one to see emergence of Lawrence’s baby boomer population. Movsovitz and Wilson are co-owners of Lawrence’s Comfort Keepers, a new company that provides nonmedical assistance everything from meal preparation to transportation to senior citizens and the disabled.
Show ‘rediscovers’ Washington
July 4, 2002
Was George Washington sexy? While we may see Washington as the unsmiling figure on the dollar bill, he used his strength, stature and skill as a horseman to bedazzle his contemporaries and become the first American superstar. At least that’s the theory that host Richard Brookhiser offers in the thoughtful 90-minute documentary “Rediscovering George Washington,” (8:30 p.m., PBS). The 6-foot, 3-inch George Washington towered over his contemporaries. His height made Abigail Adams swoon, a fact that left her diminutive husband, John Adams, just a little jealous.
Area briefs
July 4, 2002
 Four arrested for DUIs  Lawyer named chairman of KU Alumni Association  Shallenburger announces Douglas County co-chairmen  Highway Patrol increasing presence for holiday period
Firefighting crews must contend with arsonists in ranks
July 4, 2002
For firefighting crews, it is an inexplicable fact of life: Some of the wildfires that blacken the nation’s forests and destroy people’s homes are set by colleagues hoping to cash in.
Heartland Park results: 6/28
July 4, 2002
Results from Heartland Park, Friday, June 28.
Sweeney hurt in loss
July 4, 2002
Kansas City first baseman Mike Sweeney cut his right ring finger when he was hit by a pitch from Seattle right-hander Joel Pineiro in the fourth inning Wednesday night.
Yanks ruin Thome’s home run parade
Cleveland loses 11-8, but slugger one dinger shy of major league record
July 4, 2002
Jim Thome just wishes he could enjoy his historic home run tear.
People
July 4, 2002
Osbourne mom has surgery Bob Barker also faces knife ‘The Boss’ pays for play ‘Sopranos’ grievance won’t die
Army recruiting becomes game
America’s Army’ project gives glimpse of real military adventure
July 4, 2002
Attempting to woo computer-savvy young people, the Army will release today the first installment of an ambitious new computer game that will let players be all they can digitally be.
Congressional map is valid
July 4, 2002
By Joel Mathis A panel of federal judges on Wednesday upheld the Kansas Legislature’s plan that splits Lawrence between two congressional districts. “This court cannot now replace the Legislature’s judgments with its own,” the three-judge panel said in an unsigned ruling.
Briefly
July 4, 2002
Police find terrorists’ hide-out, weapons cache American wanted by FBI arrested Vandal decapitates statue of Thatcher Study advises waiting for fertility treatment
Team analysis
July 4, 2002
Americans plan for proud but cautious celebrations
July 4, 2002
Independence Day 2002 promises to be unlike any before it brimming with patriotism but also extraordinary precautions.
Like Mike’ likeable
July 4, 2002
Will Smith, watch your back.
Area briefs
July 4, 2002
Four arrested for DUIs Lawyer named chairman of KU Alumni Association Shallenburger announces Douglas County co-chairmen Highway Patrol increasing presence for holiday period
Survey examines tipping practices
Service not only factor in determining gratuities
July 4, 2002
Some people sneak back to the table to add more money, some to snatch back a few dollars. Husbands and wives dicker, parents and kids argue, all over how much to tip when they eat out.
Heart of a nation
July 4, 2002
J-W Editorials The greatest strength of America is its founding principle: freedom. The Fourth of July is a celebration of America’s freedom.
On the record
July 4, 2002
On the record
July 4, 2002
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
Driving privilege
July 4, 2002
To the editor: With regard to the “Behind the wheel” article in the June 18 Journal-World:
Donald W. Flessing
July 4, 2002
Memorial services for Donald W. Flessing, 86, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church. Mr. Flessing was cremated. Private burial will be later in Pendleton (N.Y.) Cemetery. Mr. Flessing died Wednesday, July 3, 2002, at Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community.
Profile: Max Roberts, Lawrence
July 4, 2002
Ten year old go-cart racer Max Roberts has the competition wondering just how many years he has really been racing. After winning 3 races in his first season, and with no previous racing experience, he is certainly turning heads.
6Sports video report: Scot Pollard wants to reach greater heights
July 4, 2002
The former Jayhawk wants more playing time and is looking to take his game to the next level.
6News video report: Local business develops registration software
July 4, 2002
Alliance Technology is one of several companies in the nation developing software to help universities track foreign exchange students.
WNBA capsules
July 4, 2002
Morariu preparing for return
Leukemia can’t stop determined player
July 4, 2002
When former Wimbledon doubles champion Corina Morariu was diagnosed with leukemia 14 months ago, the last thing on her mind was ever playing tennis again.
Navratilova not ready to retire
Mixed doubles career continues
July 4, 2002
Martina Navratilova, who has played more matches than anyone at Wimbledon, doesn’t think she’s finished yet.
Simontacchi still sizzlin’
St. Louis rookie wins 10th game in 4-1 victory
July 4, 2002
St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa hates to say he’s ever surprised about a player. But in Jason Simontacchi’s case, the word definitely applies.
Our town sports
July 4, 2002
Softball Champs: Lawrence’s Phenix 14-under girls fast pitch softball team recently won the Wahoo (Neb.) Diamond Sports Invitational. Players are Emily Leiker, Cortney Sostarich, Livi Abney, Brooke Abney, Karen Spence, Kayla Nolte, Kim Gilges, Jessica Kraus, Jenna Brantley, Trisha Dunham and Mariah Riling. Coaches are Mike Riling, Kathy Gilges, Keith Spence and Leo Leiker.
Raiders win in Oklahoma
July 4, 2002
This was the opening the Lawrence Raiders anticipated. The Lawrence 18-and-under American Legion baseball team opened the Enid Fourth of July Woodbat Tournament by beating the Wichita Hit Men, 7-1, Wednesday in Enid, Okla.
Sosa miffed at reporter
July 4, 2002
Sammy Sosa has called a reporter’s suggestion that he undergo voluntary testing for steroids unprofessional.
NASCAR OK’s Pontiac
July 4, 2002
The 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix race car has been approved by NASCAR.
Weird’ goat drawing fans
July 4, 2002
A four-month-old goat with a curious birthmark has fans of the late NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt flocking to a north Florida farm.
Field keeps parents away
July 4, 2002
Two city officials have developed a way to keep overzealous parents from disrupting baseball games at a new $2.5 million youth sports complex.
Capriati can’t avoid rain or ouster from Wimbledon by Mauresmo
July 4, 2002
Jennifer Capriati looked at the big drops falling from the slate sky, eyed the chair umpire, and held up a palm as if to say, “Why are we out here?” She went ahead and served. Double fault. Another double fault. Serve broken. Concentration cracked.
Castroneves confirmed winner
July 4, 2002
Helio Castroneves never doubted he was the winner of the Indianapolis 500. He just had to wait five weeks for confirmation. Indy Racing League president Tony George rejected an appeal of the disputed finish between Castroneves and Paul Tracy, declaring the Brazilian known as Spiderman the race winner.
Americans not expected to end Open drought
July 4, 2002
By David Mitchell During a time of newfound patriotism, American golfers would like to see an American champion at the U.S. Women’s Open. “It sure would be nice if an American would win this weekend,” said two-time champion Patty Sheehan. “It would be a great tribute to American golf and the American people.”
Pineiro, Mariners blank KC
July 4, 2002
Joel Pineiro started July with the same dominance he showed in June, allowing two hits in eight innings for his fifth straight win as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Kansas City Royals 3-0 Wednesday night. Pineiro (9-3), a 23-year-old right-hander, walked three and struck out five. He did not allow a hit after the second inning and retired 12 straight during one stretch.
Webb eyes 3-peat
Back-to-back-to-back titles unprecedented
July 4, 2002
By David Mitchell Karrie Webb stands on the verge of history today when the 57th U.S. Women’s Open begins at Prairie Dunes Country Club. All that stands between the Australian and a third straight Open title are 149 of the planet’s best women golfers, the 17th-ranked course in the world, a grim weather forecast and 56 years of history.
County keeping office on Iowa
July 4, 2002
By Mark Fagan Douglas County will keep its office presence on South Iowa Street.
State senator angry about Wilcox comments
July 4, 2002
A veteran lawmaker said he was angered by comments made by Kim Wilcox as Wilcox left his job as president and chief executive officer of the Kansas Board of Regents. Last week, Wilcox, who will become the dean of Kansas University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, criticized the Legislature for failing to adequately fund higher education.
Wichita officials unfazed by AirTran’s early losses
July 4, 2002
Discount carrier AirTran Airways said it considered Wichita a “bright spot,” despite a slow start that led to losses of more than $730,000 in its first month at Mid-Continent Airport. AirTran said it was encouraged by a significant increase in traffic in June, and city officials say the airline has already saved passengers millions of dollars.
Tribal college board announced
July 4, 2002
These people will serve on President Bush’s Board of Advisors on Tribal Colleges and Universities, the White House announced Wednesday.
Swisher named to Bush advisers
Order cast to support tribal colleges
July 4, 2002
With Haskell Indian Nations University President Karen Swisher looking on, President Bush signed an executive order Wednesday that showed renewed White House support for the tribal college movement.
Offices, services closed today
July 4, 2002
Government offices and public services in Lawrence will be closed today in observance of Independence Day.
Donald W. Flessing
July 4, 2002
Baldwin police chief’s son pleads no contest
July 4, 2002
By Mike Belt The son of the Baldwin Police chief was found guilty Wednesday of burglarizing an implement dealership and stealing from another business.
Moore speaks at chamber meeting
July 4, 2002
By Tim Carpenter The potential of terrorist attacks shouldn’t ruin Lawrence residents’ Independence Day celebrations, U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore says. “We can’t let terrorists rule our lives,” the Kansas Democrat said during a visit Wednesday to Lawrence.
White House on defense as stock report scrutinized
July 4, 2002
As a Texas oilman, President Bush engaged in some of the same kinds of business practices he’s now promising to clean up in response to a wave of corporate scandals. Bush was a board member of Harken Energy Corp. in 1989 when the company engaged in a transaction that later prompted an inquiry by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC forced the company to amend its books to reflect millions of dollars in losses that had been masked by the sale of a subsidiary to a group of insiders. And Bush, who was on the company’s audit committee, was the subject of a separate insider stock trade investigation by the SEC.
Make safety first on the Fourth
July 4, 2002
By Marta Costello Shooting off fireworks is standard Fourth of July fare, but something that’s perhaps better left to the experts. “I would encourage everybody to attend a fireworks show rather than light fireworks on their own. Only 3 percent of injuries from fireworks each year happen at shows,” said Aynsley Anderson, community education coordinator at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
A family tradition
Fireworks stands are the holiday norm for the Pines
July 4, 2002
By Jim Baker For as long as Jerry Pine can remember, fireworks have been a family affair. That’s because various members of Lawrence’s extended Pine family have manned a fireworks stand just outside the city for the past 54 years.
Jury’s deliberations under scrutiny
Improper issues may have been discussed in malpractice case
July 4, 2002
Jury members who decided a medical malpractice case in favor of Wesley Medical Center have been ordered back to be questioned about their deliberations.
Deer test negative for wasting disease
July 4, 2002
The state’s wild deer population remains free from chronic wasting disease, a condition that’s affecting elk and causes loss of appetite, disorientation and eventually death. Deer in Harper County were sampled for chronic wasting disease in January, a month after a captive elk there tested positive for the ailment. The case near Anthony marked the disease’s first appearance in Kansas.
Nation seems uncomfortable
July 4, 2002
By John Baer Knight Ridder Newspapers So here we are on the eve of our nation’s annual most patriotic day, the first since its most horrible day, Sept. 11.
Washington a deserving hero
July 4, 2002
By George Will Washington Post Writers Group Tonight, after you have given up trying to get the mustard stains off the dog, and after you have treated the fingers singed by sparklers, pour a beer a Sam Adams would be apposite and settle down to watch on PBS the documentary biography of the man most responsible for there being an Independence Day. Ninety minutes later, Richard Brookhiser’s “Rediscovering George Washington” will have convinced you that its subject, whom many historians have managed to mummify into dullness, may have been the most interesting and indispensable American.
Butchered trees
July 4, 2002
Misdirected attack
July 4, 2002
Driving privilege
July 4, 2002
Politicians share blame for corporate mess
July 4, 2002
By Jim Hoagland Washington Post Writers Group The nation has learned much about the rogue’s gallery of crooked corporate chieftains, avaricious auditors, bumbling board barons and feckless federal fraud foes tumbling around in the cascade of business scandals that blacken the image and sap the vitality of American capitalism. But there is one more category of miscreants that deserves attention: the country’s politicians. Where were they when this was happening? And where are they now that the mess has been exposed, largely by state and local officials and the business cycle? Where is the populist outrage that would have swept this capital even a generation ago?
Neighborhood traditions mark local Fourth of July celebrations
July 4, 2002
By Mike Belt Today won’t be all fireworks. Flag-raising ceremonies, the reading of the Declaration of Independence, parades, Bloody Marys and lemonade will all play a part in small neighborhood Fourth of July celebrations.
Trash business remains open
July 4, 2002
By Mike Shields The owner of AARDS trash removal company has had second thoughts about closing the business. AARDS Home-Business Trash Service workers have resumed service on all routes, a company spokesperson said Tuesday, but are playing catch-up after the company briefly ceased operations last week.
Districts get late state payment
July 4, 2002
By Tim Carpenter The state made good Wednesday on its $1.3 million late payment to the Lawrence school district. Districts across the state received transfers that totaled $103 million the second half of a school-finance payment due in mid-June. It was the fifth time in the 2001-2002 school year that the state was tardy sending funds to school districts.
Aquila announces $37.5 million sale of assets
July 4, 2002
Energy company Aquila Inc. announced an agreement to sell its share of a power plant in western New York part of a planned $1 billion selloff of assets.
Attorney questions Westar plans to sell stock
July 4, 2002
An attorney representing customers of Westar Energy Inc. raised new questions at a regulatory hearing about the company’s plan to sell a major asset to pay off some of its debt. The state’s largest electric company wants to sell its 45 percent interest in ONEOK Inc., a Tulsa, Okla., natural gas company, back to ONEOK. Westar would have $738 million to apply to its $3 billion debt.
Judge appoints monitor for troubled company
July 4, 2002
A judge appointed a former head of the Securities and Exchange Commission to act as the corporate monitor for WorldCom, telling him to “look into every nook and cranny” of the troubled company.
Balloon adventurer back on solid ground
July 4, 2002
Steve Fossett safely landed his Spirit of Freedom balloon early today on a remote ranch in the Australian Outback, finally ending his record breaking flight around-the-world. The American adventurer’s Spirit of Freedom balloon made a July Fourth touch down on Durham Station cattle ranch, about 870 miles northwest of Sydney. It bumped along the ground for 15 minutes before stopping.
Sister punished for brother’s action in Pakistan
July 4, 2002
For two nervous hours, the teenager worried for her 11-year-old brother as their father pleaded before a Pakistani tribal council that the boy had done no wrong in walking unchaperoned with a girl from a different tribe.
Swiss under fire in jet collision
July 4, 2002
A collision-warning system was out of service and an air traffic controller was on a break when a Russian jetliner slammed into a cargo plane high above Germany, officials said Wednesday adding to questions surrounding the crash that killed 71 people.
Analysts: ‘Net safe from WorldCom woes
July 4, 2002
Rest assured, Web surfers. The Internet will keep running even if WorldCom Inc., the company that handles half of its U.S. traffic, goes under, technology analysts say. Many analysts predict that the huge telecommunications company will file for bankruptcy, although WorldCom chief executive John Sidgmore said Tuesday that he hopes the company will not have to do so. The possibility is bound to worry WorldCom’s Internet customers, but analysts said the Internet as a whole should be fine.
Daily ticker
July 4, 2002
Butchered trees
July 4, 2002
To the editor: Being a quiet man, with a modest education, I’m uncomfortable making waves in a public forum, but feel compelled to do so.
Raiders win in Oklahoma
July 4, 2002
This was the opening the Lawrence Raiders anticipated. The Lawrence 18-and-under American Legion baseball team opened the Enid Fourth of July Woodbat Tournament by beating the Wichita Hit Men, 7-1, Wednesday in Enid, Okla.
Trash business remains open
July 4, 2002
By Mike Shields The owner of AARDS trash removal company has had second thoughts about closing the business. AARDS Home-Business Trash Service workers have resumed service on all routes, a company spokesperson said Tuesday, but are playing catch-up after the company briefly ceased operations last week.
Comfort Keepers banking on area baby boomer trend
July 4, 2002
By Chad Lawhorn Seth Movsovitz and Kyle Wilson don’t have a crystal ball, but they don’t need one to see emergence of Lawrence’s baby boomer population. Movsovitz and Wilson are co-owners of Lawrence’s Comfort Keepers, a new company that provides nonmedical assistance  everything from meal preparation to transportation  to senior citizens and the disabled.
Neighborhood traditions mark local Fourth of July celebrations
July 4, 2002
By Mike Belt Today won’t be all fireworks. Flag-raising ceremonies, the reading of the Declaration of Independence, parades, Bloody Marys and lemonade will all play a part in small neighborhood Fourth of July celebrations.
s son pleads no contest
July 4, 2002
By Mike Belt The son of the Baldwin Police chief was found guilty Wednesday of burglarizing an implement dealership and stealing from another business.
Offices, services closed today
July 4, 2002
Government offices and public services in Lawrence will be closed today in observance of Independence Day.
Order cast to support tribal colleges
July 4, 2002
With Haskell Indian Nations University President Karen Swisher looking on, President Bush signed an executive order Wednesday that showed renewed White House support for the tribal college movement.
Tribal college board announced
July 4, 2002
These people will serve on President Bush’s Board of Advisors on Tribal Colleges and Universities, the White House announced Wednesday.
Make safety first on the Fourth
July 4, 2002
By Marta Costello Shooting off fireworks is standard Fourth of July fare, but something that’s perhaps better left to the experts. “I would encourage everybody to attend a fireworks show rather than light fireworks on their own. Only 3 percent of injuries from fireworks each year happen at shows,” said Aynsley Anderson, community education coordinator at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Misdirected attack
July 4, 2002
To the editor: George Will’s ad hominem diatribe against “affluent liberals” and their opposition to school vouchers leaves out of account their long effort to improve public education by increasing financial support. By a twisted logic, he describes them as exercising “the right of school choice” while denying it to the poor. He fails to note that unlike the choice to use vouchers, their choice requires that they pay both school taxes and tuition from their own funds.