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Bush calls for stiff penalties on corporate abuses
July 9, 2002
(Updated Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.) WASHINGTON President Bush called for stiff new penalties for corporate criminals and a crackdown on boardroom scandals Tuesday, promising in a speech on Wall Street that his administration would “end the days of cooking the books, shading the truth and breaking our laws.”
Scooby-Doo’: a cute game for youngsters
July 9, 2002
If you don’t know who Scooby-Doo is, turn on the TV or check the marquee at the movie theater. The cartoon chow hound with a lust for Scooby Snacks and a knack for getting in and out of trouble is now the star of a hugely popular movie.
6News video report: Governor to gather public comment on Oread houses
July 9, 2002
The Governor’s office has announced that public comment will be collected regarding the fate of three Oread neighborhood houses.
KU task force aims to cut ‘red tape’
July 9, 2002
By Terry Rombeck A spring semester survey showed gaping holes in what Kansas University faculty and teaching assistants knew about services available to students on a campus sometimes criticized for being a bewildering place to students fresh from small towns and schools.
Judge might decide fate of Ted Williams’ body
July 9, 2002
Ted Williams’ estate will ask a judge to decide if the baseball great’s body should be cremated or frozen, a move to try to resolve a family feud over the remains.
Hawaii coach bans mopeds
July 9, 2002
June Jones, Hawaii football coach, has banned his players from riding mopeds during the season, citing injury risks.
Tillman begins basic training in quest to be Army Ranger
July 9, 2002
NFL player Pat Tillman made a living pushing his body to the limit, putting himself through grueling training and sweating it out in the summer heat. This year, he’s doing it for the Army for a lot less money.
Andersen Night slated
July 9, 2002
It might be the only time this season that fans are allowed to shred their own documents at the ball park. The Portland Beavers, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, are sponsoring “Arthur Andersen Appreciation Night” to poke fun at the beleaguered accounting firm.
Spain’s Freire sprints to win
Armstrong falls to fourth overall in Tour de France
July 9, 2002
Lance Armstrong enjoyed a relaxed ride in Monday’s stage of the Tour de France, while some struggled to get to the finish. “It was nervous today, but quite easy,” the three-time defending champion said.
Ugly squabble demeaning to Williams
July 9, 2002
Ted Williams buried his dog with more dignity than his family is showing him. The bizarre, ugly squabble between Williams’ children over whether to cremate him or freeze his body and sell bits of his DNA is demeaning to his memory and contrary to how Williams conducted himself in life.
Ammunition-plant claim staked
July 9, 2002
By Dave Ranney An Oklahoma-based Indian tribe has filed a lawsuit in federal court, claiming it’s entitled to the former Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant near DeSoto. A lawyer representing the Shawnee tribe on Monday declined to rule out the possibility of putting a casino on part of the 9,065-acre site.
On the record
July 9, 2002
Sisters’ rivalry, dynasty good for tennis
July 9, 2002
Hey, new Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt and any other doubters, listen up: The Williams sisters are great for tennis. Even if they keep beating everyone in sight? Yes. Even if they keep meeting in Grand Slam finals? Especially.
WNBA Roundup: Liberty hands Phoenix fifth straight setback
July 9, 2002
Tamika Whitmore scored a career-high 28 points to lead New York to a 77-71 victory against Phoenix on Monday night. Tari Phillips added a season-high 23 points and Becky Hammon scored eight of her 14 points late in the game for the Liberty.
Area briefs
July 9, 2002
Old Settler’s Reunion to feature fun for all ages Carnegie Cultural Center offers romantic comedy Lawrence City band plays annual children’s concert
Mary Lu Hill Roberts
July 9, 2002
Family planning clinic shot during off hours
July 9, 2002
By Michelle Burhenn At least 14 gunshots shattered six windows and left bullet holes the size of half-dollars in walls and ceilings early Sunday morning at the offices of Planned Parenthood of Kansas & Mid-Missouri.
Two people found shot to death in Topeka
July 9, 2002
Topeka police are investigating the shooting deaths of a man and woman whose bodies were found Sunday.
Sizzle or fizzle?
July 9, 2002
J-W Editorials Momentum is building toward increased fireworks restrictions for Lawrence. Following the recent Fourth of July celebration, many local residents have had their fill of fireworks.
Poverty not key culprit in terrorism
July 9, 2002
By Jane Eisner Knight Ridder Newspapers “We fight against poverty,” President Bush said recently, “because hope is an answer to terror.” Terrorism will not be defeated, World Bank President James Wolfensohn says repeatedly, unless world poverty is eradicated.
Theft is the pits
July 9, 2002
Park observer
July 9, 2002
Grateful visitor
July 9, 2002
Fireworks ban
July 9, 2002
Missouri residents petitioning trail project
Plan would convert abandoned railways into bicycle paths
July 9, 2002
A group of residents hopes to derail plans to convert a stretch of abandoned railroad tracks in Missouri and Kansas into a recreational trail.
Stovall endorses Adkins; Kline expects Brownback nod
July 9, 2002
Her decision wasn’t a surprise, but Atty. Gen. Carla Stovall on Monday endorsed Republican David Adkins in the race to succeed her. Stovall, like Adkins, a state senator from Leawood, is a moderate Republican and political ally of Gov. Bill Graves.
Studies show new drug can help AIDS patients
July 9, 2002
A new drug that attacks the AIDS virus in a new way could dramatically restore the health of HIV patients whose infections have outfoxed all existing medicines, research indicates.
In the halls
July 9, 2002
New service brings celebs to cell phones
July 9, 2002
You’ve probably accepted by now that Britney Spears is never going to call, even if she actually had your number. That doesn’t mean, however, that she won’t leave you voicemail for a price.
Iran’s most famous dancer found guilty of corrupting youths
July 9, 2002
Ruling that teaching traditional Iranian dance corrupts the nation’s youth, a court banned an Iranian-American dancer from leaving Iran for 10 years and from giving dance classes for life, his lawyer said Monday.
Russian jet received conflicting instructions
July 9, 2002
Cockpit voice recorders show that a Russian pilot received contradictory messages seconds before colliding with a cargo jet last week over the German-Swiss border, killing all 71 people aboard, German investigators said Monday.
Scientists analyze frog deformities
July 9, 2002
Scientists debating whether high rates of deformities in frogs are the result of parasites or pollution may both be right, a study suggests.
Muslim leaders denounce violence
July 9, 2002
Some of the Muslim world’s most powerful religious leaders on Monday were in Washington to publicly denounce violence in the name of Islam and to warn against demonizing Muslims, an estimated 8 million to 10 million of whom live in the United States.
Briefly
July 9, 2002
Missouri: Settlement reached in Carnahan plane crash Los Angeles: Police officer suspended after videotaped beating Pakistan: Three charged in bombing
WorldCom, auditors play blame game
July 9, 2002
WorldCom executives clashed with former auditors Monday over responsibility for nearly $4 billion in accounting improprieties that rocked U.S. markets. The telecommunications giant’s former CEO and finance chief refused to testify to a House panel investigating the debacle.
Farm Bureau insurance announces merger
July 9, 2002
The Manhattan-based Kansas Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co. announced that it and its Nebraska counterpart have agreed to merge with FBL Financial Group Inc., based in West Des Moines, Iowa.
Al Unser Jr. charged with hitting woman
July 9, 2002
Al Unser Jr. was arrested Tuesday on charges he hit a woman in the face before leaving her on the side of a highway in the middle of the night.
Med Center appoints new dean
July 9, 2002
By Terry Rombeck Kansas University officials wasted little time in selecting a new executive dean for the School of Medicine. They announced Monday that Barbara Atkinson, chair of the department of pathology and laboratory medicine since 2000, would replace Deborah Powell, who last week accepted the dean position at the University of Minnesota Medical School.
District quells payroll concerns
July 9, 2002
By Mindie Paget Lawrence school district classified employees left a Monday meeting feeling a little better about their paychecks. A letter sent last week to about 300 classified workers warned them to expect a week’s less pay in August as the district instituted a new payroll system, pay that would not be issued until they left the district.
Get tough on corporate crime
July 9, 2002
By Stanley Crouch New York Daily News “Big business is the elevated province of crooked white men,” a white friend who worked on Wall Street once told me.
A.J. Lawson
July 9, 2002
Daily Ticker
July 9, 2002
Local briefs
July 9, 2002
Schools: Superintendent addresses district financial resources Lawrence schools Supt. Randy Weseman appeared Monday morning before the Kansas Board of Education to explain how the district was adapting to shortfalls in the state budget. Weseman discussed details of the nearly $5 million in spending cuts and fee increases Lawrence officials negotiated to fill the gap the state’s budget woes created for the Lawrence district. He said board members wanted to know what resources the Lawrence district would need to meet academic goals. He told board members they could help districts throughout the state communicate better with one another about effective policies and push for funding to provide adequate teacher salaries and technology improvements. ______________________________________________ Crime: Police arrest suspect for spitting on officer Lawrence Police arrested a 29-year-old Lawrence man early Monday after he spit on an officer. Police responded about 12:20 a.m. Monday to reports of a fight in the 100 block of East Eighth Street, Police Lt. David Cobb said. When they arrived, two brothers were engaged in a public street fight. The men became belligerent, and as an officer was arresting one of them for disorderly conduct, the man spit in the officer’s face, Cobb said. The man was booked into Douglas County Jail on suspicion of battery on a law enforcement officer and disorderly conduct. He was released Monday on a $2,000 recognizance bond. ______________________________________________ Investigation: Osage County Sheriff seeks information on rampage A Berryton man fired a gun at passing vehicles and then at Osage County Sheriff’s deputies Saturday before turning a gun on himself, law enforcement officials say. Daniel Schuette, 51, was pronounced dead at the scene Saturday night. About 9:10 p.m. Saturday, motorists on U.S. Highway 56 reported that a vehicle was striking other vehicles near Paulen Road, about 3 miles west of Overbrook, Osage County Sheriff’s Investigator Laurie Dunn said. Schuette struck two vehicles, and a third vehicle drove into the ditch, Dunn said. Schuette then turned north onto Berryton Road and became stuck in the ditch. Dunn said Schuette then began shooting at motorists, striking two vehicles, which left the area. None of the motorists was reported injured. When officers arrived, Schuette fired at them before turning the gun on himself, Dunn said. None of the officers was injured, and none returned fire, Dunn said. Investigators are attempting to piece together the events leading up to Schuette’s death. Anyone who saw him prior to 9:10 p.m. Saturday is asked to contact Dunn at (785) 828-3121 or Osage County Crime Stoppers at (877)-OSCRIME. ______________________________________________ Courts: New trial scheduled in Baldwin shooting The second jury trial for a Baldwin man accused of firing gunshots at his neighbor’s boyfriend is set for Wednesday. Stephen Meeker, 34, appeared Monday afternoon in Douglas County District Court with his attorney, Jim Rumsey, who advised District Judge Jack Murphy that the defense was ready to go to trial at 9 a.m. Wednesday. A Douglas County jury in April was unable to reach a verdict after six days of deliberation in the case against 34-year-old Stephen Meeker, who is charged with aggravated battery, aggravated assault and attempted aggravated battery. The charges stemmed from a neighborhood dispute in October 2001, during which Meeker allegedly fired shots at Steven Swafford, 31, Lawrence, who was struck three times with bullets from a 9 mm Ruger pistol. ______________________________________________ Gasoline Prices: Pump Patrol seeks best deal The Journal-World has found a gasoline price as low as $1.30 at several 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.
People
July 9, 2002
Work is her workout Writer opens new chapter of life Athletes fear critics, actors don’t Easy to play ‘Like Mike’
Yell leaders
Baldwin camps get area cheerleaders in the spirit
July 9, 2002
By Kristin Callaway Charger fans In the stands Yell purple and white Charger fans In the stands Yell Chargers, let’s fight!
LPGA members would like to return to Dunes
July 9, 2002
By David Mitchell The United States Golf Assn. has made seven stops at Prairie Dunes Country Club, including six in the last 22 years. After the U.S. Women’s Open ended Sunday, people were already wondering when the USGA would return to the sand hills northeast of the Salt City.
Commissioner angry about anti-floodplain regulations flier
July 9, 2002
By Joel Mathis The debate about floodplain regulations is heating up again, this time about a flier sent out by a group against the proposed rules. The Lawrence Builder-Realtor Coalition sent a letter to 1,800 Lawrence property owners, urging them to attend Wednesday’s special Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission meeting on the topic  and warning them about potential negative effects of the regulations.
District quells payroll concerns
July 9, 2002
By Mindie Paget Lawrence school district classified employees left a Monday meeting feeling a little better about their paychecks. A letter sent last week to about 300 classified workers warned them to expect a week’s less pay in August as the district instituted a new payroll system, pay that would not be issued until they left the district.
Giambi outhomers Sosa
Yankees slugger rolls, 7-1, in Derby final
July 9, 2002
Once again, when it comes to hitting home runs, Sammy Sosa is No. 2. Jason Giambi overcame Sosa’s dazzling display of longballs early in the All-Star Home Run Derby and easily beat him 7-1 in the final Monday night.
Graves will accept feedback before making demolition call
July 9, 2002
By Joel Mathis Gov. Bill Graves reversed himself Monday, saying he would take public comment on the fate of three houses Kansas University wants to demolish in the 1300 block of Ohio Street.
AIDS epidemic getting worse
July 9, 2002
By Trudy Rubin Knight Ridder Newspapers Anyone who thought they understood the magnitude of the global HIV/AIDS crisis will be shocked by a new United Nations forecast that the epidemic will get worse (see www.unaids.org).
Kansas State evaluating cuts in programs, jobs
July 9, 2002
Programs may be eliminated and jobs left vacant as deans at Kansas State University look for ways to cut their budgets. Among the more visible are the likely closure of the Small Business Development Center and reductions in agricultural programs.
Bush: War funds top priority
July 9, 2002
President Bush prodded Congress on Monday to fully fund the war on terrorism at home and aboard, saying some accounts could be depleted in a matter of days and that “further delay is intolerable.”
Fantasticks’ producer Lore Noto dies at 79
July 9, 2002
Lore Noto, producer of “The Fantasticks,” the world’s longest running musical, died Monday after a long battle with cancer. He was 79. It was Noto, a former actor and artists’ agent, who saw the possibilities in a small one-act show written by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt when it was first produced in 1959 at Barnard College in New York.
All-Star Game’ in Milwaukee
July 9, 2002
Baseball celebrates its mid-season break with the 73rd annual “All-Star Game,” (7 p.m., Fox) live from Miller Park in Milwaukee. Joe Buck and Tim McCarver will provide play-by-play coverage and colorful commentary and Jeanne Zelasko and Kevin Kennedy will anchor pre-and post-game coverage.
Anti-terrorism law has uncertain future
July 9, 2002
On the very day last month that Mohamad Hammoud became the first person convicted under a 1996 law that bans aid to terrorist groups, a federal judge in California declared the statute unconstitutional.
Westar chief focuses on future finances not past
July 9, 2002
Westar Energy Inc.’s top executive couldn’t answer some questions about his company’s past financial decisions but told state regulators “we know where we want to go.” During Monday’s Kansas Corporation Commission hearing, David Wittig repeatedly said he didn’t know details about some of Westar’s activities during the late 1990s.
City softball standings as of 7/7
July 9, 2002
Here are the city softball standings as of Sunday, July 7.
Horoscopes
July 9, 2002
Economic leader begins duties
Parman sets ‘90-day action plan’
July 9, 2002
By Chad Lawhorn The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce’s new vice president of economic development has set her goals for the next 90 days. Lynn Parman, the former vice president of business development for the St. Joseph, Mo., Chamber of Commerce, began work Monday with the Lawrence chamber.
McEwen wins third stage of Tour de France, as Zabel takes overall lead
July 9, 2002
Australia’s Robbie McEwen used a closing sprint to win the third stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday, as three-time champion Lance Armstrong slipped to fifth place in the overall standings after finishing in the main pack.
Federal officials ready plan for smallpox quarantine
July 9, 2002
Federal health officials are quietly making plans for quarantining Americans who might be exposed to a highly contagious smallpox patient, addressing sensitive questions of how to hold people, possibly against their will, in case of a bioterror attack.
July 9, 2002
By Chad Lawhorn The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce’s new vice president of economic development has set her goals for the next 90 days. Lynn Parman, the former vice president of business development for the St. Joseph, Mo., Chamber of Commerce, began work Monday with the Lawrence chamber.
Ammunition-plant claim staked
July 9, 2002
By Dave Ranney An Oklahoma-based Indian tribe has filed a lawsuit in federal court, claiming it’s entitled to the former Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant near DeSoto. A lawyer representing the Shawnee tribe on Monday declined to rule out the possibility of putting a casino on part of the 9,065-acre site.
All-Stars eclipsed
Talk of labor, steroids overshadows game
July 9, 2002
The gathering of All-Stars is usually a feel-good celebration of baseball’s unique place in Americana. This time, however, it serves as more of a focal point for all that is wrong with the sport.
U.S. Open big hit in Hutch
LPGA members would like to return to Dunes
July 9, 2002
By David Mitchell The United States Golf Assn. has made seven stops at Prairie Dunes Country Club, including six in the last 22 years. After the U.S. Women’s Open ended Sunday, people were already wondering when the USGA would return to the sand hills northeast of the Salt City.
Chiefs’ Gonzalez impresses NBA’s Heat
July 9, 2002
There’s no running with the ball and tackling is forbidden, but Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez impressed the Miami Heat enough to make the team’s first summer league camp.
Nobody night’ draws crowd
July 9, 2002
The gates were padlocked and hundreds of fans of the Charleston Riverdogs gathered outside Joe Riley Stadium on Monday night. It wasn’t a strike of any kind, just another outlandish promotion by the Riverdogs, the Class A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Additional 911 jobs on the line
Commission doubtful more employees needed
July 9, 2002
By Mark Fagan Douglas County commissioners are poised to nix the hiring of up to six new emergency dispatchers, a move that would save the county about $64,000 next year. Commissioner Charles Jones said he didn’t buy the argument that the county’s Emergency Dispatch Center was so understaffed dispatchers couldn’t take lunch breaks, or even go to the bathroom.
Collector keeps TV history alive
Aficionado holds Lucy’s wig, Cher’s gowns and the stories behind them
July 9, 2002
James Comisar is whistling a happy tune as he scrounges through a rack of clothing. From the thousands of items in his TV memorabilia collection, Comisar plucks out sheriff’s costumes used in “The Andy Griffith Show” as he evokes a few bars of the show’s theme song.
Business Briefcase
July 9, 2002
EBay to purchase PayPal, posts second-quarter profit Accounting: Merck reported billions in revenue it never collected Development: Hotelier to submit plan for $90 million Olathe arena Agriculture: Corn, soybeans faring well
City softball results: 7/8
July 9, 2002
Here are the results of city softball league action from Monday, July 8.
Baldwin camps get area cheerleaders in the spirit
July 9, 2002
By Kristin Callaway Charger fans In the stands Yell purple and white Charger fans In the stands Yell Chargers, let’s fight!
Commission doubtful more employees needed
July 9, 2002
By Mark Fagan Douglas County commissioners are poised to nix the hiring of up to six new emergency dispatchers, a move that would save the county about $64,000 next year. Commissioner Charles Jones said he didn’t buy the argument that the county’s Emergency Dispatch Center was so understaffed dispatchers couldn’t take lunch breaks, or even go to the bathroom.
6Sports video report: Former Firebird heading to KU
July 9, 2002
6Sports reports on former Free State golfer Charlie Santaularia’s decision to transfer to KU.
6Sports video report: Former KU guard gets chance at NBA
July 9, 2002
6Sports reports on former KU guard Billy Thomas’ chance to move into the NBA.
July 9, 2002
By Terry Rombeck A spring semester survey showed gaping holes in what Kansas University faculty and teaching assistants knew about services available to students on a campus sometimes criticized for being a bewildering place to students fresh from small towns and schools.
Graves will accept feedback before making demolition call
July 9, 2002
By Joel Mathis Gov. Bill Graves reversed himself Monday, saying he would take public comment on the fate of three houses Kansas University wants to demolish in the 1300 block of Ohio Street.
Letter inflames land-use dispute
Commissioner angry about anti-floodplain regulations flier
July 9, 2002
By Joel Mathis The debate about floodplain regulations is heating up again, this time about a flier sent out by a group against the proposed rules. The Lawrence Builder-Realtor Coalition sent a letter to 1,800 Lawrence property owners, urging them to attend Wednesday’s special Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission meeting on the topic and warning them about potential negative effects of the regulations.
Med Center appoints new dean
July 9, 2002
By Terry Rombeck Kansas University officials wasted little time in selecting a new executive dean for the School of Medicine. They announced Monday that Barbara Atkinson, chair of the department of pathology and laboratory medicine since 2000, would replace Deborah Powell, who last week accepted the dean position at the University of Minnesota Medical School.