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KU receives $1 million grant for medical professorship
July 23, 2002
(Web Posted Tuesday at 1:06 p.m.) KANSAS CITY, Kan. Kansas University announced Tuesday it has received a gift of $1 million for an endocrinology professorship in honor of the late Robert Bolinger, a KU Medical Center professor and physician.
Israeli air strike kills Hamas leader
Bush levels rare criticism of Israel concerning Gaza City strike
July 23, 2002
(Updated Tuesday at 12:33 p.m.) GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip Palestinians held up the flag-wrapped body of a two-month-old baby, as tens of thousands marched Tuesday to bury their dead and Hamas vowed revenge after an Israeli air strike killed a top militant leader and 14 others, including nine children.
Pelathe Center names new director
July 23, 2002
J-W Staff Reports The Pelathe Community Resource Center has a new director.
Economic leadership lacking
July 23, 2002
By Jack Anderson and Douglas Cohn United Feature Syndicate Who is President Bush’s point man on the economy? The question stumps most people. It should be Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill, but he has shown no inclination to play a leadership role. White House economic adviser Lawrence Lindsey has been equally reticent to step forward. And Securities and Exchange Chairman Harvey Pitt, who recently announced that “it would be unthinkable to deprive people of my expertise,” would like to be the designated economic leader, but his past legal representation of Arthur Andersen and other major accounting firms means that his “expertise” may be biased. The result is a worrisome vacuum. In the midst of a steep decline in the stock market, made worse by revelations of corporate accounting scandals, there is nobody in the government who can credibly reassure the nation that the administration has a plan to restore economic health.
Infectious greed’ hits business
July 23, 2002
By Robert Reno Newsday Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said last week that the nation’s corporate culture had become the victim, if that’s the word, of an attitude of “infectious greed.” This was Greenspan’s most successful exercise in phrase coining since he warned in late 1996 that the stock market had become the victim of “irrational exuberance.”
WorldCom bankruptcy ‘to provide for future’
July 23, 2002
Hours after filing the largest bankruptcy in corporate history, WorldCom Inc.’s chastened but optimistic chief executive said Monday that the company hopes to emerge from court protection within a year with a shrunken debt load and fewer peripheral assets. “We fought hard and frantically to avoid this, but ultimately the board thought that taking this action was the best way to help the greatest number of people,” CEO John Sidgmore said during a news conference. “Frankly, it became the only way to provide for our company’s future.”
Dow takes triple-digit plunge
July 23, 2002
Wall Street succumbed to more selling Monday, extending Friday’s selloff in a volatile session that saw the Dow Jones industrials drop more than 300 points, rebound and then close down more than 230. Analysts said the sharp swings reflected investors’ uncertainty after nine weeks of declines, including Friday’s 390-point plunge in the Dow. Mixed earnings reports affected specific stocks, but failed to give the market a lift.
Pelathe Center’s new gift shop helps students learn business skills
July 23, 2002
By Terry Rombeck While many 15-year-olds are flipping burgers this summer, Deomonic Parker is managing a small business. Parker is in charge of operations for a new student-run gift shop at the Pelathe Community Resource Center, 1423 Haskell Ave. The shop opened last week.
College credentials
July 23, 2002
J-W Editorials Where students go to college may not necessarily predict their eventual success. We regularly hear claims about the superior merits and values of a “Harvard degree,” a “Stanford diploma” or a graduation credential from some “prestigious” school. Yale, Princeton, Duke and other Ivy League-type universities are often mentioned when people talk about what kind of education propels a graduate further, faster and higher in life after college.
AMC pays $19.7 million to forgive loans
July 23, 2002
AMC Entertainment Inc. announced Monday that it paid $19.7 million to forgive loans to two officers and lost more money last quarter than analysts had expected. AMC shares fell 21 percent on the news.
Briefcase
July 23, 2002
Dry weather takes toll on crops across Kansas Kmart losses continue Malan completes sale of Kmart property
$91 million price tag put on repairs
July 23, 2002
By Tim Carpenter The Lawrence school district would have to spend $90.8 million to eliminate all deficiencies in its elementary and junior high school buildings. That’s one of the findings from DLR Group, an Overland Park consulting firm hired by the school board to conduct an analysis of district facilities. The group is scheduled to present a report today to the board outlining cost implications of bringing 18 elementary schools and four junior highs into perfect working order.
Douglas County ECKAN again in need of director
July 23, 2002
By Joel Mathis For the second time this year, Douglas County ECKAN is without a leader. Again, it’s not clear why. Joyce Molina, who has been coordinator of the East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corp. in Lawrence since March 28, said Monday she had been fired by Richard Jackson, executive director of the Ottawa-based organization. Jackson said that wasn’t true.
Local briefs
July 23, 2002
- Highway vandalism: Car windshield shattered on U.S. Highway 56 - Crime: 2 arrested in drug case - Gasoline Prices: Pump Patrol seeks deal
Water service returns after main break
July 23, 2002
Water service had mostly returned to normal Monday in Mulvane and Augusta after a pipe break left hundreds of citizens without water Sunday.
Gubernatorial candidates discuss need for rural growth
July 23, 2002
Other Republican gubernatorial candidates suggested Monday the state should do more to help rural communities grow, but Tim Shallenburger said what was needed was “a change in character.” Shallenburger, the state treasurer, said some rural towns were in danger of dying because Kansas no longer celebrated rural values enough and because state government had been “taxing them to death.”
Congressional contenders continue mudslinging
July 23, 2002
Two Republican congressional hopefuls are arguing that the qualifications of their opponents are either inadequate or exaggerated. At a Kansas City public television forum Friday and again at a press conference Monday, candidate Adam Taff questioned Dr. Jeff Colyer’s medical credentials and his claim to have been a co-author of several books on international defense.
Bush insists economy strong
July 23, 2002
President Bush had no advice for investors as the stock market gyrated wildly Monday “I’m not a stock broker or a stock picker” but he said the economy is strong and corporate profits are improving. “You’re talking to the wrong guy about what stocks to buy,” the president said in a brief exchange with reporters at a national lab involved in homeland de-fense.
Slain student’s mom: Changes needed, not end of program
July 23, 2002
By Terry Rombeck More than a year after a Kansas University student was stabbed to death in Golfito, Costa Rica, KU has decided to close its study abroad program there. The announcement Monday, almost exactly a year after KU proclaimed the rural, 14,000-resident town safe for its students, said rising tensions since the slaying of Shannon Martin and costs associated with continuing the program contributed to the decision.
Kerr’s numbers know-how a plus
July 23, 2002
By Mike Shields If it’s charisma you’re looking for in a gubernatorial candidate, Dave Kerr wouldn’t be your man. But of the four Republicans seeking the office in the direst budget year in state history, Kerr is the candidate who best understands the details of state finances and agency spending.
Trading Spaces’ lures big fan base
The Learning Channel hit gains Emmy nomination, cult following
July 23, 2002
She’s not a movie star or a musician. Yet Genevieve Gorder stands surrounded by six teenage girls, each thrusting bits of paper toward her to sign.
Rappers lead pack for MTV video nominations
July 23, 2002
Rappers Eminem and Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott and the rock band P.O.D. lead the nominees for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards with six each, the cable channel announced Monday.
Rhetoric first salvo fired against Iraq
July 23, 2002
Saber rattling in Washington and defiant warnings from Baghdad may be the early stages of political and psychological maneuvering that would be a prelude to a second Gulf War.
Request for WorldCom examiner approved
July 23, 2002
The federal judge overseeing the WorldCom bankruptcy case approved the appointment Monday of an independent examiner to ensure an honest accounting of the company’s value and investigate for mismanagement, irregularities and fraud. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Arthur Gonzalez granted the Justice Department’s request after approving $2 billion in financing to keep WorldCom operating as it reorganizes its finances.
N.D. governor promoting trade in Cuba
July 23, 2002
Hoping to whet Cuba’s appetite for wheat, peas and other food from his state, Gov. John Hoeven of North Dakota traveled Monday to the communist nation on a trade mission, making him only the second U.S. governor to visit in more than 40 years. The Republican governor’s four-day visit comes as he and other officials from farming states press Congress to expand a 2-year-old law allowing direct sales of food to Cuba, an exception to sanctions prohibiting most trade with the island.
Suspect charged in 5-year-old’s death
July 23, 2002
The factory worker arrested in the abduction and slaying of 5-year-old Samantha Runnion was charged Monday with murder and other counts that could bring the death penalty.
State briefs
July 23, 2002
Downtown meters robbed Suspect pleads guilty in child pornography case
Pay-to-ride numbers below district forecast
July 23, 2002
By Tim Carpenter Less than one in five Lawrence public school students losing a district-subsidized free bus ride have signed up for the new pay-to-ride transit system.
Officials suspect fees could cause accounting headaches
July 23, 2002
By Tim Carpenter Implementation of a series of new student fees in the Lawrence school district will greatly expand accounting headaches for staff, board members said Monday.
Puppy rescued from air vent
July 23, 2002
Kenneth Shockley knew something was wrong when he couldn’t get his three Sheltie dogs to quit barking Friday.
Playboy to honor Collison, Hinrich
Magazine taps Jayhawks as All-Americans
July 23, 2002
By Gary Bedore Kansas University senior basketball players Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich are starting to reap the benefits of staying in school. Hinrich and Collison, who toyed with the idea of entering the NBA draft after their junior year, will head to Chicago this weekend to be photographed as Playboy Magazine Preseason All-Americans.
Crackdown continues
July 23, 2002
NASCAR continued its crackdown on infractions Monday, docking points from Dale Jarrett’s team and fining his crew chief $20,000 because his car failed post-race inspection.
House calls for testing
July 23, 2002
Saying that tolerance of steroid use is sending a dangerous message to children, the House on Monday urged major league baseball and its players to start a mandatory steroid testing program.
Olathe’s Bruce hurt in attack in Canada
July 23, 2002
Wide receiver Arland Bruce III and running back Troy Mills of the CFL Winnipeg Blue Bombers, were in a hospital emergency room this weekend after being attacked by a crowd of 10 to 20 people outside a city bar.
Celtics trade for Baker
Boston sends Anderson to Seattle in five-player deal
July 23, 2002
The Boston Celtics acquired forward Vin Baker from Seattle on Monday in a five-player deal that sent point guard Kenny Anderson to the SuperSonics.
Lawyers appeal Carruth’s conviction
Former Carolina Panther serving 18 years, 11 months for conspiracy to commit murder, other charges
July 23, 2002
Lawyers for former NFL receiver Rae Carruth appealed his murder conspiracy conviction Monday, saying a judge should not have allowed jurors to hear statements by Carruth’s girlfriend Cherica Adams following her November 1999 shooting.
Renegades win pair at World Series
July 23, 2002
Lawrence’s Renegades are off to a 2-0 start in the USSSA World Series. The Renegades nudged Maywood, Ill., 7-6, and slammed Beaver Creek, Ohio, 9-1, in a five-inning run-rule game Monday at the 16-team, 17-and-under age-group tournament.
Outlaws optimistic thanks to good draw
July 23, 2002
By Mike Miller It’s not the Lawrence Outlaws’ hitting, pitching or defense that may play the biggest part in this week’s Legion zone tournament. Instead, coach Ryan Goodwin’s psyched about the competition or, rather, the way it’s set out.
Ex-Firebird Thompson signs letter with Baker
July 23, 2002
Free State High product Cassidy Thompson has signed a baseball letter of intent with Baker University.
Twins stop Sox
Jones has five hits in 11-6 win
July 23, 2002
Jacque Jones wasn’t counting his hits or adding up how many games the Minnesota Twins are ahead in the AL Central.
Senator campaigns for longer pensions
July 23, 2002
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson reported progress Monday in efforts to persuade major league baseball to include more players from the Negro Leagues in a pension plan established five years ago.
Baseball briefs
July 23, 2002
Bonds undergoes MRI; results not back yet Reds wait for Rogers White Sox fire coach O’s Erickson charged
Fever clip Sting, 73-72
July 23, 2002
Olympia Scott-Richardson made two free throws with 3.6 seconds remaining Monday night to lift the Indiana Fever to a 73-72 victory over the Charlotte Sting.
Ollie, Ollie, skating free
July 23, 2002
By Mindie Paget Carlos Gonez has eaten asphalt on several occasions. It’s one of the hazards of strapping on inline skates and jetting up the mini-ramps and through the street course at Lawrence’s skate park. During one such excursion, when he was practicing daredevilish tricks that sent him airborne, he “accidentally did a back flip and landed on the edge of the ramp” gut-first.
If you’re going to skateboard in a competition, you’ve got to know a drop-in from a goofy foot
July 23, 2002
Here are some skateboarding terms that you might want to brush up on before you hit the streets: Back-side: When you have your back toward the object or you spin your body around backward.
In the halls
July 23, 2002
From the mob to Little League
July 23, 2002
F. Scott Fitzgerald once quipped that there are no second acts in American lives. His adage seems doubly true for those engaged in a life of organized crime. Wise guys generally end up in jail or fitted for cement shoes. But Michael Franzese is trying to buck the trend. Profiled on tonight’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” (9 p.m., HBO), Franzese is a reformed mobster who has become a Little League coach in southern California and lectures young athletes about the perils of gambling.
Dreamland’ reworks oldies with new sound
July 23, 2002
With seven out of 10 songs on “Dreamland” being covers, it seems as though Plant is phoning this one in, especially considering it’s been nine years since his last solo record. Well, he is and he isn’t.
Botero wins 15th stage, Armstrong keeps overall lead
July 23, 2002
Colombian rider Santiago Botero claimed his second stage victory of this Tour de France by winning Tuesday’s 15th leg, the longest of the three-week competition.
College credentials
July 23, 2002
J-W Editorials Where students go to college may not necessarily predict their eventual success. We regularly hear claims about the superior merits and values of a “Harvard degree,” a “Stanford diploma” or a graduation credential from some “prestigious” school. Yale, Princeton, Duke and other Ivy League-type universities are often mentioned when people talk about what kind of education propels a graduate further, faster and higher in life after college.
On the record
July 23, 2002
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
On the record
July 23, 2002
KU picked last in North
July 23, 2002
Kansas University’s football team was picked to finish last in the Big 12 Conference North Division in a poll of league media representatives.
Briefly
July 23, 2002
Bush administration cuts aid for U.N. family planning President fires bodyguards, calls in American soldiers Sept. 11 conspiracy suspect still competent, judge says
John Wayne Fergus
July 23, 2002
Graveside services for John Wayne Fergus, 95, Baldwin, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Eudora Cemetery. Mr. Fergus died Sunday, July 21, 2002, at Baldwin Care Center.
Free fair is more than just livestock
July 23, 2002
By Michelle Burhenn There’s more to the Douglas County Free Fair than just livestock, said Roger Flory, Douglas County Fair Board president. There also are frog pajamas, pies and art.
Horoscopes
July 23, 2002
Pelathe Center names new director
July 23, 2002
J-W Staff Reports The Pelathe Community Resource Center has a new director.
State defends prison release
Suspect charged in double homicide got out in April
July 23, 2002
By Dave Ranney It seems obvious. Someone should have kept better tabs on Damien C. Lewis, the 22-year-old parolee charged with killing an elderly Lawrence couple last week. But the Department of Corrections says that’s not as easy as it sounds.
Prosecutor seeks death penalty
July 23, 2002
The Boone County prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for a former nurse charged with killing 10 patients at a veterans hospital a decade ago.
Texans take field
Expansion team opens preseason for first time
July 23, 2002
David Carr took a snap from center and handed off to James Allen, officially beginning the first training camp of the expansion Houston Texans on Monday.
6News video clips: KU eliminates the Costa Rica Study Abroad program
July 23, 2002
Safety concerns linger after Shannon Martin’s death.
Current name raises concerns about property value, insurance
July 23, 2002
By Joel Mathis A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.
Briefly
July 23, 2002
Four arrested, charged in theft of moon rocks UConn student charged with keeping anthrax Wildfire burns buildings, forces evacuations DARE officer charged with dealing club drugs
Inflated taxes
July 23, 2002
Sound off
July 23, 2002
Where can I report courteous service by a driver’s license examiner at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Lawrence? You can write to Sheila Walker, director of the Division of Motor Vehicles, Kansas Department of Revenue, 915 S.W. Harrison St., Docking State Office Building, Topeka 66612.
No-call list still a no-go
Despite becoming law, Kansas has yet to implement its list
July 23, 2002
By Scott Rothschild It’s been more than seven weeks since a no-call bill was signed into law, but relief in Kansas from the interruptions of telemarketers has failed to materialize. Now, Kansas Atty. Gen. Carla Stovall’s office says that it may be October before the state will have in place a way for Kansans to get their name on a no-call list. Under legislation approved last session, telemarketers who call people on the list could be prosecuted.
Priest’s parole to be fought by suicide victims’ families
July 23, 2002
When the Kansas Parole Board meets in Wichita this week to take public comments, families of five men who committed suicide will plead that former priest Robert Larson be kept behind bars.
Marlins solve Maddux
Florida hands Atlanta ace first loss in 16 starts, 2-1
July 23, 2002
The Florida Marlins are starting to see the effects of good starting pitching.
Armstrong’s bid for title lacks suspense
July 23, 2002
Lance Armstrong is taking the suspense out of the Tour de France.
Jack L. Fitch
July 23, 2002
Services for Jack L. Fitch, 75, are pending and will be announced by Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Mr. Fitch died Monday, July 22, 2002, at Louisburg Care Center. He was a former resident of Lawrence.
s numbers know-how a plus
July 23, 2002
By Mike Shields If it’s charisma you’re looking for in a gubernatorial candidate, Dave Kerr wouldn’t be your man. But of the four Republicans seeking the office in the direst budget year in state history, Kerr is the candidate who best understands the details of state finances and agency spending.
High court appointees announced
July 23, 2002
A district judge and two attorneys have been nominated for a seat on the Kansas Supreme Court. The Supreme Court Nominating Commission announced Monday that it submitted to Gov. Bill Graves the names of Shawnee County District Judge Marla Luckert and attorneys M. Warren McCamish, of Kansas City, and Lawton Nuss, Salina.
Raiders ready for zone opener
July 23, 2002
By Mike Miller Just once, Lawrence Raiders coach Carl Brooks would like to win the zone tournament with solid pitching and defense instead of hoping the offense scores oodles of runs. Not that Brooks much cares how his team wins, but for the last two zone tournaments, the 18-under American Legion baseball team has lost early in the tournament, then worked its way through the loser’s bracket by pouncing on opponents.
Fehr disputes Sept. 16 strike date
July 23, 2002
Baseball players are still at least 10 days away from considering possible strike dates. In a memorandum sent to players Monday, union head Donald Fehr said no decision on a date has been made, despite a report that one was tentatively set. A union official, speaking on condition he not be identified, said the executive board wouldn’t consider setting a date until August at the earliest.
War Emblem’s owner dead at 43
Prince Ahmed killed by heart attack
July 23, 2002
Ahmed bin Salman was racing’s prince charming whether he was kissing the nose of his horse in the winner’s circle, joking with jockeys about how famous he’d make them, or bantering with other owners as he outbid them for another prospect.
Raiders ready for zone opener
July 23, 2002
By Mike Miller Just once, Lawrence Raiders coach Carl Brooks would like to win the zone tournament with solid pitching and defense instead of hoping the offense scores oodles of runs. Not that Brooks much cares how his team wins, but for the last two zone tournaments, the 18-under American Legion baseball team has lost early in the tournament, then worked its way through the loser’s bracket by pouncing on opponents.
Ollie, Ollie, skating free
July 23, 2002
By Mindie Paget Carlos Gonez has eaten asphalt on several occasions. It’s one of the hazards of strapping on inline skates and jetting up the mini-ramps and through the street course at Lawrence’s skate park. During one such excursion, when he was practicing daredevilish tricks that sent him airborne, he “accidentally did a back flip and landed on the edge of the ramp”  gut-first.
Despite becoming law, Kansas has yet to implement its list
July 23, 2002
By Scott Rothschild It’s been more than seven weeks since a no-call bill was signed into law, but relief in Kansas from the interruptions of telemarketers has failed to materialize. Now, Kansas Atty. Gen. Carla Stovall’s office says that it may be October before the state will have in place a way for Kansans to get their name on a no-call list. Under legislation approved last session, telemarketers who call people on the list could be prosecuted.
Jack L. Fitch
July 23, 2002
Free fair is more than just livestock
July 23, 2002
By Michelle Burhenn There’s more to the Douglas County Free Fair than just livestock, said Roger Flory, Douglas County Fair Board president. There also are frog pajamas, pies and art.
Lakeside: Bowyer repeats, Lawrence and Richards win firsts
July 23, 2002
Finding Clint Bowyer in victory lane is certainly no surprise. After all, the Emporia native has been there 18 times since Lakeside Speedway went back to dirt before the 2000 season. Bowyer is the defending champion in the Modifieds, and his six wins this year make him the odds-on favorite to have that honor bestowed on him this year.
Doctors study why elderly so prone to suicide, how to prevent it
July 23, 2002
Dr. Allan Anderson remembers with frustration how the retired professional who was losing his eyesight calmly explained he would kill himself once he became blind.
Daily ticker
July 23, 2002
Planners seek name change for floodplain regulations
Current name raises concerns about property value, insurance
July 23, 2002
By Joel Mathis A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.
John Wayne Fergus
July 23, 2002
Diamond in the rough
Diamond in the rough
July 23, 2002
By Chuck Woodling Since this is vacation time, perhaps the best way to describe the baseball facility at Free State High is to say it’s a nice place to play, but you sure wouldn’t want to watch a game there. Or as Carl Brooks, coach of the American Legion Raiders, told me: “It’s a great place for the players, but it’s awful for the fans. It’s horrible.”
Williams memorialized
Fenway decked out to honor baseball great
July 23, 2002
Nine white doves took flight from home plate toward Fenway Park’s famous Green Monster, soaring over the outfield where Ted Williams once roamed before turning and climbing over the Red Sox dugout and out of the ballpark.
Stoppage could oust owners
July 23, 2002
Empty seats are staring at baseball. After the last work stoppage, attendance dropped 20 percent and it still hasn’t completely recovered.
City softball results: 7/22
July 23, 2002
Here are the results of city softball league action from Monday, July 22.
Suspect charged in double homicide got out in April
July 23, 2002
By Dave Ranney It seems obvious. Someone should have kept better tabs on Damien C. Lewis, the 22-year-old parolee charged with killing an elderly Lawrence couple last week. But the Department of Corrections says that’s not as easy as it sounds.
ve got to know a drop-in from a goofy foot
July 23, 2002
Here are some skateboarding terms that you might want to brush up on before you hit the streets: Â Back-side: When you have your back toward the object or you spin your body around backward.
Douglas County ECKAN again in need of director
July 23, 2002
By Joel Mathis For the second time this year, Douglas County ECKAN is without a leader. Again, it’s not clear why. Joyce Molina, who has been coordinator of the East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corp. in Lawrence since March 28, said Monday she had been fired by Richard Jackson, executive director of the Ottawa-based organization. Jackson said that wasn’t true.
Magazine taps Jayhawks as All-Americans
July 23, 2002
By Gary Bedore Kansas University senior basketball players Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich are starting to reap the benefits of staying in school. Hinrich and Collison, who toyed with the idea of entering the NBA draft after their junior year, will head to Chicago this weekend to be photographed as Playboy Magazine Preseason All-Americans.
On the street
July 23, 2002
Asked in front of the Lawrence Post Office, 645 Vt. What do you think should be done with the thousands of tons of nuclear waste the government is trying to dispose of?
Outlaws optimistic thanks to good draw
July 23, 2002
By Mike Miller It’s not the Lawrence Outlaws’ hitting, pitching or defense that may play the biggest part in this week’s Legion zone tournament. Instead, coach Ryan Goodwin’s psyched about the competition  or, rather, the way it’s set out.
Patriotic acts
July 23, 2002
Inflated taxes
July 23, 2002
To the editor: The recent article on the 0.8-mill levy increase (LJ-W, July 18) reports that “the median value of a home in Lawrence is $127,000. The owner of such a home would thus see a rise in the city portion of their tax bill grow from $361.77 to $373.45.” However, this would only be accurate if the valuation of the house did not change. In the past, housing valuations have grown at about 7 percent per year. Assuming valuations next year grow by only 5 percent, then the owner of such a home would see their tax bill grow from $361.77 to about $392.12, or slightly more than an 8 percent tax increase.
Diamond in the rough
July 23, 2002
By Chuck Woodling Since this is vacation time, perhaps the best way to describe the baseball facility at Free State High is to say it’s a nice place to play, but you sure wouldn’t want to watch a game there. Or as Carl Brooks, coach of the American Legion Raiders, told me: “It’s a great place for the players, but it’s awful for the fans. It’s horrible.”
KU picked last in North
July 23, 2002
Kansas University’s football team was picked to finish last in the Big 12 Conference North Division in a poll of league media representatives.
Renegades win pair at World Series
July 23, 2002
Lawrence’s Renegades are off to a 2-0 start in the USSSA World Series. The Renegades nudged Maywood, Ill., 7-6, and slammed Beaver Creek, Ohio, 9-1, in a five-inning run-rule game Monday at the 16-team, 17-and-under age-group tournament.
Puppy rescued from air vent
July 23, 2002
Kenneth Shockley knew something was wrong when he couldn’t get his three Sheltie dogs to quit barking Friday.
Officials suspect fees could cause accounting headaches
July 23, 2002
By Tim Carpenter Implementation of a series of new student fees in the Lawrence school district will greatly expand accounting headaches for staff, board members said Monday.
$91 million price tag put on repairs
July 23, 2002
By Tim Carpenter The Lawrence school district would have to spend $90.8 million to eliminate all deficiencies in its elementary and junior high school buildings. That’s one of the findings from DLR Group, an Overland Park consulting firm hired by the school board to conduct an analysis of district facilities. The group is scheduled to present a report today to the board outlining cost implications of bringing 18 elementary schools and four junior highs into perfect working order.
s new gift shop helps students learn business skills
July 23, 2002
By Terry Rombeck While many 15-year-olds are flipping burgers this summer, Deomonic Parker is managing a small business. Parker is in charge of operations for a new student-run gift shop at the Pelathe Community Resource Center, 1423 Haskell Ave. The shop opened last week.
Jaimes tribute
July 23, 2002
To the editor: I want to tell you all the story of when I went to my older sister’s ninth-grade recognition at Central Junior High School in 1983. I don’t know how she felt or what the other students thought as Daniel Jaimes told them that what they did for the rest of their lives, whatever they became, would reflect on their school and that they would be Mustangs forever. I, however, was mesmerized. Hoping no one could see, I wiped away tears. And to think, in two more years I would be a part of that school, too!
Patriotic acts
July 23, 2002
To the editor: I read earlier of the city commission’s look at banning fireworks in Lawrence. What confused me was not that there were opponents to this, but how opponents reacted. Two people were quoted in the July 17 Journal-World who were against this proposal. They both said something to the effect that this act of blowing stuff up was somehow patriotic, rather than just some kind of loud and dangerous fun. One thought that it was his right as an American to fire off explosives.
Israeli strike kills leader of militant group
July 23, 2002
An Israeli warplane attacked a house early today in a crowded, rundown Gaza City neighborhood, killing a leading Hamas militant and at least 11 other Palestinians, including several children. The air strike came as Palestinians and Israelis were trading ideas to relieve tensions in the West Bank. It seemed likely to derail the efforts as Hamas threatened revenge.
Jaimes tribute
July 23, 2002
Mexico not perfect but holding its own
July 23, 2002
By Andres Oppenheimer The Miami Herald Compared to most other Latin American countries, Mexico is doing relatively well: There has been no economic debacle, few foresee one in the immediate future, and President Vicente Fox has managed to keep his popularity from falling to the dismal levels of most of his counterparts in the region. For a visitor such as myself, who recently returned from a trip to bankrupt Argentina and interviewed scores of politicians from Uruguay, Bolivia, Peru and Brazil, this country still looks reasonably stable.