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Bishops begin critical meeting on clerical sex abuse
June 13, 2002
(Updated Thursday at 10:24 a.m.) DALLAS The president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops opened an extraordinary meeting on clerical sex abuse Thursday, calling the crisis that has battered the American church for months “perhaps the gravest we have faced.”
Karzai nominated for top Afghan post
June 13, 2002
(Updated Thursday at 10:19 a.m.) KABUL, Afghanistan Interim leader Hamid Karzai, widely praised for his reconciliation efforts during six months in power, was formally nominated Thursday as a candidate for Afghan head of state by a grand council meeting to choose a transitional government.
6Sports video report: Lawrence Raiders win again
June 13, 2002
Kevin Romary reports on the Radiers’ victory over Topeka Post 400, 8-3.
6Sports video report: Collison chosen as Team USA alternate
June 13, 2002
Nick Collison compares his assignment to Team USA to an internship.
Visiting Nurses Assn. faces cuts
June 13, 2002
By Mark Fagan A program that helps low-income ill or disabled patients remain in their homes is about to get poorer itself, perhaps forcing the agency to curtail services. Douglas County Visiting Nurses Assn. is bracing for a $72,843 cut in state Medicaid payments brought on by the state’s budget crunch. The yearlong cuts will take effect July 1.
Organizers seek new home for Indian Arts Show
June 13, 2002
By Terry Rombeck The annual Lawrence Indian Arts Show will continue despite the closing of its gallery, the Kansas University Museum of Anthropology.
Fashion designer Bill Blass dies
June 13, 2002
Bill Blass, the fashion designer whose signature designs broke fashion molds and set standards for casual American style, died Wednesday. He was 79.
People
June 13, 2002
Not quite a ‘Hollywood Ending’ Fergie to host U.S. talk show Intrepid performer Bring home the bacon
Lawrence software firm clicks on expansion
June 13, 2002
By Chad Lawhorn A west Lawrence computer software firm is bucking an industry trend and expanding  even as many technology companies struggle to stay alive. And while LaGarde Inc.’s chief executive hopes to keep his growing firm in Lawrence, he worries he may have to move to a more business-friendly community.
Loyal opposition
June 13, 2002
J-W Editorials Political offices that go uncontested aren’t a sign of a healthy two-party system. Regardless of what kind of job county residents think County Commissioner Charles Jones has done in his first term, it’s a little disappointing to see that no one was interested in challenging him for a seat on this important and influential board.
6News video: Summer brings out snakes
June 13, 2002
Josh Garber investigates dangerous snakes in Douglas County.
David Bowie looks ahead to ‘Heathen’
June 13, 2002
David Bowie is reminiscing fondly about the instruments he has known and abused over the years on his albums: the disruptive saxophone solos, the wobbly keyboard fragments, the fractured guitar riffs.
Watered-down Scooby-Doo
Adaptation drops mystery cartoon’s adult subtext
June 13, 2002
In the new film “Scooby-Doo,” a psychedelically painted van marked “The Mystery Machine” sits beside a beach while smoke wafts through the sunhatch and voices from inside groan, “Primo!” and “Talk about toasted!”
Nicotine-laced water headed to stores
June 13, 2002
When you can’t light up a cigarette on an airplane or at work or you don’t want to smoke around the grandchildren, you soon may be able to reach for a bottle of nicotine-laced water instead. A California company hopes to launch its Nico Water nationally late this month or in early July. Each bottle of odorless and flavorless water will sell for $1.99 and contain either 2 milligrams or 4 milligrams of nicotine, about what’s in a stick of nicotine gum or a couple of cigarettes.
Argentina eliminated
Swedes bounce World Cup favorites
June 13, 2002
For soccer fans expecting a France-Argentina final, tune in four years down the road. Maybe it will happen then, but in this World Cup, both soccer powers couldn’t advance past the first round.
Wilson lifts Fish over KC
June 13, 2002
Preston Wilson was in unfamiliar territory, mired in a long slump and dropped to eighth in the batting order. Wilson responded with two homers and three RBIs as the Florida Marlins beat the Kansas City Royals 13-5 Wednesday.
FBI woes began with Hoover
June 13, 2002
By Robert Reno Newsday It is hard to imagine there was once a time when America was so innocent that it could afford such risks as an FBI director who pretended that bank robberies were a major threat to the security of United States, who was able to dismiss the Mafia by pretending it didn’t exist and who notoriously failed to cooperate with local police.
Finding a path to Beat’s door
June 13, 2002
By George Will Washington Post Writers Group America’s gauzy popular culture has the power to envelop even its perfervid critics in a tolerant, domesticating embrace. If they live long enough, these critics run the risk of winding up full not only of years, but of honors. They can, like Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 83, become tourist attractions.
Kansans still in hospital after air crash in Canada
Police say emergency landing on Winnipeg street narrowly averted disaster
June 13, 2002
Bystanders rushed to help screaming passengers after a Piper Navajo airplane carrying six Americans five of them Kansans slammed into a busy Winnipeg intersection, smashing into cars and narrowly missing a gas station.
Kansas dries out from storms
June 13, 2002
Severe storms unleashed heavy rains and damaging winds Tuesday night across sections of central Kansas, and the rain continued after dawn Wednesday in some areas. Minor flooding was reported in a number of areas, including Wichita, where some streets were covered with water early Wednesday morning, and Harvey County, where the bridge in Centennial Park at Newton was under water. Several roads in the Hesston area were also flooded.
Bishop Seabury scores high on language tests
June 13, 2002
Two students at Bishop Seabury Academy in Lawrence scored in the top 10 in Kansas on a national French exam.
Kansas Advocacy chairman resigns after conflict surfaces
June 13, 2002
By Dave Ranney The chairman of a federally funded Kansas advocacy group for the disabled has resigned after criticism for drawing a $65,000 annual contract from the same agency he oversaw. Federal officials said they had urged Kansas Advocacy and Protective Services to “reconsider the conflict-of-interest issue” after a story about the agency’s contracts appeared in Monday’s Journal-World.
Druggist’s wife agrees to settle with victims
Attorney announces $1.85 million set aside in separate trust funds
June 13, 2002
The wife of Robert Courtney, the Kansas City pharmacist who admits diluting the strength of cancer drugs, has agreed to pay $1.85 million to people victimized by his scheme, her attorney says.
Visiting Nurses Assn. faces cuts
June 13, 2002
By Mark Fagan A program that helps low-income ill or disabled patients remain in their homes is about to get poorer itself, perhaps forcing the agency to curtail services. Douglas County Visiting Nurses Assn. is bracing for a $72,843 cut in state Medicaid payments brought on by the state’s budget crunch. The yearlong cuts will take effect July 1.
Powell says U.S. considering provisional Palestinian state
June 13, 2002
Secretary of State Colin Powell said Wednesday the Bush administration was considering establishment of an interim Palestinian state and left open the possibility Yasser Arafat would head it.
Castro, Cubans march for socialism
June 13, 2002
Fidel Castro on Wednesday led a massive anti-U.S. march, part of what Cuban officials described as the largest political protest in the country’s history.
Researchers hope to discover who’s in Columbus’ tombs
June 13, 2002
A pair of Spanish high school teachers want to harness new technology to settle an old argument: who’s buried in Christopher Columbus’ tomb?
Terror threats reported overseas
June 13, 2002
French anti-terrorist police rounded up five people on Wednesday who are suspected of providing assistance to alleged shoe bomber Richard C. Reid in Paris, the second such sweep in two months.
Georgia pushing four-year degrees
June 13, 2002
Hoping to embarrass slackers who take more than four years to get a degree, the University of Georgia will start referring to students by the number of years they have been enrolled and may take away parking and football-ticket privileges after their senior year.
Great service
June 13, 2002
To the editor: Say what you will about the Lawrence/Douglas County Planning Commission, but they do provide great service.
Lawrence resident remembers fallen priest
June 13, 2002
By Jim Baker The bullet that killed the Rev. Philip Schuster during a shooting spree Monday at Conception Abbey in rural northwest Missouri also shattered a decades-old friendship between the Catholic priest and the family of a Lawrence woman.
Area briefs
June 13, 2002
 Relay for Life raises more than $100,000  Douglas County assigns new Highway Patrol troopers  Former Leavenworth official may plead to nudity charges  Mrs. Kansas to promote platform at reception
Births
June 13, 2002
Emily Bandel, Ozawkie, a girl, Tuesday.
You can come home again
Johnny Benson returns to his old stomping grounds
June 13, 2002
Johnny Benson Jr.’s ribs are still aching, but that won’t stop him from having some laughs with family and friends this week before strapping into his No. 10 Valvoline Pontiac Grand Prix for Sunday’s Sirius Satellite Radio 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.
Our Town
June 13, 2002
Revely Sets Records: Irone Revely of the Larrytown Striders established state records in winning the sub-midget 200- and 400-meter races at the State AAU track championships last weekend in Hays. The Striders’ Austi Barnett and Marcus Lucas were also double winners. Barnett won the midget 800 and 1,500 while Lucas captured the midget 400 and 800. Also, Isaac Lucas won the bantam 800 and was second in the 400. The Striders’ Chloe Porter was second in the midget 800.
Geraldine L. Townsend
June 13, 2002
Merle M. Myers
June 13, 2002
City may increase WRAP aid
Commissioners want to retain one more worker for district counseling program
June 13, 2002
By Joel Mathis City commissioners won’t try to save WRAP in its entirety, but they are willing to pay for one more of the program’s workers in Lawrence schools.
A wing and a prayer
Here’s the buzz: There are plenty of ways to keep mosquitoes away
June 13, 2002
Pardon us. We hate to ruin your picnic plans or interrupt your morning on the porch swing. But, uh, just in case you hadn’t noticed, it’s mosquito season. If you haven’t been bitten yet just wait.
Area briefs
June 13, 2002
Relay for Life raises more than $100,000 Douglas County assigns new Highway Patrol troopers Former Leavenworth official may plead to nudity charges Mrs. Kansas to promote platform at reception
Three killed in Afghanistan plane crash
June 13, 2002
A U.S. military transport plane carrying 10 people crashed Wednesday on takeoff in Afghanistan, killing three Americans, military officials said. The seven others escaped with minor injuries. The crash the deadliest in the Afghan campaign since seven Marines were killed in January did not appear to have been caused by hostile fire, the Pentagon said.
Sound off
June 13, 2002
What is the legal speed limit on gravel roads in rural Douglas County? Sheriff Rick Trapp said the maximum allowable speed on a county or township road was 55 mph, unless otherwise posted.
Horoscopes
June 13, 2002
Victims, bishops meet on sex abuse
June 13, 2002
In unprecedented sessions described as “heartbreaking” by one church leader, victims of clerical sex abuse shared their personal stories with Roman Catholic bishops Wednesday, the eve of a critical meeting on disciplining abusive priests.
Lawrence resident remembers fallen priest
June 13, 2002
By Jim Baker The bullet that killed the Rev. Philip Schuster during a shooting spree Monday at Conception Abbey in rural northwest Missouri also shattered a decades-old friendship between the Catholic priest and the family of a Lawrence woman.
Red Wings one victory from raising Cup
June 13, 2002
The Detroit Red Wings were built for this moment, this day, this game.
Lakers sweep
MVP O’Neal gives L.A. a franchise first
June 13, 2002
Proficiently and professionally, the Los Angeles Lakers finished off the New Jersey Nets to win their third straight NBA title with a franchise first a 4-0 sweep in the finals. Shaquille O’Neal had another dominant night with 34 points and 10 rebounds and Kobe Bryant went back to a supporting role with 25 points in the 113-107 victory Wednesday.
Organizers seek new home for Indian Arts Show
June 13, 2002
By Terry Rombeck The annual Lawrence Indian Arts Show will continue despite the closing of its gallery, the Kansas University Museum of Anthropology.
KU loses swim coach
June 13, 2002
Cathy Burgess, Kansas University’s women’s swim coach the last two years, resigned Wednesday.
Salary freeze
June 13, 2002
To the editor: Bravo for your editorial on Kansas University’s misguided salary freeze! We, like many KU faculty, were angered (but not surprised) that our administration made absolutely no effort to increase faculty or staff salaries for the coming fiscal year. Administrators did see fit, of course, to lobby the legislature tirelessly for a multi-million dollar package of research facilities for regents institutions; these new facilities will support only a handful of faculty and will have only the most tangential benefit for students at KU.
Ready to march
June 13, 2002
Great service
June 13, 2002
Couple says Metamucil helped lower their cholesterol levels
June 13, 2002
Q: I was always in good health until I hit menopause. Over the next few years, I gained weight, my blood pressure rose, and so did my cholesterol.
Bacteria swim in pools, can cause illness
June 13, 2002
By Marta Costello When you look in a swimming pool, all you see is water. But what you don’t see might be making you sick. “A lot of microorganisms can be in there that you won’t see without the use of a microscope,” said Dr. Bill Picking, who works in the division of molecular biosciences at Kansas University.
That’s racin’s top picks
June 13, 2002
O’Neal named Finals MVP again
June 13, 2002
Shaq got his three-peat, too.
Baseball briefs
June 13, 2002
Sox put Alomar on DL Two injured by explosion at Cleveland game
Astros rally past Chicago, 5-4
Cubs waste Sosa’s home run, Prior’s pitching performance
June 13, 2002
The Houston Astros received a boost when rookie sensation Mark Prior left the game after the sixth inning.
Schumacher might lose title
Grand Prix crown to be awarded to Ferrari teammate?
June 13, 2002
Formula One officials are set to strip Michael Schumacher of his Austrian Grand Prix victory, the magazine Auto, Motor and Sport said Wednesday.
Warning: Black Course awaits
June 13, 2002
Bethpage State Park erected a sign on the first tee to let the public know what to expect. “Warning: The Black Course is an extremely difficult course which is recommended only for highly skilled golfers.”
Raiders prevail, 8-3
June 13, 2002
By Andy Samuelson Matt Berner certainly knows about the baseball term “ducks on the pond,” referring to runners on base. But if the Lawrence Raiders’ shortstop were a hunter Wednesday at Free State High, he would have left the field without bagging his limit.
State briefs
June 13, 2002
Quindaro Ruins tapped for historic register Slain missionary’s body arrives in Kansas Call center announces layoff of 575 workers
S.W. Kansas wheat crop called ‘slim pickings’
June 13, 2002
Nearly 90 percent of the wheat acres planted in Elkhart have been abandoned as drought and wind takes a heavy toll on the 2002 wheat crop in southwest Kansas.
Salary freeze
June 13, 2002
Baldwin’s Brown third in Golden West javelin
June 13, 2002
Baldwin’s Eric Brown finished third in the javelin at the Golden West Invitational last weekend in Sacramento, Calif.
Leaders must deal with costs of war
June 13, 2002
By Jim Hoagland Washington Post Writers Group Lyndon B. Johnson wrecked his presidency and the nation’s economy by hiding the moral and financial costs of his war in Vietnam as long as possible. Rather than acknowledge the enormous burden he had undertaken in their name, Johnson kept Americans in the dark about Vietnam and helped foster a generation of cynicism about government.
City image researchers key on business issues
June 13, 2002
Researchers trying to determine Lawrence’s image on economic issues will talk to a host of business officials with companies that have been in Lawrence a long time, those that have left, those that arrived recently and those that nearly located here but instead chose against it.
Randall E. Conrad
June 13, 2002
Ballard, Findley file for re-election
June 13, 2002
Reps. Barbara Ballard and Troy Findley, both Lawrence Democrats, have filed for re-election to the 44th and 46th Kansas House district seats, respectively. Ballard’s district covers primarily central and west Lawrence, Findley’s covers part of central and all of east Lawrence.
Local briefs
June 13, 2002
Lawrence judge to sit on state redistricting panel A federal judge from Lawrence will be on the panel that will determine the boundaries of the Kansas’ four U.S. House districts. Hearing the case will be Chief Judge Deanell Tacha, of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a Lawrence resident; and U.S. District Judges Julie Robinson, Topeka, and J. Thomas Marten, Wichita. The panel will hear arguments in a lawsuit filed by Atty. Gen. Carla Stovall about the Legislature’s congressional redistricting plan. A Monday deadline has been set for outside parties to intervene in the case. Arguments are expected to begin the week of July 1. Stovall sued because a redistricting plan approved by legislators and signed into law by Gov. Bill Graves puts Junction City in the 1st District with western Kansas and neighboring Fort Riley in the 2nd, with most of northeast Kansas. Democrats want to intervene in the lawsuit because the map splits the city of Lawrence between the 2nd and 3rd districts. _________ Weather: Storms leave damage across central Kansas Severe storms unleashed heavy rains and damaging winds across sections of central Kansas on Tuesday, including near Salina, above, where Smoky Hill Feeders Inc. manager Rick Dauer clears damage from storm debris at a feedlot. For details of Tuesday’s storms, see page 5B. _________ Police: Janitor found dead; officials suspect suicide A Kansas University janitor apparently committed suicide at Lewis Hall overnight Tuesday. Samuel Sparks, 21, was found in a first-floor mechanical room of the residence hall after he apparently hanged himself, officials said. Friends knew him as “Cooper.” According to KU’s Public Safety Office, a housing employee found Sparks’ body around 5:45 a.m. Wednesday. Although officers said their investigation was continuing, they said, “There are no indications of any criminal activity surrounding the death at this time.” Sparks had worked at KU since March 25 as a custodial specialist. _________ Gasoline Prices: Pump Patrol seeks best deal The Journal-World has found a gasoline price as low as $1.25 at several Lawrence locations. 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.
City headstones are test subjects for landmark-cleaning products
June 13, 2002
By Alison Mann U.S. Sen. James Lane of Lawrence helped lead Kansas into the Union as a free state. Now, a new field test at Oak Hill Cemetery could help clear up his spot in the city’s history. Lawrence-based Prosoco is testing newly developed cleaning agents for historical landmarks and gravestones. Prosoco specializes in manufacturing products for masonry.
Kansas priest appears in court
Douglas County D.A. won’t say if she’ll also file charges here
June 13, 2002
By Mike Belt A Catholic priest under investigation in Douglas County will have a hearing June 26 in Nemaha County to determine if he will be tried on a charge of indecent liberties with a child. The Rev. Dennis Schmitz, 41, Marysville, appeared Wednesday in Nemaha County District Court where he waived the formal reading of the charge.
Rumsfeld: Al-Qaida threat in Kashmir
June 13, 2002
The al-Qaida terrorist group may be operating in the Kashmir region dividing India and Pakistan, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Wednesday. Rumsfeld, in talks today with Pakistan’s president, Pervez Musharraf, is sure to discuss Islamabad’s role in finding Osama bin Laden’s fighters, both in the remote tribal regions of Pakistan itself and potentially in Kashmir.
Briefcase
June 13, 2002
Protection One to pay $7.5 million in settlement McQueens’ attorney says customers being helped Baltimore currency trader pleads innocent to fraud H&R Block earnings rise; board chairman to retire
States can seek penalties against Microsoft
June 13, 2002
Nine states fighting to bring stronger antitrust sanctions against Microsoft cleared a legal hurdle Wednesday as a federal judge decided they have the right to seek penalties that would apply nationwide.
Documents detail Blake’s alleged solicitation of hit men
June 13, 2002
An informant tipped police within two weeks of Bonny Lee Bakley’s slaying that actor Robert Blake had offered $100,000 for someone to “bump her off,” according to court papers.
Soviet recordings premiere in U.S.
June 13, 2002
For years, they gathered cobwebs in a building on the outskirts of Moscow thousands of hours of classical music recordings and video footage of artists such as cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and dancer Rudolf Nureyev.
Divorce trouble may be cause of abbey shooting
June 13, 2002
Lloyd Jeffress’ bitterness toward the Roman Catholic Church after his decades-ago divorce is the best lead investigators have to help explain his attack on a northwest Missouri monastery, authorities said Wednesday. “It is a lead that we are looking into,” said Capt. Johnnie Hogget with the Missouri State Highway Patrol in St. Joseph. “It is a possible motive but we have not confirmed it. We are in the process of checking that information now.”
Nuclear waste route passes through city
June 13, 2002
By Mindie Paget Three schools, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, the Kansas River and plenty of homes lie within a mile of railways that could be used to transport high-level nuclear waste to a proposed dump site in Nevada. A new searchable database devised by the Environmental Working Group, a Washington, D.C.-based watchdog organization, shows the proximity of the proposed nuclear disposal routes to any address in the country. Under one of the proposals, shipments from the eastern United States would go through Lawrence over Union Pacific railroad tracks on their way to Yucca Mountain, 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas. The route would pass less than a mile from Woodlawn, Pinckney and New York schools.
City fee increases likely
Commissioners set to raise costs for sewer, sanitation, golf course
June 13, 2002
By Joel Mathis The price of throwing away trash, flushing your toilet or playing a round of golf could get a little more expensive in 2003. City commissioners are poised to approve a series of fee increases to support next year’s budget. City officials, however, say Lawrence residents still might be getting a bargain.
Firefighters gain hold on Colorado blazes
Denver no longer threatened
June 13, 2002
Hundreds of firefighters on Wednesday attacked the huge wildfire outside Denver, putting themselves between the southwestern suburbs and the flames that have sent eye-stinging smoke and ash across the region for days. The fire has burned 90,000 acres in the foothills southwest of Denver since it began Saturday. But it has not grown much since Tuesday, giving fire crews a chance to go on the offensive for the first time in more than 24 hours.
Former CEO of ImClone Systems arrested
Waksal accused of tipping off people about FDA’s rejection of a highly touted cancer drug
June 13, 2002
The former chief executive of ImClone Systems was arrested by the FBI on Wednesday and charged with tipping off two people to sell their stock in the biotech company a day before the FDA rejected its application for a new cancer drug. Separately, the Securities and Exchange Commission brought civil charges against Samuel Waksal, accusing him of warning family members about the bad news regarding the highly touted drug, Erbitux. The SEC said the family then dumped more than $10 million in stock.
World Online: Arts & Entertainment Calendar
June 13, 2002
Georgia coach, president at odds
Harrick gave scholarship to prep center Adams despite university leader believing player was dropped
June 13, 2002
Another dispute between the Georgia men’s basketball program and the university’s admissions office has left UGA president Michael Adams and coach Jim Harrick at odds.
Lawrence software firm clicks on expansion
June 13, 2002
By Chad Lawhorn A west Lawrence computer software firm is bucking an industry trend and expanding even as many technology companies struggle to stay alive. And while LaGarde Inc.’s chief executive hopes to keep his growing firm in Lawrence, he worries he may have to move to a more business-friendly community.
Plan set to increase company disclosure
Government wants to require executives to vouch for reports
June 13, 2002
The government moved closer Wednesday to requiring faster and broader disclosure of company changes and to having CEOs personally vouch for the accuracy of financial reports. The Securities and Exchange Commission voted to open the proposals inspired by the collapse of Enron Corp. to public comment for 60 days. They could become final after that.
Daily ticker
June 13, 2002
Roman’s sea trade route rivals Silk Road
June 13, 2002
Spices, gems and other exotic cargo excavated from an ancient port on Egypt’s Red Sea show that the sea trade 2,000 years ago between the Roman Empire and India was more extensive than previously thought and even rivaled the legendary Silk Road, archaeologists say.
Briefly
June 13, 2002
Giant sinkhole forces apartment evacuation Skakel attorney files motion for new trial Court reinstates suit against gun makers Arkansas River cleared, reopened to boat traffic
Bush signs bioterror bill
Homeland Security Advisory Council also meets for first time
June 13, 2002
President Bush signed into law Wednesday a measure designed to enhance America’s ability to prevent and respond to bioterrorist attacks, even as he warned of “quite a number of (terrorists) still out there.”
Police want to question transient on missing girl
June 13, 2002
Police searching for 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart said Wednesday they want to talk to a man who may have been in the area two days before she vanished.
D-backs deck Yankees
Kim heaves ball over fence after saving 9-5 win
June 13, 2002
One way or another, everything Byung-Hyun Kim throws at Yankee Stadium winds up clearing the fence.
KU loses swim coach
June 13, 2002
Cathy Burgess, Kansas University’s women’s swim coach the last two years, resigned Wednesday.
ll also file charges here
June 13, 2002
By Mike Belt A Catholic priest under investigation in Douglas County will have a hearing June 26 in Nemaha County to determine if he will be tried on a charge of indecent liberties with a child. The Rev. Dennis Schmitz, 41, Marysville, appeared Wednesday in Nemaha County District Court where he waived the formal reading of the charge.
On the street
June 13, 2002
Asked on Massachusetts Street Are you worried about a dirty bomb hitting the Kansas City area?
Ballard, Findley file for re-election
June 13, 2002
Reps. Barbara Ballard and Troy Findley, both Lawrence Democrats, have filed for re-election to the 44th and 46th Kansas House district seats, respectively. Ballard’s district covers primarily central and west Lawrence, Findley’s covers part of central and all of east Lawrence.
Ready to march
June 13, 2002
To the editor: A big thanks to James Grauerholz for ironically setting a few things “straight” in his recent letter to the editor, “Creative class.” Our city’s true value has always rested in its great aptitude for economic growth and development by way of accepting different kinds of peoples and ideas. What’s the value of economic development without soul, without beat, without differences? What’s the value of our community without innovation?
Kansas Advocacy chairman resigns after conflict surfaces
June 13, 2002
By Dave Ranney The chairman of a federally funded Kansas advocacy group for the disabled has resigned after criticism for drawing a $65,000 annual contract from the same agency he oversaw. Federal officials said they had urged Kansas Advocacy and Protective Services to “reconsider the conflict-of-interest issue” after a story about the agency’s contracts appeared in Monday’s Journal-World.
Commissioners set to raise costs for sewer, sanitation, golf course
June 13, 2002
By Joel Mathis The price of throwing away trash, flushing your toilet or playing a round of golf could get a little more expensive in 2003. City commissioners are poised to approve a series of fee increases to support next year’s budget. City officials, however, say Lawrence residents still might be getting a bargain.
Nuclear waste route passes through city
June 13, 2002
By Mindie Paget Three schools, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, the Kansas River and plenty of homes lie within a mile of railways that could be used to transport high-level nuclear waste to a proposed dump site in Nevada. A new searchable database devised by the Environmental Working Group, a Washington, D.C.-based watchdog organization, shows the proximity of the proposed nuclear disposal routes to any address in the country. Under one of the proposals, shipments from the eastern United States would go through Lawrence over Union Pacific railroad tracks on their way to Yucca Mountain, 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas. The route would pass less than a mile from Woodlawn, Pinckney and New York schools.
City image researchers key on business issues
June 13, 2002
Researchers trying to determine Lawrence’s image on economic issues will talk to a host of business officials with companies that have been in Lawrence a long time, those that have left, those that arrived recently and those that nearly located here but instead chose against it.
Loyal opposition
June 13, 2002
J-W Editorials Political offices that go uncontested aren’t a sign of a healthy two-party system. Regardless of what kind of job county residents think County Commissioner Charles Jones has done in his first term, it’s a little disappointing to see that no one was interested in challenging him for a seat on this important and influential board.
Briefly
June 13, 2002
Terror suspect’s trail places al-Qaida base in Pakistan Andersen jury ordered to continue deliberations Guantanamo population rises