Archive for Thursday, May 16, 2002

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Democrats want answers about Bush being warned about hijackings
May 16, 2002
(Updated Thursday at 8:53 p.m.) WASHINGTON Congressional Democrats demanded Thursday to be told what President Bush knew about terrorist threats before Sept. 11 as the White House and its GOP allies defended the president for not disclosing intelligence last August that Osama bin Laden wanted to hijack U.S. airplanes.
Legislators still huddling to work out budget deal
May 16, 2002
(Updated Thursday at 8:42 p.m.) TOPEKA The status of the 2002 legislative session Thursday changed from hour to hour.
Sharon calls for interim Palestinian government
May 16, 2002
(Updated Thursday at 10:59 a.m.) JERUSALEM Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has urged the United States and other nations to appoint an interim Palestinian government that would be in office for a year and carry out sweeping reforms, a senior adviser confirmed Thursday.
Commission delays vote on 59
May 16, 2002
By Mindie Paget Douglas County Commissioners have a tough, divided road ahead of them.
Briefly
May 16, 2002
Laura Bush pledges aid for Afghan Buddhas Union announces deal to end strikes Basque terror threat on summit averted Luxury liner to stop trans-Atlantic service
Bearing arms a fundamental U.S. right
May 16, 2002
By Cal Thomas Tribune Media Services Gun control advocates are upset over Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft’s declaration last week, outlined in a legal brief before the Supreme Court, that the Second Amendment to the Constitution protects an individual’s right to keep and bear arms irrespective of any ties to a state militia.
One-of-a-kind teacher
May 16, 2002
J-W Editorials Over the last 44 years, Marilyn Stokstad served Kansas University in many special ways. Some years ago, a Journal-World editorial writer asked who on the Kansas University campus at that time eventually would be looked upon as a truly special and outstanding faculty member. Who would be remembered for years to come?
U.S plans tougher Castro policy
May 16, 2002
The White House rejected pleas by former President Jimmy Carter and farm-state lawmakers to lift the trade embargo against Fidel Castro’s Cuba on Wednesday, pledging an even tougher U.S. policy to undermine “one of the last great tyrants left on earth.” President Bush will hew to a hard-line stance against the Castro government while seeking ways to ease hardships on the Cuban people when he spells out the policy next week, advisers said. The president hopes to curb what aides concede is growing momentum to ease restrictions against Cuba.
Canseco should let his numbers talk
May 16, 2002
The numbers get your attention. They shout. This one above all: 462 home runs, a figure that should need no PR agency, no salesman. But the numbers what Jose Canseco accomplished on a baseball field keep getting drowned out by all of the noise, all of the static, all of the bitter paranoia emanating from the man himself.
Gooden to continue studies
Junior forward maps out plan to attain degree while playing in NBA
May 16, 2002
By Gary Bedore Kansas University basketball coach Roy Williams says emphatically that all members of the 2001-02 NCAA Final Four team will earn degrees. That includes forward Drew Gooden, who is leaving school for the NBA draft with a year of eligibility and school remaining.
25% boost in tuition sought
May 16, 2002
By Terry Rombeck Tuition at Kansas University would increase by 25.2 percent this fall for undergraduate resident students under a proposal announced by administrators Wednesday. And if legislators don’t approve a tax increase to help fund higher education, the tuition increase could go higher still, an official said. Online extra: Is KU’s proposal to raise tuition by 25.1 percent too high? Vote in the poll.
District creating blueprint of what facilities should have
May 16, 2002
By Tim Carpenter Lawrence school board members Wednesday visited a public-education dreamland in which everything could be had for the asking. In an exercise designed by school consultant DLR Group of Overland Park, the board imagined the ideal elementary school without consideration of budgets, existing school facilities or other factors grounded in reality.
People
May 16, 2002
Child of Ozzy? In jail, out of ring Springsteen campaign Aid efforts not enough
Garbage offers tidy performance
May 16, 2002
By Jon Niccum Lithe singer Shirley Manson became an eyeball magnet while strutting across the Uptown Theatre stage, exuding a surprisingly upbeat demeanor for a rock diva so associated with moody, edgier themes.
Daily ticker
May 16, 2002
Royals turn to Pena
New manager preaches ‘hard baseball’
May 16, 2002
Tony Pena the manager promises to be just as tough and combative as Tony Pena the All-Star catcher. “I believe you go out and play hard baseball,” said the new Kansas City Royals manager, renowned during his 18-year career as one of the major leagues’ most aggressive players.
Firebirds fall short of state
FSHS tumbles in its first sub-state championship, 5-0
May 16, 2002
By Chuck Woodling About a month ago after an 0-9 start, Free State appeared headed for still another dreadful high school softball season. Bad beginning, encouraging finish.
25% boost in tuition sought
May 16, 2002
By Terry Rombeck Tuition at Kansas University would increase by 25.2 percent this fall for undergraduate resident students under a proposal announced by administrators Wednesday. And if legislators don’t approve a tax increase to help fund higher education, the tuition increase could go higher still, an official said. Â Online extra: Is KU’s proposal to raise tuition by 25.1 percent too high? Vote in the poll.
long-term effects
May 16, 2002
By Dave Ranney Carolyn King’s mother was a student at Haskell Institute in the 1940s. “She came from a very large family that was very poor,” said King, one of about 150 people attending a Wednesday workshop at Haskell Indian Nations University on American Indian boarding schools and their long-term consequences.
Is it possible to truly get away?
May 16, 2002
By Mark Patinkin The Providence Journal Most families, when lucky enough to get a place to escape to on weekends, choose something by the water, or in the mountains. My parents bought a farm.
Wait for ‘Friends’ finale ends
May 16, 2002
Tonight is not the final night of the May Sweeps, but it is certainly the most anticipated. “Friends” (7 p.m., NBC) ends a strong season with an hour-long episode. The birth of Rachel and Ross’s child sets the stage for the popular comedy’s ninth and final season.
U.S. commander praises Pakistan for aiding fight against terrorism
May 16, 2002
A top U.S. military commander Wednesday praised Pakistan’s government as “exceedingly cooperative” in the hunt for al-Qaida leaders believed holed up in Pakistan’s semi-autonomous border region.
U.S. intelligence warned Bush of hijacking plot
May 16, 2002
In the weeks before the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush was told by U.S. intelligence that Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network might hijack American airplanes, prompting the administration to issue a private warning to federal agencies, the White House acknowledged Wednesday night.
Haskell reflects on dark past
Workshop explores Indian boarding schools’ long-term effects
May 16, 2002
By Dave Ranney Carolyn King’s mother was a student at Haskell Institute in the 1940s. “She came from a very large family that was very poor,” said King, one of about 150 people attending a Wednesday workshop at Haskell Indian Nations University on American Indian boarding schools and their long-term consequences.
Best of two worlds
Garry Hill has found success blending his love of racing and art
May 16, 2002
Garry Hill looked at the newspaper one day 15 years ago and, he says, it changed his life.
Garage pass: Racing accidents cause major headaches for Shane Golden
May 16, 2002
It was the third race of the 2002 season. Modified stock car racer Shane Golden pulled into Heartland Park Topeka’s dirt track with his usual optimism, anticipating a good night of racing. Racers know an accident can happen any time they race. They think it will never involve their car.
Music helps explain nature of epilepsy
May 16, 2002
By Marta Costello Just as an orchestra brings together violins, flutes and clarinets, epilepsy research is bringing together art and science at Kansas University. Music professors Deron McGee and Kip Haaheim are collaborating with Dr. Ivan Osorio, who works at the KU Medical Center, to create a musical metaphor for an epileptic seizure.
An exercise plan, good nutrition achieve the best results
May 16, 2002
By Jim Baker It’s right around the corner: swimsuit season. That means it’s the time of year people start pondering their waistlines and thighs and begin imagining how they’ll look in a bathing suit, lounging pool side.
Softball standards
May 16, 2002
To the editor: Congratulations to Kansas University softball coach Tracy Bunge, her staff and her young ladies. They provided many hours of fast-action entertainment for fans this season. They earned many honors for their school work as well as their play on the field.
Poor reference
May 16, 2002
To the editor: We were offended by the introduction to an article published May 3, in the sports section, describing Free State High School’s baseball victory over Lawrence High School. The reporter compared Free State’s recent lack of hitting to a baseball team in chains and remarked that Free State coach Mike Hill “must have been wondering if he was coaching at Slave State rather than Free State.” We find this statement to be in very poor taste and completely counter to the image we have tried so hard to create at FSHS.
One-of-a-kind teacher
May 16, 2002
J-W Editorials Over the last 44 years, Marilyn Stokstad served Kansas University in many special ways. Some years ago, a Journal-World editorial writer asked who on the Kansas University campus at that time eventually would be looked upon as a truly special and outstanding faculty member. Who would be remembered for years to come?
On the street
May 16, 2002
Asked at South Wind 12 Theatres What is your favorite Star Wars movie?
Sound off
May 16, 2002
I heard that mail carriers who have an accident, whether they fall on ice or have an auto accident, are disciplined for that and can be suspended. I was wondering if that was the case. The U.S. Postal Service expects its employees to work safely, and if they do not work safely, they will be held accountable, Lawrence Postmaster Bill Reynolds said.
House rejects $252 million tax plan
May 16, 2002
By Scott Rothschild Legislative leaders came close to getting a $252 million tax-increase package passed but were rejected in a marathon House vote that ended early this morning. The House voted 66-58 against a plan that would raise sales, tobacco excise and alcohol excise taxes, after the Senate rejected, 21-17, a separate bill to increase wholesale, per-gallon taxes on beer, wine and liquor by $5.5 million. Â Online extra: What tax should not be raised? Vote in the poll.
Fans come out in force for ‘Star Wars’ premiere
May 16, 2002
A long time ago, the most avid “Star Wars” fans began lining up for the new chapter of George Lucas’ space saga, with some groups camping out in shifts for weeks.
World Online: Arts & Entertainment Calendar
May 16, 2002
Not amused
May 16, 2002
Slimming down for summer
An exercise plan, good nutrition achieve the best results
May 16, 2002
By Jim Baker It’s right around the corner: swimsuit season. That means it’s the time of year people start pondering their waistlines and thighs and begin imagining how they’ll look in a bathing suit, lounging pool side.
American Royal lures national horse show
United Professional Horsemen’s Assn. to conduct championships in Kansas City
May 16, 2002
Two years after nearly losing its saddle horse show because of complaints about conditions at its arena, The American Royal has attracted a national championship horse show to this year’s event. On Tuesday, the American Royal announced that it is joining with the United Professional Horsemen’s Assn. to create a national championship show to run Nov. 19-23.
Briefcase
May 16, 2002
Game systems to cut prices KU to honor alumni IBM chief mum on job cuts Applebee’s predicting growth
Survey to gauge city’s image
May 16, 2002
By Joel Mathis Lawrence has a reputation, some city leaders say, as a bad place to do business. Now they want to find out how far that notoriety reaches. The city is preparing to do an “image survey” of residents, visitors and businesses to find out how Lawrence and its city government are perceived. The committee that will oversee the survey met for the first time Wednesday, and business issues dominated the discussion. Online extra: Is Lawrence a good place to do business? Vote in the poll.
Pope’s birthday a bittersweet occasion
May 16, 2002
Aides wheel him around on a chariot-like cart during ceremonies at the Vatican. They attach a ledger to the arms of his chair to hold the papers of his speeches. They hold him tightly fearing a fall.
Woody Allen larger than life at Cannes
May 16, 2002
The diminutive figure of Woody Allen cast an imposing shadow over Cannes on Wednesday as the world’s top film festival gratefully welcomed the reclusive director to kick off its annual confab of glitz, art, dealmaking and partying.
Sports hall won’t get state funding
May 16, 2002
The House defeated a measure Wednesday that would fund the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.
Commission delays vote on 59
May 16, 2002
By Mindie Paget Douglas County Commissioners have a tough, divided road ahead of them.
Nets reach first Eastern finals
New Jersey ends Hornets’ run in Charlotte, 103-95
May 16, 2002
After leading the New Jersey Nets to their best NBA season, Jason Kidd has taken them someplace new in the postseason their first Eastern Conference finals.
LaFrentz’s days in Dallas could be coming to end
May 16, 2002
Raef LaFrentz’s stay in Dallas could be a short one.
City softball results: May 15
May 16, 2002
Here are the results of city softball league action from Wednesday, May 15.
d maps out plan to attain degree while playing in NBA
May 16, 2002
By Gary Bedore Kansas University basketball coach Roy Williams says emphatically that all members of the 2001-02 NCAA Final Four team will earn degrees. That includes forward Drew Gooden, who is leaving school for the NBA draft with a year of eligibility and school remaining.
KU recognizes distinguished alumni
May 16, 2002
By Tim Carpenter A diverse foursome  barbecue expert, diplomat, engineer and volunteer  is linked by association with Kansas University.
Garbage offers tidy performance
May 16, 2002
By Jon Niccum Lithe singer Shirley Manson became an eyeball magnet while strutting across the Uptown Theatre stage, exuding a surprisingly upbeat demeanor for a rock diva so associated with moody, edgier themes.
Briefly
May 16, 2002
Workers at ground zero planning final day at site Army general to take over command of most U.S. troops Prosecutors file action in police torture case Incursion damage estimated
Briefly
May 16, 2002
Sister, brother charged in little brother’s death Students face charges in drinking-party death Historic manuscripts deemed forgeries Stranded bicyclist waits hours for rescue
6Sports video reports: Lawrence High has a rising star on its golf team
May 16, 2002
James Sido profiles LHS’s Nathaniel Spencer, next in a long line of Lawrence-area golfers.
6Sports video reports: Firebirds win one, lose one, in Sub-State
May 16, 2002
Free State’s softball team beat Emporia, but then lost to Washburn Rural.
Area briefs
May 16, 2002
 Domestic disturbance may have ended in stabbing  Flags fly at half-staff for officers’ memorial day  Open house honors directors of Visiting Nurses Assn.
Area briefs
May 16, 2002
Domestic disturbance may have ended in stabbing Flags fly at half-staff for officers’ memorial day Open house honors directors of Visiting Nurses Assn.
Dorothy W. Wahls
May 16, 2002
A prayer service for Dorothy W. Wahls, 84, Tomah, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, Tomah. Burial will be later in Florida Hills Memorial Garden, Brooksville, Fla. Mrs. Wahls died Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at Morrow Home, Sparta, Wis.
s to beef up bar business in downtown
May 16, 2002
By Chad Lawhorn Steve Gaudreau, owner of Quinton’s Bar & Deli, believes downtown Lawrence is becoming more about drinking and less about eating. He believes it so much so that he’s renovating his 11-year-old business at 615 Mass. to add more bar space because he said his food sales have been steadily declining since 1998.
s image
May 16, 2002
By Joel Mathis Lawrence has a reputation, some city leaders say, as a bad place to do business. Now they want to find out how far that notoriety reaches. The city is preparing to do an “image survey” of residents, visitors and businesses to find out how Lawrence and its city government are perceived. The committee that will oversee the survey met for the first time Wednesday, and business issues dominated the discussion. Â Online extra: Is Lawrence a good place to do business? Vote in the poll.
Commissioners make agency funding advisements
May 16, 2002
By Joel Mathis Lawrence city commissioners made their recommendations for outside agency funding Wednesday, each a bit fretful that their 2003 budget priorities would differ greatly from the others.
Plan would link KU on Wheels, city buses
May 16, 2002
By Alison Mann Kansas University students may get two bus services for the price of one. And the Lawrence Public Transit system may increase ridership, and thus federal funding, if the city and KU on Wheels agree to partner up.
signature
May 16, 2002
Lawmakers on Wednesday sent Gov. Bill Graves a proposal giving the Kansas Board of Regents more authority and requiring faculty and unclassified employees to file financial disclosure statements if they serve as consultants. The proposal puts the regents in charge of planning for higher education and gives them more authority in dealing with community colleges, vocational-technical schools and Washburn University in Topeka.
Lawrence Police struggle to fill ranks
May 16, 2002
By Joel Mathis State and federal grants might soon make it possible for the Lawrence Police Department to add nine or more officers to the 123-person force. But the department might have a hard time filling the ranks.
Courageous stand
May 16, 2002
To the editor: It takes courage to stand up for justice anytime, but most particularly, does it take courage when you must stand alone.
Courageous stand
May 16, 2002
Chinks in campaign finance
May 16, 2002
By George Will Washington Post Writers Group The document’s title is bland: “Reply of Senator John McCain, Senator Russell Feingold, Representative Christopher Shays, Representative Martin Meehan, Senator Olympia Snowe, and Senator James Jeffords in support of their motion to intervene as defendants supporting the constitutionality of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002.” But the document’s message is fascinating.
Music helps explain nature of epilepsy
May 16, 2002
By Marta Costello Just as an orchestra brings together violins, flutes and clarinets, epilepsy research is bringing together art and science at Kansas University. Music professors Deron McGee and Kip Haaheim are collaborating with Dr. Ivan Osorio, who works at the KU Medical Center, to create a musical metaphor for an epileptic seizure.
Dig it! Here’s the dirt on preventing yard injuries
May 16, 2002
Weekend yard warriors, listen up: It doesn’t all have to be done in one day. Go slow and easy.
Well being
May 16, 2002
Young baseball pitchers may suffer serious injuries Hiking machines recalled
KCC order sets rates for electric customers
Lawrence residents among those who’ll see increase
May 16, 2002
Electricity rates will rise for some customers of Western Resources Inc. but decline for others on June 4.
Significant downsizing’ in Boeing’s future
Executive predicts normalcy by August
May 16, 2002
Airline passenger traffic is expected to be back to normal levels by August, but airplane sales won’t fully recover from the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terror attacks until around 2004, Boeing Co. executive Nicole Piasecki said Tuesday. Piasecki, vice president of business strategy and marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said many airlines are increasing passenger loads through deep ticket discounts, and that cuts into their profitability.
Restaurants squeezed by growing competition
Quinton’s to beef up bar business in downtown
May 16, 2002
By Chad Lawhorn Steve Gaudreau, owner of Quinton’s Bar & Deli, believes downtown Lawrence is becoming more about drinking and less about eating. He believes it so much so that he’s renovating his 11-year-old business at 615 Mass. to add more bar space because he said his food sales have been steadily declining since 1998.
Lawrence Police struggle to fill ranks
May 16, 2002
By Joel Mathis State and federal grants might soon make it possible for the Lawrence Police Department to add nine or more officers to the 123-person force. But the department might have a hard time filling the ranks.
Parents pass petition seeking ouster of Piper superintendent
May 16, 2002
Parents dissatisfied with the Piper school district’s handling of a widely publicized plagiarism controversy have called for the ouster of the district superintendent. A parents group, Parents Involved in Education, started an informal petition last month encouraging the school board to fire Supt. Michael Rooney, parent Rebecca Jacobs told the board Tuesday night.
Holland takes sharp right
May 16, 2002
In a dramatic shift to the right, Dutch opposition parties won big in Wednesday’s elections, including the Christian Democrats and the movement of a slain populist candidate.
Pearl slaying video shows up on Web, CBS
May 16, 2002
Cold-blooded terrorist recruiters have stooped to a new low spreading a video of American journalist Daniel Pearl’s execution over the Internet to attract converts.
Lawyer says he warned Enron officials
Memo points to ‘deceptive’ practices dealing with California’s deregulated electricity markets
May 16, 2002
Enron Corp.’s energy trading practices in California were deceptive and possibly illegal, a lawyer hired by the company to review its activities in the state said Wednesday. In testimony before the Senate Commerce consumer affairs subcommittee, Stephen Hall said he told Enron officials of his concerns in a face-to-face meeting in December 2000.
Consumer prices jump 0.5 percent
May 16, 2002
Consumer prices jumped by 0.5 percent in April, the largest increase in almost a year, led by sharply higher costs for gasoline, airfares and hospital services.
Board imagines ideal schools
District creating blueprint of what facilities should have
May 16, 2002
By Tim Carpenter Lawrence school board members Wednesday visited a public-education dreamland in which everything could be had for the asking. In an exercise designed by school consultant DLR Group of Overland Park, the board imagined the ideal elementary school without consideration of budgets, existing school facilities or other factors grounded in reality.
Local briefs
May 16, 2002
Transit committee to hear plan for free student service A proposal by KU on Wheels would allow students with a KU on Wheels bus pass to ride the Lawrence T for free. The city would keep track of student passes and then bill KU on Wheels for the rides. The city’s Public Transit Advisory Committee will hear about the proposal Tuesday. __________ Customer service: Journal-World subscribers now have easier way to pay Subscribers to the Lawrence Journal-World now can have their subscription payments withdrawn automatically from checking, savings, money market, debit or credit card accounts. Called “Smart Pay,” the program allows payments to be withdrawn from the account of the subscriber’s choice on a monthly basis, said Joe Lewis, the newspaper’s circulation manager. “Smart Pay allows our subscribers to save both time and money,” Lewis said. “No checks to write, no envelopes to address, no stamps to buy.” Customers who have payments withdrawn from bank accounts can choose one of three days of the month for their account to be debited the fifth, 15th, or 21st. For more information, or to sign up for Smart Pay, call 843-1000 or (800) 578-8748. __________ Crime: Airline uniforms stolen Kansas City, Mo. Uniforms for employees of three airlines were among items stolen from a truck earlier this month, FBI spokesman Jeff Lanza said Wednesday. The truck belonged to Cintas The Uniform People, and was stolen May 4 from a facility in downtown Kansas City. The truck was recovered a day later, but the cargo, including airport uniforms used by ground crew and ramp workers, was missing, Lanza said. The FBI does not have any information that the thieves had intended to steal the uniforms to gain access to an airport, Lanza said. He would not identify the three airlines to which the uniforms belonged. Even if the thieves meant to use the uniforms to get into an airport, they would have to have the proper identification, Lanza said. “Everything about the incident is consistent with a theft of cargo for black market or resale,” Lanza said. Authorities do not have any suspects, he said. __________ Gasoline prices: Pump Patrol seeks best deal The Journal-World has found a gasoline price as low as $1.26 at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa streets, and 920 N. Second. 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. Or go to www.ljworld.com/section/gasoline to join our Pump Patrol message board.
N.Y. archdiocese to send abuse claims to prosecutors
May 16, 2002
In a departure from earlier policy, the Archdiocese of New York said Wednesday it will report sexual abuse allegations directly to prosecutors without first conducting an internal review.
Redistricting logjam continues
Senate rejects House proposal for congressional maps
May 16, 2002
The Senate rejected a House-passed congressional redistricting plan Wednesday night, setting off fresh efforts to create a map acceptable to both chambers. The Senate voted 20-16 against the measure and sent it to a conference committee. Senate President Dave Kerr, R-Hutchinson, promptly replaced the Senate’s two Republican negotiators.
Briefly
May 16, 2002
Car crashes into McDonald’s, kills three employees National Guard sent to aid in flooded areas Governor signs bill on falsifying records Suspect arrested for package bomb
No-call compromise wins legislative OK
Senate passage sends bill to governor’s desk
May 16, 2002
A bill aimed at reducing unwanted telemarketing calls to Kansans is on its way to Gov. Bill Graves. The Senate voted 39-0 Wednesday for the measure that would require telemarketing companies to purchase a “no-call” list. The House had approved it Tuesday on a 117-4 vote.
Legislation expanding authority of regents awaits Graves’ signature
May 16, 2002
Lawmakers on Wednesday sent Gov. Bill Graves a proposal giving the Kansas Board of Regents more authority and requiring faculty and unclassified employees to file financial disclosure statements if they serve as consultants. The proposal puts the regents in charge of planning for higher education and gives them more authority in dealing with community colleges, vocational-technical schools and Washburn University in Topeka.
eBay pulls plug on auction for bone chips
May 16, 2002
The Seattle Mariners are paying right-handed reliever Jeff Nelson $10.65 million over three years for his arm. The eBay bidding reached $23,600 for his bone chips until the auction was stopped.
Dorothy W. Wahls
May 16, 2002
Commissioners make agency funding advisements
May 16, 2002
By Joel Mathis Lawrence city commissioners made their recommendations for outside agency funding Wednesday, each a bit fretful that their 2003 budget priorities would differ greatly from the others.
Prosecution answers Robinson defense motion
May 16, 2002
Prosecutors argued in a motion Tuesday that a judge’s “fleeting” involvement in prosecuting John E. Robinson Sr. in 1985 did not compromise his neutrality while issuing search warrants in Robinson’s murder case.
CBS gets serious with five new dramas in lineup
May 16, 2002
CBS has expanded its drama roster for the 2002-03 fall season, adding five new series to its lineup. Two comedies will also join the network’s slate.
House rejects $252 million tax plan
May 16, 2002
By Scott Rothschild Legislative leaders came close to getting a $252 million tax-increase package passed but were rejected in a marathon House vote that ended early this morning. The House voted 66-58 against a plan that would raise sales, tobacco excise and alcohol excise taxes, after the Senate rejected, 21-17, a separate bill to increase wholesale, per-gallon taxes on beer, wine and liquor by $5.5 million. Online extra: What tax should not be raised? Vote in the poll.
Palestinian promises reforms, new elections
May 16, 2002
Yasser Arafat responded Wednesday to mounting dissatisfaction of his rule in a rambling speech that included rare self-criticism and a pledge of new elections and government reform. But his address was short on specifics, and critics said similar promises in the past evaporated without action. Arafat has run the Palestinian territories virtually unchallenged since Israel permitted his return from exile eight years ago. While his position appears solid for now, Arafat is facing greater political pressure than at any time during his rule.
Financier pleads guilty in $200 million scam
May 16, 2002
Martin Frankel, the financier accused of looting insurance companies of more than $200 million and using it to live like an outlaw Hugh Hefner, pleaded guilty Wednesday to pulling off one of the most brazen swindles Wall Street has ever seen. Frankel, 47, could get up to 150 years in prison and $6.5 million in fines at sentencing next year, though federal prosecutors said they will probably give him a break if he helps recover the missing money.
Study suggests neonatal care is too much of good thing
May 16, 2002
A provocative study of newborn death rates finds strikingly few differences across the country and suggests there are far too many doctors and hospital units specializing in intensive care of premature or sickly babies.
House debates changes to welfare reform law
May 16, 2002
House Republicans pressed for legislation Wednesday that would push more welfare mothers into jobs, working more hours than ever before, as floor debate began over changes to the landmark welfare overhaul.
Researcher: Higher tuition will lower enrollment
May 16, 2002
By Mindie Paget Increasing tuition at Kansas universities may slow enrollment, according to a researcher at Pennsylvania State University.
Jury hears tapes of defendant discussing 1963 church bombing
May 16, 2002
A former Ku Klux Klansman on trial for murder in a 1963 church bombing that killed four black girls discussed making the explosive device, according to testimony and secretly recorded FBI tapes jurors heard Wednesday.
Skakel family friend recants testimony
May 16, 2002
A friend of the Skakel family testified Wednesday she was mistaken when she told a grand jury that Michael Skakel had made incriminating statements to his father about the 1975 slaying of Martha Moxley.
On the record
May 16, 2002
Senate backs AG’s Microsoft effort
Upper chamber rejects House’s attempt to stop spending money on litigation
May 16, 2002
The Senate rejected a measure Wednesday that would have ended the state’s participation in an antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft.
School consolidation bill wins passage in Senate
May 16, 2002
The Senate approved a bill Wednesday that provides financial incentive to school districts that consolidate.
Finley, Kitaen accuse each other of violence, drug abuse
May 16, 2002
Actress Tawny Kitaen and her husband, pitcher Chuck Finley of the Cleveland Indians, accused one another of domestic violence and drug abuse in dueling court documents obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.
Senate passes new transportation plan
Legislation would increase motor fuel taxes by 2 cents a gallon
May 16, 2002
The Senate passed a plan Wednesday that would raise taxes over the next seven years to finance transportation projects.
Medaglia d’Oro early favorite in Preakness Stakes
May 16, 2002
War Emblem’s victory in the Kentucky Derby was not enough to earn him the favorite’s role for the Preakness Stakes on Saturday. War Emblem, trained by Bob Baffert, was installed as the 3-1 second choice in the morning line by Pimlico oddsmaker Frank Carulli. He made Medaglia d’Oro the 5-2 favorite in a field of 13 3-year-olds entered Wednesday night for the 13/16-mile Preakness.
Twins spoil debut
May 16, 2002
Tony Pena was grinning ear to ear, even though he lost his first game as a major league manager because of a pitching move that went sour. “I enjoyed that,” Kansas City’s new manager said Wednesday night after Jacque Jones homered twice to power Minnesota past the Royals. 8-6. “I don’t know about you, but I enjoyed that game.”
Stoudamire booked on charge
Trail Blazers guard accused of marijuana possession
May 16, 2002
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damon Stoudamire was booked and released from jail early Wednesday on a felony charge of marijuana possession.
Our Town sports
May 16, 2002
Force U-12 Runner-Up: Kaw Valley Force U-12 finished second in a tournament in Emporia, bowing to a Wichita team, 1-0, in the championship game. Team members are Nathan Ideus, Brian Sims, Colton Johnson, Nathan Hoffman, Anthony Brown-Davis, Alex McKee, Justin Ziegler, Taylor Bussinger, Garrick Valverde, Greg Glatz, Leah Williams, Brock Norwood, Gyer Vierthaler, Blake Armstrong, Adam Casady, Clay Larson, Andrew Heck and Ryan Dougherty. Mauro Nobre is the coach.
Mariners rally past Jays
Seattle overcomes 5-0 deficit for 8-6 victory
May 16, 2002
Another comeback gave the Seattle yet another win on the road.
Cards complete sweep of Cubs
Williams returns from disabled list, gives St. Louis quality start
May 16, 2002
After nearly six weeks on the disabled list and no rehab starts, Woody Williams didn’t miss a thing.
Some players say strike inevitable
May 16, 2002
With no labor agreement in sight, some baseball players think it is inevitable that the union will set a strike date for August.
Roy lifts Avs to 1-0 win
Goalie enhances big-game reputation with Game 7 shutout
May 16, 2002
Patrick Roy added to his reputation as the NHL’s best big-game goalie.
6News video reports: KU tuitions are rising
May 16, 2002
The tuition hike will be nearly 25%, and the move makes many students angry.
Not amused
May 16, 2002
To the editor: I think Eric Southard is out of touch with not only his senior class, but his school. While hazing may not have been done at Free State High School, there was other vandalism done by Free State students during Senior Week. (Just ask your principal about the phone calls he received.) Several houses in the Free State neighborhood were not just egged, but painted, splashed with syrup, motor oil, mustard and other items. Cars were also vandalized.
Poor reference
May 16, 2002
KU recognizes distinguished alumni
May 16, 2002
By Tim Carpenter A diverse foursome barbecue expert, diplomat, engineer and volunteer is linked by association with Kansas University.
Softball standards
May 16, 2002
Plan would link KU on Wheels, city buses
May 16, 2002
By Alison Mann Kansas University students may get two bus services for the price of one. And the Lawrence Public Transit system may increase ridership, and thus federal funding, if the city and KU on Wheels agree to partner up.
Horoscopes
May 16, 2002