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Legislators end longest session in Kansas history
May 31, 2002
(Updated Friday at 12:46 p.m.) TOPEKA The longest legislative session in Kansas history finally ended Friday. Legislators had returned to the Statehouse for their adjournment ceremony after spending 106 days in session. But they found work waiting for them.
Americans, U.S. diplomats urged to leave India
Tensions between India, Pakistan rise to ‘serious levels’
May 31, 2002
(Updated Friday at 12:37 p.m.) WASHINGTON The State Department on Friday urged the 60,000 Americans in India to leave and advised all but essential U.S. diplomats there to depart as well because of a rising risk of conflict between India and Pakistan.
Federal judges toss out online pornography law
May 31, 2002
(Updated Friday at 8:49 a.m.) PHILADELPHIA Public libraries cannot be forced to use Internet filters designed to block pornography, three federal judges said Friday in overturning a new federal law.
Pakistan withdrawals could force change in U.S. Afghan operations
May 31, 2002
(Updated Friday at 12:43 p.m.) BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan U.S.-led forces trying to stop al-Qaida and Taliban fighters from entering Afghanistan may have to change tactics with Pakistan’s withdrawal of troops from its side of the border, the new commander of the Afghan campaign said Friday.
On the street
May 31, 2002
Asked on Massachusetts Street Now that the cleaning process is over, what should happen to ground zero?
Ryun wants Congress to pare committees studying Sept. 11
May 31, 2002
By Dave Ranney The last time U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun checked, Congress had 39 committees or subcommittees wrangling over what happened before, during and after Sept. 11.
Births
May 31, 2002
Jason and Shelly Arnold, Lawrence, a boy, Wednesday. Ray and Sarah Bloxsom, Lawrence, a girl, Wednesday.
Renegade team irks LABA
LHS players bolt from city program
May 31, 2002
By David Mitchell Lawrence’s Renegades qualified for the 18-and-under Triple Crown World Series by winning a baseball tournament last weekend in Belton, Mo. Don’t expect the local American Legion post to throw a victory parade.
Driver eyes double
Cameron to race in both events
May 31, 2002
The NASCAR Winston Cup-Indianapolis 500 doubleheader might be the toughest in all of motorsports. Then again, to hear Austin Cameron tell it, no same-day auto racing twinbill is easy.
Oleanna’ challenges audience’s thinking
May 31, 2002
By Jan Biles Playwright David Mamet has a way of making an audience squirm.
Rudy Huxtable goes to college
May 31, 2002
Ten years after the end of the “Cosby Show” and less than two weeks after appearing on the two-hour series retrospective, Rudy Huxtable (Keshia Knight Pulliam) returns to network television in the coming-of-age drama “What About Your Friends: Weekend Getaway” (7 p.m., UPN).
On the record
May 31, 2002
Charges filed in hotel robbery
May 31, 2002
By Mike Belt Robbery charges were filed Thursday against two men suspected in Wednesday’s holdup of the Hampton Inn. Gwyndell B. DeClerck, 33, Kansas City, Mo., was charged with aggravated robbery and obstruction of justice for resisting arrest.
Mount Hood climb turns deadly for 3
Nine people fall into crevasse near Oregon mountain summit; rescue helicopter crashes
May 31, 2002
Nine climbers fell into a crevasse Thursday near the summit of Mount Hood in an accident that killed three and critically injured two others. Rescue efforts took a dramatic turn when a helicopter trying to reach the survivors crashed nearby, tumbling down the snowy mountainside. The four crew members escaped the battered helicopter, but one was seriously injured, said Chris Bernard, an Air Force Reserve rescue specialist.
FBI links missile launcher to al-Qaida
May 31, 2002
The FBI told police departments an empty launcher for a shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missile found near a military base in Saudi Arabia was linked to al-Qaida, but cautioned there were no signs terrorists planned to fire on U.S. commercial jetliners.
Seventh-grader is W-I-N-N-E-R
Colorado Springs student tops field in National Spelling Bee
May 31, 2002
Two or three years can seem like forever when you’re 13, which is why Pratyush Buddiga described his victory Thursday at the 75th annual Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee as “a fulfillment of a dream I’ve had for a long time, since I got my first Paideia” a Bee-sanctioned, 3,700-word study booklet “back in, oh, I don’t know, 2000?”
Briefcase
May 31, 2002
Jobless numbers still show economy recovering slowly Enron board begins change Tonganoxie wins grant H&R Block declares dividend
Arts notes
May 31, 2002
Oklahoma to host American Indian fests Dressler to perform last open mike Annual Hawkfest set for Saturday in Topeka Radio station to air ‘Blue Diary’ reading
KC Spirit Festival kicks off today
May 31, 2002
The 19th Kansas City Spirit Festival will bring together national musical acts, a carnival and a fly-by demonstration by the Stealth bombers from Whitman Air Force Base. The festival is today through Sunday in Penn Valley Park at the Liberty Memorial, 31st and Wyandotte.
Stability may decide midterm elections
May 31, 2002
By David Shribman The Boston Globe Midterm political contests are often like Tolstoy’s unhappy families, each peculiar in its own way. But this year’s elections take this political law one step further. They are peculiar in their peculiarity. That is because this year’s contests are being conducted in a very unusual context. The nation is at war, and yet the public remains focused on domestic issues. The nation is projecting confidence abroad there’s a subtle hint of swagger as President Bush promises action against terrorists and regimes that sponsor, foster or tolerate them but is uneasy at home.
Ryun wants Congress to pare committees studying Sept. 11
May 31, 2002
By Dave Ranney The last time U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun checked, Congress had 39 committees or subcommittees wrangling over what happened before, during and after Sept. 11.
Grant to fund international business center
May 31, 2002
By Chad Lawhorn A $1.4 million, four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education should help Kansas University’s School of Business build a reputation as a leader in international business education, officials said Thursday. KU officials received word earlier this week that it had been awarded $350,000 a year for four years to fund the school’s Center for International Business Education and Research.
s thinking
May 31, 2002
By Jan Biles Playwright David Mamet has a way of making an audience squirm.
Cameron to race in both events
May 31, 2002
The NASCAR Winston Cup-Indianapolis 500 doubleheader might be the toughest in all of motorsports. Then again, to hear Austin Cameron tell it, no same-day auto racing twinbill is easy.
Sound off
May 31, 2002
I thought Kansas University was having financial difficulties. How are they able to buy a new property on Ohio Street? The KU Endowment Association purchased the property, not the university itself.
Minnesota rallies past Anaheim in 10
But Twins lose staff ace Radke to another groin injury
May 31, 2002
At the end of the first inning, Minnesota’s ace was long gone with another injury.
Student fees mount
Increases will finance 5 percent pay raise for district employees
May 31, 2002
By Tim Carpenter An unprecedented string of new student fees and fee increases will be required to finance a 5 percent raise in compensation for Lawrence public school employees. “We’re going to have an outcry when that bill comes in,” Scott Morgan, school board vice president, said Thursday.
Canadian lawmakers eye boost in military budget
May 31, 2002
Canada should dramatically boost its military budget, ruling and opposition lawmakers said in a report released Thursday, agreeing with calls from the United States and other NATO members for a greater Canadian commitment to the alliance.
Horoscopes
May 31, 2002
Local briefs
May 31, 2002
Driver not injured when car hits utility pole A Tecumseh teen-ager escaped injury early Thursday morning when the car he was driving struck a utility pole on East 23rd Street near Barker Avenue, Lawrence Police said. Jason A. Brown, 17, was driving a 1986 Ford Mustang west on 23rd when he struck the north curb, lost control and struck a utility pole, Police Sgt. Mike Pattrick said. The vehicle was seriously damaged. The accident occurred about 6:30 a.m. Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical responded to the accident, but Brown was not injured, Pattrick said. ________ Higher education: Graves signs bill giving regents more authority Topeka The Kansas Board of Regents will have more oversight in governing higher education under a bill signed into law Thursday by Gov. Bill Graves. The law puts the regents in charge of planning for higher education, and gives that board more authority in dealing with community colleges, vocational-technical schools and Washburn University in Topeka. The legislation was sought by the regents after a consultant’s report said Kansas needed a more unified system of governing higher education. The law also includes a provision that will require some faculty and unclassified employees to file financial disclosure statements if they serve as consultants. The provision was added by lawmakers who complained that some professors have failed to disclose their links to businesses when providing testimony to the Legislature on issues that could affect those businesses. ________ Crime: Convenience store, ATM burglarized in Williamsburg Williamsburg Franklin County Sheriff’s officers and the FBI are investigating a burglary at a convenience store and its automatic teller machine. An employee reporting for work about 6:15 a.m. Thursday at the Texaco Save, Rest and Shop store, 460 John Brown Road, discovered the burglary, Undersheriff Kevin Kimball said. The store’s front door was forced open to gain entry, Kimball said. An ATM was opened and money was taken. Investigators are trying to determine how the ATM was opened. A similar burglary and theft from an ATM was reported May 19 at a convenience store in Princeton. Employees at a bank in Tonganoxie reported May 20 that a drive-up ATM had been opened and money removed, police in that city said. Those cases remain unsolved. FBI spokesman Jeff Lanza said investigators thought the three incidents might be connected. ________ Gasoline Prices: Pump Patrol seeks best deal The Journal-World has found a gasoline price as low as $1.26 at several locations in the city, including Citgo at Ninth and Iowa streets, Conoco at Sixth Street and Crestline Drive, and Citgo, Total and Conoco on North Second Street. 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.
Caminiti should be arrested
Slugger deserves punishment for admitting buying and possessing steroids
May 31, 2002
Congratulations to Ken Caminiti. Apparently, while attending classes at San Jose State and Leigh High, he learned that honesty is the best controlled-substance policy. Well, sooner or later.
County road plans available for review
May 31, 2002
Plans for revamping County Road 1029 south of Lecompton will be available for public review during a meeting Tuesday evening.
Would-be bomber discusses backing out
May 31, 2002
Tawriya Hamamra, a young Palestinian woman, had barely an hour’s training in preparation for a suicide bombing. All she really needed to remember was how to work the detonator button that rested on her hip.
Warlord targets U.S., British troops
Afghan sounds call for holy war to ‘liberate country from foreign oppressors’
May 31, 2002
An Afghan warlord with links to Iran and Pakistan’s powerful spy agency has called for a holy war against the United States and Britain and vowed to rally like-minded radicals, such as al-Qaida, under one banner to do battle.
Political positions
May 31, 2002
The possibility that Gov. Bill Graves won’t reappoint qualified current members of the Kansas Board of Regents to make room for his political friends does nothing to build the prestige of this important board. One of the reasons some important state jobs are filled by appointment rather than by election is to shield those jobs from the influence of partisan politics.
Local briefs
May 31, 2002
Lawrence Open tennis scheduled June 7-9 Track meet Saturday
Ground zero ceremony marks end of cleanup
May 31, 2002
An empty, flag-draped stretcher symbolizing all the victims of the World Trade Center attack who could not be found was carried from the rubble Thursday in a solemn, wordless ceremony marking the end of the agonizing, 8 1/2-month cleanup. As victims’ families wept, the stretcher was carried slowly and silently past an honor guard of grieving relatives, police officers and firefighters, up a 500-foot ramp and out of the giant crater that used to be the basement of the twin towers.
Charges filed in hotel robbery
May 31, 2002
By Mike Belt Robbery charges were filed Thursday against two men suspected in Wednesday’s holdup of the Hampton Inn. Gwyndell B. DeClerck, 33, Kansas City, Mo., was charged with aggravated robbery and obstruction of justice for resisting arrest.
Russell wins national title
May 31, 2002
Kansas University senior Scott Russell won the javelin competition Thursday at the NCAA Outdoor championships. It wasn’t even close.
Hemenway to head NCAA board of directors
May 31, 2002
By Terry Rombeck Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway will play a key role in selecting the next president of the NCAA. Hemenway has been selected as chairman of the NCAA Division I board of directors. He also will be one of five members on the search committee for the organization’s next president.
Virgil L. Rogers
May 31, 2002
Graveside services for Virgil L. Rogers, 60, Corpus Christi, Tex., will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at McLouth Cemetery. He was cremated. Mr. Rogers died Sunday, May 26, 2002, at his home.
Lawrence briefs
May 31, 2002
Four suffer minor injuries in three-vehicle accident Leawood doctor gets 6 years in prison for medical fraud H&R Block makes donation to KU youth program
Lawrence briefs
May 31, 2002
 Four suffer minor injuries in three-vehicle accident  Leawood doctor gets 6 years in prison for medical fraud  H&R Block makes donation to KU youth program
Briefly
May 31, 2002
Probation ordered for fatal warehouse fire Spielberg to collect bachelor’s degree Coast Guard leader changing federal jobs Gunman opens fire in grocery store
Sparks stop Sol, 69-65
Former Jayhawk guard Dixon scores 13 for Los Angeles
May 31, 2002
Mwadi Mabika scored 17 points, including the winning putback with 26.5 seconds left, to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to a 69-65 victory over the Miami Sol on Thursday night.
Avs, Red Wings set for Game 7
May 31, 2002
The Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche admitted feeling both anxious and excited about their Game 7 showdown in the Western Conference finals.
Fishing columnist to be featured on ‘River City Weekly’ cable TV show
May 31, 2002
Ned Kehde, outdoors columnist for the Lawrence Journal-World, will be featured next week on “River City Weekly,” which can be found on Sunflower Broadband’s cable TV Channel 6.
Talk on Hughes featured at Pinckney picnic
May 31, 2002
A talk on poet Langston Hughes will be one of the highlights at Saturday’s annual Pinckney Neighborhood Spring Picnic.
Nets’ Kidd concerned about family
Fans’ taunts may keep New Jersey guard’s wife, son from Fleet Center; Pierce also harassed by spectator
May 31, 2002
Jason Kidd’s family might not attend Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals in Boston because of security concerns.
Kings shoot for title tonight
Lakers’ Bryant somber on eve of Game Six at Staples Center
May 31, 2002
A day after being animated and outgoing, Kobe Bryant was a man of few words Thursday.
Baseball briefs
May 31, 2002
Two Rangers pitchers shipped to minors Texas catcher Rodriguez rips four hits in return No agreement reached between Reds, Shaw Lidle activated from DL
Tampa may be contraction target
May 31, 2002
If Tampa Bay is next on commissioner Bud Selig’s hit list, then no one has told Devil Rays owner Vince Naimoli.
Schilling off to fast start with 10 wins
Last year’s World Series co-MVP leads majors in victories, strikeouts
May 31, 2002
Curt Schilling won a career-high 22 games last season on his way to sharing the World Series MVP trophy.
D’backs blank Giants, 1-0
Arizona increases NL West lead over San Francisco
May 31, 2002
Rick Helling admits he doesn’t quite have the same stuff as fellow Arizona starters Curt Schilling or Randy Johnson.
Baker women sixth
May 31, 2002
Baker University finished sixth at the NAIA Women’s Golf Tournament last weekend in Palm Coast, Fla.
Unheralded Langham in lead
Georgia native snares two-shot advantage at Kemper Open
May 31, 2002
Georgian Franklin Langham, seeking to become the Kemper Open’s fourth straight first-time PGA Tour winner, calmly passed the big names and came within a couple of inches of setting a course record on Thursday.
South Korea hopes to shine on global stage
May 31, 2002
Welcome to the World Cup, South Korean style. Paper lanterns shaped like soccer balls are strung along the city’s eight-lane avenues. Thousands gather in the streets to watch games on giant TV screens strapped to skyscrapers. Laser images of soccer action light up ancient palaces.
Capriati rolls at Roland Garros
Top seed survives error-filled, second-round match with Frazier
May 31, 2002
Her serve a mess, her groundstrokes unhinged, Jennifer Capriati did what she’s done as well as any player the past 11/2 years find a way to win. The defending champion overcame 16 break points and 39 unforced errors to beat even more error-prone Amy Frazier 6-4, 6-3 Thursday and reach the French Open’s third round.
Briefly
May 31, 2002
Slain reporter’s widow gives birth to baby boy Public’s trust in government on the decline, polls reveal Britain gets its first black Cabinet minister Rebel Chechen minister balks at ‘terrorist’ label
FDA to tighten blood-donor rules
Policy change aimed at lessening risk of human form of mad cow disease
May 31, 2002
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today will impose stricter rules on blood donations, in hopes of lessening the risk of spreading the human form of mad cow disease in the nation’s blood supply.
Gene research suggests memory stimulation possible
May 31, 2002
Problems with a gene in a small sliver of the brain may contribute to “senior moments,” the difficulty people have recalling once-familiar memories of everyday life, new research suggests.
Early blooming of flowers tied to warming
May 31, 2002
Rising temperatures are causing plants to burst into bloom weeks earlier in the spring, according to British researchers who say the finding is strong evidence that global warming is changing biology.
New FBI guidelines leave some uneasy
May 31, 2002
Who’s keeping tabs on your Internet chat? Who’s in the next pew or on the next prayer rug? Who’s got their eye on you at the library? Could be the FBI, under rules announced Thursday that give agents more leeway in domestic spying just about anywhere that people congregate publicly including cyberspace.
Eight county roads slated for re-surfacing
May 31, 2002
Contractors are scheduled to apply new “chip and seal” surfaces in mid-August to a handful of paved roads in Douglas County.
County seeks Adopt-a-Road volunteers
May 31, 2002
By Mark Fagan A volunteer effort to clean up rural roads is picking up speed on the outskirts of Lawrence.
Virgil L. Rogers
May 31, 2002
Bus system gets good review
Transit regulators’ report says city program meets federal requirements
May 31, 2002
By Joel Mathis The city’s bus system got a clean bill of health Thursday from federal transit regulators in town for a two-day triennial review. The two federal auditors wouldn’t make themselves available to comment about their findings, but city officials said after a Thursday morning interview that things had gone well.
Douglas County prepares to tackle rural road repairs
May 31, 2002
By Mark Fagan Ruts worn into the pavement of two Douglas County roads will get filled this summer, topping a list of rural repaving projects intended to improve driver safety and boost road durability. A five-mile stretch of County Road 1061, north of U.S. Highway 56 in southeast Douglas County, will get an estimated $114,000 makeover. County officials are seeking bids for the microsurfacing project, which will cover the road with pavement thick enough to fill ruts but thin enough to save money.
Graves still unsure of redistricting plan
Junction City-Fort Riley split at center of conflict
May 31, 2002
By Scott Rothschild Gov. Bill Graves said Thursday he had not decided whether he would sign or veto a congressional redistricting plan. Graves said he opposed a part of the proposed map that would split Junction City from neighboring Fort Riley, an army base.
People
May 31, 2002
Chelsea gives fodder to tabs Former Supreme in rehab Rodman settles lawsuit Chip off the old Rock
Study: increase school funding
Consultant tells state more money is needed for adequate education
May 31, 2002
The state needs to pour more than $390 million into public schools to provide a suitable education for its children, according to a report released Thursday to legislators. The report, commissioned by the Legislature, said the state would need to provide $4,650 base state aid per pupil to meet its goals. School districts now receive $3,870 per pupil.
Eminem release tops charts
May 31, 2002
Eminem’s new album made its debut at No. 1 on the album charts, according to figures released Wednesday.
Networks cut in for ground zero ceremony
Culmination of World Trade Center cleanup efforts won’t mark end of TV tributes
May 31, 2002
Television networks paused with victims’ families and salvage workers Thursday to solemnly mark the cleanup’s end at the near-empty lot where the World Trade Center towers stood until Sept. 11.
Western to sell interest in Tulsa firm
May 31, 2002
Topeka-based Westar Industries announced Thursday it plans to sell all its shares of ONEOK, a Tulsa-based natural gas company.
Farmland workers paid early
Company seeks to deal with cash crunch
May 31, 2002
Farmland Industries, the agricultural cooperative struggling with cash-flow problems, paid its employees two days early this week. The workers were paid on Wednesday, and employees said they were told to cash their checks within 24 hours.
Fears’ factor
Filmmaker Phil Alden Robinson recruits the CIA to help craft ‘The Sum of All Fears’
May 31, 2002
By Jon Niccum Although he hadn’t directed a feature film for more than a decade, Phil Alden Robinson found himself Paramount’s choice for “The Sum of All Fears.” With a reported $80 million budget and a script calling for numerous stunts and special effects, the blockbuster seemed an unusual project for a writer-turned-director best known for more introspective work such as “Field of Dreams.”
Business school aims to bolster world focus
Grant to fund international business center
May 31, 2002
By Chad Lawhorn A $1.4 million, four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education should help Kansas University’s School of Business build a reputation as a leader in international business education, officials said Thursday. KU officials received word earlier this week that it had been awarded $350,000 a year for four years to fund the school’s Center for International Business Education and Research.
Daily ticker
May 31, 2002
South African Breweries agrees to purchase Miller
May 31, 2002
South African Breweries PLC has agreed to buy Miller Brewing Co. in a $3.6 billion stock deal that would make it the world’s second-largest brewer, the London-based company announced Thursday. The new company will be called SABMiller PLC and compete in the U.S. market with Anheuser-Busch Cos., the world’s No. 1 beer business.
Terrorist tactics explored in ‘The Sum of All Fears’
May 31, 2002
By Jon Niccum If movies like “Collateral Damage” and “Big Trouble” were a victim of post 9-11 timing, then “The Sum of All Fears” is a beneficiary of it. It’s not that the film offers escapist entertainment from the affairs of terrorists, large scale disasters or Middle East politics, but precisely because author Tom Clancy’s tale is so eerily prescient in depicting current events. This is an action thriller that takes little effort to make a viewer suspend disbelief.
Community college taps familiar face as leader
May 31, 2002
A Kansas community college president who announced he was leaving for another job but withdrew after his wife was indicted for fraud has been selected to replace himself.
FHSU eyes pay freeze and tuition increase
University acts to cut into budget deficit
May 31, 2002
Fort Hays State University plans to increase tuition, freeze staff and faculty salaries and leave three positions open to cover the $1.5 million the Legislature cut from the university’s budget. The proposed 5.01 percent tuition and fees increase should decrease the university’s deficit to about $614,000.
Tax increase package signed into law
May 31, 2002
Gov. Bill Graves on Thursday signed into law a $252 million tax increase that will raise state sales, cigarette and inheritance taxes, his office reported.
Barbecue tops the menu at annual McLouth event
May 31, 2002
By Mindie Paget During his involvement with McLouth’s annual barbecue, Cliff Weeks has seen competitors use some pretty unique methods to please the judge’s taste buds.
Sebelius lays out fiscal agenda
Democratic candidate eyes thorough review of spending, stops short of tax pledge
May 31, 2002
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Kathleen Sebelius said Thursday the state had enough money to finance vital programs but stopped short of promising no new taxes. Sebelius, the insurance commissioner, did pledge to start an agency-by-agency review of spending, though she wasn’t specific about the details.
Closure’ an unattainable goal
May 31, 2002
By E.R. Shipp New York Daily News Let’s bring closure to “closure.” Events of the past days are tragic reminders that the word is more wish than reality.
Ceremonies survive trends
May 31, 2002
By Leonard Pitts Jr. Miami Herald Finally, she came down the stairs and you had to say this much: She was worth the wait.
Exclusive event
May 31, 2002
FBI recognizes need for reform
May 31, 2002
By Cal Thomas Tribune Media Services The FBI appears to have gotten the message the message contained in Special Agent Coleen Rowley’s remarkable 13-page memo to Director Robert Mueller, detailing how agents were blocked from investigating suspected terrorists and the political message that failure to conduct a thorough re-organization of the agency would jeopardize the integrity and veracity of the Bush administration, not to mention risking further loss of life in future terrorist attacks.
Millions at risk of starvation in Africa
May 31, 2002
With his people growing ever more desperate, Zambia’s president has become the latest southern African leader to declare the regional food shortage a national disaster.
Bush presses Pakistani crackdown
May 31, 2002
President Bush took a tough line toward a major ally in the war on terror Thursday, demanding that President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan “live up to his word” and crack down on extremists’ cross-border attacks that could lead to war with India. While the State Department said it still had no assessment whether Musharraf was making good on his promise last winter to deny Pakistani territory to terrorists, Bush took the initiative as India and Pakistan teetered on the brink.
Arafat takes steps toward law reform
Meanwhile, Israeli tanks roll into Nablus
May 31, 2002
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has signed a package of laws granting basic rights to his people and regulating his government, officials said Thursday, just before world diplomats began arriving to press him for reforms.
Storm clouds force NASA to delay launch
May 31, 2002
Thunderstorm clouds forced NASA to call off Thursday’s launch of space shuttle Endeavour on a mission to deliver a new crew to the international space station and fix the orbiting outpost’s robot arm.
Topeka municipal judge sued for traffic records
Shawnee County district attorney charges ‘major offenses’ not reported to state as required by law
May 31, 2002
The city failed to report traffic violations to the state, possibly resulting in lenient charges and sentences for repeat offenders, according to claims in a lawsuit against a Municipal Court judge and the city. Shawnee County Dist. Atty. Robert Hecht filed the lawsuit Wednesday against the city and Municipal Court Judge Neil Roach on behalf of the state. Roach is responsible for forwarding traffic records to the Kansas Driver’s License Control Bureau.
Russell wins national title
May 31, 2002
Kansas University senior Scott Russell won the javelin competition Thursday at the NCAA Outdoor championships. It wasn’t even close.
Barbecue tops the menu at annual McLouth event
May 31, 2002
By Mindie Paget During his involvement with McLouth’s annual barbecue, Cliff Weeks has seen competitors use some pretty unique methods to please the judge’s taste buds.
Political positions
May 31, 2002
The possibility that Gov. Bill Graves won’t reappoint qualified current members of the Kansas Board of Regents to make room for his political friends does nothing to build the prestige of this important board. One of the reasons some important state jobs are filled by appointment rather than by election is to shield those jobs from the influence of partisan politics.
Western to sell interest in Tulsa firm
May 31, 2002
Topeka-based Westar Industries announced Thursday it plans to sell all its shares of ONEOK, a Tulsa-based natural gas company.
Junction City-Fort Riley split at center of conflict
May 31, 2002
By Scott Rothschild Gov. Bill Graves said Thursday he had not decided whether he would sign or veto a congressional redistricting plan. Graves said he opposed a part of the proposed map that would split Junction City from neighboring Fort Riley, an army base.
Hemenway to head NCAA board of directors
May 31, 2002
By Terry Rombeck Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway will play a key role in selecting the next president of the NCAA. Hemenway has been selected as chairman of the NCAA Division I board of directors. He also will be one of five members on the search committee for the organization’s next president.
Douglas County prepares to tackle rural road repairs
May 31, 2002
By Mark Fagan Ruts worn into the pavement of two Douglas County roads will get filled this summer, topping a list of rural repaving projects intended to improve driver safety and boost road durability. A five-mile stretch of County Road 1061, north of U.S. Highway 56 in southeast Douglas County, will get an estimated $114,000 makeover. County officials are seeking bids for the microsurfacing project, which will cover the road with pavement thick enough to fill ruts but thin enough to save money.
County seeks Adopt-a-Road volunteers
May 31, 2002
By Mark Fagan A volunteer effort to clean up rural roads is picking up speed on the outskirts of Lawrence.
Eight county roads slated for re-surfacing
May 31, 2002
Contractors are scheduled to apply new “chip and seal” surfaces in mid-August to a handful of paved roads in Douglas County.
County road plans available for review
May 31, 2002
Plans for revamping County Road 1029 south of Lecompton will be available for public review during a meeting Tuesday evening.
Increases will finance 5 percent pay raise for district employees
May 31, 2002
By Tim Carpenter An unprecedented string of new student fees and fee increases will be required to finance a 5 percent raise in compensation for Lawrence public school employees. “We’re going to have an outcry when that bill comes in,” Scott Morgan, school board vice president, said Thursday.
report says city program meets federal requirements
May 31, 2002
By Joel Mathis The city’s bus system got a clean bill of health Thursday from federal transit regulators in town for a two-day triennial review. The two federal auditors wouldn’t make themselves available to comment about their findings, but city officials said after a Thursday morning interview that things had gone well.
May 31, 2002
By Jon Niccum Although he hadn’t directed a feature film for more than a decade, Phil Alden Robinson found himself Paramount’s choice for “The Sum of All Fears.” With a reported $80 million budget and a script calling for numerous stunts and special effects, the blockbuster seemed an unusual project for a writer-turned-director best known for more introspective work such as “Field of Dreams.”
Briefly
May 31, 2002
Store clerk’s killer executed by injection Letter carriers ratify five-year contract
Briefly
May 31, 2002
Pope again cuts back participation in Mass Masked robbers knock off Brink’s truck Pilot walkout leads to flight cancellations