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KCC orders restructuring for Westar
November 8, 2002
(Updated Thursday at 12:58 p.m.) TOPEKA — Kansas utility regulators Friday ordered the restructuring of financially troubled Westar Energy Inc., one day after the state’s largest electric company was rocked by the indictment of its president and chief executive, David Wittig.
Police investigation into alleged food tampering over
November 8, 2002
(Web Posted Friday at 3:40 p.m.) After more than three months, Lawrence police say their investigation into a food-tampering incident alleged by an on-duty police officer is finally over.
City athletes of the week
November 8, 2002
Alysha Valencia Free State High
The Billions make magazine from random handout
November 8, 2002
ThereâÂÂs enough indie zines and online music mags out there to put a band out of business Ãi¿½” that is, from promo album handouts, said Dan Billen of the Lawrence-based band The Billions.
Vada Josilene House
November 8, 2002
Services for Vada Josilene House, 77, Wellsville, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at WilsonâÂÂs Funeral Home, Wellsville. Burial will be in Wellsville Cemetery. Mrs. House died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002, at Meadowbrook Rehabilitation Center, Gardner.
Donald Louis Trowbridge
November 8, 2002
Services for Donald Louis Trowbridge, 82, Russell, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at PohlmanâÂÂs Mortuary in Russell. Burial will follow in Wilson Cemetery. Mr. Trowbridge died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002, at Hays Medical Center.
LINK seeks help for holiday dinner
November 8, 2002
There are always plenty of homeless people — and others whoâÂÂve fallen on hard times — who eat Thanksgiving dinner at the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen. âÂÂWeâÂÂre guessing there will be even more this year,” said Arlyne McGaugh, a member of LINKâÂÂs board. âÂÂThe economy is still struggling and weâÂÂve been serving more people, seeing more families.?
Police investigation into alleged food tampering over
November 8, 2002
(Web Posted Friday at 3:40 p.m.) After more than three months, Lawrence police say their investigation into a food-tampering incident alleged by an on-duty police officer is finally over.
Will of people
November 8, 2002
To the editor: On the back page of section B of TuesdayâÂÂs J-W was a story that should boil the blood of every voter and taxpayer in Lawrence. Recently the city planning commission, in the face of an overwhelming groundswell of sentiment expressed by the residents of Lawrence, rejected the proposed rezoning of the area at Sixth and Wakarusa to allow the building of a âÂÂbig boxâ Wal-Mart. A year ago, the same outcome resulted from the public stating loud and clear that they did not want the proposed Home Depot âÂÂbig boxâ located there either.
Regents to consider plan that would raise average price by 3.9 percent
November 8, 2002
Housing costs would increase an average of 3.9 percent at Kansas University next year under a proposal submitted to the Kansas Board of Regents. The percentage increase is less than most other state universities and less than this yearâÂÂs increase, which was 6.8 percent.
s Glee Club celebrates fifth year of revival
November 8, 2002
Hugo Vera didnâÂÂt know what kind of response Kansas University would get five years ago when it revived its MenâÂÂs Glee Club. But thereâÂÂs something about a group of rowdy guys singing everything from Renaissance music to show tunes that draws singers and audiences.
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November 8, 2002
Lawrence school district employees shouldnâÂÂt expect another 5 percent increase in salary and benefits in 2003-2004, the school board president says. But the leader of the Lawrence teachers union said Thursday that he wasnâÂÂt ready to give up on another good pay raise.
West principal announces his retirement
November 8, 2002
West Junior High SchoolâÂÂs principal of 18 years Thursday revealed plans to retire from the Lawrence district at the end of the school year.
What is Sierra Eagle Ridge?
November 8, 2002
It was difficult to find anyone in Arizona who was talking Thursday about the land development deal at the center of a federal indictment against David Wittig, chief executive of Westar Energy Inc., and Clinton Weidner II, former president of Capital City Bank.
Owner voluntarily has Rottweiler put down
November 8, 2002
A dog that attacked a 7-year-old boy Sunday has been euthanized and is being examined for rabies by experts at Kansas State University, Lawrence Police said. When police finish their report on the incident it will be reviewed by Lawrence Municipal Court prosecutors, Sgt. Doug Bell said.
Marie H. Conway
November 8, 2002
Audra C. Brand
November 8, 2002
Forum draws consolidation foes
November 8, 2002
East Heights School teacher Adela Solis said Thursday that her studentsâ anxiety about possible closure of their school was escalating to unhealthy levels.
Sound off
November 8, 2002
IâÂÂve signed up for the new Kansas no-call list. As of yesterday, I received two unsolicited calls from telemarketers. How do I report these infractions of the law to the state of Kansas? A complaint can be filed against a telemarketer in one of two ways. A no-call complaint form is available on the attorney generalâÂÂs Web site at www.ksag.org for consumers to fill out, print and mail in.
Audra C. Brand
November 8, 2002
No formal services are planned for Audra C. Brand, 90, Lawrence. Mrs. Brand died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002, at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor. She was cremated.
FSHS happy to be back on grass against Lancers
November 8, 2002
Two words uttered by Shawnee Mission South athletic director Bill Stiegemeier made Free State High football coach Bob Lisher want to do a cartwheel. What did Stiegemeier say?
Artificial turf perfect fit for Haskell
November 8, 2002
Dirk Wedd is tired of talking about the football field at Haskell Stadium. One can hardly blame him.
Entertainment Calendar
November 8, 2002
NIGHTLIFE | Music | Theater | Misc. | Museums | Galleries FRIDAY
Fine dining feels ill effects of economy
November 8, 2002
All is not fine in LawrenceâÂÂs world of fine dining. Chris Hanna, co-owner of The BleuJacket, confirmed Thursday the French restaurant would serve its last meal Nov. 16.
Police investigate report of assault at strip club
November 8, 2002
Lawrence Police are investigating an aggravated sexual battery that reportedly occurred at a strip club.
Collins commits to North Carolina
November 8, 2002
ItâÂÂll be official sometime in the next two weeks, but consider Caitlin Collins a Tar Heel.
Thorpe Award semifinalists announced
November 8, 2002
Oklahoma teammates Andre Woolfolk and Brandon Everage are among 14 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s top defensive back.
Zito edges Pedro
Oakland ace wins coveted first honor
November 8, 2002
Now Barry Zito can stare at a Cy Young Award every day.
New coach Price: KU baseball working to ‘change image’
November 8, 2002
After 6:30 a.m. conditioning drills and daily workouts during the fall, Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price thinks his team is on the turnaround track.
Area athletes of the week
November 8, 2002
Lions, Firebirds eager for football playoff openers
Lawrence to face unfamiliar foe on new sod
November 8, 2002
Almost too many storylines lead into Lawrence High’s Class 6A football playoff opener tonight. Where to begin?
LINK seeks help for holiday dinner
November 8, 2002
There are always plenty of homeless people — and others who’ve fallen on hard times — who eat Thanksgiving dinner at the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen. “We’re guessing there will be even more this year,” said Arlyne McGaugh, a member of LINK’s board. “The economy is still struggling and we’ve been serving more people, seeing more families.?
Documentary chronicles Carter’s winding road
November 8, 2002
Undone in his 1980 re-election bid, Jimmy Carter left the White House tarred as a failure. Yet, curiously, his offenses were hard to distinguish from the qualities that, four years before, had carried him from “Jimmy Who?” to the nation’s highest office.
Sniper suspects face first trial in Va.
Authorities link fatal shooting in Atlanta to murderous Washington-area spree
November 8, 2002
The two suspects in the sniper spree that terrorized the Washington area last month will first stand trial in Virginia, a state with strong death penalty laws and a record of carrying out executions.
U.N. council set to OK Iraq resolution
United States offers rewording to ease French, Russian concerns
November 8, 2002
The United States reached critical agreement with France on a tough U.N. resolution that gives Iraq a last chance to disarm or face “serious consequences,” setting the stage for a vote today. While Thursday’s agreement offers concessions, it still meets President Bush’s demands to toughen inspections and free the United States to take military action if inspectors say Iraq isn’t complying.
Forum draws consolidation foes
November 8, 2002
East Heights School teacher Adela Solis said Thursday that her students’ anxiety about possible closure of their school was escalating to unhealthy levels.
Police investigate report of assault at strip club
November 8, 2002
Lawrence Police are investigating an aggravated sexual battery that reportedly occurred at a strip club.
Fetty services
November 8, 2002
Rodney K. Milstead
November 8, 2002
Deficit, budget problems loom for GOP
November 8, 2002
Triumphant Republicans will control Congress’ budget and economic agenda next year, but something else comes with it: stewardship of reborn federal deficits and the ailing economy, plus the lion’s share of the blame if anything goes wrong.
Briefcase
November 8, 2002
¢ GE to make board more independent ¢ Productivity on the rise ¢ SEC accuses fund of misleading investors ¢ Disney profit grow
Health with a smile
November 8, 2002
Flu shot clinics remind us of the many helpful services provided by the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department. It’s this time of the year that should remind us how fortunate we are to have the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department operated the way it is.
Pierce hearing what Jordan heard
Can former Kansas University standout refute reputation that he’s a selfish player?
November 8, 2002
Can the Boston Celtics win with Paul Pierce?
FSHS happy to be back on grass against Lancers
November 8, 2002
Two words uttered by Shawnee Mission South athletic director Bill Stiegemeier made Free State High football coach Bob Lisher want to do a cartwheel. What did Stiegemeier say?
November 8, 2002
Music fans in Lawrence usually donâÂÂt need much of an excuse to get load-ed. Only tonight, the phrase has a much different connotation as the fourth edition of âÂÂLoaded in Lawrenceâ will be celebrated. This concept was embarked upon during three evenings last April, when 18 regional bands took the stage at LawrenceâÂÂs Bottleneck. The idea was to capture a diverse array of original talent in concert and issue a CD of the experience ?” and to maybe rekindle some of the enthusiasm in the local music scene that was in full bloom when the event first occurred in the mid-âÂÂ90s.
Area athletes of the week
November 8, 2002
Andrew Pyle Eudora
November 8, 2002
After 6:30 a.m. conditioning drills and daily workouts during the fall, Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price thinks his team is on the turnaround track.
Marie H. Conway
November 8, 2002
Services for Marie H. Conway, 93, Aledo, were Thursday at St. CatherineâÂÂs Catholic Church in Aledo. Burial was in Aledo Cemetery. Mrs. Conway died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2002, at Mercer County Hospital in Aledo.
Kansas soccer falls to Nebraska, 2-1
November 8, 2002
Kansas UniversityâÂÂs stay in the Big 12 Conference soccer tournament didnâÂÂt last long.
Area briefs
November 8, 2002
⢠Kansas, Nebraska educators to gather at KU conference ⢠Ottawa Middle School schedules craft fair ⢠ChildrenâÂÂs agency executive resigns, eyes consulting ⢠Lawrence resident appointed to state library commission
On the street
November 8, 2002
Asked at Dillons at 19th and Massachusetts streets Do you think President Bush had a large impact on the election results?
Health with a smile
November 8, 2002
Flu shot clinics remind us of the many helpful services provided by the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department. ItâÂÂs this time of the year that should remind us how fortunate we are to have the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department operated the way it is.
Wack-y pick: ISU over K-State
November 8, 2002
HereâÂÂs todayâÂÂs pop quiz, football fans: 1. Who was president the last time Kansas defeated Nebraska in football? a) Millard Fillmore b) Lyndon Johnson c) Juan Peron d) John Quincy Adams
Briefly
November 8, 2002
¢ Butler: Diana alienated from Spencer family ¢ ‘Free Willy’ whale travels to new home ¢ Razor bombs injure two ¢ Investigators seek bubonic plague source
Arrest had been sought for previous gun violence
November 8, 2002
He should have been in jail. Antonio Floyd, 19, the man accused of shooting an East Lawrence woman in the head because he thought she would testify against him in a drug trial, already was wanted for earlier gun violence against another woman.
Savings on electric bills may be in the wind for university if plan approved
November 8, 2002
The Kansas wind soon may provide some of the electricity to Kansas University. Officials are considering a proposal from Kansas Wind Power LLC that could help trim the universityâÂÂs $5 million annual electricity bill.
November 8, 2002
After just a few years in the spotlight, Eminem has accomplished something Elvis, Madonna, Michael and Mariah have not: HeâÂÂs made a great movie. The multiplatinum rapperâÂÂs debut âÂÂ8 Mile,â a semi-autobiographical account of his struggles to be heard while growing up on the streets of Detroit, is the rare pop star vehicle that utterly succeeds. It captures the aura of a specific time and place, populates it with believable characters and delivers compelling emotional drama.
Despite records, Rams should prevail
November 8, 2002
At the start of the season, it seemed far more likely that when San Diego visited St. Louis to start the second half of the season, the Rams would be 6-2 and the Chargers 3-5.
Pippen shows signs of life
Trail Blazers’ veteran forward still valuable in reserve role
November 8, 2002
Scottie Pippen was just getting warmed up.
Celtics top Lakers in OT
Pierce scores 28 against depleted L.A. squad
November 8, 2002
Kobe Bryant heard the “Beat L.A.” chants bouncing around the FleetCenter and knew he was involved in something special.
Westar chief indicted
Federal fraud charges filed against Wittig, alleged co-conspirator
November 8, 2002
David Wittig was a golden boy — a Kansas University graduate who excelled on Wall Street and returned home to lead a respected electric utility company, the state’s largest. He even moved into the former mansion of Alf Landon, one of Kansas’ most famous statesmen. His friend Clinton Odell “Del” Weidner II, a former KU football player, rose to be president of Capital City Bank, helping develop the institution into a major player in Topeka.
Savings on electric bills may be in the wind for university if plan approved
November 8, 2002
The Kansas wind soon may provide some of the electricity to Kansas University. Officials are considering a proposal from Kansas Wind Power LLC that could help trim the university’s $5 million annual electricity bill.
… led to these fine four
November 8, 2002
Fresh off last yearâÂ:¡mp;#8364;™s Final Four appearance, Kansas UniversityâÂ:¡mp;#8364;™s menâÂ:¡mp;#8364;™s basketball program on Wednesday will corral one of the top recruiting classes in the country. Coincidence, or not?
World Online Arts & Entertainment Calendar
November 8, 2002
Horoscopes
November 8, 2002
Coach accepts apology
November 8, 2002
Kansas City Royals coach Tom Gamboa, above, said he accepted the apology of a 15-year-old fan who attacked him on the field during a game and hopes the boy learns from his “tragic mistake.”
People
November 8, 2002
¢ Kissing couple en route to altar? ¢ A wild-and-crazy Oscars host ¢ Moby takes turkey line to task ¢ Two lay claim to ‘Posh’ nickname
Artificial turf perfect fit for Haskell
November 8, 2002
Dirk Wedd is tired of talking about the football field at Haskell Stadium. One can hardly blame him.
House Democrats seek new leader
Pelosi, Frost vie to succeed Gephardt in minority role
November 8, 2002
Two House veterans, Reps. Nancy Pelosi and Martin Frost, jumped into a race for Democratic leader on Thursday, and the jabbing began at once over the future of a party reeling from midterm election losses.
Flatlanders are unique breed
November 8, 2002
Ten thousand SUVs will be leaving Colorado for Kansas when bird hunting season opens Saturday.
Huskies’ swoon hardly laughable
November 8, 2002
If Rick Neuheisel cracks a joke these days, he hopes it’s not interpreted as a sign the struggling Washington Huskies have accepted their predicament.
KCC orders restructuring for Westar
November 8, 2002
(Updated Friday at 5:44 p.m.) TOPEKA — Kansas utility regulators Friday ordered the restructuring of financially troubled Westar Energy Inc., one day after the state’s largest electric company was rocked by the indictment of its president and chief executive, David Wittig.
Local musicians head to Big Apple for a shot at the big time
November 8, 2002
New York is no stranger to Lawrence music, whether by way of touring bands, emigrant artists or visiting devotees to the auditory arts. But last weekend was particularly thick with the town’s sounds.
Lawrence to face unfamiliar foe on new sod
November 8, 2002
Almost too many storylines lead into Lawrence HighâÂÂs Class 6A football playoff opener tonight. Where to begin?
Jordan hopes to create more good memories
November 8, 2002
Matt Jordan turned on the jets, flew toward Nebraska’s punter and thwacked the ball out of the end zone for a safety.
Collins commits to North Carolina
November 8, 2002
It’ll be official sometime in the next two weeks, but consider Caitlin Collins a Tar Heel.
5% raises in district unlikely in ‘03 - ‘04
November 8, 2002
Lawrence school district employees shouldn’t expect another 5 percent increase in salary and benefits in 2003-2004, the school board president says. But the leader of the Lawrence teachers union said Thursday that he wasn’t ready to give up on another good pay raise.
Club has noteworthy anniversary
48-member strong KU Men’s Glee Club celebrates fifth year of revival
November 8, 2002
Hugo Vera didn’t know what kind of response Kansas University would get five years ago when it revived its Men’s Glee Club. But there’s something about a group of rowdy guys singing everything from Renaissance music to show tunes that draws singers and audiences.
New York networking necessity
Local musicians head to Big Apple for a shot at the big time
November 8, 2002
New York is no stranger to Lawrence music, whether by way of touring bands, emigrant artists or visiting devotees to the auditory arts. But last weekend was particularly thick with the town’s sounds.
Federal fraud charges filed against Wittig, alleged co-conspirator
November 8, 2002
David Wittig was a golden boy — a Kansas University graduate who excelled on Wall Street and returned home to lead a respected electric utility company, the stateâÂÂs largest. He even moved into the former mansion of Alf Landon, one of Kansasâ most famous statesmen. His friend Clinton Odell “Del” Weidner II, a former KU football player, rose to be president of Capital City Bank, helping develop the institution into a major player in Topeka.
Area briefs
November 8, 2002
¢ Kansas, Nebraska educators to gather at KU conference ¢ Ottawa Middle School schedules craft fair ¢ Children’s agency executive resigns, eyes consulting ¢ Lawrence resident appointed to state library commission
Briefly
November 8, 2002
¢ Four former SLA members plead guilty to killing woman ¢ Police say suspect admits to van’s use in Bali bombing ¢ FCC: Drug policy office must be identified as ad sponsor
Rodney K. Milstead
November 8, 2002
Services for Rodney K. Milstead, 43, Dallas, formerly of Lawrence, are pending and will be announced by Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Mr. Milstead died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002, at his home.
Jordan hopes to create more good memories
November 8, 2002
Matt Jordan turned on the jets, flew toward NebraskaâÂÂs punter and thwacked the ball out of the end zone for a safety.
Kansas soccer falls to Nebraska, 2-1
November 8, 2002
Kansas University’s stay in the Big 12 Conference soccer tournament didn’t last long.
Wack-y pick: ISU over K-State
November 8, 2002
Here’s today’s pop quiz, football fans: 1. Who was president the last time Kansas defeated Nebraska in football? a) Millard Fillmore b) Lyndon Johnson c) Juan Peron d) John Quincy Adams
Kansas’ Final Four led to these fine four
November 8, 2002
Fresh off last year’s Final Four appearance, Kansas University’s men’s basketball program on Wednesday will corral one of the top recruiting classes in the country. Coincidence, or not?
Will of people
November 8, 2002
Vada Josilene House
November 8, 2002
On the record
November 8, 2002
On the record
November 8, 2002
Emergency calls Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical reported the following responses:
KU briefs
November 8, 2002
⢠Ex-Jayhawk Unseld wins election ⢠Kansas basketball picks up victory
KU briefs
November 8, 2002
¢ Ex-Jayhawk Unseld wins election ¢ Kansas basketball picks up victory
Fetty services
November 8, 2002
Graveside services for Dorothy L. Fetty, 91, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Fetty died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Donald Louis Trowbridge
November 8, 2002
Constantinescu services
November 8, 2002
Memorial services for Nick Constantinescu, 80, Baldwin, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, at Ives Chapel United Methodist Church, Baldwin. A private inurnment will be later. Mr. Constantinescu died Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002, at Baldwin Care Center. He was cremated.
Constantinescu services
November 8, 2002
Best bets
November 8, 2002
TODAY LAWRENCE
6Sports video: KU football playing for pride
November 8, 2002
The Jayhawks’ last win in Lincoln was in 1968.
6Sports video: KU’s first win showed some flaws
November 8, 2002
While the ‘Hawks’ first showing of the season was impressive, they still have some kinks work out.
6News video: Shooting suspect had warrant for his arrest
November 8, 2002
Brother of shooting victim wonders why suspect was not in jail
6News video: School bond issue may become a public vote
November 8, 2002
Some members of the community have spoken out in support for school closings.
6News video: LINK expects large Thanksgiving
November 8, 2002
The annual charitable dinner is for the benefit of poor and homeless people.
CSU gives Lubick five-year extension
November 8, 2002
Colorado State coach Sonny Lubick agreed to a new $2.5 million, five-year contract on Thursday.
Canes perfecting use of tight end for showdown with Vols
November 8, 2002
When Rob Chudzinski draws up plays for No. 2 Miami, he’s always thinking about the tight end.
NFL briefs
November 8, 2002
¢ Dolphins’ Lucas likely to start against Jets ¢ Neck injury threatens Oakland’s Bryant ¢ More people watching NFL games this season
Former coach pleads guilty in scandal
November 8, 2002
A former high school football coach pleaded guilty to a federal racketeering charge Thursday for accepting $150,000 to steer a player to the University of Alabama.
Boston could miss season; Holliday out a few weeks
November 8, 2002
Pro Bowl wide receiver David Boston of the Arizona Cardinals has a partially torn tendon in his right knee and probably will undergo season-ending knee surgery.
Spurned by Spurrier, Lockett eager for Skins
November 8, 2002
Four weeks ago, Kevin Lockett was a starting wide receiver for the Washington Redskins.
Baseball briefs
November 8, 2002
¢ Free agent Thome meets with Phillies ¢ Mariners re-sign veteran Martinez ¢ Karsay has surgery
Cubs ready to woo Baker
November 8, 2002
The Chicago Cubs didn’t waste much time letting Dusty Baker know they want him as their manager.
Mariners uninterested in acquiring Baker
November 8, 2002
Dusty Baker is not “the right fit” for the Seattle Mariners, general manager Pat Gillick explained Thursday.
City athletes of the week
November 8, 2002
Michigan punished
Booster violations result in ‘shame’, sanctions
November 8, 2002
They forfeited the victories, ordered the championship banners taken down and can’t play in the postseason.
Lord pleads innocent
November 8, 2002
Nebraska quarterback Jammal Lord pleaded innocent Thursday to disturbing the peace.
Dog in attack euthanized
Owner voluntarily has Rottweiler put down; bite victim out of hospital
November 8, 2002
A dog that attacked a 7-year-old boy Sunday has been euthanized and is being examined for rabies by experts at Kansas State University, Lawrence Police said. When police finish their report on the incident it will be reviewed by Lawrence Municipal Court prosecutors, Sgt. Doug Bell said.
British groups crowd rock ‘n’ roll hall’s new inductees
November 8, 2002
Three British exports from rock’s “new wave” of the late 1970s �” The Police, The Clash and Elvis Costello and the Attractions �” will join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year.
Brown faces drug, traffic allegations
R&B singer arrested for speeding in Atlanta
November 8, 2002
Singer Bobby Brown was arrested early Thursday in Atlanta’s trendy Buckhead district on drug and traffic charges.
What is Sierra Eagle Ridge?
November 8, 2002
It was difficult to find anyone in Arizona who was talking Thursday about the land development deal at the center of a federal indictment against David Wittig, chief executive of Westar Energy Inc., and Clinton Weidner II, former president of Capital City Bank.
Study: ‘Modest doses’ of alcohol affect brain
November 8, 2002
Even a single drink of alcohol is enough to impair someone’s ability to reason quickly and detect errors, according to a study that monitored brain waves in volunteers given drinks.
Quick-result HIV test gains FDA approval
November 8, 2002
People will soon be able to learn before leaving the doctor’s office if they’re infected with the AIDS virus.
West principal announces his retirement
November 8, 2002
West Junior High School’s principal of 18 years Thursday revealed plans to retire from the Lawrence district at the end of the school year.
Drug lord released despite U.S. objections
November 8, 2002
A former drug kingpin was freed late Thursday after serving only half his sentence, despite U.S. efforts to find evidence to support further charges �” and possibly his extradition to the United States.
Owner of ossuary linked to Jesus says he won’t sell
November 8, 2002
Breaking his silence, the reclusive owner of an ancient burial box said Thursday he would never sell what may be the oldest archaeological link to Jesus, but that he was willing to have it exhibited in Israel.
Chinese congress begins
Delegates expected to select new leadership
November 8, 2002
China’s Communist Party Congress convened today amid tight security, drawing 2,000 delegates together on fabled Tiananmen Square to steer the nation through breakneck changes and introduce a new generation of leaders who inherit a society in the throes of change.
Supreme Court puts focus on mental illness question
November 8, 2002
In blocking the execution of a Texas killer, the Supreme Court revealed interest in a new area of capital punishment: the mentally ill.
Vietnam memorial continues solemn mission after 20 years
November 8, 2002
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial has helped heal a war-torn nation and inspire tributes to other victims of tragedy.
Warrant named suspect before shooting
Arrest had been sought for previous gun violence
November 8, 2002
He should have been in jail. Antonio Floyd, 19, the man accused of shooting an East Lawrence woman in the head because he thought she would testify against him in a drug trial, already was wanted for earlier gun violence against another woman.
Local briefs
November 8, 2002
¢ Salvation Army seeking bell ringers for holidays ¢ $1.6 million gift slated for recruiting, laboratory ¢ Event today to celebrate Marine Corps birthday ¢ Golf group suspends plan to build course at Haskell
KU housing costs may go up
Regents to consider plan that would raise average price by 3.9 percent
November 8, 2002
Housing costs would increase an average of 3.9 percent at Kansas University next year under a proposal submitted to the Kansas Board of Regents. The percentage increase is less than most other state universities and less than this year’s increase, which was 6.8 percent.
TV news changes little after Sept. 11
November 8, 2002
The content of local television news changed little after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks even as the story touched the lives of most viewers, a study released Thursday found.
Drew Carey Show’ wears thin
November 8, 2002
What’s the worst business decision ever made? Was it Coke’s 1985 move to replace Coke with “New Coke”? How about Decca records? They passed on a group named the Beatles in 1962. In 1920, the Boston Red Sox traded Babe Ruth to the rival Yankees so the team’s owners could invest in a Broadway play named “No, No Nanette.” Some fans think the Sox have been cursed ever since. And just what was ABC thinking when it signed a contract to broadcast “The Drew Carey Show” through the year 2004?
Investors seek change in Burger King deal
November 8, 2002
Diageo PLC, the world’s largest spirits company, said Thursday that the U.S. investors who want to buy its Burger King business want to change the deal.
Judge plans to order H&R Block to repay $75 million
November 8, 2002
A Texas judge said he would order H&R Block to repay $75 million for committing a “clear and serious violation of duty” by receiving undisclosed fees for loans to clients who expected tax refunds.
Lawrence’s BleuJacket to close
Fine dining feels ill effects of economy
November 8, 2002
All is not fine in Lawrence’s world of fine dining. Chris Hanna, co-owner of The BleuJacket, confirmed Thursday the French restaurant would serve its last meal Nov. 16.
Group urges shoppers to avoid Gap during holidays
November 8, 2002
An international student group started a campaign that urges shoppers to avoid Gap clothing stores this holiday season by placing ads Thursday in newspapers at several leading universities. The United Students Against Sweatshops said it is acting in response to anti-union activity at factories manufacturing Gap products in El Salvador and South Africa.
Shoppers give retailers lift in October
November 8, 2002
The arrival of cold weather sent consumers on a buying spree in October, giving retailers some hope that the holiday season might be better than expected. As the nation’s largest retailers reported their monthly sales on Thursday, discounters and moderate-priced stores fared the best. Wal-Mart Stores and Kohl’s Corp. announced results that exceeded Wall Street expectations.
Daily ticker
November 8, 2002
Top films of past 25 years selected by British critics
November 8, 2002
“Apocalypse Now,” Francis Ford Coppola’s anti-Vietnam War classic, is the greatest film of the past 25 years, according to a survey of British film critics and writers.
Eminem stages stunning debut in ‘8 Mile’
November 8, 2002
After just a few years in the spotlight, Eminem has accomplished something Elvis, Madonna, Michael and Mariah have not: He’s made a great movie. The multiplatinum rapper’s debut “8 Mile,” a semi-autobiographical account of his struggles to be heard while growing up on the streets of Detroit, is the rare pop star vehicle that utterly succeeds. It captures the aura of a specific time and place, populates it with believable characters and delivers compelling emotional drama.
The Billions make magazine from random handout
November 8, 2002
There’s enough indie zines and online music mags out there to put a band out of business �” that is, from promo album handouts, said Dan Billen of the Lawrence-based band The Billions.
Community awaits ‘Loaded in Lawrence’
November 8, 2002
Music fans in Lawrence usually don’t need much of an excuse to get load-ed. Only tonight, the phrase has a much different connotation as the fourth edition of “Loaded in Lawrence” will be celebrated. This concept was embarked upon during three evenings last April, when 18 regional bands took the stage at Lawrence’s Bottleneck. The idea was to capture a diverse array of original talent in concert and issue a CD of the experience ?” and to maybe rekindle some of the enthusiasm in the local music scene that was in full bloom when the event first occurred in the mid-‘90s.
Votes challenge ban on Sunday liquor sales
November 8, 2002
Voters in this border city have said “yes” to allowing Sunday sales at liquor stores, even though state law technically still says “no.”
Troubled childhood detailed to Carr jurors
November 8, 2002
A forensic psychologist testified Thursday that Reginald Carr began having sexual interaction with girls at age 6 and that he was devastated when his father abandoned the family.
Missouri eyes WMU president for vacancy
November 8, 2002
A career college administrator with strong roots at the University of North Carolina and currently the president at Western Michigan University is a candidate to take the same job with the University of Missouri system.
Can N.Y. afford Olympic nod?
November 8, 2002
Oh, great. New York City got the Olympic nod. In just 10 years, it may finally have the stadium it doesn’t want, doesn’t need, never asked for and can’t afford.
Election an opportunity for GOP
November 8, 2002
President Bush, with a little help from his friend and political adviser Karl Rove, was the victor in Tuesday’s “off-year” election, which was decidedly an on-year for the GOP. Instead of sitting on a popularity lead as his father did, this President Bush invested his political capital. The dividend was paid Tuesday night when Republicans defied historical precedent, gaining seats in and control of Congress.
Bush gets boost from midterm election
November 8, 2002
Call it affirmation or reaffirmation, the midterm election has given a powerful boost to President Bush, the conservative agenda and the long-term prospects of the Republican Party. By retaking the Senate, increasing their majority in the House and strengthening their grip on their Electoral College base in the South, the Bush-led Republicans achieved substantially more than most observers �” myself included �” had thought likely.
Child shot at school; mother injured
Father charged with first-degree murder, assault in Clay County, Mo.
November 8, 2002
A man waiting outside his son’s school shot the fourth-grader to death and wounded the boy’s mother after a domestic dispute Thursday, police said. Jaswinder Singh, 41, was charged Thursday night with first-degree murder, assault and two counts of armed criminal action, a Clay County dispatcher said. Singh was being held without bond.
Bush charts course for Republican control
November 8, 2002
President Bush, setting an agenda for the new Republican Congress, said Thursday that homeland security came first and an economic-recovery plan with new tax cuts would wait until next year. “There’s going to be a huge laundry list of things people want to get done, and my job is to set priorities and get them done,” the president said in a jovial 45-minute news conference. It was his first appearance after Tuesday’s election, when his GOP captured control of both the House and Senate.