Archive for Thursday, October 10, 2002

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Ad Astra finally makes it to the top
October 10, 2002
(Web Posted Thursday at 11:54 a.m.) TOPEKA The “Ad Astra” statue on Thursday made its second and hopefully last ascent to the top of the Capitol.
Ray V. Smith
October 10, 2002
Services for Ray V. Smith, 93, Ottawa, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Ottawa. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, Ottawa. Mr. Smith died Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, at Select Specialty Hospital in Overland Park.
Public process
October 10, 2002
To the editor: Forty-plus concerned citizens went to the Board of Zoning Appeals meeting Oct. 3, but they were not allowed to speak. These good citizens went to voice their concern about the lack of public input on the recently approved development for Meadowbrook Apartments at 15th Street and Crestline Drive.
Lawrence briefs
October 10, 2002
MOMS club collects for children’s literacy Depression screenings offered for free today
Chapin D. Clark
October 10, 2002
Brizendine services
October 10, 2002
Graveside services for Clifton O. Brizendine, 81, Bonner Springs, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Lawrence Memorial Park Cemetery. Mr. Brizendine died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002, at the Center for Long Term Care, Bonner Springs.
6Sports video: Bill Whittemore is real deal
October 10, 2002
Despite dropped passes, the team believes in its quarterback.
Local briefs
October 10, 2002
Junior high unbeatens to meet at Haskell LHS grad Medlen KCAC player of week
Lions’ Hoss, Firebirds’ Baxter finish 1-2
October 10, 2002
Once Lacey Baxter nailed her beam routine, her performance on the uneven bars became a distant memory. Almost.
Florida State hopes to halt No. 1 Miami
October 10, 2002
Florida State at Miami on Saturday should be an easy pick: Miami, by a lot. On the surface, it makes sense.
Detroit taps Trammell
Tigers turn to fifth manager in seven years
October 10, 2002
The Detroit Tigers hired former All-Star shortstop Alan Trammell as manager Wednesday, hoping he can turn around a franchise that has endured nine straight losing seasons.
Sitting in the hot seat
Stewart adjusting to pressures of stardom
October 10, 2002
Tony Stewart went fishing last week with legendary Alabama driver Red Farmer.
Baseball briefs
October 10, 2002
Seattle GM Gillick will return in 2003 Angels fans line up for World Series tickets Red Sox claim Lyon Indians Gutierrez has neck surgery
Five MLB teams still need a skipper
October 10, 2002
One down, five to go.
Morris mediocrity
St. Louis ace struggles in 9-6 loss
October 10, 2002
Matt Morris had no excuses for one of his earliest exits of the season.
6News video: Higher education in Kansas loses ground
October 10, 2002
While the overall grade is lower than previous years, officials are not worried.
Lawrence briefs
October 10, 2002
K-10 crash victims remain in hospital KU graduate to present organ recital at church KU offers résumé help LMH to discuss PBS special
Drug experts say date-rape drink coasters may backfire
October 10, 2002
Colleges around the country are buying millions of coasters that test for “date-rape” drugs in drinks. But some experts say the coasters are ineffective and could lead to more assaults by creating a false sense of security.
Census ruling may affect federal funding
October 10, 2002
A federal appeals court has ruled that the Census Bureau must release its internal estimates of how many people were missed when the U.S. population was counted in 2000 a decision that could affect how billions in government money is distributed. Democrats, big-city politicians and civil rights groups have charged that the census missed 3.2 million people most of them minorities and the poor and that many communities are being shortchanged government funding that is distributed by population.
On the record
October 10, 2002
Ace worth $1 million
October 10, 2002
A lucky swing by an amateur golfer at a charity event landed him a hole-in-one and $1 million.
Intelligence panels’ public session postponed
October 10, 2002
Lawmakers have postponed what was expected to be the climax of four weeks of public hearings on the Sept. 11 attacks: an open session with the directors of the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency scheduled for today.
FBI memo details surveillance lapses
October 10, 2002
FBI agents illegally videotaped suspects, intercepted e-mails without court permission and recorded the wrong phone conversations during sensitive terrorism and espionage investigations, according to an internal memorandum detailing serious lapses inside the FBI more than a year before the Sept. 11 attacks.
Jury sets death penalty in park killings
October 10, 2002
A jury decided Wednesday that Cary Stayner should die for killing three Yosemite National Park tourists in 1999, rejecting defense pleas to spare a mentally ill man twisted by genetics and a traumatic childhood.
Female serial killer executed
October 10, 2002
Aileen Wuornos went to her execution voluntarily and peacefully Wednesday morning, dying less violently than the seven men she shot to death on her way to becoming one of the first female serial killers in U.S. history.
Smith places value on experiments
October 10, 2002
Vernon Smith, who Wednesday was named a winner of the Nobel Prize for economics, has been instrumental in establishing experimentation as a tool in economic analysis. His experiments began soon after he started teaching economics at Purdue University in 1955.
Survivor in multiple homicides testifies, IDs suspects
October 10, 2002
The sole survivor of a quadruple killing on Wednesday identified in court brothers Jonathan and Reginald Carr as the armed intruders who terrorized the five friends in December 2000. The courtroom identification was a major setback for the defense of Reginald Carr because the woman had been able to identify only his brother during a preliminary hearing last year.
Senator says ouster of Saddam necessary
October 10, 2002
If the United States took military action against Iraq, it would be a long process, U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback predicted Wednesday. But once Saddam Hussein was overthrown, Iraq would grow, prosper and be “a strong beacon of liberty, of democracy, of human rights, of pluralism and of religious freedom in that region of the world,” the Kansas senator said.
Panel questions action against Iraq
KU professors also doubt accuracy of public opinion polls on military force
October 10, 2002
As Congress draws closer to voting on a resolution that would give the president broad power to use military force against Iraq, a panel of Kansas University experts Wednesday said a convincing case for war had not been made. What’s more, President Bush and his supporters have swept civil liberties breaches, the troubled economy and pressing international matters aside to force the Iraq issue, the panelists agreed.
Testimony concludes in 1st suit against pharmacist
October 10, 2002
Ovarian cancer patient Georgia Hayes wants former pharmacist Robert R. Courtney to have to look at her for a long time. Hayes testified Wednesday in her lawsuit against Courtney, who has pleaded guilty to watering down the chemotherapy drugs he prepared for her and other cancer patients. He faces up to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced later this year on the federal charges.
County commission, former sheriff sued for alleged jailhouse assault
October 10, 2002
A woman who said she was sexually assaulted by a prisoner in 1999 while she was being held in the Douglas County Jail is suing a former sheriff and county commissioners for negligence. The plaintiff seeks in excess of $75,000 in damages from Douglas County commissioners, former Sheriff Loren Anderson and then- jail officers Paula Wunder, Randy Smith, Wes Stewart and Jeremy Kline.
AmEx chairman supports Augusta admitting women
October 10, 2002
Kenneth I. Chenault, chairman and chief executive of American Express, is the latest Augusta National Golf Club member to support the inclusion of female members.
6News video: DLR presents the school board with a price tag
October 10, 2002
The total price tag comes to over $100 million. Also, parents in the Riverside area are using the World Wide Web to voice their concerns.
6News video: Vernon Smith, KU alumnus, wins Nobel prize for economics
October 10, 2002
Vernon Smith graduated in 1951 with a Master’s degree in economics.
6News video: Lawrence Chamber of Commerce wants a new look
October 10, 2002
The Chamber’s information brochure needs to be updated, and taxpayers are being asked to pay for it.
6News video: 31st street construction is causing headaches
October 10, 2002
Residents of the Gaslight Village are finding it nearly impossible to get into their homes.
Besser services
October 10, 2002
Arnold Lavern Topp
October 10, 2002
Brizendine services
October 10, 2002
Doris H. Matney
October 10, 2002
Lennon killer denied parole
October 10, 2002
John Lennon’s killer was denied parole for a second time, state officials said Wednesday on what would have been the slain Beatle’s birthday.
Sonics cut Chenowith
October 10, 2002
Former Kansas University center Eric Chenowith has been cut by the Seattle SuperSonics. Chenowith, a second-round draft pick of the New York Knicks two years ago, was let go Wednesday along with Sean Colson, Jonathan Kerner, Ron Rollerson and Jameel Watkins.
Robert Blake denied bail
October 10, 2002
Actor Robert Blake, charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife, was denied bail Wednesday and will remain behind bars where he has been since April.
SBC fined for ‘anticompetitive behavior’
October 10, 2002
Federal regulators fined SBC Communications Inc. $6 million Wednesday for violating the terms of its 1999 merger with Ameritech, a Midwest phone company.
Democratic leaders ask Bush to fire SEC chairman
October 10, 2002
Democratic leaders on Wednesday asked President Bush to remove Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Harvey Pitt, whom they accuse of bending to pressure from the accounting industry and withdrawing support from a candidate to head a new oversight board. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., and House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., told Bush in a letter that Pitt’s “repeated insensitivity suggests an arrogant indifference to the appearance of conflicts of interest.”
Slaying case to go to trial; victim, defendant had ‘love-hate’ relationship
October 10, 2002
A woman will face trial in the death nearly two years ago of a man with whom she was said to have had a “love-hate” relationship.
Treasurer, MetLife settle death benefits suit
October 10, 2002
The state Treasurer’s Office and Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. have settled a federal lawsuit that the state agency filed about death benefits for thousands of railroad workers. Treasurer Tim Shallenburger and the company announced the agreement Wednesday. It could affect the families or heirs of up to 7,600 Kansas railroad workers and tens of thousands more across the nation.
CBS heavy hitters patch up feud almost as it begins
David Letterman, Don Hewitt discuss ‘60 Minutes’ skit
October 10, 2002
Oh, no! A feud between David Letterman and Don Hewitt, creator (and executive producer) of “60 Minutes”? During Monday’s edition of “Late Show,” Letterman confided that Hewitt had called, presumably to complain about a skit that aired last week (the one about a “new” spin-off of “60 Minutes” titled “60 Minutes: Miami,” featuring among other unusual attractions a topless Andy Rooney.)
Fiberglass Jayhawks to dot Lawrence landscape
October 10, 2002
About the time Roy’s boys hit the road to the Final Four in March, a more motley flock of hawks will land in Lawrence. Paint and other creative adornments will replace the crimson and blue feathers of the Kansas University Jayhawk on some 30 fiberglass sculptures that will roost around town.
Planning ‘vision’ will lead growth
Commission begins new strategy for guiding urbanization of county
October 10, 2002
Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission members said Wednesday they would embark on a “visioning” process to determine how the community should look in the next 30 years. The process springs from concerns that Douglas County is becoming urbanized city-style living, even in supposedly rural areas without the benefit of urban planning.
N. Korea allows kidnapped Japanese to visit homeland
October 10, 2002
North Korea will permit five Japanese kidnapped more than two decades ago to visit their homeland next week, although their children born in the Communist nation will not be allowed to accompany them, Japanese officials said Wednesday.
Conference unites Cuba missile crisis players
October 10, 2002
President Fidel Castro said on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis that Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev helped create the conflict by misleading President Kennedy indicating that there were no nuclear weapons on the communist island.
Public process
October 10, 2002
Parent’s choice
October 10, 2002
ATP switching to Euro
October 10, 2002
The ATP men’s tennis circuit will pay prize money in Euros instead of U.S. dollars at its European tournaments starting next year.
Late Night to feature improved sound system
Allen Fieldhouse altered after last year’s debacle
October 10, 2002
Last Year’s “Late Night With Roy Williams” had to be the one of the worst in Kansas University basketball history. “It was awful,” Williams, KU’s 15th-year men’s coach, said Tuesday.
Fujita will start for KC
Rookie linebacker set to replace injured Bush against Chargers
October 10, 2002
Rookie Scott Fujita, a fifth-round draft pick who impressed coaches from the opening day of training camp, will make his first start Sunday when the Kansas City Chiefs play San Diego.
Gooden already thriving in NBA
Ex-Jayhawk tallies 26 points, 14 rebounds in exhibition debut with Grizzlies
October 10, 2002
The first night of Drew Gooden’s National Basketball Association education went like this: He was schooled a few times and he also didn’t shy away from playing teacher.
Giants grab Game 1
Tempers flare in San Francisco’s 9-6 win over Cards
October 10, 2002
Barry Bonds was smack in the middle of everything driving in runs, scoring them and even flashing his temper in the NL championship opener.
Arnold Lavern Topp
October 10, 2002
Services for Arnold Lavern Topp, 72, Richmond, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Ottawa Bible Church. Burial will follow at Richmond Cemetery. Mr. Topp died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002, at his home.
Chapin D. Clark
October 10, 2002
Memorial services for Chapin D. Clark, 71, Eugene, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Beall Hall, University of Oregon School of Music, Eugene. Inurnment will be private. Mr. Clark died Friday, Oct. 4, 2002, in an accidental drowning in the Rogue River in southern Oregon.
Jayhawks overcome slow start for 3-1 victory
October 10, 2002
Kansas University’s volleyball team might have been deceived by Iowa State’s 0-6 Big 12 Conference mark heading into Wednesday’s match in Horejsi Center. KU won the match 3-1 (31-29, 30-16, 25-30, 30-23), but had it not been for an impressive run in the first game, the outcome could have been worse.
Firebirds dominate home triangular
October 10, 2002
Free State High runner Hiral Bhakta didn’t need his back cracked Wednesday to break his own school record  but it didn’t hurt. “It feels great,” Bhakta said after a chiropractor’s procedure alleviated pain in his lower back caused by unaligned disks. “He twists it in different cracking positions. I just didn’t have time.”
Fiberglass Jayhawks to dot Lawrence landscape
October 10, 2002
About the time Roy’s boys hit the road to the Final Four in March, a more motley flock of hawks will land in Lawrence. Paint and other creative adornments will replace the crimson and blue feathers of the Kansas University Jayhawk on some 30 fiberglass sculptures that will roost around town.
Downtown tea station stirs in surprise
October 10, 2002
The owner of Downtown Lawrence’s Pochi Tea Station has a surprise for traditional tea drinkers. It’s called bubble tea, and it has been one of the most popular drink trends on the West Coast for the past five years, said Erlinda Tjhai, owner of the new shop at 125 E. 10th St.
County commission, former sheriff sued for alleged jailhouse assault
October 10, 2002
A woman who said she was sexually assaulted by a prisoner in 1999 while she was being held in the Douglas County Jail is suing a former sheriff and county commissioners for negligence. The plaintiff seeks in excess of $75,000 in damages from Douglas County commissioners, former Sheriff Loren Anderson and then- jail officers Paula Wunder, Randy Smith, Wes Stewart and Jeremy Kline.
Senator says ouster of Saddam necessary
October 10, 2002
If the United States took military action against Iraq, it would be a long process, U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback predicted Wednesday. But once Saddam Hussein was overthrown, Iraq would grow, prosper and be “a strong beacon of liberty, of democracy, of human rights, of pluralism and of religious freedom in that region of the world,” the Kansas senator said.
On the street
October 10, 2002
Asked at Free State Brewing Co. Lawrence will have a parade of Jayhawks like the cows in Kansas City. If you could design one, how would you paint your Jayhawk?
Ad Astra finally makes it to the top
October 10, 2002
(Web Posted Thursday at 11:54 a.m.) TOPEKA Â The “Ad Astra” statue on Thursday made its second and hopefully last ascent to the top of the Capitol.
Smith places value on experiments
October 10, 2002
Vernon Smith, who Wednesday was named a winner of the Nobel Prize for economics, has been instrumental in establishing experimentation as a tool in economic analysis. His experiments began soon after he started teaching economics at Purdue University in 1955.
Would-be robbers invade home
October 10, 2002
Four people wearing ski masks barged into a residence early Tuesday, roughed up a 74-year-old man who lives there and ransacked the house, Jefferson County Sheriff’s officers said. The suspects are believed to be two men and two women, and at least one of them may have been armed with a handgun, Sheriff Roy Dunnaway said.
Doris H. Matney
October 10, 2002
Graveside services for Doris H. Matney, 90, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Mrs. Matney died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2002, at Brandon Woods Retirement Community.
Simms ‘has taken over’
Texas QB feels confident especially now that Applewhite is gone
October 10, 2002
Like it or not, Texas fans tried to write quarterback Chris Simms’ legacy before he ever set foot on campus.
Briefly
October 10, 2002
Suit against governor adds defamation claim Coal mine reopens after slurry spill Lindbergh was involved in secret flight research Former juror works to re-elect Traficant
Briefly
October 10, 2002
Economists lower forecast for growth European Union approves 10 members Jimmy Carter to lead election observer team Kite flying banned in Shanghai parks
Briefly
October 10, 2002
Office space at WTC site depleted under new guides Alleged terror conspirator heads to U.S. to face charges Charity leader raised funds for terror, indictment say
s debacle
October 10, 2002
Last Year’s “Late Night With Roy Williams” had to be the one of the worst in Kansas University basketball history. “It was awful,” Williams, KU’s 15th-year men’s coach, said Tuesday.
Duncan returns to field, seeks return to form
October 10, 2002
A pulled hamstring isn’t the worst ailment that can strike a running back in football. “There are a lot more serious injuries,” said Reggie Duncan, a Kansas University junior ball carrier. “You can tear an ACL, for instance. I’m lucky it’s a hamstring.”
Commission begins new strategy for guiding urbanization of county
October 10, 2002
Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission members said Wednesday they would embark on a “visioning” process to determine how the community should look in the next 30 years. The process springs from concerns that Douglas County is becoming urbanized  city-style living, even in supposedly rural areas  without the benefit of urban planning.
Sound off
October 10, 2002
Who is the Tom Paine behind the “I want you to invade Iraq” ad in Tuesday’s edition of the University Daily Kansan? The ad was purchased by TomPaine.com, which on its Web site calls itself a “public interest journal” that “seeks to enrich the national debate on controversial public issues by featuring the ideas, opinions and analyses too often overlooked by the mainstream media.”
No difference?
October 10, 2002
To the editor: In his Oct. 5 letter, Ray Finch stated that there were “no qualitative differences” between the Democratic and Republican parties.
Shuttle arrives with equipment, salsa
October 10, 2002
Space shuttle Atlantis and its crew arrived at the international space station on Wednesday for a weeklong visit, delivering a giant girder and a big supply of salsa.
Costello can still ‘Pump It Up’
Elvis Costello and the Imposters - Midland Theatre, Kansas City Mo. - 10/09/2002
October 10, 2002
By Michael Newman Though Elvis Costello long ago shook off the tired “angry young man” mantle, Wednesday night at Kansas City’s opulent Midland Theatre, he demonstrated that there’s still fire in his belly. Touring the country fronting a straight ahead rock band for the first time in a number of years, eschewing the saloon-singer balladry of recent tours, he demonstrated that he still can put his heart and soul into ripping rock and roll
World Online Arts & Entertainment Calendar
October 10, 2002
6Sports video: KU’s Volleyball team continues its win streak at home
October 10, 2002
Iowa State gave the Jayhawks an early scare, but KU came out on top.
Firebirds dominate home triangular
October 10, 2002
Free State High runner Hiral Bhakta didn’t need his back cracked Wednesday to break his own school record but it didn’t hurt. “It feels great,” Bhakta said after a chiropractor’s procedure alleviated pain in his lower back caused by unaligned disks. “He twists it in different cracking positions. I just didn’t have time.”
College football briefs
October 10, 2002
Tech’s Kingsbury setting more records Nebraska’s Dukes going to red-shirt Notre Dame hampered by costly penalties Hurricanes have shot at inaugural Florida Cup
Dockworkers begin to tackle 10-day backlog of cargo
October 10, 2002
West Coast dockworkers returned to their jobs under court order Wednesday and were greeted with a huge backlog of cargo that built up over 10 days of a labor lockout.
Would-be robbers invade home
October 10, 2002
Four people wearing ski masks barged into a residence early Tuesday, roughed up a 74-year-old man who lives there and ransacked the house, Jefferson County Sheriff’s officers said. The suspects are believed to be two men and two women, and at least one of them may have been armed with a handgun, Sheriff Roy Dunnaway said.
Ray V. Smith
October 10, 2002
Pentagon: Soldiers unaware of chemical testing risks
Civilians probably also exposed during 1960s
October 10, 2002
The Pentagon acknowledged Wednesday that some soldiers engaged in chemical and biological weapons testing in the 1960s may not have been fully informed about the secret experiments conducted at sea and in five states from Alaska to Florida. Some tests used the military’s deadliest nerve agent, VX.
U.S signals interest in Iranian youth
American radio program will send music and a message
October 10, 2002
A U.S.-funded radio station is preparing to reach out to young Iranians with music and a message: Stay tuned to America and its values.
Too young’ to have breast cancer
October 10, 2002
Tonight, Melissa Joan Hart sheds her comic-book image to take on a serious topic.
Bond issue plans move forward
Study session today will include discussion of $50 million package of district enhancements
October 10, 2002
The Lawrence school board today moves ahead with planning what could become a $50 million bond issue for school building improvements. “I feel very comfortable going to the community with something like that,” Scott Morgan, board president, said in an interview Wednesday.
Debate about ancient skull rages on
Scientists question whether it is human ancestor or ape
October 10, 2002
Some of the world’s most prominent anthropologists are butting heads over whether the recent discovery of a 7 million-year-old skull is in fact the oldest remnant of a pre-human ancestor.
Horoscopes
October 10, 2002
Faith-based funding is trouble
October 10, 2002
The Maryland minister is a fervent opponent of gambling. He especially opposes the state lottery, which he believes tempts many of his lower-income black congregants to throw away money on a pipe dream. The minister is surprised to learn that his wife has won a top prize in the lottery since she has been secretly buying tickets, even while listening to his anti-gambling sermons.
Sound slate
October 10, 2002
Kansans will have some real choices when they vote in the November general election. Whatever else can be said about the 2002 general election campaign, it does offer Kansas voters clear and viable choices.
NAACP seeks FBI probe into ‘lynching’ of doll
October 10, 2002
Three white students painted a doll black and hanged it from a schoolyard tree, prompting calls from parents and the local NAACP that the FBI should investigate the act as a hate crime.
Vietnam scars color debate on Iraq
October 10, 2002
The disarray and despondence among Democrats this week demonstrates once again the damage that Vietnam did to the generation now leading that party. Those who went to war in Southeast Asia when they were young and those who protested it in the streets and on the campuses both carry the scars of the experience into the current debate on the showdown with Saddam Hussein.
NFL briefs
October 10, 2002
Browns LB Hambrick arrested on theft charge Ravens’ Lewis doubtful for Sunday’s contest Rams QB Martin misses practice again Bears’ Terrell estimates he’ll miss several weeks
Baxter finish 1-2
October 10, 2002
Once Lacey Baxter nailed her beam routine, her performance on the uneven bars became a distant memory. Almost.
s choice
October 10, 2002
To the editor: I remember a few years back when they were proposing to close neighborhood schools. I used to live in East Lawrence, and my children attended East Heights. I remember attending school board meetings and talking with local parents about the possible closing of the school. At that time the plan was to close the school and bus or make kids walk in areas with no sidewalks to other schools. I did all that.
Briefly
October 10, 2002
‘Ad Astra’ statue planned for placement today Public meetings planned on Wal-Mart proposal KU official named to list of influential Hispanics Pulitzer finalist to speak
Lawrence briefs
October 10, 2002
 K-10 crash victims remain in hospital  KU graduate to present organ recital at church  KU offers resume help  LMH to discuss PBS special
Hybl is OU’s guy
Coaches say ex-backup has improved
October 10, 2002
The Oklahoma Sooners have won 13 of the 14 games Nate Hybl has started at quarterback. He hasn’t thrown an interception this season, and his coaches have praised his poise and leadership.
Kansas’ higher ed grade falls, report says
National center lowers state’s grade to B-
October 10, 2002
Kansas is slipping when it comes to higher education, according to a new national report.
People
October 10, 2002
Where David crosses Letterman Ryder seeks dismissal of charge Madonna’s Bond video is out Monroe’s mandolin at stake
Shooting in Virginia spreads sniper fears
Investigation expands beyond Maryland; tarot card emerges as possible clue
October 10, 2002
A man was shot dead Wednesday night while pumping gasoline in Virginia, and police were trying to determine whether he was the latest victim of the sniper who has terrorized the Washington area for a week. Meanwhile, a tarot card with the words “Dear policeman, I am God” emerged as a potential clue. Virginia State Police said two males were seen driving away in a white vehicle after the shooting at the station in Prince William County, near Manassas, 25 miles west of the nation’s capital.
Daily ticker
October 10, 2002
ARCA series driver Martin killed
Tragedy takes place during practice Wednesday at Lowe’s Motor Speedway
October 10, 2002
A driver in the minor league ARCA series crashed into a wall Wednesday and seconds later was broad-sided by another car, killing him and injuring the other driver.
Navigation system expected to improve airplane safety
October 10, 2002
Federal officials are working on a navigation system that will let planes fly closer together, prevent crashes into mountains and, perhaps, become part of a system to prevent hijackers from flying planes into buildings or other structures.
Briefcase
October 10, 2002
Fiat cuts work force Farmland donates plant to Minnesota community Bass Pro Shops stalls Kansas City retail plans Abbott cuts 2,000 jobs
Our town sports
October 10, 2002
Alvamar CC Champs: Alvamar County Club won the overall championship of the Kansas City Area Women’s Golf League with 360 points in the eight matches. KC Loch Lloyd was runner-up with 337 points. Alvamar team members were Elaine Brady, June Adams, Darlene Allen, Charneil Swenson, Vickie Friend, Sheila Collier, Bebe Arbuckle, Connie Winters, Barbara Perry, Jan Gentry, Sherry Tiemeyer, Linda Swain, Julie Spain and Rita Pennybaker.
Simms ‘has taken over’
Texas QB fells confident — especially now that Applewhite is gone
October 10, 2002
Colorado senior cornerback Lovell Houston could be facing his fifth shoulder surgery and possibly the end of his football career.
Economics shared Nobel day with chemistry
October 10, 2002
Sharing the Nobel Prize for economics Wednesday was Daniel Kahneman, 68, a U.S. and Israeli citizen based at Princeton University in New Jersey.
KU alumnus Vernon Smith wins Nobel in economics
Insight into marketplace began during experience in Lawrence
October 10, 2002
Vernon Smith, who won the Nobel Prize for economics Wednesday, says one of his first lessons in supply and demand was in Lawrence. Smith, a Kansas University student and teaching assistant from 1949 to 1952, and his friends sold their classmates beer they brewed in a co-op house on Ohio Street.
Dow falls to 5-year low
October 10, 2002
Prices on Wall Street tumbled Wednesday, as bearish brokerage reports for companies such as General Electric and General Motors prompted investors to dump stocks once again. The Dow Jones industrials fell 215 points to hit a five-year low. “The real problem has been across the board, we’ve been getting earnings disappointments and downgrades,” said Charles Pradilla, chief investment strategist at SG Cowen Securities.
DJ prank disgusts barrel case judge
Robinson team says fair trial impossible
October 10, 2002
Attorneys for John E. Robinson Sr. found nothing funny Wednesday about “roll out the barrel” T-shirts being handed out on the courthouse lawn and renewed their motion to move the trial out of Johnson County.
31st Street residents are finding inconvenience difficult to accept
October 10, 2002
All Marion Belcher wanted was to go home. Instead, he sat doing a slow burn on Wednesday morning, waiting for a dump truck part of 31st Street road reconstruction to get out of his way so he could make a left turn into Gaslight Village, 1900 W. 31st St.
Pakistan has first election in 5 years
October 10, 2002
Sitting in a grimy shop churning out traditional rope beds, Amjad Charpay says he will vote today in the first elections since the military seized power in Pakistan in 1999. But his expectations are low.
Bush gains more support for Iraq war resolution
October 10, 2002
President Bush gained important new Democratic support for his war resolution Wednesday, bolstering his expected margin of victory in Congress for broad authority to use force against Iraq. But the administration was having less success on the international front.
Insight into marketplace began during experience in Lawrence
October 10, 2002
Vernon Smith, who won the Nobel Prize for economics Wednesday, says one of his first lessons in supply and demand was in Lawrence. Smith, a Kansas University student and teaching assistant from 1949 to 1952, and his friends sold their classmates beer they brewed in a co-op house on Ohio Street.
Chamber seeks funds to update image
October 10, 2002
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce wants to update the image it delivers to prospective businesses, and it’s asking taxpayers to help pick up the tab. Lynn Parman, the chamber’s vice president for economic development, next week will ask Lawrence and Douglas County commissioners to cover most of the estimated $50,000 bill for creating a new economic development marketing brochure.
Study session today will include discussion of $50 million package of district enhancements
October 10, 2002
The Lawrence school board today moves ahead with planning what could become a $50 million bond issue for school building improvements. “I feel very comfortable going to the community with something like that,” Scott Morgan, board president, said in an interview Wednesday.
No difference?
October 10, 2002
Briefly
October 10, 2002
 ‘Ad Astra’ statue planned for placement today  Public meetings planned on Wal-Mart proposal  KU official named to list of influential Hispanics  Pulitzer finalist to speak
Besser services
October 10, 2002
Services for Ryan Dean Besser, 34, Eudora, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Elm Grove Baptist Church in Bonner Springs. Burial will be in Eudora City Cemetery. Mr. Besser died Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, at his home.
s grade to B
October 10, 2002
Kansas is slipping when it comes to higher education, according to a new national report.
Angels even ALCS
Anaheim bolts to early lead, holds off Twins, 6-3
October 10, 2002
So much for Minnesota’s Metrodome dominance.
KU professors also doubt accuracy of public opinion polls on military force
October 10, 2002
As Congress draws closer to voting on a resolution that would give the president broad power to use military force against Iraq, a panel of Kansas University experts Wednesday said a convincing case for war had not been made. What’s more, President Bush and his supporters have swept civil liberties breaches, the troubled economy and pressing international matters aside to force the Iraq issue, the panelists agreed.
Voting wisely is more difficult
October 10, 2002
More than 150 years ago, the writer James Fenimore Cooper put it this way: “The man who can right himself by a vote will seldom resort to a musket.”
31st Street residents are finding inconvenience difficult to accept
October 10, 2002
All Marion Belcher wanted was to go home. Instead, he sat doing a slow burn on Wednesday morning, waiting for a dump truck  part of 31st Street road reconstruction  to get out of his way so he could make a left turn into Gaslight Village, 1900 W. 31st St.
Sound slate
October 10, 2002
Kansans will have some real choices when they vote in the November general election. Whatever else can be said about the 2002 general election campaign, it does offer Kansas voters clear and viable choices.
Chargers’ defense depleted
October 10, 2002
The San Diego Chargers were missing three Pro Bowl defenders Wednesday when they began practicing for Sunday’s home game against the high-scoring Kansas City Chiefs.
KU spikes Cyclones
Jayhawks overcome slow start for 3-1 victory
October 10, 2002
Kansas University’s volleyball team might have been deceived by Iowa State’s 0-6 Big 12 Conference mark heading into Wednesday’s match in Horejsi Center. KU won the match 3-1 (31-29, 30-16, 25-30, 30-23), but had it not been for an impressive run in the first game, the outcome could have been worse.
Chamber seeks funds to update image
October 10, 2002
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce wants to update the image it delivers to prospective businesses, and it’s asking taxpayers to help pick up the tab. Lynn Parman, the chamber’s vice president for economic development, next week will ask Lawrence and Douglas County commissioners to cover most of the estimated $50,000 bill for creating a new economic development marketing brochure.
Downtown tea station stirs in surprise
October 10, 2002
The owner of Downtown Lawrence’s Pochi Tea Station has a surprise for traditional tea drinkers. It’s called bubble tea, and it has been one of the most popular drink trends on the West Coast for the past five years, said Erlinda Tjhai, owner of the new shop at 125 E. 10th St.
Decentralized al-Qaida thought to be behind recent attacks
October 10, 2002
The small-scale nature of Tuesday’s shootout in Kuwait and last week’s bombing in the Philippines both suspected of links to Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network support the idea that al-Qaida has decentralized, leaving the plotting of attacks to local operatives, U.S. counterterrorism officials say. Both attacks are still being investigated for connections to al-Qaida, officials said.
U.N. weapons inspectors ask Iraq to confirm outline of agreements
October 10, 2002
U.N. chief weapons inspector Hans Blix said Wednesday he still hoped to send an advance team to Iraq by the end of October to prepare for a resumption of inspections.
Lawrence briefs
October 10, 2002
 MOMS club collects for children’s literacy  Depression screenings offered for free today
Our town sports
October 10, 2002
Alvamar CC Champs: Alvamar County Club won the overall championship of the Kansas City Area Women’s Golf League with 360 points in the eight matches. KC Loch Lloyd was runner-up with 337 points. Alvamar team members were Elaine Brady, June Adams, Darlene Allen, Charneil Swenson, Vickie Friend, Sheila Collier, Bebe Arbuckle, Connie Winters, Barbara Perry, Jan Gentry, Sherry Tiemeyer, Linda Swain, Julie Spain and Rita Pennybaker.
Duncan returns to field, seeks return to form
October 10, 2002
A pulled hamstring isn’t the worst ailment that can strike a running back in football. “There are a lot more serious injuries,” said Reggie Duncan, a Kansas University junior ball carrier. “You can tear an ACL, for instance. I’m lucky it’s a hamstring.”