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Rain in the forecast for Saturday
September 13, 2002
(Web Posted Friday at 10:27 a.m.) Lawrence’s weather forecast has a touch of Friday the 13th good luck and bad luck. The good luck is the 21-day dry spell will probably end by Saturday. The bad luck is the rain arrives just in time for Saturday’s Kansas University Band Day parade through downtown Lawrence and for KU’s first home football game.
Sound off
September 13, 2002
Does the city of Lawrence have a leash law that says cat owners have to keep their cat on a leash when it’s outdoors? It depends on the cat’s whereabouts.
s health insurer brings fewer choices of doctors
September 13, 2002
The decision by two Lawrence doctor offices not to join the Lawrence school district’s new provider network Sept. 1 left hundreds of school employees scrambling for new doctors or paying more for health care. About 125 district employees at an insurance forum Thursday in Free State High School expressed disappointment that Coventry Health Care of Bethesda, Md., wasn’t able to sign up the same Lawrence physician groups that were in place when the district was with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas.
On the street
September 13, 2002
Asked at Borders Do you think the city of Lawrence should ban fireworks?
September 13, 2002
“I’ve done so many bad live gigs because I got advice when I was young to play everywhere,” said Jimmy Fallon. Although the “Saturday Night Live” star still seems to be appearing everywhere  on magazine covers, as host of the MTV Video Awards, in feature films such as “Almost Famous”  he has temporarily conquered the problem of awful live performances. Fallon just released “The Bathroom Wall,” a collection of tunes that put the comedian’s knack for witty songwriting and musical impressions into a format that works every time.
t stop event
September 13, 2002
Orley “Chip” Taylor is a little concerned about the number of butterflies that will be at the Baker Wetlands for Monarch Watch’s annual tagging event on Saturday. “Last year at about this time, I was fretting there wouldn’t be any butterflies out there, and come Saturday there were 20,000 butterflies,” he said Thursday. “There certainly will be fewer this year, but this new weather pattern should blow some in by Saturday.”
Sensationalizing
September 13, 2002
To the editor: I’m writing in regards to the photograph (Aug. 30 Journal-World, page 8A) showing the bloodstain where Levi Boothe was slain. Upon seeing the image, I was disgusted, as were the several other people who were with me at the time.
A cat solution
September 13, 2002
To the editor: Finally  a problem to which I can offer a solution! My cats are also part of my family, and, because of that, I don’t let them go outside!
Diamond LaShay Burleson
September 13, 2002
Graveside services for Diamond LaShay Burleson, infant daughter of Stanley Earl Burleson II and Laura Lea Sanders, Lawrence, will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Diamond was born July 2, 2002, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
On the record
September 13, 2002
Emergency calls Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical reported the following responses:
Briefly
September 13, 2002
Republican attorney general candidate Kline fined Criminal charges urged against pilots in bombing Shoe bomb suspect says he was targeting Islam enemies
Briefly
September 13, 2002
14 migrant workers killed in van crash Powder in Columbus came from nail gun 5,631 people cash in on 9-1-1 lottery numbers West Nile virus found in donated blood
Magazine puts new Spin on Lawrence music community
September 13, 2002
In the validation-from-outsiders sweepstakes, the Lawrence music scene has found another winner. The October issue of Spin, featuring power duo The White Stripes holding a monkey on the cover (maybe they could recruit IT to play bass), includes a nifty article called “College Life 101.” Ten towns are the focus of the piece, from Boston, Mass., to Missoula, Mont. And Lawrence made the list as well.
s history
September 13, 2002
The first step in Haskell Indian Nations University’s campaign to document its past is complete. On Saturday, the university’s faculty, staff, students and guests will take part in dedication ceremonies to mark the formal opening of the new Museum and Cultural Center at the corner of Barker and Indian avenues.
Strike up the bands: KU event returns after hiatus
September 13, 2002
The bands are back. After a year hiatus, Kansas University’s Band Day is returning, but with the fewest number of bands in at least seven years.
FSHS 6th, LHS 7th at Eagle Bend Invite
September 13, 2002
Lawrence High’s girls golf team finished seventh out of eight teams in Thursday’s Firebird/Eagle Bend Invitational, but coach Mike Lewis must be pleased with what the future holds. Lions’ freshman Sydney Wilson fired an 83 at the 18-hole tournament, placing fourth out of 32 golfers and earning a medal. And, if it wasn’t for what she felt were two letdown holes at 16 and 18, she may have placed higher.
Lawrence goes 1-2 at season-opening quad
September 13, 2002
One quadrangular into the season, the Lawrence High volleyball team has one quarter the number of victories it totaled last season. Of course, that feat was easy to accomplish since LHS went 4-31 the previous year.
s Jayhawk Classic first Horejsi match appearance for KU in 298 days
September 13, 2002
Kansas volleyball coach Ray Bechard would call this weekend’s Jayhawk Classic a homecoming  if he could remember what home was like.
Births
September 13, 2002
Jennifer Bonilla and Anthony Harris, Lawrence, a girl, Thursday. Mark and Gretchen Edwards, Lawrence, a boy, Thursday.
Virginia Tech routs Marshall
September 13, 2002
Virginia Tech’s 47-21 victory over No. 16 Marshall was pretty much a coaching staff’s dream.
Minnesota new cupcake champion
Gophers’ coach Mason steals page from Kansas State’s book by scheduling four cream puffs
September 13, 2002
A couple of weeks into the NCAA football season, and fans probably have a good idea which teams stink. However, trying to figure out whether some of the 2-0 “surprise” teams are any good remains a puzzle.
Vestal Stebbins
September 13, 2002
FSHS 6th, LHS 7th at Eagle Bend Invite
September 13, 2002
Lawrence High’s girls golf team finished seventh out of eight teams in Thursday’s Firebird/Eagle Bend Invitational, but coach Mike Lewis must be pleased with what the future holds. Lions’ freshman Sydney Wilson fired an 83 at the 18-hole tournament, placing fourth out of 32 golfers and earning a medal. And, if it wasn’t for what she felt were two letdown holes at 16 and 18, she may have placed higher.
Diamond LaShay Burleson
September 13, 2002
Change in district’s health insurer brings fewer choices of doctors
September 13, 2002
The decision by two Lawrence doctor offices not to join the Lawrence school district’s new provider network Sept. 1 left hundreds of school employees scrambling for new doctors or paying more for health care. About 125 district employees at an insurance forum Thursday in Free State High School expressed disappointment that Coventry Health Care of Bethesda, Md., wasn’t able to sign up the same Lawrence physician groups that were in place when the district was with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas.
Former priest admits collecting child porn
September 13, 2002
A former Roman Catholic priest pleaded guilty Thursday to possession of three computer discs and hundreds of pages of images showing naked boys engaged in sexual acts and sadomasochistic activity.
Files show Boston Archdiocese knew of other allegations against 5 priests
September 13, 2002
Personnel files released Thursday by plaintiffs’ lawyers show the Boston Archdiocese was told about sexual abuse allegations against five priests that dated back four decades, but waited years to remove some of them from active parish work.
Princeton ranked No. 1 school
Critics argue magazine’s rating system is invalid
September 13, 2002
The managing editor of U.S. News & World Report defended his magazine’s use of SAT scores, alumni donations and administrators’ opinions to rate American colleges and universities. But as new rankings came out today, critics still said the system was flawed.
Former Tyco executives plead innocent to corruption charges
September 13, 2002
Three former Tyco International Ltd. executives were charged Thursday with looting the conglomerate of hundreds of millions of dollars in the latest move by prosecutors against alleged thievery in America’s board rooms. Separately, the men also were accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of failing to disclose huge sweetheart loans and other money taken out of the Bermuda-based company, which makes everything from coat hangers to security systems and medical devices.
Wen Ho Lee case inspires U.S. activism
September 13, 2002
Cecilia Chang says she used to look the other way when people talked about “heavy stuff” civil liberties, constitutional rights, discrimination.
Israel sends tanks into Gaza
September 13, 2002
Israeli tanks early today surrounded the Gaza town of Rafah on the Egyptian border, residents said, hours after tanks entered the West Bank town of Tulkarem.
Center heralds Haskell’s history
September 13, 2002
The first step in Haskell Indian Nations University’s campaign to document its past is complete. On Saturday, the university’s faculty, staff, students and guests will take part in dedication ceremonies to mark the formal opening of the new Museum and Cultural Center at the corner of Barker and Indian avenues.
Aniston shows range in ‘Good Girl’
September 13, 2002
Hate your job? Hate your home life?
Chicago rolls as Garland holds KC to two hits in seven innings - White Sox 5, Royals 1
September 13, 2002
Jon Garland thought he had pitched better but never had better results. Garland allowed a career-low two hits in seven innings and Magglio Ordonez drove in two runs Thursday as the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 5-1.
Fredrick J. Hermreck
September 13, 2002
Services for Fredrick J. Hermreck, 74, Lawrence, will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, Ottawa. Burial with military honors will be in Highland Cemetery, Ottawa. Mr. Hermreck died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2002, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.
Kirby D. Robertson
September 13, 2002
Services for Kirby D. Robertson, 44, St. Joseph, will be at 2 p.m. today at Meierhoffer Family Funeral Chapel, St. Joseph. Mr. Robertson died Monday, Sept. 9, 2002, in St. Joseph.
Olathe South soccer routs LHS, 4-0
September 13, 2002
Lawrence High soccer coach Keith Nelson is glad his team isn’t getting any younger.
KU First seeks funds, empathy from employees
September 13, 2002
At a time when Kansas University employees aren’t getting pay raises and some are being laid off, the KU Endowment Association is turning to them for donations. Next week, all KU faculty and staff will receive a letter asking them to contribute to “KU First: Invest in Excellence,” the association’s $500 million fund-raising drive.
Free State volleyball wins one, loses two
September 13, 2002
Free State High’s trip to a volleyball quadrangular Thursday at Shawnee Mission South started poorly.
Rain in the forecast for Saturday
September 13, 2002
(Web Posted Friday at 10:27 a.m.) Lawrence’s weather forecast has a touch of Friday the 13th good luck and bad luck. The good luck is the 21-day dry spell will probably end by Saturday. The bad luck is the rain arrives just in time for Saturday’s Kansas University Band Day parade through downtown Lawrence and for KU’s first home football game.
Fireworks ban may fizzle out
September 13, 2002
Officials may cut the fuse on a proposed fireworks ban in Lawrence. While acknowledging that sentiment on the city commission runs in favor of a ban, Mayor Sue Hack on Thursday sounded disposed to finding an alternative.
People
September 13, 2002
President’s brother Neil files for divorce from wife of 22 years Judge says a document missing in Winona Ryder shoplifting case Singer-songwriter Warren Zevon has untreatable lung cancer Musicians make peace offering
Firebirds ground high-flying O-South
September 13, 2002
Heading into the Free State High-Olathe South game, one expected an offensive showcase of big plays and touchdowns. That would be half right.
s defense
September 13, 2002
One could mistake the Lawrence High football team for a MASH unit this week. Senior Brian Seymour is out because of a strained medial collateral ligament in his right knee, and cornerbacks Taylor Parker and Brett Urban are recovering from the flu.
Whack Woodling? Piece of cake
September 13, 2002
Early in life, I realized I couldn’t run, sing or hit a baseball. Much later in life I discovered I couldn’t pick college football winners. Those of you who watched the old “Fearless Football Forecasters” television show on Sunflower Broadband know I took more pies in the face than Milton Berle and Soupy Sales combined.
Mariners in serious funk
Texas’ 7-3 win completes four-game sweep of Seattle
September 13, 2002
That somber mood in the Seattle clubhouse had all the feelings of a funeral: despair, grief and shock.
Ailing LHS to play host to Indians
Injury, illnesses shake up Lawrence’s defense
September 13, 2002
One could mistake the Lawrence High football team for a MASH unit this week. Senior Brian Seymour is out because of a strained medial collateral ligament in his right knee, and cornerbacks Taylor Parker and Brett Urban are recovering from the flu.
FSHS stuns Falcons - Free State 27, Olathe South 12
Firebirds ground high-flying O-South
September 13, 2002
Heading into the Free State High-Olathe South game, one expected an offensive showcase of big plays and touchdowns. That would be half right.
Tom Green’s talent doesn’t ripen with age
September 13, 2002
Put a thousand chimps in a room with typewriters, the old saying goes, and one of them will manage to peck out a script to “Hamlet.”
Magazine puts new Spin on Lawrence music community
September 13, 2002
In the validation-from-outsiders sweepstakes, the Lawrence music scene has found another winner. The October issue of Spin, featuring power duo The White Stripes holding a monkey on the cover (maybe they could recruit IT to play bass), includes a nifty article called “College Life 101.” Ten towns are the focus of the piece, from Boston, Mass., to Missoula, Mont. And Lawrence made the list as well.
Detainees’ families carry on without word
598 at U.S. base in Cuba have not been charged or given lawyers
September 13, 2002
For relatives of the 598 detainees at this remote outpost, life goes on without their men, and without any idea how long their husbands and sons will be imprisoned.
Residents hit streets, sheets in their pajamas
September 13, 2002
Zhan Chunyong likes nothing better after work than to slip into her pajamas and head out to do grocery shopping.
Strike up the bands: KU event returns after hiatus
September 13, 2002
The bands are back. After a year hiatus, Kansas University’s Band Day is returning, but with the fewest number of bands in at least seven years.
Rezoning plan filed for SLT area
September 13, 2002
Developers have begun laying the groundwork to bring commercial and residential development to the intersection of Sixth Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway. Officials with Diamond Head Limited Partnership, owners of the property, recently filed requests with the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Office to rezone 67 acres of land at the southeast corner of the roads, which also are known as U.S. Highway 40 and Kansas Highway 10.
Reds topple Cubs in slug-fest
Walker has four RBIs as Cincinnati’s bats prove more powerful
September 13, 2002
After making outs in his first two at-bats, Todd Walker quickly reverted to his recent form.
Rezoning plan filed for SLT area
September 13, 2002
Developers have begun laying the groundwork to bring commercial and residential development to the intersection of Sixth Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway. Officials with Diamond Head Limited Partnership, owners of the property, recently filed requests with the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Office to rezone 67 acres of land at the southeast corner of the roads, which also are known as U.S. Highway 40 and Kansas Highway 10.
Daily ticker
September 13, 2002
Sensationalizing
September 13, 2002
Important choice
September 13, 2002
The selection of a new CEO is an important decision for the Kansas Board of Regents. The Kansas Board of Regents is facing an important decision in the selection of a new chief executive officer.
Fireworks ban may fizzle out
September 13, 2002
Officials may cut the fuse on a proposed fireworks ban in Lawrence. While acknowledging that sentiment on the city commission runs in favor of a ban, Mayor Sue Hack on Thursday sounded disposed to finding an alternative.
Corps official hears pros, cons for routing of highway
September 13, 2002
An American Indian chanted and lit incense. Protesters waved their signs and plead their case. And the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce president was the target of a cake-thrower. But when Thursday’s public hearing about the future of the South Lawrence Trafficway was finished, the final decision still rested in the hands of a federal engineer.
Station broadcasts words of missing Taliban leader
Statement’s authenticity, origin could not be verified; Afghan president believes fugitive still alive
September 13, 2002
An Arab satellite station carried a statement Thursday allegedly from the vanished Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar in which he vows to drive U.S. forces from Afghanistan.
Trafficway arguments aired
Corps official hears pros, cons for routing of highway
September 13, 2002
An American Indian chanted and lit incense. Protesters waved their signs and plead their case. And the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce president was the target of a cake-thrower. But when Thursday’s public hearing about the future of the South Lawrence Trafficway was finished, the final decision still rested in the hands of a federal engineer.
Once-dominant issues fading
September 13, 2002
In this year’s election campaign, what’s past may not be prologue.
Important choice
September 13, 2002
The selection of a new CEO is an important decision for the Kansas Board of Regents. The Kansas Board of Regents is facing an important decision in the selection of a new chief executive officer.
When will we have ‘enough’ security?
September 13, 2002
I know a financial adviser who has tried over time to get his family and clients to define economic security. Give me a dollar figure, he says to them. The couples who can’t make their paychecks stretch over their expenses usually come up with enough money to pay their bills. Those who have $20,000 in their post-Enron retirement portfolios will say $100,000. The people with $200,000 will say a million. The millionaires will say, maybe $2 million.
Cable TV celebrates James Caan
September 13, 2002
It’s James Caan week on cable television. Saturday, A&E aired the futuristic fantasy “Lathe of Heaven” starring Caan as a slyly manipulative therapist. Tonight, Caan stars again, this time in “Blood Crime” (7 p.m., USA).
Local briefs
September 13, 2002
Lawrence Salvation Army welcomes new directors Ottawa post office opens after anthrax scare Police investigate report of drive-by shooting
Local briefs
September 13, 2002
Free State soccer falls to Hayden LHS 3rd, FSHS 4th at gymnastics meet
Horoscopes
September 13, 2002
KU volleyball eager for home
Today’s Jayhawk Classic first Horejsi match appearance for KU in 298 days
September 13, 2002
Kansas volleyball coach Ray Bechard would call this weekend’s Jayhawk Classic a homecoming if he could remember what home was like. Sure, the fifth-year coach has seen plenty of the Horejsi Center during the Jayhawks’ fall practices, but it’s been 298 days since KU played a competitive match in the gym.
Whack Woodling? Piece of cake
September 13, 2002
Early in life, I realized I couldn’t run, sing or hit a baseball. Much later in life I discovered I couldn’t pick college football winners. Those of you who watched the old “Fearless Football Forecasters” television show on Sunflower Broadband know I took more pies in the face than Milton Berle and Soupy Sales combined.
Wonderful help
September 13, 2002
To the editor: I am writing in regards to the article posted in the Aug. 20 edition. It is so wonderful knowing that there are still people that care about each other and are willing to help friends and neighbors. I was touched by the story about the walk for cancer and the help with painting the Schurers’ home.
Vestal Stebbins
September 13, 2002
Services for Vestal Stebbins, 87, Berryville, were Wednesday at Charles M. Nelson Memorial Chapel, Berryville. Burial was in McGuire Cemetery, south of Shell Knob, Mo. Mr. Stebbins died Monday, Sept. 9, 2002, in Berryville.
Other assets
September 13, 2002
To the editor: I agree with Sue Reeder (letter, 8/31/02) when she pointedly asks “How many times will we have to lose something before we recognize what we have to do?” However, her definition of “something” is different from my own.
On the record
September 13, 2002
Marilyn Marlene Neiswender
September 13, 2002
Services for Marilyn Marlene Neiswender, 71, Topeka, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Grantville Methodist Church. Burial will be in Rochester Cemetery, Topeka. Mrs. Neiswender died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2002, at her home.
Lawrence briefs
September 13, 2002
Trial set for suspect in kidnapping case Suspect identified in reported rape at KU Wal-Mart employee finds handgun in parking lot
Lawrence briefs
September 13, 2002
 Trial set for suspect in kidnapping case  Suspect identified in reported rape at KU  Wal-Mart employee finds handgun in parking lot
Kirby D. Robertson
September 13, 2002
Fredrick J. Hermreck
September 13, 2002
Doggy heaven
September 13, 2002
To the editor: We would like to give some furious tail-wagging and lick the city of Lawrence’s face for providing the off-leash dog park. It’s the next best thing to chasing rabbits, which we never get to do, since we’re always on a leash when we see them. The dog park is a wonderful place to run full out. It’s filled with many fascinating smells. And it always has what’s most important to us dogs  other dogs. Plus, it lets our people get socialized with other people  quite important for their behavior.
Bad idea
September 13, 2002
To the editor: The good news is that Farmland is selling the chemical plant out on K-10. The bad news is that the chamber of commerce’s first response is to look for ANOTHER chemical company to take over. One would think that after 50 years of abuse to the ground, pollution of the community, smog (oh, “fog”) on the highway and threats of explosion that the chamber might possibly have suggested the plant site be removed?
6Sports video: KU’s defense hopes to improve
September 13, 2002
Make no mistake about it, Kansas’ football team did improve from week one to week two. Now the Jayhawks hope to take an even biggger step in week two to week three. Coach Mangino believes that his defensive line is so anxious to make big plays that they make mental mistakes.
6News report: Fireworks ban may end up in compromise
September 13, 2002
City officials have been discussing a fireworks ban, but Mayor Sue Hack seems ready for other proposals.
6News video: The community is still divided over two possible options for trafficway
September 13, 2002
The Army Corps of Engineers held a public hearing about proposed routes for the South Lawrence Trafficway.
Baseball briefs
September 13, 2002
Ishii done for season Oriole has surgery Rangers hire Wetteland Several Rockies ailing
Eudora coach seeks progress
September 13, 2002
It doesn’t matter to Eudora High football coach Gregg Webb that the Cardinals haven’t bowed to Anderson County since 1996. It doesn’t concern him that the Garnett school hasn’t won a league game in more than two years.
Free State volleyball wins one, loses two
September 13, 2002
Free State High’s trip to a volleyball quadrangular Thursday at Shawnee Mission South started poorly.
Olathe South soccer routs LHS, 4-0
September 13, 2002
Lawrence High soccer coach Keith Nelson is glad his team isn’t getting any younger.
Sixers’ Iverson cleared
Accusers don’t want to pursue charges
September 13, 2002
The last two counts against NBA All-Star Allen Iverson will be dropped because his accusers don’t want to pursue the case, District Attorney Lynne Abraham said Thursday.
Reno won’t concede she lost primary
Florida election marred by voting mishaps
September 13, 2002
Janet Reno said Thursday night that she would not abandon her bid to win the Democratic nomination for Florida governor until voting irregularities had been resolved, even though the secretary of state all but declared the former U.S. attorney general had lost to political newcomer Bill McBride in a contest that stirred memories of the 2000 election deadlock. “The right to vote is one of the most precious possessions we have it’s the foundation of our democracy,” Reno said at her campaign headquarters here moments after McBride proclaimed himself the party’s nominee at a rally in Tampa. “The first thing we must do is get the votes counted.”
Lawrence goes 1-2 at season-opening quad
September 13, 2002
One quadrangular into the season, the Lawrence High volleyball team has one quarter the number of victories it totaled last season. Of course, that feat was easy to accomplish since LHS went 4-31 the previous year.
State television in Iraq dismissive of Bush speech
September 13, 2002
Iraqi state television said Thursday night that President Bush’s speech to the United Nations exposed “evil whims to ignite a war” and that Iraq would mount a “fierce and merciless fight against those who would dare to infringe its security.”
European reactions vary
September 13, 2002
Senior European officials reacted positively to President Bush’s call Thursday for Iraq to comply with U.N. resolutions or face the consequences.
Marilyn Marlene Neiswender
September 13, 2002
KU First seeks funds, empathy from employees
September 13, 2002
At a time when Kansas University employees aren’t getting pay raises and some are being laid off, the KU Endowment Association is turning to them for donations. Next week, all KU faculty and staff will receive a letter asking them to contribute to “KU First: Invest in Excellence,” the association’s $500 million fund-raising drive.
State Department suspends shredding of immigrant applications
September 13, 2002
The government has stopped destroying unsuccessful immigration applications containing personal details and photographs while it decides whether U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies could use them in terrorism investigations.
Congress doing little to address budget bills and federal deficits
September 13, 2002
Congress is lagging far behind on the budget bills it is supposed to finish by Oct. 1 and what’s worse, huge federal deficits have roared back. With pivotal elections nearing for control of the House and Senate, how are lawmakers responding?
Tossed verdict boosts campaign
September 13, 2002
In a victory for Republican Bill Simon’s faltering campaign for governor, a judge on Thursday threw out a $78 million civil fraud verdict against his family’s investment firm.
Briefcase
September 13, 2002
Microsoft finds flaw FCC to study changes of media ownership rules IRS reports new strategy Goodyear faces lawsuit
Trade deficit hits record in second quarter
September 13, 2002
The deficit in the broadest measure of trade swelled in the second quarter to a record $130 billion, reflecting Americans’ hardy appetite for foreign-made cars and other goods.
Briefly
September 13, 2002
Budget cuts force delay at space station U.S. Navy finds military plane wreck< Miss World organizers want stoning stopped ‘Fat parade’ targets weight discrimination Italians urged to take WWII responsibility
Fed chair rejects deferring Bush’s tax cuts
September 13, 2002
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told Congress on Thursday that “depressing effects” on the American economy still linger from the terror attacks and the stock market’s steep plunge. But Greenspan opposed Democrats’ suggestions that President Bush’s future tax cuts be deferred because of the return to federal deficits.
Americans living longer
Life expectancy rate increases to 76.9 years
September 13, 2002
Death is on the decline for babies, adults and older people alike, with AIDS, homicide, cancer and heart disease all claiming fewer lives, the government reports in its annual look at American health. Life expectancy reached a record high of 76.9 years, with the gaps between blacks and whites as well as men and women narrowing over time.
Political appointee opts for job security
Workers compensation director takes demotion so he can stay on after January
September 13, 2002
Phil Harness had a $74,099-a-year job as director of the Kansas workers compensation system, but he looked at the November election and saw trouble. A political appointee, Harness served at the pleasure of the governor. And Gov. Bill Graves, the one who had hired him, was on the way out. Graves, prevented by term limits from seeking re-election, leaves office in January. The next governor might not have wanted to keep Harness.
Bush pleads case at U.N.
President calls Saddam ‘a threat to peace’
September 13, 2002
President Bush told the United Nations on Thursday that “action will be unavoidable” against Iraq if Saddam Hussein does not immediately abandon his chemical, biological and nuclear weapons programs. But Bush gave the U.N. one more chance to confront the Iraqi leader before unleashing U.S. force. Bush laid out five demands Hussein must meet immediately, from destroying all weapons of mass destruction to accounting for 600 soldiers still missing from the Persian Gulf War, even though Bush’s aides said the president does not believe Saddam will meet the demands.
State briefs
September 13, 2002
Judge unseals papers in diluted drugs case Crash kills couple Suspect gets 20 years for shooting officer
Jury selection opened to public in murder case
September 13, 2002
The public can attend jury selection in the serial murder trial of John E. Robinson, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
Veterans cemetery dedicated
September 13, 2002
As hundreds gathered for the groundbreaking of one of the state’s four new veterans cemeteries, speakers recalled those who gave their lives in America’s wars and those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Midwest governors to attend meth summit
September 13, 2002
Nebraska Gov. Mike Johanns will join governors from 12 other Midwestern states next week for a summit on how to battle the growing methamphetamine problem. “This drug is insidious. Meth is especially addictive and especially destructive,” Johanns said Thursday. “This is an issue that, without question, has the attention of all governors.”
Boeing begins contract voting
September 13, 2002
Tuyet Nguyen managed to keep her job at The Boeing Co. even as her husband, a son, a sister and brother all got laid off from the company. But on Thursday, she voted against Boeing’s contract offer and for a strike. “I have too many people in my family who lost their jobs … I am ready to go on strike,” she said.
Fewer monarchs won’t stop event
September 13, 2002
Orley “Chip” Taylor is a little concerned about the number of butterflies that will be at the Baker Wetlands for Monarch Watch’s annual tagging event on Saturday. “Last year at about this time, I was fretting there wouldn’t be any butterflies out there, and come Saturday there were 20,000 butterflies,” he said Thursday. “There certainly will be fewer this year, but this new weather pattern should blow some in by Saturday.”
Republican River near record lows
September 13, 2002
Stream flow in the Republican River in north-central Kansas has been reduced to levels not seen since the Dust Bowl days gripped the Midwest nearly 70 years ago, the U.S. Geological Survey said Thursday. Jim Putnam, a Geological Survey hydrologist based in Lawrence, said flow on the Republican at Concordia was 6 cubic feet per second Wednesday, 2 cubic feet per second lower than the previous record set Sept. 2, 1953. Minimum desirable stream flow on the Republic is 80 cubic feet per second.
Princess Grace’s memory alive and well 20 years later
September 13, 2002
Below the gilded dome of the Cathedral of Monaco lies the body of Princess Grace. Flowers are arranged over the marble slab of her tomb, and a wooden plaque instructs visitors: “Silence and Respect.”
Police accuse Nick Nolte of driving under influence
September 13, 2002
A drooling and disheveled Nick Nolte was swerving into oncoming lanes in his black Mercedes-Benz before his arrest for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, police said Thursday.
Pageant picks Miss N. Carolina
Runner-up tapped for runway after judge backs away
September 13, 2002
And the winner is … Misty Clymer, who was chosen Thursday to represent North Carolina at the Miss America Pageant over a woman who gave up the state crown over topless photos taken by a boyfriend.
Churchill offers war wisdom
September 13, 2002
History’s repetition can occur on several levels. Viewing the HBO biographical film “The Gathering Storm” on a flight last week from London to Washington and contemplating the parallels between Winston Churchill’s role in preparing Britain for World War II and our current war against a less embodied entity called “terrorism,” I recalled some lessons from that earlier war which we would do well to learn in this one.
Doggy heaven
September 13, 2002
Other assets
September 13, 2002
Bad idea
September 13, 2002
Wonderful help
September 13, 2002
A cat solution
September 13, 2002
Jimmy jams
SNL’ star Jimmy Fallon exploits musical gifts on ‘Bathroom Wall’
September 13, 2002
“I’ve done so many bad live gigs because I got advice when I was young to play everywhere,” said Jimmy Fallon. Although the “Saturday Night Live” star still seems to be appearing everywhere on magazine covers, as host of the MTV Video Awards, in feature films such as “Almost Famous” he has temporarily conquered the problem of awful live performances. Fallon just released “The Bathroom Wall,” a collection of tunes that put the comedian’s knack for witty songwriting and musical impressions into a format that works every time.