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Kansas Senate president predicts Roy will stay
April 3, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 11:38 a.m.) TOPEKA — If state Senate President Dave Kerr is a good mind-reader, then Kansas University basketball coach Roy Williams will remain at KU.
Final Four fun could be wet
April 3, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 10:56 a.m.) Besides Final Four madness, Lawrence and New Orleans will share something in common this weekend — the chance for rain.
A house divided
April 3, 2003
Successful candidates for the Lawrence City Commission and school board must focus on healing the divisions that marked Tuesday’s elections. It was rather stunning Wednesday morning to look at city maps color-coded to show how people in Lawrence had voted in Tuesday’s City Commission, school board and school bond elections.
Risky proposition
April 3, 2003
U.S. is best
April 3, 2003
Letter - Flow of ideas
April 3, 2003
Tax base facts
April 3, 2003
Sprint PCS affiliates turn up criticism
Overland Park company accused of lowering fees
April 3, 2003
Two affiliates of Sprint Corp.’s wireless division say they could be headed to bankruptcy court if they can’t reach an agreement with Sprint and financial backers. In regulatory filings, US Unwired Inc. and Horizon PCS Inc. said Sprint unexpectedly lowered fees it pays them for network access and forced them to accept customers with credit problems.
Raytheon, Navy discuss Tomahawk production
April 3, 2003
Defense contractor Raytheon Corp. said it was in talks with the Navy to accelerate production of the next generation of Tomahawk cruise missiles after two weeks of war in Iraq have depleted stocks of the existing model.
Briefcase
April 3, 2003
¢ EarthLink to buy shares ¢ H&R Block expects earnings to increase ¢ Bankruptcy court OKs sale of Farmland assets ¢ Cabela’s names leaders
Iraqi TV airs statements attributed to Saddam
April 3, 2003
Declaring “victory is at hand,” Saddam Hussein issued a new statement urging Iraqis to continue fighting in defense of their towns, according to a broadcast Wednesday on Iraqi television.
Blair calls for U.N. leadership in postwar Iraq
April 3, 2003
Prime Minister Tony Blair said Wednesday that coalition forces should hand over power to an Iraqi government as soon as possible once President Saddam Hussein’s regime is overthrown.
Drug shows promise treating advanced Alzheimer’s disease
April 3, 2003
A drug long used in Germany slows down memory loss and physical decline in advanced Alzheimer’s patients, according to a study of what could be the first effective treatment for late stages of the mind-robbing ailment.
Pump Patrol tracks down lowest prices in Lawrence
April 3, 2003
The Journal-World has found a Lawrence-area gasoline price as low as $1.46 at the Citgo at Ninth and Iowa streets and Dillons, 3000 W. Sixth St. If you find a lower price, call us at 832-7154. Leave the business address and price.
6Sports video: Lawrence High baseball expect the best
April 3, 2003
The Lions have been to the State tournament for the past three years, and want to be there again this year.
6News video: Schools must find way to cope with failure of the bond issue
April 3, 2003
South Junior High will not have the money to rebuild, and board members believe another bond issue vote may be necessary.
Former legislator elected Wichita mayor
April 3, 2003
Carlos Mayans, a Cuban refugee and former state legislator, easily won Tuesday’s election to succeed seven-term Wichita mayor Bob Knight. Mayans, 54, received 28,819 votes, or 53 percent, according to unofficial results, with his closest competition coming from a field of three write-in candidates, including Knight’s wife, Jane Knight. Bob Knight was unable to run again because of term limits.
Moratorium advances on state aid toward school construction
April 3, 2003
A state program that helps poor school districts pay for new schools and athletic facilities would be placed on hold for three years, under two bills given tentative House approval Wednesday.
6Sports video: Roy Williams and his team are focused on championship
April 3, 2003
The team wants to go all the way. They will get a big boost from Nick Collison, just announced as a Wooden Award finalist.
6Sports video: Jayhawks have tournament experience
April 3, 2003
Everyone believes that the team’s Final Four appearance last year will give them an edge this year. Also, Coach Williams is not thinking about the UNC question.
6News video: Election results have changed
April 3, 2003
A computer error caused several ballots to be counted twice, with a result that David Schauner now appears to have overtaken Lynn Goodell for the city commission.
Recount changes city result
Schauner in, Goodell out
April 3, 2003
Maybe this is what happens when you hold an election on April Fools’ Day. David Schauner found out Wednesday he had placed third and won a seat on the Lawrence City Commission — one day after unofficial election results gave the victory to Lynn Goodell.
N. Korea condemns South’s deployment to Persian Gulf
April 3, 2003
North Korea has condemned South Korea’s decision to send non-combat troops to help the U.S.-led war in Iraq as a “criminal act” that will heighten tension on the Korean Peninsula, a news agency said.
Luther O. ‘Luke’ Johnson
April 3, 2003
TV Guide turns 50
Magazine embraces technology, change
April 3, 2003
At age 50, TV Guide is showing signs of maturity. Circulation is down amid competition from newspapers that offer their own listings and TV shows that provide a steady stream of celebrity news.
9-11 shows win Peabody honors
April 3, 2003
Several television networks won Peabody Awards Wednesday for their coverage of the war on terrorism and the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Ruling gives HMO patients more choice
April 3, 2003
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that states can pass laws forcing HMOs to open their networks to more health care providers, giving patients broader choices of doctors and hospitals but potentially boosting costs. The unanimous ruling was a setback for the managed care industry, which argued that closed networks lower health care costs because providers agree to accept lower fees in return for a guaranteed stream of patients.
Cuban hijackers take over ferry
April 3, 2003
Armed hijackers seized a ferry off Cuba’s coast Wednesday and threatened to toss passengers overboard if they could not go to the United States, setting off a negotiating drama on the high seas.
Fierce fighting aimed at resurgent Taliban in Afghanistan
April 3, 2003
Two dozen U.S. special forces troops and hundreds of their Afghan allies swooped in on a border village Wednesday to drive out resurgent Taliban fighters in southern Afghanistan.
Dinosaur research shows evidence of cannibalism
April 3, 2003
Researchers working on the island of Madagascar have found evidence of a 30-foot dinosaur with knife-blade teeth that ate members of its own species — perhaps the first clear case of dinosaur cannibalism.
Elizabeth G. Miller
April 3, 2003
KU Public Safety Office says fewer crimes reported in ‘02
April 3, 2003
Crime reports at Kansas University decreased in 2002 for the fifth-straight year, university officials announced Wednesday.
State briefs
April 3, 2003
¢ Legislation proposes lottery to aid veterans ¢ Donations will restore police memorial
EPA told to set highest protection for Kansas waters
April 3, 2003
A federal judge has ordered the EPA to set the highest level of protections under the federal Clean Water Act for 1,456 bodies of water in Kansas.
Australian visitors, Haskell students share common native experience
April 3, 2003
Trace the histories of American Indians and Australia’s aboriginal people and the parallels are similar, students and faculty at Haskell Indian Nations University learned Wednesday.
Probation given in shower video case
April 3, 2003
A man jailed for six months after he was accused of videotaping girls in the shower room at Brewster High School during a volleyball tournament must spend two years on probation and complete a sex offender rehabilitation program.
Former Kansas Citian indicted for ‘Baywatch’ fraud scheme
April 3, 2003
A former Kansas City man was indicted Wednesday on charges he defrauded investors by leading them to believe they were investing in a company associated with the syndicated “Baywatch” television series, U.S. Atty. Todd Graves said.
Tigers set pitcher-debut record
April 3, 2003
The Detroit Tigers became the first team to have four pitchers make their major-league debuts in the same game Wednesday night, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, baseball’s statistician.
Recruits scoff at rumors of Williams leaving KU
April 3, 2003
Incoming Kansas University freshman basketball player Omar Wilkes chuckled when asked about rumors of Roy Williams possibly heading to North Carolina. “I can’t really comment. I’ll just say I’m not worried. I’m not nervous, and I’m still going to KU — if that helps you any,” Wilkes, a 6-4 guard from Los Angeles, said Wednesday.
WSU sweeps Kansas
Shocker pitchers stifle Jayhawks
April 3, 2003
The Kansas University softball team ran into two impressive pitchers Wednesday, losing two games against Wichita State.
Collison Wooden finalist
April 3, 2003
Final Four participants Nick Collison of Kansas University, T.J. Ford of Texas and Dwyane Wade of Marquette were among the John R. Wooden Award finalists announced Wednesday.
Sideline
April 3, 2003
¢ K.C. drafts Kournikova ¢ UK’s Smith honored
UCLA turns to Howland
Pittsburgh coach to take over Bruins’ program
April 3, 2003
Ben Howland, who led Pittsburgh to the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament, was hired as UCLA’s coach late Wednesday night.
Arrest made in ‘76 slaying of American Indian activist
April 3, 2003
In a case that has haunted South Dakota for nearly 30 years, police have arrested a man in the slaying of an American Indian Movement activist whose frozen body was found on the Pine Ridge reservation in 1976.
School closings move forward
Despite bond’s failure, panel begins planning for consolidations
April 3, 2003
The Lawrence school district’s boundary committee Wednesday shrugged off the election results and plowed into details of closing East Heights and Centennial schools. At the direction of the school board, committee members sketched new boundaries for five elementary schools that would receive students if the two buildings were closed in May.
Yellow-ribbon event draws praise, disdain
April 3, 2003
Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway tied yellow ribbons on two trees Wednesday outside Strong Hall to show support for U.S. military troops. But Hemenway insisted he wasn’t backing off from an e-mail he sent to students, faculty and staff March 20 that said the university had no official position on the war. That e-mail drew criticism from several lawmakers in Topeka who said KU should be supportive of troops.
Students honor mentors who changed lives with kindness
April 3, 2003
When Hannah Robinson goes for lunch each day at school, she never picks the shortest line. She always picks the one Betty is working. In Betty’s line, Robinson knows she’ll get more than a scoop of goulash — she’ll get friendly conversation and a warm smile.
Iverson passes Sixers past Bulls
April 3, 2003
Allen Iverson is becoming quite a passer.
UNC questions still pestering Williams
April 3, 2003
Questions about the North Carolina men’s basketball coaching vacancy have become a “pain in the rear end” to 15th-year Kansas University coach Roy Williams.
A new normal: Bobby Labonte back on track
April 3, 2003
It seems things are getting back to normal for Bobby Labonte and his race team this season, but he isn’t sure that’s the right way to see things.
LHS second, FSHS third at swim, dive meet
April 3, 2003
Lawrence High picked up three individuals firsts and placed second in the team race at the six-team Manhattan swimming and diving meet Wednesday.
Royals remain undefeated, 5-4
Kansas City edges White Sox, improves to 2-0 for first time in 24 years
April 3, 2003
The man who earned the save in Kansas City’s 5-4 victory Wednesday over the Chicago White Sox wasn’t following baseball the last time the Royals started a season 2-0.
Commission approves Langston Hughes project
Parks & Rec officials next to review statue
April 3, 2003
The Langston Hughes statue project received approval Wednesday night from the Lawrence Arts Commission. The commission will formally recommend to the Lawrence City Commission that the statue be placed in Watson Park near the gazebo and not far from the southeast corner of Seventh and Kentucky streets.
Westar execs gave families free flights
Report shows officials weren’t taxed
April 3, 2003
Flight logs and company records show that relatives of former top Westar Energy executives accompanied them on company planes free of charge and without the executives paying taxes on the value of the flights.
Horoscopes
April 3, 2003
Animal assistance enlisted in Iraq war
April 3, 2003
This materiel not only has bite, it’s got plenty of bark. And beaks and bottle noses, and feathers and flippers.
Aid groups unhappy with Pentagon’s relief effort
April 3, 2003
A bitter, even acrimonious, debate within the Bush administration about how to assist Iraq after fighting dies down took a new twist Wednesday as the nation’s largest humanitarian groups complained about the Pentagon’s role in overseeing relief efforts.
Daily ticker
April 3, 2003
Briefly
April 3, 2003
¢ BBC journalist killed in northern Iraq ¢ Democrats want to add billions to war bill ¢ FBI warns of threat to food supplies ¢ Iraqi liaison program falls short of goal
Economy ailing from mystery illness
SARS outbreak puts strain on retail, service and travel industries
April 3, 2003
A mysterious life-threatening illness is straining economic activity across Asia, forcing manufacturers to temporarily shut down, bankers to cancel face-to-face meetings and visitors to stay away. Near-term productivity will undoubtedly suffer, delivering the harshest blow to the struggling travel industry. Economists say the outbreak of SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, will hurt much of the retail and service sectors as consumers avoid malls, restaurants and other forms of entertainment.
Tobacco companies sue to stop antismoking ads
April 3, 2003
Two of the country’s leading tobacco companies have filed suit asking a federal court to stop California from airing several hard-hitting antismoking television and print advertisements.
Agroterrorism’ still a concern for farmers
April 3, 2003
More than a year after the terrorist attacks made the word “agroterrorism” part of the language, Kansas agriculture has never been so well prepared to deal with the threat.
Lions worried about pitching; Firebirds young
April 3, 2003
It’s no secret that any good high school softball team has good pitching. Maybe that’s why Lawrence High coach Reenie Stogsdill is a little nervous about the Lions’ opener today at Shawnee Mission South.
Threading the needle
April 3, 2003
Philippines blast kills at least 16
April 3, 2003
The Philippine president ordered a “total war” on terrorists after a bomb exploded Wednesday near a bustling wharf in the southern port of Davao, killing at least 16 people, including two children. Forty people were injured in the blast, the second in Davao in less than a month. The death toll would have been higher if the nation were not already on high alert for terror acts, officials said.
Briefly
April 3, 2003
¢ ACLU criticizes school’s Pledge of Allegiance stand ¢ Airport to auction items taken at security checks ¢ Tests for mystery virus due
Briefly
April 3, 2003
¢ Sentencing delayed for hit-and-run driver ¢ Student prescription pills missing from Pinckney
On the record
April 3, 2003
Corrections
April 3, 2003
Agonizing wait continues for other soldiers’ families
April 3, 2003
Relatives of soldiers missing from the 507th Maintenance Company spent Wednesday fearing the worst after learning that 11 bodies — some of them believed to be Americans — had been found during the rescue of Pfc. Jessica Lynch from an Iraqi hospital.
Journalists recount week in Iraqi jail
April 3, 2003
Four journalists detained for a week in Baghdad said Wednesday they feared for their lives “every second” they were held in Iraq’s most notorious prison.
Spray away
April 3, 2003
U.S. can’t go it alone in world affairs
April 3, 2003
Even as the war continues in Iraq, a broader and ultimately more important political struggle is under way in Washington over the future government of that country — and of America’s relations with the world. “This is the big one,” Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware, the senior Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, told me. And there are many other serious students of international relations who share that view and are taking up positions in the battle.
Confusion marks Iraq action
April 3, 2003
The Bush administration wonders whether a man who is there may say something about a man who is not there. Intrigued officials have noticed a familiar face in an unfamiliar setting. A man believed to be, or perhaps to have been, Saddam Hussein’s personal bodyguard, hitherto was almost always seen standing behind Saddam in televised appearances. Now he has been seen on television standing behind Iraq’s defense minister.
March to Baghdad’ drives markets higher
Investors’ optimism sends Dow up 215 points
April 3, 2003
Wall Street shot higher as U.S.-led forces closed in on Baghdad Wednesday, boosting investor optimism that the two-week-old war with Iraq might soon end. The Dow Jones industrials soared 215 points to their best performance in nearly two weeks. Tech shares surged, led in part by a positive outlook from Biogen, while airline stocks gained on approval from House and Senate appropriations committees of about $3 billion in federal aid.
Walter W. Campbell
April 3, 2003
Our town sports
April 3, 2003
Bregman State Champ: Scott Bregman of Lawrence Gymnastics Academy won the Class 2 all-around competition at the Kansas Gymnastics Championships with a score of 42.50 and qualified for the regional in Austin, Texas. Bregman won the floor exercise, pommel horse and vault. Also, LGA’s Bryant Humphrey won the vault and finished third in the Class 6 all-around, and Nick Lutz was 11th in Class 7 all-around.
Friends and neighbors
April 3, 2003
Red Cross can’t visit U.S. POWs
April 3, 2003
Despite the dramatic rescue of captured Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch in Iraq, prisoner of war advocates fear the worst for the remaining seven prisoners who appeared before Iraqi television cameras nearly two weeks ago.
KU plans game-watching bash with beads, bands and big TV
April 3, 2003
It’s not Allen Fieldhouse with the Jayhawks on the hardwood, but it may be the next best thing. If you want to cheer on the team with thousands of other fans Saturday but can’t get a ticket to New Orleans, then Memorial Stadium may be the place for you.
Super sophs appreciate berth
April 3, 2003
Some of Kansas University’s greatest basketball players in the Roy Williams era — Raef LaFrentz, Paul Pierce and Jacque Vaughn come to mind — never played in a Final Four. “It’s not easy. A lot of guys scrap all their careers just to get to the NCAA Tournament,” KU sophomore Keith Langford said, shedding some sanity on the situation. “It’s hard to get to the Final Four. It’s not something I take for granted.”
Can Roy resist call by UNC?
April 3, 2003
At North Carolina, we are told, the inmates are not running the asylum. A potential player revolt was not the reason, UNC athletic director Dick Baddour avowed, that men’s basketball coach Matt Doherty resigned. It would be “extremely unfair to those players” to blame Doherty’s departure on them, he added.
Leiter pitchers Mets past Cubs
Sosa comes up short in bid for 500th career home run
April 3, 2003
Sammy Sosa took a big swing and sent a fly ball soaring to left field. Sure it was home run No. 500, he immediately threw his arms up, took a signature hop and clapped his hands.
Baseball briefs
April 3, 2003
¢ Congress asks baseball for documents on ephedra ¢ Bowa suspended for one game ¢ Tejada wants new pact before end of season
People
April 3, 2003
¢ Sharon Osbourne cancer-free ¢ Anti-Dixie Chicks show planned ¢ Linkin Park album tops charts ¢ It’s a boy for Toni Braxton
LINK triumph
April 3, 2003
American POW leaves Iraq after being rescued in raid
April 3, 2003
An American flag folded across her chest, Pfc. Jessica Lynch left Iraq on a stretcher Wednesday after U.S. commandos, acting on a CIA tip, rescued the prisoner of war. But the operation also brought sad news — the troops found 11 corpses, some believed to be Americans.
Ballot counting snafu one in a string of mishaps
April 3, 2003
There were more questions than answers Wednesday about a vote counting error that shuffled the outcome of Tuesday’s Lawrence City Commission election, overstated the turnout and left voters wondering about the veracity of results. Election officials discovered early Wednesday they had tallied more than 7,000 votes twice. After taking out the double tallies, Lawrence City Commission candidate Lynn Goodell lost enough ground to let David Schauner climb unofficially into third place, and a two-year commission term.
Wellsville soldier killed in Iraq
April 3, 2003
The war with Iraq came home Wednesday for family and friends of a Wellsville soldier killed in action when a rocket-propelled grenade hit his vehicle. Army Sgt. Jacob Butler, 24, was based at Fort Riley; he was single and had no children. A cavalry scout with the 3rd Brigade of the Army’s 1st Armored Division, Butler’s duties included taking point and performing reconnaissance.
Gushing George Lucas profile is dissent-free
April 3, 2003
When the Force is with you, critics don’t matter. “The Directors” (6 p.m., Encore) takes an unabashedly glowing look at the life and films of George Lucas. Actors and fellow filmmakers, including Harrison Ford, Francis Ford Coppola, Ron Howard, Liam Neeson, Richard Dreyfuss, Natalie Portman and others, discuss their experiences with the director and force behind innovations in theater sound, special effects and digital filmmaking. Lucas looks back at his Modesto, Calif., youth, his interest in anthropology and mythology, and the enduring legacy of the “The Star War” films.
Funding woes imperil conjoined twins
April 3, 2003
Surgery to separate conjoined 22-month-old Egyptian twins could be delayed or canceled unless $125,000 is raised to help offset the estimated $2 million cost, a hospital official said.
Tar Heels: Tradition will prevail
April 3, 2003
The door to the basketball office at the Smith Center was locked Wednesday.
A-Rod connects for 300th
Texas shortstop fastest to reach milestone
April 3, 2003
Alex Rodriguez was ready to pay big to get back the ball he hit for his historic 300th home run. He didn’t have to.
Local briefs
April 3, 2003
¢ Body found on trail at nature center ¢ Conference planned for history teachers ¢ Authors of dog book speak at library ¢ Star, MU settle lawsuit over open records
As troops near Baghdad, chemical fears increase
April 3, 2003
As U.S. troops move closer to Baghdad, they are crossing what commanders call a “red line” beyond which Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is most likely to use chemical or biological weapons.
Baghdad in sight; U.S. aircraft shot down
April 3, 2003
U.S. forces closed in on Saddam Hussein’s center of power Wednesday, forcing Iraqis to move more elite Republican Guard troops to the south amid fighting that downed two American aircraft. The movement of Iraqi units to face the American advance came as elements of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division closed to within 20 miles of Baghdad’s city limits.
Turkey approves limited support for U.S. troops
April 3, 2003
Turkey agreed Wednesday to let the United States send food, fuel and medicine — but not weapons — through its territory to U.S. soldiers fighting in Iraq, another sign of limited cooperation from NATO’s only Muslim member.