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Suspected torture chamber gives Marines a glimpse of horror
April 10, 2003
The Marine patrol thought they found a small police station — a one-story building in this impoverished city in southern Iraq.
Shiite activist under attack on both sides
April 10, 2003
You are hearing a lot about Ahmed Chalabi right now. Much of it is not true. Worse, you are not hearing what you need to know about a man who is neither an Iraqi puppet for U.S. forces nor a conniving political fortune hunter taking the Bush administration for a ride.
KU family
April 10, 2003
Briefly
April 10, 2003
¢ Four police officers guilty of corruption ¢ Diet doctor Atkins suffers head injuries ¢ City council erases ‘South Central’ name ¢ Voters reject adulterous county commissioner
Briefly
April 10, 2003
¢ Couple give $500,000 to School of Medicine ¢ Sexual assault reported ¢ Nominations sought for Coach of the Year
KU athletic director says Roy Williams ‘chose to crush me’
Bohl blames basketball coach for his firing
April 10, 2003
Al Bohl was fired Wednesday as athletic director at Kansas University, but the sacking may not have come soon enough to keep Roy Williams from leaving for North Carolina. Bohl blasted Williams, the KU men’s basketball coach, for orchestrating his dismissal. Chancellor Robert Hemenway, who fired Bohl, disagreed with that assessment.
Baghdad falls
Celebrations break out as regime ends
April 10, 2003
They used shoes and slippers, sledgehammers, cardboard boxes, sticks and garbage. Joyous Baghdad residents pelted just about anything they could find Wednesday at the toppled statue of Saddam Hussein — the most potent symbol of the Iraqi leader’s stunningly swift demise. “Now my son can have a chance in life,” said Bushra Abed, pointing to her 2-year-old son, Ibrahim, as they watched the statue come down in central Baghdad with the help of U.S. Marines — images that were broadcast throughout the Arab world and beyond.
Journal ranks Lawrence among 10 best in nation
Clean, midwestern living,’ educated population make city a top place to live
April 10, 2003
There’s no place like home — especially if home happens to be in Lawrence, according to Men’s Journal magazine. Lawrence drew the magazine’s attention in an article in its May issue that rates “The 50 Best Places To Live.” Lawrence occupies the No. 10 spot.
Baghdad fall - Lawrence Iraqi rejoices in news
April 10, 2003
“See the sandals? They’re hitting the statue with their sandals,” said Harith Hamid, his voice cracking with excitement Wednesday as he watched television images of jubilant Iraqi citizens toppling a giant statue of Saddam Hussein in central Baghdad.
Proud moment
April 10, 2003
Lawrence should be proud of what the nation didn’t see after Monday night’s NCAA championship game: Crowds of disappointed fans rioting in the streets. Lawrence residents have many reasons to be proud of the Kansas Jayhawk basketball team. Losing in the national final by three points in a tremendously spirited comeback that fell just short was not the final word on the Jayhawk team.
U.S. bomb mistakenly kills 11 Afghans
April 10, 2003
An American warplane mistakenly bombed a house in eastern Afghanistan early Wednesday, killing 11 family members and leaving the family’s only survivor wounded, officials said. Unlike in past civilian bombings in Afghanistan, the U.S. military immediately claimed responsibility for the mistake, calling it a “tragic incident.”
Cubs’ Prior blanks Montreal, 3-0
April 10, 2003
Now this is Mark Prior’s idea of fun.
War news hard for troops’ loved ones to digest
April 10, 2003
It was tough for Darci Hedrick when her husband was deployed to Iraq on her 20th birthday, but some newscasts are even harder for her to take.
Horoscopes
April 10, 2003
News of firing draws mixed reaction
April 10, 2003
KU - Al = Roy staying.
Military’s abuse of power
April 10, 2003
When this war is over, I will remember a soldier from Rochester, N.Y., standing at a new playground built by a contingent of American soldiers in Umm Qasr. The man, carrying a picture of his 2-year-old taped inside his helmet, watched the Iraqi kids playing and said, “It kills me to see a little kid without shoes. It kills me.”
Off the beaten path
NASCAR drivers discuss roots in off-road racing
April 10, 2003
They started on the desert dirt.
Al Bohl timeline
April 10, 2003
¢ April 26, 2001 — Athletic director Bob Frederick resigns after 14 years, saying he has had enough of the ever-increasing pressure to win and would like to return to teaching.
Search to eschew outside firm
April 10, 2003
In 2001, Kansas University hired a consulting firm to help find a new athletic director. The result was Al Bohl.
Briefly
April 10, 2003
¢ Study: Aspirin, ibuprofen may cut breast cancer risk ¢ EU lawmakers endorse addition of 10 new states ¢ School fire kills 28 ¢ Museum displays body of Dolly the sheep
Dream job
April 10, 2003
Daily ticker
April 10, 2003
Frontline’ explores possible war with N. Korea
April 10, 2003
Will we soon find ourselves at war with North Korea? “Frontline” (8 p.m., check local listings) examines the paranoid, oppressive regime of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il and his determination to produce nuclear weapons.
Pump Patrol tracks down lowest prices in Lawrence
April 10, 2003
The Journal-World has found Lawrence-area gasoline prices as low as $1.39 at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa streets. If you find a lower price, call us at 832-7154. Leave the business address and price.
War divides Democrats seeking presidential bid
April 10, 2003
On the day Saddam Hussein’s regime collapsed, divisions about the war in Iraq took center stage in the first joint appearance of the nine candidates running for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Tee time
April 10, 2003
Army screening 2,000 drugs to fight SARS
April 10, 2003
Scientists hoping a cure is already on the shelf will test at least 2,000 drugs against the frightening SARS virus, although some doubt anything they find will stop the flu-like disease once it gets a foothold.
Hardened arteries linked to vein clots
April 10, 2003
For the first time, researchers have linked the hardening of arteries to blood clots in veins, a finding that could trigger new research in the effort to prevent the blockages that kill thousands of people each year.
U.N. urges crackdown on looting
April 10, 2003
The U.S. and British military must crack down on the chaotic looting in Iraqi cities, which has even targeted the United Nations’ own offices in Baghdad, U.N. officials said Wednesday.
Baath Party dossiers on civilians discovered
April 10, 2003
Inside a three-story concrete structure, not far from a field of cows, stood the boxes. Hundreds of boxes.
Peace and law
April 10, 2003
Focus on basics
April 10, 2003
Get a grip
April 10, 2003
Musical mentor
April 10, 2003
Team approach
April 10, 2003
Iraq success
April 10, 2003
Kansas building specifications found in Baghdad
April 10, 2003
U.S. soldiers found American documents — including specifications for the Kansas State Defense Building — as they cleared rooms Wednesday at the Iraqi Ministry of Housing and Construction in Baghdad, state officials confirmed Wednesday.
W.Va. residents want to honor Iraqi for POW’s rescue
April 10, 2003
First, they have to find him. But when they do, residents of this small town want to thank the Iraqi man who helped save POW Jessica Lynch by bringing him to West Virginia.
Bill seeks voter ID at polls
Opponents fear plan could lower election turnout
April 10, 2003
Kansans would have to provide proof of identity to vote or to request advance ballots under a bill on its way to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Legislators unlikely to determine plan for handling prairie dogs
April 10, 2003
A bill repealing the state’s 100-year-old mandate to eradicate prairie dogs is unlikely to pass this year because House and Senate negotiators cannot agree on a final version.
IMF trims global growth forecast for 2003
April 10, 2003
The world will probably experience “tepid” economic growth this year even with a quick end to the Iraq war because of a host of other problems, the International Monetary Fund said Wednesday.
Consistency sought for Medicare plans throughout state
April 10, 2003
Congress should correct differences in how Medicare treats city and small-town hospitals when it debates overhauling the program, lawmakers from rural states say.
State to get $322,000 in clean air settlement
April 10, 2003
Kansas will receive $322,000 from Archer Daniels Midland Co. under a national settlement of pollution charges, the state Department of Health and Environment announced Wednesday.
Costly insurance adds to district woes
April 10, 2003
The Lawrence school district’s tradition of offering to pay individual health insurance policies for eligible employees will cost $916,000 more next school year, officials said Wednesday. A projected 19 percent increase in medical and dental rates comes at a bad time for the cash-strapped district.
Journalist: U.S. should renew Cuban ties
Ending decades of isolation is in best interests of both countries, professor says
April 10, 2003
Journalist and teacher Carlos Sariol grieves for his native Cuba. During a visit Wednesday at Kansas University, Sariol said his anguish was the product of years of isolation by a U.S. government that hadn’t come to terms with Cuba’s past and the leadership of Fidel Castro.
K-State joins ranks seeking obscenity veto
April 10, 2003
Kansas State University faculty senators voted Tuesday to send an open letter to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius encouraging her to veto an amendment that would require the Kansas Board of Regents to cut funding to university departments that use “obscene” videos in human sexuality or other classes. K-State faculty president Al Cochran drafted the letter, which said the amendment was “ill-conceived and would harm the quality of education at Kansas Regents’ institutions.”
Eula M. Self
April 10, 2003
County approves ‘Wild West Days’
April 10, 2003
A re-enactment of life in the Wild West — but including cake walks and portable toilets — is coming later this month to rural Douglas County.
Thousands of IRS workers to be moved to K.C. postal building
April 10, 2003
Congress gave final approval Wednesday to a plan to move 6,000 Internal Revenue Service workers into a redeveloped area in and around the downtown Kansas City post office, Sen. Kit Bond said.
Lawrence briefs
April 10, 2003
¢ Praeger to speak at women’s health event ¢ Pioneer Celebration planned at Bert Nash
Area briefs
April 10, 2003
¢ Speaker to discuss Parkinson’s disease ¢ Kayaking demonstration scheduled Saturday ¢ Amnesty International director to speak at KU ¢ Female engineers honored for careers
On the record
April 10, 2003
Oread meeting focuses on homeless
Neighbors request help from nearby centers with transient litter, trespassing
April 10, 2003
Panhandling, trespassing, littering — problems associated with the homeless — still have to be dealt with, members of the Oread Neighborhood Assn. reiterated Wednesday night. About 35 people gathered at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt., to discuss those concerns with representatives of three agencies that work with homeless people and are or will be located in the Oread district.
Snowboarder sued for child’s injuries
April 10, 2003
A snowboarder facing criminal charges after a collision that injured a 6-year-old Kansas girl in a skiing class was named in a civil suit filed by the girl’s parents Tuesday.
Cuba defends crackdown
April 10, 2003
Responding for the first time to international condemnation over an unprecedented crackdown, Cuba’s foreign minister justified severe prison terms handed to at least 57 dissidents, saying his government has the right to defend itself against “mercenaries” who work with U.S. diplomats to undermine the island’s sovereignty.
Security Council refuses to condemn N. Korea
April 10, 2003
The U.N. Security Council refused Wednesday to act on a U.S. request to condemn North Korea for pulling out of a treaty to curb nuclear weapons because of strong opposition from China and Russia.
Tar Heels coming after Williams
April 10, 2003
North Carolina athletic director Dick Baddour made the phone call Kansas University basketball fans dreaded Wednesday morning, asking KU senior associate AD Richard Konzem for permission to speak with coach Roy Williams about the Tar Heels’ coaching vacancy. “The call lasted one or two minutes,” said Konzem, who fielded the call that originally had been sent to athletic director Al Bohl’s office, but was redirected because Bohl had been fired earlier in the morning. “I went in to talk to tell coach before lunch.
Interim replacement Jennings popular fit
April 10, 2003
A. Drue Jennings lettered only one season during his football career at Kansas University. He returned 11 punts during his senior season in 1967. Jennings will be busier as KU’s new interim athletic director — the man assigned to run the ship until a replacement for the fired Al Bohl can be found.
Woodling: Bohl’s driveway sad scene
April 10, 2003
I parked my car west of Inverness Drive on Wimbledon Drive and walked about half a block to the scene of the first news conference I ever have attended on a driveway in a residential area. Kansas University athletic director Al Bohl, fired earlier Wednesday morning by Chancellor Robert Hemenway, had invited the media to hear his side of the story, and the media came in droves. What a scene. TV remote trucks parked along the curb, newspaper reporters clustered around Bohl, sticking tape recorders in his face, and neighbors rubber-necked like witnesses to an automobile accident.
Coaches defend Williams
Bechard, Bunge livid about remarks made by former AD Bohl
April 10, 2003
Kansas University’s coaches had little to say Wednesday afternoon when Chancellor Robert Hemenway announced he had fired athletic director Al Bohl. But coaches were livid later that night after hearing Bohl’s comments on the evening news.
Winless Tigers no match for red-hot Royals
April 10, 2003
Dee Brown and the Kansas City Royals kept up their winning ways Wednesday. No such luck for the Detroit Tigers.
Woods sets sights on green jacket
Masters chairman defends Augusta’s membership policy
April 10, 2003
Tiger Woods didn’t have to hit a single shot for the show to begin at this year’s Masters.
Celtics tip Wizards, clinch playoff spot
April 10, 2003
Rookie J.R. Bremer’s three-pointer put Michael Jordan one game away from an early third retirement. Bremer, coming off the bench after 40 straight games as a starter, scored 20 points and hit the winning three-pointer with 19.4 seconds to play Wednesday night as the Boston Celtics clinched a playoff berth with an 87-83 victory over the Washington Wizards.
Collison blasts Bohl, supports coach
April 10, 2003
Al Bohl had plenty of negative things to say about Kansas University men’s basketball coach Roy Williams after Bohl’s dismissal as KU athletic director on Wednesday.
KU’s spring game now a scrimmage
April 10, 2003
Saturday’s Kansas University spring football game has been downgraded to a practice session, coach Mark Mangino reported Wednesday.
Baseball briefs
April 10, 2003
¢ Braves’ Byrd to have surgery ¢ Rocker works out for Devil Rays
John C. Pilant
April 10, 2003
Archaeologist hopes to solve slaying mystery
April 10, 2003
An archaeological team on Wednesday exhumed skeletal remains from the grave of an 18th-century woman whose death during the Revolutionary War turned her into an early American icon.
Prep festival begins today
April 10, 2003
Both Lawrence High’s and Free State’s baseball teams are undefeated. The Royals are 6-0. And Kansas University got off to its best start in years.
Free State 1-0-2 at tennis quadrangular
April 10, 2003
Free State High’s boys tennis team won one match and tied two at the Topeka Highland Park quad Wednesday.
6Sports video: Exit Al Bohl
April 10, 2003
Chancellor Hemenway stated that the firing of the former assistant director was not due to Coach Williams.
6Sports video: Stories conflict on reasons for Bohl’s departure
April 10, 2003
Chancellor Hemenway said the decision was not made by Coach Williams, but Al Bohl believes it was directly due to Roy Williams’ “hatred and vindictiveness.”
6News video: Baghdad is no longer under Saddam Hussein’s control
April 10, 2003
The fall of Saddam’s regime in the city was met with jubilation and celebration.
Terrorist convicted of lying
April 10, 2003
A Palestinian who spent time in an Israeli prison for firebombing a Jewish holy site was convicted of lying on his application for permanent residency in the United States.
6News video: Four day school week is considered
April 10, 2003
The school disctrict believes that cutting a single day from the school week may result in budget savings.
Relaying the news
April 10, 2003
Building buffalo on the bluff
April 10, 2003
Swing into spring
April 10, 2003
Glass masters
April 10, 2003
Home Depot store creates buzz in Lawrence
April 10, 2003
Iraq won’t be easy to transform
April 10, 2003
This week’s developments in Iraq mark the end of the beginning of the coalition effort in a land that has been conquered by — but, curiously and perhaps fatefully, never dominated by — the West before. And in the land between the two storied rivers of Mesopotamia, one of the early cradles of civilization and a place where civilizations continually clash, the dangers of peace may well outweigh the perils of war.
Woodling, Romary chat wrap
April 10, 2003
Journal-World sports editor Chuck Woodling and 6Sports director Kevin Romary answered questions about KU athletics Thursday afternoon.
Victoria Nicole White
April 10, 2003
Durr services
April 10, 2003
People
April 10, 2003
¢ Jackson nixes trip, cites security ¢ Miller selected for city’s top prize ¢ Material girl to discuss war video ¢ Poe missive pulls in $20,000
Sprint president steps down
Tax shelter controversy leads Overland Park business to make change
April 10, 2003
Sprint Corp. said Wednesday that Ronald LeMay, who is being audited for his personal use of tax shelters, has stepped down as president and chief operating officer of the No. 4 U.S. long-distance telephone company, effective immediately. The Overland Park-based company said LeMay, who had been with the company for most of the past 17 years, has entered into a separation agreement with Sprint and will provide consulting services to the company for one year.
Fairfax plant set to make Malibus
Manager says GM focusing on cars
April 10, 2003
The two new models of Chevrolet’s Malibu that will start rolling off the assembly line here later this year demonstrate General Motors Corp.’s “new focus on the car market,” Gary Cowger, president of GM’s North American operations, said Wednesday. The world’s largest automaker will have spent six months and more than $500 million getting the plant in the city’s Fairfax Industrial District ready before workers start producing cars for consumers on Aug. 11. Until February, the plant made the Pontiac Grand Prix.
American Airlines chairman says future of K.C. base uncertain if contract rejected
Union workers concerned with length of renegotiated contracts
April 10, 2003
The chief executive of American Airlines said Wednesday the carrier’s overhaul base in Kansas City would likely close if union workers fail to approve contract concessions, forcing the company into bankruptcy. Don Carty, who also is American’s chairman, told workers in Kansas City the concessions were the best way to ensure the company has a future. Pictures of smiling American workers and soaring planes flashed on a large screen behind Carty as he made remarks similar to those offered at other sites across the county.
JonBenet Ramsey case takes twist
April 10, 2003
For more than six years, John and Patsy Ramsey have insisted an intruder crept into their home and killed their 6-year-old daughter JonBenet while police and even Colorado’s governor kept them under an “umbrella of suspicion.”
Drummer who helped introduce African music to U.S. dies at 75
April 10, 2003
Groundbreaking Nigerian drummer Babatunde Olatunji, who helped introduce the power and intricacy of African music in the United States, has died. He was 75.
Ex-coach Allen defends Williams
April 10, 2003
Many Kansas University basketball fans were angered Wednesday when Al Bohl blamed coach Roy Williams for Bohl’s ouster as athletic director.
Hemenway sought advice
Chancellor asked if Bohl was fulfilling his charge
April 10, 2003
In the weeks before he fired Al Bohl as athletic director at Kansas University, Chancellor Robert Hemenway turned to friends and colleagues from KU and around the country for advice.
Yankees’ Mussina masterful
New York pitcher continues his dominance of Twins
April 10, 2003
After outslugging their opponents the first seven games, the New York Yankees showed they can win the pitchers’ duels, too.
Briefcase
April 10, 2003
¢ HealthSouth executive uses Fifth Amendment ¢ Williams Cos. shares rise on pact with XTO Energy ¢ Boeing may land deal with Japanese company ¢ News Corp. plans to buy DirectTV in $6 billion deal
Kansas POW’s name not among those found on bloodied uniforms
April 10, 2003
Military officials have assured the wife of a Kansas soldier held captive in Iraq his name was not on one of the bloodied uniforms found inside an Iraqi prison, a family member said Wednesday on a condition of anonymity.
Arabs disillusioned, relieved by events
April 10, 2003
The fall of Baghdad provoked shock and disbelief Wednesday among Arabs, who expressed hope that other oppressive regimes would crumble but also disappointment that Saddam Hussein did not put up a better fight against America.