Archive for Thursday, April 17, 2003

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Regents: Governor should veto budget amendment aimed at KU sex class
April 17, 2003
(Updated Tuesday at 11:09 a.m.) The Kansas Board of Regents has been added to the groups urging Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to veto a measure aimed at stopping a human sexuality course at Kansas University.
Nation’s jails criminally neglected
Understaffed, underfunded lockups pose deadly threats
April 17, 2003
Lee Wood was locked up in the Cherokee County Jail last summer on charges of possessing marijuana and stolen goods. He ended up dead on the jailhouse floor in less than a week.
Glitch at Sallie Mae raises student loan payments
April 17, 2003
A computer programming error has forced Sallie Mae, the nation’s largest provider of student loans, to increase the monthly payments of 800,000 borrowers.
Congress authorizes new look for nickel
April 17, 2003
More change is coming to more change.
School voucher program enacted in Colorado
April 17, 2003
Surrounded by hundreds of cheering children, Gov. Bill Owens signed a law Wednesday establishing the first state school voucher program since the U.S. Supreme Court declared such programs constitutional last year.
The war stories that never are told
April 17, 2003
It isn’t every day that a journalist kicks up a furor over the stories that he didn’t report. That’s what happened when Eason Jordan, CNN’s top news executive, celebrated the fall of Baghdad by telling prewar tales that never made it on the air. There was an Iraqi cameraman who’d been abducted and tortured. There was an aide to Saddam’s son who had his front teeth ripped out with pliers.
Show accolades
April 17, 2003
Quin at KU?
April 17, 2003
It was all a lie
April 17, 2003
Legend loss
April 17, 2003
Confirmation is good sign
April 17, 2003
Had it not been for a phone call from an old friend and fellow-jurist, I would have been as oblivious to the story of Judge Edward Prado of San Antonio as the rest of the Washington press corps. Judge Tom Stagg of Shreveport, La., told me his pal was up for appointment to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and suggested I go by and “see how they treat him” at his confirmation hearing.
Bill is antihealth
April 17, 2003
Mideast peace
April 17, 2003
Shame on me
April 17, 2003
State Farm issues cameras in bid to fight fraud
April 17, 2003
After the crash, click. State Farm is distributing 77,000 disposable cameras to Long Island auto insurance customers as part of a new program to cut fraud. The customers are being asked to keep the cameras in their cars to document damages in an accident.
Gold Banc expects to lose ‘well-managed’ rating
April 17, 2003
Gold Banc Corp. says regulators will probably strip Gold Bank-Kansas of its “well-managed” rating, possibly leading to restrictions on its payment of dividends.
Briefcase
April 17, 2003
¢ WorldCom charges grow ¢ H&R Block loses ruling ¢ Former Sprint president to receive $5.7 million ¢ Starbucks buys rival
State receives tobacco payment
April 17, 2003
The state’s receipt this week of a scheduled payment from the national tobacco settlement helped dispel fears that one cigarette maker’s legal problems could block its contributions. Atty. Gen. Phill Kline said the $41.1 million that arrived Tuesday included $21.6 million paid by Philip Morris USA.
Security firm plans golden parachutes
Despite $880 million company loss, officials will be compensated
April 17, 2003
Despite losing $880 million last year, Protection One Inc. will pay its five top executives a total $5 million in salary and severance bonuses if they lose their jobs when the security company is sold.
Kansans urged to stay vigilant against terror
Security at Capitol may ease after alert lowered to yellow
April 17, 2003
Despite the lowering of the national terror alert status, Kansans should not let their guard down, the state’s homeland security director said Wednesday.
TV correspondent translates U.S. culture to Bulgarian viewers
April 17, 2003
When Ivo Ivanov came to the United States from Sofia, Bulgaria, 12 years ago, his knowledge of American culture was limited to what he had learned from movies and Pink Floyd songs. Now, the Lawrence resident’s understanding of American life has made him one of Bulgaria’s most well-known television newscasters.
Lawmakers seek to reduce gaming commissioners’ pay
April 17, 2003
Some lawmakers, in their search for whatever money is available during the prolonged state budget crunch, are looking at the salaries of Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission members. The five commissioners each earn $2,000 per month.
Sitcoms call it a night before sweeps
April 17, 2003
The networks used to wait until the end of May sweeps to wrap up their seasons with romantic cliffhangers, impromptu proposals, sudden weddings and UFO abductions. Tonight, two NBC comedies will air their season, and possibly series, finales a full week before sweeps begin. All of this unfolds less than a week after “Ed” called it quits for the year, or perhaps forever, and scant days before the “Boomtown” finale scheduled for Sunday. At this rate, NBC’s May sweeps period will consist of nothing but endless “Law & Order” spin-offs, super-sized “Friends” episodes and the twice-postponed, but less-than-hotly anticipated, “Three’s Company” TV movie.
Terror alert level drops
April 17, 2003
The Bush administration lowered the terror alert level from orange to yellow Wednesday, saying the end of heavy fighting in Iraq has diminished the threat of terrorism in the United States.
Shiite clerics proclaim power in several cities
April 17, 2003
In this holiest of Muslim Shiite cities, clerics are running a self-declared government. It’s the same in nearby Karbala, another sacred Shiite city.
Williams will attend tonight’s banquet
April 17, 2003
Roy Williams is wading into uncharted territory, and it’s not in North Carolina — it’s right here in Lawrence. Williams, for 15 years Kansas University’s basketball coach, tonight will make his first public appearance in Lawrence since being named head coach at the University of North Carolina.
Father to be tried in son’s slaying
April 17, 2003
Hours after a failed suicide attempt, Raymond Boothe told police he’d killed his disabled son because the 11-year-old was an “abomination” and had “given him the finger,” a Leavenworth County detective testified Wednesday. Boothe, 34, is accused of stabbing his son Levi several times and leaving him for dead about 10:30 p.m. Aug. 27, 2002, on the Kansas Turnpike in Leavenworth County.
Lawrence, urban areas magnets for rural residents
April 17, 2003
Jason Kniep heard the siren call of the city. He responded. Kniep, who operates an online bookstore, moved himself and his business last August from a farm near the tiny north Kansas town of Belleville to Lawrence.
Looting of Iraq Museum appears a planned theft
April 17, 2003
Iraqi museum officials and U.S. military authorities now think that the much-publicized looting of antiquities from the world-renowned Iraq Museum was most likely a well-executed theft, perhaps planned before Baghdad fell.
Reporter eulogized as latter-day Ernie Pyle
April 17, 2003
NBC News correspondent David Bloom, who died while covering the war in Iraq, was eulogized at his funeral Wednesday as a modern-day Ernie Pyle who had a spiritual awakening before his death.
Irish pub serves up escape in Afghan capital
April 17, 2003
In Taliban times, it would have been unimaginable: a fully stocked Irish pub serving whiskey and cold beer in the heart of Afghanistan’s ultra-Islamic capital.
NATO to take over peacekeeping duty
April 17, 2003
NATO agreed Wednesday to take command of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan.
Russia escapes censure; Cuba vote postponed
April 17, 2003
For the second year running, Russia on Wednesday escaped censure by the top United Nations human rights body for alleged violations by its forces in Chechnya.
Sakharov’s widow opposes statue
April 17, 2003
More than 12 years after Moscow’s city council decided to erect a statue of Soviet dissident and Nobel peace laureate Andrei Sakharov, a city commission has finally given the green light to the stalled plan. Now just one person stands in the way: Sakharov’s widow, who says today’s Russia is not worthy of her husband’s memory.
Michael David Andrews
April 17, 2003
Betty Larea Cluchey
April 17, 2003
Resident reportedly fires gun at KDOT workers
April 17, 2003
Surveying work led to shotgun blasts Tuesday afternoon along the proposed route of a controversial highway project, officials said.
County hears rural water concerns
April 17, 2003
It’s been nearly 30 years since Dorthea Jackson signed up for her first rural water meter near Baldwin — and if it takes another six weeks to make the transaction official in the eyes of the law, so be it.
Lawrence briefs
April 17, 2003
¢ Students compete in history competition ¢ Charity golf tournament seeks participants
Investigators focus on Laci Peterson in lab tests on remains
April 17, 2003
The investigation into two bodies found in San Francisco Bay is focused on determining whether they were Laci Peterson and the baby she was carrying, a state criminalist said Wednesday.
Study finds pollution in N. America drops
April 17, 2003
Environmental pollution in North America dropped 5 percent between 1995 and 2000, according to a new study by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation set up under the North American Free Trade Agreement.
World Online video: Ivo Ivanov reports on American culture
April 17, 2003
In this clip from Bulgarian television, Ivanov comments on the NBA draft.
6Sports video: Kansas Relays start off in the rain
April 17, 2003
The Relays began with the men’s decathalon and women’s heptathalon today, and will increase into more events over the weekend.
6Sports video: Bryant Nash to have surgery on wrist
April 17, 2003
The senior-to-be tore cartilage in his right wrist during the NCAA tournament.
6Sports video: Roy Williams wants to be at awards ceremony
April 17, 2003
Williams wants to honor his players at the banquet. Also, KU officials wonder if the former Jayhawks coach interfered with the recruiting process.
Poor plan
April 17, 2003
6News video: A KU colleague defends Dennis Dailey’s sexuality course
April 17, 2003
The controversy surrounds Dailey’s conduct and the subject matter of the course. Thad Holdcomb believes the class provides a safe place to talk about sensitive issues.
6News video: Boothe will stand trial
April 17, 2003
The defendant admitted to killing his son, but his mental competency evaluation has not been completed.
Jayhawks take look at Self
KU officials receive permission to speak with Illinois coach about vacancy
April 17, 2003
University of Illinois men’s basketball coach Bill Self might be mixing business with pleasure during his Florida vacation. Kansas University athletic department officials Wednesday received permission to speak with Self about replacing Roy Williams as KU’s coach, meaning the third-year Illini coach might be doing more than sunbathing during the next day or so in Miami Beach.
Ford treated at hospital
Texas guard injured in pickup game; later released
April 17, 2003
Texas point guard T.J. Ford spent four hours being treated by University of Texas medical staff and emergency room doctors at St. David’s Hospital Wednesday night after an incident during a pickup basketball game at a campus gym.
Seau finds new home in Miami
April 17, 2003
Junior Seau wanted to look sharp on his first day with the Miami Dolphins, wearing a blue pinstripe suit, a red tie and black size-15 sandals.
Mavs collect 60th victory
Dallas would be home for second round of playoffs
April 17, 2003
For several weeks it looked as if the Western Conference playoff picture might not be sorted out until the season-ending matchup between San Antonio and Dallas.
Lakers must win in Minneapolis
April 17, 2003
To capture a fourth straight NBA title, the Los Angeles Lakers must win at least one game in Minneapolis.
Kansas splits with Hogs
April 17, 2003
Despite collecting only three hits in two games, Kansas University split a softball doubleheader with Arkansas Wednesday at Jayhawk Field.
Lions second in home track quad
April 17, 2003
Drew Vogel wanted a fast start, but this was a little too much.
Huskers dominate first day
April 17, 2003
Nebraska made its presence felt on day one of the Kansas Relays as three NU women led the heptathlon race and three Husker men controlled the decathlon.
Baseball to review security after ump attack
Fan violence second incident at Chicago White Sox stadium in last two years
April 17, 2003
Major league baseball will review security at ballparks nationwide to try to prevent fan violence following an attack on an umpire Tuesday night during the White Sox game against Kansas City.
Cross displays erected in town’s show of faith
April 17, 2003
Residents of this southeast Kansas town are putting up crosses as a demonstration of faith — and as a response to city officials who removed crosses from a park.
McLouth’s Edmonds set to compete for Jayhawks
April 17, 2003
When it came time for McLouth High senior Courtney Edmonds to choose a college, a couple of calls went a long way. Calls from Kansas University track coaches, that is.
American Airlines avoids bankruptcy filing
April 17, 2003
American Airlines flight attendants reversed themselves and approved $340 million in labor concessions Wednesday, pulling the world’s largest carrier back from the brink of bankruptcy. American welcomed the reprieve but warned that its troubles may not be over.
Health experts say China underreporting SARS cases
April 17, 2003
There appear to be more cases of SARS in Beijing than officials have acknowledged, a team of visiting scientists reported Wednesday, damaging the Chinese government’s credibility and raising new concern over whether the disease is being tracked accurately. Also Wednesday the World Health Organization announced that a new member of the coronavirus family had been confirmed as the cause of the disease, allowing scientists to focus their efforts at finding effective treatments and developing a vaccine.
U.S. weighs its options for terror mastermind
April 17, 2003
American officials on Wednesday weighed options for handling terrorist mastermind Abul Abbas as Italy prepared to seek his extradition and the Palestinian Authority demanded his release.
Father sentenced to death for slayings
April 17, 2003
A man described by prosecutors as a con artist with a taste for the good life was sentenced to death Wednesday for killing his wife and three young children.
State briefs
April 17, 2003
¢ Apartment fire blamed on stray cigarette ¢ Sebelius’ office plans ceremonial bill signings ¢ Humane Society warns of phony fund raising ¢ KU barbershop quartet takes second at contest
Briefly
April 17, 2003
¢ Biblical quote brings death sentence appeal ¢ Spotted owl population continues to decline ¢ Bankruptcy closes 113-year-old bar ¢ College president out after accreditation loss
Skillful report
April 17, 2003
Federal regulation spurs new business
Lawrence-based Coordinated Minute sells forms that comply with medical records act
April 17, 2003
Most people don’t get excited about the prospect of filling out more paperwork at the doctor’s office, but Dee Bisel, owner of Lawrence’s Minuteman Press, is thrilled. Bisel and Bobbette Puderbaugh, Minuteman business manager, have developed forms that comply with the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996, or HIPAA, which went into effect Monday.
July 4 parade to celebrate city, nation
April 17, 2003
A July Fourth parade will kick off Lawrence’s 150th birthday celebration. “This is sort of designed to be the first big, public event focusing on the big coming event, which is the sesquicentennial,” said Robert Foster, the Kansas University music professor who is organizing the parade.
Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Pell
April 17, 2003
Hatchery helps sturgeon thrive
April 17, 2003
The oldest operating fish hatchery in the United States has been helping one of the oldest species of fish thrive in Missouri rivers.
On the record
April 17, 2003
6Sports video: Jayhawks contact Illinois’ Bill Self about head coaching position
April 17, 2003
Self is one of the leading candidates for the job, as is Wichita State’s Mark Turgeon.
Friends and neighbors
April 17, 2003
Air Jordan’ takes flight for last time in NBA
April 17, 2003
Michael Jordan’s coach pleaded with him to go back in the game, and the opposing coach made sure Jordan had the chance to end his career with a basket.
White Sox secure win - Chicago 4, Kansas City 3
Chicago increases security following incidents
April 17, 2003
Finally, a Royals-White Sox game without any trouble. Frank Thomas foiled a shift with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning, and fans were too busy trying to keep warm to make mischief Wednesday night as Chicago beat Kansas City, 4-3.
Start-up firm builds $1.5 million in funding
Deciphera leaders expect to create about 35 high-paying jobs in three years
April 17, 2003
A start-up Lawrence pharmaceutical firm has completed a series of deals for nearly $1.5 million in funding that keeps the company on track to create 35 high-paying jobs in the next three years. Deciphera Pharmaceuticals officials on Wednesday completed a deal to receive $410,000 in financing from a combination of state and private venture capital funds. Earlier this month, it also reached a research and development deal valued at $1 million with a Chicago-based company. The name of the company wasn’t released.
Never on Sunday?
April 17, 2003
Legislation currently under consideration may allow Kansas liquor stores to open their doors on Sunday. Are Kansans ready for retail liquor sales on Sunday?
Daily ticker
April 17, 2003
Freed POWs arrive in Germany
April 17, 2003
A smiling Army Spc. Shoshana Johnson was carried out on a stretcher from a plane and taken for medical examinations at a military hospital Wednesday night along with six other American POWs who were rescued in Iraq.
U.S. perceived as new despot
April 17, 2003
Just days ago, U.S. troops were cheered and kissed as they destroyed the symbols of Saddam Hussein’s regime. Today, after a week of chaos, it’s a different story.
Yankees cooled by Jays
Toronto prevails, 7-6, snaps six-game slide
April 17, 2003
After playing the New York Yankees six times already this season, the Toronto Blue Jays know how difficult it is to beat them.
People
April 17, 2003
¢ Etheridge hears wedding bells ¢ Ryan to sit in Cannes jury ¢ Hope’s star unveiled ¢ Robbins speaks his mind
Briefly
April 17, 2003
¢ Organic provision restored ¢ Congressman backs effort for TWA 800 memorial ¢ Senator’s daughter dies ¢ U.S. troops arriving for major war exercise
Gene study explains rapid aging disease
April 17, 2003
A rare disorder that turns children into old people and often causes them to die in their teens has been linked to a single genetic mutation, a finding that may help science learn more about normal aging as well.
Zahn moves to ‘American Evening’
April 17, 2003
Paula Zahn will switch from morning to prime-time on CNN, part of a series of moves that illustrates the network’s increased emphasis on news over opinion.
Cynthia Rice Frease
April 17, 2003
Lawrence hospital reports strong financial health
April 17, 2003
Lawrence Memorial Hospital is in good financial health and improving its net income, according to the hospital’s latest reports.
Mansions on wheels
Drivers willing to pay for comfort, convenience of motor homes
April 17, 2003
The big bucks aren’t limited to NASCAR’s garage area. Millions of dollars are spent on state-of-the-art motor coaches, owned by NASCAR drivers who covet convenience, privacy and family safety.
Shuttle recovery efforts will end this month
April 17, 2003
After more than two and half months of searching nearly 600,000 acres, the extraordinary process of recovering pieces of the space shuttle Columbia is coming to an end.
Menagerie’s‘ tricks miss mark
April 17, 2003
“The Glass Menagerie” is a play that has always flaunted its own, well, playness.
Briefly
April 17, 2003
¢ Kansas reserve unit prepares to deploy ¢ Thunderbird Theatre to present one-act plays ¢ Charity fair to benefit Trinity Respite Care
Plea to players
April 17, 2003
U.S., N. Korea to seek end to nuclear standoff
April 17, 2003
The United States and North Korea will try to resolve their six-month standoff over Pyongyang’s suspected nuclear weapons program in talks arranged by China, the communist North’s closest ally, U.S. and South Korean officials said Wednesday. The Beijing talks could happen as early as next week, officials said. Japanese media, citing unnamed sources, said they would start Wednesday.
Renaming peak for soldier proves difficult
April 17, 2003
A proposal to rename an Arizona mountain after an American Indian killed in Iraq has led to a surprisingly nasty fight between the Democratic governor and Republican lawmakers.
Regents approve higher-ed plan for S.W. Kansas
Proposal would provide upper-level degree programs
April 17, 2003
Residents of southwest Kansas are a step closer to having more university degree programs offered in their area. The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday approved a plan that would combine the efforts of Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University and Kansas State University with western Kansas community colleges to offer junior-, senior- and graduate-level courses.
EU expands to former Eastern bloc
April 17, 2003
Key European leaders proclaimed a leap forward for continental unity Wednesday, welcoming 10 members to the European Union and teaming up to urge a central United Nations role in postwar Iraq. Seeking to end months of acrimony, Britain, France, Spain and Germany drafted a joint statement on the U.N. role in reconstructing Iraq and urged Washington to maintain law and order in the aftermath of Saddam Hussein’s ouster.
On your mark, get wet, go
April 17, 2003
Bass carriers
April 17, 2003
Net result
April 17, 2003
Baseball in Lawrence a hit
April 17, 2003
Before the high school baseball season started, Lawrence High coach David Petry joked that his squad probably was the second-best team in the city. The Lions might just be the second-best team in the state — right behind Free State High.
Horoscopes
April 17, 2003
Williams denies tampering with recruits
April 17, 2003
Former Kansas University basketball coach Roy Williams says he is not trying to raid the school’s 2003 hoops recruiting class.
Morris mystifies Milwaukee
Cardinals’ pitcher adds his first major league home run in 15-2 victory
April 17, 2003
Matt Morris’ arm always has been tough on the Milwaukee Brewers. On Wednesday, his bat hurt them, too.
City divided by school closures
East Lawrence voters voice resentment after board decides to close elementaries
April 17, 2003
Critics of the Lawrence school board’s closure of East Heights and Centennial elementary schools say the move weakens public confidence in the board’s willingness to honor the will of voters. There is belief among consolidation opponents that the board’s action ignores a message voters sent April 1 when a $59 million school bond guaranteeing closure of both schools was soundly defeated at the polls.