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Archive for Friday, April 18, 2003

Also from April 18

Births
On the street
Polls
Do you support a ban on smoking in Lawrence clubs and bars?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes.
 
53%
No.
 
45%
Undecided.
 
1%
Total 806

All stories

Should Lawrence ban smoking? Vote in the 6News e-Poll
April 18, 2003
(Updated Monday at 11:52 a.m.) Should smoking be snuffed out at local watering holes and eateries? Lawrence’s mayor wants to look into it. Tell us what you think: Vote in the 6News e-Poll and see the results at 10 p.m. on 6News Nightside on Sunflower Broadband Channel 6.
KU junior wins Udall scholarship
April 18, 2003
(Updated Friday at 2:18 p.m.) A Kansas University junior has been selected for a prestigious Morris K. Udall scholarship.
Douglas County in tornado watch
April 18, 2003
(Updated Friday at 4:30 p.m.) Douglas County and surrounding areas are in a tornado watch until 10 p.m. Friday, according to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla.
Political punk Jello Biafra takes verbal aim
April 18, 2003
Like his name, Jello Biafra is at once comical and very, very disturbing. Biafra (born Eric Boucher, renaming himself after a Nigerian civil war that claimed more than a million lives, mostly women and children) is a master of mixing humor with a portentous political commentary seldom found in mainstream media.
Loyal to Dean
April 18, 2003
Vandalism plea
April 18, 2003
Hidden truth
April 18, 2003
Towing safety
April 18, 2003
Temporary seats
April 18, 2003
A case for tort reform
April 18, 2003
Because the Democratic Party has leased itself in perpetuity to the trial lawyers, significant tort reform by legislatures seems unobtainable. There is Supreme Court propensity to legislate when it thinks legislatures should but won’t. However, that propensity is injurious to constitutional law and democratic practices, even when the resulting court-made social policy would be desirable if established by legislation.
Dream job?
April 18, 2003
Bragging in N.C.
April 18, 2003
True blue fan
April 18, 2003
KU plans 18% tuition, fee increase
April 18, 2003
Rachel Bernard is glad she’s graduating in May so she won’t have to pay more than $600 extra per year in tuition. The Kansas University senior from Lawrence took out a $1,000 loan this year because the scholarship she received throughout her college career no longer fully covered her tuition bill.
New group aims to build on low-cost housing
April 18, 2003
A new nonprofit corporation started by the Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority should help expand opportunities for low- and moderate-income housing in the city, officials say. The new Douglas County Housing Inc. will be able to raise money and move faster than the government agency, Director Barbara Huppee said. But the organization has to pull itself together before new houses start popping up.
Stolen art perplexes PSU students
Police looking for 13 pieces missing from two campus galleries
April 18, 2003
It’s an honor he could do without — someone liked Michael Lasseter’s artwork enough to steal four of his paintings from a gallery at Pittsburg State University. Lasseter’s work was among 13 pieces of art missing from two galleries.
Parents sue universities after daughter’s death
April 18, 2003
Parents of a woman who died after she was struck by a minivan in a pedestrian crosswalk have sued the city and two universities for negligence.
VA approves $3.3 million for WaKeeney cemetery
April 18, 2003
The Veterans Administration has approved $3.3 million to establish the Kansas Veterans Cemetery at WaKeeney in western Kansas.
KU predicts above-average crop
Remote sensing program expects winter wheat to yield 41.2 bushels per acre
April 18, 2003
Scientists at Kansas University are forecasting a statewide winter wheat yield that is slightly above average, despite drought conditions during the late fall and winter.
Jobless claims climb, point to sluggish job market
April 18, 2003
The number of U.S. workers filing claims for jobless benefits increased to the second-highest level of the year last week. The Labor Department reported Thursday that new applications for jobless benefits rose by a seasonally adjusted 30,000 to 442,000 for the work week ending April 12.
Freddie Mac reports drop in mortgage rates
April 18, 2003
Mortgage rates around the country edged down this week, good news for the housing industry, one of the few bright spots in a mostly lackluster economy.
Briefcase
April 18, 2003
¢ Kansas exports rise ¢ Credit scoring bill signed ¢ Markets closed today ¢ Earnings of area interest
Rocker cleared in drowning
April 18, 2003
A jury Thursday rejected a wrongful-death claim against rock drummer Tommy Lee for the drowning of a little boy during a children’s birthday party at his home.
6News video: KU tuition will increase
April 18, 2003
Terry Rombeck reports that KU will increase tuition by $600 a year for a student taking 15 credit hours.
6Sports video: David Padgett will be at KU in the summer
April 18, 2003
The recruit’s father says that he fully expects his son to be on campus for the start of summer classes.
6Sports video: Rumors about next coach focus on Bill Self
April 18, 2003
Bill Self of Illinois is said to have an out in his contract allowing him to leave for Oklahoma State. Also, Mark Turgeon of Wichita State has removed himself from consideration for the job.
6Sports video: Roy Williams returns for awards banquet
April 18, 2003
Williams received a warm reception, and the players showed their respect for their former coach.
6Sports video: Day 2 of the Kansas Relays was dry
April 18, 2003
Athletes and organizers appreciated the lack of rain. Kansas runners made a good showing at the day’s events.
End of an era
Coach, players gather one last time
April 18, 2003
Roy Williams stood before the Jayhawk faithful one last time Thursday night. The former Kansas University basketball coach was met with a spattering of boos but heard mostly cheers from the 1,800 fans who attended Kansas University’s annual basketball awards celebration.
New tests set SARS apart from cold, flu
April 18, 2003
Tests for the SARS virus will soon help doctors sort out whether people with worrisome coughs and fevers actually have the new respiratory illness, relieving anxiety for many and helping judge who should be isolated to prevent more spread. Government agencies, university labs and private companies are all rushing to develop highly sensitive tests that will seek out the newly discovered virus and confidently allow a diagnosis of severe acute respiratory syndrome, once their accuracy has been proven.
Williams wins praise, criticism from fans
April 18, 2003
The crowd at Thursday night’s basketball awards ceremony didn’t run former Jayhawk coach Roy Williams out of town. Instead, they clapped — and sounded pretty sincere in their appreciation for Williams.
Diet guru Dr. Atkins dies at 72
Head injury after fall leads to doctor’s death
April 18, 2003
Dr. Robert C. Atkins, the weight-loss guru whose low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet was adopted by millions of people despite concern over its potential dangers, died Thursday. He was 72.
Pope reminds Catholics of communion rules
Protestants, divorced parishioners take issue with latest papal declaration
April 18, 2003
Pope John Paul II, cracking down on what he considers serious abuses in his flock, issued a stern reminder Thursday that divorced Roman Catholics who remarry cannot receive communion.
States dread No Child Left Behind
April 18, 2003
As a former high school teacher, Mark Boughton is all for the intent of President Bush’s sweeping education law known as the No Child Left Behind Act.
Kansas congressman hears Lawrence worries about education law
April 18, 2003
An irony of the federal education reform called No Child Left Behind is that teaching time will be lost while educators comply with new paperwork rules, Lawrence Supt. Randy Weseman said Thursday.
Area briefs
April 18, 2003
¢ Banquet will honor math contest winners ¢ Geological Survey plans public field trip ¢ Baker wellness festival offers health screenings ¢ Poster series honors Bert Nash artists
On the record
April 18, 2003
Leonard Eisele
April 18, 2003
Elizabeth Rohr
April 18, 2003
Richard Dale Lounsbury
April 18, 2003
Woodling: Williams showed courage
April 18, 2003
OK, it’s time to get over the resentment. It’s time to get on with your lives. It’s time to pick up the pieces and move on. Roy Williams was Kansas University’s men’s basketball coach for 15 years — 15 mostly glorious years — but that was then, and this is now. Only the earth — and television commercials — last forever.
Dad says signee Padgett headed to Kansas
April 18, 2003
David Padgett, one of four Kansas University men’s basketball signees, won’t be asking for a release from his letter of intent, according to his father.
Canseco date for sale — no cash, please
April 18, 2003
Jose Canseco plans to profit while under house arrest for his part in a 2001 nightclub brawl.
Wilkens, Raptors part ways
Toronto coach exits ‘by mutual agreement’
April 18, 2003
Lenny Wilkens is out as coach of the Toronto Raptors, leaving Thursday by “mutual agreement” after the worst season of his 30-year NBA career. Wilkens, who owns the league’s career coaching records for most victories (1,292) and losses (1,114), went 24-58 this season. Toronto finished seventh in the eight-team Central Division.
Athletes of the week
April 18, 2003
Firebirds still undefeated
April 18, 2003
Free State High extended its winning streak to 10 games Thursday with an 11-1 baseball victory against Belton.
Branstrom takes O-Northwest job
April 18, 2003
Dream job might be pushing it, but Joel Branstrom’s new coaching gig is a sweet deal.
Briefs
April 18, 2003
¢ Seabury soccer falls to Cair Paravel ¢ Little signs with N. Iowa ¢ Two sign with KU golf ¢ LHS, FSHS boys golf competes at BVNW
Briefly
April 18, 2003
¢ KU Pride Week events include forum, comedian ¢ Coach impersonator draws prison sentence ¢ Two planners join Lawrence’s city staff ¢ Son of Sebelius aide, judge takes tourism job
Briefly
April 18, 2003
¢ Liberal lawmaker killed ¢ Billionaire J. Paul Getty dies ¢ Congressmen visit Arafat ¢ Prosecutor believes body is that of Laci Peterson
Daily ticker
April 18, 2003
Ransacked museum not a random event
April 18, 2003
The Pentagon is taking fire for failing to protect Baghdad’s incomparable National Museum and its archaeological treasures from rampaging mobs. There is some justice in the accusation: The security lapses at the museum and at Iraq’s hospitals were inexcusable.
City prefers paper, not plastic
Recycling officials ask homeowners to put yard waste in ‘preferred containers’
April 18, 2003
Plastic trash bags are good for trash, city workers say, but for grass clippings they’re a giant pain in the neck. So, Lawrence recycling officials are trying to get homeowners to change their ways.
American has trust to protect top executives
Recently-disclosed fund outrages employees asked to cut wages
April 18, 2003
Even as it was piling up losses and pleading with unions to cut labor costs, American Airlines created a pension fund that protected the benefits of dozens of top executives in case of bankruptcy. Union leaders at American Airlines, whose employees had just agreed to $1.8 billion in wage concessions, expressed outrage Thursday over the management perquisites.
TV devotes little time to holy season
April 18, 2003
Viewers looking to television to reflect the solemnity of Passover and Good Friday will find the pickings rather slim. The holy week series “In the Footsteps of Jesus” (8 p.m., History) concludes with “Mysteries of Golgotha,” a look at the legends and archaeological sites associated with the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. PAX repeats the 2000 drama “Thomas” (7 p.m., Pax), an Italian-made biography of the apostle (Ricky Tognazzi), known as Doubting Thomas, who required tangible evidence of the resurrection of Jesus (Danny Quinn).
Saddam’s brother captured in Iraq
April 18, 2003
American forces seized a half brother of Saddam Hussein in a commando raid Thursday, eager to interrogate him about secrets of the old Iraqi regime. Saddam Hussein’s half brother exulted in power, wealth and violence — all the trappings that came naturally to many of the Iraqi leader’s relatives.
Fort Riley soldier mourned
April 18, 2003
People
April 18, 2003
¢ Vandross recovering from stroke ¢ Forbes fills Rogers’ shoes ¢ Olajuwon presents face of Islam ¢ Run-DMC among rap pioneers
Illini’s Self great guy
April 18, 2003
Much can happen while covering a story that changes by the hour. So by the time you’re opening your morning paper, the toughest decision in Bill Self’s life already may have been made.
Collison takes home hardware
April 18, 2003
Kansas senior Nick Collison, a consensus first-team All-American, was named the squad’s Phog Allen Most Valuable Player at the Jayhawks’ annual awards ceremony Thursday at the Lied Center.
Rangers turn back Angels
Drese claims victory after shaky beginning
April 18, 2003
Ryan Drese looked as if he was in for another short outing.
Sosa, Wood power Cubs, 16-3
April 18, 2003
The wind was blowing in at Wrigley Field — which had no effect on the Chicago Cubs.
Alcohol, unruly fans a bad mixture
April 18, 2003
As another yahoo was handcuffed and dragged away Tuesday night, two things became obvious: Baseball has a problem, and baseball has been very lucky.
Prep competition awesome
Talented foes from multiple states will participate
April 18, 2003
Calling the high school version of the Kansas Relays a preview of the state track meet might be a stretch.
It’s cleanup time: Earth Day events celebrate environs
April 18, 2003
Melodie Christal knows what volunteers will pick up Saturday when they swarm downtown for an Earth Day cleanup. “We’ll pick up handfuls of cigarette butts,” said Christal, co-director of Downtown Lawrence Inc. “They sit in the planters and on the cracks.”
Horoscopes
April 18, 2003
Madonna retools violent music video
April 18, 2003
Madonna’s “American Life” video has been reincarnated as a tamer, nonviolent version of its former self.
Coffey County Lake reopens
April 18, 2003
The Coffey County Sheriff’s Office will reopen Coffey County Lake today because the national terrorist threat level has been reduced from orange to yellow. Anglers at the lake are required to follow previously set registration requirements.
Nebraska dominates decathlon, heptathlon
April 18, 2003
The University of Nebraska dominated the Kansas Relays Thursday, sweeping the top two spots in the decathlon and the heptathlon.
Loaiza gives Chisox lift in 8-2 rout of Royals
April 18, 2003
The White Sox retooled their pitching staff in the offseason, figuring the additions of Bartolo Colon, Billy Koch, Rick White and Tom Gordon would make them a contender.
Culture-clash comedy ‘Beckham’ offers few kicks
April 18, 2003
“Bend It Like Beckham” might as well be called “Write It Just Like My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” The movie is the latest in a snowballing line of routine culture-clash comedies that are so light they practically float off the screen. But there is one key difference between the pair.
Priorities
April 18, 2003
Naturally, some consider America totally to blame for the terrible devastation of Iraqi museums. The recent looting of the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad has been described as a devastating loss, one of the biggest cultural disasters of all time. The many treasures in the national museum were considered unique artifacts of a universal and shared history in a region often termed the cradle of civilization.
Lawmakers from Kansas weigh in on Iraq’s future
Moore, Brownback have different outlooks
April 18, 2003
A congressman and a U.S. senator on visits Thursday to Lawrence offered differing forecasts on how long American forces will remain in Iraq now that hostilities are subsiding.
Elizabeth M. ‘Betty’ Reed
April 18, 2003
Doris Jean Blankenship
April 18, 2003
KU briefs
April 18, 2003
¢ School of Engineering offers camp for girls ¢ News show to explore human sexuality class ¢ KU student awarded forest research grant ¢ KU Med offers expo on cancer awareness
Turgeon withdraws; Self, Brown 1-2
April 18, 2003
Now that Mark Turgeon has taken his hat out of the ring, the Kansas University men’s basketball vacancy looks like a one- or two-man race. Illinois coach Bill Self, regarded as the leading candidate all along, appears to have the edge over Larry Brown, the man who guided the Jayhawks to the 1988 NCAA championship.
Some bunny has to do it
April 18, 2003
Friends and neighbors
April 18, 2003
Giving voice to the people
Thomas Mapfumo headlines KU cultural diversity concert
April 18, 2003
If ever a musician has earned the right to sing about freedom, it’s Thomas Mapfumo. Known as the “Lion of Zimbabwe” and the “Voice of the Zimbabwean People,” the African expatriate has spent the better part of his career fighting the power. He is credited with creating the musical style of “chimurenga” (derived from the Shona word meaning “struggle”), which has served as a political mouthpiece for the oppressed masses of Zimbabwe.
U.N. inspectors ready to resume weapons search
April 18, 2003
U.N. arms inspectors are ready to get back into Iraq to finish the job of looking for any chemical, biological or nuclear weapons but don’t want to work under a new U.S.-led disarmament effort.
Sales-tax system for cars needs repairs, audit finds
April 18, 2003
Kansas is missing out on millions of dollars in revenues because it fails to adequately collect sales taxes on motor vehicle sales and enforce action against dealerships and individuals who violate the law, according to a new state audit. The report by the Legislative Division of Post Audit describes a Kansas vehicle sales-tax collection system that needs an overhaul.
CDC tries new strategies against HIV
Proposal would make tests routine for all pregnant women
April 18, 2003
Saying AIDS prevention efforts have “stalled,” the government announced a new strategy Thursday it hopes will sharply increase routine testing of people at risk for the disease. The CDC also said it was recommending routine HIV tests for all pregnant women and any infants of women who refused to be tested. About 300 babies each year receive HIV infection from their mothers.
Regents protest budget amendment
Board responds to senator’s plan targeting KU human sexuality course
April 18, 2003
The Kansas Board of Regents is sending a message to the Legislature: Stay out of our classrooms. Regents on Thursday joined the ranks of groups protesting a legislative amendment aimed at preventing instructors from showing “obscene” videos in human sexuality classes and urging Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to veto the proviso.