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How will U.S. handle new global power?
April 25, 2003
The first watershed of the 21st century occurred when a hijacked jetliner slammed into the World Trade Center in 2001. The second, equally significant, occurred when American forces sealed their occupation of Baghdad in 2003. With the advent of the war on terror and, now, the toppling of Iraq, the United States suddenly has more power than it ever possessed, more Middle East and Central Asian bases than it ever dreamed possible, more financial burdens than it ever shouldered, and more points of security vulnerability than it has ever had.
Horse’s death raises more fears about mysterious shootings
April 25, 2003
A gunshot killed the horse. There’s no doubt in Don Forth’s mind. “I’m an old man, and I’ve been in the country all my life,” he said. “To my dying day, that horse was shot.”
Former Irish president talks human rights at KU
April 25, 2003
The billions of dollars the United States is pumping into its war in Iraq might be better spent battling human rights problems, a former president of Ireland and former United Nations official said. Mary Robinson, who was Ireland’s president from 1990 to 1997 before spending five years as high commissioner of human rights for the United Nations, spoke Thursday at Kansas University.
Betty J. Squires
April 25, 2003
KU, Baylor to hook up in baseball
Three-game weekend set could be high-scoring
April 25, 2003
As explosive as the Kansas University baseball team’s offense is, Baylor — KU’s next opponent — is even more potent, all but guaranteeing a potentially remarkable shootout at Hoglund Ballpark this weekend. “I hope the wind isn’t blowing out,” KU coach Ritch Price said. “I look at the offensive numbers of Baylor’s team, and they’re scary. It’s going to be an interesting weekend.”
Royals remain perfect at home - Kansas City 2, Minnesota 1
K.C. moves to 10-0 at Kauffman, two wins short of major-league record
April 25, 2003
Too bad the Kansas City Royals have to go on the road. Then again, they’re playing great in all ballparks so far. Joe Randa hit a go-ahead double in the sixth inning, and Kansas City beat the Minnesota Twins, 2-1, Thursday to become the first team since 1987 to win its first 10 home games.
Burroughs hit by cell phone
Padres third baseman struck in foot at Wrigley Field
April 25, 2003
A 21-year-old man was charged Thursday night with misdemeanor reckless conduct for allegedly throwing a cell phone onto Wrigley Field during a Chicago Cubs game.
Briefly
April 25, 2003
¢ New regulations allow longer trucker shifts ¢ Father kills three sons, self, according to police ¢ Ranks of armed pilots to swell with training ¢ Judge: Moussaoui can see secret information
Briefly
April 25, 2003
¢ Steam whistle to return ¢ Lizard-loving benefactor donates to gecko’s car ¢ Lawrence Iraqi says family in Baghdad safe
Briefly
April 25, 2003
¢ Court employee accused of aiding felon ¢ KU professor to be honored at Illinois ¢ Sharpton cancels visit to Topeka ¢ Delta flight to Atlanta delayed after threat
Briefly
April 25, 2003
¢ Mandela’s ex-wife found guilty of fraud and theft ¢ Russian rocket ready for space station trip ¢ World’s first hydrogen service station opens ¢ Police file charges against Milosevic
Briefly
April 25, 2003
¢ American Airlines CEO quits ¢ GOP tries to link Democrats to Pelosi’s liberal record ¢ Judge: Prosecutors won’t have to prove shooter
SARS spread closes Chinese hospitals
Residents stock up on food, supplies
April 25, 2003
Authorities closed two hospitals and put patients and 2,000 workers under observation for the SARS virus, while across the city Thursday, anxious residents emptied grocery stores of rice, oil and frozen food in a bout of panic-buying. The closures were the latest action this week — along with the closing of public schools and plans for a quarantine — to try to contain severe acute respiratory syndrome, which killed four more people, raising Beijing’s death toll to 39.
Canada battles travel advisory, economic troubles
April 25, 2003
Canada’s largest city staggered Thursday under a health alert warning people to stay away because of the SARS outbreak, leaving shops mostly empty, more conventions canceled and growing fear of long-term economic damage.
Soldier song touches a chord
April 25, 2003
When Rachel Loy sat down to write a song about her friend serving in Iraq, she thought it could become an anthem for people whose loved ones were fighting in the war.
K.C. Zoo director resigns
April 25, 2003
Mark Wourms, director of the Kansas City Zoo, has resigned so the struggling animal park can hire a more business-minded leader in hopes of boosting flagging attendance.
Stoudemire tapped top rookie
Suns forward, who jumped from high school to NBA, already stellar
April 25, 2003
Amare Stoudemire won the NBA Rookie of the Year award Thursday, the first player to do so after coming to the league directly from high school.
Stewart playing it cool
Mercurial driver lost temper just once this season
April 25, 2003
Nine races into the season, and Tony Stewart has lost his infamous temper only once.
Rain puts small dent in drought so far
April 25, 2003
Above-average rainfall this month has left Kansans optimistic — not to mention soggy — but indicators still point to an enduring drought. “Things are looking a lot better than they did this time last year,” said Tom Lowe, environmental scientist with the Kansas Water Office in Topeka.
Hornish needs lift from Indianapolis 500
Two-time champion must reverse bad luck in IRL’s biggest race to turn around his slow-starting season
April 25, 2003
A poor start to the season has put two-time IRL champion Sam Hornish Jr. in the difficult position of hoping to turn his season around in the Indianapolis 500.
People
April 25, 2003
¢ Costas show to talk ‘Bull’ ¢ Puck gets in the Thicke of things ¢ Carrey ups child support
KU track gets third, fourth at Drake
April 25, 2003
Kansas University’s track and field teams picked up a pair of top-four placings during Day One of the Drake Relays.
Sideline
April 25, 2003
¢ Andretti changes mind, won’t race in Indy 500 ¢ Selig to step down in ‘06
Karl rips refs after Nets stifle Bucks
April 25, 2003
While everybody else watched Rodney Rogers sink the game-winning shot, George Karl swore he witnessed a mugging Thursday night.
Iverson’s scrappy play, not personal issues, defining his career
April 25, 2003
Even when Allen Iverson has a crummy game by his standards, the human pinball is a kick to watch.
Magic must help McGrady
Orlando standout can’t lift team past Pistons alone
April 25, 2003
Tracy McGrady’s play was mesmerizing during Orlando’s first two playoff games. Yet the Magic need to do more than gawk at their teammate to get past the Detroit Pistons.
Blazers’ playoff woes continuing
April 25, 2003
The Portland Trail Blazers head into today’s Game 3 with a postseason losing streak that has been three years in the making.
Horoscopes
April 25, 2003
Briefly
April 25, 2003
¢ Ancient skeleton likely even older ¢ Nissan to replace some Altima air bags
Diehl services
April 25, 2003
Decline in oil prices causes OPEC to reduce output
April 25, 2003
OPEC members agreed Thursday to cut their current oil output by 2 million barrels a day, or 7 percent, in an effort to head off more declines in oil prices. At the same time, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries temporarily raised its official output target to 25.4 million barrels, up 900,000 barrels a day from its existing ceiling.
Jayhawk tennis falls to Colorado
April 25, 2003
The Kansas University women’s tennis team’s season ended Thursday with a 5-2 loss to Colorado at the Big 12 Conference Championships at Kansas City Racquet Club.
Henson sold on baseball: ‘Forget’ football
April 25, 2003
Drew Henson isn’t about to give up his dreams of playing major league baseball to become an NFL quarterback.
Palmer, Rogers, Johnson should go 1-2-3 in draft
April 25, 2003
Curt Sylvester’s mock NFL draft.
Couples in control at Houston
April 25, 2003
Fred Couples continued the quest for his first PGA Tour victory in five years with a 7-under-par 65 that gave him a one-stroke lead Thursday over Stuart Appleby in the rain-interrupted opening round of the Houston Open.
Wie little wonder
13-year-old’s game wowing LPGA veterans
April 25, 2003
Michelle Wie worked her way through the bag before pulling out the club everyone came to see: the driver.
Celtics trip sloppy Pacers
April 25, 2003
The Boston Celtics got in the best shots and the Indiana Pacers kept missing as their physical series got rougher.
Clinton lies
April 25, 2003
Principal with a cherry on top
April 25, 2003
NFL draft loaded with linemen
April 25, 2003
It’s a “Save The Whales” draft.
Hip or hype?
National magazines leave Lawrence off top rock towns list
April 25, 2003
If the opinions of two of the largest national music magazines mean anything at all, Lawrence’s scene is somewhat less hip than it has been hyped. The May issue of Blender magazine, which hits newsstands this week, names its “20 Most Rock & Roll Towns in America,” including such sonic centers as Austin, Texas, New York City’s Williamsburg, and the more recently arisen scene in Omaha, Neb.
Plot twist makes for ‘Identity’ crisis
April 25, 2003
“The Sixth Sense” and “The Usual Suspects” definitely upped the ante for modern plot twists. But these movies were also compelling from start to finish, their jaw-dropping revelations merely icing on the cake. In the aftermath of those pictures comes a project like “Identity,” which sacrifices a fine cast and an atmospheric setting to spring a surprise that derails the momentum. Worse, the frustrating twist isn’t unleashed at the conclusion; it happens near the middle.
FDA says new heart stent ‘a significant breakthrough’
April 25, 2003
In a major advance for heart patients, the government has approved an eagerly awaited type of stent that emits a drug to help keep newly unblocked arteries from reclogging. But it has a big price tag.
Is it or isn’t it?
April 25, 2003
State officials may say they’re not raising taxes but many of their budget-balancing maneuvers still will hit taxpayers in the pocketbook. There’s more than one way to raise taxes. Kansas legislators and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius are pulling all sorts of budget maneuvers to avoid any discussion of tax increases this session.
Was war justified?
April 25, 2003
Amazing lady
April 25, 2003
Selfish attitude
April 25, 2003
Heroic fighters
April 25, 2003
GOP not looking inclusive
April 25, 2003
You will be relieved to learn that Rick Santorum is an all right guy. I got this from Arlen Specter who is, like Santorum, a Republican senator from Pennsylvania. Specter has been defending his colleague, who’s under fire for comments about gays that he made during a recent wire-service interview.
KU is lucky
April 25, 2003
Embarrassed fan
April 25, 2003
Bad priorities
April 25, 2003
Hadl as AD?
April 25, 2003
Research shows benefits of mammograms
April 25, 2003
Women who get regular mammograms could reduce their risk of dying from breast cancer by 28 percent, new research indicates.
U.S. hopes government will be ready next week
April 25, 2003
Iraq’s American administrator said Thursday he hoped to get government ministries up and running by late next week, and if necessary “we’ll buy the furniture” for them in this looted and burned-out capital.
Rumsfeld: Cleric leadership ‘isn’t going to happen’ in Iraq
April 25, 2003
The United States will not allow an Iran-style religious government to take hold in Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press. He also said Syria and others in the region would not be permitted to influence Iraq’s future.
Clerk takes over sheriff’s department
State law requires official to step into vacated office
April 25, 2003
An unusual series of events at the Trego County’s sheriff’s office has left the county clerk as the county’s chief law enforcement officer.
Briefcase
April 25, 2003
¢ Testimony questioned in HealthSouth lawsuit ¢ Serologicals plant on schedule to open ¢ UP earnings decline
Senior Saddam aide in custody
April 25, 2003
Tariq Aziz, perhaps the best-known Iraqi official after Saddam Hussein, has surrendered to U.S. authorities in Baghdad, U.S. Central Command confirmed late Thursday. Military officials would not give any details on the surrender or capture of the former Iraqi deputy prime minister, No. 43, the eight of spades, on the U.S. military’s 55 most-wanted list. He is the 12th senior Iraqi official to be detained.
Watkins Museum passes on grant
Underground Railroad project scrapped; critics fear opportunity lost
April 25, 2003
A plan to capture the history of the Underground Railroad in Kansas is history. Board members of the Douglas County Historical Society voted Thursday to reject a $20,470 grant from the National Park Service — a move some fear could jeopardize the area’s future as a center for historical tourism.
Third of city’s refuse reused rather than adding to landfill
April 25, 2003
The Earth Day parade is Saturday, but at least one indicator suggests every day is Earth Day for many Lawrence residents. Lawrence homeowners, tenants and businesses generated more than 180 tons of trash a day last year, enough to make mountains of the stuff. Almost two-thirds of it ended up in the Hamm Sanitary Landfill, five miles northwest of the city on U.S. Highway 24.
N. Korea warns U.S. of nuclear weapon use
April 25, 2003
North Korea’s lead official at nuclear weapons talks in China told a U.S. envoy that his country had nuclear weapons and might test, export or use them depending on U.S. actions, a senior American official said Thursday. The comment was made by North Korean delegate Ri Gun to Assistant Secretary of State James Kelly during a social gathering Wednesday following formal discussions on the North’s nuclear weapons program, said the senior U.S. official, speaking only on condition of anonymity.
Grier makes an off-color comeback
April 25, 2003
With its baffling title and audacious set, “The Book of David: The Cult Figure’s Manifesto Starring David Alan Grier” (9 p.m., Comedy Central) starts out as one of the most ambitious and high-concept comedy performances in years.
O.J. says no to reality show
April 25, 2003
Contrary to widely circulated reports, O.J. Simpson said Thursday he wouldn’t be the star of a reality television show, but might consider becoming a news commentator for actor Robert Blake’s murder trial.
Student kills principal, self at Pennsylvania school
April 25, 2003
A 14-year-old boy shot and killed his principal inside a crowded junior high cafeteria Thursday morning, then killed himself with a second gun, authorities said.
Iraqis likely destroyed most weapons, Bush says
April 25, 2003
President Bush raised the possibility Thursday that any Iraqi weapons of mass destruction were destroyed before or during the U.S.-led war, suggesting for the first time that coalition troops may come up empty in their search.
Ashcroft: Some illegal aliens can be detained indefinitely
April 25, 2003
Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft has decided to claim the sweeping power to keep undocumented immigrants in custody indefinitely for national security reasons even if immigration judges rule to release them on bond.
Bishop Seabury to have open house
April 25, 2003
The public is invited to catch a glimpse tonight of the rapid evolution of a Lawrence tennis club into an Episcopal school.
Filmmaker: School seeks revenge in suit
April 25, 2003
Kevin Willmott’s sons withdrew from Bishop Seabury Academy two years ago in protest, but their tuition bill at the private school continues to mount.
Factory orders, jobless claims rise in March
April 25, 2003
An unexpectedly strong advance in orders to factories for big-ticket goods spurred hope that the economy may be starting to rebound. However, the government also reported that new jobless benefit claims hit the highest level in a year.
Sebelius would renovate university residence hall
April 25, 2003
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius proposed Thursday to enlarge the state budget to provide more medical care to the needy, keep prison visitor centers open and renovate a Kansas University residence hall.
Merle B. Holladay
April 25, 2003
U.S. 59 freeway go-ahead nears
April 25, 2003
Clearance for making detailed plans for a new freeway alongside U.S. Highway 59 could come within a month, a state highway official said Thursday.
Court upholds charges against Wittig, ex-banker
April 25, 2003
A federal judge refused Thursday to dismiss charges against former Westar Energy Inc. chief David Wittig and a former Topeka bank president in an alleged loan and land scheme.
Resident gets 8 years for fatal stabbing
April 25, 2003
A Lawrence man received an eight-year prison sentence on Thursday for stabbing and killing a friend during an argument.
6Sports video: Meredith Mayo is April’s High School Scholar Athlete of the Month
April 25, 2003
The Free State soccer player can play any position on the field and master the books as well.
6Sports video: Former Jayhawk Gooden has been a stand-out in the NBA
April 25, 2003
Drew Gooden has played extremely well in his first year in the NBA, but not well enough to beat Amare Stoudemire for Rookie of the Year honors.
6News video: Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, speaks to KU students
April 25, 2003
The first female president of Ireland served as the U.N.’s High Commissioner for Human Rights for 12 years.
6News video: Watkins Museum’s board votes to cancel grant
April 25, 2003
The Watkins Community Museum of History’s board of directors thought the grant money could interfere with its own fundraising campaign.
On the record
April 25, 2003
Israel will invite Palestinian premier-designate for talks
April 25, 2003
Israel will invite Palestinian Prime Minister-designate Mahmoud Abbas to Jerusalem to discuss restarting the peace process once a new Palestinian Cabinet is in place, an Israeli official said Thursday.
U.S. senator calls for dissidents’ release
April 25, 2003
Sen. Tom Harkin asked Cuban President Fidel Castro on Thursday to free 75 dissidents sentenced to long prison terms in the nation’s harshest crackdown in decades.
$1 million given to law library
April 25, 2003
An alumnus of the Kansas University School of Law and his wife have donated $1 million toward library holdings at the school.
Lawrence briefs
April 25, 2003
¢ Police seek help locating suspect ¢ 11 other universities vie for presidential debate
Wilkes, Padgett recommit to KU
April 25, 2003
New Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self has completed a successful West Coast recruiting — make that re-recruiting — trip. Wednesday, Self visited the homes of KU signees David Padgett and Omar Wilkes, and after three- and two-hour meetings learned both players would honor their commitments to attend KU.
Athletes of the Week
April 25, 2003
Kansas men qualify No. 1, women No. 7 at nationals
April 25, 2003
Kansas University’s men’s bowling club was the No. 1 qualifier at the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships, and the KU women qualified seventh.
SARS has Kansas City wary of trip to Toronto
April 25, 2003
It was an apprehensive Kansas City baseball team that headed for Toronto Thursday night.
Anthony available for NBA draft
Syracuse freshman expected to be lottery pick
April 25, 2003
Syracuse freshman Carmelo Anthony, who led the Orangemen to their first national championship, will make himself eligible for the NBA draft.
Attacked ump has sobering message
But why not just let Royals take care of fence-jumpers at ballparks?
April 25, 2003
Laz Diaz isn’t used to this. People are greeting him with hugs. Fans have been cheering him.
Oakland’s Mulder masterful
A’s pitcher spins three-hit shutout against Tigers
April 25, 2003
Mark Mulder and his manager knew his left arm was fine when they went out golfing earlier this week and the pitcher was 1-over par after nine holes.
Utley’s slam fuels Phillies, 9-1
Rookie connects on home run for his first major-league hit
April 25, 2003
Chase Utley ran so fast around the bases he didn’t get to savor his first hit.
Henderson headed to independent team
Ex-major leaguer wants chance
April 25, 2003
Rickey Henderson wants another chance to reach the major leagues — even if it means starting over on the lowest rung of the minors, playing with guys half his age and making only $3,000 a month.
Ganassi’s latest find off to good Busch start
April 25, 2003
David Stremme has been a regular at race tracks ever since he was a baby in a booster seat with his mother stuffing cotton in his ears.
Stefanik eyes record-tying title
Busch North driver boasts eight NASCAR championship rings
April 25, 2003
Mike Stefanik stared at the fourth finger on his right hand when asked which of his NASCAR championship rings he was wearing.
Vasser to drive second Rahal entry in 500
April 25, 2003
Jimmy Vasser will drive a second Team Rahal entry in the Indianapolis 500, although he will have to miss the first weekend of qualifying because of a race in the rival CART series.
Federal agents to help identify Precious Doe body
FBI, Defense Department experts veterans of 9-11, space shuttle cases
April 25, 2003
The case of a little girl whose beheaded body was found here almost two years ago is about to get a new look as the FBI and Defense Department offer their help in trying to identify her and find her killer.
Daily ticker
April 25, 2003
H&R Block settles dispute over guarantee
Kansas City company to pay $3.3 million to help settle ‘Peace of Mind’ complaints
April 25, 2003
H&R Block Inc. has agreed to pay $3.3 million to settle a dispute with attorneys general for 41 states and the District of Columbia over whether the tax preparer obtained its clients’ consent before charging them for an accuracy guarantee. Under the settlement announced Thursday, $2.3 million will be divided among the 41 states, including Kansas, and the District of Columbia. An additional $1 million will be used to establish a consumer fund to provide refunds to eligible customers who received Block’s so-called “Peace of Mind” guarantee in 2001.
Firms use technology to cope with SARS
Silicon Valley companies depend on Asia to make billions of products
April 25, 2003
Al Sisto wouldn’t knowingly expose his employees to SARS, nor would he jeopardize his software firm’s revenue, two-thirds of which comes from Asia. So while the president and CEO of Phoenix Technologies declared all travel to Asia voluntary, he also upgraded his company’s Web-based video conferencing equipment.
World culture
April 25, 2003
Judge shares lessons gained from hard times
April 25, 2003
Tom Webb has every reason to be an angry man, but he’s not.
Former POWs released for leave
April 25, 2003
Five former prisoners of war from Fort Bliss, one of them a Kansan, have left a military hospital, a month after they were captured by Iraqi forces.
Alums Come Home IV” activities schedule
April 25, 2003
The schedule of workshops and other activities during “Alums Come Home IV” include:
KU grad brings ‘The Shape of Things’ to Lawrence
Filmmaker Neil LaBute screens latest as part of ‘Alums Come Home’
April 25, 2003
Neil LaBute’s film “The Shape of Things” is about a college romance that leads to manipulation and cruelty. It’s only fitting that LaBute should return to the campus that he and star Paul Rudd claim helped to inspire the story.