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6News video: City responds to Wal-Mart ruling
August 2, 2003
The city claims that there is a moratorium on building permits, which would stop Wal-Mart from building a new store at 6th and Wakarusa.
6News video: City will raise the tax no one in Lawrence should pay
August 2, 2003
The bed tax increase will benefit the Lawrence Visitors Bureau.
Many thanks
August 2, 2003
Appreciation
August 2, 2003
Evolution science
August 2, 2003
Detention bill angers Hutchinson parent
August 2, 2003
Reno County officials are reviewing their policy on billing parents whose children are in the youth detention center.
Surfers ride waves to seek higher power
August 2, 2003
As the white-tipped wave melts into the ocean, the surfer’s rush of adrenaline gives way other feelings. Some who ride the walls of water are making an unexpected discovery at that moment: They are finding God. Around the world, a subculture perhaps better known for sculpted bodies and slacker mindsets is finding spirituality. Some surfers say a flawless ride puts them in touch with a higher power. Others are taking those feelings and using the ocean as a pulpit from which to preach their faith.
Spirituality
August 2, 2003
¢ Bishop lifts suspension of Lutheran minister ¢ Banned message on brick prompts Chicago lawsuit
Shy boyfriend leaves woman at loss for words
August 2, 2003
My boyfriend doesn’t talk to me very much. He’s just a very quiet and shy person. Will he always be this way? I wish he’d tell me what he’s thinking and feeling.
Club news
August 2, 2003
4-H news
August 2, 2003
U.S. job market remains sluggish
August 2, 2003
The nation’s unemployment rate dipped to 6.2 percent in July, but businesses cut jobs for a sixth month in a row, still wary despite signs the economy is on the mend. With jobs scarce, close to half a million people gave up looking.
Economic conditions fall in Midwest, rise in Kansas
August 2, 2003
After a two-year high of optimism in the region’s economy, company leaders in nine states wavered a bit on the status of their businesses in July, a monthly survey indicated Friday.
Taxing dilemma: To spend or not to spend
IRS checks expected to help parents, national economy
August 2, 2003
For Kansas parents, chances are good the check is in the mail — but so too may be a dilemma. About 251,000 Kansas parents soon will receive a check for at least $400 from the Internal Revenue Service as part of a change in federal tax law that increased the Child Tax Credit to $1,000 from $600.
April-June storms cause $215M damage in state
August 2, 2003
Storms caused $215.48 million in property and crop damage across Kansas from April through June, according to figures released Friday. Included in that figure was a May 8 tornado in Lawrence that caused $5 million in damage. Other storms that day across eastern Kansas caused an additional $8.3 million in damage, according to figures from the Kansas Insurance Department.
Farmland plans to liquidate remaining assets
August 2, 2003
Bankrupt Farmland Industries Inc., once the nation’s largest farmer-owned cooperative, plans to sell off its remaining assets and use the proceeds to pay its debts.
West Nile confirmed in human
38-year-old Gray County resident is first person infected this year in Kansas
August 2, 2003
Kansas health officials have confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus in the state for 2003. A 38-year-old Gray County resident first reported signs of meningitis on July 20 and is now recovering, said Sharon Watson of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. West Nile virus can cause meningitis in humans.
Young working women face high STD risk
August 2, 2003
The stubborn epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases among young adults has long been largely blamed on the risky ways of college students. But research out Friday by Group Health shows young, single, working women are having even more unprotected sex — and with more partners — than students. The study of 1,100 single women — two-thirds from the Puget Sound area and one-third from North Carolina — pinpoints a previously overlooked high-risk group: sexually active women ages 18 to 25 outside the college setting. Among such women, 61 percent reported having sex without a condom in the past three months, compared with 56 percent of female college students.
Soul stars come to elephant’s aid
August 2, 2003
How do you make a six-story wooden elephant easier for the handicapped to enjoy?
American Idol’ winner sues hometown jersey maker
August 2, 2003
“American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard has sued hip-hop clothing maker 205 Flava Inc., saying the company wrongly profited from his image after he wore its jerseys on the singing competition.
Nebraska town lands nation’s largest hailstone
August 2, 2003
It’s official. The largest hailstone ever recovered in the United States fell nearly six weeks ago in Aurora, Neb., breaking a 33-year-old record.
American command distributes retouched photos of ‘new’ Saddam
August 2, 2003
Saddam the thick-bearded desert sheik? Saddam the kindly, gray-haired uncle?
Roseanne Toler
August 2, 2003
6News video: Foreign student registration starts
August 2, 2003
Every school in the district is responsible for registering foreign students.
Soldier, bride married via cell phone
August 2, 2003
A long-distance wedding almost fell through because nobody told the judge all the details. Everything was ready Wednesday afternoon at the Geary County Courthouse for Rebecca Lyn Mitchell to marry Sgt. 1st Class Chad Aldridge in a cell phone ceremony.
6Sports video: Big 12 dismissal of Kansas annoys QB Whittemore
August 2, 2003
The Jayhawks were picked last to win the Big 12 North, but the team wants to surprise the rest of the conference.
6Sports video: Tampa Bay runs past slipping Kansas City
August 2, 2003
The Royals have lost four in a row.
6Sports video: Giddens goes through surgery
August 2, 2003
J.R. Giddens decided that not having surgery to repair stress fracture would be unfair to his teammates.
6News video: Demolition derby is smashing
August 2, 2003
The derby was a high point in the Douglas County Free Fair.
6News video: Bullet crashes into Eudora home
August 2, 2003
The bullet misses one of the homeowners by a few inches.
6News video: Art a la Carte
August 2, 2003
As summer dwindles to a close, live arts performances are harder and harder to come by. But Lawrence’s Bowery Dancers have one show left to tide audiences over until fall seasons begin. The group of college-age dancers has been giving free outdoor concerts in South Park since then. Their final summer show begins at 4:30 tomorrow afternoon and runs again at 7:30.
Liberian president leaves capital
U.N. OKs security force
August 2, 2003
West African officials flew into this embattled capital Friday to press President Charles Taylor to cede power after peacekeepers arrive, but he avoided them. Hours later, the U.N. Security Council authorized a force to maintain order after Taylor departs.
Gay Episcopal bishop’s bid advances
August 2, 2003
A New Hampshire clergyman seeking to become the first openly gay elected bishop in the Episcopal Church won the first of three required votes at the denomination’s national meeting Friday.
Suicide bomber destroys Chechen military hospital
August 2, 2003
A suicide bomber rammed a truck packed with explosives Friday into a military hospital near Chechnya caring for dozens of Russian troops. Officials said at least 27 people were killed with 15 others feared trapped in the rubble.
Wal-Mart permit decision on hold
Officials won’t decide whether building can go forward until midweek
August 2, 2003
The city’s decision whether to grant building permits on land where Wal-Mart wants to build won’t come before midweek, an official said Friday. Douglas County District Judge Michael Malone on Thursday ordered a formal decision on the future of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive be made by Aug. 7. But his decision came during the dog days of summer at City Hall.
On the record
August 2, 2003
Opener nearing for K.C.
Chiefs coach Vermeil fan of Hall of Fame Game
August 2, 2003
The Kansas City Chiefs wrapped up their 23rd practice of training camp Friday with their final workout in full pads before Monday night’s preseason opener against the Green Bay Packers.
Pena: Don’t panic - Tampa Bay 9, Kansas City 6
Royals suffer fourth straight setback
August 2, 2003
Travis Lee’s timely hitting kept Tampa Bay on the right track. Lee homered and drove in four runs as the Devil Rays won their fourth in a row, beating the slumping Kansas City Royals, 9-6, Friday night.
College coaches have to keep close eye on charges
August 2, 2003
Basketball coach Bill Self of Kansas University and football coach Jim Tressel of Ohio State up to now have had divergent approaches to keeping in touch with their athletes. But in view of the alleged Baylor basketball murder and recent events involving O-State running back Maurice Clarett, I’d guess Tressel soon will move a lot closer to the Self policy.
Baylor brass will attend funeral
President Sloan, coach Bliss among group to honor player
August 2, 2003
Baylor University will send a high-level delegation to the funeral for slain basketball player Patrick Dennehy, an athletic department spokesman said Friday.
A-Rod must stay for Texas to improve
August 2, 2003
Baseball fans have endured many things in the 32-year history of the Texas Rangers. For the most part, they have willingly and patiently obliged.
Ex-girlfriend: MU player cheated at Barton
August 2, 2003
Ricky Clemons’ ex-girlfriend told prosecutors the former Missouri basketball player was given answers to exams while attending a Kansas junior college, according to court records.
Baker University to be host to spiritual rally
August 2, 2003
Two years ago, Larry Kline of Lawrence attended a United Methodist Men’s conference at Purdue University that featured speakers such as the Rev. Tony Campolo, a nationally recognized evangelist, and Tom Osborne, former head football coach at Nebraska. Billed as the “Christ’s Men in the New Millennium 8th International United Methodist Men Congress,” Kline was so impressed by the fellowship at the event that he wanted to create something similar in the Lawrence area.
Redman powers Pirates
After being called up, outfielder rips pair of triples
August 2, 2003
As comebacks go, this was one to remember.
Hentgen proves his worth
After not being traded, Orioles pitcher responds with gem against Red Sox
August 2, 2003
Enjoying his finest performance in years, Pat Hentgen looked far more like a former Cy Young award winner than a pitcher who underwent elbow surgery just 24 months earlier.
New York Jets coach Edwards no stranger to Japan
August 2, 2003
Determined to bring a festive football atmosphere to today’s American Bowl, NFL officials moved this year’s kickoff to 6 p.m. local time instead of the traditional Sunday morning.
Junqueira earns pole at ‘perfect’ track
August 2, 2003
Bruno Junqueira earned a spot in the front row Friday for the Mario Andretti Grand Prix at Road America, the Brazilian’s favorite course on the CART circuit.
Ralf early qualifying leader
August 2, 2003
Ralf Schumacher didn’t go all out yet still led Williams-BMW into the top two spots Friday in pre-qualifying at the German Grand Prix.
Jones services
August 2, 2003
Emerson David Kemp
August 2, 2003
Anne P. ‘Pat’ Page
August 2, 2003
District complies with 9-11 law
Schools must provide information on foreign exchange students
August 2, 2003
Universities aren’t the only institutions dealing with stricter government regulations on international students after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Lawrence public school officials said they met a Friday deadline for submitting information on foreign exchange students planning to study this fall in Lawrence.
Temporary tank to help Perry save water, money in drought watch
August 2, 2003
Pete McHardie has been trying for years to come up with a way to save water and money while the Perry city water tank is shut down for inspections. “I’ve been here 18 years, and I’ve always thought there’s got to be a better way,” McHardie, Perry maintenance superintendent, said.
Renegades’ season ends
August 2, 2003
Lawrence’s Renegades allowed just six hits, but suffered another close loss and saw their season end in the USSSA World Series.
Congress assesses progress at break
August 2, 2003
Majority Republicans claimed progress on economic, health and energy legislation as a fractious Senate began its summer recess Friday. Democrats agreed there was movement but said it was largely in the wrong direction.
Columbia investigator cites NASA culture as barrier to change
August 2, 2003
A Nobel Prize-winning member of the board investigating the space shuttle Columbia disaster says he fears NASA may be doomed to suffer more tragedies unless it changes the culture that has led to flawed decision-making.
D.A. subpoenas Topeka records on purchases by city employees
Mayor defends oversight, says expenditures were proper
August 2, 2003
A prosecutor has demanded records of purchases by municipal employees, according to Mayor Butch Felker, who finds himself defending the city’s oversight and some of the expenditures.
Daily ticker
August 2, 2003
Hands-on history will be goal of 2004 Kansas Chautauqua
August 2, 2003
Fred Krebs would rather not give a lecture to explain how Stephen Douglas orchestrated the 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act. He’d prefer to don a black wig and top hat and give a speech by Douglas, the senator from Illinois who sponsored the act.
Daughters say they don’t know where Saddam is
Sisters speak fondly of last meeting with their father
August 2, 2003
Saddam Hussein’s daughters, in interviews Friday, expressed deep affection for their father but said they didn’t know where he was and last saw him a week before the Iraq war started. Raghad Saddam Hussein and Rana Hussein, who received sanctuary a day earlier in Jordan, appeared relaxed as they spoke with CNN and the Arab satellite station Al-Arabiya at a royal palace in Amman, where they are staying with their nine children.
Saturday night TV now lifeless
August 2, 2003
Once a showcase for popular series, including “M*A*S*H,” “All in the Family” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” Saturday nights have devolved into video landfill where the networks can bury stiffs like the revived “Hunter” and the last unseen episodes of “Just Shoot Me.” No wonder viewers have been driven from their living rooms.
Andretti off to good start
August 2, 2003
Not even a slight brush with the wall could spoil John Andretti’s sudden turn of good luck.
Friends and neighbors
August 2, 2003
3rd Congressional District field expands on GOP side
August 2, 2003
A second Republican has entered the race to challenge Democratic Rep. Dennis Moore next year in northeast Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District.
Free concerts cap Bowery Dancers’ summer season
August 2, 2003
People
August 2, 2003
¢ The Boss must tone it down ¢ Timberlake not so pop-ular? ¢ Rap mogul may be target
City will consider hotel tax increase
Funding would boost revenue for visitors bureau
August 2, 2003
When the Olathe-based National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics was looking for a national championship site, the group didn’t have to look farther than its own back yard. “We have schools in Canada, California, Kentucky, Texas,” said Kelly Noonan, an NAIA development assistant. “We like a central location with easy travel in and out.”
Democrats losing the middle
August 2, 2003
It is a truism in politics that around 40 percent of the voters will vote for the Republican presidential candidate and about the same percentage will vote for the Democratic Party’s candidate. The battle is for the middle 20 percent.
Briefly
August 2, 2003
¢ U.S. says bilateral talks with North Korea possible ¢ Former L.A. mayor likely to join governor’s race ¢ Wildlife blamed for cat deaths ¢ Student accused of hacking
Briefly
August 2, 2003
¢ FDA removes label from fake fat olestra ¢ Jury convicts ‘bully’ in small-town killings ¢ Judges tap reserve fund to pay civil trial jurors ¢ Car-seat recall extended
Bateson services
August 2, 2003
Sources: 9-11 report suggests Saudi ties
August 2, 2003
Classified sections of Congress’ Sept. 11 report lay out a web of connections among Saudi businessmen, royal family, charities and banks that may have aided al-Qaida or the suicide hijackers, according to people who have seen the report. The report raises the possibility that one or more Saudi men who were connected to some of the hijackers or their acquaintances were tied to Saudi intelligence.
KU recruit Giddens undergoes surgery
August 2, 2003
J.R. Giddens had hoped to avoid surgery on his left foot this summer. He wasn’t successful.
Bowie blazes to lead at Women’s British
August 2, 2003
If Heather Bowie is going to hold on at the Women’s British Open for her first pro title, she’ll have to fend off the likes of Annika Sorenstam, Karrie Webb and Se Ri Pak.
Race at Indy young, but already special
August 2, 2003
Of all the trophies Bobby Labonte has won, he keeps just two at home: from the 2000 Winston Cup championship and that year’s Brickyard 400.
Fashion followers write book on fame
August 2, 2003
The downside to being famous is that everything is borrowed.
6News video: Dole Institute receives visitors
August 2, 2003
Thousands of visitors have come to the Institute since the dedication ceremony. Richard Norton Smith, director of the Institute, says that he may have to hire more staff to handle the number of visitors.
6News video: Superintendent Randy Weseman promises greater access
August 2, 2003
In response to complaints from the school board, Weseman will spend time every week with board members to address their concerns.
Corrections
August 2, 2003
Raiders roll into Legion state baseball semifinals
August 2, 2003
After the Raiders’ second straight victory at the American Legion AAA state tournament Friday at Larks Park, Lawrence coach Carl Brooks struck up a conversation with Raiders parent Mark Mangino — head football coach at Kansas University. Mangino congratulated Brooks on his team’s 16-6 run-rule victory over Olathe North, but informed him if the Raiders played Sunday for the championship he couldn’t attend because Sunday was the first official day of the football season.
Briefly
August 2, 2003
¢ Moore says chances ‘very high’ he’ll run again ¢ Accomplice in slaying receives probation ¢ No decision yet made on charges in fight case ¢ Plea agreement delayed in elderly victim’s death
Embattled Blair reaches milestone as Labor prime minister
August 2, 2003
After six years and 93 days in office, Tony Blair will notch the longest continuous service by a Labor Party prime minister today — a personal triumph and a record for the party he transformed.
Around and about
August 2, 2003
U.S. captures two ‘important’ Iraqis
Tape attributed to Saddam says he’ll regain power soon
August 2, 2003
U.S. forces grabbed two “important associates of the former regime” and a bodyguard suspected of protecting top Iraqi fugitives Friday, seizing documents and photographs they hoped would help the search for Saddam Hussein.
Aide: Saddam strategy on WMD backfired
August 2, 2003
A close aide to Saddam Hussein says the Iraqi dictator did in fact get rid of his weapons of mass destruction but deliberately kept the world guessing about it in an effort to divide the international community and stave off a U.S. invasion.
Ex-girlfriend says coaches gave Clemons clothes, cash
August 2, 2003
Missouri is investigating allegations made by former basketball player Ricky Clemons’ ex-girlfriend that the athlete received cash and clothing from coaches, a school official said Friday.
Woods, field chasing DiMarco
August 2, 2003
Tiger Woods threw his hands in the air, smiled and laughed.
Christian comedy
Lawrence woman takes skewed view of faithful life
August 2, 2003
Linda Havenor’s house is the one with a diaper — a clean one — taped to the front door. That’s how Havenor, 34 and a mother of five young children, lets first-time visitors know they found the right home in an unfamiliar Lawrence neighborhood.
Briefly
August 2, 2003
¢ Protesters demand release of Palestinians ¢ Senate approves new war crimes law ¢ At least three killed in gunbattle near border ¢ Three Germans claim Lindbergh as father
Society calendar
August 2, 2003
Derby delights fairgoers
August 2, 2003
Engines roared and mud flew as metal collided with metal Friday night, much to the glee of at least 3,000 people getting their annual fix of Douglas County Free Fair demolition derby chaos. “It’s a good way to spend a Friday night,” said Brian Craig, Baldwin, who has been watching the derby for three or four years.
You’ll get hurt’
August 2, 2003
Americans in Iraq will accept dissent in their peace and order efforts — up to a point. Many good people are working to create a climate of peace and order in Iraq after the toppling of the Saddam Hussein regime. While progress is being made in many categories at a number of locales, dangers persist in the unsettled “postwar” period. Guerrilla attacks continue, and Americans are being hurt and killed despite the best of intentions of the newcomers.
Engagements
August 2, 2003
Suspect charged in arson deaths of five Ohio students
August 2, 2003
A man who police say made his living stealing car stereos and has a history of setting fires was charged Friday with killing five college students in an arson near Ohio State University.
Doctors perform three simultaneous kidney transplants
August 2, 2003
Johns Hopkins University surgeons performed three simultaneous kidney transplants in a complex piece of medical choreography that had nurses rushing organs in labeled coolers among six operating rooms.
State universities must strive for educational excellence
August 2, 2003
Last week, this writer asked whether, given the state’s current fiscal restraints, it might be appropriate to consider a change in the way the Kansas Board of Regents universities are administered. Presently, there are presidents at Kansas State University, Emporia State University, Wichita State University, Fort Hays State University and Pittsburg State University and a chancellor at Kansas University.
Johnson struggling with Spurrier system
Veteran QB looks like rookie in drills
August 2, 2003
Rob Johnson is trying to learn to play the Steve Spurrier way. Sometimes it makes the 30-year-old quarterback look like a rookie.
Parcells making rookies earn Cowboys star
August 2, 2003
Wherever Bill Parcells has coached, he has issued rookies helmets without the team decal, saying he wants them to earn it. He found that to be a bit difficult in Dallas, where the star on the helmet is a highly marketable icon.
Anniversaries
August 2, 2003
Dispute pits church against workers
August 2, 2003
A rare attempt to unionize by Roman Catholic workers in South Texas has resulted in a nasty dispute, with one priest leaving a parish where there have been daily protests outside the church.
Religion briefs
August 2, 2003
Briefcase
August 2, 2003
¢ ChevronTexaco to sell stations to boost profits ¢ American offered bonus to keep K.C. facility open ¢ Aquila seeks increase in Missouri gas rates ¢ Big Three automakers report drop in sales
Browns, QBs want decision on starter
Couch, Holcomb hope coach Davis makes move soon
August 2, 2003
Tim Couch and Kelly Holcomb wouldn’t mind an answer — soon.
Topekan’s bond set at $100,000 in hoax case
August 2, 2003
A woman with a history of mental illness who is accused of perpetrating a hoax on an Indiana couple by claiming to be their long-lost daughter was ordered held on $100,000 bond Friday.
Riley, Shock clip slumping Liberty
August 2, 2003
The Detroit Shock showed why they have the best record in the WNBA.
Horoscopes
August 2, 2003
Patching the wall between church, state
August 2, 2003
So it takes an ecumenical group of zealots charging anti-Catholicism in an ad running in a state with a Greek Orthodox senator to make me fully understand the word chutzpah. I guess this is what it means to live in a multicultural society? This display of sheer gall began with the nomination of Alabama Atty. Gen. William Pryor to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Pryor is anti-abortion, anti-gay rights, pro-school prayer. And Catholic. He most notably said, “God has chosen, through his son Jesus Christ, this time and this place for all Christians … to save our country and save our courts.”
Scouting news
August 2, 2003
Area briefs
August 2, 2003
¢ Candidates seek post on Court of Appeals ¢ Rally encourages public breast-feeding ¢ Golden Eagle released from zoo captivity ¢ Lawrence organization receives federal grant
Pimp appeal attracts rappers
HBO documentaries influence celebrity status
August 2, 2003
Ten years ago, it seemed as if every rapper wanted to be a gangsta. Now, everyone wants to be a pimp.
Weddings
August 2, 2003