Archive for Tuesday, August 5, 2003

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Police investigating report of assault at park
August 5, 2003
(Web Posted Tuesday at 12:27 p.m.) Police are investigating a possible attempted assault of a female in her mid-20s Tuesday morning at Naismith Park.
Flashback
August 5, 2003
Seeking ‘Truth’
August 5, 2003
Imminent threat
August 5, 2003
Atrocious
Why aren’t vehicular criminals denied the right to drive, ever again?
August 5, 2003
It’s always ghastly to read about a substance abuser who mishandles a motor vehicle and takes a toll of innocents. The pain and revulsion are heightened when the guilty party has a string of citations for drunken or drug-altered driving.
Cause for optimism in the age of terrorism
August 5, 2003
As the clock counts down to the second anniversary of Sept. 11, Americans have not adapted as well as I had hoped to the age of terrorism. Too many people continue to search for scapegoats, express surprise at terrorists’ excesses, and behave in a manner that suggests either near-panic or hopelessness.
U.S. men closer to Pan Am medal
Basketball team holds off Uruguay; women surprise Brazil
August 5, 2003
The U.S. men’s basketball team was 85 seconds from leaving the Pan American Games without a medal.
Democrats missing voters
August 5, 2003
This year, Democratic presidential candidates have a different agenda. Last summer, many addressed the Democratic Leadership Council, attacking President Bush and stressing their fealty to the centrist, New Democratic philosophy that helped Bill Clinton win two White House terms.
Passion’ a disturbing account
August 5, 2003
Last month in Washington, 50 people attended a private screening of actor Mel Gibson’s new film, “The Passion,” about the last 12 hours in the earthly life of Jesus Christ.
James: Health makes ‘big difference’
Colts running back seems to be fully recovered two years after surgery
August 5, 2003
Edgerrin James appears to be back in form. In the first week of the Indianapolis Colts’ training camp, the two-time NFL rushing champ is making moves he couldn’t make last season, the year after he underwent surgery on his left knee.
Bishop Seabury student eagerly awaits trip to France
August 5, 2003
Being an exchange student has been something I have wanted to do most of my life. It started when I was in third grade and my mom told me stories about her friends who traveled. The stories were inspiring, and I found the idea of experiencing a new culture to be exhilarating.
Student participation
Researchers, counselors question how much is too much
August 5, 2003
School counselors and researchers agree that high school sports produce more than dumb jocks, and band practice can motivate students academically. When students participate in extracurricular activities, their grades and attendance go up on average, while dropout rates and discipline problems tend to go down, according to reports during the past 20 years by the National Federation of State High School Associations and the National Center for Education Statistics.
Brewers challenge for new skipper
Yost used to winning
August 5, 2003
When Ned Yost looks across the field to night at Miller Park, he’ll see the best team in the major leagues, one that he was a part of for 12 years before being named manager of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Marlins owner has faith in Miami
Florida fans starting to believe in rebuilding franchise again
August 5, 2003
From his seat near home plate, Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria can hear the chatter on the field and in the dugout. He’s also within earshot of the fans behind him in section 146.
Kobe will be phased out as endorser
August 5, 2003
The maker of Nutella chocolate spread said Monday it is phasing out endorsements from Kobe Bryant in part because of the sexual assault charge against the NBA superstar.
Sam, Smith lead Lynx
August 5, 2003
Sheri Sam was at her best when the Minnesota Lynx needed her most, and so was Katie Smith.
Nebraska to upgrade stadium
August 5, 2003
After being inundated with suggestions from Cornhusker fans, Nebraska athletic director Steve Pederson Monday announced several improvements to Memorial Stadium.
Local ministers watching proceedings with interest
August 5, 2003
At least one Episcopal minister in Lawrence isn’t concerned about the possibility that the church could confirm the first openly gay bishop in the worldwide Anglican Community.
Israel halts plans to pull troops from West Bank
August 5, 2003
Israeli officials on Monday halted plans to return control of more West Bank cities to the Palestinians after Palestinian security forces failed to prevent a shooting attack late Sunday that injured four Israelis outside a Jewish settlement in the West Bank.
CIA believes al-Qaida recording authentic
August 5, 2003
An audiotape from Osama bin Laden’s top deputy warning that the United States will pay dearly if it harms detainees at Guantanamo Bay is probably authentic, a CIA official said Monday.
Jefferson County 4-H Fair offers festivities
August 5, 2003
The Jefferson County 4-H Fair opened Monday with a flurry of activities, including some judging of nonlivestock exhibits.
Norman R. Hamm
August 5, 2003
On the record
August 5, 2003
Sheep electrocuted at fair
August 5, 2003
Eleven sheep — including the grand champion and reserve champion — were found dead Monday morning at the Cowley County Fair after being electrocuted.
S. African AIDS activist ends pledge not to take medication
August 5, 2003
South Africa’s top AIDS activist said Monday he was abandoning his pledge not to take potentially lifesaving AIDS drugs, ending an unsuccessful effort to force the government to give its people the medicine.
Major changes recommended in national vaccination program
August 5, 2003
To ensure that all Americans get needed vaccinations, the government should require medical insurance to cover the shots and should provide vouchers to people without insurance, a panel of medical experts recommended Monday.
Daily ticker
August 5, 2003
Court gave sex offender second chances
Now charged with molesting young children, convict given extensions to finish therapy
August 5, 2003
A 28-year-old Lawrence man charged with molesting three children earlier this year has a controversial sex-crime sentence in his past. When the man was convicted in 1995 of groping women on the street, a judge let him out of jail so he could receive therapy at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center. Once out of jail, the man violated probation repeatedly by failing to complete the therapy program on time, but each time a judge extended his probation instead of sending him back to jail, according to court records.
Farmland auction set for October
Sale won’t include plant’s 467 acres of property
August 5, 2003
There will be an auction in late October at the closed Farmland Industries fertilizer plant east of Lawrence, but it won’t determine a new owner for the 467-acre piece of property.
Economic report signals manufacturing on mend
August 5, 2003
America’s manufacturers saw demand for their products rise in June by the largest amount in three months, another encouraging sign that the fragile factory sector is on the mend along with the rest of the economy.
Commodities
August 5, 2003
Powell to continue FCC leadership
Champion of deregulation faces challenge
August 5, 2003
Soon after joining the Federal Communications Commission, Michael Powell said one of his mottos would be: “Fight with ideas and not emotion.”
Westport merchants praise cover charge
Businesses in Kansas City district support concept aimed at reducing underage crowd
August 5, 2003
A plan to reduce Saturday night crowds of loitering teenagers in Westport has drawn thousands of older, paying customers to the busy entertainment district without many problems, police and merchants say.
Families raise reward in double slayings
August 5, 2003
After a year’s frustration, relatives of a man and woman who were shot to death in a Topeka duplex hope the offer of a $20,000 reward will prompt someone to remember something about the killings.
Court to issue Blue Cross decision
August 5, 2003
The Kansas Supreme Court plans to issue a decision Wednesday on the proposed acquisition of the state’s largest health-insurance company by an Indiana firm.
City briefs
August 5, 2003
¢ School funding rally set for Aug. 23 ¢ Topekan arrested for public masturbation ¢ Double lung transplant called a success
6News video: Concert, auction mark end of 2003 fair
August 5, 2003
The 2003 Douglas County Free Fair ended on Sunday, and organizers are already setting their sights on next year’s events.
6News video: Affordable housing plan sought
August 5, 2003
City officials are looking at several proposals to help in the funding of affordable housing.
6News video: Lawrence rehauls report cards
August 5, 2003
Kindergarden through sixth grade students will be seeing a difference in their grade cards this year.
6Sports video: Chiefs’ win marred by injury, weather
August 5, 2003
Priest Holmes took to the field again in KC’s 0-9 pre-season win over Green Bay.
6Sports video: Royals win opener in Chicago
August 5, 2003
Kansas City maintains its division lead with a 13-9 win.
6Sports video: Raiders ready for regional play
August 5, 2003
Lawrence has featured an explosive offense in Coach Carl Brooks’ final year.
6Sports video: ‘Hawks open second year under Mangino
August 5, 2003
Kansas players are optimistic as practice commences.
Liberians cheer peacekeepers’ arrival
August 5, 2003
Leaping from white U.N. helicopters into a torrential rain, heavily armed Nigerian peacekeepers arrived Monday in Liberia, ending weeks of uncertainty over an international rescue mission and bringing hope to desperate civilians.
Federal fund balance tips toward Kansas
State receives $1.13 for every tax dollar
August 5, 2003
If you think your federal taxes are high, perhaps this will provide some solace: A new report shows Kansas is among the states that receive more federal dollars than they send to Washington, D.C. Kansas receives $1.13 in spending from the federal government for every $1 it sends in taxes to the federal treasury, according to a report released Monday by the Tax Foundation.
District revamps report cards
Lawrence aims for better analysis of elementary students’ progress
August 5, 2003
Lawrence parents might need instruction guides to maneuver through the district’s new elementary school report cards. While the public school district’s updated cards may stump people initially, district administrators and teachers said Monday they were convinced the changes offered better analysis of student progress at each grade level.
Board eyes city housing options
Property transfer fees, more ‘mixed-use’ zones among funding ideas
August 5, 2003
Two years after the Lawrence City Commission created a board to improve affordable housing opportunities, officials are still struggling with how to pay for such projects. Several ideas have emerged this summer, but even their backers say it may take time before the proposals become policy.
Schools to offer western Kansans more degree options
Kansas State, Fort Hays, Emporia State among collaborators; KU will not participate yet
August 5, 2003
Kansas University is taking a wait-and-see approach to a new initiative aimed at offering four-year and advanced degrees to western Kansas residents.
Medical guidelines due for teens who want gastric bypass surgery
August 5, 2003
Amy Topel had tried exercise, weight-loss pills and every diet, real or fad, around. But at age 15, she’d reached 260 pounds and a difficult decision: It was time to try surgery.
Governors seek cut on prescription costs for elderly poor
August 5, 2003
The nation’s governors, facing large budget deficits, are pressing lawmakers to lift the states’ $7-billion-a-year burden of paying for prescription drugs for the 6.2 million Americans who receive both Medicare and Medicaid.
Forest Service exhausts this year’s firefighting funds
August 5, 2003
The Forest Service has exhausted its firefighting budget at a time that more than two dozen large wildfires are raging in the West.
VA overhaul would close 7 hospitals; Kansas spared
August 5, 2003
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced a plan Monday to close seven VA hospitals, open others and retarget services in a broad restructuring of its health care services.
Briefcase
August 5, 2003
¢ U.S. Steel takes loss ¢ Sprint, Qwest strike deal ¢ Westar set to sell more ONEOK stock ¢ Atchison company declares bankruptcy
KU student wants to begin chapter of environmental group
New Public Interest Research Group would be state’s first
August 5, 2003
In Kansas, the environmentalist agenda is driven by the Sierra Club, Kansas Audubon Council and the Kansas Natural Resource Council. Alexandria Sanford wants to put a fourth driver behind the green wheel — a Public Interest Research Group, or PIRG.
First group of volunteers for Iraqi army begins training
August 5, 2003
The U.S. military on Monday took 400 volunteers for the new Iraqi army to the northern city of Kirkuk to begin two months basic training, and American forces passed a third straight day without reporting the loss of a soldier in combat.
Bryants have faced hurdles
Kobe, wife overcame challenges together long before sexual assault case
August 5, 2003
They met at a music video shoot. She was an 18-year-old high school student working as a background model. He was 21, living in wealthy Pacific Palisades with a huge NBA contract and millions of dollars in endorsement deals.
Browns’ Brown making progress
August 5, 2003
Another training camp, another return from a season-ending injury for Courtney Brown.
Horoscopes
August 5, 2003
For Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2003
Raiders await regional
August 5, 2003
Only one team — the Kansas champion Lawrence Raiders — has qualified for the Region 6 American Legion baseball tournament next week in New Ulm, Minn. Championship tournaments in the other states ticketed for that regional aren’t scheduled to begin until late this week.
Zambrano baffles Jays
Tampa Bay starter earns ninth win, 10-1
August 5, 2003
Victor Zambrano made pitching out of trouble look easy. Zambrano threw seven scoreless innings, and Julio Lugo homered and tied a career high with five RBIs as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 10-1, Monday night.
Radke, Twins survive Orioles, 3-2
August 5, 2003
Mike Hargrove had two words to describe the Baltimore debut of Damian Moss: “As advertised.”
Allen Fieldhouse court to have new look
Jayhawk to replace Kansas at midcourt
August 5, 2003
Kansas University’s James Naismith court is undergoing a facelift. Workers began sanding the basketball hardwood at tradition-rich Allen Fieldhouse Saturday and will continue painting and sanding through Labor Day weekend, with the court likely available for KU men’s and women’s pick-up games by Sept. 2.
Allegations delay vote on bishop
August 5, 2003
Plans by Episcopalian leaders to vote on confirming the church’s first openly gay elected bishop were thrown into turmoil Monday when allegations emerged that he inappropriately touched a man and was affiliated with a youth Web site that had a link to pornography.
Lawrence business taps into home trend
Natural Stone Imports aims to profit from sales of granite, other stones
August 5, 2003
Lawrence businessman Larry Connell thinks he has found a rock-solid trend in the home building industry — granite. He hopes his East Lawrence company, Natural Stone Imports, will prove it.
Italy kick-starts Boeing’s work on 767 tanker line
U.S. expected to sign $16 billion leasing deal that could create 3,000 jobs in Wichita
August 5, 2003
The arrival of Boeing Co.’s first 767 airplane to be modified as a refueling tanker for the Italian Air Force was ceremoniously marked Monday as the start of a new production line that could be important to the city’s economic future.
Briefly
August 5, 2003
¢ Larry Flynt announces plan to run for governor ¢ Bali bar attacked in terror strike reopens
Briefly
August 5, 2003
¢ MLK’s son to join hanging investigation ¢ Governor to judges: Back off on pay raises ¢ City to file charges on DNA profiles ¢ Prison term given for Sequoia wildfire
Judge denies Bryant’s request to ban cameras
August 5, 2003
The judge in the Kobe Bryant case Monday rejected the NBA star’s request to keep cameras out of the courtroom during his first court appearance on a sexual assault charge.
Local briefs
August 5, 2003
¢ Driver claims motorist fired gunshots at car ¢ Bar fight ends in stabbing ¢ 10-year-old injured in fall at aquatic center ¢ City meeting rescheduled ¢ Support group to meet
Protesters: Imposter needs treatment, not jail time
August 5, 2003
A woman who is accused of trying to convince an Indiana family that she was their long-lost daughter needs mental health services rather than jail time, a small group of protesters contended Monday.
School reconsiders donation from sheik
President of United Arab Emirates associated with anti-Semitic think tank
August 5, 2003
Parents were excited when a $15,000 pledge that would enable them to keep class sizes down at the elementary school came in from halfway around the world. But now they are wondering whether to return the money.
Traditions return at Vinland Fair
August 5, 2003
Those seeking some old-fashioned fun this weekend need only look a little south of Lawrence to the Vinland Fairgrounds.
People
August 5, 2003
¢ Prince Harry — Lord of the Ladies ¢ Meg Ryan ditches the good girl ¢ Leno to get ‘Queer Eye’ makeover ¢ Eminem’s had it with bullying
Royals hold off White Sox
August 5, 2003
Aaron Guiel and the Kansas City Royals aren’t quite ready to hand over control of their division. Guiel hit a three-run double in a seven-run sixth inning and Kansas City beat the Chicago White Sox, 13-9, Monday night, which extended its AL Central lead to three games.
Jayhawks must retool offensive line
Coker only returning starter up front for KU
August 5, 2003
Kansas University offensive coordinator Nick Quartaro expects Tony Coker to play a big role in the Jayhawks’ revamped offensive line, and not just because the 6-foot-5, 320-pound junior is KU’s only returning starter up front.
Brooks to go out on top
Lawrence coach retiring when Legion season ends
August 5, 2003
Back in the early 1970s when I thought I was God’s gift to sports writing, Carl Brooks was suffering from a similar age-impaired lack of humility. Brooks was head coach of the Lawrence Legion Hawks B-team then. He was young and headstrong and convinced he could coach a band of ragamuffins to a national championship while blindfolded, hog-tied and taking a nap.
Memphis still dark 2 weeks after storm
August 5, 2003
For nearly two weeks, extension cords have crisscrossed streets, generators have been running at full bore and residents have been getting by with flashlights and splashes of water in the face.
Tell it like it is: These guys are too fat
NFL must recognize linemen’s problems are because they have become too massive
August 5, 2003
Instead of trying to dance around the real reason for the increasing number of heat-related, training-camp collapses, why won’t some NFL team physician put it in a way that everybody understands: The players are too freaking fat.
Briefly
August 5, 2003
¢ Flames engulf bourbon warehouse ¢ Powell denies report on plan to resign ¢ S.C. senator plans to retire
Briefly
August 5, 2003
¢ Fires devastate towns in western provinces ¢ Clinton to lead tribute to Srebrenica victims ¢ Ailing president’s son becomes prime minister
Cancer awareness event planned for October
August 5, 2003
Planning is starting for a daylong October event in downtown Ottawa to raise awareness of breast cancer.
No safe smoke
August 5, 2003
Smoltz on pace to shatter saves record
Atlanta’s closer threatening mark of 57 set by Thigpen in 1990
August 5, 2003
John Smoltz got to spend an entire game in the dugout. No pressure. No apprehension. No wondering if he’d get called on to pitch.
Sorenstam savors a major year
LPGA standout completed career Grand Slam by winning Women’s British Open
August 5, 2003
Louise Suggs, an LPGA Tour founder and the first woman to complete the Grand Slam, was among those who worried that Annika Sorenstam would bring harm to women’s golf if she failed miserably at the Colonial.
Chiefs top Packers in shortened exhibition
Kansas City lineman Jones leaves game with neck injury
August 5, 2003
Priest Holmes expected to have a short night. Everyone else got one, too. Holmes, whose 2002 season ended early with a hip injury, passed the biggest test yet in his comeback as the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Green Bay Packers, 9-0, in the Pro Football Hall of Fame game, shortened Monday night by lightning and torrential rain.
Richmond Montie Allen
August 5, 2003
100 convicted in Rwanda genocide trial
August 5, 2003
A tribunal has convicted 100 people of rape, torture, murder and crimes against humanity in the largest trial so far seeking justice for Rwanda’s genocide.
Single white female
Rapper’s sex, skin cast doubt on street cred
August 5, 2003
Eminem has disproved the notion that white boys can’t rap. White girls, on the other hand, have had almost zero impact on the genre in its 30-year history.
New Fox soap ‘The OC’ is merely OK
August 5, 2003
Is there any hope for the prime-time soap? Recently, we’ve seen “Titans” flame out and “Pasadena” disappear without a trace. Now Fox trots out “The OC” (8 p.m., Fox), a rich man- poor man saga set in the impossibly wealthy community of Newport Beach. That’s in Orange County (OC, get it?), California.