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County pushing for mobile phone emergency dispatch fees
August 7, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 11:55 a.m.) Douglas County officials are continuing their push to help pay for handling the increasing number of emergency calls they get from people using mobile phones.
Briefly
August 7, 2003
¢ First fatality linked to mad cow reported ¢ German airline starts direct flights ¢ President defends nuclear program ¢ Pension-reform protest turns into melee
Researchers say louder smoke alarms needed to rouse sleeping children
August 7, 2003
Anna Marie Newson thought her family would be safe with smoke detectors in her home’s hallways and the bedrooms of her five children.
Mitigated wetlands remain dry
Drought keeps city’s new wildlife habitat from reaching its swampy potential
August 7, 2003
The city’s newest wetlands aren’t so wet — yet. Drought has kept the six-acre project, built north of the city’s Kansas River Water Treatment Plant, from filling up with the water that will nourish the plants and attract wildlife expected in a wetlands habitat.
Dean may energize Democratic base
August 7, 2003
Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh asked a simple question, but the answer is not simple. At a meeting of the centrist Democratic Leadership Council, Bayh asked fellow Democrats, “Do we want to vent or do we want to govern?” Bayh was responding to the ascent of Vermont’s former governor, Howard Dean, at the moment, to the status of front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. Dean’s face is on the covers of Newsweek and Time, and one of Dean’s rivals, Sen. Joseph Lieberman — a Scoop Jackson Democrat in a party more attuned to Jesse Jackson — on Monday described Dean as “a ticket to nowhere.”
EU says Microsoft abuses ongoing
Antitrust regulators give company ‘last opportunity’ for defense
August 7, 2003
Microsoft is still trying to monopolize new markets even after settling the landmark antitrust case in the United States, the European Union charged Wednesday as it prepared to demand its own concessions from the U.S. software giant. The EU’s antitrust watchdog, the European Commission, said recent surveys of more than 150 businesses that use Microsoft products showed that “Microsoft’s abuses are still ongoing.”
Quarantine Cal?
August 7, 2003
Wasted effort
August 7, 2003
Balanced policy
August 7, 2003
Unclear thinking
August 7, 2003
Team’s ‘angel’
August 7, 2003
Second state veterans’ cemetery under way
Demand for plots expected to be high at new WaKeeney burial ground
August 7, 2003
The state’s cemetery projects director expects a big demand for plots at a new veterans’ cemetery being constructed in WaKeeney.
Italian scientists clone horse
August 7, 2003
Scientists in Italy say they have created the world’s first cloned horse, raising the possibility of a sequel to the next Seabiscuit or a carbon copy of Kentucky Derby champion Funny Cide.
New vaccine protects monkeys from Ebola
August 7, 2003
Federal scientists have developed a fast-acting, single-shot Ebola vaccine that makes monkeys immune to the lethal virus six times faster than an earlier version.
30 million Americans say no to telemarketers
August 7, 2003
More than 30 million Americans have signed up for the government’s do-not-call list, a free registry for blocking unsolicited telephone sales pitches, the Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday.
India urges ban of Coke, Pepsi
Government investigating contamination allegations
August 7, 2003
The Indian government said on Wednesday it was investigating a report by an environmental group about pesticides in beverages sold by Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, as parliament stopped the sale of Coke and Pepsi drinks on its premises.
Labor leaders criticize SEC’s boardroom plan
August 7, 2003
Securities regulators took a step Wednesday toward giving shareholders greater say in companies’ decisions, tentatively adopting rules requiring companies to disclose how they choose candidates for their boards of directors.
Severe weather damages homes; tornado spotted
August 7, 2003
A storm that moved through Kansas and Missouri on Tuesday night damaged homes and downed power lines and trees, authorities said.
Burger King subpoenaed in Frozen Coke case
August 7, 2003
Burger King Corp. has received a subpoena from a federal grand jury investigating allegations of fraud at Coca-Cola Co., a Burger King spokesman said Wednesday.
Industrial biotech crops to require USDA permits
August 7, 2003
The Agriculture Department will require biotech companies to get permits for the genetically engineered crops that help make chemical compounds for products like detergent, now that there has been a sharp increase in such crops.
Britney, J.Lo may face off with competing talk shows
August 7, 2003
Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears soon may be competing on television in addition to the pop charts.
Isabelle H. Keefe
August 7, 2003
Former VA nurse accused of killing 10 set free
Missouri prosecutors request dismissal based on inadequate evidence
August 7, 2003
A former Veterans Affairs hospital nurse who was accused of killing 10 patients in 1992 walked free Wednesday after prosecutors said the tests that led to the murder charges were flawed. Richard Williams, who always maintained his innocence, was released after Boone County Prosecutor Kevin Crane asked that the charges be dismissed. He had been jailed since his arrest in July 2002.
Independence resident charged in ice-pick death
August 7, 2003
An Independence man was charged Wednesday in the death of a man who was stabbed with an ice pick in rural Camden County.
U.S. forces capture 4 militia leaders
August 7, 2003
U.S. forces captured a suspected leader of Saddam Hussein’s loyalist militia and three other suspects during pre-dawn raids early today, the military said.
Alleged IRA dissident leader convicted of directing terrorism
August 7, 2003
An anti-terrorist court, accepting the testimony of a paid FBI informer, convicted the alleged leader of a dissident Irish Republican Army faction on Wednesday of directing terrorism — the first such conviction in Irish history.
Election to gauge future of Hugoton police force
Public to get nonbinding vote on disbanding department
August 7, 2003
Residents of this southwest Kansas town will be asked whether it should disband the Police Department — but their wishes might not count.
On the record
August 7, 2003
Springer won’t seek Senate seat
August 7, 2003
Jerry Springer, whose talk show brings foul-mouthed prostitutes, homewreckers and skinheads into living rooms every day, said Wednesday he would not run for the U.S. Senate next year.
Bishop says he hopes church will remain whole
August 7, 2003
The Rev. V. Gene Robinson said Wednesday that he hoped his confirmation as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop would not divide the church, but added that his harshest critics would “come to know that they are wrong in this life or the next one.”
July tax collection nearly on target
August 7, 2003
State tax collections in July nearly met expectations, officials said Wednesday, calling the numbers “pretty good” news after revenue collections fell short in previous months.
Computers popularize distance education
August 7, 2003
An education revolution is happening across Nebraska, and it rarely involves a classroom.
6News video: Blue Cross Blue Shield sale blocked
August 7, 2003
The Supreme Court upholds Kathleen Sebelius refusal to permit the state insurance agency’s merger with Anthem.
6News video: Engineer for local company almost hit by Jakarta bombing
August 7, 2003
Scott Wolverton was on his way back to the bombed hotel when he heard the news.
6News video: Lawrence home price growth 11th in Midwest
August 7, 2003
The price increase would be 54 percent after adjusting for inflation.
6News video: Shopping for school supplies is tricky
August 7, 2003
Three young experts give advice on how to properly gear up for the new school year.
6News video: No-call registry doesn’t stop all calls
August 7, 2003
There are several provisions in the law which allow telemarketing firms to continue calling customers. Local telemarketers believe the legislation will not have much impact on their jobs.
6Sports video: First open football practice encouraging
August 7, 2003
Coach Mangino says that “pads are popping all over the place.” It’s his opinion that the defense is moving the way a Big 12 defense should.
6Sports video: Richard Konzem leaves his post
August 7, 2003
Konzem’s move to another position will help improve his chances at an AD post.
6Sports video: Royals drop series to White Sox
August 7, 2003
The lead in the AL Central is down to a single game.
Chiefs’ OT Jones ‘seems to be fine’
August 7, 2003
Kansas City offensive tackle Willie Jones was released from the hospital Wednesday, two days after spraining his neck and temporarily losing feeling in his body during a game.
Bryant appears in court
Lakers guard has quick hearing amid media circus
August 7, 2003
NBA superstar Kobe Bryant made his first court appearance on a sexual assault charge Wednesday, uttering just two words during a seven-minute hearing that created a media frenzy in this quiet mountain town.
Yankees, Mariners swap relievers
Nelson headed to New York; Benitez going to Seattle
August 7, 2003
The Seattle Mariners traded reliever Jeff Nelson to the New York Yankees Wednesday for right-hander Armando Benitez and cash.
William Randolph Brown
August 7, 2003
Mystics keep hopes alive
August 7, 2003
Chamique Holdsclaw had 26 points and 10 rebounds as the Washington Mystics kept their slim WNBA playoff hopes alive with a 92-81 victory over the Detroit Shock Wednesday night.
Man who attacked coach sentenced to probation
Gamboa critical of judge’s ruling
August 7, 2003
A man who along with his son attacked the Kansas City Royals’ Tom Gamboa during a game was sentenced Wednesday to probation, drawing criticism from the coach.
High court blocks sale to Anthem
Justices’ unanimous ruling keeps insurer Kansas owned
August 7, 2003
The Kansas Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a decision that knocked down a proposed merger involving Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas — and ending a spirited public debate about the future of the state’s largest health insurer. “This is probably one of the single most important things that has happened in Kansas in a long, long time,” said Dr. Bill Roy, a former congressman from Topeka and vocal opponent of the merger.
Silver Dollar City group cuts 90 jobs
August 7, 2003
The owners of one of Branson’s most popular attractions are longing for the good ol’ days of tourism.
Nature enthusiast makes wildlife habitat in back yard
Missouri resident says furnishing an environment for animals is easy, inexpensive and ‘the right thing to do’
August 7, 2003
When Donald Joseph Saberniak Jr. moved into his northwest Columbia home in March, his back yard was nothing more than bare ground.
Attorney switch disrupts murder case
August 7, 2003
A murder case in Douglas County District Court has become more complicated with the one-year suspension of defense attorney Jim Rumsey. Before the state Supreme Court suspended his law license last month for professional-conduct violations, Rumsey was busy digging through hundreds of pages of police and ballistic reports as the court-appointed attorney for Tremain V. Scott, 22, Overland Park.
Pony promenade
August 7, 2003
Recent races leave us scratching our heads
August 7, 2003
How long has it been since there was a Winston Cup race in which anybody really understood what happened?
Indians slide past Mariners
Crisp’s rare homer sparks Cleveland to 10-6 win
August 7, 2003
Coco Crisp got the Cleveland Indians’ offense off to a good start.
Pirates ruin Ponson’s Giant debut
Sanders’ double dooms former teammates in 2-0 Pittsburgh victory
August 7, 2003
Reggie Sanders’ two-run double in the eighth spoiled Sidney Ponson’s outstanding debut with the San Francisco Giants and gave the Pittsburgh Pirates a 2-0 victory Wednesday night.
Driving while distracted nearly universal, study finds
August 7, 2003
Nearly all drivers become distracted when behind the wheel, and cell phones aren’t the main culprit, a study released Wednesday found.
Iceland’s whaling plan draws criticism
August 7, 2003
Iceland said in a surprise announcement Wednesday that it planned to begin hunting whales for scientific purposes, drawing criticism from conservation groups and other governments.
Briefcase
August 7, 2003
¢ KLWN/KLZR owner denies sale rumors ¢ Tenet settles dispute over heart surgeries ¢ Cisco stock tumbles after earnings disappoint ¢ Chip maker set to expand
Westar expects $230 million from ONEOK stock sale
August 7, 2003
Westar Energy Inc. said Wednesday it would receive $230.5 million from an additional sale of its stock in a Tulsa, Okla., natural gas company. The Topeka-based electric company priced 9.5 million shares of ONEOK Inc. at $19, generating $180.5 million in revenues. The companies had agreed that if gross revenues exceeded $150 million, ONEOK would buy back another $50 million worth of its stock, or 2.6 million shares at the $19 price.
Daily ticker
August 7, 2003
Lawyer says client was confused about identity
Mental health exam ordered for defendant accused of impersonating girl missing since 1986
August 7, 2003
A woman accused of falsely portraying herself as an Indiana couple’s missing daughter had been trying to resolve her own doubts about her identity, her lawyer said at a court hearing Wednesday.
Indonesian police cite similarities between Marriott, Bali attacks
August 7, 2003
Attackers used a mobile phone to detonate the car bomb at Jakarta’s Marriott Hotel, the same method used by al-Qaida-linked bombers on the tourist island of Bali last fall, police said Wednesday.
7 Marines deployed to Liberia
August 7, 2003
President Bush sent a seven-member Marine team into war-ravaged Liberia on Wednesday, a small deployment that illustrates the narrowly defined role the Bush administration envisions for U.S. troops in the African nation. The team, the first U.S. troops to serve in support of a West African-led peace force in Liberia, arrived by helicopter in the capital, Monrovia, from Navy warships off the coast. If not for its security escort, the team could have fit in a single helicopter.
Hummers create shock, awe on highways
Love it or hate it, Army knockoff commands attention
August 7, 2003
Seeing a Hummer come down the road sometimes stirs feelings much like watching soldiers roll into a foreign town. People either are very glad to see them or very much not.
Why not just sell the election?
August 7, 2003
I used to think anyone could be president. This concept was put in my brain by my parents, who told me that, this being the United States of America, anyone can grow up to lead the country. Even me.
Mother on mission to improve soldiers’ living conditions in Iraq
August 7, 2003
The mother of a Missouri Army National Guard soldier stationed in Iraq has launched a campaign to improve what she says are horrible living conditions her daughter and the 159 others in her unit have faced.
Briefly
August 7, 2003
¢ Instrument malfunctions on Mars-bound rover ¢ U.S. calls on Libya to pay up on Pan Am 103 ¢ 95.7 degrees a heat record
Konzem resigns KU post
August 7, 2003
Richard Konzem, an administrative fixture in the Kansas University athletic department for more than two decades, resigned Wednesday. Konzem, currently senior associate athletic director, was an applicant for the vacant athletic director post that eventually went to Lew Perkins.
KU back to the old grid
Transfers absent; Mangino says they ‘should be certified’
August 7, 2003
Defensive end Monroe Weekley was not on the field Wednesday when Kansas University had its first open football practice, but there’s no need for Jayhawk fans to panic. “He’s fine. He’s here,” KU coach Mark Mangino said of Weekley, a junior-college transfer from Arizona Western. “I kept him out of today’s workouts so he could finish up some academic responsibilities. He’s here. He’s working with us. I’m confident that’s he’s going to be certified.”
Shipwreck survivor spent six days in Arabian Sea
August 7, 2003
The Pakistani fisherman shivered as he remembered six days floating in the Arabian Sea, clinging to a makeshift raft made of wooden planks and plastic buoys after his boat sank in fierce monsoon rains.
Israel releases hundreds of Palestinian prisoners
August 7, 2003
Israel freed 334 Palestinian prisoners in a bid to jump-start halting peace efforts — but the gesture fell flat among Palestinians, who had hoped for a mass release and said authorities chose mostly prisoners whose terms were about to expire anyway.
Schwarzenegger to run for Calif. governor
August 7, 2003
Arnold Schwarzenegger ended the suspense Wednesday and jumped into the race for California governor, instantly becoming the best-known of the declared candidates seeking to replace Democrat Gray Davis in a recall. The surprise announcement by the “Terminator” actor, a moderate Republican, capped a day of fast-paced developments in one of the most unpredictable political races in recent history.
Exhumation of Bosnian mass grave begins
August 7, 2003
Forensic experts gently placed skulls, bones and clothing into plastic bags Wednesday, the first gathering of remains from what may be Bosnia’s largest mass grave.
Martha Marie Vicker Rini
August 7, 2003
Episcopal conservatives protest after election of gay bishop
August 7, 2003
Conservative opponents of the first openly gay Episcopal bishop protested Wednesday by boycotting legislative sessions, turning in their convention credentials and dropping to their knees in prayer as one of their leaders denounced his election. A handful of the more than 800 clergy and lay delegates either walked off the floor of the meeting or collectively stayed away, while at least three of the nearly 300 bishops refused to participate or went home, saying their distraught parishioners needed them.
Briefly
August 7, 2003
¢ Asteroids named for Columbia crew ¢ Suspect in store assault ordered to W. Virginia ¢ Supreme Court audio available on Web site ¢ Turbulence injures dozens aboard plane
Horoscopes
August 7, 2003
Computer gamer finds joy in virtual warfare
August 7, 2003
At 22, Johnathan Wendel has traveled to dozens of countries, developed a personal trademark and become known by just one name to a worldwide legion of fans. And somehow, the Lee’s Summit native still finds time to sleep till noon most days in his parents’ basement.
Pneumonia outbreak among least of worries for U.S. troops in Iraq
August 7, 2003
U.S. forces in Iraq say they’re more concerned about guerrilla attacks and the heat than about a pneumonia outbreak that has killed two soldiers and sent more than a dozen to Europe for medical care.
Know your NASCAR
Test your knowledge of stock-car racing trivia
August 7, 2003
In December 1947, three dozen men, led by promoter/driver William H.G. “Big Bill” France, met in a Daytona Beach, Fla., hotel room to discuss ways to bring procedural uniformity to stock-car racing. At that meeting, the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing was born.
New chamber director to aid existing firms
Lawrence group hires Johnson to improve area’s work force
August 7, 2003
Lawrence Chamber of Commerce officials have hired a new staff member to increase the organization’s emphasis on work force development in the area. Tawnya Johnson, a former intern at an Alabama chamber of commerce, has been named the chamber’s new director of existing business programs.
K.C. signs Appier, loses Tucker to injury
August 7, 2003
The Kansas City Royals got Kevin Appier back, but lost Michael Tucker.
Pharmacy worry
August 7, 2003
Thompson services
August 7, 2003
FBI catalogs hidden weapons that terrorists could use
August 7, 2003
The FBI is warning security personnel about dozens of everyday items — from belt buckles to keys to a deadly deck of cards — that can conceal knives or other weapons terrorists could use to hijack an airliner.
Langford, Simien Wooden candidates
August 7, 2003
Kansas University juniors Keith Langford and Wayne Simien are among 50 preseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award, which honors the nation’s top college basketball player.
Colon shuts down Royals
Sluggish K.C. offense wakes up in ninth, but White Sox prevail, 4-3
August 7, 2003
A bad back was the only thing to spoil Bartolo Colon’s outing. Colon scattered three hits in eight shutout innings before back pain forced him out of Chicago’s 4-3 win Wednesday over the Kansas City Royals.
Briefly
August 7, 2003
¢ Hawks grounded after Chihuahua attack ¢ Rat infestation forces firefighters out ¢ Con artists target soldiers’ families ¢ State authorizes O’Hare expansion
Now that’s a bargain
August 7, 2003
Briefly
August 7, 2003
¢ Vigil commemorates Hiroshima anniversary ¢ Teen dies in accident near Overbrook ¢ ‘Back to school’ concert to benefit open shelter ¢ One driver injured in Tuesday I-70 wreck
Area briefs
August 7, 2003
¢ Pomona resident dies in interstate accident ¢ Group donates $1,000 for bulletproof dog vest ¢ Jazz fund-raiser to benefit schools group ¢ ‘River City Weekly’ features entomology
Jakarta bombing hits close to home
Lawrence-based engineer checked into Marriott, but was out of room at strike
August 7, 2003
Kent Pennybaker heard the news while driving to work. Terrorists had bombed the Marriott Hotel in Jakarta, the report said, killing at least 10 people. “When I heard that, my heart sank deep into my ankles,” said Pennybaker, president of River City Engineering, a Lawrence company that specializes in offshore drilling projects.
District takes new look at facilities repair plan
August 7, 2003
Disintegrating masonry at Lawrence High School wasn’t enough to convince voters in April to pass a bond issue for school renovation and construction. But that building problem and others like it have officials worried about deferred repairs at the school district’s 22 schools.
Americans shun vacation
August 7, 2003
Back in the days when Hector was a pup and the word “e-mail” was a typo, the “working vacation” was nothing more than an oxymoron. After all, you were either vacationing or working. On the job or off. Now it’s become an emblem of the American economy and George Bush, its current CEO, is spending this month as a role model on his 1,600-acre Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas.
Possible ‘Producers’ reunion talk of the Great White Way
August 7, 2003
Will Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick return to “The Producers” early next year
White House residents love silver screen
August 7, 2003
Presidents have been screening films at the White House since the dawn of cinema. After watching D.W. Griffith’s 1915 silent blockbuster “The Birth of a Nation,” President Woodrow Wilson declared it “history written with lightning.” The three-hour documentary “All the Presidents’ Movies” (6 p.m., Bravo) examines the screening habits of America’s presidents from Eisenhower to George W. Bush. Paul Fischer, White House projectionist from 1953 to 1986, shares anecdotes and details from his carefully maintained screening log.
More blather from Mavericks’ owner
August 7, 2003
The key question is why. Why would an NBA owner make remarks about the Kobe Bryant trial that can only damage his league’s credibility in the eyes of decent people everywhere? Why, Mark Cuban, why?
City housing costs made fast leap
Lawrence ranks 11th on list of Midwest’s fastest-rising home prices
August 7, 2003
Lawrence single-family home prices have been among the fastest-growing in the Midwest in the past two decades. A New York Times study of single-family home prices since 1983, released Wednesday, showed Lawrence experienced the 11th-highest growth in prices in the Midwest during that time.
Friends and neighbors
August 7, 2003
Our town sports
August 7, 2003
Dale E. James
August 7, 2003
Rivalries set aside to lure research funds
August 7, 2003
These days, you’d never see football coaches Bill Snyder and Mark Mangino on the same sideline. But researchers at their schools — Kansas State University and Kansas University, respectively — don’t mind working together.
People
August 7, 2003
¢ Divorce no longer wanted ¢ Costner critical of critics ¢ Concert to kick off NFL season ¢ Kennedy Center honorees named
Sales tax stopgap
August 7, 2003
The state’s bungling of a sales tax law will require attention but not an expensive special session. Kansas lawmakers and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius have more or less acknowledged that they made a mess of the state’s sales tax collections last session when they approved a “streamlined sales tax” law. There’s no reason, however, to compound the mistake by spending taxpayer money on a special legislative session for the sole purpose of repealing that law.
6Sports video: Langford, Simien on Wooden Award watch list
August 7, 2003
Last year’s dynamic duo was Kirk and Nick, but this year will be Keith and Wayne.