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Sebelius names two new members of the Board of Regents
August 8, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 11:15 a.m.) Gov. Kathleen Sebelius announced on Friday she has made two new appointments to the Kansas Board of Regents — a former state legislator and a business consultant.
Drunk pilots
August 8, 2003
Why shouldn’t Florida be able to fine or jail two pilots who could have killed more than 124 people? Almost every day we hear someone declare “there oughta be a law” concerning some issue. Often, such laws already exist if someone cares to check.
Poor leadership
August 8, 2003
Gay marriage
August 8, 2003
Legislators approve demolition of KU’s Lindley Hall Annex
August 8, 2003
Lawmakers gave their blessing Thursday to razing Lindley Hall Annex, which Kansas University has used for years for architecture students even though it is in disrepair.
Militant to die for Bali blast
August 8, 2003
To the wild applause of onlookers, an Indonesian court handed down its first verdict in last year’s deadly Bali bombings, sentencing an Islamic militant to die by firing squad for his role in the attacks that killed 202 people.
Naked walker attempts journey across Britain
August 8, 2003
Wearing little more than sun screen, socks and boots, Steve Gough is walking the length of Britain to celebrate the joys of nudity. Efficiency isn’t one of them.
Productivity soars, jobless claims drop
Economic reports reinforce expectations that Federal Reserve will hold interest rates
August 8, 2003
The productivity of U.S. companies improved considerably and new claims for unemployment benefits dropped to a six-month low, raising hopes that businesses may feel more inclined in the coming months to step up investment and give the economy a boost.
Sprint plans to send hundreds of tech jobs overseas
August 8, 2003
Sprint Corp. said it planned to outsource certain technology jobs, sending them overseas — a possibility that could lead to hundreds of layoffs at the telecommunications company. Sprint chairman and chief executive Gary Forsee said Wednesday that competitive pressures had forced the company toward “offshoring” — the growing trend of U.S. companies relying on lower-paid computer programmers.
Stupid report
August 8, 2003
U.S. proceeds with biotech food case
August 8, 2003
The Bush administration on Thursday requested formation of a World Trade Organization dispute panel as the United States pressed ahead with a case against the European Union regarding genetically-modified food.
Episcopal leaders OK same-sex blessings
August 8, 2003
Episcopal leaders gave final approval Thursday to a measure on blessing same-sex couples that its drafters said affirmed the ceremonies as “an acceptable practice in the church.”’
Pilots bemoan delays in arming cockpits
August 8, 2003
Fewer than 100 pilots were certified to carry guns on commercial flights in the eight months after Congress approved the idea, and pilots are blaming the slow pace on the Transportation Security Administration.
6News video: Ellsworth Hall opens doors
August 8, 2003
The dorm’s renovation has transformd the hall’s rooms to suite-style living.
6Sports video: Open practices show Jayhawks’ intensity
August 8, 2003
Gabe Toomey rises up the depth charts in the defensive line.
6Sports video: Transfers and newcomers learn about Division I football
August 8, 2003
Some of the new players find the drills a bit tougher than they expected, but Coach Mangino says it’s a learning experience.
6News video: Protestors arrested during Dole ceremonies appear in court
August 8, 2003
The protestors received more time to prepare their defenses.
6Sports video: Red Dog Days come to an end
August 8, 2003
Dozens of Lawrence residents make it through the summer conditioning program. Friday is the last day for this year’s Red Dog Days.
6Sports video: Royals lose squeaker to Devil Rays
August 8, 2003
Kansas City led for most of the game, until Tampa Bay pulled ahead in the ninth inning.
6News video: Teachers attend seminars for new school year
August 8, 2003
The teachers have to review the district’s procedures and learn what their duties will be.
6News video: City gives developers formal denial notice
August 8, 2003
The permit applications at 6th and Wakarusa receive a resounding “no!”
6News video: Water treatment plants are keeping up with heat
August 8, 2003
While the city’s water demand is double that in the winter, water officials are better prepared for the demand.
Lawrence briefs
August 8, 2003
¢ Web site seeks input about May 8 storm ¢ KU center’s director to lead national board ¢ KU unveils scholarships for Haskell transfers ¢ Congressman to visit Cottonwood workers
Peacock takes to the street
Officials seeking owner of stray bird
August 8, 2003
Residents in northwest Lawrence looked out their window Wednesday morning and saw not the usual robin, but a peacock streaking down the street.
On the record
August 8, 2003
Band exploring online fan base
August 8, 2003
Phish, the jam band whose open taping policy made it one of the nation’s biggest live acts, is again sidestepping the record industry to cash in on the online music revolution.
Whoopi’ begins production in New York
August 8, 2003
Whoopi Goldberg grew up here, lives here and, whenever she can, wants to work here.
Dale E. James
August 8, 2003
Ethel Mable Kalb
August 8, 2003
Edward Porter Alexander
August 8, 2003
Taller targets
Jayhawks’ receiving corps getting bigger
August 8, 2003
Kansas University’s new receivers bring one thing to the Jayhawk offense that last season’s crew lacked — size. “Cornerbacks and safeties in the Big 12 are getting bigger and bigger every year,” KU football coach Mark Mangino said. “You have to have some wide receivers that can muscle up and play with them.”
Birdie binge boosts Love
The International leader tops field with 19 points
August 8, 2003
Davis Love III tied a tournament record with 10 birdies and held the lead in the weather-delayed first round of The International Thursday.
Stingy Pats defense dominates Giants
August 8, 2003
Newcomer Rosevelt Colvin set the tone by forcing a fumble on his second play with the New England Patriots and their defense never let up.
Sting stomp Liberty
August 8, 2003
Rushia Brown scored 14 points, and Andrea Stinson added 13 as the Charlotte Sting pulled away to beat the New York Liberty, 65-54, Thursday night.
Stewart defending crown at Glen
August 8, 2003
Tony Stewart’s spirits were about as low as they could get the last time he arrived at Watkins Glen International.
West Nile cases triple in past week
August 8, 2003
The number of West Nile virus cases has tripled to at least 164 since last week and will likely break last year’s record, a top federal health official said Thursday in the latest warning about the rapid advance of the mosquito-borne disease. “The numbers are starting to change very, very quickly,” said Dr. Julie Gerberding, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “That is very concerning.”
Lawrence, Free State add aides
August 8, 2003
Lawrence High and Free State each filled vacant assistant-coach positions this past month, but both still have several slots to fill.
State court upholds recall vote
August 8, 2003
A day after Arnold Schwarzenegger declared he was running, the man who bankrolled the effort to recall Gov. Gray Davis abruptly quit the gubernatorial race Thursday and the state Supreme Court swept aside lawsuits that could have delayed the Oct. 7 vote.
Team X dominates series
Koons claims Category A championship
August 8, 2003
It was hard to tell who was more dominating Thursday night during the final race of the Cycle Works Twilight Series cycling criterium at Haskell Indian Nations University.
Olathe East lineman commits to KU
August 8, 2003
Olathe East lineman Todd Haselhorst made an oral commitment Thursday to play football for Kansas University, rivals.com reported.
Peacekeepers enter Liberia
August 8, 2003
President Charles Taylor submitted his resignation and named his vice president to take over the reins of the embattled government Thursday as throngs cheered the first West African peacekeepers to enter the besieged capital.
Democracy, Russia-style
August 8, 2003
If you want to learn anything about the new Russian democracy, you have to travel to Moscow and talk to the relevant people. There you will learn what seems obvious at first glance: that whatever form democracy takes in the former Soviet Union, it is not likely to bear much resemblance to ours or to democracy in France, Canada or India.
Cut and Paste lets zines get heard
Tour showcases underground writers from Pacific Northwest
August 8, 2003
Most zines have a provincial audience at best. So a quartet of zine authors have decided to spread their message across the nation — the old-fashioned way. “A lot of the people that we know around here in Portland (Ore.) are talented writers, so we thought we could take the show on the road,” says Joe Biel, organizer of the Cut and Paste Zine Tour. “We figured we’d do a little exploration and outreach.”
Chicken, Gwynn to attend sendoff
August 8, 2003
The Famous San Diego Chicken will be there, both in full plumage and in bobblehead form. Tony Gwynn will be at the old ballyard, too.
Church welcome
August 8, 2003
Legislature to consider fee for wireless 911 calls
Proposals would extend emergency coverage
August 8, 2003
When Kristine Chapman answers a call for help, the speed of her response depends on the source of the message’s transmission — something Douglas County officials are working to correct. Today, taking a 911 call from a land-line phone allows Chapman to know exactly where the call is originating, see who’s paying the bill and hear the voice of the person seeking help. That means she can dispatch a police officer to the scene within seconds.
Report: 9-11 plane crashed on purpose
Terrorists likely wrecked plane in Pennsylvania to end passengers’ attempt to regain control
August 8, 2003
U.S. investigators now believe that a hijacker in the cockpit aboard United Airlines Flight 93 instructed terrorist-pilot Ziad Jarrah to crash the jetliner into a Pennsylvania field because of a passenger uprising in the cabin. This theory, based on the government’s analysis of cockpit recordings, discounts the popular perception of insurgent passengers grappling with terrorists to seize the plane’s controls.
Depleted Lions turn to Denson
August 8, 2003
Autry Denson knows he needs every chance he can get to make the Detroit Lions.
Royals give game to Rays in ninth, 3-2
August 8, 2003
The Kansas City Royals gave one away. Pinch-hitter Al Martin hit a two-run triple, and Julio Lugo followed with an RBI single as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays rallied in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Royals, 3-2, Thursday night.
Donny Osmond leads animal adventures
August 8, 2003
Viewers in search of teen stars from another era might enjoy “Donny Osmond’s Animal Adventures” (8 p.m., Travel), celebrating vacation destinations where families get to “interact” with a variety of animals. When I was a kid, they called these “petting zoos.” Osmond travels from Arizona’s “Out of Africa” safari to a park in the Florida Everglades where families can feed the alligators. And what would an Osmond show be without a trip to Utah and its “Best Friends Animal Sanctuary”? Osmond also takes viewers to Las Vegas, where kids can enjoy a big-top show while their parents “interact” with slot machines.
Retail sales heat up in July
August 8, 2003
Retailers finally got a break in July as warm weather and heavy discounting helped lift sales above expectations for many merchants, even the struggling department store sector. As retailers reported their sales results Thursday, all industry segments appeared to benefit from an improved selling environment.
Briefcase
August 8, 2003
¢ Mortgage rates increase ¢ Microsoft faces EU fine ¢ Farmland completes sale of beef company ¢ Bushnell fined $650,000 for illegal export activity
Is the diamond too square?
Major League Baseball reaches out to headbangers and hip-hoppers
August 8, 2003
Can you manufacture cool?
Summer camp not the same
August 8, 2003
Parents’ visiting day at summer camp sure has changed since my day. But so have camps.
U.S. needs new relationship with Saudis
August 8, 2003
The United States and Saudi Arabia have arrived at a familiar moment in a love-hate relationship based on oil and cultural incompatibility. The two governments normally take a deep breath and decide that the benefits their strategic entanglement brings outweigh the problems it creates. But that stock-taking is not happening this time.
Equity questions
August 8, 2003
District welcomes new teachers for orientation
August 8, 2003
Brandon Mellen is nervous. The Emporia State University graduate found out just days before start of the Lawrence public school year that he’d landed a teaching job at South Junior High School.
Kansas farmland values slowed by drought
August 8, 2003
Kansas was the only state in which farm real estate values did not increase from 2002 to 2003, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Thursday.
Payless sales beat expectations
August 8, 2003
Topeka-based Payless ShoeSource Inc. said Thursday that quarterly same-store sales fell less sharply than the company had expected as warm July weather drove up demand for sandals and other seasonal items.
Briefly
August 8, 2003
¢ Teen gender gap closing for smoking, report says ¢ Suspected informant killed; cease-fire holds ¢ Toddler to have surgery to remove third leg
Briefly
August 8, 2003
¢ Parks and rec offers free fall class sampling ¢ Vaccinations available before start of school ¢ Lightner to join race for 3rd District seat
Briefly
August 8, 2003
¢ Gore takes aim at Bush on Iraq, economy ¢ Lab results promising for Lou Gehrig’s disease ¢ Marine gets 20 years for cutting parachutes
City water supply handles demand
But continued dry conditions could cause problems
August 8, 2003
It’s been so dry in Lawrence that Kansas University has drained its fountains. Although this is one of the driest summers on record, the city’s water director said Lawrence wasn’t in a water crisis — yet.
Judge grants delay for Dole protesters
August 8, 2003
With throngs of supporters by their sides, seven of the 18 people arrested at a protest last month outside the Lawrence Holidome appeared Thursday in Douglas County District Court. Judge Paula Martin seemed surprised by the large number of visitors in her courtroom, where it was standing room only.
6News video: Mobile phones stretch 911’s limits
August 8, 2003
With about half of all emergency calls coming from cellular phones, the county hopes to be able to attach a fee to wireless calls to defray costs.
Ashcroft asks prosecutors to report light sentences
August 8, 2003
Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft wants prosecutors to closely monitor which judges impose more lenient sentences than federal guidelines recommend, a step some critics say could limit judicial independence.
Ruling upholds tribe’s right to issue license plates
August 8, 2003
A federal judge’s decision affirming the right of Kansas’ largest Indian tribe to issue its own license plates is an important reinforcement of Indian sovereignty, a tribal official said Thursday.
Briefly
August 8, 2003
¢ Red Cross seeking donations for disaster relief fund ¢ Task force looks ahead to next shuttle mission ¢ Iraq will decide on OPEC quotas, U.S. official says ¢ Tornado destroys homes
Briefly
August 8, 2003
¢ Deadly heat wave eases a bit in spots ¢ Cuban Jews make first visit to Israel ¢ At least two people die in passenger train wreck ¢ Police halt performance of ‘Naked Boys Singing’
He was the man who signed Elvis
August 8, 2003
When Sam Phillips died last week, at age 80, it was easier just to say he signed Elvis Presley than to explain what he was really after — to find in music a common ground where black and white Americans could get to know each other. Simple. Also revolutionary.
Cash-poor universities ask lawmakers for repair funds
August 8, 2003
Cash-strapped lawmakers Thursday were handed an estimate of $672.4 million to fix buildings at state universities to a satisfactory condition. In addition, they were told it would cost more than $90 million to make necessary repairs to the two major state office buildings near the Capitol — the Landon and Docking buildings. Secretary of Administration Howard Fricke said it might be more cost-effective to knock those two buildings down.
City denies store permit
Wal-Mart likely to appeal latest decision
August 8, 2003
City officials on Thursday denied applications for building permits at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive, setting up the next round in the battle over a proposed Wal-Mart in northwest Lawrence. The decision corrects the city’s mistake in May, when officials withheld permits for a Wal-Mart and an unnamed restaurant on the site — but never made a proper denial. Last week, Douglas County District Judge Michael Malone ordered the city to make a formal decision in the case.
Mourners bid final farewell to late founder of Hamm Cos.
August 8, 2003
There were a lot of people and big trucks at the funeral. And Norman Hamm would have liked it that way. About 500 people gathered Thursday at the Perry-Lecompton High School auditorium to pay tribute to the construction company founder who died Monday at age 92.
Baseball briefs
August 8, 2003
¢ Reds shelve Acevedo, activate Sullivan ¢ Mets activate Roberts ¢ Brewers’ Helms on DL ¢ Contreras sharp
Holmes’ backup unknown
K.C. has several quality options at running back
August 8, 2003
With Priest Holmes showing no ill effects from the hip injury that cut short his 2002 season, the biggest question surrounding the Kansas City Chiefs’ running game is: Who will be the backup?
U.S. softball, volleyball teams cruise
August 8, 2003
Streaking Pujols lifts Cardinals
St. Louis slugger extends hit streak to 21 games in 3-0 victory over Florida
August 8, 2003
A milestone game for Albert Pujols helped the St. Louis Cardinals avoid a sweep.
Kelpie strives for cohesive ‘One’
August 8, 2003
On Kelpie’s first album, one is and is not the magic number.
Schwarzenegger’s road to governor’s mansion may be rocky
August 8, 2003
Arnold Schwarzenegger took even his political advisers by surprise when he said he was running for governor, and his candidacy dramatically reshaped the California recall election. But what does he stand for?
Keeping the ball rolling
Downtown kickball league spawns (mostly) friendly competition
August 8, 2003
Kickball has never been for the weak. Like baseball — its closest cousin — kickball often demands reckless slides into second base, blazing speed on the base paths and desperate lunging attempts to catch a capricious rubber ball. Unlike baseball, pegging is encouraged.
S.W.A.T.’ follows routine procedure
August 8, 2003
The one vivid memory I have about the ABC show “S.W.A.T.” was its theme song. The groovy, brass-driven instrumental became a pre-disco hit in 1975, joining the era’s “Barney Miller” and “The Rockford Files” as the hippest of TV’s title compositions. After 28 years, that’s the only thing I recall about this short-lived police drama.
6News video: New library branch may not be built
August 8, 2003
The city had been creating a library reserve fund to create a branch in West Lawrence, but hasn’t been able to add funds this year.
Charlie H. Holland
August 8, 2003
KU volleyball team picked for sixth place
August 8, 2003
KU product Pride joins Sparks
August 8, 2003
The Los Angeles Sparks signed forward Lynn Pride Thursday and waived center Jenny Mowe.
Deadly embassy bombing raises terror fears in Iraq
August 8, 2003
A car bomb shattered a street outside the walled Jordanian Embassy on Thursday, killing at least 11 people — including two children — and raising concerns that Iraq’s violence could be broadening from resistance to the U.S. occupation toward a terrorist insurgency. More than 50 people were wounded by the explosion, the deadliest attack on a nonmilitary target since Baghdad fell to American forces April 9. The blast set cars on fire, flung the hulk of one vehicle onto a rooftop and broke windows hundreds of yards away.
Extradition request filed in missing girl hoax
Attorney says he wants to sound out Kansas governor before client is sent to Indiana
August 8, 2003
An attorney said Thursday he planned to speak to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius about Indiana’s attempt to take custody of a woman accused of impersonating the missing daughter of a Thorntown, Ind., couple.
Daily ticker
August 8, 2003
U.S. softball, volleyball teams cruise
August 8, 2003
NFL briefs
August 8, 2003
¢ Jaguars face questions about heat problems ¢ Garcia: Allergy remedy to blame for suspension ¢ Smith pleads guilty ¢ Chargers’ Boston back
People
August 8, 2003
¢ Britney still talking about Justin ¢ Hometown idol delights fans ¢ Six Flags spurns Manson ¢ Malaysia shuns ‘Bruce Almighty’
NCAA mandates practice precautions
August 8, 2003
Gunga Din couldn’t have found work in a college football camp in the middle of the 20th Century. Water boys were for men in pith helmets, not football helmets. “We weren’t allowed a drop of water,” Don Fambrough told me as he watched the Kansas University football team practice the other morning. “It’s a wonder we all didn’t die.”
Two-sport standout Dillingham keeps busy schedule
Free State High senior spent summer competing in basketball, football — and fielding phone calls from colleges
August 8, 2003
Busy doesn’t begin to describe Dain Dillingham’s summer. The Free State High senior-to-be played in loads of basketball tournaments, found time for football camp and even logged some seven-on-seven gridiron action.
Extinction nearing for CART
Open-wheel series now can’t afford full slate in 2004
August 8, 2003
Believe it of not, there was a time not long ago when CART was the most popular racing series in America.
Friends and neighbors
August 8, 2003
Horoscopes
August 8, 2003
Sister act
August 8, 2003
Said looking for full ride
Road-racing ‘hired gun’ out to prove he can drive on oval
August 8, 2003
Boris Said has had enough of being a road racing “hired gun.” He wants to be a full-time driver on NASCAR’s top circuit.
Labontes bouncing back
Brothers having fun after sub-par seasons
August 8, 2003
Bobby and Terry Labonte passed the time during a recent NASCAR presentation with knowing glances and a few whispers between them.
Tigers trip Zito, Athletics
Munson’s blast powers pitiful Detroit past Oakland
August 8, 2003
The Detroit Tigers gave themselves and their fans a chance to forget about a miserable season for one afternoon.
Public library director says building improvements overdue
August 8, 2003
The Lawrence Public Library was a state-of-the-art facility — in 1970. “It wasn’t designed for the number of people we have today,” said library director Bruce Flanders. “There have been a lot of changes.”
White Sox surging into contention
August 8, 2003
After their dismal display in the first half, the Chicago White Sox weren’t even in the background of the playoff picture.