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OSHA investigating death at area oil field
August 15, 2003
(Updated Friday at 2:59 p.m.) Investigators from the Occupational Saftety and Health Administration and the Douglas County sheriff’s department were at an oil field in southeast Douglas County Friday afternoon where a 33-year-old Osawatomie man died Thursday.
Temperatures to soar to triple digits
August 15, 2003
(Updated Friday at 11:53 a.m.) Can you really fry an egg on a hot sidewalk? This is the weekend to try — temperatures will hit 100 or above Saturday through Tuesday in the Lawrence area.
Canada sues tobacco companies for scheme
August 15, 2003
Canada has filed a $1 billion lawsuit claiming that tobacco companies smuggled exported cigarettes back into Canada to avoid paying taxes — and then pointed to the smuggling as evidence that cigarette taxes fueled the black market.
Alabama chief justice won’t remove Ten Commandments
August 15, 2003
The chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court said Thursday he would not remove a Ten Commandments monument from the State Judicial Building, defying a federal court order to get rid of the granite monument.
Car pooling?
August 15, 2003
Maybe the state could share some of its excess vehicles with local governments. The news that the state of Kansas owns hundreds of cars that it rarely or never uses must have been particularly upsetting for local government officials trying to make up for a loss of state funds.
Phones
August 15, 2003
Let’s hope public telephone stations will be with us for quite a while. How many among us are disturbed by a dispatch from the American Public Communications Council saying that the telephone booth may be about to vanish from the scene?
Loyal fans
August 15, 2003
4-H for everyone
August 15, 2003
1,300 mourners attend commander’s funeral
August 15, 2003
Friends, family and comrades remembered Col. Mike O’Toole on Thursday for his selfless service, his big heart and his humor.
Senators optimistic on future for fort
August 15, 2003
Sen. Pat Roberts has been working for months to see that Fort Riley remains under consideration to land a U.S. Army division headquarters, and Sen. Sam Brownback says that division could be the famed Big Red One.
Swimming Pool’ treads water
August 15, 2003
A movie that relies on a trick ending better have two things going for it: 1. The story is so compelling that even if the trick doesn’t work, the picture is still enjoyable. 2. The ending is so clever that it makes any prior weaknesses easy to forgive.
Fleetwood Mac relies on familiar hits
August 15, 2003
Remember rock music in the ‘70s? Lots of cocaine, drum solos, theatricality and lovers’ quarrels? We’re talking, of course, about Fleetwood Mac. And plenty of people remembered it all on Wednesday night, as a nearly sold-out crowd at Kemper Arena shelled out big dollars for yet another greatest hits live package from aging rock stars.
These ‘70s shows are the real deal for VH1 and IFC
August 15, 2003
“Wild Kingdom’s” Marlon Perkins sunning himself on the Serengeti while his wildlife flunkie, Jim, slaps a sweaty headlock on some clawed creature. Archie Bunker playing a whole casino’s worth of race cards. Robert De Niro getting all “you talkin’ to me?” loco in “Taxi Driver.” Pintos flaring up like California forest fires in August.
Two co-stars missing from ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’
August 15, 2003
Laughter and two co-stars were missing from the set of “Everybody Loves Raymond.”
Daily ticker
August 15, 2003
Jobless claims, wholesale prices inch up
Economists say labor market is showing signs of improvement despite increases in July
August 15, 2003
New claims for jobless benefits inched up last week but were still at a level suggesting the pace of layoffs is stabilizing. Wholesale prices nudged up for July, too.
Downtown condos: $220,000+
Project expected to be complete by September 2004
August 15, 2003
Owning a little piece of downtown Lawrence to call home now has a price tag — and it’s from $220,000 to $580,000. That’s how much officials with Harris Construction are asking for the one- and two-bedroom condominiums the company is building at the northeast corner of Eighth and New Hampshire streets, an executive with the Lawrence-based company said Thursday.
Briefcase
August 15, 2003
¢ Mortgage rates stop nearly two-month rise ¢ Area retailers report mixed quarterly results ¢ U.S. trade deficit shrinks ¢ Markets plan to open despite power outage
Suspect charged in beating gay man
Victim relieved, but district attorney says evidence of hate crime lacking
August 15, 2003
A Wamego man was charged Thursday with slugging Jeffrey Medis last year during a fracas outside the Replay Lounge. “Oh, this is good news,” said Medis, who is openly gay and has characterized the incident as a hate crime.
Balloon narrowly averts crash
August 15, 2003
A passenger jumped from a hot-air balloon over the Kansas River Thursday night in Lawrence in an effort to pull the balloon to the bank and keep it from crashing into the water, authorities said.
Senior al-Qaida operative captured
August 15, 2003
Authorities have captured a senior al-Qaida operative in Southeast Asia who had been assigned to recruit new pilots to conduct Sept. 11-style suicide hijackings in the United States, the White House said Thursday. Hambali, an Indonesian whose real name is Riduan Isamuddin, was detained this week during a joint operation run by the Central Intelligence Agency and a foreign government in Southeast Asia. American officials declined to identify that government, although foreign newspapers reported Hambali was taken in Thailand.
France: Heat wave toll may be 3,000
August 15, 2003
A blistering heat wave across Europe has caused as many as 3,000 deaths in France alone, the government said Thursday, as overburdened funeral homes and morgues struggled to manage an overflow of incoming bodies.
Blackout disrupts transportation systems
August 15, 2003
The blackout in the eastern United States and parts of Canada disrupted planes, trains and automobiles, leaving millions of travelers stuck in traffic jams, airport terminals and rail stations.
Most Americans still don’t meet exercise standards, CDC says
August 15, 2003
Even when sweeping, waiting tables and tossing a Frisbee count as exercise, most Americans still aren’t getting enough of it.
After ruling out terrorism, investigators unsure of outage’s cause
August 15, 2003
Hours after the blackout hit, officials were still puzzled Thursday about what caused the power system to fail, and more importantly, why the disruption spread so rapidly and across such a wide region.
U.N. welcomes Iraqi Governing Council
August 15, 2003
The Security Council approved a resolution Thursday welcoming the Iraqi Governing Council and created a mission to oversee U.N. efforts to help rebuild the country and establish a democratic government.
Bremer cites ‘signs of hope’
August 15, 2003
After a week of near-daily disasters, L. Paul Bremer, the chief administrator of the U.S.-led occupation, flew Thursday to a pair of southern Iraq cities to highlight the unglamorous but steady reconstruction progress that he said plodded on despite headline-making gun battles, bombs and riots.
Advance voting under way on Eudora pool question
August 15, 2003
Residents here don’t have to wait until Aug. 26 to decide whether the city can build a new $2.25 million pool.
Area briefs
August 15, 2003
¢ Parent says yearbook glorifies drugs, alcohol ¢ Pool repairs force city to move party ¢ Civil War relics part of displays in Oskaloosa
On the record
August 15, 2003
Alfred W. Altic
August 15, 2003
Services for Alfred W. Altic, 87, Pomona, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Dengel & Son Mortuary in Ottawa. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Dole opening cost city more than $50,000
August 15, 2003
The Dole Institute of Politics’ opening weekend last month brought between 7,000 and 25,000 people to town. It also cost the city of Lawrence more than $50,000. “It was money that was spent for services needed for the weekend,” City Manager Mike Wildgen said. “We were asked to provide those services, and we did that.”
Judge to hear arguments in missing girl case
August 15, 2003
A judge will hear arguments next month on a Topeka woman’s claim that she is being held illegally in Kansas on criminal charges filed in Indiana.
Authorities seek couple in elder scam
August 15, 2003
Authorities are searching for a man and woman who flashed fake police badges and persuaded an 81-year-old woman to hand over the contents of her checking account, telling her the money was counterfeit.
6Sports video: Haskell’s senior class lead way
August 15, 2003
HINU’s team is looking better than last year.
6News video: Chloe Sheridan has billboard to promote her cause
August 15, 2003
The 10-year-old is trying to raise money for playground equipment.
6News video: U.S. 59 speeders will be caught
August 15, 2003
Lawrence police and Douglas County sherrifs will patrol the 20-mile stretch of highway more often.
6News video: Citizenship ceremony to take place at Dole Institute
August 15, 2003
On September 11, as many as 200 people will become U.S. citizens under the institute’s stained-glass flag.
6News video: Pinckney neighbors upset about proposed historic designation
August 15, 2003
Information packets about the proposed historic area do not mention which homeowners are eligible to receive tax credits and other benefits.
6News video: Charges filed in fight in front of Replay Lounge
August 15, 2003
The charges filed for the incident, which took place 8 months ago, do not call it a ‘hate crime.’
Zone-hater Brown may change
U.S. coach plans defensive switch from man-to-man
August 15, 2003
The biggest zone-hater in the NBA, Larry Brown, says he might have the U.S. Olympic qualifying team play something other than its usual man-to-man defense.
Argentine rower fails doping test
August 15, 2003
Reid back at linebacker again
August 15, 2003
Nick Reid spent a lot of time practicing at safety, but the Kansas University sophomore might never play a football game there.
Newton lands gig with Wizards
August 15, 2003
Former Kansas University basketball player Milt Newton has been named director of player personnel for the NBA Washington Wizards.
Pair of hoops recruits plan visit to Kansas
August 15, 2003
Kansas University will have a major men’s basketball recruiting weekend Sept. 5-6 with visits from A.J. Price, a 6-foot combo guard from Amityville, N.Y., and Alexander “Sasha” Kaun, a 6-11 center from Florida Air Academy in Melbourne, Fla. The two will make official recruiting visits and attend the UNLV football game.
Detroit’s Comerica Park named 2005 All-Star site
August 15, 2003
The All-Star game will return to Detroit in 2005, for the first time in more than 30 years.
Mystics’ Miller wins battle of twin sisters
August 15, 2003
Coco Miller put aside the awkwardness of facing her twin sister and had her best game as a professional.
Andrade just glad to play
August 15, 2003
Billy Andrade knows how to take advantage of his opportunities. When he got one to get into the PGA Championship, he wasted no time getting in contention.
Billboard builds buzz for lemonade stand
Ad company donates sign for playground fund-raiser
August 15, 2003
A giant photo of a pint-sized playground activist now greets drivers as they head east on 23rd Street. Chloe Sheridan — the 10-year-old who is selling lemonade to raise money for playground equipment at her Lawrence subsidized-housing complex — appeared Monday in a photo on a full-sized billboard on 23rd Street east of Haskell Avenue. An advertising company donated the sign after a company executive in Tennessee read about Chloe in USA Today and wanted to help her cause.
Marines land in Liberia as rebels release capital
August 15, 2003
Rebels lifted their siege of Liberia’s capital Thursday and 200 American troops landed to support a West African peace force, breaking off a 10-week campaign that routed the president, killed more than 1,000 civilians and left hundreds of thousands trapped and starving. U.S. helicopters and attack jets swept back and forth over the capital as rebels withdrew, drawing cheers from tens of thousands of people who filled the streets and waved the flags of peace-force leader Nigeria and the United States.
George Shultz joins Schwarzenegger team
August 15, 2003
Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Thursday that former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz would co-chair an Economic Recovery Council for his gubernatorial campaign.
Injuries hampering Jayhawks
Watkins has broken foot; several other KU players sit out drills
August 15, 2003
Several notable players were missing Thursday from Kansas University’s football practice. Running backs Jerome Kemp and Clark Green and linebacker John McCoy attended the workout but were held out of drills. Defensive lineman Tim Allen also stood on the sidelines — with the aid of crutches.
Royals’ roster full of baseball journeymen
August 15, 2003
While watching the Royals on the tube the other night, my residence supervisor spotted the name “Levine” on the back of a K.C. pitcher’s jersey. Who’s he? she said.
Fun-loving Pena sparks Kansas City’s resiliency
August 15, 2003
When Kansas City Royals owner David Glass starts feeling discouraged, he reaches out to the happiest person he knows.
Baseball briefs
August 15, 2003
¢ Reds outfielder Kearns has shoulder surgery ¢ Twins drop Baldwin, call pitcher Balfour
People
August 15, 2003
¢ ‘Angel’ extortion charges filed ¢ Harry to join the army ¢ Bergman exhibit ready to roll ¢ Ventura moved to Saturday
Daughter says dad state’s 1st West Nile fatality
August 15, 2003
A Great Bend woman says her father was the state’s first fatal victim of West Nile, but health officials have not confirmed that. Richard Lee Griffin died in February at a Wichita hospital at the age of 68. His death certificate lists the cause of death as “complications of West Nile virus encephalitis, post-polio type syndrome and respiratory insufficiency,” The Hutchinson News and the Great Bend Tribune reported this week. Reporters from both newspapers saw the death certificate.
Blackout veils East in darkness
Largest outage in history leaves tens of millions without power
August 15, 2003
The largest power blackout in U.S. history rolled across a vast swath of the northern United States as well as southern Canada on Thursday, driving millions of people outdoors into stifling rush hour streets — then darkness. New Yorkers escaped silenced subways. Nuclear power plants in four states shut down.
Serious saucer tosser
August 15, 2003
Middle class is key to 2004 victory
August 15, 2003
Nine of the last 10 presidential elections have had the same important subtheme. It is no closer to being resolved now than it was the year Richard Nixon was elected. The subtheme, of course, is the Democrats’ struggle to define themselves and to redeem their historic role in American politics. This struggle, which began in 1968, has been the leitmotif of every primary struggle for a third of a century except for 1996, when the party was happy to renominate Bill Clinton for a second term.
Niners rally past Raiders
Dorsey’s touchdown pass propels San Francisco, 14-10
August 15, 2003
Ken Dorsey still knows how to win, even when it’s only for Bay area bragging rights.
Tiger curses pitiful round
August 15, 2003
Tiger Woods stood and stared in disbelief. All day long, he was missing fairways with his tee shots and now he couldn’t hit the green with a wedge in his hands.
Run supported
August 15, 2003
Lawrence’s power plant on different grid
August 15, 2003
Electric operations at Topeka-based Westar Energy were not affected by power blackouts that hit big portions of the eastern United States and Canada.
Curtis T. ‘Tom’ McGown
August 15, 2003
Americans apologize for banner incident
U.S. troops fire into crowd of Shiites
August 15, 2003
The U.S. military apologized to the people of a Baghdad neighborhood Thursday for an incident in which a man was killed after a Black Hawk helicopter blew down an Islamic banner.
Briefly
August 15, 2003
¢ Campaign will center on surviving dog ¢ Study: Lake draining caused ancient chill ¢ Rebuilding plan raises preservation concerns ¢ Report: Nuke shipments could be made safer
Briefly
August 15, 2003
¢ Budigs establish second teaching award at KU ¢ Clues sought after shot fired in toddler’s bedroom
Investor Buffett talks politics at KU Med event
Fund-raiser nets more than $200,000
August 15, 2003
The event was designed to raise money for breast cancer research, but Warren Buffett couldn’t help but get a plug in for his choice for the next governor of California. Buffett, the second-richest man in the world, also is campaign financial adviser for candidate and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Buffett spoke Thursday night at a grand-opening event for Nebraska Furniture Mart, which he owns.
Kindergartners offer look into future
On first day of school, youngsters are full of ideas for their lives beyond the classroom
August 15, 2003
Kindergartner Tanner Green is thinking far beyond counting numbers, drawing pictures and reciting ABCs. The Broken Arrow School student arrived for his first day in the Lawrence public school district already bound and determined that he would grow up to become a police officer.
E-voting raises election fraud fears
August 15, 2003
As if California officials don’t have enough to worry about ahead of the bewildering gubernatorial recall vote Oct. 7, computer scientists say shoddy balloting software could bungle the results and expose the election to fraud.
Study links smoking to TB deaths in India
August 15, 2003
About half the tuberculosis deaths among men in India, which has the world’s highest TB toll, are due to smoking, new research indicates.
Libya seeks sanctions’ end with Lockerbie settlement
August 15, 2003
For years, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has been trying to get into America’s good graces. He condemned the Sept. 11 attacks, arrested Islamic militants and handed over two Libyans for trial in the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jumbo jet over Lockerbie, Scotland.
Food stamps on record pace
76,000 Kansas households expected in program
August 15, 2003
With the economy still faltering, state welfare officials are predicting a record number of Kansas households will be on food stamps within the next 11 months. “We expect the average monthly number of households receiving food assistance to reach 76,000 sometime in fiscal year 2004,” said Janet Schalansky, secretary of the state Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.
Extra patrols designed to make U.S. Highway 59 safer for travelers
August 15, 2003
Authorities have a message for drivers using a well-traveled but dangerous road between Lawrence and Ottawa: Slow down, drive safely or face the consequences.
Metcalf will return for junior season
August 15, 2003
KU third baseman Travis Metcalf will return for his junior season after spurning an offer from the Minnesota Twins. Metcalf, a Wamego native, hit .283 for the Jayhawks last spring and was selected by the Twins in the 38th round of June’s baseball draft.
Young Chiefs running out of time
Vermeil: Minnesota game could be last chance for some rookies to impress
August 15, 2003
The Kansas City Chiefs’ preseason game against Minnesota Saturday night may be the last chance for some young players to earn a chance at making the roster, head coach Dick Vermeil said.
Raiders ‘rusty’ in loss
DePere pitcher outduels Madill in 2-1, 12-inning Legion victory
August 15, 2003
DePere, Wis., scored in the top of the 12th inning and the Raiders couldn’t answer, sending Lawrence to a 2-1 loss in the first game of the Central Plains American Legion baseball tournament. Raiders’ ace Aaron Madill (8-1) struck out 11 and allowed just eight hits, but Lawrence’s bats couldn’t get going against DePere pitcher Curt Hendricks.
Briefly
August 15, 2003
¢ Palestinian militants vow revenge for leader’s death ¢ Allies agree that N. Korea must end weapons program ¢ Tourists flee after quake hits western Greek island
News leak probe at Westar looked in, out of utility
Private agency was hired to perform background checks on 10 people
August 15, 2003
Westar Energy Inc. has disclosed that it investigated 10 people, not three as previously acknowledged, in seeking the source of suspected news leaks in 2001, an attorney for a group of Westar customers said in a petition filed Thursday with state regulators.
Pryor engagements
Get Up Kids front man conquers late night TV with side project The New Amsterdams
August 15, 2003
Few musicians are comfortable with the term “side project.” It often implies a half-hearted attempt for artists to stave off boredom by delving into musical styles they wouldn’t normally explore.
Cheetah Girls’ fail to find harmony
August 15, 2003
Former “Cosby” star Raven stars in the new cable musical “The Cheetah Girls” (7 p.m., Disney). The film focuses on four teens attending a “Fame”-type high school of music and arts. “Cheetah” refers to their musical ensemble, their own private girl’s club and their overall attitude.
Report reveals lax FBI oversight
August 15, 2003
The FBI’s most damaging spy left clues over two decades, but lax security and the bureau’s reluctance to suspect one of its own helped Robert Hanssen elude detection, according to a harsh Justice Department report.
John R. Kline
August 15, 2003
Harvard researchers to study Missouri ‘self-ban’ on gambling
August 15, 2003
The Kansas City Port Authority will pay Harvard researchers $297,000 to study the Missouri program that allows compulsive gamblers to ban themselves from the state’s casinos. The two-year grant was announced Wednesday during the annual meeting of the Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling.
Cardinals topple Pirates, 4-3
Stephenson exits bullpen, limits Pittsburgh to five hits over eight innings
August 15, 2003
Just when Matt Morris’ injury threatened to unravel the St. Louis Cardinals’ suspect starting pitching staff, Garrett Stephenson came out of the bullpen to serve as a fill-in ace.
Blackout shelves Mets-Giants game
San Francisco rookie Foppert’s family ‘beyond disappointed’ after outage
August 15, 2003
The New York blackout forced the evacuation of workers and players from Shea Stadium hours before Thursday night’s game between the Mets and the San Francisco Giants.
Cameras in the classroom
August 15, 2003
Something new is happening in public schools across America. Round-the-clock cameras are coming into the classroom, and their introduction is stirring a wide range of emotions.
Immigrants to become citizens at Dole Institute
August 15, 2003
As many as 200 people will gather Sept. 11 in the red, white and blue glow of the large stained-glass flag at the Dole Institute of Politics and become U.S. citizens. “We wanted to do something on that day, and what better way to show that people still want to come to this country and raise their kids here,” said Erik Nelson, assistant director of the Dole Institute on Kansas University’s west campus.
BoSox take wild card lead
Boston bests A’s, 4-2; Tribe’s Hafner hits for cycle
August 15, 2003
Thanks to late-inning heroics from Manny Ramirez and Bill Mueller, the Boston Red Sox regained the lead in the American League wild card race.
Areas affected by the Northeast blackout
August 15, 2003
Appleseed Cast streamlines sound on latest disc
August 15, 2003
How does a band follow up an album that makes them “America’s closest answer to Radiohead?” Though that particular review in All-Music Guide may have been prone to hyperbole, Lawrence’s The Appleseed Cast did face a daunting task following up 2001’s sprawling “Low Level Owl Vol. 1 and 2.” That double-disc set caught critics’ and listeners’ ears with ambitious soundscapes, cascading guitars and hypnotic tape loops. Love it or hate it, the records were a stunning, cohesive statement from an emo band coming into its own.
Mickelson magnificent in first round
August 15, 2003
No one had to remind Phil Mickelson.
KU baseball reveals 2004 schedule
August 15, 2003
A three-game series at 2003 national runner-up Stanford highlights the 2004 Kansas University baseball schedule, which was announced Thursday by KU coach Ritch Price.
Perkins’ latest hire: son-in-law
Kansas AD fills new post of staff strategic planner
August 15, 2003
Lew Perkins knows he’ll raise some eyebrows with this one. Perkins, now in his sixth week as Kansas University athletic director, confirmed Thursday he had hired son-in-law Brandon Macneill as the department’s strategic planner.
Double duty
August 15, 2003
Horoscopes
August 15, 2003
Our closets hold dark secrets
August 15, 2003
America, it is time to come out of the closet.
6Sports video: Jayhawks’ Watkins breaks foot in practice
August 15, 2003
Junior co-captain Travis Watkins will be out for 6-8 weeks while recovering from his injury.