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Sobig f. worm slowing e-mail at KU
August 19, 2003
(Updated Tuesday at 4:54 p.m.)Kansas University posted a warning Tuesday afternoon on its Web site cautioning about a new version of the Sobig worm — W32.Sobig.F —which is infecting computers around the world.
Hot spell continues in Lawrence
August 19, 2003
(Updated Tuesday at 1:20 p.m.) OK class, here’s a quick hot weather quiz: How many 100-plus degree days have we had this summer in Lawrence? If you guessed 11, give yourself an “A” on the quiz — and go get a big cold glass of water. That’s because we’re on our way to coping with the 12th 100-degree day this afternoon.
Bat bites KU student
August 19, 2003
(Updated Tuesday at 12:43 p.m.) A Lawrence police report looked like it might have come out of a script for a horror film — it said a bat bit a Kansas University fraternity member on the finger early Tuesday morning at the Kappa Sigma house.
Silly sideshow
The best way for the state school board to bury the evolution issue is to affirm the current policy and move on to more important matters.
August 19, 2003
The evolution issue is silly,” Connie Morris, a member of the Kansas State Board of Education, told reporters last week. “Get over it. Let’s talk about children.”
For the people?
August 19, 2003
Smoke hazards
August 19, 2003
Playground help
August 19, 2003
Commodities
August 19, 2003
Bad planning’ cited for school zone designation near Eudora High School
August 19, 2003
Flashing beacons and new speed limit signs are going up near Eudora’s new high school, but don’t expect Douglas County commissioners to be happy about it.
Arab world’s ‘Idol’ inspires patriotic fervor
August 19, 2003
And you thought “American Idol” fans were excitable. They’ve got nothing on the millions of Arabs backing their national favorites on the show’s Middle East knockoff.
The O.C.’ gains buzz factor, ratings boost
August 19, 2003
Have viewers finally had enough “reality”? Of the dozens of unscripted shows to unspool this summer, not one has emerged as a genuine hit, like “Joe Millionaire” did last winter. “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” (9 p.m., Bravo) has become the water-cooler show of the season, but that’s more in the makeover genre than “reality.” Another interesting sign of change occurred last week when the soapy new Fox drama “The O.C.” (8 p.m., Fox) actually gained viewers in its second week. That may not seem Earth-shattering, but after watching new summer series like “Charlie Lawrence” and “Keen Eddie” disappear without a trace, it’s almost shocking to see a real drama gain some traction. On tonight’s episode of “The O.C.,” Ryan’s flaky mother Dawn returns.
Area briefs
August 19, 2003
¢ Police officers mourn acting chief’s death ¢ Dole Institute protesters face 5 misdemeanors ¢ Chancellor to present $5,000 teaching awards
Incoming class gets Rock Chalk review at Traditions Night
August 19, 2003
The rhythmic clapping eluded Lindsey Bower, even after 10 times through “I’m a Jayhawk.” “I still don’t have it,” the freshman from Wichita said. “I tried.” Lucky for Bower, she’ll have four years to practice.
Heat brings call for water conservation
Rural residents near Baldwin asked to limit consumption
August 19, 2003
A heat wave scorching much of Kansas and Missouri is expected to continue through the week, causing one Douglas County water district to ask customers to voluntarily reduce usage.
Tribe’s water supply nearly tapped out
August 19, 2003
The Kickapoo Reservation in northeast Kansas is on the verge of running completely out of water.
Guide lists party schools
August 19, 2003
The University of Colorado topped the list of party schools in the nation, while Brigham Young University was “stone-cold sober,” according to the latest Princeton Review survey.
Militants release European hostages
August 19, 2003
Islamic extremists freed 14 European tourists Monday, six months after they were kidnapped by an al-Qaida-linked group in the Sahara Desert.
Earnings propel Dow to 14-month high
August 19, 2003
The Dow Jones industrials climbed to their highest close in 14 months Monday, rising sharply in a quiet session following last week’s blackout. Good earnings news from Lowe’s and Toys “R” Us helped lift stocks, but there was little other news to influence the market.
IBM lays off 500 workers in Vermont
Computer manufacturer requiring 3,000 workers to take week without pay
August 19, 2003
IBM, the world’s largest provider of computer hardware, laid off 500 workers at its Vermont plant Monday and said an additional 3,000 would be required to take a week off without pay next month.
Bonnie L. Tatham
August 19, 2003
Services for Bonnie Lavon Tatham, 89, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Entombment will follow at Memorial Park Mausoleum.
Virginia J. Bigger
August 19, 2003
Arthur Albert Hase
August 19, 2003
Services for Arthur Albert Hase, 78, Topeka, will be at 9 a.m. Thursday at Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel in Topeka. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Topeka.
Robyn Renee Curtis
August 19, 2003
Robert F. Morgan
August 19, 2003
Siebert services
August 19, 2003
Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Ornelas
August 19, 2003
Student injured in hazing incident
University officials, Lawrence police launch investigations
August 19, 2003
Lawrence police and Kansas University officials are investigating after a 19-year-old student suffered a head injury in an apparent hazing incident at Sigma Nu fraternity. Police said Monday they had five suspects who also were being investigated for allegedly furnishing alcohol to a minor.
KU research official leaves for one-year D.C. position
August 19, 2003
Robert Barnhill, who has led research activities on Kansas University’s Lawrence campus since 1997, has been selected for a one-year position with the Council of Graduate Schools.
Kansas improving since failing five of seven areas
August 19, 2003
The federal Child and Family Service Review was performed in Kansas two years ago.
Americans to face Brazil in opener
August 19, 2003
Day 9 of their shared existence brought a break for the U.S. Olympic team as coach Larry Brown canceled the practice that was supposed to precede their flight to Puerto Rico.
Bonds likely will return to Giants today
August 19, 2003
Barry Bonds is likely to return to the San Francisco Giants’ lineup today.
Junior high school students savor journey in Japan
August 19, 2003
When 24 Lawrence high school and junior high school students traveled to Hiratsuka, Japan, a couple of months ago, eating boiled soy milk with chopsticks and sweet sauce was just one of the many interesting experiences.
Juco lineman Urrutia leaves Kansas football team
August 19, 2003
Kansas University will have to rebuild its offensive line without Johnny Urrutia. “Johnny Urrutia is not with the program any longer,” KU football coach Mark Mangino said Monday during the Big 12 coaches teleconference. “He is going back home to try to get some academic issues cleared up. He wants to come back and join the team. We will certainly take him back.”
Coaches exercising caution
August 19, 2003
Coaches are asking their players this week to hit the books and hit the field — but hit the water bottle even harder.
Nicklaus selects Haas, Funk
U.S. captain picks experience over rankings for Presidents Cup
August 19, 2003
Jack Nicklaus took experience over major championships Monday, selecting Jay Haas and Fred Funk to fill out his U.S. team that will try to retain the Presidents Cup in November.
Miami football battling rash of injuries
August 19, 2003
Linebacker Jonathan Vilma stands on the sideline, watching, encouraging and helping his Miami teammates. It’s the closest he gets to the practice field.
Johnson, Liberty shut down Comets
August 19, 2003
Fighting for their playoff lives, the New York Liberty hardly looked like a team playing a third game in as many days.
6News video: Enrollment down again, officials say
August 19, 2003
The official figures are not yet out, but numbers are down in elementary schools, but the crowding remains.
6News video: Alleged hazing incident occurs at Sigma Nu
August 19, 2003
Police and university officials are investigating after a 19-year-old student suffered a head injury.
6News video: 2 dead in accident on U.S. 40
August 19, 2003
The cause of the accident, which involved three vehicles, is still being investigated.
6News video: Developers appeal Wal-Mart denial
August 19, 2003
The city’s denial of a building permit for a Wal-Mart and an unnamed restaurant at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive has been appealed.
6News video: School board members get lesson on facilities
August 19, 2003
Lawrence school board members toured seven schools in the district on Monday to examin building operations.
6News video: Students rush to fill dorms
August 19, 2003
Crowded parking lots and triple-degree heat did not stop new and returning Jayhawks from moving in on the hill.
6Sports video: Urrutia leaves campus
August 19, 2003
Coach Mark Mangino confirmed Monday that Johnny Urrutia, the 323-pound junior lineman from Mt. San Antonio College, was returning to California to sort out some academic issues.
6Sports video: Heat greets start of prep practices
August 19, 2003
All area fall prep teams had their first chance to practice on Monday.
6Sports video: Kickball enthusiasts compete at South Park
August 19, 2003
Rudy’s Pizzeria and Wattleneck battled it out Sunday for the first Kaw Valley Kickball League championship.
6Sports video: KC smashed by Yankees
August 19, 2003
New York handed Jose Lima his first loss of the season in the 11-6 defeat.
Congress to investigate FirstEnergy nuclear plant
Utility also owns target of blackout investigation
August 19, 2003
The investigative arm of Congress is looking into the federal government’s handling of problems at a nuclear plant owned by FirstEnergy — the Ohio-based utility at the center of the investigation into last week’s blackout.
In the halls
August 19, 2003
What was the highlight of your summer?
How I spent my summer: Lawrence youths share stories, snapshots from vacations
Food highlights trip to Italy
August 19, 2003
I’ve been traveling with my family to Paderno del Grappa, a small Italian town north of Venice, for a month each summer for the past few years.
Lice DNA helps date when humans adopted clothing
August 19, 2003
In a creative use of insect genetics to solve an enduring mystery of human evolution, scientists studying the DNA of lice have concluded that early humans may have started wearing clothes just a few tens of thousands of years ago, more recently than many had presumed.
Eateries eye Lawrence market
On the Border among places set to open
August 19, 2003
On the Border, a national Mexican restaurant chain, leads a list of ethnic eateries that have set their sights on Lawrence. It will open next spring near 31st and Iowa streets.
States failing new test of child welfare system
August 19, 2003
Not a single state has passed a rigorous test of its ability to protect children from child abuse and to find permanent homes for youths who often languish in foster care.
Liberian government, rebels sign peace accord
August 19, 2003
Government officials and rebels signed a peace accord Monday to end a three-year insurgency that devastated Liberia, left thousands dead and drove out warlord-President Charles Taylor. “The war is over,” one rebel leader said.
Lawrence bowler Glass struggles to 72nd place
August 19, 2003
Lawrence’s Bob Glass struggled during the first day of the PGA Senior Lake County Horseshoe Open.
Major losses frazzle Tiger
Woods not used to losing biggest events, especially to little-known players
August 19, 2003
Tiger Woods was on the practice green about an hour before his final round in the PGA Championship when he looked over at a large clock.
Briefly
August 19, 2003
¢ Heat thought to kill 5,000 in France ¢ West Bank negotiations expected to wrap up
Briefly
August 19, 2003
¢ Fifth Kansan ill with West Nile Virus ¢ Power plant shuts when valve fails
Briefly
August 19, 2003
¢ New law defers troops’ student loan payments ¢ Poll: Majority favors law against gay marriage
Enrollment down again, but crowding remains
Elementary schools fail to meet class-size goals
August 19, 2003
Crowded classrooms were found across the Lawrence public school system Monday despite the district’s fourth consecutive steep decline in elementary enrollment. “I’ve had calls from parents and teachers about crowding,” said Wayne Kruse, president of the union representing Lawrence educators.
Inmates fall between sentencing standards
New guidelines ease nonviolent drug punishment
August 19, 2003
Much has changed in the decade since Gloria VanWinkle and Paul Goseland began serving life sentences in Kansas prisons for possessing small amounts of cocaine. For one thing, the 2003 Legislature enacted a new law that would result in a maximum of 17 months in prison for the same nonviolent drug crimes for which the pair were confined years ago.
Recall election survives first of legal challenges
Justice Department says voting rights of minorities will be upheld
August 19, 2003
The Justice Department on Monday signed off on the Oct. 7 election to recall Gov. Gray Davis in response to warnings from a federal judge in San Jose, who questioned whether the voting rights of minorities would be upheld.
KSU Wildcats on the prowl in Jayhawk territory
August 19, 2003
Melissa Colgan grew up in Lawrence, but she didn’t have any trouble turning her back on Kansas University to become a Wildcat a few miles west off Interstate 70.
Latinos a political paradox
August 19, 2003
Another political poll arrived the other day to remind us that Latinos are walking contradictions. Thank you, very much. The New York Times and CBS poll said Latinos back big government and President Bush, who is famously in favor of little government. It said Latinos want more government services and lower taxes. But tax cuts mean service cuts.
Best Buy, RealNetworks team up
August 19, 2003
RealNetworks Inc. and electronics retailer Best Buy announced a deal Monday in which customers could try out and sign up for RealNetworks’ online music service at Best Buy’s 560 stores across the country.
Board gets look at district’s needs
Annual tour of schools revives call for building repairs, updates
August 19, 2003
Lawrence school board members looked like gawking tourists Monday as they shuffled through a half-dozen schools to examine building deficiencies. It was an eye-opener for three new board members unfamiliar with the details of the school interiors.
Mother walks children into lake; one survives
August 19, 2003
A woman walked down a boat ramp into 10 feet of murky lake water with her two young children, drowning herself and her 4-year-old daughter, police said.
Raiders bemoan layoff
August 19, 2003
Carl Brooks is no fan of long periods of inactivity prior to a postseason baseball tournament. “It killed us,” said Brooks, coach of the Lawrence Raiders. “We weren’t the same team, and the only explanation I have is the layoff.”
Beleaguered Baylor president vows to ‘compete’
August 19, 2003
Baylor University is committed to remaining in the Big 12 Conference and putting a complete team on the court next season despite the scandal of a murdered player and coach Dave Bliss’ attempted coverup of NCAA violations.
Eagles re-sign safety Cook
Texans lose Baxter; Broncos extend Shanahan’s deal
August 19, 2003
Rashard Cook, a backup safety and key special teams player who missed most of last season with a knee injury, signed a one-year contract Monday with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Thomas puts hurt on Halos
Angels’ Washburn loses no-hitter, game to White Sox
August 19, 2003
Frank Thomas had two of Chicago’s four hits off Anaheim’s Jarrod Washburn, and they were the difference in the game.
Horoscopes
August 19, 2003
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KGS, parties agree to increase in rates
Residential customers would pay about $60 more per year under plan
August 19, 2003
Rates charged by the state’s largest retail natural-gas supplier would increase by $45 million a year under an agreement between the company and other parties.
Hampton shuts down D’backs
Braves pitcher wins eighth straight game in 6-1 victory against Arizona
August 19, 2003
Mike Hampton is pitching so well he doesn’t even mind returning to Colorado.
U.S. not new to global regime change
August 19, 2003
This anniversary reminds us that America is not new to the business of regime change. Fifty years ago U.S. and British intelligence services — the principal U.S. operative was Kermit Roosevelt, Teddy’s grandson — had a remarkably easy time overthrowing Iran’s government.
Living wage is justified
August 19, 2003
As the City Commission’s hearing on the living wage ordinance draws near, the volume of the debate has risen. Critics have made harsh allegations. The Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry, for example, accused the Living Wage Alliance of being a stalking horse for a national “big labor” campaign to harm Kansas business, seeking to “double, triple or quadruple” the minimum wage.
FCC chair warns of move toward more regulation
August 19, 2003
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell said Monday the threat of terrorism and the “despicable activity” of some companies had led to a shift toward more regulation that could harm innovation and the economy.
Royals upended
Yankees hand Lima first loss of season
August 19, 2003
Jose Lima was enjoying a dream season — until he ran into the New York Yankees. Jorge Posada and Karim Garcia homered as New York sent Lima to his first loss of the season with an 11-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.
Preps swelter through practice
August 19, 2003
Kansas high schools started fall sports practices Monday and along with learning new skills and figuring out who belongs where, athletes and coaches dealt with the brutal heat wave that has hit the Midwest.
Warner perfect as Rams roll past Bucs
August 19, 2003
Beating the Super Bowl champions put a bounce in the St. Louis Rams’ step, even if it doesn’t count.
People
August 19, 2003
¢ Roseanne Barr program canceled ¢ Former ‘West Wing’ star to assist real-life campaign ¢ Bee Gees singer’s will disclosed ¢ The not-so-funny years
Three-vehicle accident west of Lawrence kills 2, including KU student
August 19, 2003
(Updated at 11:03 a.m. Tuesday) Two people — including a Kansas University graduate student — were killed and another KU graduate student was critically injured in a three-vehicle accident late Monday afternoon on U.S. Highway 40 about four miles west of Lawrence.
On the record
August 19, 2003
Briefcase
August 19, 2003
¢ Court delays merger by Berkshire Hathaway ¢ Boeing wins contract for Air Force project ¢ Automakers reopen plants after blackout
Briefly
August 19, 2003
¢ U.S. soldier killed in explosion in Baghdad ¢ Death sentences issued for May suicide bombers ¢ West Nile vaccine shows promise in monkeys
Michigan prep to visit for Late Night
August 19, 2003
Another high-school basketball prospect has scheduled a recruiting visit to Kansas University. Al Horford, a 6-foot-8, 211-pound senior from Grand Ledge, Mich., will visit KU for Late Night With Bill Self Oct. 17.
KU, Big 12 schools supporting Bears
August 19, 2003
Perhaps it won’t get any worse. Maybe this is as low as it goes. But for Baylor, its athletic department and its devastated basketball program, nothing is certain when it comes to the future.
Daily ticker
August 19, 2003
Commission slated to discuss draft of living wage ordinance
August 19, 2003
The Lawrence City Commission will discuss a proposed draft living wage ordinance.
Ruth M. Rozmiarek
August 19, 2003
6Wak, Wal-Mart appeal permit denial
Lawrence Board of Zoning Appeals to consider cases in October
August 19, 2003
Developers have appealed the city’s denial of building permits for a Wal-Mart and unnamed restaurant at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.