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Governor starts procedure to collect property taxes early
August 20, 2003
(Updated Wednesday at 11:24 a.m.) Kansans will have to pay their second-half property taxes a month earlier under a measure signed Wednesday morning by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Area briefs
August 20, 2003
¢ KAPS critics turn out for listening tour ¢ County to consider rural paving offer
Jayni’s Kitchen’ features summer vegetables
August 20, 2003
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Tomatoes and More: Recipes for Summer Vegetables.”
Area farmers try to salvage withered corn
Soybean outlook also bleak
August 20, 2003
It’s as bad as it looks. Lawrence-area farmers have begun harvesting their withered fields of corn, and the results have been predictable — small kernels of corn starved by a lack of moisture.
Daily ticker
August 20, 2003
Westar Energy sheds more shares of ONEOK stock
August 20, 2003
Westar Energy Inc., announced Tuesday that it would sell an additional $13.6 million worth of shares of its ONEOK stock in an ongoing effort to reduce the company’s debt.
Briefcase
August 20, 2003
¢ NBC, others seek Vivendi media assets ¢ Boeing to lay off 255 ¢ Proposed Yellow merger draws more questions ¢ Williams strikes deal
KGS rate increase proposal draws no dissent
August 20, 2003
State regulators heard no objections Tuesday to a proposal that would increase the rates of Kansas’ largest supplier of natural gas by $45.4 million.
Operator allowed to test gas pipeline
Shutdown creates price increase, long lines at pumps in Phoenix
August 20, 2003
The operator of a closed pipeline that normally supplies a third of the Phoenix area’s gasoline got permission Tuesday to begin safety tests, meaning the line could be back in service by the weekend, officials said.
Commodities
August 20, 2003
Stand clarified
August 20, 2003
Wage support
August 20, 2003
Foundation forms to buy water rights
August 20, 2003
Northwest Kansas water officials have decided to form a nonprofit foundation to buy water rights and reduce water use from the dwindling Ogallala Aquifer.
Former anti-drug activist arrested on felony drug charges again
August 20, 2003
A man who had worked as an anti-drug activist has been arrested a second time on drug charges and also faces other charges that include kidnapping and attempted aggravated robbery.
ACT scores take another dip in Lawrence
August 20, 2003
The average ACT score of Lawrence seniors dipped for the second consecutive year with the testing gap widening between Free State and Lawrence high schools.
More Afghan police die in new attacks
August 20, 2003
Ten Afghan police were reported killed in a suspected Taliban ambush Tuesday as Afghanistan marked its Independence Day in the shadow of renewed violence.
Report: Sniper suspect made racist comments
August 20, 2003
Sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad espoused racist and anti-American views and said “America got what it deserved” on Sept. 11, 2001, according to a court filing made public Monday.
Leads narrowed in deadly W. Va. shootings
August 20, 2003
Investigators have narrowed hundreds of tips to 10 solid leads in their probe of sniper shootings that killed three people outside Charleston-area convenience stores, authorities said Tuesday.
Ancient seedlings intended for cloning
August 20, 2003
Two spiky green pine seedlings, the offspring of one of the oldest trees on Earth, were presented to the U.S. Botanic Garden Tuesday as part of an effort to study and eventually clone the world’s great trees.
Blackout costs may hit $6 billion
Experts say losses will be quickly recouped
August 20, 2003
The blackout that stranded millions of travelers, halted assembly lines and spoiled tons of food cost an estimated $4 billion to $6 billion, no more than a temporary ripple in the economy, experts say.
U.S. 40 an unforgiving road
August 20, 2003
U.S. Highway 40 is a narrow, hilly road with twists and turns along its entire route from Lawrence to Topeka.
Chantal E. Anderson
August 20, 2003
Services for Chantal E. Anderson, 25, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Lawrence Holidome. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Irene M. Moorman
August 20, 2003
Joyce Ann Hall
August 20, 2003
Ornelas services
August 20, 2003
On the record
August 20, 2003
Ohio gunman kills co-worker, self
Killer just diagnosed with cancer, denied vacation time
August 20, 2003
A factory worker who was denied vacation because he filled out a form improperly and had just learned he had cancer opened fire inside the plant Tuesday, killing himself and an office worker.
ACT results yield math concerns
August 20, 2003
The high school class of 2003 earned an average composite score of 20.8 on the ACT college entrance exam, matching last year’s total, but the test-maker warned that more than half of this year’s students may not be ready for college-level coursework in either math or science.
Top U.N. trouble-shooter killed in attack
August 20, 2003
Sergio Vieira de Mello, a diplomatic veteran who served for more than 30 years as a troubleshooter in world hot spots and became the top U.N. envoy in Iraq, was killed Tuesday in a truck bombing against his offices in Baghdad. He was 55.
Iraq’s former vice president caught
August 20, 2003
Kurdish militiamen captured Iraq’s feared former vice president, Taha Yassin Ramadan, in a bloodless operation in this northern city Tuesday and turned him over to the U.S. military, marking one of the highest-profile arrests since most of ousted president Saddam Hussein’s leadership went underground after his government collapsed in April.
Analysis: Violence threatens U.S. agenda
August 20, 2003
The truck bomb that shattered the United Nation’s compound in Baghdad and killed its chief official leaves little doubt that a campaign of violence is overwhelming the ability of U.S.-led occupation forces to reconstruct Iraq.
Ten-run inning propels Cardinals
Astros turn back Cubs in showdown of Central Division leaders
August 20, 2003
In one inning, Scott Rolen went from frustrated to satisfied. Rolen hit a go-ahead, three-run double and a two-run single in a 10-run eighth inning, driving in a career-high six runs to lead the St. Louis Cardinals past the Pittsburgh Pirates, 13-5, Tuesday night.
Cubs acquire Womack from Rockies
August 20, 2003
The Chicago Cubs acquired infielder Tony Womack from the Colorado Rockies Tuesday for minor-league pitcher Enmanuel Ramirez, strengthening their infield depth for a possible playoff run.
Malone to miss tournament
Nets’ Martin takes spot on U.S. basketball roster
August 20, 2003
Karl Malone will not rejoin the U.S. Olympic qualifying team because of the death of his mother. Kenyon Martin of the New Jersey Nets was chosen Tuesday as his replacement.
Bliss accused of spying on K-State
August 20, 2003
Dave Bliss’ former administrative assistant alleged Monday that the former Baylor coach taped a Kansas State men’s basketball practice at Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.
Mizzou offensive line talented, experienced
August 20, 2003
Big things are expected from Missouri quarterback Brad Smith this season, and that means the focus is on the players protecting him.
Rockers sock Sun
August 20, 2003
This time, Penny Taylor shot the lights out.
Daughter of new LHS coach killed in recent car accident
August 20, 2003
Lawrence High cross country coach Brian “Chip” Anderson lost his daughter Monday. Chantal Anderson, 25, died in an automobile accident on U.S. Highway 40 west of Lawrence.
6News video: Living-wage requirement likely
August 20, 2003
City commissioners agree that there should be some form of living-wage requirement for businesses that receive tax abatements, but it remains to be seen what form that requirement will take.
6News video: Sororities hope trend of increasing numbers continues
August 20, 2003
Last year an unusually high number of women were recruited into sororities at KU.
6News video: Victims of crash remembered by friends, families
August 20, 2003
The families and friends of Chantal E. Anderson and Jesse Blake mourned their deaths from an accident on U.S. Highway 40 Monday.
6Sports video: Volleyball phenom commits to KU
August 20, 2003
Baldwin High’s Emily Brown orally committed to KU on Monday.
6Sports video: Soccer squad looking forward to competition
August 20, 2003
Mark Francis’ team is hoping to surpass the preseason coaches’ conference poll’s prediction of seventh place.
6Sports video: Pettitte topples Royals
August 20, 2003
The division lead gets slimmer as KC falls 6-3 to the Yankees.
6Sports video: Offense showing signs of improvement
August 20, 2003
6Sports video: Gordon tearing up the field in practice
August 20, 2003
Wide reciever Charles Gordon has been making catches left and right for the ‘Hawks.
Kuehne keeps golf in perspective
August 20, 2003
He is an anomaly in a sport increasingly motivated by the drive for the PGA dollar, a world-class golfer who plays for championships and not cash.
2003 good year for underdogs
First-time major winners illustrate golf’s propensity to streaky play
August 20, 2003
The young lady in the gallery at Oak Hill might not realize this until she gets her film back, but she has quite a memento from the PGA Championship.
Bombers bounce Appier, K.C.
Pettitte survives errors to shut down Royals
August 20, 2003
Andy Pettitte was cruising, and it appeared the New York Yankees were going to win a laugher against the Kansas City Royals. After a few defensive miscues in the seventh inning, the Yankees were just happy they could chuckle about it later.
New virus causes big computer problems
August 20, 2003
Sobig was living large in Kansas on Tuesday. The devious computer virus shut down a Franklin County computer system, hobbled a major state agency and bombarded Kansas University with thousands of infectious e-mails.
Wichita airport sees near-record ridership
Passenger traffic up at Mid-Continent Airport during national trend of declining air travel
August 20, 2003
Mid-Continent Airport posted its 15th straight monthly increase in passenger traffic in July, recording its second-highest total ever.
Briefly
August 20, 2003
¢ Fake obituary slipped into weekly newspaper ¢ Shooting kills father, wounds 2-year-old ¢ Limited breast radiation shows promising results ¢ Appeals court stops scheduled execution ¢ Mother who drowned 4-year-old left note
Parade defended
August 20, 2003
Soil is key to superpower
August 20, 2003
After much denial, Americans are finally beginning to admit that we are indeed an imperial nation. What Thomas Jefferson and other Founding Fathers openly dreamed about two centuries ago has become reality, and the United States has taken Britain’s place as the seat of empire, dominating the globe.
Outage humbles powerful N.Y.
August 20, 2003
When the lights go out, sometimes a light goes on. In your heart. Or even your soul.
Evidence points to Donner Party site
Discovery of bone scarred by ax markings supports cannibal theory
August 20, 2003
Archaeologists have found the strongest evidence yet that the 1846 Donner Party — trapped in the Sierra Nevada by early blizzards and ultimately forced to eat some of their companions — made their winter camp at Alder Creek on the outskirts of modern Truckee, Calif.
Vick vows he won’t play scared when he returns
August 20, 2003
Michael Vick hobbled into the crowded room Tuesday — a crutch under each arm, a black cast on his right leg.
Chiefs offensive tackle Jones retires
Lineman walks away after suffering sprained neck in Hall of Fame game
August 20, 2003
Oft-injured Chiefs offensive tackle Willie Jones, who sprained his neck and temporarily lost feeling in his body during the Hall of Fame game Aug. 4, announced his retirement Tuesday.
Former Westar Energy CEO seeks new trial or acquittal
August 20, 2003
Former Westar Energy Inc. chief David Wittig, convicted of bank fraud and money laundering, is seeking a new trial or acquittal, claiming his trial last month was riddled with errors.
Briefly
August 20, 2003
¢ EPA to set new rules for cleaner air in parks ¢ Priests petition for married clergy
Briefly
August 20, 2003
¢ Report: Congressman ran light in fatal crash ¢ Shark attack kills swimmer ¢ Freed tourists head for home
Seeing is believing: Seahawks dig new look
August 20, 2003
Believe it or not, this is the same Seabury Academy. Seeing Lawrence’s Class 1A school in a nicely renovated building that was once Alvamar Racquet Club with four new coaches among the school’s six varsity teams could throw some people off.
Grass can’t touch turf technology
August 20, 2003
Times at Baylor University have been plenty tough, what with a player’s murder and a coach’s cover-up. Now, to a lesser extent, you can add to those woes the BU athletic department’s water bill. In the dry, scorching summer heat of the plains, football stadiums with grass fields require thousands of gallons of water to prevent them from turning to … well, just look at your parched front yard.
Embattled governor blasts California recall effort
August 20, 2003
Gov. Gray Davis, taking a defiant stance in his first major address since the recall qualified for the statewide ballot, on Tuesday denounced the Oct. 7 vote as a Republican power grab and made no apologies for his record as governor.
Mental health care lacking for children in foster system
Despite improvements, services deemed inadequate
August 20, 2003
About two hours into a roundtable discussion Tuesday on mental health issues affecting children, Sen. Paul Feleciano, D-Wichita, couldn’t take it anymore. “This is absolutely insane,” he said.
Nurse organizes Memory Walk to honor Alzheimer-stricken mother
August 20, 2003
Peg Wessel will walk in memory of her mother, Martha Nichols, who struggled with Alzheimer’s disease for 12 years before she died.
Pierce services
August 20, 2003
Sex’ offers interracial romance
August 20, 2003
Miranda’s new squeeze in “Sex and the City” is handsome, successful and charming. He’s also black — notable for a show that has been almost uniformly white in its casting.
Dr. Phil’ to tackle obesity
August 20, 2003
The recurring issue of “Dr. Phil” McGraw’s second season in syndication is going to be obesity, but who could have blamed him if he had chosen to focus on bullying or teasing instead? He has been like a gift-bucket of chum to TV’s late-night sharks — the butt of “Saturday Night Live” and “Mad TV” skits and endless jokes by Jay Leno and David Letterman, who has been especially pitiless with his “Dr. Phil’s Words of Wisdom” moments.
Kenyan widows reject sex ‘cleansing’
Practice blamed for helping spread HIV throughout sub-Saharan Africa
August 20, 2003
The women of this village call Francise Akacha “the terrorist.” His breath fumes with the local alcoholic brew. Greasy food droppings hang off his mustache and stain his oily pants and torn shirt.
Heaggans brothers happy together
Fleet, versatile pair vital to KU football resurgence
August 20, 2003
Gary Heaggans hasn’t played football with his brother Greg in four years. That likely will change Aug. 30 when Kansas University opens the season against Northwestern. The Heaggans brothers, each a former Kansas City Schlagle standout, are being counted on to help the Jayhawks improve in coach Mark Mangino’s second season.
Area briefs
August 20, 2003
¢ Record amount of water drawn from Kaw, Clinton ¢ Hot weather causes KU to cancel picnic ¢ Burn ban begins today in Baldwin ¢ Bat bites KU student ¢ Abuse-reporting hot line back to 24-hour service
Truce blows up with bus in Israel
August 20, 2003
A suicide bomber blew himself up Tuesday on a bus packed with Jewish worshippers returning from the Western Wall, killing at least 18 people.
City still fine-tuning living wage
Commission backs off writing requirement into law
August 20, 2003
Living wage, yes. A living-wage ordinance, probably not. The Lawrence City Commission agreed Tuesday that companies that receive tax abatements should pay their employees a “living wage” of at least $9.53 an hour.
Ashcroft kicks off campaign for Patriot Act
August 20, 2003
Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft defended the Patriot Act on Tuesday, saying the anti-terrorism measure passed by Congress after the Sept. 11 attacks has been key to the nation’s efforts to thwart attacks against Americans.
Governors face realities of tax cuts
August 20, 2003
When they were colleagues in the House of Representatives, it was hard to find two more conservative Republicans than Bob Riley of Alabama and Mark Sanford of South Carolina. Both of them decided to run for governor in their home states in 2002 and both defeated the Democrats who were seeking second terms.
Friends, families mourn victims of fatal crash
Vibrant lives cut short in instant on highway
August 20, 2003
One was a Kansas University graduate student making a life out of her love for fitness and recreation. The other was a construction worker who loved to cook. A day after a three-vehicle crash that killed them, family and friends Tuesday were mourning the losses of two more lives on a highway that has long had a deadly reputation.
Dean reinstates salary boost for Kemper winners
August 20, 2003
The dean of Kansas University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has decided to reinstate a $1,000 annual salary increase to Kemper teaching award winners within the college after faculty members protested his decision to eliminate the increase.
Tatham services
August 20, 2003
Williams self-reported 10 violations at KU
Carolina coach agrees with Jayhawks’ Self: ‘Everybody commits them’
August 20, 2003
So-called secondary NCAA men’s basketball rules violations are a lot like turnovers. “Everybody commits them, everybody,” Kansas University coach Bill Self recently said after the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported 20 secondary, or minor, NCAA rules violations committed in Self’s three seasons at Illinois.
Smoking Gun TV’ specializes in dirty secrets
August 20, 2003
Maybe it’s time to crown Mo Rocca the king of basic cable. In addition to his normal perch at “The Daily Show” (6 p.m., Comedy Central), he can be seen all this week on “I Love the ‘70s” (8 p.m. and 9 p.m., VH1). And now he’s also the host of “Smoking Gun TV” (7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Court TV), a new series based on the irreverent Web site founded by investigative reporters William Bastone and Danny Green in 1997. Making the most of the Internet, The Smoking Gun (www.thesmokinggun.com) has disseminated court documents, concert riders, mug shots and other public documents to reveal embarrassing secrets about celebrities, politicians and other public figures.
How to wipe away bacteria in kitchen area
August 20, 2003
What’s the best way to clean and sanitize kitchen surfaces?
Baker students return for campus move-in
August 20, 2003
Baker University students will return to campus today for the fall semester.
Jesse Eugene Blake
August 20, 2003
Baldwin’s Brown commits to KU volleyball squad
August 20, 2003
Baldwin High’s phenomenal volleyball senior Emily Brown can now discard the loads of letters, e-mails and answering machine messages she’s been getting for too long now. She’s made up her mind: She’s going to be a Jayhawk.
Home building reaches 17-year high
August 20, 2003
Housing construction jumped to a 17-year high in July in spite of rising interest rates. It was an unexpectedly strong showing and one more sign, analysts said, that the long-craved economic rebound may finally be happening.
Horoscopes
August 20, 2003
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A plentiful fresh water supply isn’t something that should be taken for granted.
August 20, 2003
Hot, dry periods like the one affecting Kansas this month put an added emphasis on a precious resource that we often take for granted: water.
Honest account
August 20, 2003
Police briefs
August 20, 2003
¢ Special patrol results in two DUI arrests ¢ Motorcyclist leads police on chase ¢ Police arrest teen suspected in grass fire ¢ Guilty plea entered on firearms charge ¢ Neighborhoods warned of sexual battery suspect
Vote halts online Legislature project
August 20, 2003
Senate President Dave Kerr, a Hutchinson Republican, on Tuesday blocked an attempt by the House to go forward with a plan to build a “virtual committee” where the public could eventually interact with the Legislature via computers.
White Sox sock Angels
Twins turn back Cleveland, tighten Central race
August 20, 2003
Miguel Olivo and Roberto Alomar did the dirty work for the Chicago White Sox. They dropped down back-to-back bunt singles in the seventh inning — both reaching first with head-first slides — before Carlos Lee hit a two-run single to spark a 5-2 win over Anaheim Tuesday night
Glass places 51st in Indiana
August 20, 2003
Lawrence’s Bob Glass finished the second round of the PBA Senior Lake Country Horseshoe Casino Open in 51st place, which isn’t good enough to advance to today’s round of 32 at Olympia Lanes.
Protection One stock may be delisted
August 20, 2003
Protection One has been notified that its stock has fallen below the minimum price on the New York Stock Exchange and may be removed from listing.
No relief from heat in sight
August 20, 2003
The heat wave that has shrouded Kansas in triple-digit temperatures for the past couple of days is showing no signs of letting up — especially in the eastern part of the state.
Day of violence envelops Mideast
Baghdad blast called attack against people of the world
August 20, 2003
A suicide bomber crashed a cement truck laden with explosives through a side gate at the United Nations compound Tuesday in Baghdad, killing at least 20 people, including Sergio Vieira de Mello, the United Nations’ special representative for Iraq, and wounding more than 100.
People
August 20, 2003
¢ Phish bassist arrested, charged with endangerment of minor ¢ Lawyers seek dismissal of Eminem slander suit ¢ Lost Elvis song up for release ¢ It’s a boy for Marc Anthony, former Miss Universe
Students forget nutritional lessons
August 20, 2003
I’ve spent a fair amount of time around college students, so I’ve come to regard myself as something of an expert on the species.
One mean lasagna
Lawrencian earns prizes for creations
August 20, 2003
Sam Hunsaker is a cooking machine. Bring him a batch of cucumbers, and he’ll give you back a jar of his bread-and-butter pickles. Take him some wild blackberries, and Hunsaker will convert it into blackberry preserves. Friends and co-workers who offer him garden-fresh tomatoes get, in return, jars of homemade, canned tomato sauce or some of Sam’s “Gotcha” Salsa.
Recipes by Sam Hunsaker
August 20, 2003
Sam Hunsaker’s recipe for Vegetable Lasagna was featured in the August/September issue of Taste of Home magazine.
Fall 2003 enrollment expected to ‘hold even’
August 20, 2003
Don’t expect another record increase in enrollment at Kansas University this fall. KU officials won’t release their official enrollment totals until mid-September. But several administrators are saying they expect enrollment to remain steady compared with last year, which saw a 2.3 percent increase in students, the largest annual jump since 1986.
Charles A. Patti
August 20, 2003
Colorado officials warn public of West Nile risk
Two counties declare health emergencies
August 20, 2003
As she rode her bicycle along Cherry Creek in downtown Denver this week, Lisa Carley was wearing a helmet but no mosquito repellent to guard against the West Nile virus.