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KU official: Spouses can continue using Robinson Center
August 21, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 5:55 p.m.) Kansas University provost David Shulenburger said Thursday that Robinson Center recreation passes will remain available to employees’ and retirees’ spouses, and he apologized for what he said was a breakdown in KU’s decision-making process.
Six KU professors receive Kemper Awards
August 21, 2003
(Web Posted Thursday at 3:44 p.m.) Six Kansas University professors received $5,000 Kemper Awards Thursday from a “surprise patrol” headed up by KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway.
93-year-old first to die of West Nile virus in Kansas
August 21, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 2:19 p.m.) A 93-year-old Butler County resident has become the first person in Kansas to die from the West Nile virus, state health officials said Thursday.
Manning to return to KU basketball — but not as a coach
August 21, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 11:24 a.m.) Danny Manning could officially join the Kansas University men’s basketball department as early as Friday afternoon. The 37-year-old Manning, a former KU All-American who led the Jayhawks to the 1988 NCAA championship, will definitely join Bill Self’s staff for the 2003-2004 season. “He won’t be a coach,” Self told the Journal-World Thursday morning, “but he’ll come in some capacity.”
Mini Enron
August 21, 2003
Football beef
August 21, 2003
Will we heed the warning?
August 21, 2003
The first thing that crossed my mind when the lights went out on the 22nd floor of my Times Square Hotel last Thursday afternoon was, “Klaatu warned us.” OK, it wasn’t the first thing, but it makes for a more interesting lead sentence. Sci-fi film fans will recognize the name Klaatu from the 1951 film “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” The alien and his robot, Gort, land their flying saucer in Washington in the middle of the Cold War to warn earthlings that we had better get along or suffer consequences of galactic proportions. Now isn’t that a better way to explain the nation’s biggest power outage than listening to insufferable politicians blame each other: “The power failure was your fault.” “Was not.” “Was too.” “Was not.”
K.C. project granted tax incentives
August 21, 2003
Missouri Gov. Bob Holden has granted state tax incentives for a $378 million project that would move about 6,000 Internal Revenue Service employees to the downtown post office.
Defender objects to DNA samples for plea bargains
August 21, 2003
Plea bargains in Jackson County Circuit Court come with a catch: Defendants must surrender a DNA sample as a condition of any agreement involving a felony charge.
Ashcroft tour draws protests
Attorney general seeks support for USA Patriot Act
August 21, 2003
At his first stop on a tour in support of the USA Patriot Act, Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft told police officers and prosecutors Wednesday that the law made possible a series of recent terrorism arrests.
Record class of recruits graduates from CIA
August 21, 2003
The CIA, looking to double its ranks of clandestine operatives, recently graduated the largest class of new officers in the agency’s history, officials said.
FCC chair launches initiatives to promote local programming
Task force to look at media ownership rules
August 21, 2003
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell announced Wednesday a series of initiatives aimed at ensuring broadcasters serve the communities in which they operate.
Test failure deals setback to pipeline repairs in Phoenix
August 21, 2003
An idled gasoline pipeline that is causing fuel shortages throughout Phoenix failed one of two tests needed to reopen it, the owner of the line said Wednesday.
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August 21, 2003
¢ Computer virus problems slowly abating in area ¢ Three West Nile cases confirmed in humans
Advocates renew Patriot Act opposition
More than 30 people attend meeting on rights
August 21, 2003
As U.S. Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft began a tour in support of the USA Patriot Act Wednesday, dozens of Lawrence residents renewed their warning that “Big Brother” has arrived.
Intolerant left
August 21, 2003
Freshmen full of anticipation as first day of classes arrives
August 21, 2003
For Ashley Blades, the moment came when she was pushing a shopping cart at a Lawrence grocery store, looking for drinks to fill her dorm room’s mini-fridge. She couldn’t decide what to buy.
Tax bills due early
Second-half deadline now May 10
August 21, 2003
There’s never a time George Paley isn’t putting aside money to pay taxes on his downtown Lawrence properties. “As soon as I make one payment, I start saving up for the next,” he said Wednesday.
Bomb suggests link to Saddam
Powerful, military-grade weaponry used in blast at U.N.’s headquarters in Iraq
August 21, 2003
The bomb that devastated the U.N. complex in Baghdad was a potent blend of Soviet-era artillery shells, mortar rounds and grenades packed around a powerful centerpiece — a 500-pound bomb meant to be dropped from an aircraft, the FBI said Wednesday. “This was not a homemade bomb,” said Thomas Fuentes, the FBI official heading the investigation. “We’re talking about highly powerful, military-grade munitions.”
Free dental clinic ready to treat thousands
August 21, 2003
Thousands of needy Kansans — most of them sweating and nursing toothaches — will converge on Kansas Speedway this weekend for a chance at free dental care. “We’re expecting to see a thousand (people) on Friday, a thousand on Saturday and 500 or so on Sunday,” said Michelle Rega, a dentist at the Douglas County Dental Clinic in Lawrence.
Supreme Court won’t hear Ten Commandments case
Alabama judge won’t remove biblical monument
August 21, 2003
The U.S. Supreme Court refused Wednesday to block a federal judge’s ruling that a Ten Commandments monument be removed from the rotunda of Alabama’s state judicial building in Montgomery.
Allen L. Powell
August 21, 2003
Blake services
August 21, 2003
Hall services
August 21, 2003
G. Gladys Baker
August 21, 2003
Chief urges Indians to preserve culture
August 21, 2003
The rise of groups openly hostile to American Indian tribes is one reason the Cherokee Nation must work to preserve its culture, create jobs and build communities, the tribe’s newly re-elected chief says.
Haskell school year kicks off in hot weather
August 21, 2003
While Kansas University students were still huddled around their air conditioners at home Wednesday, Haskell Indian Nations University students withstood 100-degree heat for the first day of classes.
U.N. help sought for Iraq reconstruction
August 21, 2003
After urgent talks with his top foreign policy team, President Bush decided Wednesday to return to the United Nations for a resolution seeking greater international involvement in Iraq, including more foreign troops and wider funding for reconstruction, U.S. officials said.
Rumsfeld: Troops in Iraq sufficient
August 21, 2003
Despite a second, large suicide bombing attack on a civilian target in Iraq this month, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Wednesday that U.S. commanders in Iraq considered the size of the American force there adequate to provide security as the country rebuilds.
Vandals create road hazard
August 21, 2003
A Lawrence man had an encounter with one nasty fast-food cup earlier this month as he drove down Tennessee Street.
On the record
August 21, 2003
Smoky Hills Public TV cuts newscast
August 21, 2003
Smoky Hills Public Television has pulled the plug on the station’s “NewsLink” program, which had been devoted to news from western and central Kansas.
Duncan delivers in U.S. victory
Americans top Brazil, 110-76, in Olympic qualifying event
August 21, 2003
The first half was flawed. After that, the U.S. team looked fantastic.
Appeals court sides with NCAA
It looks as if KU now will play Michigan State in Allen, not in Classic
August 21, 2003
An appeals court issued a stay in a request by the NCAA to delay a decision overturning an NCAA rule that prohibits Division One basketball teams from playing in more than two exempt tournaments in a four-year period.
Our town
August 21, 2003
Sting pummel Fever
August 21, 2003
Dawn Staley scored 20 points as the Charlotte Sting beat the Indiana Fever 80-50 Wednesday night for the second-most lopsided victory in team history.
Tracking down the cash
Figuring out who makes what in a Cup race tricky business
August 21, 2003
At least once a week, in the sports department of any newspaper that runs the results of NASCAR races, the phone will ring: “How come,” the caller will ask, “Tony Stewart made $140,528 for finishing 40th in the Coca-Cola 600, and Joe Nemechek only got $84,740 for finishing 11th? Don’t seem right to me.”
6News video: Historic neighborhood applications are in
August 21, 2003
Property owners in the five proposed historic districts can learn if they are eligible for tax credits.
6News video: Paradise Cafe will close for renovations
August 21, 2003
Paradise’s remodel will expand the restaurant’s bakery business.
6Sports video: Whittemore will only be as effective as his offensive line
August 21, 2003
The Jayhawks’ new offensive line is breaking in four new starts and a former tight end.
6News video: KU’s Convocation opens the school year
August 21, 2003
Around four thousand students heard the opening remarks.
6News video: Governor’s accelerated tax payments will cause headaches
August 21, 2003
Douglas County commissioners are certain the early property tax schedule will draw fire.
6News video: Cost to pave rural roads is unknown
August 21, 2003
The Douglas County Commission wants to pave the roads in Eudora subdivision, but aren’t sure how much it will cost to finish the job.
6Sports video: Fan Appreciation Day sees scrimmage and introductions
August 21, 2003
Coach Mangino lets fans meet the team’s co-captains and watch them practice.
6Sports video: Free State has young girls’ golf team
August 21, 2003
The program has no seniors, but Coach Hershiser expects steady improvement from his golfers.
In a shady spot
August 21, 2003
Sylvia Weeks Nitcher Medlock
August 21, 2003
Support history
August 21, 2003
Baseball briefs
August 21, 2003
¢ Yankees new rotation: Contreras in, Weaver out ¢ Mulder, Hudson nursing injuries ¢ Glaus out for season ¢ Rockies’ Chacon sidelined for season
Jayhawks collecting recruiting visitors
August 21, 2003
The list of Kansas University men’s basketball recruits to attend the KU-Missouri football game Sept. 27 keeps growing.
Woodling: Six or seven victories possible — really
August 21, 2003
Almost everything you wanted to know about Kansas University football now that the Jayhawks have reached the end of two-a-day practices … About a month ago, you wrote the Jayhawks could win six or seven games this season — a prediction that prompted The Sporting News to call you a “homer.” Do you still believe KU can win that many games?
Area briefs
August 21, 2003
¢ Felon from Ozawkie pleads to gun charge ¢ Baldwin may use probe of police to defend suit ¢ Police investigate child molestation report ¢ Public invited to train with hot air balloons
Israeli troops enter Nablus in retaliation for bus bombing
August 21, 2003
Israeli troops and tanks moved into the West Bank towns of Nablus and Jenin early today, searching for Palestinian militants in the wake of a devastating suicide bombing earlier in the week, police and Palestinian officials said.
Foreign culture
August 21, 2003
For many city youngsters, visiting a Kansas farm is like traveling to a foreign country. Two or three generations ago, it wasn’t necessary to take field trips to the farm. Most children in Kansas either lived on a farm or had some connection to rural culture through friends or other family members.
Arms trade for profit reaches new low
August 21, 2003
The privatization of the Iraqi economy has begun in characteristically macabre fashion. Under Saddam Hussein, rape, extortion and murder were largely state-run monopolies. Today those activities fall in the private sector. “Before liberation, a substantial part of the crime in this country was conducted by designated offices in the Interior Ministry,” Bernard Kerik, former New York City police commissioner and now the man in charge of building a new police force for Iraq, told me in Baghdad last month.
Sales tax law ‘simpler’ than thought
State officials say critics, merchants exaggerated problems
August 21, 2003
A Department of Revenue official and several legislators suggested Wednesday that problems blamed on the state’s new sales tax law have been exaggerated by critics and fearful merchants. That law, which took effect July 1, requires merchants to collect state and local sales taxes based on the rates imposed where customers have goods delivered, ending a decadeslong practice of using the rates imposed where a merchant was located. A merchant who delivers furniture from Manhattan to Junction City must collect the tax imposed in Junction City, for example.
Road dust irks rural residents
Neighbors seek to pay for paving roads themselves
August 21, 2003
Evidence of Eudora’s southern growth is becoming increasingly visible for Rodney Croucher. Even if he can’t see anything. “We’re all fed up with the dust out here, and it won’t get any better,” said Croucher, who lives near the Hesper Heights residential subdivision southeast of Eudora. “You can’t go out in your yards. You can’t do anything, really, except just sit inside.”
Patti services
August 21, 2003
Recall vote delay fails
California campaigners take serious tone
August 21, 2003
Republican recall candidates Arnold Schwarzenegger and Peter Ueberroth laid out economic recovery outlines for California on Wednesday as a federal judge rejected an effort to delay the Oct. 7 vote because of potential problems with punch-card voting machines. After days of circus atmosphere around the recall, the campaigns began to take a traditional tone with major candidates having carefully staged events to position themselves before voters.
Report: Cadillac Escalade has highest theft rate
August 21, 2003
Thieves broke into Don Massey Cadillac in Lone Tree, Colo., last November and stole seven Escalade sport utility vehicles. The dealership was not alone: Thieves go after the $55,000 SUV at a higher rate than any other vehicle, according to a report by a research group funded by auto insurers.
6News video: Haskell starts fall semester
August 21, 2003
Despite the heat and humidity, Haskell students are happy to be back.
KU pulls family pool privileges
August 21, 2003
Kansas University employees and retirees are no longer able to purchase family passes to the Robinson Center swimming pool, and that has some families steamed. “I believe it is poor public relations to unilaterally make a change without any explanation to the current, as well as the retired, faculty and staff,” Charlyne Michnick wrote in a recent letter to KU Provost David Shulenburger.
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August 21, 2003
¢ San Diego Zoo’s giant panda gives birth to one twin cub ¢ Senate gives final approval to scrapping amnesty laws ¢ New leader chosen
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August 21, 2003
¢ Agency fines band, nightclub in deadly fire ¢ Couple take son needing chemotherapy
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August 21, 2003
¢ ‘60s radical paroled ¢ Shootings tied to drugs rather than sniper ¢ Bomblike devices left at Schwab’s home ¢ Reuters journalist buried
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August 21, 2003
¢ Nuclear power plant resumes operations ¢ Arson suspected in string of grass fires ¢ County considering tax on Amish buggies
School board finishes tour
Facilities inspection will help members set priorities
August 21, 2003
While members of the school board were finishing their annual tour of district buildings Wednesday, Free State High School food service manager Kathy Hanna seized the opportunity to lobby them.
Convocation primes students for semester
August 21, 2003
With a mix of serious advice and humor, Kansas University leaders and students gathered Wednesday night for the university’s 138th annual opening convocation.
Museum has airplanes for ‘adoption’
August 21, 2003
You can adopt a child, a pet, even a stretch of highway. Why not an airplane? Under the Adopt-a-Plane program that began this week at the Kansas Aviation Museum, organizations are asked to adopt one of the museum’s planes, spruce it up and keep it in top shape for exhibit. In return, the museum will display information about the organization.
Michael Anthoney Waterbeck
August 21, 2003
150 found in mass grave
August 21, 2003
Forensic experts have exhumed the remains of 150 war victims from Bosnia’s largest-known mass grave — and expect to find hundreds more, officials said Wednesday.
Daily ticker
August 21, 2003
Downtown eatery to close for remodeling
Paradise Cafe to add new doughnut shop, cut back on menu
August 21, 2003
A landmark downtown restaurant is closing its doors for nearly a month as its owner revamps its image. Paradise Cafe, 728 Mass., will close Monday for remodeling to accommodate a new bakery and doughnut shop, said Schuyler Lister, who has owned the business just more than a year. The Paradise bar will remain open during renovation.
Judge allows Sprint affiliate’s creditors to sue firm
August 21, 2003
The unsecured creditors of a bankrupt Sprint Corp. affiliate plan to sue the telecommunications giant to try to recover about $300 million in losses, an attorney said Wednesday. IPCS Inc. of Barrington Hills, Ill., and its unsecured creditors claim that Overland Park-based Sprint controlled the affiliate’s business operations and that Sprint’s practices forced the partner, which provides wireless service under the Sprint PCS name, into bankruptcy.
Briefly
August 21, 2003
¢ Chavez foes submit signatures for recall ¢ Japan wants abductions part of N. Korea talks ¢ WHO virologist to study SARS-like outbreak ¢ U.S. issues warning of terrorism in Yemen
Care system needs surgery
August 21, 2003
We all know something’s gone terribly wrong with America’s health-care system. Some hospitals are on the verge of bankruptcy. Insurers turn away high-risk patients to make a profit. And from those lucky ones who can get insurance, you hear a litany of complaints about soaring out-of-pocket costs for medical services and prescription drugs, bureaucratic snags with insurers and hospitals and long waits at the doctor’s office.
Council admits open-meeting violation
August 21, 2003
Sedgwick County Dist. Atty. Nola Foulston will not assess any fines for the Wichita City Council’s admitted violation of the Kansas Open Meetings Act.
Hazel Alma Henick
August 21, 2003
Yanks complete sweep of Royals
Clemens claims career victory No. 305 in 8-7 triumph
August 21, 2003
On the surface, all is well with the Yankees. Roger Clemens, Juan Rivera and Nick Johnson stood out in Wednesday’s 8-7 victory over the Kansas City Royals, which stretched New York’s winning streak to seven. But just below, there are worries.
MU’s AD voices support for Snyder
August 21, 2003
Missouri athletic director Mike Alden said Wednesday he had “an unbelievable amount of confidence” in basketball coach Quin Snyder, amid an NCAA investigation and revelations of apparent FBI interest in jailed former Tigers player Ricky Clemons.
Sanders, Pirates blast past Cardinals
August 21, 2003
The Pittsburgh Pirates’ 10-run fifth inning lasted so long, Reggie Sanders thought he homered in two different innings instead of the same one.
Getting the kinks out
August 21, 2003
Groundbreaking moves
August 21, 2003
Audience the loser of this ‘Race’
August 21, 2003
“Amazing Race 4” (7 p.m., CBS) wraps up its long trek tonight. For those who haven’t been following the frantic scramble, there are three teams left. Dave and Jeff are best friends from Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Baylor committed to staying in Big 12
August 21, 2003
A murdered player, NCAA violations and an attempted cover-up of misdeeds by the head coach have raised questions about the future of the men’s basketball program at Baylor and whether the school needs to stay in the Big 12 Conference.
We mean business’
Mangino tells crowd Jayhawks working hard
August 21, 2003
Kansas University’s football team wrapped up two-a-day practices Wednesday night with an open practice at Memorial Stadium. Coach Mark Mangino had a clear message for the crowd of about 700 on Fan Appreciation Day.
Study: Outlook for wheat market ‘not rosy’
August 21, 2003
A North Dakota State University study predicts more demand for wheat in the next decade, though experts say resulting price increases may not be significant.
Police scrap face-scanning surveillance
August 21, 2003
Civil-rights advocates celebrated a decision by police to scrap a highly touted — and much criticized — face-recognition software system that scanned the city’s entertainment district.
Ex-paramedic pleads not guilty in drug case
August 21, 2003
A former paramedic pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal charges of diluting or substituting pain medications.
Streetball scoring new fans as exposure to game grows
August 21, 2003
It was the type of play that makes jaws drop.
BU men’s soccer preseason No. 14
August 21, 2003
Baker University’s men’s soccer team has been ranked seventh in the NAIA preseason poll. The Wildcats were ranked No. 14 at the end of the 2002 season after playing in the national tournament.
People
August 21, 2003
¢ Second drug approved for erectile dysfunction ¢ Navajo landowners underpaid for pipelines ¢ Father accused of shooting children
Horoscopes
August 21, 2003
U.S. gasoline prices soar
Distribution problems exacerbate tight supply levels
August 21, 2003
As the summer vacation season winds down, tourists trying to escape high temperatures are facing soaring gasoline prices.
KU’s new Eaton Hall open but not yet complete
August 21, 2003
Some chairs still are wrapped in plastic. PVC pipe replaces permanent handrails on stairways. The floor is covered in sawdust, and the front entrance isn’t complete.
People
August 21, 2003
¢ Oscar hits Rock bottom ¢ Law firm sues Suge Knight ¢ Spa to have royal touch ¢ Singer given probation
Degrading image
August 21, 2003
Missouri halts dam inspections
August 21, 2003
Because of budget cuts, the state has stopped inspections of all 638 dams it regulates, instead requiring dam owners to hire private engineers to check for potential safety problems. The cutbacks mark a reversal for Missouri, which started employing dam inspectors about 15 years ago partly because some private inspectors had overlooked or inflated the severity of safety problems, said Jim Alexander, the state’s chief engineer for dam safety.
Angels can’t solve Loaiza
August 21, 2003
It’s hard to tell where the Chicago White Sox might be without Esteban Loaiza, who made the team as a non-roster invitee in spring training.
Briefcase
August 21, 2003
¢ ConAgra halts offering stock options to leaders ¢ Aquila CEO sells shares ¢ Enron building up for sale ¢ UBS to pay $500,000 for lack of supervision
Book blames LBJ for JFK assassination
August 21, 2003
The father of the White House press secretary claims in his upcoming book, “Blood, Money & Power: How L.B.J. Killed J.F.K.,” that former President Lyndon Johnson was behind the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Frances Helen O’Connor
August 21, 2003