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Pools closed to treat water-borne parasite
August 22, 2003
(Web Posted Friday at 5:35 p.m.) Local authorities announced Friday that several cases of cryptosporidium, a water-borne parasite, have been found in the community. For that reason, four community pools in Lawrence — the city outdoor pool, the indoor pools at Kansas University and Haskell Indian Nations University and the outdoor pool at Alvamar — have been ordered closed for treatment by the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department.
Three more KU faculty members win Kemper Awards
August 22, 2003
(Web Posted Friday at 4:35 p.m.) Three more Kansas University professors were surprised Friday with $5,000 Kemper Awards for excellence in teaching and advising. Those winning awards were Maggie Childs, professor of East Asian languages and cultures; Philip Baringer, professor of physics and astronomy, and Rodolfo Torres, professor of mathematics.
People
August 22, 2003
¢ Ray says brother will be back ¢ Just say no to plastic surgery ¢ School named for Salsa Queen ¢ Johnson has beef with customs
Deep Thinkers
Conscious’ hip-hop duo seeks empowerment through music
August 22, 2003
In Lawrence, hip-hop shows are typically synonymous with good times. Gaggles of beer-goggled youths gather on Friday nights in dimly lit clubs and houses-for-hire, dancing to the tribal pulse of hip-hop beats and flirting like mermaids. Aaron Sutton might be at one of those parties, but he has more on his mind than partying.
Costly rules
August 22, 2003
Comedian Cal
August 22, 2003
Michael Jackson’s birthday a thriller for devoted fans
August 22, 2003
If you pay $30 to attend a birthday party, do you still have to bring a gift? And if so, what exactly would you give a fellow who lives in Neverland?
Recording association offers downloading guide
August 22, 2003
The Recording Industry Association of America has stepped up its fight against Internet piracy by going after those who make “substantial quantities” available online through music-swapping sites such as Kazaa and LimeWire, rolling out hundreds of lawsuits and threats of criminal prosecution.
Parents group assails ‘CSI’ as worst show
August 22, 2003
Television’s most popular program, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” is also its least family-friendly, a TV watchdog group said Thursday.
Forgotten Elvis record set for release
August 22, 2003
Elvis Presley fans got a special treat on the 26th anniversary of his death — a never-heard-before Elvis song.
Magazine helps readers keep ‘em in stitches
August 22, 2003
Know your joke by heart. Don’t announce in advance that it’s going to be hilarious. And never say “But seriously …” when you’re finished.
Three woofs for hero dogs
August 22, 2003
Heroes comes in all shapes and sizes — and breeds, too.
Sobig’ virus was fastest outbreak ever
August 22, 2003
A computer virus that circulated across the Internet this week, hard on the heels of another nasty online infection, is the fastest e-mail outbreak ever, an anti-virus company said.
State vehicle ‘mess’ scrutinized
Officials seek explanation for numbers of cars and policies behind purchases
August 22, 2003
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ administration is looking under the hood of the state vehicle program and doesn’t like what it sees. To start with, there are too many state-owned vehicles — 8,661 — and too many are being underused, which has led officials to question why they were bought in the first place. And the policies for state employees to use vehicles don’t make sense, according to Secretary of Administration Howard Fricke.
Fashion sense puts resident in jail
August 22, 2003
A 20-year-old Lawrence man attracted police attention Thursday by wearing a jail-style jumpsuit in public, and his fashion statement caused him to become an authentic jail inmate.
Missouri River drops to record levels
August 22, 2003
The Missouri River has dipped to its lowest levels on record since the 1950s, when the once free-flowing river was restrained with a series of reservoirs constructed in upstream states, Missouri officials said Thursday. The National Weather Service is projecting the river will continue to fall to levels not seen since the drought of the 1930s — long before reservoirs were built.
Daily ticker
August 22, 2003
Ballistics tests link all three sniper-style shootings
August 22, 2003
Investigators said Thursday that ballistics tests showed all three victims in a series of sniper-style slayings at area convenience stores were killed by the same weapon.
One-quarter of preteens exercise only at school, study finds
August 22, 2003
America’s children are even more deeply rooted couch potatoes than experts initially thought.
Government union elects new president
August 22, 2003
The largest union of federal government employees ousted two-term president Bobby L. Harnage Sr. in a surprise vote that reflected frustrations that the union wasn’t fighting hard enough against the Bush administration’s labor policies.
6News video: KU freshmen face their first day of classes
August 22, 2003
New students are a bit confused about how to get around campus, but 6News reporter Mike Rigg is on the bus to give a helping hand.
6News video: Kemper Award takes some professors by surprise
August 22, 2003
Chancellor Hemenway interrupted several classes to give out the annual awards.
6News video: Lawrence heat continues
August 22, 2003
Temperatures in the city topped 100 degrees for the sixth day in the row.
6Sports video: Danny Manning returns to KU program
August 22, 2003
Manning has told his agent that he’s done with pro ball.
6Sports video: Jayhawks have competition for kicker
August 22, 2003
Last year’s kicking game was less than spectacular.
6Sports video: Free State tennis rebuilds
August 22, 2003
Last year’s team tied for first place at the state tournament.
6News video: Victims of Quantrill’s raid remembered
August 22, 2003
The names of those known to have been killed during the raid 140 years ago were read off to honor their memory.
6Sports video: Royals drop to Minnesota
August 22, 2003
The loss makes Kansas City fall back to third place in the AL Central.
Justices order Commandments removed
Supporters vow to block attempts to move monument
August 22, 2003
Alabama’s associate Supreme Court justices ordered the Ten Commandments monument removed from the rotunda of the state judicial building Thursday, despite Chief Justice Roy Moore’s fiery defense of his 5,300-pound granite marker.
More foreign troops sought in Iraq, but U.S. will keep power
August 22, 2003
Secretary of State Colin Powell launched a new effort Thursday to broaden the American-led coalition force in Iraq. But he made clear Washington won’t cede any authority, as France and other nations have demanded.
Liberian peace talks close with choice of new leader
August 22, 2003
Liberia’s combatants on Thursday chose a longtime campaigner against rule by warlords to lead the country’s postwar interim government.
Remembering Quantrill’s victims
August 22, 2003
Civil War era re-enactors, Jacque Stroud and her husband, Dr. Hershel Stroud, of Topeka, and Roy and Kathy Lafferty, of Lawrence, participate in a vigil for the victims of Quantrill’s Raid. Thursday evening’s vigil at Oak Hill Cemetery commemorated the anniversary of the raid, in which Lawrence was attacked by a group led by William Quantrill. More than 150 people were killed in the Aug. 21, 1863, attack.
KU research building under budget
August 22, 2003
The planned biomedical research facility at Kansas University Medical Center will be built under budget, the chairman of a group overseeing construction said Thursday.
Lawrence briefs
August 22, 2003
¢ History galleries to line hallways at union ¢ Congressman to speak at chamber luncheon ¢ Puppy picnic slated for dog trainers
On the record
August 22, 2003
Robinson pool privilege restored
August 22, 2003
Kansas University Provost David Shulenburger said Thursday that Robinson Center recreation passes would remain available to spouses of KU employees and retirees.
Alberta Louise Swearingen
August 22, 2003
Make education a full-time job
August 22, 2003
This is the time of year when campuses start coming alive again — as good a time as any to give some thought to the way we schedule higher education and the need for changing it.
SoundsGood and Asa get ‘pumped’
August 22, 2003
Anybody listening to Z95.7 at 9 p.m. Wednesday wouldn’t have noticed anything unusual about a song called “Kick It.” It featured a silky smooth R&B singer crooning, “My mission is to kick it anyway I can/ move my feet and clap my hands,” on top of an infectious bass line that bounced up and down like a hydraulic-driven El Camino. But for Lawrence hip-hop duo SoundsGood and Kansas City vocalist Asa Barnes, the moment signified a major breakthrough: commercial radio.
Company to pay record fine
August 22, 2003
A Wichita contracting company has agreed to pay a $15,000 fine, the largest ever assessed by the state Governmental Ethics Commission, to resolve a case arising from allegations the firm violated campaign finance laws.
Danny back in KU blue
Jayhawk championship legend excited to join Self’s staff
August 22, 2003
Danny Manning was decked out in suit and tie Thursday afternoon to have his picture taken for Kansas University’s men’s basketball media guide. Manning, a former Kansas basketball All-American, who officially could join the KU men’s basketball department today, when, as coach Bill Self put it, “some I’s are dotted and some T’s are crossed,” is excited about contributing to his alma mater’s program.
Manning’s KU legacy unequaled
August 22, 2003
Those of us growing long in the tooth never will forget the magical spring of 1988 when Danny Manning almost single-handedly led Kansas University to the NCAA basketball championship. Hard to believe that was almost a generation ago. This year’s high school seniors, for instance, were terrible 2-year-olds when “Danny and the Miracles” stunned college basketball.
Scott Drew to coach Baylor
Homer Drew to fill Valparaiso post vacated by son
August 22, 2003
Scott Drew is leaving Valparaiso to take over the challenge of repairing a Baylor basketball program torn apart by the death of a player, the shame-filled resignation of coach Dave Bliss, a string of transfers and potentially strong NCAA violations.
United States soars to 111-73 victory
Basket by Collison pushes Americans past 110-point mark for first time in two years
August 22, 2003
The United States had such an easy time against the Dominican Republic, it was even able to eclipse 110 points for the first time in two years.
FSHS grad Shirk killed in auto accident
August 22, 2003
Brian Shirk, a former three-sport athlete at Free State High, died Wednesday morning in an automobile accident in Topeka.
Democrats in Congress urge recall opposition
But leaders advocate vote for Bustamante
August 22, 2003
California’s congressional Democrats urged voters Thursday to oppose the recall but vote for Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, underscoring their fears that a Republican could unseat Gov. Gray Davis in the Oct. 7 election. Davis, meanwhile, was stepping up efforts to fight for his job, appearing with the state’s most popular Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and planning his second town-hall-style meeting in as many days.
Late Kulwicki still Bristol icon
August 22, 2003
Rusty Wallace and Alan Kulwicki forever will be linked to Bristol Motor Speedway.
Nazareth another key in IRL chase
August 22, 2003
With Tony Kanaan leading an extremely tight points chase, the importance of Sunday’s IRL race at Nazareth Speedway is clear.
Packers’ Brown hopes to play
August 22, 2003
Gilbert Brown appeared genuinely happy with how his torn right biceps held up in an abbreviated practice Wednesday, but Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman continues to be wary about the nose tackle’s attempt to play through the injury.
Titans shift center
Long snapper to start at linebacker
August 22, 2003
Tennessee’s Brad Kassell, signed more than a year ago as a long snapper, will start at middle linebacker Saturday night against Cincinnati in a bid to win the job left vacant when Randall Godfrey was released.
Shock snag 23rd win
August 22, 2003
Swin Cash scored 20 points and Cheryl Ford had 11 points and 11 rebounds as Detroit set an Eastern Conference record with its 23rd win, 71-56, over Cleveland Thursday night.
Wie proves prowess in men’s tournament
August 22, 2003
Michelle Wie felt she had nothing to prove, then went ahead and did it anyway.
Astros solve Wood, clip Cubs
Giants’ Bonds beats Braves again with home run in 10th inning
August 22, 2003
Kerry Wood thought he had his good stuff. It didn’t matter to the Houston Astros.
OSU players stunned by AD’s announcement
August 22, 2003
One day after athletic director Andy Geiger announced that 10 Ohio State football players had been declared eligible by the NCAA, several teammates said Thursday they never were aware the players were ineligible.
Among clods and clowns, many coaches prosper
August 22, 2003
Once a profession of high esteem and low pay, coaching is a hot job even in these days of endless scandals.
Baseball briefs
August 22, 2003
¢ O’s outfielder Cordova to have elbow surgery ¢ White Sox trade for Reds reliever ¢ Ex-broadcaster Coleman dies at age of 78 ¢ Braves catcher Lopez to miss two games
Cardinals’ Morris to return without rehab assignment
August 22, 2003
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Matt Morris, sidelined because of a broken hand and sprained left ankle since July 22, will start Saturday without the benefit of a rehabilitation assignment.
France withers in heat wave
August 22, 2003
The heat wave that fried Europe for three weeks this summer could not have come at a worse time for Frenchmen with heart trouble, emphysema, asthma and other illnesses exacerbated by heat. Temperatures soared just as millions of French citizens, including hospital workers, headed for the beaches to take their traditional monthlong August holiday.
Makeover show makes fantasy spaces
August 22, 2003
The surprise makeover series “While You Were Out” (7 p.m., TLC) returns for a second season with a new host, Evan Farmer. For the uninitiated, the show follows a homeowner who has sent his or her partner, spouse or roommate out of town for a weekend, so the “While You Were Out” team can create a new fantasy space in just two days. In tonight’s episode, Baltimore wife Randy hopes that the team will help transform the bedroom she shares with her husband, Will, a man whose tastes diverge wildly from her own.
Health officials report state’s 1st-ever West Nile virus death
August 22, 2003
A 93-year-old Butler County resident was the first Kansan to die from the West Nile virus, state health officials said Thursday. The victim showed signs of encephalitis, or swelling of the brain, on Aug. 10 after being bitten by a mosquito in late July or early August, the Department of Health and Environment said. The person died earlier this week in a hospital, but KDHE declined to release further details, citing patient confidentiality laws.
Gophers, opponents at odds
Michigan, Michigan State refuse to play Minnesota on Friday night
August 22, 2003
Michigan and Michigan State don’t want to move their football games at Minnesota from Saturday to Friday night because of a possible scheduling conflict in the Metrodome with the Twins.
State raising fees for records, filing for office, incorporation
August 22, 2003
Getting copies of records, running for public office and incorporating a business in Kansas will become more expensive on Sept. 1, when the secretary of state’s office increases dozens of fees. The higher fees result from the state’s budget problems, which led Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and legislators to require the secretary of state’s office to stop relying on general tax dollars to finance its operations.
French heat-wave toll may be at 10,000
August 22, 2003
As many as 10,000 people may have died in France’s heat wave, the government acknowledged Thursday, and a solemn President Jacques Chirac promised health system changes. But he also leveled a criticism at the public, saying many elderly victims “died alone in their homes.” Chirac, under fire from opposition politicians and media for not speaking out earlier, promised “everything will be done” to correct failings in the health system that was overwhelmed by victims of the heat. But his government said ministers would not resign.
Fiddlers and pickers to fill weekend with song
August 22, 2003
Diane Gillenwater outfiddled the competition at last year’s Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships in South Park, and she won a silver plate that she keeps on her fireplace. But winning the event wasn’t the best part about it, she said. The best part was talking with an audience member who approached her after her performance.
Liberty Hall revives ‘Pulp Fiction’
August 22, 2003
“Personality goes a long way,” hired hit man Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) claims in “Pulp Fiction.” Although the line comes during a lengthy discussion about whether he would eat a dog or a pig, the sentiment just as easily could apply to the movie itself.
Animal House’ to celebrate 25th anniversary
August 22, 2003
It’s toga-party time again.
Another try
August 22, 2003
The Lawrence school district seems likely to float another bond proposal within a relatively short time. It probably will come as no surprise to most local voters that members of the Lawrence school board now appear unanimous in the conclusion that a new bond issue proposal should be floated to pay for facility improvements in the district.
Parking peeve
August 22, 2003
No. 5 on ‘wanted’ list in U.S. custody
August 22, 2003
Ali Hassan Majid, the notorious cousin of Saddam Hussein who earned the nickname “Chemical Ali” for using poisonous gas to kill thousands of Kurds, has been captured, the U.S. military said Thursday. Majid ranked No. 5 on the U.S. “most wanted” list of 55 Iraqi figures and was the most powerful member of the former dictator’s inner circle still at large save Saddam himself. All but 15 on the list have been caught or killed, according to the U.S. Central Command.
Cuban airmen indicted for shooting down civilian U.S. aircraft
August 22, 2003
A Cuban general and two fighter pilots have been indicted in the shooting down of two civilian planes in 1996 over the Florida straits, federal prosecutors announced Thursday. The four men aboard the planes were killed.
Oh trips Kuehne at U.S. Amateur
August 22, 2003
Oh, my.
Briefly
August 22, 2003
¢ Judge schedules trial for Dole protester ¢ School funding support focus of march, rally ¢ Southwest ninth-grader faces drug suspension ¢ Kickapoo Tribe to receive federal grant for water
Briefly
August 22, 2003
¢ Unemployment claims fall by 17,000 for week ¢ Westar keeps dividend ¢ Mortgage rates climb ¢ Gap posts earnings
Briefly
August 22, 2003
¢ Team offers advice for SARS control ¢ Ex-official says Iraq intelligence distorted ¢ Report: Pius XII was anti-Nazi in private ¢ Real bullets in movie lead to killing, arrest
Kemper award patrol at KU makes call on seven faculty
August 22, 2003
John Kelly didn’t know what to think when his boss — Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway — bolted into his Biology 841 class Thursday.
Technology key to preventing blackouts
Companies testing ‘self-healing’ systems
August 22, 2003
Every two to 10 seconds, the power grid operator for a group of Mid-Atlantic states collects thousands of measurements on voltage, circuit breaker positions and the like. Computers at PJM Interconnection summarize the information in graphic form and run what-if scenarios every five to 15 minutes to project whether a hypothetical failure in one component could be catastrophic.
Mars, Earth get close encounter
Astronomy fans prepare for rare sky view
August 22, 2003
Bill Remmers has been looking through telescopes for more than 50 years, but he’s rarely seen a heavenly body look as striking as Mars did last weekend. “It was an absolutely wonderful sight,” he said. “It was the best I’ve ever seen Mars. There was a lot of surface detail.”
Briefly
August 22, 2003
¢ Trapped driver rescued after setting brush fire ¢ More money leads teens to drugs, study shows ¢ Elizabeth Smart’s parents sign deals ¢ Scott Peterson lawyers appeal public hearing
Calif. recall has nationwide implications
August 22, 2003
The topic this summer, besides the new woodfire bar and grille up the street and the new tractor ride at the Storyland amusement park, is supposed to be presidential politics. That brandy-smooth John Edwards was in these parts the other day, and the fire-breathing Howard Dean comes through this afternoon. Big deal. The real action is far away.
Area bankruptcy filings follow rising trend
August 22, 2003
Bankruptcy filings on the national and state levels are reaching new highs, according to a recent report, and Lawrence seems to be following the trend. During the 12 months that ended June 30, courts across the country recorded 1.65 million filings for bankruptcy protection, according to a report released this week by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. That’s up 10 percent from the 1.5 million filings in the same period a year ago, and is the largest number of filings in any 12-month period.
KU falls to 44th in new ranking
Chancellor blames lack of state funding
August 22, 2003
Kansas University is slipping in its quest to become a top-25 public university, according to U.S. News and World Report rankings released today. KU dropped three spots, from 41st to 44th, in the magazine’s “America’s Best Colleges” edition, which hits newsstands Monday.
Truce abandoned after Israel kills Hamas leader in attack
August 22, 2003
Palestinian militants called off a tattered 2-month-old truce Thursday after an Israeli helicopter killed a senior Hamas political leader with a volley of missiles. Tens of thousands of Hamas supporters marched in protest through the streets of Gaza, vowing revenge. According to aides, Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas had ordered a major crackdown and drew up lists of militants to be arrested, but scrapped the plans after the assassination.
Violet Mae Richardson
August 22, 2003
Self: Simien cleared to play pick-up games
August 22, 2003
Wayne Simien has been cleared to do more than run sprints, lift weights and shoot basketballs on the side. Simien, Kansas University’s 6-foot-9, 255-pound junior power forward from Leavenworth who had surgery on his right shoulder March 28 in New York, has been cleared by doctors to play full-contact, pick-up basketball.
NASCAR drivers: Boys will be boys
While officials are cracking down on fighting, racers don’t see a problem
August 22, 2003
The first NASCAR race televised live in its entirety ended with brothers Bobby and Donnie Allison fighting Cale Yarborough after the finish.
Expectations high for Irish
Notre Dame trying to build on 10-3 season in ‘02
August 22, 2003
At first glimpse, Tyrone Willingham appears to be the same coach as a year ago.
Steelers rally past Cowboys, 15-14
August 22, 2003
It’s remarkable what a relatively unimportant touchdown late in a meaningless exhibition game can do for a team’s state of mind.
Polar opposites
August 22, 2003
Lawrence hot spot in U.S. at 109
August 22, 2003
There were a lot of liquids sloshing around football practice Thursday evening at Lawrence High School. Whether it was sweat dripping off the 76 players, or the water and Gatorade they were guzzling between running drills, the liquids were what kept them cool. Lawrence was the hottest spot in the country Thursday with the mercury hitting a high of 109 degrees, but the players didn’t seem to mind.
Experts say child heat deaths increasing but easily prevented
August 22, 2003
It’s a scenario that’s almost too hard to believe: A parent or day-care worker, busy with the distractions of modern life, leaves a helpless child in a vehicle with the windows sealed shut.
Corrections
August 22, 2003
Tracy goes home again
Canadian CART driver already has won in Toronto, Vancouver
August 22, 2003
Paul Tracy can’t help but grin when he steps back onto Canadian soil.
Kansas State QB Roberson ready for senior season
August 22, 2003
First, Ell Roberson survived.
Star Wars Kid’ floods Web
August 22, 2003
It was a moment of unadulterated goofiness, the kind of thing anyone might do with no one watching: A teen from Quebec videotaped himself as he pretended to wield a light saber “Star Wars” style.
White Sox all alone at top
Chicago halts Rangers’ eight-game winning streak
August 22, 2003
Back in first place, the Chicago White Sox are holding off on any celebrations.
Briefly
August 22, 2003
¢ Two U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq, military says ¢ More than one in 10 adopted U.S. children born overseas ¢ 12 Chechen rebels, 8 soldiers killed in clash in Chechnya ¢ Magnitude 7.1 earthquake strikes remote south coast
Horoscopes
August 22, 2003
Sebelius OKs drought response operations plan
August 22, 2003
Sylvan Grove farmer John Thaemert cannot remember ever seeing the stream that runs by his house dry up in the 47 years he has lived on the family farm where he was born.
Brian David Shirk
August 22, 2003
Neuheisel sues Huskies, NCAA
Former coach says he was wrongfully fired
August 22, 2003
Former Washington football coach Rick Neuheisel sued the university and the NCAA Thursday, alleging he was wrongfully fired for participating in a college basketball gambling pool.
Briefly
August 22, 2003
¢ Outlook still uncertain for second baby panda ¢ Four found shot in home ¢ Agency warns against eating toxic seeds
Goodyear shares rise after contract settlement
August 22, 2003
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. shares rose more than 4 percent Thursday after the company and the United Steelworkers of America agreed to a tentative three-year contract, reducing the threat of a strike at the struggling company. After a weekend of all-night bargaining sessions and five months of negotiations, the two sides said Wednesday they found common ground on job security and health care issues for workers while leaving enough financial room for Goodyear to reorganize its business.
Curtis enjoying big weekend
Slated to be married Saturday, player tied for lead
August 22, 2003
British Open champion Ben Curtis has a chance to make history again, this time as the only guy to start a golf tournament as a bachelor and win it as a husband.
Stewart’s four RBIs enough as K.C. loses fourth straight - Twins 4, Royals 3
August 22, 2003
Shannon Stewart showed again why the Minnesota Twins traded for him this summer.
Johnson walks, talks big
6-5 freshman receiver confident he’s got skills
August 22, 2003
Moderick Johnson’s game is big, and not just because the Kansas University wide receiver stands 6-foot-5. A freshman, Johnson has the KU football coaching staff buzzing.