Archive for Sunday, August 24, 2003

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People
August 24, 2003
¢ NPR host moving to screen ¢ Music fest to honor reporter ¢ Blaine tries another high one ¢ Fans to celebrate Ebsen’s life
Briefly
August 24, 2003
¢ Pipeline on schedule to reopen today ¢ Search crews find body of missing mother
Bookstore
August 24, 2003
Area briefs
August 24, 2003
¢ Train rides to be offered on vintage coaches ¢ Extra officers to watch for speeding, seat-belt use ¢ Research group to hire analyst for health policy
Area briefs
August 24, 2003
¢ Attempted murder case to go to trial Sept. 8 ¢ Lawrencian to lead Young Democrats ¢ Riders for charity visit Kansas City
Stamp to honor Henry Mancini
August 24, 2003
The sound of music will be in the air next year when the U.S. Postal Service issues a commemorative stamp honoring Henry Mancini, renowned composer and conductor of television and film productions.
$80,000 fixer-uppers drive buyers from city
Housing prices frustrate first-timers
August 24, 2003
Michael Gribble wasn’t surprised earlier this month by a study that found single-family home prices in Lawrence have been among the fastest-growing in the Midwest. He had already conducted a study, of sorts, on his own: He spent months hunting for a home in Lawrence.
Business isn’t so sweet for maker of Twinkies
Interstate Bakeries blames Krispy Kreme for losses
August 24, 2003
More than 70 years after the debut of the world famous Hostess Twinkie, the current baker of the treats is struggling as competitors including Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. eat away at the baked good industry’s profits.
Briefcase
August 24, 2003
¢ Computer tracks cattle through retinal images ¢ Name that company
Retirees ride out golden years
August 24, 2003
Benjamin Lewis hops on his ‘89 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide motorcycle, and in the blink of an eye, swings the nearly half-ton machine off its kickstand and upright as if he were a gymnast mounting a balance beam.
Living wage: anatomy of a deal
Private meetings preceded agreement among commissioners
August 24, 2003
It was a divisive debate waged in public — at rallies, on street corners and in political campaigns — for the past two years. But the compromise the Lawrence City Commission is seeking on the living-wage issue was forged behind closed doors by new city and business leaders trying to resolve the battle with the fewest possible losers.
James Wilson McGahey
August 24, 2003
George C. Rodriguez
August 24, 2003
Lawrence commuter report
August 24, 2003
The following events and construction projects may affect commuter traffic in the region this week.
Warehouse closure leaves 150 jobless
Era at an end for Fleming Cos.
August 24, 2003
About 150 people lost their jobs Friday when Fleming Cos. closed its merchandise division warehouse in Topeka, where the once-booming grocery distributor got its start in 1915.
Gardening Q&A
August 24, 2003
You wrote about mushrooms growing at the base of trees being a bad sign that your tree is in danger. We have two birch trees with moss growing at the base. Is this also a bad sign, and should we pull it up?
West Nile survivors suffer long recovery
August 24, 2003
For rancher Matt Anderson, contracting the West Nile virus has meant excruciating pain, worse than when he broke his back. Jim Diehl spent weeks in a hospital with hallucinations and severe headaches.
Film to immortalize 1950 World Cup team
August 24, 2003
The pair who made the inspirational sports films “Hoosiers” and “Rudy” are at it again.
France’s heat death toll figures called unreliable
August 24, 2003
French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin expressed anger Saturday with his government’s inability to pinpoint the number of deaths from a scorching heat wave, calling recent estimates unreliable.
Discussions were behind-the-scenes affairs
August 24, 2003
Negotiations between city and business leaders about the future of a living-wage proposal took place entirely outside the public’s view.
Palestinian forces seize weapons, make arrests in Gaza raids
August 24, 2003
Palestinian security forces began a series of raids in the Gaza Strip, seizing weapons, shutting down two smugglers’ tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, and arresting at least 12 smugglers, a Palestinian security official said Saturday.
3 British soldiers die in ambush in Iraq
Bremer says terrorism won’t hinder rebuilding
August 24, 2003
The death toll among coalition forces rose Saturday when three British soldiers were killed in a guerrilla attack in southern Iraq. Also, U.S. troops killed two Iraqi Turkomen who opened fire when soldiers arrived to quell a bloody ethnic clash in the north.
Pools closed after outbreak set to reopen to swimmers
August 24, 2003
Area swimming pools shut down Friday because of an illness outbreak in Lawrence caused by a parasite bacteria, will reopen today and Monday.
It’s art
August 24, 2003
State mourning dove season divided
Bag can now contain white-winged, Eurasian collared and ringed turtle species
August 24, 2003
Last year, the state mourning dove hunting season was split for the first time, with three days allocated for hunters to take late-migrating doves during the opening weekend of upland bird season.
D.C. rally memorializes King speech
August 24, 2003
Forty years after Martin Luther King Jr. eloquently captured the struggle of black Americans for equality, civil rights activists called Saturday for his dream to be realized.
Nondraw deer permits available again
Hunters urged to order by mail or buy early to avoid long lines
August 24, 2003
Wildlife and Parks is again offering a number of resident deer permits that may be purchased without going through a drawing.
Fishing report
August 24, 2003
Clarke claims one-shot NEC lead
Woods cards 67, trails by three entering final round
August 24, 2003
Darren Clarke hit one ball that ricocheted across the fairway and played another hole down the wrong fairway. When his wild ride was over, he wound up with the lead Saturday in the NEC Invitational.
FSHS 2nd in tennis tourney
August 24, 2003
Four second-place finishes led to another for Free State High at the Shawnee Heights All-Doubles tennis tournament Saturday.
Busch booed, but wins
August 24, 2003
Kurt Busch avoided any postrace punches, but was in the middle of the usual bumping and banging in yet another win at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday.
Fever flatten Rockers
August 24, 2003
Natalie Williams had 15 points and 11 rebounds, the 61st double-double of her WNBA career, as the Indiana Fever kept their playoff hopes alive by defeating the Cleveland Rockers, 59-46, Saturday night.
Spartans blank Tigers
August 24, 2003
Scott Rislov threw for 321 yards and a touchdown as San Jose State defeated Grambling State 29-0 Saturday in the first college football game of the season.
Boston sinks Mariners in 10
White Sox trounce Texas for sixth straight victory
August 24, 2003
Kevin Millar doesn’t mind being the brunt of jokes now. Millar hit a game-winning double off the glove of leaping center fielder Mike Cameron with two outs in the 10th inning, sending the Boston Red Sox over the Seattle Mariners, 7-6, Saturday.
Dilfer passes Seahawks past Kansas City, 42-31
August 24, 2003
Matt Hasselbeck threw more touchdown passes, but it was Trent Dilfer’s night all the way. Dilfer played for the first time since the midpoint of last season, completing 12 of 14 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown as the Seattle Seahawks beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 42-31, in a preseason game Saturday night.
Royals be-Guiel Minnesota, 4-3
August 24, 2003
The Kansas City Royals are playing with the confidence of a division winner. Aaron Guiel hit a three-run homer off Joe Mays in the fifth inning as Kansas City beat the Minnesota Twins for the second straight night, 4-3, Saturday.
Pay to wait? Jets tap new revenue source
August 24, 2003
If they haven’t thought about it by now, athletic entities such as football’s Green Bay Packers, Nebraska and Oklahoma universities and other popular programs such as Kansas University basketball might be pondering such a caper.
Fans will warmly greet new ‘Alaska Mystery’
August 24, 2003
Fans of sled-dog “musher” and sometime-sleuth Jessie Arnold won’t be disappointed by “Death Trap,” Sue Henry’s latest “Alaska Mystery.”
Behind the lens: Creative framing counts
August 24, 2003
Can natural diet control fleas, ticks?
August 24, 2003
I’ve read in several natural animal publications that certain diets can be used to control fleas and ticks on dogs and cats. Is this true?
Animal House’ reunion gets rowdy
August 24, 2003
A class reunion of the rowdy “Animal House” gang shut down Hollywood Boulevard with a parade featuring a live elephant, an ROTC contingent, a cheerleading squad and an interruption by the “Deathmobile.”
Calendar
August 24, 2003
Douglas County Senior Services, 745 Vt., offers activities during the week for residents age 55 and older. Future seniors are allowed to participate if space permits. Call Senior Services at 842-0543 for more information.
KU women’s hoops adds Galligan
August 24, 2003
Kate Galligan, a former guard at Nebraska, has been named an assistant women’s basketball coach at Kansas University.
Some strategies to trim mortgage refinancing rate
August 24, 2003
Maybe you procrastinated over your mortgage refinancing, hoping rates would fall a tad more. Or maybe you couldn’t find the perfect home until now — just as mortgage rates started up.
Faces and places
August 24, 2003
Mary Counts, of Lawrence Otolaryngology Associates, recently received her doctorate in audiology from the University of Arizona School of Health Sciences in Mesa, Ariz. Counts works with patients in the Lawrence area who have hearing and vestibular problems.
Affordability test: Income, debt play big roles in qualifying for loan
August 24, 2003
Opinions are mixed on whether the rising price of homes in Lawrence is pushing people out of the market. Here’s a look at a handful of hypothetical people and whether they could afford the average-priced house in Lawrence. For July, the average sale price for homes in Lawrence, not including North Lawrence, was $168,452 according to the Douglas County appraiser.
Photographer finds beauty in the homeless
August 24, 2003
Four-year-old Aaron Dudley is on a sofa, mugging for the camera with a playful grin and twisted face, tiny biceps bulging in outstretched arms folded into a muscleman pose.
Montana history still unspoiled
Marks of westward exploration remain in Big Sky country
August 24, 2003
Between the grandeur of Glacier National Park on its northern border and the steaming, surreal landscape of Yellowstone to the south, Montana has seemingly endless byways for visitors who enjoy history, geology or the artistic vagaries of weather.
Duncan sits out Virgin Islands game
United States coasts to 113-55 victory; ex-Jayhawk Collison scores 13 points
August 24, 2003
Tim Duncan decided not to play against his homeland, and the American Olympic qualifying team did not need him Saturday in a 113-55 victory over the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Anemia leads to decline in older adults, risking independence
August 24, 2003
My mother is in her mid-80s and lives alone. I’m sure her diet is not very good. She doesn’t cook much any more, nibbles on chips, crackers and snack food. We’ve tried stocking her freezer with prepared foods that would be healthy for her, but she just won’t take the time to fix things. She complains of being tired and weak, but isn’t willing to go see the doctor. I’m afraid she is getting really anemic, but don’t know what to do.
Pet post
August 24, 2003
Assistants loyal to well-traveled Franchione
August 24, 2003
When Libby Franchione, the youngest of Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione’s three children, graduated from high school in May, her extended family watched proudly.
Shootings leave area uneasy
August 24, 2003
Memories of last fall’s sniper attacks in the Washington, D.C., area, including one shooting outside a school, have raised the anxiety level here as students prepare to start the school year knowing a copycat shooter may be on the loose.
Pedophile ex-priest killed in prison
August 24, 2003
Former priest John Geoghan, the convicted child molester whose prosecution sparked the sex abuse scandal that shook the Roman Catholic Church nationwide, died Saturday after being attacked in prison.
Events mark chapter in Civil War feud
August 24, 2003
One of the darkest chapters in the feud between Missouri and Kansas that began during the Civil War will be commemorated today in an unusual and somber gathering. Those who attend the 140th anniversary of Order No. 11 at the 1859 Jail, Marshal’s Home and Museum in Independence can expect to be interrogated instead of entertained.
New patrol chief seeking better public relations
August 24, 2003
Col. William Seck really believes in the Kansas Highway Patrol; otherwise, he wouldn’t have left a three-decade FBI career to become superintendent of the agency.
Gardeners focusing on visual appeal
August 24, 2003
Back during my childhood days on a Minnesota farm, we’d head to the vegetable garden by way of the kitchen.
Perfect time to overseed lawn is in fall
August 24, 2003
By all indications, this has been one of the worst summers I have experienced since arriving in Lawrence four years ago. The excessive heat, combined with drought conditions, has turned beautiful lawns and landscapes into sun-baked patches of dried plant material.
News shows
August 24, 2003
Patterns in wondering and knowing
Lawrence painter explores dichotomies, faith in Signs of Life show
August 24, 2003
Looking at a Heather Smith Jones painting is a bit like stepping into a dream. Objects appear in seemingly random fashion, oriented in unlikely ways. Buildings, doorways, birds, leaves and branches are superimposed over abstracted backdrops. (Audio clip)
Exhibit highlights Israeli fascination with Arafat
August 24, 2003
An odd photograph hangs in a small Israeli gallery: Yasser Arafat’s head, with its trademark checkered headdress, spliced atop the figure of slain American rapper Tupac Shakur, fingers spread in gang signs.
Temperamental tomatoes
Fruits endure bevy of problems
August 24, 2003
Tomatoes are as close as any vegetable gets to growing like a weed, yet problems occasionally arise.
Briefly
August 24, 2003
EPA to ease pollution rules for power plants Lawsuit claims clothier can’t use ‘22’ on clothes Four children killed in suspicious fire
Briefly
August 24, 2003
¢ 100th birthday present: U.S. citizenship ¢ 78-year-old rescued after four days in ditch
Briefly
August 24, 2003
¢ Republican Simon drops out of gubernatorial recall race ¢ Commandments protesters keep vigil outside courthouse ¢ Thousands more evacuated from British Columbia fire
Briefly
August 24, 2003
¢ Four suspected Taliban, four soldiers die in fight ¢ Civilians flee to capital to avoid artillery fire
Arts notes
August 24, 2003
¢ Area artist to conduct in Lindsborg residency ¢ Art and Design Gallery featuring student work
Ending terror threat is top goal in Iraq
August 24, 2003
At the beginning of her military campaign to reverse Argentina’s 1982 seizure of the Falklands, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said, “Failure? The possibilities do not exist.” She was paraphrasing Queen Victoria: “We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat; they do not exist.” Victoria said that in 1899, during “Black Week” in the Boer War, when things were going badly.
Amin a vivid symbol of African tyranny
August 24, 2003
A cousin of mine, long since dead, had a baby grand piano and mordant sense of humor. So one year, for his birthday, I sent him a gilt-framed photograph (suitable for propping on the Baldwin) of President Idi Amin of Uganda, seated, in his robes as chancellor of Makerere University.
On the record
August 24, 2003
My twisted Valentine
Chuck Palahniuk writes odd ode to hometown
August 24, 2003
The guy wandering around outside the tiki bar on the north edge of town can’t even pay for a clue, he’s so lost. “Does anybody know the area?” he asks.
What are you reading?
August 24, 2003
Father-son team kick-starts bike show
August 24, 2003
Building $200,000 motorcycle masterpieces is the hook to lure viewers to “American Chopper,” but it’s the father-son bickering that revs up the Discovery Channel’s reality show.
Internet access returns to Iraq
August 24, 2003
The first words Ahmed Abdullah typed in the Google search engine were “George Bush.”
California may surpass Florida on doofus list
August 24, 2003
I came out here because I’ve been reading disturbing reports that my state, Florida, is about to lose the coveted title of “The Doofus State,” which we Floridians worked so hard to win following the 2000 presidential election by not being able to figure out whom we voted for. We have been The Doofus State for just two lousy years, and now these greedy Californians, who had the title for decades, are trying to get it back.
Advice to dove hunters: Be careful out there
August 24, 2003
Dove season begins Sept. 1. In the 12 months between opening days, hunters tend to forget some of the important details. Here are the top 10 things to remember during dove season.
Marjorie A. Tennes/Seib
August 24, 2003
1996 report told of rapes at Air Force Academy
Scandal erupted in 2003, but Senate Committee knew of assaults in 2000
August 24, 2003
Top Air Force officials and members of Congress knew of the Air Force Academy’s sex-assault problems years ago but didn’t take action, Pentagon records show.
Test scores show gap in district schools
Student achievement varies between buildings
August 24, 2003
On the surface, Quail Run and Prairie Park elementary schools in Lawrence are similar. Students’ bicycles fill racks by the doors, U.S. flags flap in the breeze, and about 400 children romp on sun-soaked playgrounds at both schools.
Raid’s brutality surprises descendants
Survivor’s relatives commemorate anniversary of Lawrence’s darkest day
August 24, 2003
Murder and arson were the main topics of discussion Saturday during a horse-drawn tour of central Lawrence. In conjunction with the 140th anniversary of William Quantrill’s raid on Lawrence, seven great-great- grandchildren of a man targeted during the raid — Jacob Ulrich Sr. — toured the city to learn about what happened Aug. 21, 1863. They passed homes, parks and office buildings that serve as reminders of the four-hour killing spree considered by many to be one of the worst atrocities in the nation’s history.
300 marchers demand more money for schools
It’s got to happen this session,’ lawmaker says
August 24, 2003
It was hot in Lawrence on Saturday, but those who rallied in South Park in support of more funding for public education were hoping to turn up the heat even more on the Kansas Legislature.
Freshman legislators ready for school fight, part II
August 24, 2003
In the 2003 legislative session, they were knocked down as they fought to pass a tax increase to fund schools and frustrated, they say, by a state government more interested in gimmickry and political expediency than solving the state’s problems.
Hitchcock logs first win for Cards
Morris back on mound for St. Louis in 5-3 triumph against Philadelphia
August 24, 2003
Matt Morris returned to the mound for St. Louis and received help from his two new teammates.
K-State clobbers Bears
Wildcats open with 42-28 win
August 24, 2003
One only hopes that the 2003 college football season provides a few more thrills than its inaugural game did. California and Kansas State kicked off the 2003 season Saturday in the Black Coaches Assn. Classic, and the Wildcats predictably hammered California, 42-28, in front of 50,823 predominantly purple fans at Arrowhead Stadium.
Social workers help grieving pet owners
August 24, 2003
Treasure, a 1-year-old Jack Russell terrier, shivered and cowered with his tail between his legs while his owners held him in an examination room. An intravenous tube was stuck in his left hind leg.
Dixon fastest in practice for Firestone Indy 225
August 24, 2003
Polesitter Scott Dixon is hoping speed will be the decisive factor in the IRL race today at Nazareth Speedway.
Meet the maverick freshman legislators
August 24, 2003
Here’s a look at the maverick freshman legislators who bucked the governor and legislative leaders in 2003 by proposing and voting for a tax increase to better fund public schools.
Faulk feels fit in Rams’ loss
Bills prevail but St. Louis offense runs smoothly
August 24, 2003
Kurt Warner saw enough in Marshall Faulk’s brief but impressive performance to believe the St. Louis Rams offense is ready.
The Motley Fool
August 24, 2003
¢ Last week’s answer ¢ Consider index funds
Funds don’t clear SRS waiting list
Lawmakers surprised last-minute money put only small dent in number of Kansans with disabilities waiting for services
August 24, 2003
There’s been a big misunderstanding. Legislators left this year’s session thinking they’d cobbled together enough money to move almost 900 Kansans with disabilities off the state’s long-stalled waiting list for services. That’s not going to happen.
County sees Centennial School as potential storage site
August 24, 2003
Once a center for learning, Centennial School soon could become a repository for some of Douglas County government’s forgotten paperwork.
Positive tone
August 24, 2003
Old-school pharmacist makes meds easier to swallow
August 24, 2003
O. Newton King is old school when it comes to being a pharmacist. King is a compounding pharmacist who combines ingredients to concoct alternate dosage forms. He often tweaks medicines by enhancing their flavor, making them easier for patients — and even pets — to swallow.
Site offers advice on traveling with pets
August 24, 2003
Whale-oil lamps common in 19th century
August 24, 2003
Few people stayed up at night in the years before 1800 because there were so few sources of light. An open fire, a candle or a rush dipped in oil could be lit.
Grass is greener — or not — when it’s artwork
August 24, 2003
British artists Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey know where the grass is greener, and fences don’t have anything to do with it.
Shannon Daugherty
August 24, 2003
Arts notes
August 24, 2003
¢ Lawrence writer wins national poetry award ¢ E.M.U. Theatre to mark fifth anniversary ¢ K.C. Renaissance fest to open 27th season
Economic woes
August 24, 2003
Tagliani takes pole in native Montreal
August 24, 2003
A Canadian will start from the pole in today’s Montreal Molson Indy, but it won’t be series points leader Paul Tracy.
Under the Bebop Big Top
The rhythm of the drum meets the music of the tongue at Bopaphonic Poetry Circus
August 24, 2003
Words fly from their mouths with the greatest of ease as beat masters accompany on sax, drums and keys. Welcome to the Bopaphonic Poetry Circus, where rhyme acrobats trade trapezes for tongue twisters and attempt to elevate a tradition carved out not by P.T. Barnum but by artists like Leonard Cohen and William S. Burroughs. (Audio clips)
Sidewalk sports
Classic sidewalk games could cut down on childhood obesity, experts say
August 24, 2003
A return to old-fashioned, fun, inexpensive games such as four-square, hopscotch, jacks and jumping rope might help reverse a trend toward childhood inactivity that’s triggering huge increases in pediatric obesity and type 2 diabetes, say recreation and fitness experts.
Small patients about to get big rooms
August 24, 2003
It had been less than 24 hours since Lani Jacobs-Banner had given birth to her son, Andrew, and mother and child were anything but comfortable.
American Idol’ runner-up’s album to be released before winner’s
August 24, 2003
“American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken’s album will arrive in record stores about a month before that of winner Ruben Studdard’s “Soulful.”
Mary Quant has mini moment — all over again
August 24, 2003
Mary Quant, known as the mother of the miniskirt, won’t have to do much shopping this year since many of the mod styles she created back in London’s swinging ‘60s are back in stores.
American Indian artists reflect on legacy of Lewis and Clark
August 24, 2003
In Miles Miller’s work, “Peace, Peese, Sinew,” doll-size human figures dangle, mobile-style, from the ceiling at the Maryhill Museum of Art. Their hands are bound.
Security breach
A second incident of private student information being taken from Kansas University computers indicates the need for a serious review of training and security procedures.
August 24, 2003
In this age of instant computer communication, a little error can cause a large problem.
Speech reminded America of its values
August 24, 2003
Next Thursday marks the 40th anniversary of one of the greatest days in American history — the day of the massive March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the largest civil rights demonstration of them all and the one that climaxed with Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech that ranks as one of the transcendent legacies of American rhetoric.
Bobby Bonds dies at 57
August 24, 2003
Bobby Bonds, one of the first major leaguers to blend home-run power with base-stealing speed and the father of one of baseball’s greatest sluggers, died Saturday. He was 57.
Style briefs
August 24, 2003
¢ Vogue compiles chic shopping list ¢ Purses rock
Blandin services
August 24, 2003
Horoscopes
August 24, 2003
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