Archive for Tuesday, August 26, 2003

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Eudora pool question fails
August 26, 2003
(Web Posted Tuesday at 9:22 p.m.) Eudora voters turned down a proposal for a new pool Tuesday, with the issue losing by 64 votes.
KU pharmacy dean to step down
August 26, 2003
(Web Posted Tuesday at 11:55 a.m.) The longtime dean of Kansas University’s pharmacy school announced Tuesday that he would leave his leadership role to return to teaching and research. Jack Fincham, who has been dean for the past nine years, said he planned to step down at the end of the 2003-2004 academic year.
Odd EPA choice
August 26, 2003
Utility foxes
August 26, 2003
Postwar deaths now match fatalities during combat
August 26, 2003
With the death Monday of another U.S. soldier in Iraq, the number of U.S. troops who have died there since May 1, when President Bush declared an end to major combat operations, rose to 138 — the same number who perished during the six weeks of fighting that marked the fall of Baghdad and its immediate aftermath, the Pentagon said.
Against coercion
August 26, 2003
Diversions
August 26, 2003
In the halls
August 26, 2003
Prosecutor details slaying of ex-priest
August 26, 2003
The inmate accused of strangling John Geoghan in his prison cell hated homosexuals and began plotting the attack on the child-molesting former priest weeks ago, a prosecutor said Monday.
Schwarzenegger attacks Democratic challenger
August 26, 2003
Trailing in the latest poll for governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger attacked Democratic front-runner Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante for the first time Monday while taking his campaign to conservative talk radio programs.
U.S. gasoline prices continue to soar
August 26, 2003
Gasoline prices around the country jumped to record highs during the past two weeks as the nation’s epic blackout temporarily shut down some refineries and a broken pipeline caused shortages in Arizona. The shortages pushed average retail gasoline prices up more than 15 cents a gallon nationally, the biggest two-week boost since the Lundberg Survey began keeping records 50 years ago.
KTEC announces new funding program
August 26, 2003
The Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp. has started a second program to help fund emerging technology companies.
U.S. may not seek new resolution on Iraq
August 26, 2003
After a high-profile pitch at the United Nations for more countries to send troops to Iraq, the Bush administration is encountering resistance and may not seek a Security Council resolution after all, U.S. officials said Monday.
All-day kindergarten works, but budget cuts it in half
Schools statewide trim full-day programs despite popularity, benefits
August 26, 2003
A year without all-day kindergarten in Lawrence public schools has been enough to make educators and parents yearn for its return. But despite being a potent tool for improving elementary school math and reading test scores, a full-day program won’t resurface for the same reason it was removed from five Lawrence schools a year ago: no money.
Eudora voters to decide bond in special election
August 26, 2003
Eudora voters will make waves today at the ballot box, either by agreeing to float $2.25 million in bonds to build a new city swimming pool or sinking pool plans for the second time in five months.
Ralph E. Burchett
August 26, 2003
Heat wave continues; relief near
August 26, 2003
And the heat goes on. And on. And on.
Sebelius schedules public education forums
August 26, 2003
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Monday urged the public to provide input next month at a series of forums on education.
6News video: LMH has to close mental hospital
August 26, 2003
Patients requiring intensive, immediate care will have to seek treatment in Topeka.
6News video: EPA faces lawsuit over delays in cleaning rivers
August 26, 2003
Several environmental groups join together in suing the EPA.
6News video: SLT final decision coming
August 26, 2003
Proposed mitigation measures have removed the last roadblocks in the project. The last hurdle is finding the money to actually build the trafficway.
6News video: Police sieze student’s computer equipment used to make fake IDs
August 26, 2003
Scott Joe Bernstein says that his fake IDs weren’t even that good.
Midwest banks using computers to fight crime
Kansas Bankers Assn. taking part in effort
August 26, 2003
Computers have provided criminals with new tools to rip off banks. Now, banks are using computers to try to catch the criminals.
NASA awaits report on Columbia disaster
August 26, 2003
Columbia accident investigators say their final report will contain few surprises when it is issued today, concluding that foam debris caused the Feb. 1 tragedy and that NASA’s management structure played a role in the miscalculations leading up to the tragedy.
6News video: County commission rejects proposl to turn closed school into storage
August 26, 2003
The commission wishes to build a new storage facility to better organize documents.
6Sports video: Royals trade for new pitcher
August 26, 2003
The trade gives the Kansas City pitching staff a shot in the arm.
6Sports video: Depth chart updated
August 26, 2003
Coach Mangino has finally released the list of starters and their backups.
6Sports video: Haskel names new athletic director
August 26, 2003
Haskell names former track and field coach Dwight Pickering as their new AD.
Hearing set Wednesday on Ten Commandments
August 26, 2003
Supporters asked a federal court Monday to block the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama Judicial Building while the judge who put the marker there said he’s up against those who “are offended at looking at God’s words.”
Defendant pleads guilty to credit union robbery
August 26, 2003
A 29-year-old man has pleaded guilty to robbing five financial institutions during a four-month period, including the January armed robbery of Midwest Regional Credit Union in Lawrence. Quentin Wayne Kivitter would face no less than 17 years in prison, according to a plea agreement between prosecutors and Kivitter’s public defender filed recently in federal court.
On the record
August 26, 2003
NBA may force college coaches to ‘oversign’
Raid on underclassmen, high schoolers make mentors like Kansas University’s Self consider options
August 26, 2003
The times are changing in men’s college basketball recruiting. In response to an era in which NBA teams are more than ever raiding colleges’ top players after one, two or three years and swiping signees right out of high school, proactive college coaches have incorporated new policies concerning player personnel.
Green wins job at tailback
Randle won’t take red-shirt
August 26, 2003
Clark Green is Kansas University’s starting tailback — for now. “I think that unless something unforeseen happens, Clark Green will be our running back,” KU football coach Mark Mangino said Monday during the Big 12 teleconference. “You will see John Randle and Jerome Kemp in the backup role.”
U.S. fizzles in 100 at Worlds
Kansas City’s Greene injured, fails to qualify for final
August 26, 2003
Tim Montgomery was too slow. Maurice Greene was too lame.
6Sports video: Free State and Lawrence High teams open practice
August 26, 2003
The schools both scrimmaged on the same field.
Kansas City catcher suspended two games
August 26, 2003
Kansas City Royals backup catcher Mike DiFelice was suspended for two games and fined Monday for throwing coolers and a trash can onto the field after he was ejected from a game against Minnesota Aug. 16.
KU’s 2003-04 schedule still on hold
August 26, 2003
Kansas University’s men’s basketball schedule remains on hold as the Jayhawks await final word regarding the Guardians Classic and the NCAA’s 2-in-4 rule.
Baylor down to seven players
August 26, 2003
Baylor has seven scholarship players who will remain on the basketball team for the upcoming season, which will likely include games against two former teammates.
MU to probe men’s program
August 26, 2003
The entire Missouri men’s basketball program will be investigated by a panel led by an electrical engineering professor because of allegations of academic cheating, university president Elson Floyd said Monday.
Giambi plunked, but Yankees win
August 26, 2003
Alfonso Soriano got a big hit early and delivered another one late, and that kept Andy Pettitte on top.
Hot Brewers take seventh straight
August 26, 2003
The last time the Milwaukee Brewers had won seven straight games, they were still in the American League.
Keller Williams does it all, does it well
Musician uses sampling to entice audience
August 26, 2003
Do you remember Dick Van Dyke’s one-man band in “Mary Poppins”? Add a few decades of digital technology, lightning-fast percussive guitar playing and enough instruments to open your own music store, and the one-man show becomes Keller Williams. Williams performed his one-man show Saturday to a crowded house at Liberty Hall. However, instead of tying drums and horns to every joint on his body like Van Dyke, Williams used a digital loop machine to create an entire band.
Ruth M. Rozmiarek
August 26, 2003
Gender equality suffers some setbacks
August 26, 2003
We gather here once more to celebrate Aug. 26, the anniversary of the passage of women’s suffrage, with a time-honored tradition. Our one-woman jury dispenses the annual Equal Rites Awards to those very special folks who worked hard over the past 12 months to set back the cause of equality. The awards are always the subject of intense competition. But never more so than this year when the world seemed to divide between international fundamentalists who want to keep women veiled and Internet spammers who want to unveil them on your computer screen.
No good options in Iraq
August 26, 2003
For President Bush, suddenly every option in Iraq looks bad. To simply stay the course locks him onto a trajectory that virtually guarantees steady U.S. casualties and rising violence against international and Iraqi targets.
Judge promotes God’s laws
August 26, 2003
Two years ago, the judge sneaked the Ten Commandments into the Alabama Justice Building and reverently placed the 5,300-pound granite rock in the rotunda. Justice apparently couldn’t be achieved until Alabama acknowledged that America’s laws are based on God’s rules of conduct.
Police search suite in fake ID raid
KU students suspected of manufacturing illegal cards
August 26, 2003
Scott Joe Bernstein didn’t waste any time trying to get early alcohol-drinking privileges upon his arrival at Kansas University. It didn’t take him long to get into trouble, either.
Briefcase
August 26, 2003
¢ Fleming finalizes sale ¢ National home sales reach record level ¢ Companies score better on treatment of gays ¢ United posts smaller loss
Deadly choices
Teens, kids still often fail to buckle up
August 26, 2003
The car was racing down a country road at speeds well over 100 mph, even though the cop who’d been chasing it had given up. So when the young passengers saw the “T” in the road ahead, they knew there was no way driver Matt Hotmann could stop or make the turn. Passenger Kyle Smith uttered a swear word. In the back seat, Mary Reinhart squeezed her friend Jeremy Budahn’s hand and told him she loved him. “I love you, too, sweetie,” he said.
Marie Lucille Zillner
August 26, 2003
Kansas women get head start
Washington’s squad to play in Mexico
August 26, 2003
Ten days of practice and a weekend trip to Mexico for four exhibition games will give Marian Washington a sneak preview of her 2003-04 Kansas University women’s basketball team.
Recruiting keeps Kansas staff on run
August 26, 2003
Question-and-answer sessions with Kansas University coaches Bill Self, Norm Roberts, Tim Jankovich and Ben Miller about the past summer’s recruiting efforts and recruiting in general.
Briefly
August 26, 2003
¢ Boy’s death at church ruled a homicide ¢ Couple accused of caging sons ¢ Temporary mosque destroyed in fire
Briefly
August 26, 2003
¢ WTC victims’ remains to be buried at memorial ¢ Study: Race a factor in heart disease treatment ¢ Navy fires warning at N. Korean patrol boat
U.S. jets hit Taliban targets in Afghanistan
August 26, 2003
U.S. jets pounded a Taliban mountain hideout Monday, killing at least 14 insurgents in the deadliest air assault since rebels launched a series of strikes against Afghan government targets, U.S. and Afghan officials said.
LMH closing psych unit
Inpatient help for elderly will remain
August 26, 2003
Lawrence Memorial Hospital plans to close its inpatient psychiatric unit Sept. 1, a move that will put additional strain on efforts to care for the city’s mentally ill. The decision was driven by the loss of three of the four psychiatrists who referred and treated patients in the program, said Janice Early-Weas, the hospital’s director of community relations.
Olive Marie Weatherby Jackson
August 26, 2003
Dry conditions, prices driving more cattle to market
August 26, 2003
With temperatures hovering at 102 degrees, Hoisington farmer Dean Stoskopf took refuge in the air-conditioned comfort of his tractor cab as he turned his attention to some dirt work filling ditches and maintaining terraces. The last significant rain was June 10, when Barton County got about 1 inch of rain. The scattered rain since then has done little to alleviate the drought.
ESPN gamely proffers a scripted drama
August 26, 2003
Who knew that playing a boy’s game could make grown men so miserable? The 11-episode series “Playmakers” (8 p.m., ESPN) is the first scripted drama to come out of the all-sports network. It follows a group of professional football players for the fictional NFL team the Cougars as they vie for playing time and try to reconcile their brutal, competitive job with their private lives.
Hazel Lee Hall
August 26, 2003
Blackout prompts study of vulnerable facilities
August 26, 2003
The government’s emergency management chief, disturbed by the failure of critical facilities like water and sewage treatment plants during this month’s widespread power blackout, said Monday he was looking into ways to prevent a repetition. Mike Brown, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said in an interview with The Associated Press he has initiated a national inventory of backup systems and vulnerabilities in the country’s infrastructure to prevent future failures.
Area briefs
August 26, 2003
¢ Police arrest suspect on sexual battery charge ¢ Federal charges filed in pension fraud case ¢ Sentencing delayed for attack participant
Royals acquire pitcher from Tribe
Anderson to join K.C. in time to start tonight
August 26, 2003
Brian Anderson deserved a break this season, and he got one Monday. Anderson was acquired for the pennant race by the Kansas City Royals, who sent the Cleveland Indians two minor leaguers and agreed to pay some of the left-hander’s bonuses for 2003.
Glass in fifth place after second round
August 26, 2003
Lawrence’s Bob Glass was in fifth place Monday after the second round of the PBA Senior-Days Inn Open at Airport Lanes.
People
August 26, 2003
¢ Host for Latin Grammys chosen ¢ Wise beyond her years ¢ The price of acquittal ¢ Fox drops Franken lawsuit
New building brings public radio together
Bigger facility means KPR staff can work at common location
August 26, 2003
When you have a CD collection that includes 30,000 discs, moving and organizing it is no small task. That’s one of the challenges facing workers at Kansas Public Radio this week as they complete their move from Broadcasting Hall on campus to a new building northwest of Memorial Stadium.
Briefly
August 26, 2003
¢ Driver’s statement ruled admissible in trial ¢ Haskell convocation planned for today ¢ Seven more professors receive Kemper awards ¢ Pump Patrol seeks deals
Telescope prepares for Mars closeup
August 26, 2003
As Mars and Earth reach their closest encounter in 60,000 years this week, the Hubble Space Telescope will shoot pictures that scientists predict will be “spectacular.”
Daily ticker
August 26, 2003
Sales tax law concerns retailers
Lawrence store owner fears closure
August 26, 2003
Lawrence businessman Bob Hess said there was a good chance that controversial changes to the state’s sales tax laws would cause him to spend less time and money collecting taxes. But that doesn’t mean Hess, owner of Bob’s Bernina Sewing & Vacuum Center, agrees with a Kansas Department of Revenue official who last week told lawmakers that problems associated with the sales tax changes had been exaggerated by fearful merchants.
Gibson film stirs religious tensions
August 26, 2003
The uproar over Mel Gibson’s upcoming film on Jesus’ death is testing the unusual partnership between American Jews and evangelical Protestants, who have recently become among the staunchest supporters of Israel.
Muslim militants thought behind Bombay blasts
Bombings kill at least 46, injure more than 150
August 26, 2003
A pair of car bombs ripped through lunchtime crowds in India’s financial capital, Bombay, on Monday, killing at least 46 people and wreaking havoc at a crowded jewelry market and a popular historic landmark. More than 150 people were wounded. Police Commissioner Ranjit Sharma blamed India’s longtime rival, Pakistan, saying suspicion in the blast fell on Islamic militant groups “let loose by the enemy country.”
Coaches eager to hit field
August 26, 2003
Kansas State’s Bill Snyder is the only Big 12 Conference coach who has gotten to see his team play in a game.
Detroit downs Mystics, 68-60
Laimbeer’s starters barely play as Shock finish historic season
August 26, 2003
For one of the few times in his career, Bill Laimbeer didn’t care about winning.
Manning sparks Colts, 28-23
Indianapolis quarterback tosses two touchdown passes, throws pivotal block
August 26, 2003
Barreling around the corner like a pulling guard, Peyton Manning cleared the way for an extra 5 yards.
Terrorism a roadblock to peace
August 26, 2003
There is now all of the expected talk about the end of the road map to peace. But the murderous end of a cease-fire cannot be allowed to halt the process.
Briefly
August 26, 2003
¢ Work begins on fence east of Jerusalem ¢ New leader seeks aid in stopping clashes ¢ Incumbent president declares election victory ¢ Hurricane stalls, appears to lose strength
Kansas environmental groups sue EPA for alleged rule violations
August 26, 2003
A handful of Kansas environmental groups have filed a lawsuit alleging the federal Environmental Protection Agency is violating laws it is charged with enforcing by failing to declare whether state regulations are adequate to protect Kansas streams and rivers. “It is regrettable that the people of Kansas have to continue to file lawsuits in federal court in order to get the EPA to fully carry out the Clean Water Act passed by Congress more than 30 years ago,” the groups said Monday in a prepared statement.
Sampras bids farewell to tennis
Future Hall of Famer at peace with decision; Hewitt, Clijsters claim victories on Day One of tourney
August 26, 2003
Pete Sampras kept saying it, over and over, almost as though he wanted to make sure it sounded right: “I’m done, 100 percent done.”
Coffeehouse earns honor for conservation efforts
August 26, 2003
Mark Zwahl still remembers learning in his Weekly Reader about Love Canal catching on fire.
Middle ground
August 26, 2003
Lawrence’s government and business leaders deserve a pat on the back for their cooperative effort on a living-wage proposal. Requiring Lawrence employers to pay a living wage is one of those issues that has the potential to deeply divide not only the Lawrence City Commission but the entire community.
Some patients trying one-week radiation for breast cancer
August 26, 2003
Thousands of breast cancer patients are opting for a week of radiation instead of the usual six weeks, thanks to new methods that target cancer-killing beams at the tumor site instead of the whole breast. Although early research is promising, nobody has proved the faster treatment keeps women cancer-free as long as the old-fashioned kind — or identified who are the best candidates to try it.
Accidents claimed athletes too soon
Area soccer standout third victim in week
August 26, 2003
Yet another example Monday proved life can throw evil twists at those who don’t deserve them. In one agonizing week, tragedy struck three young athletes with Lawrence ties. The terrible news regarding their deaths is enough to make you cringe.
County officials pledge to build storage facility
Commission rejects idea of using closed schools on permanent basis
August 26, 2003
A school’s out when it comes to squirreling away piles of Douglas County government’s official-yet-unessential paperwork Instead, county commissioners are promising to speed up plans for putting up a combined maintenance/storage building at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds in east Lawrence.
Regulators were warned of possibility of blackout
August 26, 2003
Two Ohio companies at the center of the investigation into the nation’s worst blackout warned state regulators five months ago that their power systems could overload if the grid linking U.S. and Canadian utilities had problems.
Frankie Shores
August 26, 2003