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Olin: Officers followed pursuit policy in fatal chase
August 27, 2003
(Updated Wednesday at 2:12 p.m.) Lawrence police officers involved in Tuesday night’s chase that ended in the death of a 56-year-old Lawrence woman followed the department’s pursuit policy to a T, according to Police Chief Ron Olin.
KU communications teacher wins Kemper Award
August 27, 2003
(Web Posted Wednesday at 11:05 a.m.) Tracy Russo, an assistant professor of communications, is the latest Kansas University faculty member to receive a $5,000 Kemper Award. Russo was surprised with the award on Tuesday night while she was teaching a class at KU’s Edwards Campus in Overland Park.
Briefly
August 27, 2003
¢ Stargazers to stage Mars viewing party today ¢ D.A. still mulling charges in hazing investigation ¢ 700 Vt. to be blocked Thursday afternoon ¢ Haskell museum exhibit on ‘River City Weekly’
6Sports video: Jayhawks’ volleyball team opens season with thinned ranks
August 27, 2003
Two of the ‘Hawks are injured, but Coach Bechard believes they’ll be back by the time the conference season rolls around.
6Sports video: Jayhawks ready for season opener
August 27, 2003
Coach Mangino says that this year’s team is much improved over last year’s, but that they will have much to learn.
Not so bad
August 27, 2003
Better options
August 27, 2003
Historical note
August 27, 2003
Suggestions for spicing up summer fare
August 27, 2003
Don’t let August heat dissuade you from adding a bit of spice to your foods.
Mother leaves baby in hot van
11-day-old boy in good condition
August 27, 2003
An 11-day-old Wichita boy apparently escaped injury after being left alone for an hour in a parked minivan in 100-degree heat. Now he’s in protective custody.
Minister charged in death of autistic boy
August 27, 2003
A church minister was charged Tuesday in the death of an 8-year-old autistic boy who suffocated as church leaders tried to heal him at a storefront church.
Consumer confidence rebounds
Study reveals growing optimism about economic conditions
August 27, 2003
Consumer confidence bounced back in August from a dip the previous month, a private research group said Tuesday. The New-York-based Conference Board said its Consumer Confidence Index rose to 81.3 in August, up 4.3 points from a revised 77.0 in July. Analysts had expected a reading of 79.6 for August.
Monument backers march on statehouse
August 27, 2003
Protesters hoping to keep a Ten Commandments monument in the state judicial building marched Tuesday on Atty. Gen. Bill Pryor’s office, demanding he resign for abiding by a federal court order for the marker’s removal.
Campaign to help protect gay teens
Rally increases awareness of harassment in high schools
August 27, 2003
A campaign to increase the safety of high school students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender kicked off with a program at a city park where teenagers were teased and bullied while others watched.
Funding ‘victims’
August 27, 2003
Insurance commissioner shares ideas for quick meals
August 27, 2003
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Weeknight Favorites with Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger.” Host Jayni Carey and Praeger will prepare some quick meals, including the recipe below.
Zoning board OKs Spearville wind farm
California firm plans to build 60 turbines
August 27, 2003
A proposed wind farm near Spearville has cleared its first hurdle with the Ford County Zoning Board endorsing the project.
Shuttle report calls for NASA overhaul
Agency’s culture blamed in part for Columbia tragedy
August 27, 2003
The investigators have identified the causes. Now it’s up to NASA, Congress and the White House to fix them. In a “damning” 248-page report released Tuesday, the Columbia Accident Investigation Board blamed the loss of space shuttle Columbia as much on weaknesses in the way NASA operates as on the breakaway piece of tank insulation that caused fatal damage to the left wing.
Envoys gather for Korea nuclear talks
August 27, 2003
Hoping for a breakthrough, diplomats from six nations convened today in the Chinese capital for talks to resolve East Asia’s most urgent security concern — North Korea’s nuclear program and demands by the United States that it stand down immediately.
Pilots want government to speed up gun training
August 27, 2003
After a slow start in training pilots to carry guns, the government said Tuesday that it had filled its weekly classes and expected to arm all qualified pilots who volunteer within a year.
Blackout task force forming
August 27, 2003
A U.S.-Canadian task force to investigate the Aug. 14 blackout is taking shape, with key experts coming from across the two countries — but not from some of the companies and power managers associated with the massive power failure.
Harassment suit filed in anthrax investigation
August 27, 2003
The bioterrorism expert under scrutiny in the 2001 anthrax attacks sued Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft and other government officials Tuesday, accusing them of using him as a scapegoat for their failure to make an arrest in the case.
Investigators find ‘echoes’ of previous shuttle disaster
August 27, 2003
Lessons learned from the 1986 explosion of the space shuttle Challenger were “undone over time” by NASA managers long before the disintegration of its sister spacecraft Columbia in a fiery return to Earth in February.
LHS scores below statewide SAT averages
Lawrence, Free State’s test score discrepancies increase; FSHS math scores at five-year high
August 27, 2003
Lawrence High School’s SAT scores last year slipped below state averages, while Free State High School’s math performance on the exam leapt to a five-year high. The College Board reported Tuesday that a 39-point divide on the verbal segment of the SAT and a 35-point gap on the math portion of the test now existed between Free State and LHS.
Former LHS wrestler subdues suspect in shoplifting
August 27, 2003
It’s been about 18 years since Kief’s Audio/Video salesman Wes Bonner competed as a high school wrestler, but he’s still got the moves.
Car surplus
August 27, 2003
Eudora voters reject bond, sales tax to build new pool
Lower-than-expected 25 percent turnout decides issue
August 27, 2003
Eudora residents Tuesday voted against building a new $2.25 million city pool.
Ewing J. Gunn
August 27, 2003
Ruby A. Lawrence
August 27, 2003
A’s Mulder still hoping to return
Playoff appearance not likely, though
August 27, 2003
Mark Mulder won’t be back in uniform for Oakland any time soon. That isn’t stopping him from being part of the playoff chase, though.
Seattle utilityman to have second wrist surgery
August 27, 2003
Mariners reserve infielder Greg Colbrunn needs a second surgery on his injured right wrist, and will miss the rest of the season.
Baseball briefs
August 27, 2003
¢ Pirates trade Giles to Padres for trio ¢ Yankees option Weaver, cut reliever Orosco
Chiefs’ Gonzalez hurts knee
Tight end’s availability for opener Sept. 7 uncertain
August 27, 2003
Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City’s four-time Pro Bowl tight end, injured his left knee during practice Tuesday when he was hit while reaching for a pass.
Shores services
August 27, 2003
Raiders awarded $34.2 million
August 27, 2003
Al Davis and his Oakland Raiders were awarded $34.2 million Tuesday by a jury that found Oakland coliseum officials failed to deliver on promises of sold-out stadiums in luring the team back from Los Angeles.
Golf notebook
August 27, 2003
Augusta National made only one significant change to the golf course for next year’s Masters, and it was enough to get Tiger Woods’ attention.
6News video: Car chase ends in collision
August 27, 2003
The chase claims a single fatality.
6News video: Police shoot vicious dog
August 27, 2003
The pit bull had trapped two men in a car, and lunged at officers when they arrived on the scene.
6News video: City will participate in county ordinance against vicious dogs
August 27, 2003
The participation will permit the Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies to impound dogs within Lawrence city limits.
L. Kelly Reindl
August 27, 2003
6News video: Tribe asks for SLT to be moved
August 27, 2003
The tribe says that the Army Corps of Engineers improperly dismissed alternate routes.
6News video: Lack of air conditioning cancels Haskell’s convocation
August 27, 2003
The convocation has been rescheduled for Thursday.
6Sports video: Royals’ new pitcher proves his worth
August 27, 2003
The Royals defeat the Rangers and continue to make trades to bolster their ranks.
6Sports video: KU depth chart shows young starters
August 27, 2003
Coach Mangino says the Jayhawks are “about where we thought we’d be.”
6Sports video: LHS has two new soccer coaches
August 27, 2003
Former 6News meterologist Matt Makens and David Platt serve as co-coaches for the team.
Local briefs
August 27, 2003
On the record
August 27, 2003
Blackout shuts down Baker as heat exacts its toll on area
Air-conditioner’s failure causes Haskell to postpone events
August 27, 2003
A blackout hit the campus of Baker University on Tuesday afternoon, forcing cancellation of classes and driving students from residence halls in search of cooler accommodations. On a day when temperatures again soared above 100 degrees, the heat also forced Haskell Indian Nations University to postpone annual convocation services.
Beverly Jo Voorhees
August 27, 2003
Defense targets medical advice in death
Attorney alleges defendant told ‘just let him go’ in elderly father’s treatment
August 27, 2003
A lawyer on Tuesday said that a medical decision — not a murder — ended the life of a Lawrence senior citizen whose son is now charged with murder by neglect.
West Nile virus cases mount in state
August 27, 2003
State health officials have confirmed four new human cases of West Nile virus, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Tuesday.
City backs vicious dog law
Commission acts day after pit bull is shot
August 27, 2003
The Lawrence City Commission approved city participation in a countywide ordinance to crack down on vicious dogs Tuesday — a day after a Lawrence Police officer shot to death a pit bull terrier in North Lawrence. The ordinance will allow Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies to enter Lawrence city limits to impound dogs thought to be vicious.
Royals acquire outfielder White
August 27, 2003
The Kansas City Royals, seeking right-handed hitting help for their AL Central stretch run, acquired All-Star outfielder Rondell White from the San Diego Padres for two minor-league pitchers Tuesday.
U.S. avenges loss to Argentina
O’Neal leads Americans to 94-86 win in tournament
August 27, 2003
Argentina couldn’t do it again, not with Jermaine O’Neal taking a huge first step on the road to redemption.
Snyder says he welcomes probe
Professor tapped to lead investigation of Tigers’ program described by family, friends as fair
August 27, 2003
The professor named to lead an investigation of the Missouri men’s basketball program was described Tuesday as fair, tough, thorough — a “straight shooter” Eagle Scout.
Ex-Jayhawk lineman sliced by Redskins
August 27, 2003
Former Kansas University offensive lineman Rod Jones has been released by the Washington Redskins.
Fleming’s ‘flawed’ plan costly in Topeka
Analysts say company mishandled bankruptcy
August 27, 2003
Bankrupt grocery distributor Fleming Cos., which is being sold piecemeal, made ambitious plans but failed because of tough competition and a flawed strategy, according to industry experts. The failure cost about 150 employees in Topeka their jobs. According to reports, employees at Fleming’s Topeka warehouse were told last week not to come back to work. The warehouse, located at Forbes Field, was the last remnants of the company that was founded in Topeka in 1915. Fleming officials, in a press release, said Associated Wholesale Grocers of Kansas City, Kan., had bought the facility.
What about Bob?
Estes snubbed again for President’s Cup squad
August 27, 2003
Failing to be chosen for the Presidents Cup team was hard enough on Bob Estes.
Golf library like no other
August 27, 2003
Alastair Johnston finished his internship with IMG in 1969 and returned to Scotland, taking with him 30 books on Arnold Palmer and Gary Player that had been collecting dust in a storage room.
Prior extends second-half surge
Cubs’ starter improves to 5-0 since All-Star break with 7-4 win in St. Louis
August 27, 2003
A six-run inning was overkill for the Chicago Cubs, considering Mark Prior was on the mound.
Briefcase
August 27, 2003
¢ Vivendi Universal pares list of bidders to two ¢ Siebel to change board ¢ Amazon.com files suits alleging e-mail fraud
Don’t settle for produce that’s less than fresh
August 27, 2003
I was served a meal in a restaurant last week that was topped by an anemic-looking slice of tomato. It wasn’t even red, really, and its texture was dry and grainy. Obviously, this was a tomato that had been picked weeks before its prime, and it undoubtedly came from afar through a major produce wholesaler. While this tomato may not have been inedible in any literal sense, no one would want to eat it. I quietly moved it to the side of my plate and ate the rest of my meal. I’m used to bad tomatoes in restaurants, although this one would have won a prize.
High school confidential: Celebrity pasts revealed
August 27, 2003
For many of us, high school is the last truly egalitarian experience. Sure, there are cliques, but at the end of the day, we all had to take gym class.
Public universities must be accountable
August 27, 2003
State-supported universities and colleges must devise new strategies if they are to weather the fiscal crisis confronting them and preserve their vital role as escalators in our upwardly mobile society. They are the institutions of first resort for youngsters of modest means, including minorities. And while they train students in every discipline, they are particularly important for those aspiring to professions that communities need badly but pay poorly. Where else can teachers, nurses, librarians and others devoted to public service get an affordable education?
Vital support
August 27, 2003
A strong show of support during public forums next month could help put public education initiatives higher on the state’s policy agenda. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will travel across the state next month to listen to what Kansans think about public education.
Toby Keith leads CMA nominations
August 27, 2003
Toby Keith got seven nominations for Country Music Assn. Awards on Tuesday, with Johnny Cash picking up four, two involving his rendition of a song by rock act Nine Inch Nails.
Feeding the masses
Food service directors try to provide offerings for ever-changing, global tastes
August 27, 2003
Mikki Brock has only been at Kansas University for a few days, yet she’s already developed a taste for the food served at Mrs. E’s — the three-level, 700-seat Ekdahl Dining Commons in Lewis Hall. “I think they definitely try to provide a good variety. I’ve been pleased. They have pasta, pizza, hamburgers, sandwiches and salads,” said Brock, 19, a Dallas freshman.
Luejutta Newman
August 27, 2003
Top-seeded Agassi keeps going strong
Chang’s farewell match a loss to 15th-seeded Gonzalez; Roddick rolls
August 27, 2003
If Andre Agassi is feeling a little lonely out there, with contemporaries Pete Sampras and Michael Chang leaving tennis, youngster Andy Roddick would be more than happy to make a date for the U.S. Open final.
Romanowski takes blame
August 27, 2003
Two days after Bill Romanowski seriously injured teammate Marcus Williams during a fight in practice, the Oakland Raiders’ controversial linebacker was remorseful and apologetic.
Envoys gather for Korea nuclear talks
August 27, 2003
Hoping for a breakthrough, diplomats from six nations convened today in the Chinese capital for talks to resolve East Asia’s most urgent security concern — North Korea’s nuclear program and demands by the United States that it stand down immediately.
Briefly
August 27, 2003
¢ Bombing suspects sought ¢ Ex-Colombian kingpin sentenced on drug charges ¢ Former Hurricane Ignacio downgraded to depression
Briefly
August 27, 2003
¢ Palestinian convicted in deaths of two soldiers ¢ U.S. lawmakers given access to nuclear site ¢ Resolution aimed at protecting staff ¢ American breaks own roller-coaster record
Briefly
August 27, 2003
¢ Fur farm recaptures most of missing mink ¢ Cadets reprimanded in drinking incident ¢ Priest reinstated; sex allegation dropped
6Sports video: Missouri men’s basketball program being investigated
August 27, 2003
Charges include academic improprieties and cash gifts to star players such as Ricky Clemons.
Mark B. Adams
August 27, 2003
Hypertension relief may lie in dark chocolate
August 27, 2003
A small study suggests that eating dark chocolate can lower your blood pressure — a delicious instance in which something that tastes good might, for a change, be good for you, too. The short study would need to be confirmed in larger, longer-term ones before doctors could recommend treatment with chocolate, researchers say.
U.S. begins anti-bandit operation in Iraq
Post-war toll jumps past combat deaths
August 27, 2003
Hundreds of U.S. forces launched a series of raids Tuesday to hunt down bandits, gangsters and Saddam Hussein loyalists, capturing at least 24.
Bush defends foreign policy initiatives, pledges ‘no retreat’
August 27, 2003
On a day when the postwar U.S. death toll climbed past the number killed in major combat, President Bush pledged “no retreat” in the war on terrorism and defended his actions in Iraq amid calls for more international help.
The human face of KU
August 27, 2003
The university is back in full swing this week after the long and hot summer vacation. The dorms are filled with students; Jayhawk Boulevard is once again crowded with faculty and students rushing between classes. And, already administrators are starting to map out their strategy for this year’s budget discussions in the hopes not only of stemming further cuts but also, perhaps, restoring some funding lost in the past few years.
Keep healthy snacks available for children
August 27, 2003
Q: Should children be given snacks?
Peaches make delightful desserts
August 27, 2003
Nothing says summer more than desserts made with fresh fruit. Peaches, our delectable fuzzy friends now in high season, taste wonderful as a pie or cake ingredient, as well as by themselves.
U.N. concerned by Iran’s atomic program
August 27, 2003
U.N. inspectors found traces of highly enriched, weapons-grade uranium at an Iranian nuclear facility, a report by the U.N. nuclear agency says. Iran said Tuesday the traces came with equipment purchased abroad decades ago.
Saudis challenge U.S. assertions on foreign fighters
August 27, 2003
The Saudi government challenged the Bush administration Tuesday to prove its claims that Saudi citizens have traveled to Iraq to fight American troops, and said U.S. forces have failed to secure their side of the border.
Stocks trade higher on technical factors
August 27, 2003
Stocks resumed their upward path late Tuesday, climbing back from earlier losses to close higher for the first time in three days. Analysts attributed the upturn to technical factors rather than positive reports on durable goods orders and consumer confidence.
White Sox rock Rocket
Chicago chases Clemens with long ball in 13-2 win
August 27, 2003
The long fly ball by Frank Thomas settled into the glove of left fielder Dave Dellucci — after it clanked high off the foul pole, way up near the upper deck.
Tickets plentiful for KU’s opener
August 27, 2003
With Kansas University’s football season opener three days away, good seats are still available.
Sebelius launches e-mail newsletter
Governor’s weekly dispatch promotes doings in state office
August 27, 2003
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday launched a weekly electronic newsletter intended to keep state employees and other Kansans informed about issues and what the Governor’s Office was doing.
Police chase proves fatal
Lawrence resident dies after fleeing suspect’s car hits hers
August 27, 2003
A Lawrence woman was killed Tuesday evening in southwest Lawrence when the car she was driving was hit by a speeding car being chased by police. Judith Vellucci, 56, was pronounced dead at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, police said.
Ready for prime time
Mangino: KU fate will be different
August 27, 2003
Kansas University finished 2-10 in 2002 and failed to win a Big 12 Conference football game. Coach Mark Mangino thinks his second season, which starts Saturday night against Northwestern, will be different.
K.C. packs punch for newcomer Anderson
Royals claim 9-2 victory over Rangers, remain one game behind division-leading White Sox
August 27, 2003
Mike Sweeney found the hitting stroke that had eluded him for nearly a week.
Harley revs up for centennial
Motorcycle maker rides through hardships, still faces potential potholes
August 27, 2003
Harley-Davidson Inc., the iconic motorcycle maker whose bikes call to mind James Dean, “The Wild One” and leather-clad easy riders cruising down the open road, has reached its centennial, surviving the Depression and near-bankruptcy to become an American success story. Along the way the company has collected thousands of fans who love the freedom-of-the-road lifestyle and the bike’s classic chrome-and-metal look, dependability and a distinctive engine rumble known to Harley riders as “potato, potato, potato.”
Friends and neighbors
August 27, 2003
Analysts urge restraint on spending
August 27, 2003
If President Bush and Congress extend tax cuts and help the elderly pay for prescription drugs, they could drive federal deficits to dangerously high levels, hurting retirees and raising interest rates, government and independent analysts said Tuesday. Even without more tax cuts and a new prescription-drug benefit, the federal government will run up a record $480 billion deficit next year on its way to a whopping $1.4 trillion pool of red ink over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office predicted Tuesday.
Lawrence briefs
August 27, 2003
People
August 27, 2003
¢ Houston had problem with arrest ¢ Another day, another lawsuit ¢ Ripa loves Reege ¢ Baby would make three
Legislators study state’s control over Sunday liquor sales
August 27, 2003
Legislators began their study of the state’s liquor laws, but they discovered Tuesday that the subject was deeper than just allowing Sunday alcohol sales.
H&R Block reports rare first-quarter profit
August 27, 2003
H&R Block on Tuesday reported a first-quarter profit for only the second time in its history, largely due to strong performance in the company’s financial services businesses.
Another KU dean stepping down
Fincham second leader in a month to announce plans to resign
August 27, 2003
Another Kansas University dean has announced he’ll return to the classroom at the end of the school year. Jack Fincham, dean of the pharmacy school, said Tuesday that he would end his 10-year tenure in May.
Big 12 rule on transfers arbitrary
In Baylor’s case, logic prevailed
August 27, 2003
While the stench from the Baylor University basketball miasma surpasses offal-dumping in the nearby Brazos River, Big 12 Conference poohbahs continued to hold their noses wishing the smell would go away. Rather than risk additional unwanted publicity over the reek, league fathers decided to waive the rule regarding intraconference transfers.
Volleyball mulls ‘Late Night’ invitation
August 27, 2003
Basketballs will be bouncing at “Late Night With Bill Self” Oct. 17 at Allen Fieldhouse.
Bajza mystery no more
Second-team wide receiver earning attention
August 27, 2003
“Who is that No. 87?” inquisitive Kansas University fans have asked media members at virtually all of the football practices open to the public this season.
Horoscopes
August 27, 2003
Former newspaper editor, highway proponent dies
August 27, 2003
Newspaper publisher Merle Miller’s legacy best might be depicted by the slender ribbon of highway stretching on the map from the tip of South America all the way to Canada.
Tribe to sue corps over trafficway decision
August 27, 2003
An American Indian tribe is ready to go to court to prevent the South Lawrence Trafficway from being built through the Baker Wetlands. The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation is asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to take another look at options for a highway south of the Wakarusa River, an option rejected by the corps eight months ago.
Guarding against heat
August 27, 2003
Canada begins marijuana distribution
August 27, 2003
Jari Dvorak scored two ounces of pot Tuesday and lit up, but — unlike in the past — the deal involved no back alley exchange or hiding from police.