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Officials search for source of cryptosporidium cases
August 28, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 3:37 p.m.) Four more cases of a parasite that causes diarrhea have been found in Lawrence, a local health official announced Thursday.
$1 million gift committed to KU social welfare school
August 28, 2003
(Web Posted Thursday at 12:54 p.m.) A Kansas University professor emerita has committed more than $1 million for KU’s school of social welfare, KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway announced Thursday. Norge Winifred Jerome, of Shawnee, who is a KU professor emerita of preventive medicine and public health, set up the gift through her estate plans.
7 dead in Chicago warehouse rampage
August 28, 2003
A man who had been fired from an auto parts warehouse six months ago came back with a gun Wednesday and killed six people in a rampage through a maze of engine blocks and 55-gallon drums before being shot to death by police.
Library of Congress shows off cartoon collection
August 28, 2003
The Library of Congress has offered a glimpse of its new acquisition of 36,000 cartoons — three centuries’ worth of drawings that ranged in theme from comic to political, and social to cinematic.
Former POW Jessica Lynch honorably discharged
August 28, 2003
Jessica Lynch, the former prisoner of war who became a national hero when special forces rescued her from an Iraqi hospital, has been honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, her lawyer said Wednesday.
Father fights extradition on kidnapping charge
Doctors say son needs chemotherapy
August 28, 2003
A Utah man who took his son to Idaho to avoid a court order to give the boy chemotherapy for cancer was ordered Wednesday not to leave the state while he fights extradition on a kidnapping charge.
Explosives used in Bombay are type favored by militants
August 28, 2003
A powerful explosive favored by Islamic guerrillas in Kashmir was used in the twin bombings in Bombay this week, police said Wednesday, bolstering India’s assertion that Muslim militants carried out the terrorist attack.
Death is second of summer for victim’s family
August 28, 2003
It was to be a short errand, just to pick up a prescription for Bubba, her yellow Labrador retriever.
Zebra mussels found in Kansas
Pesky mollusk known to clog waterways
August 28, 2003
Zebra mussels have been found in a Kansas reservoir for the first time, and prospects of getting rid of the aquatic pest are bleak. Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks biologists found about 150 zebra mussels Monday between the dam and marina at El Dorado Reservoir.
Teen guilty in park beating
14-year-old convicted of misdemeanor battery of boy with cerebral palsy
August 28, 2003
A Lawrence boy was found guilty Wednesday of having a limited role in the beating of a 15-year-old boy with cerebral palsy. In a closed hearing, Douglas County District Judge Pro Tem Peggy Kittel found 14-year-old Chris Fannin guilty of misdemeanor battery for kicking Josh Graves during a May 21 attack at Clinton Park, 500 Ill.
City postmaster leaving post
August 28, 2003
Bill Reynolds’ first job title was “temporary indefinite substitute mail handler” for the Topeka post office in 1966. “Doesn’t sound like a long-term career, does it?” Reynolds said Wednesday.
First female A.G. to speak at KU
August 28, 2003
Janet Reno, U.S. attorney general in the Clinton administration, will speak next month in Lawrence.
Culture change
August 28, 2003
Space flight is a risky business, but NASA needs to work harder to minimize those risks. Without the cowboy culture that inspired daredevil pilots to take unreasonable risks, the American space program probably never would have gotten off the ground.
Early start
August 28, 2003
High standards
August 28, 2003
Great Lakes worth protecting
August 28, 2003
The breaks in natural and human harmony have been blessedly few this summer on this beautiful island at the top of Lake Michigan — and, for the most part, quickly repaired. The big rumor is that Madonna rented the fancy new lodge called Deerwood for a weekend, found the beach too rocky for her taste and left early. Proprietor Jon Fogg, who jealously guards the privacy of his guests, refuses to divulge whether Madonna was actually there, but says, “I can swear she did not spend the night.” In any case, most of us didn’t see her entourage arrive and didn’t know she was briefly in our midst, so we don’t regret her departure.
College rankings misleading
August 28, 2003
Even though U.S. undergraduates are now trudging back to campuses, the grades are already in. The U.S. News & World Report hitting home mailboxes this week logged the magazine’s annual assessment of the nation’s top schools, with Princeton and Harvard sharing this year’s top honor. However, despite the magazine’s recent retooling of its popular college rankings system, this system has come no closer to reflecting true academic excellence and may even harm it.
LMH challenges worry city
Commissioner fears effects of psych unit’s closure
August 28, 2003
Lawrence Memorial Hospital is facing more challenges now than ever, hospital officials told city commissioners Wednesday, mainly because of increasing health care costs and a nationwide shortage of specialists. “It’s been called a perfect storm,” said Gene Meyer, the hospital’s chief executive. “There’s a real convergence of issues affecting the health care industry right now.”
Slain 9-year-old’s siblings shouldn’t face parents in court, psychologist says
August 28, 2003
A court-appointed psychologist says the former adoptive children of Christy and Neil Edgar would suffer “significant trauma” if they had to face their parents in an upcoming murder trial.
Daily ticker
August 28, 2003
WorldCom faces criminal charges
Oklahoma accuses company, former executives of falsifying books
August 28, 2003
Oklahoma prosecutors filed the first criminal charges Wednesday against WorldCom and former CEO Bernard Ebbers in the $11 billion accounting scandal that plunged the long-distance giant into bankruptcy. The company, Ebbers and five other former executives were accused of falsifying the books in violation of Oklahoma securities law.
Furniture store to open in N. Lawrence
Former grocery store to house first tenant in five years
August 28, 2003
A North Lawrence building, vacant since 1998, will be opened as a furniture store in October. Greg Dannevik, an owner and the manager of the store, said Free State Furniture was expected to open in about six weeks.
Officials tell Moran power grid ‘stretched’
August 28, 2003
A massive blackout like the recent one in the Northeast could happen in Kansas, but it’s unlikely, several power industry officials told Rep. Jerry Moran.
GE plant in Arkansas City lands contract
August 28, 2003
General Electric Co. has won a $600 million contract from AirTran Airways to do engine maintenance at its Cowley County plant.
6News video: Police say pursuit followed policies
August 28, 2003
Police Chief Ron Olin says that his officers acted properly in the pursuit, and that the accident was the fault of the suspect.
6News video: City commission outlines goals for next three months
August 28, 2003
Commissioners think that the city’s focus should be on building neighborhoods.
6News video: Lawrence city commission meets with LMH officials
August 28, 2003
The meeting allowed the commissioners to see how the state’s eleventh-largest hospital operates.
6News video: KU has Mars watch party
August 28, 2003
KU astronomers held party at Lindley Hall to allow visitors to view Mars on its closest approach to Earth for thousands of years.
6Sports video: New players help Royals beat Rangers
August 28, 2003
Kansas City wins a 5-hit shutout, but remains one game behind the White Sox in the AL Central.
6Sports video: The LHS Jamboree introduces the school’s sports teams
August 28, 2003
The celebration featured the soccer, golf and gymnastics teams, then led to the football scrimmage.
LPD pursuit policy
August 28, 2003
4.23 Pursuit Policy
Stars honor Hope’s legacy
August 28, 2003
Bob Hope was eulogized Wednesday as one of the legendary figures of the past century during a memorial Mass that drew Hollywood stars, politicians and generals.
Allen makes Venice debut
August 28, 2003
Woody Allen has a past in Venice: The 67-year-old filmmaker got married here, he’s filmed in the canal city and he’s won awards here. But never before has he turned up at the world’s longest-running film fest — until now.
Buying loyalty
August 28, 2003
Seeking truth
August 28, 2003
N. Korea, U.S. meet one-on-one
August 28, 2003
Trading the cold shoulder for careful conversation, the United States and North Korea made their first direct contact in four months on Wednesday, huddling on the sidelines of a multinational summit to work through a venomous stalemate over Pyongyang’s nuclear program.
Ten Commandments display moved out of public view
August 28, 2003
A 2 1/2-ton granite monument of the Ten Commandments that became a lightning rod in a legal storm over church and state was wheeled from the rotunda of the Alabama Supreme Court building Wednesday as protesters knelt, prayed and chanted, “Put it back!”
EPA eases pollution rules
August 28, 2003
The Bush administration on Wednesday made it easier for thousands of older power plants, refineries and factories to avoid having to install costly clean air controls when they replace aging equipment.
Arafat urges calm from militants to restore peace plan
August 28, 2003
Yasser Arafat asked militant groups Wednesday to halt attacks on Israelis, the Palestinian leader’s first public attempt to restore calm after the collapse of the armed groups’ unilateral truce.
Moore berates policies on Iraq
August 28, 2003
President Bush ought to swallow his pride and do whatever is necessary to secure European financial and military support for the occupation of Iraq, U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore said Wednesday.
Area briefs
August 28, 2003
¢ Wellman Road accident victim in fair condition ¢ Son to stand trial in elderly neglect case
Shores services
August 28, 2003
Gunn services
August 28, 2003
Official: Airport security crucial in Kansas
August 28, 2003
Airport security is as important here as it is in the nation’s major cities, a Department of Homeland Security official said.
Sesquicentennial Plaza at Clinton Lake still among plans for 2004 celebration
August 28, 2003
Members of the committee planning the city’s 150th birthday will go ahead with plans for a Sesquicentennial Plaza near the Clinton Lake dam.
Apparent suicide follows slaying
Officials say wife killed herself day after husband died
August 28, 2003
A psychology teacher at Hutchinson Community College shot herself to death Wednesday as officers closed in to question her about the shooting death of her husband, authorities said.
Star carrier killed
August 28, 2003
A newspaper carrier for The Kansas City Star was found dead Wednesday in his delivery van in east Kansas City, police said.
Jayhawks denied Guardians games
But KU eager to finish 2003-04 men’s basketball schedule
August 28, 2003
The Kansas University men’s basketball team won’t be playing in the season-opening Guardians Classic. The U.S. Supreme Court did not comment Wednesday when it rejected an emergency request from sports promoters challenging the NCAA’s 2-in-4 rule that prohibits Division I teams from playing in more than two exempt tournaments in a four-year period.
Baseball briefs
August 28, 2003
¢ Royals put Lima on disabled list ¢ Elbow tendinitis sidelines Smoltz
Former Baylor player indicted
Grand jury brings single murder count against Dotson
August 28, 2003
Former Baylor basketball player Carlton Dotson was indicted Wednesday in the murder of his former teammate and roommate Patrick Dennehy.
Davenport overcomes injury, foe
No. 92-seed Camerin no match for former champion, who has been hobbled by foot woes
August 28, 2003
Lindsay Davenport is replacing thoughts of retirement with hope for a U.S. Open title.
Our town sports
August 28, 2003
6News video: Local man recovers from West Nile virus
August 28, 2003
The outdoorsman tested positive for the virus, but the case is not yet confirmed.
Adams services
August 28, 2003
People
August 28, 2003
¢ From boyz to starz ¢ Earning his angel wings ¢ Jackson offers piece of Neverland ¢ Surgery delays acting gig
Milton Louis Polk
August 28, 2003
White House explores greater U.N. role in Iraq
August 28, 2003
Searching for ways to expand international forces in Iraq, the Bush administration for the first time is exploring the creation of a multinational military force under United Nations leadership, but still subordinate to U.S. commanders, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said. The solution would be designed to give the United Nations a greater role in the Iraqi occupation in return for increased support of the U.S.-dominated peacekeeping mission, administration officials said. Without a strong U.N. mandate, a number of countries have been reluctant to send troops.
Commission seeks limit on future cul-de-sacs
August 28, 2003
Cul-de-sacs could be the latest casualty in the Lawrence City Commission’s continuing efforts to strengthen the city’s neighborhoods. At their quarterly goal-review session Wednesday, commissioners asked city staff to consider alternatives to cul-de-sacs when new subdivision regulations are rewritten early next year. The commissioners want planners and developers to keep an eye toward creating new residential developments with more linear streetscapes, encouraging neighbors to come into more frequent contact with one another.
Pats paste Bears, 38-23
August 28, 2003
The New England Patriots completed an unbeaten exhibition season, rallying to beat the Chicago Bears, 38-23, Wednesday night.
Planning officials vote to extend growth area
Final approval could regulate more rural lands
August 28, 2003
Sue Pine worries that in the future Lawrence city officials will start telling her how she can use the land her family farms north of the city. But Pine, chairwoman of the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission, put aside those concerns Wednesday night and voted with the majority to extend the Urban Growth Area around Lawrence.
Cross-burning reported in Derby
August 28, 2003
A cross-burning on the front lawn of a Derby school board member is being investigated as a hate crime, police said. Mike Rosales, 43, was sitting on the patio behind his home a little after 2 a.m. Tuesday when he heard something shatter inside. He went in and found that a brick with a racially charged message written on it had been thrown through his living room window.
Iraqi troops must take over for Americans
August 28, 2003
It is sad yet stirring to say. With a realist’s melancholy sense of the human cost of things, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz is saying it: Part of the good news out of Iraq — good news obscured by recent bad news, and sometimes mistaken for unalloyed bad news — is that the deaths, including 62 Americans, caused by hostile action in Iraq since major combat operations ended include the deaths of almost 50 Iraqis. They died, Wolfowitz says, as exemplary pioneers of Iraq’s progress up from tyranny, while working with coalition forces to secure public order and create civil society.
U.S. teachers aren’t diverse, survey says
August 28, 2003
Know anyone having trouble finding a man? Add public school leaders to the list.
Briefly
August 28, 2003
¢ Students, driver hurt as school bus overturns ¢ Undersea cables will run through coral reef gaps ¢ Convicted mobster can go to Disney World ¢ Gallons of PCP, weapons seized in police raid
Two more U.S. soldiers killed as aid group exodus continues
August 28, 2003
Two more U.S. soldiers were killed in combat Wednesday, and the relief agency Oxfam became the fourth major international organization to pull some or all of its foreign staff out of Iraq because of the increasing danger.
Briefly
August 28, 2003
¢ Dentists treated 2,642 at weekend’s free clinic ¢ School board to meet for annual retreat ¢ SETA women’s fraternity closes its KU chapter ¢ Pump Patrol seeks deals
Tomato fight paints town red
August 28, 2003
Tens of thousands of people got pasted Wednesday in one of Spain’s most popular summer traditions — the annual tomato-throwing festival.
Briefcase
August 28, 2003
¢ Yale workers begin strike ¢ Bombardier reaches deal to sell recreation division ¢ NYSE chair’s contract draws SEC concerns ¢ MGP announces dividend
AirTran soars while other airlines struggle
Former ValuJet overcomes fatal crash
August 28, 2003
The crash of a DC-9 into the Everglades in May 1996, killing all 110 people aboard, made an industry pariah of the low-fare airline ValuJet.
Legislators mull future of KPERS
August 28, 2003
Legislators were given few options — none of them cheap — to close a gap in the state’s pension program. Officials with the Kansas Public Employee Retirement System said the difference between assets and liabilities had grown to $2.8 billion, with teachers and state employees accounting for $2.2 billion of that gap.
May, K.C. put hurt on Texas
White has four RBIs as Royals rout Rangers
August 28, 2003
Darrell May pitches perhaps his finest game as a major leaguer. Newcomer Rondell White comes within inches of his first inside-the-park home run. It’s been that kind of season for the Kansas City Royals, who pounded Texas 9-0 Wednesday night to keep pace with Chicago in the American League Central.
Have a cold one
August 28, 2003
Briefly
August 28, 2003
¢ Bush wants to limit federal pay raises ¢ AIDS funding cut off for program in Africa, Asia
Cards spoil night for Cubs’ Wood
Chicago hurler strikes out 11, but St. Louis rallies against relievers for 4-2 win
August 28, 2003
When Kerry Wood left, the St. Louis Cardinals’ bats woke up.
Losing tradition
Despite long history, Darlington bracing for last Labor Day weekend race
August 28, 2003
If you plan to attend the Southern 500 next fall, bring a jacket. And a flashlight.
Despite bad press, NASCAR will prevail
August 28, 2003
There may not be any hurricane warnings up for the central coast of Florida, but the folks at NASCAR headquarters in Daytona Beach are hunkering down nonetheless.
Violence, hunger continue to plague Liberia
August 28, 2003
Civilians fleeing by the thousands cried out for rescue Wednesday, as a first trip into Liberia’s countryside showed the war-ruined nation’s nightmare is far from over.
U.S., Afghan forces retake mountain pass
August 28, 2003
American and Afghan forces Wednesday recaptured a mountain pass in southeastern Afghanistan, killing at least a dozen insurgents in tough fighting, a local official said.
CDC: Number of cases doubles in week to 1,400
August 28, 2003
West Nile virus activity has again doubled, now affecting more than 1,400 people in the United States, federal officials said Wednesday.
Columbia investigator says report didn’t go far enough
August 28, 2003
The Columbia investigation board did not go far enough in its recommended safety changes, one of the investigators says in a supplemental report that urges NASA to strengthen shuttle inspections and correct mechanical problems that were unrelated to the disaster but could cause another.
Standards advocated
August 28, 2003
Jim Phillips, an Orlando, Fla., man whose daughter was killed by a fleeing suspect during a 2001 police chase in Florida, monitors news reports of police chases and runs a Web site called www.pursuitwatch.org.
Police: Pursuit warranted
Suspect to blame for fatality, chief says
August 28, 2003
A 19-year-old Missouri man — not police chasing him at high speeds through Lawrence — was responsible for the death of a Lawrence woman, Lawrence Police Chief Ron Olin said Wednesday. Olin said the actions of Nam Ouk Cho of Lee’s Summit, Mo., posed a threat to public safety and warranted pursuit.
White Sox pound Yankees
Chicago retains one-game edge in Central
August 28, 2003
Roberto Alomar and Frank Thomas put the latest “Big Hurt” on the New York Yankees.
City resident tests positive for West Nile
State health officials renew cautionary advice
August 28, 2003
The case of a Lawrence man recovering from symptoms of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus should serve as a cautionary tale to other Kansans, a state health official said Wednesday. The virus already has killed one Kansan and infected at least 13 others this year.
Dozens killed in stampede at Hindu religious festival
August 28, 2003
Crowds of Hindu pilgrims waiting to bathe in a holy river in western India surged over a flimsy bamboo fence, triggering a stampede that killed at least 39 people and injured 125.
France may cut holiday to finance care of elderly
August 28, 2003
France, a country where leisure time is sacrosanct, is mulling a radical plan for financing health care after a heat wave estimated to have killed thousands: Make people work on a national holiday.
Lawyers argue against stoning sentence
August 28, 2003
A tearful 32-year-old woman cuddled and nursed her toddler in an Islamic appeals court Wednesday as lawyers pleaded she be spared death by stoning for having sex outside marriage.
Little at stake for Chiefs, Rams
In final exhibition, Missouri squads simply want to avoid injuries
August 28, 2003
Preseason state bragging rights will be on the line tonight in the annual Governor’s Cup game between the St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs.
Camillia Racheal Norman
August 28, 2003
Briefly
August 28, 2003
¢ Former Nazi officer ordered extradited ¢ Controversial Arab think tank closes ¢ Dolphin exhibit closed after animal’s death ¢ Captain waits for rain while barge stranded
On the record
August 28, 2003
Corrections
August 28, 2003
KU walk-on Lamb earns starting spot
August 28, 2003
Jonathan Lamb doesn’t have a scholarship, but the red-shirt freshman from Olathe North has a starting assignment for Kansas University’s season opener Saturday against Northwestern. “Obviously, the first college game I’m a little nervous,” said Lamb, who will have more than a dozen family members in the stands at Memorial Stadium. “I’m definitely excited.”
Lions jazzed at jamboree
Fall squads enjoy preview of upcoming season
August 28, 2003
Another jamboree came and went Wednesday for Lawrence High, but the annual celebration of the Lions’ fall sports never seems to get old. “They love playing at Haskell Stadium,” LHS football coach Dirk Wedd said of his team. “It’s so Lawrence High. And it’s always fun to play in front of your friends.”
Hour not enough for King documentary
August 28, 2003
A “Peter Jennings Reporting” (8 p.m., ABC) recalls the August 1963 civil rights march on Washington, D.C., culminating in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s most memorable address, best known as his “I Have a Dream” speech.
Horoscopes
August 28, 2003
Friends and neighbors
August 28, 2003
Briefly
August 28, 2003
¢ Priest’s death called act of revenge ¢ Tobacco award paid to ex-smoker’s estate ¢ DuPont donates land to conservation fund ¢ Jury awards millions in boot camp death
Sprint to expand local service with bundled plans
August 28, 2003
Sprint Corp. announced plans Wednesday to expand its local phone service to most of the country, less than a week after the Federal Communications Commission issued rules essentially preserving that kind of telephone competition. Overland Park-based Sprint said it would begin offering bundled calling plans that include local, long-distance and wireless phone service in selected markets in 36 states and the District of Columbia. Sprint currently offers local phone service to just 5 percent of the United States.
A helping hand
August 28, 2003
FSHS jamboree tonight
August 28, 2003
Hilda Virginia Hessenflow
August 28, 2003
Tenure at Memorial Stadium could be short for Firebirds
August 28, 2003
Free State High’s first season using Memorial Stadium for all its home football games will probably be the Firebirds’ last in Kansas University’s facility.
6Sports video: KU and Northwestern had bad defenses last season
August 28, 2003
Both teams have made efforts to improve their defensive schemes.
6Sports video: Freshman player Moderick Johnson could be huge for Jayhawks
August 28, 2003
Johnson’s talent could let him be a standout for the team.