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Judge gives Legislature deadline to fix school finance law
December 2, 2003
(Updated Monday at 3:37 p.m.) and, in particular, how the distribution pertains to closing the achievement gap.
New ABC mob series has ‘Fire’ in its belly
December 2, 2003
Fans who like their mob dramas cool, gritty and relatively judgment-free might warm to the atmospheric new series “Line of Fire” (9 p.m., ABC). Produced by Rod Lurie, writer and director of “The Contender,” “Fire” unfolds under an eerie eternal twilight, the exhausted light you might find in Stockholm in December.
Israelis, Palestinians sign unofficial peace accord
December 2, 2003
The gala launch of the Geneva Initiative, the unofficial Palestinian-Israeli peace plan, had it all Monday. Slick stagecraft, a Hollywood presenter, instructive speeches by Nobel laureates, videotaped messages from concerned world leaders and poignant testimonies in Arabic and Hebrew by ordinary Israelis and Palestinians deeply distressed by the futile fighting that has ended thousands of lives.
KU, Schwegler students team up with seniors to write biographies
December 2, 2003
Jerry Waugh has led an interesting life by any measure: He fought in World War II, played Kansas University basketball and helped coach Wilt Chamberlain a few years after that. Now his story is the subject of an unusual new biography, written by fourth-graders at Schwegler School.
Schools vary frequency of pledge
Veterans support move for daily recitations
December 2, 2003
Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is as much a part of daily life in Lawrence elementary schools as taking recess. But that’s not the case at junior high schools and high schools, and some Lawrence military veterans don’t think it makes sense to stop making the daily pledge just because a student reaches seventh grade.
Defense attorney questions teen rape victim’s testimony
December 2, 2003
A defense attorney challenged a teenage rape victim’s memory of her ordeal Monday on the first day of trial for a 19-year-old Tonganoxie man.
Combined effort
Rather than being in dollars and cents, the biggest payoff from a plan to transfer management of county parks to the city may come in terms of better managed, more user-friendly facilities.
December 2, 2003
Turning county park maintenance duties over to the city of Lawrence probably is a good idea, but local taxpayers shouldn’t expect the move to necessarily produce large financial savings.
Distrust of government hurts democracy
December 2, 2003
The relentless and prolonged assault by politicians and the public on the competence and motives of their government bureaucracies is slowly but surely undermining democracy in the Americas and Europe.
Murderer, Kansas prison advocate dies at 71
December 2, 2003
Convicted murderer Jouett Edgar Arney, whose 1977 petition protesting prison conditions led to federal court oversight of the Kansas penal system, died Monday. He was 71.
State, federal officials want fresh start for convicts
Employment seen as key to rehab
December 2, 2003
Ken Howard was lucky. Fresh out of prison, he managed to land a good job with a national program to make better fathers out of men.
Find your way to college
The rules keep changing
December 2, 2003
All over the country, a game is going on. It’s called applying to college. High school seniors are playing it, applying to more universities in search of the best deal, then turning down all but one, making the rest look bad by lowering their acceptance rates.
Commentary: Free State senior has a few words for the College Board
December 2, 2003
The bell rings. Indecipherable shouts come from the bloodthirsty crowd. I come out bouncing, ready to fight. I look into the eyes of my opponent, the College Board, and that’s all I’ve got so far. I’m having a hard time imagining what the College Board looks like.
U.S. discounters report strong sales
Retailers say weekend profits up from 2002
December 2, 2003
The Thanksgiving weekend gave the nation’s retailers a solid start to the holiday season, although consumers remained focused on bargains even as the economy improves.
Inclusion skewing test results
Study finds special ed students’ scores make schools look worse
December 2, 2003
The children in Michelle Harper’s special education class have their own small victories every day — a temper tantrum stifled, two words rhymed.
Briefcase
December 2, 2003
¢ Wall Street nears 10,000 ¢ Reports boost hope of economic recovery ¢ Hartford to buy insurance group
U.S.: Iraqi rebels show coordination in ambush
December 2, 2003
One of the bloodiest engagements since the fall of Saddam Hussein showed a new, deadlier side of the Iraqi insurgency: stepped up, coordinated assaults by groups of guerrillas bent on battle rather than a hit-and-run attack, the U.S. military said Monday.
Ryun sponsors check on high court
Congressman says Supreme Court ‘overstepping’
December 2, 2003
Angered by recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings on homosexual sex and the death penalty, Congressman Jim Ryun has introduced a resolution that seeks to rein in the nation’s highest court.
New Zealand hails ‘Return of the King’
December 2, 2003
New Zealand’s usually sleepy capital came awake in a roar of celebration Monday as stars returned for the premiere of the final film in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, parading through the city in open cars flanked by black-shrouded horsemen, orcs and hobbits that inhabit the beloved novels by JRR Tolkien.
Jayhawks ascend, defend
KU leap frogs to No. 1, holds off TCU
December 2, 2003
Kansas University’s run as No. 1 might prove to be fun after all. The Jayhawks, who looked like they needed a jolt of caffeine hours after being proclaimed the country’s top-rated team, turned a one-point halftime lead into a resounding 85-66 victory over unranked Texas Christian Monday night at Meyer Coliseum.
Hawkins torments TCU
December 2, 2003
Neil Dougherty met Jeff Hawkins in the tunnel after the final buzzer and said, “Why us, Jeff. Why us?” Hawkins had just scored a career-high 19 points, drilling five of seven three-point attempts, helping Kansas University’s men’s basketball squad knock off Texas Christian, 85-66, Monday night at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
New respect
December 2, 2003
Ailing Lee puts on happy face
December 2, 2003
Michael Lee rather would have been wearing a Kansas University basketball jersey than a spiffy black suit and turtleneck Monday at Texas Christian’s Meyer Coliseum.
Boyer to run for state Senate seat
December 2, 2003
State Rep. Rob Boyer, an Olathe Republican whose district extends into Douglas County, announced Monday he won’t seek a second term in the Kansas House. Instead, he’ll run next year for the Senate seat now held by Sen. Kay O’Connor, also an Olathe Republican.
Billionaire’s attorney accuses automaker of fraud
December 2, 2003
Executives from Daimler-Benz engaged in “plain, old-fashioned fraud” during merger talks with Chrysler five years ago, an attorney representing billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian told a federal judge Monday.
Lawrence briefs
December 2, 2003
¢ Blood center offers ornament for donation ¢ State office publicizes support of voting act ¢ Tickets still available for Holiday Vespers ¢ KU sets final exams
Commission to stay silent on tribute to ‘60s beat icon
Burroughs Creek plan reveals county divide
December 2, 2003
When it comes to naming a creek after beat-generation icon William Burroughs, Douglas County commissioners have a lot of opinions about having no opinion. Monday morning, commissioners failed to reach a decisive conclusion about whether to support efforts to name the creek after Burroughs.
FSHS to ‘Raise the Roof’
December 2, 2003
Free State High’s Raise the Roof night, an annual event showcasing the upcoming winter sports season, will be at 6:30 tonight in the Free State gym.
Self: Kansas ‘not deserving’ of No. 1
KU coach says 10-12 teams could be on top
December 2, 2003
Bill Self says it’s business as usual for the new No. 1-ranked basketball team in the land. “I don’t think anything will change. I don’t think it will be a distraction. It’s too early in the season to become a distraction,” Self, Kansas University’s first-year coach, said.
Marquette gets revenge on Notre Dame, 71-58
December 2, 2003
Marquette men’s basketball coach Tom Crean remembered last season’s tough loss to Notre Dame. So did his team.
Public sector
December 2, 2003
Briefly
December 2, 2003
¢ Hill City teen arrested in 15-year-old’s death ¢ Guard unit mobilized for effort in Iraq
City briefs
December 2, 2003
¢ Victim’s family seeks $100,000 settlement ¢ Lack of building permit stops renovation work ¢ Documentary details American Indian efforts
Panel endorses $500 million bond issue to bolster state’s dwindling pension fund
December 2, 2003
A plan to issue $500 million in bonds to improve the long-term health of the state pension fund for teachers and government workers was endorsed Monday by a legislative study committee.
People
December 2, 2003
¢ Recovery slow but sure ¢ Lynch to christen cruise ship ¢ Cultural exchanges urged ¢ Punk icon honored
Advisers urge Bush to drop steel tariffs
European Union renews threat to impose $2.2 billion in sanctions on U.S. exports
December 2, 2003
Top White House advisers are recommending that President Bush roll back steep tariffs on foreign-made steel to avoid a global trade war, administration and industry officials said Monday.
Real Christmas has been lost
December 2, 2003
I’m not sure it’s worth keeping Christmas anymore. Oh, it is fine for those apparently dwindling numbers of us who still believe in the “original cast” of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the Wise Men and the animals. They, as any post-Thanksgiving (not to mention postmodern) shopper knows, have been replaced by the road show of reindeer, winter scenes, elves and the God substitute, Santa Claus, who serves as a front for merchants seeking to play on the guilt some parents bear for ignoring their kids the rest of the year.
6Sports video: KU volleyball tourney bound
December 2, 2003
A season’s worth of hard work for the Jayhawks was rewarded Sunday night with an NCAA Tournament berth.
6Sports video: KU leads TCU early
December 2, 2003
The Jayhawks led the Horned Frogs (TCU) early in the first half of the game in Fort Worth.
Diversions
December 2, 2003
¢ Join the J-W teen board ¢ Turn in your poems
Carmen Sue Jessup
December 2, 2003
William W. Burchill
December 2, 2003
Commodities
December 2, 2003
Another Walt Disney board member resigns
December 2, 2003
A key ally joined Roy E. Disney in resigning from the Walt Disney Co. board Monday, becoming the second vocal opponent of chairman and chief executive Michael Eisner to quit in two days.
Researcher cleared of bioterror charges
December 2, 2003
A world-renowned plague researcher was cleared Monday of the most serious charges he faced related to a bioterrorism scare triggered when he reported plague samples missing from his Texas Tech University lab.
Daily ticker
December 2, 2003
Beef prices likely to remain bullish
Area restaurant, grocery store owners expect high costs into 2005
December 2, 2003
The high price of beef isn’t expected to drop anytime soon. Rod Anderson, owner of the Kansas City, Mo.-based company that operates the chain of Hereford House restaurants, said the company recently raised its menu prices by 6 percent to 9 percent to account for the higher price of beef.
Sebelius, staff open budget talks
December 2, 2003
With a decision looming on whether to seek a tax increase, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius began discussions Monday with her staff about the proposed budget she’ll submit to legislators in January.
Murder charges filed in student’s death
Fort Hays State University football players accused in killing
December 2, 2003
Prosecutors on Monday charged three Fort Hays State University football players and a fourth man in the beating death of another student last month.
On the record
December 2, 2003
Victim’s sister blames highway
Death continues trend along ‘dangerous’ stretch of U.S. 24-59
December 2, 2003
Carly Jessup seethed with anger Monday as she visited the site north of Lawrence where her younger sister died Sunday night on U.S. Highway 24-59 near Midland Junction. “It’s a dangerous highway,” Jessup said later from her McLouth home. “I want to know where the shoulder is. There is no pavement. All there is is gravel and a drop-off.”
Boeing chairman resigns suddenly
Questions surrounding defense contract deals plague aerospace giant
December 2, 2003
Boeing Co. chairman and CEO Phil Condit resigned unexpectedly Monday amid deepening turmoil over questionable tactics used by the aerospace giant in aggressively trying to win defense contracts.
U.S. report on number of Iraqi casualties challenged
December 2, 2003
Residents of this central Iraqi city Monday disputed the U.S. military’s claim that 54 Iraqi guerrillas were killed in an hourlong firefight that ensued Sunday as U.S. forces fought their way out of two coordinated ambushes.
D’backs add slugger Sexson
First baseman part of nine-player deal with Brewers
December 2, 2003
Right after trading off a power pitcher, the Arizona Diamondbacks acquired a power hitter who ranks among the best in the game.
USC still No. 2 in BCS standings
December 2, 2003
LSU narrowed Southern California’s lead for second place in the BCS standings Monday but still needs help to play for the national championship in the Sugar Bowl.
Haskell men fall again
Southwestern rolls in 111-85 rout
December 2, 2003
Haskell Indian Nations University point guard Danny Polk made a lot of memories in his 2 1/2-year career with the Fightin’ Indians, but Monday’s game probably wasn’t one of them.
Where are they now?
December 2, 2003
Ian Brk graduated as one of the top wrestlers in Free State High’s brief history. He was a four-time state qualifier, a three-time team captain and was the state runner-up as a junior in 2001, wrestling in the 215-pound weight class.
Jayhawk briefs
December 2, 2003
¢ Jayhawk swimming signs eight athletes ¢ Kansas men’s golf signs Colorado recruit ¢ KU bowlers thrive at St. Louis event
Chiefs: Broncos pose toughest test to date
December 2, 2003
With all due respect to the only team that’s beaten them, the Kansas City Chiefs do not consider Cincinnati the toughest outfit they’ve faced this year.
SMU shocks Texas Tech
Red Raiders rally, but Mustangs prevail
December 2, 2003
Bryan Hopkins scored 19 points, helping Southern Methodist beat Texas Tech, 62-59, Monday evening.
FSHS has high expectations; LHS young
December 2, 2003
Free State High boys swimming and diving coach Annette McDonald has no reason to hide her team’s expectations. With plenty of proven swimmers, as well as an impressive crop of newcomers, McDonald wants to see Free State on the champion’s podium at the state meet in February.
U.S. ends registration program
New system of monitoring foreigners from countries with ties to terror will debut
December 2, 2003
The government is scrapping a rule imposed after the 9-11 terror attacks that required men and boys from countries with suspected links to terrorism to register multiple times with U.S. officials.
Justices to revisit overseas arrest policy
December 2, 2003
The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide if people working for the U.S. government can covertly arrest suspects in other countries, a case the Bush administration said was a key test of America’s terror-fighting powers.
6News video: Road condition examined following fatality
December 2, 2003
McLouth teen Carmen Jessup was killed Sunday night in an auto accident near Midland Junction, marking the second death at the site since Nov. 13.
6News video: Commissioners split on tribute to Burroughs
December 2, 2003
County commissioners will not be making a formal recommendation on renaming an east Lawrence creek after author William S. Burroughs.
6News video: Tangerine Bowl travel plans keeping merchants busy
December 2, 2003
Kansas football fans eager to head to Florida have kept the phone ringing off the hooks at local travel agencies.
6Sports video: Jayhawks bound for Orlando
December 2, 2003
Kansas’ bowl speculation ended Saturday with the formal acceptance of the Tangerine Bowl bid.
6Sports video: NCAA snub not repeated
December 2, 2003
Ray Berchard and his team knew that, unlike the 2002 season, they were NCAA bound this year, but seeing “Kansas” officially listed was still a thrill.
Is it really going to snow this time?
December 2, 2003
You’ll definitely see some mist and rain today. And, if you’re out late tonight, you might even see a little snow, says Matt Sayers, 6News meteorologist. “We will see a rain-snow mix,” Sayers said. “I don’t think we will see any accumulations at all.”
Perkins, Tech outlast Cal
December 2, 2003
The closer the game, the better Jia Perkins seems to like it. She proved that Monday night.
Bowling KU football fans have a few travel options
December 2, 2003
Three days before Christmas isn’t the ideal time of year to plan a road trip, but Travellers president Walt Houk thought he had it covered Monday.
Agnes Ann ‘Betty’ Robinson
December 2, 2003
June I. Madden
December 2, 2003
Colorado Supreme Court tosses Republican redistricting bid
December 2, 2003
Accusing the Republicans of overreaching, the Colorado Supreme Court threw out a GOP state redistricting plan Monday in favor of a congressional map that gives the Democrats a better shot at retaking the narrowly divided U.S. House.
Scientists tout benefits of virtual cancer exam
December 2, 2003
A procedure that lets doctors find abnormal growths in the colon through three-dimensional, computer-generated images is slightly more accurate and less invasive than conventional colonoscopy, research presented Monday suggests.
Eye on protesters
December 2, 2003
Musical support
December 2, 2003
Europe pact benefits U.S.
December 2, 2003
The slam-the-French crowd must really have its knickers in a twist over the latest from Jacques Chirac and Tony Blair: a proposal to establish a 1,500-strong force of European peacekeepers that could deploy rapidly.
Kansans face gasoline additive cleanup costs
U.S. Senate bill seeks states, not oil companies, to pay up
December 2, 2003
If an energy bill currently stalled in the U.S. Senate becomes law, Kansans could end up spending millions of dollars to rid the state’s groundwater of MTBE, a gasoline additive that critics say contaminates drinking water.
Pennington propels Jets
N.Y. quarterback has pair of touchdown tosses
December 2, 2003
Herman Edwards had one demand of his New York Jets Monday night: leave the Meadowlands with a win. They obliged.
Briefly
December 2, 2003
¢ Minnesotan arrested in student’s disappearance ¢ Investigation under way into police custody death ¢ Muhammad won’t testify in second sniper trial ¢ Congressman’s trial opens on manslaughter charge
Knicks fall short in McDyess’ debut
Detroit clips New York, 79-78 in OT
December 2, 2003
Antonio McDyess was so overcome with emotion, he retreated to the locker room during the national anthem. His first shot barely grazed the net, his first alley-oop turned into an alley-oops, his first free throw bounced around and out.
Corrections
December 2, 2003
Farm income helps lift Midwest economy, survey says
December 2, 2003
Higher farm income is helping improve the rural Midwest economy, according to a monthly survey released Monday.
Horoscopes
December 2, 2003
For Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003
Ryan Walker
December 2, 2003
Standards to rise for dialysis centers
December 2, 2003
Some 300,000 Americans with failed kidneys stay alive by getting their blood cleaned three times a week at dialysis centers. But a new report says too many of those facilities provide inadequate treatment.
New pill shows promise for millions
World AIDS Day brings reflection, hope
December 2, 2003
Tens of thousands of advocates and health workers rallied worldwide Monday to mark World AIDS Day, and officials hailed new initiatives, new funding and a new pill to fight the disease that has infected 40 million people and kills more than 8,000 every day.
Briefly
December 2, 2003
¢ EPA offers grants ¢ Mayor vetoes plan for gun ownership