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DNA lends evidence to West Campus cougar
December 9, 2003
(Updated Tuesday at 6:57 p.m.) After years of debate about whether cougars exist in Kansas, the Kansas Biological Survey on Tuesday released DNA analysis results of a feces sample from KU’s West Campus area. “The verdict? It’s a cougar,” Mark Jakubauskas, research assistant professor for the Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program with the Kansas Biological Survey, wrote in an e-mail Tuesday afternoon.
Snow arrives by rush hour
December 9, 2003
(Updated Tuesday at 6:19 p.m.) Tonight will be a good night to stay home with a mug of hot chocolate. Sleet moved into the area during rush-hour. It will change to snow early this evening, and snow will continue through midnight tonight, said 6News meteorologist Ross Janssen. Accumulations will total three to five inches.
Briefcase
December 9, 2003
¢ Time Warner joins MCI, Sprint to offer service ¢ EU threatens to sanction U.S. over tax breaks ¢ New entrees, hours lift profits at McDonald’s
K.C. struggling as playoff picture taking shape
December 9, 2003
If Kansas City loses the home-field advantage for the AFC playoffs, it might not be the disaster some of its fans think. After all, the Chiefs had that edge in 1995 and 1997 and lost their first postseason game both times.
Briefly
December 9, 2003
¢ Bar codes on drugs aim to reduce deadly errors ¢ Libel lawsuit filed against Schwarzenegger ¢ Hazing charge cites water as deadly weapon
Briefly
December 9, 2003
¢ Theater wall collapse kills one, injures 14 ¢ U.S. military reports more casualties ¢ Convictions take toll on terror group ¢ Court ruling sought for West Bank barrier ¢ Report: Nuclear powers exaggerated for N. Korea ¢ Election results push out democratic officials
Briefly
December 9, 2003
¢ Survey: 61,000 executed during Saddam regime ¢ Report: DNA link traced to kidnapping suspect’s car ¢ Sharpton to receive settlement for stabbing
Black bear hunt met with protests
December 9, 2003
Hunters ventured into the woods in New Jersey’s first bear hunt in 33 years, prompted by a rising number of complaints about the animals breaking into suburban homes and raiding trash cans.
Great Bend-based soldiers mobilized
December 9, 2003
About 160 soldiers from an Army Reserve transportation unit based in Great Bend have been ordered to active duty in support of the war on terrorism.
Daily ticker
December 9, 2003
Food no longer on tap at Paradise
Downtown cafe to focus on bar, entertainment
December 9, 2003
It’s the end of an era for Paradise Cafe, a downtown Lawrence landmark. The restaurant at 728 Mass. is no longer serving food, Schuyler Lister, an investor and manager of daily operations, said Monday. The focus now will be on the bar and entertainment aspect of the business, he said.
Self: KU ‘needed a wake-up call’
December 9, 2003
Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self was 20 minutes late for his weekly radio show Monday night and had to field fans’ calls on his cell phone as he scurried from Allen Fieldhouse to a local restaurant. “Believe it or not, we had some things to work on,” quipped Self, whose squad practiced for more than three hours in response to Saturday’s 64-58 loss to Stanford in Anaheim, Calif.
Teams plotting, waiting for winter meetings
December 9, 2003
Anaheim closed in on Bartolo Colon, Nomar Garciaparra expressed dismay at Boston’s talks to acquire Alex Rodriguez, and Kazuo Matsui arrived in New York Monday to complete his deal with the Mets.
Aleen Fay Edwards
December 9, 2003
Glen V. Wilson
December 9, 2003
Diversions
December 9, 2003
¢ J-W teen board meeting ¢ Turn in your poems ¢ Kids ski safer than adults
Radio airs bribe allegations linked to bill
December 9, 2003
Rep. Nick Smith told a Michigan radio station last week he was promised $100,000 for his son’s congressional campaign if he would vote for the Medicare bill, a contention he later said was “technically incorrect.”
Largest postwar attack on Taliban launched
December 9, 2003
The U.S. military launched its largest postwar offensive against Taliban and al-Qaida insurgents Monday, sending 2,000 soldiers into a lawless swath of Afghanistan to put down a wave of attacks.
Commissioners pony up for parking fines
McElhaney kicks in 77 percent, Jones 100 percent for interest
December 9, 2003
Two Douglas County commissioners have reimbursed the county for the cost of covering their parking fines while on county business. Commissioners Jere McElhaney and Charles Jones even paid interest.
Flu vaccine runs out
More doses expected Wednesday
December 9, 2003
There was no place in Lawrence to get a flu shot Monday afternoon. The last available doses of vaccine were administered Monday morning at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, but officials were confident that as many as 700 doses would be on hand by Wednesday despite a national shortage.
Orlando rocks Phoenix
Magic celebrate end to 19-game losing skid
December 9, 2003
The Orlando Magic turned up their game — and the volume.
People
December 9, 2003
¢ Ozzy Osbourne has surgery for ATV accident injuries ¢ George Clinton charged with cocaine possession ¢ Author Frame has cancer ¢ No plans to visit Dave
Low inflation expected to prevent Fed from raising interest rates
December 9, 2003
Inflation, long the bane of the U.S. economy, has fallen so low that federal policy-makers are actually implying that more inflation would be a good thing.
Florida newest No. 1 in AP poll
Gators third team in three weeks to occupy top spot
December 9, 2003
Three weeks, three Number Ones. Florida moved into the top spot in the Associated Press college basketball poll Monday, the third straight week there has been a new No. 1 team.
City briefs
December 9, 2003
¢ Suspect arrested on charges of rape ¢ Phone, ATM outages caused by cut cable ¢ KU student treated after car hits tree ¢ Suspect arrested after library exposure ¢ Two suspects charged in armed robbery ¢ Past VFW commander to visit Lawrence
In the halls
December 9, 2003
What is a good holiday gift for parents?
All they want, don’t want for Christmas
CDs, concert tickets, cash top wish list
December 9, 2003
The holidays are here, and every child has a wish list. According to many Lawrence students, money and gift certificates are on the top of their lists. “Most people want money so they can buy whatever they want,” said Caitlin Donnelly, Free State High School junior.
State high court weighs liquor laws
December 9, 2003
Cities can make local ordinances that are more strict than state law, but they don’t have the right to make them less restrictive, a state attorney told the Kansas Supreme Court on Monday.
Protesters cleared of four charges
Judge: City evidence fell ‘woefully short’ of proof
December 9, 2003
A judge has cleared a group of protesters of all but one of the five charges against them stemming from a July 21 protest outside a Dole Institute of Politics dedication event.
Snow forecast for region during expected storm
December 9, 2003
After a couple of false starts earlier this fall, Lawrence may actually see some measurable snow on the ground by this time Wednesday.
Young hunter encounters big cat
12-year-old reports mountain lion in Douglas County
December 9, 2003
When 12-year-old Anthony Capra crept out into the early morning darkness Saturday with his Winchester lever-action 30-30 rifle, he was hoping to shoot a deer. But the 4-foot-8, 75-pound sixth-grader got more than he bargained for — he says he ended up taking a couple of shots at a full-grown mountain lion.
County backs search for industrial land
List of potential sites expected in May
December 9, 2003
After years of thinking and months of planning, Douglas County commissioners are anxious to start window shopping for places to open new business parks.
Sports priorities
December 9, 2003
Tribal lands
December 9, 2003
Crime hurts Latin America
December 9, 2003
Here’s an idea to speed up Latin America’s development, reduce poverty and make everybody happier: redirect some of the foreign aid to the region into programs that fight street crime.
Comparing political calendars
December 9, 2003
Two top public officials went to Iraq in the last two weeks. One was President Bush. He was cheered by troops who expressed what appeared to be genuine affection for him. The other was Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. She found it difficult to locate soldiers wanting to dine with her, according to some press reports.
Lawrence builders mark monthly record
Construction total for 2003 tops 2002
December 9, 2003
Boosted by a northwest Lawrence residential development, the city issued permits for construction valued at $29.3 million during November. It was the highest total recorded in November, and the second-highest monthly total of 2003.
Commodities
December 9, 2003
Father charged in death of second daughter
December 9, 2003
A Lee’s Summit man already accused of smothering one of his daughters has been charged in the earlier death of another young daughter, the Jackson County prosecutor announced Monday.
Congressman plans to resign
S.D. representative convicted of manslaughter in car wreck
December 9, 2003
Rep. Bill Janklow, a dominating figure in South Dakota politics for nearly 30 years, was convicted of manslaughter Monday for speeding through a stop sign at a rural intersection and colliding with a motorcyclist.
Bush signs landmark Medicare legislation
December 9, 2003
President Bush signed a new prescription drug benefit into law Monday as part of historic Medicare changes that also will confront seniors with numerous, sometimes-difficult choices on their health care coverage.
District faces competition for charter school money
December 9, 2003
An online school under development by the Lawrence school district faces stiff competition for $8 million in state grants available to new charter schools in Kansas.
City says Wal-Mart permit rejection legal
New court filing defends Board of Zoning Appeals decision
December 9, 2003
The rejection of building permits for a planned development at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive that would include a new Wal-Mart was fair and legal, the city said in response to lawsuits filed in the case.
State & local briefs
December 9, 2003
¢ Salina senator named affairs panel chairman ¢ Engineering conference registration opens ¢ Credit counseling group sets open house
House approves billions in spending
Bill packed with hometown projects
December 9, 2003
The House approved a $373 billion spending package Monday detailing how nearly every domestic agency will spend its money this year and delivering wins to President Bush on overtime pay, media ownership and other fights.
Bill would benefit Lawrence Municipal Airport
December 9, 2003
The House approved federal funding Monday for improvements to the Lawrence Transit System and Lawrence Municipal Airport.
Huff sparkles in Lions’ rout
LHS girls thump K.C. Washington, 61-34
December 9, 2003
Perhaps Lawrence High’s fans thought they saw Drew Huff’s breakthrough performance when she scored a team-high 11 points Thursday against defending state runner-up Overland Park Aquinas. They were wrong.
Woodling: Rankings only vital in March
December 9, 2003
Item: Kansas University drops from the top to No. 5 in the Associated Press men’s basketball poll. Reaction: Break out the party hats. Crank up the music. Somebody buy doughnuts. It’s time to celebrate. If this were March, a five-slot drop in the poll would be meaningful. But this is December, and the polls mean about as much as the New Hampshire primary and the Iowa caucuses.
Lopsided loss unnerves Kansas City
Broncos’ rout makes playoff-bound Chiefs realize they still have big weaknesses
December 9, 2003
The Kansas City Chiefs are doing something mighty strange for a team that just clinched its first playoff berth in eight years. They’re ducking the media.
Jayhawks land another O-line commitment
December 9, 2003
Kansas University’s football recruiting class grew this weekend when Chaffey College offensive lineman Alan Erving gave KU an oral commitment. Erving (6-foot-5, 300 pounds) also had offers from Fresno State, Boise State and San Diego State, which he planned to visit this weekend.
Royals re-sign Grimsley, lose Tucker to Giants
Mayne can’t reach agreement with K.C.
December 9, 2003
Jason Grimsley, Kansas City’s bullpen workhorse the last three years, will be back next season, but outfielder Michael Tucker is gone again, signing with the San Francisco Giants in a deal that brings Kansas City a high draft choice.
Texas Tech women earn easy win
Trio of Cornhuskers lead Nebraska men to 68-39 victory over Delaware State
December 9, 2003
Texas Tech validated its highest ranking in eight years with a lopsided victory over Pacific.
Stoops: Sooners deserve to be in Sugar Bowl
December 9, 2003
The people’s choice to be in the Sugar Bowl won’t be in New Orleans. The computers’ pick will — and that’s good enough for Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops.
Beleaguered BCS has plenty of options
Most popular alteration of system would be to add post-bowl title game
December 9, 2003
The best team in the land? Nobody will know for sure this season. What if the winner of the Rose Bowl could play the winner of the Sugar Bowl a week after those big games? Oklahoma vs. Southern California would be a dandy. So would LSU vs. USC.
O’Leary earns second chance
Central Florida hires coach despite Notre Dame debacle
December 9, 2003
George O’Leary gets tired of talking about his past — the falsified resume, the disgrace of resigning two years ago from a coveted job at Notre Dame.
Here’s what not to get
December 9, 2003
Most students can list things they want for Christmas. How about what they don’t want? Here are some gifts to avoid, according to students in Lawrence.
East Timor
December 9, 2003
Eudora wins; BHS falls
Cards clip K.C. Ward; Highland Park rips Baldwin
December 9, 2003
Eudora High’s boys basketball coach Scott Stein is about as intense as they come. There definitely was no shortage of vocal instruction from Stein Monday night when his team opened the Cardinals Invitational with a 41-37 victory over Kansas City Ward at the new Eudora High gym.
Where are they now?
December 9, 2003
D.J. Watkins
Rams’ defense steps up
St. Louis secures NFC playoff berth with 26-20 win over Cleveland
December 9, 2003
The St. Louis Rams are going back to the playoffs, and their high-potent offense didn’t have much to do with it.
Portis evolving into elite back
December 9, 2003
Clinton Portis strutted down the sideline, turned and flexed his muscles for the crowd and flashed a large gold belt that declared him the “Heavyweight running back of the world.”
6News video: Flu vaccine demand high
December 9, 2003
A nationwide flu vaccine shortage has increased local demand, leaving Lawrence without any flu shots to administer until a new shipment arrives Wednesday.
Ridiculous salary
December 9, 2003
6News video: Patrol members alert for terrorist activity
December 9, 2003
Topekan Robert Lee Horton has helped found a national agency to watch for suspicious activity.
6News video: Winter weather on the way
December 9, 2003
A winter storm advisory has been issued for Douglas County, and most of the state should expect snowfall Tuesday night into Wednesday.
6News video: Judge clears protesters of most charges
December 9, 2003
Four of the five charges against protesters at a Dole Institution dedication event in July have been cleared.
6News video: Hunter reports mountain lion sighting
December 9, 2003
Anthony Capra, 12, was looking for a deer on Saturday morning when he came across a mountain lion instead.
6Sports video: Lions cruise to win over Wildcats
December 9, 2003
The Lawrence High girls earn their first win of the season easily against K.C. Washington.
6Sports video: Carninals advance in home invitational
December 9, 2003
Eudora defeated K.C. Ward to earn a date with Highland Park tonight for the championship.
6Sports video: Jayhawks claim Classic title
December 9, 2003
Weekend victories over Cal State Fullerton and Texas-El Paso left Kansas with its first Jayhawk Classic crown.
6Sports video: ‘Hawks ready for Orlando fun
December 9, 2003
All work and no play make for dull Jayhawks, so the team is getting ready to take on Disney World.
6Sports video: Kansas tumbles in California outing
December 9, 2003
A loss to Stanford featuring some poor outside shooting drops the Jayhawks to No. 5 in the Associated Press poll.
City briefs
December 9, 2003
¢ Big Brothers Big Sisters sets gingerbread auction ¢ Burglars strike Moore’s office, steal laptops ¢ Committee seeks name for 150th birthday plaza ¢ Kansans urged to check on charities before giving ¢ KBI still investigating deputy suspected of theft
Veteran forms national patrol to look out for suspicious activity
December 9, 2003
A Topeka man is working to build a nationwide volunteer organization of anti-terrorist tipsters to serve as the eyes and ears of law enforcement. Motivated by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Robert Lee Horton, 54, recently helped found what he calls the U.S. National Patrol.
Peanuts’ gang, Rudolph grace tonight’s holiday offerings
December 9, 2003
Two networks square off with Christmas specials old and new. For more than 35 years, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” has been among the most beloved of TV traditions. ABC tempts fate with a brand-new Peanuts holiday offering, “I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown” (7 p.m., ABC).
Horoscopes
December 9, 2003
Paul Richard Anderson
December 9, 2003
K-State professor develops tiny nuclear-detecting device
December 9, 2003
Suppose some terrorist smuggles key components for making a nuclear weapon into the country and is riding around with them in the trunk of his car. What are the odds of it being discovered?
Cause celeb: Famous expect ‘gifts’ for charitable appearances
December 9, 2003
Almost any night of the week around Los Angeles, one charity or another has a glitzy fund-raising benefit, backed by a Hollywood star. But many celebrities appear at these events not solely out of the goodness of their hearts. They come to line their pockets.
Unfunded mandate challenges schools
$1.6 million needed to administer computerized tests
December 9, 2003
The Lawrence school district needs $1.6 million to meet a state mandate that annual student assessments in reading and math be taken on a computer, officials said Monday. “We’re going to have to find the resources to get this done,” Supt. Randy Weseman told the school board. “There is no option.”
Gore to endorse Dean’s presidential campaign
December 9, 2003
Former Vice President Al Gore will endorse Howard Dean for the Democratic presidential nomination today, a move that could tighten Dean’s grip on the front-runner’s position and win more support from wary party elite.
On the record
December 9, 2003
Join the Helloworld project
December 9, 2003
Tongie girls trip Heights
December 9, 2003
Addie Heim scored 18 points, and Sarah Holliday added 11 as Tonganoxie High opened its girls basketball season with a 56-46 victory Monday over Central Heights in the opening round of the Anderson County tournament.
Congress OKs national anti-spam bill
December 9, 2003
Congress on Monday approved the first national effort to stem the flood of unwanted e-mail pitches offering prescription drugs, cheap loans and other come-ons.
Pearl Harbor victim buried
December 9, 2003
Sixty-two years to the day after he and more than 2,200 Americans died in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the remains of a sailor from Missouri were laid to rest Sunday in his hometown.
Safety service
There’s no reason to delay approval of a fee to fund additional emergency services for cell-phone users.
December 9, 2003
Providing enhanced 911 (E-911) service for wireless telephone customers is a statewide issue that should be addressed with state legislation.
NATO has duty to help stabilize Iraq
December 9, 2003
When terrorists stole global security on Sept. 11, it was hardly grinches’ work. No chance existed for the miscreants to repent or learn to coexist with the society that they despised, demonized and sought to disrupt.