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Police investigating report of bank robbery in west Lawrence
December 10, 2003
(Updated Wednesday at 5:49 p.m.) Shortly after 10 a.m., Lawrence police were investigating the report of a possible robbery at University National Bank, 1400 Kasold.
Slick roads lead to fender-benders for area drivers
December 10, 2003
(Web Posted Wednesday at 10:36 a.m.) Drivers slipped and slid on snow-packed and icy roads Tuesday night and this morning, leading to fender-benders and a rollover wreck about 2 a.m. at Baldwin Junction that sent one person to the hospital. For the most part, though, police throughout the area were preoccupied with one task — helping drivers who slid off the road and got stuck.
Winter storm leads to some school cancellations
December 10, 2003
(Updated Wednesday at 7:05 a.m.) The storm system that brought from one to three inches of sleet and snow to the Lawrence area has led to class cancellations at some schools in the Lawrence area.Bishop Seabury Academy in Lawrence and Eudora, Baldwin, McLouth, DeSoto, Wellsville, Tonganoxie, Basehor-Linwood and Santa Fe Trail school districts have decided to cancel classes. Lawrence’s public schools and Kansas University are holding classes today.
France, Germany cut from Iraq contracts
Anti-war nations denied profitable rebuilding
December 10, 2003
The Pentagon will bar companies from France, Germany, Russia and other countries that opposed the war in Iraq from bidding on $18.6 billion in prime contracts for reconstruction of the country, according to a memo released Tuesday.
Gore endorsement overshadows debate
Democrats say Dean hasn’t won yet
December 10, 2003
Eight Democratic presidential contenders on Tuesday strongly disputed that Howard Dean was the party’s best chance for beating President Bush, or that former Vice President Al Gore’s endorsement of the front-runner would seal the nomination.
Recipe, gift-giving ideas to help celebrate Christmas
December 10, 2003
Do you have a quick-and-easy punch to serve at a holiday party? When I am needing a mix-and-serve punch, I chill a 46-ounce bottle of unsweetened pineapple juice and one 2-liter bottle of cherry 7UP.
Drawing the line on religion
December 10, 2003
The government’s slide into all things religious didn’t begin with Joshua Davey’s battle to get a state scholarship to study theology and become a minister. But his case may well become the avalanche that forces all states to provide taxpayer-financed vouchers for religious schools.
Holiday recipes from area chefs
December 10, 2003
These holiday recipes were provided by area chefs from the Lawrence area.
Holiday treasures
Area chefs share dishes that receive rave reviews
December 10, 2003
If you think you’re stressed out by the prospect of cooking for family and friends during the holidays, consider Liz Karr’s situation. Karr, of Liz Karr Catering, 512 E. Ninth St., has worked in the restaurant, food and catering fields for 30 years and has had her own successful catering business for the past 10 years. This time of year is her busiest.
Group aims to fight industrial park
Rural Lawrence residents creating petition to oppose rezoning effort
December 10, 2003
A proposed industrial park west of Lawrence is drawing organized opposition from neighbors concerned the development could harm property values and increase traffic in the area.
Schwarzenegger won’t investigate harassment claims
December 10, 2003
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has crowed about campaign promises kept in his first days in office, will leave one pledge unfulfilled: a probe into claims that he groped numerous women over a 20-year movie career.
Margheim services
December 10, 2003
Pretty good storm’ hits statewide
December 10, 2003
Winter sent a calling card Tuesday, hitting Kansas and the Plains states with heavy, wet snow, strong winds and even thunder.
Notes
December 10, 2003
Ryun criticism misses mark
December 10, 2003
Congressman Jim Ryun is a great athlete and a great Kansan. Last week, it was reported that he was sponsoring a congressional resolution expressing disapproval of recent cases decided by the Supreme Court of the United States. His disapproval is not limited to the findings in these cases. Instead, Congressman Ryun disapproves of the way the Supreme Court decided those cases.
Bush urges Taiwan to drop vote on independence
December 10, 2003
President Bush, emerging from a White House meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, warned Taiwan on Tuesday in unusually blunt terms to drop its plans for a voter referendum that China views as a step toward the island proclaiming its independence.
People
December 10, 2003
¢ Campbell pleads not guilty to aggravated assault charge ¢ Eminem lyrics get Secret Service’s notice ¢ Osbourne recovering from surgery ¢ First a baby, maybe a wedding
City briefs
December 10, 2003
¢ Filmmaker Moore won’t speak at KU ¢ Police report no arrests in brawl at Burge Union ¢ 1960s Lawrence topics highlight ‘River City’
City briefs
December 10, 2003
¢ Police investigate reports of gunshots ¢ District to consider school calendar options ¢ Free State student suspended after threats ¢ University sets exams
Medical privacy
December 10, 2003
Don’t miss final Trista-Ryan wedding circus
December 10, 2003
ABC has done a workmanlike job of squeezing four additional hours of programming out of the Trista and Ryan affair. They promise that after tonight’s two-hour special, “Trista and Ryan’s Wedding” (8 p.m., ABC), the torture will end.
6News video: Wednesday’s forecast
December 10, 2003
Precipitation totals and the forecast for Douglas County, as of 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Briefly
December 10, 2003
¢ California Democrats await mayoral race results ¢ Supreme Court urged to soften Miranda warning ¢ Former senator dies day after heart surgery
First charges filed in nightclub fire
December 10, 2003
The owners of the nightclub where 100 people were killed in a February fire were indicted on involuntary manslaughter charges Tuesday along with the tour manager for the heavy metal band whose pyrotechnics sparked the blaze.
Chiefs busy trying to repair porous defense
K.C. has clinched playoff spot, but sense of accomplishment ‘diminished’
December 10, 2003
The Kansas City Chiefs have three games left in the regular season, three games in which to shore up a porous run defense that seems unlikely to carry the team very deep into the playoffs.
Lab confirms droppings belong to mountain lion
December 10, 2003
Now there’s scientific proof. 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.
Jayhawks seek ‘chemistry’ for Fort Hays visit
December 10, 2003
In no hurry to leave the gym after a productive three-hour practice, Kansas University basketball players Aaron Miles and J.R. Giddens wrestled playfully against a wall Tuesday afternoon at Horejsi Center.
N.C. State getting healthy
McLendon back for bowl
December 10, 2003
Kansas University’s defense will have more to worry about than just quarterback Philip Rivers when the Jayhawks meet North Carolina State Dec. 22 in the Tangerine Bowl.
Kansas School for the Deaf deals Seabury fourth straight loss
December 10, 2003
After four same-old, same-olds, Seabury Academy boys basketball coach Marcus Heckman is challenging his players to step it up a little bit. “This is our fourth game, and our MO is the same,” Heckman said. “We assume everything’s going to work out. We assume that we’re just going to happen to win the game.”
Eudora boys falter late, fall to Hi Park
Baldwin shrugs off slow start, runs away from Kansas City Ward, 62-44
December 10, 2003
The roads weren’t the only slick things in Eudora Tuesday night. So was the ball for Eudora High’s boys basketball team late in the fourth quarter against Topeka Highland Park.
Horoscopes
December 10, 2003
Photographer asks for museum plans before giving items
December 10, 2003
World-renowned photographer Gordon Parks is urging city officials to hurry up and finalize plans for a new black heritage museum that would house some of his works.
Woodling: Big 12 awards you might not know about
December 10, 2003
Reflections on the Big 12 Conference football season while wondering if Colorado fans are bumming or beaming after the Buffaloes failed to qualify for the Fort Worth Bowl. …
Briefly
December 10, 2003
¢ Hostages’ relatives take over cathedral ¢ Red Cross requests $716 million for ‘04
Cheese ideal for parties
December 10, 2003
Entertaining guests calls for a variety of styles of providing refreshments. The cheese platter can fill a useful role and a welcome one, easily put together.
Technology test
State officials complain about unfunded federal mandates, but increasingly states are using the same tactic by giving local governments new tasks without the funds to perform them.
December 10, 2003
The state got it half right when it decided to require Kansas students to use computers to take annual tests in reading and math.
Candidates waffling on trade issues
December 10, 2003
The distance the current Democratic presidential contenders have strayed from the Clinton formula for winning the White House became startlingly clear last week with their reaction to President Bush’s decision to remove the tariffs on imported steel he had imposed 21 months before.
Jayni stirs up Spanish tapas
December 10, 2003
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Making Spanish Tapas with Aurora Shields.”
No safe road
December 10, 2003
Money alert
December 10, 2003
Mother charged with killing newborn
December 10, 2003
A Geuda Springs woman has been charged in Sumner County with first-degree murder in the death of her newborn child.
Norton County argues for stricter laws on large livestock operations
December 10, 2003
In a closely watched case, the Kansas Supreme Court will consider whether counties can impose stricter rules than the state on large hog farms and other confined feeding operations.
Daily ticker
December 10, 2003
Fed leaves rates, sees improving economy
December 10, 2003
The Federal Reserve left a key interest rate at a 45-year low on Tuesday and pledged anew to keep rates down for a “considerable period.”
Yellow, Roadway merger advances
Shareholders approve $1 billion acquisition
December 10, 2003
Yellow Corp.’s acquisition of Roadway Corp. moved a step closer Tuesday as shareholders of both trucking companies OK’d the cash-and-stock deal valued at $1.05 billion.
Vital vitamin?
December 10, 2003
Commodities
December 10, 2003
Briefcase
December 10, 2003
¢ Sprint adds to board ¢ SBC to slash work force ¢ Kroger earnings fall
U.S. rejects N. Korea’s nuclear plan
December 10, 2003
North Korea announced Tuesday it would freeze its nuclear weapons projects in return for the United States providing energy aid and removing Pyongyang from a list of countries that sponsor terrorism. President Bush rejected the offer.
Memo cleared Jackson of abuse
Child welfare found no wrongdoing
December 10, 2003
Child welfare investigators earlier this year found there was no basis for allegations that Michael Jackson had abused the boy now accusing him of molestation, according to a confidential memo.
Film takes lively look at Emily Dickinson
December 10, 2003
For those with perhaps a grade school exposure to Emily Dickinson or a wariness about poetry, “Loaded Gun: Life, and Death, and Dickinson” is comfortably akin to Cliffs Notes.
Postal rates to remain same until ‘06
December 10, 2003
The Postal Service reported a $3.9 billion surplus for 2003 despite declining mail volume, and officials renewed their pledge to keep rates steady until 2006.
Couch steps back into Browns’ future
December 10, 2003
Tim Couch fell just short in his bid to rally the Cleveland Browns to victory. However, he may have started his own comeback.
NFL issues guidelines for minority interviewing
December 10, 2003
Three weeks before its next round of coaching hirings, the NFL wants to make sure its teams adhere to the minority hiring guidelines it set last season.
City stands ground on water rights
Commissioners pledge to fight attempt to reduce holdings in Clinton Lake
December 10, 2003
Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday pledged strong opposition to an attempt to reduce the city’s rights to water at Clinton Lake.
New day, overnight shelters bring homeless in from the cold
December 10, 2003
Tuesday’s cold and precipitation made the streets of Lawrence a bad place to be. Two new shelters made sure the city’s homeless had someplace to go. The Lawrence Open Shelter, 944 Ky., which serves intoxicated guests not allowed at the city-supported Salvation Army shelter, opened Monday night in the rear of the Community Drop-In Center, 214 W. 10th St. Warm Hands shelter, an afternoon shelter at Victory Bible Church, 1942 Mass., opened Sunday afternoon.
Retrial opens in 1999 beating, robbery case
December 10, 2003
Who is telling the truth and when did they tell it? A Jefferson County jury will have to unravel a multitude of conflicting statements this week as a Lawrence man goes to trial for the second time in three years for his alleged role in the beating and robbery of an elderly Perry man.
Shanghai moves to bar bicycle use
December 10, 2003
Bicycles were kings of the road in Shanghai for decades, transporting young and old, lofty and lowly, through the city’s streets and markets.
K.C. adds Stairs, Sullivan
Royals close to signing catcher Santiago
December 10, 2003
The Kansas City Royals added a pair of free agents Tuesday, agreeing to a $5 million, two-year contract with reliever Scott Sullivan and a $1 million, one-year deal with outfielder Matt Stairs.
Clemons says he was paid
Missouri assistant coaches gave money to players, according to ex-Tiger
December 10, 2003
Former Missouri basketball player Ricky Clemons said in taped jail telephone conversations that two assistant coaches gave money to him and other players, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported on its Web site late Tuesday night.
Young Kracl steps up to propel Eudora girls
December 10, 2003
With big sister Lauren Kracl home fighting the flu, Erin Kracl collected 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Eudora High to a 53-36 girls basketball rout of Kansas City Turner Tuesday in the consolation bracket of the Paola Invitational.
Wuertz powers Central Heights past Tonganoxie
December 10, 2003
Central Heights’ Vinnie Wuertz torched Tonganoxie High for 31 points, and the Vikings rallied for a 55-51 boys basketball victory Tuesday in the Heights tournament.
Ottawa U’s Ward tapped for all-star game
December 10, 2003
Ottawa University running back Derrick Ward has been selected to play in the Blue-Gray All-Star Classic on Christmas Day in Troy, Ala.
Simmons not satisfied
Sophomore receiver vows to work harder
December 10, 2003
By appearance alone, Kansas University’s Mark Simmons seems pretty average for a college football wide receiver. The DeSoto, Texas, native is 5-foot-11. Pretty average. He’s a slim but strong 175 pounds. Also pretty average. Statistically, however, Simmons would like to think he’s an above-average receiver. He’d like to think his numbers have earned him a place among the best in the Big 12 Conference.
KU’s Simien questionable
December 10, 2003
Wayne Simien practiced on a limited basis for the second straight day Tuesday and is questionable for tonight’s KU-Fort Hays State game.
Anderson services
December 10, 2003
Crop-judging team wins fifth in a row
Kansas State keeps national title
December 10, 2003
If you’re looking for a Kansas State University national championship title, look no further than its crop-judging team, which just won a fifth consecutive national trophy.
No. 9 Arizona tops No. 6 Texas
December 10, 2003
Lute Olson and Hassan Adams made Arizona’s latest win sound so simple.
CU clips Huskies
December 10, 2003
Tera Bjorklund had 26 points and 11 rebounds, and Kate Fagan added 19 points as No. 17 Colorado defeated previously unbeaten Washington, 78-64, Tuesday night. Bjorklund connected on 11 of 17 shots for Colorado (7-1). Reserve Amber Metoyer added 16 points as CU won its fourth straight game.
6News video: Wintry mix blows into Lawrence
December 10, 2003
A storm blanketed most of Kansas Tuesday evening, leaving treacherous travel and school closings in its wake.
6News video: New shelters for homeless open
December 10, 2003
The Warm Hands shelter and the Lawrence Open Shelter both opened recently, offering a place for the homeless to go in the afternoons and overnight.
Butler County sheriff resigns for Army duty
December 10, 2003
Butler County Sheriff Stan Cox resigned Monday because has been called to active duty as a member of the U.S. Army Reserve.
6News video: Grinch grabs holiday decorations
December 10, 2003
Some Lawrence families have woken up to find that their Christmas decorations have been stolen from their front yards.
6Sports video: LHS wrestling splits at home
December 10, 2003
The Lions lost to Blue Valley, 45-27, in their home triangular, but defeated Olathe North 39-28.
6Sports video: Seabury boys fall to KSD
December 10, 2003
The Seahawks are still looking for their first victory in their new gym as the Kansas School for the Deaf rally for a 41-38 victory.
6Sports video: Padgett cooler in regular-season play
December 10, 2003
An exhibition-season hot streak has cooled slightly for freshman David Padgett, who is now adjusting his game.
6Sports video: QB shootout on the horizon
December 10, 2003
Phillip Rivers and Bill Whittemore are two of the top college quarterbacks in the nation, with very different styles.
6Sports video: Simien questionable for FHSU game
December 10, 2003
A slightly strained groin muscle has placed Wayne Simien on the questionable list for tonight’s matchup with Fort Hays.
Attorney: Peer pressure played role in beating case
December 10, 2003
Extreme peer pressure caused 21-year-old James A. Keezer to join in the beating and stabbing of another man during a March 10 attack in North Lawrence, Keezer’s attorney argued Tuesday in the opening statement of a trial.
Board rejects proposed land swap
December 10, 2003
The Lawrence school board isn’t paving the way for a housing development north of Free State High School. The board on Monday dismissed Peridian Group Vice President Mike Keeney’s “win-win” plan for a land swap that would permit construction of a street to serve the proposed development. Without the district’s cooperation in reaching the landlocked site, he can’t move ahead on the project.
Company battles pop-up Internet ad lawsuit
December 10, 2003
Those flashy pop-up ads that annoy millions of Internet users each day are getting a legal test, thanks to a pair of 20-year-old college students challenging the government’s effort to regulate the advertisements.
Winter arrives early with icy rain, snow
Slippery mix coats roads, snarls traffic on city’s hills
December 10, 2003
The first major winter storm of the year struck the Lawrence area Tuesday, bringing with it daytime heavy rain followed by evening sleet and snow as temperatures plummeted. The sleet turned to snow shortly before 8 p.m., driven by wind gusts that topped 40 mph. Snow measuring about 3 inches was expected to have fallen by 3 a.m. today, 6News forecaster Ross Janssen said. Temperatures this morning were expected to be in the lower 20s.
State jobless fund failing
Unemployment taxes may be increased to ensure solvency
December 10, 2003
The state’s unemployment fund is teetering on insolvency, with officials predicting bankruptcy as soon as 2005 if employers aren’t soon taxed to beef up the source of benefits for Kansas’ laid-off workers. But business managers and owners aren’t keen on the proposed solution to the problem.
Flu vaccine shipment M.I.A.
Distributor cancels order; department’s nationwide search comes up empty
December 10, 2003
It may be too late in Lawrence to be vaccinated against the flu. Despite earlier assurances, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department said Tuesday it wouldn’t be getting an expected shipment of 600 vaccination doses today.
Correction
December 10, 2003
Robert Lee Horton, the Topeka man who helped found a group dedicated to alerting police to suspicious activity, was elected by group members to his leadership role of National Commanding General. Also, Horton’s group, the U.S. National Patrol, has invited Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline to speak at its first annual national meeting.
On the record
December 10, 2003
Lawrence Eugene Wood
December 10, 2003
FHSU to work hard for money tonight
Guarantee good for athletic program, but Fort Hays State all but expects loss
December 10, 2003
There are at least 30,000 reasons Fort Hays State plays Kansas University every other year in men’s basketball. “It is something we need,” FHSU coach Mark Johnson said of the $30,000 guarantee money, which helps support the entire athletic program at the NCAA Div. II school. “We are thankful to KU for the opportunity to play.”
Retirees still share Westar concerns
Former employees voice interest in whether company will recover money
December 10, 2003
Bill Bosze has paid extra-close attention to the federal charges accusing a pair of former Westar Energy Inc. executives of looting the utility company. “I put in 37 years — all of them at the Lawrence power plant,” said Bosze, who’ll turn 85 in a couple of weeks.
Romeo Longo
December 10, 2003
Suicide bomber strikes in Moscow, kills five
December 10, 2003
A suicide bomber who may have intended to attack Russia’s parliament blew herself up outside a nearby upscale hotel across from Red Square on Tuesday, killing five people and sparking fears of a new wave of terror attacks in the Russian capital.
Dozens of U.S. troops injured in separate attacks
December 10, 2003
Suicide bombers, one in a car and another on foot, blew themselves up at the gates of two U.S. military bases on Tuesday, wounding 61 American soldiers but failing to inflict deadly casualties on the scale of recent attacks in Iraq.
Friars take fight out of No. 14 Illini
Providence’s 2-3 zone defense hampers Illinois in 70-51 win
December 10, 2003
Providence has been playing zone defense for years under coach Tim Welsh. The Friars never played as well as they did Tuesday night.
Chocolate Santas bury past favorites
December 10, 2003
Way back in the olden days — which for my purposes date at least to my mother’s childhood in the 1920s — holiday confections looked a whole lot different than they do now.
Lions tumble to Blue Valley, top O-North in home debut
December 10, 2003
Lawrence High wrestling coach Mark Dulgarian said he didn’t really know what to expect from his young team heading into Tuesday night’s home-opening triangular against Blue Valley and Olathe North.