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State health officials urge flu vaccine redistribution
December 11, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 11:53 a.m.) TOPEKA — State health officials today announced that Kansas was experiencing a widespread outbreak of influenza and urged physicians to target dwindling supplies of vaccine to people at the highest risk of severe complications from the illness.
Long-time county clerk won’t seek re-election
December 11, 2003
(Web Posted Thursday at 11:25 a.m.) Douglas County Clerk Patty Jaimes said today she would not seek re-election in 2004.
6News video: Still no flu vaccines
December 11, 2003
While the Health Department waits to receive more vaccine, preventive care is recommended.
AD ready to hire new coach
Frangoulis’ replacement could be named next week
December 11, 2003
Baker University is moving steadily toward hiring a new football coach.
Briefly
December 11, 2003
¢ FDA clears way for U.S. sales of GloFish ¢ Grad student discovers record prime number ¢ Withheld evidence jeopardizes terror case ¢ Elected billionaire opposes immigration
People
December 11, 2003
¢ Costello, Krall wed ¢ More wedding bells ¢ Diggs gets ‘Wicked’ ¢ Kressley pens fashion book
Officials still seeking flu vaccine
December 11, 2003
State health officials were scrambling Wednesday to find doses of flu vaccine for the most vulnerable Kansans. The Douglas County Health Department, which exhausted its supply Monday morning, also was looking.
Survivor’ kicks into final four mode
December 11, 2003
Only two nights and five finalists remain on “Survivor: Pearl Islands” (7 p.m., CBS). Five will become four tonight before Sunday’s two-hour finale. One could go broke trying to predict the outcome of these contrived shenanigans, but it’s a safe bet that Jon, the obnoxious art consultant, will not be eliminated tonight. Everybody wants him to face the jury of his ticked-off peers when it comes down to the big vote.
Teen’s murder conviction thrown out
December 11, 2003
An appeals court Wednesday threw out a boy’s conviction for beating a 6-year-old playmate to death in a case that focused attention on a Florida law that says child murderers must be locked away for life.
State studies expanded gambling
December 11, 2003
State officials have hired a leading gambling consultant to conduct a market research study on whether expanded gambling would be right for Kansas and how much money it could generate for the state.
AP taps Sooners’ White as player of the year
December 11, 2003
Jason White spent much of the night in darkness, staring at his bedroom ceiling, his swollen right knee slightly elevated.
U.S. backs away from contract claims
Bush assures angry nations he’ll ‘keep lines of communication open’
December 11, 2003
Facing outrage from Europe and Canada, the Bush administration Wednesday appeared to soften its decision to ban countries that did not support the war in Iraq from seeking $18.6 billion in prime contracts to rebuild the country. President Bush phoned the leaders of France, Germany and Russia and promised to “keep lines of communication open” to discuss which countries would be allowed to bid, a White House official said. Bush had placed the calls to urge them to help restructure Iraq’s massive debt, but that seemed less likely given the anger over the policy.
Our town sports
December 11, 2003
Treat Russia like a grown-up
December 11, 2003
It has an army, a stock market and a national bank. It has a seat on the U.N. Security Council, ambassadors in most world capitals and Olympic ice skaters. It has a flag, and quite a few satellites. So why can’t we treat Russia like a grown-up nation?
KU’s big men impress Tigers
December 11, 2003
No, this wasn’t the offensive machine Fort Hays State so solidly had been in the first four games.
MU leader won’t resign over Clemons
Floyd denies wrongdoing, calls involvement with ex-player a ‘nightmare,’ apologizes for wife
December 11, 2003
Reeling from revelations about his family’s dealings with troubled ex-basketball player Ricky Clemons, University of Missouri president Elson Floyd said Thursday he would not resign and regretted any hardship, pain or grief the situation has caused. Floyd, who became president of the four-campus system this past January, was in Kansas City for a previously scheduled meeting with the university’s Board of Curators.
Area briefs
December 11, 2003
¢ Lawrence student nominated for academy ¢ Music therapy prof wins life achievement award ¢ Christmas-light run planned for fund-raiser ¢ Candlelight vigil will honor troops
Stepson changes story, IDs relative
December 11, 2003
Tim James wanted his stepson and a friend to kidnap an elderly Perry man, “rough him up,” then steal money by using the victim’s bank card, a Jefferson County jury was told Wednesday.
Friends and neighbors
December 11, 2003
Free State heeds coach, rallies for first victory - FSHS boys 71, Park HIll (Mo.) 56
December 11, 2003
Free State High boy’s coach Jack Schreiner didn’t give a lot of insight into why his team returned to the court two minutes late from halftime, but he hinted that it had to something to do with extra defensive instruction.
Briefly
December 11, 2003
¢ Ten Commandments judge begins appeal ¢ Police chief resigns after being indicted ¢ Couple charged in children’s drownings
Edwina R. King
December 11, 2003
Connie L. Hedgepath
December 11, 2003
Bonnie June Walthall
December 11, 2003
Horoscopes
December 11, 2003
MU players deny Clemons’ allegations
December 11, 2003
Two Missouri basketball players denied Wednesday an allegation caught on a jailhouse recording by ousted teammate Ricky Clemons that they received cash from two assistant coaches.
Daily ticker
December 11, 2003
No. 1 bug hits Florida
Maryland latest to upend top team
December 11, 2003
Coach Gary Williams finally pushed his win total at Maryland from 299 to 300. That wasn’t the only number that will need adjusting after Wednesday night’s game.
Briefly
December 11, 2003
¢ Supreme Court halts execution over drug injection ¢ Pulitzer Prize-winner, journalist Robert Bartley dies ¢ New mayor named
KU motivated by early drills
December 11, 2003
Kansas University’s basketball players had extra incentive for Wednesday’s game against Fort Hays State.
6Sports video: Kansas looks good against Fort Hays State
December 11, 2003
The Jayhawks rolled over the Tigers to win, 80-40.
More Afghan children reported dead after U.S. attack
December 11, 2003
Six children were crushed to death by a collapsing wall during an assault by U.S. forces on a compound filled with weapons in eastern Afghanistan, a U.S. military spokesman said Wednesday, the second time in a week that civilians have died in action against Taliban and al-Qaida suspects.
Church, state
December 11, 2003
No comparison
December 11, 2003
42 apply for Topeka mayor job
December 11, 2003
Taking advantage of an unusual process, 42 people have applied to be the city’s next mayor, including a legislator, ex-city officials and a professional clown.
Honesty pays off well for former waitress
December 11, 2003
A waitress who received national attention for returning $3,300 to a customer last year said she still was sometimes astonished by the aftermath of her honest deed.
Boeing workers file petition against union
Action seeks to decertify company’s second-largest labor group in Wichita
December 11, 2003
Workers trying to decertify the second-largest union at Boeing Co.’s Wichita facility have filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board containing enough signatures to force a vote on the issue.
Reeves fired by Falcons
Phillips to take reins for rest of season
December 11, 2003
Dan Reeves was fired abruptly by the Atlanta Falcons Wednesday with three games left in a disappointing season marred by quarterback Michael Vick’s injury.
Condos pitched for research park
Planners to consider rezoning request
December 11, 2003
A west Lawrence area once envisioned as the future home of high-paying, high-tech firms is being proposed as the site for a condominium project. David Kimbrell, former chief executive of the defunct Oread Inc. pharmaceutical company, has proposed a 65-unit condominium project in the research park area near 15th Street and Wakarusa Drive.
Circuit City overhaul plan coming up short
Electronics store tries to catch up to Best Buy
December 11, 2003
Can Circuit City Stores Inc. catch a break? Industry observers yawned when the consumer electronics chain drew hordes of shoppers during the holiday season’s kickoff — Best Buy Co. Inc. had already surpassed Circuit City with a robust sales performance in the third quarter.
Freddie Mac settles misconduct allegations
December 11, 2003
Mortgage giant Freddie Mac has agreed to pay a $125 million civil fine to settle federal regulators’ allegations of management misconduct and directors’ complacency, blamed for the company’s $5 billion understatement of earnings that led to the ouster of four top executives.
Briefcase
December 11, 2003
¢ DaimlerChrysler leader blames media for lawsuit ¢ HealthSouth executives get reduced sentences ¢ Airbus monitors Boeing
Kansas to test power line
December 11, 2003
A California company will build a 21-mile experimental power transmission line in south-central Kansas that, if successful, could increase development of wind energy and improve the nation’s electric grid system, officials said Wednesday.
Rescue averts wintry tragedy
Police save diabetic who suffered attack as storm set in
December 11, 2003
A giant basket of chocolates arrived Wednesday at the Lawrence Police Department. It was a gift for officers and dispatchers who helped rescue a woman from a diabetic attack during Tuesday night’s winter storm. Kansas University senior Stephanie Bowlin, 22, was driving to her boyfriend’s house in east Lawrence about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when she took a wrong turn. A diabetic, Bowlin had just taken the insulin her body needs, but it had reacted too quickly — causing her blood-sugar level to drop dramatically.
New state cuts target 400 poor, disabled
Douglas County recipients among those affected
December 11, 2003
In three weeks, more than 400 poor and disabled Kansans will be dropped from state-funded welfare programs that provide cash assistance and access to basic health care. “Not exactly what you’d call a happy new year,” said Paul Johnson, director of the Public Assistance Coalition of Kansas, a church-sponsored group.
Justices uphold limits on political contributions
December 11, 2003
The Supreme Court Wednesday upheld key provisions of last year’s campaign finance overhaul law that seek to curb the influence of wealthy big-bucks contributors on the political system. The court ruled that Congress did not violate the Constitution when it enacted a ban on unlimited “soft money” donations to the political parties and placed strict restrictions on the financing of political TV commercials just before an election.
Beyonce wins 4 Billboard Music Awards
December 11, 2003
R&B and hip-hop dominated Wednesday’s 2003 Billboard Music Awards with sultry singer Beyonce Knowles and R. Kelly each earning four awards.
Some call ‘sex bracelet’ story hype
December 11, 2003
Orange, red, blue, black — they’re just thin, rubbery bracelets that come in a rainbow of colors, but they’re causing quite a stir.
Unlikely allies criticize Supreme Court ruling
NRA, ACLU among opponents of decision
December 11, 2003
It’s not every day the National Rifle Assn. and the American Civil Liberties Union are outraged by the same Supreme Court decision.
Longo services
December 11, 2003
Connie L. Dolifka
December 11, 2003
Frederick L. Thompson Jr.
December 11, 2003
Call to action
December 11, 2003
Cora V. Roth
December 11, 2003
Charley Black
December 11, 2003
Alice L. Alexander
December 11, 2003
K-State title sparks purple passion
December 11, 2003
Retailers say purple merchandise has been disappearing from store shelves since Kansas State won the Big 12 title over then-No. 1 Oklahoma and fans learned the Wildcats will play in the school’s first-ever Bowl Championship Series game.
6Sports video: Jayhawks practice for bowl game
December 11, 2003
The team is happy to keep practicing through December.
6Sports video: Volleyball standout Josi Lima honored
December 11, 2003
Sophomore Lima was named to the All Central Team.
6Sports video: Ricky Clemons levels accusations against Mizzou
December 11, 2003
Clemons made his comments during phone conversations.
6News video: Open schools cause controversy
December 11, 2003
After the snow on Tuesday night, parents and students wonder why the Lawrence school district chose to keep schools open on Wednesday. The district waited until the early hours of the morning to see the condition of city roads before making their decision.
6News video: Armed robber still being sought
December 11, 2003
The robber opened fire in the bank and ran away through the nearby neighborhood.
Lebanese say bomb attack against U.S. Embassy foiled
December 11, 2003
Lebanese authorities said they halted a bomb attack against the U.S. Embassy on Wednesday, arresting two men outside the compound, one of whom was carrying more than two pounds of explosives.
Iraq’s Health Ministry stops counting civilian dead
December 11, 2003
Iraq’s Health Ministry has ordered a halt to a count of civilians killed during the war and told its statistics department not to release figures compiled so far, the official who oversaw the count told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
No Simien no problem for KU - Kansas 80, Fort Hays State 40
Ailing junior watches KU rout Tigers
December 11, 2003
Wayne Simien, who had missed 27 games in his college basketball career, didn’t want to sit out No. 28 Wednesday night. In fact, Simien, Kansas University’s 6-foot-9, 250-pound junior forward who has a slightly strained groin, made his case for playing to coach Bill Self during a dinnertime chat.
Wilkes has best game at Kansas
December 11, 2003
Omar Wilkes said he didn’t really need any daily reminders that he wasn’t in California anymore, but the freshman from Los Angeles received one in the worst way Wednesday. Wilkes caught his first glimpse of snow — as well as the ice that can hide underneath it — on his way to campus.
Former Jayhawk Etienne eager for reunion at bowl
December 11, 2003
Kansas University football fans who weren’t planning to travel for the Jayhawks’ date in the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Fla., might be reconsidering their holiday schedules after Tuesday night’s storm dumped two inches of snow and ice on Lawrence. Leo Etienne, for one, was happy to be home in sunny Florida.
AVCA honors Lima
December 11, 2003
Kansas University sophomore middle blocker Josi Lima is the first Jayhawk to be named to the American Volleyball Coaches Assn. All-Region Team, the AVCA and Big 12 Conference offices announced Wednesday.
K-State survives WSU
December 11, 2003
On a night when the Kansas State offense struggled against a zone defense, Jeremiah Massey found a way to break through.
Ex-Jayhawk Whittaker dies in car accident
December 11, 2003
Larry Tisdale spoke in subdued tones about Scott Whittaker, the former Etiwanda High football player who died last week following an auto accident.
6News video: Shoppers help local businesses by staying home
December 11, 2003
Suns’ coach Johnson out after 8-13 start
December 11, 2003
Frank Johnson was fired Wednesday as coach of the Phoenix Suns, a young team with high expectations that is off to an 8-13 start and has lost six of its last seven games.
If the shoe doesn’t fit …
December 11, 2003
And so we return once more to Cinderella. Not to the Disney classic, but rather to the grimmer Grimm brothers fairy tale. As we all know, the morning after the ball, the prince went searching the land for his true love bearing a single clue: her slipper. In the Disney version, the stepsisters tried to stuff a foot in the shoe. But in the original version, they went to an extreme makeover.
Hill’s double-double leads Sooners
December 11, 2003
Caton Hill scored a season-high 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds Wednesday night, leading No. 14 Oklahoma to a 90-59 victory over Montana State (5-3). Lauren Shoush added a career-high 18 points and Maria Villarroel had 15 for the Sooners (7-0), who led by 27 points at halftime.
Bank robber eludes police
Shot fired inside University National
December 11, 2003
Despite leaving a trail of evidence through the snow and having his image captured by a surveillance camera, an armed bank robber continued to elude police Wednesday night. About 10 a.m. Wednesday, the stickup man entered University National Bank, 1400 Kasold Drive, and fired a shot toward the rear of the building, apparently to get employees to move quickly, police said. He got away with an undisclosed amount of money.
Pierce pours in 36 for Celtics
Boston too much for Sonics, 126-112
December 11, 2003
Paul Pierce finally received offensive support, though not enough to keep him on the bench for the entire fourth quarter.
Lawmaker proposes penalties for hiring illegal immigrants
December 11, 2003
Businesses that employ illegal immigrants would be barred from government contracts and could be forced to return tax breaks and state loans under a bill sponsored by a Wichita legislator.
Statehouse abuzz with renovations
December 11, 2003
Visit the Capitol building and witness a $135 million work in progress. Construction crews are burying a temporary steam pipe system on the south side, gutting the east wing and continuing to build the underground garage to the north.
What message will benefit Democrats?
December 11, 2003
President William McKinley, said a fellow Republican, had an ear so close to the ground it was filled with grasshoppers. Democratic presidential candidates, with Iowa and New Hampshire insects swarming in their ears, have honed answers to questions from Democratic primary voters.
Lawrence slaying investigation extends to Ohio
December 11, 2003
Douglas County Sheriff’s investigators spent three days last week in Ohio as part of the investigation into the unsolved killing of a rural Lawrence woman. Two deputies traveled to the Columbus area looking for clues into the death of 40-year-old Carmin Ross, said Lt. Ken Massey, a sheriff’s spokesman. Massey wouldn’t comment further on the purpose of the visit or say with whom investigators spoke.
Team turnaround
December 11, 2003
Congratulations to everyone involved in Kansas University’s 2003 football team as they head to the Tangerine Bowl. In a few days, members of the Kansas University football team, coaches and some administrative staffers will head to Orlando, Fla., for the Tangerine Bowl football game against North Carolina State University.
Trial interference
December 11, 2003
City commissioners mull tougher standards for tax abatements
December 11, 2003
The Lawrence City Commission is wading back into the tax abatement debate. The issue this time isn’t whether the city will continue offering abatements to lure companies to town. Rather, the focus is on the standards those companies will be required to meet.
Key senator to deliver Landon Lecture at KSU
December 11, 2003
Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle will speak as part of the Landon Lecture Series, Kansas State University officials announced Tuesday.
Briefly
December 11, 2003
¢ Advocate for disabled Leroy Bell dies ¢ Four people missing after house fire
Briefly
December 11, 2003
¢ Lawrence soldier earns Bronze Star in Iraq ¢ Two treated at hospitals after icy-road wrecks ¢ U.S. Senate confirms former resident for post ¢ New police officers hit streets this weekend