Archive for Saturday, December 13, 2003

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No chains
December 13, 2003
First things first
December 13, 2003
Where David Wittig and Doug Lake are concerned, get the money! First, get the money — all of it that’s available in the disgraceful incidents involving two former executives of the Westar Energy fiasco. Then there will be time to decide how to disperse the funds.
Praise Team to have release
December 13, 2003
A CD release party and reception for the St. Margaret’s Praise Team will follow the 10:45 a.m. Sunday service of Advent Lessons & Carols at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 5700 W. Sixth St.
News service names editor
December 13, 2003
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has named a new director and editor in chief for Catholic News Service, which supplies news to diocesan newspapers and other media outlets worldwide.
Bishop defends letters chastising lawmakers
December 13, 2003
Bishop Raymond Burke said he does not regret sending letters to Roman Catholic lawmakers warning that they should vote more in line with church teaching on abortion and other issues.
Anniversaries
December 13, 2003
Engagements
December 13, 2003
Weddings
December 13, 2003
FCE news
December 13, 2003
The Douglas County Family and Community Education Council met Nov. 11 in Deal Six Auditorium at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.
Around and about
December 13, 2003
MU case illustrates it’s time to rein in college athletics
December 13, 2003
What’s going on in Columbia, Mo., and the University of Missouri athletic department and basketball program is a disgrace and gives intercollegiate athletics a black eye. At a time when a growing percentage of Americans are becoming turned off by the excesses of college athletics, the situation at MU gives critics added fuel to suggest that reasonable curbs should be placed on runaway athletic programs as well as the attitudes of many in sports administration.
Appeal made for witnesses to fatal beating
December 13, 2003
Ellis County and state prosecutors issued a public appeal Friday for anyone who might have information about a Nov. 13 beating that led to the death of a Fort Hays State University student.
Volunteer award nominations due
December 13, 2003
The Roger Hill Volunteer Center will accept nominations for the 2003 Wallace Galluzzi Volunteer Awards through Monday.
Price index reveals no threat of inflation
December 13, 2003
Wholesale prices retreated by 0.3 percent in November, pulled down by falling costs for gasoline, beef and cars, suggesting that the economy’s resurgence isn’t fanning inflation.
Briefcase
December 13, 2003
¢ Snow comments cause dollar’s value to fall ¢ H&R Block confirms SEC investigation ¢ Applebee’s ups dividend
6News video: South Lawrence trafficway plans finalized
December 13, 2003
The Army Corps of Engineers and KDOT have decided on a 32nd Street alignment for the long-awaited and controversial South Lawrence trafficway.
6News video: For KU, winter longer but summer shorter
December 13, 2003
KU’s semester break is longer this year than it has been in the past, but students will lose one week of their summer vacation to compensate.
6Sports video: Basketball battles abound
December 13, 2003
High school basketball courts heated up Friday night in Lawrence as the season gets off to a fierce start.
Harrington up by one
Woods in hunt at Target World Challenge
December 13, 2003
No wonder they call this the silly season.
6Sports video: Without Graves, KU prepares for Oregon
December 13, 2003
Without senior Jeff Graves, the Jayhawks continued preparing Friday for their meeting with the Oregon Ducks Saturday in Kansas City.
6Sports video: KU basketball’s Graves suspended
December 13, 2003
Senior Jayhawk Jeff Graves was suspended Friday and will miss Saturday’s game against Oregon.
6Sports video: Jayhawks practice, prepare for Tangerine
December 13, 2003
The Tangerine Bowl is just eight days away, and KU football players are in full preparation mode.
Kutcher pulls plug on ‘Punk’d’
December 13, 2003
Ashton Kutcher says the joke is no longer on him — he announced Friday that he was pulling out of the MTV prank show, “Punk’d,” after two seasons.
6Sports video: LHS girls ranked No. 1, respond to pressure
December 13, 2003
The pressure is on for the Lawrence High School girls’ basketball team. They start the season highly ranked.
Holiday lessons from NBC — or is it CBS?
December 13, 2003
Mediocre holiday movies can be so instructive. What can we learn from “Secret Santa” (8 p.m. Sunday, NBC)? Well, for one thing, when up against a “Survivor” finale, NBC will slavishly imitate CBS to pick up the ratings scraps. “Secret” has all the earmarks of an Eye Network saccharine-fest. Spunky reporter Rebecca Chandler (Jennie Garth) goes to a picture-postcard Indiana town to expose the Secret Santa, a stranger who bestows life-altering holiday gifts. When there’s no room at the local inn, she even bunks at an old-folks home — a CBS touch if ever there was one.
Chargers’ Brees gets starting job back
December 13, 2003
Drew Brees is back as the San Diego Chargers’ starting quarterback and Doug Flutie is back on the bench.
NFL briefs
December 13, 2003
¢ Buccaneers’ GM McKay could be on way out ¢ Miami’s Fiedler to start at QB against Eagles ¢ Bennett questionable
Kansas State powers past Iowa
December 13, 2003
Kansas State needed just four minutes to create a long night for Iowa.
Testimony about fight conflicting at hearing
December 13, 2003
Conflicting accounts were given at a hearing Friday about a fight involving two New York Yankees and a groundskeeper at a Fenway Park playoff game. Another hearing was scheduled for Dec. 17 to decide whether charges will be filed.
Club news
December 13, 2003
Good deal’ offered on state cars
Government getting rid of 700 excess vehicles
December 13, 2003
Not-for-profit agencies, municipalities and public school districts in Kansas will have first crack at more than 700 vehicles the state is selling as it downsizes its fleet, officials said Friday. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said buyers would get a “good deal,” but added, “we’re not selling them for a dollar a car.”
MLB briefs
December 13, 2003
¢ Bowa’s 2005 option exercised by Phillies ¢ January vote possible on sale of Dodgers
In Iraq, U.S. draws on Israeli tactics
December 13, 2003
In fighting insurgents in Iraq, the United States is drawing on some of Israel’s methods and experiences in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, including running checkpoints and tracking militants with drone aircraft, Israeli officials say.
Deadline nears for 9-11 compensation fund
December 13, 2003
Just over a week remains for the families of Sept. 11 victims and injured survivors to apply for money from the government’s compensation fund.
Holloway services
December 13, 2003
Gilbert Russell Vaughn
December 13, 2003
Michelle D. Traxler
December 13, 2003
Ivy Eveline Reid
December 13, 2003
Assistant files papers to run for county clerk
December 13, 2003
A Douglas County deputy clerk filed Friday to run in 2004 for the job to be vacated by longtime Clerk Patty Jaimes.
Gonzaga on tap for MU, Snyder
December 13, 2003
You call this a homecoming? With all the strategy sessions, Missouri coach Quin Snyder won’t have time to visit old pals as his No. 3 Tigers prepare for No. 17 Gonzaga.
KU-Oregon notes
December 13, 2003
¢ The all-time series is tied, 3-3. The Ducks won the last meeting, 84-78, Dec. 7, 2002 in Portland’s Rose Garden.
Program helps soldiers fly home
December 13, 2003
Bob Harris remembers the days of World War II when his parents went out of their way to help soldiers who were coming home.
Cheney stumps in K.C.
December 13, 2003
Vice President Dick Cheney talked about the war on terror and the economy in a fund-raising appearance Friday in Kansas City.
Martin succeeds Chretien as Canada prime minister
December 13, 2003
Paul Martin, respected as a deficit-chopping finance minister, succeeded Jean Chretien as prime minister Friday and immediately created an expansive new national security agency intended to help mend Canadian-U.S. ties that frayed under Chretien.
Bush: Company must repay overcharge
Halliburton denies charging Army too much for gas
December 13, 2003
President Bush, trying to calm a political storm, said Friday that Vice President Dick Cheney’s former company should repay the government if it overcharged for gasoline delivered in Iraq under a controversial prewar contract.
Jayhawks taking on Ball State tonight
Kansas hopes homestand ends with another win
December 13, 2003
After tonight, Kansas University’s women’s basketball team won’t see Allen Fieldhouse for a while. The Jayhawks will play host to Ball State at 7:05 tonight, then hit the road for two four-team tournaments.
FSHS dumps Jays - Free State 59, Junction City 53, OT
December 13, 2003
Emilie Humbarger scored seven of her 15 points in overtime, and Free State High’s girls basketball team rallied from a four-point OT deficit to clip previously unbeaten Junction City, 59-53, Friday night.
6News video: Dueling Christmas decorations light up neighborhood
December 13, 2003
Two houses in Lawrence are in a fun holiday competition to see who can light up the night sky the brightest for Santa.
Local briefs
December 13, 2003
¢ Four HINU players selected All-CSFL ¢ NAIA honors Baker’s Meyer
Lorene E. Rothwell
December 13, 2003
Great program
December 13, 2003
Advent adoration
Churches focus on days leading up to Christmas
December 13, 2003
There wouldn’t be Christmas without it, and yet many people move through the holidays with only the barest recognition that something vitally important to the Christian faith is going on. It’s Advent — the four weeks leading up to Christmas — and it’s a time that often gets overlooked in the headlong rush of shopping, baking and decorating.
Episcopal leader says church will resolve crisis on its own
December 13, 2003
The head of the Episcopal Church says the denomination will resolve internal divisions over the consecration of its first openly gay bishop without direct intervention from overseas Anglican leaders.
Suspect pleads innocent in basement bodies case
December 13, 2003
A convicted killer who authorities say lured teenagers into his apartment with offers of alcohol and drugs pleaded not guilty Friday to strangling one of them and burying the body in a basement tomb of concrete.
Kaws’ rally falls short against Immaculata
December 13, 2003
Perry-Lecompton’s girls basketball squad rallied from a 12-point deficit to force overtime, but Leavenworth Immaculata prevailed with a 44-43 win Friday night.
Governor’s task force envisions casino in K.C.K.
December 13, 2003
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ gaming task force said Friday that Kansas should expand gambling opportunities, starting with a destination casino in Wyandotte County. “Time is important,” said Tom Wright, chairman of the Governor’s Committee on Gaming. “Outside competition will take over if the state does nothing.”
Spartans ready for ‘Basketbowl’
MSU to play Kentucky at Detroit’s Ford Field
December 13, 2003
How big will the crowd be at the game they’re calling “Basketbowl?”
Brown gives tentative OK on trade to Yanks
Pitcher Batista signs with Blue Jays; Rangers, Red Sox continue talks
December 13, 2003
Far from Bourbon Street, the New York Yankees still managed to join the party at the baseball winter meetings Friday, trying to complete the trade for Kevin Brown and zeroing in on Kenny Lofton.
People
December 13, 2003
¢ Pavarotti plans starry wedding ¢ NBA rookie deemed ‘fascinating’ ¢ Nicholson touts co-star ¢ Depp named entertainer of year
Chiefs’ run defense could get a breather
Kansas City to play host to Lions, whose rushing game ranks last in league
December 13, 2003
So in a game between a team that can’t run and a team that can’t stop people from running, who’s favored?
For Kitna, shot at playing in NFL was unexpected
December 13, 2003
The invitation surprised Jon Kitna.
Buying names for proxy baptisms creates tension
December 13, 2003
The Mormon practice of posthumously baptizing non-Mormons, which has angered Jews and others in the past, is now creating tensions with another religion — the Russian Orthodox Church.
Long Island bishop dogged by scandal
December 13, 2003
Nearly two years into the clergy sex abuse crisis, Roman Catholic Bishop William Murphy remains an object of distrust and criticism over how he has dealt with accused priests in his Long Island diocese and elsewhere.
Gore endorsement an eccentric move
December 13, 2003
On Monday, just about the time word was spreading that Al Gore was going to endorse Howard Dean for the Democratic presidential nomination, Andrew Kohut, the respected pollster who runs the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, released his latest survey showing “voter opinion is still fluid in the early Democratic primary states.”
Twins’ offers shopping alternative
December 13, 2003
Theater, art and cultural events this weekend are waiting for those who tire of holiday shopping. Lawrence resident Cheryl Weaver plays a set of twins with little in common in the Unicorn Theatre’s production of “The Mineola Twins” in Kansas City, Mo.
Investors weigh meaning of Dow at 10,000
December 13, 2003
This year’s rally in stocks, which hit a milestone when the Dow Jones industrial average passed 10,000, hasn’t been strong enough to make Kevin Flynn forget about the money he lost in the downturn. “Let’s just say that three years ago I had about three times more money in one account than I do now,” said Flynn, 41, of Martinez, Calif. “Things are going to have to get a lot better if I am going to be able to keep up with my friends in my retirement years.”
Two U.S. soldiers killed in separate incidents
December 13, 2003
Insurgents detonated a bomb alongside a U.S. military convoy west of Baghdad on Friday, killing one soldier and wounding two others, the military said. Separately, another soldier died in Baghdad from a “nonhostile” gunshot wound.
Ann Schulz Leonard
December 13, 2003
Jayhawks will be short-handed against Ducks
December 13, 2003
Jeff Graves’ suspension from Kansas University’s basketball team couldn’t have come at a worse time.
Seabury remains winless
Seahawks’ boys, girls each fall to Midway-Denton
December 13, 2003
Seabury Academy boys coach Marcus Heckman knew before the season his Seahawks would take their share of lumps.
Friends and neighbors
December 13, 2003
Ottawa thumps Norton, 67-57
Wellsville, Oskie fall in tournaments
December 13, 2003
Ottawa High’s basketball team knocked off defending Class 3A state champion Norton, 67-57, Friday night in the semifinals of the Goodland Tournament.
Suns’ management fails Johnson
Firing of coach can only be termed ‘gutless’
December 13, 2003
Let’s see, what word best describes the Phoenix Suns’ firing of coach Frank Johnson on Wednesday?
Briefly
December 13, 2003
¢ Teen found with swords, guns gets five years ¢ Inmate hanged in cell said he was in danger
Briefly
December 13, 2003
¢ Up to 4 inches of snow expected by noon today ¢ Retrial brings guilty verdict on 1 of 3 charges ¢ Basketball players to deliver gifts at LMH
Firebirds fall, 93-71
Tulsa (Okla.) Union impressive in Trailblazer Shootout
December 13, 2003
As the final seconds ticked off the clock during Free State High’s lopsided loss Friday night to Tulsa (Okla.) Union, Firebird coach Jack Schreiner approached the scorers table and smiled at the game officials. “I’m glad we got to play these guys,” he said.
Mayer: Don’t look for pros to give back to colleges soon
December 13, 2003
Not sure where I read it, but there was an analyst who had a marvelous plan for making the National Football League and National Basketball Association pay for benefits from their great collegiate farm systems — to which they now contribute virtually nothing.
Sophomores sizzling for LHS wrestling
Eight Lions hope their success from junior high continues in high school
December 13, 2003
At the beginning of last season, Lawrence High wrestling coach Mark Dulgarian posed a question to a group of freshmen wrestlers about their chances of going to state competition in Wichita.
Journalist opposes award for aide to Reagan, Bush
December 13, 2003
A prominent journalist objects to plans to present a prestigious journalism award to former presidential press secretary Marlin Fitzwater.
Lawrence briefs
December 13, 2003
¢ Head-on collision lands four people in hospitals ¢ Suspect pleads guilty in N. Lawrence beating ¢ Mock disaster trains first-response team ¢ Checkpoint aimed at drunken drivers
On the record
December 13, 2003
King services
December 13, 2003
Supreme Court ruling bars transfer of funds between campaign efforts
December 13, 2003
Attacking a longtime political practice, the Kansas Supreme Court declared Friday that state law prevents a candidate from transferring funds from one campaign to an effort to win another office.
Justices turn back appeals of four convicted murderers
December 13, 2003
The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday rejected appeals from four men convicted of first-degree murder, including a former Kansas City, Kan., resident imprisoned for shooting his grandmother.
State at bottom in bioterror readiness
Decades of ‘underinvestment’ blamed
December 13, 2003
Is Kansas ready to handle a bioterrorism attack? The answer, according to a new national report, is no. The report by Trust for America’s Health ranked Kansas in the bottom third of states in bioterrorism preparedness.
6News video: Screen scene
December 13, 2003
Although they epitomized the gross-out humor of the last decade with films such as “There’s Something About Mary,” the Farrelly brothers have tried to tone down their material lately. With “Stuck On You” they’ve taken a potentially outrageous idea - a comedy about conjoined twins - and turned it into a funny time-passer that avoids true edginess in favor of sentimentality. Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear are at the center of the gags, which escalate when one of the brothers decides to move to L.A. to pursue a career in acting.
Briefly
December 13, 2003
¢ Historic constitution council delayed for a second time ¢ Kyoto climate-pact backers report progress at meeti ¢ U.N. energy agency believes Israel has nuclear weapons ¢ Emergency workers can seek redress for smallpox injuries
Briefly
December 13, 2003
¢ Duke University names Yale dean as new leader ¢ Last civilian lighthouse keeper dies on island
Corps selects route for SLT
32nd Street alignment wins official approval
December 13, 2003
Federal officials on Friday gave final approval to a 32nd Street route to complete the South Lawrence Trafficway — action that brought praise from supporters and promises of lawsuits from opponents. Even with permission, however, state officials said Friday they could not afford to build the $110.2 million road now.
Effort hopes to strike up new uniforms for KU band
December 13, 2003
Abby Huckvale has found duct tape indispensable for holding together the old and battered uniforms of the Kansas University marching band. Since the uniforms were purchased in 1978 — before most of the musicians donning them were born — many of the uniforms have faded, become frayed or have lost parts. The manufacturer no longer makes replacements, so having the right combination of sizes to fit band members can be a challenge.
Jerry Keith Daniels
December 13, 2003
Jackson dandy for Ducks
Oregon senior loves playing against KU
December 13, 2003
Oregon senior Luke Jackson, who is 1-1 in games against Kansas University during his college career, hopes to break the tie in an exciting fashion today at Kemper Arena. “I love playing the Jayhawks,” the Ducks’ 6-foot-7 senior All-America candidate told the Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard.
Lions roll, 88-61
LHS tops Center to advance in Blue Valley Shootout
December 13, 2003
Sure, the Lawrence High boys basketball team is becoming well-known for its borderline ridiculous three-point attack. But a lesson has been learned the past two days at the Blue Valley Shootout: Never underestimate the easy two-pointers closer to the basket.
Time will tell on Bush success
December 13, 2003
A triumphant President Bush hailed it as a “historic act” that provides “the greatest advance in health care coverage for America’s seniors since the founding of Medicare.”
St. Margaret’s group produces CD
December 13, 2003
A message to those who attend the 5:30 p.m. Sunday contemporary worship service at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church: Your prayers have been answered. Those who’ve long enjoyed the upbeat, rock ‘n’ roll-flavored Christian music of the Praise Team that performs during the service finally have what they’ve been waiting for — “Sing to the Lord Most High,” a professionally produced compilation of songs from the group’s repertoire.
Religion briefs
December 13, 2003
Faith forum
December 13, 2003
Christmas has become so commercialized. How can I make it more spiritually meaningful?
Society calendar
December 13, 2003
Tax amnesty program exceeds expectations
State Revenue Department collects $23.6M
December 13, 2003
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Friday that a tax amnesty’s second round netted more than projected, collecting $23.6 million in unpaid taxes. That surpassed the goal of $19.5 million, and the total could go even higher, Sebelius said during a Statehouse news conference. The program, which ran from Oct. 1 through Nov. 30, allowed individuals and corporations to settle tax bills without paying penalty and interest.
Boosting life sciences efforts
Advocates back Eudora charter school plan to train biotech workers
December 13, 2003
Business leaders say a proposed Eudora school district program may provide a boost to the area’s efforts to become a hotbed for the life sciences. Marty Kobza, Eudora school superintendent, spoke Friday about a new charter school and vocational-technical program that would train students for a career with biotechnology companies.
Board stands behind MU president
Issue of resignation never comes up during meeting with curators
December 13, 2003
Even as the University of Missouri system Board of Curators gave Elson Floyd, university system president, a glowing review Friday, newly released jailhouse recordings give more examples of Floyd’s wife engaging in racist talks with former basketball player Ricky Clemons.
Snow bowl
December 13, 2003
Milicic stuck on bench
Pistons rookie: Practices ‘are my games’
December 13, 2003
While LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony soar and score, Darko Milicic sits.
Rolling Stone dubbed Sir Mick
December 13, 2003
An icon of rock rebelliousness officially joined the British establishment Friday — and hardly anyone objected.
Flu spreads across country
December 13, 2003
Hundreds of people lined up for free flu shots Friday and some hospitals were discouraging visitors after officials announced the flu had spread to all 50 states, nearly half of those considered hit hard by the illness.
Parents question future with strong-willed child
December 13, 2003
What are the long-range implications of raising a strong-willed child? What can we expect as the years go by?
Professionals share their holiday decorating tips
December 13, 2003
The holiday-decorating season is well under way.
Holiday rush hits post office
Postal customers urged to mail cards, gifts now
December 13, 2003
When she looks at her surroundings Monday morning, Lawrence postmaster Judy Raney will see bigger crowds, longer lines and people carrying packages in all directions. She won’t need to crunch numbers to know that the holiday mailing rush has arrived.
Briefly
December 13, 2003
¢ Kerry, Lieberman file for state caucuses ¢ Kansas inmate dies out of state ¢ Union Station, museum hit attendance goal< ¢ Fourth body found in house-fire wreckage
Daily ticker
December 13, 2003
Fitzgerald, White co-favorites
Award finalists haven’t been in top form lately
December 13, 2003
Pittsburgh receiver Larry Fitzgerald knows the odds are stacked against him this week in the Heisman Trophy race.
Self suspends senior forward Graves
December 13, 2003
Jeff Graves knew he was in big trouble early Friday afternoon when he checked the alarm clock next to his bed. “I woke up and was like, ‘What the hell is going on?’” said Graves, Kansas University’s senior center, who had overslept for an 11 a.m. practice at Allen Fieldhouse.
U.N. may pull out of Afghanistan, citing security concerns
December 13, 2003
The United Nations — already forced out of Iraq by suicide bombers — may have to abandon its two-year effort to stabilize Afghanistan because of rising violence blamed on the Taliban, its top official here warned Friday in an interview with The Associated Press.
Center is heart-warming, heart-wrenching place
December 13, 2003
A couple of months ago, while I was visiting my mom, her next door neighbor, Marceil Lauppe, popped by for a few moments. Marceil and her husband, George, have been our family’s friends and neighbors since we moved to Lawrence in 1975. Marceil mentioned that the Community Drop-In Center had a couple vacancies on the board and invited me to attend the next board meeting.
Briefly
December 13, 2003
¢ Thousands demonstrate for ouster of Aristide ¢ Ex-Azerbaijan leader dies in U.S. at 80 ¢ Police put down attack by gunmen; 18 killed ¢ Mineral water sabotage scare spreads in Italy
Briefly
December 13, 2003
¢ Qureia confident he can reach deal with Israel ¢ EU eases up on plans for military command ¢ Three denominations to form single church ¢ Killer whale star of “Free Willy” dies
Briefly
December 13, 2003
¢ Mrs. Bush, dog Barney visit children’s hospital ¢ In oversight, judge grants lesbian divorce ¢ Suspect in terror case identified as Canadian
Maxine Eileen Chapman
December 13, 2003
N. Korean nuclear talks delayed despite efforts
December 13, 2003
Hopes faded Friday for a quick breakthrough in the North Korean nuclear crisis, with European diplomats saying the North shows no sign of compromise, and South Korea indicating new six-nation talks won’t happen until next year.