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Polls
This is the third anniversary of the T, Lawrence's bus system. Do you think the city is getting enough bang for its buck?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes. No transit system makes a profit. At least the T helps the city’s needy find transportation to their jobs.
 
55%
No. We spend too many tax dollars and it’s still “M-T.”
 
35%
Undecided.
 
8%
Total 516

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Police investigating cause of injuries to homeless man
December 16, 2003
(Web Posted Tuesday at 12:42 p.m.) Lawrence police were trying to find out Tuesday if an injured man found near a downtown homeless shelter was a victim of foul play.
KU women’s soccer player wins honor
December 16, 2003
(Web Posted Tuesday at 11:25 a.m.) Kansas University sophomore Caroline Smith has been named a first-team All-Central Region and third-team All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, association officials announced late Monday.
Convicted murderer up for parole
December 16, 2003
(Web Posted Tuesday at 11:01 a.m.) A man convicted in 1988 of murdering his wife, stashing her body in velvet-lined box and putting it in the garage, will be up for parole next month. Carl Kemp, then 40, killed his wife, Judy Kemp, then 32, in 1987. She suffered more than 200 blows to her body, according to the autopsy report. Testimony during his trial revealed Kemp had a history of brutalizing and terrorizing his wife.
Boeing still mum on 7E7 decision
Company expected to announce ruling today
December 16, 2003
Boeing Co. remained tight-lipped Monday as its board of directors made the company’s most critical decision on a new airplane program in years, with all signs continuing to point toward an initial go-ahead for the 7E7 Dreamliner.
Kauffman foundation gives $25M in grants
December 16, 2003
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is giving $25 million to eight U.S. universities to create interdisciplinary entrepreneurship programs at the schools.
Dora E. Perez
December 16, 2003
Diversions
December 16, 2003
¢ Join the Journal-World Teen Advisory Board ¢ It’s time to enter ‘Rooms That Rock’ ¢ Send in your poetry
KDOT may start to move wetlands
Project could begin despite funding troubles, state official says
December 16, 2003
A state transportation official Monday said that even though Kansas didn’t have the money to complete the South Lawrence Trafficway, it could start on preliminary work by moving parts of the wetlands that American Indians say are sacred.
Dyche Hall marks centennial year
KU museum offers vibrant history
December 16, 2003
The 100-year-old bear skulls in the Kansas University Natural History Museum might seem like archaic artifacts. But using new DNA technology, researchers are using the skulls to help determine what caused the extinction of a bear species.
Commandments question startles judgeship applicants
December 16, 2003
A member of a panel interviewing applicants for a judgeship in eastern Kansas asked candidates if they believe in the Ten Commandments, surprising several lawyers who applied for the job.
Adopt-a-family volunteers sought
Domestic abuse victims need help with holidays
December 16, 2003
Some clients of Women’s Transitional Care Services are close to having less than a lump of coal this Christmas: They’ve got nothing. “It’s so difficult, holiday seasons, for domestic violence survivors especially,” said Maggie Beedles, children’s program director for the agency. “It is so much fun for these families to have a celebratory holiday season.”
City briefs
December 16, 2003
¢ Women’s basketball team visits LMH patients ¢ Grant helps assure health clinic’s survival ¢ Two board members back countywide sales tax ¢ Finals week begins
KDHE expecting flu vaccine
High-demand doses to arrive this week in Kansas
December 16, 2003
Local health departments in Kansas will receive between 900 and 1,000 new doses of the flu vaccine for adults this week, the Department of Health and Environment announced Monday.
Area briefs
December 16, 2003
¢ KDOT employees testify in shooting trial ¢ Vinland Living Nativity to open for 28th year
Late senator’s family accepts paternity claim
December 16, 2003
The late Sen. Strom Thurmond’s family has accepted a California woman’s claim that she is the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of the one-time segregationist.
Secretary of State Powell recovering from surgery
December 16, 2003
Secretary of State Colin Powell underwent surgery Monday for the removal of a cancerous prostate, and his spokesman said Powell was doing well.
Nurse claims dozens of killings
December 16, 2003
A former nurse was charged with murder Monday after telling prosecutors that he has killed 30 to 40 severely ill patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey since 1987 by injecting them with drugs.
Walter Seele
December 16, 2003
Shaver services
December 16, 2003
Flora Rae King
December 16, 2003
KU student group cancels Tangerine Bowl bus
December 16, 2003
Bowl apathy has claimed another victim — a bus trip to Orlando. Only 12 Kansas University students signed up to ride a chartered bus to the Tangerine Bowl organized by Student Union Activities. Leslie Heusted, program director for SUA, said 45 students were needed for the trip by Monday’s deadline for it to go on as scheduled.
Police arrest suspect in rape, kidnapping
December 16, 2003
A Kansas City man was charged Monday with taking a young woman to a motel and raping her repeatedly after her car broke down.
Justices take case on Cheney task force
December 16, 2003
The Supreme Court said Monday it would settle a fight stemming from Vice President Dick Cheney’s contacts with the energy industry as the Bush administration drafted its energy policy.
ACLU mission
December 16, 2003
FBI reports murder rate up despite overall drop in crime
December 16, 2003
Murders were up slightly nationwide during the first six months of the year, with gang violence contributing to more killings in some of the nation’s largest cities, the FBI reported Monday.
Commodities
December 16, 2003
6News video: Iraq faces changes in the wake of Saddam’s capture
December 16, 2003
Escalating violence and a power struggle are among the possibilities for the country, according to a Kansas University professor.
SBC joins Amber Alert system
Technicians in field to keep watch
December 16, 2003
Technicians working for SBC Communications Inc. are now part of the Amber Alert system for finding abducted children, the company and state officials said Monday.
Galena government may change again
December 16, 2003
This small city in far southeast Kansas has tried all but one of the forms of government allowed by state law.
Radio station tries to lure Rocket
Clemens not tempted by Houston car dealer’s offer
December 16, 2003
A stunt by a Houston radio station failed to drive Roger Clemens back into baseball.
Where are they now?
December 16, 2003
Keith Wooden
Bryant’s lawyers portray accuser as troubled, desperate
December 16, 2003
Kobe Bryant’s accuser is a troubled young woman who was seeking attention from her ex-boyfriend by accusing the Los Angeles Laker of rape, defense lawyers said in new court filings.
Eagles win ninth straight
December 16, 2003
The last time the Philadelphia Eagles played so well for so long, they won the NFL championship. That was 43 years ago.
Baylor clobbers SE Louisiana
December 16, 2003
Sophia Young, Emily Niemann and Steffanie Blackmon combined for 46 points Monday, leading Baylor to an easy 79-46 victory over Southeastern Louisiana.
6News video: Airport ready for milestone
December 16, 2003
The Lawrence Municipal Airport will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2004.
6News video: Dyche Hall celebrates 100 years
December 16, 2003
A new exhibit and a commemorative book are helping to mark the centennial of the building that houses the KU Natural History Museum.
6Sports video: Graves returns; Giddens shines
December 16, 2003
Senior Jeff Graves has been reinstated following his suspension Friday. Graves missed the Oregon game, in which freshman J.R. Giddens rocketed to a fast start.
Bush promises fair, public trial
December 16, 2003
President Bush on Monday bid “good riddance” to Saddam Hussein and vowed to involve Iraqis fully in a public trial that airs “all the atrocities” the former ruler is accused of committing during his 24-year reign.
Remarkable artifact’ finds new roost in Lawrence
December 16, 2003
It took sonar to locate it, a squad of former Navy SEALs to raise it and a team of far-flung experts nearly three years to renovate it. Now Lawrence resident Steve Craig owns it — a Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat fighter, the only one still flying among a fleet of nearly 2,000 produced for the Navy and Marine Corps during the early years of World War II.
Wall Street rally fades
December 16, 2003
Wall Street sank lower Monday as disappointing sales at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. chilled the retailing sector and eroded early gains following the weekend capture of fallen Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
Retailers hope Saddam capture improves holiday spending
December 16, 2003
It was a mixed weekend for businesses hoping to hear cash registers jingle, with snow hampering shoppers as retailers hoped the capture of Saddam Hussein might buoy consumer confidence.
What U.S. found in Saddam hideout
Rural bunker a far cry from Iraqi palaces
December 16, 2003
In the small hut near the hole where former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein spent his final hours of freedom, a dozen books were piled on top of a chest near the bed. There was a book on interpreting dreams, volumes of classical Arabic poetry titled “Discipline” and “Sin,” and Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment.”
Fearless’ Hinrich impresses Bulls
Former Kansas University standout earning minutes in same backcourt as Crawford
December 16, 2003
Forget the 20.2 shots per game that Jamal Crawford is averaging since Scott Skiles took over as Bulls coach, though that certainly brings a smile to Crawford’s face.
City notebook: It’s early, but FSHS girls enjoy best record
December 16, 2003
Who would’ve guessed? Going into Friday’s boys/girls doubleheader between the Lawrence High and Free State basketball teams at FSHS, only one city team hovers above the .500 mark: The 2-1 Free State girls.
Cavaliers’ road woes continue
December 16, 2003
The Cleveland Cavaliers made a big trade Monday in hopes of turning around their losing ways on the road. The new additions didn’t arrive soon enough.
Celtics acquire Davis in six-player swap
Boston hopes enigmatic guard can takes scoring load off Pierce
December 16, 2003
Ricky Davis wasn’t helping rookie LeBron James or any of the young Cavaliers get any better. Worse, he couldn’t get along with coach Paul Silas.
Analysis: U.S. has new chance to mend relations with other nations
December 16, 2003
Saddam Hussein’s capture offers the Bush administration a fresh chance to improve relations with the Arab world and to persuade European nations to participate in Iraq’s reconstruction.
Marilyn Broyles
December 16, 2003
EPA proposes controls on mercury pollution
December 16, 2003
The Bush administration on Monday proposed giving power plants up to 15 years to install new technology aimed solely at reducing mercury pollution, a week after science advisers said the government should be issuing stronger mercury warnings to pregnant women.
Briefcase
December 16, 2003
¢ Kroger reopens stores ¢ IBM slated to move software jobs overseas ¢ McDonald’s to slice pizza ¢ Sprint boosts estimate
Bringing Saddam to justice
December 16, 2003
The capture of Saddam Hussein is a cause for rejoicing. His crimes against humanity were numerous, leaving hundreds of thousands of victims in Iraq, especially among the Shiites who dared to stand up against him, and the Kurds, against whom genocide was committed by his regime.
Woodling: Jan. 1 slow day for Big 12
December 16, 2003
Remember the good old days when you could invite friends over New Year’s Day to watch football and use a Big Eight or a Big 12 Conference game as the centerpiece? You can’t do that this year. Five bowl games are scheduled New Year’s Day, but not a single one involves a Big 12 team — a curious development when you consider eight league teams haven’t put their uniforms in mothballs yet.
Vermeil knows he’s stuck with shoddy defense
December 16, 2003
If the woeful Detroit Lions can hang 17 points on Kansas City’s defense, how good will Trent Green, Priest Holmes and Tony Gonzalez have to be against playoff teams?
Five Sooners, Wildcats’ Sproles land on AP All-America first team
December 16, 2003
When it comes to All-Americans, Oklahoma is this year’s undisputed No. 1. Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jason White was among a record-tying five Sooners on the Associated Press All-America team announced Monday.
Briefly
December 16, 2003
¢ Brownback attended funeral in Azerbaijan ¢ Another Democratic senator won’t run for re-election ¢ Deadly bird flu hits nation
Briefly
December 16, 2003
¢ Officer’s gun discharges, kills felony suspect ¢ City Council adopts amended smoking ban
Stanford thumps Florida Intl.
December 16, 2003
Rob Little lost 30 pounds during the offseason thanks to a strict shape-up plan — and it’s doing wonders for his game.
Dean: Saddam’s capture no deterrent to terror
December 16, 2003
Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean on Monday brushed off the capture of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein as meaningless to the war on terrorism and insisted anew that the war to topple him was a costly mistake.
Briefly
December 16, 2003
¢ Northeast digs out from new snowstorm ¢ Sex toy consultant vows to fight charges ¢ Scott Peterson seeks change of venue
Glamour girls
Eight’s enough to party in style
December 16, 2003
Ashley Hocking of Lawrence wants to be a pop star just like Jennifer Lopez. But the 8-year-old knows that she still has a long way to go. That’s why, if Ashley can’t become a pop princess now, she said she would rather look and dress like one instead.
Honesty marked Burroughs’ work
Letter to the editor
December 16, 2003
William S. Burroughs’ books are not for everyone, that’s for sure. But he and his works are known and admired the world over, by literally millions of fans.
Faculty basketball fans face lottery
Plan wouldn’t affect current season ticket holders
December 16, 2003
There’s a new wrinkle in the debate about how to distribute next year’s supply of Kansas University men’s basketball season tickets that are set aside for faculty, staff and retirees.
Glut of college guides leaves students lost
December 16, 2003
Like many high school seniors, Kim Row has waded through scores of books and Internet sites this fall, assessing thousands of colleges and universities.
Self reinstates Graves
Senior back, but ‘there’s not much rope left’
December 16, 2003
A contrite Jeff Graves huddled with his Kansas University basketball teammates before Monday afternoon’s practice at Horejsi Center. Graves, a senior center who had been suspended Friday by coach Bill Self and reinstated Monday morning, apologized to his comrades for being a distraction and unavailable in Saturday’s 77-67 victory over Oregon.
Sproles big enough for honor
5-foot-8 KSU back proving doubters wrong
December 16, 2003
So much for the “too small” tag. Coming out of Olathe North High, Darren Sproles kept hearing he wasn’t big enough to play running back at the major-college level.
Survey upbeat about job prospects
Lawrence employers predict better first quarter than past
December 16, 2003
A new survey signals a rosier Lawrence job market for the first quarter of 2004 than compared with a year ago. Manpower Inc.’s quarterly Employment Outlook Survey, which was released Monday, expects Lawrence area companies will hire employees at a faster pace during the first quarter of 2004 than 2003.
Horoscopes
December 16, 2003
On the record
December 16, 2003
Surrender opens window of opportunity
December 16, 2003
The capture of Saddam Hussein will have a crucial psychological impact — on Iraqis, and on the Arab world.
Attorney general delays appeal of school-finance ruling
December 16, 2003
On the eve of a court deadline, state officials Monday maneuvered legally and politically around a judge’s order that declared the state school-finance system unconstitutional.
Cinemax documentary casts a spell
December 16, 2003
Films don’t come much sweeter or more inspiring than “Spellbound” (7 p.m., Cinemax), the Oscar-nominated 2002 documentary about the long road to the 1999 Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee. “Spellbound” offers mini profiles of eight contestants who couldn’t be from more diverse backgrounds.
County waits to approve plan for recycling operation
December 16, 2003
A Lawrence paving company wants to relocate its rock-recycling operation to an 11.2-acre field at the southeastern edge of town, and Russell and Jaunita Bailey say they are willing to get out of the way. For a price.
Capture yields intelligence rewards
Documents found with Saddam lead to more arrests
December 16, 2003
The capture of Saddam Hussein is providing intelligence that has led to the arrests of key figures in the anti-U.S. insurgency and a clearer picture of what role the ousted dictator played, a U.S. general said Monday.
Dime’s fine
December 16, 2003
Home-field edge could be critical
League struggling on road this season
December 16, 2003
The most puzzling statistic in the NFL this season belongs to the San Francisco 49ers, who are 6-1 at home, 0-7 on the road — and out of the playoffs because of it.
Daily ticker
December 16, 2003
Emma Wustefeld
December 16, 2003
Optimist club makes clean sweep of Christmas trees
December 16, 2003
Enola Gay protesters disrupt Air and Space Museum opening
December 16, 2003
A small group of protesters briefly disrupted the official opening of the National Air and Space Museum’s new annex at Dulles International Airport Monday, spilling a red liquid supposed to resemble blood near the Enola Gay exhibit and throwing an object that dented the airplane.
We deliver
The capture of Saddam Hussein sends a message from the United States about who we are and what we stand for.
December 16, 2003
The capture of Saddam Hussein by U.S. troops Sunday represents a great victory for how the world once was and how it can be again. Even though the U.S. military is the most high-tech fighting force in the world, it is an old school institution. Old schools still have soldiers. New schools have guerrillas or terrorists. Old schools wage battles attacking military targets. New schools wage terror campaigns that target women and children. Old schools seek a military victory. New schools only seek to inflict pain.
Safe haven’ law for newborns yet to be used
Parents haven’t abandoned infants to social workers
December 16, 2003
Three years after the state enacted a law allowing parents to leave unwanted newborns at safe public facilities without facing prosecution, no one has taken advantage of the law.
People
December 16, 2003
¢ Ozzy off ventilator ¢ Judge lauds Ryder’s progress ¢ Vandross hopes for Grammys trip ¢ Something completely different
In the halls
December 16, 2003
When did, or will, you start using makeup?
Critics acclaim ‘Rings’ as top film
December 16, 2003
Normally a champion of arty, independent fare, the New York Film Critics Circle on Monday chose “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” as the top film of 2003.
Testimony: Suspect’s prints at crime scene
December 16, 2003
A Lawrence man claims he is being unfairly charged with burglarizing women’s apartments, but fingerprints place him at one of the crime scenes, according to testimony Monday.
Saddam capture came at ideal time
December 16, 2003
The capture of Saddam Hussein, just as opposition forces in Iraq were displaying greater sophistication, organization and inventiveness, could not have happened at a more timely juncture. With the “ace of spades” in custody, Saddam loyalists — except for a few die-hards — have little incentive to chase the shadows of the revolution that ushered their leader to power.
Defense wants to avoid shootout
Tangerine billed as battle between Whittemore, N.C. State’s Rivers
December 16, 2003
Tangerine Bowl officials are billing their Dec. 22 game in Orlando, Fla., as a high-scoring affair, pitting North Carolina State quarterback Philip Rivers against Kansas University quarterback Bill Whittemore. KU co-captain Banks Floodman wasn’t ready to concede that point after Monday night’s practice.
Bomb attacks continue; Iraqi police targeted
December 16, 2003
As if to prove the capture of Saddam Hussein would not end the anti-coalition insurgency in Iraq, a suicide bomber driving a taxi attacked a police building Monday in Baghdad, killing eight policemen and wounding 10 others.
Report urges renewed anti-terror focus
December 16, 2003
The effort to protect Americans from terrorism “appears to have waned” since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks as both the government and its citizens worry more about the latest disaster or health crisis, a federal commission says.
Briefly
December 16, 2003
¢ Retired judges to hear commandments appeal ¢ Limbaugh seeks hearing on medical records ¢ ‘Scream’ painting linked to volcanic eruption ¢ Appropriation granted for Flight 93 memorial