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Regents approve policy on sexually explicit material
December 18, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 3:30 p.m.) Spurred by a legislative controversy over a sex class taught at Kansas University, state universities now have a policy governing the use of sexually explicit and other controversial material in the classroom.
Train derailment clean-up efforts continue
December 18, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 1:22 p.m.) Cleanup efforts continue today at the site of a train derailment Wednesday night in north Lawrence. Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis said crews worked throughout the night cleaning up the 16 derailed coal cars from the tracks near 4th and Locust streets.
Briefcase
December 18, 2003
¢ Best Buy sales increase as Circuit City sales fall ¢ FedEx profits decrease ¢ Farmland creditors to receive payment
Leavenworth OKs grocers’ plan to sell Sunday beer
December 18, 2003
Leavenworth has become the first city in the state to move toward allowing sales of 5 percent beer seven days a week at convenience and grocery stores.
Frustrated driver
December 18, 2003
Action news
December 18, 2003
When local residents learn about a need, they quickly rally to offer their support. Lawrence residents (especially those who read the Journal-World!) are the best. In the course of a year there are a number of examples of people learning about the plight of someone who is less fortunate through a story in the Journal-World then stepping forward to offer a helping hand. Such acts of giving are especially common during the holiday season, and this week offered two outstanding examples.
Mistakes or lies?
December 18, 2003
Look in mirror
December 18, 2003
Paving way for Taiwan talks
December 18, 2003
China and the United States have largely kept the promise they made 31 years ago not to talk seriously to each other about Taiwan. But leadership changes in Beijing and the Bush administration’s firm commitment to Taiwan may make this the ideal moment to end the nondialogue.
U.S. reaches trade deal with four countries
December 18, 2003
Overcoming a last-minute snag on textiles, the United States reached a free trade agreement on Wednesday with four Central American countries.
Developer purchases historic Abilene property
December 18, 2003
A developer has purchased the Old Abilene Town and Museum property as the first step in a plan to turn the historic tourist site into an attraction similar to Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo.
Good Samaritan now suspect in brutal beating
Victim may not survive
December 18, 2003
A man who said he was a good Samaritan has become a suspect in the potentially deadly beating of a homeless man.
New York boots Fassel
Giants’ coach asked for early announcement
December 18, 2003
Coach Jim Fassel knew what was coming. He would be fired after a season that began with Super Bowl hopes but turned into an embarrassment.
6News video: Snow and ice removal had flaws
December 18, 2003
City officials admit that the weather made it difficult for crews to sand and salt the streets and remove ice.
Classic films added to registry
December 18, 2003
The Western outlaw romp “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and the more obscure “The Chechahcos,” with its frenzied dogsled pursuits in Alaska, have been added to the National Film Registry.
6News video: Bell-ringing campaign short of goal
December 18, 2003
Salvation Army officials report that this year’s donations are lagging.
6News video: Train derails in North Lawrence
December 18, 2003
Seventeen cars carrying coal were derailed, but no one was injured.
6Sports video: Jayhawks arrive in Orlando
December 18, 2003
KU’s defense hopes to make a good showing in the Tangerine Bowl.
6News video: Local fliers remember service in the air
December 18, 2003
Veterans recall long hours and hard times during the air war in World War II. From Pearl Harbor to the advent of napalm, the fliers saw many changes in aerial combat.
6Sports video: David Padgett learns as he goes
December 18, 2003
Padgett came out strong early in the season, but has been struggling in the past few games.
6Sports video: KU’s offense ready to attack
December 18, 2003
N.C. State’s offense has given up almost 30 points per game.
6News video: Light Up Lawrence contest illuminates local homes
December 18, 2003
John Humphrey’s home wins the “Best Holiday Scene” award in the contest.
KU’s Bookman ranked in United States top 10
December 18, 2003
Kansas University senior Leo Bookman, assistant KU track coach Doug Reynolds and volunteer assistant track coach Charlie Gruber have attained top 10 U.S. rankings for 2003, Track and Field News announced in its December issue.
Our town sports
December 18, 2003
Mourning set for transplant
December 18, 2003
Former Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning is scheduled to undergo kidney transplant surgery Friday in New York.
Colgate back Branch tops Division I-AA All-Americans
December 18, 2003
All of Jamaal Branch’s records made him an All-American.
Flu season among worst for children
Dozens of deaths worry medical experts
December 18, 2003
The current flu outbreak is the worst for young U.S. children in years, several experts say, perhaps worse in Western states than the Hong Kong flu of 1968-69. A government epidemiologist and other disease doctors predict flu deaths among babies and toddlers will exceed the estimated 92 who die in an average flu year.
Wreck dumps 16 cars of coal
December 18, 2003
Steve Boswell was watching television in his North Lawrence home Wednesday night when he heard the sound of a passing train — followed by a series of crashes. “My whole house started shaking,” said Boswell, 53. “I hit the door and came out and saw these (train) cars still sliding. I was looking for a tanker car.”
Students propose ban on smoking
December 18, 2003
A group of high school students has convinced the City Council to consider an ordinance that would ban smoking in Scott City restaurants.
Cosmosphere, FHSU start online library
December 18, 2003
Forsyth Library at Fort Hays State University plans to begin recording and digitizing thousands of space-related documents at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center to create an online library.
Despite deadliness, flu not high priority
December 18, 2003
The flu kills 36,000 Americans a year, but the federal government spends only about half as much money on research to fight it as it spends to attack the boll weevil, a pest that eats cotton.
Junior high 7th-graders gather food for needy
December 18, 2003
Needy Lawrence residents will have better-stocked cupboards during the holidays thanks to the efforts of some junior high students.
Another accident strikes U.S. 24-59
No one injured as trailer overturns
December 18, 2003
A twisting highway north of Lawrence that already has been the scene of two fatal accidents in two months as well as other injury accidents, was the site Tuesday of yet another spectacular wreck.
Snow removal system flawed, city officials say
December 18, 2003
A week after the city’s first winter storm, city officials conceded Tuesday that their snow and ice removal system was flawed. Mother Nature, they said, kept them from doing a better job. “It rained heavily all day, and then it dropped six degrees in 20 minutes,” said street division manager Tom Orzulak. “It sleeted for nearly two hours and then just got beaten into sheet ice.”
Stabbing investigated
December 18, 2003
Lawrence Police are still trying to figure out what happened to a man who was found Tuesday night with a stab wound to his chest.
Hospital industry proposes price cuts for uninsured
December 18, 2003
The hospital industry said Wednesday it would consider cutting the price of care for the uninsured in the face of growing complaints that hospitals charge such patients too much.
Airplane replica sputters on 100th anniversary of flight
December 18, 2003
A 100th-anniversary attempt to re-create the Wright brothers’ first flight flopped Wednesday when a delicate wood-and-muslin replica of their airplane failed to get off the ground and splashed into a mud puddle. On a rainy day when the winds on North Carolina’s Outer Banks were uncharacteristically calm, a team of engineers tinkered with the plane and waited in vain for the breeze to pick up before they finally gave up trying to match the feat of the two self-educated bicycle mechanics from Dayton, Ohio.
KU freshman wins national scholarship
December 18, 2003
A Kansas University freshman has been selected for a national leadership prize and scholarship.
FCC approves new frequency for intelligent highway systems
December 18, 2003
Federal regulators approved a step Wednesday toward developing smart highways, where warning signals automatically transmitted to drivers can prevent traffic accidents.
U.S. farm leaders sign contracts with Cuba
December 18, 2003
American farm leaders called for an end to the U.S. trade embargo on Wednesday during talks with communist Cuba that have resulted in at nearly $110 million in new U.S. food sales to the island.
Grinter services
December 18, 2003
Stevenson services
December 18, 2003
Hickey services
December 18, 2003
Texas Tech trounces Sam Houston State, 97-63
December 18, 2003
Bob Knight remembers when he came off the bench at Ohio State and contributed to his team’s effort.
Text of Kansas Board of Regents sexual harassment policy
December 18, 2003
The following is the text of the harassment policy approved Thursday by the state Board of Regents
Sunflower development meetings to be closed
Officials say allowing the public to attend would delay progress at De Soto plant
December 18, 2003
Johnson County officials agreed Thursday that the public would be banned from meetings to evaluate development plans for the defunct Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant. On a 5-2 vote, county commissioners agreed to form a separate group to analyze proposals from six private development companies. The newly formed group of four analysts will make a recommendation next month to commissioners on the viability of those plans. But the group’s meetings won’t be open.
Laura R. Holstein
December 18, 2003
U.S.-Iraq history isn’t pretty
December 18, 2003
The capture of Saddam Hussein is being treated as a celebratory occasion, but it is one that the Bush administration might come to regret. The onus is on the United States to accord this former ally and head of state all the rights due a high-level prisoner of war, as established at Nuremberg and The Hague. His testimony in open court could prove fascinating if he is allowed to detail his past relationships with top U.S. officials — including the president’s father and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who worked out terms of cooperation with Saddam in 1983.
Thurmond’s daughter feels ‘free’ of secret
December 18, 2003
Essie Mae Washington-Williams walked alone into the spotlight at the downtown Adam’s Mark Hotel, limping without her gray metal cane, and gave voice to the secret she had kept for more than half a century out of respect for her father, his political career and his family. “My father’s name is James Strom Thurmond,” Williams said, her amplified voice cracking and tears flooding her eyes. “I am Essie Mae Washington-Williams, and at last I feel completely free.”
U.S. cracks down on insurgent base
December 18, 2003
Thousands of U.S. soldiers backed by armored vehicles, helicopter gunships and F-16 fighters swooped down early Wednesday on this ancient city north of Baghdad, seeking to restore control to a community that had become an insurgent stronghold and a brazen challenge to coalition authority.
North Georgia rolls past Baker, 84-72
December 18, 2003
Angelyn Love scored 39 points to lead North Georgia to an 84-72 women’s basketball win over Baker University Wednesday in the Disney NAIA Challenge.
Kansas has 2nd-highest increase in fatalities from drunken driving
December 18, 2003
Alcohol-related traffic death rates increased or held steady in 19 states between 1998 and 2002, according to new federal data suggesting that efforts to curb drunken driving have reached a plateau.
Case seeks remedy to shooting woes
December 18, 2003
It’s no secret that Kansas University’s Jeremy Case loves the gym. Heck, the 6-foot McAlester, Okla., native said he practically lived on the court during his playing days at McAlester High — where he set the school’s all-time scoring record with more than 2,000 points last year.
Chiefs well aware of benefits of home field
December 18, 2003
If the struggle between Kansas City and New England for home-field advantage went to the team that wanted it most, the Chiefs probably would get the nod. For one thing, they’re riding a team-record 12-game home winning streak.
Ralph Nader mulls another run for the presidency
December 18, 2003
Ralph Nader, whose campaign for president in 2000 arguably tilted several close states— and victory — to George W. Bush, is considering another run.
Miami of Ohio QB’s focus is on GMAC Bowl
Roethlisberger puts NFL draft decision on hold to concentrate on Louisville
December 18, 2003
Ben Roethlisberger’s immediate concern is beating Louisville. His football future must wait.
Inmate won’t get hormone therapy
Committee rules transsexual doesn’t meet requirements
December 18, 2003
An inmate who wants to undergo sexual reassignment surgery after his release from prison failed Wednesday in an effort to obtain $500,000 because the state will not continue his hormone therapy while he is behind bars.
Kansas State makes impression on Buckeyes
Ohio State, Wildcats’ opponent in Fiesta Bowl, has high praise for KSU’s victory in Big 12 championship game
December 18, 2003
Some watched it with teammates, others caught a glimpse in the middle of their already busy lives. Everyone has seen highlights or video since.
People
December 18, 2003
¢ Diddy to star in ‘Raisin’ ¢ Dreyfuss cast as Bialystock ¢ Affleck to entertain troops ¢ ‘Seabiscuit’ a fast role
Portrait sparks quest for a ‘Ventura Code’
December 18, 2003
Chalk it up to “The Da Vinci Code,” but folks in Minnesota’s Capitol are squinting for hidden meanings in a new portrait of ex-Gov. Jesse Ventura.
KU plans Lincoln Week events
December 18, 2003
A Pulitzer Prize winner and other experts on Abraham Lincoln will participate in a series of events early next year surrounding Kansas’ sesquicentennial celebration.
Gift cards popular with holiday shoppers
More retailers easing policies, educating customers on hot seasonal item
December 18, 2003
Like more and more holiday shoppers, Juliette Coulter, of Dallas, thinks the right gift for many friends and family members is plastic and fits in a wallet. She’s spending $300 this season on gift cards from Target, Old Navy, Starbucks and other stores. It means no worrying, for example, about size or style for a pair of nephews ages 9 and 14.
Bells ringing, but donations lagging
Salvation Army fund raising $15,000 short of goal
December 18, 2003
At his post next to a red kettle outside Dillons, bell-ringer John Rasing has noticed the downturn. This year and last, he said, the donations just haven’t been coming in like they once did. “I suppose it’s the economy,” Rasing said Tuesday.
Battery charge reduced for officer
December 18, 2003
A Lawrence Police officer will undergo a court-ordered domestic-battery program and alcohol evaluation as punishment for an April 13 incident in which he allegedly spit in his wife’s face and slammed a door into her knee.
Briefly
December 18, 2003
¢ Judge allows Hinckley to have unsupervised trips ¢ State Department issues warning on Saudi Arabia ¢ National crime database subject of lawsuit
Briefly
December 18, 2003
¢ Sniper jury fails to reach verdict ¢ More women opting to defer motherhood ¢ Panda cub to make earlier debut at zoo ¢ Stun guns approved for police department
Former Illinois governor indicted on corruption charges
December 18, 2003
Former Gov. George Ryan, who gained a worldwide reputation as a critic of the death penalty, was indicted Wednesday on charges of taking payoffs in a corruption scandal that shadowed his entire four years in office and cut short his political career.
On the record
December 18, 2003
Horoscopes
December 18, 2003
Favre says he’ll be back with Pack in 2004
December 18, 2003
Brett Favre is coming back for another year.
Winter drought deepens in N.W. Kansas
Only 15 percent of wheat germinated
December 18, 2003
Despite heavy snows throughout much of the state, northwest Kansas remains gripped by the severe drought that took hold during the summer of 2000.
Residents object to state buying ranch
December 18, 2003
Objections from Edwards County residents could derail the state’s planned purchase of the Circle K ranch, a sale that would be the state’s biggest land deal since development of the Cheyenne Bottoms a half-century ago.
It’s risky business hiring NFL coaches
Falcons, Giants need head start in searching for replacements for Reeves, Fassel
December 18, 2003
It’s harder than it used to be to hire a coach in the NFL.
KU gets chilly reception
Jayhawks reach Orlando, Fla., and find it surprisingly cool
December 18, 2003
The Sunshine State didn’t live up to its name, but Kansas University’s football team still was excited to be here Wednesday when the Jayhawks arrived for their first bowl game since 1995. The temperature was 50 degrees — and dropping — at McCracken Field when the Jayhawks started their first practice in Florida in preparation for Monday’s date with North Carolina State in the Tangerine Bowl.
Universities recommend sale of 89 vehicles
December 18, 2003
State university officials are poised to sell 89 vehicles, including 44 at Kansas University, as part of an effort to reduce the state’s fleet of cars.
Freshman Deng sparks Duke
Third-ranked Blue Devils trip Princeton, 69-51
December 18, 2003
Luol Deng wanted the ball. He told Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski as much during one second-half huddle.
Sales tax fortunes reversed
Rural counties see revenue increase at expense of urban areas
December 18, 2003
For years, officials at the Barber County Courthouse in Medicine Lodge have watched as their neighbors drove to Pratt, Wichita and Augusta to buy new cars and trucks — taking their sales tax dollars with them. No more.
Nebraska officials silent on coaching search
Since Huskers fired Solich, only two candidates’ names have surfaced
December 18, 2003
The head football coach at Nebraska is the highest-paid and, with all due respect to the governor, probably the highest-profile state employee.
Grinch’ a gift tonight
December 18, 2003
Holiday-themed programming abounds one week before Christmas and the night before the beginning of Hanukkah: Boris Karloff narrates the 1966 animated special “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (7 p.m., WB). adapted from the writer-illustrator’s classic children’s book.
Friends and neighbors
December 18, 2003
Briefly
December 18, 2003
¢ At least 30 arrested in heroin sting ¢ Democracy survey finds increase in freedoms ¢ Airport renamed for Bob Hope ¢ Gunshots linked to highway shootings
Briefcase
December 18, 2003
¢ Jurors can’t agree in KDOT shooting case ¢ Eudora Police seize marijuana, cash ¢ Grant issued to help minority recruitment ¢ Alcohol-related fatalities to be commemorated
Money limits may not help campaigns
December 18, 2003
The reason that backers of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill are likely to be disappointed in its results can be found right at the start of the majority opinion last week upholding the law. Quoting the 1896 words of that icon of the Progressive era, Elihu Root, Justices John Paul Stevens and Sandra Day O’Connor, the authors of the 5-4 majority opinion, said the new law is designed “to purge national politics of what was conceived to be the pernicious influence of ‘big money’ campaign contributions.”
Daily ticker
December 18, 2003
NYSE to split chairman, CEO roles
Federal regulators OK reform plan
December 18, 2003
Federal regulators, responding to a pay scandal at the New York Stock Exchange, approved an overhaul of the exchange Wednesday after the NYSE agreed to split its top executive positions to avoid concentrating excessive power in one person.
Ice cream chain sweet on downtown
KU grad to open Cold Stone Creamery
December 18, 2003
Cold Stone Creamery hopes to dip into the ice cream market in Lawrence. The nation’s fastest-growing ice cream franchise will open by early March at 647 Mass. in a storefront next to Starbuck’s Coffee.
Hall of Fame QB Graham dies at age 82
December 18, 2003
Otto Graham, the Hall of Fame quarterback who led the Cleveland Browns to a championship game in every season he played, died Wednesday. He was 82.
Audit to examine wisdom of state fleet reduction
December 18, 2003
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has made a lot of political mileage from efforts to reduce the state vehicle fleet, but some legislative leaders are questioning whether her decision will cost more over the long haul. “I’m getting phone calls from people that say, ‘Not only will you not have savings, but you will have substantially higher costs,’” said Senate President Dave Kerr, a Hutchinson Republican. “I don’t want to ignore knowledgeable state employees.”
Cities may get relief from train whistles
December 18, 2003
The faraway train whistle has inspired longings for adventure and evoked pangs of loneliness in generations of poets and songwriters.
McCullough services
December 18, 2003
Legislature may hear KU civil service plan
December 18, 2003
A plan to move 1,500 Kansas University employees out of the state’s civil service system may be heard by the Legislature when it convenes early next year. KU administrators want the Legislature to approve a bill that would allow each of the state’s universities to decide whether its classified employees should withdraw from the civil service system.
Corrections
December 18, 2003
Celtics nudge Mavericks
Pierce hits game-winner in 105-103 thriller
December 18, 2003
Antoine Walker stood in a familiar spot — beyond the 3-point arc on Boston’s court with the game on the line.
Sports conduct
December 18, 2003
Suspect convicted in shooting deaths
December 18, 2003
A Jackson County judge on Wednesday convicted a 29-year-old man of the 1999 shooting deaths of two young people at a Kansas City, Mo., motel.
Bush plan to halve federal deficit draws skepticism, derision
December 18, 2003
President Bush’s goal of cutting in half a projected $500 billion federal deficit within five years is being dismissed as too timid by conservatives, unachievable by analysts and laughable by Democrats.
Pierce highest-paid ex-Jayhawk in NBA
December 18, 2003
Paul Pierce is the highest-paid of the eight former Kansas University basketball players currently toiling in the NBA.
Compromise nears on after-school program regulation
Background checks plan ‘has to make sense’
December 18, 2003
It has been characterized as a debate of fixing what isn’t broken versus preventing potential tragedy.
Briefly
December 18, 2003
¢ Chirac moves to outlaw religious symbols ¢ Two life sentences given in sex case ¢ Deal authorizes nuclear inspections ¢ Poll rates threats to world peace
Lawrence briefs
December 18, 2003
¢ Report: Haskell student died of alcohol poisoning ¢ Former KU professor vying for UNC job ¢ Blood donors can bring children to meet Santa ¢ KU professor wins national prize for book
On the way out
December 18, 2003