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Judge rejects attempt to appeal school finance order
December 19, 2003
(Updated Friday at 3:22 p.m.) A judge Friday slapped down an attempt by the State Board of Education to appeal his decision that the school finance system was unconstitional. “JUST GO FIX IT!” Shawnee County District Court Judge Terry Bullock wrote in his order.
Officers to check for drunk drivers
December 19, 2003
(Updated Friday at 12:34 p.m.) The Douglas County Sheriff’s office and state and local law enforcement agencies will crack down on drunk drivers in the county as part of the “You Drink and Drive—You Lose” campaign, starting tonight.
Pelini says he hasn’t interviewed
Interim Nebraska football coach would like shot at permanent position
December 19, 2003
Interim Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said Thursday he hadn’t interviewed for the permanent job and didn’t know when, or if, he would.
Briefly
December 19, 2003
¢ WMD search leader considers leaving post ¢ U.S. plans to hire Iraqi WMD scientists
Briefly
December 19, 2003
¢ Putin announces candidacy ¢ Princess Diana inquest set ¢ U.S. pushes N. Korea talks
Pharmaceutical company lands $15 million deal
Deciphera has high hopes for Lawrence venture
December 19, 2003
Matt McClorey has 15 million new ways to convince people the area’s life sciences movement is for real. McClorey, chief executive of the Lawrence Regional Technology Center, and officials with Lawrence-based Deciphera Pharmaceuticals said Thursday the fledgling drug development company had completed a deal for $15 million in private financing.
U.S. soldier killed in ambush; Annan calls for meeting
December 19, 2003
Rebels killed a U.S. soldier in the first fatal ambush for the U.S. military since the capture of Saddam Hussein last weekend. Also in the Iraqi capital, Shiites buried an assassinated politician Thursday after a sneak attack blamed on Saddam loyalists.
Mary Jane Brenton
December 19, 2003
Cold’ tale a hot pick for Golden Globes
December 19, 2003
“Cold Mountain,” director Anthony Minghella’s sweeping Civil War love story based on the best-selling novel, may have captured eight Golden Globe nominations Thursday, but an underdog racehorse and two strikingly mature teenage actresses also captured the heart of the Hollywood foreign press as the movie awards season shifted into high gear.
Green River Killer gets life sentence
Victims’ families share rage at hearing
December 19, 2003
With an eloquence honed by years of grief, relatives of the Green River Killer’s victims finally spoke Thursday to the man who snuffed out the lives of their sisters, daughters and wives, then watched as a judge sentenced him to 48 consecutive life terms.
Briefly
December 19, 2003
¢ Halliburton denies overcharging for gas ¢ Seven family members killed in house fire ¢ Federal jobless benefits set to end Saturday ¢ Schools stay closed after bullets hit buses
Lawrence brothers help bring ‘Rings’ to the screen
December 19, 2003
Perhaps no recent movie has transported viewers to another time and place as effectively as “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Part of the project’s exotic, untamed visuals stem from the fact it was shot entirely in New Zealand. A small army of actors, craftsmen and technicians were imported to the fertile island on the other side of the world for up to three years while each film was being forged.
The Mums craft new sound in absence of founding member
December 19, 2003
The genealogy of Lawrence jazz quartet The Mums follows a twisted path not unlike the capricious nature of a John Coltrane performance. Originally a trio organized by jazz drummer Don Mumford, a veteran player whose resume included a stint with the Sun Ra Arkestra, the band took on a life of its own after Mumford skipped town this past spring, three days prior to a big gig at the Coleman Hawkins Neighborhood Festival in Topeka.
Daily ticker
December 19, 2003
About 80 flu shots available today
Health Department receives ‘limited supply’ for high-risk patients
December 19, 2003
At least 70 people will be able to receive flu shots today from the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department.
Native Kansan appointed to lead National Guard
December 19, 2003
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius appointed a new adjutant general Thursday, selecting Col. Tod Bunting to lead the Kansas National Guard.
LHS can’t come out slow against upstart Free State
December 19, 2003
A long layoff can mean a fresh team, or an out-of-synch team.
Randtke the ‘man’
Post player has 28 points, 14 rebounds
December 19, 2003
Veritas Christian boys basketball coach Doug Bennett already had seen Topeka Cornerstone’s height advantage before Thursday night’s game.
Stakes high for K.C., Vikes
Incentive for Chiefs: home-field playoff edge
December 19, 2003
After six losses in eight games, the Minnesota Vikings’ 6-0 start is all but forgotten. The Vikings are fighting just to make the playoffs when they play host Saturday to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Union off base in Rodriguez case
December 19, 2003
If I tried to match legal wits with Marvin Miller, Don Fehr, Gene Orza or any of the other counselors who have guided the baseball players’ union to its position of unmatched power, I would be crushed like a Chan Ho Park fastball.
Roethlisberger, RedHawks roll
QB dominates Cards; opts to turn pro
December 19, 2003
Ben Roethlisberger ended his college career in style.
Coaches regret tie-in to BCS champion
USA Today/ESPN voters concerned about automatic No. 1 for Sugar Bowl winner
December 19, 2003
Walt Harris and Pete Carroll have been friends for more than three decades. That won’t stop Pittsburgh’s coach from reluctantly dropping Carroll’s Southern California from No. 1 in the coaches’ poll — even if it wins the Rose Bowl.
Briefly
December 19, 2003
¢ Investigators track new SARS case ¢ Former East German leader wins parole ¢ Niagara Falls survivor fined for stunt ¢ Iran signs agreement for nuclear inspections
Medical records to be centerpiece at Bryant hearing
December 19, 2003
Medical records and patient confidentiality will be at the heart of Kobe Bryant’s hearing today, when key evidence will be discussed in detail for the first time before the trial judge.
6Sports video: City showdown will rock the house
December 19, 2003
The girls’ squads will meet on Friday night.
New FEC chairman eyes limits for political groups
December 19, 2003
Democrats who have been forming special groups to avoid spending restrictions in the campaign finance law may soon face some bad news: The government’s new chief election regulator is warning their activities could be reined in.
T’wolves tied at top
Minnesota logs fourth straight win
December 19, 2003
After an exhausting climb, the Minnesota Timberwolves are tied at the top of the Midwest Division.
Horoscopes
December 19, 2003
Milosevic had advance knowledge of Srebrenica killings, Clark testifies
December 19, 2003
Presidential hopeful Gen. Wesley Clark testified that Slobodan Milosevic knew in advance about the 1995 massacre of thousands of Bosnian Muslims, according to transcripts released Thursday. Clark’s testimony gave U.N. prosecutors the most direct evidence yet linking the former Yugoslav leader to the genocide.
Putin consolidates power
December 19, 2003
In early 2000, I asked a question about Russian President Putin that still reverberates in Moscow. Especially now. “Who is Mr. Putin?” I queried four top Russian officials, who sat on a stage before 1,000 international businessmen at the Davos World Economic Forum. One after the other, each looked around nervously and refused to answer. Russian TV crews filmed the scene, which was rebroadcast for weeks.
Movie franchises can take on own life — for better or worse
December 19, 2003
With the arrival in theaters of “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” the final filmic chapter of the J.R.R. Tolkien saga is a wrap.
Universities’ upkeep funds cut
Apparent legislative glitch costs state colleges $6 million
December 19, 2003
An apparent glitch in a state budget bill will cost state universities $6 million in funds intended for building maintenance, officials said Wednesday. “That’s a very devastating blow to deferred maintenance,” said Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway, whose university will lose about $1.5 million in the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2004.
Wustefeld services
December 19, 2003
Intracity showdown smaller than years past
Lions, Firebirds each lack strong inside presence
December 19, 2003
Ever since the big guys graduated from the Lawrence High and Free State boys basketball teams last year, Dec. 19 has been circled as quite possibly the most exciting city showdown to date.
Self gives Kansas’ early season performance ‘B’ grade
December 19, 2003
Today is the last day of finals week at Kansas University, so teachers like Bill Self are assessing the performance of their pupils.
Chiefs land eight players in Pro Bowl
Richardson’s selection sparks celebration; Green tapped for first time
December 19, 2003
The Kansas City Chiefs have so many top-flight players this year, it’s hardly safe to go near them.
Poll reveals growing confidence in Bush policy, bin Laden capture
December 19, 2003
Public confidence that Osama bin Laden will be caught is rising along with approval of President Bush’s handling of foreign policy and terrorism in the aftermath of Saddam Hussein’s capture, an Associated Press poll says.
Writers rehash a ‘wonderful’ but tired idea
December 19, 2003
All I want for Christmas is to review a show based on an original idea. How many times do we have to watch shows resort to the same tired variation on “It’s A Wonderful Life”?
Briefly
December 19, 2003
¢ Moore to visit Iraq ¢ Winter break begins ¢ Task force recommends video lottery for clubs ¢ Newspaper group says director misused funds
U.S. must keep pressure on Sunnis
December 19, 2003
Don’t go wobbly on the Sunnis now, George. Margaret Thatcher’s famous words of advice to George W. Bush’s father about the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990 bear updating in the wake of the capture of Saddam Hussein. The dictator’s surrender does help to open the way to national reconciliation. But it could also lead to misjudgments about how best to accomplish that noble goal while winning a guerrilla war.
Eagles, Patriots feel slighted by earning only two all-star selections
December 19, 2003
This season’s Pro Bowl voting demonstrates why football is a team game.
Who else?
December 19, 2003
There is nothing “political” about Wesley Clark’s testimony at The Hague. Wesley Clark is a Democratic presidential hopeful and he also happens to be a former Army general and NATO commander. His recent status reminds us of the importance of separating politics and duty and amplifies how quick some are to blur those lines in today’s climate of instant communication and “analysis.”
People
December 19, 2003
¢ Playboy auction raises $2.75M ¢ Pope: Crucifixion film realistic
Briefly
December 19, 2003
¢ Vacation bus crash kills 17 miners ¢ Kashmir talks possible
Episcopal bishops plan to protest gay decision
December 19, 2003
Thirteen bishops have agreed to form a network of dioceses and congregations that disapprove of the Episcopal Church’s consecration of an openly gay bishop.
Tax burdens
December 19, 2003
Homeless shelter
December 19, 2003
Dime imbroglio
December 19, 2003
Drug advertising
December 19, 2003
Playboy praise misplaced
December 19, 2003
For the past weeks, the media have been gaga over the 50th anniversary of Playboy magazine and the “Playboy philosophy,” whose guru, Hugh Hefner, began to mainstream pornography and de-couple sex from a committed marital relationship.
100 years ago, ‘Train Robbery’ launched film industry
December 19, 2003
A fierce-looking outlaw aims his six-shooter at a cluster of law-abiding citizens sitting in the darkness. He pulls the trigger and smoke pours out of the gun barrel. Men shriek. Women faint.
Microsoft, New York file lawsuit against spammer
December 19, 2003
Microsoft Corp. and the New York attorney general went after a sprawling e-mail spam ring Thursday, saying they hoped to drive it into bankruptcy by exposing what they called its schemes of deception. The software giant and Atty. Gen. Eliot Spitzer filed joint lawsuits in New York against members of the ring, which they said had sent billions of unwanted and illegal e-mail messages.
Hedges real estate to close west Lawrence office
December 19, 2003
Speculation that Lawrence’s Realty Executives-Hedges Real Estate agency is about to be bought by another real estate firm is false, the company’s owner said. Owner Bryan Hedges said he had heard the speculation and assumed it came as a reaction to a recent decision to close company offices in Baldwin and western Lawrence.
Briefcase
December 19, 2003
¢ H&R Block chooses downtown for offices ¢ Alliance to pay $600M to settle allegations ¢ Zimmer to sell stations
Jackson charged with molestation
December 19, 2003
Michael Jackson was formally charged Thursday with repeatedly molesting a cancer-stricken boy invited to his Neverland Ranch, setting the stage for what could become one of the most sensational celebrity cases this Internet-wired, 24-hour-cable world has seen.
Bush’s achy knees don’t need surgery
December 19, 2003
President Bush’s knee pain is the result of wear and tear and injuries over the years, doctors said Thursday in ruling out surgery and giving him the go-ahead to continue careful jogging.
Impeachment proceedings begin against Lithuanian president
December 19, 2003
Impeachment proceedings began Thursday against Lithuanian President Rolandas Paksas, with support building for removing him over allegations his office has close links to the Russian mafia.
A-Rod deal called ‘dead’
But Rangers still hope to trade AL MVP
December 19, 2003
The Alex Rodriguez trade is “dead,” or so the Boston Red Sox say. The Texas Rangers and the shortstop still have hope.
Sharon says Israel ready to establish own border
December 19, 2003
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Thursday that Israel was willing to move some Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip but delivered an ultimatum that Palestinians had only a few months to make peace or Israel would impose its own solution.
Schwarzenegger declares fiscal crisis
December 19, 2003
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared California in a fiscal crisis Thursday and invoked emergency powers so he could impose $150 million in spending cuts without the Legislature’s approval.
Southern, western growth pushes population near 300 million
December 19, 2003
The U.S. population grew by 2.8 million in the past year and is edging toward 300 million, a threshold that should be reached within four years.
LMH expects to generate $100 million in coming year
December 19, 2003
With the approval of a 2004 budget for Lawrence Memorial Hospital, LMH has crossed a major financial benchmark for the first time.
Lawrence briefs
December 19, 2003
¢ Area programs honored by Kansas SAFE KIDS ¢ KU design professor chosen for magazine ¢ New phone book has preparedness tips
On the record
December 19, 2003
Authorities investigating bones found in abandoned home
December 19, 2003
Authorities are trying to unravel the mystery surrounding a set of human bones found on the floor of an abandoned home in northeast Lawrence County, authorities said Thursday.
White House wetlands decision perplexes
December 19, 2003
Wetlands are now safe. Wetlands are still vulnerable.
Improvements task force developing ‘mission statement’
December 19, 2003
Three months after the city’s Public Improvements Task Force started meeting, members don’t seem quite sure where they’re headed.
Planning commissioner resigning
December 19, 2003
Sue Pine, chairwoman of the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission, said Thursday she was resigning from the board.
KU multicultural center efforts making progress
December 19, 2003
A student effort to build a new Multicultural Resource Center at Kansas University is a step closer to becoming a reality.
Athletes of the week
December 19, 2003
Kracl sparks Eudora girls
December 19, 2003
Lauren Kracl scored 23 points, leading Eudora High’s girls basketball squad to a 54-38 victory Thursday night over Prairie View.
City capsules
December 19, 2003
Secondary still seeking synch
KU defensive unit coping with recent changes
December 19, 2003
North Carolina State’s football squad shouldn’t watch much film of Kansas University’s secondary while preparing for Monday’s Tangerine Bowl.
NFL briefs
December 19, 2003
¢ Quarterback O’Donnell back with Tennessee ¢ Browns to honor Graham with helmet decals
Turner helps Aggies slip past UTSA
December 19, 2003
Kevin Turner scored all of his 15 points on three-pointers in the second half Thursday night, leading Texas A&M to a 62-49 victory over Texas-San Antonio.
College briefs
December 19, 2003
¢ Texas Tech’s Knight wants better attendance ¢ Baylor’s Thomas cleared to play
6Sports video: Wayne Simien’s durability to be tested
December 19, 2003
Simien’s had nagging health issues during the season. The upcoming back-to-back games will put the junior forward’s body to the test.
6Sports video: Jeff Graves shows improvement
December 19, 2003
Graves has shown better discipline in the last three practices, but Coach Self says that doesn’t guarantee him playing time.
6News video: Jason Tremble sentenced for bar shooting
December 19, 2003
Tremble pleaded guilty to the shooting at Brothers Bar in downtown Lawrence.
6News video: Tracks being cleared
December 19, 2003
The cleanup from the derailed trains has opened two tracks.
Flip-flop may mean millions
December 19, 2003
The fizz is gone from the Lawrence school board’s debate about banning carbonated beverages from vending machines in schools. The four-person majority on the board interested in banning Pepsi, Coke and other soft drink sales at secondary schools evaporated as it became clear the district could negotiate a multimillion-dollar contract with a soft-drink supplier.
6News video: Santa comes to Lawrence thanks to Larry Kline
December 19, 2003
Kline collects Santa Claus figurines and dresses as the jolly old elf to spread good will. He’s been playing Santa Claus at rest homes for the past five years.
6Sports video: Top six plays of the season
December 19, 2003
The highlights of the season were chosen by the Channel 6 Sports department.
NYSE selects chief executive
Goldman Sachs president named new leader
December 19, 2003
Moving quickly after federal regulators approved an overhaul plan, the New York Stock Exchange named Goldman Sachs investment firm president John Thain as its new chief executive. The announcement Thursday came only a day after the Securities and Exchange Commission approved the NYSE’s proposal to overhaul its governing structure, including splitting its top executive positions to avoid a concentration of power.
Derailment cleanup complete
December 19, 2003
Workers continued until Thursday evening cleaning up and repairing the damage caused when 16 coal cars on a Union Pacific train derailed Wednesday night in North Lawrence. Using heavy equipment, about 100 workers shoved an estimated 1,600 tons of spilled coal into a pile to be hauled away, set upright railcars that were tossed onto their sides and repaired one of two tracks damaged when the cars left the rails about 8:25 p.m. Wednesday.
Zoo to lay off 10 percent of workers
December 19, 2003
The Kansas City Zoo plans to lay off about 10 percent of its work force as it tries to deal with constraints in next year’s budget.
Courts slam anti-terror strategy
Federal judges rule U.S. can’t hold detainees indefinitely without lawyers
December 19, 2003
In twin setbacks for the Bush administration’s war on terror, federal appeals courts on opposite coasts ruled Thursday that the U.S. military cannot indefinitely hold prisoners without access to lawyers or the American court system. One ruling favored the 660 “enemy combatants” being held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The other involved Jose Padilla, an American who was seized in Chicago in an alleged plot to detonate a radioactive “dirty bomb” and was declared as an enemy combatant.
Mercury threat
December 19, 2003
Simon mentor
December 19, 2003
Regents adopt policy on sex classes
December 19, 2003
State universities now have a policy for dealing with sexually explicit materials in the classroom, but the state senator who prompted the policy said it lacked specifics. The Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday approved the policy as it was written by a committee of students, faculty and administrators. Much of the language comes from a 1970 policy statement of the American Association of University Professors.
Malvo convicted in D.C. sniper shooting
December 19, 2003
A jury convicted Lee Boyd Malvo of capital murder in the Washington-area sniper case Thursday, rejecting claims that the teenager was brainwashed by John Allen Muhammad into taking part in the three-week reign of terror that left 10 people dead. The jury now will decide whether Malvo should be sentenced to death or life in prison without parole. A jury in nearby Virginia Beach convicted Muhammad last month and recommended he be executed for his role as the mastermind of the killings.
Disney trip caps KU’s day
Jayhawks offset practice with pleasure
December 19, 2003
Of all the trash-talking college football players have done this season, the most unusual exchange might have taken place Thursday on Main Street, USA. One group of Kansas University players — outfitted with brand-new, personalized mouse-ear hats — met with another group of Jayhawks wearing their new Disney character hats.
Padgett keen on Reno
KU freshman eager for trip to hometown
December 19, 2003
David Padgett’s hometown of Reno, Nev., is known as a mecca for skiing, hiking, biking and fishing. Oh, and one other thing.
Woodling: Time for back-to-back Wolfpack
December 19, 2003
Not even the sagest of semanticists gives a hoot, I suspect, whether wolf pack should be two words, one word or hyphenated. So if a Kansas University sports team is playing the Wolf Pack Sunday and the Wolfpack Monday, we are left only to wonder if there might be a Wolf-Pack for the Jayhawks to attempt to conquer Tuesday.
3-year shooting sentence criticized
Guidelines deliver ‘slap on the wrist’ to downtown shooter
December 19, 2003
Because of state sentencing laws that tie judges’ hands, a man who injured 11 people in a shooting outside a downtown bar will serve about three years in prison — a punishment one victim called a slap on the wrist. Jason A. Tremble, 21, Topeka — a repeat offender with prior felony convictions — received a 40-month sentence Thursday for the Oct. 5 shooting outside It’s Brothers Bar & Grill, 1105 Mass.
Hail to the king
Return of the King’ towers over trilogy
December 19, 2003
“We’ve come to it at last,” declares Gandalf (Ian McKellen), “the great battle of our time.” Indeed we have.