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Poet’s showcase
December 28, 2003
Briefly
December 28, 2003
¢ 3 days of mourning begin for crash victims ¢ Nuclear program called ‘low level’
The year of the troubling question
Missing weapons of mass destruction, Bennifer hoopla, California recall and baggy pants prove perplexing
December 28, 2003
It was the Year of the Troubling Question. The most troubling one was: What the heck happened to all those weapons of mass destruction that were supposed to be in Iraq? Apparently there was an intelligence mix-up. As CIA director George Tenet noted recently, “Our thinking now is that the weapons of mass destruction might actually be in that other one, whaddycallit, Iran. Or Michigan. We’re pretty sure the letter ‘i’ is involved.”
2004 calendar commemorates ‘150 Years of Lawrence, Kansas’
December 28, 2003
Most everyone who’s called Lawrence home for any length of time knows the story of what happened here on Aug. 21, 1863. Early that morning, William Quantrill and his band of armed ruffians swept through the city on horseback, leaving a wake of death and fiery destruction. A lesser-known fact is what the people of Lawrence were doing the night before the raid.
The arts suffer but show resilience in 2003
December 28, 2003
It was a year of extremes — overnight lines for the latest “Harry Potter” book and record art auction sales for Modigliani and Klimt. But Broadway struggled to find a hit. It was a year of stolen antiquities and an exquisite ballerina. The ailing economy continued to threaten opera and dance companies, symphony orchestras and Broadway. But the arts showed their resilience.
Dog may need allergy drugs for a while
December 28, 2003
I’ve been following your natural allergy plan to treat my dog Sugar’s allergies since last summer. She’s been doing great! Recently, however, she has started itching again. What else can I do to make her comfortable?
Pet briefs
December 28, 2003
¢ Postal service sells out of animal stamps ¢ Runny nose can mean infection in pet
Democrats might nominate Dean to avoid third-party bid
December 28, 2003
Arthur Goldberg was a fine public servant — secretary of labor, Supreme Court justice, ambassador to the United Nations — but a dreadful candidate for governor of New York in 1970, when it was said that if he gave one more speech he would lose Canada, too. Howard Dean is becoming Goldbergean.
Toenails, trade deficit distract columnist in search of an idea
December 28, 2003
Hair didn’t aid museum director’s appeal to Legislature
December 28, 2003
If you think Kansas University had an easier time with the Kansas Legislature 100 years ago, think again.
Still more stamps planned for 2004
December 28, 2003
And the beat goes on for the second half of the 2004 U.S. stamp program.
Once a phenom, Griffin struggling
December 28, 2003
He once was one of the brightest stars to emerge from the world of Philadelphia high school basketball. Today, at age 21, Eddie Griffin is without a job and with an uncertain future.
Weather service ‘mishandled’ contract
December 28, 2003
The National Weather Service bought and installed defective equipment designed to keep power flowing to storm-detecting radar, then quietly replaced the problem system by paying the same contractor for replacements, government documents show.
Rescuers, families dig through quake rubble
Provincial leader says up to 40,000 may be dead
December 28, 2003
Relatives and rescuers used everything from bare hands to bulldozers Saturday to retrieve victims of a powerful earthquake that crumbled vast swaths of this city of mud-brick buildings into powder and frost-chilled rubble, killing thousands of people.
City to take new look at N. Lawrence flooding
Study will map drainage problems, propose solutions
December 28, 2003
For nine years, Ted Boyle has been president of the North Lawrence Improvement Assn. And for nine years, the No. 1 complaint of his neighbors has been the same: Flooding.
Creamy state tribute wins national acclaim
Lawrence teen creates new Edy’s ice cream flavor
December 28, 2003
Standing on the lower level of what would become her new west Lawrence home last spring, Kalli McClure didn’t know the tornado dancing outside would be the inspiration for a prize-winning ice cream.
City won’t seek return of state funding to cities
December 28, 2003
For the first time in recent years, Lawrence won’t ask the Kansas Legislature to keep its hands off “demand transfer” financial aid to cities. It’s already too late.
Drive-through caller foils robbery
December 28, 2003
Two Kansas City, Kan., men were arrested late Friday night in connection with an armed robbery attempt at Taco John’s, 1626 W. 23rd St. — the second such incident in less than a week in south-central Lawrence.
City briefs
December 28, 2003
¢ Scholarships available for competition essays ¢ Red Cross honors volunteers at banquet ¢ Museum displays student photography
Scientists still hopeful that spacecraft made it safely to Mars
December 28, 2003
Europe’s first Mars probe remained silent for a third day Saturday, but scientists clung to the hope that the Beagle 2 spacecraft had landed safely on the Red Planet and would respond to a call from its mother ship in about a week.
Lawrence commuter report
December 28, 2003
J. Bunker Clark
December 28, 2003
Mary Ann Drummet
December 28, 2003
A. H.‘Hank’ North
December 28, 2003
Richard Nightingale Jr.
December 28, 2003
Ralph E. O’Connor
December 28, 2003
Green card lottery entries drop
December 28, 2003
There have been less than half the usual number of entries for the green card lottery this year, and immigrants’ advocates blame a new rule requiring hopefuls to apply by computer.
Pulitzer Prize winner works on another ‘puzzle’ of a novel
December 28, 2003
Shirley Ann Grau sips her gin and recalls the day four decades ago when bumbling Ku Klux Klansmen tried to burn a cross on her front lawn. The men apparently forgot to bring a shovel and couldn’t drive the cross into the ground. So it burned lying flat on Grau’s yard — not a terribly intimidating sight.
Two more bodies found in mudslide
December 28, 2003
Search and rescue teams Saturday found the bodies of two more people caught by a mudslide that smothered a mountain church camp in a canyon burned bare by fall wildfires in the San Bernardino Mountains.
3 still missing after avalanche
December 28, 2003
Trudging through snow far deeper than they expected, rescue crews Saturday searched for three snowboarders feared dead in an avalanche, but found no trace of them.
Novelty inventor dies
December 28, 2003
Harold von Braunhut, the creator of Sea Monkeys, X-Ray Specs and other quirky novelties marketed to children via advertisements in comic books, has died. He was 77.
Argument leads to stabbing at Wichita hospital
December 28, 2003
Help was close at hand Saturday when a man was stabbed in the arm while visiting a friend in the hospital, authorities said.
American soldiers drawn into fatal battle in Afghanistan
December 28, 2003
Suspected al-Qaida fighters ambushed Afghan security forces near the Pakistani border Saturday, and U.S. forces were drawn into the deadly gunbattle that ensued, a local commander said.
Map documents city’s drunken-driving havoc
City had 150 alcohol-related wrecks in ‘02
December 28, 2003
Daniel Vannicola feels fortunate to have escaped serious injury when his truck was hit by a vehicle driven by a man suspected of being under the influence of alcohol. “It scared the hell out of me,” said Vannicola, an 18-year-old graduate of Perry-Lecompton High School.
Despite war crimes trial, Milosevic may win seat
December 28, 2003
It looks like another rough day for Serbian politics today — four indicted war criminals are running for parliament.
Hutchinson to refurbish Civil War cannons
December 28, 2003
Marshall Steen wanted to give Hutchinson’s two Confederate cannons a new home.
Testing starts for West Nile vaccine
Trials now taking place on 60 volunteers in Kansas City area
December 28, 2003
Veterinarians have been advising horse owners in recent summers to vaccinate their animals against West Nile virus. But no such vaccine is available for humans, for whom long sleeves and mosquito repellent provide the best protection against the disease.
New SARS case suspected
December 28, 2003
China on Saturday announced its first suspected SARS case since July, saying the patient was hospitalized in the southern province where the virus is believed to have originated.
Year of change for Jayhawks
Self, Perkins replaced Williams, Bohl during tumultuous times
December 28, 2003
Little did we know a year ago. Little did we realize as 2002 ticked inexorably away that 2003 would be the most iconoclastic year in the history of Kansas University athletics. Back in the post-Christmas days of ‘02, KU sports fans were wondering … ¢ why football coach Mark Mangino had received a one-year contract extension in the wake of a 2-10 season; ¢ why the men’s basketball team had already lost three games; ¢ and why Al Bohl was still athletic director amid further revelations of improprieties at Fresno State, his previous stop.
Steinbrenner faints at service
Yankees’ owner admitted to hospital after collapsing
December 28, 2003
New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner collapsed at a Florida memorial service for a close friend Saturday and was rushed to a hospital.
Eagles top Redskins
Philadelphia earns first-round bye in NFC playoffs
December 28, 2003
The Philadelphia Eagles guaranteed themselves a week off. There’s no telling what’s in store for the Washington Redskins.
Cavaliers shut down Pitt, Fitzgerald
December 28, 2003
Matt Schaub capped his career as Virginia’s most prolific quarterback by taking a knee on his second consecutive Continental Tire Bowl victory.
Corporate support lacks permanence
December 28, 2003
On Dec. 19, even before this year’s Axa Liberty Bowl is played New Year’s Eve, the game’s title sponsor, Axa Financial Inc., a New York financial services firm, announced it was ending its seven-year sponsorship, with AutoZone Inc., assuming it next year.
Budget cuts put 400 on road to homelessness
General Assistance, MediKan to run out Jan. 1
December 28, 2003
In a week or two Jason Stark figures he’ll be tossed from the house he shares with two other men. “They’ve got their disability (payments). I can’t get mine,” said Stark, 33. “I don’t know what the deal is. I don’t have any money.” Stark, who takes three prescription drugs to control his schizophrenia, is one of more than 400 Kansans — all of them disabled and poor — who on Jan. 1 will be dropped from the state’s General Assistance and MediKan rolls.
Gas leak victims still homeless
December 28, 2003
Sitting in their temporary shelter in a government office, Xiong Qimei hugged her two sons and waited Saturday for word that they could return to their village after crews sealed a gas well in China’s southwest that spewed toxic fumes and killed at least 198 people.
More Kansans without insurance
State working to help small business provide for employee health care
December 28, 2003
Matie Grubham says living without medical insurance is “horrible.” “You call a doctor and you say you don’t have any medical insurance, so they say you are going to have to pay upfront,” Grubham said. “And if you don’t have any money, it’s like running into a wall.”
Odd Thomas’ blends horror with romance
December 28, 2003
In his new thriller, “Odd Thomas,” Dean Koontz tells a story of a cult-driven bloodbath to which he adds some existential eeriness that keeps the reader eagerly anticipating every word.
What are you reading?
December 28, 2003
Arts notes
December 28, 2003
¢ Artist sates memory’s sweet tooth with clay cakes ¢ Print show paints picture of Lawrence ¢ Spencer exhibits 18th-century nativity ¢ Auditions scheduled for ‘V Henry K’ ¢ Illustrated books include KC artist’s work
Teapot o’ gold
Tea drinkers get health boost from their beverage of choice
December 28, 2003
A buzz fills the room as patrons enter. Cups clink. Women chatter. Some people sit tucked into corners, engrossed in books and sipping cups of steaming beverages. Others tap busily at laptop computers, iced drinks at hand. It could be any one of the dozens of coffee shops that monopolize nearly every street corner today. But it’s not java they drink. It’s tea.
Economic outlook uncertain for Kansas
Farmers had banner year with high cattle prices, bountiful wheat crop; aviation industry suffered
December 28, 2003
Kansas is blessed with fertile soil and a long history with the aviation industry. Kansas is cursed with fertile soil and a long history with the aviation industry. Depending on the vagaries of Mother Nature and the national economy, either statement could be valid a year from now, when business leaders take stock of 2004.
Disclosure, competition may lower mutual fund fees
December 28, 2003
No doubt about it: The average mutual fund’s fees are outrageously high; investors would be well-served if fees were lower. But is it right for regulators to take on the role of forcing fund companies to cut fees? The idea leaves me uneasy.
The Motley Fool
December 28, 2003
¢ Last week’s question, answer ¢ Choosing stocks ¢ Fear of flying ¢ Asset allocation for retirees
Defending a year’s worth of opinions
December 28, 2003
If you write enough columns — 98 under this byline this year, not counting today’s — the review of the product, which I have been attempting annually at this season, is guaranteed to be a humbling experience. Departing from custom, I tried this year to correct my “goofs” promptly, rather than store them for this accounting, and so the errors of fact — the mistake about the singing judge, for example — have already been rectified. (If you missed it, don’t worry; Judge Prado was confirmed despite my gaffe.)
Experts: Adjust taxes before new year
There’s time to make most of money
December 28, 2003
When it comes to taxes, the April 15 filing deadline is circled on almost everyone’s calendar. But area accountants and financial planning professionals say people who are looking to reduce their tax bills should make a special mark for Dec. 31 as well.
Bush’s jobless economic recovery
December 28, 2003
Before America allows President Bush to take bows on the economy, let’s take a closer look at this recovery. A simple thought experiment — the kind former President Reagan used to like to do — will help.
Earth issues
December 28, 2003
Rebel attacks kill 13 in Iraq
December 28, 2003
In the biggest rebel attack since Saddam Hussein’s capture, suicide bombers and assailants with mortars and grenade launchers blasted coalition military bases and the governor’s office in this southern city Saturday, killing 13 people and wounding at least 172.
Paul Isaac Davis
December 28, 2003
Flossie Marie Bowen
December 28, 2003
Warmth winnable in woods
No one likes cold, but finding heat isn’t all that difficult
December 28, 2003
The tarp is strung. The fire is crackling. Three of us are hunkered there in the dark, the firelight illuminating our faces. We are warm. We are happy. We have found this tiny opening in the woods and made it a snug home for the night.
El Dorado lake in drawdown
December 28, 2003
The U.S Army Corps of Engineers has recently started releasing water from El Dorado Reservoir to control zebra mussels along the shoreline.
Hasselbeck, Seahawks victorious on road
Seattle quarterback passes for 315 yards, two touchdowns in 24-17 victory over 49ers
December 28, 2003
The Seattle Seahawks’ bench practically exploded when Jeff Garcia skipped a fourth-down pass off the turf at midfield with 1:06 left. Several Seahawks charged onto the field waving their helmets, and several others threw most of their uniforms into the crowd in celebration.
Louisville stuns Kentucky
Cards halt Wildcats’ regular-season streak, 65-56
December 28, 2003
Kentucky’s yearlong regular-season winning streak is over and Louisville has started a streak of its own against the Wildcats.
Hamilton has Seminoles winning
December 28, 2003
Leonard Hamilton arrived in Tallahassee in March 2002, oblivious to the obvious. He couldn’t see the headlines about spring football at Florida State. He couldn’t see the basketball program’s seven losing seasons in the past nine, the empty seats at the Seminoles’ home arena, the nearly guaranteed spot at the bottom of the ACC standings, the losses to Furman and American and Western Carolina and on and on and on.
Fans planning ouster for Nebraska AD
Group of Cornhusker faithful touring state in effort to remove Pederson
December 28, 2003
This probably isn’t the kind of grass roots fund-raising effort Nebraska athletic director Steve Pederson had in mind.
Oh, how the tides turn
Struggling Raiders can’t catch a break
December 28, 2003
Seventeen weeks of misery ends today for the Oakland Raiders, once-proud champions of the AFC reduced to dreary also-rans this season.
Sick cow in Washington likely from Canada
Bovine’s origin may save U.S. beef export market
December 28, 2003
Investigators tentatively traced the first U.S. cow with mad cow disease to Canada, which could help determine the scope of the outbreak and might even limit the economic damage to the American beef industry.
State and local briefs
December 28, 2003
¢ Union urging more state contributions to KPERS ¢ Appraiser mailing forms for personal property ¢ Eagle Day swoops in ¢ County commissioners off until Jan. 12
Mexico suspends drunken-driving checkpoints during the holidays
December 28, 2003
The first man caught in the drunken-driving dragnet was a 32-year-old Spaniard who had been guiding his car down this city’s Avenida Reforma, apparently confident that as long as he kept going straight, no one would stop him.
On the record
December 28, 2003
Mudslide victim died while helping another camper
Wellington resident remembered as never meeting a stranger
December 28, 2003
A Wellington man who died in a mudslide at a southern California campground was apparently helping another camper when the river of rocks and mud roared down a hillside, relatives said Saturday.
Royals making right offseason moves
Kansas City manager Pena beaming about franchise’s ‘huge’ winter acquisitions
December 28, 2003
Tony Pena was easy to recognize at the recent winter meetings. He was the man who couldn’t stop smiling.
Patriots home for playoffs
Brady throws four TD passes in 31-0 victory
December 28, 2003
The New England Patriots secured the top seed in the AFC playoffs — and avenged an embarrassing loss to the Buffalo Bills. In a game of strange coincidences, the Patriots won 31-0 Saturday behind Tom Brady’s four scoring passes in the first half and the defense’s third shutout in four home games.
Briefly
December 28, 2003
¢ Poll suggests public support for Medicare bill wavers ¢ Kerry speech hammers Dean
Briefly
December 28, 2003
¢ Annual directory lists nation’s historic hotels ¢ Airport restaurants turn toward healthier fare
Missouri deer season sets another record
December 28, 2003
Missouri’s 2003 firearms deer season had some ups and downs, but the final tally shows that hunters bagged 254,367 deer.
Jack Stanley Burn
December 28, 2003
Randall Montgomery Jackson
December 28, 2003
Calendar
December 28, 2003
Some activities offered by Douglas County Senior Services, 745 Vt., are listed below. Call 842-0543 for program details.
New National Air and Space Museum takes off
December 28, 2003
The Enola Gay and a supersonic Concorde. A Blackbird spy plane and the space shuttle Enterprise. All these and many other flying machines can be found in the dazzling exhibits of history and technology at the Smithsonian Institution’s new National Air and Space Museum.
Photographer overcomes obstacles to portray classroom interaction
Behind the lens
December 28, 2003
We get many assignments to photograph teachers interacting with their students in class. Two difficulties are figuring out where to position yourself so you can anticipate the teacher’s moves and trying to blend into the classroom so the students will ignore you and the large camera you are pointing at them.
Lee’s recovery still on schedule
December 28, 2003
Michael Lee paid a visit to the doctor’s office Friday — right after returning to Lawrence from his hometown of Portland, Ore., where he had a holly, jolly, four-day Christmas vacation.
Unusual, neon clocks light up eyes of collectors
December 28, 2003
Any unusual clock, especially a design that used neon, is wanted by collectors. The first neon sign was made in Paris in 1910. Neon did not come to the United States until 1923, when a Packard dealership in Los Angeles ordered a large and very expensive sign. But it was not until 10 years later — when Prohibition ended — that the era of neon signs really began.
Living in the past
Longtime collector transforms home into shagadelic pad
December 28, 2003
Austin Powers would feel right at home in Richard Elioff’s groovy Minneapolis pad. Outside, it’s a traditional 1920s bungalow, but inside, it’s swingin’, baby!
Wood ashes in most soils ineffective
December 28, 2003
Although the mild winter temperatures have been good for heating bills, many people have been able to enjoy the sights and sounds of their wood fireplace.
Briefcase
December 28, 2003
¢ Employees more giving to co-workers than boss ¢ Weak economy cited for age discrimination ¢ Name that company
Memphis trips Tigers, 61-59
December 28, 2003
Memphis senior point guard Antonio Burks is starting to adapt to his role as team leader. Burks contributed leadership, spirit and 17 points Saturday as Memphis beat No. 11 Missouri, 61-59, the Tigers’ third loss in four games.
Williams’ debut dandy
Knicks’ guard a hit in first start
December 28, 2003
Frank Williams made two buzzer-beaters, Keith Van Horn sank four three-pointers, and even 12th man Michael Sweetney scored in the New York Knicks’ most lopsided win this season.
Faces and places
December 28, 2003
Transgendered community cites progress 10 years after tragedy
Teena murder helped mold civil rights issue
December 28, 2003
Ten years ago, a handsome, brown-haired 21-year-old named Brandon Teena was raped and later murdered by two men after they discovered Teena wasn’t born a man. The tragedy in rural southeastern Nebraska inspired the award-winning 1999 film, “Boys Don’t Cry.” It also led to a documentary, a play, lengthy articles in national magazines and numerous homespun tribute sites on the Internet.
Horoscopes
December 28, 2003
Chiefs hope Holmes can set record in finale
Kansas City has few other incentives against Bears in final game of regular season
December 28, 2003
All of a sudden, momentum heading into the playoffs doesn’t seem to mean much to the Kansas City Chiefs. That’s because they have little of it. The Chiefs (12-3) go into today’s regular-season finale against Chicago already assured of the No. 2 seed in the AFC. New England (14-2) earned home-field advantage and the top seed throughout the AFC playoffs Saturday with a 31-0 victory over Buffalo. That means the Chiefs will be playing for nothing except a little momentum and Priest Holmes’ place in history.
Value of bowl game sponsorship questioned
December 28, 2003
On New Year’s Day, highly ranked football teams from Georgia and Purdue will duel at the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla., but for marketers at the McLean, Va.-based credit card giant the outcome of the game will ultimately be of little importance.
Bookstore
December 28, 2003
Fragile food
A case of “mad cow” disease in Washington may raise American consumers’ appreciation for the importance of a safe food supply.
December 28, 2003
The full impact of the discovery of “mad cow” disease in the United States isn’t known yet, but the case certainly raises the awareness of Americans to the importance of maintaining a safe food supply.
Kathryn Wayne Maupin McCabe
December 28, 2003
Oklahoma, LSU took different paths to BCS title game
December 28, 2003
Oklahoma had the look of a national champion from the beginning, even though its top quarterback was a wobbly kneed scrambler with only five career starts.
People
December 28, 2003
¢ Swedes back ‘mixed’ royal union ¢ Rapper wanted in paternity case ¢ Gospel singer to celebrate King ¢ Miniseries features Indian themes
Meningitis cases keep PSU busy during break
University, health workers trying to contact residents who shared dormitory where infected students lived
December 28, 2003
No new cases of bacterial meningitis were reported at Pittsburg State University, where two students who lived on different floors of the same residence hall were diagnosed last week with the disease.
Israel invades Nablus; one dies
December 28, 2003
Israeli troops shot and killed a teenage Palestinian and wounded 17 other people Saturday as soldiers and armored vehicles invaded the West Bank city of Nablus in the largest show of Israeli force in the city in nearly a year, Palestinian security officials said.
N.C. lens legend still a strong force
December 28, 2003
Hugh Morton isn’t ignoring the passage of time. He’s slowing it down, one memorable snapshot at a time.
Woodling: ESPN crew lacks facts about KU
December 28, 2003
Notes and quotes while wondering when Kansas University’s men’s basketball team will start walking the walk instead of talking the talk. …
Pet Post
December 28, 2003