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Power outage hits southwest Lawrence
February 3, 2003
(Updated Monday at 6:03 p.m.) Westar Energy crews were working to restore power to about 450 Lawrence residents late Monday afternoon in southwest Lawrence.
KU plans tribute to shuttle astronauts
February 3, 2003
(Updated Monday at 4:58 p.m.) Kansas University plans to honor the seven astronauts who were killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia with a moment of silence at the KU-Missouri basketball game Monday night and again at noon Tuesday on KU’s three campuses.
Baldwin High School lets out early
February 3, 2003
(Updated Monday at 2:16 p.m.) BALDWIN — Baldwin High School canceled classes and sent student home about 12:30 p.m. Monday because of a water line break.
KU official asks for probe to continue into slain student’s death
February 3, 2003
(Web Posted Monday at 1:48 p.m.) Kansas University’s top official is asking Costa Rica’s president to continue that country’s efforts to find the murderer of slain KU student Shannon Martin.
Sheriff’s office to get canine help
February 3, 2003
(Web Posted Monday at 11:49 a.m.) Douglas County is about to get a new deputy dog.
Death penalty moratorium bill introduced in Kansas Senate
February 3, 2003
(Updated Monday at 11:26 a.m.) TOPEKA — A bill that would impose a two-year moratorium on the death penalty and appoint a commission to study the state’s capital murder law was placed Monday before the Legislature.
One inch of snow in Monday’s forecast
February 3, 2003
(Updated Monday at 9:18 a.m.) Monday’s weather will bring a smorgasborg of precipitation — mist, drizzle, sleet and snow, according to a local weather forecaster.
New group forms to fight bond
Former school board president to lead efforts against school closings
February 3, 2003
A new group wants to strike out the school district’s proposed $59 million bond issue.
School consolidation a challenge for legislators
February 3, 2003
The choice seems simple: Consolidate school districts and reduce expenses while improving the quality of instruction for students.
Refinancing can be harmful
February 3, 2003
Is the equity in your home going up in smoke? A growing number of experts worry that this year’s record rush of mortgage refinancings, spurred by homeowners seeking savings from lower interest rates, has actually left many in worse shape financially.
On the money
February 3, 2003
Has the time come for you to become your own boss? Many people have found the best way to do this is by setting up their own business at home.
NFL Pro Bowl: AFC rolls over NFC
Miami’s Williams wins MVP in 45-20 rout
February 3, 2003
Ricky Williams might be the NFL’s most profoundly mellow star, so it isn’t surprising that Hawaii’s warm sun and cool breezes always bring out the best in him.
Border War lacking troops
Kansas, Missouri short-handed heading into tonight’s game at Allen Fieldhouse
February 3, 2003
The Kansas University-Missouri Border War will be waged with fewer troops and weapons this season.
Jayhawks to pay tribute to Dixon, Aycock tonight
February 3, 2003
Tamecka Dixon and Angela Aycock will join Lynette Woodard tonight as the only former Kansas University women’s basketball players with their jerseys hanging in the Allen Fieldhouse rafters.
KU adds Wichita standout
February 3, 2003
Kansas University’s football program won the recruiting battle Sunday for John Randle when the Wichita Southeast High cornerback picked KU over Kansas State.
Recruit’ arrives ahead of ‘Final Destination’ at box office
February 3, 2003
The CIA packed a bit more punch than death in film debuts at the box office. The Al Pacino-Colin Farrell spy thriller “The Recruit” debuted as the No. 1 movie with $16.5 million in its first weekend.
Sprint offer met with court order
February 3, 2003
A judge has granted BellSouth Corp. a temporary restraining order preventing its vice chairman, Gary D. Forsee, from accepting an offer to be chairman and chief executive of Sprint Corp.
Caughey services
February 3, 2003
Emma Claire Davis
February 3, 2003
SLT plea
February 3, 2003
Road options
February 3, 2003
Off the court
February 3, 2003
Tax-free teachers
February 3, 2003
Old home town - 40 and 100 years ago today
February 3, 2003
On the record
February 3, 2003
Medical mistake victim takes on malpractice caps
February 3, 2003
Linda McDougal relives the medical mistake every morning when she wakes up and sees the 31 inches of scarred incisions across her chest.
Weir wins Bob Hope Classic
Haas finds water on final hole, settles for second
February 3, 2003
Mike Weir went with caution; Jay Haas went for the green. Weir opted to lay up on the final hole and turned that strategy into his third consecutive birdie as he came from behind Sunday to win the Bob Hope Classic.
Fund likely to be created for Columbia children
February 3, 2003
A fund that raised about $1 million to assist the children of the Challenger disaster in 1986 will launch an effort to do the same for survivors of the Columbia shuttle astronauts, the board chairman said Sunday.
State school board member’s visit upsets teachers, administrators
Controversial official ended meeting with public prayer
February 3, 2003
State school board member Connie Morris’ unannounced visit to a school district in this northwest Kansas town left a bad taste in the mouths of teachers.
Preschool needs classroom volunteers
February 3, 2003
Agency: Lawrence Arts Center Preschool Address: 940 N.H. Contact Person: Linda Reimond, 843-2787, lacpreschool @sunflower.com
Columbia crew mourned across country
February 3, 2003
In Lawrence and across the nation Sunday, Americans gathered in their houses of worship to pray not only for the seven members of the space shuttle Columbia but also for the nation, grappling with yet another tragedy so soon after Sept. 11.
Doomed mission unalterable, space experts now surmise
February 3, 2003
If liftoff damage to Columbia’s thermal tiles caused the disaster, was the crew doomed from the very start?
Explosion kills 40 in Nigeria
Victims trapped in collapsed building
February 3, 2003
A powerful explosion tore apart a bank and dozens of apartments above it Sunday in Nigeria’s crowded commercial capital, killing at least 40 people and trapping many others, relief workers said.
Journalists relate ordeal of kidnapping by Colombian rebels
February 3, 2003
Ruth Morris was more knowledgeable than most people about kidnappings in Colombia, having worked in the country as a journalist for five years.
Venezuelans to ease strike
Thousands sign petitions seeking to oust Chavez
February 3, 2003
President Hugo Chavez declared victory Sunday after his opponents agreed to ease a two-month national strike, but thousands of Venezuelans still lined up for a petition drive seeking his ouster.
College Basketball Roundup: FSU dumps Duke
February 3, 2003
Duke just brings out the best in Florida State.
NBA Briefs
February 3, 2003
¢ Timberwolves’ Smith out at least three weeks ¢ Clippers activate Wilcox ¢ Fizer out for season
Atlanta’s Heatley collects 4 goals, MVP
February 3, 2003
By the time Dany Heatley got a mid-game pep talk from Wayne Gretzky, the All-Star rookie had already broken one of No. 99’s records and was zeroing in on another.
NFL Briefs
February 3, 2003
¢ Manning: Kicker ‘idiot’ ¢ Lions, Mariucci visit ¢ Seattle receiver charged
6News video: Jayhawk fan taunts rabid Mizzou fans
February 3, 2003
Journal-World reporter Joel Mathis dons his Jayhawk gear and heads to Columbia, Mo.
Kansas stuck at No. 12 in AP Top 25
February 3, 2003
Despite topping No. 3 Texas last Monday, the Jayhawks remain No. 12 in this week’s AP Top 25. The top 11 from last week shuffled spots this week, with just one team — the Longhorns — ranked the same in both polls. Florida (18-2) took over the top spot after Arizona’s loss to Stanford on Saturday, which dropped the Wildcats (16-2) to No. 2.
NBA Roundup: Short-handed Wolves roll
Garnett’s double-double lifts Minnesota over 76ers
February 3, 2003
If the Minnesota Timberwolves seem accustomed to playing short-handed, it’s because they are.
Columbia tragedy renews old questions
February 3, 2003
Those of us who covered the Challenger explosion predicted for 15 years that this day would happen, hoping it never would but realizing it was inevitable.
Elmer C. Mueller
February 3, 2003
Local Briefs
February 3, 2003
¢ New York Times publisher visits to receive award ¢ Kansas university: Nominations sought for Kansas writing award ¢ Community service: Free tax help available
Companies use ‘ultimate technology’ when making tires
February 3, 2003
Thump-thump, thump-thump. Bonnie pulled her Mustang over and stopped. My daughter was supposed to be at her Lawrence High School sophomore girls’ basketball game in 15 minutes. And there was snow all over the road.
Space Shuttle Columbia: What went wrong?
Initial evidence jibes with theory on damaged tiles
February 3, 2003
Just before it disintegrated, space shuttle Columbia experienced an abnormal rise in temperature and wind resistance that forced the craft’s automatic pilot to make rapid changes to its flight path — possible evidence that some heat-protection tiles were missing or damaged, NASA said Sunday.
KU fan puts Tigers’ ferocity to test
February 3, 2003
I was cursed at three times Sunday. Told once I’d get my bleep kicked. Received a hundred dirty looks. Lost a lopsided basketball game to a bunch of frat boys.
Capital case tab could top $1 million
Death-penalty costs weigh heavily on county
February 3, 2003
George “Pete” Wallace and Wyona Chandlee paid for a criminal’s greed with their lives.
PBS series gives ‘Dance in America’ a spin
February 3, 2003
Four male dancers discuss the path that took them from Spain, Wisconsin, Cuba and Ukraine to New York’s American Ballet Theater in “Dance in America” on “Great Performances” (9 p.m., PBS, check local listings).
Iraq suggests compromises will be on table at next U.N. talks
February 3, 2003
Just days before a crucial round of talks with chief inspectors, a senior Iraqi official said Sunday that Baghdad is “keen to resolve any pending issues” in the U.N. search for banned weapons, but didn’t immediately offer new concessions.
Briefly
February 3, 2003
¢ San Francisco: Auto dealers predict decline in vehicle sales ¢ New York City: Kasparov, computer tie in fourth chess matchup ¢ California: Neighborhood evacuated after tanker explosion ¢ Ivory Coast: Opposition riot opens second week of protests
Punxsutawney Phil sees shadow; other groundhogs predict spring
February 3, 2003
Don’t put those sweaters away yet. As an anxious crowd shivered in 33-degree temperatures early Sunday, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow and saw his shadow on Gobbler’s Knob, suggesting another six weeks of wintry weather.
Recovery teams scour earth for shuttle debris
February 3, 2003
On horseback and in four-wheel-drives, hundreds of law officers and volunteers tramped through piney woods, over pastures and through swamps Sunday, looking for pieces of Columbia that could explain what brought the shuttle down.
Israeli army demolishes houses
Officials cite lack of building permits before bulldozing 9 homes
February 3, 2003
The Israeli army, citing a lack of building permits, demolished nine houses belonging to Palestinians in the West Bank city of Hebron on Sunday, leaving dozens homeless.
KU tennis prevails, 4-3
February 3, 2003
Kansas University’s tennis team defeated Southwest Missouri State, 4-3, Sunday.
Clara O. Buchheim
February 3, 2003
Controversial James still hot topic
Everyone seems to have opinion about high school basketball player/future NBA draft pick
February 3, 2003
Everyone has an opinion. Many don’t talk about it, they scream. Few are really listening.
KU Notebook: Border War rivalry ‘all that matters’
February 3, 2003
One trip to Hearnes Center was all it took for Michael Lee to become an “official Missouri hater.”
Home improvement new reality craze
February 3, 2003
A poll conducted last year for HGTV revealed that television viewers considered “Trading Spaces” one of their favorite shows on the cable channel.
NHL All-Star Game: Heatley hot, but West wins
Atlanta player youngest to score All-Star hat trick
February 3, 2003
In a trying, troubling season, the NHL almost got the All-Star game wrong, too. Even if Dany Heatley didn’t.
Budget proposes tax cuts, record deficits
February 3, 2003
President Bush will send Congress a $2.23 trillion spending plan today featuring new tax cuts to boost the economy, a conservative tilt to major social programs and record deficits for the next two years — shortfalls that Democrats blame on Bush’s tax cuts.
Area briefs
February 3, 2003
¢ 3-year-old injured when van overturns ¢ Audio-Reader receives grant from foundation ¢ Shawnee hunter dies while checking traps ¢ Depression, bipolar support group starting ¢ Thousands sign petitions opposing higher taxes ¢ Benefit auction planned for liver disease victim
After disaster, hope survives
February 3, 2003
Last Tuesday, while the president prepared to tell us why we must go to war, the scientists onboard the space shuttle Columbia put aside their work to remember in silence the seven astronauts who had died exactly 17 years before on the Challenger.
Bad Boys’ tag rankles Pacers
Rough reputation follows Thomas from Detroit to Indiana
February 3, 2003
The Bad Boy image of Isiah Thomas’ Detroit Pistons has been shifted to Indiana — and the Pacers don’t like it.
Divers overcome blinding obstacles in rescue missions
February 3, 2003
Never mind flying blind. Try swimming blind. Imagine crawling on your hands and knees perhaps 20 feet underwater, breathing from an oxygen tank and hunting for a body, car or gun.
Lawrence City Commission
North Lawrence drainage studied
February 3, 2003
6:35 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, 6 E. Sixth St. ¢ Sunflower Broadband Channel 25
KU professors await shuttle eulogy
February 3, 2003
If President Bush decides to deliver a eulogy for the seven victims of Saturday’s space shuttle disaster, two Kansas University professors will be watching closely.
Tragedy touches shaken nation
February 3, 2003
The nation woke up to one large streak of white split into shimmering lights through the crisp Texas sky.
People
February 3, 2003
¢ Fonda withdraws donation ¢ Poundstone probation relaxed ¢ Schwarzenegger shoulders pain ¢ Snipes sued for nonpayment
Mayer: Stewart almost missed calling
February 3, 2003
If Norm Stewart’s right arm hadn’t gone south on him in about 1955, he never would have been sitting in a rocking chair on the court last Monday night in Allen Fieldhouse.
Honor the memory
February 3, 2003
In honor of the Columbia crew, America’s exploration of space must continue. They are our heroes.
Shirley Easum
February 3, 2003