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Gould puts issues ahead of getting himself elected to the school board
February 6, 2003
(Updated Friday at 2:50 p.m.) Samuel Gould’s on-again, off-again campaign for Lawrence school board race is back. But Gould says what’s more important for him than winning a four-year term on the school board is defeating the $59 million school bond proposal, blocking elementary school consolidation and raising taxes to increase teacher salaries and develop magnet schools.
One person dies in Eudora fire
February 6, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 4:44 p.m.) EUDORA — One person died in a fire Thursday afternoon that heavily damaged a house at Ninth and Ash streets, fire and police officials said.
Snow ending, colder weather ahead
February 6, 2003
(Web Posted Thursday at 10:59 a.m.) One to two inches — that’s how much snow fell in the Lawrence area since Wednesday afternoon, says a local meteorologist.
Dockings give $1 million to KU
Part of gift sets up professorship in business school
February 6, 2003
(Web Posted Thursday at 10:30 a.m.) Kansas Board of Regents member William R. Docking and his wife, Judy, have committed a $1 million gift to Kansas University, KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway announced Thursday.
6News video: Salvation Army institutes classes to improve guests
February 6, 2003
The shelter wants the homeless to learn to better themselves.
Seton Hall upends Irish
February 6, 2003
Notre Dame finally had a chance to take the lead against Seton Hall, and it seemed most of the people in Continental Airlines Arena were sure it would happen.
Allen, Seymour named top scholar athletes
February 6, 2003
Free State High senior David Allen and Lawrence senior Brian Seymour were named to the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Assn. Top 11 scholar athlete team. Joining them are Baldwin senior Dan Hamilton and Mill Valley senior John Goodin as the top students in the area.
SEC nominee defends NYSE record, pledges to enforce anti-fraud law
February 6, 2003
President Bush’s nominee to head the Securities and Exchange Commission pledged aggressive enforcement of corporate anti-fraud rules and said Wednesday that picking a new chairman for an accounting industry oversight board is his top priority. At his Senate confirmation hearing, Wall Street investment banker William H. Donaldson defended his record as a former chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, but softened his opposition to a rule that prohibits companies from disclosing information to financial insiders ahead of the public.
Gasoline prices surge on supply fears
February 6, 2003
The retail price of gasoline is up 8 percent since the start of the year, fueled by high oil costs and traders’ self-fulfilling fears of an upward trend as the U.S. considers military action in Iraq.
State employee training fees scaled back
February 6, 2003
The Kansas Department of Administration has rescinded a decision to increase by 800 percent the fee it charges other agencies for a training program, officials said Wednesday.
Delene ‘Cozy’ Corzine
February 6, 2003
KU professor makes case for anti-war movement
February 6, 2003
A Kansas University professor’s trip to Iraq is becoming a rallying point for anti-war activists in Lawrence. Scott Harding, assistant professor of social welfare, has started a series of talks about his five-day trip, which ended Jan. 18. He spoke Wednesday to faculty, staff and students on campus and to a crowd at Plymouth Congregational Church.
Extra police, planner win city’s reprieve
February 6, 2003
Lawrence city commissioners said Wednesday they were unwilling to sacrifice police, planning or pavement to the city’s budget woes. Their decision restores $551,000 in proposed cuts to the city’s 2003 budget. It also means the city has come up with just $671,500 in cuts — mostly equipment purchases — to make up for a $1.38 million shortfall caused by a cutoff in state aid.
Local briefs
February 6, 2003
¢ Nature center to house two rehabilitated eagles ¢ Lawrence resident found shot dead in Kansas City ¢ Election coverage begins online, on TV, in paper ¢ Decision again delayed on future of Folks Road
Briefly
February 6, 2003
¢ Firefighters speak out against 9-11 book ¢ Former Guard officer accused of espionage ¢ Court reverses sentence for jury selection’s race ¢ No compensation slows smallpox vaccine plan
Briefly
February 6, 2003
¢ Most California births now of Hispanic parents ¢ Kasparov, computer tie in fifth chess game ¢ Drunken driver kills baby in stroller, others ¢ Pardoned turkey housing substandard, group says
Briefcase
February 6, 2003
¢ New wind farm project planned for Kansas ¢ Wichita law school faces financial crisis ¢ United outlines its plan to regain profitability
Businessman accused of being North Korean agent
February 6, 2003
Federal authorities on Wednesday accused a Korean-American businessman of working for North Korea in a quest to obtain “top secret” documents and recruit agents who would infiltrate the U.S. government.
Lions intrigue Mariucci
Coach says it’s challenge of job ‘that is exciting’
February 6, 2003
Steve Mariucci thought he would not coach next season for the first time in his career. The San Francisco 49ers would pay him more than $2 million to vacation with his family and dabble as a television analyst.
Williams settles lawsuit
Former NBA player awaits criminal trial
February 6, 2003
Former NBA standout Jayson Williams settled a civil lawsuit filed by the family of a limousine driver who was shot to death at his mansion.
Search for ideal body takes toll
February 6, 2003
It may be the ultimate weight loss plan.
Health Midwest ruling splits AGs in Kansas, Missouri
Dispute involves division of assets from not-for-profit’s proposed sale
February 6, 2003
Even as they said they would work together to answer lingering questions about how to divide assets from the sale of Health Midwest, attorneys general in Kansas and Missouri indicated the process faces several more obstacles.
Heart maker
February 6, 2003
Friends and neighbors
February 6, 2003
Riley livid in Heat’s defeat
Coach: ‘It was an absolute officiating tragedy’
February 6, 2003
Miami Heat coach Pat Riley was furious about free throws after his team was awarded only seven foul shots in a 101-87 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Lakers gaining ground in conference playoff race
February 6, 2003
Kobe Bryant rolled his eyes as he was peppered with questions about a possible fourth straight trip to the NBA Finals.
Texas Tech’s Knight joins 800 club
February 6, 2003
Now that Bob Knight has won his 800th game, he has his next goal in mind.
Briefly
February 6, 2003
¢ Dracula Park to be built near its inspiration ¢ Church’s fund low for abuse compensation ¢ EU officials divided over using God’s name
Briefly
February 6, 2003
¢ Several shots fired outside high school ¢ Report: Modified pigs may be in food supply ¢ Cuban exile group suspends rescue flights ¢ Student arrested in college dorm fire
Horoscopes
February 6, 2003
People
February 6, 2003
¢ ‘Bachelor’ gets cold feet ¢ He can dance if he wants to ¢ Joy-ride over for thief who dumped Cage’s Porsche ¢ Ice-T is reluctant dad
Smoking ban
February 6, 2003
Shelter requires homeless to study
Salvation Army begins self-improvement classes for visitors
February 6, 2003
It was a start, albeit a small one. About half a dozen men showed up Wednesday for the first of a series of classes planned at the Salvation Army.
McAnderson lauds LHS experience
February 6, 2003
It was bound to be a sweet day for Lawrence High senior Brandon McAnderson. But signing a letter of intent to play football at Kansas University in front of family and friends made Wednesday that much better.
Bjorklund, Buffaloes crush Jayhawk women, 73-42
February 6, 2003
Tera Bjorklund scored 18 points and picked up nine rebounds, helping Colorado defeat the Kansas University women’s basketball team, 73-42, Wednesday night.
6News video: Invites to Audio-Reader donor apprecation event lost
February 6, 2003
The Lawrence Post Office is not certain where the group’s invitations have gone.
6Sports video: Coach Mangino’s recruiting class shows promise
February 6, 2003
The Jayhawks find themselves instant help at many positions.
Students find bleak outlook at job fair
February 6, 2003
They have their power business suits. They have their leather briefcases. They have their impeccably typed resumes. What most don’t have is the one trait nearly every business is looking for in this tight job market — experience. That was the plight of several hundred Kansas University students Wednesday who were taking part in the first day of the university’s two-day job and career fair.
Mueller right man for FBI
February 6, 2003
For the nation, Sept. 11 ended the 1990s holiday from history. For the FBI, that day ended the 1950s. The attacks catalyzed an institutional crisis that could have left a demoralized FBI with its skills squandered and its mission diminished. Fortunately for the FBI, on 9-11 its new director, Robert Mueller, had been on the job just seven days. Seeing everything fresh, he saw that the FBI, too, suddenly had a new job, one that it was neither technologically nor professionally prepared to perform.
Year of blues kicks off
February 6, 2003
Blues singer Shemekia Copeland thinks its time the genre got an image makeover.
Fair-weather fan
February 6, 2003
ABC features exclusive on Michael Jackson
February 6, 2003
Does anyone care about Michael Jackson anymore? ABC sure hopes so. The network paid big bucks to secure the rights to the British documentary “Living with Michael Jackson” (7 p.m., ABC). (Note: This feature originally was scheduled for Friday, but it will air in place of the film “NTSB: The Crash of Flight 323” which was pulled from tonight’s schedule after the crash of the space shuttle Columbia.)
Signing Day? Guessing Day more like it
College coaches forced to rely on conjecture during high-stakes gambling that is recruiting
February 6, 2003
If you listed carefully Wednesday morning, you might have heard the purr of fax machines all over the country as they shot out the letters grown men begged, pleaded, traveled countless miles and spent unimaginable hours on the telephone to receive.
R.J. Reynolds might pull its NASCAR sponsorship
February 6, 2003
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., the top sponsor for NASCAR’s Winston Cup Series since 1971, hinted Wednesday it is considering ending its partnership.
Snowball run
February 6, 2003
6Sports video: Local athletes sign letters of intent
February 6, 2003
Six athletes from Lawrence High and two from Free State High committed to college programs Wednesday.
Briefcase
February 6, 2003
¢ Westar completes initial ONEOK sale ¢ Protection One deal still contemplated ¢ Circuit City sales fizzle
Transfer of Sunflower land back on agenda
9,065-acre site near DeSoto includes heavily polluted areas in need of cleanup
February 6, 2003
Officials with the federal government’s General Services Administration again are seeking public comment on plans to give the 9,065-acre Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant site near DeSoto to the state of Kansas. Notices explaining the process for submitting written comments have been mailed and faxed to area newspapers.
Business interests
February 6, 2003
If legislators want to hasten the state’s economic recovery, supporting Kansas business is the right priority. It’s good to know that leaders in the Kansas Legislature understand the importance of maintaining a strong business climate in the state.
Outside the box?
February 6, 2003
Inspection flaw
February 6, 2003
Future in space
February 6, 2003
Flying the flag
February 6, 2003
Sebelius’ education committee starts work
February 6, 2003
A group of former educators, politicians and business leaders agreed Wednesday that Kansas has a good education system but that there was cause to worry that it was slipping in quality.
Governor, AG outline anti-crime bills
Sebelius, Kline seek tougher penalties for some sex offenders
February 6, 2003
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and Atty. Gen. Phill Kline are pushing anti-crime proposals that include tougher penalties for some sex offenders.
Powell presents case
February 6, 2003
Secretary of State Colin Powell, relying on a stream of U.S. intelligence, urged the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to move against Saddam Hussein because Iraq has failed to disarm, harbors terrorists and hides behind a “web of lies.” His extraordinary presentation in the packed council chamber included satellite photographs, intercepted conversations between senior Iraqi officers and statements from informants that could make or break support for going to war with Iraq.
Invitations to event lost in postal mix-up
February 6, 2003
Audio-Reader, a Lawrence nonprofit group that brings the news to visually impaired people, is wanting to thank its donors Sunday at an appreciation ceremony. Now, because of a Postal Service snafu, the group’s officials are worried no one will know to show.
N. Korea says it’s reactivated its nuclear facilities
February 6, 2003
North Korea said Wednesday it had reactivated its nuclear facilities, a surprise announcement that raised questions of whether it was trying to take advantage of Washington’s preoccupation with Iraq to ratchet up pressure in its own standoff with the United States. In Washington, the State Department said that if the announcement was true, “this would be a very serious development.” It demanded the North “reverse this action … North Korea must visibly, verifiably and irreversibly dismantle its nuclear weapons program.”
Coldplay show falls into place
February 6, 2003
Coldplay took the stage of Memorial Hall on Tuesday and wasted no time with introductions, rolling right into the pulse-pounding “Politik.” Outside of the atmospheric music, lead singer/pianist Chris Martin said nothing until after the fourth song. Jokingly addressing the listeners in his rich English accent, he stated, “It just occurred to me that I haven’t said hello yet,” thanking the patrons for “letting us come to Kansas.”
Troops exchange gunfire with Palestinian refugees
February 6, 2003
Israeli tanks and troops early Wednesday entered a Palestinian refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, exchanging fire with gunmen, Palestinian security officials and witnesses said.
France to increase troops in Ivory Coast
February 6, 2003
The United States sent a small military team Wednesday to conflict-torn Ivory Coast, and France announced it was increasing its force to more than 3,000 troops, amid often violent protests against a Paris-brokered peace accord.
Marie Mae Miller
February 6, 2003
Leroy Dabbs
February 6, 2003
Sorority reports $61,000 theft
Police investigate embezzlement
February 6, 2003
Lawrence Police are investigating allegations someone embezzled more than $61,000 from the corporation that maintains the Sigma Kappa sorority house at Kansas University.
Mother amends request in suit against Wal-Mart
February 6, 2003
A woman who was detained for 45 minutes last year at Salina’s Wal-Mart because of snapshots showing her topless 3-year-old daughter has lowered her demands in a lawsuit against the store.
K.C. bridge problems spawn state inspections
February 6, 2003
Missouri’s transportation department is inspecting dozens of bridges over the Mississippi and Missouri rivers in response to faults found recently in a Kansas City bridge.
Area briefs
February 6, 2003
¢ Service outage disrupts 911 calls ¢ Snow blankets area ¢ Forums to feature city, school candidates
On the record
February 6, 2003
U.S.: Troop presence in Gulf region will increase to 180,000
February 6, 2003
More than 110,000 National Guard and reserve forces are now serving around the nation and overseas as the United States continues its buildup for a possible war with Iraq.
Kansas senators respond to speech
February 6, 2003
Excerpts below are responses from Kansas senators upon hearing evidence against Iraq provided by Secretary of State Colin Powell on Wednesday: “Today, Powell released newly declassified evidence that Saddam is continuing his game of hide-and-seek with weapons inspectors — and that in this condition, it is impossible to disarm this dangerous tyrant. …
Antibiotics to display new resistance warnings
February 6, 2003
Antibiotics soon will bear a big new warning — that overusing them makes them less effective.
Analysts worry Iraq war will derail recovery
February 6, 2003
Worried about a possible war, Wall Street has been in a funk this year and the news on Main Street hasn’t been any better. Business executives are freezing new spending and hiring, fearful of big commitments in the face of so much uncertainty.
Woodling: KU easy? Bosses say no way
February 6, 2003
It isn’t easy to win on the road. Nor is it easy to slip the sunrise past a rooster. Moreover, as Kermit the Frog has been telling us for years, it isn’t easy being green. It is easy, however, for a high school football player to be admitted to Kansas University.
Mangino’s class solid
Kansas coach lands 26 players — 13 from junior colleges
February 6, 2003
After winning only two football games during his first season as Kansas University’s head football coach, Mark Mangino knew his team needed immediate help for 2003. Mangino said he had found that help Wednesday when he announced a recruiting class of 26 players, including 13 junior-college transfers, on national signing day.
James cleared to play … for now
Judge issues temporary restraining order to OHSAA ruling
February 6, 2003
LeBron James can put his high school jersey back on for at least a few more games.
NBA briefs
February 6, 2003
¢ Hornets cut Livingston, activate guard Drew ¢ Nets’ Martin ailing ¢ Memphis’ Williams sits because of sore left foot
NFL briefs
February 6, 2003
¢ Holmgren hires Rhodes to coach Seattle defense ¢ Several Vikings players investigated in sex case ¢ Seattle exercises option in Hasselbeck’s contract
KU briefs
February 6, 2003
¢ KU soccer squad announces recruits ¢ KU Relays director named USA manager ¢ KU baseball change
Pebble Beach Pro-Am goes on without Woods
February 6, 2003
For the first time since he left Stanford in 1996, Tiger Woods won’t be prowling the fairways and greens of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am’s three gorgeous courses.
Our town sports
February 6, 2003
Gymnasts Shine: Lindsey Fisher and Audrey Schenewerk of Kansas School of Gymnastics finished 1-2 in the all-around at Level 9 of a gymnastics meet in Olathe. Laura Devlin earned a second place in all-around at Level 8. A third place was recorded by Jindale Suh (Level 4). Fourths went to Kami Wisdom (Level 4), Leigh Ann Krische (Level 5), Courtney Richmond (Level 6) and Allison Womack (Level 7).
NASA still uncertain about crash’s cause
Agency retreats from claim that foam doomed craft
February 6, 2003
After days of analysis, NASA backed away Wednesday from the theory that a piece of foam that struck Columbia during liftoff was the root cause of the space shuttle’s disintegration over Texas. Shuttle program manager Ron Dittemore said investigators were focusing more closely on the desperate effort of Columbia’s automatic control system to keep the speed of the spacecraft stable despite an increasing level of wind resistance, or drag, on the left wing.
World Court rules U.S. must stay execution of three Mexicans
February 6, 2003
The United States must temporarily stay the execution of three Mexican citizens on death row in Texas and Oklahoma, the World Court ruled Wednesday.
Dates and deadlines for 2003 city and school elections
February 6, 2003
Hallmark revenues increase in 2002
February 6, 2003
A tough economy caused a decline in business for Hallmark’s mammoth greeting card operations in 2002, but increases in other areas allowed the Kansas City, Mo.-based company to post a 5.7 percent increase in net revenues. The privately owned company announced Thursday that in 2002 it had net revenues of $4.2 billion, up 5.7 percent from 2001 totals.
Snow shelter
February 6, 2003
Recreation calendar
February 6, 2003
Shuttle debris collection still missing crucial pieces
February 6, 2003
Despite gathering more than 12,000 pieces of debris from the shuttle Columbia, a NASA official said Wednesday none of the pieces provided critical answers for why the shuttle broke up.
Williams helped Mangino
February 6, 2003
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino praised his assistant coaches Wednesday for their efforts in signing 23 recruits to national letters of intent.
Study: Girls addicted to drugs faster than boys
February 6, 2003
Girls and young women get hooked on cigarettes, alcohol and drugs more quickly and for different reasons than boys, and should receive specialized treatment that reflects that, according to a study released Wednesday.
County puts brakes on Kasold extension
February 6, 2003
Rebuilding a road that runs for less than a mile and now carries fewer than one vehicle a minute would cost Douglas County taxpayers at least $11 million, Douglas County commissioners learned Wednesday night.
Powell’s statement erases all doubt
February 6, 2003
Colin Powell did more than present the world with a convincing and detailed X-ray of Iraq’s secret weapons and terrorism programs on Wednesday. He also exposed the enduring bad faith of several key members of the Security Council when it comes to Iraq and its “web of lies,” in Powell’s phrase.
Briefly
February 6, 2003
¢ FBI: Al-Qaida still poses key terror threat to U.S. ¢ Suicide attempts reported at Guantanamo Bay ¢ New anti-nerve gas drug approved for military ¢ Senate committee approves nuclear arms treaty
Wilson services
February 6, 2003
Advance voting in primary under way at courthouse
February 6, 2003
A dozen people decided to vote early for Lawrence City Commission and school board candidates on Wednesday, as advance voting began for the Feb. 25 primaries.
KU offers no hacker guarantee
Despite defenses, breach could happen again, officials say
February 6, 2003
Kansas University officials say they can’t guarantee it won’t happen again. And concerns linger among international students as the FBI continues the search for a computer hacker who raided a university database, stealing personal information on about 1,450 students collected as part of new homeland security measures.
Daily ticker
February 6, 2003
Sprint reports earnings increase
February 6, 2003
Sprint Corp., facing a report its two top executives are being forced out over their use of a questionable type of tax shelter, reported earnings Wednesday of $39 million during the fourth quarter. The profit is a substantial increase over the $1.2 billion loss the company reported during the same period a year earlier. The company credited cost-cutting measures, which have included 17,000 layoffs since October 2001.
Manning signs deal with Detroit
February 6, 2003
Patience has paid off for former Kansas University All-America forward Danny Manning.
6News video: School board candidate Brent Garner
February 6, 2003
Garner opposes the school bond issue, but does acknowledge that schools need help.
Text of Hemenway’s speech on red tape
February 6, 2003
Here is the complete text of the chancellor’s remarks to the House Education Budget Committee at 1:30 p.m. today in Room 514-S, State Capitol