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Bassin says leadership for managing growth is key to city election
February 7, 2003
(Web Posted Friday at 4:16 p.m.) Most candidates for city commission run only after they’ve spent a few years establishing themselves professionally and personally in the community.
King hopes anti-bond, anti-consolidation majority will be rule school board
February 7, 2003
(Web Posted Friday at 2:50 p.m.) Cille King is convinced one is the loneliest number on the Lawrence school board. “One person sitting on the board with a dissenting vote isn’t going to change the way things are being done,” said King, one of 13 candidates running for school board.
Police search through snow for bank robber
February 7, 2003
(Updated Friday at 2:30 p.m.) Police were investigating the report of an armed bank robbery shortly before noon Friday at a Central National Bank branch in northwest Lawrence.
World Online Arts & Entertainment Calendar
February 7, 2003
River City Weekly video: Bill Snead talks about Arthur Sulzberger Jr., part 1
February 7, 2003
Bill Snead, senior editor at the Lawrence Journal-World, talks with Greg Hurd on Sunflower Broadband Channel 6’s “River City Weekly” about his recent visit with Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. at The New York Times building in New York City. Sulzberger, who is publisher of The New York Times and chairman of the New York Times Co., was in Lawrence Friday to accept the William Allen White National Citation at Kansas University’s journalism school. You can watch “River City Weekly” at 7:30 p.m. weeknights on Channel 6.
People
February 7, 2003
¢ The body, the talk show host ¢ P. Diddy pairs up with Universal ¢ Gabor celebrates recovery
Tuneful memory
February 7, 2003
The many shades of jazz
Lawrence resident’s coloring book helps introduce music style to youths
February 7, 2003
“Jazz has been off the radar screen of today’s young kids,” Tom Alexios says. “Hip-hop and rap are everywhere. But here’s this genre of music that kids weren’t being introduced to until it was too late.” That’s why the jazz aficionado has created “An Introduction to Jazz Workbook,” a visual teaching tool designed to get children as fired up about Ellington as Eminem.
Excited fans
February 7, 2003
Title IX success
February 7, 2003
Informed votes
February 7, 2003
Westar plans to sell nonutility assets
February 7, 2003
Westar Energy Inc. said Thursday that it wants to sell off assets and cut its stock dividend by more than a third as part of a plan to reduce its massive debt and return to its roots as a utility. “We expect to be a stand-alone, Kansas, public electric utility company — nothing more, nothing less,” Jim Haines, Westar’s president and chief executive officer, told state legislators during a joint meeting of the House and Senate Utilities committees.
Kansas lawmaker proposes bill that would keep lid on excessive salaries
February 7, 2003
Some state lawmakers say they want to rein in the salaries of high-dollar executives at Westar Energy and other public utilities.
Teamsters, trucking firms reach contract deal
February 7, 2003
The Teamsters union said Thursday it has reached a tentative agreement on a new 5-year master contract with four major trucking companies that will boost wages and maintain health insurance coverage at no cost to drivers and other workers.
Briefcase
February 7, 2003
¢ Stewart prosecutor ponders criminal charges ¢ Productivity takes dip ¢ Retail sales sluggish
Wind farm proposal splits rural residents
February 7, 2003
To some, a wind farm that would generate millions of dollars for a cattle-ranching area hard-hit by a bad economy makes perfect sense. To others, the sight of 262-foot-tall wind turbines on one of the few remaining stands of native tallgrass prairie in the world — the last in North America — borders on blasphemy.
State briefs
February 7, 2003
¢ Businesses call off sale of hog farms ¢ Reserve medical unit ordered to active duty ¢ Athlete’s shooting, drug link probed
Publisher sets record price for new ‘Potter’ novel
February 7, 2003
The new “Harry Potter” book, still five months from publication, has apparently already set a record: It will be the highest-priced new children’s novel in history.
Neighborhood succeeds in lowering church’s bell-tower plans
February 7, 2003
A bell tower will soar over a Catholic student center near Kansas University campus — but not as high as church officials had hoped. The Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously rejected Thursday a request by the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center to build its new bell tower 20 feet taller than city regulations allow.
Crews continue search for debris
February 7, 2003
Rain-drenched searchers trudging through the forests and fields of east Texas found computer components complete with serial numbers Thursday as they scoured the muddy earth for clues to what caused the space shuttle Columbia’s destruction.
Lawmakers urge attention to North Korean threat
February 7, 2003
Amid a threat from North Korea that a U.S. attack on its nuclear plant would trigger “total war,” congressional Democrats questioned Thursday whether the Bush administration was so fixated on Iraq that it couldn’t focus on a danger in another part of the world.
3 suspects to be tried in slaying of student
February 7, 2003
A trial will begin within six weeks for a woman and two men accused in the stabbing death of Kansas University student Shannon Martin. Costa Rican prosecutor Erick Martinez announced the trial time frame nearly two years after the young Kansan was killed outside a Golfito, Costa Rica, nightclub and one week after Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway wrote that country’s president urging authorities to seek justice in the case.
Mich. man receives citation for U.S. flag’s flapping noise
February 7, 2003
To Ray Saelens, the sound of his 12-by 18-foot American flag flapping in the wind was the collective voice of soldiers fighting for freedom.
Dorothy Lucille Todd Muck
February 7, 2003
Dorothy Wadsworth
February 7, 2003
Sharon K. Williams
February 7, 2003
Evelyn Gunselman
February 7, 2003
Della Fay Schoonover
February 7, 2003
What’s natural?
February 7, 2003
Highway patrol pushes child passenger safety
February 7, 2003
The Kansas Highway Patrol will increase enforcement of safety laws during Child Passenger Safety Week, which begins Sunday.
Regent donates $1 million to KU
February 7, 2003
A member of the Kansas Board of Regents has donated $1 million to his alma mater, Kansas University.
Wal-Mart issue rings at unlikely meeting
February 7, 2003
The ongoing debate about a proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive flared up Thursday in an unlikely setting — a hearing on a church bell tower proposed for halfway across town.
Hit-and-run driver admits violating parole conditions
February 7, 2003
A Missouri man found guilty in May 2001 of involuntary manslaughter in a hit-and-run fatality told the Douglas County District Court on Thursday that he had violated terms of his probation.
Area briefs
February 7, 2003
¢ Suspect arrested on parole violation ¢ Baker offers library tours ¢ Reward offered for tips leading to arrest ¢ Event to raise funds for Planned Parenthood
Sponsor dominates NASCAR talk
R.J. Reynolds’ withdrawal main topic at media day
February 7, 2003
NASCAR got quite a jolt Thursday when R.J. Reynolds, the sponsor of the Winston Cup Series, said it might sever sponsorship ties with NASCAR.
UConn’s Calhoun has successful prostate surgery
February 7, 2003
Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun had his cancerous prostate removed Thursday, and a full recovery is expected.
Athletes of the week
February 7, 2003
Bryant, O’Neal propel Lakers
Los Angeles goes into break with winning record
February 7, 2003
Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal have the Los Angeles Lakers playing like champions again.
Robert Thomas Hatfield
February 7, 2003
NBA briefs
February 7, 2003
¢ Bruised right wrist benches Houston ¢ Spurs guard Jackson suffers sprained ankle
6News video: School Board candidate Samuel Gould
February 7, 2003
Gould opposes the bond issue, and wishes to work closer with the state legislature.
6News video: Shannon Martin murder case goes to trial
February 7, 2003
The trial will begin in six weeks.
6News video: Zoning board votes against bell tower
February 7, 2003
Saint Lawrence Catholic Church wanted a fifty-five foot bell tower at 15th and Engels road.
6News video: Eudora fire claims one victim
February 7, 2003
While the woman was not identified, neighbors are afraid they know the victim.
6Sports video: Danny Manning goes back to the NBA
February 7, 2003
Coach Williams believes that Manning’s help at practices has improved his team.
6Sports video: Firebirds swim team is on top
February 7, 2003
The team is looking forward to its next meet, where it has a home advantage.
6Sports video: Lawrence High rematches with Olathe East
February 7, 2003
The Lions overtake the Hawks, 84-62.
Robert Parker Benz Sr.
February 7, 2003
Deliver Us From Eva
February 7, 2003
Farm Bureau donates food to shoppers
February 7, 2003
Virginia stuns No. 8 Terrapins
Unranked Cavs claim first ACC road win; No. 2 Arizona slips past Huskies in OT
February 7, 2003
Virginia won its first Atlantic Coast Conference road game of the season in improbable fashion — and at an unlikely location.
Knight looks past milestone
Texas Tech coach not dwelling on win No. 800
February 7, 2003
Bob Knight’s office telephone started ringing early Thursday with friends calling to congratulate the Texas Tech coach on career win No. 800.
Robert Douglas Fall
February 7, 2003
J.D. Crowe explores ‘grass roots
February 7, 2003
The TV show “Hee Haw.” The movie “Deliverance.”
Horoscopes
February 7, 2003
Energetic ‘Chicago’ is a musical triumph
February 7, 2003
Didn’t see the stage version. Never cared for the tune “And All That Jazz.” Not a huge fan of Broadway musicals. Loved this big-screen adaptation of “Chicago.”
Astronauts accept the risks
February 7, 2003
Jack Lousma, the commander of the third Columbia shuttle flight in March 1982, was shoveling snow outside his home in Ann Arbor, Mich., when his son called from Texas to say, “Turn on the TV, something has happened to Columbia.” Lousma, who was also a crew member on one of the Skylab missions in the 1970s, is a retired Marine pilot who seems unflappable in person and on the phone.
Sheriff’s officers to receive high-tech equipment
February 7, 2003
Connecting patrol cars to an electronic library of mugshots, criminal histories and countless other emergency resources is less than a year away, now that Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is cleared for buying the necessary equipment.
Legislators intrigued by proposal to consolidate state school districts
February 7, 2003
Some legislators found an idea for consolidating the state’s 303 school districts into just a few dozen worth further discussion. Others, however, had their doubts. A team of three superintendents and a former district finance director presented the idea Thursday to the House and Senate education committees.
District calls off merger
February 7, 2003
After suddenly abandoning a plan to consolidate with a neighboring school district, the Herndon school board again is grappling with how to balance its shrinking budget. The Herndon and Atwood school boards agreed last month to merge, and had planned to ask voters in the northwest Kansas communities to approve the proposal April 1. The state school board had planned to consider the issue at a meeting next week.
Firebirds among favorites at Sunflower League meet
February 7, 2003
What a difference a year — and a few swimmers — makes.
Class rank falls overnight
February 7, 2003
Kansas University’s football recruiting class remained unchanged Thursday from the 26-player group announced Wednesday on national signing day, but KU dipped from 33rd to 40th in rivals.com rankings.
Lions’ best effort too much for Hawks - Lawrence High 84, Olathe East 62
Junior point guard Parker sets career high with 25 points in lopsided LHS victory
February 7, 2003
This victory was doubly sweet for Lawrence High’s boys basketball team. Not only was the Lions’ 84-62 trouncing of Olathe East the best game they’ve played all season, it served a measure of revenge for the seven football players on the varsity roster.
River City Weekly video: Bill Snead talks about Arthur Sulzberger Jr., part 2
February 7, 2003
Bill Snead, senior editor at the Lawrence Journal-World, talks with Greg Hurd on Sunflower Broadband Channel 6’s “River City Weekly” about his recent visit with Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. at The New York Times building in New York City. Sulzberger, who is publisher of The New York Times and chairman of the New York Times Co., was in Lawrence Friday to accept the William Allen White National Citation at Kansas University’s journalism school. You can watch “River City Weekly” at 7:30 p.m. weeknights on Channel 6.
Briefly
February 7, 2003
¢ Opponents say controls will collapse economy ¢ U.N. removes staff before accord decision ¢ Thousands mourn Belfast terror chief ¢ Government suggests terrorism survival kit
Briefly
February 7, 2003
¢ Fortune 500 firms support affirmative action programs ¢ Former United Way official admits stealing $1.9 million ¢ Kidnapping that led to chase arose from custody dispute
6News video: Chancellor Hemenway wants to save money in cuttng red tape
February 7, 2003
KU’s chancellor discussed his ideas for saving budget dollars with state legislatures.
NASA still considering foam as cause
February 7, 2003
A day after all but ruling it out as a leading cause, NASA said Thursday that investigators still were considering whether a piece of insulating foam that struck Columbia’s wing during liftoff was enough to bring down the shuttle. Shuttle program manager Ron Dittemore said that even though the possibility appeared remote, investigators must remain open to every option as they put together a so-called fault tree into what caused Columbia’s fiery breakup just minutes from its landing Saturday.
Small changes may prevent weight gain
Obesity researcher says cutting one cookie a day may be enough
February 7, 2003
Could eating a mere 100 fewer calories a day improve Americans’ health by fighting the weight creep that adds up to, on average, 2 pounds a year?
Bush says ‘game over’ for Iraq
New U.N. resolution must have force clause, president says
February 7, 2003
Edging closer to war, President Bush declared Thursday “the game is over” for Saddam Hussein and urged skeptical allies to join in disarming Iraq. Bush said he would welcome a new U.N. resolution on Iraq if it made clear the world body was ready to use force if Saddam would not reveal and give up any weapons of mass destruction as demanded by an earlier resolution.
Hack’ pushes anti-death penalty agenda
February 7, 2003
Drama fans who don’t mind stunt casting, lessons and even a few hugs might enjoy tonight’s solid, if predictable, episode of “Hack” (8 p.m., CBS).
KU aims to cut red-tape costs
February 7, 2003
Cutting the state’s red tape would save Kansas University $1.4 million yearly, Chancellor Robert Hemenway told lawmakers Thursday. Standing before the House Education Budget Committee, Hemenway proposed eliminating bureaucratic restrictions in five areas — purchasing, financial management, architectural services, printing and surplus property — as a way to counteract budget cuts.
Aquifer’s depletion brings warning
State, farming interests responding to problem, lawmaker says
February 7, 2003
Massive irrigation in western Kansas is depleting the Ogallala Aquifer from 5 percent to 7 percent every 25 years, according to a new report by the Kansas Geological Survey. “We have a few generations before the economy starts closing down on agriculture,” Lee Allison, state geologist and director of the Kansas Geological Survey, told lawmakers Thursday. “This is a warning that we have time to make changes.”
Swans make unusual appearance
Rare trumpeters spend winter vacation at Perry Lake
February 7, 2003
Two rare trumpeter swans — an adult and a juvenile — have spent the past three weeks at Perry Lake. “It’s been pretty exciting,” said Bunnie Watkins, park manager. “We’ve been getting a lot of comments on their natural beauty — and they are really beautiful birds.”
Daily ticker
February 7, 2003
Sprint chief defends use of tax shelter
February 7, 2003
Sprint Corp.’s chairman and CEO is defending his use of a controversial tax shelter said to be partly responsible for the Sprint board’s reported decision to force out him and his second-in-command. In letter to Sprint employees released Wednesday night, William T. Esrey said he was assured that the investment and tax strategy recommended to him in the late 1990s by the telecommunication company’s auditors, Ernst & Young, “was perfectly legal, was within the rules of the complex IRS code, and that there was a high degree of probability that this would be accepted by the IRS, although the IRS would most likely audit the returns.”
Grade inflation
February 7, 2003
Why do so many teachers and schools make things so easy for undeserving students? Many people involved in the hiring process for businesses and industries have long contended that they are interested in the academic grades of the college people to whom they talk. Some will say that grades are only part of the evaluation of a potential employee, but almost all will admit they take a hard look at classroom performance.
U.N. inaction simply makes it irrelevant
February 7, 2003
In estimating the potential impact of Colin Powell’s U.N. presentation on persons bent on believing there is no justification for a military response to Iraq’s behavior, remember the human capacity for the willful suspension of disbelief. Remember this: People determined to believe that a vast conspiracy assassinated President Kennedy believe that the complete absence of evidence of the conspiracy proves the vastness and cleverness of the conspiracy.
Survey: States have lost track of thousands of sex offenders
February 7, 2003
\In a startling new survey, a child advocacy group found that states across the country have lost track of tens of thousands of rapists, child molesters and other sex offenders who are supposed to be registered in Megan’s Law databases.
Snow’s moisture welcomed, but wheat still hurting
Kansas crop remains vulnerable to drought, farm service says
February 7, 2003
Light snow this week that blanketed parts of Kansas brought welcomed moisture to some of the state’s winter wheat, but the crop needs far more if farmers are to have a decent 2003 harvest, experts say.
Book recalls firm’s 9-11 fate
February 7, 2003
Howard Lutnick survived the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center because he was taking his son to kindergarten. But he lost his brother, his best friend and 658 employees.
Elderly neighbor feared dead
Autopsy expected today; cause of blaze unknown
February 7, 2003
A fire Thursday afternoon killed an elderly Eudora woman, the first fire fatality in more than 30 years in the northwest Douglas County town. The body was burned beyond recognition. Attempts were being made Thursday to obtain dental records to make a positive identification, Eudora Fire Chief Spencer McCabe said.
Sulzberger leads ‘gray lady’ into colorful era
February 7, 2003
The New York Times, throughout most of its 151-year history, has been regarded as a model of correctness, fairness, decency and truth. If a story appeared in The New York Times, it was considered fact.
Iraqi scientist meets privately with inspectors
February 7, 2003
An Iraqi scientist submitted to a private interview with weapons monitors for the first time Thursday, meeting a key U.N. demand hours after the chief nuclear inspector demanded a “drastic change” in Baghdad’s level of cooperation.
Lee no longer just Miles’ buddy
Sophomore Jayhawks’ sixth man
February 7, 2003
Michael Lee was the center of attention when the Kansas University sophomore sank three of four free-throw attempts Monday night in the final minute of the Jayhawks’ 76-70 nationally televised victory over No. 21 Missouri. It was the third time in five contests that Lee had come through at the foul line in late-game situations. A big change for a backup who was sitting at the end of KU’s bench not so long ago.
Collison gains acclaim
Senior leading candidate for Wooden Award
February 7, 2003
There’s a chance — some say a darn good chance — Nick Collison’s No. 4 jersey will be hanging from the rafters of Allen Fieldhouse next season. “I hope so. I think that would be a great achievement,” said Collison, Kansas University’s soft-spoken senior forward, who has vaulted to the top of FoxSports’ Wooden Award watch, meaning he is analyst Frank Burlison’s top candidate for national player-of-the-year honors.
Simien won’t play Saturday against K-State
February 7, 2003
Kansas University forward Wayne Simien will miss his 10th consecutive game Saturday afternoon when the Jayhawks travel to Kansas State.
Bum knee slowing Wooden
FSHS senior still becomes No. 2 all-time city scorer
February 7, 2003
It has been a quiet two weeks for Keith Wooden.
Local briefs
February 7, 2003
¢ Robotics students bring technology to Capitol ¢ Bishop Seabury boasts National Merit finalist ¢ KU group plans Darwin birthday celebration ¢ Police investigating suspected rape
Glass: Payroll not always the answer
Citing Twins, KC owner wants young, competitive team before he’ll sign big-money, free-agent talent
February 7, 2003
Owner David Glass unveiled a simple plan Thursday to rebuild the woeful Kansas City Royals — get to .500 and then start spending serious money.
Snowbound
February 7, 2003
Freeze frame
February 7, 2003
Friends and neighbors
February 7, 2003
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
February 7, 2003
WGA honors nominees
February 7, 2003
The surprise blockbuster “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” the splashy musical “Chicago” and the documentary “Bowling for Columbine” were among screenplay nominees Thursday by the Writers Guild of America.
Misplaced joy
February 7, 2003
New York Times publisher to be honored today at KU
February 7, 2003
Arthur Sulzberger Jr., publisher of The New York Times and chairman of The New York Times Co., is in Lawrence today to accept the 2003 William Allen White Foundation’s national citation at Kansas University. This morning, the fourth-generation Times publisher will spend time with students and faculty at KU’s School of Journalism . He will be honored at a noon luncheon in the Kansas Union Ballroom.
On the record
February 7, 2003
Basketball briefs
February 7, 2003
¢ Bobbitt rejoins Bearcats ¢ AD Broyles rips official
Shanghai Knights
February 7, 2003
KU to open softball season with youthful lineup
February 7, 2003
Nobody is calling them the Magnificent Seven. At least not yet.
Briefly
February 7, 2003
¢ Study: Hormone helps avoid premature births ¢ Some Social Security checks missing names ¢ Police need OK before talking with reporters ¢ SEC approves tougher analyst standards
Timing key to Iraq decision
February 7, 2003
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell made the legal and technical argument for going to war at the United Nations Wednesday. And there’s merit to what he had to say.