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City to assess water supply’s safety
February 8, 2003
Lawrence officials say they’re doing everything they can to keep the city safe from terrorists who might try to put poison or viruses in the water supply.
Health care employees get state’s first smallpox vaccines
February 8, 2003
Health care workers rolled up their sleeves Friday for the first phase of the state’s plan to protect against a bioterrorism attack involving smallpox.
Business Briefcase
February 8, 2003
¢ Cattle numbers declining ¢ Debt: Buyers use credit at slower pace in ‘02 ¢ Employment: Chicago takes biggest job losses for the year ¢ Satellite Television: SBC reportedly looking to buy DirecTV from GM
Contest winner to pen sequel to ‘Godfather’
February 8, 2003
Congratulations, Mark Winegardner. You are the author of the next “Godfather” novel. But don’t count on everyone liking it.
Ab Fab’ duo back together again
February 8, 2003
The cast of “Absolutely Fabulous” (7 p.m. today, Comedy Central) reunite for a new one-hour special.
Singer’s emotional mix charms crowd
February 8, 2003
For a singer/songwriter whose biggest hit is about an obscure, cult-classic dark comedy, Ben Kweller brought a diverse crowd Thursday to The Bottleneck.
Delays prompt judge to release many suspects
Ridiculously low’ bonds combat lag in charges being filed, he says
February 8, 2003
Because of long delays in filing of charges against people accused of crimes in Reno County, a judge has been allowing many to go free after their arrests, admitting the bonds he sets often are “ridiculously low.”
Briefly
February 8, 2003
¢ New Jersey: Winter storm sweeps through Northeast ¢ Kentucky: Artificial-heart patient dies after 17 months
Briefly
February 8, 2003
¢ Cuba: New detainees bring number at Guantanamo Bay to 650 ¢ Michigan: 72-vehicle pileup shuts down interstate; one dead
Briefly
February 8, 2003
¢ Turkey: Police storm plane, rescue hostages
Briefly
February 8, 2003
¢ Classes will teach radio operation skills ¢ New Web site answers Kansans’ questions
Recruiting ratings are shot in the dark
It’s impossible for so-called experts to rank nation’s stockpile of quality high school football players
February 8, 2003
Let’s pretend you’re a great high school physics student. You’re bright. You’re involved. You’re a whiz on science projects.
Basketball Notebook: 105-year celebration planned
February 8, 2003
Preparations are in the works for Kansas University’s 105th year of basketball reunion celebration next weekend in Lawrence.
Santa Fe Trail sweeps Tonganoxie
February 8, 2003
It was the only play Friday involving the top two scorers of the Tonganoxie-Santa Fe Trail boys’ basketball game.
Bulldogs blitz Buffs
February 8, 2003
With five of Baldwin High’s six king and prince candidates for Friday’s King and Queen Court dance being basketball players, it seemed almost certain that the newly crowned king of the court would be just that Friday.
Pharmacist’s wife sentenced for making false statement
February 8, 2003
The wife of pharmacist Robert R. Courtney was sentenced Friday to one day of unsupervised probation for lying to federal investigators about a bag of cash she had received from her father-in-law.
Weekend offers cultural outlets
February 8, 2003
Fine art exhibitions, hands-on arts activities and theater events abound this weekend. In Mission, “In the Footsteps of Freedom with Harriet Tubman” continues its run at Theatre for Young America. Here’s a look some other events to occupy your weekend:
Bids to begin at $1 million for Columbus bell from 1492
February 8, 2003
For sale: one ship’s bell, old and corroded, big piece missing. First user: Columbus. Bidding starts at $1 million when that bronze artifact from the Santa Maria, the flagship of Christopher Columbus’ historic 1492 voyage, goes to auction Feb. 20 in Madrid.
Lawmakers blast plan to outline utility security cost information
February 8, 2003
A plan by state regulators to include information on utility bills about how much a customer is charged for tightened plant security was lambasted Friday by some lawmakers who said the information would play into the hands of terrorists.
Anniversary
February 8, 2003
Part of shuttle’s wing recovered
Military photo reveals little so far about disaster
February 8, 2003
NASA recovered a section of Columbia’s wing and inspected a photo shot by a military telescope that shows a gray streak behind the shuttle, moments before it broke apart.
Columbia workers say goodbye to astronauts
February 8, 2003
Thousands of workers who launched Columbia on its final mission gathered Friday on what would have been its landing strip to remember the shuttle’s seven-member crew — “a wonderful tapestry of races, religions and nationalities.”
Iraqi arms experts interviewed before key U.N. inspection visit
February 8, 2003
Three Iraqi arms experts gave private interviews to U.N. monitors Friday on the eve of a pivotal visit by the two chief weapons inspectors, who will demand greater cooperation from Baghdad to stave off war.
Kenneth L. Robb
February 8, 2003
Local Briefs
February 8, 2003
¢ Victim in house fire still not identified ¢ Courts: Hearing continued in fatal accident ¢ Crime: Robbery attempted at Lawrence Pizza Hut ¢ Police: Drug suspect arrested near East Heights School ¢ Courts: Motion deadline extended in double slaying case
Director hopes to spur KU business center
February 8, 2003
Unlike most businesses, the Kansas University Small Business Development Center — with a newly hired director — has been helped by the tough economy.
Magazine honors Smith
February 8, 2003
Kansas University freshman forward Caroline Smith has earned three honors from Soccer Buzz Magazine.
Barry sticking to plan for three-point showdown
February 8, 2003
Brent Barry plans to wear a shirt over his jersey during the three-point contest today, following the same plan he used while winning the Slam Dunk title in 1996.
Sonics’ Payton perennial All-Star
Seattle guard mum about trade talk
February 8, 2003
Gary Payton lounged in his chair and popped a potato chip into his mouth as a scene of All-Star bedlam unfolded some 40 feet to his left Friday.
NBA Notebook: Yao still center of attention
February 8, 2003
Yao Ming’s commercials are popular, his story is well-chronicled in magazines, and Friday the NBA’s most popular rookie got his first taste of All-Star attention.
Friends reflect on life of radical priest
February 8, 2003
The Rev. James Carney, friends say, was a maverick — a radical Roman Catholic priest whose convictions led him to challenge injustice in his adopted country of Honduras.
Affidavit: Pizza order helped catch kidnappers
February 8, 2003
An order for pizza led investigators to the four men accused of kidnapping one of the richest men in America.
Old home town - 25 and 100 years ago today
February 8, 2003
School district consolidation back on
February 8, 2003
The city’s school board took one more look at the numbers and voted — again — to merge the Herndon school district with Atwood’s.
Short-handed Indians stumble in Nebraska
February 8, 2003
Lack of depth caught up with both of Haskell Indian Nations University’s basketball teams on Friday night.
Wounded healer
Doctor uses her struggle with illness to better serve patients
February 8, 2003
As Dr. Gillian Stephens speaks, there’s a steady hiss and an occasional, soft whir in the background.
Area Roundup: Ottawa hands KC Sumner rare league loss
February 8, 2003
Driven by the 56 combined points of Lee Baldwin and Ross Thompson, Ottawa upended Kansas City Sumner 78-61 Friday night.
Scouting news
February 8, 2003
Howard F. Niemoeller
February 8, 2003
Suspect eludes police after midday robbery at Central National
February 8, 2003
Lawrence Police late Friday still were looking for a man who entered a northwest Lawrence bank, showed a gun and left with an undisclosed sum of money.
Spirituality
February 8, 2003
¢ Methodist minister won’t face church trial ¢ Pope: artificial procreation needs to be regulated ¢ Son succeeds father as Grace Bible president
Society Calendar
February 8, 2003
Sprint executives may be suffering for sins of Enron
February 8, 2003
No one’s suggesting William T. Esrey and Ronald T. LeMay fiddled with the company’s money or books. Still, Sprint Corp.’s top two executives may have lost their jobs solely for having used a questionable tax shelter for their own money.
Daily ticker
February 8, 2003
Briefly
February 8, 2003
¢ Kansas City, Mo.: Fake Sept. 11 report prompts fraud charges ¢ Olathe: Preliminary hearing set in child abuse death ¢ Fort Riley: Commander leaving fort to head Army’s III Corps
Engagements
February 8, 2003
No. 11 Texas rested, ready for Kansas
February 8, 2003
Jody Conradt, coach of Texas University’s No. 11-ranked women’s basketball team, isn’t taking anyone lightly. Not even struggling Kansas University.
Religion Briefs
February 8, 2003
Jayhawks downplay win streak
Past success in Manhattan ‘no big deal’ — Kansas focused on K-State
February 8, 2003
There will be talk of stopping Pervis Pasco and Matt Siebrandt on the inside and Gilson DeJesus and Tim Ellis from three-point range.
People
February 8, 2003
¢ Photos give actress insights on past, family life, slavery ¢ Travolta flick may be pride of city ¢ Smith show coming to you live
Briefly
February 8, 2003
¢ Colombia: Bomb kills at least 20
6News video: City commission candidate Zach Bassin
February 8, 2003
Bassin wants more case-specific tax breaks and to update the growth plan.
Governor makes case for more minorities on bench
Sebelius writes to nominating commissions, says judiciary needs to more closely reflect Kansas’ makeup
February 8, 2003
Concerned that no minorities have been appointed to a state judgeship for the past eight years, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has told judicial nominating commissions that she wants to appoint more minority judges.
6News video: City to have water supply tested for vulnerabilities
February 8, 2003
6News reports on the steps the city will be taking to insure the safety of the citys water supply.
Kivistos’ father dies at 81
February 8, 2003
Ernie Kivisto, father of former Kansas University basketball players Tom Kivisto and Bob Kivisto, died Wednesday in Tulsa, Okla. He was 81.
6News video: Police spend afternoon looking for armed robber
February 8, 2003
6News reports on a late morning bank robbery at Central National Bank.
6News video: Publisher worried about demise of journalism
February 8, 2003
6News reports on the William Allen White Foundation national citation winner, Arthur Sulzberger, publisher of the New York Times.
6News video: The Capitol Report — State water woes reach beyond drought
February 8, 2003
Scott Rothschild, Statehouse reporter, speaks with water rights activist Charles Benjamin on the declassification of some streams in Kansas.
Challenges surface when two families merge
February 8, 2003
My husband died two years ago, leaving me and our two children behind. I have met a wonderful man — also a widower with two kids — and we plan to marry. Where should we start to build our new family?
6Sports video: LHS, FSHS hoping swimmers have strong showing in finals
February 8, 2003
6Sports reports on the preliminaries of the Sunflower League swim meet held at the indoor aquatic center in Lawrence.
6News video: Screen Scene
February 8, 2003
Finally, the year’s most likely Oscar frontrunner prances into Lawrence. I’m talking about “Chicago,” the staggeringly energetic adaptation of the popular musical. Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere headline this visually dazzling tale of murder, betrayal and media manipulation.
Nation placed on higher risk of terror attack
Al-Qaida exchanges spur president to raise alert level to code orange
February 8, 2003
U.S. officials elevated the national terrorism alert to the second highest level Friday and warned of possible al-Qaida attacks on a sweeping range of potential targets from apartment houses to “symbols of American power.”
Another Peck case dismissed
Lawrence Police officer, chief to meet Monday
February 8, 2003
The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office this week dismissed its case against a Lawrence man accused of possessing marijuana and disobeying a police officer.
Retail sector leads job surge
February 8, 2003
The nation’s unemployment rate unexpectedly dropped to 5.7 percent in January as businesses added 143,000 new jobs, a shot of good news for an ailing economy.
FSHS in high gear
Firebirds excited about bevy of finals qualifiers
February 8, 2003
Despite breaking six school records and a league record in Friday’s preliminaries, Free State High’s boys swimming team probably won’t win the Sunflower League title today.
KU names strength boss
February 8, 2003
Chris Dawson, a former Oklahoma football player, has been named head strength and conditioning coach at Kansas University.
New lawsuits filed in gas geyser case
February 8, 2003
Eleven businesses and four families are plaintiffs in a series of new lawsuits filed in the past month over the natural gas explosions two years ago at Hutchinson.
6News video: School board candidate Cille King
February 8, 2003
King opposes the bond and school closures but supports repairs being made.
Elma A. Scott-Haradon
February 8, 2003
Elmer V. Carlson
February 8, 2003
6Sports video: Jayhawks not underestimating Cats
February 8, 2003
6Sports reports on this afternoons KU mens basketball game against cross-state rival the Kansas State Wildcats.
Wedding
February 8, 2003
Around and about
February 8, 2003
Don’t beat around the bush when giving flowers
February 8, 2003
This year, tell your valentine exactly how you feel using the language of flowers. Calla lilies translate into “you are one hot babe!” Ferns: “I find you fascinating.”
FCE and 4-H news
February 8, 2003
Club news
February 8, 2003
Government might seek more secrecy in arrests
February 8, 2003
The Justice Department is considering asking Congress for more power to arrest suspected terrorists and to hold them in secret.
Higher calling
February 8, 2003
Providing shelter to homeless people is a compassionate act; making it so they no longer need that shelter is an even greater gift.
School boost
February 8, 2003
Senate bill would allow teaching of creationism
Committee chairman ‘handed a hot potato,’ says proposed legislation won’t receive a hearing
February 8, 2003
The Senate Education Committee has introduced a bill that appears to allow the teaching of creationism in Kansas public schools.
Annoying protest
February 8, 2003
More sidewalks
February 8, 2003
Kansans urged to be vigilant
February 8, 2003
As the nation goes on high alert for terrorist activities, Kansans should be more aware of their surroundings and monitor world and national events, state officials say.
Terror alert prompts closing of lake
Access to pond at Wolf Creek denied until further notice
February 8, 2003
Public access to the fishing lake beside the Wolf Creek nuclear power plant in southeast Kansas was closed Friday after the federal government raised the nation’s terror alert level.
KU opens softball season with pair of wins
February 8, 2003
Kansas University opened its softball season with a pair of victories Friday at the Triple Crown Sports Invitational. The Jayhawks defeated Ole Miss 2-1 in 10 innings in their opener before beating Bethune-Cookman 6-1.
Former Jayhawk to join Canadian Football Hall of Fame
February 8, 2003
George McGowan, the leading receiver on Kansas University’s 1968 Orange Bowl team, has become the second former Jayhawk selected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
Lebo sweeps Seabury Academy
February 8, 2003
Lebo High’s boys basketball team snapped Seabury Academy’s four-game winning streak Friday night with a 60-23 victory.
Glass advances in Days Inn Open
February 8, 2003
Lawrence’s Bob Glass won Friday in the Round of 32 at the PBA Days Inn Open at Don Carter’s All Star Lanes West.
Devers, Dragila set U.S. records at Millrose Games
February 8, 2003
Gail Devers has plenty left in her 36-year-old legs. The two-time Olympic champion set an American indoor record in the 60-meter hurdles Friday at the Millrose Games, finishing in 7.78 seconds.
U.S., Croatia deadlocked
Blake takes Davis Cup win for Americans
February 8, 2003
James Blake did his job as the U.S. team’s lone experienced Davis Cup player, beating Mario Ancic in straight sets Friday to tie the first-round series against Croatia 1-1.
Patience pays for Furyk
Golfer fires second-round 66; takes one-shot lead
February 8, 2003
Jim Furyk knows the biggest challenge at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am often isn’t the weather or the field — it’s maintaining focus during the typical six-hour rounds.
People and places
February 8, 2003
Mayer: These KU white men could jump
February 8, 2003
I chuckled often during a recent re-viewing of irreverent Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson as they cavorted through the film “White Men Can’t Jump.” It reminded me of three former Kansas University basketball players who refuted the fiction regarding uni-hued leapers before many began to accept it as fact.
Nighttime the right time for Stewart to drive
February 8, 2003
Tony Stewart is a Prince of Darkness on the NASCAR circuit because he loves racing at night.
Office drops Cheney appeal
February 8, 2003
The investigative arm of Congress is giving up its court battle against Vice President Dick Cheney, who has refused to disclose the industry contacts he and his aides had in formulating the Bush administration’s energy plan.
Soaring past midlife crises
February 8, 2003
The astronauts who perished in the doomed shuttle may seem too superhuman to be role models for the rest of us.
Revelations outside the D.C. beltway
February 8, 2003
Outside the Beltway, at long last. For nearly a quarter-century I lived in America’s capital at the height of America’s power, working as a reporter, editor and commentator, trying to explain seven Senate majority leaders, six presidential elections, five presidents, four major military engagements, three searing White House scandals, two space catastrophes and one impeachment.
White House wants 9-11 case put on hold
February 8, 2003
The Bush administration asked a judge Friday to stop all proceedings against Zacarias Moussaoui, the lone individual charged in the Sept. 11 attacks, until an appeals court settles national security questions.
On the record
February 8, 2003
Lawrence Briefs
February 8, 2003
¢ Reward offered for tips leading to arrest ¢ Honors director retires after 26 years at KU ¢ Authorities seeking dog after attack on calf ¢ Altercation with officer ends in trip to hospital ¢ Bridge tournament benefits Visiting Nurses
Lion girls sputter in loss
LHS lacks fundamentals, falls 43-32 to O-East
February 8, 2003
A point a minute won’t get it, so it’s back to the drawing board for Lawrence High’s girls basketball team.
Media mogul meets future journalists
U.S. shouldn’t go it alone in Iraq, New York Times publisher says
February 8, 2003
The publisher of The New York Times said the paper’s editorial board wasn’t sure whether the United States should attack Iraq. But the board believes U.S. leaders should first earn broad-based support from other nations for an attack.