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Common vision needed in planning city’s growth says Highberger
February 13, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 6:02 p.m.) Dennis “Boog” Highberger opened his campaign for Lawrence City Commission on a whimsical note — two accordionists played “Roll Out the Barrel” while he filed papers with the city clerk’s office. And his campaign has asked that Highberger never be mentioned without also using his “Boog” nickname.
Minder: Social implications of school bond issue weren’t considered
February 13, 2003
(Web Posted Thursday at 5:41 p.m.) Rich Minder says architects of the largest bond proposal in Lawrence school district history glibly ignored social implications of their plan.
Chat tonight with school board candidates Sue Morgan and Michael Pomes
February 13, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 2:01 p.m.) Sue Morgan and Michael Pomes, two of the 13 candidates running for Lawrence’s school board, will be featured in online chats Thursday.
Power outage hits 2,400 customers, including 5 schools
February 13, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 4:43 p.m.) A lunchtime power outage knocked out electricity to 2,400 customers in Lawrence, including five public schools.
Alvamar developer Bob Billings dies
February 13, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 12:59 p.m.) Bob Billings, a developer, philanthropist and community leader in Lawrence for the past 50 years, died Thursday morning at his home after an illness.
Ready for Valentine’s
February 13, 2003
South Junior High
February 13, 2003
Veritas Christian School
February 13, 2003
Friends and neighbors
February 13, 2003
Bohl refutes removal rumors
February 13, 2003
Kansas University athletic director Al Bohl — stung by allegations of academic fraud at his former employer, Fresno State University — said Wednesday he was committed to a long tenure at KU. His boss, KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway, said he knew of nothing in the works to end Bohl’s tenure at Kansas, but was keeping a close eye on the NCAA’s investigation of Fresno State athletics.
6News video: Gordon Longabach speaks with voters in online chat
February 13, 2003
Longabach was the second candidate to participate in the online chat.
Police use of informants stirs debate in legal arena
Authorities say practice is necessary technique; defense lawyers call it misguided
February 13, 2003
The 41-year-old woman revealed her secret in a March 2002 letter she mailed from the Douglas County Jail to Judge Michael Malone. The woman had admitted forging some checks. She agreed not to contest the charges, but was in jail because she failed to show for a date in Douglas County District Court.
Property rights fuel battlefield skirmish
Legislature considers changes to state’s historic sites law
February 13, 2003
A three-hour battle 146 years ago in Douglas County has erupted anew — this time before the Kansas Legislature. Lawmakers are considering a bill that would change the state historic sites statute because of concerns from landowners near what is called the Black Jack Battlefield, east of Baldwin.
Key European allies again reject U.S. NATO plan
February 13, 2003
France, Germany and Belgium rebuffed the United States for a third-straight day Wednesday, rejecting a watered-down U.S. request for military assistance from NATO in preparation for a war with Iraq. The standoff at NATO headquarters, two days before the chief U.N. weapons inspectors report to the U.N. Security Council in New York, cast doubt on U.S. chances of gaining support from the international body for war against Iraq for Baghdad’s failing to disarm.
Simpsons’ going strong at 300
February 13, 2003
The characters may be yellow, but “The Simpsons” hasn’t mellowed as it marks its 300th episode Sunday.
Amendments downplayed on online-service legislation
February 13, 2003
Major amendments offered by Rep. Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence, were attached Wednesday to controversial telecommunications legislation sought by telephone giant SBC. But opponents, including most other players in the industry, said the changes did not improve the bill.
Bill advocates in-state tuition for children of immigrants
February 13, 2003
They arrived in the United States as children, accompanying parents who sought a better life.
Weighting grades
February 13, 2003
If Revere were riding today
February 13, 2003
If Henry Wadsworth Longfellow were writing today, perhaps he might update his classic poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride.”
Code orange casts dark pall
February 13, 2003
Life in code orange casts a wide net of contradictions. We’re not to worry, America’s homeland security chief tells us. Just be alert. Report what might look suspicious.
City growth plan compromise sought
Commissioners consider making some planning guidelines flexible
February 13, 2003
Players in Lawrence’s growth debates for years have argued about whether the city’s long-term planning document was a strict set of rules or a flexible guide. Planning Commissioner David Burress offered this suggestion Wednesday: Why not make it both?
Forum allows board candidates to address consolidation, funding
February 13, 2003
Robert Shelley challenged Lawrence school board candidates Wednesday to get serious about cutting excessive spending. “Who is going to hold the line?” Shelley asked in the question-and-answer portion of a candidate forum at East Lawrence Center, 1245 E. 15th St.
Military training gives economic boost to Fort Riley area
February 13, 2003
Some communities worry about losing soldiers and their money to war, but merchants around this prairie Army post are seeing a boost as armed conflict draws nearer. For up to a year, at least 200 Army Reservists at Fort Riley will sleep and eat in hotels and restaurants in Junction City and Manhattan. Those soldiers will help active duty troops train reservists ordered to missions related to homeland security and for possible war with Iraq.
McVeigh link to bomb threats found after OKC
February 13, 2003
FBI investigators in the Oklahoma City bombing gathered evidence linking Timothy McVeigh to white supremacists who the government had been told before the bombing were threatening to attack government buildings, investigative memos show.
Shirley North
February 13, 2003
M’s Garcia awarded $6.875 million
Seattle right-handed pitcher handed third-largest salary ever in arbitration hearing
February 13, 2003
Seattle pitcher Freddy Garcia was awarded the third-highest salary ever in arbitration Wednesday when he won his case against the Mariners.
Aggies gag No. 21 Tigers
King scores season-high 29 points in 73-71 victory
February 13, 2003
Bernard King didn’t take the final shot as planned — but he did just about everything else Wednesday night.
Driver safety still hot NASCAR topic
February 13, 2003
Under relentless scrutiny for two straight years about safety precautions, NASCAR heads into the 2003 season with a new Research and Development Center, a handful of innovations and — most importantly — without a recent driver death.
Sorenstam will play PGA’s Colonial
February 13, 2003
Annika Sorenstam accepted an invitation Wednesday to play in the Colonial, which would make her the first woman in 58 years to compete on the men’s pro tour.
Briefly
February 13, 2003
¢ Governor wants vote on Confederate symbol ¢ ‘Preppy Killer’ to be freed Friday ¢ Day-care workers stage one-day strike ¢ State to cut SUVs from fleet
Blind faith
February 13, 2003
Livestock leader warns cattlemen to be vigilant
Terrorist use of foot-and-mouth would be nearly impossible to combat, commissioner says
February 13, 2003
The state’s livestock commissioner is warning cattlemen that their herds are possible targets for a terrorist attack.
New anti-terror program combs personal information
February 13, 2003
Financed by more than $20 million in government contracts, researchers are taking the first steps toward developing a system that could sift through the financial, telephone, travel and medical records of millions of people in hopes of identifying terrorists before they strike.
Nuclear crisis reported to U.N.
Reports say North Korea has technology
February 13, 2003
The United Nations’ nuclear regulatory agency Wednesday finally threw up its hands over North Korea, concluding that quiet suasion has not worked and referring the isolated nation’s violations of international nonproliferation rules to the Security Council for action. Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, which met Wednesday in Vienna, Austria, said North Korea had been in “chronic noncompliance” with nuclear safeguards for years, culminating in the expulsion of U.N. inspectors last December. But he cautioned against imposing sanctions to avoid an escalation in the crisis, which is distracting the Bush administration from its single-minded focus on Iraq.
North saw threat in Bush’s comments, diplomat says
February 13, 2003
When President Bush said North Korea was part of an “axis of evil,” he may have sparked the Asian nation to develop nuclear weapons, a Japanese diplomat said Wednesday.
State briefs
February 13, 2003
¢ Free State students earn German honors ¢ Hearings continued in kidnapping case ¢ Suspect charged in Olpe bank robbery
Coach let Chenowith go
February 13, 2003
Ralph Lewis, coach of the Huntsville (Ala.) Flight of the National Basketball Development League, said he released former Kansas University center Eric Chenowith for lack of improvement.
Picking at-large teams no small feat
With NCAA Tournament looming, squads from top conferences jockey for positions
February 13, 2003
It’s the middle of February, which means it’s time to start looking ahead to which teams might make or miss the NCAA Tournament.
Horoscopes
February 13, 2003
Southwest Junior High School
February 13, 2003
Racing notebook
February 13, 2003
¢ Hornish still shaken after head-on crash ¢ Improvements coming for Formula One series ¢ Harvick learns lessons from 2002 problems
Iraq showdown: How did we get here?
February 13, 2003
With President Bush’s declaration that we have reached the “moment of truth” in the showdown with Iraq, it behooves us to ask how we got here and what, if any, options remain for avoiding war. How did Saddam Hussein become such a menace? Basically, by brutally exterminating and intimidating his internal enemies. He also had the advantage of controlling a significant slice of the world’s oil resources, and he received military supplies and equipment from both the Soviet Union and the United States, who feared (for different reasons) Iran becoming the dominant regional power.
Eudora business sweet on scrub
Creator has high hopes for product
February 13, 2003
A Eudora business is selling a miracle type of sugar this Valentine’s Day. “There’s no fat, no acne, no calories,” said Ja’nay Besser, owner of the Cat’s Meow. “It’s great.”
McClelland services
February 13, 2003
Chiefs add exhibitions
February 13, 2003
The Kansas City Chiefs’ 2003 preseason schedule features home games against San Francisco and Minnesota.
School record in cards for Edmonds
McLouth High senior standout sets standard, joins 1,000-point club
February 13, 2003
It shouldn’t have been a shock when Courtney Edmonds broke the McLouth High girls basketball scoring record earlier this season, then passed the 1,000-point plateau last week.
Bulls take 76ers to OT
Iverson powers Philly to win over lowly Chicago
February 13, 2003
The Philadelphia 76ers don’t expect to blow many teams out these days — even the lowly Chicago Bulls.
Tennessee State AD to be first woman to coach men
February 13, 2003
Forget women’s rights and gender equity.
Billikens dump No. 2 Cardinals
Saint Louis snaps Louisville’s 17-game win streak, 59-58
February 13, 2003
Downtrodden Saint Louis came up with a victory to hang its season on.
Qualifying races crucial for some
February 13, 2003
For some drivers, the twin 125-mile qualifying races are simply a warmup for the Daytona 500. For others, they are the only chance to get into Sunday’s race.
Recreation calendar
February 13, 2003
ABC’s ‘Are You Hot’ a real no-brainer
February 13, 2003
According to an ABC press release, “talent, personality and strategy were not required” to vie for the title on “Are You Hot: The Search for America’s Sexiest People” (7 p.m., ABC). That’s right — no talent, brains or personality required! It’s the perfect “reality” series.
6News video: City manager Mike Wildgen receives favorable review
February 13, 2003
Wildgen’s contract is renewed with a pay raise.
6News video: City commission candidate Lynn Goodell
February 13, 2003
This is one of 11 6News city commission candidate profiles that will run in alphabetical order online each weekday, Monday through Friday, through Feb. 21.
Daily ticker
February 13, 2003
Long-term loser
February 13, 2003
As development at the corner of 31st and Iowa streets progressed, decisions were made that have had a significant impact on the Kmart property. It seems an overstatement to say, as a local attorney did Tuesday, that construction work to accommodate a new Home Depot store at 31st and Iowa streets is responsible for the demise of the Kmart store near the intersection.
Seniors ‘pretty special’
Williams enjoys prowess of KU’s Hinrich, Collison
February 13, 2003
Kansas University men’s basketball coach Roy Williams hates to admit it, but he sometimes takes two of his all-time favorite players for granted. Consistently solid play has made seniors Kirk Hinrich and Nick Collison seem like sure things.
Price wins in home debut
Metcalf’s blast propels Jayhawks past Western Illinois, 10-6
February 13, 2003
When manufacturing runs didn’t work Wednesday, Kansas University’s baseball team needed a big bat to deliver a big blow. Travis Metcalf delivered.
Balanced Lions triumph - LHS girls 62, KC (Mo.) Teresa’s 47
February 13, 2003
That was a quick fix. Five days after its worst performance this season, Lawrence High’s girls basketball team earned a 62-47 victory Wednesday night against Kansas City (Mo.) Teresa’s at LHS.
Proud cowboy
February 13, 2003
Family influence
February 13, 2003
Abuse cases cost diocese $836,331
February 13, 2003
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph says it spent $836,331 to deal with allegations of sexual abuse against 19 priests between 1951 and 1992. The figures — the first diocesan accounting of the number of priests and the amount of money involved in sexual abuse allegations — were published in the current issue of The Catholic Key, the diocesan newspaper. The Rev. Patrick Rush, the diocese’s vicar general, said the diocese was responding to inquiries people made during an annual charitable fund drive called Together We Can.
Beating victim questions case’s progress
February 13, 2003
Eleven weeks ago, Jeffrey Medis was assaulted outside a downtown tavern, suffering a broken nose, broken upper and lower jaws, a fractured eye socket, a concussion and a gash on his chin that took six stitches to close. On Christmas Eve, Lawrence Police said they had completed their investigation and would file a report with the District Attorney’s Office.
Influential Watergate-era journalist to speak in Dole series
February 13, 2003
Previous speakers at the Dole Institute of Politics have written books on presidential history.
Local briefs
February 13, 2003
¢ Humane Society seeks donations, adoptions ¢ Business school ranks high for exam results ¢ LHS student is among National Merit finalists ¢ Board candidates schedule online chats
Praeger introduces credit scoring bill
February 13, 2003
Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger has introduced a bill that would regulate how much an insurance company can use a customer’s credit rating in determining insurance rates. Praeger, R-Lawrence, said her office had received complaints about insurance companies increasing a customer’s premium solely because of a spotty credit history.
Nation’s oil supply drops to 28-year low
February 13, 2003
The nation’s oil supply dropped another 4.5 million barrels last week, leaving inventories the lowest since 1975 and below what the industry considers necessary for smooth operation.
Briefcase
February 13, 2003
¢ Farmland hopes to keep deal private ¢ Serologicals to buy life sciences company ¢ Independence plant may suffer job cuts
Higher-ed officials report increases in research funds
February 13, 2003
Higher-education officials Wednesday reported increases in research funding and said plans for three new research facilities would further enhance funding opportunities. Reggie Robinson, president and chief executive officer of the Kansas Board of Regents, said funded research at Kansas University, Kansas State and Wichita State was “exceptionally strong and positive.”
County approves tree farm permit
February 13, 2003
A Christmas tree farm will be able to operate at the edge of Lawrence for at least another five years, but rulings about the futures of two other rural business operations will have to wait for at least a few weeks, Douglas County commissioners decided Wednesday.
U.N. experts to destroy Iraqi shells
February 13, 2003
U.N. weapons experts headed into the Iraqi desert Wednesday to destroy their first batch of banned Iraqi weapons — 10 leftover artillery shells filled with caustic, lethal mustard gas.
Iran hard-hearted toward valentines
February 13, 2003
Cupid, drop the bow.
Photo shows universe forming
February 13, 2003
NASA has released what it called the most vivid snapshot of the infant universe ever taken, capturing such stunning detail that it may be one of the most significant scientific achievements of recent years.
Shaolin Wheel of Life thrills audience with choreography
February 13, 2003
The sold-out performance of Shaolin Wheel of Life at the Lied Center Wednesday night combined kung fu, ancient Chinese history and amazing feats of strength.
On the record
February 13, 2003
City manager earns positive review
Wildgen rated better since request for more ‘user-friendly’ City Hall
February 13, 2003
City Hall is apparently more “user-friendly” than it was a year ago. Lawrence city commissioners gave City Manager Mike Wildgen a positive evaluation Wednesday on his annual job review and unanimously voted to give him a 3 percent pay raise. It was a far cry from last year’s evaluation, when they gave Wildgen six months to make city government more accessible.
Muck services
February 13, 2003
Harold ‘Tom’ Clinger
February 13, 2003
Margaret Fowler Ballagh
February 13, 2003
6Sports video: KU baseball wins at home
February 13, 2003
The Jayhawks beat Western Illinois 10 - 6.
6Sports video: Eudora High’s wrestlers may bring home title
February 13, 2003
The team’s seniors are leading the way for the team.
6Sports video: Lawrence High girls are best in the city
February 13, 2003
The Lions have a near picture-perfect game.
6Sports video: Fresno State in hot water again
February 13, 2003
KU Athletic Director Al Bohl’s former school may be facing academic scandal.
6News video: School board candidate Mary Loveland
February 13, 2003
This is one of 13 6News school board candidate profiles that will run in alphabetical order online each weekday, Monday through Friday, through Feb. 21.
Henry Odegaard
February 13, 2003
Bishop Seabury Academy
February 13, 2003
Perry-Lecompton High
February 13, 2003
49ers introduce new coach
Erickson wants San Francisco to be more aggressive
February 13, 2003
Dennis Erickson’s big plans for the San Francisco 49ers mostly are small adjustments to the franchise’s successful formula.
Our town sports
February 13, 2003
Womack, Schuler Golds: Allison Womack and Sindra Schuler of Kansas School of Gymnastics each won gold medals in the all-round at Level 7 and Level 9 at the CATTS Classic. KSG’s Lindsey Fisher was second at Level 9. Thirds went to Laura Devlin at Level 8 and Audrey Schenewerk at Level 9. KSG will play host to the Shannon Martin Compulsory Invitational on Saturday. For information, call 550-6710.
NBA briefs
February 13, 2003
¢ Nuggets rookie stopped by police, misses practice ¢ Grizzlies activate guard ¢ Wolves put Strickland IR
Marquette aide still awaiting lung transplant
February 13, 2003
Shortly after basketball assistant Trey Schwab arrived at Marquette, he and coach Tom Crean developed nasty coughs they couldn’t shake.
Margaret E. Norton
February 13, 2003
Missouri says Clemons met ‘all the rules’
February 13, 2003
Missouri guard Ricky Clemons “more than met all the rules” to be academically eligible to play for the Tigers this season, the school’s compliance chief told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Excerpts from the pact the county’s drug unit makes with confidential informants
February 13, 2003
The following are excerpts from the standard “Cooperating Individual Agreement” used between the county’s Drug-Enforcement Unit (DEU) and a “cooperating individual” (CI).
Bigsby services
February 13, 2003
Irish replica of ‘famine ship’ ready to set sail
February 13, 2003
Rarely has a ship been bailed out so often before leaving port. Now, after three years and many millions, the Jeanie Johnston is finally ready to set sail to the New World this Sunday.
People
February 13, 2003
¢ Sean Penn sued for extortion ¢ Here’s to you, Mr. Simon ¢ Oscar skews white this year ¢ Seagal testifies against mob
Education dollars
February 13, 2003
Dole to join Atlanta-based law firm
February 13, 2003
In a move much anticipated by the Washington law and lobbying community, former Senate Republican leader and presidential candidate Bob Dole, R-Kan., has decided to join the Atlanta-based law firm Alston & Bird.
Central Junior High School
February 13, 2003
NASA engineer had warned of ‘catastrophic’ risk to shuttle
February 13, 2003
Just two days before Columbia’s mysterious breakup during its fiery descent, a safety engineer warned by e-mail about risks of “catastrophic” failures from extreme heat causing the shuttle’s tires to burst inside the spacecraft, NASA disclosed Wednesday.
It’s all a balancing act
February 13, 2003
Free State’s Gray to sign with ‘Bods
February 13, 2003
Free State High senior Ben Gray will sign a letter of intent this morning to play football at Washburn University next fall.
National defense measures heightened
Second reported bin Laden tape this week predicts own death
February 13, 2003
Anti-aircraft missiles guarded Washington’s skies, and Capitol police carried gas masks Wednesday as the nation mobilized to confront a potential terrorist attack. Federal, state and local governments tightened security, anxious Americans stockpiled food and water, and police responded to scores of false alarms, including reports of suspicious vehicles that shut down commuter bridges in Washington and New York.
No. 11 Horns hold on against OSU, 72-70
February 13, 2003
With her team struggling in the second half and trailing Oklahoma State by 12, Texas coach Jody Conradt wasn’t sure the Longhorns would be able to come back and win.
Tiger returning at soggy Buick
February 13, 2003
Less than an hour after Phil Mickelson acknowledged he was wrong to criticize Tiger Woods’ equipment, his cell phone rang.
Briefly
February 13, 2003
¢ Judge postpones terror trial ¢ Sniper suspect’s lawyers challenge death penalty ¢ Kerry has prostate surgery
Briefly
February 13, 2003
¢ Cell phones banned during performances ¢ Sixth-grader arrested after grades switched ¢ Co-pilot acquitted of flying while drunk