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Huber running low key campaign for city commission
February 14, 2003
(Web Posted Friday at 5:48 p.m.) The name of August “Gus” Lafayette Huber IV will appear on the ballot this month as a candidate for Lawrence City Commission. But it’s difficult to say he’s actually running for the office.
Morgan takes hard-nosed stand supporting bond issue
February 14, 2003
(Updated Friday at 5:31 p.m.) It’s Valentine’s Day, but Scott Morgan isn’t going to sugar-coat Lawrence school district’s challenges.
Rain and snow expected overnight
February 14, 2003
(Web Posted Friday at 12:59 p.m.) Valentine’s Day usually brings hearts and flowers. But it’s also romancing the Lawrence area with some much-needed rain — — and even some snow overnight.
KU dean profiled in Ebony magazine
February 14, 2003
(Web Posted Friday at 11:05 a.m.) A Kansas University dean is featured in the March 2003 edition of Ebony magazine.
Public radio comedy show to broadcast from Liberty Hall
February 14, 2003
(Web Posted Friday at 10:58 a.m.) “Right Between the Ears,” Kansas Public Radio’s award-winning comedy show, will broadcast live next weekend from Liberty Hall in downtown Lawrence.
World Online Arts & Entertainment Calendar
February 14, 2003
Nothing New in ‘Jungle Book 2’
February 14, 2003
Board: Shuttle’s skin was breached
February 14, 2003
A breach in Columbia’s skin allowed glowing, superheated air to penetrate the space shuttle, possibly in its left wheel well, seconds before the craft broke apart over Texas, killing its seven-member crew, investigators said Thursday. In its first key finding, the independent board said the shuttle fuselage sustained a significant rupture, rather than simply incurring damage from the loss of a few heat-resistant tiles or another internal malfunction.
Kim says N. Korea payments necessary
February 14, 2003
President Kim Dae-jung said Friday his government was aware of illegal payments to North Korea ahead of a historic 2000 summit but allowed the money to go through in the interest of peace on the peninsula. Kim, who leaves office on Feb. 25, also apologized for the scandal, which has embarrassed his government in its final days and intensified criticism of his “sunshine” policy of engaging North Korea — a diplomatic overture that helped him win the 2000 Nobel Peace Prize.
KCI air traffic drops nearly 15 percent
February 14, 2003
Passenger numbers at Kansas City International Airport dropped off by almost 15 percent in 2002, the airport’s worst decline in more than a decade.
Hallmark takes American’s fears to heart this Valentine’s
February 14, 2003
This Valentine’s Day, thoughts of terrorism and war are on the minds of many Americans shopping for their loved ones, and cardmakers have taken notice. “Right now, we are more conscious than ever that we have to take every opportunity to say ‘I love you,’ ‘You are important to me’ and ‘This is the way I feel,’ to other people,” said Sharon Valleau, a writer for Hallmark Cards Inc.
TV nuptials often divorced from reality
February 14, 2003
Hey guys, it’s Valentine’s Day. Tonight’s dial abounds with romantic programming, so sit back and enjoy. Or at least pretend to, if you know what’s good for you.
State to get $200 million in drought aid
Assistance package to benefit livestock, crop producers
February 14, 2003
Kansas grain farmers and livestock producers will receive approximately $200 million under a drought aid deal reached in Congress. “I’m going to sleep a little better. At least our efforts finally are getting recognized,” Alan Peter, Greeley County farmer, said Thursday.
Shooting victim recounts ordeal; suspect to stand trial
February 14, 2003
A Lawrence woman who survived being shot four times appeared Thursday in Douglas County District Court to identify the man she claims tried to kill her. “He kept on smiling. He kept on smirking” as he fired the shots, survivor Lois A. Brockman said during a preliminary hearing before Judge Michael Malone.
Woodling: Critics take shots at Bohl
February 14, 2003
The earth under Kansas University athletic director Al Bohl continues to wobble. What else is new? Every time a story of wrongdoing surfaces at Fresno State, Bohl’s last stop, people around here can’t wait to point a finger. They’re like piranha waiting for another tasty morsel to be dumped into the river. They’re drooling to loose another arrow as he twists in the wind.
Earnhardt Jr., Gordon win twin 125-mile qualifiers
February 14, 2003
Two races down and two to go for Junior.
Weather, Woods’ woes hot topics
Tiger suffers poor play, frustration, four hours of fog delays
February 14, 2003
A soupy fog made Tiger Woods wait four hours before he could tee off Thursday in the Buick Invitational.
Davis - Chair blocks testimony favoring prescription birth control coverage
February 14, 2003
The following is a column by Rep. Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, for the week ending Feb. 14.
Benefactor weighs in on Kansas AD
February 14, 2003
Longtime Kansas University benefactor Dana Anderson lives in Bel Air, Calif. His house is within walking distance of UCLA’s tradition-rich basketball palace, Pauley Pavilion.
Bohl’s wife resigns position with charity
February 14, 2003
Sherry Bohl, wife of Kansas University athletic director Al Bohl, has resigned from the board of at least one Lawrence charitable organization.
Colonial could be beginning of PGA Tour for Sorenstam
LPGA standout might consider playing in more tournaments
February 14, 2003
Annika Sorenstam’s grand experiment on the PGA Tour might not end at the Colonial.
Buhler - Senate honors memory of former member, Jim Allen
February 14, 2003
The following is a journal from Sen. Mark Buhler, R-Lawrence, for the week ending Feb. 14.
Tigers’ AD breaks gender barrier in loss
Phillips becomes first woman to coach Division One men’s team, but Austin Peay prevails
February 14, 2003
Teresa Phillips started the game sitting down, calmly giving out words of encouragement.
Briefly
February 14, 2003
¢ U.S. plane crashes; officials fear rebels have survivors ¢ Military: 3 serious reactions among 100,000 vaccinations ¢ Study indicates ibuprofen could harm heart patients ¢ Senate confirms Donaldson as new SEC chairman
Briefly
February 14, 2003
¢ Police back on job after strike, riots ¢ Chinese television plans 24-hour channel ¢ Vatican opens archives in support of Pius XII ¢ Pilgrims prepare to leave at end of hajj
Horoscopes
February 14, 2003
People
February 14, 2003
¢ Dog show draws highest ratings ¢ ‘American Idol’ contestant booted ¢ Kelly Osbourne cites terror fears
KU AD, Snyder support agent bill
February 14, 2003
Some of the state’s top college sports administrators and coaches lent support Thursday to a proposed law that would license and regulate sports agents and their contacts with student-athletes.
6Sports video: Al Bohl’s wife resigns from local organization
February 14, 2003
Despite some questions about Bohl’s involvement in Fresno State scandals, KU’s chancellor says there are no plans to change the athletic department’s leadership.
6Sports video: Free State girls continue losing skid
February 14, 2003
Shawnee Mission East overtakes the Firebirds.
6Sports video: Free State’s Ben Gray goes to Washburn
February 14, 2003
The best pass break-up defender in Free State’s history signs with the Ichabods.
Arafat to share power with prime minister
February 14, 2003
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat plans to announce during a meeting with European negotiators that he will appoint a prime minister to share his powers, fulfilling a key reform demand, Palestinian officials said Thursday.
KU Med patients increase 21 percent
February 14, 2003
The closing of two Kansas City-area hospitals apparently have taken a toll on KU Med.
U.S. must review diplomatic efforts
February 14, 2003
When Hans Blix visited the White House last autumn to discuss putting U.N. inspectors into Iraq, U.S. officials urged him to double or triple their number. No can do, the Swedish treaty lawyer responded: I can’t find enough qualified people and I certainly can’t organize that number in a few months. The idea of tripling the number of inspectors has surfaced again in the desperate search by France and Germany for gimmicks to block the impending American assault on Iraq. But Blix gave the same response to reporters in Athens on Monday. Instant expansion is even more of a nonstarter today.
Wise solution
February 14, 2003
Consolidate board
February 14, 2003
Day for peace
February 14, 2003
Drug problem
February 14, 2003
Crowded Democratic field
February 14, 2003
If resumes won presidential nominations, Sen. Bob Graham might be the Democratic front-runner. The 66-year-old Florida Democrat served two successful terms as governor and is in his third Senate term. As chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, he gained intimate knowledge of foreign policy after Sept. 11, 2001.
Rumsfeld must watch his step
February 14, 2003
When President Bush took office and proclaimed it was proof that a C student could reach the top, many people said not to worry, he has great advisers. Then the economy tanked and most of the administration’s economic team was replaced. But the administration’s stars remained: Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Colin Powell, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and … Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
The Hours” can’t pass by too quickly
February 14, 2003
Welcome to the cinematic equivalent of the worst women’s studies course you never took. Director Stephen Daldry’s “The Hours” is an enigmatically dull, overpraised exercise so bloated by its own self-importance that it fails to achieve some of the most fundamental aspects of moviemaking.
The girls next door
The Donnas go from junior high friends to being America’s hottest girl band
February 14, 2003
Four junior high friends from the Bay Area assembled an all-girl rock group in order to perform at their school’s “battle of the bands” contest. Almost 10 years later they’re still together, conquering radio, MTV and network television. No this isn’t the plot of a Disney Channel movie. This is the story of The Donnas.
Gasoline prices ‘close’ to gouging
February 14, 2003
The recent spike in gasoline prices isn’t justified and is getting “uncomfortably close” to gouging, a AAA spokesman said Thursday. The price of a gallon of regular gasoline has risen about 13 cents in less than two weeks to a national average of $1.633 — the highest since June 2001, according to the automobile association.
Briefcase
February 14, 2003
¢ Lull in automotive sales causes dip in retail sector ¢ Dell earnings on rise ¢ McDonald’s stock continues slump
Expansion of state’s sunshine law urged
Media representatives want advisory groups under law’s umbrella
February 14, 2003
A bill expanding the Kansas Open Meetings Act to cover more advisory groups and task forces would improve government, news media representatives told a House committee this week. The measure would require such groups to have public sessions and notify the public of their meetings, even if they were appointed by officials who had been elected but had not yet taken office.
AG backs change in libel law
Kline says he supports repeal of criminal defamation statute
February 14, 2003
Atty. Gen. Phill Kline said Thursday he supported repeal of the state’s criminal defamation law.
Wife convicted of murder for driving over husband
February 14, 2003
A woman who ran down her cheating husband with her Mercedes after catching him with his mistress was convicted of murder Thursday despite her tearful claim that she hit him accidentally, while in a heartsick daze.
Smith & Wesson introduces .50-caliber revolver
February 14, 2003
Dirty Harry is now outgunned: Smith & Wesson has introduced its biggest handgun ever, a .50-caliber Magnum.
House approves stricter welfare bill
February 14, 2003
Saying they hope to build on the success of the 1996 welfare overhaul, House lawmakers passed a measure Thursday that would require more recipients to find jobs and work longer hours.
Congress OKs $397.4 billion spending package
February 14, 2003
Congress overwhelmingly approved a vast $397.4 billion spending bill Thursday, a package pouring taxpayers’ money into everything from poor school districts to a probe of the shuttle Columbia disaster to the National Cowgirl Museum in Texas.
Valentine vengeance
Today’s holiday of love is also the holiday some love to hate
February 14, 2003
Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love, to be sure. It’s also the holiday that many singles — with ever-increasing zest — love to hate.
Fox has ‘Joe Millionaire’ viewers feeling duped, too
February 14, 2003
Viewers were fuming about Fox promotions for “Joe Millionaire” that seemed to promise more than the show delivered.
Crowd expected at youth summit
February 14, 2003
More than 300 people have pre-registered for Saturday’s youth summit, and event organizers said the community’s response to the event so far had been tremendous. “Things are coming together really, really nicely,” said Kristen Malloy, executive director of Lawrence-Douglas County Promise, a child advocacy group, and summit co-sponsor.
Board candidates share plans during online chats
February 14, 2003
Here are excerpts from Thursday night’s online chats with Sue Morgan and Michael Pomes. Pomes is running for the first time; Morgan is running for re-election to the Lawrence school board.
Franci Zender Chaffin
February 14, 2003
North services
February 14, 2003
Wiley services
February 14, 2003
Zada Z. Wise
February 14, 2003
Panel endorses sex offender bill
February 14, 2003
Sex offenders who study or work at Kansas’ public universities and certain other schools would have to register with state and local authorities under a bill endorsed by a committee Thursday. The requirement would apply at all Board of Regents institutions — community colleges, vocational-technical schools and the six universities.
Area briefs
February 14, 2003
¢ Comedy troupe plans Liberty Hall show ¢ Sierra Club to discuss Sunflower plant’s future ¢ Bluegrass concert benefits patient’s family
On the record
February 14, 2003
Poll reveals terror, economy concerns
February 14, 2003
President Bush has convinced a majority of Americans about the need for military action against Iraq, but he has more work to do in convincing them that his economic policies are effective, according to a new poll.
6Sports video: Lawrence High divers compete against each other
February 14, 2003
The friendly rivalry may make the divers the best in the state.
6News video: City commission candidate Boog Highberger
February 14, 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. The profiles will first appear the previous night at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunflower Broadband’s cable Channel 6.
6News video: Candidates speak with voters online
February 14, 2003
Sue Morgan and Michael Pomes, both school board candidates, met with voters in an online chat.
6News video: School board candidate Rich Minder
February 14, 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. The profiles will first appear the previous night at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunflower Broadband’s cable Channel 6.
6News video: Bob Billings leaves behind rich legacy
February 14, 2003
Billings came to Lawrence to play basketball and ended up changing the face of Lawrence.
Sideline
February 14, 2003
¢ First four players unveiled for U.S. basketball team ¢ Royals, Ibanez reach deal ¢ Webb to make debut
Year tumultuous for Williams
Charges mounting against ex-NBA player after shooting
February 14, 2003
In the year since a limousine driver was shot to death in Jayson Williams’ home, the retired NBA star has watched the charges against him multiply, the possible prison time quadruple and his friends agree to testify against him.
League title disputed
Paola, Eudora stake claims after dual
February 14, 2003
As far as Baldwin High wrestling coach Kit Harris is concerned, the Bulldogs are co-Frontier League dual champions.
Athletes of week
February 14, 2003
KU softball hits road for tourney
February 14, 2003
A week ago, Kansas University softball coach Tracy Bunge wasn’t sure who her right fielder would be.
Pistons win sixth straight
February 14, 2003
It’s motivating the Detroit Pistons that few seem to mention them as one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.
Uneasy rider
NASCAR’s black driver a contrast among sport’s gang of good ol’ boys
February 14, 2003
Bill Lester remembers the first time he stepped foot on NASCAR soil in 1994 at the Talladega Speedway in Alabama. He felt uneasy immediately as he walked up the grandstands to meet a potential sponsor.
Els leads Johnnie Walker
February 14, 2003
Ernie Els roared to the top of yet another leaderboard Thursday, shooting an 8-under-par 64 to take a one-stroke lead in the Johnnie Walker Classic.
The Matrix — Sequels, extra products may live up to hype
February 14, 2003
Enron document: Show Me the Money!
Panel finds company used schemes to avoid taxes, inflate income
February 14, 2003
Enron set up an array of dizzyingly complex schemes to hoodwink the Internal Revenue Service, reap more than $2 billion in questionable tax and accounting savings and inflate its income as it paid its executives lavishly, a congressional panel found in an investigation made public Thursday. The now-bankrupt company created a dozen tax-sheltering transactions that used techniques like claiming the same tax loss twice, according to a report by the House-Senate Joint Committee on Taxation, which spent a year investigating Enron’s tax practices. With names like Project Apache, Project Renegade and Project Condor, the transactions show a vast new arena of Enron activity beyond the web of off-balance-sheet schemes and partnerships that have already been revealed.
Power outage affects 2,400
February 14, 2003
Switching power lines to make way for the new Home Depot cut off power to 2,400 Lawrence electric customers Thursday and left hundreds of junior high students wondering what to wear this morning. A switch failure near Home Depot’s construction site near 31st and Iowa streets triggered the power outage at 12:08 p.m., blacking out homes, businesses and five schools in an area bound by 19th, Louisiana, 31st and Iowa streets.
Ex-directors featured at concert
February 14, 2003
Stories of competitions, memories of forgotten uniforms — and of course the sound of music — filled the auditorium Thursday as the Lawrence High School band celebrated its 80th anniversary. Four former conductors — Lindsey Williams, Jay Smith, Vic Sisk and Ed Bartley — were in town for the event, and each directed a song performed by the Alumni Band. The audience was able to learn where the directors went after Lawrence as well as hear a few funny stories.
Baker honors heritage at celebration
February 14, 2003
Caroline Watkins didn’t blow out candles to help Baker University celebrate its 145th birthday. She sang hymns and listened to a sermon. Watkins, a freshman from Shawnee, was among approximately 120 people who attended the annual Founders Day Convocation Thursday in the Clarice L. Osborne Memorial Chapel.
Alvamar developer dies; friends recall ‘visionary’ deeds
Bob Billings, 65, remembered for many contributions to community
February 14, 2003
Bob Billings, a Kansas University alumnus who changed the face of Lawrence with his work as a developer, philanthropist and community leader, died Thursday at home. He was 65. As president of Alvamar Inc., Billings helped lead the development of thousands of acres in west Lawrence. As a student athlete at Kansas University, he was a player on the 1957 Jayhawk basketball team that made it to the NCAA championship game. And as a man, friends and business associates said Thursday, his optimism and humanity touched many lives.
Sedlacek wants spot in KC rotation
Young Royals pitcher started strong last year but faded — now he’s shooting for 200 innings pitched
February 14, 2003
Shawn Sedlacek made a good first impression last year with the Kansas City Royals, but not a lasting one.
KU, community to miss Billings, friends say
February 14, 2003
Kansas University lost one of its biggest supporters Thursday.
Survey critical of city planning
February 14, 2003
Lawrence’s planning processes are broken, city staffers create unnecessary burdens and obstacles to development, and the community demonstrates an anti-growth attitude, according to a new survey of 29 unidentified community leaders.
Baldwin office to close today
County treasurer’s branch a victim of budget cuts
February 14, 2003
Four years after opening a valve to relieve growing pressure on the Douglas County Treasurer’s Office, Douglas County commissioners are reversing course to help plug a budget drain.
Redistricting changes proposed
Appointed state commission would handle redrawing of political districts
February 14, 2003
Having been through the carnage wrought by last year’s redistricting battles, two senators are proposing a constitutional amendment to create a commission to redraw political boundaries. “Reapportionment should be about our constituents choosing us, not us choosing our constituents,” Sen. Derek Schmidt, a co-sponsor of the proposal, said Thursday.
Daredevil’ attempts a tough balancing act
February 14, 2003
This is the best film year to be a geek. Multiple superhero projects, a new “Lord of the Rings,” TWO “Matrix” sequels — 2003 is guaranteed to live on in the annals of geekdom.
Daily ticker
February 14, 2003
A life well-lived
February 14, 2003
Lawrence has lost a community leader, a philanthropist and a friend. Few, if any, people have had a greater impact on Lawrence in the past 50 years than Bob Billings.
Friends and neighbors
February 14, 2003
Briefly
February 14, 2003
¢ Robertson prepares for prostate surgery ¢ Yale unions cancel contract extensions ¢ Grocery worker accused of poisoning ground beef ¢ CDC: Senior population to double by 2030
Wake Forest snaps 14-game skid to Duke
February 14, 2003
It took six years and 15 tries for Wake Forest to finally beat Duke — and then it took two overtimes.
House approves bill on security at utilities
February 14, 2003
A bill intended to encourage utilities to continue improving their security measures passed the House on Thursday and went to the Senate.
Dying Gaul’ presents realistic point of view
February 14, 2003
Maybe it’s human nature to believe that no matter how bad things get, the force of hope, time’s passage or some higher power will clear the fog.
Local briefs
February 14, 2003
¢ KU Engineering Expo planned for next week ¢ Victim of stabbing was intoxicated at death ¢ School board candidates schedule online chats ¢ Legislator to speak to student committee
Bush says U.N.’s relevance hinges on confronting Iraq
February 14, 2003
On the eve of a showdown over Iraq, President Bush said Thursday the United Nations must help him confront Saddam Hussein or “fade into history as an ineffective, irrelevant, debating society.” As Bush issued his call for unity, the administration said Americans should be prepared for “a fairly long-term commitment” in Iraq if the United States goes to war.
Lancers slice FSHS - SM East 41, Free State 36
Firebirds fall short in game with 58 turnovers
February 14, 2003
Free State High and Shawnee Mission East’s girls basketball teams combined for five more turnovers than points after three quarters Thursday, and FSHS coach Bryan Duncan knew something had to give. None of the fourth-quarter breaks went Free State’s way, and the Firebirds lost, 41-36, at FSHS.
KU baseball faces tough test at LSU
February 14, 2003
The 275 fans in attendance at the Kansas University baseball team’s home opener Wednesday probably didn’t help out much in preparing the Jayhawks for their next test.
Briefly
February 14, 2003
¢ Murder charges filed in paper carrier’s death ¢ Rough track noticed before Fla. derailment ¢ Suit challenges Bush’s authority to launch war ¢ Regulators ease technology restrictions