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Lehman rates city leadership on growth as ‘poor’
February 17, 2003
(Updated Monday at 3:37 p.m.) Eddie Lehman looks at Lawrence’s growth, and he doesn’t like what he sees.
Four Lawrence administrators finalists in search for West principal
February 17, 2003
(Web Posted Monday at 3:24 p.m.) Four Lawrence school administrators are among six finalists for principal at West Junior High School, officials said Monday.
GCSAA puts talk of move from Lawrence on ‘pause’
February 17, 2003
(Web Posted Monday at 3:12 p.m.) The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America has put on “pause” a search that could move its headquarters and its 120 jobs from Lawrence to Florida.
Goodell brings experience in housing issues to city race
February 17, 2003
(Web Posted Monday at 2:53 p.m.) Lynn Goodell spent 24 years working for the city, retiring as the director of Housing and Neighborhood Development. It’s experience he figures will make him a good member of the Lawrence City Commission.
House panel approves higher education budget
February 17, 2003
(Updated Monday at 11:16 a.m.) The House budget-writing committee Monday approved Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ higher education budget.
KU faculty forum to discuss U.S.-European relations
February 17, 2003
(Updated Monday at 9:52 a.m.) A faculty forum to discuss U.S. relations with European nations over such issues as terrorism, NATO and disarming Iraq will be held Tuesday at Kansas University.
Terror alert likely to be downgraded
February 17, 2003
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Sunday he thought the current terrorism threat level would likely be lowered from the high-risk orange level, but wouldn’t say when.
Columbia’s final overhaul raises some red flags
February 17, 2003
The space shuttle Columbia’s last major overhaul — the largest in the history of the program — involved some components and systems now under suspicion in the investigation into the orbiter’s final, disastrous descent.
Greenspan’s tough talk on tax cuts raises speculation about his future
February 17, 2003
His pointed criticism of the Bush tax plan showed that Alan Greenspan, often taken to task for being too murky in his economic pronouncements, can be crystal clear when he wants to be.
Jayhawks respond by sweeping Utah
February 17, 2003
After Saturday’s sweep by Texas, Kansas University’s tennis team bounced back Sunday, blanking Utah, 7-0, at the Wood Valley Racquet Club.
Horoscopes
February 17, 2003
College students go online in droves to assess performances of faculty
February 17, 2003
For Brandon Jank, scheduling classes each semester requires two essential tools — a University of Idaho course catalogue and an online connection.
NBA Roundup: Spurs win eighth consecutive road game
February 17, 2003
The San Antonio Spurs capped one of the most successful road trips in NBA history with a victory in the league’s toughest building.
People
February 17, 2003
¢ Not getting what they pay for ¢ Taylor has her day ¢ Aerosmith mansion downsized ¢ Out of hatred, understanding
Anti-war rally draws 100,000 in San Francisco
February 17, 2003
More than 100,000 people hit the streets of San Francisco on Sunday to join the voices around the world this weekend protesting a possible U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Tiger triumphant
Woods wins in return from surgery
February 17, 2003
Tiger Woods had no pain in his left knee, no rust in his game and no trouble with Phil Mickelson.
Farmers seek help in dealing with losses
February 17, 2003
As the damaging effects of the Midwest’s drought pile up on its farms, so do the stresses. There are the withering crops. The looming bank loans. And, sometimes, the ensuing depression. But more and more, farmers are reaching out for help, often finding it through farm crisis hot lines that connect them with legal aid, financial assistance and mental-health counseling.
Old home town - 25, 40 and 100 years ago today
February 17, 2003
Sprint willing to wait for Forsee to lead firm
New chief executive will face big decisions if move allowed by arbitrator
February 17, 2003
If Gary Forsee does finally pull into town to take over Sprint Corp., he will have to prove he’s been worth all the trouble. Sprint already has ordained the veteran telecommunications executive its next leader and is waging a bitter public battle over him with rival BellSouth.
North Koreans hail leader’s birthday
Anti-U.S. rhetoric part of official celebration
February 17, 2003
North Korea marked leader Kim Jong Il’s birthday on Sunday by urging the military to be on alert and imploring its people to “burn with hatred” against the United States.
Let’s lighten up on obesity
February 17, 2003
Obesity is now being cited by many in the medical community as the most serious public health issue facing America today.
Study finds memories are open to suggestion
February 17, 2003
Remember that wonderful day when Bugs Bunny hugged you at Disneyland? A study presented Sunday shows just how easy it can be to induce false memories in the minds of some people.
Bosnian refugees adapt to St. Louis
February 17, 2003
If the “Town Talk” is any barometer, south St. Louisans and their Bosnian refugee neighbors find the melting pot a little sticky at times, but mostly are adjusting to one another.
Lawrence City Commission
Commission considers benefit district
February 17, 2003
Agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets ¢ Sunflower Broadband Channel 25
Jayhawks blank Matadors, 4-0
February 17, 2003
Mel Wallach went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs to power Kansas University past Cal State Northridge, 4-0, in the Jayhawks’ finale Sunday at the Campbell/Cartier softball tournament.
Notebook: Graves pays price for tardiness
February 17, 2003
Jeff Graves had a problem with the snooze button on his alarm clock Saturday morning.
Berlin film festival strikes balance between glitz, politics
February 17, 2003
This year’s Berlin Film Festival had a pointed political message, with disturbing themes such as genocide and refugees that reflected the influence of global tensions since Sept. 11 and the threat of a new war on Iraq.
Gnawing fear
February 17, 2003
Humor sometimes helps combatants get through difficult times. Armed forces personnel in hot spots and on dangerous terrain have a way of operating under the aegis of grim combat practicality.
London fee may take political toll
February 17, 2003
It’s billed as the world’s most ambitious attempt to ease traffic gridlock: Starting at 7 a.m. today, motorists will be charged $8 a day to drive into central London, a crowded eight-square-mile area that includes the bustling financial district.
Woodling: Simien looks solid in return to lineup
February 17, 2003
An ice pack strapped to his right shoulder made it look like Wayne Simien had hurled eight innings and been lifted for a pinch-hitter.
Young brothers start karaoke business in Topeka
February 17, 2003
Two of Topeka’s newest businessmen sing, laugh, eat pizza, hang out with friends — and go to Whitson Elementary School.
Briefly
February 17, 2003
¢ Cyprus: Opposition candidate wins presidential vote ¢ Afghanistan: Squatters move in at former Buddha site ¢ Lebanon: Syrian truck fire kills 17 ¢ Beijing: Air China suspends service to Kuwait
Living wage ordinance divides city candidates
February 17, 2003
In the early weeks of the Lawrence City Commission race, it has been hard to get the candidates to disagree on much of anything. Floodplains? Probably shouldn’t develop there, they all say. City rental inspections? Give the program a chance to work, but maybe the inspections are too invasive.
Blizzard may rank among top 5
February 17, 2003
The East’s worst storm of the season dumped nearly 2 feet of snow on parts of the Ohio Valley and into the mid-Atlantic states Sunday, shutting down airports, snarling highways and canceling church services and major sporting events.
NATO overcomes impasse; France holds out
February 17, 2003
NATO agreed Sunday to begin planning defense measures to aid Turkey in the event of a U.S.-led war in Iraq, breaking a monthlong stalemate that had opened the biggest rift in the West since the Cold War. But European Union leaders faced a bruising summit, with France showing no sign of backing down in its opposition to U.S. plans to force Iraq to disarm.
Part-time police officers keep peace in small towns
Moonlighting officials fully dedicated to second job
February 17, 2003
When there’s trouble here, residents have two options. They call 911. Or they call Gonzo. Sometimes they do both. It’s not uncommon for Police Chief Ramon Gonzalez Jr. to be awakened in the middle of the night at home by a worried Perry resident calling about a suspicious person or car seen prowling the streets of this small southwest Jefferson County town.
Refinancing auto loan worth consideration
Average used-car loan rate has dropped full percent
February 17, 2003
When it comes to loan refinancings, the focus has been on mortgages. But some consumers also may be able to save money on what is often their second-largest purchase: their car. The level at which interest rates have fallen makes refinancing your auto loan worth looking at, experts say.
Web sites offer useful maps, information for travelers
February 17, 2003
“Lacey’s Mom is driving us to the Presidents Day volleyball tournament in Minneapolis,” Bonnie was telling me as I watched TV. “That’s cool,” I said, thankful I didn’t have to be the lone male on another Mall of America shopping adventure.
Sebelius budget fix has risks without cushion
February 17, 2003
It’s the economic time bomb ticking in Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ proposed budget: a zero-percent ending balance.
Police share informant policies
Officials won’t say how many individuals perform undercover work
February 17, 2003
Lawrence Police won’t say how many written agreements they have with private individuals who help set up undercover drug stings in exchange for favorable treatment.
On the money
February 17, 2003
Foreign investing might just be a click away — provided you know where to go and what to look for. American Depositary Receipts, or ADRs, allow investors to directly buy foreign company equities listed on U.S. exchanges. The World Wide Web contains a wealth of information about ADRs and where an investor can go to buy them.
Dole director pinch-hits for snowed-in Pulitzer Prize winner
February 17, 2003
Abraham Lincoln was the surprise topic at the Dole Forum lecture series Sunday night — as was the speaker, Richard Norton Smith, director of the Dole Institute of Politics.
Local Briefs
February 17, 2003
¢ Banks, post office closed for Presidents Day ¢ Higher education: Author to speak at Baker ¢ Immigration: Bosnian refugees adapt to living in the Midwest ¢ Gasoline: Pump patrol tracks down lowest prices in Lawrence
Amazing actions
February 17, 2003
Peace message
February 17, 2003
Expertise needed
February 17, 2003
Briefcase
February 17, 2003
¢ Strip to help protect emergency workers ¢ Telecommunications: Mitel Networks to offer new Internet services
Israeli troops target Hamas members in Gaza
February 17, 2003
Israeli tanks today entered Gaza City and headed for a neighborhood where leaders of the violent Islamic militant group Hamas live, witnesses said.
Drug prevents diabetes-related eye disease in tests on rats
February 17, 2003
A synthetic form of vitamin B1 that is used in Europe to treat nerve problems has been found to prevent the most common form of diabetes-related eye disease in rats.
Space exploration should continue, astronaut says
February 17, 2003
Lt. General Thomas R. Stafford, a Gemini and Apollo astronaut, said he was confident that investigators would discover what caused the space shuttle Columbia to break apart Feb. 1.
Volunteers needed to read to children
February 17, 2003
Agency: Roger Hill Volunteer Center and others Address: 2518 Ridge Court Contact Person: Michelle Heller, 865-5030, or rhvc@ixks.com
Sebelius vows to distribute economic stimulus money
February 17, 2003
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Friday said disbursement of $78 million in federal economic stimulus funds was a top priority and appeared impatient that a plan had not been developed yet to get the money into the hands of laid-off Kansans.
Heart institute performs 500th surgery
February 17, 2003
The decision to bring a heart institute to Hays literally has been a life saver for 500 people since the institute opened in 1998.
A technical knockout - Kansas 70, Iowa State 51
Jayhawks rumble past Cyclones
February 17, 2003
Wayne Simien is willing to fight Jackson Vroman any time, any day. But not any place. Simien’s not about to brawl on the basketball court with referees and fans looking on.
Area briefs
February 17, 2003
¢ Mobile home burns in second recent blaze ¢ Manhattan pilot injured in small-plane crash
Kansas baseball completes sweep of sixth-ranked LSU
February 17, 2003
Get out the brooms. Kansas University’s baseball team did the improbable this weekend when it swept a three-game series from No. 6 Louisiana State at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, one of college baseball’s most hostile environments.
Williams claims first title of year
Venus wins Diamond Games for second straight season
February 17, 2003
Venus Williams won her first title of the season, and a pattern is becoming clear: Just about the only person who can beat her is her sister.
Big 12 Women: Free throws push Buffs past OU
February 17, 2003
Linda Lappe sank four free throws in the final 16 seconds and scored 16 points as Colorado beat Oklahoma, 61-57, Sunday.
Bomb-sniffing dogs among extra security
February 17, 2003
In the good ol’ days at the Daytona 500, a security guard would poke through Dave Roberts’ motor home, checking to see if he was trying to sneak friends into the race.
Earnhardt Jr. done in by ‘$2 part’
February 17, 2003
Dale Earnhardt Jr. pushed the throttle to the floor. He whipped his shiny, red car to the outside, zipped past some slower competition and put himself right back in the running.
Daredevil’ leaps to top of box office
February 17, 2003
Movie-goers took Ben Affleck up on his latest dare. Affleck’s “Daredevil,” a big-budget gamble on a comic-book character more obscure than “Spider-Man” or “X-Men,” paid off nicely with a $43.5 million weekend debut, according to studio estimates Sunday.
FBI announces bioterrorism guidelines
February 17, 2003
A national system to trace biological crimes may soon make it more difficult to stage bioterrorism attacks without getting caught.
Mackie services
February 17, 2003
Briefly
February 17, 2003
¢ New Jersey: Anthrax scare closes office ¢ Chicago: Daley family matriarch dies ¢ Venezuela: Lower interest rates sough
Clara J. Johanning
February 17, 2003
Josephine Rose Petrila
February 17, 2003
Donald L. Burggraf
February 17, 2003
Celebration planned for Dole Institute
February 17, 2003
Three days of events in July will mark the official completion of the Dole Institute of Politics now under construction.
Cyclones, coach steamed
February 17, 2003
The adidas turtleneck is still there. So is the caffeine-free Diet Coke he sips on every game.
On the record
February 17, 2003
Security adviser says U.N. playing into Saddam’s hands
February 17, 2003
National security adviser Condoleezza Rice said Sunday that the United Nations Security Council was aiding Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s efforts to weaken international will against his country and compared the reluctance of France and others to support war against him to appeasement of Nazi Germany before World War II.
Baseball Notebook: Yanks likely to set payroll record again
February 17, 2003
Even before the start of the season, the New York Yankees are smashing barriers. New York set a record with a $138 million payroll last year, according to the final tabulation by the commissioner’s office, and is on the verge of becoming the first team to top $150 million.
Snow wipes out ACC basketball game, other events
February 17, 2003
Michael Jordan won’t get the chance to play today on his 40th birthday, and a basketball showdown between defending national champion Maryland and Wake Forest was postponed Sunday after a snow storm blanketed the mid-Atlantic area.
Waltrip claims victory at rainy Daytona 500
February 17, 2003
Michael Waltrip is the new master of Daytona. He doesn’t win anywhere else. It’s a burden well worth bearing — being the best driver in NASCAR’s biggest race, at stock-car racing’s most famous track.
Women heed calls to ministry
February 17, 2003
Beatrice Cunningham was 9 when she got a divine call to enter the ministry. But it wasn’t until she reached 75 that she was ordained as a pastor. It happened in a historic ordination service in December at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Wichita.
U.S., France seek common ground on Iraq
February 17, 2003
President Jacques Chirac is not keen to take up my invitation to discuss what I call l’apres-Saddam in Iraq. He shifts in his chair and, in a manner that is reflective and even grave, stresses that U.N. inspectors must be given “the time and means to do their job” and avert an American-led attack on Iraq.
Michael Jackson tell-alls just won’t beat it
February 17, 2003
Television’s peculiar obsession with Michael Jackson continues. Two weeks ago ABC paid a tidy sum for a British documentary that included a disturbing interview in which Jackson admitted to sleeping with young boys.
Toy industry goes beyond traditional retailers
Shoppers can find gadgets, games at grocery stores, coffee shops
February 17, 2003
These days, it’s hard to predict where the next hot toy will turn up. This past holiday season, one of the must-haves came from consumer electronics chain RadioShack Corp., which latched onto a micro radio-controlled car called ZipZaps that can be recharged in 45 seconds. Parents cleared the $20 toys off store shelves, or, if they shopped too late in the season, settled for one of several competing knockoffs.
Unlikely sources guide Bush
February 17, 2003
In this winter of worry, woe and, perhaps war, President Bush faces two challenges: first to force Saddam Hussein to disarm and then to win congressional approval of an economic plan that includes an end to the taxation of corporate dividends.
Book club selection can help couples find ‘Money Harmony’
February 17, 2003
I’m a hoarder. Olivia Mellan, the author of “Money Harmony: Resolving Money Conflicts in Your Life and Relationships” (Walker & Co.) — this month’s Color of Money book club selection — describes a hoarder as someone who enjoys holding on to his or her money.
Lopes, letterwinners relish reunion-weekend festivities
February 17, 2003
For Al Lopes, Kansas University basketball truly is a matter of life and death. Lopes, one of nearly 200 former KU lettermen introduced at halftime of Sunday’s KU-Iowa State game, said that if not for Ted Owens, his former coach, he might very well be dead.
Poets protest postponed White House event
February 17, 2003
Poet Jay Parini said he was disgusted when the White House indefinitely postponed a literary symposium after learning some poets planned to express their opposition to a war with Iraq. It was naive for organizers to think he and other poets would check their politics at the door of the event sponsored by first lady Laura Bush, he said.
NASCAR gives RJR exec Hollywood treatment
February 17, 2003
There are stars. And then there are the people NASCAR really cares about.
Guy Edward Webb
February 17, 2003
Deputies pull double duty
February 17, 2003
Talk about interagency cooperation. Three Jefferson County towns have sheriff’s officers working as part-time police chiefs.