Archive for Wednesday, February 19, 2003

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Parks opposes tax abatements for corporations
February 19, 2003
(Web Posted Wednesday at 5:23 p.m.) Even if G. Wayne Parks isn’t elected to the Lawrence City Commission, there’s a good chance you’ll still see him at the meetings.
Pomes says neighborhoods need more input in school decisions
February 19, 2003
(Updated Wednesday at 4:25 p.m.) Just think of his campaign road show as “Mr. Pomes’ Neighborhood.”
KU spring enrollment tops 25,000
February 19, 2003
(Web Posted Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.) Enrollment at Kansas University’s Lawrence campus has topped 25,000 for the first time during a spring semester, according to enrollment information released Wednesday.
Ortiz questions lack of minorities on school board
February 19, 2003
(Updated Wednesday at 11:15 p.m.) Leonard Ortiz doesn’t like what he sees and hears of the current Lawrence school board.
Q+A with Jumbo’s Killcrane
February 19, 2003
Jumbo’s Killcrane has been eating audiences alive for more than three years now. With the release of “Carnaval de Carne”, its third full-length and first on the experimental metal label Crucial Blast Industries, the band is hoping to find a following to share in the feast.
Punk rock Kansas
Long before the Bottleneck and the Replay, the Outhouse ruled Lawrence’s burgeoning rock scene
February 19, 2003
Remember the Outhouse. Though their cry is quieted with each passing year, the soldiers who once turned a nondescript cinder-block shack on the edge of Lawrence into a punk rock icon still roam the earth. Always proud but never haughty, they’ll gladly share their war stories with a little persuasion. Just don’t believe any of them.
Review: Getaway Driver — “Cliches with Harmonies”
February 19, 2003
Cuts on the table
Athletic, academic programs among targets of principals
February 19, 2003
No art, music and gym for kindergartners. No sixth-grade band and orchestra. No junior high wrestling and cheerleading nor high school golf and gymnastics. No pay for coaches and sponsors of just about every sport and extracurricular activity.
Koch says ‘no’ on idled plant
Lawrence facility not included in offer for Farmland assets
February 19, 2003
Thanks, but no thanks. Bankrupt Farmland Industries Inc. reached a tentative deal Tuesday to sell the bulk of its nitrogen fertilizer operations to Wichita-based Koch Nitrogen Co., but the deal does not include Farmland’s Lawrence fertilizer plant.
Despite protests, Bush stands firm on Iraq
February 19, 2003
Declaring that America’s security should not be dictated by protesters, President Bush said Tuesday he would not be swayed from compelling Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to disarm. “We will deal with him,” Bush said as U.S. and British diplomats weighed another bid for U.N. backing.
Joe Millionaire’ dethrones King of Pop
February 19, 2003
Unknown to the world just a few weeks ago, Evan Marriott has overthrown the King of Pop — at least, on network television.
Judge closes nightclub; its owner remains free
February 19, 2003
A Circuit Court judge shut down the Epitome restaurant and its upstairs nightclub, E2, on Tuesday, as city officials demanded that the judge jail the owner of the nightclub for at least a year, saying he was illegally operating the place when 21 people were killed in a stampede.
Airlines seek aid in case of war
Industry likely to ask for tax breaks
February 19, 2003
As the nation prepares for war, the airline industry is mounting its own campaign to seek more government aid to deal with the expected economic body blow that would come after an invasion of Iraq.
Analyst weighs strength of Wichita plant
February 19, 2003
Wichita’s Bombardier Aerospace plant may be in jeopardy of closing after company officials said they were looking for ways to consolidate.
Daily ticker
February 19, 2003
Home valuations increase swiftly
Official says appraisals expected to jump 7 to 10 percent from ‘02
February 19, 2003
Average home valuations this year are rising twice as fast as a year ago, but the climb likely won’t be enough to stave off needs for tax increases, Douglas County officials said Tuesday.
Fired officer files appeal
Peck says results of lie-detector test back his contention
February 19, 2003
Fired Lawrence Police Officer Stuart “Mike” Peck on Tuesday said he’s taken a lie-detector test to prove he did not intentionally mislead a judge.
Health worker’s gift request surprises restaurant owners
February 19, 2003
Several restaurant owners were taken aback recently when a Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department worker asked them to donate gift certificates for the department’s employee appreciation day.
Briefs
February 19, 2003
¢ Broken Arrow celebrates anniversary with speaker ¢ ‘River City Weekly’ features ‘Secrets’ author
Briefly
February 19, 2003
¢ Belgium: Diamond theft may be record ¢ South Korea: Threat from North dismissed ¢ Bahrain: Navy enlists sea lions
6News video: Leonard Ortiz - School Board profile
February 19, 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: Ken McRae - City Commission profile
February 19, 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: Rising property valuations could mean higher taxes
February 19, 2003
6News reports on the impact higher property valuations will have on home owners.
6News video: Farmland plant not part of sale
February 19, 2003
6News reports on the sale of the bulk of Farmlands nitrogen plants to a Wichita company.
6News video: Board hears suggestions on cuts
February 19, 2003
6News reports on Tuesday nights Budget Committee meeting.
Martha Frankie Bell Beal
February 19, 2003
Europe’s view on Iraq topic of forum
February 19, 2003
The split between some European nations and the United States about possible war with Iraq probably isn’t a permanent divide.
6Sports video: Firebird boys, girls get home wins
February 19, 2003
6Sports reports on the Free State high boys and girls basketball games against the Shawnee Mission South Raiders.
Overdevelopment
February 19, 2003
Positive strokes
February 19, 2003
Bohl support
February 19, 2003
Needed resources
February 19, 2003
Old home town - 25 and 100 years ago today
February 19, 2003
6Sports video: Strength center to be completed by end of March
February 19, 2003
6Sports reports on the progress of the $8 million strength and conditioning center at KU.
Lawmaker apologizes for ending hearing early
Chairwoman says panel won’t take up insurance bills
February 19, 2003
The chairwoman of the House Insurance Committee apologized Tuesday for her behavior during a public hearing, but she said three bills opposed by the insurance industry will not be considered by the committee.
Emporia native charged in slayings
February 19, 2003
A man whose estranged wife was found stabbed at her apartment and whose children were found suffocated in his home appeared in court Tuesday on charges of murder and attempted murder.
Strength and conditioning center: KU offers sneak peek
Media members given tour of new facility
February 19, 2003
Gary Kempf led a small group of reporters Tuesday on a tour of Kansas University’s nearly complete Anderson Family Strength and Conditioning Center.
Kansas looks to avenge lone Big 12 loss
February 19, 2003
Undefeated in Big 12 Conference play last season, Kansas University’s men’s basketball team would be perfect so far this year if not for one team — Colorado.
Kansas women: KU coach still seeks 550th win
February 19, 2003
Four times Marian Washington has tried for her 550th win as Kansas University’s women’s basketball coach, and four times she has remained at 549.
Canseco sent to jail
February 19, 2003
Jose Canseco was sent to jail Tuesday after violating his probation for a 2001 nightclub brawl. The former major-league slugger could be held until a March 17 hearing, Judge Leonard E. Glick ruled.
Baseball: KU garners more honors
February 19, 2003
Kansas University third baseman Travis Metcalf was named NCAA baseball’s National Hitter of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Assn., the group announced Tuesday.
Kansas Speedway pushes for 2nd Winston Cup date
February 19, 2003
One way or another, there will be more fans in the seats for Winston Cup action at Kansas Speedway in 2004.
Tyson fight on; Etienne out
February 19, 2003
Just when it seemed Mike Tyson’s world couldn’t get more bizarre, he outdid himself. A day after backing out of Saturday’s bout against Clifford Etienne, Tyson pronounced himself ready to fight Tuesday.
Jayni’s Kitchen serves up ‘Secrets Of The Tsil Cafe’
February 19, 2003
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Recipes from Secrets of the Tsil Cafe.” Host Jayni Carey and Tom Averill, author of the book “Secrets Of The Tsil Cafe,” will prepare recipes from the book, including the following one.
6Sports video: Fouls helped Simien with confidence
February 19, 2003
6Sports reports on KU sophomore Wayne Simien’s thoughts on his first game after injuring his shoulder.
Weight-loss drug blamed
Orioles’ Bechler took substance linked to heatstroke
February 19, 2003
A weight-loss drug probably contributed to the heatstroke death of Baltimore Orioles pitching prospect Steve Bechler, a medical examiner said Tuesday.
The world will be keeping score
Like it or not, Sorenstam will be making statement for women’s golf at Colonial
February 19, 2003
She teed it up against men on a course that became known as Hogan’s Alley, and while she held her own, the world’s best female golfer failed to make the final cut.
Firebirds conquer Raiders
February 19, 2003
Eighteen days. Or, six games. Either way, it had been awhile since the Free State High girls basketball team had tasted victory.
LHS girls clobber SM West, 60-39
February 19, 2003
When you stick to a plan, things come out well. That’s the lesson the Lawrence High girls basketball team learned Tuesday in a 60-39 victory against Shawnee Mission West.
Flint Hills sweeps Seahawk boys, girls
February 19, 2003
The Seabury Academy boys basketball team couldn’t get it done this time against Flint Hills Christian.
Women’s Golf: Jayhawks second at Aztec
February 19, 2003
Kansas University’s women’s golf team finished second after Tuesday’s final round of the 15-team Aztec Invitational.
NBA Briefs
February 19, 2003
¢ Bibby, Malone expected to be added to U.S. team ¢ Iverson not petitioning for spot on U.S. team ¢ Rockets activate Rice, put Collier on injured list
Candidates share cost-cutting ideas
February 19, 2003
Candidates for Lawrence school board stepped to the microphone Tuesday to explain how each would trim wasteful spending in the district.
Recipes for slow cookers
February 19, 2003
The slow cooker seems more popular than ever. A free brochure, “Slow Cooker Beef Meals,” features six simple and palatable recipes.
Ramen rules when bachin’ it
February 19, 2003
Several weeks ago I was in the newsroom of The Bonner Springs Chieftain, one of the newspapers that carries this column, to visit with the editor. Before I left, one of the reporters — a young man in his 20s, who had been sizing me up in that aloof but incisive way that brash young reporters have of sizing people up — offered me some editorial advice.
Local Briefs
February 19, 2003
¢ KU greeks lend hand with Girl Scout cookies ¢ Elections: Meet the candidates series begins today ¢ Lawrence schools: Fifth-grader suspended after incident with knife ¢ Trafficway plans: Corps adds two weeks to SLT comment period ¢ World Online: Live Eagle Cam focuses on roosting tree ¢ Gasoline: Pump patrol tracks down lowest prices in Lawrence
Twilight Zone’ updates classics
February 19, 2003
Those of us old enough to recall grade school air-raid drills and backyard bomb shelters can’t help but cringe in recognition of the current climate of anxiety.
People
February 19, 2003
¢ McCartney back on the road ¢ ‘Bachelor’ gets cooking ¢ Laughter therapy ¢ Blake gives ‘20-20’ interview
Briefly
February 19, 2003
¢ California: Police follow up on disappearance ¢ Washington, D.C.: Deferred licenses cut teen auto accidents ¢ Washington, D.C.: Greenhouse-gas drop credited to economy ¢ Washington, D.C.: Supreme Court urged to restrict spy powers
Deadly blizzard blows out to sea
February 19, 2003
The Northeast struggled to dig out Tuesday from a paralyzing storm that unloaded up to 4 feet of snow, busted city snow-removal budgets and stranded thousands of people at airports up and down the East Coast.
Beef industry battles vegetarian groups as teen tastes change
February 19, 2003
Jessi Lehman may not know it, but she’s the sort of girl who’s stirring a battle between the beef industry and pro-vegetarian groups — with each attempting to sway young people to its side of the table.
Time running out for transplant victim
February 19, 2003
A 17-year-old girl lay near death Tuesday after mistakenly receiving a heart and lung transplant from a donor with the wrong blood type, and hospital officials held out little hope of finding a new set of organs in time.
Firms aim to make stars out of toys
February 19, 2003
Toy makers have a new marketing strategy: turning toys like Bratz funky fashion dolls and Hot Wheels into movie stars.
SEC chair pledges accountability
Bush says investment banker will be ‘forceful advocate’
February 19, 2003
Wall Street investment banker William Donaldson was sworn in Tuesday as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission at a White House ceremony with President Bush, a family friend who called the new chief “the right man at the right time.”
Health issues plague Democratic hopefuls
February 19, 2003
No telling what it is — maybe the pollution in Boston Harbor that the first George Bush talked about so much in the 1988 campaign.
Pieces of history
February 19, 2003
Gathering local oral histories from people who lived through World War II is such a good idea it should be expanded to include other periods of our history.
Competition gives minorities a classical opportunity
February 19, 2003
Aaron Dworkin loves classical music. He began playing violin at age 5 and hasn’t stopped. But while majoring in violin performance at the University of Michigan, he had a revelation.
Business Briefcase
February 19, 2003
¢ American Greetings taps brothers for leadership ¢ Computer: Hacker gains access to credit card numbers ¢ Retail: Wal-Mart profits increase ¢ Johnson County: Lawrence resident picked for chamber position
On the record
February 19, 2003
Notebook: CU coach Patton has silenced Harrison
Outspoken Buffaloes center not available to media since MU game
February 19, 2003
A middle-aged Kansas University basketball fan, who never has been identified, screamed insults at Colorado center David Harrison outside the Buffaloes’ locker room Feb. 2, 2002, at Allen Fieldhouse.
Clemons sparks Tigers - Missouri 67, Nebraska 50
February 19, 2003
Ricky Clemons was all business, which didn’t surprise Missouri. The junior guard didn’t let his off-court problems bother him against Nebraska, hitting six of his first eight shots and scoring 20 points in the Tigers’ 67-50 victory Tuesday night.
NBA Roundup: Celtics whip Warriors
Pierce propels Boston with 31 points, 12 assists
February 19, 2003
Paul Pierce had 31 points and 12 assists as Boston defeated Golden State, 125-117, Tuesday night, guaranteeing its best Western road trip in 12 years. Walter McCarty added 24 points as the Celtics extended their record to 4-1 on the current trip, which concludes Thursday at Sacramento. J.R. Bremer added 22 points and Antoine Walker had 17.
Free State, LHS nice surprise at league meet
February 19, 2003
Few people expected Free State High and Lawrence High to finish 1-2 respectively at the Sunflower League wrestling tournament Saturday.
Briefs
February 19, 2003
¢ Pharmacy school ranks third in NIH funding ¢ Researcher to speak on women, poverty ¢ Vaccination training offered through video ¢ Barry Ward to perform at concert tonight ¢ Pornography industry subject of talks at event
Lawrence school board
February 19, 2003
Billings stories
February 19, 2003
Terror questions blossom
Questions surround geraniums imported from Kenya
February 19, 2003
Kansas officials say there’s a chance that geranium plants shipped to more than 20 greenhouses statewide harbor a plant-killing bacterium listed by the U.S. government as an “agricultural bioterrorism” threat.
S. Korea has grim task after subway arson
Toll expected to hit 140
February 19, 2003
A man with a history of making angry threats lit a flammable liquid Tuesday inside a subway car in Daegu city, police reported, creating an inferno that engulfed two trains and killed at least 120 people.
Memories spur Billings stories
February 19, 2003
After the death of Lawrence developer Bob Billings, readers were invited to share their thoughts about the long-time community leader. Several of the stories appear here; others are available online at ljworld.com. A memorial service for Billings is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday at the Lied Center.
Icing on the cake
Decorators see trend toward simplicity
February 19, 2003
Nobody wants to have a lousy wedding cake. Everybody getting married wants it to be the best it can be, right? Luckily for those who live in the Lawrence area, there’s a healthy supply of talented, experienced cake decorators who won’t let a bride and groom go wrong on their big day.
Program offers walkway to fitness
How to calculate energy needed for daily activities
February 19, 2003
Is there still time to sign up for Walk Kansas? Yes there is. Walk Kansas is March 15 through May 9. The first step is to form a team. A team consists of one captain and five members who agree to walk or participate in other activities to accumulate the miles for walking across Kansas.
Top 25 Roundup: Irish edge West Virginia, 56-55
Notre Dame earns fourth straight 20-win season
February 19, 2003
Dan Miller was having a lousy night — until the end of the game. The senior forward was just 2-of-13 from the field, but his inside basket with 18 seconds left gave No. 12 Notre Dame a 56-55 victory over West Virginia on Tuesday night.
Golf course deal could revive floodplain regulations debate
February 19, 2003
City efforts to buy the Orchards Executive Golf Course could renew debate about floodplain regulations. Lawrence city commissioners agreed Tuesday to start a “benefit district” process under which Orchards’ neighbors would help pay $280,000 of the $950,000 purchase cost.
Horoscopes
February 19, 2003
Managers keep Jayhawks organized
February 19, 2003
Jessica Johansen says Roy Williams isn’t a perfectionist when it comes to his team’s gear, but he has expectations.
Firebirds fly past SMS - Free State 81, Shawnee Mission South 66
Wooden scores 22 points in run-and-gun victory
February 19, 2003
Sunflower League schools beware: Free State High’s boys basketball team is starting to roll. Take Tuesday night’s 81-66 victory against Shawnee Mission South at the FSHS gym.
Baldwin girls upend stubborn Spring Hill
Kari Garrison scores 15, helping Bulldogs topple nemesis
February 19, 2003
Lately, Baldwin High girls’ basketball coach Eric Toot had winced at the scoreboard when Spring Hill — and only Spring Hill — was playing his Bulldogs.
Area Roundup: Sumner stops Ottawa boys
February 19, 2003
The Cyclones suffered their first league loss Tuesday to a team they beat handily Feb. 7, as Kansas City Sumner toppled Ottawa, 70-58.
Time to negotiate on tunes
February 19, 2003
For the past several years the music industry has waged an increasingly intense war against individuals who illegally download copyrighted music from the Internet.
Lawrence city commission
February 19, 2003
6Sports video: KU women drop 6th straight to Tigers
February 19, 2003
6Sports reports on the KU women’s basketball game against the Missouri Tigers.