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Powell calls for a housecleaning of burned-out teachers
February 20, 2003
(Web Posted Thursday at 5:46 p.m.) School board candidate Ron Powell says burned-out teachers have to go.
Sebelius appoints two cabinet members
February 20, 2003
(Web Posted Thursday at 12:23 p.m.) TOPEKA — Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Thursday appointed two new secretaries to her cabinet. Adrian Polansky of Belleville, a former farm official and owner of a farm, will be the new secretary of agriculture. Pamela Johnson-Betts, the executive director of the Kansas African-American Affairs Commission, will be the new secretary of aging.
KU student a finalist for Truman Scholarship
February 20, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 12:39 p.m.) Travis Weller, a Kansas University junior from Garden City, is a finalist in the national 2003 Truman Scholarship competitions.
BellSouth, Sprint pick arbitrator
Former head of accounting oversight board to settle dispute
February 20, 2003
William Webster, the former FBI and CIA director who resigned in November from a board overseeing the accounting industry, has been chosen to decide a dispute between telephone companies BellSouth and Sprint over a top executive. Lawyers for both companies agreed to the selection, which was confirmed Wednesday, BellSouth spokesman Jeff Battcher said.
Talk of war disrupts economic agenda
February 20, 2003
President Bush’s drive to bring down Iraq’s Saddam Hussein has disrupted political and economic patterns around the world without a shot being fired. Think of this: To find leaders who put market forces and profit above all else, you have to look to Moscow and Beijing today.
Johnny PayCheck dies at 64
February 20, 2003
Country singer Johnny PayCheck, the hard-drinking hell-raiser best known for his 1977 working man’s anthem “Take This Job and Shove It,” has died at 64.
FDA considers banning herbal stimulant ephedra
February 20, 2003
Food and Drug Administration investigators are looking into the death of Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler as they try to decide just how dangerous the herbal stimulant ephedra might be and whether to ban it, the FDA’s new chief said Wednesday.
Russell I. Randel
February 20, 2003
Post play dooms Buffs
February 20, 2003
Kansas University dominated Colorado inside, and the Buffaloes didn’t have enough outside firepower to shock the Jayhawks again.
Williams to Miles: One dunk enough
February 20, 2003
Kansas University guard Aaron Miles, who rarely dunks, put home a vicious slam in the second half of Wednesday’s KU-Colorado game at Allen Fieldhouse.
Lakers’ Bryant nets another 40 points
Guard has 7th straight scoring binge
February 20, 2003
A sore knee and exhaustion from playing two overtimes the night before weren’t enough to end Kobe Bryant’s torrid scoring run.
Friends and neighbors
February 20, 2003
State briefs
February 20, 2003
¢ Kline tries to slow Health Midwest deal ¢ Legislative leaders dash hopes for schools ¢ Judge cuts award to diluted-drugs patient
Horoscopes
February 20, 2003
Briefly
February 20, 2003
¢ Pickup truck plunges into canal, killing four ¢ Anti-Bush T-shirt banned at school ¢ Four Marines held in rape investigation ¢ Popular reporter slain; husband arrested
Briefly
February 20, 2003
¢ Columbia’s landing gear found near reservoir ¢ U.S. believes leftist rebels hold Americans in Colombia ¢ Anti-war groups plan ‘virtual peace march’ ¢ Suicide attempts rise at Guantanamo camp
Insurance panel’s leader rejects merger analysis
Chairwoman’s behavior prompts closer scrutiny from Democrats
February 20, 2003
A bill that supporters said would give consumers more say in proposed insurance company mergers was spiked Wednesday by the House Insurance Committee chairwoman.
Dry weather takes toll on bird populations
February 20, 2003
Area bird feeders are attracting far fewer purple finches, house finches and pine siskins than in years past. Sparrow numbers are down, too.
Woodling: Collison easy to take for granted
February 20, 2003
Even when he’s signing autographs outside the dressing room after a game, Nick Collison is unpretentious. Several minutes after his largely overlooked 24-point, 14-rebound performance in Kansas University’s 94-87 victory Wednesday over Colorado, Collison was accepting a pen here, writing his John Hancock on a program or a shirt or a piece of paper there.
Baldwin High wrestler overcomes effects of birth defect
Sophomore Brandenberger: ‘I don’t consider myself disabled by any means’
February 20, 2003
Andreas Brandenberger learned to ride a bike when he was 4. An ordinary feat, but it speaks volumes about the Baldwin High sophomore.
Spring enrollment hits second-highest total
February 20, 2003
Kansas University’s spring enrollment is the second-highest in university history. There are 27,463 students at the university this semester, up almost 2 percent from this time last year.
Briefcase
February 20, 2003
¢ Financial firms merge in $537 billion deal ¢ IPO lawsuit to procee ¢ Nissan seeks to settle charges of discrimination ¢ Oil, fuel prices soar
No bad publicity
February 20, 2003
The only attention Michael Jackson should get is from child welfare authorities. It’s been said that, for celebrities, there’s no such thing as bad publicity. Pop singer Michael Jackson seems to be putting that theory to the test.
Cabaret’ provides night of fine entertainment
February 20, 2003
More than 1,500 audience members were on their feet Wednesday night, delivering applause and appreciation. They weren’t cheering on the Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse (though they may have been there in spirit). They were giving a standing ovation to the cast of “Cabaret,” which transported a delighted Lied Center audience from small-town Lawrence to bustling Berlin, Germany, circa 1933.
KU promotes Jones to ticket manager
February 20, 2003
Rodney Jones has been promoted to director of ticket operations in the Kansas University athletic department.
Local briefs
February 20, 2003
¢ Langston Hughes events kick off with reception ¢ United Way taps banker to lead 2003-‘04 drive ¢ Advance voting hours available Saturday ¢ Collision on county roads sends three to hospitals
Memphis mauls Louisville
February 20, 2003
Antonio Burks scored 16 points, and Memphis went 13-of-17 from the free-throw line during the final 3:58 to stun No. 4 Louisville, 80-73, Wednesday .
Free speech?
February 20, 2003
America’s prestige declining worldwide
February 20, 2003
The years have not dimmed Bernadette Mouchel’s respect for Americans. Nothing, the French retiree says, could erase her gratitude to the brave GIs — “those boys who died,” she calls them — who liberated her Normandy farm from Nazi occupiers in World War II.
Our town sports
February 20, 2003
Flames Sixth Second: Sport 2 Sport sixth grade Flames finished second in the Kansas City Keys Invitational last weekend. Team members are Bailey Scott and Haley Epperson of Eudora, Tracie Weege of Baldwin, Emily Huerter of Lecompton and Taylor Bird, Taylor Manning, Rosie Hull, Maggie Hull and Cassie Potter, all of Lawrence.
Candidates debate commercial growth
February 20, 2003
Lawrence City Commission hopefuls on Wednesday had a debate straight out of a college freshman economics class.
Vatican documents show WWII support for Jews
February 20, 2003
The first documents from newly opened Vatican archives dealing with the Roman Catholic Church’s relations with Germany on the eve of World War II are beginning to emerge, including a letter seeking papal intervention against the Nazis written by a famed Jewish convert to Catholicism, Edith Stein.
6Sports video: Jayhawks get revenge against CU, 94 -87
February 20, 2003
Wayne Simien had a highlight game even while injured, even while the ‘Hawks struggled at times.
People
February 20, 2003
¢ Branagh’s theatrical return ¢ Hudson a last-minute hostess ¢ Grisham approves of movie ¢ New face in White House
Chat with school board candidate Leonard Ortiz
February 20, 2003
Welcome to our online chat with school board candidate Leonard Ortiz.
Chat with school board candidate Cindy Yulich
February 20, 2003
Welcome to our online chat with school board candidate Cindy Yulich.
Briefly
February 20, 2003
¢ N. Korean fighter jet provokes missile unit ¢ Officials work to contain outbreak of Ebola ¢ Concorde makes unscheduled landing ¢ Bird flu’s return feared
Daily ticker
February 20, 2003
Bill seeks personal finance classes for K-12
Schools concerned about program cost
February 20, 2003
It doesn’t seem right to Mikel Miller that Kansas students are required to take a class in physical education before they can graduate but they aren’t required to take a course in personal finance. A new bill in the Kansas Legislature would change that.
Money questions
February 20, 2003
Business groups oppose legislation aimed at laid off workers
February 20, 2003
Business interests and advocates for workers clashed Wednesday over measures dealing with unemployment insurance. Debate on the bills comes at a time when Kansas is mired in an economic slump that has produced thousands of layoffs, especially in the aircraft and communications industries.
Housing construction reaches 17-year high
February 20, 2003
Powered by the lowest mortgage rates in four decades, new home construction in January hit the highest level since 1986, the government reported Wednesday.
Peacenik show
February 20, 2003
Contrived ‘pledge’
February 20, 2003
Missing data
February 20, 2003
Remember 9-11
February 20, 2003
Penalty’s fairness a delusion
February 20, 2003
May I interrupt the conversation about weapons of mass destruction for just a moment to talk about weapons of individual destruction? Can we turn our thoughts briefly from the fate of innocent civilians to the fate of convicted criminals? To the times when the logic of law leads, one step at a time, to the lunacy of law?
Government still spending
February 20, 2003
Washington was buried under two feet of snow last week. That’s nothing new for this town, which gets snow jobs year round from the politicians of both parties (and the independents, too).
Committee advances noncitizen tuition break
February 20, 2003
A House committee Wednesday recommended approval of a bill that would give in-state tuition rates to students who have lived in Kansas for years even though their parents are undocumented workers.
Measure ‘restores’ religious freedom
House gives tentative OK to legislation involving church-state issues
February 20, 2003
KU scholarship hall design chosen
Three-story model intended to complement Oread neighborhood
February 20, 2003
A three-story scholarship hall with a porch and crawl space would fit in best with the Oread neighborhood, a group of Kansas University and community representatives determined Wednesday. But even in a best-case scenario, the new hall in the 1300 block of Ohio Street would stand out from the surrounding houses, officials said.
Tainted geranium threat unconfirmed in Kansas
February 20, 2003
People in the flower industry reassured Kansans on Wednesday that they shouldn’t worry about the possibility of buying geraniums blighted with a plant-killing African bacterium. State officials still couldn’t say with certainty whether any of the roughly 100 flower stems contaminated with the naturally occurring bacterium made it from Kenya to Kansas greenhouses. And more than one person said the bacterium was an everyday concern in the United States long before it wound up on a government list as a potential terrorist threat.
6News video: Officials ask residents to voluntarily use less water
February 20, 2003
The drought may put a crimp on water supplies, and water conservation could be made mandatory.
6News video: Yulich and Ortiz speak with voters in online chat
February 20, 2003
The candidates expressed their opinions on the bond issue and offered their ideas for improving local schools. Cindy Yulich favors the bond issue, while Leonard Ortiz opposes it.
6News video: City commission profile - G. Wayne Parks
February 20, 2003
Parks has lived in Lawrence for more than 60 years, and wants to use that experience for the city’s benefit.
6News video: School board profile - Michael Pomes
February 20, 2003
Pomes wants to be the voice for local neighborhoods on the school board.
Poetry woos ‘Bachelorette’
February 20, 2003
Roses are red, violets are blue, “The Bachelorette” is history, and Charlie is, too.
Gephardt joins campaign for presidential nomination
February 20, 2003
Rep. Dick Gephardt, a 26-year veteran of Congress and the former House Democratic leader, announced his second candidacy for president Wednesday, pledging to repeal most of President Bush’s tax cuts to finance “quality health coverage for everyone who works in America.”
Moseley-Braun is first woman in race
February 20, 2003
Former Illinois Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun, the first black woman elected to the U.S. Senate, said Wednesday that in times of trouble, a woman president could move the nation “toward peace, prosperity and progress.”
Turkey, U.S. deadlocked on war plan
Turks reportedly seek $30 billion for access to bases
February 20, 2003
With Washington warning that time is running short, the United States and Turkey failed again Wednesday to agree on a plan to let U.S. forces deploy for a northern front against Iraq. The standoff came as U.S. ships loaded with tanks and other armor awaited orders in the Mediterranean.
302 elite Iranian soldiers die in plane crash
February 20, 2003
A military plane carrying 302 members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards crashed in the mountains of southeastern Iran on Wednesday, killing all on board in the country’s worst plane crash ever, state-run media reported.
On the record
February 20, 2003
N.Y. aid program rife with fraud
February 20, 2003
A $100 million federal program to reimburse New Yorkers for air conditioners, filters, vacuums and other air-purifying tools after the World Trade Center collapse is rife with fraud and abuse, government officials say.
U.S. announces plan for arming pilots
Background checks, extensive training among requirements
February 20, 2003
Commercial pilots who want to carry guns in the cockpit would have to undergo psychological and background checks before being selected for a five-day training program under a plan announced Wednesday by the Transportation Security Administration.
Warren Eugene Riegle
February 20, 2003
Big Dub’ keys big win - Kansas 94, Colorado 87
Simien shoulders KU load
February 20, 2003
A huge, bulging sack of ice failed to soothe Wayne Simien’s sore right shoulder 40 minutes after Kansas University’s 94-87 men’s basketball victory over Colorado Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. “I feel like I’ve got a fork jammed in my shoulder,” said Simien after collecting 21 points and 13 rebounds in one of the gutsiest 20-minute stints in Jayhawk hoops history.
GTA appeals firing to KU provost
February 20, 2003
A Kansas University graduate teaching assistant has asked Provost David Shulenburger to reinstate him to the job he was fired from last semester.
KU women clip NU, Washington gets win No. 550
February 20, 2003
Kansas University women’s basketball coach Marian Washington earned the 550th victory of her college coaching career with a 62-58 win Wednesday night against Nebraska. The Jayhawks (10-13 overall, 3-9 Big 12 Conference) led 31-26 at halftime after outshooting the Cornhuskers, 48 percent to 34 percent. Kansas held off Nebraska (8-15, 1-11) in the second half by hitting 68 percent (15 of 22) of its free-throw attempts.
Memphis sends Gooden to Orlando
Grizzlies obtain Miller in four-player deal before today’s deadline
February 20, 2003
Orlando and Memphis pulled off the first big trade before today’s NBA deadline, agreeing to a four-player deal Wednesday that sent Mike Miller and Ryan Humphrey from the Magic to the Grizzlies for rookies Drew Gooden and Gordan Giricek.
Bears club Wildcats, 66-57
February 20, 2003
Raiders’ father claims players were ‘set up’
February 20, 2003
Two Texas Tech players suspended for a game this week believe they were “set up” as punishment for their part in the team’s losses, the father of one told a newspaper.
Texas Tech sharp in coach’s 500th career victory
February 20, 2003
Texas Tech coach Marsha Sharp won her 500th game Wednesday night, becoming the 22nd NCAA Division One women’s coach to reach that mark, when the eighth-ranked Red Raiders beat Oklahoma 59-48
Biography’ subject worthy of profile
February 20, 2003
At last, someone worthy of a “Biography” (7 p.m., A&E). Like many viewers, I am tired of seeing this once-proud franchise fritter away its prestige with “Batman” retrospectives and life stories of professional wrestlers. Tonight, Danny Glover narrates an hourlong profile of writer James Baldwin, an important force in 20th century literature and race relations. Thank you “Biography” for acknowledging the fact that some of us actually read!
6News video: Minder tells online chatters that he opposes school closings
February 20, 2003
Rich Minder believes in the usefulness of neighborhood schools.
Panel laments lack of attention to federal welfare-reform bill
February 20, 2003
A Kansas University instructor on Wednesday warned that congressional debate about the effects of welfare reform laws passed in 1996 wasn’t getting the scrutiny it deserved.
Tonganoxie health clinic plan advances
February 20, 2003
The prospect of a new family-practice medical clinic in Tonganoxie, owned and staffed by Lawrence Memorial Hospital, took one more step Wednesday toward becoming a reality.
Consolidation fuels school board race
February 20, 2003
There’s no place for candidates in the race for Lawrence school board to hide on the issue of elementary consolidation. Like a heat-seeking missile, voters are honing in on the 13 contenders’ positions on the plan to close East Heights, Centennial and Riverside schools. This Mason-Dixon line of school politics will drive many voters’ decisions in Tuesday’s primary election.
Accomplice guilty in first 9-11 trial
February 20, 2003
A Moroccan received the maximum 15-year sentence Wednesday for helping the al-Qaida hijackers who carried out the Sept. 11 attacks — the first conviction anywhere of a suspect in the terror plot against the United States.
Neighbors praise online crime stats
Lawrence Police unveil new feature on Web site
February 20, 2003
Finally, David Born can check out how safe his Centennial neighborhood is from the comfort of his own home. He also can check out crime statistics for the Oread neighborhood, Brook Creek Neighborhood, Old West Lawrence … any neighborhood in Lawrence.
Drought’s effects trickle in
Water conservation measures discussed
February 20, 2003
Kansas’ long-running drought could put the squeeze on Lawrence’s water supply. It’s already making the water stinkier. State water officials have told the city to dust off drought contingency plans because reservoirs used as an emergency backup to Lawrence’s usual water sources are running low.
Ridge tells Americans: Be prepared but don’t panic
February 20, 2003
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge suggested basic steps Wednesday for a nation still on high alert for terrorism, such as putting together disaster kits with a few days’ supply of food and water.
Pump patrol tracks down lowest prices in Lawrence
February 20, 2003
The Journal-World has found a Lawrence-area gasoline price as low as $1.56 a gallon at Citgo at Ninth and Iowa streets.