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Yulich supports bond, but doesn’t want one-issue candidate label
February 21, 2003
(Web Posted Friday at 3:51 p.m.) Cindy Yulich wants to be more than a one-issue candidate. No easy task in a Lawrence school board primary dominated by debate about the $59 million bond for school construction and elementary school consolidation.
Schauner using ‘promise card’ in city commission bid
February 21, 2003
(Updated Friday at 12:33 p.m.) Lawrence city commission campaigns are usually filled with cliches, platitudes and the kind of talk that makes everybody happy. David Schauner hates cliches, platitudes and the kind of talk that makes everybody happy. And he makes little attempt to hide it.
Incumbent Rundle touts experience and pro-neighborhood stance
February 21, 2003
(Web Posted Friday at 11:59 a.m.) Mike Rundle has spent eight of the last 16 years on the Lawrence City Commission, but he has more that he wants to accomplish.
Parks won’t attend KU event held in his honor
February 21, 2003
(Web Posted Friday at 11:01 a.m.) Renaissance man Gordon Parks will not travel to Lawrence Saturday for an event honoring him, Kansas University officials announced Friday.
World Online Arts & Entertainment Calendar
February 21, 2003
Chat with school board candidate Rich Minder
February 21, 2003
Welcome to our online chat with school board candidate Rich Minder.
Wake-up, indeed
Miracle’ substances can pose a danger to anyone, not just promising, high-paid athletes.
February 21, 2003
The headline on the sports news dispatch read: “Bechler’s death should be a wake-up call for baseball.” Truth is, the fatality should provide a jolt to anyone who is overweight and chooses to try some “miracle” substance to take off pounds quickly.
Unjustified report
February 21, 2003
Abortion clinic regulations proposed
Opponents of bill say law would restrict access
February 21, 2003
Supporters of a bill that would regulate Kansas’ abortion clinics say it will protect women’s safety, but opponents argue the measure is an attempt to limit access to the procedure. “Abortion is an invasive procedure and things happen that can cause crisis quickly,” said Rep. Peggy Long, R-Hamilton, on Thursday as she testified before the House Federal and State Affairs Committee.
Former mother-in-law gets life for murder
February 21, 2003
A Liberty woman was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole for her role in the shooting death of her former son-in-law.
Jayhawks want to maintain high-intensity play
February 21, 2003
Kansas University baseball players are trying hard to keep last weekend’s sweep at No. 6-ranked Louisiana State in perspective. “We want that to be A highlight of the season, not THE highlight of the season,” coach Ritch Price said.
Practice makes perfect
February 21, 2003
Friends and neighbors
February 21, 2003
Davis - Tax amnesty proponents say it would bring in $10 million
February 21, 2003
The following is a column by Rep. Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, for the week ending Feb. 21.
River City Weekly video: “C.S.A.— The Confederate States of America” Part 3
February 21, 2003
Lawrence filmmaker Kevin Willmott speaks about his new feature “C.S.A. — The Confederate States of America,” a mock documentary in which the South won the Civil War.
River City Weekly video: “C.S.A.— The Confederate States of America” Part 1
February 21, 2003
Lawrence filmmaker Kevin Willmott speaks about his new feature “C.S.A. — The Confederate States of America,” a mock documentary in which the South won the Civil War.
6Sports video: Simien says he and his shoulder are ready to go
February 21, 2003
Forward Wayne Simien says his ailing right shoulder is much better following his pain-filled effort against Colorado in which he still managed to score 21 points and grab 13 rebounds.
Team questions Graves’ behavior
February 21, 2003
Jeff Graves has been doing extra running of late — sprints and treadmill laps that have nothing to do with the 6-foot-9, 250-pounder’s battle of the bulge. Graves, Kansas University’s junior center from Lee’s Summit, Mo., has been penalized by coach Roy Williams for arriving late for one workout and skipping one class — infractions that haven’t made Graves’ coaches and teammates happy.
Allen swapped for Payton
February 21, 2003
In a blockbuster five-player deal Thursday at the NBA trading deadline, Ray Allen was sent from the Milwaukee Bucks to the Seattle SuperSonics for Gary Payton and Desmond Mason.
FCC overhauls competition rules
Internet, phone changes draw praise in Kansas
February 21, 2003
Kansas policy-makers agree the Federal Communications Commission made a decision Thursday that is important to the state’s consumers and their high-speed Internet and telephone services. But it likely will be weeks or months before the full impact of the decision and its consequences are understood, the policy-makers said.
Protest balance
February 21, 2003
What if the South had won?
Lawrence filmmaker Kevin Willmott premieres faux documentary ‘C.S.A.’
February 21, 2003
“Slavery is the deep, dark family secret in America,” says writer-director Kevin Willmott. “We all participated in it; we all evolved from it in some way or another, so we don’t like to speak about it. The movie hopes to break that open to where we can say, ‘Hey, we can actually talk about this. Slavery WAS a reality.’” Willmott’s “C.S.A. — The Confederate States of America” envisions that reality through rewriting the outcome of the Civil War, from the South’s “victory” at Gettysburg all the way to slavery-permitted modern times.
Leap of faith
February 21, 2003
Baseball briefs
February 21, 2003
¢ Baltimore manager says team not at fault ¢ Jailed Canseco worried about custody battle ¢ Rose won’t partake in stadium ceremonies ¢ Boston outfielder signs for two years ¢ Steinbrenner explains Jeter comments
Briefly
February 21, 2003
¢ U.S. troops to attack Muslim rebel group ¢ Explosion, fire at factory injures 26 employees ¢ Human error likely boosted death toll in subway fire ¢ Archdiocese, lawyers agree to moratorium in lawsuits
Ferrell gets fully enrolled in ‘Old School’
February 21, 2003
The very sight of Will Ferrell is funny. With his frazzled hair and vacuous stare, the towering comedian always looks like he just finished speaking in tongues … and he’s about ready to tackle you.
Horoscopes
February 21, 2003
Chat with school board candidate Mary Loveland
February 21, 2003
Welcome to our online chat with school board candidate Mary Loveland.
Bucks deal Allen to Sonics for Payton
February 21, 2003
\In a blockbuster five-player deal Thursday at the NBA trading deadline, Ray Allen was sent from the Milwaukee Bucks to the Seattle SuperSonics for Gary Payton and Desmond Mason.
Simien downplays Colorado effort
February 21, 2003
Kansas University forward Wayne Simien’s pain-filled 20-minute effort Wednesday against Colorado at Allen Fieldhouse has been described as “courageous” and “heroic.”
Circus atmosphere abounds at Tyson news conference
Harding, Iron Mike’s new face tattoo focus of pre-fight media throng
February 21, 2003
Mike Tyson playfully nibbled on the arm of his baby boy, who didn’t seem all that interested in the new tattoo on his father’s face. For those who were, a university instructor was on hand to explain its significance.
Daily ticker
February 21, 2003
People
February 21, 2003
¢ Carter tours portraits ¢ Morrison delves into opera ¢ Anthony becoming father again ¢ Tutu recalls U.S. inspiration
Area counties prepare for Tuesday primaries
February 21, 2003
Voters will report to the polls Tuesday for primaries to whittle the fields of candidates for city councils and schools boards in several area counties.
Pump patrol tracks down lowest prices in Lawrence
February 21, 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.
Victim of transplant mix-up receives new set of organs
Teenager remains critical, but family expresses hope
February 21, 2003
With perhaps only hours left to live, the 17-year-old girl mistakenly given a heart and lungs with the wrong blood type was handed an extraordinary second chance Thursday after doctors — against all odds — located another set of organs.
Firebirds fantastic: Wooden nets 900th point in 67-44 win
February 21, 2003
Free State High’s Keith Wooden needed five points to become the second city player to score 900 career points. But the Arizona State signee played like he might go over the 1,000-point plane Thursday, especially in the first quarter of the Firebirds’ 67-44 victory over Shawnee Mission Northwest.
Not the Bulldogs’ night
February 21, 2003
Wilson would trade points for victories
February 21, 2003
Perry-Lecompton High senior Shannon Wilson has put up some gaudy numbers during her career.
Financial security sought for abused
Measure would protect victims of domestic violence who are forced to quit jobs
February 21, 2003
Harassing phone calls, threats, even physical attacks — domestic abuse doesn’t stop at home. When victims leave, their batterers know where they can find them — at work.
River City Weekly video: “C.S.A.— The Confederate States of America” Part 2
February 21, 2003
Lawrence filmmaker Kevin Willmott speaks about his new feature “C.S.A. — The Confederate States of America,” a mock documentary in which the South won the Civil War.
Watch out!
February 21, 2003
For the children
February 21, 2003
U.S. egotism
February 21, 2003
City reports strong start in ‘03 construction
$3.2 million expansion at NCS Pearson is January’s largest project
February 21, 2003
Lawrence builders started 2003 on a stronger note than 2002, according to a recent report by city officials. City building inspectors issued permits for $10.8 million worth of projects in January, up from the $6.8 million issued in January 2002. The number, however, was down from the $15.2 million in projects started in December.
U.S. trade deficit reaches record in 2002
February 21, 2003
The United States recorded a $435.2 billion trade deficit for 2002, the largest imbalance in history, as the weak global economy set back American exports while imports of autos and other consumer goods were hitting all-time highs.
Mortgage rates drop to new lows
February 21, 2003
Mortgage rates this week set new lows, and economists said that is good for the housing industry.
Briefcase
February 21, 2003
¢ Questions arise about gasoline price increase ¢ Corn crop predicted to set record yield ¢ Sprint, BellSouth suit assigned to new court
Advocates for elderly unsuccessful in Topeka
Effort to win back money cut from budgets falls on deaf ears for now
February 21, 2003
Advocates for services to low-income, elderly Kansans on Thursday patrolled the Capitol lobbying for more money but came up empty-handed.
Broken Arrow chalks up 35 years
Longevity of staff credited to positive environment
February 21, 2003
There’s something about Broken Arrow School. People come, and then find that they never want to leave. In 35 years, the school at 2704 La. has had just two principals.
Local briefs
February 21, 2003
¢ Six Free State seniors National Merit finalists ¢ West student suspended for drink, food tampering ¢ Troops called to duty
State briefs
February 21, 2003
¢ Senator urges caution as war with Iraq nears ¢ Governor makes ag, aging appointments
KU student finalist for Truman award
February 21, 2003
A Kansas University junior is a finalist for the prestigious Truman Scholarship. Travis Weller, Garden City, is one of 212 finalists for the scholarships, which provide up to $30,000 for undergraduate and graduate study. About 75 scholarships will be awarded next month.
KBI: Meth lab seizures down
February 21, 2003
Enforcement efforts are beginning to pay off in Kansas’ war on methamphetamine makers, Kansas Bureau of Investigation officials said.
Carl A. Warta
February 21, 2003
Florence Melland
February 21, 2003
Billings services
February 21, 2003
Vernon C. Shelton
February 21, 2003
Regents change tuition stance
Board says schools can use increase to cover budget shortfalls
February 21, 2003
Forget new programs. Just stop the bleeding. That was the message the Kansas Board of Regents sent Thursday to leaders of state universities, telling them money from increased tuition may be used to cover shortfalls left by cuts in state funding. But the move raised the ire of Kansas University’s student body president, Jonathan Ng, because students were told their higher tuition bills would lead to “enhancements” in their education.
Florida professor charged with supporting terror group
February 21, 2003
A Florida computer engineering professor and seven other men were charged Thursday with overseeing and financing the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group, which has been blamed for killing more than 100 people in Israel and adjacent territories.
Dole Institute’s opening celebration schedule takes shape
Veterans at heart of KU dedication; president, Hanks, Brokaw among celebrity invitees
February 21, 2003
Big names such as President Bush, Tom Brokaw and Tom Hanks may steal the show in July at the dedication of the Dole Institute of Politics building at Kansas University. But Richard Norton Smith, the institute’s director, wants to keep the focus on the thousands of World War II veterans expected to converge on Lawrence for the events. “We want everyone to come, and we want everyone to have a good time,” Smith said. “But more than anything else, we want veterans to be here. This is really their show. We want to say thanks.”
Monarch butterflies rebound after devastating freeze
February 21, 2003
Scientists are marveling at the impressive comeback of Monarch butterflies, which once again are carpeting the fir trees of central Mexico with orange and black wings — despite a deadly freeze last year that killed hundreds of millions.
Coffee linked to stillbirths
February 21, 2003
Pregnant women who drink eight or more cups of coffee a day could double their risk of stillbirth compared with pregnant women who do not drink coffee, new research suggests.
R&B Foundation honors pioneers of musical genre
February 21, 2003
When George Clinton started his band decades ago, he hadn’t yet come up with the wild costumes or tripped-out funk grooves that define it today.
Artist proposes statue of Dole in Wichita
February 21, 2003
A former resident of Moscow, who was touched by former Sen. Bob Dole’s work after a 1988 earthquake in Armenia, wants to create a sculpture of the Republican leader and place it downtown.
Ex-Air Force sergeant convicted of espionage
February 21, 2003
Former Air Force Master Sgt. Brian Patrick Regan was convicted Thursday of offering to sell U.S. intelligence information to Iraq and China but acquitted of attempted spying for Libya. The jury now must decide whether he can be executed.
Tougher criminal sentences urged
Kline, Sebelius want especially strong rules in sex crimes
February 21, 2003
Atty. Gen. Phill Kline and the chief counsel for Gov. Kathleen Sebelius advocated proposals Thursday that would strengthen criminal sentencing laws, particularly for sex offenders.
Sentence reduction sought in cancer drug dilution case
February 21, 2003
Robert Courtney has asked a federal appeals court to reduce his 30-year prison sentence for diluting chemotherapy drugs.
Auto body company reaches deal on overtime
February 21, 2003
A St. Louis-area auto body repair company has reached an overtime pay settlement with the Department of Labor that will pay 969 employees in Missouri, Kansas and 18 other states $1.7 million in back wages.
U.S. ready to present new U.N. resolution
Negotiations continue with Turkey; Rumsfeld says troops are prepared for war
February 21, 2003
The Bush administration and its closest ally, Britain, are planning to present a new resolution to the U.N. Security Council on Monday in a bid for support to use force to disarm Iraq.
Gene helps determine how much you hurt
February 21, 2003
When it comes to pain, people can be wimps, stoics or somewhere in between. Now scientists have found one reason — a variation in a single gene that shows stoics really can tolerate more pain.
Venezuela arrests opposition leader
February 21, 2003
Thousands of angry government opponents chanting “This is a dictatorship!” rallied in the capital’s streets Thursday, protesting the midnight arrest of a strike leader by secret police.
6News video: KU professor to premiere alternate history film
February 21, 2003
Lawrence-based director Kevin Willmott is set to air his film “C.S.A.,” which offers a view of America in which the Confederacy won the Civil War, for the first time.
6News video: Loveland and Powell speak with voters in online chat
February 21, 2003
The candidates answered questions on staffing concerns, consolidation and the bond issue. Loveland said savings from consolidation would likely go to cover operational costs, while Powell said cleaning out the school district office would save money.
Airlines fight for survival
February 21, 2003
America’s airline industry, which has not netted a nickel since Kitty Hawk, has never been sicker. United Airlines, the second-largest carrier, lost $3.2 billion last year ($1.47 billion in the fourth quarter — $16.3 million a day) and is in bankruptcy, as the largest carrier, American, may soon be, having lost $3.5 billion last year, the worst loss in aviation history. Shares of US Airways, the seventh-largest, which entered bankruptcy last August, trade over the counter for 20 cents.
6News video: School board profile - Ron Powell
February 21, 2003
Powell wants to bring a view of the “whole picture” to the school board.
6News video: City commission profile - Mike Rundle
February 21, 2003
Rundle wants to use his leadership skills to continue to serve the city of Lawrence.
6Sports video: Wooden leads Firebirds to victory over Cougars
February 21, 2003
Keith Wooden takes charge for Free State with 17 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocks to help defeat Shawnee Mission Northwest.
6Sports video: ‘Hawks baseball coming on strong
February 21, 2003
Kansas has been named the college baseball team of the week after sweeping No. 6 Louisiana State.
Falcons too much for Lions
February 21, 2003
Lawrence High’s boys basketball team needed a near-perfect game to knock off top-ranked Olathe South. But the Falcons remained perfect thanks to one poor LHS quarter, taking a 60-46 victory Thursday at South.
KU going back to Cali
February 21, 2003
Last weekend San Diego. This weekend Santa Barbara. Kansas University’s softball team is spending plenty of preseason time in Southern California.
Bianchi: Orlando stole Gooden from Memphis
Hall-of-Fame general manager West gave up too much to acquire Miller from Magic
February 21, 2003
This can’t be true, can it? Jerry West, perhaps the greatest talent evaluator in NBA history, getting bilked and bamboozled by the Orlando Magic? Or maybe he just felt he owed one to O-Town as a makeup call for the Great Shaq Robbery. West, of course, was the general manager for the Lakers when they pulled off the grandest NBA heist of all time, convincing Shaquille O’Neal to leave Orlando and head for Hollywood.
Riley returns to Oregon State
Beavers bring back Saints’ defensive backs coach
February 21, 2003
Mike Riley was introduced Thursday for the second time as Oregon State’s football coach — four years after he left the Beavers for the NFL.
Seahawks will savor home dates
February 21, 2003
Seabury Academy will play host to first-round Class 1A regional basketball games next Monday and Tuesday.
Firebirds, Lions set for state swim meet
Free State hoping for best finish ever; LHS has high hopes for pair of divers
February 21, 2003
Free State High swimming coach Annette McDonald doesn’t see why her boys team’s record-breaking season has to stop this weekend at the state meet.
Jayhawks swimming and diving team in fourth at league
February 21, 2003
Kansas University’s swimming and diving team was in fourth place Thursday after the second day of the four-day Big 12 Conference championships.
A break from the humdrum
February 21, 2003
In better times, Michael Jackson would simply be regarded as pathetic and kooky. But even among those who are not Jacksonphiles, his 10-hour appearance on four television channels in the last week provided America with a measure of well-needed diversion.
U.S. freedom attacked on two fronts
February 21, 2003
This winter we have learned there are no safe rooms. For generations, Americans have lived with the conviction that wars were fought elsewhere, that civilian casualties happened to foreigners, that geopolitical tensions were for us to think about in our wood-paneled seminar rooms, not in our carpeted family rooms. Blessed with friendly neighbors and big oceans, we were powerful — and part of our power came from the knowledge that we were safe.
Two Firebirds sign with Saint Mary
February 21, 2003
Free State High seniors Leroy Goodman and Cole Cruse signed letters of intent Thursday to play football at Saint Mary College in Leavenworth.
Athletes of the week
February 21, 2003
Mavs stop Spurs
Dallas halts 9-game win streak, 95-87
February 21, 2003
The Mavericks did exactly what they had to do Thursday night in what Dallas coach Don Nelson considered the most important game of the season.
Judge issues warrant for Robinson’s arrest
February 21, 2003
Atlanta Hawks forward Glenn Robinson failed to appear in court on misdemeanor charges Thursday and a judge issued a warrant for his arrest.
L.A.’s O’Neal says he’ll play tonight
February 21, 2003
Shaquille O’Neal expects to return to the Los Angeles Lakers’ lineup tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers.
UCLA sneaks past California in OT
February 21, 2003
Dijon Thompson rebounded his own missed shot and scored with 6 seconds remaining in overtime, lifting UCLA over No. 18 California 76-75 Thursday night and snapping the Bruins’ 10-game Pac-10 losing streak.
On the record
February 21, 2003
Royals ‘prepared to win’
Skipper inspires troops as camp officially opens
February 21, 2003
The Kansas City Royals, who are coming off a franchise-record 100-loss season, were full of optimism Thursday in their first full-squad spring training workout.
Mike Finnigan looks forward to homecoming
February 21, 2003
It’s hard to imagine someone who was young, hip and living in Lawrence in, say, 1968 who doesn’t have a dozen or so fond memories of Mike Finnigan and his band The Serfs.
Briefly
February 21, 2003
¢ Two officers killed, 3 wounded in shootout ¢ CDC: Stroke deaths vary by race, geography ¢ Judge releases records for teen sniper suspect ¢ Israeli troops kill three; diplomacy continues ¢ Air force chief among plane crash victims ¢ N. Korean fighter jet crosses South border ¢ Cuba confirms Castro’s departure for Asia
Chat with school board candidate Ron Powell
February 21, 2003
Welcome to our online chat with school board candidate Ron Powell.
Yet another special examines Jackson
February 21, 2003
Michael Jackson’s ex-wife says she bore him two children as a present and “if he called me tonight and said let’s have five more, I’d do it in a heartbeat.”
This ‘Ali’ is anything but the greatest
February 21, 2003
The imported British comedy “Da Ali G Show” (11:30 p.m., HBO) does the near-impossible: It actually makes me feel sorry for Ronald Reagan’s attorney general, Ed Meese. Ali G is the comic persona of performer Sacha Baron Cohen. Dressed in a gaudy yellow outfit, Ali acts like a brain-addled “hip-hop journalist” who “interviews” former public officials in the hopes of tricking them into saying silly or stupid things.
Panel OKs $2.3 billion schools budget
GOP committee members decline offer to second motion on education cuts
February 21, 2003
A budget that allocates $2.3 billion in state revenue to elementary and secondary education received a committee’s endorsement Thursday.
Charles J. Baer
February 21, 2003
Czeslaw J. Doktor
February 21, 2003
House rejects religious freedom law
Measure wins majority but falls short of 63 votes needed for passage
February 21, 2003