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Man charged with drunken driving after son dies in accident
February 24, 2003
(Updated Monday at 12:12 p.m.) An Easton man has been arrested on drunken driving charges in connection with a fatality accident that killed his son early Saturday morning in Leavenworth County, the Leavenworth County sheriff’s department announced Monday.
KU unclassified nonfaculty representatives to meet with state lawmakers
February 24, 2003
(Web Posted Monday at 11:24 a.m.) Kansas lawmakers will hear about the important contributions being made by nonfaculty unclassified employees Tuesday in Topeka.
Snow leads to cancellations at some area schools
February 24, 2003
(Updated Monday at 6:20 a.m.) Area school officials were making decisions overnight whether to cancel classes for Monday because of the winter storm. Baldwin, Eudora, Ottawa and Wellsville school districts were among those in the area that have announced cancellations. Lawrence schools are still on their regular schedules.
Council members warned to vote with U.S. on Iraq
February 24, 2003
Senior U.S. officials have been quietly dispatched in recent days to the capitals of key Security Council countries where they are warning leaders to vote with the United States on Iraq or risk “paying a heavy price.”
Experts disagree on wisdom of paying off mortgage early
February 24, 2003
My grandmother couldn’t wait to pay off her mortgage. Big Mama’s goal was to retire with no house payment.
Governors split on federal aid requests
February 24, 2003
Struggling states will have to solve their fiscal difficulties without massive federal assistance, a Republican senator warned the nation’s governors Sunday, highlighting sharp political disagreements over Washington’s responsibilities to states facing historic budget shortfalls.
Biodefense testing nothing to monkey with, town argues
February 24, 2003
When a monkey slipped from its cage at a University of California medical research lab, handlers peered into sewers, poked behind cages and baited traps to try to catch it.
Candidates defend economic agendas
Progressive-backed contenders say they are not against growth
February 24, 2003
City commission candidates backed by the Progressive Lawrence Campaign on Sunday offered an economic development agenda they said countered accusations they were “no-growth” partisans.
Polio aftermath
February 24, 2003
Some survivors of a once-feared disease now face difficult new challenges.
Proposed natural gas-storage regulations could prove costly
February 24, 2003
Proposed state regulations for underground storage of natural gas could prove costly — if not prohibitive — for energy companies doing business in Kansas.
KO’d Brown sets tone for Sooners
February 24, 2003
Even though he was knocked out, Oklahoma’s Jabahri Brown might have delivered the knockout blows to Kansas.
Winston Cup: Jarrett slips past Busch
February 24, 2003
Dale Jarrett has no problem with NASCAR’s “young guns” getting all the attention — especially when he keeps them out of Victory Lane.
Home offices create need for balance
Workers say choice saves money, time
February 24, 2003
Every now and then, Baxter Patterson sneaks into work in her pajamas and bed slippers. Her office, located in the living area of her home, makes for an easy commute.
Victims’ relatives visit nightclub site
February 24, 2003
For days, they’ve lived with the video images of their relatives jammed in the doorway of a burning nightclub, many screaming in terror as they struggled in vain to break free.
Tutors needed to teach reading
February 24, 2003
The Strategic Learning Center is a nonprofit organization providing small class or one-on-one tutoring for people of all ages. The organization tutors subjects such as math, reading and test preparation.
Denver blanks KU
February 24, 2003
Kansas University’s tennis team was blanked Sunday by New Mexico, 7-0.
T-Mac attacks Nets
McGrady has triple-double in victory
February 24, 2003
Two days after watching 40-year-old Michael Jordan become the oldest NBA player to score 40 points in a game, the New Jersey Nets got burned by one of the league’s young All-Stars — Tracy McGrady.
Briefly
February 24, 2003
¢ Venezuela: Judge orders house arrest for anti-Chavez strike leader ¢ California: Gas prices up again as expert predicts price pressure easing ¢ China: Deadly quake strikes west
Workers’ comp proposals under fire
Reducing claims worries organized labor, injured
February 24, 2003
Injured workers, organized labor and plaintiffs’ attorneys are fighting business-backed proposals to change the state workers’ compensation system. They said the changes would punish good workers and unfairly lower their benefits.
Second fund-raiser planned for park in Oskaloosa firefighter’s memory
February 24, 2003
Jacob Pottorf died in an accident last June on a rural Jefferson County highway. His friends and co-workers want to make sure he’s never forgotten.
Snow creates havoc statewide; schools announce closings
February 24, 2003
A winter storm Sunday dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of Kansas and was blamed in accidents that took at least three lives in the southeast part of the state.
Local briefs
February 24, 2003
¢ New Hurston biographer to speak with chancellor ¢ Kansas University: Student Senate begins fund raising for center ¢ Gasoline: Pump patrol tracks down lowest prices in Lawrence
Bess G. Brewster
February 24, 2003
U.S. embassies say Bush seen as greatest threat to peace
February 24, 2003
The messages from U.S. embassies around the globe have become urgent and disturbing: Many people in the world increasingly think President Bush is a greater threat to world peace than Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
Orioles taking steps to assist Bechler’s family
Widow of late Baltimore pitcher pondering legal action aimed at controversial dietary supplement ephedra
February 24, 2003
One week from the day her husband collapsed on a Baltimore Orioles practice field, Kiley Bechler flew home Sunday to Oregon after taking a few moments to thank people who supported her through a trying week.
Time is running out for Saddam
February 24, 2003
O munificent and mighty Saladin of our days, coming conqueror of the Crusaders and silent partner of Osama.
Horoscopes
February 24, 2003
It’s time to tidy financial house
Financial planners offer cleaning tips
February 24, 2003
Instead of cleaning out the closets this year, think a little bigger. Get your financial house in order. Here are 10 of the biggest problems and missed opportunities seen by financial planners, bankruptcy lawyers, credit counselors and other personal finance experts.
People
February 24, 2003
¢ Clinton sings Bono’s praises ¢ You say it’s your birthday? ¢ Americans make French toast
State may lengthen deer season to reduce accidents
February 24, 2003
Donald Archinal didn’t see the deer until his car slammed into it. “There wasn’t any way I could avoid him,” the Lawrence resident recalled of the big animal that seemingly came out of nowhere.
Couple roll out welcome mat for two cloven-hoofed critters
February 24, 2003
Rural Jefferson County — Life can only get better for Sally and Ladybug. After surviving several weeks in a harsh, abusive environment on a rural New York farm, being nursed back to health at a farm animal sanctuary, and taking a cross-country ride in a trailer, the two pigs now have a permanent home.
KU classified staff to explore leaving state’s pay scale system
February 24, 2003
After decades as state civil servants, classified employees at Kansas University are considering a plan to develop a system of their own.
Briefcase
February 24, 2003
¢ EarthLink offers tools to block spyware, ads ¢ Technology: Japanese company plans to sell 1.5 inch television
On the money
February 24, 2003
The ailing stock market has made protecting market assets a difficult challenge, to say the least. But along with the market downturn has come a bevy of new books devoted to managing risk and protecting investments.
Daredevil’ fends off ‘Old School’ challenger
February 24, 2003
Serious film proved no match for a daredevil and a big old frat party. Ben Affleck’s superhero adventure “Daredevil” remained the No. 1 movie for the second straight weekend with $18.9 million, pushing its 10-day total to $70.3 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Lawrence City Commission
Commission to review development activity report
February 24, 2003
Agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets
On the record
February 24, 2003
KU Briefs
February 24, 2003
¢ National health official set to speak at KU ¢ KU ROTC cadet selected for internship program
Vera Jean Bylaska
February 24, 2003
Afghan rebel urges attacks on Americans
February 24, 2003
Afghan rebel commander Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said he was proud the United States had branded him a terrorist and echoed Osama bin Laden’s call for suicide attacks against Americans, according to a statement obtained Sunday by The Associated Press.
Saddam withholds ruling on missile destruction
February 24, 2003
Iraq has withheld a decision on a U.N. order to start destroying its Al Samoud 2 missile program by the end of the week, but said Sunday it was “serious about solving this.”
Inmates up for parole
February 24, 2003
Hearings this week will give members of the public a chance to comment on Kansas Department of Corrections inmates who are up for parole.
Social studies plea
February 24, 2003
Kansas is burning
February 24, 2003
Class acts
February 24, 2003
Errors of past
February 24, 2003
School support
February 24, 2003
She’s convinced
February 24, 2003
Briefly
February 24, 2003
¢ Florida: Police vehicle on beach kills one, injures one ¢ North Carolina: Autopsy ordered in transplant death ¢ Washington, D.C.: Health care workers decline vaccinations
Pro-war side
February 24, 2003
Different bond
February 24, 2003
Pledge favored
February 24, 2003
Town builds Habitat for Humanity house
February 24, 2003
It will be the first home built in this tiny central Kansas town in more than 20 years, and it will be part of a program that provides affordable homes for the poor.
Too little, too late - Oklahoma 77, Kansas 70
Jayhawks rally, but OU holds on
February 24, 2003
Fifth-ranked Oklahoma looked like the class of the Big 12 Conference Sunday at Lloyd Noble Center. And No. 6 Kansas University?
Woodling: Hightower no help for Kansas this time
February 24, 2003
Not that I’m as superstitious as, say, Roy Williams, but when I saw Ed Hightower wearing stripes, I thought I might have seen a harbinger of something good for Kansas University.
Lawrence, FSHS gird for third meeting
February 24, 2003
When it comes to playing one of the state’s top teams, twice should be plenty for one season. At least, Free State High girls basketball coach Bryan Duncan thinks so.
Board balance
February 24, 2003
Comeback Canadian sinks Howell
Weir birdies second playoff hole to win Nissan Open
February 24, 2003
Mike Weir posted a 5-under-par 66 and headed to the practice range as a mere formality, never expecting his seven-stroke comeback against Charles Howell III to amount to anything more than a consolation prize.
Top 25 Men’s Roundup: Wildcats extend streak
Kentucky wins nation-best 16th straight, 70-62
February 24, 2003
Kentucky got exactly what it needed Sunday from Mississippi State — a close game.
LHS volleyball legend Wells primed for induction to Hall
February 24, 2003
When Joan Wells started coaching volleyball at Lawrence High in 1971, the team didn’t have uniforms, and Wells didn’t have a coach’s salary. Heck, the Lions didn’t have volleyball standards for practice.
Tax exemptions, credits of questionable benefit
February 24, 2003
During the past decade, Kansas lawmakers have handed out billions of dollars in tax credits and exemptions without knowing whether the policies have helped the state.
San Diego State tops Jayhawks, 2-1
February 24, 2003
Kansas University junior pitcher Kara Pierce allowed just two runs against San Diego State — one in the bottom of the ninth inning and one in the bottom of the 10th.
Notebook: ‘Banging’ hurts Simien’s shoulder
February 24, 2003
Wayne Simien looked like he played a pain-free game Sunday at Lloyd Noble Center. Looks, however, can be deceiving. “This is the worst it has felt of the three games,” Simien said after scoring 17 points off 4-of-8 shooting and 9-of-13 three-throw shooting in Kansas’ 77-70 loss to Oklahoma.
KU bowling finishes strong
February 24, 2003
Jason Elliott averaged 202 pins and was named to the all-tournament team, and the Kansas University men’s bowling club ended its regular season with a third-place finish Sunday in the Hoosier Classic.
Lawrence High basketball coach Davis works game from CBS graphics truck
February 24, 2003
Lawrence High boys basketball coach Chris Davis had an unusual view of Sunday’s Kansas University-Oklahoma basketball game.
Lakers’ Jackson to have kidney stone removed
February 24, 2003
Coach Phil Jackson of the three-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers is scheduled to have a kidney stone removed today.
Heating-cost help available through March
February 24, 2003
The Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services will accept applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program through the end of March. To receive an application, visit the local SRS office at 1901 Del., or call (800) 432-0043.
Skydivers injured
Pre-race festivities marred by mishap
February 24, 2003
Three Army skydivers were injured Sunday when strong wind knocked them to the ground before a NASCAR race.
CART: Tracy starts season with 20th victory
February 24, 2003
Winning races isn’t new to Paul Tracy. Getting off to a fast start in the points race is. Tracy did both Sunday, taking control midway through the inaugural St. Petersburg Grand Prix and driving away with the victory.
A finance course?
February 24, 2003
Middle-finger gesture becoming more flippant than vulgar
February 24, 2003
Even more than a decade later, Laura Kremp is still a little shocked at the gesture her mom made when a man driving a big, ol’ Cadillac cut them off in a mall parking lot. “She flipped the guy the bird!” Kremp says, laughing at the childhood memory.
Grover C. Thomas
February 24, 2003
Snow insurance pays off during latest storm
Some Northeastern towns ‘get lucky’ in gamble with Mother Nature
February 24, 2003
PC World celebrates 20 years
March issue recalls life of computers
February 24, 2003
PC World magazine is celebrating 20 years of publication with its March issue and it’s a compelling reminder of how much personal computing has changed during the past two decades.
Norah Jones comes away with most Grammy Awards
February 24, 2003
The music of pop-jazz chanteuse Norah Jones garnered eight Grammy awards Sunday night, including album and record of the year, capping a year where the sultry singer catapulted to international acclaim.
CBS hoping for big, fat ‘Greek’ ratings
February 24, 2003
Will the viewers who made “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” the highest-grossing independent movie of all time show up week after week to watch the new sitcom “My Big Fat Greek Life” (8:30 p.m., CBS)?
Kansas oil production up
Prices, demand for natural resources increase — for now
February 24, 2003
A boom in the oil and natural gas industry means Kansas rig operators are doing well — for now.