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It’s over for Simien
February 27, 2003
(Web Posted Thursday at 3:51 p.m.) Wayne Simien’s season is over. After discussion between Kansas University head basketball coach Roy Williams, Simien, his parents and a number of doctors, the decision was made to hold Simien out of the Jayhawks’ remaining games. “We’re basically shutting it down for the rest of the season,” Williams said. “We’ll go ahead and schedule the surgery and get on with the rehab.”
Snow to make roadways hazardous
February 27, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 12:56 p.m.) Be careful when you head home from work — about an inch of snow is expected to make driving hazardous.
Blake case presented on TV and in preliminary hearing
February 27, 2003
A retired homicide detective testified Wednesday that actor Robert Blake told him in 1999 that he had impregnated a woman during a one-night stand and he wanted her abducted to undergo an abortion, and if that failed, to have her killed.
Area briefs
February 27, 2003
¢ Witness in murder trial dies of cancer ¢ Missouri judge to speak at KU law event ¢ Day to honor, inform Hispanics in Kansas ¢ DeSoto drum group to perform in Wichita ¢ KU law school celebrates diversity
Russell Eugene McGruder Jr.
February 27, 2003
Reed services
February 27, 2003
New round of winter weather increases Southern discomfort
February 27, 2003
The third winter storm of the week coated much of the South with ice Wednesday, contributing to the deaths of 11 motorists, three immigrants crossing the brush of south Texas and a woman who froze to death in her home in Oklahoma.
Wildcats trip Vols
Bogans, Kentucky win 17th straight
February 27, 2003
Tennessee’s Ron Slay glanced at the nearly expired shot clock, then sank a three-pointer over Kentucky’s Chuck Hayes. “Jawbreaker,” Hayes remembered Slay saying as the two trotted to the other end of the court in the second half. Not so fast.
Area briefs
February 27, 2003
¢ Former legislator wins Wichita mayoral primary ¢ Entrepreneurs pledge $60,000 for scholarships ¢ KU graduate searches for Columbia wreckage
Sophomore Koehn returns as Wildcats rout Jayhawks
February 27, 2003
The Kansas University women’s basketball team didn’t find its rematch with Kansas State sweeter. No. 5 K-State slaughtered Kansas, 80-57, in front of 10,702 fans Wednesday at Bramlage Coliseum. KSU had handed the Jayhawks an 88-49 defeat Jan. 8 at Allen Fieldhouse.
Veterans ditched in NFL salary-cap cuts
Former Kansas University standout Stubblefield, Steelers’ Stewart among big names released
February 27, 2003
Washington Redskins running back Stephen Davis and Pittsburgh quarterback Kordell Stewart were cut Wednesday, adding two attractive players to what is otherwise a lackluster free-agent class.
Texas’ treys doom Baylor
February 27, 2003
The best seems to come out in Heather Schreiber when Texas plays Baylor.
Lawrence datebook
February 27, 2003
Judge’s confirmation a constitutional issue
February 27, 2003
The president, preoccupied with regime change elsewhere, will occupy a substantially diminished presidency unless he defeats the current attempt to alter the constitutional regime here. If at least 41 Senate Democrats succeed in blocking a vote on the confirmation of Miguel Estrada to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the Constitution effectively will be amended.
Goodyear services
February 27, 2003
WildCare must close after losing state permits
February 27, 2003
The state’s refusal to renew permits for the WildCare animal rehabilitation and education facility will force a one-year shutdown of the organization, officials said Wednesday.
In-state tuition for immigrants wins tentative House approval
February 27, 2003
The House gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a bill that would allow children of undocumented immigrants to attend state postsecondary schools at in-state prices.
Brownback returns from S. Korea
February 27, 2003
The United States should maintain current troop strength but reposition its forces in South Korea to “change and lessen our military footprint” there, U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback said Wednesday.
Cale services
February 27, 2003
Suspicious fire at nursing home kills 10
February 27, 2003
A suspicious fire ripped through a nursing home before daybreak Wednesday, killing 10 people and forcing 100 residents — some of them bedridden, elderly and confused — into the freezing cold. Police said they wanted to question a resident about the blaze.
Woodling: KU looked just fine from rafters
February 27, 2003
It’s definitely not lonely at the top. At the top of Allen Fieldhouse, that is. I made a couple of new friends up there in Row 25 of Section 21, where you have a better view of the adjacent parking garage than you do of the basketball floor.
Pierce, Celtics escape
Boston extends Indiana’s winless streak to 6 games
February 27, 2003
For the Indiana Pacers, consecutive loss No. 6 ended with an airball by Reggie Miller.
McGrady fending off Bryant’s scoring streak
February 27, 2003
For Tracy McGrady, a scoring title won’t mean a thing if he doesn’t win a ring.
Notebook: Graves beginning to rebound
February 27, 2003
Jeff Graves took his coach’s pregame words to heart Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse. “Coach (Roy) Williams challenged us to step it up on defense, and I think we did that,” said the 6-foot-9, 250-pound Graves, who busted a slump of sorts by grabbing eight rebounds and plucking five steals while scoring four points in Kansas University’s 85-45 victory over Texas A&M.
Americans ambivalent about war
February 27, 2003
Poll after poll shows a large majority of Americans support military action against Saddam Hussein. But most are in no hurry, preferring to wait for more weapons inspections, more diplomacy, more allies standing by the United States.
Mizzou upends No. 3 OU, putting Kansas back on top
February 27, 2003
Up-and-down Missouri hit a high note Wednesday against No. 3 Oklahoma.
Election field
As we approach the April 1 election, will candidates dance in the end zone or head to the 50-yard line?
February 27, 2003
Election campaigns sometimes are compared to a football game. Before a primary, candidates tend to run to the opposite goal posts in an effort to distinguish themselves from their opponents and appeal to their core supporters. After the primary, the game is played on and around the 50-yard line as candidates try to position themselves in the philosophical middle so they attract a broader spectrum of voters.
Slow justice
February 27, 2003
Oral history
February 27, 2003
Leave him alone
February 27, 2003
Noisy minority
February 27, 2003
Deadly medical mistakes preventable
February 27, 2003
Jesica Santillan passed the point of no return at precisely 4:50 p.m. on Feb. 7. This was the moment when the surgeon cut open the chest of the 17-year-old and removed her heart and lungs.
6News video: Wal-Mart officials appeal to planning commission again
February 27, 2003
6Sports video: KU women defeated by Wildcats
February 27, 2003
The Jayhawks fell 80-57 to the KSU women, who have not lost at home this season.
6Sports video: Jayhawks run over Aggies in Allen
February 27, 2003
Wayne Simien’s shoulder is the only blemish in an 85-45 KU victory that was never in doubt.
6Sports video: Firebirds pass Lions in classic City-Wide Classic
February 27, 2003
Free State surged and forced Lawrence High into overtime with a breakout performance from Brady Morningstar.
Doktor services
February 27, 2003
Melvin ‘Budd’ Hansen
February 27, 2003
Fern M. Allen
February 27, 2003
Historical society names new CEO
Leader wants organization to boost membership numbers
February 27, 2003
A Summerfield native has been named chief executive officer of the Kansas State Historical Society Inc., a private organization of state history fans.
Fort Riley units ordered to deploy
February 27, 2003
An additional 900 soldiers at Fort Riley have received orders this week to prepare to move out as part of the military buildup in the Middle East, post officials said Wednesday.
Kline appeals Health Midwest’s sale approval
Attorney general wants thorough review of issues arising from judge’s ruling
February 27, 2003
Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline has appealed a ruling approving the sale of the nonprofit Health Midwest system to the for-profit HCA Inc.
County revamp talks hit Topeka
Legislators’ briefing offers ‘aura of a power grab,’ commissioner says
February 27, 2003
The county’s top elected and administrative officials briefed state legislators Wednesday about a plan that could reshape how the county fills some of its traditional elected posts.
Analysis: Dismissed cases raise questions of justice
Officer’s firing affecting investigations’ outcomes
February 27, 2003
Justice denied, says a fired Lawrence Police officer who has seen at least 12 criminal cases on which he worked dismissed in recent weeks. Justice served, others say.
Committee forwards bill to reverse sexual harassment policy’s removal
February 27, 2003
A House committee is recommending approval of a bill that essentially puts into law a rescinded executive order that prohibited sexual harassment of state workers.
K.C. police investigate new lead in ‘Precious Doe’ case
February 27, 2003
For the third time in two years, Kansas City police hope they are just a DNA test away from identifying a young girl whose body was found beheaded near a park.
Pump patrol tracks down lowest prices in Lawrence
February 27, 2003
The Lawrence Journal-World has found a Lawrence-area gasoline price as low as $1.55 a gallon at Dillons, 4701 W. Sixth St.
Study finds better cardiac predictor for risk of death
February 27, 2003
Doctors who use treadmill tests to diagnose heart disease could better predict the risk of death if they paid more attention to what happens to a patient’s heart after he or she steps off the treadmill, a large study found.
Daily ticker
February 27, 2003
Briefcase
February 27, 2003
¢ Nuclear attack not part of insurance policies ¢ FCC telephone ruling panned by lawmakers ¢ Future nickel design to keep familiar home
Former Kmart executives indicted on fraud charges
February 27, 2003
Two former Kmart Corp. executives were charged with securities fraud Wednesday for allegedly inflating the earnings of the now-bankrupt discount chain by $42.3 million two years ago.
Democrats defend Greenspan’s tax views
Fed chairman opposes increase on FDIC limit
February 27, 2003
Democratic senators on Wednesday accused the White House of mounting a whisper campaign against Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan for not fully endorsing the president’s tax cut plan. They put forward a resolution supporting Greenspan.
Pilots: American may face bankruptcy by May
February 27, 2003
AMR Corp., parent company of American and American Eagle airlines, could be forced into bankruptcy as soon as May, its pilots’ union warned.
Bush describes postwar vision
New Iraqi regime would be ‘example of freedom’ to Mideast
February 27, 2003
President Bush painted an optimistic picture Wednesday night of sweeping democratic change in Iraq that would spread throughout the Arab world and help end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Wal-Mart planning hearing delayed
Some claim politics are motivation for holdup
February 27, 2003
Tuesday’s primary election victory by Progressive Lawrence Campaign candidates could be creating new pressure on developers with proposals in the pipeline.
Design chosen for Trade Center site
Plan features 1,776-foot spire
February 27, 2003
A cluster of sloping, angular buildings with a 1,776-foot spire that would be the tallest in the world was chosen Wednesday as the blueprint to redevelop the World Trade Center site, The Associated Press has learned.
High court sides with abortion opponents
Mobster’ laws wrongly applied to clinic protests
February 27, 2003
In a victory for abortion foes, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that federal racketeering and extortion laws were wrongly used to try to stop blockades, harassment and violent protests outside clinics.
Protest blocks resumption of Venezuela peace talks
February 27, 2003
A march by thousands of anti-government protesters forced the suspension of talks aimed at ending Venezuela’s political turmoil Wednesday, while the U.S. Embassy beefed up security following “credible” threats.
Israel’s Sharon ousts rival from power
February 27, 2003
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon ousted his hawkish rival, Benjamin Netanyahu, from the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday after forging a rightist governing coalition that includes parties who oppose a Palestinian state and support Jewish settlement expansion in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
U.N. team criticizes Iran’s record on rights
February 27, 2003
The Iranian government imprisons people for expressing their views on a scale unmatched by any other country yet examined, according to the first human rights delegation to visit Iran in seven years.
Four indicted on charges of funneling money to Iraq
February 27, 2003
Federal prosecutors in Syracuse, N.Y., Wednesday unsealed an indictment charging four men and a locally run charity called “Help the Needy” with an eight-year conspiracy to illegally funnel more than $4 million to Iraq.
Democrats, GOP bicker on filling vacant posts
February 27, 2003
The Senate approved a bill Wednesday clarifying how vacancies in elected offices are filled, over Democratic concerns that the new procedures would give Republicans an unfair advantage.
Bill proposes tax flexibility for schools
February 27, 2003
School districts would have more flexibility to cover certain costs with money raised specifically for buildings and equipment under a bill approved Wednesday by the Senate.
Wichita group welcomes abortion ruling
February 27, 2003
The Supreme Court’s decision that federal racketeering and extortion laws were wrongly used to prevent abortion protests may result in the return of blockades at a Wichita clinic long targeted by abortion opponents, said Troy Newman, director of Operation Rescue West.
Victims of first WTC attack remembered
February 27, 2003
A decade after the first terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, family and friends of the six victims gathered Wednesday morning for a memorial Mass at a church near ground zero.
U.S. says N. Korea has reactivated nuclear reactor
February 27, 2003
North Korea has reactivated a nuclear reactor, U.S. officials said Wednesday, in what could be a first step toward production of additional nuclear weapons.
Supreme Court cancels gun-records case
February 27, 2003
The Supreme Court bowed out of a dispute for now about the openness of government gun records, citing a new law designed to keep information private.
On the record
February 27, 2003
KU flogs Ags, loses Simien
Fieldhouse funereal in victory
February 27, 2003
Normally, an 85-45 Kansas University men’s basketball victory would be cause for celebration. Not Wednesday night, however, when a funeral-like atmosphere engulfed Allen Fieldhouse just 4 1/2 minutes into KU’s Big 12 Conference rout of Texas A&M.
War could force tourney from CBS to … MTV
February 27, 2003
NCAA Tournament coverage on MTV instead of CBS? It could happen, CBS Sports President Sean McManus said.
Baseball HOF pitches shutout
Hodges, Oliva head class denied by Veterans Committee
February 27, 2003
The first vote of the Hall of Fame’s new Veterans Committee finished in a shutout: No one got in.
Baldwin girls thump Ward
February 27, 2003
The Kansas City Ward High girls basketball team couldn’t keep Baldwin from its 15th straight victory.
Volleyball standout commits to Kansas
February 27, 2003
Feeling like a family member can be an important part of choosing a college for a student-athlete. Having a family member already at Kansas University helped Kansas City (Mo.) O’Hara High junior volleyball standout Tessa Jones’ decision to commit to KU.
Free State’s Lisher signs with Baker
February 27, 2003
Free State High senior Jayme Lisher signed a volleyball letter of intent Wednesday with Baker University in the FSHS library.
Our town sports
February 27, 2003
Bench lifts ‘Horns past Bears
February 27, 2003
This time, Brian Boddicker, and the rest of the Texas reserves did everything right.
People
February 27, 2003
¢ ‘Buffy’ headed for graveyard ¢ Letterman takes a sick day ¢ Warwick learns a lesson ¢ No ‘Millionaire’ marriage
Briefly
February 27, 2003
¢ Judge duct tapes defendant’s mouth ¢ Dad in the doghouse as part of plea deal ¢ AT&T picked to run national no-call registry ¢ Father charged in cough syrup deaths
Actor tells story to Barbara Walters
February 27, 2003
In his first jailhouse interview, accused murderer Robert Blake insists he is an innocent man.
St. Patrick’s events planned
February 27, 2003
The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence will be able to help more children after this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade charity auction.
Briefly
February 27, 2003
¢ Church changes abuse policy ¢ Bush economic adviser quits ¢ Breast cancer link to abortion refuted
NASA engineers raised concerns about Columbia wing burning
February 27, 2003
One day before the Columbia disaster, senior NASA engineers worried the space shuttle’s left wing might burn off and cause the deaths of the crew, describing a scenario remarkably like the one investigators believe ultimately happened. They never sent their warnings to NASA’s brass.
New reality setting in
February 27, 2003
February sweeps are over, and I hope never to see Michael Jackson’s face(s) again for the rest of my life. I’m thinking of creating my own reality show: “I’m a TV Critic — Get Me Out of Here!”
Westar executive says company awaiting investigation results
February 27, 2003
A top executive with Westar Energy said an internal investigation about possible wrongdoings by former chief executive David Wittig was ongoing and could be completed within the next two months.
Sterling Marlin confident his team a contender
Ready to face the challenge
February 27, 2003
This weekend, Sterling Marlin returns to the site of his first victory of the 2002 Winston Cup season.
Above the crowd
February 27, 2003
Friends and neighbors
February 27, 2003
Horoscope
February 27, 2003
Aggies take loss in stride
February 27, 2003
Texas A&M recorded its lowest point total of the season, lost by 40 points and had no players score in double figures. But coach Melvin Watkins wasn’t taking Wednesday night’s 85-45 loss to Kansas University too hard.
Fossilized thinking in Detroit
February 27, 2003
The hydrogen car! Gas-electric hybrids! Save the Brazilian rain forests! It seems that Detroit’s public relations machine gets greener by the week. Why, our socially responsible friends at General Motors tell us they have gone so far as to design a new military truck with increased gas mileage for the purpose of waging environmentally friendly war. Over at Ford, they’re happy to say they’re writing office memos on recycled paper.
Virtual protest’ hits Washington
February 27, 2003
Antiwar protesters traded marching shoes for phones, fax machines and computers Wednesday as part of a “virtual march” on the nation’s capital.
Grand jury opens probe on nightclub
February 27, 2003
A grand jury opened an investigation Wednesday into the nightclub inferno that killed 97 people, and members of the heavy metal group whose pyrotechnics are suspected of starting the fire could testify as early as today.