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Police investigating drive-by shooting
January 2, 2003
(Web Posted Thursday at 12:03 p.m.) Several gunshots were fired early Wednesday at a house in the 300 block of Michigan Street, Lawrence Police said Thursday.
Lawrence escapes snow, but not frigid temperatures
January 2, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 11:38 a.m.) Lawrence will continue to escape the snow that blanketed much of eastern Missouri and pockets of southeast Kansas Thursday morning.
Palestinians mark anniversary of Arafat’s militant movement
January 2, 2003
Thousands of Palestinians, many carrying assault rifles and dummy rockets, marched Wednesday in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to mark the founding anniversary of Yasser Arafat’s Fatah movement, in a show of defiance against Israeli occupation.
Showdown with Iraq topped news concerns in 2002
January 2, 2003
Even with the outcome unknown, the threat of war and demand for disarmament directed at Iraq’s Saddam Hussein riveted the world’s attention in 2002.
Friends and neighbors
January 2, 2003
Drug shows promise for MS, Crohn’s disease
January 2, 2003
An experimental drug shows promise as an effective new approach for treating multiple sclerosis and the intestinal ailment Crohn’s disease.
Frist helps out at Florida crash scene
January 2, 2003
A single-car crash that killed a 10-year-old child Wednesday spurred incoming U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist into action.
Horoscopes
January 2, 2003
Rap-metal fatigue crimping CD sales
January 2, 2003
Just two years ago, rap-metal yowled its way to the top. Groups such as Korn, Limp Bizkit, Rage Against the Machine, Papa Roach, Linkin Park and Crazytown dominated rock.
Home Depot embraces self-serve scanners to quicken lines
January 2, 2003
The Home Depot’s do-it-yourself clientele can now do it themselves at the checkout counter as part of a technology upgrade the company promises will make for shorter lines and faster service. The touch-screen checkout counters have been used in supermarkets since 1995, but they’ll be a first for a home-improvement store chain.
Briefly
January 2, 2003
¢ Dozens still missing in fireworks explosion ¢ Unmanned U.S. drone crashes during mission ¢ Grenade kills 5 at wedding party ¢ Rebels destroy monument to Marcos
Volunteer sees action on sidelines
Official KU scorekeeper enjoys challenge of fast-paced games
January 2, 2003
Doug Beene has attended more than 500 games at Allen Fieldhouse, but you won’t see him rooting for the Jayhawks. Beene’s job as official scorekeeper keeps him from cheering for his favorite team.
Leftist takes office in Brazil
January 2, 2003
Brazil’s first elected leftist president was inaugurated Wednesday, pledging to ease the agony of countless impoverished and hungry Brazilians who inhabit South America’s biggest country — a fertile land the size of the continental United States.
Tigers pounce on Nittany Lions
January 2, 2003
While Larry Johnson clamored for the ball, Ronnie Brown kept getting it.
People
January 2, 2003
¢ Blockbuster performance ¢ Jesse Ventura, road warrior ¢ ‘24’ an all-consuming job ¢ A ‘Jackass’ stunt
Dorothy Irene Martin
January 2, 2003
It’s time to boost savings
January 2, 2003
The year 2002 went down as one of those historical rarities on Wall Street — a third-consecutive year of stock market declines. Does this dismal fact affect our ritual of New Year’s resolutions?
Isn’t cloning the next step?
January 2, 2003
It is the 30th anniversary month of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which, along with subsequent rulings, allows abortion on demand at any time and for any reason. Having already decided, with the support of academics, clergy and journalists, that certain categories and stages of life are not entitled to the protection of law, why are so many appalled, outraged and surprised when cloning arrives at the door?
Dry weather results in fewer bird sightings
January 2, 2003
Bird watchers taking notice of fewer visitors to their bird feeders this winter have perhaps been left wondering why.
Sooner soiree
OU routs WSU; win ‘doesn’t surprise’ Stoops
January 2, 2003
This Rose Bowl was one to remember for the Sooners.
Recreation calendar
January 2, 2003
Sick of high insurance costs, doctors stage protest
January 2, 2003
Almost all surgeries were canceled at four West Virginia hospitals beginning Wednesday as more than two dozen surgeons began a protest of the high cost of malpractice insurance.
China, U.S. should join forces to fight North Korea threat
January 2, 2003
North Korea is clearly taking advantage of America’s preoccupation with Iraq to speed ahead with its development of a nuclear weapon.
New year off to happy start
Only bummer is Mummer’s Parade rain postponement
January 2, 2003
New Year’s Day crowds in Pasadena, Calif., screamed and cheered Wednesday as a trio of military stealth planes streaked overhead for the Tournament of Roses Parade.
Global warming effects examined
January 2, 2003
Rising global temperatures that have lured plants into early bloom and birds to nest earlier in the spring are altering the ranges and behavior of hundreds of plant and animal species worldwide, two studies conclude. From North America’s marmots to Britain’s birds, the findings could spell bad news for species already stressed by habitat loss if predictions of global warming over the next century pan out, the authors said in the studies, which appear in today’s issue of the journal Nature.
Bipartisanship wanes in Congress
January 2, 2003
The members of the new Congress will be ushered into Washington to the standard accompaniment of pledges of mutual esteem and bipartisan cooperation. The Republican and Democratic floor leaders of the House and Senate — six of the eight are new to their positions — will vow to set aside their narrow agendas and reach out to each other to take care of the nation’s urgent needs. Don’t bet on it.
Hawaii’s Kilaeua still erupting after 20 years
January 2, 2003
Living near the summit of one of the world’s most active volcanoes, Kii Morse’s childhood was devoid of urban distractions like mini-malls and multiplex movie theaters.
Mr. Gadget: KU student honored for finger-saver
January 2, 2003
Nathan Clark knows what it’s like to slice a finger while dicing a tomato. “I have lots of personal experience with that,” he said. So the Kansas University senior designed a gadget to protect his extremities while preparing dinner The gadget — which he calls Talos — recently placed second in the National Student Design Competition sponsored by the International Housewares Assn. Clark will receive $1,500 for the honor.
Bulldogs upend Seminoles
Smith runs for 145 yards against shorthanded FSU
January 2, 2003
Georgia wasn’t satisfied just making it to the Sugar Bowl. The Bulldogs wanted to finish their memorable season in style.
Briefly
January 2, 2003
¢ 3rd Infantry Division ordered to Persian Gulf ¢ Aerospace firms accused of giving rocket data to China ¢ Manned Chinese space flight planned for later this year ¢ Turkey joins naval exercise
Tensions, terror left mark on many countries
January 2, 2003
For most of the world, 2002 was a gloomy, tense year as nations struggled with slumping economies while watching nervously for the twin threats of terrorist attacks and war with
Area briefs
January 2, 2003
¢ Olathe driver injured in K-10 rollover ¢ Caregiver skips court; judge issues warrant ¢ Inmate killed at federal prison in Leavenworth ¢ Resident receives honor for child safety work
Against abuse
January 2, 2003
Williams sensational for Texas
Junior leads Longhorns to 35-20 win over LSU
January 2, 2003
Roy Williams announced he was coming back for his senior season at Texas several weeks before the Cotton Bowl because he didn’t want that question to distract him from the game.
Mary Wesley, author first published at age 70, dies
January 2, 2003
Writer Mary Wesley, who published her first novel when she was 70 and went on to produce a string of slightly racy best sellers, has died at age 90.
Briefly
January 2, 2003
¢ Police shift focus in disappearance case ¢ 2002 saw no deaths in commercial aviation ¢ Salvation Army rejects lottery winnings ¢ Church to negotiate scores of abuse claims
Burger chains serving up price war
January 2, 2003
When Richard Steinig opened his first of four South Florida McDonald’s restaurants in the 1970s, the fight for burger chain supremacy could be summed up this simply: Which was tastier — the Big Mac or Burger King’s Whopper? Thirty years later, No. 1 McDonald’s Corp. and No. 2 Burger King still are brawling. But profits are being sapped by discounts and menu duels, not to mention new competition, a saturated market and changing consumer tastes.
Overseas investors still like U.S. options
January 2, 2003
American investors may have grown wary of the U.S. stock market but overseas investors still rate American investment options highly, according to a new survey.
Film studies Shakespeare as fraud
January 2, 2003
Was the Bard a fraud? Did someone else really write the great plays and sonnets we attribute to William Shakespeare? This literary and historical mystery is the subject of the 90-minute documentary essay “Much Ado About Something” on “Frontline” (8 p.m., PBS). Directed by Australian filmmaker Michael Rubbo, “Something” sorts out the opinions of the many literary sleuths and conspiracy theorists who consider the Shakespeare “myth” to be the biggest literary cover-up in history.
Jeannie Wheeler Chambers
January 2, 2003
Joseph Gerard Niehues Jr.
January 2, 2003
Clifford Sheldon
January 2, 2003
Johnson critical of PSU play calling in bowl loss
January 2, 2003
Larry Johnson’s career at Penn State ended with a complaint.
6News video: New baby arrives with new year
January 2, 2003
The baby’s early arrival surprised his parents.
6Sports video: KU men shooting well recently
January 2, 2003
The Jayhawks face the UNC-Asheville Bulldogs today before starting a tough conference schedule Saturday.
6Sports video: KU’s Ransburg brings in the numbers
January 2, 2003
The freshman standout had one point and rebound per minute Monday against Hampton.
Signs are easy
January 2, 2003
Ideas welcome
January 2, 2003
Topeka activist seeks probe of jail death
January 2, 2003
An activist is seeking an outside investigation into the September death of an inmate inside Shawnee County’s jail. The activist, Sonny Scroggins of Topeka, said he was not satisfied so far with the county’s review of the death of 38-year-old Roy Hardy III. Scroggins, active in civil rights-related causes, recently helped found a local chapter of the National Action Network, a group led by the Rev. Al Sharpton, a New York activist.
Stolen identity claimed on FBI photo
Pakistani surprised his picture on list with someone else’s name
January 2, 2003
A Pakistani jeweler said Wednesday his picture was among those of five foreign-born men the FBI said might have entered the United States on falsified passports. He said he had never visited the United States. An Associated Press photograph of Mohammed Asghar taken at his shop in Lahore on Wednesday was a near-perfect match for the one included on the FBI list under the name Mustafa Khan Owasi, down to the prominent mole on Asghar’s left cheek.
N. Korea hoping for rift between U.S., S. Korea
January 2, 2003
Sensing an opportunity in widespread anti-American sentiment in South Korea, North Korea urged South Koreans on Wednesday to back its confrontation with the United States over its nuclear program. “It can be said that there exists on the Korean Peninsula at present only confrontation between the Koreans in the North and the South and the United States,” the communist state said in its New Year’s message.
Volunteerism on rise, report says
January 2, 2003
Dedric Moore spent last Sunday with a paint brush in his hand and a mission in his head. The research analyst was on loan from Callahan Creek Inc., a Lawrence advertising firm, and was looking to give back to his community by volunteering with South of the Central Community Group to paint over graffiti in his Kansas City, Kan., neighborhood.
Documents show British considered ethnic cleansing in Northern Ireland
January 2, 2003
At the height of bloodletting in Northern Ireland, the British government considered trying to end the sectarian conflict by forcibly moving hundreds of thousands of Catholics to the Irish Republic, according to records released Wednesday.
Lawrence couple welcome firstborn
January 2, 2003
The first child born in 2003 in Lawrence was anxious to get here — Jackson Ray Barnett wasn’t due for two weeks. But on Tuesday when Lisa Barnett was having lunch at Wheatfields Bakery, she felt peculiar. She telephoned her husband, Don, a doctor at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Topeka, who then left work.
Two killed in area accidents
January 2, 2003
A Baldwin man and a Kansas University freshman were killed in separate vehicle accidents in the extended New Year’s holiday reporting period.
Local officials prepare to pitch their wish lists to legislators
January 2, 2003
Here’s what Lawrence officials asked of Douglas County state legislators before the Kansas Legislature’s 2002 session: Keep the whole city in the 3rd Congressional District, they said.
Local briefs
January 2, 2003
¢ Merry Maids to help domestic abuse victims ¢ State given extension to respond to lawsuit ¢ School board plans budget study session ¢ Many children’s deaths preventable, report says
Executions a more southern practice
January 2, 2003
While the death penalty remains common in most of the United States, executions increasingly take place only in the South, according to the end-of-the-year report from the Death Penalty Information Center.
On the record
January 2, 2003
KU’s Moody knows Asheville well
January 2, 2003
Christian Moody enhanced his academic reputation during his first semester of college. “I did pretty well — four A’s and a B,” said Moody, Kansas University’s freshman walk-on forward from Asheville, N.C. He will study pre-med at KU in hopes of following in the footsteps of his doctor father, Mark.
Gannon edges Favre
Former Chiefs backup QB honored as league’s best
January 2, 2003
Oakland Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon can add another honor to his record-setting season: NFL Most Valuable Player. Gannon received 19 votes to edge Green Bay’s Brett Favre on Wednesday, a satisfying achievement for a player who wasn’t even wanted out of college, spent much of his 15-year career as a journeyman, and even sat out a season.
Nation’s top QBs lead Iowa, USC into Orange Bowl
January 2, 2003
The No. 3 jersey Carson Palmer wears suddenly feels like it carries a bull’s-eye.
Parcells headed to Dallas
Tuna’ tells ESPN he’ll be next Cowboy coach
January 2, 2003
Tuna is heading for Texas. Or so he says.
Some money should go to players
I think it’s a crime we’re not getting paid,’ Ohio State offensive lineman Olivea bemoans
January 2, 2003
No one used an electric prod to herd Shane Olivea into a hotel ballroom for a Monday morning press conference, but the Ohio State offensive lineman was still feeling fairly bovine.
Iron Man’ ignites Tech
Red Raiders mash Houston behind Powell’s 21 points
January 2, 2003
Kasib Powell has become one of Texas Tech’s most reliable players.
Heat hammer Hawks, 107-73
Miami wins for seventh time in nine games
January 2, 2003
In his third season with the Miami Heat, Eddie Jones understands what coach Pat Riley wants to accomplish.
Jordan to face Bulls
January 2, 2003
Michael Jordan will dress in the visitors’ locker room at the United Center for only the second time tonight, when his Washington Wizards play his former team, the Chicago Bulls.
Xavier guard Chalmers out
January 2, 2003
Lionel Chalmers had surgery on his broken right foot Wednesday and will be sidelined for about a month, leaving No. 19 Xavier without its most experienced guard and floor leader. Chalmers, a senior guard, hurt his foot four minutes into Xavier’s 75-73 victory Tuesday night over No. 15 Creighton.
Wolfpack caps year by thumping Irish
January 2, 2003
A little trickery on offense. A lot of jarring hits on defense, especially the one that knocked the quarterback on his back and out of the game.
Grossman up in air on NFL
January 2, 2003
Rex Grossman is going to hold Florida in suspense for a little while longer.
Deer danger
January 2, 2003
Wolverines win wild one
Perry scores four TDs; Gators botch opportunities
January 2, 2003
For all the problems Michigan tailback Chris Perry gave Florida on the field, nothing matched what Gators coach Ron Zook did to his own team.
Kansas prepares to receive doses of smallpox vaccine
January 2, 2003
Later this month, several thousand doses of the smallpox vaccine will be headed for Kansas as part of the federal government’s effort to respond to the threat of a possible smallpox attack by enemies of the United States. “The federal government wants those on the front lines to be vaccinated first,” said Sharon Watson, a spokeswoman for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, which has formulated the state’s smallpox vaccination plan.
Decorum debate
January 2, 2003
Free speech and expressing opinions don’t have to include rude or disruptive behavior. Maybe the proposal discussed at Monday’s meeting wasn’t the right answer, but Mayor Sue Hack deserves applause for trying to maintain a certain level of decorum at Lawrence City Commission meetings.
Blackout on corporate, PAC donations starts
January 2, 2003
In Kansas political circles, the new year starts an annual blackout period where state law prohibits corporations or political action committees from donating to state officeholders for nearly five months. But after a big spending campaign season, the only high-profile fund raising done before the Dec. 31 deadline was by Atty. Gen.-elect Phill Kline, who had a reception Monday at the Top of the Tower Restaurant at the Bank of America building in downtown Topeka.