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Davidson won’t run for re-election to school board
January 10, 2003
(Web Posted Friday at 4:09 p.m.) Jack Davidson, the lone dissenting voice on the Lawrence school board on the proposed $59 million bond issue, said Friday he won’t seek re-election in the April 1 election. Davidson, 78, also was the only board member to vote against elementary school consolidation.
Buhler to be sworn in Monday
January 10, 2003
(Updated Friday at 12:02 p.m.) Lawrence’s new state senator, Republican Mark Buhler, will be among two new senators sworn into office Monday as part of the Kansas Legislature’s first items of business.
People
January 10, 2003
¢ Ford Center fete draws first ladies ¢ Buyer tickled to own Elvis piano ¢ Actor pleads innocent to charges ¢ Ross avoids court appearance
Mood lighting
January 10, 2003
Fattened Cows carrying calves for the spring are silhouetted in the sunset northeast of Lawrence. Wednesday’s record-setting high temperatures gave way to more seasonal weather Thursday, and forecasters predict even colder temperatures this weekend.
Just Married’ just juvenile, just irritating
January 10, 2003
Ashton Kutcher should go back to “Dude, Where’s My Car?” Brittany Murphy seemed much more alive playing a sexpot opposite Eminem in “8 Mile.” In any case, the two cute kids show serious limitations in “Just Married,” a “National Lampoon’s Honeymoon Vacation” for the young at heart and juvenile of head.
Kidman, Moore and Streep in Their Finest ‘Hours’
January 10, 2003
Virginia Woolf has written an achingly graceful apology to her husband for what she must now do, and an appreciation for all he has been through for her. Leaving her house, she walks to the local river — the Ouse — with unblinking purpose. She has heavy stones in her pockets.
Sands on all-star roster
January 10, 2003
Kansas University senior Justin Sands has been selected to play in the Rotary Gridiron Classic. The 6-foot-6, 305-pound offensive lineman will play for Team USA in the Jan. 25 all-star game at Orlando, Fla. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2. The Jayhawks’ co-captain started all 12 games in 2002 and all 11 in 2001.
American among Turkey plane crash victims
January 10, 2003
Moments after the Turkish Airlines plane crashed on landing and split apart, a screaming, burning Aliye Il unbuckled her seat belt and fell into a soft pile of grass.
Peru says plane missing in jungle
January 10, 2003
A Peruvian airliner carrying 46 people, including eight children, disappeared Thursday amid cloud-covered mountains in the Amazon jungle. Heavy rain hampered the search effort.
Act of kindness
January 10, 2003
Abortion stand
January 10, 2003
Dating abuse
January 10, 2003
Canadian bank high bidder for Future Beef
January 10, 2003
A Canadian bank that was owed more than $160 million by the former Future Beef Operations plant in Arkansas City bid $28.7 million Wednesday to become its new owner.
Rangel makes his point
January 10, 2003
When New York Congressman Charlie Rangel proposed legislation to reinstate the military draft, he couldn’t have been less serious. Draft registration was suspended in April 1975, but resumed under President Jimmy Carter in 1980 after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Last fall, 11.1 million men were registered, according to Selective Service statistics.
Conservative talk is a winner
January 10, 2003
That most big media moguls and political liberals are clueless when it comes to the success of conservative talk radio and the Fox News Channel is evident from a comment by General Electric CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt. GE is the parent company of NBC and its offspring, MSNBC. At an employee town meeting last October, Immelt was quoted by The New York Times as saying, “I don’t know a lot, necessarily, about the business or industry, but I do know how to kick butt. That’s what I do.”
Panel favors tax abatement
City commission still must consider 80 percent break for Serologicals Corp.
January 10, 2003
After a last-minute discussion of the merits of tax abatements, a city review committee Thursday voted to recommend approval of tax breaks for Serologicals Corp., a biopharmaceutical company that wants to build a plant in Lawrence. On a 4-2 vote, the Public Incentive Review Committee recommended the Lawrence City Commission approve a 10-year, 80 percent tax break for the company, which plans to build a $28 million plant and initially bring at least 40 jobs with average annual salaries of $47,000.
Beloved’ LHS teacher remembered
January 10, 2003
Linda Clark was always the first to send flowers. Now her saddened students want to return the gesture.
Plan for new multicultural center gets endorsement
January 10, 2003
Top Kansas University administrators and officials with the KU Endowment Association have endorsed a student proposal to build a new Multicultural Resource Center on campus. Now Endowment Association officials will look for donors to fund the estimated $2.5 million project.
Local briefs
January 10, 2003
¢ Mother not optimistic about lobbying results ¢ Hearing set for Jan. 30 in Lawrence murder case ¢ Proposal would cut pay to legislators at 90 days ¢ Schools issue reminder of bad-weather policy
Testimony begins in SRS lawsuit
Advocates argue state shouldn’t be allowed to cut funds to disabled
January 10, 2003
Kansas already spends too little to help disabled citizens and should not be allowed to cut programs further, a lawyer for an advocacy group and five service providers argued in court Thursday. But a top state official said fairness dictated that all agencies be required to reduce spending by the same proportion in the current budget
Filmmaker Dylan Kidd crafts edgy debut with ‘Roger Dodger’
January 10, 2003
“It’s fun to create characters that would go much further than you personally ever would,” says “Roger Dodger” writer/director Dylan Kidd. “Roger is in a place where he has no filter; he’s just verbalizing everything with no interior monologue. I thought of Roger as the guy who brings the awkward pause wherever he goes.”
Kansas City Film Critics select year’s best efforts
January 10, 2003
The 37th Annual Vote of the Kansas City Film Critics Circle was held on Jan. 5, and the results reflected the diversity of cinema in 2002. A different movie was represented in each of the nine categories.
Indiana officials pick ‘NAFTA Superhighway’ route
January 10, 2003
An ambitious project approved by Congress five years ago to transform Interstate 69 into a link between Canada and Mexico may finally be on its way south.
Hit movie isn’t Greek to them
Wedding’ reveals split between U.S. immigrants, homeland
January 10, 2003
It’s certainly big and fat: squashing big-budget competition at the box office and now gaining extra buzz as a possible Oscar nominee. But is it really “Greek”?
Smoking ban in restaurants begins in Salina
Voter-approved law goes into effect
January 10, 2003
Salina’s ban on smoking in restaurants went into effect Thursday, applauded by some and criticized by others who see it as an infringement on their rights. The ordinance was approved eight months ago but delayed by a petition drive that put the matter to a vote in November. Voters favored the smoking ban 59 percent to 41 percent.
Military call-ups thin ranks of Highway Patrol
January 10, 2003
Motorists with car problems on Kansas and Missouri highways could find themselves spending more time on the side of the road waiting for help in the coming months. That’s one likely side effect as members of the Army Reserves and National Guard are mobilized for possible war with Iraq.
Linwood seeks assistance in stemming creek’s erosion
January 10, 2003
City officials say they need Leavenworth County’s help to stop erosion along Stranger Creek that’s threatening Linwood’s water supply. The well that supplies Linwood with water is about 200 feet from the erosion site, said city worker Dwayne Call.
Fisher finds Hollywood ending
January 10, 2003
It was the most inauspicious of beginnings. His father was killed by a girlfriend two months before he was born. His mother left him in foster care when she got out of prison. Physical and sexual abuse were daily realities, hope seemingly futile and far-fetched. But, in the most Hollywood of endings, Antwone Fisher is now a household name.
Pearl R. Dillon
January 10, 2003
Lawrence briefs
January 10, 2003
¢ Inauguration, budget featured on PBS show ¢ Candidate leaves race for Findley’s seat ¢ Memorial service to honor professor
Briefcase
January 10, 2003
¢ Association names new operating officer ¢ Payless lowers outlook ¢ Verizon, Sprint claim No. 3 in long distance
N. Korea leaves nuclear treaty
January 10, 2003
North Korea said today it was withdrawing from the global nuclear arms control treaty and denounced what it called U.S. aggression, but said it had no plans to develop nuclear weapons.
Smoking gun’ in Iraq eludes inspectors
January 10, 2003
U.N. weapons inspectors said Thursday there was no “smoking gun” to prove Iraq had nuclear, chemical or biological weapons, but they demanded that Baghdad provide private access to scientists and fresh evidence to back claims that it destroyed its weapons of mass destruction. The Bush administration warned that Saddam Hussein was hiding evidence and would face serious consequences if he didn’t disarm.
Gasoline prices rising in U.S., war or no war
January 10, 2003
Motorists in Lawrence and across the nation already are paying about 30 cents a gallon more for gasoline than they did a year ago — and should be ready to pony up at least an additional dime a gallon this spring, the Energy Department says. Even without war against Iraq, oil and gasoline imports from Venezuela probably won’t return to normal before summer — if then.
Ex-ambassador meets with N. Koreans
January 10, 2003
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a former U.N. ambassador, became a surprise intermediary between the United States and North Korea, meeting Thursday night in his state with two envoys from the communist country.
Brownback: Nuclear threats mask persecution
January 10, 2003
North Korea’s nuclear threats are purposely masking the communist nation’s starvation, persecution and murder of its own people, Sen. Sam Brownback said after a trip to China that took him along the North Korean border.
EPA adopts new market-based approach for water quality
January 10, 2003
The Environmental Protection Agency is clearing the way for states to create trading programs that will allow industrial facilities and wastewater treatment plants to buy and sell each other’s pollution.
Foreman headed to Hall
Oldest heavyweight boxing champ to be inducted
January 10, 2003
George Foreman leads the International Boxing Hall of Fame’s 2003 induction class.
Lawrence High girls survive SM East
January 10, 2003
Despite struggling early, Lawrence High’s girls basketball team won its fifth straight game, beating Shawnee Mission East 50-41 on Thursday night.
Linebacker leaving Georgia
January 10, 2003
Linebacker Chris Clemons became the third Georgia underclassman to enter the NFL draft on Thursday, following Musa Smith and Johnathan Sullivan.
6Sports video: Lady Jayhawks look for answers
January 10, 2003
Coach Washington believes her team has potential, but needs to find ways to play better.
6Sports video: Keith Langford earns respect
January 10, 2003
The sophomore guard is solid with dunks, is a tough defensive player, and is starting to hit three-pointers as well.
6News video: Jayhawk will flock across city
January 10, 2003
The Jayhawk statues will be decorated by local artists and will inspire tourism.
6News video: Sereologicals Corporation receives tax abatement
January 10, 2003
The Lawrence City Commission passes the abatement measure, calling it an investment in the city’s future.
Bonus for FBI’s 9-11 lawyer awards bad behavior, critics say
January 10, 2003
An FBI supervisor whose headquarters unit denied a pre-Sept. 11 search warrant against Zacarias Moussaoui has won a presidential citation and large cash bonus, incentives the agency’s congressional critics say reward incompetence. The FBI’s deputy general counsel, Marion “Spike” Bowman, was among nine current and former FBI officials who last month received a Presidential Rank Award for career senior executives, which carries with it a large cash bonus of 20 to 30 percent of an annual salary.
World Online video: 3-D rendering of downtown Lawrence
January 10, 2003
The animated rendering is an example of the work being done at KU.
KU project puts Lawrence on 3-D map
Detailed, scale images could give emergency personnel a leg up in disasters
January 10, 2003
After the World Trade Center towers collapsed, researchers with three-dimensional, computerized maps were on the scene to help locate areas where people might be trapped or where fires were burning. If the mapping system worked for New York City, Jerry Dobson figured it would work for Lawrence.
NTSB: Tail movement ‘unusual’ before crash
Investigators sent to maintenance facility where plane work was done days earlier
January 10, 2003
Investigators seeking the cause of a commuter plane crash said Thursday that the aircraft was near its maximum weight and a recently adjusted tail assembly controlling the plane’s lift was moving unusually during the 37 seconds the doomed flight was in the air.
Holmes tapped NFL’s best weapon
Kansas City running back earns AP Offensive Player of the Year honors
January 10, 2003
Priest Holmes accomplished in 14 games what many players can’t in two full seasons. His reward: The Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year award. The dynamic running back for the Kansas City Chiefs was on pace to shatter several NFL records before a deep hip bruise sidelined him for the final two games of 2002. Still, Holmes set 10 team records, including 1,615 yards rushing and 21 TDs. He also had three scores as a receiver, and the 24 TDs were two short of Marshall Faulk’s league mark.
Els, Furyk slaughter Kapalua
January 10, 2003
The PGA Tour could not have asked for an easier start to the new season Thursday.
Guard mulls MU transfer
January 10, 2003
Virginia Military Institute guard Jason Conley, who led the nation in scoring last season as a freshman, has left the basketball team and plans to transfer, a school official said Thursday.
Country songwriter to take Ottawa stage
January 10, 2003
Country singer/songwriter Jim Owen will perform at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at Ottawa’s Municipal Auditorium, 301 S. Hickory St.
Baldwin batters beat-up Wellsville
January 10, 2003
Eleven matches into Thursday’s wrestling dual between Wellsville and Baldwin, “lacking” described the luster in this matchup between two of Class 4A and 3-2-1A’s top 10-ranked teams.
Chamber campaign nets $703,000
January 10, 2003
A Lawrence Chamber of Commerce fund-raising drive to boost economic development activity has received pledges for more than half of its $1.2 million goal. Chamber officials at a kickoff breakfast Thursday announced they’ve received pledges totaling $703,250 from 38 area businesses.
Naked as a Jaybird, mascot awaits decoration, rest of flock
January 10, 2003
It’s a gray Jayhawk now, but it’s about to become a bird of a different feather. The first of about 30 fiberglass Jayhawks scheduled for display around Lawrence arrived Thursday at the Lawrence Visitor Center, 402 N. Second St.
Betting on the future
January 10, 2003
Local businesses are digging into their own pockets to show their commitment to economic development in Lawrence and Douglas County. The local business community is stepping up and putting their money on Lawrence’s future.
Drumline — Nick Cannon marching to his own beat
January 10, 2003
Eons before Nick Cannon made a star turn in the hit movie “Drumline,” and ages before his eponymous sketch comedy show began airing on Nickelodeon, and way before he was polishing his upcoming rap album and two more major motion pictures, he was just a teenage wannabe comedian.
25th Hour’ Is an Overextended Mood Movie
January 10, 2003
Spike Lee’s “25th Hour,” about a drug-dealer (Edward Norton) on his last day of freedom before a seven-year jail term, could have clicked as a subtle mystery about the anti-hero figuring out who in his circle turned him in, and as an open-ended exploration of character — the sort of thing that Lee’s sound-alike, Mike Leigh, routinely turns into art. Instead, it’s an overextended mood movie about a man with a ruptured life traveling through a traumatized New York City.
Judith Stapleton Bolze
January 10, 2003
Linda F. Clark
January 10, 2003
Rena Zaney Turner
January 10, 2003
Daily ticker
January 10, 2003
Retailers report disappointing sales
Gap, JC Penney among holidays’ bright spots
January 10, 2003
Consumers penny-pinched their way through the holiday season, the nation’s retailers confirmed Thursday as they announced disappointing sales for December. Economic uncertainty, along with a short season and a lack of must-have items, stalled sales in all types of retailing, including the usually strong discounters, such as Wal-Mart, Kohl’s and Target.
Sterling’ not gold
January 10, 2003
The earnest new series “Mister Sterling” (7 p.m., NBC) poses the question, “Can a well-meaning, young and handsome man without political ambitions make a difference in Washington?” More to the point, can a show about political rectitude achieve great drama?
Steelers still fighting loser image
Pittsburgh has often come up short in playoff games
January 10, 2003
The Pittsburgh Steelers have flopped in the playoffs so many times perhaps it’s not a question of whether it will happen again, but when.
NFL briefs
January 10, 2003
¢ Jaguars courting Ravens executive ¢ Steelers linebacker misses practice again ¢ Bengals interview Coughlin second time ¢ Niners corner ailing
Mottola leaves Sony to start own label
Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez among departing chairman’s music discoveries
January 10, 2003
Sony Music chairman and chief executive Tommy Mottola, who was responsible for building the careers of Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and other superstars, announced Thursday he was leaving the company to start his own music label.
State briefs
January 10, 2003
¢ KBI agents shoot, kill 38-year-old ¢ Morris County fire proves fatal for senior ¢ Principal makes good on bet with students ¢ Murder charge filed in year’s first homicide
Briefly
January 10, 2003
¢ Statue of Hindu god topples, killing one ¢ Al-Qaida suspects arrested after shootout ¢ Bank workers strike; currency plummets ¢ Fighting breaks out despite cease-fire vows
Briefly
January 10, 2003
¢ Medical marijuana program unconstitutional, judge rules ¢ U.S. nurse released from jail ¢ PLO council reviews draft of Palestinian constitution ¢ Sharon remarks deemed illegal electioneering
Briefly
January 10, 2003
¢ Dallas airport terminals evacuated after alarms ¢ Post office initiates rate increase process ¢ Survey: More women quit hormone therapy ¢ Researchers link gene to irregular heartbeat
Kidman Stares Down the Woolf in ‘The Hours’
January 10, 2003
Nicole Kidman’s extraordinary performance in “The Hours,” the film adaptation of Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, is getting unanimous, unqualified raves. The New Yorker hailed her performance as Virginia Woolf as “a revelation.” The New York Times praised it as “a performance of astounding bravery.” The Village Voice gushed: “It’s an astonishing Kidman who contributes the film’s — and maybe the year’s — most inspired turn.”
Narc’ Could Use a Chill Pill
January 10, 2003
In “Narc,” Ray Liotta is one scary proposition. As Lt. Henry Oak, a Detroit cop who’s bent on avenging the death of a partner, he’s lit up with anger. Those eyes burn like a husky’s. A crazy husky. But what makes Henry truly creepy is his ability to keep his nuclear fury under wraps.
Free State’s move to Memorial beneficial
January 10, 2003
It seems everyone’s a winner now that Free State High will play its five home football games at Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium next season. Including those not directly involved.
In the Buff
Stand-up Matt Buff injects comedy into Lawrence scene
January 10, 2003
Lawrence is known as a place oozing with entertainment. From music to theater, arts to sports, the city boasts enough activity to keep its citizens more than occupied. But what about comedy? here are no comedy clubs, and scant opportunities exist where aspiring humorists can hone their skills in front of a live audience. One man is trying to change that. So far, he’s succeeding.
Sebelius plans novel inauguration
January 10, 2003
In Kathleen Sebelius’ vision for her inauguration, Kansans young and old will share in a four-day celebration of regional food, good music and the mutual appreciation of citizens and the governor-elect. Festivities were beginning Friday with a Sebelius innovation — a series of regional receptions at universities or high schools in six cities. Friday’s schedule was taking Sebelius to Garden City, Hays and Wichita, with Saturday’s receptions in Salina, Pittsburg and Kansas City, Kan.
U.S. Steel to buy its bankrupt rival for $750 million
January 10, 2003
U.S. Steel Corp., the nation’s largest steel maker, said Thursday it would purchase bankrupt National Steel Corp. for about $750 million. Under the deal, expected to close around April, U.S. Steel also would assume about $200 million of its rival’s debt.
Limited view
January 10, 2003
On the record
January 10, 2003
Cal stuns Oregon, 88-72
Tamir, Shipp combine for 47 points; Michigan State drops Buckeyes
January 10, 2003
Amit Tamir told himself not to think about the 39 points he scored against Oregon last season.
Briefly
January 10, 2003
¢ Mother faces charges for abandoning children ¢ Ex-congressman sentenced for fraud ¢ Senate GOP readies overdue spending bills ¢ Birds may transmit West Nile virus
Horoscopes
January 10, 2003
Falcons no match for McNabb, Eagles
January 10, 2003
The oddsmakers don’t buy the argument that Michael Vick can cancel out Donovan McNabb in Philadelphia
Friends and neighbors
January 10, 2003
World Online Arts & Entertainment Calendar
January 10, 2003
Allen face-lift pondered
Suites could be added but ‘aura’ must remain
January 10, 2003
Nobody is clamoring for a new basketball palace at Kansas University. Jayhawk coaches, players, fans and boosters alike remain enamored with Allen Fieldhouse, KU’s 16,300-seat hoops home, which opened in 1955.
Firebirds flourish
FSHS demolishes school records; LHS third
January 10, 2003
It’s no coincidence that Free State High’s boys swim team’s record-setting day was the same day four Lawrence Aquahawks joined the team. The Firebirds were doing fine before Alex Brunfeldt, Anthony Portella, Chris Sellon and Chris Wolff arrived, but now they’re downright dangerous.
U.N. must step up to ease world crisis
January 10, 2003
The initial reaction to the North Korean nuclear breakout is to focus almost exclusively on the unpalatable choices available to the Bush administration. That is a short-sighted response. This is a crisis for the world’s five declared nuclear powers and for their responsibilities as the senior partners on the U.N. Security Council. They must meet it together or watch their world change in fundamental, extremely dangerous ways.
Sweet Band O’ Mine works up ‘Appetite’
January 10, 2003
When Axl Rose takes the stage tonight at The Bottleneck, 737 N.H., don’t expect to see the iconic metal-head sporting braids and a football jersey as he has on Guns N’ Roses’ recent “Chinese Democracy” tour. And don’t expect to hear new songs like “Madagascar” or “Silkworms.” That’s because this Axl isn’t really Axl at all. He is Eric “Slick” Seedman, frontman for Lawrence-based GN’R tribute band Sweet Band O’ Mine. If it were up to Seedman, Axl Rose would never have aged past 1987 — the year “Appetite for Destruction” spawned three Top 10 singles and taught the youth of America how to “dance with Mr. Brownstone.”
Police locate caretaker sought in child abuse case
Go-go dancer arrested on endangerment charges
January 10, 2003
A go-go dancer who was supposed to be caring for three young brothers found dead or starving in a locked basement was captured after a four-day search Thursday when a stranger turned her in.
San Francisco pitcher free on bond
Giants’ Hernandez charged after trying to hit elderly man with golf clubs
January 10, 2003
San Francisco Giants pitcher Livan Hernandez has been freed on bond after he was charged with trying to hit an elderly man with several golf clubs during a street fight.
Kings punish Nets
Sacramento humiliates top team in East, 118-82
January 10, 2003
The Sacramento Kings considered it a measuring-stick game. By the time it ended, they were standing a whole lot taller than the New Jersey Nets.
Out on a limb
January 10, 2003
Area briefs
January 10, 2003
¢ Low supply elicits call for blood donations ¢ Tonganoxie resident charged with fraud ¢ Federal parole violator arrested in Lawrence ¢ Couple finds new home after devastating fire