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Davis elected to represent Lawrence’s 46th District in Kansas House
January 11, 2003
(Updated Saturday at 11:55 a.m.) A 9-6 vote Saturday morning means district newcomer Paul Davis will represent the 46th Kansas House District in the 2003 legislative session, which starts next week.
People
January 11, 2003
¢ Big day finds Clooney on crutches ¢ Hugh winds up in ‘Who’s Who’ ¢ Leo defends dark side of ‘Gangs’ ¢ Frenchman takes reins in Cannes
J.C. Penney to close facility in Lenexa
January 11, 2003
J.C. Penney Co. said Friday that it would cut about 2,000 jobs and close three facilities related to its catalog business.
6News video: Screen Scene
January 11, 2003
Jon Niccum, Journal-World entertainment editor, provides a preview to movies showing in local theaters.
Seven KU teams record 3.0 GPAs
January 11, 2003
Seven of 16 Kansas University teams posted team grade-point averages of 3.0 or better (on a 4-point scale) last fall. Men’s golf led the way with a 3.35 GPA.
Wind farms divide residents
Some say energy turbines will spoil view in Flint Hills
January 11, 2003
No one in the Flint Hills of southeast Kansas will argue with the fact that it can get pretty windy. But whether that wind should be harnessed by giant windmills to generate renewable energy is still a touchy subject.
Songs of praise
Director brings experience to First United Methodist
January 11, 2003
It seems as if John Paul Johnson was destined to go into a career in music. When he was in high school, the doors to some possible vocations appeared to close, one after the other.
Boston leaders want clergy to speak out against abuse
January 11, 2003
To the Rev. Robert Bullock, the lesson of the clerical sex abuse crisis that began in his own Boston Archdiocese is simple — priests cannot risk remaining silent and subservient.
Major religions denounce cloning
January 11, 2003
The Raelian movement may or may not prove it produced the first cloned human, but the sect can already claim another distinction: It is virtually the only religious group that says this type of reproduction is a good idea.
Davidson opts out of board race
Lone member opposed to bond issue won’t seek re-election
January 11, 2003
Jack Davidson, a voice of dissent on the proposed $59 million bond issue for Lawrence schools, said Friday he wouldn’t seek re-election to the school board.
Henry satisfied with one city term
January 11, 2003
After four years on the Lawrence City Commission, Jim Henry wants to give someone else a chance.
Westar seeks more time on debt
January 11, 2003
Westar Energy Inc. told state regulators Friday it couldn’t meet a deadline for reducing its debt and asked that its chief executive be allowed to give new testimony about the company’s finances.
Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees in critical condition
January 11, 2003
Maurice Gibb of the famed 1970s vocal group the Bee Gees suffered cardiac arrest before undergoing emergency surgery for a blocked intestine and was in critical but stable condition, a hospital spokeswoman said Friday.
British Library makes plea for Diana’s love letters
January 11, 2003
The British Library has made a public plea for a benefactor to help it acquire the intimate letters written by Princess Diana to her one-time lover James Hewitt.
U.S. blasts N. Korea over treaty withdrawal
January 11, 2003
The United States on Friday condemned North Korea’s decision to quit a treaty considered the cornerstone of global efforts to curb the spread of nuclear weapons.
Events include Sunday’s family festival
January 11, 2003
Events for Gov.-elect Kathleen Sebelius’ regional celebrations and inauguration:
Weddings
January 11, 2003
Engagements
January 11, 2003
4-H and FCE news
January 11, 2003
Club news
January 11, 2003
Hamas urges Iraq to use martyrs
January 11, 2003
A senior leader of the militant Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, or Hamas, urged Iraq Friday to defend itself against any invading U.S. and European troops by recruiting “thousands, tens of thousands” of suicide bombers.
EPA limits protection of nation’s wetlands
January 11, 2003
The Environmental Protection Agency took action Friday to curb the authority of its field agents to enforce rules protecting the nation’s wetlands, and it began a process that could cut wetlands protection even further.
Tough decision
January 11, 2003
Praise for team
January 11, 2003
Santa OK
January 11, 2003
Protester ordered to leave old oak
January 11, 2003
Authorities moved in Friday to enforce a judge’s order that an environmentalist be removed from a 400-year-old oak tree he hopes to protect from a road-widening project.
Rescuers search jungle for plane
January 11, 2003
Rescue teams struggled on foot through rugged mountains Friday searching for a missing Peruvian airliner with 46 people aboard as heavy fog and torrential rain kept reconnaissance helicopters from the skies.
Kitten survives month in crate
Cat being treated for starvation, dehydration
January 11, 2003
The worker knew something was wrong. Moving crates aren’t supposed to make mewing noises. What followed was a story of survival that found a family of new Kansas residents reunited with a lost pet.
Three charged in child abuse death
January 11, 2003
The leaders of a church and their baby sitter were charged with first-degree murder Friday in Johnson County after authorities determined a 9-year-old boy died in Overland Park, not Kansas City, Kan.
6Sports video: Defense problem in LHS loss
January 11, 2003
6Sports reports on Friday night’s Lawrence High boys basketball loss to the Shawnee Mission East Lancers.
6Sports video: Jayhawks not underestimating Huskers
January 11, 2003
6Sports reports on the Jayhawks’ Big 12 home opener against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Old home town - 40 and 100 years ago today
January 11, 2003
Defense won’t rest in AFC showdown
January 11, 2003
This could be the last knockdown, drag-out defensive struggle. Tennessee’s matchup with Pittsburgh today at Nashville, Tenn., is the only divisional playoff game between two top-10 defenses.
Els builds Mercedes lead
Estes three shots back at season-opening event
January 11, 2003
Ernie Els continued his assault on the par 5s at Kapalua and wound up with another comfortable lead in the Mercedes Championships.
KU women head to Iowa State
Jayhawks aim to bounce back from lopsided home loss to KSU
January 11, 2003
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team today will try to bounce back from its worst home loss ever when the Jayhawks face Iowa State at Hilton Coliseum.
On the record
January 11, 2003
Area briefs
January 11, 2003
¢ Praeger to appear on ‘On the Record’ ¢ Three boys suspended in smoke-bomb episodes
Kansas defeats Nebraska, 92-59
January 11, 2003
With Nick Collison and Jeff Graves in foul trouble, Kirk Hinrich picked up the slack and scored 28 points - 19 in the first half - and the Jayhawks outscored the Cornhuskers by 21 points, 52-31, in the second half. Keith Langford scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Kansas (11-3 overall, 2-0 Big 12), and Jeff Graves had his second double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Nick Collison had 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting and eight rebounds, and Aaron Miles added eight points and eight assists.
Gov.-elect stocks Cabinet with an eye on the bottom line
January 11, 2003
It’s not enough to close the budget gap, but Gov.-elect Kathleen Sebelius is saving some money in hiring her new Cabinet.
Hy-Vee plans to provide gasoline service
January 11, 2003
Hy-Vee Food and Drug Store is seeking to become the second Lawrence grocery store to expand into the gasoline sales business.
Seabury teams honored
January 11, 2003
The Kansas State High School Activities Assn. honored Seabury Academy’s volleyball team with the distinguished scholastic achievement award for earning a 3.38 team grade-point average (on a 4-point scale).
Mavs sweep Seahawks
Metro Academy takes two from Seabury Academy
January 11, 2003
Only two seconds showed on the clock before halftime Friday in the girls game between Seabury Academy and Kansas City Metro Academy at East Lawrence Recreation Center, but all Metro’s Bethany Schwab needed was one dribble.
Firebirds split twinbill
Free State boys blast Olathe North; girls falter
January 11, 2003
It didn’t go in, but it sure didn’t go unnoticed, either. Dain Dillingham’s alley-oop pass to Keith Wooden just seconds into Free State High’s 65-47 boys basketball victory over Olathe North on Friday didn’t count on the scoreboard, but it still served quite a purpose.
Bush must be a magician
January 11, 2003
We found out something new about our president this week when he announced his plan to boost our lackluster economy. He is not just a businessman turned politician, he is also, apparently, some kind of magician.
Younger women are blazing new trails
January 11, 2003
There is a moment in Allison Pearson’s adrenaline rush of a novel that stopped me cold. Kate Reddy, the 35-year-old heroine of “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” is comparing her life as (over)working mom in the macho world of London money movers to that of a first-generation immigrant in a new world.
Exhibit reveals ‘Hidden Japan’
January 11, 2003
Theater, live music and an exhibit of photographs by Japanese artist Kijuro Yahagi at the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art — called “Hidden Japan” — are among the many entertainment offerings this weekend in the area. Here are some other events to check out:
U.S. 59 surveying set to start
January 11, 2003
The wheels of planning start rolling next week for a new stretch of freeway to replace U.S. Highway 59 between Lawrence and Ottawa.
Priceless’ Beatles tapes found
January 11, 2003
Police appear to have recovered about 500 original Beatles tapes that were stolen in the 1970s, including some never-released tracks, during raids Friday on members of a piracy racket in England and the Netherlands.
Death-row inmates freed
Illinois governor issues pardons, citing police torture
January 11, 2003
With just three days left in office, Gov. George Ryan on Friday pardoned four death-row inmates he said were tortured by Chicago police into falsely confessing in the 1980s, declaring their cases “perfect examples of what is so terribly broken about our system.”
Stovall calls bonuses egregious
Attorney general: Health Midwest executives should forgo part of packages
January 11, 2003
Outgoing Kansas Atty. Gen. Carla Stovall wants Health Midwest executives to give back half of their lucrative bonus packages in exchange for approval of the hospital chain’s proposed sale to HCA Inc.
Briefly
January 11, 2003
¢ San Francisco: Microsoft reaches $1.1 billion settlement ¢ North Carolina: Nothing ruled out in plane crash probe ¢ New York City: Most expensive burger makes debut at $41 ¢ Philadelphia: Wife denied frozen sperm
Spirituality
January 11, 2003
¢ Episcopal bishop to stop feuding with leader, priest ¢ Former bishop’s name to be removed from center ¢ Greek Orthodox celebrate Epiphany at Golden Horn
HPV epidemic plagues young people
January 11, 2003
We’ve all become aware of the AIDS epidemic, but I recently heard that a college friend of mine who used to sleep around has been diagnosed with something called HPV.
Religion Briefs
January 11, 2003
U.S. unemployment rate stuck at eight-year high
Nation suffers net loss of 101,000 jobs in December
January 11, 2003
Unexpectedly large job cutbacks by struggling retailers and manufacturers kept the U.S. unemployment rate at an eight-year high of 6 percent in December, reflecting an economy still suffering from an uneven recovery and tepid consumer and business spending.
Fieldhouse volunteer ushers in KU ‘guests’ with warm welcome
January 11, 2003
Phil Ortega stood amid a flood of Kansas University basketball fans, eagerly rubbing his hands together and barking, “Who needs help? Who needs help?”
Sebelius inaugural events kick off
January 11, 2003
Gary Sebelius stood quietly, far behind the reception line where his wife, Gov.-elect Kathleen Sebelius, greeted some of the nearly 200 people who came to her inaugural reception at a Wichita school.
Robert Edward Owens Sr.
January 11, 2003
Scouting news
January 11, 2003
U.S. pledges to resettle Iraqi scientists
January 11, 2003
The United States has promised the United Nations that it would permanently resettle Iraqi scientists who provided information on Iraq’s secret arms programs, U.S. officials said Friday. Some family members also could be granted asylum.
Program aims to discover ‘hidden injuries’ in wrecks
January 11, 2003
Rattled but apparently not badly hurt, Marie Helen Jadotte walked away from a car wreck, going to a hospital only at a police officer’s insistence. She was shocked to hear she had a life-threatening liver injury.
Simien making progress
Some healing’ reported in forward’s shoulder
January 11, 2003
A week of treatment seems to have helped Wayne Simien’s ailing right shoulder. “They (doctors) are seeing some healing,” Kansas basketball coach Roy Williams said Friday afternoon after the sophomore power forward, who dislocated his right shoulder a week ago today, returned from a medical examination.
NBA Roundup: Knicks hand Sixers fifth straight loss
January 11, 2003
The New York Knicks set a franchise record for three-pointers in a game, but had to survive a late scare to win Friday night.
Area Roundup: Perry boys stuff Santa Fe Trail
January 11, 2003
Perry-Lecompton dominated on defense for the second straight game since the winter break and pounded Santa Fe Trail, 44-29, Friday night in high school boys basketball.
A star at last
January 11, 2003
Director Steven Spielberg touches his new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Spielberg, whose latest film is “Catch Me if You Can,” on Friday was awarded the 2,210th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Briefly
January 11, 2003
¢ New York: Suspect in alleged terror cell guilty of al-Qaida connection ¢ Istanbul: Turkey to allow base survey ¢ Venezuela: Chavez threatens to seize food plants, fires oil workers
Briefly
January 11, 2003
¢ Las Vegas: Jehovah’s Witnesses hit with abuse lawsuit ¢ Detroit: U.S. abortion rate hits 29-year low ¢ Michigan: Severed fingertip leads to $100 million lawsuit ¢ Virginia: Judge refuses to close hearing in sniper case
Students’ TLC helps bring exotic pets back to health
January 11, 2003
Two leopard geckos rescued nearly two months ago from “deplorable conditions” in a Lawrence exotic pet shop are off the critical list and entertaining students at Prairie Park School.
Business Briefcase
January 11, 2003
¢ Wheat production lowest since 1972, USDA says ¢ Aviation: United wins labor case ¢ Dillon stores: Grocer names president ¢ Lawrence: Construction industry offered review of codes
Prince’ a royal scam
January 11, 2003
Every so often a television movie comes along that leaves you speechless. It’s hard to find the right words to describe “America’s Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story” (7 p.m. Sunday, TBS).
Lancers tame Lions, 58-40
Shawnee Mission East defense puts clamps on Lawrence
January 11, 2003
Lawrence High’s boys basketball team may have met its defensive equal — or superior.
Buffs’ Brown declares for NFL draft
January 11, 2003
Colorado running back Chris Brown declared himself eligible for this year’s NFL draft on Friday.
Local Briefs
January 11, 2003
¢ Vietnam War memorial to make stop in Perry ¢ Fund-raising: Four KU organizations benefit from tailgating ¢ Tonganoxie: City council to review wastewater plant plans
Our ‘friends’
January 11, 2003
America needs to try to do the right thing while not shortchanging ourselves. Among the latest detractors of the United States are South Koreans who have been demonstrating to get American forces removed from their territory.
Skoda wins 3 matches at tennis tournament
January 11, 2003
Kansas University freshman Christine Skoda went 2-0 in singles play and won her doubles match during the first day of the spring season-opening Michigan Invitational on Friday.
Society Calendar
January 11, 2003
KU track/field team signs Texas prep Hill
January 11, 2003
Horizontal jumper Shatoya Hill, a senior at Lubbock (Tex.) Estacado High, has signed a national letter of intent with Kansas University’s track and field team, KU coach Stanley Redwine announced Friday.
Some churches decline lottery donations
January 11, 2003
Opposing lotteries is easy. Whether to accept gifts from lottery winners is a tougher question for congregations divided over what to say to instant millionaires eager to write a check:
City not ready to fire up Salina-style smoking ban
Commissioners say they won’t lead fight against lighting up in restaurants
January 11, 2003
Every time he walks into a restaurant and catches a whiff of cigarette smoke, Lawrence City Commissioner Jim Henry turns around and walks out.
KU completes foreign student data gathering
University meets INS mandate, but agency’s computer system may delay information transfer
January 11, 2003
Kansas University is poised to meet its obligation in the war on terrorism. Trouble is, the federal government isn’t ready to do its part.
Funding pulled from foster care organization
SRS audit showed $46,000 missing or misspent at nonprofit agency
January 11, 2003
Welfare officials have pulled the plug on Kansas Foster and Adoptive Families, a Topeka-based organization that represents the state’s foster and adoptive parents.
KU bench stretched thin for Nebraska game
January 11, 2003
Wayne Simien is out of the lineup. Moulaye Niang is out of the country. That means Kansas University’s basketball team (10-3 overall, 1-0 Big 12) is as thin in the middle as a runway model entering today’s conference clash against Nebraska (8-5, 0-0).
Horoscopes
January 11, 2003
Daily Ticker
January 11, 2003
GOP to remove provisions protecting pharmaceutical companies
Lawrence mother of autistic son surprised and pleased
January 11, 2003
Under pressure to undo what they had done in secret, congressional Republicans agreed Friday to eliminate special-interest provisions in last year’s homeland security bill, including language that would have protected pharmaceutical companies from lawsuits stemming from certain vaccines.
Around and about
January 11, 2003
Briefly
January 11, 2003
¢ Washington, D.C.: U.S. bombing ranges to replace Vieques ¢ St. Vincent: Leaders discuss security cooperation ¢ London: Government approves weapons amnesty ¢ Mexico City: Fox accepts resignation of foreign secretary