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Rees won’t be retained as KDOT’s chief counsel
January 23, 2003
(Web Posted Thursday at 4:43 p.m.) Mike Rees, chief counsel for the Kansas Department of Transportation and that agency’s public face in the fight to complete the South Lawrence Trafficway, will not keep his job in the new administration.
Hemenway: KU assisting FBI in finding hacker
January 23, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 4:37 p.m.) The hacking of personal information on international students from a Kansas University computer database is “a matter of grave concern,” Chancellor Robert Hemenway said Thursday.
KU campus whistle not working
January 23, 2003
(Web Posted Thursday at 11:15 a.m.) Kansas University’s steam whistle, whose booming sound has signaled the end of classes on KU’s main campus in Lawrence for more than six decades, is down indefinitely for repairs, university officials say.
Wind chill hits minus 21 in Lawrence
January 23, 2003
(Web Posted Thursday at 10:39 a.m.) How cold did it get? If you were out scraping your car windows between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. Thursday in Lawrence, the thermometer read minus 6. But, with the 8 mph wind, you were shivering under a wind chill effect of minus 21, said Matt Makens, 6News meteorologist.
Shocking news
January 23, 2003
Logic lacking
January 23, 2003
Support for war flagging as Iraq report nears
January 23, 2003
President Bush’s efforts at bringing allies around to the U.S. position on Iraq appeared to be unraveling Wednesday, putting the administration in a difficult position ahead of a key U.N. report and debate. Weapons inspectors were coming up empty. France and Germany were balking at moving toward war. Turkey was resisting having U.S. ground troops on its soil. Opposition was growing in Britain, while polls showed the American public didn’t want to go to war in Iraq.
Birch Telecom, Ionex announce merger
January 23, 2003
Kansas City, Mo.-based Birch Telecom Inc. and Addison, Texas-based Ionex Telecom Inc. reported Wednesday that they will merge to create a larger company that will compete with SBC Communications Inc.
Hospital deal angers Kansas officials
State legislators protest lion’s share of sale proceeds going across state line
January 23, 2003
Atty. Gen. Jay Nixon reached an agreement with Health Midwest on Wednesday allowing the sale of the nonprofit hospital system to HCA Inc., but the deal was criticized by Kansas officials. The agreement between the hospital system and Nixon calls for the creation of a single foundation that would distribute the expected $700 million in sale proceeds to charities.
Lawmakers examine ‘abusive’ practice of credit scoring
January 23, 2003
The typical “credit scoring” nightmare story is when a recent widow finds her insurance premiums have gone up because the family’s credit was established by her husband. Without a credit history of her own, the insurance company has decided the woman is a risk and needs to pay more.
Ruth Marie King
January 23, 2003
Ruth M. Ball
January 23, 2003
Woodling: Officials weren’t to blame; KU didn’t deserve to win
January 23, 2003
Now we know all the talk about Kansas University’s men’s basketball players not looking ahead to Arizona was just that. Mere rhetoric. How else can you explain the Jayhawks’ dismal performance against longtime cousin Colorado on Wednesday night?
Kansas women stifled by No. 22 Sooners - OU 61, KU 49
January 23, 2003
University of Oklahoma women’s basketball coach Sherri Coale knows the storied basketball history at Kansas University. After OU’s lackluster 61-49 victory Wednesday over the Jayhawks, Coale had a message for the legends that gave Allen Fieldhouse its mystique.
Free State, LHS eager for tourney court time
January 23, 2003
Midway through the season, the Free State and Lawrence High boys basketball teams need the same tonic: time on the court. That’s just what both will get at the Topeka Invitational, which starts today at Topeka Seaman High. LHS has the early game, 3:15 p.m. against Topeka High.
Calling a halt
January 23, 2003
Does allowing the Kansas Legislature to extend its session into overtime result in better lawmaking? It’s unfair, some state legislators say, to cut off their pay after 90 days or, as Senate President Dave Kerr is suggesting, simply not allow the session to be extended beyond 90 days.
Saudis may deny U.S. use of air bases
January 23, 2003
The Saudi foreign minister said Wednesday that his country did not support a unilateral war against Iraq, and would not aid the United States in such a pursuit.
United Way success
January 23, 2003
Even in a difficult year, local donations set a record for the local United Way campaign. Congratulations to the United Way of Douglas County for completing a successful 2002 fund drive. Although the final campaign total was slightly below the original goal, it still set a record for annual giving in the drive.
Saddam strategy
January 23, 2003
Cry for peace
January 23, 2003
R. Kelly arrested again for child porn
January 23, 2003
R. Kelly, already facing child pornography charges in Illinois, was arrested Wednesday in Florida on additional child pornography charges after investigators said they found photos of him having sex with a girl.
Region briefs
January 23, 2003
¢ Suspect arrested in public disturbance ¢ I-35, I-29 bridge over Missouri River closed ¢ Ex-mayor won’t fight disciplinary panel
Supporters defend defamation law
January 23, 2003
The state’s criminal defamation law allows people to defend their reputations, a prosecutor who filed and won such a case last year told a Senate committee Wednesday. Wyandotte County Dist. Atty. Nick Tomasic, testifying against a bill to repeal the law, said the statute provided a recourse for people who believe they have been libeled but cannot afford to file civil lawsuits.
State briefs
January 23, 2003
¢ Judge increases bond in child abuse death ¢ Father-in-law convicted in Wal-Mart shooting ¢ Two critically injured in house explosion
Silicon Valley arrest raises concern for technology exports
January 23, 2003
The case of a Chinese businessman charged with illegally shipping missile guidance technology to China’s military has intensified concerns about foreign espionage in Silicon Valley.
Office’ elevates workplace humor
January 23, 2003
Millions of Americans spend at least eight hours of every weekday at their jobs. You’d think this fact would offer ample material for a decent sitcom. But white-collar comedy is easier said than done. Remember Daniel Stern in “Dilbert” or Fred Savage in “Working”? Of course you don’t. Many office comedies, including “NewsRadio,” “The Drew Carey Show” and most recently “Andy Richter Controls the Universe” opt for the absurdity of a live-action cartoon. In contrast, the new British sitcom “The Office” (9:20 p.m., BBC America) treats its subject with deadly realism. And the results are very funny.
Edgar A. Hull
January 23, 2003
Yost services
January 23, 2003
Nat E. Gillihan
January 23, 2003
6News video: International student data compromised
January 23, 2003
The INS test file had social security numbers, passport numbers, and other personal information.
6News video: Trial begins for man accused of giving alcohol to stepson
January 23, 2003
Lawrence Rieke’s stepson, then sixteen, killed a woman in a traffic accident.
6News video: Wind chill advisory issued for Lawrence area
January 23, 2003
The wind chilsl over the night were forecast to reach as low as -25 degrees Fahrenheit.
6Sports video: Lady Jayhawks start strong, but fall in the end
January 23, 2003
The women’s team has lost 21 regular-season Big 12 games in a row.
6Sports video: The Jayhawks battle to a narrow loss
January 23, 2003
Colorado and KU traded the lead several times before the Buffaloes won, 60-59
Game not only thing on Buccaneer receiver Jurevicius’ mind
January 23, 2003
Michael William Jurevicius opened his eyes for the first time Tuesday night, one week after his premature birth. That was good news, but it left his father, Joe, with mixed emotions because he was not there to see it.
Me-shawn’s act simply sickening
Overhyped, underachieving Tampa Bay receiver should post more impressive stats before spouting off
January 23, 2003
“If you have a problem with Keyshawn Johnson, you have a problem with yourself.” — Keyshawn Johnson
Kansas ‘didn’t finish at end’
Sophomore Lee fills in for fouled-out Graves
January 23, 2003
It looked for a moment like Michael Lee would emerge the hero of Wednesday’s wacky 60-59 Kansas University men’s basketball loss to Colorado.
Siebrandt sparks KSU past Huskers
January 23, 2003
Matt Siebrandt scored 18 points Wednesday night and Pervis Pasco had 15 points and 13 rebounds — his sixth double-double of the season — to lead Kansas State past Nebraska, 77-53.
Statement by Hemenway on theft of foreign student data from KU
January 23, 2003
The following is a statement released by Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway Thursday afternoon regarding the theft of information on international students from a KU database.
Buffs brush past KU - Colorado 60, Kansas 59
CU ends KU’s Big 12 win streak
January 23, 2003
Yes, Kirk Hinrich thought he was hacked on his hard drive to the basket Wednesday night in the closing seconds of Kansas University’s shocking 60-59 men’s basketball loss to Colorado at Coors Events Center. And, yes, Hinrich, KU’s senior shooting guard, thought he was bumped on his inside shot at the buzzer.
Rodriguez lands with Marlins
Florida signs 10-time All-Star catcher to one-year deal
January 23, 2003
Ivan Rodriguez says he’s healthy, and the Florida Marlins must agree.
Briefcase
January 23, 2003
¢ Kodak plans job cuts ¢ West Coast dockworkers agree to new contract ¢ Area earnings announced ¢ Manhattan lands mailbox manufacturer
Topeka shelter director to speak to coalition
January 23, 2003
The Rev. Barry Feaker, director of the Topeka Rescue Mission, will meet with the Lawrence Coalition on Homeless Concerns at 7:30 p.m. today at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
CU’s Harrison smiling now
January 23, 2003
Frustrated three times as a freshman, Colorado’s David Harrison was a smiling sophomore on Wednesday night.
Allen Earl Hehn
January 23, 2003
Bush must make his case to the world
January 23, 2003
The growing sense that President Bush must soon make a formal decision on war with Iraq has touched off a frenzy of diplomatic maneuvering around the world. You risk a bad case of whiplash by trying to follow each day’s twists and turns. Stay focused on three fixed points.
Homeless man’s choice outside system’s reach
January 23, 2003
Anyone who’s been downtown recently has seen Robert Gilmore, the homeless man huddling on the sidewalk in front of Weaver’s Department Store. Usually wrapped in thrift-shop blankets and sleeping bags, he’s been there for several months.
Judge makes fast work of fast-food lawsuit
January 23, 2003
Saying the law is not intended to protect people from their own excesses, a federal judge threw out a class-action lawsuit Wednesday that blamed McDonald’s food for obesity, diabetes and other health problems. U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet said the plaintiffs failed to show that the fast-food chain’s products “involve a danger that is not within the common knowledge of consumers.”
Revenge doesn’t ease loss
January 23, 2003
Seldom does a governor risk public ridicule and taunting. But earlier this month, Illinois Gov. George Ryan did just that before his term ended. He cleared the state’s death row population, allowing four inmates to go free, and commuted the sentences of 167 others awaiting death to life without parole.
Few file for area school board races
Oskaloosa, Tonganoxie need primaries
January 23, 2003
Loren Lutes feels good about the necessity for a primary election in the race for Oskaloosa school board. “I think it’s healthy,” the Oskaloosa superintendent said Wednesday. “We have nine candidates for four positions.”
Douglass services
January 23, 2003
Briefly
January 23, 2003
¢ Ridge unanimously confirmed as homeland security chief ¢ Supreme Court suspends referendum on Chavez’s rule ¢ Kuwaiti arrested in attack
Daily ticker
January 23, 2003
SBC hopes to avoid state regulation
January 23, 2003
Salvos in what could become this year’s biggest intra-industry battle at the Statehouse were fired Wednesday as local telephone giant SBC pleaded for immunity from state regulation of its high-speed Internet and DSL services. SBC-Kansas President Randy Tomlin told members of the House Utilities Committee that unless House Bill 2019 is passed, the company won’t spend millions of dollars expanding DSL services in Kansas because the company would lack the “regulatory certainty” to assure return on investment in its broadband infrastructure.
Government reports surge in complaints about identity theft
January 23, 2003
The government received twice as many complaints about identity theft last year over 2001, with victims reporting hijacked credit cards, drained bank accounts and tarnished reputations. “This is a crime that is almost solely on the shoulders of the victim to resolve,” said Beth Givens, director of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a San Diego-based consumer group. “They’re beleaguered, they’re tired, they’re angry and it takes them a good deal of time to recover.”
Heralded WWII cartoonist dies
January 23, 2003
Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Bill Mauldin, who as a young Army rifleman during World War II gave newspaper readers back home a sardonic, foxhole-level view of the front with his drawings of weary, dogface GIs Willie and Joe, died Wednesday at 81.
Study shows rise in auto crashes after Super Bowl
January 23, 2003
Automobile crashes climb more than 40 percent in the hours after the Super Bowl, with the surge highest in the losing team’s territory, perhaps because heartbroken fans are obsessing about the defeat and not concentrating on their driving, researchers say.
Hacker steals foreign student data from KU
Federal officials investigating crime; international community outraged
January 23, 2003
U.S. port officials were alerted Wednesday after Kansas University officials discovered a computer hacker downloaded personal information the university had collected on 1,450 international students as part of new homeland security measures. The FBI said agents would be on campus today to begin investigating the data theft.
People
January 23, 2003
¢ Working trip Down Under ¢ TV Land honors Mayberry ¢ Sobering experience ¢ Duty fit for a queen
Time for fast food to grow up
January 23, 2003
How ironic all the old McJingles are sounding now! “We love to see you smile.” Oh yeah? Then how come none of you are smiling?
Local briefs
January 23, 2003
¢ Eagle Day set for Sunday ¢ KU student reports rape ¢ Students questioned about smoke bombs ¢ Former museum official’s son donates $100,000
On the record
January 23, 2003
4-winged dinosaur an evolutionary oddity
January 23, 2003
Fossil hunters in China have discovered what may be one of the weirdest prehistoric species ever seen — a four-winged dinosaur that apparently glided from tree to tree.
Bucks upend Celtics
Cassell’s triple-double leads Milwaukee
January 23, 2003
Ray Allen and Sam Cassell dominated for Milwaukee while Antoine Walker watched helplessly from the Boston bench.
Our town sports
January 23, 2003
DCABA Meeting: Members of the Douglas County Amateur Baseball Assn. are encouraged to attend a kickoff meeting for the summer season at 6:30 tonight at Free State High.
Mexico assesses earthquake damage
At least 25 killed in Pacific coast state
January 23, 2003
Emergency crews dug into piles of collapsed cement and brick Wednesday to reach victims trapped by a powerful earthquake that killed at least 25 people, crumpling walls like paper, turning brick into powder and leaving steel reinforcement bars scattered like straws. At least 300 people were injured in the 7.8 magnitude quake that hit western Mexico, civil defense officials said.
Kansas abortion protesters hail new political climate
January 23, 2003
Kansans marching in the nation’s capital Wednesday were hopeful about their chances of chipping away at the 30-year-old Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion.
No. 3 Duke suffers second straight defeat, falling to N.C. State
January 23, 2003
Clifford Crawford scored 21 points Wednesday night and Julius Hodge added 18 as North Carolina State snapped a 13-game losing streak to No. 3 Duke with an 80-71 victory.
Conradt claims No. 800
Texas knocks off Texas Tech for milestone victory
January 23, 2003
Texas coach Jody Conradt spent a week dismissing the 800-victory milestone as another step in the quest for a Big 12 championship.
Horoscopes
January 23, 2003
Students make the band — and the grade — in Baker class
January 23, 2003
Call it a crash course in rock ‘n’ roll. Twenty-one days ago, the alternative rock band No Fidelity didn’t exist. Friday, it will perform original material, sell its own CDs and T-shirts, and show its own music video.
Friends and neighbors
January 23, 2003
Republicans roll over Democrats on spending
January 23, 2003
The Senate thwarted efforts Wednesday to block Bush administration pollution rules and to double aid for drought-stricken farmers as Republicans batted down Democratic amendments to a sweeping $390 billion spending bill for this year.
Season’s coldest day sweeps in
January 23, 2003
Wichita mayor’s race draws 15
January 23, 2003
A laid-off aviation worker. A movie theater mogul. A hotel desk clerk. They are among the 15 candidates who have filed to run for mayor of Wichita. The 15 candidates are the most since 1989, when Wichitans first began electing their mayor citywide. Sixteen people filed that year.
Teen convicted in death says stepdad bought drinks
Lawrence resident killed in 2000 drunken driving wreck
January 23, 2003
A teenager convicted two years ago of killing a Lawrence woman while driving drunk told a Douglas County jury Wednesday his stepfather bought him alcohol hours before the accident. Sean Scott, who was 16 on Sept. 16, 2000, the day of the accident, said his stepfather, Lawrence Rieke, 54, bought a round of beers for family members and friends while they were at The Wheel, 507 W. 14th St.
Jayhawk commitment switches pledge to KSU
January 23, 2003
Rashaad Norwood won’t be coming to Kansas University, after all.
Briefly
January 23, 2003
¢ Explosion near mine kills three workers ¢ Electrical fire damages Sharpton’s offices ¢ Clonaid says third cloned baby born ¢ Christo art project for Central Park OK’d