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Watkins Community Museum gets new director
January 28, 2003
(Updated Tuesday at 11:48 a.m.) An administrator of a museum in Leavenworth County starts next month as director of the Watkins Community Museum of History in downtown Lawrence.
Bond issue approval might lead to early closing of schools
January 28, 2003
(Updated Monday at 3:41 p.m.) The Lawrence school district may temporarily close New York and Cordley elementary schools. But that would occur only if the board’s proposed $59 million bond issue is approved by voters April 1.
Writer to speak at African-American History Month
January 28, 2003
(Web Posted Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.) Kevin Powell, a journalist, poet and cultural critic, will be the guest of Kansas University’s Black Student Union next week as part of African-American History month activities.
Drizzle expected Tuesday afternoon
January 28, 2003
(Web Posted Tuesday at 9:19 a.m.) If you washed your car Monday, you might be a little frustrated today, according to a local forecaster. “High humidity levels have left dew on all the cars and the roadways this morning. Plus the chance for drizzle on the way home could add a few spots to the hood,” said Matt Makens, 6News meteorologist.
Briefly
January 28, 2003
¢ Seattle: Contest seeks ideas for health care reform ¢ New York City : Police insist suspects guilty in Central Park jogger case ¢ Venezuela: Strike shows signs of waning
Esther S. Sellner
January 28, 2003
Lawrence Flakus Sr.
January 28, 2003
LHS principal finalists up for committee interviews
January 28, 2003
A half dozen finalists for Lawrence High School principal will interview this week with two committees of teachers, students and parents, officials said Monday.
Domestic issues main focus of State of the Union address
January 28, 2003
President Bush will outline his case against Saddam Hussein in Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, balancing tough talk on Iraq with a domestic policy agenda that includes a new plan to direct drug treatment money to religious groups.
Endowment Association establishes fund to help replace steam whistle
January 28, 2003
The Kansas University Endowment Association is planning to establish a fund to help pay for a new steam whistle on campus, officials said Monday.
Local Briefs
January 28, 2003
¢ City: Festival plans announced ¢ Accident: Post-cupcake tooth check puts driver in hospital ¢ Lecture: Pulitzer Prize winner next speaker in series
Woodling: Even Vitale moved by senior’s show
January 28, 2003
I’m sure if Winston Churchill were alive today he would have pulled a cigar out of his bulldog mouth and proclaimed it Nick Collison’s finest hour. OK, so the game lasted two hours. You get the point.
Big 12 Baseball: Kansas 10th in coaches’ poll
January 28, 2003
The University of Texas was the overwhelming favorite to win the Big 12 Conference baseball title, and Kansas University was tapped last by league coaches in a preseason poll.
KU blocks Texas’ bid - Jayhawks 90, Longhorns 87
Collison powers Kansas to victory
January 28, 2003 in print edition on B4
Nick Collison scored. He rebounded. He defended.
Oakland won’t clear center for Pro Bowl
Raider fans set fires, break windows after Sunday’s lopsided loss to Tampa Bay
January 28, 2003
Oakland Raiders center Barret Robbins, who was barred by Coach Bill Callahan from playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday after a 24-hour unexcused absence, will not play in his first Pro Bowl on Sunday in Honolulu after team doctors did not clear him medically to participate.
City’s top drug cop suspended
January 28, 2003
An award-winning Lawrence police officer has been suspended after a Douglas County District Court judge found the policeman lied to obtain a search warrant in a drug case.
Texas’ Ford fantastic in loss
Point guard collects 25 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds
January 28, 2003
T.J. Ford talks like a typical point guard. But he plays like an exceptional one. In Texas’s 90-87 loss Monday to Kansas University, Ford was the Longhorn standout. He scored 25 points, dished 10 assists and grabbed seven rebounds.
Firebirds end skid
Free State hangs tough, tops Hogan
January 28, 2003
Jenny Gwaltney’s grin couldn’t be helped — snapping a seven-game losing streak will do that.
Reasons for skipping sitcom simple enough
January 28, 2003
They just don’t build sitcoms like they used to, and thank goodness for that.
People
January 28, 2003
¢ The wrath of Redford ¢ Hasty Pudding recipients chosen ¢ Jackson tries to save face ¢ Etheridge an organ donor
Ex-Jayhawk White ‘humbled’ by honor
January 28, 2003
First it was Paul Pierce. Then it was Jo Jo White. The two best Kansas University basketball players ever to don Boston Celtics uniforms were in Allen Fieldhouse for jersey-retirement ceremonies within three days of each other.
Notebook: Hinrich busts shooting slump
January 28, 2003
Mired in a bit of a shooting slump, Kansas shooting guard Kirk Hinrich decided to take a few extra jumpers before Monday night’s showdown against Texas at Allen Fieldhouse.
Supreme Court rejects fight over Barbie doll
January 28, 2003
Toymaker Mattel lost a Supreme Court appeal Monday over a mocking pop song that called the iconic fashion doll Barbie a “blonde bimbo.”
Time running out to become famous songwriter
January 28, 2003
We’d never lie to you: Lawrence area teenagers have the opportunity to enter a national songwriting contest. But the deadline is approaching quickly.
Diversions
January 28, 2003
¢ ‘Rooms that Rock’ published next week ¢ Poems, polls and more
Time’s up at ‘60 Minutes’
Creator Don Hewitt moves on to new ventures at CBS
January 28, 2003
Legendary producer Don Hewitt, who created the first television newsmagazine, “60 Minutes,” and has run it since the stopwatch began ticking in 1968, announced Monday he will give up the reins next year.
Sniper investigator plans book, film deal
January 28, 2003
Charles Moose, the Montgomery County Police Chief who led the D.C.-area sniper investigation, plans to announce a deal for a book and possibly a movie about him.
Lawrence hopes for green light on camera bill
Photos would document law-breaking drivers
January 28, 2003
Robert Scafe didn’t say “cheese,” but the camera caught him all the same. While living in Germany during a tour of duty with the U.S. Army, Scafe on several occasions got traffic tickets — for violations seen and recorded only by cameras linked to traffic signals.
On the record
January 28, 2003
Lawrence Briefs
January 28, 2003
¢ Hearing postponed for teen in fatal accident ¢ Sex crime suspect waives right to hearing
Campbell services
January 28, 2003
Sellers services
January 28, 2003
William H. Randel
January 28, 2003
Dorothy Lea Dotson
January 28, 2003
FSHS girls seeded fifth for Firebird Classic
January 28, 2003
There’s an explanation for host Free State High having a better seed than Topeka Highland Park at this week’s Firebird Winter Classic girls basketball tournament.
Internet filter blocks discussion forum
January 28, 2003
The Lawrence public school district’s Internet filter prevents students and teachers from having computer access to the Larryville.com community discussion forum.
Smoke effects
January 28, 2003
Liberty limit
January 28, 2003
War rhetoric
January 28, 2003
Report fails to slow U.S. buildup
January 28, 2003
The Bush administration moved steadily Monday toward a military showdown with Iraq and suggested a decision could come as early as next week after U.N. inspectors credited Iraq with only limited cooperation in the search for weapons.
Nobel laureates issue statement of opposition
January 28, 2003
Forty U.S. Nobel laureates have signed a statement opposing war on Iraq, saying a unilateral, preventive attack by U.S. forces would undermine the nation’s security and standing in the world.
Battle in Afghanistan is largest in nine months
January 28, 2003
U.S. and coalition forces were fighting a pitched battle against a group of 80 rebel forces aligned to renegade leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar in the largest-scale fighting since Operation Anaconda nine months ago, the U.S. military said today.
Economy key to 2004 race
January 28, 2003
Exactly a year before the New Hampshire primary of 2004, the big sign on the steps of the state capitol reads: CAUTION: FALLING ICE.
Voting honors King memory
January 28, 2003
With all the activities now woven into the fabric of America’s commemoration of King Day — the speeches, the service projects, yes, even the shopping — there’s one aspect of the civil rights leader’s legacy that has been left at loose ends.
6News video: $1.5 million to be cut from budget
January 28, 2003
6News reports on the proposed county budget cuts.
Sebelius plan OK with KU staff
January 28, 2003
State employees at regents universities told lawmakers Monday that given the state’s fiscal problems, they were satisfied with a proposed 1.5 percent pay raise.
Drought report says northwest Kansas hardest hit
January 28, 2003
Severe drought continues to grip northwest Kansas, making it the hardest-hit area in the state, a newly released drought report shows.
County to shutter Baldwin office
Treasurer objects to proposal to have city employees collect taxes
January 28, 2003
Of the $1.5 million in budget cuts approved Monday by Douglas County commissioners, a standoff over a $10,000 suggestion could end up costing treasurer Pat Wells and her customers even more.
Buccaneers’ victory celebration draws crowd
January 28, 2003
More than 65,000 charged-up fans filled chilly Raymond James Stadium with camera flashes and deafening noise as the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers came home Monday night.
Lions fire coach after 3-13 season
Detroit interested in Green, Mariucci as Mornhinweg’s replacement
January 28, 2003
Marty Mornhinweg was fired Monday as coach of the Detroit Lions after a 3-13 season, the second-worst record in the NFL. Detroit was 5-27 under Mornhinweg in two seasons, including a road record of 0-16.
6News video: Boundary change possible if bond passes
January 28, 2003
6News reports on Monday nights Lawrence school board meeting.
MU’s Stewart finally listens
January 28, 2003
Finally, University of Missouri coaching legend Norm Stewart sat down at Allen Fieldhouse when told to by Kansas University basketball fans.
Top 25 Men: Hustling Huskies calm Storm
January 28, 2003
There were two plays that drew almost all the attention Monday night after No. 14 Connecticut beat St. John’s 74-68 to snap a three-game road losing streak.
Chinese dismiss theory on discovery of America
January 28, 2003
Forgive Gavin Menzies for feeling a little defensive. His book, “1421: The Year China Discovered America,” may be selling briskly in the United States, but his extraordinary theory that Chinese explorers reached the New World decades before Christopher Columbus is proving a tougher sell to academics — even here in China.
Economists expect low mortgage rates to continue
January 28, 2003
Americans who have been treated to the lowest interest rates in 40 years on home mortgages and many other types of loans should be able to take advantage of those low rates at least until summer, private economists said Monday.
Business Briefcase
January 28, 2003
¢ Dow drops below 8,000 ¢ Report: Home buyers set record ¢ Appointment: Lawrence resident to formally join court
6News video: Top drug officer suspended
January 28, 2003
6News reports on the suspension of Lawrence Police Officer Stuart Peck.
6News video: Endowment association gets pledges for whistle
January 28, 2003
6News reports on the pledges being received by the KU Endowment Association to have the steam whistle on the KU campus replaced after it broke last week.
6News video: Arizona Wildcats get craving for junk food
January 28, 2003
6News reports on an incident early last Saturday morning at the SpringHill Suites where some members of the Arizona Wildcats basketball team were seen breaking into a vending machine.
6Sports video: Hawks squeek past No. 3 Longhorns
January 28, 2003
6Sports reports on Monday night’s KU mens basketball game against the Texas Longhorns.
First death penalty spy case in 50 years opens in Virginia
January 28, 2003
The first spy trial in 50 years that could result in the death penalty opened Monday with prosecutors portraying a retired Air Force master sergeant as willing to sell out his country for a price and his lawyers saying he had nothing of value to offer.
Grocer makes special deliveries
Checkers owner takes time to assist residents who can’t get to the store alone
January 28, 2003
Monday afternoon, when most people were ending their work days, Checkers owner Jim Lewis still had deliveries to make.
U.N. inspectors’ report boosts U.S. case on Iraq
January 28, 2003
U.N. weapons inspectors bolstered the United States’ case Monday that Iraq has failed to cooperate with them wholeheartedly, but they also called for at least a “few months” to give the process time to avert a war.
Inflammation testing suggested for millions at risk of heart disease
January 28, 2003
New guidelines issued Monday urge doctors to consider testing millions of Americans at moderate risk of heart disease for signs of inflammation in the bloodstream — a newly recognized cause of heart attacks.
Rethinking alternative
LAHS students say change has served them well
January 28, 2003
In 1978, when Lawrence Alternative High School was established, it was not formed for the purpose of serving those students who “just couldn’t make it” in a traditional high school or the so-called slackers who weren’t doing well in high school.
J-W letters crossfire provokes controversy
January 28, 2003
A Lawrence school board proposal to use bond issue money — if voter-approved in April — to build a new Lawrence Alternative High School drew a variety of comments about the school’s function in the district.
Proposed bill punishes litterbugs with cleanup
January 28, 2003
Litterbugs would be sentenced to trash pickup duty under a House bill introduced Monday.
Witness blows whistle on ‘Cats’ sweet tooth
January 28, 2003
Perhaps it was a sugar rush that spurred Arizona to a come-from-behind men’s basketball victory Saturday over Kansas University.
KUsports.com wins ‘Edgie’ online excellence award
January 28, 2003
The Kansas University men’s basketball team might not yet be the No. 1 team in the country. But the online site that covers them - KUsports.com - has been named the country’s No. 1 sports Web site.
Daily Ticker
January 28, 2003
Economy takes toll on county’s job totals
January 28, 2003
A slumping economy in 2002 cost Douglas County 600 jobs, according to numbers released Monday by state officials.
Intracity dual pits top talent
January 28, 2003
If one person can approach today’s Lawrence High-Free State wrestling dual as just another point in the season, it’s Lions coach Mark Dulgarian.
Look to future
January 28, 2003
Douglas County commissioners don’t have to look very far into the future to see the advantages of pursuing the purchase of land east of the county fairgrounds.
Old home town - 25 and 100 years ago today
January 28, 2003
Internet disruptions exceed expectations
January 28, 2003
The weekend attack on the Internet crippled some sensitive corporate and government systems, including banking operations and 911 centers, far more seriously than many experts believed possible.
State of Union must explain plans on Iraq
January 28, 2003
It is a measure of President Bush’s self-confidence that he allows his foreign policy advisers to wage pitched battles and do their own thing in implementing policy even as he moves the nation to the brink of war in Iraq.
Critics blast broadband deregulation bill
January 28, 2003
A bill exempting broadband from state regulation threatens competition among providers of both high-speed Internet and local telephone service, critics said Monday.
6Sports video: Firebird girls preparing for Invitational
January 28, 2003
6Sports reports on the Free State Firebird girls basketball game against the KC Hogan Prep Lady Rams on Monday.
Jayhawks lose two, gain three
January 28, 2003
Recruiting good football players can be difficult. Keeping them might be even harder. According to rivals.com, Kansas University has lost two more players who had given oral commitments, but the Jayhawks picked up three new recruits on Monday.
NBA Roundup: Wolves’ sizz continues
Squad stops Spurs 106-95 for sixth straight victory
January 28, 2003
If it’s January, the Minnesota Timberwolves must be playing well. Kevin Garnett tied his season high with 34 points Monday, leading the Timberwolves to a bruising 106-95 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.