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Arizona offical takes “action” in candy caper
January 30, 2003
(Web Posted Thursday at 5:34 p.m.) Arizona’s athletics director released a three-sentence statement Thursday saying “action has been taken” against basketball players who were involved in removing candy from a vending machine last weekend from a Lawrence hotel. However, Jim Livengood, University of Arizona Director of Athletics is keeping mum about what specific actions were taken because of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
Bond issue faces ‘uphill climb’ says superintendent
January 30, 2003
(Updated Monday at 3:47 p.m.) Lawrence School Supt. Randy Weseman says a lot of work still needs to be done to convince voters to approve a $59 million school bond issue on April 1.
Reward issued for Perry Post Office burglary
January 30, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 4:51 p.m.) PERRY — Two overnight burglaries in downtown Perry — including one in a post office — have prompted the U.S. Postal Inspection Service to offer a $2,500 reward for information.
SUVs most loved, and most loathed, vehicles in U.S.
January 30, 2003
Call it the sport-utility paradox: With their high profile, on the road and in the public imagination, SUVs have become the most coveted and most reviled vehicles in America.
Local briefs
January 30, 2003
¢ Haskell’s Baker earns NAIA academic honor ¢ Detroit Lions add ex-Jayhawk Murphy
Briefly
January 30, 2003
¢ Rebels to release kidnapped journalists ¢ Thai Embassy burned in protest of soap star ¢ World Bank disburses funds for poor families ¢ Food aid averts humanitarian crisis
Explosion levels plant, kills at least three
January 30, 2003
An explosion followed by a raging fire demolished a plastics factory Wednesday, killing at least three people and injuring at least 37.
GOP’s statewide officers sign unity pledge
January 30, 2003
As promised, the four Republicans in statewide office pledged Wednesday to stay out of contested primary elections.
Audit: Juvenile justice funds misspent
January 30, 2003
Funds for juvenile crime prevention programs In Kansas have been used for fitness club membership fees, hospitality lunches and administrative programs, according to an audit released Wednesday. “Financial oversight procedures at the state and local levels aren’t sufficient to ensure that prevention grant moneys are being spent appropriately,” the report by the Legislative Division of Post Audit said.
On the record
January 30, 2003
Harold Earl Wolf
January 30, 2003
Our town sports
January 30, 2003
Race Winner: Lawrence’s Dee Boeck won the women’s ages 50-54 division of the Topeka to Auburn half-marathon Saturday in a time of 1:51:06. Two Lawrence runners earned second places — Matt Riley in the U-19 male division and Steve Riley in the ages 45-49 group. Age-group third-place finishes were recorded by Ross McDaniel and Becky McClure.
Briefly
January 30, 2003
¢ City Council approves residential speed watch ¢ Mental exam ordered for homicide suspect
Briefly
January 30, 2003
¢ Banks abandon strike ¢ Post office seeks permission to offer early retirement ¢ Immigrants held hostage as smugglers demand ransom
Leaders mark start of Serologicals project
January 30, 2003
Serologicals Corp. will begin construction of its new Lawrence biotechnology plant in March and will open the $28 million facility in the first half of 2004, company officials said at a ground-breaking ceremony Wednesday. “We’re not hoping to have it open in the first half of 2004. We will have it open by then,” Bud Ingalls, the company’s chief financial officer, said. “It is really important that we have this plant up and running on time.”
Missouri rallies past Nebraska
January 30, 2003
Missouri made up for its lack of offense Wednesday night with a big second half of defense.
Williams busy on recruiting trail for Kansas
January 30, 2003
Kansas University’s basketball players took Tuesday off. Coach Roy Williams did not.
Pro-bond group sees answer in details
January 30, 2003
The uphill battle to convince Lawrence voters to approve a $59 million school bond could be won if people took time to scrutinize the details, leaders of a pro-bond group said Wednesday. “This is not just a matter of bricks and mortar,” said Chuck Warner, co-chairman with Judy Wright of Vote Yes for Lawrence Kids.
Anti-bond alliance marshals troops
January 30, 2003
Lawrence school board candidates Wednesday began formation of a coalition opposed to consolidation of elementary schools and the district’s $59 million bond issue. “We will have to work together as a team — get elected together as a block — to be effective,” said candidate Michael Pomes, an activist in the Park Hill Neighborhood Assn.
Final phase’ here; war may start in March
January 30, 2003
War with Iraq appeared all but inevitable Wednesday as the Bush administration launched the “final phase” of consultations with hesitant allies and political foes, and United Nations members planned the equivalent of a war council. With U.S. troops streaming toward the Persian Gulf, President Bush said: “History has called the United States into action, and we will not let history down.”
Gun supporter Ashcroft now in charge of ATF
January 30, 2003
Gun owners may have no better ally in Washington than Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft, once featured in a National Rifle Assn. magazine cover story as “a breath of fresh air” in the capital.
Oregon begins releasing inmates to save money
Voters’ rejection of tax increase forces $310 million in budget cuts
January 30, 2003
A county jail began freeing inmates Wednesday as state agencies across Oregon enforced emergency spending cuts following voters’ rejection of a temporary income tax increase.
Sunflower to branch into Lawrence
January 30, 2003
Sunflower Bank, one of central Kansas’ largest banks, will have a branch in Lawrence by July, company officials announced Wednesday. The Salina-based bank, which has assets of nearly $1 billion and operates in 16 cities primarily across central and western Kansas, finalized plans for a Lawrence branch at the southeast corner of Wakarusa Drive and Quail Crest Place.
Parents hired to watch for truants in Philadelphia
January 30, 2003
Jennifer Jones doesn’t take any guff. Not from her own children, not from the ones in the neighborhood, and especially not from the ones she sees goofing off on the subway or at the mall when they should be in school.
Alex, What is Nebraska?
Jeopardy’ writers keep home state in spotlight
January 30, 2003
Each time “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek reads a clue that mentions Nebraska — and it’s fairly often — he teases some staffers after the show.
A tale of two children: Missing toddler found; abandoned child unclaimed
January 30, 2003
A baby abducted while his mother left him with acquaintances to smoke a cigarette was found in good condition Wednesday at a YWCA facility where three suspects were taken into custody.
Some Democrats want vote before any military action
January 30, 2003
President Bush’s threat to disarm Saddam Hussein, the centerpiece of his State of the Union address, sparked criticism from senior Senate Democrats on Wednesday, some of whom proposed legislation requiring a fresh congressional or U.N. vote before the onset of hostilities.
Sebelius wants elder care supervision shifted
January 30, 2003
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is pushing for moving regulation of adult care homes from one agency to another.
Lions roar into FSHS tourney
January 30, 2003
Lawrence High girls basketball coach Kristin Mallory doesn’t even want to think about a possible championship rematch with Hutchinson in the Firebird Winter Classic. Well, she thinks about it, but only fleetingly.
Altman breaks record in Creighton victory
January 30, 2003
This was the Creighton team coach Dana Altman envisioned. Patient on offense, swarming on defense and battling hard for 40 minutes.
Challenge ahead
January 30, 2003
The people of Douglas County should give the new director of Watkins Community Museum their full support. High hopes and expectations await the new director of the Watkins Community Museum of History.
Briefly
January 30, 2003
¢ Arrest made in slaying of officers in 1957 ¢ Terror link probed in credit fraud ring ¢ Race riot victim’s family sues police ¢ Cactus thieves target retirement communities
Birthday plaza boasts ‘big, big’ price tag
Park near Clinton Lake would be legacy of Lawrence’s 150th anniversary celebration
January 30, 2003
Members of Lawrence’s Sesquicentennial Commission want to give Lawrence a present for its 150th birthday next year — a large plaza telling the city’s history. Landplan Engineering in Kansas City, Mo., unveiled its preliminary plans at a meeting Wednesday, though the plaza’s location near Clinton Lake and its cost — likely more than $500,000 — left members wanting more information before making a firm commitment on the project.
Budget forecast grows grimmer
January 30, 2003
This year’s federal deficit will soar to $199 billion even without President Bush’s new tax cut plan or war against Iraq, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday in a report that cast doubt on chances for balancing the budget anytime soon. The nonpartisan budget office projected that without action on any tax or spending initiatives — which no one considers realistic — small annual surpluses would not return until 2007, a year later than the office predicted in August.
Dissident cleric’s house arrest ends in Iran
January 30, 2003
Iran’s senior dissident cleric has been freed after spending five years under house arrest for criticizing the nation’s supreme leader, a security official said today.
AmeriCorps freeze puts some projects on hold
January 30, 2003
Some AmeriCorps volunteers who planned to tutor children in Ohio and Missouri this year have not yet stepped into classrooms. In Maine and Florida, AmeriCorps projects to restore nature trails are on hold. And in California, efforts to preserve fisheries have been scaled back.
Rangers not hot on Trottier
New York fires rookie NHL head coach after 54 games
January 30, 2003
Bryan Trottier tormented the New York Rangers for 15 years when he played for the hated New York Islanders.
Honor Roll
January 30, 2003
Briefcase
January 30, 2003
¢ Kmart wins approval to close 316 stores ¢ Butler County denies wind farm proposal ¢ Welch seeks to keep financial details private ¢ Canadian pharmacies targeted by decision
Horoscopes
January 30, 2003
Bush shouldn’t ignore protests
January 30, 2003
As the rumors of war grow stronger, the rumbles of discontent do, too.
Woods: It was a tough, tough year
Tiger says pain in his left knee was so intense at times last season he felt nauseous
January 30, 2003
Tiger Woods only made it look easy.
Alleged Iraq, al-Qaida link unlikely
Hatred of U.S. about all Saddam, bin Laden have in common
January 30, 2003
It’s a nightmare scenario: Al-Qaida terrorists, funded by Osama bin Laden’s millions and with access to Saddam Hussein’s hidden stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, unleash carnage that dwarfs even the fury of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Kansas wins second straight - KU women 67, Nebraska 64
Burras, Kemp come through again from free-throw line in final minute
January 30, 2003
Chalk up another nerve-racking Big 12 Conference victory for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team. Even though the Jayhawks’ 67-64 victory Wednesday over Nebraska was won at the free-throw line, the game itself was anything but free.
LHS rally comes up short - Blue Valley North 67, Lawrence 59
January 30, 2003
If there is such a thing as an acceptable defeat, this was it. Lawrence High boys basketball team nearly pulled out a home victory Wednesday before bowing, 67-59, to Blue Valley North.
Magic muscle past Cavs
McGrady’s 31 help Orlando conquer Cleveland
January 30, 2003
Not even a restless newborn daughter can slow down Tracy McGrady.
Daily ticker
January 30, 2003
Medicare proposal draws bipartisan criticism
January 30, 2003
President Bush ran into GOP and Democratic resistance to his Medicare reform proposal Wednesday, with even White House allies saying they were confused about what the president intended to propose and a key Republican pledging to block the plan.
Iowa State snaps KSU’s 13-game winning streak
January 30, 2003
Lindsey Wilson made sure that Iowa State was not embarrassed at home a second time.
Recreation calendar
January 30, 2003
Local briefs
January 30, 2003
¢ KU honors scholars in multicultural program ¢ Gloria Steinem to speak Feb. 10 at Lied Center ¢ KU simplifies process for military withdrawals ¢ KU student organization to protest sodomy laws
Briefcase
January 30, 2003
¢ Companies suing over toner cartridges ¢ Turner to leave AOL
6Sports video: Aaron Miles shines against T.J. Ford
January 30, 2003
Against Texas, the Jayhawks’ point guard overcame his shooting slump.
Sprint stocks fall as rumors swirl about resignations
January 30, 2003
Shares of Sprint Corp. tumbled Wednesday amid reports that longtime chief executive William T. Esrey and his second-in-command were stepping down. The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources, reported on its Web site that Esrey, 63, and Ron LeMay, president and chief operating officer, were leaving the company. The Journal also said that Gary Forsee, vice chairman at BellSouth Corp. and a former Sprint executive, is expected to take the top job at Sprint.
Wrong cuts
January 30, 2003
Pertinent protests
January 30, 2003
Lax enforcement
January 30, 2003
Fed keeps key rate steady
January 30, 2003
The Federal Reserve held a key interest rate steady at a 41-year low Wednesday, with the hope that will spur more spending and investment by consumers and businesses and help lift the economy out of the doldrums. After a two-day meeting, Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan and his Federal Open Market Committee colleagues, decided to leave the federal funds rate unchanged at 1.25 percent. The funds rate is the interest banks charge each other on overnight loans and is the Fed’s primary tool for influencing economic activity.
SEC accuses KPMG of fraud for Xerox audits
January 30, 2003
The Securities and Exchange Commission sued the KPMG accounting firm Wednesday, accusing it of letting Xerox manipulate its balance sheets to fill a $3 billion gap and appear healthier than it really was.
Sebelius lawsuit won’t be expedited
January 30, 2003
The Kansas Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a request from 14 news organizations to grant early consideration of an open meetings lawsuit against Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. In a one-sentence order, the court refused to take the case directly from Shawnee County District Court. The case is pending before the Kansas Court of Appeals, which typically takes about 18 months to rule.
Senate postpones debate on budget
House bill, which includes all Sebelius’ proposals, to be discussed today
January 30, 2003
Senate debate on a budget-balancing bill was postponed Wednesday after Democrats called the measure incomplete and some Republicans complained about “a rush job.” Debate is now set for Tuesday on the Senate bill, which would prevent a deficit — prohibited by the state constitution — when the budget year ends June 30.
Identity theft bill stirs concerns about privacy
January 30, 2003
A bill requiring Kansans to provide certain proof of identity when getting driver’s licenses received tentative Senate approval Wednesday amid some members’ fears about privacy violations.
Magic’ bounces back into television
January 30, 2003
Basketball great Earvin “Magic” Johnson is getting back into the TV game after fouling out in 1998 with his talk show.
Florida drops case on cloned baby said to live in Israel
January 30, 2003
The head of the company that claims to have created the first human clone appeared in court Wednesday and insisted that the baby exists and is in Israel.
Elder care inspections under fire
Opponents object to facility officials joining KDHE on tours
January 30, 2003
Advocates for the elderly are worried recent changes in the way the state inspects assisted-living facilities will help the industry more than it does the people in its care. “This, I think, is an example of the state’s being far too sensitive to the concerns of the industry and not nearly sensitive enough to the concerns of the residents,” said Margaret Farley, a Lawrence attorney and past executive director at Kansas Advocates for Better Care, an association that monitors conditions in the state’s nursing homes and assisted-living facilities.
LMH questions smallpox vaccines for staff
KU Med declined federal safety option
January 30, 2003
Health care officials across the nation and locally are voicing concern about the risks of the federal government’s plan to start vaccinating health care workers for smallpox. KU Med has decided not to participate in the voluntary program at this time, and officials with Lawrence Memorial Hospital and the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department say they want more information about the vaccination effort before they decide.
Kansas Day passes uneventfully — except in the classrooms
January 30, 2003
Wednesday was Kansas Day, the 142nd anniversary of the state’s admission into the Union. Not that you could tell in Lawrence.
KU creates Web site to teach students about identity theft
January 30, 2003
Spurred into action by a hacker who last week stole personal information on its international students, Kansas University launched a Web site Wednesday that outlines how students can fend off identity theft. The site, www.security.ku.edu, is part of a security awareness campaign KU has been working on since last fall, said Marilu Goodyear, vice provost for information services.
Sharon rejects Arafat’s offer to resume peace negotiations
January 30, 2003
A day after his election victory, Ariel Sharon on Wednesday rebuffed an offer by Yasser Arafat to resume peace talks — an indication the Israeli prime minister will stick to his tough policies in his second term.
Food-protection law put to use
Olathe shopper charged with urinating on chicken in supermarket
January 30, 2003
An Olathe man charged Tuesday with urinating on packages of chicken in a supermarket cooler is the first person in Johnson County to face a new food-supply protection law.
6Sports video: Aaron Madill rules his weight class
January 30, 2003
The LHS wrestler’s undefeated record gives a boost to his entire team.
6Sports video: Lawrence High struggles against Blue Valley North
January 30, 2003
The Lions made a run in the third, but were beaten, 67-59.
6Sports video: KU women rack up second conference win
January 30, 2003
The Jayhawks are on a two-game winning streak after defeating Nebraska on Wednesday.
6News video: Serologicals break ground for new plant
January 30, 2003
The ceremony comes just hours after the company’s tax abatement is approved.
6News video: KU teaches students about cyber-security
January 30, 2003
The university has created a new website with internet security information.
6News video: The bond issue brings out opposition
January 30, 2003
Several different groups are speaking out about school consolidation and bond-issue.
Campaign urges residents to ‘Vote Yes for Kids’
January 30, 2003
A group of Lawrence volunteers Wednesday said they would lead a Vote Yes for Lawrence Kids campaign in support of a $59 million public school bond issue.
Dissenters win concession during Title IX hearing
January 30, 2003
A divided Bush administration commission considering changes to Title IX debated procedural issues and approved several modest recommendations Wednesday, setting the stage for a combative finish as the most controversial ideas are presented today.
Arizona coach denies team’s role in candy’s disappearance
January 30, 2003
Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson is dismissing allegations that three of his players were involved in removing about 70 pieces of candy from a vending machine last weekend at a Lawrence hotel.
Aquila: Energy prices soaring
January 30, 2003
You’re right; your natural-gas bill for last month was about twice what it was a year ago. That’s because December’s wholesale gas prices were double what they were a year ago. Chances are your bill for January will be just as high.
McMillen services
January 30, 2003
Kenneth Lee Jones
January 30, 2003
Ex-firefighter joins K.C. mayor’s race
January 30, 2003
Anne Wedow, a retired firefighter who won a sex discrimination case against Kansas City, filed as a candidate for mayor before Tuesday’s deadline.
NFL briefs
January 30, 2003
¢ Lions to interview Mariucci this week ¢ Pace out of Pro Bowl ¢ Falcons make changes ¢ Pro Bowl lucrative for NFL players
Richardson’s suit adds defendants
January 30, 2003
Lawyers for former Arkansas basketball coach Nolan Richardson added the university’s Board of Trustees and the Razorback Foundation to his federal lawsuit against the school Wednesday.
Big 12 tournament sold out again
January 30, 2003
No more tickets remain for the Big 12 Conference men’s basketball tournament. League officials declared Wednesday that the March 13-16 tourney at American Airlines Center in Dallas is a sellout.
Health Midwest attorney warns deal may be dead
January 30, 2003
If Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline continues to resist the proposed sale of Health Midwest to a for-profit company, the deal likely will fall apart, an attorney for the health system said Thursday .
People
January 30, 2003
¢ Madonna leaving London ¢ Civil rights icon honored ¢ Edged out by a nose ¢ ‘Joe Millionaire’ finalist has secret of her own
FSHS boys dominate swimming quad
January 30, 2003
Free State High won all but three events Wednesday in claiming a boys swimming quadrangular with Lawrence High and Manhattan at Olathe South.
Don’t be timid on Saddam
January 30, 2003
Chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix has concluded that Iraq has failed to live up to numerous resolutions calling for the disarmament of Saddam Hussein’s regime. No matter how much spin or false hope is derived from his report, that is the bottom line. Opponents of any war with Iraq for any reason (such as France and Germany) plead for “more time” so that the inspectors might locate a weapons-of-mass-destruction needle in a disinformation haystack.
Columbo’ may draw some raves
January 30, 2003
Detective fans who like their fish out of water should enjoy “Columbo Likes the Nightlife” (7 p.m., ABC), the latest installment in the 35-year-old Peter Falk franchise. In tonight’s mystery, the rumpled detective stumbles into the trendy rave dance scene. Who can resist the incongruity of watching the grandfatherly Columbo cavort with stoned ravers?
Artest’s outburst prompts suspension
January 30, 2003
Indiana Pacers forward Ron Artest was suspended for four games Wednesday for his run-in with Heat coach Pat Riley and flashing an obscene gesture toward the crowd.
KC outlook already bleak
Royals have done little to generate fan excitement
January 30, 2003
Spring training, baseball’s traditional time of hope and renewal, is about to open amid gloom and pessimism for most Kansas Citians.
Raiders address Robbins issue
Oakland coach Callahan says All-Pro center was incoherent on eve of Super Bowl
January 30, 2003
Barret Robbins was incoherent and didn’t know where he was the night before the Super Bowl, Oakland Raiders coach Bill Callahan said Wednesday in his first public comments about the troubled All-Pro center.
Saddam threat dominates Bush address
January 30, 2003
The 2003 State of the Union address was given by a president preoccupied by the imminence of war. It is only in the context of George Bush’s unmistakable intent to “disarm” — by which he means “dislodge” — Iraq’s Saddam Hussein that the annual message to Congress makes sense. Like a composer who introduces the theme of his symphony’s finale in the opening bars, Bush in the first 30 seconds signaled his worldwide audience to be “aware of decisive days that lie ahead.”
Calendar expertise
January 30, 2003
Tenant parking
January 30, 2003
Always Save taco seasoning recalled
January 30, 2003
Ampacco Inc. has recalled some 9,000 pouches of Always Save Taco Seasoning Mix, the company announced Wednesday.
Nash trying to reach potential for Jayhawks
Junior forward sank critical baskets in come-from-behind victory Monday night against Texas
January 30, 2003
Junior forward Bryant Nash is known to most Kansas University men’s basketball fans as “B-Nash.” But his teammates also call him “B” or “B-Nasty” or “Creature” or “Weird-O” or even “Pterodactyl.”
Woodling: Jags’ boss earned KU degree
January 30, 2003
Notes and quotes while wondering if the Chiefs have any intention of hiring U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix to root around their locker room to see if he can uncover anybody who can play defense. … The occasion was hardly the equivalent of the Hatfields presenting a rocking chair to the McCoys, but Roy Williams’ white-dove gesture of honoring former Missouri coach Norm Stewart before Monday night’s Kansas-Texas game punctuated the strong bonds of the coaching fraternity. Next thing we know, Williams will be bringing Billy Tubbs to Allen Fieldhouse and giving him a collection of Jack Nicholson films. …
Shirar services
January 30, 2003
Florida doctor charged with diluting drug for prostate cancer treatment
January 30, 2003
A urologist was indicted Wednesday on charges that he diluted an expensive cancer-treatment drug that he gave to more than 30 patients.
John Michael Rose
January 30, 2003
And that’s an order, young lady
January 30, 2003
Father of abuse victims tried to alert authorities
Mother, boyfriend charged with rape, sodomy of 9-, 11-year-old girls
January 30, 2003
The father of two girls allegedly abused by their mother and her boyfriend called the Missouri Division of Family Services’ child-abuse hot line about 40 times trying to help his children.
North Korea sees Bush speech as threat to ‘strangle’ nation
January 30, 2003
North Korea accused the United States on Wednesday of adopting a “serpent” strategy to strangle the communist country after President Bush warned it would suffer isolation and economic hardship unless it abandons its nuclear ambitions.
More Kansas farmers defaulting on loans
January 30, 2003
Farmers and their bankers are waiting to see if Congress passes a drought disaster aid package before they decide how to handle farm loan delinquencies, farm experts say.