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KU playwrights winners at regional festival
January 31, 2003
(Updated Friday at 11:48 a.m.) Plays written by two Kansas University playwrights emerged as winners in the regional festival of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, held recently at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.
Sebelius forms task force to study education
January 31, 2003
(Updated Friday at 11:40 a.m.) TOPEKA — Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Friday announced the appointment of a task force that will look at the state’s education system from pre-school through college.
Police try to piece together counterfeiting cases
January 31, 2003
(Web Posted Friday at 9:33 a.m.) OTTAWA — Area law enforcement agencies were on Friday trying to determine if two men arrested earlier this week in Ottawa for counterfeiting are responsible for similar incidents elsewhere.
World Online Arts & Entertainment Calendar
January 31, 2003
Local briefs
January 31, 2003
¢ Baker men, women swept by MANU ¢ Ottawa men prevail, women fall to Sterling ¢ Baldwin’s Mason honored by Old Spice
Suspect confessed to slaying, officer says
Defendant to stand trial in fatal stabbing
January 31, 2003
David J. Uptain confessed earlier this month to killing a man he had just started staying with a few days earlier, a Lawrence Police detective said Thursday in Douglas County District Court. Uptain said he stabbed Mike Riley, 49, during an argument about $50 that Riley was missing, Detective John Hanson testified in a preliminary hearing for Uptain, 31.
Clara Elizabeth Holmes
January 31, 2003
Boosters save Gopher sports
Money raised for Minnesota golf, gymnastics
January 31, 2003
Three University of Minnesota sports teams targeted for elimination have been saved because of $2.8 million in contributions from boosters.
Duke will test UConn’s mettle
Huskies’ win streak tested by toughest foe yet — No. 1 Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium
January 31, 2003
With three national titles and a record 58-game winning streak, Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma hasn’t slipped up too often.
In ‘Boyz,’ It’s Definitely a Man’s World
January 31, 2003
You want to know what my first clue was that “Biker Boyz,” the new film about California motorcycle clubs and male bonding, wasn’t going to be my cup of tea? I mean, other than the fact that I’m the sort of person who would actually use the expression — let alone drink — a “cup of tea.”
ABC tops in bidding battle for Jackson documentary
January 31, 2003
ABC won a network bidding war to acquire the rights to a documentary about Michael Jackson and immediately scheduled it for prime time on Feb. 7.
Potential Heritage Area gems polished during Lawrence summit
January 31, 2003
If Lawrence’s “Bleeding Kansas” history is gold, the mining began in earnest Thursday. Day one of a summit to discuss having the city designated a National Heritage Area ended Thursday afternoon with an eight-member task force — representing four northeast Kansas counties — appointed to begin raising funds, finding partners and perhaps hiring staff.
Bush tells allies war near, battles skeptics on Iraq
January 31, 2003
President Bush put allies on notice Thursday that diplomacy would give way to a decision on war in “weeks, not months.” Wary world leaders and congressional critics urged patience and demanded proof of Iraq’s transgressions. Opening an 11th-hour campaign to sway a wide array of skeptics, the president said, “For the sake of peace, this issue must be resolved.” His advisers said Bush would maintain consultations with allies through mid-February, when the next U.N. weapons inspectors’ report is expected to force talks to closure.
What is enough?
January 31, 2003
The soft-spoken Hans Blix report indicated just how serious the Iraq situation is. Hans Blix, the low-key United Nations chief weapons inspector, has told the U.N. Security Council that Iraq’s Saddam Hussein has failed to comply with much of the council’s direction. Before long, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell is due to amplify the violation processes with substantial detail to make the case.
U.N. inspections are futile exercise
January 31, 2003
Having flourished the bouquet of policy posies expected in State of the Union addresses, the president made an abrupt rhetorical turn. With words as spare and pointed as an ice pick, he told Americans that killers were being killed, one at a time. Key al-Qaida commanders have been arrested “or otherwise dealt with.” And although more than 3,000 suspected terrorists have been arrested in many countries, “many others have met a different fate” and “are no longer a problem.”
Support abstinence
January 31, 2003
Murderous echo
January 31, 2003
Dream entrance
January 31, 2003
University students admit using cell phones to cheat
January 31, 2003
Six University of Maryland students have admitted cheating on an accounting exam by using their cell phones to receive text messages with the answers, the school said Thursday. Another six students were implicated in the case. The scheme worked this way: Test-takers brought their cell phones into the exam with them. They used the phones to contact friends outside the classroom. The friends looked up the exam answer key that had been posted on the Internet by the professor once the test had started. Then the friends messaged the answers back to the test-takers.
Minorities lacking
January 31, 2003
Economy falters in fourth quarter
January 31, 2003
The economy slipped in the fourth quarter of last year as consumers — nervous about a war with Iraq and their own job prospects and stock portfolios — turned cautious and increased their spending by the smallest amount in nearly a decade. Gross domestic product rose at an annual rate of just 0.7 percent in the fourth quarter, a dramatic slowdown from the previous quarter’s solid 4 percent growth rate and ending 2002 on a sour note, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.
Stocks fall on disappointing report, war prospects
January 31, 2003
Investors perturbed by the government’s latest gross domestic product report sent stocks sharply lower Thursday, halting a two-day rally. The Dow Jones industrials dropped more than 160 points, giving the blue chips a two-week loss of nearly 900 points.
LMH Endowment to raise funds for cardiac center
January 31, 2003
The Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Assn. will make support for a new $350,000 chest pain center its top project in 2003, endowment officials announced at their annual meeting Thursday evening. Endowment association officials said they have set a goal of raising $146,000 for the new cardiac observation unit at the association’s annual Hearts of Gold Ball.
Governor attempts to assuage cities group
Sebelius tells leaders tough economic times forced cuts to municipalities
January 31, 2003
In a speech to city officials from across the state, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Thursday defended her proposal to cut $128 million in government aid to cities and counties.
State briefs
January 31, 2003
¢ Open meetings bill falls short, panel told ¢ Governor announces additional appointments
Arabs seek world effort to offer amnesty for Iraqi military leaders
January 31, 2003
Arab countries are considering an international undertaking to offer amnesty to some of Saddam Hussein’s generals to encourage them to overthrow him and avoid a new war, according to Arab officials.
Events include support from Europeans
January 31, 2003
Developments in the Iraq crisis.
Roy William Lambert
January 31, 2003
Clark F. Knapp
January 31, 2003
Al-Qaida shoe bomber gets life sentence
January 31, 2003
Richard Reid, the al-Qaida follower who tried to blow up a trans-Atlantic jetliner with explosives hidden in his shoes, was sentenced to life in prison Thursday by a judge who warned him: “We are not afraid … We are Americans. We have been through the fire before.” The 29-year-old British citizen cried, “You will be judged by Allah!” before being dragged from the courtroom in handcuffs.
Senate panel endorses Bush judicial nominee
January 31, 2003
Senate Republicans on Thursday broke a Democratic logjam that has prevented President Bush from installing conservatives in important federal judgeships, putting Miguel Estrada on a path that eventually could make him the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.
Copter crash kills 4 in Afghanistan
January 31, 2003
Four U.S. soldiers were killed when their Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a training mission Thursday in eastern Afghanistan, U.S. officials said. The cause was being investigated.
Commission opens door to Title IX changes
January 31, 2003
Reacting to cuts in men’s sports, a Bush administration advisory commission Thursday recommended changes in a landmark gender equity law that has ignited a women’s sports explosion in colleges and high schools.
On the record
January 31, 2003
Dance to raise funds for KU fine arts
January 31, 2003
Ashley Peterson wants to help the Kansas University School of Fine Arts dance around state budget cuts.
Newspaper details candidates’ convictions
January 31, 2003
Three mayoral candidates have been convicted of felonies and the fiancee of a fourth filed for a court protection from abuse order.
Sideline
January 31, 2003
¢ Perez called to testify ¢ Royals invite 17 players
Athletes of the week
January 31, 2003
Leavenworth tops LHS
January 31, 2003
Lawrence High’s wrestling team was spread too thin, and it hurt on Thursday as Leavenworth took advantage of two open weight classes to beat the Lions 36-27.
McGrady, Iverson offer to sit
Jordan declines starting spot
January 31, 2003
On the night the NBA all-star starters were announced, Allen Iverson called Michael Jordan and offered him his starting spot in the Feb. 9 game. Jordan declined and earlier this week was named a reserve for the Eastern Conference.
Surtain out, Madison in
January 31, 2003
Miami Dolphins cornerback Patrick Surtain dropped out of the Pro Bowl Thursday because of a knee injury and was replaced by teammate Sam Madison.
Mariucci interviews with Lions
January 31, 2003
Former San Francisco 49ers coach Steve Mariucci interviewed Thursday for the Detroit Lions head-coaching position.
Casey leads Heineken; Els five back
January 31, 2003
England’s Paul Casey shot a 7-under-par 65 Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Heineken Classic, while Ernie Els fell five strokes back.
6Sports video: KU softball team faces injury problems
January 31, 2003
Serena Settlemier will have surgery on her pitching arm, forcing her to have a red-shirt season.
6Sports video: High School Scholar Athlete of the Month for January
January 31, 2003
Tonganoxie High School’s Jennifer Reischman earns accolades in the classroom and on the basketball court.
6Sports video: Wayne Simien will sit out two more games at least
January 31, 2003
Kansas coach Roy Williams says that Simien will not play Saturday or Monday.
6Sports video: Free State and Lawrence both advance at the Firebired Winter Classic
January 31, 2003
The Lions win over Topeka West, and the Firebirds defeat Sumner.
6News video: Heritage Summit discusses northeast Kansas’ history
January 31, 2003
The two-day summit is meant to create a comprehensive history of the region to earn National Heritage Area status.
6News video: Budget cuts will cut into sheriff’s office
January 31, 2003
Two undersheriff positions will remain unfilled.
The Recruit’ doesn’t make the cut for real intrigue
January 31, 2003
For the first of its nearly two hours, “The Recruit” is just the sort of diverting, slick nonsense you expect and want when handsome devils Al Pacino and Colin Farrell play CIA spooks.
Celebrity TV goes to the dogs with ‘Pet Star’
January 31, 2003
What do you get when you blend “American Idol” and “Star Search” with David Letterman’s “Stupid Pet Tricks”? A perfectly entertaining half-hour of television distraction called “Pet Star” (7 p.m., Animal Planet), with Mario Lopez (“Saved by the Bell”) as host. Each animal act — make that bird, reptile and crustacean act — will be judged by a panel of three notables, who, like Lopez, reside in the “where are they now?” subdivision of Celebrity Gulch.
Tribes offer deal on gambling profits
Proposed casino would benefit state if it blocked competition
January 31, 2003
Two American Indian tribes said they would give Kansas a share of profits from a proposed casino in Wyandotte County if the state would block future competition. Testifying Thursday before a joint meeting of the House and Senate Federal and State Affairs committees, the Kickapoo Tribe and Sac and Fox Nation said they would build a $175 million hotel and casino near Kansas Speedway. The committee took no action on the proposal.
Local briefs
January 31, 2003
¢ $2,500 reward offered in post office burglary ¢ Lecompton residents told to watch for thieves ¢ Shooting suspect gets 17 years in drug case
Buccaneers finally arrive
Five players from Super Bowl champs exhausted, but excited
January 31, 2003
After a month of playoff games, tension at the Super Bowl and crazy victory celebrations, Tampa Bay safety John Lynch still doesn’t want to rest.
Knight’s milestone elicits high praise
Tech coach apathetic, but NCAA coaching elite know 800th win substantial
January 31, 2003
Bob Knight isn’t into keepsakes, at least not the ones commemorating milestone career wins.
Judge OKs delay in political figure’s sexual assault trial
Former Kansas Water Office director to undergo additional mental evaluation
January 31, 2003
A judge Thursday delayed the trial of a well-known Kansas political figure who stands accused of sexually assaulting a 47-year-old woman in May 2002. Shawnee County District Court Judge Eric Rosen delayed the Feb. 18 start of the trial until April 9 to allow further mental and physical examination of Al LeDoux, 55, the former director of the Kansas Water Office.
Proposed cuts touch public safety funds
January 31, 2003
Budget-cutting Douglas County commissioners say they are poised to shield services and programs that address public health and safety, but they won’t be adding to them either. When nearly $1.5 million must come off the books to help fill a $1.7 million budget hole, they say, few categories can escape the financial knife.
Frank M. Caughey Jr.
January 31, 2003
Forget the RV; hitch a wagon to your dream
Couple rejoice in rustic tour of America
January 31, 2003
Somewhere in a field in Idaho is a motor home filled with the tools of a diesel mechanic. And Thursday, in a field in northeast Kansas, were that motor home’s owners — bedding down for a chilly night in what looked like a Conestoga wagon.
Daily ticker
January 31, 2003
Davis - Budget issues heating up in the Statehouse
January 31, 2003
The following is a column by Rep. Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, for the week ending Jan. 31.
Chill factor
Coldplay acclimates to reputation as one of Britain’s hottest bands
January 31, 2003
Like the title of its most recent album, Coldplay is enjoying “A Rush of Blood to the Head.” Call it the dizzying feeling of becoming an “instant” superstar mere months after the release of its 2000 debut: the multiplatinum, Grammy-winning “Parachutes,” which featured the blissful radio staple “Yellow.”
Area director’s short film debuts at New York International festival
January 31, 2003
“It’s not exactly Sundance, but it’s a start,” says Tim Hintsala. The fledgling Kansas filmmaker is referring to the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival that starts on Thursday. Hintsala’s debut, “The Adventures of Smiley Livingston — Chapter 1: The Package,” was selected to be screened in the short comedy division.
Briefcase
January 31, 2003
¢ Auto dealers seek to simplify incentives ¢ Sprint announcement may come Wednesday ¢ Bombardier reviewing Wichita work force ¢ Payless faces lawsuit
Mandela blasts Bush for Iraq arrogance
January 31, 2003
Former President Nelson Mandela called President Bush arrogant and shortsighted and implied that he was racist for ignoring the United Nations in his zeal to attack Iraq.
Professor to speak on roots of terrorism
January 31, 2003
A Washburn University law professor will speak on “The Roots of Islamic Terrorism” Wednesday at Ecumenical Christian Ministries’ weekly University Forum.
LHS, Free State prevail
Lions girls ‘lucky’ in 49-42 win
January 31, 2003
This was the nightmare from which Lawrence High’s girls basketball team almost didn’t wake up. Topeka West frazzled the Lions with its zone defense, dictated the game’s tempo and held a two-point lead with less than a minute to go in Thursday’s opener of the Firebird Winter Classic at Free State.
Firebirds dominate Sumner
January 31, 2003
For the first time in almost two months, Free State High’s girls basketball team led a game from start to finish. And even though the Firebirds’ 39-28 win Thursday against Kansas City Sumner in the Firebird Winter Classic at Free State wasn’t a perfect game, it was the next best thing.
Williams continues to laud Collison’s effort
January 31, 2003
Kansas University basketball coach Roy Williams never will tire of hearing about Nick Collison’s one-for-the-ages performance against Texas.
This ‘Destination’ Still Worth the Trip
January 31, 2003
“Final Destination” was one of 2000’s guilty pleasures, a teen horror film with genuine substance, style and suspense. While delivering the requisite gross gore, it earned its $180 million worldwide gross with an intriguing premise cleverly explored:
Price services
January 31, 2003
Haas takes lead with 61
Leader up one stroke on Frazar at 16 under following ‘magical day’
January 31, 2003
Never in Jay Haas’ 26 years on the tour had he played such a round.
Traveling in time
January 31, 2003
Skaggs sparks Baldwin
Guard erupts for career-high 29 points in rout
January 31, 2003
How badly did Baldwin High’s Anna Skaggs want to play in Saturday night’s Top Gun Invitational championship game?
Jayhawk Invitational opens today
January 31, 2003
More or less, it’s an indoor version of the Kansas Relays without high school competitors.
Stanford topples Arizona
Cardinal win at McKale for third straight year
January 31, 2003
McKale Center is an awful place for visiting teams, except for the Stanford Cardinal.
Sixth man helped Seton Hall
Big East Conference acknowledges extra player was used in Georgetown’s overtime loss
January 31, 2003
Seton Hall used a couple of extras to beat Georgetown in a Big East basketball game — overtime and a sixth man on the court.
CNN future unclear as Turner departs
January 31, 2003
Ted Turner’s departure as vice chairman of AOL Time Warner Inc. renewed talk about merger negotiations between CNN and ABC or the possibility that Turner would consider buying back the cable network he founded.
Even Barbie can pitch in for student fees at auction
January 31, 2003
Need a mint condition “schoolteacher” Barbie? How about a ticket to the Kansas-Missouri basketball grudge match?
Simien out another week
January 31, 2003
Kansas University’s men’s basketball team will have to survive without Wayne Simien a little while longer. KU’s 6-foot-9, 255-pound sophomore power forward from Leavenworth, who has missed the last seven games because of a dislocated right shoulder, won’t play Saturday at Nebraska or Monday at home against Missouri, KU coach Roy Williams said Thursday.
Jayhawks’ strength: pitching
January 31, 2003
Kansas University softball coach Tracy Bunge should be singing the blues after learning this week she has lost her best pitcher to an injury. Yet Bunge is warbling a surprisingly happy tune considering sophomore Serena Settlemier will undergo surgery on her pitching arm next week and will have to take an injury red-shirt season.
People
January 31, 2003
¢ Olsen twins all the online buzz ¢ Bon Jovi set to jam with Tiger ¢ Franklin subpoenaed in arson ¢ It’s a boy for supermodel Schiffer
Focus on real issues of Iraq
January 31, 2003
So we’re wringing our hands about whether to go to war in Iraq.
Deflation creates bargains for consumers
January 31, 2003
Jakki Glivicky can easily list some of the bargains she’s nabbed recently: two sweaters, a pair of pants and a skirt for a total of $200; a couple of CDs at $11 each, marked down from $15; and a Bulova watch for $200, discounted at least 30 percent. She even picked up a Canon Elph digital camera for $399. Only three years ago, the average price for a similar gadget was more than $600.
Boeing announces $590 million profit
January 31, 2003
A flourishing defense business helped Boeing Co. post a $590 million profit in the fourth quarter despite the aviation industry slump that inflicted a $3 billion hit on sales at its mainstay unit, commercial airplanes.
Robert O. Bryan
January 31, 2003
Political and social leaders, instead of film critics, give ‘Antwone Fisher’ thumbs up
January 31, 2003
Prominent critics like Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times and Stephen Holden of The New York Times are quoted in ads for the movie “Antwone Fisher.” But some recent ads show that political and social leaders also give it a “thumbs-up.”
Area briefs
January 31, 2003
¢ Bicyclist cited in injury accident ¢ Arizona official says ‘action taken’ in case ¢ 1 hospitalized in wreck ¢ Eudora student wins essay competition
Court tosses tainted cases
Questions regarding officer’s credibility leads to 3 dismissals
January 31, 2003
At least three Douglas County criminal cases have been dismissed in the aftermath of a recent ruling that raised doubts about a Lawrence police officer’s credibility. In one of the now-dismissed cases, court documents show, Officer Stuart “Mike” Peck was ready to testify that the defendant claimed to be a “major player” in the Lawrence drug scene — with a client list that included judges, lawyers and doctors.
Horoscopes
January 31, 2003
Briefly
January 31, 2003
¢ EPA figures reveal declines, advances ¢ Report: Al-Qaida built bomb in Afghanistan ¢ Weather service should continue, panel says ¢ INS extends deadline for student tracking
Briefly
January 31, 2003
¢ Audit: S. Korea sent $186M before Nobel-winning summit ¢ Commuter train derails ¢ Investigators say rubber dust may have caused explosion ¢ Drive to oust Chavez shifts strategy to early elections
Buhler - Long haul ahead for ‘streamlined’ sales tax
January 31, 2003
The following is a journal from Sen. Mark Buhler, R-Lawrence, for the week ending Jan. 31.
Cowboy to commander…
January 31, 2003
Just before the State of the Union address, an instant poll popped up on AOL. It was one of those polls that offer equal time for public opinion on whether Shania Twain lip-synched at the Super Bowl and whether George Bush is leading his country in the right direction. This one was a prepoll on the State of the Union address. Prepoll is a word I invented to match prebuttal, the word just created to describe a reply to a speech that hasn’t yet been delivered.
Briefly
January 31, 2003
¢ Senate approves Snow as treasury secretary ¢ Offensive T-shirts lead to ban on solicitors ¢ Stepfather charged with child abuse ¢ Pension program has $3.6 billion shortfall
Only she is worthy
January 31, 2003
Cassell wilts Wizards, 97-90
Milwaukee guard scores 31 points, outshines Jordan
January 31, 2003
For once, Michael Jordan didn’t feel like Milwaukee was his home away from home.