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Boothe undergoing competency hearing
July 9, 2003
(Updated Wednesday at 2:47 p.m.) A mental competency hearing for Raymond Boothe, who is charged in connection with the death of his son last summer on the Kansas Turnpike, was being held Wednesday in Leavenworth County district court.
Thunderstorms in forecast for afternoon
July 9, 2003
(Updated Wednesday at 4:52 p.m.) If you’re tired of all the blistering hot weather, good news is in store for Wednesday evening — there’s a strong chance of thunderstorms rolling through, bringing rain and cooler weather. “There’s an 80 percent chance we’re goiing to get storms,” said Ross Janssen, 6News meteorologist
Berry delicious: Area farmers pick ‘em by the bucketful
Lawrence market supplies plenty of fresh, healthful berries
July 9, 2003
If you want to create a stir at the Farmers Market in Lawrence, just walk around holding a 1 pound bag of fresh blueberries grown by Charles Edmonds, popping them one or two at a time into your mouth.
How to select, prepare your favorite fish
July 9, 2003
According to Cutco Cutlery Co., here are quick tips to remember when selecting your favorite fish.
Delaware gallows the victim at final public spectacle
July 9, 2003
Shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday, a backhoe yanked a chain attached to the Delaware Correctional Center’s gallows, and the macabre relic of this state’s 341-year-old history with the death penalty crashed to the ground.
City briefs
July 9, 2003
¢ City delays decision on police union contract ¢ Amphitheater project deemed too expensive ¢ Plan for Sixth and SLT sent off for review
Wanted sex offender surrenders
July 9, 2003
A convicted sex offender and one of the state’s most sought-after missing parolees turned himself in after his case was publicized.
On the record
July 9, 2003
Overbrook will study abating utility fees to keep clinic open
July 9, 2003
The Overbrook City Council will be asked tonight to abate sewer, water and trash pick-up fees for the town’s only medical clinic in an attempt to keep it from closing.
Lawrence briefs
July 9, 2003
¢ ‘River City Weekly’ looks at Dole center events ¢ Law enforcers in focus at ACLU meeting
Survey tracks ownership of firearms around world
July 9, 2003
The United States has by far the largest number of publicly owned firearms in the world and is approaching the point where there is one gun for every American, according to the Small Arms Survey 2003 released Tuesday.
Neva Rose Cook
July 9, 2003
Services for Neva Rose Cook, 84, Meriden, will be at 9 a.m. Thursday at Meriden Community Church. Burial will be at Meriden Cemetery.
Ila Hase
July 9, 2003
Graveside services for Ila Hase, 90, Parsons, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Princeton Cemetery.
Lyons enacts restaurant smoking restrictions
July 9, 2003
Time is running out for smokers to light up in the four restaurants in this central Kansas town.
Inmate charged in 1970 slaying
July 9, 2003
A prison inmate who says he’s become a born-again Christian has confessed to killing a man 32 years ago, telling investigators he was “clearing his conscience.”
Chicagoans work to save famed hospital
July 9, 2003
Long before it inspired TV’s “ER” and was a setting in the movie “The Fugitive,” Cook County Hospital was a kind of Ellis Island of medicine.
Coma patient wakes after 19 years
July 9, 2003
A man regained consciousness after spending 19 years in a coma as the result of a car crash, greeting his mother who was waiting at his bedside.
Food labels to include amount of trans fat
July 9, 2003
Consumers are about to get a better idea of just how unhealthy some brands of potato chips, cookies, even margarines really are: Food labels will soon be required to reveal how much artery-clogging trans fat they contain.
Japanese author says book inspiration for Dylan songs
July 9, 2003
A Japanese writer said Tuesday he was flattered to learn that passages from one of his books apparently found their way into Bob Dylan’s lyrics.
Court affirms beef checkoff unconstitutional
Judges say beef farmers, ranchers do not have to pay $1-per-head fee
July 9, 2003
American beef farmers and ranchers do not have to pay a $1-per-head fee on cattle sold in the United States, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
Commodities
July 9, 2003
Yellow buys rival company for about $1 billion
July 9, 2003
Trucking giant Yellow Corp. on Tuesday agreed to buy rival Roadway Corp. for $966 million in cash and stock, a large premium in a deal that would further consolidate an industry plagued by bankruptcies in recent years.
Airport screeners denied right to unionize
July 9, 2003
Airport security screeners don’t have the right to unionize, according to the agency handling labor issues for the federal government.
County’s ‘deficient’ bridges on long waiting list for repair
Budget too tight to address all structural problems
July 9, 2003
More traffic, larger vehicles and old age are taking their toll on bridges in Douglas County, threatening to stretch an already tight budget for repairs and replacement. Of the 22 deficient bridges owned and maintained by the county — structures deemed either “structurally deficient” or “functionally obsolete” — only one is slated for replacement. And that’s not until 2006.
Pay the piper
It’s not unreasonable for the county to have a representative of the public’s interest on the Watkins Community Museum of History’s administrative committee.
July 9, 2003
It’s probably time for the folks who’ve been running the Watkins Community Museum of History to pay the piper.
Medicare reform critical before next election
July 9, 2003
It did not take President Bush long to begin capitalizing on his push in Congress to reform Medicare and add a prescription drug benefit for seniors. Three days after the House and Senate passed their separate Medicare bills, he was in Miami talking about the “historic opportunity we have to modernize Medicare on behalf of America’s seniors.”
Let it die
July 9, 2003
Incredible week
July 9, 2003
More taxes?
July 9, 2003
T fairy tale
July 9, 2003
Witness: Banker requested that loan from former Westar CEO stay secret
Assistant testifies defendant confided in her about loan from Wittig
July 9, 2003
The former president of a Topeka bank confided to his assistant about receiving a $1.5 million loan from his customer David Wittig, who was then chief of Westar Energy Inc., the assistant testified Tuesday.
Tribe’s Traber fires 1-hitter
Cleveland claims 4-0 victory against Yankees
July 9, 2003
Billy Traber was fast, focused and nearly flawless. Traber pitched a one-hitter for his first complete game Tuesday night, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 4-0 victory over the New York Yankees, who didn’t start injured infielders Derek Jeter and Alfonso Soriano.
NCAA tweaks basketball tournament for next year
July 9, 2003
In addition to announcing Final Four sites through 2011 last week, the men’s basketball committee also made two significant changes in the look of the NCAA Tournament men’s bracket starting in 2004.
Hasek to return to Red Wings
Two-time MVP goaltender will end one-year retirement
July 9, 2003
The return of two-time league MVP Dominik Hasek gives the Red Wings an unusual problem: too many top-notch goaltenders.
Pros known only by their images
July 9, 2003
Darrell Armstrong arrested for scuffling with a female cop. Kobe Bryant arrested in connection with an alleged sexual assault. The only thing that could have possibly been more disturbing this Fourth of July weekend is Mom being arrested for poisoning the apple pie.
Sheriff: Investigation of Bryant continues
July 9, 2003
The sexual assault allegations against Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant were made by a 19-year-old Colorado woman.
Shock still solving Sun
July 9, 2003
A 21-point run in the second half helped the Detroit Shock rout the Connecticut Sun, 66-50, Tuesday night.
6News video: ‘Deficient’ bridges in line for county funding
July 9, 2003
Douglas County has 22 bridges identified as structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, but repairing all of them anytime soon won’t be done without more federal funds, officials say.
6News video: City seeks more data on condo project
July 9, 2003
Commissioners decided Monday to require more documentation from developers seeking to build at the corner of Eighth and New Hampshire streets before giving approval.
6News video: Fifth-grader hard at work in hopes of refurbished playground
July 9, 2003
Chloe Sheridan hopes to raise enough funds this summer to replace old playground equipment at Pine Tree Townhouses.
6News video: Institute dedication offers student opportunities
July 9, 2003
Although the dedication of the Dole Institute will take place at a time when the KU campus is relatively quiet, organizers say they hope to see many students at the events.
6Sports video: Royals blank the Angels
July 9, 2003
Kansas City defeats the defending champions at Anaheim to take a 4 1/2 game division lead.
Justice’s departure could hurt Bush
July 9, 2003
One of the favorite activities of Supreme Court watchers over the past few years has been to speculate as to when sitting members of the court will resign. This speculation was raised to fever pitch a while back after the media reported that Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s husband was said to have suggested on the eve of President Bush’s election that she might retire if Bush were elected. Since then, Justice O’Connor has yet to announce her retirement. Similar rumors have circulated about Chief Justice William Rehnquist’s plans. Such rumors and speculations have died down recently, however, as no justice announced such plans before the end of the last term and because O’Connor, in a television interview, suggested that, in fact, she had no plans to retire before the next term of the court.
6Sports video: Raiders return home, roll past Paola
July 9, 2003
Lawrence pounds on the Panthers in a 17-5 win.
6Sports video: Perkins digs in to revenue discussion
July 9, 2003
Lew Perkins gets to work in his first week as KU’s athletic director by discussing KU’s new ticket policy.
Conservatives’ duty on Iraq’s weapons
July 9, 2003
There was a time when conservatives fought passionately to preserve America as a limited constitutional republic. That was, in fact, the essence of conservatism. It’s one reason Franklin Roosevelt’s vast expansion of government through the New Deal aroused bitter opposition on the right.
May wins third straight as Royals blank Angels
July 9, 2003
Aaron Guiel hit a two-run homer and Darrell May pitched seven innings Tuesday night, helping the Kansas City Royals beat the Anaheim Angels, 4-0. Winning his third decision in a row for the first time in his career, May held the Angels to four hits and walked two. He struck out three.
Wrecke returns to roots
Former Free State assistant playing for Kansas Koyotes
July 9, 2003
When Justin Wrecke tells his friends he’s playing indoor football in Topeka, their response is typical. “A lot of my buddies are going, ‘You should have been doing this a long time ago,’” he said. Wrecke, who has spent the last four years as an assistant football, basketball and track coach at Free State High, has been itching to play football since he completed his college career at Washburn University.
Lynx cut ex-Jayhawk Pride
July 9, 2003
Lynn Pride, a former Kansas University standout, has been released by the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA.
Evolution up for renewed scrutiny
Officials must decide if they’ll review science testing standards
July 9, 2003
Evolution could become a hot topic again for the State Board of Education. Board members said they planned to discuss today whether they wanted to review science testing standards in place for the past two years, which make evolution an important topic for students to learn.
Legislator will lead troubled agency
Office assisting disabled will reopen after audit prompts investigation
July 9, 2003
A Topeka legislator says he’s committed to salvaging Kansas Advocacy and Protective Services, a scandal-plagued agency that’s supposed to stand up for the rights of people with disabilities. “There’s a lot to do,” said Rep. Rocky Nichols, D-Topeka. Nichols last week was named executive director of the agency. He said he would resign his legislative seat by Aug. 1.
Hollywood hits summer slump
July 9, 2003
This year’s movie superheroes are getting licked by last year’s. While “The Matrix Reloaded,” “X2: X-Men United,” “The Hulk” and “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” had big weekend openings, Hollywood revenues lag behind the record pace of 2002, when “Spider-Man” and “Star Wars” ruled the summer.
Wichita’s handling of training grants under scrutiny
July 9, 2003
Federal investigations by the Department of Labor and a grand jury are targeting job training grants administered by the city of Wichita, The Wichita Eagle reported Tuesday.
Teeth marks key to new way to ID child in emergency
July 9, 2003
CrimeStoppers and dentists are teaming up to provide a new method of identifying children in case of an emergency. A youngster bites into a thermo-plastic wafer, leaving DNA, teeth marks and a scent. Parents then place the product in a plastic bag and store it away.
Plagiarism leads to resignation
Kansas City Star reporter steps down as treasurer for national group
July 9, 2003
A Kansas City Star reporter resigned as treasurer of the National Association of Black Journalists this week after an alternative newspaper reported he had been disciplined by the newspaper for plagiarism a year ago.
Counselors accused of organizing fights, betting among 4-H campers
July 9, 2003
Sheriff’s officers are investigating allegations that counselors at a 4-H summer camp arranged fistfights between children ages 9 to 13, charged admission to the brawls and allowed betting.
Chocolate, bing cherries make great dessert
July 9, 2003
Surely you’ve noticed the bags of ripe bing cherries in the supermarkets lately. Our own cherry trees were clobbered by a late frost and did not bear much fruit this year, so I’ve been getting my annual cherry fix from grocers and generous friends whose crop was spared.
Briefly
July 9, 2003
¢ FDA approves new West Nile virus test ¢ Two children die in locked, hot car ¢ Girls forced to take pregnancy, STD tests ¢ Police officers cleared in motorcyclist’s death
Now it’s Simon’s turn to be judged
July 9, 2003
Can Simon Cowell breathe life back into the flat-lining reality genre? Audiences have been bombarded with dumb dating shows, endless talent contests and other unscripted fare. To date, none have caught our fancy. Cowell, the persnickety star of “American Idol,” returns tonight with “Cupid” (9 p.m., CBS), a one-hour dating show that sounds dreadfully familiar.
Donald LeRoy Kelch
July 9, 2003
Services for Donald LeRoy Kelch, 64, Lawrence, are pending and will be announced by Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.
City fires manager
July 9, 2003
Citing financial problems, the Galena City Commission has fired City Manager Jack Murray.
Must-see ‘Hamlet’
July 9, 2003
KU’s Perkins no stranger to spotlight
July 9, 2003
When Lew Perkins enters a room, heads usually turn because Perkins sticks out in a crowd like a sequoia in an apple orchard. Kansas University’s new athletic director is a big man with distinctive facial features. He is easily recognizable.
James entertains in pro debut
July 9, 2003
With equal parts flash and fundamentals, LeBron James was a thrill to watch Tuesday night in his pro basketball debut.
Briefly
July 9, 2003
¢ Polls shows drop in Bush approval ¢ American forces arrest Iraqi diplomat ¢ Ten percent of stolen Iraqi artifacts recovered
People
July 9, 2003
¢ The truth about Britney, Justin ¢ Reggae fest tempts Destiny ¢ Barry White memorial planned ¢ Nuptials worth $1 million
Hillenbrand boosts power
D’backs benefit from newfound home-run stroke
July 9, 2003
A move to Arizona has turned Shea Hillenbrand from a line-drive hitter into a slugger. Hillenbrand became the sixth player to homer in three consecutive innings, going 5-for-5 with a career-high seven RBIs Monday night in the Diamondbacks’ 14-6 win over Colorado, the opener of a three-game series.
Chat transcript with Bill Whittemore
July 9, 2003
Kansas University quarterback Bill Whittemore chatted live with KU fans July 8 on KUsports.com. The second-year Jayhawk talked about the improvements of this year’s team, the change in attitude from last season his knee, as well as many other topics.
Project creeps toward approval
Commission seeks more data on N.H. Street development
July 9, 2003
Going up? Probably, but not quite yet. Lawrence city commissioners indicated Tuesday they may give approval to a new downtown development project that will tower over its neighbors — and which proponents say will bring new businesses and residents to the city’s core.
Prewar uranium assertion assailed
Former diplomat rails against administration; Democrats seek probe
July 9, 2003
A former U.S. diplomat who investigated reports of Iraq buying uranium in Africa Tuesday blasted the Bush administration’s admission that it used faulty intelligence despite his warnings. Joseph Wilson, who revealed Sunday that last year he had been sent on a mission to Niger by the CIA, said Tuesday in an interview that “with 200 Americans dead (in Iraq) and 150,000 in danger and billions of dollars spent, it is not enough to say, Gilda Radner-like, ‘Never mind.”’
5th-grader takes on project to refurbish playground
Kids need to have fun. It’s summer.’
July 9, 2003
Pine Tree Townhouses, a subsidized-housing complex near 19th Street and Haskell Avenue, has 160 housing units, dozens of young children and no toddler swings.
Lawrence firefighters share their favorite recipes on ‘Jayni’s Kitchen’
July 9, 2003
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Firehouse Favorites.” Lawrence firefighters Danny Clouse and David Russell and host Jayni Carey will fire up the grill and prepare a chicken dish along with other tasty meals.
Recipies with berries
July 9, 2003
These recipes are published in “A Kansas Compote: Select Fruit Recipes,” by the Kansas Fruit Growers Assn. All proceeds from the book benefit the association.
How to protect foods
Blanching can destroy active enzymes
July 9, 2003
Foods such as fruits and vegetables contain enzymes that dictate color and flavor changes. The activity of enzymes is temperature dependent. This activity can be destroyed at boiling temperatures but still be active at extremely cold temperatures. For vegetables, blanching for a brief amount of time will inactivate these enzymes and result in a higher quality food.
Seven U.S. soldiers wounded in attacks
Soldier killed in noncombat shooting
July 9, 2003
A blistering series of attacks, coming nearly hourly, wounded seven U.S. soldiers in Iraq on Tuesday, and the United States offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone who kills a coalition soldier or Iraqi policeman.
Surviving boy loses leg after Sudanese plane crash
July 9, 2003
A Sudanese airliner plunged into a hillside while attempting an emergency landing Tuesday, killing 116 people and leaving one survivor — a 3-year-old boy found injured but alive amid a scene of charred corpses.
U.S. to directly fund Palestinian Authority
Prime Minister Abbas threatens to resign
July 9, 2003
The White House has decided to provide direct funding to the Palestinian Authority for social service projects, Bush administration and congressional officials said Tuesday, marking an important shift in U.S. policy designed to bolster the new Palestinian prime minister and act as a counterweight to services provided by militant organizations like Hamas.
Briefcase
July 9, 2003
¢ Hotels not yet full for Dole Institute event ¢ Microsoft changes stock options policy ¢ Auto parts company launches takeover bid ¢ Consumers increase use of credit cards
City seeks to rezone northwest area
Unusual request latest step in Sixth Street, Wakarusa Drive debate
July 9, 2003
Lawrence city commissioners are taking an unusual next step in trying to stop big box stores from building near the intersection of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive. Commissioners last month adopted a building moratorium for the area that prevented a proposed Wal-Mart store from being built on the northwest corner of the intersection.
Discount giants stomping on Payless’ sales
Topeka-based firm aims to fend off rivals with focus on fashion
July 9, 2003
Despite its 5,000 stores across the country, Payless ShoeSource Inc. finds itself in the same difficult position as a multitude of mom-and-pop retailers — contending with the ever-increasing rivalry of Wal-Mart, Target and other mass merchandisers.
Local briefs
July 9, 2003
¢ Special-needs population to discuss tornado issues ¢ Commission to consider budget, quarry, dogs ¢ Water main breached; boil order still in effect ¢ City band to perform popular movie scores
Armstrong ready to roll
American 12th, resting up for grueling days ahead
July 9, 2003
Now Lance Armstrong gets serious. His bid for a fifth straight Tour de France title begins in earnest today in team time trials. By day’s end, Armstrong hopes to be wearing the leader’s yellow jersey.
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July 9, 2003
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July 9, 2003
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Caddiegate at Women’s Open
Wie, caddie/father involved in controversy with Ammaccapane
July 9, 2003
The father of a golf prodigy went to the Portland area to caddie for his kid, but a fight broke out and he turned over the job to someone else. “I was tired,” Earl Woods said Monday evening, recalling the one time he worked for his famous son, Tiger Woods, in the finals of the 1994 Pacific Northwest Amateur.
KU football secures first oral commitment
July 9, 2003
Kansas high schools haven’t started preseason football practices yet, but the state’s top recruits already are going fast.
Raiders pound Paola, 17-5
July 9, 2003
It’s tough to imagine, but the Lawrence Raiders have had better offensive games. Just ask Paola. The American Legion baseball squad pounded 16 hits in a 17-5, seven-inning victory Tuesday night against Paola at Free State High’s field. The Raiders (23-10) scored at least four runs in three different innings and four players had at least two hits.
San Francisco’s Cruz makes splash
Home run into McCovey Cove helps Giants fly past Cardinals, 8-3
July 9, 2003
Since Jose Cruz Jr. joined the San Francisco Giants, he’s wanted to hit a home run into McCovey Cove.
Conjoined twins meet death apart
July 9, 2003
Fifty grueling hours into an unprecedented operation to separate adult twins conjoined at the head, Dr. Keith Goh’s heart sank. He was working furiously Tuesday to save Laleh Bijani, who began bleeding profusely the moment surgeons made the final cut to separate her from her sister, Ladan.
Dean M. Daniel
July 9, 2003
Services for Dean M. Daniel, 47, Lawrence, are pending and will be announced by Warren-McElwain Mortuary.