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High court suspends Lawrence attorney
July 11, 2003
(Updated Friday at 10:54 a.m.) The Kansas Supreme Court called a well-known Lawrence attorney a “loose cannon” Friday as it ordered the one-year suspension of his law license. Jim Rumsey was accused in two separate complaints from clients he represented in the late 1990s. One case was a divorce; the other involved an on-the-job injury.
Briefly
July 11, 2003
¢ FDA orders new warning for epilepsy drug ¢ Wrapped cheese slices creator dies at 78 ¢ Two killed in crash of vintage WWII bomber ¢ Talk show host Springer to file for U.S. Senate
Kansas companies searched in arms probe
July 11, 2003
An investigation into illegal weapons shipments to Iran led to searches of 18 American businesses — including two in Kansas — that may have supplied a London-based company believed to be a front for the Iranian military, authorities said Thursday.
Wine and food fest returns
July 11, 2003
Wine and food connoisseurs will tickle their taste buds for charity this weekend as “Salute! A Festival of Wine and Food” returns to Lawrence. The fifth annual fund-raising event benefits Cottonwood Inc.
Over easy
July 11, 2003
Bicyclist killed after hit by truck
July 11, 2003
The driver of a pickup truck fleeing police after striking a pedestrian in a Kansas suburb hit and killed a bicyclist Thursday evening, police said. The driver was later arrested after driving back across the state line and into Kansas.
Pirates’ Simon won’t face charges
First baseman fined $432 for hitting mascot with bat in Milwaukee
July 11, 2003
Prosecutors grilled Pirates first baseman Randall Simon, then let him off the hook for hitting one of the Brewers’ sausage mascots with his bat.
D’backs’ Schilling to pitch Saturday
July 11, 2003
Arizona’s Curt Schilling was cleared to return from the disabled list Thursday and will make his first start in nearly six weeks against the San Francisco Giants Saturday.
Kelch services
July 11, 2003
Briefcase
July 11, 2003
¢ Enron lawsuits delayed ¢ Pepsi posts profit growth ¢ Serologicals to exit major business division ¢ Former Rite Aid leader pleads guilty to fraud
Hearing opens in kidnapping case
July 11, 2003
The city’s self-appointed police watchdog appeared Thursday in court to fight kidnapping and burglary charges that threaten to cut short his career as an anti-cop crusader. Judge Michael Malone began hearing pretrial motions Thursday in the case of Dale E. McCormick, 32, who’s known for videotaping traffic stops while cursing at police. He faces allegations that early on the morning of Feb. 16, he broke into the home of a Lawrence woman who claims he has been stalking her and held her against her will.
Letter leads to internal investigation at Aquila
Anonymous message accuses top executives of falsifying earnings
July 11, 2003
While casting doubt on claims made in an anonymous letter to its board, Aquila Inc. has begun an internal investigation of executive bonuses, accounting practices, energy trading and real estate transactions. The letter was signed “Aquila employees who believe in the code and are fed up with greed and dishonesty.” The reference was to the financially struggling energy company’s code of conduct.
Business travelers face good, bad as airlines adjust to weak economy
Consumers can find cheaper prices in not-so-luxurious conditions
July 11, 2003
Life on the road isn’t as cushy as it used to be for business travelers, with employers counting their pennies more closely and airlines scaling back service and amenities. It also is less crowded, at least for the time being, and that has benefited the diminished horde of road warriors by reducing congestion on runways and in the skies, freeing up better rooms at hotels and making it easier to use frequent flier miles to get bumped up to first class.
KU Med plans $72M expansion
July 11, 2003
Increasing patient volumes will lead KU Med to build a $72 million building to treat heart and lung patients and to house its emergency department. Officials announced the 153,000-square-foot building Thursday, just three days after a new 80,000-square-foot sixth-floor addition officially opened. Both will help KU Med handle patient numbers that have climbed 40 percent in the past four years.
Ancient planet discovered
Gaseous sphere changes ideas about origins
July 11, 2003
Astronomers said Thursday the oldest and most distant planet yet found was a huge, gaseous sphere 13 billion years old and 5,600 light years away, a discovery that could change theories about when planets formed and when life could have evolved.
Angels hammer Royals - Anaheim 7, Kansas City 1
July 11, 2003
For someone who says he doesn’t try to hit home runs, Garret Anderson seems to have the perfect home run swing. Anderson hit a pair of two-run shots off Chris George and the Anaheim Angels beat the Kansas City Royals 7-1 Thursday.
League’ is extra ordinary
July 11, 2003
It’s always peeving when Hollywood takes a great idea and ruins it. Such is the case with “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” the latest summer superhero flick — albeit one whose source material predates Marvel Comics by nearly a century.
Malone headed to Lakers
Utah veteran seeks title in Los Angeles
July 11, 2003
The Los Angeles Lakers’ dream team could give the rest of the NBA nightmares.
Briefly
July 11, 2003
¢ Powell expects decision soon on Liberia troop commitment ¢ Nader mulls presidential bid ¢ Infomercial marketers agree to $3.2 million settlement ¢ Hope wanes for hundreds missing after ferry disaster
Briefly
July 11, 2003
¢ More die in flash floods ¢ Volkswagen unveils last edition of old Beetle ¢ Nation opens first mosque in 500 years ¢ National curfew in place as fighting continues
Lollapalooza returns with a vengeance
July 11, 2003
The Lollapalooza traveling road show may have paid lip service to musical diversity, but those in attendance were bombarded by some of the premier ROCK bands in circulation. The distorted guitars and screaming vocals were in full force on Tuesday at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, and with few exceptions, the no-frills formula proved a smashing success.
Affirmative action babies’ grow differently
July 11, 2003
As someone who makes a living telling people what she thinks, I am aware that opinion-mongering is a dicey business. Even the dictionary offers this slippery definition: “a belief or conclusion held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof.” Of course, it is a problem if you are discussing cilantro or the Red Sox. It’s more unsettling when you’re talking about the law.
State details deficient bridges
U.S. 59 spans on list set for replacement
July 11, 2003
Two of the four state-maintained bridges in Douglas County that are considered “structurally deficient” are slated for repair or replacement during the next four years. But just because the other two aren’t, state transportation officials say, doesn’t mean the traveling public is in peril.
High gas prices threatening some industries
Fed chairman expects loss of jobs
July 11, 2003
Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan said Thursday that high natural gas prices and shortages were having an adverse effect on some industries, but as yet not much direct fallout to the overall economy.
Bush pledges help in African AIDS fight
July 11, 2003
President Bush on Thursday visited the country with the worst AIDS infection rate in the world, hoping to demonstrate American compassion and vowing to help defeat the scourge. “The people of this nation have the courage and resolve to defeat this disease, and you will have a partner in the United States of America,” Bush said in a luncheon toast to Botswana President Festus Mogae. “This is the deadliest enemy Africa has ever faced and you will not face this enemy alone.”
Friends and neighbors
July 11, 2003
Kansas dominates Big 12 on draft day, too
Four-time conference basketball champions have produced most NBA prospects by wide margin
July 11, 2003
Kansas University’s men’s basketball team has dominated the Big 12 Conference not only during the regular season the past seven years, but also on NBA draft days. The Jayhawks, who have won two straight league crowns and four of seven in conference history (Iowa State has won two titles, Texas one), have had nine first- or second-round draft picks since 1996-97.
Hill meet to pack pool
More than 750 swimmers to compete this weekend
July 11, 2003
If you’re trying to beat the heat this weekend, don’t go to the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center unless you plan on watching other individuals swim. The indoor pool will be closed to the public, but spectators can watch more than 750 swimmers take part in the annual Roger Hill Swim Meet.
Jayhawks will be plentiful in NFL training camps
Fifteen former KU players on preseason rosters
July 11, 2003
Dana Stubblefield has changed teams. So have Kwamie Lassiter and Don Davis. Davis, Lassiter and Stubblefield are among 15 former Kansas University football players listed on the preseason rosters of National Football League teams.
Going Underground
Conner guitarist Tom Wagner’s home studio begins to surface
July 11, 2003
The first time Tom Wagner recorded a surefire hit, he had to go back and do it all over again. The song was Conner’s “Tuesday,” and a month after Wagner and the band mixed the song, lead singer James Duft showed up at Wagner’s doorstep with a copy of The Strokes record “Is This It.”
Horoscopes
July 11, 2003
Baseball briefs
July 11, 2003
¢ Johnson pitches in rehab start ¢ Martinez to pitch against Yankees ¢ Indians’ Vizquel out another month
People
July 11, 2003
¢ Country singer hospitalized ¢ ‘I’m With Busey’ explained ¢ Rappers keep it all in the family ¢ Connelly downplays her draw
Police watchdog group takes shape
July 11, 2003
A volunteer watchdog group is forming to keep an eye on the activities of Lawrence’s law enforcement agencies. The Community/Police Relations Committee is being developed by the Douglas County American Civil Liberties Union, but ACLU officials said the committee would be independent of their organization.
Retailers report modest gains
July 11, 2003
The arrival of warm weather at the end of June helped drive sales of air conditioners and bathing suits, but it came too late to lift overall monthly sales at the nation’s retailers, which reported only modest gains Thursday.
Angelina to spill beans about Billy Bob
July 11, 2003
Is Angelina Jolie weird? Or just misunderstood? The Oscar-winning actress sits down with Barbara Walters on “20/20” (9 p.m., ABC) to discuss her much-publicized, short-lived marriage to actor Billy Bob Thornton. Viewers will be reminded of their shared tattoos and mutual habit of carrying around vials of each other’s blood. Who could have predicted THAT breakup?
Saddam had clear strategy
July 11, 2003
With each report of a deadly ambush on U.S. military forces in Iraq, it becomes clearer that Saddam Hussein had a last-resort strategy: If you can’t stop the Americans, at least fade into the population to fight a guerrilla war. Inflict enough pain over a long period so that the Americans, with a notoriously short attention span, will eventually cut and run.
Briefly
July 11, 2003
¢ Forum to introduce students to law schools ¢ KU MedWest to offer facial care seminar
K.C. hip-hop group moves closer to the edge of success
July 11, 2003
It’s a sunny Sunday afternoon on the patio of McCoy’s in Westport, and it’s also the first time the entire crew of Vertigo has been together in weeks. Rapper Ground Zero has just returned from touring with Tech N9ne, and the Kansas City-based hip-hop group is gearing up for a main-stage performance at the Spirit Fest.
Other voices
July 11, 2003
This editorial appeared in Thursday’s Los Angeles Times
Their decisions
July 11, 2003
The conjoined Iranian twins are to be admired for the paths they chose. Some of the best medical people in the field fought for 50 gut-wrenching hours to try to separate adult twins conjoined at the head. The unprecedented operation occurred in Singapore and was expected to take four days.
The ‘break-in’
July 11, 2003
Charity scams
July 11, 2003
U.N. is there
July 11, 2003
Relay thanks
July 11, 2003
Lynch mentality grips news media
July 11, 2003
Drive down Georgia Avenue, not far from the Maryland line, and you pass the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Named for the Army bacteriologist who discovered that mosquitoes transmit yellow fever, Walter Reed serves several functions as a military hospital and research institution. It is also something of an old soldier’s home for distinguished officers. Gen. John J. Pershing lived in a comfortable suite for several years before his death, in 1948. After Gen. George C. Marshall suffered a debilitating stroke, in 1959, his final months were spent at Walter Reed, where President Dwight D. Eisenhower would stop by to visit. A decade later, Gen. Eisenhower, too, died of heart disease after several months in residence at Walter Reed.
Tough lesson about paying for college
July 11, 2003
There are some parents who skip vacations and drive an old clunker so they can afford to send their kids to college. And there are other parents who don’t skimp on luxuries and end up in a financial bind when it comes time to pay for college.
6Sports video: Angels win series with Royals
July 11, 2003
The Angels dominated Kansas City throughout the game, but the Royals are still on top of the division.
6Sports video: Lew Perkins begins traveling tour
July 11, 2003
KU’s new athletic director will spend the next few months traveling through the country.
6News video: ACLU members meet with local police
July 11, 2003
The ACLU are concerned about profiling and how the Lawrence police deal with residents.
6Sports video: Raiders come up with hits
July 11, 2003
The Lawrence Raiders have had trouble with consistency, but that have been outscoring their opponents in the past several games.
6Sports video: Priest Holmes may not be at Chiefs’ opener
July 11, 2003
The league’s third-leading rusher threatens to sit out the first game of the season if he is not extended a new contract.
6News video: Senator Dole will return to KU
July 11, 2003
Bob Dole doesn’t want the Dole Institute of Politics to be all about him, but rather to focus on serving one’s country. He believes the Institute’s opening will be huge.
6News video: Several state bridges need to be upgraded
July 11, 2003
While half of the county’s bridges are scheduled for upgrades, some — such as one over Iowa Street near the KU dorms — are not on the schedule.
6News video: Cuts bite deeply into outside agencies
July 11, 2003
The budget crisis will hurt several agencies but has the biggest impact on the Humane Society; and the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence are asking for some share of limited city funds.
Dogfighting suspected after pups found dead
July 11, 2003
Police have asked for the public’s help in cracking down on an illegal dogfighting ring that was likely responsible for dumping about 10 dead pit bulls in city parks in the past three weeks. “It’s kind of like illegal drag-racers. They’re close-knit. They quietly spread the word about where to meet,” said police Sgt. Alex Robinson.
State treasury accepts excess funds from Sebelius inauguration committee
July 11, 2003
The state received an $89,161 gift because of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ efforts to tap special interests to finance her inaugural festivities, records show.
Stocks retreat on Yahoo earnings
July 11, 2003
An unexpected rise in jobless claims unnerved Wall Street on Thursday, sending stocks sharply lower on worries the market’s recent rally might have come too far, too fast. Yahoo earnings which met, but didn’t beat, estimates also disappointed investors.
More Americans file new claims for jobless benefits
July 11, 2003
The number of Americans filing claims for jobless benefits climbed to a five-week high last week, a fresh sign that businesses are still of a mind to pare down rather than bulk up.
Sprint to lay off 100 in information technology
July 11, 2003
Sprint Corp. will lay off about 100 employees by the end of August as it restructures its information technology department.
Lawrence, county report sales tax increases
July 11, 2003
Sales tax revenues for Lawrence and Douglas County increased in June, according to the latest report by the Kansas Department of Revenue.
Armstrong still in second
Teammate Pena leads Tour de France
July 11, 2003
Lance Armstrong remained in second place overall at the Tour de France Thursday behind teammate Victor Hugo Pena, playing it safe and finishing 53rd in the fifth stage of cycling’s showcase event.
City unveils plan to slow vehicles on Harvard
July 11, 2003
Devices designed to slow traffic along Harvard Road in northwest Lawrence are in the works, but neighborhood residents learned at a Thursday meeting they might be asked to help pay for the improvements.
Service agencies share in city’s budget pain
July 11, 2003
It’s an atmosphere of barely controlled chaos at the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence. Daily, dozens of youths shoot pool, surf the Web and play basketball while hundreds more are whisked away for field trips throughout the county.
Cancun braces for storm
July 11, 2003
Tropical Storm Claudette lost steam late Thursday as it headed toward the resort island of Cozumel.
Pirate movies often light on treasure
July 11, 2003
Ahoy, me buckos! Be thar a pirate curse on them seeking treasure from movie tales of seafaring thieves?
Ira L. ‘Nicky’ Collins
July 11, 2003
Mary L. Little
July 11, 2003
Car show to feature parade
Lawrence Street Rod Assn. to stage 5th annual Wizard Run
July 11, 2003
Car enthusiasts will rev their engines this weekend at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds for the Lawrence Street Rod Assn.’s fifth annual Wizard Run car show.
Firefighter relief groups see increase in funding
July 11, 2003
Firefighters saw a 16 percent increase this year in funds from the state for disability and death benefits, Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger announced Thursday. Praeger’s office distributed about $7.4 million to firefighters’ associations.
NASA report describes glut of astronauts
July 11, 2003
NASA has too many astronauts waiting around for their chance to fly in space and needs to do a better job of matching the size of the corps to the number of missions, the agency’s inspector general said Thursday.
Court strikes abortion parental notice law
July 11, 2003
The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a law signed by Gov. Jeb Bush that requires parents to be notified at least 48 hours before their children under 18 can obtain abortions.
On the record
July 11, 2003
Corrections
July 11, 2003
FDA allows looser health claims on food
July 11, 2003
The government is loosening restrictions on how much scientific proof is required to advertise a food’s possible health benefits on its package, a move welcomed by food makers but one that critics fear will leave consumers prey to quackery in the grocery aisles.
Webber trial starts Tuesday
Player, university feel impact of case
July 11, 2003
Much has changed in the 10 months since Sacramento Kings All-Star Chris Webber was charged in connection with the booster scandal at the University of Michigan.
Nets’ president denies Kidd rumors
July 11, 2003
Nets president and general manager Rod Thorn denied published reports that All-Star point guard Jason Kidd demanded coach Byron Scott be fired in order to re-sign with the team.
Sacramento bags victory
Whisenant snares first win as Monarchs’ coach
July 11, 2003
Yolanda Griffith had 18 points and 10 rebounds as Sacramento beat San Antonio 89-76 Thursday to give coach John Whisenant his first victory with the team.
Stewart gets handle on temper
Winston Cup driver: ‘You know, I just got tired of being angry’
July 11, 2003
As the broiling sun beat down on Daytona International Speedway, Tony Stewart sprawled in an easy chair in his cool, darkened motorhome, a contented look on his face.
NASCAR ratings hurting traditional fans
July 11, 2003
There is paradox in NBC’s analysis of its ratings for Saturday night’s Pepsi 400.
Wood driving support for Graham
Presidential candidate aiming for ‘NASCAR Dads’ by sponsoring truck series entry
July 11, 2003
Democratic presidential candidate Bob Graham hopes his sponsorship of a NASCAR Craftsman Truck will help him connect with rural and small-town voters.
Manning likeable rookie
First-year CART driver fast, fun-loving
July 11, 2003
Darren Manning had just finished the final forkful of dinner when a group of young fans nervously approached the British driver inside his team’s hospitality tent.
KC’s Holmes may hold boycott
Running back won’t play in Chiefs’ season opener without new contract
July 11, 2003
Priest Holmes says he’s ready for the Kansas City Chiefs’ training camp starting late next week.
General: U.S. may be in Iraq for 4 years
July 11, 2003
American troops could still be in Iraq four years from now, the war’s former commander told members of Congress concerned about persistent, deadly attacks. Gen. Tommy Franks gave the stark assessment Thursday as President Bush conceded there was a security problem inside Iraq and the Senate expressed its own uneasiness by unanimously urging the administration to consider seeking outside help from NATO or the United Nations.
House votes to proceed with revised overtime rules
July 11, 2003
The House voted Thursday to let the Bush administration move ahead with proposed rules that could stop at least 644,000 white-collar workers from receiving overtime pay, heeding a White House veto threat and taking the side of business in its battle against unions.
Strikes of brilliance
July 11, 2003
Bolts of lightning stretch across the sky above the eastern end of Clinton Lake. Wednesday evening’s thunderstorm brought some needed precipitation to the Lawrence area, and there’s a chance of sprinkles this afternoon.
Track meet big draw at KU
Junior Olympics to bring more than 900 to stadium
July 11, 2003
More than 900 competitors from Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas are expected to run, jump and throw in the Region Nine USA Track and Field Junior Olympics at Hershberger Track in Memorial Stadium.
Bliss defends assistant coaches in wake of Dennehy’s disappearance
July 11, 2003
With Patrick Dennehy’s empty locker behind him, Baylor basketball coach Dave Bliss on Thursday again defended his staff’s actions before the disappearance of the player, rejecting assertions by family members that the staff ignored threats.
Daily ticker
July 11, 2003
Cubs can’t touch Braves’ Maddux
Atlanta pounds three home runs in 13-3 victory at windy Wrigley Field
July 11, 2003
With a strong wind turning lazy popups into long homers, Greg Maddux knew it could be a long day for pitchers.
Diary reveals darker side of Truman
Authentic Harry’ seen in discovered writing
July 11, 2003
Harry Truman had a reputation for direct and sometimes-salty speech. But a newly discovered diary from when he was president shows the extent of his political incorrectness and a somewhat darker side.
National letters of intent under fire
Despite advantages, recruits remain wary of less restrictive tender letters
July 11, 2003
It’s time to scrap the national letter of intent.
UT players won’t face charges
July 11, 2003
Drug charges against four Texas football players have been dropped because officers performed an illegal traffic stop on Interstate 45 before searching their vehicle, Madison County District Attorney Bill Bennett said Thursday.
Young pianists tickled to attend international music academy at KU
July 11, 2003
Kyle Chauvin never expected to become a prodigy when his parents made him take his first piano lesson seven years ago, when he was 8. “I got pushed into it, and I didn’t think I’d like it,” he said. “But I liked it from the start.”
Huge corporations reap small-business contracts
July 11, 2003
They are among America’s larger companies: Verizon Communications, AT&T Wireless, Barnes & Noble booksellers and Dole Food Co. But in the government’s contractor database they are listed as small businesses. The mistaken designations, contained in records obtained by The Associated Press, mean the government has overstated the contract dollars that are going to small business at a time when the Bush administration has been pressing to give smaller firms as much federal work as possible.
Girlfriend says killer was victim, too
July 11, 2003
The girlfriend of the factory worker who killed five fellow employees this week interrupted a memorial service Thursday by standing up in the church and saying the gunman also should be viewed as a victim.
Arthur M. Diaz
July 11, 2003
Culture plays role in Africa’s epidemic
July 11, 2003
Why is AIDS so much more prevalent in Africa than in the United States and the West?
Linebacker glad to be at KU
All-American started college career at Oklahoma
July 11, 2003
Kansas University wasn’t Gabe Toomey’s first choice. The Jayhawks weren’t his second choice, either.
Texas keeps Twins down
Gonzalez homers twice as Rangers complete sweep
July 11, 2003
The Texas Rangers got a look at their past as well as their future.
Bryant case unresolved
July 11, 2003
A decision on whether to charge Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman will not be announced until next week.
Briefly
July 11, 2003
¢ Powerball winners claim half of jackpot ¢ Sniper case police chief says he wanted to stay ¢ Recall backers sue secretary of state