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Court clarifies rules for filling vacated offices
July 12, 2003
When an elected official resigns after switching political parties, the switch does not affect who picks a successor, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday.
Many homes await repairs in wake of May destruction
July 12, 2003
Val Smith was at Kansas University the early May evening when a tornado ripped through his southwest Lawrence neighborhood. He hurried to find what had become of his family’s home on West 26th Street. He was shocked.
IQ will plummet just watching ‘Banzai!’
July 12, 2003
There are at least 100 ways to be offended by “Banzai!” (7:30 p.m. Sunday, Fox), which is no mean feat considering that it’s only a half-hour show. A hit in Britain, this oddball gambling/variety/comedy show pretends to be some over-the-top curiosity from Japan. Viewers are encouraged to bet on strange stunts that include dueling grandmothers in wheelchairs, geisha girls, a soccer shootout between a one-armed goaltender and a one-legged kicker, a chicken attached to helium balloons, and an aerobics battle between a rabbi, a priest and Lou Ferrigno.
Always … Patsy Cline’ makes LCT return
July 12, 2003
Back by popular demand, “Always … Patsy Cline” returns this weekend to the Lawrence Community Theatre, with the original cast members from the show’s acclaimed fall 2002 run reprising their roles. Here’s a few other options for those who want to go “Walkin’ After Midnight” or any other time this weekend.
Daily ticker
July 12, 2003
Royals rough up Rangers
July 12, 2003
Carlos Beltran emerged from a prolonged slump to power the Kansas City Royals. Beltran and Raul Ibanez each homered and had three RBIs, and the Royals used an eight-run eighth inning to rout the Texas Rangers, 13-3, Friday night.
City playing host to tournament
July 12, 2003
Several hundred youngsters are in Lawrence this weekend for the Mid America Youth Basketball Tournament at Sport2Sport and other locales.
Indians extend Sox’ slide
Chicago endures fourth straight defeat, 12-5
July 12, 2003
Ben Broussard had his shoes painted silver — and his bat turned to pure gold.
Braves get boost from Castilla
Atlanta’s Giles suffers mild concussion after collision with Cubs’ Prior
July 12, 2003
The All-Star break couldn’t come at a worse time for Vinny Castilla. The last thing he needs is time off.
Sunflower Broadband lineup changes noted
July 12, 2003
Because the weekly TV Week magazine inside today’s newspaper has not been updated to reflect Sunflower Broadband’s new channel lineup, we are running this listing of all channels.
Modern matrimony
Gays, religious conservatives at odds on prospect of same-sex marriage
July 12, 2003
On June 9, 1999, Michael Silverman and David Greenbaum did something special. They got married.
Briefly
July 12, 2003
¢ Bush used health budget on campaign-related trips ¢ Stowaway on press plane was no threat to Bush ¢ Legionnaires’ disease increase a mystery to health officials ¢ Shining Path rebels kill 7
Briefly
July 12, 2003
¢ Lawrence resident pleads to drug charges ¢ New trial ordered in 1999 meth case ¢ Rescuer’s body found
Roberts defends Senate committee’s private review
July 12, 2003
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts joined the White House offensive Friday in blaming the CIA for President Bush’s inaccurate statement that Saddam Hussein had tried to buy uranium from Africa to build nuclear weapons. The Kansas Republican, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, accused the CIA of engaging in a “campaign of press leaks” in order “to discredit the president.”
Audit reveals credit misuse
Agriculture Department staff finds $5.8 million in personal charges
July 12, 2003
Agriculture Department employees used government credit cards to pay tuition for bartender school, to buy Ozzy Osbourne concert tickets, lingerie and tattoos and to make a down payment on a car. Based on a random audit of 300 cardholders, the department’s inspector general estimated that 15 percent of the 55,000 USDA employees who carry the government credit cards — or 8,250 employees — made a total of $5.8 million in purchases other than for bona fide travel expenses. The audit covered a six-month period from Oct. 1, 2001, to March 31, 2002.
Area briefs
July 12, 2003
¢ Detective takes stand in stalking case ¢ Hearing opens in beating at N. Lawrence motel ¢ Ottawa pounded by hail ¢ Quilters show planned at Oskaloosa event
Clifton C. James Sr.
July 12, 2003
Gerald Moses
July 12, 2003
Religion briefs
July 12, 2003
Society calendar
July 12, 2003
Horoscopes
July 12, 2003
Briefly
July 12, 2003
¢ Police search in Ohio for clues to family slayings ¢ Al-Qaida detainee claims forest fire plot ¢ Soldier becomes second U.S. woman killed in war ¢ Mother faces charges after children left in car
Tight financial belt may squeeze city workers into private sector
July 12, 2003
Some cities call them cost-of-living increases. Others call them inflation adjustments. In Lawrence, the annual pay increases designed to keep pace with rising prices are called general wage adjustments. In the city’s proposed 2004 budget, they’re called a thing of the past.
Mom calls clothing for tweens ‘too suggestive’
July 12, 2003
Parents out shopping for summer clothes with their elementary-school-age daughters can expect short shorts, skimpy tank tops and platform sandals. And for back-to-school, brace for everything from punk princess studded cuff bracelets to cropped hoodies to fitted one-shoulder tops, courtesy of a “Flashdance” flashback.
CIA blamed for weapons claim
Bush cites faulty intelligence for false statement in speech
July 12, 2003
President Bush on Friday put responsibility squarely on the CIA for his erroneous claim that Iraq tried to acquire nuclear material from Africa, prompting the director of intelligence to publicly accept full blame for the miscue. “I gave a speech to the nation that was cleared by the intelligence services,” Bush told reporters in Uganda.
Suit alleges abuse at Indian schools
July 12, 2003
Sonny One Star says he learned not to cry or scream when he was beaten and sexually assaulted at his Roman Catholic boarding school on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation.
Emma M. Kos Vertacnik
July 12, 2003
Friends and neighbors
July 12, 2003
Aquahawks: Pools rule!
Hard work paying off for Lawrence youths at competition
July 12, 2003
In a couple of months, Lawrence resident Katie Swank will have a tough decision — picking a pool. To swim for a high school or club team, that will be the question.
Losing Score
Former staple of major-league games quickly becoming a dying pastime
July 12, 2003
Like just about everyone else around them in the upper deck at U.S. Cellular Field the other night, Jason Lukehart and his buddy Zak Thompson jumped to their feet when White Sox slugger Magglio Ordonez blasted a homer.
Malone’s daughter an all-star in her own league
July 12, 2003
Everywhere she goes, Cheryl Ford hears the same name over and over.
Weddings
July 12, 2003
Around and about
July 12, 2003
Seminary leaders break ‘glass ceiling’
Theology school in KC has first black president
July 12, 2003
When Lovett H. Weems Jr. became president of St. Paul School of Theology at age 38 he was the country’s youngest seminary president. Now the Kansas City seminary is making history again. Weems’ successor, the Rev. Myron F. McCoy, becomes the first black to lead a predominantly white United Methodist seminary.
Scouting news
July 12, 2003
Hair grab shocks world of sumo
July 12, 2003
For the first time ever, a wrestler ranked at the top of Japan’s venerable sport of sumo wrestling was disqualified for grabbing a fistful of his opponent’s topknot and yanking him down to the dirt — and Japan is duly scandalized.
Corrections
July 12, 2003
Enron creditors to get pennies on dollar under plan
July 12, 2003
Enron Corp.’s creditors will get a fraction of what they are owed when the company, driven into bankruptcy by an accounting scandal, emerges from Chapter 11 as two companies with new names. The energy company’s reorganization plan, filed early Friday after five deadline extensions, said most creditors would receive 14.4 cents to 18.3 cents on every dollar owed. The bankruptcy, one of the most expensive in history, has 20,000 creditors owed an estimated $67 billion.
Good KU deeds hardly deserved to be punished
July 12, 2003
It was a bitter winter day in the middle 1950s and the Kansas basketball entourage was gathering at the old Union Pacific rail station, now the convention and visitors bureau site. Some road trips once originated there. One of the Jayhawks filing in was a rangy, shivering kid wearing a thin summer suit. Phog Allen and Dick Harp made their kids “dress” for trips and this was absolutely the only outfit he could muster.
Hinrich’s hairstyle sparks debate
Tell him to get out of Kansas. Tell him he’s now in Chicago,’ stylist says
July 12, 2003
It has been 10 days since Kirk Hinrich and his hair showed up in Chicago, and I don’t think I’m going too far out on a limb when I say that many of us are not over the experience yet.
Armstrong poised to make run in mountains
July 12, 2003
Monsters for some, manna for others, the mountains of the Tour de France offer Lance Armstrong a chance to power away from rivals as he goes for a fifth straight title.
Briefly
July 12, 2003
¢ Removing shoes is now optional at airports ¢ Taiwan candy company liable in choking death ¢ Few in U.S. can name a Democratic candidate ¢ 11 people quarantined as SARS precaution
Briefly
July 12, 2003
¢ Priest rape case ends because accuser was 16 ¢ Susan Smith asked to withdraw online ad ¢ Grandmother killed by Six Flags park ride
6Sports video: Jayhawks juco recruits will change look of team
July 12, 2003
The junior college recruiting class is one of the best in the nation.
6Sports video: KU oral commitment is a coup over K-State
July 12, 2003
Coach Mangino knows that Kansas high schoolers often go to Kansas State, but Scott Haverkamp has offered his non-binding commitment to the Jayhawks.
People
July 12, 2003
¢ Newlyweds begin reality series ¢ NBA star takes shot at acting ¢ White Stripes guitarist sidelined ¢ Cruise spreads learning bug
Turkey’s European drive gives hope
July 12, 2003
At a site of Orthodox Christian study for more than 1,000 years, desks are kept dusted and ancient manuscripts carefully preserved. There is everything except students. The Halki Theological School — on an island off Istanbul — was closed in 1971 by Turkish authorities in a huge blow to the spiritual heart of Orthodoxy. Without the seminary, the Orthodox are denied a center for theological study and clerical training in what was the ancient Byzantine capital.
Tell the truth
July 12, 2003
President Bush must determine quickly how a false statement was included in a speech. Critics of President Bush are having a field day going after him for his statement in the State of the Union address claiming Iraqi officials had tried to buy uranium from African nations for nuclear weapons.
Mind your own
July 12, 2003
The “No-Biz” award, eh? Lew Ebert, president of the state Chamber of Commerce, stopped in Lawrence recently and among other matters, dropped off the group’s first “No-Biz” award to poke fun at the concept of a living wage ordinance for the city.
Racial justice needs action, not words
July 12, 2003
President Bush’s speech Tuesday at Goree Island in Senegal surprised and gratified me. His acknowledgment of black Americans’ still raw wound is rare among white Americans, even though the Atlantic slave trade was a business of monumental proportions. If only his actions at home backed up his words in Africa.
Tables are turned
July 12, 2003
Less evil?
July 12, 2003
Retailers reassured about tax collections
July 12, 2003
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius still is trying to reassure retailers that the state will not punish them as they struggle to deal with a new sales tax law. Her latest effort was a letter to be mailed to merchants this week, in which Sebelius said the Department of Revenue would try to help them deal with the new system of figuring state and local sales taxes, which took effect July 1.
Deliberations begin in Wittig trial
July 12, 2003
Defense attorneys on Friday ridiculed the government’s case against former Westar Energy Inc. chief David Wittig and a former Topeka bank president, claiming prosecutors had not come close to proving the two men conspired to commit bank fraud.
Anniversary
July 12, 2003
Engagements
July 12, 2003
Club news
July 12, 2003
Kansan earns Silver Star for bravery in Iraq ambush
July 12, 2003
Pfc. Patrick Miller has been awarded the Silver Star for his efforts during a fatal ambush in southern Iraq that ended with 11 U.S. soldiers killed and six captured. Miller, 23, of Valley Center, may have killed as many as nine Iraqi fighters before he and the five other soldiers were taken captive by the Iraqis, a U.S. Army report says.
Disney Co. loosens employee dress policy
July 12, 2003
Mickey Mouse can now sport cornrows, and Minnie can wear hoop earrings.
Democrats target NAACP
Candidates to speak at gathering
July 12, 2003
Some of the Democratic presidential candidates will give a nod to the importance of black voters by speaking at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s annual convention, which starts Sunday in Miami.
Weather spurs Western wildfires
Reward posted for people seen near fire’s origin
July 12, 2003
Authorities offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to people believed to have been near the starting point of a fire that ultimately destroyed 340 structures on Mount Lemmon.
Watson cards 64, claims lead
North two shots back at Senior Players Championship
July 12, 2003
Tom Watson played well in the wind again in a major tournament.
Racing briefs
July 12, 2003
¢ Junqueira wins provisional pole ¢ Mears wins first pole in Busch Series ¢ Wood leads qualifying for Craftsman Truck race
6News video: Planned road overhaul gets green light
July 12, 2003
County Road 1029 will receive safety improvements.
6News video: City employees have to tighten belts
July 12, 2003
Next year’s expected wage adjustment won’t happen in 2004.
6News video: Houses hit by tornado still need repairs
July 12, 2003
Two months after the tornados that swept through Lawrence in early May, several homes have yet to be repaired.
6News video: Art a la Carte
July 12, 2003
Back by popular demand, cast members of Lawrence Community Theatre’s fall 2001 production of “Always … Patsy Cline” reprise their roles in three encore presentations this weekend. Lawrence resident Annette Cook plays the beloved country western singer, who’s best known for the tune “Crazy.”
6Sports video: Royals take on the Rangers
July 12, 2003
Kansas City was grateful to Texas for defeating division rivals Minnesota, but that didn’t stop them from overwhelming the Rangers.
6News video: Dole recalls his service in World War II
July 12, 2003
As a second lieutenant in the Army’s 10th Mountain Division when his life changed forever. While fighting in Italy, Bob Dole was injured by gunfire.
Prosecutors OK moving sniper suspect’s trial
July 12, 2003
Prosecutors reversed course Friday and said they supported moving the trial of sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad out of Washington suburbs.
On the record
July 12, 2003
Koreas fail to agree on format for talks
Vague statement pledges to pursue peaceful end
July 12, 2003
The two Koreas failed to agree today on a format for talks on resolving a dispute about North Korea’s suspected nuclear weapons program.
6Sports video: Swimmers compete in Roger Hill tournament
July 12, 2003
More than 670 swimmers will be at the meet.
4 killed in wrecks in Kansas City
July 12, 2003
Four people were killed in traffic accidents Thursday and early Friday, including a bicyclist who was struck by a pickup that was being pursued by police.
Court upholds ‘Hard 40’
July 12, 2003
The first time the Kansas Supreme Court considered a “Hard 40” prison sentence received by Curtis Lee Coleman Jr. for a drive-by shooting death, it returned the case to Wyandotte County District Court.
Hovey H. Hanna
July 12, 2003
Diaz Services
July 12, 2003
Billings tourney begins today at Alvamar
July 12, 2003
A total of 140 two-man teams will compete today and Sunday at Alvamar in the first annual Be Like Bob (Billings) Memorial golf tournament.
Bliss will resume recruiting as Dennehy search continues
July 12, 2003
As police continue their search for missing Baylor University basketball player Patrick Dennehy, the team’s coach said it was time for his program to get back to work.
Raiders rout Olathe East
July 12, 2003
Matt Berner carried a perfect game into the fourth inning, and the Lawrence Raiders rolled to an 11-1, run rule-shortened American Legion baseball rout Friday of Olathe East.
Renegades sweep twinbill
July 12, 2003
Three Lawrence Renegades pitchers gave up just one run in two games Friday at the Worth Harley Davidson Tournament.
Dunleavy takes Clippers’ job
July 12, 2003
Mike Dunleavy returned to the NBA after a two-year absence Friday as the new coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Betty Jean Sparks
July 12, 2003
People and places
July 12, 2003
WTO rules U.S. steel duties illegal
EU threatens to step up tariffs after Washington announces plans to appeal
July 12, 2003
In a stinging rebuke to the United States, the World Trade Organization ruled Friday that heavy duties on steel imports imposed by the Bush administration violated global trade rules.
Edutainment’ center to mix fun, learning
Couple to open business that caters to children
July 12, 2003
A new business in west Lawrence hopes to introduce area residents to the concept of “edutainment” with the opening of a children’s learning and fun center. Amy Gottschamer confirmed Friday that she and her husband, Karl, would open a new learning and entertainment center for children called Googols of Fun at 4931 W. Sixth Street. The business, which will be located in a formerly vacant storefront near Hereford House, is scheduled to open in September.
Federal prosecutors investigating Coke
July 12, 2003
Federal prosecutors have begun a criminal investigation into fraud allegations raised by a whistleblower’s lawsuit against Coca-Cola Co.
Briefcase
July 12, 2003
¢ Lunch with Buffett goes for $250,000 ¢ Aquila executive asserts allegations are baseless ¢ Wall Street up for week ¢ Wholesale prices rise
OKC recruit Jackson commits to KU
July 12, 2003
Kansas University has secured its first men’s basketball commitment of the Bill Self era. Darnell Jackson, a 6-foot-9, 236-pound high school senior-to-be from Oklahoma City, Friday night orally committed to the Jayhawks over Oklahoma, Arizona, Illinois, Purdue and New Mexico.
Eric Douglas Allen
July 12, 2003
Attorney loses license for one year
Punishment for former D.A. candidate follows five previous disciplinary actions
July 12, 2003
A well-known Lawrence attorney declined comment Friday after the Kansas Supreme Court called him a “loose cannon” and ordered a one-year suspension of his law license. “I really don’t have anything to say,” said Jim Rumsey, a former candidate for Douglas County district attorney and a defense attorney known for his criminal-law expertise during a 25-year career.
Deals keep county road work on schedule
July 12, 2003
Hiring a contractor to overhaul Douglas County Road 1029 will continue as scheduled, after county officials managed to beat a paperwork deadline by a few hours. The Kansas Department of Transportation is sticking to its plans for opening contractors’ bids Aug. 20. After that, the department will be cleared to hire whichever qualified company was willing to take on the job for the lowest price.
Behind the scenes at the National Park Service, all is not well
July 12, 2003
This summer, millions of Americans are visiting and enjoying the wonders of this nation’s national parks and historic sites. Visits to such sites are a wonderful family experience in that visitors have an opportunity to learn so much about this country’s history and the people who have shaped it, and to be awed by magnificent natural wonders. The vast majority of visitors will have a good experience and think everything is in pretty good shape. However, behind the scenes there is a continuing struggle between many in the National Park Service, various advocacy groups and those in Washington, D.C., who set priorities and funding for park programs.
Stewart claims first Winston Cup pole of season at Chicago
July 12, 2003
Tony Stewart pulled off a surprise and earned his first pole this season in qualifying Friday at Chicagoland Speedway.
Briefly
July 12, 2003
¢ Army, aid workers discover 28 corpses ¢ Two Americans injured in shark attacks ¢ ‘Feta police’ to combat contaminated cheese ¢ One killed, 20 injured in two earthquakes
Nets keep Kidd, beef up with Mourning
July 12, 2003
Jason Kidd picked the New Jersey Nets over the defending champion San Antonio Spurs in hopes of winning his first NBA title.
Bird back with Pacers
Hall of Famer takes on role of president of basketball operations
July 12, 2003
Larry Bird and Isiah Thomas shook hands on their first day as boss and coach. Neither smiled.
Regina G. (Pollard) Brunette
July 12, 2003
Break in rain helps cleanup from flooding
July 12, 2003
A break in a week of rain eased flooding Friday in hard-hit Indiana and Ohio, while downstream communities braced for a surge of water. President Bush declared a disaster in parts of Indiana that can now seek federal aid.
Academy officials deny wrongdoing
Former commanders’ testimony angers victims
July 12, 2003
In testimony that left rape victims aghast, former commanders at the Air Force Academy insisted Friday that they didn’t ignore and certainly didn’t punish female cadets who told them they had been attacked.
Garbage Pail Kids to return
July 12, 2003
Long before “South Park” or “Beavis and Butt-Head” entertained kids with lowbrow toilet humor, there were the Garbage Pail Kids. Now, the grandfather of gross-out is making a comeback.
Tough love’ helps parents with troubled teens
July 12, 2003
You have recommended that parents be willing to apologize to their kids when they are wrong and to “stay on your child’s team” even when it’s a losing team. This is difficult for me because my son is in full-blown rebellion. He’s using drugs, flunking his classes and giving us fits at home. Is there a time to forget the nicey-nice stuff and get tough with a teenager?
Spirituality
July 12, 2003
¢ Muslim convention vows to press civil rights ¢ Baptism of lesbians’ son divides Lutheran church ¢ Retailer to accommodate Sunday observers ¢ Hindu nationalists decry Pope’s views on new laws