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Heat index expected to reach 110
July 17, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 12:58 p.m.) There’s at least one thing you won’t find Thursday afternoon at Lawrence’s annual downtown sidewalk sale — a cool customer.
Wal-Mart court hearing underway
July 17, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 10:46 a.m.) In a court hearing that began Thursday morning in the dispute over a proposed Wal-Mart store at Sixth and Wakarusa in northwest Lawrence, the city was saying that the plaintiffs should have taken their complaint to the city’s zoning board.
Briefly
July 17, 2003
¢ Photojournalist died of brain hemorrhage ¢ 12-year-old girl home; former Marine arrested ¢ Abbas to visit U.S.
Briefcase
July 17, 2003
¢ Citigroup CEO to resign ¢ Ford beats estimates ¢ IBM earnings soa ¢ E-Trade to start fee refund program
Junior tackle Watkins likes revamped KU line
July 17, 2003
Travis Watkins doesn’t feel threatened by the platoon of junior college players that arrived early this summer at Kansas University. The newcomers, who are expected to compete for starting roles, don’t make him feel more motivated either.
Della E. Dohrn
July 17, 2003
Getting a kick out of summer
July 17, 2003
Friends and neighbors
July 17, 2003
Briefly
July 17, 2003
¢ Mayor facing complaint over campaign funds ¢ Proposal would make vicious dogs expensive ¢ Jet grounded after tires sink on asphalt runway ¢ Teen shocked to death after gripping power line
Military precision
July 17, 2003
6News video: B-17 arrives for Dole air parade
July 17, 2003
The B-17 is one of 20 planes scheduled to be in the parade.
Shock rock; Lynx roll
July 17, 2003
Deanna Nolan hit a 15-foot jumper as time expired to give the Detroit Shock a 70-68 victory Wednesday over the Indiana Fever.
As usual, Bonds was way off base
July 17, 2003
Anything in the way of modesty coming from Barry Bonds would, by this time, seem startlingly false and be too much to expect. Barry and humility have not met. He doesn’t do humble. He leads the majors in homers and arrogance, and there are people who think one forgives the other, as if great talent mandates preening ego.
Teams set for second half
Royals’ seven-game edge biggest lead in league
July 17, 2003
Now that the American League has home-field advantage in the World Series, the question is which team will benefit.
Blue Jays, Twins swap outfielders
Minnesota hopes Stewart can provide pop to struggling offense; Kielty headed to Toronto
July 17, 2003
Slumping Minnesota is looking for a spark to jump start the second half of the season and hopes outfielder Shannon Stewart can provide it.
Petra’s artifacts unpacked for show
July 17, 2003
Stone statues and other artifacts from Petra, the ancient city carved out of desert cliffs in Jordan, have been unpacked at the American Museum of Natural History in preparation for their first showing in the United States.
N. Korea, S. Korea guards exchange fire
July 17, 2003
South and North Korean soldiers briefly exchanged machine gun fire along their border early today, but the South Korean military said it did not suffer casualties in the shootout.
Briefly
July 17, 2003
¢ Naval helicopter crashes, killing at least three ¢ Democrats who missed forum will address NAACP ¢ Former President Ford visits White House for birthday
Briefly
July 17, 2003
¢ Residents clean up from hurricane damage ¢ Sniper trial moved to neighboring city ¢ House panel seeks block of media merger rules
Robertson rhetoric infuriating
July 17, 2003
Pat Robertson’s definition of blind faith should make Christians everywhere shudder.
Wal-Mart case goes to court today
July 17, 2003
You know that big yellow happy face you see in the Wal-Mart ads? Don’t expect to see it today in Douglas County District Court. Instead, several grim-faced lawyers will battle over whether the city must issue building permits that would allow construction of a Wal-Mart store at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.
Library worker told to squelch gay rights talk
July 17, 2003
A public library employee is challenging her employer’s reprimand after she talked openly at work about gay rights in the wake of last month’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down anti-sodomy laws.
Car plows through market
Elderly driver kills at least eight, injures dozens
July 17, 2003
A car driven by an elderly man plowed through a crowded farmers market Wednesday, killing eight and injuring up to 45 others as the vehicle hurled victims through the air, smashing through market tents and boxes of produce.
On the record
July 17, 2003
Despite success, Tiger still in majors slump
July 17, 2003
Ask Tiger Woods how his year is going and he’ll smile and patiently recite his winning percentage for anyone willing to listen.
NASA safety inspector cites program flaws
July 17, 2003
NASA inspectors charged with making sure space shuttles are safe to fly were forced to buy their own tools and prevented from making spot checks, a Columbia accident investigator says. The investigator, who spoke with The Associated Press in interviews over several days, said NASA’s program that oversees shuttle inspections would “take a pretty big hit” in the Columbia accident report due out in late August.
This course is brutal’
Royal St. George’s places emphasis on good fortune
July 17, 2003
No other major championship requires as much good fortune as the British Open. On no other links is that more true than at Royal St. George’s.
Gooden involved in fracas
July 17, 2003
Early Monday morning, Orlando native Stacey Mack, a member of the NFL Houston Texans, was escorted out of the Club at Firestone in downtown Orlando and given a trespassing warning by Orlando police not to return. “I don’t want this to be in the paper,” Mack said as he was leaving.
Our town sports
July 17, 2003
Flag fliers
July 17, 2003
Arena complex in Olathe pitched
90-acre development near I-35 also would include hotel, retailers
July 17, 2003
A new developer has joined an effort to build an arena and hotel complex in southwest Johnson County. RTR LLC, a company formed by Overland Park development attorney John Peterson, plans to develop about 90 acres near Interstate 35 in Olathe.
B-17 first of vintage aircraft to arrive for Dole air parade
July 17, 2003
A “Flying Fortress” at the Lawrence Municipal Airport transported Dave Downing back to World War II and a favorite childhood war movie. “When I was a kid I saw ‘Twelve O’Clock High’ with Gregory Peck,” he said Tuesday as he marveled at the B-17 bomber at the airport. “That was about pilots who flew B-17s.”
Attack on U.S. soldiers kills 8-year-old Iraqi
Episode triggers backlash against grenade-thrower
July 17, 2003
Eight-year-old Sayef Rahim had a habit of hanging around the U.S. soldiers in his neighborhood. Like many Iraqi children, he enjoyed looking at the big strangers with their heavy uniforms, helmets, and fierce-looking guns. Sometimes he would get too close and be shooed away. Sometimes he might be lucky and get a small treat. On Wednesday, Sayef was hanging around again. This time, he paid with his life. Someone threw a grenade at a U.S. Army vehicle that was parked to provide security for people using a bank on a quiet, sun-beaten street.
A handy way to get around
July 17, 2003
Briefly
July 17, 2003
¢ Shoppers clean out Al Bohl’s garage sale ¢ Arrest warrant issued for asphalt salesman ¢ Concert raises $1,500 for historical museum
Rock musicians take a stand in the Mideast
July 17, 2003
A lot of rock musicians take political stands. But how many of them show real courage? The “Wide Angle” (8 p.m., PBS) presentation “Junoon: The Rock Star and the Mullahs” follows Salman Ahmad, the lead guitarist for the popular Pakistani rock group Junoon as he travels to the Islamic fundamentalist stronghold of Peshawar where a coalition of religious parties have used their power to banish music. No, this is not “Footloose”; it’s the return of Taliban-style craziness to a dangerously unstable corner of the world.
Weather threatens control of wildfires
National park’s historic ruins at risk
July 17, 2003
Firefighters made advances Wednesday on one side of a forest fire that has forced as many as 5,000 people from their homes, but wind and lightning could threaten their progress.
Vatican dress rules steam tourists
July 17, 2003
With temperatures soaring, tempers are flaring as the Vatican’s dress police turn back tourists in shorts and bare shoulders trying to get into St. Peter’s Basilica.
People
July 17, 2003
¢ Pretenders singer lends voice to PETA protest of KFC ¢ Bring it on, Beckham ¢ Don’t forget the ice pick
Storms make way through Sandwich
Players don’t expect relief from rain, though
July 17, 2003
After baking under a sweltering sun the previous two days, Royal St. George’s finally got a bit of stormy weather Wednesday.
New state office concerns build
Government’s two major employee bases must be remodeled or rebuilt
July 17, 2003
Two prominent buildings near the State Capitol may be history before too long. Officials are wondering what to do with state government’s two major office buildings — the Landon Building east of the Capitol and the Docking building west of the Capitol.
Plan to issue bonds for KPERS panned
July 17, 2003
A former state legislator who worked on public employee pension issues for years said Wednesday that the state was going down the wrong path as it embarked on a plan to shore up the pension system by borrowing money. “This ranks up there as probably the stupidest bill ever passed by the Legislature,” said Kerry Patrick, a Leawood Republican who served on legislative committees that dealt with the Kansas Public Employee Retirement System.
SRS draws $1.5 million fine
Federal government cites agency for mishandling food stamp program
July 17, 2003
Federal officials have fined Kansas’ Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services nearly $1.5 million for mishandling its food-stamp program. “Kansas’ error rate in calculating eligibility last year was 11.7 percent; the national average is 8.26 percent,” said Wendy Moraskie, public affairs specialist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s regional office in Denver.
Tax bite widens for city budget
Commission agrees to 10 percent increase in property taxes
July 17, 2003
Lawrence property owners will have to dig deeper into their wallets to pay their tax bill for 2004. The Lawrence City Commission on Wednesday decided to raise property taxes by 10 percent. The 2.5-mill increase means the owner of a $150,000 home will pay an additional $43 in property taxes when tax bills arrive this winter. A mill equals $1 of tax for every $1,000 of a property’s assessed valuation.
Precious Doe’ body exhumed
New forensic experts will begin work to identify girl
July 17, 2003
The body of a little girl, still unidentified more than two years after its discovery in a wooded area of the city, was exhumed Tuesday in a further effort to find out who she was. The remains were taken to the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office, where experts from Louisiana State University will begin work to try to create a realistic bust of what the girl would have looked like. The bust should be ready in a few weeks.
To many’s surprise, Royals thrive
K.C. enters second half of what already has been ‘a magical season’
July 17, 2003
Anyone who ever had somebody cut in line ahead of them ought to be cheering wildly for the Kansas City Royals.
Recreational calendar
July 17, 2003
Briefly
July 17, 2003
¢ Rastafarians kick off faith conference ¢ Rebels seize power in small island nation ¢ Top officials resign in political turmoil ¢ Guantanamo detainee attempts suicide
Horoscopes
July 17, 2003
Briefly
July 17, 2003
¢ Report: West Nile spreading faster ¢ Democrat says director of CIA should resign ¢ Teacher creates deck of ‘hidden agenda’ cards
Briefly
July 17, 2003
¢ House panel seeks ban of Internet access taxes ¢ State to require taping of police interrogations ¢ Coast Guard takes 15 into custody ¢ Parents charged in death of starved son
Winning moves
July 17, 2003
Shut down the video games, these youngsters have their eyes on the chess board. In a world in which so many children are fixated on beeping images on a computer screen, it’s refreshing to see Lawrence youngsters poring over chess boards.
Hot, hot, hot
July 17, 2003
Make sure to take the necessary precautions to protect yourselves and your loved ones during hot weather. It was heartbreaking to read a story this week about the 22-month-old girl who died near Wichita after being left in a car all day in temperatures that reached over 100 degrees.
Tax target
July 17, 2003
Trail attention
July 17, 2003
Bus suggestion
July 17, 2003
Bush to blame
July 17, 2003
Facts aren’t all in on Bush ‘lie’
July 17, 2003
Give credit to the “Bush lied” crowd for this much: they didn’t just toss off the allegation in passing. They spent a lot of time talking about it. A lot.
Investment guru to make money for KU Med fund-raising effort
July 17, 2003
The second-richest man in the world will help raise money for KU Med breast cancer services. Warren Buffett, listed behind only Microsoft mogul Bill Gates in Forbes magazine’s listing of the world’s richest people, will attend a grand-opening reception at Nebraska Furniture Mart in Kansas City, Kan., near the Kansas Speedway.
Eight employees in NU athletic department laid off
July 17, 2003
Eight full-time employees in the Nebraska athletic department have been laid off, Athletic Director Steve Pederson announced.
Making the grade
Ranking Cup drivers on first-half performances
July 17, 2003
Halfway through the 2003 Winston Cup season, it’s time to hand out midterm grades.
NASCAR needs to scrutinize safety crews
July 17, 2003
Count off 10 seconds in your head.
Daily ticker
July 17, 2003
Plan now for soaring gas bills
Some Aquila customers may see 74 percent cost increase starting in August
July 17, 2003
Lawrence residents need to plan to use less natural gas this winter or face significant increases in monthly bills, Aquila Inc. officials said Wednesday. The company, which serves 30,000 natural gas customers in Lawrence, said customers who had signed up for Aquila’s steady-payment program, called StreamLINE, would see an average increase of 74 percent on their monthly bills beginning in August.
A look at how record deficits will affect economy
July 17, 2003
The Bush administration now projects that the federal deficit will set records both this year and next — a total of $930 billion in red ink in just two years.
Iowa senators oppose Farmland sale
July 17, 2003
Both of Iowa’s U.S. senators have asked federal anti-trust officials to oppose the sale of Kansas City, Mo.-based Farmland Industries’ pork processing division to Smithfield Foods.
American cuts loss but will trim St. Louis operations
July 17, 2003
American Airlines’s parent company narrowed its second-quarter loss to $75 million thanks to a hefty federal aid package, and while the carrier said its financial condition was improving, it also announced plans to halve operations at its St. Louis hub.
Fast agreement ends bakery strike
July 17, 2003
Less than an hour after employees at Interstate Bakeries Corp. plants in six Midwestern states went on strike early Wednesday, negotiators reached agreement on a new three-year contract.
Museum to exhibit scale model of 1st plane
July 17, 2003
After more than 1,000 hours of labor, a scale model of the 1903 Wright Flyer has been installed above the Hall of Space Museum at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center.
Wittig, Weidner attorneys don’t expect maximum sentences for their clients
July 17, 2003
Attorneys for two former executives convicted this week of federal bank fraud said their clients probably wouldn’t get anywhere near the maximum sentences for their crimes.
Jayhawks’ football team could go 6-6, maybe 7-5
July 17, 2003
I know you’ll think I’m nuts, that the dog-day heat of mid-July has turned my brain into cooked sausage, but I’ve been musing that Kansas University football — down so long the Jayhawks can’t spell up — could finish with a non-losing record this fall. Whoa. Don’t call 911. Hear me out. I think I can make you believe the Jayhawks can finish with at least a 6-6 record, maybe even 7-5. Well, OK, maybe 7-5 is out of reach, but let’s go over the schedule.
Kansas loses defensive back, gains another
July 17, 2003
Markeith Childress won’t be coming to Kansas University.
A.F. cadet describes rape
July 17, 2003
An Air Force Academy cadet testified Wednesday that a recent graduate raped her last August after the two drank alcohol at his apartment.
Queen of Salsa’ dies
July 17, 2003
Celia Cruz, who went from singing in Havana nightclubs to become the “Queen of Salsa,” died Wednesday, her publicist said.
CIA didn’t see papers until after Bush speech
July 17, 2003
When the Bush administration issued its prewar claims that Iraq had sought uranium in Africa, the CIA had not yet obtained the documents that served as a key foundation for the allegation and later turned out to be forged, U.S. officials say.
Suspect confesses to ‘87 slaying of fifth-grader
July 17, 2003
A man charged with raping and murdering a 10-year-old girl in her bedroom 16 years ago confessed to the crime and expressed remorse after his arrest last week, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
Marc Kenneth Winchester
July 17, 2003
Regina G. (Pollard) Brunette
July 17, 2003
Frances Joan Welch
July 17, 2003
Trial ordered in rape of teen
July 17, 2003
A judge on Wednesday ordered three men to stand trial on charges they raped a 13-year-old Lawrence girl last month at an apartment in the 1300 block of Tennessee Street.
Nets sign center Mourning
Deal reportedly worth $22 million over four years
July 17, 2003
Alonzo Mourning signed Wednesday with the New Jersey Nets, who are hoping the one-time Miami standout will provide the inside game they need to compete with the best teams in the NBA’s Western Conference.
Yankees acquire Benitez from Mets
July 17, 2003
Now Armando Benitez will really learn about pressure: Pitching the eighth inning for the Yankees could be even more stressful than closing out games for the Mets.
Bonds likes what he’s seen from Giants
July 17, 2003
Barry Bonds believes it is wrong to judge a baseball team in July.
Baseball briefs
July 17, 2003
¢ Ratings remain same for All-Star game ¢ Colbrunn has surgery
Armstrong clinging to slim lead
American ahead by 21 seconds after 10 stages of Tour de France
July 17, 2003
Halfway through the Tour de France, Lance Armstrong has yet to dominate cycling’s showcase race as he has in the past.
Suspect arrested in assault at Target
Police link child’s attack to Kentucky case
July 17, 2003
A man suspected of posing as a security guard to sexually assault an 11-year-old girl at a Target store was captured Wednesday as he left a lawyer’s office in Kentucky, authorities said.
6News video: Many area men fought in World War II
July 17, 2003
Several of the recruits volunteered after December 7, 1941. Area women aided the war effort by going to work at the Sunflower Ammunition Plant near Desoto. Even German prisoners of war were put to work building local landmarks such as Danforth Chapel.
6News video: Wal-Mart developers sue city
July 17, 2003
At issue is building permits for a new Wal-Mart site at 6th and Wakarusa.
6News video: 32nd Annual Sidewalk Sale comes to Lawrence
July 17, 2003
The event is expected to bring thousands of visitors to downtown Lawrence. Most downtown retailers will participate in the event.
6Sports video: Dane Dillingham plays in summer tournaments
July 17, 2003
The Free State player is a double threat, playing both football and basketball.
6Sports video: KU recruits get ready for the fall
July 17, 2003
Eligibility issues keep one player from competing for a spot on the Jayhawks, but everyone else is working hard for the season.
6Sports video: Bohl garage sale took 30 minutes
July 17, 2003
Al Bohl and his family are moving to Florida.
6News video: The Dole Institute dedication ceremony will be a relief for Richard Norton Smith
July 17, 2003
The Institute’s director has been postponing surgery until after the ceremony.
6News video: City budget gets hammered out
July 17, 2003
Through difficult compromise, the city commission is deciding on final cuts and increasing mill levies.
Police find no clues in Hoffa investigation
July 17, 2003
Authorities dug under a backyard pool in a residential neighborhood Wednesday in search of clues to the disappearance of ex-Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa but came up empty after an eight-hour search.
Area briefs
July 17, 2003
¢ Church reports theft, damages ¢ Psychiatrist admits to prescription fraud ¢ Loose pit bull attacks Yorkshire terrier ¢ Summer Youth Theater to play ‘Bye-Bye Birdie’
Economists praise Bush tax cuts; Greenspan warns of bulging deficit
July 17, 2003
President Bush, grappling with economic problems that threaten to complicate his re-election campaign, heard soothing words Wednesday from economists about the soaring budget deficit. But Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan warned that “substantial and excessive deficits” could harm the economy. Bush invited private economists to reassure him — and to try to persuade the country — that the deep tax cuts he engineered are helping create jobs at a time when the unemployment rate is at a nine-year high of 6.4 percent.
Mistake erodes America’s confidence
July 17, 2003
When I was 22, I went directly from being a history major in college to being a researcher at Newsweek. The moment of culture shock came late one Friday night when I was reluctant to put my red line of approval under some data. Deadline loomed and a more experienced and harried fact-checker said to me in exasperation: “You know, it doesn’t matter if it’s right, as long as you have a source for it.”