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KU journalism dean to step down
July 24, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 10:16 a.m.) The dean of Kansas University’s journalism school announced Thursday his plan to step down and return to classroom teaching and research.
Elsie Loshbough Hansen
July 24, 2003
Pollard dealt to Pacers
July 24, 2003
The Sacramento Kings have agreed in principle to a three-team trade that ships former Kansas University forward Scot Pollard to the Indiana Pacers, the Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday.
Briefly
July 24, 2003
¢ 5 killed in helicopter crash ¢ Shadow of alleged affair now dogs Hillary Clinton ¢ Disney movies to go online
Briefly
July 24, 2003
¢ Ambassador to Iran called home ¢ Landslides destroy homes, kill at least 21 ¢ Foreign troops arrive to quell violence ¢ Eiffel Tower reopens after electrical fire
Tax refunds begin Friday despite Democratic protest
July 24, 2003
The U.S. Treasury is set to begin mailing tax refunds of up to $400 per child to 25 million families later this week — a cornerstone of President Bush’s effort to juice the economy, but a benefit that has sparked controversy.
Summertime coat
July 24, 2003
Two firefighters die in Idaho blaze
July 24, 2003
Two firefighters were overrun by flames and killed soon after they were dropped by helicopter to battle a fast-moving blaze in a national forest in central Idaho, officials said Wednesday.
Briefly
July 24, 2003
¢ Cubans found at sea on converted pickup ¢ Lightning kills giraffe at Disney animal park ¢ Two hurt in explosion of pipe bomb in car ¢ Eight to share reward in Elizabeth Smart case
Daily ticker
July 24, 2003
Briefcase
July 24, 2003
¢ AOL earnings rise; subscribers dwindle ¢ More job cuts slated at Kodak ¢ DST profits drop ¢ Cap Fed ups dividend
Study: Terminally ill hasten death by refusal of food and drink
July 24, 2003
A surprising number of terminally ill hospice patients choose to speed their deaths by refusing food and drink, a study in Oregon suggests.
Judge charged with judicial misconduct
July 24, 2003
A Cheyenne County judge convicted of intimidating a witness has been charged with 10 counts of judicial misconduct.
Iran says it’s holding top al-Qaida operatives
July 24, 2003
Iran announced Wednesday it was holding senior members of the al-Qaida terror network and would hunt down any others on its soil, while the United States demanded it turn over any prisoners to face justice.
Center dishes out cold facts on ice cream
July 24, 2003
Before you scream for ice cream, a health advocacy group wants you to think about this: A sundae can have as much fat and calories as a T-bone steak dinner. “Everyone knows that ice cream isn’t good for you — it’s a splurge,” Jayne Hurley, senior nutritionist at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, said Wednesday. “But most people don’t realize how much of a splurge it is.”
Sunset ride
July 24, 2003
Got him
July 24, 2003
Whaley will savor GHO experience
July 24, 2003
Bo Jackson played football and baseball but never tried a crossover like his golfing partner Wednesday.
Clean air,’ ‘cured’ tracks and other topics
July 24, 2003
Questions, questions, questions.
Thome too much for Cubs
Slugger smacks 1,000th career RBI; Wolf four-hits Chicago in Phillies’ 3-0 win
July 24, 2003
Randy Wolf wanted to keep this game to himself.
Boeing reports second-quarter loss
July 24, 2003
Boeing Co., struggling in both the commercial space and airplane markets, reported a loss of $192 million for the second quarter on Wednesday and said it expected 2004 profits to fall well short of previous forecasts.
Judge refuses to help Corps of Engineers avoid contempt charge
July 24, 2003
A Nebraska federal judge refused on Wednesday to help the Army Corps of Engineers escape a contempt citation from another court for failing to lower water levels on the Missouri River.
First map to name America has first showing in America
July 24, 2003
The earliest map using “America” to label part of the New World is going on display in America for the first time.
Program offers training for displaced aviation workers
July 24, 2003
The Kansas Technical Training Initiative is rolling out a new program for displaced aviation workers. The program is designed to train those with aircraft experience to pass the Federal Aviation Administration’s requirements for Airframe Certified Aviation Maintenance Technicians — but in a shorter time frame than those without aviation experience.
House Democrats hold up legislative process to protest treatment
July 24, 2003
House Democrats are so angry at their treatment by the Republican majority that they promised “a week from hell,” and began delivering just that with a series of parliamentary maneuvers that nearly ground the legislative process to a halt for a few hours Wednesday.
Williams Services
July 24, 2003
Friends and neighbors
July 24, 2003
Softball squads so-so to start
July 24, 2003
Wednesday was the first day of pool play for the American Fastpitch Association “B” Nationals, but none of three area teams scored a grade higher than a C. Both the Lawrence Phenix 14-under and 16-under teams, and the 14-under team from Tonganoxie won once, but each took a lump during the first day of the tournament at Clinton Lake Softball Complex and Youth Sports Inc. fields.
Floodman driven to succeed after season-ending injury
July 24, 2003
Kansas University’s strength and conditioning coaches have no problem getting Banks Floodman to work hard in the weight room. Making the sophomore linebacker leave is another matter.
Andersen seems ageless
K.C. kicker feels so fit, he wants to play until age 50
July 24, 2003
The oldest kickoff man in NFL history could play for Kansas City this year. Of course, Morten Andersen is used to setting standards. The left-footed Dane, who turns 43 next month, is the league’s second-leading scorer.
Spy Kids’ sequel adds a dimension
3-D moves out of IMAX theaters, theme parks into the cineplex
July 24, 2003
Time to put on your cardboard glasses with the red-and-blue cellophane and dodge images leaping off the theater screen.
Our town sports
July 24, 2003
People
July 24, 2003
¢ Unwise comparison ¢ Animal magnetism ¢ Meat is bad ¢ Meat is funny
Cork & Barrel stores may close
Business owners charged with 13 counts of violating state liquor laws
July 24, 2003
State regulators are seeking to close two of the largest liquor stores in Lawrence and impose fines of about $120,000 against their owners. Investigators with the Kansas Department of Revenue’s division of Alcoholic Beverage Control have filed 13 separate charges against the owners of the Cork & Barrel liquor stores at 901 Miss. and 2000 W. 23rd St.
Engineer on mission to solve Earhart mystery
Radio transmissions believed to hold key to locating plane
July 24, 2003
The disappearance of famed Kansas aviator Amelia Earhart remains one of the most enduring mysteries of modern times. But a former Kansas farm boy, now an engineer, says he knows what happened to Earhart. He just has to prove it.
Legislation would allow student loan refinancing
July 24, 2003
You can refinance your house. You can refinance your credit card bills. Student loans? No way.
Protesters plotting ways to infiltrate next G-8 meeting
July 24, 2003
The protesters’ ideas range from the fantastic — pooling money to buy one of this island’s multimillion-dollar homes — to the pragmatic, such as settling for demonstrations 60 miles away in Savannah.
Is Bush ready for success?
July 24, 2003
Odai and Qusai Hussein, the ace of hearts and ace of clubs respectively, in the popular deck of most-wanted-in-Iraq cards, have met a fate similar to the thousands they were personally responsible for killing. The only downside is that they died more quickly than many of the victims of their atrocities. Hell has surely welcomed them with open, flaming arms. The family that kills together gets to burn together.
Boston clergy sex scandal ‘borders on the unbelievable’
July 24, 2003
It is likely that more than 1,000 people were molested by priests and workers in the Boston Archdiocese over six decades, a figure the Massachusetts attorney general termed “staggering” as he issued a report Wednesday blaming Roman Catholic leaders for the crisis.
City’s public safety pledge leaves firefighters wondering
July 24, 2003
It’s one of Lawrence’s most versatile and expensive pieces of equipment. It’s also almost useless by itself. Ladder 1, Douglas County Fire & Medical’s ladder truck, is so understaffed its crew can’t begin to attack a fire until another engine arrives.
Area briefs
July 24, 2003
¢ Accident stalls traffic on Interstate 35 ¢ Souvenir package of Dole coverage offered ¢ Horse show raises $1,200 for THRIL
Horoscopes
July 24, 2003
Reasonable rules
July 24, 2003
Other public and private entities should follow the Vatican’s example by enforcing reasonable standards of dress and behavior. Congratulations to Vatican officials who have stood firm on the dress rules for those wishing to get into St. Peter’s Basilica.
Policy shifts concern U.S. conservatives
July 24, 2003
This is the summer of conservatives’ discontent. Conservatism has been disoriented by events in the last several weeks. Cumulatively, foreign and domestic developments constitute an identity crisis of conservatism, which is being recast — and perhaps rendered incoherent. George W. Bush may be the most conservative person to serve as president since Calvin Coolidge. Yet his presidency is coinciding with, and is in some instances initiating or ratifying, developments disconcerting to four factions within conservatism.
Quality care
July 24, 2003
Family matters
July 24, 2003
A mere 16 words
July 24, 2003
WWII memorial taking shape
July 24, 2003
The opposition to the national World War II Memorial was almost as deep and bitter as the opposition to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. They called the design of the Vietnam Wall “a gash of shame” and a black symbol of defeat. They called the WWII Memorial design “a monumental shame.”
House spurns limits on media ownership
July 24, 2003
The House voted Wednesday to prevent federal regulators from letting individual broadcast companies own television stations serving nearly half the national TV market, ignoring the preferences of its own Republican leaders and a Bush administration veto threat. By a 400-21 vote, lawmakers approved a spending bill with language blocking a Federal Communications Commission decision to let companies own TV stations serving up to 45 percent of the country’s viewers. The current ceiling is 35 percent.
Strike pits town against Tyson
July 24, 2003
Yard signs urge people to boycott Tyson Foods. The town’s two grocery stories no longer sell Tyson chicken and meat, and signs taped in restaurant windows advertise Tyson-free meals.
ImClone founder begins 7-year prison sentence
July 24, 2003
ImClone Systems founder Sam Waksal reported to a minimum-security prison Wednesday to begin serving a seven-year prison term — becoming the first chief executive to do time in the recent wave of corporate scandals.
Big East struggles with identity
Officials debate split among football, basketball schools
July 24, 2003
Fresh off two defections that shattered the conference, the Big East has little time to regroup if it wants to maintain its status as a major player in college football.
Dennehy drama continues in Waco
Family removes player’s belongings from apartment; coaches face payment questions
July 24, 2003
The family of missing Baylor basketball player Patrick Dennehy removed his belongings from his apartment Wednesday after more than a month of waiting and hoping he was alive. Authorities said they would continue searching for his body.
Jackson’s second-half surge powers Storm
July 24, 2003
Lauren Jackson scored 22 of her 27 points in the second half and Amanda Lassiter added a career-high 16 points, leading the Seattle Storm to a 75-65 victory Wednesday over the New York Liberty.
Gazing into the future
A preview of the second half of the 2003 Cup season
July 24, 2003
With the speed-happy tourists from Winston Cup just passing the halfway turn in the season, here’s one observer’s view of what might happen between now and November.
City rethinks growth policies
Commission wants to lead direction of development
July 24, 2003
Mayor David Dunfield soon will appoint a task force aimed at giving City Hall a stronger hand in guiding Lawrence’s growth. New policies developed by the task force should give officials a road map to guide how the city can build new roads, utilities and other services in areas where the Lawrence City Commission wants growth to follow.
Vanity stamps’ idea advances
July 24, 2003
Personalized postage stamps — featuring the kids, the dog, the company logo — may be in Americans’ future. Such special-issue stamps, sold at a premium, were among the recommendations issued Wednesday by the President’s Commission on the Future of the Postal Service.
Things just went ballistic’ in raid on Saddam’s sons
Soldiers involved in Mosul battle relate details of fight
July 24, 2003
A sleek Mercedes-Benz stood in the underground garage along with a pool of blood. A panoply of rifles and pistols lay strewn in the comfortable three-story mansion. In the end, it took almost all the firepower the Army could muster — TOW missiles, Kiowa helicopter rockets and Mark-19 grenade launchers — to punch through the fortress-like walls of the villa, reducing it to a smoking hulk. And only then did the troops find out how high the stakes had been: Their targets, they discovered, were Saddam Hussein’s sons Odai and Qusai, second in power only to their father.
Bush wants more research on global warming causes
July 24, 2003
The White House today will issue a revised 10-year global warming research plan that sets five goals, chief among them identifying “natural variability” in climate change, an effort that environmentalists say diverts the focus away from man-made pollution.
Co-worker kills two in real estate office
July 24, 2003
A man on Wednesday walked into the Century 21 real estate office where he worked and fatally shot two women and critically wounded another, authorities said.
Witherspoon not just pretty face in early works
July 24, 2003
Tired of watching Reese Witherspoon clad in Pepto-Bismol pink in those slight “Legally Blonde” movies? Reese stars as an innocent teen whose psycho boyfriend (Mark Wahlberg) terrorizes her family in the 1996 thriller “Fear” (7 p.m., WB). Sold as “‘Fatal Attraction’ for teens,” the film failed to thrill critics. Leonard Maltin called it a “passable slasher pic.”
City repeals liquor sales in grocery stores
July 24, 2003
The Leavenworth City Commission has unanimously rescinded a controversial decision to allow beer sales at grocery and convenience stores on Sundays.
Lobbyists pulling out all the stops in fight against imported drugs
July 24, 2003
With high-dollar advertising and personal visits to lawmakers’ districts, drug industry lobbyists are making a last-ditch effort to convince consumers and Congress that a plan to allow foreign drugs into the United States would harm their health.
Study: Campaign fails to curb college drinking
July 24, 2003
A new report says that attempts to curb binge drinking on campuses through so-called “social norms marketing” — campaigns that trumpet evidence students at a given school party in moderation — have failed.
Recall petition wins spot on Calif. ballot
July 24, 2003
Democrat Gray Davis will have to fight to keep his job this fall in the nation’s first gubernatorial recall election in 82 years, state officials announced Wednesday after tallying the results of a Republican-led petition drive that seemed farfetched just months ago.
Ex-Clinton officials warn of growing nuclear threat
July 24, 2003
Nuclear bombs are likely to be used before the end of the decade if the United States doesn’t do more to stop their spread, a group that advises Senate Democrats said Wednesday.
Foster care changes proposed
SRS has forum to hear concerns about state’s child welfare services
July 24, 2003
Kansas needs to retool the way it moves foster children into adoption, one of the state’s leading child advocates said Wednesday. “The system we have in place now isn’t very family-friendly,” said Gary Brunk, executive director at Kansas Action for Children. “We need to rethink the way we do things.”
Police seek gunman at KU, find GTA with rifle for class
July 24, 2003
Employees in Wescoe Hall got a jolt Wednesday when police rushed in after a man carrying a rifle. The man turned out to be a Kansas University history instructor who had an antique Civil War-era rifle that he brought to show his class, officials said.
Disaster safety for special-needs populations explored
May tornado raises questions about preparedness
July 24, 2003
Kansas University researchers are studying ways to improve disaster safety for people with physical disabilities, thanks to a grant from the federal Centers for Disease Control. Wednesday night, representatives of the Research & Training Center on Independent Living at KU met with about 20 public safety and community service leaders to solicit and discuss safety measures.
K.C. wholesaler received fake drugs
Florida indictment charges 18 people in bogus medication ring
July 24, 2003
A Kansas City drug wholesaler received six shipments of bogus medications from sellers of fake prescription drugs, according to an indictment unsealed this week in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Albers Medical Inc., which voluntarily recalled thousands of bottles of fake Lipitor earlier this year, says it was a victim of the Florida scheme, which involved Lipitor and drugs to treat cancer, AIDS and other ailments.
Forest Service predicts increasingly severe wildfires
July 24, 2003
Forest Service scientists predict wildfires will become more severe as a half-century-long dry spell persists, peaking with a fire of unprecedented size around 2035.
6Sports video: Renegades go to USSSA World Series
July 24, 2003
The American Legion team are bearing down for the national tournament.
6News video: Firefighters feel budget pinch
July 24, 2003
The city cannot hire enough firefighters to properly man ladder truck.
6Sports video: Raiders roll over Olathe South in zone tournament
July 24, 2003
The Lawrence Raiders dominated the Falcons, 14-1.
6Sports video: Royals take out Twins, 8-3
July 24, 2003
The Royals’ victory puts them five games ahead of the White Sox and 6 1/2 games ahead of Minnesota.
6News video: Dole Institute staff relax after dedication
July 24, 2003
Lawrence recovers from the crowds and ceremonies; the clean-up of West Campus may take several days.days.
6News video: City commission plans to revamp development guidelines
July 24, 2003
The commission creates a task force that will look at various issues concerning future growth.
6News video: KU researchers want better disaster safety for physically impaired
July 24, 2003
The study will review ways to prepare for natural disasters for everyone, especially the disabled.
On the record
July 24, 2003
Patrick McKinney
July 24, 2003
Police rescue nine German shepherds
Puppies found in crates in hot SUV and truck; one owner arrested
July 24, 2003
Nine German shepherds are being cared for by the Lawrence Humane Society after the dogs were found in poor condition in the back of two vehicles parked downtown, officials said.
Orosco’s career takes bizarre detour
After being traded by Padres to Yankees — and taking wrong flight — reliever finally arrives in New York
July 24, 2003
Jesse Orosco’s career path took an unexpected detour.
Baseball briefs
July 24, 2003
¢ Angels put Glaus on 15-day disabled list ¢ Palmeiro becomes leader for Texas games played ¢ Rockies’ Tsao to become first Taiwanese pitcher ¢ Nagy joins front office with Cleveland GM
Raiders roll; Phenix sluggish
Lawrence looks unbeatable in 14-1 thrashing of Olathe
July 24, 2003
Just who in the world is going to stop these Lawrence Raiders? “Nobody,” catcher Tommy Mangino said. “Not when we play the way we’re capable of playing.”
Snyder’s snub of Big 12 media day perplexing to Nebraska’s Solich
July 24, 2003
Count Nebraska head coach Frank Solich among those perplexed by Bill Snyder’s decision to bypass the Big 12 Conference football media days July 30-31 in Kansas City, Mo.
Texas places Gonzalez on 15-day DL
July 24, 2003
Juan Gonzalez was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday because of a strained right calf, a move that could hamper attempts by Texas to trade the two-time AL MVP before next week’s deadline.
Rolla students win solar car race
K-State, MU among challenge’s finalists
July 24, 2003
After a shaky start, the University of Missouri-Rolla team crossed the finish line nearly five hours ahead of the pack Wednesday, winning what was billed as the world’s longest solar car race.
Royals power past Twins
July 24, 2003
Kansas City wants to widen its lead while it’s hot. “We’re playing against teams in our division, and those are the ones that we really need to beat,” Carlos Beltran said after Wednesday night’s 8-3 win over the Minnesota Twins. “If we beat those guys, we have a very good chance to win our division.”
Misleading view
July 24, 2003
Report details 9-11 intelligence failures
July 24, 2003
The government intercepted conversations by early 1999 indicating that two Sept. 11 hijackers-to-be were connected to a suspected al-Qaida facility in the Middle East, but the National Security Agency did not pass on the information to other agencies, a congressional report on intelligence failures concludes.
Student-transfer policy called ‘liberal’
Lawrence schools superintendent says Dec. 1 deadline came from need to watch class sizes
July 24, 2003
About five times a day, a pleading parent calls Bruce Passman. Callers are desperate to gain approval from Lawrence school district officials for the transfer of a child to another elementary, junior high or high school.
Two Americans killed; senior official captured
July 24, 2003
U.S. troops captured a senior Republican Guard official Wednesday, one day after killing Saddam Hussein’s elder sons Odai and Qusai, but the guerrilla campaign against American forces persisted with two more soldiers killed.
African peacekeepers pledged for Liberia
July 24, 2003
Liberian rebels on Wednesday shattered a day-old pledge to cease fire, lobbing mortars at neighborhoods crowded with refugees and briefly capturing a key bridge in the war-ruined capital — a city running desperately short of food and water.
Central, eastern states dig out from storm debris
July 24, 2003
Jack McKeen had just begun to take a chain saw to the 100-foot-long fallen oak tree that he and his crew were removing from a driveway when his cell phone started ringing — again.
Two killed in shootout in N.Y. City Hall
July 24, 2003
A political rival shot and killed a councilman who crusaded against urban violence, opening fire Wednesday inside City Council chambers after bypassing security with his victim.
Gutsy Hamilton wins stage
July 24, 2003
Riding with the pain of a double-fractured collarbone, it could be argued that Tyler Hamilton shouldn’t even be in the Tour de France. Try telling him that.
Advocate pans Westar rebate plan
July 24, 2003
Westar Energy’s plan to pay each of its customers about $28 in rebates over a two-year period is far below what the company should be paying, a state consumer advocate said Wednesday. The Kansas Corporation Commission has ended its hearing into plans by the financially beleaguered company to reduce its $2.9 billion in debt.
Beanball bumps Blue Jays
White Sox win, 7-6, when Konerko hit by pitch
July 24, 2003
Paul Konerko took one for the team.
Perkins hires aide away from UConn
July 24, 2003
Kansas University has hired a second athletic department official from the University of Connecticut.
Barbara Colyer Pollom
July 24, 2003
Briefly
July 24, 2003
¢ Air Force Academy faces fresh allegations ¢ Court blocks reforms for death row prisoners ¢ Hot air balloon accident leaves 11 injured ¢ Decorated Vietnam vet admits forging award
Briefly
July 24, 2003
¢ Teen suffers head injuries in east Lawrence wreck ¢ Suspended police officer turns in resignation ¢ Teen will go to boot camp for role in March beating ¢ Worship service raises $3,783 for VA programs
Briefly
July 24, 2003
¢ City may disband police to save money ¢ Historic town plans 125th homecoming ¢ Police find replacement for dog that died in car ¢ Suspect arrested in sobbing bandit cases