Archive for Thursday, July 31, 2003

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Judge: City must do it right in Wal-Mart case
July 31, 2003
(Web Posted Thursday at 3:27 p.m.) The owners of land at 6th and Wakarusa, where Wal-Mart wants to build, must go back to the city and follow its process correctly Douglas County judge Mike Malone ruled Thursday afternoon.
Iranian calls journalist’s death ‘murder’
July 31, 2003
An Iranian-Canadian journalist who died in police custody this month was murdered, Iran’s vice president said Wednesday in the first official admission that Zahra Kazemi was beaten to death.
Spittle bug leaps ahead of flea as highest insect jumper
July 31, 2003
A common farm pest appears to have leapfrogged over the flea to claim the unofficial title as the world’s best jumper.
Sonar scan concludes ‘Nessie’ does not exist
July 31, 2003
The Loch Ness monster is a Loch Ness myth.
Midland Railway designs expansion
Federal grant will help pay to extend train’s line 4.5 miles to Ottawa
July 31, 2003
A long-forgotten stretch of railroad track from southern Douglas County to Ottawa soon may be back in service. With a federal grant in hand, the Midland Railway Historical Assn. plans to renovate the 4.5-mile track between Norwood and Ottawa and extend its excursion train route. The train has been running the past 15 years from the Midland Depot in Baldwin to Norwood.
Iraqis accept deaths of Saddam’s sons
July 31, 2003
Skeptical Iraqis began to accept that Saddam Hussein’s sons Odai and Qusai were dead after a new audiotape attributed to the fallen dictator acknowledged his sons had become martyrs in the fight against American occupation.
Tips on fallen leader’s whereabouts pour in, U.S. commander says
July 31, 2003
U.S. forces in Iraq have received numerous tips about possible hiding places for Saddam Hussein since the death of his two sons last week, helping to intensify the hunt for the former Iraqi leader, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq said Wednesday.
Complex issue
July 31, 2003
The night sky
July 31, 2003
Not cowards
July 31, 2003
Light pollution
July 31, 2003
Sierra Leone rebel leader dies in U.N. custody
July 31, 2003
Foday Sankoh, an indicted war criminal whose Sierra Leone rebels routinely hacked off the limbs of men, women and infants during a 10-year campaign, died in U.N. custody at a Freetown hospital, the war-crimes court said Wednesday. He was 65.
Military chief reaffirms support for Afghanistan
July 31, 2003
The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday that the Iraq conflict was providing important intelligence on al-Qaida and was not sapping resources from the war against international terrorism in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
Reeve says hope of recovery renewed
July 31, 2003
Actor Christopher Reeve said Wednesday that his optimism about recovering from a catastrophic spinal injury had been boosted by meeting disabled Israelis and the country’s cutting-edge medical researchers.
Is it time to name names?
July 31, 2003
It took me two Google clicks, and there she was — name and photo — under a charming caption identifying her as: The Lying Bitch. So it’s official. The woman who accused NBA star Kobe Bryant of sexual assault, a Colorado legalism for rape, has roughly the privacy of an exhibit in an online aquarium. Her image is just a surf away.
Daily ticker
July 31, 2003
Briefcase
July 31, 2003
¢ Connex International cutting Lawrence jobs ¢ Fleming sale nears ¢ Earnings of interest ¢ Buffet buys home builder
Factory rolls out last VW bug
Experts say cost of car likely to rise
July 31, 2003
Volkswagen is saying goodbye to its icon, the Beetle, ending production and sparking an international battle among collectors who want a final reminder of the car that was popular with everyone from post-World War II suburbanites to hippies.
Survey indicates economy improving
July 31, 2003
America’s economy, which has been poking along, displayed fresh signs of gaining momentum in June and the first half of July, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday in its latest snapshot of U.S. business activity.
K.C. leaders working to keep American Airlines center open
July 31, 2003
Gov. Bob Holden and Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Kay Barnes pledged Wednesday to try and hammer out a deal that will convince American Airlines to keep a large maintenance operation in Kansas City.
Textile company to close 16 plants, cut 6,450 jobs
July 31, 2003
Pillowtex, the maker of towels, rugs and bedding, said Wednesday it planned to shutter its 16 plants and eliminate 6,450 jobs amid a slump that has decimated the textiles industry.
Secretaries of state select Dole for honor
July 31, 2003
Bob Dole is being honored by the National Association of Secretaries of State, thanks to Kansas Secretary Ron Thornburgh.
Utah placed on probation
Utes’ football, basketball not banned from postseason
July 31, 2003
Utah’s athletic program was placed on three years’ probation by the NCAA on Wednesday for rules violations that included excessive meal money for men’s basketball players and academic fraud on the football team.
6Sports video: White Sox take down Royals
July 31, 2003
The second win over the Royals cuts down Kansas City’s lead in the division to two games.
6Sports video: Jayhawks answer questions at Big 12 Media Day
July 31, 2003
Coach Mangino says that he’s tried to raise the bar, and his players feel that they have more depth and maturity.
6News video: Elementary enrollment gets started
July 31, 2003
Some area schools have opened their doors for enrollment for students new to the district.
Plan to cut funds for air marshals decried
July 31, 2003
A suicide hijacking warning led the government to ask airlines to watch out for certain foreigners just days after it asked for cuts in the air marshal program that was boosted after the Sept. 11 attacks.
6News video: Students and renters perform annual migration
July 31, 2003
This is the busiest time of year for U-Haul and other moving companies.
Hope laid to rest in private
July 31, 2003
Bob Hope, who performed for millions of people in his career, was buried Wednesday after a private funeral Mass attended by about 100.
Rock pioneer Sam Phillips dies
Founder of Sun Records discovered Elvis Presley
July 31, 2003
Record producer Sam Phillips, who discovered Elvis Presley and helped usher in the rock ‘n’ roll revolution, died Wednesday. He was 80.
Fox features big bugs, medical oddities
July 31, 2003
Leave it to Fox, the network that brought us “Banzai” and “The Glutton Bowl,” to infest the dog days of summer with “Bug Attack!” (7 p.m., Fox). Host and bug fanatic Dr. Phil DeVries travels from Arizona’s deserts to the swamps of Venezuela to uncover the deadliest, biggest and most unappetizing critters on earth. DeVries submits to stinging scorpions, harvester ants, and a hornet attack that the network describes as “flesh-dissolving.”
Iraq council names first president
Shiite Muslim picked as first of nine men to serve one-month terms
July 31, 2003
After weeks of struggling to choose a leader, Iraq’s U.S.-picked interim government named its first president Wednesday. Ibrahim al-Jaafari, a Shiite Muslim and chief spokesman for the Islamic Dawa Party, which was banned during Saddam Hussein’s rule, was picked to be the first of nine men who will serve one-month stints leading postwar Iraq. He will hold the presidency in August.
New archbishop offers olive branch to victims
July 31, 2003
Sean Patrick O’Malley begged forgiveness from the victims of clergy sexual abuse Wednesday as he was installed as the new Roman Catholic archbishop of Boston and promised a new start for a community fractured by scandal.
Report links Internet to unsafe sex
July 31, 2003
Gay men in California who contracted syphilis through unsafe sex used the Internet more than any other venue to recruit sex partners, researchers say.
Civil rights panel to review hanging case
July 31, 2003
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights said Wednesday it would look into the hanging of a black man because of lingering suspicions in his poor, rural town that he was lynched.
6News video: Williams Fund season ticket dispute continues
July 31, 2003
The court refuses to delay the implementation of the Williams Fund plan.
6News video: Still no ruling in Wal-Mart case
July 31, 2003
Judge Michael Malone has been unable to make a ruling due to emergency eye surgery.
Horrific truck fire kills worker
July 31, 2003
A truck traveling down a busy freeway with a crew of painters was engulfed in flames in a blaze that may have been started by a cigarette igniting fumes from paint thinner or lacquer. One man was killed and 12 others riding with him in the back of the truck were critically burned.
Senator holds up nomination in Missouri River dispute
July 31, 2003
Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., is holding up President Bush’s nominee to oversee the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a dispute about Missouri River management.
On the record
July 31, 2003
Gun claim splits robbery verdict
Jury not convinced suspect pretended to have gun at Bath & Body Works
July 31, 2003
Jurors Wednesday acquitted a Topeka man of the most serious charges he faced for robbing a Lawrence store, and they found him guilty of crimes he admitted he did.
Cardenas services
July 31, 2003
Cynthia Kay Bailly Kenton
July 31, 2003
Holmes takes licking, keeps on ticking for K.C.
July 31, 2003
Priest Holmes and his surgically repaired hip seemed to hold up despite a fierce out-of-bounds hit by a Minnesota linebacker Wednesday.
White Sox hammer K.C., 15-4
July 31, 2003
Jose Valentin hit three home runs in the first five innings, and there were plenty of other Chicago White Sox players doing serious damage, too.
Renegades drop
July 31, 2003
Lawrence’s Renegades dropped two games in the USSSA 18-and-under World Series Wednesday.
Legends split
July 31, 2003
The Lawrence Legends split a pair of softball games Wednesday at the USSSA World Series at the Johnson County Girls Athletic Assn. Complex.
Radke earns rare victory
Twins’ hurler wins for second time in 13 starts
July 31, 2003
If the Minnesota Twins are going to stay in the American League Central race, they’ll need more starts like the one they received Wednesday night from Brad Radke.
Silver Stars slap slumping Sparks
July 31, 2003
The Los Angeles Sparks’ 70-62 loss to the San Antonio Silver Stars left coach Michael Cooper critical of the two-time defending WNBA champions.
Town uses technology to lure residents
Promotional CD touts attractions of northwest Kansas city
July 31, 2003
College student Kelli Ubelaker grew up in Osborne but says she never really knew what her hometown had to offer until she was hired this summer to help create a promotional compact disc about the northwest Kansas city.
Mangino ‘comfortable’ at KU
AD change for best, coach says
July 31, 2003
After nearly 21 months on the job, Mark Mangino feels pretty good about his position at Kansas University. He has experienced a full season as a head football coach, brought in more than two dozen recruits, seen the results of his players getting stronger in a new strength and conditioning facility and softened his team’s nonconference schedule.
Kansas QB Whittemore weathers media blitz
July 31, 2003
Bill Whittemore has been tackled, blocked, leveled, sacked, pummeled, flipped and bounced during his days as a football player. All that rough stuff was easy, though, compared to Big 12 Conference Media Day.
State seeks space for prisoners
Douglas County won’t be accepting inmates
July 31, 2003
With Kansas prisons filling up fast, state corrections officials are trying to find county jails willing to house state inmates. But Douglas County Jail won’t be among them.
Showtime arrives for 4-H’ers at fair
July 31, 2003
How do you play with a 250-pound pig? “You can roll a small tree trunk to him, and he’ll roll it right back,” said Kahlyn Heine, 13, as she took a break Wednesday afternoon from taking care of two pigs she entered in competition at the Douglas County Free Fair.
Topeka resident charged in hoax
35-year-old woman claimed to be Indiana girl missing since 1986
July 31, 2003
A woman who called the parents of a missing girl and claimed she might be their long-lost daughter was charged Wednesday with committing a cruel hoax. “We don’t know what her motivation was, and it is impossible for us to guess. We live in an age today where people like to receive attention,” said state police 1st Sgt. Dave Bursten.
Friends and neighbors
July 31, 2003
KU wins 1st round of ticket squabble
Premium seating charge for longtime supporters allowed to stand, for now
July 31, 2003
Efforts to derail plans to force 121 Kansas University men’s basketball season-ticket holders to put up $5,000 each to hold on to their seats suffered a setback Wednesday. Douglas County District Judge Jack Murphy denied Topeka lawyer Brock Snyder’s request for a court-ordered delay.
A few notes on cells, sponsors and ‘Seabiscuit’
July 31, 2003
If I ran NASCAR, when the teams unload at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend I’d go through the garage and make the teams take out their fuel cells. I’d stack them in a pile in the middle of the garage and give one back to each team, at random, so nobody would know who brought the one they wound up racing.
Iraq claim, terror threat addressed at conference
July 31, 2003
President Bush took personal responsibility for the first time Wednesday for using discredited intelligence in his State of the Union address, but predicted he would be vindicated for going to war against Iraq. He also warned of possible new al-Qaida attacks, possibly involving airlines.
Good business?
July 31, 2003
If Lawrence restaurant and bar owners are convinced that going smoke-free is good business, there would be no need for a city-enforced smoking ban. In almost every situation, it’s nicer to have volunteers than to have to issue an order to accomplish a goal.
Officials say visitors trashing Italy’s churches
July 31, 2003
Visitors can no longer use the splendid entrance at Rome’s Basilica of St. Mary Major — it’s sealed off because drunks and lovers had made it a hangout.
U.S., S. Korea discuss North’s nuclear aims
July 31, 2003
A senior State Department official discussed North Korea’s nuclear threats with South Korean officials Wednesday as Seoul expressed reservations about plans to take the matter to the U.N. Security Council any time soon.
New Eudora school to open on time, principal says
July 31, 2003
The two-thirds majority of Eudora voters who backed a bond issue for a new $16.5 million high school are about to find out what their support bought.
Area corn crop drying up
Harvest likely to be worse than 2002
July 31, 2003
White corn is something no farmer wants to see. We’re not talking tender white kernels fresh from the pot and lathered in butter.
Recovery’ bypasses many
July 31, 2003
If this is a recovery, I’d hate to see a recession.
Media groups seek court records
Judge in Bryant case hasn’t allowed release physical evidence in case
July 31, 2003
Despite warnings from a judge about too much publicity in the Kobe Bryant case, media organizations want a look at sealed court records about the sexual assault allegation against the NBA star.
Area briefs
July 31, 2003
¢ City, developers await ruling on Wal-Mart ¢ Lawrence students join Phi Beta Kappa ¢ Haskell Retirees Assn. plans luncheon today ¢ Douglas County agency receives federal grant
Lita D. Bateson
July 31, 2003
Our town sports
July 31, 2003
Briefly
July 31, 2003
¢ Reduction in chemicals slows ozone depletion ¢ House fire kills mother, 5 children
Pentagon says China may strike Taiwan
July 31, 2003
China is boosting its missile stocks and military budget to prepare for what could be a quick and brutal showdown with Taiwan — and to prevent U.S. forces from getting in the way, the Pentagon said Wednesday. Defense officials said China was emphasizing a “surprise, deception and shock” doctrine in its campaign against Taiwan, which Beijing considers a renegade province.
ACLU sues over book provision in Patriot Act
July 31, 2003
The American Civil Liberties Union and several Islamic groups filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the federal government over a section of the USA Patriot Act that lets FBI agents monitor the books people read.
Courting black votes important to Bush
July 31, 2003
This prediction involves almost no risk: George W. Bush will not win the black vote when he runs for re-election next year. Let me go further, also without substantial risk: Bush won’t even get as big a chunk of the black vote as Gerald Ford captured in 1976. That’s a statement that almost doesn’t require an explanation. But here’s a question that does require an explanation: Given that, why on Earth did the president fly to Pittsburgh on Monday to speak to the National Urban League?
Bed Bath & Beyond coming to S. Iowa
Three other large retailers expected to locate in former Kmart building by March
July 31, 2003
A Bed Bath & Beyond store will be opening in the former Kmart building on South Iowa Street by November, but Dick’s Sporting Goods is off the shopping list for the vacant space. Jodi Belpedio, an agent with Rubenstein Real Estate Co., said Wednesday that Bed Bath & Beyond had signed a lease to open a 25,000-square-foot store in the building at 31st and Iowa streets.
Farmland withdraws incentive offer
July 31, 2003
At the urging of creditors, Farmland Industries Inc. has withdrawn a $300,000 incentive it offered to a potential buyer of the bankrupt cooperative’s refinery and fertilizer plant in Coffeyville. In a letter of intent filed last week in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Farmland disclosed an agreement to cover up to $300,000 of the costs that Pegasus II LLP would incur to evaluate the Coffeyville operation.
Many parents lament lack of quality time with their children
July 31, 2003
Most parents say it’s important to spend quality time with their children, but many find themselves coming up short, says a study released Wednesday by youth service organizations.
Raiders’ goal: Legion state baseball crown
July 31, 2003
The Lawrence Raiders surprised Carl Brooks at Tuesday’s American Legion baseball banquet with a highlight video from this, his last season as their skipper. Yet one memory was missing.
Back-door cash boosted Biggs
Wichita abortion doctor poured thousands into race for A.G.
July 31, 2003
In the closing days of last year’s election for attorney general, high-profile abortion doctor George Tiller, of Wichita, contributed more than $150,000 to try to defeat Republican Phill Kline, according to campaign finance records. But the public knew nothing about it.
It’s Dumpster-diving time
Residents rummage through trash to find treasures
July 31, 2003
Garrin Kimmell nearly left his recliner by the Dumpster this week as he moved out of his Old West Lawrence apartment. But he didn’t have the heart.
Bush welcomes gays, not gay marriage
July 31, 2003
Marriage as a legal institution should be limited to “a man and a woman” and his administration is studying how best to enshrine that principle in law, President Bush said Wednesday. Although the White House declined to say what was under consideration, Bush’s statement at a news conference raised the possibility that he might support new federal legislation — or even a constitutional amendment — to ban gay marriage.
People
July 31, 2003
¢ Kennedy shorts on brief display ¢ Winfrey wants more Hawaiian land ¢ Clinton going into trade ¢ Hurley starts filming in Romania
Foreign officers taught democracy at Statehouse
International class receiving military instruction in U.S.
July 31, 2003
One sign that Afghanistan is emerging from years of Soviet invasion and Taliban rule is Maj. Mohammad Farid Ahmadi. He is the first Afghan officer in 25 years to receive training in the United States, and his presence Wednesday at the Statehouse was made possible by the relatively new, U.S.-backed government in his homeland.
Distributors of counterfeit Lipitor target of racketeering lawsuit
July 31, 2003
A racketeering lawsuit has been filed against two pharmaceutical distributors over counterfeit pills in bottles labeled as the cholesterol-lowering medicine Lipitor.
A simple approach
Kenseth leads the pack, but manages to avoid the hype
July 31, 2003
Simple. Because he’s led the Winston Cup standings since March 9 and because he’s threatening to turn this year’s championship chase into a rout, a lot of people are trying to come up with the right word to describe Matt Kenseth.
Spouses go high-tech to catch cheaters
July 31, 2003
Suspicious husbands and wives who once might have hired a private eye to find out if their spouses were cheating are now using do-it-yourself technology to check on an increasingly popular hideaway for trysts — the Internet.
Ruth Reid Roberts
July 31, 2003
Baseball briefs
July 31, 2003
¢ Angels release Appier after poor performance ¢ Cubs snare Glanville ¢ Oakland acquires Guillen ¢ Split schedule unlikely for Expos in 2004
Briefly
July 31, 2003
¢ Plans stall to build airport in Brown County ¢ Hopalong Cassidy museum to open Friday ¢ Monopoly on $3 wine causes controversy
Briefly
July 31, 2003
¢ Missing 1913 nickel worth million dollars ¢ Emergency chief quits over e-mailed poem ¢ Mexican ranch to serve as jaguar sanctuary ¢ Columbia University plans for new campus
Recreation calendar
July 31, 2003
Peacekeeping scouts find heavy fighting
July 31, 2003
An advance inspection team of a long-promised multinational peacekeeping force flew into Liberia’s besieged capital Wednesday, as explosions and gunfire rocked Monrovia despite a new rebel pledge to cease fire.
Soldiers honored at Fort Riley for military service in Iraq
July 31, 2003
Cpl. John Ator II was driving a Bradley fighting vehicle through Iraq in April when two rocket-propelled grenades struck in rapid succession. All nine people inside were injured. Ator was among eight soldiers who received the Purple Heart, awarded to those wounded in action, during a ceremony Tuesday on the Cavalry Parade Field at Fort Riley. Five of those soldiers were in the Bradley Ator was driving. The others wounded in the fight involving the Bradley already had received their Purple Hearts.
Woodling: Snyder’s snub and other Big 12 notes
July 31, 2003
Notes and quotes from Wednesday’s Big 12 Conference football media session while wondering if league fathers are mulling whether to ask the ACC to join up and form the Big 24 …
Marlins’ Willis wins again
Florida’s rookie pitching sensation beats Johnson, Diamondbacks for sellout crowd
July 31, 2003
Rookie sensation Dontrelle Willis achieved two impressive feats Wednesday night. First he helped the Florida Marlins fill Pro Player Stadium, and then he beat Randy Johnson.
Back-to-school business
July 31, 2003
Briefly
July 31, 2003
¢ KU architecture program wins $25,000 prize ¢ Eighth home intrusion reported to police ¢ Teen still hospitalized after watercraft accident
Briefly
July 31, 2003
¢ Court documents say father admitted shooting children ¢ Ex-officer may face another trial in teen beating cas ¢ Gulf War POWs denied compensation
Briefly
July 31, 2003
¢ Intelligence chief quits after failed mutiny ¢ OPEC increase in output unlikely ¢ British Airways, unions, settle labor dispute ¢ Settlements lead population growth
Horoscopes
July 31, 2003