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Briefly
June 14, 2003
¢ Homicide probe under way in deaths ¢ Suspect in slayings ruled competent ¢ Duplex fire turns fatal ¢ K.C. Call publisher dead at age 91
Church plans to keep flag in spotlight
Despite complaints from neighbors, pastor won’t fold on bright display
June 14, 2003
After spending $10,000 to hoist a flag, then another few hundred to fight off legal challenges to the display’s very existence, the Rev. Scott Hanks figures he can raise another $60 to file the paperwork to keep Old Glory flying high above his church northwest of town. Far too many others have paid too high a price to back down now, he reckons.
City urged to disobey Patriot Act
Officials won’t comment on group’s proposal
June 14, 2003
Don Phipps remembers childhood tales of the Soviet Union, America’s Cold War enemy. Secret wiretaps. Arrests without trials. Neighbors spying on neighbors. Now Phipps is afraid the United States is treading down the same path after the 9-11 terror attacks. He says new laws like the USA Patriot Act which expanded government surveillance and information-sharing powers threatened civil liberties.
Sixth St. and SLT pegged as latest ‘gateway’
Intersection plan would feature wide variety of development styles
June 14, 2003
The next gateway into Lawrence the area around the intersection of Sixth Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway would include a broad range of land uses under a plan unveiled Friday by city planners. And it would allow the sort of development proposed late last year that prompted creation of the guidelines.
Harold Vernon Edmonds
June 14, 2003
Witness says ballot box in Cherokee election arrived without seal
June 14, 2003
The leadership of the nation’s second largest Indian tribe remained contested Friday after more testimony about alleged irregularities in the May 24 election. A witness told the Cherokee Nation Judicial Appeals Tribunal, the tribe’s highest court, on Thursday that one ballot box arrived from a precinct unsealed.
Kansas farm cleared
June 14, 2003
A southwest Kansas farm has been ruled out as the source of the monkeypox outbreak in the upper Midwest, state health and livestock officials said Friday.
Norma LaDene Hyatt
June 14, 2003
Briefly
June 14, 2003
¢ Legislature approves universal health care ¢ Mother claims child in message to police ¢ FDA approves drug for neutering dogs ¢ University researcher resigns amid probe
Briefly
June 14, 2003
¢ French troops move to protect city ¢ Meeting to focus on MIA recovery efforts ¢ Suspect arrested with nuclear material ¢ Liberian parties meet for cease-fire talks
Briefly
June 14, 2003
¢ Wife freed after two years of captivity in own home ¢ Czechs vote in referendum on EU membership ¢ Fire kills four young sisters
Briefly
June 14, 2003
¢ President joins dad for holiday weekend ¢ FBI agents discover missing Oscar statuette
NASA reassigns space center director
June 14, 2003
In an abrupt shake-up prompted by the Columbia disaster, the chief of the Kennedy Space Center is being moved to another NASA installation to strengthen its engineering department for the shuttle fleet’s eventual return to flight.
Audit finds mismanagement, nepotism at insurance company
Corporate official says he’s being portrayed in wrong light
June 14, 2003
State regulators have accused an insurance company official of numerous instances of excessive travel expenses, poor fiscal record-keeping and nepotism. The official, Rick Meyer, denied any wrongdoing. The state audit on First American Capital Corp. is the latest development in a fight for control of the Topeka-based life insurance company that is being waged in court, at the Kansas Insurance Department and in a shareholder election.
Harvest tour touts Kansas wheat
Millers from seven countries learn of quality of state commodity
June 14, 2003
Mexican flour miller Emiliano Gallego arrived this week in Kansas to take the flour milling short course at Kansas State University’s international grains program. Friday, Gallego — along with fellow millers from Ghana, Indonesia, Japan, Morocco, Nigeria, Philippines and Taiwan — got a chance to get out of the classroom and into a wheat field in Sumner County, where they could experience a Kansas wheat harvest firsthand.
Center puts focus on helping felons find employment
June 14, 2003
Shella Epps fumbled with the mouse to navigate around the Web page that had just appeared on the computer at the Forever Crowned Ministry. Standing behind her, ministry director Evelyn Washington guided her hand and gently reminded her: “Remember right click, left click.”
Duncan difference for Spurs down stretch
San Antonio standout has 29 points, 17 rebounds
June 14, 2003
Expectations for Tim Duncan are so high that when he averaged 21 points in Games 2, 3 and 4 of the NBA Finals, there were actually whispers that he wasn’t doing enough for San Antonio.
Porter’s ‘Kate’ in Community Theatre spotlight
June 14, 2003
Lawrence Community Theatre continues its three-weekend run of the Cole Porter musical “Kiss Me Kate” today and Sunday.
Around and about
June 14, 2003
Overcoming marriage pitfalls takes work
June 14, 2003
Would you identify some of the major “marriage killers” that are most responsible for the high divorce rate that plagues today’s families?
Volunteer church group creates ‘cuddle blankets’
June 14, 2003
A “security blanket” is a comforting feature of most people’s childhood, something soft and warm that can be carried around to impart a sense of safety. A group of volunteers from Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vt., recognized the important value of that experience and wanted to help make it a part of growing up for more Lawrence children.
Sales drying up for Cimarron merchants
Drought creates ‘rough times’ for southwest Kansas town
June 14, 2003
Scott Kelsay needs only to look at his lot of unsold used cars and trucks to see how the drought is hurting him. “I’ve been doing this for 11 years, and it’s the roughest times we’ve seen,” Kelsay said. “It’s all agriculture out here; if the ag sector isn’t doing well, you’re not going to do well.”
Kansas City tees off on San Francisco, 6-1
Relaford, Randa, Tucker go deep; Bonds quiet in Giants’ loss
June 14, 2003
With Barry Bonds and the San Francisco Giants making their first trip to Kansas City, fans packed Kauffman Stadium hoping to see home runs. And they did — by Joe Randa, Michael Tucker and Desi Relaford.
Spurs topple Nets
Kerr sparks late run for San Antonio
June 14, 2003
Steve Kerr invented a new victory dance, a backward high-step he unveiled after yet another clutch shot.
Corrections
June 14, 2003
Friends and neighbors
June 14, 2003
Watson, caddie basking in glow
Open fans backing veteran, ailing Edwards
June 14, 2003
The fans at the 18th hole waited for Tom Watson for hours. Even the threat of lightning couldn’t make them move.
Spirituality
June 14, 2003
¢ Federal appeals court hears school prayer case ¢ Decision clears way for Islamic burial ground ¢ New feature answers questions about faith
Film institute honors De Niro
June 14, 2003
You … you’ve got a gift, Robert De Niro. That finger-wagging, slightly menacing compliment the actor paid to his skittish psychiatrist in the mob comedy “Analyze This” was echoed by The American Film Institute as it honored De Niro with its 31st Life Achievement Award.
Millionaires still dominate nation’s law making
June 14, 2003
From its multimillionaire majority leader, Sen. Bill Frist, to its members of more modest means, the Senate is dominated by people far more affluent than nearly all those they represent, lawmakers’ financial disclosure forms show. Frist, R-Tenn., who lists blind trusts worth up to $31 million, is surrounded by colleagues who enjoy substantial wealth from successful private careers, family riches or wealthy spouses.
Maintenance unit waved in wrong direction
June 14, 2003
An Army maintenance unit was ambushed and 11 soldiers killed after the unit was sent in the wrong direction by other American soldiers as they sped to catch up to their convoy, a Texas congressman said Friday.
Labonte leads field at Michigan
June 14, 2003
Bobby Labonte won the pole, and teammate Tony Stewart took the other front-row position in qualifying Friday at Michigan International Speedway.
Lawrence Open starts today
June 14, 2003
A dozen men and seven women will vie for singles titles in the Lawrence Open tennis tournament today and Sunday at the Lawrence Tennis Center.
Briefly
June 14, 2003
¢ KU officials going to Asia ¢ House Democrat seeks Westar donations probe ¢ Grant to help preserve abolitionist history
Society calendar
June 14, 2003
Twins tame Diamondbacks
Santana, Hunter propel Twins to 3-1 triumph
June 14, 2003
Johan Santana knew that no matter how well he pitched in his latest fill-in start, he still wasn’t going to secure a spot in Minnesota’s rotation.
Religion briefs
June 14, 2003
Letter from Amanda Chandlee Robertson Faulkner
June 14, 2003
The following is the text of a letter from Amanda Chandlee Robertson Faulkner to be read to the court concerning the sentencing of Damien Lewis.
Daily ticker
June 14, 2003
Newest Lane series won’t last
June 14, 2003
Don’t get too attached to “Charlie Lawrence” (7:30 p.m. Sunday, CBS). The new comedy arrives precanceled, abandoned by its network before it was even launched. Nathan Lane, the Tony Award-winning Broadway star of “The Producers” and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” plays the title character, an openly gay former TV star of the fictional series “Do Unto Others” an obvious parody of “Touched by An Angel” who is elected to Congress.
6News video: Screen Scene
June 14, 2003
A pair of KU guys can be found on the big screen this week. Writer-director Neil LaBute and actor Paul Rudd returned to Lawrence in April to debut their collaboration “The Shape of Things.” Now this venomous tale of a mild-mannered college kid who undergoes a cosmetic and emotional transformation at the urging of a new girlfriend finally gets a proper release.
Collison, agent dispute ESPN report
Internet story claims KU All-American struggled in Chicago workout
June 14, 2003
Former Kansas University power forward Nick Collison has not suddenly turned into a 98-pound weakling. “That’s completely false,” Collison’s agent, Mike Higgins of SFX Agency, said Friday, responding to an ESPN Insider report that the 6-foot-10, 255-pounder was able to bench press an 185-pound bar just four times at last week’s NBA draft camp in Chicago.
Horoscopes
June 14, 2003
People
June 14, 2003
¢ Berry finds fault with new home ¢ Ford’s age doesn’t faze Flockhart ¢ Letterman enjoys summer break ¢ Hillary: I feel sorry for Monica
Double murderer gets 158 years in prison
Victims’ family calls for return to ‘eye for eye’
June 14, 2003
A parole violator from Newton was sentenced Friday to 158 years in prison for the execution-style murders of Lawrence residents Pete Wallace and Wyona Chandlee. Chandlee and Wallace, both 71, were found dead July 11 in their house at 1520 Learnard Ave. Both had been killed the previous day with double gunshots to the head.
Letter from Judy Bowen
June 14, 2003
The following is the text of a letter from Judy Bowento be read to the court concerning the sentencing of Damien Lewis.
Rising sea levels threaten island nations, coastline cities
June 14, 2003
The sea has captivated human minds for centuries. Ulysses played out his epic adventures on the background of its changing tides. Columbus crossed its turbulent waters to discover the new world. Giant squids, man-eating sharks and florescent fauna wander its expansive depths.
Letter from Debie Goos, Chandlee’s daughter
June 14, 2003
The following is the text of a letter from Kathy Brown to be read to the court concerning the sentencing of Damien Lewis.
Letter from Crystal Seward
June 14, 2003
The following is the text of a letter from Crystal Seward to be read to the court concerning the sentencing of Damien Lewis.
Letter from Vickie Chandlee Robertson
June 14, 2003
The following is the text of a letter from Vickie Chandlee Robertson to be read to the court concerning the sentencing of Damien Lewis.
Letter from Tyson Goos
June 14, 2003
The following is the text of a letter from Tyson Goos to be read to the court concerning the sentencing of Damien Lewis.
4H News
June 14, 2003
Club news
June 14, 2003
Spiritual growth spurt
St. Margaret’s among nation’s fastest-growing churches
June 14, 2003
The parishioners at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church knew their congregation had been growing rapidly in recent years. Until recently, they had no real idea of the significance of that growth.
Scouting news
June 14, 2003
Engagements
June 14, 2003
Weddings
June 14, 2003
Anniversaries
June 14, 2003
Military news
June 14, 2003
Pledge point
June 14, 2003
Patriot protest
June 14, 2003
Patterson praise
June 14, 2003
Mormon crickets create mess out West
June 14, 2003
Swarms of Mormon crickets are marching across the West, destroying rangeland and crops, slickening highways with their carcasses and leaving disgusted residents in their wake.
007’s Moore gains royal title for charity work
June 14, 2003
Celluloid spy hero Roger Moore became real-life Sir Roger on Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday honors list, saluted for his charity work along with scores of artists, scientists and less-celebrated Britons.
Stocks slide on consumer sentiment data
June 14, 2003
Stocks slid Friday despite growing hopes for an interest rate cut after a University of Michigan report indicated a sharp drop in consumer sentiment. Still, the Dow Jones industrials and Standard & Poor’s 500 index managed to post a third straight week of gains.
Price decline spurs deflation concern
Labor Department reports back-to-back decreases in wholesale costs
June 14, 2003
The threat of national deflation, an economically dangerous long-term slide in prices, rose anew Friday with a second monthly decline in wholesale costs. The Federal Reserve is expected to shave interest rates this month to guard against possibly worse problems.
Brothers tap market for Father’s Day gifts
Firm hopes idea for DADs gains national attention
June 14, 2003
Lawrence businessman Seth Movsovitz thought he was just being cute when he told his friends who recently had children “welcome to the fraternity.” Little did he know he had created the mission statement for a new business.
Briefcase
June 14, 2003
¢ Best Buy opens doors ¢ Honeywell to book $1.3 billion in new sales ¢ Fleming may seek buyers for grocery division
6Sports video: Royals stick close to .500 mark
June 14, 2003
The Royals overcome the Giants in the first of a three-game series.
6Sports video: Internet rumor slights Collison
June 14, 2003
Nick Collison’s agent laughed at the report that Nick Collison fell short on bench presses at pre-draft camp.
U.S. troops fight off Iraqi attackers
June 14, 2003
U.S. troops in Apache helicopters and Bradley armored vehicles fought attackers Friday after Iraqis hiding in a thicket of reeds rushed a U.S. tank patrol.
6Sports video: Lawrence High volleyball camp focuses on next year
June 14, 2003
The Lions team is dominated by underclassmen, and they hope they will make it to State next season.
Let’s not relive the Clintons’ history
June 14, 2003
Anyone searching for the line between a politician and a celebrity could have found it literally snaking out of a Barnes & Noble bookstore in Manhattan on Monday morning. Not long ago, candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, dressed in trademark black pantsuit and pink shirt, worked this street looking for handshakes. Now, New Yorkers were waiting hours for an autograph from the author and senator in pastel yellow.
Town-gown
June 14, 2003
Lawrence and KU need to remember their cooperative past and try to preserve their positive relationship. For decades now, the town-gown relationship between Kansas University and Lawrence has been one of the most envied in the nation.
Police discover graves at Pennsylvania home
June 14, 2003
Pharmacist Michael Kerkowski’s short run as one of northeastern Pennsylvania’s biggest drug dealers ended in a shallow grave on a hillside littered with bodies.
6Sports video: Lew Perkins looks forward to working with Chancellor Hemenway
June 14, 2003
The university’s chancellor has faced a chaotic few months before the hiring of Perkins as athletic director.
6News video: Flag will fly despite complaints
June 14, 2003
Heritage Baptist Church’s massive flag is lit by bright lights overnight, which has caused some neighbors to complain.
6News video: Hero found
June 14, 2003
Josiah Asbury saw young Jordan Seiger struggling at the municipal pool and jumped in to help.
6News video: Carnegie Library may soon get facelift
June 14, 2003
The historic building requires several repairs that may total up to $500,000.
6News video: City planners want to guide development
June 14, 2003
The area around Sixth Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway will be convered under the proposed development plan.
6News video: Damien Lewis received sentence
June 14, 2003
Lewis murdered a Lawrence couple last year. Despite the pleas of several family members asking for the death penalty, Lewis receives 158 years in prison.
Dunn leads Reds in 15-1 rout of Phillies
June 14, 2003
Adam Dunn hit his 21st home run and bowled over Philadelphia catcher Mike Lieberthal as the Cincinnati Reds pulled away, then charged the mound and touched off a brawl during a 15-1 victory Friday night.
Fire at arena contained
June 14, 2003
Minutes after a bomb threat was made Friday night against Continental Airlines Arena, police found 10 cars on fire in a parking lot during Game 5 of the NBA Finals, police said.
Sun sink Mystics, 84-70
June 14, 2003
Shannon Johnson scored 24 points and had six assists, leading Connecticut to an 84-70 victory Friday over Washington.
College briefs
June 14, 2003
¢ Southern’s Weeks wins Howser Award ¢ July trial date set for Texas junior
Baseball briefs
June 14, 2003
¢ Reds activate Larkin, put Riedling on DL ¢ Piniella will dye hair for winning streak ¢ Devil Rays recall Rolls ¢ Sosa doesn’t travel with Cubs to Toronto
C. Gail Childers
June 14, 2003
McConnell to add people, tankers
Wichita Air Force base to be home to 72 KC-135 refueling planes
June 14, 2003
McConnell Air Force Base will add 522 people and 15 more air refueling tankers as it moves into the newer KC-135R models over the next seven years, U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback said Friday.
Lucile Daisy Elliott
June 14, 2003
1 dead, 9 injured in church van crash
June 14, 2003
One woman was killed and at least nine people were injured Friday night when a church van blew a tire and rolled on Interstate 70 near Salina, authorities said.
Mideast peace talks to resume today
June 14, 2003
Israeli and Palestinian officials said late Friday they would resume peace talks focused on security issues today for the first time since meeting in Aqaba, Jordan. The announcement followed a sixth Israeli airstrike Friday that killed a Hamas activist and more threats of future violence that could overwhelm peace efforts.
Canadian SARS efforts downgraded
U.S. officials investigate N. Carolina incidents
June 14, 2003
The World Health Organization on Friday downgraded its assessment of SARS-prevention efforts in Canada after a U.S. visitor to Toronto returned home with the virus. But the U.N. agency said it had no plans to issue another travel advisory for the city.
Officials say health workers don’t have monkeypox
June 14, 2003
Wisconsin officials said Friday it was unlikely that two health care workers who fell ill after treating patients with the monkeypox virus were infected with the disease.
Dole event to feature sculpture
June 14, 2003
Jim Brothers’ sculptures of World War II soldiers will be featured during an event being billed as “the greatest celebration of the Greatest Generation.”
Lawrence briefs
June 14, 2003
¢ Swimmer’s rescuer found ¢ Girls State adjourns
On the record
June 14, 2003
Rocket makes history
Clemens notches 300th win, fans 4,000th batter
June 14, 2003
Roger Clemens reached his milestones two at a time.
Singh strikes back
Vijay ties Furyk for U.S. Open lead
June 14, 2003
Vijay Singh had the last word Friday at the U.S. Open.
KU football season-ticket sales well ahead of last year’s pace
Kansas officials hope to challenge school record after selling second-highest total ever in 2002
June 14, 2003
Last year’s 2-10 season hasn’t shaken the faith of Kansas University football fans in second-year coach Mark Mangino. “We’re about 1,500 ahead of where we were at this time last year,” KU director of marketing Lee Johnson said of 13,000 season tickets sold for the 2003 season. “I think they understand he’s rebuilding a football program. I can’t speak for coach Mangino, but that’s not going to happen overnight.”
Neuheisel will fight to keep job
Coach’s lawyers propose meeting with Washington officials
June 14, 2003
Lawyers for University of Washington football coach Rick Neuheisel said Friday he would fight to save his job, and they asked school officials to meet with them today.
Raiders split pair in Nebraska
June 14, 2003
Lawrence’s Raiders split a pair of baseball games Friday on the first day of the American Legion College World Series Tournament.
Reports vague on Kansas senators’ wealth
June 14, 2003
Just how much are Sens. Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback worth? They’re comfortable, but it’s hard to know just how comfortable from personal finance disclosure reports released Friday. Assets and income must only be listed in broad ranges. Brownback and his wife, Mary, have a blind trust worth between $1 million and $5 million. Other investments are worth $164,017-$585,000, while Brownback’s 335-acre grain farm in Linn County, Kan., is worth $100,000-$250,000.
KU’s Bookman, Menefee in finals tonight
June 14, 2003
Two Kansas University runners will compete tonight in the NCAA Outdoor track and field championships.
Hill hoping for three-peat in senior event
June 14, 2003
Jim Hill will be looking for a three-peat in the Lawrence Amateur Golf Assn. Men’s Senior this weekend.
Outlaws fall
June 14, 2003
Lawrence Outlaws fell to Olathe South, 7-3, in American Legion baseball Friday at Baker University.
Fullerton flogs LSU
Three-run shot propels Titans to win
June 14, 2003
Cal State Fullerton is known for its small-ball style of scoring. Shane Costa showed off another aspect of the Titans’ offense.
Arkansas men leading NCAA field
June 14, 2003
The amazing stamina of Arkansas’ Dan Lincoln and the blazing speed of LSU’s Muna Lee have moved the Razorbacks and Tigers closer to their accustomed spots atop college track and field.
America’s obesity epidemic
June 14, 2003
It may be the malady of the month, but there’s no getting around the fact that Americans are obese. Not all of us, of course, but a troublesome percentage of the population. And the numbers keep rising. This may seem like a paradox, since more Americans than ever are joining health clubs or working out in the company gym, jogging every day and competing in an ever-increasing calendar of marathons. Every parent of an adolescent girl (or boy, for that matter) has reason to worry about anorexia or bulimia, and supermodels are skinnier than ever. Your grocery store has a section devoted exclusively to diet foods, and the aisles feature products such as low-fat Oreo cookies.
Towers, parks, presidential debates and other pressing topics
June 14, 2003
There are many matters to write about, and it is difficult to decide what might be most important. That being the case, this writer intends to comment on several issues the order of which here has no bearing on their significance. It is disappointing to learn some Lawrence city commissioners and city officials are considering a policy for placing tall, ugly cell phone towers in one or more city parks. The primary reason? These officials see such a policy as a way to make a few dollars.
Structural makeover to bring historic building into 21st century
June 14, 2003
After sitting empty for a year, the Carnegie Library building should be filled with construction workers this summer, making sure the downtown landmark keeps standing. “This is ‘don’t let it fall down’ work,” City Manager Mike Wildgen said Friday.
Coffee break
June 14, 2003
Victory declaration no end to war
June 14, 2003
When President Bush declared on May 1 that major combat operations had ended in Iraq, there was little discussion of what he meant. For all practical purposes, it seemed the war was over.