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Showers popping up in Lawrence area
June 19, 2003
(Web Posted Thursday at 4:09 p.m.) If you’re going to be outdoors this afternoon, it might be beneficial to take along an umbrella.
Owens enters plea agreement in shooting death case
June 19, 2003
(Web Posted Thursday at 3:27 p.m.) A Topeka man charged with aiding two suspects in the murder of a Lawrence man reached a plea agreement with Douglas County prosecutors Thursday.
Former Chrysler CEO pledges $5 million for KU engineering building
June 19, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 10:23 a.m.) Robert J. Eaton, former Chrysler chairman, has pledged $5 million for the new engineering building at Kansas University’s main campus in Lawrence.
Eastern response
June 19, 2003
Taxpayer issues
June 19, 2003
The Big Lie
June 19, 2003
Kansas wages edge up while job market declines
June 19, 2003
Wages for workers in Kansas continued to rise last year, but the state lost jobs for the first time in more than a decade, according to the 2003 Kansas Wage Survey. The average worker in Kansas made $30,824 last year, an increase of 2.3 percent over 2001. While wages were up, state Human Resources Secretary Jim Garner said the rise was a smaller annual increase than those of the 1990s.
Washington aims to lure Boeing
Governor signs tax incentives
June 19, 2003
Washington state on Wednesday put out a $3 billion welcome mat for Boeing.
Oracle ups offer for rival
Software firm makes $6.3 billion bid for PeopleSoft
June 19, 2003
Oracle Corp. increased its offer Wednesday for rival PeopleSoft Inc. by nearly 22 percent to about $6.3 billion, an aggressive effort to push investors to approve a deal that PeopleSoft executives have tried to thwart.
Lawrence company signs deal for research
June 19, 2003
Lawrence-based Deciphera Pharmaceuticals has reached a deal with a Chicago research company to help Deciphera prepare drugs for clinical trials by 2005.
Juneteenth to honor U.S. end to slavery
June 19, 2003
Kansans will mark the end of the Civil War and slavery today as part of the annual Juneteenth celebration.
Daily ticker
June 19, 2003
Overland Park church claims tax restricts its right to free exercise
June 19, 2003
A suburban Kansas City church wants $148,000 in city excise taxes waived, claiming the taxes keep it from practicing its First Amendment right to exercise religion.
Sixth report of intrusion revealed
June 19, 2003
Another woman has reported to Lawrence Police that she awoke to find a man she didn’t know in her bedroom.
Toronto turns to O’Neill
Raptors’ new coach had fiery reputation in college game
June 19, 2003
Kevin O’Neill, known for his intense, in-your-face style as a college coach, was introduced Wednesday as the man to succeed the laid-back Lenny Wilkens with the Toronto Raptors.
6News video: Royals one of best in division
June 19, 2003
The Royals’ win over the Twins Wednesday gives the team a chance to share the lead in the central division.
6Sports video: New players face veteran Jayhawks in pickup game
June 19, 2003
The new ‘Hawks show a little of what they can do, and the veterans have nothing but praise for the recruits.
House votes to eliminate estate taxes
Democratic leader complains legislation would bury ‘our children under a mountain of debt’
June 19, 2003
The House voted Wednesday to permanently cut estate taxes by the end of the decade, keeping the Republicans’ tax-cut efforts at the top of the congressional agenda. Republicans, criticizing the levy as a “death tax,” said it forces families to liquidate small businesses and sell family farms to pay tax bills.
Area mortgage market booming
Home loans in 2002 reach $838 million
June 19, 2003
The Douglas County mortgage market hit new highs in 2002, a recently released report shows, but it may be poised to have an even better 2003. The amount of home mortgages issued in Douglas County increased by $172 million — nearly 26 percent — compared to 2001, which was the previous record year for the industry. The number of mortgage loans issued increased to 6,357, a 16 percent increase from 2001.
6Sports video: Lawrence stand-out player catches eyes at Braves camp
June 19, 2003
Ryan Engel has been playing great all year, and the Braves scout noticed his talent at the camp.
6Sports video: Former local baseball star runs Atlanta Braves camp at Free State
June 19, 2003
Darryl Monroe set many records while playing at KU, and now gives advice to young players while scouting for fresh talent.
6News video: Kansas Attorney General will enforce abortion laws
June 19, 2003
Attorney General Phil Kline has issued a legal opinion on sexual crimes and abortion laws.
6News video: Construction crews push deadline on Dole Institute
June 19, 2003
The Dole Institute’s director says that the building will be ready in a month for the dedication ceremonies.
6News video: Judicial and Law Enforcement Center is rededicated
June 19, 2003
The remodeled building will be able to handle fifteen years of growth.
6News video: Wheat harvest appears to be above expectations
June 19, 2003
The wheat crop should exceed last year’s harvest.
6News video: City of Lawrence will put utility bills online
June 19, 2003
Customers should be able to check their accounts online rather than having to call or appear in person.
Drive and conquer
Winston Cup teams brace for Toyota’s arrival
June 19, 2003
Talk around the Winston Cup garage area this season often settles on Toyota’s much-anticipated entry into NASCAR’s top circuit. It is not about “if” with Toyota, but “when.” And it is not about “how,” but “how much.”
Changes abound with NASCAR sponsors, drivers
June 19, 2003
NASCAR is expected to introduce Nextel, a Reston, Va.-based provider of wireless communications services, today as the new sponsor of what is now known as the Winston Cup series.
DJ offers ‘60s tunes on Web
June 19, 2003
On the Web, Richard Kaufman morphs into Ricky the K and brings the ‘60s alive again.
Seniors run to the border for prescriptions
June 19, 2003
If the sight of Americans crossing a border in search of cheap drugs seems like a movie cliche, think again. Tonight’s “Frontline” report, “The Other Drug War” (8 p.m., PBS), begins with an account of Maine senior citizens on a bus trip to Canada to buy inexpensive prescription medication. These money-saving excursions have also served to radicalize many uninsured Maine residents who have become outraged by the high cost of pharmaceutical drugs in the United States. “I think it’s disgusting,” senior Carleen Simpson said. “Every country practically in the world gets drugs cheaper than we do.”
Bush won’t ‘tolerate’ nuclear weapons in Iran
June 19, 2003
The United States demanded that Iran come clean about its nuclear program, insisting on Wednesday that it submit to more intrusive inspections after what it called a “deeply troubling” report from the U.N. nuclear agency. In Tehran, Iranian President Mohammad Khatami said that his country was not trying to build nuclear weapons. He repeated that Iran was prepared to allow unfettered inspections by the nuclear watchdog agency but expected the international community to recognize Iran’s right to acquire advanced peaceful nuclear technology.
Suspects get life terms for murder, robbery
June 19, 2003
Three Liberal men were sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for the killing of a central Kansas man during a robbery last November.
Fish fry, festival to aid special-needs services
June 19, 2003
An advocacy group that helps children with developmental disabilities and their families is putting on an all-day fish fry and music festival Sunday to raise money to pay for its services.
Nightingale services
June 19, 2003
George Services
June 19, 2003
Evelyn Helen Miller
June 19, 2003
Bush could be ‘cooked’ by lie
June 19, 2003
What did the president know and when did he know it? The answer to that question forced the resignation of Richard Nixon as he was about to be impeached.
Royals trip Twins, 8-6, close in on first
June 19, 2003
This town’s got something it’s lacked for 10 years — a pennant race. Carlos Beltran and Joe Randa had three hits apiece Wednesday night as the Royals beat Minnesota, 8-6, and trimmed the Twins’ lead in the American League Central to just one game.
Ice tourney presents challenge
Event will give teams rare opportunity to use wood bats
June 19, 2003
Rarely do high school-age baseball players have an opportunity to use a bat vulnerable to termites.
Ex-Olympian inspires young wrestlers
June 19, 2003
Justin Wiscombe never had met an Olympic gold medalist before, let alone wrestled one.
Alice Wilson Schwegler
June 19, 2003
Group files complaint in Westar investigation
Lawmakers deny soliciting donations in exchange for political help
June 19, 2003
A group with Democratic ties is filing complaints against Rep. Billy Tauzin of Louisiana and Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, saying they may have solicited campaign donations from a utility in exchange for legislative assistance. Both men deny soliciting the donations or providing any help. Citing internal documents from Westar Energy of Topeka, Kan., Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington questioned whether Tauzin and Shelby violated rules of professional conduct for lawyers, filing the complaints with disciplinary panels in the home states of the two, who are attorneys.
Senator expresses interest in technology to destroy computers with illegal downloads
June 19, 2003
Illegally download copyright music from the Internet once, or even twice, and you get a warning. Do it a third time, and your computer gets destroyed.
SRS disputes attorney general’s statistics on abortion
June 19, 2003
Where did he get the numbers?
Nearly 70,000 acres burned by wildfires
June 19, 2003
Homes and businesses were evacuated in a mountain community because of a wildfire feeding on pine forest ravaged by drought and bark beetles.
Lawrence briefs
June 19, 2003
¢ Best Buy warns of e-mail fraud ¢ Governor a guest on ‘River City Weekly’ ¢ City gives nod to land-use plan
On the record
June 19, 2003
KU to announce name for engineering facility
June 19, 2003
Kansas University officials are expected to announce today that the new engineering building under construction will be named for Bob Eaton, a KU graduate and former chairman and CEO of Chrysler.
A.G. targets underage sex
Kline says doctors, others must report abortions for those 16 and under
June 19, 2003
Phill Kline did the math. If a 16-year-old girl is pregnant, chances are good she engaged in sexual intercourse when she was 15. In Kansas, that’s illegal.
Baseball briefs
June 19, 2003
¢ Brown improves, might not miss start ¢ Mariners closer Sasaki has two broken ribs
Rice eliminates Texas
June 19, 2003
Justin Ruchti’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Rice a 5-4 victory Wednesday night over Texas and sent the Owls to the College World Series championship round.
Congressman seeks end to obesity lawsuits
June 19, 2003
When U.S. Rep. Ric Keller falls off the diet wagon — as he often does — his demise is a lunch at Wendy’s: triple cheeseburger, Biggie fries, Frosty.
Utility billing accessible online
June 19, 2003
The Lawrence Utility Billing Office is not a quiet place. For the half-dozen people who work in the cramped space on the second floor of City Hall, the noise is always there. “We’re all on the phone all day … it just rings continuously,” said customer service representative Barbara Archinal.
Bookman gives up football
Two-sport athlete will focus on track
June 19, 2003
Leo Bookman is giving up football to concentrate on track. Bookman, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound Kansas University senior-to-be from Dickinson, Texas, said Wednesday from the USA Track and Field Championships in Palo Alto, Calif., his future was on the cinder, not the gridiron.
Tampering investigated in train derailment
June 19, 2003
The FBI said Wednesday it was investigating the possibility someone tampered with rail line switches in southwest Kansas, causing a freight train to derail a day earlier. Four westbound locomotive engines and six railroad cars owned by the Cimarron Valley Railroad left the tracks at 7:08 p.m. Tuesday in Montezuma, about 180 miles west of Wichita. Two engineers were hospitalized with minor injuries.
Horoscopes
June 19, 2003
Anthem insurance probe’s report delayed until fall
Indiana investigating after complaints from doctors
June 19, 2003
Findings from a yearlong state insurance investigation of Anthem Inc.’s medical billing are expected to remain confidential until this fall, although the report is largely complete, an Indiana state official said Wednesday.
Briefcase
June 19, 2003
¢ Coca-Cola adding fizz with regional products ¢ Kodak blames SARS for projected profit drop ¢ Best Buy cuts losses ¢ Morgan Stanley earnings plunge during quarter
Bush policies benefit rich, ignore poor
June 19, 2003
And now for some news from the stalled economy: Scorn is trending a wee bit up. Not that long ago, scorn and its handmaidens — disdain and neglect — were pretty much reserved for the welfare poor. The working poor, by comparison, were publicly praised as Americans who “played by the rules.” They were folks who warranted a helping hand.
Putting time in its place
June 19, 2003
This is about a watch that was lost and found, and the need to preserve a space for time.
NCAA hypocrisy often disgusting
June 19, 2003
They can’t think we’re this naive. The NCAA can’t shovel it and expect us to swallow and smile and give new chief Myles Brand a big, loud hurrah for his staunch stance on all that is wrong with college sports. The hypocrisy is hideous.
Oprah embraces ‘East of Eden’
Steinbeck to kick off revived book club
June 19, 2003
Oprah Winfrey was sitting under an oak tree in California last summer, reading John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden” and loving it, when she realized that just telling a few friends about it wouldn’t do.
Wheat yields tickle county farmers
June 19, 2003
It’s fun to be a Douglas County farmer again. Combines began rolling Wednesday through Douglas County wheat fields, and farmers were jubilant at what promised to be a well-above-average crop.
Exotic pets not perfect, experts say
June 19, 2003
Alligators are too big for aquariums and mountain lions don’t belong on leashes. Likewise, some say prairie dogs and other pocket pets have no place in the home. Health officials have linked prairie dogs to a nationwide outbreak of monkeypox that has touched Kansas. They and other exotic creatures are not meant to be pets, said Gail Golab, veterinarian with American Veterinary Medical Assn.
Our town sports
June 19, 2003
Wilson Golf Champ: Sydney Wilson of Lawrence shot 84-85—169 and won the 15-year-old division of the KWGA Junior Girls golf tournament last week at Lake Shawnee GC.
Two KU athletes win scholarships
June 19, 2003
Kansas University football player Case Collard and swimmer Gwen Haley have been awarded $5,000 graduate scholarships from the Big 12 Conference.
Briefly
June 19, 2003
¢ Poll finds U.S. arrogant, threat to world peace ¢ Police chief who led sniper investigation quits ¢ Suicide bombing injures 1 ¢ Bishop’s resignation accepted
Briefly
June 19, 2003
¢ Trial set in assault of KDOT workers ¢ KU’s Edwards Campus taps recruiting director
Briefly
June 19, 2003
¢ KU graduate to make cameo today on ‘Days’ ¢ Public meetings set on proposed zoning code
Swing away
June 19, 2003
County rededicates judicial center
June 19, 2003
Like the justice it accommodates, the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center’s recent renovation and expansion wasn’t always pretty. But as Douglas County commissioners gathered Wednesday evening to celebrate completion of the nearly $4.5 million job, they collectively agreed that the work would serve the public good for years to come.
Brick mailboxes likely to face ban in rural areastree
June 19, 2003
Douglas County commissioners are poised to huff, puff and blow down brick-encased mailboxes in rural areas as part of a push to deliver safer conditions for wayward drivers.
Golf tournament a link to memory of wife, mother
June 19, 2003
In an instant, at least two lives were forever changed. On Dec. 4, 2002, Ron Downing didn’t just lose his wife; his newborn baby also lost her mother.
Baldwin police troubles continue
Officer says city harassing him after lawsuit filed
June 19, 2003
A Baldwin Police officer, suspended recently because it was discovered he once was convicted of a felony, may seek court action against the city for harassment, his attorney said. On June 10, Cpl. William Dempsey was given a “notice of disciplinary action” and suspended with pay, said Baldwin City Atty. Matt Hoy.
Big and little, students pair up
Big Brothers-Big Sisters pleased with success in Jefferson County schools
June 19, 2003
There’s a sibling boom in Jefferson County.
Top aide to Saddam in custody of U.S.
Detainee said to know of Iraq’s weapons programs
June 19, 2003
U.S. forces in Iraq have captured a senior and trusted aide to former President Saddam Hussein. Abid Hamid Mahmud al-Tikriti is the person most wanted by the U.S. government after Saddam and his two sons, U.S. military officials said Wednesday.
Inscription linked to Jesus’ brother called fake
June 19, 2003
An inscription that purportedly links an ancient burial chest to Jesus’ brother is a forgery, Israel said Wednesday, dashing excitement about an artifact that had been touted as one of the greatest archaeological finds of modern times.
Their time is coming
Incoming Jayhawks showcase skills at Self’s camp
June 19, 2003
Eager to show his stuff in a dunk drill, J.R. Giddens lobbed the ball off the backboard, then soared high, grabbed the rock and slammed it through the hoop. The 6-foot-5 Kansas University basketball newcomer had Bill Self’s 1,000 campers hooting, hollering and stomping their feet during warmups Wednesday at Horejsi Center.
Sosa homers in return to Cubs
Chicago slugger breaks bat on single; Wood dominates Reds in 4-1 victory
June 19, 2003
Sammy Sosa was back. The adulation was gone.
AL’s first black player Doby dies
June 19, 2003
Hall of Famer Larry Doby, the first black player in the American League, died Wednesday night after a long illness. He was believed to be 79.
Friends and neighbors
June 19, 2003
Local briefs
June 19, 2003
¢ Mangino commits to Johnson County ¢ Glass falls in quarters
People
June 19, 2003
¢ Potter author saddened after killing main character ¢ Sixth ‘Sopranos’ season planned ¢ ‘Are You Hot?’ judge soon single ¢ More irreconcilable differences
Briefly
June 19, 2003
¢ Max Factor heir caught after months as fugitive ¢ Census: Immigration fueling Hispanic growth ¢ Seventy-four arrested in 9-11 credit union fraud ¢ Prime minister resigns for allegations of lying
Briefly
June 19, 2003
¢ Study: Y chromosome can fix own genes ¢ Detained youths’ rights violated, group says ¢ Candidate Kerry opens 10-point N.H. lead ¢ Bill passed to suspend premier’s bribery trial
Cannon ball
June 19, 2003
Stirring symbol
June 19, 2003
The huge stained-glass flag is a fitting symbol for the mission of the new Dole Institute of Politics. It’s hard to look even at a photo of the 36-foot-tall stained-glass flag installed at the Dole Institute of Politics Tuesday without getting a lump in your throat.
Guess agrees to increase Internet security
June 19, 2003
Clothing marketer Guess Inc. will tighten security for its Web site to resolve federal charges that it failed to protect customer credit card information from computer hackers.
Renegades win two more
June 19, 2003
Lawrence’s Renegades continue to score runs and notch wins.
Rocket remains red hot
Clemens no-hits Devil Rays into eighth in 1-0 win
June 19, 2003
Five days after winning his 300th game, Roger Clemens almost made even more baseball history.
Recreation calendar
June 19, 2003
Briefly
June 19, 2003
¢ Injured mallard resists attempts to help ¢ Fight doctor said to be taking photos at match ¢ Prime minister outlasts attempt at ouster ¢ Military hands over Marine on rape charge
6News video: Korean presents check for KU war memorial
June 19, 2003
Yong Kim likes the site Kansas University has selected for its Korean War Memorial. “It’s a very beautiful place,” he said, looking over the spot along Memorial Drive near Potter Lake and the Campanile.
KU buildings still nameless
June 19, 2003
Money can’t buy happiness, we are told. But big enough bundles of it can get you a building with your name on it at Kansas University.