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Mortgage foreclosures reach record high
June 21, 2003
The percentage of mortgages in the foreclosure process climbed to another record high in the first three months of 2003 as some homeowners had trouble making ends meet amid economic hard times.
Kansas among states vying for work on 7E7 project
June 21, 2003
A high-profile contest to win a new Boeing Co. airplane plant officially began Friday as several U.S. states said they submitted proposals to lure the project. Mike Bair, a Boeing senior vice president, said in a prepared statement the world’s largest aircraft maker was pleased with “the enthusiastic response” it received from states that met the Friday deadline for proposals.
History Day winners reprise playlet
Performance honors life of abolitionist
June 21, 2003
Atima Lui on Friday took to the worn wood floors of Constitution Hall to perform a National History Day drama honoring abolitionist John Ritchie.
Baird best at Buick Classic
Goosen trails by one stroke; Woods four shots back
June 21, 2003
Tiger Woods needed two days and 36 holes to put together one solid round on the soggy Westchester Country Club course.
6News video: St. John’s brings Mexican Fiesta to Lawrence
June 21, 2003
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church sponsored the events Friday and Saturday nights.
Military news
June 21, 2003
Around and about
June 21, 2003
Scouting news
June 21, 2003
Society calendar
June 21, 2003
Harry Potter’ flies off Lawrence bookshelves
June 21, 2003
For the Harry Potter faithful, the witching hour finally is past. But as the lines late last night and early today in Lawrence bookstores and bookstores across the country show, the spell is cast.
Identical waitresses perplex diners
June 21, 2003
It’s a pretty safe bet that many of the hungry customers at Bobby D’s Merchant St. BBQ have noticed the fast, efficient service their waitress gives them.
Correction
June 21, 2003
Bush may not run … as fast as he once did
Sore knees, calf sidetrack president
June 21, 2003
Hobbled by aching knees and an inflamed right calf, America’s first runner has been all but sidelined from his favorite exercise and says his woes serve up a good lesson to all sports-minded baby boomers.
Youth Theatre spins ‘Charlotte’s Web’ yarn
June 21, 2003
People
June 21, 2003
¢ A first for Grandma Goldie ¢ Prince of Darkness ready for Wills ¢ Walk of Fame picks new stars
Trafficway foes stage prayer vigil
Sacred Places Protection Coalition seeks alternative route for highway
June 21, 2003
With birds chirping and traffic whizzing by, activists who view the Baker Wetlands as sacred to American Indians conducted a sunrise prayer service Friday to draw attention to a highway project they feel threatens the preserve.
Unhappiness is another season of ‘Sex’
June 21, 2003
Why does “Sex and the City” (8 p.m. Sunday, HBO) make me feel like Charlie Brown? As countless “Peanuts” fans know, every fall the bald-headed Everyboy tries to place kick a football and counts on Lucy to hold it safely for him. And she disappoints him time after time. Well, every season I resolve to give “Sex and the City” another chance. I want to see just what so many critics and viewers find funny, witty and urbane about the saucy series. And every year, I am appalled.
KBI agent to assist in Martin case
State homicide investigator hopes to fill in evidence gap in KU student’s slaying
June 21, 2003
One of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation’s top agents has joined the probe into the brutal stabbing death of Shannon Martin, a Kansas University honors student killed more than two years ago in Golfito, Costa Rica. KBI homicide investigator Larry Thomas leaves Sunday for Costa Rica, where he’ll consult with Juan Carlos Arce, a lawyer representing the interests of Martin’s family.
Rowling’s wizardry keeps getting better
June 21, 2003
It was worth the wait. And then some.
Homework should not dominate down time
June 21, 2003
How do you feel about homework being given by elementary schools? Do you think it is a good idea? If so, how much and how often?
Friends and neighbors
June 21, 2003
Elizabeth Hazel Niebrugge
June 21, 2003
76ers promote Ayers
Former Ohio State coach succeeds Brown
June 21, 2003
Randy Ayers was hardly Philadelphia’s first choice to replace Larry Brown. Or second, third or even fourth.
2-in-4 rule holding up 2003-04 schedule
Jayhawks awaiting federal ruling to play in Guardians Classic tournament
June 21, 2003
The release of Kansas University’s 2003-04 men’s basketball schedule is on hold until a legal battle over the 2-in-4 rule in college basketball is resolved.
Lewis, Klitschko to tangle tonight
June 21, 2003
A lot has changed in the heavyweight world since Lennox Lewis put a whipping on Mike Tyson a year ago in Memphis.
Yankees blank Mets, 5-0
Soriano, Jeter blast back-to-back homers
June 21, 2003
The New York Yankees used some familiar faces to overcome an unfamiliar Mets team.
Weddings
June 21, 2003
Briefly
June 21, 2003
¢ Federal court declines to reopen Roe v. Wade ¢ U.S. closes Kenya embassy after terrorist threat ¢ Sniper defense investigators given more time for cas ¢ Nations urge more debate on EU constitution
More Kansas wheat going to market by rail
Economists say using railcars instead of trucks will cut state transportation costs
June 21, 2003
More of the Kansas wheat crop is moving to market this year on the railroad because of a shortage of trucks and a slow harvest in Oklahoma that has kept haulers there.
D.A.: System failed with rapist
Freed convict who fought sexual predator law arrested on rape charge
June 21, 2003
It took a defense lawyer three years and appearances in front of both the Kansas and U.S. supreme courts to free Michael T. Crane from confinement in the Kansas sexual predator program.
Royals clobber Cards - Kansas City 10, St. Louis 4
Lima earns first major league victory since August
June 21, 2003
Jose Lima is confident the wait for his next victory won’t be nearly long as this one. “I’m back, I’m back,” Lima said after earning his first major league win since last August in the Kansas City Royals’ 10-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals Friday night.
Native American game to feature different styles
June 21, 2003
Dominic Bramante doesn’t see any reason to flip the switch on the board with all the lights in the east end zone at Haskell Stadium tonight. “There’ll be a scoreboard, but it won’t make any difference,” Bramante said. “It’s immaterial because every Indian kid in this game is a winner.”
You have to stay levelheaded’
Florida starter Willis keeping rapid rise through minor leagues in perspective
June 21, 2003
A year ago, Dontrelle Willis was at the lowest level of organized baseball, playing for the Class-A Kane County Cougars.
Briefly
June 21, 2003
¢ Investigators compare cat mutilation cases ¢ Mother faces charges of murder, arson ¢ DNA links sixth victim to serial killer suspect ¢ Court upholds EPA rule for arsenic in water
Horoscopes
June 21, 2003
Shirley E. Gosvener
June 21, 2003
6News video: Harry Potter fans gather for release party
June 21, 2003
Local bookstores sponsor games and other events for the Harry Potter book’s much-anticpated release.
Club news
June 21, 2003
Anniversaries
June 21, 2003
Bible bobbleheads: business aims to turn Noah, Moses into collectibles
June 21, 2003
Dan Foote wants to make biblical figures as popular as professional athletes. So he took a cue from the latest marketing trend in major league sports and, with his partners, started a business that makes bobblehead dolls out of the men and women of the Bible.
4H Club News
June 21, 2003
Engagements
June 21, 2003
Criticism of Bush points to need for better U.S. intelligence
June 21, 2003
President George Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair are being hammered by their political opponents and many in the public arena about the accuracy of intelligence reports about the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq before the war was launched.
Daily ticker
June 21, 2003
For justice
June 21, 2003
Baffling decision
June 21, 2003
D.A. praise
June 21, 2003
Runaway train cars derail near L.A.
June 21, 2003
A line of train cars broke loose in a switching yard and rolled more than 30 miles before workers derailed them to avoid a potential disaster in Los Angeles, launching tons of lumber onto trackside homes but causing only a handful of injuries.
State jobless rate falls
Unemployment at 4.4 percent
June 21, 2003
A return of warm weather fueled a bright state economic report for May and optimism that the worst problems may be over. May’s jobless rate declined to 4.4 percent from a revised 4.8 percent in April. That compares with 6.1 percent unemployment nationally. Lawrence’s rate was 4.2 percent, down from 4.4 percent in April.
Kansas, Missouri score high in reading
Fourth-, eighth-graders rate above average in national test
June 21, 2003
Educators in Kansas and Missouri say an increased focus on reading is paying off for students, with fourth- and eight-graders in both states outpacing the national average last year on a reading test.
K.C. board members get second chance
Mayor will reappoint after inadvertent resignations
June 21, 2003
Mayor Kay Barnes said she would reappoint city board members who inadvertently resigned June 1 when they failed to file financial disclosure reports, so long as they now turn in that required paperwork. Barnes told City Council members Thursday her “hunch” was that most of the affected board members would take her up on the offer.
Charlotte Arlene Stone
June 21, 2003
Tamara Michella Ramdorsingh
June 21, 2003
Restaurant owner pays $21 million in DUI case
June 21, 2003
The company that owns a T.G.I. Friday’s franchise restaurant has agreed to pay $21 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the parents of two teenagers killed by a drunken driver.
6Sports video: Raiders win second game in Al Ice Memorial Classic
June 21, 2003
The Lawrence Raiders top Ponca City, Okla. in the wood bat tourney.
6Sports video: Billy Thomas hopes for chance in the big show
June 21, 2003
The former KU standout has been impressive in the NBA Developmental League.
6News video: Art a la Carte
June 21, 2003
Tonight at the Lawrence Arts Center, Charlotte the spider spins her web and Wilbur the pig avoids being turned into pork chops when Summer Youth Theatre stages “Charlotte’s Web.” The show continues tomorrow and is followed next week by the musical “Funny Girl.”
6News video: Harry Potter opens stores at midnight
June 21, 2003
Local bookstores, such as the Raven and Borders, started selling the newest Harry Potter book at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.
6News video: The Dole Institute’s dedication may cause gridlock
June 21, 2003
The streets during the dedication will be extremely busy, and event planners are finding ways to get around the anticipated traffic.
Powell praises Israeli moves
June 21, 2003
Secretary of State Colin Powell pored over detailed territorial maps with the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority in separate meetings Friday, praising the Israelis for efforts toward an eventual peace settlement and urging speed on the Palestinians. In return, he was assured the Palestinians would move quickly to take over from Israeli forces responsibility for security on the Gaza Strip.
Iran limits U.N. nuclear agency access
June 21, 2003
Iran said Friday it would continue to limit the operations of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency, setting the stage for a confrontation with the United States. The International Atomic Energy Agency has said it expected Iran “to grant the agency all access deemed necessary” to defuse suspicions Tehran is operating a clandestine nuclear weapons program.
On the record
June 21, 2003
Crews battle Arizona wildfire
June 21, 2003
Firefighters moved through the charred, smoky streets of a mountaintop resort Friday to protect what was left of a community decimated by a raging wildfire that reduced 250 homes to smoking rubble. Heavy smoke hid the Summerhaven hamlet from observers flying overhead Friday, but parted occasionally to reveal a moonscape of blackened trees stripped of their branches. A cul-de-sac with homes burned to their foundations was visible from above.
Court-martial recommended in deadly grenade attack
June 21, 2003
An investigating officer Friday recommended the court-martial of a soldier charged in a grenade attack that killed two officers in Kuwait and traumatized troops days before they were to move into Iraq.
Democrats searching for strong identity
June 21, 2003
The contours of the political landscape are becoming increasingly inhospitable to Democrats. This is partly because of what Democrats are, partly because of what they have done to themselves with campaign finance reform, partly because demographic changes are weakening one of their signature issues and partly because of a conflict between their ideology and fiscal facts.
Senate votes to allow cheaper drugs from Canada
June 21, 2003
The Senate voted Friday to allow drugs to be imported from Canada, where prices are lower than in the United States, acting for the second time in as many days to hold down the cost of prescription medication. Even before the 62-28 roll call, the Food and Drug Administration signaled strongly it might use its authority to block the change, warning of a potential security breach and saying it “cannot guarantee the safety of the drugs.”
Marijuana law could create border problems
June 21, 2003
U.S. officials, already concerned about illegal drugs coming across the Canadian border, are warning that a Canadian plan to decriminalize marijuana use could lead to more inspections and long border delays.
NBA briefs
June 21, 2003
¢ Milicic comes with caveat ¢ Knicks hire Kruger
Area briefs
June 21, 2003
¢ Sentencing postponed in beating at motel ¢ Meals available for homeless veterans ¢ Join Hands Day today
Sorority house opponents seek to change plot zoning
June 21, 2003
The controversial Alpha Gamma Delta sorority house development in central Lawrence is coming before the City Commission again.
Pass the guacamole
June 21, 2003
Hope Freund, Lawrence, a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, chats with friends at the 22nd annual St. John’s Mexican Fiesta. The event will continue today with dancing and food at the church.
KU football players pumped about possibilities
June 21, 2003
No longer bumming from knee injuries, two of Kansas University’s top football players — Bill Whittemore and Banks Floodman — weren’t bashful talking with media members Friday about the success they think the Jayhawks can have this season. “We’re looking good. I’m excited to see what we’re going to do,” Floodman told a handful of reporters Friday in Allen Fieldhouse.
Raiders adjust to Ponca pitcher
Lawrence prevails, 6-1, in Al Ice Wood Bat Classic
June 21, 2003
Lawrence Raiders coach Carl Brooks said he hoped his club hadn’t wasted any of its 13 hits in an 11-1 thrashing of Claremore, Okla., in the opening day of the Al Ice Memorial Wood Bat Classic at Hoglund Ballpark. For the first four innings against Ponca City, Okla., Friday, it looked as if the Raiders might have done just that until they put up four runs off three hits in the fifth inning and two more runs in the sixth to seal a 6-1 win.
Renegades notch 10th straight victory
June 21, 2003
It’s 10 wins in a row for Lawrence’s Renegades, who defeated Shawnee Mission North, 11-3, and SM West, 10-2, in a pair of run-shortened games Friday at the Johnson County 3-and-2 tournament.
Stanford, Rice set for final
June 21, 2003
Stanford loves the new best-of-three championship final format at the College World Series.
Betrayal
June 21, 2003
Too much leniency is emerging in the case of an Army man who turned on his own. A wide variety of defenses, alias justifications, are being offered in the case of U.S. Army Sgt. Hasan K. Akbar. He’s the 32-year-old Muslim accused of killing two officers and wounding 14 fellow soldiers in a March 23 attack on a group of tents in an pre-Iraq combat zone.
Diamondbacks rally past Reds, 6-5
June 21, 2003
Alex Cintron hit a solo homer, capping a two-run rally in the ninth inning as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Cincinnati Reds for the 12th straight time, 6-5, Friday night.
Baseball doles out suspensions
June 21, 2003
Philadelphia pitcher Carlos Silva was suspended for six games, and Cincinnati teammates Adam Dunn and Sean Casey each drew three-game suspensions Friday for a brawl last week.
Baseball briefs
June 21, 2003
¢ Brewers send Rusch to Triple-A Indianapolis ¢ Mora leaves game after being hit by pitch ¢ Yanks’ Johnson to return in three-to-four weeks ¢ Devil Rays; Ordonez could be out for season
Policy will help fight AIDS
June 21, 2003
Two decades ago, when this country was first faced with the AIDS epidemic, the public health establishment made a fateful, deadly mistake. The disease, many of us remember, was first considered a gay disease. Leaders of the gay community feared a backlash against gays. They worried that deadliness of the disease would lead to further stigmatization of gay men, discrimination, even violence. It’s not too simplistic to state that traditional infectious disease control methods and new concerns about gay rights were in direct conflict and competition. Concerns about individual rights won traditional infectious disease control methods lost.
6News video: New developments in the Shannon Martin murder case
June 21, 2003
One of the KBI’s top investigators will go to Costa Rica to consult on the two-year-old case.
6News video: Murder trial has preliminary hearing
June 21, 2003
The court heard testimony all day Friday in the case.
Spirituality
June 21, 2003
¢ Poll says religion a minor issue in 2004 election ¢ Scottish Episcopal Church approves female bishops ¢ Iowa court revives lawsuit regarding ‘Satan’ remark
Faithful followers
International Peace Mission devotees still believe founder was God, not fraud
June 21, 2003
They keep a place set for Father Divine in the grand dining room at Woodmont, the French Gothic manor where he once greeted thousands of followers who believed he was God. His office there is just as it was at his death in 1965 down to the vintage television across from his desk. When his widow, Mother Divine, used the room for a recent interview, she left his big chair empty and pulled up a seat beside it.
Briefcase
June 21, 2003
¢ PeopleSoft urges rejection of Oracle’s takeover bid ¢ AstraZeneca pleads guilty to violating marketing law ¢ GM to accelerate effort to boost its finances ¢ United aims to exit Chapter 11 by March
Boeing delivers more layoff notices
Wichita plant’s overall employment up despite latest layoffs
June 21, 2003
The Boeing Co. handed out 60-day layoff notices Friday to another 42 workers at its Wichita facility as part of its plan to reduce employment in its commercial airplanes division. Friday also was the last day of work for another 39 workers who had received notices on April 18.
Run links city unity, fund raising
Community event to benefit high school track, cross country athletes
June 21, 2003
Bragging rights and financial stability of the Free State and Lawrence high schools’ track and cross country programs will be on the line at the second annual Crosstown Unity Run. The merger of rivalry and teamwork Aug. 9 is designed to raise money for programs at both high schools. There will be a 10K race, a two-person, tag-team 10K and a 1-mile walk/run.
Lawrence businessman aims to save Stella
Businessman offers to give away theater to anyone who will pay $400,000 to fix it
June 21, 2003
A Lawrence businessman says he will give away an 85-year-old eastern Kansas theater if someone is willing to pay for $400,000 in needed repairs. The Stella in downtown Council Grove closed in 2000, leaving its single screen and 450 padded seats unused. Its ceiling sags, and a film of disuse has fallen over the once-beloved theater.
Indiana stretches home streak
June 21, 2003
Coretta Brown came off the bench to score a career-high 22 points as the Indiana Fever defeated the Connecticut Sun 84-74 Friday night for their ninth consecutive victory at home.
Injury threatens Williams’ career
June 21, 2003
Chicago Bulls guard Jay Williams was recuperating Friday following surgery to repair injuries sustained when he crashed his week-old motorcycle.
Dole events to snarl traffic
Gala organizers caution against unnecessary trips
June 21, 2003
It’s political gridlock with a twist. One month from now, tens of thousands of people — many of them World War II veterans — will converge on Lawrence for dedication of the Dole Institute of Politics building at KU.
Briefly
June 21, 2003
¢ McClellan to become White House spokesman ¢ Candidate’s son involved in burglary ¢ Group offers forum for priests’ victims