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Rainy afternoon expected for Lawrence
June 25, 2003
(Updated Wednesday at 4:28 p.m.) The Lawrence area will continue to be in a severe thunderstorm watch through 6 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. “By 6 o’clock, we’re going to see the rain pretty much over with and that should be it for the rest of the night,” said Ross Janssen, 6News meteorologist.
Wal-Mart to join lawsuit
June 25, 2003
(Web Posted Wednesday at 11:03 a.m.) Wal-Mart will join the lawsuit challenging the city’s building moratorium at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.
Expos’ Wilkerson hits for cycle
Montreal claims 6-4 victory against Pittsburgh
June 25, 2003
Brad Wilkerson put together Le Carrousel in order.
Jayni offers recipes to put bang in July Fourth meal
June 25, 2003
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Recipes To Spark Your Fourth of July.” Host Jayni Carey will prepare the following recipes.
Tomatoes top produce in Fowler’s garden
June 25, 2003
I had my first visual proof of Allen Fowler’s gardening prowess a couple of years ago, when he sent me a good-natured e-mail to tell me I was wrong. At issue was my claim that the length of the growing season in the northern United States makes it difficult to produce a significant crop of sweet potatoes before frost arrives in October. Allen, a 70-something retiree with a digital camera, spread his massive sweet potato harvest out on a long table and e-mailed me a photo.
Conference planned to recruit donors for reconstruction
June 25, 2003
Supporters and opponents of the U.S.-led war in Iraq endorsed a planned donors conference Tuesday to finance the reconstruction of the country through 2004.
Two more cities approve Sunday liquor sales
Shawnee, Merriam argue residents driving to Missouri
June 25, 2003
A rebellion of sorts against a Kansas law banning Sunday alcohol sales is gaining momentum, with at least nine eastern Kansas communities approving ordinances allowing the sales and a handful of others discussing the idea.
Lawmakers divided on what to do with donations from Westar, executives
June 25, 2003
Responses have been mixed among members of the Kansas congressional delegation as pressure mounts to return campaign contributions from a utility now embroiled in a campaign fund-raising controversy.
Insurance costs worry city employees
June 25, 2003
Jerry Allen is worried. The 35-year-old works for the city of Lawrence Neighborhood Resources division. He has a wife and three children for whom he provides health insurance. He’s trying not to think about what might happen when the Lawrence City Commission makes a final decision on the city employee health care plan.
Exodus’ author Leon Uris dies
June 25, 2003
Leon Uris, whose best-selling novel “Exodus” offered the world a heroic tale of the founding of Israel and an image of Jews as muscular, sunburned avengers, has died at 78.
Iraqis beam at satellite TV offerings
June 25, 2003
After years of all-Saddam-most-of-the-time, it comes as quite a change for Iraqis to watch “Tom and Jerry” and the Arabic version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”
21 years later, dropout ready to claim his diploma
June 25, 2003
Paul Vital had just marked his 16th birthday when his daddy left home for good. It was hard for his mom to scratch out a living for Vital and four siblings in Welsh, La., a tiny town 173 miles west of New Orleans.
LeBron loving new life
Phenom taking full advantage of sudden stardom
June 25, 2003
LeBron James bopped and swayed to the rap music of 50 Cent, squaring his broad shoulders and leaning straight into the lens as his eyes widened into a playful stare for the briefest of moments.
Israeli attack puts cease-fire in doubt
Palestinians decry strike on Hamas militant
June 25, 2003
Israeli aircraft Wednesday fired two missiles at a car on a crowded urban road in the Gaza Strip, wounding a Hamas militant, killing two bystanders and bringing denunciations from Palestinian groups that reportedly are close to declaring a cease-fire. The missile attack in Khan Yunis, which the Israeli army said was aimed at a car carrying Hamas militants and loaded with rockets or mortar shells, left 15 other people wounded, Palestinian officials said.
Bonds reaches incredible 500-500 milestone
June 25, 2003
For just a moment, the muscle-bound slugger was a wiry, speedy kid again. Barry Bonds checked out Eric Gagne’s deliberate delivery, saw an opening and sprinted to second base, stealing the bag without a throw.
Raiders ‘workmanlike’ in 10-6 victory
June 25, 2003
Lawrence Raiders coach Carl Brooks summed up his club’s game Tuesday against Gardner perfectly: “Workmanlike.”
People
June 25, 2003
¢ Stones rally for Toronto ¢ Streisand claims privacy invaded ¢ Just in it for the money ¢ Age doesn’t matter
Witness testifies of fatal shooting
Topekan tells court he hid in utility closet during deadly confrontation
June 25, 2003
A Topeka man described Tuesday hiding during an armed confrontation in March that left a Lawrence man dead and two people charged with his murder.
Effort to kill bin Laden fell short
June 25, 2003
Though Predator drones spotted Osama bin Laden as many as three times in late 2000, the Bush administration did not fly the unmanned planes over Afghanistan during its first eight months and was still refining a plan to use one armed with missiles to kill the al-Qaida leader when Sept. 11 unfolded, current and former U.S. officials say.
Retailers bemoan sales tax changes
Businesses fear expenses, paper work
June 25, 2003
Furniture store owner James Hill doesn’t like the new math that state tax officials will require him to do come July 1. Retailers who make deliveries of their products — everybody from furniture stores to lumberyards — will have to begin using the sales tax rate in the city they’re delivering a purchase to rather than the rate used in the city in which the item was sold.
Manning off assistant list
Former Jayhawk All-American won’t join Self’s full-time coaching staff
June 25, 2003
If Danny Manning joins Kansas University’s men’s basketball staff next season, it will not be as a full-time assistant. “Danny has told us the time is not right for that just yet, maybe eventually it will be,” KU coach Bill Self said Tuesday of the former Jayhawk All-American, who, if he decides to retire after 15 years in the NBA, could take a graduate-assistant position at KU.
Powerful Serena easily advances
June 25, 2003
Three points into her first match since the Slam Streak ended, Serena Williams faulted. The Centre Court crowd responded with — silence.
Gonzalez expected to reject deal
Rangers’ slugger has 72 hours to make decision on trade to Expos
June 25, 2003
The Montreal Expos reached an agreement Tuesday to acquire two-time AL MVP Juan Gonzalez from Texas — but his attorney said the Rangers’ slugger “in all likelihood” would reject the trade.
Local briefs
June 25, 2003
¢ 10-year-old assaulted in Naismith Park ¢ Chancellor to address Wichita Urban League ¢ Professor to discuss sex class on ‘River City’ ¢ KU police seek suspect in thefts at bookstore
Laboratory-trained pastry chef Alison Olewnik has mastered the sweet science of baking
June 25, 2003
You can tell right away how good a pastry chef and baker Alison Olewnik is - just peer into the little sample baskets that line the countertops outside her kitchen. They’re empty.
Last-ditch fund raising aimed to keep open Overbrook medical clinic
June 25, 2003
The clock is ticking on this town’s effort to save its only medical clinic. Residents of Overbrook and those who live nearby have 15 days to raise $50,000 to subsidize the clinic and keep it open for six more months. So far, $18,000 has been raised.
Memorial honors Little Bighorn’s tribal warriors
Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Gall and their charges paid recognition at site of Custer’s last stand
June 25, 2003
Lt. Col George A. Custer died spectacularly here 127 years ago today, but for decades the colorful officer dominated the way the Battle of the Little Bighorn was retold.
Washington should avoid court battle
June 25, 2003
It would greatly disappoint the warring armies of interest groups in Washington, salivating for a fight over the next Supreme Court vacancy. But there is a way out of such a debilitating battle, with all its ominous implications for the independence and reputation of the judiciary, if key players at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue are willing to show some flexibility.
Loyd Alumbaugh
June 25, 2003
Services for Loyd Alumbaugh, Lawrence, are pending and will be announced by Lawrence Funeral Chapel.
Cell phone roles in crashes studied
June 25, 2003
In an effort to track accidents caused by cell phone use, federal highway officials are encouraging states to report when crashes are caused by distracted drivers.
Renegades split doubleheader
June 25, 2003
If Lawrence Renegades coach Lynn Harrod loves baseball because of its unpredictable beauty, then Tuesday was a terrific example of the game going in minutes from awesome to ugly.
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June 25, 2003
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June 25, 2003
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June 25, 2003
Sunday sales
It’s time for the Kansas Legislature to do some cleanup work on the state’s liquor laws.
June 25, 2003
The liquor laws of Kansas almost always have ranked somewhere between inconsistent and nonsensical. In general, they have tended to make consumption less convenient but no less widespread among state residents. The current trend creeping east from the Kansas City area to allow Sunday sales in liquor stores once again may challenge Kansas lawmakers to bring some consistency and common sense to the state’s liquor laws.
Study bolsters breast cancer link to hormone therapy
June 25, 2003
Estrogen-progestin pills may cause an aggressive form of breast cancer and make it harder to find tumors until they have reached a later, less-curable stage, according to one of the biggest, most authoritative analyses yet.
Vatican Museums put collection online
June 25, 2003
The Sistine Chapel is now online. The Vatican put its vast art collection on the Web on Tuesday, launching a new site for the Vatican Museums that it hopes will attract more tourists while also disseminating the church’s message around the globe.
Victor L. ImMasche
June 25, 2003
Graveside inurnment services for Victor L. ImMasche, 91, Lawrence, will be later.
House approves financing for Homeland Security
June 25, 2003
The House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to approve the first bill to finance the new Homeland Security Department and shower $29.4 billion on local emergency workers, airport screeners and a new drive against bioterrorism.
Former worker sues boss
Manager accused of holding employee at gunpoint
June 25, 2003
A former employee of Teller’s, 746 Mass., is suing the restaurant’s general manager in connection with a Jan. 10 incident in which the manager allegedly took the employee into a basement room, forced him to sit in a chair, and held him at gunpoint until police arrived.
On the record
June 25, 2003
Commodities
June 25, 2003
Disappearance of jet prompts search across Africa
June 25, 2003
In a brazen act, two men climbed aboard an idle Boeing 727 cargo jet in Angola last month and flew off into the African sky without a trace.
Crash into Kaw at De Soto kills 2
June 25, 2003
A husband and wife died Tuesday after a semitrailer they were in went through a bridge guardrail and fell into the Kansas River.
Americans upbeat about economic outlook
Consumer confidence remains steady in June; economist see report as positive sign
June 25, 2003
Americans are increasingly optimistic that the economy may be ready to turn around in the second half of the year, according to the latest reading on consumer confidence.
Salary raises expected to average 3.5 percent this year
June 25, 2003
Workers hoping for a raise in the near future shouldn’t have great expectations: Pay increases are coming in at the lowest level in at least a decade.
GM recall 254,000 Saturns for engine problem
June 25, 2003
General Motors Corp. is recalling about 254,000 of its Saturn L-Series cars from model years 2000-03 to correct an engine problem that has led to fires.
Columbia investigators issue strongest statement yet on cause
June 25, 2003
In their strongest statement yet on the Columbia disaster, investigators said Tuesday that flyaway foam from the fuel tank was “the most probable cause” of the wing damage that brought down the space shuttle.
Putin gets royal treatment in Britain
June 25, 2003
In the first state visit to Britain by a Russian leader since the 19th century, Vladimir Putin came Tuesday to London as the guest of Queen Elizabeth II and was greeted with a red carpet at the airport, an artillery salute and a state banquet.
Lawrence briefs
June 25, 2003
¢ Circus music in focus at City Band concert ¢ Officer appears in court on battery charge ¢ Commissioner targets vicious dogs, owners
Recipes from Alison Olewnik
June 25, 2003
Alison Olewnik, a pastry chef and baker at Community Mercantile Co-op, submitted the following recipes.
ABC reality show is one ‘Experiment’ that really should fail
June 25, 2003
Which is greater — the desire to love and be loved, or the need to make a fool of yourself on television? It’s an age-old question, sure to explored in depth on the new romantic reality series “The Dating Experiment” (9 p.m., ABC). This latest gimmick puts complete strangers together on a series of dates. Each participant agrees to submit to the rules written down in a series of red diaries. Why? Because they said so!
Six British troops killed in Iraq
June 25, 2003
Six British soldiers were killed and eight wounded in southern Iraq in a series of attacks on coalition forces Tuesday that marked the deadliest day since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime.
Air Force’s refueling tanker fleet examined
June 25, 2003
The Air Force’s refueling tankers are old, decaying and too expensive to maintain, Air Force officials told a congressional panel Tuesday.
Appeals justice to retire Aug. 1
June 25, 2003
Court of Appeals Judge David S. Knudson plans to retire Aug. 1. Knudson, who has served on the appellate court since November 1995, issued a brief statement Tuesday, without elaborating on his reasons for stepping dow
Voice of experience
June 25, 2003
Role models?
June 25, 2003
Bus safety
June 25, 2003
Institute lines up speakers for series of lectures
June 25, 2003
Two Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and a former presidential adviser will come to Kansas University this fall for the Presidential Lecture Series at the Dole Institute of Politics. Robert Caro, Roger Wilkins and David Gergen make up this year’s lineup.
Keep food safety in mind when making ice cream
Tips on how to prepare grilled vegetables
June 25, 2003
Q: I want to make homemade ice cream for the Fourth of July but I want to make sure it is safe to eat. What are the recommendations? A: The proper handling of homemade ice cream ingredients ensures a safe product. One ingredient that can taint the entire dessert if it isn’t handled properly is the eggs.
City football coaches tickled with turnout at youth camp
June 25, 2003
There are 130 young football players running around Lawrence High’s practice fields this week. LHS coach Dirk Wedd and Free State coach Bob Lisher hope they like it. That’s a number both coach would love.
Loaiza earns 11th win
White Sox take 2-1 triumph against Twins
June 25, 2003
Esteban Loaiza must be having a hard time avoiding thoughts of the All-Star game. After all, it’s in his home park, and he’s tied for the major-league lead in wins.
ACC to pursue Miami, Virginia Tech
Syracuse, Boston College reportedly not included
June 25, 2003
The Atlantic Coast Conference has decided to pursue a two-team expansion, one that would add Miami and Virginia Tech, a high-ranking league source said Tuesday night.
NBA executives lured by unknown
June 25, 2003
Thursday’s NBA draft looms. Melancholy hovers over the sporting world. Because of the NFL’s ridiculously long wait from the end of its season to the draft and because of the NBA’s and NHL’s amazingly short times between final buzzer and draft and because Major League Baseball picks its players in the spring, there exists a two-month window in which all four drafts are held.
Buzzer-beater helps Sun stop Mystics
June 25, 2003
Taj McWilliams-Franklin powered in a five-foot running bank shot at the buzzer, giving the Connecticut Sun a 65-63 victory Tuesday over the Washington Mystics.
Halt the T
June 25, 2003
6Sports video: Manning might not be done with the NBA
June 25, 2003
The former KU All-American is keeping his options open for possibly playing again.
6News video: Dole Institute gets new feature
June 25, 2003
A stained-glass representation of Bob Dole’s hometown of Russell was installed Tuesday.
6News video: Skyrocketing insurance costs burden city budget
June 25, 2003
City workers are increasingly worried about the cost of health care.
6Sports video: Raiders come back with victory over Gardner
June 25, 2003
The Raiders, who outlasted Gardner in a 10-6 nine-inning game at Free State High, face Topeka Post 400 today.
6Sports video: Renegades miss clean sweep of Topeka
June 25, 2003
Lawrence took the first game 3-2 but fell 7-1 in the second game of the doubleheader.
6Sports video: Royals tied for division lead
June 25, 2003
A victory over Cleveland coupled with Minnesota’s loss in Chicago puts Kansas City up in front.
6News video: Commissioners hear discussion on Horizon 2020
June 25, 2003
Groups concerned about downtown businesses spoke against revising the development policy.
John L. Henkel
June 25, 2003
Services for John L. “Jack” Henkel, 69, Lawrence, are pending and will be announced by Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.
Home for girls in state’s care getting by on shoestring
June 25, 2003
When it rains, as it did earlier this week, Jennifer Chapman doesn’t sleep well. “I worry about the buckets and the pots and pans we’ve got in the attic to catch all the leaks,” Chapman said.
Drug cuts risk of men’s cancer
Pill for baldness found to be effective against prostate cancer
June 25, 2003
A drug commonly used to treat enlarged prostates and baldness also cuts the risk of prostate cancer by about 25 percent, researchers said Tuesday. But experts stopped short of recommending that every man at risk for the disease begin taking it.
Bush expresses confidence terror leaders will be caught
June 25, 2003
President Bush said Tuesday “it’s just a matter of time” before terrorist leaders like Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein are captured.
Riggins lands soap gig
KU legend steering multifaceted career to daytime TV
June 25, 2003
No one ever told John Riggins he had one life to live. Riggins, a former Kansas University football standout, has been a professional athlete, farmer and broadcaster. This week he’s back on the set of “Guiding Light,” continuing the role of Mitch Hendon that he started in May.
George works his magic
Royals top Indians, 3-1, move into tie for first
June 25, 2003
Only Harry Houdini had more tricks than Chris George, the American League’s escape artist. George pitched out of trouble for most of his 52/3 innings Tuesday night, and the Kansas City Royals won another game in the AL Central, 3-1 over the Cleveland Indians.
Groups go to bat for downtown
Proponents warn of another South Iowa corridor on West Sixth Street
June 25, 2003
A proposed commercial development policy would lead to a South Iowa Street-style shopping corridor on far West Sixth Street and kill downtown, two groups warned Lawrence city commissioners Tuesday.
Commissioners ready to deliberate about tax increase
June 25, 2003
Douglas County Sheriff Rick Trapp wants to hire four new deputies next year, but the county’s budget squeeze is blowing holes in his three-year plan to bolster courtroom security, boost patrols and ease pressures on prisoner transportation.
Briefly
June 25, 2003
¢ SARS travel advisory lifted ¢ Federal judge resigns, calls system unjust ¢ Northwest flight safe after engine failure ¢ Fire jumps Rio Grande, forces hundreds from homes
Mediating civic disputes
June 25, 2003
During the past few weeks I have been reading Craig Miner’s new history of Kansas. Professor Minor, of Wichita State, is now the pre-eminent state historian, and his lifelong study of our state is reflected in his new book. What I have found particularly interesting is his first chapter in which he speculates upon the nature of Kansas and Kansans.
Look at school diversity earlier
June 25, 2003
Writing on behalf of the high court in one of Monday’s landmark civil rights cases, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor offered a passionate defense of the value of diversity in our institutions of higher learning. She approvingly referenced the late Justice Lewis Powell, who observed 25 years ago that “nothing less than the nation’s future depends upon leaders trained through wide exposure to the ideas and mores of students as diverse as this nation of many peoples.”
Briefcase
June 25, 2003
¢ Harvest rolling along in western Kansas ¢ Kroger lowers outlook ¢ Lawmaker proposes changes for Freddie Mac ¢ FedEx profits rise
K.C. convention faces uncertain future
Skilled-labor championships may end due to lack of funding
June 25, 2003
The fate of what has become Kansas City’s largest annual convention rests in the hands of federal budget makers.
6News video: County commissioners hear final budget requests
June 25, 2003
Commissioners are now ready for the next round of deliberations Monday to see how far next year’s budget will stretch.
State’s credit rating downgraded
Moody’s reduces Kansas’ outlook from stable to negative
June 25, 2003
Continued reliance upon one-time sources of revenue and declining cash reserves have prompted analysts to reduce the state’s credit outlook from stable to negative. Moody’s, one of the nation’s major credit-rating services, issued a new report on the state Wednesday, citing the state’s ongoing budget problems as a concern.
Briefly
June 25, 2003
¢ Father, daughter swim 5 hours after boat sinks ¢ Governor signs ban on smoking in bars
Briefly
June 25, 2003
¢ Body of second U.S. student found ¢ India, China agree to reopen border ¢ Abortion pills sealed aboard Dutch ship