Archive for Monday, June 30, 2003

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On the street
The city has several reserve funds in the budget for emergencies, such as a tornado, flood, or ice storm. One proposal is to eliminate these contingency funds from the general fund, and save the city $200,000. Do you agree with this proposal?

Poll results

Response Percent
No, it’s not a safe bet we won’t have a major disaster next year.
No, city government needs as much flexibility as possible.
Yes, in a budget year like this we have to cut wherever we can.
Yes, it’s a safe bet we won’t have a major disaster next year.
Total 183
What role will fireworks play in your Fourth of July?

Poll results

Response Percent
I’ll shoot them within the city limits, despite the new city ban.
I disagree with the ban, but I’ll obey it. I’ll shoot them outside the city limits.
I don’t need fireworks to enjoy Independence Day.
I’ll attend a public fireworks show. I won’t shoot any myself.
Fireworks are dangerous and loud. I’ll phone police if my neighbors are shooting them.
Total 945

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KU race car to be on display at Kansas Speedway
June 30, 2003
(Updated Monday at 11:01 a.m.) Kansas University’s student-built Formula SAE race car will be on display this weekend at the Kansas Speedway.
6News e-Poll looks at city contingency funds
June 30, 2003
(Updated Monday at 4:01 p.m.) Should the Lawrence City Commission eliminate special contingency funds this year to help the city get out of its budget shortfall? Tell us what you think: Vote in the 6News e-Poll and see the results this week on 6News at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunflower Broadband Channel 6.
Lawrence Datebook
June 30, 2003
Report: Emergency crews unprepared
U.S. police, fire officials lack financing, training to respond to catastrophe
June 30, 2003
Nearly two years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the United States remains “dangerously unprepared” to handle another catastrophic attack, according to a study by the Council on Foreign Relations.
International mediators push for peace force in warring Liberia
June 30, 2003
U.N. Security Council members and West African leaders started trying to assemble a peace force for warring Liberia on Sunday, renewing calls for the United States to contribute troops.
Storm, hail damage in Liberal tops $6 million
June 30, 2003
Heavy rains and golf-ball size hail pounded this southwest Kansas community Saturday night, flooding streets, knocking down tree limbs and power lines, breaking windows and damaging some roofs.
Powder identified as toxic solvent in scare at Topeka mail center
June 30, 2003
The powdery substance that sent six U.S. Postal Service workers to the hospital was identified early Sunday as toluene, a toxic solvent.
Rain awakens Nebraska wildflowers
Plants along highways prevent soil erosion, delight travelers
June 30, 2003
Plentiful spring rains have made Nebraska’s roadsides more appealing than they’ve been in years.
Angels throttle Hulk at box office
June 30, 2003
The angels have lost a little of their kick but they can still pulverize the opposition, even if he’s big and green.
Mourners pay respects at Thurmond memorial
June 30, 2003
Hundreds of people lined up in oppressive heat Sunday at the South Carolina Statehouse to pay respects to Strom Thurmond, lying in state in a flag-draped casket, his World War II medals nearby.
Food Network offers tricks behind treats
June 30, 2003
When I was young, my friends and I were obsessed with a candy called Zotz. While it looked like any hard candy lozenge, Zotz contained a tiny quantity of baking powder that exploded in your mouth when you least expected it. Zotz gave way to Pop Rocks, the infamous ‘70s treat, and a new generation of wacky candies explored on tonight’s episode of “Unwrapped” (8 p.m., Food Network). Former game-show host Mark Sommers visits candy factories and interviews children and adults eating glow-in-the-dark ice pops, jelly beans that taste like dirt, candy confected to look like dog food (wrapped in its own little bowl), and other gross and explosive treats that put my old Zotz to shame.
Prices decline, sales increase for devices
June 30, 2003
The use of robotic equipment continues to spread into numerous industries, said Charlie Duncheon, former president of the Robotic Industries Assn., an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based trade group that represents manufacturers and users of robotic components.
On the money
June 30, 2003
Wall Street is a glutton for numbers — especially data on the health of the U.S. economy.
Erma D. Leeman
June 30, 2003
Services for Erma D. Leeman, 76, Topeka, formerly of Williamstown, will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Oakland Christian Church, Topeka. Burial will be in Newman-Rose Hill Cemetery.
Misplaced blame
A plan to hold owners responsible for their vicious dogs attacks the root of the problem.
June 30, 2003
The proposal for a new Vicious Dogs Strike Force isn’t just about dogs; it’s about dog owners.
T is needed
June 30, 2003
Abuse of power
June 30, 2003
Barbara E. Peterson
June 30, 2003
Memorial services for Barbara E. Peterson, 84, Overland Park, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Forum of Overland Park, with a reception afterward. Entombment will be at noon in the Chapel of Hope at Mount Moriah Cemetery, Kansas City, Mo.
Local briefs
June 30, 2003
¢ Health Care Access receives $7,605 grant ¢ University announces ‘03-‘04 class officers
Thousands evacuated for wildfire
June 30, 2003
A wildfire raged across the hills just south of a state park Sunday, forcing more than 2,000 people to evacuate their homes, authorities said.
On the record
June 30, 2003
Baker plans $20 million science facility
June 30, 2003
As Kansas University looks to increase its research space, Baker University in Baldwin is planning a $20 million building for science teaching.
Research challenges infertility treatment
Refraining from sex doesn’t increase quality of sperm, scientists report
June 30, 2003
New research suggests there is little value in couples abstaining from sex to improve their chances of conceiving by saving sperm for the woman’s most fertile time of the month.
Ralf wins battle of Schumachers
June 30, 2003
Ralf Schumacher took advantage of the misfortunes of his brother and polesitter Kimi Raikkonen to end a 24-race winless streak.
Smith, Van Gorp lift Lynx past Mystics
June 30, 2003
Katie Smith and Michele Van Gorp were too much for the Washington Mystics to stop.
Porch collapse at party kills at least 12
Kansas City, Mo., victim among dead in affluent Chicago neighborhood
June 30, 2003
Dozens of friends were crowded onto a third-floor porch at a party early Sunday when the floor dropped out from under them, sending wood and bodies crashing to the ground. A Kansas City, Mo., man was among the 12 who people died, most of them crushed on the porches below.
Pujols powers Cardinals, 13-6
St. Louis slugger blasts pair of homers in final game of I-70 series with Royals
June 30, 2003
Shut down Albert Pujols once? Maybe. Twice? Unlikely, but possible. Three times in a row? Uh-uh.
Deadline looms for Miami
June 30, 2003
After a seven-week courtship, one unresolved courtroom battle and last-ditch offers from the league that has them and the league that wants them, an answer is finally near to Miami’s million-dollar question: Will the Hurricanes stay in the Big East or accept an invitation to join the Atlantic Coast Conference?
Lietzke survives to win first major
Kansas City’s Watson finishes two strokes back after even-par final round
June 30, 2003
The first major championship of Bruce Lietzke’s career came on a day when he couldn’t find the fairway. Lietzke struggled with his swing throughout the final round of the U.S. Senior Open, but made the four-shot lead he started the day with stand up.
Driver Dixon man to beat on IRL circuit
New Zealander has won back-to-back races, led last 290 laps in row
June 30, 2003
Scott Dixon found the consistency he was looking for and is now the man to beat in the Indy Racing League.
Jays’ Delgado shoo-in for AL All-Star squad
June 30, 2003
In the final days of All-Star balloting — voting ends Wednesday at midnight — here’s one view of who should be on the American League team (statistics through Friday):
Suppan’s shutout leads Pirates past Rockies
June 30, 2003
Jeff Suppan did something no other Pittsburgh Pirates starter has done all season, and it wasn’t just throwing a shutout. He made it look easy.
FBI joins search for BU’s Dennehy
Police think missing player was killed in Waco, Texas, area
June 30, 2003
The FBI said Sunday it had joined the search for a missing Baylor basketball player, even as fears grew among the athlete’s friends that he may be dead.
Renegades snag wood-bat title
June 30, 2003
Lawrence’s Renegades won twice in their final at-bat Sunday, winning first place at the 18-team Keystone Baseball Blowout wood-bat tournament at Mid America Complex.
Golding edges Howell in French
June 30, 2003
England’s Philip Golding birdied the final hole for a 3-under-par 69 and a one-stroke victory Sunday at the French Open.
Commissioners to consider Sunday liquor sales
June 30, 2003
The Lawrence City Commission will consider possible adoption of a charter ordinance allowing retail liquor sales on Sundays.
Actress Katharine Hepburn dies
Film legend won four Academy Awards in a career that spanned seven decades
June 30, 2003
Katharine Hepburn, an icon of feminist strength and spirit who brought a chiseled beauty and patrician bearing to such films as “The Philadelphia Story” and “The African Queen,” died Sunday. She was 96.
Senator favors ban on gay marriages
Majority leader would support constitutional amendment
June 30, 2003
The Senate majority leader said Sunday he supported a proposed constitutional amendment to ban homosexual marriage in the United States.
New board members eager to start
Election winners ready to tackle challenges facing public education
June 30, 2003
After standing on the sidelines for three months, the three new players on the Lawrence school board are eager to get in the game. Cindy Yulich, Leonard Ortiz and Rich Minder won seats on the board April 1, but must wait in accordance with state law until Tuesday to start their four-year terms on the public school district’s board.
Raiders road warriors
Lawrence Legion team wins three of four during weekend junket
June 30, 2003
Lawrence’s Raiders wrapped up a successful weekend of American Legion baseball by downing Claremore, Okla., 10-8, Sunday.
Insider accounts of Iraq confirm many suspicions
Pictures from Baghdad tell grim stories
June 30, 2003
The digital photograph on Dr. Jeff Colyer’s laptop computer displayed what looked like ordinary street construction. Curbing. A dirt pile. Some debris.
Memories of 1993 come flooding back
June 30, 2003
On a July morning 10 years ago, Dwane and Dorothy Schaake decided it was time to evacuate their farmhouse just east of Lawrence. Water had poured over the banks of the nearby Kansas River and the Schaakes were hearing their safety was at risk.
Volunteer guardians sought
June 30, 2003
The Kansas Guardianship Program needs dedicated volunteers to serve as guardians or conservators for Kansans who have been found legally unable to manage their lives and finances. These adults are of limited financial means and have no family to be appointed as guardian or conservator.
Stanford quietly claims first LPGA title
With crowds focused on Sorenstam, Wie, 25-year-old takes three-stroke victory over late-charging Morgan
June 30, 2003
Byrnes, A’s gouge Giants
Bay standout hits for cycle; Mulder gets 11th win
June 30, 2003
When Eric Byrnes completed the latest remarkable feat in his breakout season with the Oakland Athletics, his parents were among the Giants fans who rose and cheered.
Like’ just totally says it all
June 30, 2003
Like, what gives? And while we’re at it: What gives about like?
Kennedy words resonate 40 years later
June 30, 2003
Four decades ago this spring, in the last six months of his life, John F. Kennedy delivered a speech that was little remarked upon at the time and is hardly remembered now. It did not possess the soaring sentiments of his Inaugural Address, when he accepted the torch of leadership from an earlier generation, nor the drama of his speech in Berlin, when in the shadow of the Wall he identified himself with the forces of freedom.
Palestinians announce Mideast truce
Israeli troops begin withdrawing after cease-fires offers
June 30, 2003
Three major Palestinian groups declared a temporary cease-fire Sunday after 33 months of violence, and Israel pulled out of part of the Gaza Strip — breakthroughs in the U.S.-backed bid for peace.
Road to Oz’ designation among new laws to take effect across state
June 30, 2003
Wood and sawdust smells linger in the vacant spaces of 511 and 513 Lincoln Ave.
U.S. launches campaign to crush Iraqi resistance
At least 60 suspects detained in raid sought to net former Baath Party loyalists
June 30, 2003
U.S. forces kicked off a massive sweep Sunday, raiding more than 20 towns across a wide swath of Iraq and netting at least 60 suspects in a show of air and infantry power designed to crush resistance and stem a wave of deadly attacks on American troops.
Agassi, Roddick making runs at title
June 30, 2003
My, how Andre Agassi has changed his tune. Years ago, he mocked Wimbledon’s grass and its all-white dress code, preferring to play golf back home in Las Vegas while others played tennis in England.
Dodge City dumps Pennsylvania
June 30, 2003
Alvin Jefferson had 29 points, eight rebounds and a league-record six blocks to lead the Dodge City Legend to a 97-96 overtime victory over the Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs in the United States Basketball League championship Sunday night.
Marital issues await gays
June 30, 2003
And so we bid farewell to the Texas Taliban as they ride into the legal sunset. The Supreme Court has finally put an end to a long line of theocrats and theojudges who told consenting adults what they could do to whom and with which body parts.
June 30, 2003
¢ Officials seek Bush’s aid to end recall effort ¢ Government shutdown looms in budget crisis ¢ Earthquake strikes; no injuries reported
June 30, 2003
¢ Problems delay Mars rover launch again ¢ Tropical Storm Bill forms in Gulf of Mexico
June 30, 2003
Crowd attacks arson suspect Sniper suspect’s mom lays blame on U.S. Dean announces $6 million raised for campaign
Gay Pride parades get boost from court ruling
June 30, 2003
Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets Sunday for Gay Pride parades, energized by the Supreme Court’s ruling that struck down laws against sodomy and a decision by Canada to allow gay marriage.
Robots, workers co-exist in workplace
Many jobs evolve rather than disappear
June 30, 2003
As odd as it might seem, Alexis Ramos is looking forward to the day when his job is replaced by robotic equipment.
Sebelius’ budget team has help from Koch Industries
Governor lauds consultant’s willingness to ‘question everything’
June 30, 2003
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has tapped an economist from Koch Industries, Inc. to aid her effort to streamline Kansas government.
Wichita resident sues Saddam for captivity
Palestinian-American says he was used as human shield
June 30, 2003
Nabil Seyam was held prisoner and used as a human shield before the start of the first Gulf War.
21-year-old Kansas Citian charged in Westport death
Police say argument preceded fatal stabbing
June 30, 2003
Prosecutors have charged a 21-year-old woman with the stabbing death of a Raytown man in the city’s popular Westport entertainment and bar district.
Fair warning
June 30, 2003
City, county hesitate to spend on traffic projects
June 30, 2003
Lawrence and Douglas County officials aren’t in a hurry to speed up plans for congestion-easing traffic signals along a busy street in southeast Lawrence. Not with a $110 million highway project in limbo and multimillion-dollar budget deficits looming.
Red-hot Toms rolls to St. Jude crown
Despite bogey on first hole, golfer rallies for three-stroke win over Price
June 30, 2003
David Toms is so confident right now that nothing can shake him up.
Area briefs
June 30, 2003
¢ Former KU track star Billy Mills turns 65 ¢ Board moving to keep fees at same level ¢ House-passed military bill includes funds for Kansas ¢ Alford-Clarke VFW post announces officers
Transit myth
June 30, 2003
Building for biosciences booms at KU
Research facilities keeping pace with demand
June 30, 2003
George Wilson figures his research on proteins can be more productive if he’s working in the same building with others working on similar projects. “In this day and age, people don’t go in the corner and figure out these problems by themselves,” he said.
Outlaws fall, 8-2
June 30, 2003
Leavenworth scored eight unanswered runs to defeat Lawrence’s Outlaws, 8-2, Sunday to conclude the American Legion Pittsburg Wooden Bat Tournament.
June 30, 2003
For Monday, June 30, 2003
Unmarried couples should sign ‘cohabitation agreement’
June 30, 2003
Since 1880, the Census Bureau has asked people to describe their household relationships. In other words, the government wants to know how each member of a household is related to the others.
June 30, 2003
Samurai attack kills two at grocery store Acetylene tank blast injures 22 firefighters Rare animals seized in illegal reptile ring FBI finishes searching pond for anthrax clues
Keller claims first Busch win of year
June 30, 2003
Jason Keller won the GNC Live Well 250 under a yellow flag Sunday for his first Busch series victory of the season.
June 30, 2003
¢ Disneyland ride inspires film ¢ Snoop’s team scores for charity ¢ First black Miss Florida named ¢ Just what the doctor ordered
Political waters tempt celebs
Schwarzenegger, Springer consider testing fame at polls
June 30, 2003
The Terminator or Meathead could be the next governor of California. Trash-talk king Jerry Springer might become a U.S. senator from Ohio.
Kellogg ‘can still shoot’
Ex-Jayhawk loves teaching younger players
June 30, 2003
Older campers attending Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self’s basketball camp June 18 might have thought they were seeing a scene out of a movie when former KU player Ron Kellogg made his return for the camp’s alumni game.