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Sebelius wants to end waiting period for jobless benefits
March 6, 2003
(Web Posted Thursday at 12:35 p.m.) TOPEKA — Citing the recent high number of layoffs, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today endorsed a proposal that would do away with the one-week wait before laid off Kansans could receive unemployment benefits.
KU students stage peace rally
March 6, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 12:43 p.m.) Braving temperatures in the low 20s and a 14-degree windchill, dozens of students left class Thursday morning to protest for peace in the Wescoe Beach area on Kansas University’s main campus.
Hemenway to testify for more federal student financial aid
March 6, 2003
(Web Posted Thursday at 11:21 a.m.) More funding for low-income students is a high priority — that’s what Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway plans to tell federal education officials at a hearing Friday in Kansas City, Mo.
On the record
March 6, 2003
Horoscopes
March 6, 2003
Briefly
March 6, 2003
¢ Army presses for new vote on U.S. troops ¢ U.S. seeks relief plan for post-Saddam Iraq ¢ Two Iraqi diplomats ordered to leave U.S. ¢ Saudis sentence 95 for links to al-Qaida
Protesting the protests
March 6, 2003
Students protest war with walkouts, demonstrations
March 6, 2003
Thousands of students around the country walked out of class Wednesday to protest a war with Iraq, joining rallies that ranged from a few quiet demonstrators to crowds that erupted into shouting matches.
Briefcase
March 6, 2003
¢ CyDex strikes drug dea ¢ Council OKs fare subsidy for Frontier Airlines ¢ U.S. Treasury officials provide John Hancocks ¢ Staples’ earnings rise
Local briefs
March 6, 2003
¢ Northeast Kansas rebounds from storm ¢ Fired officer to take appeal to city manager ¢ Driver in fatal accident makes court appearance
Olympic rivals share ice
March 6, 2003
Who can forget Jamie Sale and David Pelletier? OK, I did. They were the spunky Canadian ice-skating pair who got to share a controversial gold medal with their Russian rivals Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze at last year’s winter Olympics. I’m surprised that the current crop of French-bashers hasn’t revived that outrage. Remember, there was a compromised French judge at the center of the contretemps.
China’s new budget plan takes aim at rural poverty
March 6, 2003
China unveiled budget plans Thursday that increase military spending nearly 10 percent, raise spending on poverty and rural development and promise to keep the deficit “bearable.”
People
March 6, 2003
¢ Lord of the Dance in hot water ¢ Splitsville in L.A. ¢ ‘Pretty Baby’ ready to be mom ¢ Cher’s company wigged out
Can reform spur leadership?
March 6, 2003
As more and more columns in the print media and sound bites on radio and television are filled with the drumbeats of impending war, other crises begin to fade from the state and national consciousness. As important as war and terrorism are, however, the domestic economy presents, in many ways, as much of a potential danger for many Americans. This is nowhere more true than here in our own beloved Kansas.
Fed reports economy mostly stagnant
Kansas City area shows ‘signs of strengthening’ during first months of year
March 6, 2003
The Federal Reserve said Wednesday economic activity around the country remained subdued in January and February as concerns about a possible war in Iraq slowed spending by consumers and businesses. Perhaps epitomizing the mood, the central bank noted a terrorism-related spurt in the sales of duct tape, plastic and other hardware goods.
Area briefs
March 6, 2003
¢ KU to honor its authors ¢ Testimony continues in county murder trial ¢ Topeka air museum offers aviation course ¢ No-call violation fines announced
KU’s Lee picks up his game
By whatever moniker, sophomore has become contributor for KU
March 6, 2003
Nobody knows when or how it happened, but somewhere along the way, Kansas University sophomore Michael Lee has become Mike Lee. “It says Michael on my birth certificate, but I’d say 70 to 75 percent of people, when they call me, call me Mike,” Lee, KU’s 6-foot-3, 215-pound backup guard/forward from Portland, Ore., said. “When I first got here, it was Michael.
KU headed to St. Louis
March 6, 2003
Kansas University’s bowling clubs will compete in the Midwest Sectional Qualifier March 22-23 in St. Louis. The KU men are ranked No. 5, while the women are No. 19.
Ottawa, P-L girls advance; Eudora falls
March 6, 2003
Ten Ottawa High players scored Wednesday night in a 61-31 Class 4A girls basketball sub-state rout of Louisburg.
Magic’s McGrady nets 48
Gooden totals 26 points, 16 rebounds in Orlando victory
March 6, 2003
Sometimes, the Orlando Magic’s best offense is to hand the ball to Tracy McGrady and back off.
Confident competitor
Despite changes, Kenseth’s crew has winning formula
March 6, 2003
He led all Winston Cup drivers with five wins last season and finished a career-best eighth in the points standings.
Lent begins
March 6, 2003
Friends and neighbors
March 6, 2003
Random drug testing approved
Three-day Olympic summit results in global policy for punishing users of illegal substances
March 6, 2003
Sports bodies and governments from around the world Wednesday approved a global policy for unifying doping rules and punishing drug cheats.
Bulldogs bulldoze Pirates
Baldwin girls cruise against Piper, 76-19
March 6, 2003
If there’s a better way to open the sub-state tournament, Baldwin High girls basketball coach Eric Toot can’t think of it.
Lansing topples frigid-shooting Tonganoxie
March 6, 2003
The rims inside Tonganoxie High’s Phil Lobb gymnasium were about as inviting as the recent winter storm Wednesday night for the host Chieftains.
Supreme Court upholds ‘3-strikes’ law
March 6, 2003
The Supreme Court said certain repeat offenders may be locked up for long periods for relatively minor crimes, ruling Wednesday that a sentence up to life is not too harsh for a criminal caught swiping three golf clubs.
Briefly
March 6, 2003
¢ Boys improve after crash ¢ T-shirt arrest charge dropped ¢ Cap on tuition hikes proposed
Turkey’s action clarifies U.S. goal on Iraq
March 6, 2003
The Bush administration counts down the few remaining days to war in Iraq despite the jolting refusal of Turkey’s Parliament to let U.S. troops strike from that country. Failed U.S. diplomacy must now give way to a clear war strategy for Iraq’s liberation.
Patriotism?
March 6, 2003
That’s it?
March 6, 2003
Curing’ Iraq
March 6, 2003
Necessary war
March 6, 2003
The other side
March 6, 2003
No-growthers?
March 6, 2003
Turnpike slaying won’t be capital case
Leavenworth County attorney says criteria to seek death penalty not met
March 6, 2003
Leavenworth County officials on Wednesday said they would not seek the death penalty for Raymond Boothe, the Missouri man accused last year of stabbing his 11-year-old son and leaving him to die on the Kansas Turnpike near Lawrence. The case “doesn’t fall under the conditions that have to be met for this to be a death penalty case,” said County Atty. Frank Kohl.
County 4-H members experiencing effects of state budget cuts
Extension hiring freeze leaves post here vacant
March 6, 2003
State budget cuts have rounded up more victims — Douglas County 4-H’ers. Cathy Musick, the 4-H agent who organized activities for the county’s 670 4-H’ers, left in February. A hiring freeze within K-State Extension means it will be months before another agent is hired.
State Supreme Court hears arguments in Blue Cross case
March 6, 2003
Kathleen Sebelius exceeded her authority as insurance commissioner last year when she blocked the sale of Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Kansas to an Indiana corporation, attorneys for the companies told the Kansas Supreme Court on Wednesday. “She was usurping authority that was never given to her in the first place,” said Kevin Fowler, a Topeka attorney representing Indianapolis-based Anthem Insurance Cos.
Proposal would aid unemployed in Kansas
March 6, 2003
Kansans who lose their jobs will not have to wait one week before receiving unemployment benefits under a proposal before state officials. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has scheduled a news conference today in which sources said she would endorse the measure and ask the Legislature to approve it.
Pump Patrol tracks down lowest prices in Lawrence
March 6, 2003
The Journal-World has found a Lawrence-area gasoline price as low as $1.57 a gallon at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa streets, and Dillons, 3000 W. Sixth St.
District details savings of closing schools
March 6, 2003
Laura Denneler is skeptical of claims that the Lawrence school district can save $1.4 million annually by closing three elementary buildings. The mother of two children at Centennial School, which is slated to close along with East Heights and Riverside schools, isn’t alone. The district’s projected savings from consolidation has been repeatedly challenged by school board candidates rallying against the closing of the schools and the proposed $59 million bond for school construction.
U.S. plans to ‘awe’ Iraq with bombing
First days of assault will bring 10 times number of bombs than in first Gulf war
March 6, 2003
In a strategy Pentagon officials are calling “shock and awe,” U.S. forces plan to drop 10 times the bombs in the opening days of the air campaign in Iraq than they did in the first Persian Gulf war, officials said Wednesday. Meanwhile, the commander who would lead the war, Gen. Tommy R. Franks, met Wednesday at the White House with President Bush. Last week Franks reviewed his war plan with commanders at his Gulf command post and Tuesday he met with top Defense Department civilian and uniformed leaders.
Best Buy likely to open Lawrence store in June
Restaurants close to signing lease deals at site
March 6, 2003
Best Buy, the national electronics retailer, is planning to open its Lawrence store at Iowa and 31st streets by the end of June. Officials with the construction company that is building the 30,500-square-foot store said Best Buy had scheduled a June 27 grand opening.
Church’s silence
March 6, 2003
Aquila finances concern regulators
KCC seeks to protect utility customers
March 6, 2003
State regulators want Aquila Inc. to provide assurance that it will be able to continue service to its Kansas electricity and natural gas customers at fair prices in the face of its continuing financial problems. An order filed Tuesday by the Kansas Corporation Commission demands information by April 10 on the financial condition of the company, based in Kansas City, Mo. Among other things, it wants to know how the company would seek to regain investment grade status on its bonds by January 2005. All three major credit rating agencies have dropped the company’s debt to junk status.
Sprint faces another shareholder lawsuit
March 6, 2003
Sprint Corp., its two top executives and its outside auditor face another shareholder lawsuit — almost identical to one filed last month — over tax shelters used by the top executives.
6News video: Commissioners vote in favor of Wal-Mart rezoning
March 6, 2003
6News video: West 6th Street attracting developers’ attention
March 6, 2003
6News video: Death penalty not an option for Boothe
March 6, 2003
Toby Keith leads country music nominees
March 6, 2003
Toby Keith received a leading eight Academy of Country Music nominations Tuesday, including song and single of the year for “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American).”
Colombian blast kills at least seven
March 6, 2003
A bomb set off by suspected rebels Wednesday ripped through a shopping center in northeastern Colombia, killing seven people, injuring at least 20 and setting the complex on fire.
6Sports video: Wooden hopes to take Firebirds to state
March 6, 2003
Senior power forward Keith Wooden hopes to help Free State make it through sub-state.
Historic VA campus to undergo renovations
March 6, 2003
Thanks to a local preservationist group, more than three dozen historic buildings at a Veterans Affairs hospital campus will be redeveloped rather than demolished. “This points out how important citizen involvement is, whatever the issue,” said Sally Hatcher, president of the Kansas Preservation Alliance and a member of the local group, Veterans Administration of Leavenworth Opportunities for Re-use. “One person or a small group of people can make a big difference.”
6Sports video: Tonganoxie girls fall to Atchison, 44-35
March 6, 2003
The No. 2-seeded Chieftains are upset in their sub-state matchup with the Redmen.
6Sports video: Iowa State runs away from the Jayhawks
March 6, 2003
An early lead was all the KU women could muster in their final home game of the 2002-03 season as they fell to the Cyclones, 69-44.
6Sports video: ‘Hawks hope to clinch Big 12 title outright in Columbia
March 6, 2003
Kansas is gearing up for a Senior Day showdown in Missouri to end the regular season.
6Sports video: Fouls, defense areas of focus for Graves
March 6, 2003
Jeff Graves’ productivity has gone up in his past two outings for the ‘Hawks, and the team is hoping that trend will continue as KU goes up against Missouri.
Lorena White
March 6, 2003
Samuel Kelsall III
March 6, 2003
Edwin Eugene Gibbs
March 6, 2003
Robert Carlton Curd
March 6, 2003
Property valuations increase in K.C.K.; some cry foul
March 6, 2003
Wyandotte County residents are inundating the County Appraiser’s Office with phone calls and e-mails in response to new appraisal notices with an average 21 percent increase in valuations. County Appraiser John DeVault said Wednesday that the rising property valuations across the county were tied to the growth occurring in western Wyandotte County around the new Kansas Speedway.
Innocent plea entered in Iowa City slayings
Trial set for son of Emporia Gazette owners
March 6, 2003
The man who police say killed his two children and stabbed his estranged wife has pleaded innocent and will go on trial next month.
3 die in weather-related wrecks
Ice storm proves deadly in Shawnee, Pottawatomie and Butler counties
March 6, 2003
Kansas stayed frigid Wednesday, but a storm system that caused at least three fatal accidents had moved out of the state.
Inner-city K.C. school gets dental clinic
March 6, 2003
Third-grader Alex Davis has never been to a dentist, but he says he’s not afraid of his first visit.
Powell keeps up pressure on holdouts
March 6, 2003
Secretary of State Colin Powell said Wednesday that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein must not be allowed to split the world’s nations into “arguing factions.”
Scientists unsure about wheat
Unusually cold weather hampering research
March 6, 2003
John Lomas is looking forward to green wheat.
Democrats assail Bush’s oil policy
March 6, 2003
The Bush administration’s decision to buy oil for the nation’s strategic petroleum reserve last year, as oil prices were climbing, raised U.S. energy costs without significantly improving the nation’s energy security, a report by Senate Democrats said Wednesday.
Bush urged to conduct direct talks with N. Korea to defuse crisis
March 6, 2003
Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle says the Bush administration continues to “sit back and watch” as the crisis in North Korea steadily worsens.
Missing-person case reclassified as homicide
March 6, 2003
The case of a pregnant woman who went missing Christmas Eve has been reclassified as a homicide, police said Wednesday.
KU flogged in finale - Iowa State women 69, Kansas 44
Cyclones ride 3-pointers to rout
March 6, 2003
It wasn’t a pretty matchup. Kansas University’s women’s basketball team, a squad with glaring weaknesses in its perimeter defense lately, played host to Iowa State, a team that lives and dies by its arsenal of three-point shooters.
Washington, AD to discuss program at season’s end
March 6, 2003
Kansas University athletic director Al Bohl refused to speak about Marian Washington’s future as coach of the KU women’s basketball team.
Sideline
March 6, 2003
¢ College basketball Voice of Cyclones dies ¢ Lavin believes end is nigh
Georgia fires Harrick’s son
Contract won’t be renewed following allegations
March 6, 2003
Georgia fired assistant basketball coach Jim Harrick Jr. Wednesday after he was accused of academic fraud and paying a former player’s bills.
Texas claims share of title
March 6, 2003
Stacy Stephens scored 28 points and No. 5 Texas clinched at least a share of its first Big 12 Conference regular-season title Wednesday night with a 78-66 win over Oklahoma.
Guiel drives in seven as Royals rip Rockies
March 6, 2003
Aaron Guiel had seven RBIs with a grand slam and a three-run homer as the Kansas City Royals routed the Colorado Rockies and NL Rookie of the Year Jason Jennings, 16-8, Wednesday.
NBA briefs
March 6, 2003
¢ Suns add Hardaway, shelve injured Ford ¢ Cavaliers name team president
R2K looms, but with NASCAR, sometimes numbers in dispute
March 6, 2003
Are you ready for R2K?
6News video: Downtown properties are booming in value
March 6, 2003
The property values in the central business district are rose anywhere from 10% to 15%.
Robert LeRoy West
March 6, 2003
Our town sports
March 6, 2003
Bike Race: Mojo’s Spring Fling Bike Race is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Clinton Lake campground No. 1. The event is free to youths ages 8-15. For information, call Jim Whittaker at 843-8356 or visit the Web site at www.alta-sport.com.
Iowa State stings Missouri
Colorado turns back No. 20 Oklahoma State
March 6, 2003
Iowa State and coach Larry Eustachy put aside their heartache long enough to beat a tough opponent in an emotional game.
Wisconsin rules Big Ten
No. 24 Badgers edge No. 14 Illinois, 60-59
March 6, 2003
Devin Harris had two free throws coming with four-tenths of a second left. One would give Wisconsin the Big Ten title outright.
LHS eager for rematch; FSHS wary of Aquinas
March 6, 2003
Lawrence High boys basketball coach Chris Davis is more than happy to be playing Leavenworth in the Class 6A sub-state tournament at 6 tonight at Overland Park Aquinas. There’s the obvious revenge factor, since the Pioneers hammered LHS, 78-46, in Friday’s regular-season finale.
Suicide bombing brings swift retaliation
March 6, 2003
A missile fired from an Israeli helicopter killed at least 11 Palestinians today while they watched firefighters put out a fire in the Jabalya refugee camp in Gaza, witnesses and hospital officials said. More than 100 people were wounded.
Wadsworth services
March 6, 2003
Deployment from McConnell largest since ‘91
150 air, maintenance crews leave for Operation Enduring Freedom
March 6, 2003
More than 10 KC-135 air refueling tankers took off at one-hour intervals Wednesday from McConnell Air Force Base in the largest deployment yet for the 22nd Air Refueling Wing during Operation Enduring Freedom.
Antiwar movement takes poetic turn
March 6, 2003
Poets brought their antiwar verse to Congress on Wednesday, handing lawmakers thousands of poems to protest pending military action in Iraq.
Islamic summit breaks out in angry name-calling
March 6, 2003
Iraq’s envoy called a Kuwaiti diplomat a “monkey” and a “traitor” in a rare public display of divisions at an Islamic forum convened Wednesday to seek a unified stance against any U.S.-led war on Iraq.
Daily ticker
March 6, 2003
J-W Editorial: Fireworks
March 6, 2003
The use of pyrotechnics in an old, crowded venue was an accident waiting to happen in Rhode Island. Nobody should need the deaths of almost 100 people to recognize that using fireworks, or so-called pyrotechnics, in an enclosed building is an invitation to disaster.
Wal-Mart gets go-ahead
Approval tied to 6th St. upgrade
March 6, 2003
As Steve Winters loaded dog food into his car Wednesday afternoon at the South Iowa Street Wal-Mart, he said he liked the idea of a second Wal-Mart store at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive. After all, Winters said, it would only be fair. Northwest Lawrence residents don’t have the same access he has to easy shopping.
Edna Loraine Dunlap
March 6, 2003
Jayhawks coach hopes weather woes in past
March 6, 2003
The weather never hampered Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price much while he was at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, and the elements weren’t much of a bother to Price during the winter. “I was really proud of myself,” Price said. “In January, when it was 25 degrees out, I took my team outside every day.”
Briefly
March 6, 2003
¢ Doctors use stem cells in heart experiment ¢ Air Force Academy resignations sought ¢ Student can start gay-straight club ¢ Former forestry worker sentenced for wildfire