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KU researchers track West Nile virus to Caribbean
March 13, 2003
(Web Posted Thursday at 1:57 p.m.) Kansas University ornithologists recently discovered the West Nile virus is now in bird populations in the Dominican Republic — the first confirmed case in the Caribbean.
Three injured in two-car accident on Kansas River bridge
March 13, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 2:05 p.m.) Two drivers who suffered injuries in a head-on collision early Thursday morning on the Kansas River Bridge were in good condition Thursday afternoon at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Parents’ cost
March 13, 2003
It’s respect for knowledge
March 13, 2003
A furor erupted a few weeks ago at Texas Tech University in Lubbock and spread across the country when a biology professor, Michael L. Dini, indicated on his Web site that he would not write letters of recommendation for medical school applicants if they could not cite evolution to explain human origins. Micah Spradling, a student in Dini’s biology class and a professed Christian, objected that citing evolution “would be denying my faith.”
High tech challenge booms loud, clear
As population ages, devices must become simpler to use
March 13, 2003
To Annemarie Cooke, the world looks something like an Impressionist painting. Details and colors are washed out, and anything beyond arm’s length is almost impossible to make out.
Kidnapped girl found safe after nine months
March 13, 2003
Elizabeth Smart, the 15-year-old girl who vanished from her bedroom nine months ago, was found Wednesday walking down a suburban street with a drifter who had briefly worked at the family’s home.
House OKs regulation of abortion clinics
March 13, 2003
The House gave first-round approval Wednesday to a bill regulating abortion clinics after rejecting attempts by abortion rights supporters to rewrite the measure.
Tentative accord on sale of hospitals reached with A.G.
Agreement between Kline, Health Midwest said to assure charitable foundation
March 13, 2003
Health Midwest has reached a tentative agreement with Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline in their battle over the nonprofit company’s sale to HCA Inc., a newspaper reported Wednesday.
PlayStation serious work for gamers
March 13, 2003
Want to know more about the subculture of video gaming experts and fanatics? “True Life: I’m a Gamer” (9 p.m., MTV) looks at the gaming aficionados who are pushing their Pentiums to their utmost, even if it’s at the expense of their social lives. “Gamer” focuses on two champions who have each won more than $100,000 at tournaments, and looks at one house where seven hardcore players share nine televisions and 15 game systems.
Serbian prime minister assassinated
Pro-Western leader’s death blamed on those wanting ‘to trigger fear and chaos’
March 13, 2003
Snipers assassinated Serbia’s prime minister as he walked into government headquarters at midday Wednesday, silencing a pro-Western leader who helped topple Slobodan Milosevic and declared war on organized crime.
Since realignment is in the works anyway, why not do it right?
March 13, 2003
With the season’s second bull’s-eye race coming up this weekend, it seems like an appropriate time to submit a suggestion for the “realignment” of the Winston Cup schedule that’s supposed to begin next year.
Coaches: Collison league’s best
March 13, 2003
Nick Collison sported facial hair Wednesday, making some wonder if Kansas University’s senior power forward had decided to alter his clean-cut image. “No. I just don’t like to shave,” Collison said. “I can’t grow a beard. It doesn’t come in full. The hair gets longer, and I look mangy. I’ll definitely shave before the next game.” Collison, one of KU’s two soft-spoken seniors who hates drawing attention, distinguished himself Thursday.
People
March 13, 2003
¢ Beastie Boys offer free song on Web site to protest war ¢ China limits ‘40 Licks’ hits when Rolling Stones perform ¢ All in the Family’ producer plans to co-write ‘South Park’ episodes ¢ Ex-Spice Girl settles slander case
Briefly
March 13, 2003
¢ Couple confess in deaths of 3 beheaded children ¢ Airlines making wartime ticket changes easier ¢ Instructor on leave for antiwar extra credit ¢ Police review 480 cases after rape convict freed ¢ Confederate license plate firing brings lawsui
Briefcase
March 13, 2003
¢ McDonald’s sales slump continues in February ¢ Trade deficit slims down ¢ Intel, PC makers tout fast, wireless Internet ¢ Enron broadband chiefs face federal charges
Taming the beast
At Darlington Raceway, every lap an adventure
March 13, 2003
“Darlington is stock-car racing’s answer to the steeplechase,” Kyle Petty, the driver of the No. 45 Georgia Pacific Dodge, said. “Run hard, jump over something, dodge this or that, and get ready to go another lap … The place is tough, but one of the things that make success such a great feeling is being able to overcome that kind of stuff. Hey, if it was easy, everybody would be doing it, right?”
Lawrence Datebook
March 13, 2003
Fam to Man
March 13, 2003
Wichita hopeful says he regrets run for mayor
Movie theater mogul to finish campaign but tells newspaper he hates city
March 13, 2003
Wichita mayoral candidate Bill Warren said he regretted entering the Wichita mayor’s race, The Wichita Eagle reported Wednesday. Warren also reportedly told the newspaper he hated Wichita, a statement he later denied making.
Biotech wheat creates exporting concerns
Consumer groups want government to halt development of grain variety
March 13, 2003
U.S. farmers could lose overseas clients if genetically engineered wheat pollinates with other crops, say farm and consumer groups who want the government to suspend the development of the biotech grain.
Britain gives Saddam Hussein a ‘to-do’ list
Washington claims progress with U.N. members but could abandon vote
March 13, 2003
The United States claimed progress Wednesday in its campaign for a March 17 ultimatum threatening war against Iraq, but refused to rule out delaying or abandoning a Security Council vote if necessary.
Scientists believe marks are oldest human prints
March 13, 2003
Like footprints in the sands of time, treadmarks on the side of an old volcano have turned out to be the oldest human prints known, Italian scientists announced Wednesday.
Search for bin Laden intensifies
Pakistan, U.S. discount speculation terrorist already captured
March 13, 2003
The United States and its allies have intensified searches along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan for Osama bin Laden and other terrorists they fear may respond to war against Iraq with attacks, intelligence sources say.
On the record
March 13, 2003
6News video: The Douglas County Commission wants public input on increasing efficiency
March 13, 2003
Commissioners are considering reorganizing how they do things to better serve Douglas County.
Our Town Sports
March 13, 2003
Powerlift Champ: Brady Tanner of Lawrence won the 242-pound weight division of the Oklahoma AAU Powerlifting Championships on March 1-2 in Tulsa. Tanner had a squat of 410 pounds, a bench press of 270 and a dead lift of 400 pounds.
Daily ticker
March 13, 2003
Investor wants to buy Davol plant
Developer aims to attract up to six firms
March 13, 2003
A Kansas City-area investor has agreed to purchase Davol Inc.’s Lawrence manufacturing facility, which is expected to close in May, and redevelop it into a multitenant industrial and office complex.
Horoscopes
March 13, 2003
City plans for southern growth
Wakarusa River wastewater plant proposed
March 13, 2003
In place of sparsely populated farmland, imagine 20,000 Lawrence residents living south of the Wakarusa River. That scenario will become reality by 2025, officials said, part of a boom that will raise the city’s population to 150,000. And a consultant is recommending that the city and county build a new wastewater treatment plant on the Wakarusa River to accommodate the growth.
Group wraps up bid for presidential debate
March 13, 2003
The hotel rooms are tentatively reserved. The endorsement letters are gathered. The information packet is almost ready to be sent. And the waiting game is about to begin for the committee trying to lure a 2004 presidential debate to Lawrence.
Jayhawks finally take field
Whittemore, Floodman participate in drills
March 13, 2003
Bill Whittemore and Banks Floodman were back on the football field Wednesday, showing few signs of the knee injuries that ended their seasons last fall.
Cyclones clobber Lions with three-point attack
March 13, 2003
Once Ottawa High found its range, Lansing had to find its bus. The Cyclones nailed four straight three-pointers as part of a second-quarter run that propelled them to an 80-58 victory Wednesday at the Class 4A state boys basketball tournament in the Bicentennial Center. Shrugging off a sluggish start never looked so easy.
Firebird boys fell slightly short, but still set school records
March 13, 2003
The talented Free State High boys basketball team was expected to play at the Class 6A state tournament this week in Emporia.
Lawyer tries to suppress tape of 911 call in Williams case
March 13, 2003
A 911 tape made after a fatal shooting at Jayson Williams’ estate is evidence that a prosecutor says should not yet be made public.
Commissioners agree to delay purchase of Farmland property
March 13, 2003
Lawrence and Douglas County will be patient before purchasing the idled Farmland fertilizer plant, officials said Wednesday — and may not purchase it at all if the cost is prohibitive.
Five arrested in park beating case
March 13, 2003
Five people are in the Douglas County Jail in connection with the stabbing and beating of a Mayetta man who police say was left for dead Monday at Riverfront Park.
Briefly
March 13, 2003
¢ Mother videotaped beating daughter regains custody ¢ Sniper suspect plans challenge of jury choice ¢ Lawmaker called to leave for comments about Jews
Briefly
March 13, 2003
¢ Supreme Court blocks 300th Texas execution ¢ Judge: Birth certificate can list lesbian couple ¢ GED exams stolen ¢ Photos, mementos taken from 9-11 memorial
Area briefs
March 13, 2003
¢ Perry-Lecompton to stage comedy ¢ Nominations sought for teacher of year ¢ Fire destroys house after father, son fight ¢ Baker receives grants for health programs ¢ Testimony continues in homicide case ¢ Lawrence student nominated to academy
Friends and neighbors
March 13, 2003
Lakers can’t stop Billups
Pistons’ standout lifts Detroit to 111-88 rout
March 13, 2003
Chauncey Billups was so good it almost made Phil Jackson sick.
No moratorium
Why should a child-rapist be granted amnesty just because he turned out a major film?
March 13, 2003
Film director Roman Polanski’s expertise led to the production of “The Pianist,” which is nominated for an Academy Award. Recently, Polanski and his Holocaust drama received the British equivalent of Oscars as the best director and film of 2002.
Coverage lacking
March 13, 2003
Traffic concerns
March 13, 2003
No smoking
March 13, 2003
Decreased state funding forces Wichita State to cut programs
University’s department heads prepare for 7 percent drop in funds
March 13, 2003
Wichita State University said state budget problems had forced it to eliminate two programs and suspend a third, with the possibility that more cuts may occur.
Ex-sheriff, partner fail to pay restitution
March 13, 2003
Reno County apparently will have to depend on civil courts to recover any money from former sheriff Larry Leslie and attorney Gerald Hertach.
Story response
March 13, 2003
Builder agenda?
March 13, 2003
No roundabout
March 13, 2003
Tax protest
March 13, 2003
Agency warns oil markets ‘running on empty’
Energy watchdog says surge in output creates little room to cope with shortfall in Iraqi exports
March 13, 2003
A surge in world oil output last month has left producer countries with too little spare capacity to fully offset a wartime halt in supplies from Iraq, the International Energy Agency warned Wednesday.
Lawmakers seek tighter rules for mutual fund industry
March 13, 2003
Lawmakers and some officials inside the mutual fund industry on Wednesday criticized rising fees and fund practices, and a House panel wants federal regulators to consider new restrictions.
Government broadens AOL investigation
March 13, 2003
A federal probe of America Online Inc. and key executives will investigate whether the company was “aiding and abetting” schemes by other companies to artificially inflate reported revenue, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
Obesity no longer a problem solely for adult Americans
March 13, 2003
We are fat and getting fatter. And it’s not just the middle-age paunch. Obesity increasingly is a problem with young people. As chief of staff at Kansas University’s Watkins Health Center, Dr. Myra Strother is seeing a younger generation of Americans becoming obese. In the past 10 years, she said, the problem has worsened.
Economy hurting Drop-In Center
Increasing need, low resources challenge area agencies
March 13, 2003
Andy Klebenstein Jr. stops by the Community Drop-In Center every morning for a cup of coffee. Homeless since December, he’s also received help there applying for housing and educational assistance.
Commission candidates disavow mudslinging
Highberger essay controversy continues after original magazine version located
March 13, 2003
Charges, countercharges and promises to take the high road. That’s how the City Commission campaign went Wednesday, with the opposing sides accusing one another of mudslinging as each candidate promised to avoid negative campaigning.
Local briefs
March 13, 2003
¢ Red Cross collecting care packages for troops ¢ Kusports.com offers Big 12 tourney tips ¢ Vinland Fair supper scheduled for Saturday
Prosecution fails to tie evidence in Blake hearing
March 13, 2003
The prosecution rested Wednesday in Robert Blake’s preliminary hearing after a gun expert testified that ammunition found in the actor’s home differed from the bullets used to kill his wife.
House, Senate budget writers offer deficit cures
March 13, 2003
The House Budget Committee neared approval Wednesday of a Republican plan for balancing the budget in seven years by slicing domestic spending far more deeply than President Bush has proposed.
Military confirms 11 died in crash
March 13, 2003
The military confirmed Wednesday that 11 of the 13 soldiers aboard a Black Hawk helicopter that crashed during training died when the helicopter went down in a remote, wooded area of a base in northern New York.
Coalition offers check of child safety seats
March 13, 2003
Douglas County Safe Kids Coalition is offering a free child safety seat check from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Dale Willey Automotive, 2840 Iowa.
City hopefuls to appear in forums
March 13, 2003
As the April 1 City Commission election draws near, Lawrence voters will have plenty of chances to meet and greet the candidates. One opportunity is tonight, when the Audubon Society, League of Women Voters and Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods cosponsor a 7:30 p.m. candidate forum at the Douglas County Senior Center, 745 Vt.
Review: Cat Power purrs at Bottleneck show
March 13, 2003
Known for her emotionally fragile shows almost as much as for her music, Cat Power (aka Chan Marshall) lived up to both halves of her persona Tuesday night at The Bottleneck.
County Commission agrees to study structural changes
March 13, 2003
Reorganizing Douglas County government for the first time in 135 years might be the right thing to do, Jere McElhaney says, but don’t go thinking the county commissioner is eager to buy off on the concept.
Distrust of Academy drove cadets to call civilian rape crisis center
March 13, 2003
The U.S. Air Force Academy has had its own rape counseling hot line for seven years. Yet dozens of female cadets have gone outside the system and sought help instead at a civilian rape crisis center.
Saddam gives money to families of slain Palestinian militants
March 13, 2003
Mohammed Akram Nakhalla, a Palestinian militant, died fighting Israeli soldiers when they entered this city two months ago. Wednesday, his relatives claimed their reward.
Japan sends destroyer in response to reports of more N. Korea missile testing
March 13, 2003
Japan has sent a destroyer to the Sea of Japan, the Defense Agency said early today, amid media reports that North Korea may soon test an intermediate-range ballistic missile.
KU begins accreditation process
March 13, 2003
An accreditation process under way at Kansas University could pave the way for future planning on campus.
Thousands of Nikes stolen from trailer
March 13, 2003
Thieves made off with a trailer full of a new model of Air Jordan shoes that were scheduled to be released later this month in connection with the NCAA men’s Final Four basketball tournament, police said.
Rachael Ann Nave
March 13, 2003
Helen E. Broky
March 13, 2003
Services for Helen E. Broky, 82, Blue Rapids, were Saturday at United Presbyterian Church in Blue Rapids. Burial was in Prospect Hill Cemetery north of Blue Rapids.
Stubblefield signs with Oakland
Former Jayhawk joins AFC champs after being cut by Niners
March 13, 2003
Defensive tackle Dana Stubblefield, released by San Francisco last month in a salary-cap move, moved Wednesday across the Bay, signing with Oakland.
KU briefs
March 13, 2003
¢ Jayhawks ranked 25th in latest softball poll ¢ KU soccer falls in spring match ¢ Kansas bowler honored
6Sports video: Spring football finally opens
March 13, 2003
Coach Mangino is emphasizing the Jayhawks’ defense.
Bonds bombing; Hampton bumming
March 13, 2003
It seems Mike Hampton’s struggles are far from over. Barry Bonds, however, is already on a tear.
Tucker’s two homers lift Royals past Angels
March 13, 2003
Michael Tucker hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and drove in five runs as the Kansas City Royals beat the Anaheim Angels, 11-3, Wednesday.
6Sports video: Big 12 coaches name Nick Collison Player of the Year
March 13, 2003
The Associated Press did not agree with the coaches, and named Hollis Price as the Big 12 Player of the Year.
Pacers’ Artest picks up another flagrant-foul point
March 13, 2003
Indiana’s Ron Artest was called for a flagrant foul in the fourth quarter Wednesday against Philadelphia for intentionally tackling Eric Snow.
6Sports video: The Associated Press names Roy Williams the Big 12 Coach of the Year
March 13, 2003
Several coaches are uncertain about the need for a conference tournament.
OU’s Ere suffers broken wrist, likely won’t play in Big 12 tourney
March 13, 2003
Oklahoma forward Ebi Ere broke a bone in his left wrist and is not expected to play in the Big 12 Conference basketball tournament, officials said Wednesday.
6Sports video: KU women end their season against Texas, 87-56
March 13, 2003
The Lady Jayhawks started off strong but a 17-0 run by the Longhorns took the wind out of their sails.
St. John’s stuns Irish in Big East tourney
March 13, 2003
Just two weeks ago, the talk around St. John’s was if the Red Storm would be able to play in the NIT.
6News video: KU fans head to Dallas
March 13, 2003
Die-hard fans follow the Jayhawks to the Big 12 tournament in Dallas.
6News video: Deerfield Elementary will grow even larger
March 13, 2003
When Riverside is closed, the area’s largest elementary school will gain nearly fifty new students.
6News video: City and county commissioners discuss the fate of the Farmland plant
March 13, 2003
The commissioners would prefer Farmland be purchased by private contractors.
6News video: Police arrest five suspects in beating
March 13, 2003
Investigators believe the primary motive was robbery.
6News video: Wednesday night’s thunderstorm brings hail, lightning, heavy downpour
March 13, 2003
The Wednesday evening thunderstorms that rumbled through the Lawrence area brought hail that carpeted Interstate 70, lightning that knocked out power briefly to some areas and heavy downpours that gave some motorists problems on city streets.
Robinson extradition order in the mail
March 13, 2003
The man convicted and sentenced to death in Kansas for the murders of two women whose bodies were found in barrels on his property will soon be brought to Missouri for his second murder trial.
Bad reflection
March 13, 2003
Pump Patrol tracks down lowest prices in Lawrence
March 13, 2003
The Journal-World has found a Lawrence-area gasoline price as low as $1.59 a gallon at Dillons, 3000 W. Sixth St.
Legislation envisions expanded gambling
March 13, 2003
With proponents hoping the state’s budget problems will help their cause, a Senate panel opened two days of testimony Wednesday on proposals to expand legal gambling in Kansas.
Texas tears past KU
Stephens, Longhorns too strong for Jayhawks
March 13, 2003
Basketball is a simple game to Texas’ Stacy Stephens. “I just post up and rebound,” Stephens said. “I don’t get in too deep of thought about it.” The 6-foot-1 Stephens had 27 points and 12 rebounds in just 28 minutes, leading the fifth-ranked Longhorns to an 87-56 victory Wednesday over Kansas University in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Conference tournament at Reunion Arena.
Reconnaissance flights will resume over Korean peninsula, Air Force says
March 13, 2003
The Air Force prepared Wednesday to resume reconnaissance flights off the coast of North Korea, 10 days after Korean fighter jets intercepted an Air Force plane equipped to monitor missile tests, a senior U.S. official said.
ABC leads nominees for Daytime Emmys
The View,’ ‘All My Children’ earn nods
March 13, 2003
It’s “all my nominations” for “All My Children,” whose crop of 17 exceeds every other show on daytime TV.
Study discounts vaccine, SIDS link
March 13, 2003
There is no evidence of a link between crib death — known as sudden infant death syndrome — and multiple vaccines given in infancy, a study concludes.
Boston pitching coach has tumor removed
March 13, 2003
Boston pitching coach Tony Cloninger may have bladder cancer.
Rain, hail pelt area in year’s first T-storm
March 13, 2003
Northeast Kansas’ first major thunderstorm of the year brought heavy rain and hail that in some places was the size of pingpong balls.
Cancer patient granted wish for college education
March 13, 2003
When high school student Lincoln Rogers was stricken with kidney cancer, he didn’t ask the Make-A-Wish Foundation for a trip to Walt Disney World or a chance to meet his favorite TV star.
U.N. fast becoming irrelevant in Iraq debate
March 13, 2003
The defiance of one grumpy old man derailed peace plans put forward by diplomats from the United Nations and European Union this week. “We have reached the end of the road,” U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said wearily after an all-night negotiation collapsed Tuesday because this grumpster would not see multilateral reason.
Notebook: Niang hopes to put ‘freshman wall’ behind
March 13, 2003
Moulaye Niang has caught his second wind, seemingly at just the right time — down the homestretch of the college men’s basketball season.
KSU pummels Baylor
Koehn’s six treys lead Wildcats’ charge
March 13, 2003
Laurie Koehn handled the offense, and Nicole Ohlde took care the defense. Together, the Kansas State duo created a night’s worth of frustration for overmatched Baylor.