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Wagle to appear on MSNBC tonight
May 2, 2003
(Updated Friday at 6:49 p.m.) Kansas State Sen. Susan Wagle will once again voice her disapproval of a KU sex education class on a nationally televised show tonight. Wagle, R-Wichita, is expected to appear on MSNBC’s “Scarborough Country” at 9 p.m. to discuss sexual material and academic freedom with host Joe Scarborough.
Sebelius fires high-ranking Kansas National Guard officer
May 2, 2003
(Web Posted Friday at 12:30 p.m.) A high-ranking officer in the Kansas National Guard has been fired from his job as human resources chief, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius announced Friday.
Telephone service temporarily on hold Friday at Free State High School
May 2, 2003
(Updated Friday at 4:07 p.m.) If you were trying to call Free State High School Friday, you probably got nothing but a busy signal — telephone service went down for several hours.
Name change proposed for West 15th Street would honor late developer
Builders’ organization leading effort to rename street Bob Billings Parkway
May 2, 2003
(Web Posted Friday at 11:58 a.m.) Efforts are underway to rename a major west Lawrence street for a man who helped make its path so prominent. Fifteenth Street west of Iowa Street would be renamed Bob Billings Parkway under a plan proposed by the Lawrence Home Builders Assn
Pedestrian mall?
May 2, 2003
Also disillusioned
May 2, 2003
Property rights
May 2, 2003
Veto support
May 2, 2003
Horror story
May 2, 2003
Is pope qualified?
May 2, 2003
Map’ is a dead end for Israel
May 2, 2003
President Bush declared Thursday night an end to the Iraq war, but he appears ready to press ahead with the “road map” to establish a Palestinian state that can only jeopardize the continued existence of Israel.
Kelpie drowns local audiences in beauty
May 2, 2003
In Celtic mythology, the Kelpie is depicted as a treacherous river spirit who assumes the form of a black stallion to lure unsuspecting travelers to their doom. If the traveler should be so foolish to mount the wild stallion, the Kelpie promptly drowns the unlucky victim and dines on their flesh.
What ever happened to Day on the Hill?
May 2, 2003
For the past several years, Kansas University students could be heard complaining that “Day on the Hill isn’t what it used to be.” Now students are simply complaining it “isn’t.” The annual music showcase elected to fold its tent this week, breaking a semester-ending tradition that dated to 1988. This year there will be no songs heard cascading over West Campanille Hill; no bands will be imported; no stages will be set up; and no monumental dent need be made in the Student Union Activities budget.
Williams refreshing, but lacks depth
May 2, 2003
Dar Williams’ music is in no man’s land.
Regulators seek to fine SBC Kansas
May 2, 2003
SBC Kansas is asking for more time to provide high-speed Internet service across the state, but state regulators and consumer advocates want the company to be fined for falling behind. “We made a deal and now they’re changing the deal,” said David Springe, head of the Citizens Utility Ratepayer Board, on Thursday after a legislative committee meeting.
State jobless rate dips despite manufacturing weakness
Unemployment rate decreases in Lawrence area, increases in Wichita
May 2, 2003
Unemployment continued to decline in March, despite continued loss of manufacturing jobs in the already struggling aviation industry, state officials said Thursday. According to Department of Human Resources figures, Kansas’ unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in March, down from a revised 5 percent in February. Nationally, the jobless rate was 5.8 percent in March.
Latest reports signal struggling economy
May 2, 2003
New claims for jobless benefits clocked in at the second-highest level of the year and manufacturing shrank, fresh signs that the postwar economy is still struggling.
Ford declares for NBA draft
Texas’ All-American guard makes decision official
May 2, 2003
T.J. Ford, the All-American point guard who led a resurgent Texas team to the Final Four for the first time in 56 years, will forgo his final two years and enter the NBA draft.
Class creates rain forest museum
May 2, 2003
Patrick Friedrichsen loves the clever rain-forest bugs shaped like a stick or leaf.
Dixie Chicks draw sellout in U.S. return
May 2, 2003
Returning to their namesake homeland Thursday, the Dixie Chicks found that some wounds are soon forgotten. Or at least forgiven.
LHS starting to jell
May 2, 2003
Lawrence High boys tennis coach Dick Wedel may have finally found his doubles teams.
FSHS second at LCC tourney
May 2, 2003
Even the math was tough Thursday at Lawrence Country Club.
Athletes of the week
May 2, 2003
Firebirds sweep SM South
May 2, 2003
Free State High’s softball team swept Shawnee Mission South, 3-1 and 3-2, in a twinbill Thursday at 3&2 fields.
Chemical can revive aging brains, study says
May 2, 2003
Aging brains may be sharpened and, in effect, made young again briefly by increasing the levels of a neurochemical called GABA, a study suggests.
House OKs global AIDS bill
May 2, 2003
The House on Thursday passed a $15 billion bill that would more than double U.S. contributions to the worldwide fight against AIDS.
Utah’s future foggy
May 2, 2003
The offseason might be more interesting than the season that just ended for John Stockton, Karl Malone and the Utah Jazz.
Bake sale benefits memorial trust for camp
May 2, 2003
Peter Swalm spent four summers of his life working with ill and disabled children at Camp Barnabus near Purdy, Mo.
Students defend course on ‘The O’Reilly Factor’
May 2, 2003
Hoping to set the record straight on what goes on in Kansas University professor Dennis Dailey’s controversial class on human sexuality, Jen Hein appeared Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor.” “I just wanted the truth to come out,” she said, an hour before the 5 p.m. taping at KU’s Adams Alumni Center.
Senator plans to watch videos from KU sex class
Full compliance with request will cost Wagle $1,200
May 2, 2003
Kansas University officials will let Sen. Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, watch the videos used in professor Dennis Dailey’s class on human sexuality. But if she wants copies of everything he’s written, it will cost her about $1,200.
On the record
May 2, 2003
Josephine Bernice Patterson
May 2, 2003
Governor honors Wellsville soldier
Legislators also pay tribute to serviceman killed in war
May 2, 2003
State officials paused from their debate over balancing the state budget Thursday to honor the family of Army Sgt. Jacob Butler for his service to the country.
Cards complete sweep of Mets
Edmonds’ home run in 10th inning decisive in St. Louis’ 6-5 victory
May 2, 2003
After leaving Wednesday’s game early because of fatigue, Jim Edmonds was eager to end it Thursday. Edmonds homered off Scott Strickland with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning as the St. Louis Cardinals completed a three-game sweep of the New York Mets with a 6-5 victory on Thursday.
Home tattoo parlor raided after tongue of teen gets infected
May 2, 2003
Police have ticketed a man they suspect of illegally tattooing and body piercing up to 100 teenagers in his apartment at discount rates.
Firebirds handed first loss
FSHS winning streak halted at 13 games, 13-11
May 2, 2003
Free State High’s baseball team dropped its first game of the season Thursday, losing 13-11 to Olathe South at Olathe District Activities Center, but the Firebirds aren’t going to dwell on it. After all, there’s a lot of baseball yet to be played.
Jayhawks face tough test in No. 6 Texas
May 2, 2003
The last time Kansas University’s baseball team faced the sixth-ranked team in the country, the Jayhawks were dynamite.
6Sports video: Eudora High’s baseball team off to great start
May 2, 2003
The Cardinals have taken off with an average of 10 runs per game.
6News video: Day of Prayer held in City Hall
May 2, 2003
Local Christians observe the National Day of Prayer.
6News video: Supporters of Dennis Dailey’s class defend their professor
May 2, 2003
Several of the students say that the accusations were completely false.
Swapping the signs is not encouraged
May 2, 2003
Prep basketball tourney coming to KU
May 2, 2003
Texas high school power forward Joseph Jones is the top college prospect scheduled to play in the 17-and-under Jayhawk Invitational Basketball Tournament tonight through Sunday at Kansas University’s Allen Fieldhouse and Horejsi Center.
Lawrence briefs
May 2, 2003
¢ Israeli-Palestinian expert to speak at KU ¢ Bicycle traveler to show expedition slides ¢ Museum seeks artifacts for aviation exhibit ¢ Math prizes awarded
House advances gambling bill
May 2, 2003
The House gave first-round approval to a gambling bill Thursday after making so many changes in three hours of debate that the sponsor called it “unacceptable.”
Local briefs
May 2, 2003
¢ LHS, FSHS swimmers compete at BV North ¢ Torres lone Jayhawk on all-league softball ¢ Olathe North pulls away from FSHS in soccer, 7-1 ¢ Seabury soccer falls to Immaculata, 3-0
Celtics power past Pacers
Pierce, Boston pounce early, end Indiana’s season
May 2, 2003
The Boston Celtics put together a devastating quarter of basketball — one game later than they would have liked, but just in time to advance to the second round of the NBA playoffs.
Friday night slots prove a dicey venture
May 2, 2003
I am a critic, not a soothsayer, so I don’t make predictions. But if I did, I would never have put money on the survival or success of the freshman drama “Hack” (8 p.m., CBS). In tonight’s season finale, Mike is still wrestling with his feelings about his ex-partner, Marcellus (Andre Braugher). Will Mike take the fall for a pal who may turn out to be crooked? Bebe Neuwirth returns in her role as Faith O’Connor for this season-ender.
More charges filed in Enron case
Wife of CFO, other leaders are indicted
May 2, 2003
Former Enron Corp. chief financial officer Andrew Fastow faces 31 more charges and his wife and nine other former executives were indicted Thursday on a host of fraud, insider trading and other counts. Fastow now faces 109 charges related to the 2001 collapse of the Houston-based energy trading giant, according to new indictments unsealed in Houston. His wife, Lea Fastow, is charged with six counts, including money laundering conspiracy, filing false tax returns and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Daily ticker
May 2, 2003
Briefcase
May 2, 2003
¢ KFC to change policies after PETA protests ¢ Credit card companies settle debit card lawsuit ¢ State economy shrinking ¢ USA Today names Moon as new publisher
Producers leaving ‘West Wing’
May 2, 2003
Aaron Sorkin, creator of the Emmy-winning White House drama “The West Wing,” is leaving the series after this season, he said Thursday.
Israeli raid kills 13 Palestinians
May 2, 2003
Israeli troops stormed a Hamas stronghold on Thursday, setting off the most intense gunbattle in the Gaza Strip in 2 1/2 years of fighting, just a day after mediators presented a Mideast peace plan. Thirteen Palestinians were killed, including two children and three targeted Hamas fugitives. Also Thursday, a Palestinian opened fire on a guard post outside a Jewish settlement in the West Bank, and soldiers killed the attacker, the military said.
Rescuers dig to save children
May 2, 2003
Listening for young voices, rescuers early today searched for dozens of children buried in the rubble of their dormitory after an earthquake struck southeastern Turkey. At least 100 people were killed and 1,000 injured. Search teams working all day Thursday and into the early hours today were in contact with four of the children, state-owned TRT television reported from the scene. But there were few signs of 80 other children trapped in the collapsed four-story building.
State cuts funding to AIDS programs
May 2, 2003
Money for prevention and treatment of AIDS across Kansas has been quietly cut by a third, and Douglas County agencies say they are feeling the strain. “It’s having an impact on the ability to provide services,” said Karl Milhon, director of the HIV-STD section of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. “Not a critical impact, but it’s a pretty strong impact.”
Bush declares victory in Iraq
Difficult work’ remains, president says on board aircraft carrier
May 2, 2003
President Bush, aboard an aircraft carrier steaming home from war, said Thursday night “the United States and our allies have prevailed” against Saddam Hussein and will confront any nation tied to terrorists. “Major combat operations in Iraq have ended,” Bush said from the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln, which launched thousands of airstrikes on Iraq.
Couple says goodbye to 66 years on farm
May 2, 2003
Back in 1937, after Lloyd Beeghley and Vera Crumpacker were married in the living room of her parents’ home near Centropolis, they moved into their first home. It was a typical, Kansas-style, white, framed farmhouse northwest of Baldwin just off U.S. Highway 59. That was 66 years ago. Today, they’re still living there.
Former Lions among notes
May 2, 2003
Notes and quotes while wondering who forgot to pack the smoke and mirrors for the Royals’ current road trip … No evidence exists that embattled Iowa State coach Larry Eustachy ever partied with Kansas University students after the Cyclones played in Lawrence. Then again, this year’s KU-ISU game in Allen Fieldhouse tipped off at noon on a Sunday, a time hardly contrived to promote postgame revelry. …
Red Raiders bounce Jayhawks, 5-1
May 2, 2003
A three-run first inning pushed Texas Tech past Kansas University, 5-1, eliminating the Jayhawks from the Big 12 Conference softball tournament Thursday. KU finished its season with a record of 26-22.
Briefly
May 2, 2003
¢ Blair cancels elections ¢ Officials prepare for space landing ¢ Powell pushes ‘map’ to Mideast peace
Briefly
May 2, 2003
¢ School of Social Welfare plans Social Work Day ¢ Baker professor named to Teachers Hall of Fame ¢ 6News to begin early
KU band marching to a different director
May 2, 2003
James G. Hudson will have a tall order to fill as Kansas University’s director of athletic bands. Hudson, currently director of bands at Southwest Texas State University, inherits from outgoing director Timothy Oliver the KU Marching Jayhawks, a band that 15 years ago took the field with 275 musicians but has dwindled to 150 members. It was one of the smallest bands in the Big 12 this year.
Church-state issues may haunt GOP
May 2, 2003
As a certified flap watcher, I will look back on the Rick Santorum controversy as the cormorant of its species. It took an enormous amount of energy to achieve a modest liftoff and then it flopped unceremoniously back into the political ocean.
More legal spin
May 2, 2003
The threats on a Hawaii-bound cruise ship should not be brushed aside or laughed off. Oh, the way some defense attorneys can spin a situation to coddle their clients! A 20-year-old Laguna Hills, Calif., woman who said she missed her boyfriend, was arrested on terrorism charges in Hawaii. It appears she left two notes in a cruise ship bathroom threatening to “kill all Americans aboard” if the liner docked at an American port.
SARS genetic sequence released in hopes of helping research
May 2, 2003
Genetic sequences of the SARS virus were hurried into print Thursday in an effort to help researchers worldwide in their efforts to find drugs to treat the respiratory disease or a vaccine to prevent it.
Day of prayer celebrated at city hall
May 2, 2003
Lawrence City Commission chambers were transformed Thursday into a prayer sanctuary. Members of the Lawrence Association of Evangelicals — a coalition of several local churches — conducted a prayer vigil throughout the day as part of the National Day of Prayer.
War coverage lacked clarity
May 2, 2003
At the White House Correspondents’ Assn. dinner this year, there was the usual jollification. Tourists lined the hotel corridors to gape at the incoming statesmen. Drinks were free at the parties and receptions. The food was good, the wines were plentiful, and so were the visiting celebrities: Julie Andrews, Kelsey Grammer, Bo Derek, Dr. Ruth. There were fewer provocative guests this time — no Fawn Hall, no Paula Jones, not a single Dixie Chick — and the dress was sober, few gravity-defying gowns or rhinestones in lieu of black tie.
Exhibit celebrates beauty of wetlands
May 2, 2003
Irene Grote wasn’t here in the mid-1980s when the South Lawrence Trafficway boiled into an issue that, 20 years later, still splits the community. She was born and raised in Germany and called the French-speaking region of Switzerland home for many years before moving to Lawrence in 1989.
Racism accusation may linger at Miami
May 2, 2003
When Derrick Crudup Jr. found out he will not be the University of Miami’s starting quarterback, he took the news with grace and said he was the loser of a “very fair” competition.
Yankees, Rockies account for scoring surge
May 2, 2003
Jeff Nelson has a theory about why scoring is slightly up after the first month of the baseball season.
Burnett questions management
May 2, 2003
Seeking to explain the elbow injury that ended his season, pitcher A.J. Burnett hinted Thursday that Florida Marlins management might have withheld information from him about his health — angering general manager Larry Beinfest.
Bluegrass ‘Losers’ perform winningly
May 2, 2003
It wasn’t hard to find a good seat Tuesday at Liberty Hall for Canadian bluegrasser Fred Eaglesmith and his band The Smokin’ Losers. While the venue wasn’t even half full (200, at best) you wouldn’t know from the cheering that it was such a small crowd.
Royals’ free fall extended
K.C. loses fourth in row; Boston earns sweep, 6-5
May 2, 2003
Boston rallied for another big finish.
Briefly
May 2, 2003
¢ 11-year-old was driving truck that crashed, killing three ¢ Air Force secretary to move to Army leadership post ¢ FAA finds some passengers, luggage heavier than ¢ Studies tout high-fiber diet to prevent colon cancer
Horoscopes
May 2, 2003
People
May 2, 2003
¢ Leno makes amends for joke ¢ Roth keeps intruder at bay ¢ Officer adds Indy to anthem sites ¢ Cojocaru makes his own style
Paint it Black
The Get Up Kids transform Red House into Black Lodge
May 2, 2003
The Get Up Kids have spent their career making records in Chicago, Los Angeles and even Bridgeport, Conn. So it seemed about time they should make one closer to home. What better way for the Lawrence/KC act to achieve this than by purchasing and renovating local landmark Red House Studios?
Researchers grow eggs from embryonic stem cells
May 2, 2003
For the first time, researchers have grown eggs from embryonic stem cells, showing a potential new way to treat diseases and challenging notions of how life begins.
KU researcher named to national health council
May 2, 2003
A Kansas University researcher has been named to a council at the National Institutes of Health.
Who is KU’s Drue?
Interim AD Jennings giving back to Kansas
May 2, 2003
Drue Jennings spent 14 years as CEO of Kansas City Power & Light, often turning in 70- or 80-hour weeks to keep the lights on for thousands of households. When his wife, Sue, was diagnosed with cancer in 1997 — and later died in September 2002 — Jennings realized he had committed too much to his job.
Lighting the way
May 2, 2003
Friends and neighbors
May 2, 2003
Buhler - Wrap-up session filled with budget issues, not ending soon
May 2, 2003
The following is a journal from Sen. Mark Buhler, R-Lawrence, for the week ending May 2.
Briefly
May 2, 2003
¢ Two arrested in killings of mother, teens ¢ Settlement reached in bridge collapse suits ¢ Church poisoning case probed as homicide ¢ Democrats filibuster Bush judicial nominee
Twins rally past Rays
Guzman’s double in 13th lifts Minnesota, 6-5
May 2, 2003
Cristian Guzman’s timely hit in the 13th inning completed Minnesota’s long rally and its three-game sweep over Tampa Bay.