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World Company takes home four major awards
May 9, 2003
(Updated Friday at 9:52 p.m.) The eyes of the Internet world are focused on Lawrence. The World Company, which publishes the Journal-World and World Online and owns Sunflower Broadband’s 6News, on Friday won four EPpy Awards for its three major Web sites - ljworld.com, KUsports.com and lawrence.com.
Governor tours Lawrence tornado damage
Lawrence included in federal disaster area
May 9, 2003
(Updated Friday at 5:12 p.m.) Southwest Lawrence was cleaning up Friday morning from a tornado that ripped roofs off homes, overturned cars and blasted out windows Thursday evening. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius visited the site Friday afternoon, promising to work to get help for the victims.
Davis - Freshman legislators have not given up
May 9, 2003
The following is a column by Rep. Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, for the week ending May 9.
Rural airports receive federal grants
May 9, 2003
Airports in Hutchinson and Hays will receive more than $1 million each in federal grants. Hays will receive $1.13 million to help pay for a new surface on the airport’s 6,500-foot main runway, airport manager Terry Urban said.
C-SPAN founder receives Truman award
May 9, 2003
C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb recalls that his father, as a young man, didn’t like President Truman and never voted for him.
A Mighty Wind’ sings familiar tune
May 9, 2003
Rabble-rouser Michael Moore may have cornered the market on commercial documentaries, but Christopher Guest has established an equal rep with mockumentaries. The writer-director has played crucial roles (behind and in front of the camera) in three of the funniest phony docs ever made. Now his latest piece endeavors to position itself alongside the holy trinity of “This is Spinal Tap,” “Best in Show” and “Waiting for Guffman.”
DJNOTADJ displays ‘Deep Roots’
May 9, 2003
DJNOTADJ has no problem telling you what they’re not. Where they may run in to trouble is telling you what they are. Is DJNOTADJ an electronic act? Sort of. The band incorporates plenty of samples and programming into their music, but the foundation tracks are cut using live drums, bass and guitar instrumentation. The equation translates seamlessly into a live setting; a rarity among electronic artists.
Tour offers New York history of hip-hop
May 9, 2003
Imagine Yoko Ono directing sightseers through the Dakota. Or Elvis leading a tour of Tupelo.
Former 007 collapses during stage performance
May 9, 2003
Roger Moore, the suave star of seven James Bond movies, was recovering in a hospital Thursday after collapsing during a Broadway performance.
Daily ticker
May 9, 2003
Retailers report sluggish April sales
Companies cite economic fears, cool weather as factors
May 9, 2003
The arrival of Easter and the winding down of the war in Iraq couldn’t lift retailers out of their slump in April — consumers still nervous about jobs curbed their spending for yet another month. As the nation’s largest retailers reported their monthly sales Thursday, department stores again languished, hurt in part by cool weather that stalled sales of spring clothing. Discounters fared better, but even their results were mixed.
SARS putting crimp in dealings with China
U.S. businesses reporting drop in earnings
May 9, 2003
Leslie Plass makes as many as a half-dozen business trips annually to China in search of interesting dinnerware to import and sell. But he’s staying close to home these days. Fear of SARS, which has sickened thousands in Asia, will keep him away, the Addison, Ill., businessman said.
Sunflower Broadband supports efforts to change cable choices
May 9, 2003
Officials with Lawrence’s Sunflower Broadband are supporting a newly launched effort by cable executives to allow subscribers more freedom to pick and choose which channels they want to receive. Patrick Knorr, general manager with Sunflower Broadband, said the company was in favor of a proposal cable executives made to Congressional leaders this week that would attempt to control the cost of cable bills by giving consumers more ability to drop large, expensive networks, like ESPN or MTV, from their basic cable choices.
New claims for jobless benefits decline
May 9, 2003
Fewer workers sought unemployment benefits last week, but the level of new claims remained high, another sign that cautious companies are keeping their work forces lean amid a muddled postwar economic climate.
Briefcase
May 9, 2003
¢ Westar to make investigation public ¢ Esrey may resign as Sprint chairman ¢ Payless lowers outlook
Campaign finance law curbs free speech
May 9, 2003
A special three-judge panel has produced four opinions totaling 1,600 pages attempting to decipher the McCain-Feingold campaign regulation law and decide if it is compatible with this inconvenience from the Constitution: “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.”
Reptile facts
May 9, 2003
Snake story
May 9, 2003
Serious threat
May 9, 2003
Police investigating hazing
May 9, 2003
Authorities investigating a videotaped hazing in which high school girls were pummeled and showered with feces, paint and garbage are trying to determine whether parents supplied beer and some of the filth.
Focus crucial for city squads
May 9, 2003
Now’s the time of year when it’s hard to swim indoors.
Athletes of the week
May 9, 2003
Fishburn sees short sendoff
May 9, 2003
Lawrence High senior shortstop Jessica Fishburn didn’t care if she reinjured her back and never played softball again. She was going to play Thursday on the Lions’ Senior Night against Shawnee Mission Northwest at Holcom Sports Complex.
U.S., Britain seek approval to run Iraq
Resolution wants to limit United Nations’ role in governing country
May 9, 2003
The United States and Britain launched a campaign Thursday for U.N. approval to run Iraq for at least a year, acknowledging for the first time that they are the “occupying powers” in the country.
Analysis: SARS death rate double previous estimates
May 9, 2003
The overall death rate from SARS worldwide is about 15 percent — double previous estimates — according to the first in-depth analysis by the World Health Organization.
Fewer stem cell lines available for research
National Institutes of Health report results in call to lift restrictions
May 9, 2003
Only 11 human stem cell lines are available for research, far fewer than originally estimated, the director of the National Institutes of Health reports.
Blaine N. Bidwell
May 9, 2003
Roxie Ann McGraw
May 9, 2003
Felon in probation officer case was relative
May 9, 2003
The case of a Douglas County probation officer charged with giving refuge to a wanted felon has a familial twist: The felon was his daughter-in-law.
Wedding dress survives tornado
Storm’s damage to home doesn’t dampen Kansas City couple’s spirits
May 9, 2003
Jennifer Wells’ new home didn’t make it through a tornado that devastated this Kansas City suburb just three days before her wedding. But her dress did.
Gift to aid KU language research
May 9, 2003
A Leawood couple has donated $1 million to establish a professorship in speech research at Kansas University.
New planning commissioners ready for work
Pediatrician to use Oread neighborhood experience as guide on commission
May 9, 2003
When Progressive Lawrence Campaign candidates swept the Lawrence City Commission election in April, Terry Riordan told his wife: “Their first appointments are going to be under the microscope.”
Former professional planner ready for work on ‘other side of the table’
May 9, 2003
Bonnie Johnson’s office at Kansas University sits just a few dozen feet from the office of David Burress, whom she’ll join next month on the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission.
Train derails, spilling chemicals
May 9, 2003
Authorities evacuated about 15 homes Thursday night in an area around Highway 177 in Chase County after a train derailed, spilling sulfur dioxide, authorities said.
Eyewitnesses describe wrath of tornado
May 9, 2003
The tornado that hit southwest Lawrence left devastation, debris and some moments that many residents will never forget.
Twisters roll across state, but injuries at a minimum
May 9, 2003
At least seven tornadoes Thursday night swept across Kansas, damaging homes and buildings and uprooting trees in several counties, but there were no immediate reports of any deaths, and just a few injuries. Two people were admitted to Allen County Hospital in Iola after being hit by debris from a tornado that passed through neighboring Woodson County. June Reynolds, the acting hospital administrator, said neither was seriously injured.
Sideline
May 9, 2003
¢ ‘Bama turns to Shula ¢ Miller joins Kansas hall ¢ CU’s Wright gets probation
Michigan basketball penalized
Wolverines banned from next postseason
May 9, 2003
More misery for Michigan basketball. The Wolverines were barred from the next postseason and put on 3 1/2 years’ probation by the NCAA Thursday for a booster’s payments to players dating to the Fab Five era.
Sweeney, Beltran battling injuries
Royals to play two today
May 9, 2003
Two of the Kansas City Royals’ best players are struggling with injuries.
Baseball briefs
May 9, 2003
¢ Washington unveils plan for possible Expos move ¢ Yankees sign Arrojo
03 Students of Year plan speech for Haskell graduates
May 9, 2003
Lisa Powell and Heidi Baldwin will share keynote-address duties this morning during Haskell Indian Nations University’s commencement ceremonies. They’ve been named the university’s 2003 Students of the Year.
On the record
May 9, 2003
Lakers face must-win tonight against Spurs
May 9, 2003
Kobe Bryant loves a challenge — always has, always will.
Fired by DEI, Park lands with Childress
May 9, 2003
Steve Park was hired Thursday to drive for Richard Childress Racing, the same team that fielded cars for the late Dale Earnhardt.
6Sports video: Free State’s tennis team looks forward to regionals
May 9, 2003
The Firebirds’ coach keeps his players focused on league regionals and state.
6Sports video: Villanueva plays pickup games
May 9, 2003
Villanueva distinguished himself during the games at KU. The McDonald’s All-American player is considering entering the NBA draft.
6Sports video: City showdown postponed in mid-game
May 9, 2003
The Firebirds and Lions played the first five innings before Thursday’s storms forced the game delay.
6News video: Twisters damage several homes
May 9, 2003
The tornados flipped cars in a housing development just off Clinton Parkway.
6News video: Home video shows funnel coming from wall cloud
May 9, 2003
Amit Kashyap provided the home video of the funnel touching the ground.
Corrections
May 9, 2003
Safety a factor in college searches
May 9, 2003
Academics, cost, lifestyle. And this spring, as parents and high school seniors have considered which college to choose, another factor has been gaining more attention — crime on campus.
6News video: While many homes were damaged, no serious injuries
May 9, 2003
The storms scattered debris across neighborhoods.
6News video: The tornado was estimated at a mile wide at one point
May 9, 2003
Fortunately, the tornado lost most of its strength by the time it reached Lawrence, minimizing the damage it could have caused.
Text of Dailey statement
May 9, 2003
This statement was submitted to the Journal-World by Kansas University professor Dennis Dailey in response to comments made by an anonymous woman during an appearance Wednesday night on “The O’Reilly Factor” television show. The woman appeared in silhouette and identified herself only as “Jennifer,” a former Dailey student.
Principal stops publication of paper
May 9, 2003
The principal of Oskaloosa High School halted publication Thursday of a story written for the student newspaper that challenged his claim of visiting high school classes daily. The story reported by senior Lacey Hanson also drew Principal Brad Reed’s attention because it called into question changes in work assignments for five teachers at the high school.
Dailey doubtful accuser took class
Anonymous source on TV show claims prof promotes sex crimes
May 9, 2003
Incensed that an unidentified woman —her features darkened by shadows — appeared Wednesday on “The O’Reilly Factor” and accused him of promoting pedophilia and incest, Kansas University professor Dennis Dailey fired back Thursday. “I have no idea as to the identity of the silhouetted person who appeared on ‘O’Reilly.’” Daily said in a written statement. “In fact, I have some doubt as to whether she actually attended the class on Intrafamilial Sexual Abuse, since most of her statements were untrue and the remaining ones were gross distortions of the course’s content that is usually presented.”
Villanueva stands out in pickup game at fieldhouse
May 9, 2003
Wearing a bright red McDonald’s All-America jersey and matching red shorts, Charlie Villanueva was easy to locate during pickup basketball games Thursday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. The 6-foot-9, 215-pound high school senior from Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J., didn’t disappoint 500 or so Kansas University basketball fans, who followed the blue-chip recruit’s every move from the stands during the Jayhawks’ 90-minute workout.
Royals-O’s delayed day
May 9, 2003
Reports of tornadoes headed toward Kansas City forced postponement of Thursday night’s game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Royals.
6News video: Lawrence City Commission has plan to save academic athletics
May 9, 2003
While the city wishes to use Lawrence’s Parks and Recrreation budget to sponsor the city schools athletics programs, this could keep local schools from participating in state competition.
First day of qualifying key at Indy
May 9, 2003
One of the most important moments at the Indianapolis 500 is on the first day of qualifications, when pole position is decided and the list of race favorites is shortened to an elite few.
Huff sisters power LHS
May 9, 2003
There’s no sibling rivalry among the Huffs. Well, there might be sibling razzing.
Photographers to work 24/7 for book on U.S.
May 9, 2003
Beginning Monday, thousands of professional and amateur photographers in Kansas and across the nation will point and shoot their digital cameras at people, places and things. They’ll shoot within a seven-day time frame through Sunday, May 18.
Schools honor their volunteers
Friends of Education cited for their contributions
May 9, 2003
Diana Affalter is so dedicated to volunteering at West Junior High School that she’s willing to repeatedly chaperone student dances.
Palmeiro blasts home run No. 499
But Blue Jays strike out Texas slugger in ninth to preserve 8-6 victory
May 9, 2003
Rafael Palmeiro came within one swing of his 500th homer — then struck out to end the game.
Priests reflect on sex scandal
Some apologize, recommit to ministering to victims
May 9, 2003
If the Rev. Hoa Nguyen walks into a restroom and finds himself alone with a young boy, he turns around and walks out. He’s not always sure how to react when children hug him.
Comic book author wins national acclaim
Lawrence’s Jai Nitz earns Xeric grant
May 9, 2003
“The best comics that have ever been produced are coming out right now,” says Jai Nitz. “If you compare a comic book today — artistically, story-wise, from the paper it’s printed on to the aesthetic of the product itself — to a comic that was produced 10 years ago, today’s stuff blows it out of the water.”
Boone belts three homers
Reds complete four-game sweep of Cardinals
May 9, 2003
Aaron Boone won’t waste any time analyzing his home-run binge. He’d rather savor the results than look for the reasons.
Damage, but none dead
S.W. Lawrence struck by tornado’s brief fury
May 9, 2003
Its path through southwest Lawrence was short but ferocious, leaving roofless homes, overturned cars and shaken residents. No major injuries were reported in the first few hours after a tornado hit Thursday evening, but the storm cleared a swath of property on the edge of town, causing major damage to 40 homes and six apartment buildings.
Price, Couples share first-round lead
New tournament plays major tough on wet layout
May 9, 2003
The tournament is new, not the guys leading it.
Cluster in hunt at LPGA Asahi
May 9, 2003
Who says American women can’t play this game?
K.C. team to open with 2-week road trip
May 9, 2003
The Kansas City T-Bones will open their season with a two-week road trip.
Friends and neighbors
May 9, 2003
Briefly
May 9, 2003
¢ Alleged double agent indicted in Los Angeles< ¢ Flooding hits Southeast ¢ House OKs jobs training bill focusing on religion ¢ Three people charged in Tel Aviv bombing
Briefly
May 9, 2003
¢ Two U.S. soldiers killed in separate Baghdad attacks ¢ Israel kills Hamas militant in advance of peace mission ¢ Congressman says space shuttle not safe to fly
New Georgia flag rises over Capitol
May 9, 2003
A new state flag without the Confederate emblem was raised over the Capitol on Thursday after a redesign aimed at laying to rest a dispute that inflamed race relations and roiled politics.
Driver in 2000 death imprisoned
May 9, 2003
A Missouri man convicted of running over a homeless Lawrence man in an alley more than three years ago now will serve prison time.
LHS golf fifth
May 9, 2003
Lawrence High senior Zach Blevins placed ninth at the Junction City Invitational, pacing the Lions to fifth place overall.
U.S. Senators endorse NATO expansion
Lawmakers say addition would boost security
May 9, 2003
The Senate unanimously endorsed the addition of seven former communist nations to NATO on Thursday in what would be the largest expansion of the alliance formed as a bulwark against Soviet military power. With the vote, the United States becomes the third NATO member to have approved the expansion, joining Canada and Norway. Senators said the new members would boost the alliance, strengthen American security and encourage democracy throughout Europe.
People
May 9, 2003
¢ Vandross still in critical condition ¢ Rosie returns to print ¢ Drug court graduation hits home ¢ Depardieu crashes motorcycle
Secrecy and trust
May 9, 2003
China’s ‘secrets’ indicate how far it needs to travel to gain greater respectability. It is any wonder that the United States with its open system and a generally free flow of information finds it difficult to trust some of the people it has to deal with?
81 twister hit city’s S.W. side
May 9, 2003
The last tornado to slam Lawrence also hit the city’s southwest side, leaving one man dead and 33 people injured.
Residents bewildered after narrow escape
May 9, 2003
Jim and Susan DeVore took shelter the only place they could Thursday night — and a mattress might have saved their lives.
Officials ask onlookers to stay away
May 9, 2003
Minutes after a tornado lifted out of southwest Lawrence Thursday night, Wakarusa Drive and Clinton Parkway were clogged with sightseers in cars and on foot.
Sunflower, Southwest Junior High closed
May 9, 2003
Two Lawrence public schools will be closed today while officials assess possible damage from a tornado and strong winds that whipped through the area Thursday night.
A work in progress
GM vows park will be ready for home opener
May 9, 2003
As soon as the all-clear sounded, Adam Ehlert was in his car and speedily on his way to Community America Ballpark. Tornadoes had raked Wyandotte County, and Ehlert, general manager of the fledgling Kansas City T-Bones, was concerned the twisters might have damaged his club’s under-construction baseball stadium. He needn’t have worried.
Guaranteed: Price, Eustachy not alone
May 9, 2003
Guaranteed: Somewhere in America there’s a college football coach, earning upper six figures, a hero in the community, an elder at the church, wife and three kids, sick with worry that someone had a camera the night he took his prize recruit’s mom out for dinner, drinks and, well, you know how these things go.
Baseball takes wrong path for All-Star game
Basing World Series home-field advantage on outcome could lead to abuses
May 9, 2003
Fans of World Series contenders in the National League should stuff All-Star ballot boxes with the Detroit Tigers’ whole lineup, maybe tossing in a few Tampa Bay Devil Rays for fun.
Briefly
May 9, 2003
¢ Program pays for ideas that save state money ¢ KU spring classes end ¢ Brick campaign kicks off at KU’s Dole Institute ¢ Attempted murder case delayed pending report
Bush favors new allies over old
May 9, 2003
In his spectacular offshore photo op proclaiming an end to major combat in Iraq, President Bush portrayed the lightning overthrow of Saddam Hussein as just one battle in a continuing war against terrorism.
Creek may bear Burroughs’ name
Beat icon’s home was counterculture magnet
May 9, 2003
Boston may have banned William S. Burroughs once, but his craft always has been lauded in Lawrence. Now, residents of the east Lawrence neighborhood where Burroughs lived his last years want to rename a nearby creek for the controversial Beat Generation writer, who died in 1997.
Haskell historic status may expand; regents leader elected
May 9, 2003
The Haskell Indian Nations University’s Board of Regents directed Haskell President Karen Swisher Thursday to consider expanding the university’s National Historic Landmark status to include the entire campus, including Haskell Wetlands. The move was in response to an inquiry from the National Parks Service, which Swisher said was part of a Department of Interior effort to have the issue addressed before U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deliberations on the proposed South Lawrence Trafficway were completed.
Prince pushes Pistons in OT - Pistons 104, 76ers 97
Rookie comes through again as Detroit opens 2-0 series lead on Iverson, Philadelphia
May 9, 2003
Since the Detroit Pistons don’t have a spectacular scorer, they get the ball to the man of the moment.
Front-office success not coming easily for determined Jordan
May 9, 2003
The last time someone in charge of a basketball team sent him packing, Michael Jordan was a high school sophomore. He set out that afternoon to make sure the man who cut him would one day be remembered mostly as the answer to a trivia question — and succeeded. (Clifton “Pop” Herring, Laney High.)
Horoscopes
May 9, 2003
Murder’ indulges in touch of the blarney
May 9, 2003
Detective novelist Jessica Fletcher returns in the TV movie “Murder She Wrote: The Celtic Riddle” (8 p.m., CBS). Angela Lansbury’s well-known character travels to Ireland when she’s named in the will of Eamon Byrne (Peter Donat), a man she met decades earlier. Eamon’s last testament is a muddled affair. For, in addition to money and property, he has left his heirs clues to a treasure hunt. But, he insists, they’ll only find the prize if they cooperate with each other.
Help available for those left homeless by storm
May 9, 2003
Free State High School was commandeered to serve as an emergency shelter Thursday night after a tornado struck southwest Lawrence, wrecking dozens of homes and apartments.
LHS-FSHS baseball postponed
Teams play to 3-all tie in fifth before delay
May 9, 2003
For the third time this season, a Lawrence High-Free State baseball game was delayed because of inclement weather. Thursday’s game was called about 6:30 p.m. in the fifth inning, tied at 3, because of lightning and will resume at 4 p.m. today at Ice Field.
Dallas deflates Sacto - Mavericks 132, Kings 110
Mavericks nearly perfect in record-setting game
May 9, 2003
Nick Van Exel insisted that the Dallas Mavericks ignore the Sacramento Kings. Just make shots, he said repeatedly, and everything will be fine.
Area briefs
May 9, 2003
¢ University sets exam ¢ Orienteering event uses Jayhawks sculptures ¢ Free State to compete in High Q championship ¢ Native Kansas group seeks nominations
Apartment complex at center of storm
May 9, 2003
For most residents of the southwest Lawrence neighborhood slammed by a tornado Thursday evening, it was their first experience with a twister.
Massachusetts may sell naming rights to parks
Renaming forests for corporations could prove lucrative for state
May 9, 2003
With the state facing a $3 billion deficit, Massachusetts lawmakers are considering selling corporate sponsors the naming rights to parks and forests, including the Walden Woods immortalized by Henry David Thoreau.
Bush order boosts secrecy
May 9, 2003
On March 25, President Bush issued Executive Order 13,292 on classifying documents for reasons of national security. To the surprise of no one, keeping secrets is now easier than it was before. Although the changes are subtle, every one of them will lead to more secrecy. No one disputes that the government may keep information from the public for defense and foreign affairs reasons and that the president and those who work for the executive branch need to decide the appropriate standards for classifying and declassifying documents. The key issue is how tough should they be, and the Bush administration’s answer is “Very.”