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As property taxes soar, incomes lag
Officials argue added services offset rising homeowner costs
May 25, 2003
Since Karen and Jeff Ridgway bought their central Lawrence home a decade ago, its value has increased by two-thirds. Their property tax bill has risen by a third — from $1,248 to $1,625.
Lawrence High student made unique connection in Big Brothers program
May 25, 2003
Jake Butler and Brett Fuller didn’t know if their match would burn out quickly. After all, many Big Brothers Big Sisters matches end after a year or two. Some make it to five years.
Free State High student could have finished long ago, but stayed for peers
May 25, 2003
Kim Rosen has a plan for her friend Dominique Duncan. “I’m waiting for her to win the Nobel Prize in math,” Rosen said. “She’ll become famous and take all of her friends on a cruise.”
Planning to take priority before growth
May 25, 2003
Lawrence city commissioners will move to revamp development codes to ensure the city can better guide growth.
Military call-up to separate Eudora twins
May 25, 2003
When the twin sisters followed their father’s footsteps to join the U.S. Army Reserve, they didn’t give much thought to the notion their service could split them up. It soon will.
In cemeteries and at lakes, holiday weekend takes hold
May 25, 2003
As thousands of area residents began the holiday weekend with trips to the lake, picnic outings or some other leisurely endeavor, Dorothy Sarlls chose a more somber destination.
6News video: First little brother set to graduate
May 25, 2003
6News reports on the first Big Brother tandom in Lawrence twelve years after the two were paired up.
Nellis services
May 25, 2003
John F. “Jack” Himpel Sr.
May 25, 2003
LeRoy E. Transmeier
May 25, 2003
Lawrence Commuter Report
May 25, 2003
Court rules generic drugs can look like originals
May 25, 2003
Drug companies that make generic knockoffs of brand-name medications may also, under some circumstances, copy the way pills look, a federal appeals court ruled.
Recall rules
May 25, 2003
There doesn’t appear to be any grounds to recall members of the Lawrence school board.
Column lauded
May 25, 2003
No parole
May 25, 2003
Immigrant who died in trailer buried
May 25, 2003
Mateo Salgado Perez bought his way onto a sweltering trailer with hopes of being reunited with his wife, Emilia, and their seven children in Houston.
Profits still guide U.S. tobacco policies
May 25, 2003
The Florida appeals court did not confine itself Wednesday to overturning the class-action $145 billion judgment against the tobacco industry.
Ailing teen to receive diploma
May 25, 2003
Graduating from high school is a major accomplishment for anyone. But Brooke Barker’s family can be forgiven for thinking it’s even more of an accomplishment for her.
Federal approval would fund new lake
Project intended to help combat drought in northwest Missouri
May 25, 2003
If the federal government approves funding, Caldwell County residents may have a 362-acre lake for recreation and to ease water shortages in the area.
Serena eyes fifth straight major
French Open championship was beginning for Williams
May 25, 2003
So much has changed for Serena Williams since the last time she arrived at Roland Garros to play in a French Open.
Villanueva still wavering on decision
May 25, 2003
McDonald’s All-America basketball forward Charlie Villanueva had hoped to select a college before heading to Florida today for a week of workouts in front of NBA scouts.
American League Roundup: Red Sox strike early, often
Garciaparra stretches hitting streak to 24 games
May 25, 2003
The Boston Red Sox are doing all they can to ditch their reputation as comeback kids.
National League Roundup: Glavine rocked in return to Atlanta
Braves rough up former teammate in 10-4 triumph against Mets
May 25, 2003
Nothing seemed right about Tom Glavine’s return to Turner Field — not his uniform, not the smattering of boos from the crowd, and certainly not his performance.
Tests reveal tendinitis in Bonds’ right knee
Results welcome news for slugger
May 25, 2003
Barry Bonds is not expected to play in the rest of San Francisco’s four-game series with Colorado after tests revealed tendinitis in his sore right knee.
Martinez may miss another week
May 25, 2003
Pedro Martinez is not expected to pitch for another week, Red Sox team doctor Bill Morgan said Saturday after the Boston ace experienced slight discomfort in his right side while playing catch.
Groundskeeper ejected over tarp
May 25, 2003
Bill Butler wanted to protect his field. Instead, a tarpaulin dispute turned heated and he became part of baseball lore — a groundskeeper who got ejected.
Heightened security complicates Gordon’s plans
May 25, 2003
Robby Gordon’s plans to race in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 hit a logistical snag, with heightened security complicating his travel arrangements.
Giguere visits Leno
May 25, 2003
The one thing Jay Leno didn’t expect from Jean-Sebastien Giguere was a perfect smile.
Thorpe shares top spot
May 25, 2003
Jim Thorpe shot a 6-under-par 64, and Morris Hatalsky had a 65 on Saturday to share the second-round lead in the Champions Tour’s Columbus Southern Open.
On the record
May 25, 2003
LPGA: Matthew leads Kane by two at Corning
May 25, 2003
When the putts stopped falling, Catriona Matthew didn’t panic. Matthew shot a 5-under 67 Saturday, rallying with a birdie at No. 17 after consecutive bogeys to take a two-stroke lead over Lorie Kane into the final round of the LPGA Corning Classic.
Offices, banks to observe holiday
May 25, 2003
All local, state and federal government offices and public services will be closed Monday for Memorial Day in Lawrence and nearby cities and counties.
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May 25, 2003
¢ Olathe: Identity thief receives prison sentence
Area briefs
May 25, 2003
¢ Lawrence historian named ag hall curator ¢ Patriot Act essay wins writing contest
New Kansas History Center trail to be dedicated June 7
May 25, 2003
The final section of the Kansas History Center Nature Trail will be dedicated at 10 a.m. June 7 as part of National Trails Day.
Keeping white, white
May 25, 2003
When white is bright, it’s stylish and sophisticated; when white turns dingy, it’s just plain dingy.
Veterinarian recommends special diet to fight allergies
May 25, 2003
We believe our dog may have an allergy to her food. She’s been tested for everything possible, and the tests were all negative.
Decorators give tips to fix furniture blahs
May 25, 2003
Interior rearrangers bring a new perspective to your home, but if you have a good eye and a willingness to change, you can try rearranging a room yourself.
Business Briefcase
May 25, 2003
¢ Couples should discuss money before marrying ¢ Motley Fool
Hospitals hunker down for SARS outbreak
May 25, 2003
Hospital workers in Toronto once again strapped on stuffy masks and gowns Saturday to confront a new possible SARS outbreak that officials said involved 33 suspected cases, weeks after Canada proclaimed itself free of the deadly virus.
Legends’ stamp to honor Hepburn
May 25, 2003
Beauty and elegance, plus a dedication to humanitarian causes, best describe the magnificence of Audrey Hepburn. She was a legend in her time on the screen and stage, never to be forgotten by her fans.
Study: Kansans remain lax about wearing seat belts
May 25, 2003
Kansans’ seat belt usage is getting worse, at least when compared with the rest of the nation.
Indianapolis 500: Castroneves eyes history
May 25, 2003
Helio Castroneves doesn’t even try to be coy. He knows what’s at stake today when he goes for his third straight Indianapolis 500 win.
Elwell takes 5th at state
May 25, 2003
For the third time in four years, Lawrence High’s Scott Elwell finished fifth at the Class 6A boys tennis state tournament.
Sorenstam ready to turn attention to LPGA
Annika’s performance at Fort Worth can’t be measured by scores alone
May 25, 2003
Annika Sorenstam left the Colonial without a paycheck, although she could hardly call her historic week a total loss.
Perry ties record at Colonial
Leader 17 under par after carding 61
May 25, 2003
With the focus back on the leaders after Annika Sorenstam missed the cut, Kenny Perry didn’t go unnoticed again as he ran away from the rest of the field Saturday at the Colonial.
Kenseth ‘whacks way to Busch victory
May 25, 2003
NASCAR newcomer Kyle Busch got “Buschwhacked” by Matt Kenseth, who took the lead on the last restart and cruised to victory in Saturday’s Busch Series race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
Horoscopes
May 25, 2003
Quake survivors blame government for relief response
May 25, 2003
Furious crowds hurled debris and insults at Algeria’s president Saturday when he visited a town devastated by an earthquake, blaming the government for a death toll that rose to more than 2,000 and shortages of food and water.
Lester E. Hey
May 25, 2003
D-Day foundation to dedicate 1st plaque with names of fallen
Researcher has counted more than 4,100 who died in 1944 invasion
May 25, 2003
The American flag the government sent home after World War II is still folded in a wooden footlocker that Henry Aubin keeps in his cellar. The Purple Heart is down there somewhere, too.
They love their Bugs - and their Volkswagen vans, too
VW enthusiasts have ‘Blast’ in Lawrence
May 25, 2003
Their reasons for love of the Bug are as varied as the Beetles that have smitten their hearts.
Bush taking low-key approach to N. Korea
May 25, 2003
The Bush administration is no slouch at dramatizing foreign threats. Ask Saddam Hussein or Osama bin Laden. If you can find them.
Racism makes for weak excuse
May 25, 2003
I know you’re sick of him, but can you stand one more analysis of Jayson Blair?
Fun vacation not as easy as it sounds
May 25, 2003
Summer vacation season is almost here, and if you have kids, you know what that means! It’s time to put them up for adoption.
ROTC a vital training tool for U.S. military
May 25, 2003
The day after Kansas University’s annual commencement, in a ceremony in the Kansas Union Ballroom, 18 special young men and women were commissioned as officers in the armed services of the United States.
Real Mighty Ducks seek happy ending
NHL team similar to movie counterparts
May 25, 2003
They took their name from a movie about a no-chance hockey team. Now the Anaheim Mighty Ducks are following the script — a likable team with a standup coach making an unlikely run at a hockey championship.
Cheney SP has cabins
May 25, 2003
Cheney State Park west of Wichita now has seven rental cabins available as an alternative camping opportunity.
Fashion experts: Bend the rules of wearing white — but don’t break them
May 25, 2003
White clothing is far more complicated than a simple T-shirt. White garments have more “rules” attached to them than probably any other category of clothes; some of them can be tossed into the summer wind, but others shouldn’t be ignored.
Review: ‘Moon Over Manhattan’ lacks plot, but delights
May 25, 2003
If “Moon Over Manhattan” were a play, it would be a farce. If it were a food, it would be a light-as-a-breeze souffle. But it’s a book, and a deliciously funny one that belongs in your beach bag this summer.
Dog food feeds plant’s success
Lawrence facility hopes Del Monte gives it leg up
May 25, 2003
Lawrence’s Del Monte Foods plant at 727 N. Iowa doesn’t process fruits or vegetables.
Communications firms cater to Wichita’s Hispanic market
Mexican immigrant to expand magazine venture
May 25, 2003
Three years ago, Wintilio Ortiz didn’t know anything about publishing — not even how to turn on a computer.
I bonds more attractive than most investments
May 25, 2003
If you’ve been kicking yourself for missing out on the good U.S. Savings Bond deal that expired April 30, don’t feel so bad. For some short-term investors, the new batch of bonds first offered May 1 can be even better.
Israeli hard-liners vow to stop ‘road map’
Sharon aides remain confident plan will gain Cabinet’s approval
May 25, 2003
Israeli hard-liners vowed Saturday to block a U.S.-backed “road map” for Middle East peace, with one member of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s party calling it “the most dangerous” peace plan ever presented.
Don’t unwittingly encourage lovesick brother-in-law
May 25, 2003
Consult lawyer about divorce even when using a mediator
May 25, 2003
Bookstore
May 25, 2003
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May 25, 2003
¢ Washington, D.C.: Bush makes first campaign fund-raising appeal ¢ Virginia: Sailor falls overboard 900 miles off coast ¢ India: Heat wave kills nearly 200
Briefly
May 25, 2003
¢ See Yellowstone wildlife from home on Web site ¢ Top Sonoma chefs lead food and wine tours ¢ ‘Saving Mount Vernon’ on display at museum ¢ Grand Canyon institute begins new class season
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May 25, 2003
¢ Oklahoma: Cleanup under way in train derailment ¢ California : Resident convicted for removing trees ¢ Arkansas: Inmates sharing cells with recluse spiders
Arts Notes
May 25, 2003
¢ Drama: EMU Theater to have auditions today ¢ Music: Lawrence’s Rowan starts Heart of America season
Arts Notes
May 25, 2003
¢ Conductor returns to Sunflower Music Fest ¢ Youth theater to offer summer workshops
Events mark park’s place in city history
New York’s famed garden spot celebrates 150th anniversary
May 25, 2003
Central Park, an oasis in the city of steel, is celebrating its 150th birthday, and everyone is invited to the party.
N.Y. Legislature created Central Park
May 25, 2003
On July 21, 1853, the New York State Legislature approved a bill designating land in the middle of Manhattan for a great public park.
The Motley Fool
May 25, 2003
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Bob Hope approaching 100
Celebrations galore to mark the occasion
May 25, 2003
One hundred years ago on May 29, a son named Leslie Towns Hope was born to a stonemason and his wife in the London suburb of Eltham.
Hope cheered military
May 25, 2003
In the sprint of 1941, when Bob Hope was invited to perform his radio show for airmen at March Field in Riverside, Calif., he was reluctant. He had never done the show outside an NBC studio, and he wasn’t sure how the GIs would react to his humor.
Overactive adrenal gland can cause dog discomfort
May 25, 2003
The adrenal gland of a dog can either underperform or overperform hormonally. The underperformance is called Addison’s disease, also known as hypoadrenocorticism. The opposite problem, characterized by overabundant adrenal cortisol production, is commonly known as Cushing’s disease, or hyperadrenocorticism.
Odd eggbeaters gain attention from collectors
May 25, 2003
For centuries, cooks have tried to find new and better methods of beating eggs. The first eggbeaters were probably just forked sticks. The first rotary-crank eggbeater, similar to the one used today, was patented in America in 1856. More than 1,000 patents were granted during the next 100 years.
Steel beauties - Like metallic jewelry, sculptures accent downtown
May 25, 2003
Myles Schachter’s newest sculpture is an artistic insurrection. The monumental steel and cast iron piece, called “Digital Overload,” towers above the sidewalk in front of the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. One hundred eighty bits of binary code spill out of the center of a metal-doughnut form at its pinnacle.
Dr. Phil a modern medical rarity
After nearly 50 years, Tonganoxie physician still makes house calls
May 25, 2003
Dr. Phil Stevens, 75, has been patching up and prescribing for the folks of Tonganoxie and the southern half of Leavenworth County since he arrived by bus nearly 50 years ago. Most can’t remember when he wasn’t here, and many can’t imagine life without him.
Students paint masterpieces on unlikely canvas
May 25, 2003
You can bet Diego Rivera’s “Girl With Lilies,” Vincent Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” and Johannes Vermeer’s “The Girl with the Pearl Earring” have never been exhibited anywhere near a garbage can.
Exhibition honors graduating seniors, retiring art teacher
May 25, 2003
The Lawrence High School seniors whose art is hanging through the end of May at Roy’s Gallery have a lot to be proud of.
Proper training, good management could avert layoffs
May 25, 2003
It’s springtime, and with employees getting their annual reviews and contracts running out, the scent of firing is in the air.
Luciano Pavarotti to return to Met in Puccini’s ‘Tosca’
May 25, 2003
Luciano Pavarotti plans to return to the Metropolitan Opera in March 2004 for three performances of Puccini’s “Tosca” that are being billed as his farewell to the house in staged opera.
Art of the Prairie gallery to feature work of Lawrence natives, brothers
May 25, 2003
Lawrence natives Doug and Barry Coffin will show their contemporary American Indian paintings and sculptures at Art of the Prairie, Bill Kurtis’ new gallery in Sedan, in June.
More cadets punished for assaults than thought
May 25, 2003
An investigation into sexual assaults at the Air Force Academy has found that twice as many male cadets were punished as previously reported, a spokesman for the investigating committee said Saturday.
Marine reunites with son who had heart transplant
May 25, 2003
When Marine Maj. Hal Sellers left for the war in Iraq, there were no guarantees that he would come home, or that his infant son, Dillon, would be there if he did.
Pain remains after church poisoning
Small community mourning loss of innocence
May 25, 2003
The police tape is gone, the satellite trucks have decamped and town hall is no longer a fingerprinting lab, but this once-placid farming community remains deeply unsettled four weeks after 16 churchgoers were poisoned by arsenic-laced coffee.
Students outside mainstream still enjoy a good prom
May 25, 2003
They dance for hours. Boys pinball around the crowd while girls sway in donated gowns. Many slow dance and side step under the mirror ball. Others are wheeled to the edge of the dance floor and move their hands to the music.
Briefly
May 25, 2003
¢ Cemetery ceremonies to honor fallen soldiers ¢ Leavenworth county: Topekan dies, passenger injured in ATV rollover ¢ Crime: Authorities seek help in solving tool thefts
McCartney rocks Red Square
Musician relishes first Russian concert
May 25, 2003
Paul McCartney kept the Russians waiting. Until the demise of the Soviet Union. Then more than another decade. And finally an extra 20 minutes Saturday.
Gunsmoke’ star first for Trail of Fame
May 25, 2003
An effort to capitalize on Dodge City’s western history will be set in stone when actor Dennis Weaver becomes the first inductee in the Trail of Fame.
Pedregon, Dixon, Anderson tops
May 25, 2003
Tony Pedregon earned his fifth No. 1 qualifying position of the Funny Car season Saturday with a track-record run in the O’Reilly Summer Nationals.
What are you reading?
May 25, 2003
Officials question legislative methods to fund schools
State’s fiscal policy said on ‘slippery slope’
May 25, 2003
As the school year comes to a close, educators find themselves right back where they started: looking for leadership from state government.
Briefly
May 25, 2003
¢ High-scoring students to attend KU event
Stanley Cup: Rested Ducks eager to play
Anaheim travels to New Jersey for Game 1
May 25, 2003
Jiggy and Marty in the nets. Former teammates slamming each other into the boards. Brother against brother.
Eastern Conference Finals: Nets sweep into Finals
New Jersey wins Game 4, 102-82, over Detroit
May 25, 2003
Before there was a celebration, there was an almighty hush. Jason Kidd lay on the court grabbing his ankle, a towel stuffed in his mouth to help him fight the pain.
Western Conference Finals: Nowitzki doubtful with ligament sprain
Mavs’ forward not ruled out for Game 4
May 25, 2003
Dirk Nowitzki’s knee injury is not as bad as the Mavericks feared, although Dallas listed him as doubtful for tonight’s Game 4 against the San Antonio Spurs.
WNBA Roundup: Sparks rain on Sun’s debut in Connecticut
May 25, 2003
Using a casino for a homecourt, women’s professional basketball returned to Connecticut after a five-year absence Saturday. Unfortunately for the fans, the first opponent was defending champion Los Angeles.
Urbanites can take kids fishing, too
It’s not that hard to introduce children to joys of wetting a line
May 25, 2003
You’ve got children, little angling experience and some basic questions — we’ve got answers
Briefs
May 25, 2003
Pileups mar holiday travel
May 25, 2003
A series of pileups in Maryland and an overpass collapse in Nebraska shut down portions of two major interstates Saturday at the start of Memorial Day weekend, one of the busiest travel holidays of the year.
Coca-Cola 600: Ganassi shoots for sweep
May 25, 2003
Chip Ganassi straddled his chair backward, settling in for a chat with NASCAR’s top leaders. In Winston Cup just over two years now, Ganassi is beginning to feel at home.
Wilson pitches K.C. past Oakland - Royals 3, Athletics 1
May 25, 2003
Kris Wilson gave the Kansas City Royals exactly what they wanted and needed. Mike Sweeney and Joe Randa hit home runs, and Wilson combined with three relievers to help the Royals beat Oakland, 3-1, Saturday, snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Athletics.
Martha K. Wittenberg
May 25, 2003
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May 25, 2003
¢ Columbus, Kansas: Jurors convict mayor of battery on reporter
Briefly
May 25, 2003
¢ Free Fishing Days set for June 7-8
Emporia seeks Veterans Day honor
City wants congressional recognition for role in Nov. 11 holiday
May 25, 2003
It’s Memorial Day weekend for communities across the nation, but in Emporia, the focus is on Veterans Day.
Briefly
May 25, 2003
¢ Garden City: Murderer sentenced in online friend’s death
News shows announce guest lineups
May 25, 2003
Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:
Anthony would be better No. 1 pick
Ex-Syracuse standout would have more immediate impact than high school superstar James
May 25, 2003
At the risk of blasphemy, I don’t take LeBron James. If I have the No. 1 pick and can somehow trade it while still getting Carmelo Anthony, that’s what I do.
Seeking redemption
Tulsa Washington signee Brown eager to put senior year behind him
May 25, 2003
Most freshmen never get on the field during their first season in a major-college football program. Mark Brown laughs at the prospect of sitting out the 2003 season at Kansas University.
Ashleys snare pair of firsts
Jackson wins 200 free, Robinson claims 500
May 25, 2003
Free State High freshman Ashley Robinson won the head-to-head Ashley matchup in the 500-yard freestyle, but that didn’t matter.
Briefly
May 25, 2003
¢ Morocco: Three more arrested in suicide bombing ¢ Afghanistan: Demonstrators protest at U.S. Embassy ¢ Vietnam: 51 people injured in lightning strike ¢ South Africa: Baghdad lion cubs to be relocated
People
May 25, 2003
¢ ‘Lizzie’ breaks up with Disney ¢ Jackson ¢ Doubles, anyone? ¢ Ike turned away from Japan
What’s the gripe about catch and release?
May 25, 2003
I remember standing on Halfway Bridge over the Kawishiwi River with Ely’s Tobey Maki in about 1981.
The perfect setting for a murder mystery
May 25, 2003
When Harlan Coben looks around his hometown, with its sprawling soccer fields and perfect lawns, he sees more than just another New Jersey suburb.