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Kansas Legislature closes the book on its 2003 session
May 29, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 11:39 a.m.) It’s history. The Kansas Legislature today ended the 2003 legislative session without taking up any state business.
Firefighters training at KU residence hall
May 29, 2003
(Web Posted Thursday at 9:47 a.m.) Don’t be alarmed by the firefighters huddled around McCollum Hall at Kansas University the next few days — they’re only completing a training exercise.
One-sided stand?
May 29, 2003
Religious slant
May 29, 2003
Who’s powerful?
May 29, 2003
Hefner is his own party
May 29, 2003
Asked how it feels to have won, Hugh Hefner pauses, looks down and almost whispers, “Wonderful.” Then he says: “I guess if you live long enough. …” Fifty years ago he was pecking at a typewriter on a card table in his Chicago apartment, preparing the first issue of a magazine he planned to call Stag Party but, because there already was a magazine called Stag, he called it Playboy. The first issue appeared in December 1953. It bore no date because Hefner was not sure there would be a second, such were the troubles the first issue caused with the post office and other defenders of decency.
Lawrence startup receives $100,000 grant
May 29, 2003
A Lawrence-based startup that is developing technology to create cleaner burning gasoline has received a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. Energy department officials announced Wednesday that Extractica, LLC had received a Small Business Innovation Research grant to help fund research on technology that would reduce the level of sulfur in gasoline and diesel fuels.
Briefcase
May 29, 2003
¢ U.S. factory orders fall ¢ CyDex Inc. nominated for state business honor ¢ Exxon rejects plans from environmentalists ¢ Office supplies retailer predicting recovery
Jury rules eBay must pay $35 million in patent dispute
May 29, 2003
A federal jury has ruled that eBay’s model for selling fixed-price merchandise violates a patent filed by a Virginia attorney, a ruling that could force the online auction house to shed as much as a third of its total business.
Kurd elected mayor in northern Iraq city
May 29, 2003
One of his assistants showed up in a sling — he had been shot in an outbreak of ethnic violence — and the dignity of his Arab deputy looked almost as wounded, but that didn’t dull the celebratory mood of this city’s first democratically elected mayor, a Kurd, after decades of dictatorship under Saddam Hussein.
African nations set up peer-review panel
May 29, 2003
Nelson Mandela’s wife and South Africa’s last white central bank head were among six people named Wednesday to Africa’s first peer-review body, charged with pressing the continent’s leaders to end war and corruption.
Secretary’s professed wish to be on $500 bill worthless
May 29, 2003
Treasury Secretary John Snow is the nation’s top money man, but he might need a refresher course on the greenbacks the United States makes these days.
Franklin considers merger with Arma
Incorporating town not feasible after tornado damage
May 29, 2003
Officials in this storm-ravaged town, which lost about one-third of its homes in a May 4 tornado, is considering a merger with nearby Arma. Before the tornado, Franklin officials were discussing incorporation of the town of about 375 so it could pursue grants and other funding for storm-warning sirens.
Senator: Missouri may need road tolls
Bond says funds would help pay for necessary highway repairs
May 29, 2003
Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., on Wednesday said Missouri and other states might have to consider toll roads to help pay for overhauling the aging interstate highway system.
Sparks continue mastery of Lynx
May 29, 2003
Lisa Leslie scored 28 points and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Minnesota Lynx for the 13th straight time, 83-80, Wednesday night.
Bruce Almighty’ fans give God a call
Phone number in movie reaches families, church, radio network
May 29, 2003
A lot of mortals who happen to share God’s telephone number — or at least the one He uses in the new movie “Bruce Almighty” — have spent days now taking calls from curious dialers, snickering cranks and desperate souls.
New ‘Amazing Race’ features quirky teams
May 29, 2003
Have I been asleep for the past three years? I seem to remember the first “Amazing Race,” but how did we get to “Amazing Race 4” (7 p.m., CBS)? Seriously, these shows are proliferating faster than “Chucky” movies.
KU track teams gear for regional at NU
NCAA expands season with controversial qualifying meets
May 29, 2003
Kansas University’s school year officially ended with commencement. You wouldn’t know it, however, by all the activity at KU’s Memorial Stadium the past week and a half.
Glass advances in match play
May 29, 2003
Bob Glass of Lawrence won his first match in the double-elimination finals Wednesday at the American Bowling Congress Senior Masters at Golden Pin Lanes.
LHS freshman earns all-league honor
May 29, 2003
Lawrence High freshman Drew Huff was named first-team All-Sunflower League by coaches Wednesday.
6News video: Society of Creative Anachronism recreates age of chivalry
May 29, 2003
The SCA is a historical society that delves into the romantic aspects of the middle ages, including crafts and mock fighting.
6Sports video: Kirk Hinrich improves his NBA prospects
May 29, 2003
Hinrich is projected to be a lottery pick, which puts him in the top thirteen picks.
6Sports video: Free State track hopes to do better than last year
May 29, 2003
At last year’s State tournament, the Firebirds came very close to capturing the state championship. This weekend, they expect to close that gap.
6Sports video: Firebirds baseball team are tourney hosts at State
May 29, 2003
Free State’s team has been on the top of the 6A polls for most of the season.
6Sports video: Royals fall to 26-24 on the season
May 29, 2003
Kansas City started the season strong but have lost the last twenty out of thirty games.
6News video: Dwight D. Eisenhower statue going to U.S. Capitol
May 29, 2003
Jim Brothers’ sculpture will be displayed in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall.
6News video: Show support for Josh Graves
May 29, 2003
The boy, who has cerebral palsy, was beaten in Clinton Park earlier in the week.
6News video: Wal-Mart developers have day in court
May 29, 2003
The developers say that they have done everything asked of them.
6News video: Eudora woman flown to burn center after fire
May 29, 2003
Nancy Parsons caught fire at her apartment in a Eudora retirement community.
Food pyramid may undergo remodeling
May 29, 2003
There may be a new food pyramid coming that will suggest people eat more fish and other foods with healthy fats but cut back on foods such as potato chips that have harmful trans fats.
Peru president declares state of siege
May 29, 2003
Army troops and police clashed with demonstrators blocking highways Wednesday after President Alejandro Toledo declared a national state of emergency to control spreading protests.
Suspect in serial killings returns to Louisiana
May 29, 2003
The capture of the man wanted in the serial killings of five women in Louisiana was met with relief Wednesday — as well as questions about whether investigators missed or discarded clues that could have saved some of the victims.
Bigger paychecks on way in July
May 29, 2003
Reduced income tax rates mean workers will see more money in their paychecks beginning in July, but it will be next year before they get back taxes overpaid in the first half of 2003 under the new retroactive rate schedules.
NYC firefighters demand special 9-11 recognition
May 29, 2003
Hundreds of firefighters rallied near ground zero Wednesday to demand that Gov. George Pataki give special recognition to uniformed officers in a memorial to victims of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
Lawrence briefs
May 29, 2003
¢ Junior high vandalized ¢ Court to honor longtime employees ¢ KU professor will work at University of Oxford
Gabaldon services
May 29, 2003
Lovia Randel
May 29, 2003
Eudoran injured in apartment fire
Errant cigarette may have sparked blaze at complex
May 29, 2003
It was a sight Clyde Cochran will never forget.
John Vincent Wake
May 29, 2003
Philip Wizer
May 29, 2003
State auditors told county governs area efficiently
May 29, 2003
As state auditors open their search for governmental efficiency in Douglas County, Charlie Wintermantel offers two words of advice: Tim Kohler.
District bids farewell to LHS principal
May 29, 2003
Learning center will use gift to expand services
May 29, 2003
More low-income children will be able to attend the Strategic Learning Center thanks to a gift provided by the Sabatini Family Foundation.
Judge won’t step down on court regular’s case
Prosecutor says Malone fond of defendant
May 29, 2003
A judge won’t step down from a criminal case despite a prosecutor’s claim that the judge is too fond of the defendant — a self-described First Amendment advocate who considers criticizing police to be his full-time job.
Ark City slaughterhouse now at full production
May 29, 2003
Creekstone Farms’ new slaughterhouse is running at full production capacity, nine months after the plant’s former owner shut down operations.
Friends and neighbors
May 29, 2003
KU’s Self identifies needs
Coach on recruiting trail to find Class of 2004
May 29, 2003
Bill Self looks at his Kansas University men’s basketball roster and sees needs to fill in the Class of 2004. “We could use a wing shooter. We could use another primary handler, and you can never have enough big guys,” Self, the Jayhawks’ new hoops coach, said of goals in recruiting for the upcoming school year. “There are some needs that have to be met, no question, but every program in America has that.”
Nowitzki doubtful for Game 6
May 29, 2003
Dirk Nowitzki is not expected to play in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals, Dallas Mavericks coach Don Nelson said Wednesday.
Fresno State adviser linked to fraud
NCAA’s case against Bulldogs’ basketball program deepens
May 29, 2003
A former academic adviser for the Fresno State basketball team allegedly participated in the cheating scandal that has prompted an NCAA investigation, according to documents obtained by The Fresno Bee.
Zimmer rips Steinbrenner
May 29, 2003
Don Zimmer lashed out at New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner for saying it was up to Joe Torre to fix the struggling team.
Baseball briefs
May 29, 2003
¢ Red Sox settle sexual molestation lawsuit ¢ Moehler to have surgery ¢ Foul balls guaranteed ¢ John Henry Williams cut
Planning commission memo — Commercial Chapter of Horizon 2020: Design Discussion
May 29, 2003
The following is a memo from the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission concerning a change in commercial development requirements.
Slight breeze of hope blows across Mideast
May 29, 2003
When terrorist bombs shake the Saudi dynasty and the United States stumbles badly in its first efforts to turn military victory into political stability in Iraq, a procedural advance in the Middle East peace process looks like a small event. But small can be good right now in a region on the edge. The advance is the decision by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to accept the international “road map” to a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. That step, strongly urged on him by President Bush, cleared the way for Bush and Sharon to talk about meeting with the Palestinian Authority’s new prime minister, Mahmoud Abbas.
Mavs showing signs of life
Spurs must prevail to avoid embarrassing collapse
May 29, 2003
From classy David Robinson to unflappable Tim Duncan to charming Frenchman Tony Parker, the San Antonio Spurs are filled with model citizens.
Devils dealing Ducks unfamiliar hand
May 29, 2003
Ask Martin Brodeur about the New Jersey Devils’ 1-0 lead in the Stanley Cup finals and his own superlative play, and it sounds as if he’s talking about a preseason practice or a trip to the dry cleaners.
Our town sports
May 29, 2003
McFarland Hole-in-One: Scott McFarland of Lawrence used an eight-iron to ace the par three, 145-yard No. 6 hole May 14 at Campestre CC in Juarez, Mexico. Witnesses were John McFarland and Howard Kauhn of Topeka, and Mark McFarland of Las Cruces, N.M.
Johnson only exciting part of Lowe’s races
May 29, 2003
Race weeks at Lowe’s Motor Speedway this year wound up being a lot like a John Grisham novel. While there was enough happening to hold your interest, the ending somehow seemed wholly unsatisfying.
War on terror fosters danger, rights group says
May 29, 2003
The U.S.-led war on terror has made the world a more dangerous and repressive place, Amnesty International said Wednesday in a report Washington dismissed as “without merit.” The international human rights organization singled out the United States and Britain for detaining terror suspects without trial, under legislation introduced after the Sept. 11 attacks. It also accused other nations, including the Philippines and China, of using security legislation to crack down on political opposition.
U.S. 59 to move 300 feet east
May 29, 2003
State and federal transportation officials are expected to announce Friday that a new U.S. Highway 59 connecting Lawrence and Ottawa will be built about 300 feet east of the existing highway. The alignment for the new $210.3 million freeway is the one recommended by the Federal Highway Administration, but it has been in question because of concerns raised by property owners and others.
J-W nationally recognized for Kids Voting program
May 29, 2003
The Lawrence Journal-World has been selected as the 2003 recipient of the Kids Voting USA Jim Batten Media Partnership Award. The national award — given to a news media professional or entity for exceptional service to a state or local Kids Voting program — will be presented June 21 during the national Kids Voting convention in St. Paul, Minn.
Spartans seek big crowd
MSU, Kentucky to play ball in dome in December
May 29, 2003
Move outta the way, Steve Mariucci: Your buddy Tom Izzo is taking over Ford Field for a day.
Ottawa squads eager for state
Cyclones’ baseball, softball squads rolling
May 29, 2003
Never since softball and baseball became varsity sports at Ottawa High five years ago had either team qualified for a state tournament.
Guard probe reportedly under way
May 29, 2003
Atty. Gen. Phill Kline’s office is investigating allegations that the Kansas Army National Guard is inflating its troop strength, House Speaker Doug Mays said Thursday. Mays requested the investigation last week after obtaining details of an ongoing internal audit ordered by Maj. Gen. Greg Gardner, the state adjutant general.
Braves achieve rare milestone
Atlanta’s first three batters hit home runs in 15-3 drubbing of Cincinnati
May 29, 2003
This was about as rare as it gets in baseball.
Corrections
May 29, 2003
Teen with disabilities touched by show of support after beating
May 29, 2003
People want to help Josh Graves. Josh, the 15-year-old with cerebral palsy and epilepsy who was beaten by a group of boys last week in a Lawrence park, said he felt “spoiled” by support he received from the community since the Journal-World and 6News ran stories about his ordeal.
Bush to take peace plan on the road
Meetings with Israelis, Palestinians planned
May 29, 2003
President Bush thrust himself deeper into the Mideast peace process Wednesday, arranging to meet in Jordan next week with the prime ministers of Israel and the Palestinians and planning to attend a separate summit in Egypt with Arab leaders. Yasser Arafat — not invited to either meeting — remained a wild card.
People
May 29, 2003
¢ Paul McCartney’s wife pregnant with couple’s first child ¢ Not much ado about a wedding ¢ Bono, Clapton take part in Pavarotti fund-raiser ¢ Houston finds greatest home of all
Iraqi trailers called strongest evidence of biological weapons
May 29, 2003
The discovery of two Iraqi truck trailers equipped with fermenters is the strongest evidence yet that Saddam Hussein had a biological weapons program, a U.S. intelligence report said Wednesday. But officials still have found no such weapons.
Golden opportunity
Nemechek finding success at Hendrick Motorsports
May 29, 2003
Joe Nemechek plans to stick around a while at Hendrick Motorsports.
Cease and desist
May 29, 2003
Daily ticker
May 29, 2003
Briefly
May 29, 2003
¢ First leftist rebel extradited to U.S. ¢ Suspect in bombing dies in police custody ¢ Bomb blast does little damage to U.S. vehicle ¢ Helicopter crashes near Mount Everest
Briefly
May 29, 2003
¢ Fireworks signs stolen ¢ Today is official end to legislative session ¢ Sesquicentennial group seeks input on plaza ¢ Gun incident on road leads to one arrest
Briefly
May 29, 2003
¢ Colombian drug kingpin convicted for cocaine ¢ Air Force may punish academy commanders ¢ Final sentence given in 1969 race-riot killing ¢ Sixth crew member dies after ship blast
Study: Action video games improve visual perception
May 29, 2003
All those hours spent playing video games may not be wasted time after all: A new study suggests action-packed video games like “Grand Theft Auto III” and “Counter-Strike” may sharpen your mind.
Sunday liquor sales flourish as states discard Prohibition-era laws
May 29, 2003
On their way to a recent Sunday dinner at a friend’s house, Ed and Alice Daino stopped at the store for two bottles of red wine — a transaction that would have been impossible just a few weeks ago.
City backs Wal-Mart prohibition on Sixth
Legal documents defend stance on development
May 29, 2003
Construction of a Wal-Mart store is “impermissible” at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive, the city said Wednesday as it opened its legal defense of a temporary building ban at the corner. Gerald Cooley, the city’s attorney, said in court documents the Wal-Mart prohibition extended to a smaller restaurant planned at the site.
Kansas City’s slide continues
Mariners’ Moyer mows down Royals, 5-2
May 29, 2003
Jamie Moyer has been around too long to feel comfortable, even amid a hot streak like this.
Briefly
May 29, 2003
¢ Nuclear treaty finalized ¢ Army reservist convicted for refusing anthrax vaccine
Study: Access to condoms doesn’t increase teen sex
May 29, 2003
Teenagers at high schools where condoms were available were no more likely to have sex than other teens, a study says.
Spellers strive to be letter-perfect
May 29, 2003
Confident about your ABC’s? Try your XYZ’s.
U.S. troops in Iraq meet with third day of violent outbursts
May 29, 2003
In the third consecutive day of Iraqi violence against the U.S. military occupation of the country, residents enraged over house-to-house searches in this western town ransacked the police station, stoned U.S. armored military vehicles and set police cars on fire Wednesday.
Boeing chief says end of layoffs near
Chicago-based company weathering ‘worst downturn since airplanes existed’
May 29, 2003
Boeing Co. is nearing the end of a series of layoffs in response to the worst downturn in commercial aviation “since airplanes existed,” chief executive Philip M. Condit said Wednesday. Chicago-based Boeing, the world’s largest manufacturer of airliners, has been cutting jobs since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and has said it expects to reduce its employee headcount by 35,000 by the end of this year.
Sony touts new PlayStation
Company beefs up popular videogame console
May 29, 2003
Sony Corp. unveiled a “crossover” PlayStation 2 video game console with a built-in DVD recorder and hard drive for storing data Wednesday, part of a strategy to combine technologies in hopes of boosting the company’s brand and restoring its profitability.
Safety measures
May 29, 2003
The threat of getting caught always makes people a little more hesitant to ignore traffic regulations. No one wants to get a traffic ticket, but most law-abiding residents will welcome the Lawrence Police Department’s traffic unit established late last year.
3 bodies found in trailer
May 29, 2003
Police were investigating the deaths of two adults and an infant whose bodies were found inside a camping trailer in southeast Kansas, authorities said Wednesday.
Park rings with clash of swords
Combatants strike blow for medieval history
May 29, 2003
Their battlefield is South Park. Their weapons are bamboo rattans. Their defense is armor. And they don’t mess around. Just ask them.
Musicians don’t deserve lackluster Bottleneck crowd
May 29, 2003
You had to feel a bit sorry for the bands Tuesday at The Bottleneck. Where were all the scenesters?
Old friends to meet at state
Hill, Maize coach played semipro ball in Lawrence
May 29, 2003
Mike Hill and Rocky Helm may coach high school baseball teams in different regions of Kansas, but they’re hardly strangers. Hill and Helm, in fact, were teammates on Lawrence’s old Maupintour Travellers semipro team in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.
Time for wine
May 29, 2003
Bring on the ballgame
May 29, 2003
Bombardier pledges to keep work in Wichita
May 29, 2003
Bombardier Aerospace will keep the work it does on three business jets in Wichita, the company’s top official said.
Bones found near ‘Chemical Ali’ home
May 29, 2003
Kurdish soldiers on Wednesday discovered a large mound containing human remains in a field adjacent to a home that once belonged to Ali Hassan al Majid, nicknamed “Chemical Ali.”
Overbrook residents fight to save clinic
May 29, 2003
Residents of this community are offering their own version of intensive care to save their town’s only medical clinic. A standing-room-only crowd of nearly 50 people Wednesday night jammed into Overbrook City Hall to show support for Topeka-based Kansas Medical Clinic. Administrators recently announced the financially strapped clinic would shut down July 31.
Bush ratifies tax cut
Republicans say package will bolster economy
May 29, 2003
President Bush signed the third-largest tax cuts in U.S. history on Wednesday, saying they already are “adding fuel to an economic recovery.” The IRS posted new withholding tables that will add money to paychecks starting next month and began preparing refunds due in parents’ mailboxes later this summer. The 10-year, $350 billion package of tax cuts and aid to state governments was less than half the amount Bush had proposed. But the White House hopes the cuts, the third round in his presidency, will not only revive the economy but bolster his own political future.
Two Jayhawks honored
May 29, 2003
Kansas University track athletes Kim Clark and Megan Manthe, both sophomores, have been named to the Academic All-District VII team.
U.S. lawmakers on independent visit to N. Korea
May 29, 2003
Six U.S. lawmakers hope to ease tensions with North Korea in the first visit by American officials since a crisis began last fall over the country’s secret nuclear program.
Monarch Watch offers plants from fund-raiser
May 29, 2003
Though Monarch Watch’s fund-raiser Saturday was a big success, the group still has about 250 milkweed plants, mostly annuals.
Deadly but legal
Ephedra unrestricted yet hard to find in Kansas
May 29, 2003
Last week, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed a bill that banned in-state sales of ephedra, a herbal supplement linked to more than 100 deaths nationwide. Flanked by the parents of a 16-year-old football player who died last year after taking ephedra, Blagojevich called on other states to impose similar bans.
Owners affirmed in appeals ruling
Florida AG denied inquiry
May 29, 2003
A federal appeals court upheld a ruling barring the Florida attorney general from investigating baseball owners’ attempt to eliminate two teams.
Agassi outlasts teen in five-set thriller
May 29, 2003
Andre Agassi sat in his chair a few extra seconds at each changeover, resting his body and composing his mind.
Time for a trim
May 29, 2003
It’s war, American style
May 29, 2003
You can tell a lot about a country by its art, by its literature, and, for good or bad, by how it wages war. Let us look back, then, on how the United States has fought in Afghanistan, Iraq and other conflicts since the end of the Cold War.
Bar serves up no-smoking policy
Owner hopes new twist brings success
May 29, 2003
Lawrence bar owner Rob Farha spent nearly three months remodeling the former FiFi’s Restaurant building at Ninth and Iowa streets into an upscale cocktail lounge. When he opened The Bella Lounge, 925 Iowa, two weeks ago, he made one last interior design decision — no ashtrays.
Med Center staffer receives probation in espionage case
KU assistant professor expresses regret for misstatements in FBI probe
May 29, 2003
A researcher was put on probation and fined $500 Wednesday for lying to the FBI in an investigation of economic espionage involving Alzheimer’s disease research.
Briefly
May 29, 2003
¢ Gunman surrenders after postal standoff ¢ Airport-security lapses investigated ¢ Merle Haggard donates to museum exhibit ¢ Tests show CDC doctor does not have SARS
On the record
May 29, 2003
Search for KU athletic director on schedule
Interim AD Jennings confident Kansas will have permanent replacement for Bohl by self-imposed July 1 deadline
May 29, 2003
Kansas University should have a permanent athletic director by July 1. “That’s the date the chancellor mentioned,” KU interim AD Drue Jennings said Wednesday, “and there’s no reason to adjust that.”
Twins continue torrid pace
Mientkiewicz, Minnesota upend Athletics, 6-5
May 29, 2003
After a slow start, the Minnesota Twins are back in control of the AL Central.
Group asks high court to grant governor more appointment powers
May 29, 2003
An attorney asked the Kansas Supreme Court on Wednesday to give Gov. Kathleen Sebelius the power to fill vacancies in state and county offices as she sees fit. State law requires Sebelius to appoint a successor nominated by party precinct committee members in the county or district of the resigning official.
Horoscopes
May 29, 2003