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FCE & 4-H news
May 31, 2003
Scouting news
May 31, 2003
Military news
May 31, 2003
Around and about
May 31, 2003
Society calendar
May 31, 2003
Mary Inez Woodman
May 31, 2003
Stars’ provide comedy for a good cause
May 31, 2003
Conan O’Brien and a pack of “Saturday Night Live” talent join forces on “Night of Too Many Stars” (7 p.m. today, NBC), a comedy-variety benefit for the Autism Coalition. Dana Carvey returns as “The Church Lady” to ladle out some tough love to Macaulay Culkin and “The Sopranos” star Michael Imperioli.
On the record
May 31, 2003
Maddux bests ex-mate
Braves defeat Glavine’s Mets, 5-2
May 31, 2003
Greg Maddux offered a fine scouting report on the pitcher he faced Friday night. “He’s got good stuff — a good slider and changeup,” Maddux said. “Sneaky quick.” Of course, Maddux had seen this guy before.
Safety first in U.S. 59 project
May 31, 2003
Within seven years, U.S. Highway 59 will be a four-lane freeway 300 feet east of the existing highway — but the state won’t wait to improve safety on the road between Lawrence and Ottawa, Kansas’ top transportation official said Friday.
U.S. official’s words cast doubt on war’s rationale
May 31, 2003
As President Bush begins a European tour to patch up trans-Atlantic relations, comments from senior defense officials about Iraq’s weapons have revived controversy in Europe over whether the war was justified.
Playing it safe
May 31, 2003
Safety improvements to be made to U.S. Highway 59 south of Lawrence as planning for a new freeway continues.
City prepares debate sales pitch
Presidential debate commissioners to tour Lawrence Monday
May 31, 2003
Clenece Hills is ready to show off Lawrence to the Commission on Presidential Debates. Two members of the commission Monday will tour the city and meet with members of the committee hoping to lure a 2004 presidential debate to the Lied Center. Officials from the city, county, Kansas University and school district are among those pushing the effort.
Farmland can strip former executives’ benefits
May 31, 2003
Bankrupt Farmland Industries Inc. can strip away millions of dollars worth of benefits for former executives, but cannot touch life insurance for 2,200 retired workers, a judge has ruled.
Longtime dangers
May 31, 2003
Several perils regularly challenge us while operating motor vehicles. Respondents to a recent “On the Street” question in the Journal-World listed a number of distractions they perceive as causing motorists not to give full attention to their driving.
Cone calls it quits
Veteran pitcher announces retirement
May 31, 2003
David Cone stood just inside the Mets’ clubhouse, personally delivering the news as his teammates trickled in. It was time to say goodbye.
Briefly
May 31, 2003
¢ California: Discarded water bottles clog state’s landfills ¢ Denver: Presbyterians delay vote on gay clergy ¢ California: 2 children found killed; police seek father ¢ Washington, D.C.: Interior Department creates study guidelines
Fulton wins heats on hot day at WSU
May 31, 2003
Chris Fulton was beat after Friday’s preliminaries at the state track and field meet at Cessna Stadium.
Director brings vision, enthusiasm to new Dole Institute
May 31, 2003
Earlier this week, this writer was driving across north-central Minnesota and, while searching for a clear radio signal, happened to catch a few words from a very familiar voice.
Maize dazes Free State
FSHS held to five singles in 8-1 setback
May 31, 2003
If good pitching stops good hitting, then Maize hurler Eric Smith is really, really, really good. Smith, a junior right-hander, held hot-hitting Free State to five singles and the Eagles plunked the Firebirds, 8-1, in a first-round game of the Class 6A state baseball tournament Friday afternoon.
New dealership scoots into Lawrence
Owners tout scooters as growing form of transportation
May 31, 2003
Joseph Pinter is a salesman at Lawrence’s newest motor scooter dealership, Subsonic Scooters, but he admits that his car still comes in handy.
Newman fast at Dover
Driver wins pole for MBNA 400
May 31, 2003
Ryan Newman solidified his reputation as the fastest driver in NASCAR by winning his fourth pole of the season in qualifying Friday at Dover International Speedway.
Briefly
May 31, 2003
¢ Washington, D.C.: Postal Service issues Purple Heart stamp ¢ Colorado: Forecaster says U.S. hurricane likely ¢ California: Bill would outlaw drivers’ cell phone use
Briefly
May 31, 2003
¢ Topeka: Southwest Kansan dies of hantavirus ¢ Topeka: Court again upholds conviction in dog attack ¢ Atchison: Amelia Earhart bridge among endangered sites ¢ Oklahoma City: Judge sets trial date for Terry Nichols
Local briefs
May 31, 2003
¢ KU chancellor dismisses report about IU post ¢ Prison: Inmate admits trying to kill fellow prisoner ¢ Courts: Officer’s sentence reduced for burglaries
Markets post third-consecutive month of gains
Consumer sentiment, manufacturing reports boost stocks to trend not seen since 2001
May 31, 2003
Wall Street notched its third straight month of gains Friday — a feat not seen in nearly two years — after investors cheered a pair of reports showing a rise in consumer sentiment and Midwest manufacturing.
Serena ‘sorry’ for 6-0, 6-0 victory
Schett easily dispatched, 6-0, 6-0 in 40 minutes; Agassi advances with win against Malisse
May 31, 2003
Serena Williams figured an apology was in order. She had just overpowered Barbara Schett 6-0, 6-0 Friday at the French Open in what amounted to a 40-minute practice session.
U.N. Security Council hopes troops will end Congo strife
May 31, 2003
The U.N. Security Council on Friday unanimously authorized the deployment of a French-led international force in northeastern Congo, where ethnic fighting has killed more than 400 people.
City to weigh funding school athletics
May 31, 2003
In their time as Free State High School students, Bill Skepnek’s four children have played nearly the entire range of sports offered at the school.
People
May 31, 2003
¢ Hollywood star fits Ford to a T ¢ Gumbel to co-host new PBS show ¢ Ozzy makes it a family act
Club news
May 31, 2003
Club news
May 31, 2003
Sorenstam shares tourney lead
Annika, Jones tied atop Kellogg-Keebler after pair of 62s
May 31, 2003
Annika Sorenstam sure can give an encore. A week after making history at the Colonial, Sorenstam shot a 10-under 62 Friday to take a share of the lead in the first round of the Kellogg-Keebler Classic.
Kansas’ Menefee advances to NCAAs
Six other Jayhawks in today’s finals
May 31, 2003
Mark Menefee placed third in the 5,000 meters for an automatic berth to the NCAA championships, and six other Kansas University track athletes advanced to today’s finals at the NCAA Midwest Regional.
District considers early ‘04 graduation
May 31, 2003
The Lawrence school board will be asked Monday to break with tradition and reschedule 2004 high school graduation ceremonies to the Sunday one week ahead of Memorial Day weekend.
Chamber hires KU to study living wage
Policy Research Institute to examine economic effects of proposed ordinance
May 31, 2003
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce has commissioned a study on the effects a living wage ordinance would have on the area’s economy, making it likely the City Commission will delay any decision on the issue until late this year.
Concorde roars out of Paris
May 31, 2003
Passengers dined on caviar and foie gras Friday as the Concorde, the world’s fastest and most luxurious passenger jet, flew from Paris to New York for the last time.
Streisand files suit for image control
May 31, 2003
Barbra Streisand is suing an aerial photographer and his associates for $10 million, claiming pictures they provide to others of her Malibu home and property violate her right to privacy.
Kite fest blows into town
May 31, 2003
Kite enthusiasts are hoping the winds at Clinton Lake will push the old saw “go fly a kite” to a new level.
Area briefs
May 31, 2003
¢ History Channel series includes KU professor ¢ Police seek public’s help in identifying suspect ¢ Complaint about district reflects transfer denial
Kidnap warning shadows Mideast summit
May 31, 2003
is and Palestinians neared agreement Friday on disarming Palestinian militants ahead of a summit with President Bush, but security remained a key issue — as underscored by a U.S. Embassy warning that it has received “credible reports” of plans to kidnap U.S. citizens in Gaza.
U.S. terror threat level lowered
May 31, 2003
The Bush administration on Friday reduced the terrorism alert level one notch, to yellow or elevated, saying the threat of an attack on the United States had diminished over the last 10 days though “a significant risk” remains.
Russia celebrates city’s tricentennial
May 31, 2003
President Vladimir Putin turned imperial Russia’s window on the West into a doorstep for world leaders Friday, welcoming heads of state from three continents to his hometown of St. Petersburg during its tricentennial celebrations.
Affirmative action cases top remaining Supreme Court docket
May 31, 2003
The Supreme Court is edging toward its most anticipated statement on race in a generation in affirmative action cases that are overshadowing other important rulings expected before the court takes a summer break.
Huskers lead regional field
May 31, 2003
Nebraska claimed four of the 10 individual titles decided Friday in the NCAA Midwest Regional track and field championships.
James P. Buchele
May 31, 2003
Tornado insured losses at $5 million
May 31, 2003
A tornado and storms that hit Lawrence earlier this month caused damages worth about $5 million in insured losses, the Kansas Insurance Department said Friday.
Kansas, Missouri receive disaster volunteer grants
May 31, 2003
Federal grants totaling $19 million will be used to train volunteers in ways of helping out after disasters such as the recent tornadoes that hit Kansas and Missouri.
Canadian herds test negative for mad cow disease
May 31, 2003
Test results on three more cattle herds linked to a lone case of mad cow disease in Canada came back negative Friday, and a government inspector said the investigation into the infection could be over by the end of next week.
KU grants seek medical solutions
May 31, 2003
Solving health problems in rural and urban communities will be the focus of several grants received this week by the Kansas University Medical Center.
Lynch-mob tactic
May 31, 2003
Save that e-mail!
May 31, 2003
Basis for recall
May 31, 2003
Roundabouts?
May 31, 2003
CDC: U.S. cigarettes contain more carcinogen than overseas brands
May 31, 2003
American-made cigarettes such as Marlboros contain up to twice as much of a cancer-causing chemical as foreign brands, federal health officials said Friday.
Kansas to receive $154 million in aid
Grant, Medicare package give state ‘cushion’
May 31, 2003
The state of Kansas will receive about $154 million under the newly adopted federal tax and state aid package, officials said Friday.
Engagements
May 31, 2003
Weddings
May 31, 2003
Anniversaries
May 31, 2003
Lack of weapons surprises commander
May 31, 2003
The top commander of U.S. Marines in Iraq said Friday he was surprised that extensive searches had failed so far to discover any of the chemical weapons that American intelligence had indicated were supplied to front-line Iraqi forces at the outset of the war.
Ex-player Tartabull evicted from two homes
May 31, 2003
Former baseball standout Danny Tartabull has been evicted from two Florida homes and sued for more than $300,000 in back rent and penalties, The Palm Beach Post reported.
Busch pole goes to Nemechek
May 31, 2003
Joe Nemechek added another pole to his glittering Busch series resume, taking the top spot with a qualifying record Friday at Dover International Speedway.
Glass places second
May 31, 2003
Dale Eagle might have bowled the best tournament of his life in the American Bowling Congress Senior Masters.
Ottawa advances to state softball semis
May 31, 2003
Ottawa High’s softball team scored a run in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie, and the Cyclones held on for a 2-1 victory against Rose Hill Friday in the first round of the Class 4A state tournament.
Wizards fire Collins as coach
May 31, 2003
Doug Collins was fired Friday as coach of the Washington Wizards, following Michael Jordan out the door in another shake-up by owner Abe Pollin.
Contreras confounds Tigers
Yankee hurler tosses seven shutout innings in 6-0 victory over Detroit
May 31, 2003
Jose Contreras made the New York Yankees’ rotation a little more crowded. Contreras made an impressive pitch to remain a starter, allowing two hits in seven innings in his first career start as the Yankees beat Detroit, 6-0, Friday night behind two homers by Jason Giambi.
Old ABA foes to meet in finals
Spurs, Nets open series Wednesday at San Antonio
May 31, 2003
If the NBA wants to take the retro craze to the next level, they’ll let the Spurs and Nets play with a red, white and blue ball.
Christian reality TV
Trinity Broadcasting Network airs ‘Travel the Road’
May 31, 2003
Two drifters wend their way through villages from Pakistan to Papua New Guinea, carrying hand-held digital cameras with them. The pair are recording as they get lost in the jungles of Laos, have a nasty encounter with some leeches and nearly become lion chow.
Episcopal priest stars as amateur sleuth in mysteries
May 31, 2003
Clare Fergusson is a different kind of fictional sleuth, a breed apart from the tough cops and hard-boiled, tight-lipped gumshoes that populate many crime mysteries.
Spirituality
May 31, 2003
¢ Arizona town to get deed to historic Mormon church ¢ Muslim group begins voter registration drive ¢ Rapper shifts message to faith
Disadvantaged children can overcome hardships
May 31, 2003
Tell me why some kids with every advantage and opportunity seem to turn out bad, while others raised in terrible homes become pillars in the community? I know one young man who grew up in squalid circumstances, yet he is a fine person today. How did his parents manage to raise such a responsible son when they didn’t even seem to care?
Religion briefs
May 31, 2003
¢ First Baptist Church ¢ First Church of the Nazarene ¢ First Presbyterian Church ¢ First Southern Baptist Church ¢ First United Methodist Church ¢ Martha & Mary’s Way ¢ Plymouth Congregational Church ¢ St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church ¢ St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church ¢ St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church ¢ Trinity Episcopal Church ¢ Trinity Lutheran Church ¢ Unity Church of Lawrence ¢ West Side Presbyterian Church
Tucker, Royals rough up A’s, 11-6
May 31, 2003
The Royals needed a game like this. Michael Tucker tied a career-high with five RBIs as Kansas City roughed up Tim Hudson and beat the Oakland Athletics, 11-6, Friday night to stop a four-game losing streak.
Haven ousts Ottawa
Cyclone baseball victim of Wildcat’s one-hit gem
May 31, 2003
Ottawa and Haven each made their first state-tournament appearances Friday, but pitcher Mitchell Shepard made the Wildcats look like seasoned veterans. Shepard was two outs from a no-hitter before settling for a one-hitter, leading Haven to a 2-0 win over the Cyclones at the Class 4A tournament.
Abney settles for second in Class 6A javelin
May 31, 2003
For the record, Lauren Abney doesn’t care if she had the second-longest Class 6A javelin throw this year.
Tonganoxie’s Walker triumphs in triple jump
May 31, 2003
A short wait for the triple jump to finish wasn’t too bad for Tonganoxie High senior Jacob Walker.
6News video: Screen Scene
May 31, 2003
The heist movie makes a welcome return with “The Italian Job,” a superior remake of the overpraised British flick from the late ‘60s.
6Sports video: Firebirds knocked out of state tournament by Maize
May 31, 2003
6Sports reports on the Free State Firebirds state tournament game.
6News video: Attacks in parks prompt action from city
May 31, 2003
6News reports on what the city is doing to help prevent attacks in Lawrence parks.
6Sports video: Former KU pitcher picked up by Royals
May 31, 2003
6Sports reports on a former Jayhawk that will be playing for the Royals.
6Sports video: Lisher, Firebirds begin preperations for next season
May 31, 2003
6Sports reports on the preparations the Free State football team and staff are taking for next season.
Resort heightens security for meeting
May 31, 2003
Surface-to-air missile batteries point to the sky over Evian and radars are poised along Lake Geneva. Soldiers patrol the Alps for terrorists on paragliders.
6Sports video: Royals hammer A’s
May 31, 2003
6Sports reports on the Kansas City Royals game against the Oakland Athletics.
Biggs lands state securities post
May 31, 2003
Chris Biggs came up short in his bid to be attorney general, but he has landed a high-ranking job with Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ administration as securities commissioner.
People and places
May 31, 2003
Fort Riley soldiers share in pain after death of comrade in Iraq
May 31, 2003
When Army Pfc. Jeremiah D. Smith was killed in Iraq on Memorial Day, it wasn’t just his family who felt the loss. There also were his brothers in arms at Fort Riley.
Democrats not challenging Bush
May 31, 2003
Quite a few observers have noted that G.W. Bush’s presidency bears striking parallels to that of Ronald Reagan. Reagan is remembered as a president who loved to cut taxes and who never hesitated to brandish America’s military might on the world stage.
Louisiana murder investigation creates DNA sample dilemma
May 31, 2003
With a suspect under arrest in the Louisiana serial killer case, investigators are facing questions about what they are going to do with DNA samples collected from more than 1,000 men as part of a huge genetic dragnet.
Stop T waste
May 31, 2003
China denies SARS cover-up
May 31, 2003
A top Chinese health official denied claims that Beijing tried to hide the seriousness of the SARS virus, saying Friday that the government warned about SARS as early as February but initial efforts to fight it were slowed by poor information.
Bygones not forgiven at summit
Bush to confront critics of Iraq war at Group of Eight meeting in Europe
May 31, 2003
They’ve been through months of spit-in-your-eye rhetoric, snubs and warnings of “consequences.” President Bush and European leaders have a lot of reconciling do after straining relations almost to the breaking point over the Iraq war.
Anaheim must rejuvenate
Ducks haven’t threatened Brodeur, Devils in series
May 31, 2003
Two games into a fast-slipping-away Stanley Cup finals for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, no finalist since 1945 has done so little in so much time.
Sun earn first victory
Connecticut tops Houston, 91-83
May 31, 2003
Shannon Johnson scored 31 points and the Connecticut Sun earned their first win since moving from Orlando, a 91-83 victory Friday over the Houston Comets.
Briefcase
May 31, 2003
¢ Schering-Plough faces possible federal charges ¢ Energy: Halliburton settles suits ¢ Economy: Consumers cut spending ¢ Kansas University: Overland Park company signs deal with Taisho
KU, city researchers share in federal grants
May 31, 2003
Researchers from Lawrence and Kansas University have received part of $3.4 million in grants recently announced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Chamber music on orchestra’s meeting agenda
May 31, 2003
Chamber music lovers can enjoy live music and catch up on the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra at the group’s annual meeting and social gathering Sunday at the Lawrence Arts Center.
Let women compete wherever they can
May 31, 2003
What I know about golf could be printed on half a Post-it Note with room left over for the Bill of Rights.
Horoscopes
May 31, 2003
Court rebukes KDOT; ruling called flawed
Justices side with newspaper in open records case, but restrict damage award
May 31, 2003
A publisher and an attorney worried Friday that Kansans would find getting access to public records tougher because of a ruling from the Kansas Supreme Court.
Author to speak at Trinity Episcopal Church
May 31, 2003
Award-winning mystery author Julia Spencer-Fleming will speak and do a book signing from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday in the parish hall of Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vt.
Briefly
May 31, 2003
¢ Lebanon: U.S. reopens consulate ¢ Vatican City: Powell, pope to meet
Briefly
May 31, 2003
¢ Iran: Tehran invites countries to help build nuclear plants ¢ Washington, D.C.: Memo: U.S. underestimated Gulf War nerve gas exposure ¢ Oregon: Climbers top Mount Hood one year after accident