Archive for Sunday, November 2, 2003

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Poet’s Showcase
November 2, 2003
Briefly
November 2, 2003
¢ Turkish engineer kidnapped; police, soldiers clash in south ¢ Presidential historian Richard Neustadt dies ¢ More than 30 ferry accidents blamed on human error
Book notes
November 2, 2003
¢ Local poets to read from latest collections ¢ Oread Books event features KU author
Arts notes
November 2, 2003
¢ Shimomura to show new work in KC ¢ Prairie Wind Dancers to have children’s show ¢ Symphony orchestra to perform concert ¢ East Asian center presents art lectures ¢ KU gallery exhibition explores intertextuality of fish, cultural history ¢ KU choir, barbershop quartet to perform at high school ¢ Dance company aha! to perform at arts center ¢ Percussion ensemble to perform at church ¢ Sculptor to discuss art at Spencer Museum ¢ Tenor to sing concert at community college ¢ India comes alive in travelogue ¢ Nobel Peace prize winner to discuss families, trauma ¢ Mary Atkins lectures continue at Nelson-Atkins
2004 stamp schedule nearing release
November 2, 2003
It’s been an interesting 12 months for the U.S. Postal Service.
Creative options
Lawrence may need to get creative in its efforts to improve educational opportunities in local public schools.
November 2, 2003
At separate meetings last Monday, members of the Lawrence school board endorsed two initiatives. One was to seek a half-cent countywide sales tax to support schools; the other was to form a task force to study the possibility of establishing a high-tech vocational training center in Lawrence.
Tuition targets
November 2, 2003
ICAN help
November 2, 2003
Health threat
November 2, 2003
Lawrence Own-Your-Own show raises more than $25K
November 2, 2003
The third annual Lawrence Own-Your-Own juried art exhibition and sale wrapped up Oct. 6 with purchases of artwork totaling $25,640.
Long exposure creates illusion of floating ghost
November 2, 2003
Tate Modern gallery unveils weather artwork
November 2, 2003
If the stereotype that Britons are obsessed with the weather can be taken as fact, Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has given them plenty to talk about with a new work at the Tate Modern gallery.
Halston’s designer draws on real estate roots
November 2, 2003
Get Bradley Bayou talking about Rockefeller Plaza, and you’ll understand his unlikely journey from real estate developer to top fashion designer. It’s all about architecture.
Ban on black cat adoptions dropped at Halloween
November 2, 2003
There’s no reason to be scared of black cats, and animal shelters concede that there’s no reason to be scared of the people who would adopt the cats, either.
Great pumpkins
Curly Top, Ghost win in carving contest
November 2, 2003
A curly headed, round-faced spook and a gaggle of ghosts were picked winners in The World Company’s second-annual Great Pumpkin Carving Contest.
Wichita to pay AirTran $608,000
November 2, 2003
The city will pay AirTran Airways $607,952 to make up the discount carrier’s losses from providing service between Wichita and Atlanta from May through September.
Dwindling resource tests Kansans
Ogallala Aquifer’s decline squeezes farms, communities
November 2, 2003
While Clyde and Glenda Schinnerer were taking a shower or doing laundry, the water at times would just stop flowing at their Scott County farm in western Kansas. Eventually, water would seep back into their well from the Ogallala Aquifer and the water pump would start again — for a while.
Western Kansas banks on irrigation
Farming in semiarid region of state dependent on availability of water
November 2, 2003
Louis DeKeyser has a quick answer when asked what western Kansas would be like without irrigation. “We’d be rattlesnakes and pack rats. Irrigation is what made western Kansas. If you take it out, all your packing plants, equipment dealers and banks probably would just leave,” he said.
Briefcase
November 2, 2003
¢ More workers matching pay when switching jobs ¢ Census report looks at financial health ¢ Name that company
Becoming a sunflower state
Area farmers seek alternative crops to help boost profits
November 2, 2003
Two years of drought-like conditions may help parts of the Sunflower State begin living up to its moniker. Dry weather the past two years has left corn and soybean farmers spending more time scratching their heads than harvesting bountiful crops. The situation has area agriculture experts speculating that farmers will begin looking to plant fall crops that may be more resistant to dry weather.
ABC special on Jesus sure to foster controversy
November 2, 2003
ABC News correspondent Elizabeth Vargas concedes her network is stepping into a theological minefield with its one-hour exploration of whether Jesus Christ had a wife.
On the record
November 2, 2003
Two Kansas Citians killed in triple fatality on I-80
November 2, 2003
The efforts of several people to save victims in a fiery two-car crash on Interstate 80 in Council Bluffs kept one man alive but three people died, police said.
Notebook
November 2, 2003
Car rams arena where Bush gave campaign speech
November 2, 2003
A car ran a police checkpoint outside an arena where President Bush had spoken and rammed the building Saturday. Authorities swarmed the car with weapons drawn and took away the driver and her three children who were with her.
Rowena L. Michaels
November 2, 2003
Area briefs
November 2, 2003
¢ KU nursing school to honor top nurses ¢ ROTC professor to speak at Veterans Day program
After scare, Capitol police acknowledge security gaps
November 2, 2003
The chief of the Capitol Hill police says his security personnel will take cues from airport security screeners and sacrifice speed to slower passage through X-ray machine posts.
House of Terror museum prompts Dole warning
November 2, 2003
Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole warned that future generations should never forget how dictatorial regimes used terror to stay in power, after he visited a museum Saturday that documents the abuses of communism and fascism in Hungary.
Calendar
November 2, 2003
Douglas County Senior Services, 745 Vt., offers activities for residents age 55 and older. Call 842-0543 for more information.
Weather hindering Colorado hunting
November 2, 2003
Unseasonably hot, dry weather has impeded hunters tracking elk and deer through Colorado’s first two big game rifle seasons.
Witnesses say teen had no warning before shark attack
November 2, 2003
The water was clear and there was no indication of danger when a 13-year-old surfing star went out on the waves with her best friend and her friend’s father.
K.C.’s Hall sparks talk of possible MVP
Player’s impact is most important gauge
November 2, 2003
Kansas City’s Dante Hall is not merely the NFL’s most exciting player with Michael Vick injured. He is not merely the most explosive game-changing weapon on pro football’s only unbeaten team.
For Chiefs, Holmes truly most valuable
November 2, 2003
Dante Hall of the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs has had a terrific half-season returning kickoffs and punts, with a pair of scores both ways. You could argue he is among the NFL’s more exciting players. But league MVP?
Baldwin volleyball falls in title game
November 2, 2003
After making its first trip to the Class 4A state tournament in 2002, Baldwin High’s volleyball squad scorched through the 2003 regular season, eventually earning a spot in the state-championship game Saturday.
Goosen cooks field at Chrysler
Baird trails by two, Singh by three entering final round
November 2, 2003
Retief Goosen looked unflappable as ever Saturday in the Chrysler Championship on his way to a 4-under-par 67 and a two-stroke lead.
Medicare drug plan wouldn’t help all U.S. seniors
November 2, 2003
For older Americans wondering how much help they would get from a Medicare prescription drug benefit, the answer depends on their income and annual pharmacy bills. And, it seems, on who’s asked.
Foster kids in adoption limbo
Adopting parents, judges, advocates pan process in state
November 2, 2003
Noel Fox and her husband, Jim, have experienced both the joy and the frustration of adopting a child. The Lawrence couple adopted Sadie Grace, a former foster child, in April 2001. She’s now 3. “The thing that tried our patience the most was the courts and all the delays you go through — every time there’s another hearing, it’s another six or eight months,” Noel Fox said. “That may not sound like a long time, but in the life of a small child it is.”
Arkansas pops UK in 7 OTs
November 2, 2003
DeCori Birmingham scored on a 25-yard run in a record-tying seventh overtime, and Arkansas stopped Kentucky on a fourth-down play in a 71-63 victory Saturday night.
Red Raiders overcome Symons’ 6 turnovers
November 2, 2003
Coach Mike Leach wasn’t happy about Texas Tech’s six turnovers Saturday night — all by B.J. Symons — but he was satisfied with the outcome.
State slates turkey dates
November 2, 2003
Next spring’s turkey season in Kansas will run from April 14 to May 31. Wildlife and Parks commissioners set those dates at a public hearing last week.
Wal-Mart pawns
November 2, 2003
New trials ordered in double fatality
Jury instructions inadequate, court rules
November 2, 2003
Two men convicted of murder in a 1999 crash that killed a Colorado man and a Missouri woman will receive new trials, after the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that the men did not get a fair trial.
Suspended Topeka mayor faces more allegations, no new charges
November 2, 2003
The prosecutor trying to oust suspended Mayor Butch Felker has alleged even more criminal acts in a court filing but stopped short of charging Felker with any additional crimes.
Taiwan leader pushing for new constitution
November 2, 2003
Taiwan’s leader took his campaign for a new constitution to New York, as Taiwanese media widely reported protests by Beijing supporters against his visit.
Confederate flag comments rile Democratic candidates
November 2, 2003
A comment by Howard Dean about Confederate flags and pickup trucks has embroiled the leading Democrats in Iowa’s caucuses in a name-calling donnybrook.
Post office honors memorial with stamps
November 2, 2003
To commemorate the visit of the Traveling Vietnam Wall Memorial to Ottawa, a temporary postal station set up in Forest Park will provide special pictorial stamps.
Agony & ecstasy at A&M
Freshman QB Barmann shines; KU sloppy in loss
November 2, 2003
Adam Barmann didn’t make many freshman mistakes in his first college football game. His Kansas University teammates did. Barmann passed for 294 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 45 yards and another score, but two costly turnovers, special-teams breakdowns and 547 yards of total offense by Texas A&M were too much for the Jayhawks to overcome in a 45-33 loss Saturday at Kyle Field.
Faces and places
November 2, 2003
Dr. Richard Wendt, a Lawrence orthopedic surgeon, recently attended a medical education program called “Minimally Invasive Approach to Total Joint Arthroplasty” at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago. The program presented concepts and techniques in total knee and hip replacement surgery with emphasis in indications and surgical techniques for a minimally invasive approach.
Bedore: Texas doesn’t deserve Big 12 hoops Media Day
November 2, 2003
Reflections from Thursday’s Big 12 Men’s Basketball Media Day in Dallas: First, the obvious: Media Day should be held in Kansas City, not football-crazed Texas — a state whose residents could care less about college basketball this time of year.
Pet post
November 2, 2003
Thousands protest German welfare cuts
November 2, 2003
About 100,000 people took to the streets of Berlin on Saturday to demonstrate against Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder’s plans to trim Germany’s generous welfare state, the biggest show of public opposition so far to his drive to revive Europe’s largest economy.
Democrats still splintered, poll finds
November 2, 2003
Democrats are divided over the direction of their party and sharply split over whether party leaders should be more willing to confront President Bush or compromise with him on the Iraq war, taxes and the budget deficit, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.
As ‘Paper Moon’ turns 30, Hays remembers limelight
November 2, 2003
It’s been 30 years since Hays and Hollywood hit head on. To those who played any part in the creation of “Paper Moon,” a movie filmed in Hays and other spots in Ellis, Rush and Russell counties, this anniversary is worthy of a celebration.
More cases should be brought against investment schemers
November 2, 2003
Federal prosecutors trying to clean up Wall Street’s sleaziest practices suffered a big setback last month when a mistrial was declared in the case against former investment banker Frank Quattrone.
City briefs
November 2, 2003
¢ Shoppers ‘Round Up’ for Lawrence youths ¢ County Road 1029 to close Wednesday ¢ Exhibit features photos of modern Cuban life
Prof’s seat on panel may help KU gain grants
Associate dean at medical school is member of National Institutes of Health advisory board
November 2, 2003
Kansas University’s top administrators often say the biggest place for growth in research funding is in the life sciences. As a member of an advisory board for the National Institutes of Health, Joan Hunt has heard the same story from university officials across the country.
Fertilizing now will pay off for spring
November 2, 2003
Because days are shorter and nights are colder, lawns are slowing their growth. Soon it will be time to put the mower away for winter. By now, most gardeners are tired of caring for their yards and are looking forward to a vacation. There are some late-season chores, however, that you can do now that will make lawn care easier next spring.
49ers hoping for Bulger-like success with Rattay
November 2, 2003
If the San Francisco 49ers hope to stay in the NFC West race, their quarterback change must work out just as well as the St. Louis Rams’ move did.
Patriots’ defense could stifle sluggish Broncos
November 2, 2003
The New England Patriots used a variety of defensive formations and disguised coverages to fluster and confuse Cleveland quarterbacks Tim Couch and Kelly Holcomb.
Ags shake third-quarter malaise
November 2, 2003
Entering Saturday’s game against Kansas University, Texas A&M’s football team had scored just three points in the third quarters of its five losses, each time dropping the Aggies into a hole too deep to escape.
Barmann plays down success
November 2, 2003
Kansas University’s football team endured a week of questions about its quarterbacks after senior starter Bill Whittemore was injured Oct. 25 at Kansas State.
How they scored
November 2, 2003
No time, or need, for petty squabbles
November 2, 2003
We may lose touch with them. Our interests may diverge, our characters and tastes may change. But no one can stir quite the same sense of commonality as our original friends.
Hotel to provide luxuries for pets
November 2, 2003
Sleeping dogs now have a luxurious place to lie.
Late turnover dooms Baker
Interception seals Wildcats’ 17-7 loss
November 2, 2003
The statistics were almost even, and the strategies were the same. The only difference in Saturday’s game between Baker University and Benedictine was the final score.
No. 10 Va. Tech topples No. 2 Miami, 31-7
November 2, 2003
Virginia Tech blew the national championship race wide open Saturday night — and got back its pride — with the biggest victory in its history, 31-7, over No. 2 Miami.
Sooners lower boom
OU routs Oklahoma State, 52-9
November 2, 2003
Bob Stoops silently stewed as he listened to the chatter coming from Oklahoma State all week. Oklahoma’s coach had the final say after the rout was over.
Five state parks feature variety of rental cabins
November 2, 2003
Looking for a different fall and winter experience in Kansas?
Briefly
November 2, 2003
¢ Mobil announces hotel, restaurant awards ¢ Arkansas adds visitor center at wildlife refuge ¢ Fire museum reopens
Red Riding Hood figures, plates attract collectors
November 2, 2003
Little Red Riding Hood is the heroine of a story by the Brothers Grimm, written in 1812. It was one of many folk tales they recorded in story form.
Community service project brings food, clothing to city’s homeless
November 2, 2003
It was almost like Christmas on Saturday inside the Community Drop-In Center. A steady stream of about 100 people who are homeless took turns poring over tables and selecting socks, gloves, toiletries and food items to help them through winter days and nights while living in the streets. All of it was free.
New rules motivate floodplain changes
Developers apply to exclude properties from 100-year map
November 2, 2003
When the city passed new regulations last year for building in areas prone to flooding, officials predicted the rules would change development patterns in Lawrence. What they didn’t know was that the floodplain itself would change.
Country music awards return spotlight to men, tradition
November 2, 2003
The nominees for this week’s country music awards are a bit more old school than some predecessors — and a lot more brawny. For the first time in some 20 years, male singers took all five slots in both the entertainer of the year and newcomer categories.
With technology comes new set of questions for state courts
Legal conference looks at tangled issues as justice gets wired
November 2, 2003
Moving a state’s courts into the online, high-tech world is fairly straightforward. All it takes is money, time, and the right people and equipment.
Firefighters say threat lessened but not over
November 2, 2003
The massive blaze creeping toward this mountain resort town came to a standstill Saturday, prompting fire officials to let many residents return home.
Life seems faster once hunting trip comes to a close
Even dogs know something is up
November 2, 2003
It’s all over now. Our three days of pheasant hunting out here on the burnished prairies are behind us.
Missouri reports deer plentiful
Last year’s record harvest of 247,792 could be surpassed
November 2, 2003
Plenty of deer, 34 hunting days and unlimited bonus permits in most of the state could add up to another record-breaking firearms deer season for Missouri.
Fears empty Baghdad schools
U.S. to boost Iraqi security forces
November 2, 2003
Nervous Baghdad parents kept children home from school on Saturday, but warnings of terror attacks and anonymous calls for a general strike otherwise had limited impact across Iraq, as U.S. authorities moved to counter an intensifying insurgency.
What are you reading?
November 2, 2003
Metal of magic, power, wealth
The Art of Gold’ to gleam at Spencer Museum
November 2, 2003
Kings craved and killed for it. Commoners slaved for it. High priests praised it. Alchemists strived to replicate it. Prospectors mined and panned and pined for it.
Aquila Theatre Company returns with ‘Othello’
November 2, 2003
Aquila Theatre Company will return Friday to the Lied Center to perform its interpretation of William Shakespeare’s “Othello.”
Sugar babies: Perfect check-ups rare thanks to super-sized drinks, sweet treats
November 2, 2003
Joshua Brown sits completely still, made comfortable by nitrous oxide and Novocain, while Richard Abrams carefully removes one of Joshua’s baby teeth. As the pediatric dentist gently pulls it out, the tooth splits, a tell-tale sign of severe decay.
By the time they get to Phoenix …
… these Lawrence artists, advocates and volunteers have devoted their lives to promoting creativity
November 2, 2003
Remarkable. That’s the adjective that must be associated with one’s name and accomplishments before one receives a Phoenix Award. For the eighth year, Lawrence Arts Commissioners have narrowed a field of glowing nominations to seven they feel have contributed truly exceptional service to the Lawrence arts community.
Gay bishop’s consecration today will be biggest test of American church
November 2, 2003
Today’s consecration of the first openly gay Episcopal bishop will be a watershed moment for American religion that will crystallize severe divisions over homosexuality among Episcopalians and their fellow Anglicans worldwide.
Nature spawns shocking stories of odd growth
November 2, 2003
I have here a news item that alert reader Diane Moore clipped out of the Oct. 21, 2002, issue of the Pana, Ill., News-Palladium (actual motto: “Containing More News About the Pana Trade Area Than All Other Newspapers in the World”).
Too much testing, not enough funding
No Child Left Behind: Will it work?
November 2, 2003
When the Bush team rolled out its 2000 election campaign plan, education was front and center. Post-election, however, what educators and students got was a long list of questions and unfunded mandates in the form of the No Child Left Behind Act.
Free State’s Valencia, Schneider all-staters
November 2, 2003
Two runners, both blessed with super athleticism, both still innocent to the mental and strategic rigors of cross country. Both are all-state in 2003. Free State High’s Alysha Valencia and Danny Schneider capped an inspiring season of growth with a strong finish at the Kansas Class 6A state meet Saturday at Rim Rock Farm.
Baldwin sweeps titles at 4A cross country
November 2, 2003
Baldwin High cross country coach Mike Spielman can’t explain the secret to how his boys’ team captured its six straight state title Saturday at Wamego Country Club. “I think it’s kind of partly that tradition,” Spielman said. “And you know, no one wants to be on the team that stops the streak.”
Natural beauty abounds at Great Salt Lake
November 2, 2003
Famed western writer Wallace Stegner called it “a desert of water in a desert of salt and mud and rock” — an apt description for Utah’s dead sea.
Bryant’s reception mixed
Kobe scores 15, hits three late free throws in win
November 2, 2003
Kobe Bryant endured the boos, appreciated the cheers and tried to shake off the rust in his return to the Los Angeles Lakers’ lineup.
Kenseth nears first Cup title
Series points leader owns just one win this season
November 2, 2003
The closer he gets to winning his first Winston Cup championship, the harder it is for Matt Kenseth to ignore the pressure.
Horoscopes
November 2, 2003
People
November 2, 2003
¢ ‘Will & Grace’ star pregnant ¢ Actress to try sweatshop life ¢ Spain’s crown prince engaged ¢ Vandross’ recovery ‘slow, steady’
Iraq comparison to Vietnam is unsettling
November 2, 2003
Robert Caro, the biographer of Lyndon Johnson, delivered the annual Theodore H. White lecture last week at Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, so it was inevitable that the panel following his talk was confronted with a question about the comparison between Johnson’s experience with Vietnam and President Bush’s travails in Iraq. (Editor’s note: Robert Caro is scheduled to speak at 8 p.m. today at the Lied Center of Kansas as part of the Dole Institute of Politics Presidential Lecture Series.)
Plan demands results, offers more choices
No Child Left Behind: Will it work?
November 2, 2003
The No Child Left Behind Act represents a radical departure from Washington’s prior K-12 education laws: For the first time, it ties federal dollars to achieving academic results. It also seeks to give parents options when their children are poorly served by schools receiving federal aid designed to close an achievement gap defined so long by race and poverty.
Pets help keep owners healthy, doctor says
November 2, 2003
“I love you,” are words that 63 percent of pet owners say to their pets at least daily. Even more dramatically, 83 percent refer to themselves as their pet’s mom or dad according to the same American Animal Hospital Assn. survey. As such, we can no longer ignore the medical significance of the bond we have with four-legged family members.
N.Y. marathon’s slowest racer always finishes
November 2, 2003
Like other athletes preparing for the New York City Marathon, Zoe Koplowitz knows the usual tips: Dress for the weather, pace yourself, start out slow.
Lawrence commuter report
November 2, 2003
Chiefs, Vermeil share bond
Connection with K.C. players paying off in 8-0 start
November 2, 2003
The third-year charm of Dick Vermeil seems to be running full throttle for the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs.
The Motley Fool
November 2, 2003
¢ Last week’s answer ¢ It’s time to winterize ¢ Didn’t keep track ¢ America West takes flight
Woodling: Defense to blame for loss
November 2, 2003
Too bad only two Kansas University football players can wear No. 7. Both were magnificent Saturday afternoon. You know all about the astonishing debut of freshman quarterback Adam Barmann, who wears No. 7 on offense, but sophomore linebacker Nick Reid, who wears that digit on the defensive platoon, was splendid, too, leading the Jayhawks with 13 tackles.
Hamilton best in Busch race
Riggs ascends to lead in series
November 2, 2003
Bobby Hamilton Jr. won the rain-shortened race, and Scott Riggs took the lead in the tight five-man NASCAR Busch series points chase Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway.
Portrait of valor
Book includes tale of selfless Kansas City soldier
November 2, 2003
There was no time to think. Amid the smoke and chaos of an ambush in South Vietnam’s Quang Tri Province in 1968, U.S. Navy medic Don “Doc” Ballard was tending to a group of wounded marines when one of them yelled, “Grenade!” Ballard saw the device land nearby and, knowing it would kill his patients if it exploded, threw himself on the grenade, holding it tight to his body.
Small projects aim to protect bulk of water supply
November 2, 2003
John Hynek figures the Little Blue River has washed away 200 feet or so of land in his 35 years of farming along its banks in Washington County, enough soil annually to fill dump trucks parked bumper-to-bumper for nearly eight miles.
Poll finds divided electorate one year out from election
November 2, 2003
Two years after a surge of national unity in the wake of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the United States is once again a 50-50 nation, shaped by partisan divisions as deep as ever that stand between President Bush and re-election.
Former KU forensic scientist gaining fame with ‘Body Farm’
November 2, 2003
“There is nothing better than a dead body to make your day,” Dr. William Bass says. A pre-eminent forensic anthropologist for half a century, Bass still gets an adrenaline rush from a fresh encounter with an unidentified corpse.
Israel honors slain leader
November 2, 2003
Tens of thousands of Israelis gathered Saturday night to mark the eighth anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, showing their continued support for the stalled peace process.
Bookstore
November 2, 2003
Self-serve systems boost airlines’ productivity
Electronic kiosks, online booking cutting costs
November 2, 2003
Dewey Reynolds only flies a few times each year, so it’s not like he knows every corner to cut to save time and money. Still, the 64-year-old real estate broker proudly hunts for bargain fares on the Internet and avoids lines at the airport by checking himself onto flights by using electronic kiosks.
Veterans lied to join military ranks
Youngsters fudged age to enlist
November 2, 2003
At a time when the nation desperately needed a few good men, they stood silently among thousands of military volunteers driven by patriotism, financial security and adventure.