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E&E cuts 50 jobs
November 6, 2003
(Web Posted Thursday at 3:52 p.m.) Officials at E&E Display Group today cut 50 jobs, or about 20 percent of the company’s work force, the Lawrence-based manufacturer confirmed.
Presidential debates to bypass Lawrence
November 6, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 11:54 a.m.) Lawrence wasn’t one of the four sites announced as 2004 presidential debate sites Thursday morning.
County OKs sales tax election plan
Legislature needed to greenlight vote for more school funds
November 6, 2003
The Lawrence school district is cramming for a political test that could be worth more than $4 million a year — provided that Douglas County commissioners, state legislators and, ultimately, county voters give it passing grades.
Governor’s comments on education criticized
November 6, 2003
A Republican leader took issue Wednesday with Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ criticism of GOP-led efforts to improve public education.
Documents say al-Qaida tried to bring more hijackers to Sept. 11 plot
November 6, 2003
Federal officials now believe al-Qaida was trying to bring additional hijackers into the United States a few weeks before the Sept. 11 attacks.
State appeals court nominees announced
November 6, 2003
An attorney, a federal prosecutor and a state district court judge are finalists for a seat on the Kansas Court of Appeals.
Trust fund offers proposals to address city’s affordable housing shortage
November 6, 2003
Lawrence’s population has nearly doubled in the past 20 years. New neighborhoods have sprung up along the western fringes of the city, expanding the tax base and fueling the city’s 1990s economic boom.
What TV needs is a nostalgia channel
November 6, 2003
Nostalgia is not the same as history. The folks at the History Channel should know that. If you’re looking for a pleasant and diverting glance back at the Western movie genre, then the two-hour documentary “When Cowboys Were King” (7 p.m., History) is for you. But let’s not call it history.
Study: Canadian drugs at least third cheaper
November 6, 2003
Whether Americans opt for Nexium or Prevacid to treat their heartburn, they could have bought the drugs in Canada for less than half the price. As Congress debates whether to allow foreign pharmacies to fill prescriptions, The Associated Press surveyed comparable U.S. and Canadian prices for 10 popular drugs and found the Canadian prices were 33 percent to 80 percent cheaper.
Iraq troop plan includes re-introduction of Marines
National Guard, Reserve soldiers also will be included in next troop rotation
November 6, 2003
The Marine Corps, which played a central role in toppling Saddam Hussein last spring, will return to Iraq as part of a U.S. troop rotation approved by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Wednesday, officials said.
Monument fight may cost taxpayers
November 6, 2003
Alabama’s suspended chief justice says he is fighting efforts to have taxpayers pay attorneys fees for the people who sued to remove his Ten Commandments monument from a state courts building.
6Sports video: Kansas’ first win was rocky
November 6, 2003
Coach Self and the Jayhawk players hope to iron out the rough spots before the regular season begins.
6News video: Democracy Caravan swings through Lawrence
November 6, 2003
The group’s goal is to inspire grassroots political activisim.
Before 2003 NASCAR season ends, 2004 begins
November 6, 2003
We know that the 2003 Winston Cup season will end after two more weekends. It’s a little more difficult to pinpoint when the 2004 season began.
Dean makes case to drop public financing
November 6, 2003
Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean made an impassioned case here Wednesday that he should abandon public financing of his presidential campaign — a strategic gamble that he can raise more money than he will give up in public money and still win the nomination.
Post-election, Democrats see few silver linings in dark political clouds
November 6, 2003
A year before the 2004 elections, the news is grim for Democrats, losers of statehouses in Kentucky and Mississippi in off-year balloting, victims of a wave of retirements by Senate Southerners and petitioners in court hoping to block a Texas House redistricting massacre.
Briefly
November 6, 2003
¢ Judge turns away gay marriage case ¢ Jessica Lynch book reveals soldier raped ¢ One killed, four wounded in bus station shooting ¢ Boycott thwarts abortion clinic project
Briefly
November 6, 2003
¢ Blackout report blames problems at 2 utilities ¢ Military tax package raises death benefit ¢ Custody challenge OK’d for vegetative patient ¢ Stomach-staple surgery causes patient’s death
Daily ticker
November 6, 2003
Serial killer pleads to 48 murders
Deal will spare Green River strangler from execution
November 6, 2003
Uttering the word “guilty” 48 times with chilling calm, Gary Leon Ridgway admitted Wednesday he is the Green River Killer and confessed to strangling four dozen women over two decades — “so many women I have a hard time keeping them straight.”
Jayhawks turn back Tigers
KU rallies for emotional five-game victory over Missouri
November 6, 2003
There was a time Wednesday night when the Kansas University volleyball team seemed destined to lose its third straight five-game match. Trailing 9-1 to No. 25 Missouri in Game Five, Horejsi Center was silent. So were the Kansas hitters. The Jayhawks were defeated, finished, cooked.
Proxy assigns life-and-death decisions
November 6, 2003
It wasn’t the volume of mail that surprised me when I protested “Terri’s Law.” After all, the case of Terri Schiavo, a Florida woman back on a feeding tube, had been put before a national jury. The vast majority of my e-mailers seemed to believe that the few minutes of edited video represented the 24/7 reality of her last 13 years.
Friends and neighbors
November 6, 2003
Spring cleanup to boost Farmland project
K.C. company still seeks buyer for 467-acre site
November 6, 2003
The first stage of a major cleanup at Lawrence’s shuttered Farmland Industries nitrogen fertilizer plant could begin by April. A Houston-based company won a bid to purchase much of the plant’s fertilizer production equipment and plans to remove the equipment this spring for shipment to a buyer overseas, the company’s president said Wednesday.
NYSE chair plans to trim board
Interim leader proposes forming executive group to provide insights
November 6, 2003
John Reed Wednesday proposed taking authority over the New York Stock Exchange away from Wall Street brokerage and trading firms and handing it to a small, independent board of directors from outside the securities industry.
Bush replaces river scientists, draws criticism
November 6, 2003
In a move that may block changes to the Missouri River’s flow, the Bush administration yanked the government scientists and is bringing in a new team.
Paterno retire? Only to enlist
November 6, 2003
It will take more than a five-game losing streak to force Penn State football coach Joe Paterno to quit.
Our town sports
November 6, 2003
Texas-sized duel on tap
Woods, Singh battling for PGA Tour money title
November 6, 2003
The Tour Championship usually is nothing more than a season-ending celebration for the top 30 players, a chance for the rich to get even richer.
Woods’ winnings in Orlando enough to make him rich
Tiger has six wins, nine top-three finishes in 15 tournaments
November 6, 2003
Stewart Cink had an amazing year in Orlando.
Cash a top winner at CMA Awards
November 6, 2003
Johnny Cash won the Country Music Assn.’s album of the year, single of the year and video of the year awards Wednesday — capturing his first CMA awards since 1969 and tying Alan Jackson for most wins during the night.
How not to throw a party
November 6, 2003
“Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear second wife, whose $2.1 million toga party I planned with my former lover and billed at least half of to the company I was bilking, meaning that someday these festivities may feature prominently in my embezzlement trial, especially the part about the ice sculpture of The David peeing vodka — which, come to think of it, didn’t turn out quite as classy as it sounded when the party planner (she is so HOT!) suggested it, but anyway — Happy birthday to you!”
Fort Riley soldier killed
November 6, 2003
The Department of Defense on Wednesday identified a soldier recently killed in Iraq as being from Fort Riley.
Woodson lacks authority to criticize
Oakland cornerback’s comments would mean something if he were playing up to potential
November 6, 2003
The Raiders call Charles Woodson “CWood.”
Defensive tackle Watkins could return for Nebraska game
November 6, 2003
Kansas University’s beleaguered defense could use some help. The Jayhawks could get a big boost Saturday against Nebraska if defensive tackle Travis Watkins takes the field for the first time this season.
James loses home debut
Boykins steals show as Denver tops Cleveland
November 6, 2003
The kid from the local high school stole the show — and all LeBron James could do was watch.
Horoscopes
November 6, 2003
TCU survives Louisville scare
Horned Frogs stay unbeaten with 31-28 victory
November 6, 2003
TCU did just enough one more time to remain undefeated and continue the debate about whether it deserves to be part of the Bowl Championship Series.
People
November 6, 2003
¢ ‘Producers’ ticket gets hotter ¢ Sizzling holiday special ¢ Medical marijuana fine
6Sports video: KU hopes for first win over Nebraska in decades
November 6, 2003
Nebraska’s troubles give the Jayhawks hope that they can end the 34-game losing streak.
6Sports video: KU volleyball defeats the Tigers
November 6, 2003
The Jayhawks manage to snap a two-match losing streak with a fifth-game victory.
6Sports video: KU soccer goes to Big 12 tournament
November 6, 2003
The soccer team has never won a post-season game.
Fun and games
November 6, 2003
The ability to laugh and have some fun is a good trait for a major college coach. One of the traits that already has endeared Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self to many KU fans is his often self-deprecating sense of humor.
Skilled teachers
November 6, 2003
Kansas teachers aren’t part of whatever problem the federal No Child Left Behind legislation is trying to solve. In summing up the need to meet teacher requirements set by the federal No Child Left Behind legislation, Kansas Education Commissioner Andy Tompkins tells us something many of us already knew: Kansas has a lot of great teachers.
U.S. hypocrisy
November 6, 2003
Smoke statistics
November 6, 2003
Parent privilege
November 6, 2003
Control is key for Putin
November 6, 2003
Vladimir Putin is cashing in the chips he has amassed this year while presiding over a resurgent Russian economy, performing a delicate balancing act on the U.S. war in Iraq and promising new Russian flexibility in the Middle East. Now all that Putin asks is for his countrymen and fellow world leaders to shut up while he pursues a brutal war without end in Chechnya and systematically shrinks political and press freedoms in Russia.
Senate OKs tools to help fight ID theft
Businesses can share customer information
November 6, 2003
The Senate on Wednesday agreed to give Americans new weapons against identity theft, including access to their credit scores, a free e-mailed copy of their credit report annually and one-call-for-all fraud reporting. But the bill approved by the Senate 95-2 also pre-empts tougher state privacy laws that prevent businesses from sharing their customers’ financial information with other companies, consumers groups complain.
Briefcase
November 6, 2003
¢ U.S. factory orders up ¢ Food companies targeted in Fleming investigation ¢ Hallmark continues with magazine idea
Young adults sporting Dickies
Trend boosts Texas-based firm’s sales
November 6, 2003
Al Rios is a college student and aspiring journalist, but he favors a timeless blue-collar look to his clothing, down to his Dickies work pants.
Ethanol tax agreement puts life in energy talks
November 6, 2003
Energy negotiators reached a compromise Wednesday on a difficult ethanol tax issue, overcoming a major barrier blocking a broadly based energy bill, according to a key senator and House sources close to the talks.
Book drive exceeds goal by 5,000 titles
November 6, 2003
A group of Wellsville High School students set out to collect 1,050 books to beef up some elementary classroom libraries in their hometown. But with two weeks left to go in their book drive, students have been so successful that they’re running out of storage space for the more than 6,000 donated books they’ve amassed. And now they are looking at supplying books to dozens of schools and agencies within a 100-mile radius of this small Franklin County town.
New tuition increase proposed
Dance, music students would fund updates to Murphy Hall
November 6, 2003
John Paul Johnson is tired of conducting Kansas University choirs in a rehearsal room that hasn’t seen many updates since it was built in 1956. “There are holes in the floor, the windows can’t close, there are holes in the walls,” said Johnson, the choir director and professor of music. “We have to be careful where we sit or step so we don’t hurt ourselves or rip our clothes.”
Election fever hits town
Democracy Caravan seeks voters
November 6, 2003
With red, white, and blue eagles emblazoned on the outside and dedicated volunteers inside, the Democracy Caravan roared into Lawrence Wednesday. It set up shop outside Checkers Foods, 2300 La. “Democracy is under siege,” Caravan volunteer David Schwenk said. “We need to make sure as many people as possible get involved in our democracy to make sure our leaders follow the will of the people.”
Dean supporters weigh campaign efforts
November 6, 2003
Lawrence’s Howard Dean supporters are stepping up their efforts to get the former Vermont governor into the White House.
After decades of silence, French village gives up WWII dead
November 6, 2003
The bodies of 17 German soldiers executed in an act of reprisal during World War II were exhumed Tuesday from a grave kept secret for decades by a village in southwest France.
China’s Long March really much shorter
November 6, 2003
They slogged across rugged terrain for a year, fleeing Nationalist forces and forming the cornerstone of Chinese communist legend — the “Long March” that turned Mao Zedong’s guerrillas into folk heroes of the masses they would soon command.
Somalian warlords help in hunt for terrorists
November 6, 2003
In lawless Mogadishu, where U.S. officials fear al-Qaida members are plotting their next attack, the word is out: catch a terrorist, collect rewards as high as $5 million.
Topeka mayor’s case to proceed
Judge rejects contention that district attorney lacks standing
November 6, 2003
The attempt to oust Mayor Butch Felker from office will proceed, after a judge denied the suspended mayor’s motion to dismiss the case.
Librarian files suit in porn case
November 6, 2003
A high school librarian who was fired for accessing sexually explicit sites on the Internet has filed a $500,000 federal lawsuit against the Arkansas City School District and two former employees.
6News video: Native American Heritage Month recognizes contributions of natives
November 6, 2003
Advocates hope to have greater prominence in state affairs.
6News video: City commission hopes to block chain stores
November 6, 2003
The commission wants to find ways to keep Lawrence’s unique local stores downtown.
6Sports video: Travis Watkins will try to play this season
November 6, 2003
Watkins hopes to be able to play against Nebraska.
6Sports video: Aaron Miles stands out
November 6, 2003
The point guard took command during KU’s exhibition game against EA Sports.
USS Nimitz final carrier to return from Persian Gulf
November 6, 2003
With “California Dreamin”’ blasting from the speakers, thousands of sailors streamed from the USS Nimitz on Wednesday and waved to their loved ones after an eight-month deployment to the Persian Gulf.
Cheap traffic-signal devices threaten intersection chaos
November 6, 2003
It’s every motorist’s fantasy to be able to make a red traffic light turn green without so much as easing off the accelerator. That naughty dream may now be coming true, with perilous implications.
Warfield’s status unclear
Chiefs cornerback injures Achilles tendon
November 6, 2003
The injury luck may be running out for the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs, who watched cornerback Eric Warfield leave Wednesday’s practice because of an apparent injury to his Achilles tendon.
Eldridge again raided for taxes
State agents seize $1,200 in cash
November 6, 2003
Tax officials raided the Eldridge Hotel for the second time in six months Wednesday night in an effort to collect back taxes from the struggling, historic downtown business. Rob Phillips, general manager of the Eldridge, 701 Mass., confirmed that tax agents from the Kansas Department of Revenue, escorted by deputies from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, entered the hotel after 9 p.m. and took an estimated $1,200 in cash to partially satisfy back taxes owed by the business.
Bush signs sweeping abortion restrictions
November 6, 2003
President Bush signed into law the most far-reaching abortion restrictions in three decades Wednesday, an emotionally charged measure already challenged in three federal courts. A federal judge in Nebraska called the law “highly suspect” and issued a temporary order blocking it from applying to four abortion-rights doctors who filed suit.
Indians decry bias in historical markers
November 6, 2003
Indians killed settlers and took bloody vengeance. White immigrants loved peace and worked hard. Such descriptions of frontier life on the plains are common on historical markers across Kansas, and American Indians want them changed.
Laughlin services
November 6, 2003
Walker services
November 6, 2003
Wingert services
November 6, 2003
Grace M. Steele
November 6, 2003
Julee Christy
November 6, 2003
Marjorie E. Manske
November 6, 2003
Pulitzer-winning journalist to speak in lecture series
Writer shared prize with Watergate reporters
November 6, 2003
About 300 tickets remain for Sunday’s lecture by civil rights activist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Roger Wilkins.
Former official arrested on traffic violations
November 6, 2003
Former Kansas City Councilwoman Carol Coe was arrested for traffic violations and warrants after she was pulled over for driving with unregistered license plates.
Attacks intensify in northern Iraq
November 6, 2003
Insurgents attacked three American military convoys in this northern city with rocket-propelled grenades and roadside bombs Wednesday, killing three Iraqi civilians and wounding five Americans, the U.S. military and hospital officials said.
Governor proclaims Native American Heritage Month
November 6, 2003
Officials from Haskell Indian Nations University, several American Indian tribes and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday kicked off Native American Heritage Month during a celebration at the Capitol.
Kansan found guilty of kidnapping, killing teen
November 6, 2003
A Lansing, Kan., man already serving life in prison in Kansas for killing an elderly Kansas City, Kan., woman was found guilty Wednesday of kidnapping and killing an Independence teenager five years ago.
Fruits of their labor
November 6, 2003
On the record
November 6, 2003
KU’s opening performance panned
Jayhawks’ exhibition win draws criticism, but Self says he saw ‘lot of positives’
November 6, 2003
Kansas University’s 91-87 season-opening exhibition victory over EA Sports Tuesday night didn’t draw rave reviews in various media outlets Wednesday. One writer declared the game “almost one of the biggest embarrassments in the program’s recent history.”
KU soccer increasing expectations for tourney
Jayhawks to open today with OU at Big 12 event
November 6, 2003
Monica Brothers remembers walking off the field following Kansas University’s double-overtime loss to Missouri two years ago in the Big 12 Conference soccer tournament. Brothers was just a freshman then, and her season ended a week later with a first-round loss to Brigham Young in the NCAA Tournament. Last year, KU’s season ended in the opening round of the Big 12 tourney with a loss to Nebraska.
Huskers practice without their traditional black jerseys
November 6, 2003
Upon his arrival at Nebraska, defensive coordinator Bo Pelini admitted he knew little about the Blackshirt tradition.
Ottawa upends HINU women
November 6, 2003
Haskell Indian Nations University’s women’s basketball team followed the pattern of the Fightin’ Indians men’s squad.
Audit finds $2 million owed Indians in royalties
November 6, 2003
The Interior Department ordered oil and gas companies, after an audit found they underpaid for production in 2001, to pay $2 million more in royalties to American Indian tribes and landowners.
City aims to protect downtown
Plans in the works to encourage locally owned retail stores
November 6, 2003
Worried that downtown Lawrence real estate is becoming so pricey that deep-pocketed national franchises will crowd out the “mom and pop” businesses, city commissioners Wednesday told city staffers to look for ways to keep the chain stores at bay. “We may be on the verge of (downtown) losing its uniqueness to franchise operations,” said City Commissioner David Schauner.
Top-ranked Tiger in same position, but new situation
November 6, 2003
The last time Tiger Woods came to Champions Golf Club, he only had one victory in his previous eight tournaments, nearly missed the cut at a major championship, wasn’t in contention at two others, yet, he still was No. 1 in the world.
Courting the crew
Winston Cup teams trying to lure pit personnel
November 6, 2003
When it comes to successful Winston Cup teams, often when you win, you lose. All teams crave wins and championships, and the teams that are successful often become the targets of the teams that are not.
Mary Powell
November 6, 2003
Great service
November 6, 2003
Political books
November 6, 2003
Microsoft offers rewards to fight viruses
November 6, 2003
Microsoft Corp. announced Wednesday it was creating a $5 million reward program to help law enforcement identify and convict those who illegally release worms, viruses and other types of malicious programs on the Internet.
Hokies seeking another big win
After knocking off Miami, Virginia Tech now must travel to No. 25 Pittsburgh
November 6, 2003
Virginia Tech could fall out of the national-title picture about as quickly as the Hokies played their way back into it.
KU runner Chesang honored by Big 12
November 6, 2003
Kansas University cross country runner Benson Chesang, a freshman from Kenya, has been named to the Big 12’s all-conference cross country team.
Briefly
November 6, 2003
¢ Three killed in crash ¢ Husband charged with aggravated assault ¢ Courts could reduce child support payments
Briefly
November 6, 2003
¢ Longer airport lines predicted for holidays ¢ New FBI guidelines ease background checks ¢ Reactor project suspended
Briefly
November 6, 2003
¢ City financial picture less dire than thought ¢ Suspect charged with raping children ¢ Veterans to celebrate Marine Corps’ birthday ¢ City officials cancel compost giveaway