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Retired KU professor dies in head-on collision
November 13, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 5:39 p.m.) A retired Kansas University psychology professor died and two other people were critically injured in a two-car, head-on collision Thursday afternoon near the Midland Junction just north of Lawrence.
Fumes lead to evacuation from law enforcement center
November 13, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 12:27 p.m.) Employees working in the Douglas County Law Enforcement Center got a brief scare Thursday morning — fumes were detected in the building, which led to a brief evacuation.
Briefly
November 13, 2003
¢ FBI: Suspect ‘close’ to bombing clinics ¢ Judge won’t reveal hazing decision ¢ Study: Pain affects productivity at work
Bush to face London protest
November 13, 2003
Security worries are more serious for President Bush’s upcoming trip to Britain than previous presidential visits, but some anti-war demonstrators may still be allowed to get close enough for Bush to see them, police said Wednesday.
Trial opens in Carnahan plane crash
November 13, 2003
An airplane parts manufacturer knew for 20 years that one of its products was causing airplanes to crash but did nothing about it, an attorney for the family of the late Gov. Mel Carnahan said Wednesday.
Momentum builds for Dean campaign
Key unions endorse candidate
November 13, 2003
Two powerful unions formally endorsed presidential hopeful Howard Dean on Wednesday, further cementing his status as Democratic front-runner by nearly every measure — organization, momentum and money.
Truck bomb strikes Italian base in Iraq
At least 26 reported dead
November 13, 2003
A suicide bomber blew up a truck packed with explosives at an Italian paramilitary base Wednesday, killing at least 26 people. The United States struck at the Iraqi insurgency hours later, destroying a warehouse in Baghdad and chasing attackers who were seen firing mortars.
Supreme Court tackles age discrimination case
November 13, 2003
Taking up an age discrimination case that could make it harder for employers to accommodate older workers, Supreme Court justices expressed concern Wednesday that allowing employees in their 40s to sue for the same benefits as older workers would, as one justice said, “blow up” federal anti-age bias laws.
Baylor against Oklahoma? Numbers don’t lie
November 13, 2003
Oklahoma beat Texas A&M by 77 points four weeks after the Aggies pounded Baylor by 63.
KU study shows KC residents favor TV news
November 13, 2003
If you’re a Kansas City area resident and you’re reading this story online, you’re most likely to be young, college-educated and making a good income, according to a Kansas University survey released Thursday.
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November 13, 2003
¢ Leader: Report shows lack of nuclear threat ¢ Companies agree to logging restrictions
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November 13, 2003
¢ DNA evidence defended in Laci Peterson case ¢ Experimental vaccine fails in AIDS study
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November 13, 2003
¢ Ten-year-old chained to bed dies in fire ¢ Hepatitis A outbreak affects at least 340
Merchants try to ease Husker fans’ suffering
Tire-slashing victims to get gift certificates from businesses
November 13, 2003
Please come back, Nebraska football fans, even if your team has beaten ours for 35 consecutive years. That’s the message Lawrence merchants, in conjunction with the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau, want to send to Nebraska fans whose tires were slashed last weekend while they were in town to attend Saturday’s football game at Kansas University.
Hand of Saddam seen in insurgency
U.S. general says attacks may have been planned before war
November 13, 2003
The recent string of high-profile attacks on U.S. and allied forces in Iraq has appeared to be so methodical and well-crafted that some top U.S. commanders now fear that this may be the war Saddam Hussein and his generals planned all along. Knowing from the 1991 Gulf War that they couldn’t take on the U.S. military with conventional forces, these officers believe, the Baathist government cached weapons before the Americans invaded and planned to employ guerrilla tactics.
Congress settling prescription drug benefit for seniors
November 13, 2003
The fate of a federal prescription-drug benefit for seniors, a priority for both Democrats and Republicans in Congress, could ultimately depend on whether a fragile deal struck Wednesday holds up long enough to reach the House of Representatives and Senate for final approval.
Recovery process continues six months after park beating
Last of four defendants found guilty in attack on disabled Lawrence teen
November 13, 2003
An almost six-month ordeal for a physically disabled Lawrence teen ended Wednesday when a judge found the last of four boys guilty of beating the teen this spring in a Lawrence city park.
Daily ticker
November 13, 2003
Boeing deal to boost Wichita economy
Senate OKs plan to acquire 100 refueling tankers; bill to create jobs in south-central Kansas
November 13, 2003
For two years, as members of Congress wrestled over the details, Fred Hunt anxiously watched as Boeing Co. sought a contract to provide the U.S. Air Force with a new fleet of midair refueling tankers. That wait finally ended Wednesday, when the Senate approved the controversial plan for the Air Force to acquire 100 Boeing 767s as part of a $401 billion defense bill.
Shelter still faces neighbor resistance
Brook Creek residents reiterate opposition to proposed center
November 13, 2003
Some faces had changed. So had the proposed location. But the response Wednesday of Brook Creek neighborhood residents to a possible new homeless shelter was unchanged from nearly three years ago: Not in our back yards.
Briefly
November 13, 2003
¢ KU’s ‘Hate-Out Week’ commemorates lives lost ¢ Donor offers to match $10,000 in fund drive ¢ Animal advocates seek to spay, neuter wild cats
Broadway prepares to revive musical ‘Wonderful Town’
November 13, 2003
For the first time in more than 60 years, it’s Comden without Green.
Parent group builds strengths of families
November 13, 2003
Even parents who would never physically abuse their child know they could do better at the all-important job of raising their kids.
Uninsured young adults take high-stakes gamble
November 13, 2003
Clint Bowers had always been in perfect health.
Searchers seek victim of Green River killer
November 13, 2003
Searchers on Wednesday returned to a site near Kent where confessed Green River serial killer Gary Ridgway said he left a body.
Jayhawks shut down Sooners
Defensive-minded Kansas sweeps overmatched Oklahoma squad
November 13, 2003
Apparently Kansas University’s volleyball team misunderstood the saying, “Boomer Sooner.” They must have thought it said “Boom The Sooners,” because that’s what the Jayhawks did Wednesday at Horejsi Center, pummeling Oklahoma, 3-0 (30-14, 30-21, 30-16).
Mason, bosses deserve recognition
Teamwork enabled former Kansas University coach to elevate Gophers’ football program
November 13, 2003
Glen Mason, the happy-go-lucky mentor of the Minnesota football team, was the recipient of much love and appreciation in the aftermath of Saturday’s 37-34 victory over Wisconsin.
Polk poised for Division One
LHS senior will play hoops at Fairleigh Dickinson
November 13, 2003
It’s often a unique tale that brings together school and student-athlete.
D.A.: Randle won’t be charged
November 13, 2003
No charges were filed against John Randle over a domestic disturbance call, but not because of Randle’s status as a Kansas University football player.
Briefcase
November 13, 2003
¢ .S. companies, China sign trade agreements ¢ Cap Fed profit declines ¢ Payless announces loss ¢ Ford credit rating drops
Texas’ Ransom Center boasts treasure trove of works
November 13, 2003
The collection is as big as it is diverse.
Dad’s confession admissible in slaying
November 13, 2003
A Missouri man’s confession that he stabbed his 11-year-old developmentally disabled son and left him to die on the Kansas Turnpike last year can be used in court, a Leavenworth County judge ruled Wednesday. The ruling sets the stage for Raymond Boothe, 35, to stand trial starting Jan. 26 on a first-degree murder charge.
Highly touted class of three signs with KU
November 13, 2003
Bill Self’s first recruiting class at Kansas University someday might be regarded as one of his best. “I think these three guys can be great players for Kansas,” Self said of 6-foot-11 Alexander “Sasha” Kaun, 6-1 Russell Robinson and 6-8 Darnell Jackson, who Wednesday signed national letters of intent with KU on the first day of the weeklong early signing period. “I think they can be impact guys — much like a (Keith) Langford, (Wayne) Simien, (Aaron) Miles, (Michael) Lee type of class.”
Toomey fully adapted
KU linebacker has learned to love gridiron
November 13, 2003
Gabriel Toomey is the first football player out of the locker room at every Kansas University home game, usually leaving his teammates several yards behind. Toomey, a sophomore linebacker, wasn’t quite as enthusiastic before his first practice.
Bush should lift steel tariffs
November 13, 2003
Good politics, good economics and good sense: That is the case that should move President Bush to lift the patchwork tariffs on imported steel that he imposed 20 months ago. Steel is where the United States should declare victory and get out of a lose-lose conflict with the European Union and America’s other major trading partners.
RedHawks blow away Herd
No. 23 Miami of Ohio overcomes wind, Marshall for 45-6 victory to clinch MAC East title
November 13, 2003
The goal posts were shaking, the flag poles were bending. The gusting wind had everything rattled — except Ben Roethlisberger.
Okafor leads preseason squad
November 13, 2003
Emeka Okafor has done pretty well on the court and exceptionally well in the classroom. The Connecticut junior was just as impressive in garnering votes for the Associated Press’ preseason All-America team.
All in the family
Brian France ready to follow in footsteps of father, grandfather as leader of NASCAR
November 13, 2003
The Winston Cup garage at Phoenix International Raceway was packed with people. Crews worked under car hoods. Fans jockeyed for glimpses of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Sponsors hobnobbed with team owners. And reporters scurried for interviews.
Advocates for disabled mark 25 years of service
November 13, 2003
The late Roger Williams left his legacy in curb cuts and handicap-accessible bathrooms on the Kansas University campus, and it was in his memory Independence Inc. celebrated its 25th anniversary Wednesday.
Bison bidding war
November 13, 2003
Demand to help boost crop prices, market analyst says
November 13, 2003
Good prices are ahead for agriculture, not only in 2004 but for several years to come, nationally-known agricultural market analyst Sue Martin said at the Wichita Farm and Ranch Show.
Dennis A. Longfellow
November 13, 2003
Nurse jailed for duping elderly
Caregiver bilked couple out of thousands in their final years
November 13, 2003
Calling a caregiver’s actions “despicable,” a judge Wednesday sentenced her to four years in jail for bilking a retired Kansas University professor and his wife of more than $70,000 during the final years of their lives. Melody G. McKenzie, 43, Lawrence, pleaded guilty earlier this year to fleecing William J. Griffith, former director of KU’s Center of Latin American Studies, and his wife, Shirley Griffith, after McKenzie began work in spring 2001 as the Griffiths’ in-home caregiver.
On the record
November 13, 2003
Poll: Bush’s rating on economy improves
November 13, 2003
Public approval of President Bush’s handling of the economy has increased amid signs that the economy is recovering, according to a poll out Wednesday.
Spurs rip Nets in Finals repeat
November 13, 2003
Tim Duncan not only beat the Nets again, he made them play scared.
People
November 13, 2003
¢ Comedian considers Senate run ¢ Timberlake joins restaurant ¢ Love pleads not guilty to drugs ¢ A thrill just to participate
First tenant opens in former Kmart building
Developers say T.J. Maxx expected to open 25,000-square-foot store
November 13, 2003
There’s life again in the former Kmart building on South Iowa Street. Bed Bath & Beyond has opened a 23,000-square-foot home furnishings store in the building at 31st and Iowa streets, and the property’s developers confirmed Wednesday a T.J. Maxx store also is slated for the site.
Briefly
November 13, 2003
¢ Letters with white powder sent to media outlets, CDC ¢ American Catholic bishops condemn same-sex unions ¢ White House, Sept. 11 panel reach accord on documents
Americans released from Mexican jail
Charges dismissed in land-rights dispute
November 13, 2003
Three Americans accused of invading and looting property in a controversial land-rights case in Oaxaca, Mexico, have been released from a monthlong jail stay after a local judge decided the charges against them had no merit.
Panel urges financial aid for businesses over sales tax law
November 13, 2003
A legislative study committee agreed Wednesday that the state should provide relief to businesses struggling with a new sales tax law, but members did not endorse a specific proposal because of the potential cost. Some business owners have complained that the new law is onerous because it requires retailers to collect sales taxes at the rates imposed where they deliver their goods, rather than where the business is located, as had been the practice for decades.
Mortgage firm provides $40M to settle allegations
November 13, 2003
A mortgage firm will set up a $40 million fund to compensate tens of thousands of customers and settle government allegations of abusive practices that caused homeowners to pay high insurance rates, improper late fees and other unnecessary costs.
No victor in Rosie suit
Judge finds no damages to O’Donnell or publisher
November 13, 2003
A judge said Wednesday that neither Rosie O’Donnell nor the publisher of her former magazine deserved damages in their dispute over its demise.
Soybean production better than expected
November 13, 2003
As farmers wind down fall harvest in Kansas, the government Wednesday issued more optimistic production forecasts for the state’s soybean crop.
Book offers nap time information
November 13, 2003
Nap time can be a battleground pitting parents against their groggy, defiant children.
Palestinians approve new Cabinet, urge peace talks
November 13, 2003
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat swore in a new Palestinian Cabinet on Wednesday, getting the government he wanted after a long wrangle and setting the stage for a renewed push to enact the stalled, U.S.-backed “road map” peace plan.
Bombing victims say lifestyles were scrutinized
November 13, 2003
Residents of the mainly Arab residential compound attacked by suspected al-Qaida suicide bombers said Wednesday they knew their Westernized lifestyle was under scrutiny — they’d received a surprise visit from Saudi religious police suspicious that men and women were mixing at a party.
Former POW from Kansas recounts capture in Iraq
Pfc. Patrick Miller insists he’s no hero despite killing Iraqi soldiers, pestering guards
November 13, 2003
A Kansas soldier who was captured in Iraq with Jessica Lynch says he shot and killed members of an Iraqi mortar team as they were getting ready to launch an attack on his American colleagues.
Testimony details fierce attack
Murder trial resumes in slaying of KU study abroad student in Costa Rica
November 13, 2003
After almost two weeks of delays, the trial for suspects accused of killing Kansas University student Shannon Martin resumed Wednesday in this impoverished Pacific port town. Testimony from a forensic expert outlined a fierce struggle between Martin and her attackers. And in an unorthodox move, the judges moved their proceedings from the courtroom to the street where Martin was slain.
Clark outlines plan to capture bin Laden
November 13, 2003
Criticizing President Bush’s efforts, Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark said he would press Saudi Arabia to provide commandos to accompany U.S. troops in the hunt for Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaida leaders.
Standoff in Dallas kills 3
November 13, 2003
A daylong standoff between police and a gunman ended Wednesday with the man and two other people dead and four officers wounded. Seven children and a woman held as hostages were released unharmed.
6Sports video: Watkins will try to play at Oklahoma State
November 13, 2003
Travis Watkins will attempt to play despite his nagging injury.
6Sports video: VolleyHawks sweep Oklahoma
November 13, 2003
The volleyball team extends their Big 12 record to 9 - 6.
6Sports video: LHS standout Polk chooses school in New Jersey
November 13, 2003
Fairleigh Dickinson University be Josie Polk’s new basketball team.
6Sports video: Jayhawks soccer going to NCAA tournament
November 13, 2003
KU is playing well, but their first games will be against their fiercest rivals.
6Sports video: Improved Jayhawks were dominant in second exhibition game
November 13, 2003
The ‘Hawks played better defense and got more points against the Gorillas.
6News video: Chamber of commerce hopes to heal wounds from Nebraksa game
November 13, 2003
Vandalism of Nebraska fans has raised concerns about the city’s reputation. The Chamber of Commerce will send packages including gift certificates and apologies from city officials.
6News video: Kansas not keeping kids away from tobacco
November 13, 2003
The state is one of the worst in the nation for how it uses the money from tobacco settlements. Lawrence public schools report that a quarter of their students are smokers. Watchdog groups blame lack of funding for tobacco prevention.
6News video: Neighborhood residents protest new homeless shelter
November 13, 2003
The Brook Creek Neighborhood Association is opposed to the new Salvation Army shelter.
6News video: Boothe confession is not suppressed
November 13, 2003
The judge in the case denied the motion to keep the confession out of the case.
6News video: The trial in Shannon Martin’s killing will begin soon
November 13, 2003
The trial was delayed because of legal technicalities.
6News video: No charges will be filed against John Randle
November 13, 2003
Randle was arrested more than a week ago, but the district attorney’s office will not pursue the case.
Actor makes return trek to WWII internment camp
November 13, 2003
A cypress root harvested from an Arkansas swamp 60 years ago is one of the few mementos Star Trek actor George Takei has from his childhood at a World War II internment camp.
Rush Limbaugh to resume radio program Monday
November 13, 2003
Rush Limbaugh will return to his radio talk show Monday after completing a five-week treatment program for his addiction to painkillers, his brother said Wednesday.
West Nile case confirmed
November 13, 2003
A Douglas County resident is the latest Kansan confirmed by state health officials to have contracted the West Nile virus.
Claude ‘Buck’ Radcliff Jr.
November 13, 2003
Laura Grayce Stecher
November 13, 2003
Mabel Grace Freeman
November 13, 2003
County to speed up designating land for development
November 13, 2003
Douglas County commissioners figure they’d better hurry up and find some places to permit new industrial parks — before it’s too late.
Attorney hired to defend against open records suit
November 13, 2003
Douglas County is bringing in legal help to fight charges it illegally withheld public information after a chase involving Lawrence Police that ended in the death of a 56-year-old woman.
Deputy wreck case referred to state
November 13, 2003
A fatal crash involving a Barton County deputy has been referred to the state Attorney General’s Office for further investigation and possible criminal charges.
Report criticizes state for tobacco programs
Anti-smoking efforts fall far short, groups say
November 13, 2003
Kansas ranks among the nation’s worst states in adequately funding tobacco prevention programs for children, a new report charges. The Sunflower State ranked 42nd among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in the report released Wednesday by a coalition of public health organizations.
Pena AL manager of year
Marlins’ McKeon wins NL award
November 13, 2003
Tony Pena of the Kansas City Royals fell to his knees and cried with his family Wednesday at the news of being selected baseball’s American League manager of the year.
Gophers’ Mason fed up with fans’ cheap shots
November 13, 2003
Glen Mason, now in his seventh year as head football coach at Minnesota University, didn’t take calls on his Sunday radio show because of what he deemed “cheap shots” taken by callers.
Basketball season officially opens tonight
November 13, 2003
The Coaches vs. Cancer Classic is on a run.
Report: Taking testosterone shows no benefits
November 13, 2003
The widely used male hormone testosterone has not been shown to be either safe or beneficial for the many men who use it to improve their strength and mood, an expert panel of doctors concluded Wednesday.
Bryant to appear before trial judge
November 13, 2003
Kobe Bryant will be back in a Colorado courtroom today for his first hearing before the judge that will preside over his sexual-assault trial.
KU’s Washington tapped for Women’s Hall of Fame
November 13, 2003
Marian Washington, now in her 31st year at Kansas University, has been named to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
Gergen third in presidential series
November 13, 2003
Only a handful of vouchers remain for David Gergen’s lecture Sunday at the Lied Center.
Memory Wall’s‘ overflow photos to be on computer
November 13, 2003
More than 1,000 pictures of World War II veterans that didn’t fit in displays at the Dole Institute of Politics will soon be included in a new computerized exhibit.
Shoplifting report leads to police chase
November 13, 2003
A car carrying three shoplifting suspects struck three vehicles Wednesday afternoon in downtown Lawrence as the trio tried to elude police.
KU briefs
November 13, 2003
Our town sports
November 13, 2003
A few more dollars
November 13, 2003
More and more of the cost of higher education in Kansas is being transferred to individual students and their families. From time to time, taxpayers are reminded that attaching fees to various services is just a back-door way of raising taxes. The same theory seems to apply to efforts to add special surcharges onto tuition for Kansas University students enrolled in certain classes or degree programs.
Campaign laws tie speech to money
November 13, 2003
On May 24, 1945, just 16 days after V-E Day, Britain’s socialists were sanguine. A Labour Party firebrand, Aneurin Bevan, anticipating the Labour victory that occurred five weeks later, said privation would be a thing of the past because essentials would soon be abundant: “This island is made mainly of coal and surrounded by fish. Only an organizing genius could produce a shortage of coal and fish at the same time.”
Dumb decision
November 13, 2003
Nebraska apology
November 13, 2003
Abortion law erases women
November 13, 2003
Maybe this picture isn’t worth a thousand words. That honor probably belongs to the flight deck portrait of the president under the sign “Mission Accomplished.” Maybe the presidential photo op now flying around the Internet and soon to be available on your local T-shirt is only worth 750 words.
Cell phone pictures don’t lie
November 13, 2003
I come from a family of product innovators. My father, an avid slurper of soup, dreamed up the perfect soup bowl. It would have a spoon-sized depression at the bottom, so when you were down to the last little bit, you would press the spoon into the depression and end up with a perfectly empty bowl.
Senate passes defense bill
$401.3 billion measure exceeds Bush’s request
November 13, 2003
The Senate gave final approval Wednesday to a $401.3 billion defense bill that gives the Pentagon greater control over its civilian work force and eases environmental restrictions on the military. The bill authorizing 2004 defense programs now goes to President Bush for his signature.
Republicans launch all-night session to settle federal judicial nominations
November 13, 2003
Forcing the Senate’s first all-night session in nine years, Republicans on Wednesday launched a 30-hour “talkathon” on judges to protest a Democratic blockade that has killed one of President Bush’s judicial nominations this year and stalled three others.
Friends and neighbors
November 13, 2003
Young gun
Soph Smith streamlined to shatter KU records
November 13, 2003
Kansas University soccer sensation Caroline Smith can’t explain her ability to score so many goals. She just does.
Conspiracies debunked on A&E
November 13, 2003
Was Jack Ruby part of a vast conspiracy to kill John F. Kennedy, or merely a lost soul who grabbed his chance to make big headlines? Tonight’s “Biography” (7 p.m., A&E) makes an hour-long case for Ruby’s lone-loser status, debunking the many theories that see him as a mob-linked killer hired to silence Kennedy’s apparent assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, just two days after the president’s murder.
Media report troops mistreating staff in Iraq
November 13, 2003
With casualties mounting in Iraq, jumpy U.S. soldiers are becoming more aggressive in their treatment of journalists covering the conflict.
Braun campaign propelled by outrage
November 13, 2003
She travels alone a lot.
Kenseth’s Cup championship isn’t bittersweet for Martin
November 13, 2003
It was a day Mark Martin undoubtedly had been dreaming about for his entire racing career. Finally, after so many heartbreaking disappointments, Roush Racing had won a Winston Cup championship.
Horoscopes
November 13, 2003
Research space critical for grants, education officials tell Legislature
November 13, 2003
Kansas University officials told lawmakers Wednesday that the need for additional research space was of paramount importance when trying to win science grants.