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Sheriff’s Office investigating apparent homicide
November 14, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 4:45 p.m.) The identity of a woman found dead in a house just northwest of Lawrence was being withheld late Friday, hours after the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office classified the death as a homicide. Deputies found the body in the house at 1860 E. 1150 Road, just south of Lakeview Lake, while responding to a request to check the occupant’s welfare, Sheriff Rick Trapp said.
City and KU leaders send apology note to Nebraska fans
November 14, 2003
(Updated Friday at 3:33 p.m.) A trio of Lawrence officials have sent a letter of apology to Nebraska football fans over last weekend’s puncturing of tires on about 25 cars prior to the Kansas University-Nebraska game.
Briefly
November 14, 2003
¢ Study: Smoking drops among high schoolers ¢ Congress allows step toward Nixon library ¢ Seized tigers arrive at Texas sanctuary ¢ Solar-paneled canopy planned for subway
6Sports video: David Padgett has been solid so far
November 14, 2003
Padgett, a McDonald’s High School All-American, has lived up to his reputation.
Chretien ending four-decade career
Prime minister expected to retire early next year
November 14, 2003
A grateful Liberal Party told Jean Chretien “au revoir” Thursday night with a star-filled tribute to thank the retiring prime minister for a 40-year political career culminated by a decade in power.
Math scores improve, reading holds steady in national tests
November 14, 2003
The nation’s math report card shows promise, with more than seven in 10 fourth-graders and almost as many eighth-graders now achieving at a basic level or better.
County to recruit, train volunteer medical corps
November 14, 2003
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department received a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human services this month to develop a Medical Reserve Corps unit for the county.
Briefly
November 14, 2003
¢ Moderate earthquake hits northwest China ¢ Opposition stages sixth day of protests ¢ U.S. breaks ground on diplomatic compound
Briefly
November 14, 2003
¢ Evolutionary quirk unites humans, octopi ¢ Progress reported in making artificial virus
Briefly
November 14, 2003
¢ Court backs extradition of Yemeni suspects ¢ Palestinians, Israel prepare for summit ¢ Hezbollah leader vows to bring home prisoners
Holiday shoppers can find gift ideas at annual bazaar
November 14, 2003
About 110 Lawrence artists and vendors will display their works and wares Sunday at the annual Holiday Bazaar.
Woodling: KU’s Memorial Stadium unique in lack of name
November 14, 2003
Those of us media types who will cover Saturday’s Kansas University-Oklahoma State football game in Stillwater, Okla., have been advised not to linger. Early next week, the press box at Boone Pickens Stadium will be demolished as part of a $20 million renovation project funded entirely by one man.
Gagne wins NL Cy Young
Giants’ Schmidt second to Dodgers’ closer
November 14, 2003
Eric Gagne of the Los Angeles Dodgers became the first relief pitcher in 11 years to win a Cy Young Award, easily beating San Francisco’s Jason Schmidt for the National League honor.
Steinbrenner right about rookie vote
November 14, 2003
I agree with George Steinbrenner, oh, once out of every 1,000 times he opens his trap.
Sebelius to pare vehicle fleet
Governor orders sale of 739 under-used state trucks and cars
November 14, 2003
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Thursday put the brakes on the state’s massive vehicle fleet. The governor ordered the sale of 739 under-used cars and trucks, a two-year moratorium on most new vehicle purchases, and elimination of the state employee central motor pool. She said the changes would save $8.6 million.
Faculty accept ticket plan
Season-ticket proposal for KU men’s basketball wins unanimous OK
November 14, 2003
It’s a deal. Representatives of Kansas University’s faculty and staff on Thursday unanimously approved proposed changes in the way men’s basketball season tickets will be distributed next year.
Head-on collision claims life of retired KU psychology prof
November 14, 2003
A retired Kansas University psychology professor died and two other people were injured in a two-car, head-on collision Thursday afternoon near the Midland Junction just north of Lawrence. Professor emeritus Paul V. Gump, 83, Oskaloosa, the driver of one of the cars, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Senate GOP extends ‘talkathon’ to second night
Republicans seek to end filibusters on judicial nominees
November 14, 2003
Saying 30 straight hours isn’t enough, Republicans vowed to keep the Senate open overnight again Thursday in an attempt to pry conservative jurists loose from Democratic filibusters. President Bush, lending his voice to the effort, accused Democrats of “shameful” inaction on his judicial nominees.
Saudi bombing raises pressure for reforms
November 14, 2003
The bombing that killed 17 people in the Saudi capital is intensifying pressure for democratic reform in Saudi Arabia, and is likely to undercut the militants’ support among Arabs who previously sympathized to some degree with their goals.
Presidential mess
November 14, 2003
Briefly
November 14, 2003
¢ World’s oldest person dies ¢ Nearly 5 million Indians infected with HIV, study says ¢ Bush swells re-election campaign by $2.6 million ¢ Investigation finds some double standards in FBI
Brown happy to be headed to KU
Baldwin volleyball player fulfills dream by signing with Jayhawks
November 14, 2003
With one signature, what seemed to be Emily Brown’s lifelong destiny became reality, and everyone around her seemed to walk away a little happier.
Maytag aims to repair softening revenues
Appliance company enters fix-it business
November 14, 2003
When any of Susan Podgorski’s appliances break, she calls just one repair service — she has a contract with Sears to fix her appliances, including the Maytag refrigerator.
Winter coming, schooner or later
November 14, 2003
Briefly
November 14, 2003
¢ Geography symposium at KU open to public ¢ Cougar Challenge to be run Saturday ¢ Past KU vice chancellor up for post in San Jose ¢ Bowling fund-raiser to benefit child center
Arnold already needs help
November 14, 2003
Phone rang earlier this week and it was a politico offering me an interview with Gray Davis.
Lawrence rapper Approach elicits ‘Reaction’
November 14, 2003
Lawrence’s most visible MC/producer/promoter tries to take it to the clubs with a 12” vinyl of two standout cuts from 2002’s “Ultraproteus” EP. Both tracks — “Funk Reaction” and “Ultraproteus” — come with a remix and an instrumental version (of the remix).
Daily ticker
November 14, 2003
KU soccer to open NCAA Tournament play today
November 14, 2003
There’s a chance Caroline Smith will be able to take aim at a familiar target when Kansas University’s soccer team plays Illinois State in an NCAA Tournament first-round game today. Andrea Shaw, Illinois State’s backup goalkeeper, is Smith’s best friend. They were teammates on a club team in their hometown of Edina, Minn.
Kansas defense endures up-downs
Exercise intended to provide incentive for Jayhawks
November 14, 2003
Life may be full of ups and downs, but you have to go to the Kansas University football practice fields to experience up-downs. What is an up-down?
Proposal boots biology from required classes
Change would free up time for basic skills learning
November 14, 2003
Passing high school biology no longer would be required to graduate from a Lawrence public high school, under a plan that will be considered by the Lawrence school board.
Police release video tape of Nebraska tire puncturing
November 14, 2003
The following video clip shows a shadowy figure walking around vehicles belonging to Nebraska football fans at the Quality Inn last weekend in Lawrence.
College plans historic first dance
November 14, 2003
Andy Morgan can’t dance, but he figured he was in no danger of embarrassing himself.
Briefly
November 14, 2003
¢ Protester wants video sounds kept from jury ¢ Authorities look for leads in tire puncture cases ¢ Police to auction found items, evidence ¢ Ex-KU administrator dies
1.4 million lose power, two killed in windstorms
November 14, 2003
Windstorms gusting to more than 70 mph swept across the Midwest and the East, knocking out power to more than 1.4 million customers and bringing rain and flooding that flushed out buildings “like a toilet.”
Unbeaten Chiefs will falter against Bengals
November 14, 2003
Chad Johnson is putting his mouth where his heart is, guaranteeing he and the Bengals will hand Kansas City its first loss Sunday in Cincinnati.
First sniper trial comes to close as another begins
November 14, 2003
The jury in John Allen Muhammad’s murder trial got the case Thursday after the prosecutor said during closing arguments that Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo formed “a sniper-spotter killing team” with Muhammad as the “captain.” The jury of 11 whites and one black was to begin deliberating this morning.
Area briefs
November 14, 2003
People
November 14, 2003
KU study: Education, income create Internet usage gap
November 14, 2003
In the Kansas City area, the affluent are the most likely users of the Internet, while the poor and less educated are more apt to bypass the medium, according to a new Kansas University survey. The study, conducted by KU journalism professor Maria E. Len-Rios, shows that people earning more than $150,000 a year are nearly three times more likely to use the Internet than someone who earns less than $25,000 per year.
Friends and neighbors
November 14, 2003
Polyphonic Spree shines at Liberty Hall
November 14, 2003
Tim DeLaughter’s last band, Trippy Daisy, always seemed to be hinting at a level of pop majesty to which it could never quite ascend.
Deb Girnius becomes Wizard of Oslo
November 14, 2003
She isn’t in Kansas anymore. She is now somewhere across the Atlantic.
Fallout from ‘The Day After’
Cast and crew of the TV movie remember how Lawrence coped with nuclear devastation
November 14, 2003
On Nov. 20, 1983, Lawrence endured fallout from the blasts of nuclear missiles that struck neighboring Kansas City. The area was scorched by firestorms, citizens were vaporized, and those lucky enough to survive suffered the slower effects of radiation poisoning. At least that is what was portrayed in an ABC television movie that became one of the most watched and most controversial events of the decade.
EPA study: Playground arsenic may pose greater risk than thought
November 14, 2003
A new Environmental Protection Agency study concludes that children who repeatedly come in contact with playground equipment and decks made of arsenic-treated wood face increased risk of developing cancer.
Politics loses sage observer
November 14, 2003
He never so much as ran for sheriff, but he shaped the way two generations of Americans looked at politics. He was an adviser to presidents and, perhaps more important, an adviser to Americans about how to look at the presidency. He was Richard E. Neustadt, and his death the other day at age 84 seemed to mark an important but unnoted passage in American politics.
Wind farm urged for Sunflower site
Developer proposes $70 million plan for renewable energy research park
November 14, 2003
A proposal for a wind farm is the latest suggestion for developing the former Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant site near De Soto. The $70 million plan being pushed by a company from Lenexa calls for erecting 40 wind turbines, 387 feet tall, to generate electricity.
Briefcase
November 14, 2003
¢ Wal-Mart misses mark ¢ Trade deficit grows ¢ Sunflower Broadband wins call center award
District saves half a million by doing own maintenance
Quality of service also improves, official says
November 14, 2003
The Bush administration is pushing for more outsourcing of government work to private contractors.
Goddard senator to resign
November 14, 2003
The chairwoman of the Kansas Senate committee that handles contentious social issues such as gambling and liquor plans to resign from the Legislature on Dec. 6.
Military bill sends $100M to Kansas
November 14, 2003
More than $100 million for construction at Fort Riley and other Kansas military facilities is included in a defense bill approved Wednesday by the U.S. Senate.
6Sports video: KU and OSU both playing for chance at a bowl game
November 14, 2003
Both teams have suffered bad losses in recent weeks.
6News video: Boyfriend In-A-Box goes to Hollywood
November 14, 2003
The novelty gift item, created by Home and Away’s Cathy Hamilton, has inspired a movie. Warner Bros has contacted Hamilton about purchasing the rights to the idea. It’s not the first time the gift has been in the spotlight.
6News video: Witnesses say that suspects confessed to Martin’s murder
November 14, 2003
Witnesses provided their testimony linking the suspects to the KU student’s murder.
6News video: KU professor dies in fatal collision
November 14, 2003
Professor Paul Gump was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
6Sports video: Jayhawks have been remolded into winners
November 14, 2003
Three years ago, volleyball standout Sarah Rome came to a team in transition.
6Sports video: Kevin Kane racks up the tackles
November 14, 2003
Backup linebacker Kane is called ‘gritty’ and ‘steady’ by Coach Mangino.
U.N. agency draws fire on Iran report
November 14, 2003
The U.N. atomic agency is coming under fire for saying it has no evidence that Tehran tried to make nuclear weapons.
Alabama tribunal removes ‘Ten Commandments judge’
November 14, 2003
Roy S. Moore, the unbending chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court whose defiant display of a granite Ten Commandments monument made him a hero to many Christian conservatives, was removed from office by a state disciplinary court.
Produce program delivers to seniors
November 14, 2003
Thanks to a federal grant, some older Lawrence residents received a delivery of fresh produce this week from the Ballard Community Center.
Study: Mothers with friends may be better parents
November 14, 2003
Among baboons, moms with lots of female friends are the most successful parents, according to a new study that supports the idea that social support is an essential part of being a baboon — or a human.
Veterans Day poppies take bloom in Leavenworth
November 14, 2003
Every Veterans Day, American Legion poppies crop up just about everywhere.
Paterno’s struggles continue
Penn State coach enduring worst campaign of career
November 14, 2003
The way Joe Paterno sees it, his team could be playing for a bowl spot if not for a couple of plays.
Stecher services
November 14, 2003
Survey seeks opinions of Kansans on global education in schools
November 14, 2003
A statewide committee of educators and business leaders wants to bring the world into Kansas public schools.
Donated turkeys sought
November 14, 2003
The Salvation Army in Lawrence is looking for a lot of turkeys.
Rotary Club to plant arboretum south of city
November 14, 2003
Rotary clubs from all over the city will gather at 9 a.m. Saturday near the Clinton Lake Sports Complex to plant trees and shrubs.
Protest targets Sunday liquor sales
November 14, 2003
A first attempt at a petition drive aimed at forcing the Tonganoxie City Council to reconsider its approval of Sunday liquor sales has fallen a bit short.
9-11 victims’ families pan White House agreement
Group says commission accepted too many Bush conditions
November 14, 2003
Relatives of people who perished in the Sept. 11 attacks say a federal commission accepted too many conditions in striking a deal with the White House over access to secret intelligence documents.
Japan delays troops for Iraq; U.S. proposes 2004 elections
November 14, 2003
Japan put off a decision Thursday on sending troops to Iraq, a day after the deadliest attack on coalition forces since the war, and South Korea capped its contribution at 3,000 soldiers — new setbacks to U.S. hopes for easing the pressure on its forces.
Ready and wading
November 14, 2003
D’oh! I only have two hands
November 14, 2003
Wellsville’s wild ride continues at Silver Lake
November 14, 2003
Eight teams remain in the Class 3A state football playoffs. Three of the eight are undefeated, unblemished and on a season-long tear that didn’t stop once the postseason started. Four others are 10-1, almost on a similar run if not for one hiccup.
Baldwin’s Berg expects ‘a real tough game’
November 14, 2003
If a high school football coach was hoping to catch a break in the schedule, now wouldn’t be the time.
KU announcer Hill stepping down
November 14, 2003
Howard Hill, public address announcer for Kansas University football and men’s basketball home games for two decades, has decided to step down.
KU women’s squad lands Wichita recruit
November 14, 2003
Taylor McIntosh, a 5-foot-11 shooting guard from Wichita Heights High, has signed a national basketball letter of intent with Kansas University.
Wake Forest trips Memphis, 85-76
Marquette upends St. John’s, 52-45
November 14, 2003
Taron Downey wasn’t supposed to play. Instead, he thrived.
Talent abundant in North Carolina
Duke, UNC, others make ACC powerhouse
November 14, 2003
Last season, no Atlantic Coast Conference team landed a spot in the Final Four for the first time since 1996. Don’t expect another poor NCAA Tournament showing from one of the nation’s top conferences.
Timberwolves top Bulls in OT
Sprewell comes through in Minnesota’s 92-89 win
November 14, 2003
After being on the losing end of a couple of close games, Latrell Sprewell is going to savor this victory.
Langhi re-signs with Golden State
November 14, 2003
Forward Dan Langhi re-signed Thursday with the injury-plagued Golden State Warriors, who received a special roster exemption to sign a 16th player.
Bryant makes his first appearance before trial judge
November 14, 2003
Kobe Bryant made his first court appearance Thursday before the judge who will handle his sexual assault trial, saying nothing as the parents of his accuser sat just a few feet away.
Pacers’ O’Neal offers apology for criticizing fans following loss to Celtics
November 14, 2003
Indiana forward Jermaine O’Neal apologized Thursday for criticizing Pacers fans after Tuesday night’s 78-76 loss to Boston.
On the record
November 14, 2003
Nobody wants to be first Chief to miss game because of injury
November 14, 2003
None of the Kansas City starters have missed a game because of injury during what’s been a perfect season, and no one wants to be the first.
Social disease
November 14, 2003
No leniency should be shown to those who have been on destructive rampages here. Tires on vehicles from Nebraska are mindlessly slashed, young people roam the local streets shooting out windows in vehicles, and local schools regularly are broken into and pillaged for no reason whatever.
Past occupation models don’t work for Iraq
November 14, 2003
I’ve just returned from three weeks in Iraq, where I traveled from Mosul to Baghdad to Nasiriyah to Fallujah. It’s hard to reconcile what I saw with the pep talk from the White House. I think a decent Iraq result can still be salvaged, but only if the Bush team starts being honest with the U.S. public about the postwar situation and starts being more honest with itself.
Nagging need
November 14, 2003
Caring philosophy
November 14, 2003
Gun control
November 14, 2003
KU memory
November 14, 2003
Witness: Slaying suspect confessed
Prosecution in Martin case presents strongest testimony to date
November 14, 2003
A woman who called herself a friend of defendant Kattia Cruz testified Thursday that Cruz confessed to a role in the May 2001 slaying of Kansas University student Shannon Martin. The witness claimed she had spoken to Cruz, 29, a week after the crime at a bus station in the capital city of San Jose. The witness said Cruz confessed involvement in the crime and told her that she had been threatened by her two co-defendants, Luis Alberto Castro Carrillo, 33, and Rafael Zumbado Quesada, 52.
Priest’s papers reveal grief of widowed Jackie Kennedy
November 14, 2003
To a grieving nation, Jacqueline Kennedy was stoic after her husband’s assassination. But over games of tennis with a priest who counseled her, she apparently revealed her feelings, including thoughts of suicide.
Hip-hop hoe-down no ‘Idol’ endeavor
November 14, 2003
Fans of the kind of rap contests showcased in Eminem’s autobiographical movie “8 Mile” might enjoy “The Next Episode” (9 p.m., Showtime). An “American Idol” for the hip-hop set, this six-part documentary series travels to six cities, where the best MCs face off in a lyrical contest before live audiences. The winners will be flown to Los Angeles for a final showdown.
Haskell holds on - HINU women 62, Avila 58
Fightin’ Indians withstand late rally
November 14, 2003
The victory might have been a little too close for comfort for Haskell Indian Nations University women’s basketball coach Phil Homeratha, but he’ll always enjoy the first win of the year on HINU’s home court.
Heppert, Wyatt named all-league
November 14, 2003
Free State High’s Jenny Heppert and Megan Wyatt have been named to the All-Sunflower League volleyball team after leading the Firebirds to a 20-19 record this season.
Prep analyst sold on three Jayhawk recruits
November 14, 2003
Kansas University’s three men’s basketball signees have college — not the NBA — on their minds.
Briefs
November 14, 2003
¢ Taylor next running back to test Titans’ defense ¢ NFL players testify about supplements ¢ League suspends Browns RB Green ¢ Raiders’ Gannon has shoulder surgery
K.C.’s Green golden
QB has helped spark Kansas City to 9-0 start
November 14, 2003
Every time Trent Green takes the field for Kansas City’s first series, coach Dick Vermeil tells his quarterback, “I love you, buddy.” Green grins and tells the coach he loves him, too.
Tonganoxie reservist enjoys visit to school
P.E. teacher set to return in January
November 14, 2003
Hugs and squeals greeted Jeremy Goebel.
Purdue, Ohio State fans still remember catch
Jenkins’ game-winning grab legendary
November 14, 2003
Almost every time Michael Jenkins goes out in public — to a mall, a pizza joint or even class — someone stops him.
Horoscopes
November 14, 2003
Firm mattresses may not be best to help back pain
November 14, 2003
Contrary to popular belief, a firm mattress may not necessarily be best for the back, new research suggests.