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Snow in the forecast for Sunday night
November 19, 2003
(Updated Wednesday at 11:08 a.m.) Get set for some roller coaster weather. For the next couple of days, you can get by with wearing T-shirts, shorts and sandals. But by Sunday afternoon, you’ll have to pull out the heavy coats and scarves — the first snow of the season is heading this way along with single-digit wind chills, says Ross Janssen, 6News meteorologist.
City takes intersection plan slowly
Commission delays decision on Sixth, SLT proposal again
November 19, 2003
A long-delayed development proposal for the intersection of Sixth Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway was delayed again Tuesday. The Lawrence City Commission last week approved a “nodal plan” that designates the eastern half of the intersection for commercial development. But commissioners wouldn’t give approval Tuesday to a proposal that seemingly fits that plan.
Texas Tech trounces Davidson
Red Raiders win opener, 89-58, to advance in Preseason NIT
November 19, 2003
Bob Knight appeared to have shared his basketball mojo with a few of the seven newcomers on his Texas Tech team.
Briefly
November 19, 2003
¢ Murder trial ordered in Laci Peterson killing ¢ Victims’ families preview 9-11 memorial designs ¢ U.N. to withdraw staff
Self still not sold on lineup
KU coach will pick five from possible seven
November 19, 2003
Bill Self hasn’t tipped his hand on Kansas University’s starting lineup for Friday’s season opener against Tennessee-Chattanooga. “Not yet, not yet,” junior guard Michael Lee said of Self, KU’s first-year hoops coach, revealing his opening five for the 7:05 p.m. contest at Allen Fieldhouse.
Whittemore wants to help
Quarterback might play Saturday, but only if he can execute KU’s entire offense
November 19, 2003
Bill Whittemore isn’t afraid of taking hits, and that won’t change if Kansas University’s senior quarterback returns to the lineup for Saturday’s regular-season finale against Iowa State.
Smithfield to keep Farmland plants open
November 19, 2003
Smithfield Foods Inc. plans to keep plants operated by Farmland Foods Inc.’s pork division open and bring their maintenance up to date, a Smithfield executive said Tuesday.
City briefs
November 19, 2003
¢ Digital Journalist creator to speak at Dole Institute ¢ KU SenEx to devote meeting to ticket talk ¢ State reception to honor turnpike flood rescuer ¢ KU senior class selects H.O.P.E award finalists
Briefly
November 19, 2003
¢ Lawmakers consider dropping 12th grade ¢ Sun sets on Barrow; will return in January ¢ Chess master, computer end tournament in draw
Spice up turkey with Mexican sauce
November 19, 2003
Mole (molay) for the holiday does not quite rhyme, but taste-wise it’s a cheering refrain. It’s certainly in tune with current seasoning styles, given our fondness for heightened flavor, including Mexican influences.
A-Rod’s talk of future rings hollow
November 19, 2003
In 1996, there was no question Alex Rodriguez deserved the league’s MVP award, despite his rookie status. His performance, then as a 21-year-old Mariners shortstop, was far superior to Juan Gonzalez’s slugging totals in Texas.
Pistons send Lakers packing
Detroit hands L.A. its third straight road loss
November 19, 2003
Detroit’s depth beat the star power of the Los Angeles Lakers. Chauncey Billups had 24 points and eight assists to lead a balanced attack for the Pistons in a 106-96 win Tuesday night over Los Angeles.
Cowher refuses to quit
Steelers coach won’t concede team is out of playoff picture
November 19, 2003
Bill Cowher held his second news conference in 12 hours on opposite coasts to discuss the same game. The Pittsburgh coach’s demeanor Tuesday nearly was identical to his team’s predicament.
Thanksgiving favorites: Area residents share holiday recipes
November 19, 2003
You never know when or where you’re going to stumble upon a great Thanksgiving recipe, one for a dish that’s destined to become a family classic.
Opponents of adult stores call in nonprofit legal aid
November 19, 2003
Opponents of sexually oriented businesses located along Interstate Highway 70 have scheduled two meetings next month with a representative of a nonprofit organization that offers legal support to communities concerned about the stores.
Bucs bench Johnson for rest of season
Tampa Bay deactivates disgruntled wide receiver for remaining six games
November 19, 2003
Keyshawn Johnson will get his wish to leave Tampa Bay — once the season is over. Meantime, he won’t even get to play.
Relatives, survivors recall 1978 Jonestown tragedy
November 19, 2003
Twenty-five years ago, Leslie Cathey strapped her baby boy to her back and fled into the jungle of Guyana — away from Jonestown and the imminent disaster that would take more than 900 lives.
Legislator urges tax increase to fund higher education
November 19, 2003
A Lawrence lawmaker on Tuesday called on Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to support a tax increase for higher education early in the legislative session. Paul Davis, a Democrat, said support from Sebelius and legislative leaders would be key to passing a funding increase for universities.
St. Patrick’s Day beneficiary chosen
November 19, 2003
A fishing club for children will be the beneficiary of the next St. Patrick’s Day parade. The Crown Casting Club, which teaches Lawrence youngsters how to fish and gives them the equipment to do so, will receive proceeds raised by the parade, organizers announced Wednesday morning.
Lawrence R. Good
November 19, 2003
Sweet potato pie beats taste of pumpkin
November 19, 2003
I don’t remember the first time I ate sweet potato pie but I vividly recall the instant in which I decided that sweet potato pie was far superior to pumpkin. In one mouth-watering moment, I resolved to choose sweet potato over pumpkin every chance I got.
Tale of 2 libraries: Lawrence vs. Topeka
Capital city outspends university town by more than 6-to-1
November 19, 2003
There aren’t many things people in Lawrence envy about Topeka, but one of them is the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. “The Lawrence library ought to be like the Topeka library,” said David Leamon, executive director of the Topeka library. “A town that has a university like Kansas University, that really has a melting pot of people with a broad range of high education levels, they ought to have a library that is more like this because that is what they need.”
Board begins study of library’s future
November 19, 2003
The Lawrence Public Library is ready to chart a course for its future. The library’s board of trustees is assembling a 10- or 12-member task force to sort through the issues of space, location and mission.
Danil Eugene Findley
November 19, 2003
View fat as the new alcohol
November 19, 2003
America’s waistband is expanding to a dangerous size XXL, so, naturally, the search for a cause of this proliferation of fat is moving as quickly as a hungry teenager toward a bag of potato chips.
Protesters question officers’ actions
Attorney accuses police of selective enforcement
November 19, 2003
Police trampled protesters’ rights when arresting them this summer outside a Dole Institute of Politics dedication event, a defense attorney charged Tuesday.
Senators seek overhaul of mutual fund industry
Massachusetts, N.Y. regulators accuse SEC of protecting industry instead of investors
November 19, 2003
Senators urged the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday to end a turf war with state regulators and go after mutual fund abuses.
Jayhawks giddy about NCAAs
Excitement still building, but UCLA will be tough
November 19, 2003
Kansas University junior goalkeeper Meghan Miller claims she hasn’t stopped smiling since Sunday, when the Jayhawk soccer squad beat Missouri in the NCAA Tournament. Freshman defender Holly Gault still giggles at the thought the Jayhawks actually are going to the Sweet 16. It’s a good thing fifth-year coach Mark Francis is there to keep things on an even keel.
Lawrence jeweler to close business
Tallmon owner cites economy, competition
November 19, 2003
A Lawrence jewelry store owner plans to close the business because of increasing competition and lack of sales due to the economic slowdown. Tallmon & Tallmon Fine Jewellers, 520 W. 23rd St., will close in mid-January after eight years in business, owner Ralph Tallmon said Tuesday.
Daily ticker
November 19, 2003
Judge declines to drop Stewart charges
November 19, 2003
A federal judge Tuesday refused to dismiss a securities fraud charge that accuses Martha Stewart of deceiving her stockholders when she publicly declared her innocence in the insider-trading scandal.
United hopes Ted boosts profits
Company selling tickets for flights on discount carrier
November 19, 2003
United Airlines began selling tickets Tuesday for its low-fare carrier Ted, a venture executives said would play a crucial role in the future of the bankrupt firm.
High-tech job cuts slowing, report finds
Industry to lose 234,000 workers in ‘03
November 19, 2003
About 12 percent of the nation’s high-tech jobs have evaporated during the past two years, but the meltdown appears to be in its final stages, according to an industry report to be released today.
Dentist joins Jayni to make hors d’oeuvres
November 19, 2003
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Holiday Hors d’oeuvres & Desserts with Theodore “Pete” Wiklund.”
Unconscionable
We must meet our commitments to those who went into harm’s way on our behalf.
November 19, 2003
It’s absolutely unacceptable, and actions need to be taken immediately to change this disconcerting scenario. The subject is the shabby treatment of veterans returning from military duty.
Candidates playing by campaign finance rules
November 19, 2003
First, it was President Bush, scorning public financing of his preconvention campaign and unleashing his fund-raisers to collect something close to $200 million for a head start on his bid for a second term. Then former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, with his Internet army of small donors, opted out of the limits attached to public financing and declared he would try to match Bush dollar for dollar. And then Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, married to the wealthy heiress of the Heinz fortune, announced he would reject the taxpayer subsidies as well.
Buying locally
November 19, 2003
AD funds
November 19, 2003
Topeka advances Sunday liquor sales
November 19, 2003
The City Council is moving forward with an ordinance that would finally clear the way for liquor sales on Sundays — and some holidays — in Kansas’ capital city.
Fumes empty Baldwin High
November 19, 2003
The source of noxious fumes that forced evacuation Tuesday of more than 400 people from Baldwin High School and sent more than two dozen to the hospital still was unknown late Tuesday. The high school was evacuated while Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical set up a triage system to care for students and staff suffering from inhalation of the chemical. There are 440 students and 35 staff members in the school.
Quarter design finalists submitted to Mint
November 19, 2003
Kansas might be best-known for two things: farmers and “The Wizard of Oz.” So it’s not surprising that designs featuring those themes were Lawrence residents’ favored choices Tuesday among the five recently submitted to become the Kansas quarter in 2005.
Massachusetts ruling reignites gay marriage battle
November 19, 2003
A divided Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled Tuesday that same-sex couples have a right to civil marriages under the nation’s oldest state constitution, declaring that “the right to marry means little if it does not include the right to marry the person of one’s choice.”
Storms wreak havoc across Deep South
November 19, 2003
A line of thunderstorms Tuesday moving across the Deep South unleashed an apparent tornado in Mississippi and roared into Alabama with enough wind to topple trees and knock out power to 50,000 customers.
Banned book reinstated
Censorship issues remain unresolved in Baldwin
November 19, 2003
A parent challenge of the controversial novel “We All Fall Down” at Baldwin High School has been resolved, with the book remaining on the approved reading list.
Philip Marion Smith
November 19, 2003
Jackson’s Neverland raided
November 19, 2003
Officers conducting a criminal investigation on Tuesday searched Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. The purpose of the raid was not disclosed.
Influential country songwriter dies
November 19, 2003
Don Gibson, an elementary school dropout who wrote and recorded country standards like “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” has died, his lawyer said. He was 75.
Free State’s Brunfeldt signs with Indiana
November 19, 2003
With a couple of thank-yous, laughs and one quick signature, Alex Brunfeldt broke a barrier in Free State High swimming. Brunfeldt, a senior, signed a letter of intent Tuesday to swim at Indiana University. He’ll be the first-ever swimmer from Free State to compete at the Division One level.
Bush to defend U.S. policy on force
November 19, 2003
As police braced for massive demonstrations against the war in Iraq, President Bush opened a state visit with America’s staunchest ally Tuesday, arguing that the use of force sometimes is the only way to defend important values.
I intended to kill them all’
Sniper suspect’s taped confession played in court
November 19, 2003
In a chilling audiotape played for the jury Tuesday, a soft-spoken Lee Boyd Malvo told police he pulled the trigger in all of the sniper attacks that terrified the Washington area last fall.
Study: Federal program helps reduce number of smokers
November 19, 2003
In 17 states where the federal government spent $128 million to discourage tobacco use, smoking dropped by about 3 percentage points over eight years, just over half a point more than in states without the program.
KU Hospital’s new cancer center opens
Fund raising ‘chunk’ of $5 million efforts
November 19, 2003
Cancer patients at the University of Kansas Hospital have new treatment options, thanks to a $5 million renovated Cancer Center that opened Tuesday.
Kline, Brownback vow to fight same-sex marriage
November 19, 2003
Two top Kansas Republican officials objected Tuesday to a ruling by Massachusetts’ highest court that declared the state’s constitution guarantees gay couples the right to marry.
Saudi cleric recants calls for militancy
November 19, 2003
Using prime-time TV in their campaign against extremism, Saudi officials interrupted a popular comedy show to air footage of a jailed Muslim cleric renouncing his calls for militants to attack the West.
Italy buries 19 killed in Iraq
November 19, 2003
Italy paid final tribute Tuesday to 19 Italians killed in Iraq, holding a wrenching state funeral on a national day of mourning — an outpouring of solidarity that underscored how a country divided by war had united in grief.
Stadium financing OK’d
Cardinals’ park scheduled to open in 2006
November 19, 2003
A state board approved a revised public financing plan Tuesday for a new St. Louis Cardinals baseball stadium, and team executives said construction could begin next month.
Blazers’ Wells suspended for cursing at coach during game
November 19, 2003
Trail Blazers guard Bonzi Wells was suspended for two games without pay by the team Tuesday for cursing his coach after being taken out of a game.
Carter has career day
Jets wide receiver scores twice in debut
November 19, 2003
Santana Moss had a premonition about fellow receiver Jonathan Carter before their game against the Colts.
6News video: Library plots future direction
November 19, 2003
Officials looking to expand the Lawrence Public Library are mulling an offer from Dan Simons, part owner and managing member of Riverfront LLC, to buy half of the former mall.
6News video: Fumes force school evacuation
November 19, 2003
More than 400 people were evacuated from Baldwin High School and more than two dozen were sent to the hospital Tuesday due to noxious fumes in the school.
6News video: Students discuss higher-education funding
November 19, 2003
Student leaders at Kansas University organized a forum for students to discuss state funding of higher education with state and university officials.
6News video: Bar receives show of support
November 19, 2003
Dozens of community members attended City Commission Tuesday night in support of Rick’s Place, a bar seeking to move to a stip mall that includes a church. The bar was granted a waiver allowing it to relocate to Ninth and Illinois streets.
On the record
November 19, 2003
6Sports video: ‘Hawks work on high/low
November 19, 2003
KU’s getting a grasp of Bill Self’s offensive strategy, which puts a lot of importance on Wayne Simien.
6Sports video: Ailing Iowa State to face Kansas
November 19, 2003
The Cyclones will enter Memorial Stadium on Saturday on an eight-game losing streak.
6Sports video: KU buttons down to take on UCLA
November 19, 2003
The soccer team worked out in the Anschutz Pavilion in preparation for Friday’s match in the NCAA Tournament.
6Sports video: Three-week wait for Whittemore may end
November 19, 2003
The senior quarterback might be ready to return to the field for the regular-season ender against Iowa State.
6Sports video: Newly shorn coach leading Soccerhawks
November 19, 2003
Fifth-year coach Mark Francis made good on his promise to shave his head when the Jayhawks made the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.
Commodities
November 19, 2003
Topekan in Air Force dies in burning car
November 19, 2003
A body found in a burning car was identified Tuesday as a Kansas man.
S&P lowers credit rating for Westar’s Protection One
Decision could affect utility’s efforts to improve finances
November 19, 2003
Standard and Poor’s lowered its credit rating Tuesday of Protection One Inc., the security alarm company primarily owned by Westar Energy Inc.
U.S. raises tensions with China by imposing quotas on imports
Bush administration seeks compromise with Europe to avert $2 billion in sanctions
November 19, 2003
The Bush administration increased trade tensions with China on Tuesday by announcing it would limit clothing imports to protect struggling U.S. companies, even as it searched for a compromise to end a bitter trade dispute with Europe over steel.
Endangered species list tops 12,000 plants, animals
November 19, 2003
The Galapagos snail — once collected by Charles Darwin — and South Africa’s riverine rabbit are among 12,259 known plants and animal species facing extinction, according to the 2003 Red List of Threatened Species released Tuesday.
Chiefs know run defense must improve after subpar performances
November 19, 2003
A loss to Cincinnati did more than ruin the Kansas City Chiefs’ perfect record and slice its lead for home-field playoff advantage to just one game over New England, Indianapolis and Tennessee. It also highlighted a dangerously weak run defense, a season-long problem obscured by the glow of victories in the Chiefs’ first nine games.
Woodling: Stephenson helped make KU soccer a reality
November 19, 2003
On an early May day in 1994 — about 9 1/2 years ago — the Kansas University Athletic Corp. board approved the addition of two new varsity sports — women’s soccer and women’s rowing. No one turned a cartwheel, as I recall, but Betsy Stephenson may have felt like kicking up her heels.
KU hopes to keep rolling
November 19, 2003
Kansas University’s volleyball team will try to prolong its “November to Remember” tonight against No. 10 Nebraska.
William Jewell upends Ottawa men
November 19, 2003
Brett Lickteig scored 16 points, and Kyle Zammar added 14 points and 11 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as Ottawa University’s men’s basketball squad fell to William Jewell, 67-58, Tuesday night.
Funding priorities
November 19, 2003
Random kindness
November 19, 2003
Nothing new in Bush’s Cuba policy
November 19, 2003
Mel Martinez floats on a cloud of political optimism. On the same day that Florida Republicans were abuzz about the Housing and Urban Development secretary’s likely entry into the U.S. Senate race, Congress handed the Cuban-American a gift wrapped in the contradictions of the 40-year-old U.S. ban on travel to the communist island.
Death penalty weighed for teen’s killer
Defense cites childhood abuse of convict who raped, murdered girl
November 19, 2003
A federal jury adjourned Tuesday after nearly four hours of deliberating whether a Kansas man deserves to die for killing an Independence, Mo., teenager in 1998.
Stabbing victim’s mother threatened
Topekan, in Costa Rica to witness murder trial, now under police guard
November 19, 2003
The mother of a slain Kansas University student who traveled to Costa Rica for the trial of the three people accused of killing her daughter has received death threats, police said Tuesday night.
Changes to downtown tower avoid review by historic panel
November 19, 2003
Changes to a downtown communications tower weren’t subject to city review, officials said Tuesday, even though it sits near a historic site. SBC Communications this fall replaced metal fencing with wire mesh on the tower, which looms over downtown in the 700 block of Vermont Street.
Fort Riley soldier killed
November 19, 2003
A Fort Riley soldier died in Iraq Monday from a nonhostile gunshot wound, the Department of Defense said Tuesday.
Law & Order’ makes point on revenge
November 19, 2003
Tonight’s “Law & Order” (9 p.m., NBC) doesn’t just tear its story from the headlines — it tears into a disgraced headline maker. After a nightclub shooting, Briscoe and Green discover that the intended murder victim was a journalist recently expelled from Iraq for disclosing information that put troops in danger. And ballistic reports quickly link the shooting to soldiers formerly “embedded” with the chatty newshound.
Just another MVP for Bonds
San Francisco standout wins sixth NL award
November 19, 2003
This one was for Dad. Barry Bonds won a record sixth National League MVP award Tuesday, becoming the first player to capture the honor for three consecutive years.
Rivers dismissed as Magic coach
November 19, 2003
The worst start in the 15-year history of the Orlando Magic cost Doc Rivers his job, the first coaching casualty of an NBA season that barely has begun.
People
November 19, 2003
¢ Anna Nicole’s ex convicted ¢ Liza Minnelli hits back ¢ U2’s ‘One’ truly the one ¢ Meat Loaf falls ill
Iraq air operation biggest since war
November 19, 2003
U.S. jets and helicopter gunships launched the biggest air operation in central Iraq since active combat ended, blasting suspected ambush sites and hideouts with 500-pound bombs on Tuesday. Explosions rocked western Baghdad as American troops mounted fresh attacks against insurgents.
City briefs
November 19, 2003
¢ New director named for schools foundation ¢ Landscape artist visits ‘River City Weekly’ ¢ Gift packages sent to tire-slashing victims ¢ Fire damages kitchen
Horoscopes
November 19, 2003
Guide on how to safely thaw turkey
November 19, 2003
¢ How large of a turkey should I buy for Thanksgiving? ¢ How do I safely thaw my turkey for Thanksgiving?