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KU First campaign hits $500 million milestone
November 20, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 4:37 p.m.) Kansas University’s largest-ever fund-raising campaign has exceeded its goal of $500 million — more than a year early, its campaign chairman announced Thursday afternoon in Kansas City, Kan.
Two more crypto cases diagnosed in county
November 20, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 5:36 p.m.) Two more cryptosporidium cases have been discovered in Douglas County, a month after health officials said the outbreak appeared to be over.
Basketball tickets’ distribution to be discussed
November 20, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 12:41 p.m.) How to divvy up next season’s Kansas University men’s basketball tickets among KU’s staff and faculty will be discussed at a meeting Thursday afternoon.
Candidates to get boost on campaign spending
November 20, 2003
Fund-raising front-runners President Bush, Howard Dean and John Kerry are giving the rest of the presidential candidates a short-term boost in the wallet by skipping taxpayer financing next year.
Lawrence honors Friends of Education
November 20, 2003
Lawrence attorney Sherri Dedloff stays grounded by volunteering each day at Deerfield School.
Ray Richardson
November 20, 2003
Lee motivated after sit-down with Self
November 20, 2003
Michael Lee scheduled a sit-down meeting with the boss after last Tuesday’s workmanlike outing against Pittsburg State.
Daily ticker
November 20, 2003
Entertainment venue set for temple
Investment group to purchase downtown Lawrence landmark
November 20, 2003
One of downtown Lawrence’s landmark buildings is about to get new life. An investment group led by the owner of a Lawrence recording studio has signed a contract to purchase the Scottish Rite Temple, 1001 Mass., and convert it into a restaurant and entertainment venue.
Briefly
November 20, 2003
¢ St. Patrick’s Day parade to benefit fishing club ¢ Rock Chalk finalists to be announced Monday ¢ Endowment to announce third-largest gift ever ¢ Donors encouraged to aid food drive
Briefly
November 20, 2003
¢ Flooding kills two along Eastern Seaboard ¢ Activist admits damage to power line towers ¢ Scientists, parents join to fight autism ¢ Teacher suspended for sickening exercise
Briefly
November 20, 2003
¢ House bill restricts sales of big cats ¢ Lawmakers overhaul capital punishment system ¢ Israel presents plan to create Palestinian jobs
Mass. ruling on gays felt outside state
November 20, 2003
The Massachusetts high court decision endorsing gay marriage raises a host of complex legal questions, and one of the biggest is this: If one state allows same-sex marriages, must other states recognize them? Experts say it could take years for lawsuits challenging gay marriage to wend their way through state and federal courts, inside and outside of Massachusetts, before ultimately ending up at the U.S. Supreme Court.
House approves harsher penalties for mutual fund abuses
November 20, 2003
The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to toughen penalties for mutual fund abuses and to make sure investors were provided with more information. The 418-2 vote came as mutual fund scandals escalate, more big-name companies are cited by authorities, and a money stampede continues out of implicated funds.
Briefcase
November 20, 2003
¢ Insurer paying to settle suits by cancer patients ¢ Home construction hits 17-year high in October ¢ NYSE members favor governance reforms ¢ Charges may be dropped in WorldCom scandal
Former Kmart leaders face lawsuit by creditors
Executives accused of bilking bankrupt firm
November 20, 2003
Six former Kmart executives billed the company for nannies, cars and private chauffeurs even as the discount chain was fighting a losing battle against bankruptcy, creditors say in a lawsuit.
Policy shifts will advance Iraq stability
November 20, 2003
It is easy to get lost in the details and the bureaucratic drama of the Bush administration’s second abrupt shift in its Iraq policy. Stay focused instead on the unannounced big changes that can help guide U.S. forces out of their exposed position as the beleaguered occupiers of Iraq.
Fun on the farm
November 20, 2003
People who grew up on Kansas farms knew them as places that demanded hard work, but now the state is promoting them as places for family fun. It may be a little hard for some Kansans to think of farms as “tourist destinations.” But as the number of Americans living on farms dwindles and urban populations go up, a day or week in the country experiencing farm life seems to be gaining new appeal.
Housing report lifts markets
November 20, 2003
A stronger-than-expected report on home construction soothed Wall Street on Wednesday and gave investors an incentive to pick up bargains after days of declines. A bullish outlook from General Electric Co. added to the gains.
Conservative misses Kennedy
November 20, 2003
On election night, 1960, I watched the returns trickle in to Huntley and Brinkley on a black-and-white TV set at an American University fraternity house in Washington. I was an almost 18-year-old college freshman, and Dwight Eisenhower was the only president I had been aware of.
FTC alleges AmeriDebt misled consumers
November 20, 2003
The government is suing one of the largest credit counseling companies, charging Wednesday that AmeriDebt used deceptive marketing to bilk hundreds of thousands of people.
Deactivation of Johnson only mild surprise to mates
November 20, 2003
When Keyshawn Johnson spouted, some of his teammates listened and others tuned him out.
L.A. halts road losing streak
Lakers spend time at line in victory over Knicks
November 20, 2003
In his 35-plus seasons as an NBA player and coach, Knicks coach Don Chaney could not recall a free throw discrepancy quite like this one.
Final fall fling draws out yardwork
November 20, 2003
Free wheelin’
November 20, 2003
KU sex class controversy spurs look at anti-harassment policy for state universities
November 20, 2003
In the wake of last spring’s controversy over a Kansas University human sexuality class, the Kansas Board of Regents is looking at a broad anti-harassment policy for university campuses. The policy is in response to legislative orders to set guidelines for dealing with sexual harassment and the use of explicit materials.
U.N. says Scandinavia leads world in Internet access
November 20, 2003
Scandinavia tops the world in access to the Internet and other communications technologies, but South Korea and other Asian countries are catching up fast, the U.N. communications agency said Wednesday.
New generation of U.S. sailors visits Vietnam
November 20, 2003
The streets of what was once Saigon were again teeming with American sailors on Wednesday after the arrival of the first U.S. Navy ship since the Vietnam War.
Dearth of Arabic speakers hobbles U.S.
November 20, 2003
Despite catch-up efforts, the government still suffers from a shortage of Arabic speakers that gravely hampers military, diplomatic and intelligence operations across the Middle East.
Sorting the pack
Ranking top 35 drivers, teams of 2003 season
November 20, 2003
That’s Racin’ ranks the top 35 Winston Cup teams for the 2003 season, based on overall team performance.
At end of era, NASCAR needs to look ahead
November 20, 2003
It’s always like the last day of school when NASCAR’s traveling road show breaks up for what now passes as an off-season in the sport, but Sunday’s Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway had an even deeper feel of finality.
Jackson faces molestation charges
Arrest warrant issued for singer
November 20, 2003
Authorities issued a warrant for Michael Jackson’s arrest on charges of molesting a child and asked the pop superstar Wednesday to turn himself in and surrender his passport. Jackson’s spokesman called the allegations “scurrilous and totally unfounded.”
Iraqi insurgents say goal is ouster of U.S. troops
Guerrillas claim loyalty to country — not Saddam
November 20, 2003
A former Iraqi general who claims to be part of the insurgency against U.S. troops says the guerrilla war around this “Sunni Triangle” city is being waged by small groups fighting on their own without direction from Saddam Hussein or others. He and two other Samara men, who said they were in separate guerrilla units, insisted in interviews with The Associated Press that their fight wasn’t aimed at returning Saddam to power. They said it was about ending the U.S.-led occupation and restoring Iraqi rule.
Court views Martin autopsy
Closing arguments due Monday
November 20, 2003
Lawyers made final arguments Wednesday in the trial of three Costa Ricans accused of killing Kansas University student Shannon Martin. A three-judge panel hearing the case refused to allow testimony by a final, unidentified prosecution witness because that testimony was based on hearsay. But they permitted a video of Martin’s autopsy to be shown in court.
Chamberlain estate donates $650K to KU
November 20, 2003
Four years after his death, Wilt Chamberlain has reached out and touched Kansas University. Chamberlain’s estate has donated $650,000 to endow three scholarship funds as well as a university-based Special Olympics program. Arguably the greatest basketball player of all-time, Chamberlain spent three years at KU (1956-58) before turning professional.
Despite MVPs, Bonds doesn’t get it
November 20, 2003
Barry Bonds won his sixth most valuable player award Tuesday, fitting recognition for another season that, from a statistical standpoint, is more than remarkable for a guy who is 39 years old.
Bush defends Iraq policy, pushes pre-emptive strikes
November 20, 2003
President Bush, visiting America’s strongest war ally on the eve of an expected major protest in Britain, on Wednesday called on opponents of the Iraq war to put aside any lingering animosity and support the U.S.-led effort to rebuild that nation, saying the world cannot allow democracy to fail in Iraq. “We did not charge hundreds of miles into the heart of Iraq and pay a bitter cost of casualties, and liberate 25 million people, only to retreat before a band of thugs and assassins,” Bush said.
Massive summer blackout called ‘largely preventable’
November 20, 2003
A federal investigation blames an Ohio utility for starting the country’s worst blackout — leaving open the possibility that DTE Energy Co. could sue to recover the millions of dollars it lost. But the company said Wednesday that it was too soon to tell.
Brown says comments were taken out of context
November 20, 2003
At this point, you’d get no argument from Detroit Pistons coach Larry Brown about the saying, “The pen is mightier than the sword.”
Life at Fort Riley goes on as Iraq death toll mounts
November 20, 2003
Shortly after sunrise, soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor mounted their tanks and headed toward a gunnery range.
Parents of slain aid worker pay respects in Afghanistan
November 20, 2003
The mother and father of a slain French refugee worker made a devastating journey Wednesday from Paris to the Afghan capital to bid farewell to their daughter, shot in broad daylight over the weekend by suspected Taliban rebels.
Photojournalist relays history of White House behind lens
Dole Institute speaker shot covers for Time
November 20, 2003
He steamed up a car with George, Barbara and Millie Bush. He watched Richard Nixon sample sushi with the premier of China.
KU men’s soccer eager for nationals
Club Jayhawks to face Mississippi State, Cal-Berkeley at NCSA meet today
November 20, 2003
Kansas University graduate student Peter Dillett came to KU because of its geology program.
People
November 20, 2003
¢ Photographer offered Diaz pics for $5 million, witness testifies ¢ Oprah’s good deeds draw award ¢ ‘Potter’ sales top quarter billion ¢ City asked to buy Carson home
Briefly
November 20, 2003
¢ Five arrested in death of Fort Hays student ¢ Americans encouraged to quit smoking today ¢ Lied Center programs featured in publication
UConn’s Gordon steals show
Connecticut guard scores career-high 37 points
November 20, 2003
Ben Gordon was well on his way to a career night when the sellout crowd at Gampel Pavilion started chanting, “You can’t stop him” with 14 minutes to play.
Rose Bowl could await Ohio State, Southern Cal
Losses could ‘doom’ Buckeyes, Trojans to Granddaddy of bowls
November 20, 2003
In the days before the BCS, when tackles and touchdowns meant more than computers and calculators, it would have been clear what Ohio State and Southern California were playing for this weekend — the Rose Bowl.
HINU women fall
November 20, 2003
Dreadful shooting — from one-, two- and three-point range — doomed Haskell Indian Nations University’s women’s basketball team to a 77-65 loss Wednesday to Dana College.
Sebelius says she’ll tailor policies to keep jobs from leaving state
November 20, 2003
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius voiced pro-worker themes to organized labor Wednesday — and slammed business interests on the issues of workers’ compensation and sending jobs overseas. “The current outsourcing of jobs out of the state and particularly out of this country is short-sighted and very dangerous in the long run. It will break the backbone of the middle class of this country,” Sebelius said in a speech to the Kansas AFL-CIO convention meeting here.
Jennings re-examines JFK assassination
November 20, 2003
What a difference a decade makes. Ten years ago, the observation of the 30th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination was haunted by the controversial release of Oliver Stone’s conspiracy-laden epic “JFK.” The cult TV show of the era was “The X-Files,” a drama dedicated to the proposition that the government was consumed with hiding everything from the people. “The truth is out there,” said agent Mulder, if only we could peel away the layers of cover-ups.
6Sports video: Whittemore will start
November 20, 2003
According to Coach Mangino, senior quarterback Bill Whittemore ‘looks just as sharp as before.’
Ocean yields new animal
November 20, 2003
Japanese scientists say they have identified a new species of whale — a remarkable discovery if confirmed.
Some ramblings
November 20, 2003
Patriots not blind
November 20, 2003
Love those cars
November 20, 2003
Right move
November 20, 2003
Impressive gesture
November 20, 2003
Anger attracts few votes
November 20, 2003
My dad was a JFK Democrat who swore he could identify Republicans in our precinct by the way they came to the polls: mad. Back then, our neighborhood conservatives were Brahmin elders who still thought of Franklin Delano Roosevelt as a traitor to his class. Anyway, I grew up thinking that Democrats were the happy warriors. Roosevelt, Truman, JFK. I thought that liberals, or progressives if you prefer, were the ones who believed in people and the possibility of change. They carried the torch for the improvement of everyday life, the flag of hope for American progress.
Two-time killer sentenced to death
November 20, 2003
A northeast Kansas man who admitted killing a Missouri teenager because he hoped the confession would improve his life in prison was sentenced to death Wednesday by a federal jury.
Egypt president’s health raises concerns
November 20, 2003
Sneezing and coughing, Egypt’s ailing president abruptly left the podium for more than 30 minutes in the middle of a nationally televised speech Wednesday, focusing attention on the question of succession in an important U.S. ally.
South Africa agrees to give free AIDS drugs to all in need
November 20, 2003
Under pressure to help the millions of people with AIDS in South Africa, the government approved a plan Wednesday to distribute free anti-retroviral medicine within five years to everyone who needs it.
Six arrested in Turkish blasts
November 20, 2003
Authorities arrested six people in connection with the suicide bombings of two Istanbul synagogues as opposition leaders accused Turkey’s government on Wednesday of being too lenient toward Muslim radicals.
Scottish Rite building lands furniture store
Lawrence residents selling handmade pieces
November 20, 2003
A disdain for particle board and a little help from the Home & Garden Television network has led a pair of Lawrence residents to open a downtown furniture store. Christopher Godfrey and Shay Elder opened EanGee Home Design on Monday in the former offices of the Scottish Rite Temple at 1005 Mass. The offices were moved to 1007 Mass.
Ex-wife says convicted sniper threatened to kill her
November 20, 2003
The wife, the mistress and the children.
Senate readies for showdown on energy bill
November 20, 2003
Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle is ready to support the broad energy bill and will oppose attempts to scuttle it by a filibuster, one of the senator’s aides said Wednesday.
Energy bill would repeal electric utility regulation
November 20, 2003
A key part of the energy bill before Congress would repeal a consumer provision that has been at the center of a political firestorm involving Westar Energy Inc., the largest electric utility in Kansas.
Sebelius expects no change in marriage law
November 20, 2003
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius would not say Wednesday whether she supports or opposes gay marriage, only that she does not think a Massachusetts court’s ruling on the issue will lead to a repeal of Kansas’ ban anytime soon.
Alabama judge speaks at church
November 20, 2003
Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, tossed off the bench after he refused to removed a granite Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse, maintained Wednesday he had no regrets.
Presidents Cup on tap
South Africa is host nation for golf event
November 20, 2003
The only black man in the bleachers behind the 15th green scampered down the steps when Vijay Singh passed below. He leaned over the railing and clapped furiously to cheer the Fijian on.
Union involved in Raiders’ drug case
November 20, 2003
The NFL Players’ Assn. is expected to challenge the league’s right to retest samples for evidence of the previously undetectable steroid, THG.
Falcons’ QB Vick has setback
November 20, 2003
Michael Vick had a setback Wednesday in his attempt to return to the lineup this weekend.
Chiefs bemoan first loss
November 20, 2003
After losing for the first time this season, some of the Kansas City Chiefs may be having difficulty concentrating on this week’s game, even though it’s against archrival Oakland.
Browns’ Green stabbed in back
Running back’s fiancee arrested on assault charge
November 20, 2003
The fiancee of Cleveland Browns running back William Green was arrested Wednesday night on charges she stabbed him in the back.
Bryant defense rips request for investigation
November 20, 2003
Kobe Bryant’s defense team ridiculed the prosecution’s request for an investigation of media leaks Wednesday, saying even the judge in the Oklahoma City bombing trial considered such a probe a waste of time.
Athletics official to join Dole Institute
November 20, 2003
A former associate athletic director at Kansas University is moving into another high-profile job at the university — this time at the Dole Institute of Politics.
Regents present budget proposal
November 20, 2003
The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday pleaded with a group of legislative education advocates for increased funding.
Police search prof’s house
Slaying investigation takes authorities to Manhattan
November 20, 2003
Investigators are scouring Manhattan in search of clues in the unsolved killing of a rural Lawrence woman, and they have searched the home of the victim’s ex-husband. Officers from Douglas County converged Tuesday on the Manhattan home of Thomas E. Murray, according to several neighbors. One neighbor said he saw officers carrying out items in bags, and another said investigators “went through” the home.
U.S. pounds terror targets
November 20, 2003
A car bomb exploded outside the home of a tribal leader in a city west of the capital on Wednesday, killing one child in yet another attack aimed at a U.S. ally.
U.S. prepares to seek new U.N. resolution
November 20, 2003
The United States is sounding out the Security Council and top U.N. officials about a new resolution endorsing its plans for an accelerated transfer of power in Iraq — plans that sound remarkably similar to ideas pushed by France, Germany, Russia and the U.N. secretary-general months ago.
Winterizing homes can lower heating bills
November 20, 2003
The mercury is about to drop, and gas prices are continuing to rise, but there are ways homeowners can reduce heating costs by winterizing their houses.
U.N. endorses ‘road map’ for Mideast peace
November 20, 2003
The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday unanimously endorsed the so-called road map to a permanent two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
U.S. may seek criminal charges in last year’s Moscow theater raid
November 20, 2003
The deadly takeover of a Moscow theater last year by Chechen rebels is being investigated by U.S. authorities who are trying to determine whether criminal charges can be brought against attack organizers.
Urban growth plan advances
November 20, 2003
An urban growth plan for the city of Lawrence received approval from Douglas County commissioners Wednesday night — but not without changes.
On the record
November 20, 2003
Weighted GPAs affect ‘04 graduates
Lawrence students hope revamped grades impress universities
November 20, 2003
Calculating weighted grades for Lawrence high school students may help senior John Parker reduce the pain of paying for a college education. “They colleges I’ve applied to … they ask for it,” said Parker, a senior at Lawrence High School.
Good services
November 20, 2003
Clippinger services
November 20, 2003
Senior QB to start Saturday for Kansas
KU coach Mangino says Whittemore will be at helm for Senior Day
November 20, 2003
This time Bill Whittemore’s injury was not of the season-ending variety. Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino announced after Wednesday night’s practice that Whittemore — who missed KU’s last three games with an undisclosed injury — would start Saturday’s regular-season finale against Iowa State at Memorial Stadium.
Palermo inspires Jayhawks
Former major-league umpire speaks with squad about overcoming adversity
November 20, 2003
A true American hero shared an inspirational message with Kansas University’s men’s basketball team Wednesday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. Steve Palermo, who was shot and temporarily paralyzed in 1991, chatted with the Jayhawks for 30 minutes before practice about overcoming adversity.
Miller has turned tears to cheers with KU soccer squad
November 20, 2003
Meghan Miller laughs almost to the point of tears when she reminisces about her first game as a goalkeeper for Kansas University’s soccer team. It was an exhibition match against Southwest Missouri State in 2001, and Miller struggled so much that she worried she might not belong at the Division One level.
Sideline
November 20, 2003
¢ No. 1 UConn cruises ¢ Ibanez returns to Seattle ¢ Ken Brett dead at 55
Huskers hammer Jayhawks in volleyball
November 20, 2003
Nebraska ended Kansas University’s four-match winning streak with a 3-0 win Wednesday over the Jayhawks at the NU Coliseum.
Our town sports
November 20, 2003
6Sports video: Starting lineup still uncertain
November 20, 2003
Coach Self has a list of seven possible starters, but hasn’t decided who the beginning five will be.
6Sports video: Jayhawks soccer prepares for Sweet 16
November 20, 2003
Despite the importance of their next game, the Jayhawks have been practicing with intensity all year.
6Sports video: Receivers bright spot for Kansas
November 20, 2003
The receiving squad has improved more than any other squad since Mangino’s first year.
6Sports video: The Self Era begins on Friday
November 20, 2003
Coach Self plans to maintain KU’s reputation for excellence.
6News video: Dirk Halstead gives the stories behind his photos
November 20, 2003
In his nearly fifty years as a photographer, Dirk Halstead has seen history in the making. His photos have been on the cover of Time magazine fifty-four times.
6News video: Death threats do not deter Shannon Martin trial
November 20, 2003
Security has been heightened for the final court sessions in Costa Rica.
6News video: Wilt Chamberlain’s estate provides gift to KU
November 20, 2003
The money will go to scholarships, men’s and women’s athletics, and a Special Olympics clinic.
6News video: Heroes from turnpike flood will be recognized
November 20, 2003
The flash floods at the Kansas Turnpike made Ryan Lane a reluctant hero, and took the life of Al Larsen. Both men tried to help stranded motorists during the floods, and Lane says that Larsen saved him as well.
74 today; snow for Sunday
Approaching front will bring end to mild temperatures
November 20, 2003
The flakes most likely will fall. The question is whether they’ll stick. With a high temperature Wednesday of 70 degrees and today’s forecast calling for a high of 74, it’s hard to imagine wintry weather will invade the area anytime soon. But Lawrence will go from T-shirt temperatures to parka weather in a matter of days, forecasters predict.
Divisive issues
November 20, 2003
Friends and neighbors
November 20, 2003
Teen convicted in school shootings moving to Lawrence
November 20, 2003
Seth Trickey was released Wednesday to live with his grandparents in Lawrence, Kan., nearly four years after the former honor student opened fire and wounded five of his Fort Gibson Middle School classmates.
Sunflower Army site plans unveiled
Wind farm, housing among plans proposed for former ammunition plant
November 20, 2003
Eight competing and divergent plans have emerged for how to put the 9,065-acre site near the defunct Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant on the Johnson County tax rolls.
Father, baby sitter sentenced to life in prison
November 20, 2003
The leader of a storefront church and a church member both were sentenced Wednesday to life in prison in the death of a 9-year-old boy who suffocated after being wrapped from head to toe in duct tape.