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Cyclones trying to stop skid
Iowa State has lost eight straight, including all six Big 12 games
November 22, 2003
(Updated Saturday at 2:07 a.m.) Iowa State flattened Kansas University in the Jayhawks’ football season opener last year at Ames, Iowa. The Cyclones finished with 511 yards — compared to 150 for the Jayhawks — took advantage of three Kansas turnovers, and spoiled Mark Mangino’s debut as KU’s head coach with a 45-3 rout.
6News video: KU Athletic Corp. updated on ticket situation
November 22, 2003
Just before the start of men’s basketball, the KU Athletic Corp. was given an update on the controversy surrounding the ticket distribution system for Jayhawks games.
Texans recall meetings with JFK during fateful visit
November 22, 2003
A young girl waited late into the evening at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth to shake the hand of the arriving president.
Will spam be canned? House takes aim at unwanted e-mail
November 22, 2003
The House announced a surprise compromise Friday to impose tough new limits on sending unwanted commercial e-mails, moving Congress closer to its first-ever protections against irritating offers for prescription drugs, cheap loans and herbal remedies.
Perkins: Ticket situation ‘a mess’
Athletic Corp. board discusses fieldhouse seating ‘disaster’
November 22, 2003
Kansas University’s system for distributing season tickets to athletic events is in disarray, athletic director Lew Perkins said Friday. “We’re going to have to look at everything,” Perkins told a meeting of the KU Athletic Corp. board.
JFK shooting mystery feeds nation’s distrust
November 22, 2003
Forty years after his death, nowhere is the memory of John F. Kennedy more alive than in the ongoing drama over who killed him and why. Only 32 percent of American adults accept the finding that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone, according to an ABC News poll. The poll, conducted earlier this month, found that 70 percent think the assassination was part of a broader plot; 51 percent believe there was a second gunman; and more than two-thirds believe there was a government cover-up. It is the stuff of countless books and speeches.
Royals re-sign Appier
Veteran pitcher agrees to one-year deal
November 22, 2003
Kevin Appier is staying with the Kansas City Royals.
Coach who rigged record reviled
November 22, 2003
Most of us have been lucky enough that our foolish decisions in life passed by like whispers, never to be heard from again. Most of us have been lucky enough that those foolish decisions never saw the light of day, let alone the light of a TV camera.
KU gridiron garb shifts over time
Jayhawks use dress to express support for football team
November 22, 2003
Kansas University played its first intercollegiate football game in 1890. Not all KU educators were thrilled with the new sport. Most considered it yet another distraction to lure students from their books. KU’s Jayhawk mascot was already in place, and students were using the Rock Chalk Jayhawk chant in oratory competitions.
GOP-driven energy bill hits Senate roadblock
November 22, 2003
Senate opponents blocked Congress from finishing its energy bill Friday, dealing a severe setback to President Bush’s proposal to redirect the nation’s energy agenda toward more production of oil, gas, coal and corn-based ethanol. Critics of the bill, both Democrats and Republicans, said it would provide too many favors to industry and hinder cleanup of water fouled by a gasoline additive.
Colleges sharpen skills to combat cheating
Web full of sites that offer research papers for sale; schools fight back
November 22, 2003
When Karen Clos became suspicious of a student’s essay in her freshman writing class she put a phrase from the paper — joyously absurd — into an Internet search engine.
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November 22, 2003
¢ Security czar calls for new elections ¢ Islamic militants blast treaty with Israel ¢ Two injured by metal from tallest skyscraper ¢ Britain urged to adopt tight embassy security
KSU stands between MU, title tilt
Tigers need rare victory against ‘Cats to reach K.C.
November 22, 2003
With the potential for a Big 12 championship in front of them, the Missouri Tigers refuse to look back. With a win today at No. 19 Kansas State, the Tigers (7-3, 3-3 Big 12) would all but clinch a berth in the Big 12 title game — and a shot at their first conference championship since 1969, when Dan Devine was still coach and successful Missouri teams weren’t few and far between.
Interfaith celebration set for Sunday
November 22, 2003
Thanksgiving is about much more than pilgrims, turkeys and stuffing yourself at a holiday feast. More to the point, it’s about feeling gratitude and thanksgiving for blessings bestowed — qualities that are the essence of a wide spectrum of human faiths.
4-H news
November 22, 2003
School district gears up for cola war
November 22, 2003
A multiyear, exclusive contract with a major soft-drink company could net the Lawrence public school district $1 million to $3 million annually. That hefty financial incentive will be weighed by the school board Monday night against concern that carbonated soft drinks shouldn’t be marketed to children in schools.
David J. Mater
November 22, 2003
Kangaroos start fast, finish off Kansas women, 63-50
November 22, 2003
It was just one play, but it encompassed everything that led to the Kansas University women’s basketball team’s embarrassing 63-50 season-opening loss Friday to Missouri-Kansas City. With a double-digit lead in the final 10 minutes, UMKC’s Tennille Grant, who is 5-foot-10, hopped in the air and swatted 6-2 KU forward Crystal Kemp’s shot into the stands.
Tapes reveal Malvo laughing about shootings during police interview
November 22, 2003
A cocky Lee Boyd Malvo laughed repeatedly during a police interrogation as he recounted some of last year’s sniper attacks, saying of one victim, “He was hit good. Dead immediately,” a detective testified Friday at Malvo’s murder trial.
Schwarzenegger embraces some ‘smart growth’ ideas
November 22, 2003
Activists trying to slow suburban sprawl in California see reason for hope in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger — even if the guy does drive a Hummer and received $2.5 million in campaign contributions from real estate interests.
Horoscopes
November 22, 2003
Society calendar
November 22, 2003
People
November 22, 2003
¢ ‘Idol’ star a low-key graduate ¢ ‘Jeopardy!’ no charm for Bradley ¢ Dates set for ‘Sex,’ ‘Sopranos’ ¢ Tupac’s mom won’t censor music
Backup tailback makes most of rare opportunity at OSU
November 22, 2003
Vernand Morency provided more proof that it really doesn’t matter who takes the handoffs at Oklahoma State. The yards will come in bunches, regardless. Morency, a third-string tailback for much of the year, had a performance Saturday that was impressive even at a school that has produced NFL greats such as Barry Sanders and Thurman Thomas and college All-Americans like Ernest Anderson and Gerald Hudson.
Union decertification vote may be near for Boeing workers
November 22, 2003
Workers trying to decertify the second-largest union at Boeing’s Wichita facility say they are just 20 votes shy of collecting enough signatures to force a vote on the issue.
Sixers’ defense chills Celtics
Iverson helps Philadelphia rally for 87-85 victory
November 22, 2003
Just like they did so many times when Larry Brown was their coach, the Philadelphia 76ers turned to their defense to bail them out.
NHL going outdoors to play
Oilers, Canadiens to meet today in Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium
November 22, 2003
For the Edmonton Oilers and Montreal Canadiens, their game today will be just like old times — a throwback to when the players were kids and raced from school to a frozen pond.
City diners to test menu
Applebee’s taps into healthy appetites
November 22, 2003
Lawrence residents may have a hand in changing how restaurant menus look in the future. Lawrence is one of five test markets in the country for a series of new menu items developed by Overland Park-based Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar and Weight Watchers, the country’s largest weight-loss program.
Briefly
November 22, 2003
¢ Attorney asks authorities to take Jackson’s children ¢ Consortium suspends work on two N. Korea reactors ¢ U.S. official pans report on Iranian nuclear program ¢ University security lax for bioterrorism agents
Briefly
November 22, 2003
¢ Bill requires 60 days before VA closings ¢ Burger King adopts breast-feeding policy ¢ Bill outlines methods to reduce wildfire threat ¢ Judge reduces estimate in HealthSouth fraud
One decade
November 22, 2003
Figures for the l990s show how often the quest for peace is violently thwarted. Events since our Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist assaults have put the focus on widespread death and violence all over the globe. Some have been inclined to wish for the “more peaceful times” of recent decades, but that peace never really existed in many parts of the troubled world.
Padgett shines in debut
Freshman forward has 13 points, 10 boards
November 22, 2003
Need irony? Here’s one: Kansas University men’s basketball forward David Padgett had a debut as big as his 6-foot-11 frame — by doing the little things.
KU’s Coke relishing chance to make late impact
Senior finally found home at safety
November 22, 2003
When your name is Dan Coke, you learn to expect and accept the inevitable good-natured ribbings. “They’ve called me D. Pepsi, D. Sprite and Diet Coke,” said Coke, a Kansas University defensive back. “And, you know, I don’t drink any pop.”
Communities turn to Web to sell schools
November 22, 2003
The La Crosse school district in western Kansas tried to give away its former middle school to a charity. There were no takers.
Eudora wants to start biotech charter school
November 22, 2003
The Kansas State Board of Education has $8 million worth of charter school grants to hand out, and the Eudora school district will try to get a piece of the pie.
KU’s Simien shrugs off fall
Repaired shoulder OK
November 22, 2003
The 16,300 fans in Allen Fieldhouse sat in stunned silence as power forward Wayne Simien crashed to the floor and landed on his surgically repaired right shoulder in the first half of Friday’s basketball game between Kansas University and Tennessee-Chattanooga at Allen Fieldhouse.
Faith forum
November 22, 2003
What does your faith say about the importance of pursuing peace in the world?
Briefly
November 22, 2003
¢ Sheriff continues to keep homicide details secret ¢ Equipment failure leaves downtown blocks dark ¢ Tots to talk turkey at Watkins museum
Briefly
November 22, 2003
Religion briefs
November 22, 2003
6Sports video: KU may head to bowl after facing ISU
November 22, 2003
Iowa State University and Kansas University will face off tomorrow at Memorial Stadium. If the Jayhawks win, the team could go to a bowl game in late-December. If not, the football season is over. Whittemore, recovered from a shoulder injury, will start.
6Sports video: KU beats Tennessee-Chattanooga, 90-76
November 22, 2003
The Jayhawks came back from a slow start Friday night and won the first regular-season men’s basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse.
Commentary: Buckeyes making big plays in clutch
November 22, 2003
For Big Ten football fans, it is a weekly ritual. First they say Ohio State was lucky to win its last game. Then they say Ohio State is sure to lose its next game. Then they watch Ohio State win again.
Kansas football: Frosh Gordon triple threat
Standout receiver, return man learning ropes at cornerback
November 22, 2003
Mark Mangino will have a lot of tough decisions to make with his Kansas University football team during the offseason. The Jayhawks must find a replacement for senior quarterback Bill Whittemore. Will it be freshman Adam Barmann, or will Mangino sign junior-college standout Jason Swanson who was expected to make a campus visit today for the regular-season finale against Iowa State?
QBs key to North showdown
November 22, 2003
In many ways, the two quarterbacks are similar — strong runners, strong arms, similar size. But when Missouri’s Brad Smith and Kansas State’s Ell Roberson square off today in Manhattan in a game with postseason implications, Roberson has one decided advantage: experience.
New DNA testing releases 16-year inmate
November 22, 2003
A man behind bars for 16 years for an elderly neighbor’s rape and murder was released on bail Friday after new DNA evidence showed that body fluids from the crime scene were not his.
Quarter quandary
November 22, 2003
Would Kansas really want an Oz theme to represent it in the state quarter series? It will be interesting to see what image the high school students of Kansas choose to represent the state in the U.S. Mint’s commemorative quarter series.
Circus animal ban
November 22, 2003
Bush failure
November 22, 2003
Church undergoes leadership changes
November 22, 2003
An important change in leadership recently took place in the Topeka Kansas Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a region — like a diocese — that includes about 1,500 Latter-day Saints in Lawrence.
Christian Association of Nigeria names Anglican leader president
November 22, 2003
Archbishop Peter Akinola, the leader of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican), has been elected president of the Christian Association of Nigeria — an alliance of Protestants and Roman Catholics in a nation with a strong Muslim presence.
Wichita State upends La Salle
November 22, 2003
Rob Kampman had 12 points and eight rebounds, helping Wichita State hold off La Salle, 74-71, Friday night at the Paradise Jam.
Weddings
November 22, 2003
Engagements
November 22, 2003
Around and about
November 22, 2003
Club news
November 22, 2003
Be creative when giving hostess gifts
November 22, 2003
Hostess gifts, like fashion, have trends. Who knew?
Westar to sell remaining ONEOK stock
Topeka-based utility to use $262M to reduce debt
November 22, 2003
Westar Energy Inc. announced Friday that it had agreed to sell its remaining interest in a Tulsa, Okla., gas company for $262 million, most of which will go to pay down Westar’s debt. The agreement calls for New York financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. to buy 13.7 million shares of ONEOK Inc. from Westar at $19.15 a share.
Kansas’ jobless rate increases
Labor analyst cites seasonal factors for drop
November 22, 2003
The state’s unemployment rate rose to 4.7 percent in October because the economy saw traditional late-fall losses of outdoor construction and recreation jobs, the Department of Human Resources reported Friday. The revised jobless rate for September was 4.5 percent.
Freddie Mac overstated earnings by $1 billion
November 22, 2003
Mortgage-market giant Freddie Mac disclosed Friday that it had inflated its earnings for 2001 in financial reports by nearly $1 billion, the first time in its monthslong accounting crisis that it acknowledged overstating profits.
Amini, KU benefactor, dies at 81
November 22, 2003
A San Antonio man whose name graces a Kansas University scholarship hall has died.
Michigan State survives Bucknell
November 22, 2003
Bucknell’s atrocious free-throwing shooting allowed No. 3 Michigan State to escape with a season-opening victory.
Bush appointees
November 22, 2003
United Way drive ends; donations still sought
Organization likely to meet major goals for year, but total won’t be announced until mid-January
November 22, 2003
It’s not too late to give.
KU Med Center gift caps successful fund-raising campaign
November 22, 2003
Congratulations to those associated with the KU First program of the Kansas University Endowment Association. Earlier this week, the announcement was made at the KU Medical Center of a $15 million gift to the Kansas Cancer Center there. This wonderful gift was made by the Kansas Masonic Foundation and is one of the three largest financial gifts in the university’s history.
Suspects arrested in Turkey bombings
November 22, 2003
Anti-terrorism police detained more suspects Friday and are now holding about a dozen people in a spate of suicide bombings blamed on al-Qaida that claimed 54 lives. An intelligence report presented to authorities said some Islamic radicals who fought in Chechnya, Afghanistan and Bosnia might have returned to Turkey to work with militant groups.
6News video: Art a la carte
November 22, 2003
The University Dance Company at K-U will present the culmination of months of rehearsals at its fall concerts tonight and Saturday. In the spotlight will be “Missa Brevis,” modern dance legend Jose Limon’s response to the devastation of World War II. A live choir and organist will accompany the dancers.
6News video: Smith says goodbye to Dole Institute Sunday
November 22, 2003
Richard Norton Smith will leave KU for the LIncoln Library in Illinois Sunday after just two years as director of the Dole Institute of Politics.
FBI bullet analysis faulted in study
November 22, 2003
The National Academy of Sciences has concluded that a technique the FBI has used for decades to match bullets to crimes is flawed, a position that could hand defense lawyers a new avenue of attack against the world’s most famous crime lab.
Green onions blamed for hepatitis outbreak
November 22, 2003
A hepatitis A outbreak that has killed three people and sickened nearly 600 others who ate at a Chi-Chi’s Mexican restaurant was probably caused by green onions from Mexico, health officials said Friday. But how the scallions became tainted remains unclear.
Jayhawks tie up Mocs - Kansas 90, Tennessee-Chattanooga 76
Self era opens with victory over UTC
November 22, 2003
Bill Self looked like a guy who wanted to play in, not coach, a basketball game Friday night. “He was pumped up. He was ready. He was so pumped up, if he could have put on a uniform, he’d have been out there,” Kansas University junior guard Keith Langford said of the Jayhawks’ energetic, 40-year-old first-year coach, all fired up in the locker room before the 2003-04 season-opener against Tennessee-Chattanooga.
Inmates seek checkmate against students
November 22, 2003
The Ivy Leaguers beat the convicts — but not all of them — in chess matches Friday that pitted inmates against four Princeton University students, including the son of a Nobel laureate.
District honors its master teacher
November 22, 2003
The Lawrence school district Friday presented its annual master teacher award to a special-education teacher with 27 years of experience.
Florence L. Sandberg
November 22, 2003
Local briefs
November 22, 2003
KU to entertain Aggies
November 22, 2003
Kansas University’s volleyball team will seek its first-ever win against Texas A&M when the Jayhawks play host tonight to the No. 21 Aggies.
Bigger not always better in leagues
November 22, 2003
The Big 12 Conference celebrates the 10-year mark of its founding come Feb. 25. A lot of the kinks have been worked out of the machinery. Gone is the familiar, friendlier atmosphere of the Big Eight. But for all the drawbacks, the 12-school alignment seems considerably ahead of some of its neighbors.
Boise State dominates Fresno
November 22, 2003
Ryan Dinwiddie passed for 273 yards and two touchdowns, and Tim Gilligan caught six passes for 149 yards and a score in No. 20 Boise State’s eighth straight victory, 31-17 Friday over Fresno State.
Funeral respect
November 22, 2003
Haskell pulls away for win
Fightin’ Indians close out Eagles with 8-0 run down stretch
November 22, 2003
Sandwiched between a string of road swings, Haskell Indian Nations University’s women’s basketball squad earned a hard-fought 70-59 victory Friday over Rhema Bible at Coffin Sports Complex.
Bush reiterates world fight against terror
November 22, 2003
President Bush labeled Turkey, shaken by deadly suicide bombings, a new front in the war on terror Friday and offered U.S. help in hunting down the perpetrators.
KU’s sweet soccer season ends, 1-0
Bigger, faster Bruins score late in first half, bully Jayhawks in Sweet 16 of NCAA Tournament
November 22, 2003
Kansas University’s soccer team saw its dream season come to an end Friday night because it got pushed around by a bigger and stronger group of Bruins from No. 2 UCLA. The Bruins were twice as big, twice as strong and, at times, twice as fast as No. 16 Kansas. All that muscle and power led to a few miscues by the Jayhawks, and UCLA eventually made them pay in a 1-0 decision in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament.
First-half swoon dooms Tennessee-Chattanooga
November 22, 2003
No one ever has proclaimed it easy to play Kansas University in men’s basketball in Allen Fieldhouse. And perhaps no one ever has couched the difficulty in more colorful terms than Jeff Lebo. “You put your war paint on thicker when you come into a place like this,” said Lebo, now in his second year as head coach at Tennessee-Chattanooga.
Nets’ tempers flare during tough practice
November 22, 2003
Byron Scott wanted to put the New Jersey Nets through a grueling practice Friday. The coach has not been happy with the intensity his team has displayed in its 5-6 start, so he told his players he wanted to see them “go at each other.”
Sims meeting expectations
Chiefs’ lineman rebounds from wasted season
November 22, 2003
He missed his first training camp in a bitter contract holdout. Then he missed most of his first season because of a lack of conditioning and a subsequent injury to his elbow.
Iraqi insurgents display ingenuity in attacks
November 22, 2003
Rockets launched from donkey carts. Explosives hidden in the carcasses of roadkill. Land mines taken apart and converted for attacks. Insurgents in Iraq are borrowing tactics used by Palestinians, Afghans and others to press their fight against the U.S.-led occupation.
Cabaret’ to end University Theatre run
November 22, 2003
University Theatre on Sunday ends its run of Kander and Ebb’s spicy “Cabaret” on Stage Too! Gallery openings, concerts and holiday warm-up festivities round out the weekend.
President can inspire nation
November 22, 2003
President Kennedy was my age when he died.
Family matters
Latter-day Saints focus on ‘home evenings’
November 22, 2003
If it’s Monday night, you’ll find the Gill family of Lawrence spending time together. Sometimes the family, in which there are six children ranging in age from 18 months to 14 years, will stay home and play various games and enjoy treats such as bowls of ice cream.
On the record
November 22, 2003
Defendant jailed in Martin case
November 22, 2003
MU gives Pinkel raise, extension
November 22, 2003
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him in Columbia through 2008 and give him a raise of nearly $60,000 per year, athletic director Mike Alden announced Friday.
SMS gives Ball two-year extension
November 22, 2003
The winningest football coach in Gateway Football Conference history is staying at Southwest Missouri State University for two more years.
Frosh Gordon triple threat
Standout receiver, return man learning ropes at cornerback
November 22, 2003
Mark Mangino will have a lot of tough decisions to make with his Kansas University football team during the offseason. The Jayhawks must find a replacement for senior quarterback Bill Whittemore. Will it be freshman Adam Barmann, or will Mangino sign junior-college standout Jason Swanson who was expected to make a campus visit today for the regular-season finale against Iowa State?
Friends and neighbors
November 22, 2003
This TBS turkey hard to swallow
November 22, 2003
Holiday movies are a crapshoot. For every “Christmas Story” there are dozens of failures consigned to the coal bin of history. And it’s time to make room on the pop-cultural trash pile for “National Lampoon’s Thanksgiving Reunion” (7 p.m. Sunday, TBS). Only a masochist would watch this more than once.
Youths often feel pain of chronic headaches
November 22, 2003
They are excruciating headaches that last for days and return at a moment’s notice. Often, they surface in the teenage years and last through much of adulthood.
GOP presses for Medicare overhaul vote
November 22, 2003
The Republican-controlled House advanced uncertainly toward a vote on historic Medicare prescription drug legislation early today after a day-and-night struggle punctuated by presidential lobbying calls from Air Force One. Medicare “can’t sustain itself. Add a new benefit and modernize the program,” said Rep. Bill Thomas, an architect of the measure that would make the most sweeping changes in the program since its creation in 1965.
Oklahoma State rolls in opener
OU, K-State, Colorado, Texas Tech each triumph
November 22, 2003
Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton was far from pleased with his team’s season-opening victory.
JFK’s words celebrate American ideals
November 22, 2003
As all the world knows, this week marks the 40th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In those four decades, evaluating the legacy of the thousand days of John F. Kennedy’s administration has become increasingly difficult. Indeed, his abbreviated term in the White House has been celebrated and denigrated.
Red Raiders next test for top-ranked OU
Oklahoma, Texas Tech to battle in matchup of nation’s leading defense, offense
November 22, 2003
This is a statistic borne of discipline and executed with dominance: Oklahoma’s defense hasn’t allowed a touchdown in three games. “It’s an amazing run,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said.
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November 22, 2003
¢ GOP groups have nearly 3-to-1 money advantage ¢ Blind client loses suit against fertility clinic ¢ Liberal religious leaders found political group ¢ Doubts surround new free-trade area pact
Military news
November 22, 2003
Daily ticker
November 22, 2003
Briefcase
November 22, 2003
¢ Local phone companies seek to block transfers ¢ Krispy Kreme profits sweet in third quarter ¢ Wall Street posts loss for second week in a row ¢ Postal Service contract awarded to Northrop
Football GPA impresses KUAC board
November 22, 2003
Kansas University’s football team has overachieved on the field this season. And in the classroom, too. Members of the Kansas University Athletic Corp. board learned at their regular meeting Friday afternoon that the KU football team compiled a 2.5 grade point average during the spring semester.
K-State whips Western Illinois
Wecker, Ohlde combine for 36 points in win
November 22, 2003
Western Illinois coach Leslie Crane figured it would be tough to contain Kendra Wecker and Nicole Ohlde.
KU leads in Minnesota
November 22, 2003
Kansas University’s swimming and diving team is tied for first after the first day of the Minnesota Invitational. The Jayhawks set a school record in the 400-yard medley relay — consisting of Whitney Sondall, Hannah Bakke, Becca Zarazan and Amy Gruber — with a time of 3:45.68. The invitational concludes today.
Tips to keeping heirlooms safe during holidays
November 22, 2003
A holiday such as Thanksgiving or Christmas offers a great excuse to haul out Grandma’s finest tableware and linens.
Scouting news
November 22, 2003
Briefly
November 22, 2003
¢ Ex-con enters plea to injuring infant ¢ Kansas Guard unit mobilized for war