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Court finds two guilty in killing of Kansas student
November 24, 2003
(Updated Monday at 9:01 p.m.) GOLFITO, Costa Rica — Judges convicted two people of simple homicide and found a third person innocent on Monday in the killing of a Kansas University student.
KU researchers win grant to study radio frequency spectrum
November 24, 2003
(Web Posted Monday at 11:26 a.m.) With more wireless products hitting the market daily, Kansas University researchers have won a $1.8 million National Science Foundation grant to find ways that the increasingly crowded radio frequency (RF) spectrum can be used more efficiently.
Briefly
November 24, 2003
¢ Democrat insists Bush ad be pulled ¢ Gephardt releases 1st counterattack ad ¢ Dean berated for no military service
Coupons stretch household budgets
More Americans getting out scissors, searching for deals
November 24, 2003
At the supermarket checkout stand, Laurie Arndt heard the man behind her say with surprise, “She got all those bags of groceries for $40.”
Unwanted cell phones can be put to many new uses
November 24, 2003
Those who keep an eye on the wireless phone industry are predicting that the number of old unused wireless phones will balloon after today, which is P-Day — short for portability day.
On the money
November 24, 2003
MLB, China unite to spread baseball
November 24, 2003
When Jim Small eyes China, he dreams big: seventh-inning stretches in Shanghai, home runs in Harbin, scouts scouring Suzhou for the new Sammy Sosa. In short, baseball — pure, old-fashioned American baseball — barnstorming its way across the land of Mao.
2004 stamps revealed
November 24, 2003
Legends from entertainment and the arts, heroes of the battlefield, explorers who traveled the uncharted West and an author who delighted generations of children will have the honor of appearing on postage stamps next year.
Ruling may affirm marriage
November 24, 2003
Now that we’ve arrived at the wedding, can we take a minute to describe how the laws walked us down this aisle? After all, the laws emerged from two different backgrounds and went down two separate paths. Then they came together before the justice of the peace, as groom and groom, bride and bride.
Is it an A or an A?
Different high school grading systems could make transcripts more difficult for colleges to interpret.
November 24, 2003
A new weighted grading system for Lawrence high school students is sort of grade inflation by design. The system was adopted by the Lawrence school board in 2000, but this year’s graduating seniors are the first to see the effect of weighted grades on their high school transcripts. The impact is especially important for students applying to colleges and perhaps seeking scholarship assistance.
Court should dump campaign finance law
November 24, 2003
It speaks well of Dick Gephardt that he speaks so uncomfortably when compelled to speak — as he understandably would prefer not to do — about campaign finance law. He is honest and hence he acknowledges the incompatibility of the campaign law he supported last year with political spending practices that may support him next year — and with the Constitution.
Other obstacles
November 24, 2003
Literary slight
November 24, 2003
Gun laws needed
November 24, 2003
Unfair portrayal
November 24, 2003
City watching Internet tax bill
Officials worry ban on access taxes may affect other fees
November 24, 2003
The U.S. Senate is dithering over an Internet taxation bill, leaving Lawrence officials concerned for the future of an important cash source for the city. Assistant City Manager Dave Corliss said Lawrence could lose hundreds of thousands of dollars if Congress mishandled legislation proposing a moratorium on Internet access taxes, and created a blanket ban on all Internet taxes and fees.
Churches unite in service, thanksgiving
Congressman Jim Ryun shares experiences helping the less fortunate
November 24, 2003
A group of Lawrence Christians came together Sunday night to celebrate an early Thanksgiving and to unite in their service. But becoming a public servant for the first time for people in need is like entering uncharted waters, U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun told about 700 people who attended the celebration at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.
Latest faux ‘Joe Millionaire’ riding into sunset
November 24, 2003
Not since Napoleon retreated from Moscow has a European misadventure ended so badly. The agony finally ends on the series finale of “The Next Joe Millionaire: An International Affair” (7 p.m., Fox). David must choose between Linda, the recently re-installed Prague beauty, and Cat, the Hessian hussy who brought out the claws in Faux Joe’s crowded cathouse. Easily the most botched sequel since “Caddyshack II,” this dating series expires with a miniscule audience and without an iota of water-cooler buzz.
In wake of report, NU coach says he’s not mulling retirement
November 24, 2003
Nebraska coach Frank Solich is not considering retiring after the Cornhuskers’ final regular-season game.
OU finishes atop AP poll
November 24, 2003
Oklahoma finished its regular season where it started: No. 1 in the Associated Press college football poll.
A Christmas Story’ out on DVD
November 24, 2003
What would a devotee of “A Christmas Story” (MGM) love to see under the tree more than a Red Ryder double-shot carbon-action BB gun? Try the just-released 20th-anniversary edition two-disc DVD of the holiday classic, selling for about $19.
Quarterbacks McNair, Chandler injured
November 24, 2003
Steve McNair injured his right calf in Tennessee’s victory over Atlanta Sunday, leaving the standout quarterback doubtful for the Titans’ game this weekend against the New York Jets.
Tech lackluster in win over ETSU
November 24, 2003
Texas Tech got the victory, but coach Bob Knight clearly was frustrated.
Red Raiders rout Knights
November 24, 2003
Texas Tech knew it would take tough defense and strong rebounding to handle Rutgers in the championship game of the women’s Preseason NIT.
Golfers fit to be tied in South Africa
Three-hole playoff fails to settle Presidents Cup
November 24, 2003
Tiger Woods called it one of his “most nerve-racking moments ever.” Ernie Els couldn’t make his legs stop shaking.
Thousands protest at military school
Fort Benning, Ga., draws annual demonstration for ‘89 atrocities
November 24, 2003
Some 10,000 demonstrators chanted and waved signs Sunday outside the Army’s Fort Benning in their annual protest against a military school for Latin American soldiers on the base.
Childers services
November 24, 2003
Harold L. ‘Hal’ Keltz
November 24, 2003
Alonzo M. Wheeler
November 24, 2003
Robert K. Marshall
November 24, 2003
Group seeks volunteers for first holiday toy drive
November 24, 2003
Lawrence briefs
November 24, 2003
¢ LMH nurse honored ¢ Soldier seeks letters from area residents
On the record
November 24, 2003
Mauritania courts U.S. aid, risks Islamic backlash
November 24, 2003
The ruler of this Islamic African republic is doing his utmost to be a loyal ally in the war on terrorism: He has jailed Muslim clerics for speaking against the war in Iraq, banned political sermons, outlawed anti-U.S. rallies.
Smith takes final KU bow
Dole Institute director confident in future of center
November 24, 2003
Richard Norton Smith used his final lecture as director of the Dole Institute of Politics to ease fears about the institute’s future. “My departure means very little in the historical direction and usefulness of the Dole Institute of Politics,” he said Sunday night at the Lied Center. “I know great things are going to happen at the institute.”
Text of Richard Norton Smith’s lecture (Part I)
November 24, 2003
The following is the first part of Richard Norton Smith’s lecture, “Ten Rules to Judge a President,” from Nov. 23, 2003.
Ravens rally for wild win
Baltimore forces OT with10 points in 72 seconds
November 24, 2003
There was nothing in Anthony Wright’s past to suggest he would be the architect of the greatest comeback in the history of the Baltimore Ravens.
Milwaukee bucks losing streak
November 24, 2003
Vince Carter refused to blame trade rumors for Toronto’s latest embarrassing loss. Toni Kukoc scored 15 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks ended a three-game losing streak Sunday with an 82-62 rout over the Raptors.
Survey: Americans highly tech-savvy
One-third of U.S. among ‘tech elite’
November 24, 2003
Technology geeks, unite. There are more of you than you might have realized. A study released Sunday found that 31 percent of Americans are “highly tech-savvy” people for whom the Internet, cell phones and handheld organizers are more indispensable than TVs and old-fashioned wired phones.
Mangino pleased but not satisfied by improvement
Jayhawks finish regular season with 6-6 mark after going 2-10 last season
November 24, 2003
Mark Mangino changed the football fortunes of Kansas University in just two years, but KU’s coach still has work to do. The Jayhawks (6-6 overall, 3-5 Big 12 Conference) defeated Iowa State, 36-7, in their regular-season finale Saturday at Memorial Stadium and earned bowl eligibility for the first time since 1995. Mangino said that should be just the beginning.
U.S. names Rhodes Scholars
No Kansans make cut
November 24, 2003
The newest class of Rhodes Scholars includes a female former wing commander who led 4,000 cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy, a political science major who has worked with refugees in the Balkans and Afghanistan, and a national Frisbee champion who was a contributing scientist on a NASA Mars mission.
Georgia’s president forced to resign; opposition jubilant
November 24, 2003
Bowing to pressure from tens of thousands of protesters, President Eduard Shevardnadze resigned Sunday, triggering wildly jubilant celebrations marked by fireworks, flag waving and dancing in the streets.
Briefly
November 24, 2003
¢ Students seeking items for donation to hospital ¢ Salina worker dies after legs stuck in auger ¢ Sloan attends national conference on energy
At least 28 die in Moscow dormitory fire
November 24, 2003
A fire ripped through a Moscow dormitory housing foreign students early today, killing at least 28 people and injuring 78 others, the government said.
Spartans’ schedule poses problems
Michigan State will face slate ‘second to none’ starting with Jayhawks
November 24, 2003
Michigan State’s fans and publicists are touting the Spartans’ 2003-04 men’s basketball schedule as one of the strongest in history. Not MSU history, but college basketball history.
Kansas’ Chesang excited about opportunity
November 24, 2003
Kansas University cross-country runner Benson Chesang doesn’t like to talk about himself, but he’s the only Jayhawk who still is running. Chesang is KU’s lone participant in today’s NCAA Cross Country Championships in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Iraqis abuse bodies of 2 U.S. soldiers
November 24, 2003
Iraqi teenagers dragged two bloodied U.S. soldiers from a wrecked vehicle and pummeled them with concrete blocks Sunday, witnesses said, describing the killings as a burst of savagery in a city once safe for Americans.
Economy replaces education as top concern of Kansans
November 24, 2003
A seismic shift in public opinion has occurred in Kansas in the past 15 months, according to a recent poll. In August 2002, Kansans said education was the No. 1 issue; the economy was their No. 2 concern.
Chiefs give Raiders boot
Andersen’s field goal in closing seconds difference
November 24, 2003
It’s a special thrill that never gets old no matter how many times Morten Andersen does it. Andersen kicked the 31st game-winning field goal of his career Sunday, a 35-yarder that barely cleared the crossbar with four seconds left to give Kansas City a 27-24 victory over Oakland.
Fight over revenues is obstacle to gambling
November 24, 2003
In 1995, legislators approved gambling compacts with four Indian tribes, decisions that brought casinos to Kansas. But since then, a further expansion of gambling has been a dicey proposition. Proposals to permit private companies to operate nontribal casinos have failed, as have measures to allow the Kansas Lottery to run them. Legislators also have refused to allow slot machines at dog and horse tracks.
Turkey farmer protecting heritage
Breeder focuses on old varieties of American bird
November 24, 2003
Frank Reese Jr. stands knee deep in American Bronze turkeys, a premium-priced flock that would surely cause the average American consumer sticker shock.
Spam is e-mail red-light district
November 24, 2003
For a while there I was getting so many “Add 3 inches!” e-mails, I started wondering if maybe I had an appendage I didn’t know about.
Business will bottle bounty of Ogallala
November 24, 2003
A Plainville businessman wants to quench demand for bottled water by tapping into a dwindling pool buried beneath western Kansas.
People
November 24, 2003
¢ ‘Cat in the Hat’ survives bad reviews for No. 1 spot ¢ ‘Music for the eyes’ ¢ Wishing for wedding bells ¢ Life’s a parade for Aiken
City requires residents to have guns
Geuda Springs locals say law is nobody’s business but their own
November 24, 2003
Residents of this tiny south-central Kansas community near the Oklahoma border say an ordinance requiring some households to have firearms and ammunition is nobody’s business but their own.
Horoscopes
November 24, 2003
Briefly
November 24, 2003
¢ Report shows effectiveness of federal air marshals ¢ Remains thought to be of Dean’s brother sent to U.S. ¢ Pro-Beijing party hurt in local elections
CU loss could mean so long for Solich
Embattled Nebraska coach needs victory Friday at Colorado to appease angry Husker fans
November 24, 2003
The last time Frank Solich coached a game in Boulder, Colo., he came away with a 62-36 loss and a trip to the national championship game.
Losses by Ohio State, TCU save BCS
Southern Cal, Oklahoma each one win away from title game
November 24, 2003
This sure turned out to be a good week for the folks that run the Bowl Championship Series. Losses by Ohio State and TCU will help quiet much of the controversy that surrounds the BCS now that the matchup between the two top teams is on track for the Sugar Bowl.
Poker is TV’s hot new reality angle
November 24, 2003
Card playing — an activity that filled the evening hours before television was invented — has improbably become one of TV’s hottest programming trends.
Manning making push for MVP
November 24, 2003
Peyton Manning directed the 15th game-winning drive of his career Sunday. He says he had to do it only because he hadn’t played well earlier in the game.
Briefly
November 24, 2003
¢ Student challenges ban on same-sex dates ¢ Gasoline prices increase a half-cent in two weeks ¢ Polls: Public supports ruling on gay marriage ¢ Antelope on way to vet attacks animal keeper ¢ Screener shortages worry airline officials
State’s Hispanics in low-paying jobs
Census reveals large gaps between white, Latino incomes
November 24, 2003
As the number of Hispanics in Kansas increases, many find themselves working low-paying jobs, in part because of the lack of education and/or an inability to speak English.
Researcher: Pesticide helps spider thrive
Bug sprays rarely kill poisonous arachnid but create smorgasbord of choice prey
November 24, 2003
It’s a common pest, with an average of 65 inhabiting a typical home in this area. But the first reaction of most homeowners who want to get rid of brown recluse spiders — spraying pesticides — may actually make the problem worse.
Terror attacks traced to single source: Afghan camps
November 24, 2003
From Bali to Istanbul, New York to Casablanca, the ferocious chain of terror that has choked the world since Sept. 11 has stemmed from a single source — camps like this one just south of Kabul, where thousands of young men were indoctrinated in Osama bin Laden’s brutal vision.
Text of Richard Norton Smith’s lecture (Part II)
November 24, 2003
The following is the second part of Richard Norton Smith’s lecture, “Ten Rules to Judge a President,” from Nov. 23, 2003.
Edwards counts on success later in Democratic primaries
November 24, 2003
On paper, John Edwards has what it takes to be a stellar Democratic presidential candidate — he’s a telegenic Southerner who has run a campaign that even his foes rate highly.