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Weseman’s e-mail to the board made public
October 3, 2003
(Updated Friday at 3:59 p.m.) Lawrence’s school district on Friday released the e-mail that Lawrence School Supt. Randy Weseman sent Wednesday to the Lawrence school board offering to resign. Weseman’s e-mail prompted a special board executive session on Thursday night.
KU female student fends off knife-wielding, masked attacker on west campus
October 3, 2003
(Updated Friday at 12:08 p.m.) A man wearing a ski mask and holding a knife grabbed a female Kansas University student early Friday morning at the Lied Center parking lot on KU’s west campus, police said.
KU fraternity placed on probation for hazing
October 3, 2003
(Updated Friday at 10:15 a.m.) Kansas University’s Sigma Nu fraternity is on disciplinary probation until December 2004 for a hazing incident in August where a student suffered a head injury after being thrown in the air, a KU official announced Friday.
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Cold Creek Manor
October 3, 2003
Cold Creek Manor
Hallmark Cards loses account to American Greetings
October 3, 2003
Hallmark Cards Inc. has lost its account to supply American Stores with greeting cards, giftware and partyware to Cleveland, Ohio-based American Greetings Inc.
Ashcroft draws harder line
October 3, 2003
Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft is writing memos again. The last time he fired off a directive that garnered widespread headlines was when he instructed his 94 U.S. attorneys’ offices to slow-play fulfilling Freedom of Information Act requests. This time he’s directing his federal prosecutors to only use plea bargains in “limited, narrow circumstances.”
Spirited comedy pokes fun at rock world
October 3, 2003
“I serve society by rocking,” explains Dewey Finn (Jack Black). That excuse doesn’t exactly sit well with Dewey’s roommate Ned (Mike White) or his friend’s harpy-like girlfriend Patty (Sarah Silverman). Dewey has been sponging off the pair for months, possibly years, while trying to make it big with his rock group.
Motorcycle Club revs up Bottleneck
October 3, 2003
On the first single from its self-titled debut album, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club asked “Whatever Happened To My Rock ‘n’ Roll?”
Workers claim Goodyear retaliated after discrimination complaints filed
October 3, 2003
Two former Goodyear workers who are Hispanic allege in separate lawsuits that they were retaliated against after they complained about a hostile work environment.
NBC war journalist praises soldiers
October 3, 2003
Bob Arnot, a war correspondent for NBC, brought a sense of the war in Iraq to hundreds of Kansans. Arnot, speaking to 1,400 people Wednesday at the Dillon Lecture Series, said soldiers stationed in Iraq had a sense of pride that had to be experienced firsthand.
6Sports video: High-flying ‘Hawks surprised Mizzou with the run
October 3, 2003
The passing game took a backseat while Clark Green, John Randle and Bill Whittemore racked up the yards on the ground.
6Sports video: Volleyball position battle a family affair
October 3, 2003
Ashley Bechard, daughter of Coach Bechard, walked on to the team two years ago and never dreamed she’d be a starter.
Networks planning recall vote coverage
October 3, 2003
Television networks are sending their big guns to California for Tuesday’s recall vote, eager to tap into the political circus that could make Arnold Schwarzenegger the state’s next governor.
6Sports video: Bragging rights on the line in city volleyball game
October 3, 2003
Lawrence hasn’t beaten Free State for three years, until tonight.
6News video: Wal-Mart appeal denied
October 3, 2003
After a long debate, the Board of Zoning Appeals sided with the city against Wal-Mart’s proposed store.
Israel to build hundreds of homes in settlements
October 3, 2003
Israel announced Thursday it would build 565 new homes in Jewish settlements in the West Bank, violating a U.S.-backed peace plan and angering Palestinians already seething over plans to build a security barrier deep into the West Bank.
6News video: Ozawkie man dies in construction accident
October 3, 2003
The man was performing maintenance on an earth mover when the equipment crushed him.
Study: Vibrating shoes may improve balance
October 3, 2003
A buzz in the soles may keep elderly people on their toes and reduce the risk of debilitating falls, preliminary research suggests.
6News video: School board shows support for Randy Weseman
October 3, 2003
Weseman has told the school board that they should find a new superintendent.
Garcia’s 65 good for lead
Woods two back at American Express golf
October 3, 2003
Sergio Garcia prefers playing the tough courses, where par is a good score and he doesn’t have to worry about being left behind whenever he misses a putt.
Wilson takes 5th; LHS golf ties for 7th
October 3, 2003
Competing in her first 18-hole tournament of the season, Lawrence High sophomore Sydney Wilson tied for fifth Thursday at the Washburn Rural Invitational.
Athletes of the Week
October 3, 2003
Rachel Koch and Andrea Koch Andy Coffman
Football capsules
October 3, 2003
¢ Spring Hill at Baldwin ¢ Perry-Lecompton at De Soto ¢ Wellsville at Eudora ¢ KC Sumner at Ottawa ¢ Mill Valley at Bonner Springs
Courthouse renovation will include replacement finials
October 3, 2003
Worried that 100-pound pieces of stone might fall onto passersby, workers have started removing finials from the Douglas County Courthouse roof.
Lyons district move to drop ‘D’ grade creates confusion
New scale goes straight from ‘C’ to failure
October 3, 2003
The board of education for Lyons USD 405 is reviewing a policy change that eliminated the grade of “D” for students. The grade was dropped several years ago when the district standardized its grading scale.
Eula Aleen Beckwith
October 3, 2003
Graveside services for Eula Aleen Beckwith, 83, Richmond, will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Garnett Cemetery. Mrs. Beckwith died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003, at Richmond Care Center.
Thomas Wheeler
October 3, 2003
Services for Thomas Wheeler, 81, Topeka, Kan., will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Hopewell Freewill Baptist Church in Tunas. Burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery, Tunas.
Worth it
October 3, 2003
Supt. Randy Weseman has done a good job of trimming the Lawrence school district’s administrative budget.
Not mediocrity
October 3, 2003
CIA name leak investigation expands
October 3, 2003
The federal investigation into the leak of a CIA officer’s name expanded Thursday beyond the White House and the spy agency to other parts of the government with access to the officer’s classified identity.
3 to 6 Americans die weekly in Iraq
October 3, 2003
Between three and six American soldiers are killed and another 40 wounded every week in Iraq by an enemy that has become more lethal and sophisticated since the fall of Baghdad in April, the commander of coalition forces said Thursday.
Pakistani army kills 12, arrests 18 in offensive against al-Qaida militants
October 3, 2003
Pakistani soldiers swooped down on an al-Qaida mountain hideout in the country’s forbidding tribal region Thursday, killing 12 suspected terrorists and capturing 18 others in the military’s largest-ever offensive against Osama bin Laden’s network.
U.S. inspector finds no weapons in Iraq
October 3, 2003
Chief U.S. weapons searcher David Kay reported Thursday he had uncovered no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and only limited evidence of secret programs to develop weapons, drawing fresh congressional complaints about the Bush administration’s prewar assertions of a serious threat from Saddam Hussein.
Priest in prostitution sting returns to duty
October 3, 2003
A Roman Catholic priest who was caught in a Kansas City-area prostitution sting has returned to duty.
Giants determined to slow Marlins’ speedsters
October 3, 2003
The first two games of the playoffs have shown San Francisco how to beat Florida: Keep Juan Pierre and Luis Castillo off base.
Redman says Bonds ‘just another guy’
October 3, 2003
If Florida left-hander Mark Redman has his druthers, Barry Bonds will see some strikes today.
Yankees knot series
Twins returning home with split
October 3, 2003
Jason Giambi stood at first base and soaked it all in. One swing turned all those fickle fans in his favor and got Yankee Stadium rocking again.
Wal-Mart permit rejected again
Department stores not allowed at site, appeals board says
October 3, 2003
Wal-Mart won’t get a building permit from the Board of Zoning Appeals. Next stop: Court, again.
Silent PACs boost GOP coffers
October 3, 2003
They’re called 527s. And in recent years, the mostly unregulated and nearly hidden political action committees have been used to pump millions of dollars into influencing elections, according to a new report from the Center for Public Integrity.
Mangino: It’s more than a name
New sandwich named for Jayhawks’ second-year football coach
October 3, 2003
To most people in Lawrence, the name Mangino means football. To Steve Gaudreau, it’s much more than that. It’s a sandwich.
Kansas recruits lauded
Basketball commitments ranked among top five
October 3, 2003
Bill Self’s first men’s basketball recruiting class at Kansas University looks like a winner. “No question it’s a top-five class, maybe a top-three or top-four class nationally,” gushes Mike Sullivan, an analyst for rivalshoops.com and The Sporting News.
PBS hits the road in new film
October 3, 2003
On May 23, 1903, one hundred years after Meriwether Lewis got his marching orders from President Thomas Jefferson, another historic American journey began — the first coast-to-coast automobile trip.
Machine kills construction worker
Scraper rolls over 74-year-old Ozawkie man at west Lawrence work site
October 3, 2003
A 74-year-old Ozawkie man died Thursday afternoon in a west Lawrence construction accident after being crushed by an earth-moving machine weighing several tons.
House votes to ban abortion procedure
October 3, 2003
The House voted decisively Thursday for the first ban of an abortion procedure since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling that women have a right to end their pregnancies. Strongly supported by President Bush, the bill could be on his desk for signature in days.
Weseman offers to resign position
Board members say superintendent worth his $130,320 salary
October 3, 2003
Criticism over administrative salaries has Lawrence Supt. Randy Weseman ready to resign. In an e-mail Wednesday, Weseman told the seven members of the Lawrence school board that if another round of administrative cuts were necessary, the board could begin by eliminating him and seeking other leadership for the district.
Valencia sparks FSHS runners
October 3, 2003
Free State’s Alysha Valencia won, and the Firebirds’ Nick Squier was second Thursday in the individual races of the Topeka Hayden Cross Country Invitational.
Topeka tops LHS soccer
October 3, 2003
Lawrence High’s soccer team fell to Topeka High, 4-0, Thursday night.
Wichita resident not guilty
October 3, 2003
A federal jury on Thursday found a Kansas man not guilty of threatening President Bush in front of two pawn shop employees less than a month after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Captured mountain lion may end up in Omaha zoo
October 3, 2003
The mountain lion captured in urban Omaha is more likely to go to a zoo than to be released back into the wild, a state Game and Parks Commission official said.
A’s take commanding 2-0 lead
October 3, 2003
Barry Zito got plenty of rest and no relaxation the night before he dominated the Boston Red Sox.
Second-ranked Miami survives scare
Field goal with 11 seconds left gives Hurricanes 22-20 win over West Virginia
October 3, 2003
Miami freshman Jon Peattie was singing along with the music playing in the Orange Bowl, trying to stay calm. He had to wait through three timeouts called by West Virginia as he set up again and again and again for the game-winning field goal.
Judge bars death, 9-11 evidence in Moussaoui case
October 3, 2003
A federal judge dealt a severe setback to the only U.S. prosecution arising from the Sept. 11 attacks, ruling Thursday that the government cannot seek to execute Zacarias Moussaoui or introduce trial evidence linking the al-Qaida loyalist to the suicide hijackings.
Sitcom shows contempt for viewers, Midwest
October 3, 2003
The word “sitcom” is shorthand for situation comedy. While no one expects the situations on these shows to mirror reality, the producers of “Married to the Kellys” (7:30 p.m., ABC) appear to be aggressively indifferent to the show’s setting and its characters. Not to mention its audience.
Enrollment drops with dot-com downfall
October 3, 2003
When the Internet economy of the 1990s sank like the Titanic, it took with it a lot of jobs, especially in the fields of computer science and engineering. “As a result of the bust of the dot-coms there are fewer people wanting to study in these fields,” said Arvin Agah, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Kansas University.
Education network to launch in spring
Kansas communities can interact via Kan-Ed’s high-speed connections
October 3, 2003
After six years of discussion and planning, a statewide network to link hospitals, universities, school districts and libraries is scheduled to come to life this spring.
Black diamond
Jack Black hits all the right notes in ‘School of Rock’
October 3, 2003
Some actors were born to play a role. Jack Black seems like he was genetically designed by a team of hilariously evil scientists to star in “School of Rock.”
South African novelist receives 2003 Nobel Prize for literature
October 3, 2003
South Africa’s J.M. Coetzee, whose stories tell of innocents and outcasts oppressed by the cruel weight of history, won the 2003 Nobel Prize for literature Thursday.
Free State soccer falls, 1-0
Disputed official’s call sparks Shawnee Heights past Firebirds
October 3, 2003
It might have been the correct call. Then again, maybe it was an incorrect call.
Briefly
October 3, 2003
¢ Pentagon to contribute $1 million for ‘Macbeth’ ¢ Conservatives using gay marriage to spur voters
Briefly
October 3, 2003
¢ Patriot Act forum scheduled at KU ¢ Historical society offers Kansas goods online
Briefly
October 3, 2003
¢ Silo explosion kills two firefighters ¢ Kevorkian loses latest bid for release ¢ Brothers found dead after diving in canal
Former Cubs ace facing current one
Atlanta’s Maddux taking on Chicago’s Prior
October 3, 2003
Mark Prior was more worried about Little League hitters back when Greg Maddux won his first Cy Young Award in 1992 with the Chicago Cubs.
N. Korea says it’s making bombs
October 3, 2003
North Korea said Thursday it was using plutonium extracted from some 8,000 spent nuclear fuel rods to make atomic bombs, alarming South Korea and other Asian countries that feared the assertion would jeopardize efforts to resolve the nuclear dispute peacefully.
Austrian cardinal says pope nearing ‘last days’
October 3, 2003
One of Europe’s top cardinals said Thursday that Pope John Paul II was nearing “the last days and months of his life,” the first ranking prelate to say the 83-year-old pontiff is dying.
Kansan killed
October 3, 2003
A Derby man serving in Iraq died earlier this week from a noncombat gunshot wound, the Defense Department said Thursday.
Tiahrt sides
October 3, 2003
Republican Rep. Todd Tiahrt voted Thursday against President Bush’s attempt to change federal rules on overtime pay, siding with Democrats who balked at denying benefits to millions of workers.
DNA database ruled unconstitutional
October 3, 2003
In a move that could affect hundreds of criminal cases, a 3-year-old law that requires federal prisoners and parolees to provide DNA samples for an FBI database was declared unconstitutional Thursday by a federal appeals court.
Oskie, McLouth seeking first football victory
October 3, 2003
First-year Oskaloosa High football coach Terry Porter didn’t need a win-one-for-the-Gipper speech to fire up his players for tonight’s homecoming game against traditional rival McLouth. Simple reasoning worked just fine.
Limbaugh opted for ‘path of least resistance’
Radio talk-show host resigned ‘Sunday NFL Countdown’ post to protect ESPN employees
October 3, 2003
One day after giving up his job at ESPN amid a fury of criticism over his comments about Donovan McNabb, Rush Limbaugh explained his decision this way: It was the path of least resistance.
Eastern Youth unites indie rock
October 3, 2003
Although Eastern Youth only sings in Japanese, few things are lost in translation to American audiences. The esteemed Tokyo-based band has concocted a skillful harmony of indie rock aggression and emotional anthems that feel right at home alongside tour mates Cursive and The Blood Brothers.
Attorney General’s Office says KBI labs have improved
October 3, 2003
The state Attorney General’s Office says it has made sure that an evidence error at the Kansas Bureau of Investigation that delayed for 12 years the identification of a suspect in a McPherson County rape never happens again.
Daily ticker
October 3, 2003
Briefly
October 3, 2003
¢ Coastlines brace for tropical storms ¢ Imprisoned American gets married in prison ¢ Ailing leader clears way for election of son ¢ University names first female dean ¢ Thousands protest against rebels
Coaches tight-lipped on injuries
October 3, 2003
Injuries are part of the game. It’s one of the oldest axioms in athletics and essentially means that coaches can’t do anything about injuries so they should just press on and do what they can with what they have.
Lion defense must shift gears
Olathe North concentrates on ground game
October 3, 2003
All that pass-defense practice the Lawrence High football team has been getting won’t help much now. Tonight’s opponent, Olathe North, isn’t likely to take to the air much. The Eagles rarely have. Lawrence and Olathe North will meet at 7 tonight at the Olathe District Activities Center. KLWN 1320 will have a live broadcast.
Firebirds making adjustments
Winless Leavenworth boasts potent offense
October 3, 2003
Free State High has the Sunflower League’s most dangerous pass receiver in Dain Dillingham. Yet running backs Cole Douglas and Will Malcolm may be the Firebirds’ key players in tonight’s league battle against winless Leavenworth.
Lawrence briefs
October 3, 2003
¢ KU libraries dean named to state advisory board ¢ Auction to benefit Haskell center, museum ¢ KU professor elected to national association ¢ Five to join Baker’s board of trustees ¢ Annual fraternity run benefits cancer society ¢ Van Go programs ask for donations ¢ Deadline announced for Mason loans, grants
History on waterways
October 3, 2003
Toy of the year
October 3, 2003
Big 12 rivals have no margin for error
October 3, 2003
Talk about crunch time for No. 13 Texas and No. 16 Kansas State. It’s barely October and their national championship dreams teeter on the brink of oblivion.
Horoscopes
October 3, 2003
Churches must regain focus
October 3, 2003
If I were Satan (no cracks, please, from my detractors), which of the following strategies would more likely sidetrack followers of “the Enemy” (to use the term for God in C.S. Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters”)?
Sonics’ Collison may need surgery
October 3, 2003
Nick Collison, who never missed a game at Kansas University because of injury, might miss a bundle his rookie season in the NBA.
New exhibit highlights Haskell athletes’ feats
October 3, 2003
Some of the nation’s top American Indian athletes and coaches will be in Lawrence on Saturday for the opening of an exhibit at Haskell Indian Nations University’s Cultural Center and Museum.
Look for Texas to record must win
October 3, 2003
Coming into the season, Kansas State’s trip to Texas was supposed to be one of the big games to decide who would play in the Sugar Bowl.
Schwarzenegger sorry for past ‘rowdy’ behavior
October 3, 2003
Confronted with fresh allegations that he groped women, Arnold Schwarzenegger apologized Thursday for having “behaved badly sometimes” and pleaded with voters just days before California’s recall election for the chance to show that he has changed.
Chat wrap with Gabriel Toomey
October 3, 2003
KU linebacker Gabriel Toomey chatted with KUsports.com readers for about 15 minutes Friday afternoon. He answered questions about why he came to KU, the Jayhawks’ off week and beating Missouri.
Briefly
October 3, 2003
¢ Last of four Bali bombing suspects sentenced to death ¢ Military practices procedures for shooting down airliners ¢ Graham campaign in flux
Briefly
October 3, 2003
¢ Rapist ordered to pay $20 million to victim ¢ Army couple win $150 million jackpot ¢ Suspect guilty of rape, murder of boys in 1993 ¢ Players charged with sodomizing teammates
Briefly
October 3, 2003
¢ Abduction hoax draws fine, community service ¢ Two suspects arrested in robbery, shooting ¢ Annual ride to attract hundreds of cyclists
President-hating a popular U.S. pastime
October 3, 2003
They hate him for his smirk, his policies, his background, his gestures, his breezy familiarity, his long vacations, his sense of faith, his botched syntax, his bookish wife, his rambunctious daughters, his corporate allies. Mostly they just hate him.
Union overcomes ‘demons’
October 3, 2003
Toward the end of this marriage-in-everything-but-name, this wedding-in-every-sense-except-the-legal, the rabbi lay two wrapped glasses on the lawn. One was for my cousin Adam. The other for his partner, Rodrick.
New crop of films ready for Harvest of Arts
October 3, 2003
Autumn is upon us and farmers are harvesting the crops they have sweated over for the past months. But farmers are not the only ones preparing for a harvest.
Kansans should brace for higher gas bills
Governor says national supply will reduce amount of increase
October 3, 2003
Kansas natural gas customers should prepare for higher bills this winter, but the situation appears less dire than it did two months ago.
Environment drives new car concepts
Critics say automakers need greater focus
October 3, 2003
General Motors Corp. calls it the Hy-wire: a car that puts fuel-cell technology in a futuristic body. It lacks foot pedals and a traditional steering wheel.
People
October 3, 2003
¢ Hercules, Xena get greedy ¢ From late night to NBA ¢ Italy taps Oscar contender ¢ Bringing Magic to home-buying
Read a great deal?
October 3, 2003
Lions win showdown
Lawrence High prevails against Free State
October 3, 2003
What did you expect from a high-strung city showdown? A yawner? Yeah, right. The Lawrence High and Free State volleyball teams stumbled into the intracity match that concluded the LHS quadrangular Thursday, but apparently each team saved all of its heroics and all of its heart for the final affair.
Kansas soccer continues to battle injury bug this season
October 3, 2003
There is little question Kansas University’s soccer team has more talent and depth than any squad in the program’s nine-year history, but it’s hard to imagine a more injury-plagued season, either.
House vote opposes overtime pay change
October 3, 2003
Democrats hailed a House vote Thursday opposing administration plans to rewrite decades-old rules on overtime pay, saying it was a clear signal to the Labor Department that new rules denying benefits to millions of workers were unacceptable.
Broncos at Chiefs marks first ‘big’ game
October 3, 2003
Rarely can a game in the fifth week be described as “big.”
Players rallying around McNabb
Most of league disappointed in Limbaugh
October 3, 2003
Some NFL players still were upset Thursday at last weekend’s comments about Donovan McNabb that caused conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh to resign from ESPN.