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October 4, 2003
Around and about
October 4, 2003
Around and about
October 4, 2003
Weddings
October 4, 2003
Engagements
October 4, 2003
Club news
October 4, 2003
Scouting news
October 4, 2003
4-H and FCE news
October 4, 2003
Stand applauded
October 4, 2003
Street choices
October 4, 2003
Unfair comparison
October 4, 2003
Oktoberfest to feature German food
October 4, 2003
If you plan on attending the seventh annual Oktoberfest today, it would be wise to bring an appetite. Because there will be German food and plenty of it.
Daily ticker
October 4, 2003
Agency: Canadian imports harm U.S.
Commission clears way for tariffs on wheat
October 4, 2003
Imports of Canadian-subsidized hard red spring wheat, used for making flour and bread, are harming American farmers, the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled Friday, clearing the way to begin imposing a tariff. The commission, however, said it could find no such harm from imports of durum, a type of wheat used to make pasta.
Women’s groups rally against Schwarzenegger
October 4, 2003
Women’s groups and religious leaders worked feverishly Friday to galvanize opposition to Arnold Schwarzenegger, who found a defender in the man whose book proposal quoted the actor expressing admiration for Adolf Hitler.
Hemingway heirs settle transsexual’s estate fight
October 4, 2003
Eight grandchildren of Ernest Hemingway have settled a dispute over the $7.5 million estate of the writer’s transsexual child, Gloria, averting a ruling from a judge on whether the heir, whose birth name was Gregory, died a man or a woman.
Daltrey gets dirty for history
October 4, 2003
Why would an aging rocker row backward through the roiling waters of the Colorado River, then scale the river’s sheer rocky walls using just one arm?
Lawrence seeks help for ‘smart’ expansion
October 4, 2003
City planners have applied to a federal “smart growth” organization for help in crafting policies to guide Lawrence’s future.
Fraternity put on probation for hazing
October 4, 2003
Kansas University administrators placed a fraternity on probation Friday in response to a hazing incident that landed a freshman in the hospital. Sigma Nu won’t be allowed to host or attend parties with alcohol as part of the probation, which lasts until December 2004.
Board to talk with Weseman
Superintendent ‘frustrated’ with salary issue
October 4, 2003
The Lawrence school board will meet behind closed doors again Tuesday in a continuing effort to persuade Supt. Randy Weseman to stay on the job. Board members said Friday the meeting would give them a chance to talk face-to-face with Weseman, who has been superintendent since 2000.
State adjusts West Nile reporting method
Inclusion of commercial lab cases would increase number of positive virus tests in Kansas by hundreds
October 4, 2003
Reporting unconfirmed cases of West Nile virus detected by commercial labs will give a clearer picture of the spread of the illness in Kansas, state health officials said Friday. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said in addition to the 61 confirmed cases of severe West Nile virus, there had been 423 cases where human tests have yielded presumptive positives for the illness. KDHE also will begin reporting all unconfirmed deaths to West Nile virus, based on death certificates sent to its Division of Vital Statistics. KDHE only can confirm one death — an 83-year-old man in Butler County — but death certificates show three unconfirmed deaths.
Canadians exempted from new border plans
October 4, 2003
Canadian citizens are exempt from a U.S. plan to tighten border security through increased screening of foreign visitors, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Friday.
Casino gambling would solve Wichita’s woes, hotel owner claims
October 4, 2003
A Wichita hotel owner says casino gambling downtown would turn the local economy around like nothing else could.
Guardsmen investigated for marrying Iraqi women
October 4, 2003
Two Florida National Guard soldiers who married Iraqi women against their commander’s wishes are being investigated for allegedly defying an order, their families said.
Woods overpowering
Tiger leads American Express by five shots
October 4, 2003
Baked greens and thick rough were troubling enough Friday at the American Express Championship. Even more daunting was Tiger Woods pulling away from a world-class field without breaking a sweat.
Clemens could be making final start today for Yankees
October 4, 2003
The New York Yankees will turn to Roger Clemens in a big game, possibly for the final time.
Jayhawks preparing for Buffs
October 4, 2003
Kansas University football players took the day off Friday, and don’t practice again until Monday.
6News video: Good pumpkins hard to find
October 4, 2003
The hot dry summer has hurt the pumpkin crop this year, but that doesn’t stop local families from going out to look for fresh pumpkins before Halloween. The Schake Pumpkin Patch will have a weekend workshop in painting pumpkins and stuffing scarecrows.
6Sports video: Jayhawk football take much-needed day off
October 4, 2003
After a great start to the season, the ‘Hawks will take the opportunity to rest, heal up, and to improve their play.
6Sports video: Eudora takes down Wellsville
October 4, 2003
The Cardinals roll over the Eagles in the Hy-Vee High School Game of the Week.
6Sports video: Lawrence High overcomes Olathe North
October 4, 2003
The Lions shock the #5 Eagles with a monster upset.
6News video: Highway Patrol goes airborne
October 4, 2003
Troopers are watching traffic on U.S. Highway 59 to improve safety.
6News video: City hazardous waste collection is more popular than ever
October 4, 2003
Paint cans, pesticides, and other dangerous forms of waste can be handled by the program.
6News video: Sigma Nu fraternity placed on probation
October 4, 2003
The fraternity’s probation comes in response to charges of hazing.
6News video: KU student survives attack
October 4, 2003
The attempted knife attack took place just before 1 a.m. Friday morning.
N. Korea duped Iraq out of $10 million
October 4, 2003
Missing: $10 million. Last seen in North Korea. If found, please contact Saddam Hussein.
NASA targets fall 2004 for next shuttle launch to accommodate many repairs
October 4, 2003
NASA is targeting next fall for its next space shuttle launch, saying there are too many post-Columbia repairs to fly any sooner.
Hazing scandal rocks high school
October 4, 2003
On a crisp autumn night, hundreds packed a school auditorium, but not for a pep rally, for Mepham High School’s football season was canceled before it even began.
Religion, politics loom over new court session
October 4, 2003
The Supreme Court term beginning next week will tackle all the subjects you’re not supposed to talk about at parties — religion, money and politics.
Dismissal sought for Patriot Act lawsuit
October 4, 2003
Urging dismissal of a court challenge to the USA Patriot Act, the Justice Department said Friday that it had never used search and seizure powers in the law that were being challenged by civil rights and Muslim groups.
Wichita finance director resigns in travel scandal
Risk manager fired after two city officials spent more than $50,000 at resorts
October 4, 2003
City Finance Director Ray Trail resigned and Risk Manager Mike Payne was fired Friday as an investigation continued into reports that the two spent more than $50,000 in city funds while meeting with a consultant at posh resorts in California, Florida and elsewhere. The departures came one day after Mayor Carlos Mayans said he would seek to fire City Manager Chris Cherches unless the controversy surrounding the two officials’ spending was resolved by next week.
Officials debate blackout avoidance
Meeting focuses on stability of Kansas’ energy system
October 4, 2003
Avoiding a major power blackout in Kansas ultimately could come down to whether utility employees believe they have the authority to deal with problems developing along electric transmission lines. That sentiment emerged Friday from a meeting of about 50 legislators, state regulators and utility officials who gathered to discuss the largest blackout in U.S. history, which on Aug. 14 cut power to parts of the Northeast, Midwest and Canada and affected 50 million people in eight states.
Haskell regents approach training plan with caution
October 4, 2003
A wary Board of Regents on Friday endorsed plans to have Haskell Indian Nations University train workers for a planned federal repository for millions of American Indian records.
Friends and neighbors
October 4, 2003
Texas rolling, KSU reeling into opener
October 4, 2003
One team is rolling, the other is reeling. And after today, either Texas or Kansas State will be alive in the national-title hunt while the other will have to wait until next year.
Johnson sets record, takes pole
Pole sitter one of 18 drivers to break qualifying mark at Kansas Speedway
October 4, 2003
Jimmie Johnson was afraid the ingredients that helped him snag the Banquet 400 pole would prevent Sunday’s race from being exciting. “I think the weather has a lot to do with the speeds being up,” said Johnson, who set a Kansas Speedway qualifying record Friday with a 30.102-second lap at 180.373 mph. “If it stays overcast and cool, it’s probably going to be a single-groove track.
Collison’s status still unknown
October 4, 2003
No decision has been made regarding surgery on Nick Collison’s partially dislocated left shoulder.
Wells Invite at LHS again draws top teams
October 4, 2003
Lawrence High volleyball coach Jo Huntsinger can’t understand why there always is strong competition at the annual Wells Invitational.
Seahawks 1-2 at quad
October 4, 2003
Setter Elise Stella had eight service aces and five blocks, Lindsey Ahlen had 12 kills and two blocks, and Melinda Nichols had seven kills as Lawrence Seabury Academy went 1-2 at a volleyball quadrangular Friday at Manhattan Flint Hills Christian.
Volleyball to clash with Tech
October 4, 2003
Baker braces for Avila
October 4, 2003
Baker University has the Heart of America Conference’s leading rusher in Jon Reeves. Baker also has the league’s best rushing defense.
Oregon falls, 17-13, at Utah
October 4, 2003
Alex Smith passed for a career-best 340 yards and two touchdowns as Utah beat a ranked opponent for the first time in four years by shocking No. 19 Oregon, 17-13, Friday night.
Miami’s Gore out for season
October 4, 2003
Miami running back Frank Gore will miss the rest of the season because of a torn ligament in his left knee.
People and places
October 4, 2003
Control sought of cell ‘janitors’ to fight diseases
October 4, 2003
The cells in your body are cluttered with trash — unneeded or abnormal stuff that can make you sick or even kill you. Fortunately, nature has provided each cell with its own garbage-disposal system to get rid of dangerous junk.
On the record
October 4, 2003
Area briefs
October 4, 2003
¢ Appeals court upholds ruling against cop critic ¢ Officials announce flu shot clinics ¢ Rail company offers reward for vandals ¢ K.C. arena complex to be privately managed
Get the ‘Dirt’ at exhibition’s opening reception
October 4, 2003
Travis Millard, the former Lawrence artist known for his often-repulsive characters, returns to town this week to open a solo exhibition at Olive Gallery and Art Supply, 15 E. Eighth St. The reception for “Go Tell It on the Dirt Mound” is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. today at the gallery.
Bush: Weapons report vindicates war
October 4, 2003
Both President Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell contended Friday that a vial of botulinum bacteria found in Iraq is evidence of Saddam Hussein’s weapons intent. But the chief U.S. weapons inspector said the vial had been stored for safekeeping in an Iraqi scientist’s refrigerator since 1993. He offered no evidence it had been used in a weapons program during the past decade.
6News video: Screen Scene
October 4, 2003
Three movies open in Lawrence this weekend, and two of them will likely make my year-end list for the best films of 2003. First up is “School of Rock,” one of the funniest flicks about rock and roll since “Spinal Tap.” Actor Jack Black is a force of nature as a slovenly, over-the-hill guitarist who cons a class of fifth graders into being his backup band. Pitch perfect in its musical observations, the picture gives Black the ultimate venue to exploit his comedic gifts.
Household waste collection near record
Close call with explosive chemical highlights importance of proper disposal
October 4, 2003
Barrels of motor oil, tubs of paint and shelves of pesticides account for virtually all of the more than 50 tons of household hazardous wastes Kathy Richardson will accept this year. But it was a half-empty vial of 100-year-old medicine — encrusted, crystallized and faintly labeled — that could have ended it all.
Color shouldn’t define quarterback
October 4, 2003
People say he was only hyped because of his skin color. They say he was never as good as he was made out to be; folks were just desperate to see a player of his race do well.
Tailgate trends
October 4, 2003
Tailgating has created a new and growing industry in down times. Think of all the items that have sneaked onto the scene and become great successes financially and socially.
Johnny’s Tavern toasts milestone
October 4, 2003
When Rick Renfro bought Johnny’s Tavern back in 1978, he learned a quick lesson — he didn’t just buy a bar, he bought a tradition. “The first thing I tried to do was change the name to Up & Under, but nobody paid any attention to it,” Renfro said. “They just kept calling it Johnny’s because that’s the way it had always been.”
Joe Friday brings new initials to Saturdays
October 4, 2003
According to my scientific survey, cop show fans love series with initials in the title. Hence the popularity of “CSI,” “Law & Order: SVU” and “Navy: NCIS.” The folks at ABC are no fools, so PDQ, the old reliable “Dragnet” becomes “L.A. Dragnet” (9 p.m. today, ABC) and returns for its second season tonight.
Job increase may signal economic turn
October 4, 2003
The U.S. economy added jobs in September for the first time in eight months, the Labor Department reported Friday, raising hopes on Wall Street and in the White House that a long-awaited rebound in employment may be getting under way. Stocks rallied on the unexpected good news, though economic analysts cautioned it would take a few more months to determine whether the economy is really on the mend.
White House staff given deadline for leak data
October 4, 2003
From top advisers to junior staff, nearly 2,000 White House employees were ordered to come forward by Tuesday with any documents that might help the criminal investigation into the leak of an undercover CIA officer’s identity. A memo Friday cautioned the staff not to seek advice from President Bush’s attorneys. The White House counsel’s office works solely for the president in his official capacity and is not a private attorney for anyone, the memo warned, meaning that staff members should hire their own lawyers if they think they need counsel.
National effort launches town-by-town debates
October 4, 2003
In Massachusetts, high school students will square off against senior citizens. In Denver, ex-U.S. senators will exchange verbal jabs. All over the country, people are sharpening their rhetorical skills as they prepare to join in an ambitious plan to get Americans talking about the nation’s role in the world.
HINU hopes move helps
Center shifted to fullback
October 4, 2003
When Lawrence High’s football team played at Haskell Stadium last week, the Lions didn’t throw a pass.
Developer sees tourist potential in Abilene
October 4, 2003
A developer hopes to renovate and expand Old Abilene Town and Museum, turning it into a tourist attraction similar to Branson, Mo.’s Silver Dollar City.
Shriver defends husband
October 4, 2003
Maria Shriver gave a spirited defense of Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday, extolling her husband’s qualifications for governor as she brushed aside allegations of misbehavior.
Society calendar
October 4, 2003
Anniversary
October 4, 2003
Military news
October 4, 2003
Briefly
October 4, 2003
¢ Former police chief charged with theft ¢ C-SPAN recording institute-sponsored tour ¢ Murder trial delayed ¢ Pump Patrol seeks deals
Salary a bargain
October 4, 2003
CIA ‘outing’ outrageous
October 4, 2003
The United States government has never, to my knowledge, publicly identified one of its own undercover intelligence operatives as a deliberate political act. Although there were turncoats in the past — like Philip Agee, who in the 1970s launched a campaign to publish the names of purported CIA operatives — they were immediately labeled for what they were, traitors to the cause of freedom and this country.
Faith forum
October 4, 2003
Do you have to go to church to worship God?
Center on disability wins $750,000 grant
October 4, 2003
Kansas University’s Beach Center on Disability Research has received a five-year, $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research.
Postal Service sued over church-run post office
October 4, 2003
A Jewish veteran and a civil liberties group sued the U.S. Postal Service on Friday, challenging a church-run post office that distributes Christian material.
Sharpe: Chiefs ‘a lot better’
Denver tight end doesn’t expect repeat of last year
October 4, 2003
One look at Kansas City’s revamped defense tells Shannon Sharpe he’s unlikely to enjoy his visit to Arrowhead Stadium as much as he did last year.
Student escapes west campus attacker
October 4, 2003
A masked attacker grabbed a female Kansas University student and held her at knifepoint early Friday in the Lied Center parking lot, police said. The victim, a resident of Ellsworth Hall, was able to pull away from her assailant and was not injured, said Maj. Chris Keary, a KU police spokesman.
Study shows why cookies crumble
October 4, 2003
Why does a cookie crumble? Using a laser beam to closely monitor the fault lines of cookies emerging from an oven, a doctoral student appears to have figured out how bakers can stop disappointing their customers by shipping crumbled ones.
Cheating probe under way at KSU
October 4, 2003
Kansas State University is investigating allegations that as many as two-thirds of the students in a large Introduction to Sociology class cheated on daily quizzes.
What a face to come home to
October 4, 2003
Horoscopes
October 4, 2003
People
October 4, 2003
¢ Love arrested on drug charge ¢ Rapper no longer wanted ¢ Enjoy a Garcia sauvignon ¢ Letterman’s bear trapped
Wichita layoffs pull down home prices
October 4, 2003
Area job losses caused Wichita home prices to fall in 2002 despite the nation’s strongest housing market on record, according to a new Wichita State University study.
Developer seeks to turn De Soto plant into community
Johnson County officials set deadline for proposals
October 4, 2003
A developer is seeking exclusive rights to turn the former Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant near De Soto into a new community that would include a life sciences and technology research park. Johnson County officials, who got their first look at the plan Thursday, insisted there was no preordained deal to have Kessinger/Hunter develop the 9,065-acre site into a new community the size of Leawood. It would include a research park that the Kansas Board of Regents would help create.
Troopers take to the sky to nab lawbreakers on 59
Pilots aim to rid dangerous road of human hazards
October 4, 2003
They’re watching you. If you’ve traveled on U.S. Highway 59 south of Lawrence you probably didn’t even see them, but chances are they saw you.
6Sports video: Tonganoxie beats Sante Fe, 24-0
October 4, 2003
Billy Baska continues to shine, leading the Chieftans in yards.
Pudge packs punch twice
Rodriguez delivers for Florida in first, 11th innings
October 4, 2003
Ivan Rodriguez circled the bases pumping his fist, then pointed at the jubilant, towel-twirling crowd before he crossed the plate.
Prior tosses two-hitter, gives Chicago 2-1 series lead
October 4, 2003
Mark Prior was nervous. After all, he was pitching in the playoffs for the first time and facing Greg Maddux.
6Sports video: Free State racks up a win against Leavenworth
October 4, 2003
The Firebirds took an early lead and never looked back during the game.
Firebirds cruise, 42-16
Free State’s Malcolm rushes for 148 yards, 3 TDs
October 4, 2003
Will Malcolm is back at 100 percent, and that’s good news for Free State High’s football team. Malcolm, a senior running back, ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns as the Firebirds trampled Sunflower League cellar-dweller Leavenworth, 42-16, Friday night at Abeles Field.
Lions stop ‘state champs’ - Lawrence High 21, Olathe North 16
LHS finally solves Eagles
October 4, 2003
The Sunflower League dominance hasn’t shifted just yet, but the streak that the Lawrence High football team tried to bust for seven long years now is history. LHS defeated Olathe North, 21-16, Friday night at Olathe District Activities Center, and while the solid defensive play of the Lions is getting repetitive each Friday, the guts of quarterback Taylor Parker might have been what pushed the Lions over the O-North mountain.
Limbaugh didn’t belong on ESPN
October 4, 2003
Rush Limbaugh sees the world in black and white. It is the secret of his success. While other radio hosts wince at slicing the world in two — saying one side is always right and the other is always wrong — Limbaugh’s cash register has always rung on the jingle of such stubborn, if incorrect, simplicity.
Briefly
October 4, 2003
¢ Moussaoui denied access to media ¢ Goal post collapses, killing 6-year-old boy ¢ Black workers kept from patient’s room ¢ Baby hurt despite order to leave foster home
Briefly
October 4, 2003
¢ Tiger attacks illusionist Roy during ‘Siegfried & Roy’ show ¢ Nation test-fires nuclear-capable missile ¢ British deaths rose by 2,000 during August heat wave
Heart of the matter
Medical clinic celebrating fourth year
October 4, 2003
Steve and Sharon Batten of Lawrence, like millions of American families, have to make do without health insurance. Steve is a self-employed carpenter, and Sharon has muscular dystrophy, two factors that make getting a health insurance policy a difficult and very expensive proposition. So the couple and their five children, ages 19 to 25, manage as best they can.
Warren R. Jones
October 4, 2003
Oskie overpowers McLouth
Bears bash Bulldogs in battle of winless squads
October 4, 2003
A rowdy group of Oskaloosa fans swarmed the north end zone Friday night to celebrate the Bears’ first victory of the season.
Mason lifts Baldwin past Spring Hill
October 4, 2003
Micah Mason’s 77-yard touchdown run started the scoring, and his 67-yard TD run finished it as Baldwin High routed Spring Hill, 41-15, in football Friday night.
Ivan R. Pippert
October 4, 2003
Briefly
October 4, 2003
¢ Earth’s ozone hole more persistent than usual ¢ Israeli troops wound 3 in raid on coffee shop ¢ Cuban advocate submits petition for democracy ¢ 18 al-Qaida suspects questioned after raid
Briefly
October 4, 2003
¢ Court refuses to delay effort to recall legislator ¢ Saudi Arabia bans issue of National Geographic ¢ Nursing home fire claims 11th victim
Briefcase
October 4, 2003
¢ Garden City leaders worry about plant’s fate ¢ U.S., Brazil still clash in talks about free trade ¢ Yellow predicts approval of merger by year’s end ¢ Xerox probe widens
Religion briefs
October 4, 2003
Good luck prevails for Waltrip
Past struggles don’t deter driver from record lap
October 4, 2003
Michael Waltrip doesn’t hate Kansas Speedway, though no one would blame him if he did.
Longhorns upend sluggish Jayhawks soccer
October 4, 2003
Kansas University’s soccer team lost, 1-0, Friday to Texas at SuperTarget Field, but it wasn’t goalkeeper Meghan Miller’s fault.