Archive for Sunday, October 5, 2003

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Shots fired outside downtown bar
October 5, 2003
(Updated Sunday at 4:39 a.m.) One KU student’s night on the town turned into “mass chaos” early Sunday after gunshots rang out outside a downtown Lawrence bar.
24 ‘geniuses’ receive grants
October 5, 2003
A soil scientist trying to end hunger in Africa, a nursing professor searching for better ways to treat elderly cancer patients and a writer who explains issues such as adoption and death in her children’s books were among 24 winners Sunday of this year’s $500,000 MacArthur Foundation “genius grants.”
Seventh candidate for mayor slain
October 5, 2003
Gunmen shot and killed a mayoral contender in a central Colombian town, the 16th candidate to be killed in the run-up to state and municipal elections, police said Saturday.
UC Berkeley admissions under scrutiny for practices
October 5, 2003
UC Berkeley, the University of California’s oldest and most prestigious campus, admitted hundreds of freshmen in 2002 who were “marginally academically qualified” at the expense of many more highly qualified applicants, according to a confidential report obtained by the Los Angeles Times.
Women’s Hall of Fame inducts philanthropist
October 5, 2003
Mildred Robbins Leet is an unusual philanthropist. She’s not wealthy. And for 25 years, she’s given away just $50 at a time.
Thousands rally for immigrant rights
October 5, 2003
Tens of thousands of immigrants and labor advocates staged a rally Saturday for better treatment of the nation’s immigrants, topping off a two-week-long bus odyssey around the country.
Guidelines help determine legitimacy of charities
October 5, 2003
Q. I’ve signed the no-call lists both in Kansas and nationally, but that of course doesn’t keep the charitable fund-raisers from calling. How do I check out a charity to see if it’s worth my donation or not?
Public forum
October 5, 2003
Protecting the sacred spots of nature
October 5, 2003
I was sitting in one of my favorite spots, by the side of the pond, enveloped in cattails, watching a little green heron poke in the shallows for frogs. It was mid-September, season of late bloomers. Maximilian sunflowers, blue sage, heath aster, tall thistle flaunted their colors against the waning grass. Above the flowers, an ethereal fabric of butterflies rose and fell. A few brushstrokes of cirrus clouds were all heaven had to show for itself that day.
USPS introduces Christmas in October
October 5, 2003
Christmas comes in October for the U.S. Postal Service.
State and local briefs
October 5, 2003
¢ Sebelius reviews report on state’s vehicle fleet ¢ Women voters group questions proposed tax
Eco-Clean: Earth-friendly choices can spruce up homes
October 5, 2003
I love Mother Earth. But I’ve always avoided eco-cleaning products because with labels that read “non-caustic, non-acid, phosphate-free, non-toxic,” I wonder — does it work? So I put such products to the test.
Controlling pesky crickets can be difficult
October 5, 2003
Cooler weather the next several weeks will mean the end of insect pests. Unfortunately, as many pests disappear outside, they seem to appear inside the home. Insects find a way indoors because the warm temperatures provide a safe place to hide for the winter. A large population of black field crickets in the garden this fall may lead to a home invasion in the near future.
Unbungling a bungalow
October 5, 2003
The interior was neglected and the grounds were a mess. But for $125,000, Alix Leadley knew the old bungalow was a bargain in 1994. So she bought it. But decorating was a challenge. Leadley would come through the front door and the place would feel disorganized, unsettled.
Feds aim to shut down Canadian drug supply
October 5, 2003
Carl Moore has made — and lost — money lots of different ways. In oil. In water, too. This time, he says, it feels different. As the founder of a chain of storefronts that help seniors buy cheap prescription drugs from Canada, Moore has a sense he is doing good, and that his cause is worth the battle against state and federal regulators trying to shut him down.
Calendar
October 5, 2003
Douglas County Senior Services, 745 Vt., offers activities during the week for residents age 55 and older. Future seniors are allowed to participate if space permits. Call Senior Services at 842-0543 for more information.
Entrepreneur makes play for game market
October 5, 2003
Stuart Montaldo didn’t set out to make the science version of Scrabble or anything like that. Montaldo was working in marketing and publishing in Boston in the midst of the cyberspace explosion of the mid-to-late 1990s. He specialized in developing new products, and was eager to put his experience to use in the dot-com world. He thought he’d develop an online game about space aliens, based on accurate science.
Sales of traditional board games jump 18 percent
October 5, 2003
Sales of traditional games are definitely up, says Christina Charasse, senior account manager for NPD Fun World, the toy and video game-tracking division of The NPD Group, an analyst for the toy and game industries.
Region also boasts recreation, wildlife opportunities
October 5, 2003
KU Wind Ensemble to play state, national conferences
Invitations come amid rehearsals for first concert of fall season
October 5, 2003
When John Lynch took the helm as Kansas University’s director of bands last year, he charted a five-year plan. The way things are going, he may have to set loftier goals to fill out the half-decade.
Gauguin exhibit unites works not seen together in century
October 5, 2003
A dazzling exhibit that showcases the pearls of Paul Gauguin’s final, turbulent years in Tahiti unites paintings from around the world that have not been seen together in more than a century.
Easy rider
Free-spirited scooter fans love their ‘hip machines’
October 5, 2003
They weigh a couple of hundred pounds. They get about 100 miles per gallon. And they can fit in even the smallest of parking spaces. Scooters, a diminutive form of transportation, are catching on big time in Lawrence these days.
Pet briefs
October 5, 2003
¢ Extraordinary animals sought for contest
Duo weaves tapestry of sights and sounds
October 5, 2003
In her home studio in Santa Fe, N.M., fiber artist Rebecca Bluestone works wizardry with dye. She starts with only a dozen colors. But through an extraordinarily precise measuring system, she’s able to create a nearly infinite spectrum of variations to weave into her tapestries.
Fudge and loathing in Los Angeles
Artist Travis Millard returns to Lawrence for gallery show
October 5, 2003
Whether you know who Travis Millard is or not, you’ve probably seen his artwork around Lawrence. Maybe you’ve leered drunkenly at the goat boy while unloading a couple of PBRs in the bathroom of the Eighth Street Tap Room. Perhaps you’ve gasped for air while puking on the hard concrete in the Replay Lounge’s beer garden and found solace in a mural depicting a dead cat flying through heaven. Or perhaps you sometimes fondly reflect upon one of the hundreds of other traces signed “tm2” that Millard left in the alleys and back streets of town.
Web site attack ends suicide show
October 5, 2003
An Internet broadcast of a concert that was to feature a suicide of a terminally ill person did not happen Saturday because the Web site was attacked. The band’s leader said the concert still went on, but he didn’t know whether the suicide did.
Southwest Assemblies player hurt
October 5, 2003
Josh Roark, a Southwestern Assemblies of God University wide receiver, was under sedation at the KU Med Center Saturday evening, according to SAGU coach Jesse Godding.
Nebraska sees West Nile-like virus
October 5, 2003
Hastings-area doctors are seeing an outbreak of an illness that has symptoms similar to the West Nile virus.
Area briefs
October 5, 2003
¢ Firefighters plan chili dinner at station ¢ Governor to give leadership lecture
Briefs
October 5, 2003
Carnegie program picks KU history department Journal-World publisher to speak at breakfast
Ivan R. Pippert
October 5, 2003
Josephine A. Scully
October 5, 2003
Nebraska town rallies around returning soldier
October 5, 2003
Pfc. Jason McKean was injured in a bomb blast in Iraq Sept. 13. Today, he is expected to return to his Gering home.
Huskers pummel Troy St.
October 5, 2003
A 10-point lead at halftime was nothing for 12th-ranked Nebraska to worry about against Troy State.
Giants’ Bonds left without ring again
October 5, 2003
Barry Bonds reached into his locker and pulled out his wallet, watch, cell phone and necklace that holds a picture of his late father.
Holmgren downplays return to Lambeau
Former Packer coach today brings undefeated Seahawks into Green Bay
October 5, 2003
There is little hype surrounding Mike Holmgren’s second return to Lambeau Field today. But there are still plenty of intriguing connections between the surging Seattle Seahawks (3-0), fresh off a bye week, and the inconsistent Green Bay Packers (2-2), who are coming off a Monday night win at Chicago.
Nixon’s home run boosts Boston
October 5, 2003
The Red Sox may have found a playoff opponent more unlucky than they are. Pinch-hitter Trot Nixon hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning, and Boston took advantage of Oakland’s disastrous fielding and baserunning to beat the Athletics, 3-1, Saturday night and avoid elimination in their best-of-five postseason series.
A&M tough test for KU soccer
October 5, 2003
Just when the Kansas University soccer team is looking to a snap a two-game conference losing streak, No. 3 Texas A&M comes to town.
Jayhawk briefs
October 5, 2003
¢ Kansas volleyball trips Texas Tech ¢ Chesang paces KU in cross country
Photography exhibit showcases worldwide Jewish Diaspora
October 5, 2003
It began with a single photograph — a small child running down a back alley in Jerusalem, wearing an angel costume as part of the festivities to mark the Jewish holiday of Purim.
The painter from Maine
Retrospective refocuses light on wandering artist who went unappreciated during his lifetime
October 5, 2003
The painter from Maine. There’s something a bit misleading about the nickname Marsden Hartley bestowed upon himself at the end of his career. The 20th century American painter spent more time in Paris, Berlin, New York, Mexico, Bermuda and elsewhere than the placid Northeast state where he was born in 1877 to immigrant parents. But he returned there late in life and even incorporated the state’s rugged landscapes into his work. (Photo gallery)
Johnson leads LHS to cross country win
October 5, 2003
Megan Johnson set a meet record with a 4,000-meter time of 15:19.3, pacing the Lawrence High girls cross country team to a first-place finish at the Emporia Invitational Friday.
Arts briefs
October 5, 2003
¢ Miami City Ballet to honor Balanchine ¢ Lawrence artist invited to international exhibit ¢ Lawrence high schools present pops concert ¢ Award-winning Web site features Shimomura ¢ Students plan to blow it at Tuba/Euphonium FEST ¢ KU Chamber Winds does Mozart over lunch ¢ Art Affair features Baldwin painter ¢ Sudlow artwork to hang in Highland gallery ¢ Photography exhibition takes design faculty’s work to Iowa ¢ Hallmark Symposium draws top art, design professionals ¢ Folk artist to perform at Unity Church ¢ KU Visiting Artist Series to feature young violist ¢ Retrospective features Kansan Ernst Ulmer ¢ El Dorado to show concurrent art exhibits
Fashion and beauty companies color the country pink in October
October 5, 2003
There are plenty of worthy charitable causes out there, and the fashion and beauty industries support many of them with special fund-raisers and promotions. But breast cancer research just might get the most support.
Kansas football players true believers
October 5, 2003
It would be understandable if Kansas University’s football program still had its share of doubters, because the Jayhawks have set their fans up for disappointment before.
Luck favors Green
Winner benefits from Waltrip’s misfortune
October 5, 2003
It was easy for race fans to tell when Saturday’s mundane Mr. Goodcents 300 at the Kansas Speedway turned into madness.
No joke: Baylor stuns CU
October 5, 2003
Bill Cosby gave a free concert at Floyd Casey Stadium a month ago in hopes of lifting the spirits of the Baylor campus.
Collison won’t play this season
Ex-Jayhawk to sit out rookie year with Sonics to rehab shoulders
October 5, 2003
Nick Collison, who never missed a game in his four-year Kansas University men’s basketball career, will miss all 82 games his rookie season in the NBA.
Chiefs-Broncos riddled with intriguing subplots
October 5, 2003
There’s a lot more to today’s AFC West matchup than a mere showdown between unbeaten teams going head-to-head for first place.
Sudden Sea’ moving account of hurricane
October 5, 2003
It was a beautiful September day in 1938, as young lovers strolled the Rhode Island beach, golfers enjoyed a round on Long Island, New York, and Massachusetts lobstermen tended their pots.
Mayer: Sayers’ advice on education priceless for today’s athletes
October 5, 2003
If footballer Maurice Clarett or basketeer Ricky Clemons offers advice about the merits of education, run and hide. When a football icon the stature of Kansas University’s Gale Sayers does that, it behooves everyone to listen.
Dancers put on eclectic show
October 5, 2003
A diphthong begins with one vowel and gradually changes to another within a single word.
Scooter enthusiasts drive first area rally
October 5, 2003
Somewhere between the “putt-putt” of a mo-ped and the “vroom” of a Harley, is the hum of a scooter.
Florida marches on
Pudge takes one for team in series-clinching win
October 5, 2003
Ivan Rodriguez caught the throw from left field on one hop, stepped in front of the plate and braced for a collision.
Haskell falls to SAGU
Penalties costly in 28-21 setback
October 5, 2003
Eric Brock was seeing yellow flags like they were spots in front of his eyes. Haskell Indian Nations University was dunned 136 yards on 16 penalties in Saturday’s 28-21 homecoming loss to Southwestern Assemblies of God U., and the Fightin’ Indians’ coach was baffled.
Down market still produces tax liabilities
October 5, 2003
Every year about this time, investors get a standard warning here: Beware of mutual fund purchases in the coming months, else you could inherit a tax bill for profits you never received. But does this matter anymore, given the stock market’s decline of 2000-2002. Yes.
Firefighters compete to raise money for colleague
Departments use food, races in fund-raiser
October 5, 2003
The sounds of music, laughter and cheers mixed with the smells of chili, barbecue and other food Saturday afternoon at the corner of 19th Street and Haskell Avenue.
K.C. area awaits flood-control project
October 5, 2003
Five years after a devastating flood here killed 11 people, it’s unclear how much longer it might be before construction begins on a flood-control project that would protect both Kansas cities.
Briefcase
October 5, 2003
¢ Networking doesn’t top essentials to success list ¢ Counseling service offers advice on credit cards ¢ Name that company
Johnson forced to back of pack
October 5, 2003
Jimmie Johnson earned the right to start first today in the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway, but he’ll have to use his second car.
Doctors reveal tips to boost memory
October 5, 2003
One day you run into an old friend on the street — and blank out on his name. Another time, you stride with purpose from one end of your house to the other to do something — but when you get there, you don’t have a clue as to what it was.
Revenge motive for CIA leak would demand strong response
October 5, 2003
Baldwin lacks policy for challenged books
October 5, 2003
Defective policy is to blame for chaos surrounding the Baldwin school district’s handling of a request to stop a ninth-grade class from reading the controversial novel “We All Fall Down.”
Briefly
October 5, 2003
¢ South Rim repairs halt Grand Canyon mules ¢ New cruises to depart New Orleans port
Kansas Silver Haired Legislature to convene
October 5, 2003
The 21st annual session of the Kansas Silver Haired Legislature will convene Wednesday and run through Friday. The group will work with the Kansas Legislature to get bills and resolutions introduced and passed.
Developer drawn to ‘difficult projects’
At the heart of controversy’
October 5, 2003
Doug Compton wants a Wal-Mart at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive. But not just as a shopper, Lawrence resident, or an interested observer of the unfolding debate about development in the northwest corner of town. The Lawrence developer owns the land where the retail giant wants to open a second Lawrence store, adding to its stable of 4,750 worldwide.
Snake owners should be careful
October 5, 2003
Snakes have a lot of bad PR to overcome: Fomenting humankind’s fall from grace isn’t something even a James Carville can fix overnight.
Cats need time to make transition
October 5, 2003
The first time I brought home a cat from a shelter, I expected him to carouse around with glee: No more cage! He was free! Instead, he sprinted to the bed, under which he huddled in a corner, seemingly terrified, for days.
Experts know where shell souvenirs made
October 5, 2003
In the 19th century, shells were made into souvenirs at many seaside resorts. Small boxes, bouquets, plaques or figurines were made to be sold to tourists. Some pieces were in unusual shapes, like shoes, mirrors or small bureaus. Many included the name of the town or island
Horoscopes
October 5, 2003
For Sunday, Oct. 5, 2003.
Briefly
October 5, 2003
¢ Dairy farmer turned Senate candidate dies ¢ Edward Kennedy to receive Bush Award ¢ First Iraqi unit completes U.S. training ¢ Postwar Iraq resolution displeases French leader
Briefly
October 5, 2003
Mob burns vehicles before victim’s funeral Gulf coast braces for tropical storms Police remove tiger from housing project
Briefly
October 5, 2003
¢ Colonial-era blacks reburied in Manhattan ¢ Court rules state illegally kept children ¢ Couple use break from Iraq to marry ¢ Body-parts seller gets 20 years in prison
Faith bolsters Topeka family after son dies in Iraq war
Soldier’s letter rekindles memories
October 5, 2003
Raymond Thomas was talking with a father’s pride about his soldier son when he decided to get the day’s mail. He thumbed through the stack of bills and sympathy cards and suddenly saw the familiar handwriting.
American stereotypes have ring of truth
October 5, 2003
When Tony Blair’s effort to rally the British against a hateful Arab dictator sputtered at home last winter, the prime minister played his ace in the hole. He turned attention instead to French President Jacques Chirac’s defiance of the United Kingdom over Iraq and soon galvanized enough support to win the crucial vote in the House of Commons on the war.
Telemarketer’s inconvenience is just payback
October 5, 2003
I’ve been writing columns for a long time now, two or three centuries at least. I’ve written on topics that touched a nerve among you readers — the moronic-TV-commercials nerve, the loud-cell-phone-talkers nerve, and of course the low-flow-toilet nerve. I even touched — and I regret this deeply — the Barry Manilow nerve.
Trail navigates N.E. Nebraska
State honors explorer who got lost from Lewis, Clark
October 5, 2003
Forget Lewis and Clark. Some towns in northeast Nebraska are celebrating a lesser-known member of the Corps of Discovery expedition who was definitely the most directionally challenged person in the group.
New York takes 2-1 series edge
Veteran hurler Clemens not quite ready to call it a career
October 5, 2003
Warming up in the bullpen, Roger Clemens heard the taunts from Twins fans: This was it for the Rocket.
Boston’s Kim makes gesture at crowd
October 5, 2003
Red Sox reliever Byung-Hyun Kim was booed by fans and made an obscene gesture when he was introduced before Saturday night’s playoff game against Oakland at Fenway Park.
Atlanta chipper after Jones’ homers even series
October 5, 2003
Chipper Jones and the Atlanta Braves sat in the clubhouse before the game, feeling about as desperate as they had in a long time.
Iowa regroups, rallies to beat Michigan
Virginia Tech cruises; Tennessee, Washington, Florida each upended
October 5, 2003
For the second straight week, Iowa trailed by two touchdowns early in the first quarter. This time, the Hawkeyes didn’t panic.
Motley fool
October 5, 2003
An oversight
October 5, 2003
The city’s action to declare Wal-Mart a department store may be legal, but the process left much to be desired.
EAT to restage ‘Glass Menagerie’
October 5, 2003
Maybe you missed it last spring. Maybe it was so good you want to see it again. Either way, there’s a solution. English Alternative Theatre, a staple of both the Lawrence and Kansas University theater communities, begins its fall season with an encore of Tennessee Williams’ critically acclaimed play “The Glass Menagerie.”
Survey finds companies lack gauge for health-care spending
October 5, 2003
Most American executives lament the soaring price of employee health-care costs, yet there are no standard benchmarks by which companies can compare those costs, according to a survey of the fastest-growing U.S. firms.
Fastest servers compete in Spain
October 5, 2003
KSU falls flat again
UT hands Wildcats ‘devastating loss’
October 5, 2003
The 13th-ranked Longhorns showed they can gut out a big win — and with a freshman leading the way.
White soars as Sooners paste Cyclones
October 5, 2003
Jason White and a dominating defense made top-ranked Oklahoma’s tuneup for Texas look easy.
Mason’s Gophers stay unbeaten
After slow start, squad routs Northwestern
October 5, 2003
Minnesota scarcely resembled the Big Ten Conference’s highest-scoring team for much of the first half Saturday, failing to manage a single first down against lowly Northwestern for more than 21 minutes.
Elements combine for dramatic landscape shot
October 5, 2003
“Earth, fire and water” is one of my favorite images from my ongoing prairie fire series. It was made in April of 1994. After several days of too much wind or too much moisture, this particular day was perfect for burning. There were fires in every direction. In this photograph, you can see many lines of fire stretching far back to the horizon. The camera was facing south, just as the sun was setting, adding to the surreal quality of the light.
Illusionist’s recovery uncertain
Roy Horn in critical condition after tiger attack during show
October 5, 2003
Roy Horn, one half of the illusionist team of Siegfried & Roy, was hospitalized in critical condition Saturday, a day after one of his tigers mauled him during their nightly show, biting him in the neck and dragging him off stage.
Briefly
October 5, 2003
¢ Campaign supporters to address senior issues
Suicide attack kills 19 in Israel
Female bomber targets popular restaurant
October 5, 2003
A Palestinian woman wrapped in explosives blew herself up Saturday inside a seaside restaurant popular with both Arabs and Jews, killing 19 bystanders, including four children. The bombing prompted new calls for Israel to act on threats to expel Yasser Arafat.
KU theater to stage Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’
October 5, 2003
William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” is thought to have been written in 1599 as a momentary diversion for the then-35-year-old Bard.
Employees feel lost in insurance crisis
Why should I be punished because I work for the state?’
October 5, 2003
Erica McDiffett has been relying on her health insurance a little more than usual lately, taking her 2-year-old son to the doctor once a month for chronic ear infections. Dropping the insurance, which covers her and three children, isn’t an option, she said.
Faces and places
October 5, 2003
People
October 5, 2003
¢ ‘King of Cartoons’ dies ¢ No refund for Tyson ¢ Virtuoso’s violin ¢ Battle for Stev
Economic policy headed for disaster
October 5, 2003
Maybe all the others are wrong. Maybe those in the Bush administration who claim we can grow our way out of these big budget deficits if we just keep cutting taxes to stimulate the economy know something no one else grasps. But if I had to bet my grandchildren’s future prosperity on anyone, I would not bet that way.
Lawrence takes 6th at tourney
October 5, 2003
Rarely would Lawrence High volleyball coach Jo Huntsinger be pleased if her team won just one match out of five at a tournament, but the annual Wells Invitational is the exception to the rule.
Struggling charity bookstore gets a boost from rock music
October 5, 2003
With its plush, comfy armchairs and quiet that would make a library proud, Housing Works Used Book Cafe in Manhattan has been a reclusive reader’s paradise for years.
What are you reading?
October 5, 2003
Graham near decision on continuing bid
October 5, 2003
Democrat Bob Graham, still pledging to the party faithful that he will be the next president, said Saturday he was rethinking his strategy for doing it.
Octoginta cyclists come along for the ride
October 5, 2003
Ask bicycle enthusiasts what the big attraction is to their hobby and most have a ready answer. “I just like the ability to ride around and see the scenery,” Keith Bland said.
Bookstore
October 5, 2003