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KU classified employees vote in favor of withdrawing from state civil service system
October 15, 2003
(Updated Wednesday at 4:50 p.m.) In a landmark move that may affect workers across the state, classified employees at Kansas University have voted in favor of withdrawing from the state’s civil service system. The vote was 623 in favor of finding an “alternative to civil service,” with 532 wishing to stay with the current system.
KU names new research official
October 15, 2003
(Web Posted Wednesday at 10:52 a.m.) Kansas University officials on Wednesday named George A. Wilson interim associate vice provost for research. Wilson’s duties will include watching over KU’s Lawrence campus research centers and institutes, research space and investments in research.
How-to guide on drying, roasting pumpkin seeds
October 15, 2003
How do you dry and roast pumpkin seeds?
Careys cook up pasta on ‘Jayni’s Kitchen’
October 15, 2003
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Homemade Lasagne plus Frank Carey’s Fresh Pasta.”
Iraqi army needs more power
October 15, 2003
The assassins who tried to gun down Muhyi al-Khateeb early this month managed only to hit his chauffeur, who lost an eye and four fingers. They struck near the spot where last month they shot Akila al-Hashimi, one of three women council members.
Briefly
October 15, 2003
¢ Interior secretary told to order owl habitat ¢ Demonstrators block roads; protests persist ¢ Yahoo pulls Web site of Ghettopoly creator ¢ Protesters demand president’s resignation
Sprint replaces auditor
Overland Park company reduces executive severance packages
October 15, 2003
Sprint Corp. has replaced longtime auditor Ernst & Young, which came under fire from some shareholders because of tax shelter recommendations it made to Sprint’s top two executives on how to deal with their stock options.
Amarr seeks tax abatement
Garage door maker plans to add 80 jobs if city OKs break
October 15, 2003
Proposed changes in the city’s much-talked-about tax abatement policy soon will face an $18.5 million test. Officials with Amarr Garage Doors announced Tuesday that they have plans to start an $18.5 million expansion that would add 80 jobs at their East Hills Business Park facility, if city commissioners approve a tax abatement.
Chiefs’ Woods all the way back
Free safety rebounds from broken leg to make big contributions
October 15, 2003
His broken leg looked so ugly, even the X-ray technician turned away. That’s when Jerome Woods thought his football career had been cut short by a freak accident in a meaningless exhibition game in what should have been the prime of his life.
KU chemistry class faintings, illness deemed coincidence
October 15, 2003
Kansas University officials said that a bizarre coincidence was to blame for an incident that left two students passed out and a third ill Tuesday morning in a chemistry laboratory. But one of the students who lost consciousness said she still wondered whether a gas or something else in the lab caused the illnesses.
Trade debate may be key for Democrats
October 15, 2003
Political rhetoric and political reality are two quite different things. As a rule, candidates for high office do not confront the hard facts of governmental life until after they have been elected.
Replacing potatoes in Midwestern diet is no easy task
October 15, 2003
Here in the Midwest we’re in the heart of meat-and-potatoes country, so anyone who disparages the potato is going to be on shaky ground. Even less popular in Kansas is being a vegetarian or a Democrat, but potato-bashing has third place locked up tight.
Book offers savory dishes for hectic lifestyles
October 15, 2003
If you want streamlined action in your home kitchen, you’d rightly expect a book titled “Matthew Kenney’s Big City Cooking: Recipes for a Fast-Paced World” to have some answers for you.
Saving history
October 15, 2003
Victims testify against silicone-gel implants
October 15, 2003
Women pleaded with the government on Tuesday to continue a ban on most silicone gel breast implants, telling of years of pain and suffering they blame on leaking devices.
Steuben Glass sparkling at 100
Corning Inc. subsidiary still creating ‘transparent and brilliant’ pieces of crystal
October 15, 2003
At first glance, Steuben Glass doesn’t seem to fit with parent company Corning Inc., the maker of the fiber optics for telecommunications.
Jayhawk briefs
October 15, 2003
¢ KU doubles tandem second at USTA event ¢ KU women’s golf fourth at invite ¢ KU’s Miller honored
Actress likes racy ‘Coupling’ role
October 15, 2003
Say, Rena Sofer! How do you feel starring in “Coupling,” the racy new sitcom that has reveled in publicity (and gotten a good scolding) since NBC announced it last spring?
Recipes
October 15, 2003
These recipes come from the “Rolling Prairie Cookbook,” by Nancy O’Connor, nutrition and outreach director at Community Mercantile Co-op in Lawrence.
Raymond W. Shy
October 15, 2003
Attorneys for Bryant accused of smear tactics
October 15, 2003
Prosecutors accused Kobe Bryant’s attorneys of deliberately smearing the reputation of his accuser Tuesday as they asked a judge to make sure any evidence about her sexual history was heard behind closed doors.
Eudora, Baldwin send mixed signals
School boards support levy for education; mayors do not
October 15, 2003
School boards in Eudora and Baldwin are endorsing a countywide half-cent sales tax increase to boost public school funding by $5.8 million. But the cities’ mayors on Tuesday spoke strongly against the plan.
Former Yankees blast Red Sox
Gossage, Nettles: In their day, Boston’s Martinez, Ramirez wouldn’t have escaped so easily
October 15, 2003
It’s been a quarter-century since Goose Gossage and Graig Nettles fought in the Yankees-Red Sox wars, but the years haven’t softened their animosity toward the Fenway army. Ask Goose and Puff about Pedro Martinez and Manny Ramirez, and you might as well be talking about Carlton Fisk and Bill Lee.
Wood: Renberger kept faith in Firebirds
October 15, 2003
Enjoy the crow, critics. It’s brought to you by Jon Renberger. Free State High’s mild-mannered, well informed girls tennis coach didn’t fear losing a tremendous class of standouts. Perhaps he should’ve. But he didn’t.
FSHS volleyball 1-2
Firebirds have ‘average’ Senior Night
October 15, 2003
Two more wins would have made Free State’s Senior Night spectacular. Another loss would have spoiled the finale for four Firebirds at FSHS.
Free State soccer falls to Vikings
October 15, 2003
Unlike the conditions at the Free State High soccer team’s lightning-shortened 1-0 loss Monday at Shawnee Mission South, the weather was calm and clear for its Tuesday game at home against Shawnee Mission West.
City and area briefs
October 15, 2003
¢ Helicopter to fly low over Lawrence campus ¢ Book policy eludes Baldwin school board ¢ Baldwin legislator to sit on education panel ¢ School board members revisit closing decisions ¢ Pump Patrol seeks deals
Democrat to challenge Ryun for House seat
October 15, 2003
A pharmaceutical researcher from Topeka is positioning herself to be the first Democrat since 1996 to give Kansas Republican Congressman Jim Ryun a serious run for his job. “He has not had a full-scale campaign against him since he was elected in 1996,” Nancy Boyda said Monday.
China starts space mission
Country third to launch manned mission
October 15, 2003
China launched its first manned space mission early today, becoming the third country in history to send a person into orbit — four decades after the former Soviet Union and the United States.
Foreign policy impedes U.S. firms
Panelists at KU conference claim ‘war on terror’ hurting business relations
October 15, 2003
U.S. foreign policy is starting to hinder foreign trade, panelists said Tuesday at an international business conference sponsored by Kansas University.
People
October 15, 2003
¢ New U2 album nearly finished ¢ Kidman wins libel suit ¢ Gary Coleman’s next move ¢ To Arnold: Good luck
Horoscopes
October 15, 2003
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Briefcase
October 15, 2003
¢ Delta has rough quarter ¢ America Online plans to offer cheaper services ¢ Intel sees strong demand ¢ Bank of America earnings on the rise
Analysis: Nine months into term, Sebelius leads by instinct
Governor setting her agenda
October 15, 2003
Some complain she is overly cautious, others say she is just extremely thoughtful. And while some say she practices the politics of inclusion, others sense a close-to-the-vest style. Nine months in office, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ management and political style remain an enigma to many Kansans.
Getting the most out of food
Movement teaches people to enjoy cooking, eating
October 15, 2003
Think about it. When’s the last time you went to the market, purposely sought out locally raised ingredients — organic salad greens, free-range chicken, artisanal cheeses — consciously, lovingly prepared a nourishing meal and sat down to enjoy it with a glass of wine and the company of good friends?
Author’s catch: Baked cod fillets
October 15, 2003
Using foil to make a tent in which cod can steam in its own juices gives a very delicate, fragrant result. That’s the word from food writer, chef and food show host Ainsley Harriott.
Reaching out
Whether it’s attracting more international students or sending American students abroad, universities need to take the lead in bridging cultures around the world.
October 15, 2003
A decline in international students attending Kansas universities is a small but disconcerting trend. At a time when Americans should be reaching out and learning more about other cultures around the world, fear and security measures are causing us to become more isolated.
Wal-Mart fan
October 15, 2003
Worth living?
October 15, 2003
Commodities
October 15, 2003
City Council members defend Topeka mayor
October 15, 2003
Having the City Council scrutinize agreements like one that paid a former municipal employee $113,000 after his resignation would be micromanaging the Mayor’s Office, two council members testified Tuesday in district court.
Tornado victim dies of injuries
October 15, 2003
More than five months after a tornado ripped through the city, it claimed another victim.
Senate bans discrimination based on genetic information
October 15, 2003
Insurance companies would be barred from using people’s genetic information or family histories to deny medical coverage or set premiums under a bill passed 95-0 by the Senate on Tuesday.
Sebelius offers to partner with local governments
October 15, 2003
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius offered cooperation — but not money — to city leaders Tuesday, encouraging collaboration to address the demand for services under tight budgets.
Kansas Water Authority sets public hearings on water storage purchase plan
October 15, 2003
State officials said Tuesday that they wanted to hear what members of the public thought about a $65 million plan to purchase water storage in Perry and Milford lakes.
New York law provides lesson in financing
Governor allows credit unions in schools
October 15, 2003
Adults’ finances are collapsing like a house of credit cards. College students are inundated with offers that get them deep into debt before their first real job, and graduates aren’t paying their student loans.
Daily ticker
October 15, 2003
Deficit at pension insurance agency soars
October 15, 2003
Finances at the government’s pension insurance program deteriorated further this past summer with its deficit reaching a record $8.8 billion as of Aug. 31, the agency’s executive director told Congress on Tuesday.
Churchill’ offers honest portrayal of legend
October 15, 2003
Ian McKellen narrates the three-hour documentary “Churchill” (7 p.m., PBS), profiling the eventful 90-year life of Sir Winston Churchill. Stuffed to the gills with vintage footage and cigar smoke-filled scenes of historical re-creation, “Churchill” rounds out the portrait with recollections from his daughter and other descendants, as well as the children and grandchildren of his colleagues and rivals.
50 Cent tops Source winners
October 15, 2003
Rapper 50 Cent won three major awards, including album of the year, and Nelly and Lil’ Kim also took home trophies at The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards.
Travelers lost in Wichita end up in rural Baldwin
October 15, 2003
Two 76-year-old women, who apparently got lost Monday in the Wichita area, ended up Tuesday at a rural Baldwin residence seeking help, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
City commission briefs
October 15, 2003
¢ Commission OKs bike lane requirement ¢ Neighborhood asks city to rezone acreage
On the record
October 15, 2003
Area briefs
October 15, 2003
¢ Howard Dean to speak at K.C. fund-raiser ¢ KU parking garage at GSP-Corbin reopens ¢ Baldwin wins weigh-in in change collection
Parents sue preschool, say teacher bit 3-year-old
October 15, 2003
A Lawrence couple is suing a local preschool claiming a teacher bit their 3-year-old son on the arm to demonstrate that biting hurts, but a school official says that’s not what happened.
K.C. police review use of video cameras
October 15, 2003
Two years ago, the Kansas City Police Department installed video cameras in most police cars. Some officers still aren’t using the cameras, and the Board of Police Commissioners wants to know why.
State briefs
October 15, 2003
¢ One dead, one injured in garage explosion ¢ Community college president dies
Clea A. Meiller
October 15, 2003
John Raymond Bixler Sr.
October 15, 2003
Lois Pearl Granowski
October 15, 2003
U.S. won’t give U.N. timetable for leaving Iraq
October 15, 2003
The United States rejected a proposal Tuesday by France, Russia and Germany to add a timetable for the transfer of power to Iraqis to its new resolution and give Secretary-General Kofi Annan a role in its preparation.
U.S. vetoes resolution condemning Israeli security wall
October 15, 2003
The United States on Tuesday vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have condemned Israel for building a barrier that cuts into the West Bank.
Snyder: MU cooperating
Probe completion expected by December
October 15, 2003
Quin Snyder, under fire yet upbeat with the Missouri men’s basketball team under NCAA investigation, received two standing ovations Tuesday in an appearance before boosters.
Just five outs away, Cubs come unraveled
Chicago pitcher Prior can’t close door after error, ball gets deflected by fan
October 15, 2003
All Mark Prior could do was sit in the dugout and stare. A glorious night suddenly ruined. Same disappointment for another Cub, Sammy Sosa. He had three hits, scored a run and drove in another as Chicago built what seemed to be a safe 3-0 lead by the eighth inning.
No joy in Cubville
Fan, error prove costly as Marlins force Game 7
October 15, 2003
Five outs to go. Wrigley Field crowd on its feet. World Series within their grasp. Then, it was almost as if the baseball gods woke up and realized these were the Chicago Cubs. Those lovable losers blew it again thanks in part to — of all things — one of their own fans.
Wells, Yankees one away
N.Y. trips Boston, 4-2; series moves to Bronx
October 15, 2003
David Wells is a longtime, die-hard Babe Ruth fan, and he’s doing his best to keep The Curse alive. Wells worked his way out of trouble to put the New York Yankees on the verge of another World Series, beating the Boston Red Sox, 4-2, Tuesday for a 3-2 lead in the AL championship series.
Newton lands NBA gig
Former Jayhawk to work for Washington Wizards
October 15, 2003
Step by step, Milt Newton is climbing the career ladder in professional basketball. Newton, a member of Kansas University’s 1988 NCAA championship team, has played in the Continental Basketball Assn. and worked in the front office of the National Basketball Development League. A couple of months ago, he was named director of player personnel of the NBA’s Washington Wizards.
Jayhawks tackling defense — and each other
October 15, 2003
Kansas University’s defensive players are angry, and they’re taking their frustrations out on their teammates. KU coach Mark Mangino thinks that’s a good thing.
LHS standout Wilson wins regional golf title
October 15, 2003
Regional champion has a nice ring, doesn’t it? Sydney Wilson, Lawrence High’s standout girls golfer, now can attach that title to her name for the next year or so.
City prep briefs
October 15, 2003
¢ LHS volleyball 1-2 at Rural quadrangular ¢ LHS soccer ties Leavenworth, 0-0 ¢ FSHS tennis team forfeits, takes fourth
Correa to sit at A&M
October 15, 2003
The Kansas University volleyball team will play without injured freshman Janaina Correa at 7 tonight against No. 22 Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.
NU player apologizes for punch
Solich suspends Husker for assaulting Mizzou fan after game
October 15, 2003
Shortly after he apologized for punching a Missouri fan following Nebraska’s loss to the Tigers, the Cornhuskers’ Kellen Huston was suspended for this week’s game against Texas A&M.
6News video: Business to create 80 jobs if abatement granted
October 15, 2003
Amarr Garage Doors officials announced plans to start an $18.5 million expansion in Lawrence if the city will grant the business a tax abatement.
6News video: KU lab evacuated following faintings
October 15, 2003
Two students fainted and a third became ill in a chemistry lab on campus Tuesday, but officials detected nothing hazardous in the lab.
6Sports video: Fleet-footed Firebird only a sophomore
October 15, 2003
Alysha Valencia has won four of the six cross-country races she’s competed in this year, and she’s looking to make the Sunflower League meets her fifth win.
6Sports video: Miller takes conference honors
October 15, 2003
Kansas University goaltender Meghan Miller has been named defensive soccer player of the week by the Big 12 Conference.
6Sports video: Free State volleyball 1-2 in home quad
October 15, 2003
The Firebirds went down in straight sets to Shawnee Heights and SM Northwest but forced a third game on Olathe North for the win.
6Sports video: Baylor a bit of a mystery
October 15, 2003
The Jayhawks are working to be prepared for either the Bears who upset Colorado — or the Baylor who surrendered to Texas A&M.
6Sports video: Defense returns from Boulder highly motivated
October 15, 2003
Live tackles are the order of the day in practice this week following the 598 yards allowed to Colorado.
Lawrence companies up for recognition
October 15, 2003
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a new awards program, the Excellence in Commerce Awards, to honor area businesses. Nineteen companies in six different categories have been nominated for the awards, which will be given at 7:30 a.m. Friday at the Lawrence Holidome.
Trial begins for sniper suspect
October 15, 2003
John Allen Muhammad stood before a judge Tuesday morning and pleaded not guilty to killing a man at a Prince William County gasoline station last October, for the first time publicly denying that he took part in the sniper shootings that terrorized the Washington region.
Reporters ordered to share sources
October 15, 2003
A federal judge has ordered five reporters to reveal their sources for stories that portrayed Wen Ho Lee, a former nuclear weapons scientist, as a chief suspect in a Chinese espionage investigation.
McGahee cleared to practice
Bills running back returns after surgery
October 15, 2003
Bills running back Willis McGahee will start practicing this week, nearly 10 months after undergoing reconstructive surgery on his left knee.
Organist plays down threat of violence in Middle East
October 15, 2003
Sabin Levi would go anywhere — even a strife-torn country — to play the organ. The Kansas University doctoral student will be one of eight organists who will play at Israel’s first International Organ Festival Nov. 17 through Nov. 20 in the cities of Haifa, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Suicide bomber hits embassy
Turkey targeted after committing troops to Iraq
October 15, 2003
Suicide car bombers struck in Baghdad for the third time in a week Tuesday, this time outside the Turkish Embassy in yet another blow against those who would help the U.S. occupation. Witnesses said the driver and a bystander were killed, and hospitals said at least 13 were wounded.
Self attending NABC meeting
Coach taking part in emergency ethics discussion
October 15, 2003
Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self would rather be studying practice plans and chalk-talking with his assistants and players today than attending an emergency meeting of the National Association of Basketball Coaches in Chicago.
Briefly
October 15, 2003
¢ Bush raising record amounts for re-election campaign ¢ Cardinals have plan if pope incapacitated ¢ Anglican leaders meet to stop split over homosexuality
Rams back on track, but against weaker competition
October 15, 2003
Two years removed from a Super Bowl, the St. Louis Rams appear to be back in championship form. But was it the Rams’ skill or the ineptitude of the Atlanta Falcons Monday night and the Arizona Cardinals two weeks ago that’s responsible? Coach Mike Martz doesn’t know for sure yet, and a day after the Rams’ 36-0 victory over the Falcons, he didn’t care.
Correction
October 15, 2003
Justices give boost to medical marijuana
October 15, 2003
A federal appeals court ruling that bars the federal government from punishing doctors who recommend marijuana to their patients will stand, the Supreme Court announced Tuesday.
Scalia recuses himself as court agrees to hear Pledge of Allegiance case
October 15, 2003
The Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will hear the dispute over the phrase “one nation, under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance — but without one of its most conservative justices.
Biotechnology industry hit by violent demonstrations
October 15, 2003
A growing militant movement opposed to genetic engineering in agriculture and medicine is turning to sabotage — from the bombing of a biotech company to the destruction of genetically modified crops.
Contaminated mail forces state building evacuation
October 15, 2003
Four people were taken to the hospital and hundreds evacuated Tuesday from the Docking State Office Building because of a foul odor caused by chemically contaminated documents.
Efficiency key to energy policy
October 15, 2003
Although I lived through harrowing times as a World War II artillery gunner, I have never seen American people more vulnerable than when the OPEC oil embargo dealt the U.S. a body blow 30 years ago.
Westar CEO seeks to keep Wittig-era directors
October 15, 2003
James Haines says following David Wittig makes being chief executive officer at Westar Energy Inc. more difficult, but he praises three Wittig-era directors and says he wants them to remain on the company’s board.
Color choice
October 15, 2003