Archive for Thursday, October 16, 2003

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Vaccine safety
October 16, 2003
Bush fibs
October 16, 2003
Missed point
October 16, 2003
Fed finds business conditions improving
Survey: Consumer spending, manufacturing strong in September, early October
October 16, 2003
Economic activity was accelerating in early fall with consumer spending strong in most parts of the country and even the nation’s beleaguered manufacturing sector showing signs of life, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday. In its latest survey of business conditions around the country, the Fed said its 12 regional banks were reporting a number of signs that the recovery from the 2001 recession was finally beginning to gain momentum.
Adult stores along I-70 creating concerns
Abilene, Wilson residents worry businesses hurt communities’ images
October 16, 2003
Some Kansas residents are beginning to worry about the proliferation of adult stores along Interstate 70. Two such stores have opened along the interstate in recent months.
U.S. to get more U.N. aid for Iraq
October 16, 2003
The Bush administration reached an agreement Wednesday with Russia, China and Pakistan on a United Nations Security Council resolution calling on U.N. members to supply more troops and money to support the occupation of Iraq, according to U.S. and U.N. diplomats.
6News video: KU classified workers vote to leave state benefits system
October 16, 2003
Classified workers at the University of Kansas voted to leave the state civil service system, favoring a pay and benefits system to be determined by the university instead of the state. The issue will now go to the Board of Regents and may be in the legislature early next year.
6Sports video: Doctors give Toomey ‘ok’ for Saturday
October 16, 2003
Sophomore Gabriel Toomey should be able to play Saturday when KU faces off against Baylor.
6Sports video: Team comes together for wins this season
October 16, 2003
Jayhawks Quarterback Bill Whittemore is having a good season, but the entire Jayhawks team is making plays together this season, Whittemore said.
6Sports video: Seven returners on women’s basketball roster
October 16, 2003
KU’s women’s basketball team is continuing their turnaround from an 0-16 season two years ago. This year the team has seven returning players.
Defense: Evidence compelling
Bryant ruling expected by Monday
October 16, 2003
Kobe Bryant’s accuser showed up for her rape exam wearing panties containing another man’s sperm, a startling discovery that defense lawyers called “compelling evidence” the NBA player is innocent.
Black Jack’ players to take stage
October 16, 2003
Lawrence resident Genee Figuieras first saw the stage production of “The Ballad of Black Jack” when she was 9 years old.
Glenn Eugene Neis
October 16, 2003
Shy services
October 16, 2003
6News video: Salvation Army decides on shelter location
October 16, 2003
The Salvation Army has decided on the location for a new shelter, but some residents in that area are unhappy.
Kansas assesses military base strengths
October 16, 2003
Four military installations in Kansas should fare well in the upcoming rounds of base realignment and closures, said John Montgomery, Kansas civilian aide to the secretary of the Army.
Water wells a concern in Reno County
October 16, 2003
Reno County Health Department officials told county commissioners they were concerned about residents who were using private wells instead of the public water system.
Helen Idella Miner
October 16, 2003
Community college in Liberal mourns loss of president
Coroner rules death a suicide
October 16, 2003
A day after the president of Seward County Community College was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot, his colleagues and students struggled to deal with the loss.
One student dead in bus accident
October 16, 2003
A tractor trailer carrying sand collided with a school bus Wednesday afternoon in a remote part of western Kansas, killing a 9-year-old boy and seriously injuring three others students, police said.
Gannon realistic about Raiders’ record
October 16, 2003
Rod Woodson believes Oakland easily could be 5-1. Lincoln Kennedy knows the defending AFC champions could be 0-6. Rich Gannon insists the Raiders’ 2-4 record is exactly what they deserve considering their awful play.
Lions’ Lloyd finishes strong
October 16, 2003
Lawrence High gymnast Ellie Lloyd could have just taken a bow when introduced as the lone senior on the Lions’ gymnastics team during Wednesday’s Senior Night at LHS.
Cubs foiled again
Marlins claim Game 7, spoil Chicago’s World Series dreams
October 16, 2003
Only the Chicago Cubs could write a twisted ending like this. And only a team like the Florida Marlins could make it seem so cruel.
Wood says he ‘choked’ in Game 7 setback
October 16, 2003
Kerry Wood trudged off the mound with his head down, flipping his glove into the stands as he hit the dugout steps.
Rodriguez cashes in during Marlins’ run
October 16, 2003
Ivan Rodriguez sat home last winter, waiting for phone calls that never came. He supposedly was too old, too injury-prone for teams to risk the big money he wanted.
Lawrence sales tax picture not bleak, city manager says
October 16, 2003
Lawrence City Manager Mike Wildgen isn’t worried about paying off the costs of building two aquatic centers, part of a health building and several other parks projects in town.
State universities, colleges pledge to promote civic values
October 16, 2003
Sixteen Kansas colleges, including Kansas University, on Wednesday signed onto a nationwide compact of higher education institutions that promise to emphasize civic values among students. “I’m a very strong believer that democracy is not a spectator sport. We need to have engaged citizens,” Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said at the Capitol ceremony.
Showers, warmer temperatures arriving
October 16, 2003
If you recently bought a set of rain tires, you’ll get some use out of them during the evening rush hour — especially if you’re driving east.
Classified workers say no to state civil service
Campus vote could prompt statewide debate
October 16, 2003
Classified workers at Kansas University have voted in favor of leaving the state’s civil service system, likely sparking a statewide debate over who best controls university employees’ pay and benefits. The vote, tallied Wednesday, was 623 workers in favor of creating a new employee system at KU, and 532 in favor of staying in the state system.
Intifada bombing kills three American targets
October 16, 2003
A large roadside bomb exploded Wednesday beneath an American diplomatic convoy, killing three security officers in the first deadly attack on a U.S. target since the Palestinian uprising began three years ago. The blast upended and nearly sliced an armored Chevrolet Suburban in half, spraying car and body parts and gouging a large crater in the road barely a mile from the checkpoint where the convoy had entered Gaza from Israel. One person in the blown-out car was wounded but survived.
Barrel bodies case in court today
Missouri officials won’t reveal purpose of hearing
October 16, 2003
Cass County officials have declined comment on a hearing scheduled today for serial killer John E. Robinson Sr.
University seeks funds for pay boost
October 16, 2003
Oklahoma State University President David Schmidly will seek a one-time payment for employees who are heading into their third year without a pay raise.
China’s first astronaut lands safely
October 16, 2003
A Chinese space capsule touched down on an isolated patch of the Gobi Desert early today, successfully completing China’s first manned space mission and bringing back to Earth a new hero, Lt. Col. Yang Liwei. Shenzhou 5, or Divine Vessel 5, landed at 6:23 a.m. after orbiting the globe 14 times in a 21-hour mission, making China the third country after Russia and the United States to send a man into space.
Staten Island ferry crash kills 10
More passengers injured, maimed; boat’s pilot attempts suicide
October 16, 2003
A Staten Island ferry slammed into a pier as it was docking Wednesday, killing at least 10 people, tearing off victims’ limbs and reducing the front of the mighty vessel to a tangled mass of wood, glass and steel. At least 34 people were injured. The ferry pilot, responsible for docking the vessel, fled the scene immediately after the crash, went to his Staten Island home and attempted suicide by slitting his wrists and shooting himself with a pellet gun, a police official told The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity. The pilot was rushed to the same hospital as many of the victims and underwent surgery.
Bleeding Kansas campaign growing
Southeast Kansas residents join effort for National Heritage Area
October 16, 2003
Though the history of the Civil War is well-documented, some think the history of Kansas in the years leading up to the war is not as well-known. Some people in Baxter Springs, Lawrence and other parts of eastern Kansas are hoping to change that.
Maple Leaf Festival begins this weekend
October 16, 2003
Baldwin’s 46th annual Maple Leaf Festival is this weekend.
Lilah Lindsey
October 16, 2003
Europeans seek changes in baby food packaging
Food Safety Authority says chemical found in bottles, jars can cause cancer
October 16, 2003
Europe’s food safety agency recommended Wednesday that baby food manufacturers change the lids on their jars as soon as possible because of cancer concerns related to a chemical found in some food packed in bottles and jars.
Labor unrest worsens in California
October 16, 2003
Labor unrest caused even more anguish across Southern California on Wednesday as contract bus drivers walked off the job in solidarity with striking transit workers and two courthouses were temporarily shut down as the result of a separate dispute.
Friends’ fans dodge Rachel-Joey bullet
October 16, 2003
That whooshing noise you heard last Thursday wasn’t a hurricane. It was the collective sigh of relief from millions of “Friends” (7 p.m., NBC) fans who won’t have to sit through the contrived romance between Joey and Rachel. Thank goodness that’s over. It was beginning to seem as unreal and annoying as, well, the contrived romance between Monica and Chandler.
Brownback breaks with Bush on Iraq
GOP senator urges quick reduction in troops
October 16, 2003
U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., on Wednesday said that the Bush administration needed new strategies in Iraq and in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. During a telephone conference with Kansas news reporters, Brownback, the state’s senior senator, called on the White House to quickly reduce the number of U.S. troops in Iraq.
Gay priest undercuts church
October 16, 2003
Even people of different faiths, and of none, should watch the results of the London meeting, ending today, of the 38 Anglican primates convened by Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury and titular head of the 75-million-member Anglican Communion worldwide. The meeting is part of a drama rich with lessons about the conservation of institutions, the price of “progressive” cultural aggression and the changing geography of religious belief.
Cub fan ‘hiding somewhere’ after incident
October 16, 2003
The fan who played a key role in the Chicago Cubs’ collapse in Game 6 of the NL championship series apologized Wednesday, saying he was brokenhearted.
Homeless shelter plan revived
Brook Creek neighbors still dubious
October 16, 2003
The Salvation Army on Wednesday announced plans to build a new homeless shelter in the same east Lawrence neighborhood that vociferously opposed a similar proposal nearly three years ago. Rich Forney, the Army’s Lawrence administrator, said he was working to quickly satisfy neighborhood concerns about the shelter proposed for Haskell Avenue, between Lynn and Homewood streets.
Award-winning novelist writes satire of school shootings
October 16, 2003
Peter Finlay was watching television when the idea for his novel, “Vernon God Little,” winner of this year’s prestigious Booker Prize, came to him.
Pillows plentiful on K-State schedule
Men’s basketball coach Wooldridge takes page from Snyder’s standard operating procedure
October 16, 2003
The basketball schedule Kansas State will play this season is so soft, you could spread it on your morning bagel. The Wildcats will face every hyphenated institution short of Colgate-Palmolive.
Show goes only ‘Skin’ deep
Romeo-Juliet tale stale
October 16, 2003
It comes as no surprise that of all the TV networks, Fox is the first to set a prime-time drama in the world of pornography. “Skin” is certainly not a CBS show.
Pope brings conservative legacy to 25-year anniversary
October 16, 2003
St. Peter’s Square in Rome will fill with admirers, church bells and applause this afternoon as Pope John Paul II celebrates a special thanksgiving Mass marking the 25th anniversary of his towering pontificate.
Orchestrating celebration
Victory Lane organizers coordinate logistics
October 16, 2003
There are rookie mistakes. Then there are rookie mistakes.
Sales tax receipts fall shy of mark
Sluggish economy raising questions for county officials
October 16, 2003
Shoppers aren’t buying enough cars, clothes and other taxable goods in Douglas County to keep their government from running into red ink, county officials say. And that means taxpayers likely will be asked to pick up the tab.
Briefcase
October 16, 2003
¢ Financing continues to boost GM earnings ¢ SBC wins OK to expand services in four states ¢ J.C. Penney considering sale of drug store chain ¢ K.C. casino business takes drop in September
Retail sales dip in September
October 16, 2003
America’s shoppers took a bit of a breather in September, dropping sales at the nation’s retailers by 0.2 percent.
Jury splits on motel beating
Defendant convicted of robbery, kidnapping but not attempted murder
October 16, 2003
Scott Lee Staggs robbed and kidnapped an American Indian man earlier this year during a racially charged attack at a North Lawrence motel but didn’t try to kill him, jurors decided Wednesday.
Briefly
October 16, 2003
¢ Democrat Dean visits K.C. ¢ Two indicted on charges of selling gunboats to Iraq ¢ Panel advises lifting ban on silicone-gel breast implants
Briefly
October 16, 2003
¢ 9-11 panel cites FAA for not showing records ¢ Jury pool quizzed for sniper trial
Think before you dial the cell
October 16, 2003
What is it about cell phone users that is driving the rest of us nuts?
Arrest made in killing unsolved since 1974
October 16, 2003
A former janitor at a high school located near the spot where a 13-year-old girl disappeared 29 years ago has been arrested in northeast Missouri and charged with the girl’s murder, police said Wednesday.
Red Sox draw even with Yanks
Boston rallies, 9-6, forces Game 7 tonight
October 16, 2003
These resilient Red Sox keep rallying just in time.
KU hopes tackle Jones gets healthy
Junior-college transfer suffered early injury
October 16, 2003
Chuck Jones is feeling less pain these days, and that may be just what the doctor ordered for Kansas University’s beleaguered football defense. Jones is a 6-foot-4, 275-pound tackle who was brought in from a California junior college with the specific purpose of improving the Jayhawks’ inner bulwark.
Self satisfied with results of emergency summit
In wake of recent scandals, Division One schools agree to adopt code of ethics for players, coaches
October 16, 2003
Bill Self walked out of Chicago’s Hyatt Regency O’Hare Airport late Wednesday afternoon feeling upbeat about the coaching profession and the upcoming season.
6News video: Local candle company gets national spotlight
October 16, 2003
The local Waxman Candle Co. in downtown Lawrence was featured in the Wall Street Journal this week.
Area briefs
October 16, 2003
¢ Trial postponed for Dole protester ¢ Second workshop for caregivers set ¢ Washburn is site for homeless summit
On the record
October 16, 2003
NFL briefs
October 16, 2003
¢ Denver QB Plummer sidelined four weeks ¢ Injured leg sidelines Chicago QB Stewart ¢ Rams WR Furrey has appendectomy ¢ Reeves changes QBs: Kittner in, Johnson out
Briefly
October 16, 2003
¢ Serbs given deadline to reveal victims ¢ President’s son elected in ex-Soviet republic ¢ Terror suspect blames confession on torture ¢ President offers gas-export plan
Briefly
October 16, 2003
¢ Recall candidates spent estimated $80 million ¢ Former Chilean ordered to pay for massacres ¢ Governor declares state of emergency
Lawrence companies up for recognition
October 16, 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.
OU, Miami want to avoid big-win hangover
October 16, 2003
Maybe this weekend should be called Letdown Saturday.
Tech’s Symons set to play
Red Raider QB will shake off injury against Oklahoma State
October 16, 2003
Texas Tech quarterback B.J. Symons, the nation’s leading passer who slightly twisted his knee last week after celebrating a touchdown pass, vowed he would be 100 percent for Saturday’s game at Oklahoma State.
Hinrich has bruised knee
October 16, 2003
Chicago Bulls rookie guard Kirk Hinrich suffered a bruised right knee in Tuesday’s victory over Indiana and is listed as questionable for Today’s game in New Orleans. Hinrich is the Bulls’ first-round draft pick out of Kansas University.
Falcons’ Reeves on hot seat
Coach’s job security being scrutinized during skid
October 16, 2003
Dan Reeves has been through it all before.
Our town sports
October 16, 2003
Friends and neighbors
October 16, 2003
People
October 16, 2003
¢ Fans can attend tribute for Cash through lottery ¢ Foley says ‘no infidelity’ in marriage with Garner ¢ Dr. Seuss stamp planned ¢ It’s a girl for Harmon, Sehorn
Girl Scouts seek hipper image with ‘tweens,’ teens
October 16, 2003
Since she was 5, Patti Duncan has faithfully attended weekly Girl Scout meetings, earned badges for taking care of pets and writing to soldiers, and sold lots of those famous cookies.
Business edge
October 16, 2003
Supporting a business that already has proven itself in Lawrence is perhaps the best use of property tax incentives. When it comes to maintaining a healthy business climate, it’s a natural to try to build on what you already have.
Legislators learn about state wind farm
October 16, 2003
Kansas legislative leaders Thursday toured the Gray County Wind Farm on the southwest Kansas plains as the facility nears two years of power production for Aquila’s electric customers in two states.
Iraqis trade ‘Saddams’ for new currency
Baghdad tense; banks under guard
October 16, 2003
Behind a shield of American armor, Iraqis began trading in their old money Wednesday, exchanging dinar notes bearing pictures of Saddam Hussein for new bills the U.S. occupation authorities hope will become the currency of a revived economy.
Supreme Court to rule on police searches
Drug suspect was interrupted from shower
October 16, 2003
A case involving a drug suspect who emerged from a shower to find armed officers in his apartment is giving the Supreme Court a chance to clarify how long police must wait before breaking into a home to serve a warrant.
Aggies edge Jayhawks
October 16, 2003
Four Kansas University volleyball players had double-digit kills Wednesday night, but Texas A&M proved too powerful in a 3-2 win over the Jayhawks at G. Rollie White Coliseum. The Aggies won, 30-18, 32-34, 30-24, 29-31, 15-11.
Lily-pad landing
October 16, 2003
Media day silliness
October 16, 2003
Stewart happy fastest car won at Charlotte instead of best strategy
October 16, 2003
It was after 1 a.m. Sunday, and Tony Stewart still was making the rounds at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, talking with the media and stopping for a champagne toast to celebrate his victory in the UAW-GM Quality 500.
Horoscopes
October 16, 2003
Briefly
October 16, 2003
¢ Report: Pap tests not needed every year ¢ Birth-defects center to be first nationwide ¢ Security memo warns of terror threat ¢ Nobel winner wants political detainees freed
Briefly
October 16, 2003
¢ Lawmakers visiting agencies across state ¢ Methamphetamine lab found near junior high ¢ Chemistry professor gets interim post at KU ¢ Mail deadlines here for holiday presents
Flu shots on the market
October 16, 2003
Streak on line for Chiefs
Kansas City travels to troubled Oakland Monday night
October 16, 2003
It was easily the worst game the Kansas City Chiefs have played since Dick Vermeil became coach in 2001.
Daily ticker
October 16, 2003
Comatose patient’s feeding tube removed after 13 years
October 16, 2003
The feeding tube keeping a severely brain-damaged woman alive was removed Wednesday, all but ending an epic, 10-year legal battle between her husband and her parents.
School nets more KDHE violations
Additional staffing, training breaches at Century School may jeopardize license
October 16, 2003
The latest inspection by state health officials of Century School’s preschool turned up fresh violations that echo previous infractions that prompted a $500 fine and jeopardized the school’s license.
Waxman hits Wall Street
Lawrence candle shop still thriving
October 16, 2003
These days, Lawrence retailer Bob Werts’ celebrity is burning bright like a flame — a candle flame, that is. The owner of Waxman Candles in downtown Lawrence was featured in Tuesday’s edition of The Wall Street Journal. The story — on page B4 of the national newspaper — highlighted the 33-year-old business and how it has been able to compete in a market that has become dominated by large manufacturers that produce candles at discount prices.
Rush ‘wimpathy’ is liberal’s curse
October 16, 2003
After all these years, I have finally come up with the definition of a liberal wimp. It’s someone who feels sorry for Rush Limbaugh. Here is a man who has kept 20 million dittoheads on a closed loop of right-wing rhetoric for three hours a day, five days a week, for 15 years. Here is a man for whom the word “bombastic” was invented.
Washington eager to get started
October 16, 2003
Marian Washington said the answer to success in her 31st season as Kansas University’s women’s basketball coach was in the stars. “I watched Nancy Reagan for years help to run this country by way of her astrologer,” Washington quipped during Wednesday’s KU women’s media day. “I decided to call mine, and I was told to enjoy this year. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do.”