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Vouchers to be available starting Tuesday for Reno talk
September 3, 2003
(Web Posted Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.) Free vouchers to attend a talk by former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno later this month at Kansas University will be available starting Tuesday, KU officials announced Wednesday.
Missing I-35 victims found dead
September 3, 2003
The death toll from the raging waters that swept cars off the Kansas Turnpike during the weekend rose to six Tuesday, when searchers recovered the bodies of a Texas man and the mother of four children who also drowned.
Task force takes up rural challenge
Group interested in saving small towns has first meeting
September 3, 2003
It’s not just young people who are abandoning rural Kansas. The elderly, too, are leaving.
Simmons services
September 3, 2003
Manufacturing index signals turnaround
September 3, 2003
Manufacturing activity picked up strongly in August for a second straight month, suggesting the fragile industrial sector is in the midst of a turnaround despite a bleak job picture.
Athletes’ graduation rates improving
College competitors show improvement from 60 percent to 62 percent over last year’s numbers
September 3, 2003
Division I college athletes are graduating at a record rate of 62 percent and are more likely to graduate than non-athletes, according to an NCAA study released Tuesday.
Royals’ rally falls short in 8-7 setback
September 3, 2003
The Kansas City Royals squandered another opportunity to gain ground in the AL Central race Tuesday night.
Move-ins bolster FSHS; LHS has pack mentality
September 3, 2003
Free State High once again has been blessed by transfers. Last year, Ryne and Robby Price moved from California and immediately became key contributors to the Firebird baseball team that advanced to state. This year, the Firebirds’ boys cross country team wants the same good karma from its own exceptional move-ins.
New lounge in works for Jayhawks
September 3, 2003
Kansas University’s men’s basketball players soon will have a place — besides their apartments — to call home. A new players lounge is under construction at Allen Fieldhouse and set for completion Oct. 11, six days before the start of the 2003-04 season.
Briefly
September 3, 2003
¢ Cruise cut short after hundreds get virus ¢ Teen’s life sentence debated in court ¢ Worker, guest shot at Holiday Inn ¢ Hurricane expected to miss United States
More than 100 death sentences rescinded
September 3, 2003
A federal appeals court threw out more than 100 death sentences in Arizona, Montana and Idaho on Tuesday because the inmates were sent to death row by judges instead of juries.
Census: U.S. poverty ranks add 1.4 million
September 3, 2003
Nearly 1.4 million more people in the United States fell into poverty last year — almost half of them children — even as the country emerged from recession, according to a Census Bureau survey.
Officer-turned-attorney asks for police pursuit changes
September 3, 2003
A former police officer — now an attorney — on Tuesday criticized police pursuit policies after the death of a Lawrence woman last week in a crash with a reckless driving suspect. Greg Robinson told the Lawrence City Commission the pursuit policy should be changed.
Moscow brings back trial by jury
September 3, 2003
The first time the jurors came back with their verdict, the judge told them they hadn’t done it right. They forgot to rule on one of the charges and made a mess trying to alter the language of one of the others. So he sent them out to try again.
Whose dream?
How did providing fake IDs to help young drinkers buy alcohol achieve high status?
September 3, 2003
Since when did helping underage drinkers break the law and endanger themselves, and perhaps others, emerge as “the American dream”?
Dog handler indicted
Authorities say evidence planted
September 3, 2003
After two frustrating decades, police thought they were about to crack the case of a missing black woman believed to have been murdered in a racially motivated attack.
Farmers Market shifts hours of operation
September 3, 2003
The Lawrence Farmers Market, located in the 1000 block of Vermont Street, will change its Saturday hours of operation starting this weekend.
Dentists shy away from rural Kansas
Shortage of new practitioners could cause health crisis
September 3, 2003
Ten Kansas counties — including six in the southwest part of the state — have no dentist. Twelve other counties have no full-time practitioner.
KU boasts 68-percent graduation rate
September 3, 2003
Kansas University is faring better than the national norm in its graduating of student-athletes.
Crypto found at child center
Confirmed cases of parasite now at 23
September 3, 2003
Two Lawrence day-care centers have been visited by health officials as part of the investigation into an outbreak of a diarrhea-inducing parasite, officials said Tuesday.
Are we wimps?
September 3, 2003
Battle of the bulge
Companies increasingly offering programs to help fight obesity
September 3, 2003
A year ago, Ellen Lipschitz was so overweight she couldn’t climb three steps without stopping to rest. Now she’s 93 pounds lighter and her high blood pressure has dropped.
Israeli minister says Arafat’s expulsion possible this year
September 3, 2003
Israel could seek to expel Yasser Arafat by the end of the year, the defense minister said Tuesday, calling the Palestinian leader the biggest obstacle to peace.
Taliban reorganize, aid al-Qaida
September 3, 2003
The Taliban are no longer on the run and have teamed up with al-Qaida once again, according to officials and former Taliban who say the religious militia has reorganized and strengthened since their defeat at the hands of the U.S.-led coalition nearly two years ago.
Friends mourn family drowned in flood
September 3, 2003
Even as their minivan filled with floodwater, Robert and Melissa Rogers tried to comfort their four children, singing Bible songs and praying.
Mangino’s letter to the fans
September 3, 2003
Here is the text of a letter written by KU football coach Mark Mangino and distributed the KU media relations office:
6News video: ‘Hawk sculpture auctioned online
September 3, 2003
“Chip Off the Old Hawk,” one of the Jayhawks on Parade around Lawrence this summer, is being auctioned off on eBay to benefit United Way of Douglas County.
Briefly
September 3, 2003
¢ Wildfire bears down on tourist town ¢ AT&T sues WorldCom for call-routing methods ¢ Lawmaker appears in manslaughter charge ¢ Davis launches ad campaign
Briefly
September 3, 2003
¢ Experts say ‘queen’s‘ skeleton really male ¢ U.S. diplomats seek missing American ¢ President fires officials amid voter complaints
Briefly
September 3, 2003
¢ Book criticizes FBI in ‘93 WTC attack ¢ Preliminary hearing delayed in Peterson case ¢ Health experts fear new SARS outbreak ¢ Milosevic seeks two years for defense ¢ Experts find no proof missing airman dead
Bah scores again, but LHS soccer falls, 4-1
September 3, 2003
The booming foot at the end of Ibrahim Bah’s right leg is certainly welcome on the Lawrence High boys soccer team, but is it enough?
Briefly
September 3, 2003
¢ Coughing called one way to hold off heart attack ¢ Newly spotted asteroid’s course to be monitored ¢ U.S. to train 5,000 backup air marshals
Cut fat by using prune puree in baked goods
September 3, 2003
How do you substitute prune puree for fat when making baked products?
Lawrence makes the grade among healthiest U.S. cities
Magazine ranking of least polluted puts city at No. 30
September 3, 2003
Lawrence residents can breathe easy — literally. Organic Style magazine rated Lawrence 30th out of 125 cities in its ranking of least-polluted “healthy cities” nationwide. The city ranked 13th in the country for its relatively clean air.
Max E. Hetrick
September 3, 2003
Blacklist tale isn’t simply black and white
September 3, 2003
“American Masters” (8 p.m., PBS) enters its 18th season with “Arthur Miller, Elia Kazan and the Blacklist: None Without Sin.” The documentary takes an in-depth look at the friendship and collaboration between the influential director and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright that was destroyed when Kazan, a former member of the Communist Party, decided to provide a Congressional committee with the names of fellow party members. The controversy about Kazan’s testimony was recently revisited when the director of “A Streetcar Name Desire,” “On the Waterfront” and “A Face in the Crowd” received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1999 Academy Award ceremonies.
Agassi wins, but few other matches finish
September 3, 2003
A long, rainy day turned into a short one for Andre Agassi.
People
September 3, 2003
¢ Giving the press an earful ¢ Actress defends comeback film ¢ New Guido in the house ¢ Cue to ‘Rocky’ theme
Living wage a moral issue
September 3, 2003
Back before there were labor unions, children toiled in sweatshops and most everybody, regardless of age, worked 12 to 16 hours a day for pennies under the worst conditions imaginable. People lost limbs, their eyesight, and sometimes their very lives in dangerous jobs. No workers compensation, no disability benefits, nothing.
Not all U.S. injuries released to media
Wounds so common, only deaths get official reports
September 3, 2003
U.S. battlefield casualties in Iraq are increasing dramatically in the face of continued attacks by remnants of Saddam Hussein’s military and other forces, with almost 10 American troops a day now being officially declared “wounded in action.”
Slain ayatollah’s brother says U.S. must leave Iraq
Car bomb in Baghdad targets U.S.-trained police
September 3, 2003
About 400,000 mourners took to the streets Tuesday, flailing their backs and pounding their chests in anguish at the funeral of a leading Shiite cleric assassinated in a car bomb attack. In Baghdad, another car bomb exploded outside police headquarters, killing one and wounding 13.
Congress returns to work
Lawmakers question policies on Iraq
September 3, 2003
Once wary of criticizing a popular wartime president’s handling of Iraq, members of Congress are shedding their inhibitions.
Daily ticker
September 3, 2003
State adjusts college savings plan
Treasurer responds to complaints with new investment options
September 3, 2003
Battered by three years of a down stock market, Kansas officials Tuesday added a more conservative investment option to their state-sponsored college savings plan.
Avoidable loss
September 3, 2003
Other teams
September 3, 2003
Pool options
September 3, 2003
Parking donation
September 3, 2003
Bomb fuels chaos in Iraq
September 3, 2003
The murder of a leading Iraqi cleric by a horrific car bomb on Friday was more than a tragic blow to Iraqis. It was a deadly challenge to the whole Iraq policy of the United States.
Oompahfest to feature food, music, dancing
September 3, 2003
Immanuel Lutheran Church and University Student Center will sponsor the third annual Oompahfest Family Fun Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in South Park, 12th and Massachusetts streets.
Tomato column ripe for pickin’
September 3, 2003
I can tell when a column strikes a nerve with a broad assortment of readers. People I encounter on Wednesday morning stop me to add their 2 cents. And if the topic of the week really resonates, I’ll get e-mails and phone calls.
Lawrence artist shares Chinese cooking skills on ‘Jayni’s Kitchen’
September 3, 2003
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Chinese Cooking with artist Nancy Bjorge.” Host Jayni Carey and Bjorge will prepare the following recipes.
Recipes from Inge Starr
September 3, 2003
These recipes were submitted by Lawrence resident Inge Starr.
Pint-sized watermelons join familiar varieties
September 3, 2003
Convenience-conscious consumers who enjoy watermelon but balk at carrying home a 10- to 20-pound heavyweight can now look for a diminutive alternative.
Local bass player to tour in Russia
September 3, 2003
Once again, the road is calling Stan Sheldon, one of the area’s more accomplished rock musicians.
McDonald’s launches ‘I’m lovin’ it’ slogan
September 3, 2003
McDonald’s Corp. launched a global advertising campaign Tuesday, seeking to boost business with a younger image and a new slogan — “I’m lovin’ it.”
Vivendi, NBC aim to create media giant
Proposed deal to include movie, TV studios
September 3, 2003
General Electric Co.’s NBC emerged the winner Tuesday of a tortuous, months-long contest for the entertainment assets of Vivendi Universal, which include a major movie studio, three cable channels, a television studio and several theme parks.
United Way seeks broader base for campaign contributions
September 3, 2003
The United Way of Douglas County’s goal remains the same: Provide enough money for area agencies to meet the county’s social service, health and character-building needs.
City briefs
September 3, 2003
¢ Mayor names task force ¢ City to study options for Carnegie Library
Bush to seek more U.N. help
September 3, 2003
The Bush administration is preparing to ask the United Nations to transform the U.S.-led force in Iraq to a multinational force and to play a leading role in forming an Iraqi government.
Cancer death decline starting to level off
September 3, 2003
Cancer deaths may be leveling off after several years of decline, and many states are lagging in proven methods to fight the most common tumors, says the nation’s annual report on cancer.
Med school applications continue steady decline
September 3, 2003
Reflecting an epidemic of disillusionment among American doctors, medical school applications are declining, and graduates are increasingly choosing specialties that will give them reasonable control of their hours, incomes and lifestyles.
Rain helps recharge soil moisture
September 3, 2003
Heavy rains across Kansas last week improved the state’s depleted soil moisture levels, which had fallen to the lowest level in at least 15 years during the drought.
Angela Michelle Lee
September 3, 2003
Ruth M. Jeffery
September 3, 2003
Musicians to honor Celia Cruz
Tribute to salsa queen will open Latin Grammys
September 3, 2003
Wednesday night’s Latin Grammy award show will open with a tribute to Celia Cruz, the late queen of salsa who recorded more than 70 albums and had more than a dozen Grammy nominations.
Lynch signs book deal
September 3, 2003
Jessica Lynch has struck a $1 million deal for a book that will tell the story of her capture and rescue in Iraq. But questions remain over how much she remembers.
Corrections
September 3, 2003
An article Tuesday on the Kaw Valley Living Wage Alliance’s Labor Day picnic incorrectly referred to the group backing the City Commission campaigns of Boog Highberger, Mike Rundle and David Schauner. The group was the Progressive Lawrence Campaign. In addition to support for the living wage, it also plans to tackle issues related to transportation and housing. The Living Wage Alliance will continue to focus on living wage issues.
Lawrence briefs
September 3, 2003
¢ Medal of Honor recipient appears on ‘River City’ ¢ Suspicious ride offer reported to police ¢ Elementary teachers to discuss report cards
Andrew W.K. bonds with Bottleneck crowd
September 3, 2003
For some musicians, performing live is all about the adoration from the crowd. For Andrew W.K., though, a concert is all about his adoration for the crowd.
Police seek evidence in probe of human remains
September 3, 2003
Investigators have no reason to suspect that more than two bodies were among the human remains found last week in a fire pit in rural Cowley County, police said Tuesday.
Over Sebelius’ protests, corps plans to release water from state’s reservoirs
September 3, 2003
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is defending plans to release water from Kansas reservoirs to support barge traffic on the Missouri River, despite criticism from Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Music file-sharing hunt challenged
September 3, 2003
Lawyers for a New York woman accused of unlawfully sharing music over the Internet suggested Tuesday the recording industry acted illegally when it investigated her online activities and that a search of music files on her computer may have been unconstitutional.
Midwest, Kansas economies improve in August
September 3, 2003
The Midwest’s manufacturing sector grew in August, pointing to solid improvement in the second half of the year, a monthly survey of business leaders indicated Monday.
Commoditites
September 3, 2003
Text of Perkins’ letter to Kansas University athletic donors
September 3, 2003
Thank you for your support of coaches and student-athletes at the University of Kansas. As the new athletic director, I am proud to be at KU and look forward to building all of our teams to the level of competition as that of our men’s basketball team.
Burkett chills ChiSox, 2-1
No Ramirez, no problem for Boston
September 3, 2003
The Boston Red Sox managed just fine without Manny Ramirez.
Morris, Edmonds save Cards’ day
St. Louis downs Chicago, earns split of doubleheader after Sosa’s heroics
September 3, 2003
Matt Morris kept his cool. The Cubs didn’t.
Gators’ coach lands new contract
Donovan nets six-year deal worth $1.7 million annually
September 3, 2003
Florida agreed Tuesday to a six-year contract with coach Billy Donovan worth about $1.7 million annually, another step to ensure he finishes his college coaching career with the Gators.
Patriots release safety Milloy
September 3, 2003
The New England Patriots released Pro Bowl safety and team captain Lawyer Milloy Tuesday, less than a week before his stunned former teammates will open the season.
Couch accepting role
Browns’ QB must adjust as backup
September 3, 2003
No injury hurt Tim Couch as much. No loss has been as tough for him to forget.
Shock oust Rockers
September 3, 2003
Deanna Nolan was embarrassed after making just three of 17 shots in Sunday’s playoff loss to the Cleveland Rockers.
6News video: City to study options for Carnegie Library
September 3, 2003
The Lawrence City Commission did not set a procedure Tuesday to determine the next occupant of the former Carnegie Library at Ninth and Vermont streets. Commissioners decided to have a study session first.
6News video: Aquatic Center goes to the dogs
September 3, 2003
A day after the pool closed to human swimmers for the summer, dogs were allowed into the water for one last splash.
6News video: Search for outbreak’s cause continues
September 3, 2003
Officials at the city’s utilities started testing the water supply, but the source of the cryptosporidiosis may be difficult to pinpoint.
6News video: Lawrence ranked among healthy cities
September 3, 2003
Organic Style magazine rated Lawrence 30th out of 125 cities in its ranking of least-polluted “healthy cities” nationwide.
6Sports video: Royals falter against Rangers
September 3, 2003
A ninth-inning rally was not enough as Kansas City loses to Texas 8-7 and falls to third in the division.
6Sports video: Smith nabs conference honor
September 3, 2003
The KU sophomore was named the Big 12 soccer player of the week for an outstanding weekend performance.
6Sports video: Juniors stepping up for FSHS volleyball
September 3, 2003
The state tournament is the goal for the Firebirds, who are hoping to put experience gained last year to good use.
6Sports video: Chargers defeat Lions 4-1
September 3, 2003
Topeka West overpowers Lawrence despite Ibrahim Bah’s efforts.
6Sports video: KU’s kicking game struggling
September 3, 2003
Kicker Johnny Beck is looking past any excuses and working on improvement.
6Sports video: Whittemore’s numbers below norm
September 3, 2003
Coach Mark Mangino says the KU QB will be back in track for UNLV and the rest of the season.
Jayhawk sculpture paraded on eBay
September 3, 2003
United Way of Douglas County is putting a 900-pound chip off the old block up for grabs. A unique Jayhawk sculpture — “Chip Off the Old Hawk” — will be auctioned on eBay through Sept. 10 with proceeds going to the 2003-2004 United Way campaign.
Abortion doctor’s killer expects God’s ‘glory’
Former minister scheduled for execution today
September 3, 2003
Smiling and occasionally chuckling, a confident Paul Hill predicted Tuesday — a day before his execution — he would receive a “reward in heaven” for slaying an abortion doctor and his escort.
Congressmen lobby military officials in Germany
Brownback, Ryun push to move division headquarters back to Fort Riley
September 3, 2003
U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback and U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun said Tuesday they were well-received by military officials in Germany while lobbying for returning an Army division headquarters to Fort Riley.
Emery services
September 3, 2003
Dog day of summer
September 3, 2003
Devastating flooding hits Indiana
September 3, 2003
6News video: Flood victims found; local man remembers struggle
September 3, 2003
The bodies of flood victims Melissa Rogers and Al Larsen were discovered Tuesday morning. Lawrence resident Ryan Lane believes Larson was the man helping Lane assist people on the turnpike Saturday night.
Vermeil: Holmes to play in opener
September 3, 2003
First there was the season-ending hip injury that led to surgery in February. Then came the radio interview and an indication he might not play in the season opener without a contract extension in hand.
Jayhawks focus on fumbles
Mangino miffed by turnovers in season-opening loss
September 3, 2003
Kansas University turned the ball over five times in its football season opener Saturday and suffered a 28-20 loss to Northwestern. Coach Mark Mangino expects the Jayhawks to do a better job of hanging on to the ball Saturday night against UNLV.
Perkins puts spurs to change
September 3, 2003
In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s a new sheriff in town. His name is Lew Perkins, and the long arm of his law has reached into nearly every corner of Kansas University athletics. In the two months Perkins has been KU’s athletic director, he has sent clear messages he would not tread water as he actively pursued new methods to enhance revenue.
On the record
September 3, 2003
Area briefs
September 3, 2003
¢ Piano teacher receives Kemper Fellowship ¢ Gasoline station fire under investigation ¢ Teenagers recovering from rollover wreck ¢ Pump Patrol seeks deals
Kerry officially announces run for U.S. presidency
September 3, 2003
Democrat John Kerry formally launched his presidential candidacy Tuesday by offering his Vietnam War-hero credentials and Senate tenure as an alternative to President Bush’s record. His campaign at a political crossroads, he denied any shakeup was coming.
Deutschland delights
September 3, 2003
Inge Starr learned how to cook on the fly. Born in Solingen, Germany, Starr moved to England when she was 23 and began to look for work.
Horoscopes
September 3, 2003
For Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003.
It’s hard to get a handle on voter whims
September 3, 2003
In the run-up to the 2000 election, a number of prominent political scientists embarrassed themselves and their profession by predicting — on the basis of formulas they claimed to have tested repeatedly with historical data — that Al Gore would handily defeat George Bush.
Briefcase
September 3, 2003
¢ Westar to pay down debt ¢ Former Gap leader to create Kmart vision ¢ Courier company to cut more than 2,800 jobs ¢ Tech upgrades boost Dow