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Full text of President Bush’s remarks in Kansas City
September 4, 2003
(Web Posted Thursday at 2:58 p.m.)
Bush says economy ‘starting to grow again’
September 4, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 3:01 p.m.) With the 2004 presidential race underway and Democratic hopefuls slinging criticism, President Bush was in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday, defending his economic policy.
Lyle Lawson
September 4, 2003
Cigna reaches $500 million deal to settle lawsuit
September 4, 2003
Cigna Corp. has agreed to spend more than $500 million to settle a lawsuit claiming the insurer routinely shortchanged doctors on payments for their services, sources close to the talks said Wednesday.
Briefcase
September 4, 2003
¢ Gateway to cut jobs ¢ K.C. hit hard by layoffs ¢ China offers no promises on currency changes ¢ Identity theft affected 9.9 million in past year
Briefly
September 4, 2003
¢ State representative selected for fellowship ¢ Attempted rape charge reduced for guilty plea ¢ Cryptosporidiosis cases at 34; source unknown ¢ Pump Patrol seeks deals
Briefly
September 4, 2003
¢ Hurricane Fabian heads toward Bermuda ¢ Study: Transplants can cause kidney failure ¢ Professor pleads innocent to charges
Survival strategy
September 4, 2003
Rural Kansas certainly is worth preserving, but creative solutions may be required. Kansas isn’t ready to give up on its small towns, but the Rural Life Task Force recently appointed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has its work cut out for it.
New buildings a mixed blessing
Funds that made buildings possible won’t cover costs of upkeep, utilities
September 4, 2003
Imagine getting a Christmas gift and having to pay for it for the rest of your life. That’s basically the situation Kansas University administrators face this year, when they assume ownership of five new campus buildings paid for by private gifts and student fees.
Sixth and SLT plan too short on details to pass official muster
September 4, 2003
Planning for the intersection of Sixth Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway is going to get the extra scrutiny that a major gateway into Lawrence deserves, Lawrence-Douglas County planning commissioners decided Wednesday. The commission delayed approval of a “nodal plan” to guide development at the 640-acre intersection, saying it wants more specifics to ensure the corridor gives visitors a good impression of the city.
Congress to examine BCS debate
September 4, 2003
Congress will step into the debate about the college football postseason with a hearing today that will include testimony from some of the sport’s most powerful figures.
Horoscopes
September 4, 2003
Twins win, catch ChiSox
Anaheim’s Molina hurt in Minnesota’s 6-5 victory
September 4, 2003
The throw was there. All Bengie Molina had to do was tag Dustan Mohr.
Media ownership rules halted
September 4, 2003
An appeals court Wednesday blocked the enactment of new federal rules that would allow a single company to own newspapers and broadcast outlets in the same city. The ruling by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals came in response to a lawsuit by community-radio advocates who fear further media consolidation. The court said the rules, which were to take effect today, needed further study.
It’s true: O-East new king
September 4, 2003
What’s the fun in playing it safe? Olathe North is the easy pick to win its gazillionth straight Sunflower League football crown. It would be typical. Expected. Smart, perhaps, and would certainly make sense. Lawrence High coach Dirk Wedd said he would pick the Eagles if he was the writer and I was the Lions’ coach (a scary thought).
Friends and neighbors
September 4, 2003
Briefly
September 4, 2003
¢ Former mayor gets 12 months for stealing ¢ WHO to improve SARS surveillance ¢ Observatory’s camera takes successful pictures ¢ Poll: After war in Iraq, Europe sours on U.S.
Briefly
September 4, 2003
¢ China refuses to revalue currency ¢ Twin sisters suspected in suicide bombing plot ¢ President rejects hard-liners’ compromise ¢ Shots prompt closure of British Embassy
People
September 4, 2003
¢ Depp calls U.S. ‘dumb puppy’ ¢ J. Lo wedding date set ¢ Hepburn property for sale ¢ Welcome back, little friend
Redskins, Jets kick off NFL’s regular season
September 4, 2003
It looks like Thursday has become the new Monday. At least this week. “Monday Night Football” hosts John Madden and Al Michaels convene for the kickoff of the new NFL season as the Washington Redskins welcome the New York Jets (8 p.m., ABC). During the off-season, the Redskins acquired the Jets’ best receiver, Laveranues Coles, for a sum that many considered obscene. The Washington team also features former Jets Chad Morton and John Hall, so look for the Jets to settle some scores.
30th anniversary nears of Pinochet takeover
Thousands died during 17-year dictatorship
September 4, 2003
Thirty years after Chilean President Salvador Allende died in a U.S.-backed right-wing coup, new books, political tributes, court cases and press revelations are prompting Chileans to reassess the man and the 1973 coup that began the 17-year dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.
Boeing deal prompts investigation by Pentagon
Former Air Force official accused of releasing financial information
September 4, 2003
The Pentagon will investigate whether a former Air Force official acted improperly in giving Boeing Co. financial information about a competing bid on a multibillion dollar lease deal, Air Force Secretary James Roche said Wednesday. Roche said that the Defense Department’s inspector general would investigate, but that he did not know whether it would be a criminal matter.
Witness: Texan lost life saving others
Lawrence resident says family needs to know of Larsen’s heroic efforts
September 4, 2003
A Lawrence man says he’s “95 percent sure” that the man who led rescue efforts during a flash flood Saturday on the Kansas Turnpike was 31-year-old Al Larsen of Fort Worth, Texas, whose body was recovered Tuesday. “I’d really like his family and loved ones to know that he spent his last moments trying to help others the best way he could,” said Ryan Lane, a Lawrence resident who helped a then-unidentified man carry several stranded motorists to safety.
Mangino: Whittemore OK
September 4, 2003
Kansas University coach Mark Mangino said senior quarterback Bill Whittemore would be ready for Saturday’s game against UNLV. Whittemore “tweaked” his right knee during the second quarter of last Saturday’s season-opening loss to Northwestern.
Our town sports
September 4, 2003
Former KU football coach set to open sports bar, grill
September 4, 2003
There’s no whistle hanging around his neck, but Tom Hayes is still coaching. The interim head coach of the Kansas University football team in 2001 is the owner of the soon-to-open Tanner’s Bar & Grill at 15th Street and Wakarusa Drive.
No charges to be filed in alleged KU hazing
September 4, 2003
An alleged hazing incident that sent a Kansas University fraternity pledge to the hospital last month doesn’t warrant criminal charges, Dist. Atty. Christine Kenney said Wednesday. “I feel that university action in this particular case would have more of a deterrent effect on these fraternal organizations than our pursuing criminal charges against individuals in the organization,” Kenney said.
State declines to test West Nile sufferer
September 4, 2003
A Lawrence businessman stung by symptoms of West Nile virus is frustrated that state health officials won’t take up his case. Mark Zwahl said that the Kansas Department of Health and Environment had declined to test his blood for evidence of West Nile infection.
6Sports video: Gabe Toomey was defensive bright spot for Jayhawks
September 4, 2003
Toomey had a game-high seventeen tackles during KU’s opening game.
Church dilemma
September 4, 2003
Pool options
September 4, 2003
KU values
September 4, 2003
Unit needed
September 4, 2003
Recall circus isn’t all bad
September 4, 2003
Now is the time, boys and girls, for our back-to-school pop quiz. Which famous American is credited with the following aphorism: “You can fool all the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all the time.”
Yale classes start amid strike
September 4, 2003
The first day of classes at Yale University was a lesson in frustration for Erica Newbury.
Study: Hormone helps curb hunger
September 4, 2003
Giving overweight people an extra dose of a hormone that tells the brain when to stop eating appears to curb their appetites by nearly a third, pointing to a potential new treatment for obesity.
U.N. takes arms in Congo
September 4, 2003
United Nations troops have begun ferreting out hidden weapons in this volatile town in northeastern Congo, the commander said Wednesday.
Daily ticker
September 4, 2003
Gasoline price hike sparks inquiry
Energy Department investigating ‘unusually large’ increases
September 4, 2003
The Energy Department is investigating whether price gouging was involved in the gasoline price jumps that followed the Northeast power blackout and continued through the Labor Day weekend. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham told lawmakers complaining about the skyrocketing prices at gas pumps that the department began an inquiry this week to determine whether factors other than normal market conditions played a role in the price increases. If irregularities are found, the information could be turned over to the Justice Department or the Federal Trade Commission.
Economic recovery ‘picking up some speed’
September 4, 2003
The worst blackout in U.S. history seems to have had only a limited impact on the economy, which flashed more growth signals in July and August.
World Bank lowers global growth prospects for 2003, 2004
September 4, 2003
Although not firing on all cylinders, the global economy should pick up some steam in 2004, the World Bank said Wednesday.
Onetime WorldCom CEO pleads innocent
Ebbers accused of violating securities laws
September 4, 2003
Former WorldCom chief executive Bernie Ebbers pleaded innocent Wednesday to the first criminal charges brought against him in the long-distance company’s $11 billion accounting scandal.
Chamber names finalists for commerce award
September 4, 2003
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce has announced the 18 finalists for its first Excellence in Commerce Awards.
Jennings celebrates 20 years as ABC anchor
September 4, 2003
Peter Jennings said he liked being in London, thousands of miles from his bosses, and never really wanted the job of sole anchor at ABC’s “World News Tonight.”
Poll: Americans fear cyberattacks
September 4, 2003
Americans are increasingly worried that terrorists could launch cyberattacks against banks, transportation networks and other critical systems, a new survey shows.
Taliban suspected in school fires to chase female students away
September 4, 2003
Suspected Taliban set fire to an elementary school south of Kabul, scattering leaflets saying girls should not be allowed in the classroom, an official said Wednesday.
Thousands of Liberians flee amid new fighting
September 4, 2003
Civilians were fleeing refugee camps north of Monrovia by the tens of thousands Wednesday, sent running by sounds of gunfire and mortars, and rumor of attacks nearby.
Police say second suspect copied Internet worm
September 4, 2003
Police in Romania on Wednesday arrested a 24-year-old man in connection with a computer-crippling Internet worm, according to a computer security company that aided police.
Paris buries unclaimed heat victims
September 4, 2003
There were no eulogies. No spoken prayers. No weeping relatives. An official recited the victims’ names, and 57 caskets were lowered into side-by-side plots as President Jacques Chirac stood by silently.
At least seven killed in wrong-way collision
September 4, 2003
A driver going the wrong way down a freeway crashed head-on into a sport utility vehicle, killing seven people, including three children.
Death penalty costs to be focus of audit
Kansas has seven awaiting execution
September 4, 2003
State lawmakers on Wednesday launched a probe into the costs of death-penalty cases, but some said they didn’t know what the value of such information will be. “I’m not sure it’s going to prove anything,” said state Sen. Bill Bunten, R-Topeka. Regardless of the cost of a capital-punishment case, Bunten said, some offenders commit acts that are so heinous, they deserve to be executed.
6News video: Two students unable to ride bus home
September 4, 2003
The two junior high students were left behind when their usual bus was too full for them to find seats.
City of Olathe lifts mandatory restrictions on water use
September 4, 2003
Lower temperatures and a weekend of rain have prompted Olathe to lift mandatory water restrictions, but residents are being encouraged to continue conserving water voluntarily. Record water usage and an ongoing drought forced city officials to issue a water warning and implement restrictions in mid-August. Peak water usage rose to 27 million gallons a day during the most extreme periods, but fell to just under 19 million gallons after the restrictions were put into place.
Third victim identified in Wichita
September 4, 2003
With the help of an anthropologist, Wichita Police identified a third victim Wednesday among the dismembered human remains found in a Cowley County dump pit.
Legislator blasts Okla. on child support
September 4, 2003
A Wichita legislator has declared war on Oklahoma.
6News video: Development plan at 6th and SLT delayed
September 4, 2003
The commissioners want more details about the guidelines for future development at the intersection.
6News video: No charges filed in alleged hazing
September 4, 2003
The alleged hazing took place at the Sigma Nu fraternity.
6Sports video: UNLV’s tailback presents Jayhawks with challenge
September 4, 2003
KU’s defense gave up 196 yards to Northwestern’s Jason Wright.
6Sports video: Lawrence High faces Leavenworth
September 4, 2003
This year’s squad have a different look than last year’s.
6Sports video: Royals break losing skid
September 4, 2003
The Royals gave up only one run to the Texas Rangers.
6Sports video: Seabury Academy has new gym
September 4, 2003
The volleyball team will break in their new gym with the help of a new coach.
6News video: KDHE declines to test local man for West Nile virus
September 4, 2003
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment only conducts the test in the most severe cases.
By land and air, pests rain on neighborhood
Ticks, starlings take up residence on Illinois Street
September 4, 2003
Residents in the 900 block of Illinois Street say every night around 8 is like a scene straight out of Alfred Hitchcock’s movie “The Birds.” “It’s like clockwork,” said Sue Kapfer, who has lived in the Oread neighborhood the past 31 years. “The past five years have been bad, but this year has been horrendous.”
Study raises taxing points about IRS help centers
September 4, 2003
IRS centers established to help people prepare their tax returns gave incorrect answers — or no answer at all — to 43 percent of the questions asked by Treasury Department investigators posing as taxpayers. The investigators concluded that half a million taxpayers may have been given wrong information between July and December 2002.
6News video: Lawrence Public Library is bursting at the seams
September 4, 2003
The library needs to upgrade and expand, but its directors aren’t sure how to find the funding.
No child left behind’ eludes bus drivers
Policy clarified after seventh-graders stranded twice
September 4, 2003
The end-of-day routine for Emily Hackman and Lauren Jackson at South Junior High School is supposed to be simple: Grab books from lockers, race to parking lot, catch bus No. 9 home. But after just 16 days of school, the seventh-graders have been stranded twice at South by Laidlaw Transit drivers.
U.N. wary, but open, to U.S. appeal for help
Powell seeks stronger world role in reconstruction of Iraq
September 4, 2003
Shifting tactics and reaching out for help, the Bush administration offered on Wednesday to share with the United Nations the long-dominant U.S. role in Iraq’s postwar reconstruction. Secretary of State Colin Powell described the effort as “essentially putting the Security Council in the game,” and European governments reacted favorably to the revised U.S. approach.
Abortion doctor’s killer executed in Florida
September 4, 2003
Paul Hill, a former minister who said he murdered an abortion doctor and his bodyguard to save the lives of unborn babies, was executed Wednesday by injection. He was the first person put to death in the United States for anti-abortion violence.
Grace Boyd Anderson
September 4, 2003
Ruth E. Colton
September 4, 2003
Douglas County praised for cooperation with cities
September 4, 2003
An audit focusing on governmental units in three counties gave officials in Douglas County high marks for working with each other.
Kenneth Bryce Higginbotham
September 4, 2003
Kansas corn harvest begins
September 4, 2003
Whitecloud farmer Ken McCauley was in his fields Wednesday, picking corn and giving thanks he has a crop to harvest in a state plagued by drought.
A.G. Kline seeks ouster of Brown County treasurer
September 4, 2003
Atty. Gen. Phill Kline is seeking the removal of Brown County’s treasurer after filing criminal charges against her and accusing her of submitting false expense vouchers.
Shawnee County sues former treasurer
September 4, 2003
Shawnee County is suing former Treasurer Rita Cline and a company that insured her when she was in office, seeking to recover $24,456 in what the county considers misspent public funds.
State ethics commission plans random audits of political lobbyists
September 4, 2003
The state Governmental Ethics Commission plans to audit dozens of lobbyists this fall to see how well they are complying with a state law requiring them to disclose who receives their small gifts.
Holmes, Chiefs agree to extension
September 4, 2003
Priest Holmes agreed to a lucrative contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs and said he felt his life “is just starting.” The 29-year-old running back, who has led the NFL in yards from scrimmage the past two seasons, agreed Wednesday to a four-year extension that will probably keep him in Kansas City the rest of his career and will definitely have him on the field for Sunday’s season opener.
Hoops fans to see red: KU plans new gear
September 4, 2003
Kansas University’s basketball players will wear white jerseys at home and blue jerseys on the road again this season. But on occasion they will wear red — yes, red — last seen as a primary color on KU hoops jerseys at the 1986 Final Four in Dallas.
Gobble calmly stifles Rangers; K.C. ends skid
September 4, 2003
Jimmy Gobble got off to a shaky start, but the Kansas City Royals liked the way the rookie left-hander finished.
Big-game experience will bolster young LHS squad
September 4, 2003
It would’ve taken just one more measly victory to turn the Lawrence High volleyball team’s 2002 season from a struggle to an overwhelming success.
Rain continues to delay Open
Roddick’s completed match a rarity on soggy day at tournament
September 4, 2003
Here’s an indication of how desperate everyone is for tennis at the rain-soaked U.S. Open: The smattering of fans on hand for Lindsay Davenport’s quarterfinal against Paola Suarez applauded the prematch coin toss.
Woodard named to Kansas Hall board
September 4, 2003
Former Kansas University basketball standout Lynette Woodard has been named to the Kansas All-Sports Hall of Fame board of directors.
Local briefs
September 4, 2003
¢ Baker women win soccer opener ¢ Lions’ girls tennis rolls in first meet
Baseball briefs
September 4, 2003
¢ Bonderman taken out of Tigers’ rotation ¢ Vizquel likely out for rest of season ¢ Yankees complete trade with Twins for Orosco ¢ Klesko to have surgery on injured shoulder
Emery services
September 4, 2003
Kansas fond of micromanaging, study finds
State boasts nearly 4,000 local government units; Douglas County among leaders in consolidation
September 4, 2003
Kansans like small government. In fact, they like lots of it, according to a state study released Wednesday. Kansas has more local government units than all but the much more populous states of California, Texas, Illinois and Pennsylvania, a report by the Legislative Division of Post Audit has found.
Jets to face old teammates in opener
New York favored against Washington franchise that raided its roster
September 4, 2003
The New York Jets and Washington Redskins have met only seven times. Yet their season-opener tonight has all the makings of a grudge match.
On the record
September 4, 2003
Simple’ zoning changes questioned
County, city officials begin reviewing plan
September 4, 2003
Proposed zoning codes for Lawrence didn’t look simpler than the old codes Wednesday to Jere McElhaney.
Scholarship hall residents to drop most of lawsuit
September 4, 2003
More than three years of legal wrangling between Kansas University and residents of Miller and Watkins scholarship halls may be coming to an end.
Recall race candidates attack front-runners in first debate
September 4, 2003
In the first debate of California’s recall election, candidates vying to oust Gov. Gray Davis attacked front-runner Cruz Bustamante for accepting American Indian casino money and connected actor Arnold Schwarzenegger to an adviser’s unpopular remarks on property taxes.
Risking bombed routes, Israelis return to school
September 4, 2003
Filing past armed guards, high fences and surveillance cameras, Israeli students this week went back to school , wary of again riding the city buses that have been repeatedly struck by suicide bombers.
Juanes wins four Latin Grammys
Colombian proud to represent country
September 4, 2003
Juanes, whose album “Un Dia Normal (A Normal Day)” has enjoyed a marathon stay on the charts, was showered with five Latin Grammy awards on Wednesday, including trophies for record and album of the year.
Calif. recall tone hasn’t hit bottom yet
September 4, 2003
Arnold Schwarzenegger, trying to assuage conservatives’ anxieties about his credentials as one of them, displayed a rare refinement of effrontery when he said, “You know, I don’t believe in spending.” Just 10 months ago, in his first fling at making social policy by direct democracy, he crusaded successfully for an initiative requiring the expenditure every year of $550 million on before- and after-school programs when the noneducaton budget grows by a certain amount. Schwarzenegger so distrusts what he considers the profligate spenders in the Legislature, his measure bypasses the Legislature, automatically transferring the money from general revenues.
An abundance of acronyms
September 4, 2003
Ferk, nerk, es-em-dee. Pooka, purpa, ar-tee-o. No, I am not writing code, or gibberish, or avant-garde poetry. On the contrary, I’m writing a list of terms that you, too, will need to know if you want to keep up with the big hitters in Washington this fall. Here’s a hint: It’s to do with that big blackout last month. Here’s another hint: Think acronyms.
Vickers riding fast track
After win at Darlington, young driver heads to Winston Cup
September 4, 2003
A year ago, Brian Vickers was a little-known 18-year-old driver trying to compete in as many NASCAR Grand National Series races as possible with his family-owned team.
Labonte’s victory was fitting end to tradition
September 4, 2003
There was a distinct retro feel to Sunday’s Southern 500 in Darlington, S.C.
Bush faces tough sell in K.C. on economy
President to visit area today
September 4, 2003
As President Bush heads today for the Midwest to trumpet his economic program, his first stop in Kansas City, Mo., illustrates the trouble that he faces with the election year’s approach. The metropolitan area has been walloped by the loss of nearly 10,000 high-paying telecom jobs and — in a recovery that’s so far jobless — there is little relief in sight.
Supreme Court to revisit death penalty issues
September 4, 2003
The Supreme Court is back in the thick of the death penalty debate, coming face-to-face with the effects of its own recent rulings on who can be executed and who decides that sentence.
Beck finding new life
KU kicker leaving last year’s struggles behind
September 4, 2003
Johnny Beck worked in triple-digit temperatures this summer in hopes of putting a nightmarish sophomore season behind him. Extreme heat would have been better than what greeted Kansas University’s junior kicker last Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Alou fuels Chicago comeback
Outfielder has five hits in Cubs’ 8-7 victory over St. Louis
September 4, 2003
Moises Alou was angry when he arrived at Wrigley Field Wednesday, and he took it out on the St. Louis Cardinals.
Columnist John Gould dies at 94
Christian Science Monitor writer tackled Maine life for 60 years
September 4, 2003
John Gould, who for more than 60 years wrote a weekly column for the Christian Science Monitor in which he turned the eccentricities of small-town Maine into droll commentaries on human nature, died Sunday.
Schwarzenegger skips debate, gets hit with egg
Candidate’s campaign speech covers little new ground
September 4, 2003
Arnold Schwarzenegger skipped the initial debate of California’s recall election Wednesday and delivered what was billed as his first major campaign speech, getting pelted with an egg as he waded through a crowd at a college campus.
Briefly
September 4, 2003
¢ Mother sentenced for drowning 4-year-old ¢ Six-year-old mauled by uncle’s pit bulls ¢ Bombing conspirator seeks out-of-state trial ¢ Murder trial tied to 9-11 begins
Briefly
September 4, 2003
¢ Communist leader’s re-election confirmed ¢ Judge probing priest abuse resigns ¢ Dutch customs finds 2,000 baboon noses ¢ U.S. sergeant sentenced for deadly crash
Briefly
September 4, 2003
¢ Parliament speaker blocks vote on Abbas ¢ Israeli jets raid guerrilla positions