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New KU engineering offices named for Black & Veatch founders
September 5, 2003
(Updated Friday at 11:54 a.m.) A new administrative office complex at Kansas University’s Learned Hall will be named in honor of three KU alumni who founded the Kansas City-based international Black & Veatch engineering firm.
Health officials announce more cases of cryptosporidium
September 5, 2003
(Web Posted Friday at 10:56 a.m.) The number of cryptosporidium cases in Lawrence has risen to 46, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department announced Friday morning.
Jailed suspect in hoax case asks justices to free her
Attorney seeks release of client wanted in Indiana
September 5, 2003
A defense attorney wants the Kansas Supreme Court to intervene in the case of a woman accused of impersonating an Indiana couple’s long-missing daughter. Attorney Billy Rork filed a petition Thursday asking the justices to either set bail for Donna Lynette Walker or release her from the Shawnee County Jail, where the 35-year-old Topeka woman has been confined since surrendering to Kansas authorities on July 31.
Former Child Stars’ discuss overzealous parents, bad attitudes
September 5, 2003
The glory of being a famous cute kid can fade faster than the pages of an old Tiger Beat magazine.
New humanities center design builds on site’s 100-year history
September 5, 2003
The oldest building on Kansas University’s campus is about to be reborn. KU officials and donors gathered Thursday to break ground on a project that will turn the old Power Plant, built in 1887, into the new home of the Hall Center for the Humanities.
Basketball recruiting heating up
Two players to visit Kansas this weekend
September 5, 2003
It’s not only football season, but also basketball recruiting season at Kansas University. First-year KU hoops coach Bill Self, his assistant coaches and players this weekend will entertain two of the top high school prospects in the country — actually, the world — in 6-foot-1 A.J. Price of Amityville, N.Y., and 6-10 Alexander “Sasha” Kaun of Russia.
Firebirds know importance of starting season strong
September 5, 2003
Like most football coaches in this hemisphere, Free State High’s Bob Lisher wishes he had a little more time to prepare his troops for the first Friday night of the season.
Briefly
September 5, 2003
¢ Gulf storm may dump 15 inches of rain ¢ Judge puts an end to McDonald’s lawsuit ¢ Legionnaires outbreak blamed on heavy rains ¢ FBI says al-Qaida remains top danger
Dickie Roberts’ skewers stardom
September 5, 2003
Nobody oozes insincerity quite like David Spade. The comedian-turned-film star has made a career of delivering sarcastic barbs with a painted-on smile. What better person to portray the fictional Dickie Roberts?
KU band parades with eye on future
Director hopes to attract new members at event
September 5, 2003
Kansas University’s annual Band Day always has been a way for KU to recruit high school musicians. But this year’s event — complete with the traditional downtown parade and mass halftime performance — is taking on added importance as KU’s new marching band director looks to increase the band’s dwindling numbers.
Bush judicial nominee withdraws name
President calls two-year filibuster battle with Democrats ‘disgraceful’
September 5, 2003
Miguel Estrada, whose nomination became a flash point for Democratic opposition to President Bush’s judicial choices, withdrew from consideration for an appeals court seat Thursday after Republicans failed in seven attempts to break a Senate filibuster. President Bush called Estrada’s treatment “disgraceful.” But Senate Democrats said he was a casualty of the White House’s insistence on stacking federal appeals courts with conservative ideologues.
Horoscopes
September 5, 2003
When it hits
September 5, 2003
Identity theft is a nightmare that seems to be terrorizing an increasing number of people. Most of us are inclined to think it’s something that only happens to somebody else — until it strikes home on a personal basis.
Friends and neighbors
September 5, 2003
Rays’ Sosa shuts down Mariners
Tampa Bay pitcher throws four-hit shutout in 1-0 victory over Seattle
September 5, 2003
Two years ago, the Seattle Mariners converted Jorge Sosa from an outfielder to a pitcher. Thursday night, he showed his former organization that it was probably the correct move.
Bush touts tax cuts in K.C.
Critics say only the rich have gained
September 5, 2003
Under fire for the enduring recession, President Bush on Thursday said the ailing economy was on the mend thanks to his tax cuts. “Tax relief is putting this nation on the path to prosperity,” Bush said in a 40-minute speech devoted almost entirely to the economy.
Seabury soccer falls
September 5, 2003
The Cameron (Mo.) Dragons clipped Seabury Academy, 4-3, Thursday at the Barstow Invitational.
What’s the buzz?
September 5, 2003
People
September 5, 2003
¢ Chef serves up new matrimony ¢ Downplaying kiss conundrum ¢ Next best thing to matrimony ¢ Billy Bob removes Angelina tattoo
Woodling: Jayhawks among picks of winners this week
September 5, 2003
It looks like Kansas University will be playing its last road football game this season in Boone Pickens Stadium. Oklahoma State athletic director Harry Birdwell said he would recommend the naming to the school’s board of regents today. How can the regents say no? Pickens, an oil tycoon, has pledged more than $70 million to his alma mater.
Alabama distracted by symbols
September 5, 2003
Among the few advantages of changing residences is going through stuff you have saved, believing it might someday be useful.
WB’s ‘Grounded for Life’ is same old grind
September 5, 2003
The summer repeat season is coming to an end. Fox already kicked off its fall season with episodes of the new soap “The O.C.,” and tonight the former Fox comedy “Grounded for Life” (8 p.m., WB) begins its second season on The WB with an hourlong episode.
Democrats blast president in first debate
September 5, 2003
In a mostly cordial televised debate, Democrats vying to replace President Bush brushed aside their own differences Thursday and roundly condemned his handling of the economy, Iraq and immigration policies. “This president is a miserable failure,” said former House Democratic leader Dick Gephardt of Missouri, repeating the line twice and blaming Bush for the loss of American jobs and prestige.
Cubs outlast Cards, 7-6
Chicago takes four of five games in series
September 5, 2003
Now THAT was a series, five games of spirited baseball that the Chicago Cubs turned into four emotional victories over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Rain gives way to tennis for a change
Nalbandian claims victory over Wimbledon champion Federer
September 5, 2003
At 2:43 p.m., the announcements began over the loudspeakers in the lounges and locker rooms of Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Free State 2nd in tennis quad
September 5, 2003
Free State’s No. 2 doubles team of Brenna Spurgeon and Ellie Ott were undefeated, and the Firebirds placed second at the Junction City tennis quadrangular Thursday.
Area high school football capsules
September 5, 2003
All games kick off at 7 p.m.
Lions have abundance of unanswered questions
September 5, 2003
On the average, Lawrence High football coach Dirk Wedd says he would like to use only four or five players on both offense and defense.
Vaughn returning to Atlanta
Ex-Kansas University standout leaves Orlando, signs contract with his former pro team
September 5, 2003
Jacque Vaughn is a member of the Atlanta Hawks once again.
Scandals cause for concern
NCAA, college officials worried about recent surge in incidents
September 5, 2003
A wave of scandals that began with the dismissal of University of Georgia basketball coach Jim Harrick in March and continues with revelations surrounding former Baylor basketball coach Dave Bliss may result in irreparable damage to the integrity of college coaches.
Rosie bets it all on ‘Taboo’
September 5, 2003
When it comes to “Taboo,” Rosie O’Donnell has put her money where her mouth is.
Briefly
September 5, 2003
¢ CDC: Despite obesity growth, diabetes rate changed little ¢ FTC says 10 million in U.S. were victims of identity theft ¢ Political leader withdraws new draft of security law ¢ Hurricane could be worst to hit island chain in years
6Sports video: Defensive tackle Chuck Jones will be key for Jayhawks
September 5, 2003
Chuck Jones’ injured knee keeps his status questionable.
6Sports video: UNLV will present tackling threat to Jayhawks
September 5, 2003
Jamal Brimmer is UNLV’s star safety, and will push the Jayhawks’ offensive line.
Rodeo cruelty
September 5, 2003
Bessy unprepared for Bottleneck gig
September 5, 2003
Maybe it was the lack of appropriate rehearsal time or the jitters of being in front of an unfamiliar crowd, but Dressy Bessy seemed a bit musically undressed at its Bottleneck show on Wednesday night. The Mile High City band stopped and started several numbers over, then apologized that life on the road had taken its toll on practice time.
Fertilizer plant gets public scrutiny
County, city officials to discuss purchase of Farmland site
September 5, 2003
Its once-feared environmental problems are deemed manageable, and private interest in the site has dried up. Now elected officials must decide whether pumping public money into a shuttered Farmland Industries fertilizer plant could be expected to bear economic fruit at the southeastern edge of Lawrence.
Monarch Watch prepares for annual butterfly tag
September 5, 2003
If you’ve never seen a butterfly lay eggs, here’s your chance.
Optimist Club begins dictionary deliveries
Project will target 900 fourth-graders in Lawrence, Eudora school districts
September 5, 2003
Lawrence Breakfast Optimist Club is helping about 900 children grasp the definition of community support for public education.
First phase of upgrades will greet fair visitors
September 5, 2003
A day before the opening of the Kansas State Fair, exhibitor Fred Zillich was busy unloading more than 200 chickens, ducks and geese into wire cages at the poultry barn. It was midnight Wednesday when he left his Mercer, Mo., home to make to the fair in Hutchinson. It is a ritual he has kept for 37 years.
Hummingbirds plentiful as fall migration starts
September 5, 2003
It’s a great time for scoring a nice, long look at an oh-so-gorgeous ruby-throated hummingbird. “A lot of people have them at their feeders now,” said Alexis Powell, an avid birdwatcher and past president of the Jayhawk Audubon Society.
Judge allows closed-circuit testimony for children
September 5, 2003
Two children whose parents are accused of killing their 9-year-old brother will be allowed to testify at the trial via closed-circuit television.
Survivor lauds turnpike flood hero
Topekan believes deceased Texan had helped her to safety
September 5, 2003
Helen Foster never learned her rescuer’s name, never got to thank him for saving her life.
K.C.-St. Joseph diocese sued in abuse cases
Victims claim priest molested them two decades ago
September 5, 2003
Two men are suing the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese, a bishop and two priests for sexual abuse they say they suffered more than two decades ago.
Grand Ole Opry Live’ changing networks
September 5, 2003
The live telecast of the Grand Ole Opry is moving from Country Music Television to its smaller competitor, Great American Country.
No card, no food
September 5, 2003
Cul-de-sac fan
September 5, 2003
State extends break from tax law
Change in reporting sales delayed indefinitely by governor
September 5, 2003
Bowing to continuing criticism from merchants over a new sales tax law, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Thursday she was extending indefinitely a grace period, preventing the Department of Revenue from enforcing the law. The law, which took effect July 1, changes the state’s long-standing practice of having merchants collect the tax at the rate in effect where stores are located. Now, merchants are supposed to collect the tax at the rate in effect where goods are delivered.
Insect sucking profits from soybean farmers
Weather conditions ripe for Asian aphids
September 5, 2003
It’s no bigger than the head of a pin, but an Asian insect is producing a big headache for many farmers as it stunts and kills soybeans raised for vegetable oil, tofu, soy milk, protein and animal feed. No one knows how the tiny green aphid immigrated to the United States three years ago, but Agriculture Department scientists theorize it may have clung to a traveler’s pant leg, shirt, shoe or bag. Or perhaps it was hanging from the leaves of an imported plant.
Committee seeks to scale back Boeing deal
September 5, 2003
The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee asked the Pentagon on Thursday to consider scaling back a widely criticized, multibillion-dollar plan to lease refueling tanker planes from Boeing Co.
Briefcase
September 5, 2003
¢ Government alleges Goldman cheated market ¢ Del Monte profits plunge ¢ Senate votes to block media ownership plan
Wall Street continues to rally
Nasdaq posts best streak in three years on economic reports
September 5, 2003
The Nasdaq composite index notched its longest-winning streak in more than three years Thursday after strong gains in factory orders and worker productivity fueled investor expectations of a rebounding economy.
Rains likely to be costly for area soybean farmers
September 5, 2003
Heavy rains last weekend likely won’t be enough to help the area’s soybean crop reach even average levels, Douglas County Extension agent Bill Wood said Thursday.
Robert Hartley Bryant
September 5, 2003
KU professor gets biodefense grant
September 5, 2003
A Kansas University faculty member will be among the researchers involved in $350 million in biodefense grants announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Mary M. Schofield
September 5, 2003
Helen LaFon Roelfson Picone
September 5, 2003
Bogdan O. Kuzmanovic
September 5, 2003
6News video: Oread neighborhood has gone to the birds
September 5, 2003
The 900 block of Illinois Street is favorite roosting spot for thousands of birds. Residents say that they feel like they’re living in an Alfred Hitchcock movie.
6News video: President Bush speaks on economy in Kansas City
September 5, 2003
The president says that his tax cuts will lift the country out of the economic downturn.
6News video: Farmland plant draws interest
September 5, 2003
Lawrence city and Douglas County commissioners will review the possiblity of turning the former fertilizer plant into a business park.
6Sports video: Eudora Cardinals volleyball take early lead
September 5, 2003
The Cardinals swept their opening quadrangular.
6Sports video: Free State soccer opens up with a win
September 5, 2003
The Firebirds defeat Olathe NW 3-0.
6Sports video: Lawrence High soccer has rocky start
September 5, 2003
New coach Matt Maakens emphasizes ‘patient soccer’ to overcome early defeats.
Congress gives itself 2.2 percent pay raise
Lawmakers will make $158,000 next year
September 5, 2003
The House on Thursday agreed to a 2.2 percent pay raise for Congress — slightly less than average wage increases in private business but enough to boost lawmakers’ annual salaries to about $158,000 next year.
Abbas says infighting robbing him of power
September 5, 2003
Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas asked Parliament Thursday to either support him or strip him of his post, saying infighting was keeping him from making progress on a U.S.-backed peace plan.
Business/Education Partnership receives new name in 10th year
Program will be known as Lawrence Education Achievement Partners
September 5, 2003
Sarah Martin now has a catchy acronym to work with as she promotes business involvement in Lawrence public schools.
NFL briefs
September 5, 2003
¢ NFL kicks off season with concert in D.C. ¢ Three starters out for Falcons opener ¢ Quarles breaks forearm
On the record
September 5, 2003
Clarett might sue NFL
Ohio State tailback mulls options
September 5, 2003
Maurice Clarett and his mother are considering suing the NFL for a chance to enter the league a year early, the family’s attorney said Thursday.
KU’s Self to attend coaches summit
September 5, 2003
In response to a series of scandals in the past six months, the National Association of Basketball Coaches is requiring NCAA Division One men’s head basketball coaches to attend a summit in Chicago next month to address ethical concerns.
Huskies hammer Lawrence in tennis
September 5, 2003
After rolling in its first match at the Leavenworth triangular Wednesday, the Lawrence High girls tennis team hit a bump Thursday — and a big one at that.
Limbaugh makes debut on ESPN pregame show
September 5, 2003
Commentator Rush Limbaugh made his ESPN debut at a fitting location — Washington, D.C.
Hundreds protest speech
September 5, 2003
About 300 protesters — some carrying signs for Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean, but most angry about the economy and the war against Iraq — were outside the convention hall where President Bush spoke Thursday.
Kid rock
Kansas City’s Doo-Dads put a grown-up spin on children’s music
September 5, 2003
Matt Kesler is singing about potty. No, the 40-year-old musician does not have a potty mouth. Rather, he is expounding on it quite literally … and even helpfully.
6News video: KU puts new humanities center in old building
September 5, 2003
The Old Powerhouse building is the oldest of KU’s structures.
6News video: Kansas river has new keeper
September 5, 2003
Laura Calwell is the Friends of the Kaw’s new interim riverkeeper. She wants to open the river to more recreational use.
Huskers tap backup QB
September 5, 2003
Freshman Joe Dailey has been named Nebraska’s backup quarterback for Saturday’s game against Utah State.
Wiggle room?
September 5, 2003
Island reflects writer’s gift
September 5, 2003
Because I was born with a weakness for white clapboard houses with green trim, and because the 11-year-old in our house is a particularly persuasive creature, I am here on a faraway Canadian island, shrouded by smoky fog, thinking about orphans and one-room schoolhouses — and plowing through a 100-year-old novel that most people read before they enter their teens.
Daily ticker
September 5, 2003
Germany, France reject U.S. plan for Iraq
Chirac, Schroeder seek more U.N. involvement
September 5, 2003
France and Germany refused Thursday to support a U.S. draft resolution that would spread the burden of running postwar Iraq, but said they believed a compromise was possible. French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder demanded that Washington give the United Nations more influence in Iraq’s political future. Their stance threatened to reopen a barely healed trans-Atlantic rift over their ardent opposition to the Iraq war.
FSHS soccer rolls
Angelone sparks 3-0 win over Ravens
September 5, 2003
Free State boys soccer coach Jason Pendleton doesn’t have as many cobwebs to shake off as he thought he might.
LHS soccer tumbles, 2-1
September 5, 2003
Close might be the wrong word to describe how Lawrence High’s boys soccer team nearly picked up its first victory Thursday night at the Youth Sports Inc. fields.
Hall halts former team
JetSkins’ kicker wins opener in waning seconds
September 5, 2003
The “JetSkins” let their feelings be known when the grudge game finally was over and they had won.
Environmental groups want dredgers off river
September 5, 2003
Commercial dredgers last year took 1.5 million tons of sand from the Kansas River. And with dredgers now seeking 10-year permit renewals for their business enterprises built on a public resource, environmental groups are aiming to block them.
Blue Cross to concentrate on attracting policyholders
CEO says state’s largest health insurer has improved its financial condition by increasing premiums
September 5, 2003
Though business has once again become profitable, the top executive at Kansas’ largest health insurer said Thursday the company must reverse a decline in the number of people it covers. Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Kansas plans to concentrate this year and in 2004 on increasing enrollment in its health plans and offering new plans to attract potential policyholders, said Michael Mattox, who became the company’s chief executive officer in June.
TV debates may cull Democratic herd
September 5, 2003
For most Americans, the TV debut that attracted the most interest Thursday night was the National Football League’s kickoff between the Washington Redskins and the New York Jets. But for many Democrats and especially the party’s nine presidential candidates, Thursday night’s main event was the first of a half-dozen party-run TV debates.
Arizona snaps skid, 6-5, at K.C.
September 5, 2003
Fifty-one pitches generally is a series’ worth of work for a closer. For Matt Mantei, it was one outing.
Jayhawks back Bill
Senior QB has support of coaches, teammates
September 5, 2003
Roger Clemens isn’t always on. Neither are Pedro Martinez, Greg Maddux and many other established major-league hurlers. Anybody can have a off night. Even Kansas University quarterback Bill Whittemore.
Chicago dreaming of all-city World Series
September 5, 2003
September is a lovely time of year in Chicago. The leaves change colors, football starts — and brokenhearted Cubs and White Sox fans start thinking about “next year.”
Briefly
September 5, 2003
¢ Incompetence declared in alleged rape case ¢ Sentencing delayed in N. Lawrence beating ¢ Pump Patrol seeks deals
Briefly
September 5, 2003
¢ Dole events protester to stand trial Nov. 24 ¢ J-W staffers to weigh in on ‘Kansas Week’ panel ¢ Dance company sets auditions for show ¢ Army Reserve unit back from deployment