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Foreclosure started on Eldridge Hotel
September 18, 2003
(Web Posted Thursday at 5:58 p.m.) Mid-America Bank has started foreclosure procedures on a downtown Lawrence landmark. Rob Phillips, who owns the Eldridge Hotel, has confirmed his mortgage holder has issued a foreclosure notice. But Phillips says it would take at least three years before the bank could claim the deed.
Scattered showers expected as cooler temperatures move in
September 18, 2003
(Web Posted Thursday at 11:39 a.m.) It won’t be a good day to wash your car — cloudy skies and scattered showers will bring sloppy, wet conditions. “We’re not going to see heavy rains, just some light rains as the wet weather pushes off to the east,” said Matt Sayers, 6News meteorologist.
Good investment
September 18, 2003
Act of treason?
September 18, 2003
Intention clear
September 18, 2003
Don’t underestimate enemies
September 18, 2003
The seemingly comical story of James McKinley, who mailed himself home to Texas from the Bronx in an airborne crate, ceases to be amusing when we really think about it. Imagine if he were a terrorist: McKinley would have successfully gotten to the belly of the plane. Strapped down with explosives, he could have flown into the arms of Allah in a gory, murderous blaze.
Home construction hits monthly low for 2003
September 18, 2003
Single-family home construction fell both nationally and in Lawrence during August, a pair of reports released Wednesday showed.
Oprah trainer to help slim down chain’s menu
September 18, 2003
McDonald’s Corp. has enlisted the aid of Oprah Winfrey’s personal trainer to promote an adult version of the Happy Meal, the fast-food giant’s latest effort to offer healthier products. Instead of Happy Meal standards like a burger and a toy, the new Go Active meal will include a salad, an exercise booklet and a pedometer meant to encourage walking.
Sprint plans to cut costs by $2 billion a year
September 18, 2003
Sprint Corp. on Wednesday said its plan to consolidate operations would cut costs 5 to 7 percent during the next three years, saving the company about $2 billion a year.
Broadband access ‘essential’ life tool in South Korea
U.N. agency finds country leads world in use of high-speed Internet
September 18, 2003
South Korea has a large lead over the rest of the world in the percentage of people who have high-speed Internet connections, the U.N. communications agency said Tuesday.
Amtrak union to protest funding plan with walkout
September 18, 2003
Upping the ante in the battle over Amtrak funding, union leaders Wednesday threatened a one-day shutdown of Amtrak Oct. 3 to protest plans by the White House and Republicans in Congress to give the rail line less money than they say it needs.
School’s test scores invalidated
Principal resigns for irregularities in following protocol
September 18, 2003
A suburban Kansas City school’s test scores have been thrown out and its principal has resigned after testing procedures were not followed.
Oklahoma tribe proposes casino near The Woodlands
September 18, 2003
Another proposal for a casino in Wyandotte County, near The Woodlands parimutuel racing complex, is being promoted by an Indian tribe from Oklahoma that has negotiated an agreement giving it a three-year option to buy land from the city.
United Way embarks on 2003 campaign
September 18, 2003
Thanks to rainy-day garage sales, paper airplane contests and other fund-raisers, Lawrence Pacesetter companies have started off this year’s Douglas County United Way campaign on the right foot. Wednesday night hundreds of business representatives — wearing straw hats and carrying campaign banners — gathered at the Dole Institute of Politics for the United Way Kickoff Rally.
Reservists’ wives battling Army
Deployment dates source of conflict
September 18, 2003
Amanda Bellew knew all along her husband’s Army Reserve unit would have to serve for 365 days after it was called up earlier this year. What she didn’t know until recently was that the Army officially counts the one-year period as starting April 27, the day the 129th Transportation Company arrived in Kuwait, and not on Jan. 26, when the soldiers were called up to active duty.
Threat Matrix’ high on gadgetry
September 18, 2003
The Department of Homeland Security gets a TV series to call its own. The new espionage series “Threat Matrix” (7 p.m., ABC) follows an elite task force that investigates terror threats at the behest of the president.
Prairie Park neighbors hesitant about growth
Plan calls for 100-plus homes near Farmland
September 18, 2003
When Jo Andersen moved into the Prairie Park neighborhood years ago, she loved the peace, quiet and rural setting.
Moore services
September 18, 2003
Tight lips abound regarding injuries
Schools increasingly limit information
September 18, 2003
When Kansas State quarterback Ell Roberson injured his left wrist, the obvious question was whether it was related to the injury that forced him to miss one game last year.
Buffalo struggling to compete in Division One
September 18, 2003
Jim Hofher’s sleepless nights and frustrating days aren’t evident until the conversation turns to the woeful state of the coach’s University at Buffalo football team.
LMH ranks low in heart care
Hospital president confident improvement will be made
September 18, 2003
Lawrence Memorial Hospital is ranked at the bottom among northeast Kansas hospitals in providing recommended care for heart attack patients, according to a new report. Gene Meyer, president and chief executive of Lawrence Memorial, said Wednesday the hospital was trying to determine how it could improve, but also expressed confidence patients were being treated well.
Dole Institute may lose director
Illinois governor wants historian to run new Lincoln library
September 18, 2003
Richard Norton Smith, the high-profile director of Kansas University’s Dole Institute of Politics, is first in line to lead the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum. A spokeswoman for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich confirmed Wednesday that Smith was the state’s first choice for leading the museum and library, a $115 million facility under construction in Springfield, Ill. And Mike Marshall, press secretary to former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, said Dole expected Smith would leave KU.
East Coast braces for Isabel
September 18, 2003
Hurricane Isabel closed in on North Carolina’s Outer Banks on Wednesday with 105 mph winds and the potential for up to a foot of rain, threatening to cause ruinous flooding across a huge swath of the already soggy East. Isabel had weakened to a Category 2 hurricane from a Category 5, 160-mph monster, but was still expected to be dangerous when it hits the barrier islands this morning with a storm surge of up to 11 feet.
N.J. Air National Guard planes find refuge in Kansas
September 18, 2003
While many East Coast residents were moving to higher ground, crews from the New Jersey Air National Guard headed 1,100 miles west Wednesday to avoid the brunt of Hurricane Isabel. Eight KC-135R tankers from the 108th Air Refueling Wing at McGuire Air Force Base in central New Jersey began arriving Wednesday morning at Forbes Field, home to the 190th Air Refueling Wing of the Kansas Air National Guard, which flies the same model aircraft.
Happy 149th, Lawrence
Year of events to lead up to city’s 150th anniversary
September 18, 2003
Exactly 149 years ago today, a group of men met to establish a town constitution and assembly for a small settlement on the banks of the Kansas River. Nearly three weeks later, they met again and discarded several town names, including Yankee Town, New Boston and Wakarusa, the Kaw Indian word for “hip-deep” or “crotch-deep” water. They eventually settled on “Lawrence,” in honor of Amos Lawrence, a free state supporter and booster of the New England Emigrant Aid Company, which first settled the region.
Male teacher shortage affects face of American classroom
September 18, 2003
In most jobs, Ralph Matthews could hardly be considered a minority. But inside this colorful Bibb, Ga., classroom, before an antsy group of third-graders, Matthews stands out.
Clifford W. Houk
September 18, 2003
Study dates presence of land plants
September 18, 2003
Scientists have found the best evidence yet that plants appeared on land about 475 million years ago, 50 million years earlier than fossils had established before.
6News video: United Way fundraising drive kicks off
September 18, 2003
The United Way groups tallied their pre-campaign totals at the kick-off held at the Dole Institute of Politics.
6News video: Free State students react to ‘dirty dancing’ rules
September 18, 2003
Free State High School students reacted yesterday to administrator’s efforts to curb ‘provocative’ dancing at school events. Some said the rules are too harsh, but others supported the new rules.
Study: Monkeys recognize unfairness
September 18, 2003
Humans aren’t the only ones who hate a bum deal, it turns out.
6News video: National study rates LMH low on heart-attack victim care
September 18, 2003
Lawrence Memorial Hospital ranked last in the northeast Kansas area in quality of care to heart-attack victims, according to a national study.
A.G.: Patriot Act not used for library records
September 18, 2003
Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft said Wednesday the FBI had not sought a single record from a library or business under a part of the Patriot Act widely criticized as opening Americans’ reading habits or personal information to undue government scrutiny.
Lions tennis players flounder at invite
September 18, 2003
Lawrence High senior Sydney Lartigue finished fourth at the Topeka Invitational Wednesday, going 2-2 at No. 1 singles.
6News video: Dole Institute of Politics director may leave
September 18, 2003
The director at the Dole Institute of Politics may take a new position at the Lincoln Library in Springfield, Ill., a Chicago Sun-Times columnist reported.
6News video: Lawrence police release audio tapes of deadly chase
September 18, 2003
Lawrence police officials release the audio tape of 911 phone calls from a police chase Aug. 26 that left one Lawrence woman dead.
Officials brace for urban spread
September 18, 2003
If Lawrence is going to add 20,000 residents south of the Wakarusa River, Douglas County commissioners figure the county’s development regulations may as well be ready to handle them all.
County Road 1029 to close for autumn upgrade
September 18, 2003
Douglas County Road 1029 will be closed for nearly two months this fall, but reopened in time for use through the winter months, a county official said Wednesday.
Banned drug list proposed
Caffeine, Sudafed would be permitted
September 18, 2003
Romanian gymnast Andreea Raducan paid a heavy price for listening to her doctor and taking a common cold tablet during the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She was stripped of a gold medal.
Christian C. Senn
September 18, 2003
6Sports video: Eudora Cardinals offense needs to ‘gel,’ coach says
September 18, 2003
The Eudora Cardinals high school football coach said the offense on his team still needs to come together this season to win more games.
Baxter efficient, excellent at FSHS meet
September 18, 2003
It was amazing how fast Lacey Baxter compiled 34.1 all-around points.
6Sports video: Royals winning streak ends against Cleveland
September 18, 2003
The Kansas City Royals ended their four-game winning streak Wednesday, losing to the Cleveland Indians by a score of 9-1.
How to lose jobs
September 18, 2003
SBC to add 81 communities to limited DSL service list
September 18, 2003
In 1999, SBC Communications Inc. agreed to provide its digital subscriber line, or DSL, service for high-speed Internet access to nearly any customer who wanted it in eight communities.
Lone Star water safe for now, officials say
Further development may compromise quality
September 18, 2003
Health officials say Lone Star Lake’s water is safe for swimming and other recreational uses — at least for now. Richard Ziesenis, director of environmental health at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, said three rounds of tests determined what officials had hoped: Lone Star’s water is relatively free of fecal coliform bacteria.
Museum struggles
September 18, 2003
The Watkins Community Museum of History needs a clear direction that will put it on a firm footing for the future. It continues to be painful to watch the struggles of the Douglas County Historical Society and the Watkins Community Museum of History.
Panel endorses Sebelius’ appointments
September 18, 2003
A Senate committee Wednesday endorsed Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ recent appointments of a new Kansas Highway Patrol superintendent, a new member of the Kansas Parole Board and two higher education regents.
Aggies want revenge
Va. Tech shut down A&M last year
September 18, 2003
Virginia Tech gained considerable attention early last season by winning at Texas A&M and becoming the first nonconference opponent to leave Kyle Field with a victory since 1988.
Big weekend for SEC’s best
September 18, 2003
Florida’s rivalry against Tennessee traditionally is the SEC’s biggest early season game.
Speaker claims to be Saddam, demands U.S. exit
Bombing attacks target U.S. troops
September 18, 2003
In an audiotape broadcast Wednesday, a speaker purporting to be Saddam Hussein urged Iraqis to escalate attacks on Americans and called on U.S. and other coalition forces to leave the country “as soon as possible and without any conditions.”
Region briefs
September 18, 2003
¢ Congressman taps LHS graduate for post ¢ Foundation CEO to speak at Baker convocation ¢ Peltier has hearing before appeals court ¢ 3rd District candidate to testify for Senate
Olathe East figures to be formidable foe for Lions
September 18, 2003
Another week, another challenge for the Lawrence High football team. Once again, it’s on the road, too. The Lions (1-1) will face Olathe East in a rare Thursday game at the Olathe District Activities Center. Game time is set for 7 tonight, with a live broadcast on KLWN 1320.
Police release pursuit tape
Newspaper says all conditions of lawsuit still not met
September 18, 2003
The day after it was played in a Douglas County courtroom, a taped copy of radio dispatch communications from a deadly Aug. 26 pursuit was released Wednesday by Lawrence Police. Officials made the tape available to the public three weeks after the Journal-World first requested it and less than a week after the newspaper filed a lawsuit seeking its release.
Lumber shortage drives up prices for Lawrence builders
September 18, 2003
The price of a new home in Lawrence is expected to increase by about $5,000 as a national shortage of plywood takes its toll. And the prices may keep growing as a hurricane bears down on the East Coast and the U.S. military continues the rebuilding process in Iraq.
Gentlemen’s agreement’ again being debated
September 18, 2003
Dale Jarrett was starting to unbuckle his safety harness so he could climb out of his No. 88 Ford after wrecking in Sunday’s Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway.
Shirley Ann Clark
September 18, 2003
Lawrence family to bring home Jayhawk
September 18, 2003
Mike Zabel and his family are adding to their numbers.
Theater to present story of Lewis and Clark’s guide
September 18, 2003
The Seem-To-Be Players will stage “Bird Woman: The Story of Sacagawea” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.
Corrections
September 18, 2003
Quintin Rucker’s first name was misspelled in a South Junior High eighth-grade football report in Wednesday’s Journal-World.
Recruits begin to narrow focus
Giles down to three schools; Kaun lists two
September 18, 2003
The college basketball recruiting scene has changed this week as high school blue-chippers, including Kansas University targets, make official campus visits in advance of the Nov. 12-19 early signing period.
Wildcats sweep Jayhawks volleyball
September 18, 2003
No. 10 Kansas State proved its might Wednesday, beating the Kansas University volleyball team 3-0 (30-20, 30-24, 30-22) at Ahearn Fieldhouse in the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams.
Friends and neighbors
September 18, 2003
Briefly
September 18, 2003
¢ 1960s radical freed from prison ¢ City council approves lap dancing ban ¢ Administrator on leave after ‘Sambo’ reference ¢ Joke e-mails force judge to resign leadership job
Briefly
September 18, 2003
¢ ‘Sexed up’ dossier story had errors ¢ Experts say ozone hole reaches record size ¢ N. Korea: Controversy over abductions closed ¢ Lawmakers seek funds for fair elections
Briefly
September 18, 2003
¢ New cases bring West Nile total to 26 ¢ Tractor-trailer wreck closes Interstate 70 ¢ Radio comedy troupe plans season opener
Briefly
September 18, 2003
¢ Bush: Saddam Hussein not behind Sept. 11 attacks ¢ Appeals court asked to reinstate Oct. 7 election ¢ Settlers convicted in plot to blow up Arab girls’ school ¢ New NASA safety rule could delay launch until ‘05
Briefly
September 18, 2003
¢ Baby found in shoe box ¢ Day-care operator released on bond
Gas leak sickens family at motel
September 18, 2003
Several dozen people were evacuated from a Salina hotel and a family was hospitalized after a carbon monoxide leak, authorities said.
Women pro sports aren’t making it
Television networks won’t show up if potential women viewers don’t build critical mass
September 18, 2003
Two WNBA franchises folded after the 2002 season. The PWBA, the women’s pro bowling league, went out of business, at least temporarily, in August.
KU shifts Kemp to safety
September 18, 2003
If Jerome Kemp makes an impact on Kansas University’s football team, it won’t be as a running back.
Spain indicts bin Laden, others with terror ties
September 18, 2003
Spain’s leading investigating judge issued the first known indictment against Osama bin Laden in the Sept. 11 attacks on Wednesday, accusing al-Qaida of using the country as a base to plot the devastating strikes on New York and Washington. Investigative magistrate Baltasar Garzon indicted 35 people for terrorist activities connected to bin Laden’s al-Qaida network. In a nearly 700-page document, Garzon wrote that Spain served “as a place or base for resting, preparation, indoctrinating, support and financing” of al-Qaida.
Police kill gunman holding class hostage
September 18, 2003
A gunman held at least a dozen people hostage in a college classroom before he was shot and killed by police after a nine-hour standoff. Two hostages were wounded.
Designer’s apparel honors Blass
September 18, 2003
Loyal customers of Bill Blass, who died of cancer at 79 last year, say the man affectionately dubbed “the dean of American fashion” will never be replaced.
Briefly
September 18, 2003
¢ Defendant threatens D.A. after guilty verdict ¢ Four people arrested during DUI checkpoint ¢ Trial delayed in attack on highway workers ¢ Pump Patrol seeks deals
Jayhawks’ ‘A-Train’ arrives
September 18, 2003
Soft-spoken Kansas University junior Austine Nwabuisi isn’t ready to declare himself an all-Big 12 Conference candidate after the best game of his college career — last Saturday’s two-touchdown effort at Wyoming. “Scoring two touchdowns is fun,” said the 6-foot, 235-pound fullback, who had just two TDs in his first two years at KU, “but I don’t think I had a superstar game or anything. I still have a lot of work to do.”
People
September 18, 2003
¢ It’s a boy for Colin Farrell ¢ Innocent prisoner is topic of potential Dreamworks film ¢ TV tunes composer releases first solo CD at 81 ¢ Miami Dolphins to honor Cruz
NYSE chair resigns
Fury over pay causes Grasso to step down
September 18, 2003
New York Stock Exchange chairman Dick Grasso resigned Wednesday amid rising anger over his $139.5 million pay package, his 36-year career ruined by cries that he made too much money running the world’s richest financial market. Grasso called an emergency meeting of the NYSE board where he offered to resign if the board asked, said H. Carl McCall, chairman of the NYSE compensation committee, who chaired the meeting.
Peace process should go around Arafat
September 18, 2003
Ten years ago, Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat signed the Oslo Peace Accord on the White House lawn. I was there, and it was one of the most exhilarating moments in 30 years of covering the Mideast region. I watched the famous handshake meant to lead to a Palestinian state beside a secure Israel.
Cleveland clobbers Kansas City, 9-1
September 18, 2003
The silence in the Kansas City Royals’ clubhouse was a clear indicator of how important this loss was. After winning four straight, the Royals lost to the Cleveland Indians, 9-1, Wednesday night and fell 41/2 games behind Minnesota in the AL Central race.
Braves on brink of NL East title
Atlanta nearing 12th straight division championship; Giants win NL West
September 18, 2003
The Atlanta Braves are ready to celebrate their latest success.
Briefcase
September 18, 2003
¢ United plans to compete with discount carriers ¢ Questionable Enron sale nets criminal charges ¢ R.J. Reynolds to cut jobs ¢ Hallmark loses verdict
Video game made from cult film ‘Tron’
September 18, 2003
Lots of movies have inspired video games, and lots of video games have sequels.
Debate volume still rising
September 18, 2003
I never actually got a black belt in combat journalism. A few years ago, in a misguided moment, I agreed to go on “The O’Reilly Factor.” Dashing out of the office to the studio, I literally ran into a glass door — a glass door that had been there forever. I figured this was God’s way of telling me not to mix it up with Bill.
High school cracking down on seductive dancing
September 18, 2003
Grinding. Gyrating. Dirty dancing. Whatever name is used for what students at Free State High School have been doing on the dance floor, administrators say it needs to stop.
Students flourishing in two languages
September 18, 2003
The ranks of Spanish-speaking students are growing at Jennie Wilson Elementary School, but not for the usual reasons.
Dummermuth services
September 18, 2003
House passes tax cuts to encourage giving
September 18, 2003
The House on Wednesday passed more than $12 billion in tax cuts to encourage charitable giving, while some Democrats said the bill’s generosity would cost future generations billions in extra debt. The bill, passed 408-13, is the legislative offspring of President Bush’s effort to give religious organizations federal money and encourage them to take a bigger role in providing social services.
On the record
September 18, 2003
On the right track
September 18, 2003
Hurricane prompts O’s to alter schedule
September 18, 2003
Baltimore will play the New York Yankees during the day today instead of at night to avoid the worst of Hurricane Isabel.
Briefly
September 18, 2003
¢ Sex offender convicted in 5-year-old’s death ¢ College student dies after binge-drinking ¢ Feeding tube ordered removed for patient
Briefly
September 18, 2003
¢ Ousted president agrees to cede power ¢ Cleric says elections should be permitted ¢ Divorces reach record in Japan ¢ Rebel group accuses military in kidnapping
Clark throws wrinkle in Democratic race
September 18, 2003
The late, loudly heralded entry of former Gen. Wesley Clark into the presidential race Wednesday underscores one central fact about the contest for the Democratic nomination: its enduring lack of definition despite months of campaigning.
Daily ticker
September 18, 2003
Arafat offers new truce to Israel
Hamas may cease attacks, Palestinian leader says
September 18, 2003
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat offered a new truce to Israel on Wednesday, after Palestinian officials said the militant group Hamas had signaled it might agree to stop attacking Israelis.
Sebelius promises schools support
Skeptics say proposal still lacking in details
September 18, 2003
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius told northeast Kansas educators on Wednesday she was prepared to advocate for increased education spending in the 2004 legislative session. “I’ll be one to lead the charge,” she said. “We need more resources for education — no question about it.”
Leading the pack
McMurray, Biffle join strong line of Cup rookies
September 18, 2003
A few years ago, rookies were not supposed to win Winston Cup races, or even be competitive.
Baseball briefs
September 18, 2003
¢ Expos begin talks with slugger Guerrero ¢ Cleveland’s Lawton undergoes knee surgery ¢ Reds RHP Etherton removed after an inning ¢ Damon a late scratch
Walk to benefit research for blood cancers
September 18, 2003
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s fifth annual Light the Night Walk will be Sept. 25 in South Park. Registration begins at 6 p.m. with the walk at 7 p.m.
Happy day for Halladay
Toronto ace earns 21st win by blanking Tigers, 6-0
September 18, 2003
Roy Halladay makes plenty of good teams look bad. Detroit, then, didn’t have much of a chance against him.
Edna V. Alldredge
September 18, 2003
Horoscopes
September 18, 2003
6Sports video: Injured Jayhawks ready to play Jacksonville State
September 18, 2003
Some Jayhawks players injured earlier this season may be ready to play Jacksonville State this weekend, Coach Mark Mangino said.
Woodling: ‘Coach’ has ties to JSU, Kansas
September 18, 2003
While in Lawrence, he was Jack White. Now he is known as John “Coach” White. That’s so they won’t confuse him with Jack White, the man who hired him. As I was going to St. Ives, I met … no, this isn’t a riddle. It’s the story of the only man who has ever coached football at both Kansas University and Jacksonville (Ala.) State.