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Sobriety checkpoint planned for Friday night
September 26, 2003
(Updated Friday at 12:13 p.m.) If you’re planning to drink alcohol tonight, don’t get behind the wheel. There will be an extra police presence out on the roads Friday night as Douglas County sheriff’s deputies and Kansas Highway Patrol troopers conduct a sobriety checkpoint.
Windy, sunny weather expected for Saturday
September 26, 2003
(Updated Friday at 12:06 p.m.) Good for the fans. Bad for the kickers. That’s the weather forecast for Saturday’s football battle between Kansas and Missouri in Lawrence. “The big story tomorrow is going to be the wind,” said Matt Jacobs, 6News meteorologist. “It’s not going to be a good day for field goals.”
People
September 26, 2003
¢ Bass still dreams of space ¢ U.N. inspector to share Iraq story ¢ Public Cash memorial planned ¢ Madonna tops children’s book list
States push tax on Web sales
Congress hears proposal to boost government budgets
September 26, 2003
State and local officials approached Congress on Thursday asking permission to start collecting sales taxes in the mostly tax-free world of Internet shopping. Lawmakers backing the effort, known as the Streamlined Sales Tax Project, unveiled legislation to give their approval to the new system. Some 20 states, including Kansas, already have enacted new tax laws to join the movement.
Cattle bringing record high prices for producers
September 26, 2003
In a lifetime of working in the cattle business, Mac Frederick has never seen prices so high. “It doesn’t make my job any easier, but it makes it a lot more fun,” said the owner of Central Livestock of South Hutchinson.
Silly ‘04 campaign is a work in progress
September 26, 2003
It couldn’t last, the unlikely season of substance that seemed to dominate the landscape of national politics. It couldn’t — and it didn’t. In the past week, the seasons changed and, suddenly, we’re deep into the Silly Season. The Silly Season, in case you hadn’t noticed, is a time of bluster and buffoonery, speculation and spectacle (which is a pretty fair way to describe the reaction to retired Gen. Wesley K. Clark’s entry into the presidential race). Otherwise serious people do silly things, and otherwise silly events are taken seriously (prime example: this week’s announcement that former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun is running for the White House).
Indian gaming
September 26, 2003
Voice of history
September 26, 2003
Clark waffles on key points
September 26, 2003
The late composer-entertainer-raconteur Oscar Levant famously said about a former general and president, Dwight D. Eisenhower: “Once he makes up his mind, he’s full of indecision.” Levant might as easily have been talking about the 10th “little Indian” in the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination, retired Gen. Wesley Clark. On Sept. 18, Clark tried to explain his position on the war to liberate Iraq. At first, he said he would have supported the congressional resolution authorizing the U.S. invasion. A day later, perhaps after hearing from pollsters and actual or potential donors to his campaign, he pulled a “Clinton” and tried to have it both ways. Clark said the next day that he “would never have voted for this war.”
Ads push ‘Potter’ for grown-ups
Publisher hopes to build on wizard’s older following
September 26, 2003
Having already conquered the children’s market, Scholastic Inc., the U.S. publisher of J.K. Rowling’s multimillion-selling “Harry Potter” series, is targeting adults, ages 18 to 35. Potter ads featuring bikers, skateboarders and couch potatoes will appear in Rolling Stone and other magazines throughout October.
6Sports video: Friends, family gather in honor of Fambrough
September 26, 2003
Former coaches, players and Jayhawk fans gathered in honor of Dan Fambough, who dedicated more than 50 years to KU football.
Michigan wins appeal
Wolverines eligible for ‘04 NCAA Tourney
September 26, 2003
Michigan became the first school in five years to win an appeal with the NCAA. The Wolverines will be eligible for postseason play in 2004 after winning an appeal of an NCAA ban that resulted from a booster’s payment to players. The decision to overturn the ban handed down in May was made by the NCAA’s infractions appeals committee.
Attorney fights contempt citation
Prosecutors file charge related to statement in capital murder case
September 26, 2003
Nearly a year after two Wichita brothers were convicted of murdering five people, a defense attorney in that case was back in court because of a comment he made to jurors during his opening statement at the trial of Reginald and Jonathan Carr.
6Sports video: Eudora volleyball keep perfect record
September 26, 2003
The Eudora Cardinals volleyball team has a 14-game winning streak and a perfect record this season. They won against Baldwin High School, which now has a record of 16-1.
6Sports video: Mangino has no reservations about Beck
September 26, 2003
KU football coach Mark Mangino said junior place-kicker Johnny Beck hasn’t been served well in the past few games.
Father, baby sitter guilty in boy’s death
September 26, 2003
A leader of a storefront church and a member of the congregation were convicted Thursday of killing a 9-year-old boy who choked on his own vomit after being wrapped from head to toe in duct tape. A Johnson County jury took about five hours to convict Neil Edgar Sr., 48, and Chasity Boyd, 20, of felony first-degree murder in the December death of Edgar’s adopted son, Brian. Jurors also found Edgar and Boyd guilty of abusing two other Edgar children.
6News video: ‘Light the Night’ walk honors those with cancer
September 26, 2003
The nation-wide “Light the Night” walk took place at the South Park gazebo Thursday night. It drew a large crowd to honor those with cancer, and the event was also a fundraiser for the cause.
District majority wants to can cola sales
September 26, 2003
Though it would mean the loss of thousands of dollars and likely be unpopular with students and teachers, a slim majority of the Lawrence school board wants to halt soft drink sales in schools. Straw polling indicates four of seven board members — Leni Salkind, Leonard Ortiz, Rich Minder and Austin Turney — lean in favor of dropping contracts with Pepsi and Coca-Cola for stocking vending machines and concession booths in the junior highs and high schools.
6News video: Underground railroad exhibit grant accepted
September 26, 2003
The Watkins museum will get an exhibit on the underground railroad after leaders of the Douglas County Historical Society accepted a grant from the National Park Service.
Leading Republicans back Schwarzenegger in recall
September 26, 2003
Two leading California Republicans threw their support behind Arnold Schwarzenegger in the state’s gubernatorial recall Thursday, a day after the political novice held his own in a barb-filled debate.
6News video: KU enrollment hits record high
September 26, 2003
Enrollment this fall at the University of Kansas broke a 13-year-old record for the number of students attending the school. The freshman retention rate and number of in-state students are also at record highs this year.
Lawrence NAACP holds hope for revival
September 26, 2003
After nearly calling it quits because of record-low attendance, the Lawrence chapter of the NAACP may be revitalizing.
Seahawks, Sisson reunite
Former Seabury student races old teammates
September 26, 2003
Regan Sisson wasn’t lost. She just missed everybody.
Athletes of the week
September 26, 2003
Congress approves ‘do-not-call’ legislation
Second judge blocks anti-telemarketing list
September 26, 2003
With remarkable speed and near unanimity, Congress on Thursday passed legislation intended to ensure consumers can block many unwanted telemarketing calls. But whether the service millions of Americans signed up for takes effect next week was thrown into doubt when a second federal judge ruled the list violates free speech protections.
Quake rocks northern Japan
September 26, 2003
A magnitude 8.0 earthquake rocked Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido early today, injuring more than 240 people, knocking out power, derailing a train and touching off an industrial fire.
U.S. seeks dismissal of charges to resolve Moussaoui appeal
September 26, 2003
Prosecutors have agreed with Zacarias Moussaoui’s lawyers that all charges against the terrorism defendant should be dismissed but only to hasten an appeal that challenges his right to question fellow al-Qaida prisoners.
Trial date set in Costa Rica killing
Attorney for victim’s family will seek delay
September 26, 2003
A Costa Rican court has set a tentative trial date for suspects accused of killing a Kansas University student in 2001, but an attorney for the victim’s family says he’ll seek a delay.
Bonnie Jean Meyer
September 26, 2003
Stellar SM West pounds LHS
September 26, 2003
A 4-0 loss doesn’t thrill Lawrence High’s soccer squad, but co-coach Matt Makens said his team played great and avoided embarrassment Thursday night at the Youth Sports Inc. fields.
Sluggish Seahawks fall to Flint Hills Christian
September 26, 2003
Seabury Academy’s boys soccer team lacked intensity Thursday against Manhattan Flint Hills Christian, and Seahawks coach Shawn Sherlock wasn’t happy about it.
KU soccer wants revenge on Baylor
September 26, 2003
Plenty is at stake for Kansas University soccer when the Jayhawks open Big 12 Conference play today against Baylor.
Jayhawks’ Simien makes splash during offseason
September 26, 2003
Kansas University power forward Wayne Simien hopes to make as big of a splash on the basketball court this season as he did at an area pond this summer. The 6-foot-9, 250-pound junior from Leavenworth caused quite a ripple when, fishing pole in hand, he plunged from a boat into once-placid waters during an outing in June.
Woodling: KU-MU hatred mostly one-sided
September 26, 2003
From what I have been able to gather, neither the Kansas University bookstore nor the KU Alumni Association offer any anti-Missouri novelty items. No trashed Tigers. No bashed Bengals. No mangled Mizzou signs.
U.S. starts home leave program
September 26, 2003
Tens of thousands of American soldiers are expected to get brief vacations from the war in Iraq under the first large-scale R&R program since Vietnam.
Baker to mark homecoming
1983 undefeated team to be honored this weekend
September 26, 2003
A parade, competitions and ceremony honoring Baker University’s 1983 football team will mark the university’s Homecoming festivities this week.
Wreck leaves 3 people injured
September 26, 2003
A 20-year-old Lawrence woman and two other area residents suffered serious injuries Thursday in a wreck on U.S. Highway 56 southwest of Lawrence in Osage County.
Blue services
September 26, 2003
Catherine ‘Kaye’ M. Schweitzberger
September 26, 2003
Pitch black
Afropunk’ gives alternate perspective of underground music
September 26, 2003
Two and a half years ago, James Spooner found his purpose. As an African-American punk who spent half his life feeling alienated in a white-dominated scene, Spooner decided to make a movie chronicling the experiences of black punks. With no formal (or informal) training, Spooner began a journey that would take him on a cross-country tour and introduce him to more than 80 influential black punks.
Task force backs expanded role for Kansas Water Authority
September 26, 2003
A state task force formed to study ways to reconcile often-conflicting environmental and economic development issues has proposed that the Kansas Water Authority be expanded to take a broader approach to natural resources matters. “We are raising awareness about the importance of natural resources for us and our children and grandchildren,” said Sheila Frahm of Colby, who is chairwoman of the Kansas Natural Resources Legacy Alliance.
School shooter may end up in Lawrence
Teen injured 5 classmates in 1999
September 26, 2003
In December 1999, 13-year-old Seth Trickey took a 9 mm pistol to his Fort Gibson, Okla., middle school and shot and wounded five classmates, including a 12-year-old girl he shot in the face. Now Trickey is 16, and Oklahoma juvenile-justice officials are recommending that as soon as he finishes treatment at a group home, he should be sent to live with his grandparents in Lawrence.
Delgado belts four homers
Red Sox win wild card with victory over Orioles
September 26, 2003
Carlos Delgado sure woke up in a big way.
KU enrollment sets record
29,272 count comes despite rising tuition
September 26, 2003
Despite another year with a hefty tuition increase, Kansas University’s fall enrollment is the largest in university history, officials said Thursday. There are 29,272 students enrolled at KU’s three campuses, topping the previous record of 29,161 set in 1992. KU saw a 1.5 percent increase in students over fall 2002.
Vermeil hasn’t lost a step in K.C.
September 26, 2003
It worked here, a generation ago.
Steelers strong enough to win rivalry game
September 26, 2003
When the NFL realigned, it split up Pittsburgh and Tennessee, a good old AFC Central rivalry dating back to the days when the Titans were the Houston Oilers.
82-year-old among newest Carnegie heroes
September 26, 2003
An 82-year-old woman who dove into a pond to rescue a fellow retirement home resident became the oldest woman honored in the 99-year history of the Carnegie Hero Fund, established to recognize human courage.
6Sports video: Scholar-athlete sets records
September 26, 2003
Hy-Vee scholar-athlete of the month Joel Angelone, a Free State High student, has 40 career-goals to his name - a school record. That’s on top of the soccer player’s tough class load and high aspirations.
Prison ordered in case involving bogus 9-11 claim
St. Joseph resident collected $63,800 from relief funds for fictitious brother
September 26, 2003
A St. Joseph woman who invented a story of a brother dying in the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York’s World Trade Center must repay $63,818 she received from post-Sept. 11 victim relief funds, a federal judge ruled Thursday.
U.S. blanks Nigeria, 5-0
Hamm scores two goals, sets up another
September 26, 2003
Mia Hamm never would say it, so it was left to her coach and teammates to step in. Women’s soccer’s career scoring leader was unstoppable for the second straight World Cup game, scoring two early goals, then setting up one in the second half as the United States routed Nigeria, 5-0, Thursday night.
Fort Hays grows 15%; KSU up 1.3%
September 26, 2003
Chinese students are boosting enrollment at Fort Hays State University. But the decline in the airline industry is hurting a Kansas State University campus.
Defense official says ‘significant’ U.S. forces to stay through 2004
September 26, 2003
Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said Thursday that “significant forces” from the United States probably would remain in Iraq through the end of next year.
Briefly
September 26, 2003
¢ Former worker admits defrauding university ¢ Strip-search victims sue former teachers
Scrutinized Baylor player returns to school
September 26, 2003
Baylor basketball player Corey Herring, whose source of tuition payments last year has come under scrutiny, has rejoined the team.
Area briefs
September 26, 2003
¢ LHS student suspended for alleged threat ¢ Guilty plea entered in counterfeit scheme ¢ University to kick off lecture series today ¢ St. Pat’s Parade seeks beneficiary for 2004
Firebirds still learning to depend on O-line
September 26, 2003
Free State High football coach Bob Lisher doesn’t mean to put any pressure on certain parts of his team.
K.C. Zoo hires new director
Board taps longtime executive from Omaha for post
September 26, 2003
Randy Wisthoff, associate director of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo since 1987, has been named to head the Kansas City Zoo.
Baseball briefs
September 26, 2003
¢ Piazza plays first base for first time with Mets ¢ Red Sox GM won’t say whether Little will return ¢ Series to be televised in Russia for first time
Horoscopes
September 26, 2003
Daily ticker
September 26, 2003
Traffic fiasco
September 26, 2003
Finding new things to fear
September 26, 2003
Is life today more dangerous than it used to be? It certainly seems that way. Between Alar in apples (remember that one?), acrylamide in crackers and trans fats in just about everything, our food has become inedible. What with the radiation emitted by our houses, the arsenic in the water and the toxic rays coming out of cell phones, it isn’t really safe to sleep, drink or talk, either.
Explosion kills 8 Iraqis
Council member dies of wounds; NBC office damaged
September 26, 2003
An explosion at a market outside Baghdad killed eight Iraqis and wounded another 13 Thursday, hours after a bomb damaged an NBC News office and a member of the U.S.-appointed government died from wounds received in an ambush five days ago. The market in Baqubah, about 30 miles north of Baghdad, is believed to have been struck by a mortar, U.S. military spokesman Sgt. Danny Martin said.
Fam’ still ‘the man’
Fambrough main draw at fund-raising event
September 26, 2003
Fans and former players alike came together Thursday night to celebrate the cornerstone of the past 50-plus years of Kansas University football — former coach Don Fambrough. “Coach Fam,” as he’s affectionately known, is a giant in that world. As player and coach, he helped KU reach five bowl games and gained recognition for 12 players becoming All-Americans during his 36 years with the team. His time as assistant and head coach in the ‘70s and early ‘80s is fondly regarded.
On the record
September 26, 2003
LHS volleyball wins two
September 26, 2003
Lawrence High’s volleyball squad took its first trip to brand-new Olathe Northwest, and the Lions came away with a 25-21, 25-15 victory Thursday in a quad.
Marlins clinch tie for wild card
Florida eliminates Phillies; Astros draw even with Cubs in Central
September 26, 2003
A visitor to the office of Florida Marlins manager Jack McKeon offered congratulations late Thursday night.
Former mayor defends parkland sale
September 26, 2003
The sale of parkland to a friend of then-Mayor Bob Knight has raised the ire of park advocates who contend the sale was not properly publicized.
Briefly
September 26, 2003
¢ Queen Mary 2 ship makes first test run ¢ Pope resumes schedule, returns early to Rome ¢ EU’s head office faces fraud allegations ¢ Group’s new card deck mocks U.S. military
Average Joe receives Hollywood treatment in ‘Splendor’
September 26, 2003
Before the Internet helped facilitate the idea of granting everyday people a widely available soapbox to vent their frustrations, Harvey Pekar was quite a novelty. The scraggly haired, hoarse-voiced, divorced loner worked a mundane job as a file clerk at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Cleveland. With an intense gaze that actually proved more observational than hostile, Pekar achieved a certain Zen mastery of cynical wallowing.
Briefcase
September 26, 2003
¢ Sales of big-ticket items take unexpected drop ¢ Freddie Mac woes grow ¢ Mortgage rates decline ¢ Aquila sale collapses
Comforts
September 26, 2003
Sometimes it takes a major interruption of conveniences to remind us how much we owe those who went before. We need regular reminders about how many of life’s comforts and luxuries we take for granted.
Winning trio trumps lone loser tonight
September 26, 2003
When did Friday night television become so fascinating? Three of the new season’s most promising network series debut tonight. And so does one of its bona fide stinkers.
Watkins accepts grant after all
Museum will have to work past discord to create Underground Railroad project
September 26, 2003
Plans to capture the tensions, struggles and significance of the Underground Railroad in a museum exhibit are back on track — even if the project’s principals can barely stand to speak to one another. Thursday afternoon, members of the Douglas County Historical Society’s board of directors agreed to accept a $20,470 grant from the National Parks Service — the cornerstone for a $67,500 project to make the display a reality.
Free State collapses in OT
SM East goal early in extra time dooms Firebirds
September 26, 2003
So what if Shawnee Mission East’s soccer record was just 3-4. So what if Free State High’s record was a glossy 4-0-2.
College sports briefs
September 26, 2003
¢ Willingham mum about starting QB ¢ Krenzel won’t start
Kodak hopes to capture digital market
Company cuts dividend to help reduce spending
September 26, 2003
Eastman Kodak Co. slashed its generous $1.80 annual dividend to 50 cents a share — the first cut in over a century — as it struggles to accelerate growth in digital photography to offset sliding film and camera sales. The move, announced Thursday, is aimed at reducing spending and boosting investment in digital markets by as much as $3 billion during the next three years. Kodak wants to drive up sales from $12.8 billion last year to $16 billion in 2006 and $20 billion by 2010.
Kansan charged in Indiana hoax case
Hoosier State’s Highway Patrol plane delivers suspect after court allows extradition
September 26, 2003
A woman accused of impersonating an Indiana couple’s long-missing daughter was formally charged Thursday with identity deception, hours after her extradition from Kansas. Donna Lynette Walker, 35, listened quietly as a judge read the charges that accuse Walker of pretending to be the grown child of a divorced couple whose 6-year-old daughter has been missing since 1986.
Free State drops pair
September 26, 2003
Free State High’s volleyball team won its first match Thursday at Shawnee Mission West, but dropped its two ensuing matches.
Area football capsules
September 26, 2003
Briefly
September 26, 2003
¢ ID chip helps bring cat home after 10 years ¢ Judge sets deadline in Indian money case ¢ Palestinian scholar dies ¢ Judge’s trial date set in monument case
Briefly
September 26, 2003
¢ New KU fitness center set to open Monday ¢ Attorney reappointed to state sentencing panel ¢ State error concealed SJHS math deficiencies ¢ Pump Patrol seeks deals
Huskers hammer Golden Eagles
NU quarterback Lord throws for two TDs, runs for another
September 26, 2003
Here’s a switch: Nebraska went to the air when it needed to put away Southern Mississippi.
Red-hot Razorbacks travel to face Tide
Undefeated Arkansas, Alabama to clash
September 26, 2003
Arkansas corralled Texas a week after Alabama came up short against top-ranked Oklahoma.
Lions’ offense seeking bigger passing presence
September 26, 2003
Sometimes it’s not how you play, but who you play.
School finance lawsuit argument focuses on lack of state spending
Presiding judge tells plaintiffs’ attorneys, ‘I think I get it’
September 26, 2003
The message to Shawnee County District Judge Terry Bullock that the state doesn’t spend enough money on education is coming through loud and clear in a lawsuit being argued in his court.
Clark joins Democratic debate
10 candidates focus on Bush, Dean
September 26, 2003
Howard Dean parried persistent criticism from his rivals over Medicare and tax cuts Thursday in a presidential campaign debate that marked retired Gen. Wesley Clark’s debut as a Bush-bashing Democrat. “We’ve got a man who recklessly cut taxes. We’ve got a man who recklessly took us into war with Iraq,” said the former general, confronted with favorable comments he made about the Republican president as recently as 2001.
D-back taken aback by honor
Converted safety Stubbs tapped player of week by Kansas coaches
September 26, 2003
Tony Stubbs sauntered into Monday’s Kansas University football team meeting with no expectations whatsoever. Thus, when coach Mark Mangino announced that Stubbs had been named the Jayhawks’ defensive player of the week, he was taken aback.
Largest bull elephant in North America, K.C. Zoo’s ‘Casey,’ dies of old age
September 26, 2003
Casey, an African elephant that had been a popular attraction at the Kansas City Zoo since the mid-1950s, has died after a long stretch of declining health. The elephant, born in the wilds of central Africa, arrived at the zoo in 1955. An estimated 52 years old, he was the oldest bull African elephant in North America and believed to have been the oldest in captivity anywhere.
K.C. cruises past White Sox - Royals 7, White Sox 3
Beltran closing in on rare accomplishment
September 26, 2003
Humble by nature, Carlos Beltran is not likely to brag about keeping company with Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner and a few other Hall of Famers.
Mother wins appeal of stoning sentence
September 26, 2003
An Islamic court overturned the conviction of an illiterate mother sentenced to be stoned to death for having sex out of wedlock, easing pressure on the Nigerian government in a case that has drawn sharp criticism from around the globe.
Lawrence gets crash course in ‘Dorm Daze’
September 26, 2003
It is about a sausage. It is about a bag of money. It is about a case of mistaken identity.
6Sports video: The team with football last may win
September 26, 2003
The offensive teams of the Jayhawks and University of Missouri Tigers may bring a high-scoring game to Lawrence this weekend. Kick-off is scheduled for 11:40 a.m. Saturday.