Archive for Tuesday, September 30, 2003

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City swimming classes canceled
September 30, 2003
(Updated Tuesday at 4:19 p.m.) All of Lawrence’s parks and recreations department swimming classes for Tuesday have been canceled because of a circulation pump failure at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center.
Gifts to fund KU religious studies professorships
September 30, 2003
(Updated Tuesday at 4:39 p.m.) Four private foundations have given a total of $2.4 million to establish professorships in Roman Catholic thought and modern Jewish studies at Kansas University, Chancellor Robert Hemenway announced Tuesday.
Soggy weather expected through early evening
September 30, 2003
(Updated Tuesday at 4:40 p.m.) If you’ve been dying to try out your new fall rain wear, this is the day for it. “It’s going to be kind of a drippy day,” said Matt Sayers, 6News meteorologist. Tuesday’s high will be 53, with a little more than a half-inch to an inch of rain by the end of the day, Sayers said
Fire levels house near Tonganoxie school
September 30, 2003
(Updated Tuesday at 4:38 p.m.) TONGANOXIE — An intense fire early Tuesday morning leveled a house across the street from Tonganoxie Elementary School. No one was home at 303 E. Third St. when the fire broke out about 3 a.m., according to Tonganoxie Fire Chief Dave Bennett.
Buses and tourism
September 30, 2003
Developers to revamp vacant building
Lawrence group aims to restore property in early-1900s style
September 30, 2003
A corner office building in downtown Lawrence is about to get new life without losing sight of its past. Consolidated Properties Inc., a Lawrence-based partnership of developer Doug Compton and former Kansas University basketball coach Larry Brown, has a contract to buy a four-level building at the northwest corner of 10th and Massachusetts streets.
Consumer spending turns in ‘stellar performance’
September 30, 2003
Flush with extra cash from tax cuts, America’s consumers treated themselves in August and spent with gusto, good news for the economy’s revival.
U.S. accuses pharmacy benefit firm of fraud
September 30, 2003
Federal prosecutors accused the nation’s biggest pharmacy benefit-management company Monday of defrauding clients by destroying prescriptions, switching patients’ medications without their consent and giving favorable treatment to drug companies that paid hefty rebates.
Canada’s Manulife to purchase John Hancock in $10.4 million deal
September 30, 2003
Canada-based Manulife Financial Corp. will acquire John Hancock Financial Services and its “household name” in a $10.4 billion stock swap, obtaining a venerable U.S. financial services company that has long been a civic and corporate pillar of Boston.
Commodities
September 30, 2003
In the halls
September 30, 2003
What is your favorite store to shop at downtown?
Board dissolves book review panel
School district to seek policy on challenges to classroom materials
September 30, 2003
A Baldwin school district committee was disbanded Monday before it could begin evaluating the merit of a controversial novel used in a freshman class. The school board agreed Sept. 22 that the committee would review “We All Fall Down” and make a recommendation about its future use in the district.
Haskell student found dead
Cause of death uncertain; foul play not suspected
September 30, 2003
Smoke rose into the sky Monday at Haskell Indian Nations University as students and employees mourned the death of a 37-year-old student. DeAnn B. Ridesatthedoor was found dead at 9:40 a.m. Sunday inside a house where she’d slept the night before in the 1600 block of West 21st Street. Police are awaiting autopsy results to determine the cause of death but do not suspect foul play.
KU opens unfinished student fitness center
September 30, 2003
After five years of planning, construction and waiting, the Student Recreation Fitness Center at Kansas University opened Monday. It wasn’t a moment too soon for students who worked out there on opening day, enjoying the center’s space and windows — both big improvements over the building it replaced.
Israel won’t run barrier through university
September 30, 2003
Israel’s Defense Ministry agreed Monday to change the route of a planned security barrier to reduce damage to a Palestinian university.
Father: 4-year-old sorry for shootings
September 30, 2003
A 4-year-old boy who shot and killed his sister and wounded his brother understands what he has done, his father said.
Supporters join Dean call-in party
September 30, 2003
Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean took his presidential campaign a step further Monday night with a nationwide call-in party fund-raiser, and his supporters in Lawrence turned out to help.
Friends recall entrepreneur’s ‘odds and ends’
September 30, 2003
Lawrence lost an entrepreneur, musician and a man who knew how to work and have fun, friends and relatives of Harry Winters Jr., said Monday.
KU briefs
September 30, 2003
¢ KU forum to focus on tenant issues ¢ KU plans volunteer fair
Mary Louise Pietsch Ellsworth
September 30, 2003
Frankie J. Watkins
September 30, 2003
Winters services
September 30, 2003
Raymond John Gaffney
September 30, 2003
Harlan Melchior Jr.
September 30, 2003
California recall nation’s obsession
Debates grabbing television ratings
September 30, 2003
The California recall — a combination of star vehicle, peep show and political game of chicken — has gotten unprecedented national TV coverage for a statewide election, receiving more airtime on the Big Three networks than the White House race.
Nova’ show on Archimedes adds up
September 30, 2003
There’s a television show out there that doesn’t rot your brain. “Nova” (7 p.m., PBS), the guilty pleasure series for viewers who actually like to learn new things, returns with “Infinite Secrets,” a history whodunit that unfolds like a screen thriller. Greek mathematician Archimedes was the Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein of his era. In addition to his far-reaching mathematical theories and discoveries (including displacement and the value of pi), Archimedes developed elaborate weapons systems to protect his home city of Syracuse, Sicily. While his scholarship fell out of use during the Dark Ages, Archimedes’ teachings were an essential part of the scientific revolutions of the 16th and 17th centuries.
Suicide at concert outlawed
Band plans to stage death during show
September 30, 2003
The leader of the rock band Hell on Earth said Monday that an onstage suicide would be conducted during a private St. Petersburg concert this weekend in defiance of a new city law designed to stop the act.
Fans finally have reason to just wait ‘til next year
September 30, 2003
The most interesting offseason in more than a decade awaits the Kansas City Royals — and fans actually care. A 21-game improvement over the 2002 season and a peppy, positive-thinking manager reignited interest in Kansas City, which hasn’t popped a postseason cork since 1985.
White Sox fire embattled manager Manuel
September 30, 2003
Frustrated that yet another talent-laden team fell short of the postseason, the Chicago White Sox decided it was time to change directions. And manager Jerry Manuel was the first to be left behind.
Orioles oust Hargrove
September 30, 2003
Mike Hargrove was fired Monday as manager of the Baltimore Orioles, one day after the team finished its fourth consecutive losing season under his direction and sixth straight overall.
St. Louis primed for reshuffling
Underachieving squad can expect changes
September 30, 2003
The St. Louis Cardinals had the rest of the NL Central chasing them Sept. 1. Then it all fell apart. Seven losses in eight games to the contending Cubs and Astros knocked them to the fringes of the race, and going 3-3 against the lowly Rockies and Reds compounded their predicament.
Yankees have owned Twins
September 30, 2003
All the numbers say the same thing: The Minnesota Twins are simply overmatched against Mike Mussina and the New York Yankees. The Twins are 0-13 against New York the last two years — the first time ever the Yankees have swept consecutive season series from an opponent.
Upstart Cubs ready for seasoned Braves
September 30, 2003
On one side, it’s the Chicago Cubs — those lovable losers, heroes to the downtrodden. On the other side, it’s the Atlanta Braves — those push-button winners, keepers of consistent excellence, a team that comes to spring training already looking ahead to fall.
Bonds, Giants begin another title quest
September 30, 2003
Barry Bonds put to rest all the talk about his postseason failures last October. Now, there’s only one thing left for baseball’s most feared slugger to do: Win it all.
Foulke has been invaluable at closer for A’s
September 30, 2003
There’s nothing special about Keith Foulke. That’s the belief of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane, who thinks even the best relievers can be replaced by cheaper pitchers of roughly equal talent.
KU booster Anderson buys game balls
September 30, 2003
Call it a victory gift Dana Anderson simply couldn’t pass up. Anderson, whose family is the namesake of Kansas University’s new strength and conditioning center, Monday cut a check for more than $3,000 to cover the cost of about 115 footballs — the spoils of victory from KU’s 35-14 thrashing of Missouri in Saturday’s annual Border War showdown.
Packers rule in Bears’ den
Green Bay again victimizes Chicago — 38-23 in new-look stadium
September 30, 2003
New Soldier Field or old Soldier Field, it makes little difference. Ahman Green, Brett Favre and the rest of the Green Bay Packers just love to play the Chicago Bears.
Ryan Wood’s Weekly Football Report
September 30, 2003
6News video: New KU rec center unfinished, but open
September 30, 2003
Several Jayhawks went in for a workout as the Student Recreation Fitness Center opened Monday.
U.S. squad faces tough test next
Top-ranked Americans bracing for nemesis, second-ranked Norway, in Wednesday’s quarterfinal
September 30, 2003
Versatility and depth got the U.S. women this far. Now, they’ll probably need the old standbys to advance further in the World Cup.
6News video: KU receives $17 million grant
September 30, 2003
The grant from the National Science Foundation will be used to build a new engineering center.
6News video: Crypto outbreak offers experts insights
September 30, 2003
Federal investigators are using the cryptosporidiosis outbreak in Douglas County as a platform to learn about the spread of the parasite.
6News video: Haskell campus mourns student
September 30, 2003
Haskell Indian Nations University student DeAnn Ridesatthedoor, 37, was found dead Sunday morning.
6News video: Campus blood drive under way
September 30, 2003
Students at KU are rolling up their sleeves to benefit the Community Blood Center.
6Sports video: Firebirds take girls tennis dual
September 30, 2003
Free State romped over a short-handed squad of Lions on Monday at the Lawrence Tennis Center.
6Sports video: Mauling of Missouri could prove to be watershed
September 30, 2003
Confidence is high following the Kansas defense’s treatment of MU’s Brad Smith.
Events shape U.N.’s future
September 30, 2003
President Bush’s visit to the United Nations and the surrounding hoopla about Iraq obscure two questions that will shape the U.N.’s future and U.S. participation in it.
Nukes just keep on coming
September 30, 2003
Can anyone come up with a more chilling oxymoron than the one the Bush White House has made a centerpiece of national security in the new millennium — tactical nuclear weapons?
Online outreach
Fort Hays State University is taking an innovative approach to building its student base.
September 30, 2003
When enrollment figures for Kansas Board of Regents universities were released last week, Kansas University showed a record high enrollment, but even the state’s largest university didn’t compete with Fort Hays State University in terms of enrollment increases.
County crypto cases to yield lessons, health official says
September 30, 2003
Douglas County’s bout with a persistent parasite could help lead to a rash of recommendations for helping health agencies across the country, a health official said Monday.
Grant a catalyst for growth
Engineering research project to total $30 million
September 30, 2003
A new engineering center at Kansas University bankrolled by Kansas’ largest-ever research grant will have ripple effects reaching far beyond the professors working on new types of chemical reactions.
White House feels pressure in spy-naming leak
September 30, 2003
Facing renewed controversy over allegations that it exposed a covert agent to punish a critic, the White House Monday rejected Democratic calls for a special prosecutor to probe the matter, saying the Justice Department could handle it fairly.
Survey of nation’s youths exposes political apathy
September 30, 2003
More students in a Lawrence High School political science class Monday knew the reigning “American Idol” winner than could name the speaker of the U.S. House. That mirrored results of a national survey that led its authors to conclude that American youths are disconnected from the political system, and that policy-makers and teachers need to devote more energy to civic education.
Let Iraqi oil pay for reconstruction
September 30, 2003
The Bush administration is proposing to spend another $87 billion ($20 billion for Iraq reconstruction) on top of what has already been spent in Iraq and Afghanistan. Instead, this country should be calling on Iraq and the rest of the oil-producing states to rebuild those nations. Freedom costs, but it should not just cost the United States. Those who benefit most from freedom should pay part of the bill.
More Americans without insurance
Job losses, higher costs add 2.4 million to ranks of uninsured
September 30, 2003
The ranks of the uninsured swelled by 2.4 million last year as insurance costs kept rising and more Americans lost their jobs and health care coverage.
Head Start in limbo
Bush, lawmakers wrestle on giving states control of preschool program
September 30, 2003
In a fight that could affect nearly 1 million poor children, President Bush and Democratic lawmakers are deadlocked about the future of the widely popular Head Start preschool program, and both sides conceded they would not settle their exceptionally loud and angry dispute by today’s deadline.
U.S. troops battle deadly ambush
Iraqi insurgents kill one soldier, wound at least three more
September 30, 2003
Iraqi insurgents ambushed U.S. convoys with roadside bombs and rocket-propelled grenades Monday, triggering an eight-hour battle in which the American military — in a display of force — sent in fighter jets, bombers, helicopters and tanks. One U.S. soldier was killed, and three were wounded.
Topekan ‘knew he wasn’t coming home’
Mother recalls soldier’s ballet-dancing skills, calling from God to serve
September 30, 2003
Army Spec. Kyle G. Thomas, who died last week in Iraq, was a talented ballet dancer and theater set designer who felt a calling from God to join the military after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, his mother said.
Comfort food,’ stress relief linked
September 30, 2003
When the going gets tough, the tough (and not-so-tough) often get hungry. Why that happens has been a mystery.
Music industry settles 52 download lawsuits
September 30, 2003
The recording industry on Monday announced settlements with 52 of the 261 Internet users it sued over allegations they illegally permitted others to download music from their computers using popular file-sharing software.
Woodling: Bowl talk premature, but still …
September 30, 2003
Prior to one of his early seasons at Kansas University, the likable but naive Terry Allen broke an unwritten rule of college football coaching. Allen used the B-word to assess the Jayhawks’ chances for the upcoming season. As it turned out, Kansas didn’t even post a winning record, much less earn a bowl invitation. Never, never, never talk about a bowl game until you receive an invitation. That is the unwritten rule.
Vermeil reminiscent after 100th career win
September 30, 2003
Sunday night’s flight home from Baltimore turned nostalgic for Dick and Carol Vermeil. After his Kansas City Chiefs beat the Ravens, 17-10, the players gave their coach the game ball marking the 100th win of his distinguished career, a special moment for a guy who tends to be emotional anyway.
Fund-raisers on the rise
Superintendent trying to ‘keep handle’ on activities
September 30, 2003
Whether it’s a marathon concert for a trip to San Francisco, selling wrapping paper for the PTA or selling business discount cards for football equipment, clubs and organizations in the Lawrence school district are finding new methods to raise money to compensate for budget cuts.
Williams recovering slowly
Bulls guard trying to return from motorcycle accident
September 30, 2003
Jay Williams remembers the motorcycle crash as though it happened in slow motion, the red-and-black Yamaha R6 getting away from him and heading for a utility pole.
Gertrude L. Sherwood
September 30, 2003
On the record
September 30, 2003
Robinson commits to Jayhawks
September 30, 2003
Kansas University has landed a big-time basketball recruit from the Big Apple. Russell Robinson, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound senior guard from New York’s Rice High, Monday orally committed to KU over Georgia Tech, Connecticut, St. John’s and Kentucky.
Free State tennis clobbers LHS, 8-1
Firebirds claim five of six singles matches, sweep doubles from city rivals
September 30, 2003
The Free State High girls tennis team swaggered into the Lawrence High tennis courts Monday and left after making one thing clear. In girls tennis, this is the year of the Firebird.
LHS passed on passing in rout of Olathe South
September 30, 2003
It’s a safe bet that Olathe South probably was never fooled. The Lawrence High football team attempted — count ‘em —zero passes in its 29-0 victory over O-South Friday at Haskell Stadium.
Briefcase
September 30, 2003
¢ NYSE chair denies report of board changes ¢ Farmland reaches deal to sell Coffeyville plant ¢ Walgreen earnings rise ¢ Enron probe seeks documents from Lay
Briefly
September 30, 2003
¢ Iran admits having enriched uranium ¢ Muslim activist charged for dealings with Libya ¢ Ex-Tyco CEO’s trial begins
Daily ticker
September 30, 2003
First lady tries repairing relations in Paris
Laura Bush meets with Chirac
September 30, 2003
Laura Bush ushered the United States back into the U.N.’s main cultural agency Monday and urged the organization to work to make education accessible to all the world’s children as a weapon against terrorism.
Dorothy Young Pate
September 30, 2003
Briefly
September 30, 2003
¢ West Nile cases top 50 ¢ Winter wheat seeding about halfway finished ¢ Committee seeks input on new building codes
Pizza lawsuit seeks $75,000 in damages
Ottawan claims pie topped with glob of tobacco
September 30, 2003
An Ottawa woman is suing Pizza Hut claiming she got an unwanted topping on her pizza: a glob of minty chewing tobacco.
New Jersey first to pass drowsy-driving law
September 30, 2003
As if staying alive were not enough of an incentive, motorists in New Jersey have another reason to make sure they are well-rested when they get behind the wheel — a first-in-the-nation law against driving while drowsy.
Legislators support tax change delay
September 30, 2003
Sen. Mark Buhler, R-Lawrence, says he’s all for delaying full implementation of the state’s controversial destination-based sales tax system. “It was a huge mistake,” Buhler said Monday, noting he’ll vote in the next legislative session to push full-scale collections back to July 1.
State leads U.S. in potential for wind energy
But delivery proves a challenge, conference attendees are told
September 30, 2003
Kansas — ranked first in the nation in wind-energy potential — could theoretically produce enough power to supply 40 percent of the demand for electricity in the United States, an energy expert said Monday.
Classroom speakers should know their audience
September 30, 2003
If thoughts of speaking to a classroom full of kids makes your eyes bulge with horror, get over it. Teacher Says: You don’t have to speechify like Abe Lincoln to share your experiences and talents in school. All it takes is passion and a feathered dance stick.
Masonic temple attracting strong interest
September 30, 2003
A sale may be looming on one of downtown Lawrence’s landmark buildings. About 50 potential buyers have toured the Scottish Rite Temple, 1001 Mass., in the last four months, Doug Brown, real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Commercial McGrew Real Estate, said Monday.
FCC to enforce do-not-call list
September 30, 2003
The bewildering fight between the government and telemarketers over the national do-not-call list took another turn Monday when a second federal agency said it would enforce the program, promising that consumers would soon see some reduction in telephone sales pitches.
Telemarketers expect loss of 2 million jobs
September 30, 2003
Losing millions of potential customers to a “do-not-call” list will almost certainly mean big layoffs at telemarketing companies, where employees already hang from one of the working world’s lower rungs.
Horoscopes
September 30, 2003
For Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2003
KU professor calls formula ‘uneven’
Educator testifies school finance laws ‘out of whack’
September 30, 2003
The state’s school finance system is “out of whack,” a Kansas University professor testified Monday, starting the second week of a trial hearing a challenge of the system.
Briefly
September 30, 2003
¢ U.S. advocate’s parents want death investigated ¢ Hurricane Juan hits Canada’s eastern coast ¢ Rebel group claims blame for kidnapping ¢ Court awards millions to poison gas victims
Briefly
September 30, 2003
¢ Mardi Gras site tightens drunken-driving laws ¢ Three bodies found at end of standoff ¢ Radio host fired for on-air racial slur
Briefly
September 30, 2003
¢ Cuban passengers from pickup denied U.S. visas ¢ British balloonist makes it across Atlantic ¢ Court ruling throws doubt on election ¢ Survey: Cadets break drinking rules ¢ Fraternity Row mayhem prompts police action ¢ Defendant taking Paxil convicted of murder ¢ One killed, one wounded in court shooting
KU fans suddenly hungry for tickets
Jayhawk ticket office becomes a hotbed of activity after Mangino’s squad moves to 4-1 with rout of MU
September 30, 2003
Kansas University football players said after Saturday’s 35-14 victory over Missouri that a bye week wouldn’t stop the momentum of their four-game winning streak. The fact the Jayhawks won’t play another home game until Oct. 18 against Baylor hasn’t cooled the fervor of Kansas fans, either.
People
September 30, 2003
¢ FX cancels talk show ¢ CNN’s Tucker Carlson mad about no-call flap ¢ For the troops ¢ Cited, not indicted
City and area briefs
September 30, 2003
¢ Two suspects arrested after high-speed chase ¢ Police ask for help in possible forgery case ¢ Victim injured in park during robbery attempt ¢ Pump Patrol seeks deals
Big week ahead for Wal-Mart battle
September 30, 2003
Two meetings this week should prove a turning point in the battle over Wal-Mart’s future at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive. But it’s anyone’s guess whether the meetings will resolve the issue. “We’re hopeful that the result of the (Board of Zoning Appeals) will conclude this matter,” developer Bill Newsome said. “The issues are narrow and straightforward.”
Late Night’ name pays homage to Phog
September 30, 2003
Kansas University has renamed its annual season-opening basketball extravaganza “Late Night in the Phog.” The new name — KU’s midnight practice was called “Late Night With Larry Brown” and “Late Night With Roy Williams” during the regimes of the past two KU coaches — has a nice ring to it, says first-year KU coach Bill Self.
U.S. must spend the money in Iraq
September 30, 2003
Spend the money in Iraq. That’s right. Congress should approve President Bush’s $20.3 billion request for rebuilding that country (after deleting a few of the more egregious items).
City briefs
September 30, 2003
¢ Police seek suspect in club stabbing ¢ Female walker reports indecent exposure ¢ SRS offers chance to talk with secretary ¢ Funds to be raised for fire victims ¢