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Kerry expected in Lawrence Friday night
August 5, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 4:10 p.m.) Presidential candidate John Kerry may stop in Lawrence Friday night after his day of campaigning in Kansas City.
County to certify election on Friday
August 5, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 1:28 p.m.) Douglas County officials are preparing to consider counting 118 provisional ballots that could make the difference in a heated race for a Republican nomination for Congress.
Two injured in four-vehicle accident
August 5, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 2:01 p.m.) A Lawrence man who was riding a motorcycle was among two people who suffered injuries in a four-vehicle accident this morning north of Lawrence on U.S. Highway 24-40, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
Cooler weather continues
August 5, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 8:37 a.m.) It might be a good day to turn off the air conditioner or even grab a sweater. Lawrence is getting some unusually cool weather for this time of year, with temperatures reaching only into the low 80s today.
People
August 5, 2004
¢ Falco healthy after cancer bou ¢ McGregor’s beard feared ¢ Sting named top humanitarian
Briefly
August 5, 2004
¢ Apartment fire caused $210,000 in damages ¢ First probable human case of West Nile found ¢ Smoking-ban opponents shoot for February vote ¢ Police to conduct DUI saturation patrol
Lost opportunity may haunt Kerry
August 5, 2004
Sometimes the best antidote against political propaganda, or spin, is to hold on to your notes. That is what I did during and immediately after the Democratic convention last week in Boston. A typical comment from the John Kerry campaign came from spokesman Jeremy Van Ess at 8:51 a.m. Friday, just as Kerry and John Edwards were setting out on their current cross-country campaign trip.
Natural function
August 5, 2004
True fans
August 5, 2004
Short memories
August 5, 2004
Much ado about Teresa
August 5, 2004
We now return to our regular programming. The aliens have left. The natives are back. The parking spaces have disappeared again beneath four-wheeled creatures. And the citizens of Boston were rewarded for their good behavior with a free production of the play aptly named “Much Ado About Nothing.”
E-mail lost in auto-reply limbo
August 5, 2004
I’m currently out of the office until Aug. 16, but will check e-mail sporadically until then. That’s right: I’m “out of office” while you, dear reader, are “in office.” I know how you feel. At first you thought, “Wow, Lloyd is really on top of things. He read and replied to my e-mail within seconds. He’s competent AND he cares.”
Westar earnings meet estimates for second quarter
August 5, 2004
Westar Energy Inc. reported Wednesday that second-quarter profits fell because of discontinued operations, but the company met analysts’ estimates on per-share net income excluding special items and reaffirmed its outlook for the year.
Bristol-Myers to pay $150M in settlement
August 5, 2004
Drug giant Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. is paying $150 million to settle federal regulators’ charges that it manipulated its inventory of medicines in a fraudulent scheme to inflate earnings and meet Wall Street targets, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced Wednesday.
Two out of 100 Kansans were under state supervision last year
August 5, 2004
About two of every 100 Kansas residents were incarcerated, on parole or on probation in 2003, giving the state one of the lowest supervision rates in the nation. The rankings, in Bureau of Justice Statistics released last week, also show that changes in sentencing guidelines have put more Kansas residents behind bars and fewer on parole.
Hays High School students all receive laptops
August 5, 2004
When teachers at Hays High School tell their students to open their books this school year, there’s a chance they won’t be referring to a textbook. Students who showed up for enrollment this week at the western Kansas school — about 1,000 of them in all — walked away with a new Apple iBook laptop computer thanks to a school board initiative passed earlier this year.
County’s tallies slow election results
Reporting delays risk hampering timing of Nov. 2 voting outcomes
August 5, 2004
With a pivotal congressional campaign hanging in the balance, supporters of Kris Kobach and Adam Taff burned up the phone lines into the Douglas County Courthouse late Tuesday night. They were looking for something — anything — to give them a glimpse at the unofficial results that could settle the dead-heat race for the Republican nomination in the 3rd District.
Haskell statue sent to join signature Smithsonian exhibit
August 5, 2004
Haskell Indian Nations University’s prized sculpture “Comrade in Mourning” is on its way to Washington, D.C., where it’s expected to anchor a key exhibit during the grand opening of the Smithsonian Institution’s new National Museum of the American Indian.
Group advocates planning end-of-life wishes
August 5, 2004
Of the 24,000 Kansans expected to die in 2004, 80 percent will not die suddenly. All but 14 percent will experience moderate to excruciating pain in their final months. Thirty percent will spend their life savings on end-of-life efforts to avoid death and ease pain. Most will have insurance — Medicare, primarily — but it won’t matter. The money still will be gone.
City agrees Parks & Rec sign poor match for Oak Hill
August 5, 2004
Oak Hill Cemetery is not a park. And it’s not for recreation. So the city sign at the cemetery frustrates Martha Learned. The sign identifies the property as part of a larger cemetery district run by Lawrence Parks and Recreation but doesn’t mention the cemetery’s longtime name.
State’s corn crop may top wheat
August 5, 2004
After a bleak winter wheat harvest, Kansas farmers anticipate bumper crops of corn, milo and soybeans this fall. If current industry projections hold up through this summer, Kansas farmers could end up cutting more bushels of corn than wheat this year.
Lawrence police seize 190-lb shipment of pot
Marijuana bust the largest in memory
August 5, 2004
It came by truck from California disguised as a shipment of T-shirts. But police say the freight — all 190 pounds of it — was actually marijuana, and it’s one of the biggest seizures of the illegal drug in the 32-year history of the city-county drug unit.
Judge halts Eldridge sale
Bankrupt hotel ordered to be sold to highest bidder
August 5, 2004
The fate of the historic Eldridge Hotel will be determined at a public auction, a bankruptcy judge here ruled Wednesday. One day after Rob Phillips, the hotel’s general manager and majority owner, announced a $2.5 million deal to sell the bankrupt hotel to a group including Kansas University alumni, Judge Robert Berger rejected the deal.
3rd District uncertainty clouds GOP unity rally
August 5, 2004
After contentious primary contests statewide, Republicans met here Wednesday for a show of unity — though they were still unsure whom to unite behind in the 3rd Congressional District race. “Although this race is not over, it is time to unite,” Kansas GOP Chairman Dennis Jones said at the rally at the Marriott Hotel. “We must stand shoulder to shoulder.”
Lawrence Datebook
August 5, 2004
On the Record
August 5, 2004
Iraqis lead raid to free hostages
August 5, 2004
In an extraordinary assault, gunmen in the city of Fallujah stormed a kidnappers’ lair and forced the overmatched militants inside to flee, freeing four Jordanian truck drivers held captive, local officials said Wednesday.
Banks robbed while attention diverted
August 5, 2004
President Bush and Sen. John Kerry both went to Davenport, Iowa, on Wednesday, each promising that their policies would make everyone richer. A few locals apparently decided not to wait.
FAA threatens to cut O’Hare flights
Chronic delays have ripple effect nationwide
August 5, 2004
Anywhere you fly in America, your chance of arriving on time has much to do with what’s happening at O’Hare International in Chicago. Persistent delays at O’Hare have a cascading effect through the nation’s air system. So federal officials now are warning that they will fix the problem if the airlines do not.
A call for more in Hall
KU’s Sports Hall of Honor lacks football players
August 5, 2004
I’m not sure you can find a soap box today — or even if a detergent container would hold me — but I’m going to climb on one. Now is the time to liberalize the criteria for the inclusion of football players into KU’s Sports Hall of Honor. When the shrine that will change the east facade of Allen Fieldhouse is completed sometime next year, it ought to contain more football players than it does now.
New terror alert information revealed
Al-Qaida member in British custody warned of attack
August 5, 2004
The intelligence that led to this week’s heightened terrorism alert came in part from a senior al-Qaida operative in British custody who disclosed that the terrorist network was continuing to plan an attack in New York, possibly around the time of the Republican National Convention, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
Terror group reportedly planning assassinations
August 5, 2004
Shifting tactics, an al-Qaida-linked group that staged the deadliest post-Sept. 11 terror bombing is believed to be planning assassinations of Western and regional leaders in Asia, moving away from large-scale strikes against civilian targets, officials told The Associated Press.
Militants allegedly targeted S. Africa
August 5, 2004
Two South Africans captured along with a senior al-Qaida terrorist were plotting attacks on tourist sites in their home country, Pakistani officials said Wednesday, a surprising target for Islamic terrorism given the African nation’s vocal stand against the war in Iraq and Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.
Cowboys cut quarterback Carter
Veteran Testaverde becomes Dallas’ starting QB
August 5, 2004
In a stunning move the team wouldn’t explain, the Dallas Cowboys cut Quincy Carter on Wednesday and handed the starting quarterback’s job to 40-year-old Vinny Testaverde. Just four days after he started camp as the No. 1 quarterback, Carter suddenly was gone from a team he led to 10 wins and back to the playoffs in Bill Parcells’ first season.
Americans survive scare by Germany
Iverson’s long three-point shot at buzzer gives United States 80-77 exhibition victory
August 5, 2004
Things are not looking good for the NBA players on the U.S. Olympic basketball team. The Americans needed a final-shot three-pointer by Allen Iverson from just across midcourt Wednesday to pull out an 80-77 exhibition victory over Germany — a team that failed even to qualify for the Athens Games.
On the offensive
Harvick hopes another Brickyard win will rev up his ‘confusing’ season
August 5, 2004
Understanding how important last year’s victory in the Brickyard 400 was to Kevin Harvick is easy. “It’s the biggest thing I’ve done in my career,” said Harvick, the driver of the No. 29 Chevrolet owned by Richard Childress.
Cup points system’s effect is no sneak attack
August 5, 2004
Jimmie Johnson isn’t about to get jobbed by the new Nextel Cup points system. Yes, six weeks from now he’s going to see what will most likely still be a sizeable lead in the Nextel Cup standings vanish overnight. But it will not be a sneak attack.
K.C. voters pledge Enterprise will feel fallout
Company failed in bid to prevent arena tax
August 5, 2004
Enterprise Rent-A-Car said it believed Kansas City voters could forgive and forget the company’s efforts to sink a series of taxes designed to pay for a downtown sports arena.
Roeland Park educator receives learning award
August 5, 2004
The executive director of the Horizon Academy in Roeland Park has received the 2004 Gordon R. Alley Partnership Award from the Kansas University Center for Research on Learning.
Patching up the party
After an extremely tight primary race, will Republicans be able to unite behind their nominee in the 3rd Congressional District?
August 5, 2004
Political analysts will be studying the outcome of numerous election contests this week, trying to determine what may have caused a strong showing by certain candidates or a decisive defeat by someone who had been favored to win.
Testimony further condemns soldier
August 5, 2004
Half a dozen friends and colleagues of Pfc. Lynndie England, a central figure in the Iraqi prisoner-abuse scandal, painted an unflattering picture of the young soldier Wednesday at a military hearing, describing lax work habits, unexplained late-night absences and nude pictures taken during a Virginia Beach, Va., vacation.
Hall’s slam powers Rays
Red Sox victimized by hitter in 0-for-18 slump
August 5, 2004
It took just one swing for Toby Hall to break out of a lengthy slump. Hall snapped an 0-for-18 skid with his first career grand slam in the seventh inning, and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays held on for a 5-4 comeback victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night.
Jayhawks await word on Keith
Kansas football coach anticipates transfer being cleared to play
August 5, 2004
Charlton Keith is expected to be on campus this weekend when Kansas University begins preseason football practices. Keith, a transfer from Minnesota West Community College, might have to watch from the sideline while KU waits for the results of the defensive end’s summer-school classes.
Briefly
August 5, 2004
¢ Four more on leave at Los Alamos lab ¢ Judge’s fake resignation ends hostage standoff ¢ Judge bars telephone at sham abortion clinic
Briefly
August 5, 2004
¢ Watkins museum offers Roaring ‘20s program ¢ Water officials to review Circle K purchase plan
Briefly
August 5, 2004
¢ Police find 50 bodies in shrines, arrest 30 ¢ Asia’s monsoon season death toll tops 1,880 ¢ Suspect charged with killing four journalists ¢ Locust plague sweeps south, swarming city ¢ Israel begins road for housing expansion plan
Briefly
August 5, 2004
¢ ‘Tigger’ acquitted of fondling teen ¢ Bear literally scares young camper to death ¢ Bishops bar communion for abortion supporters ¢ more…
Bath & Body robber gets 14-year prison sentence
Topekan committed two robberies while on bond
August 5, 2004
Michael L. Sudduth was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in prison for the spring 2003 robbery of a south Iowa Street bath-products store. The sentencing would have come sooner, prosecutors said, but was delayed when the Topeka man, out on bond, committed two additional robberies in Olathe, for which he was convicted in May.
Washington judge rules in favor of unions
August 5, 2004
Same-sex couples cannot be deprived of the right to legally marry in Washington state, a judge ruled Wednesday in a decision hailed as a powerful affirmation of equal rights for gay couples. While significant, the decision does not immediately clear the way for Massachusetts-style gay weddings in Washington state.
Uncle’s portrait Crystal-clear
August 5, 2004
History happens to the nicest people. Who knew that comedian Billy Crystal’s eccentric uncle had several rendezvous with destiny, or that Crystal’s daughter Lindsay would emerge as a credible and often moving filmmaker?
Teacher’s former student wants reunion
August 5, 2004
Mary Kay Letourneau, the teacher convicted for having sex with a sixth-grade student, was released from prison Wednesday, and her 21-year-old victim quickly sought to get back together with her. Vili Fualaau is challenging a court order that bars Letourneau from contacting him as part of her child rape sentence. He says he is an adult and can pick his own friends, especially the mother of his two children.
Bush, Kerry converge on Iowa battleground
August 5, 2004
President Bush and challenger John Kerry brought their battle for the White House to this Mississippi River town Wednesday, staging dueling campaign events within blocks of one another where they painted sharply contrasting portraits of the economy and U.S. policy in Iraq.
Monte Dolan
August 5, 2004
Horoscopes
August 5, 2004
Annabel Seyler
August 5, 2004
Briefcase
August 5, 2004
¢ TiVo users win ruling ¢ CapFed earnings increase ¢ U.S. factory orders up ¢ more…
Briefly
August 5, 2004
¢ Conjoined twins separated ¢ Russia to charge U.S. for space station deliveries ¢ Arafat turns 75 ¢ Wanted: court jester
Anderson tosses two-hitter as Royals rout White Sox
August 5, 2004
The best game of Brian Anderson’s career pushed Chicago farther from contention in the AL Central. Anderson pitched a two-hitter to win for the first time since April 20, and John Buck had three hits, including a three-run homer that capped a seven-run first inning Wednesday night, as Kansas City won, 11-0.
Musicians hope to rock Bush out of office
August 5, 2004
A collection of more than 20 prominent musicians from John Fogerty to Bruce Springsteen to Pearl Jam joined forces Wednesday calling for President Bush’s ouster, announcing an unprecedented series of fund-raising concerts across nine swing states.
Civil action
August 5, 2004
Lawrence firm wins $100,000 grant
CritiTech to use award to continue testing cancer drug Nanotax
August 5, 2004
A Lawrence company working to develop a new cancer drug has received a $100,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health. CritiTech Inc. said Wednesday it had received the grant to continue testing Nanotax, a drug that could be used to treat breast and ovarian cancers.
Analysts: Uncertainty in supply may lead to $50-a-barrel oil
Experts say demand rising faster than expected
August 5, 2004
Oil prices could rise as high as $50 per barrel before the year is up, analysts say, as the world’s growing thirst for crude stretches supplies thin and uncertainty abounds in petroleum-producing nations. “The fundamental fact is that oil is tight,” says Leo Drollas, chief economist for the London-based Center for Global Energy Studies.
Same-sex marriage foes expect more successes
August 5, 2004
Gay marriage has been the sleeper issue of the election year thus far, but a surprising surge of gay-marriage opponents to the polls in Missouri on Tuesday suggests that an issue that went nowhere in Congress is resonating in the country. It could spread to other states planning referenda and ultimately could help President Bush’s re-election prospects.
Braves’ Thomson solves Astros
Atlanta pitcher entered game with shaky history against Houston
August 5, 2004
Hit hard by Houston in the past, John Thomson changed his approach Wednesday night. It worked. Thomson held the Astros to four hits for seven innings and pitched the Atlanta Braves to a 5-4 victory.
NCAA to address recruiting
Executive Committee likely to approve proposals
August 5, 2004
Colleges will have to file recruiting policies with their conferences, and could be sanctioned for violating them if the NCAA’s Executive Committee approves an emergency proposal today. The legislation would take effect immediately and require schools to file policies before potential players make on-campus visits this year.
Andersen’s career still alive and kicking
Kansas City’s 43-year-old place-kicker continues to be successful in NFL
August 5, 2004
The years should be catching up with Morten Andersen. After all, it’s been 22 Super Bowls since the big blond Dane first kicked a football over an NFL crossbar. In football years, that’s two generations of guards and tackles and maybe four generations of battered running backs.
Celebrated photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson dies
August 5, 2004
Henri Cartier-Bresson, the Frenchman whose early dabblings with a Brownie box camera blossomed into celebrated lifetime of traveling the world to capture the human drama on film, has died at age 95.
Sideline
August 5, 2004
¢ Gruber to chat Friday ¢ Jayhawks unveil schedule ¢ Big Ten to utilize replays ¢ more…