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Court sends sales tax case back to Johnson County
August 13, 2004
(Updated Friday at 2:15 p.m.) The Kansas Court of Appeals today refused to block the use of sales tax revenue by Johnson County schools. School officials in neighboring Wyandotte County filed a lawsuit challenging the quarter-cent sales tax, arguing the levy created school-funding inequities that put students in Wyandotte County at an unfair competitive disadvantage.
Brownback’s Democratic challenger bows out
August 13, 2004
(Updated Friday at 11:58 a.m.) A political unknown who didn’t campaign but still won the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Sen. Sam Brownback said Thursday that he is withdrawing from the race.
Summer chill continues
August 13, 2004
(Updated Friday at 4:22 p.m.) Light showers rolled through the Lawrence area this morning, but the rain chances are over for the rest of the day, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
City needs change in government
August 13, 2004
We have outgrown our current form of city government. Lawrence has had the ceremonial mayor and at-large commissioner form of government since 1950, when our population was 18,600. More than 50 years later and 60,000 more residents, this form of government is antiquated.
Stem-cell cures
August 13, 2004
Just a bully
August 13, 2004
More flip-flops
August 13, 2004
Road to ruin
August 13, 2004
Neosho River logjam grows to mile long ‘tree graveyard’
August 13, 2004
What started almost 25 years ago as a cluster of logs huddling on the Neosho River has turned into a mile-long “tree graveyard.”
Court: Tribe should receive fuel taxes
August 13, 2004
The state cannot impose its taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel sold at a filling station owned by the Prairie Band Potawatomi tribe, a federal appeals court has ruled.
Authorities seek death penalty in Great Bend murder trial
August 13, 2004
Authorities will seek the death penalty for a man charged with murder in the killings of a Great Bend couple.
Nezbeat makes noise on ‘Huge Silence’
August 13, 2004
“From the inner depths of the Midwest … We taking it, raising this to limits that ain’t been witnessed yet/Welcome to K-S.”
Greece is the word on NBC
August 13, 2004
Athletes, fans and members of the media from all over the world converge on Athens, Greece, for the opening ceremonies of the 2004 Summer Olympic Games (7 p.m., NBC). Always charged with emotion and patriotism, tonight’s Parade of Nations takes on special significance as the first major public international gathering since the beginning of the Iraq war. As always, the evening ends with the lighting of the torch.
Spielberg film may be ticket out for man stuck in airport
August 13, 2004
He has no address, but his mail arrives just the same. The pharmacy takes his phone calls, and the cluster of fast food restaurants assures a steady flow of food, handouts included.
Ravens blank Falcons
August 13, 2004
Reserve tight end Daniel Wilcox caught two touchdown passes, and the Baltimore Ravens spoiled Jim Mora’s head coaching debut by cruising to a 24-0 preseason victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night.
Retailers report rebound in sales
August 13, 2004
Shoppers who disappeared from the stores in June returned in July to snap up cars and other big-ticket items while raising hopes the worrisome economic slowdown in the early summer will not last long.
Playboy’s Google article raises concerns
Interview may delay company’s initial public offering
August 13, 2004
Google Inc.’s highly anticipated initial stock offering faced a possible stumbling block Thursday with the release of a Playboy interview the online search engine’s co-founders gave just before the company filed plans to raise $3 billion with its IPO.
Briefcase
August 13, 2004
¢ Wal-Mart, Target profits up during second quarter ¢ Interstate Bakeries shares sharply lower ¢ Mortgage rates fall
Payless profits drop on charge
Topeka-based shoe retailer says restructuring caused decrease
August 13, 2004
Payless ShoeSource Inc. said Thursday its profit fell 29 percent in the latest quarter, hurt by a restructuring charge.
Sales tax collections up in Lawrence, county
August 13, 2004
Lawrence and Douglas County posted increases in sales tax collections during July, according to data from the Kansas Department of Revenue.
Peterson admitted lying to girlfriend
August 13, 2004
In one of the last recorded telephone calls between Scott Peterson and his mistress, she confronted him about the disappearance of his wife, and he confessed he had been lying about his marital status and whereabouts.
Memo lauds guard charged with abuse
August 13, 2004
A platoon leader’s memorandum to an Army reservist charged with abusing Iraqi detainees praised him for “doing a fine job” and said prisoners often tried to incite the guards to aggression.
Bulldozed campsites leave homeless irked
City gave squatters 10 minutes to vacate parks
August 13, 2004
Last week, Wes Manning’s sole belongings were a tent, some clothes and an old guitar.
Lawrence schools buck trend toward less time in recess
August 13, 2004
Donna Black’s philosophy on recess is that schools expect a lot from elementary students, and children need a break.
KU, Fort Leavenworth to enter into exchange agreement
August 13, 2004
During her 10 years as director of Russian and East European studies at Kansas University, Maria Carlson organized dozens of events with military leaders at Fort Leavenworth.
From KU blocker to KU doctor?
Med school ultimate goal for Thompson
August 13, 2004
Talk about coincidences. The last Kansas University football player who went on to become a doctor was an offensive tackle named Lance Snyder, a 1991 graduate who wore No. 55.
Sideline
August 13, 2004
¢ Glavine ailing after crash ¢ Former WSU player dead
Missouri basketball on trial today
Head coach Snyder, other MU officials go before NCAA
August 13, 2004
The University of Missouri basketball program is preparing for a hearing today before the NCAA infractions committee on alleged rules violations.
Raiders roll past Omaha
Corley’s pitching powers Lawrence
August 13, 2004
Lawrence’s Raiders haven’t missed a beat.
More Jayhawk doctor hopefuls
August 13, 2004
Lance Snyder’s distinction as the latest former Kansas University football player to become a doctor will end next year.
Frank Hires Gage
August 13, 2004
Martinez too hot for Rays
Red Sox ace tosses his first shutout since 2000
August 13, 2004
Pedro Martinez likes the hot weather, and his record proves it.
Giants’ Schmidt earns 15th win
San Francisco hurler fires four-hitter in 7-0 victory over Pirates
August 13, 2004
Jason Schmidt dominated his former team, just as he’s done against almost everybody this season.
Kerry gains narrow lead in handful of swing states
August 13, 2004
Sen. John Kerry has opened narrow leads in Florida, Michigan, New Hampshire and a handful of other battleground state polls since accepting the Democratic nomination, increasing pressure on President Bush to regain lost ground at the Republican National Convention.
Bush doesn’t condemn anti-Kerry swiftboat ad
August 13, 2004
President Bush declined Thursday night to denounce a television ad blistering the military service record of his Democratic rival, John Kerry.
Kerry: National sales tax would hurt middle class
August 13, 2004
John Kerry said Thursday that President Bush’s musing about a national sales tax was an insult to financially struggling voters and would amount to “one of the largest tax increases on the middle class in American history.”
Power outage leaves students in the dark on first full day
Junior high school had no electricity for more than two hours
August 13, 2004
Students at West Junior High School got an added twist to their first full day of school Thursday: no electricity for nearly two and a half hours.
Lawrence briefs
August 13, 2004
¢ Police arrest transient for threat to 12-year-old ¢ KPR program wins Best of Show award ¢ KU graduate tapped for state librarian post
On the record
August 13, 2004
MLB briefs
August 13, 2004
¢ Indians release outfielder Escobar ¢ Floyd, Reyes join Mets’ injury list ¢ Phillies’ Burrell to seek second opinion on wrist
Studies show rats can become drug addicts
Research could help solve human addictions
August 13, 2004
Rats can become drug addicts.
Rust Publishing buys Fort Scott Tribune
August 13, 2004
The Fort Scott Tribune has been sold to Rust Publishing MO-KS, publisher Frank Emery said.
Thousands escape Charley
August 13, 2004
Officials warned about a million residents and tourists along Florida’s Gulf Coast Thursday to get out of the way of Hurricane Charley, saying parts of Tampa’s downtown and nearby areas could be submerged by the massive storm surge likely when the hurricane strikes on Friday.
Feds to investigate U.S. 50 accidents
Nine deaths in three months counted at construction zone
August 13, 2004
Federal transportation officials will be in Kansas next week to investigate a string of fatal accidents at a construction zone on U.S. Highway 50 in central Kansas.
N.J. governor resigns, discloses having homosexual affair
August 13, 2004
In a stunning declaration, Gov. James E. McGreevey announced his resignation Thursday and acknowledged that he had an affair with another man. “My truth is that I am a gay American,” he said with his wife by his side at a nationally televised news conference.
brushing through town
August 13, 2004
Chiefs’ journey begins with Giants
K.C. to enjoy first peek at Cunningham’s revamped defense against Warner, N.Y.
August 13, 2004
The New York Giants will get their first real chance to demonstrate the positive effect of Tom Coughlin’s presence tonight against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Unlikely hero lifts Chicago to dreary win over K.C.
August 13, 2004
White Sox utilityman Ross Gload had a rare chance to play and came through.
Daily ticker
August 13, 2004
Briefly
August 13, 2004
¢ No evidence terrorist attack imminent, U.S. official says ¢ U.S. helicopter crashes, killing one soldier, injuring 12 ¢ Angry Palestinians occupy government office in Gaza
Funding questions dog GOP primary
More disclosure sought as out-of-state groups seek to influence races
August 13, 2004
The recent rough-and-tumble Republican Party primary has prompted calls for more disclosure on who is financing campaign ads.
Cool August leaves pool empty, cornfields bursting
August 13, 2004
Eldon Bailey has never seen a Kansas summer like this one.
Junction City hopes to land call center
August 13, 2004
A call center expected to open this year could eventually bring about 400 jobs to Junction City.
Arafat exit leaves Palestinian power gap
August 13, 2004
Failure has been raw material for Yasser Arafat, the master political alchemist of our age. For five decades Arafat has been falling upward, spinning defeat and miscalculation into personal glory, riches and authoritarian control.
People
August 13, 2004
¢ Shriver treated for hypothermia ¢ Texas to honor Armstrong ¢ ‘Vagina’ author widens her focus ¢ ‘Naked News’ comes to Britain
California’s high court nullifies gay marriages
August 13, 2004
The California Supreme Court on Thursday voided the nearly 4,000 same-sex marriages sanctioned in San Francisco this year and ruled unanimously that the mayor overstepped his authority by issuing licenses to gay and lesbian couples.
Effort to pave rural roads resisted
City, county, township object to proposal southwest of Lawrence
August 13, 2004
With plans still in limbo for building a $110 million trafficway in southeast Lawrence, area officials aren’t about to spend $200,000 to complete a patchwork loop connecting Kansas Highway 10 and U.S. Highway 59.
2004-05 schedule will challenge Jayhawks
August 13, 2004
On a scale of 1 to 10, Bill Self rates Kansas University’s upcoming men’s basketball schedule a 9.
Briefly
August 13, 2004
¢ Bogus traveler’s checks being passed in city ¢ Rattler found in Kansas is longest ever captured ¢ Addition completed at Mill Valley High School ¢ Pump Patrol seeks deals
Briefly
August 13, 2004
¢ Fire levels 64 homes; hundreds evacuated ¢ 22-year inmate freed after DNA clears him ¢ Fifth person dies from West Nile infection ¢ Diocese begins church trials in abuse cases
Tight fits
August 13, 2004
A local election of 40 years ago was a classic example to show one vote truly does count.
Goss brings talents to CIA job
August 13, 2004
Key Democrats warn that there won’t be a cakewalk for Porter Goss to slide into the CIA director’s post. Senate confirmation hearings will be tough for the Florida congressman, who headed the House Intelligence Committee for eight years and, as a young man, served a stint with the CIA at the height of the Cuban missile crisis. His faults?
Event thanks
August 13, 2004
Clarke masterful on docile course
Whistling Straits calm; field takes advantage
August 13, 2004
So much for Whistling Straits leaving everyone in dire straits.
Advocates call phone leasing deals ‘rip off’
Elderly often fall victim to overpriced equipment
August 13, 2004
When Ma Bell broke up in 1984, Betty Jane Hunt continued leasing her telephone — and did so until just a few years ago when a friend analyzed her phone bill and discovered the small monthly fee.
U.S. lays siege to Iraqi holy city
Officials denounce radical cleric’s choice of refuge but won’t let foreigners fight in shrine
August 13, 2004
Several thousand U.S. and Iraqi troops launched an assault Thursday on forces loyal to radical Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, encircling Najaf’s Old City and Imam Ali Mosque compound, and later raiding al-Sadr’s empty house a few miles to the east.
Home cookin’
August 13, 2004
North vs. south
August 13, 2004
On Aug. 21, 1863, several hundred Confederate raiders led by William Quantrill rode into Lawrence while the town slept, gunning down its citizens and setting houses ablaze.
Yu-Gi-Oh! is more ad than movie
August 13, 2004
For those who think Hollywood is churning out product instead of art, look no further than “Yu-Gi-Oh!”
Washers gaining popularity as ‘poor-man’s horseshoes’
August 13, 2004
There’s more than one way to tell a serious washers player.
Kill Bill Vol. 2’ gives Bride her revenge
August 13, 2004
Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino claimed this week that he may have ruined Uma Thurman’s chances for getting an Academy Award nomination by splitting his “Kill Bill” into two separate movies. On the strength of Thurman’s performance in this second installment (which was released on DVD this Tuesday), that shouldn’t matter.
Parade of nations impressive
United States 55th contingent to enter during Opening Ceremony
August 13, 2004
A word of warning: The United States athletes in tonight’s parade of nations at the Olympic Games opening ceremony won’t be marching toward the back of the pack. They’ll be the 55th contingent to enter the stadium among the record 202 nations.
Horoscopes
August 13, 2004
Briefly
August 13, 2004
¢ Eager opponents march before recall referendum ¢ Five more al-Qaida suspects captured ¢ Report: Typhoon kills 63 on southeastern coast ¢ Three die of bird flu