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Archive for Monday, August 16, 2004

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Births
On the street
Polls
Considering Kansas is predominantly Republican, what can local Democrats, members of other parties and unaffiliated voters do to influence the outcome of the 2004 presidential election?

Poll results

Response Percent
Just vote.
 
43%
Nothing. Because of the Electoral College, their vote won’t count.
 
34%
Go to Missouri to register like-minded voters.
 
11%
Contribute money to their favorite candidates.
 
9%
Attend rallies.
 
1%
Total 809

All stories

Development fees being considered for county
August 16, 2004
(Updated Monday at 2:57 p.m.) New homeowners in rural Douglas County aren’t paying enough taxes to cover the rising costs of heightened sheriff’s patrols, mounting road upgrades and other public services, John Haase says. And that’s why developers should pay additional fees each time they build a new home at the edge of Lawrence, Baldwin, Eudora, Lecompton or anywhere else in the unincorporated areas of the county, he said today.
911 system monthly fee approved
August 16, 2004
(Web Posted Monday at 12:13 p.m.) Douglas County residents with land-line phones will continue to spend 75 cents a month to keep their 911 system running. Douglas County Commissioners today extended the monthly fee for another year.
City breaks 107-year-old low temperature record
August 16, 2004
(Updated Monday at 2:41 p.m.) It’s been more than a century since Lawrence had such a cold morning on Aug. 16 — the temperature dropped to 53 this morning, breaking the old low temperature record of 54, set for this date back in 1897. That’s the fifth time this month that the city has either tied or broken a low morning temperature record, said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
First Person video: Andy Stowers, part 2
August 16, 2004
Barista by day, actor, playwright, director and producer by night, Andy Stowers is a man of the stage. Recently Stowers spoke with Greg Hurd about his work in Lawrence theater.
First Person video: Andy Stowers, part 1
August 16, 2004
Barista by day, actor, playwright, director and producer by night, Andy Stowers is a man of the stage. Recently Stowers spoke with Greg Hurd about his work in Lawrence theater.
First Person video: Andy Stowers, part 4
August 16, 2004
Barista by day, actor, playwright, director and producer by night, Andy Stowers is a man of the stage. Recently Stowers spoke with Greg Hurd about his work in Lawrence theater.
First Person video: Andy Stowers, part 3
August 16, 2004
Barista by day, actor, playwright, director and producer by night, Andy Stowers is a man of the stage. Recently Stowers spoke with Greg Hurd about his work in Lawrence theater.
N.Y. bids for 2012 Games
International hot spots seek hosting rights
August 16, 2004
Reasons not to be host to an Olympics seemed to surround finalists for the 2012 games Sunday.
Critics say Miller promotion goes flat on black rockers
August 16, 2004
Miller Brewing is celebrating the “50th Anniversary of Rock ‘n’ Roll” with eight commemorative beer cans that feature Rolling Stone cover shots of Elvis Presley, Blondie and others.
Industrial sites
Planning commissioners should take time to look at the big picture for future industrial development in the county.
August 16, 2004
Lawrence-Douglas County planning commissioners shouldn’t be hasty in designating all or most of 1,300 acres in southeast Lawrence for industrial development.
Souvenir gun?
August 16, 2004
Fed’s choice surprise in election year
White House doesn’t protest rate increase
August 16, 2004
Going against conventional wisdom, the Federal Reserve is raising interest rates in an election year. And it is Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, a Republican, who is leading the charge even though an incumbent Republican in the White House is facing voter unrest about the state of the economy.
Woodling: NCAA remains inflexible
August 16, 2004
The following intercepted letter was NOT — repeat NOT — sent to NCAA schools that participate in Division I-A football. But that doesn’t mean it couldn’t have been written.
Horoscopes
August 16, 2004
Fall sports start today
August 16, 2004
Hundreds of athletes in Lawrence and surrounding towns will begin fall sports practices for the 2004 season today.
Son of victims remembers horror of BTK stranglings
August 16, 2004
When he was 15, Charlie Otero remembers, he watched “In Cold Blood,” a chilling movie about the murder of a Kansas farm family.
KU still ready to go forward with dinosaur exhibit in K.C.
Lyle’ awaits trip to Science City
August 16, 2004
Plans for a Kansas University dinosaur exhibit at Science City are proceeding despite concerns about funding and attendance at the museum in Kansas City, Mo.
West Nile season hits full stride in Kansas
Disease-spreading mosquitoes most active in late summer
August 16, 2004
Mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus are at the peak of their game in Kansas.
Equality wrongs make annual ‘rites’ list
August 16, 2004
Once more we approach Aug. 26, the anniversary of women’s suffrage, with mixed feelings.
Broader ban
August 16, 2004
The week ahead
August 16, 2004
Dodgers ruin Prior’s solid outing
August 16, 2004
Steve Finley sees similarities between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks team he won a World Series title with three years ago.
Bush surveys hurricane damage
Death toll is at least 16
August 16, 2004
Residents left homeless by Hurricane Charley’s 145 mph winds dug through their ravaged homes Sunday, sweeping up shattered glass and rescuing what they could as President Bush promised rapid delivery of disaster aid.
Ailing pope says Mass at French shrine to Mary
August 16, 2004
A sick man among the sick, Pope John Paul II struggled through Sunday Mass at a French shrine that draws desperate people seeking miracle cures. The 84-year-old pontiff gasped, trembled and asked aides for help during the 2 1/2 hour service in sizzling heat.
Jackson, nemesis to square off in court
District attorney to take stand today in evidence-suppression hearing
August 16, 2004
Michael Jackson’s family will be standing by him today for a courtroom confrontation with the man who wants to put him in prison — a district attorney who investigated a child-molestation case against Jackson that was abandoned a decade ago when the accuser took an undisclosed settlement.
Questions surround VNA’s efforts to open hospice house in Lawrence
August 16, 2004
Alice Jo DeFries winced when she read recently that Linda Sosa had come to Lawrence from Japan to care for her terminally ill brother.
Singh prevails in three-way playoff
August 16, 2004
The only birdie Vijay Singh made all day was the only one that mattered.
People
August 16, 2004
¢ Nicky Hilton marries in Vegas ¢ Glover, poet jump ship from Haiti commemoration ¢ Fame accepted unwillingly by Evanescence singer ¢ ‘Alien vs. Predator’ gobbles up weekend box office competition
Briefly
August 16, 2004
¢ Gasoline prices drop steadily ¢ Film crew says it found last U.S. defector in N. Korea ¢ Congressional candidate calls Pakistani a terrorist in
Briefly
August 16, 2004
¢ Lawmaker urges against blocking CIA nomination ¢ Wildfire forces at least 300 to evacuate ¢ Army sent to calm pre-election fighting ¢ Bomb kills 16 during parade ¢ Rwandan troops arrive to assist in Darfur
Loss denies Phelps record
South Africa stuns U.S. in 400-meter freestyle relay
August 16, 2004
Michael Phelps surely didn’t bargain for this. His quest to win eight gold medals is over, doomed by America’s worst showing in the 400-meter freestyle relay. Gary Hall Jr. is ticked off. And now comes the toughest race of all against the Thorpedo.
Registration issue
August 16, 2004
Early start
August 16, 2004
Wrong action
August 16, 2004
The march toward free trade
August 16, 2004
On Bob Zoellick’s office wall hangs a portrait of George McClellan, the Union general who was Napoleonic in self-regard but not in martial spirit and who is remembered primarily for his reluctance to fight. “I asked for a good portrait of a Civil War general,” says Zoellick. “I should have asked for a portrait of a good general.”
Fear of dissent
August 16, 2004
Libraries clarify
August 16, 2004
Good Samaritan collapses, dies after rescue
August 16, 2004
An Ellsworth County corrections officer had a fatal heart attack Sunday morning after pulling a woman from the burning wreckage of her pickup truck, authorities said.
Former hostage expresses sympathy for some of her captors in Philippines
August 16, 2004
When Gracia Burnham returned to the Philippines, her three children asked whether she would return.
Briefcase
August 16, 2004
¢ Segway dealerships opening in Chicago ¢ Gateway confirms layoffs in Kansas City
Passing game key for Mizzou
August 16, 2004
Brad Smith already is receiving Heisman Trophy consideration for his sensational running ability.
Stewart overcomes illness to win
Upset stomach can’t stop driver in Sirius at the Glen event
August 16, 2004
Tony Stewart knew he was in trouble shortly after the start of the race, but overcame an upset stomach to win Sunday at Watkins Glen International.
Bryant’s final pretrial hearing today
Sexual-assault trial scheduled to start Aug. 27, but speculation of dismissal mounting
August 16, 2004
With Kobe Bryant’s sexual-assault trial scheduled to begin in less than two weeks, speculation is mounting that prosecutors are looking for a way to dismiss the charge after a series of setbacks.
U.S.‘humiliated’ in Athens opener
August 16, 2004
Their shots clanged off the rim, smacked the side of the backboard or missed completely.
Wilkes’ brother picks Cal
August 16, 2004
Two members of the Wilkes family will be playing for the University of California men’s basketball team during the 2005-06 season.
Heaggans wants job back
Kansas junior hopes for return to special-teams role
August 16, 2004
Greg Heaggans’ junior season hasn’t even started, and the Kansas City Schlagle graduate already owns Kansas University’s single-game, single-season and career records for kick-return yardage.
To-do list
August 16, 2004
¢ Outdoor concert features Lawrence City Band ¢ Quantrill’s Raid observed by unusual rock festival ¢ Former KU standout to compete in Olympics ¢ KU begins fall classes
Renaissance man serves drama, rock opera, coffee
Andy Stowers has made Lawrence home for creativity
August 16, 2004
During the day, Andy Stowers is a barista at the Java Break. But at night, he takes the stage.
On the record
August 16, 2004
Raiders’ bats hot in Omaha
Pitching Lawrence’s downfall at regional
August 16, 2004
Booming bats weren’t enough for the Lawrence Raiders.
Museum gift shop needs help
August 16, 2004
Watkins Community Museum of History needs volunteers to work in Miss Lizzie’s Gifts, the museum gift shop. Volunteers will welcome and assist visitors to the shop, make sales and display the merchandise. The museum is also in need of new greeters. Volunteers can sign up for short shifts once a week, or more if they wish. These are also volunteer opportunities for teenagers after school and on Saturdays.
Area briefs
August 16, 2004
¢ Boil water advisory lifted in Carbondale ¢ ‘Jayhawk Welcome’ for grad students Friday ¢ Antique tractor ride to visit Williamsburg
Jayhawks returning to nest
Influx of students surges through city
August 16, 2004
Sunday was move-in day at Kansas University’s residence halls as several thousand students poured into Lawrence, bringing traffic congestion to Daisy Hill, the city’s main streets and the aisles of many stores.
Radioactive-waste disposal at critical stage
August 16, 2004
A settlement last week over where to dump Kansas’ radioactive waste settled nothing and leaves Kansas and the nation with dwindling options for disposal of low-level waste, officials said.
Nebraskan has no regrets on dumping dump
August 16, 2004
U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson does not regret state officials’ decision six years ago to deny a license for a low-level nuclear waste dump in northeast Nebraska, he said Saturday.
Lawrence native weathers hurricane
Meteorologist caught in full fury of storm
August 16, 2004
A Lawrence native and meteorologist considers himself lucky to be alive after surviving the power of Hurricane Charley as it hammered Port Charlotte, Fla.
U.S. troops, Shiite militia resume fighting in holy city
August 16, 2004
Combat resumed Sunday in Najaf, as U.S. forces edged into the narrow streets surrounding the shrine of Imam Ali and militiamen fired mortars and rocket-propelled grenades from around the holy site that serves as their firebase.
State sets deadline for trafficway foes
Transportation Department says it can’t wait indefinitely for lawsuit filings
August 16, 2004
Opponents of plans to complete the South Lawrence Trafficway have until the end of the summer to file their lawsuit.
Arthur services
August 16, 2004
KU office gets new name, director
Center for Campus Life now the Student Involvement and Leadership Center
August 16, 2004
After only a year under the name Center for Campus Life, the Kansas University office that advises student organizations is getting a new name and a new director.
Venezuelans swarm polls in Chavez recall vote
Results expected today; polling firm predicts ouster
August 16, 2004
Millions of Venezuelans eager to cast ballots on whether to recall President Hugo Chavez overwhelmed polling stations across this polarized nation Sunday, prompting organizers to extend voting into this morning.
N.J. governor’s party pushing for earlier resignation
August 16, 2004
High-level New Jersey Democrats said Sunday that pressure was building among members of Gov. James McGreevey’s own party for him to step down before his announced Nov. 15 resignation date.
Poll shows Kerry lead at 2-1 with younger voters
August 16, 2004
Mounting concerns about the war and the sluggish economy have sent President Bush’s popularity plummeting among young adults in the past four months, complicating his bid for re-election and challenging Republicans to increase their efforts to win over new or lightly committed young voters.
Warm blast of kiddie surrealism
August 16, 2004
OK, it’s not a primetime show, but “LazyTown” (9:30 a.m., Nickelodeon), the strange new action-packed kid’s show from Iceland, demands attention.
Fort Riley soldier dies
August 16, 2004
A 24-year-old soldier from western Pennsylvania was killed in Iraq when an explosive device detonated near his mounted reconnaissance patrol vehicle, the Department of Defense said Sunday.
Returning troops increasingly reporting job, benefit complaints
August 16, 2004
Increasing numbers of National Guard and Reserve troops who have returned from war in Iraq and Afghanistan are encountering new battles with their civilian employers at home. Jobs were eliminated, benefits were reduced, and promotions were forgotten.
Jailed Palestinians begin hunger strike
August 16, 2004
Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails began a hunger strike Sunday for better conditions, but Israel’s internal security minister rejected their demands, saying the changes they want would make it easier for jailed militants to organize attacks on Israelis.
Koskie delivers for Twins
10th-inning blast powers Minnesota past Cleveland
August 16, 2004
The Indians fell short of moving within a percentage point of the AL Central lead. They got the Twins’ attention though.
Glass in 57th place at PBA Senior event
August 16, 2004
Lawrence’s Bob Glass was in 57th place after the first round of the PBA Senior Jackson Open on Sunday at Airport Lanes.
Royals take series from A’s
August 16, 2004
The Kansas City Royals are as baffled as Oakland that they stole two of three from the AL West leader — with A’s aces Mark Mulder and Barry Zito on the mound, no less.
Lawrence rocks
August 16, 2004
Wichita diocese sets up group for abuse victims
August 16, 2004
Saying that sexual abuse by clergy crosses denominational lines, the Catholic Diocese of Wichita is setting up an ecumenical group for victims of such abuse.