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Police seek information on cemetery vandalism
August 17, 2004
(Web Posted Tuesday at 11:47 a.m.) Lawrence police are trying to find out who looted and damaged an east Lawrence cemetery to the tune of $9,000 over the weekend.
Warmer weather returning
August 17, 2004
(Updated Tuesday at 8:32 a.m.) Today Lawrence will see something that hasn’t been around for a while — near normal high temperatures. “It’s a little bit warmer than what we’ve been seeing in the last several afternoons,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. She predicted a high of 87, which is still lower than the average of 90 for this date, but higher than the 70s and low 80s of the last few days.
People
August 17, 2004
¢ Unhappily ever after ¢ What really bugs her ¢ Legal witch hunt?
Slow response
August 17, 2004
Statue support
August 17, 2004
Millions to lose overtime pay
August 17, 2004
On Aug. 23, the Bush administration will take away the right to receive overtime pay from millions of employees in a broad range of occupations, from office workers in financial services to embalmers, nursery school teachers and restaurant chefs and assistant managers. Despite four disapproving votes in Congress, the Bush administration is using its power and authority to accomplish the biggest rollback in employee rights in more than half a century.
Mercury threat
August 17, 2004
Worth the time
August 17, 2004
Train collection prepared for display at Union Station
August 17, 2004
Workers are readying a collection of early 20th-century rail cars for a trip from Wisconsin to Kansas City, where they could be the stars of a rail museum at the financially struggling Union Station.
Boytt Impson
August 17, 2004
Marie M. Prim
August 17, 2004
Eugene R. Alford
August 17, 2004
John R. Cox
August 17, 2004
Briefly
August 17, 2004
¢ Bobby Fischer seeks assistance from Powell ¢ Campaign asks men, ‘Isn’t she a little young?’ ¢ Wife’s disappearance didn’t stop affair ¢ Poll: Voters question reason for resignation ¢ Survivors bury refugees killed in massacre ¢ U.S. Embassy receives anthrax scare ¢ Vigilante suspects deny torturing prisoners
On the record
August 17, 2004
Panel to review state’s criminal justice system
Two from Lawrence on new commission
August 17, 2004
Every year state legislators return to the Capitol, and in response to a new perceived threat write new laws with new penalties.
Area briefs
August 17, 2004
¢ Sendoff time changes for Army Reservists ¢ Lawrence call center to receive $4,000 ¢ Sheriff’s DUI patrol catches no drunks ¢ Hearing rescheduled in marijuana bust ¢ Mayor won’t seek third term in office
Med Center administrator to retire
Executive Vice Chancellor Donald Hagen will announce decision today
August 17, 2004
Donald Hagen, who has led Kansas University Medical Center since 1995, will retire at the end of the year. Hagen, 66, will announce his retirement as executive vice chancellor during an event today at the Medical Center.
Sixth Street overhaul gears up
Road expansion expected to pave the way for development
August 17, 2004
Lawrence’s great leap westward is moving ahead. Initial work has begun on a two-year project to expand Sixth Street between Folks Road and the South Lawrence Trafficway — an effort that will open the corridor west of Wakarusa Drive to new development.
State cites care home for new violations
August 17, 2004
Lake View Manor is in trouble again. State inspectors last month cited the Lawrence nursing home for providing poor care after learning several residents had gone days without being bathed.
Phelps falls again
Thorpe ruins bid for 7 gold medals
August 17, 2004
Ian Thorpe touched the wall, pumped a fist in the air and let out a yell that all but said, “Take that!” Two lanes over, Michael Phelps was draped over the rope, huffing and puffing as he looked at the scoreboard.
Cardinals continue to roll
Pujols homers for 5th time in 4 games in 10-5 win
August 17, 2004
Albert Pujols is playing despite a painful heel condition. Not that it’s slowing the St. Louis Cardinals’ slugger one bit.
Haas, Cink join Ryder Cup team
Sutton makes captain’s picks, finalizing U.S. golf roster
August 17, 2004
Jay Haas, who turned 50 in December, joined Stewart Cink as the two captain’s picks for a U.S. team Ryder Cup team that will try to regain the cup from Europe in the Sept. 17-19 matches at Oakland Hills.
First call for fall
LHS volleyball enjoys cool start to practice
August 17, 2004
What’s this? A Lawrence High volleyball team practicing in a chilly LHS gymnasium? It’s true. As schools began fall sports practices Monday in accordance with Kansas State High School Activities Assn. rules, it could be argued that no team was happier to avoid the sauna-like temperatures than the Lions volleyball squad — yes, a squad that doesn’t even play outside in the August heat.
Silver thrilling for U.S. men’s gymnastics
American squad, long overshadowed by women’s team, wins first medal since 1984
August 17, 2004
Blaine Wilson paced like an expectant father. Teammate Guard Young sat calmly, scribbling numbers on a piece of paper. Morgan Hamm bounced like a boxer during warm-ups.
Jets sign Davison
August 17, 2004
Former Kansas University defensive back Andrew Davison is back with the New York Jets.
Miles plans KU visit
August 17, 2004
Blue-chip basketball recruit C.J. Miles will make his official recruiting visit to Kansas University the weekend of Aug. 27-28.
Woodling: AD salaries ballooning in Big 12
August 17, 2004
Twenty years ago, Kansas University associate professor Jim LaPoint instigated a new sports management curriculum on campus. Later, a graduate degree in sports studies was added. When classes begin Thursday on Mount Oread, LaPoint expects in excess of 350 undergrad enrollees and 75 or so grad students, all of whom aspire to become sports administrators.
Jayhawk guard Coker breaks ankle
August 17, 2004
Kansas University’s offensive linemen practically were indestructible last season when starters Joe Vaughn, Adrian Jones, Bob Whitaker and Danny Lewis started all 13 games.
Diversions
August 17, 2004
¢ Hear diary details from Civil War teen ¢ Teen meeting set for Thursday ¢ Submit original poetry
In the halls
August 17, 2004
What was the most memorable thing someone wrote or the most memorable feature in your yearbook?
Survey: Terrorism top economic threat
Association says deficit still a concern
August 17, 2004
Terrorism has replaced weak employment growth and the ballooning budget deficit as the biggest immediate threat to the economy, the National Association for Business Economics said Tuesday.
Commodities
August 17, 2004
Carter’s release draws NFLPA’s wrath
Union to take depositions from Cowboys owner and coach over dumping of former starting QB
August 17, 2004
The NFL Players Assn. has become involved in Quincy Carter’s release by the Dallas Cowboys.
Glass 48th in Florida
August 17, 2004
Lawrence’s Bob Glass is in 48th place after Monday’s second round of the PBA Senior Jackson Open at Airport Lanes. Glass rolled a two-round pinfall total of 3,188, which wasn’t enough to qualify for today’s third round. Only the top 45 finishers advanced.
Kansas fall crops flourishing
August 17, 2004
Crops are thriving in Kansas, as work gets under way to prepare fields for winter wheat planting later this fall, Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service said Monday.
Ban factors into Bubba’s closing
Bar owner says smoking ordinance contributed to decline in sales
August 17, 2004
With sales off about 30 percent since a citywide smoking ban took effect, a Lawrence bar has called it quits.
Security company posts loss
Protection One reports decline in customers
August 17, 2004
Protection One Inc. continued to lose both money and customers in the second quarter but began to see signs of a turnaround, company officials said Monday as they released quarterly earnings.
Kansas farmland values up 4 percent
Annual agricultural survey shows state lags nation
August 17, 2004
Spurred by low interest rates and high commodity prices, the value of Kansas farmland rose 4.4 percent to an average $715 per acre, Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday.
Aquila stock falls on dilution concerns
August 17, 2004
The stock of energy company Aquila Inc. plunged Monday on concerns about the dilution of a planned stock offering.
Charley victims sweat through lines to receive aid
August 17, 2004
Driven from splintered trailers, roofless condos and powerless suburban homes, Hurricane Charley’s hungry victims sweated through long lines Monday to find food, showers and drinking water three days after the storm left their lives in shambles.
FBI, police look for troublemakers before GOP convention
August 17, 2004
The men who showed up at John Young’s door were courteous and professional. Also intimidating. They were, after all, from the FBI.
Israel may tempt hunger strikers with barbecue
August 17, 2004
Israeli jailers may try to break a Palestinian hunger strike with cookouts, hoping the aroma of grilling meat will wear down security prisoners protesting conditions and demanding more access to their families.
Daily ticker
August 17, 2004
Rowling teases fans about Harry Potter’s fate
August 17, 2004
Harry Potter will survive to the seventh book of J.K. Rowling’s series about the young wizard, but the author won’t say whether Harry will reach adulthood.
Cave seen as link to John the Baptist
August 17, 2004
Archaeologists think they’ve found a cave where John the Baptist baptized many of his followers — basing their theory on thousands of shards from ritual jugs, a stone used for foot cleansing and wall carvings telling the story of the biblical preacher.
Gap grows between haves, have-nots
August 17, 2004
Over two decades, the income gap has steadily increased between the richest Americans, who own homes and stocks and got big tax breaks, and those at the middle and bottom of the pay scale, whose paychecks buy less.
Rising prices make owning home increasingly difficult
August 17, 2004
It’s rarely been more difficult to find an affordable home in Lawrence, Rebecca Buford says. During her three-year tenure as associate director of Tenants to Homeowners, the organization has typically had a list of five or 10 people waiting to buy a relatively inexpensive home.
Fort Riley hails plans to realign military
Bush announces plans to bring 70,000 soldiers back to U.S.
August 17, 2004
For nearly a decade, communities around Fort Riley have been talking about the day the Big Red One was coming home. That day, President Bush says, may come in 2006.
Chavez wins recall vote
Venezuelan president demands U.S. respect
August 17, 2004
Bolstered by a stunning victory in a hotly fought recall referendum, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Monday vowed that he would carry on with his leftist “revolution” and urged Washington to “respect” his government.
After finishing another year, classmates strive to send memorable messages
Handwriting, honesty count when signing yearbooks
August 17, 2004
Whether they’re inspirational, witty, nostalgic or heartfelt revelations, yearbook messages should leave a lasting impression. High school students crave for more than yearbook’s signature standbys — “keep in touch,” “friends forever,” “good luck at (insert college choice).” Also, penmanship counts.
For KU, the ring’s the thing
Tangerine Bowl rewards motivate Jayhawks to re-qualify for postseason game
August 17, 2004
In its first 114 years of football, Kansas University played in nine bowl games. The Jayhawks, who played in the Tangerine Bowl in December, hope to become the first team in school history to make back-to-back postseasons.
Video: Immigration spurs intertribal conflicts
August 17, 2004
Competition and warfare between American Indian tribes had not been a significant problem in what is now eastern Kansas prior to the implementation of federal policies in the 180s and the Indian Removal Act of 1830. With the forced emigration of native peoples to the area, pressures increased on the numerous tribes in the area.
Briefly
August 17, 2004
¢ Cassini spies 2 Saturn moons ¢ Report ranks nation’s best party schools ¢ Tiny corkscrew clears blood clots in stroke victims
Iraqis send envoys to end Najaf battle
August 17, 2004
Iraqi political and religious leaders meeting to choose an interim national assembly voted Monday to dispatch a high-level delegation to the holy city of Najaf to try to avert a showdown between armed supporters of cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and U.S. and Iraqi forces.
Attorneys spar about search at Jackson pretrial hearing
August 17, 2004
Michael Jackson — dressed in white and accompanied by members of his family — returned to court Monday to watch a showdown over key evidence with the prosecutor who has pursued the singer for years on child molestation charges.
Networks claim summer viewing officially over
August 17, 2004
Pay no attention to your calendars. According to the networks, summer is over! CBS announced that the beginning of the Olympics means the end of the summer viewing season and that it has scored the best ratings of the period. NBC officially agrees and hopes to score big in the next ratings “season,” whenever that may be. Remember, as the summer began, Fox declared the end of the traditional TV season and promised to release new shows throughout the year. Whatever you call it, without “American Idol,” Fox has had a summer worth forgetting.
Treatment gap
A shortage of in-patient treatment programs for people with mental illness demands the attention of state officials.
August 17, 2004
Initiatives in recent years to move mentally ill people from state hospitals into less-restrictive, community-based treatment programs were well-intentioned and, in many cases, highly successful. However, even for people in community-based programs, in-patient care sometimes is needed and, without it, their conditions may deteriorate to the extent they pose a danger to themselves or others.
Voters’ interest in Iraq unlikely to fade
August 17, 2004
President Bush is walking a political tightrope on Iraq. He stands to benefit if public attention to the violence ebbs, and there are indications voters’ focus is drifting, despite last week’s fierce fighting in Najaf and turmoil in other cities.
City briefs
August 17, 2004
¢ Vandals strike elementary school ¢ Students urged to get vaccinations ¢ Warmer temperatures return after record lows
Horoscopes
August 17, 2004
Kmart stock, profits up
Retailer earns $155 million in second quarter
August 17, 2004
Shares of Kmart Holding Corp. were up more than 14 percent in early afternoon trading, after the discounter reported Monday it swung into a profit in the second quarter, compared with a year-ago loss. It marked the retailer’s third consecutive quarterly profit since emerging from bankruptcy in May 2003.
City softball standings
August 17, 2004
Rush is right; Missouri is king
Take a stand
August 17, 2004
As a Lawrence resident and liberal Democrat who once attended Kansas University, I consider it an honor and a privilege to be hated by Rush Limbaugh.
Planners seek county development fee
August 17, 2004
New homeowners in rural Douglas County aren’t paying enough taxes to cover the rising costs of heightened sheriff’s patrols, road upgrades and other public services, John Haase says.
New Jayhawks welcomed to the roost, taught chants at KU’s Traditions Night
August 17, 2004
Emily Franzenberg had sung the Kansas University alma mater dozens of times at events she attended with her brother, a former KU student.
Boston rallies behind Lowe
Red Sox continue scoring in bunches for starting pitcher in 8-4 victory
August 17, 2004
When the Boston Red Sox score runs the way they have in most of Derek Lowe’s wins, it doesn’t matter who plays where on the field.
Briefcase
August 17, 2004
¢ Lowe’s outlook improves ¢ Kansas City Southern to buy share of railway ¢ TherapyWorks to expand, celebrate anniversary ¢ DaimlerChrysler sells its stake in Hyundai
School enrollment rebounds
Virtual school contributes to increase of 127 students
August 17, 2004
Driven in part by interest in its new virtual school, the Lawrence school district had 261 more students in class Monday than officials had projected — a boost for the district that has seen enrollments decline steadily for the past four years.