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Teen charged in death of KU student
August 18, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 4:52 p.m.) Prosecutors today charged a teenage boy with first-degree murder and aggravated battery in the death of Teri Lea Mathis Zenner, a Kansas University graduate student who was found dead when authorities responded to a house fire Tuesday evening in Overland Park. Another woman at the scene had been stabbed.
Authorities responding to injury accident
August 18, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 2:39 p.m.) Local emergency crews were responding to an injury accident involving our vehicles this afternoon at the intersection of 23rd Street and Haskell Avenue.
Text of congressional letter requesting probe of FBI
August 18, 2004
(Web Posted Wednesday at 10:20 a.m.) The following is a letter from three congressmen on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee calling for a probe of the FBI following that agency’s investigation of anti-war activists. Two Lawrence anarchists were among those questioned in the nationwide sweep.
Democrats call for probe after FBI questions Lawrence anarchists
August 18, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 11:05 a.m.) Three Democratic congressmen on Tuesday asked the Justice Department to investigate the FBI’s questioning of potential protesters in advance of this summer’s political conventions — questioning that included agents knocking on the doors of Lawrence anarchists.
Showers moving in tonight
August 18, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 8:00 a.m.) If you like hot, summer weather, you’ll love today. After several days of below-normal temperature, the thermometer will climb to 93 degrees today, with breezy conditions, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. But it won’t last long — cool, wet weather is in the forecast for tonight through Friday, Schack said.
VH1 presents Iraq’s ‘Soundtrack to War’
August 18, 2004
The images captured in “VH1 News Presents: Soundtrack to War,” combines the use of music by America’s soldiers and the unsettling pictures of war.
Fox takes second chance on ‘Family’ life
August 18, 2004
How often do cancelled shows get a second chance at network exposure? “Family Guy” (Fox) was launched with much fanfare in the late 1990s, but never found a big enough audience to stick around. Like “Futurama,” it ended up in Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block. By late-night cable standards, “Guy” became a hit, and helped win Adult Swim a steady audience of young viewers. “Family Guy” DVD sales have also been strong.
Lawrence briefs
August 18, 2004
¢ Lawrence cemetery reports theft, vandalism ¢ Former Haskell student sentenced in stabbings ¢ Chess players do well in national tournaments ¢ ‘River City’ to focus on Quantrill’s Raid ¢ Group donates to school program ¢ Program to showcase ‘Civil War Sweetheart’
Jury rejects coach’s discrimination claim
August 18, 2004
A jury on Monday rejected a federal discrimination lawsuit filed by the women’s volleyball coach at Emporia State University.
Taxing reach
Using local sales taxes to support public schools opens the door to further funding inequities.
August 18, 2004
A Kansas Court of Appeals ruling last week on the legality of a Johnson County sales tax for schools may not be the last word on the issue, but it certainly inserts an interesting element into the state’s current debate about public school funding.
Unsettled Iraq threatens to undo Bush
August 18, 2004
On Oct. 23, just 10 days before the election, the war in Iraq will have lasted as long as the 584-day U.S. involvement in World War I, from the April 6, 1917, declaration of war to the Nov. 11, 1918, armistice. And probably in late September or early October the number of U.S. military deaths in Iraq will pass 1,000.
Bar fight brings backlash against homeless
Tulsans turn vigilantes when fatal beating dismissed as self-defense
August 18, 2004
Anger over a homeless man’s fatal beating of a brass-knuckle-wielding bar owner is boiling over in Tulsa, where street people are facing a loosely organized campaign against their presence — and in some cases are being run out of the area.
Up, up and away
Simmons, Rideau ready to carry load as Jayhawk wide receivers
August 18, 2004
At the end of last season, the Kansas University football team’s receiving corps was bursting with upsides.
Who will fight?
August 18, 2004
Some voters growing skeptical of Iraq war effort
August 18, 2004
Nine months of chaos and casualties in Iraq since Saddam Hussein’s capture have taken a heavy toll on American opinion of President Bush’s decision to go to war.
Many industrialized nations to lose population by 2050
August 18, 2004
Japan, Germany and many other large industrialized countries face long-term population slowdowns or declines as more young adults have fewer children or delay child-rearing, demographers say.
Delmer D. Bagby
August 18, 2004
City briefs
August 18, 2004
¢ Police investigate claim about drugged drinks ¢ Park trail to close for reconstruction ¢ $1M donated to KUMC for Parkinson’s research ¢ Class offered for friends, family of mentally ill
Briefly
August 18, 2004
¢ Chancellor adopts girl from Russia ¢ International observers to audit election results ¢ Congo threatened as result of massacre ¢ Paramilitary leader acquitted of murder ¢ Symbols restored from royal past
Horoscopes
August 18, 2004
Can celebrities get justice?
August 18, 2004
Americans’ hunger for celebrity trials seems to grow each year, and the media seem more eager than ever to provide such stuff. But I think it is reaching a point at which we must begin to ask whether celebrities are any longer able to have a fair trial.
Briefly
August 18, 2004
¢ Combination therapy shows promise for prostate cancer ¢ Israel plans to add 1,001 homes in West Bank ¢ 8 al-Qaida suspects charged ¢ Google IPO still on hold
Meteorologist serves up burgers on ‘Jayni’
August 18, 2004
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Recipes That Guarantee a Sunny Outlook With Meteorologist Bryan Busby.”
Briefly
August 18, 2004
¢ Iraq whistle-blower in protective custody ¢ State to set up network to import prescriptions ¢ Court OKs suspension of beer drinker’s license ¢ Falwell to open conservative law school
Wrong place, time
August 18, 2004
 
People
August 18, 2004
¢ ‘War of the Worlds’ updated ¢ They’re going to ‘Hell’ ¢ Shhh! Marriage is a secret ¢ ‘Survivor’ launch announced
Rush opinion
August 18, 2004
Bush indecision
August 18, 2004
Election issues
August 18, 2004
Kill conventions
August 18, 2004
Inhumane act
August 18, 2004
Mistakes cost U.S. women gymnasts gold
American team settles for silver medal; Romania claims top spot
August 18, 2004
The mistakes were so minor. The kind of errors only judges see. Carly Patterson’s foot grazing the lower of the uneven bars. Courtney Kupets’ twirl ending here instead of there. Mohini Bhardwaj’s itty-bitty wobble on the beam.
Phelps snares second, third golds
Australia plays U.S. women’s soccer team to tie
August 18, 2004
Michael Phelps won his second and third gold medals of the Athens Games, winning the 200-meter butterfly and then helping the United States win gold in the 800 freestyle relay Tuesday night.
Selig extension approval expected
August 18, 2004
Teixeira hits for cycle
Slugger second Ranger to accomplish feat
August 18, 2004
After becoming just the second player in Texas Rangers history — and first in more than 19 years — to hit for the cycle, Mark Teixeira tried to contain his emotions.
Oswalt, Astros shut down Phillies
At 59-60, Philadelphia falls under .500 for first time since May 7
August 18, 2004
Once Roy Oswalt stopped trying to overthrow, the Philadelphia Phillies’ hitters had little chance.
Family of ex-Chief Thomas denied
Courts say General Motors not liable for deadly crash
August 18, 2004
The family of former Kansas City Chiefs standout Derrick Thomas is not entitled to any money from General Motors Corp. for the January 2000 crash that killed the nine-time Pro Bowl linebacker, a jury ruled Tuesday.
Exhibition to air on MegaVision
KU men’s basketball game will be broadcast exclusively at Memorial Stadium before football opener
August 18, 2004
Kansas University’s exhibition basketball opener against the University of British Columbia will be shown on TV.
New gig thrilling for Nelson
Coach eager to lead Seahawks’ cross country
August 18, 2004
When Seabury Academy announced it was looking for a cross country coach, Eric Nelson’s eyes lit up like headlights.
Presto, it’s pesto
Area basil growers tout versatility of Italian sauce
August 18, 2004
When Carol Huettner wants to make a fresh batch of pesto, she can go to her back yard. Huettner grows between 60 and 70 varieties of herbs, including sage, thyme, oregano, marjoram and rosemary. And basil — lots of basil, a primary ingredient in making pesto sauce. She cultivates seven kinds of the herb, including Genovese, Profumatissima, cinnamon and lemon.
Julia Child stirred up American cooking
August 18, 2004
The remembrances of Julia Child, who died last week at age 91, have emphasized the calm but direct way in which she revolutionized cooking by taking the mystery out of technique. She also expanded the American vision of flavor and ingredients and raised the bar for our expectations of texture and freshness.
Costco faces lawsuit about promotions
Females claim firm discriminates
August 18, 2004
An assistant store manager at Costco Wholesale Corp. filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the chain on Tuesday, alleging that she was passed over for a promotion because the company’s policies discriminate against women in upper management.
Kansas City Board of Trade to start trading electronically
August 18, 2004
The Kansas City Board of Trade will begin electronic trading in its wheat and stock index futures contracts later this year.
Commodities
August 18, 2004
Daily ticker
August 18, 2004
Consumer prices post rare decline
Housing construction, factory output increase
August 18, 2004
After months of being buffeted by higher energy costs, consumer prices dropped in July while output at U.S. factories and construction of new homes and apartments rebounded from their June swoon.
Costco digs into casket market
Funeral supply director says wholesale giant may create need to raise prices
August 18, 2004
Whether you’re in the market for a good night’s sleep or the eternal kind, one store at least has you covered.
Briefcase
August 18, 2004
¢ Home Depot builds earnings confidence ¢ CyDex lands $17 million from venture capitalists ¢ Borders books profits ¢ Penney’s reverses loss
Districts scramble to fill special-education posts
August 18, 2004
Increasing federal regulations, mounting paperwork and tighter budgets are turning teachers away from one of the most challenging tasks in public schools: educating children with special needs.
City gets tough on parking violators
Tracking software helps identify habitual offenders
August 18, 2004
Downtown workers are feeling the effects of the city’s effort to get tough on people who regularly fail to feed their parking meters.
Radical Shiite cleric rebuffs Iraqi delegation’s peace effort
August 18, 2004
Rebel cleric Muqtada al-Sadr refused Tuesday to meet a delegation of Iraqi politicians dispatched to Najaf to try to end the bloody confrontation between his militia and U.S. forces.
Rumsfeld urges caution in revamping intelligence
August 18, 2004
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld conceded Tuesday that a new, powerful intelligence director could bring “some modest” improvements to efforts to safeguard the nation but warned that any changes must not hurt the flow of information to military commanders.
As some basic services resume, hurricane victims assess future
August 18, 2004
Still smarting over the loss of their homes, Hurricane Charley’s victims turned out by the hundreds in 90-degree heat Tuesday to cope with the storm’s latest blow to their lives — the mass shutdown of businesses that has left them without jobs.
European reaction mixed on redeployment of U.S. troops
August 18, 2004
Germans clogged the phone lines of radio talk shows Tuesday, worrying that payback time had finally arrived after the nation’s decision to oppose last year’s U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. President Bush is retaliating, they said, by announcing that tens of thousands of U.S. troops will be withdrawn from their country over the next seven years.
Countries to share earth observation data
August 18, 2004
Better weather forecasts to prepare for storms and planning for energy needs months in advance are among the benefits expected from a planned Earth Observation System.
Oil output concerns push prices to new high
August 18, 2004
Oil prices set a new record Tuesday, approaching $47 a barrel, as concerns about Iraqi and Russian output dominated markets that had been calmed a day earlier by the results of a vote in Venezuela.
Experts predict continuation of high oil prices
August 18, 2004
Oil prices are going to climb into the $50- to $60-a-barrel range and stay there for years to come, two different experts told members of the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Assn. during the group’s annual convention.
Tribe ends K.C. land ownership lawsuit
August 18, 2004
The Wyandotte Nation has ended its pursuit of 1,920 acres of land near downtown, saying it won’t appeal a dismissal of its claim.
Kline pressed to explain rejected CDs
ACLU letter questions whether artists’ ethnicity factored into action
August 18, 2004
Civil libertarians in Kansas are pressing Atty. Gen. Phill Kline for more information about his decision to cast out Outkast and put the lid on Alice in Chains.
University dismisses guide’s ranking
KU makes list for number of GTAs with upper-level courses
August 18, 2004
Kansas University didn’t make Princeton Review’s list of top party schools, but it was high on another list — schools that have graduate teaching assistants in charge of upper-level classes.
District’s ACT scores improve
Fewer Lawrence seniors take test; trend follows statewide, national pattern
August 18, 2004
Lawrence high school seniors’ average ACT score increased in 2004 after dropping the previous two years.
Committee develops options to alter school boundaries
August 18, 2004
Members of a Lawrence school district committee have come up with two possible options for redrawing elementary school boundaries and are working on a third.
Deborah L. Dillon
August 18, 2004
Arthur services
August 18, 2004
Lawrence-based unit ready for Kuwait duty
Army Reserve group includes KU football player
August 18, 2004
Another group of Lawrence area soldiers is off to help support the U.S. war on terror after receiving a rousing send-off during a Tuesday banquet.
Andrew Lorenzo
August 18, 2004
Robert Allen Richardson
August 18, 2004
Dean F. Schneider
August 18, 2004
Nancy L. Decker
August 18, 2004
Oklahoma DA files supervision request for teen in Lawrence
August 18, 2004
The Muskogee County district attorney filed a motion Tuesday to extend the supervision beyond the 18th birthday of teenager who shot and wounded five classmates at a middle school.
On the record
August 18, 2004
County commissioners seek design suggestions for U.S. 59
August 18, 2004
Douglas County commissioners are asking for suggestions that could help drive the design of a new U.S. Highway 59.
Joseph A. Searle
August 18, 2004
Bonner Springs soldier dies in Iraq
He was one of the good guys,’ longtime friend says
August 18, 2004
He was a high-school valedictorian from Bonner Springs who was looking forward to coming back from war in Iraq to farm with his father.
Kansas-born children’s author dies at age 88
August 18, 2004
Bill Martin Jr., educator and best-selling author of hundreds of children’s picture books such as “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” and “Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom,” has died. He was 88.
Commentary: Athens Games lack buzz
August 18, 2004
Something’s missing from the Athens Olympics — the intangible, critical buzz that makes the Summer Games special.
Sizzling Ichiro helps Seattle trample K.C.
August 18, 2004
If Ichiro Suzuki keeps hitting at his second-half pace, Seattle Mariners manager Bob Melvin believes there may be a new addition for the dictionary.
U.S. bounces back from loss to fight off feisty Greeks
August 18, 2004
Tim Duncan had fouled out, Allen Iverson was playing despite a broken thumb, and Greece had just passed the ball inside with a chance to pull within two points with 18 seconds left.
Homeless-services plan features mandated rehabilitation efforts
August 18, 2004
Members of the city’s Task Force on Homeless Services still can’t agree on the best approach to the issue, even though they’re months away from delivering final recommendations.
Impson Services
August 18, 2004
In a jam? Here are some tips
Suggestions on making, reheating jellies
August 18, 2004
Sugar is a key component when making jelly. It combines with acid and pectin to form a gel. It also provides sweetness and acts as a preservative.
Meadowbrook plans $2.4M project
City’s building totals lag in July despite apartment expansion
August 18, 2004
One of Lawrence’s largest and oldest apartment complexes is set to begin construction on more than 100 apartments and a clubhouse.
Briefly
August 18, 2004
¢ Former Chief Grunhard charged with perjury ¢ Police make arrest in 20-year-old case