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KU moves up two spots in college rankings
August 19, 2004
(Web Posted Thursday at 2:44 p.m.) After two years of slipping, Kansas University moved up two spots in this year’s Best Colleges rankings, published by U.S. News and World Report magazine.
Cold front bringing wet weather
August 19, 2004
(Web Posted Thursday at 6:58 a.m.) Lawrence escaped thunderstorms that rumbled into Kansas overnight. But the city could get some wet weather this afternoon and tonight, said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
People
August 19, 2004
¢ Paris Hilton’s dog found ¢ Diaz-Timberlake wedding rumored ¢ Phish fans to get refund
Rewards program
August 19, 2004
It’s another example of the old saying, “money talks.”
School funds
August 19, 2004
Help each other
August 19, 2004
Daily ticker
August 19, 2004
Court favors quick Eldridge auction
Judge wants Downtown Lawrence landmark used as hotel
August 19, 2004
Some prime Lawrence real estate will be auctioned this fall, but only those interested in its continued use as a hotel will be allowed to bid.
LMH cardiac center to open Monday
Hospital officials hope $430,000 center fills void in services
August 19, 2004
Lawrence Memorial Hospital plans to open its $430,000 Bob Billings Cardiac Evaluation Center on Monday.
Justice Department closes Monsanto probe
August 19, 2004
Monsanto Co. said Wednesday the Justice Department had closed its inquiry into possible antitrust practices in the herbicide industry, requiring no actions by the biotech giant.
Briefcase
August 19, 2004
¢ Janus to settle charges ¢ Delta to cut more jobs ¢ Nestle profits sweeten
Google’s IPO bolsters markets
Investors ignore high oil prices
August 19, 2004
Investors shrugged off rising crude futures Wednesday to capture attractively valued shares, sending the Nasdaq composite index up 2 percent ahead of Google Inc.’s much-anticipated initial public offering of stock. The Dow Jones industrial average rose more than 110 points.
Nepal’s capital cut off just by rebel threat
August 19, 2004
Without setting up a roadblock or even making an appearance, Maoist rebels cut off the capital from the rest of this Himalayan kingdom by declaring a blockade Wednesday, leaving Katmandu with only a few days of food and cooking fuel.
Iraqi police officer roughs up K.C. photographer in Baghdad
August 19, 2004
A photographer for The Kansas City Star was physically assaulted and threatened with death by an Iraqi police officer after she took pictures of officers beating a suspected pickpocket, the newspaper reported Wednesday.
Greeley County sheriff resigns
August 19, 2004
Greeley County commissioners agreed to give workers in the Sheriff’s Department a raise after the sheriff resigned over the issue.
Golf’s No. 1 ranking up for grabs
Singh could overtake Woods at NEC Invitational
August 19, 2004
Tiger Woods already lost out on the majors. Next up could be his No. 1 ranking.
20 years later, Retton’s gold medal not forgotten
Feat at Los Angeles games gave American gymnasts role model, revolutionized sport
August 19, 2004
It happens five, six, sometimes 10 times a day at restaurants, supermarkets, the mall — pretty much anywhere she goes outside of her house.
Potential development’ halts Peterson trial
August 19, 2004
The judge in Scott Peterson’s murder trial postponed cross-examination of a key prosecution witness Wednesday, citing a “potential development” that needed to be “checked out.”
Rebel cleric agrees to proposed peace plan
August 19, 2004
Radical Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose militia has been fighting American and Iraqi forces for almost two weeks in Najaf, agreed Wednesday to a peace plan proposed by an Iraqi national conference.
Conflict over truth shrouds Kerry’s service record
August 19, 2004
A television ad that has aired in three key battleground states and a new book have created a political furor over John Kerry’s Vietnam War record, calling into question his character, credibility and a central tenet of his campaign — that his combat experience helps qualify him to be president.
Kerry denounces troop realignment
August 19, 2004
Sen. John F. Kerry, speaking to the nation’s largest combat veterans organization Wednesday, denounced President Bush’s proposal to bring home troops from Europe and Asia as vague, ill-timed and risky.
Baseball ponders best location for Expos
August 19, 2004
Trying to get the best possible ballpark deal for the Montreal Expos, major-league baseball instructed its lawyers to press ahead with negotiations involving four of the areas bidding for the team.
Our town sports
August 19, 2004
Sheffield: Surgery not necessary
August 19, 2004
New York Yankees slugger Gary Sheffield will not need surgery on his ailing left shoulder, but said he’ll likely get two more cortisone shots to help alleviate the pain.
Another Fort Riley soldier killed
Sergeant was fort’s third fatality this week in Iraq
August 19, 2004
A soldier from Fort Riley has been killed in Iraq, the third fatality from the post in less than a week, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Homeless camp uprooted, this time with warning
August 19, 2004
For the second time in two weeks, city workers Wednesday rousted homeless campers from sites along the Kansas River.
Barmann hopeful about starting for KU
Sophomore quarterback paid dues last season against Big 12 competition
August 19, 2004
The fans sense it, his teammates sense it, and even Adam Barmann can sense it.
Kansas tapped fifth by Big 12 coaches
August 19, 2004
Big 12 Conference soccer coaches picked Kansas University to finish fifth in the league this season in a poll released by the league Wednesday afternoon.
Bertha Mae Evans
August 19, 2004
George Earl Shelton Jr.
August 19, 2004
Kansas City students get cash for good grades
August 19, 2004
The Kansas City school district is offering cash for good grades, two years after the district began paying students to attend summer school.
Airlines cut flights to ease O’Hare delays
August 19, 2004
Federal officials announced an agreement Wednesday to temporarily ease congestion at O’Hare International Airport, a bottleneck that has created a cascade of flight delays throughout the nation.
Hamm rallies after fall for gold
After having ‘no odds,’ American gymnast salvages all-around win
August 19, 2004
He had to be perfect and hope no one else was.
Former Kansas coach finalist for Hall of Fame
August 19, 2004
Former Kansas University track coach Bob Timmons is one of 37 finalists up for induction in the 2004 Class at the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, U.S. Track and Field officials announced this week.
Island residents finally allowed home
August 19, 2004
A tree lay across the terra cotta tiled roof of his house, and the screened pool enclosure out back had blown away. Still, Memo Suarez counted himself fortunate.
Durazo rips three homers
Mulder wins 16th as Oakland edges Baltimore
August 19, 2004
Erubiel Durazo gave Mark Mulder the offensive support he needed — in a big way.
First-day fascination
August 19, 2004
Made in the shade
August 19, 2004
Cards’ King may be lost for season
August 19, 2004
Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Kenny King needs surgery on his right wrist and probably will miss the season, the latest hit to a team struggling with injuries.
U.S. breaks 800 free record
Women’s gold-medal time breaks East German mark
August 19, 2004
The record stood for 17 years, a despised symbol of a cold-hearted regime that systematically drugged its athletes in the pursuit of Olympic glory.
Roddick, Venus tumble in third
Nelson falls in shot; Hamilton wins cycling time-trial gold; Softball earns another shutout
August 19, 2004
Andy Roddick hit one last errant shot into the net and hung his head, his medal hopes over. A short while later, Venus Williams was gone, too.
MLB briefs
August 19, 2004
¢ Pettitte to undergo season-ending surgery ¢ Tigers’ Rodriguez has sore right hip ¢ Diamondbacks lose Hill ¢ Chisox skipper Guillen released from hospital
Advance voting spreads out election
August 19, 2004
How long until Election Day? More than two months, you say — what remains of August, plus all of September and October and one day in November.
Briefly
August 19, 2004
¢ U.S. military police kill 2 at Abu Ghraib ¢ Kidnappers threaten to kill journalist
Briefly
August 19, 2004
¢ Walking tour follows Quantrill’s Raid path ¢ Christian school adds afternoon kindergarten
On the record
August 19, 2004
Bagby services
August 19, 2004
Chavez’s opponents reject referendum audit
August 19, 2004
Opponents of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Wednesday refused to take part in a special audit of the results of the president’s landslide victory in a recall referendum, despite the participation of two respected independent organizations.
Pakistan asks public’s help in capturing terror suspects
August 19, 2004
Pakistan published photos Wednesday in newspapers across the country of six terror suspects — including a senior al-Qaida operative — it says were behind attempts to assassinate the nation’s president and offered a large reward for their capture.
Arafat acknowledges ‘mistakes’ in his rule
August 19, 2004
Yasser Arafat admitted to “mistakes” and promised to rein in corruption, but Palestinian lawmakers complained their leader’s long-awaited speech Wednesday fell far short of expectations, offering no way out of the chaos plaguing the Palestinian territories.
Another 50 guardsmen off to Iraq
Governor participates in send-off ceremony
August 19, 2004
Kansas Army National Guard Maj. Eric Bishop will command a one-year mission to Iraq, but he’ll probably see his wife, Kim, before he gets back home.
Africa is caught in politics of misery
August 19, 2004
The humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan has usefully drawn the world’s attention to the plight of a million or more refugees and to the life-saving assistance many of them receive from relief organizations. It also spotlights the brutality of a weak national government fighting multiple local rebellions.
Environmental family values
August 19, 2004
Family values. That’s what pollsters and pundits say will govern the hearts, minds and votes of Americans in the November election. Throughout Kansas and the nation, candidates are accusing their opponents of not hewing to real family values. Terrific! Family values should determine America’s social and economic future.
Mak Nae Goodwin
August 19, 2004
Mohr makes amends for blunder
Home run helps Giants salvage split of doubleheader with Expos
August 19, 2004
Dustan Mohr wanted to crawl in a hole after his baserunning blunder cost the San Francisco Giants a shot at a comeback in the first game of their doubleheader with the Montreal Expos.
Briefly
August 19, 2004
¢ Accident ties up traffic near 23rd and Haskell ¢ Congressmen want probe of anarchist questioning ¢ Patrols to look out for drunken drivers ¢ Pump Patrol seeks deals
Students, KU renew push for 4-year degree
August 19, 2004
The blue T-shirt Melissa Footlick and more than 4,100 of her fellow Kansas University freshmen received this week proudly proclaim them the “Class of 2008.”
Wood: Lions optimistic, but cautious about 2004 football season
August 19, 2004
You could say that Lawrence High football coach Dirk Wedd is cautiously optimistic about this football season. Or, you could just say he’s really, really cautious about being optimistic.
Wichita swimmer falls
August 19, 2004
Briefly
August 19, 2004
¢ Official says Iran could make nuclear weapons in few years ¢ Terry Nichols won’t appeal, says it’s for the families ¢ Sharon, Arafat defy backers’ demands to change policies
Briefly
August 19, 2004
¢ Jail riot leaves at least 31 dead ¢ Terror suspects appear in court ¢ U.N. food agency increases aid in Darfur ¢ Explorers find new complex of ruins
Briefly
August 19, 2004
¢ Airport closed for hours after bag leaks liquid ¢ Missing girl’s caretakers charged with abuse ¢ World’s Fair of Money shows old, new currency ¢ High-speed police chase ends in two deaths
Horoscopes
August 19, 2004
A contradiction
August 19, 2004
Google sets initial share price at $85
Internet search engine may debut on market today
August 19, 2004
Initial shares of Google Inc. were priced late Wednesday at $85, the low end of a range revised downward just hours earlier, somewhat dampening expectations for the most ballyhooed Internet company public stock offering since the dot-com boom went bust.
Simpsons’ actor rolling in D’oh!
August 19, 2004
Ask Dan Castellaneta to describe how he sounds off-screen and this is what he offers: sort of deadpan, shy of nasal, with a standard Midwestern tilt.
Word warriors and trailer trash liven up cable
August 19, 2004
Viewers in search of Olympics alternatives can find two oddball offerings on cable.
Man on a mission
Kasey Kahne has his sights set on the Nextel Cup championship
August 19, 2004
Kasey Kahne had just gone through a rather serious explanation of why he was excited about gaining a new sponsor for several upcoming Nextel Cup events.
Thoughts on Stewart’s resurgence, road racing
August 19, 2004
For months now, I’ve been saying that people need to watch out for Tony Stewart once the Chase for the Nextel Cup gets going.
Winfrey, jury convict defendant of murder
August 19, 2004
A jury that included talk show host Oprah Winfrey convicted a man of murder Wednesday after a trial that turned into a media frenzy because of the billionaire in the jury box.
KU grad student slain; client charged
August 19, 2004
Teri Zenner should be celebrating her 27th birthday today.
City to pay Wal-Mart legal fees
Developer must be reimbursed for first suit against city, judge rules
August 19, 2004
The tab for taxpayers is growing in the city’s fight to prevent Wal-Mart from building in northwest Lawrence.
County harvests ideas for U.S. 59
August 19, 2004
Douglas County commissioners are sold on proposing design changes for a new U.S. Highway 59 connecting Lawrence and Ottawa.
KU basketball is back
Jayhawks to begin rare August practices
August 19, 2004
Pick-up basketball games are commonplace at Kansas University in August.
Outage leaves 3,100 in dark
August 19, 2004
Thousands of Lawrence residents suddenly found themselves in the dark late Wednesday when their power went out.
Kansas City clips Seattle sans Suzuki, 3-2
Mariners’ slugger leaves game after being beaned
August 19, 2004
Seeing Ichiro Suzuki get hit in the head with a pitch and knocked to the ground bothered the Mariners much more than losing a meaningless game.
Nation’s tiniest preemie now a big medical success story
August 19, 2004
Madeline Mann once weighed less than a can of soda as the tiniest surviving newborn known to medicine. Next week, she enters high school as something even more extraordinary — an honor student who plays violin and likes to Rollerblade.
KU opens year with convocation
August 19, 2004
Cara Grin is excited for her first day of classes — if she can figure out where on Kansas University’s 950-acre campus they are.
Europe warned of global-warming effects
August 19, 2004
Rising sea levels, disappearing glaciers in the Alps and more deadly heat waves are coming for Europeans because of global warming, Europe’s environmental agency warned Wednesday.
Briefly
August 19, 2004
¢ U.S. issues AIDS ultimatum ¢ Reporters held in contempt for withholding sources ¢ Democratic senator keeping options open ¢ Rovers continue to find evidence of water on Mars