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State jobless rate declines
August 20, 2004
(Updated Friday at 12:34 p.m.) TOPEKA — The state’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.6 percent in July, but state labor officials took more comfort Friday in numbers that showed job growth over the previous year.
Clearer, warmer weather ahead
August 20, 2004
(Updated Friday at 8:48 a.m.) Tired of cloudy, wet weather? A change is on the way, beginning this afternoon, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
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August 20, 2004
¢ Governing board to sell group home ¢ Officers sparse during power outage
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August 20, 2004
¢ Federal grant for KCI to improve taxiways ¢ Kansan sentenced in fatal crowbar beating
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August 20, 2004
¢ Ramones plan anniversary party ¢ Things becoming clear for Benji ¢ Rivers goes under fictional knife
Luke’s cool hand lands quarterback in backup role
August 20, 2004
In three years on Kansas University’s football team, quarterback Brian Luke never has had very good timing.
Simien ready to relish senior season
August 20, 2004
Kansas may produce college basketball’s Wooden Award winner and college football’s Heisman Trophy winner in the same year.
Baseball camp to begin
August 20, 2004
Five Tool Baseball School is taking registrations for the fall sessions that will begin Saturday and end Sept. 25. Youths in grades 4 through 12 are eligible. For information, call Mike Hill at 766-4916. Or e-mail Lee Ice at ice@sunflower com.
First-grader’s family copes with bleak cancer prognosis
August 20, 2004
Paulina Cooper appears to be a typical 6-year-old little girl.
Gruber runs today
August 20, 2004
Former Kansas University track distance runner Charlie Gruber will run in the Olympic 1,500 quarterfinals at 11:35 a.m. today. The semifinals are set for 1 p.m. Sunday, and the finals will be at 3:40 p.m. Tuesday.
6 Wichita schools added to state list for missing goals
August 20, 2004
Six Wichita schools and the entire district have been added to a statewide list of those failing to make adequate academic progress last year.
Governor reiterates need for increased school funding
August 20, 2004
Two weeks before a court battle over school finance, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Thursday reiterated her call for a tax increase to fund public schools.
Kansan at center of Kerry controversy
August 20, 2004
In Bogue — population 180 — everyone is considered a neighbor.
Common sense can keep students safe, out of trouble
August 20, 2004
Some Kansas University students coast through college with no trouble.
Magazine ranking of KU improves
U.S. News places university at No. 42 in public institutions
August 20, 2004
After slipping for two straight years, Kansas University climbed two spots in rankings released Thursday by U.S. News and World Report.
Delhomme sparkles in Panthers’ win
August 20, 2004
Although the spotlight was on Eli Manning, Jake Delhomme shone the brightest.
Horoscopes
August 20, 2004
Deadlocked jury means 2nd trial for former prosecutor
August 20, 2004
A former county prosecutor accused of pocketing money intended for a traffic ticket account faces a new trial next year after jurors deadlocked at his first trial.
Kerry says group doing Bush’s ‘dirty work’
August 20, 2004
John Kerry fought back Thursday against campaign allegations that he exaggerated his combat record in Vietnam, accusing President Bush of using a Republican front group “to do his dirty work” and challenging Bush to debate their service records.
Records dispute Kerry critic
August 20, 2004
Newly obtained military records of one of Sen. John Kerry’s most vocal critics, who has accused the Democratic presidential candidate of lying about his wartime record to win medals, contradict his own version of events.
Makeshift umbrella
August 20, 2004
Maddux logs win No. 301
Sosa homers in Cubs’ 9-6 victory over Brewers
August 20, 2004
After a shaky start, Greg Maddux didn’t expect to earn win No. 301.
Stepfather of Jackson accuser asked for payment
August 20, 2004
The stepfather of the boy who accused Michael Jackson of molestation testified Thursday that he asked for payment for the family’s participation in a video interview intended to restore Jackson’s reputation.
Film composer Bernstein dies
August 20, 2004
Film composer Elmer Bernstein, who created a brawny, big-sky theme for “The Magnificent Seven,” nerve-jangling jazz for “The Man With The Golden Arm” and heart-rending grace notes for “To Kill a Mockingbird,” has died.
NBC sits atop a Mount Olympus of ratings
August 20, 2004
If you build it, they will come. Or at least watch it on television. The Athens Games have not turned out to be a “Field of Dreams” for the Greek Olympics Committee. They’ve had trouble just finding spectators for some events. But NBC may not want to wake up from their Olympics ratings dream. Last week’s opening ceremony attracted more than 50 million viewers, making it the second-most-watched event of 2004, after the Super Bowl. It even outscored the much-hyped “Friends” finale.
Briefly
August 20, 2004
¢ Charley insurance claims moving quickly ¢ Survey links teen sex with drug, alcohol use ¢ Bush adviser resigns as sex charge surfaces ¢ Bushes plan to work on speeches at ranch
Rocky issue
August 20, 2004
Woodling: It’s August, so that means … basketball?
August 20, 2004
The e-mail was from John Rohde, a veteran sports writer for The Daily Oklahoman who, like me, is a voter in this year’s Associated Press football poll.
Patterson all-around golden
16-year-old first to win since Retton
August 20, 2004
The 20-year wait is over. America has its new Mary Lou, and her name is Carly Patterson.
Selig’s term extended three years
Baseball commissioner’s tenure to last through 2009
August 20, 2004
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig received a contract extension through 2009 Thursday as owners praised his 12-year reign, but dissension surfaced among teams in the decision to launch a World Cup tournament.
Ace gives Albers share of lead
August 20, 2004
Kristi Albers turned her day around with one swing. Michelle Wie’s round ended when she barely was halfway through.
KU grad gets up-close view of Olympics
August 20, 2004
The eyes of the world are on Athens for the summer Olympics, and a Lawrence native has a front-row seat.
Profs rewarded with Kemper awards
Surprise Patrol’ presents eight KU faculty members with $5,000 fellowships
August 20, 2004
Doug Atkins already was worried about where he would fit the 25 to 30 students enrolled in his “writing nonfiction” course.
Judge orders state to repay Lawrence defense attorney
August 20, 2004
An extremely rare challenge to the state’s system of paying defense attorneys succeeded Thursday when a judge ordered the state to restore money it cut from a Lawrence attorney’s bill in a murder case.
Peirsol wins 200 backstroke after disqualification overturned
August 20, 2004
Aaron Peirsol waved his arms in disbelief, then ran the race through his mind, trying to figure out what he did wrong.
Miller asks for visits with children
DA opposes suspect’s request for bond modifications; decision left to juvenile judge
August 20, 2004
The Lawrence man charged with murdering his wife asked a judge Thursday to change conditions of his bond so he can go to church and have supervised visits with his children as he awaits trial.
Briefly
August 20, 2004
¢ Lawrence Democrats to open headquarters ¢ Bridge to close Monday for reconstruction
Forecasts
August 20, 2004
Forecasters draw unfair criticism when they are unable to cite precisely the route of a major storm.
Draft likely
August 20, 2004
Couldn’t think?
August 20, 2004
President’s job
August 20, 2004
Grateful group
August 20, 2004
Florida ruling hurts children
August 20, 2004
Florida, which has the death penalty for convicted murderers, seems ready to impose an intellectual death penalty on poor and minority children who have just begun to escape the confines of their failing public schools.
Charter schools need oversight
August 20, 2004
The Bush administration’s Web site promoting charter schools is undeniably upbeat. It extols the benefits of charters, an alternative to public schooling that, while operating on public funds, offers parents wider choice and variety.
Silence,’ please
Local hip-hop producer Nezbeat joins with prairie’s pride in effort to hush the unbelievers
August 20, 2004
“The premise, the principle that will guide this exploration, is not nostalgic remembrance, but neither is it objective reporting. These are fragments. Moments remembered … Wherever my feet have taken me, I have found both goodness and pain, and that’s all I have to give.” So begins “From the Huge Silence,” the solo debut by producer Jeremy Nesbitt, a.k.a. Nezbeat. The monologue, originally delivered by Kansas-born photojournalist and filmmaker Gordon Parks, serves as a mission statement for Nezbeat’s three-year pet project, which features an all-star cast of local MCs, vocalists and musicians pouring their souls onto Nezbeat’s dense hip-hop tracks.
Fiddling and Picking draws on youth
August 20, 2004
Although Lawrence’s clubs are busy catering to the indie-rock crowd late at night, the city’s front porches, street corners and parks are traditionally filled with the sounds of a different style of music during the day.
Daily ticker
August 20, 2004
Software firms win ruling in copyright case
Court rejects appeal by movie studios, record labels
August 20, 2004
In a blow to movie studios and record labels, an appeals court ruled Thursday that two suppliers of Internet file-sharing software are not legally responsible for the swapping of music and other files through their programs.
Judge rules Westar must pay legal fees for defendants
Former employee’s attorney praises decision
August 20, 2004
A judge reached the correct conclusion in ruling that Westar Energy Inc. must cover certain legal fees of two former executives accused of misusing company funds, a lawyer for one of the defendants said Wednesday.
Donald aims to trump Monopoly
August 20, 2004
First the board room, now the board game.
I-70 adult video store worker says requirement aims to kill business
August 20, 2004
Ellsworth County’s licensing requirement for sexually oriented businesses — and the rules for being granted one — are designed to put an existing adult video store out of business, the store’s manager claims.
Victim raped in jail seeks $5M from Lyon County
Federal lawsuit names attacker, sheriff and County Commission as defendants
August 20, 2004
A woman who was raped by a Lyon County jailer after her May 2003 arrest for a traffic violation has filed a $5 million federal lawsuit against the county, the sheriff and her attacker.
Americans stop Australia
Fourth-quarter surge decisive in 89-79 victory
August 20, 2004
Larry Brown believes his team finally is starting to get it.
Mortgage rates fall to four-month low
August 20, 2004
Mortgage rates declined again this week with 30-year mortgages remaining below the 6 percent level for a third consecutive week, Freddie Mac reported Thursday.
U.S. softball team snares another shutout victory
August 20, 2004
As youths, they began idolizing Lisa Fernandez, wanting to make a ball spin like she can, rip line drives like she does, win an Olympic medal like she has.
Study: Doctors covered up prison abuse
August 20, 2004
Doctors working for the U.S. military in Iraq collaborated with interrogators in the abuse of detainees at Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib prison, profoundly breaching medical ethics and human rights, a bioethicist charges in The Lancet medical journal.
Report expected to blame two dozen people for abuse
August 20, 2004
An Army investigation into the abuse of inmates at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison will blame at least two dozen people and conclude that while no senior commanders ordered the abusive acts, they should be faulted for inadequate supervision, two defense officials said Thursday.
$15 million parking garage at Capitol to open Tuesday
August 20, 2004
More than two years in the making, the often-discussed and sometimes cussed Capitol parking garage is set to open next week.
Topeka GM tapped for publisher’s post
August 20, 2004
David B. Meadows has been named publisher of the Dodge City Daily Globe, a Morris Communications Co. daily newspaper.
Communion rescinded for girl with disorder
Church says wafer must contain wheat
August 20, 2004
An 8-year-old girl who suffers from a rare digestive disorder and cannot eat wheat has had her first Holy Communion declared invalid because the wafer contained no wheat, violating Roman Catholic doctrine.
More U.S. nuclear data found missing
August 20, 2004
An inventory has found another case of missing data involving nuclear weapons, this time at the Energy Department’s regional office in Albuquerque, N.M., the department disclosed Thursday.
Myanmar democracy leader dies
August 20, 2004
Kyi Maung, a former army officer who became a leading member of Myanmar’s pro-democracy movement but later fell out with its leader, died Thursday. He was 85.
Self considering player red-shirts
Bloated KU roster can afford to lose perimeter player
August 20, 2004
There are a whopping 17 players on Kansas University’s men’s basketball roster.
Open scrimmage planned
August 20, 2004
In preparation for its upcoming Canada trip, Kansas University’s men’s basketball team will have an open scrimmage Aug. 28 at Horejsi Center.
Tulsa tickets selling
August 20, 2004
Kansas University’s decision to air an exclusive broadcast of the men’s basketball exhibition game against the University of British Columbia live from Canada on the video board at KU’s Memorial Stadium — hours before the football team’s season opener against Tulsa — produced an immediate surge in single-game ticket sales.
Fan Night scheduled
August 20, 2004
Kansas University will have its Fan Appreciation Night on Aug. 25 at Memorial Stadium. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m., and fans can watch the conclusion of the football team’s practice before coach Mark Mangino addresses the crowd and introduces team captains. After the presentation, fans will have the opportunity to take photos and get autographs from players and coaches.
Area briefs
August 20, 2004
¢ Esteemed Kansan, science teacher dies ¢ Cardboat boat race award winners listed ¢ Metal band pushing political awareness
On the record
August 20, 2004
American-born panda celebrates his first birthday
August 20, 2004
On his first birthday Thursday, giant panda cub Mei Sheng delighted visitors by playing for the first time in snow delivered to him at the San Diego Zoo. He also sat on his ice cake, wrestled with his mom and got his coat incredibly dirty.
Baker drops two spots in U.S. News rankings
August 20, 2004
Baker University dropped 11 positions in rankings released Thursday by U.S. News and World Report.
Roy Franklin ‘Tommy’ Demory
August 20, 2004
KU hires track aide
August 20, 2004
Tom Hays, a former Kansas University track athlete, has joined Stanley Redwine’s KU staff as the vertical-jumps coach. Hays has been an assistant coach at Wichita State, Nevada-Reno and Arizona. He was the field events coach at Johnson County CC last year.
Angels rip Rays, build momentum
Anaheim will head to New York having won 10 of its last 14 games
August 20, 2004
The Anaheim Angels are heading to New York with momentum.
MLB briefs
August 20, 2004
¢ Guillen suspended for two more games ¢ City orders inspections for Wrigley Field ¢ Twins’ outfielder Hunter injures neck in crash ¢ Mets’ McEwing hurt
Ichiro recovering from beanball
August 20, 2004
Ichiro Suzuki did not sustain a concussion when he was hit in the head by a pitch, but the Seattle Mariners’ standout still felt slightly dizzy Thursday and was not scheduled to play against Kansas City.
Weather plays havoc with NEC Invitational
August 20, 2004
Free from the burden of trying to make the Ryder Cup team, Stewart Cink looked at ease Thursday on a marathon day at the NEC Invitational that ended with his name atop the leaderboard.
Docking falls at Amateur
August 20, 2004
Kansas University sophomore golfer Tyler Docking was eliminated in the third round of the U.S. Amateur on Thursday at Winged Foot’s West Course.
Yvonne J. Mellenbruch
August 20, 2004
Bagby services
August 20, 2004
Charles E. Rector
August 20, 2004
Celebrity encounters inspire prof’s art
August 20, 2004
When John Tibbetts interviews entertainers, his subjects not only have to worry about how they’ll come across on the air but also on canvas.
Baadasssss!’ chronicles making of ‘blaxploitation’ classic
August 20, 2004
Projects such as “Ed Wood” and “American Movie” have proven it’s possible to create a great film about the making of a terrible one.
Taking Lives’ profiles yet another killer
August 20, 2004
A slightly above average riff on the “serial killer mystery,” “Taking Lives” boasts an A-list cast, a talented young director and an unconventional setting. But when the house lights go up in the theater, a viewer will be hard pressed to distinguish this flick from its similar brethren.
Back in the U.S.A.
August 20, 2004
Rebel cleric tells militia to turn over Shiite shrine
August 20, 2004
Radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr ordered his fighters Thursday to hand control of a revered Najaf shrine to top Shiite religious authorities, hours after U.S. forces bombed militant positions and Iraq’s prime minister made a “final call” for the cleric’s militia to surrender.
Texas children found abandoned in Africa
August 20, 2004
Allegedly abandoned by their American mother in Africa, seven children from Texas begged small change to buy food and shuttled from a neglectful stranger’s care to a concrete-block orphanage, Nigerians said Thursday.
Briefcase
August 20, 2004
¢ United ‘likely’ to end company pension plan ¢ Tobacco store to close ¢ Gap sales slump widens ¢ Aquila to raise $402M
Driver promises to honor memory of fallen rescuer
August 20, 2004
Helena Wilkinson could barely speak through her tears as she recounted being rescued from her burning truck by a stranger who then suffered a heart attack and died.
Google shares up on opening day
Internet search engine worth $27B
August 20, 2004
In the most highly anticipated Wall Street debut since the heady days of the dot-com boom, shares of Google surged nearly 20 percent on their first day of public trading Thursday as the quirky Internet company completed its much-hyped initial stock offering.
Consistency not always the best policy
August 20, 2004
A foolish consistency, Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, is “the hobgoblin of little minds.”