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Rubin uncertain about economic future
January 4, 2004
Return now to those stirring adventures of yore, when the world was menaced by … the Thai baht. That, for those who have forgotten the summer of 1997, is a currency, then rapidly losing value.
Predictions foretell 2004 events
January 4, 2004
Four years ago, this column predicted this result for the 2000 election: George W. Bush, 271 electoral votes; Al Gore, 267. Really. All the more reason to weigh carefully our annual look ahead to the new year:
Odd match
January 4, 2004
Elder abuse
January 4, 2004
What’s the new version of safe enough?
January 4, 2004
Could we rerun the videotape back to Dec. 15 when Howard Dean qualified his pleasure at the capture of Saddam Hussein by saying that it “has not made America safer”? Dean was instantly lambasted by his opponents, especially Joe Lieberman who said the doctor was climbing “into his own spider hole of denial.”
Motley fool
January 4, 2004
19th-century specialty iron fetches $2,090 at auction
January 4, 2004
Many 20th-century fashions were possible because new fabrics and new methods of manufacturing were invented. Permanently pleated fabric made tedious ironing unnecessary.
Current prices
January 4, 2004
Going, going… stuck
Facing a diet plateau is tough, but there are ways to overcome it
January 4, 2004
It came without warning. You were doing great, losing weight left and right like a champion, when the weight loss suddenly just … came … to a … screeching … halt.
Obesity is a chain reaction for numerous health problems
January 4, 2004
Obese children may not realize how weight can make their lives more complicated. They may have less time to live and learn.
Traveling with cold can injure your ears
January 4, 2004
The Mayo Clinic Health Letter offers advice if you have a cold and are traveling by air. It explains that a tiny tube, called the eustachian tube, connects your throat and middle ear. That tube is often blocked when you have a cold.
We’re off to read the ‘Wizard’
Classic ‘Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ chosen for Read Across Lawrence
January 4, 2004
That’s right. We’re off to read the Wizard, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” If you sang that sentence instead of reading it, then you’ve probably seen the MGM film that popularized L. Frank Baum’s fantastic Land of Oz. The movie has been shown on television so often since 1956 that nearly all American children and their families know it by heart.
Commentary: Book teaches tender lesson: ‘There’s no place like home’
January 4, 2004
I confess: When I found out this year’s Read Across Lawrence book was “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” I rolled my eyes. A full off-to-the-left, waaaay-over-the-top, then long blink kind of roll. It’s my quiet way of dismissing ideas I think lack merit.
Best-dressed women of 2003 include artists, director, queen
January 4, 2004
Vogue magazine’s list of the year’s 25 best-dressed women includes artists, a movie director and even a queen among the usual gang of perfectly turned-out actresses, models and singers.
Terrorism ruled out in Egypt jet crash
Mechanical failure blamed; 148 dead
January 4, 2004
A charter jet full of French tourists returning home from Egyptian vacations crashed early Saturday into the shark-infested Red Sea, killing all 148 people aboard. Officials blamed mechanical failure.
Planning board diversity ties votes
Proposals see increased scrutiny, leading to delays in building projects
January 4, 2004
“Smart growth” appointments to the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission in recent years have produced a board that is increasingly deadlocked on major development issues. Since 2001, city appointments to the commission have replaced Republicans with Democrats, and architects and builders with former city planners who take a stricter view of Horizon 2020, the city-county comprehensive plan. County appointees have remained unanimously Republican, and generally friendlier to development.
Barker neighbors oppose shelter plan
January 4, 2004
The message from Barker Neighborhood Assn. members to Salvation Army officials wanting to build a new homeless shelter in eastern Lawrence was loud and clear Saturday: Not in our back yard.
Nursing home flaws get less attention
New system promotes huge information gap, advocates maintain
January 4, 2004
As executive director at Kansas Advocates for Better Care, Deanne Bacco is supposed to keep track of which nursing homes are in trouble and which are not. Until about six months ago, it wasn’t hard. Now it is.
City briefs
January 4, 2004
¢ LMH sees record births ¢ Compensation fund helps beating victim ¢ Reception to honor 4-H scholars, sponsors ¢ Center appeals for donors ¢ City study to examine water, sewer rates
Is the party over?
Markets’ gains of 2003 will be hard to repeat in 2004, experts say
January 4, 2004
There’s no question the markets were red hot in 2003. Now investment professionals say the question is whether the markets will burn investors in 2004.
Rural homeowner feels lucky in surviving early-morning fire
January 4, 2004
Ray Christian thinks he might owe his life to a spur-of-the-moment decision to go deer hunting early Saturday morning.
Three U.S. soldiers killed in latest rebel attacks in Iraq
January 4, 2004
Insurgents hit a U.S. base in central Iraq with mortar shells, killing one American soldier and wounding two others, the military said Saturday. In a separate attack, rebels set off a bomb and opened fire on a U.S. convoy in Baghdad, killing two soldiers and wounding three.
Wichita anti-tether law considered a success
January 4, 2004
Although a few dog owners have been forced to give up their pets as a result of an ordinance that limits how long people can keep their dogs tied up, most government officials and animal lovers consider the 3-month-old law a success.
Edie Brickell has first new album in a decade
January 4, 2004
Edie Brickell has a mischievous smile on her face when the singer says she’s a little jealous of her children’s musical ability.
Lawrence commuter report
January 4, 2004
Great Bend bakery killings continue to baffle police
January 4, 2004
Somebody, somewhere, knows something about who killed Mary Drake and Mandi Alexander in a Great Bend bakery on Sept. 4, 2002. But not even a reward fund that now exceeds $20,000 has produced any clues that could help could solve the case.
Widower sues lawyers in diluted drug case
January 4, 2004
A suburban Kansas City man whose late wife received diluted cancer drugs from pharmacist Robert Courtney has sued the law firms that spearheaded a $73 million settlement with two drug companies, claiming his family was pressured into accepting the deal.
Fewer in county using seat belts
January 4, 2004
Douglas County drivers were less likely to buckle up in 2003 than in previous years, according to statistics released by the Kansas Department of Transportation.
Food-borne diseases are an everyday health threat
January 4, 2004
In the week since mad cow disease was discovered in the United States, more than a million Americans were sickened by food they ate. About 6,000 became so ill they were hospitalized and nearly 100 died, according to federal health estimates.
Snowstorm causes crash, avalanche in Colorado
January 4, 2004
A winter storm that brought up to 3 feet of snow to parts of Colorado’s high country Saturday was blamed for a fatal plane crash and an avalanche that temporarily shut down Vail Pass.
Foraging turns up perfect prop for film festival photo illustration
Behind the lens
January 4, 2004
The photo assignment was simple: Shoot a portrait of five Lawrence filmmakers at Kansas University’s Old Father Studios.
Afghanistan talks stall again
January 4, 2004
After a three-week roller-coaster ride marked by shouting matches, back-door bargaining and boycotts, Afghanistan’s constitutional council broke down again Saturday — this time over a single word.
India-Pakistan relations top S. Asian summit
Leaders hope for formal peace dialogue
January 4, 2004
Terrorism, free trade and efforts to reduce poverty will top the agenda today at a South Asian summit, but attention will be focused on the sidelines, where Pakistani and Indian leaders have a historic opportunity to cement peace overtures after a half-century of hatred.
Topekan to seek recall of mayor over domestic incident
January 4, 2004
One Topeka resident says he already has plans to try to recall the city’s new mayor, who has not yet been sworn into office.
Health Midwest CEO takes over leadership at Stowers Institute
Executive hopes to further goal of making K.C. a center for life sciences
January 4, 2004
Former Health Midwest chief executive Richard W. Brown has been formally named to top leadership positions at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research.
Ice nice for fishing now
Technology has improved comfort level
January 4, 2004
The high-speed evolution of ice fishing is threatening to rid the sport of its two biggest barriers: cold fingers and the tough job of finding fish under ice.
Colorado continues bighorn sheep project
January 4, 2004
After months of negotiations between ranchers, conservation groups, energy companies, government agencies and other stakeholders, Colorado officials have reintroduced bighorn sheep to the Debeque canyon.
Fowl plentiful in Kansas
January 4, 2004
Late-season waterfowl hunters have something to look forward to during the New Year — ample waterfowl in the Sunflower State.
Rout boosts KU’s confidence
Jayhawks solid in tuneup for Big 12
January 4, 2004
A spirited mob of fans lingered outside Kansas University’s locker room Saturday to greet the Jayhawks after their 64-45 waxing of San Diego at Allen Fieldhouse. It was a welcome sight for women’s basketball coach Marian Washington’s squad after its best all-around performance of the year.
Big 12 different animal
KU must remain intense to succeed in conference
January 4, 2004
Technically, Kansas University’s nonconference basketball season isn’t over. The Jayhawks will play Richmond University of the Atlantic 10 Conference Jan. 22 at Allen Fieldhouse. Aside from that made-for-ESPN2 game, however, the Jayhawks are through with their nonconference slate and take an 8-2 record into Monday’s Big 12 Conference opener at 6-3 Colorado (8:05 p.m., Coors Events Center).
Nutt to remain at Arkansas
Razorbacks’ coach won’t take Nebraska football post
January 4, 2004
Houston Nutt rejected Nebraska’s $2 million coaching offer, saying strong family ties and a job left undone kept him at Arkansas.
Toreros’ Padgett proud
Melissa roots for brother with Kansas
January 4, 2004
There was a time Kansas University freshman David Padgett got tossed around on the basketball court by his big sis.
Colts eager to face Broncos
January 4, 2004
Not long after wrapping up the AFC South title last week, the Indianapolis Colts started to think about redemption.
Packers, Holmgren struggled after split
January 4, 2004
Neither Mike Holmgren nor the Green Bay Packers have had much success in the playoffs since they parted ways five years ago.
Chiefs go back to work
January 4, 2004
The Chiefs returned to work Saturday and zipped through a crisp practice.
Sooners surviving without Mike Stoops
January 4, 2004
Oklahoma almost was ready to take its team picture for the Sugar Bowl when Bob Stoops realized someone was missing.
Determined Tech topples Tulsa
Jackets’ Daniels chugs for 307 yards in 52-10 rout
January 4, 2004
P.J. Daniels just about made sure Georgia Tech had a seventh straight winning season all by himself.
No. 8 Kentucky holds off No. 9 North Carolina
January 4, 2004
Kentucky ended its shooting slump just in time to beat North Carolina, and the big shot belonged to Gerald Fitch.
Survivor found amid rubble
January 4, 2004
For nearly nine days after an earthquake demolished her city, 97-year-old Sharbanou Mazandarani lay trapped under furniture and crumbled masonry, passing fear-filled days and cold nights with death all around.
Iranian-Americans join efforts to help victims
Groups collect $1 million for quake relief
January 4, 2004
Iranian-American groups have raised more than $1 million to help victims of last week’s deadly earthquake in Iran, money that some hope will improve relations between the countries.
A call for a Kansas Tennyson
Lack of state poet laureate indicative of second-class status for arts, backers say
January 4, 2004
From its campfires to coffeehouses, Kansas has its fair share of lyrical souls casting their “barbaric yawp” into the wind. So why no state poet laureate?
K.C. Sportshow coming
January 4, 2004
The 50th annual Kansas City Sportshow will run Tuesday through next Sunday at Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City and feature the usual array of what’s new for people who love the outdoors.
Birds of prey booklet ready
January 4, 2004
A new booklet on Kansas birds of prey has been published by the Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center. For those who prefer online information, the entire booklet is also available at the GPNC Web site.
Nature series features sea creatures
January 4, 2004
Imagine more than 30 sea creatures swimming into your mail box! The first U.S. stamps of 2004, released last week, feature colorful images of a variety of sea creatures that live beneath the surface in the coral reefs of the Pacific Ocean, according to the U.S. Postal Service.
Idiosyncratic newspapermen don’t quite save ‘Bandbox’
January 4, 2004
In another lifetime, I worked at a newspaper where reporters fueled themselves between editions at a corner bar. There were editors who handed over their daily horse racing bets, tightly wrapped in copy paper, to a composing room employee named Mike the Cuban, who ran a profitable gambling operation on the side. A rewrite man named Byron Roberts once ran for mayor, just so his obituary might one day declare, “Byron Roberts, former candidate for mayor of Baltimore …”
Poet’s showcase
January 4, 2004
Dog and cat appetite differences exposed
January 4, 2004
Why is it that dogs will eat just about any food item that passes near their snout, while cats are far more selective? Is it that cats have a more refined sense of taste and style, or are they just malcontents?
Shape of dogs’ ears influences how we view them
January 4, 2004
The shape of a dog’s ears has a great influence on how we view the breed. Even if you don’t have a clue how to read the body language of a dog by observing the carriage of its ears, the shape and position of a dog’s ears can greatly influence your sense of a dog’s intelligence and disposition.
Landreth services
January 4, 2004
Melvin Lowell Fabert
January 4, 2004
Japan poised to release spy suspect
Scientist had ties to researcher who used to work at KU Med
January 4, 2004
The Japanese government may begin procedures this month to hand over to the United States a Japanese man wanted on charges of industrial espionage with ties to a former Kansas University researcher, the Japan Times reported Saturday.
Arts notes
January 4, 2004
¢ Pow Wow planned at Washburn University ¢ KC Symphony to perform ‘greats’ ¢ Hays Arts Council accepting photo entries ¢ Exhibit highlights art of advertising
Analysis: Dean was warned about lax security at Vermont sites
Lapses at nuclear plants came despite calls for more safety
January 4, 2004
Presidential hopeful Howard Dean, who accuses President Bush of being weak on homeland security, was warned repeatedly as Vermont governor about security lapses at his state’s nuclear power plant and was told the state was ill-prepared for a disaster at its most attractive terrorist target.
Rachel M. Perry
January 4, 2004
Paul Wallis
January 4, 2004
People
January 4, 2004
¢ Theron relishes weighty role ¢ Brockovich firm at it again ¢ Fast horses have Keith racing ¢ Jolie gives cows to Cambodia
Industrial art goes on tour
Smithsonian shares collection of engineer doodles
January 4, 2004
Doodles and drawings done by engineers to guide the manufacture of everyday things sometimes qualify as art, the Smithsonian Institution thinks. As evidence, it has framed 74 of them to send across the country for display in museums.
Friends mourn, honor Free State student
January 4, 2004
She was a loving sister, a believer in justice and a brilliant scholar who didn’t boast about her academic success. Now that Sarah Elbayoumy is gone, though, many Lawrence residents are working to ensure that the 16-year-old isn’t forgotten.
Sociologist’s new book reflects on boxing years in Chicago
January 4, 2004
When he first walked into the dingy gym on Chicago’s South Side back in 1988, Loic Wacquant had never attended a boxing match and didn’t know a left hook from an uppercut.
Pronunciation is hardest part of French game
January 4, 2004
I discovered the perfect sport. You don’t have to be in great shape to play it. You barely have to stand. You’re thinking: golf. Wrong. Compared to the sport I’m talking about, golf is brutal, sometimes forcing you to physically walk 15 feet from your cart to your ball.
Though he died in an unfashionable decade, ‘Elvis Fashion’ is no oxymoron, author says
January 4, 2004
Take the words “Elvis” and “fashion” and put them together, and unfashionable images might spring to mind: white jumpsuits, loud polyester prints or the divinely tacky decor of Graceland, the King’s home.
Events scheduled for February book program
January 4, 2004
This year’s Read Across Lawrence book is L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Thirty copies of the book are available for five-day checkout at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt., and 100 additional copies will be circulated around town to be read and passed on.
Opt for college savings plan, not insurance, for youngsters
January 4, 2004
My father has purchased a whole life insurance policy for each of his grandchildren. He says it’s good forced savings, but I’d rather he put the money into an investment such as a 529 college savings plan or custodial account. What do you think?
Terror fears keep U.S. on guard
NFL, bowl games tighten security at stadiums
January 4, 2004
Authorities were concerned with terrorism threats in the air and on the ground Saturday. The British government delayed a London-to-Washington flight for three hours and U.S. officials monitored heavily secured stadiums playing host to the first round of professional football playoffs.
Kerry collects endorsements; Clark promotes ‘higher standard’ of leadership
January 4, 2004
Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, collecting endorsements for his Democratic presidential campaign from leaders of public safety unions, spelled out a plan to give local officials broader powers and more money for dealing with threats to domestic security.
Saunders deftly guides blistering K.C. offense
Savvy coordinator making Kansas City click
January 4, 2004
It’s no wonder college and NFL teams are lining up to talk to Al Saunders. Kansas City’s hard-driving, London-born coordinator will take an offense into the playoffs that has ranked among the very best in the league for two years running … and passing … and scoring.
Carolina crushes Dallas, 29-10
Cowboys’ first season under Parcells ends with first-round loss
January 4, 2004
Long after Bill Parcells headed to the locker room for the final time this season, the Carolina Panthers returned to the field and ran a slow victory lap around Ericsson Stadium.
Tennessee topples Baltimore
January 4, 2004
With one gritty victory, the Tennessee Titans ended a run of misery against Baltimore and kept alive their hope of returning to the Super Bowl.
Briefly
January 4, 2004
¢ Book opens access to Big Easy hot spots ¢ Minnesota considers rest-stop sponsorships ¢ Tahiti can help visitors forget winter chill
Briefly
January 4, 2004
¢ Officials claim victory over Islamic sect ¢ Food company probe includes NYC search
Almost enough to lose faith in humanity
January 4, 2004
A cartoon in a recent New Yorker depicts a bearded figure scowling at planet Earth from outer space. “And this time — no ark,” he says.
Service helps long-distance caregivers
January 4, 2004
My mother and father live in the East. They are getting older, but have seemed to be doing fine until recently. As an only son living in Kansas, I’m concerned about being a long-distance caregiver. I’m just at a loss for where to begin gathering helpful information.
Colombian rebel leader captured in Ecuador
January 4, 2004
A senior leader of neighboring Colombia’s main rebel group was arrested in Ecuador, the nation’s police chief said Saturday, announcing the capture of the highest-ranking official of the leftist guerrilla army during nearly four decades of war.
Briefly
January 4, 2004
¢ Greenspan defends Fed’s 1990s policy ¢ Plea agreement near for teen charged in death ¢ Mourners remember mudslide victims
Agenda items?
Other states may have some ideas worth emulating in Kansas.
January 4, 2004
Some actions either taken or being considered by other governmental units may offer some possibilities for the Kansas Legislature’s 2004 agenda.
What are you reading?
January 4, 2004
Wind farm advances said to be more friendly to environment
January 4, 2004
Environmentalists say the dozens of turbines that rise more than 300 feet over wheat fields and herds of sheep here represent the future of wind energy — and a model for overcoming the shortcomings that have kept wind from threatening the dominance of fossil fuels.
Clooney’s dad hopes next act is in Congress
January 4, 2004
Political newcomer Nick Clooney needed no introduction as he shook hands with people hunched over steaming breakfast plates at the Farmhouse restaurant.
NASA rover lands on Mars
Robot spacecraft sends signals back to Earth
January 4, 2004
A NASA rover plunged through the atmosphere of Mars and bounced down upon its rocky surface Saturday night, beginning a mission to roam the Red Planet in search of evidence that it was once suitable for life.
Mayer: Bowl repeat? Start wishing
January 4, 2004
The Kansas University football team closed out with a 56-26 aeration by North Carolina State in the Tangerine Bowl. But enthusiasm has been rekindled and a lot of fans are eyeing the 2004 season with optimism. Until they look hard at that vicious schedule.
System imperfect, but LSU, OU pumped
January 4, 2004
The Sooner Schooner is in town, pulled by horses named Boomer and Sooner. The glittery Golden Girls and their 325-member Golden Band from Tigerland are here, too. The LSU flagship radio station was set to start 24 straight hours of football coverage and RVs toting OU wind socks rolled in by the dozen. More than one million people might descend on Bourbon Street by tonight.
Veritas drops another in OT
Randtke’s 20 highlight loss to St. Mary’s
January 4, 2004
It’s hard to be happy after a heartbreaking overtime loss, but the youthful Veritas Christian boys basketball team has plenty to gain from the crunch-time situations they so often experience.
Promises, promises
Arts officials, others reveal ‘04 resolutions
January 4, 2004
A lot of people don’t lend much credence to New Year’s resolutions. They figure if you want to accomplish a task or make a life-altering change, you’ll do it when you think of it during the year rather than making a monumental declaration to get started Jan. 1.
Horoscope
January 4, 2004
On the record
January 4, 2004
Snyder contradicts discipline rules
January 4, 2004
Approximately 73,000 sets of eyes were on Kansas State quarterback Ell Roberson as he trotted onto the field as the Wildcats’ starter Friday night against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.
Sixers halt Spurs’ streak
January 4, 2004
Tim Duncan attempted San Antonio’s first eight free throws and missed them all. By the end of the afternoon, the Spurs had clanged away their 13-game winning streak.
Briefly
January 4, 2004
¢ Odor triggers biohazard alert at U.S. Capitol ¢ Hillary Clinton dropped from Flowers lawsuit ¢ Convicted bank robber admits Clinton threats ¢ Images show comet spouting dust, gas
Briefly
January 4, 2004
¢ Bank robbers turn to notes as weapons ¢ Veteran congressman makes switch to GOP ¢ Foreign aid rules change to favor justly governed
Childhood homes of Missouri’s famous draw tourists
January 4, 2004
Outlaws Jesse and Frank James made a living robbing banks and trains. Apparently, their mother also knew how to rake in the money, although in a legal if crass way.
Regional briefs
January 4, 2004
¢ Homicide suspect caught in Chicago ¢ Harry, Bess Truman letters inform exhibit
Bookstore
January 4, 2004
Disabled waiting on lawmakers
Lawmakers grapple with services for state’s vulnerable
January 4, 2004
John Beasley, 46, knows all about The Wait. “It stinks,” he said. “That’s the only way I know how to describe it.” A longtime steel worker, Beasley broke his neck last year after slipping on wet steps outside his mobile home in east Lawrence. He’s paralyzed below the waist.
Georgia stuns Georgia Tech
Bulldogs bounce No. 3 Yellow Jackets in two OTs
January 4, 2004
Late in the second overtime, with Georgia clinging to a slim lead, Jonas Hayes looked over at his twin brother, Jarvis, who was sitting in the stands for the first time this season.
No. 7 OU overcomes Princeton
January 4, 2004
In only its second game of the season outside its own gym, No. 7 Oklahoma needed some help from an emerging standout to beat Princeton, 58-55, Saturday in the All-College Classic.
Longhorns ready for conference play
No. 3 Texas cruises in final nonleague game
January 4, 2004
Jamie Carey is finding the touch on her three-point shot just in time for No. 3 Texas to begin defense of its Big 12 Conference title.
Briefly
January 4, 2004
¢ Castro marks anniversary of revolutionary triumph ¢ Study finds football hits are similar to car crashes ¢ Four Palestinians killed in clashes with Israeli troops
Retired police tackle cold cases
January 4, 2004
At age 16, Benny King was no cherub. Not even close. So when he vanished from a riverside beer party in 1975, some figured he had just skipped out on the bail his grandmother posted after King was charged with rape.
Business briefs
January 4, 2004