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Lawrence filmmaker honored by governor
January 9, 2004
(Web Posted Friday at 3:17 p.m.) TOPEKA - Lawrence filmmaker Kevin Willmott and his crew were honored today by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as he prepared to take his movie “C.S.A. The Confederate States of America” to the Sundance Film Festival.
50s returning on Sunday
January 9, 2004
(Updated Friday at 11:27 a.m.) Remember the 50s? After a week’s worth of frigid weather they’ll be arriving back in Lawrence Sunday afternoon, says Matt Jacobs, 6News meteorologist.
Legislative proposal would expand gambling
January 9, 2004
(Updated Friday at 10:39 a.m.) TOPEKA - The first bill for the upcoming legislative session to expand gambling was announced today. House Speaker Pro Tem John Ballou, a Gardner Republican, said his proposal would allow slot-machine casinos at the state’s three pari-mutuel racetracks, which are at Kansas City, Kan., Wichita and Frontenac. His measure would also allow casinos at Dodge City and Junction City.
6Sports video: Kansas needs better on-ball defense
January 9, 2004
Coach Self’s teams are known for tough defense, and he wants to see that toughness in the Jayhawks.
Magical ‘Big Fish’ hooks viewers with tall tales
January 9, 2004
Few filmmakers know more about exaggeration than Tim Burton. The fanciful director has made a career crafting fables of larger-than-life misfits who try to adjust to a restrictive society — whether it’s the shears-limbed hero in “Edward Scissorhands,” the quixotic filmmaker in “Ed Wood” or even the Halloween honcho who takes over Santa’s gig in “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
Dry, cold conditions hinder wheat crop
Northwest Kansas still mired in drought
January 9, 2004
Concern for the Kansas wheat crop is growing as another dry winter worsens the drought situation, especially in the hard-hit northwest part of the state. This week, the Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service rated 21 percent of the state’s wheat in poor to very poor condition.
NFL briefs
January 9, 2004
¢ Three Colts players held out of practice ¢ Tennessee’s George expected to play
Niners aide Mora agrees to become Falcons’ coach
January 9, 2004
The Atlanta Falcons have reached agreement to hire San Francisco defensive coordinator Jim Mora as the team’s head coach, a source said Thursday night.
Series goes from drear to ‘Eternity’
January 9, 2004
I’m usually a fan of low-budget science fiction, but even I have my limits. The new series (actually a 1999 import) “Code Name: Eternity” (9 p.m., Sci Fi) falls well beyond my threshold of pain.
Faculty hope to rein in sports
Missouri proposes resolution to restore focus on academics
January 9, 2004
Upset over the ever-increasing commercialization and expense of college sports, a University of Missouri professor says it’s time to fight back. And he’s enlisting the help of his counterparts at Kansas University and other Big 12 Conference schools.
Health spending hits $1.6 trillion
January 9, 2004
Health care spending in the United States surged to $1.6 trillion in 2002 — about $5,440 for every American — and outpaced growth in the rest of the economy for a fourth straight year.
Study: Low-tar cigarettes not less hazardous
January 9, 2004
Low-tar cigarettes do not carry a lower risk of lung cancer, according to the first study comparing lung cancer deaths among smokers of ultralight, mild and medium filtered cigarettes.
Iran quake survivor rescued
January 9, 2004
A 57-year-old man was pulled from the rubble of this earthquake-shattered Iranian city, barely conscious but still alive after 13 days thanks to a nearby source of water.
Lawrence native killed
January 9, 2004
An argument between two friends ended in the shooting death of a Lawrence native early Thursday at a Topeka apartment complex, Topeka Police said.
Lawsuit against WU puzzles sculptor
Artist says he’s pleased work has sparked conversation
January 9, 2004
An artist said he was glad his sculpture of a Catholic clergyman has sparked a public debate but was surprised at a federal lawsuit seeking its removal from the Washburn University campus.
School funding adequate, publication says
January 9, 2004
Kansas schools are better off when it comes to funding than those in most other states, according to a report published Wednesday in the trade newspaper Education Week.
Woman drops claim that she won lottery
January 9, 2004
A woman who told police she bought and lost a lottery ticket worth $162 million all but admitted Thursday she made it up, saying tearfully: “I wanted to win so bad for my kids and my family. I apologize.”
Roberson punished, but not charged
Snyder takes away player’s scholarship, apologizes for incident
January 9, 2004
Coach Bill Snyder apologized to Kansas State fans Thursday and announced senior quarterback Ell Roberson and other players would lose their scholarships for the spring semester because they violated team rules two nights before the Fiesta Bowl. Snyder made the announcement in a letter on the same day the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office declined to press charges against Roberson, who was accused of sexually assaulting an acquaintance early New Year’s Day.
Big 12 Men Buffaloes end skid
Colorado stomps Savannah State, 89-57
January 9, 2004
Colorado just wanted to have fun again, and Savannah State was the perfect tonic. Michel Morandais scored 21 points, leading Colorado to an 89-57 romp Thursday night.
Arizona crushes Cal
January 9, 2004
Hassan Adams had 19 points and nine rebounds, and No. 3 Arizona coasted to a 95-75 win over California Thursday night.
Callahan reportedly NU’s choice
Ex-Raiders coach expected to be named today
January 9, 2004
Former Oakland Raiders coach Bill Callahan will reportedly be named Nebraska’s new head football coach today, according to published reports.
Team manager O’Connor has knee surgery
January 9, 2004
Kansas University men’s basketball team manager Shannon O’Connor underwent arthroscopic surgery on her left knee Wednesday at the Lawrence Surgery Center to repair a torn ACL she suffered during a skiing accident Christmas Eve in Aspen, Colo.
Local briefs
January 9, 2004
¢ Firebirds win, LHS third at SM North meet ¢ Central Methodist topples Baker men ¢ Baker women triumph over Central Methodist
Athletes of the week
January 9, 2004
6News video: Free State student memorialized
January 9, 2004
Sarah Elbayoumy, who was killed in a car wreck late last month, was honored at the Islamic Center of Lawrence.
6Sports video: J.R. Giddens growing into potential
January 9, 2004
When Giddens first arrived, he described himself as “clueless.” Now he’s a fan favorite and playing well as a starter.
6Sports video: Kansas women still struggling
January 9, 2004
While the Jayhawks proved they were better than last year’s team, they are still having trouble.
6News video: Clean Air Lawrence Coalition wants to stamp out smoking
January 9, 2004
The coalition seeks to have clean air regulations for all buildings in Lawrence. They are using New York City and California ordinances as a model.
6News video: Douglas County Commissioners hope the state gives them a break
January 9, 2004
The commissioners understand the state’s financial problems, but are asking legislators not to cut into their budget more than last year.
Bush to announce bold new missions to space
January 9, 2004
President Bush will announce plans next week to send Americans to Mars and establish a permanent human presence on the moon, senior administration officials said Thursday night. Bush won’t propose sending Americans to Mars anytime soon; rather, he envisions preparing for the mission more than a decade from now, one official said.
Pakistani army begins major operation against terror suspects
January 9, 2004
Pakistani troops backed by helicopters launched an offensive Thursday to capture suspected al-Qaida fugitives hiding in the mountains along the Afghan border, believed to be a possible hiding place for Osama bin Laden.
Tips on telling children about effects of job loss
January 9, 2004
A parent who loses his job or is faced with other financial setbacks must tighten the family budget. But in the process of cutting back on expenses, many find it difficult to explain what’s happening to children.
On the record
January 9, 2004
Brand loyalty
January 9, 2004
The U.S. Department of Agriculture should move forward on implementing new requirements to specifically label American-made food. In many businesses, “made in America” is a sign of pride and quality. Various retailers tout the fact that they stock American-made items. Many car buyers have a preference for vehicles that are produced by American workers. Socially conscious shoppers shy away from products that they believe are manufactured in deplorable conditions in Third World countries. Many people believe that “buying American” is not only an act of patriotism but an assurance of quality.
Curiosity tied to human survival
January 9, 2004
One hundred million miles away, the mechanical innards of NASA’s Spirit rover have begun to hum in the brittle cold of the martian air. The rover is a synthetic geologist on wheels, small enough to fit in your kitchen, and the space agency is reveling in the fact that Spirit has managed to elude the silent death that has claimed so many of humankind’s envoys to the Red Planet.
Some responsibilities shared
January 9, 2004
This column was inspired by the 5 extra pounds that have made their annual post-holiday appearance and for which I claim personal responsibility. No one else is to blame, although perhaps I could launch a small litigation at the two young women who produced that miraculous chocolate cake for Christmas dinner.
U.S. profiteering
January 9, 2004
Cleanup job
January 9, 2004
Bowl winners
January 9, 2004
Adrian Michael Laughead
January 9, 2004
Metal outside the mold
The Esoteric earns fans by breaking genre borders
January 9, 2004
As far as metal bands go, the members of The Esoteric are hardly the long-haired, head-banging, booze-swilling stereotypes that have dominated the genre ever since the days of Metallica and Spinal Tap. In conversation, the Lawrence fivesome is just as likely to rave about Outkast or Justin Timberlake as flagship metal bands like Faith No More or Mr. Bungle.
Raymond L. Spriggs
January 9, 2004
Fannie Marie Dean Fakonas
January 9, 2004
Chiefs’ Green has paid his dues
Quarterback goes from 222nd overall draft pick to Kansas City’s starter
January 9, 2004
Trent Green wasn’t as much drafted that day in 1993 as he was embarrassed.
Albert Preston Cole
January 9, 2004
Old school coach helps young Grizzlies improve
Brown has Memphis hovering at .500 mark
January 9, 2004
At 70, Hubie Brown is the NBA’s oldest coach. So there were some doubts about whether he would be able to relate to his players in Memphis.
Muslim community breaks with tradition to honor teen’s life
Hundreds attend unique memorial for student killed in car accident
January 9, 2004
In a high school Spanish exercise, Sarah Elbayoumy once was asked what she would do if she won $2 million in the lottery. She replied without hesitation that she would give it all to the Islamic Center of Lawrence, 1917 Naismith Drive.
Media at issue in Jackson case
District attorney seeking gag order
January 9, 2004
The judge presiding over the Michael Jackson child molestation case faces new decisions regarding media access, with prosecutors calling for a rigid publicity gag order and six news organizations asking that court documents be unsealed.
Johnson County picks company to develop ammunition plant site
January 9, 2004
Johnson County commissioners said Thursday they wanted a Kansas City, Mo., company to develop the defunct Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant near De Soto.
FDA rejects lifting ban on silicone breast implants
January 9, 2004
The government will continue its decade-plus ban on most silicone gel breast implants for now, health officials announced Thursday, saying they still have serious questions about how often the devices break apart and the damage that can result.
House leader opposes tax increase
January 9, 2004
House Speaker Doug Mays said Thursday he would oppose a tax increase during the coming legislative session, and that if public schools get a funding boost it should come from increasing revenues or budget cuts in other areas. “I really think the approach we need to take is grow our economy and try to make government more efficient,” said Mays, a Topeka Republican.
Douglas County lawmakers hear pleas from constituents
January 9, 2004
A common theme emerged Thursday as social service advocates spoke to Douglas County legislators: More money is needed. Bob Mikesic, advocacy coordinator for Independence Inc., asked lawmakers to push for funding to provide in-home health care to more than 2,000 poor and elderly Kansans who are on waiting lists.
Georgia slayings suspect, three girls found alive
January 9, 2004
A manhunt across the Southeast ended late Thursday when a tip led authorities to a jealous ex-husband who allegedly killed three former in-laws and his infant daughter, then fled with three girls.
Rockets deal Knicks fourth straight loss
January 9, 2004
Chants of “Fire Chaney” echoed through Madison Square Garden on a night that was supposed to be all about Stephon Marbury’s home debut and Jeff Van Gundy’s return.
Sloan to miss games to be with ailing wife
January 9, 2004
Jerry Sloan plans on coaching Utah while his wife undergoes treatment for pancreatic cancer.
Area briefs
January 9, 2004
¢ Defendant pleads guilty in carjacking at KUMC ¢ State representative sets office hours ¢ Leavenworth principal resigns after arrest ¢ Overcrowded prisons force transfers to Texas
Week off, home field give Patriots advantage
Indianapolis should slip past Kansas City in matchup of potent offenses, leaky defenses
January 9, 2004
In one of the best games of the NFL’s regular season, the Tennessee Titans went to Foxboro Oct. 5 and lost to the New England Patriots, 38-30.
River access and clean water on agenda for lawmakers
January 9, 2004
Creating better public access to the Kansas River, a potential state park and clean water standards are expected to be the top environmental issues of the 2004 legislative session, which starts Monday. In recent years, canoeing enthusiasts have successfully worked on gaining improved access points on the 170-mile Kansas River, and state Wildlife and Parks Secretary Mike Hayden has made river access one of his priorities.
Urban residents more likely to play dating game
January 9, 2004
You could call it a real-life glimpse at sex and the city. A new survey from the University of Chicago found that typical urban-dwellers spend much of their adult lives unmarried — either dating or single. And that has led to an elaborate network of “markets” in which these adults search for companionship and sex.
Briefly
January 9, 2004
¢ Library renews memorial ¢ Indoor aquatic center offers free swimming ¢ Parenting center to open Saturday
Judge decides to move Laci Peterson murder trial
January 9, 2004
A judge ruled Thursday that accused murderer Scott Peterson cannot get a fair trial in his dead wife’s hometown and ordered the case moved out of the county.
Horoscopes
January 9, 2004
Horoscopes
January 9, 2004
Marquee matchup: Patriots-Titans
New England rested, but Tennesse’s McNair may not be at full strength
January 9, 2004
The New England Patriots allowed just 68 points in eight home games this season, and nearly half came in a 38-30 victory over the Tennessee Titans in October.
Farmed salmon high in toxins
Study recommends once-a-month limit for American diets
January 9, 2004
Farm-raised salmon, a popular fish on American supermarket shelves, is so contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals that people should eat it no more than once a month, a new study says. The 14 chemicals studied, most of them pesticides, are banned in the United States. But they can linger for decades in the environment and in the human body, and are present in the smaller fish that are ground up and fed to salmon raised in giant ocean cages.
Almost identical’
Roger Morningstar, son Brady see similarities between their looks, talents
January 9, 2004
Roger Morningstar has seen this player somewhere before. Something looks strangely familiar to Morningstar when he watches the lanky 6-foot-2 high school boy with the sharp shot and even sharper instincts on the basketball court.
Moody impressing KU coach, teammates
Instead of red-shirt year, sophomore contributing
January 9, 2004
It’s not often a non-scholarship college basketball player makes such a spectacular play that it winds up being a highlight on ESPN’s SportsCenter. But that’s exactly what happened Monday when Kansas University sophomore Christian Moody showed Tony Gonzalez-like hands, catching a half-court bounce pass from Aaron Miles on the fast-break and finishing a layup.
Enron executive’s wife strikes plea bargain
Prosecutors hope deal with Fastow will be next
January 9, 2004
The wife of former Enron finance chief Andrew Fastow struck a bargain with prosecutors Thursday for a five-month prison sentence — a deal that could lead to a guilty plea from her husband and crack the scandal wide open.
9 die in Iraq helicopter crash
January 9, 2004
A Black Hawk medivac helicopter, clearly marked with a red cross, crashed Thursday after a witness said it was hit by a rocket, killing all nine U.S. soldiers aboard. In Baghdad, a C-5 transport plane with 63 passengers and crew limped safely back to the airport after being struck by fire from insurgents.
Parent to watch district on ADA
Father won’t hesitate to file grievances if schools don’t adhere
January 9, 2004
A parent of a Lawrence school district student vowed Thursday to file more civil rights complaints against the district if access for disabled students isn’t improved.
Briefly
January 9, 2004
¢ Flu kills 93 children in U.S., but outbreak may be waning ¢ U.S. breaks up alleged gold-smuggling ring ¢ Police searching for gang that attacked U.S. tourists
Briefcase
January 9, 2004
¢ Payless sales increas ¢ Kansas City Fed leader expects 2004 growth ¢ Aviation industry blames Bush for rise in oil prices ¢ Mortgage rates climb
Daily ticker
January 9, 2004
Swan lake
January 9, 2004
Friends and neighbors
January 9, 2004
Rose says he wants to manage again
January 9, 2004
Pete Rose is an angry man.
Dawn Brown sets her designs on ‘Fish’
January 9, 2004
“He takes us on fantastical adventures through a slightly askew world,” Dawn Brown says of filmmaker Tim Burton. Brown should know, because she helped to design part of that askew world displayed in “Big Fish,” Burton’s whimsical effort which is released today nationwide.
Last-minute shoppers boost retail profits
Research analyst reports same-store sales increased 4.2 percent in December
January 9, 2004
Consumers who frustrated retailers through the early part of December gave many storeowners a respectable holiday season after all, coming through at the last minute with a spending spree right before and after Christmas. Even struggling department stores ended up with solid results. December sales figures issued Thursday by the nation’s biggest retailers showed that procrastinators and post-Christmas shoppers helped companies including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., J.C. Penney Co. Inc., and Target Corp. offset a slow start to the season.
Children build memorial for Keiko
January 9, 2004
Hundreds of schoolchildren in western Norway bid farewell to Keiko the killer whale Thursday by building a burial mound of stones over the Hollywood star’s grave.
SARS-wary China fights disease-spreading pests
January 9, 2004
SARS-wary southern China mobilized a mass cleanup effort Thursday, sweeping streets, slaughtering more civets and targeting the “four dangers” — rats, roaches, flies and mosquitoes — in its attack on creatures it suspects of carrying the virus.
NYSE seeks Grasso refund
Regulators urged to pursue ‘unreasonable’ pay package
January 9, 2004
The New York Stock Exchange asked state and federal regulators Thursday to help it recover about $140 million in “unreasonable compensation” paid to its former chief executive and chairman Dick Grasso. The NYSE’s board of directors forwarded an internal report by former federal prosecutor Dan K. Webb to the Securities and Exchange Commission and New York Atty. Gen. Eliot Spitzer, asking that they “pursue the matter both on our behalf and as part of your broader responsibilities.”
Clark hopes to outlast fellow Democrats
January 9, 2004
It was a classic day on a New Hampshire holiday. The kids were busy. My wife was shopping. So on a wintry afternoon, I traveled a full quarter-mile — to have a look at the shiniest new snow boots I had seen in a long time.
Briefly
January 9, 2004
¢ Rain adds slush, causes outages after snowfall ¢ Scientists find squid with built-in light ¢ Ousted chief justice seeks return to office
Kansans weigh wind energy merits
Residents in several counties throughout state debate pros, cons
January 9, 2004
Interest in generating electricity from the wind is poised to charge ahead in Kansas.
People
January 9, 2004
¢ Mogul aims to hip-hop the vote ¢ Broadway gets new Belle ¢ Carrey tops moneymakers ¢ ‘Nemo’ leads Annie Awards