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Kidney stones can be left in cats, dogs
January 11, 2004
My 13-year-old cat, Simon, recently went to the doctor for vomiting. Blood tests showed his kidney enzymes to be slightly elevated, and an X-ray showed that he had a kidney stone. The doctor did not think these problems were the cause of his vomiting, and his vomiting did stop. Do you think I should have his kidney stone removed? His veterinarian did not suggest this.
POW status for Saddam a surprise to Iraqis
January 11, 2004
Iraqi officials expressed fears Saturday that a Pentagon decision to declare Saddam Hussein a prisoner of war would prevent them from putting the ousted dictator on trial. The international Red Cross, however, said POW status did not preclude a war crimes prosecution.
New year perfect time to check on finances
January 11, 2004
Are you cursing me yet? A couple of months ago, I wrote that I was tired of all the holiday finger-wagging about thrift and thought people should just enjoy themselves. OK, we’ve had our fun. Regrets or not, it’s time to get finances in order. So here, from a fellow financial sinner, are some reminders of things to do in the new year.
Monkee hits Broadway
Micky Dolenz joins cast of Disney musical
January 11, 2004
Micky Dolenz studied architecture in college and was fully prepared for a life planning buildings — not rock ‘n’ roll immortality — even though he was auditioning for television shows between classes.
On the record
January 11, 2004
Kwan claims eighth national crown
January 11, 2004
The rivals come and go, and so do the years. The only constant is Michelle Kwan and her brilliance on the ice.
No. 4 Cardinal club No. 3 Wildcats
Stanford remains perfect with fourth win in a row at Arizona, 82-72
January 11, 2004
A Stanford victory at Arizona is nothing new. A dominating double-digit Cardinal win, though, was unexpected and impressive.
Educators worry about students falling behind as money issue looms
January 11, 2004
Without additional money to hire teachers and train them for special programs, school administrators say failing students are not likely to catch up to their classmates.
Pats survive frigid Foxboro
Vinatieri’s late boot dooms Titans
January 11, 2004
Adam Vinatieri kicked the New England Patriots into the AFC title game once again. B-b-b-b-barely.
Chiefs’ Morton enjoys diverse interests
Wide receiver dabbles in real estate, nutrition, show business
January 11, 2004
There’s probably only one way to make sure Kansas City wide receiver Johnnie Morton sees this year’s Super Bowl — have the Chiefs play in it.
Beating Old Man Winter
Cold, dry weather can bully skin, but experts say moisturizers, habit changes can help fight back
January 11, 2004
Old Man Winter can be a nasty foe, especially when it comes to your skin. And some of the very tricks people use to warm up when the mercury dips below freezing — as it has recently — could turn skin that’s simply dry into an itchy, flaky nuisance that takes more than a good moisturizer to cure.
Book reveals untold history of anti-slavery society
January 11, 2004
Justice came swiftly. After nightfall, a company of Lawrence free-staters 30 strong crept on cat’s paws toward an encampment south of the city, where 22 Missouri “highwaymen and horse-thieves” whose captain had committed “outrages” on three free-state mothers were conversing by firelight.
What are you reading?
January 11, 2004
Popularity of bird-watching on rise
January 11, 2004
They don’t venture forth by the thousands on “opening day.” They don’t have to buy licenses or complete any kind of safety training to pursue their pastime. They’re bird-watchers, or birders. They’re out there. They’re just invisible to us.
Eagles want to avoid another letdown
Green Bay stands between Philadelphia and its third straight NFC title game
January 11, 2004
The Philadelphia Eagles are defying football cliches by thinking two games at a time rather than one.
Briefly
January 11, 2004
¢ Plane diverts after passenger demands to go to Australia ¢ British soldiers, Iraqi police clash with protesters ¢ WHO investigators scour apartments in SARS probe ¢ Temperatures drop to record lows across Northeast U.S.
Taking the plunge
When your workout gets boring, try something new
January 11, 2004
When you first started an exercise program a few months ago, fast walking was fine and dandy. But now it’s either no longer producing the desired results or it’s gotten just plain boring.
Moral, financial obligations come with breeding pets
January 11, 2004
Mrs. Jones and I were in the examination room with Fluffy, her golden retriever. It was Fluffy’s second birthday, and Mrs. Jones asked me a very important question: “I’m thinking of breeding Fluffy now. What are my considerations?”
Mayer: Sideline reporters offer little
January 11, 2004
David Letterman’s “Late Show” periodically features “stupid pet tricks,” most of which don’t come even close to the doltery of some so-called sideline reporters. The ultimate in foolishness came during the Sugar Bowl. Some nut case named Jack Arute ran alongside Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and tried to ask him questions as the coach and his team ran onto the field before the game. Arute was breathless, the coach enjoyed responding about as much as he’d relish a brain tumor; it was a ridiculous scene with nobody getting anything meaningful, particularly the TV viewers.
Industry’s latest gizmos offer style, comfort
Automakers consider chameleon-like wheels
January 11, 2004
If you’ve ever haplessly wrestled with a truck’s spare tire or longed to liven up a drab dashboard display, the auto industry has the gadget for you.
Universities pin hopes on funding increases
Regents want lawmakers to increase base funding by 6 percent this session
January 11, 2004
When he’s not working with computers at Kansas University, Sam Hunsaker spends 30 hours a week staffing the checkout lanes at Hy-Vee. He’d rather spend the time with his family, but in the past five years his monthly take-home pay at KU has fallen from $1,440 to $1,100. And health insurance costs for Hunsaker and other KU workers continue to go up while the state has provided meager — or no — raises.
People
January 11, 2004
¢ ‘Wayne Brady Show’ gets ax ¢ Osbourne returning to talk show ¢ Bardot condemns civet slaughter ¢ Hines less annoyed in real life
City briefs
January 11, 2004
¢ Department offers flu vaccine for toddlers ¢ Commission to elect chairman, vice chairman ¢ Salvation Army donations short of goal ¢ City agenda now online
Iowans proud of caucus process
January 11, 2004
Teresa Heinz Kerry was speaking the simple truth when she remarked here the other day, “Iowa gets better as you meet more and more of its people.”
The Motley Fool
January 11, 2004
¢ Name that company ¢ Gift-card caveats ¢ Banking on banks
Calendar
January 11, 2004
Douglas County Senior Services, 745 Vt., offers activities during the week for residents age 55 and older. Future seniors are allowed to participate if space permits. Call Senior Services at 842-0543 for more information.
2004 should focus on ideas, not emotion
January 11, 2004
The presidential campaign of 2004 starts long on emotion and short on ideas. Ultimately that is not good for the Democrats and more importantly, not good for the country.
Robertson’s political prophesy not helpful
January 11, 2004
Just when you think it is safe to move on to more temporal subjects, politicians become increasingly religious and religious leaders become more and more political.
George A. Blevins
January 11, 2004
Judge orders release of felony suspects
January 11, 2004
Aiming to prod the criminal justice system into faster action, a judge ordered the release of four felony suspects who had been jailed at least 19 days without being charged.
Veritas vanquished, 76-65
January 11, 2004
Freshman Kirk Long scored 23 points and sophomore Mark Randtke 20 in Veritas Christian School’s 76-65 loss to Kansas City East Christian School Saturday night in varsity basketball.
Prep briefs
January 11, 2004
¢ Lions finish fifth in wrestling tourney ¢ Three Firebirds place at Derby tournament
Johnson sparks Missouri
Senior’s double-double helps Tigers to 82-77 win over A&M
January 11, 2004
Arthur Johnson kept his brain engaged, but he let his body do the heavy lifting.
Horoscopes
January 11, 2004
Bookstore
January 11, 2004
Floating fish are not a good sign
January 11, 2004
My husband, Ray, recently suffered the traumatic experience of walking out to our water garden and discovering, floating amid the lily pads, 171 belly-up fish, many of which — among them, Spot, Big Red and Clown — were named. Ray initially stocked the water garden, which he hand-dug with a shovel on the hottest day of the year seven summers ago, with a dozen fish. The fish did the rest, causing Ray to lament, “Seven years of fish procreation down the drain!”
Philosophical Society displays natural history specimens
January 11, 2004
When a French count claimed the damp North American climate made the continent’s wildlife degenerate, Thomas Jefferson responded with a “megalonyx.”
Sebelius signs trade pact with Cuba
January 11, 2004
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has signed a joint communique with Cuba’s largest food importer, hoping to increase trade between Kansas companies and the island country.
KBI reports declining seizures of meth labs
January 11, 2004
Statewide seizures of methamphetamine labs appear to be down for the second year in a row in 2003, but Kansas law enforcement officials aren’t ready to say the war against the addictive drug has been won. “We’re hoping and keeping our fingers crossed that the number of meth labs is going down,” said Kyle Smith, spokesman for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
Oscar I. Beck
January 11, 2004
Leaf dispute gets blown out of proportion
January 11, 2004
Have you ever wondered why the entire world runs so smoothly? The answer is: Guys.
Son of ex-Chief to join KU
Green expected to pick Jayhawks tonight over UCLA, Pitt, Wisconsin
January 11, 2004
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino is set to pull off his biggest recruiting coup of the winter today when he, offensive line coach Ed Warinner and receivers coach Tyrone Dixon visit running back Gary Green II in San Antonio. Green, the son of the former Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowl defensive back, has told everyone — except Mangino — that he’s coming to Kansas.
Angler pumps iron, studies playbook
Retired physician changing way pro fishermen approach tournaments
January 11, 2004
Like many professional athletes, Bruce Samson is spending his offseason watching game film, poring over depth charts and pumping iron in his weight room.
Manning family has enjoyed sensational year
January 11, 2004
For the Mannings, this has been a near-perfect season. Peyton was chosen as the NFL’s co-MVP, while younger brother Eli blossomed into a Heisman Trophy finalist as Mississippi’s quarterback.
White Sox watch pitching staff take hit in offseason defections
January 11, 2004
When the Chicago White Sox said their farewells at the end of September, they controlled pitchers who had combined for 91 victories in 2003. Look at them now.
Panthers find dome magic
St. Louis falters at home as Carolina wins in 2OT
January 11, 2004
When nerves should be frayed and the ball tough to grip, the Carolina Panthers feel right at home. Even in a dome where visitors hardly ever win.
Martz’s OT decision costly for Rams
January 11, 2004
Mike Martz lost his nerve, and it helped end the St. Louis Rams’ season. With St. Louis trailing by three with a first down at Carolina’s 15 with 39 seconds to go and one time-out remaining, Martz inexplicably voted for the uncertainty of overtime.
Briefly
January 11, 2004
¢ Town where mad cow lived rallies around beef ¢ Court rules fetuses can’t have guardians ¢ Mars rover prepares to roll to surface Mars ¢ Tacoma deemed most stressed-out big city ¢ Plea deal talks ongoing, Fastow lawyers say
Questions about possible revenues mark gambling debate
January 11, 2004
Gambling probably will be a big part of the budget debate this year, but legislators don’t have any sure bets on how much revenue casinos, slot machines or card and dice games could raise for the state.
Briefly
January 11, 2004
¢ Palestinians reassert right to declare state ¢ Officials reject U.S. overture on new talks ¢ Terrorism, immigration focus of special summit ¢ Pope cancels traditional Ash Wednesday service
Poet’s showcase
January 11, 2004
Arts notes
January 11, 2004
¢ Seem-To-Be Players tell ‘Tales of Tom Sawyer’ ¢ Juried art show asks ‘love?’ or ‘love sucks?’ ¢ Theater opens auditions for prize-winning ‘Proof’ ¢ ‘Union Station’ author to speak at library ¢ River City Revue auditions scheduled ¢ Theater cancels children’s activity ¢ Theater to offer adult acting class ¢ Youth theater to have open house ¢ Exhibit shows nobility in aging process
Attentive eye yields cozy, uncomplicated feature photograph
January 11, 2004
I love uncomplicated feature shots. Sometimes all that is required is finding a good position for a simple composition and the patience to permit an interesting moment to occur.
Style notes
January 11, 2004
¢ Book explores what hair says about you ¢ Heart association asks women to wear red
Proper feeding priority for bird care
January 11, 2004
The most important thing you can do to keep your companion bird healthy and content is to feed it right. In fact, proper feeding takes priority over all other aspects of avian care.
K.C. woman converts garage into colorful bed and breakfast
January 11, 2004
If a trip to the Alps isn’t in the budget this year, a trip to Vienna Woods Bed and Breakfast in Kansas City, Mo., might be the next best thing.
Cry No More’ short on smarts, long on fun
January 11, 2004
It’s like eating a Twinkie. No, more like eating a box of Twinkies.
Hudson Valley ghost stories captivate ‘Possessions’ author
January 11, 2004
There is a specter haunting the Hudson Valley. A bunch of them, actually: Henry Hudson’s old crew; a headless Hessian; a woman dragged to death by a horse; former railroad workers; peddlers; an assortment of apparitions from the days of the American Indians and the Dutch.
Fruit trees need to be pruned in warm weather
January 11, 2004
Traditionally, winter pruning is saved for the coldest and windiest weekend in February. But not this year. With unseasonably mild temperatures predicted for today, now is a good time to begin pruning fruit and some ornamental trees and shrubs. These plants are fully dormant and have been so for several weeks. There is nothing wrong with getting an early start on this annual event. Here are some tips for getting started with giving your landscape plants a much needed “buzz.”
Bio Town U.S.A.’ competition stiff
K.C. plays catch-up in high-stakes game
January 11, 2004
When The New York Times published a story in 2002 about the nation’s hubs for biotechnology research, Kansas City wasn’t even mentioned. Instead, the newspaper highlighted efforts in 19 other locales it said were vying to become “Bio Town USA.” And the snub came despite some business leaders’ assertions — stepped up significantly in the previous three years — that life science research would become a cornerstone of the region’s economy.
As Iowa caucuses near, top Democrats visit state
January 11, 2004
Sometimes, it seems like John Kerry can’t catch a break. Seeking a big bounce nine days before the Iowa caucuses, Kerry toured eastern Iowa on Saturday with help from a Democratic icon and scion of a legendary political family, fellow Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy.
Anti-abortion group looks to reclaim state GOP
January 11, 2004
Anti-abortion advocates are hoping to regain control of the foundation of the Kansas Republican Party by winning contests at the precinct level in the August GOP primary.
Treasurers’ increased activism annoys Wall Street
January 11, 2004
Burned from losing billions of dollars in scandals and bankruptcies, a growing number of state treasurers have scrapped their low profiles to wage a campaign to clean up Wall Street and America’s corporate suites.
Kansas leaders support efforts, monitoring companies
January 11, 2004
Don’t expect Kansas Treasurer Lynn Jenkins or the state’s other pension investment professionals to lead the charge for Wall Street reform any time soon.
Driven by design
Automakers steer toward uniqueness
January 11, 2004
If you didn’t know any better, you might think today’s automotive designers were going out of their way to confuse vehicle buyers.
Report: Police doubt blood from chauffeur
January 11, 2004
British police have doubts about the authenticity of the blood sample that led French investigators to conclude drunken driving caused the car crash that killed Princess Diana, a newspaper reported Saturday.
School board agenda highlights
6:30 p.m. Monday ¢ 110 McDonald Drive
January 11, 2004
The board will receive a report from the district’s boundary committee. Committee members have concluded that no changes should be made in the boundary for Deerfield School for the 2004-2005 school year. The school has 530 students.
Paris Review names late editor’s successor
January 11, 2004
Four months after the death of George Plimpton, The Paris Review announced Wednesday that interim editor Brigid Hughes will permanently run the literary quarterly.
Commuter report
January 11, 2004
Gasper services
January 11, 2004
Evelyn S. Jones
January 11, 2004
Faces and places
January 11, 2004
Michael McGrew, Lawrence, has been appointed to a three-year term as trustee to the legal affairs committee for the National Association of Realtors. The committee is responsible for researching cases and defending Realtors in their local, state and national associations. McGrew is vice chairman for Coldwell Banker McGrew Real Estate in Lawrence. He recently completed a term as Region 9 vice president of the association, serving the states of Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
Wright services
January 11, 2004
Report: Pentagon auditors altered records
47 days spent fabricating document to pass review
January 11, 2004
Pentagon auditors spent 1,139 hours altering their own files in order to pass an internal review, say investigators who found that the accounting sleuths engaged in just the kind of wasteful activity they are supposed to expose.
N. Korea shows ‘nuclear deterrent’ to visitors
U.S. delegates won’t comment on whether it was a bomb
January 11, 2004
North Korea said Saturday that it showed its “nuclear deterrent” to an unofficial U.S. delegation that visited the disputed Yongbyon nuclear complex, which had been closed to outsiders since the North expelled U.N. inspectors more than a year ago.
Appleby regains Mercedes lead
Singh trails by two strokes entering today’s final round
January 11, 2004
Stuart Appleby needed only two holes to regain the lead Saturday in the Mercedes Championships, and it only got better from there.
Saban sticking with national champions
New Nebraska head coach trying to make up for lost time on recruiting trail
January 11, 2004
Coach Nick Saban announced Saturday he would stay at LSU, one day after talking to the Chicago Bears about their job. “That’s not something I’m interested in doing right now. I’m very happy to be the coach here,” Saban said. “We’re looking forward to the challenges of making LSU a dominant program in the future.”
UNLV’s Croom leads West to win in Shrine game
January 11, 2004
UNLV’s Larry Croom scored two touchdowns, and UCLA’s Brandon Chillar returned an interception 56 yards for a score in the West’s 28-7 win in the East-West Shrine game Saturday.
Pitt still undefeated, but barely
January 11, 2004
Trailing by two points with 3.9 seconds left in regulation, Pittsburgh needed to go the length of the floor and score to avert its first defeat. So the Panthers gave the ball to Carl Krauser, and he did the rest.
Rose: Gambling no problem
Reinstatement ‘unlikely’ unless changes made
January 11, 2004
Pete Rose sees no reason to quit gambling. In his latest autobiography and accompanying interviews this week, baseball’s hits king says he’s still wagering at race tracks, but insists that his gambling isn’t a problem and shouldn’t be a concern.
Palmeiro, Orioles agree on one-year pact
January 11, 2004
Rafael Palmeiro is returning to Baltimore, where he enjoyed five outstanding seasons before his acrimonious departure in 1998.
Major education topics of discussion for 2004 Legislature
January 11, 2004
A look at major budget issues confronting legislators
January 11, 2004
State Budget Director Duane Goossen and legislative research staff think the state could duplicate its current, $10.2 billion budget in fiscal 2005, which begins July 1, without new revenues.
Britney bolsters case for gay marriage
January 11, 2004
Who would have believed Britney Spears would end up striking a blow for gay marriage? I’m not talking about the pop star’s fleeting moments with Madonna. I’m talking about her fleeting hours with Jason Allen Alexander.
Kansas upends Missouri
January 11, 2004
Crystal Kemp led all players with 20 points, and Kansas University’s women’s basketball team snapped a seven-game losing streak against rival Missouri with a 55-52 victory.
KU glad to have Manning
Former Jayhawk brings NBA experience to bench
January 11, 2004
Kansas University freshman J.R. Giddens considers himself lucky to be able to work with a basketball legend like Danny Manning every single day. “Danny Manning is the biggest help in the world to me,” Giddens said of the former KU All-American, who serves as a counselor to KU’s players in his role as director of student-athlete development/team manager.
K.C. confident playing at Arrowhead
League’s top quarterbacks to square off in AFC semifinal game
January 11, 2004
If playoff experience counts most, Indianapolis might beat Kansas City handily today. The Chiefs (13-3) haven’t won a postseason game in 10 years. For the Colts (13-4), it’s been seven days. Momentum might favor the Colts, who’ve won four of their last five, including a 41-10 destruction of Denver last week in a wild-card match.
Ex-official: Iraq plan began before 9-11
January 11, 2004
Former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill contends the United States began laying the groundwork for an invasion of Iraq just days after President Bush took office in January 2001 — more than two years before the start of the U.S.-led war that ousted Saddam Hussein.
Athletic emphasis
University professors who resent the money being spent on athletic programs are making a point that university leaders shouldn’t ignore.
January 11, 2004
Faculty members at Big 12 Conference schools are trying to reclaim their power. They are concerned that the emphasis on and expense of major college sports are overwhelming what should be the universities’ core mission: academics. It’s easy to understand their concern. It may be more difficult to address it.
City bids troops farewell
January 11, 2004
Good luck. Do your job. Come back safely. That was the overwhelming message 11 members of a Lawrence Army Reserve unit heard during a Saturday reception as they prepared for deployment, possibly to Iraq or Afghanistan.
Sports complex director dies of gunshot wounds
January 11, 2004
The director of the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority has died, nearly two weeks after he was shot in what police believe was an attempted carjacking.
Baugher services
January 11, 2004
Cleaver gathers backers for congressional run
January 11, 2004
He hasn’t formally entered the race, but former Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Emanuel Cleaver has been amassing support to run for Congress in Missouri’s 5th District.
Gay retirees opt for supportive community
January 11, 2004
Ruthie Berman and Connie Kurtz want a retirement community they can afford, in a place they like, with assisted living if they should need it.
Birding trails draw visitors to Alabama
January 11, 2004
Alabama has a wealth of resources in its skies, back yards and beaches: Birds. In an eye-opening analysis, federal wildlife officials found that more money is spent on watching birds and other wildlife in Alabama than is spent on hunting.
Horns hold off Sooners
Third-ranked Texas extends home streak with 63-58 victory
January 11, 2004
Texas kept alive the nation’s longest home winning streak by getting to the free-throw line when Oklahoma could not.
Rodman to play for ABA team
January 11, 2004
Dennis Rodman practiced with the Long Beach Jam for the first time Saturday and is expected to make his debut for the American Basketball Assn. team Friday.
Concealed guns expected to be legislative issue
January 11, 2004
Kansas is among five states where it remains illegal for citizens to carry a gun covered by a coat or tucked into a purse, but some lawmakers plan to make a run at changing that this year.
Utah cruises past Hawks
Knicks stop Bucks to halt four-game slide
January 11, 2004
Even winning his 800th game with the Utah Jazz failed to mellow Jerry Sloan.
Area biotech companies seek venture capital
Owners call on state to make resources available
January 11, 2004
Valentino Stella has plans for drugs he’d like to market through his pharmaceutical company, ProQuest. He just doesn’t have the resources to pursue them.
LHS girls drop third straight
January 11, 2004
Call it what you want: A funk, a slump, a rut, or just a bad eight days of basketball. Whatever it is, it’s not fun. And the Lawrence High girls basketball team needs to escape it — sooner, rather than later.
Tractor theft suspects caught
January 11, 2004
Ken Wagner has lost track of how many people have been arrested during the past five years for stealing farm equipment from his business.
Fire destroys mobile home
Family left with few possessions after blaze guts residence
January 11, 2004
A fire ripped through a south Lawrence mobile home Saturday afternoon, leaving a father and daughter with only the clothes on their backs and uncertainty about their future. Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical firefighters were dispatched at 3:19 p.m. to the Gaslight Village mobile home complex, 1900 W. 31st St., after residents noticed smoke billowing from the unoccupied residence.
Fiberglass armchairs surfaced in 1940s
January 11, 2004
The 1940s and early ‘50s was an era of new technologies and materials. Many were developed during the war and resulted in furniture designs that were unlike any seen before. The Museum of Modern Art in New York organized a competition to encourage new designs for low-cost housing and for furnishing small houses and apartments. Teams of experts, including designers and “technologists,” were invited to compete. Charles and Ray Eames, well-known designers, submitted designs for several stamped aluminum or steel chairs that could be made for less than $12.
Fashion bargain-seekers flock to New York designer sample sales
January 11, 2004
Helen Swerko-Steinberg can’t find designer deals like a Victor Costa evening gown at cost in Cape Coral, Fla. So she makes regular trips to New York sample sales in search of high fashion at low prices.
Spree’ aims to explain origins of shopping culture
January 11, 2004
The average American planned to spend $835 on holiday purchases this year, according to financial education organization Myvesta’s annual survey, and this is the time of year we ask ourselves, “Why?”
Briefly
January 11, 2004
¢ Newsletter ranks top 10 ‘small’ cities ¢ Book recommends S. California getaways