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Pool closing for swim meet
January 15, 2004
(Web Posted Thursday at 4:06 p.m.) Public swimming will be limited this weekend at the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department’s Indoor Aquatic Center. Because of the All-Stars Swim Meet this weekend, the competition pool will be closed from 4 p.m. Friday to 3 p.m. Sunday. Lap swimming in that pool will also be unavailable.
Hunger a problem in 1 of 10 Kansas households
January 15, 2004
Kansas may be part of the nation’s “breadbasket” but one in 10 households in the state experienced uncertainty about the availability of food during the year, according to a study released today.
Local filmmaker getting attention at Sundance
January 15, 2004
(Web Posted Thursday at 2:56 p.m.) Maybe it was an early sign of celebrity. While speaking by phone with Lawrence filmmaker Kevin Willmott about his movie “C.S.A.” (“Confederate States of America”) a male voice in the background could be heard saying, “I’m going to be reviewing the film on my blog.”
Moore re-election campaign hits $733,000 mark
January 15, 2004
(Web Posted Thursday at 12:15 p.m.) U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore is relying on in-state contributions to fuel his re-election race so far. In the last quarter of 2003, the Kansas Democrat, gained more than $191,000, primarily from Kansans for his 2004 campaign for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives. His total campaign funding, as of Dec. 31, is $732,451.
Ryun lines up with FCC chairman against ‘f-word’ on network TV
January 15, 2004
(Updated Friday at 11:24 a.m.) U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun, R-Kan., is joining ranks with those who don’t think it’s appropriate for children to hear “the f-word” on network TV. Ryun issued a statement regarding FCC Chairman Michael Powell’s proposal to overturn the agency’s earlier ruling that the “f-word” uttered on network television by performer Bono was not indecent.
Museum to feature historical display of buttons
January 15, 2004
(Web Posted Thursday at 11:51 a.m.) Even the simplest things have complex histories. For the first display celebrating Lawrence’s sesquicentennial, the Watkins Community Museum is displaying buttons used in clothing from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Johnson County Democrat seeks Senate seat
January 15, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 2:29 p.m.) U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., will have Capitol competition this year. Attorney Joan Ruff, a Democrat and a self-described “political moderate,” announced she would file paperwork today to run in November against Brownback, a conservative Republican.
Streak survives — barely
Kansas wins 27th straight against K-State
January 15, 2004
Here’s a new twist to “The Streak” — a close game. Kansas University’s basketball team extended its winning streak over rival Kansas State to a whopping 27 games Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse, stopping the Wildcats, 73-67, in KU’s first single-digit margin of victory in the series in 11 games.
Briefly
January 15, 2004
¢ Ayatollah orders election evaluation ¢ Pentagon auditors seek Halliburton investigation ¢ Colombian drug lord handed over to U.S. ¢ Four sets of remains en route to U.S.
What’s the 2004 election all about?
January 15, 2004
So with only days before the Iowa caucuses, the main issues are: Why didn’t Howard Dean have more diversity in his Cabinet as governor in Vermont? (Sane answer no one dares utter: Racial diversity is a special challenge in a state that has a black population of one-half of 1 percent.) Why isn’t the national press paying more attention to the Rev. Al Sharpton’s campaign expenditures? (Sane answer: The press always takes it easy on a candidate who is sure to lose.) Will Rep. Richard A. Gephardt surpass Dean in the final days? (Sane answer: No one knows right now, and everyone will know Monday night, so let’s talk about something else.)
Challenger on track to Super Bowl chugs its way through Lawrence
January 15, 2004
They waited more than two hours — kicking rocks, whittling, talking about trains or pressing hand-held scanners to their ears — until, at last, it happened. “Whistle!” Lawrence resident Richie Kennedy shouted at precisely 1:10 p.m. Wednesday. “Heard the whistle!”
Ross E. Rhine
January 15, 2004
Drug testing changes in store
Federal government’s screening policies to have wide effect
January 15, 2004
The federal government is planning to overhaul its employee drug-testing program to include scrutiny of workers’ hair, saliva and sweat, a shift that could spur more businesses to revise screening for millions of their own workers. The planned changes, long-awaited by the testing industry, reflect government efforts to be more precise in its drug screening and to outmaneuver a small but growing subset of workers who try to cheat on urine-based tests.
K.C. area trying automated highway signs
January 15, 2004
Yellowish-orange letters on a large message board over northbound Interstate 35 in Olathe, Kan., bore an ominous warning Monday morning for commuters headed east on Interstate 435: “435E center lane closed east of Quivira.”
Sebelius proposes transfer of some food safety programs
January 15, 2004
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius proposed a reorganization Wednesday of the state’s food safety programs, arguing such a step would make them more efficient.
Kingman farmers to pass out free hamburgers
Rally aims to boost confidence in beef
January 15, 2004
Cattle ranchers in Kingman, heartened by urban neighbors who are still eating beef despite the discovery of mad cow disease in America, plan to grill hamburgers and offer them for free at a rally Friday aimed at bolstering consumer confidence in beef.
Free State’s swimmers know perfection
January 15, 2004
Free State High’s boys swimming and diving team has been simply perfect so far this season.
Briefly
January 15, 2004
¢ Female suicide bomber kills four Israelis ¢ Nuclear test ban treaty ratified ¢ American pilot fined for obscene gesture ¢ Lion remains found in ancient tomb
Campaign notes
January 15, 2004
¢ Braun to drop out ¢ Kerry bites the hands that fund him ¢ Dean drops in N.H. ¢ No joke: Comedy shows asset for candidates
Lawrence and area briefs
January 15, 2004
¢ Lawrence lawmaker to speak at King event ¢ National award issued to city’s pool program ¢ Revenue agents seize cash from restaurant ¢ Tonganoxie accident sends four to hospitals
Knicks fire Chaney; Wilkens to take over
January 15, 2004
Isiah Thomas pulled off a shocker on a bizarre day even by New York Knicks standards, firing Don Chaney and his two top assistants Wednesday and hiring Lenny Wilkens as head coach.
Coaching just part of problem for Chiefs’ defense
January 15, 2004
It’s an oversimplification, but still rings with truth — Coaches don’t win games; players do.
Injured running back Davis misses practice
January 15, 2004
Panthers running back Stephen Davis did not practice Wednesday because of a strained left quadriceps.
Harrison getting used to winning
Stint with Pats nice after playing for lowly Chargers
January 15, 2004
Rodney Harrison could see the disappointment in New England last winter. That’s what sold him on the place.
Briefly
January 15, 2004
¢ Murder charges stand in Laci Peterson case ¢ Ferry crash claims exceed $3 billion ¢ Pit bull kills 3-year-old ¢ Driver must carry photo of victim in coffin
Salkind, Turney won’t run again
School board members to let ‘new blood’ take over in 2005
January 15, 2004
The president and vice president of the Lawrence school board won’t seek re-election in 2005. President Austin Turney and Vice President Leni Salkind said they would step aside after finishing their second four-year terms on the board.
Candidates’ accusations fly as Iowa race grows tighter
January 15, 2004
Dick Gephardt accused Howard Dean of “manufactured anger and false conviction” in a hotly contested Democratic presidential campaign that turned sharply negative Wednesday.
KU football transfer Harris eager to report
January 15, 2004
Kansas University students will start the spring semester Jan. 23, and KU’s football team will begin its winter conditioning program the same day. While some Jayhawks might not look forward to early morning workouts — or going back to class — Rodney Harris can’t wait.
O’Neill coverage
January 15, 2004
Horoscopes
January 15, 2004
Bears tap Rams’ aide
Lovie Smith named Chicago’s head coach
January 15, 2004
Now that he’s turned around the St. Louis Rams’ defense, Lovie Smith is taking on the Chicago Bears. Smith was hired Wednesday as the Bears’ head coach, agreeing to a four-year deal. He replaces Dick Jauron, fired Dec. 29.
Seabury girls drop 23-22 decision
January 15, 2004
Seabury Academy narrowly dropped a high school girls basketball game to Englewood Christian, 23-22, Tuesday night.
Briefly
January 15, 2004
¢ Clark to participate in Kansas caucuses ¢ Buhler bill requests sales tax referendum ¢ U.S. Attorney wants city to know Patriot Act facts ¢ Area band students to perform at Lied Center
Our town sports
January 15, 2004
Carolina continues surprising league
January 15, 2004
The Carolina Panthers could be excused for looking around and asking: “What are we doing here?”
Woodling: Lee key for KU
January 15, 2004
One, two, three, look at Mr. Lee. Is there any better way to describe Wednesday night’s performance by Kansas University junior Michael Lee than the lyrics of that popular 1950s platter?
Ready for ropin’
January 15, 2004
Owner seeks to sell Paradise
Deal to reopen downtown restaurant in the works
January 15, 2004
The owner of the Paradise Cafe is optimistic the downtown restaurant and its well-known menu will return. Steve McCoy, owner of the cafe at 728 Mass., said Wednesday he had reached a tentative deal to sell the 18-year-old restaurant, a downtown institution.
Maryland defense denies No. 9 UNC
January 15, 2004
Having grown weary of chasing No. 9 North Carolina up and down the court, Maryland knew it had to do something different in the second half.
Wie ‘perfect’ for exemption
Sponsors’ free passes should combine hype, skill
January 15, 2004
Michelle Wie and Dean Wilson posed side by side on the practice range at Waialae Country Club to see who was taller.
FCC wants bigger fines for indecent language
January 15, 2004
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell said Wednesday he wanted a tenfold increase in the fines that can be imposed on broadcasters for indecent programming. The current maximum levy is $27,500, which Powell said was “peanuts” for big media companies.
Plea deals to help build more cases against Enron
Former finance chief pleads guilty to fraud
January 15, 2004
Andrew Fastow, chief architect of the shady, off-the-books deals that brought down Enron, pleaded guilty along with his wife Wednesday in an agreement that could take prosecutors to the top of the corporate ladder at the scandal-ridden company.
Giants hire ex-KU aide
January 15, 2004
Mike Sweatman, a former Kansas University football player and assistant coach, has been named special teams coordinator of the New York Giants.
People
January 15, 2004
¢ Rosie’s musical folds ¢ Singer ordered to trial ¢ No stork on the way ¢ Parton is Flameworthy
KSU not content with close loss
Wildcats bemoan missing ‘a couple of critical shots’
January 15, 2004
Unlike many of the 26 previous basketball showdowns between Kansas University and Kansas State, this one had more than a few fans on the edge of their seats.
Coach gets KU’s attention
January 15, 2004
Bill Self banished his Kansas University basketball players from practice Tuesday afternoon, bringing them back for a workout early Tuesday evening.
Athletics arms race bemoaned
January 15, 2004
Two Kansas University professors — both members of the KU Athletic Corp. board — on Wednesday said spending on intercollegiate athletics was out of control and ought to be reined in. “There’s an evolution that takes place on issues like this. It goes on for so long and gets so far out there that, eventually, it starts to work its way back,” said John Ferraro, chairman of the hearing and speech department at KU Medical Center.
6Sports video: K-State threatens KU’s win streak
January 15, 2004
Michael Lee returned to the court with a three-point shot, but the Wildcats refused to be cowed. Kansas State stayed close to Kansas throughout the game.
6Sports video: KU women gaining confidence
January 15, 2004
The Lady Jayhawks are still struggling against ranked opponents, but Coach Washington believes they’re making progress with every game.
6Sports video: KU baseball will have new park
January 15, 2004
The team will not have a home game until late February, when the new park will be finished.
Employers backing away from retiree health care
January 15, 2004
A nationwide survey of 408 large companies released Wednesday shows that employers are continuing to cut health coverage for retirees — adding fuel to the election-year debate about access to insurance coverage.
Researchers identify gene linked to alcoholism
January 15, 2004
Researchers at Washington University and five other centers have identified a gene that is associated with alcoholism in some families.
New England in throes of bitter cold snap
January 15, 2004
As temperatures plummeted to minus 20, Maine’s busiest ski resort was nearly empty Wednesday, despite the free hot chocolate and hand warmers.
Two arrested after cheerleader falls to death from hotel balcony
January 15, 2004
A high school cheerleader on a dream trip to Hawaii to perform at a college football all-star game plunged naked to her death from a ninth-floor hotel balcony. Two men were arrested on suspicion of murder and later released.
KU presence at Sunflower sought
Governor says life sciences link a must for project
January 15, 2004
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has warned she wouldn’t approve any redevelopment of the defunct Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant that didn’t include a life sciences research park developed in cooperation with Kansas University. “A substantial portion of the Sunflower site should be devoted to a life sciences research park,” Sebelius wrote in a letter sent Wednesday to the Johnson County Commission. “This issue will be central to my approval” of the project.
In-state effort
January 15, 2004
Kansas University still is getting mixed reviews on its efforts to recruit Kansas high school graduates. Having a large number of National Merit scholars enrolled may have been an interesting talking point for Kansas University, but in the big scheme of things, it’s far more important for the university to do a good job of recruiting top students from Kansas.
Bush support
January 15, 2004
Waving religion
January 15, 2004
Sports trivia
January 15, 2004
Dems jockey for poll position
January 15, 2004
In every primary season there is that electric moment when many candidates start jockeying for second place. This is celebrated by the media as a victory nearly as important as that amorphous goal of doing “better than expected.”
Higher ed officials warn governor of funding shortfalls
January 15, 2004
Higher education officials Wednesday emerged from a meeting with Gov. Kathleen Sebelius saying they were appreciative of the governor’s proposed funding increase but that it wasn’t nearly enough to make up for earlier cuts and cost increases. They also warned that Kansas was facing a skyrocketing tab of $700 million for building repairs at universities and that faculty morale was low because of inadequate pay and legislative criticism.
Regents nix idea for tuition waivers
January 15, 2004
Dependents and spouses of employees at Fort Hays State University won’t be getting free tuition and fees anytime soon.
Daily ticker
January 15, 2004
State’s business climate ‘average’
Chamber leader says Kansas should focus on economy, jobs
January 15, 2004
Being good for business isn’t good enough, the president of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry told legislators Wednesday. Lew Ebert, in a presentation to the Senate Commerce Committee, said Kansas ranked among the middle of the pack on numerous business indicators. But it risks losing jobs unless more work is done to lower such costs as taxes, insurance, legal expenses and workers’ compensation, he said.
Burger King serves bunless Whopper
Fast-food chain among latest to offer low-carb items
January 15, 2004
It has come to this in America: Burgers are losing their buns. Some of them, at least. Burger King’s rollout of breadless Whoppers this week is a nod to the low-carb craze that’s sweeping the nation — and the latest evidence that the burger wars are taking a turn for the healthy. Smaller chains Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. dumped the bread from some hamburgers last month, going lettuce-wrapped instead, and TGI Friday’s restaurant has started serving a bunless cheeseburger, too.
Waddell & Reed’s practices questioned
January 15, 2004
Brokerage firm Waddell & Reed Inc. allegedly switched 6,700 variable annuities — without determining whether the change was in the best interests of its customers — to generate fees, according to a complaint issued Wednesday by the National Association of Securities Dealers.
Briefcase
January 15, 2004
¢ J.P. Morgan, Bank One to create bank behemoth ¢ Fed reports economy still gathering steam ¢ KB Toys seeks protection ¢ Earnings boost markets
Bush program shoots for moon, Mars
January 15, 2004
President Bush set a soaring “new course for America’s space program” on Wednesday by proposing manned exploration of the moon within a generation and of Mars sometime after that. The price could soar, too, to about $170 billion, according to a NASA document. But Bush spoke mostly of the challenge he saw ahead.
Sundance departs from formulas
January 15, 2004
Opening night will mark some firsts for the Sundance Film Festival, the nation’s top showcase for independent movies.
Friends’ have overstayed their welcome
January 15, 2004
Does anyone care about “Friends” (7 p.m., NBC) anymore? Tonight, a shocking secret about Chandler inspires the gang to reminisce. Gee, I guess it’s already time for this season’s “clip show.” This comedy, which just won the People’s Choice Award, has been anything but choice this season. Not to quibble, but nothing has happened. Not that there’s anything wrong with a show about nothing. But this year’s “Friends” has been pretty laugh-free as well.
Mad cow tops talk at show
Ranchers criticize media coverage, hope ‘scare is over’
January 15, 2004
It is the elephant in a room full of cattlemen: The mad cow scare is the topic everyone seems to be talking about at the National Western Stock Show, one of the nation’s largest gatherings of beef ranchers.
H&R Block predicts limited growth
January 15, 2004
H&R Block Inc. expects its tax preparation business to do slightly better this year, but 2004 will still be challenging, chairman and CEO Mark Ernst said.
SEC proposes tighter requirements
January 15, 2004
Federal regulators responded to the mutual fund scandal with proposals Wednesday that would require ethics codes for fund-managing investment firms and would bolster the independence of fund board chairmen and directors.
Suicide a pressing issue for U.S. troops in Iraq
January 15, 2004
U.S. soldiers in Iraq are killing themselves at a high rate despite the work of special teams sent to help troops deal with combat stress, the Pentagon’s top doctor said Wednesday.
Tests indicate mortar shells do not contain chemical agents
January 15, 2004
Tests by Danish and American experts indicate there is no chemical warfare agent in mortar shells unearthed in southern Iraq, but conclusive word will only come from a lab in Idaho. Earlier examinations had indicated a blister agent was in the shells, which apparently date to the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s.
Approval of Dodgers sale on hold
Major League Baseball discusses possible destination for Montreal franchise
January 15, 2004
It appears the proposed sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers to a Boston real estate developer will come down to the Jan. 31 deadline.
Cowboys shoot lights out in rout
Oklahoma State hits 56 percent in 77-56 win over No. 11 OU
January 15, 2004
John Lucas never had experienced anything like this.
No. 2 Raiders, No. 3 Horns upended
January 15, 2004
Anne O’Neil always will have a great memory from Wednesday night, even though everything she did wasn’t so pretty.
On the record
January 15, 2004
Hacker breaks into UMKC system
Program permits access to financial resources, grades
January 15, 2004
A hacker broke into the University of Missouri-Kansas City computer security system, compromising the passwords of about 17,000 students, staff and faculty.
FBI still investigating KU security breach
January 15, 2004
It’s been nearly a year since someone hacked into a Kansas University computer system, and the FBI still hasn’t identified the perpetrator.
MU chancellor wants to cool ‘Border War’
Kansas University’s Hemenway receptive but says games must go on
January 15, 2004
Embarrassed by the antics of some University of Missouri fans and athletes, MU Chancellor Richard Wallace on Wednesday said he’d like to undo decades of history and dissolve the MU-Kansas University rivalry.
County leaders undecided on seeking office again
January 15, 2004
Two Douglas County commissioners say they’re leaning toward seeking re-election and promise to make their formal announcements within a month.
Wichita airport attracts record number of fliers
January 15, 2004
Discount carriers helped draw a record number of travelers to Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in 2003, airport officials said.
State fair’s new ad agency turns eye toward youths
January 15, 2004
Hoping to boost attendance by drawing more of the younger crowd, the Kansas State Fair is turning to a new pitchman.
Mad cow scare on minds of Missouri ranchers
January 15, 2004
With the mad cow scare worrying many ranchers, attendance was up Tuesday at meeting where experts briefed cattle farmers on implications of the biggest changes to face their industry in decades.
Three Jayhawks, two Tigers suspended for roles in brawl
January 15, 2004
The Big 12 Conference suspended five women’s basketball players Wednesday for their roles in a scuffle following Kansas University’s 55-52 victory Saturday at Missouri. Three KU players were suspended for one game each. Junior forward Kandis Bonner was suspended for kicking a Missouri player, and sophomore forward/center Tamara Ransburg received her suspension for attempting to strike a Missouri player. Junior guard Larisha Graves also will miss one game because she grabbed a Tiger from behind and knocked the opponent to the court.
Bryant relieved injury isn’t more serious
January 15, 2004
The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant expressed relief Wednesday night that his injured right shoulder is a sprain instead of something more serious.
6Sports video: Five players suspended after altercation
January 15, 2004
Three players for KU and two players for MU will be suspended at least one game by the Big 12.
6News video: 61-year-old steam engine rolls through Lawrence
January 15, 2004
The Union Pacific Challenger is crossing the country on its way to the Super Bowl.
6News video: FluMist vaccines being offered by CDC
January 15, 2004
The Lawrence Health Department has received the vaccine from other sources, and so they are alerting pharmacies and private practices.
Nice gesture
January 15, 2004
The election of the Douglas County Commission’s chairman took a nonpartisan turn this week. Being chairman of the Douglas County Commission is largely a ceremonial job, but it’s nice to see that the three-member commission could put politics aside and give its only Democrat an opportunity to wield the gavel.
Corrections
January 15, 2004
6Sports video: OSU upsets OU
January 15, 2004
The 13th-ranked Sooners fell apart against the Cowboys.
Price fills holes in pitching staff
January 15, 2004
Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price used most of his first recruiting class to fill holes so last year’s squad could be competitive.
Pistons stretch streak to 10
Okur sparks Detroit past Toronto, 95-91
January 15, 2004
Mehmet Okur had his best game when the Detroit Pistons needed him most — in the final period.
Bush considers marriage proposal
Plan would spend $1.5 billion to promote marriage among poor
January 15, 2004
President Bush is considering a $1.5 billion proposal to promote marriage among low-income couples that could funnel millions into religious organizations that provide premarital and marriage counseling.
Recreation briefs
January 15, 2004
City Commission pushing pedestrian-friendly agenda
January 15, 2004
Wednesday’s warm and sunny weather found Barb Morris strolling north on Michigan Street with her daughter Kambria, working off a few calories en route to her mother’s house. But Morris said she didn’t usually think of hoofing it when considering her transportation options.
Drop vitriol; let debate begin
January 15, 2004
A reader’s e-mail recently accused me of writing columns full of vitriol.
Action on KU civil service plan delayed
January 15, 2004
An effort to withdraw Kansas University’s classified employees from the state’s civil service system suffered a setback Wednesday that likely would delay possible implementation by a year.
Health Department will decline free FluMist vaccines
January 15, 2004
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has 250,000 free doses of the FluMist vaccine to give to state health departments. Counties and private health care providers can place orders for the vaccine through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment until noon Friday. But the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department isn’t trying to get a piece of the pie.
WTC memorial design revised
January 15, 2004
A revised design for the World Trade Center memorial was unveiled Wednesday and includes a subtle tribute to the rescue workers and an underground room where visitors can see twisted steel beams, a crushed fire truck and other artifacts from Sept. 11.