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City looking to enforce food sales requirement at bars
January 16, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 6:21 p.m.) The Lawrence City Commission is looking into ways to enforce food sales requirements for downtown bars. Some city officials feel they should more closely monitor the requirement that 55 percent of drink establishments’ sales come from food.
SRS announces heating bill assistance
January 16, 2004
(Web Posted Friday at 12:13 p.m.) A state program designed to help those with low incomes pay their heating bills is underway. Applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program are being taken from Jan. 20 through March 31.
Sebelius school finance plan gets mixed reviews
January 16, 2004
(Updated Friday at 12:58 p.m.) TOPEKA - The political spin continued today over Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ plan to increase state income, sales and property taxes to fund a $304 million increase for public schools.
Lack of vision
January 16, 2004
Rather than setting up a dinosaur exhibit in Kansas City, Kansas University officials should be focusing on keeping those artifacts on campus. It is unfortunate Kansas University paleontologists will be traveling to Kansas City to help assemble the bones of a 100-million-year-old, 60-foot-long camarasaur for display in Kansas City’s Science City building, the former Union Station.
Europeans wary of Bush plan for Mideast
January 16, 2004
Initial steps by the Bush administration to make the Middle East the new strategic center of U.S.-European relations are encountering muted questioning and moderate skepticism from alliance partners. Count this reaction as progress, of a sort. Count it, that is, as someone not hitting you in the face with a wet fish.
Religious freedom?
January 16, 2004
6Sports video: Jeff Graves has best game of season
January 16, 2004
Graves showed what he can do for the Jayhawks by scoring, rebounding and blocking shots.
How to build a ‘Monster’
Lawrence native Patty Jenkins turns her indie portrait of a serial killer into an Oscar front-runner
January 16, 2004
Although Patty Jenkins never dreamed of becoming a filmmaker, the writer-director spent a good chunk of her youth seeing movies at the SUA theater on the Kansas University campus. The obscure art-house flicks must have made quite an impression.
KU’s jazz archive struggles to survive
The late Dick Wright’s rare collection seeks funds, leadership to stay viable
January 16, 2004
For the past two years, Josh Powers has been living every hip-hop producer’s dream. As the archivist for the Richard F. Wright jazz archive at Kansas University, Powers has unlimited access to thousands of the most rare and valuable jazz recordings in existence. From legends like Charlie Parker and Duke Ellington to lesser-known greats such as Red Nichols and Clifford Jordan, the archive is a jazz-lover’s El Dorado; it’s a wonderland of infinite discovery stocked with 33- and 78-rpm gold.
Immigrants learn to believe ‘In America’
January 16, 2004
There’s a moment during Jim Sheridan’s “In America” when a reclusive artist named Mateo (Djimon Hounsou) is approached by his neighbors’ children while the pair attempts to trick or treat in their dilapidated tenement. Despite his initial resistance, the Nigerian invites the girls (played by sisters Sarah and Emma Bolger) into his studio. After just a minute of conversation, he’s overcome by the pure honesty of the words they speak.
Inflation in check during 2003
January 16, 2004
Inflation was firmly under control as the new year began. Consumer prices rose by just 1.9 percent in 2003, while the underlying rate of inflation, which excludes food and energy prices, registered its smallest increase in 43 years.
Merger likely to create more convenience
Financial experts expect J.P. Morgan to retain competitiveness, quality of customer service
January 16, 2004
The pending merger of J.P. Morgan Chase and Bank One is a big deal on Wall Street. But, the merger’s effects on Main Street probably won’t become apparent for at least a year, experts say. When they do, the banks’ customers may benefit from a larger network of branches and ATMs and more product offerings.
Microsoft to modify software for buying music online
January 16, 2004
Microsoft Corp. has agreed under pressure to change its Windows software to resolve complaints by the Justice Department that it unfairly influenced how customers buy their music online, the government said Thursday.
Briefcase
January 16, 2004
¢ IBM offers rosy forecast ¢ Stewart judge barring media from jury process ¢ Airbus orders top Boeing
Gaza Strip closed after suicide bombing
January 16, 2004
The first female Hamas suicide bomber was given a hero’s funeral Thursday, a day after killing four Israeli border guards, and Israel sealed the Gaza Strip to review security at border crossings.
United Way hits target
$1.462 million campaign goal met for first time in three years
January 16, 2004
United Way of Douglas County raked in record support during its 2003 campaign and met its goal for the first time since 2000, officials announced Thursday. News of the $1.462 million total, a 6.7 percent increase from the previous year, came as good news to the 27 local agencies that United Way supports, many of which have seen a higher demand for services with the downturn in the economy.
6Sports video: Lauren Kracl helps the Cardinals fly
January 16, 2004
The Eudora girls’ basketball senior is one of the best players in the state.
6Sports video: Jeff Hawkins runs over commentator
January 16, 2004
6Sports color commentator Greg Gurley was knocked to the floor when Hawkins ran off the court after the ball.
6Sports video: Coach Self has first taste of Sunflower Showdown
January 16, 2004
Bruce Weber, Bill Self’s replacement at Illinois, has strong on taking over from another coach. Coach Self has made a smoother transition to KU, leading his team to victory over the Wildcats. Also, David Padgett may return against Texas A&M.
6News video: Spike Lee will produce Willmott’s ‘CSA.’
January 16, 2004
The famed director and producer will help Willmott find distributors for his film.
6News video: United Way meets goal
January 16, 2004
The United Way has reached its fundraising goal for the first time in years.
Screen Actors Guild announces nominees
January 16, 2004
“Mystic River” and “The Station Agent” collected three Screen Actors Guild nominations apiece Thursday, including best ensemble cast.
SRS secretary explains agency’s reorganization to lawmakers
Senate committee chairman wants review of associated costs
January 16, 2004
Officials of the state’s Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services are pleased with the progress of a reorganization toward making the agency more accessible to clients, agency secretary Janet Schalansky said Thursday.
New IRS center slated for K.C.
Senator says project will result in 6,000 jobs
January 16, 2004
An agreement has been reached to build a new $370 million Internal Revenue Service Center that will bring 6,000 jobs to downtown Kansas City, Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., said Thursday.
Intensity lacking in Veritas boys’ loss
January 16, 2004
With less than two minutes to play and the Veritas Christian boys basketball team trailing, it was time to foul the Kansas City (Mo.) Knights to try and climb back in the game.
Baldwin’s Brown earns volleyball honor
January 16, 2004
Emily Brown received one last pat on the back for her spectacular high school volleyball career.
NABC targets K.C. for new hoops hall
January 16, 2004
The National Association of Basketball Coaches wants to build a hall of fame for men’s college basketball near a downtown arena — something the city doesn’t have. The group, based in Overland Park, agreed in 2000 to move its headquarters into downtown’s Municipal Auditorium, a process that’s been stalled by disappointing fund-raising efforts.
Jayhawks hoping to work out kinks in Hawaii
January 16, 2004
For the second straight year, the Kansas University baseball team will kick off its season on the Big Island against the University of Hawaii-Hilo. The squads play a doubleheader at 9 CST tonight at Wong Stadium, kicking off a five-day, seven-game series.
Cunningham considered, but Vermeil in no hurry
January 16, 2004
Dick Vermeil signed a two-year contract extension Thursday to coach the Kansas City Chiefs. Now, he has to find a defensive coordinator to replace Greg Robinson, and a former Chiefs head coach may be at the top of his list.
Undecided voters dominate Iowa caucus landscape
January 16, 2004
JoDee Ward, a hospital worker in Garner, intended to vote for Rep. Dick Gephardt in Monday’s Democratic caucuses — until she saw the new ad for Howard Dean highlighting Gephardt’s support for spending billions more to secure and reconstruct Iraq. Now she’s wavering.
U.S. regroups as thousands protest self-rule plan for Iraq
January 16, 2004
Trying to salvage a timetable for Iraqi self-rule, U.S. administrator L. Paul Bremer was recalled Thursday from Baghdad for brainstorming consultations at the White House and the United Nations amid an American scramble to overcome growing Shiite resistance to the U.S. plan.
Thousands of Shiites march to oppose proposal
January 16, 2004
Shouting “no to America!” tens of thousands of Shiite Muslims took to the streets Thursday to protest a U.S.-backed formula for choosing Iraq’s new legislature.
Government’s pension insurance program deficit swells
January 16, 2004
The deficit for the government’s pension insurance program ballooned to a record $11.2 billion last year, more than triple the previous year’s total, and officials are warning that taxpayers could be called on for a bailout.
Douglas County treasurer to retire
January 16, 2004
Douglas County Treasurer Pat Wells won’t seek re-election in November, opting to retire when her second four-year term expires in October 2005.
Edwin Baker Spaulding
January 16, 2004
Gephardt back in Iowa
January 16, 2004
Since Jimmy Carter set the pattern, dozens of presidential hopefuls have flocked to Iowa. And on a March day in 1985, a relatively unknown Missouri congressman named Dick Gephardt joined them.
Expect Pats, Eagles to reach Super Bowl
January 16, 2004
New England already beat the Colts once this season, 38-34 at Indianapolis, when Willie McGinest stopped Edgerrin James on fourth down at the 1.
1 in 10 families worried about food
Single-mom households most at risk, study of Kansans finds
January 16, 2004
Kansas is known as the world’s breadbasket, but many of the state’s residents are having trouble putting food on the table, according to a study released Thursday. Each year an estimated 105,000 Kansas households — about one in 10 — experience uncertainty about the availability of enough food to eat, according to the report. And in 38,000 of those households, someone goes hungry.
School finance plans win praise, scrutiny
Parents, teachers welcome proposals
January 16, 2004
Kristine Vital, Bria Klotz and Michael Hess are fully behind Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ $304 million plan to increase teacher salaries, pay for all-day kindergarten and expand programs for at-risk preschool children. Vital looks no further than her own son, Keenan, for evidence state-funded programs designed to help at-risk preschool children are worthwhile.
Tax plan goes easiest on the rich
January 16, 2004
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ tax bill to fund a $304 million increase for public schools would hit middle-income and low-income Kansans the hardest, according to tax experts. And it is the kind of tax increase that Democrats in the Legislature have fought against for years, though most now seem willing to accept the plan by Sebelius, who is a Democrat.
Rover hits dirt, delights NASA
January 16, 2004
To the great relief of NASA scientists, the Spirit rover rolled onto the surface of Mars and trundled across the salmon-colored soil Thursday for the first time since the vehicle bounced to a landing nearly two weeks ago. The slow maneuver was a nail-biting moment for scientists who had feared that Spirit might become yet another casualty in the star-crossed history of Mars exploration.
Kansans join presidential political fray in Iowa
Democrats begin final push in first caucuses
January 16, 2004
Several Lawrence-area Democrats aren’t waiting until the Kansas presidential caucuses in March to press the case for their favored candidates; they’re heading to Iowa to try to rally remaining, undecided voters before that state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses. Lauren Sullivan, a Lawrence for Dean coordinator, said almost a dozen members, including herself, planned to make the four-hour trip to Iowa in the next few days to help push Howard Dean’s name to the forefront among Iowa Democrats.
Horoscopes
January 16, 2004
Lawrence and area briefs
January 16, 2004
¢ Audiotapes used in two drug arrests ¢ Ryun, Brownback back anti-profanity plan ¢ Historical Society, KU launch Civil War site ¢ Congressman files campaign finance report
Corrections
January 16, 2004
Wie shoots 72 at Sony
Fourteen-year-old nine back at PGA event
January 16, 2004
Michelle Wie hardly looked out of place Thursday at the Sony Open. Give her time, and the 14-year-old might prove she belongs on the PGA Tour.
Decision on Expos expected by break
Commissioner says team will move from Montreal; Las Vegas, Washington, D.C. among options
January 16, 2004
Major league baseball hopes to pick the future home of the Montreal Expos by the All-Star break, vowing to make a decision this season following two years of missed deadlines.
Threats, hope mark 2004
January 16, 2004
The year 2003 was the year of Iraq. No other event compared in reshaping America’s role in the world. And in 2004, the occupation of Iraq is sure to remain on center stage.
Director soaks up Sundance publicity
January 16, 2004
Lawrence film director Kevin Willmott spent Thursday at the Sundance Film Festival building “buzz” for “C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America,” his movie about what the United States would be like if the South had won the Civil War. Joining him in Park City, Utah, were about 25 Kansas University film students and Lawrence members of the movie’s cast and crew.
Woodling: KU guilty, but MU to blame
January 16, 2004
Across from where I was sitting in Allen Fieldhouse the other night, a woman stood and began to wave her arms above her head. A Kansas State player had just fouled out and the woman was eager to continue the Kansas University basketball tradition of mocking a disqualified opposing player by “waving the wheat” as the pep band played the old “Wheaties” theme song.
Worldwide heat trend continued in 2003
January 16, 2004
It’s cold comfort to people shivering in much of the United States right now, but 2003 tied for the world’s second-hottest year, according to new federal government data released Thursday. In what meteorologists say is new evidence that global warming is real and worsening, the world’s average temperature last year was 58.03 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. That’s 1.03 degrees warmer than the 124-year world average.
Briefly
January 16, 2004
¢ Witness recalls politician’s stabbing ¢ Oil magnate ordered to remain in jail ¢ Car bomb injures 15
On the record
January 16, 2004
Too bad this ‘Goodbye’ didn’t last
January 16, 2004
Revivals are tricky, but those based on fairly recent material are the most difficult of all. Too remote to be contemporary, but too close to seem quaint, playwright Neil Simon’s 1977 comedy “The Goodbye Girl” (7 p.m., TNT) evokes the social mores, theatrical trends and New York state of mind of a bygone era, when the city teetered on bankruptcy, the streets and buildings were dirty, muggings and graffiti were an accepted fact of life and the mayor’s name was Abe Beame.
Poll: Most Americans think three celebs will get fair trials
January 16, 2004
Most Americans think Michael Jackson, Kobe Bryant and Martha Stewart will get fair trials, though blacks are less confident than whites that Jackson and Bryant will be treated impartially, an Associated Press poll on celebrity justice found.
Briefly
January 16, 2004
¢ WHO uncovers evidence suggesting animal-SARS link ¢ Al-Qaida training sites found ¢ U.S. airline pilot pays fine for security check dispute ¢ First quarter federal deficit climbs to $128.7 billion
Briefly
January 16, 2004
¢ USA Weekend pulled from Sunday’s J-W ¢ Brawl outside bar leads to arrest of 22-year-old ¢ Separate highway wrecks claim lives of pigs, cows ¢ Indoor Aquatic Center closed for swim meet
Vera C. Riling
January 16, 2004
Protesters boo Bush at MLK grave ceremony
January 16, 2004
Looking for election-year support from black voters in the South, President Bush was greeted at Martin Luther King Jr.’s grave here Thursday by noisy demonstrators who chanted “Go home, Bush!” after he received a warmer reception at a rundown church in New Orleans.
Sunflower site developer affirmed
January 16, 2004
Despite a parade of critics who asked to delay the decision, Johnson County commissioners Thursday affirmed their choice of a Kansas City firm to develop the defunct Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant near De Soto. “I think future generations in Johnson County will say this decision is the right one,” said Annabeth Surbaugh, the commission chairwoman, before the 5-2 vote in favor of Kessinger/Hunter and Co.
People
January 16, 2004
¢ Bill nixes beer, slims down ¢ Carey too ‘vulgar’ for Malaysia? ¢ Grammy performers announced ¢ Actress Uta Hagen dies at 84
Former deputy treasurer plans run for office
January 16, 2004
A former deputy Douglas County treasurer wants the top job, and intends to file as a candidate next week.
Graves back in good graces
Self, KU happy after solid play from senior
January 16, 2004
Jeff Graves says he’s on cloud nine because of his recent play during Kansas University men’s basketball practices and games. So are his teammates, giddy over the prospects of a productive second half of the season from the 6-foot-9, 255-pound big man, who can truly be a force.
Quietly, Stanford climbing rankings
January 16, 2004
While much of the nation sleeps, Stanford toils on the West Coast, racking up wins and moving up the rankings.
Second-ranked Duke hammers N.C. State
January 16, 2004
Second-ranked Duke matched its defensive intensity with steady shooting against North Carolina State Thursday night. The result was yet another win against its instate rival.
Athletes of the week
January 16, 2004
Briefly
January 16, 2004
¢ Bird flu outbreak in Asia worries health officials ¢ Polio plan to immunize 250 million children ¢ Ebola virus may spread through infected meat ¢ Researchers criticize global malaria programs
Painstaking painter
January 16, 2004
Bullet-proof vests can lose efficacy, safety alert says
January 16, 2004
Some police officers’ body armor might be giving them a false sense of security. A popular brand of bullet-resistant vests used by police statewide may deteriorate more quickly than expected, leaving officers vulnerable to a bullet, Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline said this week.
O’Neill policies proven wrong
January 16, 2004
Former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill reminds me of a disgruntled former employee who returns to his old workplace and starts shooting to avenge his perceived mistreatment. In a new book by Ron Suskind and in a series of interviews, O’Neill charges that President Bush planned to topple Saddam Hussein almost from Bush’s first day in office. The White House denies it and says it followed the same policy of regime change in Iraq embraced by the Clinton administration.
Ivan L. Kelley Sr.
January 16, 2004
Back-to-back losses leave Sooners reeling
OU’s plunge in polls likely to continue after setbacks against UConn, OSU
January 16, 2004
Just like that, Oklahoma’s once-promising season is in a dangerous tailspin.
Raptors find way to win without Carter
January 16, 2004
Jalen Rose and Alvin Williams helped Toronto overcome Vince Carter’s injury.
Briefly
January 16, 2004
¢ Frigid winter storm pummels Northeast ¢ Impostor lottery winner pleads no contest ¢ Suspect charged in brothers’ deaths ¢ Convicted child killer again denied parole
Johnson County Democrat enters race for Senate
Attorney says incumbent is out of step with Kansans
January 16, 2004
Johnson County business attorney Joan Ruff entered the race Wednesday for the Democratic Party’s nomination for U.S. Senate.