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Insurance information available at Statehouse
January 19, 2004
(Updated Monday at 4:08 p.m.) State insurance officials will have an informational booth in the Statehouse on Tuesday and Wednesday to show consumers how they can save on insurance.
Kansas ranks 33rd on corruption list
January 19, 2004
(Updated Monday at 2:44 p.m.) Kansas ranked 33rd among the 50 states in a “corruption index” released last week by a Washington D.C. newletter.
Kline to hold hearings on criminal-justice system
January 19, 2004
(Updated Monday at 1:30 p.m.) People who are unhappy with Kansas’ criminal-justice system will have a chance to voice their concerns this week at hearings in Wichita and Overland Park.
Haskell president to address convocation
January 19, 2004
(Updated Monday at 1:35 p.m.) Haskell Indian Nations University President Karen Swisher will present her “State of the University” address during spring convocation ceremonies at 4 p.m. tomorrow at Haskell Auditorium.
Library board discusses Patriot Act on Tuesday
January 19, 2004
(Updated Monday at 1:26 p.m.) The Lawrence Public Library Board of Trustees will discuss the library’s response to the federal Patriot Act on Tuesday.
Energy leader pumped for futuristic power plant
January 19, 2004
It’s considered the “power plant of the future” — so cutting-edge, in fact, that the technology doesn’t currently exist to construct it. The plant wouldn’t spew greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, and would turn other potentially harmful byproducts into usable materials. And some state leaders want the $1 billion project built in Kansas.
Horoscopes
January 19, 2004
Nuggets deny Heat
Anthony’s 31 points power Denver
January 19, 2004
In his three previous games, Denver rookie Carmelo Anthony had made just 14 of 36 shots. Consider the slump over.
Election year complicates progress in Congress
January 19, 2004
The election-year session of Congress picks up this week where the last one left off: Senate Republicans still are trying to break a Democratic filibuster, and the two sides agree on little beyond the extent to which partisanship has made lawmaking difficult.
People
January 19, 2004
¢ ‘Along Came Polly’ takes No. 1 spot at box office ¢ Bono lauded for efforts to promote civil rights ¢ Work before honors
Singers lift voices in tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.
January 19, 2004
The spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. was alive and well Sunday night inside the Free Methodist Church. About 750 people gathered for two hours in the church at 3001 Lawrence Ave. to hear spiritual, gospel and contemporary music performed by choirs, song and dance groups and individuals.
Insurance official seeks to ban costly inquiries
January 19, 2004
It was February 2002, after a powerful ice storm hit the area. William Perkins of Lawrence said he heard some of his co-workers talking about making insurance claims because of their damaged trees. So Perkins, who manages a group of software developers, said he called the toll-free telephone number for an agent printed on his homeowners’ policy to find out whether his policy covered such damage.
NASA’s Mars rover landing in toy stores
January 19, 2004
The California Institute of Technology is making a little green off the red planet.
Withheld facts are still facts
January 19, 2004
Black people get crappy health care. If this comes as news to you, it’s probably because you haven’t been paying attention. Numerous studies have documented the fact that, regardless of income levels and across a wide range of illnesses, blacks and other minorities have less access to medical treatment and the treatment they do receive is often substandard.
Easy living
Hinrich carving home-grown niche as standout rookie guard for Chicago
January 19, 2004
As Bulls coach Scott Skiles walked over to reporters after a recent practice, he noticed Kirk Hinrich sitting nearby. “Did you get my car washed?” Skiles asked. “The keys are on your desk,” Hinrich quipped back. They were kidding — probably.
Steps to gaining financial health
January 19, 2004
Give every $20 bill a second look. Before you pull out that next Jackson, think about whether you need that compact disc, flashy lipstick, bargain sweater or dinner out.
School leaders ignored abuse
January 19, 2004
Walter Turnbull, the long-esteemed president of the Boys Choir of Harlem, was throwing himself a pity party. He’d been asked to resign from the choir he founded more than 20 years ago and end his connection to the school that housed it — because he allowed a school counselor to continue working long after the man was banned from the school for molesting a male student.
Briefly
January 19, 2004
¢ Cheney expresses displeasure with O’Neill ¢ Muslim leader thought targeted in car bombing ¢ Negotiators seek release of prison guard hostages
On the record
January 19, 2004
Law library seeks volunteers
January 19, 2004
The Douglas County Law Library provides access to legal research materials for the general public and to Douglas County attorneys. Volunteers can help the library in several ways, including assisting with patron education and training. Volunteers also can work as a reference assistant or as a computer work station maintenance assistant. Volunteers are needed during regular weekday business hours.
No WMDs hurting U.S. credibility
Foreign policy experts say future ‘preemptive’ strikes face skepticism
January 19, 2004
The Bush administration’s inability to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq — after public statements declaring an imminent threat posed by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein — has begun to harm the credibility abroad of the United States and of American intelligence, according to foreign policy experts in both parties.
Interest in Arabic studies growing at KU
January 19, 2004
Like many of his freshman classmates, Chase Edgerton began studying Arabic for little other reason than fulfilling a graduation requirement. But as the study became harder and class enrollment shrank, the Kansas University sophomore found himself interested enough in the language to stick with it. He now hopes to one day find a job in the Arab world.
U.S. Army retiree, 60, called back into service
January 19, 2004
When Charles Heller retired from the Army in 1996, he never thought he would be recalled to active duty seven years later at the age of 60. But on New Year’s Eve, Heller, of Lawrence, got his marching orders. A week ago, he traveled to Washington, D.C. And now he is working in the Pentagon preparing a chronology of the Iraq war for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
N.H. campaign to get crowded by Tuesday
January 19, 2004
With most of the eight Democratic presidential hopefuls campaigning almost exclusively in Iowa in advance of today’s caucuses, former Gen. Wesley Clark and Sen. Joe Lieberman have had New Hampshire nearly all to themselves in recent days.
Rescue called off in Lake Erie crash
Victims include American from L.A.
January 19, 2004
Hampered by snow and low clouds, U.S. and Canadian crews called off rescue efforts Sunday for 10 people believed killed when a small regional airline plane crashed into icy Lake Erie shortly after taking off from a Canadian island.
Struggling Cowgirls looking for answers
January 19, 2004
Trisha Skibbe walked off the court, staring blankly ahead. Nina Stone dared to glance back at the scoreboard, shook her head and disappeared into the locker room. Even Oklahoma State’s normally cheery coach, Julie Goodenough, was driven to tears.
Haste will hurt space program
January 19, 2004
President Bush’s proposal of a huge manned flight space program, featuring a return to the moon, has the earmarks of a new spectacular generated by NASA to reawaken public enthusiasm and appropriations support from Congress. This is altogether premature and bypasses several fundamental questions that first need to be settled in a searching and objective fashion.
Bombing precedes U.S. talk with U.N.
Annan to see whether Iraq safe for return of world aid
January 19, 2004
A suicide driver set off a truck bomb at the gates of the U.S.-led coalition headquarters Sunday, killing about 20 people and wounding 63 in the deadliest attack here since Saddam Hussein’s capture last month.
Products claim to help clear snow, sleet from windshield
January 19, 2004
“What can you tell me about Aquapel?” I had been in the waiting room for a while, watching through the window as various hoses were replacing various car fluids in my daughter’s Mustang.
Russia still stirs suspicions
January 19, 2004
The European Union, NATO and the U.S. military are all heading east to Russia’s doorstep and into the zone of that nation’s deepest suspicions. Largely absent from the foreign policy chessboard in 2003, Russia returns as a problem for the West this year.
Briefly
January 19, 2004
¢ Bryant case spurs victims’ privacy efforts ¢ Police ordered to report profanity ¢ Gay bishop opponents to form alliance ¢ Ex-leader denies committing genocide ¢ Police to guard venues months before Olympics
False alarms tax city resources
January 19, 2004
Lawrence police and firefighters are responding to thousands of false alarms a year from automatic security systems, officials say, draining resources and undermining the readiness of emergency responders. “We’re going to an awful lot of alarms that don’t generate anything,” Lawrence Police Lt. Dave Cobb said last week.
Mad dash caps race in Iowa
Candidates sprint toward close finish in first caucuses
January 19, 2004
With politicians and polls forecasting one of the closest finishes in the history of the Iowa caucuses, Democratic candidates crisscrossed the state into the night Sunday in a final effort to solidify supporters and convert the many wavering voters in the first critical test of the 2004 presidential campaign.
KU basketball players give athletes lift
Special Olympians practice skills at annual clinic
January 19, 2004
Marisa Mondt loves playing basketball and loves Kansas University basketball. Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse, the 26-year-old Salina woman and about 100 other Kansas Special Olympians got a chance to practice their basketball prowess with the KU men’s basketball team. “I’m a big fan,” Mondt said.
On the money
January 19, 2004
A good financial planner will tell you about the importance of having diverse investments in a portfolio. One of the most common types of investments is bonds.
Lawrence director overwhelmed by attention at Sundance festival
January 19, 2004
It was next to impossible Saturday to get a ticket to “CSA: The Confederate States of America,” but those who managed to snare a seat for this year’s “buzz” film at the Sundance Film Festival left with a lasting impression.
Chasing Freedom’ highlights struggles in Afghanistan
January 19, 2004
Juliette Lewis offers a fine performance in the television movie “Chasing Freedom” (8 p.m., Court TV) as a workaholic corporate lawyer who grows a heart and a social conscience while helping an asylum-seeker from Afghanistan. Layla Alizada is equally impressive as Meena, a woman who fled Taliban rule after the Islamic extremists beat her and threatened her family with execution in a public stadium for the crime of teaching young girls to read.
Offices closed to observe King holiday
January 19, 2004
Government offices and public services in Lawrence and Douglas County will be closed today in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Marie Sommerville
January 19, 2004
School segregation surging last 15 years
January 19, 2004
A half-century after the Supreme Court ordered the desegregation of American education, schools are almost as segregated as they were when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, according to a new report released by Harvard University researchers.
Dancer suspects ferret dispute was reason for road attack
January 19, 2004
The sounds of gunshots and beer bottles smashing against his windshield are still ringing in Benjamin Dunham’s ears. Dunham’s common-law wife, Amy Williams, was nursing a sore lip from being hit by one of those beer bottles. She said Sunday that she had other sore places on her body from hitting the dashboard.
Commissioners to consider downtown drinking sites
Commission agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall , 6 E. Sixth St.¢ Sunflower Broadband 25
January 19, 2004
The Lawrence City Commission will discuss requirements for downtown drinking establishments.
Space expense
January 19, 2004
MU attitude
January 19, 2004
Former Hutchinson publisher dies at 65
Lee was on staff that won ‘65 Pulitzer
January 19, 2004
Wayne Lee, former publisher of The Hutchinson News, has died after a bout with pneumonia.
Management of Liberty Memorial may be transferred to private group
January 19, 2004
The management of Liberty Memorial could be transferred to a private group on Feb. 1, just two months before residents vote on a $20 million bond issue for the memorial.
Carolina crazy about Fox
Coach takes 1-15 squad in ‘02 to Super Bowl in ‘04
January 19, 2004
They were fearless in Philly, and now they’re Super Bowl-bound. The upstart Carolina Panthers became the latest team to torment the Eagles in the NFC championship game, winning a 14-3 shocker that ended with an injured Donovan McNabb watching helplessly from the sideline.
Law lays down law against Indianapolis
Cornerback’s three INTs spark Pats to 24-14 win
January 19, 2004
Ty Law has made big plays before. He just never has made so many in one game. The Pro Bowl cornerback picked off Peyton Manning three times in the AFC championship game Sunday to help New England beat Indianapolis, 24-14, and advance to the Super Bowl. Strong safety Rodney Harrison also picked off the NFL co-MVP and forced a fumble.
KU’s win painful to watch
Padgett stuck on bench during lackluster outing by Kansas at Texas A&M
January 19, 2004
It was tough Saturday for Kansas University freshman David Padgett to sit helplessly and watch the Jayhawks get outrebounded by smaller, scrappier Texas A&M. “Yes, but it’s tough to watch, period,” the 6-foot-11, 230-pound Padgett said after the Aggies outboarded KU, 40-35, at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas.
Mayer: It’s sad ‘fun’ no longer name of game in college athletics
January 19, 2004
You’ve heard it a hundred times: The right to free speech is sharply compromised when someone capriciously yells “fire” in a crowded theater. A female Kansas University basketball player last weekend didn’t arouse the whole theater at Missouri, but she ruffled some of the actors on the stage. While it wasn’t the brightest thing she could have done, it didn’t quite merit the dangerous, embarrassing conflagration it created. But, this was hostile Columbia, Mo. Many Jayhawks and their fans have unpleasant memories about visits there. So why purposely open the door for more muckerism?
Els holds on for repeat at Sony
Golfer beats Frazar for title on third playoff hole
January 19, 2004
Ernie Els had every reason to believe destiny was on his side.
Manning Jr. collects 3 pickoffs in victory
January 19, 2004
This Manning was busy grabbing interceptions instead of throwing them. Ricky Manning Jr. picked off three passes by Donovan McNabb and helped put Carolina in its first Super Bowl with a 14-3 win over Philadelphia in the NFC championship game Sunday night.
Belichick 5-0 with Pats in playoffs
January 19, 2004
Bill Belichick stood on the sideline, his arms stuck in the pockets of his drenched sweat shirt and his expression serious.
Cavaliers’ James will rest bad ankle
January 19, 2004
Cavaliers rookie LeBron James will be kept out of practice today to rest his sprained right ankle, which he injured in a win over Utah.
Commentary: ACC easily country’s best league
January 19, 2004
The buildings are totally different. The Smith Center on the campus of North Carolina is a monstrous 21,500-seat domed arena. Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium in nearby Durham is a more intimate 8,800-seat gymnasium.
Kansas wins big in Hawaii
January 19, 2004
Kansas University’s baseball team showed its power Saturday, routing Hawaii-Hilo, 14-2.
Super Bowl matchup of defensive giants
New England, Carolina surprising final contenders for NFL championship
January 19, 2004
Don’t expect the Patriots and Panthers to light up the Super Bowl scoreboard. Not with defenses like these. The way New England and Carolina are playing, they’re sure to provide plenty of sacks and turnovers in a surprise matchup in the NFL championship game Feb. 1. The Patriots opened as early seven-point favorites, and with good reason.
Vegas oddsmakers like New England by 7
January 19, 2004
The New England Patriots are Las Vegas oddsmakers’ pick to win the Super Bowl.
Violet K. Abel
January 19, 2004
The Capitol Report
News and views from the Kansas Statehouse
January 19, 2004
¢ Virtual Legislature ¢ Lecompton will need a big road sign ¢ Planned Parenthood v. Barbieri-Lightner ¢ March madness ¢ Senators a select group
Expectant mother dies on way to baby shower
January 19, 2004
A pregnant woman headed to her baby shower died after a car accident Saturday. Her baby did not survive, and her new husband was injured in the crash.
Study: Candidates nab specific demographics
January 19, 2004
They are young. They propel urban gentrification. They shop at Banana Republic, read Vanity Fair, like Audi A4s and watch reruns of “Friends.” The $54,117 median family income of these well-educated, Internet-savvy professionals is relatively low in part because so many are single and live alone.
Ambassador’s outburst reflects Israel-Europe rift
January 19, 2004
Reflecting a deepening rift with Europe, Israel’s ambassador to Sweden received strong support here from home Sunday after vandalizing a Stockholm art exhibit he saw as glorifying Palestinian suicide bombers.
Bjorklund, Buffaloes knock off Tigers
January 19, 2004
Tera Bjorklund overcame a hyperextended right knee and scored 21 points to help No 15 Colorado to a 71-54 victory over Missouri Sunday.
Stanford remains perfect with win over Cal
January 19, 2004
Matt Lottich scored 15 points, and Stanford stayed unbeaten with a 68-61 victory over California.
Sebelius budget plan gobbles up state’s cash reserves
January 19, 2004
Legislators and the governor are supposed to sock away millions of tax dollars every year to create a cushion, so that if financial misfortune strikes, state government can avoid sudden cuts in services.
Sooners fall to 0-2 in league
January 19, 2004
Headed into the Big 12 Conference season, Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson said the best word to describe his young, highly ranked team was “intriguing.”
Disclaimer upsets anti-choice group
Republicans distance themselves from ‘single-issue agenda’
January 19, 2004
A recent Republican mailing about the upcoming Kansas Day activities has upset some members of the anti-abortion group Kansans for Life.
Texas twosome to enroll at KU
Juco football transfers should aid Kansas defense
January 19, 2004
Jermail Ashley had the attention of major-college recruiters when the 2003 football season started, but most coaches didn’t like what they saw when a knee injury hampered the 6-foot-5, 245-pound defensive end.
Can of worms
The Saddam Hussein “interrogation and trial” circus keeps getting more complicated.
January 19, 2004
It seemed so simple, right? Capture Iraq despot Saddam Hussein and, since he wasn’t killed in the process, put him on trial for interminable and unspeakable crimes against humanity.