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Mayor to present awards during school visits
January 23, 2004
(Web Posted Friday at 11:23 a.m.) Some of Lawrence’s best teachers will receive a surprise Monday afternoon. Mayor David Dunfield will be making rounds to present the high school, elementary and pre-school Mayor’s Excellence in Education awards.
Democrats announce small business help
January 23, 2004
(Updated Friday at 11:03 a.m.) House Democrats today announced proposals that they said would help small businesses comply with the state’s change in collecting sales taxes.
Walmart battle moves back into court
January 23, 2004
(Updated Friday at 1:17 p.m.) A Douglas County judge on Friday said the city must make its officials and records available to plaintiffs’ lawyers in lawsuits filed over City Hall’s refusal to allow a Wal-Mart store at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.
Car pulled from river in Lawrence
January 23, 2004
(Updated Friday at 3:21 p.m.) A car pulled from the Kaw River early this morning likely was put there on purpose, according to workers who removed the vehicle. “There were signs that this was something that was done on purpose,” said Kevin Raash from TransMasters, a towing service in North Lawrence. “We got the call to remove the car from the river just after 8 this morning,” Raash said. The late-model, four-door Ford Mystique with Stafford County license plate SDW 206, was found almost completely submerged.
Jury finds Neal guilty
January 23, 2004
(Updated Friday at 10:56 a.m.) Jurors found 20-year-old Patrick C. Neal, Lawrence, guilty of rape Thursday evening for attacking a woman after she gave him a ride home from a downtown nightclub.
Spiders ensnare Kansas
Last-second shot ends KU’s streak
January 23, 2004
Nobody knew how Kansas University’s men’s basketball team would react to playing a nonconference game in the midst of the conference season. Everybody knows now: not well, not well at all.
Mars rover stops sending data to NASA
January 23, 2004
NASA’s Spirit rover stopped transmitting data from the surface of Mars, baffling engineers Thursday and bringing the vehicle’s mission to a potentially calamitous halt. NASA received its last significant data from the unmanned Spirit early Wednesday, its 19th day on Mars. Since then, the six-wheeled rover has sent either random, meaningless radio noise or simple beeps acknowledging it has received commands from Earth.
Nine killed in upsurge of violence in Iraq
Two U.S. soldiers among dead in rocket barrage
January 23, 2004
Attackers killed nine people, including four women headed to jobs at a U.S. military base and two American soldiers, in an outburst of violence. South of the capital, the security chief of Spanish troops in Iraq was shot in the head during a raid. Two Iraqi policemen were killed Thursday and three others were wounded when gunmen fired on a police checkpoint between Fallujah and Ramadi, two insurgency hotspots west of Baghdad.
Senator seeks ban on indoor fireworks at nightclubs
January 23, 2004
Kansas would ban the use of pyrotechnic devices inside bars, nightclubs and other places where more than 50 people gather under legislation that cleared the Senate last year and is now in the House.
Lawsuit alleges sexual abuse by K.C. priests
Three clerics, including retired bishop, are plaintiffs
January 23, 2004
A retired Catholic bishop, a retired priest and a former priest are accused in a lawsuit filed Wednesday of molesting minors from the Kansas City area.
Free State falls at buzzer in Topeka opener, 58-56
January 23, 2004
Free State High boys basketball coach Jack Schreiner is adamant that a game is never, ever decided by the final play. Against Topeka Seaman Thursday, the last play merely gave the victory to the deserving team. And it wasn’t Free State.
Kansas gets ‘slap in face’
January 23, 2004
Who knows? Maybe No. 12-ranked Kansas University’s stunning home loss to unheralded, unranked Richmond just might help the Jayhawks.
New boss Grossner stresses toughness
January 23, 2004
The last time Mike Grossner saw Baker University’s football squad was as an assistant coach at Bethany College in 1987.
Florida State stuns No. 7 UNC
FSU overcomes 24-point deficit in 90-81 OT win
January 23, 2004
North Carolina coach Roy Williams was worried that points were coming too easily against Florida State.
6Sports video: Richmond surprises Jayhawks
January 23, 2004
Both teams battled until the end, but the Spiders overcame KU in the final moments.
Briefly
January 23, 2004
¢ Five suspects sought in work-break beating ¢ Authorities rule out suspects in rural slaying ¢ Study: Health spending balloons with obesity rate
Briefly
January 23, 2004
¢ Sharon says he won’t resign ¢ Thai boy contracts bird flu as WHO expresses concern ¢ Japan seeks to cut contribution to U.N.
Baker women roll, men fizzle against C-S
January 23, 2004
Jessica Pontius scored 14, leading Baker University’s women’s basketball squad to a 67-55 win Thursday over Culver-Stockton.
T may take on school bus role
Proposal would allow K-12 students to ride city transportation at reduced rates
January 23, 2004
Lawrence public school students looking for a ride to class may soon have a new option: discount fares on city buses. City officials confirmed this week they are looking at allowing K-12 students to participate in a plan that allows Kansas University students on city buses at reduced rates.
Tad Hamilton’ offers winning mix
Well-cast romantic comedy proves an ideal date movie
January 23, 2004
Is it a coincidence that this weekend’s feature film releases are dominated by the stars of TV’s “That ‘70s Show?” If given the choice between doofus prankster Ashton Kutcher attempting to get in touch with his “serious side” in the thriller “The Butterfly Effect” or Topher Grace deftly mastering the role of acerbic charmer in “Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!,” audiences might want to settle on the latter.
Lawmakers leery over highway projects bond plan
Governor’s proposal burdens next generation, legislators maintain
January 23, 2004
Opposition to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ $465 million transportation bond plan intensified Thursday, with the Senate’s top Republican and even some of the governor’s fellow Democrats expressing reservations. Sebelius proposed the bonds as a way to shore up the 10-year, $13 billion transportation program begun by the state in 1999 and to avoid canceling highway projects already promised to some communities.
Horoscopes
January 23, 2004
Restorative work
January 23, 2004
Briefly
January 23, 2004
¢ Prosecutors oust judge in Peterson murder case ¢ Two hostages locked in prison tower ¢ Janklow sentenced to 100 days in jail ¢ State court takes back school funding case
On the record
January 23, 2004
People
January 23, 2004
¢ Affleck, J-Lo break up — again ¢ Prince Harry headed to Africa ¢ College to meet Cosby challenge ¢ Museum to honor Brokaw
The Crossing rekindles live music legacy
January 23, 2004
It was a place that defined the phrase “small but mighty.” From the late 1980s through the early ‘90s, The Crossing, 618 W. 12th St., was as integral to the Lawrence music scene as The Bottleneck or The Jazzhaus. It functioned as a spot where fledgling bands could hone their skills and where veteran headliners sought to prove their “indie credibility” by playing such a tiny locale.
Historic’ designation may circle downtown
Construction would face new review
January 23, 2004
Bo Harris looks at a proposal to put downtown Lawrence on the National Register of Historic Places, and he sees trouble. The Lawrence developer owns land outside the planned district, but near enough to downtown that — if the proposal succeeds — he will have to jump through an extra governmental hoop every time he wants to build, remodel or expand.
State seeks better access to Tallgrass Prairie park
January 23, 2004
A move is under way by the state to open up to the public more of the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in the Flint Hills. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Thursday that she planned to take a lead role in the effort, noting that Kansas is home to the largest expanse of tallgrass prairie in the world.
Sebelius to present tax increase, school plan as package
January 23, 2004
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Thursday said she would combine her proposed tax increase with her proposed Education First initiative in a single piece of legislation for consideration by the Legislature. “It makes it clear that you can’t have all these programs unless you have some revenue to fund them,” Sebelius said.
Briefly
January 23, 2004
¢ Ex-Rwandan official found guilty of genocide ¢ Labor leader fatally shot ¢ BBC criticizes own role in Iraq weapons reports
Briefcase
January 23, 2004
¢ Key economic gauge rises to record level ¢ Mortgage rates drop to six-month low ¢ Poland resumes imports of American beef ¢ Jobless benefits claims continue to decrease
KU hospital shies from ‘border war’
Missouri Medicaid changes may detour patients
January 23, 2004
A low-income Kansas City, Mo., resident gets burned in a fire. He is transported to the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., just 285 feet from the Kansas-Missouri state line. If Missouri health care officials get their way, that patient soon could be required to seek treatment at Missouri’s closest burn unit — 130 miles away in Columbia.
Friday night fun: drag queens, hot rods
January 23, 2004
Apparently, nothing attracts fickle male viewers like the roar of engines and the squeal of rubber. Hot on the success of “American Chopper,” the Discovery Channel has launched “American Hot Rod” (9 p.m., Discovery), featuring the creative restorations of Boyd Coddington, considered one of the foremost hot rod designers in America.
LHS second at home
Lions win three; FSHS routs Bonner
January 23, 2004
Lawrence High’s boys swimming squad sure enjoys competing at good old LHS.
Briefly
January 23, 2004
¢ 3 die in helicopter crash ¢ Harvard fund managers received $34 million
Amendments would tighten bounty hunter legislation
January 23, 2004
A Senate committee on Thursday held off voting on a proposal to tighten regulations on bail bondsmen and bounty hunters.
KU hires lobbyist for session
January 23, 2004
Kansas University has contracted with a lobbyist to assist with the legislative session.
Hughes services
January 23, 2004
Robert Wesley Johnson Sr.
January 23, 2004
Antonio L. Toledo
January 23, 2004
Ticket priorities
January 23, 2004
Leaders condemn film’s depiction of Jews
January 23, 2004
Representatives of two Jewish groups who attended screenings of Mel Gibson’s upcoming movie “The Passion of the Christ” said Thursday it contained offensive stereotypes about the Jewish role in the crucifixion.
6News video: Filmmaker lands distribution deal for ‘C.S.A’
January 23, 2004
In a deal signed late Tuesday night, IFC Films will be distributing “C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America,” a film about an America in which the South won the Civil War.
6News video: Historic designation to be considered for downtown
January 23, 2004
A state committee will consider the nomination to put downtown Lawrence on the National Register of Historic Places on Feb. 21.
Deal signed to allow oil drilling on 9 million acres in Alaska
January 23, 2004
Interior Secretary Gale Norton signed off on a plan Thursday for opening most of an 8.8 million-acre swath of Alaska’s North Slope to oil and gas development. Some of the drilling could occur in areas important for migratory birds, whales and wildlife.
Lawrence briefs
January 23, 2004
¢ Kansas attorney general to meet with AARP ¢ Concert to feature men’s chorale, quartet ¢ Visiting nurses group to celebrate 35 years
Accessibility issues may close some Kansas voting sites
January 23, 2004
Kansans will have 300 fewer places to vote in 2006 than they did in 2002 because some polling locations do not meet federal requirements for handicapped accessibility, Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh said Thursday.
Murder case defendant to go to trial in August
K.C.K. shootings left five people dead
January 23, 2004
An August trial date has been set for a man accused of killing five people, including a pregnant woman.
Cosmosphere to take show on road
Hutchinson space museum will prepare traveling exhibit
January 23, 2004
The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center is putting together its first traveling exhibit, part of an effort to expand its educational mission and capitalize on renewed interest in the space program.
Microsoft earnings tumble during second quarter
Software behemoth raises forecast for 2004
January 23, 2004
Microsoft Corp. reported a drop in earnings Thursday for its fiscal second quarter, as the software giant took a huge charge for stock-based compensation for employees. But revenue increased 19 percent as the company saw signs of improvement in corporate technology spending.
Lawrence High doomed in return to ‘Dungeon’
January 23, 2004
Apparently the venue wasn’t the key. The last time the Lawrence High boys basketball team played at Topeka High’s gym, LHS nailed a state-record 21 three-pointers in a victory over T-High in December.
Perry leading Hope golf
Mickelson cards 63, trails by one shot
January 23, 2004
Kenny Perry shot a 6-under 66 Thursday to go to 14 under and take the second-round lead in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
Henin-Hardenne, Safin, Blake victorious
January 23, 2004
Top-ranked Justine Henin-Hardenne rallied from a break down in the second set to beat Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-2, 7-5, today and advance to the fourth round of the Australian Open.
Richmond hangs close, strikes
Spiders keep pressure on Jayhawks, claim surprising win
January 23, 2004
Richmond guard Tony Dobbins couldn’t pinpoint the exact moment when he knew a stunning victory was brewing Thursday night against No. 12 Kansas University, but he had a good idea why it happened.
Athletes of the week
January 23, 2004
Veritas rallies in Oklahoma
January 23, 2004
The Veritas Christian boys basketball squad opened the Northeast Oklahoma A&M Invitational with a 57-54 win Thursday over Picher-Carden (Okla.).
KU track headed to Mizzou triangular
January 23, 2004
The Kansas University track squad travels today to Columbia, Mo., for the Kansas-Kansas State-Missouri triangular.
6News video: Junior high alumni get view of the past
January 23, 2004
The yearbook will be sold to raise funds for West Junior High.
6News video: Haskell to open day care
January 23, 2004
The new day care center will help Haskell Indian Nations University students remain in school.
6Sports video: Free State falls in close game
January 23, 2004
A buzzer-beating shot by Topeka dooms the Firebirds.
State vehicles
January 23, 2004
6Sports video: Lions live by three, die by three
January 23, 2004
Lawrence High had trouble with three-point shooting while facing Topeka West.
6News video: Students climb to new heights
January 23, 2004
A new cliumbing wall and mural made it’s debut at a local elementary school.
Shopping habits
January 23, 2004
Daily ticker
January 23, 2004
KU hospital reports record profit
CEO credits cardiac program, marketing for increase
January 23, 2004
The University of Kansas Hospital posted record profits and patient volumes last year, spurring multiple expansion projects. The hospital’s annual report, released Thursday, showed net income more than doubled to $12.7 million last year, with inpatient discharges increasing 8 percent to 18,746.
Kodak plans to cut quarter of work force
Company to focus on digital photography
January 23, 2004
Eastman Kodak Co., which turned picture-taking into a hobby for the masses a century ago, is eliminating from 12,000 to 15,000 jobs, or close to a quarter of its work force, as it struggles to make the wrenching transition from film to digital photography. The job cuts, announced Thursday, will be made in Kodak’s traditional film photography businesses and will take place during the next three years, bringing the company’s total employment down to World War II-era levels of around 50,000.
Ex-Enron leader surrenders, pleads innocent
Company’s former accountant faces federal fraud charges
January 23, 2004
A former Enron Corp. accountant described as “a principal architect” of a scheme to mislead government regulators and investors turned himself in Thursday and pleaded innocent to federal fraud charges related to the energy giant’s 2001 collapse.
Stewart lawyer: Potential jurors misunderstand charges in case
Opening statements expected Tuesday
January 23, 2004
Martha Stewart’s lead attorney is concerned that jurors at her stock-fraud trial might mistakenly believe the style-setter is charged with insider trading.
Woodling: League breaks unkind to KU
January 23, 2004
Holy sticky web, Spiderman. Richmond — they’re the Spiders, you know — produced the most stunning men’s basketball victory over Kansas University in Allen Fieldhouse since … well, the Arachnids joined a club, that’s all. A select one, granted.
KU football workouts start with greater expectations
January 23, 2004
Last winter, Kansas University’s football team started its offseason workout program without its director of strength and conditioning. Chris Dawson, who spent the previous two seasons at Minnesota, didn’t take over KU’s program until February, and the Jayhawks didn’t move into Anderson Strength and Conditioning Center until March.
KU picked eighth in league baseball poll
January 23, 2004
Kansas University has been picked to finish eighth in a preseason poll of Big 12 Conference baseball coaches.
Focus on Kansas
Kevin Willmott’s ‘CSA’ generates national buzz for his home state at Sundance Film Festival
January 23, 2004
For people in Park City, Utah, a town dedicated to the proposition that not all films are created equal, riding the crest of the insider “buzz” sonic wave during the Sundance Film Festival means being at the hottest spot at its brightest moment. For many, that means being near celebrity.
Congress approves tardy spending bill
January 23, 2004
Congress snuffed out Democratic opposition Thursday and approved a belated $373 billion bill financing most federal agencies and endorsing President Bush’s policies on overtime pay, food labeling, media ownership and guns. Over protests by labor, some farm groups and conservatives angered by the measure’s mountain of pork-barrel projects, the Senate approved the bill by a bipartisan 65-28 vote. The House passed it in December.
Expert: Murder defendant mentally retarded
Suspect’s statements about father should be suppressed, attorneys argue
January 23, 2004
His IQ of 64 causes 44-year-old Timothy D. Harrell to be classified as mentally retarded, and he goes through life functioning at the level of a preschooler. That was a psychologist’s testimony Thursday about Harrell, a Lawrence resident who is facing a murder charge in Douglas County District Court. Prosecutors say Harrell killed his elderly father by failing to give him proper in-home care.
No apologies
January 23, 2004
President Bush has made it clear what our policy will be regarding future terrorist attacks. As President Bush delivered his State of the Union message, there remained many questions about whether a pre-emptive strike in Iraq was the best way for the United States to deal with the threats posed by Iraq with Saddam Hussein in charge. But the American president left no doubt about our policy toward attackers.
High-stakes election pits mind vs. heart
January 23, 2004
The difference between the perspective of President Bush and that of the Democrats seeking to replace him has never been plainer than it was on Tuesday night after he delivered his State of the Union address. Barely 30 seconds into his speech, Bush defined the nation in terms of “the war on terror” he has made his primary mission since Sept. 11, 2001. His top priority is “making America more secure,” and the first specific action he requested of Congress was the extension of the Patriot Act, the expansion of surveillance power enacted in the first weeks after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Dissent dangers
January 23, 2004
Governor’s proposal on food-safety issues comes under scrutiny
Senate committee chairman calls plan for restaurant inspections key
January 23, 2004
A Senate subcommittee plans to begin work next week on legislation reorganizing the state’s food-safety programs, with control over restaurant inspections emerging as the biggest issue.
Uncertainty marks conference
January 23, 2004
This ski resort beneath snowy peaks is renowned as the annual gathering place of around 2,000 of the world’s political and business leaders who come to ponder the state of the world. But what goes on here is more than the networking of the rich and powerful. The World Economic Forum is a barometer that reflects the shifting moods — and blind spots — of the global elite.
U.S. can’t force its values on others
January 23, 2004
Our leaders keep talking about our war on the terrorists as if we are chasing the Jesse James Gang. We have been led to believe there is a mean little group out there who want to destroy democracy. It is not a small group, or a mean gang; it is whole nations of people, whole nations of people who consider Americans arrogant bullies. They don’t hate democracy or freedom; they hate our politicians who are totally insensitive.
Top consumer gripe: Internet-related fraud
January 23, 2004
Reports of Internet-related fraud now account for more than half the consumer complaints filed with the Federal Trade Commission, the agency said Thursday.
De Soto girls trip K.C. Piper
January 23, 2004
Allie Heinen scored 16 points, and Lisa Lambert and Amy Petty added nine each as De Soto claimed a workmanlike 57-39 high school girls basketball victory Thursday over Kansas City Piper.
GOP sets Kansas Day events
January 23, 2004
A number of groups are hosting Kansas Day receptions at the Capital Plaza Hotel, 1717 SW Topeka Blvd. in Topeka. Kansas Day events are Jan. 30 and Jan. 31.
Peja powers Sacramento
Stojakovic scores 37 to lead Kings past Cavaliers, 95-89
January 23, 2004
Already the NBA’s best home team, Sacramento wants to be Kings of the road, too.
Democrats united in criticism of Bush
January 23, 2004
Democratic presidential contenders attacked President Bush’s handling of the economy and postwar Iraq on Thursday night in the final debate before the New Hampshire primary, each one adding he was best positioned to defeat the Republican incumbent.
Series focuses on Bleeding Kansas
January 23, 2004
Marking the 150th anniversary of Kansas’ founding in 1854, the Kansas State Historical Society will sponsor “Bleeding Kansas,” a five-part lecture series honoring the state’s beginnings as a war-torn territory throughout the Civil War era.
Dancer Ann Miller dies at 81
January 23, 2004
Ann Miller, the raven-haired, long-legged actress and dancer whose machine-gun taps won her stardom during the golden age of movie musicals, died Thursday of lung cancer. She was 81.
Kansas National Guard sending 351 soldiers to Iraq
January 23, 2004
Hundreds of family and friends gathered Thursday for what one officer called the “critical ritual” of saying goodbye to 351 Kansas Army National Guard soldiers destined for duty in Iraq.
Inspectors look for improvement at troubled care home
Officials deny newspaper article prompted visit
January 23, 2004
A team of Kansas Department on Aging inspectors arrived Thursday at Lake View Manor nursing home. “We’ve been expecting them,” said Maureen Poull, director of nursing at the troubled home, 3015 W. 31st St. “We knew they were coming; we just didn’t know when they’d get here.”
Yearbooks of yore raise revenue, fashion alarm for today’s young
January 23, 2004
Want to know what Lawrence schools Supt. Randy Weseman looked like with all his hair? Curious to see what Free State High School basketball coach Jack Schreiner looked like in the 1980s? Now you can.