Archive for Saturday, January 24, 2004

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Police arrest suspect in Wyandotte County killing
January 24, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 3:27 p.m.) A man wanted for a Wyandotte County killing was arrested in a Lawrence motel early Saturday morning, law enforcement officials said.
Briefly
January 24, 2004
¢ State to close prisons as inmate numbers drop ¢ 1789 Bill of Rights copy ruled to belong to state
Vans can go
January 24, 2004
T may take on school bus role
Proposal would allow K-12 students to ride city transportation at reduced rates
January 24, 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.
Departing KU official carries inspiring family legacy
January 24, 2004
Janet Murguia, Kansas University’s executive vice chancellor for university relations, will be leaving KU within a short time to become director and chief operating officer of La Raza, the largest Hispanic advocacy and public policy organization in the United States.
Methodist church celebrating 150th year
January 24, 2004
First United Methodist Church, 946 Vt., recently began a yearlong celebration of its 150th anniversary.
Religion briefs
January 24, 2004
Conservative code
January 24, 2004
Change needed
January 24, 2004
Relief proposed over sales tax law
January 24, 2004
House Democrats will seek relief for small businesses to help them deal with a sales tax law approved last year, House Minority Leader Dennis McKinney said Friday.
Military news
January 24, 2004
Engagements
January 24, 2004
4-H news
January 24, 2004
Around and about
January 24, 2004
Anniversaries
January 24, 2004
Daily ticker
January 24, 2004
IRS questions K.C. research plan
Stowers Institute provides $60 million for technology venture
January 24, 2004
In a plan designed to eventually commercialize its scientific discoveries, the Stowers Institute for Medical Research has provided $60 million in capital for a new technology transfer venture. However, the Internal Revenue Service has questioned the legality of the plan, forcing the institute to seek a change in laws governing how nonprofit institutes such as Stowers can use the discoveries made by their researchers.
Manufacturing remains soft spot in state’s job market
Kansas labor official hopes drop in unemployment is sign of rebound
January 24, 2004
Unemployment in Kansas declined slightly in December, leading the state’s top labor official to suggest Friday the economy may improve. The jobless rate in December was 4.5 percent, compared to a revised rate of 4.7 percent in November, the Department of Human Resources reported. It also was lower than December 2002’s rate of 4.8 percent.
Union delays contract talks with Boeing
January 24, 2004
The union that represents technical and professional workers at Boeing Co.’s Wichita plant said Friday it was postponing contract talks until after an upcoming union decertification vote.
Prosecutors decline Limbaugh’s offer of drug program
January 24, 2004
Prosecutors rejected a proposed deal offered by Rush Limbaugh’s attorney that would have seen the radio commentator enter a court-sponsored drug intervention program rather than face charges, according to records.
Mickelson makes move
Hope Classic leader cards third-round 64
January 24, 2004
Phil Mickelson was eager to put his poor 2003 season behind him. Through three days of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, he’s well on his way.
Raymond stuns third-seeded Williams
January 24, 2004
Venus Williams’ bid for a big return came to an abrupt end.
Indian women fall in double overtime
January 24, 2004
Perhaps if Haskell Indian Nations University’s women’s basketball team was at full strength Friday, it could have eked out a double-overtime victory over Oklahoma Wesleyan.
Pats confident with Vinatieri
January 24, 2004
The game was coming down to a final kick, as so many of the New England Patriots’ games do.
Davis tickled to be with Panthers
January 24, 2004
Signing with the Carolina Panthers was the best career choice Stephen Davis ever made: He can sleep in his own bed twice a week, tuck his children in at night and spend time with his extended family.
Bryant’s attorneys raise race issue
January 24, 2004
Kobe Bryant’s defense team raised the issue of race in court Friday, saying black men have long been falsely accused of rape by white women.
6News video: Local art lovers visit galleries
January 24, 2004
The gallery owners say that the Art Walk event gives local artists a chance to strut their stuff.
6Sports video: Free State girls brought down by Highland Park
January 24, 2004
The Firebirds are overcome by the Lady Scots in the Hy-Vee High School Game of the Week.
6News video: Meningitis warning goes to Board of Regents
January 24, 2004
Students at Wichita State and Pittsburgh State have died from the disease, prompting Gov. Sebelius to send the warning.
6News video: The ‘T’ may bring children to schools
January 24, 2004
Public schools have a demand for transportation, and Lawrence Public Transit want to fill the need.
6News video: Watkins Community Museum wants kitchen
January 24, 2004
The Museum thinks that the kitchen will allow the building to be rented for private parties, creating a new source of revenue.
4th candidate announces run for Lecompton city seat
January 24, 2004
A fourth candidate has entered the race for a seat on the Lecompton City Council.
KU officials heed meningitis warning
January 24, 2004
The death of a Wichita State University student, two cases at Pittsburg State University and a governor’s pleading are prompting Kansas University health officials to encourage students returning to campus to be vaccinated against meningitis. In a Jan. 5 letter, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius formally asked the Kansas Board of Regents to “take steps to protect Kansas students from meningitis.”
Brett Michael Ross
January 24, 2004
W.L.‘Tom’ ‘Dub’ Thomas
January 24, 2004
Officials reach compromise on size of community commercial developments
January 24, 2004
Deadlocked city and county officials have found agreement on the future of commercial development in Lawrence, officials said Friday.
Senate president leery about medical border war
January 24, 2004
Senate President Dave Kerr says he wants to avoid a border war with Missouri over hospital patients.
Suspect found guilty in battery, rape
January 24, 2004
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.
Captured Iraq insurgent linked to al-Qaida
January 24, 2004
U.S. forces in Iraq captured a leader of the insurgency who is believed to be a close associate of Abu Musab Zarqawi, described by some as a key link between the al-Qaida terrorist network and toppled Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, a senior American official said Friday. U.S. troops captured Husam al-Yemeni last Thursday, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. He is described by U.S. officials as the leader of an insurgency cell in Fallujah, west of Baghdad.
Veteran inspector to lead search for Iraq weapons
January 24, 2004
The CIA named a new inspector to lead the search for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction Friday, choosing a veteran investigator who has expressed recent skepticism that Saddam Hussein possessed banned weapons that posed an immediate threat.
First United Methodist receives oil painting
Longtime members donate historic artifact
January 24, 2004
Finding the right anniversary gift for someone is never easy, but what do you get for the church that’s celebrating its sesquicentennial? Dennis and Judy Dailey believe they’ve found just the thing.
Alice Marie Brubeck
January 24, 2004
Halliburton to repay Pentagon overcharge
Criminal inquiry pending on possible overcharge in separate Iraq contract
January 24, 2004
Halliburton will pay the Pentagon $6.3 million for possible overcharges by a subcontractor accused of giving kickbacks to supply U.S. soldiers in Iraq, a spokesman said Friday in new trouble for Vice President Dick Cheney’s former company.
Spirit listing; Europe reports proof of water on Mars
Second Martian rover scheduled to land today
January 24, 2004
As a second U.S. spacecraft hurtled toward a landing near the Martian equator, engineers here geared up Friday for what is likely to be a prolonged struggle to try to repair its seriously ailing twin, the Mars rover Spirit, on the other side of the planet. Since Wednesday, the robot rover has been “a patient in intensive care,” as one engineer put it, experiencing a series of electronic spasms that have prompted its computer to try over and over to reboot itself.
KU’s Self: ‘We’re fine’ after loss to Spiders
Jayhawks turn attention to Sunday’s home game with Big 12 foe Colorado
January 24, 2004
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self didn’t pull an all-nighter in his office Thursday night — the day before the start of the second semester at KU. He came close, though, heading for the comforts of home around 2 a.m. Friday, or 3 1/2 hours after the No. 12-ranked Jayhawks’ shocking 69-68 loss to Richmond at Allen Fieldhouse.
Jayhawks, Tigers to tangle today
Washington not worried about fallout from fracas
January 24, 2004
Instead of celebrating its biggest victory of the season Jan. 10 in Columbia, Mo., Kansas University’s women’s basketball team spent the ensuing moments after the game scuffling with Missouri players at midcourt. The results of the fracas that followed KU’s 55-52 victory were that five players — KU starters Larisha Graves, Tamara Ransburg and reserve Kandis Bonner; and MU reserves MyEsha Perkins and Christelle N’Garsanet — were suspended for one game each for “engaging in flagrant misconduct and not showing proper restraint.”
FSHS bounces back - Free State boys 75, Wichita West 62
January 24, 2004
Amazing how much better things can turn out for a high school basketball team when its players’ heads are in the right place. One day after mental letdowns led to an unexpected loss to Topeka Seaman, Free State High rebounded with a crisp effort against Wichita West, winning 75-62 Friday in the consolation semifinals of the Topeka Invitational Tournament.
Veritas reaches title game
January 24, 2004
Veritas Christian School freshman Kirk Long is making a strong case for himself to be the tournament Most Valuable Player of the Oklahoma A&M Invitational.
Bulldogs win eighth straight
January 24, 2004
Ronny Turiaf scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lift No. 15 Gonzaga to its eighth straight victory, 80-65, Friday night over Portland.
Despite insecurity, voting on Internet may be workable
January 24, 2004
Despite a Pentagon project criticized this week as dangerously vulnerable to hackers and terrorists, reliable Internet voting from overseas still could be workable, computer scientists agree.
Pastor perseveres to lead Lawrence Heights church
January 24, 2004
The Rev. James Taylor remembers the day in 1997 when he introduced the woman he planned to marry to the members of his congregation at Southwest Park Christian Church in Abilene, Texas. First he announced that a new member, Cindy Mahoney, had joined the church.
Sebelius ready to deal on education plan
January 24, 2004
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ Education First plan may be the first one jettisoned by the Legislature. Republican leaders on Friday said the proposal to increase taxes for public schools was “taking on water” and even Sebelius, a Democrat, conceded any final plan may look vastly different from the one she outlined less than two weeks ago to start the 2004 legislative session.
Judge: City officials must testify in lawsuits
January 24, 2004
The city must make its officials and records available to plaintiffs’ lawyers in lawsuits challenging City Hall’s refusal to allow a Wal-Mart store at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive, a Douglas County judge ruled Friday. Attorneys for the city had asked District Judge Michael Malone to quash deposition subpoenas for City Manager Mike Wildgen, Assistant City Manager Dave Corliss, Planning Director Linda Finger and Neighborhood Resources Director Victor Torres.
KU ticket plan to bypass board
A.D.: ‘I report to the chancellor’
January 24, 2004
The once-powerful Kansas University Athletic Corp. won’t have much say in putting together the “priority point system” for divvying up next year’s men’s basketball season tickets. Instead, KU Athletic Director Lew Perkins will present the plan directly to Chancellor Robert Hemenway.
Kaws fall to Maranatha; Chieftains to play for own championship
January 24, 2004
Spencer Kennedy and Willie Treaster each scored 11, and Drew Robbins added 10 in a losing cause for the Kaws in a 55-50 high school boys basketball setback to Shawnee Maranatha in the semifinals of the McLouth Invitational.
6Sports video: Tonganoxie Invitational brings many highlights
January 24, 2004
Tongie boys and girls go on to the final matches.
On the record
January 24, 2004
Democrats begin final campaigns in N.H.
Rivals seek to slow Kerry’s momentum after surprise victory in Iowa caucuses
January 24, 2004
John Kerry accused the Bush administration on Friday of shortchanging veterans, targeting Republicans while Democratic presidential rivals hoped his campaign momentum would soon subside. “The first definition of patriotism is keeping faith with those who have worn the uniform of the country,” said the Massachusetts senator, who served in Vietnam. He said some veterans must wait too long for health care, while others who are disabled receive a reduced pension.
Carl H. Flory
January 24, 2004
Donald E. Larison
January 24, 2004
CDC: Crypto response too slow
Summer outbreak’s speed required prompt actions, federal report says
January 24, 2004
The cryptosporidiosis outbreak last summer in Lawrence might have been slowed if health authorities had alerted the community sooner, a new federal report suggests. The report also shows that as many as 600 people may have been infected, about five times more than previously reported.
Late foul dooms Pistons against Wolves
January 24, 2004
The Detroit Pistons gave the Minnesota Timberwolves a taste of physical basketball, but with one shove too many.
Nets’ sale approved; move to Brooklyn planned
January 24, 2004
The New Jersey Nets were officially sold Friday to a Brooklyn developer intent on moving them across the Hudson River — a move immediately hailed in New York for returning big-time sports to the borough.
Calligrapher’s art among weekend fun
January 24, 2004
“Zen No Sho: The Calligraphy of Fukushima Keido Roshi” opens today at Kansas University in the Spencer Museum of Art’s White Gallery. Although the Zen Buddhist calligrapher won’t be able to visit Lawrence this year, 20 examples of his work will be on display through March 14.
A trial run on Stewart jury
January 24, 2004
As lawyers continue jury selection for the Martha Stewart trial, legal experts suggest Martha should be looking for working moms who admire domestic proficiency and raw power. In other words, people like Stewart herself.
Elevator’s closing marks end of town’s business life
January 24, 2004
Billowing clouds of grain dust rise above the parked semi-truck as milo from one of the grain elevator’s last full bins is dumped into a waiting trailer.
Briefcase
January 24, 2004
¢ Toyota drives into No. 2 ¢ Regions, Union Planters to merge in $6B deal ¢ Alltel reports increase in earnings, cut in jobs ¢ NYSE companies receive formal notices from SEC
Former state senator dies in Texas at 71
January 24, 2004
Bill Wisdom, who represented Kansas City, Kan., in the state Legislature for more than two decades, has died at the age of 71.
Harrison: Win over KU ‘doable’
January 24, 2004
Colorful, controversial Colorado center David Harrison isn’t guaranteeing a victory against Kansas University in Sunday’s Big 12 Conference clash at Allen Fieldhouse.
KU briefs
January 24, 2004
¢ KU swimmers trip ISU ¢ KU track wins 12 events
6Sports video: Kansas reevaluating loss to Richmond
January 24, 2004
The Jayhawks team and coaches are trying to determine what went wrong in the last-minute loss.
Denitha ‘Dee’ J. Williams
January 24, 2004
Chaney closing on win No. 700
Temple coach could claim career milestone victory today against Massachusetts
January 24, 2004
The inside cover of Temple’s media guide chronicles John Chaney’s “Road to 700,” listing milestone victories, staring with his 100th in 1977.
Leaders move toward peace in Kashmir
January 24, 2004
India and Pakistan have gone from hurling war cries at each other to taking small but steady steps toward a peace agreement on Kashmir and their other conflicts. Shrewdness on the Indian side and desperation in Pakistan have come together to produce a potential Nobel Peace Prize for two uncommon leaders.
Briefly
January 24, 2004
¢ Stem-cell gel advances spinal injury research ¢ Court affirms governor’s power to clear death row ¢ Smithsonian chief gets probation for headdress ¢ Hand transplant patient doing well after 5 years
Briefly
January 24, 2004
¢ Peterson murder trial postponed at least week ¢ 20th shooting linked to highway snipe ¢ Negotiations continue for prison hostages ¢ Sect leader found guilty of child molestation
Briefly
January 24, 2004
¢ KU biotechnology group benefits from Senate bill ¢ Museum to present Valentine’s information
Short-handed Haskell women fall in double overtime
January 24, 2004
Perhaps if Haskell Indian Nations University’s women’s basketball team was at full strength Friday, it could have eked out a double-overtime victory over Oklahoma Wesleyan.
Ottawa pulls away from Jags
Cyclones blow into tournament finals with 71-55 victory
January 24, 2004
Although it’s the end of January, it sure felt like early March Friday night at the Baldwin Invitational when Ottawa and Mill Valley met in a semifinal of the high school boys basketball tournament.
Second city showdown on tap at Topeka High
January 24, 2004
Lawrence High and Free State each earned boys basketball victories Friday in the Topeka Invitational Tournament, setting the stage for the second city showdown — about 25 miles west of Lawrence.
Bad example
January 24, 2004
School funding
January 24, 2004
Sebelius criticized over sex predator unit’s budget
January 24, 2004
House Speaker Doug Mays suggested Friday that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ proposed budget would harm Kansas’ sexual predator program, but her budget director said the governor fully supports the program.
The Jacko circus
January 24, 2004
Let’s hope the reputation of the judge in the Michael Jackson case is accurate and deserved. Entertainer Michael Jackson and his entourage did an outstanding job of organizing and promoting events surrounding his recent court hearing on charges of child molestation and endangerment.
Grocer cards offer discounts, recall data
Supermarkets worry about privacy issues
January 24, 2004
During the recent mad-cow beef recall, one supermarket chain used its “preferred customer” discount cards to identify and warn shoppers who had bought the suspect meat. In fact, many supermarket chains could do the same thing — but they don’t, largely for fear of being accused of violating customers’ privacy.
Palestinians wake up to world of walls
January 24, 2004
Mohammed Hussein is surrounded by walls.
Firebirds fall short
Duncan, players pleased despite 63-56 loss
January 24, 2004
It has been awhile since the Free State High girls basketball players have emerged from the locker room after a game feeling good about how they played, but Friday night was different. The Firebirds lost, 63-56, to Topeka Highland Park at FSHS, but this defeat didn’t sting as bad as the previous two. That was because they showed improvement in so many areas against the Scots, a Class 5A state-tournament qualifier last year.
Briefly
January 24, 2004
¢ Bird flu epidemic expands, one human death suspected ¢ Convict freed after state admits mismatched print ¢ Report drops trade center death toll by three ¢ 2003 West Nile outbreak largest ever, but less deadly
Briefly
January 24, 2004
¢ Groom among 45 dead in marriage hall fire ¢ Japanese air force staff arrive for Iraq mission ¢ Storms pound Mideast ¢ Britain nears decision on plane contract
Club news
January 24, 2004
Family, friends sacrificed when career takes over
January 24, 2004
I’ve always thought a man should be willing to work and sacrifice to reach his goals. I’ve heard you say “cool the passion and postpone the dream.” That isn’t the way I was taught.
States seek tougher bans on gay marriage
January 24, 2004
Despite laws on the books already barring gay marriage, legislators in at least nine states are pushing for new, more sweeping measures in hopes of preventing any ripple effect from laws and court rulings elsewhere.
Haskell boxers hooked on club
January 24, 2004
Marcus Oliveira isn’t exactly a household name. But with a little luck and a lot of hard work, he just might be the next Muhammad Ali.
Area briefs
January 24, 2004
¢ Stolen car recovered from Kansas River ¢ Leavenworth Co. wreck injures Lawrence driver ¢ D.C. suspect guilty in area PCP case
Scouting news
January 24, 2004
Lions motivated in win - Lawrence High boys 86, K.C. Washington 74
January 24, 2004
Forgive Lawrence High’s boys basketball team for looking ahead to today’s Topeka Invitational Tournament finale before its game Friday. Rest assured, that only is because it gave the Lions plenty of motivation before playing Kansas City Washington.
Faith forum
January 24, 2004
Weddings
January 24, 2004
Golden Globes show lacks its past craziness
January 24, 2004
“The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards” (7 p.m. Sunday, NBC) has become a big and slick production. And that’s too bad. They used to be fun, intimate, sloppy and, let’s be honest, completely meaningless. Now they’re so huge, the Academy Awards has moved from March to February to stay relevant.
Famed photographer dies in crash
Helmut Newton known for striking, black-and-white ‘Big Nudes’
January 24, 2004
Acclaimed fashion photographer Helmut Newton died Friday after his car sped out of control from the driveway of the famed Chateau Marmont hotel and crashed into a wall, police said. He was 83.
Former S. Vietnamese leader returns home in reconciliation
January 24, 2004
Former South Vietnamese premier Nguyen Cao Ky, back in Vietnam after a 29-year exile in America, has dropped his vitriolic anti-communist rhetoric and is calling for peace and reconciliation.
Boss ‘on fire’ in Santa Fe Trail’s 61-42 victory; Tongie to play for crown
January 24, 2004
Lindsay Boss hit seven of 11 three-point tries and scored 25 points as Santa Fe Trail rebounded from a first-round loss to hammer Council Grove, 61-42, in the consolation bracket Friday of the Burlington High girls basketball tournament.
People
January 24, 2004
¢ McCartney’s wife needs surgery ¢ Davis trades tools for playbills ¢ Shark bite victim hits slopes ¢ Norway welcomes new princess
Society calendar
January 24, 2004
Horoscopes
January 24, 2004
TV’s Captain Kangaroo dies
Bob Keeshan was champion of intelligent children’s shows
January 24, 2004
Bob Keeshan, who gently entertained generations of youngsters as TV’s mustachioed Captain Kangaroo and became an outspoken advocate of less violence and more intelligence on children’s television, died Friday at 76.
Perkins reveals pair of impressive donations
January 24, 2004
Two major monetary gifts are apparently headed for Kansas University’s athletic department coffers.