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Delegation reassured by Boeing executive the company has no plans to sell Wichita plant
January 27, 2004
(Web Posted Tuesday at 2:08 p.m.) Boeing Co. chief executive Harry Stonecipher reassured Kansas politicians Tuesday his company’s future will always include Wichita.
Couple gives to math professorship
January 27, 2004
(Web Posted Tuesday at 1:45 p.m.) A Fort Worth couple has pledged nearly $1 million to create a Kansas University professorship in mathematics, the KU Endowment Association announced Tuesday.
Lawmakers unveil eco devo plan tied to biomedical research
January 27, 2004
(Updated Tuesday at 5:23 p.m.) Two northeast Kansas legislators today rolled out a much-anticipated $500 million plan to commercialize biomedical breakthroughs and help small businesses. State Sen. Nick Jordan and state Rep. Kenny Wilk, both Republicans, said their Kansas Economic Growth Act would make the state a leader in the growing and lucrative field of medical research and that the breakthroughs would improve quality of life across the state.
Watchdog group’s counsel reacts to possible Westar rate changes
January 27, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 6:22 p.m.) The state’s chief consumer representative in electric rates today said he will fight any attempt by Westar Energy Inc. to charge ratepayers the cost of fixing possible pollution violations at its Jeffrey Energy Center near St. Marys.
Seven ice-stricken counties in disaster emergency area
January 27, 2004
(Updated Tuesday at 12:02 p.m.) Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has declared seven northeast Kansas counties in a state of disaster emergency from Sunday’s ice storm. The emergency area consists of Shawnee, Geary, Jackson, Osage, Pottawatomie, Riley and Wabaunsee counties.
Sub-zero windchills to continue
January 27, 2004
(Updated Tuesday at 11:35 a.m.) Sunny skies and sub-zero windchills are expected throughout Tuesday in the Lawrence area, according to a local forecaster. “It’s really going to be cold,” said Matt Jacobs, 6News meteorologist. Jacobs said the high Tuesday will be 19, with windchills reaching a high of zero for the day.
6Sports video: Kansas women fall to Tigers
January 27, 2004
No fights broke out, but the Jayhawks were unable to recreate their victory over Missouri from earlier in the season.
Rape concern
January 27, 2004
Health issue
January 27, 2004
Look at costs
January 27, 2004
Salina official creates own school finance plan
January 27, 2004
The superintendent of one of the two school districts that spearheaded a lawsuit over state funding has outlined a proposal to raise an additional $1.07 billion a year for public schools.
Building collapses in Cairo suburb
At least 10, mostly police and firefighters, trapped in rubble; five reported dead
January 27, 2004
A 12-story building that had drawn police attention for alleged illegal renovations collapsed in a Cairo suburb during a fire Monday night, killing at least five people, including three firefighters. At least 10 people remained trapped.
9-11 report: Some hijackers entered U.S. illegally
January 27, 2004
U.S. authorities missed some obvious signs that might have prevented some of the Sept. 11 hijackers from entering the country, the federal commission investigating the attacks said Monday.
Mae ‘Margaret’ Maness
January 27, 2004
Canadian soldiers hurt in suicide attack
January 27, 2004
Three Canadian soldiers were injured in the Afghan capital early today, a spokesman said, in what Afghan police officials said was a suicide attack.
Kansas House members want to abolish education board
January 27, 2004
Two House Republicans introduced a proposal Monday to abolish the State Board of Education and replace it with a secretary of education appointed by the governor.
Utah polygamist sentenced for incest
January 27, 2004
A member of Utah’s polygamous Kingston clan was sentenced Monday to a year behind bars for taking as his wife a 15-year-old cousin, who also was his aunt.
EPA notifies Westar of permit violations
Company says cost to upgrade equipment at Jeffrey center would be passed to customers
January 27, 2004
Federal officials have told Westar Energy Inc. that the company violated clean air regulations when it replaced equipment at its largest electric generating plant during the 1990s, Westar disclosed Monday.
British government snubs Boeing group’s bid
January 27, 2004
The British government said Monday it had selected the European consortium led by EADS, the parent company of Airbus, to enter negotiations to provide a $24 billion military plane contract.
Countryside housing projects under way
January 27, 2004
Developers are bunching up to bring upper-end living to the rural Leavenworth County countryside.
Commodities
January 27, 2004
Lawrence, area classes canceled
January 27, 2004
Arctic-like conditions in the area have led school officials to cancel classes Tuesday for Lawrence. Julie Boyle, information director for the school district, said the decision was made at 6 a.m. to close all public schools because of temperature and wind chill. The following area schools have also canceled classes.
Excruciating pain’ sidelines Pitino
Louisville coach to step down temporarily
January 27, 2004
Louisville coach Rick Pitino is taking an indefinite leave of absence to seek treatment for an undetermined medical condition that left him in agony.
Nets fire Scott after lackluster start to season
January 27, 2004
Two trips to the finals, a first-place perch in the Atlantic Division and a recent coach-of-the-month award weren’t enough to save Byron Scott’s job.
Seabury boys claim first win of season
Seahawks upend Heritage; girls fall, 36-30
January 27, 2004
Adam Davis scored 25 points and Grayson Dillon nine in Seabury Academy’s 46-36 boys basketball victory Monday over Heritage Christian.
Raiders tap Turner head coach
Former Redskins’ boss grew up fan of silver and black
January 27, 2004
Norv Turner hoped he would get a second chance as an NFL head coach. He was thrilled to get it with the players in the silver-and-black uniforms he always wanted to wear.
Tennessee back on top
January 27, 2004
Welcome back, Tennessee. It’s been awhile.
Celts’ Pierce shouldn’t feel pressure
Former Kansas University standout doesn’t need to dominate for team to succeed, Ainge says
January 27, 2004
Judging from his comments all season, Paul Pierce feels a near-constant need to carry the Boston Celtics. For the team to be successful, the public perception remains, he must do just that.
Baylor’s Drew working wonders
Bears not great, but better than expected
January 27, 2004
It’s late January. Could a guy with only one league victory this deep into the season be a candidate for Big 12 Conference coach of the year? If he’s at Baylor, then the answer probably is yes.
Quality care still a state priority
January 27, 2004
As a Kansas state representative and as a nursing facility administrator, I was involved in garnering legislative and executive support for a move of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) nursing home survey responsibility, the Bureau of Adult Care Facilities, to the Kansas Department on Aging (KDOA).
Burglary trial evidence includes sex toys, home video
Defendant claims victim has multiple personalities
January 27, 2004
A jury trial that began Monday involves stolen trash, a backpack full of sex toys and allegations of evidence tampering. That’s not to mention claims of multiple personalities, stalking allegations and a naked home video filmed under the bed covers.
Ticket plan may reward more KU donors
Donations to academic fund would count toward Allen Fieldhouse seat assignments
January 27, 2004
Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins on Monday said he was looking for ways to accommodate men’s basketball season-ticket holders who would rather give money to the university at large than to the athletic department.
City mostly unfazed by wintry mix
January 27, 2004
Mother Nature continued to throw a mixed bag of weather at Lawrence and northeastern Kansas on Monday as light snow fell throughout the day and temperatures plummeted to single digits overnight. Less than an inch of snow had fallen on Lawrence by Monday night, but streets and area roads still required treatment and icy patches caused problems for some motorists.
Razzies revel in ‘Gigli’
Ben, Jen nominated for year’s worst acting
January 27, 2004
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez’s real-life romance crashed and burned. Now, the two are front-runners for worst on-screen love affair.
On the record
January 27, 2004
Conrad services
January 27, 2004
Services for Joseph L. Conrad, 70, Lawrence, will be at 6 p.m. Thursday in Danforth Chapel on the Kansas University campus.
Mary Brothers Finney
January 27, 2004
Richard F. Bull
January 27, 2004
Hospital seeks array of volunteers
January 27, 2004
LMH needs volunteers interested in being a part of the health care team in several areas. Volunteer positions include escorts, sitters, women’s “TLC” volunteers, and lab or oncology support. Volunteers also are needed to assist with the “Play Hospital” education program for second-grade students. LMH South is also looking for reception and lab volunteers. Volunteers are asked to make a three- to six-month commitment for three to four hours a week. Volunteers with a wide array of interests are needed.
County joins fight to repeal property tax break
Commissioners support lobbying to levy tax on independent-living units
January 27, 2004
Douglas County commissioners want state lawmakers to take away the property-tax exemption now enjoyed by residents who lease 80 independent-living units at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor. It’s only fair, commissioners say.
Larison services
January 27, 2004
Graveside services for Donald E. Larison, 67, Winchester, will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Fowler Cemetery in McLouth.
Panthers relish role of underdog
Carolina players enjoy ‘proving people wrong’
January 27, 2004
The Carolina Panthers not only embrace their role as underdogs, they think it could give them an edge in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots.
One of the guys’
Lawrence leads Kansas in female wrestlers
January 27, 2004
The stale aroma of gym socks singes your nostrils upon entering the Free State High wrestling room. Twenty-three boys, most with chiseled chests and claw-like arms, scrap and tussle and twist each other like pretzels as they roll across the floor. They grab ears, legs, shoulders, feet — anything to gain an edge and hopefully pin their opponent.
6Sports video: Kansas back in form against Buffaloes
January 27, 2004
The Jayhawks who lost to Richmond were not in evidence Sunday as Kansas romped over Colorado.
Kansas baseball savoring early success
January 27, 2004
If you see a man with a tan walking around Lawrence this week, pat him on the back. There’s a good chance the fellow with the bronze tint plays baseball for Kansas University.
Briefcase
January 27, 2004
¢ Tyson reports profits despite mad cow scare ¢ Existing-home sales set record for 2003 ¢ Drugmakers battling about possible takeover ¢ Schering-Plough reports loss for quarter, year
Democrats clash on eve of primary
Analysts say upset possible
January 27, 2004
Playing to huge crowds of wavering voters, Democrats swapped charges of dirty tricks and elitism Monday, closing out the New Hampshire primary on a sour note before the presidential race goes national. javascript:body_guess_subhead()
Americans, Libya extend olive branches
January 27, 2004
A Republican congressman led a delegation of Americans into uncharted territory Monday: a meeting with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and a tour of a Libyan nuclear reactor.
State emerges from sweeping storms
January 27, 2004
There were fewer problems on Kansas roads Monday, a day after a winter storm led to several accidents and resulted in at least one death.
Evelyn Ruth Breithaupt
January 27, 2004
District to charge Scouts for spill
Regional council faces $5,000 bill for cleanup of mercury accident
January 27, 2004
The Heart of America Council will be charged the $5,000 cost of decontaminating Quail Run School after a toxic chemical spilled from a Cub Scout’s wooden racing car in the school, district officials said Monday.
Humor nurses ‘American Idol’ through less-than-ideal auditions
January 27, 2004
Simon Cowell couldn’t believe his ears. You’d think he’d be used to it by now. But the acerbic “American Idol” judge was railing again about the tone-deaf auditioners he, along with Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, is forced to endure.
6Sports video: UT upends Tech
January 27, 2004
No. 13 Texas Tech stood atop the Big 12 Conference with KU at the beginning of the night, but not at the end as No. 16 Texas bumped them off.
6News video: KU calendar honors ‘women of distinction’
January 27, 2004
A calendar featuring Kansas University’s “Women of Distinction” is being distributed throughout campus today. The calendar, developed by the Emily Taylor Resource Center, has 16 pictures recognizing 25 female students, faculty and staff for their contributions to KU.
6Sports video: Simien drops a hammer on Colorado
January 27, 2004
“Big Dub” was once again on the top of his game as the Jayhawks defeated the Buffaloes.
6Sports video: Free State defeats city rivals
January 27, 2004
It was close, but Lawrence High didn’t quite make it as the Lions fell to Free State 79-73 in the Topeka Invitational Tournament on Saturday.
6News video: Changes announced for World Company leadership
January 27, 2004
Major senior management changes at the World Company puts the company in the hands of the fourth generation of the Simons family. The World Company operates Sunflower Broadband’s cable television, telephone and Internet services and publishes the Lawrence Journal-World and several weekly newspapers.
6Sports video: Tonganoxie falls twice in home invite
January 27, 2004
Both the boys and girls teams did well in their tournament over the weekend, but failed to seal the deal as Jefferson West and Leavenworth Immaculata took the honors.
6News video: Homeowners face fines for snowy sidewalks
January 27, 2004
A city ordinance passed in 2001 requires homeowners or renters to clear their sidewalks after a snowfall or face a fine.
6News video: Schools closed, roads slick as winter weather hits Lawrence
January 27, 2004
Those venturing outside will want to bundle up as wind chill remains a concern.
U.S. deficit to soar to $2.4 trillion
Congressional Budget Office predicts record shortfall
January 27, 2004
The government’s budget outlook deteriorated further Monday as the Congressional Budget Office projected nearly $2.4 trillion in deficits over the next decade, providing new fuel for an election-year battle over soaring federal shortfalls.
New study: Eat your carbs; just cut the fat
January 27, 2004
In the midst of the low-carb craze, a new study suggests that by eating lots of carbohydrates and little fat, it is possible to lose weight without actually cutting calories — and without exercising, either.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
January 27, 2004
Daily ticker
January 27, 2004
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January 27, 2004
¢ Bird flu’s death toll reaches seven ¢ Veto jeopardizes legislative elections ¢ Famed mathematician dies at age 81 ¢ Europe’s probe silent during contact efforts ¢ Carter pleads side of election officials
Briefly
January 27, 2004
¢ Supreme Court to consider banning execution of teens ¢ U.S. forces search for soldiers after boat, helicopter wrecks ¢ Teenager sentenced to life for wrestling death freed
Briefly
January 27, 2004
¢ Chief justice balks at senators’ questions ¢ Federal judge dismisses slave reparations case
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January 27, 2004
¢ Ashcroft: Saddam’s behavior justified war ¢ Queen Mary 2 completes 1st voyage
Attorneys oppose cameras at Nichols’ state trial
January 27, 2004
Defense attorneys for bombing conspirator Terry Nichols objected Monday to allowing cameras in or near the courtroom where Nichols will be tried on 161 counts of first-degree murder.
Lawrence club at forefront of female movement
January 27, 2004
While teaching a new move at a recent practice, Lawrence Junior Wrestling Club coach Brian Hayes noticed only a few wrestlers were paying attention.
Tiahrt proviso requires destruction of gun records
Sales documents now must be discarded after one day
January 27, 2004
The government will destroy records on gun buyers after one day because of a provision Kansas Rep. Todd Tiahrt inserted into the federal spending bill that became law last week.
Planning board tackles rezoning, floodplain rules
January 27, 2004
There’s so much on the plate for the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission, it’ll take two meals to finish.
Commission to consider amendments to Horizon 2020
Agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets ¢ Sunflower Broadband Channel 25
January 27, 2004
The Lawrence City Commission will consider amendments to the commercial chapter of Horizon 2020, the city-county comprehensive guide.
Sentence in drunken-driving death turns on single word: ‘and’
January 27, 2004
Just how long a man convicted of DUI four times and later of involuntary manslaughter in the drunken-driving death of a Harvey County woman will spend in prison is likely to come down to a single word: “and.”
Scout’s honor
The person who caused the mercury spill at a local elementary school needs to do the honorable thing and pay for the damage.
January 27, 2004
“Be prepared” is the official motto of the Boy Scouts of America, but no one apparently is prepared to take responsibility for a Friday night incident before the annual Pinewood Derby that may end up costing Lawrence taxpayers $5,000.
Terrorism poses long-term threat to U.S.
January 27, 2004
“I don’t care if you call it World War III, World War IV or whatever. It’s scary.” That was how one of my students described the current wave of terrorism, which began about a generation ago and really cranked up after the Cold War’s end. President Bush repeatedly referred to the conflict in his recent State of the Union address, drawing special attention to the hundreds of thousands of U.S. soldiers deployed worldwide to counter the challenge.
Lawrence not only district with declining enrollment
January 27, 2004
The Lawrence, Garden City and Derby school districts are separated by hundreds of miles of Kansas prairie but are part of the same peculiar educational trend. Despite general population increases of 18 percent or more in each of the cities from 1990 to 2000, and double-digit growth in public school enrollment during the decade, all three districts have now posted at least three consecutive years of enrollment decline.
Elisabeth ‘Lili’ Wildenhain
January 27, 2004
Pats’ Poole happy to be back
Former NFL dropout excited to face original team
January 27, 2004
Tyrone Poole had no remorse about dropping out of the NFL to be with his family. Still, that antsy feeling came back every time he tuned in a game.
Recent run of city showdowns continues
January 27, 2004
Rivalry junkies must be loving this week. Not only did was there an unexpected showdown between the Lawrence High and Free State boys basketball teams Saturday at the Topeka Invitational Tournament, but also there are two — and possibly three — more city showdowns this week alone.
KU research has beef with Atkins diet
Professor disputes low-carb regimen’s claim
January 27, 2004
Kenna Frankenfeld is a believer. After losing 116 pounds while on the Atkins diet, the Lawrence teacher pitches the low-carbohydrate regimen to anyone considering a weight-loss plan. So Frankenfeld wasn’t about to be swayed Monday after learning of new evidence that one of the Atkins diet’s cornerstones may be scientifically inaccurate.
E-mail worm speeds through Internet
January 27, 2004
A malicious program attached to seemingly innocuous e-mails was spreading quickly over the Internet on Monday, clogging network traffic and potentially leaving hackers an open door to infected personal computers.
People
January 27, 2004
¢ Services planned for Keeshan ¢ P. Diddy lawsuit gets rolling ¢ Performers chosen for music fest
KU-KSU streak talk hot topic once again
January 27, 2004
Bill Self’s weekly news conference opened with four straight questions and a five-minute give-and-take about — what else? — Kansas University’s winning ways against Kansas State in men’s basketball. “Does anybody have any questions about the streak?” Self quipped before answering Question No. 4 — whether he considered KU’s 27-game sizz against KSU, including 20 victories in a row in Manhattan, “remarkable.”
Identity theft bill meets with skepticism from Senate panel
January 27, 2004
Senators reacted with skepticism Monday to a bill aimed at combatting identity theft, even though the measure passed the House unanimously last year.
Longhorns rally past Red Raiders
Mouton forces overtime, then No. 16 Texas tops No. 13 Texas Tech, 62-61
January 27, 2004
Brandon Mouton plays basketball to make great plays. He made one for Texas at the buzzer Monday night.
Last original Panther, kicker Kasay, savoring Super Bowl berth
January 27, 2004
A knee ligament ripped first, then a kneecap cracked in half. A sports hernia followed.
Campaignland: Journey to the White House
January 27, 2004
Every four years, America’s candidates for president face a dangerous trek. They must navigate a winding road to the White House, where missteps and missed opportunities can send them packing at any time. Along the way: pitched battles for money, press attention and voter support. The election ofïcially begins in January, when the voters of Iowa gather to pick from the Democrats who want to take on President Bush, a Republican. It’s the first real test in a race that won’t be decided until November.
School funding delay may court trouble
Officials hope to avoid Arkansas impasse
January 27, 2004
Kansas officials are watching a school funding impasse in Little Rock, Ark., and hoping they aren’t seeing their own future. “It’s exactly where we don’t want to be,” Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said of the Arkansas situation.
Judge rules part of Patriot Act unconstitutional
Provision had prohibited giving ‘expert advice or assistance’ to designated foreign terrorist groups
January 27, 2004
A federal judge has thrown out a section of the USA Patriot Act that bars giving expert advice or assistance to groups designated foreign terrorist organizations.
District plans for $1.5 million in cuts
January 27, 2004
The Lawrence school board agreed Monday to plan for $1.5 million to $2 million in spending cuts to create a “survive-and-advance” budget for next school year.
Horoscopes
January 27, 2004
Collison fans
January 27, 2004
Future KU defensive end should contribute
January 27, 2004
Recruiting junior-college football players can be risky. Some prospects fail in the classroom. Others can’t make the physical adjustment from two-year college to major college.
Duke still No. 1; KU falls to 15
January 27, 2004
Duke, Stanford and Saint Joseph’s started a second straight week as the top three teams in the Associated Press men’s college basketball poll Monday, while Gonzaga returned to the top 10 for the first time in almost two years.
Bucks survive Duncan dunk
Spurs standout’s last-second shot waved off
January 27, 2004
San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich skipped the replays. He already knew his team had lost.
In the Halls
January 27, 2004
Who do you want to be president?
Don’t underestimate Bush
January 27, 2004
After months of pounding by the Democratic presidential candidates and many in the media, President Bush struck back last week. In his State of the Union speech, he did something unusual for him: He took on the arguments of critics about his foreign and domestic policies and said they were wrong.
Keen Eddie’ finds new home on Bravo
January 27, 2004
When “Keen Eddie” (8 p.m., Bravo) made its debut on Fox last summer, I was impressed, but confused about its place in the network firmament. This “fish out of water” comedy was a tad too quirky for network television and too brash for PBS, which broadcasts no end of London-based police fare. I was disappointed, but not very surprised, when the summer show disappeared faster than “Banzai!” But “Keen Eddie” fans need not despair. The show has landed back on cable, this time on Bravo, where it probably belonged in the first place.
Fate of Wichita plant remains up in air
Britain’s GKN tops analysts’ lists of potential buyers
January 27, 2004
Anxiety over the fate of The Boeing Co.’s Wichita plant intensified Monday, along with speculation about potential buyers for Kansas’ biggest private employer.
Area briefs
January 27, 2004
¢ Mayor gives out awards for teaching excellence ¢ KU job fair Wednesday ¢ KU team takes second in aircraft contest ¢ Seminar to examine crime-victim issues
Area briefs
January 27, 2004
¢ Law enforcement seeks information on vandalism ¢ Century-old home prepares for move ¢ KU SenEx to discuss ‘arms-race’ resolution ¢ Groups to issue report on children’s progress