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Heavy snowfall to start overnight
January 31, 2004
(Updated Saturday at 11:28 p.m.) Six to 10 inches. That’s how much snow the Lawrence area is expected to get by Monday morning, Matt Jacobs, 6News meteorologist, said late Saturday afternoon. See cancellations.
People
January 31, 2004
¢ Crowe role packs a punch ¢ Foxx gets probation for fight ¢ Rice seeks simple suburban life ¢ ‘Real World’ producer dies
Higher dialogue
January 31, 2004
Commuter crowd
January 31, 2004
Passion of Christ
Pastors reflect on film’s screening
January 31, 2004
The Rev. Paul Gray knows when he’s beaten. He preaches about Jesus nearly every Sunday at Heartland Community Church, 619 Vt., but even he understands he’ll likely never be able to match the compelling drama of the upcoming film, “The Passion of the Christ.”
Around and about
January 31, 2004
Scouting news
January 31, 2004
Club news
January 31, 2004
4-H and FCE news
January 31, 2004
Growth in GDP slows
U.S. economy loses its sizzle in fourth quarter
January 31, 2004
America’s economy cooled from its red-hot pace in the final three months of 2003 but still advanced at a 4 percent annual rate — strong evidence the recovery was on solid ground heading into the new year. The reading on the gross domestic product for the October-to-December quarter, reported Friday by the Commerce Department, came after the economy grew at a 8.2 percent rate in the third quarter. That had been the strongest performance in nearly two decades.
Students get taste of farm life
January 31, 2004
Pepperoni was used as a teaching tool for about 825 Douglas County fourth-grade students. Area farmers and agricultural organizations sponsored the fourth annual Slice of Agriculture program Thursday and Friday. The program is designed to teach students from the Lawrence, Baldwin and Eudora school districts about the agricultural industry.
Weddings
January 31, 2004
Leaders to look at value-added agriculture
January 31, 2004
Area farmers and agricultural leaders will meet Monday to discuss value-added agricultural projects.
Company changes story on Topeka closure
January 31, 2004
A company has changed its reason for closing a Topeka call center.
French court convicts former prime minister
January 31, 2004
In a blow to President Jacques Chirac and his conservative government, a court Friday convicted a key ally and potential successor, former Prime Minister Alain Juppe, in a party financing scandal and barred him from office.
Officials envision fighting wildfires with crop-dusters
Forest Service seminar next week in Great Bend to provide pilots with training
January 31, 2004
Kansas firefighters soon may be able to enlist crop-dusting planes for help if a large wildfire breaks out in the state.
Super Bowl coaches keep it brief
January 31, 2004
Bill Belichick had no time to think about his place in NFL history. John Fox couldn’t wait to get out of the room, his final pre-Super Bowl session with the media.
Caregiver advocates pan pay study
January 31, 2004
A state study used to help decide pay for workers who care for the disabled is “riddled with misleading and inaccurate information” advocates said Friday.
Former Westar executives want trial delayed
January 31, 2004
Two former executives of Westar Energy Inc. have asked that their corporate fraud trial be delayed until October.
Mickelson tops FBR golf
Kaye, Sluman, Verplank trail by one
January 31, 2004
Phil Mickelson stayed on pace to win back-to-back tournaments for the first time in his career Friday, shooting a 3-under-par 68 to take a one-shot lead in the FBR Open.
Henin-Hardenne turns back Clijsters
January 31, 2004
Justine Henin-Hardenne won her third Grand Slam title and extended her dominance in major finals against Kim Clijsters with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win in today’s Australian Open women’s title match.
Electronic bomb ‘jammers’ help protect U.S. convoys
January 31, 2004
U.S. soldiers riding in convoys in Iraq are relying on electronic “jammers” to help protect against the roadside bombs insurgents have used to deadly effect.
Dutch Embassy attacked as Muslim holiday nears
January 31, 2004
Attackers fired two rocket-propelled grenades Friday night at the Dutch Embassy in Iraq, hitting the roof with one and setting it on fire. The blaze was quickly extinguished, and there were no injuries.
Harsher penalty for gay sex upheld
January 31, 2004
Kansas can punish illegal sex with children more harshly when it involves homosexual acts, the state Court of Appeals ruled Friday in a case being watched by national advocacy groups. Judge Henry W. Green Jr. wrote in the 2-1 decision that legislators could justify differing penalties for homosexual and heterosexual sodomy in plenty of ways, including greater health risks or to “encourage and preserve the traditional sexual mores of society.”
Coach honored in EHS win
Eudora’s Stein receives placque, ovation, 402nd victory
January 31, 2004
Rarely is Eudora High boys basketball coach Scott Stein quiet at a game.
Ottawa routs SFT
Focused Cyclones talke 73-41 victory
January 31, 2004
It was a tribute to the Ottawa High boys basketball players that they didn’t take Santa Fe Trail lightly despite the Chargers’ 3-8 record.
Perry boys adjust, hammer Oskie
January 31, 2004
Oskaloosa High threw a gimmick defense at Perry-Lecompton’s boys basketball team, but it only half worked.
Maranatha drops Kaws; McLouth edges JCN
January 31, 2004
Mighty Shawnee Maranatha jumped to a big early lead and routed Perry-Lecompton’s girls basketball team, 68-31, Friday in the second round of the Jefferson County North tournament.
Knicks find range, rip Celtics
January 31, 2004
The New York Knicks are finally starting to come together after their changes. Boston is still trying to figure things out.
NBA briefs
January 31, 2004
¢ Jazz fined $15,000 for mocking Lakers ¢ Lakers shelve Bryant because of cut finger ¢ Judge deals setback to Bryant’s defense ¢ No damage found in Harrington’s knee
Olathe pummels Veritas
January 31, 2004
Kirk Long’s 18 points weren’t enough for the Veritas Christian boys basketball team, as the Eagles fell to 5-10 on the season with a 73-51 loss to Olathe Christian.
Seabury boys survive Flint Hills for second straight win
January 31, 2004
Grayson Dillon scored 11 points, and Adam Davis added 10, and Lawrence Seabury Academy’s boys basketball team — behind a defense that allowed single-digit scoring in three of four quarters — claimed its second straight victory, 35-28, Friday over Flint Hills Christian.
Lawrence briefs
January 31, 2004
¢ Plans approved for condominiums ¢ Floodplain discussion to wait until March ¢ Apartment plans win board’s conditional OK
On the record
January 31, 2004
Jayhawks preparing to play sans coach
Kansas to face OSU without Washington
January 31, 2004
So long has it been since Marian Washington first coached a Kansas University women’s basketball team that her predecessor’s records are almost nonexistent. KU’s media guide contains scores from only three of the 19 games the Jayhawks played under Sharon Drysdale during the 1972-73 season. Now, for the first time since Drysdale was on the sidelines, someone other than Washington will be coaching the Jayhawks. Aide Lynette Woodard ascended to the top job Thursday when Washington was granted a leave of absence for undisclosed medical reasons.
Journal-World, 6News file lawsuit to see KU records
January 31, 2004
A lawsuit filed Friday in Douglas County District Court asked a judge to force Kansas University to disclose public records relating to the salary and benefits being paid to athletic director Lew Perkins. In the suit, the Journal-World and 6News argue the university’s repeated refusal to make the records available is in violation of the Kansas Open Records Act, which is intended to ensure public agencies and those spending public funds conduct their business in public.
People and places
January 31, 2004
City must balance interests in liquor dispute
Church opposes sales of alcohol at restaurant at Downtown 2000 site
January 31, 2004
PepperJax Grill wants to serve alcohol at its new downtown restaurant. The Salvation Army is opposed. And to resolve the matter, the Lawrence City Commission will have to balance a tricky set of hot-button issues — religion, alcohol and the homeless — against its own need to pay for a downtown parking garage.
Bus service capitalizes on partiers’ demands
Bar patrons have new way to make the rounds
January 31, 2004
Russ Wheeler decided to start his business after he had potential customers pounding on his door. Wheeler, president of Lawrence-based Midwest Transportation Corp., began operating Bar Hop, a late-night bus service, on Thursday.
Storm likely to drop foot of snow
January 31, 2004
Shoppers rushed to stock their pantries. Snow shovels disappeared from hardware store shelves. City officials announced that street crews were ready to work around the clock. People prepared Friday for what forecasters predict will be a car-covering, street-clogging, weekendlong snowstorm across the region.
Jayhawk Invite attracts diverse field
January 31, 2004
With frigid temperatures and icy sidewalks outside, at least Anschutz Pavilion should be nice and warm for today’s Jayhawk Invitational.
Show of respect
January 31, 2004
Wrong victims
January 31, 2004
Van option
January 31, 2004
Poor state image
January 31, 2004
Anniversaries
January 31, 2004
Legislation cracks down on illegal immigrant employers
January 31, 2004
Companies convicted of hiring illegal workers would be ineligible for state contracts or benefits for five years under legislation being considered by the House Commerce Committee.
KU’s Graves eager for second homecoming
Jayhawks’ senior center returns to state where his college career began
January 31, 2004
It only seemed fitting that Jeff Graves made his first major-college start in the state of Iowa last year.
Sebelius sees Kansas as casino hot spot
Lawmakers disparage revenue-raising plan
January 31, 2004
Kansas could own and operate up to five “world-class, destination casinos,” and video lottery terminals could sprout throughout the state, under a gambling initiative outlined Friday by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. No state investment would be involved in the casinos, which would be built by private developers and run by a private management firm under the auspices of the Kansas Lottery, Sebelius said.
Child killer gets 16 years
Father apologizes for murdering son on turnpike
January 31, 2004
His voice cracking with emotion, Raymond Boothe apologized Friday for stabbing his developmentally disabled son with a pair of needle-nose pliers and leaving him for dead on the Kansas Turnpike. “I regret everything that happened that night,” he said, reading from a statement he’d pulled from the left pocket of his dull blue, jail-issued trousers.
KU-ISU notes
January 31, 2004
Missouri primary may serve as microcosm for election
January 31, 2004
The freezing weather, the hoarse candidates making their pitches over and over, the voters trying to make up their minds: Missouri felt a lot like Iowa or New Hampshire this week.
Kerry nabs endorsements as Clark, Dean take aim
January 31, 2004
John Kerry scooped up key union endorsements Friday as presidential rivals criticized his nearly 20-year Senate record, calling the Democratic front-runner all-talk, no-action on affirmative action and health care.
Ruling produces expected reaction
January 31, 2004
Supporters of gay and lesbian rights expressed disappointment Friday with an appeals court’s ruling that having sex with children can be punished more harshly when it involves homosexual acts, while those who support Kansas’ anti-sodomy law praised the decision.
Pawel Szeptycki
January 31, 2004
Flory services
January 31, 2004
Longtime KU mathematics professor dies at 69
January 31, 2004
Pawel Szeptycki spoke at least four languages, painted watercolor landscapes and made venison sausage, friends say.
Third BBC staffer quits in wake of inquiry
January 31, 2004
BBC reporter Andrew Gilligan resigned Friday after a judicial inquiry repudiated his reporting that the government “sexed up” intelligence on Iraq — the third resignation prompted by the harsh criticism. The controversy has sent a chill through the British media, with senior journalists warning it could impede tough investigative reporting.
Firebirds, Lions advance
FSHS sinks Wichita North
January 31, 2004
It was a heck of a show these Free State High girls basketball players put on early in Friday’s game. After the clinic, though, the Firebirds had to hold on tight, and there still were three quarters left to play.
LHS clips K.C. Schlagle
January 31, 2004
A puppy, a big cake and an even bigger victory. Could Cherrale Ricks’ birthday have gone any better?
Emily F. Catt
January 31, 2004
Lois Greer
January 31, 2004
Daily ticker
January 31, 2004
Faith forum
January 31, 2004
What does it mean to surrender oneself to God’s will?
Religion briefs
January 31, 2004
Briefly
January 31, 2004
¢ Congressional staffers plan landmark trip to Tehran ¢ Officials: European airliners again target of threats ¢ Israel raids Bethlehem ¢ Homeland Security seeks higher immigration fees
Kerry grapples, Bush deflects Iraq issues
January 31, 2004
President Bush and Sen. John F. Kerry have opposite problems when it comes to explaining the crucial decisions they have made about Iraq and national security. The president is reticent to the point of stonewalling, while the senator, who has put a strong claim on the Democratic nomination by winning Iowa and New Hampshire, almost drowns his judgments in a torrent of words.
End-zone antics won’t be tolerated, Tagliabue warns
January 31, 2004
Paul Tagliabue has a powerful message for NFL players when they get to the end zone: Stash that cell phone.
Souper Bowl kicks off weekend events
January 31, 2004
Paying $10 for a handmade ceramic bowl filled with soup at today’s Souper Bowl Saturday event at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H., will do more than just nourish and warm. Proceeds go toward scholarships, equipment and materials for the center’s ceramics program.
Budget includes missile defense
$9 billion would help establish system by end of this year
January 31, 2004
The Bush administration is seeking a big increase in spending for missile defense next year, setting the program on course to have a bare-bones system in place by the end of this year and up to 30 interceptors on land and at sea by the end of 2005.
City’s economic development future warrants attention
January 31, 2004
Often, after a perplexing situation or mystery has been solved, or even after a terrible disaster such as the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America, those analyzing the action or incident say something like, “If we could just have connected the ‘dots,’ we would have been able to see what was happening. The ‘dots’ were there, but we didn’t recognize the obvious.”
Survivor’ puts characters to test
January 31, 2004
How will “Survivor: All-Stars” differ from bygone “Survivor” series? Just ask Jeff Probst, host of this CBS back-to-nature game show, who got a clue early on.
Weekend fare goes beyond Super Bowl
January 31, 2004
Can we have a show of hands from everybody who doesn’t care about the Super Bowl? OK, Super Bowl XXXVIII (5:25 p.m. Sunday, CBS) is a very big deal for fans of the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers. Now can we have a show of hands from people who didn’t even know there was a team called the Carolina Panthers?
Ruling backs driver in fatal DUI
Sentence hinges on ‘and/or’ discrepancy, high court rules
January 31, 2004
In a ruling that could affect dozens of other cases, the Kansas Supreme Court on Friday ruled that a man convicted in a fatal drunken-driving wreck should be resentenced because of the wording of a state law.
Society calendar
January 31, 2004
Wrong message
January 31, 2004
Why should students strive for excellence if they aren’t recognized for it? OK, let’s all hear it for mediocrity! That may have to be the new cheer in Tennessee where schools are being forced to stop issuing honor rolls or even hanging good work in the hallways because attorneys and parents say such recognition may cause embarrassment for students who aren’t included.
County gets B on children’s issues
Grade holds steady from last year’s assessment
January 31, 2004
Douglas County is holding steady in providing services for children, according to a report released Friday. The annual Children’s Report Card, compiled by Kansas Action for Children Inc. and the Partnership for Children and Youth, gives the county a B when it comes to addressing children’s issues. It was the same grade the county received a year ago, and the same grade Kansas received when the overall state report card was released last month.
Indians clip Cent. Christian
January 31, 2004
Andy Deal had 22 points and seven rebounds, and Topah Spoonhunter scored 18 to lead Haskell Indian Nations University to a 94-82 victory Friday night over Central Christian.
Kansan of Year’ Dole weighs in on federal spending, campaign
January 31, 2004
The federal government needs to control its spending, Bob Dole said Friday, and President Bush might consider a veto of budget bills to help accomplish that goal. Dole also said during a news conference that he thought Democrats would give Bush “a fairly good race” in Bush’s bid for a second term. But Dole believes an improving economy will help the president’s re-election bid.
Police pull car over; driver takes own life
January 31, 2004
A man shot himself shortly after being pulled over on a traffic stop, the Wichita Police Department said.
Briefly
January 31, 2004
¢ Caller claims to be interstate shooter ¢ State may rephrase evolution curriculum ¢ Justice Scalia urged to sit out Cheney case ¢ Hurricane erosion reveals whale fossil
Briefly
January 31, 2004
¢ Cannibal convicted of manslaughter ¢ Avian flu increase might indicate outbreak ¢ Investigators seek deadly blast’s cause ¢ Castro accuses Bush of assassination plot
Briefly
January 31, 2004
¢ Skating rink readied in park near downtown ¢ Troopers seek to educate drivers on safety law ¢ KJHK announces new executive student staff
Muslims to perform hajj
January 31, 2004
Every Muslim is supposed to make a pilgrimage to Mecca, one of the two holy cities in Saudi Arabia, at least once in his or her lifetime. Called the hajj — one of the five pillars of the Islamic faith — it’s an obligation for those who have the physical and financial ability to undertake the journey.
Islamic Center to be host to meal
January 31, 2004
The Islamic Center of Lawrence, 1917 Naismith Drive, will be host to an Eid ul-Adha meal at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
Boeing scare cools confidence in Wichita economy
Company CEO says little to ease uncertainty
January 31, 2004
A published report that The Boeing Co. was considering selling its manufacturing plant in Wichita has left behind a nagging uneasiness in this community — despite assurances from the company’s chief executive days later that Wichita will always play an important role in Boeing’s operations. Wichita has faced one of its worst nightmares since The Seattle Times published its story Jan. 25, citing an internal strategic planning document it obtained from a top Boeing executive.
Russia schedules nuclear maneuvers
January 31, 2004
Russia’s nuclear forces reportedly are preparing their largest maneuvers in two decades, an exercise involving the test-firing of missiles and flights by dozens of bombers in a massive simulation of an all-out nuclear war. President Vladimir Putin is expected to personally oversee the maneuvers, which are apparently aimed at demonstrating the revival of the nation’s military might and come ahead of Russian elections in March.
Miles, KU expect hostile crowd at Iowa State
January 31, 2004
Mild-mannered Aaron Miles seems like the last guy who ever would get involved in a fracas on the basketball court. But it was Miles, Kansas University’s 6-foot-1, 175-pound point guard from Portland, Ore., who popped 6-foot-9, 245-pound Iowa State center Jared Homan in the back of the head, earning a technical foul in the Jayhawks’ 70-51 victory over Iowa State last season at Allen Fieldhouse.
Jayhawks move on without coach
Players still stunned by Washington’s leave of absence, dedicate rest of season to her
January 31, 2004
Time supposedly heals all wounds, yet it’s apparent Kansas University’s women basketball players still are in a bit of a daze.
Mars rovers get ready to roll
Opportunity begins first journey as Spirit resumes operations on Red Planet
January 31, 2004
NASA’s Mars rover Opportunity spied hints Friday of a mineral that typically forms in water — a finding that could mean the dry and dusty Red Planet was once wetter and more hospitable to life. That is the very question Opportunity and its twin, Spirit, were sent to answer.
Briefcase
January 31, 2004
¢ Gateway strikes deal to buy computer firm ¢ Consumer confidence hits 38-month high ¢ SEC probes Sallie Mae ¢ Wall Street up for month
Engagements
January 31, 2004