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Effort to put smoking ban on ballot begins Tuesday
June 4, 2004
(Updated Friday at 2:05 p.m.) Opponents of the city’s new smoking ban will gather Tuesday to kick off a petition drive that would force the issue to a citywide referendum.
Judge sets trial date for driver involved in April fatality accident
June 4, 2004
(Updated Friday at 1:48 p.m.) The trucker charged with killing a Baker University freshman April 13 in a wreck near Baldwin tested positive for cocaine after the crash, police testified Friday at a preliminary hearing. The judge has set his trial for Aug. 25.
KU announces Fulbright winners
June 4, 2004
(Web Posted Friday at 11:43 a.m.) Nine Kansas University students have been awarded Fulbright grants for study and research during the 2004-2005 academic year.
Pleasant today, storms on the way
June 4, 2004
(Web Posted Friday at 8:02 a.m.) Lawrence ends a short work week with a short weather forecast — partly cloudy and warm. “It’s another pleasant day to get out and enjoy,” said Matt Sayers, 6News meteorologist. “It’s just a tad warmer, but that huimidity does remain low.” However, storms are expected Saturday night.
Briefly
June 4, 2004
¢ Meteor lights up sky ¢ Hand-washing study finds fault with men ¢ Study: ‘Toxic dust’ on computers dangerous
Briefly
June 4, 2004
¢ Oread cleanup enlists help of KU organization ¢ KU engineering school honors students, faculty ¢ Hutchinson senior wins KU essay contest
Briefly
June 4, 2004
¢ Pope expected to challenge Bush ¢ Democrats launch prison-abuse probe
Briefly
June 4, 2004
¢ Midwife ordered to trial in death of baby ¢ One climber dead, one injured on Rainier
Brown must devise plan to deal with Shaq
June 4, 2004
Larry Brown’s “play the right way” mantra seems to be in conflict with the Hack-a-Shaq strategy used against Shaquille O’Neal.
Club owner claims self-defense in slayings of two brothers
June 4, 2004
A nightclub owner on trial for killing three men, whose burned and dismembered bodies were found in a Cowley County field, testified that he shot two of them in self-defense.
The real threat
June 4, 2004
The lack of affordable housing may be a far larger threat to the Lawrence landscape than severe storms.
Coalition pushes for new stem-cell policy
June 4, 2004
In this era of intense partisanship, it is rare to see congressional Republicans and Democrats join hands, even in a humanitarian cause. Credit Nancy Reagan for helping to spur this political marvel.
Father-son contrast on Iraq
June 4, 2004
To mark his forthcoming 80th birthday, former President George Bush plans to repeat the way he celebrated No. 75 by parachuting from a plane near his presidential library at College Station, Texas.
GOP congressmen urge party to keep primaries closed
June 4, 2004
One day before a decision is expected from their state party, Republican members of the state’s congressional delegation urged Thursday that GOP primary elections in Kansas remain closed.
Hall of Fame adds pair
June 4, 2004
Charles Craig of Hutchinson and Marge Page of Wichita have been named to the Kansas Golf Hall of Fame.
West Nile virus conditions reach stride with wet spring
June 4, 2004
The battle against the bug is beginning.
Top U.S. spymaster leaving post
Bush taps CIA deputy to lead agency on interim basis
June 4, 2004
CIA Director George Tenet tendered his resignation to President Bush Thursday, ending the tenure of a powerful and influential spymaster who steered the nation’s intelligence community through some of the most disastrous and triumphant moments in its history.
New report finds it pays to be a man in most jobs
June 4, 2004
If a woman wants to make more money than a man, her job options are severely limited. She could clean up hazardous waste. Or install telecommunications lines.
Southern Kansas resident survives harrowing ordeal
Tornado uprooted 46-year-old from house
June 4, 2004
With a monster tornado bearing down on her last weekend, Diane Neises sought refuge in the windowless interior bathroom of her manufactured home and locked her arms around the toilet.
Ministers rally against gay marriage
June 4, 2004
Nearly 100 Johnson County ministers rallied Thursday in support of an effort to get rid of Kansas lawmakers who voted against a proposed state constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage.
Bush urges Europeans to stay in Iraq
June 4, 2004
President Bush, facing tough talks with U.S. allies, said Thursday it would be disastrous if they took their troops out of Iraq.
Suit challenging rental law tossed
Landlords, tenants sued city for inspections, roommate limits
June 4, 2004
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Lawrence rental housing laws but gave the plaintiffs two weeks to make fresh arguments in the case.
Briefcase
June 4, 2004
¢ KFC settles charges about advertisements ¢ Bankers name new leader ¢ MGP to split stock ¢ Productivity growth exceeds expectations
Rapala’s lures aim to hook anglers, fish
Largest tackle manufacturer focuses on looks, testing
June 4, 2004
The lure swam just over a foot below the surface, wiggling like a wounded minnow and making a rattling buzz.
Top Shiite cleric endorses new Iraqi government
June 4, 2004
Iraq’s most influential Shiite figure gave tacit endorsement to the U.N.-appointed government Thursday, breaking nearly three months of silence over the country’s political future. But the supreme religious leader in neighboring Iran dubbed the body a “lackey” of America.
Sideline
June 4, 2004
¢ Home of Greene’s parents painted with racist graffiti ¢ Sexson’s season over ¢ Wheaties honors champs
Long Drive qualifier
June 4, 2004
Riverview Golf Course will be the site of a World Long Drive Championship qualifier from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The finals will be Oct. 19-23 in Mesquite, Nev. For information, call Gary Winters at (785) 554-9249.
Briefly
June 4, 2004
¢ Clinton discusses GOP foes ¢ Ford ordered to pay nearly $369 million in rollover case ¢ Koreas agree on easing tensions at military talks
Briefly
June 4, 2004
¢ Sunflower Girls State opens Sunday at KU ¢ Apparent beating victim still unable to tell story ¢ Clinton speech transcript now available online ¢ Pump Patrol seeks deals
Wal-Mart is perfect PC villain
June 4, 2004
The growing effort to demonize Wal-Mart is nothing more than cultural, and increasingly partisan, politics.
People
June 4, 2004
¢ Jackson reveals sexual alter egos ¢ Diana’s butler takes to the stage ¢ Stewart’s childhood home for sale ¢ Clapton fest brings in big names
Census finds big farms dominating agriculture industry
June 4, 2004
Just 3 percent of the nation’s farms — those with sales of more than a half-million dollars a year — are producing more than 60 percent of America’s agricultural goods, according to the government’s most in-depth look at who grows what.
Princess Diana’s mother dies
June 4, 2004
Frances Shand Kydd, who had an often turbulent relationship with her late daughter, Princess Diana, died Thursday at her home in Scotland. She was 68.
Kansas City clubs Detroit, 9-6
Beltran puts slump in past with three hits, four RBIs; Royals earn split in series
June 4, 2004
Carlos Beltran is hoping June will be a bounce-back month for him.
Good day for a climb
June 4, 2004
Briefly
June 4, 2004
¢ Relief agency halts operations after 5 killed ¢ Notorious crime kingpin, four others executed ¢ Memorial opens at Nazi-era camp ¢ Weapons seized on way to Egypt
Schools for blind, deaf to be assessed
June 4, 2004
A bill before a combined state House and Senate committee would study whether the Kansas State School for the Blind and the Kansas State School for the Deaf are needed.
Calgary on cusp of Cup
Flames claim 3-2 overtime victory Game 5
June 4, 2004
Thanks to Jarome Iginla’s stamina and Oleg Saprykin’s second effort, the Calgary Flames are one victory away from a Stanley Cup their coach insists nobody outside of Canada wants them to win.
Holcom leagues provide step up
June 4, 2004
It’s a rite of passage. After moving on from the Lawrence Parks and Recreation league, 13- and 14-year-old baseball players have the opportunity to trade in the blue-and-white reversible jerseys worn in rec ball for a replica minor-league baseball uniform.
Horoscopes
June 4, 2004
High schooler wants to be top pick
Atlanta’s Howard wants McGrady to watch him work out, says he’s better than Okafor
June 4, 2004
Atlanta high school standout Dwight Howard believes he can help persuade Tracy McGrady to remain in Orlando if the Magic—and T-Mac—just give him the chance before the June 24 NBA draft.
Kansas faces federal college aid cuts
Congress weighs changes to grant, loan programs
June 4, 2004
Students at Kansas colleges and universities would lose more than $2 million in financial aid under proposed changes to federal law, according to an analysis by the American Council on Education.
Stogsdill doesn’t take summer off
LHS softball coach teaches fundamentals during four-day camp
June 4, 2004
Reenie Stogsdill puts two fingers in her mouth and whistles. The shrill blast is loud enough for everyone to hear across the four softball diamonds at the Holcom Field Complex.
Kings stay in first place with win over Jackets
June 4, 2004
The Kings kept a strong grip on first place in the Heinrich League with an 18-14 victory over the August Green Jackets on Wednesday at Holcom. The Kings, who lead the league for 13- and 14-year-olds, improved their record to 4-1, while the Jackets fell to 1-4.
New faces in racing
Ford Motor Racing program hopes to uncover female star
June 4, 2004
Erin Crocker always figured she would face a higher standard as a race-car driver. And she knew it would take more than top finishes to turn heads.
Past, present Jayhawks advance to quarterfinals
June 4, 2004
As Kevin Ward and Gary Woodland led a trio of golf carts from the 17th green to the clubhouse Thursday afternoon at Alvamar, it was quite obvious the Kansas University golfers had won their match and advanced to today’s quarterfinals of the Kansas Golf Assn. Fourball Championships.
Security is top priority in Iraq
June 4, 2004
This week, Iraq got a new sovereign government that is supposed to see it through to January elections.
Schools group targets alumni wallets
June 4, 2004
The Lawrence Schools Foundation is reaching out to former students in an effort to counteract state budget cuts to education.
Food stamp sign-up drive seeks to fill plates of Kansas families
June 4, 2004
In Kansas, thousands of working, low-income people — young mothers and small children, mostly — could be on food stamps but aren’t.
Kerry criticizes Bush’s handling of armed forces
Presidential candidate berates ‘backdoor draft’
June 4, 2004
Sen. John Kerry charged here Thursday that the Bush administration has instituted a “backdoor draft” to deal with a military stretched thin by deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, and pledged as president to expand and transform the armed services to handle more effectively the unconventional threats of the 21st century.
Kan Film Fest focuses on developing local talent
June 4, 2004
Two years ago a representative from “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” phoned Kan Film Festival organizers. Leno’s crew was asking permission to put a young filmmaker on the TV program whose work had been screened at the event.
Making movies anywhere
Balderson documents filmmaking struggles
June 4, 2004
One of the most engaging sequences in Kansas filmmaker Steve Balderson’s new documentary “Wamego: Making Movies Anywhere” comes when the director recalls the process of casting his movie “Firecracker.” Straight out of the gate he gets the cold shoulder from agents for Madonna, Jodie Foster and Sissy Spacek. Later, he learns that Kathy Bates requires a multi-thousand dollar down payment before she’ll even read his script.
Artist inspired by city’s diversity
Joseph Griffin unveils three-day multimedia project
June 4, 2004
“There’s no use sitting around all day when you could be out doing something.”
Harry Potter’ explores the dark side
June 4, 2004
Harry Potter’s voice has changed. That’s not just because actor Daniel Radcliffe turned 14 during the filming of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” Conceptually, the third picture in the series also has undergone a transformation that makes the project deeper and more resonant.
Prosecutors in Peterson case focus on victim’s clothing
June 4, 2004
Prosecutors focused Thursday on the clothing Laci Peterson wore the day before she was reported missing as they set out to establish when she died and link her husband to the slaying.
National Spelling Bee trophy goes to boy who knew ‘autochthonous’
June 4, 2004
A 14-year-old Indiana boy mastered “autochthonous” to win the National Spelling Bee Thursday, outdueling 264 rivals, including one who fainted on stage but recovered to take second place.
Kansas weeklies sold to Russell couple
June 4, 2004
Jack and Kathy Krier, Russell, expanded their newspaper holdings this week, buying three weekly newspapers in rural Kansas.
Williams support
June 4, 2004
Family, colleagues pay respects to senator
June 4, 2004
Stan Clark was remembered Thursday as a man of faith and a conscientious state senator, but most poignantly as “Dad.”
More gorillas added to Wichita zoo for new exhibit
June 4, 2004
Two more gorillas have arrived at the Sedgwick County Zoo, in preparation for next month’s anticipated opening of the zoo’s newest exhibit.
Daily ticker
June 4, 2004
Lt. Gov. Moore expects job growth
Lawrence Workforce Center expands to accommodate area employers
June 4, 2004
Jobs are coming. That was the message Lt. Gov. John Moore brought to a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday for the Employers Center in Lawrence.
Decision to increase oil output likely won’t lower U.S. gas prices
OPEC to raise production ceiling by 2M barrels a day
June 4, 2004
OPEC agreed Thursday to raise its oil production ceiling by 2 million barrels a day next month and an additional 500,000 barrels a day in August if necessary in a bid to rein in high prices. Oil prices fell for the second straight day from peaks reached earlier this week.
Consumers pull out pocketbooks in May
June 4, 2004
Consumers shopped with renewed enthusiasm during May, shrugging off worries about gas prices and Iraq and giving many of the nation’s biggest retailers a solid rebound from April’s disappointing performance.
Officials recount earlier Chalabi intercept incident
June 4, 2004
Ahmad Chalabi, the Iraqi politician suspected by U.S. authorities of having told Iran this spring that its secret communications code had been broken, was involved in another intercept episode nine years ago, according to senior administration officials.
Student with K.C. connection shot in Iraq
June 4, 2004
A University of Richmond senior who opted to take a civilian job in Iraq instead of completing his final semester was seriously wounded in an ambush in Baghdad this week.
Evidence lacking in Jackson abuse case
June 4, 2004
A two-month investigation uncovered no evidence to support allegations that Michael Jackson committed child abuse in the late 1980s in Los Angeles, police said Wednesday.
Reality show looks at casino’s underbelly
June 4, 2004
Soon, every business and job will have it’s own reality show. Boy, I can’t wait for “Transmission Repair Shop,” “The Big Sweep: 24 Hours in the Life of a Janitor,” “Pet Supply Diaries,” “The Auditor” or “French or Martinized?: The Dry Cleaning Story.” Until then, we’ll have to settle for documentary-style occupation dramas like “The Restaurant” and “American Casino” (7 p.m., Discovery), which makes its debut tonight.
Russians reach finals
Myskina, Morozova rule French Open
June 4, 2004
Anastasia Myskina, red flower in hand, acceped congratulations for her 6-2, 6-2 victory over Jennifer Capriati in Thursday’s semifinals at the French Open.
Upsurge reported in women farming in Kansas
June 4, 2004
Women in Kansas are making strides in agriculture, one of the state’s economic bastions, the National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Thursday.
40 percent of Arkansas schoolchildren overweight
Numbers suggest bleaker national outlook
June 4, 2004
Forty percent of public schoolchildren in Arkansas are overweight, and nearly one in four is obese, a sign that obesity among children nationwide is probably far worse than health officials had thought.
Omaha Beach survivors emotional at D-Day site
June 4, 2004
Waves of memories on a beach where the waves themselves once ran red with blood. Tears for the dead. Questions, still unanswered, about how it was that they, the lucky ones, survived.
Woodling: Royals have putrid past in drafting top pitchers
June 4, 2004
While watching the Royals on the tube the other night, my wife walked into the room, took in a few minutes of action and remarked: “Who’s that pitcher? He looks like he’s 13 years old.”
Smarty Jones takes gallop around Belmont
June 4, 2004
Smarty Jones got acquainted with Belmont Park during his first gallop around the sprawling track Thursday under the watchful eye of owners Roy and Pat Chapman.
Liberty’s streak hits five
June 4, 2004
Elena Baranova and Becky Hammon each scored 13 points to help the New York Liberty beat the Houston Comets, 71-62, Thursday for their fifth straight win.
NBA playoff ratings up on TNTESPN
June 4, 2004
Detroit’s win over Indiana in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals was the most-watched basketball game ever on ESPN.
Evelyn Faye Cassler
June 4, 2004
Resilient Lightning must bounce back
June 4, 2004
Resilient, even in defeat.
Raiders win opener in Topeka tourney
June 4, 2004
Lawrence’s Raiders downed Topeka Post 74, 9-5, Thursday in a first-round game at the Topeka Post 400 tournament at Seaman High’s field.
KU, South Carolina talk
June 4, 2004
Kansas University’s men’s basketball team may play South Carolina this season at Allen Fieldhouse. South Carolina coach Dave Odom says the Gamecocks are close to finalizing a deal that would have USC play at KU this season with KU returning a game to Columbia, S.C. in the 2006-07 campaign.
Jayhawks honored
June 4, 2004
Kansas University juniors Kim Clark and Megan Manthe were named to the College Sports Information Directors academic all-district VII women’s track and cross country team Thursday.
Rays keep Twins reeling
Tampa Bay takes three of four from Minnesota
June 4, 2004
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays think they’re starting to come around, and the Minnesota Twins are sure glad to see them go.
Franco, 45, oldest to hit slam
First-inning home run propels Atlanta past Philadelphia, 8-4
June 4, 2004
Julio Franco stopped surprising his teammates a long time ago, and with good reason.
Coors Field bracing for Bonds barrage
June 4, 2004
Barry Bonds and the surging San Francisco Giants open a four-game series in Colorado today that will pit the game’s best home-run hitter against the worst pitching staff in baseball at a park notoriously tough on pitchers.
Garciaparra hopes to be back with Sox next week
June 4, 2004
Shortstop Nomar Garciaparra hopes to be back in the Red Sox lineup early next week, he said Thursday.
Heads in the clouds
June 4, 2004
Area briefs
June 4, 2004
¢ Two file for seat now held by Adkins ¢ Police called after owner loses control of bulldog ¢ Weekend Topeka festival to honor jazz legend ¢ 48 lottery winners to see NASCAR races
On the record
June 4, 2004
Candidate for D.A. wants office to probe consumer complaints
June 4, 2004
A candidate for district attorney says he’s found an example of why Douglas County needs a consumer-protection office: A gasoline station on 23rd Street was charging a higher price at the pump than it advertised on signs.
Self to throw out first pitch tonight
June 4, 2004
Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self is scheduled to throw out the first pitch for tonight’s Royals-Boston Red Sox game at Kauffman Stadium. The game will start at 7:10 p.m.
Researchers find toxins in Arctic polar bears, seagulls
June 4, 2004
Researchers have found the man-made toxin deca-BDE in the polar bears and sea gulls, a sign the flame-retardant chemical normally used in televisions and plastic toys has found its way to the Arctic and its food chain.