Archive for Thursday, June 17, 2004

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Sunshine in forecast for afternoon
June 17, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 8:32 a.m.) Lightning, thunder and rain greeted Lawrence residents this morning. But the wet weather lasted only a short while, leaving behind about a quarter of an inch of rain, said Matt Sayers, 6News meteorologist.
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June 17, 2004
¢ Big Brothers Big Sisters celebrates 100th year ¢ U.S. Postal Service goofs on checks in mail ¢ GAO finds flaws with online pharmacies ¢ Reagan stamp planned ¢ Senate reaffirms stand against torture ¢ University president fired without notice
Seeking help
June 17, 2004
Change is OK
June 17, 2004
Another side
June 17, 2004
Judgmental view
June 17, 2004
Facts disputed
June 17, 2004
Alzheimer’s challenges nation
June 17, 2004
My mother has severe Alzheimer’s disease. The tangles and plaques in her brain have left her unable to recognize me, her oldest child, and unable to do even the simplest activity. She must be fed like a baby. Lately, she’s had difficulty walking, and sometimes I find her sitting limply in a wheelchair, staring vacantly at what only she can see, babbling a language that only she knows.
Conferees seek answers to online hate propaganda
June 17, 2004
European neo-Nazis post online pictures of paint-smeared mosques. Web sites of Islamic radicals call for holy war on the West. Aliases like “Jew Killer” pop up on Internet game sites. International experts met Wednesday in Paris to tackle the tricky task of fighting anti-Semitic, racist and xenophobic propaganda on the Internet, seen as a chief factor in a rise in hate crime.
J. Irene Johnson
June 17, 2004
Colombia massacre blamed on leftist rebels
June 17, 2004
The Colombian government on Wednesday blamed leftist rebels for the killing of 34 coca pickers in a spree that has stoked fears of a new wave of drug-fueled violence.
Tonganoxie council again to consider ordinance allowing Sunday liquor sales
June 17, 2004
For Corky Krouse, who owns a liquor store on U.S. Highway 24-40 in eastern Tonganoxie, the Sunday sale of package liquor in area cities has meant money out of his pocket.
Protesters cut power to Eiffel Tower
June 17, 2004
French power workers cut electricity to the Eiffel Tower and President Jacques Chirac’s residence Wednesday to protest the government’s plans to partially privatize state utilities in an effort to raise money.
Jones calls for public hearing
Sprinter hopes to clear her name amid drug allegations
June 17, 2004
A defiant Marion Jones issued a plea Wednesday for a public hearing she hopes will clear her name amid drug allegations that could keep her out of the Athens Games. The champion sprinter is one of the most prominent athletes who testified in a federal probe of a drug lab accused of illegally distributing steroids.
TV campaign ad will use Reagan’s image
June 17, 2004
The year’s first televised political advertisement to use an image of Ronald Reagan in promoting President Bush and attacking Sen. John Kerry is scheduled to air next week after a delay of a few days sought by the late president’s widow, the ad’s sponsor said Wednesday.
LYF to add second graders this fall
June 17, 2004
Lawrence Youth Football Inc. will expand its program this fall to include second-graders. Brett Toelkes, president of the city’s Little League football program, said the decision was made for two reasons.
Judge blocks open primary
Temporary ruling finds GOP leader had no authority to expand voting
June 17, 2004
A Shawnee County judge on Wednesday blocked unaffiliated voters from participating in the Aug. 3 Republican primary. District Judge Charles Andrews’ order is temporary, meant to remain in place only until Andrews considers a lawsuit on whether the GOP can end its tradition of keeping its primaries closed to everyone but registered Republicans.
Vivian Alicia Rogers
June 17, 2004
Ronald R. Robb
June 17, 2004
John T. Forbes
June 17, 2004
Gregory Davis
June 17, 2004
LMH seeks new partner for program
Lawrence hospital CEO says deal with St. Luke’s affiliate unlikely
June 17, 2004
Lawrence Memorial Hospital officials are looking for a new partner to create a heart program. LMH board members said Wednesday they were no longer optimistic about reaching a deal with an affiliate of Kansas City, Mo.-based St. Luke’s Hospital that would allow LMH to perform angioplasty procedures.
MGM merger to create casino king
Mandalay board OKs $4.8 billion cash offer
June 17, 2004
In a deal that would create the world’s largest casino company and bring some of the most famous Las Vegas Strip properties under a single owner, Mandalay Resort Group directors have said yes to MGM Mirage’s $4.8 billion cash buyout.
City lures home security business
Protection One to move corporate headquarters to I-70 Business Center
June 17, 2004
One of the country’s largest home-security businesses is moving its headquarters to Lawrence, bringing with it 65 high-paying white collar jobs and, city officials hope, newfound prestige for the city. Monitored security company Protection One said Wednesday it would move the company’s corporate headquarters from Topeka to Lawrence’s I-70 Business Center.
Panel finds no Saddam link to 9-11
June 17, 2004
The panel investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks disputed Wednesday one of President Bush’s key reasons for invading Iraq, saying there’s “no credible evidence” that al-Qaida and Saddam Hussein were in league against the United States.
1 in 4 Kansans without insurance
New survey finds situation more bleak than once thought
June 17, 2004
For years now, Kansas officials have assumed that between 10 percent and 14 percent of the state’s under-65 population lacks health insurance. But a national survey released Wednesday pushed the Kansas number to 26 percent, or about one out of every four people.
It’ Girl scores big with ‘Bergdorf Blondes’
June 17, 2004
Plum Sykes strides hurriedly into Soho House, one of Manhattan’s most exclusive spots, her Manolo (Blahnik, of course) loafers clacking on the floor, a white rabbit scarf by Tommy (Hilfiger, of course) draping her neck. “I am having such a manic day,” she said. “It’s absolutely bonkers!”
Rough justice on ‘Frontline’
June 17, 2004
The right to a trial by jury is at the center of our justice system. Jury trials also are central to television drama. From the days of “Perry Mason” to the new series “The Jury,” viewers have come to expect courtroom tension arising out of the spirited prosecution and defense of the accused. But according to the hourlong documentary “The Plea” on “Frontline” (8 p.m., PBS), our conception of jury trials is about as realistic as the dancing baby on “Ally McBeal.”
New attack halts Iraq’s oil industry
June 17, 2004
Insurgents struck at the heart of Iraq’s economic livelihood Wednesday, blasting a major pipeline to halt vital oil exports and killing the top security chief for the northern oilfields. A rocket slammed into a U.S. logistics base near Balad, 50 miles north of Baghdad, killing three U.S. soldiers and wounding 25 other people, including two civilian workers, the military said.
GED grads receive diplomas
June 17, 2004
Lonnie Biggers thought it would take years to pass the General Educational Development test. But Biggers, 45, achieved his goal after taking just 16 weeks of classes at the Adult Learning Center at the Lawrence High School Annex, 2017 La.
Lawrence briefs
June 17, 2004
¢ Author to speak, sign books at library ¢ Arts center presents ‘The Wizard of Oz’ ¢ Anti-imperialism rally set for July 4
Lawrence Datebook
June 17, 2004
Industrial production, business activity up
June 17, 2004
Big industry production surged by 1.1 percent in May, the strongest performance in nearly six years, and a nationwide survey of business activity is showing widespread strength, two fresh signs of economic momentum.
A second chance
Childress gives Kerry Earnhardt a shot at Cup racing
June 17, 2004
Kerry Earnhardt smiles when he recalls the days he worked as a service writer from 1992 through 1998 at his father’s Chevrolet dealership in Newton, N.C. “I liked to help customers,” said Earnhardt, eldest son of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt and half-brother to current Nextel Cup points leader Dale Jr.
Beltran ignores rumors
June 17, 2004
Carlos Beltran hardly can turn around these days without hearing his name in trade speculation. Last week in Kansas City, general manager Allard Baird told Beltran that he would be the first to know if the Royals made a deal involving their center fielder.
Serious Size
Ostertag, Pollard mean business at KU camp scrimmage
June 17, 2004
Greg Ostertag plopped a big bag of ice on his right foot after scoring seven points in the Kansas University alumni basketball team’s 81-64 victory over the current Jayhawks on Wednesday at Horejsi Center. The 7-foot-2, 280-pound Utah Jazz center twisted his ankle chasing a loose ball. He and 6-11, 265-pound Scot Pollard hustled and banged for 40 minutes against Wayne Simien and KU’s other inside players.
Baseball upgrade planned
New Hoglund amenities would help KU compete
June 17, 2004
Hardball is even harder when you’re battling the forces of nature. No one knows that better than Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price. KU compiled a 6-3 record against the three other Big 12 Conference northern schools this spring, but a dismal 1-16 record against the league’s six schools with a southern exposure.
Drastic course changes all the talk at Shinnecock
June 17, 2004
The final practice round for the U.S. Open brought a breeze Tiger Woods had not experienced from that direction. Standing on the 14th tee Wednesday morning, he gazed down the fairway and said to his caddie, “All right, now what do we do?”
Chiefs release Spears
June 17, 2004
Seven-year Kansas City Chief offensive lineman Marcus Spears has been released because of an influx of younger offensive linemen, Chiefs President Carl Peterson said Wednesday.
Ashcroft visits K.C., touts gun program
June 17, 2004
Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft recalled the legacy of Ronald Reagan on Wednesday, calling the former president “the Great Liberator” while making the case for a program he said could earn President Bush the moniker “the Great Protector.”
On the record
June 17, 2004
Playing it safe - music event organizers line up security
June 17, 2004
With two deaths linked to heat and drug use last weekend at a Tennessee music festival, organizers of the Wakarusa Festival are urging concertgoers to behave responsibly this weekend. “If you do stupid things, stupid things will happen to you,” said Brett Mosiman, owner of Pipeline Productions and one of the organizers. “Everybody has to be wise and put on their sunscreen and drink their water.”
Pavano stops Lee, Sox
Marlin masterful as Florida blanks Chicago
June 17, 2004
Carl Pavano often is overshadowed in Florida’s rotation. He’s not the World Series MVP like Josh Beckett. He’s not the NL Rookie of the Year like Dontrelle Willis. He doesn’t have a no-hitter like A.J. Burnett. And he doesn’t throw nearly as hard as Brad Penny.
Longtime KU educator blazed nontraditional trail
June 17, 2004
The woman who first recognized the needs of nontraditional students at Kansas University, Vivian Alicia Rogers, spent much of her life studying the various stages of adulthood. While director of the student services division of KU Continuing Education, she founded Kansas University’s Adult Life Resource Center, which was hailed as a pioneer of putting adult development theories into practice.
Kansas House delegation’s incomes, travel disclosed
June 17, 2004
Kansans in Congress traveled near and far in 2003, to cities as close as Springfield, Mo., and to countries as far away as China. Disclosure forms released Wednesday reveal trips paid for by special interests as well as outside income sources, assets, debts, gifts and speaking fees. The reports must be filed annually by all 535 members of Congress.
Study: Liposuction doesn’t help health
June 17, 2004
Liposuctioning your waistline can make you look just fabulous, but it won’t necessarily make you healthier. In a study, obese women who dropped up to 23 pounds of belly fat by way of liposuction did not appear to lower their risk of diabetes or heart disease, both of which are fat-related.
Lawrence’s Mercantile rings up national award
Store named National Co-op Retailer of the Year
June 17, 2004
After nearly 30 years selling natural and organic foods in Lawrence, the Community Mercantile Co-op is receiving national recognition. The Merc, as the store at 901 Iowa is better known, was named the National Co-op Retailer of the Year last week at the 48th annual Consumer Cooperative Management Assn. conference in Minneapolis.
Sprint blames long-distance battle for 1,100 job cuts
About 50 percent of layoffs to affect K.C. region
June 17, 2004
Citing increasing competitive pressure in the long-distance market, Sprint Corp. said Wednesday it would eliminate up to 1,100 jobs, or 1.6 percent of its work force. Of the jobs being eliminated, 850 are in the unit that provides service to businesses, with up to 250 others in jobs supporting that operation, including some in information technology.
Ex-KU aide hired
June 17, 2004
Bill Pope, the student manager on Kansas University’s 1988 NCAA men’s basketball championship team, has been hired as an assistant coach at Louisiana-Lafayette.
Kerry’s vacant No. 2 spot fuels rumors
Outsiders speculate about Sebelius’ D.C. visit
June 17, 2004
John Kerry has begun interviewing potential running mates, including Rep. Dick Gephardt of Missouri who spent about 90 minutes Wednesday in the Democratic presidential candidate’s Capitol office. Democratic officials familiar with the discussions said Kerry planned to meet with other candidates in the next several days.
Arlon E. Keplinger
June 17, 2004
Briefly
June 17, 2004
¢ Terror suspect held hostage for ransom ¢ Cease-fire offered to communist rebels ¢ King says Middle East accepting democracy
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June 17, 2004
¢ Terror suspect ordered to undergo psychiatric tests ¢ Report: Whistle-blower’s evaluation manipulated ¢ Family begs for safety of kidnapped American
Mammal monogamy manipulated
Gene therapy makes voles more loyal
June 17, 2004
Scientists working with a rat-like animal called a vole have found that promiscuous males can be reprogrammed into monogamous partners by introducing a single gene into a specific part of their brains. Once they have been converted, the voles hang around the family nests and even huddle with their female partners after sex.
Berroa’s blast sparks K.C. rally
June 17, 2004
Angel Berroa is starting to get his stroke back. “I had a problem with headaches, and then it seemed like I lost my swing,” said the 2003 AL Rookie of the Year. “Now I feel better all over.”
People
June 17, 2004
¢ Simon Cowell critiqued ¢ Eminem’s ex-wife arrested ¢ Prince countersues photographer ¢ One way to meet a mate
9-11 commission says plot initially involved 10 planes
June 17, 2004
The independent commission investigating the 9-11 attacks released a strikingly detailed portrait of the Sept. 11 plot, describing how a group of Islamic radicals overcame internal discord and logistical setbacks to pull off the deadliest terrorist attack on America soil.
Briefcase
June 17, 2004
¢ Bass Pro to anchor project in K.C. area ¢ North Lawrence building to house restaurant, bar ¢ Boeing touts interest in new 7E7 airplane ¢ Goodyear delays report ¢ Qwest executives settle insider-trading probe
Blending new, old in China
June 17, 2004
The struggle between the old and the new in China — a tug of war affecting family life, the economy and the whole society — comes into focus in the office of Du Guo-Ling, the vice mayor of this city and keeper of its cultural heritage.
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June 17, 2004
¢ State absorbs cost of replacement sewer ¢ Task force to probe suspected arson
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June 17, 2004
¢ Four killed in bombing of NATO vehicle ¢ Billionaires go on trial ¢ Polio vaccinations to begin for children ¢ New draft retains tough language on Iran
Leonard B. Andrews Jr.
June 17, 2004
Bus riders believe in divine guidance
June 17, 2004
Do you believe in miracles? If you ask the more than 20 youngsters of Lawrence’s First Christian Church youth group, the answer will be a resounding “yes”. One calamity after another befell the group after it left June 6 from the church at 1000 Ky. and headed for a leadership conference in Denver.
Velma G. Burnam
June 17, 2004
KU describes ideal freshman class
Report outlines student success goals for 2016
June 17, 2004
The ideal Kansas University freshman class of 2016 would include more minorities, have a higher ACT score and include a lower percentage of Kansas students. That’s according to a committee charged with determining a long-term strategy for recruiting students to KU.
Joyce fans make merry for Bloomsday
Fictional centennial year celebrated for ‘Ulysses’
June 17, 2004
With straw hats, bonnets and lace-trimmed dresses — but barely a mutton kidney in sight — thousands of James Joyce fans on Wednesday immersed themselves in the fictional 100th anniversary of “Ulysses.”
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June 17, 2004
¢ Officer describes search for Laci Peterson ¢ Traveler registration program to begin ¢ Thousands leaving Congo to flee fighting ¢ Scientists seek license to clone human embryos
Slim chance’ for Jackson to return
Lakers’ 58-year-old coach says he hasn’t reached decision about next season
June 17, 2004
Phil Jackson stood at the podium in the interview room with four of his five grown children and said there was a “pretty slim chance” he would coach the Los Angeles Lakers next season. Then he said it again.
Kerry outpacing Bush’s fund raising
Democrat’s collections exceed $100 million in three months
June 17, 2004
John Kerry announced Wednesday that his campaign had collected more than $100 million in the last three months, hitting his campaign goal more than a month early and out-raising President Bush each month since he clinched the Democratic nomination March 2.
Long Island school district hit with scandal
June 17, 2004
This is an unlikely setting for a crisis in the public schools. Roslyn High sends 95 percent of its graduates to college, its SAT scores are among the best in the nation, and it was cited in a recent Wall Street Journal story on the some of country’s finest public schools. Foreign language is offered to youngsters beginning in kindergarten.
A short leash
A proposed tethering law is well-intentioned but misses the mark
June 17, 2004
City commissioners soon might do well to remember that many times it is better to educate than legislate. A proposed ordinance that would limit the number of hours a dog in Lawrence could be tethered to a line or chain would be an excellent issue to which to apply that principle.
Arlon E. Keplinger
June 17, 2004
Festival to transform quiet park into city
Thousands expected for four-day music event
June 17, 2004
Normally, the visitors to 63-year-old Perry Buck’s front yard at Clinton State Park are quiet. Finches come for the birdseed. Deer come to sample the salt licks. This weekend, the area in front of Buck’s trailer will be full of a noisier kind of wildlife: thousands of festival-going music fans.
NASCAR’s credibility, competence in question
June 17, 2004
NASCAR has a serious problem, and let’s hope the folks in Daytona Beach, Fla., finally realize that. It’s time to stop apologizing and to start making changes. Dover was bad enough, but Pocono was pathetic. The flagman signaling the opening of pit road picked up the wrong flag.
Our town sports
June 17, 2004
Erma Lucile Hillyard
June 17, 2004
Iran is leadership test for candidates
June 17, 2004
Iran’s ayatollahs have issued a stream of defiant messages stressing their determination to join “the nuclear club,” no matter what price they may pay in international isolation. Their warnings push a camouflaged crisis into public view and demand a coordinated global response.
Ulysses’ tribute blooms
June 17, 2004
Around 11 a.m. today, a group of James Joyce enthusiasts in Lawrence will turn the final page of Joyce’s classic “Ulysses” outside of the Dusty Bookshelf, 708 Mass. And soon after, they’ll probably pass out in exhaustion.
Juneteenth’s storied history shared
June 17, 2004
Lawrence launched into its Juneteenth celebration Wednesday night by taking a look at its past and trying to understand how it affected race relations. About 100 people gathered in the Kansas Union’s Alderson Auditorium for an evening of oral histories.
Maddux solid in Cubs victory
Ramirez notches three hits as Chicago wins its fifth straight
June 17, 2004
Greg Maddux and the Chicago Cubs have been playing so well on the road lately, they might want to stay in a hotel when they return home. The Houston Astros, on the other hand, could use a one-way ticket out of town for a few days.