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Chance for showers this evening, cooler temperatures Friday
June 24, 2004
(Web Posted Thursday at 12:15 p.m.) Sunny skies and warm temperatures will continue through the rest of this afternoon, but showers could move into the area later this evening, said 6News meteorologist Jennifer Schack.
Sheriff’s department confirms identity of body in Kansas River
June 24, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 10:43 a.m.) The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department has identified the body pulled Wednesday morning from the Kansas River as that of 51 year old Robert Lee Lathrom of Oskaloosa, Kansas.
Cards’ Kline shuts door on Cubs
Pitcher miffed when La Russa doesn’t call on him in sixth inning
June 24, 2004
Steve Kline threw a tantrum in the St. Louis Cardinals’ bullpen when he didn’t get the call in the sixth inning, and admitted making a rude gesture toward manager Tony La Russa.
U.S. drops bid for war crimes immunity
June 24, 2004
In a diplomatic defeat shadowed by the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, the United States abandoned Wednesday its efforts in the U.N. Security Council to win immunity for U.S. forces and officials from prosecution in the International Criminal Court.
Beheading stirs defiance, debate in S. Korea
June 24, 2004
The beheading of a South Korean hostage set off demands, including from the president’s own party, for the country to stop sending troops to Iraq.
23rd Fiesta Mexicana expected to draw crowd
June 24, 2004
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1234 Ky., will play host Friday and Saturday to its much-beloved Fiesta Mexicana. This is the 23rd Fiesta, which has attracted as many as 5,000 people in past years.
Liberal criteria
June 24, 2004
Daily ticker
June 24, 2004
Sideline
June 24, 2004
¢ Texas advances to finals ¢ Baker coach honored
Robert Lathrom
June 24, 2004
KU tuition increases 18 percent
Board of Regents approves statewide rate hikes
June 24, 2004
Students attending the state’s six universities will pay $39 million more in tuition this fall, an increased approved Thursday by the Kansas Board of Regents. Students attending Kansas University and taking 15 credit hours will pay $2,081 for the semester, or $318 more than last year - an 18 percent increase. Both the percentage and dollar inrease are the largest in the state.
Perhaps Bonds right about Boston
June 24, 2004
At the risk of upsetting folks from Southie, the North End and all over Boston, not to mention Barry Bonds haters everywhere — which pretty much covers half the country once you figure in that last group — but Bonds might be right.
Most of western Kansas wheat crop damaged
June 24, 2004
On a field under one irrigated crop circle near Tribune, the thick wheat was chest-high and beautiful.
BMW rolls into compact segment
German firm introduces smaller cars
June 24, 2004
Germany’s BMW has raked in profits selling high-priced larger cars. Now it’s getting ready to venture into less familiar turf — the highly-competitive compact segment — with its new 1-series, which will sell for not much more than a similar-sized Volkswagen Golf.
Horoscopes
June 24, 2004
Fewer Kansans receiving abortions
Procedures undergone by Kansas women off 10 percent since 1996
June 24, 2004
Since 1996, the number of Kansas women getting abortions in the state has declined 10 percent.
Senator to take KUMC position
David Adkins to be paid $115,000 salary as new vice chancellor
June 24, 2004
A top level position at Kansas University Medical Center that was created several years ago but never filled has been given to a Republican state senator who has been a frequent lightning rod for criticism from GOP conservatives.
Treasures left for trash as area agencies reject donations
June 24, 2004
With garage-sale season at its peak, some Lawrence residents say they’re being turned away at local thrift stores when they try to donate leftover items.
Prisoner treatment rules being rewritten
June 24, 2004
The Justice Department is rewriting its legal advice on how far U.S. interrogators can go to pry information from detainees, working under much different circumstances from the writers of earlier memos that appeared to justify torture.
Talk of reinstating military draft persists
June 24, 2004
Kansans in Congress say they won’t support efforts by some colleagues to revive the military draft.
Hinrich thrills campers
Guard turns in hair-raising effort
June 24, 2004
Harry Potter look-alike Kirk Hinrich is asked about his hair seemingly everywhere he goes.
Trade talk heats up before NBA draft
June 24, 2004
Emeka Okafor sat inside a hotel ballroom completely unaware he was setting a record for most shoulder shrugs. On the day before the NBA draft, Okafor still had no idea where he’ll be headed — or whether he’ll be chosen first or second.
May wins third straight decision for Kansas City
June 24, 2004
When he was 2-8 with an ERA of nearly 9.00, Darrell May nearly was banished to the bullpen.
Longhorns advance, await foe
June 24, 2004
Carson Kainer, the last regular player in Texas’ lineup without a hit at the College World Series, got the most important one of his young career and the Longhorns advanced to the finals.
Don’t look too closely at NBA draft
June 24, 2004
Not long ago, Kwame Brown and friends seemed to have changed the way NBA teams would draft forever. Brown was the first player drafted in 2001, the first in league history to go from high school to No. 1 overall.
Regents approve university performance agreements
June 24, 2004
For the first time, state higher education institutions have specific guidelines they must follow to receive all of their state funding.
Fort Riley at center of insulin scam
Diabetes supplies stolen from base
June 24, 2004
A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted 11 people — including four current or former Fort Riley soldiers — for their alleged involvement in a scheme to steal $2.3 million worth of insulin from U.S. Army bases and sell it on the black market.
County rushes to secure grants
June 24, 2004
Utility plants in Lawrence, Eudora and Baldwin are in line to get new fences, door locks and alarm systems, taking advantage of federal grants designed to bolster homeland security.
Toronto halts Rays’ streak
Tampa Bay stumbles after winning 12 straight
June 24, 2004
Even though its team-record winning streak ended at 12 games, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays think they’ll keep on benefiting from their spurt.
Science Fiction Hall of Fame transported to new home
KU founder supports transfer of honors to Seattle
June 24, 2004
For eight years, the Science Fiction Hall of Fame existed only on a plaque in a Kansas University office.
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June 24, 2004
¢ Police beating caught on tape ¢ British troops in limbo ¢ U.S. offers plan to N. Korea
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June 24, 2004
¢ Inclement weather plans made for Chautauqua ¢ Great Race to wind into Lawrence today ¢ Police investigating theft from elderly couple ¢ Eudora farmer reports vandalism of crops
Briefcase
June 24, 2004
¢ FedEx Corp. delivers profitable fourth quarter ¢ American Italian Pasta to cut about 100 jobs ¢ Wichita Cessna workers threaten to begin strike ¢ Former media executive under investigation
Giving them a drink
June 24, 2004
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June 24, 2004
¢ Food stamps get modern makeover ¢ Tractor protest brings six-year sentence ¢ Strollers recalled for faulty seat ¢ Gun seller to pay $1 million settlement
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June 24, 2004
¢ Stinky flower ready to bloom ¢ Cocaine indictments should reduce supply ¢ Mayor proposes housing for homeless
Islamists all in the same family
June 24, 2004
The commission looking into the causes of the 9-11 terror attacks on the United States did not conclude that claims by the Bush administration of ties between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida were pure myth, as many newspaper headlines and broadcast reports asserted. As the vice chairman of the panel, Lee Hamilton, stated, “There were connections between al-Qaida and Saddam Hussein’s government. We don’t disagree on that.”
Wireless windfall
Lawrence-based business on aggressive growth path
June 24, 2004
When Kathy Domnanish took a job as a sales clerk for a wireless telephone store in Ottawa nine years ago, she didn’t realize the job was going to change her life.
ABC’s Thursday nights need an extreme makeover
June 24, 2004
Have the folks in the ABC programming department fallen asleep? Or have they just hung up a “gone fishin”’ sign? How else do you explain the return of back-to-back episodes of “Whose Line is It Anyway?” (7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., ABC)? This comedy improvisation showcase was run to death by ABC and has been airing on cable since Coolidge was president. As always, Drew Carey hosts and Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie and Wayne Brady perform.
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June 24, 2004
¢ Two killed in crash of plane into building ¢ Senate GOP pushes for gay marriage ban ¢ Juror removed from Peterson trial ¢ $10 million bail set in missing student case
Al-Qaida-linked terrorists vow to assassinate Iraqi prime minister
Insurgent attacks today on police stations kill 7
June 24, 2004
The suspected mastermind of beheadings and bombings threatened to assassinate Iraq’s prime minister a week before the new government takes power. Insurgents today launched simultaneous attacks on police stations in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi, killing seven people and wounding 13, officials said.
Cities near K.C., Wichita leading population surge
––— Census Bureau estimates show continued decline in Western Kansas
June 24, 2004
Most of the fastest-growing cities in Kansas last year are just outside either Kansas City or Wichita, according to new estimates from the Census Bureau.
Sesquicentennial adds significance to Lecompton festival
June 24, 2004
For children in Lecompton, the Territorial Days festival is almost like Christmas.
Connecting the dots of terrorism
June 24, 2004
Maybe the soldier had learned to connect the dots in basic training. Or maybe in civilian life. These particular dots have been arranged so carefully and so deliberately that he seemed to move automatically from one to the next.
People
June 24, 2004
¢ A whole new ball game ¢ Sexiest newscaster sought ¢ Clapton sets charity auction ¢ ‘Jeopardy!’ winner sets record
Regents chair worries universities being shortchanged
June 24, 2004
The state’s restructured higher education system may be shifting too much money to community colleges and technical schools, the chairwoman of the Kansas Board of Regents said Wednesday.
Clinton book breaks records on first day of sales
June 24, 2004
He’s no Harry Potter, but Bill Clinton is still a record breaker.
Discovery of planets suggest greater possibility of alien life
June 24, 2004
The Hubble Space Telescope may have discovered as many as 100 new planets out beyond our solar system orbiting stars in the Milky Way galaxy, astronomers say.
Successful event
June 24, 2004
Last weekend’s success concert event at Clinton Lake was a good advertisement for Lawrence and Kansas.
Local history
June 24, 2004
Evidence of link
June 24, 2004
Unfair portrayal
June 24, 2004
Idealistic war support fading
June 24, 2004
Military victory in Iraq was supposed to change the psychology of nations as well as the regime in Baghdad. “For diplomacy to be effective, words must be credible, and no one can now doubt the word of America,” President Bush said in his State of the Union message in January.
Sprinter Montgomery faces ban
U.S. Anti-Doping agency plans to seek lifetime penalty
June 24, 2004
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency plans to seek a lifetime ban against 100-meter world record holder Tim Montgomery for alleged drug violations, The Associated Press has learned.
Chasing checkered flags
Sutton won’t let disease stop her from racing
June 24, 2004
Kelly Sutton has multiple sclerosis.
There’s more to Eldora track than its looks
June 24, 2004
There’s a light beyond the fields lining Ohio Highway 127, beckoning like the diamond in the Iowa cornstalks from “Field of Dreams.” But this light seems fuzzy — filtered and out of focus.
City leaders close to incubator deal
Officials aim to use taxpayers’ money to start high-tech center
June 24, 2004
Economic development officials confirmed Wednesday that they have reached a tentative deal to spend $600,000 in public money to buy a west Lawrence building to house promising startup technology companies.
SEC: Fund boards need independent chairperson
Rule expected to affect 80 percent of U.S. firms
June 24, 2004
Addressing an industry scandal, a deeply divided Securities and Exchange Commission voted Wednesday to require mutual fund boards to have chairmen who are independent from the companies managing the funds.
Judge prevents Aquila from using sale proceeds
June 24, 2004
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Aquila Inc. cannot spend the proceeds from the recent sale of its Canadian assets.
Fahrenheit 9/11’ opens in Washington
June 24, 2004
“Fahrenheit 9/11,” a blistering critique of President Bush by filmmaker Michael Moore, debuted Wednesday night in the nation’s capital amid fierce controversy over its political message.
Bush touts strategy in global AIDS fight
June 24, 2004
President Bush sought Wednesday to portray himself as a compassionate global leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS, but critics said his strategy suffered from the go-it-alone approach that marks his war against terrorism.
Genetic mutation makes toddler super strong
June 24, 2004
Somewhere in Germany is a baby Superman, born in Berlin with bulging arm and leg muscles. Not yet 5, he can hold 7-pound weights with arms extended, something many adults cannot do. He has muscles twice the size of other children his age and half their body fat.
Body pulled from Kaw
Victim’s family say response by authorities inadequate
June 24, 2004
Onlookers cried, hugged and even scuffled with police Wednesday morning as rescue workers pulled a body from the Kansas River in North Lawrence.
Lottery launches online gamble
Kansas’ ‘eScratch’ game draws questions from lawmakers
June 24, 2004
Kansas is taking a gamble on a new lottery game that can be “played” online and apparently is the only one of its kind in the world, officials said Wednesday.
Students not opting to keep data from military recruiters
June 24, 2004
Lawrence High School student Patrick Anderson, 17, says he knows military recruiters can access information about him.
Hitters must adjust to wood
Raiders put aluminum away for Ice tournament
June 24, 2004
Perhaps the sweetest sound in sports — and one that’s all too rare in amateur baseball — will be plentiful this weekend at Hoglund Ballpark.
Jayhawks land recruit
June 24, 2004
Newton High offensive lineman Adam Welty (6-foot-6, 270 pounds) has made an oral commitment to play football for Kansas University, according to Jon Kirby of rivals.com.
Our town sports
June 24, 2004
Shock stop Sting
June 24, 2004
Detroit finally found a way to beat Charlotte.
Local recruiters say enlistments up
June 24, 2004
Lt. Col. Brian DeToy, an ROTC recruiter at Kansas University, is signing up more soldiers these days.
House committee faults CIA’s commitment to spying
June 24, 2004
The CIA has ignored its core mission of spying, has refused to take corrective action and is heading “over a proverbial cliff” after years of poor planning and mismanagement, the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee has concluded in the latest congressional broadside aimed at America’s premier intelligence agency.
Senate approves defense spending bill
June 24, 2004
The Senate late Wednesday approved a $447 billion defense spending bill that covers only part of the Pentagon’s upcoming war costs but gives the military a pay raise and increases troop levels.
Lawrence briefs
June 24, 2004
¢ Lewis and Clark event features Lawrence teen ¢ Ham radio operators to stage field operations
On the record
June 24, 2004
Florence Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Olsen
June 24, 2004
Fundis services
June 24, 2004
Saudis offer militants limited amnesty
June 24, 2004
Saudi Arabia offered Islamic militants a limited amnesty Wednesday, saying their lives would be spared if they surrendered but they would face the “full might” of state wrath if they did not.
Under fire, K.C. limits police use of Tasers
Repercussions continue in incident involving stun gun on grandma
June 24, 2004
In response to an incident last week involving a 66-year-old woman, city police agreed Tuesday to temporarily restrict the use of Tasers by officers.
MLB briefs
June 24, 2004
¢ Royals’ Pena selected as AL All-Star coach ¢ Astros’ Pettitte sharp in rehabilitation outing ¢ Cards call outfielder to replace Edmonds
Federal health officials alert to new mosquito-borne disease
June 24, 2004
As if West Nile virus wasn’t bad enough, now U.S. health officials are on the lookout for another mosquito-bourne disease, fearing it could become a permanent part of the American landscape if it entered the country.
Anti-U.S. protests to greet Bush in Turkey
June 24, 2004
A cartoon on the front page of a Turkish newspaper shows Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan standing alone at the airport welcoming President Bush. Behind Erdogan an angry crowd holds placards reading “Bush Go Home!” and “No to Bush.”
Forum examines Lawrence’s efforts to reach out to poor, children
June 24, 2004
For many children, Lawrence is a wonderful place. But for some, life here is hard.
Raiders take two from Topeka
June 24, 2004
A no-hitter and a 9-1, run-rule victory in the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday night sure seemed like it might straighten things out for a Lawrence Raiders team that had struggled to a 7-6 record during the last two weeks.
Survey of men attempts to identify marriage intentions
June 24, 2004
While most single young men aspire to marriage, about one-fifth are deeply skeptical of the institution and their prospects of making it work, according to a new national survey which closely links men’s marital outlook to their upbringing.
Spacewalk a risky mission for astronauts
June 24, 2004
NASA is taking bigger chances and more of them — even bending its own safety rules — to keep the international space station running with a two-man crew and no shuttle visits.
Draft boards still in service
June 24, 2004
Last year, federal officials helped feed rumors the draft was going to be reinstated by posting a notice on the Department of Defense Web site that read: “Serve Your Community and the Nation. Become a Selective Service System Local Board Member.”
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June 24, 2004
¢ Golf courses eating up city tax revenues ¢ State warns of lead in Mexican candies ¢ Charges dropped when police chief resigns