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Lawrence manufacturing plant announces cuts
May 6, 2004
(Web Posted Thursday at 2:24 p.m.) Lawrence-based E and E Display Group announced today that is laying off 73 people at its manufacturing plant in response to sagging sales.
Traffic still slow at 23rd and Iowa intersection
May 6, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 3:47 p.m.) The 2300 block of Iowa Street — one of the city’s busiest corridors — has been closed or partially closed since about 11:30 a.m. today as crews have been replacing a utility pole that was broken when a truck snagged a power line.
Buffalo design picked for Kansas quarter
May 6, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 11:24 a.m.) Herds of bison are bound for the official Kansas quarter. A design including a buffalo and sunflowers was announced Thursday morning as the official state commemorative quarter, which will be circulating beginning in August 2005.
Record-breaking heat to hit city
May 6, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 4:07 p.m.) Sunny skies and record-breaking high temperatures in the 90s are expected for the Lawrence area today. “For those who love the summer, a day like this is made for you. It’s a sun-filled finale for the work week,” said Matt Sayers, 6News meteorologist. “You’re going to want to make sure the air conditioner works this afternoon in your car. It’s going to be toasty.”
Giles gets release; Hairston decision coming?
May 6, 2004
University of Miami men’s basketball signee C.J. Giles on Wednesday received his long-awaited release from his national letter of intent.
It’s sneezing season
Relief hard to find in ragweed central
May 6, 2004
Tim Stauffer knows what a pain in the nose spring allergies can be.
Back on track?
Gordon aiming to regain former glory
May 6, 2004
Hindsight is always 20/20, as the saying goes.
Wonderboy’ grows up: Jeff Gordon is poised in third
May 6, 2004
It was odd Sunday afternoon, hearing Robbie Loomis talk about how Jeff Gordon’s faith in his crew chief had helped hold things together when the 24 wasn’t measuring up to the lofty standards the team had set for itself over the years.
Daily ticker
May 6, 2004
Miss Kansas strives to raise awareness of depression
KU student, crowned last summer, uses appearances to tell audiences about mother’s battles with disease
May 6, 2004
Everywhere she goes, Angelea Busby talks about her mother’s battle with depression.
On the record
May 6, 2004
Pharmacy CEO advocates drug imports
May 6, 2004
The push to legalize prescription drug imports has a surprising new ally as the issue gains momentum in Congress.
Briefly
May 6, 2004
¢ Sierra Club to offer tours of water, sewer plants ¢ Assistant professor dies from injuries in wreck ¢ Dole Institute to play host to Iraq conference ¢ Pump Patrol seeks deals
Scandal smashes Mideast policy
May 6, 2004
The Abu Ghraib prison scandal has smashed into American’s Mideast policy with the force of a car bomb.
Bonds could leave hole for Giants
May 6, 2004
If Barry Bonds’ words are to be taken literally, he has only 297 regular-season games left to play, and counting.
Aquila reports another quarterly loss
May 6, 2004
Aquila Inc. reported a first-quarter loss of $51.8 million Wednesday, a total nearly identical to its loss in the quarter a year ago despite a slight increase in sales.
Bush vows justice, doesn’t apologize
President tells Arab TV acts ‘abhorrent’
May 6, 2004
Acknowledging mistakes but stopping short of an apology, President Bush told the Arab world on Wednesday that Americans were appalled by the abuse and deaths of Iraqi prisoners at the hands of U.S. soldiers. He promised that “justice will be delivered.”
FSHS, LHS set for city showdown
Firebirds, Lions riding roller coaster entering today’s twinbill
May 6, 2004
It’s been a bumpy ride for the city high school softball teams this season. The good news is, they’re both winning games.
Blue Jays roll over Royals
K.C. falls to major-league worst 2-12 on road
May 6, 2004
After almost doubling his RBI total for the season with just one productive game, Vernon Wells thinks his early season slump is over.
Sideline
May 6, 2004
¢ Piazza sets homer record ¢ Iowa wants Missouri to honor contract ¢ High-scoring guard signs with Cowboys ¢ Magic Johnson, Aniston among torch bearers
Briefly
May 6, 2004
¢ Worker recovering after 6 nails driven into head ¢ Cooler weather helps corral southern wildfires ¢ Picasso painting sets record for auction ¢ Canadian charged with making terror threat
Schools, lobbyists and liquor still divide lawmakers
May 6, 2004
Lawmakers appeared headed for a showdown today over school finance, lobbyist expenses and several other issues.
Two Britons, interpreter killed in Afghanistan
May 6, 2004
Two British election workers and their Afghan interpreter were slain Wednesday in eastern Afghanistan, the first fatalities in a string of assaults on U.N. staff preparing for crucial balloting.
Fountain of youths
May 6, 2004
Our town sports
May 6, 2004
Power position
May 6, 2004
KU studying campuswide use of honor code
Student-policed systems already in place in business, law schools
May 6, 2004
Each time David Brown completes an exam in one of his business classes, he signs a pledge saying he didn’t cheat on the test and didn’t know of anyone else who cheated.
Yankees balking at deal
May 6, 2004
The Yankees are balking at the $3.6 million marketing blitz, saying they won’t do anything to compromise the history of the national pastime or Yankee Stadium.
Piazza enters record book
Mets slugger breaks catcher home run mark
May 6, 2004
Mike Piazza held his home run ball and cracked a satisfied smile.
Singh shooting for No. 1 ranking
Big Fijian wants to overtake Woods at top
May 6, 2004
Vijay Singh leaned back in a chair and flipped through a 13-page news release the PGA Tour puts out each week, containing all the vital data.
People
May 6, 2004
¢ Singing duo to make Rome debut ¢ Oldest woman turns 116 ¢ Williams supports legalized pot ¢ Selleck to portray Eisenhower
School work
May 6, 2004
Softball players drawn to Friday night lights
May 6, 2004
Bob Stanclift remembers when nobody wanted to participate in slow-pitch softball on a Friday night.
Strong message
May 6, 2004
President Bush did a good job of responding to the Iraqi people about the unacceptable behavior of American guards in Iraq.
Prison incidents cast shame on America
May 6, 2004
Can it be a coincidence that Margaret Tutwiler quit as the top PR agent for America the same week photos of Iraqi prisoner abuse were beamed across the world? In one year, the president’s “mission accomplished” had become her mission impossible.
Religious influence
May 6, 2004
U.S. needs Bremer’s candor
May 6, 2004
Events, interlopers and policy mishaps and mistakes have taken substantial power from the hands of L. Paul Bremer III in his final two months as President Bush’s proconsul in Baghdad. More timid souls would serve out their time in quiet, bitter frustration.
Iraqi choice
May 6, 2004
U.S. bullies
May 6, 2004
Clinton choice
May 6, 2004
Richardson trial begins
Arkansas AD: Coach lost motivation
May 6, 2004
Former Arkansas basketball coach Nolan Richardson’s trial against the university began Wednesday with athletic director Frank Broyles testifying that Richardson seemed to lose his motivation for the job two years before he was fired.
E and E Display Group sale looms
Former chief executive seeks to buy Lawrence manufacturer
May 6, 2004
A possible sale of E and E Display Group has led to a change in leadership at the Lawrence-based manufacturer. Daryl Morgison, the company’s president and chief executive, left the company on Friday after 27 years with the manufacturer of store fixtures and displays.
Former Farmland manager tapped to supervise Lawrence plant
May 6, 2004
A former Farmland Industries executive has been hired to oversee the operations of the bankrupt company’s shuttered Lawrence fertilizer plant.
Company reaches agreement on labor claims
May 6, 2004
A bankruptcy judge has approved an agreement under which eight people laid off in 1999 from the Farmland Industries fertilizer plant in Lawrence will be paid $4,650 each to settle their claims.
Briefcase
May 6, 2004
¢ Stewart loses bid for trial ¢ Cap Fed earnings tumble ¢ Chicago council stalls Wal-Mart’s growth plans
Merger, Dell unable to rally markets
Investors continue to weigh Fed statement
May 6, 2004
Wall Street, unable to shake a lethargy induced by interest rate worries, wobbled to a mixed finish Wednesday as investors shrugged off a $10.5 billion bank merger and a bullish upgrade of Dell Inc.
Bush to seek $25 billion for next year’s war costs
May 6, 2004
The Bush administration asked Congress Wednesday for a $25 billion down payment for next year’s U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, a retreat from the White House’s earlier plans not to seek the money until after the November elections.
Geneva Conventions prohibit abuse
May 6, 2004
The rules governing the treatment and interrogation of military prisoners are vague and leave a great deal of room for interpretation.
Fort Riley battalion headed back to Iraq
May 6, 2004
About 700 soldiers from Fort Riley are returning to Iraq for their second tour of duty, officials here said Wednesday.
Formalities pushed aside as deer pays visit to store
May 6, 2004
“Wild Kingdom” met “A Wedding Story” Wednesday morning in downtown Lawrence.
Study: Chemotherapy helps head cancer
May 6, 2004
Patients with advanced head and neck cancers do better if chemotherapy is added to the radiation and surgery that is standard treatment now, two new studies suggest.
Debra L. Park
May 6, 2004
Gordon K. Foster
May 6, 2004
Richard Don Thomas
May 6, 2004
State briefs
May 6, 2004
¢ Cameras capture thefts of computer cartridges ¢ Felon faces prison for weapons charge
Kansas appeals judge dies at 64
Robert Lewis had represented 1985 crime spree defendant
May 6, 2004
Robert J. Lewis Jr., a member of the Kansas Court of Appeals since 1989, has died. He was 64.
TV station gives letter to police that may be from BTK serial killer
May 6, 2004
A Wichita television station turned over to police Wednesday a suspicious letter it believes may have come from a serial killer. But police cast doubt on its authenticity.
MU-Rolla wins $7M aerospace contract
May 6, 2004
The University of Missouri-Rolla has been awarded a $7.3 million federal contract to develop aerospace technologies as a partner with Boeing Co.
Bases to bear spider-web designs
On-field branding elements’ part of deal between baseball, Sony Pictures
May 6, 2004
In a radical new incursion of advertising into professional sports, 15 teams in major league baseball will decorate bases, rubbers on the pitching mounds, and on-deck circles with spider-web designs to promote the movie “Spider-Man 2.”
Local sports briefs
May 6, 2004
¢ Firebirds’ Payne to sign with Washburn football ¢ Area basketball players to participate in Classic
White Sox hang on against Orioles
Koch finds trouble in ninth inning but closes out Chicago’s 6-5 victory
May 6, 2004
The Chicago White Sox were poised to close out a comfortable victory — by their standards — when suddenly they found themselves in another thriller.
Parker elevates Spurs
Guard, San Antonio beat L.A. for 2-0 series lead
May 6, 2004
Tony Parker gave the San Antonio Spurs a big cushion early, and when the Los Angeles Lakers made a move it was Parker who snuffed it out.
Well-rested Pacers hoping for weary Heat
May 6, 2004
Indiana Pacers forward Jermaine O’Neal couldn’t help but smile while watching the Miami Heat beat New Orleans in a grueling first-round series.
NBA briefs
May 6, 2004
¢ Hornets GM retires; coach’s future uncertain ¢ Pacers’ O’Neal wins media award
Brown to stand trial on abuse charge
May 6, 2004
Bobby Brown was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on charges that he hit superstar wife Whitney Houston.
Disney blocks distribution of Michael Moore’s 9-11 film
May 6, 2004
The Walt Disney Company is blocking its Miramax Films division from distributing Michael Moore’s documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11,” which criticizes President Bush’s handling of Sept. 11 and connects the Bush family with Osama bin Laden’s.
Hourlong ‘Friends’ finale marks end of era
May 6, 2004
Just in case you’ve been in a bomb shelter since 1962, or fell asleep in one of the isolation tanks that were so trendy in the late 1970s, or wandered off from one of the biospheres that were all the rage in the 1980s, or have just stumbled in from your survivalist compound, or have just been ignoring the media, you may not have noticed that tonight marks the final, hourlong episode of “Friends” (8 p.m., NBC). A special retrospective “Friends” (7 p.m.) clip-fest will precede the final episode.
Iraqi prison commander apologizes for torture
May 6, 2004
The commander of U.S.-run prisons in Iraq apologized Wednesday for the abuse of prisoners by American guards and said he would invite observers from the Red Cross and Iraqi government into Abu Ghraib prison.
Prisoner death toll rises to 14
May 6, 2004
he number of prisoner deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan known to be under U.S. criminal investigation or already blamed on Americans rose to as many as 14 on Wednesday. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was called to testify before Congress Friday on the prisoner abuse and its ramifications.
Other Iraq developments
May 6, 2004
Major developments Wednesday
Republican Party gala sets fund-raising record
May 6, 2004
President Bush helped the GOP raise at least $38.5 million Wednesday at its annual gala — all of it in donations limited in size — and smash a one-night record set when political parties could still rake in large corporate contributions.
FBI file on Kerry’s anti-war group says it became radical after he left
May 6, 2004
The FBI considered John Kerry a “glib, cool” spokesman for Vietnam war protesters when he was attached to an anti-war veterans group, but the bureau focused on more radical elements of the organization during an investigation spanning four years, documents show.
House votes to rein in alternative minimum tax
May 6, 2004
The House voted Wednesday to spare millions of middle-income families next year from a complicated tax invented in the 1960s to capture rich tax evaders.
Legislature reduce lobbyist disclosure requirements
May 6, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 7:08 p.m.) The Legislature on Thursday approved reducing the amount of public disclosure required of lobbyists on whom they wine and dine.
Briefly
May 6, 2004
¢ Six killed in suicide bombing near U.S. complex in Baghdad ¢ Groundbreaking to be July 4 for 9-11 Freedom Tower ¢ N. Korean missile reportedly could reach U.S. bases ¢ Report: More companies offer domestic-partner benefits
Briefly
May 6, 2004
¢ Three bombs explode outside police station ¢ Prime minister certain of gaining second term ¢ Judge orders release of train blast suspects ¢ Protesters celebrate departure of leader
Lawrence briefs
May 6, 2004
¢ Deerfield teacher is Legacy Award winner ¢ West Nile virus information available ¢ Hobby, career fair open to New York students ¢ Laptop computer thefts under investigation
Ruth A. Guy
May 6, 2004
Strain on sewers won’t curb southeast growth
May 6, 2004
More review is needed, but city and county commissioners indicated Wednesday they would allow new development in southeast Lawrence to go forward.
County, KTA agree to land sale; deal seals turnpike widening plans
May 6, 2004
The Kansas Turnpike Authority is about to pick up the last piece of property needed to make way for a $100 million widening of the turnpike between Topeka and Lecompton.
State courts energy project
Bond use OK’d in bid for $1B power plant
May 6, 2004
Kansas signaled Wednesday it was jumping into the competition for a $1 billion experimental power plant. The U.S. Department of Energy and a consortium of private energy companies have joined efforts to develop the FutureGen project — a nearly emission-free, coal-fired electric generation facility.
Clean technology companies attract venture capitalists
Investments up 8 percent but skeptics remain
May 6, 2004
Martin Roscheisen, CEO of Nanosolar Inc., holds up a plastic vial filled with dark, purple liquid — the secret ingredient behind a new kind of technology startup that’s turning heads in Silicon Valley. In a private laboratory in Palo Alto, Calif., Nanosolar scientists are designing low-cost solar electricity cells that Roscheisen says will make solar power competitive with conventional energy sources.