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Ryun, Boyda spar over Social Security
October 21, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 5:10 p.m.) Democrat Nancy Boyda today accused U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun, R-Lawrence of wanting to privatize Social Security. Ryun, seeking a fifth term in Congress, said Boyda had misstated his position and that he hadn’t settled on a plan to change Social Security.
Transcript of chat with Douglas County Dist. Atty. Christine Kenney, Republican
October 21, 2004
(Updated Monday at 1:20 p.m.) Welcome to our online chat with Douglas County Dist. Atty. Christine Kenney, Republican.
Mist to end by afternoon
October 21, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 8:13 a.m.) Drizzle and fog in low-lying areas were misting the Lawrence area this morning. “There will still be clouds around this afternoon, but I think the drizzle will come to an end,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Briefly
October 21, 2004
¢ Zoo to kill tigers thought to have bird flu ¢ Prime minister resigns, dissolves Cabinet ¢ Retired general sworn in as sixth president ¢ Nobel Prize author’s novel released early
Draft concern
October 21, 2004
Vaccine debacle
October 21, 2004
Big money
October 21, 2004
Just forgetful?
October 21, 2004
A nonscience
October 21, 2004
Choice may improve care
October 21, 2004
When real issues manage to rise above the smoke and mirrors of political warfare in this exhausting presidential campaign, the cost of health care and medical insurance is just behind terrorism and keeping the country safe in top voter concerns.
Some ‘what-ifs’ from the race, the Chase at the midway point
October 21, 2004
When it was over Saturday, the results of the UAW-GM 500 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway made perfect sense.
Mariners hire Hargrove
New Seattle skipper signs three-year deal
October 21, 2004
Mike Hargrove knows just what he’s getting into as the new manager of the last-place Seattle Mariners. After all, he lost 98, 95 and 91 games in his final three years with the Baltimore Orioles.
Yankees’ collapse complete
October 21, 2004
Hard to believe this could happen. Hard to believe the fabled New York Yankees could come apart in such an epic collapse.
Edmonds’ shot decisive
October 21, 2004
Jim Edmonds has a flair for the dramatic in center field, climbing walls to steal home runs and tumbling for other catches. He’ll play to the crowd a bit, too.
Lions’ West ready for league gymnastics
October 21, 2004
Lawrence High’s Mallory West has been one of the top gymnasts in the state during her first year of high school competition, and coach Kathy Johnson doesn’t think the freshman will be intimidated by her first Sunflower League meet.
Seahawks fall in regular-season finale
October 21, 2004
Seabury Academy’s boys soccer team dropped its regular-season finale to Kansas City Lutheran, 6-2, on Wednesday afternoon.
Correa lifts KU past Oklahoma
October 21, 2004
Led by Jana Correa’s 17 kills, Kansas University’s volleyball team swept Oklahoma, 30-27, 30-28 and 30-23, Wednesday at McCasland Fieldhouse.
KU women tapped 11th in Big 12 preseason poll
October 21, 2004
Texas has been picked to win its third consecutive Big 12 Conference women’s basketball title in a preseason poll of the league coaches, while Kansas University was picked 11th.
Mangino: Barmann to start
Jayhawk coach says Swanson will play at QB, too
October 21, 2004
Days of speculation were put to rest after Kansas University’s football practice Wednesday, when coach Mark Mangino announced Adam Barmann would start Saturday’s game at Oklahoma.
Boston uncommon
Red Sox rally from 0-3 hole to win ALCS
October 21, 2004
Boston blew away decades of defeat with four sweet swings.
Edmonds’ blast forces decisive Game 7
Cardinals forge ahead in 12th inning for 6-4 victory over Houston
October 21, 2004
Don’t look now, but there’s a bit of drama building in the “other” league championship series.
Stoops tight with Mangino family
Oklahoma football leader maintains close relationship with children of Kansas University coach
October 21, 2004
In the sea of crimson helmets Saturday during Oklahoma’s football game at Kansas State, a college sophomore was roaming the Sooners’ sideline, soaking in the atmosphere and seeing old friends.
Mayor appoints new board of trustees members
October 21, 2004
A former chief of staff for Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and a leading advocate of the city’s ban on public smoking have been appointed to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital board of trustees.
Our town sports
October 21, 2004
Companies tuning into consumers’ desires for TiVo
October 21, 2004
Bonnie’s tone was serious as she burst into the family room from the garage. “Dad, we really, really need to get TiVo,” she said, plopping down her gym bag and kicking off her shoes.
XM Satellite scores $650M baseball contract
11-year deal heats up battle of radio rivals
October 21, 2004
XM Satellite Radio announced an 11-year, $650 million deal with Major League Baseball on Wednesday, the latest move in a costly race with rival Sirius Satellite Radio, which earlier this month signed a five-year, $500 million deal with shock jock Howard Stern.
Commodities
October 21, 2004
Microsoft, Swatch unveil watches
Firms touting computerized wristbands
October 21, 2004
Microsoft and watch maker Swatch are offering a new line of wireless data watches, the companies said Wednesday, bringing the era of Dick Tracy wristwatch radios one step closer.
Airplane company lowers altitude for aircraft
October 21, 2004
The airline whose plane crashed in Jefferson City last week has decided to lower the maximum altitude at which its planes can fly, as federal investigators said the engines failed when the plane was at its highest point.
Casino protection key issue in deal
State’s revenue share in K.C.K. linked to limiting gaming elsewhere
October 21, 2004
A legislative committee will scrutinize market protections granted to a proposed casino in Wyandotte County as part of a compact between Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and two Indian tribes, the panel’s chairman said Wednesday.
City briefs
October 21, 2004
¢ KU, Haskell pledge to continue partnership ¢ Foundation to offer information on grants ¢ Children invited to KU’s Carnival of Chemistry ¢ Pumpkin class planned Saturday at Watkins
Cell phone users may be left out of polls
October 21, 2004
Kansas University freshman Kelly Spencer has been using a cell phone as long as she can remember. “My whole life I’ve had a cell phone,” Spencer said.
McElhaney faces surprise fight
Commissioner, treasurer, clerk among county races
October 21, 2004
Jere McElhaney’s relying on his record. Marguerite Ermeling is trying to break it. McElhaney, an incumbent Douglas County commissioner, is facing an unexpected challenge in his first run for re-election.
Interim education dean chosen
October 21, 2004
The associate dean of the Kansas University School of Education will take over as interim dean, officials announced Wednesday.
County rezones area for ‘zero-energy’ rural estates
October 21, 2004
A development group’s plans for energy-efficient rural estates can move ahead, now that Douglas County commissioners officially have rezoned the 159 acres needed to make the project legal.
Libertarian candidate for Congress angered about TV debate snub
October 21, 2004
There’s a third-party candidate in the 2nd Congressional District race, and he has been excluded from a televised debate.
U.S. claims Taliban rift over failure to disrupt Afghanistan’s elections
October 21, 2004
Fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar has fallen out with some of his lieutenants, who blame him for the rebels’ failure to disrupt the landmark Afghan presidential election, the U.S. military said Wednesday.
CIA releases records on communist-era intelligence of China
Cache represents most declassified agency documents ever released
October 21, 2004
The CIA is offering a rare glimpse into its successes and failures at trying to understand China during its first communist decades in a huge cache of newly declassified documents released this week in Washington.
Kidney transplant brokered from commercial Web site
October 21, 2004
Setting aside ethical concerns, surgeons completed a kidney transplant Wednesday in what is believed to be the first operation where the donor and recipient met through a commercial Web site.
Firm offers otherworldly memorials
Remains can be sent to space
October 21, 2004
People interested in an out-of-this-world post-death experience can “boldly go where no man has gone before” with a space memorial service that blasts their ashes into space.
Extra tickets available
October 21, 2004
Kansas University athletic department officials are making between 250 and 300 men’s basketball season tickets available to first-time donors to the Williams Fund.
Fugitive dad arrested in Lawrence
Judge twice has denied extradition to Indiana
October 21, 2004
Police in Fayette County, Ind., looked 10 years for Leman W. Booher, a man they said owed more child support than any other deadbeat dad in that county.
Flu-shot clinic may miss those in direst need
October 21, 2004
Given the shortage of flu shots, health officials say Saturday’s flu-vaccine clinic is meant to help those residents deemed at high risk to suffer most from the illness.
Writer Dave Barry plans yearlong sabbatical
October 21, 2004
The world is about to get a lot less funny starting in January.
Don’t call in sick to this ‘Office’
October 21, 2004
The world’s most painfully funny comedy returns to tie up loose ends. “The Office Special” (8 p.m., BBC America) continues the “mockumentary” coverage of delusional middle manager David Brent (series creator Ricky Gervais) and his former white-collar colleagues.
Iraq berates lack of U.N. assistance
October 21, 2004
Iraq’s interim government complained Wednesday that the United Nations wasn’t doing enough to help prepare for January elections, saying the organization had sent fewer electoral workers than it did when tiny East Timor voted to secede from Indonesia.
Sinclair Broadcast Group amends Kerry film plans
October 21, 2004
Sinclair Broadcast will not widely broadcast in its entirety a documentary critical of John Kerry’s anti-war activities, and plans to show only parts of the 42-minute film incorporated in a special, the company said.
All Veterans Reunion slated for Ottawa
October 21, 2004
A veterans group in Ottawa is sponsoring the first-ever All Veterans Reunion Saturday afternoon followed by a concert at the Ottawa Municipal Auditorium.
On the record
October 21, 2004
Corrections
October 21, 2004
Dustin Kipp, 19, of Cimarron, was killed in a fatal van crash Sunday in southwest Kansas. The Associated Press incorrectly reported his hometown Tuesday in a Lawrence & State brief.
French students expelled for head scarves
Religious gear ban carried out
October 21, 2004
France has quietly begun expelling Muslim girls for wearing head scarves to public schools in defiance of a new law banning conspicuous religious symbols, treading carefully for fear of endangering two French hostages in Iraq.
Review: Prague orchestra earns encores, ovation with stirring performance
October 21, 2004
From the opening notes of Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro Overture” to the final chord of a Rossini encore, the Prague Philharmonia played Tuesday evening with matchless precision and feeling — two qualities not always found together. The conductor and musicians demonstrated obvious mutual respect, producing ensemble playing in which the voice of each section could be heard at all times, even in fortissimo passages.
Deadly typhoon stuns Japan
At least 51 people killed
October 21, 2004
Japan’s deadliest storm in more than a decade unleashed flash floods that washed away hillsides, killing up to 51 people before it veered east into the Pacific Ocean today. At least 30 people were missing.
Kenney defends work on disputed rape case
October 21, 2004
A challenger to Dist. Atty. Christine Kenney said Wednesday that Kenney didn’t do enough to oppose lightened sentences for the men convicted of having sex with an intoxicated 13-year-old girl.
Damon’s slam ignites Boston rout
Leadoff hitter belts two home runs, drives in six
October 21, 2004
Johnny Damon was confident he would break out of his terrible slump in the AL championship series.
Briefcase
October 21, 2004
¢ Huffy hopes bankruptcy puts end to downhill ride ¢ Westar adds to board ¢ Serologicals profits up ¢ Boeing set to decide on plant by year’s end ¢ EBay Inc.’s profit soars
6Sports video: Freshman target for KU defense
October 21, 2004
One of the Kansas football team’s missions this weekend will be stopping a freshman. Adrian Peterson, however, is no ordinary freshman.
Briefly
October 21, 2004
¢ Park service protests pink Gateway Arch plan ¢ Peace advocate, 89, begins jail sentence
Briefly
October 21, 2004
¢ Bush, Kerry even in cash ¢ Two found dead in Christian book store ¢ Explosion in coal mine kills at least 56
Bush, Kerry spar over leadership
October 21, 2004
President Bush and challenger John Kerry accused each other of misjudging the stakes and lacking the leadership to deal with Iraq and terrorism as they campaigned 60 miles apart Wednesday in Iowa, a state Bush narrowly lost four years ago.
Horoscopes
October 21, 2004
Flu-shot fiasco
Plans to conduct an immunization drill shouldn’t undermine the more important goal of getting flu shots to those who need them most.
October 21, 2004
Even at this late date the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department should rethink its plan to ask local residents to line up for flu shots as part of a mass immunization drill Saturday.
Electoral College debate revived again
October 21, 2004
With another close presidential contest in store, that hardy if indecipherable oddity of American politics, the Electoral College, is back in the news. My esteemed colleague, William Raspberry, has lent his powerful voice to those who for decades have railed against the injustice of the unit rule, which gives all of a state’s electoral votes to the candidate who wins a plurality from its voters.
Johnson pokes fun at outburst
K.C. back relaxed day after blowing up
October 21, 2004
In an amusing twist to a possibly demoralizing controversy, the Kansas City Chiefs found yellow caution tape surrounding running back Larry Johnson’s locker Wednesday.
Badgers catch break
Wisconsin to miss Michigan this season
October 21, 2004
A week after losing to Wisconsin, Purdue can do the Badgers a favor against Michigan.
BCA sees progress after recent hires
Report shows minority recruitment building
October 21, 2004
The Black Coaches Assn. still wants more minority hires in college football. But the group’s new report card finds that most Division One schools are increasing their efforts to include minorities in the search process.
LMH employees to receive bonuses
Lawrence hospital celebrates success of operations, finances
October 21, 2004
All 1,162 employees at Lawrence Memorial Hospital will receive cash bonuses this year because the hospital passed an examination and posted a strong financial performance.
Strong women want more
October 21, 2004
The final debate between President Bush and Sen. John Kerry covered a lot of ground on the key domestic challenges we face, from security and the deficit to health care and jobs. But on an issue central to more than half of all Americans, both moderator and candidates missed the mark.
The leading man
Kurt Busch enjoys his place at the front of the Chase
October 21, 2004
When Kurt Busch dropped the window net and climbed out of his car after Saturday’s Nextel Cup race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, there was this slightest of tastes in his mouth.
Hoops tickets almost in the mail
Seat swapping leads to delay
October 21, 2004
In years past, Kansas University men’s basketball season tickets were in the mail by the second or third week of October. Not this year.
Reservist pleads guilty to prisoner abuse
October 21, 2004
A U.S. Army staff sergeant pleaded guilty Wednesday to abusing Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison, telling a military court that prisoners were forced to submit to public nudity and degrading treatment “for military intelligence purposes.”
People
October 21, 2004
¢ Band Aid back for Christmas ¢ ABC scraps ‘Miss America’ show ¢ Gotham Award winners ¢ TBS testing reality TV
Ex-Washington coach Neuheisel cleared
NCAA extends Huskies’ probation two years in case resulting from participation in gambling pools
October 21, 2004
Former Washington coach Rick Neuheisel was cleared of wrongdoing by the NCAA Wednesday for gambling in a college basketball pool, but the university had its probation extended two years.
Self hoping for more
KU hoops coach seeking better focus in practice
October 21, 2004
Kansas University’s men’s basketball players will rest today after laboring through five season-opening practices.
Daily ticker
October 21, 2004
Poet inspires students to express emotions, beliefs
October 21, 2004
The mother of four was so hip that the high school students crowded around her for autographs.
Humans lower in gene pool than believed
October 21, 2004
In a blow to human vanity, researchers now say that people have about the same number of genes as a small flowering plant or a tiny worm. The new estimate is down sharply from just three years ago.
Plan calls for Wescoe overhaul
Fixing KU ‘eyesore’ would mean increased student fees
October 21, 2004
Marynell Jones has heard enough complaints about Wescoe Hall, which is widely viewed as the biggest eyesore on the Kansas University campus.
Legal challenges already filed in election
October 21, 2004
A new political strategy has emerged in this photo-finish presidential race: File a flurry of lawsuits before the first votes are even tallied.
Games echo White House race
October 21, 2004
Super Mario for president? Probably not (since he wasn’t born in America), but for the first time in presidential politics, video games have entered the race, joining Internet blogs as the 2004 election’s newest format for political expression.
Study: Birth control pill reduces risk of stroke
Research also refutes link to breast cancer
October 21, 2004
The same huge federal study that led millions of women to abandon use of hormones after menopause now provides reassurance that another hormone concoction, the birth control pill, is safe.