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Warm, windy weather ahead
September 3, 2004
(Updated Friday at 8:55 a.m.) It’s going to be a good day for playing football, soccer, tennis, golf or even mowing your lawn — warm temperatures and sunny skies are in today’s forecast.
People
September 3, 2004
¢ Another Baldwin enters politics ¢ Hughley, Sedaris up ‘Late Late’ ¢ Britney’s chewed gum a hot item
Lax immigration enforcement adds to U.S. terrorist threat
September 3, 2004
Vice presidential candidate John Edwards said last weekend that a Kerry administration would propose a “grand bargain with Iran,” allowing that nation to keep its nuclear power plants only if it agreed to not retain nuclear fuel for bomb-making. In a Washington Post interview, Edwards said if the Iranian government agreed to this deal, but then did not comply, a President Kerry would make sure that European “allies” would join us and impose heavy sanctions on Iran.
Shawnee Heights rallies past Lions
September 3, 2004
Lawrence High took an early lead, but Shawnee Heights rallied for two first-half goals and beat the Lions, 2-1, in soccer Thursday at Heights.
Semisonic drummer finds his groove in new expose
September 3, 2004
Semisonic’s hit “Closing Time” held the top spot on the charts for eight weeks back in the late ‘90s, scoring 20-plus weeks of constant radio play, and selling more than a million copies of the band’s album “Feeling Strangely Fine.”
Foreign policy team likely to change
September 3, 2004
Despite his original intentions and the ridicule of opponents, George W. Bush has become outwardly a foreign policy president, personally in charge of the nation’s global destiny. His own electoral fate depends on persuading voters that he can play that role successfully in a second term.
De Soto Days ready to rumble
September 3, 2004
A “hot-rod cruise” will take this Johnson County city back to the 1950s tonight as a part of the weekendlong De Soto Days Festival.
French dies at 81
September 3, 2004
Agassi advances at Open
French Open champ Myskina eliminated
September 3, 2004
Maybe it’s time for Andre Agassi to pick on someone his own age. These kids just can’t keep up with him. Fit as a rookie at 34, Agassi advanced at the U.S. Open on Thursday by running ragged a player more than a dozen years younger for the second straight match. Then he made perfectly clear this will not be the final tournament of his career.
Ogden sprains knee, but Ravens roll
September 3, 2004
Take away the seemingly minor knee injury to seven-time Pro Bowl tackle Jonathan Ogden, and the Baltimore Ravens had a perfect preseason finale against the New York Giants on Thursday night.
Sedgwick County OKs referendum on Wichita arena
Voters to be asked in November to approve sales tax increase
September 3, 2004
Voters in Sedgwick County will be asked in November to approve a one-cent increase in the county sales tax to finance a 15,000-seat arena in downtown Wichita and improve the Kansas Coliseum complex.
Local party faithful praise speech
In Lawrence, supporters say Bush hit homer, foes bemoan rhetoric
September 3, 2004
President Bush’s acceptance speech evoked either praise, scorn or indecision from supporters, opponents and others in Lawrence who tuned in Thursday to the Republican National Convention.
As Frances approaches, millions evacuate Florida
September 3, 2004
Hurricane Frances, a 300-mile-wide menace, whipped over the Bahamas on Thursday and whirled toward Florida, prompting the evacuation of as many as 2.5 million people in a state still struggling to recover from the ravages of Hurricane Charley.
Homemade highlight film helped Harris get noticed
September 3, 2004
Kansas University defensive back Rodney Harris knows what plays produce a good highlight reel.
KU to honor McCoy
September 3, 2004
Kansas volleyball headed to Oral Roberts Invitational
September 3, 2004
Obsession explored in ‘Wicker Park’
September 3, 2004
It’s easier to admire “Wicker Park” for what it DOESN’T do than what it does do.
Lawrence musicians sound off on ‘Rock’ book
September 3, 2004
Eric Melin views signing with a major label as one big game.
Coroner: Slaying victim asphyxiated
September 3, 2004
A coroner said Thursday that asphyxia — lack of oxygen often caused by suffocation — killed a Kansas University librarian whose husband is charged with murdering her.
Surviving the Rock ‘n’ roll grind
Semisonic drummer pens cautionary tale about pleasures and pitfalls of music industry
September 3, 2004
Jacob Slichter enjoyed a unique vantage point while peering out from behind his drum kit. He watched as his trio Semisonic went from a fledgling Midwest bar band to a Platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated act whose signature hit “Closing Time” reached No. 1 on the U.S. charts.
Cult expands around ‘Darko’
September 3, 2004
Somehow, the evil rabbit lived. In 2001, “Donnie Darko” opened in theaters, flopped, closed and went almost directly to video — destined, it seemed, to be a forgotten episode in the early careers of rising sibling stars Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Retailers blame high gas, food prices for sluggish sales
September 3, 2004
The start of the back-to-school shopping season was a disappointment for major retailers, giving the industry a third straight month of listless sales. Higher gasoline prices contributed to the poor showing in August.
Most flight delays land at Chicago airport
September 3, 2004
Airlines were behind schedule more often from January through July than they were through the first seven months of last year.
Briefcase
September 3, 2004
¢ Berry Plastics to expand operations in Indiana ¢ Mortgage rates decline ¢ Del Monte profits drop
Judge dismisses lawsuit against K.C. dairy co-op
September 3, 2004
A federal judge has rejected an antitrust lawsuit against Dairy Farmers of America, saying there is no evidence that the group has a monopoly on milk sales in dozens of school districts in Kentucky and Tennessee.
Wastewater plan may revitalize dried-up lake
September 3, 2004
City officials faced with fixing a leaky wastewater lagoon are considering restoring a dried up lake in Frazier Park to handle treated water.
Ready to go
September 3, 2004
Local officials should be congratulated for the advanced planning that put Douglas County in a position to quickly extend emergency telephone services for wireless callers.
Work to do
September 3, 2004
Higher ed funds
September 3, 2004
Tax stewards
September 3, 2004
Military smears a vile tactic
September 3, 2004
People may better grasp the controversy that surrounds John Kerry’s medals by paying attention to the story of Sgt. Jared Myers, the young soldier from Lawrence who recently was awarded a Bronze Star for valor.
Cannibal killer gets life term
September 3, 2004
A man who was convicted of killing three acquaintances and eating the flesh of one of his victims was sentenced Thursday to life in prison.
Dictionary giveaway spreads the word about learning
September 3, 2004
Fourth-grade students at Prairie Park School couldn’t say the longest word in the English language, but they got a good look at it Thursday morning.
Auditor called on to assist sister cities board
IRS agent to centralize accounting practices
September 3, 2004
A Lawrence auditor is helping the Sister Cities Advisory Board clean up its financial books after the all-volunteer committee failed to file required tax forms with the Internal Revenue Service in 2003.
Donors’ generosity restocks bare shelves in food pantries
September 3, 2004
Dozens of people answered the call for help at Lawrence food pantries Thursday, supplying cash and groceries so the city’s less fortunate might eat.
Briefly
September 3, 2004
¢ Pit bulls attack, kill cat ¢ Health violations bring fines to two eateries ¢ State officials meet with cemetery managers ¢ Chiefs season tickets missing after burglary
We will prevail,’ Bush vows
President accepts GOP nomination, jabs at Kerry
September 3, 2004
President Bush picked apart John Kerry’s record on the Iraq war and tax cuts Thursday night and summoned the nation toward victory over terrorism and economic security at home. “Nothing will hold us back,” he said in a Republican National Convention acceptance speech that launched his fall re-election campaign.
Paul Francisco
September 3, 2004
Iva Bernece Spielman
September 3, 2004
Marine convicted of abusing prisoners
September 3, 2004
A Marine reservist was found guilty Thursday of dereliction of duty and the abuse of prisoners last year at a makeshift detention camp in Iraq, but cleared of assaulting a 52-year-old Iraqi man who later died there.
Study finds Atkins weight loss good, side effects troublesome
September 3, 2004
Dieters on the popular high-fat, low-carb Atkins approach lose just as much body fat as those on low-fat diets, but the annoying low-carb side effects could mean problems down the road, according to a scientist who reviewed five dozen diet studies.
National briefs
September 3, 2004
¢ Progress reported on French hostages; three Turks killed ¢ Pentagon mulling shift away from traditional war strategy ¢ Ban on Islamic head scarves in schools passes first test ¢ Chevron played key role in Schwarzenegger plan ¢ Judge dismisses terror charges against pair ¢ Jury convicts soldier of trying to aid al-Qaida ¢ Report: Jackson paid $2 million to accuser
Probe targets alleged Pentagon leaks
September 3, 2004
FBI counterintelligence agents are investigating whether several Pentagon officials leaked classified information to Iraqi politician Ahmad Chalabi and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, according to a law enforcement official and other people familiar with the case.
Bush: Leadership change too risky
September 3, 2004
If this election were about the economy, President Bush would be in trouble. If it were about the war in Iraq, the bag is decidedly mixed. If it were about progress in the war on terror, he would be on firmer but hardly solid ground.
Bush, Kerry ready new post-Labor Day ads
September 3, 2004
As President Bush’s campaign prepared a fresh wave of campaign ads coming out of the convention, Democrat John Kerry challenged the Republican’s contention of an improving economy in his own new commercials that are part of a $50 million post-Labor Day blitz.
On the record
September 3, 2004
Series documents ‘Black Woodstock’
September 3, 2004
On Aug. 20, 1972, seven years after the urban upheaval in Watts, some 112,000 people came together for a daylong concert that would become known as the “black Woodstock.”
Turner Classics composes a melodic tribute
September 3, 2004
Turner Classic Movies honors three acclaimed film composers who all died this past summer. The network will devote the day’s film schedule to movies featuring musical scores by Elmer Bernstein, Jerry Goldsmith and David Raksin.
Judge orders protesters’ release
September 3, 2004
A judge ordered the immediate release of nearly 500 protesters just hours before President Bush’s speech at the Republican convention, then fined the city for refusing to comply with his order.
Lawrence and state briefs
September 3, 2004
¢ Living Wage Alliance plans Labor Day event ¢ KU presents 18th Kemper award of year ¢ Movie screening prompts FOX protest ¢ Road conditions posted online, at KDOT hot line ¢ Slain Fort Riley soldier’s mother livid with Army
Case won’t play in Canada
Groin injury slows sophomore guard who considers taking red-shirt season
September 3, 2004
Kansas University sophomore guard Jeremy Case, who has been slowed by a pulled groin muscle, won’t play in the Jayhawks’ four exhibition games Saturday through Monday in Canada.
Mistakes ruin Firebird effort
Inexperience proves fatal against Indians
September 3, 2004
It’s a Free State High football team still searching for comfort against the biggest and baddest football players in the Sunflower League.
Veterans early key for Lions
Leavenworth first test in tough stretch for LHS
September 3, 2004
Lawrence High football coach Dirk Wedd dreams of mansions. Not the type most people fantasize about, but a dwelling of teamwork, touchdowns and stifling defense — the type that wins football games and, hopefully, a Class 6A state-championship plaque.
Woodling: Kansas should open with big win over Tulsa
September 3, 2004
Did you know that a college football player cannot wear a glove that connects any of the fingers and/or thumb? Guess that pretty much rules out wide receivers wearing Derek Jeter-model mitts.
Wellsville could trouble Eudora
Eagles feel no pressure as underdogs to Cardinals
September 3, 2004
The coaches agree: The pressure will be on Eudora in tonight’s high school football opener against Wellsville.
Veritas can’t be too cocky
First win came easy, but foes stiffening
September 3, 2004
Veritas Christian football coach Doug Bennett had a stern message for his players following their 58-12 thrashing of Kansas City (Mo.) East on Saturday in the Eagles’ inaugural eight-man football game.
Why Thomas?
September 3, 2004
High school sports briefs
September 3, 2004
¢ Wilson takes first at Topeka tourney ¢ Seabury soccer falls to K.C. Lutheran, 7-1 ¢ Free State tennis falters at Junction City ¢ BV Northwest routs LHS tennis, 8-0
High school area capsules
September 3, 2004
Redman, A’s chill Chisox
September 3, 2004
Mark Redman joined Oakland’s double-digit victory club by throwing seven strong innings.
Marlins top Mets, now must wait
September 3, 2004
The way the Florida Marlins are playing, only a force of nature could slow them down. That’s exactly what happened.
Cowboys clip Chiefs
Dallas starters pedestrian in 24-20 win
September 3, 2004
After seeing the way his aging running back, even older quarterback and questionable group of cornerbacks closed the preseason, Bill Parcells considers the Dallas Cowboys still a work in progress.
Motivated Utes rip A&M
September 3, 2004
Alex Smith made sure Utah justified its first preseason ranking. Smith overcame some early accuracy problems and threw for three touchdowns, ran for two more and finished with 435 yards of offense to lead the No. 20 Utes past Texas A&M, 41-21, Thursday night.
Jayhawk soccer eyes 4-0 start
September 3, 2004
Kansas University’s soccer team never has won four straight games to start a season, but the Jayhawks have a chance this weekend.
Russian militants free some
26 women, children released from school
September 3, 2004
Camouflage-clad commandos carried crying babies away from a school where gunmen holding hundreds of hostages freed at least 26 women and children Thursday during a second day of high drama that kept crowds of distraught relatives on edge.
Lawrence anarchist describes N.Y.C. arrest
September 3, 2004
It was an orange dragnet that caught Dave Strano this week as he was protesting the Republican National Convention in New York.
Payless sales slump sparks layoffs
Topeka-based company’s president resigns amid downturn
September 3, 2004
Footwear retailer Payless ShoeSource Inc. began layoffs at its Topeka headquarters Thursday as its president resigned amid disappointing sales results.
Developers propose ‘affordable’ housing
East Lawrence neighbor concerned about plan
September 3, 2004
A pair of area developers are hoping to win approval this month for a new East Lawrence subdivision they say would ease the city’s shortage of affordable housing.
Horoscopes
September 3, 2004