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Senate begins debate of its version of budget
April 11, 2002
(Web Posted Thursday at 4:00 p.m.) The Senate debated a proposed state budget Thursday as a plan for raising taxes $335 million to finance government programs cleared one of its committees.
Powell says Israeli military actions won’t eliminate terror threats
April 11, 2002
(Updated Thursday at 12:44 p.m.) AMMAN, Jordan - Secretary of State Colin Powell told Israel on Thursday that its military operations against Palestinians on the West Bank would not eliminate the threat of terror. The White House declined to criticize the pace of Israel’s limited pullback.
Pet project
April 11, 2002
To the editor: When we were shopping at Petco on Saturday, our new collie somehow got out of the store without his leash on. He was frightened and took off running all around the parking lot as well as the Target lot and Pier 1, etc. I want to thank the Petco employees, the Humane Society volunteer who was at Petco with her son that day, as well as all of the people who stopped their cars and got out to help us catch him. We were very afraid he would run across Iowa Street and be hit by a car, but thanks to so many nice people who helped us, he is safe at home again. Thank you so much.
On the record
April 11, 2002
On the record
April 11, 2002
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
Lawrence briefs
April 11, 2002
 Vehicle rollover causes fire, no major injuries  Driver chases car after suspect takes it
Cultural struggle
April 11, 2002
To the editor: I found myself saying “Amen” when I read Leonard Pitts’ opinion column in the April 4 Lawrence Journal-World. Mr. Pitts described his attempt to connect with his teen-age sons, not just to understand them, but to “fight for their lives.” He described his efforts to stand against the pop culture that Pitts views as an “act of betrayal” against teen-agers. He laments the pop culture that is “materialistic, misogynistic, pornographic, and violent.”
Cougars sweep Firebirds
April 11, 2002
Shawnee Mission Northwest pitchers held Free State to just five hits and swept at Sunflower League softball doubleheader on Wednesday at the Firebirds’ field.
Dogs of war
April 11, 2002
To the editor: The recent scare of the B-1B bomber that flew over Lawrence is a great reminder. Many were terrified and ran for cover; some were filled with pride of the American might. I feel only sad that the powers-that-be seem to think a plane whose sole purpose is to kill and destroy would be used in celebration. What a huge waste of tax dollars, the dogs of war get $400 billion and still want more. To use a basketball game to drum up support is morally wrong.
Corbett services
April 11, 2002
Memorial services for Rachel A. Corbett, 93, Lawrence, will are pending and will be announced at a later date. Mrs. Corbett died Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at Brandon Woods Retirement Community.
Briefs
April 11, 2002
Griffey could return in 3-to-6 weeks Cubs’ Farnsworth may miss 4-to-6 weeks
Briefs
April 11, 2002
 Griffey could return in 3-to-6 weeks  Cubs’ Farnsworth may miss 4-to-6 weeks
Briefly
April 11, 2002
Prison inmate growth slows Internet fraud costs tallied Gay-bias protest is silent Priest arrested for abuse
Best bets
April 11, 2002
TODAY LAWRENCE
Baseball briefs
April 11, 2002
 La Russa returns to manage Cards  Abreu ailing  Larkin hurts ribcage
Daily ticker
April 11, 2002
Dow Industrials +173.06, 10,381.73
6News videos: Public shares school concerns at planning meeting
April 11, 2002
The meeting’s topics ranged from school safety to use of facilities.
Random thoughts from around NASCAR
April 11, 2002
After several seasons in which the Winston Cup’s November finale at Atlanta was beset by bad weather, NASCAR has allowed the track to move the fall race to October in hopes of improving the race’s weather odds. Perhaps it’s time to use that same philosophy at Texas. Instead of haggling over whether it should get a second Cup date, the track should try to shuffle its current race to a date with a chance for a better forecast.
FSHS tennis pounds SM South, 8-1
April 11, 2002
Free State High won six singles matches and two doubles matches to roll to an 8-1 boys tennis victory over Shawnee Mission South on Wednesday.
Cougars sweep Firebirds
April 11, 2002
Shawnee Mission Northwest pitchers held Free State to just five hits and swept at Sunflower League softball doubleheader on Wednesday at the Firebirds’ field.
Martin masters Raiders
LHS pitcher tosses two-hitter in 3-2 victory
April 11, 2002
By Doug Pacey Pitchers aren’t supposed to like close games. They want big leads so they can walk out to the mound, relax, throw their stuff and know that if they make a mistake, well, their teammates have them covered. Taylor Martin isn’t one of those pitchers.
Royals 6, Red Sox 2 - Byrd baffles Boston
April 11, 2002
Paul Byrd pitched the way he did three years ago when he earned a spot in the All-Star game at Fenway Park. Byrd allowed two runs and five hits in 71/3 innings as the Kansas City Royals ended Boston’s four-game winning streak 6-2 Wednesday night, the first loss for the Red Sox since opening day.
Corbett services
April 11, 2002
Doubts cloud extradition of Cuban boy
April 11, 2002
The head of the Immigration and Naturalization Service ordered the destruction of an e-mail that could have bolstered the request for asylum filed for Elian Gonzalez during the Cuban boy’s stay in Miami, a conservative watchdog group said Wednesday.
New stars defy theories on matter
April 11, 2002
An orbiting X-ray telescope has found two bizarre objects that may form a new star class and are perhaps filled with a new form of matter - findings that may challenge fundamental theories of particle physics and astronomy.
Second agency sends correspondence to 9-11 hijacker
April 11, 2002
The Federal Aviation Administration removed one of the Sept. 11 hijackers from its mailing list Wednesday after learning it had sent the man its regional pilots newsletter. Kathleen Bergen, an FAA spokeswoman in Atlanta, said she did not know why Ziad Samir Jarrah’s name had not been taken off the mailing list earlier.
Rush plans to enter NBA draft
Missouri standout says he expects to be lottery pick
April 11, 2002
Kareem Rush said Wednesday he will skip his senior season at Missouri and enter the NBA draft.
Erin Brockovich to talk of her dyslexic childhood
April 11, 2002
By Mindie Paget School sometimes felt like a lesson in alienation for Lawrence native and dyslexic Erin Brockovich. From the time she was in second grade and teachers began to notice she might have a learning disability, Brockovich, now 41, and a celebrity after she became the subject of the Julia Roberts’ film, was pulled from the regular classroom for special education instruction.
Legislator blasts official’s lobbying
Adjutant generals’ junkets draw criticism
April 11, 2002
By Scott Rothschild A state lawmaker Wednesday accused Kansas’ adjutant general of taking legislators on junkets to gain support for funding projects in his agency. “The people who are supporting those expenditures are going to be compensated for it,” Rep. Carlos Mayans, R-Wichita, said while speaking to the full House.
Sherrer weighs possible run
Republicans wait for Stovall’s decision on governor’s race
April 11, 2002
Lt. Gov. Gary Sherrer said Wednesday he was strongly considering a run for governor as speculation grew that Atty. Gen. Carla Stovall would drop her bid for the Republican nomination. Sherrer said he would not wait for Stovall currently vacationing in Ukraine to announce her intentions before making his decision public, though he acknowledged, “It would be the politically nice thing to do.”
Bush wants Senate to ban cloning for research
April 11, 2002
President Bush pressed the Senate on Wednesday to ban cloning of human embryos for research, saying science must not rush ahead “without an ethical compass.” Senators promised a fight, seeing great promise in cloning for cures of terrible afflictions. Bush called medical researchers, ethicists, lawmakers, ministers and people with disabilities to the White House to explain why he objects to human cloning and to embrace a ban proposed by Sens. Sam Brownback and Mary Landrieu.
Drug informant’s tab includes payment for rent, beer, food
April 11, 2002
By Joel Mathis Douglas County investigators paid a drug informant’s rent, helped him buy birdhouse supplies and a six-pack of beer, according to documents unveiled Wednesday by a Lawrence attorney. But what has attorney John Frydman angry is that testimony from the informant, Justo Culian, helped keep Frydman’s client Lee Sanders in jail for three months that Sanders could have been free. Prosecutors on Monday dismissed aggravated kidnapping charges against Sanders.
Ozzy scores a ‘Dubya’
April 11, 2002
If there’s an odder union, we don’t know what it would be, but … Fox News on Tuesday confirmed that prime-time host Greta Van Susteren will take heavy metal star Ozzy Osbourne as a date to the May 4 White House Correspondents Assn. dinner. Ozzy’s wife, Sharon, co-star of the MTV hit “The Osbournes,” also is going.
Author goes beyond control
Unauthorized book looks at how Martha Stewart built her empire
April 11, 2002
No matter how much people say about Martha Stewart, and they say a lot, there’s no escaping a fundamental irony about her: She has risen to the senior ranks of the male-dominated business world by very astutely selling the skills of being a traditional housewife.
Neil Labute, KU alumnus, must produce quicker ‘Wicker Man’
April 11, 2002
Oh, what a tangled web. It seems that Universal Picture’s plans to remake the British horror film “The Wicker Man” have become interwoven with the similar designs of other cinematic craftsmen.
Frontline’ probes murder case
April 11, 2002
How many men on death row are innocent? The “Frontline” story “Requiem for Frank Lee Smith” (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) demonstrates how difficult is can be for authorities to review a capital case even after new evidence emerges. And in the case of Frank Lee Smith, law enforcement officials vowed to keep him in prison even after he was proven innocent.
Drug advertising outrages reader
April 11, 2002
Q: I would like to start a movement to repeal the law that permits prescription drugs to be advertised directly to the public. Since this legislation was passed a few years ago, the drug companies have spent billions in advertising, drug prices have risen astronomically and drug company profits have gone through the roof. Encouraging people to take more pills costs all of us by increasing insurance premiums and leading to side effects that can put people in the hospital. So I hope you will ask your readers to write or e-mail their congressional representatives to get the Food and Drug Administration to repeal permission to advertise prescription drugs directly to the public.
Getting liquid: When, what and how much?
April 11, 2002
By Jim Baker Proper fluid intake is essential to high-performance athletes and those who exercise for fitness or fun, according to Aric Warren, program director for athletic training at Kansas University. He recommends that people try to follow guidelines on fluid replacement set by the National Athletic Trainers Assn.
Fueled by fluid
Hydration vital for health, peak performance
April 11, 2002
By Jim Baker The heatstroke death last August of Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Korey Stringer made national headlines and graphically illustrated the dangers of dehydration while exercising. Stringer, 27, died of multiple organ failure due to heatstroke after collapsing at the end of an intense preseason practice held in stifling heat and humidity.
Plan revamps KC art deco building
April 11, 2002
A 35-story art deco building that helps define the city’s skyline with its distinctive twin towers could become the tallest apartment tower in Missouri. Housing Horizons, a subsidiary of Kimberly-Clark, has asked 20 architects to submit plans to transform the long-vacant former Fidelity National Bank building at 911 Walnut St. into 200 apartments, commercial space, a health club and a rooftop garden.
KU Med promoted as center in bioterror fight
Dean testifies before congressional panel in favor of emergency preparedness proposal
April 11, 2002
By Terry Rombeck The Kansas University School of Medicine should partner with the federal government to form a regional center to fight bioterrorism, a KU official said Wednesday.
District assesses new health plan
Collective bargaining group endorses switch from Blue Cross to Coventry
April 11, 2002
By Tim Carpenter Negotiators working on a new contract for Lawrence teachers on Wednesday endorsed a health-insurance plan that would sever ties to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas. The collective-bargaining group unanimously agreed the school board should abandon the district’s cash-starved “self-insurance” plan maintained by BCBS and contract for employee medical insurance with Coventry Health Care of Bethesda, Md.
Fires of prejudice
April 11, 2002
Daily ticker
April 11, 2002
Cultural struggle
April 11, 2002
Bush should give up on Arafat
April 11, 2002
By George Will Washington Post Writers Group President George W. Bush used a clunky verb when, speaking to a British television interviewer, he blurted out a thought that, it is to be hoped, indicated his increasing discomfort with his policies: “Look, my job isn’t to try to nuance. My job is to tell people what I think.” He has stopped doing that just as Colin Powell, cloaked in the perishable raiment of the president’s prestige, has embarked on a trip for which a successful outcome cannot even be defined.
New funeral home finds start-up a challenge
April 11, 2002
By Michelle Burhenn After operating almost three months with no business, Troy Kreutzer reminds himself often that every business has to have a first day and first year. But for Kreutzer and Donna Mathena-Menke, funeral directors at Lawrence Funeral Chapel, Sixth Street and Monterey Way, waiting for the first call isn’t easy.
Support group aids laid off workers
April 11, 2002
Laid off information technology workers are seeking solace and job hunting help from a new support group. Rick Kumar, a former contractor for Sprint Corp. which has shed nearly 11,000 jobs since October said he founded Inspire Inc. after meeting other jobless and discouraged information technology workers.
April 11, 2002
If there’s an odder union, we don’t know what it would be, but … Fox News on Tuesday confirmed that prime-time host Greta Van Susteren will take heavy metal star Ozzy Osbourne as a date to the May 4 White House Correspondents Assn. dinner. Ozzy’s wife, Sharon, co-star of the MTV hit “The Osbournes,” also is going.
6Sports Video Reports: Jayhawks split a double-header with Wichita State
April 11, 2002
The softball team edged past the Shockers in Game 1, but fell behind in Game 2.
KU softball splits with Wichita State
April 11, 2002
By Chuck Woodling Daggers were flying from the eyes of Kansas University softball coach Tracy Bunge early Wednesday evening. Bunge wasn’t grinning after the Jayhawks split a twinbill with Wichita State at Jayhawk Field.
6Sports Video Reports: Football players find the value of spring practices
April 11, 2002
The players and coaches are starting to grow comfortable with each other and the game, thanks to the spring practices.
Junior scores game-winning run in ninth for 6-5 victory
April 11, 2002
By Levi Chronister Kansas University baseball coach Bobby Randall has a knack for using back-up outfielders as ninth-inning pinch hitters.
City will play host to second-annual Jayhawk Invitational this weekend
April 11, 2002
By Gary Bedore The second-annual Jayhawk Invitational youth basketball tournament won’t be as star-studded as the first.
Revamped course measures nearly 7,300 yards
April 11, 2002
The hype over the Masters is no longer about the possibility of a grand slam. This time, it’s the punishment expected from a grand course.
Fresno State officials investigating athletic budget
April 11, 2002
By Chuck Woodling Improprieties that occurred while Al Bohl was athletic director at Fresno State University have come under the scrutiny of auditors. University officials want to know why reserve funds were shifted to the Fresno State Athletic Corp. budget without following established procedures.
Random thoughts from around NASCAR
April 11, 2002
 After several seasons in which the Winston Cup’s November finale at Atlanta was beset by bad weather, NASCAR has allowed the track to move the fall race to October in hopes of improving the race’s weather odds. Perhaps it’s time to use that same philosophy at Texas. Instead of haggling over whether it should get a second Cup date, the track should try to shuffle its current race to a date with a chance for a better forecast.
Dean testifies before congressional panel in favor of emergency preparedness proposal
April 11, 2002
By Terry Rombeck The Kansas University School of Medicine should partner with the federal government to form a regional center to fight bioterrorism, a KU official said Wednesday.
Commodities
April 11, 2002
Local markets As of Wednesday’s close, courtesy of Ottawa Cooperative Assn. Ottawa Elevator  Wheat, $2.62; corn, $1.75; milo, $1.70; soybeans, $4.34. Edgerton Elevator  Wheat, $2.65; corn, $1.77; milo, $1.70; soybeans, $4.34. Overbrook Elevator  Wheat, $2.65; corn, $1.75; milo, $1.70; soybeans, $4.34. Midland Elevator  Wheat, NA; corn, $1.77; milo, NA; soybeans, $4.34. Lawrence North Elevator  Wheat, NA; corn, $1.80; milo, NA; soybeans, $4.37. Lawrence South Elevator  Wheat, $2.65; corn, $1.77; milo, NA; soybeans, $4.34. Pauline Elevator  Wheat, NA; corn, $1.80; milo, $1.75; soybeans, $4.39.
April 11, 2002
Oh, what a tangled web. It seems that Universal Picture’s plans to remake the British horror film “The Wicker Man” have become interwoven with the similar designs of other cinematic craftsmen.
junkets draw criticism
April 11, 2002
By Scott Rothschild A state lawmaker Wednesday accused Kansas’ adjutant general of taking legislators on junkets to gain support for funding projects in his agency. “The people who are supporting those expenditures are going to be compensated for it,” Rep. Carlos Mayans, R-Wichita, said while speaking to the full House.
Second agency sends correspondence to 9-11 hijacker
April 11, 2002
The Federal Aviation Administration removed one of the Sept. 11 hijackers from its mailing list Wednesday after learning it had sent the man its regional pilots newsletter. Kathleen Bergen, an FAA spokeswoman in Atlanta, said she did not know why Ziad Samir Jarrah’s name had not been taken off the mailing list earlier.
Under armed guard, Afghan poppy eradication program begins
April 11, 2002
Armed with assault rifles and fistfuls of American dollars, government agents on Wednesday drove deep into Afghanistan’s biggest poppy-growing region to begin enforcing a plan to eradicate the opium-bearing crop.
Gold Medal Weekend approaches for Jayhawks from Class of 1952
April 11, 2002
By Terry Rombeck A lot has changed at Kansas University since Jim Logan graduated in 1952. But there remains one constant  students still are crazy about Jayhawk basketball.
Lose the car
April 11, 2002
To the editor: A front page article in J-W April 7 dealing with Americans’ lack of physical activity and how it relates to our health should encourage every citizen to become involved in a search for a solution to the problem.
Getting liquid: When, what and how much?
April 11, 2002
By Jim Baker Proper fluid intake is essential to high-performance athletes and those who exercise for fitness or fun, according to Aric Warren, program director for athletic training at Kansas University. He recommends that people try to follow guidelines on fluid replacement set by the National Athletic Trainers Assn.
Bush wants Senate to ban cloning for research
April 11, 2002
President Bush pressed the Senate on Wednesday to ban cloning of human embryos for research, saying science must not rush ahead “without an ethical compass.” Senators promised a fight, seeing great promise in cloning for cures of terrible afflictions. Bush called medical researchers, ethicists, lawmakers, ministers and people with disabilities to the White House to explain why he objects to human cloning and to embrace a ban proposed by Sens. Sam Brownback and Mary Landrieu.
Our Town Sports
April 11, 2002
Abel Earns Gold: Chase Abel of the Baldwin Wrestling Club earned a gold medal at the state kids wrestling tournament. BWC’s Luke Halford earned a silver. Other placers were Kevin Callahan, Ethan Hebenstriet and Carson Wood. Reece Conklin had the highest finish among Lawrence WC competitors. Conklin earned a silver medal. Other LWC placers were Boomer Mays (bronze), Nolan Kellerman (fourth) and Caden Lynch (fifth).
Lose the car
April 11, 2002
Fires of prejudice
April 11, 2002
To the editor: Danne Hautmann’s comments on April 8 crossed over the line of reason and truth. While it is common practice among Israel’s enemies to equate Israel’s actions with those of the Nazis, anyone with an understanding of world history realizes that the analogy is ludicrous and insults the memory of the 6 million who perished.
Briefly
April 11, 2002
 Prison inmate growth slows  Internet fraud costs tallied  Gay-bias protest is silent  Priest arrested for abuse
Prime minister defies U.S. demands to withdraw troops
April 11, 2002
From a West Bank army base overlooking the scene of the deadliest fighting in Israel’s 13-day-old offensive, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Wednesday delivered a blunt message: Israel will not pull back until Palestinian militias are crushed. Despite his pledge to continue the offensive in the face of intense U.S. and international pressure to call it off, Sharon’s defense ministry announced late Wednesday troops were pulling out of West Bank villages of Yatta, Qabatya and Samua.
Beginning of life
April 11, 2002
Baseball briefs
April 11, 2002
La Russa returns to manage Cards Abreu ailing Larkin hurts ribcage
Area briefs
April 11, 2002
Conference emphasizes telecommunications Genealogists to focus on immigration, 1930s Picnic to honor director retiring at Washburn
Inconvenience is worth it
April 11, 2002
By Leonard Pitts Jr. Miami Herald My career as a threat to aviation security actually started as an attempt to do a good deed. My son was cutting out labels for some CDs I had dubbed for his grandfather. The labels completed, my son dropped the scissors into a bag. Which I picked up a few weeks later on the way to the airport.
6News video: Prairie fires under control
April 11, 2002
Karen Bledsoe reports on the efforts of the Lawrence Fire Department to control prairie burns.
6News videos: Public shares school concerns at planning meeting
April 11, 2002
The meeting’s topics ranged from school safety to use of facilities.
t eliminate terror threats
April 11, 2002
(Updated Thursday at 12:44 p.m.) AMMAN, Jordan - Secretary of State Colin Powell told Israel on Thursday that its military operations against Palestinians on the West Bank would not eliminate the threat of terror. The White House declined to criticize the pace of Israel’s limited pullback.
Despite two wins, Kenseth feels he has room to improve
April 11, 2002
Two wins in the first seven Winston Cup races this year  his second and third of his career and first since his 2000 rookie season  and what are Matt Kenseth’s thoughts?
Tigers lose eighth straight, 7-5
April 11, 2002
Bobby Higginson doesn’t want the Detroit Tigers to think about their record or even look at the standings.
Alomar, Piazza power Mets past Cubs, 3-2
April 11, 2002
Leave it to an old AL foe to give up Roberto Alomar’s first home run with the New York Mets.
movies
April 11, 2002
By Claudia Smith Brinson Knight Ridder Newspapers Time warp.
Support group aids laid off workers
April 11, 2002
Laid off information technology workers are seeking solace and job hunting help from a new support group. Rick Kumar, a former contractor for Sprint Corp.  which has shed nearly 11,000 jobs since October  said he founded Inspire Inc. after meeting other jobless and discouraged information technology workers.
New funeral home finds start-up a challenge
April 11, 2002
By Michelle Burhenn After operating almost three months with no business, Troy Kreutzer reminds himself often that every business has to have a first day and first year. But for Kreutzer and Donna Mathena-Menke, funeral directors at Lawrence Funeral Chapel, Sixth Street and Monterey Way, waiting for the first call isn’t easy.
Bush should give up on Arafat
April 11, 2002
By George Will Washington Post Writers Group President George W. Bush used a clunky verb when, speaking to a British television interviewer, he blurted out a thought that, it is to be hoped, indicated his increasing discomfort with his policies: “Look, my job isn’t to try to nuance. My job is to tell people what I think.” He has stopped doing that just as Colin Powell, cloaked in the perishable raiment of the president’s prestige, has embarked on a trip for which a successful outcome cannot even be defined.
probes murder case
April 11, 2002
How many men on death row are innocent? The “Frontline” story “Requiem for Frank Lee Smith” (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) demonstrates how difficult is can be for authorities to review a capital case even after new evidence emerges. And in the case of Frank Lee Smith, law enforcement officials vowed to keep him in prison even after he was proven innocent.
Births
April 11, 2002
Boyce and Karla Face, Ottawa, a girl, Thursday. Tim and Debbie Lawrent, Lawrence, a girl, Wednesday.
Senate begins debate of its version of budget
April 11, 2002
(Web Posted Thursday at 4:00 p.m.) The Senate debated a proposed state budget Thursday as a plan for raising taxes $335 million to finance government programs cleared one of its committees.
s windfall, suit claims
April 11, 2002
By Dave Ranney, Chad Lawhorn and Scott Rothschild The three businessmen hornswoggled the Kansas Legislature and well-meaning investors. They paid themselves $200,000 bonuses, got newly remodeled offices and new SUVs. The allegations are raised in a lawsuit filed last week against Kansas Venture Capital Inc., an investment firm created in 1976 by the state.
Earth-friendly book recycles trash from paper bags to tome of hints
April 11, 2002
By Mindie Paget Lawrence author Pam Grout doesn’t claim to be an expert on the environment, but she knows this for sure: Her latest book couldn’t be much more earth-friendly. Due to hit local bookstore shelves just in time for Earth Day on April 20, the 64-page book is printed entirely on recycled grocery bags and other paper pulled from the trash.
Unauthorized book looks at how Martha Stewart built her empire
April 11, 2002
No matter how much people say about Martha Stewart, and they say a lot, there’s no escaping a fundamental irony about her: She has risen to the senior ranks of the male-dominated business world by very astutely selling the skills of being a traditional housewife.
6News video: Prairie fires under control
April 11, 2002
Karen Bledsoe reports on the efforts of the Lawrence Fire Department to control prairie burns.
Alomar, Piazza power Mets past Cubs, 3-2
April 11, 2002
Leave it to an old AL foe to give up Roberto Alomar’s first home run with the New York Mets.
Tigers lose eighth straight, 7-5
April 11, 2002
Bobby Higginson doesn’t want the Detroit Tigers to think about their record or even look at the standings.
Fresno State officials investigating athletic budget
April 11, 2002
By Chuck Woodling Improprieties that occurred while Al Bohl was athletic director at Fresno State University have come under the scrutiny of auditors. University officials want to know why reserve funds were shifted to the Fresno State Athletic Corp. budget without following established procedures.
Planning commission won’t split
April 11, 2002
By Mindie Paget Jere McElhaney said he was surprised to see his idea of splitting the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission on the agenda at Wednesday night’s county commission meeting. “This was not meant to be brought up in a public forum yet,” he said, noting that he’d been out of town for several days and wasn’t fully prepared to talk about the issue.
Under armed guard, Afghan poppy eradication program begins
April 11, 2002
Armed with assault rifles and fistfuls of American dollars, government agents on Wednesday drove deep into Afghanistan’s biggest poppy-growing region to begin enforcing a plan to eradicate the opium-bearing crop.
Earth-friendly book recycles trash from paper bags to tome of hints
April 11, 2002
By Mindie Paget Lawrence author Pam Grout doesn’t claim to be an expert on the environment, but she knows this for sure: Her latest book couldn’t be much more earth-friendly. Due to hit local bookstore shelves just in time for Earth Day on April 20, the 64-page book is printed entirely on recycled grocery bags and other paper pulled from the trash.
Dogs of war
April 11, 2002
Helping hand
April 11, 2002
Complaints about the city’s existing homeless shelter shouldn’t overshadow the important service it provides. The Salvation Army’s shelter for homeless people may not be everything some Lawrence residents want it to be. It is, nonetheless, an agency that is providing a much-needed service for the community.
People
April 11, 2002
 Cry another day  Heeeere’s a lawsuit  Extraordinary vision  Oprah skips own party
April 11, 2002
By David Mitchell Seven quarterbacks are too many. So are five, but Mark Mangino is working on it. On the 10th day of spring football practice, KU’s first-year coach said that junior Kyle Cernech had moved from quarterback to tight end.
FSHS tennis pounds SM South, 8-1
April 11, 2002
Free State High won six singles matches and two doubles matches to roll to an 8-1 boys tennis victory over Shawnee Mission South on Wednesday.
LHS pitcher tosses two-hitter in 3-2 victory
April 11, 2002
By Doug Pacey Pitchers aren’t supposed to like close games. They want big leads so they can walk out to the mound, relax, throw their stuff and know that if they make a mistake, well, their teammates have them covered. Taylor Martin isn’t one of those pitchers.
Greene to highlight 75th Kansas Relays
April 11, 2002
Olympic gold medalist Maurice Greene will run his specialty  the 100-meter dash  at the 75th Kansas Relays, set for next Wednesday through Saturday at Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium. Greene, who won the gold medal in the 100 at the 2000 Olympic Games, is expected to run the 4x100 relay at 7:15 p.m. a week from Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Helping hand
April 11, 2002
Complaints about the city’s existing homeless shelter shouldn’t overshadow the important service it provides. The Salvation Army’s shelter for homeless people may not be everything some Lawrence residents want it to be. It is, nonetheless, an agency that is providing a much-needed service for the community.
Beginning of life
April 11, 2002
To the editor: Per the April 5, Public Forum (D. Marquis) letter, all I agree on is that the male and female seed should be alive, of course; but he seems to forget that neither sex is able to procreate solely by itself, thus the seeds must meet in order to have fertilization, which is known as conception, or the onset of a unique new being. So a life has begun! If not, as you say, why do women feel the fetus’s movement long before birth?
s tab includes payment for rent, beer, food
April 11, 2002
By Joel Mathis Douglas County investigators paid a drug informant’s rent, helped him buy birdhouse supplies and a six-pack of beer, according to documents unveiled Wednesday by a Lawrence attorney. But what has attorney John Frydman angry is that testimony from the informant, Justo Culian, helped keep Frydman’s client Lee Sanders in jail for three months that Sanders could have been free. Prosecutors on Monday dismissed aggravated kidnapping charges against Sanders.
Doubts cloud extradition of Cuban boy
April 11, 2002
The head of the Immigration and Naturalization Service ordered the destruction of an e-mail that could have bolstered the request for asylum filed for Elian Gonzalez during the Cuban boy’s stay in Miami, a conservative watchdog group said Wednesday.
Plan revamps KC art deco building
April 11, 2002
A 35-story art deco building that helps define the city’s skyline with its distinctive twin towers could become the tallest apartment tower in Missouri. Housing Horizons, a subsidiary of Kimberly-Clark, has asked 20 architects to submit plans to transform the long-vacant former Fidelity National Bank building at 911 Walnut St. into 200 apartments, commercial space, a health club and a rooftop garden.
t split
April 11, 2002
By Mindie Paget Jere McElhaney said he was surprised to see his idea of splitting the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission on the agenda at Wednesday night’s county commission meeting. “This was not meant to be brought up in a public forum yet,” he said, noting that he’d been out of town for several days and wasn’t fully prepared to talk about the issue.
Sound off
April 11, 2002
Why during the Maryland-Kansas Final Four semifinal game did Maryland wear home white uniforms while Kansas wore blue road uniforms? Wasn’t Kansas the higher seed and deserving to wear home uniforms? Kansas wasn’t the higher seed. Both Maryland and Kansas were No. 1 seeds and when similar seeds meet, NCAA rules stipulate a coin flip to determine uniform color. According to Doug Vance, KU’s director of media services, Maryland won the coin toss and elected to don home whites.
Hydration vital for health, peak performance
April 11, 2002
By Jim Baker The heatstroke death last August of Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Korey Stringer made national headlines  and graphically illustrated the dangers of dehydration while exercising. Stringer, 27, died of multiple organ failure due to heatstroke after collapsing at the end of an intense preseason practice held in stifling heat and humidity.
Missouri standout says he expects to be lottery pick
April 11, 2002
Kareem Rush said Wednesday he will skip his senior season at Missouri and enter the NBA draft.
Collective bargaining group endorses switch from Blue Cross to Coventry
April 11, 2002
By Tim Carpenter Negotiators working on a new contract for Lawrence teachers on Wednesday endorsed a health-insurance plan that would sever ties to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas. The collective-bargaining group unanimously agreed the school board should abandon the district’s cash-starved “self-insurance” plan maintained by BCBS and contract for employee medical insurance with Coventry Health Care of Bethesda, Md.
On the street
April 11, 2002
Asked on Massachusetts Street What is your favorite outdoor activity?
Local briefs
April 11, 2002
Audubon field trip sets sights on prairie chickens Hoping to find greater prairie chickens in Douglas County, the Jayhawk Audubon Society has scheduled a field trip Saturday to a privately owned site where the birds have been sighted in recent years. The trip also will include stops at Lone Star Lake and a riparian area in search of pileated woodpeckers, a Louisiana waterthrush and parula warblers. Though likely, these sightings are potential, not guaranteed, organizers said. The trip is open to the public. The group will meet at 6:30 a.m. at the northwest corner of the Lawrence High School parking lot near 19th and Louisiana streets. Trip leader Alexis Powell expects the group to return by 11 a.m. For more details, contact Powell in the evening at 749-4461. ________ Higher education: Business, universities team to lobby for more funding Wichita Business leaders will join today with state university officials to lobby the Legislature for higher education funding. The event, at the Exploration Place museum, includes presidents of the six Kansas Regents universities and current and former members of the Board of Regents. It also includes leaders from such businesses and organizations as Boeing, the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Kansas Health Foundation. A news release issued by the universities said the leaders will “call on the Legislature to hold higher education harmless and include revenue enhancements in the 2003 state budget.” ________ Books: KU conference to focus on African literature African literature will be the topic of a weekend conference at Kansas University. The Africana Library Conference, organized by the KU Libraries, runs Friday and Saturday at various campus locations. Presenters include Walter Bgoya, a KU student in the 1960s who now is a publisher. He’ll present “Africa’s Best Books of the 20th Century” at 1:15 p.m. Friday in the Frontier Room of the Burge Union. A panel of KU faculty members will discuss instructional resources for learning Islam at 3:45 p.m. Friday in the Clarke Instruction Center of Watson Library. The free events are open to the public. For more information, contact Ken Lohrentz at 864-4593. ________ Schools: Junior high to cook up fast-food fund-raiser Teachers and staff at South Junior High School plan to cook up a fund-raiser today at a local fast-food restaurant. To raise money for South, they’ll take orders from customers, draw drinks, cook fries and clean the lobby from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the McDonald’s at 901 W. 23rd St. The restaurant will donate 20 percent of sales during that period to the school. “It’s really a fun night for the faculty and students,” said Marilyn Dobski, who owns an operates the McDonald’s with her husband, Tom, and has similar partnerships with Southwest Junior High School in Lawrence and Atchison Middle School. ________ Gasoline prices: Pump Patrol seeks best deal The Journal-World has found a Lawrence-area gasoline price as low as $1.32 at the Conoco at Sixth Street and Crestline Drive and the Citgo stations at Ninth and Iowa streets and at 920 N. Second St. If you find a lower price, please call us at 832-7154. Be prepared to leave the name and address of the business and the price. Or go to www.ljworld.com/section/gasoline to join our Pump Patrol board.
Augusta a grand test
Revamped course measures nearly 7,300 yards
April 11, 2002
The hype over the Masters is no longer about the possibility of a grand slam. This time, it’s the punishment expected from a grand course.
Venture capitalists reaped state’s windfall, suit claims
April 11, 2002
By Dave Ranney, Chad Lawhorn and Scott Rothschild The three businessmen hornswoggled the Kansas Legislature and well-meaning investors. They paid themselves $200,000 bonuses, got newly remodeled offices and new SUVs. The allegations are raised in a lawsuit filed last week against Kansas Venture Capital Inc., an investment firm created in 1976 by the state.
Report: Parents should encourage children to get moving
April 11, 2002
Growing up, Diane Hayden of Minnetonka, Minn., played volleyball. Years later, when she was starting a family, she began brainstorming ways that her child could be active, too.
Nostalgia for ‘old’ movies
April 11, 2002
By Claudia Smith Brinson Knight Ridder Newspapers Time warp.
Inconvenience is worth it
April 11, 2002
By Leonard Pitts Jr. Miami Herald My career as a threat to aviation security actually started as an attempt to do a good deed. My son was cutting out labels for some CDs I had dubbed for his grandfather. The labels completed, my son dropped the scissors into a bag. Which I picked up a few weeks later on the way to the airport.
Royals 6, Red Sox 2 - Byrd baffles Boston
April 11, 2002
Paul Byrd pitched the way he did three years ago when he earned a spot in the All-Star game at Fenway Park. Byrd allowed two runs and five hits in 71/3 innings as the Kansas City Royals ended Boston’s four-game winning streak 6-2 Wednesday night, the first loss for the Red Sox since opening day.
Horoscopes
April 11, 2002
Starting off strong
Despite two wins, Kenseth feels he has room to improve
April 11, 2002
Two wins in the first seven Winston Cup races this year his second and third of his career and first since his 2000 rookie season and what are Matt Kenseth’s thoughts?
People
April 11, 2002
Cry another day Heeeere’s a lawsuit Extraordinary vision Oprah skips own party
Israel vows to ‘crush’ militants
Prime minister defies U.S. demands to withdraw troops
April 11, 2002
From a West Bank army base overlooking the scene of the deadliest fighting in Israel’s 13-day-old offensive, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Wednesday delivered a blunt message: Israel will not pull back until Palestinian militias are crushed. Despite his pledge to continue the offensive in the face of intense U.S. and international pressure to call it off, Sharon’s defense ministry announced late Wednesday troops were pulling out of West Bank villages of Yatta, Qabatya and Samua.
Sears boosts markets with upbeat report
April 11, 2002
An upbeat earnings outlook from retailer Sears, Roebuck lifted Wall Street out of its malaise Wednesday, sparking a broad rally across the market on hopes that profits are improving and that higher stock prices will prove justified. The Dow Jones industrials rose more than 170 points, the biggest gain in more than a month. But analysts were skeptical the momentum would last, noting that earnings season is just beginning and Wall Street has yet to see a preponderance of companies confirm that business is turning around. The Dow closed up 173.06, or 1.7 percent, at 10,381.73, ending a two-session losing streak.
Drug advertising outrages reader
April 11, 2002
Q: I would like to start a movement to repeal the law that permits prescription drugs to be advertised directly to the public. Since this legislation was passed a few years ago, the drug companies have spent billions in advertising, drug prices have risen astronomically and drug company profits have gone through the roof. Encouraging people to take more pills costs all of us by increasing insurance premiums and leading to side effects that can put people in the hospital. So I hope you will ask your readers to write or e-mail their congressional representatives to get the Food and Drug Administration to repeal permission to advertise prescription drugs directly to the public.
Report: Parents should encourage children to get moving
April 11, 2002
Growing up, Diane Hayden of Minnetonka, Minn., played volleyball. Years later, when she was starting a family, she began brainstorming ways that her child could be active, too.
Entertainment Calendar
April 11, 2002
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s race
April 11, 2002
Lt. Gov. Gary Sherrer said Wednesday he was strongly considering a run for governor as speculation grew that Atty. Gen. Carla Stovall would drop her bid for the Republican nomination. Sherrer said he would not wait for Stovall  currently vacationing in Ukraine  to announce her intentions before making his decision public, though he acknowledged, “It would be the politically nice thing to do.”
Buddhas call exiled Afghan sculptor home
April 11, 2002
Watching his country’s turmoil from exile for two decades, Afghan sculptor Amanulah Haiderzad always worried about two soaring statues of Buddha hewn into this barren valley’s towering sandstone cliffs.
Our Town Sports
April 11, 2002
Abel Earns Gold: Chase Abel of the Baldwin Wrestling Club earned a gold medal at the state kids wrestling tournament. BWC’s Luke Halford earned a silver. Other placers were Kevin Callahan, Ethan Hebenstriet and Carson Wood. Reece Conklin had the highest finish among Lawrence WC competitors. Conklin earned a silver medal. Other LWC placers were Boomer Mays (bronze), Nolan Kellerman (fourth) and Caden Lynch (fifth).
Buddhas call exiled Afghan sculptor home
April 11, 2002
Watching his country’s turmoil from exile for two decades, Afghan sculptor Amanulah Haiderzad always worried about two soaring statues of Buddha hewn into this barren valley’s towering sandstone cliffs.
Pet project
April 11, 2002
Sears boosts markets with upbeat report
April 11, 2002
An upbeat earnings outlook from retailer Sears, Roebuck lifted Wall Street out of its malaise Wednesday, sparking a broad rally across the market on hopes that profits are improving and that higher stock prices will prove justified. The Dow Jones industrials rose more than 170 points, the biggest gain in more than a month. But analysts were skeptical the momentum would last, noting that earnings season is just beginning and Wall Street has yet to see a preponderance of companies confirm that business is turning around. The Dow closed up 173.06, or 1.7 percent, at 10,381.73, ending a two-session losing streak.
NBA Roundup: Celtics clinch home court in first round
April 11, 2002
The Celtics’ first playoff appearance since 1995 will begin in Boston.
Lawrence briefs
April 11, 2002
Vehicle rollover causes fire, no major injuries Driver chases car after suspect takes it
NBA Roundup: Celtics clinch home court in first round
April 11, 2002
The Celtics’ first playoff appearance since 1995 will begin in Boston.
Horoscopes
April 11, 2002
By Jacqueline Bigar For Thursday, April 11, 2002. Those with birthdays today: Your sixth sense comes through, especially when dealing with friends and your long-term aspirations. When you’re focused, you know how to outline a workable plan. If you are single, you will have an opportunity to meet someone quite special late 2002 or early 2003. If you are attached, your relationship develops to a new level this year.
Erin Brockovich to talk of her dyslexic childhood
April 11, 2002
By Mindie Paget School sometimes felt like a lesson in alienation for Lawrence native and dyslexic Erin Brockovich. From the time she was in second grade and teachers began to notice she might have a learning disability, Brockovich, now 41, and a celebrity after she became the subject of the Julia Roberts’ film, was pulled from the regular classroom for special education instruction.
New stars defy theories on matter
April 11, 2002
An orbiting X-ray telescope has found two bizarre objects that may form a new star class and are perhaps filled with a new form of matter  findings that may challenge fundamental theories of particle physics and astronomy.
Local briefs
April 11, 2002
 Audubon field trip sets sights on prairie chickens Hoping to find greater prairie chickens in Douglas County, the Jayhawk Audubon Society has scheduled a field trip Saturday to a privately owned site where the birds have been sighted in recent years. The trip also will include stops at Lone Star Lake and a riparian area in search of pileated woodpeckers, a Louisiana waterthrush and parula warblers. Though likely, these sightings are potential, not guaranteed, organizers said. The trip is open to the public. The group will meet at 6:30 a.m. at the northwest corner of the Lawrence High School parking lot near 19th and Louisiana streets. Trip leader Alexis Powell expects the group to return by 11 a.m. For more details, contact Powell in the evening at 749-4461. ________  Higher education: Business, universities team to lobby for more funding Wichita  Business leaders will join today with state university officials to lobby the Legislature for higher education funding. The event, at the Exploration Place museum, includes presidents of the six Kansas Regents universities and current and former members of the Board of Regents. It also includes leaders from such businesses and organizations as Boeing, the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Kansas Health Foundation. A news release issued by the universities said the leaders will “call on the Legislature to hold higher education harmless and include revenue enhancements in the 2003 state budget.” ________  Books: KU conference to focus on African literature African literature will be the topic of a weekend conference at Kansas University. The Africana Library Conference, organized by the KU Libraries, runs Friday and Saturday at various campus locations. Presenters include Walter Bgoya, a KU student in the 1960s who now is a publisher. He’ll present “Africa’s Best Books of the 20th Century” at 1:15 p.m. Friday in the Frontier Room of the Burge Union. A panel of KU faculty members will discuss instructional resources for learning Islam at 3:45 p.m. Friday in the Clarke Instruction Center of Watson Library. The free events are open to the public. For more information, contact Ken Lohrentz at 864-4593. ________  Schools: Junior high to cook up fast-food fund-raiser Teachers and staff at South Junior High School plan to cook up a fund-raiser today at a local fast-food restaurant. To raise money for South, they’ll take orders from customers, draw drinks, cook fries and clean the lobby from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the McDonald’s at 901 W. 23rd St. The restaurant will donate 20 percent of sales during that period to the school. “It’s really a fun night for the faculty and students,” said Marilyn Dobski, who owns an operates the McDonald’s with her husband, Tom, and has similar partnerships with Southwest Junior High School in Lawrence and Atchison Middle School. ________  Gasoline prices: Pump Patrol seeks best deal The Journal-World has found a Lawrence-area gasoline price as low as $1.32 at the Conoco at Sixth Street and Crestline Drive and the Citgo stations at Ninth and Iowa streets and at 920 N. Second St. If you find a lower price, please call us at 832-7154. Be prepared to leave the name and address of the business and the price. Or go to www.ljworld.com/section/gasoline to join our Pump Patrol board.
Area briefs
April 11, 2002
 Conference emphasizes telecommunications  Genealogists to focus on immigration, 1930s  Picnic to honor director retiring at Washburn
World Online: Arts & Entertainment Calendar
April 11, 2002
Greene to highlight 75th Kansas Relays
April 11, 2002
Olympic gold medalist Maurice Greene will run his specialty — the 100-meter dash — at the 75th Kansas Relays, set for next Wednesday through Saturday at Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium. Greene, who won the gold medal in the 100 at the 2000 Olympic Games, is expected to run the 4x100 relay at 7:15 p.m. a week from Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Gold Medal Weekend approaches for Jayhawks from Class of 1952
April 11, 2002
By Terry Rombeck A lot has changed at Kansas University since Jim Logan graduated in 1952. But there remains one constant students still are crazy about Jayhawk basketball.