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Stovall schedules announcement for Monday
April 12, 2002
(Updated Friday at 12:34 p.m.) Moderate Republicans worried about finding another candidate for governor as Attorney General Carla Stovall scheduled an announcement about her plans.
Suicide bomb blast kills 6 in Jerusalem
April 12, 2002
(Updated Friday at 11:47 a.m.) A suicide bomber blew herself up at a bus stop in Jerusalem’s crowded outdoor market Friday, killing six people and wounding at least 50. The attack came while Secretary of State Colin Powell was trying to arrange an end to Israeli-Palestinian violence.
Earthquake kills dozens in northern Afghanistan
April 12, 2002
(Web Posted Friday at 6:53 a.m.) An earthquake shook northern Afghanistan on Friday morning, killing more than 30 people and injuring about 100 others, aid officials said.
Talks don’t yet produce timetable for Israeli withdrawal
April 12, 2002
(Web Posted Friday at 6:45 a.m.) Secretary of State Colin Powell and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon emerged from hours of talks Friday with no timetable for withdrawing Israeli troops from Palestinian cities and towns on the West Bank.
News of the Weird
April 12, 2002
Lead stories Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni, accepting an award in March in Coolum, Australia, for lowering his country’s AIDS infection rate from 28 percent to 6 percent, implied that the task was made easier because, he said, no gays live in Uganda (despite a 2001 Amnesty International report condemning the torture of gays in that country). And officials of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress issued a report in March questioning the existence of HIV (though 4.7 million of its citizens have AIDS) and attributing the pandemic to Western drug companies’ anti-AIDS drugs.
Briefcase
April 12, 2002
Wal-Mart’s Walton family gives $300 million to college Technical fluke clouds outlook on employment Study puts economic loss from smoking at $7 a pack Payless ShoeSource reports declining sales for month
Corbett services
April 12, 2002
Memorial services for Rachel A. Corbett, 93, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at First Baptist Church. Inurnment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Corbett died Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at Brandon Woods Retirement Community.
Blue Jays club Clemens
April 12, 2002
Roger Clemens just wasn’t the same pitching on short rest.
Local briefs
April 12, 2002
Reception today to honor retiring emergency worker Brian Lawrence, an emergency worker since the early 1970s who became a medical training officer with the the Douglas County Ambulance Service in 1977, is retiring this month from the Lawrence-Douglas County Medical Service. A reception honoring Lawrence, who is now a battalion chief, will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today in the training room at Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical Station No. 1, 746 Ky. ___________ Mail call: Post office makes changes for tax filers on April 15 Last-minute taxpayers who take advantage of late hours on tax night at the Lawrence post office will notice a change this year. Although the main post office at 645 Vt. will be open from 9 p.m. to midnight Monday, the usual hand cancellations will not be applied to tax mailings, Lawrence Postmaster Bill Reynolds said. Increased security since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the subsequent anthrax scares have prompted a need for machine cancellation, which will take place at the Kansas City processing facility. However, as long as customers deposit their tax mailing at the main post office by midnight, they still can count on an April 15 postmark, Reynolds said. Because of the added expense of staying open late and the decreasing volume of last-minute tax filings in recent years, Reynolds said he anticipated the late-night tradition at the post office may not continue for too many more years. ___________ Environment: Material dumped near creek not hazardous, KDHE says A sludge-like material dumped near a Kansas University garage wasn’t hazardous, a Kansas Department of Health and Environment spokesman said Thursday. A small amount of the material, which tests showed contained soil, water and a “residual amount” of motor oil, was dumped April 2 by university officials who were cleaning an oil drainage system. Mechanics at the vehicle maintenance garage were concerned because it was dumped about 30 feet from a creek on KU’s West Campus. KDHE spokesman Mike Heideman said officials haven’t finished the report of their inspection at the garage, which occurred April 4. “We’re still in the process of evaluating the inspection findings, in terms of whether any procedures might have been violated,” he said. ___________ Making the move: Events to help arts center celebrate its new location An open house and dedication are planned Sunday for the new Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. Several other events also are scheduled during April in conjunction with the new center’s opening. Today and Saturday: “New Works Concert,” by Prairie Wind Dancers, 8 p.m. Sunday: Open house and dedication, 2 p.m. April 20-21: “Stuart Little,” by the Seem-To-Be Players, 1:30 p.m. April 27: Lawrence Arts Center Auction, 7 p.m. For more information, contact the center, 843-2787. ___________ 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.
Palmer to say farewell to Masters
Golfing legend will play his final competitive round at Augusta National today
April 12, 2002
One last walk for the fans. Forty-eight years of memories somehow condensed into 18 holes.
Briefly
April 12, 2002
War crimes suspect shoots himself after law passes U.S. comptroller blasts Homeland Security office Cardinal cleared in abuse case
Regents, universities lead lobbying effort
April 12, 2002
Sounding frustrated and desperate, the Kansas Board of Regents and university presidents launched a public relations effort Thursday to keep lawmakers from sacrificing higher-education funding to close a $700 million budget gap. “I believe this is the first time this has ever happened. That underscores the size of the opportunity and the magnitude of the threat  both of those are greater than they have ever been,” said Kim Wilcox, executive director for the Kansas Board of Regents.
t provide enough protection
April 12, 2002
The House voted Thursday to add more worker protections to the nation’s pension laws in response to the Enron collapse that caused thousands of employees to lose their retirement savings. The bill, passed on a 255-163 vote, is modeled after President Bush’s pension overhaul plan.
Firebirds survive for wild win
April 12, 2002
By Robert Sinclair Free State High senior pitcher Eric Peterson received a sneak peek of what to expect while playing Division I baseball in the future.
Leader cards opening-round 67
April 12, 2002
More than the golf course changed at the Masters. Davis Love III took advantage of a surprisingly calm day to put himself atop the leaderboard for the first time at Augusta National.
U.S. forming strategy on foreign aid
April 12, 2002
By David Shribman The Boston Globe There’s a remarkable consensus in the capital that, in the wake of the September terrorist attacks, the United States ought to provide more foreign aid. The Bush administration agrees but it also is arguing that the nation has to exert more influence over how that foreign aid is used. Six years after ending welfare as we know it, Washington is girding to end foreign aid as we know it. Indeed, the Bush administration is set to apply the principles of welfare reform to foreign aid.
Senate honors soldier for Taliban capture role
April 12, 2002
Don’t call Capt. Mark Nutsch a hero. He doesn’t want the label to stick.
Job applicants line up for chamber position
April 12, 2002
More than 100 people have applied to become the new vice president of economic development for the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce. The deadline to apply is Monday.
SM South defeats LHS in soccer, 5-1
April 12, 2002
Shawnee Mission South, ranked No. 1 in Class 6A, steamrolled to a 5-1 Sunflower League girls soccer victory over Lawrence High on Thursday at Youth Sports Inc fields in contest called 10 minutes into the second half because of lightning.
Briefly
April 12, 2002
‘Dr. Death’ acquitted of targeting blacks U.S. soldier convicted of drowning two children
Dow drops on report from GE, IBM rumors
April 12, 2002
Mixed earnings from General Electric and speculation that IBM might be under federal investigation gave Wall Street its worst day in about six weeks Thursday, as already reluctant investors decided to sell rather than risk further losses. The Dow Jones industrials dropped more than 200 points to their lowest close since Feb. 28, while the Nasdaq composite index ended just above its Feb. 22 finish. The declines were especially striking since they came a day after a broad rally spurred by an encouraging retail report from Sears, Roebuck. Analysts said that until there is solid proof that business is recovering, the market’s mood will likely shift daily  with a bias toward the negative.
Daily ticker
April 12, 2002
Dow Industrials Â205.65, 10,176.08
Free State soccer ties SMNW, 1-1
April 12, 2002
Free State High rallied for a 1-1 tie against SM Northwest in a weather-shortened girls soccer game Thursday at Shawnee Mission Complex.
Corbett services
April 12, 2002
Firebirds survive for wild win
April 12, 2002
By Robert Sinclair Free State High senior pitcher Eric Peterson received a sneak peek of what to expect while playing Division I baseball in the future.
Two-time Masters winner Watson shows old form
April 12, 2002
The 2-iron shot soared high into the air, seemed to stay up there forever, then landed softly on the 18th green, and barely rolled an inch.
Golfing legend will play his final competitive round at Augusta National today
April 12, 2002
One last walk for the fans. Forty-eight years of memories somehow condensed into 18 holes.
Briefly
April 12, 2002
 War crimes suspect shoots himself after law passes  U.S. comptroller blasts Homeland Security office  Cardinal cleared in abuse case
6Sports Video Reports: Free State beats Belton in a high-scoring game
April 12, 2002
The Firebirds win with hot hitting and perseverence.
Headline News Lawrence - 6News video report
April 12, 2002
 Bishop Seabury Academy students walk toward the future  No news on Gooden’s NBA decision
Suicide bomb blast kills 6 in Jerusalem
April 12, 2002
(Updated Friday at 11:47 a.m.) A suicide bomber blew herself up at a bus stop in Jerusalem’s crowded outdoor market Friday, killing six people and wounding at least 50. The attack came while Secretary of State Colin Powell was trying to arrange an end to Israeli-Palestinian violence.
Bowler services
April 12, 2002
Private graveside services for Mary Jane Bowler, 87, Liberty, Mo., will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence. Ms. Bowler died Saturday, April 6, 2002, at Ashton Care Center, Liberty, Mo.
U.S. struggles to keep pace with tax evaders
April 12, 2002
For every convicted tax evader like Daniel Bullock, dozens more get away with cheating that costs the U.S. government as much as $70 billion a year, the Senate was told Thursday. The testimony of Bullock and other tax evaders before the Senate Finance Committee came as the panel’s top two senators, Democrat Max Baucus and Republican Charles Grassley, introduced legislation intended to stem a tide of U.S. companies moving their legal headquarters to Bermuda to escape taxes.
Documents prove Arafat ties
April 12, 2002
By Cal Thomas Tribune Media Services The Israeli military has documents seized from Yasser Arafat’s compound in Ramallah which it says prove the Palestinian leader’s direct involvement in the murder of Israeli civilians. While no amount of evidence would be sufficient to persuade most Europeans, the American left and Peace Now activists of Arafat’s complicity in terrorism, these documents demand a verdict from virtually everyone else.
Neuheisel facing probe
April 12, 2002
The NCAA is investigating University of Washington coach Rick Neuheisel for potential recruiting violations during his tenure at the University of Colorado.
Sign in film creates web of allegations
April 12, 2002
The owners of several Times Square buildings have filed a lawsuit against the makers of the upcoming “Spider-Man” movie for digitally altering a sign appearing in the motion picture.
NBA next for Thomas?
April 12, 2002
After four years of kicking around minor-league and foreign basketball, former Kansas basketball player Billy Thomas may be ready for the NBA.
t yet produce timetable for Israeli withdrawal
April 12, 2002
(Web Posted Friday at 6:45 a.m.) Secretary of State Colin Powell and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon emerged from hours of talks Friday with no timetable for withdrawing Israeli troops from Palestinian cities and towns on the West Bank.
Lawrence senator explains school funding vote
April 12, 2002
By Scott Rothschild For more than a decade, Sen. Sandy Praeger, R-Lawrence, has been a member of a coalition of legislative Democrats and moderate Republicans that has fought for increases in public school funding. But on Thursday, Praeger voted twice against measures that would have raised base state aid to public schools by $20 per student. The proposals would have increased school spending from $3,870 per student to $3,890 per student, about a 1/2-percent increase that would have cost $12 million. Both proposals failed.
On the street
April 12, 2002
Asked at Free State Brewery Should the county pay informants?
Sound off
April 12, 2002
Why are we laying off Lawrence public school teachers based on their seniority in the district? Why don’t we lay off the worst teachers based on their evaluations? Mary Rodriguez, the district’s executive director of human resources, said the district was following the “reduction in force” article of the 2001-2002 master agreement negotiated with Lawrence teachers. That sets out ground rules for layoffs that forbids removal of tenured teachers, even if they are below-average educators.
Tax dispute brings liquor seizure
April 12, 2002
By Mike Belt A Lawrence liquor store owner who the state says owes thousands of dollars in back taxes watched Thursday as state agents carted away his supply of liquor and beer. Joe Stafford, owner of Mom and Pop’s liquor store, 1906 Mass., remained open Thursday night as he and his employees worked to restock the store.
Ashcroft gun-check plan under fire
April 12, 2002
Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft’s plan for next-day destruction of gun background check records could impair law enforcement’s ability to keep firearms out of the hands of prohibited purchasers, congressional investigators said.
Defamatory letter
April 12, 2002
To the editor: The Journal-World’s letters policy states that “Letters should … avoid name-calling and libelous language.” How can we then explain Danne Hautmann’s April 8 letter wherein he defames an entire religion and nation.
Conservative gubernatorial hopeful foresees crowded Republican field
April 12, 2002
State Treasurer Tim Shallenburger said Thursday that he expects a crowded field with him in the Republican race for governor if Atty. Gen. Carla Stovall drops out. Shallenburger said he is waiting for Stovall  vacationing this week in Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova  to announce her intentions before judging the speculation surrounding her.
Senate OKs budget proposal
April 12, 2002
The Senate approved a proposed state budget Thursday night, after a plan for raising taxes $335 million to finance government programs cleared one of its committees. The budget proposal would narrow the state’s estimated $700 million budget gap to somewhere between $306 million and $416 million at the end of the next fiscal year, depending on how much lawmakers decide to use from the state’s rainy day funds.
Trains returning to Union Station
April 12, 2002
Trains are scheduled to arrive at Union Station again by November, returning the historic station to its roots as a transportation gateway. A $5 million contract has been signed to build a new Amtrak station for the six trains and 300 to 400 passengers who ride trains each day into Kansas City. Construction will start soon and is expected to be completed by November.
Former Hoisington High standout back to vie for spot on offensive line
April 12, 2002
By Andy Samuelson Tony Coker has been here before, but he doesn’t want to talk about it.
SM South defeats LHS in soccer, 5-1
April 12, 2002
Shawnee Mission South, ranked No. 1 in Class 6A, steamrolled to a 5-1 Sunflower League girls soccer victory over Lawrence High on Thursday at Youth Sports Inc fields in contest called 10 minutes into the second half because of lightning.
Cardinals sweep Brewers
April 12, 2002
Tino Martinez made a big contribution to the St. Louis Cardinals without taking the bat off his shoulder.
Blue Jays club Clemens
April 12, 2002
Roger Clemens just wasn’t the same pitching on short rest.
6News video report: Spring brings thunderstorms
April 12, 2002
The first large storm of the spring passed through the area overnight.
Conservative gubernatorial hopeful foresees crowded Republican field
April 12, 2002
State Treasurer Tim Shallenburger said Thursday that he expects a crowded field with him in the Republican race for governor if Atty. Gen. Carla Stovall drops out. Shallenburger said he is waiting for Stovall vacationing this week in Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova to announce her intentions before judging the speculation surrounding her.
Trains returning to Union Station
April 12, 2002
Trains are scheduled to arrive at Union Station again by November, returning the historic station to its roots as a transportation gateway. A $5 million contract has been signed to build a new Amtrak station for the six trains and 300 to 400 passengers who ride trains each day into Kansas City. Construction will start soon and is expected to be completed by November.
Senate OKs budget proposal
April 12, 2002
The Senate approved a proposed state budget Thursday night, after a plan for raising taxes $335 million to finance government programs cleared one of its committees. The budget proposal would narrow the state’s estimated $700 million budget gap to somewhere between $306 million and $416 million at the end of the next fiscal year, depending on how much lawmakers decide to use from the state’s rainy day funds.
Welcome expansion
April 12, 2002
J-W Editorials It’s hard to imagine a better corporate citizen for Lawrence than Hallmark Cards. The Hallmark Cards announcement last week that it would expand its operations in the Lawrence plant was great news for the community.
Saudi Arabia furious at U.S.
April 12, 2002
By Trudy Rubin Knight Ridder Newspapers As Colin Powell traverses the Middle East on a last-ditch mission to head off the apocalypse, it’s frightening to see how divorced U.S. policy is from reality on the ground.
Show features bipartisan fun
April 12, 2002
How rare are primetime television variety shows? You practically need a presidential proclamation to get one on the air. Kelsey Grammer hosts “An American Celebration at Ford’s Theatre” (8 p.m., ABC), featuring a cast of singers, actors and one magician performing before President Bush, first lady Laura Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne. Key members of Congress, including Sens. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., and Trent Lott, R-Miss., are also in attendance.
Other Side of Heaven’ may be hell for some
April 12, 2002
Your enjoyment of “The Other Side of Heaven,” about a young, fresh-faced Mormon missionary who travels to the remote Tongan islands in the South Pacific during the 1950s, depends greatly on your appetite for wholesome family entertainment and your immediate reaction to proselytizing.
Suit may stall state program
Economic leaders concerned about fate of venture capital legislation
April 12, 2002
By Chad Lawhorn Leaders for two of the state’s top economic development organizations are worried allegations that an Overland Park venture capital company shortchanged the state will stall attempts to create new venture capital programs in the state. Both Charles Ranson, president of Kansas Inc., and Tracy Taylor, president of the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation, said a lawsuit filed last week against Kansas Venture Capital Inc. probably will make it more difficult for a proposed state-sponsored venture capital program to win legislative support this session.
Dow drops on report from GE, IBM rumors
April 12, 2002
Mixed earnings from General Electric and speculation that IBM might be under federal investigation gave Wall Street its worst day in about six weeks Thursday, as already reluctant investors decided to sell rather than risk further losses. The Dow Jones industrials dropped more than 200 points to their lowest close since Feb. 28, while the Nasdaq composite index ended just above its Feb. 22 finish. The declines were especially striking since they came a day after a broad rally spurred by an encouraging retail report from Sears, Roebuck. Analysts said that until there is solid proof that business is recovering, the market’s mood will likely shift daily with a bias toward the negative.
Wyandottes put slots in downtown KCK
Graves responds with demand for investigation
April 12, 2002
The Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma upped the ante Thursday in the long fight over casino gambling when it brought 200 slot machines onto land it claims in downtown Kansas City, Kan. The action brought a strong response from Gov. Bill Graves, who demanded a state investigation. An official with Wyandotte County, where Kansas City, Kan., is located, then criticized Graves for continuing to block the tribe from opening a casino at the Woodlands racetrack or some other land in the county.
Battalion chief to close EMS career
April 12, 2002
By Mike Belt It’s been nearly 30 years since Brian Lawrence decided to give up “boxing buns” in a bakery, take a pay cut and start riding in an ambulance to medical emergencies and car wrecks. “I don’t know why I did it, but it just seemed like it would be an interesting job,” Lawrence said.
Jury convicts Ohio congressman
April 12, 2002
A jury convicted Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. Thursday of taking bribes and kickbacks from businessmen and his own staff after a raucous and often-farcical trial in which the fiery congressman insisted on serving as his own lawyer.
Negotiations under way for kidnapped Kansans
April 12, 2002
The Bush administration is monitoring negotiations aimed at winning the release of two American missionaries from Kansas who have been held hostage by rebels in the Philippines for nearly a year, senior U.S. officials said Thursday night.
Ashcroft gun-check plan under fire
April 12, 2002
Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft’s plan for next-day destruction of gun background check records could impair law enforcement’s ability to keep firearms out of the hands of prohibited purchasers, congressional investigators said.
Tax dispute brings liquor seizure
April 12, 2002
By Mike Belt A Lawrence liquor store owner who the state says owes thousands of dollars in back taxes watched Thursday as state agents carted away his supply of liquor and beer. Joe Stafford, owner of Mom and Pop’s liquor store, 1906 Mass., remained open Thursday night as he and his employees worked to restock the store.
Lawrence senator explains school funding vote
April 12, 2002
By Scott Rothschild For more than a decade, Sen. Sandy Praeger, R-Lawrence, has been a member of a coalition of legislative Democrats and moderate Republicans that has fought for increases in public school funding. But on Thursday, Praeger voted twice against measures that would have raised base state aid to public schools by $20 per student. The proposals would have increased school spending from $3,870 per student to $3,890 per student, about a 1/2-percent increase that would have cost $12 million. Both proposals failed.
Pippen penalized
April 12, 2002
Portland’s Scottie Pippen was suspended for one game without pay and fined $7,500 by the NBA on Thursday for throwing a punch at Nick Van Exel of the Dallas Mavericks.
Rural bombing probe continues
April 12, 2002
It’s been more than a month since a Douglas County farmer and his wife were injured when a bomb exploded in their home.
Astronauts attach girder to international space station
April 12, 2002
Two spacewalking astronauts bolted a 44-foot girder to the international space station Thursday, completing the first step in one of the most complicated construction jobs yet at the orbiting outpost.
Shawnee Mission East wins swim meet
April 12, 2002
By Andy Samuelson Thursday’s swimming results from the Lawrence Aquatic Center looked a lot like Tuesday’s. In fact, there really was no difference: a team Shawnee Mission East other than Lawrence or Free State won the meet, while LHS’s Andrea Hemphill and FSHS’s Ashley Jackson again stole the show.
LHS softball dusts off SMN
April 12, 2002
Lawrence High’s softball team swept Shawnee Mission North, 3-1 and 8-2, Thursday at JCGAA.
Jury convicts Ohio congressman
April 12, 2002
A jury convicted Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. Thursday of taking bribes and kickbacks from businessmen and his own staff after a raucous and often-farcical trial in which the fiery congressman insisted on serving as his own lawyer.
Declining viewership not a death knell
April 12, 2002
It’s tempting to write off broadcast network evening news programs as relics of another time.
Show features bipartisan fun
April 12, 2002
How rare are primetime television variety shows? You practically need a presidential proclamation to get one on the air. Kelsey Grammer hosts “An American Celebration at Ford’s Theatre” (8 p.m., ABC), featuring a cast of singers, actors and one magician performing before President Bush, first lady Laura Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne. Key members of Congress, including Sens. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., and Trent Lott, R-Miss., are also in attendance.
City slow-pitch numbers down but still strong
April 12, 2002
By Chuck Woodling Numbers are down slightly, but slow-pitch remains one of Lawrence’s most popular rites of summer. Approximately 250 men’s, women’s and coed teams have registered for the 14-week summer season that will begin with coed games on Sunday, said Bob Stanclift, adult sports supervisor of the city parks and recreation department.
6Sports Video Reports: Maurice Green will return to the Kansas Relays
April 12, 2002
The annual event will provide great competition, especially the World’s Fastest Human.
Local briefs
April 12, 2002
 Reception today to honor retiring emergency worker Brian Lawrence, an emergency worker since the early 1970s who became a medical training officer with the the Douglas County Ambulance Service in 1977, is retiring this month from the Lawrence-Douglas County Medical Service. A reception honoring Lawrence, who is now a battalion chief, will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today in the training room at Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical Station No. 1, 746 Ky. ___________  Mail call: Post office makes changes for tax filers on April 15 Last-minute taxpayers who take advantage of late hours on tax night at the Lawrence post office will notice a change this year. Although the main post office at 645 Vt. will be open from 9 p.m. to midnight Monday, the usual hand cancellations will not be applied to tax mailings, Lawrence Postmaster Bill Reynolds said. Increased security since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the subsequent anthrax scares have prompted a need for machine cancellation, which will take place at the Kansas City processing facility. However, as long as customers deposit their tax mailing at the main post office by midnight, they still can count on an April 15 postmark, Reynolds said. Because of the added expense of staying open late and the decreasing volume of last-minute tax filings in recent years, Reynolds said he anticipated the late-night tradition at the post office may not continue for too many more years. ___________  Environment: Material dumped near creek not hazardous, KDHE says A sludge-like material dumped near a Kansas University garage wasn’t hazardous, a Kansas Department of Health and Environment spokesman said Thursday. A small amount of the material, which tests showed contained soil, water and a “residual amount” of motor oil, was dumped April 2 by university officials who were cleaning an oil drainage system. Mechanics at the vehicle maintenance garage were concerned because it was dumped about 30 feet from a creek on KU’s West Campus. KDHE spokesman Mike Heideman said officials haven’t finished the report of their inspection at the garage, which occurred April 4. “We’re still in the process of evaluating the inspection findings, in terms of whether any procedures might have been violated,” he said. ___________  Making the move: Events to help arts center celebrate its new location An open house and dedication are planned Sunday for the new Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. Several other events also are scheduled during April in conjunction with the new center’s opening.  Today and Saturday: “New Works Concert,” by Prairie Wind Dancers, 8 p.m.  Sunday: Open house and dedication, 2 p.m.  April 20-21: “Stuart Little,” by the Seem-To-Be Players, 1:30 p.m.  April 27: Lawrence Arts Center Auction, 7 p.m. For more information, contact the center, 843-2787. ___________  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.
PTA conventioneers schedule Salina meeting
April 12, 2002
The 88th Kansas PTA Convention will feature guest speakers, exhibits and workshops today through Sunday at Salina Holiday Inn.
Battalion chief to close EMS career
April 12, 2002
By Mike Belt It’s been nearly 30 years since Brian Lawrence decided to give up “boxing buns” in a bakery, take a pay cut and start riding in an ambulance to medical emergencies and car wrecks. “I don’t know why I did it, but it just seemed like it would be an interesting job,” Lawrence said.
John Mayer bypasses the music industry to form a direct relationship with his audience
April 12, 2002
By Jon Niccum “Whenever I hear the term singer-songwriter, I always think of taking a nap,” said musician John Mayer. “There are still a lot of them that put me dead to sleep. “I don’t think that I’m a singer-songwriter in the conventional sense. To some people I appear to be. But it’s almost like I’m a band. There are bands with lead singers who are as headstrong as I am that aren’t a solo act, they’re just in a band. I think that’s almost the way that I approach the music.”
Royals 8, Red Sox 5 - Knoblauch sparks KC rally in ninth
April 12, 2002
Chuck Knoblauch’s winning style is rubbing off on the Kansas City Royals. Knoblauch, a member of three New York Yankees’ championship teams, doubled in the go-ahead run as Kansas City scored four times in the ninth inning and beat the Boston Red Sox, 8-5, Thursday night.
Graves responds with demand for investigation
April 12, 2002
The Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma upped the ante Thursday in the long fight over casino gambling when it brought 200 slot machines onto land it claims in downtown Kansas City, Kan. The action brought a strong response from Gov. Bill Graves, who demanded a state investigation. An official with Wyandotte County, where Kansas City, Kan., is located, then criticized Graves for continuing to block the tribe from opening a casino at the Woodlands racetrack or some other land in the county.
Secretary of state will meet Sharon, Arafat
April 12, 2002
Secretary of State Colin Powell challenged Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s limited withdrawal of troops from Palestinian areas on Thursday, saying President Bush “wants to see more progress.” On his way to Jerusalem, Powell said the pace of the Israeli pullback from West Bank cities and villages would be part of a “very long conversation” he would have today with Sharon. They spoke by telephone Thursday.
U.S. forming strategy on foreign aid
April 12, 2002
By David Shribman The Boston Globe There’s a remarkable consensus in the capital that, in the wake of the September terrorist attacks, the United States ought to provide more foreign aid. The Bush administration agrees  but it also is arguing that the nation has to exert more influence over how that foreign aid is used. Six years after ending welfare as we know it, Washington is girding to end foreign aid as we know it. Indeed, the Bush administration is set to apply the principles of welfare reform to foreign aid.
Area briefs
April 12, 2002
 Lawrence bank robber sentenced to prison  Leawood senior elected to lead KU student body  County, area escape thunderstorm damage  Organization seeks pledges for annual fund-raiser
April 12, 2002
By Jon Niccum From the trailer and TV ads, one would assume “Changing Lanes” is another mindless tale of escalating aggression. Tightly edited scenes imply a rich smug guy (Ben Affleck) leaves a righteous black man (Samuel L. Jackson) stranded after a traffic accident, then the two battle it out for 90 minutes. Fortunately, that slick commercial isn’t fully representative of the men, their actions or this thought-provoking story. “Changing Lanes” deals with some real, complex moral issues. It sticks with its characters and doesn’t exploit them in order to orchestrate some grandiose revenge scenario befitting a C-grade thriller. In that respect, this ambitious movie has more in common with “Crimes and Misdemeanors” than “High Crimes.”
Pippen penalized
April 12, 2002
Portland’s Scottie Pippen was suspended for one game without pay and fined $7,500 by the NBA on Thursday for throwing a punch at Nick Van Exel of the Dallas Mavericks.
Robinson named KU aide
April 12, 2002
By Gary Bedore Steve Robinson is returning to his basketball roots  Kansas University. “This is like coming home,” the 44-year-old Robinson said Thursday after being named a full-time assistant on KU’s coaching staff.
Arts notes
April 12, 2002
 Comedy troupe spoofs U.S. politics, TV anchors  Filmmakers seeking actors for short film  Guest conductor to lead
Briefly
April 12, 2002
 ‘Dr. Death’ acquitted of targeting blacks  U.S. soldier convicted of drowning two children
Briefs
April 12, 2002
 Rangers place Gonzalez on disabled list  Florida’s Torborg, Olsen suspended  Reds reliever suspended  Brewers’ ace on DL
Signs needed
April 12, 2002
J-W Editorials A few more informational signs could answer a lot of questions for motorists using the new parking structure in the 900 block of New Hampshire. The opening of the Lawrence Arts Center in the 900 block of New Hampshire is bound to attract many more vehicles to the city’s new parking structure across the street.
Bowler services
April 12, 2002
may be hell for some
April 12, 2002
Your enjoyment of “The Other Side of Heaven,” about a young, fresh-faced Mormon missionary who travels to the remote Tongan islands in the South Pacific during the 1950s, depends greatly on your appetite for wholesome family entertainment and your immediate reaction to proselytizing.
s day
April 12, 2002
Juan Dixon looked out of his aunt’s City Hall office window, watching hundreds gather to celebrate with the NCAA champion Maryland Terrapins.
Minnesota may cut 3 sports
April 12, 2002
Declaring it a “last resort,” University of Minnesota administrators recommended Thursday dropping three sports to contend with growing financial problems in athletics.
fans turn out month early to get seats
April 12, 2002
A handful of die-hard “Star Wars” fans already have started lining up to see the next movie in the sci-fi saga  more than a month before it opens.
Donnell
April 12, 2002
Services for James A. O’Donnell, 79, Lawrence, will be at 9 a.m. Monday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial with full military honors will be in Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. Mr. O’Donnell died Thursday, April 11, 2002, at Olathe Good Samaritan Center.
CWS team in town
April 12, 2002
Coaches and players on Kansas University’s 1992 College World Series softball team will be feted this weekend.
Rural bombing probe continues
April 12, 2002
It’s been more than a month since a Douglas County farmer and his wife were injured when a bomb exploded in their home.
s plan would raise income, sales, sin taxes
April 12, 2002
The tax plan endorsed Thursday by the Assessment and Taxation Committee was presented by its chairman, Sen. Dave Corbin, R-Towanda. The measure would: Â Raise individual income taxes about 5 percent, to raise $93.8 million. The increase would stay in effect for three years. The plan also would offset higher income taxes with $10.5 million in tax credits for poor working families.
Earthquake kills dozens in northern Afghanistan
April 12, 2002
(Web Posted Friday at 6:53 a.m.) An earthquake shook northern Afghanistan on Friday morning, killing more than 30 people and injuring about 100 others, aid officials said.
Astronauts attach girder to international space station
April 12, 2002
Two spacewalking astronauts bolted a 44-foot girder to the international space station Thursday, completing the first step in one of the most complicated construction jobs yet at the orbiting outpost.
Study: Brain separates chimps, humans
April 12, 2002
As different as chimps and humans look, they share 98.7 percent of the same genes, researchers say.
DLR Group says facilities survey to be a month late
April 12, 2002
By Tim Carpenter The draft of a consulting firm’s master plan for Lawrence school district facilities won’t be finished until about a month after an April 30 deadline.
Venezuelan strike turns deadly
April 12, 2002
Military leaders asked President Hugo Chavez to resign and call elections, after a day of violence Thursday in which National Guard troops and pro-Chavez gunmen clashed with 150,000 opposition protesters.
Senate OKs election law overhaul
April 12, 2002
A year and a half after the nation took a crash course in hanging chads, butterfly ballots and other voting peculiarities, the Senate voted 99-1 Thursday to repair voting systems and crack down on election fraud.
Bush administration refuses to ratify treaty, boycotts ceremony
April 12, 2002
The world’s first permanent war crimes tribunal got the necessary international backing Thursday to come into force on July 1, a milestone hailed by human rights advocates and many nations but strongly opposed by the United States. A dream ever since the United Nations was established more than five decades ago, the court became a reality when its founding treaty received the required 60 ratifications.
Job applicants line up for chamber position
April 12, 2002
More than 100 people have applied to become the new vice president of economic development for the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce. The deadline to apply is Monday.
Officials set to prepare updated eco devo plan
April 12, 2002
By Joel Mathis Officials are ready to process information from four earlier public meetings across Douglas County into a new economic development plan for the community.
Commodities
April 12, 2002
Local markets As of Thursday’s close, courtesy of Ottawa Cooperative Assn. Ottawa Elevator  Wheat, $2.60; corn, $1.74; milo, $1.69; soybeans, $4.31. Edgerton Elevator  Wheat, $2.63; corn, $1.76; milo, $1.69; soybeans, $4.31. Overbrook Elevator  Wheat, $2.63; corn, $1.74; milo, $1.69; soybeans, $4.31. Midland Elevator  Wheat, NA; corn, $1.76; milo, NA; soybeans, $4.31. Lawrence North Elevator  Wheat, NA; corn, $1.79; milo, NA; soybeans, $4.34. Lawrence South Elevator  Wheat, $2.63; corn, $1.76; milo, NA; soybeans, $4.31. Pauline Elevator  Wheat, NA; corn, $1.79; milo, $1.74; soybeans, $4.36.
Economic leaders concerned about fate of venture capital legislation
April 12, 2002
By Chad Lawhorn Leaders for two of the state’s top economic development organizations are worried allegations that an Overland Park venture capital company shortchanged the state will stall attempts to create new venture capital programs in the state. Both Charles Ranson, president of Kansas Inc., and Tracy Taylor, president of the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation, said a lawsuit filed last week against Kansas Venture Capital Inc. probably will make it more difficult for a proposed state-sponsored venture capital program to win legislative support this session.
Lawrence would lose creationist, gain evolutionist in new board map
April 12, 2002
By Scott Rothschild Lawrence will lose a creationist and gain an evolutionist under a State Board of Education redistricting plan.
s order to seal bombing verdict
April 12, 2002
Two newspapers and the Kansas Press Assn. filed a motion Thursday asking a judge not to temporarily seal a verdict in a fatal bombing trial.
Senate honors soldier for Taliban capture role
April 12, 2002
Don’t call Capt. Mark Nutsch a hero. He doesn’t want the label to stick.
Saudi Arabia furious at U.S.
April 12, 2002
By Trudy Rubin Knight Ridder Newspapers As Colin Powell traverses the Middle East on a last-ditch mission to head off the apocalypse, it’s frightening to see how divorced U.S. policy is from reality on the ground.
KU junior in architecture updating miniature campus display in Kansas Union
April 12, 2002
By Terry Rombeck Daniel Bradbury has the whole campus in his hands. Bradbury, a junior architecture major, is renovating and updating the miniature model of the Kansas University campus displayed on the fourth floor of the Kansas Union.
KU to play host to Texas Tech
April 12, 2002
Kansas University’s baseball team will play host to Big 12 opponent Texas Tech in a three-game series this weekend. The Jayhawks (15-15 overall, 2-10 Big 12) are riding high after picking up victories against No. 8 Wichita State on Tuesday and Div. II University of Nebraska-Omaha on Wednesday.
Shawnee Mission East wins swim meet
April 12, 2002
By Andy Samuelson Thursday’s swimming results from the Lawrence Aquatic Center looked a lot like Tuesday’s. In fact, there really was no difference: a team  Shawnee Mission East  other than Lawrence or Free State won the meet, while LHS’s Andrea Hemphill and FSHS’s Ashley Jackson again stole the show.
s Lem perfect
April 12, 2002
By Steve Rottinghaus The rest of the Class 6A high school tennis players better watch out because another Lem is on the way.
O-South nudges Lions, 3-1
April 12, 2002
A two-run single by Matt Galbraith with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning lifted Olathe South to a 3-1 Sunflower League baseball victory over Lawrence High on Thursday at Olathe District Activities Center.
Webber sizzles, fires 81
April 12, 2002
By Andy Samuelson When Free State High’s Aaron Webber learned freshman Stephen Skepnek had tied him by firing a career-best 81 Thursday at Lawrence Country Club he had to give his younger friend a little ribbing.
LHS softball dusts off SMN
April 12, 2002
Lawrence High’s softball team swept Shawnee Mission North, 3-1 and 8-2, Thursday at JCGAA.
FSHS drops twinbill
April 12, 2002
By Levi Chronister Although Free State High’s softball team dropped both games of a doubleheader against Olathe South on Thursday at FSHS and dropped to 0-8, coach Pat Pine’s players made progress.
Stovall schedules announcement for Monday
April 12, 2002
(Updated Friday at 12:34 p.m.) Moderate Republicans worried about finding another candidate for governor as Attorney General Carla Stovall scheduled an announcement about her plans.
Edna L. Wheeler
April 12, 2002
Graveside services for Edna L. Wheeler, 87, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Oak Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Wheeler died Thursday, April 11, 2002, at Brandon Woods Retirement Community.
Love conquers Augusta
Leader cards opening-round 67; Woods fires 70
April 12, 2002
More than the golf course changed at the Masters. Davis Love III took advantage of a surprisingly calm day to put himself atop the leaderboard for the first time at Augusta National.
Royals 8, Red Sox 5 - Knoblauch sparks KC rally in ninth
April 12, 2002
Chuck Knoblauch’s winning style is rubbing off on the Kansas City Royals. Knoblauch, a member of three New York Yankees’ championship teams, doubled in the go-ahead run as Kansas City scored four times in the ninth inning and beat the Boston Red Sox, 8-5, Thursday night.
City slow-pitch numbers down but still strong
April 12, 2002
By Chuck Woodling Numbers are down slightly, but slow-pitch remains one of Lawrence’s most popular rites of summer. Approximately 250 men’s, women’s and coed teams have registered for the 14-week summer season that will begin with coed games on Sunday, said Bob Stanclift, adult sports supervisor of the city parks and recreation department.
Model student does his thing
KU junior in architecture updating miniature campus display in Kansas Union
April 12, 2002
By Terry Rombeck Daniel Bradbury has the whole campus in his hands. Bradbury, a junior architecture major, is renovating and updating the miniature model of the Kansas University campus displayed on the fourth floor of the Kansas Union.
Signs needed
April 12, 2002
J-W Editorials A few more informational signs could answer a lot of questions for motorists using the new parking structure in the 900 block of New Hampshire. The opening of the Lawrence Arts Center in the 900 block of New Hampshire is bound to attract many more vehicles to the city’s new parking structure across the street.
KDOT quality
April 12, 2002
Repeating lies
April 12, 2002
Documents prove Arafat ties
April 12, 2002
By Cal Thomas Tribune Media Services The Israeli military has documents seized from Yasser Arafat’s compound in Ramallah which it says prove the Palestinian leader’s direct involvement in the murder of Israeli civilians. While no amount of evidence would be sufficient to persuade most Europeans, the American left and Peace Now activists of Arafat’s complicity in terrorism, these documents demand a verdict from virtually everyone else.
Newspapers, press association oppose judge’s order to seal bombing verdict
April 12, 2002
Two newspapers and the Kansas Press Assn. filed a motion Thursday asking a judge not to temporarily seal a verdict in a fatal bombing trial.
Proposal changes education districts
Lawrence would lose creationist, gain evolutionist in new board map
April 12, 2002
By Scott Rothschild Lawrence will lose a creationist and gain an evolutionist under a State Board of Education redistricting plan.
The people’s Mayer
John Mayer bypasses the music industry to form a direct relationship with his audience
April 12, 2002
By Jon Niccum “Whenever I hear the term singer-songwriter, I always think of taking a nap,” said musician John Mayer. “There are still a lot of them that put me dead to sleep. “I don’t think that I’m a singer-songwriter in the conventional sense. To some people I appear to be. But it’s almost like I’m a band. There are bands with lead singers who are as headstrong as I am that aren’t a solo act, they’re just in a band. I think that’s almost the way that I approach the music.”
Film Review - ‘Changing Lanes’
April 12, 2002
By Jon Niccum From the trailer and TV ads, one would assume “Changing Lanes” is another mindless tale of escalating aggression. Tightly edited scenes imply a rich smug guy (Ben Affleck) leaves a righteous black man (Samuel L. Jackson) stranded after a traffic accident, then the two battle it out for 90 minutes. Fortunately, that slick commercial isn’t fully representative of the men, their actions or this thought-provoking story. “Changing Lanes” deals with some real, complex moral issues. It sticks with its characters and doesn’t exploit them in order to orchestrate some grandiose revenge scenario befitting a C-grade thriller. In that respect, this ambitious movie has more in common with “Crimes and Misdemeanors” than “High Crimes.”
House OKs pension reform bill
Democrats object to legislation saying it doesn’t provide enough protection
April 12, 2002
The House voted Thursday to add more worker protections to the nation’s pension laws in response to the Enron collapse that caused thousands of employees to lose their retirement savings. The bill, passed on a 255-163 vote, is modeled after President Bush’s pension overhaul plan.
Business leaders join higher-ed funding fight
Regents, universities lead lobbying effort
April 12, 2002
Sounding frustrated and desperate, the Kansas Board of Regents and university presidents launched a public relations effort Thursday to keep lawmakers from sacrificing higher-education funding to close a $700 million budget gap. “I believe this is the first time this has ever happened. That underscores the size of the opportunity and the magnitude of the threat both of those are greater than they have ever been,” said Kim Wilcox, executive director for the Kansas Board of Regents.
Powell to press Israeli pullout
Secretary of state will meet Sharon, Arafat
April 12, 2002
Secretary of State Colin Powell challenged Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s limited withdrawal of troops from Palestinian areas on Thursday, saying President Bush “wants to see more progress.” On his way to Jerusalem, Powell said the pace of the Israeli pullback from West Bank cities and villages would be part of a “very long conversation” he would have today with Sharon. They spoke by telephone Thursday.
Recreation calendar
April 12, 2002
Star Wars’ fans turn out month early to get seats
April 12, 2002
A handful of die-hard “Star Wars” fans already have started lining up to see the next movie in the sci-fi saga more than a month before it opens.
Sign in film creates web of allegations
April 12, 2002
The owners of several Times Square buildings have filed a lawsuit against the makers of the upcoming “Spider-Man” movie for digitally altering a sign appearing in the motion picture.
Officials set to prepare updated eco devo plan
April 12, 2002
By Joel Mathis Officials are ready to process information from four earlier public meetings across Douglas County into a new economic development plan for the community.
War tribunal wins U.N. approval
Bush administration refuses to ratify treaty, boycotts ceremony
April 12, 2002
The world’s first permanent war crimes tribunal got the necessary international backing Thursday to come into force on July 1, a milestone hailed by human rights advocates and many nations but strongly opposed by the United States. A dream ever since the United Nations was established more than five decades ago, the court became a reality when its founding treaty received the required 60 ratifications.
Senate OKs election law overhaul
April 12, 2002
A year and a half after the nation took a crash course in hanging chads, butterfly ballots and other voting peculiarities, the Senate voted 99-1 Thursday to repair voting systems and crack down on election fraud.
Venezuelan strike turns deadly; president asked to resign
April 12, 2002
Military leaders asked President Hugo Chavez to resign and call elections, after a day of violence Thursday in which National Guard troops and pro-Chavez gunmen clashed with 150,000 opposition protesters.
Details show panel’s plan would raise income, sales, sin taxes
April 12, 2002
The tax plan endorsed Thursday by the Assessment and Taxation Committee was presented by its chairman, Sen. Dave Corbin, R-Towanda. The measure would: Raise individual income taxes about 5 percent, to raise $93.8 million. The increase would stay in effect for three years. The plan also would offset higher income taxes with $10.5 million in tax credits for poor working families.
Minnesota may cut 3 sports
April 12, 2002
Declaring it a “last resort,” University of Minnesota administrators recommended Thursday dropping three sports to contend with growing financial problems in athletics.
James A. O’Donnell
April 12, 2002
Edna L. Wheeler
April 12, 2002
District master plan draft won’t be ready by April 30
DLR Group says facilities survey to be a month late
April 12, 2002
By Tim Carpenter The draft of a consulting firm’s master plan for Lawrence school district facilities won’t be finished until about a month after an April 30 deadline.
PTA conventioneers schedule Salina meeting
April 12, 2002
The 88th Kansas PTA Convention will feature guest speakers, exhibits and workshops today through Sunday at Salina Holiday Inn.
Study: Brain separates chimps, humans
April 12, 2002
As different as chimps and humans look, they share 98.7 percent of the same genes, researchers say.
Terrapins honored
Juan-derful’ describes Dixon’s day
April 12, 2002
Juan Dixon looked out of his aunt’s City Hall office window, watching hundreds gather to celebrate with the NCAA champion Maryland Terrapins.
NBA next for Thomas?
April 12, 2002
After four years of kicking around minor-league and foreign basketball, former Kansas basketball player Billy Thomas may be ready for the NBA.
Free State soccer ties SMNW, 1-1
April 12, 2002
Free State High rallied for a 1-1 tie against SM Northwest in a weather-shortened girls soccer game Thursday at Shawnee Mission Complex.
Cardinals sweep Brewers
April 12, 2002
Tino Martinez made a big contribution to the St. Louis Cardinals without taking the bat off his shoulder.
SM East’s Lem perfect
April 12, 2002
By Steve Rottinghaus The rest of the Class 6A high school tennis players better watch out because another Lem is on the way.
6News video report: Spring brings thunderstorms
April 12, 2002
The first large storm of the spring passed through the area overnight.
O-South nudges Lions, 3-1
April 12, 2002
A two-run single by Matt Galbraith with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning lifted Olathe South to a 3-1 Sunflower League baseball victory over Lawrence High on Thursday at Olathe District Activities Center.
Webber sizzles, fires 81
April 12, 2002
By Andy Samuelson When Free State High’s Aaron Webber learned freshman Stephen Skepnek had tied him by firing a career-best 81 Thursday at Lawrence Country Club he had to give his younger friend a little ribbing.
6Sports video: Free State beats Belton in a high-scoring game
April 12, 2002
The Firebirds win with hot hitting and perseverence.
Daily ticker
April 12, 2002
Area briefs
April 12, 2002
Lawrence bank robber sentenced to prison Leawood senior elected to lead KU student body County, area escape thunderstorm damage Organization seeks pledges for annual fund-raiser
Arts notes
April 12, 2002
Comedy troupe spoofs U.S. politics, TV anchors Filmmakers seeking actors for short film Guest conductor to lead
Briefcase
April 12, 2002
 Wal-Mart’s Walton family gives $300 million to college  Technical fluke clouds outlook on employment  Study puts economic loss from smoking at $7 a pack  Payless ShoeSource reports declining sales for month
Briefs
April 12, 2002
Rangers place Gonzalez on disabled list Florida’s Torborg, Olsen suspended Reds reliever suspended Brewers’ ace on DL
Defamatory letter
April 12, 2002
FSHS drops twinbill
April 12, 2002
By Levi Chronister Although Free State High’s softball team dropped both games of a doubleheader against Olathe South on Thursday at FSHS and dropped to 0-8, coach Pat Pine’s players made progress.
KDOT quality
April 12, 2002
To the editor: As always, there are two sides to the story on the state’s technical bonuses. The governor’s move to address the disparity between state and private-sector engineers was a move that came as a “Band-aid” to a problem that has existed for years.
Neuheisel facing probe
April 12, 2002
The NCAA is investigating University of Washington coach Rick Neuheisel for potential recruiting violations during his tenure at the University of Colorado.
On the record
April 12, 2002
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
On the record
April 12, 2002
People
April 12, 2002
 Irwin, Crowe in top 5 down under  Damon makes English debut  Davis gives birth to daughter
People
April 12, 2002
Irwin, Crowe in top 5 down under Damon makes English debut Davis gives birth to daughter
Recreation calendar
April 12, 2002
Kaw Valley Mycological Society Saturday  First foray of the season, 9:30 a.m., Breidenthal-Rice Woods. Caravan will leave at 9 a.m. from 601 Miss. Directions: Parking is on the west side of the road at the base of a long, steep hill on County Road 1055, about a mile south of its junction with County Road 460.
Repeating lies
April 12, 2002
To the editor: Danne Hautmann’s letter is the most hateful I have seen in this paper. Likening the conflict to Hitler’s “final solution” is an insult to the intelligence of any thinking person. Arabs have initiated violence and Bin Laden-style terrorism against the Jews since the Jerusalem riots of April 1920, when shops and homes were looted and burned. They have bombed civilians for most of the past century. In 1967, during the most sacred of Jewish holidays, five Arab nations attacked Israel with the intention of destroying it forever. The Jews fought to defend themselves and won. Ever since then, Israel has been forced by absolute necessity to adopt a fierce strategy of “homeland security” at tremendous economic and social cost. (Americans have barely had a taste of what this is like.)
Two-time Masters winner Watson shows old form
April 12, 2002
The 2-iron shot soared high into the air, seemed to stay up there forever, then landed softly on the 18th green, and barely rolled an inch.
Welcome expansion
April 12, 2002
J-W Editorials It’s hard to imagine a better corporate citizen for Lawrence than Hallmark Cards. The Hallmark Cards announcement last week that it would expand its operations in the Lawrence plant was great news for the community.
U.S. struggles to keep pace with tax evaders
April 12, 2002
For every convicted tax evader like Daniel Bullock, dozens more get away with cheating that costs the U.S. government as much as $70 billion a year, the Senate was told Thursday. The testimony of Bullock and other tax evaders before the Senate Finance Committee came as the panel’s top two senators, Democrat Max Baucus and Republican Charles Grassley, introduced legislation intended to stem a tide of U.S. companies moving their legal headquarters to Bermuda to escape taxes.
Network news not a has-been yet
Declining viewership not a death knell
April 12, 2002
It’s tempting to write off broadcast network evening news programs as relics of another time.
Negotiations under way for kidnapped Kansans
April 12, 2002
The Bush administration is monitoring negotiations aimed at winning the release of two American missionaries from Kansas who have been held hostage by rebels in the Philippines for nearly a year, senior U.S. officials said Thursday night.