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Suicide bomber kills self and two bystanders in downtown Jerusalem
March 21, 2002
(Updated Friday at 2:57 a.m.) A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up in a main downtown Jerusalem shopping area Thursday, killing himself and two bystanders. At least 60 were wounded, police said.
President Bush says “two-bit terrorists” will not deter him from going to Latin America
March 21, 2002
(Updated Thursday at 12:45 p.m.) President Bush said Thursday “two-bit terrorists” who exploded a bomb near the U.S. Embassy in Peru would not stop him from going there as part of a Latin American trip.
Car bomb explodes outside U.S. Embassy in Peru, nine killed
March 21, 2002
(Updated Thursday at 8:19 a.m.) Three days ahead of a visit by U.S. President George W. Bush, a car bomb exploded outside the U.S. Embassy in Lima, killing at least nine people and injuring dozens. The State Department said no Americans were killed in the blast, which was widely condemned as a terror attack.
World Online: Arts & Entertainment Calendar
March 21, 2002
Vinegar may help reduce cholesterol level
March 21, 2002
Q: I have a friend who has a cholesterol problem but can’t take medication for it because of elevated liver enzymes. Her doctor told her to mix 4 cups of apple juice with 3 cups of white grape juice and 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar. She is supposed to drink 6 ounces of this mixture every morning. She’s been following this regimen for approximately six months, and her cholesterol is going down. Could this drink lower cholesterol?
Great escapes
Hard-working professionals find refuge in recreation
March 21, 2002
By Jim Baker Craig Weinaug has plenty on his plate. As Douglas County’s administrator, he is in charge of about 300 employees and a $38 million budget.
Journal-World Sweet 16 report: Disparate wins put Jayhawks back in Sweet 16
March 21, 2002
By Gary Bedore How sweet it is. Kansas is back in the Sweet 16 for the second straight season thanks to a pair of victories one not so impressive, one very impressive last weekend in St. Louis.
People
March 21, 2002
Downey on the upswing Something to walk about You’re gonna make it … Battle to preserve history
Roles reversed for Kansas, Illini this time around
March 21, 2002
Last year Illinois slugged its way past Kansas into the regional final of the NCAA Tournament, using 12 players to outmuscle the Jayhawks, whose bench wasn’t nearly as deep or strong.
Indiana 74, Duke 73
March 21, 2002
With a never-give-up rally and a wild ending, Indiana produced an upset of Duke as stunning as any in the Hoosiers’ hoops history.
Daily ticker
March 21, 2002
s final fours
March 21, 2002
Here’s a recap of the Jayhawks’ 10 trips to the Final Four.
6Sports Video Reports: Gooden wins more honors
March 21, 2002
Drew Gooden wins the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ Player of the Year.
Briefly
March 21, 2002
 Explosion kills at least 6 outside U.S. Embassy  U.S. engineer sentenced to five years in prison  Artillery training accident kills Fort Drum soldier  Jury in dog attack trial reaches partial verdicts
March 21, 2002
By Mike Belt Police officers threatening a lawsuit against Baldwin say they were pawns used by the mayor in an attempt to get rid of Police Chief Steve Butell. Moreover, the officers say, they ended up being disciplined because of actions of a former officer  an officer they reported for allegedly acting with inappropriate conduct.
Rambling rhetoric
March 21, 2002
J-W Editorials Gov. Bill Graves had people like Tim Shallenburger in mind when he wrote in his State of the State address, “The critic without an alternative solution brings little value to this debate.” State Treasurer Tim Shallenburger isn’t the only state official who’s putting rhetoric above reason right now, but his appearance before the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday is a fine example of the kind of empty budget input that is more harmful than helpful.
Poll finds wide belief in church cover-up
March 21, 2002
A majority of U.S. Catholics believe church leaders have tried to cover up child sexual abuse by priests rather than deal with the problem.
Campaign finance reform legislation sent to Bush
March 21, 2002
Congress on Wednesday approved the most far-reaching changes to the nation’s campaign finance system since the Watergate scandals, sweeping aside years of gridlock to clear legislation for President Bush’s signature. Bush said he will sign the bill, though he called it “flawed in some areas.” Critics attacked the bill as unconstitutional and pledged a swift court challenge.
R.E.M. guitarist says he has no recollection of flight chaos
March 21, 2002
R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck told a jury Wednesday he had no recollection of his alleged drunken behavior during a trans-Atlantic flight. Prosecutors said he overturned a breakfast cart and scuffled with crew members.
Put to the test
Small tracks give big opportunity to NASCAR teams
March 21, 2002
About a half-hour west of Disney World in central Florida, USA International Speedway sits just off an interstate highway connecting Orlando and the Tampa area.
Health briefs
March 21, 2002
Smallpox pill promising: U.S. scientists developing a pill for smallpox in case the deadly virus is used in a bioterrorist attack reported promising test results Wednesday. More: Eye problems rising.
KU’s final fours
March 21, 2002
Here’s a recap of the Jayhawks’ 10 trips to the Final Four.
Limited right to appeal among areas of concern for legal experts
March 21, 2002
The Bush administration would grant terrorism suspects brought before military tribunals many fundamental protections used in civilian trials but deny them others, limiting their right to block second-hand evidence and to appeal their convictions, even in the case of death sentences, government officials said Wednesday. At the same time, the Justice Department announced Wednesday that it would go ahead with a new round of anti-terror interviews with foreign nationals in the United States, calling the first phase a success after interviews with more than 2,200 people yielded a number of tips on possible terrorists.
Pilot killed as U.S. military fighter jet crashes near German border
March 21, 2002
The pilot of a U.S. fighter jet was killed when his aircraft crashed in a wooded area during routine night maneuvers in western Germany, the military said Thursday.
A great year
March 21, 2002
Romney charges into race
March 21, 2002
By Ellen Goodman Washington Post Writers Group Well here’s a new variation on the old fairy tale. The knight on the white charger comes galloping into town on a rescue mission. And his first act is to knock the damsel in distress out of his way. Of course, our hero Mitt Romney isn’t really an equestrian. That’s a summer sport. Maybe it’s more accurate to say that the man who salvaged the Olympics came back to Massachusetts politics on a luge. The only options acting Gov. Jane Swift had were to get out of his way or get knocked down.
Plan would raise taxes to fund transportation
House measure proposes increase in fuel, motor vehicle fee amounts
March 21, 2002
A special House committee has drafted a plan for raising taxes to fund transportation projects, but its members aren’t sure they can sell it to their colleagues.
Jayhawk fans have global perspective
Die-hard followers find ways to keep up on KU basketball
March 21, 2002
By Tim Carpenter For much of his tour of duty in Operation Enduring Freedom, Air Force Tech Sgt. Brett Johnson had one big worry: How was the Jayhawks’ season going? Johnson was deployed in September from Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota to Masirah Island, Oman. For security reasons, he was banned from communicating with outsiders via Internet, telephone or mail for a couple of months.
U.S. sets terror tribunal rules
Limited right to appeal among areas of concern for legal experts
March 21, 2002
The Bush administration would grant terrorism suspects brought before military tribunals many fundamental protections used in civilian trials but deny them others, limiting their right to block second-hand evidence and to appeal their convictions, even in the case of death sentences, government officials said Wednesday. At the same time, the Justice Department announced Wednesday that it would go ahead with a new round of anti-terror interviews with foreign nationals in the United States, calling the first phase a success after interviews with more than 2,200 people yielded a number of tips on possible terrorists.
Local briefs
March 21, 2002
Natural History Museum open during spring break Kansas University’s Natural History Museum is one campus feature that isn’t closed for spring break this week. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. _____________ Legislature: Committee recommends county ECO2 ballot question Topeka A House committee has recommended approval of a bill that would allow a one-quarter cent increase in the sales tax in Douglas County provided that revenue from the levy goes toward purchasing land for open-space preservation and economic development. The legislation was adopted earlier this week by the House Taxation Committee and will now go to the full House for consideration. City, county and Lawrence Chamber of Commerce officials support the measure that was developed by the ECO2 task force. If approved by the Legislature and signed into law, the measure would allow Douglas County commissioners to place on the ballot a question asking voters whether they want to raise the sales tax by one-quarter of a cent. The legislation is needed because, under state law, counties can add 1 cent to the 4.9 cent state sales tax. That has already been done in Douglas County. To raise the tax rate more requires legislative approval. _____________ State budget: State employee union opposes unpaid time off Topeka The state’s largest public employees union told lawmakers Wednesday to look somewhere other than furloughs to help bridge a $700-million budget shortfall. Kansas lawmakers are considering cuts to all areas of government, including a $36-million plan to force state employees to take days off without pay. But Betty Vines, president of the Kansas Association of Public Employees, said state employees are already hurting from inadequate pay increases and higher insurance costs. Vines said it was unfair to cut pay when the state was planning a $135 million restoration of the Capitol, including a tunnel and parking garage. KAPE, which has 20,000 members, urged the Legislature to re-evaluate the tax structure and step up efforts to enforce collection of taxes owed the state. _____________ Schools: Grant funds officers in junior high buildings Lawrence Police will be able to add School Resource Officers to its four junior high schools with the help of a U.S. Department of Justice COPS in Schools grant, it was announced Wednesday. The Lawrence department, which already has officers at Lawrence and Free State high schools, will receive $500,000 to provide all or part of the salary and benefits for the extra officers for three years. The Osawatomie Department of Public Safety also will receive a COPS in Schools grant of $118,499 for one officer. School Resource Officers teach crime substance abuse prevention classes, monitor and counsel troubled students and help build respect and understanding between law enforcement and students. _____________ Pump Patrol: Journal-World seeks the lowest gasoline prices The Journal-World has found a Lawrence area gasoline price as low as $1.23 at several North Third Street stations. 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 message board.
Roles reversed for Kansas, Illini this time around
March 21, 2002
Last year Illinois slugged its way past Kansas into the regional final of the NCAA Tournament, using 12 players to outmuscle the Jayhawks, whose bench wasn’t nearly as deep or strong.
R.E.M. guitarist says he has no recollection of flight chaos
March 21, 2002
R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck told a jury Wednesday he had no recollection of his alleged drunken behavior during a trans-Atlantic flight. Prosecutors said he overturned a breakfast cart and scuffled with crew members.
Births
March 21, 2002
Paul Sollars and Crystal Ballard, Lawrence, a boy, Monday. Dawn Frazier, Eudora, a girl, Tuesday.
Briefcase
March 21, 2002
 Boeing official says company must broaden its business  Compaq approves merger  Taiwan economy loses leader  Housing starts set record
West Point plays vital role
March 21, 2002
By Jack Anderson and Douglas Cohn United Feature Syndicate The 200th anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., was celebrated on March 16, yet few people understand the significance of the event.
Poll finds wide belief in church cover-up
March 21, 2002
A majority of U.S. Catholics believe church leaders have tried to cover up child sexual abuse by priests rather than deal with the problem.
a low blow
March 21, 2002
America’s sleaziest network gives viewers another chance to watch “Celebrity Boxing” (7 p.m., Fox, TV-PG). Last week, this pugilistic special bested a repeat of “The West Wing” in the ratings. As you may recall, “Boxing” pit notorious has-beens, including Tonya Harding, Paula Jones, Todd Bridges, Vanilla Ice, Danny Bonaduce and Barry Williams, against each other for three rounds.
Microsoft judge throws out testimony
March 21, 2002
The federal judge hearing the Microsoft antitrust case said particularly damaging testimony against the company is hearsay, and refused to consider it in deciding whether nine states, including Kansas, can impose harsh penalties on the company. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said the written testimony from RealNetworks vice president David Richards could not be admitted because Richards did not have direct knowledge.
KU aide Dougherty finalist for TCU job
March 21, 2002
Wyoming coach Steve McClain and Kansas assistant Neil Dougherty appear to be the finalists for the vacant TCU men’s basketball head coaching opening.
Entertainment Calendar
March 21, 2002
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t be on hand to watch his son play against his alma mater
March 21, 2002
By Chuck Woodling Today is Norm Cook’s 47th birthday. Sadly, I don’t think there will be any ice cream and cake. No presents, either. No celebration at all. Cook is a former Kansas University basketball standout, a 6-foot-9 freshman forward on the Jayhawks’ 1974 NCAA Final Four team who was a first-round draft choice of the Boston Celtics two years later.
Journal-World Sweet 16 report: Disparate wins put Jayhawks back in Sweet 16
March 21, 2002
By Gary Bedore How sweet it is. Kansas is back in the Sweet 16 for the second straight season thanks to a pair of victories  one not so impressive, one very impressive  last weekend in St. Louis.
Simien hopes to fortify Jayhawks
March 21, 2002
By Gary Bedore Where were you, Wayne Simien, when Illinois punished Kansas, 80-64, in a Sweet 16 basketball game last March? “In front of the tube watching it like everyone else,” Simien, KU’s freshman power forward, said.
93 WTC bomber
March 21, 2002
By Joel Mathis Months before Sept. 11, long before most Americans were worried about the violent consequences of Islamic holy war, Lionel Johnson-Bey was doing all he could to escape his terrorist roommate. But federal prison officials wouldn’t let him.
Romney charges into race
March 21, 2002
By Ellen Goodman Washington Post Writers Group Well here’s a new variation on the old fairy tale. The knight on the white charger comes galloping into town on a rescue mission. And his first act is to knock the damsel in distress out of his way. Of course, our hero Mitt Romney isn’t really an equestrian. That’s a summer sport. Maybe it’s more accurate to say that the man who salvaged the Olympics came back to Massachusetts politics on a luge. The only options acting Gov. Jane Swift had were to get out of his way or get knocked down.
Indiana must face mighty Duke tonight
March 21, 2002
Indiana has had its share of distractions the last two seasons. So, playing defending champion Duke in the NCAA tournament is a minor sideshow to the Hoosiers.
Beleaguered UCLA coach will try to keep his run alive against Missouri tonight
March 21, 2002
Doom, defeat and the threat of dismissal have hovered over Steve Lavin for six seasons  yet every March, it seems the UCLA coach is preparing the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament.
Suicide bomber kills self and two bystanders in downtown Jerusalem
March 21, 2002
(Updated Friday at 2:57 a.m.) A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up in a main downtown Jerusalem shopping area Thursday, killing himself and two bystanders. At least 60 were wounded, police said.
Missouri 82, UCLA 73
March 21, 2002
Kareem Rush and Clarence Gilbert demonstrated what everyone in the West Regional already suspected: Missouri is no ordinary 12th seed.
Respect for dead
March 21, 2002
To the editor: The recent grisly discovery of the crematory in Georgia that callously tossed corpses away reminds us of the unique place the dead have in our and other cultures. Who among us was not touched by the anguish of the families whose loved ones were treated like so-much trash? Perhaps now we have some insight into why the Native American community is so fiercely protective of the Haskell/Baker Wetlands and the many gravesites it contains.
INS incompetence ups terrorist threat
March 21, 2002
By Myriam Marquez Orlando Sentinel President Bush almost tossed up his coffee when he learned that the Florida flight school where two infamous 9-11 terrorists sought classes just received a letter this month from the INS saying they were A-OK to enroll. No kidding. Such foolishness is hard for Americans everywhere to swallow. It would be laughable were the implications not so scary.
s father undergoes surgery
March 21, 2002
Oklahoma basketball coach Kelvin Sampson’s 72-year-old father had emergency brain surgery after falling ill during the Sooners’ practice Tuesday.
March 21, 2002
Playing on offense, said Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson, is like running downhill. But defense?
Mideast talks survive bombing
March 21, 2002
A suicide attack that killed seven Israelis failed to derail efforts for an Israeli-Palestinian truce Wednesday. U.S. envoy Anthony Zinni later mediated a meeting between both sides, but it didn’t produce results and another session was set. Israel had said that for now it wouldn’t retaliate for the bombing of a bus near the northern town of Afula and agreed to meet with the Palestinians in an effort to produce a cease-fire.
Establishment fighting criminal charges
March 21, 2002
An Olathe bar pleaded innocent to a misdemeanor charge that it discriminated against a Hispanic customer.
s death shocks co-workers
March 21, 2002
By Mike Belt Employees in a clinic shared by two Lawrence dentists are trying to recover from the shock of finding a co-worker, a Kansas University student, dead. An autopsy was performed Wednesday on the body of Benjamin Hartter, 22, Morrill, a KU senior who worked as a dental assistant to Dr. Thomas Rainbolt, 316 Maine.
People
March 21, 2002
 Downey on the upswing  Something to walk about  You’re gonna make it …  Battle to preserve history
Briefcase
March 21, 2002
Boeing official says company must broaden its business Compaq approves merger Taiwan economy loses leader Housing starts set record
Children’s network does double duty
Cable’s Noggin will split programming for preschoolers, ‘tweens’
March 21, 2002
When Tom Ascheim talks about Noggin, the cable network that he heads for youngsters, he sounds like a father (which he is, of children ages 9, 5 and 2) crossed with a child psychologist (which, it seems, he is steadily becoming).
Well-being
FDA keeps an eye on drugs
March 21, 2002
Can the Food and Drug Administration order a drug recalled from the market? According to the Higuchi Biosciences Center and the Drug Information Center at Kansas University, the answer might surprise you. Last August, a cholesterol medicine called Baycol was causing severe and sometimes fatal muscular weakness. The FDA acted, and Baycol disappeared from drugstores.
Microsoft judge throws out testimony
March 21, 2002
The federal judge hearing the Microsoft antitrust case said particularly damaging testimony against the company is hearsay, and refused to consider it in deciding whether nine states, including Kansas, can impose harsh penalties on the company. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said the written testimony from RealNetworks vice president David Richards could not be admitted because Richards did not have direct knowledge.
Marguerite Lockwood
March 21, 2002
Mideast talks survive bombing
March 21, 2002
A suicide attack that killed seven Israelis failed to derail efforts for an Israeli-Palestinian truce Wednesday. U.S. envoy Anthony Zinni later mediated a meeting between both sides, but it didn’t produce results and another session was set. Israel had said that for now it wouldn’t retaliate for the bombing of a bus near the northern town of Afula and agreed to meet with the Palestinians in an effort to produce a cease-fire.
Red Brigades claim responsibility for slaying of Italian government adviser, praise Sept. 11 attacks
March 21, 2002
An offshoot of the Red Brigades terror group claimed responsibility for the slaying of a government adviser Thursday and praised the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the United States.
Puerto Ricans get Jayhawk fever
March 21, 2002
By Mindie Paget Students at Washburn Conversational English School in Ponce, Puerto Rico, figure that if the Jayhawk were a real bird, it would get along with their eagle. “Our school mascot is the eagle,” said Luis Figueroa, dean of students at the school. “They thought, well, let’s be friendly with another bird. So they said let’s follow the Jayhawks.”
Small tracks give big opportunity to NASCAR teams
March 21, 2002
About a half-hour west of Disney World in central Florida, USA International Speedway sits just off an interstate highway connecting Orlando and the Tampa area.
s record
March 21, 2002
The Firebirds’ head coach feels confident that they will have a stronger showing this year.
Campaign finance reform legislation sent to Bush
March 21, 2002
Congress on Wednesday approved the most far-reaching changes to the nation’s campaign finance system since the Watergate scandals, sweeping aside years of gridlock to clear legislation for President Bush’s signature. Bush said he will sign the bill, though he called it “flawed in some areas.” Critics attacked the bill as unconstitutional and pledged a swift court challenge.
Cheney returns to U.S.
March 21, 2002
Vice President Dick Cheney ended his Mideast trip Wednesday and returned to Washington.
Local briefs
March 21, 2002
 Natural History Museum open during spring break Kansas University’s Natural History Museum is one campus feature that isn’t closed for spring break this week. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. _____________  Legislature: Committee recommends county ECO2 ballot question Topeka  A House committee has recommended approval of a bill that would allow a one-quarter cent increase in the sales tax in Douglas County provided that revenue from the levy goes toward purchasing land for open-space preservation and economic development. The legislation was adopted earlier this week by the House Taxation Committee and will now go to the full House for consideration. City, county and Lawrence Chamber of Commerce officials support the measure that was developed by the ECO2 task force. If approved by the Legislature and signed into law, the measure would allow Douglas County commissioners to place on the ballot a question asking voters whether they want to raise the sales tax by one-quarter of a cent. The legislation is needed because, under state law, counties can add 1 cent to the 4.9 cent state sales tax. That has already been done in Douglas County. To raise the tax rate more requires legislative approval. _____________  State budget: State employee union opposes unpaid time off Topeka  The state’s largest public employees union told lawmakers Wednesday to look somewhere other than furloughs to help bridge a $700-million budget shortfall. Kansas lawmakers are considering cuts to all areas of government, including a $36-million plan to force state employees to take days off without pay. But Betty Vines, president of the Kansas Association of Public Employees, said state employees are already hurting from inadequate pay increases and higher insurance costs. Vines said it was unfair to cut pay when the state was planning a $135 million restoration of the Capitol, including a tunnel and parking garage. KAPE, which has 20,000 members, urged the Legislature to re-evaluate the tax structure and step up efforts to enforce collection of taxes owed the state. _____________  Schools: Grant funds officers in junior high buildings Lawrence Police will be able to add School Resource Officers to its four junior high schools with the help of a U.S. Department of Justice COPS in Schools grant, it was announced Wednesday. The Lawrence department, which already has officers at Lawrence and Free State high schools, will receive $500,000 to provide all or part of the salary and benefits for the extra officers for three years. The Osawatomie Department of Public Safety also will receive a COPS in Schools grant of $118,499 for one officer. School Resource Officers teach crime substance abuse prevention classes, monitor and counsel troubled students and help build respect and understanding between law enforcement and students. _____________  Pump Patrol: Journal-World seeks the lowest gasoline prices The Journal-World has found a Lawrence area gasoline price as low as $1.23 at several North Third Street stations. 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 message board.
Marguerite Lockwood
March 21, 2002
Memorial services for Marguerite Lockwood, 82, Lawrence, will be at a later date. Mrs. Lockwood died Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at her home. She donated her body to the Kansas University School of Medicine for medical research.
s health has Williams upbeat
March 21, 2002
By Gary Bedore A burning question was on the minds of many as Roy Williams hopped off Kansas’ team bus and strolled into the Madison Concourse Hotel lobby on Wednesday night.
OSU gains splits with second-game win
March 21, 2002
By Andy Samuelson No one would have known by the look on her face late Wednesday afternoon that Kansas’ Kara Pierce had just pitched the best game of her life. She seemed sort of cheery when asked what it felt like to toss her first career no-hitter  a 4-0 KU victory in its Big 12 conference opener against Oklahoma State at Jayhawk Field  but something was missing.
House approves pro-life measures
March 21, 2002
Abortion opponents won two victories Wednesday in the House. On a 72-51 vote, the House sent the Senate a bill protecting health care providers from being fired or sued for refusing to perform abortions or some other services.
On the street
March 21, 2002
Asked at KU’s Ekdahl Dining Commons Will Nick Collison, Kirk Hinrich and Drew Gooden all return next year?
Hard-working professionals find refuge in recreation
March 21, 2002
By Jim Baker Craig Weinaug has plenty on his plate. As Douglas County’s administrator, he is in charge of about 300 employees and a $38 million budget.
Economic task force uses Sauer-Danfoss as model
March 21, 2002
By Mark Fagan Keith Folkmann didn’t mind shutting down production Wednesday afternoon at his Lawrence plant, giving his 110 employees a couple hours to play basketball, eat snacks and relax on the production floor. After cranking out 500,000 hydrostatic pumps and motors since opening the place in April 1999, he figured they’d earned a break.
6News Video Report: Sauer Danfoss celebrates a production milestone
March 21, 2002
The Lawrence factory has produced 500,000 hydraulic pump motors in the past few years.
Respect for dead
March 21, 2002
Horoscopes
March 21, 2002
For Thursday, March 21, 2002, those with birthdays today: You’re unusually verbal. Think through decisions that involve security, friendship and travel. Rethink your goals, especially those touching your personal and familial lives. The more flexible you are, the happier you will be. If you are single, you will find that August might be very exciting. If attached, your relationship will develop a close tone. The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult
Health briefs
March 21, 2002
Smallpox pill promising: U.S. scientists developing a pill for smallpox in case the deadly virus is used in a bioterrorist attack reported promising test results Wednesday. More: Eye problems rising.
Gooden, Williams co-players of year
March 21, 2002
By Gary Bedore All-American Drew Gooden  the Big 12 Player of the Year and a first-team all-conference pick  on Wednesday received his most prestigious honor to date. Gooden was named by the National Association of Basketball Coaches as Co-Player of the Year with Duke junior guard Jason Williams.
KU baseball team drops eighth straight
March 21, 2002
Kansas University’s baseball team couldn’t overcome five errors as Texas-Pan American handed the Jayhawks their eighth straight loss, 7-2, Wednesday. All seven of Texas-Pan American’s runs were unearned. KU starter Dan Olson fell to 3-2. Olson pitched 61/3 innings, allowing five unearned runs. KU’s Ryan Baty extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a ninth-inning double.
KU tennis triumphs
March 21, 2002
Cheryl Mallaiah, Emily Haylock, Courtney Steinbock, Paige Brown, Aurelie Bejar and Kim Lorenz posted singles victories and Kansas University’s women’s tennis team defeated South Florida, 7-0, Wednesday.
s parents settle libel suit for allegation of murder
March 21, 2002
An ex-detective who wrote a book accusing John and Patsy Ramsey of killing their daughter will pay the couple an undisclosed sum to settle their $80 million libel lawsuit.
House measure proposes increase in fuel, motor vehicle fee amounts
March 21, 2002
A special House committee has drafted a plan for raising taxes to fund transportation projects, but its members aren’t sure they can sell it to their colleagues.
Kansas Speedway gets cooking
March 21, 2002
Kansas Speedway is accepting entries for the second annual Kansas Speedway / Oklahoma Joe’s Barbecue Cookoff.
t want to miss
March 21, 2002
TODAY LAWRENCE
FDA keeps an eye on drugs
March 21, 2002
Can the Food and Drug Administration order a drug recalled from the market? According to the Higuchi Biosciences Center and the Drug Information Center at Kansas University, the answer might surprise you. Last August, a cholesterol medicine called Baycol was causing severe and sometimes fatal muscular weakness. The FDA acted, and Baycol disappeared from drugstores.
Vinegar may help reduce cholesterol level
March 21, 2002
Q: I have a friend who has a cholesterol problem but can’t take medication for it because of elevated liver enzymes. Her doctor told her to mix 4 cups of apple juice with 3 cups of white grape juice and 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar. She is supposed to drink 6 ounces of this mixture every morning. She’s been following this regimen for approximately six months, and her cholesterol is going down. Could this drink lower cholesterol?
NBA Roundup: Jordan back in action
March 21, 2002
Michael Jordan couldn’t get into a rhythm in his first game back from knee surgery. Still, his mere presence on the court was more than enough against the struggling Denver Nuggets.
Blue Jackets will wear initials of girl killed in puck accident
March 21, 2002
The NHL is looking at arena safety following the death of a 13-year-old girl who was hit in the forehead by a puck that flew into the stands.
Connecticut boy accomplishes feat in stinky sneaker contest
March 21, 2002
They’ve worn their sneakers while mowing the lawn. They’ve left them outside in the rain, and they’ve dragged them through the mud.
Die-hard followers find ways to keep up on KU basketball
March 21, 2002
By Tim Carpenter For much of his tour of duty in Operation Enduring Freedom, Air Force Tech Sgt. Brett Johnson had one big worry: How was the Jayhawks’ season going? Johnson was deployed in September from Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota to Masirah Island, Oman. For security reasons, he was banned from communicating with outsiders via Internet, telephone or mail for a couple of months.
Supreme Court hears arguments on age-bias claims
March 21, 2002
The Supreme Court confronted the job safety fears of America’s graying workers on Wednesday in a case that asks whether older employees have the same legal clout as minorities in discrimination claims.
Vatican blames gay priests
March 21, 2002
Saying that most reported cases of church sex abuse have involved priests and boys, Catholic officials in Rome have reaffirmed their stand against homosexuality, saying gays should not become priests.
Wichita to vote on downtown arena
March 21, 2002
Wichita voters will get to decide whether the city should build a $150 million downtown arena. The city council on Tuesday voted to put the question before voters May 21.
KC Police shooting victim had 17 wounds
March 21, 2002
A gun-wielding man fatally shot by police during St. Patrick’s Day festivities had 17 bullet wounds, a medical examination showed. Authorities said Tuesday that they don’t know how many times Kirt J. Morrissey was shot.
Awards recognize leadership in area
March 21, 2002
Three Lawrence residents will receive awards at Baker University’s Partners-In-Progress breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Drive.
Commodities
March 21, 2002
Local markets As of Thursday’s close, courtesy of Ottawa Cooperative Assn. Ottawa Elevator  Wheat, $2.59; corn, $1.81; milo, $1.76; soybeans, $4.22. Edgerton Elevator  Wheat, $2.62; corn, $1.83; milo, $1.76; soybeans, $4.22. Overbrook Elevator  Wheat, $2.62; corn, $1.81; milo, $1.76; soybeans, $4.25. Midland Elevator  Wheat, NA; corn, $1.83; milo, NA; soybeans, $4.22. Lawrence North Elevator  Wheat, NA; corn, $1.86; milo, NA; soybeans, $4.25. Lawrence South Elevator  Wheat, $2.62; corn, $1.83; milo, NA; soybeans, $4.22. Pauline Elevator  Wheat, NA; corn, $1.86; milo, $1.81; soybeans, $4.2s7.
Andersen pleads innocent, seeks speedy trial
March 21, 2002
Arthur Andersen LLP pleaded innocent Wednesday to criminal charges that it obstructed justice by shredding tons of documents and deleting computer files related to Enron.
Credit-rating firm claims Enron lied
March 21, 2002
An official of a major Wall Street credit-rating agency told Congress Wednesday that Enron Corp. executives lied to his agency in late 1999 about partnerships that were used to conceal massive debts. Lawmakers and regulators dissecting the biggest corporate failure in U.S. history are examining why the three big credit-rating agencies, Moody’s Investors Service, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings, maintained high ratings for Enron while its stock plummeted, until four days before its bankruptcy filing Dec. 2. The complex web of partnerships, improperly buttressed by Enron stock, ultimately brought down the energy-trading company.
Oklahoma 88, Arizona 67
March 21, 2002
Arizona wouldn’t let Oklahoma play its inside game, so Hollis Price went outside. Price scored 26 points, including a season-high six 3-pointers, to lead No. 2-seeded Oklahoma past third-seeded Arizona 88-67 in the West Regional semifinals Thursday night.
World Online report: Indiana dumps Duke, 74-73
March 21, 2002
Bulletin: Down by as many as 17 points, the Indiana Hoosiers’ first lead came with under a minute to play in the game. That would be the only lead they would need. Indiana advances to the Great 8 for the first time in the post-Bobby Knight era.
Kent State 78, Pittsburgh 73, OT
March 21, 2002
The 10th-seeded Golden Flashes played smothering defense and slowed the tempo at every opportunity Thursday night, defeating No. 3 Pittsburgh 78-73 in overtime in the South Regional semifinals.
will not deter him from going to Latin America
March 21, 2002
(Updated Thursday at 12:45 p.m.) President Bush said Thursday “two-bit terrorists” who exploded a bomb near the U.S. Embassy in Peru would not stop him from going there as part of a Latin American trip.
Car bomb explodes outside U.S. Embassy in Peru, nine killed
March 21, 2002
(Updated Thursday at 8:19 a.m.) Three days ahead of a visit by U.S. President George W. Bush, a car bomb exploded outside the U.S. Embassy in Lima, killing at least nine people and injuring dozens. The State Department said no Americans were killed in the blast, which was widely condemned as a terror attack.
6News Video Reports: The city hires more police officers
March 21, 2002
Applicants for the Lawrence Police Department have to face stringent tests in order to become officers.
Book officially closed on Clinton investigation
March 21, 2002
The prosecutor’s final report on Whitewater concluded the Clintons’ Arkansas land venture benefited from criminal activity and that the president and first lady gave factually inaccurate testimony, but that there was not enough evidence to prove the former first family engaged in wrongdoing.
Budget bills outline different priorities
March 21, 2002
Republicans steered a $2.1 trillion budget for next year through the House on Wednesday that mirrors President Bush’s plan of strengthening defense and domestic security while allowing deficits to return. The Senate’s majority Democrats unfurled their own fiscal blueprint of the same amount and planned to shove it through that chambers’ budget panel today. It focuses on generating surpluses without using Social Security funds by 2008, while embracing Bush’s defense proposals for the next two years and outspending him for schools, health and road building.
s privacy would be violated by legislative proposal
March 21, 2002
By Scott Rothschild State officials Wednesday voiced concerns about a so-called foster parents’ “bill of rights,” saying the proposal would actually hurt the foster care system. “Foster parents need to be recognized and treated with respect, but we need to do it in a way that is not going to be a disservice to children,” said 30th State District Judge Thomas Graber of Sumner County.
Sound off
March 21, 2002
Is it true that the Sheriff’s Office doesn’t have performance evaluations? Why not? That is not true, according to Douglas County Sheriff Rick Trapp. A system is in place for evaluating employee job performance on a continuing basis throughout the year, Trapp said. Half of the merit raise is contingent on job performance. Also, public safety employees are tested yearly for physical fitness. Each employee must attain a certain score to receive the other half of the merit raise.
Legislators will tack on $13 million for aircraft lab improvements at WSU
March 21, 2002
The cost of a $110-million plan to build research facilities at Kansas University and two other schools is about to increase. State lawmakers Wednesday said they would tack on an additional $13 million in bonds requested by the aircraft industry to make improvements at an aircraft research laboratory at Wichita State University.
March 21, 2002
When Tom Ascheim talks about Noggin, the cable network that he heads for youngsters, he sounds like a father (which he is, of children ages 9, 5 and 2) crossed with a child psychologist (which, it seems, he is steadily becoming).
NHL to study safety concerns
Blue Jackets will wear initials of girl killed in puck accident
March 21, 2002
The NHL is looking at arena safety following the death of a 13-year-old girl who was hit in the forehead by a puck that flew into the stands.
INS incompetence ups terrorist threat
March 21, 2002
By Myriam Marquez Orlando Sentinel President Bush almost tossed up his coffee when he learned that the Florida flight school where two infamous 9-11 terrorists sought classes just received a letter this month from the INS saying they were A-OK to enroll. No kidding. Such foolishness is hard for Americans everywhere to swallow. It would be laughable were the implications not so scary.
Platting point
March 21, 2002
Risk reduction
March 21, 2002
Tax grab
March 21, 2002
Fox News hype of ‘Celebrity Boxing’ a low blow
March 21, 2002
America’s sleaziest network gives viewers another chance to watch “Celebrity Boxing” (7 p.m., Fox, TV-PG). Last week, this pugilistic special bested a repeat of “The West Wing” in the ratings. As you may recall, “Boxing” pit notorious has-beens, including Tonya Harding, Paula Jones, Todd Bridges, Vanilla Ice, Danny Bonaduce and Barry Williams, against each other for three rounds.
Vatican blames gay priests
March 21, 2002
Saying that most reported cases of church sex abuse have involved priests and boys, Catholic officials in Rome have reaffirmed their stand against homosexuality, saying gays should not become priests.
Credit-rating firm claims Enron lied
March 21, 2002
An official of a major Wall Street credit-rating agency told Congress Wednesday that Enron Corp. executives lied to his agency in late 1999 about partnerships that were used to conceal massive debts. Lawmakers and regulators dissecting the biggest corporate failure in U.S. history are examining why the three big credit-rating agencies, Moody’s Investors Service, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings, maintained high ratings for Enron while its stock plummeted, until four days before its bankruptcy filing Dec. 2. The complex web of partnerships, improperly buttressed by Enron stock, ultimately brought down the energy-trading company.
Andersen pleads innocent, seeks speedy trial
March 21, 2002
Arthur Andersen LLP pleaded innocent Wednesday to criminal charges that it obstructed justice by shredding tons of documents and deleting computer files related to Enron.
Plant marks milestone
Economic task force uses Sauer-Danfoss as model
March 21, 2002
By Mark Fagan Keith Folkmann didn’t mind shutting down production Wednesday afternoon at his Lawrence plant, giving his 110 employees a couple hours to play basketball, eat snacks and relax on the production floor. After cranking out 500,000 hydrostatic pumps and motors since opening the place in April 1999, he figured they’d earned a break.
Lawrence trio earns Baker U. accolades
Awards recognize leadership in area
March 21, 2002
Three Lawrence residents will receive awards at Baker University’s Partners-In-Progress breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Drive.
KC Police shooting victim had 17 wounds
March 21, 2002
A gun-wielding man fatally shot by police during St. Patrick’s Day festivities had 17 bullet wounds, a medical examination showed. Authorities said Tuesday that they don’t know how many times Kirt J. Morrissey was shot.
Wichita to vote on downtown arena
March 21, 2002
Wichita voters will get to decide whether the city should build a $150 million downtown arena. The city council on Tuesday voted to put the question before voters May 21.
Supreme Court hears arguments on age-bias claims
March 21, 2002
The Supreme Court confronted the job safety fears of America’s graying workers on Wednesday in a case that asks whether older employees have the same legal clout as minorities in discrimination claims.
JonBenet’s parents settle libel suit for allegation of murder
March 21, 2002
An ex-detective who wrote a book accusing John and Patsy Ramsey of killing their daughter will pay the couple an undisclosed sum to settle their $80 million libel lawsuit.
NCAA Tournament: Lavin continues to confound critics
Beleaguered UCLA coach will try to keep his run alive against Missouri tonight
March 21, 2002
Doom, defeat and the threat of dismissal have hovered over Steve Lavin for six seasons yet every March, it seems the UCLA coach is preparing the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament.
Connecticut boy accomplishes feat in stinky sneaker contest
March 21, 2002
They’ve worn their sneakers while mowing the lawn. They’ve left them outside in the rain, and they’ve dragged them through the mud.
Terrorist’s cellmate loses case
Convict didn’t want to room in Leavenworth with ‘93 WTC bomber
March 21, 2002
By Joel Mathis Months before Sept. 11, long before most Americans were worried about the violent consequences of Islamic holy war, Lionel Johnson-Bey was doing all he could to escape his terrorist roommate. But federal prison officials wouldn’t let him.
House approves pro-life measures
March 21, 2002
Abortion opponents won two victories Wednesday in the House. On a 72-51 vote, the House sent the Senate a bill protecting health care providers from being fired or sued for refusing to perform abortions or some other services.
Research facilities tab to increase
Legislators will tack on $13 million for aircraft lab improvements at WSU
March 21, 2002
The cost of a $110-million plan to build research facilities at Kansas University and two other schools is about to increase. State lawmakers Wednesday said they would tack on an additional $13 million in bonds requested by the aircraft industry to make improvements at an aircraft research laboratory at Wichita State University.
Transcript: Baldwin police disciplined as ‘political decision’
March 21, 2002
By Mike Belt Police officers threatening a lawsuit against Baldwin say they were pawns used by the mayor in an attempt to get rid of Police Chief Steve Butell. Moreover, the officers say, they ended up being disciplined because of actions of a former officer an officer they reported for allegedly acting with inappropriate conduct.
Student’s death shocks co-workers
March 21, 2002
By Mike Belt Employees in a clinic shared by two Lawrence dentists are trying to recover from the shock of finding a co-worker, a Kansas University student, dead. An autopsy was performed Wednesday on the body of Benjamin Hartter, 22, Morrill, a KU senior who worked as a dental assistant to Dr. Thomas Rainbolt, 316 Maine.
Foster parent bill draws criticism
Judge warns children’s privacy would be violated by legislative proposal
March 21, 2002
By Scott Rothschild State officials Wednesday voiced concerns about a so-called foster parents’ “bill of rights,” saying the proposal would actually hurt the foster care system. “Foster parents need to be recognized and treated with respect, but we need to do it in a way that is not going to be a disservice to children,” said 30th State District Judge Thomas Graber of Sumner County.
Olathe bar denies it discriminated
Establishment fighting criminal charges
March 21, 2002
An Olathe bar pleaded innocent to a misdemeanor charge that it discriminated against a Hispanic customer.
Budget bills outline different priorities
March 21, 2002
Republicans steered a $2.1 trillion budget for next year through the House on Wednesday that mirrors President Bush’s plan of strengthening defense and domestic security while allowing deficits to return. The Senate’s majority Democrats unfurled their own fiscal blueprint of the same amount and planned to shove it through that chambers’ budget panel today. It focuses on generating surpluses without using Social Security funds by 2008, while embracing Bush’s defense proposals for the next two years and outspending him for schools, health and road building.
Cheney returns to U.S.
March 21, 2002
Vice President Dick Cheney ended his Mideast trip Wednesday and returned to Washington.
Book officially closed on Clinton investigation
March 21, 2002
The prosecutor’s final report on Whitewater concluded the Clintons’ Arkansas land venture benefited from criminal activity and that the president and first lady gave factually inaccurate testimony, but that there was not enough evidence to prove the former first family engaged in wrongdoing.
A troubled mind
Norm Cook won’t be on hand to watch his son play against his alma mater
March 21, 2002
By Chuck Woodling Today is Norm Cook’s 47th birthday. Sadly, I don’t think there will be any ice cream and cake. No presents, either. No celebration at all. Cook is a former Kansas University basketball standout, a 6-foot-9 freshman forward on the Jayhawks’ 1974 NCAA Final Four team who was a first-round draft choice of the Boston Celtics two years later.
NBA Roundup: Jordan back in action
March 21, 2002
Michael Jordan couldn’t get into a rhythm in his first game back from knee surgery. Still, his mere presence on the court was more than enough against the struggling Denver Nuggets.
Briefly
March 21, 2002
Explosion kills at least 6 outside U.S. Embassy U.S. engineer sentenced to five years in prison Artillery training accident kills Fort Drum soldier Jury in dog attack trial reaches partial verdicts
Hoosiers unfazed underdogs
Indiana must face mighty Duke tonight
March 21, 2002
Indiana has had its share of distractions the last two seasons. So, playing defending champion Duke in the NCAA tournament is a minor sideshow to the Hoosiers.
Sooners had to rebuild, too
Like tonight’s foe, Arizona, OU feared ‘down year’
March 21, 2002
Playing on offense, said Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson, is like running downhill. But defense?
Sampson’s father undergoes surgery
March 21, 2002
Oklahoma basketball coach Kelvin Sampson’s 72-year-old father had emergency brain surgery after falling ill during the Sooners’ practice Tuesday.
6News Video Report: Sauer Danfoss celebrates a production milestone
March 21, 2002
The Lawrence factory has produced 500,000 hydraulic pump motors in the past few years.
6News Video Reports: The city hires more police officers
March 21, 2002
Applicants for the Lawrence Police Department have to face stringent tests in order to become officers.
6Sports Video Reports: Free State softball hopes to improve on last year’s record
March 21, 2002
The Firebirds’ head coach feels confident that they will have a stronger showing this year.
Pilot killed as U.S. military fighter jet crashes near German border
March 21, 2002
The pilot of a U.S. fighter jet was killed when his aircraft crashed in a wooded area during routine night maneuvers in western Germany, the military said Thursday.
Red Brigades claim responsibility for slaying of Italian government adviser, praise Sept. 11 attacks
March 21, 2002
An offshoot of the Red Brigades terror group claimed responsibility for the slaying of a government adviser Thursday and praised the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the United States.
Kansas Speedway gets cooking
March 21, 2002
Kansas Speedway is accepting entries for the second annual Kansas Speedway / Oklahoma Joe’s Barbecue Cookoff.
Daily ticker
March 21, 2002
Dow Industrials Â133.68, 10,501.57
Area briefs
March 21, 2002
 Jury begins deliberations in DeSoto murder trial  KU Web site offers panoramic campus view  Geological field trip open for registration  Holocaust film director to show work at KU
Area briefs
March 21, 2002
Jury begins deliberations in DeSoto murder trial KU Web site offers panoramic campus view Geological field trip open for registration Holocaust film director to show work at KU
A great year
March 21, 2002
To the editor: This has been one great year for the Kansas basketball team, Roy Williams and staff and KU fans, myself included. What a class act they are.
On the record
March 21, 2002
Law enforcement report Emergency calls
On the record
March 21, 2002
Platting point
March 21, 2002
To the editor: The article “Land plat status to be planners’ debate topic” mentions Commissioner Pine’s support for exempting platted properties from new floodplain recommendations. At a planning commission subcommittee study session all commissioners, except Commissioner Haase, voiced similar support for an exemption. These commissioners expressed concern that making platted properties comply with new regulations would force the city to renege on good-faith agreements with property owners.
Rambling rhetoric
March 21, 2002
J-W Editorials Gov. Bill Graves had people like Tim Shallenburger in mind when he wrote in his State of the State address, “The critic without an alternative solution brings little value to this debate.” State Treasurer Tim Shallenburger isn’t the only state official who’s putting rhetoric above reason right now, but his appearance before the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday is a fine example of the kind of empty budget input that is more harmful than helpful.
Risk reduction
March 21, 2002
To the editor: In response to Kevin Martel’s letter, “Protected?” he is correct in stating that condoms are not 100 percent effective in the prevention of STDs or unintended pregnancy. However, when used correctly and consistently, condoms do reduce an individual’s potential risk of exposure to an STD.
KU aide Dougherty finalist for TCU job
March 21, 2002
Wyoming coach Steve McClain and Kansas assistant Neil Dougherty appear to be the finalists for the vacant TCU men’s basketball head coaching opening.
Tax grab
March 21, 2002
To the editor: I applaud Ms. Anderson for speaking out against the school system’s tactics of using the children as pawns (“Issue for adults,” Public Forum, March 13).
West Point plays vital role
March 21, 2002
By Jack Anderson and Douglas Cohn United Feature Syndicate The 200th anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., was celebrated on March 16, yet few people understand the significance of the event.
Horoscopes
March 21, 2002