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Costa Rica president ‘committed’ to solving death of slain KU student
March 4, 2003
(Updated Tuesday at 12:38 p.m.) Costa Rica’s president says he is committed to solving “the cruel murder of Shannon Martin, which has caused so much pain. …”
Winter storm leads Lawrence, other school districts to cancel Wednesday classes
March 4, 2003
(Updated Tuesday at 9:19 p.m.) Classes will be canceled Wednesday for Lawrence public schools because of the freezing rain and snow, school district officials announced Tuesday night. Bishop Seabury Academy, Tonganoxie and Perry-Lecompton schools were also among those canceling classes Wednesday.
She writes the songs
Moods inspire Free State musician
March 4, 2003
Rather than singing in the rain, Jennifer Green was writing with the rain after hearing about the Journal-World’s songwriting contest.
Now showing: Theater chains turn to advertising for new revenue
March 4, 2003
Bob Morales and his wife sat through advertisements for the Cartoon Network, the NBC show “Boomtown” and AOL Broadband.
County braces for homeowners claiming property overvalued
March 4, 2003
The tax protests are coming. Marion Johnson, Douglas County appraiser, can see them looming five weeks away: The 1,800 or so people who will claim that the county has overvalued their properties, then ask for informal hearings to get the tax-calculating numbers reduced.
Eudora drops DeSoto
Wildcats’ poor shooting helps Cardinals prevail in 57-44 victory
March 4, 2003
If the DeSoto High boys basketball team’s offense had been clicking, a postseason surprise might have been in the making.
NBA Briefs
March 4, 2003
¢ Miami’s Jones sidelined ¢ Piston mulling retirement ¢ Philadelphia signs Hill
Are liberals ready for their own Rush?
March 4, 2003
So, a group of wealthy Democrats plans to start a new radio network in hopes of creating liberal talk-show alternatives to Rush Limbaugh.
State says church ‘willfully blind’ to sex abuse by priests
March 4, 2003
State prosecutors said Monday that Roman Catholic leaders in New Hampshire for decades ignored the danger posed by molesting priests — even those who admitted guilt — while misleading civil authorities and victims about the extent of sex abuse charges.
Updated ‘Deal’ offers the door less chosen
March 4, 2003
Come on down! Is America really clamoring for a warmed-over primetime reincarnation of “Let’s Make A Deal” (7 p.m., NBC)?
Briefly
March 4, 2003
¢ Massachusetts: Three young boys survive plane crash ¢ Connecticut: Guilty plea entered in Internet killing ¢ Connecticut: Nursing home fire’s toll rises to 12 ¢ Texas: Prison escapee caught 4 decades after fleeing
Local Briefs
March 4, 2003
¢ Election: School board candidates face forum tonight ¢ Education: KU again among top 10 in National Merit scholars ¢ Police: Accident injures two
Gasoline: Pump Patrol tracks down lowest prices in Lawrence
March 4, 2003
The Journal-World has found a Lawrence-area gasoline price as low as $1.55 a gallon at Dillons, 3000 W. Sixth St., and West Side 66, 2815 W. Sixth St.
Sam Dougan
March 4, 2003
Elementary principal chosen to lead West Junior High
March 4, 2003
Myron Melton will now deal with junior high school students at work and home. Melton, principal at Langston Hughes School, was selected Monday to be the next principal at West Junior High School.
Food safety starts at home
March 4, 2003
I was born in northern Iran, right on the “axis of evil,” and I want to tell you about a kind of true homeland security.
Daily Ticker
March 4, 2003
Spring Training Roundup: Sanders superb in Pirate debut
March 4, 2003
Reggie Sanders homered, drew a bases-loaded walk and drove in three runs in his first game with Pittsburgh, and the Pirates routed a Minnesota Twins’ split squad, 14-3, Monday.
Ottawa obliterates Osawatomie
March 4, 2003
At 6-foot-8, Ottawa High senior Ross Thompson draws loads of attention from opposing teams, usually leaving the Cyclones’ guards open for three-point shots.
Fresno State bans itself from league, NCAA tournaments
March 4, 2003
Fresno State banned its men’s basketball team from playing in the postseason this year after the school confirmed allegations of academic fraud.
Drought continues to slow Midwest economy
Regional survey predicts federal agricultural aid will help recovery
March 4, 2003
Minnesota recorded its best economic month since before the recession started, while the impact from the lingering drought continues to drag on the economies from North Dakota to Kansas, according to a regional survey of companies.
Yale service workers kick off strike over contracts
March 4, 2003
Picket lines were set up across the Yale University campus Monday as unions representing some 5,000 service workers kicked off a five-day strike to protest deadlocked contract talks.
NBA Roundup: Pierce’s return ignites Celts
March 4, 2003
Paul Pierce is back. Pierce, who missed Boston’s previous two games because of lower back pain, scored 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds Monday as the Celtics defeated Memphis 111-110.
Lied audience has a Blast
March 4, 2003
It was clear this was no typical orchestra set from the moment the spotlights came on Saturday evening and the Lied Center audience hushed.
People
March 4, 2003
¢ Hopkins’ new role: husband ¢ Seinfelds welcome a boy ¢ Madonna becomes author ¢ Sheen fears war risk — to show
McDonald’s offers fast school funds
March 4, 2003
Area educators have a recipe to help ease the pain of funding cuts. It involves a Big Mac, fries and other items on the McDonald’s menu.
KU snares share of title - Kansas 65, Texas Tech 56
Langford keys win over Tech
March 4, 2003
A jubilant Keith Langford held his right hand high and pointed it in the direction of a noisy Texas Tech student section as the horn sounded in Kansas University’s 65-56 victory Monday night at United Spirit Arena.
Iraq speeds weapons destruction
March 4, 2003
Iraq crushed missiles, sliced casting chambers, unearthed bombs and sent scientists to talk with U.N. weapons inspectors Monday, all in a desperate effort to prove it is disarming before a crucial U.N. report at the end of the week.
KU caught up in grade inflation
Faculty, administrators say trend toward awarding more A’s not a big concern
March 4, 2003
Lloyd Sponholtz has noticed he has been doling out more A’s than when he started teaching at Kansas University in 1967.
Students spend spring break helping build Habitat for Humanity houses
March 4, 2003
The temperature in sunny Cancun, Mexico, reached 90 degrees Monday. It was about 45 and muddy in East Lawrence.
Fine examples
March 4, 2003
Nick Collison, Kirk Hinrich and Roy Williams are strong examples for all athletes, coaches.
U.S. military hesitation bemuses publisher
March 4, 2003
Counting from April 18, 1991, the 15th day after passage of U.N. Resolution 687, more than 4,330 days have passed since Iraq put itself in material breach of international obligations.
DNA tests show inmate isn’t father
Precious Doe ID still a mystery
March 4, 2003
A man who claimed to be the father of a missing Virginia girl is not the father of Precious Doe, the girl whose beheaded body was found in Kansas City two years ago, police said Monday.
Pittsburg couple found dead
March 4, 2003
Pittsburg police are investigating the deaths of a man and woman who were found dead in their home.
Woodling: Jayhawks just won, baby, again
March 4, 2003
Most of the time you look at the box score of a Kansas University men’s basketball game, you expect to find Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich were the Jayhawks’ leading scorers.
Business Briefcase
March 4, 2003
¢ Economic reports contain ominous signs ¢ Investigation: Former Imclone leader pleads guilty to fraud ¢ Missouri: Branson to build $300 million center ¢ Earnings: Pearson profits rise
Free State student works to prevent cuts
March 4, 2003
She’s not even old enough to vote, but one Free State High School senior is hoping she can help the Lawrence school district solve its $4.5 million budget shortfall.
Briefly
March 4, 2003
¢ Colorado: British skier arrested after fatal collision ¢ Virginia: Motion against death penalty rejected in sniper case ¢ Washington, D.C.: Bush to add drug benefit in revamped Medicare plan
Spring prep sports bask on opening day
City teams take advantage of warm weather on first day practices allowed
March 4, 2003
Mike Hill was grateful to see the sun. “Yeah, a little bit,” Free State High’s baseball coach said with a laugh.
Iowa State aide arrested, charged
Brown resigns post amid child pornography allegations
March 4, 2003
Iowa State assistant men’s basketball coach Randall Brown resigned Monday after he was charged with possession of child pornography and obstruction of justice.
NFL Notebook: Chiefs bolster defense with addition of Barber
Outside linebacker had 93 tackles, two interceptions last season with Philadelphia; Eagles teammate next on KC’s list
March 4, 2003
The Kansas City Chiefs took the first step toward revamping their league-worst defense Monday by signing free agent linebacker Shawn Barber to a seven-year deal.
In the halls
March 4, 2003
Diversong
March 4, 2003
¢ REVIEW: Web site popular with young readers ¢ TRENDS: More teens online ¢ CHECK IN: Wiccan book fans sought ¢ READER SUBMISSIONS: We want your poems
Statue to honor Hughes’ legacy
Group seeks city OK for park placement
March 4, 2003
The writer who led the “Harlem Renaissance” of black artists in the early part of the 20th century got his start as a book-loving boy who made his home in Lawrence.
North Korea: Jets target U.S. plane
Surveillance mission intercepted
March 4, 2003
Four armed North Korean fighter jets intercepted a U.S. reconnaissance plane over the Sea of Japan and one used its radar in a manner that indicated it might attack, U.S. officials said Monday.
Arguments begin in murder trial
Prosecutors say defendant killed victim during drug-ring kidnapping
March 4, 2003
A murder trial that began Monday in Douglas County will lay bare the workings of a Topeka-based drug syndicate that turned violent, prosecutors said.
Job market for grads looks slow, experts say
March 4, 2003
This spring’s college graduates are having a tough time lining up jobs, and because of a number of international crises there is no sign that the job market will improve soon, job placement experts say.
Commission candidates steer clear of school bond issue
March 4, 2003
Betty Morris had just cast her primary election ballot last Tuesday at Mustard Seed Christian Fellowship when she was asked what the biggest issue would be in the Lawrence City Commission race.
Wichita aerospace workers ratify restructured contract
March 4, 2003
Members of the Machinists union at Bombardier Aerospace voted Monday to ratify a restructured contract that includes concessions workers hope will ensure their job security.
Neighborhood group sponsors yard, art sale
March 4, 2003
Combine the words “yard” and “art” and you have YART, what members of the East Lawrence Neighborhood Assn. are calling Saturday’s third annual benefit extravaganza at New York School’s gym, 936 N.Y.
On the record
March 4, 2003
Cook services
March 4, 2003
Jeannie Machelle Eye
March 4, 2003
Ellyn Rose Logsdon
March 4, 2003
George Joseph Corriston
March 4, 2003
Audrey Jean McCoy
March 4, 2003
Brave soldiers
March 4, 2003
Us and them’
March 4, 2003
Heartless cruelty
March 4, 2003
Old home town - 25 and 100 years ago today
March 4, 2003
6News video: Trial begins in Kesselring case
March 4, 2003
6News reports on the trial of Michael Kesselring who is charged with the murder of Dale Miller.
6News video: Officials brace for valuation appeals
March 4, 2003
6News reports on the valuation changes in Douglas County.
6Sports video: Seniors say ‘good-bye’
March 4, 2003
6Sports reports on Saturday’s KU men’s basketball Senior Day.
Wichita cancels job fairs for teenagers
March 4, 2003
For teenagers, the tight job market in Wichita is no fair. Literally. Laid-off adults have taken so many of the jobs traditionally filled by teens in the summer that organizers have canceled the city’s annual job fairs.
6Sports video: ‘Hawks snag share of conference title
March 4, 2003
6Sports reports on Monday night’s KU men’s basketball game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Raiders likely out of NCAAs
March 4, 2003
Call it The Lost Weekend for Texas Tech. Saturday, the Red Raiders bowed at home to Texas, 76-71. Two days later, the Raiders were humbled by Kansas University, 65-56, in United Spirit Arena.
6Sports video: Cards move on to meet Spring Hill
March 4, 2003
6Sports reports on the Eudora High boys basketball game against the DeSoto Wildcats in the 4A sub-state playoffs.
Notebook: Jayhawks wrapped up a share of the league title
March 4, 2003
Kansas University junior Jeff Graves, who scored eight points and grabbed five boards in 21 minutes, grinned ear-to-ear after the Jayhawks wrapped up a share of the league title with one game to go.
KU’s Simien ‘not depressed’
Sophomore forward to have surgery March 28
March 4, 2003
Wearing a suit and tie and his 2002 Final Four ring, Wayne Simien rejoiced in the visitors’ locker room with the rest of his teammates after Kansas’ 65-56 victory over Texas Tech Monday night at United Spirit Arena.
KU men No. 6 in poll
March 4, 2003
Kansas University moved up one spot to No. 6 in the Associated Press college basketball poll Monday.
Top 25: Creighton routs WSU
March 4, 2003
Creighton’s Larry House saved his best for his last game at the Civic Auditorium. House scored a career-high 28 points in 22 minutes Monday night as the 19th-ranked Bluejays beat Wichita State, 86-60.
Private, public schools both have advantages
March 4, 2003
Cindy attends a private school and says she is very satisfied with her education. Bobby, meanwhile, spends his days at a public school. He says the public school fits his personality best and loves his school.
Mariners squeak past Royals, 8-7
March 4, 2003
Outfielder Mark Quinn re-injured his hamstring in the Kansas City Royals’ 8-7 loss Monday to the Seattle Mariners.
KU women’s golf ninth at Pinehurst
March 4, 2003
The Kansas University women’s golf team finished ninth out of 20 teams after Sunday’s final round of the Carolinas Classic. KU had a three-round score of 970 at the par-72 Pinehurst No. 8 course.
KU-Creighton called
March 4, 2003
Today’s scheduled Kansas University-Creighton baseball game has been canceled because of cold weather. KU will play host to Western Michigan in a four-game series starting Thursday.
Jeff West upends Kaws
March 4, 2003
The Perry-Lecompton High boys basketball team fouled early and often Monday in a 72-58 sub-state loss to Jefferson West.
Gipp’s three-point barrage helps Baldwin stop Piper
March 4, 2003
The day, month and year all ended in a number that Baldwin High’s Joe Gipp liked — three.
Area Boys Roundup: Tonganoxie boys fall flat against Lansing, 70-59
Mill Valley pounds Basehor-Linwood
March 4, 2003
Tonganoxie came out strong, outscoring Lansing in the first quarter, but the Chieftains couldn’t overcome a deadly second half and lost, 70-59, in the first round of Class 4A sub-state.
Mardi Gras crowd lets the good times roll
March 4, 2003
Costumed revelers partying in the French Quarter made it clear: The countdown to Mardi Gras is on, despite chilly winds and a drenching rain.
Soundproofing material escaped nightclub inspectors’ notice
March 4, 2003
Inspectors never reported seeing the highly flammable and possibly illegal foam covering the walls of a nightclub where 98 people were killed in a fast-moving fire last month, according to documents released Monday that raise the possibility the inspections were botched.
Clippers fire Gentry, promote Johnson
March 4, 2003
Alvin Gentry’s roster of young, talented players just kept losing, and that cost him his job as coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Charity telemarketing: Free speech or fraud?
March 4, 2003
The telemarketer’s pitch sounded good — contribute money for Vietnam veterans down on their luck — but only pennies of each donated dollar went to help those in need.
EPA wants tougher cancer-risk guidelines
March 4, 2003
The government proposed tougher guidelines Monday for evaluating cancer risks to children on grounds the very young may be 10 times more vulnerable than adults to certain chemicals.
Prisons prepare for tobacco ban
March 4, 2003
Inmates at Kansas’ eight prisons will be crunching on carrots, chewing more gum and otherwise coping with nicotine withdrawal when a ban on all tobacco products takes effect March 17.
Health officials try to raise awareness of blood clot risks
March 4, 2003
If you’re lying in a hospital bed, chances are doctors didn’t check you for a silent killer — one that causes some 60,000 potentially preventable deaths a year.
Pentagon chooses 9-11 memorial
March 4, 2003
Victims of the Sept. 11 attack on the Pentagon will be remembered outside the massive Defense Department headquarters by a grove of trees, 184 lighted pools and benches engraved with the names of those who died.
Horoscopes
March 4, 2003