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What do you think about Kansas University's proposal to raise tuition and fees by 17.7 percent next year?

Poll results

Response Percent
It’s outrageous. Students and their parents couldn’t afford that high of an increase in this economy.
 
44%
Despite the increase, KU’s tuition and fees would still be a good educational value.
 
29%
It’s steep, but students and their parents would be able to afford it.
 
13%
KU still has many needs that haven’t been met. Tuition should be raised even more.
 
9%
Undecided.
 
3%
Total 1184

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Boothe pleads not guilty in son’s slaying
May 16, 2003
(Updated Monday at 3:41 p.m.) Raymond Boothe, the Cameron, Mo., man accused of slaying his 11-year-old son last August on the Kansas Turnpike east of Lawrence, entered a not-guilty plea Friday in Leavenworth County District Court.
LHS-Free State baseball game canceled
May 16, 2003
(Web Posted Friday at 12:42 p.m.) Because of the rain and wet fields, the baseball game planned for 5 p.m. today between Free State and Lawrence high schools has been canceled and will not be rescheduled.
Construction projects to start Monday at KU
May 16, 2003
(Updated Friday at 11:08 a.m.) Construction projects at Kansas University will affect parking and traffic on campus beginning Monday.
KU awards first Shannon Martin scholarship
May 16, 2003
A senior from Roeland Park will receive the first Shannon Martin scholarship from Kansas University.
Barron gets chance at Indy
Luyendyk replacement makes most of opportunity
May 16, 2003
Alex Barron had every reason to be optimistic about returning to the Indianapolis 500 after being its co-rookie of the year in 2002.
Matrix’ sequel offers odd mix of action and lectures
May 16, 2003
There’s a moment in “The Matrix Reloaded” when rogue Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) realizes the dozens of personal clones he has created aren’t enough to defeat the heroic Neo (Keanu Reeves). “More!” the stone-faced villain howls, summoning a hundred or so new copies of himself to the epic battle.
Matrix’ series gets upgraded and ‘Reloaded’
May 16, 2003
“At its heart, it’s a love story,” says Carrie-Anne Moss, who plays Trinity. “At the core of it is the idea of what it really means to be human,” says Keanu Reeves, who plays Neo. “It’s about choices,” says Jada Pinkett Smith, who plays Niobe.
Daily ticker
May 16, 2003
Westar Energy reports profit in first quarter
State’s largest electric utility cites weather, discontinued operations for increase
May 16, 2003
Westar Energy Inc. posted a profit for the first quarter of 2003, bolstered by winter weather and classifying its troubled monitored security interests as discontinued operations. Westar earned $123.7 million, or $1.72 per share. That compares to a loss in the first quarter of 2002 of $746.3 million, or $10.46 a share. Last year’s loss was associated with Westar’s adjustments of assets related to the Protection One security business.
K.C. utility reports loss of $51.9 million
May 16, 2003
Aquila Inc. reported an additional $51.9 million in losses during the first quarter, largely related to last year’s decision to exit the energy trading business.
Golf losses
May 16, 2003
The city has gained a municipal golf course, but it is losing money on the Eagle Bend operation. Several days ago, a Journal-World story noted that revenues at the city-operated Eagle Bend Golf Course are falling short of projections and it is probable that services and expenses will have to be cut to stem the losses.
State of ignorance
May 16, 2003
Housing struggle
May 16, 2003
Failed experiment
May 16, 2003
Weather watch
May 16, 2003
Awaiting solution
May 16, 2003
Applauding ‘Joes’
May 16, 2003
Sluman takes Nelson lead
Opening-round 63 good for one-stroke edge
May 16, 2003
Jeff Sluman was so desperate for some help with his putting he took a lesson by phone. Now he’s back on the top of the leaderboard. Sluman shot a bogey-free 7-under 63 Thursday, including birdies on his last three holes, and held the first-round lead at the $5.6 million Byron Nelson Championship.
Advice for Vijay Singh: Get over it
May 16, 2003
Admit it, men. Inside, we’re all a quivering mass of lemon Jell-O.
U.S. warns of more Saudi attacks
May 16, 2003
The deadly car bombings of residential compounds in Riyadh could be followed by more attacks on Americans, U.S. officials warned Thursday.
Schools propose tuition boost
Kansas University asks Board of Regents to approve 17.7 percent increase
May 16, 2003
As state universities proposed steep tuition and fee increases for the second straight year, a member of the Kansas Board of Regents blamed the Legislature for making the tuition increases necessary. Regent Dick Bond, a former state legislator from Overland Park, said Thursday that tuition increases wouldn’t be needed if legislators had committed more state funds for universities.
Inmate’s outburst nets battery charges
May 16, 2003
A defendant with a history of mental illness is in trouble for allegedly throwing urine at officers in the Douglas County Jail.
Watchdog group pans state’s laws on lobbyists
May 16, 2003
Kansas had stronger laws than many states on disclosures by lobbyists but still had weaknesses, a national watchdog group said in a new report. Among the deficiencies cited by the Washington-based Center for Public Integrity was the lack of a requirement that lobbyists disclose their salaries or administrative expenses.
K.C. schools say achievement gap closed
District argues for end to federal court supervision of desegregation case
May 16, 2003
The achievement gap between black and white students in the Kansas City public schools has shrunk, a witness testified during a hearing to determine whether court supervision of the district’s desegregation case should end.
County expands liquor sales to 3 holidays
Stores in K.C.K. given OK to open Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day
May 16, 2003
Wyandotte County’s Unified Government successfully fought for Sunday liquor sales.
Westar report unmasks deceit, extravagance
Ex-CEO at root of indiscretions
May 16, 2003
David Wittig was a conniver who spied on his own Westar Energy employees, muscled out boardroom opponents who questioned his ways and misused lavish company jets to ferry family and friends on jaunts to Palm Beach, Fla., Europe and world-class sporting events.
Cancer society stands behind mammograms
May 16, 2003
Mammograms remain the most important tool in detecting breast cancer and women need not worry about performing breast self-exams, the American Cancer Society said Thursday.
Craig A. Havens
May 16, 2003
Glen E. Gibson
May 16, 2003
6Sports video: Jayhawks on verge of going to first Big 12 Tournament
May 16, 2003
The baseball team’s upperclassmen have given the ‘Hawks a chance to play in the Big 12 Tournament.
Juanita B. Lytle
May 16, 2003
Charles Robert Henderson
May 16, 2003
Wittig’s executive suite dubbed ‘extravagant and insensitive’
May 16, 2003
David Wittig brought a Wall Street lifestyle that didn’t sell in Kansas.
Resolutions by Westar’s board of directors
May 16, 2003
Thursday’s 367-page report from Westar Energy’s board of directors included nine resolutions seeking specific action based on the internal investigation. The resolutions would: ¢ Seek reimbursement for personal travel on corporate aircraft by former executives and their families, including David Wittig, Douglas Lake, Carl Koupal, Richard Terrill and John Hayes, over the past five years. The company also would review policies regarding travel, aircraft acquisition and related accounting and reissue W-2 forms for former executives restating earnings. ¢ Review the claims by executives under a plan that allowed them to take cash for millions of dollars of life insurance coverage. ¢ Review the rights to claims of stock shares by Wittig and Lake. ¢ Review Westar’s $400,000 investment in 2001 in QuVis Inc., a struggling digital compression company. The review would include seeking losses incurred by Westar from Wittig and Lake. ¢ Approve a policy by management restricting access to information relating to shareholder votes and the tabulation of the votes. ¢ Submit a revised schedule of authorization relating to authority of officers at the senior vice president level and above. ¢ Review and adopt a policy on political fund-raising. ¢ Evaluate public disclosure policies regarding compliance with federal and state laws. ¢ Update the company’s ethics and compliance program, including providing regular training for employees.
On the record
May 16, 2003
Patterson propels Cubs in
Two-run home run lifts Chicago past Milwaukee, 4-2
May 16, 2003
Corey Patterson saw one pitch he loved up close and plenty more he admired from far away.
Harwell to unretire for 1 game
May 16, 2003
Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell will be a guest television analyst June 1 when Detroit plays New York at Comerica Park, Fox Sports Net announced Thursday.
Baseball briefs
May 16, 2003
¢ Baseball looking at worldwide draft ¢ Franco makes second rehab appearance ¢ Ankiel appearance short for Double-A Cardinals
Athletes of the week
May 16, 2003
Villanueva: KU No. 2
May 16, 2003
Charlie Villanueva, the ballyhooed high school basketball standout from Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J., now ranks Kansas University as his No. 2 likely destination, behind the NBA
6Sports video: Free State and Lawrence girls’ soccer play city showdown
May 16, 2003
The Lions are the underdogs, but led the Firebirds for most of the game.
Baldwin girls seize title
May 16, 2003
The Bulldogs are back.
KU men’s golf 22nd
May 16, 2003
The Kansas University men’s golf squad is tied for 22nd out of 27 teams after the first day of the NCAA Central Regional at Colbert Hills Golf Club.
Giguere playing like his idol Roy
May 16, 2003
Jiggy is a rather odd duck, a goaltender who doesn’t seem the least bit weird.
Baffert, Lukas training horses for same owner
May 16, 2003
An odd coupling, indeed.
Cherokee’s Boy has Pimlico ties
May 16, 2003
If there’s such a thing as home-track advantage in horse racing, then Cherokee’s Boy could make history in the Preakness.
Sacramento forces Game 7 - Kings 115, Mavericks 109
Christie’s stellar play one-ups Dallas’ Van Exel as Kings knot series at 3-all
May 16, 2003
Doug Christie simply would not let the Sacramento Kings be eliminated in Arco Arena — even with Nick Van Exel almost singlehandedly trying to put Dallas into the conference finals.
Randa, Royals outlast Twins, 9-5
Kansas City third baseman sparks four-run 14th inning as K.C. earns split
May 16, 2003
Joe Randa helped end a 14-inning game between two tired teams, and he’s hoping his slump is finished, too. Randa keyed a four-run 14th with a leadoff double, leading the Kansas City Royals over the Minnesota Twins, 9-5, Thursday.
Firebirds clip Lions, 2-1
Siebert leads Free State past LHS
May 16, 2003
All in all, Thursday wasn’t too bad a day for Free State High soccer player Celese Siebert. In the morning, the Firebirds’ 5-foot-4 senior forward signed a letter of intent with Washburn University. In the evening, Siebert scored the decisive goal in the Firebirds’ 2-1 victory over Lawrence High.
KU opens key series with KSU
Big 12 baseball showdown could impact postseason
May 16, 2003
Kansas University baseball players will keep their ears alert for scores from Lubbock, Texas, and Columbia, Mo., this weekend. With three games to go in the Big 12 Conference regular season, three teams — Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech — are fighting for the two remaining berths for next week’s league tournament in Oklahoma City. OU is at Missouri, Texas Tech is playing host to Oklahoma State and KU is playing Kansas State.
6News video: Douglas County administrator enjoys commuting on his bike
May 16, 2003
Craig Weinaug extolls the virtues of biking to work.
6News video: KU graduates face walk down the hill
May 16, 2003
KU’s commencement starts off with the traditional walk from the Campanile.
6News video: Westar lays blame at former CEO’s feet
May 16, 2003
Westar Energy believes that the company’s board should have monitored David Wittig’s activities more closely.
EAT to reprise
May 16, 2003
Playwrights tend to craft plays because they love drama and writing. But a few accolades never hurt anyone.
San Antonio ends L.A.’s run - Spurs 110, Lakers 82
May 16, 2003
Kobe Bryant left the court in tears as the three-year championship reign of the Los Angeles Lakers came to a decisive end.
FSHS blasts BV North
Free State to face Lawrence High in finale today
May 16, 2003
There’s nothing like a massive home run to kick off a big inning and end a run-scoring slump. Free State High junior Ryne Price provided the shot — a solo homer to open the bottom of the fifth inning — and the Firebirds followed suit, exploding for nine runs in the inning en route to an 11-1 win Thursday against Blue Valley North at FSHS Field.
Lester wins pole for truck race
May 16, 2003
Sports car veteran Bill Lester won the first pole of his NASCAR career in Craftsman Truck series qualifying Thursday at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
Winds rake S.W. Kansas
May 16, 2003
Strong winds and heavy rains moved through southwest Kansas Thursday evening, damaging some homes and businesses in Liberal and knocking out power.
North Carolina wants to keep race
May 16, 2003
Gov. Mike Easley declared May “Motorsports Month in North Carolina” Thursday, another gimmick in the state’s campaign to keep NASCAR from moving its annual all-star race.
Dual proms keep racism alive
May 16, 2003
Last weekend, parents of students attending Johnson County High School in Wrightsville, Ga., paid to have a private, whites-only prom for their children in hopes of perpetuating a dying Southern tradition.
National tea sales continue to climb
Entrepreneurs open small shops that specialize in popular drink
May 16, 2003
Millions of Americans still reach for that first cup of coffee to get them going in the morning, but tea is making inroads into the java market.
Lawrence’s Ebeling Brothers reunite after years spent abroad
May 16, 2003
There’s no shortage of brother acts in the music biz. Something about this familial bond helps to weather the bumpy rides that go hand in hand with the occupation. But even this union is put to the test when separated by distance … especially if it’s 8,000 miles.
Regulators OK leasing of airwaves
FCC action gets praise from wireless industry
May 16, 2003
Federal regulators voted Thursday to allow cell phone companies and others to lease unused portions of their airwaves, a move that could lead to new wireless services for consumers, particularly in rural areas. The decision is part of an effort to make more efficient use of airwaves growing crowded with signals from cell phones and wireless gadgets. By leasing airwaves, companies can make deals to use slices to fill cell phone dead zones or provide wireless services to certain locations for limited times.
Wholesale prices plunge
Index outcome raises concerns about deflation
May 16, 2003
Wholesale prices plunged by a record 1.9 percent in April as the end of the Iraq war removed pressures on energy costs, which posted their largest drop in nearly 17 years. Operating capacity at factories nosedived to the lowest ebb since 1983. The big drop in the Producer Price Index, which measures the prices of goods before they reach store shelves, marked an about-face from March when higher energy prices, stoked by the war, helped to catapult wholesale prices up by a hefty 1.5 percent, the Labor Department reported.
Briefcase
May 16, 2003
¢ Britain may adopt Euro ¢ Lemay to receive bonus despite tax allegations ¢ Mortgage rates hit low ¢ Retailers report earnings
Democrats whine in Texas
May 16, 2003
What’s with Texas Democrats? Fearful that the Republican majority would push through a redistricting plan that might create between five and seven new Republican-controlled seats in the state’s congressional delegation, all but one of the Democratic members of the Texas Legislature fled under cover of darkness to Oklahoma. At least 50 of them hid out in a Holiday Inn just over the border. The absence of a quorum in Austin means that no business on the state budget, or any other matter, can be conducted.
ROTC cadet credits experience for discipline to graduate from KU
May 16, 2003
While her classmates in the class of 2003 are securing jobs, Tammy Gonzales could be going off to war. Gonzales is one of 18 seniors in Kansas University’s ROTC programs who will be commissioned as military officers on Monday, the day after graduation.
Clinton A. Williams
May 16, 2003
Area briefs
May 16, 2003
¢ Open house to celebrate opening of gaming office ¢ Unwatched 7-year-old drives truck into creek ¢ Program promotes safety near railways
Several unrealized, underperforming deals mark Wittig’s path at Westar helm
May 16, 2003
Westar Energy’s 367-page report on its internal investigation doesn’t just tell a story about former chairman and CEO David Wittig misusing corporate aircraft, spying on employees and abusing power.
Lions, Firebirds in good shape
May 16, 2003
Lawrence High track and field coach Jerry Skakal has a simple philosophy when it comes to the Sunflower League
Friends and neighbors
May 16, 2003
Briefly
May 16, 2003
¢ KU Med Center nurse gets $1 million grant ¢ Golf camp information available at picnic
Ensemble’s mix shakes Bottleneck
May 16, 2003
The elite members of the bare feet and Birkenstocks crowd on Wednesday night were at The Bottleneck, shaking it to Zuvuya — or, more accurately, Zilla.
KU-dominated board shares in blame
May 16, 2003
Where was the board?
County official leads charge on bike day
May 16, 2003
Don’t tell Craig Weinaug that riding a bike to work is too inconvenient, too tiring or too time-consuming. Far from it.
Country music icon June Carter Cash dies
May 16, 2003
June Carter Cash, the Grammy-winning scion of one of country music’s pioneering families and the wife of country giant Johnny Cash, died Thursday of complications from heart surgery. She was 73.
Daytime stars go nocturnal for Emmys
May 16, 2003
Wayne Brady is host of the Daytime Emmy Awards (7 p.m., ABC), live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Stars of daytime talk shows, soaps, game shows, home improvement and decorating shows, cartoons and kiddie fare will give and receive statuettes.
Senate passes $350 billion tax cut
May 16, 2003
The Senate revived the backbone of President Bush’s formula for stimulating a laggard economy Thursday, narrowly passing a $350 billion package of tax cuts that would suspend all taxes on stock dividends for three years. The Senate voted 51-49 for a bill less than half the size Bush sought but one that advances previously scheduled reductions in income tax rates, provides $20 billion in new aid to state and local governments and raises taxes for a few.
Briefly
May 16, 2003
¢ Infant remains found ¢ Firefighters charged in arsons, kidnapping ¢ FDA panel endorses asthma prevention drug ¢ Teens face charges after raucous parties
China threatens execution for intentional SARS spread
May 16, 2003
China on Thursday threatened execution for people who knowingly spread the SARS virus and cause death or serious injury, as the government attempted to force compliance with quarantines and other measures to stop the disease.
Robert T. Aangeenbrug
May 16, 2003
KDOT workers recount shooting
May 16, 2003
In his 18 years working as a surveyor alongside Kansas highways, Robert Selley never expected to be shot at.
Seabury soccer ties Class 5A foe K.C. Harmon
May 16, 2003
Seabury Academy’s soccer team closed its regular season Thursday with a 2-2, double-overtime tie against Kansas City Harmon.
Aquatic Center prepares for season
May 16, 2003
In the line of duty
May 16, 2003
Horoscopes
May 16, 2003
Briefly
May 16, 2003
¢ Suspected al-Qaida fugitives charged in USS Cole attack ¢ Epilepsy drug may help fight against alcoholism ¢ Thousands evacuated after two dams wash out ¢ Senate nears approval of global AIDS relief bill
Troops seek order in Baghdad
May 16, 2003
American troops stepped up their presence here to deal with street crime and looting, even as the new U.S. civil administrator insisted Thursday that conditions had not deteriorated as badly as critics contend.
Kidnap case will go to trial
District judge rules enough evidence exists to try defendants
May 16, 2003
A vivid account of marijuana trafficking between Kansas City, Kan., and Lawrence is unfolding in a Douglas County courtroom. But there are no drug-related charges in the case at hand. Instead, it’s a kidnapping case in which a Lawrence drug informant claims four Kansas City, Kan., men held him against his will and warned him not to talk to police about their dealings.
Owners approve Moreno to be Angels’ new owner
May 16, 2003
A businessman who made a fortune in billboards won unanimous approval Thursday to buy the Anaheim Angels from Disney, a deal that will make him the first minority with a controlling stake in a major league baseball team.
Officials report assets
May 16, 2003
President Bush reported Thursday that his family had assets between $8.8 million and $21.9 million at the end of last year.
Two Firebirds sign
May 16, 2003
Free State High’s girls soccer team had two seniors sign letters of intent Thursday to play next fall in college.
First goal proving to be toughest for Minnesota
May 16, 2003
So the Wild have been shut out for the duration of the conference finals. Look at the bright side: They’re due.
KU to start work on softball field
May 16, 2003
Kansas University definitely will have a new softball facility next season.
Pistons seeking series closure in Philly
May 16, 2003
Tayshaun Prince is quickly becoming a go-to player. So is Chucky Atkins.
Personal bankruptcies continue to rise
May 16, 2003
The record-setting pace of new personal bankruptcies continued this year, with their number rising 7.4 percent in the 12 months ended March 31, according to data released Thursday.
Briefly
May 16, 2003
¢ AG threatens to sue over Sunflower plant ¢ LHS student suspended for carrying pocketknife ¢ Olympic gold medalist to receive service award ¢ Douglas County eligible for disaster assistance
People
May 16, 2003
¢ Fleiss’ ex-fiancee faces charges ¢ Berry breaks arm in filming ¢ Madonna suit may be dismissed
Gary Hart asks big questions for Democrats
May 16, 2003
He speaks to college groups about “Darwinian determinism” and “Calvinistic predestinarianism.” He expounds on “Jefferson’s sense of duty and rationality.” He has mused about “selective delegation of sovereignty.” This is not standard fare for an American politician. But then again, Gary W. Hart was never a standard politician. He ran for the White House twice, of course. The first time, in 1984, he nearly won the Democratic nomination on a platform of new ideas that party leaders said they reviled and then, when he was safely out of the way, quietly but briskly adopted. The second time, in 1988, he began as the front-runner, only to be toppled by a double scandal — one that may have scarred the press, which drove him out of the race in a testy inquisition in a New Hampshire inn, more than it scarred him.
Texas Democrats claim victory; prepare to return
May 16, 2003
Fifty-one fugitive Democratic lawmakers declared victory Thursday in their scheme to scuttle a GOP redistricting effort and prepared to return from self-imposed exile in Oklahoma.
Truck driver charged in smuggling
May 16, 2003
The driver of the tractor-trailer that became a sweltering deathtrap for 18 people was charged Thursday with transporting and harboring illegal immigrants, and authorities searched for three more suspects in one of the deadliest smuggling schemes in U.S. history.
Martinez masters Texas
Red Sox complete sweep of Rangers
May 16, 2003
Pedro Martinez had no trouble with his sore leg — or the Texas Rangers.
Free State softball drops pair
May 16, 2003
Free State High’s softball squad didn’t fare well Thursday, dropping both ends of a doubleheader, 9-1 and 6-0, against Shawnee Mission East at the Johnson County Girls Athletic Assn. fields.
NBA briefs
May 16, 2003
¢ Hawks’ Robinson guilty on two charges ¢ Kaman seals status by signing with agent ¢ Billups’ status unclear for tonight’s Game 6 ¢ Johnson will wait for Jordan’s decision
Devils’ no-goal not a factor
New Jersey overcomes controversy for 1-0 victory
May 16, 2003
Now that Jay Pandolfo has found his scoring touch, it’s time to work on his celebration technique.
How to avoid feeling guilty (and save world)
May 16, 2003
The last thing I expected was guilt.