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Text of Sebelius’ statement about signing bill dealing with KU sex ed class
May 23, 2003
(Web Posted Friday at 1:27 p.m.) The following is the text of the statement Gov. Kathleen Sebelius issued Friday with her message that she has signed a bill dealing with the Kansas Univesity human sexuality class taught by Dennis Dailey
Sebelius signs bill spawned by KU sex ed class controversy
May 23, 2003
(Updated Friday at 2:38 p.m.) Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today signed into law a provision aimed at a Kansas University human sexuality class.
Deadline coming up for buying Dole bricks
May 23, 2003
(Updated Monday at 4:26 p.m.) If you want to get a personalized brick at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics and have it be part of the dedication celebration July 22, you’ll need to order it by Wednesday.
Jansen named curator at Ag Hall of Fame
May 23, 2003
(Updated Friday at 11:24 a.m.) Steve Jansen, a long-time Lawrence historian, has been named as curator of the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs.
Showing earns Annika respect
May 23, 2003
Annika Sorenstam was so precise Thursday it was almost numbing. Fairways and greens. Ho-hum.
Dodgers’ Romano tackles fan on field
May 23, 2003
Jason Romano is aware of recent history, so the 23-year-old rookie didn’t hesitate when he saw a fan on the field at Dodger Stadium approaching teammate Brian Jordan.
Area briefs
May 23, 2003
¢ Governor’s decision due on KU-related proviso ¢ Postal officials wary of Pepsi promotion ¢ Bush taps Kansan as political director ¢ New shower house to be unveiled at lake
Western Conference: Peculiar officiating debated
Both sides bothered by Game 2 foul-fest
May 23, 2003
There were no referees around Thursday, an off day in the Western Conference finals. Accordingly, nobody got too upset.
Daily Ticker
May 23, 2003
Horoscopes
May 23, 2003
National League Roundup: Dreifort fans 12 in Dodgers’ 4-3 victory
May 23, 2003
Darren Dreifort certainly appeared to be on his game, striking out a career-high 12.
Stossel takes reins on ‘20/20’
May 23, 2003
Journalist and professional contrarian John Stossel joins Barbara Walters as permanent co-anchor on “20/20” (9 p.m., ABC) beginning tonight.
Algeria quake death toll tops 1,000
May 23, 2003
Rescuers clawed by hand through rubble as stunned and weeping survivors wandered through collapsed buildings Thursday, after Algeria’s worst earthquake in two decades killed nearly 1,100 people, injured thousands and left thousands more homeless.
Sharon Rose Shoemaker Nellis
May 23, 2003
Two Jayhawks named to All-District team
May 23, 2003
Kansas University senior swimmer Gwen Haley and sophomore tennis player Paige Brown were named to the 2003 Academic All-District VII At-Large Team. Haley was on the 10-member first team and Brown was on the second team.
Athlete of the week: Thomas Fulbright
May 23, 2003
Terror alerts stretch state resources thin
Situation exacerbates budget woes
May 23, 2003
On a normal day at the Missouri Capitol, three private security guards stand watch over the metal detector at the main door. Now, with the nation on a high terror alert, they are joined by a single, full-time police officer with a gun.
Briefly
May 23, 2003
¢ Giuliani plans return to Gracie ¢ Einstein now found online ¢ ‘Bachelor’ couple planning ahead ¢ Witherspoon not going for ‘sexy’
Briefly
May 23, 2003
¢ Washington, D.C.: Unmanned drones in plans for U.S. border patrols ¢ Belgium: Trial opens against suspects accused of links to al-Qaida ¢ Washington, D.C.: Congress OKs $400 billion defense spending measure
Briefly
May 23, 2003
¢ Saudi Arabia: Four more arrests made in Saudi bombing attack ¢ Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian inherits set of Japanese prints ¢ Texas: Human smuggling case yields two more arrests ¢ Austria: Europe presidents hope to heal U.S. divisions
Jeanne Roth
May 23, 2003
No games
May 23, 2003
Congressmen know waste
May 23, 2003
It’s been almost three weeks since Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.V., Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., protested the relatively small expense (estimated at about $1 million) associated with the landing by President Bush on the USS Abraham Lincoln to greet returning American troops.
Briefly
May 23, 2003
¢ Colorado: Academy says alcohol played role in assaults ¢ Baltimore: Governor signs medical marijuana bill ¢ Salt Lake City: Hiker killed by boulder after saving companion ¢ Florida: Baby sitter faces prison for infant’s overdose
Are female athletes moving forward?
May 23, 2003
I first got involved in integrating golf last summer, as a member of a small feminist subcommittee at a quirky 9-hole course in Maine. We quietly and subversively liberated a Ladies’ Tee with a sign renaming it the Forward Tee.
Pentagon criticized for picking WorldCom
Scandal-plagued company chosen to build wireless network in Iraq
May 23, 2003
The Pentagon made an interesting choice when it hired a U.S. company to build a small wireless phone network in Iraq: MCI, aka WorldCom Inc., perpetrator of the biggest accounting fraud in American business and not a big name in cellular service.
Sebelius still confident about Guard
Governor affirms support for adjutant general
May 23, 2003
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius affirmed her confidence Thursday in the state’s adjutant general despite a second personnel controversy.
Death penalty support puzzling
May 23, 2003
This is one of those instances when I will admit, openly and honestly, to being out of touch with American public opinion.
Briefly
May 23, 2003
¢ Former neighbor unfazed by beagle’s wanderlust ¢ Police: Sex offender charged with theft of artwork ¢ Contribution: Store arranges donation of replacement lift chair
Eastern Conference Finals: Nets sprint past Pistons
Kidd scores 34 in rout
May 23, 2003
After two games cooped up in low-scoring drudgery, the Nets felt oh-so-good to get running again.
Class 6a State Tennis: Firebirds, Lions each gunning for championship
May 23, 2003
Free State High’s tennis team has a school-record number of qualifiers for this weekend’s Class 6A state tournament, which doesn’t guarantee the Firebirds’ best finish.
Class 6a State Swimming: Lawrence High, Free State want individual titles
May 23, 2003
Don’t expect Free State or Lawrence High’s girls swim teams to compete for a state title this weekend.
FSHS senior picks Kansas
Ludwig to run track for hometown Jayhawks
May 23, 2003
When Adrian Ludwig switched from boys soccer to cross country before his junior year, it was an attempt to bolster a promising track career.
6Sports video: LHS senior wants to bring home state title
May 23, 2003
6Sports reports on Lawrence High tennis player Scott Ellwell.
6Sports video: ‘Hawks eliminated by Missouri
May 23, 2003
6Sports reports on the KU baseball teams Big 12 tournament game against the Missouri Tigers.
6News video: Governor signs bill that allows state to borrow money
May 23, 2003
6News reports on a bill signed into law by Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius that would allow the state to borrow $500 million.
6Sports video: Free State runner signs with KU
May 23, 2003
6Sports reports on Free State senior Adrian Ludwig.
LeBron signs with Nike
May 23, 2003
LeBron James went to school Thursday with enough lunch money for everyone.
Cavs win NBA lottery
May 23, 2003
The Cleveland Cavaliers hit the LeBron James jackpot.
Titans’ McNair arrested for DUI
Tennessee QB also charged with illegal gun possession
May 23, 2003
Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair was arrested Thursday and charged with drunken driving and illegal possession of a handgun.
Manning ritual voltage-motivated
Ex-Kansas standout rarely plays with Pistons, but he feels he’s part of game through fist-tapping
May 23, 2003
If you look carefully during the Detroit Pistons playoff games, you will observe a small but remarkable ritual.
Miscues cripple Jayhawks
Blunders prove fatal in 4-3 loss to Missouri
May 23, 2003
Before the season, Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price knew the Jayhawks had little margin for error if they were to advance to the Big 12 Conference tournament.
Class 6a Regional Track and Field: City squads bring numbers
LHS, FSHS could qualify multiple athletes for state
May 23, 2003
Today is all about qualifying for state. But at the Class 6A track and field regional this afternoon at Shawnee Mission North, that’s easier said than done.
Popular mechanics
Former MTV buzz band Nada Surf reclaims momentum after years away from the limelight
May 23, 2003
Popularity almost cost Nada Surf its career. More specifically, it was the song “Popular.” The hit single, which featured spoken lyrics culled from an Eisenhower-era dating manual, had just the right mix of irony, angst and catchiness to become an MTV staple during 1996. But it also painted the Brooklyn-based trio as something of a one-hit wonder — and, in many people’s minds, a one-trick pony.
Canada sat on suspected mad cow sample
Federal veterinarians withheld testing for four months; admission comes under fire in U.S.
May 23, 2003
A Canadian official acknowledged that his country held onto samples from a cow infected with mad cow disease for four months, possibly allowing potentially sick cows into the food chain.
Oread investors sell final asset
Bristol-Myers buys rights to drug that helps premature babies
May 23, 2003
Oread Inc. lives on, sort of. The once high-flying, Lawrence-based drug development company hadn’t produced a success story since the company filed for bankruptcy and released all 225 of its employees in 2001.
Increased security steps taken across Kansas
May 23, 2003
Security across Kansas has increased, in keeping with the national moves to gird against possible terrorist attacks.
Soon-to-be grads share high school memories
May 23, 2003
Lawrence and Free State seniors will pick up high school diplomas Sunday having survived risque fashion, embarrassing gaffes, dates from hell — and a few classroom tormentors.
Roberts objects to planned landfill
Army wants to dump contaminated soil at former munitions site
May 23, 2003
The Army is studying whether to dump contaminated soil from the former Sunflower Army Ammunitions Plant at the site instead of having it hauled elsewhere.
Sebelius supports dividend tax action
May 23, 2003
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Thursday that she would expect the Legislature to act quickly next year to maintain state taxes on stock dividends removed from federal taxes by Congress and President Bush.
Plant sale to benefit butterflies
May 23, 2003
To better cope with an ever-changing environment, monarch butterflies need more of their favorite food: milkweed.
Congress completes work on tax-cut bill
25 million rebates expected to be sent out this summer
May 23, 2003
Congress finished putting together a tax cut Thursday less than half what President Bush wanted but still big enough to send 25 million families rebates of at least $400 this summer and boost middle-income workers’ paychecks about 4 percent the rest of the year.
Athlete of the week: Megan Ramsey
May 23, 2003
Franks retires as leader of Central Command
May 23, 2003
Tommy R. Franks, the Army general who commanded U.S. forces to battlefield victories in Afghanistan and Iraq, has decided to retire after 36 years in uniform.
SARS virus not diminishing in strength over time, experts say
May 23, 2003
Disease experts said Thursday the SARS virus appeared to be just as hardy in its 15th victim as its first one, suggesting its ability to spread wasn’t weakening.
Doris Margaret Casad
May 23, 2003
Elizabeth ‘Ibby’ Malott
May 23, 2003
County to appoint nursing committee
May 23, 2003
A 13-member committee will help Douglas County commissioners seek a financial remedy for ailing nursing programs in public schools.
State retirees to get extra check
New law also allows Kansas to borrow $500 million for KPERS
May 23, 2003
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Thursday signed into law a bill that provides an extra pension check for some state retirees, will allow the state to borrow $500 million to shore up the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System and even helps out a few state legislators.
Closings create special-ed worries
Shutting down of three schools may mean tough transition for some students
May 23, 2003
This is the last day of fifth grade for Ben Berlin, and the first day of his monumental transition in Lawrence public schools. Ben, a special-education student with Asperger Syndrome, will be required to move next year to Deerfield School, the district’s largest elementary building, from Riverside School, the district’s smallest. The school board is closing Riverside.
U.N. lifts sanctions on Iraq
May 23, 2003
Putting aside bitter divisions over the Iraqi war, the U.N. Security Council gave the United States and Britain a mandate Thursday to govern Iraq and use its oil riches to rebuild the country. The resolution opened the door to a quick resumption of oil exports.
Judge, husband share Kiwanis award
May 23, 2003
Deanell Tacha was supposed to spend Thursday at the U.S. Supreme Court presenting a paper on judicial compensation.
Senior Baath Party leader in U.S. custody
May 23, 2003
Reports of a death notice and a mourning ceremony did not fool U.S. forces tracking down Aziz Saleh al-Numan, the highest-ranking capture on the list of the 55 most-wanted Iraqis.
Palestinian P.M. urges end to terror
May 23, 2003
The Palestinian prime minister, who is under growing international pressure to rein in militants, summoned leaders of the Islamic group Hamas to his office Thursday and asked them to halt attacks.
Cut the T
May 23, 2003
Old home town - 25, 40 and 100 years ago today
May 23, 2003
Accounting firm to pay $1 million
May 23, 2003
PricewaterhouseCoopers, the nation’s largest accounting firm, has agreed to pay $1 million to settle federal regulators’ allegations that it engaged in improper professional conduct in its audit work — the second time in less than a year it has been cited for that alleged infraction.
K.C.K. fire kills toddler, lands four in hospitals
2-year-old’s grandmother, brothers remain in critical condition
May 23, 2003
A fire reported just after midnight Wednesday killed a 2-year-old boy and left his grandmother and three brothers hospitalized in critical condition, fire officials said.
Food plant fire losses ‘in the millions’
Blaze in Wamego forces closure of portion of U.S. Highway 24
May 23, 2003
Classes in Wamego public schools were canceled and a section of U.S. Highway 24 was closed after a fire at the Wamego Concept Foods Inc. plant sent dense smoke billowing into the air.
On the record
May 23, 2003
Conservative strategy hurt score
Sorenstam hit fairways and greens, but putter led to 1-over 71
May 23, 2003
Slow and steady may have won a famous race, but similar putting strokes leave most golfers over par.
WNBA Roundup: Comets clobber Storm, 75-64
May 23, 2003
Sheryl Swoopes scored 27 points, and Cynthia Cooper added 11 points and seven assists in her first game since coming out of retirement as the Houston Comets beat the Seattle Storm, 75-64, Thursday night.
Vital training
May 23, 2003
Roy is history
May 23, 2003
Briefly
May 23, 2003
¢ Washington, D.C.: Cheney scraps speech to remain in capital
Business Briefcase
May 23, 2003
¢ Aetna settles lawsuit ¢ Retail: Gap fills earnings hole ¢ Entertainment: Disney considering leaving store business ¢ Direct TV: Media mogul pushes for changes in rules ¢ Topeka: Payless changes board, reappoints auditing firm
Charity scammers
May 23, 2003
There’s no “altruistic” filter to identify all the people who specialize in rip-offs.
Carrey enjoys playing God in ‘Bruce Almighty’
May 23, 2003
What if God was one of us / Just a slob like one of us … Finally, there’s an answer to the lyrics posed in Joan Osborne’s annoying song “One of Us.” And star Jim Carrey is the one to thank/blame.
Sorenstam thrilled with debut
May 23, 2003
The first woman on the PGA Tour in 58 years played just like one of the boys.
Fieldhouse just dandy, Self says
New KU basketball coach sold on Allen’s aura
May 23, 2003
There are no plans in the works to replace tradition-rich Allen Fieldhouse, home of Kansas University men’s basketball the past 48 seasons.
KU comes up short
Missouri ousts Jayhawks, 4-3 in 11 innings
May 23, 2003
The nails on the fingers of 5,513 fans at SBC Bricktown Ballpark are now gone — whether they belonged to supporters of Kansas University, Missouri or neither.
Meche keeps K.C. in check - Mariners 5, Royals 1
May 23, 2003
Gil Meche is back in the majors, all right, and his victories are starting to pile up. Meche took another strong pitching performance into the seventh inning for his fifth win in the last six starts, and Ben Davis homered to lead the Seattle Mariners over the Kansas City Royals, 5-1, Thursday.
Prestige of Peabodys finally graces television medium
May 23, 2003
At last, a medium the Peabodys have done much to elevate is returning the favor with some coast-to-coast face time.
Former Chiefs describe falling for car scheme
May 23, 2003
Two former Kansas City Chiefs players said they were duped out of more than half a million dollars through a scheme that offered vehicles at discounted rates to reward people for their religious faith.
Bayer backs decision to sell product for hemophiliacs
Drug maker says it acted responsibly during 1980s in selling blood-clotting medicine linked to HIV
May 23, 2003
Chemical and drug maker Bayer said Thursday that it acted responsibly and in line with the best medical knowledge at the time when it sold a blood-clotting product that saved hemophiliacs from potentially fatal bleeding — but was linked to the risk of HIV infection.
Tornadoes cited in unemployment increase
May 23, 2003
More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, in part because some businesses were forced to shut down after tornadoes wreaked damage upon the Midwest.
Pastors to focus on service, sacrifice at dedication
May 23, 2003
Thanks to a group of Lawrence pastors and Richard Norton Smith, director of the Dole Institute of Politics, festivities to be held July 20-22 to mark the center’s dedication will begin on a spiritual note. The pastors and Smith have been working for months to organize an ecumenical celebration at 10 a.m. July 20 at the Lied Center on Kansas University’s West Campus.
Lawrence music fans move into Pink House
May 23, 2003
Though Lawrence’s downtown area is filled with bars and venues that host live music, a group of Kansas University students and local residents have decided bringing bands into their living room is more exciting.
Eastern Conference Finals: Senators, Devils prepare for Game 7 clash
May 23, 2003
The Senators and Devils will resolve their differences in a most fitting way: a seventh game for a spot in the Stanley Cup finals.