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Senate sends life-without-parole bill to governor
April 1, 2004
(Web Posted Thursday at 1:48 p.m.) A bill giving juries the option of sentencing someone to life in prison without parole is headed to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius after the Senate agreed Thursday to technical changes approved by the House.
Senate roll call vote on compromise budget bill
April 1, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 12:12 p.m.) TOPEKA - The 32-8 vote Thursday by which the Senate approved a compromise, $10.2 billion budget.
House roll call vote on compromise budget bill
April 1, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 12:12 p.m.) TOPEKA - The 98-26 vote Thursday by which the House approved a compromise budget, sending it to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Names of Fort Riley soldiers to be released Friday
April 1, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 11:46 a.m.) It will be at least Friday before U.S. Army officials are able to release the names of five soldiers from Fort Riley killed this week in Iraq by an explosion. The soldiers were killed Wednesday when a bomb detonated under their M-113 in Malahma, resulted in the deadliest day for Fort Riley since the war began last year and brought the number of soldiers from the Kansas post to die in Iraq to 35.
Kansas Senate rejects two school funding plans
April 1, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 9:09 p.m.) TOPEKA - The Kansas Senate this evening rejected two plans to increase taxes for public schools, and Republicans said they would introduce a no-new-tax plan Friday. State Sen. Dave Jackson, R-Topeka, said the new proposal will increase school funding by $35 million.
Sebelius upset with House Speaker on in-state tuition bill
April 1, 2004
(Web Posted Thursday at 11:21 a.m.) TOPEKA - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said today she was disappointed that House Speaker Doug Mays has put the brakes on a bill that would allow in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants.
Compromise $10.2 billion budget moves to governor’s desk
April 1, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 12:13 p.m.) A compromise budget for state government that trims overall spending by three-tenths of 1 percent went Thursday to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
New judge planned for Douglas County in 2005 budget
April 1, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 12:18 p.m.) TOPEKA-Douglas County will get a new judge position and support staff within the $10.2 billion state budget that won legislative approval today.
KU receives gift for Korean War memorial
April 1, 2004
(Web Posted Thursday at 10:22 a.m.) The construction of a Korean War memorial on the Kansas University campus has been discussed for a number of years. Thanks to a $50,000 gift from the International Communication Foundation, based in Seoul, South Korea, the memorial finally will be built.
Kansas Democrats to elect delegates to national party convention
April 1, 2004
(Web Posted Thursday at 10:05 a.m.) The Kansas Democratic Party wlll hold its congressional district conventions Saturday to elect delegates to the party’s national convention in Boston. The congressional district elections are the second step in the delegate selection process which started March 13 with state senate district caucuses.
Jessica Lynch grapples with newfound celebrity
April 1, 2004
Jessica Lynch is trying to work it all out.
Islamic militants bribe teen recruit with cell phone
Palestinian youths sought to carry out suicide bombings
April 1, 2004
Islamic militants tried to recruit a 15-year-old as a suicide bomber, at one point locking him in a dark room, but also luring him with clothes, a cell phone and promises of paradise, his family said Tuesday.
Over the hump?
April 1, 2004
Speed humps successfully slowed neighborhood traffic in Oakland, Calif. Why not use them here? Now, here’s a news item that might be of interest to Lawrence residents and particularly to city traffic engineers.
Let it go
April 1, 2004
Technology there
April 1, 2004
Gasoline taxes
April 1, 2004
Smoke-free model
April 1, 2004
Ottawa agrees to sell school building
April 1, 2004
The ax hanging over the old Ottawa middle school has been lifted.
Bodies recovered on farm near Luray
Drug-related search revealed remains
April 1, 2004
A man and woman were found dead Tuesday at a vacant farmstead eight miles southwest of Luray when authorities were executing a drug-related search warrant.
Briefly
April 1, 2004
¢ One suspect arrested in forged-checks case ¢ Police investigate lewd behavior report ¢ Cross-dresser robs bank at gunpoint ¢ Royals’ opening day to include KU ROTC
Five-run fifth frame sinks Kansas City
April 1, 2004
Brian Anderson was in complete control — until the fifth inning.
Indians trade minor-league outfielders to Houston for pitcher Robertson
April 1, 2004
Jeriome Robertson’s chances of pitching in the majors this season improved dramatically.
Learning the ropes
Rookies rely on experience, team in adapting to Cup racing
April 1, 2004
Any 9-year-old moving to a different school can relate to the plight of NASCAR rookies: It’s not easy being the new kid.
NASCAR making up rules as it goes
April 1, 2004
Based on what we saw during the weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, NASCAR is working so hard to manage what’s happening on the track this year that it doesn’t have time to worry about next year.
Daily ticker
April 1, 2004
Stewart accuses juror of lying, asks for new trial
Jury member wasn’t truthful in questionnaire, defense lawyers say
April 1, 2004
Martha Stewart asked for a new trial Wednesday, saying one of the jurors who convicted her lied about an arrest on assault charges. Stewart lawyer Robert Morvillo said in papers filed in federal court that he would have sought to strike juror Chappell Hartridge had he known about his past.
Mortgage company joins trend of adding real estate services
Business owner cites increasing demand for one-stop shopping
April 1, 2004
The concept of one-stop shopping has spawned a new Lawrence real estate agency that handles home loans and insurance services. Lawrence-based Security Federal Mortgage Realty recently opened its doors in an office building on the southwest corner of Clinton Parkway and Wakarusa Drive.
Factory orders rebound in February
April 1, 2004
America’s factories saw orders bounce back in February, a sign that manufacturing is continuing to emerge from a slump.
K.C. bakery suspends dividend
April 1, 2004
Interstate Bakeries Corp., the country’s largest wholesale bakery, surprised the market Wednesday by suspending its dividend, citing weak sales of bread.
IBM unveils self-configuring chip
Big Blue developing flexible technology for microprocessors
April 1, 2004
Future microprocessors from IBM Corp. will optimize their performance by altering themselves, adding memory or removing unneeded bits of circuitry on the fly, the company’s chief technologist said Wednesday.
Aquila sells stake in plant
April 1, 2004
Aquila Inc. has completed the sale of its 50 percent stake in a power plant near Pleasant Hill, taking a $46.5 million loss.
Broadcasters to consider code of conduct
April 1, 2004
Broadcasters meeting Wednesday to discuss indecency said they would consider an industry code of conduct, an idea the nation’s chief telecommunications regulator suggested they should pursue.
Local briefs
April 1, 2004
KU swimmers honored
April 1, 2004
Kansas University’s swimming team was honored as an Academic All-American squad, as announced by the College Swimming Coaches Assn. of America. KU received an Academic All-America honor after posting a GPA of 3.20, ranking 42nd among Division I institutions and second in the Big 12 Conference. Senior Kim Bolin and junior Aly Colver both earned 4.0 GPAs in the fall.
Miami signee Giles says he wants to visit KU
April 1, 2004
Detroit combo guard Malik Hairston apparently isn’t the only high school basketball senior still considering attending Kansas University. C.J. Giles, a 6-foot-11 center from Seattle’s Rainier Beach High, has told media members in Washington and Florida he wants out of his national letter of intent with the University of Miami and would like to visit KU and Arizona.
It’s not over until Big 12 says so
NU leads, 3-0, in game halted by darkness
April 1, 2004
It’s not over until it’s over. Unless you’re not sure it’s over. Take, for example, Wednesday afternoon’s Kansas University-Nebraska softball game at unilluminated Arrocha Ballpark.
MacDougal among five K.C. pitchers on DL
April 1, 2004
Mike MacDougal, who saved 27 games as a rookie, will begin the season on the Kansas City Royals’ disabled list, along with four starting pitchers. MacDougal has not pitched since March 13 because of a stomach virus that caused him to lose five pounds and drained his strength.
Handshy assumes new role as Lawrence High’s fastest man
April 1, 2004
Ian Handshy didn’t ask for the title. Rather, it was just thrust upon him thanks to his work ethic and natural ability to blaze down a track. With Chris Fulton, the Lawrence High track and field team’s super sprinter of a year ago, gone to graduation after setting school records in the 100- (10.59 seconds) and 200- (21.29) meter dashes, Handshy has assumed the role as the fastest man at Lawrence High.
Sideline
April 1, 2004
¢ Bush to visit Busch ¢ Hornung remarks ‘insulting’ ¢ Rockne site dedicated ¢ Lucas a Wooden candidate
File-sharing rulings causing border war
Canada judge says practice legal
April 1, 2004
Widening a cross-border split about Internet piracy, a Canadian judge ruled Wednesday that sharing music online was legal while U.S. lawmakers moved to turn some file-sharers into federal criminals. Judge Konrad von Finckenstein’s legal blessing was an unexpected setback to the music industry’s expanding international effort to stop free and unauthorized downloads. But experts said the judge’s ruling hinged on elements of Canadian law not found in many other countries, including the United States.
Mae M. Norwood
April 1, 2004
Harry D. Montgomery
April 1, 2004
Lawrence lawmaker taken off committee
Disagreement over immigrant education bill leads to ouster
April 1, 2004
An effort Wednesday to revive a bill designed to provide easier access for illegal immigrants to higher education was dealt a blow, and Rep. Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence, got caught in the political crossfire.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
April 1, 2004
Highlights of Wednesday’s activities at the Kansas Legislature.
Senate approves bill on proposed Horse Thief Reservoir
April 1, 2004
A bill representing a step toward development of a large lake in southwest Kansas was unanimously approved Wednesday by the Senate and sent to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Auto dealership magnate faces child sex charges
April 1, 2004
A philanthropist who founded several car dealerships in Kansas has been charged with having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old.
Williams won’t testify at manslaughter trial
April 1, 2004
Former NBA player Jayson Williams told the judge at his manslaughter trial Wednesday that he won’t take the stand in his own defense.
Randle case continued
April 1, 2004
A Lawrence Municipal Court hearing originally to have been held Monday for Kansas University running back John Randle was continued to Friday. Randle will return to court where he is supposed to be sentenced for attempted misdemeanor theft. A few weeks ago Randle pleaded no contest to the charge after it was reduced from theft. The charge stems from an incident in November involving some beer at a Lawrence convenience store.
NBA briefs
April 1, 2004
¢ Magic’s McGrady out for rest of season ¢ Ex-Rocket Murphy: ‘I am not guilty’
Venus ousted in quarterfinals
Williams undone by injured right foot, erratic serve
April 1, 2004
Tape took care of Venus Williams’ sprained right foot. There was no remedy for the shaky serve and late fade.
Former dropout wins prestigious scholarship
KU junior working on degrees in computer science, physics, astronomy
April 1, 2004
Stephen Floor couldn’t find his life’s calling at Free State High School. It was in another galaxy. More than five years ago, the gifted computer whiz was so disgruntled by the daily grind at FSHS that he dropped out with only eight months remaining in his senior year. He bounced around a series of jobs, not sure what his future held.
Kansas to tack 50-cent fee onto cell-phone bills
House, Senate send legislation for 911 systems to governor, who says she’ll sign measure
April 1, 2004
A bill imposing a new, 50-cent monthly fee on wireless phones to finance improvements in county 911 systems cleared the Legislature on Wednesday and went to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. Proponents of the measure think it could generate $7.8 million a year for upgrading emergency communications systems, making it easier to loc
Great Wolf Lodge teams up with Lewis and Clark board
April 1, 2004
The Great Wolf Lodge will help tell the story of the journey of the Lewis and Clark expedition through the northeast corner of what is now the state of Kansas.
Global disgrace in Rwanda recapped on PBS
April 1, 2004
Ten years ago this month, the African nation of Rwanda descended into genocide, leaving more than 800,000 members of the Tutsi tribe slain at the hands of extremists from the Hutu tribe. Despite the magnitude of the slaughter, the United States and the United Nations stood by. “Ghosts of Rwanda” on “Frontline” (8 p.m., PBS) features a chronology of the horrific events as well as interviews with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, members of the U.N. peacekeeping forces and survivors of the killing fields.
On the record
April 1, 2004
Former Dole aide to assist in search for institute director
April 1, 2004
Kansas University has enlisted the help of a former aide to Sen. Bob Dole in the search for a new director of the Dole Institute of Politics. Kim Wells, a former state Republican Party chairman who led two Dole Senate campaigns, is making phone calls for KU in an attempt to identify potential candidates for the Dole Institute job.
World court demands U.S. review 51 convictions
Diplomatic help unavailable to Mexicans, justices say
April 1, 2004
The world court ruled Wednesday that the United States violated the rights of 51 Mexicans on death row to receive diplomatic help, and it ordered Washington to review their cases.
Firebirds roll
April 1, 2004
Behind a 15-hit attack and a solid pitching performance from senior Ryne Price, the Free State High baseball team socked Olathe Northwest, 13-2, Wednesday.
Democrats protest handling of gay discrimination policy
Lawrence appointee criticized for changes
April 1, 2004
A group of Democratic lawmakers wants President Bush to overturn a decision by one of his appointees to deny gay federal workers protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Final novel released in series ‘Left Behind’
Glorious Appearing’ concludes story from Book of Revelations
April 1, 2004
The Rev. Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, co-authors of the multimillion-selling “Left Behind” novels, have begun a brief tour of the South, home to many of their biggest supporters.
Briefly
April 1, 2004
¢ Republican discord sidelines highway bill ¢ Study: SARS vaccine showing promise ¢ Game show host Art James dies ¢ Defendant executed for store clerk’s death
Changes likely to make NFL games longer
April 1, 2004
The NFL’s new emphasis on improving offense will come with a cost: longer games.
Senate examines competing plans for school finance
April 1, 2004
Senators on Wednesday reviewed two House-passed school finance measures that differ broadly in how much additional money they would provide to education.
Lecompton gearing for growth fight
City seeks to curtail Douglas County’s planning authority
April 1, 2004
If Lecompton is to fight off an approaching development invasion from Lawrence, city officials figure that the first line of defense should be convincing Douglas County commissioners to surrender their planning authority.
Boeing backers question legislation
April 1, 2004
The senators who helped push Boeing’s controversial 767 aerial-tanker program through Congress last fall backed away from it Wednesday, saying serious problems with the program’s costs and capabilities and how the contract was negotiated must be resolved.
Briefcase
April 1, 2004
¢ Fed denies rumors of Greenspan illness ¢ H&R Block wins ruling in class-action lawsuit ¢ Regulators push change in stock option reporting ¢ Best Buy, Circuit City post year-end numbers
OPEC to cut oil output
Analysts say higher oil, gasoline prices ahead
April 1, 2004
With fuel costs already at uncomfortable levels for consumers, OPEC took a step that could push prices even higher by announcing Wednesday that it would cut its crude oil production target by 4 percent. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries hopes the cut, which takes effect today, will prevent a slide in prices this spring, when the global demand for oil usually slips to a seasonal low.
Tribe loses claim to land of former Sunflower plant
April 1, 2004
The Shawnee Tribe has no right to the defunct Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant near De Soto, a federal judge in Kansas City, Kan., ruled Wednesday.
Briefly
April 1, 2004
¢ Study: Contraceptive, teen sex not linked ¢ Clarke protests ad by Moveon.org
Briefly
April 1, 2004
¢ Research doubts value of inflammation test ¢ Nichols’ trial focuses on explosives theft ¢ Transgender protection law ignored by district
Briefly
April 1, 2004
¢ HUD secretary confirmed ¢ Two deputies shot to death while serving warrant
Briefly
April 1, 2004
¢ Jury recommends death in desert murders case ¢ Toddler dies in shooting
Ban’s future still up in smoke
Bar owners, health advocates make case before commission
April 1, 2004
Caught between crowds of health advocates and bar owners, a slim majority of Lawrence city commissioners continues to be undecided about a possible ban on smoking in bars and restaurants. “I think my thoughts are clouded by the (political) buzzsaw,” Commissioner Mike Rundle said.
Lawrence briefs
April 1, 2004
¢ Peltier asks Congress to intervene in his case ¢ Baker students to stage storm-spotting seminar ¢ Scottish fiddler to play free concert preview ¢ Ex-Lawrence pastor to read from poetry
Kmart sues hundreds of communities
Retailer claims property tax overcharging
April 1, 2004
Kmart has taken aim at several hundred towns, cities and counties nationwide in a lawsuit that claims the communities overcharged the discount retailer millions of dollars in property taxes on stores and other facilities.
Hobart Ogden Woody
April 1, 2004
Emily Charlotte Hatton
April 1, 2004
Joseph Charles Ramspott
April 1, 2004
Liberals launch radio network
April 1, 2004
Lefty radio debuted Wednesday, with comedian Al Franken declaring war on Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh and the Bush administration from a broadcast studio “3,500 feet below Dick Cheney’s bunker.”
D.A. to expand drug diversions
Cocaine, methamphetamine among low-level felonies for which program offered
April 1, 2004
In a move that signals a continued decline in penalties for illegal drug users, Dist. Atty. Christine Kenney announced Wednesday that she would begin offering diversions to people caught for the first time using cocaine, methamphetamine and other so-called “hard” drugs.
State pledges to repay KU cuts
Budget-efficiency team says spending cuts will bring greater return
April 1, 2004
The state will take $344,473 from the Kansas University housing department’s coffers next year under a budget plan proposed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and approved by both houses of the Legislature. But if KU and other state agencies adhere to a Sebelius administration efficiency plan, the money will be replaced and KU’s overall budget will increase, administration officials say.
Jewish settlers spark protests with move into Arab neighborhood
April 1, 2004
Ultra-Orthodox Jews armed with assault rifles lugged boxes, sofas and potted plants into two buildings in a crowded Arab neighborhood of Jerusalem at daybreak Wednesday, sparking clashes between Israeli troops and angry residents.
Bush surrender shows lack of leadership
April 1, 2004
When President Bush appeared momentarily on Tuesday afternoon in the White House briefing room, he came to announce a surrender. After weeks of resistance, he had capitulated to the growing political pressure for National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice to give the bipartisan commission investigating the 9-11 tragedy her sworn public testimony.
Pacers claim Central crown
Indiana’s Carlisle second coach to go 3-for-3
April 1, 2004
Another season, another division title for Rick Carlisle.
Missing Wisconsin college student found safe
Police looking for armed suspect
April 1, 2004
A missing University of Wisconsin student was found alive Wednesday, less than two miles from where she vanished from her off-campus apartment with no coat or purse, police said.
Our town sports
April 1, 2004
New Red Cross canteen van to offer services in disasters
April 1, 2004
For the first time in years, if ever, the Douglas County Chapter of the American Red Cross soon will have a fully equipped van that can be used to set up a canteen at a major fire or disaster. “When I first came to the chapter about three years ago, we had an old, broken-down Toyota van that didn’t run,” said Matt May, Red Cross disaster services chairman. “The last couple of years we’ve been on a mission to get a couple of vans.”
Yanks bounce back, rout D-Rays
April 1, 2004
Hideki Matsui and the New York Yankees came through for their fans.
Energy evolving into election issue
April 1, 2004
The most damaging sign of the 2004 campaign will probably not contain the words Kerry or Bush, but the latest spikes in the price of gasoline.
Briefly
April 1, 2004
¢ More U.S. troops arrive to quell opposition ¢ Donors pledge billions to rebuild Afghanistan ¢ Militant ends standoff by killing himself ¢ Troops fail to capture war crimes suspect
Briefly
April 1, 2004
¢ Court rules president violated constitution ¢ U.N. leader Annan completes Cyprus deal ¢ New leaders announced in France
People
April 1, 2004
¢ Racing queen ¢ Next season’s a sure thing ¢ Wedding bells awaiting ¢ Don’t mess with Texas
Muddled stand on marriage
April 1, 2004
Talk about shotgun marriages. The Massachusetts Legislature finally found a way to unite the opponents on either side of the gay marriage debate. These enemies are now wed in anger at the politicians.
Brown v. Board promise unmet
April 1, 2004
The choice is ours: Will the Brown v. Board of Education decision become a historic relic, trotted out every 50 years for ceremonial commemorations, or will it become an actualized hallmark of a fair, just and inclusive society?
Boston puts Garciaparra on disabled list
April 1, 2004
The Boston Red Sox will start the season without Nomar Garciaparra, after all.
Raintree Run dedicated to FSHS student
April 1, 2004
If any participants in this year’s Raintree Run get within a mile of the finish line and think about calling it quits, they’ll have an extra motivation to keep them going this year: the face of Sarah Elbayoumy, a gifted Lawrence teen killed in a car wreck this December. Photos of Elbayoumy will line the last mile of the 5-kilometer and half-marathon races at the April 18 run, which is the main annual fund-raiser for Raintree Montessori School, 4601 Clinton Parkway.
U.S. citizens, soldiers killed in Iraq attacks
Iraqis mutilate bodies of contract workers; Lawrence father waits to hear from son
April 1, 2004
Lawrence resident Don Schaake was paying close attention Wednesday to news about the ambush and killing of four American civilian contractors in Iraq. Schaake’s son, Kurt Schaake, is a civilian contractor who has been in Iraq since October.
More money needed to reduce state waiting lists for assistance
April 1, 2004
Nancy Glennon and her husband, Dan, need help raising their son. He has Asperger syndrome, which is related to autism. “My son has behavior problems — more at home than at school,” Nancy Glennon said, explaining why she sought services through Home and Community Based Services, a state-run program that helps keep disabled children and adults out of institutions.
Pear-adise in bloom
April 1, 2004
Horoscopes
April 1, 2004