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Families mourn deaths of Fort Riley soldiers
April 2, 2004
(Web Posted Friday at 3:13 p.m.) Five Fort Riley soldiers who died in a single day this week in Iraq were an assorted lot, all in their 20s but with backgrounds as varied as their hometowns from Idaho to Pennsylvania.
Compromise transportation plan goes to Sebelius
April 2, 2004
(Web Posted Friday at 3:05 p.m.) A compromise bill aimed at preventing cancellation of promised transportation projects cleared the Legislature and went Friday to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. The measure uses bonds, sales tax revenues and federal funds to shore up the state’s comprehensive transportation program, started in 1999. The votes were 121-4 in the House and 35-5 in the Senate.
Senate making a final, pre-recess push on school aid
April 2, 2004
(Updated Friday at 2:17 p.m.) Having rejected four proposals to raise taxes to benefit school districts, the Senate was looking Friday at a $35 million plan relying on existing revenues — and delaying a promised 3 percent raise for state workers. The House has already passed a $155 million school finance bill, and Senate Republican leaders hoped to get something through their chamber on the final day before legislators began a recess that ends April 28.
Rural Jefferson County traffic accident kills two
April 2, 2004
(Updated Friday at 4:17 p.m.) A Lawrence woman and her elderly male passenger were both killed in a one-vehicle crash Friday morning on a rural Jefferson County road. Stephanie S. Collins, 42, Lawrence, and her passenger, Michael W. Meyer, 79, Winchester, were riding in a pickup truck that crashed about 9:10 a.m. Friday on Wellman Road, near 46th Street.
Police, KBI close Kansas City casino
April 2, 2004
(Web Posted Friday at 12:12 p.m.) Authorities shut down a tribal-owned casino in the city’s downtown Friday morning, and were preparing to remove more than 150 gambling machines.
Sebelius against proposal delaying state employees’ raises
April 2, 2004
(Web Posted Friday at 11:57 a.m.) Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today lambasted a new Senate school finance proposal that would be partially funded by delaying a payraise to state employees, including those at Kansas University.
Sebelius to veto concealed guns bill
April 2, 2004
(Web Posted Friday at 11:46 a.m.) TOPEKA - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today said she will probably veto legislation that would allow Kansans to carry concealed handguns.
National anti-tax group airs radio ads in Kansas
April 2, 2004
(Web Posted Friday at 11:03 a.m.) A national anti-tax group is waging political war with Kansas legislators who have supported tax increases for schools. The National Taxpayers Union, a non-partisan group based in Alexandria, Va., has purchased three days’ worth of radio ads that are being broadcast statewide.
Senate spurns two more school finance proposals
April 2, 2004
(Updated Friday at 5:16 p.m.) Having rejected four proposals to increase taxes to benefit school districts, the Senate spurned two plans Friday that would have relied on existing revenues to boost state aid.
Senate rejects two more school funding proposals
April 2, 2004
(Updated Friday at 5:18 p.m.) The Kansas Senate today rejected two more school finance plans as the Legislature got close to adjourning for several weeks.
Briefly
April 2, 2004
¢ Set the clocks ahead one hour this weekend ¢ Mars rover finds more signs of past water
Mavs keep Kings in slump
Finley scores 29 in Dallas’ 127-117 victory
April 2, 2004
Coach Don Nelson’s emphasis on smaller lineups is working out nicely for the Dallas Mavericks.
Folly frolicking
April 2, 2004
Taking measure
April 2, 2004
Ancient creature evolved arm bone for move out of sea
April 2, 2004
A 365-million-year-old arm bone fossil found in Pennsylvania came from one of the first creatures able to do push-ups, an evolutionary step that was necessary for animals to move from the sea to dry land.
People
April 2, 2004
¢ ‘Punk’d’ coming back after all ¢ ‘Ladykillers’ star makes recovery ¢ Parker’s fashion sense pays off ¢ Nothing compares to ‘Rings’
Briefly
April 2, 2004
¢ Warrant says Tunisian was leader of bombing ¢ Chirac reiterates need for economic reforms ¢ Police: Caretaker killed Americans over slur ¢ Study: Asian suicide rates higher in women
Deadly serious
April 2, 2004
Americans must face the harsh reality of the current war against terrorism. The photo on the front page of Thursday’s Journal-World showed the charred bodies of two Americans hanging from a bridge over the Euphrates River in Fallujah, Iraq, located west of Baghdad.
Wal-Mart spread
April 2, 2004
Cooke fed genteel illusions
April 2, 2004
“Good evening, I’m Alistair Cooke, and this is ‘Masterpiece Theater.’”
Residents share Fort Riley’s pain over deaths
Pentagon expected to release identities of dead soldiers today
April 2, 2004
Residents near this historic Army post were moved Thursday by the death of five Fort Riley soldiers in Iraq, but they also understood the loss was part of war.
Women’s Final Four sees big changes at Big Easy venue
April 2, 2004
Dawn Staley remembers the games, of course. There also was a hospital visit to cheer up patients and a banquet.
Daily ticker
April 2, 2004
World War II photographer dies at 81
April 2, 2004
Soldier, photographer, documentarian, historian, stamp collector, arborist, real estate broker, and devoted father — Glenn Kappelman was a true Renaissance man.
Indians ready to trade Bradley
April 2, 2004
Milton Bradley probably has played his last game for the Cleveland Indians.
Briefly
April 2, 2004
¢ Sept. 11 commission sets Rice hearing for April 8 ¢ Bomber kills one, injures self; government blames al-Qaida ¢ Highway shootings suspect could face the death penalty ¢ Bush signs bill making it a crime to harm a fetus
Gloved One visits Capitol Hill
April 2, 2004
From all the fuss that was made over Michael Jackson in Washington this week, you would think he still ruled as The King of Pop.
Age not a career asset
April 2, 2004
I suppose the moral of the story is not to mess with people’s minds in the morning. Since Bob Edwards, the anchor of National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition,” was given his walking papers last week, listeners have reacted as if the network whisked away their coffee.
Fertilizer salesmen would rather forget their 1994 encounter with Nichols
April 2, 2004
Jerry Showalter and Rick Schlender hope this month’s Oklahoma murder trial of Terry Nichols will close the book on that late summer day in 1994 when they sold ammonium nitrate fertilizer to a man believed to be Terry Nichols.
Lucas, Sutton follow fathers’ leads in NCAA
Oklahoma State standout, assistant coach take inspiration from dads
April 2, 2004
John Lucas Jr. threw both arms around his son and pulled him close, turning back the clock in their tight embrace.
Lied Center marks 10th year with a special ‘Arrangement’
April 2, 2004
It’s almost as if Stephen Johnson gathered up all the color, motion and rhythm from 10 years of performances at the Lied Center and sent them through an extruder that spits out art that perfectly captures the essence of a place. At least that seemed to be the consensus Thursday evening when the shroud dropped and several hundred people caught their first glimpse of the sculpture the nationally recognized artist created in honor of the venue’s 10th anniversary.
Briefly
April 2, 2004
¢ Preliminary hearing set in Olathe arsons ¢ Democratic caucuses enter second round ¢ Golf courses vandalized ¢ Pump Patrol seeks deals
Horoscopes
April 2, 2004
Kansas City fills last three bullpen spots
April 2, 2004
After seven years of struggles in the minor leagues, Shawn Camp was finally named to a major-league roster by the Kansas City Royals.
Briefly
April 2, 2004
¢ Doctor: Abortion ban would have broad effect ¢ Police continue search for kidnapping suspect ¢ Anti-abortion advocate guilty of molestation ¢ Mother calmly recounts slayings in videotape
KU completes drive for Korean War veterans memorial
April 2, 2004
Veterans of the Korean War finally will have a permanent place to be remembered on the Kansas University campus. A $50,000 gift from the International Communication Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Seoul, South Korea, completed fund-raising for the memorial.
Budget bill would add judge in Douglas County
April 2, 2004
Douglas County would receive an additional judge under the $10.2 billion state budget approved Thursday by the Legislature.
Self going to Final Four to support alma mater
April 2, 2004
Bill Self won’t paint his face orange and black and wave pom pons in Oklahoma State’s cheering section Saturday at the Alamodome. But, yes, he will be rooting for the Cowboys during their Final Four semifinal game against Georgia Tech, which begins at 5:07 p.m. in San Antonio.
Lawrence father relieved by e-mail from son in Iraq
April 2, 2004
Lawrence resident Don Schaake is resting a little easier now that he knows his son was not among the four American civilian contractors whose bodies were desecrated Wednesday in Fallujah, Iraq.
Reality TV revamps traditional makeover
April 2, 2004
And you thought the judges on “American Idol” were harsh.
Pudge’ to rescue for lowly Tigers
Detroit fans, players abuzz over Rodriguez’s signing
April 2, 2004
Like kids checking out a friend’s new toy, a group of Detroit Tigers gathered around Ivan Rodriguez as he sat in the clubhouse at spring training.
Baseball opener in Japan a bad idea
April 2, 2004
The alarm clock shrieks. It’s 4:30 a.m.
Hellboy’ meets world
Comic creator Mignola acclimates to Hollywood
April 2, 2004
Most people have nightmares about monsters. For comic creator Mike Mignola, monsters are the stuff of pleasant dreams. “I don’t remember ever being particularly scared of monsters,” says Mignola of his childhood. “I remember being fascinated that my cousin was in the next room watching ‘Dark Shadows’ and we weren’t allowed to go in there when it was on. So, of course, we sat outside the door conjuring up something much better than what he was actually watching.”
Adaptation of ‘Hellboy’ burned by banal plot
April 2, 2004
Comic books and graphic novels are being tailored for the big screen in record numbers. But for every “Road to Perdition” there is a “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” In other words, for every skillful interpretation there is one that merely exploits the premise as a means to unleash another disposable blockbuster.
School of rock called to session
Aspiring musicians prepare for Lawrence High School Battle of the Bands
April 2, 2004
Julia Lee is a little nervous about her performance next week in the Lawrence High School Battle of the Bands. OK, a lot nervous.
No spinoff hopes for ‘CSI’ star
April 2, 2004
“CSI” already has one spinoff in Miami, and there’s another one planned for New York. But we won’t be seeing “CSI: The Morgue” anytime soon.
Tabloid censured for photos of prince
April 2, 2004
A tabloid on Thursday published paparazzi pictures of Prince William on the ski slopes with a young woman described as his girlfriend, earning the displeasure of royal aides who barred the newspaper from future official photo opportunities.
You’ll want to break out of this ‘Big House’
April 2, 2004
What genius decided to remake “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” — in reverse? In that popular ‘90s sitcom, Will Smith played a street-smart Philadelphian whose antics outraged his snobby California kin. In the new comedy “The Big House” (7:30 p.m., ABC), stand-up comedian Kevin Hart plays a college freshman named Kevin who is forced to flee Beverly Hills and lodge with his Philadelphia cousins after his father is sent to prison for embezzling.
Literacy support
April 2, 2004
Bad moves
April 2, 2004
Recruit concern
April 2, 2004
Grand jury hands up obscenity indictments
Abilene business faces 29 counts
April 2, 2004
A grand jury returned a 29-count indictment Thursday against an adult novelty and video store that has been the focus of controversy since it opened last September.
Olazabal in BellSouth lead
Rookie Tambellini shares top spot
April 2, 2004
The tee shots found the fairway, the approach shots nestled close to the hole and the putts rolled smoothly. For one day, at least, Jose Maria Olazabal was back on his game.
Michigan tops Rutgers, 62-55, for NIT championship
April 2, 2004
Coach Tommy Amaker has been through enough postseason basketball to know what Michigan needed most as it made its run at the NIT championship against Rutgers on Thursday night.
Factory growth fuels job outlook
Survey: Midwest index hits high
April 2, 2004
The manufacturing sector continued to rebound in March, an industry group reported Thursday, raising the prospect of more hiring at the nation’s factories.
Dow Jones index to replace three longtime companies
April 2, 2004
AT&T, International Paper and Eastman Kodak are being dropped from the Dow Jones industrial average and replaced with other companies in a switch that reflects the decline of U.S. manufacturing and the rise of health care and financial services.
Briefcase
April 2, 2004
¢ Experts don’t expect new trial for Stewart ¢ Kansas among states seeking to block merger ¢ Block stands by outlook ¢ Pier 1 profits tumble
Advisers to reconcile ‘3 Lawrences’
Downtown among best in country, consultant says
April 2, 2004
The good. The bad. And the ugly. That’s what three “smart-growth” consultants saw during a Thursday afternoon tour of Lawrence, starting a process that could affect the look of future construction projects in the city.
Charter school gets foot in door
April 2, 2004
The Lawrence school district’s effort to establish a virtual charter school was good enough to win approval from the Kansas Department of Education, but the program received less than a sixth of the funds requested. “It does open the door for us, even though it’s only a crack,” said Karen Vespestad, the district’s director of grants, board services and strategic planning.
MLB briefs
April 2, 2004
¢ Rockies option Tsao, three others to Triple-A ¢ Spring struggles surround Sheets ¢ Tigers acquire Colyer in trade with Dodgers
Van crash kills seven orange grove workers
April 2, 2004
A van carrying 19 workers from a Florida orange grove flipped over on an interstate highway Thursday, killing seven men who were ejected from the vehicle, state police said.
Nations arrest 53 in militant mission
April 2, 2004
Turkey, Italy, and Belgium arrested 53 militants in a coordinated crackdown Thursday on a Turkish Marxist group considered a terrorist organization by Washington, Turkey’s Interior Ministry said.
Italian official says Europe faces too many obstacles in fighting terror
April 2, 2004
A shortage of Arabic translators, the deployment of precious manpower to keep track of soccer hooligans and differing legal traditions among Western countries are hampering efforts to fight terrorism, Italy’s top terrorism investigator told The Associated Press.
Cancer institute taps director
April 2, 2004
Kansas University Medical Center has hired a new director for its Kansas Masonic Cancer Research Institute, a step toward receiving a national designation that would bring millions of dollars in federal research funds to KU.
Powwow scheduled Saturday at KU
April 2, 2004
Members of an American Indian group at Kansas University are sharing their culture this weekend at a powwow. KU’s First Nations Student Assn. will have its fourth annual powwow Saturday at Robinson Center, 1301 Sunnyside Ave. Grand Entry, when all dancers enter the arena, begins at 7 p.m.
Push continues for immigrant tuition break
April 2, 2004
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Thursday called on House leaders to allow in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants.
Reardon retiring after 30 years in House
April 2, 2004
The longest-serving member of the Legislature announced Thursday that he is not seeking re-election this year.
Life-without-parole legislation approved
April 2, 2004
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.
Van-pool program still under consideration
April 2, 2004
A measure to continue the van-pool program has been included in a bill that was in a House-Senate conference committee Thursday.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
April 2, 2004
Highlights of Thursday’s activities at the Kansas Legislature.
Newspapers criticized for using graphic photos
April 2, 2004
Gruesome front page photos showing the charred remains of U.S. citizens killed in an ambush in Iraq prompted complaints from some readers that the images were too graphic.
Field of schemes?
FSHS, school district at odds over soccer field
April 2, 2004
On a clear, beautiful afternoon, Free State High senior Scott Schumaker recently presented a demonstration at the school’s soccer field. “Watch this,” said Schumaker, a midfielder on the Firebirds’ boys soccer team last fall.
It’s take 3 for education plan
Senate to consider $35 million boost after two alternatives fail
April 2, 2004
The Kansas Senate today will consider a no-new-tax plan for schools after rejecting two proposals Thursday that would have increased taxes for education. The new proposal will provide $35 million in increased funding to the $2.6 billion system, according to state Sen. Dave Jackson, a Topeka Republican.
KU gains in grad school rankings
25 programs among magazine’s top 25 at public universities
April 2, 2004
Kansas University has gained ground in its goal of becoming a top-25 university, according to rankings released Thursday by U.S. News and World Report. The magazine’s annual “Best Graduate Schools” rankings have 25 KU programs ranked in the top 25 among public universities, up from 22 last year. Twelve programs are in the top 10, with two — special education and city management and urban policy — ranked No. 1.
Gender gap not just academic
KU faculty, students say women face conflicting choice between career, family
April 2, 2004
When Omega Tadesse hangs out with her Kansas University engineering classmates, the conversations tend to center on football and cars. She puts up with it. She’s often the only woman there.
U.S. official vows to retake Fallujah, find killers
April 2, 2004
A top U.S. military official said Thursday the Marines would retake Fallujah by “overwhelming” force if necessary, and U.S. forces would track down the Iraqis who mutilated the bodies of four American civilian contractors in a frenzied celebration broadcast around the world.
Glass triumphs in Oregon
April 2, 2004
Lawrence’s Bob Glass is off to a fast start on this spring’s PBA Senior Tour.
Stephenson shifts to Emory
Former KU administrator takes AD job at Atlanta school
April 2, 2004
Betsy Stephenson, a Kansas University graduate and former KU associate athletic director, has been named director of athletics and recreation at Emory University in Atlanta.
Sideline
April 2, 2004
¢ Nebraska boosting price of football season tickets ¢ Tattooed pitcher demoted ¢ Stolen memorabilia back
Local briefs
April 2, 2004
¢ HINU softball sweeps Central ¢ Firebirds postponed ¢ Clarification
Lions turn in more state times
April 2, 2004
The Lawrence High girls swimming squad lost a dual Thursday but qualified three more times for the state tournament. The Lions fell to Shawnee Mission South, 98-90.
Jayhawks hope to continue offensive sizz
KU scoring runs in bunches at home heading into weekend series with OU
April 2, 2004
Kansas University’s baseball team accumulated 181 runs — an average of 12.07 a game — in its first 15 games at Hoglund Ballpark this season.
Federal drug charges filed against Lawrence resident
Grand jury indicts 27-year-old for distributing crack
April 2, 2004
A Lawrence man was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Kan., on four counts related to the distribution of crack cocaine last month in Lawrence.
On the record
April 2, 2004
Lawrence briefs
April 2, 2004
¢ KU sculptors’ work featured in new show ¢ Herpetology board gains new scientist ¢ KU receives grants for health care research
Georgie Lou Larison
April 2, 2004
Earl ‘Bud’ Rhodes Overfield Jr.
April 2, 2004
Suspect indicted in investment fraud case
April 2, 2004
A grand jury has indicted a man accused of defrauding investors of nearly $300,000.
Democrats’ financial outlook brightens
Kerry may catch up with GOP fund raising
April 2, 2004
The Democratic Party finds itself in its most confident and comfortable financial position in years, though it still trails Republicans in almost every fund-raising category. President Bush’s fund-raising juggernaut keeps rolling, reaching more than $182 million Thursday and closing in on doubling the $100 million record he set in 2000.
U.S. presses Palestinians to crack down on terrorists
Road map’ peace plan can be revived, diplomats say
April 2, 2004
American diplomats told skeptical Palestinian officials Thursday that Israel’s plan to pull out of the Gaza Strip brought an opportunity to revive the “road map” peace initiative, but they said future progress would depend on a Palestinian crackdown on militants.
Defense lawyers may seek mistrial in Williams case
April 2, 2004
Jayson Williams could walk on a legal offensive foul.
Toronto fires general manager
April 2, 2004
Glen Grunwald was fired as general manager by the Toronto Raptors on Thursday with two weeks left in a second straight losing season. Grunwald, the Raptors’ GM for seven seasons, was replaced on an interim basis by Jack McCloskey, a former general manager of the Detroit Pistons.
Darkness rules again at KU
Jayhawks win softball opener with Creighton, 2-0, before nightcap ruled 1-1 tie
April 2, 2004
Make that win, lose, and draw for Kansas University’s softball team Thursday. “Thanks for the good news,” KU coach Tracy Bunge said while forcing a smile after she was informed of her team’s rare tally in the win, loss and tie columns.
Woodling: A last look at ‘03-‘04 basketball season
April 2, 2004
A last look back at the college basketball season while wondering if Georgia Tech’s muscular Jarrett Jack will chew up Oklahoma State’s tiny John Lucas Saturday and spit him out. … As you know, Sunday’s overtime loss to Georgia Tech prevented a Kansas University-Oklahoma State rematch in the Final Four. OSU drilled the Jayhawks, 80-60, in Stillwater, Okla., and it’s unlikely a neutral court — the Alamodome — would have wiped out that 20-point differential, but you never know in the NCAA Tournament. …
Oklahoma State savoring new golden era
April 2, 2004
Oklahoma State wrestling coach John Smith and basketball coach Eddie Sutton have had offices next door to each the last 10 years. All week, there was celebratory cake and cookies in Sutton’s office.
Condom warning labels spark debate
April 2, 2004
It’s just a little bit of wording on a condom packet — so small that Justin Kleinman hadn’t noticed it until he squinted to read it recently.
Budget, minus schools and highways, sent to governor
April 2, 2004
A compromise budget for state government that trims overall spending by three-tenths of 1 percent went Thursday to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Concealed-weapons bill OK’d, faces likely veto
Governor’s spokeswoman says Sebelius won’t sign legislation into law in current form
April 2, 2004
Legislation allowing Kansans to carry concealed handguns cleared the House on Thursday and went to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who has said she won’t sign the bill in its current form.
Comedian stars in Internet commercial
Seinfeld to appear in ‘webisode’ for American Express
April 2, 2004
You won’t find Jerry Seinfeld’s latest project on television or in theaters. Instead, try the Web. The comedian is starring with an animated Superman in a five-minute commercial for American Express. The comedic “webisode,” which was directed by Barry Levinson and is available only online, shows Seinfeld and Superman hanging out — having lunch at a diner, hooking up a DVD player, seeing a Broadway show.
Uncertainty reigns as Iraq transfer looms
April 2, 2004
The Bush administration went into Iraq with a bold political vision of regime change and a daring military strategy that used speed instead of armored mass to conquer the battlefield. A year later, clarity and decisiveness have gone missing in both the political and military spheres in Iraq.
Glenn L. Kappelman
April 2, 2004