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Basehor voters reject library bond issue
April 6, 2004
(Web Posted Tuesday at 9:26 p.m.) BASEHOR - Basehor-area residents shelved plans for a new library Tuesday by rejecting a proposed $3.79 million bond issue.
Folks, Jones win Lecompton council seats, third seat still undecided
April 6, 2004
(Web Posted Tuesday at 9:16 p.m.) LECOMPTON - Voters Tuesday decided the outcome in two city council seats but there was a tie for the third seat.
Smoking ban now has majority support
April 6, 2004
(Updated Friday at 12:21 p.m.) A smoking ban for bars and restaurants now has the support of a majority of Lawrence city commissioners. Commissioner Mike Rundle told the Journal-World on Tuesday afternoon that health research provided by advocates of a ban is “pretty compelling.” A ban, he said, would keep restaurant and bar workers from suffering the effects of secondhand smoke.
Judge says no payments to Wittig, Lake
April 6, 2004
(Web Posted Tuesday at 11:46 a.m.) A federal judge has told Westar Energy Inc. not to make any payments to David Wittig, its former chairman, president and CEO, and Douglas Lake, who was the company’s executive vice president of corporate strategy.
Cosby to have first appearance before judge
April 6, 2004
(Web Posted Tuesday at 11:41 a.m.) Lafayette Cosby, who has been arrested in connection with the Sunday morning shooting death of Robert Tyrone Martin, will have his first appearance before a Douglas County judge this afternoon.
Encore’ enchants with music
April 6, 2004
Free State High School students presented the musical variety show “Encore” this weekend for students and parents, featuring songs directed by choral director Pam Bushouse. Next up is Lawrence High School’s “Showtime,” scheduled from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 22-24. Call 832-5050 for more information.
Parade plan?
April 6, 2004
Rezoning care
April 6, 2004
Scouts, schools
April 6, 2004
Rwanda shame recalled
April 6, 2004
Ten years ago Tuesday, the Rwandan genocide — the most concentrated slaughter of human beings in our generation — began.
Boys need more attention
April 6, 2004
My 12-year-old daughter insists girls are smarter than boys, and the data about who goes to college these days make me wonder if she isn’t on to something.
Diversions
April 6, 2004
¢ Visit with senior editor Bill Snead at the J-W ¢ Join the J-W teen board ¢ Lawrence teen donates $200 for chimpanzee
Van-pool program likely to ride on
Governor still could veto commuter transportation program
April 6, 2004
State van-pool riders see victory around the next turn. All that is needed is for Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to not veto legislation that would keep the commuter program running and require permission from the Legislature before it could be abolished.
Briefcase
April 6, 2004
¢ Penney finds buyers for Eckerd drug chain ¢ Bank of America plans to eliminate 12,500 jobs ¢ Sprint shareholders drop request for injunction
UConn seeks history with sweep of titles
Huskies could earn men’s, women’s crowns
April 6, 2004
Everyone, it seems, has a spin on this latest national championship game between Connecticut and Tennessee; Jessica Moore’s is unique.
Bonds homers in win
April 6, 2004
Barry Bonds hit his 659th career home run Monday night, moving within one of Willie Mays for third place on the all-time list and helping San Francisco rally for a 5-4 victory over Houston.
UConn swats Jackets
Huskies dominate shaky Georgia Tech in finals
April 6, 2004
Thirty-seven minutes, three seconds into the game, Jim Calhoun was at it again. A whistle blew, the Connecticut coach turned to his bench and lashed out at assistant George Blaney. For three years, Calhoun has been yelling at Blaney, and now, 2:57 from his second national championship, was no time to stop.
Woodard gets call from hall
Former KU standout elected to hoops shrine
April 6, 2004
Lynette Woodard was the first female Kansas University basketball player to have her jersey retired. She was the first female member of the KU Sports Hall of Fame. Now Woodard is the first woman with KU ties to be named to the prestigious Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Stiles mulls joining KU staff
April 6, 2004
Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson has talked to women’s great Jackie Stiles about joining Henrickson’s coaching staff, the Journal-World has learned.
Niang’s future undecided
April 6, 2004
Moulaye Niang is not ready to make an announcement about his future on Kansas University’s men’s basketball team. Niang, a 6-foot-10 sophomore center from Senegal, Africa, met with KU coach Bill Self on Monday for the second time in a week about the possibility of transferring.
Drexler leads impressive lineup
Woodard, Colangelo also headed to Basketball Hall of Fame
April 6, 2004
Nicknames have followed Clyde Drexler throughout his basketball career. In college, he played for the electrifying “Phi Slama Jama” teams at the University of Houston. As a pro, he was Clyde “The Glide” for his speed, ball-handling and swooping moves to the basket. As an Olympian, he played on the first “Dream Team.”
OU tennis routs ailing Jayhawks
April 6, 2004
A tough task of going up against No. 15 Oklahoma on Monday became even tougher after KU senior Courtney Steinbock went down with a rolled ankle in a 5-2 victory over Iowa State on Saturday.
LHS, FSHS enter soccer showdown with questions
April 6, 2004
It’s a bonus if any of the city high school girls soccer coaches know anything about the team they’ll be facing today. Honestly, the city coaches know little about their own teams.
Spencer ties for first; LHS golf third
April 6, 2004
Nathaniel Spencer tied for first, and Lawrence High’s boys golf team placed third in its season-opening meet at Brookridge Country Club.
Local standouts to compete for Kansas
April 6, 2004
Five city players and an area player have been selected to participate in the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Assn. All-Star Game on June 17 at William Jewell College. Free State High’s Dain Dillingham, Cole Douglas and Mark Case, Lawrence’s Carl Lisher and Josh Lawrence, and Baldwin’s Micah Mason have been invited.
Fund-raisers to aid 12-year-old needing heart transplant
Rockers rally around ailing pal
April 6, 2004
Walter Morris still remembers when Rose Naughtin had her first heart transplant eight years ago. Both were 4 years old at the time, and Walter knew only that his friend from across the alley was pretty sick and needed a long recovery before she could come out to play again.
L.A. Times dominates Pulitzer Prizes
April 6, 2004
The Los Angeles Times captured five Pulitzer Prizes on Monday for coverage ranging from devastating wildfires in its back yard to a civil war on the other side of the globe — the second-most awards ever won by a newspaper.
On ‘24,’ it’s always darkest before the dawn
April 6, 2004
The current batch of “24” (8 p.m., Fox) episodes all take place during the sorrowful break of day. Like the rest of the world, I’ve been thoroughly broken of my “24” habit by Fox’s curious tradition of yanking it from the schedule for months at a time.
On the record
April 6, 2004
Review: Dance company balances message
April 6, 2004
Les Ballets Africains, the extraordinary national dance company of the Republic of Guinea, took Liberty Hall by rhythmic storm Sunday evening.
Local briefs
April 6, 2004
¢ Patrol investigates accident on turnpike ¢ Friends of Kaw receives $15,000 from EPA ¢ Free State competes in ‘High Q’ quiz contest
Americans weigh in on changing food pyramid
April 6, 2004
The suggestions range from wacky to reasonable, but plenty of people have ideas about how to revamp the federal Food Guide Pyramid, that iconic graphic that supposedly guides how people eat.
Poll shows Bush’s support dropping
April 6, 2004
The spate of recent violence is making the American people question anew Bush’s handling of the war. A poll released Monday by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press showed that the war is eating away at the president’s approval rating, which has dropped from 55 percent in September to 43 percent this month. His disapproval rating grew from 36 percent to 47 during the same period.
FBI releases Peltier documents
April 6, 2004
The FBI has released nearly 800 pages of material sought by attorneys for Leonard Peltier, an American Indian advocate serving two life sentences in the 1975 slayings of two FBI agents in South Dakota.
Report assigns blame for N.E. blackout
April 6, 2004
Disregard for voluntary rules intended to ensure the flow of electricity opened the way for last summer’s blackout in eight states and Canada, investigators said Monday in their final report. They urged government standards with teeth to ward off future outages.
Franklin E. ‘Gene’ Riggins Sr.
April 6, 2004
Lecompton, Basehor residents head to polls
April 6, 2004
(Updated Tuesday at 11:24 a.m.) This is an off-election year for city and school posts in Lawrence, but voters are heading to the polls today for city elections in Lecompton and Basehor. Lecompton residents will elect three city council members. Four candidates are running, including Ed Smith, an incumbent who appointed himself to the council last year after losing his mayoral re-election bid.
Westar investigation nears end
Topeka-based utility reduces debt, plans to increase dividend
April 6, 2004
With Westar Energy Inc.’s debt reduced and its stock dividend expected to rise, state regulators hope to end a three-year investigation into the company’s management.
Lawrence nonprofit hopes to put old computers to use
April 6, 2004
Allen Perrin is convinced a computer is a learning tool. What he can’t figure out is why U.S. businesses throw away millions of usable computers every year. So Perrin has started Lawrence-based Technologies for All Inc. to put those computers back to work.
Sebelius considered possible running mate for Kerry
April 6, 2004
John Edwards offers boyish good looks and a trial lawyer’s verbal skills. Kathleen Sebelius is a heartland governor whose gender is another factor. And William Cohen provides political balance: He’s a Republican.
Accident cuts power to clinic
Truck driver snaps East Lawrence power line
April 6, 2004
The grand opening of Heartland Medical Clinic lasted almost four hours Monday. Then the lights went out. “We cannot do X-rays,” said Amy Berthold, director of the clinic that opened its office Monday on the ground floor of Riverfront Plaza. “Our phones don’t work, and of course, all of our computers. We’re having trouble finding patient charts because we’re using flashlights.”
District classified salaries face overhaul after study
April 6, 2004
Sharon Hull has been a paraprofessional for Lawrence schools for 20 years, and she recently saw her salary break $11 an hour. She loves her job, but she would have to find a better-paying job — as she’s seen many others do — if her husband weren’t the main breadwinner for her family.
New law requires ID from some voters
April 6, 2004
Some Kansas voters will have to show a driver’s license or other form of identification to ensure their ballots are counted under a bill Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed into law Monday.
Low-cost carriers fly high with customers
Aviation survey rates JetBlue No. 1 airline
April 6, 2004
Three of the top four airlines in 2003 were low-cost carriers, with JetBlue Airways leading the pack with the best overall performance, according to an annual study released Monday.
Stories of oppression win arts categories
April 6, 2004
Stories of oppression both home and abroad were rewarded with Pulitzer Prizes on Monday.
Bernice I. Jones
April 6, 2004
Gordon, Okafor provide punch
Georgia Tech can’t solve UConn’s balanced attack
April 6, 2004
All season, teams that worried too much about Emeka Okafor inside were beaten by Ben Gordon outside. The national championship game was no exception.
Twins’ ‘pen provides win
Minnesota rallies past Cleveland, 7-4 in 11 innings
April 6, 2004
Minnesota’s reconfigured bullpen had a stellar season opener. Cleveland can’t say the same, though.
Area briefs
April 6, 2004
¢ Trial postponed for driver in high-speed chase ¢ KU named ‘Best Value’ by Princeton Review ¢ Lecompton, Basehor polls will be open today ¢ Broken Arrow teacher wins foundation honor ¢ Pump Patrol seeks deals
OutKast the ‘Kids’ Choice’
April 6, 2004
The green slime oozed, and audience screamed in delight at Saturday’s 17th annual Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.
People
April 6, 2004
¢ Morissette skewers censors ¢ Basinger sheds some bling ¢ Mysteries take new twist ¢ Beckham affair rumored
Briefly
April 6, 2004
¢ Four alleged abuse victims settle with archdiocese ¢ Lawmakers seek award for Brown plaintiff ¢ Supreme Court to rule on use of drug dogs ¢ New terror threat issued
Mangino: KU football defense will be better
April 6, 2004
Kansas University has nearly two more weeks of spring football, but coach Mark Mangino already has made up his mind about his defense.
Marian E. Nichols
April 6, 2004
Horoscopes
April 6, 2004
Towing companies on hook for prices
April 6, 2004
People injured in rural auto accidents shouldn’t have to face financial wreckage caused by overzealous towing companies, Douglas County commissioners agreed Monday. Without taking a formal vote, commissioners said they tentatively would support plans to overhaul the process now used by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department to summon towing companies to accident scenes.
Kansas Park Trust prepares for ownership of prairie preserve
April 6, 2004
The efforts of a rich Texan, a Kansas governor and a former U.S. senator are intersecting in the Flint Hills. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is to appear today in Cottonwood Falls to discuss the transfer of ownership of about 11,000 acres of land to a Kansas trust for enhancement of the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.
Bottom-of-the-ninth rally lifts K.C., 9-7
April 6, 2004
The first game-winning home run on opening day in Kansas City Royals history forever will be etched in the mind of the man who hit it.
LHS eyes ‘trip’ to state; FSHS young, experienced
April 6, 2004
The Lawrence High softball team wants to believe in particular patterns. For example, the last time the Lions made the Class 6A state softball tournament — in 2000 — the event was held in Lawrence at Holcom Park.
Police capture slaying suspect
Partygoer stabbed victim’s friend to death in 1997
April 6, 2004
A man charged in a weekend shooting death at a south Lawrence apartment complex was arrested Monday night in Topeka. Shortly before 10 p.m., Lawrence Police were called by Topeka Police and told that Lafayette Damon Ester Cosby was in custody. No details about the arrest were available late Monday.
Shiite uprising pits U.S. vs. Iraqi ‘allies’
Bush pledges to stay despite rebellion
April 6, 2004
President Bush vowed Monday to stay the course in Iraq despite a Shiite Muslim militia uprising Sunday against the American-led occupation that killed seven U.S. soldiers.
Public excluded from KU campus expansion planning
April 6, 2004
Lawrence and Kansas University officials will meet today to hash out an agreement that would give the city a bigger voice in decisions about campus expansion into surrounding neighborhoods. Officials say they’ve made progress during a series of closed-door meetings stretching back to last summer, but some distance remains between the two sides.
Marketplace of ideas
Many Kansans still may harbor concerns about the liberal leanings of university faculty members.
April 6, 2004
During the Vietnam War protest era, many Kansas families made it clear they preferred for their children to attend Kansas State University, rather than Kansas University. This was particularly true in Johnson County, where many sons and daughters of KU graduates elected to go to K-State or other colleges rather than come to Mount Oread.
Rebuilt Iraq army key to U.S. withdrawal
April 6, 2004
I got an e-mail at 3:05 a.m. Thursday from my Iraqi translator in Baghdad. He was distraught. Here’s what he wrote:
Daily ticker
April 6, 2004
Commentary: Tigers no joke after offseason makeover
April 6, 2004
One pitch. One swing. Ivan Rodriguez drove Roy Halladay’s first offering of the sixth inning into Toronto’s bullpen. And as soon as it left Pudge’s bat, Halladay dropped his head in disgust. The reigning Cy Young Award winner made a mistake, and he wasn’t accustomed to facing Tigers hitters capable of making him pay for it.
With increasing frequency, cell phones jamming emergency communications
April 6, 2004
The proliferation of cell phones is having potentially dangerous consequences for firefighters and police officers, who in some places can’t use their radios to call for help because of interference from cell signals.
Briefly
April 6, 2004
¢ J.Lo’s mother hits $2.4 million jackpot ¢ Spirit rover completes primary Mars mission ¢ Five killed in crash on flood-detour road ¢ Old aircraft carrier to be sunk off coast ¢ Driver confesses to fatal hit-and-run
Environmental health study planned
April 6, 2004
Does a pregnant woman’s exposure to certain chemicals put her child at risk of learning disabilities? Do genetics and pollution interact to cause asthma? What’s the real impact of TV on toddlers?