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Former President Clinton to speak at KU
April 15, 2004
(Web Posted Thursday at 4:20 p.m.) President Bill Clinton will be coming to Lawrence next month. A source at Kansas University confirmed Clinton was scheduled to speak May 19 at the Dole Institute. The university is expected to announce the engagement Friday.
City sued over proposed Wal-Mart site
April 15, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 2:28 p.m.) Owners of northwest Lawrence land where Wal-Mart wants to build filed a lawsuit Thursday against the city, the seventh overall. 6Wak Land Investments, the property owner, filed the suit after the Lawrence City Commission this week gave final approval to an ordinance to rezone the northwest corner of Sixth and Wakarusa to essentially prohibit a “big box” store there.
Briefly
April 15, 2004
¢ Former Navy secretary to speak on ethics ¢ Two sought in attack outside downtown bar ¢ Truck driver in jail on road rage charges ¢ Pump Patrol seeks deals
Fertility refinements reduce multiple births
April 15, 2004
A worrisome national surge in multiple births linked to test-tube technology is easing, largely because doctors are implanting fewer embryos during each attempt to make a woman pregnant, a study suggests.
Confederate sub’s crew finally to be buried
April 15, 2004
More than 30,000 people are expected to descend on this history-soaked city Saturday for what’s being touted as the last funeral of the Civil War.
Young bullies
April 15, 2004
Harassing behavior isn’t something all children outgrow. Who knew that our kindergarten classes are full of bullies? A recent study conducted on a Wichita school playground showed that children were the targets of verbal or physical harassment about once every five minutes. The study, conducted by Wichita State University and funded by the National Institute of Mental Health involved about 266 kindergartners — yes, kindergartners!
Defending the philosophical middle
April 15, 2004
I’m not sure Rush Limbaugh is, as the title of the best-selling book would have it, “a big, fat idiot.” The man has, after all, lost a considerable amount of weight in recent years.
Addicted to taxes
April 15, 2004
No-smoke areas
April 15, 2004
Cancer risk
April 15, 2004
Racing for the ‘chase’
Strong start is vital in Nextel Cup’s new championship format
April 15, 2004
How important is a fast start in the NASCAR Nextel Cup points race?
Despite many obstacles, Lane pursues dream racing job
April 15, 2004
As long as there are doors, Tommy Lane vows he’ll keep knocking.
Protesters barred from Brown site during dedication
April 15, 2004
Several white supremacist groups that are expected to protest the dedication of the Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site next month will not be allowed on the federal property that day, site superintendent Stephen E. Adams says.
Restriction sparks lawsuit
April 15, 2004
A group wanting the federal government out of public education has filed a lawsuit accusing a federal official of trying to restrain the group’s constitutional right of free speech at next month’s dedication of the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site.
Ex-banker in Wittig case to surrender
April 15, 2004
A former Topeka banker convicted in a loan conspiracy case will surrender to authorities Tuesday so he can begin serving his 6 1/2 year prison sentence, his attorneys said.
Farmland to sell grain elevators to Archer Daniels
April 15, 2004
A judge approved the sale of Farmland Industries Inc.’s grain handling system to Archer Daniels Midland Co. on Wednesday, allowing the bankrupt cooperative to move forward with its plan to repay creditors.
Briefcase
April 15, 2004
¢ Apple beats expectations ¢ Amazon latest to enter search engine market ¢ Bank of America posts first-quarter profits
Dole to write WW II memoir
April 15, 2004
Former Sen. Bob Dole is writing a memoir about his military service during World War II. “A Veteran Remembers” will be published by HarperCollins in 2005, the 60th anniversary of the war’s end.
CIA, FBI say reforms under way
April 15, 2004
Amid calls for a shake-up of the nation’s intelligence operations, the heads of the FBI and the CIA on Wednesday defended their agencies before the commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and said reforms were under way to correct past mistakes.
Bush embraces Sharon plan for pullout from Gaza
April 15, 2004
President Bush, signaling a shift in long-held U.S. positions, on Wednesday endorsed Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s plan to unilaterally withdraw from Gaza while retaining large areas of the West Bank.
Envoy to make proposals on transition of power
April 15, 2004
U.N. Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi on Wednesday sharply criticized U.S. military tactics in Iraq but said it was still possible for an interim Iraqi government to be formed by June 30, when the U.S. plans to return sovereignty to the strife-torn nation.
UConn’s Gordon turning pro
Junior led NCAA champion Huskies in scoring
April 15, 2004
Ben Gordon of NCAA champion Connecticut is skipping his senior year to enter the NBA draft.
Officials split on vacant house
Neighborhood leader challenges commission not to demolish property
April 15, 2004
A parking lot. A grass lawn. A site for low-income housing.
HINU sweeps on Senior Night
Indians enjoy super sendoff with wins over Ottawa
April 15, 2004
Haskell Indian Nation University seniors Julie Sharp, Terri Slinkey, and Jamie Tanner each received goodies before Wednesday’s Senior Day game, but HINU’s two victories were softball coach Gary Tanner’s favorite gifts.
Giants add pitcher, demote outfielder
April 15, 2004
The San Francisco Giants purchased the contract of right-hander Brian Cooper, who started Wednesday’s game against Milwaukee. To make room for Cooper, outfielder Tony Torcato was optioned to Triple-A Fresno.
Callahan-Russell services
April 15, 2004
Lonnie Samuel Bundy
April 15, 2004
Christopher B. Wasser
April 15, 2004
Sally Yvonne Eisman
April 15, 2004
Director boasts top-notch talent
Weaver thrilled marquee athletes scheduled to compete
April 15, 2004
In Tim Weaver’s eyes — moistened by tears after thunderstorms washed out the 2002 Kansas Relays — every individual event at KU’s track carnival is a special event.
Bunge’s beef: Where’s the offense?
Pierce pitches well, but subpar KU hitting helps Mizzou prevail, 3-0
April 15, 2004
One of the amenities of Arrocha Ballpark — Kansas University’s new softball home — is a bat warmer.
Lesser-known Lions shine at ‘Little KU
April 15, 2004
It long has been the traditional track-and-field meet preceding the traditional track-and-field meet.
K.C. magic falls short
Royals’ four-run ninth not enough as ChiSox prevail
April 15, 2004
For the second time in the young season, the Kansas City Royals staged a big ninth-inning rally and were on the verge of sending the Chicago White Sox to a numbing loss.
Jones named director
April 15, 2004
Rodney Jones, director of ticket operations at Kansas University for the past 16 months, has been named assistant athletic director in charge of the Williams Fund as part of a reorganization announced Wednesday by athletic director Lew Perkins.
Hairston still shopping
April 15, 2004
Malik Hairston, a 6-foot-5 high school basketball guard from Detroit, will visit Oklahoma and Oregon before choosing a college. Hairston also is considering Kansas University, UCLA, Michigan and Ohio State.
TE Fine moving up list
April 15, 2004
There was one major surprise Wednesday when Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino released his first depth chart of the spring. Sophomore tight end Derek Fine, who strictly was a special-teams player last season, has moved ahead of returning senior starter Lyonel Anderson and senior Brandon Watkins.
Brown logs win No. 200
Yankees hurler claims victory over Tampa Bay
April 15, 2004
Well on the way to his 200th career victory, tough guy Kevin Brown got a bit misty.
Bonds not looking ahead
April 15, 2004
So, what’s next for Barry Bonds? He doesn’t even want to think about it. Not yet, anyway.
Hall of Fame to open Saturday
April 15, 2004
Five former world-record holders are part of the inaugural Kansas Relays Hall of Fame class to be honored this week.
Friends and family mourn retired Baker music prof
April 15, 2004
A woman who tirelessly promoted interest in music and art will be missed by those in the Baldwin community whose lives she touched.
Briefs
April 15, 2004
¢ ACLU discussion today to focus on civil rights ¢ Bullet hole found in trailer home
On the record
April 15, 2004
Legislator: Open records changes likely to pass
April 15, 2004
A key legislator expressed confidence Wednesday that a bill strengthening the Kansas Open Records Act would be adopted this year.
LHS softball drops pair
April 15, 2004
Lawrence High’s softball squad had a chance to get on the right track with a doubleheader Thursday against Olathe South.
Shiite cleric seeks talks with U.S.
Al-Sadr drops demands as troops close in
April 15, 2004
With American troops closing in and a growing number of his gunmen in hiding, radical Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Wednesday offered unconditional talks with U.S. authorities seeking to kill or capture him. His spokesman in Najaf said al-Sadr, whose men have launched widespread attacks on American forces in the last week, was retreating further by dropping demands that U.S.-led coalition forces withdraw from residential areas, free Iraqi detainees and end the siege of Fallujah before negotiations could proceed.
Americans say they prefer balanced budget to tax cuts
April 15, 2004
Half of Americans say the overall taxes they pay — federal, state and local — have gone up during the past three years, more than triple the number who feel they’ve gone down, an Associated Press poll found.
Miller too tough for Cardinals
Houston hurler overcomes wildness as Astros complete sweep
April 15, 2004
Wade Miller walked a career-high seven, which usually comes back to haunt a pitcher.
Remote control?
April 15, 2004
People
April 15, 2004
¢ ‘Simpsons’ creator has cameo ¢ Lil’ Kim charged with perjury ¢ Dick Clark has diabetes ¢ Scam has Reba’s name on it
Briefly
April 15, 2004
¢ Court may nullify gay marriage licenses ¢ Hotel resort reopens after 3-day power outage ¢ Sen. McCain’s wife recovering after stroke
Briefly
April 15, 2004
¢ Four people convicted of arranging fraudulent marriages ¢ Advanced student seeks prom exception ¢ 36th Fort Riley soldier killed in Iraq
50 years ago, Kansan raced for a ‘Perfect Mile’
Conditions at ‘54 Relays spoiled Santee’s record try
April 15, 2004
Fifty years ago this week, Kansas University running legend Wes Santee was supposed to become the first person in history to run a mile in less than four minutes.
Greener hue sought in planning process
April 15, 2004
Ten years ago it couldn’t be done. Now City Hall may cast a green eye on decisions about the future of Lawrence’s growth.
Trucker in crash has drug history
Charges expected today in wreck that killed Baker U. student
April 15, 2004
The truck driver suspected of being intoxicated and causing a deadly wreck Tuesday near Baldwin is on parole from Texas for a cocaine charge.
Immigrant tuition bill unlikely to pass
April 15, 2004
A bill that would let some illegal immigrants pay in-state tuition at public institutions of higher education appears doomed this session because of opposition from House Speaker Doug Mays.
Complex forms create taxing process
April 15, 2004
Taxpayers working feverishly to meet today’s filing deadline can take some comfort knowing they are not alone when it comes to scratching their heads about this year’s forms. Tax returns are getting more complicated. The government estimates that the average taxpayer filing a typical tax return with itemized deductions and income from interest, capital gains and dividends, has to spend 42 minutes more than last year doing the math and paperwork.
U.S. soldiers’ Iraq tours extended past year
April 15, 2004
About 21,000 American soldiers in Iraq who were to return this month to their home bases in Louisiana and Germany will have their tours extended at least three months to help combat the surge in anti-occupation violence, defense officials said Wednesday.
Kansas units alerted for duty
April 15, 2004
Approximately 1,100 Kansas Army National Guard soldiers from five units were alerted Wednesday that they may be mobilized for duty in Iraq.
Celtics reach playoffs; Wolves top seed
April 15, 2004
The Boston Celtics charged into the playoffs with their best offensive performance of the season, beating the Atlanta Hawks, 137-132, behind Marcus Banks’ career-high 28 points Wednesday night.
Kerry put on ‘wafer watch’
April 15, 2004
What next? Will we have a political reporter to cover John Forbes Kerry at each Sunday Mass from now to November? Will there be a Holy Communion beat? A wafer watch?
Daily ticker
April 15, 2004
Environmentalists stepping on plans for bioengineered grass
Oregon farmers growing turf that is resistant to weed-killing chemical
April 15, 2004
In an unmarked site on the edges of this community of berry farmers, Bob Harriman puts one foot on the world’s most controversial grass. It’s a blanket of brilliant green — as thin as a piece of paper and as uniform as cellophane.
Susan A. Brumbaugh
April 15, 2004
Poll: Bush vulnerable, but Kerry not defined
April 15, 2004
President Bush appears vulnerable on several fronts, including support for whether he deserves re-election and worries about the country’s direction, but Democratic rival John Kerry has been unable to capitalize on those weaknesses, a bipartisan poll suggests.
Baseball writer Bill James chats online
April 15, 2004
Baseball writer and longtime Lawrence resident Bill James chatted online with LJWorld.com readers about sabermetrics, baseball salary caps and his love for Lawrence.
Briefly
April 15, 2004
¢ One pedestrian killed in hit-and-run spree ¢ Parents alerted to two toy recalls ¢ Colonoscopy method’s accuracy questioned
Celebrity reading list compiled
April 15, 2004
Laura Bush joins actors, writers and a former British prime minister in pitching her favorite books for the annual “Who Reads What?” list, out in time for National Library Week.
It’s time to hear ‘You’re hired’
April 15, 2004
After months of buildup and weeks of unrelenting hype, “The Apprentice” (8 p.m., NBC) comes down to two contestants and two hours. If you wondered about the motivation of Bill’s low-energy team, the shot of Nick yawning dispelled all doubts. Why should he, Amy and Katrina help Bill win?
Iraqi militants execute 1 of 4 Italian hostages
April 15, 2004
Iraqi militants executed one of four Italian hostages, officials in Rome confirmed Wednesday — the first known execution of any of the 22 foreigners being held in Iraq.
Fallujah truce shaken by fighting
April 15, 2004
U.S. warplanes strafed gunmen in Fallujah on Wednesday, and more than 100 guerrillas with rocket-propelled grenades pounded a lone Marine armored vehicle lost in the streets — a sign of heavy battles ahead if Marines resume a full assault on this besieged city.
State seeks biotech visionaries
Panel will distribute $500 million in research money
April 15, 2004
As Gov. Kathleen Sebelius prepares to sign the Kansas Economic Growth Act into law, state leaders are looking for qualified people to help distribute $500 million in research and investment capital money during the next 10 years.
Ottawa to honor founder
Events to celebrate 200th birthday of missionary Jotham Meeker
April 15, 2004
Jotham Meeker might not be a household name in northeast Kansas, but the Baptist missionary laid the groundwork for what became the city of Ottawa and Ottawa University.
Eller services
April 15, 2004
James to talk baseball
April 15, 2004
Baseball writer and longtime Lawrence resident Bill James will chat with ljworld.com readers at 3 p.m. today. James, senior baseball operations adviser for the Boston Red Sox, will answer questions for about 20 minutes. Questions can be submitted before or during the chat at ljworld.com.
Hillary Clinton lends support to Kerry
Candidate on campus tour
April 15, 2004
When John Kerry and Hillary Rodham Clinton took the stage together Wednesday at the City College of New York, some students saw a winning combination.
Dandy day for a ride
April 15, 2004
Horoscopes
April 15, 2004
U.S. must turn loose of power in Iraq
April 15, 2004
Abrupt changes in military tactics by the United States in Iraq and a sharp rise in casualties are sending shock waves through that country and through U.S. public opinion. President Bush did little Tuesday night to reduce those tremors.
Rise in prices sparks inflation fears
Analysts expect Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this summer
April 15, 2004
Rising prices for gasoline, air travel and clothing propelled consumer costs 0.5 percent higher in March, raising the possibility that the Federal Reserve may increase interest rates this summer. Wednesday’s reading on the Consumer Price Index, the government’s most closely watched inflation measure, resurrected concerns about the prospects of an inflation flare-up now that the economy is rebounding, economists said.
Delta loss fuels wage debate
Analyst says company’s future relies on pilot pay cut
April 15, 2004
Delta Air Lines and its pilots union appear headed for a showdown about wage concessions after the nation’s third-largest carrier reported another huge quarterly loss, warned of mounting debt and said radical changes might be needed to turn things around.
New postmaster happy to be back in Kansas
April 15, 2004
When the U.S. postmaster’s job in Lawrence became vacant last year, Judy Raney didn’t waste time applying to transfer here.
Briefly
April 15, 2004
¢ Girl, 6, found alive 10 days after crash ¢ College student charged with faking abduction ¢ Boys’ alcohol deaths won’t be prosecuted
Fuel-cell maker bids for Farmland
Dr. Hydrogen’ wants to begin manufacturing in idled Lawrence plant
April 15, 2004
A deal is in the works to convert Lawrence’s vacant Farmland Industries fertilizer plant into a “cutting-edge” manufacturing facility for hydrogen fuel cells.
Topsy-turvy
April 15, 2004