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Sebelius to sign bioscience bill Monday
April 16, 2004
(Web Posted Friday at 2:36 p.m.) Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will sign the bioscience bill on Monday, her office announced today. Sebelius will hold signing ceremonies in Liberal, Kan. in the morning and then in the afternoon in Johnson County.
Sebelius vetoes concealed carry bill
April 16, 2004
(Web Posted Friday at 11:29 a.m.) Gov. Kathleen Sebelius fulfilled a promise Friday to veto a bill allowing Kansans to carry concealed handguns, saying the measure would have placed law enforcement officers in an “untenable position.”
Van pool program to continue
April 16, 2004
(Web Posted Friday at 11:24 a.m.) Vanpool riders drove to victory today. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed into law SB 501 that will keep the commuter program running.
Leavenworth outlasts FSHS for 1-0, 2OT soccer victory
April 16, 2004
A gallant effort by Free State freshman goalkeeper Meghan Hrenchir wasn’t quite enough to lead the Firebirds to their second win of the season Thursday afternoon.
Congressional candidates fill war chests
April 16, 2004
Four-term Republican Rep. Jim Ryun received a surprise from campaign money reports due Thursday. Although his overall campaign coffer contains more money, his would-be challenger, Democrat Nancy Boyda, raised nearly twice as much money as him in the first quarter of the year.
Entrepreneur is Trump’s new ‘Apprentice’
April 16, 2004
Kwame was fired. Bill is hired.
Self-serving networks risk alienating viewers
April 16, 2004
When you only talk to yourself, or about yourself, people stop listening. And, no, I’m not talking about Omarosa. As the networks’ ratings plunge, I’m increasingly convinced that they are making programming decisions based solely on odd deals and corporate dynamics. As a result, they offer shows and gimmicks that only make sense to the executives running the networks. Nobody asked me, but that’s a recipe for extinction.
Halladay blanks Tigers
Toronto ace earns fourth shutout against Detroit
April 16, 2004
Last week, the Detroit Tigers beat Roy Halladay for the first time in his career.
Briefly
April 16, 2004
¢ NRA creating news company ¢ Israel orders first freeze on funds for settlements ¢ Governor asks for special counsel to stop gay marriage
Daily ticker
April 16, 2004
Farmland site still interests county
Local officials seek details of fuel-cell plan
April 16, 2004
Lawrence and Douglas County officials will continue to investigate the possibility of purchasing the vacant Farmland Industries plant despite interest from a private developer.
John Washington Purcell Jr.
April 16, 2004
Expos lose Everett for 3-to-4 weeks
April 16, 2004
Montreal Expos right fielder Carl Everett was put on the disabled list Thursday because of an injured right shoulder and will be out three to four weeks.
Kansas Relays attract top prep athletes
Competitors coming from across state, Midwest
April 16, 2004
If local high school track-and-field athletes were looking for an easy medal, now is not the time.
Horoscopes
April 16, 2004
Briefly
April 16, 2004
¢ Surveillance warrants overwhelming FBI ¢ Migrating songbirds can readjust if led astray ¢ University board votes to overhaul itself
Padgett hangs up KU jersey
April 16, 2004
Freshman standout David Padgett isn’t sure where he’ll play basketball next season, but it won’t be at Kansas. Padgett, a 6-foot-11 freshman from Reno, Nev., told coach Bill Self on Thursday that he had decided to transfer. A highly touted McDonald’s All-American in high school, Padgett becomes the third — and highest profile — player to leave the Jayhawk squad after Self’s first year as head coach.
Stalker to serve 17 years in prison
Judge says break-in created ‘emotional torment’ for victim
April 16, 2004
A judge sentenced an outspoken police critic and self-described constitutional advocate to more than 17 years in prison Thursday for breaking into the home of a woman he’d been stalking and holding her against her will. Douglas County District Judge Michael Malone said Dale E. McCormick caused “serious emotional torment” to the victim for years by failing to leave her alone when she declined his romantic ad-vances.
Ordonez clicks as ChiSox sweep K.C.
April 16, 2004
With one swing, Magglio Ordonez helped the Chicago White Sox sweep a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals. Ordonez homered on an 0-2 slider from D.J. Carrasco with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning, giving the White Sox a 6-5 win Thursday.
Marlins extend scoreless streak
Florida hasn’t allowed a run in 30 innings; completes sweep of Montreal, 3-0
April 16, 2004
Carl Pavano was determined to keep the shutout streak going for Florida.
People
April 16, 2004
¢ Love to stand trial in drug case ¢ Athletes honor shark victim ¢ JFK Jr. memorabilia looted ¢ Campaign takes youthful turn
Building boom
April 16, 2004
When will state officials call a halt to the government building boom in downtown Topeka? It’s may be human nature to put your own needs above the needs of others, but it’s frustrating for Kansans, who see many unmet needs across the state, to watch the amount of taxpayer money being spent on construction projects in Topeka.
War analogies miss the mark on Iraq
April 16, 2004
The increasingly hot postwar conflict in Iraq is becoming an American preoccupation. The casualty lists grow bigger, the determination of the insurgents grows stronger, the concern at home grows deeper.
Books on the bus?
April 16, 2004
Cycling care
April 16, 2004
Guns, safety
April 16, 2004
Cordley woes
April 16, 2004
Reporters playing ‘gotcha’
April 16, 2004
Can anyone imagine reporters during World War II asking President Franklin Roosevelt if he’d like to apologize for the number of American dead and wounded, or Harry Truman if he’d like to repent for dropping bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which forced Japan to surrender? Those were different times — when “psycho” meant you were crazy and “babble” meant you didn’t make any sense.
CSA’ to headline 8th Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee
April 16, 2004
Ten years after Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” revolutionized the independent film world, the repercussions are still being felt … especially this week in Kansas City, Mo.
Sprint defends CEO’s $29M compensation
April 16, 2004
Sprint Corp. on Thursday defended how much it paid top executive Gary Forsee last year, responding to criticisms of his compensation by an influential investor adviser.
McDonald’s to launch healthy Happy Meals for adults
April 16, 2004
Striving for a healthier image in the age of obesity, McDonald’s is rolling out new Happy Meals specially for adults with salad, bottled water and pedometers — and coming soon for the children, fresh fruit instead of fries.
Briefcase
April 16, 2004
¢ Airlines slowly improve ¢ Wichita wins 7E7 work ¢ K.C. company rejects bid
Beckman best at Heritage
Five golfers trail by one shot after first round
April 16, 2004
Cameron Beckman handled the windy conditions at the MCI Heritage on Thursday, shooting a 4-under-par 67 for the highest leading score in opening round at the Harbour Town Golf Links since 1992.
Seabury soccer wins
Pottorff’s first goal lead to first victory
April 16, 2004
With the type of offensive pressure Seabury Academy was putting on Overland Park Hyman-Brand on Thursday, it was only a matter of time before the Seahawks would find the net.
LHS soccer tumbles, 7-2
April 16, 2004
Megan Johnson scored a pair of goals, but Shawnee Mission Northwest beat Lawrence High, 7-2, in Sunflower League soccer Thursday at the Shawnee Mission District Complex.
Athletes of the week
April 16, 2004
Briefly
April 16, 2004
¢ Separated twins meet with Egyptian president ¢ Iraq nuclear facilities remain unguarded ¢ Tornadoes kill dozens, injure hundreds ¢ Anglican leaders refuse funding over gay issue\
Former Kansas senator intercedes, asks for review of mad cow rulingw
April 16, 2004
Former Sen. Nancy Kassebaum Baker, wife of the U.S. ambassador to Japan, is asking the Agriculture Department to reconsider its refusal to let American meatpackers do their own tests for mad cow disease.
Attacks affect KU study abroad
Director: Programs in Spain adjusted after Madrid bombings
April 16, 2004
Susan Gronbeck-Tedesco said her job as director of the study abroad program at Kansas University had been tough since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Theresa V. Salsbery
April 16, 2004
Frieda Marie Ziesch Primm
April 16, 2004
Gerald Lewis ‘Shorty’ Silvers
April 16, 2004
Briefly
April 16, 2004
¢ After-hours park visitor cited for making threat ¢ Resident reports beating, robbery at strip club ¢ Boxing event to benefit Pelathe youth project ¢ Agencies plan wellness, health fair for homeless
Little things’ mar Bush image
April 16, 2004
Sometimes the little things bother me more than the big ones. For instance, I’m still scratching my head about some of the comments President Bush made at his news conference Tuesday.
Kansas, neighbors compete for gambling dollars
April 16, 2004
Kansas and some of its neighboring states are watching one another closely in a high-stakes contest for gambling revenue that is sure to get more competitive. While Kansas is trying to decide whether to stay in the game or fold, Oklahoma recently adopted legislation to expand gambling, Nebraska voters will decide whether to allow casinos, and several measures are in the legislative hopper in Missouri that supporters say will make casinos in the Show-Me State more attractive.
Truck driver faces manslaughter charge
Judge sets $150,000 bond for Texan
April 16, 2004
Prosecutors on Thursday filed manslaughter and driving under the influence charges against the truck driver suspected of causing the wreck that killed a Baker University student Tuesday on U.S. Highway 56. Yan R. McHenry, 46, Dallas, faces a maximum sentence of more than 10 years in prison if convicted of the manslaughter charge. Results of blood samples taken from McHenry after the wreck are pending, but prosecutors suspect he was under the influence of drugs, alcohol or a combination of the two.
Jayhawks carry league-best batting average to OSU
April 16, 2004
Kansas University’s baseball team appears well on its way to leading the Big 12 Conference in hitting.
Depleted FSHS swimmers 2nd
April 16, 2004
Free State High’s girl’s swimming and diving team finished second without eight swimmers present at its home meet against Shawnee Mission East and Topeka Hayden on Thursday night.
Clinton to give first Dole Lecture
Former president slated to visit Lawrence in May
April 16, 2004
Former President Bill Clinton will visit Lawrence next month, a source at Kansas University said Thursday.
The Minus touch
Lawrence’s Minus Story finds gold behind ‘wall of crap’
April 16, 2004
A few years ago Jordan Geiger had a friend who made a short film about an author wrestling with writer’s block. The plot hinged on the man questioning why there has to be a “story” within a piece of writing.
Task force hopes to harness wind energy, prairie debate
April 16, 2004
Developing wind energy and protecting the tallgrass prairie may seem like conflicting ideas to some, but a task force tackling those subjects meets today before taking its proposal on the road for public forums.
Seventh lawsuit filed over Wal-Mart dispute
April 16, 2004
Call it an unlucky seven for City Hall.
Governor signs transportation bill
April 16, 2004
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed a bill into law Thursday to use bonds and sales tax revenues — and the promise of additional federal funds — to save state highway projects from being canceled.
Kill Bill’ finale sacrifices action for suspense
April 16, 2004
The night after screening “Kill Bill Vol. 2,” I happened upon a 1970s film called “Switchblade Sisters” on cable. It was a low-budget gang tale about female juveniles that featured a malicious blonde who sported an eye patch decorated with a butterfly.
Comedy act inspired by spoof-worthy news events
April 16, 2004
The comedic radio crew known as “Right Between the Ears” rarely finds itself at a loss for tongue-in-cheek material to perform.
Padgett’s pick puzzling
Self surprised, but supportive of freshman
April 16, 2004
Forty-something Bill Self doesn’t always understand how young minds work. “I’ve never experienced a guy who started on an Elite Eight team that thought the grass was greener elsewhere, but everybody’s entitled to their own opinions — what they think is best for them,” Self said Thursday after 6-foot-11 freshman center David Padgett pulled a head-scratching move in telling Self, the first-year Kansas University basketball coach, Padgett had decided to transfer.
Transfer shocks KU players
April 16, 2004
Kansas University’s basketball players had no clue David Padgett was unhappy at KU. “I thought he fit in perfectly,” junior point guard Aaron Miles said.
Woodling: For fans of Kansas Relays, legend spelled R-Y-U-N
April 16, 2004
School kids required to memorize the names of their state’s senators and representatives no doubt have had difficulty with one of the latter. As hard as it is to understand why Jim Ryun’s name is spelled with a “U” instead of an “A” is conceptualizing how Ryun could be characterized as a track icon when no such animal exists in their world.
Manning next Self aide?
April 16, 2004
Bill Self, who says he likely will hire a replacement for associate head coach Norm Roberts “by the middle of May,” indicates ex-Jayhawk Danny Manning could become a full-time KU aide.
Ransburg transferring
April 16, 2004
Tamara Ransburg, a talented shot blocker and rebounder whose college career was checkered by foul trouble, has left the Kansas University women’s basketball team and will transfer to Old Dominion. Ransburg, a 6-foot-4 sophomore, averaged 10.3 points and 7.1 rebounds a game during her two seasons with the Jayhawks. She also led KU in blocked shots and in personal fouls each of the last two seasons.
Two-hand touch planned for KU football alumni game
April 16, 2004
Kansas University officials said Thursday that Sunday’s alumni football contest would be a seven-on-seven game of two-hand touch. The former Jayhawks will play four 12-minute quarters during the 1 p.m. exhibition at Memorial Stadium. KU’s spring scrimmage follows at 3 p.m.
James chats baseball
April 16, 2004
Baseball writer Bill James chatted with ljworld.com readers for almost an hour Thursday.
On the record
April 16, 2004
Corrections
April 16, 2004
Events in Ottawa surrounding the 200th birthday of missionary Jotham Meeker occur April 23-25. The dates were unclear in a box in Thursday’s Journal-World.
Europeans reject bin Laden truce offer
April 16, 2004
Five weeks after a series of bombs killed 191 people on trains in Madrid, Arab television networks on Thursday aired an audiotape, purportedly of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, in which the speaker offered not to attack any European nation that withdrew its troops from Muslim countries.
CIA warned of attacks in 1995
Officials disclose closely held intelligence reports
April 16, 2004
The CIA warned as early as 1995 that Islamic extremists were likely to attack U.S. aviation, Washington landmarks or Wall Street and by 1997 had identified Osama bin Laden as an emerging threat on U.S. soil, a senior intelligence official said Thursday.
EPA orders counties in 31 states to reduce smog formation
April 16, 2004
Counties in 31 states are flunking air-quality standards, drawing a federal warning to clean up industrial plants, put new restrictions on cars and take other action to make their air less polluted.
Diplomat shot; Japanese hostages released
April 16, 2004
Foreign contractors scrambled to catch planes leaving Iraq on Thursday, even as three Japanese hostages were released and the Pentagon announced it was beefing up U.S. forces in Iraq by extending tours of duty.
Briefly
April 16, 2004
¢ Attorney: Teen’s killer acted out of shame ¢ Police officer who shot black teen fired from job ¢ Molester gets 25 years for trying to buy boy ¢ Death row inmate gets new trial based on DNA
Indians lose catcher
April 16, 2004
Indians catcher Josh Bard will be out 2 1/2 months after having lower abdomen surgery. He was to have been the backup to Victor Martinez.
Area briefs
April 16, 2004
¢ Spike strips used to stop driver in chase ¢ Watkins event teaches children about spring ¢ Suspect in 2001 rape booked into county jail ¢ Motorcyclist treated after collision with car
KU professors say Bible often a political tool
April 16, 2004
Americans are not above using the Bible to promote their politics, a Kansas University professor said Thursday. In the 1950s, for example, the Bible was used to push the importance of mothers staying home to raise their children while, at the same time, making room in the work force for servicemen returning from World War II.
Abatement recipients show how they fare on tax breaks terms
April 16, 2004
Allen Press, Inc. would need to invest $1.9 million in new equipment and $626,000 in building upgrades to meet the terms of a city-approved tax abatement granted five years ago.
Kasold crumbling
Fixing pitted road will cost $2.5 million
April 16, 2004
Kasold Drive is falling apart. The roadway between 15th Street and Clinton Parkway is so prone to potholes that sometimes the street seems to disappear into a pile of rubble.
Scorching Free State rolls to baseball victory
April 16, 2004
Here’s the mark of a good baseball team: Free State High played two Sunflower League baseball games in three days, outscored its opponents by 20 runs in just 10 innings, and the Firebirds’ coach thinks FSHS still has untapped success lurking.
Doherty backs selection of Roberts
Former KU aide had turned down James Madison job, thinking he would be next St. John’s coach
April 16, 2004
Matt Doherty had dreams, too.