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Legislators debate gay marriage language
April 30, 2004
(Web Posted Friday at 2:13 p.m.) Legislative negotiators today were at odds over a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriages.
House approves tuition break for illegal immigrants
April 30, 2004
(Web Posted Friday at 1:19 p.m.) House members passed an appropriations bill Friday that includes a provision allowing illegal immigrants who meet certain qualifications to receive a one-year break on tuition at Kansas’ public colleges and universities.
Senate to debate tax proposal for schools
April 30, 2004
(Web Posted Friday at 12:17 p.m.) TOPEKA - The Kansas Senate today is scheduled to debate a tax increase to fund a $114.4 million increase in school funding.
Governor critical of Senate about school funding, gambling
April 30, 2004
(Updated Monday at 1:36 p.m.) TOPEKA - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today criticized the Kansas Senate for failing to adopt a school finance plan and rejecting a bill to expand gambling.
April’s last day brings showers
April 30, 2004
(Updated Friday at 7:30 a.m.) Crackling and booming, a thunderstorm rolled into Lawrence shortly after 6 this morning, signaling the last of this year’s April showers.
People
April 30, 2004
¢ Trump proposes to girlfriend ¢ Sizemore takes on Charlie Hustle ¢ DeGeneres hangs up microphone ¢ Iran approves ‘Passion’ film
Democrats understand voter ambivalence
April 30, 2004
The 17 battleground states where George Bush and John Kerry are concentrating their TV ads and personal appearances have 189 electoral votes — more than two-thirds of the 270 needed for victory in November. Just three of those states — Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin — provide 48 of those votes, more than the seven smallest of those states combined. On Tuesday, I was lucky enough to have sandwiches and a fairly candid political conversation with their three governors.
Could Hillary replace Kerry?
April 30, 2004
Often when John Kerry is referred to in the media, it is with the modifier “presumptive” before the word “nominee.” Kerry has enough delegates to win the Democratic nomination in Boston in July, but will the delegates stay with him if it appears by summer, or even sooner, that he can’t beat President Bush?
History repeat
April 30, 2004
Not unusual
April 30, 2004
Political cover
April 30, 2004
War is wrong
April 30, 2004
Other sins
April 30, 2004
Misguided stand
April 30, 2004
Poor analysis
April 30, 2004
Reality of adoption too close to ‘reality’ TV
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April 30, 2004
When Barbara Walters recently announced her semi-retirement, she declared her intention to focus her efforts on a few specials about people and ideas that she really cares about. And, as fans of “20/20” (9 p.m., ABC) know, the subject of adoption is near to Walters’ heart. The mother of an adopted daughter, Walters has used her programs to inform viewers about the plight of Romanian and Cambodian orphans and to celebrate the special bonds between adoptive parents and their children.
Celtics turn to Rivers
Ex-Magic boss introduced as Boston coach
April 30, 2004
Doc Rivers is leaving TV to coach the Boston Celtics.
Daily ticker
April 30, 2004
Wheat outlook below average
Tour discovers damaged crops in western Kansas
April 30, 2004
Participants in this year’s Wheat Quality Council tour pegged the Kansas wheat harvest at slightly more than 355 million bushels. “Overall the group was a little surprised once they got out there to see some of the stressed conditions the crop was in — especially in western Kansas,” said Justin Gilpin, project coordinator for the Kansas Wheat Commission.
Google set to find its place on Wall Street
Company files IPO plans
April 30, 2004
Internet search engine leader Google Inc. filed its long-awaited IPO plans Thursday, setting the stage for the company to make its stock market debut — a move that still could be months away.
Rules of enragement
Agitated humorist Lewis Black earns rep as ‘America’s foremost commentator on everything’
April 30, 2004
Indignant, frustrated, sarcastic, bitter. Lewis Black has established a persona within pop culture as a foaming, cantankerous ranter whose onstage behavior must only narrowly be keeping an aneurysm at bay. But is he really this intense?
Briefcase
April 30, 2004
¢ Wichita plant may lose some Boeing tanker work ¢ GDP posts strong growth ¢ Last Oldsmobile parks inside Michigan museum
Medicare posts drug cost outlooks
Some prices with discount card still a third higher than in Canada
April 30, 2004
Prices for Lipitor, Celebrex and other popular brand-name medicines offered by Medicare’s new drug discount cards are no better than those that consumers can find, without discounts, from online pharmacies. The drugs are cheaper still in Canada.
Former nurse pleads guilty to killing 13 patients
April 30, 2004
A former nurse who claimed to have killed as many as 40 patients by giving them lethal doses of intravenous drugs pleaded guilty Thursday to 13 murders in a deal that will spare him from the death penalty.
Mean Girls’ director explores cruelty of high school cliques
April 30, 2004
The high school experience is often characterized by the clique to which one belongs. In the edgy new comedy “Mean Girls,” students occupy an intricate and cruel hierarchy, divided into roles with names such as the Queen Bee, the Target, the Banker, the Torn Bystander and the Floater. It’s a constantly shifting world of predators and prey.
Tech on tap for KU
April 30, 2004
Senior Ryan Baty remembers what it was like to be the whipping boy of the Big 12 Conference during the early stages of his Kansas University baseball career.
Athletes of the week
April 30, 2004
KU trips Texas Tech at Big 12 tennis meet
April 30, 2004
The good news for Kansas University’s tennis team is the ninth-seeded Jayhawks defeated No. 8 Texas Tech, 4-1, in the first round of the Big 12 Conference tournament Thursday at Oklahoma.
Uprising feared after killings
April 30, 2004
Angry and grief-stricken villagers buried their dead Thursday a day after Thai police killed more than 100 suspected Islamic militants, and the government braced for revenge attacks amid allegations of excessive force.
Senate rejects Sunday liquor sales
House vote could end extra day to purchase alcohol in Lawrence
April 30, 2004
The Senate defeated an attempt Thursday to allow Sunday liquor sales throughout Kansas, but the issue could be resurrected before legislators adjourn for the year. Sen. Pete Brungardt, R-Salina, offered the Sunday sales provision as an amendment to a larger bill clarifying that all provisions of the Liquor Control Act apply uniformly to all Kansas cities and counties.
New lawsuit expected in SLT route dispute
Legal challenges could delay completion of trafficway for years
April 30, 2004
It’ll be at least two more years before legal disputes are settled over plans to route the proposed South Lawrence Trafficway through the Baker Wetlands, lawyers for both sides said Thursday. Bob Eye, a Topeka attorney representing several groups opposed to building the trafficway in the wetlands, said he expected to file a lawsuit in the next four to six weeks in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan.
Different strokes
Upbeat Lions branch out on Senior Day
April 30, 2004
Lawrence High swimming coach Ryan Adams wasn’t surprised Melissa Farve excelled in the 500 freestyle Thursday on Senior Day. “She’s just a great all-around swimmer, so I thought she might do pretty well,” Adams said of Farve, who told her coach Tuesday that she would switch to the longer stroke as part of the Lions’ traditional swaps for their last home meet of the season. LHS finished third with 269 points; Free State took second with 398 points behind Blue Valley North (444).
Lions catch breaks, slip past SM South
April 30, 2004
The Lawrence High baseball team deserved a break in the close-game department.
Henrickson lands signee
April 30, 2004
Jamie Boyd, a 6-foot forward from Underwood, Iowa, has become the first signee of new Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson.
Whittemore to try CFL
April 30, 2004
Undrafted and unsigned by the NFL, former Kansas University quarterback Bill Whittemore will have a tryout with Edmonton of the Canadian Football League this weekend in Cincinnati. Whittemore passed for 2,385 yards and a school record 18 touchdowns during his senior season and helped the Jayhawks make their first bowl appearance since 1995.
Sayers golf event on tap
April 30, 2004
Former Kansas University football standout Gale Sayers will play host to his annual benefit golf tournament for the KU School of Education on May 7 at Alvamar. Openings still are available. For information, go to www.soe.ku.edu. A silent and live memorabilia auction at Alvamar Country Club will follow the tournament.
Banker Ross Beach awarded education honor
April 30, 2004
Ross Beach, chairman of Douglas County Bank, on Thursday received the Kansas Council of Economic Education’s Founders Award.
KU makes ‘win-win’ swap for tickets
Fieldhouse seat changes, rec center funding offered to students
April 30, 2004
Kansas University students and athletic department officials have brokered a three-way deal that’s expected to raise the noise level next season in Allen Fieldhouse.
Lawrence region auto swap attracting big wheels to town
April 30, 2004
When Ralph Reschke attended his first Lawrence Region Antique Auto Club of America swap meet in 1975, it was a small affair, with about 70 or 80 vendors catering to an exclusive group of enthusiasts.
Betty June Walters
April 30, 2004
Carolyn S. Thomas
April 30, 2004
Prince, Pistons pummel Bucks
But too bad there’s a 9:30 game too
April 30, 2004
Tayshaun Prince may not be one of the biggest names associated with the Detroit Pistons — unless it’s the playoffs.
Kerry says Bush ignoring threats
April 30, 2004
Amid warnings that another devastating terrorist attack on the United States could be imminent, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry on Thursday accused President Bush of leaving the nation’s chemical plants vulnerable because of his political ties to the industry.
Jeter belts leadoff homer
Yankees’ shortstop ends 0-for-32 skid in 7-5 win
April 30, 2004
Derek Jeter jumped on Barry Zito’s first pitch of the game and sent it flying deep to left-center field when a disturbing thought suddenly entered his mind.
Bush offers ‘surprising’ 9-11 testimony
April 30, 2004
Hoping to shape history’s judgment, President Bush told the Sept. 11 commission Thursday his administration tried to protect America from terrorists as warnings grew before the devastating 2001 attack. Members pressed him on his response to a controversial memo that raised the threat of plane hijackings and attacks with explosives.
Only Massachusetts residents will be married
April 30, 2004
In what he termed “a matter of utmost importance to your state,” Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Thursday sent letters to the governors and attorneys general of the 49 other states, warning that gay and lesbian couples who did not live in Massachusetts would be ineligible for marriage licenses when the state began allowing the couples to wed May 17.
A.G. says clinic illustrates need to toughen regulation
April 30, 2004
Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline on Thursday called on lawmakers to approve legislation that would increase regulation of abortion clinics after showing what he said was evidence of a dangerous abortion clinic in Kansas City, Kan. “This is evidence of a system that is broken,” Kline said after leading lawmakers through photographs, sworn testimony and police statements that described a clinic run by Dr. Krishna Rajanna.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
April 30, 2004
Highlights of Thursday’s activities at the Kansas Legislature.
Former KPA director sued for loans, misuse of funds
Lawsuit accuses former leader of embezzlement
April 30, 2004
The Kansas Press Assn. is seeking more than $250,000 from its former director for what the organization says is an unpaid loan and other misuses of funds.
Jockeys win lawsuit; allowed to wear ads
April 30, 2004
Kentucky Derby jockeys will be allowed to wear advertising patches for the first time after a judge blocked a state rule that barred such sponsorship.
McEndree services
April 30, 2004
Ferris wheel accident in Wichita draws federal safety commission investigation
April 30, 2004
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating an amusement park Ferris wheel from which a teenage girl fell earlier this month, suffering serious injuries.
MLB briefs
April 30, 2004
¢ Diamondbacks’ Sexson placed on 15-day DL ¢ LaRue sidelined by broken finger ¢ McKeon says Bonds one of three best ever
Lions wilt against Leavenworth
April 30, 2004
When the wheels fell off for Lawrence High’s soccer team, they fell hard.
Berkley’s goal can’t lift Firebirds
April 30, 2004
Rebekah Berkley scored her seventh goal of the week, but it wasn’t enough for Free State High’s girls soccer team in a 2-1 loss to Shawnee Mission West on Thursday.
Police conduct search after report of shooting
April 30, 2004
Police were searching for two men Thursday night after a reported shooting in North Lawrence.
On the record
April 30, 2004
Corrections
April 30, 2004
The Douglas County Treasurer’s satellite office at Dillons, 3000 W. Sixth St., is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The days of operation were incorrect in Thursday’s Journal-World.
Sculpture workshop set
April 30, 2004
The Kansas Sculpture Research Center is sponsoring a workshop in basic and intermediate stone carving today through Sunday April 30-May 2.
Wagner, Freeman stifle SM South
April 30, 2004
An early morning thunderstorm Thursday forced the Free State High softball team to move its Senior Day doubleheader to Broken Arrow Park, but the change of venue didn’t faze the Firebirds.
FSHS golf edges Mill Valley
April 30, 2004
Free State High’s boys golf squad enjoyed good scoring conditions Thursday in a dual against Mill Valley at Lawrence Country Club. The Firebirds earned a team score of 358, beating the Jaguars by 11 strokes.
Show offers chance to spot Dalmatians
Dogs to compete in events at Holidome
April 30, 2004
Don’t worry if you start seeing spots this weekend. More than 350 Dalmatians and their owners will sweep into Lawrence for the Dalmatian Club of America’s national specialty show at the Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Drive.
Royals waste another late lead
April 30, 2004
Brad Fullmer emerged from a deep slump in dramatic fashion.
Lower score, same result
Offensive-minded Firebirds win ninth straight, 5-3
April 30, 2004
Turns out Free State High’s baseball team doesn’t have to score double-digit runs to win games.
Tillman would have hated attention
April 30, 2004
Pat Tillman would have hated this. Turn on the radio, and he’s a hero being used to promote the war.
Office relics put back to work
Lawrence museum displays business items
April 30, 2004
A wooden pencil, a clumsy paper clip and an old Commodore 64 computer might not look like much, but such seemingly run-of-the-mill items chronicle decades of advances and tell stories of boundless innovations designed to make the working lives of employees easier and more productive. That’s the idea, at least.
Briefly
April 30, 2004
¢ Legislature commends seasoned Star reporter ¢ Missing Cabela’s items show up on eBay ¢ Wolf Creek officer announces resignation
Briefly
April 30, 2004
¢ U.S.-Russian team returns to Earth from space station ¢ Security tightened at malls after anonymous threat ¢ South Korean plane to bring aid to North blast victims ¢ GOP summit fails to find agreement on highway bill<
Suspects face summer trial dates in slaying of Fort Hays State student
April 30, 2004
Trial dates have been set for three former Fort Hays State University students accused in the beating death of a fellow student at a party, authorities said.
May to miss start against Yankees
April 30, 2004
Darrell May will miss his scheduled Saturday start against the New York Yankees after experiencing discomfort in his left leg during a throwing session.
Marines may hand over Fallujah to former guerrillas
April 30, 2004
A new Iraqi military force being proposed to tame Fallujah’s guerrillas could bear a striking resemblance to the guerrillas themselves.
House shoots down mortgage assistance
April 30, 2004
Supporters of a home mortgage loan program said they would try again next year to get their proposal approved.
KU tracks infected student’s contacts
Bacterial meningitis puts senior in hospital in critical condition
April 30, 2004
A Kansas University journalism student who contracted bacterial meningitis was in critical condition Thursday at University of Kansas Hospital, breathing on a ventilator but able to communicate by nodding. “We need to get him better,” said a choked-up Malcolm Gibson, general manager of the University Daily Kansan student newspaper. “It’s scary. This is very serious.”
Longtime teacher leads by example
April 30, 2004
Twenty years ago, Leona Campbell called Woodlawn School and asked if there was anything she could do to help. “I didn’t know what I could do. I just came in,” she said. “That’s the way it’s been ever since.”
Dance: The new ‘political’ revolution
April 30, 2004
Bodies clad in red and black uniforms gyrate to the thumping beats of electro, ‘80s and post-punk music against a background of dance propaganda videos. The revolution has begun. Dance! Dance! Revolution — part protest, part celebration — will begin at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at The Jackpot Saloon, 943 Mass.
Nightline’ to read toll of war dead
Critics say broadcast is anti-war propaganda
April 30, 2004
“Nightline” is calling tonight’s program a simple tribute. Others call it anti-war propaganda. And one TV-station group is pre-empting it.
Woodling: Allen set to ‘look great’
April 30, 2004
Warren Corman was a draftsman in the state architect’s office in the early ‘50s when the controversial plans for the construction of Allen Fieldhouse first went on the table. Yes, controversial.
Field well-rested, tough to predict
April 30, 2004
Friends Lake won the Florida Derby seven weeks ago, and he hasn’t run a race since. Neither has Read the Footnotes, who finished fourth there.
Regional briefs
April 30, 2004
¢ Grand jury indicts Lawrence brothers ¢ Meals on Wheels plans ‘blossoming’ fund-raiser ¢ Vinland plans events for Founders Day ¢ Shriners plan parade with music, clowns
Briefly
April 30, 2004
¢ Truck runs into house; driver lands in jail ¢ Congressman slates Lawrence appearances ¢ ‘6News’ to air early ¢ Family music fest to benefit nursery school
Firebirds’ Abney inks with UK
April 30, 2004
The atmosphere was similar to a rock concert Thursday at Free State High’s library Thursday.
On notice?
April 30, 2004
What can the United Nations possibly accomplish in its “action” against WMDs? Pardon the snickering over a recent headline that said: “U.N. resolution threatens punishment for terrorists trafficking in weapons of mass destruction.”
Baldwin thrives at LHS Invitational
Class 4A Bulldogs earn tie for third at stacked tennis tournament; Lions finish seventh
April 30, 2004
Among the Class 6A boys tennis powers competing in a ridiculously tough Lawrence High Invitational was a little 4A pip-squeak with a pretty big bite.
Alice L. Johnson
April 30, 2004
Edmonds’ blast propels Cardinals
Home run in 13th inning gives St. Louis 5-4 victory over Philadelphia
April 30, 2004
With one big swing, Jim Edmonds helped the St. Louis Cardinals ease their home miseries.
Gay marriage ban resurfaces
Newly proposed amendment also would outlaw civil unions
April 30, 2004
House and Senate negotiators agreed Thursday that a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution banning gay marriage also should deny legal recognition to other same-sex arrangements such as civil unions. The language in the amendment is backed by religious conservatives who were angered by the Senate’s defeat last month of a proposed constitutional ban on gay marriages only.
Long-awaited WWII Memorial opens
April 30, 2004
Gray-haired war veterans sat in quiet reflection. Tourists came by to quietly say thanks. Schoolchildren on field trips crowded around asking for autographs. Decades in the planning, the National World War II Memorial opened to the public Thursday.
Warning radios in every home goal of Douglas County effort
Project Community Alert kicks off at courthouse
April 30, 2004
First came the piercing tone, then an authoritative voice followed by a scramble to take cover.
Marriage right
April 30, 2004
Books’ potty humor draws kids
April 30, 2004
Glenn Murray blushes a hearty shade of red when a cashier at a Chicago deli recognizes him: “Heyyyyyy!” the young man shouts gleefully — and loudly. “You’re the fart-man!”
Horoscopes
April 30, 2004
Self: It’s a good day for college basketball
KU coach among supporters of NCAA’s decision to abolish 5-and-8 rule
April 30, 2004
It was fitting Bill Self was on the road pursuing high school basketball talent Thursday, the day the controversial, crippling 5-and-8 recruiting rule was rescinded.
Firebirds third at J.C.
April 30, 2004
Free State High’s boys tennis team placed third out of eight teams Wednesday at the Junction City Invitational. Senior Mark Whittemore went 3-1 at No. 2 singles and the top doubles team of Bryan Maygers and Keith Pipkin was 3-1.
Briefly
April 30, 2004
¢ Police re-arrest cleric ¢ Nations vow to combat anti-Semitism, hate ¢ N. Korean nuclear talks to convene May 12 ¢ China confirms two more SARS cases
Briefly
April 30, 2004
¢ Priest who defended abuse victims is ousted ¢ Man acquitted of killing pregnant girlfriend ¢ Mother in C-section case gets probation
Briefly
April 30, 2004
¢ Diesel pipeline spill pollutes wetlands ¢ Cancer find could help target drug to patients ¢ Student cheating prevalent, poll finds ¢ Senate bans taxation of Internet access
Damien Rice unveils emotional yet oddball concert
April 30, 2004
The subtle and delicate locked lips with the blaring and cacophonous during Damien Rice’s show Wednesday night at Liberty Hall.