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School finance decision expected Monday
December 30, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 10:26 a.m.) TOPEKA — The Kansas Supreme Court will file its decision in the school finance case on Monday.
Record-tying warm weather expected today
December 30, 2004
(Web Posted Thursday at 8:29 a.m.) Leave your coat, gloves and stocking caps in the closet today — balmy, record-tying warm weather is on the way. “Conditions are absolutely gorgeous,” said Tim Rieth, 6News meteorologist.
New York School
December 30, 2004
New York School is in one of Lawrence’s oldest neighborhoods just a few blocks east of the city’s downtown at 936 New York St. The school was named after New York Street, where it was built in 1937.
Pinckney School
December 30, 2004
Pinckney School, 810 W. Sixth St., is named for Charles Coatsworth Pinckney, one of the nation’s founding fathers and a two-time presidential candidate for the Federalist Party.
Prairie Park School
December 30, 2004
Constructed in 1994, Prairie Park School, 2711 Kensington Rd., is one of the newest schools in Lawrence. The school was built on 27th Street, near Prairie Park in the Chaparral subdivision. Prairie Park was so named because of the nature preserve that included several acres of natural prairie land
Quail Run School
December 30, 2004
Many of the older schools in Lawrence were named after people. But when Quail Run School was constructed in 1988, the school board decided to go in a different direction — naming the school after the surrounding housing development in western Lawrence.
Schwegler School
December 30, 2004
Schwegler School, constructed in 1957, is located a few blocks south and west of Kansas University’s main campus. Besides being close to campus in central Lawrence, the school, at 2201 Ousdahl Rd., also has another tie to KU — its name.
Sunflower School
December 30, 2004
When school district officials were trying to figure out in the early 1990s what to call a new school being built in southwest Lawrence, they didn’t have to look far. Just to the south of the new school was a field of sunflowers, whose late summer blooms provided inspiration for the name.
Sunset Hill School
December 30, 2004
In the early 1950s, Lawrence was growing just to the west of Iowa Street. And a housing development called Sunset Hill was being built, creating the need for a new elementary school for the young families moving there.
Southwest Junior High School
December 30, 2004
Southwest Junior High is the city’s newest junior high, built in response to a rapid growth during the 1990s in west and southwest Lawrence.
Plant a seed
Kansas agriculture leaders might be better off to look at the “pharm crops” industry as a challenge, not an obstacle.
December 30, 2004
Parts of Kansas could use a boost. With populations declining and economies suffering as a result, rural Kansas should look at every legitimate opportunity to improve its fortunes.
School ideas
December 30, 2004
Review off base
December 30, 2004
Heartless act
December 30, 2004
Good letter
December 30, 2004
Nagging parallels to Vietnam
December 30, 2004
Jan. 30 will mark Iraq’s first elections on the road to democracy, provided all goes according to plan and administration expectations. It will also mark the 37th anniversary of the turning point in another American war: the Tet offensive of 1968. That was when Americans lost confidence in official pronouncements that the war in Vietnam was winnable.
Military mistakes not new
December 30, 2004
The intelligence failure was massive — and fatal. Warned repeatedly that the enemy was preparing an attack, the U.S. military’s high command insisted that was impossible. When the attack came, it was exactly where the warnings said it would be.
Commodities
December 30, 2004
Say it ain’t so: Mr. Coffee loses ground in hot market
December 30, 2004
It was Christmas morning. My wife, my son and my three daughters and I were exchanging gifts. And a large, brightly wrapped box was crowd-surfing its way from under the tree over to me.
Analysts expect growth to slow in 2005
December 30, 2004
Despite soaring oil prices and a slumping dollar, the United States enjoyed a banner year in terms of economic growth in 2004, but private economists say, the new year is likely to see a significant slowdown.
Briefcase
December 30, 2004
¢ Boeing shares drop on China speculation ¢ Mortgage rates rise ¢ Crude oil prices top $43 a barrel ¢ Sallie Mae completes privatization plan ¢ Oracle takes control of PeopleSoft
Common traits seen in cases of murder-kidnapping
December 30, 2004
The bloody killing of an expectant mother whose attacker wants her child is no common crime. But similarities connect the handful of women accused of such an atrocity during the past few decades.
State briefs
December 30, 2004
¢ Kansas-bound airplane crashes in New Mexico ¢ Man charged with filing false report for slur
Cordley School
December 30, 2004
Cordley School is the oldest elementary school still in operation in Lawrence. And, through its namesake, the school traces a lineage back to Lawrence’s earliest — and darkest — days.
Deerfield School
December 30, 2004
On any spring day, you’re likely to find softball teams practicing or neighborhood children walking by. But in the 1960s, the area was still fairly rural. Deer and other wildlife were not an uncommon sight.
Patricia Arquette portrays psychic sleuth in ‘Medium’
NBC drama focuses on the ordinary parts of life
December 30, 2004
In 1987’s “A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors,” Patricia Arquette played someone with psychic powers. Now, she’ll do it on a weekly basis.
Networks mostly miss the mark in 2004
December 30, 2004
Where did 2004 go? Let’s dispense with the honors this year and settle down to the serious business of year-end roundups for the networks.
Gardening benefits health, fitness buff says
December 30, 2004
If Jeffrey Restuccio were to draft a New Year’s resolution for gardeners, it would be “garden to exercise and exercise to garden.”
19th-century clock easily identifiable
December 30, 2004
A Pillar and Scroll clock is easy to identify.
Decadence met simplicity in 2004
Opulence shared limelight with socially conscious designs this year
December 30, 2004
In the world of design, 2004 was a year of polar opposites. But the richness of the human spirit proved astounding.
New Year’s resolutions should include goals for landscape
December 30, 2004
With the new year comes a new beginning and a chance to do things differently. As you make plans for the next 12 months, try setting new-year goals in addition to making New Year’s resolutions. Goals can be checked off as they are accomplished and can be fun when treated as a challenge. Once you complete a goal, reward yourself with a small celebration.
People
December 30, 2004
¢ Jennings back in ‘Jeopardy!’ ¢ Clark keeps one tradition ¢ CBS chief ties the knot
KU knows of no students, faculty affected by disaster
December 30, 2004
Kansas University officials want to hear from international students affected by Sunday’s earthquake and tsunami.
Animals apparently escape harm
December 30, 2004
Wildlife officials in Sri Lanka expressed surprise Wednesday that they found no evidence of large-scale animal deaths from the weekend’s massive tsunami — indicating that animals may have sensed the wave coming and fled to higher ground.
Langston Hughes School
December 30, 2004
Langston Hughes School, Lawrence’s newest elementary school, is in a relatively new housing development in western Lawrence. The school, which was built in 2000 at 1101 George Williams Way, was named for Langston Hughes, an African-American writer and poet who lived in Lawrence as a child.
Army program attempts to save war-torn marriages
December 30, 2004
When Sgt. Jose Bermudez returned from Iraq early this year, he came home to a new baby and a troubled marriage.
Lone Star State pursuing superhighway project
December 30, 2004
In what sounds like another tall tale told by a Texan, the Lone Star State has embarked on an audacious project to build superhighways so big, so complex, that they will make ordinary interstates look like cowpaths.
Agency discord stymies terror fight
Clashes delay fingerprint file to screen visitors
December 30, 2004
More than three years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the Bush administration has failed to create a unified U.S. fingerprint database because of agency infighting, meaning most visitors to the country still aren’t fully screened for terrorist or criminal ties, the Justice Department’s watchdog warned Wednesday.
Getting back to Iraq tricky part for soldier
Travel woes have Lawrence resident fearing AWOL status
December 30, 2004
SNAFU was an acronym invented by soldiers to describe life in the U.S. Army. All the same, Pvt. Darrell Hunsaker of Lawrence couldn’t help but wonder whether the snafu he encountered on his way back to Iraq was all a bad joke.
Couple indicted on servitude charges
Newton residents allegedly forced to work in nude
December 30, 2004
A Newton couple already charged with forcing mentally ill residents of a group home to work on their farm were indicted Wednesday on 35 charges.
New bishop takes helm in Salina
December 30, 2004
Bishop Paul Coakley became the leader of more than 50,000 Roman Catholics in north-central and northwest Kansas in a ceremony filled with the pageantry of the church.
Saudi security network attacked
December 30, 2004
Insurgents mounted a brazen assault on the Saudi ruling family’s security network Wednesday, setting off car bombs outside the hulking Interior Ministry building and a guard training center in the capital and then exchanging gunfire with police.
Florence L. Yates
December 30, 2004
Helen O. Burkett
December 30, 2004
Kansan returns to troubled island
Haiti a second home to former KU student
December 30, 2004
With Haiti facing its worst crisis in more than 130 years, Bryant Freeman said he was unhappy that one of his former Kansas University students was going back.
Suspect sought in double sex assault
December 30, 2004
Lawrence Police are seeking a man armed with a handgun who sexually assaulted two women Wednesday morning inside their central Lawrence home.
Firefighter killed in wreck with sheriff’s deputy
Three others die in separate accident on Interstate 35
December 30, 2004
A Leavenworth County firefighter responding to a traffic accident early Wednesday morning was killed after his vehicle was struck by a sheriff’s car responding to the same emergency.
Loser files election complaint in Ukraine
December 30, 2004
Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, the apparent loser in Sunday’s presidential vote, said Wednesday that he had filed a complaint with the Central Election Commission alleging thousands of illegal acts by his opponent. The move opens the way for an appeal to Ukraine’s Supreme Court challenging official results that gave victory to pro-Western candidate Viktor Yushchenko.
Secret test crops worry area farmers
Locations confidential to protect businesses
December 30, 2004
Several area farmers Wednesday expressed concern about secret test crops being raised in Kansas, but agriculture officials said there was nothing to worry about.
Local briefs
December 30, 2004
¢ Shooting investigated in south Lawrence ¢ Parents questioned in possible child abuse
Area briefs
December 30, 2004
¢ KU student gets five years in rape case ¢ School finance, water lead legal expenses ¢ EPA says Kansas meets air standards ¢ Personal property tax forms mailed today
Ohio State clobbers Okie State
Backup QB lifts Buckeyes in 33-7 rout of Cowboys
December 30, 2004
Even with its second-string quarterback in charge, Ohio State had an easy time of it in the Alamo Bowl.
Cal fired up for Tech after BCS snub
December 30, 2004
There have been countless seasons when the California Golden Bears would have been ecstatic to be invited to the Holiday Bowl. Any bowl, for that matter.
Baylor blasts Montana St.
December 30, 2004
A long Christmas break didn’t faze Baylor coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson and her No. 3 Bears.
Mutombo’s elbow decks James
Cavaliers standout exits early in loss to Rockets
December 30, 2004
A hood pulled over his aching head, LeBron James staggered back into Gund Arena looking like a beaten boxer.
Pacers’ O’Neal preparing for suspension reinstatement
December 30, 2004
Indiana forward Jermaine O’Neal will go before a federal judge today to see if he can continue playing for the Pacers. If the ruling goes against him, and O’Neal returns to the suspended list, he said he would accept it.
Personnel changes await Chiefs
K.C. players know some teammates won’t return
December 30, 2004
Brian Waters looks around the Kansas City locker room, and a feeling of nostalgia tugs at his heart.
Our town sports
December 30, 2004
Texas rewards Brown
Coach agrees to 10-year, $25 million pact
December 30, 2004
Football coach Mack Brown and the University of Texas agreed to a 10-year contract worth more than $25 million that would keep him at the university through 2014.
Red Sox title biggest news of 2004
Armstrong’s victory in Tour de France places second, Pacers-Pistons brawl third in voting
December 30, 2004
There was no Commissioner’s Trophy the last time the Boston Red Sox won the World Series. No commissioner, in fact.
Georgia Tech on KU’s mind
As rematch nears, Jayhawks watching film of NCAA loss
December 30, 2004
Bill Self saw no need last offseason to view tape of Kansas University’s men’s basketball loss to Georgia Tech in the 2004 NCAA Tournament.
KU basketball players play host to 400 youths at clinic
December 30, 2004
Kansas University men’s basketball players held their annual youth clinic Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse.
Win at Ball State would be sweet before Big 12 begins
December 30, 2004
A win away from home would do Kansas University’s women’s basketball team a world of good.
Woodling: ‘04 was eventful at KU
December 30, 2004
Such historical events as the retirement of longtime women’s basketball coach Marian Washington punctuated 2004 in Kansas University athletics. The calendar year also produced such trifles as the renaming of the ancient rivalry between Kansas and Missouri. Officially, it became The Border Showdown, but most people still call it what it is — The Border War.
Klatt, Colorado drop UTEP
Buffaloes finish season on positive note after rally past Miners
December 30, 2004
Joel Klatt saw his receiver streaking behind the defense, reared back and threw deep. Then, everything went blank.
West Junior High School
December 30, 2004
West Junior High, which is actually now nestled in what has become central Lawrence, was the second junior high school built in the city.
Lawrence High School
December 30, 2004
Lawrence High School, which was first opened in 1955, is one of three public high school campuses in Lawrence, serving students in grades 10 through 12.
Free State High School
December 30, 2004
With Lawrence High School bursting at the seams in 1994, voters were asked to approve a new high school in the northwest part of the city.
Triathlon to return at Lone Star Lake
December 30, 2004
After a three-year absence, a major triathlon will be returning to the Lawrence area next summer.
Party gurus say keep it simple
December 30, 2004
Planning a big party? Don’t stress — it’s not as hard as it looks.
Lawrence businessman recounts experience
December 30, 2004
Lawrence business owner Tom Van Holt was on a boat during a snorkel outing last weekend in Thailand’s Surin Islands when he saw waves hitting a beach and carrying people out to sea.
Hillcrest School
December 30, 2004
Looking for a school in Lawrence that serves as a melting pot of cultures? Check out Hillcrest School, 1045 Hilltop Dr., which is in central Lawrence, just west of Kansas University’s campus.
On the record
December 30, 2004
Briefly
December 30, 2004
¢ Four indicted in antiquities fraud ¢ Abbas urges Israel to tear down barrier ¢ Space agency to end free rides for astronauts ¢ Putin adviser criticizes Yukos sale
Briefly
December 30, 2004
¢ Republican seeks new election for governor ¢ Hunter pleads innocent in slayings ¢ Space station crew a few pounds lighter
Briefly
December 30, 2004
¢ Storm causes more damage, evacuations ¢ Judge strikes down ban on gay foster parents ¢ U.S. to resume imports of beef from Canada ¢ Endangered ferrets making a comeback
AG seeks reconsideration of death penalty
December 30, 2004
Atty. Gen. Phill Kline asked the Kansas Supreme Court on Wednesday to reconsider a recent decision striking down the state’s death penalty law.
Kennedy School
December 30, 2004
Some might guess that Kennedy School was named after former U.S. President John F. Kennedy. But the eastern Lawrence school, located near the Douglas County Fairgrounds at 1605 Davis Road, was actually named in honor of a long-time Lawrence educator.
Wakarusa Valley School
December 30, 2004
You’ll have to leave Lawrence’s city limits and go south of the Wakarusa River to find Wakarusa Valley School. The school is about two miles south of the western city limits, just south and east of the Clinton Lake dam at 1104 E. 1000 Rd.
Central Junior High
December 30, 2004
Central Junior High, which is just south of Lawrence’s downtown at 14th and Massachusetts, got its start as the city’s post-World War I high school.
South Junior High
December 30, 2004
South Junior High was the city’s third junior high, and was built during the late ‘60s during a rapid growth period in what is now southern Lawrence.
Broken Arrow School
December 30, 2004
Named in honor of a nearby American Indian institution, Broken Arrow School in south central Lawrence has had an interesting history.
Time Warner seeks ‘quadruple play’
Cable company, Sprint discuss potential pact for wireless services
December 30, 2004
Sprint Corp. and Time Warner Cable are discussing a deal that would allow the cable provider to offer cell phone service, the companies said Wednesday.
Wheat State slices into Baldwin pizza market
December 30, 2004
A 6-month-old Lawrence pizza shop is expanding into Baldwin. Wheat State Pizza, which opened in June at the Malls Shopping Center in southeast Lawrence, is adding a restaurant in a former Subway shop at 711 Eighth St. in downtown Baldwin.
At least 77,000 dead; hope fades for missing
December 30, 2004
As the world scrambled to the rescue, survivors fought over packs of noodles in quake-stricken Indonesian streets Wednesday while relief supplies piled up at the airport for lack of cars, gas or passable roads to move them. The official death toll across 11 countries soared past 77,000, and the Red Cross predicted it could exceed 100,000.
Tsunami strike unlikely but could happen in U.S.
December 30, 2004
Don Steeples has some new material for his Kansas University course on earthquakes and natural disasters.
Lecompton gets a building site for sore eyes
Deal for 2-acre tract could lead to removal of dilapidated maintenance facility
December 30, 2004
Lecompton Township officials have taken a step toward building a new maintenance facility and perhaps tearing down an “eyesore” building in the center of town.
Putin maneuvers fool (almost) no one
December 30, 2004
Creating false appearances to cloak an undesirable reality is a fine tradition of Russian governance. The Russians invented the original Potemkin villages, elaborate fake settlements constructed by a Russian minister to conceal a desolate land from his ruler, Catherine the Great.
Daily ticker
December 30, 2004
Law & Order’ star Jerry Orbach dies
December 30, 2004
Jerry Orbach had a gift for charming audiences his entire career — first as a song-and-dance man who starred in musicals on and off Broadway, then for 12 years as a sharp-tongued cop on TV’s “Law & Order.”
Insurgents lure Iraqi police to deaths with false report
December 30, 2004
Militants ambushed an elite Iraqi police unit in a Baghdad neighborhood known for its loyalty to ousted dictator Saddam Hussein, killing 29 people, most of them civilians.
Voters may decide gay marriage ban in April
December 30, 2004
When voters go to the polls April 5 in city and school board elections, they also could be deciding one of the most politically divisive issues of the times: whether the Kansas Constitution should be changed to ban same-sex marriages.
Reed Services
December 30, 2004
Badgers smother Crimson Tide
Wisconsin upends No. 18 Alabama, 76-62
December 30, 2004
Wisconsin’s Alando Tucker missed last year’s game against Alabama because of a foot injury. He made up for it Wednesday night.
Texas overcomes slow start against UTSA
December 30, 2004
P.J. Tucker didn’t start for No. 15 Texas on Wednesday night as punishment for returning late from winter vacation.
Horoscopes
December 30, 2004
Woodlawn School
December 30, 2004
Woodlawn School in North Lawrence has a long history, tracing its roots back to the earliest settlements in the area.
Westar charged for legal fees
Ex-execs’ lawyers bill power utility $7.9 million
December 30, 2004
The lawyers who defended former Westar Energy Inc. chief executive David Wittig and his top deputy during their recent trial on federal fraud charges have billed the utility $7.9 million, according to government documents.