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Sebelius drops controversial special ed plan
February 3, 2004
(Updated Tuesday at 3:23 p.m.) TOPEKA - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ administration today said she has abandoned her proposal to change the way special education funding is allocated.
Senate panel approves tax increase on alcohol, Sunday sales measure
February 3, 2004
(Updated Tuesday at 2:13 p.m.) TOPEKA — A Senate committee today recommended approval of an $11 million tax increase on alcoholic beverages as part of a measure that would also allow the Sunday sale of alcohol.
It’s snow mistake this time
Forecasters more confident heavy snow on its way
February 3, 2004
(Updated Tuesday at 5:59 p.m.) Weather forecasters around the area know they blew it last weekend — a predicted nine- to 13-inch snowfall ended up bringing only three inches to Lawrence. But Ross Janssen, 6News meteorologist, says he’s much more confident of his forecast for Wednesday’s winter storm: three to six inches by Thursday afternoon.
Ryun calls for reduced spending
February 3, 2004
(Updated Tuesday at 11:31 a.m.) U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun, R-Kan., says he’s encouraged by President Bush’s efforts to control spending. But Ryun, whose district includes western Lawrence, says more fiscal restraint is needed.
James C. ‘Bud’ Schmitz Sr.
February 3, 2004
Georgia Loretta Thayer
February 3, 2004
People
February 3, 2004
¢ Trebek is game to go on ¢ Sharpening the shears ¢ Praise for the revolution ¢ Gore’s son sentenced
Eleanor Rose ‘Mimi’ Vance
February 3, 2004
Weak storm foils forecasters
Snowfall predictions a bit less intense for incoming wave of wintry weather
February 3, 2004
Andy Worley won’t fall for it again. Weather forecasters are calling for another round of snow Wednesday in the Lawrence area, but they’re being a bit more cautious about predicting how much this one will bring. “Preliminary snowfall amounts would indicate around 3 inches,” 6News forecaster Ross Janssen said Monday, adding he could be more precise later.
Mars mission enters full swing
February 3, 2004
NASA’s twin rovers reached out their robotic arms to touch the surface of Mars on Monday, marking the first day of the joint $820 million mission that both spacecraft were in full swing.
On the record
February 3, 2004
Area farmers seek new lifeblood
February 3, 2004
Douglas County farmers are fishing around for new business. About 40 area farmers and residents gathered Monday at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds to discuss how to boost the area’s agriculture industry.
Huskies hammer Orangemen
No. 5 UConn saddles No. 18 Syracuse with 84-56 drubbing
February 3, 2004
Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun was pleased with the way his Huskies handled Syracuse. Emeka Okafor had 25 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks, and No. 5 Connecticut cruised to an 84-56 win Monday over the 18th-ranked Orangemen.
Pats’ fans greet champs
February 3, 2004
Robert Kraft clutched the Vince Lombardi Trophy as he stepped off the bus into the cold night and the warm welcome of thousands of fans.
Kerry, Edwards tangle over S.C.
February 3, 2004
John Kerry and John Edwards swapped charges as their South Carolina primary fight shaped up to be key to Kerry’s dreams of sweeping seven states today and seizing command of the Democratic nomination fight.
Horoscopes
February 3, 2004
Briefly
February 3, 2004
¢ North Korea agrees to six-nation nuclear talks ¢ Government plans inquiry into Iraq intelligence ¢ Halliburton subsidiary to halt billing for meals ¢ Hormone trial halted for high cancer risk
Pacers better without O’Neal
Indiana, minus Jermaine, upends Lakers, sans Shaq
February 3, 2004
With four major players missing from Monday night’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Indiana Pacers, it didn’t figure to be a pretty contest.
In the halls
February 3, 2004
What’s the coolest thing about your room?
Saddam posed real, long-term threat
February 3, 2004
It’s time to take a deep breath and examine what David Kay’s revelations really mean. Kay is the former chief U.S. weapons inspector in Iraq who has concluded that Iraq had no chemical or biological weapons at the start of last year’s Iraq war.
Tigers pessimistic after loss
February 3, 2004
Nobody came right out and said it, but Missouri made it clear the Tigers’ controversy-filled season may be just about finished. Their 65-56 loss to Kansas University Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse was by no means the cause of Missouri’s problems. It simply might be the final straw.
Inmates repair wheelchairs to offer hope beyond bars
February 3, 2004
Behind the fences strung with razor wire, underneath the watchful eyes of prison guards, Jeffrey Burnham is setting people free.
Legislative briefs
February 3, 2004
¢ Weather postpones legislative meeting ¢ House honors Carver with resolution ¢ Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
A show that was great in ‘88 still works today
February 3, 2004
A Massachusetts Democrat emerges as the leading contender to challenge George Bush for the White House. His rivals include a quotable African-American minister, a brash young Southern senator and a Missouri congressman named Gephardt.
Area briefs
February 3, 2004
¢ Governor, legislators to receive KU calendar ¢ Snowy weather cancels sentencing protest rally ¢ Bill would maintain state van-pool program
Sharon plans to pull Israeli settlers out of Gaza Strip
February 3, 2004
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Monday he wants to remove nearly all the Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip without waiting for a peace deal, outlining his go-it-alone plan and prompting threats from far-right allies to bring down his government.
Time in’ is more to the point
February 3, 2004
On the playground, in the kitchen, in the classroom, I hear parents and teachers warning kids: “Now, you did it. Go to timeout right now.” Or, “If you don’t stop doing that, you’ll go to timeout!”
Commentary: Jackson’s breast hardly shocking
Stunt microcosm of today’s sex-filled TV
February 3, 2004
It’s hard to work up too much outrage over Janet Jackson’s bared breast and tawdry halftime performance with Justin Timberlake at the Super Bowl.
Briefly
February 3, 2004
¢ Memorial dedicated to Columbia crew ¢ ‘Partial-birth’ abortion ban struck down ¢ Legislators want U.S. out of United Nations
Briefly
February 3, 2004
¢ Senator apologizesfor racial slur ¢ One killed, one injured in high school shooting ¢ Gorilla census shows population rebound
More KU alumni serving in Peace Corps
February 3, 2004
Jason Van Nice was looking for an adventure when he graduated from Kansas University in 2000. So he signed up for the Peace Corps and spent 27 months, from February 2001 to May 2003, helping a Paraguayan village of 600 people develop a water system.
Area briefs
February 3, 2004
¢ Rock Chalk Ball tickets remain available ¢ Sheriff’s office seeks court-skipping suspect ¢ Stranger disrupts downtown newscast
6Wak files sixth Wal-Mart suit
Latest litigation challenges city charge for road improvements
February 3, 2004
Owners of land at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive have filed a sixth lawsuit challenging the city’s decision to reject a Wal-Mart there. “The city has acted arbitrarily, capriciously, unreasonably, outside the scope of its authority, and in a manner so oppressive as to rise to the level of fraud,” wrote Roger Walter, attorney for 6Wak Land Investments, the partnership that owns the site.
Slain student’s mother urges aid for victims
February 3, 2004
The mother of a Kansas University student who was murdered in Costa Rica urged senators Monday to endorse a bill making victims of crimes overseas eligible for compensation from the state. Jeanette Stauffer, of Topeka, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that passage of the measure would show victims and their families that the state cares about them. Her 23-year-old daughter, Shannon Martin, was stabbed to death in May 2001 in Golfito, Costa Rica, while doing research for a thesis.
Judge delays sentencing for three-time offender
February 3, 2004
A Douglas County judge delayed ruling Monday on whether a man convicted of third-time cocaine possession should be sent to prison for more than 12 years.
Winter ravages wheat crop
February 3, 2004
Nearly a third of the Kansas wheat crop now shows some wind and freeze damage, even as drought conditions persist despite recent snow, Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service said Monday.
Rice services
February 3, 2004
Graveside services for Helen Christine Rice, 98, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Dorothy Wiechman
February 3, 2004
Rosalyn E. Thompson
February 3, 2004
Graveside services for Rosalyn E. Thompson, 90, Centerville, Iowa, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at McLouth Cemetery.
Emporia High grad killed in Iraq blast
February 3, 2004
A 25-year-old who graduated from Emporia High School was among three soldiers who died in a weekend explosion in Iraq, the Defense Department said Monday.
Study shows preschoolers can learn to watch less TV
February 3, 2004
Preschoolers put “No TV” signs on their television sets and got rewards for not watching in a study that reduced their viewing by almost a quarter.
Ex-presidents, LBJ’s widow call for film investigation
February 3, 2004
Two former presidents and the widow of Lyndon B. Johnson are calling on the History Channel to investigate a documentary it aired alleging President Johnson was involved in the Kennedy assassination.
Bill would make officials blind to unsightly cell phone towers
February 3, 2004
When Steve Wheeler surveys the view from his home in west Lawrence, he sees rolling hills and the Wakarusa River valley. He’s not interested in having a cellular phone tower clutter the scene. “To me, it’s just technology getting in the way of my open view of Kansas,” Wheeler said Monday.
Proposed law would help keep families together, aid grandparents
February 3, 2004
Low-income Kansans who have custody of their grandchildren could receive additional state aid under a bill that supporters said Monday would keep some children out of foster care and save the state money.
Westar pair restricted to home-state travel
February 3, 2004
Two former Westar Energy executives who once jetted around the world on their company’s dime have been ordered to remain within the borders of the states in which they live.
Imports of veggies cut into growers’ profits
Trade agreements cause U.S. workers to shut down farms
February 3, 2004
Americans’ growing appetite for cheap vegetables year-round is feeding a steady rise in imports that is squeezing American farmers, according to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture study.
Secretary says Stewart ‘hurried’ in call
Key witness allowed to testify today
February 3, 2004
Martha Stewart was “very hurried and harsh and direct” in a call to ImClone Systems headquarters on the day she dumped her stock in the company, a former ImClone secretary testified Monday.
Commodities
February 3, 2004
KU undergraduates earn research awards
February 3, 2004
Kansas University officials have announced winners of 15 undergraduate research awards for the spring semester.
Rodriguez signs deal with Detroit
All-Star catcher moves from world champ to last-place loser
February 3, 2004
Ivan Rodriguez finalized his $40 million, four-year contract Monday with the Detroit Tigers, leaving the World Series champion Florida Marlins to join a team that last year set the American League record for losses.
Utah St. cracks Top 25
February 3, 2004
Utah State earned its first spot in the Associated Press men’s basketball poll since 1971 Monday, one of many changes in the national rankings — except at the top.
Tennessee retains top spot
February 3, 2004
Tennessee survived a close call to keep a wide lead at the top of the Associated Press women’s basketball poll.
$500M loan to prop up KPERS
Officials agree on bond plan, but not on how to pay it back
February 3, 2004
Kansas leaders Monday voted to borrow $500 million to shore up the public employees’ pension system, simultaneously sinking the state further into debt and raising the stakes on casino gambling. In a meeting of the State Finance Council, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius voted for the proposal aimed at helping the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, and said the state should pay off the KPERS bonds with revenue from expanded gambling.
Local briefs
February 3, 2004
¢ KU’s Smith honored by SoccerBuzz ¢ Tickets going fast for KU baseball ¢ NAJGA Pro-Am coming to Lawrence
Boston endures rowdiness
One dead as fans celebrate in streets
February 3, 2004
New England Patriots fans turned rowdy after their team’s Super Bowl victory, flipping cars and lighting small fires as thousands swarmed the streets. One person was killed when an allegedly drunken driver backed his sport utility vehicle into a group of revelers.
Analysis: Bush plan does little to reduce deficit
Critics blast election year budget, doubt promises
February 3, 2004
After watching the federal deficit surge in his first three years, President Bush signaled in his 2005 budget request Monday that he will be a tight-fisted chief executive if re-elected and cut the red ink in half by 2009. But many of his critics do not see this transformation as entirely believable, because the deficit will hit a record $521 billion in the current fiscal year — and because Bush did not concern himself much about budget restraint in funding his first-term priorities.
Low-carb pizza crusts on the rise
Protein-loving dieters may soon be able to indulge pie cravings
February 3, 2004
Pizza might be hailed as the food of the gods, one of America’s best-loved meals, a hearty delectable dish that fills the stomach and seems to soothe the soul. But to low-carb dieters, it’s just a gut-busting disk of dough.
6Sports video: KU defeats Missouri, 65-56
February 3, 2004
KU battled Missouri in the first basketball Border War of the season and ultimately defeated Missouri at Allen Fieldhouse.
Miles drives KU to victory
Point guard talks, walks way to win
February 3, 2004
Kansas University point guard Aaron Miles screamed at Missouri’s Jason Conley for hard-fouling one of his teammates. He barked at one of his own teammates — freshman David Padgett — for not chasing down a rebound. And Miles even yelled at himself, challenging himself to shrug off a painful ankle sprain and return to the floor just 3 1/2 minutes after heading to the locker room for treatment in the second half of Monday’s 65-56 victory over Missouri at Allen Fieldhouse.
Woodling: Jayhawk defense saves day
February 3, 2004
If by happenstance somebody in Lawrence owned a pet groundhog — Lawrence Larry? — then I’m darned sure what the rodent would have predicted Monday. Six more weeks of baaad defense.
Prep punter could give Kansas kicking game leg up
February 3, 2004
Kansas University’s football team has used its share of punters since three-time All-Big Eight selection Dan Eichloff finished his four-year run as KU’s punter and kicker in 1993. In 2003, senior Curtis Ansel was KU’s sixth punter — and fourth junior-college transfer at that position — in the last 10 years.
Tech’s Knight spars with chancellor
February 3, 2004
Texas Tech coach Bob Knight got into a verbal spat with the university chancellor at a grocery store Monday, prompting a review by school officials.
Rooms that rock
Colorful entries appealing
February 3, 2004
Winners of the Journal-World’s second annual “Rooms That Rock” contest made the most of their motifs. Chrissy Eoannou, a sophomore at Lawrence High School, went Hawaiian with her decor and won the high school division of the contest. Sam Wessels, a seventh-grader at Southwest Junior High School, settled on a jazzy look, placing first in the junior high division. With the help of their parents, Hilltop Child Development Center students and cowboy connoisseurs Braden Smith, 5, and Bryce Smith, 2, won the elementary/preschool division.
Powder thought to be ricin found in Senate building
February 3, 2004
Preliminary tests of a white powder discovered in a Senate office building Monday were positive for the potentially deadly poison ricin, the U.S. Capitol Police chief said.
Blood tests developed to detect cancers
February 3, 2004
Imagine a blood test that could detect the earliest signs of ovarian cancer to help far more women survive. Or one that could prevent thousands of aging men from undergoing unnecessary biopsies for prostate cancer.
Small schools share successes with Senate panel
February 3, 2004
Patrons of north-central Kansas’ Sylvan Grove school district have ample reason for pride, officials told legislators Monday. All of Sylvan Grove’s seniors graduate, nearly all 160 students take part in extracurricular activities and the scores on standardized tests remain high, school board president Jerry Ostermann told the Senate Education Committee.
House panel endorses governor’s food-inspection plan
February 3, 2004
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ order reorganizing food-safety programs gained the endorsement of the House Agriculture Committee on Monday.
Van facts needed
Only hard data will satisfactorily resolve the state’s van-pool dilemma.
February 3, 2004
Sometimes the facts just speak for themselves. That should be the case in the debate over whether the state of Kansas should continue to operate van pools for state employees. The Kansas governor’s office needs to settle this issue, but first, officials need some hard facts about just what this service costs Kansas taxpayers.
Faulty process
February 3, 2004
Wrong lesson
February 3, 2004
Needed control
February 3, 2004
Housing woes
February 3, 2004
No respect
February 3, 2004
Quit playing unfair game
February 3, 2004
This is an open letter to black men. I suppose I could as easily have addressed myself to the broader world, but I know how the response to that would go. Folks denying, rationalizing and arguing that facts are not truly facts.
Daily ticker
February 3, 2004
Panthers confident, ready to reload for next year
February 3, 2004
Making it to the first Super Bowl in franchise history should be enough for the underdog Carolina Panthers.
Graves late to practice, starts on bench
February 3, 2004
Jeff Graves didn’t mope after getting stripped of his starting job Monday night. He grabbed six rebounds and scored four points in 21 minutes during KU’s 65-56 victory over Missouri — a game in which the 6-foot-9, 255-pound senior sat at the start for disciplinary reasons. He had started KU’s last five games.
Freshman eligibility, reforms debated
February 3, 2004
Former ACC coaches Terry Holland and Dean Smith expressed concern Monday over the state of college athletics and renewed their push to make freshmen ineligible.
Briefcase
February 3, 2004
¢ Wichita workers file claim against Boeing ¢ Midwest economy surviving mad cow ¢ Gannett boosts profits ¢ FMC earnings fall
World watching many facets of White House race
February 3, 2004
In Chile and Switzerland, White House hopeful John Forbes Kerry is drawing comparisons with another, more famous JFK. His multilingual wife is attracting attention in France and Greece. And for a British daily, it’s the haircut, stupid.
Japanese researcher to face industrial espionage charges
February 3, 2004
Prosecutors in Japan detained a Japanese citizen Monday in response to a request from the United States that he be handed over to face charges he stole biological material from a lab, the prosecutor’s office said.
Baldwin seeks funds for Sixth St. project
February 3, 2004
A six-block section of Baldwin’s Sixth Street would get wider lanes, improved drainage and new sidewalks as part of a reconstruction project proposed for 2006 or 2007.
CBS, singers uncomfortably exposed
February 3, 2004
Suddenly, Britney and Madonna’s smoochfest seems G-rated. Janet Jackson’s performance with Justin Timberlake at the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday has sparked a federal investigation and set new standards for raunch in an entertainment industry that seems to be setting new highs — or lows — every day.
Briefly
February 3, 2004
¢ FDA advisers seek antidepressant warnings ¢ Judge bars cameras in Peterson trial