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Storming in
Heavy blowing snow expected overnight
February 4, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 4:18 p.m.) Swooping in from the south, a winter storm will bring as much as five inches of snow overnight to the Lawrence area. The snow won’t pose too big of a hazard for several bald eagles soaring around the Kansas River just north of city hall, and temperatures will not freeze the rest of the river, a good place for the birds to find food.
Passage urged for bill to increase Kansas’ minimum wage
February 4, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 11:40 a.m.) TOPEKA — Advocates for organized labor, the poor and disabled today urged passage of a bill that would increase the state minimum wage, which, at $2.65 an hour, is the lowest in the United States.
Gov. Sebelius chats online with readers
February 4, 2004
(Updated Monday at 11:46 a.m.) Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will chat online with Journal-World readers on Thursday at 2: 15 p.m. You may submit a question early on any legislative topic, from school finance to increased gambling.
Veritas boys routed, 86-56
February 4, 2004
A 35-point second quarter was too much for the Veritas Christian boys basketball team to overcome, and they fell to Saint Marys Academy, 86-56, Tuesday.
Youth softball tourney to return to Lawrence
February 4, 2004
The American Fastpitch Assn. Class B national tournament will return to Lawrence this summer.
Group finishes crusade against adult business
Operation Daniel in Abilene ends 100-day vigil
February 4, 2004
A Dickinson County group has ended its 100-day vigil in front of an adult-oriented business along Interstate 70. Members taking part in Operation Daniel held signs warning truckers they would notify their bosses if they went inside.
Parents plead for return of missing Florida girl
February 4, 2004
The FBI joined the search Tuesday for an 11-year-old girl whose apparent abduction was videotaped by a car wash surveillance camera, and the youngster’s parents pleaded for her safe return.
Briefly
February 4, 2004
¢ Bush orders new measures to protect food supply ¢ Louisiana Republican resigns leadership post
Celtics’ Pierce tapped Eastern All-Star reserve
February 4, 2004
LeBron James missed the cut Tuesday in voting for All-Star reserves, finishing behind Eastern Conference guards Paul Pierce, Michael Redd, Baron Davis and Jason Kidd.
Commentary: NFL halftime beat ‘Lingerie Bowl’
Don’t count on Tagliabue, other corporate entities to turn spectacles into suffragette meetings
February 4, 2004
Last month, Bono, U2’s lead singer, asked NFL suits if he and Jennifer Lopez could perform a duet during the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show.
Pats, fans celebrate
NFL champs honored with rally, parade
February 4, 2004
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and owner Robert Kraft hoisted twin Super Bowl trophies Tuesday while thousands of fans cheered amid showers of red, white and blue confetti.
Powder in Connecticut likely wood ash
February 4, 2004
Powder found in an envelope at a mail processing center where anthrax was discovered in 2001 has tested negative for ricin and appears to be wood ash, officials said Tuesday night.
Falcons flatten Firebirds
February 4, 2004
It’s one of those special teams Olathe South has this year. Not flashy. Not flamboyant. Just really, really good. Free State High’s boys basketball team, like so many others to cross O-South’s path, saw why the Falcons are the top-ranked team in Class 6A. After a back-and-forth first quarter, Olathe South pulled away to win big, 76-56, Tuesday at Free State.
Red Raiders next test for KU
February 4, 2004
Kansas University coach Marian Washington wasn’t the first high-profile woman to be lost to a Big 12 Conference basketball team for undisclosed medical reasons.
Sebelius signals flexibility on taxes
February 4, 2004
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ administration Tuesday signaled she was willing to negotiate proposed tax increases with the Legislature and that she would drop her plan to change the way special education funds are allocated.
School economy
February 4, 2004
KU football recruits
February 4, 2004
Checks go out to pharmacist’s victims
February 4, 2004
The federal district court in Kansas City has finished mailing checks to victims of former pharmacist Robert R. Courtney, who was convicted of diluting drugs he prepared for cancer patients, officials said.
L. Pauline Green
February 4, 2004
HINU’s Ladson honored
February 4, 2004
Haskell Indian Nations University’s Corey Ladson was named Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball player of the week after averaging 15.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in two games last week.
Horoscopes
February 4, 2004
City Hall report
Weekly review of city government
February 4, 2004
¢ Bioscience initiative ¢ Business registration ¢ More services online ¢ On the other hand … ¢ Schedule
Blake lawyer blames killing on Brando son
February 4, 2004
Robert Blake’s defense blamed Marlon Brando’s son, Christian, in a court hearing Tuesday for the slaying of Blake’s wife and said that the younger Brando was currently a fugitive.
People
February 4, 2004
¢ Shriver quits NBC job ¢ No star treks for Patrick Stewart ¢ James Brown seeks annulment ¢ Vandross won’t make Grammys
Witness says he tipped off Stewart
Former broker’s aide bolsters prosecution’s case
February 4, 2004
Prosecutors in the Martha Stewart case received a big boost Tuesday when stockbroker’s assistant Douglas Faneuil testified that his boss ordered him to pass insider information to Stewart, prompting her to sell all of her shares in ImClone Systems Inc.
Muslims differ on forgiving militants
February 4, 2004
Although the annual hajj is a time of erasing past sins, some pilgrims are finding it hard to forgive Islamic militants — including suicide bombers — for blackening their religion’s image even after they have publicly repented.
L.A. worries about Wal-Mart’s effect on economy
February 4, 2004
This city is on the verge of telling the nation’s largest retailer to get lost.
Tuihalamaka withdraws from classes; Erving out
February 4, 2004
Phil Tuihalamaka’s football career at Kansas University lasted one game.
Nonprofit foundation’s assets reach record $6 million
February 4, 2004
A dental clinic for the poor and working poor estimates it will help 3,000 Douglas County residents this year, in part because of the jump start it got from a 3-year-old charity that has focused on improving the quality of life in Lawrence.
Convenience stores, groceries make push for strong beer sales
February 4, 2004
With the advent of Sunday alcohol sales in several cities and counties across Kansas, lobbyists are pushing Kansas lawmakers to allow the sale of “strong beer” in convenience and grocery stores.
Briefcase
February 4, 2004
¢ Cisco beats estimates ¢ Delta Air Lines plans to create sexier uniforms ¢ Barbie changes slated ¢ Wall Street slows amid ricin concerns
Lost’ jobs transferred to consumers
February 4, 2004
Have you seen those economists scratching their heads trying to understand the jobless recovery? Every time they run the numbers they end up with a question mark: How is it possible that only 1,000 new jobs were created in the past month?
Raptors rely on Carter
Toronto turns back Philadelphia, 93-80
February 4, 2004
The Toronto Raptors were told to keep shooting. Vince Carter certainly listened.
Passion’ imperative for Kansas
February 4, 2004
If Kansas University’s basketball players were as fired up for every game as Monday’s KU-Missouri contest, the Jayhawks just might be undefeated right now. Fists were pumping after baskets and defensive stops, and bodies were bouncing all over the Allen Fieldhouse floor during the Jayhawks’ 65-56 victory over their rivals.
Panel approves liquor tax increase
Legislation would allow Sunday sales, raise $11 million
February 4, 2004
Cities throughout Kansas would be able to allow liquor sales on Sundays under legislation forwarded Tuesday out of a Senate committee, but the bill also increases taxes on spirits by millions. The bill now headed for the full Senate would allow cities and counties to approve Sunday sale of alcoholic beverages. But it also includes an $11 million tax increase on beer, wine and alcohol.
Toxic mail attacks grip capital
Ricin scares in Senate, White House recall anthrax episodes of 2001
February 4, 2004
A jittery Senate faced its second attack with a deadly toxin in 28 months on Tuesday, this time in the form of ricin powder sent to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. Another letter containing ricin and bound for the White House had been intercepted in November, a law enforcement official disclosed.
On the record
February 4, 2004
Lawrence briefs
February 4, 2004
¢ Audubons set events ¢ ‘Snow Ball’ to benefit KU fine arts programs ¢ Violence against women subject of KU study
City rejects variance to allow restaurant to serve alcohol
February 4, 2004
Lawrence’s newest downtown restaurant will not be allowed to serve beer, the Lawrence City Commission decided Tuesday night.
District makes plans to cut $2 million from budget
February 4, 2004
The Lawrence school district’s budget committee Tuesday got a glimpse of what it could mean to slice a minimum of $2 million from next year’s budget.
Seabury boys run win streak to three
Seahawks improve to 3-8 with 46-36 victory over Kansas School for Deaf
February 4, 2004
For the majority of this season, Seabury Academy’s boys basketball players didn’t know what it felt like to win, because the Seahawks started 0-8. Now Seabury might have forgotten what it feels like to lose.
De Soto girls get ‘revenge’
February 4, 2004
After a 39-34 victory Tuesday night over Santa Fe Trail, the De Soto girls basketball team celebrated like it had won the Super Bowl of high school hoops as team members jumped up and down on the court.
OSU wins sixth straight
February 4, 2004
Texas A&M kept pushing to the end. No. 13 Oklahoma State pushed harder. John Lucas scored 27 points, and Tony Allen had 13 of his 21 in the second half for the Cowboys, who held off Texas A&M, 91-79, Tuesday night for their sixth straight victory.
Xavier stuns No. 10 Cincy again; Jackets tumble
February 4, 2004
No profane taunts, no technical fouls, no on-court tussles. The city’s basketball rivalry was more civil this time around.
Booth to replace Hill as Kansas PA announcer
February 4, 2004
Long-time Lawrence radio personality Hank Booth will replace Howard Hill as public-address announcer at Kansas University men’s basketball games at Allen Fieldhouse.
Stephens shoots UT past Mizzou, 89-55
February 4, 2004
Stacy Stephens extended her shooting streak, scoring 20 points to help No. 3 Texas rout Missouri, 89-55, Tuesday night.
Anti-smoking plan includes tax increase on cigarettes
February 4, 2004
Four former surgeons general on Tuesday unveiled a plan to reduce smoking that included a $2-per-pack tax they predicted would prompt at least 5 million smokers to quit.
Iraq death toll climbs; U.N. to address election issue
February 4, 2004
The number of dead rose to 101 Tuesday in the twin suicide bombings of two Kurdish political offices, the highest confirmed toll in any terrorist attack since the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Kurds blamed Ansar al-Islam, a militant group allegedly linked to Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida.
Bryant defense tries to get evidence thrown out
February 4, 2004
Hammering at the work of police interrogators, defense attorneys urged a judge Tuesday to bar Kobe Bryant’s secretly recorded police statement and physical evidence, including a bloodstained T-shirt, from the NBA All-Star’s upcoming rape trial.
Marino quits Miami post
Senior VP held job for only three weeks
February 4, 2004
Dan Marino resigned as senior vice president of the Miami Dolphins Tuesday, only three weeks after accepting a job that brought him back to the team he quarterbacked for 17 seasons.
Bleak drama a refreshing change for TV movies
February 4, 2004
“The Blackwater Lightship” (8 p.m., CBS) could be the “feel-bad” TV movie of the year. And that’s a good thing. With the networks moving toward increasingly inane and inoffensive material, CBS deserves credit for broadcasting an old-fashioned quality drama about illness, death, silences and family secrets featuring solid performances by three generations of fine actresses.
Kansans eager to join Jayhawks
February 4, 2004
Recruiting a fair share of quality in-state players is critical to building a successful major-college football program. Kansas University coach Mark Mangino is expected to do just that today when three of the state’s best prospects — Silver Lake offensive lineman Scott Haverkamp, Olathe East lineman Todd Haselhorst and Shawnee Mission Northwest linebacker Mike Rivera — deliver their letters of intent on national signing day.
Knight reprimanded by Texas Tech
Red Raiders coach won’t be suspended
February 4, 2004
Bob Knight was reprimanded, but not suspended, Tuesday for his loud public outburst at Texas Tech Chancellor David Smith. After coaching his No. 19 Red Raiders to an 83-63 victory against Baylor, Knight said there had been discussions about a suspension. The coach also admitted he could have avoided the episode simply by walking away from Smith.
Scott Kristopher Innes
February 4, 2004
A celebration of life for Scott Kristopher Innes, 16, Overland Park, will be at 6 p.m. today in the Blue Valley Northwest High School auditorium in Overland Park. Memorial services were at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church in Overland Park with a private family burial in Johnson County Memorial Gardens Courtyard of Memories.
Alice M. Harris
February 4, 2004
Private graveside services for Alice M. Harris, 86, Pittsburg, will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Hiatville.
Family, police seek clues in missing person case
February 4, 2004
Family members of a missing Lawrence woman are asking for the public’s help finding her. Lesley Smith, 38, was last seen the night of Jan. 26 at the home she shares with her parents in the 2000 block of Quail Creek Drive. The next morning, she was gone along with the family’s brown 2000 Plymouth Voyager van.
Area briefs
February 4, 2004
¢ Phone directory fouls up map of KU campus ¢ Lawmakers recite pledge, receive KU calendars ¢ Flu vaccine available
Fellowship director sues over firing
Lawsuit alleges dismissal from KU came after practices questioned
February 4, 2004
The former director of a Kansas University doctoral fellowship program is suing the university, claiming she was unfairly fired for blowing the whistle on the program’s problems. Danette Michaels directed the Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship program from 1996 until she was given notice in December that her contract would not be renewed.
KU committee nears ticket plan resolution
SenEx close to agreement on faculty, staff arrangement for men’s basketball seats
February 4, 2004
Kansas University officials came within one question Tuesday of deciding how to distribute next year’s supply of men’s basketball season tickets among faculty, staff and retirees.
Commodities
February 4, 2004
Boeing to eliminate 300 jobs
Company to cut work in San Antonio
February 4, 2004
Boeing Co. said Tuesday that it would cut 300 jobs at its aircraft maintenance facility in San Antonio because of cutbacks in the work it does for the Air Force.
Daily ticker
February 4, 2004
Sprint tops earnings forecast
Company to announce outsourcing deal today
February 4, 2004
Sprint Corp.’s fourth-quarter earnings dipped to $38 million, but both its wired and wireless telephone businesses topped expectations. The report Tuesday came a day before Sprint was expected to announce a deal to outsource at least 5,000 jobs to IBM.
Rose-scented play dough fun idea for Valentine’s Day
February 4, 2004
Here’s a glittery, red play dough that children will love. Not only will it be fun to use in a pre-school setting, grandparents and parents also may want to make it and give to the special children in their lives for Valentine’s Day.
Panel backs Sunday sales, higher taxes for alcohol
February 4, 2004
Legislation permitting local decisions on Sunday liquor sales and sharply raising the state’s tax on alcohol has cleared a committee and is headed to the Senate for debate.
Bald eagles congregate on Kaw
February 4, 2004
Student found dead in Miami school
February 4, 2004
A 14-year-old boy was apparently stabbed to death in a school bathroom Tuesday, and another student was taken into custody.
Report: Guards harassed pedophile priest in prison
False reports put Geoghan in unit where he was killed by fellow inmate
February 4, 2004
Prison guards harassed pedophile priest John Geoghan and wrote trumped-up disciplinary reports that landed the former clergyman in the dangerous-inmate unit where he was strangled and beaten by a fellow prisoner, a report released Tuesday found.
Kevin Scott Smith
February 4, 2004
Momentum building for front-runner Kerry
Senator claims victory in 5 states; Lieberman drops out of race
February 4, 2004
Sen. John Kerry cemented his position as the Democratic front-runner by rolling to victories Tuesday in Missouri, Arizona, and three other states, winning the bulk of delegates in the biggest day of presidential balloting. Sen. John Edwards easily captured South Carolina, keeping his White House hopes alive.
Amazon.com to charge state sales tax
February 4, 2004
Online retailer Amazon.com will begin complying with changes in the state’s sales tax law beginning April 1, company officials told legislators Tuesday.
Critical point
The Lawrence school superintendent isn’t to blame for problems in the governor’s school finance plan.
February 4, 2004
Don’t blame the messenger. Lawrence School Supt. Randy Weseman reportedly is under attack by state officials who are supporting the school finance plan proposed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius because Weseman publicly pointed out a major flaw in the plan. What he said was correct, but apparently some education lobbyists and others didn’t like the way he said it.
Smoking ban
February 4, 2004
UConn repeat
February 4, 2004
Gun nonsense
February 4, 2004
Leave Iraq
February 4, 2004
Dean, Clark supporters conduct watch party in downtown Lawrence
February 4, 2004
While Democrats in seven states counted caucus and primary election votes Tuesday night, supporters of presidential candidates Howard Dean and Wesley Clark pondered the results over beer, soft drinks and chicken wings.
Choice’ issue
February 4, 2004
Pies aplenty
Area bakers serve up American dessert
February 4, 2004
Lois Brubaker’s homemade apple pie is everything that a good pie ought to be. The crust is golden brown and flaky, the filling of sliced Granny Smith apples and spices is tart and sweet.
Benefit set for Saturday
February 4, 2004
Interfaith Caring Neighbors will sponsor its seventh annual Pie Sale and Quilt Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vt.
Slow-cooked meals offer comfort in winter
February 4, 2004
When it’s cold outside, I like cooking things that take time. Perhaps it’s because I’m stuck indoors all day anyway. In any case, I don’t mind filling the house up with the aroma of a dinner that has been simmering on the stove for several hours.
Jayni provides chili recipes
February 4, 2004
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Chili! With Jayni and Guest Kid Cook Megan Schmidling.”
Super Bowl sinks to new low
February 4, 2004
Maybe it’s appropriate that Super Bowls are numbered with Roman numerals. Sunday’s, Super Bowl XXXVIII, featured a halftime show that could have served as backdrop for one of Caligula’s orgies.
Old-fashioned reliability
February 4, 2004
A number of years ago my wife, Karen, and I spent a few days in San Francisco at a conference. We found that we had a morning free from professional obligations so we decided to walk to the waterfront. When we got there we discovered that a United States Navy missile cruiser was in port there and that the public was invited to have a look around.
County home sales post record year
Realtors cite low interest rates, markets for ‘greatest year ever’
February 4, 2004
Spurred by low mortgage interest rates, Douglas County home sales soared to a new high in 2003. And for the first time, the number of homes sold in Douglas County topped 2,000, according to a new report from the county appraiser’s office.
U.S. agriculture report reveals bigger, fewer farms
Kansas officials surprised by types of farms lost
February 4, 2004
The nation’s shrinking numbers of farmers worked more acres, got older and grew increasingly more diverse, National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Tuesday.
Mars photographs click with public’s imaginations
February 4, 2004
Thirty pints of ink, 3,000 square feet of photographic paper — and counting.
Lucy Fern Currier
February 4, 2004
Toxin originally developed for military programs
February 4, 2004
Ricin, the poison found in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, is a moderately toxic protein from the castor bean plant that was developed in the 20th century for military purposes, and then abandoned.
Coordination of efforts sought for homeless
February 4, 2004
Five major financiers of homeless services in Lawrence are looking at options for streamlining efforts to provide food and shelter to people living on the streets.
Area roundup: Ottawa boys wallop K.C. Ward; Tongie boys tumble
February 4, 2004
Ottawa High’s boys basketball team used a steady offensive onslaught to drill Kansas City Ward, 71-50, Tuesday night at OHS.
Briefly
February 4, 2004
¢ Ayatollah refuses to postpone elections ¢ Finance agreement for oil pipeline signed ¢ Demilitarized zone with China proposed ¢ Emergency meeting addresses bird flu ¢ Rescue effort continues after building’s collapse
Briefly
February 4, 2004
¢ KU professor a finalist at William and Mary ¢ Kansas cow delivers rare set of triplets ¢ Doctor impersonator sentenced to six months ¢ Kansas motorists call for road conditions ¢
Briefly
February 4, 2004
¢ Government to begin arming cargo pilots ¢ Halliburton subsidiary to reimburse Pentagon ¢ Congressmen join marriage debate ¢ Ford reaches settlement in fatal rollover crash