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Governor participates in online chat
February 5, 2004
(Updated Tuesday at 4:05 p.m.) Gov. Kathleen Sebelius took part in an online chat today with ljworld.com readers. This was the governor’s first time to meet with her constituents using an online chat format.
State vehicles a hot commodity
February 5, 2004
(Web Posted Thursday at 2:09 p.m.) TOPEKA - They’re flying off the lot. State officials today say they have sold 26 vehicles in three hours from the state’s going-out-of-the-motor-pool-business sale.
Lawrence chamber supports governor’s tax plan to fund schools
February 5, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 4:33 p.m.) TOPEKA - Chambers of commerce collided today over Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ plan to increase taxes to fund public schools. Larry McElwain, chairman of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, told lawmakers that the chamber believes Sebelius’ plan “offers us a foundation for a rational, tactical approach to solving a huge state problem.”
Lawrence public schools cancel classes for Friday because of heavy snow
February 5, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 9:33 p.m.) The snow holiday continues Friday for Lawrence public schools. Supt. Randy Weseman announced late this afternoon that classes for Lawrence public schools will be canceled on Friday. Weseman’s announcement followed a day of cancellations at area public and private schools and at Kansas University’s Lawrence and Edwards campuses.
Alternatives to science?
February 5, 2004
At the Grand Canyon, the National Park Service is selling a book that says the Earth and the Grand Canyon all happened in six days during creation week, 6,000 years ago. In the book, “Grand Canyon: A Different View,” Scripture scrubs science clean of 500 years of geology, paleontology, biology, physics, chemistry, and astronomy — essentially most modern knowledge of the universe, Earth and life on Earth. The Park Service says it wants to be fair to an “alternative view.”
Tax rationale
February 5, 2004
IBM to manage Sprint call centers
Overland Park company expects deal to save $550M in three years
February 5, 2004
International Business Machines Corp. will take over much of Sprint Corp.’s customer services operations, Sprint confirmed Wednesday. The five-year agreement calls for IBM to manage 21 Sprint call centers already owned and operated by outside contractors, as well as a Sprint-owned call center in Nashville, Tenn.
Job fair participants say outlook improving
February 5, 2004
Kansas University Career Fair organizers said Wednesday that hiring activity had picked up but still was below pre-recession levels. “We’re moving forward,” said Mary Andrade, assistant director of KU’s Career and Employment Services department. “We’re not in a standstill anymore, but you still hear about a lot of people losing jobs. It is definitely not a comfortable position yet.”
Supporters privately predict Dean’s end
February 5, 2004
Howard Dean is pursuing a last-gasp strategy of winning the Feb. 17 Wisconsin primary, but many Democrats, aides and supporters are privately predicting the end to one of the wildest, most unpredictable and most innovative presidential campaigns of recent times.
Love is just what the ‘ER’ doctors order
February 5, 2004
Love is always the best medicine on “ER.”
Ray H. Hemme
February 5, 2004
Jerrold Griffitts
February 5, 2004
Experts say mad cow likely has spread in U.S.
February 5, 2004
There is a “high probability” that more American cattle are infected with mad cow disease than the one found in Washington state late last year, an international panel of experts convened by the Agriculture Department said Wednesday.
County offers dust control for residents on gravel roads
February 5, 2004
Harlin Redding didn’t take his father’s advice, and now he’s paying for it. Redding, who lives two miles west of the South Lawrence Trafficway in Clinton Lake Estates, pays $252.74 a year to have the gravel road outside his house treated with magnesium chloride.
Witness at AIM trial says Peltier bragged of killings
Claim emerges during 1975 murder case
February 5, 2004
The former wife of AIM co-founder Dennis Banks told jurors Wednesday that she was with Anna Mae Aquash and others when Leonard Peltier bragged about killing two FBI agents in 1975.
Statue leads to Washburn recruiters being barred from Catholic campuses
February 5, 2004
Recruiters from Washburn University have been banned from Catholic high schools in Wichita because the college is displaying a controversial sculpture of a Roman Catholic clergyman.
Clippers keep Celtics reeling
Los Angeles hands Boston fifth straight setback
February 5, 2004
With Corey Maggette sidelined, the Los Angeles Clippers needed something extra from Quentin Richardson.
Knight may be a changed man
Texas Tech coach takes responsibility, observers say
February 5, 2004
Maybe it’s the wide-open spaces of West Texas. Or perhaps it’s all those years of scrapes at Indiana.
8 Firebirds set sights on college game
February 5, 2004
In a gymnasium packed with students, parents, faculty and staff, Free State High football coach Bob Lisher gave eight of his top players a final speech. “Gentlemen, we’re very proud of you,” he said. “Now sign your life away.”
Health Padgett’s ticket back to starting lineup
February 5, 2004
David Padgett returned to Kansas University’s starting lineup Monday night against Missouri. Health permitting, he’ll stay there. “David Padgett is our starter,” KU men’s basketball coach Bill Self said Wednesday.
Democrats zero in on competitive ticket
February 5, 2004
The Democratic presidential field has been narrowed to its serious center, a place where policy differences are minimal and the prospects of fielding a serious challenge to President Bush look best. That is the meaning of the seven-state demolition derby on Tuesday and it will likely be reinforced this weekend when three more states — Maine, Michigan and Washington — join the parade.
Daily ticker
February 5, 2004
Web site shipping fake birth control patches
February 5, 2004
An overseas Internet site is shipping counterfeit versions of a popular Johnson & Johnson birth control patch, versions that won’t provide any protection against pregnancy, federal officials warned Wednesday.
Study finds hospital noise levels not conducive to patients’ rest
February 5, 2004
Hospital noises during the night can approach the levels of chain saws or jackhammers, making it nearly impossible for patients to sleep, according to a new study at the Mayo Clinic.
Bush’s performance as commander-in-chief comes under scrutiny
February 5, 2004
President Bush’s performance as commander-in-chief was supposed to be his strong suit in the November election, but questions about his leadership suddenly have forced him on the defensive.
Scientist confesses technology leaks
Pakistani says government not involved in sale of nuclear secrets
February 5, 2004
In a startling confession made on national television, the founder of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program said Wednesday that he — not the government — leaked secrets to countries abroad.
Judge OKs request to block airing of sex predator story
February 5, 2004
A federal judge on Wednesday ordered CBS affiliate KCTV not to broadcast the name or picture of a man in a story that featured several men depicted as sex predators.
Merle O. Trent
February 5, 2004
Briefly
February 5, 2004
¢ Arson suspected in apartment fire ¢ St. Louis resident guilty in I-70 child fatality ¢ Ottawa meth case ends in guilty verdict
Sports, good taste can be combined
February 5, 2004
We have had a good four days to ponder the true meaning of the Super Bowl halftime show. Surprisingly, Western civilization still stands.
Knight running amok in Lubbock
Texas Tech has become one of poster schools for what’s wrong with big-time college athletics
February 5, 2004
Texas Tech Chancellor David R. Smith lives a charmed life. For at the end of business Tuesday, he hadn’t lost his job. He hadn’t been suspended.
Breast shot edited out
February 5, 2004
Janet Jackson’s revealing Super Bowl halftime moment has created fallout for “ER,” with NBC removing a glimpse of an elderly patient’s breast in tonight’s episode.
Event to focus on money for college
February 5, 2004
April Merino-Brammell was hoping federal financial aid would help her pay for her education at Kansas University.
Jayhawks overmatched against Grant, Red Raiders
February 5, 2004
From the outset, Texas Tech’s Erin Grant knew she could have a big night against Kansas University. The Jayhawks left her open often on the outside as they tried to defend the basket, allowing her to score a career-high 27 points to lead the No. 9-ranked Red Raiders to a 67-44 victory Wednesday night.
Typical student or bank robber?
Suspect in heists around city said to admit to similar crimes in Ohio
February 5, 2004
Jeffrey R. Cox liked to drink beer, play sports-related video games, and go out to clubs in downtown Lawrence — typical activities for a 21-year-old Kansas University student. But three times during the past year, authorities allege, Cox put on a hat and sunglasses, walked into a Lawrence bank, pointed a handgun at tellers, and demanded money. According to court records, he has now confessed to two other bank robberies in Ohio.
Legislature weighs raising minimum wage in state
Current $2.65 hourly rate applies to estimated 24,000 Kansas workers
February 5, 2004
At $2.65 per hour, Kansas has the lowest state minimum wage in the nation. It’s even lower than the minimum wage in the U.S. territories of Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. So an increase in the rate would be welcomed by Calli Smith, a 21-year-old waitress at Jefferson’s Restaurant, a popular Lawrence eatery. Because without tips to supplement her regular pay, Smith said, she would have a hard time making ends meet.
People
February 5, 2004
¢ Barrymore receives her star ¢ Singers’ mom a fugitive ¢ Miss USA courts Paris ¢ Whale memorialized in U.S.
White out
February 5, 2004
U.S. urges cooperation at terror summit in Asia
February 5, 2004
U.S. Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft urged senior Asia Pacific officials on Wednesday to bolster cooperation to fight terrorism but offered no access to Asia’s leading terrorist, now in American custody.
Briefly
February 5, 2004
¢ U.S. bans import of birds from eight countries ¢ U.S. prepares to launch Arab-language TV network ¢ Arafat adviser accuses U.S. of ‘blackmail’
Snow dogs
February 5, 2004
Coordinated effort
February 5, 2004
Agencies providing services for local homeless people may be able to do more with less if they can figure out a way to better coordinate their efforts. In the current leaner, meaner economic climate, even social services groups are expected to do more with less. People providing funding for such agencies are demanding that they coordinate their efforts and avoid duplication of services.
Feathering the flock
February 5, 2004
The Journal-World’s campaign to feather the Marching Jayhawk flock has passed the halfway mark. From Monday to Wednesday, the total of donations received jumped $9,996, to $77,987.59.
Rumsfeld won’t give up on Iraq WMD
February 5, 2004
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Wednesday he still thought Iraq may have had weapons of mass destruction before U.S. troops invaded, the Bush administration’s hardest push-back against a weapons inspector’s assertions that stockpiles did not exist.
Green services
February 5, 2004
Heart experts warn women of risks
February 5, 2004
Most women know they need regular pap smears to detect cervical cancer, and they get reminders in the mail for their annual mammogram.
Cubans stopped at sea in modified old Buick
February 5, 2004
Eleven Cubans trying to sail to Florida in a 1950s Buick converted into a tailfinned boat were intercepted at sea by the Coast Guard and will be sent back to their homeland, exile activists said Wednesday.
U.S. Muslims mobilize voter drives
February 5, 2004
Stung by a backlash after the 2001 terror attacks and hoping to increase their clout in this year’s presidential election, Muslim groups are mobilizing to sign up new voters across the nation.
Factory orders signal recovering economy
February 5, 2004
America’s factories saw orders rebound in December, rising by a strong 1.1 percent, a fresh sign that the national economy’s recovery was in full stride as it headed into the new year.
Briefcase
February 5, 2004
¢ DaimlerChrysler reports drop in earnings in 2003 ¢ Cap Federal profit falls ¢ MGP boosts results ¢ Northrop business flat
Oracle raises PeopleSoft bid
Software maker hopes offer will appeal to stockholders
February 5, 2004
Business software maker Oracle Corp. raised its hostile takeover bid for rival PeopleSoft Inc. by 33 percent to $26 per share Wednesday, setting the stage for more high-stakes drama in the high-tech soap opera.
Faberge eggs to go home with Russian industrialist
February 5, 2004
A Russian industrialist privately purchased the Forbes collection of historic Faberge art pieces, including nine rare Imperial Easter Eggs, for an undisclosed sum and ahead of a scheduled auction.
Horoscopes
February 5, 2004
Racing rankings
Rating teams before start of Nextel Cup’s first season
February 5, 2004
That’s Racin’ ranks the top 40 Nextel Cup teams of the 2004 season. Rankings are based on the team’s status as the season begins and its likelihood of success.
Kenseth not worried about ‘outside people’
February 5, 2004
Matt Kenseth can’t believe there’s anything left for anybody to ask him.
Bioengineered gene produces heart-healthy fatty acid in mice
February 5, 2004
Scientists say they have bioengineered a gene from a tiny worm that could lead to juicy sirloins and gooey omelets that protect your arteries, not clog them.
Bush meets with top GOP contributors
February 5, 2004
For the third time in less than a month, President Bush sat down with the Republican Party’s biggest donors Wednesday.
Oregon anticipates deep cuts in services
Voters reject tax increase a second time
February 5, 2004
Gov. Ted Kulongoski said Wednesday that 50,000 poor people would be dropped from the state’s health plan and other “drastic consequences” lie ahead after the voters rejected a tax increase for the second time in just over a year.
Friends’ sweeps in a dormant plotline
February 5, 2004
Oh boy, February sweeps begin. Once upon a time, this monthlong, ratings-grabbing extravaganza brought original movies, miniseries and genuine excitement. It has become a festival of stunt casting and gimmickry. The best that can be said of sweeps is that at least it forces the networks to run original episodes, and pay some attention to character development and story lines.
Currier services
February 5, 2004
Beatrice O. Pine
February 5, 2004
Henry Peirce Eldredge
February 5, 2004
Homeless help
February 5, 2004
Ruling blesses gay marriages
Massachusetts high court decision draws praise, damnation across country
February 5, 2004
The Massachusetts high court declared Wednesday that gays are entitled to nothing less than marriage and that Vermont-style civil unions will not suffice. The court issued the opinion at the request of legislators who wanted to know whether civil unions would be enough to satisfy the court after its November ruling that said gay couples are entitled to all the rights of marriage. That decision had been written in such a way that it left open the possibility that civil unions might be allowed.
Officials see tourists, dollars in national designation
National Heritage Area touting Bleeding Kansas sought
February 5, 2004
History is in Lawrence’s future. And that future is getting closer. Draft legislation to create a National Heritage Area promoting the region’s “Bleeding Kansas” history has been reviewed by the National Park Service and soon could be introduced in Congress, Lawrence officials said Wednesday.
Kline blasts Lawrence rape sentences
February 5, 2004
Atty. Gen. Phill Kline on Wednesday blasted a Douglas County judge’s sentencing that resulted in two men getting 60 days in jail and probation for the rape of a 13-year-old girl. “Not to criticize the judge, but the result of that case flaunts justice,” Kline said.
QBs lead Jayhawk class
Juco transfer, prep among KU’s 18 signees
February 5, 2004
Kansas University has used seven quarterbacks — including four starters — in the last two seasons. Jason Swanson likely will be the eighth quarterback to take the field for the Jayhawks in a three-year span, but whether the City College of San Francisco transfer starts remains to be seen.
Deadline for 9-11 investigation extended
February 5, 2004
The White House reversed course Wednesday and agreed to extend by two months the investigation into government failings surrounding the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The Bush administration had opposed expanding the charter of the bipartisan 9-11 commission beyond its May 27 expiration but bowed to demands from victims’ relatives and the panel’s request for more time.
Woodling: Mangino capitalizes on jucos
February 5, 2004
Recruit or perish. That’s the perpetual mantra of the college football coach. Either you recruit talented players or you walk the plank, take a hike, wave goodbye, prepare your resume. In the high-powered Big 12 Conference, where bowl and television money orchestrate everything, the mantra can be amended: Recruit the junior colleges or perish.
Foreign terror discounted in ricin case
February 5, 2004
The ricin sent to top government agencies — including the White House — is probably coming from inside the United States and from a homegrown criminal rather than foreign terrorists, investigators and outside experts believe.
Suspect questioned in case of abducted Florida girl
February 5, 2004
A drug felon was being questioned Wednesday in the disappearance of an 11-year-old girl who was apparently kidnapped while walking home from a friend’s house, authorities said. The girl’s whereabouts were not immediately known.
NASA works on Spirit’s memory, plans Opportunity road trip
February 5, 2004
NASA awakened its Mars rover Spirit early Wednesday and started the delicate process of cleaning old files out of its memory to cure it of the problems that have delayed its search for signs that the planet was once a wetter place.
Election review may avert crisis in Iran
February 5, 2004
After weeks of chaos over the disqualification of thousands of parliamentary candidates, Iran’s supreme leader agreed to a formula Wednesday that is expected to reinstate most of those barred — handing reformists a victory in their election battle with hard-line Islamic clerics.
Baby born with second head set for surgery
February 5, 2004
Dominican infant born with a second head will undergo a risky operation Friday to remove the appendage, which has a partially formed brain, ears, eyes and lips.
On the record
February 5, 2004
Cutting sports camp angers child advocates
February 5, 2004
Elimination of a Kansas University summer camp for low-income children has drawn the ire of the camp’s former director.
Van-pool choice
February 5, 2004
Restitution ruling appealed in sheriff case
February 5, 2004
The Kansas attorney general’s office is appealing a ruling that tossed out part of a criminal sentence that ordered former Reno County Sheriff Larry Leslie and Hutchinson attorney Gerald Hertach to pay $750,000 in restitution.
Williams wins rulings in manslaughter case
February 5, 2004
Jayson Williams won key pretrial rulings in his manslaughter case as a state judge refused to allow prosecutors to introduce evidence that the retired NBA player killed his dog with a shotgun and then ordered a witness at gunpoint to bury the animal.
Memphis turns back sixth-ranked Louisville
February 5, 2004
Rodney Carney scored 19 points and keyed a second-half rally, helping Memphis defeat No. 6 Louisville, 62-58, Wednesday night.
Free State High girls at Shawnee Mission North
February 5, 2004
After four straight nonleague games, Free State returns to Sunflower League action with a 4-7 overall record, including 1-3 in league play. … The Firebirds will play SM North, a team with a similar record. The Indians are 5-8 overall, and also 1-3 in league play.
Our Town Sports
February 5, 2004
Tongie, Oskie win Tuesday
February 5, 2004
Katie Jeannin and Addie Heim notched 12 and 11 points respectively as Tonganoxie belted Basehor-Linwood, 58-33, Tuesday night in Kaw Valley League basketball.
House tentatively approves enhanced 911 bill
System improvements would be funded by monthly fee on wireless phones
February 5, 2004
The House tentatively approved a bill Wednesday to fund improvements in county 911 systems with a new, 50-cent monthly fee on wireless phones. The fee would raise at least $7.8 million a year, proponents said. The money would be used to upgrade counties’ emergency phone systems to make it easier to locate someone making a 911 call on a cell phone.
Legislation would redefine ‘at-risk’ public school students
Broadened definition described as ‘huge policy shift’
February 5, 2004
Legislators are considering a bill to change how school districts determine which students are at risk of failing and to ensure that funds are specifically allocated to help them. However, school officials said Wednesday the legislation would limit local decisions on how to spend money and which students to assist.
Panel eyes livestock ID measure
February 5, 2004
Agriculture groups told legislators Wednesday the state should wait for federal action before establishing its own livestock identification program.
Former commissioner ordered to prison, $5 million restitution
February 5, 2004
A former Galena city commissioner was sentenced to prison and ordered to pay $5.05 million in restitution in a case involving defective O-rings his company provided for military airplanes, U.S. Atty. Eric Melgren said Wednesday.
Witness in bishop’s trial: Hit-and-run victim drunk
February 5, 2004
The man who was killed in a hit-and-run accident involving Catholic Bishop Thomas O’Brien had stumbled into an apartment minutes before, apparently drunk, a woman testified Wednesday at O’Brien’s trial.
Student charged with murder in killing of classmate in school
February 5, 2004
A 14-year-old boy was charged with murder in the slaying of a classmate, a musician and baseball player who was found bleeding to death in a middle school bathroom.
KSU rolls past Cyclones
February 5, 2004
Nicole Ohlde scored 20 points and freshman Twiggy McIntyre had 10 of her career-high 13 in a 17-0 run that sent No. 10 Kansas State to a 61-47 victory over Iowa State Wednesday night. Iowa State was leading 40-33 early in the second half with KSU (16-3, 7-1 Big 12 Conference) struggling on offense. But the Wildcats turned up their defense, holding Iowa State (10-9, 3-5) to one field goal the rest of the way.
KU soccer bolsters defense
Jayhawks sign trio from Colorado
February 5, 2004
Three high school soccer players signed letters of intent Wednesday with Kansas University. All three — Afton Sauer, Kelsey Archuleta and Colleen Quinn — played for the same club team in Colorado for the past four years. Sauer and Archuleta are from Denver suburbs and Quinn is from Fort Collins.
Pro Bowl show punted
Hula dancers to replace N’Sync singer
February 5, 2004
The NFL is changing the Pro Bowl’s halftime show because of Janet Jackson’s breast-baring at the Super Bowl.
At least one surprise in Mangino’s class
February 5, 2004
Mark Mangino had one trick up his sleeve on national signing day. Media and recruiting analysts had figured out most of Kansas University’s football recruiting class, but defensive end Charlton Keith slipped under everyone’s radar.
Stanford feeling pressure of perfect year
February 5, 2004
The question comes at Stanford from all angles, at all times — from media and fans, from friends and students, on campus, around town and along the West Coast. “Can we go undefeated? Sure. Are we going to? No,” coach Mike Montgomery said Saturday after Stanford rallied from a 19-point, second-half deficit to beat Oregon.
Hot-shooting Kansas State cruises past Nebraska, 78-61
February 5, 2004
Not even coach Jim Wooldridge could explain Kansas State’s shooting performance Wednesday night.
Lawrence briefs
February 5, 2004
¢ Kidnapping, burglary trial winding down ¢ Health Foundation establishes scholarship ¢ Author to assist at Baker anniversary ¢ Hallmark Cards donates to Kids Voting Kansas
Dole Institute pins hopes on Lincoln Week lectures
Leaders aim to renew prestige after director’s departure
February 5, 2004
Abraham Lincoln inspired the high-profile director of the Dole Institute of Politics to leave in November. Now, the director’s replacements are hoping Lincoln’s legacy will renew the institute’s own prominence.
Senate sends House bill on school finance appeal
February 5, 2004
Speaker Doug Mays said Wednesday the House would act quickly on a bill to accelerate the state’s appeal of a district court ruling that the Kansas school finance formula is unconstitutional.
Terry G. Banker
February 5, 2004
Kerry rivals conserve energy for next week’s contests
February 5, 2004
John Kerry’s chief rivals all but ceded three weekend elections to the high-striding presidential front-runner on Wednesday, covering their retreat with fresh claims that he is a flip-flopping Washington insider who would lead the party to defeat this fall.
Broker assistant delivers more damaging testimony against Stewart
Key witness describes broker’s coverup efforts
February 5, 2004
In the most damaging testimony yet against Martha Stewart, a former Merrill Lynch assistant said Wednesday that the homemaking mogul ordered all her ImClone Systems stock sold after she learned the company founder was dumping his own shares. Douglas Faneuil, the government’s star witness, said he passed the tip from broker Peter Bacanovic to Stewart when she called on Dec. 27, 2001, on her way to a vacation in Mexico.
Democrats may not need the South
February 5, 2004
The Baltimore Orioles began the 1988 season 0-21, a record. But records are made to be broken and Howard Dean is 0-9, heading for Saturday’s Michigan and Washington caucuses and muttering about might-have-beens, such as: If only John Kerry had gone 7-0 on Tuesday.
Briefly
February 5, 2004
¢ Soda sales banned to battle obesity ¢ 2nd-grader suspended for using profanity ¢ Stay of execution for killer ordered
Briefly
February 5, 2004
¢ Airline stowaway sentenced, fined ¢ Troopers will again display state flag tags ¢ Senate kills measure celebrating Confederacy ¢ Scientists may study Kennewick Man