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Sebelius: No need for constitutional amendment on marriage
February 6, 2004
(Updated Friday at 5:05 p.m.) Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today said she saw no reason for an amendment to the state Constitution that specifies that marriage must be between a man and a woman.
Judge wants work to begin on fixing school finance law
February 6, 2004
(Updated Friday at 6:04 p.m.) TOPEKA - The judge who declared the Kansas school finance system unconstitutional has told sides in the case to start preparing a remedy. In December, Shawnee County District Court Judge Terry Bullock ruled the finance method is unconstitutional because it under-funds the cost of educating all students, especially minorities.
Snow won’t stop all high school basketball
February 6, 2004
(Updated Friday at 5:10 p.m.) School’s out for a snow day. But the Friday night basketball games will go on for Lawrence and Perry-Lecompton boys and girls team. However, high school basketball games planned for Bishop Seabury Academy, Eudora, Baldwin, Tonganoxie and Ottawa have all been postponed.
Briefly
February 6, 2004
¢ Two more deaths confirmed from bird flu ¢ Scientists: Mad cow may be in blood supply ¢ Cuban musicians denied U.S. visas for Grammys ¢ $500 million sought for peace in Liberia
Grammys seem to lack enduring relevance
February 6, 2004
One week after the Super Bowl, the Grammys now offer this Sunday’s most dominant and overhyped entertainment option. And like the flashy Super Bowl halftime show, it’s the best place on earth to celebrate style-over-substance. We can only pray that Missy Elliott won’t be disrobed by Justin Timberlake at the awards show.
Henry Lewis McKinney
February 6, 2004
House panel cool to dissolve Board of Education
Majority leader explains rationale for replacing elected body with Cabinet-level secretary
February 6, 2004
A proposal to replace the State Board of Education with a secretary of education appointed by the governor drew a chilly reception Thursday in a House committee.
Philadelphia stuns Lakers
Iverson scores 39 in 76ers’ 96-73 victory
February 6, 2004
After ripping his team for having no heart, Allen Iverson showed that the Philadelphia 76ers still have a pulse.
NFL clears way for Pitt’s Fitzgerald to enter draft
February 6, 2004
Heisman Trophy runner-up Larry Fitzgerald, the Pittsburgh sophomore who set NCAA receiving records in his two college seasons, was declared eligible Thursday for the NFL draft.
Horoscopes
February 6, 2004
Briefly
February 6, 2004
¢ Pentagon cancels Internet voting system for November ¢ Investigators widen search for source of Capitol Hill ricin ¢ Experts: Poultry vaccination could help crush bird flu ¢ Strong quakes jolt remote province, killing at least 22
City basketball capsules
February 6, 2004
Lecompton explores expansion of zoning powers
February 6, 2004
Lecompton city officials say they want to control their town’s development, and to better do so they want to extend their regulatory powers beyond the city’s borders.
Bregman center of attention
Free State High junior is one of Lawrence Gymnastics Academy’s best athletes
February 6, 2004
When it is Scott Bregman’s turn, you will know it. You’ll know because the entire Lawrence Gymnastics Academy building goes nearly silent. You’ll know because the parents will quietly tap each other on the shoulder and point in his direction, whispering, “Watch this.”
Memo gives Smith’s version of confrontation with Knight
February 6, 2004
Texas Tech Chancellor David Smith wrote in a memo about his encounter with coach Bob Knight at a grocery store that he only was attempting to compliment Knight before the basketball coach became angry, “charging up behind me furious with fists clenched.”
Duke clips UNC in ‘great game’
February 6, 2004
Mike Krzyzewski thought this was more than just one of the best games in the storied rivalry between Duke and North Carolina.
KU baseball coach Price wants improvement at plate
February 6, 2004
Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price was serious when he said his biggest concern heading into the Jayhawks’ three-game tilt this weekend in Texas was their offense.
Kansas softball opens today
February 6, 2004
Tracy Bunge won’t have to wait long to determine how good high school sensation Kassie Humphreys will be at the college level.
Local CDs showcase mixed bag
February 6, 2004
Daytona 500 provides striking opener to NASCAR season
February 6, 2004
No other sport begins its season with its biggest event, but NASCAR’s drivers wouldn’t have it any other way.
Honor rolls
February 6, 2004
Emergency link
February 6, 2004
For many people who ventured out in their cars or trucks during Thursday’s heavy snow, cellular phones represented a comforting lifeline. If they became stranded or their vehicles were incapacitated, the phones would be an important link to emergency help. The severe weather that settled over the Lawrence area Thursday provided a fitting backdrop for action in the Kansas House that is likely to lead to an even greater degree of safety for cellular phone users.
A beneficial shift?
February 6, 2004
Questions are being raised about the plan to shift some food safety responsibilities to the Kansas Department of Agriculture. The House Agriculture Committee this week endorsed an order by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius transferring a number of food safety duties from the Department of Health and Environment to the Department of Agriculture.
Religious peril
February 6, 2004
France appears ready to talk
February 6, 2004
If he is tempted to say “I told you so” about Iraq, President Jacques Chirac stifles the urge completely during an hourlong conversation at the Elysee Palace. He insists on looking ahead, not back.
Offensive film
February 6, 2004
Education need
February 6, 2004
Storm leaves calling card on Kansas, Missouri
Heavy snow closes government offices, universities, makes travel treacherous across two-state region
February 6, 2004
Heavy snowfall closed government offices and universities in Kansas and Missouri in the middle of the day Thursday, disrupting services and classes.
Judge’s ruling expected this month in case pitting Catholics vs. Washburn
February 6, 2004
A federal judge expects to decide by Feb. 20 whether to issue a preliminary injunction that would force the removal a statue on the campus of Topeka’s Washburn University that critics find offensive to Roman Catholics.
Horror’ struck
KC-based theater group brings cult favorite to Lawrence
February 6, 2004
Forget about Janet Jackson; “The Rocky Horror Show” is coming to town. “It’s got cross-dressers, aliens, nudity — the nudity is the part that brings most of the people,” said Spencer Brown, who plays the character of Riff Raff. “Generally, you won’t get many conservative people coming to see it, which is a good thing, because I can imagine a lot of people walking out at intermission if they didn’t know what the show was about.”
James Monroe perpetuates bluegrass dynasty
February 6, 2004
The late Bill Monroe was known as the father of bluegrass music. To James Monroe, he was simply “father.” “People expect more of you if you’re the son or daughter of somebody famous,” says Monroe. “They don’t know exactly what to expect, but they know what Bill Monroe has done. I can’t get up there and NOT be a very good musician and get by with it. I got to come with it pretty good.”
Nation’s retailers beat analysts’ forecasts in January
February 6, 2004
Record-breaking cold and clearance sales helped lift January sales above expectations for many retailers, including merchants who lagged behind their competitors in recent months, according to results released Thursday. Wal-Mart, Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Abercrombie & Fitch were among companies with better-than-expected results. There were a few disappointments, including Talbots, which blamed sharper-than-expected sales declines on its lack of winter inventory.
Brokerage assistant says Stewart yelled, hung up
February 6, 2004
The star witness against Martha Stewart testified Thursday that she had berated him at least twice and once even threatened to take her business elsewhere because she didn’t like the telephone hold music. The testimony by Douglas Faneuil came during cross-examination by a defense lawyer who sought to show that the young brokerage assistant may have been out to get Stewart.
Students stranded after KU on Wheels halts routes
February 6, 2004
Jennifer King was cold, wet and steaming mad. On Thursday afternoon, the Kansas University junior was left standing in the snow outside Snow Hall. Soon after the KU on Wheels bus system shut down because of the wintry weather, King wondered how she would get to her car, which was parked near the Lied Center on west campus.
Haiti protesters attack police, set fires
At least four reported dead in clashes
February 6, 2004
An armed opposition group seized control of Haiti’s fourth-largest city Thursday, burning a police station, freeing prisoners and leaving at least four people reported dead and 20 wounded in clashes with police.
Candidate compromise fails in Iran; reformists maintain boycott of election
February 6, 2004
Iran’s latest attempt to resolve its worst political crisis in years failed after reformists accused the hardline Guardian Council of interfering in a compromise brokered by the country’s supreme leader.
Death toll in Turkey building collapse reaches 43
February 6, 2004
Rescue workers pulled 16 more bodies from the rubble of a collapsed apartment building on Thursday — including a pregnant woman and a 2-year-old girl — raising the death toll to 43.
37 die in stampede at Chinese festival
February 6, 2004
A lantern festival marking the end of China’s Lunar New Year celebrations erupted into a stampede Thursday, killing at least 37 people and injuring 15, authorities said.
Jurors vote guilty in kidnapping case
February 6, 2004
A man who had vowed to spend the next decade protesting the Lawrence Police Department probably will have to do so from behind prison walls. Dale E. McCormick, 32, faces the possibility of more than 13 years in prison after being found guilty Thursday of breaking into a Lawrence woman’s home, holding her against her will and preventing her from calling police.
Area briefs
February 6, 2004
¢ Perry-Lecompton team on ‘High Q’ broadcast ¢ KU announces recent ROTC graduates ¢ Red Cross offers free CPR training
LMH endowment collects record contributions in ‘03
February 6, 2004
An event that paid tribute to a Lawrence philanthropist helped push 2003 contributions to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Assn. to nearly $1 million.
Jesus film gets boost from Christians
February 6, 2004
Churches are reserving entire theaters for opening day. A national evangelical organization is helping sell tickets from its Web site. Pastors are planning sermons timed to the movie’s Ash Wednesday release.
On the record
February 6, 2004
Griffitts services
February 6, 2004
Marie Fleer Sass
February 6, 2004
Judge reverses order; station airs sex report
February 6, 2004
A Kansas City television station broadcast the first part of an investigative report on Internet sex predators after a federal judge vacated an earlier order barring parts of the story from the air.
Purse snatcher strikes near LMH
February 6, 2004
For the second time in roughly a week, a Lawrence senior citizen has been targeted by a daytime purse snatcher.
Legislation would award attorneys fees, court costs in open records cases
February 6, 2004
People who are denied access to public records could be awarded attorney fees and costs if a court decides that an agency acted in bad faith, under a House bill discussed in committee Thursday.
Kuchar, Henry tied at top
Singh, Mickelson in hunt at Pebble Beach
February 6, 2004
Matt Kuchar and J.J. Henry, who slipped from view after promising rookie seasons, returned to the spotlight Thursday on a spectacular afternoon on the Monterey Peninsula with rounds of 7-under 65 for a one-stroke lead in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Pakistan pardons nuclear researcher
Scientist admitted selling secrets to Iran, Libya, N. Korea
February 6, 2004
President Pervez Musharraf on Thursday pardoned Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistan’s atomic bomb, for illegally passing nuclear secrets to Iran, Libya and North Korea. In announcing his action to reporters, Musharraf insisted that Pakistan’s military was not involved in the black-market sales. He also stressed that his nation’s atomic efforts — Pakistan is the only nuclear-armed Muslim country — would continue.
Gephardt supports Kerry; Dean still defiant
February 6, 2004
Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry lined up support from former rival Dick Gephardt on Thursday in an accelerating rush toward the Democratic presidential nomination. Howard Dean withdrew to Wisconsin for a defiant last stand.
Ervin’s future with Jayhawks up in air
February 6, 2004
A day after missing Kansas University’s women’s basketball trip Wednesday to Lubbock, Texas, because of a “personal issue,” freshman forward Lauren Ervin did not practice with the Jayhawks Thursday evening. KU interim head coach Lynette Woodard said that Ervin — who only told the Kansas coaching staff shortly before the team departed for Lubbock that she would not be making the trip — had not yet spoken with any coaches by the conclusion of Thursday’s practice.
Jayhawks’ Miles on a mission
Unselfish point guard thinks pass, team first
February 6, 2004
Statistically, Kansas University junior point guard Aaron Miles has played like a man on a mission the last three weeks. Ask him if he’s still trying to prove himself, however, and he snaps back quickly.
Ex-Gopher happy to be a Jayhawk
February 6, 2004
In two years at the University of Minnesota, Charlton Keith grew accustomed to a top-notch training table, a major-college weight room, playing in packed Big Ten Conference stadiums and having his room and tuition paid for by the U of M. Accommodations weren’t quite as posh at Minnesota West Community College, where the defensive end spent his sophomore season.
Today’s city events at mercy of Mother Nature
February 6, 2004
Despite the Lawrence School District canceling today’s classes Thursday afternoon, a final decision on the status of athletic events won’t be determined until sometime this morning.
State berths main league goal
February 6, 2004
For Free State High’s boys swimming and diving team, it is the final tune-up; for Lawrence High, it is the final chance.
Athletes of week
February 6, 2004
Local briefs
February 6, 2004
¢ Firebirds’ Dillingham earns All-America nod ¢ Officials meeting reset ¢ Free State boys, girls to play twinbill tonight
Bryant a no-show in Philly against coach’s wishes
February 6, 2004
Kobe Bryant defied his coach Thursday night and did not join the Los Angeles Lakers in Philadelphia, leaving the team unsure of his whereabouts when they arrived to play the 76ers.
Champ Lewis expected to retire
Boxer calls news conference for today to announce decision
February 6, 2004
Looks like Lennox Lewis is ready to do what no heavyweight champion has done in nearly half a century: leave boxing with a championship belt around his waist.
CIA director defends Iraq facts
Bush says decision to wage war justified despite lack of WMD
February 6, 2004
Intelligence analysts never told President Bush before the invasion of Iraq that Saddam Hussein’s rule posed an imminent threat, CIA Director George Tenet said Thursday in a heated defense of agency findings central to the decision to go to war.
Snow storms back
Lawrence public schools closed today
February 6, 2004
For the second time in less than a week, a winter storm hit Lawrence and northeast Kansas. This time, Thursday’s storm brought plenty of snow and all the fun and problems that go with it. While vehicles were sliding into ditches and each other, hundreds of people carrying a variety of sleds flocked to the snow-covered hills near Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium.
Clarett ruled eligible
NFL to appeal judge’s decision about draft
February 6, 2004
A federal judge opened the door for Ohio State sensation Maurice Clarett and teen-age football standouts to turn pro, declaring Thursday that an NFL rule barring their eligibility violated antitrust law and “must be sacked.”
People
February 6, 2004
¢ Joe Jackson opens restaurant ¢ McGraw lands first big film role ¢ Johnny Rotten quits reality TV ¢ ‘That ‘70s Show’ nears end
Stunt exposes shallow culture
February 6, 2004
It was a week in which the president agreed to an investigation of prewar intelligence failures, a Massachusetts court affirmed gay marriage and ricin was found in a Senate mailroom. So naturally, everybody is talking about Janet Jackson’s right breast.
Schools put athletics in their place
February 6, 2004
In 1954, the presidents of eight schools entered into an agreement to improve and foster intercollegiate athletics while keeping the emphasis on such competition in harmony with the educational purposes of the institutions. Three years later, the conference they created held its first athletic events.
Unexpected exit
February 6, 2004
Briefcase
February 6, 2004
¢ Wagnon to give update on sales tax regulations ¢ Payless projecting loss ¢ Productivity report boosts recovery hopes
Business leaders at odds on taxes
Lawrence Chamber, in conflict with state commerce officials, backs Sebelius plan
February 6, 2004
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce on Thursday found itself in the middle of a legislative fight over Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ proposal to increase taxes for schools. Larry McElwain, chairman of the Lawrence chamber, told lawmakers the chamber supported the governor’s plan to increase state sales, income and property taxes to pay for a $304 million increase in public school funding over three years.
First-ever online chat with governor provides forum for curious Kansans
February 6, 2004
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Thursday participated in her first public online chat and indicated she was willing to back off abolishing the state employee van-pool program. Sebelius fielded questions from the public ranging from school finance to the well-being of the “first dude” during her 20-minute chat on ljworld.com.
Best remedy for pricey drugs is to shop around, survey finds
Medicine costs can vary dramatically from one pharmacy to another
February 6, 2004
Shopping around can pay off when it comes to prescription drugs. A survey of Lawrence pharmacies on Thursday revealed that prices of some popular drugs can vary greatly, depending on where you shop.
Jack Collins
February 6, 2004
William Holey III
February 6, 2004
Banker services
February 6, 2004
Lillian F. Mershon
February 6, 2004
Moroccan acquitted of 9-11 ties in Germany
February 6, 2004
A court acquitted a Moroccan on Thursday of helping the Sept. 11 hijackers while they lived and studied in Hamburg, citing a lack of evidence he was involved in the al-Qaida cell’s plans to attack the United States.
Leaving James off All-Star team makes no sense
February 6, 2004
LeBron James, the NBA’s most dazzling young standout, ought to have a place in the All-Star game.
Five join association’s board of directors
February 6, 2004
Five members recently joined the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Assn.’s board of directors.
Lawmakers look for ways around gay marriage ruling
February 6, 2004
Legislators opposed to gay marriage were coming up with ways Thursday to circumvent a Massachusetts court ruling that paves the way for same-sex marriages as early as May.
Investigators question Sharon in bribery scandal
Israeli forces enter Jenin, exchange fire with Palestinian gunmen
February 6, 2004
Police questioned Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for more than two hours Thursday about a bribery case that could force him out of office, as criticism grew that his surprise proposal to remove Israeli settlements in Gaza was meant to deflect attention from the scandal.
Liza Minnelli, the new heavyweight champ?
February 6, 2004
David Gest was the groom at the freakiest celebrity sideshow wedding of the decade. Fans of tabloid silliness can’t get enough of him. Gest, best known for producing Michael Jackson’s concerts, looks like a bad “after” picture on “Extreme Makeover.” The man has eyebrows that raise eyebrows.
Stellar care
February 6, 2004
Briefly
February 6, 2004
¢ U.S. plans endangered status for sea otters ¢ Mother gets 17 years for allowing abuse of girl ¢ Women eating more calories than in 1970s ¢ Three charged in plot to defame FBI chief
Briefly
February 6, 2004
¢ Surplus vehicle sale opens to general public ¢ School sex allegation leads to priest’s removal ¢ Animal rights activists at city library today
Highway Patrol lieutenant pleads for changes in child seat-belt law
February 6, 2004
Children 8 years old and younger who weigh less than 80 pounds would be required to use a booster seat when riding in a motor vehicle under legislation considered Thursday by a Senate committee.
Daily ticker
February 6, 2004
Wheat farmers welcome snow
Ranchers bemoan extra work
February 6, 2004
The snow Thursday was a beautiful sight for wheat farmers but caused concern for Kansas cattle ranchers. “For wheat, this is its type of weather,” said Bill Wood, an agriculture agent with the Douglas County Extension Service. “Give it some moisture, give it some snow, cover it up and let it get ready to grow.”
Strokes stopped by tiny corkscrew
New treatment shows promise in removing clots, preventing harm
February 6, 2004
A tiny experimental corkscrew threaded deep into the brain can pluck out deadly blood clots and stop a stroke in its tracks, potentially giving doctors an entirely new tool against this major killer. Nearly 90 percent of all strokes result from clots that lodge in the brain’s arteries, cutting off circulation and starving brain cells of oxygen and nutrition. The goal of the new device is to extract these clots before they do permanent harm.
KU fan not ready to say ‘so long’ to foul tradition
February 6, 2004
Mary Burchill hopes to help resurrect a Kansas University tradition Saturday, but it will take the help of 16,299 fellow Jayhawk basketball fans. Burchill, a KU basketball season-ticket holder since 1968, has compiled the words to the Wheaties jingle the pep band has played since 1971 after opposing players fouled out. A new NCAA rule bans the band from playing the song, so Burchill figures KU fans should sing it instead.
Bush to name McCain to intelligence panel
February 6, 2004
President Bush will name Sen. John McCain to a commission that will investigate Iraq intelligence failures, an administration official said Thursday.