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Former Lawrence legislator attacks proposed ban on gay marriages
February 11, 2004
(Updated Friday at 5:03 p.m.) TOPEKA - A former state legislator from Lawrence today called a proposed constitutional ban of gay marriages “bigotry masquerading as morality.” Forrest Swall, who served in the Kansas House from 1993-94, was one of two people who spoke against an amendment to the Kansas Constitution that says marriage can only be between a man and a woman and same-sex marriages would be “contrary to the public policy of this state and are void.”
Republican announces bid for Kansas House spot
February 11, 2004
(Web Posted Wednesday at 3:41 p.m.) A Lawrence financial advisor announced today he plans to run for the 10th District Kansas House seat, which includes southern Lawrence, Baldwin, Wellsville and northern Ottawa. Rich Lorenzo, a Republican, is seeking the seat now held by Rep. Tom Holland, a Baldwin Democrat.
Life without parole considered as option in death penalty cases
February 11, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 2:44 p.m.) TOPEKA - A Senate panel heard testimony Wednesday in support of a bill that would give juries the option of recommending life without possibility of parole in death penalty cases.
Audit leads to questions about governor’s car sales, vanpool proposals
February 11, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 2:49 p.m.) TOPEKA - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ claims of saving $9.3 million by abolishing the state’s Central Motor Pool and selling off state vehicles can’t be proven, a new state audit released today said. Sebelius’ office defended her figures.
Fire destroys Tonganoxie home
February 11, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 2:58 p.m.) A fire that apparently started in the basement of a Tonganoxie residence left one family without a home Tuesday evening.
On the record
February 11, 2004
Eudora officials want in on school-finance sales tax
February 11, 2004
School officials don’t like the idea of boosting Douglas County sales taxes to help finance their operations, but there’s still another prospect they favor even less. Lawrence could boost its own sales tax, for the sole use of the Lawrence school district.
Area briefs
February 11, 2004
¢ Fire destroys house ¢ Overland Park company said to be Mafia front
Bird flu found on second U.S. farm
7 nations ban imports of American poultry
February 11, 2004
Officials responded to a new discovery of bird flu Tuesday by ordering a quarantine of 80 farms and the slaughter of 72,000 more chickens. The swift action was aimed at averting more bans on U.S. exports.
Bombings kill scores in Iraq
Police, army recruits targeted in blasts Tuesday and today
February 11, 2004
A suicide bomber blew up a truckload of explosives Tuesday outside a police station south of Baghdad, killing at least 53 people and wounding scores — including would-be Iraqi recruits lined up to apply for jobs.
Edward C. Julian
February 11, 2004
Economists blast president’s job numbers
February 11, 2004
The Bush administration is overly upbeat in predicting that 2.6 million new jobs will be created this year, economists say.
Visiting scholar returning home
Grad student to use KU studies to start anthropology program
February 11, 2004
A graduate student from the Kyrgyz Republic is leaving Kansas University today in hopes of starting an anthropology curriculum at home for Manas University in Bishkek, the republic’s capital.
Kerr sees no benefits in expanded gambling
February 11, 2004
Senate President Dave Kerr, participating in his first online chat Tuesday, criticized Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ proposed budget and said expanded gambling would produce little if any new revenue for the state.
FDA updates hormone warnings with dementia risk
February 11, 2004
The government told makers of hormone replacement therapies Tuesday to add yet another warning to their labels — that hormones may increase older women’s risk of Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia.
Great announcement
The expansion of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research is wonderful news
February 11, 2004
Bush should call on Iraqis for support
February 11, 2004
For months, President Bush has been a sitting duck, taking incoming rhetorical fire from Democratic opponents and a willing media eager to bring down his poll numbers so they can have themselves a contest. The poll numbers are down, and it appears there will be a real contest. It is time for the president to return fire.
Big Brother
February 11, 2004
Emergency funds
February 11, 2004
NBC objects to Bush video message
February 11, 2004
President Bush’s re-election campaign on Tuesday e-mailed a campaign-style ad message to 6 million people on its e-mail list.
Kerry supporters get organized in Lawrence
February 11, 2004
While Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry continues to win state Democratic Party primaries and caucuses, his supporters are just now getting organized in Lawrence.
Missing Russian candidate resurfaces in Ukraine
February 11, 2004
The fate of Russia’s disappearing presidential candidate cleared up Tuesday when he turned up alive and seemingly well in Ukraine. But the mystery of what really happened to him only deepened.
Panel created to prevent base closings
February 11, 2004
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has drafted legislators, business leaders, retired generals and the Kansas congressional delegation for a commission intended to protect Kansas’ interests in the next round of military base closings.
Assistant: Stewart altered message
February 11, 2004
With an investigation looming, Martha Stewart sat down at her assistant’s computer and altered a record of a message left by her stockbroker about ImClone Systems stock, the assistant testified Tuesday.
OPEC to cut output
Gasoline prices likely to remain high
February 11, 2004
OPEC decided Tuesday to cut its excess production of crude immediately and lower output quotas by 1 million barrels a day effective April 1 — a surprise move that could mean prices for gasoline and oil would remain high.
Iranians have mixed feelings about anniversary of revolution
February 11, 2004
As a student 25 years ago, Mohsen Mirdamadi helped launch a revolution that he said went awry. As a student today, Massoud Dehghan said he yearns to steer that revolution back on course.
Bill would clarify mental retardation in capital cases
February 11, 2004
Senators heard support Tuesday for a bill intended to clarify Kansas’ prohibition on executing mentally retarded defendants.
Panel advances bills easing school consolidations
February 11, 2004
Legislation removing obstacles to consolidation of school districts cleared a Senate committee Tuesday.
Bill responds to Wichita open meetings violation
February 11, 2004
Prosecutors would have more time to file a court challenge to overturn actions taken in illegal closed meetings under a bill sponsored by 29 state representatives.
Sebelius gambling plan goes before committee
February 11, 2004
A Senate committee got its first look Tuesday at Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ expanded gambling initiative, opening what likely will be a long, acrimonious battle.
Ayers out as Philadelphia coach
Sixers assistant Ford to take over on interim basis
February 11, 2004
Randy Ayers was fired by the struggling Philadelphia 76ers during his first season as their coach, and assistant Chris Ford was promoted to replace him Tuesday.
Seabury sluggish in loss to Crusaders
February 11, 2004
Prior to Tuesday’s night’s game against Saint Marys, Seabury Academy’s boys basketball squad hadn’t practiced since Feb. 2.
Veritas, sans Randtke, falls to Olathe Christian
February 11, 2004
Veritas Christian coach Doug Bennett wasn’t too angry after his team lost, 64-58, Tuesday night to Olathe Christian at Haskell Indian Nations University’s tiny Tecumseh Gym.
Area boys roundup: Perry-Lecompton’s late charge dooms B-L
February 11, 2004
Willie Treaster and Gabe Gantz each had double-doubles, and Perry-Lecompton pulled away from Basehor-Linwood with a 25-10 run in the final quarter for a 66-49 victory Tuesday.
Prep briefs
February 11, 2004
¢ Lions’ Davis to sign with Coffeyville CC ¢ Shivelys to sign
Reigning champ with new team
February 11, 2004
Travis Kvapil is not the typical defending series champion.
Daytona death ruled accident
February 11, 2004
The death of a worker at Daytona International Speedway was ruled an accident Tuesday, although a federal official was looking into whether labor safety standards were violated.
Valentine sweets
Raspberry mousse heartwarming treat
February 11, 2004
Whatever the weather on Valentine’s Day, good food — even icy desserts — can warm hearts.
Chef brews up recipes
February 11, 2004
Eric Ripert, executive chef of New York’s Le Bernardin restaurant, has more than food on his mind when it comes to Valentine’s Day. He believes special hot drinks can warm the heart.
Devil’s due is more than chocolate cake
February 11, 2004
Do an appetite for “sinfully” delicious foods and a taste for amorous pleasures go hand in hand? Ever since Eve was seduced by that apple, the pair has been considered a companionable duo and even worse, some say — the temptations of Satan.
Program pushes Kansans to walk, be more active
February 11, 2004
Will there be a Walk Kansas program this year? Yes. It will be from March 13 to May 7. Last year, Douglas County had 80 teams with 472 individuals participate in Walk Kansas. These teams walked and/or exercised an equivalent of 53,652 miles. In addition to walking, several teams focused on weight loss. The teams reported a loss of 199.5 pounds.
Briefly
February 11, 2004
¢ Pornographer to sell Whitehouse.com site ¢ AIDS infection upsurge seen in young black males ¢ FTC wants faster updates of national do-not-call list ¢ Judge overturns ban on snowmobiling in parks
Wagnon predicts survival of sales tax law
Revenue secretary prepares Lawrence businesses for change
February 11, 2004
Attempts to repeal controversial changes to the state’s sales tax law likely will fall flat, the state’s revenue secretary said Tuesday in Lawrence. Kansas Department of Revenue Secretary Joan Wagnon told about 20 business owners and managers gathered for a workshop at the Dole Institute of Politics that they should get used to the idea of charging sales taxes based on where they deliver products rather than where their stores are located.
OSU’s Lucas makes impression on KU
Vitale, Self not impressed by Jayhawks’ effort in loss to Cowboys
February 11, 2004
Don’t look back, Andre Emmett, somebody’s gaining on you. That somebody is tiny Oklahoma State point guard John Lucas, who is starting to garner support for Big 12 Player of the Year.
Lions prevail in double OT
Klingler leads Lawrence with 21
February 11, 2004
Nobody told the Lawrence High girls basketball team it had to win big or win pretty to develop a little swagger in its step. The Lions just had to win. Period.
FSHS girls work OT, end skid
February 11, 2004
The collective exhaling of Free State High’s girls basketball boosters made the indoor gymnasium a bit drafty following the game Tuesday.
Legislator pushing for revival of Kansas-WSU series
February 11, 2004
A Wichita legislator would like to see Kansas University play Wichita State in men’s basketball, so he has filed a bill that would make that happen.
Colorado scandal deepens
Adult entertainers disclose role in CU recruiting
February 11, 2004
Already mired in a scandal that includes allegations of rape, the University of Colorado suffered another blow Tuesday when an adult entertainment company confirmed football players hired strippers for recruiting parties as recently as two weeks ago.
Wildcats invade Allen tonight
Kansas women have dropped five straight to KSU
February 11, 2004
There undoubtedly will be more purple than blue in the stands tonight in Allen Fieldhouse, when the ninth-ranked Kansas State women’s basketball team comes to Lawrence.
GM shifting strategy for Saturn
Analysts say changes will bring end to ‘different kind of company’
February 11, 2004
Saturn, once billed as “a different kind of company” making “a different kind of car,” is losing its distinct identity and becoming just another division at General Motors Corp.
Life science bill gains supporters
Kansas lawmakers hear about economic benefits
February 11, 2004
Jesse Shaver told Kansas lawmakers Tuesday that the state’s future depended upon getting people like himself to come back home. Shaver, 25, who was born and raised in western Kansas, attends Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn., where he is studying to be a doctor and scientist.
Microsoft warns consumers about security flaws
February 11, 2004
Microsoft Corp. warned customers Tuesday about unusually serious security problems with its Windows software that could let hackers break into their computers to steal files, delete data or eavesdrop.
Briefcase
February 11, 2004
¢ Former Tyco leader declares innocence ¢ IRS targets shelters ¢ Viacom to shed stake in Blockbuster stores
Golf course taxing city budget
Taxpayers chipped in $150,000 in ‘03 to subsidize Eagle Bend
February 11, 2004
Eagle Bend Golf Course was supposed to pay its own way in 2003. Instead the city-run course dipped into the taxpayer till to stay afloat. Officials disclosed Tuesday the course needed a $150,000 infusion of tax money late in the year to remain open — the second time in its six-year life it has received such support.
Kansas caucuses may be moot
February 11, 2004
The sites are selected. The rules are set. But will anyone care who Kansas Democrats select as their presidential nominee when they gather for caucuses next month?
Dixie victories boost Kerry campaign
Tuesday’s results knock Clark out of race
February 11, 2004
Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts swept primaries in Virginia and Tennessee on Tuesday, decisively defeating two Southern rivals near their home turf and all but assuring that he will be the Democratic Party nominee for president.
President’s National Guard pay records released
February 11, 2004
The White House, trying to end doubts about President Bush’s Vietnam-era military record, released documents Tuesday that it said proved he had “met his requirements” in the Texas Air National Guard despite long, unexplained gaps in his service.
City lets Replay keep liquor license
Commissioners to rethink rules governing downtown watering holes
February 11, 2004
The Replay will continue in play. Faced with an overflow crowd of supporters troubled about the future of the popular concert venue and watering hole at 946 Mass., the Lawrence City Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to grant a waiver that allows the bar to stay in business.
Shelters turn away homeless during subzero temperatures
February 11, 2004
Advocates for Lawrence’s homeless say they don’t want to see a repeat of what happened Saturday night, when the Salvation Army turned away five adults from its overnight shelter.
Body of Eudora man discovered near railroad tracks
February 11, 2004
Leavenworth County officials are investigating the death of a 29-year-old Eudora man whose body was found along railroad tracks. Crews with the Union Pacific Railroad discovered the body of John Schmidt about 2 p.m. Tuesday, according to Sgt. John Schermbeck of the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office.
Cocaine charge nets 11-year sentence
Judge rejects leniency in possession conviction
February 11, 2004
A mother reacted with dismay Tuesday after a Douglas County judge sentenced her son to 11 1/2 years in prison for third-time cocaine possession. “They could have been lenient and given him a chance,” said Helen Manning-Coleman, mother of drug defendant Dezerro D. Smith, 33, Kansas City, Kan. “He just needs to get back on the right track, that’s all.”
City briefs
February 11, 2004
¢ Lawrence NAACP considers closing chapter ¢ Journalism students win in Hearst contest ¢ Marble maker appears on ‘River City Weekly’
Star Wars’ strikes back with DVD
Digital versions of original trilogy to be released in September
February 11, 2004
“Star Wars” fans will finally get the Force-feeding they’ve been asking for. The original three “Star Wars” films — among the most anticipated on DVD — will be released in the digital format Sept. 21 in North America, LucasFilm Ltd. and 20th Century Fox announced Tuesday.
King’ paired with two unlikely queens
February 11, 2004
Drama demands that we suspend our disbelief. But can you imagine Kevin James from “King of Queens” (CBS) ever dating Janeane Garofalo? That’s exactly what we’re asked to do when the edgy comic guest stars on the second of two episodes of “Queens” (8:30 p.m.). (Come to think of it, can you imagine Kevin James ever dating Leah Remini?)
Albert Dean Shepard
February 11, 2004
Nancy Elizabeth Burnett
February 11, 2004
Robinson services
February 11, 2004
Graveside services for Dearld S. Robinson, 75, Eudora, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Eudora City Cemetery.
Classified workers ask legislators for raise
February 11, 2004
Classified employees from Kansas University and other regents schools lobbied lawmakers Tuesday, asking for a 7.5 percent pay increase, but not expecting to get it.
GOP targets Sebelius’ budget ‘holes’
February 11, 2004
Some Republican lawmakers digging into Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ proposed budget say they are finding funding gaps with no revenue to fill them in. “Every budget has holes,” said House budget-writing chairman Melvin Neufeld, R-Ingalls. But, he added, that the proposed $4.6 billion budget for fiscal year 2005 is kind of like Spam — not the unwanted e-mail but the mystery meat.
Tuesday’s legislative highlights
February 11, 2004
ISU hopes to bounce back tonight
February 11, 2004
These are the times that test a team’s confidence.
Education priority
February 11, 2004
Wichita to land Invista headquarters
February 11, 2004
Koch Industries said Tuesday it planned to locate the corporate headquarters of its newly purchased Invista textiles business in Wichita, bringing 200 jobs to the largest city in Kansas.
Homemade cookies can help stir up romance
February 11, 2004
A ginger cookie gently afire with spice, and a mouthwatering almond cookie decorated with a chocolate kiss: Both could be baked up in short order to charm a sweetheart.
Millions in damages awarded for gas explosions
February 11, 2004
A Sedgwick County jury awarded more than $1.7 million Tuesday to a pair of Hutchinson businesses destroyed during the first of a series of natural gas eruptions in 2001.
Crew appreciated
February 11, 2004
Speaker: Lincoln practiced pragmatic version of democracy as president
February 11, 2004
Abraham Lincoln’s views on democracy spanned a range of thoughts and emotions when he was the nation’s 16th president.
Edyth M. Cox
February 11, 2004
Daily ticker
February 11, 2004
Briefly
February 11, 2004
¢ Jury considers suit on cattle prices ¢ NASA rover sets distance record ¢ House votes to scrap education mandates ¢ Mayor wants to issue gay marriage licenses
Kerry joins Kennedy legacy
February 11, 2004
The other day in Michigan, John Forbes Kerry finally got the initiation he’s been waiting for all his life.
OU women stun Tech
February 11, 2004
Oklahoma had experienced its share of near misses against ranked teams on the road, dropping close games at Kansas State and Texas.
Manslaughter trial begins for ex-player Williams
February 11, 2004
Former NBA standout Jayson Williams killed a limousine driver while fooling with a shotgun, then tried to cover up his role by putting the victim’s fingerprints on the weapon, a prosecutor said in opening statements Tuesday at Williams’ manslaughter trial.
Kenseth consistent, yet dull
Driver won only one race in 2003 but earned points title
February 11, 2004
People keep groping for an insightful sound bite, anything that can break the precious private space of a man who quietly became the most proficient NASCAR driver last season.
Medical report sparks new Atkins fight
February 11, 2004
The debate over Dr. Robert Atkins’ popular high-fat, low-carb diet flared posthumously Tuesday when it was learned that Atkins himself was a bloated 258 pounds at his death.
Report criticizes safety in work zones
February 11, 2004
Highway construction zones too often are death zones for motorists and workers, federal safety investigators said Tuesday in urging the government to come up with ways to make the areas safer.
Elder lifts Yellow Jackets
February 11, 2004
B.J. Elder and Rashad McCants could have been the only players on the court. Possession after possession, they found a way to score.
Area girls roundup: Ottawa slips past SFT; Eudora rolls
February 11, 2004
Santa Fe Trail’s girls basketball squad led Ottawa, the No. 9-ranked squad in Class 5A, by eight points at halftime.
Aristide supporters vow to attack rebellion leaders
February 11, 2004
Armed loyalists of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide set up blazing barricades Tuesday, vowing to attack rebels leading a bloody uprising that has spread to at least 11 towns and cost 42 lives.
Study: More than 1,300 priests accused of abuse since 1950
February 11, 2004
The scope of sex abuse accusations against Roman Catholic clergy since 1950 appears to be much greater than previously estimated, an Associated Press review of reports from dioceses has found.
Fern I. Johnson
February 11, 2004
Afghanistan native tells KU audience it’s time U.S. ends its occupation of Iraq
February 11, 2004
Nelofer Pazira sees parallels between the American occupation of Iraq and the Russian occupation of her native Afghanistan. She first realized the similarities while interviewing Russian soldiers who had occupied Afghanistan from 1979 to 1988.
Popular airsoft gun draws complaints
Police, parents fear realistic-looking toys will lead to accidents
February 11, 2004
Air-powered toy guns that look real are becoming increasingly popular, worrying police, parents and officials who say the fake guns could cause real tragedies.
Commentary: NASCAR frowns on foreign interests
February 11, 2004
The idiocy came from Jimmy Spencer’s lips a few weeks ago in Texas when he was asked about NASCAR opening its doors for the first time to a foreign-headquartered manufacturer and allowing Toyota to compete in the Craftsman Truck Series. Dumbly, Spencer responded to reporters that the Japanese “bombed Pearl Harbor, don’t forget.”
Jayni serves up sweet ideas
February 11, 2004
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Valentine Chocolate Buffet with Marilyn Pollack Naron.”
Missouri evens record
Tigers hold off CU, 77-65; Texas thumps Baylor, 84-58
February 11, 2004
Quin Snyder’s hands-on approach helped Missouri make it back to .500.
Faculty ticket plan ready for University Council
February 11, 2004
Kansas University’s faculty executive committee on Tuesday came up with a plan for deciding how next year’s supply of men’s basketball season tickets would be distributed among faculty, staff and retirees.
French lawmakers vote to ban religious symbols in schools
February 11, 2004
French legislators on Tuesday voted to ban Islamic head scarves, Jewish yarmulkes, large Christian crosses and other religious symbols in public schools, all but ensuring passage of a proposed law intended to reaffirm the country’s secular tradition.
Brownies can be delightful gift
Splurge on your valentine by baking a homemade dessert
February 11, 2004
Florists and restaurant owners undoubtedly love it when Feb. 14 falls on a Saturday, because it means that the people who celebrate Valentine’s Day are more likely to splurge on a romantic evening. Let’s face it: It’s a lot harder to slide by with a greeting card and a peck on the cheek when the holiday falls on a weekend.
Middle ground on marriage
February 11, 2004
It’s hard to believe that Howard Dean and Dick Cheney agree on anything, but both the firebrand Democrat and the resolutely conservative vice president favor civil unions for same-sex couples.
Tudor services
February 11, 2004
Horoscopes
February 11, 2004
Lakers turn back Miami bid
February 11, 2004
Derek Fisher caught a long outlet pass, then sent a backward, between-his-legs bounce pass to Gary Payton for an uncontested layup in the waning seconds.
Commodities
February 11, 2004
Briefly
February 11, 2004
¢ Plane crash kills 43 ¢ Diplomatic overtures made with West ¢ Nuclear forces included in military exercises ¢ Group of teenagers beats girl to death
People
February 11, 2004
¢ Timberlake tries acting ¢ Theater campaign staged ¢ Full-figured role ¢ CBS lawsuit withdrawn
City Hall Report
Weekly review of city government
February 11, 2004
¢ Snow job ¢ But really … ¢ Other kinds of storms ¢ Support for science ¢ Fewer driveways ¢ Schedule