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Catholic leaders, Sebelius announce housing plan
February 12, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 3:00 p.m.) TOPEKA - Catholic leaders and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today joined in calls for increased efforts to produce affordable housing in Kansas.
Anti-abortion activists criticize Sebelius
February 12, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 3:01 p.m.) Anti-abortion activists today criticized Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and the Catholic Church over Sebelius’ plan to speak later at University of Saint Mary.
Senators want to spend less than governor on new state image
February 12, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 12:14 p.m.) TOPEKA - Senate budget writers today pared back Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ plan to spend $2 million to produce a new state brand and image.
Man found guilty of misdemeanor in fatal 2002 accident
February 12, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 12:09 p.m.) A 20-year-old man was found guilty of vehicular homicide for his role in a 2002 fatal accident on U.S. Highway 40 west of Lawrence.
Cute kids’
February 12, 2004
Computer crime is not innocent mischief and should be dealt with sternly. Computer criminals and hackers will continue to ply their nefarious trades as long as they are met with “understanding” and a slap on the wrist for what some people might consider cleverness. Impose some serious penalties and make it known penalties will be severe, and things might improve for the electronic era.
Protectionist policies not so sweet
February 12, 2004
Saturday, Valentine’s Day, sweets will be showered on sweethearts — a bonanza for candy makers. But the very next day all 242 Fannie May and Fanny Farmer chocolate candy stores will be closed. They and many jobs — 625 of them at the firm’s 75-year-old Chicago manufacturing plant — are, in part, casualties of that outdated facility, bad business decisions and high U.S. labor and other costs. But jobs in America’s candy industry also are jeopardized by protectionism, which is always advertised as job-protection. In this case, the protectionism is an agriculture subsidy — sugar import quotas.
Page from past
February 12, 2004
Bus needed
February 12, 2004
Defining rape
February 12, 2004
A false road
February 12, 2004
Colorado coach deflects accusations
February 12, 2004
When Gary Barnett was hired to coach Colorado’s football team five years ago, he was embraced as a disciplinarian who would end an era of loose recruiting practices and return the team to national prominence.
GOP uses audit to attack Sebelius’ state vehicle sales
February 12, 2004
Republicans on Wednesday used a new state audit to attack Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ claim of vehicle savings, but Democrats said the governor’s staff was being unfairly criticized for cleaning up a mess left by GOP officials.
Japanese consul tours feedlot
Official gains ‘trust’ in state’s beef industry
February 12, 2004
Japanese Consul General Takao Shibata told Kansas government and beef industry leaders on Wednesday it is important his country know what safety measures individual cattle-producing states are taking to protect their beef supplies.
Legislators mull life-without-parole sentencing option
February 12, 2004
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.
KCI airport begins final phase of terminal renovation project
February 12, 2004
Kansas City International Airport is about to begin the final phase of a $258 million renovation project that will bring the airport’s decor out of the 1970s.
Casino operator settles Missouri suit
Lawsuit alleged improper contact with state gaming commission
February 12, 2004
Station Casinos Inc. will pay $38 million to settle a lawsuit that claimed the company used improper contacts between its lawyer and a Missouri Gaming Commission official to obtain its Missouri gaming license in 1997.
Ex-sheriff indicted on drug charges
February 12, 2004
A federal grand jury has indicted former Trego County Sheriff Curtis L. Bender and two others on drug and gun charges after a yearlong investigation, during which the sheriff stepped down.
NFL loses Clarett ruling
Ohio State back plans to enter draft
February 12, 2004
Maurice Clarett is ready to enter the NFL draft, clearing another legal obstacle Wednesday when a federal judge rejected the league’s request to suspend her ruling.
Leo F. Weber
February 12, 2004
Verneda Odessa Appel Kahler
February 12, 2004
Briefs
February 12, 2004
¢ Head trauma killed Eudora resident ¢ Baldwin growth drives down speed limits ¢ Audit advises reporting probable West Nile cases
Reversal of rural decline urged
Former governor says efforts needed to save state’s small towns
February 12, 2004
If Kansans want to salvage the state’s small towns, former Gov. Mike Hayden says they’ll need to invest in the state’s infrastructure, create more parks and public lands and learn to respect what they have. “Think for a moment what Manhattan would be without Kansas State University or what Colby would be without its community college and without the interstate highway,” said Hayden, who grew up in Atwood, a small town in northwest Kansas, 29 miles north of Colby.
Bush takes aim at illegal weapons
February 12, 2004
President Bush proposed several steps Wednesday to try to prevent the spread of “the world’s most dangerous weapons,” and he detailed the successful breakup of a black-market network that traded nuclear technology out of Pakistan.
Military records show Bush moved to Alabama without Air Force permission
February 12, 2004
George W. Bush left his Texas Air National Guard assignment and moved to Alabama in 1972 even though the Air Force denied his request for a transfer, according to his military records.
KU football schedule finalized
Toledo added to 2004 slate
February 12, 2004
The final opponent added to Kansas University’s 2004 football schedule is no cream puff. “We’re looking forward to playing an opponent from a great conference like the Big 12,” said Toledo coach Tom Amstutz, who is 27-11 in three seasons at the Mid-America Conference school. “We are always striving to play the best opponents in the country that we can. I feel the addition of Kansas gives us another very challenging schedule next year.”
Woes continue for Seabury girls
February 12, 2004
The first time Seabury Academy’s girls basketball squad played Williamsburg, the Seahawks lost 58-14 in the Panthers’ home tournament Dec. 6.
Driver describes ‘02 fatal accident
Verdict expected today in manslaughter trial
February 12, 2004
A man charged with killing a Lawrence woman in a 2002 head-on collision on U.S. Highway 40 testified Wednesday that he panicked while trying to pass cars up a hill in the oncoming lane of traffic.
William Lee Ready Sr.
February 12, 2004
Supt. thanks
February 12, 2004
Europe’s constitutional crisis
February 12, 2004
The half-century-old effort to bring the United States of Europe into existence (under any other name and with a different political ethos and structure) seems to be swirling toward crisis proportions right on schedule. That may be why President Jacques Chirac voices such confidence about the future these days.
Daily ticker
February 12, 2004
Bill aims to toughen illegal alien laws
Employers would face higher fines
February 12, 2004
A Douglas County legislator wants to crack down on companies that knowingly hire illegal aliens. Rep. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin, filed legislation Wednesday that would quintuple the fines levied against businesses that use illegal immigrant workers.
Fed chair warns deficits could threaten economy
Report pushes Dow to highest level in two years
February 12, 2004
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan warned on Wednesday that mushrooming federal budget deficits eventually could threaten the national economy, which he said had shown “impressive gains.” Greenspan, delivering the central bank’s twice-a-year economic report card to Congress, offered a fairly upbeat assessment and expressed hope companies would step up hiring. Hiring has been painfully slow and become a political sore spot for President Bush.
Stewart trial focuses on SEC lawyer
February 12, 2004
Jurors at the Martha Stewart trial listened Wednesday to a recording in which her stockbroker told investigators he had no advance word of the bad news that sent ImClone Systems stock tumbling.
Briefcase
February 12, 2004
¢ SEC launches probe of Goodyear’s books ¢ Protection One sale clears KCC staff hurdle ¢ Burger King president resigns amid downturn ¢ Farmland deal advances
22-year-old KU band uniforms hit sour note with director
February 12, 2004
From midway up the stands at a football game, it might be hard to see how dilapidated Kansas University’s marching band uniforms have become. But a tour through the uniform storage room shows the wear and tear the uniforms have suffered since they were purchased in 1982.
Bioterror threat will continue
February 12, 2004
As another bioterror scare shuts down federal offices in Washington, worries workers and sends a chill across the nation, Americans are left wondering what will happen next.
KU prof revisits sex-class controversy at public forum
February 12, 2004
Nearly a year after his teaching methods were questioned in the Legislature and on national television, a Kansas University social welfare professor now says he’s in some ways glad to have gone though the incident. “For me, this was an unbelievably positive experience,” Dennis Dailey said. “Even though it was frightening and hurtful, I got support and affirmation that was really remarkable.”
George E. Wehmeier Jr.
February 12, 2004
Journalism dean search narrows to 1
February 12, 2004
Will Norton Jr., dean of journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is the sole candidate for the deanship at Kansas University’s school of journalism.
Kleinberg services
February 12, 2004
Richard L. Kidwell
February 12, 2004
Tara Lee Stilson Lyman
February 12, 2004
James W. Thompson Sr.
February 12, 2004
Edyth Marie Cox
February 12, 2004
Kathryn Elizabeth Sheridan
February 12, 2004
Robert D. Mark
February 12, 2004
On the record
February 12, 2004
Mass. lawmakers shoot down civil union compromise
February 12, 2004
Massachusetts lawmakers debated a constitutional ban on gay marriage for more than six hours Wednesday but ended the day as divided as they began — and still with no resolution on an issue that has drawn nationwide scrutiny. Legislators meeting in joint session at a constitutional convention shot down two compromise proposals that would have allowed for civil unions, rather than the full-fledged marriages the state’s highest court has ordered the state to begin allowing in mid-May.
Local briefs
February 12, 2004
¢ Lions’ Thomas signs with Coffeyville CC ¢ Baldwin’s Mason chooses Baker U.
Buzzer-beater dooms Lions
February 12, 2004
Maureen Healy banked home a 12-footer with one second remaining, lifting St. Teresa’s to a 45-44 girls basketball victory Wednesday over Lawrence High.
Piper thumps De Soto
February 12, 2004
Damian Young scored 20 points, leading Kansas City Piper to a 56-38 high school boys basketball victory Wednesday over De Soto.
Lakers unveil Magic bronze
Larger-than-life likeness is 17 feet tall, weighs 2,800 pounds
February 12, 2004
Magic Johnson and Showtime made their debut Wednesday facing Chick Hearn Court outside Staples Center.
Woodling: KSU fans turn fieldhouse into Bramlage East
February 12, 2004
Over behind the Kansas State bench, a man held a sign that proclaimed Allen Fieldhouse as “Bramlage East.” Who could argue?
Kansas baseball team ready for snow to melt, temperature to rise
February 12, 2004
If anybody driving past Hoglund Ballpark noticed a cart doing donuts on Kansas University’s baseball field, they should not be alarmed. It wasn’t some silly prank, or an attempt to tarnish the field.
Jefferson County sex offender faces new molestation charges
February 12, 2004
A man who was released early from a state sexual offender program because of a technical snafu faces sex charges in Jefferson County.
Robert A. Dawley
February 12, 2004
Abstract paints life by numbers
February 12, 2004
When it comes to leisure time, Americans still would rather curl up with a good book than go online and surf the Web.
Sen. Hillary Clinton makes ‘Toughest Guys’ list
February 12, 2004
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has been called many things, a savvy politician, a devoted wife. But Men’s Journal magazine is adding one more description to that list: Tough Guy.
Real problems
February 12, 2004
St. Joe’s dumps Dayton
Hawks still perfect; No. 1 Duke cruises
February 12, 2004
Saint Joseph’s ended the only losing streak it has known lately.
Season forecast
NASCAR writers predict nothing but sunny days for Nextel Cup drivers Newman, Johnson in 2004
February 12, 2004
Former rivals form powerful partnership
February 12, 2004
Jack Roush and Robert Yates building NASCAR racing engines together is like North Carolina and Texas forming a partnership to make barbecue. Nobody thought they’d ever see it.
Senators vote to end Sunday liquor sales
February 12, 2004
Senators tentatively approved a bill Wednesday that makes the state’s Liquor Control Act uniform, but they removed provisions to allow local decisions on Sunday sales and to increase alcohol taxes. Supporters of Sunday sales expressed disappointment about the vote, which came as a surprise to lawmakers on both sides of the issue.
Friends’ tying up loose ends
February 12, 2004
With the end of “Friends” (7 p.m., NBC) fast approaching, the comedy appears bent on resolving as many loose ends as possible. Chandler and Monica will adopt a kid and move to the suburbs; Phoebe and Mike (Paul Rudd) will marry tonight; and Ross and Rachel will finally get back together. Or maybe they won’t. Nothing has to happen to Joey, because he gets his own spin-off show next season when “Joey” moves to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career. Fans and critics already have their knives out for this follow-up, but I’ll at least wait for the pilot to offer my opinion.
Briefly
February 12, 2004
¢ Disney World worker run over, killed by float ¢ Seventh death linked to serial killings suspect
Briefly
February 12, 2004
¢ Soldier from Mexico becomes U.S. citizen ¢ Harvard approves student sex magazine
No. 18 Baylor routs Mizzou
February 12, 2004
Steffanie Blackmon scored 14 of her 22 points in the first half, helping No. 18 Baylor beat Missouri, 83-59, Wednesday. Emily Niemann scored 15 after going 4-for-8 from the three-point line in the second half for the Lady Bears (18-5, 6-4 Big 12 Conference).
Briefly
February 12, 2004
¢ Scientists create clones of human embryos ¢ Nutrition report recommends Americans cut back on salt ¢ Former official executed for taking bribes
Cable giant makes $54B bid for Disney
February 12, 2004
Cable television giant Comcast Corp. made a surprise bid Wednesday to buy The Walt Disney Co. for more than $54 billion, a deal that would take advantage of Disney’s growing vulnerability to create the world’s biggest media conglomerate. Disney’s board released a statement saying it would “carefully evaluate” Comcast’s unsolicited offer.
Lincoln’s Kansas legacy
Namesake town proud of links to former president
February 12, 2004
Abraham Lincoln’s legacy survives in Kansas in strange and wonderful ways. For example, some of the Great Emancipator’s letters can be found on the wall of a Salina pizzeria owned by the descendants of the young girl who persuaded Lincoln to grow a beard. In adulthood, the girl moved to Kansas and married a banker.
Celebrations can be dangerous
February 12, 2004
The next time you get a chance to see a clip of Nick Robinson’s game-winning basket at the end of the Stanford-Arizona game, focus less on the moment, and more on the aftermath.
Infant mortality increase first since 1958
February 12, 2004
U.S. infant mortality has climbed for the first time in more than four decades, in part because older women are putting off motherhood and then having multiple babies via fertility drugs, the government said Wednesday. At the same time, U.S. life expectancy reached an all-time high of 77.4 years in 2002, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Life expectancy in 2001 was 77.2 years.
Horoscopes
February 12, 2004
Stop and smell them
February 12, 2004
European reality show features flagrant racism
February 12, 2004
The Austrian reality show “Family Swap” takes the concept of the British hit “Wife Swap” further by mixing people with different backgrounds. It’s a recipe for disaster, and that’s the whole idea; most episodes offer plenty of fighting.
KU professor discovers world’s oldest-known insect
Entomology researchers abuzz over 407 million-year-old discovery
February 12, 2004
Michael Engel has scoured the earth, searching for ancient insects. He never imagined the biggest discovery of his career would come out of a museum storage drawer.
Mrs. Lincoln balanced husband’s interests
February 12, 2004
Their personalities were vastly different, but Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, shared a mutual interest in politics, according to a historian who studied and wrote a biography of the first lady.
Cats rock Jayhawks
Kansas State cruises to 81-51 victory
February 12, 2004
Kansas State’s “K-S-U WILDCATS!” chant reverberated from start to finish of K-State’s 81-51 victory over Kansas University Wednesday night. And the game was played at Allen Fieldhouse.
KU may play in New York next season
February 12, 2004
There’s a good chance Kansas University’s men’s basketball team will be playing two games in signee Russell Robinson’s back yard in November. The Jayhawks are ticketed to participate in an expanded Coaches Vs. Cancer Tournament in New York — home of 6-foot-2 Rice High School combo guard Robinson, if the NCAA’s appeal of a judge’s decision to allow schools to play in exempt tournaments every year is rejected.
Joseph McClure
February 12, 2004
Correction
February 12, 2004
Gay marriage ban called ‘bigotry’
Supporters, opponents flood Statehouse over proposal
February 12, 2004
A former state legislator from Lawrence called a proposed constitutional ban of gay marriages “bigotry masquerading as morality.” Forrest Swall, an assistant professor emeritus in the school of social welfare at Kansas University and a Democrat who served in the Kansas House in 1993-94, was one of two people who spoke against a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution that states 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.”
Nets’ Frank a perfect 9-0
Interim coach ties record with team’s 105-85 win
February 12, 2004
New Jersey’s interim head coach has a his very own NBA record.
Briefly
February 12, 2004
¢ Principal to resign Schwegler School post ¢ Patrols to be on lookout for drunken drivers ¢ Grammy nominee slated to attend Haskell dinner ¢ Noontime forum to focus on USA Patriot Act
K-State throttles ISU
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February 12, 2004
Jeremiah Massey was last week’s Big 12 Conference Rookie of the Week. The 6-foot-7 forward soon might be in line for more accolades.
Briefly
February 12, 2004
¢ Bishop resigns after abuse accusation ¢ Weather interrupts planned rover sprint ¢ Student, crossing guard wounded by gunfire ¢ Gynecologist guilty of raping patients
People
February 12, 2004
¢ Garfunkel admits to drug charge ¢ Love a no-show in drug case ¢ Rawls settles relationship suit ¢ Zeta-Jones makes it a dozen