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United Way names campaign co-chairs
February 13, 2004
(Updated Friday at 2:46 p.m.) The United Way of Douglas County announced Friday that Todd and Caprice Thompson, a long-time Lawrence couple, will be the 2004-2005 co-chairs for the upcoming fund-raising campaign.
Top U.S. military leader to speak in Lawrence
February 13, 2004
(Updated Friday at 3:20 p.m.) The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of America’s armed forces will be the keynote speaker at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting this year, officials announced Friday morning.
Briefcase
February 13, 2004
¢ Fast-food giant taps Yao Ming as spokesman ¢ Greenspan pushes Social Security reduction ¢ Goodyear to refinance
Aristide militants block protest
February 13, 2004
Militants crushed a rally against Haiti’s president before it began Thursday, setting up flaming barricades along the route of a protest march and hurling stones as demonstrators tried to gather in the capital.
Civil rights pioneer dies at 97
February 13, 2004
Civil-rights pioneer Corinthian Nutter, who helped desegregate schools in Merriam, Kan., years before the historic Brown v. Board of Education ruling, died Wednesday night, friends of her family said. She was 97.
Stadler — Kevin, not Craig — leads Buick
Son of former tournament champion holds one-stroke edge after first round
February 13, 2004
Kevin Stadler can’t waddle far without being reminded how much he looks like his father.
Clark to endorse Kerry
Edwards, Dean hope to hang on in Wisconsin
February 13, 2004
Showing the clear advantages of his front-runner status, Sen. John Kerry stayed Thursday in Washington to rest, receiving the news that one-time rival Wesley Clark would endorse him, while the other Democratic contenders campaigned vigorously in Wisconsin before leaving the state to raise much-needed money.
GOP official recalls Bush’s National Guard service
February 13, 2004
A Republican official who worked with George W. Bush in 1972 during an Alabama campaign said Thursday she recalled him talking about his National Guard duty and seeing him in uniform before the election that year.
Poll: Public trust in Bush dips to low point
February 13, 2004
The public’s trust in President Bush is at the lowest point of his presidency, with about half of those surveyed saying he is honest and trustworthy and almost that many saying he is not, according to a poll released Thursday.
Groups top $100 million in first year of new law
Big political donors find new recipients
February 13, 2004
In the first year of a new law broadly banning “soft money” donations to parties, political groups still managed to collect more than $100 million in big checks from companies, unions and wealthy individuals.
Sunday liquor sales safe for now
Senate rejects bill that would close loophole exploited by cities
February 13, 2004
Senators defeated a bill to make the state’s Liquor Control Act uniform Thursday, one day after stripping it of provisions allowing Sunday liquor sales and a tax increase on alcohol. But they also ensured that the issue remains alive.
Ruling on U.S. 40 death disappoints husband
Driver convicted of lesser charge in wreck that killed wife
February 13, 2004
To Ron Downing, it feels like justice denied. The driver who caused a head-on crash in December 2002 that left Downing’s 6-week-old baby without her mother was acquitted Thursday of involuntary manslaughter.
Jayhawks hoping for offensive improvement in Texas
February 13, 2004
Kansas University softball coach Tracy Bunge will be looking for more offense when the Jayhawks play six games in the Fastpitch Express Classic this weekend.
Women’s slate change
February 13, 2004
The tipoff of Kansas University’s women’s basketball game Feb. 21 versus Texas A&M was changed Thursday to 8 p.m. by KU officials.
Malibu’s plastic pairing plays itself out
After 43 years, Barbie and Ken call it quits — amicably
February 13, 2004
Just like J.Lo and Ben, the romance is over for Barbie and Ken. After 43 years as one of the world’s prettiest pairs, the perfect plastic couple is breaking up. The couple’s “business manager,” Russell Arons, vice president of marketing at Mattel, said that Barbie and Ken “feel it’s time to spend some quality time — apart.”
True-crime drama really raises Cain
February 13, 2004
Superman becomes a super creep in the true-crime drama “The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story” (7 p.m., USA). Dean Cain (“Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”) stars as Scott Peterson, the now-notorious husband who reported his wife, Laci, missing on Christmas Eve 2002, only to become the suspect in her murder.
Embryo cloning for stem cells sparks calls for ban
February 13, 2004
In a clash of politics and science, the first successful cloning of a human embryo — and the extraction of stem cells from it — has ignited new calls for a ban on all forms of human cloning in the United States.
Albert Jay ‘Gus’ Rundell
February 13, 2004
Microsoft source code leaked over Internet
February 13, 2004
Microsoft Corp. said late Thursday that parts of its Windows source code — the tightly guarded blueprint of its dominant computer operating system — had been leaked over the Internet.
Cook snares pole for Dodge Dealers
February 13, 2004
Terry Cook began to get over a disappointing year, claiming the pole Thursday for the season-opening NASCAR Craftsman Truck series race at Daytona International Speedway.
Racing briefs
February 13, 2004
¢ Newman No. 1 in preseason vote ¢ FX to air features on top NASCAR drivers
Budget proposal aims to keep lid on taxes
February 13, 2004
The way David Schauner sees it, his colleagues on the Lawrence City Commission are a soft touch. And he wants to get tough.
Hannon’s 36 power Bulldog boys
Brown helps Baldwin girls complete sweep of Prairie View in 83-48 rout
February 13, 2004
Welcome back, Andy Hannon.
Athletes of the week
February 13, 2004
Dallas billboards target Christians addicted to porn
February 13, 2004
Chocolates are always nice, and a diamond necklace would be delightful. But a Dallas-based ministry thinks it has a better idea for Valentine’s Day.
Church’s embrace of Sebelius angers anti-abortion advocates
February 13, 2004
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and Catholic leaders were arm-in-arm Thursday on the issue of affordable housing, but have been at arm’s length on other issues, most notably abortion. Anti-abortion advocates issued a broadside against Sebelius and the Catholic Church after the governor, who is Catholic and supports abortion rights, was invited to lecture at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth.
State effort on housing urged
Affordability issues plague Kansans, study contends
February 13, 2004
When James Logan moved two years ago to Lawrence from California, rental rates here seemed pretty low. Then he went looking for a job and found wages also were a lot lower.
Former insider offers mixed review of Bush’s P.R.
February 13, 2004
When it comes to information flow from the White House in the last three years, Marlin Fitzwater has had mixed impressions. Fitzwater, who served as press secretary under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, says the current Bush administration has been too secretive about its inner workings.
Charlotte adds Louisville to list
49ers’ victory over No. 9 Cardinals their third over top-10 team
February 13, 2004
There’s something about games against top-10 opponents that makes Charlotte play just a little bit harder than usual.
Baylor exceeding expectations
Despite turmoil, beleaguered Bears already have two Big 12 Conference victories
February 13, 2004
Success at Baylor isn’t based on wins and losses this season.
Lawmakers restore $750,000 to programs for former inmates
February 13, 2004
A Senate panel considering the budget for Kansas prisons on Thursday restored $750,000 that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius wanted to cut from services for some former inmates.
Suspect charged in child abduction case
February 13, 2004
Authorities in Benton County charged a 40-year-old Kansas City woman Thursday in connection with the abduction of a 1-month-old boy, who was found safe in Kansas City hours after he disappeared from his home in this small town.
Iraqi bomb targets U.S. commander
February 13, 2004
Insurgents launched a bold attack Thursday on an Iraqi civil defense compound in this volatile city just as the commander of all U.S. forces in the Middle East, Gen. John Abizaid, arrived to visit. Three explosions ripped through an area near the compound and a six-minute gun battle ensued. Abizaid and his party, including another senior Army commander, escaped injury and quickly left.
San Francisco weds gay couples
February 13, 2004
In an open challenge to California law, city authorities performed scores of same-sex weddings Thursday and issued a stack of marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.
On the record
February 13, 2004
Corrections
February 13, 2004
Two names were omitted from the Southwest Junior High Honor Roll list published in the Feb. 6 Journal-World. Seventh-grader Taylor Manning made the principal’s list and ninth-grader Amy Breithaupt made the honor roll.
Downtown balance
February 13, 2004
New downtown businesses shouldn’t be surprised by some additional scrutiny of licenses that allow them to serve beer and alcohol. Lawrence city commissioners have a number of interests to balance as they consider whether to grant licenses to downtown establishments that want to serve alcoholic beverages.
Most presidential hopefuls lose race, face
February 13, 2004
Howard Dean is about to learn one of the cruelest, least-recognized and almost-never-acknowledged lessons of American politics: Most candidates who run for president are diminished by the experience.
Select audience
February 13, 2004
Emancipation gap
February 13, 2004
Ill-conceived plan
February 13, 2004
Choice of habits
February 13, 2004
Turning point on Iraq
February 13, 2004
We are approaching another turning point in the Iraq saga. If this moment is handled well by U.S. officials, Iraq’s prospects will improve. If it is handled badly, Iraq will sink and U.S. casualties will soar.
The worst gig
Musicians recall their most unpleasant (and often hazardous) times onstage
February 13, 2004
“What is the worst show you’ve ever played?” For several years, I’ve been asking touring musicians that question. Now after dozens — possibly hundreds — of interviews with national headliners and local standouts, I’ve compiled some of their more memorable responses.
Stewart prosecutors expect to rest case next week
February 13, 2004
Prosecutors say they expect to rest their case against Martha Stewart and her former broker next week, and jurors are likely to begin deliberations in the stock-fraud trial in March.
Beloved local dive celebrates a decade of music, camaraderie
February 13, 2004
For places where people go to forget, bars sure make a lot of memories. Like the time Weezer drummer Pat Wilson came in belligerently drunk after a show at The Granada, creeped out the bar’s female patrons and finally left at the prompting of his band mates.
Daily ticker
February 13, 2004
Automobiles left off consumers’ shopping lists in January
Retailers report first sales drop since September
February 13, 2004
A steep decline in car buying depressed sales at the nation’s retailers by 0.3 percent last month, although consumers continued spending heartily in less expensive ways. The overall decline — the first since September — was reported by the Commerce Department Thursday. It largely reflected a sharp drop in sales of automobiles. When auto sales — which tend to swing widely from month to month — are removed, sales at all other merchants rose by a strong 0.9 percent in January — the biggest gain in five months.
Professor recalled as brilliant, practical
February 13, 2004
Friends of Paul W. Gilles, a native Kansan who became an internationally renowned scientist, will remember not only his scientific talents but also his practical skills and intelligence.
Lillie B. Clark
February 13, 2004
Paul W. Gilles
February 13, 2004
Self sick of Jayhawk ‘hunger’ strike
February 13, 2004
Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self has issued a direct challenge to his three junior starters as the Big 12 Conference season heads into the home stretch. “I do think those three need to take a little more ownership as far as leadership in what’s going on,” Self said Thursday.
Woodling: Toledo sure fond of Kansas
February 13, 2004
Waiting for the weekend while wondering if Wednesday’s Iowa State-Missouri men’s basketball game in Columbia, Mo., will be designated “Larry Eustachy Day.” … News that Kansas University will play Toledo in football this fall brought back memories of one of the sweetest sweetheart deals in KU revenue-enhancing annals. In 1991, Toledo was so eager to lure a Big Eight Conference team to town, it offered Kansas $215,000 plus an extra $10,000 for KU’s motel and ground transportation at a time when the most money the Jayhawks could command in a conference road game was $175,000. Bottom line: The Toledo athletic director made an offer Kansas couldn’t refuse. His name? Al Bohl, who later became AD at KU.
No. 4 Stanford to give KU tough early season test
February 13, 2004
Seven Kansas University baseball players will visit their home state today when the Jayhawks play No. 4 Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif., but they won’t have much time to spend with their families. The Jayhawks’ game at 6 tonight at Stanford’s Sunken Diamond kicks off a three-game series against the Cardinal that continues at 1 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday.
Marriage ban vote delayed
February 13, 2004
With the nation watching, a weary Massachusetts Legislature suspended debate on a proposed gay marriage ban Thursday after two days of tense negotiations, the slim defeat of three amendments and an angry late-evening walkout by dozens of lawmakers chanting “We want a vote.”
Lincoln speaker lauds fight for democracy
Pulitzer winner completes series
February 13, 2004
The American Civil War proved solidarity for this country while proving to the world that democracy was a viable form of government, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Civil War scholar said Thursday night.
Lawrence briefs
February 13, 2004
¢ Attendance pledges save NAACP chapter ¢ Campus thoroughfare to be restricted today ¢ Investigation continues into discovery of body ¢ Carville to speak at KU
K.C. Head Start director resigns
February 13, 2004
The executive director of the local Head Start agency, whose salary has been criticized as excessive by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has resigned citing health problems.
State prison crowding at ‘crisis stage,’ lawmakers say
February 13, 2004
Crowded prisons and lack of funding for treatment programs are putting the Kansas prison system in crisis, several lawmakers said Thursday. Short-term, the Senate Ways and Means Committee recommended taking $750,000 from Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ proposed $2 million public relations project to build a new state image and instead use that money to fill a budget hole for community-based transition services for criminals being released from prison.
Horoscopes
February 13, 2004
Homegrown CDs buck tradition
February 13, 2004
Briefly
February 13, 2004
¢ U.S.-born panda heads to China preserve ¢ Security fears cancel more British flights ¢ Israel to bypass West Bank hearings ¢ Putin laments demise of Soviet Union
Deputy sheriff charged in death of motorcyclist
Official has been in four chases that led to wrecks
February 13, 2004
A deputy sheriff involved in four accidents during chases over the past two years has been charged with vehicular homicide in one in which a motorcyclist was killed.
Boulevard cancels beer campaign featuring Lewis and Clark logo
February 13, 2004
Boulevard Brewing Co. has canceled an advertising campaign featuring the silhouettes of explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark after receiving protests from the National Park Service, which owns the copyright of the image.
Surging Pacers hope to avoid another second-half collapse
February 13, 2004
The Indiana Pacers remember what happened last season. So they’re not about to gloat about their success so far.
Earnhardt, Sadler win qualifiers
Field set for Nextel Cup’s season-opening Daytona 500
February 13, 2004
Dale Earnhardt Jr. sent a message Thursday to the rest of the field for the Daytona 500 — look out for Junior.
Briefly
February 13, 2004
¢ KU law school ranked 2nd in ‘bang for buck’ ¢ Rape defendant seeks competency hearing ¢ Bill would raise penalties for scams on seniors ¢ Group to discuss growth of Clinton Lake Museum
Briefly
February 13, 2004
¢ Tires show greater resistance to wear ¢ Inmate faces charge for sexual assault ¢ Screener shortages vex large airports ¢ Groups protest demands for abortion records
People
February 13, 2004
¢ Hasty Pudding fetes Bullock ¢ Hoffman graduates to new ride ¢ Jackson money troubles disputed
Hinrich sparks Bulls’ victory
Ex-Jayhawk totals 23 points, 14 assists
February 13, 2004
Kirk Hinrich either got a wide-open shot or found someone with a better one, and often it was Jamal Crawford.
Lakers halt contract discussions with Jackson
February 13, 2004
The Los Angeles Lakers suspended negotiations to extend coach Phil Jackson’s contract until after the season.
Osama seeks young audience
February 13, 2004
Although Osama bin Laden has long used videos for recruitment and garnering political support, an MTV-style music video in Britain seems to be the first radical Islamic propaganda to utilize an overtly Americanized approach to reaching Muslim youths. And it may just be catching on.
Dates’ unsure of its identity
February 13, 2004
Adam Sandler is at war with his image and his audience in “50 First Dates.” He stars in a fundamentally sweet romantic comedy that feels like it has been hastily Sandlerized to appeal to his legion of lunkheaded fans.
FDA OKs ImClone’s drug at center of trial
February 13, 2004
Erbitux, the drug at the center of the stock-trading scandal that brought Martha Stewart to trial, won government approval Thursday as a last-ditch treatment for advanced colorectal cancer. Doctors believe roughly 20,000 patients a year might benefit from Erbitux, one in a new type of cancer medicines that jam chemical signals that spur tumor growth.
Enrollment growth spurs Pinnacle expansion
Lawrence school seeks to add course offerings
February 13, 2004
Even in the state’s largest university town, there are plenty of students not interested in attending college, and that has produced an enrollment boom for Pinnacle Career Institute. The vocational school, which offers five degree programs in health and technology fields, recently doubled its space by moving into an 18,000-square-foot building at 1601 W. 23rd St. The new location was unveiled to the public Thursday. The school previously was at 4824 Quail Crest Place.
IRL officials expect small fields
Only 18 drivers have secured deals for open-wheel opener
February 13, 2004
There shouldn’t be many traffic jams on the track when the Indy Racing League opens this season.
Baldwin undisputed league king
Bulldogs wrap up Frontier title with wins over archrival Eudora, nemesis Paola
February 13, 2004
How sweet it must have felt for the Baldwin High wrestling squad finally to have Paola’s shoulders squarely on the mat. Baldwin hadn’t won a dual meet over Paola, the Frontier League’s perennial power, since 1989. But Thursday at BHS, the Bulldogs finally topped the Panthers, 33-28, scratching an itch that had been nagging for 15 years.
Singh giving Woods fight for top spot
February 13, 2004
Vijay Singh needs two more top-10s to match Jack Nicklaus’ modern-day record of 14 straight. But coming off his victory Sunday at Pebble Beach, Singh already has accomplished something almost as rare these days.
Poet draws on jazz, Hughes for inspiration
Writer in Lawrence to record Valentine’s performance
February 13, 2004
Poet Dan Jaffe never truly understood Langston Hughes’ writing until they became friends late in Hughes’ life. “I didn’t know how much jazz had influenced his work,” Jaffe said. “He was, in fact, the first jazz poet.”
Suzanne L. Ingalls
February 13, 2004
$6M street upgrade would accommodate Eudora growth spurt
Plan includes wider lanes, lights on Church Street
February 13, 2004
Church Street would get a $6 million overhaul, under a plan designed to keep up with Eudora’s surging growth.
Panel endorses most of Sebelius school tax plan
February 13, 2004
A Senate committee advanced Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ plan for raising taxes to aid public schools on Thursday after deleting a proposed increase in the state property tax levy.
Visa-free travel
February 13, 2004
Foundation’s selection comes under criticism
February 13, 2004
Robert Giles says that although Marlin Fitzwater may be a nice guy, it’s not enough to qualify him as a journalist.
Briefly
February 13, 2004
¢ U.N. inspectors find drawings of uranium equipment in Iran ¢ CEO’s future in doubt as Disney weighs Comcast bid ¢ Senate passes highway bill
Schumacher shows no signs of letting up
February 13, 2004
Every year, there always is a discussion about where Michael Schumacher ranks on the list of the world’s best drivers.
University Council backs changes to KU hoops ticket plan
February 13, 2004
Kansas University’s University Council on Thursday endorsed SenEx-proposed changes in how next year’s supply of men’s basketball season tickets will be distributed among faculty, staff and retirees.
Davies trails by 19 points at ANZ
February 13, 2004
England’s Laura Davies, the first woman to play in an event sanctioned by the European and Australasian tours, struggled in the opening round of the ANZ Championship Thursday and finished at -1 in the modified Stableford scoring system.
John R. ‘Jack’ Schmidt
February 13, 2004
A jolly, happy soul
February 13, 2004
MU loses Kleiza for year
Dislocated shoulder sidelines freshman
February 13, 2004
Freshman forward Linas Kleiza, one of the few bright spots in an otherwise disappointing season for Missouri, will have surgery on his dislocated right shoulder and miss the rest of the season, coach Quin Snyder said Thursday.
Guardsman arrested for alleged offer to al-Qaida
February 13, 2004
A National Guardsman was arrested Thursday and accused of trying to provide information to the al-Qaida terrorist network, the Army said.
Founders Day
February 13, 2004
Cloning news ignites ethical debate
Human embryos cloned in South Korea
February 13, 2004
This time, it appears to be for real. News on Thursday that South Korean researchers had successfully cloned human embryos was taken seriously by both opponents and proponents of cloning.
City basketball capsules
February 13, 2004
Have-nots unaffected by new points system
February 13, 2004
Five minutes into the season, Andy Hillenburg was already a mile behind the leaders.