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Engagements
February 14, 2004
¢ Jorgensen-Connett ¢ Culver-Jensen ¢ Hickman-Burton ¢ Wells-Day
Weddings
February 14, 2004
¢ Schierbaum-Hohman ¢ Mellard-Dorssom
Labor unions fighting for their lives in four-state region
February 14, 2004
Unions in four Midwestern states are facing an unusually high number of decertification efforts from dissatisfied workers or their employers, the National Labor Relations Board said Friday. In the region served by the Kansas City office of the NLRB — covering Oklahoma, Kansas, most of Nebraska and half of Missouri — the NLRB now has six pending decertification petitions and three others scheduled for election, said Michael McConnell, assistant to the regional director of the NLRB.
Judge hampers prosecution in Stewart trial
February 14, 2004
A federal judge dealt a blow Friday to the government’s effort to prove that Martha Stewart committed securities fraud when she publicly proclaimed her innocence.
Briefcase
February 14, 2004
¢ Protection One sale wins KCC approval ¢ Former Enron executive facing federal charges ¢ Halliburton accused of taxpayer fraud
Edwards should consider second spot
February 14, 2004
John Mitchell’s famous advice, “Watch what we do, not what we say,” applies now to John Edwards. The senator from North Carolina probably has campaigned his way onto the Democratic ticket, and the question is how hard he will fight to gain the No. 1 spot, which seems to be almost in the grasp of John Kerry.
Ag chief responds
February 14, 2004
Licensing woes
February 14, 2004
State attractions
February 14, 2004
Iraqi image wins photo honor
February 14, 2004
A picture of a hooded Iraqi war prisoner holding his 4-year-old son at a U.S. detention camp, by Associated Press photographer Jean-Marc Bouju, won the World Press Photo of the Year award Friday.
Jackson trial likely this year
February 14, 2004
The judge in Michael Jackson’s child-molestation case said Friday he wanted the trial to take place this year, and lawyers predicted they would be ready in December.
Barton County deputy off patrol in wake of homicide charge
11-year-veteran of force reassigned after A.G. announces decision
February 14, 2004
A deputy sheriff has been removed from patrol duty after he was charged with vehicular homicide in a crash that left a motorcyclist dead.
Wichita may run air festival on its own
February 14, 2004
City officials are still looking for a company to manage this year’s Wichita Aviation Festival.
Bryant plans to stay after testing waters
February 14, 2004
Kobe Bryant insisted Friday that he wanted to be a Laker “for life,” though he still planned to opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer.
Waltrip discovers Daytona success
Veteran often overlooked
February 14, 2004
Michael Waltrip is used to being overlooked.
Truex passes first test in Busch qualifying
February 14, 2004
Martin Truex lived up to his billing Friday, starting his first full season in the Busch Series by winning the pole for the Hersey’s Kisses 300 at Daytona International Speedway.
Edwards flips over triumph in truck race
February 14, 2004
Carl Edwards jumped out of his truck, swung his fist through the air and then landed a backflip at the finish line. He then fell to his knees and pounded the grass.
Report: Dogs evolved with humans
February 14, 2004
From Yorkshire terriers the size of a teacup to Irish wolfhounds near the size of a small pony, all dogs originated from a single species, probably an East Asian wolf seeking the warmth of the human hearth and an easy meal.
Marvin prize honors newspapers
February 14, 2004
Nor’West Newspapers and The Wichita Eagle will share this year’s Burton W. Marvin Kansas News Enterprise Award, the William Allen White Foundation announced Friday.
Offices announce hours for Presidents Day
February 14, 2004
Government offices in Lawrence and several area cities will be closed Monday in observance of the Presidents Day holiday.
Late three helps Hawks sweep Lions
February 14, 2004
Ten minutes after their hearts were broken by a running three-pointer at the buzzer, Lawrence High’s boys basketball players sat, silent, on their bench. All game long, the Lions were brilliant at stopping Olathe East super shooter Joey Mundweiler, who had averaged 25 points a game coming in. But he had one last gasp in the final seconds — a coast-to-coast drive and a running three-point shot from the top of the key.
Bulldogs dump Cards
Baldwin pulls away from Eudora for 53-41 victory
February 14, 2004
Eight ties. Nine lead changes. Just the kind of tense and exciting basketball game that would be expected from two quality teams. Then Anna Gillispie drilled a couple of three-pointers late in the third quarter, and Baldwin went on to trim Eudora, 53-41, in a battle of Frontier League unbeatens Friday night.
U.N. official doubts Iraqi election timeline
February 14, 2004
A United Nations official said Friday that direct elections were the ideal way to pick a new Iraqi government but probably weren’t feasible by the June 30 deadline for transferring power from the U.S.-led coalition. U.N. special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said too many crucial steps to an election were missing and weren’t likely to be in place by the handover date.
The right track
February 14, 2004
Maintaining funds to help people adjust to life outside prison is an important investment for the state. A public relations program to formulate a good image for Kansas is important, but members of the Kansas Senate were right when they decided this week that a treatment program for people leaving Kansas prisons was more important.
Longhorns latest Big 12 challenge for Cyclones
February 14, 2004
Texas is deep, strong and talented. The 11th-ranked Longhorns will show up today at Iowa State tied for first place in the Big 12 Conference and full of confidence.
20th-ranked BYU routs Kansas in tennis
February 14, 2004
Kansas University’s tennis team won the first doubles match of the day, but 20th-ranked Brigham Young University rallied to win the doubles points — and every other match — in a 7-0 rout Friday of the Jayhawks.
Bacchus, Garrett lead split track squads
February 14, 2004
Kansas University’s track and field team split up this weekend, traveling to Fayetteville, Ark., to participate in the Tyson Invitational and to Ames, Iowa, for the ISU Classic.
Softball postponed by cold in Texas
February 14, 2004
Rain and temperatures in the low 30s forced Friday’s games in the Fastpitch Express College Classic to be called off. Kansas University was scheduled to play Kentucky and UT-Arlington on the opening day of the three-day tournament.
Club news
February 14, 2004
Military news
February 14, 2004
4-H and FCE news
February 14, 2004
Daily ticker
February 14, 2004
Around and about
February 14, 2004
Scouting news
February 14, 2004
Carolina on his mind
First Presbyterian pastor accepts new position
February 14, 2004
First Roy Williams, now Jim Dunkin. For the second time in less than a year, another Kansas Jayhawk is defecting to North Carolina.
Foreign goods cost U.S.$1.5 trillion in ‘03
Trade deficit with China alone reaches $124 billion
February 14, 2004
The United States registered a record $489.4 billion trade deficit for 2003 as a rebounding U.S. economy strengthened Americans’ appetites for a wide range of foreign-made goods. The annual trade deficit reported by the Commerce Department on Friday was 17.1 percent larger than the previous record shortfall of $418 billion posted in 2002.
Cink soars to Buick lead
Singh’s streak comes to abrupt halt
February 14, 2004
With most of the focus on whether the biggest names would make the cut, Stewart Cink kept making birdies and wound up with a 9-under 63 to take a two-shot lead Friday in the Buick Invitational.
Probation violations land teen in prison for killing
February 14, 2004
A Lawrence teen convicted of killing a stalled motorist while driving drunk has blown her opportunity to avoid prison, a judge determined Friday.
Fitzwater urges media caution as he accepts journalism citation
Rush to be first has fostered corruption, former GOP press secretary says
February 14, 2004
Americans have more options for receiving political news now than at any other time in history, former White House press secretary Marlin Fitzwater said Friday in Lawrence. But that inundation has led to problems in the media as pressures to be the first with the story have grown.
City Hall to grapple with Patriot Act cooperation
February 14, 2004
The debate over federal anti-terrorism law is coming to City Hall. The Lawrence City Commission on Tuesday will be asked to consider a resolution that opposes the Patriot Act and suggests city officials should “refrain” from cooperating with federal authorities enforcing it.
Questions about Iraq, military service put president on defensive
February 14, 2004
A growing stack of problems, from questions about his military record to faulty intelligence about Iraq, has thrown President Bush on the defensive, driven down his poll ratings and caused Republicans to fret.
City squads eager for league wrestling
February 14, 2004
It would be awfully hard for the city wrestling squads to fare any better than last year at today’s Sunflower League wrestling meet.
Seabury girls hammered
February 14, 2004
Midway-Denton rolled to a 21-point halftime lead and never looked back en route to a 57-24 high school girls basketball victory Friday over Seabury Academy.
Bush military records released
Democrats continue to question president’s service in Alabama
February 14, 2004
President Bush, trying to calm a political storm, released his Vietnam-era military records Friday to counter Democrats’ suggestions that he shirked his duty in the Texas Air National Guard. But there was no new evidence that he was in Alabama during a period when Democrats have questioned whether he showed up for service. Hundreds of pages of documents — many of them duplicates — detailed Bush’s service in the Guard from 1968 until 1973.
Governor stays steadfast on plan for state schools
February 14, 2004
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Friday she wasn’t backing away from any portion of her $304 million education plan, despite efforts by a Senate committee to reduce the burden to taxpayers.
Base-closing decisions must consider local economies, governor says
February 14, 2004
Any decisions by the Department of Defense in the upcoming round of base closings must consider the effect on local communities, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Friday.
Math formula may hold key to marriage success
February 14, 2004
A researcher believes he can predict the outcome of most any marriage with a few squiggles on a chart. John M. Gottman said a 20-year study involving more than 600 married couples showed that by carefully plotting how a husband and wife interact and then reducing those observations to a formula, researchers can tell which marriages will succeed and which are heading for the rocks.
Joint Chiefs chairman to speak in city
Air Force general to return to Kansas for chamber’s annual meeting in Ap
February 14, 2004
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will be the keynote speaker at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting in April, officials announced Friday. Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, a former Kansan, attended Shawnee Mission North High School and graduated in 1965 from Kansas State University with a degree in mechanical engineering.
BHS boys slip past Eudora
Hannon, Wright propel Bulldogs to 68-59 win
February 14, 2004
During halftime of Friday’s high school boys basketball game between Baldwin and Eudora, Bulldog senior Andy Hannon was crowned King of the Court.
Schmidt services
February 14, 2004
Anna Gale Evans
February 14, 2004
Terry Lyn Chaput
February 14, 2004
Senate panel to expand Iraq intelligence review
February 14, 2004
A Senate committee will expand its probe of prewar Iraq intelligence to investigate whether some administration officials exaggerated the available information to build their case for a pre-emptive war.
Rumsfeld defends indefinite detentions
Pentagon plans reviews of Guantanamo cases
February 14, 2004
Some prisoners at the U.S. camp for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, aren’t guilty of war crimes but are still a threat to national security and must remain imprisoned there or in their home countries, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Friday.
Front-runner makes fund-raising gains
February 14, 2004
John Kerry’s fund raising has picked up substantially thanks to his Democratic primary lead but is still dwarfed by President Bush’s campaign haul.
Nader set to launch White House bid
February 14, 2004
Oops, Ralph Nader’s doing it again.
Panel: VA should close hospitals in three states
February 14, 2004
Veterans hospitals in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Mississippi should be shut down, but the administration should scrap plans to close facilities in New York, Kentucky and California, an advisory commission said Friday.
United Way taps co-chairs
Husband-wife duo to lead 2004-‘05 campaign
February 14, 2004
United Way of Douglas County has appointed new co-chairmen for the 2004-2005 fund-raising campaign.
Stanford too much for KU
February 14, 2004
Kansas University’s baseball team saw fourth-ranked Stanford score in each of the first three innings en route a 7-1 victory Friday at Sunken Diamond.
Walk-on Bahe making name for himself at KU
February 14, 2004
If this basketball season were an episode of “Cheers,” Kansas University freshman Nick Bahe would be in trouble. It seems no one in Lawrence knows his name — or, more accurately, how to pronounce it.
Barbecue shop may find home in Paradise
Deal to reopen downtown diner crumbles
February 14, 2004
Goodbye, hobo eggs. A deal to reopen the Paradise Cafe and bring back local favorites like hobo eggs, farmer’s breakfast, Douglas County mud pie and other eclectic menu offerings apparently has fallen apart.
Doctors hope to reduce blood infection deaths
February 14, 2004
An international group of doctors is pushing for aggressive treatment to prevent half a million deaths worldwide from a common bloodstream infection.
James shines in Rookie Challenge
Fellow first-year player Anthony also stands out, but sophomores claim victory
February 14, 2004
LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony were more than ready for prime time — and their new buddy show was a smash hit.
Victim thinks beating was a hate crime
Attacker ordered to prison after probation violation
February 14, 2004
From the beginning, police have said they didn’t think the stabbing and beating of an American Indian man last March at a North Lawrence motel was a hate crime. The victim, who gave an interview about the case for the first time Friday, disagrees.
Symbols still matter in politics
February 14, 2004
In politics, symbolism often trumps reality — but only when the symbols reinforce the facts. That may be one reason that concern has faded among Democrats over that picturesque photo opportunity last spring when President Bush landed on an aircraft carrier bearing a “Mission Accomplished” banner.
Touching story
February 14, 2004
Clear path
February 14, 2004
Sisters proud of inspiration ‘Brown’ fuels
Case still prompting discussions about race
February 14, 2004
Fifty years after the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that paved the way for public school desegregation, two sisters whose names are synonymous with the case say they take comfort in knowing that it has inspired civil rights campaigns abroad.
Kansas women hope to halt skid at OU
February 14, 2004
One lucky Oklahoma University women’s basketball fan will leave today’s game against Kansas University with a pair of diamond earrings. Kansas would settle for leaving town with an elusive Big 12 Conference victory.
Firebirds drop pair to Pioneers
February 14, 2004
Up-tempo teams have given the Free State High girls basketball team problems all season, so the game Friday night at Leavenworth offered no relief for the Firebirds. Leavenworth (8-9 overall, 5-3 Sunflower League) has guards as quick as any team in the league, and they put FSHS under heavy pressure all night. The Firebirds (5-10, 2-5) responded how they normally have against a speedy and stifling defense — they pushed the tempo too much, lost their composure and made errant passes.
Christian Science considers cuts
February 14, 2004
Officials at Christian Science headquarters told employees that troubled finances will force restructuring and an undetermined number of layoffs.
Religion briefs
February 14, 2004
Briefly
February 14, 2004
¢ Microsoft probe points to Silicon Valley firm ¢ Trial set in claim of lost lottery ticket
Lawrence, area briefs
February 14, 2004
¢ Haskell Veterans Club to be honored for efforts ¢ Media Watch founder to speak at Baker U. ¢ KU Alumni Association to honor supporter ¢ Fire alarm interrupts school conferences
On the record
February 14, 2004
HINU women fall; men win
Fightin’ Indians split with Central Christian College
February 14, 2004
With 1:30 remaining and Haskell Indian Nations University’s women’s basketball team down three points, HINU freshman Melinda Adams decided she was going to step up on Senior Night and try to say something motivating.
QB’s ‘hero’ turns 7
Jim Kelly’s son fighting Krabbe disease
February 14, 2004
Hunter Kelly will get a birthday kiss from mom and dad in a room filled with balloons.
Car bomb in Qatar kills former Chechen president
February 14, 2004
Chechnya’s exiled former president, wanted by Russia for terrorism and ties to al-Qaida, was assassinated Friday when a bomb blew apart his car as he left a mosque with his teenage son.
Tribe lays claim to Sunflower site
19th-century treaty may figure largely in future of De Soto land
February 14, 2004
A judge’s interpretation of a 150-year-old treaty may determine the future of the former Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant near De Soto. The Shawnee tribe says it is entitled to the 9,065-acre site now that the government wants to dispose of the land. But the federal government says the tribe forfeited rights to the land under a treaty ratified in 1854.
Briefly
February 14, 2004
¢ Underwear to return to city in new store ¢ Bush OKs relaxed air pollution estimates ¢ Race riot victims seek extension on limitations
Appeasement is rarely successful in relationships
February 14, 2004
Earlier this year, my husband of 11 years announced that he didn’t love me anymore. Joe told me that he would be leaving, though by begging and pleading with him he agreed to stay for a while.
People and places
February 14, 2004
Basement business working in Wichita
Immigrant is his own boss selling homemade oils
February 14, 2004
Peter White runs a factory in the basement of his west Wichita home. OK, it’s a small factory. Most days, White makes only a few dozen bars of Soy Pete lotions and a few dozen bottles of bath oil, body oil or shaving oil to ship to Internet customers and retailers who carry his products. “Actually, I could make up to 700 lotion bars or 300 bottles of oils a day,” White said. “That’s if I was using all the capacity I have here. If demand gets bigger than that, I’ll have to expand and to hire more people to help.”
Balance key for Chargers
Four players reach double figures for SFT; Tongie trips Jaguars
February 14, 2004
Alexis Pryor’s double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds and three other Santa Fe Trail players in double figures for scoring lifted Trail to a 54-40 high school girls basketball victory Friday over Kansas City Piper.
Ottawa clobbers K.C. Turner
Cyclones remain in hunt for Huron League title after 76-45 win
February 14, 2004
Ottawa post players Andrew Maxwell, Clint Bones and Caleb Blakesley combined for 53 points Friday night, and the Cyclones stayed in the hunt for the Huron League title with their sixth straight victory.
Fox finds romance in crime
February 14, 2004
It’s Valentine’s Day, so cuddle up and watch “Cops” with someone you love! You can’t accuse the folks at Fox of excessive sentimentality.
People
February 14, 2004
¢ OutKast act stirs complaints ¢ Another Chick’s on the way ¢ ‘Survivor’ to move for hoops
Newman passes Busch near finish for IROC victory
February 14, 2004
Ryan Newman found a way to squeeze past Kurt Busch 100 yards from the finish line and won the season-opener of the International Race of Champions Series Friday night.
Arrested soldier a convert to Muslim
February 14, 2004
A National Guardsman suspected of trying to share military information with al-Qaida is a Muslim convert who complained bitterly in a letter to a newspaper about “bigotry, hatred and mindless rage” in the United States.
Song in their heart
February 14, 2004
Pastor launches new congregation
February 14, 2004
A new church has begun to sprout in Lawrence under the practiced hand of a pastor who is experienced in planting the seeds of faith.
Curtain closing on opera billing
KU performances of ‘Barroom Floor,’ ‘Strawberry Fields to end tonight
February 14, 2004
The weekend is chock-full of Valentine’s Day-themed events. If you’re looking for an entertaining alternative, check out the final performances of Kansas University Opera’s double bill of “Face on the Barroom Floor” and “Strawberry Fields” tonight at KU’s Black Box Theatre.
Cardinals not favored in division for change
St. Louis overshadowed during offseason by Houston, Chicago’s big-name moves
February 14, 2004
All winter, while Chicago’s Cubs and Houston’s Astros were adding marquee names to their roster, the St. Louis Cardinals stayed out of the spotlight.
Emery E. Peterson
February 14, 2004
Celtics put Baker on waivers; union to fight
February 14, 2004
The Boston Celtics are on their way to getting rid of Vin Baker.
Briefly
February 14, 2004
¢ Tutu: Apartheid victims deserve compensation ¢ Parliament approves 3,000 troops to Iraq ¢ Medical, food crisis looms in rebel-held city ¢ Negotiators to end 30-year Cyprus split
Briefly
February 14, 2004
¢ U.S. prepares to send diplomatic team to Mideast ¢ Alleged police shooting sparks deadly riot ¢ Students protest Army probe after Islam conference ¢ Cabinet changes in the works
Kerry earns Clark’s backing; AFL-CIO likely next
February 14, 2004
John Kerry gained ground Friday in the Democratic presidential race with the promise of an endorsement by the AFL-CIO, the support of a former rival and fresh polls pointing toward victory in next week’s Wisconsin primary.
Justin Helm
February 14, 2004
Faith forum
February 14, 2004
Should parents decide on their children’s faith, or just leave it up to them?
Hopes high for once-lowly Royals
February 14, 2004
Fans of the Kansas City Royals are not alone in having a change of attitude since last year’s stunning 21-game turnaround.
Horoscopes
February 14, 2004
Briefly
February 14, 2004
¢ FDA delays decision on morning-after pill ¢ Juror excused, replaced in bishop’s trial ¢ CBS pulls Medicare ad, waits for review ¢ Researchers develop small hydrogen reactor
San Francisco resumes same-sex vows
Judge tells opposition groups to return next week; city weds 665 couples
February 14, 2004
Despite accusations that the mayor is riding roughshod over the law, conservative groups failed to stop San Francisco from issuing same-sex marriage licenses Friday as hundreds more gay couples rushed to tie the knot before the opportunity slipped away.
Briefly
February 14, 2004
¢ Lawrence filmmaker to show work in Columbia ¢ Lawrence Republican to run for House seat ¢ Former congressman tapped for D.C. post ¢ Pretrial conference set in school biting lawsuit
Society calendar
February 14, 2004