Archive for Sunday, February 15, 2004

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Poet’s showcase
February 15, 2004
Spring opens with optimism
Unfortunately for major league baseball, steroids also hot topic
February 15, 2004
A year ago, right after flipping his Mustang on a California highway and somehow surviving the crash with hardly a scratch, a 21-year-old lefty who never had pitched above Class A walked into his first major-league camp. He was promptly assigned No. 77.
Safety on water routinely ignored
February 15, 2004
A weary sadness is audible in water patrolman Paul Kennedy’s voice when he tells the story of Missouri’s most recent hunting-related boating fatality.
Wildlife and Parks to conduct shooting clinic in April at Quivira WR
February 15, 2004
Studies involving waterfowl hunting and the use of steel shot indicate that hunters can reduce wounding by improving shooting and range estimation skills.
Sooners cruise past sluggish Jayhawks
February 15, 2004
Since winning its first game under interim head coach Lynette Woodard, Kansas University’s women’s basketball squad had lost three straight games. Saturday, Oklahoma stretched that streak to four with an 83-59 rout of the Jayhawks at Lloyd Noble Center.
Little E’ resumes chase for Great Race crown
February 15, 2004
Dale Earnhardt Jr. already hears the whispers. Will he ever win the Daytona 500? Junior goes into NASCAR’s biggest event 0-for-4, even though he has been among the favorites in three of those races and was the overwhelming pick a year ago.
Vintage venue: Boutique offers various wines, specialty foods
February 15, 2004
Billed as a “global wine boutique,” Wines by Jennifer is housed in a restored home, circa 1910, in the historic Old Town District of Parkville, Mo.
Watering, lighting vital for violets
February 15, 2004
By now, most houseplants look their worst. The short days, low relative indoor humidity and other unfavorable conditions mean they are merely surviving and not thriving. Usually, there is not a lot we can do because most plants show the same signs for a variety of problems. However, African violets are just fickle enough that when they’re not happy, they will show you why.
Be active in pet’s health
February 15, 2004
Dear Readers: Recently, I presented resolutions for the new year for veterinarians. Now I’d like to offer several similar resolutions for pet owners to adopt.
Two KU students heading to nationals of Kennedy Center theater festival
February 15, 2004
Many Kansas University students took home awards from this year’s Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival regional competitions. The event took place in late January at Denver University.
David Graves Sears
February 15, 2004
San Francisco maintains steady stream of same-sex marriages
February 15, 2004
Gay and lesbian couples from across the country answered this city’s Valentine’s Day invitation to wed in an unprecedented spree of same-sex marriages that has challenged California law and sent conservative groups scrambling for court intervention.
Year after R.I. nightclub fire, few changes made elsewhere
February 15, 2004
When a rock band’s pyrotechnics set a Rhode Island nightclub ablaze, killing 100 people and injuring scores of others, fire marshals across the nation scurried to review their safety inspections.
With glitch fixed, Mars rover prepares for soil analysis
February 15, 2004
Scientists fixed a glitch that froze the robotic arm on the Mars rover Opportunity and then prepared the robot explorer to dig a narrow trench in the Martian soil, NASA said Saturday.
K.C. church calls end to all weddings
February 15, 2004
Couples no longer will be able to exchange wedding vows at one Kansas City Methodist church, which has decided to stop performing traditional marriage ceremonies because a church rule prohibits such services for gays and lesbians.
Bush turns his attention to weapons proliferation
February 15, 2004
President Bush on Saturday called the leaders of Russia and Italy to discuss how to check the spread of dangerous weapons and keep them away from terrorists.
Haiti rebels bring in Dominican fighters
February 15, 2004
Haitian rebels seeking to topple the president brought in reinforcements from the neighboring Dominican Republic, including the exiled former leader of 1980s death squads and a former police chief accused of fomenting a coup, witnesses said Saturday, as police fled two more northern towns.
Trio sends flowers, Bible verse to classmates
February 15, 2004
Three Shawnee Mission West High School boys who gave roses along with notes containing a biblical verse to 971 female classmates had the law on their side, the Shawnee Mission school district says.
Ryun, state split on school funding woes
February 15, 2004
Kansas still has $16 million in federal funds available to help implement the federal No Child Left Behind act, suggesting that complaints about the education law’s costs are misguided, U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun said Friday.
Notes
February 15, 2004
Cal retires Kidd’s jersey number
February 15, 2004
Cal picked the perfect way to fire up its basketball fans Saturday: bring Jason Kidd into the building.
Indiana’s Jones slam-dunk champ
February 15, 2004
Baron Davis, the New Orleans Hornets’ standout who used to wow the crowd across town at Pauley Pavilion, was a winner at Staples Center Saturday night in the NBA All-Stars skills challenge.
Lenard takes three-point title
February 15, 2004
Denver’s Voshon Lenard denied Sacramento’s Peja Stojakovic from a third consecutive victory in the NBA All-Star three-point shooting contest Saturday night.
Eugene J. Peltier
February 15, 2004
Arts briefs
February 15, 2004
¢ Trio scheduled to bring ‘Groove’ to KU campus ¢ Mardi Gras dance to help fights AIDS ¢ Lawrence Art Guild sets All Member Exhibit ¢ Moved by the arts ¢ 43rd Art in the Park seeking applications ¢ Community theater to have auditions ¢ Collegium Musicum to play ‘Songs, Dances and Sonatas’ ¢ Metals artist to talk at KU symposium ¢ Art exhibition features graduate students ¢ Kansas Woodwinds showcases KU talent ¢ Faculty recital explores variety of jazz, baroque ¢ Theatre for Young People to stage ‘Really Rosie’ ¢ Grant education subject of arts commission events ¢ Playwrights wanted for K.C. competition ¢ ESU magazine calls for poetry entries
Area briefs
February 15, 2004
¢ Photographer’s gift to boost KU J-school ¢ New Baker scholarship to honor alumna
Many investors in black
February 15, 2004
What will it take to get stock-market investors back in the black? That’s a trick question. Many, if not most, investors are in the black, despite the big 2000-2002 bear market from which the major indexes have yet to fully recover.
Toy store chains seek ways to survive plaything price wars with Wal-Mart
February 15, 2004
Led by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., discount retailers won a war with other toy stores this past holiday season. Now toymakers, a casualty in that bitter fight, have decided to make their own stand.
Check the record
February 15, 2004
Squeezing competition
Gasoline station owners say grocers’ low prices affect business
February 15, 2004
Beware drivers. Convenience store operators say the enticing deals on gasoline at area grocery stores may save you money today but will cost you plenty in the future.
Profit is dream
February 15, 2004
Community care
February 15, 2004
No courtesy
February 15, 2004
Old Hometown
February 15, 2004
When the lights go down on ‘the city’
February 15, 2004
For six sometimes-sinful seasons, even singles have had a steady date every Sunday night. That’s when HBO’s sultry “Sex and the City” foursome of Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte strap on their Manolo Blahniks and esoteric designer frocks to meet for brunch and catch up on last night’s action.
The Motley Fool
February 15, 2004
¢ Name that company ¢ Smart investment: Glass works ¢ Ask the fool: Pro forma follies ¢ The fool take: Rayovac in charge ¢ The fool school: Debit vs. Credit
Kansas artist remains prolific despite handicaps
February 15, 2004
Robert Pearson’s first exposure to the arts moved him so much he moved right out of his hometown. An elementary school teacher took Pearson and his classmates to a symphony concert at Concordia High School. He’d never seen anything like it.
Clinton Museum eyes larger facility
February 15, 2004
Martha Parker jokes that she’s been waiting 20 years to move from the milkshed to the barn. Since 1983, the Overbrook woman has been working tirelessly to preserve the history of Clinton and the Wakarusa Valley area where she grew up.
Atlanta poet to mentor local writers
February 15, 2004
Poet Jessica Care Moore wears many artistic hats. Journalist. Actress. Publisher. Musician. And on Feb. 22 and 23, the Atlanta artist will don yet another creative cap — teacher.
Author digs up Natalie Wood’s mysterious death for biography
February 15, 2004
In 1981, when Natalie Wood drowned off Catalina Island under mysterious circumstances, the tabloids erupted in headlines that hinted at foul play.
City’ fashions up for sale during HBO online auction
February 15, 2004
A charity auction will offer the chance to literally walk in Carrie Bradshaw’s shoes by selling wardrobe from “Sex and the City” to raise money for several charities.
Area briefs
February 15, 2004
¢ Lawrence children send valentines to troops ¢ Lecture to chronicle KU’s early black students ¢ AARP members to meet in Topeka ¢ Contests promote love for animal companions
Illegal stop calls conduct of city police into question
February 15, 2004
With binoculars in hand, a Lawrence police officer stakes out a local convenience store that he thinks is a drug-dealing spot. He sees a car pull into the lot. An unidentified black male climbs into the back seat. The car immediately leaves. The officer follows, based on his knowledge that drug deals often happen during short drives around the block.
Visual vocabulary’ informs technique for photographer
February 15, 2004
Presidents Day to bring some closings
February 15, 2004
Government offices in Lawrence and several area cities will be closed Monday in observance of the Presidents Day holiday.
Tribal colleges blossom in U.S.
Haskell no longer in league of its own
February 15, 2004
For much of its 120-year history, Haskell Indian Nations University has been one of only a handful of schools that gave Native American students a shot at higher education. Not anymore. Today, more than 30 tribes have tribal colleges in 12 states.
Kerry scores another pair of caucus wins
Candidates turn focus to Wisconsin
February 15, 2004
Democratic presidential front-runner John Kerry scored victories east and west Saturday, swamping his rivals in Nevada and the District of Columbia caucuses to build his advantage in delegates needed for the nomination. His opponents pinned their hopes on the coming Wisconsin primary to try to slow him down.
Clark services
February 15, 2004
Couples of all sorts exchange vows in Plaza church ceremonies
February 15, 2004
For the fourth consecutive year, a Kansas City church used Valentine’s Day for a marathon day of weddings, commitment ceremonies and vow renewals.
Calendar
February 15, 2004
Rain puts Earnhardt’s bid on hold
Busch race suspended until Monday after 31 of scheduled 120 laps are completed
February 15, 2004
Everything was on schedule Saturday for heavy favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. until the rain came.
Stanford stops Jayhawks again, 6-3
Pair of home runs by Metcalf can’t lift struggling Kansas baseball squad
February 15, 2004
Two homers by Travis Metcalf were not enough for Kansas University’s baseball team Saturday, and the Jayhawks dropped their second straight game to No. 4 Stanford, 6-3.
HINU stumbles in home finale
February 15, 2004
In the final home game of their college basketball careers, the seniors of Haskell Indian Nations University would have liked a better swan song than being swept by Newman.
Tongie sweeps SFT
Chieftain boys prevail in overtime
February 15, 2004
Billy Baska’s only basket was a big one.
KU wins three in San Antonio
February 15, 2004
Kansas University went 3-0 Saturday on the first day of the weather-delayed UTSA Fastpitch Express College Classic.
Jayhawk briefs
February 15, 2004
¢ Utah tops Kansas in women’s tennis ¢ Three Jayhawks post NCAA provisional marks
Rodriguez close to becoming a Yankee
February 15, 2004
Alex Rodriguez was just a day or two away from joining the New York Yankees in a stunning trade that surely will rank as one of the biggest in baseball history.
Clinton Lake contains cornucopia of catfish
February 15, 2004
Anglers in search of channel catfish should make Clinton Lake a destination this year, but fishing for all other species should be fair to poor at the Douglas County reservoir.
Subpar performance
Lawrence residents still are waiting for the city’s highly touted municipal golf course to break even.
February 15, 2004
Lawrence taxpayers have been waiting fairly patiently for the city’s Eagle Bend Golf Course to live up to its promise to be self-supporting, but that patience may be wearing thin.
Pointed questions for candidate Kerry
February 15, 2004
In the more than 250 days until Nov. 2, John Kerry can answer questions that linger in spite of, or because of, all he has said so far. Such as:
Experience colors view of war
February 15, 2004
Is this what the election will be about? The man who ran as a compassionate conservative in 2000 plans to run as a “war president” in 2004.
Langford hopes to shake dust against Huskers
February 15, 2004
When he is old and gray, Keith Langford can sit in his rocking chair and tell his grandchildren about the game-winning three-pointer he buried Feb. 24, 2002, at the Devaney Center. In the interim, however, Langford, Kansas University’s junior guard from Fort Worth, Texas, will concentrate on making new memories.
LHS sloppy; FSHS overmatched
Hussein, Hardy city’s champs
February 15, 2004
Brendan Halpin’s and Nolan Kellerman’s championship matches summed up Lawrence High’s performance Saturday at the Sunflower League wrestling meet at Shawnee Mission West. Much like LHS wrestlers had done all day, the sophomores had opportunities to put their opponents away, but made mistakes that led to defeat.
Taking tea
NYC’s afternoon pause steeped in tradition
February 15, 2004
Teatime in Manhattan is much more than scones and finger sandwiches. Afternoon tea not only serves as a tonic for weary sightseers, but it also can help provide an experience that might otherwise be missed.
Bryant, O’Neal All-Star newsmakers
Laker standouts should feel right at home in tonight’s showcase
February 15, 2004
More often than not in recent years, the NBA All-Star Game has ended up revolving in some way around Kobe Bryant or Shaquille O’Neal.
Briefly
February 15, 2004
¢ Jury in case of bishop restarts deliberations ¢ Anti-tobacco groups protest Schwarzenegger
Briefly
February 15, 2004
¢ Palestinian leader fears U.S. backs Israeli plan ¢ Red Cross: U.S. permits visit with Saddam ¢ U.S.: Rebels off list of terrorists if deal set
Briefly
February 15, 2004
¢ Celebrity chefs highlight South Beach food fest ¢ Classic car event coming to Atlantic City ¢ Tours help Jews trace European heritage
Adult-care industry adapts to demand
February 15, 2004
When Betty Roberts’ 30-year battle with lupus finally forced her out of her home, she went first to a hospital and then to a nursing and rehabilitation center.
Snow drifts blamed in death
February 15, 2004
The family of a woman who died of exposure outside her assisted-living complex say she was trapped in a stairwell by drifts of unshoveled snow.
Saturday shooting linked to Ohio sniper
Area on heightened alert for shooter, vehicle
February 15, 2004
A man standing on a highway overpass fired a handgun at a sport utility vehicle Saturday on Interstate 70, and investigators said it appeared to be linked to the monthslong series of highway shootings in the Columbus area.
Commuter report
February 15, 2004
People
February 15, 2004
¢ Jackson wins humanitarian honor ¢ Drummer jailed in attempted rape ¢ Tarantino to preside at Cannes ¢ ‘Passion’ star has lighter side
Lawmakers outline session priorities
School-finance formula, tax increases rank high for local legislators
February 15, 2004
The pressure is on the Kansas Legislature again this year to improve education funding, but this time a state judge is watching what legislators do. That means a possible tax increase, legislators said during a breakfast forum Saturday morning.
Littlest Groom’ may make big waves
February 15, 2004
Just as “The Station Agent” is painting movie screens with an emotionally rich, unhackneyed story about a dwarf, Fox escorts “The Littlest Groom” down the reality TV aisle.
Turkish film takes top honors at Berlin festival
February 15, 2004
The story of a young Turkish-German woman who marries a man she doesn’t love to escape her conservative Islamic family won the top prize at the Berlin Film Festival on Saturday.
Clarification
February 15, 2004
The Lawrence City Commission’s study session on Wednesday is open to the public, but commissioners will not accept public comment. A letter to the editor that appeared in Saturday’s Journal-World suggested otherwise.
On the record
February 15, 2004
Art and the artist endure in ‘Book of Flying’
February 15, 2004
In this original compendium of tales, a pale librarian and poet named Pico, in a city by the sea, falls in love with a beautiful winged girl named Sisi. To be one with her, he must grow wings, and so he sets forth on the journey that is this book to the “Morning City.”
What are you reading?
February 15, 2004
Reminder of a loved life
Memorials convey how pet was special
February 15, 2004
Nine months passed from the time veterinarians found Leila Pninah’s cancer until the day she died in August 2001, swaddled in her owner’s arms, tail wagging as she gently went to sleep.
German porcelain factory made comical pieces
February 15, 2004
Whimsical dishes are not a 21st-century idea. Pitchers that look like a bird or a man’s head, covered bowls shaped like a hen on a nest, and camel-shaped teapots were all made years ago.
Hipsters: Hip-swinging Polynesian dances are the hot new attraction of students
February 15, 2004
Since her baby Lily was born 1 1/2 years ago, Kristy Flanagan-Rubio has been swaying her hips and moving her arms and legs to drop 45 of her 50 pregnancy pounds.
Review: Native singer’s music inspires and unifies
February 15, 2004
Joanne Shenandoah had the Lied Center audience literally dancing in the aisles Friday night. Early in the evening’s fare of native music, she encouraged the audience to hold hands and move in a round dance or friendship circle. Although many in the crowd seemed initially quite uncomfortable, eventually there were smiles all around as people stepped and swayed among the seats.
Call for urban teachers needs quick answer
February 15, 2004
Some facts shout at you. I found a few noisy ones recently in a Kansas University grant proposal.
Collier: What, me worry?
NU coach wants no distractions about job security
February 15, 2004
Barry Collier isn’t worried about his job security at Nebraska, so he says his players shouldn’t be concerned, either. “Don’t play for my job,” Collier, Nebraska’s fourth-year basketball coach with a 51-57 record, told his Cornhuskers recently after the squad fell to 1-6 in Big 12 Conference play. “The basis of this program is we have faith in what we’re doing.
Georgia upends UK
No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 Saint Joe’s win easily, remain undefeated
February 15, 2004
After 83 years of futility, Georgia is getting used to beating Kentucky.
Framin’ his campaign message
February 15, 2004
My fellow and gal Americans: For the past few months, as I have traveled around this great nation talking about my campaign for president, the one question I have heard most often from the voters, in these troubled times, is: “President of what?”
Court of public opinion condemns Jackson
February 15, 2004
Who’d have thought there would come a day when Michael wasn’t the most embarrassing Jackson? He ought to send Janet a note: “Thanks for the mammary.” Because the mammary has sure taken the heat off him.
Business briefs
February 15, 2004
Groups warn law may mean trails’ end
February 15, 2004
A planned public recreational trail from Clinton Lake to Topeka has become somewhat of a lightning rod in the Kansas Legislature, pitting landowners along the trail against groups behind the effort. Proposed legislation would allow adjacent landowners to sue rails-to-trails organizations and hold their individual members personally liable for upkeep of the land on which the trails are built.
Roof collapse at water park kills at least 21
February 15, 2004
At least 21 people were killed and 106 injured when the glass and concrete roof covering a huge, 2-year-old Moscow water park gave way in what the mayor called the city’s biggest technical accident.
Elaine M. Hoffman
February 15, 2004
Horoscopes
February 15, 2004
Briefly
February 15, 2004
¢ Studies: Alcohol, drugs kill brain cells in fetuses ¢ Five in family killed when car hits van ¢ Mexico cruise returns with 300 ill passengers ¢ Minivan collides with RV on highway; seven dead ¢ Judge reverses decision to strip steer of title
Before buying boat, be sure you know about extra costs
Experts advise pricing everything
February 15, 2004
Memo to first-time boat buyers: There are no brakes — or turn signals. But there are thousands of other bells and whistles that might help get you out on the water and back safely.
Study of oceans goes beyond Earth
Scientists plan to send probes to moons of Saturn, Jupiter
February 15, 2004
The skills and technology used to explore the extreme depths of the Earth’s oceans will soon find work in outer space. Scientists are making plans to probe the icy seas of Jupiter’s moons and drop a lander to the bizarre gasolinelike lakes of Titan, a moon of Saturn.
Biffle rebuffed from pole
February 15, 2004
Daytona 500 pole-winner Greg Biffle will have to start at the back of the field in today’s race after being forced to change engines.
Pet Post
February 15, 2004
Eagle on 18th puts Daly in lead
Cink one back entering final round of Buick Invitational
February 15, 2004
His life in constant turmoil off the course, John Daly’s golf game hasn’t looked this good since he was holding a claret jug at St. Andrews eight years ago.
Veritas boys fall to Maranatha
February 15, 2004
Andrew Bartlow scored 14 points Saturday, but it wasn’t enough for short-handed Veritas Christian in a 77-38 loss at Shawnee Maranatha.
Briefly
February 15, 2004
¢ Earthquakes kill at least 17, damages 150 homes ¢ Aid workers killed in ambush; U.S. soldier dies in mine blast ¢ U.S. engineers seal up Saddam’s final hiding place ¢ Thousands march against ban on Islamic head scarves
Unprecedented Iraq attack leaves 23 dead
February 15, 2004
Guerrillas overwhelmed an Iraqi police station west of Baghdad on Saturday, meeting little resistance as they went room to room shooting police in a bold, well-organized assault that killed 23 people and freed dozens of prisoners, officials said.
Population boom in Eudora could tax developers
City targets new construction
February 15, 2004
Having 5,000 residents driving on an aging road network is one thing. Embracing another 5,000 residents in the next decade — without adding another cent to Eudora’s capital improvements budget — simply is unthinkable, said Mike Yanez, city administrator.
Mayer: Sorry, KU fans: Sometimes, routs happen
February 15, 2004
In late 1940, pro football’s Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins met in the final game of the regular season, a prelude to their East-West title match Dec. 8. Washington won, 7-3, and the bookies had a field day establishing the ‘Skins as solid favorites for the NFL title match. The Redskins took the kickoff and, with quarterback Sammy Baugh in command, drove deep into Chicago’s red zone. The Bears intercepted Sammy and roared to an astonishing 73-0 victory, the biggest margin in NFL playoff history.
Grants available for boosting health
February 15, 2004
The Kansas Health Foundation is accepting applications for its Recognition Grant Program.
KCI continues to see drop in passengers
February 15, 2004
Kansas City International Airport — still hurting from the collapse of Vanguard Airlines and a slow-recovering economy — had fewer people pass through its gates for the third consecutive year.
Cyclones, fans blow away Longhorns
Iowa State stuns 11th-ranked Texas, 78-77, with help from energetic crowd
February 15, 2004
Give Iowa State’s fans an assist in this shocker. Energized by a boisterous crowd, Iowa State came from 14 points down in the second half to beat No. 11 Texas, 78-77, Saturday.
Texas Tech survives; Baylor upended
February 15, 2004
It took awhile, but No. 7 Texas Tech finally solved the Texas A&M defense Saturday night.
Bookstore
February 15, 2004
FDA challenges usefulness of antidepressants in children
February 15, 2004
As U.S. regulators debate whether a popular class of antidepressant drugs causes suicidal behavior in children, their review is also raising questions about whether the drugs are effective.
Sex’ leaves stylish legacy as series ends
February 15, 2004
It’s clear there’s something different about “Sex and the City” from the opening credits, as Sarah Jessica Parker struts down the streets of Manhattan wearing a tutu and manages to look chic. Lara Flynn Boyle was vilified for her tutu outing at the 2003 Oscars, but it works like crazy for her fellow triple-named star.