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Highway funds fight might jeopardize road projects
February 16, 2004
(Updated Monday at 1:23 p.m.) Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ administration today told state lawmakers it was her way or maybe no highway. Kansas Transportation Secretary Deb Miller said if the Legislature doesn’t approve Sebelius’ plan to borrow $465 million in bonds for the comprehensive transportation plan, dozens of road projects could be jeopardized.
Higher education budget approved
February 16, 2004
(Updated Monday at 12:10 p.m.) Senate budget writers today approved a $1.7 billion budget for Kansas higher education, but not before one senator warned that the funding level would lead to a tax increase.
Meeting on civility scheduled
February 16, 2004
(Web Posted Monday at 11:31 a.m.) Just how civil is the city of Lawrence?
Retired general to speak Tuesday
February 16, 2004
(Web Posted Monday at 11:30 a.m.) A retired U.S. Army general will speak Tuesday at Kansas University.
San Francisco can’t meet demand for same-sex marriage licenses
February 16, 2004
Demand for same-sex marriage licenses has been so great that on Sunday officials turned away hundreds of gay and lesbian couples lined up outside City Hall, saying they simply didn’t have the time or resources to meet all the requests.
Patriotic Act resolution to be presented
Agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets ¢ Sunflower Broadband Channel 25 ¢ Meeting documents online at www.lawrenceks.org
February 16, 2004
The Lawrence City Commission will receive a draft resolution from the Lawrence Bill of Rights Defense Committee concerning the USA Patriot Act.
Allegations tarnishing image of N.Y. firefighters
February 16, 2004
It was a love affair born of tragedy. For more than two years after the World Trade Center attack, New York City firefighters could do no wrong.
Plant plans to stay open through bankruptcy
February 16, 2004
A plant that is home to the world’s largest hot-dip galvanizing tank said it planned to stay open during the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process.
Briefly
February 16, 2004
¢ Aristide opposition growing; exiled forces join rebels ¢ Fire death tolls at least 92 ¢ Search called off for survivors in roof collapse at water park
Briefly
February 16, 2004
¢ Three cloned mules healthy, researchers say ¢ Gasoline prices climb
Mideast gets taste of rare snowstorm
February 16, 2004
A rare storm dumped more than 2 feet of snow on parts of the Middle East, breaking power lines in Lebanon, collapsing a wall at a holy site in Israel and delaying talks between Israelis and Palestinians. At least one person was killed.
Analysis: Lawmakers avoid moral arguments on Sunday sales
February 16, 2004
Opposition to Sunday alcohol sales in Kansas is a moral issue to some legislators, yet few have been willing to invoke religion or morality as they argue against the idea.
Horoscopes
February 16, 2004
Bush pursues ‘NASCAR dad’ votes
President opens star-studded Daytona 500
February 16, 2004
President Bush throttled up his re-election campaign Sunday by donning a racing jacket and opening the Daytona 500, NASCAR’s most prestigious event and one that draws a prized voter profile.
White House buried fuel additive ban
Affected companies donated to GOP
February 16, 2004
The Bush administration quietly shelved a proposal to ban a gasoline additive that contaminates drinking water in many communities, helping an industry that has donated more than $1 million to Republicans. The Environmental Protection Agency’s decision had its origin in the early days of President Bush’s tenure when his administration decided not to move ahead with a Clinton-era regulatory effort to ban the clean-air additive MTBE.
Shaq leads West to victory
February 16, 2004
Shaquille O’Neal grabbed a microphone after being named the All-Star game MVP and screamed, “Can you dig it?” to his hometown crowd.
Woodling: Jayhawks reeling for sure
February 16, 2004
What a difference seven days make. A week ago today, Kansas University’s men’s basketball team was fresh off a 96-77 throttling of Texas Tech in Allen Fieldhouse and had climbed eight rungs in the AP rankings to No. 12. The Jayhawks were peaking for the Big 12 Conference stretch run and eventually the conference and NCAA tournaments.
Briefly
February 16, 2004
¢ Raids net three arrests in terror investigation ¢ Nation offers to sell potential nuclear fuel ¢ Palestinian Authority sells stake in cell phones ¢ Palestinian journalists want probe of attacks ¢ U.S. troops arrive for combat exercises
Spammers take advantage of home PCs
Poorly-guarded computers help relay unwanted messages
February 16, 2004
Next time you’re looking for a culprit for all that junk mail flooding your inbox, have a glance in the mirror. Spammers are increasingly exploiting home computers with high-speed Internet connections into which they’ve cleverly burrowed.
Homeless funds
February 16, 2004
Dean denies he’s ready to bow out
February 16, 2004
Even as he campaigns across Wisconsin, a conflicted Howard Dean is weighing how — and whether — to abandon his presidential campaign in the face of another likely defeat, senior campaign aides said Sunday night.
Mr. Big’s back in crime drama ‘Bad Apple’
February 16, 2004
Chris Noth ( “Law & Order,” “Sex and the City”) returns to the force in the original TV drama “Bad Apple” (8 p.m., TNT). Fans of the Quentin Tarantino/Elmore Leonard School of violent crime farce should take a bite out this “Apple.”
People
February 16, 2004
¢ ‘50 First Dates’ tops box office for Valentine’s Day weekend ¢ Trashy clothes not Orrico’s style ¢ Ready for Mars ¢ Royal valentine for needy
Snowblowers can put fun back into wintertime activity
February 16, 2004
It was Saturday, the world was covered in deep white snow and the new red shovel felt eager in my hands. I surveyed my long driveway and the 250-foot sidewalk the city said I had to clear. Then one of Mark Twain’s phrases popped into my head. It had been etched around a coffee mug I got in Hannibal, Mo., on a family trip: “Tom appeared on the sidewalk with a bucket of whitewash and a long-handled brush. He surveyed the fence, and all gladness left him …”
And in supporting roles …
February 16, 2004
Whom would you choose to replace you? Whom do you trust enough to be your existential understudy? It is a question most humans never face directly. But presidential nominees do, and it is among the most telling decisions they ever make. It is a choice they actually live with every day of the campaign and then during their presidency if they win.
Wishful thinking won’t work
February 16, 2004
What is so difficult to understand about the Middle East that Western diplomats and politicians continue to play with scenarios that have no hope of succeeding? The so-called “road map” created out of wishful thinking by the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations states there must be two prerequisites before Israel relinquishes more land. One is that the Palestinian side must forswear violence, and the other is that the infrastructure that produces the violence must be dismantled. Neither has even begun to happen. Quite the opposite.
Players’ union approves A-Rod trade
Selig expected to endorse All-Star’s move from Texas to New York today
February 16, 2004
Alex Rodriguez is one step from putting on the pinstripes. The New York Yankees and Texas Rangers finalized the terms of their shocking trade Sunday, and the players’ association approved the deal for the American League MVP.
Area briefs
February 16, 2004
¢ Dating service sued for more than $1.1 million ¢ Pharmacy school event to focus on minorities ¢ Bowling event benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters ¢ Weather delays bridge reconstruction
On the record
February 16, 2004
Junior cruises to win first Daytona 500
February 16, 2004
Dale Earnhardt Jr. wasn’t driving alone. Daddy came along for the ride.
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February 16, 2004
¢ NASA’s Spirit rover examines ‘Mimi’ rock ¢ Ballistics tests confirm highway shootings link ¢ Daily diet can quench body’s thirst for water
Restaurants, bars fear smoke ban would snuff business
February 16, 2004
As a father, Jeff Webb is in favor of banning smoking in Lawrence’s restaurants and bars. But “as a business owner, it would be suicide,” he said last week, unless the ban were universally implemented across the city — or the state. Webb, who owns the smoker-friendly Jefferson’s Restaurant, 743 Mass., and others like him are caught in the midst of a fierce debate about whether to prohibit smoking in some public places.
Linebacker picks KU late
February 16, 2004
Joe Mortensen hopes Nebraska’s football coaches someday will regret not signing him to a national letter of intent when they had the chance. Mortensen, an all-state linebacker from Concord, Calif., will have the next four years to create some Cornhusker contrition after signing Saturday with Kansas University following a campus recruiting visit.
How low can Kansas go?
KU suffers second straight lopsided loss
February 16, 2004
To say Kansas University’s basketball team is in a mere slump would be a gross understatement. “We’re going through some (expletive) right now, basically, these last two games,” KU junior point guard Aaron Miles said, describing the Jayhawks’ 74-55 loss Sunday to Nebraska at Devaney Center, a loss that followed Monday’s 20-point defeat at Oklahoma State. “I’m not used to this. It means a lot, but it also means nothing if we don’t respond to it, take these lessons and build from them.”
KU interim coach Woodard Hall of Fame finalist
February 16, 2004
Kansas University interim head women’s basketball coach Lynette Woodard — a four-time Kodak All-American and the women’s college career scoring leader — has been named one of 16 finalists for enshrinement into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
On the money
February 16, 2004
Every new tax-filing season seems to come with a host of fresh changes in the tax code.
Presidents Day brings some closings
February 16, 2004
Government offices in Lawrence and several area cities will be closed today in observance of the Presidents Day holiday.
New galaxy discovered
Confirmed find would be most distant in universe
February 16, 2004
Tapping the powerful Hubble Space Telescope and a rare quirk of cosmic physics, astronomers have discovered the most distant galaxy in the universe, a faint, record-setting smear of light that flared 750 million years after the big bang.
Salvation Army seeks computer volunteers
February 16, 2004
The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to teach an hourlong basic computer skills class. The class will be offered one to two times per week in the evenings. Volunteers will determine when the class is offered, based on their availability. Most of the course’s students will be from the organization’s shelter, although anyone in the community is welcome to attend.
Student group announces whites-only scholarship
February 16, 2004
A student group at Roger Williams University is offering a new scholarship for which only white students are eligible, a move they say is designed to protest affirmative action.
Club honors police officer, firefighter
February 16, 2004
A 25-year tradition continued Sunday when Mount Oread Aerie 309, Fraternal Order of Eagles, paid special tributes to a Lawrence Police officer and a firefighter.
Not so dire
February 16, 2004
Insensitive pilot
February 16, 2004
Study: Dogs may benefit infants’ health
February 16, 2004
Infants who have a certain gene and live with a dog have stronger immune systems than those who don’t and are less likely to develop allergies or eczema, a University of Wisconsin-Madison research study shows.
Super Bowl slump’ ends fitness resolutions
Professor says exercise game fixed
February 16, 2004
It must be one of the shortest sports seasons going. People who know they ought to start exercising begin a gym membership at the new year. But after the Super Bowl, their willpower has waned, and they’re gone. Outta there.
Iraqi officials arrest ‘four of spades’
Baath leader one of U.S.’s most wanted
February 16, 2004
A special Iraqi police unit arrested a senior Baath Party leader on the U.S. military’s most-wanted list during a raid Sunday on his home in a Baghdad suburb.
U.S., Iraqis differ on source of rebel attacks
February 16, 2004
The capture of dozens of guerrilla leaders has left the U.S. military with a murky picture of a shadowy resistance here, with American and Iraqi officials divided about whether Iraqis or foreign fighters are responsible for recent attacks.
Wichita Urban League offers flight training
February 16, 2004
Mallory Jennings had yearned for flight lessons since age 13.
Daly ends drought in playoff
Unpredictable golfer claims first victory in nearly nine years
February 16, 2004
In life and in golf, no one ever knows what to expect from John Daly.
Conference to focus on indigenous peoples
February 16, 2004
Registration is open for a Kansas University conference scheduled to examine indigenous peoples.
Congressional year off to sleepy start
February 16, 2004
You may be curious, as I have been, how the Congress of the United States has been occupying its time this winter, while President Bush was defending his National Guard attendance record and the Democrats were deciding which candidate to send out to match wits with him — or at least with Tim Russert.
Guard ‘escape’
February 16, 2004
N.C. State stuns No. 1 Duke
No. 21 Wolfpack wins, 78-74; Pitt stops UConn
February 16, 2004
Outworked and outhustled — terms not usually associated with one of Mike Krzyzewski’s basketball teams.
Knicks deal Van Horn to Bucks
Five players, future pick included in three-team swap
February 16, 2004
Isiah Thomas made yet another move Sunday in his transformation of the New York Knicks, trading Keith Van Horn to Milwaukee and acquiring Tim Thomas in a three-way deal that also involved the Atlanta Hawks.
Commentary: Victory ensures Junior’s legacy
February 16, 2004
Nobody knows better how much winning the Daytona 500 meant to his father than Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Kansas briefs
February 16, 2004
¢ Cardinal clubs KU, 10-6 ¢ KU softball sweeps event
Huskers relish ‘tremendous’ win
February 16, 2004
At halftime, Nebraska University’s new football coaching staff was introduced to the sellout crowd at the Devaney Center.
Bahe answers call
KU walk-on hits two treys against NU
February 16, 2004
Kansas University freshman Nick Bahe heard the chants of “traitor, traitor” after hitting a pair of three-pointers Sunday at Nebraska’s Devaney Center. “I was a little surprised,” said Bahe, a hometown hero from Lincoln Southeast High, “but I tried to filter that out. I mentally prepared myself for everything. It’s athletics. It’s how things go.”
Gun bill triggers unease in cities
Opponents say concealed-carry measure violates local control
February 16, 2004
When it comes to concealed weapons being carried on the streets of Lawrence, what the city’s residents want wouldn’t matter if a bill before the Kansas Legislature is approved. That proposed undoing of local regulatory power worries many Kansans, including the League of Kansas Municipalities. The group says it is fine if, for example, Dodge City wants to allow people to carry hidden weapons. But the group also said towns that don’t want that to happen should have the power to bar it.
Higher education funding called into question
Lawmakers seek study of block grants to regents schools
February 16, 2004
Three years ago, Kansas University officials thought they got what they asked for when then-Gov. Bill Graves approved what became known as block grant funding. It’s an arrangement in which the state appropriated funds to KU and other regents schools, ostensibly with no strings attached. But it is not working as planned, some officials say.
Schools adapt services to families’ needs
February 16, 2004
Half an hour before classes begin at Chase County Elementary School, dozens of children congregate in the gym, their conversations creating an overpowering din. Dozens more eat breakfast in the adjacent cafeteria.
C-SPAN2 airs Lawrence group’s tour of presidential sites
February 16, 2004
A Lawrence group’s tour of presidential sites led by the former director of Kansas University’s Dole Institute of Politics will be broadcast over five nights this week on C-SPAN2. In October, more than 30 members of the New Generation Society of Lawrence traveled to the New England and New York area with Richard Norton Smith for the tour. Among the sites they visited were the homes of Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt and various graves.
Libyan nuclear warhead plans likely from Pakistan
February 16, 2004
Drawings of a nuclear warhead that Libya surrendered as part of its decision to renounce weapons of mass destruction are of 1960s Chinese design, but likely came from Pakistan, diplomats and experts told The Associated Press on Sunday.
Clark services
February 16, 2004
Elizabeth Hurley
February 16, 2004
Justin Lee Helm
February 16, 2004
Soldier returning from Iraq takes stage for proposal
February 16, 2004
When Lawrence native Justin Rapp returned to the United States from Iraq earlier this month with the 101st Airborne Division, he stunned his parents and his Ohio girlfriend. During the welcome-home ceremony Feb. 8 at Fort Campbell, Ky., Rapp, 23, a 1999 Free State High School graduate, proposed to his girlfriend, Natalee Burgess.
Microbial enemies lurking everywhere
February 16, 2004
That soap scum that forms on the shower curtain? It’s really a biofilm loaded with more than a billion bacteria per cubic inch.
A bouquet of ‘Rosies’
A site being established to honor the nation’s Rosie the Riveter crew is a fitting tribute to a magnificent group.
February 16, 2004
An effort centered in Richmond, Calif., places a long-overdue focus on the contributions of American women to the nation’s World War II effort.
The Capitol Report
News and views from the Kansas Statehouse
February 16, 2004
¢ Morris opposition ¢ Workers’ comp ¢ Wining and dining ¢ Legislative round file ¢ Rural judges ¢ House committee on controversies ¢ Hot Line operating ¢ Schedule
Democrats focus attack on Bush during debate
February 16, 2004
With the contested phase of the presidential primary season quickly coming to a close, the Democrats struggling to catch front-runner John Kerry offered no burning, last-minute pleas on Sunday to the Wisconsin voters who may be all that stand in the way of the Massachusetts senator being crowned the party’s nominee.
U.S. plans tough talk in N. Korea weapons negotiations
February 16, 2004
The Bush administration plans to take a tough stance in upcoming six-nation talks about the North Korean nuclear crisis, barely sweetening a position taken at the last round of negotiations six months ago that Pyongyang must agree to irreversible and verifiable dismantling of its nuclear programs and weapons, administration officials said.