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Grant to provide permanent place for homeless
February 17, 2004
(Updated Tuesday at 5:08 p.m.) The Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority has received a federal grant to provide permanent housing for some of the city’s homeless, officials announced Tuesday afternoon.
Taxpayer amendment clears first hurdle
February 17, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 2:41 a.m.) A measure that would require a public vote on any proposed state tax increase cleared its first legislative hurdle today. The House budget-writing committee approved the proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution.
Holland proposes penalties for illegal labor
February 17, 2004
(Web Posted Tuesday at 11:32 a.m.) Employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers would face stiffer penalties under a bill by state Rep. Tom Holland, a Democrat from Baldwin.
Turbines could destroy tallgrass prarie, residents say
February 17, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 2:41 a.m.) Flint Hills residents today said installation of mammoth wind turbines in their region would destroy the tallgrass prairie, one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world. “When those machines meet the tallgrass prairie, the tallgrass prairie loses,” Pat Hughes of Leon said.
KU wins county schedule game
Courthouse meetings take back seat when ‘Hawks play at home
February 17, 2004
When it comes to setting their meeting schedule, Douglas County commissioners don’t play games. They’d rather watch. Commissioners routinely cancel their regular Wednesday night meetings when they conflict with Kansas University men’s basketball games at Allen Fieldhouse, and this week offers no exception.
Briefly
February 17, 2004
¢ President pardons former Texas mayor ¢ Study links antibiotics with breast cancer risk ¢ States to get billions for election process ¢ Spirit rover completes longest trip on Mars
Sebelius warns of end to road work
Future of highway projects may hinge on passage of borrowing plan
February 17, 2004
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ administration told lawmakers Monday it was her way or maybe no highway. During a news conference and later at a hearing before a House committee, Sebelius’ transportation officials blitzed the Legislature, warning that if lawmakers failed to approve the governor’s plan to borrow $465 million to shore up the comprehensive transportation plan, dozens of road projects would face a dead end.
Self: Graves still with team
February 17, 2004
Jeff Graves, who didn’t suit up for Sunday’s 19-point loss at Nebraska, remains a full-fledged member of Kansas University’s men’s basketball team. “He’s certainly still with the team,” Jayhawk coach Bill Self stressed Monday, reiterating the 6-foot-9, 255-pounder was benched for performance-related issues, not off-the-court issues.
Bedlam Series sweep
Cowboys closing in on Big 12 crown
February 17, 2004
Ivan McFarlin scored on putbacks, soft jumpers in the lane and even a few dunks on the break. The Oklahoma State forward almost didn’t miss, and Oklahoma couldn’t counter with much offense of its own. McFarlin was 10-for-12 from the field and scored 21 points, leading No. 7 Oklahoma State to its first Bedlam Series season sweep with Oklahoma in six years with a 65-52 victory Monday night.
Bremer would block Islamic law in Iraq
February 17, 2004
Iraq’s U.S. administrator suggested Monday he would block any move by Iraqi leaders to make Islamic law the backbone of an interim constitution, which women’s groups fear could threaten their rights. Roadside bombs killed two more American soldiers.
Horoscopes
February 17, 2004
Teachers back small classes
District says budget cuts may force increases
February 17, 2004
When Bob Kristiansen lived in California, his daughter was in classes with 30 to 35 other students. Now she is in a fourth-grade classroom with 20 students at Langston Hughes School, and Kristiansen doesn’t want that number to increase.
Igloo born of icy imagination
Nesting instinct puts dad in deep freeze
February 17, 2004
His pregnant wife wasn’t wild about the project. There were more pressing household chores than building a 7-foot-high igloo in the front yard. But the snow called out to Jason Botz, and he couldn’t resist.
Study: Anger-prone people more likely to light up
February 17, 2004
If you’re easy to anger, you might have a brain especially susceptible to nicotine. Scientists using powerful scanners have documented nicotine triggering dramatic bursts of activity in certain brain areas — but only in people prone to anger and aggression, not more cheerful, relaxed types.
A look at perceived gaps in universities’ 2005 budgets
February 17, 2004
The Senate Ways and Means Committee concluded that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ proposed budget for the state’s 2005 fiscal year did not provide enough money for state universities’ general operations.
Briefly
February 17, 2004
¢ Same-sex weddings, legal fight continue ¢ Avian influenza tests yielding no new cases ¢ Police make arrest in teen’s ‘98 death
Concealed carry
A gun in a purse or pocket may make the carrier feel safer, but what about the rest of us?
February 17, 2004
It’s hard to see how allowing people to carry concealed weapons will make Kansas a safer place.
Journalist denies having relationship with Kerry
February 17, 2004
A woman who has been the subject of rumors linking her to Sen. John Kerry said Monday that she had never had an affair with the Democratic presidential candidate.
Panel endorses but criticizes Sebelius higher ed budget
February 17, 2004
A $1.7 billion higher education budget that largely mirrors the one Gov. Kathleen Sebelius proposed for 2005 has received a Senate panel’s endorsement.
English language center opens with name of slain KU student
February 17, 2004
A Kansas University student’s compassion for a Costa Rican community where she was murdered nearly three years ago lives on in a newly opened English language center that bears her name.
Gene therapy offers ‘superathlete’ potential
February 17, 2004
Gene injections in rats can double muscle strength and speed, researchers have found, raising concerns that the virtually undetectable technology could be used illegally to build superathletes.
Proponents of clinic standards say current policy endangers women
February 17, 2004
Arguing that the state regulates veterinary clinics more strictly than it does abortion clinics, proponents of a bill to set minimum standards for those clinics said Monday that current conditions endanger women’s lives.
People
February 17, 2004
¢ Romano nervous about first film ¢ Losing not so bad ¢ Ellen doesn’t want to talk politics ¢ Ben was bumped
Woodard, slumping Jayhawks need win
KU women want to end losing streak tonight
February 17, 2004
These days, Kansas University women’s basketball interim head coach Lynette Woodard wakes up each morning wondering what might happen next. Woodard — a four-time Kodak All-American, and the women’s college career scoring leader — has seen everything from KU coach Marian Washington taking a leave of absence for undisclosed medical reasons to being named one of 16 finalists for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
Middle ground on gay marriage expands
February 17, 2004
I took the subway to the culture wars last week. The sidewalk in front of the Massachusetts Statehouse — stop No. 1 on the tourist Freedom Trail — was filled with combatants for and against gay marriage.
KU marching band alumni call experience worthwhile
February 17, 2004
Carl Johnson has won two Emmys for his work as a composer for animated films, but he still fondly remembers his time as a member of the Kansas University marching band. That’s why Johnson, who played trombone in 1984-1988, is excited about the Feather the Flock campaign, which aims to raise $150,000 for new marching band uniforms by March 1. KU band officials have said the new uniform design will keep ties to past uniform designs while adding some flair.
State and local briefs
February 17, 2004
¢ Vandals dump paint at West Junior High ¢ Vice President Cheney to raise funds in Wichita ¢ Retired Army general to speak at Kansas Union
Celebrities re-create ‘American Dreams’
Pop stars play roles of past legends
February 17, 2004
The director yells “Playback!” and the driving thump-thump rhythm of “Oh, Pretty Woman” rocks the soundstage. A man begins lip-syncing to the track, which he recorded earlier. He sounds like Roy Orbison. He looks like Roy Orbison.
Rachel L. Moore
February 17, 2004
Chilean spy says he made up CIA tale
February 17, 2004
A Chilean spy who swore that a U.S. intelligence officer was present during the 1973 interrogation and disappearance of an American citizen after a U.S.-backed coup in Chile now says he made up the story.
Never dull moment with Daly on course
Galleries support veteran golfer through highs, lows of unpredictable career
February 17, 2004
John Daly always seems to show up when no one expects him. Daly resurrected his career again Sunday in the Buick Invitational, winning a full-field tournament on U.S. soil for the first time in 10 years and capturing his first PGA Tour event since the 1995 British Open.
Imagine a school day in France
February 17, 2004
Do you wonder whether going to school in a foreign country would be vastly different? Here’s a taste of a school day in France, relayed by high school junior Beth Ruhl of Lawrence, who has begun her second semester studying overseas.
Archbishop snubs governor after speech to Catholic group
Anti-abortion advocates criticize church for allowing Sebelius to speak at event
February 17, 2004
One day after Gov. Kathleen Sebelius delivered a lecture at the University of St. Mary in Leavenworth, Archbishop James P. Keleher issued a statement telling Catholic institutions to stop inviting politicians who favor abortion rights to give presentations.
Legislative highlights
February 17, 2004
Highlights of Monday’s activities at the Kansas Legislature.
Gas explosion compensation doesn’t appease victims
Hutchinson families miss sense of security
February 17, 2004
Although she was awarded nearly $1 million in damages because her business was destroyed by a gas explosion, Alice Hayes says she has lost something more valuable — her sense of security in Hutchinson.
Scientists find new form of mad cow disease
February 17, 2004
Italian scientists have found a second form of mad cow disease that more closely resembles the human Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease than the usual cow form of the illness.
Appraiser: County home valuations climb about 5 percent
February 17, 2004
Property values continue to increase across Douglas County, just not quite as much as in recent years, Douglas County Appraiser Marion Johnson said Monday.
Commissioners value administrator’s work
February 17, 2004
Craig Weinaug’s work as county administrator is so good that he deserves a pay raise, Douglas County commissioners agreed Monday.
Texas case sounds like Iran
February 17, 2004
It’s just the sort of thing you’d expect from Iran. A woman runs afoul of local religious authorities who are angered by her refusal to cover up. But it isn’t just her immodest style of dress that riles the ayatollahs. They have also heard rumors that she sells sex toys from her home and instructs women in their use. So she is arrested and now faces trial and a possible prison term.
New teachers face uphill climb
February 17, 2004
Big-city school districts are desperate to improve the quality of teacher recruits, yet they offer new teachers the worst possible deal: Come to work for us, and we will put you in the tough schools that experienced teachers avoid. You will work with other green teachers who are also struggling and with students and children who think that the school system has abandoned them. Your starting salary will be low, and it will grow only with seniority — regardless of how well you perform or how much your skills (e.g., in science or mathematics) are worth elsewhere. You will be required to join a union that protects senior teachers but does not do much for you.
Bush tackles Democrats on raising taxes
February 17, 2004
President Bush, brushing aside concerns about the unprecedented budget deficit, renewed his demand that Congress extend his tax cuts, and charged Monday that Democrats would increase taxes.
KU golf seventh in Orlando
February 17, 2004
Kansas University’s men’s golf team is in seventh place after two rounds of the 18-team 2004 UCF/Rio Pinar Intercollegiate in Orlando, Fla.
Eudora secures split against Osawatomie
February 17, 2004
Lauren Kracl had 18 points, and Kayla Moyer added 14, leading the Eudora High girls basketball squad to a 47-41 victory Monday night over Osawatomie.
Transportation stance hardens; chairman says compromise needed
February 17, 2004
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ administration hardened its stance Monday in favor of issuing bonds to shore up the state’s transportation program, but a key legislator said compromise will be needed to save road projects.
Districts in school finance lawsuit offer remedy to judge’s ruling
February 17, 2004
A group of school officials have proposed a new school finance formula designed to satisfy a preliminary district court order that found the current system of funding schools in Kansas unconstitutional.
Public service
February 17, 2004
Weary Earnhardt wins … again
Little E completes ‘heck of a couple of weeks’ with victory in Busch Series race
February 17, 2004
All Dale Earnhardt Jr. wanted to do Monday was take it easy and enjoy his Daytona 500 victory. Instead, he slipped on his driving uniform and returned to work, weary from lack of sleep and drained emotionally.
Marriage debate
February 17, 2004
Equal rights
February 17, 2004
Pakistan, India begin historic peace talks
February 17, 2004
India and Pakistan had their first peace talks in 2 1/2 years Monday, praising a “new momentum” and working on a timetable to resolve decades of conflict between the nuclear-armed neighbors about Kashmir, terrorism and other issues.
Retirement funds
February 17, 2004
Center loses grant money for breakfast program
Jubilee Cafe also serves meals to city’s homeless
February 17, 2004
Some mornings, Lawrence’s homeless can eat a free breakfast twice. But the federal government will pay for just one of those meals. Authorities who distribute federal grant money in Lawrence decided this month they will support only one of the programs, the Jubilee Cafe. The other, the Community Drop-In Center, is scrambling to replace lost funding.
On the record
February 17, 2004
Area briefs
February 17, 2004
¢ Flames engulf house in Douglas County ¢ Philosophy lecture focuses on life, death ¢ Bar association leader to visit law school ¢ Applications due for volunteer award
Disney rejects Comcast offer
February 17, 2004
The Walt Disney Co. board of directors voted unanimously Monday to reject Comcast Corp.’s $56 billion bid, saying the offer was too low, the company said in a statement released Monday night.
Hoffman services
February 17, 2004
Lee Barnhart
February 17, 2004
Bonnie Joan Leonard
February 17, 2004
Helm services
February 17, 2004
Services for Justin Lee Helm, 22, Bartlesville, Okla., formerly of Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will be in Reno Cemetery.
Fab Five offers slew of new makeovers
February 17, 2004
The Fab Five return with nine new episodes beginning with tonight’s “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” (9 p.m., Bravo). This new season of the most talked-about makeover series of all time will feature a new motley crew of style-challenged heterosexuals, including Olympic figure skater John Zimmerman (March 9).
Willard W. Rodgers
February 17, 2004
Lawrence task force will study concerns about business climate
February 17, 2004
Mayor David Dunfield today will appoint a task force to examine concerns that Lawrence is unfriendly to business. City Commissioner Sue Hack will lead the 14-member task force, which was created after two recent surveys showed leaders of Lawrence firms are concerned about the city’s business climate.
Larry Franklin Wilson
February 17, 2004
Le Vona ‘Jackie’ Grace Morey
February 17, 2004
William K. Caldwell
February 17, 2004
George W. Hayes
February 17, 2004
Panel OKs higher education budget
February 17, 2004
A Senate committee Monday approved a $1.7 billion higher education budget but not before offering a preview of fights to come as state lawmakers argued about taxes and spending priorities. At one point, two legislators got into an argument over $500,000 for pediatric research at Kansas University Medical Center.
Edwards, Dean hold out hopes for breakthrough in Wisconsin
February 17, 2004
The last chance to stall Sen. John Kerry’s swift drive for the Democratic presidential nomination comes today when voters in this reform-minded but economically troubled state head to the polls in what is expected to be record numbers.
Legislators continue review of governor’s education plan
February 17, 2004
The governor’s plan for increasing spending on elementary and secondary education could be out of committee by the end of the week, a key legislator said Monday.
Roadside bombs kill three U.S. soldiers
February 17, 2004
Roadside bombs killed three U.S. soldiers in separate attacks Monday in Baghdad and a city to the northeast, the U.S. military said, and an American civilian was shot and killed in a weekend ambush.
Project caters to small businesses
Developers hope South Iowa building attracts local companies
February 17, 2004
A group of Lawrence developers is starting a project to make more room for small, locally owned companies along the South Iowa Street corridor. Lawrence developer Jeff Shmalberg is leading a group of investors who plan to start work on a 20,000-square-foot retail and warehouse building at the northwest corner of 33rd Street and Ousdahl Road.
Martha Stewart’s lawyers face high-stakes decision
Outsiders expect lifestyle diva to testify
February 17, 2004
With the government close to resting its case against Martha Stewart, lawyers planning her defense are faced with an excruciating decision: Should they put her on the witness stand?
Siemens plans to transfer U.S. jobs to India
February 17, 2004
The German firm Siemens will move most of the 15,000 software programming jobs from its offices in the United States and Western Europe to India, China and Eastern Europe, a company official said Monday.
Weather service changes flood response
February 17, 2004
In response to a flash flood that killed six people last Labor Day weekend on the Kansas Turnpike, the National Weather Service in Wichita has sought to increase dispatchers’ and weather spotters’ awareness of high water.
State Fair looks to replace grandstand to comply with federal disabilities act
February 17, 2004
It’s home to the biggest shows at the Kansas State Fair, but the outdoor grandstand is at least 70 years old and in need of repairs so expensive that officials are thinking about replacing it.
Unbeatens climb to top of polls
Stanford, Saint Joe’s pass Duke in college-basketball rankings
February 17, 2004
The last two unbeaten teams are 1-2 in the rankings.
Athletes could be next target in steroid case
Sports figures could be subject to perjury charges, suspension from competition
February 17, 2004
Though no athlete has been indicted in the alleged steroid-distribution case, some athletes who testified before the grand jury could face sanctions from their sport — or perjury charges from the federal government.
Nets start second half with big lead
NBA season resumes with 11 games today; trading deadline looms Thursday afternoon
February 17, 2004
Jason Kidd walked off the interview podium after the NBA All-Star game and delivered a nifty parting shot that could pass as a prediction: “See you at the finals.”
KU down, but not out
February 17, 2004
It’s gut-check time for Bill Self and his Kansas University men’s basketball players. “This is when you find out what you are made of, both as coaches and players,” Self, KU’s first-year head coach, said of the No. 21-ranked Jayhawks (15-6 overall, 7-3 Big 12 Conference), who have dropped two straight league road games — to Oklahoma State and Nebraska — by 20 and 19 points.
National League spring training capsules
February 17, 2004
A team-by-team look at the National League entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and reporting dates for pitchers and catchers, and full squads.
Selig’s approval puts A-Rod in pinstripes
February 17, 2004
The New York Yankees completed their trade for Alex Rodriguez early Sunday morning and after the players’ union approved it, the deal for the best player in baseball landed on Commissioner Bud Selig’s desk.
Sweeney healthy, ready for K.C. camp
February 17, 2004
Mike Sweeney, who was plagued by neck and back problems most of last season, says he is healthy and looking forward to having a great season for the Kansas City Royals.
KU coach wants Toth’s story
Reynolds waiting to pass judgment on THG case
February 17, 2004
Eyes popped and jaws dropped around the shot put ring at April’s Kansas Relays moments after Kevin Toth heaved the shot 74 feet, 4 1/2 inches. Toth’s prodigious throw at Memorial Stadium was the best in the world in almost 13 years.
Newest KU football signee ‘a weight-room fanatic’
Anderson Strength and Conditioning Center lures Mortensen
February 17, 2004
Joe Mortensen liked a lot of things about last week’s visit to Kansas University, including the campus, coaches and Memorial Stadium. One thing stood out about Jayhawk football.
Senate panel considers extending statute of limitations in child sexual abuse cases
February 17, 2004
Victims of childhood sexual abuse would have 30 years after their 18th birthday to seek damages under a bill being considered in a Senate committee.
Commentary: Steinbrenner twists the knife deeper into Red Sox Nation
February 17, 2004
Red Sox owner John Henry just emerged from an office at Fenway Park and saw his shadow. That should be good for at least six more months of winter in New England. “Beating the Yankees is what people live for,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Monday, “and it’s what they’re going to continue to do.”
Briefcase
February 17, 2004
¢ Independence lands 500 Cessna jobs ¢ Shareholders seek to end Russian oil standoff ¢ Paris airport strike slows French travel
Australian manufacturer makes bid for Kansas City’s Butler
February 17, 2004
Australia’s largest steel maker, BlueScope Steel Ltd., launched a $205 million bid for troubled U.S. group Butler Manufacturing Co. on Monday, aiming to boost its presence in China.
Russia testing missiles to show ‘strategic security’ moves
February 17, 2004
Engaged in its biggest nuclear military exercises in years, Russia prepared Monday to test-launch a series of ballistic missiles and deploy its heavy strategic bombing force in the far north in what President Vladimir Putin called an attempt to guarantee the world’s “strategic security.”
Poetic inspiration from the masters
February 17, 2004
Lawrence High School creative writing instructor Joy Clumsky gave her students lofty resources for their new assignment — images of some of the world’s most famous artwork.
Briefly
February 17, 2004
¢ Rebels attack police station ¢ Border crossing closed after grenade found in car ¢ AT&T Wireless takes look at rival offers for ownership ¢ Suspicious powder found at mail center