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KU: Jayhawks-Shockers basketball series too costly
Supporters of bill don’t believe KU’s claim
February 18, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 6:24 p.m.) Let the trash talking begin. Kansas University says a bill requiring the men’s basketball team to play Wichita State University would cost KU several hundred thousand dollars in lost ticket and television revenue.
Van pool users pack hearing
February 18, 2004
(Web Posted Wednesday at 10:49 a.m.) Vanpool riders packed a legislative hearing today to protect their program. “The program is good for the state of Kansas; it does not cost the state any money, yet provides a mode of transportation that makes working for the state government more attractive,” Abe Rezayazdi, a vanpool coordinator from Lawrence, said.
Judges won’t intervene on same-sex marriages
February 18, 2004
A judge said Tuesday that San Francisco appeared to be violating the law by issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, but he declined to order an immediate halt to the weddings.
What’s a serving size?
February 18, 2004
You’re eating too much. Don’t take it personally — that statement readily applies to most Americans these days.
Gardeners should plan for dry spell
February 18, 2004
As inconvenient as the recent snowfall may have been, heavy snow in winter is the best thing that can happen to an early-spring vegetable garden. Most of us in northeast Kansas received 6 to 8 inches of snow earlier this month. Those to the west and south got more, but even our half a foot of snow will go a long way toward compensating for lagging precipitation totals during the past year, particularly because the snow stayed on the ground awhile.
Nutritionists reworking longtime guide
February 18, 2004
Everybody knows about the Food Guide Pyramid — the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s guide for good health and nutrition that’s been taught in schools for years.
Downtown property owners grapple with tax increase
City commissioners pledge to put lid on mill levy
February 18, 2004
Downtown Lawrence property owners hope there is strength in numbers when it comes to fighting rising property tax bills. About 20 downtown property owners met Tuesday to discuss ways to avoid large property tax increases, like the one last year that caught many small businesses by surprise.
Hallmark delivers earnings growth
Greeting card division suffers sales slump
February 18, 2004
Sales and profits increased last year at Kansas City, Mo.-based Hallmark Cards Inc. despite falling revenues in its greeting card division, which has major operations in Lawrence. Hallmark said Tuesday it had consolidated revenues of $4.3 billion in 2003, up 2 percent from a year ago. The privately-owned company doesn’t release earnings totals but said they were up 15 percent from a year ago.
Stocks increase on acquisition, economic news
February 18, 2004
Investors sent stocks sharply higher Tuesday as Cingular’s $41 billion bid for AT&T Wireless set an upbeat tone on Wall Street, and Disney rejected a hostile takeover proposal from Comcast but said it would consider other offers that fairly valued the company.
Cattlemen win $1.28B lawsuit against Tyson
February 18, 2004
A federal court jury granted $1.28 billion Tuesday to a group of cattlemen after finding that the nation’s largest beef packer, Tyson Fresh Meats Inc., had manipulated cattle prices.
Briefcase
February 18, 2004
¢ Westar Energy sheds stake in Protection One ¢ Stewart wins ruling on voice mail issue ¢ Award to recognize businesses for charity
Crash of air ambulance kills 3 crew members
No patients were aboard downed flight
February 18, 2004
Three crew members aboard an air ambulance died early Tuesday morning when their plane crashed near this western Kansas community, authorities said.
Police chief suspended after reports of inappropriate behavior pattern
February 18, 2004
The city council in this central Kansas town has decided to suspend its police chief without pay amid allegations that he improperly touched several women.
Catholic groups welcome backers of abortion rights
Archbishop’s statement likely to have little effect on institutions’ policy
February 18, 2004
A recent statement from Archbishop James P. Keleher of Kansas City, Kan., admonishing Catholic institutions to stop issuing invitations to politicians who support abortion rights has drawn mixed reactions from area Catholics.
Russian missile tests fail
Glitch foils nation’s show of power
February 18, 2004
A technical glitch thwarted the launch of Russian ballistic missiles in the Barents Sea on Tuesday during naval maneuvers overseen by President Vladimir Putin, who watched the massive exercise while decked out in naval officer’s garb aboard a nuclear submarine.
Few students
February 18, 2004
Sharing wealth
February 18, 2004
Voice from past
February 18, 2004
Wind farm opponents air their concerns
Flint Hills residents don’t want turbines on tallgrass prairie
February 18, 2004
Don’t call them wind farms, say some residents of the Flint Hills. On Tuesday, a group of ranchers and other Flint Hills residents told the Senate Utilities Committee that concentrations of the giant wind turbines were not farms but industrial sites that could wreck the environmentally sensitive and endangered tallgrass prairie.
Second expert opinion allowed in trial of murder by neglect
February 18, 2004
Prosecutors might seek a second opinion about the mental capabilities of a Lawrence man charged with murdering his elderly father by neglect.
75 mph limit on interstates proposed
State senator says boost would increase business along I-70
February 18, 2004
Backers of a measure to increase to 75 mph the speed limit on some Kansas freeways and expressways see the move as a boon to the economy. But it also would go over well with commuters and others who drive Kansas interstates — even on an irregular basis, said Arturo Thompson, a 34-year-old Lawrence resident.
Wisconsin gives Kerry a victory, Edwards an opening
Showing buoys N.C. senator; Dean decision pending
February 18, 2004
On, said Wisconsin. On to the next series of primaries. On to a contest that removes the asterisk of regionalism or a crowded field and replaces it with one that forces the top two Democrats to battle one on one. On to a decisive March 2 when the twin pillars of Democratic strength, New York and California, can likely settle the issue.
Baylor could be cure for Kansas’ ills
February 18, 2004
Losing, Kansas University junior guard Michael Lee has learned, is not fun. “The bus ride back from Nebraska was just quiet,” Lee said. “A lot of people slept or had their headphones on. A couple did homework.”
LHS boys can’t douse O-South
Lions perform admirably against state’s top team
February 18, 2004
Oh, if only the Lawrence High boys basketball team had caught those darn Falcons on a night when they weren’t as hot as a blowtorch. What might have been.
ISU sparkles from long range
Cyclones sink 12 threes as Jayhawks lose fifth straight
February 18, 2004
The magic was all Iowa State’s Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. The Cyclones hit 12 three-pointers, handing Kansas University’s women’s basketball squad a 73-58 defeat and leaving KU interim coach Lynette Woodard searching for a miracle.
Emery Edwin Peterson Sr.
February 18, 2004
Eugene J. Peltier
February 18, 2004
George E. Steward Jr.
February 18, 2004
Wilson services
February 18, 2004
Simien finalist for Naismith honor
February 18, 2004
Kansas University junior Wayne Simien is among 20 finalists for the 2003-04 Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year Award, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Tuesday. Simien, a 6-foot-9 forward from Leavenworth, averages a team-leading 16.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, ranking third in the Big 12 Conference in both categories. Andre Emmett of Texas Tech is the only other Big 12 player on the list.
KU-Baylor notes
February 18, 2004
NBA briefs
February 18, 2004
¢ Webber suspended for two offenses ¢ Chicago waives guard Williams ¢ Iverson benched for missing practice
Winding up for spring training
February 18, 2004
More Americans buying gas-guzzling vehicles
February 18, 2004
Americans are renewing their love affair with heightened horsepower.
Daily ticker
February 18, 2004
Maddux expected to join Cubs
Four-time Cy Young winner agrees to three-year contract
February 18, 2004
Greg Maddux is going back where he started, deciding to sign with the Chicago Cubs, The Associated Press learned Tuesday night.
Three Jayhawks earn all-tourney accolades
February 18, 2004
Kansas University shortstop Destiny Frankenstein, pitcher Kara Pierce and outfielder Mel Wallach were named to the all-tournament team at last weekend’s Fast-Pitch Express Classic in San Antonio.
Local briefs
February 18, 2004
¢ Lion, four Firebirds named all-league ¢ Tongie’s Stein signs ¢ BHS coach honored ¢ Lion picks Bethel
Dougherty, TCU rout No. 10 Louisville
February 18, 2004
TCU coach Neil Dougherty didn’t want to talk about the significance of his first win over a Top 25 team. He was just proud of how his team played.
Texas Tech dumps Mizzou
February 18, 2004
Chesley Dabbs scored 14 points and Erin Grant hit a driving shot with 11 seconds left, securing No. 9 Texas Tech’s 73-68 victory Tuesday over Missouri.
Tonganoxie boys pull away from Perry
February 18, 2004
Tonganoxie turned a close game into a relative run-away Tuesday night.
Seabury swept by Trojans
February 18, 2004
Seabury Academy’s boys basketball team Tuesday suffered a 58-18 defeat to Marais des Cygnes Valley.
Veritas nabs 70-56 win
February 18, 2004
The Veritas Christian boys basketball team nailed nine three-pointers en route to a 70-56 victory Tuesday over Eagle Heights Christian.
Expanded gambling plan too limited, supporters say
February 18, 2004
Even supporters of expanded gambling in Kansas aren’t completely pleased with Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ “Expanded Gaming Opportunity Act.”
Do-not-call’ list survives challenge
Appeals court upholds telemarketing limits
February 18, 2004
Handing a victory to consumers who loathe telemarketers, a federal appeals court Tuesday upheld the popular do-not-call registry, dismissing claims it violates free speech rights and is unfair to business. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals called the registry of more than 56 million phone numbers a reasonable attempt by government to safeguard personal privacy and reduce “the danger of telemarketing abuse.”
Walt Disney Co. buys Muppets
February 18, 2004
Kermit and Miss Piggy are joining Mickey and Minnie, capping a 14-year effort to bring the Muppets into the Walt Disney family. The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday it would buy the “Muppets” characters, including Kermit, Miss Piggy and others, as well as the “Bear in the Big Blue House,” franchise from The Jim Henson Co.
Committee forwards bill to clarify law on death penalty for mentally retarded
February 18, 2004
A Senate committee endorsed a bill Tuesday clarifying Kansas’ ban on executing defendants who are mentally retarded, even though some panel members think it is too broad.
U.S., France dismiss appeal for military aid in Haiti
February 18, 2004
Haiti’s prime minister warned Tuesday of an impending coup and appealed for international help to contend with a bloody uprising that has claimed 57 lives. But the United States and France expressed reluctance to send troops to put down the rebellion.
On the record
February 18, 2004
Rosemary Martin Kerle
February 18, 2004
Comcast won’t budge on Disney bid
Cable giant has alternative ideas, analyst says
February 18, 2004
A day after its offer to buy The Walt Disney Co. was rejected as cheap, cable TV giant Comcast Corp. refused to budge on its unsolicited all-stock offer, saying it reflected a fair valuation of the iconic media company.
Horoscopes
February 18, 2004
Hot Rod’ revs up Discovery
February 18, 2004
Spinning off its “Monster Garage” and “American Chopper” successes, the Discovery Channel is revving up yet another testosterone-injected show, “American Hot Rod.”
Max W. Morrison
February 18, 2004
Briefly
February 18, 2004
¢ Dissidents break taboo with rebuke of ayatollah ¢ Arafat, Qureia dispute path of financial reform
Briefly
February 18, 2004
¢ Federal prosecutor suing Ashcroft over terror case ¢ U.S. announces rewards for insurgents’ capture
Briefly
February 18, 2004
¢ Former president Jose Lopez Portillo dies ¢ Tanzi children arrested in Parmalat probe
Briefly
February 18, 2004
¢ Lawmaker’s bill targets illegal hiring practices ¢ Tax amendment gets committee approval
City not ready to stake position on enforcement
February 18, 2004
The Lawrence City Commission is ready to speak out against the Patriot Act. How it speaks out — and how far it’s willing to take that opposition — is yet to be decided.
Practical matter
February 18, 2004
Why aren’t local social service agencies getting the message about the need to eliminate duplication of services? The local board distributing grant funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is sending a pretty clear message, but some local agencies that provide services for homeless people don’t seem to be listening.
Voters should look beyond soundbites
February 18, 2004
There’s been a lot of talk in the past week about whether the young George W. Bush skirted his obligations in wartime or whether the young John F. Kerry undermined his nation’s unity during the Vietnam period. Let’s let others talk about the eighth decade of the 20th century.
Bush wooing ‘NASCAR dads’
February 18, 2004
Here come the NASCAR dads, hear them roar. But if you’re looking for a rifle-toting, pickup-truck-owning, good ol’ boy chugging down the moonshine with one hand and waving the Confederate flag with the other, you’re a generation late and demographically short of reality.
Congress priority all wrong
February 18, 2004
I didn’t watch the Super Bowl. I didn’t see the now infamous song in which Justin Timberlake tore off part of Janet Jackson’s outfit and exposed her breast. Indeed, until the news of this became a national sensation, I’d never heard of Justin Timberlake. Both of these confessions should make it clear that I am an expert neither on football nor popular music. I do know something, however, about law and the legislative process. Thus, it is with a mixture of bemusement and horror that I have watched the massive response of official Washington to the Timberlake/Jackson fiasco.
Baldwin girls edge Spring Hill; Eudora sweeps
February 18, 2004
Baldwin High shook off a slow start — and caught a break when Spring Hill missed the tying free throw with .9 seconds remaining — to keep its hopes for an undefeated Frontier League season alive with a 48-47 girls basketball victory Tuesday over Spring Hill.
Opponents testify against regulation for abortion clinics
Bill’s foes say state standards could endanger women’s lives
February 18, 2004
Opponents of state regulation of abortion clinics told a House committee Tuesday that abortions are among the safest surgical procedures in the nation and don’t require new standards set by the Legislature.
Ex-Colorado kicker accuses teammate
February 18, 2004
A female kicker says she was raped by a Colorado teammate four years ago but was too frightened to tell police, another damaging accusation against a reeling program.
WB bids farewell to ‘Angel’
February 18, 2004
The WB has done what no vampire slayer could: It killed “Angel,” the do-gooder bloodsucker with a soul.
Pushy mom foils ‘Bachelorette’ romance
February 18, 2004
So now it’s down to three on “The Bachelorette” (8 p.m., ABC). Meredith has not exactly breathed fire into this franchise. But last week, a real character emerged from left field. Lanny’s overbearing mom, Jeannie, single-handedly destroyed her son’s chances with the statuesque Oregonian.
U.S. agrees to compromise on Iraq elections
February 18, 2004
The Bush administration is abandoning its 3-month-old plan to select a new Iraqi government through a complex caucus system in the face of overwhelming opposition from the leading Shiite cleric and other Iraqis, senior U.S. officials said Tuesday.
Cookbook features last requests
Former prison chef publishes meal recipes from death row
February 18, 2004
With recipes for “gallows gravy” and “rice rigor mortis,” Brian Price’s new cookbook brings a touch of dark wit to a subject seldom welcome at the dinner table: death.
Cingular nabs AT&T
Merger to create nation’s largest cell carrier
February 18, 2004
Cingular Wireless agreed to pay nearly $41 billion in cash to buy AT&T Wireless Services to create the nation’s largest mobile phone company, raising concern among consumer advocates that it may hurt competition and impede lower prices.
Spendthrift city
February 18, 2004
Woodling: Ex-Bears on solid ground
February 18, 2004
Horatio Alger has nothing on Lawrence Roberts and John Lucas. A year ago, Roberts and Lucas were part of a Baylor University men’s basketball team that was ragged even before the school’s headline-making scandal surfaced.
Firebirds get fired up
Dillingham’s ardent speech drives FSHS
February 18, 2004
Free State’s High’s boys basketball game Tuesday night against Shawnee Mission Northwest pitted two squads playing without their go-to players. Northwest senior standout Earvin Ray missed his 10th straight game and likely is out for the season because of a knee injury, and Free State senior Dain Dillingham missed his fourth in a row because of illness.
Skyforce cuts Woodberry
February 18, 2004
The Sioux Falls (S.D.) Skyforce of the Continental Basketball Assn. Tuesday waived former Kansas University basketball guard-forward Steve Woodberry.
Panel endorses amendment to ban same-sex marriage
February 18, 2004
A proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriages and prevent Kansas from granting other forms of legal recognition to same-sex relationships received a House committee’s endorsement Tuesday.
City Hall report
February 18, 2004
People
February 18, 2004
¢ Book will rock you ¢ Tina Turner takes film role ¢ Rivalry so yesterday ¢ Joey’s a daddy
Reflective Dean to reassess candidacy
February 18, 2004
Once again, there was nothing to celebrate.
Sierra Club split on immigration
Rival factions want policy control as board election nears
February 18, 2004
A fierce battle is brewing over the future of the Sierra Club, and an unlikely issue is at the center of the debate: immigration.
Grant to provide home for some homeless
February 18, 2004
Some of Lawrence’s most hard-core homeless residents soon may leave the streets. The Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority announced Tuesday it would receive a $328,928 federal grant to create a “Hope Building” that will permanently house up to 15 homeless people who are mentally ill, addicted or have physical disabilities.
Senate nears vote on education funding plan
Democrats accuse Republicans of playing politics, trying to doom Sebelius proposal
February 18, 2004
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ education plan on Tuesday moved a step closer to being voted on in the Senate, but Democrats complained Republicans were setting up the measure for defeat. Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka said moves to advance the $304 million tax increase for public schools “was about trying to give the governor a loss. The public needs to know these games are being played.”
GOP questioning Cheney’s place on ballot
February 18, 2004
Dick Cheney is only six years older than President Bush, but his long government resume and graying presence helped offset the Texas governor’s lack of seasoning and foreign policy experience in 2000.
Honor roll
February 18, 2004
West Junior High School has announced its honor roll for the second quarter.
Wolves rely on ‘Big Three’
Sprewell, Garnett, Cassell propel Minnesota
February 18, 2004
Latrell Sprewell started it, Kevin Garnett kept it going, and Sam Cassell finished it off.
U.S. won’t thaw relations with Syria
February 18, 2004
Syria has launched a diplomatic campaign aimed at canceling its membership in the Bush administration’s “rogue” nations club. But the United States and its key allies remain cool, unconvinced that the overtures amount to anything more than lip service from a government that remains fundamentally hostile to U.S. interests.
Lawrence briefs
February 18, 2004
¢ KU police seek suspect who threatened student ¢ Red Cross to conduct blood drive Thursday ¢ Sons of Union Veterans to discuss namesake
Correction
February 18, 2004
A Knight Ridder story about Charles Horman incorrectly stated that Jack Lemmon won an Oscar for “Missing,” a 1982 film based on Horman’s disappearance and death. Lemmon was nominated for an Oscar.
Mother: Foster care killed son
State to investigate death of 19-month-old in Lawrence
February 18, 2004
The attorney for the distraught mother of a 19-month-old boy who died five days after he was taken into state custody said the child would still be alive had he been left with his mother. “This is a case where the system went too far,” said Scott Wasserman, a Lenexa lawyer. “Dominic Matz should not have been in foster care. He was fine when he was in his mother’s care. He died because he was in foster care.”
Companies use additives to improve color of foods
February 18, 2004
What are color additives?
Briefly
February 18, 2004
¢ Children protest actions of candy store worker ¢ Music store owner on ‘Antiques Roadshow’ ¢ Police chief testifies in protester’s trial ¢ ‘River City Weekly’ looks ahead to Oscars
American League spring training capsules
February 18, 2004
A team-by-team look at the American League entering spring training, including players each club acquired and lost, and reporting dates for pitchers and catchers, and full squads.
District may have to choose between pay raises, smaller classes
February 18, 2004
It may come down to a choice. Either Lawrence teachers will get pay raises next year, or elementary schools can keep smaller class sizes.
Lawrence hospital dietitian shares low-fat recipes on ‘Jayni’s Kitchen’
February 18, 2004
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Lose 10 Pounds with LMH Dietitian Denise DeTommaso.”
KU men’s golf ties for sixth
February 18, 2004
Kansas University’s men’s golf team shot 289 on Tuesday at Rio Pinar Country Club, giving them a three-round total of 888 and a tie for sixth place at the University of Central Florida/Rio Pinar Intercollegiate.
Scalped
Frowned upon by some, scalped tickets offer many fans the best opportunity to see KU play
February 18, 2004
It’s a cold night outside Allen Fieldhouse, and a man dressed in a heavy black coat is flashing a handful of brightly colored basketball tickets to the throngs of passers-by. “Tickets … anybody need tickets?” he says. “Tickets … anybody got tickets?”