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Perkins addresses chamber
February 20, 2004
(Web Posted Friday at 2:31 p.m.) Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins said Friday his past seven months with the university have been filled with creating “productive chaos.” Perkins kicked off the first in a series of luncheons with the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce at the Holiday Inn Holidome.
Troops train for Afghanistan public relations
February 20, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 1:32 p.m.) Reporters from northeast Kansas did their patriotic duty Thursday morning by being jerks to the military. As part of a training exercise for the 105th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment of the Kansas National Guard, reporters pestered Army public relations officials during simulated attacks on American forces in Afghanistan.
Patriot Act discussion now available
February 20, 2004
(Web Posted Friday at 10:55 a.m.) A panel discussion on the U.S. Patriot Act last fall at Kansas University can now be checked out on videotape at the Lawrence Public Library.
State exits used-car business
February 20, 2004
(Updated Saturday at 3:02 a.m.) The state has gotten out of the used-car business after having sold nearly 150 vehicles as part of a move to trim the state fleet. The state sold 147 vehicles for $526,019. Buyers came from across the state, and even Florida and Virginia.
Swimmers to get reduced bus prices to pools; fall fares up in the air
February 20, 2004
Riding the bus to the pool will be less expensive this summer. But whether Lawrence youngsters get a lower-priced ride to school in the fall remains to be seen.
Judge orders trial in 1974 homicide
February 20, 2004
A former custodian accused of killing a suburban Kansas City girl almost 30 years ago will stand trial for the slaying, a Johnson County judge decided Thursday.
Ex-Westar executives’ assets put on hold
February 20, 2004
David Wittig can’t sell his Ferrari.
Friend tells of Stewart’s insider call
Meanwhile, government expert says ink varies on stock sales document
February 20, 2004
Just days after selling her ImClone stock, Martha Stewart said she knew CEO Sam Waksal had been trying to dump his shares in the company, a close friend of Stewart testified Thursday. The revelation by Mariana Pasternak, a friend of Stewart for more than 20 years, was perhaps the most damaging testimony yet against Stewart, who claims she sold the stock for an entirely different reason.
Tongie boys prevail in makeup
February 20, 2004
Shane Howard scored 15 points Thursday night, leading Tonganoxie over Saint Marys, 51-46, in a high school boys basketball makeup game.
Briefcase
February 20, 2004
¢ Economic indicator rises ¢ KU graduate buys San Francisco paper ¢ Coke leader to retire ¢ Mortgage rates fall
City swimmers at state
February 20, 2004
Six Firebirds and two Lions qualified individually for the Kansas state swimming and diving championships, which begin today in Manhattan.
City girls capsules
February 20, 2004
Athletes of the week
February 20, 2004
Chiefs’ Johnson enters diversion program
February 20, 2004
Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson has entered a diversion program following an incident during which, prosecutors said, he brandished a gun during an argument with his ex-girlfriend.
Micheel shares Nissan lead
Maruyama tied at top; Woods eight back
February 20, 2004
PGA champion Shaun Micheel doesn’t feel like a star, not with Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh in the Nissan Open, and certainly not in star-crazed Los Angeles.
Hearing on state health insurance turns into debate about abortion
February 20, 2004
A bill to provide state health insurance coverage for the unborn children of pregnant women became a battle over abortion during a legislative hearing Thursday. “The long-term goal of this bill is to make abortion illegal,” Julie Burkhardt, executive director of Wichita-based abortion rights group Pro Kan Do, told the House Insurance Committee.
Supporters plead their case to carry concealed weapons
February 20, 2004
Supporters of concealed weapons in Kansas told a House committee Thursday that allowing law-abiding citizens to carry handguns would help lower the state’s crime rate and give women a tool to protect themselves against being raped.
State union criticizes prison plan
February 20, 2004
A Senate committee Thursday recommended approval of a bill that would allow the construction of a private prison in Kansas, a move that immediately brought protest from the state’s largest public employee union.
Chicago mayor endorses same-sex unions
February 20, 2004
Mayor Richard M. Daley publicly endorsed same-sex unions this week, saying he had “no problem” with Cook County issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples because they “love one another just as much as anyone else.”
Bystander killed at Mardi Gras parade; 4 teens arrested
February 20, 2004
Gunfire erupted among the crowd of people watching a popular Mardi Gras parade, killing a woman bystander and wounding three other people. Four teenagers were arrested Thursday.
Iran villagers bury their dead after train explosion
February 20, 2004
Bulldozers digging graves in this tiny Iranian village Thursday drowned out the wails of mourners waiting to bury loved ones killed when a runaway train derailed at more than 90 mph and exploded, killing 320 people and injuring hundreds more.
On the record
February 20, 2004
Correction
February 20, 2004
Texas Tech is in Lubbock, Texas; Texas A&M is in College Station, Texas. An item in Thursday’s Journal-World about city salaries put the wrong Big 12 university in Lubbock.
Judge to consider awarding legal fees in Wal-Mart lawsuit
February 20, 2004
A ruling will wait on whether the city should be required to pay $91,000 in plaintiffs’ legal fees in the fight to build a Wal-Mart in northwest Lawrence.
Minnesota football transfer considering Kansas
February 20, 2004
Kansas University already signed one former Minnesota football player this winter, and the Jayhawks might be in line for a second.
Self: ‘Who cares’ about all-star game snubs?
February 20, 2004
Bill Self doesn’t plan to boycott Big Macs just because his three Kansas University basketball signees were snubbed by the McDonald’s All-America selection committee. “The thing about the McDonald’s game … people make such a big deal out of it. Who cares?” Self, KU’s head coach, said Thursday about high schoolers Russell Robinson, Sasha Kaun and Darnell Jackson not being named to the 24-man East-West McDonald’s game, set for March 31 at Ford Center in Oklahoma City.
KU baseball dates moved
February 20, 2004
Kansas University’s four-game baseball series with Oakland University next week has been changed.
Court will hear plea to reopen Roe v. Wade
February 20, 2004
A federal appeals court has agreed to hear a request from the woman formerly known as “Jane Roe” to reconsider the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion.
Bremer gives assurance on date for Iraqi government
U.N. backs claims that vote impossible before June 30
February 20, 2004
The top U.S. administrator in Iraq insisted Thursday there were many ways to choose a new Iraqi government but a June 30 deadline for handing over power remains firm. Hours later, the United Nations backed Washington’s claims that a direct vote before then was impossible.
Woodling: Cowboys in control of chase for Big 12
February 20, 2004
Everything you wanted to know about Big 12 Conference men’s basketball as the race heads for the homestretch … Can Kansas University overtake Oklahoma State and capture at least a piece of a third straight league regular-season title?
People
February 20, 2004
¢ Ozzy fears end to stage career ¢ Rumors swirl about Houston baby ¢ NBC plans intern reality show ¢ Hillary Clinton graces T-shirts
Astros have delightful dilemma
With aces Clemens, Pettitte on board, opening-day starter only question
February 20, 2004
The Houston Astros’ biggest problem might be figuring out who gets to start on opening day.
Maddux meets new mates; Gagne loses case
February 20, 2004
Greg Maddux met his new teammates, Philadelphia’s Jim Thome surveyed the scene, and Cincinnati’s Barry Larkin opened his final spring training camp.
Clarett’s decision to skip workouts raises questions
February 20, 2004
Maurice Clarett was more prepared to handle questions Thursday than he was to perform for NFL scouts.
Senate record may not help candidates
February 20, 2004
The current Democratic nomination contest is a throwback — a race between two senators whose claim to fame, such as it is, lies in answering roll calls, showing up at hearings and making lots of speeches. Time was when the Democratic presidential field was dominated by senators, but then the party decided it was better off finding candidates from precincts far removed from Capitol Hill.
The whole truth
February 20, 2004
Insurance gaps
February 20, 2004
Downtown woes
February 20, 2004
Duplication OK
February 20, 2004
Tribal claim
February 20, 2004
Funding irony
February 20, 2004
Boys basketball capsules
February 20, 2004
Family ties
Rufus Wainwright adds his own unique voice to the family tradition
February 20, 2004
It’s not unusual for sons and daughters to follow their parents into the family business. But when both mom and dad are well-established musicians, it puts a bit of a twist on that traditional career path. Rufus Wainwright understands the situation well. The son of folk music artists Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, the talented performer was already touring with his mom, aunt and sister by his early teens.
Epps learns ringside manner for ‘Ropes’
February 20, 2004
Omar Epps grew up idolizing “Rocky.” Now he is the central prizefighter in his own rags-to-riches story of boxing glory. “‘Rocky’ is like the template,” Epps says. “It’s not going to get much better than that. Yet boxing movies are iffy. The allure of boxing itself is so magnetic, but most people lose the story.”
Guilt Show’ marks energetic return for Get Up Kids
February 20, 2004
Documentary manifests actress’ wisdom
February 20, 2004
LisaGay Hamilton watched herself on screen flinging the cremated ashes of actress Beah Richards over a Confederate graveyard in Mississippi, then told the SRO audience at the Museum of Tolerance about how she finally shed tears.
Panel says human testing can be used
February 20, 2004
Exposing human volunteers to toxic pesticides and pollutants for scientific purposes is justified only under strict conditions and with careful review, a National Academy of Sciences panel said Thursday.
Mooseport’ worth visiting for a few hours
February 20, 2004
Gene Hackman would make a fine president.
Festival gives boot to Wichita, heads to Lawrence
February 20, 2004
Lawrence has been chosen over Wichita for a western music festival that an area organizer said should attract 2,000 visitors to the city. The Western Music Assn. has agreed to move its annual music festival and convention, slated for Nov. 18-21, to Lawrence from Wichita.
Brownback urges Japan to reopen market to U.S. beef
February 20, 2004
Republican Sen. Sam Brownback said Thursday he was pressing Japanese agricultural officials for a decision on when they will reopen their nation’s markets to American beef imports. Those markets closed after the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed the first case of mad cow disease in an animal in Washington state in December. Since then, USDA officials have taken steps designed to make the beef supply safer, and state and federal officials have sought to reassure consumers that no health threat exists.
U.S. consumers to see continued drop in beef prices
February 20, 2004
Shoppers will pay less for beef this year as the industry unloads at home the meat that other countries refuse to buy because of America’s case of mad cow disease, the Agriculture Department said Thursday.
Rockingham track always has been tough test for Junior
February 20, 2004
Daytona 500 champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. is close to unbeatable in restrictor-plate races.
President ready to die to defend Haiti
U.S. urges Americans to leave island
February 20, 2004
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide declared Thursday he was ready to die to defend his country against a bloody rebellion, indicating he plans to cling to power. The U.S. government, citing continued violence, urged Americans to leave Haiti.
Last-minute deal gives Fisher ride with Kelley Racing
February 20, 2004
The Indy Racing League’s most popular driver was almost stuck in neutral.
Robert R. Clester
February 20, 2004
Improbable partnership fuels fund-raiser
February 20, 2004
Call it odd-couple philanthropy. A torch singer steeped in the blues and a quartet of Ziggy Stardust disciples will share top billing at Saturday night’s Douglas County AIDS Project fund-raiser.
Frolicking in springlike weather
February 20, 2004
Report: N. Korea willing to discuss nuclear allegations
February 20, 2004
North Korea is willing to discuss allegations it has a uranium-based nuclear weapons program, a media report said Thursday, as Washington warned progress at six-nation talks will hinge on the North’s willingness to abandon its atomic ambitions.
Capitol briefs
February 20, 2004
¢ Praeger appointed to national committee ¢ Returning soldiers get car tag grace period ¢ State hospital study says make no changes ¢ Child-safety proposal wins Senate approval
Plaza lands World Market
Eclectic’ store to open in former Kmart building
February 20, 2004
A store that bills itself as a “spirited, eclectic” world market will be the final tenant in the former Kmart building on South Iowa Street. Cost Plus World Market, an Oakland, Calif.-based retailer, will open an 18,000-square-foot store in the building near 31st and Iowa streets by July, the property’s redevelopment company confirmed Thursday.
San Francisco sues state over marriages
February 20, 2004
After sanctioning more than 2,800 gay marriages in the past week, the city sued the state of California on Thursday, challenging its ban on same-sex marriages on constitutional grounds.
Vietnam records are history
February 20, 2004
Didn’t we already fight the battle over the National Guard? It was 1988, and Dan Quayle had just been selected by presidential nominee George H.W. Bush as his running mate. At a news conference in New Orleans, Quayle was asked about his military service in the National Guard by ABC reporter Susan King. Quayle made what some reporters thought was a suspect defense of his motives for joining the Guard. The media accused Quayle of becoming a guardsman to avoid service in Vietnam.
Briefly
February 20, 2004
¢ Pretrial hearing slated in bank robbery case ¢ State sells 150 vehicles ¢ State board to consider historic neighborhoods ¢ Museum to offer lecture about early blacks at KU
Kansas salt mines under the gun with harsh winter
February 20, 2004
Trucks are lined up bumper-to-bumper these days along the road leading to the Lyons Salt Co. In the frosty, salt-scented air, drivers pass the hours waiting for the loads of road salt they will deliver throughout the Midwest.
Study: Women make few gains in appointed government jobs
February 20, 2004
After making gains in the ranks of state-level policy-makers, the percentage of women holding such positions fell in the past two years, a university research group said.
Thieves eye hot wheels
Parts, popularity may be key to outbreak of Honda thefts
February 20, 2004
K.J. Jalali’s Honda turned up three days later, abandoned in Kansas City, Kan., with no signs of forced entry. The same thing happened to Kate Esterling, who thinks the thieves might have a master key.
Enron indictments continue climb toward CEO
February 20, 2004
When Deputy U.S. Atty. Gen. James Comey announced the indictment of former Enron Corp. executive Jeffrey Skilling on Thursday, Comey referred to Skilling as “the” guy at Enron. So, where does that leave former chairman and chief executive officer Kenneth Lay, the only person that Skilling answered to before Skilling left the Houston energy company in August 2001?
Timberwolves sting Kings
Minnesota wins battle of conference leaders, 92-75
February 20, 2004
The Minnesota Timberwolves believe this is their year to get out of the first round of the playoffs — and beyond.
Briefly
February 20, 2004
¢ Boeing bond law said to be lacking safeguards ¢ City may go alone in quest for airport
Oscar nominees turn up in the odd places
February 20, 2004
With the Academy Awards ceremony a little more than a week away, some of the nominees are showing up in the strangest places.
Initial inductees for Hall revealed
Class made of 7 ex-athletes, coaches
February 20, 2004
Glenn Cunningham, Bill Easton, Bob Timmons, Wes Santee, Al Oerter, Billy Mills and Jim Ryun will be the first inductees into the the new Kansas Relays Hall of Fame.
Experimental vaccine puts halt to lung cancer
February 20, 2004
An experimental vaccine wiped out lung cancer in some patients and slowed its spread in others in a small but promising study, researchers say.
Budget puts KU buildings in a fix
$670 million worth of repairs waiting to be made at universities
February 20, 2004
Robinson Center needs a new roof. Lindley Hall needs a new elevator. An annex to Lindley Hall is waiting to be razed. Those projects were on a list of Kansas University campus improvements set for next year, but they’ll have to be put off at least another year because of a cutback in state funds designated for building rehabilitation and repair.
Reporters hammer reservists with not-so-friendly verbal fire
February 20, 2004
Sgt. 1st Class Matt Fearing has dealt with hormone-addled junior high students. And he has dealt with pushy reporters. His approach to both, the Lawrence man says, is about the same.
Lawrence teenager honored for 278
14-year-old Demaline awarded a Kansas Top-10 plaque for her score last year
February 20, 2004
Tiffany Demaline blends in with every other youngster at Royal Crest Lanes as she chats with her parents, laughs with friends, grabs her bowling ball and gets ready to roll. When it’s her turn to bowl, however, the similarities cease.
Briefly
February 20, 2004
¢ Iran nuclear inspectors find undeclared enrichment tools ¢ Canonization candidates include anti-abortion symbol ¢ NASA will have space shuttle on standby for rescues ¢ Five Britons at Guantanamo to be returned home
FSHS in title state of mind
Firebirds begin bid for school’s first state championship today
February 20, 2004
Like any coach blessed with a talented squad, Free State High boys swimming coach Annette McDonald always deflects attention when it is focused on her. “It’s about the boys,” she says, time and time again. “It’s all about them.”
Sharon vows to coordinate with U.S.
February 20, 2004
Israel will coordinate its unilateral steps in the West Bank and Gaza Strip with the United States, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Thursday after briefing senior American envoys on his “disengagement plan.”
Haitian riots put school in jeopardy
Coup attempt may bring early end to Tonganoxie volunteer’s efforts
February 20, 2004
A Tonganoxie resident’s effort to give children in a small Haitian village a school could fall victim to an attempted coup in the country. Peace Corps volunteer Renee Low raised about $8,000 from Lawrence-area residents to build a school in Previle on the southwestern tip of Haiti. But her plans have been postponed and they may have to be canceled after the Peace Corps ordered its volunteers to leave the country this week, Low’s father said.
Pistons acquire Wallace from Hawks for package
February 20, 2004
Detroit got a lot better without giving a lot away, getting Rasheed Wallace from Atlanta on Thursday in the most significant deal before the NBA trading deadline.
Study tests artificial blood without patient consent
February 20, 2004
Paramedics are testing an experimental blood substitute on severely injured patients without their consent in an unusual study under way or proposed at 20 hospitals around the country.
Teleconference examines ‘disconnect’ between political involvement, service
February 20, 2004
College students want to work in a soup kitchen. They’d rather not work within the political system to solve the root causes of hunger. That general problem drew about a dozen Kansas University students to a teleconference Thursday to discuss how best to engage young adults in the political system.
Take it outside
February 20, 2004
Sophomore Settlemier surprise for KU softball
February 20, 2004
Without doubt, the biggest surprise of Kansas University’s young softball season has been sophomore Serena Settlemier.
Organized labor unites to support Kerry
Unions felt big losses in endorsements of Dean, Gephardt
February 20, 2004
Divided for much of the political season, organized labor got behind the candidacy of Democratic front-runner John Kerry on Thursday, with the president of the AFL-CIO proclaiming that it was time “to unite behind one man, one leader, one candidate.” Bestowing the endorsement on Kerry at an outdoor rally barely a block from the White House, AFL-CIO President John Sweeney said his organization, comprised of 64 unions representing more than 13 million U.S. workers, would mobilize in unprecedented numbers for the man they figure will be the Democratic nominee.
Ag reform
February 20, 2004
Yoga adapts for changing times
February 20, 2004
Hot yoga. Tot yoga. Power yoga. Disco yoga. Yoga kickboxing. Fat-blasting yoga.
Stanford survives scare from USC
February 20, 2004
It’s getting tougher and tougher for No. 1 Stanford to stay perfect.
Russia boasts of weapons to penetrate missile defense
February 20, 2004
Russia successfully tested a space vehicle that could lead to weapons capable of penetrating missile defenses, a senior general said Thursday. He insisted the device was not meant to counter U.S. efforts to develop an anti-missile shield.
Senator: Prewar data was a ‘failure’
Committee report will outline intelligence lapses, Roberts says
February 20, 2004
The work of America’s spy agencies before the war with Iraq won’t look pretty when the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee releases findings on failures that led to the shaky conclusion Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, according to the committee’s chairman. “Our report does not paint a flattering picture of the performance of our intelligence community when it comes to developing prewar assessments,” U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., said Thursday.
Wava L. Ninemires
February 20, 2004
Amy L. Desaire Chance
February 20, 2004
CATS’ brings new life to city
February 20, 2004
“The cat’s out of the bag,” as Gus would say. The award-winning Broadway musical “CATS” was a smash hit Wednesday at the Lied Center. Performing for a packed house, which included dedicated fans in full feline dress, these fantastical Jellicles put on a show that was, according to one audience member, “as good here as anywhere in the world.”
Ultimate coddle
February 20, 2004
The Florida basketball team provides a glaring example of disloyalty and the tolerance of such behavior. For years, many have been disturbed and angered by the tendency of athletic coaches to coddle their players in various sports. One of the ultimates in such foolishness came about this week in the case of Christian Drejer, a member of the Florida University basketball team.
Earnhardt has special connection with fans
Daytona 500 winner made sure to share moment with crowd
February 20, 2004
At the moment of the biggest triumph of his blossoming career, Dale Earnhardt Jr. made sure to spend time connecting with his fans.
Briefly
February 20, 2004
¢ Bird flu detected in cat ¢ Ex-spy chief arrested in 1975 kidnapping ¢ Two arrested in killing of ex-Chechen president
Briefly
February 20, 2004
¢ One of eight accused in killing pleads guilty ¢ Utah Senate passes bill to eliminate firing squad ¢ Prison guard arrested in plot with inmate ¢ Astronomers spy object half the size of Pluto
Lawrence briefs
February 20, 2004
¢ Coast Guard offers boater safety course ¢ Rock Chalk Revue tickets available ¢ Dean group sponsors caucus training ¢ Groups seek nominees for KU women’s awards
Horoscopes
February 20, 2004