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Archive for Monday, February 23, 2004

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Births
On the street
Polls
Should the city require youths under 15 years old to wear helmets while riding bicyles, scooters or skateboards?

Poll results

Response Percent
No. Parents, not the government, should decide whether children wear helmets.
 
49%
Yes. I also think there should be a penalty.
 
23%
Yes. But there should be no penalty. I like the idea of giving violators a coupon for a free bike helmet.
 
22%
No. I don’t think helmets are necessary.
 
4%
Total 998

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House panel approves concealed guns bill
February 23, 2004
(Web Posted Monday at 4:08 p.m.) TOPEKA — A bill that would allow Kansans to carry concealed weapons cleared a hurdle Monday. The House Federal and State Affairs Committee voted 13-7 to send the legislation to the full House, along with an amendment defining school property. The bill prohibits concealed guns in government buildings and schools, but the committee had a hard time determining what constitutes school property.
House backs bill speeding appeal in school finance case
February 23, 2004
(Web Posted Monday at 3:08 p.m.) TOPEKA - Legislation permitting the state to appeal quickly a judge’s order to revise the state’s school funding formula won first-round House approval Monday.
House gives tentative approval to school finance appeal bill
February 23, 2004
(Updated Monday at 3:11 p.m.) TOPEKA — The Kansas House gave preliminary approval today to a bill that Republicans said will speed up an appeal to the Kansas Supreme Court of the school finance lawsuit.
Monster’ win for Theron
Depp wins SAG award for ‘Pirates’
February 23, 2004
Johnny Depp was a surprise lead actor winner Sunday at the Screen Actors Guild Awards for “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” while Charlize Theron took the best-actress honor for the serial-killer drama “Monster.”
KU to face ‘waves’ of players tonight in Texas
February 23, 2004
Blessed with the deepest bench in the Big 12 Conference, if not the entire country, Texas coach Rick Barnes will use up to 11 players in tonight’s UT-Kansas University men’s basketball game at Erwin Center.
Briefly
February 23, 2004
¢ Vehicle bomb causes dozens of casualties ¢ Nation confirms buying nuclear equipment ¢ New parliament has fewer women, more nuclear experts
Wayne Calderwood
February 23, 2004
Daisy C. Dougan
February 23, 2004
Eleanor J. Fox
February 23, 2004
Polls find voters angry with Bush
Emotion energizes Democrats
February 23, 2004
In Arizona, Judy Donovan says she feels desperate for a new president. In Tennessee, Robert Wilson says he finds the president revolting. In Washington state, Maria Yurasek says she’d vote for a dog if it could beat President Bush.
Mentors needed for youths
Big Brothers Big Sisters has 65 children on waiting list
February 23, 2004
Volunteers can help area children by becoming a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County. There are 65 children waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister and a great need for male mentors. Volunteers and youths spend three to four hours each week developing a friendship over a period of at least one year. Volunteer orientation sessions are offered at 5:15 p.m. every Tuesday night and at noon Wednesdays at the organization’s office. Individual appointments can be made by calling Stutz.
Suicide bomber kills 8
50 wounded in attack on Jerusalem bus
February 23, 2004
A suicide bomber detonated explosives aboard a Jerusalem bus during the Sunday morning rush hour in an upscale city neighborhood, killing at least eight people plus the bomber, wounding more than 50 others and flinging body parts across streets and into a nearby gasoline station.
Companies go beyond joystick
Players use their bodies to master new generation of games
February 23, 2004
There’s not much use for a keyboard or joystick in the video game “The Journey to Wild Divine: The Passage.” All the action is controlled, literally, through your fingertips.
Kansas touting alumni exhibition
February 23, 2004
Kansas University football fans will have a chance to check out KU’s young, developing players — and quite a few older Jayhawks — April 18 at Memorial Stadium. KU’s spring football game will have an added attraction this year. An alumni game will be played at 12:30 p.m. prior to the main event.
Outspoken, outgunned and outsourced
February 23, 2004
The White House announced today that it is outsourcing the work of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers to India. Ramindar Prabhakesh, an economist who teaches Introductory Economics and Macroeconomics at Bangalore University, will take over as chairman. He will earn one-sixth the salary of his outsourced predecessor, N. Gregory Mankiw.
Border politics
February 23, 2004
Small school gets big help from visiting teacher
Educator from Spain aids Hispanic population
February 23, 2004
Straight from a shift at the meatpacking plant, a father sought help last year at the town’s high school because he feared his daughter’s dreams of becoming a nurse were dashed by the one B she had received on a report card otherwise filled with A’s.
GM settlement opens door to better disclosure practices
February 23, 2004
I hope that a recently proposed class action settlement with one of the nation’s largest auto lenders will bring about greater disclosure in how dealerships nationwide handle the car loans they arrange.
Top 2 QBs certain; draft order unsettled
February 23, 2004
Eli Manning hopes to make NFL history on draft day. Ben Roethlisberger could change those plans.
Horoscopes
February 23, 2004
Briefly
February 23, 2004
¢ Islamic state says polio vaccine a U.S. plot ¢ Government to allow random drug searches ¢ Judge in Milosevic trial to resign ¢ Helicopter attack kills one, wounds one ¢ Jesus movie may help save dying language ¢
Queer Eye’ straight imitator flops
February 23, 2004
It had to happen. Given the hype surrounding “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” you knew a glut of parodies and imitations was inevitable. But did the first effort have to be as lame as “Straight Plan for the Gay Man” (9 p.m., Comedy Central)?
Sex’ sings swan song
Cast wins SAG award
February 23, 2004
“Sex and the City” fans kicked off their Manolo Blahnik shoes and sipped Cosmopolitans on Sunday night as they said so long to their favorite cable TV gals.
People
February 23, 2004
¢ Johnson spreads magic to poor ¢ Actor in a house divided ¢ Singer lays claim to fortune ¢ Connery denies link to chain
Wal-Mart: Public enemy No. 1?
Critics say low prices not worth underpaid workers, loss of jobs
February 23, 2004
The call went out from the White House soon after Sept. 11, 2001, and tickled the ears of the shopping-aisle rank and file. “Consume,” was the message, “and show capitalism to be unbowed.” Plenty of Americans went out and spent money, urged on by a new call as the holidays neared. One big beneficiary: Wal-Mart.
State and local briefs
February 23, 2004
¢ Schools foundation seeks nominees for award ¢ Authorities investigate homicide, kidnapping ¢ Final book discussion on Kansas Territory set ¢ Former KSU official chosen as provost
Commentary: Terps’ tournament streak in jeopardy
February 23, 2004
Maryland used nine players in the first half Sunday against Duke, and all scratched on the stat sheet. But, much to coach Gary Williams’ dismay, the common denominator was not points, rebounds or assists. It was turnovers.
Michigan stuns 12th-ranked Badgers
Wolverines dismiss talk about tourney hopes; Duke ends slide
February 23, 2004
Lester Abram sat in front of his locker and insisted on deflecting any discussion about the topic of the day: Michigan’s NCAA Tournament chances.
Tech women upend UT
No. 1 Longhorns sure to fall in poll after 62-49 setback
February 23, 2004
Texas women’s basketball coach Jody Conradt isn’t about to let one loss or a drop in the poll ruin the Longhorns’ season.
Jones ‘impressive’ at NFL scouting combine
February 23, 2004
It’s time for Adrian Jones to start dreaming big. Kansas University’s senior co-captain arrived Wednesday in Indianapolis as a little-known player in a group of 26 offensive tackles invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.
Sweet defense
February 23, 2004
Gays ‘step off curb’ to wed
February 23, 2004
It’s a little known fact that Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t really lead the March on Washington. What actually happened is that the marchers, a quarter-million strong, grew impatient waiting for the event to begin and stepped off the curb ahead of schedule. When they found out what had happened, King and other march “leaders” had to scramble to catch up. Freedom was in the air and the marchers saw no need to wait for permission to move.
Budget misses mass transit mark
February 23, 2004
The time I spend trying to get home from work is an agonizing part of my day. That’s why I hate the budget proposed by President Bush. Policies being cemented into place now will force me to waste more of the next 20 years in my car. The budget invests too little in transportation and neglects mass transit. Particularly egregious is its drubbing of Amtrak, the passenger rail system so vital to the Northeast corridor.
Afternoon delight
Weather, Jayhawks impressive in victory
February 23, 2004
For the first time since the 2000 season, neither rain nor snow prevented Kansas University’s baseball team from playing Creighton, and it was a good thing for the Jayhawks that the weather cooperated. The sunny skies and 57-degree temperature at game time provided the ideal climate for senior left-handed pitcher Ryan Knippschild to pick apart Creighton’s lineup and guide KU (8-7-1) to a 5-1 victory in front of 750 fans in its home opener Sunday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark.
Royals add veteran pitcher Swindell
Left-hander signs minor-league contract
February 23, 2004
Kansas City on Sunday signed left-hander Greg Swindell to a minor-league contract and invited him to spring training.
On the money
February 23, 2004
The economic job recovery may be moving at a snail’s pace, but there is no shortage of places to look for employment on the World Wide Web.
On the record
February 23, 2004
Telling caveats
February 23, 2004
Board to discuss how schools will make up snow days
Agenda highlights ¢ 7 p.m. today ¢ District headquarters, 110 McDonald Drive
February 23, 2004
The board will consider when elementary students should make up their third snow day of the year.
Ugandan uprising kills 192
February 23, 2004
Scores of rebels armed with assault rifles, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades attacked a refugee camp in northern Uganda and torched huts, killing 192 people and wounding dozens more, a local legislator said Sunday.
Shiite leader demands an end to ‘stalling’ on election issue
February 23, 2004
A leading Shiite member of Iraq’s U.S.-appointed Governing Council on Sunday demanded no more “stalling” on arranging for elections for a new government.
House bill to consider ‘unborn victims’
February 23, 2004
Expanding rights for the unborn without limiting mothers’ reproductive rights is an issue that confronts lawmakers this week when the House takes up a bill that would make it separate federal crimes to injure or kill both a woman and her fetus.
BIA staff swells ranks of tribe seeking casino
February 23, 2004
A once-tiny, nearly destitute American Indian tribe is pushing hard to build a $100 million casino — but it’s not traditional tribal members gunning for riches.
Governors seek Guard changes
February 23, 2004
Governors worried about increasing demands on National Guard units want to hear from the Bush administration about its long-term strategy in the fight against terrorism.
MU study: GOP more likely to go negative
February 23, 2004
Who is more likely to “go negative” on an opponent’s character in a presidential campaign? A new study suggests it is Republicans.
Ship collision causes chaos on Mississippi
February 23, 2004
A sunken boat and the search for its five crew members paralyzed major traffic Sunday on the Mississippi River, stranding dozens of large ships and thousands of cruise passengers.
Arnold: Foreign-born should be allowed to seek presidency
February 23, 2004
Arnold Schwarzenegger, making his Sunday talk show debut as governor, said that he and other foreign-born citizens should be eligible to run for the White House and that President Bush could carry California in November if he did more to help the state.
Fort Riley soldiers return from Iraq
Supporters welcome 53 troops home
February 23, 2004
Fifty-three soldiers who returned Saturday to Fort Riley from Iraq were the first group of about 3,000 expected to come home over the next two months.
State and local briefs
February 23, 2004
¢ Clinton Lake Museum topic of public meeting ¢ Wichita must manage annual aviation festival
Lawrence just one battleground in nationwide fight
February 23, 2004
It is the world’s largest company and America’s top private employer. Analysts say it saved U.S. consumers $20 billion last year in its stores alone and an additional $100 billion by forcing other retailers to slash prices to compete.
To the stars …
Kansas was born of difficulty, a fact that should be remembered as we struggle with the current situation.
February 23, 2004
What if there was a way to create a 200-mile by 400-mile piece of undeveloped land and place it in the middle of the United States, a space equal to the size of Kansas and located between Colorado, Missouri, Oklahoma and Nebraska?
Empty the pool
February 23, 2004
Legislation urged to recognize stillborn babies
February 23, 2004
In 1979, Amanda Peterson’s sister was stillborn. Peterson was only 2 years old at the time, but her mother later told her about the trauma. “When my mom went through her stillbirth, she got to hold my sister, Melinda, for maybe 10 or 15 minutes, and then they took her away and sent my mom home,” said Peterson, 26, of Lawrence.
Nader’s candidacy raises concerns
Democrats fear activist will siphon party’s votes, ensure Bush win
February 23, 2004
Consumer advocate Ralph Nader announced Sunday he was running again for president, this time as an independent, and rejected claims that a longshot candidacy would merely siphon enough votes from the Democrats to ensure President Bush’s re-election.
County may charge inmates for health care
February 23, 2004
Inmates at the Douglas County Jail soon could be helping to pay for each visit to a doctor, checkup from a nurse or month’s supply of medicine. New co-payments for such health services — which have been provided for free for years — could be in place within a few months, once Douglas County commissioners receive a formal proposal from Sheriff Rick Trapp.
KU recruiters seek out more minority applicants
February 23, 2004
Kansas University recruiters will hit the road this week on a tour that aims to lure more minority students to Lawrence. The university has said in recent years that KU’s diversity is improving, with record numbers of minority students enrolled.
Briefcase
February 23, 2004
¢ Cell phone messages used to nab criminals ¢ Rural residents still lag behind in high-tech times
Kenseth holds off Kahne for victory
Defending NASCAR series champion denies rookie for first win in almost a year
February 23, 2004
Matt Kenseth picked the best way possible to silence his critics: dominating a race and using a thrilling finish to get back to Victory Lane. Considered boring in both personality and the way he relied on consistency instead of wins to earn NASCAR’s top title last season, Kenseth shed the image Sunday by nipping rookie Kasey Kahne at the finish line of North Carolina Speedway to win the Subway 400.
Local leaders support strategy to keep Clinton Lake clean
February 23, 2004
Backers of an effort to clean up the water that eventually flows through Lawrence faucets say they’re picking up support for the plan. More than a dozen local and state officials gathered Friday at Clinton Reservoir to show their support for the Upper Wakarusa Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy, designed to slow the flow of soil, waste and chemicals into the lake.
Rebels seize Haiti’s second-largest city
February 23, 2004
Rebels captured Haiti’s second-largest city with little resistance Sunday, claiming Cap-Haitien as their biggest prize in a two-week uprising that has driven government forces from half the country.
Roy W. Moore
February 23, 2004
Edward F. Rasing
February 23, 2004
Chester E. Unruh
February 23, 2004
The Capitol Report
News and views from the Kansas Statehouse
February 23, 2004
¢ Big deadline ¢ Sebelius buzz ¢ Passing the buck ¢ Tracking ‘bad bills’ ¢ Gambling Kansans ¢ Maybe next year ¢ Vacation testimony
U.S. begins largest rotation of forces in history
February 23, 2004
A quarter-million soldiers, all but a few of them Americans, are within weeks of passing through this desert kingdom on their way to or from the war in neighboring Iraq, the largest such rotation of U.S. forces in history, according to military planners overseeing the project.
U.S. rotation at a glance
February 23, 2004
By the time the rotation finishes in May, the Pentagon will have shipped nearly 450,000 tons of equipment to the Iraqi theater and shipped home even more: 700,000 tons.
Local Nader support appears weaker
February 23, 2004
Three years ago Douglas County was one of the strongest support bases in the country for Ralph Nader’s Green Party presidential candidacy. That strength may not be there this time, some of his former supporters think.
Comic book superhero uses powers to save inmates on death row
February 23, 2004
The comic book world has a new superhero whose focus isn’t fighting crime, but fighting the death penalty.
Analysis: Sales tax law moves forward, despite attacks
February 23, 2004
Some merchants complained loudly last year about a new law changing how they calculate and collect retail sales taxes, arguing it would cost them — and ultimately, consumers — too much money.
Weir hangs on to win Nissan title
Masters champion survives late charge from Maruyama
February 23, 2004
Mike Weir wanted to prove he could win with the lead.
Oswalt to start Astros opener
February 23, 2004
Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte had just arrived at spring training Sunday when Houston Astros manager Jimy Williams announced that neither one would start on opening day.
Spurs stop T’wolves’ sizz
San Antonio upends division leaders, 94-92
February 23, 2004
In front of a hostile, sellout crowd, San Antonio’s quiet man helped lead his team to victory at the foul line.
Notes
February 23, 2004
Softball tournament cancelled by rain
February 23, 2004
Persistent weekend rain forced the cancellation of Sunday’s final round of the Softball By the Beach Invitational in Santa Barbara, Calif.
HINU senior honored
February 23, 2004
Haskell Indian Nations University senior Andy Deal has been named Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference player of the week. He scored 53 points in wins over Baker and Oklahoma Wesleyan and a loss to College of Ozarks.
LMH program helps parents grieve
February 23, 2004
A stillbirth program at Lawrence Memorial Hospital calls for several steps to be taken to allow parents to grieve and remember their child.
Soriano joins Texas with role undetermined
February 23, 2004
Alfonso Soriano put on a Texas Rangers uniform Sunday and worked out with his new teammates for the first time.
A-Rod trying to win over Jeter
Newest Yankee trying to repair friendship with New York captain
February 23, 2004
Alex Rodriguez watched a practice grounder skip through his legs, tossed his glove to the grass and picked up another mitt. New to third base, he’ll need time to learn the position. Repairing his relationship with Derek Jeter will take awhile, too.
Kansas State women edge MU in two OTs
Cats take over league lead with 93-90 win
February 23, 2004
Kansas State had to overcome a sluggish start for the second straight game. Missouri’s Evan Unrau didn’t make it easy either.
City considers mandating helmet use for youths
February 23, 2004
Not long after he became a paramedic in 1982, Rob Kort was called to help a Kansas University student who had fallen off a bike and hit his head on a street curb. “One of the symptoms of a bad head injury is projectile vomiting,” said Kort, now a division chief for Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical. “I was a new paramedic — I hadn’t seen anything like that before.”
Briefly
February 23, 2004
¢ Tibet supporters call art exhibit boycott ¢ Couples celebrate same-sex weddings ¢ O.J. Simpson ordered to give up earnings ¢ Off-duty prison guard killed in confrontation ¢ Stewart’s lawyers to seek dismissal today ¢ Mardi Gras celebrations take a violent turn