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Mountain lion seen on west Lawrence golf course
February 24, 2004
(Updated Tuesday at 5:06 p.m.) Add two more people to the list of those who have spotted a mountain lion within Lawrence’s city limits. In fact, Marlene Penny thinks she even heard it about 4:30 a.m. today near her home on the Alvamar Golf Course.
Governor gets bill to speed up school finance appeal
February 24, 2004
(Updated Tuesday at 2:41 p.m.) The House today sent Gov. Kathleen Sebelius a bill that supporters say will speed an appeal of the school finance lawsuit to the Kansas Supreme Court. The vote was 86-37. The Senate had earlier unanimously approved the measure.
Bill allowing quick school finance appeal goes to governor
February 24, 2004
(Web Posted Tuesday at 12:05 p.m.) A bill designed to move a lawsuit over education funding more quickly to the Kansas Supreme Court is headed to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius after winning House approval Tuesday. The House vote was 86-37. The Senate unanimously approved the measure last week.
Pump Patrol seeks deals
February 24, 2004
The Journal-World has found Lawrence-area gasoline prices as low as $1.58 at SITE, 946 E. 23rd St.
After the Oscars, everyone’s a winner
Chef Wolfgang Puck again in charge of post-Awards fete
February 24, 2004
Oscar nominees have a lot going on in their stomachs during the ceremony — knots, butterflies, maybe even an ulcer or two.
On the record
February 24, 2004
Marines sent to guard Embassy in Haiti
Opposition demands Aristide’s ouster
February 24, 2004
As 50 U.S. Marines arrived here Monday to protect the U.S. Embassy amid growing political violence, a broad coalition opposed to President Jean-Bertrand Aristide said a U.S.-backed plan to share power with the embattled president was “an open door to bloodshed.”
Survey finds prescription drug prices force hard choices
February 24, 2004
Almost a third of Americans say paying for prescription drugs is a problem in their families, and many are cutting dosages to deal with the crunch, according to a poll by The Associated Press.
Committee endorses animal identification bill
February 24, 2004
Legislation creating a state animal identification program cleared a House committee Monday minus a provision for fees and penalties on livestock owners.
House backs bill speeding appeal in school finance case
February 24, 2004
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.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
February 24, 2004
Highlights of Monday’s activities at the Kansas Legislature.
Bush attacks Democratic candidates
President comes out swinging in first remarks as candidate
February 24, 2004
Moving to seize the political offensive, President Bush on Monday delivered a direct attack on the Democrats trying to unseat him, saying they had offered no policies that would win the war on terrorism or expand the economy.
Vatican report criticizes ‘zero-tolerance’ abuse policy
February 24, 2004
The Vatican issued a report Monday by non-Catholic sex abuse experts who criticized the policy adopted by U.S. bishops of removing abusive priests from the ministry, saying it was overly harsh and would not protect the young.
House advances school-finance appeal
February 24, 2004
A bill to speed an appeal of a judge’s order to overhaul the state’s school-finance system was given preliminary approval Monday by the Kansas House after a partisan debate.
Dougan services
February 24, 2004
Services for Daisy C. Dougan, 98, Lawrence, will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Rasing services
February 24, 2004
Services for Edward Francis Rasing, 43, Lawrence, will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.
Mildred M. Edgecomb
February 24, 2004
Dana Marie Gilbert Knappenberger
February 24, 2004
Lake View could lose federal funding
February 24, 2004
A Lawrence nursing home’s federal funding may be in jeopardy. Lake View Manor, 3015 W. 31st St., has until March 9 to be in compliance with state and federal standards, said Karen Sipes, a spokeswoman for the Department on Aging.
Emergency worker shot while responding to fire
Gunbattle breaks out near explosion in K.C.
February 24, 2004
An emergency medical technician responding to a house fire Monday afternoon was shot and injured, police said.
Concealed-weapons bill forwarded to House
February 24, 2004
A bill that would allow Kansans to carry concealed weapons cleared a hurdle Monday.
KU students protest Sebelius’ budget plan
February 24, 2004
College student leaders from across the state on Monday protested Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ proposal to use student fees to help balance the budget.
Student leaders lobby against Sebelius budget proposals
February 24, 2004
Student leaders from state universities lobbied Monday against Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ proposed method of funding raises for state workers.
Economic view
February 24, 2004
Loss of service
February 24, 2004
Mercury threat demands action
February 24, 2004
Many of us grew up using mercury thermometers to see whether we were sick enough to stay home from school. Now it turns out the mercury in those thermometers is a bigger health threat than our parents realized. Legislation banning the sale of mercury thermometers recently sailed through a unanimous U.S. Senate.
Defense witness bolsters Stewart’s story
Judge delays ruling on securities fraud
February 24, 2004
Weeks before Martha Stewart sold her ImClone Systems stock, her stockbroker mentioned his desire to get rid of her shares before they fell to $60, a Stewart business manager testified Monday.
Being female isn’t an insult
February 24, 2004
Shaquille O’Neal was casting about for something nasty to say about George Karl. This was 1998. The then-coach of the Seattle Supersonics had complained that the L.A. Lakers center throws elbows and commits traveling violations.
Farm groups oppose stricter rules for chemical usage
February 24, 2004
Some farmers are concerned about a proposed state law that would require tighter rules for using large amounts of liquid fertilizers and other farm chemicals.
Commodities
February 24, 2004
Gonzaga climbs to No. 4 in poll
Bulldogs earn highest ranking ever; Stanford still No. 1
February 24, 2004
Gonzaga, which has made some deep runs in the NCAA Tournament, now has its highest Associated Press Top 25 poll ranking: No. 4.
Stanclift, Firebirds can’t sustain lead
February 24, 2004
Free State High jumped to an early lead, but foul trouble contributed to the Firebirds’ girls basketball loss, 62-53, Monday night to Shawnee Mission East.
Bonds: They can test me every day
Six-time National League MVP, Giambi arrive at camp, each bombarded by questions about steroids
February 24, 2004
Barry Bonds and Jason Giambi arrived at spring training Monday, prompting another round of questions about steroid use in baseball.
Jackrabbits put end to Seahawks’ season
February 24, 2004
Seabury played Kansas School for the Deaf close for three quarters, but the Jackrabbits ended the Seahawks’ boys basketball season, 43-34, in a Class 1A regional game Monday at KSD.
Shots fall Ward’s way in win over Baldwin
February 24, 2004
Baldwin High’s girls basketball squad played Kansas City Ward nearly even Monday night.
Baker players honored
February 24, 2004
Baker University junior Jessica Pontious has been named newcomer of the year by Heart of America Athletic Conference coaches. Pontious led the Wildcats in scoring (10.8 ppg), blocked shots (23) and field-goal percentage (56.0 percent). Pontious was named second-team all-league as was junior Erin Robinson. BU senior forward Cory Shoaf earned honorable mention. The Wildcats finished the regular season with a 20-11 record and are seeded third in the conference tournament.
ISU coach Morgan seeks Big 12 explanation for official snafu in loss to KU
February 24, 2004
Iowa State coach Wayne Morgan is looking for answers from the Big 12 Conference.
Cavs erase 25-point deficit
Cleveland rallies for improbable 104-100 victory
February 24, 2004
In four days, they have beaten the defending NBA champions, won at Madison Square Garden and rallied from 25 points down for a victory.
City briefs
February 24, 2004
¢ Watkins hires intern ¢ Clean Air group to meet
Kansas women carry six-game skid to CU
February 24, 2004
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team won’t give up on the rest of its season. “We got to stay encouraged, keep fighting and hopefully get a win, if not the next game, the one after that,” said KU interim coach Lynette Woodard, whose Jayhawks suffered their sixth straight loss Saturday in a 69-63 setback to Texas A&M.
District concerts model musical maestros
February 24, 2004
Historically, the Concerto/Aria concerts presented by students in the Lawrence high schools showcase the musical talent so cherished by the schools and the community. Lawrence High School presented its concert Feb. 16; Free State High School performs at 7 tonight.
Diversions
February 24, 2004
¢ Join the J-W teen board ¢ Poetry
Teacher union called ‘terrorist’ group
Education secretary later apologizes for ‘bad joke’ about NEA
February 24, 2004
Education Secretary Rod Paige called the nation’s largest teachers union a “terrorist organization” Monday, taking on the 2.7-million-member National Education Assn. early in the presidential election year.
With $6.9 billion spent, Army scraps helicopter
February 24, 2004
In a dramatic about-face, the Army canceled its Comanche helicopter program Monday after sinking $6.9 billion and 21 years of effort into producing a new-generation chopper.
Desegregation case fails to draw crowd
Registration lags for Brown v. Board conference
February 24, 2004
A slate of media celebrities and nationally known experts will be in Lawrence next month to discuss the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, one of the most important Supreme Court decisions in U.S. history. How many people will be in attendance to hear the discussions on how the case revolutionized race relations and equal rights is yet to be seen.
Pit bulls attack again, injuring dog
February 24, 2004
It was a sound Lawrence resident Gavin Smith unfortunately has heard before. “A guy was just walking his dog down the street, and we heard what sounded like babies crying,” Smith said. Saturday night in his front yard in the 900 block of Madeline Lane, the two pit bulls that live next door to Smith were attacking another pit bull on a leash.
Sebelius uses D.C. meeting to lobby for highway bill
February 24, 2004
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius urged Monday that the Bush administration stop opposing the federal highway bill and back off the No Child Left Behind education reform law. In the nation’s capital for their annual meeting, governors met privately Monday with President Bush and his Cabinet officials.
Dale ‘Pete-o’ Curtis Peterson
February 24, 2004
Legislator’s comments anger colleagues
Congressional candidate upsets panel members with abortion remarks
February 24, 2004
Several members of the House Insurance Committee said Monday they were upset with how State Rep. Patricia Barbieri-Lightner, R-Overland Park, conducted a hearing Thursday on a bill that erupted into a debate about abortion.
City notebook: FSHS relishing swimming title
February 24, 2004
Don’t worry. Free State High athletic director Steve Grant is OK with clogging Free State’s Hall of Champions.
Abortion clinics closer to state regulation
February 24, 2004
A House committee has endorsed a bill to set minimum health and safety standards for abortion clinics, moving abortion opponents closer to a confrontation with Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Israeli barrier challenged at world court
February 24, 2004
Israelis and Palestinians brought the arguments over Israel’s controversial barricade in the West Bank onto neutral ground Monday, using a legal hearing here to press their grievances in the court of world opinion.
Thrift chic
Look different; spend less
February 24, 2004
Being a teenager today is by no means cheap. Some teens have jobs, but even then, many make minimum wage. This problem leaves very little cash flowing toward the purchases that form their own personal style. Have no fear; there is an alternative.
City to consider extending moratorium
Agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. today ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets ¢ Sunflower Broadband Channel 25 ¢ Meeting documents online at www.lawrenceks.org
February 24, 2004
The Lawrence City Commission will consider extending the moratorium that is blocking construction of a Wal-Mart at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.
City briefs
February 24, 2004
¢ Civil War historian to give John Brown talk ¢ KU students nominated for Truman scholarships
Briefly
February 24, 2004
¢ Poll shows support for televised executions ¢ Highly contagious strain of bird flu discovered ¢ Rain delays flights, triggers car crashes
Briefly
February 24, 2004
¢ Vandals whitewash Joe Louis sculpture ¢ Attorney general seeks ruling on gay marriages ¢ Administration wants Lewis & Clark park ¢ Church abuse victim, 29, found dead
Polio eradication effort begins in Africa
February 24, 2004
Bearing droppers of polio vaccine and promises of its safety, hundreds of thousands of volunteers fanned out Monday across 10 African nations in a drive to stop a polio outbreak spreading from Nigerian states that have banned the vaccine.
Tragic case
Kansas lawmakers should come to agreement on legislation that will allow release of information about the deaths or near-deaths of children in the state child welfare system.
February 24, 2004
Local residents have a lot of questions about the death last week of a 19-month-old boy who was in foster care.
California reclaims liberal spotlight
February 24, 2004
I don’t care if the same-sex nuptials get nipped in the bud. I’m still going to send flowers from the Bay State to the Bay Area. I’ll send a dozen roses to the 80-something couple who led the gay parade up to the civil marriage window in City Hall. No one can say those women married in haste.
Long count
February 24, 2004
Wayne Calderwood
February 24, 2004
Briefcase
February 24, 2004
¢ Lowe’s shares tumble ¢ Real estate has boosted finances of consumers ¢ Citigroup targets South Korean bank ¢ Oneok earnings soar
KCK charges homeowners after repeated false alarms
February 24, 2004
Fed up with the time wasted responding to thousands of false security alarm calls each year, city prosecutors have started taking the worst violators to court.
Daily ticker
February 24, 2004
Momentum builds for unique project
Co-housing development lands builder
February 24, 2004
Construction is expected to begin by July on Lawrence’s first co-housing neighborhood, developers said Monday. Investors with Delaware Street Commons, a $2.8 million residential project in the 1200 block of Delaware Street, have hired a construction company and said the project was close to bearing fruit.
City expected to renew ban on Wal-Mart construction
February 24, 2004
Votes by public bodies this week in Lawrence could make it more difficult for Wal-Mart to build a store at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive. The Lawrence City Commission tonight is expected to renew a building permit moratorium that has prevented construction at the site since last spring. And Wednesday, the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission will consider rezoning for the site that would make Wal-Mart’s current plans impossible.
Cheney raises election funds in Wichita
February 24, 2004
Vice President Dick Cheney told Republican supporters Monday that while the United States has led an international coalition on the war against terror, it will never seek a “permission slip” to defend the nation’s security.
U.N. urges Iraqis delay election
February 24, 2004
Direct elections in Iraq require extensive preparation, including better polling infrastructure and reliable law and order, and cannot take place before the end of the year or perhaps until early 2005, according to a United Nations report issued Monday.
Briefly
February 24, 2004
¢ Emotions run high over election ‘fiasco’ ¢ U.N. gives update on spread of HIV ¢ N. Korea said ready to drop nuclear program ¢ Death toll rises to 66 in weekend clashes ¢ Blast, fire kill six at main space center
Woodling: Jayhawks played hard, but shots just didn’t fall
February 24, 2004
All my ex’s, country singer George Strait warbled, live in Texas. So do Bill Self’s X’s. Strait was singing the blues about former wives, while Self crooned similar soulful strains about all the missed shots his Kansas University men’s basketball team bounced Monday night around the Erwin Center.
Mangino stresses character among football players
February 24, 2004
An overflow crowd packed Fieldhouse Sports Cafe Monday night to hear Kansas University coach Mark Mangino talk about football. Mangino spent a good portion of his hour-long presentation talking about character instead.
In the Halls
February 24, 2004
Where do you buy clothes besides retail stores?
Sweeps month guest stars add touch of crass
February 24, 2004
We’re knee-deep in sweeps and desperate stunt-casting. You can’t change the channel without catching cameo-fever!
District energy plan saves money
School board hears positive report on conservation efforts
February 24, 2004
Efforts to curb energy use at Lawrence public schools are paying off, the district’s energy manager told school board members Monday night. The district’s new energy conservation plan, which started in September, saved schools $82,056 during its first four months, compared with energy costs for the same period in 2002. That is a savings of 13.7 percent.
People
February 24, 2004
¢ Blake faces legal deadline ¢ Whoopi to write children’s book ¢ Scholarship fund grows ¢ Kournikova making rounds
Lopsided loss for the ages
KU makes wrong kind of history
February 24, 2004
Lately, only one thing is for sure when Kansas University’s men’s basketball team plays on the road. The Jayhawks will lose — and lose in a blowout. Tenth-ranked Texas pasted No. 20-rated KU, 82-67, Monday night at Erwin Center for the Jayhawks’ fourth straight Big 12 Conference road loss and third straight double-digit road blowout.
Jose Barrientes-McMechan
February 24, 2004
City briefs
February 24, 2004
¢ Congressional candidate to speak at KU ¢ ‘Real World’ cast member to make KU appearance ¢ No same-sex couples apply to be married ¢ Web site features summer camp lineup ¢ Charges filed against plane trespass suspect ¢ Pump Patrol seeks deals
Horoscopes
February 24, 2004
Wealth issue
February 24, 2004
Guesswork
February 24, 2004
Texas seniors finally beat Kansas
February 24, 2004
Knocking off Kansas University, Texas guard Brandon Mouton stressed, was not Priority No. 1 Monday night. “It’s not a goal of ours to beat Kansas,” said Mouton, who led the Longhorns to an 87-62 victory with 23 points. “Our goal is to win championships.”
Langford: Jayhawks ‘have to make shots’
February 24, 2004
The bottom line, Keith Langford said, is Kansas University couldn’t put the ball in the basket Monday night.
Recent price increase fuels talk of $3 gas
Cost at the pump jumps in last two months
February 24, 2004
Joey McDonald is casting a wary eye at the gas pump these days. The 22-year-old Lawrence resident commutes twice a week to Johnson County Community College, and the rising price of gasoline is taking its toll. “It’s getting to the point where you have to start cutting back on some things — like movies,” McDonald said.
Briefly
February 24, 2004
¢ Mardi Gras parade canceled by storms ¢ Three bodies found from ship collision ¢ Three students die in car-bus collision ¢ 14 airport workers indicted in drug case ¢ African elephant birth is first in 20 years
County to slow down drivers on rural roads during construction project
February 24, 2004
Douglas County commissioners will put the brakes on drivers going off road to avoid a construction project northwest of Lawrence.
Jayhawk baseball runs winning streak to two
February 24, 2004
Frigid conditions were enough to keep plenty of Kansas University’s baseball fans home Monday afternoon, but the cold weather didn’t keep KU from picking up another victory. The Jayhawks (9-7-1) defeated Oakland (Mich.) University, 6-3, in front of 286 fans at Hoglund Ballpark.