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Sebelius signs bill to hasten school finance appeal
February 27, 2004
(Web Posted Friday at 3:53 p.m.) TOPEKA - Moments after it reached her desk, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed a bill Friday permitting a speedy appeal of a judge’s preliminary order finding Kansas’ school finance law unconstitutional.
Elementary school principal to retire
February 27, 2004
(Updated Friday at 1:27 p.m.) Sharen Steele, principal at New York School for 15 years, will retire at the end of the school year. Steele announced her decision in a news release issued Friday by the school district.
Wittig sentenced to 4 years, three months in fraud case
February 27, 2004
(Updated Friday at 11:54 a.m.) KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Former Wester Energy Inc. chief executive David Wittig was sentenced Friday to more than four years in prison for his part in a federal loan-conspiracy case stemming from two transactions at a Topeka bank.
Senate passes 75 mph speed limit legislation
February 27, 2004
Motorists on some stretches of Kansas highway could see higher speed limits — but might want to pay them special heed — under legislation passed by the Senate and sent to the House on Thursday.
K.C. police officer’s false testimony could affect 15 pending cases
February 27, 2004
A Kansas City police sergeant’s false testimony in a felony gun case could have ramifications in up to 15 pending criminal cases, police officials said.
Lawrence briefs
February 27, 2004
¢ Topeka resident sues U.S. over war in Iraq ¢ KU engineering plans expo this weekend
Opponents of travel ban cite ‘repressive’ agenda
Legal experts hoping for test case to challenge law
February 27, 2004
Call it the war on tourism.
Cuban-Americans reveal policy’s inconsistencies
February 27, 2004
Anti-communist Cuban-Americans are having their cake and eating it, too.
Yanks’ Williams has appendix removed
February 27, 2004
Bernie Williams solved the New York Yankees’ center-field problem, at least for the start of the season.
Stern fires back after suspension
February 27, 2004
Suspended by the nation’s No. 1 radio conglomerate, Howard Stern grabbed a microphone Thursday morning and ranted. He asked his boss to fire him and complained about censorship.
Branding together
Committee studying how to give a facelift to KU’s public image
February 27, 2004
When people across Kansas see the Jayhawk logo, they think of Kansas University. But the Jayhawk isn’t the only symbol of the university.
Senate rejects Sebelius tax plan
Douglas County sales tax increase gets cold shoulder
February 27, 2004
Lawrence schools went 0-for-2 Thursday as the Kansas Senate rejected Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ proposal to increase taxes for public schools, then turned down a request from Douglas County for a chance to vote on a local sales tax increase for education. “It’s back to the drawing board,” Lawrence Supt. Randy Weseman said.
Cold warrior’ at heart of Cuba crackdown
Critics blast Bush appointee’s grip on policy
February 27, 2004
U.S. policy toward Cuba is dominated by one man, a scandal-plagued Cold War relic who has no business being President Bush’s chief adviser on Latin America. That’s what U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, the Kansas Republican who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee, has to say about Otto Reich.
Wind energy
February 27, 2004
Penske seeking first series championship
February 27, 2004
Roger Penske’s elite open-wheel teams have won 11 national championships during the past three decades. The Captain, however, still isn’t satisfied.
House embraces bioscience effort
February 27, 2004
The Kansas House overwhelmingly approved a measure Thursday that supporters said would put Kansas on the cutting edge of bioscience research and create thousands of new jobs. The Bioscience Initiative Act was sent to the Senate on a 119-6 vote.
This year, Royals believe in October
February 27, 2004
“We Believe” just won’t cut it any more with the Kansas City Royals.
Recruit picks Iowa State
February 27, 2004
University of Minnesota transfer Scott Stephenson has given Iowa State’s football program an oral commitment following a weekend campus visit.
KU adds Tabor game
February 27, 2004
Kansas University has added a baseball game March 10 with Tabor College to replace a weathered-out Feb. 21 game with Creighton. Game time will be 3 p.m. at Hoglund Ballpark.
NBA briefs
February 27, 2004
¢ League admits officiating mistake ¢ Bulls activate Gill, shelve Jeffries ¢ Spurs’ Duncan injured, likely to miss time ¢ Ankle injury hampers Timberwolves’ Cassell
Horoscopes
February 27, 2004
Kansas Student Publications Act
February 27, 2004
Gates tops billionaire list
Forbes reports No. 2 Buffett had best year
February 27, 2004
“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling and the founders of the Google search engine have landed on Forbes magazine’s annual list of billionaires after a year when rallying stocks and a strong euro swelled the list to the longest it’s ever been.
Martinez’s tutelage shaping Colon
February 27, 2004
As if Bartolo Colon’s 98 mph fastball weren’t imposing enough, he has been tutored in intimidation by a master.
Glickman says limits ‘absurd’
Former Kansas congressman backs trade
February 27, 2004
The Bush administration crackdown on travel to Cuba delayed at least one prominent Kansan’s trip to the island.
Charges dropped against last Dole protester
February 27, 2004
Prosecutors’ failure to get a conviction in two trials of protesters arrested at the Dole Institute of Politics dedication event has caused charges against a third protester to be dropped. Dist. Atty. Christine Kenney said that based on the outcome of the previous two jury trials — acquittals on charges of battering Lawrence police officers — she didn’t think her office would be successful in prosecuting the case.
Former Jayhawk gets 6 1/2 years for fraud
Weidner caught in lie during testimony
February 27, 2004
A federal judge sentenced former banker Clinton Odell “Del” Weidner II to 6 1/2 years in prison Thursday for his role in a federal loan-conspiracy case that involved former Westar Energy Inc. chief executive David Wittig. Weidner, 50, the former president of Topeka’s Capital City Bank, was convicted in July of conspiracy, two counts of filing false bank entries and one count of money laundering. Before his trial, he pleaded guilty to two other counts of filing false bank entries.
On the record
February 27, 2004
LHS trio thriving together
Halpin, Hussein, Kellerman ready for state success
February 27, 2004
Pharouk Hussein considers every day on the Lawrence High wrestling team a state tournament-like challenge. It might sound crazy, but he often spars with standouts Brendan Halpin and Nolan Kellerman on the practice mat.
KU repeats 17-run outburst in ‘tremendous’ win
February 27, 2004
Some spring break this turned out to be. Oakland University’s baseball team used its weeklong hiatus from academia to open its season with a four-game series against Kansas University.
Baylor’s probe finds Bliss paid players
February 27, 2004
Former Baylor University basketball coach Dave Bliss made payments to players, allowed major NCAA infractions and then tried to cover up the improprieties, the school president said Thursday.
Top-ranked Stanford stays undefeated
Cardinal’s 73-47 victory over Oregon State pushes team’s record to 24-0
February 27, 2004
When the ball hits the backboard and bounces in for a baseline three-pointer, you know things are going right.
Briefly
February 27, 2004
¢ Researchers discover new dinosaur fossils ¢ Spacewalk ends early after malfunction ¢ FBI adds protections for crime evidence
Briefly
February 27, 2004
¢ Police seek public’s help in purse-snatching case ¢ Kansas City considering banning public urination ¢ KU pharmacy group named chapter of year ¢ Two injured as semi crashes into toll plaza
Award-winning season comes to a close
February 27, 2004
With less than 48 hours left before the Academy Awards ceremony, viewers can still catch a non-Oscar ceremony, the kind of competition that forced the once-predominant movie awards show to move up a month.
Bush touts leadership, economic policies
February 27, 2004
President Bush, armed with an aggressive new campaign speech, argued Thursday that America should keep him as president during two campaign appearances.
Immigrant tuition bill may face trouble in House
February 27, 2004
A bill allowing illegal immigrants to pay cheaper, in-state tuition at Kansas’ public universities faces an uncertain fate in the House after senators approved it.
City leaders promote criticism balanced with civility
February 27, 2004
Local leaders agree that Thumper’s mom was wrong when she told her son not to say anything if he couldn’t say something nice.
Gabriel’s late shot lifts Eudora boys; EHS girls tumble
February 27, 2004
Chris Gabriel hit a seven-foot shot in the lane with one second left, giving Eudora High a 61-59 boys basketball victory Thursday over Gardner-Edgerton.
BHS girls win league
February 27, 2004
Many teams lack senior leadership.
Fitting punishment
February 27, 2004
City commissioners are taking a positive approach to encouraging young bike riders to wear helmets. A carrot often is better than a stick, and the approach Lawrence city commissioners took Tuesday night to try to get children to wear bicycle helmets seemed like the right strategy.
Street work
February 27, 2004
Special effort should be made to finish next summer’s planned Sixth Street repaving project as quickly as possible. Everyone who drives Sixth Street on a regular basis — not to mention businesses located on that street — surely groaned when they learned after Tuesday’s Lawrence City Commission meeting that a repaving project is planned for the street next summer.
Real costs
February 27, 2004
Police support
February 27, 2004
Neutral party?
February 27, 2004
Success story
February 27, 2004
Black mark
February 27, 2004
And the Oscar goes to …
For a change, the most deserving nominees will nab the prize at the Academy Awards
February 27, 2004
For as much ballyhoo as the Oscars received over giving surprise nominations to cutting-edge work, the actual winners sure appear to be a foregone conclusion. This is a year where one drama is expected to dominate the acting races (“Mystic River”) and one fantasy epic is supposed to capture everything else (“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”) Those handicapping this ultimate cinematic contest shouldn’t be too far off in their predictions, leading to an Oscar telecast where the opening of the envelopes may be the least entertaining part of the evening.
Passion of Christ’ favors brutality over theology
February 27, 2004
“The Passion of the Christ” plays like a blend of a political-theology lesson and a snuff film. Mel Gibson’s latest effort — surely the year’s most controversial piece of cinema — takes great pains to be historically accurate in its depiction of Christ’s final days and crucifixion. It also takes great pains to show great pain. The final hour results in one of the most unpleasant moviegoing experiences ever at a neighborhood multiplex.
HomeTown Film brings Hollywood to Lawrence
February 27, 2004
Roll out the red carpet and state your picks.
Daily ticker
February 27, 2004
Government sues to block software merger
February 27, 2004
The Justice Department filed a lawsuit Thursday to block Oracle Corp.’s proposed $9.4 billion hostile takeover of software rival PeopleSoft Inc. “We believe this transaction is anticompetitive, pure and simple,” said R. Hewitt Pate, assistant attorney general in charge of the antitrust division.
Judge overturns verdict in Hallmark case
February 27, 2004
A federal judge has overturned a jury’s $8.9 million damage award in a patent infringement suit against Hallmark Cards Inc. involving a machine that curls ribbons.
LMH president to lead chamber
Group names new board members
February 27, 2004
The president and chief executive of Lawrence Memorial Hospital has been elected to become the next chairman of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
Shiite cleric seeks Iraq elections by year’s end
February 27, 2004
Iraq’s most prominent Shiite cleric signaled Thursday that he would accept the installation of an unelected government after June 30 if elections are set — possibly at the end of the year — and the United Nations guarantees the date.
Rumsfeld: Taliban has lost effectiveness
February 27, 2004
With stronger assistance from neighboring Pakistan, military operations against the al-Qaida terrorist organization have made new progress, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Thursday.
Statue can stay at Washburn, judge determines
Court says ‘Holier Than Thou’ doesn’t represent an attack on Catholics
February 27, 2004
A federal judge refused Thursday to order Topeka’s Washburn University to remove a statue from its campus that critics feel is offensive to Roman Catholics.
More schools ban recruiters from university
February 27, 2004
The list of Kansas high schools that have banned recruiters from Washburn University because of a sculpture some find anti-Catholic now includes six high schools in the Kansas City, Kan., archdiocese and five others in the Salina diocese.
Authorities identify first of 2 bodies found in burned-out K.C. house
February 27, 2004
Police on Thursday said a set of human remains found in the rubble of a burned-out home were those of a man who lived there.
Andretti Green new challenge with four cars
February 27, 2004
A year ago, Michael Andretti was wrestling with the difficulties of being a first-year driver-owner in the Indy Racing League.
House OKs crime protections for fetuses
February 27, 2004
The House voted Thursday to treat attacks on a pregnant woman as separate crimes against both her and the fetus she is carrying. Critics say it would undermine abortion rights by giving fetuses new federal legal status.
Brewers: HBO story inaccurate
February 27, 2004
The Milwaukee Brewers and major league baseball are disputing an HBO report that said three members of the Selig family were drawing more than $2 million in combined salary while the club was seeking funds to build Miller Park.
Sanders ready to help Cards
Major-league journeyman confident St. Louis can succeed
February 27, 2004
Reggie Sanders played for six teams during the past six years and helped take two of them to the World Series.
Sailor faces grand jury scrutiny
February 27, 2004
John Young, of Key West, Fla., has organized sailing trips to Cuba for more than a decade. He’s been licensed to do so by the federal government because of the food and medicine the boats carried to the island. U.S. policy has allowed travel to Cuba for humanitarian purposes.
Bartman ball blown up
Symbol of Cubs’ curse destroyed
February 27, 2004
In a flash, the ball that came to symbolize the Chicago Cubs’ cursed history was blown up Thursday night, reduced to a pile of thread by a Hollywood special-effects expert.
Bill advances on nursing home reports
February 27, 2004
The House approved a bill on Thursday that would eliminate nursing home inspection reports from admissible evidence during a judicial proceeding.
Suspect guilty in rape, not killing
February 27, 2004
A Leavenworth man has been found guilty of raping a 12-year-old girl nine years ago, but innocent in her death.
Candidate withdraws from KU search
February 27, 2004
The only candidate for the dean’s post in the Kansas University school of journalism has withdrawn his name from consideration.
Nichols services
February 27, 2004
Padgett promises to keep plugging
February 27, 2004
It’s that time of year when slumping first-year major-college basketball players like David Padgett are asked, “Have you hit the freshman wall?” “I don’t know if it’s happened to me,” said Kansas University’s 6-foot-11 center, a 52-percent shooter who has made 12 of 32 shots (37.5 percent) and grabbed 22 rebounds during his last five games.
Woodling: Twibell’s love lies in links
February 27, 2004
From Lawrence to Tucson to Dallas to Portland to Miami to Boston to Bristol, Roger Twibell has been behind a microphone reporting on just about any sport you can name.
Report: Officers knew Columbine killers
February 27, 2004
Law officers were warned about the Columbine High killers at least 15 times in the two years before their murderous rampage in 1999, the state attorney general said Thursday in a report that outraged the families of the victims.
Ex-British official says U.N. calls intercepted
February 27, 2004
British intelligence agents were involved in intercepting conversations of U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan in the weeks before the Iraq war, according to a former Cabinet member in Prime Minister Tony Blair’s administration who said she read the transcripts.
Rebels prepare to attack Haiti capital
February 27, 2004
Haiti’s rebel leader said his fighters were advancing on the capital Thursday and awaited an order to attack unless President Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigns. The United States questioned whether Aristide could “effectively continue” in office.
Missouri’s concealed weapons law ruled legal
February 27, 2004
The Missouri Supreme Court’s decision clearing the way for carrying concealed guns brought joy and jitters on Thursday.
Veritas advances at state
February 27, 2004
Mark Randtke scored 20 points, and Casey Woods added 18 as Veritas Christian jumped to an early lead and routed Syracuse Christian, 75-36, in the first round of the Kansas Christian Athletic Assn. state tournament Thursday.
Athletes of the week
February 27, 2004
City capsules
February 27, 2004
Fighting the evil forces of KAOS
February 27, 2004
Mother delivers baby at home
February 27, 2004
Hard hats required
February 27, 2004
Wizards forget feud
Brown, Arenas lead Washington
February 27, 2004
“Gilbert!” yelled Kwame Brown across the Washington Wizards’ locker room. “Curse me out before you leave. Please.”
Jayhawks still third at Big 12
February 27, 2004
Kansas University’s swimming and diving team remained in third place after Thursday’s second day of the Big 12 Conference Championships.
BU coach signs prep quarterback
February 27, 2004
Kendall Bradley, a 6-foot-5 quarterback from Rogersville, Mo., signed a football letter of intent Thursday with Baker University.
Bush will mount tough challenge to Kerry
February 27, 2004
The general-election campaign has begun. The Democratic primaries aren’t concluded, of course, but the contours of Election 2004 are clear. The Democrats spent the last several months treating President Bush like a pinata, and this week the president struck back.
President missing after plane crash
February 27, 2004
Macedonia state radio switched to classical music and the government declared a day of mourning after President Boris Trajkovski was missing and presumed dead in a plane crash Thursday in southern Bosnia.
Rosie weds longtime girlfriend
February 27, 2004
Rosie O’Donnell married her longtime girlfriend Thursday, taking what she called a proud stand for gay civil rights in the city where more than 3,300 other same-sex couples have tied the knot since Feb. 12.
KU law dean arranged Scalia hunting trip with cases pending
February 27, 2004
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was the guest of a Kansas law school two years ago and went pheasant hunting on a trip arranged by the school’s dean, all within weeks of hearing two cases in which the dean was a lead attorney.
Bush tightens Cuba travel rules
February 27, 2004
President Bush tightened U.S. travel restrictions against Cuba on Thursday, a move likely to strengthen his election-year standing in politically important Florida and heighten tensions with Fidel Castro’s communist regime.
Democrats unite on gay marriage
February 27, 2004
Democratic rivals John Kerry and John Edwards differed on the use of the death penalty Thursday night but found common ground in opposing gay marriage in a debate five days before the biggest primary night of the campaign season.
Greene fresh, ready
Sprinter has high hopes for Indoors
February 27, 2004
Maurice Greene had to clear his head after a disappointing performance at the 2003 world championships.
People
February 27, 2004
¢ Hollywood stacks up to D.C. ¢ No stretch for Oscar nominee ¢ ‘Jersey Girl’ will imitate life ¢ Debate blooms over parade theme
Meatpacker plans to test all animals for mad cow
State firm aims to avoid layoffs, open markets
February 27, 2004
A Kansas meatpacker said Thursday it planned to voluntarily test every animal processed at its Arkansas City plant for mad cow disease, a move that has sent shudders throughout the U.S. beef industry and government regulators. John Stewart, chief executive officer of Creekstone Farms, said his company had assurances from its Asian customers they would accept his beef products if the company tested every carcass.
Series made single look OK
February 27, 2004
OK, so “Sex and the City” didn’t end with a climax. It ended with something closer to a snuggle. But pity the poor writers, caught between the wish for a “Big” ending and the desire for no ending at all, an endless time warp of baby T’s and Pradas and first dates and girltalk.
Briefcase
February 27, 2004
¢ Retailers’ results mixed ¢ Factory orders fall ¢ Boeing wins ruling in discrimination case ¢ Mortgage rate steady
Briefly
February 27, 2004
¢ Firebomb strikes before IOC meetings ¢ U.S. eases some restrictions on Libya ¢ Two agents charged in Chechen leader’s death
Briefly
February 27, 2004
¢ Suspect pleads guilty in lumberyard fire ¢ Employee indicted in $200,000 fraud case
Briefly
February 27, 2004
¢ Subway attack mastermind sentenced to death ¢ U.S. to stay until end of N. Korea nuclear talks ¢ 2 Palestinians killed in clash ¢ National study: 4 percent of Catholic priests accused
Briefly
February 27, 2004
¢ Senate fails to extend unemployment benefits ¢ U.S. asthma rates on the rise, CDC says ¢ Planned Parenthood records subpoenaed