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Bill may raise minimum wage
January 20, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 5:41 p.m.) Kansas’ state minimum wage of $2.65 per hour would increase to $7.50 per hour by Jan. 1, 2007 under a bill soon to be filed.
Sebelius may back off from special ed funding changes
January 20, 2004
(Updated Tuesday at 4:11 p.m.) Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today indicated she was backing off a plan to change the way special education funding is distributed. “This can easily come out of the plan,” Sebelius said.
Kerr invites school superintendents to Legislature
January 20, 2004
(Web Posted Tuesday at 11:59 a.m.) Senate President Dave Kerr has invited school superintendents in the school finance lawsuit to come to the Legislature and propose their plan for equitable funding.
Bioscience plan pitched to committee
January 20, 2004
(Updated Tuesday at 11:59 a.m.) Two legislators today outlined a proposal that they said would set the foundation for the economic future of Kansas — bioscience research.
Briefly
January 20, 2004
¢ Survey: Nonprofits increased revenues ¢ Six-year-old killed; ritual abuse suspected
Special cases?
Many observers are questioning a judge’s decision to order two men to serve just 60 days in jail for raping a local girl.
January 20, 2004
Without having heard all of the evidence in the trials that convicted two men of raping a 13-year-old Lawrence girl, it’s difficult to criticize the sentencing decisions of the presiding judge, but a few facts gleaned from these two cases just don’t seem to support the conclusion that serving 60 days in jail is sufficient punishment for these two men.
Pre-emptive war policy remains fuzzy
January 20, 2004
As President Bush prepares to deliver his third State of the Union address, it’s a good time to re-evaluate his most controversial policy — the doctrine of making preventive war.
Impressive leader
January 20, 2004
Rape outrage
January 20, 2004
Family values?
January 20, 2004
A great game
January 20, 2004
Free discourse
January 20, 2004
School-finance lawyer says fix falls short
Gov. Sebelius’ proposed increase for schools isn’t enough, lead attorney in funding lawsuit says
January 20, 2004
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ proposed tax increase isn’t enough to fix the unconstitutional school-aid system, according to a lead attorney in the lawsuit that led a judge to declare Kansas school financing inadequate and tell lawmakers to spend an additional $1 billion. “It’s kind of like giving a thimbleful of water to someone dying of thirst,” said Alan Rupe, a Wichita attorney. “Of course, they are going to want it, but it isn’t enough to solve the problem.”
Sparse crowd attends city service to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 20, 2004
Charles Newman figures things are better for black people today than they were in Martin Luther King Jr.’s time. But he’s worried complacency could keep things from continuing to improve. Newman was one of about 350 people who attended a commemorative service honoring the slain civil rights leader Monday, a federal holiday in honor of King. That audience at the Lied Center was down from about 850 last year.
University students head to D.C. for anti-abortion rally
January 20, 2004
One hundred Kansas University students are taking their anti-abortion views to the nation’s capital this week. The students, affiliated with the St. Lawrence Catholic Center, left on three buses Monday for Washington, D.C., where they’ll participate Thursday in the March for Life on the 31st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion.
Wal-Mart pursuing officials’ testimony
City blocks attempt to depose administrator
January 20, 2004
The legal battle over Wal-Mart’s plans for a new store at Sixth and Wakarusa will head back to court Friday morning — a week after attorneys in the case were stymied in their attempt to take the deposition of a senior city official.
Poe visitor taunts French
January 20, 2004
It was nearly “nevermore” for French cognac Monday in an annual tribute at the grave of Edgar Allan Poe.
Johnny Rotten joins British reality show
January 20, 2004
As Johnny Rotten once snarled, “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?”
Lawmakers to see bioscience plan
January 20, 2004
Lawmakers today will get a peek at a plan to capture taxes and plow them into bioscience research. Sen. Nick Jordan, R-Shawnee, and Rep. Kenny Wilk, R-Lansing, will outline their proposal before the Senate Commerce Committee.
Political unity, end of war messages of King holiday
January 20, 2004
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow called Monday for an end to acrimony in politics as Americans paused to remember the slain civil rights leader.
University endowment investments improve
KU follows national trend
January 20, 2004
University endowments earned an average of 3 percent on their investments last year, reversing declines seen in 2001 and 2002.
Clinton J. Clouse Jr.
January 20, 2004
Adell Warren Dean
January 20, 2004
Jerry W. Alberts
January 20, 2004
Services for Jerry W. Alberts, 70, Lincoln, will be at 9:30 a.m. today at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lincoln. Burial will be in Old Union Cemetery, Lincoln.
Episcopalians planning ‘church within church’
Conservatives oppose gay bishop
January 20, 2004
Conservative Episcopalians opposed to a gay bishop’s consecration and other liberal trends were on track to establish a nationwide protest organization by the close of a two-day meeting today.
Racial slur starts fight that kills Ohio student
January 20, 2004
An altercation that ended in the death of a University of Dayton student Sunday apparently started with a racial slur, the victim’s father said Monday.
Last-minute caucus-goers went with top two
January 20, 2004
Four in 10 of Iowa’s Democratic caucus-goers decided in the last week which candidate to support, and they favored John Kerry and John Edwards over the other presidential hopefuls, an Associated Press survey found.
All bets are off’ as candidates head for battleground New Hampshire
January 20, 2004
Across New Hampshire Monday night, voters were glued to their TV screens as they watched the returns from the Iowa caucuses. Campaign workers for the Democratic hopefuls were riveted, too — as they geared up for a weeklong blitz that will end next Tuesday here, with the nation’s first presidential primary.
Coffee giant opens third store in Lawrence
January 20, 2004
Now there is another way for shoppers to pick up coffee when they go to the grocery store — in a cup instead of a can.
Japan says U.S. beef still unsafe
Report: Cows vulnerable to mad cow disease
January 20, 2004
A Japanese team that returned Monday from a mission to investigate the United States’ first confirmed case of mad cow disease warned that American and Canadian cows still were vulnerable to an outbreak of the illness.
Another Parmalat executive arrested in scandal
January 20, 2004
A banker who had served on Parmalat’s board of directors was jailed Monday on charges of criminal association and fraudulent bankruptcy, widening the fallout from the food company’s fraud scandal.
Farmers, Kickapoos fight over water project
January 20, 2004
The Kickapoo Tribe is asking a small water district in northeast Kansas to use its power of eminent domain to take land it needs to build a reservoir for the water-starved reservation.
Center proposed to train rural journalists
January 20, 2004
A nationally known broadcaster and one of the state’s oldest journalism families hope to turn a former library into a training center for small-town and rural journalists.
52 championship team member Alberts dies
January 20, 2004
Jerry Alberts, a member of Kansas University’s 1952 national championship basketball team, died Saturday in his hometown of Lincoln, Ill. He was 70.
Kansas City set to hire coordinator
January 20, 2004
The Kansas City Chiefs called a news conference for this morning to announce their new defensive coordinator, and Gunther Cunningham, who was fired three years ago as Chiefs’ head coach, was considered the leading candidate.
Brown, BHS cruise
January 20, 2004
A lopsided victory was a convincing end to a wild week for Baldwin High’s girls basketball team — and Bulldog standout Emily Brown.
Pistons win 13th straight
Billups warms up late, lifts Detroit to 85-77 win
January 20, 2004
Chauncey Billups didn’t care that he missed eight of his first nine shots, or that he had just five points with three-plus minutes left. He was determined to keep shooting — and his confidence led the Detroit Pistons to their franchise record-tying 13th straight win.
Cavs prepare for life without LeBron
January 20, 2004
The Cavaliers may be about to experience how life would have been had they not won the NBA lottery.
NASCAR to unveil new system for points
January 20, 2004
Humpy Wheeler, the president of Lowe’s Motor Speedway and a man who has spent four decades promoting NASCAR, remembers a moment last year when he knew things needed to change.
New rankings set up new No. 1 vs. 2
January 20, 2004
Get ready for a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup in women’s basketball, with a twist: Connecticut will not be involved.
Dungy prepared to improve Colts
January 20, 2004
Tony Dungy watched the Indianapolis Colts become legitimate Super Bowl contenders this year.
6Sports video: Jayhawks up in poll following A&M win
January 20, 2004
Kansas is 3-0 in conference play following the road victory over Texas A&M.
6Sports video: Tech hands Oklahoma another loss
January 20, 2004
The Sooners have lost four in a row thanks to a 67-47 drubbing by the Red Raiders.
6Sports video: Tongie grappler shines at 145
January 20, 2004
Chieftains junior Ross Starcher has been dominating opponents in the 145 class.
6News video: Students depart for rally in D.C.
January 20, 2004
Kansas college students — one hundred of them from KU — are traveling to Washington, D.C., to join the March for Life on the 31st anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
6News video: City celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 20, 2004
Local officials and dignitaries spoke at Monday’s commemorative service in the Lied Center to honor the civil rights leader.
Jayhawks 4-2 in Hilo
January 20, 2004
Kansas University’s baseball squad split its final doubleheader with Hawaii-Hilo Monday, winning the first game, 3-2, and losing the second, 4-3.
Where are they now?
January 20, 2004
Brandon McAnderson became one of the top running backs in Lawrence High’s storied football history. For his career, the 6-foot, 220-pound bruiser rushed for 3,052 yards on 488 carries. His senior year alone, McAnderson rushed for 1,789 yards and 25 touchdowns, averaging 163 yards per game. In basketball, he led Chris Davis’ squad in scoring his senior year, putting in nearly 10 points per game.
In the halls
January 20, 2004
What do you use the Internet for the most?
Clark still a mystery man
January 20, 2004
A New Hampshire Republican who walked into the gymnasium at the Pembroke Academy on Saturday afternoon and saw the crowd assembled to hear retired Gen. Wesley K. Clark had a one-word reaction: “Wow!”
Student sues over ‘Halloween’ story suspension
January 20, 2004
Dylan Finkle likes scary movies. The “Halloween” series is his favorite. But when the writer modeled a fictional story after the films in his creative writing journal for English class, Dylan, 11, of Syosset, N.Y., was suspended from Harry B. Thompson Middle School for more than six weeks starting in October.
India-Pakistan diplomacy vital
January 20, 2004
Would it matter if India and Pakistan decided to settle their political differences on the battlefield rather than through a diplomatic initiative that has blossomed in recent weeks?
Norma Louise Thorp
January 20, 2004
Recruit shuns KU for Louisville
January 20, 2004
Scratch Mozell Axson Jr. from Kansas University’s football recruiting list.
Coaches say league balanced, but standings don’t jibe
January 20, 2004
There seems to be a lot of talk among the Big 12 Conference coaches that the league is more balanced this season, that the traditional lower-tier teams are getting better.
Diversions
January 20, 2004
¢ Journal-World accepting entries from songwriters ¢ Poetry
Net worth: Teenagers use Internet for entertainment, chatting
January 20, 2004
Whether it’s games, dating or just chatting, the Internet is becoming a more powerful source of influence in a teenager’s life. James O’Kelly, a ninth-grader at Central Junior High School, said he spent approximately four hours a day on the Internet, normally from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. He likes role-playing games at Eternal-lands.com.
Carolina wasted no time
Fox changing Panthers from zero to heroes
January 20, 2004
His house and lawn were covered in toilet paper and congratulatory banners when Carolina coach John Fox returned home from the NFC championship game early Monday morning.
Changes in store for fallen Eagles
January 20, 2004
At least the Buffalo Bills made it to the Super Bowl before falling apart.
Els charting own course
Most global golfer sets sights on Woods, Singh
January 20, 2004
Ernie Els boarded his private plane for Thailand feeling as optimistic about his game as he did last year, minus one of the trophies from the Hawaii swing.
Woodling: Miles earning respect
January 20, 2004
Random observations about Kansas University’s men’s basketball team with the point of no return — the halfway point of the regular season — coming up Thursday against Richmond.
Wood: Baldwin tourney top-notch
January 20, 2004
Who would’ve thought an 8-1 Ottawa squad would be seeded fourth for a mid-season boys basketball tournament? Is that possible?
Briefcase
January 20, 2004
¢ Monsanto cracks down on Argentine farmers ¢ Pfizer to sell testing unit ¢ Sony Ericsson posts surprising 4Q profit ¢ UMB names president
Martha Stewart trial moves to front burner
Lifestyle diva prepares to make case
January 20, 2004
The Martha Stewart show debuts today in Manhattan Federal Court, with the domestic goddess ready to take off the kitchen mitts and fight back on the witness stand.
Richmond game makes sense
Self no fan of nonconference breaks during league slate, but Spiders filled void
January 20, 2004
Bill Self isn’t a big fan of playing nonconference college basketball games during the conference season. But that’s what his first Kansas University team will do Thursday when the University of Richmond (9-8) visits Allen Fieldhouse for an 8 p.m. tipoff.
Judge: Al-Qaida hid behind real estate, restaurants in ‘90s
January 20, 2004
One ran a photocopy shop in a drab Madrid suburb, quietly churning out literature preaching holy war. Another directed real estate companies and is now accused of laundering money that went to al-Qaida.
Bush must address falling polls
President in dead heat with Democrats on eve of State of the Union speech
January 20, 2004
President Bush delivers his State of the Union address tonight to an American public that has become broadly dissatisfied with his domestic agenda, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Horoscopes
January 20, 2004
Williams, Federer open with wins
January 20, 2004
Venus Williams is ready to make up for lost time. Showing no ill effects from her extended layoff, Williams returned to the Australian Open with a 6-2, 6-1 victory today over American teen-ager Ashley Harkleroad.
Chat wrap with Bill Self
January 20, 2004
KU men’s basketball coach Bill Self chatted with KUsports.com readers Thursday, answering questions about the team’s rebounding, David Padgett’s health and other topics.
NBA benches Ilgauskas, Ostertag for fighting
January 20, 2004
Cleveland’s Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Utah’s Greg Ostertag were suspended for one game by the NBA Monday for fighting.
Starbucks takes French twist
Firm hopes Parisians warm up to offerings
January 20, 2004
Starbucks has finally arrived in the country that likes to think it invented the cafe.
Briefly
January 20, 2004
¢ Rover’s Sunday drive doubles odometer ¢ Commandments marker flaunted at city hall ¢ Oakland weighing limits on cannabis shops ¢ Ebola outbreaks tied to animals
Briefly
January 20, 2004
¢ Afghan officials say U.S. air raid kills 11 civilians ¢ Sharon: Peace with Syria requires Golan withdrawal ¢ Agreement reached to dismantle Libya’s weapons
Diabetics warned to take better care
Inattention could cost limb or life
January 20, 2004
There’s grim news on the diabetes front: Nearly two-thirds of diabetics aren’t properly controlling their blood sugar. And one in three older diabetics likely also has a serious leg disease that could cost their limb — or their life.
Immigrants face many hurdles on road to education
January 20, 2004
Considering college for Juan Jimenez isn’t a matter of choosing Kansas State University or Kansas University. It’s a matter of possibility. The 18-year-old Dodge City High School graduate has outlined his future, but it hinges on his legal status — which haunts him daily.
Too many bars?
January 20, 2004
Area briefs
January 20, 2004
¢ HINU convocation today ¢ Insurer’s settlement to go to KSU, Washburn ¢ Newton driver killed in accident with train ¢ Farewell event planned for National Guardsmen ¢ Insurance information available at Statehouse ¢ KU sets final exams
Local Dean fans not so happy
Third-place finish not what supporters had expected
January 20, 2004
Howard Dean supporters in Lawrence were scratching their heads in stunned amazement Monday night as they watched the returns from the Iowa Democratic presidential caucuses. “Maybe Dean isn’t finished, but I think this is a terrible blow,” said Rex Powell, a retired Lawrence elementary and high school teacher. “It shows Dean just didn’t resonate with these people.”
Sebelius plan’s special ed funding drawing concerns
January 20, 2004
A proposal from Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to change the distribution of special education dollars for public schools is drawing criticism because a few districts would lose big. Sebelius says she wants the special education dollars to follow students, rather than teachers and paraprofessionals. However, some educators think her plan would hurt districts with high concentrations of special ed students.
Pineiro signs, but Sasaki declines
Seattle retains starter; reliever returning home to Japan
January 20, 2004
Seattle pitcher Joel Pineiro got a $14.5 million, three-year deal, and Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee agreed to a $6.9 million, one-year contract Monday as 16 players settled with their teams a day before the annual exchange of salary arbitration figures.
UConn denies Pitt perfection
No. 4 Huskies hand No. 8 Panthers first loss
January 20, 2004
Connecticut and Pittsburgh went retro Monday night. Not in what they wearing or the music being played. They played a Big East-style game like the ones that gave the league its physical reputation.
High schools out of step on pep bands
LHS trying to restart program; Free State won’t
January 20, 2004
The Lawrence school board eliminated pep band at both the city’s high schools nearly two years ago in a cost-cutting move. Or so board members thought. But while Free State High School games were less musical, the band played on at Lawrence High School. The reason: Then-Principal Dick Patterson blurred lines in Lawrence High School’s financial ledger to come up with money to keep his pep band in action at Lion basketball games.
Agent turned away 9-11’s ‘20th hijacker’ suspect
January 20, 2004
Just one month before the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the so-called 20th hijacker may have been prevented from entering the country by an alert border agent at Orlando International Airport, federal investigators said Monday.
Pen, pencil collection draws on ‘fascination’ with writing utensils
January 20, 2004
There are cow figurines, dice, eight balls, light bulbs and even grains of wheat. It might sound like the inventory of a junk drawer, but those are just a few of the notable tops to Mike Schwarzenberger’s pen and pencil collection.
Briefly
January 20, 2004
¢ WTO rules with U.S. on lumber duties ¢ Suspect arrested in Nazi massacres ¢ Two dead, 16 missing after freighter capsizes ¢ Human trials approved for SARS vaccine
People
January 20, 2004
¢ Don’t vote for Midler ¢ Hot topic, worthy cause ¢ Who’s telling the truth? ¢ Stay away from me
Extradition waived in sports director killing
January 20, 2004
A Kansas City man held in Detroit in the death of the director of the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority has waived extradition to Missouri, prosecutors said Monday.
Super Bowl defenses filled with unheralded players
January 20, 2004
Just who is Jarvis Green? And how did he get three sacks for New England in its 24-14 victory over Indianapolis in the AFC title game? Answer: He’s a role player on a team of role players.
Kerry scores Iowa win
Edwards finishes second; Dean a distant third
January 20, 2004
Cancel that Howard Dean cakewalk. John Kerry and John Edwards stole the show in Iowa, reversing a race once thought to be a showdown between Dean and 1988 caucus winner Dick Gephardt — the third- and fourth-place finishers.
Iraqis demand direct elections
Tens of thousands protest U.S. plans for interim authority
January 20, 2004
They marched by the tens of thousands for hours and hours, waving banners, shouting slogans and proudly carrying photographs of the man they called their inspiration — Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.
Institute explores ways to farm more naturally
January 20, 2004
Wes Jackson gets a little impatient when asked how long it will take to achieve his dream of turning modern agriculture on its head.
Duke takes top spot away from UConn
January 20, 2004
Duke was due to be No. 1. For the seventh straight season, the Blue Devils made an appearance atop the Associated Press’ men’s college basketball poll, moving up one place Monday to overtake Connecticut.
Collison seeks Sonic identity
Injuries keep rookie from normal NBA life
January 20, 2004
A year ago, he was a superstar in Lawrence. Now he wanders the streets of Seattle, tall but undetected. He was so bored, he filled his days looking for a home in the suburbs, finally finding one along the western shore of Lake Washington.
Kansas plain was ‘desert’ to 1806 explorer Pike
January 20, 2004
He would call this place the “Great American Desert.” And for decades after Zebulon Pike’s 1806 expedition, people heeded his words and kept their distance from this land that became Kansas.
On the record
January 20, 2004
City briefs
January 20, 2004
¢ Journal-World Web site wins national award ¢ Library board to review response to Patriot Act ¢ County commissioners to discuss circus ban
State of the Union address dominates dial
January 20, 2004
Primetime gives way to pomp, protocol and pageantry as President George W. Bush delivers the State of the Union address (8 p.m., ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, UPN, PBS, CNN, Fox News) to a joint session of Congress.
Surf safely by protecting your privacy
January 20, 2004
Here are some safety guidelines to remember while you surf.