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Ice storm leads to Sunday event cancellations
January 25, 2004
(Updated Sunday at 4:08 p.m.) Freezing rain — enough to leave as much as a half-inch of ice on cars, trees, streets, sidewalks and powerlines — is expected to continue falling in the Lawrence area through Sunday evening. Because of the slick roadways, the ice storm has led to the cancellation of several church services and other planned events in the area.
Poet’s showcase
Autumn
January 25, 2004
Arts notes
January 25, 2004
¢ Paris Hilton tops Mr. Blackwell’s list ¢ Setting foundations ¢ Simpson touts ‘kissable’ beauty ¢ Exhibit chronicles women in fashion
Catching a ride
Subsidized van pools to take state employees to their jobs in Topeka are a nice perk that the state may no longer be able to afford.
January 25, 2004
It’s no secret how many Lawrence residents travel to Topeka each day to work. Van pools operated by the state between the two cities obviously are a great convenience for state employees from Lawrence.
Focused attack
January 25, 2004
KU outreach
January 25, 2004
The Motley Fool
January 25, 2004
Briefcase
January 25, 2004
¢ Companies driving up costs of auto insurance ¢ Competition heats up to offer latest in games ¢ Motley Fool: Name that company
Housing market bounces back
Lawrence builders predict growth to continue in 2004
January 25, 2004
At the beginning of 2003, it looked like the wild ride was over. For more than a decade, the one constant in the Lawrence economy had been the booming housing market. For 11 consecutive years, Lawrence builders had started at least 300 new homes.
Wonderful ‘Wizard’ collection
K.C. woman devotes room to Oz
January 25, 2004
There is no place like Jane Albright’s home to find as much memorabilia on “The Wizard of Oz.” The 45-year-old Kansas City, Mo., woman has a 12-by-15-foot room devoted to Oz. Her collection includes dolls, toys, games, housewares, vintage clothing, figurines, record albums, pop-up books and multiple editions of L. Frank Baum’s books.
Travel briefs
January 25, 2004
¢ St. Louis also plans Mardi Gras event ¢ Caribbean resorts offer adventure, comfort ¢ Hong Kong delights in monkey business
Family briefs
January 25, 2004
¢ Men who love Mom may be better mates ¢ Fingerplay can add to child development ¢ Parents should keep tabs on homework
Institute honors films
January 25, 2004
The makers of “Mystic River,” “The Lord of the Rings” and “Finding Nemo” put aside awards-season competitiveness Thursday at a ceremony in which they were all winners — and no one had to give an acceptance speech.
Mammoth set becomes star in Broadway musical ‘Wicked’
January 25, 2004
A smoke-breathing dragon flaps its wings and cranks its head. Monkeys fly from a tangle of vines that frames a giant fantasy clock. A witch in a sparkling blue gown travels on a bubble-blowing pendulum. And a green witch in a black hat flies her broomstick through billows of smoke.
Writers Guild announces film award nominees
January 25, 2004
Five movies about culture clashes and strangers in strange lands collected nominations Thursday for best original movie script from the Writers Guild of America.
An American violinist in Buenos Aires
Former Kansas City musician moves to cradle of tango
January 25, 2004
Cradling her violin, Christine Brebes walks awkwardly to center stage in black spike heels. It’s Wednesday night in a trendy theater, and nearly a dozen rowdy young musicians surround her.
Portland home to thriving comics scene
January 25, 2004
Craig Thompson wanted to write comics but it was rough going when he moved to Portland six years ago. His budget was so small, he said, that he’d wait outside fast-foot restaurants until people finished, then eat food off their trays.
What are you reading?
January 25, 2004
Privacy concerns shelve honor rolls at some schools
January 25, 2004
The school honor roll, a time-honored system for rewarding A-students, has become an apparent source of embarrassment for some underachievers. As a result, all Nashville schools have stopped posting honor rolls, and some are also considering a ban on hanging good work in the hallways — all at the advice of school lawyers.
Teen’s killer sentenced to death
Convict guilty of kidnapping, burning evidence
January 25, 2004
A federal judge followed a jury’s recommendation and imposed the death sentence Friday against a northeast Kansas man convicted of killing an Independence teenager and dismembering her body with a chain saw.
Endowment up at Kansas State, holding steady at Wichita State
January 25, 2004
Endowment funds at Kansas State University increased last year, and Wichita State’s broke even after two years of losses.
Powell: Iraq may not have had weapons
January 25, 2004
Secretary of State Colin Powell, who urged the United Nations to endorse a pre-emptive war to strip Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction, conceded Saturday that Saddam Hussein’s government may have no longer had such munitions.
Front lines local in bioterror war
State dependent on county agencies to take lead in fighting health emergencies
January 25, 2004
When a bioterrorism attack happens in Kansas, officials say, local health departments will be on the front lines, and Douglas County is no exception. Health authorities here and in health departments across the state have spent millions of dollars and most of the past two years preparing for such an attack. Last fall, they received a test: the Lawrence cryptosporidiosis outbreak.
Middle-schoolers cast eye to future
Budding urban engineers create models of cities of tomorrow
January 25, 2004
Welcome to the future, where cities use various energy sources, thrive under water or on a distant planet and where people use “Star Trek”-style transporters to move from place to place. The future was Saturday at Kansas University’s Eaton Hall, where 21 teams of middle school students presented detailed plans and 3-D scale models of cities they had designed for the future.
World Company announces management changes
January 25, 2004
Senior management changes at Lawrence’s 112-year-old World Company put the family-owned corporation in the hands of its fourth generation. Dolph C. Simons III is new president of the company’s Newspapers Division, and Dan C. Simons is new president of the Electronics Division. Dolph C. Simons Jr., who has been chairman, company president, and editor and publisher of the Journal-World, will continue as chairman and editor.
Manhunt in K.C.K. homicide ends here
Police, FBI make arrest without incident at Lawrence motel
January 25, 2004
An intensive two-day manhunt for a suspect in a Wyandotte County homicide case came to an end early Saturday with an arrest outside a Lawrence motel.
It’s back to excess at the Super Bowl
January 25, 2004
Super Bowl excess is back. After being hobbled by the 9-11 terrorist attacks, a sputtering economy and concerns about corporate greed the last two years, the National Football League championship game next Sunday in Houston will ooze a Texas-size lode of wealth and glitz.
Advertisers bet they’ll score with 90 million viewers
January 25, 2004
Some deep-pocketed people are betting multiple millions on this year’s Super Bowl — but they don’t care how many points the Carolina Panthers or New England Patriots rack up.
Flory services
January 25, 2004
Services for Carl H. Flory, 83, San Antonio, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, Lawrence. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence.
Mary Patricia Vasquez Neeland
January 25, 2004
Ice palace makes return
January 25, 2004
Bitter cold hasn’t stopped thousands of people from enjoying a fleeting new marvel along St. Paul’s downtown riverfront: a towering ice palace stretching an entire city block.
Bird flu’s economic, human toll spreads
January 25, 2004
Thailand’s prime minister said Saturday the bird flu epidemic could hurt the country’s giant chicken export sector, as Vietnam confirmed that a sixth person had died from the disease.
Georgia’s new leader starts inauguration with symbolism
January 25, 2004
Georgia’s president-elect chose a deeply symbolic exercise to launch his inaugural weekend — taking a spiritual oath beside the grave of a king who ruled at a time of power and prosperity nearly 1,000 years ago.
Acquitted murder defendant convicted on handgun charges
January 25, 2004
A man acquitted of murder in the deaths of four teenagers at a Wichita residence has been sentenced to 26 months in prison for firing a handgun at two cars during a disturbance last summer.
Gym can balance exercise program
January 25, 2004
Here is the advantage to the gym. You need an exercise program that combines three elements in balance: cardiovascular to strengthen your heart (the walking is good for that); stretching and flexibility to keep your muscular range of motion from stiffening up; and strength training to keep the natural aging process from weakening your muscles. At the gym, a trainer can help you design a regime that addresses all three areas.
Calendar
January 25, 2004
Good guides deserve tips
January 25, 2004
Sometimes there is a sign on the fishing boat: “Tipping allowed.” Sometimes there is a hint in the hunting brochure: “Gratuity not included.”
Geocaching one way to use new GPS unit
Some spots easy to find; others difficult
January 25, 2004
Looking for something to do with that GPS electronic navigation unit you received for Christmas?
Triplett bogey-free at Hope
Golfer tied with Mickelson headed into tourney’s final day
January 25, 2004
Like a baseball pitcher working on a no-hitter, Kirk Triplett didn’t particularly want to hear about his bogey-free run.
On the record
January 25, 2004
Commentary: Utah’s Ostertag candid about career
Ex-Jayhawk center admits he’s had just three acceptable seasons out of nine in pros
January 25, 2004
You don’t have to like center Greg Ostertag because he’s a NBA basketball player. You don’t have to like Ostertag because he’s played his entire nine-year career for the nice-guy Utah Jazz.
Notes
January 25, 2004
Providence pops fourth-ranked Connecticut
No. 2 Stanford stays unbeaten with 77-66 victory over Southern Cal
January 25, 2004
Providence is making a run at the Big East elite. The Friars followed last-second losses to No. 16 Texas and Rutgers by winning their next five games, including Saturday’s 66-56 victory over No. 4 Connecticut on the Huskies’ tough home court.
Nebraska shocks No. 9 K-State
Oklahoma State squeaks past No. 3 Texas Tech
January 25, 2004
Nebraska’s resurgence under second-year coach Connie Yori took another big step Saturday.
Deal leads Haskell past Ozarks, 93-80
January 25, 2004
A conference victory might not seem like a milestone, but Haskell Indian Nations University men’s basketball coach Jamie Morrison thought it would be.
Wolfpack’s Rivers shines for South
N.C. State QB hurls two touchdown passes
January 25, 2004
Philip Rivers might as well have been back in Raleigh, N.C., flinging the ball to his favorite receivers and running the same old offense.
Local briefs
January 25, 2004
¢ Jayhawk qualifies for zone in diving ¢ Lawrence’s Halpin second at Northwest
Tin banks from ‘20s remain affordable for collectors
January 25, 2004
Thrift is a virtue that was once taught from childhood. Banks that seemed like toys were made to help make saving money more fun. The complicated iron mechanical banks of the late 19th century were designed so that a penny saved tripped a lever that made birds flap their wings or made a donkey kick. The banks were expensive to manufacture.
Deduction tips
January 25, 2004
Taxpayers can reduce their taxable income by using a standard deduction or taking advantage of the dozens of itemized deductions permitted by law. Many taxpayers know the common ones, like the deduction for mortgage interest paid during the year. Many aren’t so obvious.
Families should claim rest of child tax credit
January 25, 2004
Gathering up the paperwork to start working on your tax return? Make sure you find last summer’s letter from the Internal Revenue Service if your family was among those who got an advance child tax credit payment.
Donated vehicles often provide little value
January 25, 2004
Donating a car to a favorite charity can be a great way to help a good cause and secure a tax deduction. But the IRS warns that charities sometimes get far less from donated vehicles than taxpayers assume.
Police chief resigns after official forced out
January 25, 2004
A police chief in southwest Kansas has resigned, a week after the City Council forced the city administrator to step down.
Cheney asks Europeans to join fight against terror
January 25, 2004
Free nations, working together, must not shy from using force if diplomacy cannot deter terrorism and check the spread of the world’s most dangerous weapons, Vice President Dick Cheney told European officials Saturday.
Mayer: With a little luck, KU wins three more titles
January 25, 2004
We hear frequent references to football or baseball as “a game of inches.” Basketball can wear that label. The recent death of onetime Kansas cager Jerry Alberts reminded me that with an inch here and an inch there the rich Jayhawk basketball history would be even more illustrious, perhaps including at least three more NCAA titles.
Quality, quantity of food important to pet’s diet
Moderation can help curb obesity
January 25, 2004
Dog owners let the creeping effects of unwanted pounds on their overweight pet become a problem that they simply get used to seeing every day without acting on it. The result? Same ground rules as in people. These dogs have less energy, more orthopedic and respiratory problems, less stamina and, yes, ultimately a shorter life span.
Successful drive
The campaign team for the United Way of Douglas County has done another outstanding job.
January 25, 2004
City manager resigns after minivan crash
Belleville official accused of giving false information
January 25, 2004
Belleville City Manager Allen Bachelor has been accused of three misdemeanor offenses stemming from a Dec. 28 crash of a city minivan he was driving.
Derby crash exposes mercury, cheater
Cub Scout’s father blamed for incident that closed school, cost $5,000 to clean up
January 25, 2004
Scouts’ honor went out the window at the annual Pinewood Derby race trials conducted by Cub Scout Pack 3072. Somebody cheated.
Rape sentences light firestorm around judge
Mother says victim’s experience in court made everything ‘worse’
January 25, 2004
A 13-year-old rape victim from Lawrence spent much of the past week hospitalized in Topeka after an emotional breakdown Sunday in which she mutilated her arms and wrists with broken glass. What triggered the incident, the girl’s mother said, was a judge’s finding days earlier that the girl was an “active participant” in her own rape — and that her attackers deserved probation, not prison.
Second Mars rover arrives safely
January 25, 2004
NASA’s Opportunity rover landed late Saturday on Mars, arriving on the Red Planet exactly three weeks after its identical twin set down, prompting whoops and cheers of delight from mission scientists who gathered to monitor the touchdown.
River journey starts Aug. 1
January 25, 2004
What better way to observe the Lewis and Clark bicentennial than by retracing their steps on a 185-mile Missouri River canoe trip?
Jayhawks not intimidated by Harrison, Buffs
January 25, 2004
Kansas University basketball fans enjoy booing Colorado junior David Harrison, who in the past has made controversial remarks about the Jayhawks. KU’s players, however, have no beef with the Buffs’ glib 7-foot, 250-pounder, who figures to be berated during pregame introductions before today’s KU-CU game at Allen Fieldhouse.
Tigers trample Jayhawks
Kansas struggles in 76-49 setback
January 25, 2004
There were no altercations before, during or after the Border War women’s basketball rematch, but Missouri easily knocked out Kansas University. The Jayhawks put up little fight against the Tigers, falling behind 14-4 and eventually losing, 76-49, Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.
Perkins comes back, steps up for MU
January 25, 2004
MyEsha Perkins went from the doghouse to the penthouse in a hurry. Not only did Perkins come off a two-game suspension Saturday, the Missouri senior guard earned her first start and scored 15 in the Tigers’ 76-49 frolic past Kansas University in Allen Fieldhouse.
Free State wins again, but barely
Firebirds prevail, but Lions keep it close
January 25, 2004
In round two of the city showdown, the Free State High boys basketball team came away a winner again. But if you wanted another rout, go find an inferior rivalry.
Tonganoxie falls short in title games
January 25, 2004
The Tonganoxie High girls almost wrote the perfect script for a basketball championship game Saturday against Jefferson West in the final of the Tonganoxie Invitational, but the Chieftains got the ending wrong.
Area roundup: Kaws clobber Dragons
Perry-Lecompton third at McLouth
January 25, 2004
Spencer Kennedy led all players with 21 points Saturday, and Perry-Lecompton ran away from Valley Falls with a 26-7 third-quarter run en route to a 66-51 victory in the third-place game of the McLouth Invitational.
Illustration has soothing soups written all over it
January 25, 2004
Actress to promote peace with play project
January 25, 2004
TV and stage actress Sharron Bower will discuss “A Dramatic Difference: Theatre, Politics and the Media” at 7 p.m. Monday at the Kansas Room in the Washburn Union.
New sex museum pays tribute to tame, tawdry
January 25, 2004
One look at Hollywood’s newest tourist attraction and it’s easy to mistake it for any number of adult shops along the popular Walk of Fame.
Outfit protests prosecution ‘sting’
January 25, 2004
A man who came to court Friday wearing a bumblebee costume — to protest what he called a sting operation by prosecutors — was reprimanded by a judge but was not cited for contempt.
Lawrence commuter report
January 25, 2004
Rabbit fajitas simple fare, yet delectable treat, too
January 25, 2004
One of the most popular game animals, the cottontail rabbit, provides an outlet for hunters’ energy when most other hunting seasons are closed.
Democrats should dump Dean
January 25, 2004
So what’s next for Howard Dean after his commanding victory in the Iowa caucuses? His money and message were simply too much for his rivals, who were … were …
Arts notes
January 25, 2004
¢ Souper Bowl event set for Saturday ¢ Grant to support Aaron Douglas show ¢ KU student takes second in music competition ¢ Design faculty to share insights at symposium
Arts notes
January 25, 2004
¢ Korean choir presents free KU concert ¢ River City Revue takes ‘American Idol’ flavor ¢ Lawrence High School to present ‘Pygmalion’ ¢ Grant to support Spencer’s Aaron Douglas exhibition ¢ KU student takes second in music competition ¢ KU design faculty to share insights at symposium ¢ Art show looks in at the outside ¢ Comedian coming to Washburn University
Baldwin Invitational: Ottawa claims championship
Baldwin’s late free throws clinch victory over Lincoln Prep
January 25, 2004
In a game where points were scarce, Ottawa High’s boys basketball team managed to score just enough to eke out a 45-42 win over Lincoln Prep (Mo.) in the championship game Saturday of the Baldwin Invitational.
Fighting back nothing new for Dean
January 25, 2004
The last time the bottom seemed to fall out of Howard Dean’s political future, he donned a flak jacket and fought back.
Area briefs
January 25, 2004
¢ Weather cancellations are few — so far ¢ Head Start researcher to speak at KU ¢ Sen. Daschle scheduled for KSU lecture series ¢ Officials urge Japan to keep K.C. consulate
People
January 25, 2004
¢ ‘Sex’ talk turns serious ¢ Luke Duke gets big-city gig ¢ ‘Vagina’ a no-go at Loyola ¢ Combs gets Broadway co-stars
Infamous photo captures courage
January 25, 2004
Fifteen years later, a photograph of an anonymous protester facing down a row of tanks in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square still inspires astonishment.
Realtors honor top performers
January 25, 2004
The Lawrence Realtor community gathered Saturday evening to honor its most hard-working and productive members.
Organization key to getting started
January 25, 2004
Swamped in tax paperwork with nowhere to turn? Here are some tips to get started and to find help when you need it:
Benefits await homeowners
January 25, 2004
Energized by the lowest mortgage interest rates in more than 40 years, home sales and refinanced loans moved at a record pace last year. The bustling mortgage activity means more taxpayers must master the complex rules that help homeowners win big tax advantages.
Tax credit can benefit working families
January 25, 2004
A tax credit for low-wage workers can mean thousands of dollars in refunds for some working families, making the springtime tax filing season a little warmer.
Blasts kill 5 U.S. soldiers in Iraq
January 25, 2004
Iraqi insurgents struck Saturday in the volatile Sunni Triangle west of Baghdad, killing five U.S. soldiers in separate bombings and narrowly missing an American convoy with a blast that killed four Iraqis and wounded about 40 others north of the capital.
Wichita presents plan to beef up airport’s offerings
January 25, 2004
Organizers of an ambitious $52.5 million, four-year effort to expand air service in Kansas have begun to present the proposal to leaders around the state.
Briefly
January 25, 2004
¢ U.S. boosts patrols to catch Dominicans ¢ Army takes battle into rebel strongholds
Health officials wary of ‘massively frightening’ pandemic
January 25, 2004
With luck, the world will escape the latest outbreak of bird flu with no more than the six human deaths already blamed on it and the loss of millions of chickens. But public health experts worry of a much greater disaster.
Pakistan confines nuclear scientists
January 25, 2004
The father of Pakistan’s nuclear program, considered a national hero for giving the Islamic world its first atomic bomb, has been confined to the capital as investigators probe whether scientists leaked weapons technology, an acquaintance said Saturday.
Bookstore
January 25, 2004
Train the brain
Experimental neurofeedback teaches brain wave control
January 25, 2004
Lindsay Clark is a believer. So is Sherry Stewart. Clark, 21, of Bonita Springs Fla., says her neurofeedback sessions have greatly reduced her anxiety and panic attacks.
Speedy HIV test changes outreach approach for AIDS
January 25, 2004
With eight kids and 14 grandchildren, Glenn David Williams figured it was time to “clean myself up.” So he came to Turning Point, a Minneapolis drug rehab center, to deal with his cocaine addiction.
KU architecture students envision Spencer Museum expansion
January 25, 2004
Spencer Museum of Art officials know their building’s hulking facade isn’t exactly an invitation to step inside and look around. More importantly, they know the building — whatever the consensus about its aesthetic qualities — has been outpaced by the museum’s growing collection. So they’re planning an expansion. But not just any new building will do.
Computer analysis aids professor in identifying uncredited stories
Statistical research helps track Henry James’ writings
January 25, 2004
In the mid-1970s, Floyd Horowitz embarked on a long, one-man literary journey: to discover early, uncredited stories by Henry James, stories that had never appeared in book form.
Hunt Sisters’ written with compassion, wit
January 25, 2004
“The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters” opens with a letter from Olivia Hunt to her sister, Madeline, still safely nestled inside her mother’s womb — “I like writing this letter. It’s like you’re here. Only you’re invisible.”
Home tip
January 25, 2004
New tax laws eliminate some of ‘marriage penalty’
January 25, 2004
Tax rates dropped last January, but most taxpayers have received only half of the cuts coming to them. That means many of them can expect a bigger refund or a smaller tax bill when they figure their 2003 tax return this year.
Information source to limit confusion
January 25, 2004
New tax laws will make this year’s taxes even more complicated than usual, but the IRS hopes to lift some of the confusion with a new feature designed to help taxpayers find information quickly and easily.
Sebelius gambling plan contemplates state-owned casino
January 25, 2004
Every year, Kansans make millions of visits to casinos just over the state line in Kansas City, Mo. And every year, state officials go hunting for millions of dollars in new revenue for state government.
Spencer Museum to screen documentary series on artists
January 25, 2004
The Spencer Museum of Art will screen all eight programs of the PBS documentary series “Art:21-Art in the 21st Century” between Thursday and Feb. 8 in the museum auditorium.
What planet is the president on?
January 25, 2004
When the president decided to send Americans to Mars, I had to agree with Jon Stewart’s political analysis: It’s official. He’s given up on Earth.
Business briefs
January 25, 2004
Sundance honors go to ‘Primer,’ ‘DIG!’
January 25, 2004
The high-tech thriller “Primer,” about two get-rich-quick inventors whose time-travel device complicates their lives, won the top dramatic honor at the Sundance Film Festival.
Primary attention goes beyond N.H.
January 25, 2004
Howard Dean sharply questioned John Kerry’s judgment on Iraq on Saturday as Democratic presidential rivals raced through a final, frozen weekend of campaigning before New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary.
Panthers, Patriots: no-name winners
Super Bowl opponents have glaring absence of well-known players
January 25, 2004
Who are these Carolina Panthers and how did they get to the Super Bowl after going 1-15 just two seasons ago?
Warriors snare rare road win
Long-range barrage boosts Golden State
January 25, 2004
Jason Richardson and the Golden State Warriors felt right at home inside the Rose Garden.
Ask questions before turning to pros
January 25, 2004
About 56 percent of tax filers paid a professional to do their taxes last year, the Internal Revenue Service says. If you decide you want to be among those who turn the job over to someone else, here are common questions and answers about finding professional tax help:
Isabel Keating channels Judy Garland in ‘Boy From Oz’
January 25, 2004
Isabel Keating has some gigantic ruby slippers to fill. The tiny woman with a big voice has the formidable task of channeling the girl from Oz — Judy Garland — in the Broadway hit “The Boy From Oz,” the frenzied musical recounting the life of Garland’s protege, Australian entertainer Peter Allen.
Intimate interiors
Exhibition’s subtle paintings acknowledge beauty of everyday scenes
January 25, 2004
Artists James Lipovac and Jessica Pignotti have the kind of eyes we might all be better off with. They see in everyday scenes most people simply overlook — clothes tossed haphazardly on a cabinet, trinkets peeking from household perches, a chicken thawing in the sink — an unaffected beauty that rises to the level of art.
Briefly
January 25, 2004
¢ President again touts health care agenda ¢ Democrat puts priority on economy, education ¢ Foster dad sentenced for binding children ¢ Airlines create plans for data disclosure
Novel set in Lawrence blends historical fact, fiction
January 25, 2004
If Tom Mach hadn’t retired to Lawrence a year and a half ago, his first novel would tell an entirely different story.
Cold Mountain’ film site a hot draw for tourists
January 25, 2004
Mozart’s “Requiem” floats over the walls of a 14th-century citadel and wafts down the snowy slopes that tower over this Transylvanian town.
Democrats ready to unite against Bush
January 25, 2004
The Democrats have sampled the sweet elixir of unity and have decided they like the taste. As a consultant to one of the trailing candidates said after Thursday night’s televised debate at St. Anselm College, “We’ve finally decided we’re not going to do the Republicans’ work for them.”
Marriage initiative makes no sense
January 25, 2004
President Bush is planning a major initiative to promote marriage, particularly among low-income couples. Reportedly, the plan would provide at least $1.5 billion for training to help couples develop the kind of interpersonal skills needed to sustain “healthy marriages.”
Stewart’s brand faces uncertainty
Trial outcome to decide fate of lifestyle diva, multimedia company
January 25, 2004
The jury verdict in Martha Stewart’s trial will do more than determine the future of the doyenne of style — it could also seal the fate of her multimedia company.
Kickbacks in mutual fund, brokerage industries legal
January 25, 2004
Imagine you were deathly ill and your doctor prescribed the wrong medicine because its maker had bribed him. You’d want him out of business and behind bars — and the drug company executives, too.
Flowering trees can be forced to bloom
January 25, 2004
By now, many of us are bored with plain green houseplants that are struggling to stay alive. To liven up your indoor world, welcome spring a bit early by adding a touch of natural color. Stems of woody plants can be forced to bloom right now.
State and local briefs
January 25, 2004
¢ Northeast Kansas likely to be iced-over today ¢ Lawrence bluesmen to reunite for benefit ¢ Shootings leave 2 dead ¢ Jury deadlocks in case involving slaying at bar
Good times just keep rolling for Brady
Super Bowl trip caps two years of stardom for Patriots’ quarterback
January 25, 2004
The State of the Union was neat. Disney World’s a hoot. One can only guess what Tom Brady thought about the Playboy Mansion.
Carolina QB Delhomme rode bench in NFL Europe
January 25, 2004
The biggest story of Super Bowl XXXIV was former NFL Europe quarterback Kurt Warner, who led the St. Louis Rams to victory. Super Bowl XXXVIII has a story that might be even more improbable. Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme was Warner’s backup for the Amsterdam Admirals in 1998.
Veritas stumbles in final
January 25, 2004
Veritas Christian School’s boys basketball team let an 11-point halftime lead slip away Saturday and suffered a 61-56 loss to Joplin (Mo.) A.C.H.F. in the Oklahoma A&M Tournament championship.
Oklahoma ends Big 12 skid with win over KSU
January 25, 2004
Kelvin Sampson changed starting lineups. He switched to a zone defense. The Oklahoma coach even ditched his favorite denim-blue shirt, looking for anything that might snap his slumping Sooners out of their funk.
New laws may produce more refunds
January 25, 2004
It’s tax season, and area preparers say that may be reason to rejoice for more people than ever. President Bush last summer pushed through Congress an inordinate amount of changes to the federal tax laws, and Lawrence tax professionals say those changes may make people more eager to file a return in 2004.
Competition pushes parties over the top
January 25, 2004
Things are tense in our house. Our daughter is about to turn 4, which means we have to hold a birthday party, which means my wife is, at the moment, insane.
For healthy dose of laughs, see ‘Nurse Jane’
January 25, 2004
Out of the ashes of a little fire that caused a big mess at the Lawrence Community Theatre comes a sidesplitting farce that multiplies six doors by seven people and finds at least 42 ways for things to go wrong. “Nurse Jane Goes to Hawaii” opened Friday at the theater, newly refurbished after a Dec. 29 basement blaze destroyed a chunk of the costume stock and coated the building’s interior with soot.
Norma L. Simmons
January 25, 2004
Pet post
January 25, 2004
Horoscope
January 25, 2004
Briefly
January 25, 2004
¢ One hostage released from prison guard tower ¢ Israel kills 2 Palestinians, announces prisoner release ¢ Accident kills lottery winner hours after show
Job seekers band together to promote themselves
January 25, 2004
Frustrated with unsuccessful job searches, some unemployed Americans have turned to groups that use the Internet and other marketing tactics to get their members back to work.
Campaign beats drum to help ‘Feather the Flock’
January 25, 2004
Jordan Harding would like new duds when he takes the field this fall as a member of the Kansas University marching band. And he’s hoping new uniforms would convince more of his fellow students to join the Marching Jayhawks.