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Sebelius asks cities to support highway plan
January 29, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 6:40 p.m.) TOPEKA - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today urged city officials to support her proposed re-structuring of the comprehensive highway plan.
Lawrence school official touts tax plan
January 29, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 12:42 p.m.) TOPEKA - The Lawrence school board’s president today urged a Senate committee to give Douglas County voters the option of increasing their taxes to improve public education.
Snow to be light, but temperatures continue to drop
January 29, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 12:12 p.m.) The deep freeze Lawrence has been in for a few days is getting even frostier. Today’s dusting of snow will be topped off overnight with even colder temperatures. And there’s even a chance for freezing rain Saturday, says Matt Jacobs, 6News meteorologist.
Bi-partisan bill would limit property tax valuations
January 29, 2004
(Web Posted Thursday at 11:21 a.m.) TOPEKA - Two lawmakers from opposing parties and opposite sides of the state have filed a measure designed to limit property tax valuations.
Governor’s school finance plan rolled onto legislative track
January 29, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 12:37 p.m.) TOPEKA - More than two weeks after announcing her plan to increase taxes for schools, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today set her proposal on its legislative path. Sebelius’ plan was introduced in the Senate tax committee, which will probably hold a hearing on it next week.
Pistons spoil Carroll’s debut
Detroit turns back Celtics in coach’s first game
January 29, 2004
John Carroll really enjoyed his first game as an NBA head coach. Imagine how he’ll feel when his team actually wins.
T. James ‘Jim’ Mangan
January 29, 2004
Feather the Flock Campaign marches on
January 29, 2004
The Journal-World’s campaign to feather the Marching Jayhawk flock with new uniforms is stepping toward its goal.
Happy birthday, Kansas
Bleeding Kansas Web site melds history, technology
January 29, 2004
The dark and bloody history that gave birth to the state of Kansas can now be viewed from the safety and comfort of home. A new Web site, Territorial Kansas Online, takes history buffs, teachers and students on a cyberspace ride back to the 1850s to “Bleeding Kansas.”
Kidney recipient faces dilemma
Insurance costs could mean end to drugs, rejection of organ, but free dialysis
January 29, 2004
Kim Adams Cromer isn’t looking for a handout. She’s merely looking for a hand up. The former Tonganoxie resident has been searching several months for affordable medical insurance to help pay her pharmacy bills, which run from $1,500 to $2,000 every month.
30,000 added to Army’s ranks
Defense secretary OKs emergency troop increase
January 29, 2004
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, invoking emergency powers, has authorized the Army to grow temporarily by 30,000 troops above its congressionally approved limit of 482,000 to facilitate a restructuring of forces severely strained by operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and counterterrorism missions elsewhere.
McDowell services
January 29, 2004
Track dates changed
January 29, 2004
The Jayhawk Invitational track and field meet scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Anschutz Pavilion has been shifted to a Saturday-Sunday format. Events set for Friday will now start at 11 a.m. Saturday. The high school portion shifts to Sunday with a 1 p.m. start. Admission is free.
Daily ticker
January 29, 2004
Briefly
January 29, 2004
¢ 1 million-plus students take a snow day ¢ Government offers cyber terror alerts ¢ Red Cross low on funding, blood supply ¢ Bowflex machines recalled for injuries
Register, vote
January 29, 2004
Hayden backs cougar sighting reports
January 29, 2004
Mike Hayden doesn’t doubt for a minute that a mountain lion is wandering around Kansas University’s west campus. “The question, really, in Lawrence is not whether somebody saw a mountain lion; it’s, ‘Was it a wild mountain lion or was it one that got loose or was turned loose by its owners?’” said Hayden, secretary of Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.
Cities oppose local control language in Senate liquor bill
January 29, 2004
A Senate bill to permit Sunday alcohol sales in Kansas also would eliminate cities’ authority to regulate bars and liquor stores more strictly than state law, opponents of the measure argued Wednesday.
Moratorium sought on Flint Hills wind farms
January 29, 2004
An Emporia legislator is seeking a moratorium on wind farm development in the Flint Hills.
Free State High cruises in final home swim quad
January 29, 2004
The Free State High boys swimming and diving team once again was phenomenal Wednesday. So, what’s new, right?
Wildcats ‘frustrated’ by play
January 29, 2004
Turns out, Kansas University had very little to do with its streak of victories in Manhattan reaching 21 Wednesday night.
Kansas flirts with perfection
January 29, 2004
One turnover in one half is not half bad.
People
January 29, 2004
¢ James Brown charged with criminal domestic violence ¢ Sandler plans new ‘Longest Yard’ ¢ ‘Shaft’ singer awarded Trumpet ¢ Art Garfunkel apparently contesting marijuana charge
Historic restrictions
January 29, 2004
The details of new restrictions that would come with a “historic district” designation may dampen some residents’ enthusiasm for the downtown plan. Before people become too enthused about the idea of making Lawrence’s entire downtown business district, along with a buffer zone around this area, into a “historic district,” it might be wise for all property owners in the area to study how they might be affected by this nice-sounding designation.
Planning Commission rejects industrial park
January 29, 2004
Rezoning for a proposed industrial park in northwest Douglas County was rejected early today after opposition from a parade of nearby residents worried how the neighborhood would be affected by increased traffic.
Woodling named co-sports writer of year in Kansas
January 29, 2004
Journal-World sports editor Chuck Woodling and Kevin Haskin of the Topeka Capital-Journal have been named co-sports writers of the year in Kansas by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Rules require Caller ID for telemarketers
January 29, 2004
Starting today, if you have Caller ID you’ll know when a telemarketer is trying to reach you.
Court TV shows DNA evidence’s impact
January 29, 2004
Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss (“The Goodbye Girl”) narrates “Marvin Anderson’s Nightmare: Stories from the Innocence Project” (9 p.m., Court TV). DNA evidence has been used to free more than 140 wrongly convicted prisoners. The Innocence Project, a charity legal-assistance organization based at the Benjamin N. Cardozo school of law in New York City, has provided direct representation or critical assistance in more than two-thirds of those cases.
Briefcase
January 29, 2004
¢ December orders dismal ¢ Sauer reports downturn ¢ Natural gas companies settle trading charges ¢ Tenet to sell hospitals
Jayhawks 3rd, 5th
January 29, 2004
Kansas University’s men’s bowling club placed third out of 37 teams at the Blue and Gold Classic over the weekend.
Cards win without Pitino
January 29, 2004
Louisville didn’t miss Rick Pitino in its first game without its ailing coach.
Recreational sports
January 29, 2004
Briefly
January 29, 2004
¢ Prisoner swap begins ¢ Governors refuse to allow elections ¢ New suicide attacks kill foreign troops ¢ N. Korea to spread missile technology
Colorado clobbers Missouri
January 29, 2004
Michel Morandais scored 28 points on 9-of-11 shooting, and David Harrison had 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead Colorado to an 83-70 win Wednesday night over Missouri.
Grounds for impeachment?
January 29, 2004
Now, can we talk of impeachment? The rueful admission by former chief U.S. weapons inspector David Kay that Saddam Hussein did not possess weapons of mass destruction or the means to create them at the time of the U.S. invasion confirms the fact that the Bush administration is complicit in arguably the greatest scandal in U.S. history. It’s only because the Republicans control both houses of Congress that we hear no calls for a broad-ranging investigation of the type that led to the discovery of Monica Lewinsky’s infamous blue dress.
Victim’s mother awaiting ‘resolution’
Family praises Sheriff’s Office’s investigation of slaying
January 29, 2004
Carmin Ross’ parents know their daughter is gone, but they’re hoping she won’t be forgotten. “She was the big sister that everybody looked up to,” Carmin’s mother, Judi Ross, said Wednesday from her home in Lapel, Ind. “She thought the best of people, had a sunny disposition and was always laughing, always smiling.”
Schools plan has $1 billion tax jump
Districts’ lawyers hope to have proposal ready in next couple of weeks
January 29, 2004
Legislation to increase taxes by nearly $1 billion and overhaul the school finance system will be filed, debated and voted on, officials said Wednesday. Attorneys for school districts that won a court ruling against the state said they hoped to have the bill ready in the next couple of weeks.
R. Kelly ordered to avoid King of Pop
Both stars charged with sex crimes
January 29, 2004
R. Kelly won’t be mingling with Michael Jackson during next month’s Grammy festivities: A judge has ordered the R&B star, who is awaiting trial on child pornography charges, to stay away from the King of Pop, himself facing child molestation charges, when Kelly attends the awards.
Dean fires campaign chief
January 29, 2004
Democrat Howard Dean shook up his faltering bid for the White House on Wednesday, replacing his campaign manager with a former Washington lobbyist tied to Al Gore.
Democrats become less ‘feminized’
January 29, 2004
New Hampshire confirmed what Iowa intimated. Democrats who are serious about the candidates’ electability understand that seriousness requires a retreat from the feminization of politics. That explains Democrats’ short-lived flirtation with Wesley Clark, the empty uniform who, were a Democrat now president, probably would be on the right flank of Republicans running this year. And the Democrats’ movement away from feminization explains John Kerry’s brisk forward march, with a military cadence.
Day in court
January 29, 2004
Biblical questions
January 29, 2004
The right words
January 29, 2004
Bird flu sweeping Asia kills at least 10 humans
January 29, 2004
The World Health Organization insisted Wednesday the mass slaughter of infected poultry was key to controlling the outbreak of bird flu sweeping Asia, but Indonesia said it didn’t intend to order its farmers to kill their birds.
U.S. weighs new approach to redesign food pyramid
January 29, 2004
In trying to persuade Americans to slim down and eat more vegetables, the federal nutrition gurus who are redesigning the government’s Food Guide Pyramid face a formidable task.
Shawnee heart patient sues ephedra supplement maker
January 29, 2004
A Shawnee man whose 2002 heart attack landed him in Lawrence Memorial Hospital is suing the maker of a popular dietary supplement for his illness, part of a growing legal movement against ephedra-related products.
On the record
January 29, 2004
Burden of proof
January 29, 2004
Briefs
January 29, 2004
¢ Closure, replacement set for turnpike bridge ¢ Ex-K.C. mayor to speak at Baker’s King event
A.B. Rials Sr.
January 29, 2004
Graduate students show off research at summit
January 29, 2004
Armed with posters, computers and even a model of battlefields, graduate students from Kansas University and Kansas State University on Wednesday brought their research to the Capitol.
County Commission considering 3-acre home sites at city’s edge
January 29, 2004
With an estimated 20,000 new residents expected to move into new homes south of the Wakarusa River during the next 25 years, Douglas County commissioners are taking steps to help them ease into city life through new development limits.
U.S. seeking global buy-in
January 29, 2004
One of the most fascinating aspects of last week’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, was the charm offensive mounted by Vice President Dick Cheney and U.S. Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft. They were on a tear to show America wasn’t an arrogant, hegemonic power. Clearly, this was a coordinated effort to woo the world’s top CEOs and political leaders, who had been hostile to America’s forthcoming Iraq war at last year’s Davos forum.
Federal prosecutor says Kline lacked right to file suit
January 29, 2004
A federal prosecutor said Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline had no jurisdiction to file lawsuits against two federal agencies and has asked that the suits be dropped.
Memo addresses Boeing sale rumors
January 29, 2004
Boeing Co. chief executive Harry Stonecipher toured his company’s Wichita facility, reassuring employees Wednesday that the plant has a great future with Boeing, according to an employee memo.
Incentives offered to sheep producers
January 29, 2004
Lower farm income and extreme drought in sheep-producing areas have taken a toll on the nation’s sheep flocks, prompting the U.S. Department of Agriculture to offer $18.8 million in incentives to encourage producers to keep their ewe lambs for breeding stock.
Topeka company’s closing to leave 790 out of work
Teletech denied rumors last year
January 29, 2004
TeleTech Holdings, Inc. told its 790 employees that the company was closing April 2 after losing a contract that expires then.
Majerus to step down
Utah basketball coach released from hospital
January 29, 2004
Utah basketball coach Rick Majerus will resign at the end of the season after his latest health problem put him in the hospital with chest pains.
Lawrence city capsules
January 29, 2004
Texas overcomes Nebraska, flu
January 29, 2004
The AssoJody Conradt’s worrying was for naught.
Temple’s Chaney earns 700th career victory
January 29, 2004
Temple’s double-digit lead was slipping away, and John Chaney was cussing in the huddle when David Hawkins quieted his tempestuous coach.
Our town sports
January 29, 2004
County seeks Farmland study
Interest increases in purchasing site of former fertilizer plant
January 29, 2004
Area government leaders are getting serious about purchasing the former Farmland Industries Inc. fertilizer plant. Douglas County Commissioner Charles Jones told the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors Wednesday that the county was in the process of hiring a Georgia-based consulting firm to review the 467-acre site along Kansas Highway 10 east of Lawrence.
Lawmakers question EPA’s beef with Westar
Jeffrey center director defends plant upgrades
January 29, 2004
State lawmakers Wednesday criticized federal environmental regulators for accusing Westar Energy Inc. of pollution violations at the Jeffrey Energy Center, one of the largest coal-fired plants in the nation. “I don’t know why they are picking on Westar,” said House Utilities Chairman Carl Holmes, a Republican state representative from Liberal.
Markets drop on dropped phrase
Federal Reserve leaves rates at 45-year low
January 29, 2004
The Federal Reserve left a key short-term interest rate at a 45-year low on Wednesday but dropped a promise it had been making since August to keep rates low “for a considerable period.”
Woodling: Jayhawks lack killer instinct
January 29, 2004
When you look at the words “killer instinct” literally, they have a menacing, disturbing connotation. Not in sports, though, not when you’re talking about a football team or a basketball team or even a field hockey team. “Killer instinct” merely means putting a team away when you appear to have it horse-whipped.
Stewart trial to focus on Merrill Lynch assistant
January 29, 2004
Jurors at the Martha Stewart trial will have to grapple with two distinct images of the government’s star witness: Was he a star-struck liar, or an impressionable young man caught up in someone else’s crime?
Exxon ordered to pay $6.7B
Ruling to benefit Alaskans affected by 1989 oil spill
January 29, 2004
A federal judge on Wednesday ordered Exxon Mobil Corp. to pay about $6.75 billion to thousands of Alaskans affected by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.
Briefly
January 29, 2004
¢ Rezoning action delayed at Sixth and Wakarusa ¢ Commission names Haase vice chairman ¢ Next meeting Friday
William Dale Barkley
January 29, 2004
Bettie L. Alexander
January 29, 2004
Report nearly wipes out Dow’s gains for year
January 29, 2004
Stocks fell sharply Wednesday as the Federal Reserve, shifting its stance on interest rates, signaled that an increase was coming. The Dow Jones industrials tumbled more than 140 points.
Horoscopes
January 29, 2004
Freeze frame
January 29, 2004
Soup, anyone?
January 29, 2004
Friends and neighbors
January 29, 2004
One moment can define a career
January 29, 2004
One throw, one catch, one miss, one premature touchdown celebration. In the biggest game of the season, one play can overshadow everything. Fair or not, it’s the Super Bowl way.
Corrections
January 29, 2004
Hometown geographer offers sesquicentennial map
January 29, 2004
It took David Carttar eight years of living in San Francisco to develop an appreciation for his hometown of Lawrence. When he returned to Lawrence in 2000, he immersed himself in everything he could find on Lawrence history.
Iraq intelligence flawed, weapons inspector says
January 29, 2004
The former chief U.S. weapons inspector in Iraq issued a broad critique of U.S. intelligence gathering Wednesday, saying that the U.S. government was simply “wrong” to conclude before the war that Iraq was maintaining major stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.
Companies suppress antidepressant data
Trial information withheld for study linking young users, suicide
January 29, 2004
Makers of popular antidepressants such as Paxil, Zoloft and Effexor have refused to disclose the details of most clinical trials involving depressed children, denying doctors and parents crucial evidence as they weigh fresh fears that such medicines may cause some children to become suicidal.
And the beat goes on …
KU runs winning streak over KSU to 28 straight
January 29, 2004
It doesn’t seem to matter much who is basketball coach at Kansas University and/or Kansas State. The Jayhawks, as everybody in the Sunflower State knows by now, own the Wildcats in hoops.
ONEOK engineer says calculations off before gas leak
Explosions killed couple, destroyed buildings in downtown Hutchinson
January 29, 2004
An engineer for utility company ONEOK testified he “arbitrarily” disregarded the weight of natural gas in the hole when he calculated the maximum operating pressure for an underground natural gas storage cavern near Hutchinson.
Moore film to tackle 9-11
Director plans controversial portrait of U.S. image
January 29, 2004
Michael Moore isn’t the apologetic type.
Democrats seek key votes in South Carolina, Missouri
January 29, 2004
With two wins in his column, John Kerry basked in the front-runner’s glow Wednesday with new money and support from leading Democrats, while other candidates fanned out to Missouri, South Carolina and elsewhere.
State prepares for possible bird flu outbreak
January 29, 2004
State health officials are keeping a close watch on chickens and humans as a strain of avian flu spreads from birds to people halfway around the world.
Firebird Classic field loaded
January 29, 2004
Another year, another loaded field for the Firebird Winter Classic girls basketball tournament at Free State High. Even with last year’s tournament champion, Hutchinson, absent from this year’s field, there aren’t many creampuffs among the eight teams playing at FSHS today.
Briefly
January 29, 2004
¢ Charges dismissed in KDOT assault case ¢ Former congressman to speak at Lied Center