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Heavy snowstorm expected over weekend
January 30, 2004
(Updated Friday at 4:24 p.m.) Get your snow shovel ready. A major winter storm is heading toward Lawrence for the weekend — with the possibility of bringing more than a foot of snow.
City web site unavailable overnight
January 30, 2004
(Web Posted Friday at 3:49 p.m.) Work by the company that hosts the City of Lawrence web site server will take the city’s web site off line overnight on Friday, Jan. 30. GramTel will be working on the web server serving the City of Lawrence from approximately 7p.m. Friday until 7a.m. Saturday. During this time, content on www.lawrenceks.org will not be available.
Father faces 12-year sentence for son’s death
January 30, 2004
(Updated Friday at 1:55 p.m.) The Cameron, Mo., man accused in the stabbing death of his 11-year-old son near Lawrence in August 2002 now faces more than 12 years in prison.
Gambling plan would include up to five casinos
January 30, 2004
(Web Posted Friday at 1:09 p.m.) TOPEKA - Up to five “world-class, destination casinos,” owned and operated by the state, could increase tourism and help keep Kansas dollars in the state, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Friday.
Proposed bill would give tax break to small businesses
January 30, 2004
(Web Posted Friday at 12:58 p.m.) TOPEKA - Nearly 28,000 small businesses would not have to pay the state franchise tax, under a bill announced today by state Rep. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin.
Sebelius rolls out new state gambling plan
January 30, 2004
(Updated Friday at 1:13 p.m.) TOPEKA - Kansas could have five top-class casinos, and video lottery terminals at horse and dog tracks and nearly 250 veterans and fraternal organizations, under a proposal unveiled today by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. “Many Kansans will benefit from this plan,” Sebelius said at a packed news conference announcing her proposal.
Report: County gets a ‘B’ in services for children
January 30, 2004
(Updated Friday at 11:02 a.m.) Douglas County remained stable during 2003 when it came to providing for its children’s needs, according a report released Friday morning.
Court of Appeals upholds 17-year sentence for homosexual sex with minor
January 30, 2004
(Updated Friday at 4:18 p.m.) TOPEKA - The Kansas Court of Appeals today again upheld the 17-year prison sentence of Matthew Limon, who was sentenced for engaging in homosexual sex with a minor. Under state law, if Limon had engaged in sex with an underage girl, he would have faced a maximum sentence of one year and three months in prison.
Van charges
January 30, 2004
Poor example
January 30, 2004
Police say teenager’s quick thinking helped capture sexual assault suspect
January 30, 2004
A 13-year-old girl got the cell phone number of a man who allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted her and then used it to help in the suspect’s capture, police said.
Wichita revamps work force Web site
January 30, 2004
The city, Sedgwick County and Wichita State University are working together with business leaders to boost the Wichita work force, using a redesigned Web site in hopes of attracting former residents back to the area while keeping those who live here now from moving away.
Verplank leads FBR golf
Mickelson one shot back after first round
January 30, 2004
Scott Verplank, never known for distance off the tee, had no problem with the newly lengthened course at the FBR Open. Verplank solved the TPC of Scottsdale’s puzzles with an 8-under 63 Thursday to lead the former Phoenix Open by one stroke over late-charging Phil Mickelson.
Serologicals makes key hire for new plant
Atlanta-based biotech company says all-systems-go in Lawrence
January 30, 2004
A leader for Lawrence’s new biotech darling has been found. Serologicals Corp. has hired a longtime manufacturing executive from the medical device industry to oversee its biotech plant under construction in the East Hills Business Park.
Judge delays key testimony in Martha Stewart trial
Prosecutors withheld information about former Merrill Lynch broker
January 30, 2004
A federal judge placed a roadblock in the government’s case against Martha Stewart on Thursday, delaying the testimony of its star witness and chastising prosecutors for withholding information that might undermine the witness’ credibility. The decision by U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum came moments before Douglas Faneuil, the former Merrill Lynch & Co. brokerage assistant who handled the stock sale at the center of the trial, was to take the stand.
Boeing profits double on federal tax refund
January 30, 2004
Boeing Co. ended a turbulent 2003 by nearly doubling its earnings in the fourth quarter, thanks to a $1.1 billion federal tax refund that offset the continuing decline of its once-dominant commercial airplane business.
Briefcase
January 30, 2004
¢ Dillons recalls meat ¢ Fed report pushes mortgage rates up ¢ Wage increases slow
MyDoom worms plan super attack
Computer viruses, spam joining forces
January 30, 2004
The spread of the MyDoom worms slowed markedly Thursday, as computer users learned how to protect their machines from infection.
Ford to cut 1,000 jobs at St. Louis-area plant
January 30, 2004
As mayor of this St. Louis suburb, T.R. Carr knew for months that Ford Motor Co. likely would cut one of the two shifts at its assembly plant in exchange for pulling the 50-year-old site off its closure list.
Second BBC official resigns
January 30, 2004
The chief of the BBC stepped down Thursday as the badly rattled broadcaster struggled to respond to harsh criticism from a judge who repudiated its report that the government “sexed up” intelligence on Iraq.
Mock call miffs Malone
January 30, 2004
Karl Malone was offended by a mock phone call that made fun of him and teammate Kobe Bryant during a timeout of the Lakers’ game at Utah last week.
Bryant selected as starter in All-Star game
January 30, 2004
Kobe Bryant was selected to start in the NBA All-Star game, voted in by fans despite a sexual assault charge.
Newcomer Richardson already making impact
January 30, 2004
While most of Kansas University’s baseball players used their seven-game series last week in Hilo, Hawaii, as a glorified spring training, catcher Sean Richardson was in midseason form.
Bill requires ministers to report child abuse
January 30, 2004
Members of the clergy would be added to the list of professionals who must report suspected child abuse under legislation that has drawn mixed reactions from ministers and other religious officials.
Medicare plan will create record deficit
January 30, 2004
President Bush’s new budget projects the Medicare overhaul he just signed will be one-third more costly than estimated and this year’s federal deficit will surge past a half-trillion dollars for the first time, administration and congressional officials said Thursday.
Lawmakers see failures in prewar intelligence
January 30, 2004
The House and Senate intelligence committees have unearthed a series of failures in the prewar intelligence on Iraq similar to those identified by former weapons inspector David Kay, leading them to believe that CIA analysts and their superiors did not seriously consider the possibility that Saddam Hussein no longer possessed weapons of mass destruction, according to congressional officials.
Palestinian bomber kills 10 on bus
January 30, 2004
A suicide bomber struck a bus Thursday near Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s Jerusalem residence, killing 10 Israelis and wounding 50 in the deadliest attack in four months and disrupting modest U.S. efforts to restart peace talks.
Florida teen pleads guilty to 6-year-old’s murder
January 30, 2004
The teen whose life sentence for killing a playmate stirred national debate about Florida’s treatment of juvenile criminals pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Thursday, finalizing his release after three years in prison.
Athletes of the week
January 30, 2004
Marian Washington timeline
January 30, 2004
Perfect Score’ shows aptitude
January 30, 2004
From the behavior of the high schoolers in “The Perfect Score,” one is led to believe that taking the SAT is as momentous a life event as getting married or experiencing the birth of a child. With that mindset it’s no wonder these teens will do anything in order to notch a 1500 … including stealing the answers. “The Perfect Score” is not really a comedy or a heist movie, although its basic outline makes it seem like a comedy-heist flick. The film is actually a character study about how the lingering threat of the SAT system has corrupted some basically good kids into doing things they ordinarily wouldn’t.
Ad Astra Per Aspera strives to achieve musical motto
January 30, 2004
The band Ad Astra Per Aspera shares more than just its name with the Kansas state motto. “To the stars through difficulties” has become something of a personal credo for the Lawrence five-piece. “In the beginning we chose the name mostly because we like the way it sounded — and us all being from Kansas was important as a Kansas pride thing,” says Julie Noyce, keyboardist/vocalist for Ad Astra Per Aspera.
Sidewalk issue
January 30, 2004
Basic right
January 30, 2004
Mercury threat
January 30, 2004
Gun interests
January 30, 2004
On state’s birthday, Sebelius tells cities not to expect any presents
January 30, 2004
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Thursday told city officials not to expect much from the state. “The state is still in a relatively strapped position,” she said to about 175 mayors and city commissioners gathered for the League of Municipalities’ annual “City Hall Day.”
Police chief’s duty takes him to Israel
January 30, 2004
Lawrence Police Chief Ron Olin joined police chiefs from across the country on a recent police mission to Israel. Olin is a member of the Terrorism Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The group toured Israel, including stops in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and at the Lebanese border, Jan. 11-16.
On the record
January 30, 2004
Corrections
January 30, 2004
A photo caption in Monday’s Journal-World incorrectly identified a device used to store stem cells at Kansas University. The device is an incubator.
Forum critical of government secrecy, methods
January 30, 2004
On Dec. 13, the day Americans were busy watching a captured Saddam Hussein being checked for head lice, President Bush signed a new law that gives the FBI greater power to secretly investigate records of casinos, jewelers, credit card institutions and others businesses. That’s what Steve Lopes, an official with the Douglas County chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, told crowd members Thursday night at a forum in downtown Lawrence that tackled the topic of government secrecy. Lopes and others argued that, under the Bush administration, the federal government is keeping a growing number of secrets from its citizens.
Marguerite Marie Weishaar
January 30, 2004
Delbert E. Flory
January 30, 2004
Tim Colton
January 30, 2004
Randolph Samuel Miller
January 30, 2004
Lida M. Bailey
January 30, 2004
Jayhawks muffled KSU fans
KU victory over K-State quieted frenzied faithful
January 30, 2004
Patches of purple — as in 2,000 vacant seats — populated Bramlage Coliseum during the Kansas-Kansas State men’s basketball game Wednesday in Manhattan. The majority of the 11,103 fans who did attend, except for about 1,000 KU fans, cheered wildly for the home team in hopes the Wildcats’ 20-game home losing streak to KU would end.
Woodling: Washington deserving of special treatment
January 30, 2004
Don’t ask me what ails Marian Washington. I don’t know. And I don’t want to know. That’s none of my business. Or yours. I just want her to become healthy again, as should everyone. Moreover, don’t ask me if she has coached her last Kansas University women’s basketball game. I don’t know that, either. Nobody does.
Cardinal girls cruise past Cyclones, 57-42
January 30, 2004
Lauren Kracl’s stat line was reason enough to believe she single-handedly dominated Ottawa while leading Eudora High’s girls basketball team to a 57-42 win in the semifinals of the Top Gun Tournament.
Let there be light
January 30, 2004
Area briefs
January 30, 2004
¢ Five Fort Riley soldiers killed in Iraq incidents ¢ University to honor multicultural scholars ¢ NAACP to reschedule officer training session ¢ Democrats to gather for annual bean feed
Front-runner Kerry defends legislative effectiveness
January 30, 2004
Howard Dean challenged John Kerry’s effectiveness as a senator Thursday night, contending that in 20 years, “not one” of the 11 health care bills introduced by the Democratic presidential front-runner had passed Congress.
Cities propose security exemptions to open records laws
January 30, 2004
Local government officials told a House committee Thursday they should be able to discuss and document details about anti-terrorism measures without sharing them with the public.
Norton County argues right to set feedlot regulations
Feedlot owners argue only state can oversee their operations
January 30, 2004
Three of the seven Kansas Supreme Court justices reacted skeptically Thursday when attorneys for Norton County argued it could impose tougher regulations on feedlots than state law requires.
Horoscopes
January 30, 2004
Democrats keeping their options open
January 30, 2004
Here are a few ways a columnist might begin an explanation of what transpired Tuesday in the remote mountain hamlets, old mill towns, prim country villages and burgeoning subdivisions of New Hampshire.
Financial abuse charges dropped against arborist
January 30, 2004
Charges have been dropped against a Lawrence arborist who’d been accused of financially exploiting a retired Kansas University professor and his wife.
Briefly
January 30, 2004
¢ Five agents killed as pilgrimage begins ¢ Police questioned about border deaths ¢ U.S. commander warns of al-Qaida presence ¢ Taiwan orders slaughter for bird flu threat
Briefly
January 30, 2004
¢ Blast kills 7 U.S. soldiers ¢ Ashcroft: Bush would veto bill scaling back Patriot Act ¢ Disagreements cast shadow over terror convictions ¢ Bush seeks $18 million increase for NEA budget
Thousands welcome freed Lebanese prisoners
January 30, 2004
Lebanese prisoners released by Israel returned home Thursday to a hero’s welcome by thousands of flag-waving people, from Hezbollah guerrilla comrades to veiled women who showered them in rice and rose petals.
Political wives still draw fire
January 30, 2004
Let’s go to the videotape. Oh no, let’s not go to the videotape. The best news out of the New Hampshire primary may be that we can now drive a stake in the heart of the videotape.
Minnesota investigating athletes’ trips to strip club
January 30, 2004
A day after revelations about recruits’ trips to strip clubs and underage drinking during official campus visits since early December, Minnesota University athletic director Joel Maturi began an investigation and met Thursday with Gophers football coach Glen Mason.
Briefly
January 30, 2004
¢ Rapist gets 22 years for attacking toddler ¢ Roberts, Brownback to lead re-election effort
Briefly
January 30, 2004
¢ President defends economic record ¢ Clark’s talk shifts to his ‘true values’ ¢ Kerry sports ties with primary states ¢ President Clinton offers counsel to senators
Briefly
January 30, 2004
¢ Former commander of Navy spy ship dies ¢ Microsoft offers reward for virus creator ¢ NASA designates day for astronauts who died ¢ Teenage Guantanamo prisoners released
County makes case for schools sales tax
Supporters, foes face off at Senate hearing
January 30, 2004
Used car salesman Leo Kerwin didn’t claim Thursday to be a tax-policy expert. Nor did he portray himself as an authority on public education in Douglas County.
Critics of rape penalty to rally
Protesters aim to send message to state’s judges
January 30, 2004
Anger over reduced jail sentences in the rape of a 13-year-old Lawrence girl is helping spark a protest rally Monday in Topeka. “We’ve got to send a message to the judiciary that someone is watching,” said the rally’s organizer, Lisa Hecht, director of the YWCA Battered Women’s Task Force in Topeka.
Former Republican congressman: Finding Iraqi weapons unimportant
January 30, 2004
Not finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq shouldn’t be a political liability for President Bush going into November’s election, former Congressman J.C. Watts Jr. said Thursday during a trip to Lawrence. Watts, a Republican who represented Oklahoma from 1995 to 2003, said he was convinced Americans supported the war in Iraq, even if no weapons were ever found.
Senate panel supports bill for fast appeal of school finance ruling
January 30, 2004
A narrowly written bill allowing for a quick appeal of a judge’s ruling on Kansas’ school finance system was endorsed by a Senate committee Thursday and sent to the full chamber for debate.
Mayor backs off business registry
City Commission’s action Tuesday called ‘a misunderstanding’
January 30, 2004
City commissioners erred earlier this week in approving a policy that called for creation of a business-registration program, Mayor David Dunfield said Thursday.
Protesters fail to see humor in ‘Boys Are Stupid’ shirts
January 30, 2004
The T-shirts and pajamas are meant to be funny, with cartoon captions like “Boys Are Stupid — Throw Rocks At Them.” But some protesters, encouraged by a fathers’-rights talk show host, are unamused and have pressured three retail chains into dropping the merchandise.
Kaws clip Oskaloosa
January 30, 2004
Perry-Lecompton’s girls basketball team tripped Oskaloosa, 41-35, in a first-round Jefferson North tournament game Thursday.
KU coaches supportive, understanding
January 30, 2004
Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self is hoping his women’s coaching counterpart, Marian Washington, feels better soon.
People
January 30, 2004
¢ Trump preaches what he practices ¢ Bird flu delays crooner’s tour ¢ MS fails to split Vieira’s family ¢ Robin Givens injures pedestrian
KU coach Washington to take medical leave
Undisclosed condition leads to decision
January 30, 2004
Kansas University women’s basketball coach Marian Washington is taking an indefinite leave of absence from the program she has coached for 31 years. At a hastily convened Thursday afternoon news conference, Washington, who will be inducted into the National Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame this summer, would say only that the leave was for medical reasons.
FSHS points scarce in loss to Manhattan
Highland Park upends LHS, 46-39
January 30, 2004
No, there was no lid on the Free State High girls basketball team’s basket Thursday. It was hard to tell, though.
Dean focuses on long-term strategy
January 30, 2004
One day after shaking up his presidential campaign, Howard Dean said Thursday that he didn’t have to win in the seven states voting Tuesday as long as he does well enough to pick up delegates there.
Panthers, Patriots strangers to many
With few big names, NFL’s championship game could be decided by little-known standouts
January 30, 2004
The media mass was six deep straining to hear the words of New England quarterback Tom Brady, one of the few recognizable faces in this otherwise faceless Super Bowl.
Daily ticker
January 30, 2004
Coach already under fire
Declining program could have forced coach out anyway
January 30, 2004
During Thursday’s news conference as Kansas University’s head women’s basketball coach Marian Washington announced she was taking a leave of absence for undisclosed medical problems, the 57-year-old coach talked like she’d be back in a few weeks or, at the latest, the beginning of next season.
Trouble on Bush’s right?
January 30, 2004
It would be difficult to find a more committed supporter of President Bush than Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind. Pence, who is in his second term, is a self-described “Christian-conservative-Republican, in that order.” He is the essence of the Bush base, which is why his Jan. 22 speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) gathering in Washington ought to cause concern at the White House. After testifying to his pro-Bush credentials, Pence suggested that the “ship of conservative governance has gone off course.”
Old club, new groove
Local promoters give Bottleneck a stylistic makeover
January 30, 2004
“This is going to be a good night,” proclaims Edwin Morales. From his DJ booth overlooking The Bottleneck dance floor (that’s right — DANCE floor), Morales watches as a churning sea of dolled-up dancers gyrate to Quiet Riot’s “Cum On Feel the Noize.” On stage, a movie screen shows Jim Henson’s “The Dark Crystal,” a 1982 fantasy film with freakish-looking elfin puppets.
Business blindsided
January 30, 2004
Local business leaders deserved to be consulted about a city plan to require business registration. Surely, this is not the planning example city commissioners wanted to set — or is it? Lawrence City Commissioners this week caught area business leaders off guard by approving a policy that will require all companies in the city to register with City Hall.
Four-point play propels Kings
January 30, 2004
Bobby Jackson converted a four-point play with 29.1 seconds left to help the Sacramento Kings put down a late rally by San Antonio and defeat the Spurs, 95-91, Thursday night.
Assessing Kerry vs. Bush
January 30, 2004
Even before Sen. John Kerry’s decisive New Hampshire primary victory solidified his grip on the Democratic nomination, Republicans had begun to define him as an unelectable liberal.
Woodard accepts new role
KU interim coach to ‘carry on’
January 30, 2004
Lynette Woodard has accomplished more in her basketball career than many dream about. Yet Woodard, sometimes referred to as the Michael Jordan of the women’s game, is preparing for one more challenge — coaching.
Honor rolls
January 30, 2004
Coogan grew from ‘Kid’ to ‘Rag Man’
January 30, 2004
You probably know him as the bald, sunken-eyed Uncle Fester on the 1960s sitcom “The Addams Family.” But Jackie Coogan was the most popular child star of the Jazz Age. His co-starred with Charlie Chaplin in his first feature-length movie, “The Kid,” and starred in the 1925 drama “The Rag Man” (7 p.m., Turner Classic Movies) as an orphan adopted by a vendor, who eventually turns the enterprising tyke into his business partner. TCM is airing a digitally re-mastered version of “The Rag Man” featuring a brand-new score by Linda Martinez, the winner of the network’s fourth annual young composer’s contest.
Event to offer rides on largest steam locomotive
January 30, 2004
Area residents will have the opportunity to win a ride on the Challenger No. 3985, the world’s largest operating steam locomotive, at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Great Overland Station, 701 N. Kansas Ave., Topeka.
Kansas Day history lesson
January 30, 2004
To land job, lawmaker makes calls on lobbyists
House Utility Committee chairman seeking appointment to KCC
January 30, 2004
Ambition and backscratching are nothing unusual at the Kansas Statehouse. But efforts by House Utilities Committee Chairman Carl Holmes to get himself appointed to a $107,000-a-year job at the Kansas Corporation Commission have been raising eyebrows even here.
Investors ponder next move
Traders mull sell-off, Fed report
January 30, 2004
Stocks were mixed Thursday as investors sought a direction for the market after a major sell-off the day before. The Dow Jones industrials closed higher, while technology stocks fell for a third straight session.