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Judge dismisses lawsuit fighting city regulation on roommates
June 3, 2004
(Web Posted Thursday at 3:43 p.m.) A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a legal challenge against city laws governing rental housing in single-family neighborhoods.
Ministers rally to vote out lawmakers who don’t support gay marriage ban
June 3, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 2:57 p.m.) Nearly 100 Johnson County ministers rallied today in support of an effort to get rid of Kansas lawmakers who voted against a proposed state constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage.
Written transcript of Clinton speech now available
June 3, 2004
(Web Posted Thursday at 9:36 a.m.) A written transcript is now available of former President Bill Clinton’s appearance as the featured speaker May 21 at Kansas University.
Transcript of President Clinton’s speech at the Dole Institute
June 3, 2004
(Updated Monday at 7:56 a.m.) Online Editor’s note: The following is a transcript of the inaugural Dole Lecture presented by former President Bill Clinton May 21 at Kansas University’s Allen Fieldhouse.
Sunny skies expected today
June 3, 2004
(Web Posted Thursday at 8:39 a.m.) If you’re a Beatles fan, you might find yourself today humming the old Lennon-McCartney hit, “Good Day Sunshine.”
Briefly
June 3, 2004
¢ Accident on U.S. 59 sends driver to hospital ¢ Lawrence resident wins PETA online contest
Briefly
June 3, 2004
¢ Jury still deliberating in trial of Saudi student ¢ Fire forces evacuation of hundreds of families ¢ Restriction of pot ads ruled unconstitutional
Briefly
June 3, 2004
¢ Propane trucks stolen, raising terror fears ¢ Teen siblings charged with incest, killing baby ¢ Private manned rocket will try to reach space ¢ Two convicted of taking Indian rocks etchings
Inge’s two-run homer propels Tigers past Royals, 2-0
June 3, 2004
Brandon Inge was at home, packing in preparation to move. He figured it would be an easy day at the ballpark. Then catcher Ivan Rodriguez was pulled from the lineup because of inflammation in his right wrist, and Inge was in the game.
MU athletes must pay
June 3, 2004
Former basketball player Ricky Clemons was among at least one dozen athletes ordered by the University of Missouri to pay back improper benefits, a newspaper reported Wednesday.
Lakers-Pistons could be ugly
Defensive-minded Detroit could cause grind-it-out series
June 3, 2004
Shaquille O’Neal bills the NBA Finals as the Fantastic Four against the Wallace Guys and believes they’ll be one of the most watched ever.
Study: Obese children could develop diabetes, heart disease
June 3, 2004
A study of very obese children suggests half may have a worrisome cluster of health conditions that increase their risk of developing diabetes and heart disease at an early age.
Die-hards vow to fight for Nader run
June 3, 2004
It’s not easy to be a fan of presidential candidate Ralph Nader these days. Just ask Dallas Stoner.
Mislabeled pork products recalled
June 3, 2004
Excel Corp. is voluntarily recalling approximately 54,000 pounds of garlic- and herb-flavored fresh pork because the products’ labels don’t note the presence of nonfat dried milk.
Firefighter with doctorate to retire after 20 years of riding the truck
June 3, 2004
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical will celebrate the career of their resident “Doc” in a special ceremony today.
KU surveys best uses for school’s numerous logos
June 3, 2004
A Boston-based marketing company wants to know what Kansas University students, faculty and staff think when they see the image of a Jayhawk.
Horoscopes
June 3, 2004
Rattlesnakes put in park on purpose, experts fear
Non-native species rears its head at Kanopolis
June 3, 2004
Western diamondback rattlesnakes aren’t native to Kansas. But visitors to Kanopolis State Park had better keep an eye — and an ear — out for the big poisonous snakes.
Tax deadline may raise mortgages
State budget fix creates potential problems with escrow accounts
June 3, 2004
A scheme used to balance the state’s books in 2003 now is driving up monthly mortgage payments for some Kansas homeowners.
Raiders impressive in sweep
Lawrence tops St. Joe twice in home-opening twinbill
June 3, 2004
Baseball broke Tyler Blankenship’s heart less than a week ago. Wednesday the sport induced nothing but smiles for the recent Free State graduate.
Pujols, Cards keep rolling in Central
June 3, 2004
After a slow start, the St. Louis Cardinals are beating teams in the NL Central.
U.S. opens probe of alleged Chalabi leak
Iraqi denies sharing secrets with Iran
June 3, 2004
National security adviser Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday promised Congress a full investigation into allegations that an Iraqi politician supported by the Pentagon told Iran the United States had broken the code it used for secret communications, and U.S. officials said the revelation destroyed an important source of intelligence.
City official airs views online
June 3, 2004
City Commissioner Sue Hack discussed street construction, a citywide smoking ban and other topics Wednesday during an online chat with Journal-World readers.
Daily ticker
June 3, 2004
Girl leads push to bring modesty back in style
June 3, 2004
During a recent shopping trip to Nordstrom, 11-year-old Ella Gunderson became frustrated with all the low-cut hip-huggers and skintight tops.
1 Republican, 2 Democrats to challenge Brownback
June 3, 2004
U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback has three new opponents in his race for re-election, all long-shot candidates. One is a fellow Republican; the other two, Democrats.
On the record
June 3, 2004
Kotsay latest to save A’s
Walk-off homer second in two days for Oakland
June 3, 2004
Mark Kotsay needed two months to hit his first home run for his new team. With Oakland home-run leader Eric Chavez sidelined for at least six weeks, the timing was perfect.
Democrats hope S.D. foretells success in fall
June 3, 2004
Democrats celebrated Stephanie Herseth’s capture of a Republican-held seat in South Dakota on Wednesday, their second takeaway of the year, and claimed it portends greater gains in the battle for control of Congress.
Briefly
June 3, 2004
¢ Pit bull deemed dangerous by judge ¢ KU, KSU leaders named to bioscience board ¢ Guilty plea entered in heist at Taco John’s ¢ Pump Patrol seeks deals
Briefly
June 3, 2004
¢ Report: Activists exiled before Tiananmen date ¢ General: U.S. forces had bin Laden ‘within reach’ ¢ Anglicans delay action on blessing gay couples ¢ Officials identify dead in gruesome prison riot
Nowhere’ furniture company ranks at top in nation
June 3, 2004
At some point, it probably will be old news when one of Chuck Comeau’s interior design companies receives recognition from the industry that’s still not used to having competition in Kansas.
Saudi oil output plan gains support
OPEC members hope to curb rising prices with production hike
June 3, 2004
Several OPEC members supported a Saudi plan Wednesday to raise the oil production ceiling by 10.6 percent in hopes of calming jittery markets and reducing crude prices from record heights.
Trophies donated
June 3, 2004
Rep. Tom Sloan (R-Lawrence), chair of the House of Representatives Higher Education Committee, has donated trophies to recognize academic and athletic baseball achievements at NCAA Division One state universities and at Kansas community colleges.
City band strikes up concert season
June 3, 2004
U.S. Army plan aims to keep soldiers on duty
June 3, 2004
Thousands of soldiers who had expected to retire or otherwise leave the military will be required to stay if their units are ordered to Iraq or Afghanistan.
Our town sports
June 3, 2004
Bennett brothers take to Alvamar
June 3, 2004
Brian Bennett loves Alvamar Golf Course and it shows.
People
June 3, 2004
¢ Photographer Newton laid to rest ¢ ‘SNL’ alumna ties the knot ¢ ‘Idol’ runner-up plans single ¢ Scorsese tapped for film festival
Briefly
June 3, 2004
¢ President Bush consults lawyer in CIA leak case ¢ Saudi forces kill 2 militants linked to Khobar attack ¢ Officials hold open option of making nuclear centrifuge ¢ Prices of discounted drugs higher than negotiated by VA
Alumni strength
June 3, 2004
Kansas University has a strong and loyal group of alumni that deserves the best possible leadership in the KU Alumni Association. Through the years, one of Kansas University’s strongest assets has been its alumni. Their loyalty and devotion to the school, as well as their generous financial support, has attracted national attention and been the envy of many other universities.
Al-Qaida attack a reminder of real target
June 3, 2004
Al-Qaida shook the world on Sept. 11, 2001. Today, Osama bin Laden’s terrorist gang is concentrating on shaking Saudi Arabia. Discovering whether this is a change of strategy or of capabilities is now an overriding task for U.S. law enforcement and intelligence.
Moving tribute
June 3, 2004
Care in jail
June 3, 2004
Live and learn
June 3, 2004
Discount carriers flying high
June 3, 2004
Douglas Parker seems normal. But he runs an airline, America West, and is cheerful, so what does he not understand? Preternaturally optimistic, he thinks government policy will become more sensible, other events will cooperate and the airline industry, which is in the red since flight began at Kitty Hawk, will make money.
America’s weight obsession
June 3, 2004
Whether the Atkins diet turns airy arteries into Elmer’s glue sticks is not what we’re here to discuss — even though that’s what everyone else is discussing, since some guy is suing the Atkins folks for clogging his veins and hiking his cholesterol. But no, we’re here to discuss why that guy was on Atkins in the first place.
Retired priest, ex-priest accused of sexual abuse
June 3, 2004
A retired Roman Catholic priest and a former priest have been sued by a man who says they sexually abused him when he was a boy.
New trial ordered in stabbing death
Court: Jurors should have know about defendant’s mental condition
June 3, 2004
Jurors should have been told about a murder defendant’s mental condition, a state appeals court ruled in ordering a new trial.
Wind derails grain cars
June 3, 2004
Strong straight-line winds derailed 68 empty grain cars Wednesday on a train just west of Wright, officials said.
Payless recalls children’s athletic shoes
June 3, 2004
Payless ShoeSource Inc., of Topeka, Kan., has recalled two types of prewalk and toddler-size athletic shoes because the metal eyelet lace holder can come off and pose a choking hazard to young children.
Venue changed in gas lawsuit
June 3, 2004
The nature of a class action lawsuit against ONEOK Inc. over natural gas explosions here more than three years ago makes it impossible to seat a jury in Reno County, a judge ruled in granting the gas company’s motion for a change of venue.
Storms stall wheat harvest in southern Kansas
State agency expects crop conditions to worsen in North
June 3, 2004
Thunderstorms across southern Kansas on Wednesday halted the fledgling 2004 winter wheat harvest as combines were ready to roll.
Renault unveils no-frills sedan for poor nations
June 3, 2004
Renault’s latest car comes without power steering, antilock brakes or electric windows. There’s no air conditioning either, and if you want music while you drive you’ll probably have to sing it yourself.
Fees for college-savings plans raise concerns
June 3, 2004
Lawmakers and regulators are examining the fees charged by popular college-savings plans, and an investigation of big brokerage firms’ sales of the plans has widened.
Briefcase
June 3, 2004
¢ Drug company accused of hiding damaging data ¢ Life sciences events set in Kansas City ¢ Aquila seeks increase in Kansas electric rates
Philadelphia aims to lure gay travelers with TV ads
June 3, 2004
A new TV ad campaign featuring a same-sex couple in colonial costume invites gay tourists to come to the City of Brotherly Love, and a gay media group said it was the first time a television commercial for a U.S. tourist destination has targeted homosexuals.
Congolese rebels take control of strategic town
June 3, 2004
Renegade commanders captured this strategic Congolese town Wednesday, setting off a crisis that threatened the fragile transitional government and a peace process that ended five years of war.
Flooded Haiti laments lack of trees
June 3, 2004
Named after a sacred tree in the Voodoo religion, this Haitian village has few remaining mapou trees and a scant number of others on its surrounding mountains.
3 aid workers, 2 Afghans killed in Taliban attack
June 3, 2004
Three foreign medical workers and two Afghans were killed Wednesday when their car was ambushed in northwestern Afghanistan, police and the aid agency said. Resurgent Taliban militants claimed responsibility.
Victim’s neighbors find trail of blood
Police investigating possible causes of Lawrence resident’s head injuries
June 3, 2004
A Lawrence man found with mysterious head injuries Tuesday morning was recovering in a hospital Wednesday but still wasn’t alert enough to talk to police, officers said.
Convicted murderers eligible for parole
Crimes include rape, killing of elderly resident
June 3, 2004
A man convicted as a teenager for the murder of an elderly Lawrence woman and one of two men who killed a woman in Jefferson County soon will be eligible for parole.
Third trial set this month in popcorn flavoring lawsuits
June 3, 2004
The third trial involving claims that butter flavoring used at a popcorn factory caused disabling lung injuries to workers is scheduled to begin later this month.
Survey faults state for lax seat belt laws
Kansas drops three spots in child-safety ranking
June 3, 2004
Kansas would be a safer place for children and teenagers if the state had tougher seat belt laws, according to a national survey being released today.
White House frees No. 27 on terror list
FBI says Syrian planned martyr attack on U.S.
June 3, 2004
Nabil al-Marabh was No. 27 on the FBI’s list of terror suspects after Sept. 11. He trained in Afghanistan’s militant camps, sent money to a roommate convicted in a foiled plot to bomb a hotel and boasted to an informant about plans to blow up a fuel truck inside a New York tunnel, FBI documents allege.
After-school programs halfway to funding goal
Effort to sustain children’s sites has raised $195,000
June 3, 2004
Spencer Wilson is worried about what might happen to some of his classmates if the after-school program at Pinckney School is discontinued this fall.
Nalbandian turns back Kuerten
Former French Open champ falls in quarterfinals
June 3, 2004
Gustavo Kuerten’s right hip hurt, plain and simple. A shot, a sprint, a lunge: Each was enough to cause pain, making his task that much tougher against a determined David Nalbandian in the French Open quarterfinals.
Flames complain of pro-Lightning bias
Calgary’s Nieminen suspended for Game 5 for ramming Tampa Bay’s Lecavalier into glass
June 3, 2004
Calgary Flames coach Darryl Sutter deflected attention away from Ville Nieminen’s suspension by complaining Wednesday that some NHL factions badly want the Tampa Bay Lightning to win the Stanley Cup.
Museum exhibit reveals Houdini secrets
June 3, 2004
How did Harry Houdini do his signature “Metamorphosis” escape, the one where he was handcuffed inside a sack, locked in a trunk and yet somehow managed to switch places with an assistant on the outside?
If they aired a sitcom and nobody watched…
June 3, 2004
Sitcoms used to be so easy. Find a fairly funny guy or gal; supply a situation and a thin plot; hire a committee of comedy writers to turn every line of dialogue into a rim-shot; cue the laugh track and wait for that syndication moola.
Clinton using his clout to fight spread of AIDS
June 3, 2004
Three years after leaving office, Bill Clinton is starting to show AIDS activists the leadership they wanted to see during his presidency.
Forces battle Shiite militants in Kufa, Baghdad
June 3, 2004
American troops clashed with Shiite militants in this southern city Wednesday — six days after a truce was supposed to have taken effect. At least five Iraqis were killed and more than 40 were wounded.
U.N. envoy says interim leadership best possible
June 3, 2004
Lakhdar Brahimi, wrapping up his U.N. mission to bring an interim government to Iraq, looked a little tired and disheartened Wednesday as he said the compromise he negotiated was the best possible under American control.
Two jurors dismissed from Terry Nichols’ sentencing
Judge warns others not to discuss case outside of jury room
June 3, 2004
Two members of the jury considering sentencing for Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols were dismissed by the judge Wednesday and were replaced by the last two remaining alternate jurors.
Shock drop Mystics, 65-63
June 3, 2004
Detroit dropped a 65-63 decision to the Washington Mystics on Wednesday, the Shocks’ third loss in four games.
Peterson defense offers alternate theories
June 3, 2004
Laci Peterson was kept alive by her real killers for weeks, her baby was born alive and then mother and son were killed and dumped in the San Francisco Bay, Scott Peterson’s defense attorney told jurors Wednesday in his opening statement in the double-murder trial.
Bush likens war on terror to World War II, Cold War
June 3, 2004
Drawing comparisons to World War II, President Bush Wednesday called on the United States and the world to battle against what he called the “murderous ideology” of terrorism, a threat he compared to communism and fascism in the global scale of its brutality.
National spelling bee rolls toward finals
June 3, 2004
How fast can fortunes change at the spelling bee? Shazam.
Smarty Jones odds-on Belmont favorite
June 3, 2004
Trainer Nick Zito stepped to the podium during the draw for the Belmont Stakes and all but conceded the race and Triple Crown to Smarty Jones.
Petry out as Lawrence High baseball coach
School administrators decline comment other than to confirm move
June 3, 2004
David Petry’s five-year run as baseball coach at Lawrence High is over.
Recreation calendar
June 3, 2004
Report: Lung cancer down in women
Overall survival rates up for both sexes
June 3, 2004
Lung cancer is inching down among women after decades of smoking-fueled increases — and overall survival rates are improving for most types of tumors among both men and women.
Area briefs
June 3, 2004
¢ Human bones found by trash collectors ¢ Brown Bag Concerts begin today downtown ¢ Former chancellor returning to Kansas
Soldiers’ remains returned to U.S.
June 3, 2004
Study to weigh reliance on task forces
Group to review growing use by city of advisory panels
June 3, 2004
Call it a task force on task forces.
A man with a plan
Wallace considers retirement, reflects on past
June 3, 2004
Rusty Wallace is talking about retiring, and as much as he loves racing, why wouldn’t he?
Points format allows No. 48 team to be aggressive
June 3, 2004
Driver Jimmie Johnson, crew chief Chad Knaus and their No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team made winning the Coca-Cola 600 look easy Sunday.