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Kline critical of judge’s action in school finance case
March 3, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 12:50 p.m.) TOPEKA — The judge who declared the Kansas school finance system unconstitutional has refused to issue a final order, a decision that was criticized today by Atty. Gen. Phill Kline.
Heavy rain heads into Lawrence
March 3, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 12:23 p.m.) Got outdoor plans in the next two days? “Keep the umbrella close by,” said Matt Sayers, 6News meteorologist. The Lawrence area could get up to 2 inches of rain by midday Friday, Sayers said.
Bagel worm squirms into government, KU computers through e-mails
March 3, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 12:19 p.m.) Bagels are not always healthy for you, or your computer. An e-mail worm, called the Bagel Worm, is in circulation this week, and Lawrence residents may want to update their computer’s anti-virus software.
Virus attached to governmental e-mails
March 3, 2004
(Web Posted Wednesday at 9:25 a.m.) A computer virus riding a state government e-mail address is making the rounds. “It’s not causing too much of a problem at this point,” Caleb Asher, a spokesman for the Kansas Department of Administration, said.
City briefs
March 3, 2004
¢ High school students to compete in blood drive ¢ KU student reports ‘disturbing’ photos ¢ Schools request $2.7M in budget increases
Team players?
March 3, 2004
Salaries justified
March 3, 2004
Emergency care
March 3, 2004
Speak the truth
March 3, 2004
Shift on violence
March 3, 2004
No freedom
March 3, 2004
Ex-Reds owner Schott dies at 75
Outspoken, oft-suspended executive was ‘tragic figure’
March 3, 2004
Marge Schott, the tough-talking, chain-smoking owner of the Cincinnati Reds who won a World Series but was repeatedly suspended for offensive remarks, died Tuesday, a hospital spokeswoman said. She was 75.
Commentary: Union should speak up on steroids
March 3, 2004
Dusty Baker was right. This is McCarthyism — Charlie McCarthy-ism. Major league baseball players are empty wooden souls that come to life only through the manipulation of their all-powerful union. Speaking only when prompted, the incredible hulks insist that they should be considered innocent until proven guilty in the issue of steroid testing, confusing due process with obfuscation. The only remedy available for clearing their names isn’t an option because of the union’s desire to keep things murky and hazy. The union expects the suspicions to blow away as quickly as the nation’s attention span.
Sweeps sweet to CBSNBC
March 3, 2004
The rich got richer during television’s February ratings “sweeps,” with CBS maintaining its hold as the most popular network and NBC winning among the youthful demographic it targets.
Former Baldwin officer gets felony conviction reduced
March 3, 2004
A former Baldwin police officer who left the force after it was learned he had been convicted of auto theft as a teenager has been reaffirmed by the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Commission.
City chips in for study of bioscience benefits
March 3, 2004
The state is poised to put $500 million behind the bioscience industry in Kansas. A group of community leaders want to add $24,120 to make sure it works.
City Hall report
Weekly review of city government
March 3, 2004
¢ Farmland future ¢ Commercial growth ¢ Schedule
Smoking ban opponents organize
Restaurant, bar owners begin plotting strategy
March 3, 2004
Back in the late 1990s, Shaun Trenholm started a bar, Second Wind, that catered to nonsmokers. It promptly went out of business. “We didn’t make jack doo-dah,” said Trenholm, who owns the more successful West Coast Saloon at 2222 Iowa, where smoking is allowed.
Attacks’ aim: Iraqi civil war
Bombings kill at least 143 Shiite Muslims
March 3, 2004
For months, U.S. and Iraqi officials have speculated that insurgents would launch a spectacular attack on Shia Muslims in an attempt to instigate a sectarian war between Iraq’s Shiite majority and its Sunni minority.
FBI help sought in solving homicide
March 3, 2004
Analysts at the FBI academy in Quantico, Va., have opened a file on the unsolved slaying of Douglas County resident Carmin Ross and are working to help local authorities find a suspect, Sheriff Rick Trapp said Tuesday. Information sent to a team of FBI behavioral scientists in recent weeks includes written reports, crime-scene photographs and evidence taken from the scene of Ross’ slaying, discovered Nov. 14 at her home at 1860 E. 1150 Road, northwest of Lawrence.
Sebelius urges public to join school funding battle
March 3, 2004
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday hinted she would call lawmakers into a special session if they didn’t increase funding for schools. “I am not going to stop fighting for this effort until they leave town for the final time — and I haven’t decided whether I’ll call them back a time or two,” Sebelius said to about 100 people at a rally for school funding at Johnson County Community College.
Justin Dee Frederickson
March 3, 2004
Robert Dallas Hoff
March 3, 2004
Morgen Wyatt Teeter Crandell
March 3, 2004
Lowell ‘Cub’ Lyons
March 3, 2004
Former resident dies in avalanche
March 3, 2004
An avalanche killed a former Lawrence resident Saturday evening in Idaho.
Hearings to continue on closing state hospital
March 3, 2004
A hearing on a bill that could lead to the closure of state hospitals for the developmentally disabled started Tuesday.
McElhaney files for re-election
March 3, 2004
Douglas County Commissioner Jere McElhaney has filed for another four-year term.
Study: Anti-bacterial soaps lack punch that consumers expect
March 3, 2004
Anti-bacterial soaps do not deliver the type of protection from common health ailments that consumers expect, according to a study.
Daisy Jane Somers
March 3, 2004
McDonald’s eliminating super-size fries, drinks
March 3, 2004
Say goodbye to those super-sized fries — McDonald’s is slimming down its menu.
Commodities
March 3, 2004
Smokable heroin created to lure middle-class Americans
March 3, 2004
Drug traffickers are targeting middle-class Americans with high-purity heroin that users can smoke rather than inject, a U.N. drug agency warns in a report being released today.
Venezuelan rioting spreads as recall vote delayed
March 3, 2004
Protests intensified across Venezuela on Tuesday after the elections council ruled that government opponents lacked enough signatures to force a recall referendum against President Hugo Chavez.
Plaintiffs want special monitor for school funding
Dodge City, Salina districts ask judge to appoint special master
March 3, 2004
Attorneys for two school districts that sued the state over education funding want a special master appointed to oversee the Kansas school-finance system if the Legislature does not make major changes this year.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
March 3, 2004
Highlights of Tuesday’s activities at the Kansas Legislature
Boeing executive reports plan to diversify ‘on track’
KU alumnus says firm expects to deliver more airplanes in 2004
March 3, 2004
Boeing Co.’s strategy of building a diverse aerospace company is on track despite a recent ethics scandal that led to an executive shake-up, the chief executive of Boeing’s commercial airplanes division told investors Tuesday.
WorldCom CEO charged with $11B fraud
Former financial officer pleads guilty in case
March 3, 2004
Former WorldCom CEO Bernard Ebbers was charged Tuesday with falsifying the books at the long-distance company in the biggest corporate fraud case in American history, and his chief financial officer pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against him.
Notes
March 3, 2004
Seanez long shot for K.C. roster spot
March 3, 2004
Right-hander Rudy Seanez knows he can’t afford to have a bad outing in spring training if he is to have any chance of making the Kansas City Royals this season.
Hawks sting Lakers, 94-93
March 3, 2004
Jason Terry threw the ball into the stands, and his jersey and headband soon followed.
State won’t give public universities interest earned from tuition
Budget called too tight to turn over income
March 3, 2004
A key lawmaker said Tuesday that a proposal to credit regents universities with interest earned on student tuition and fees probably would have to wait until next year.
Accuser’s attorney in Bryant case says claims false
March 3, 2004
The attorney for Kobe Bryant’s accuser in a sexual assault case Tuesday denied as “patently false” claims his client had sex with another man the morning after her encounter with the NBA player.
Saint Joseph’s goes 27-0
Hawks make St. Bonaventure latest victim, 82-50
March 3, 2004
Jameer Nelson scored 25 points and Chet Stachitas added a career-best 16, leading second-ranked Saint Joseph’s to an 82-50 victory Tuesday night over St. Bonaventure in the Hawks’ final home game of the season.
Texas trips OU, takes top seed
March 3, 2004
Freshman Tiffany Jackson hit a pair of free throws with 7.9 seconds to go, leading No. 3 Texas to its second straight Big 12 Conference regular-season title with a 57-54 victory Tuesday night over No. 17 Oklahoma.
Baldwin works overtime to top Spring Hill
Bulldog boys let double-digit lead slip away before pulling out 71-70 win in extra period
March 3, 2004
Tuesday’s first-round Class 4A sub-state game between Baldwin High and Spring Hill proved March Madness was not restricted to the college game.
NAIA swim meet to begin today
Lawrence playing host to 15 teams
March 3, 2004
Simon Fraser University and Cal Baptist figure to battle for team titles again during the four-day NAIA swimming and diving championships at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center.
Firebird picks Hamilton
March 3, 2004
Free State High senior Tyler Morgan will attend Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., an NCAA Division III school, and play football. As a part-time tight end for the Firebirds, Morgan caught five passes for 171 yards with a receiving touchdown and an interception returned for a touchdown last season. Morgan is the 10th Firebird planning to play college football next season.
Kansas men earn Roadrunner title
March 3, 2004
Four Kansas University golfers finished in the top 20, including three in the top 10, and the Jayhawks cruised to a 14-stroke victory Tuesday in the Roadrunner Intercollegiate tournament.
KU women seventh
March 3, 2004
Kansas University’s women’s golf team finished tied for seventh in a 16-team field Tuesday. The Jayhawks shot rounds of 302, 302, 312, for a total of 916 at the 6,118-yard, par-72 Blackhorse Golf Club.
Food Network to feature local bakery next week
March 3, 2004
Wheatfields Bakery, 904 Vt., will appear in a five-minute segment of the Food Network program “The Best Of,” which will air March 10 and 11.
Jayni cooks up ‘Beef Brisket Dinner’
March 3, 2004
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Beef Brisket Dinner.”
King miniseries runs short on originality
March 3, 2004
Stephen King and TV sweeps used to be such a natural combination. This season, even the limp ABC network waited until the end of the sweeps period to premiere King’s 14-part series “Kingdom Hospital” (8 p.m., ABC), an adaptation of the Danish miniseries “Riget.” Now we know why.
Salary overkill
March 3, 2004
Heart of the Lions
Seniors Knight, Ricks, Cochrane led LHS back to prosperity
March 3, 2004
Lawrence High girls basketball coach Kristin Mallory’s eyes shimmer with pride as she reminisces about seniors Cherrale Ricks, Erin Knight and Jodie Cochrane.
Bonds, Santiago among reported steroid recipients
March 3, 2004
Barry Bonds walked silently through the San Francisco Giants’ bustling clubhouse. Asked about a report that he had received steroids and human growth hormone from a nutritional supplements lab implicated in a drug-distribution ring, Bonds softly replied: “Get out of my locker.”
Cardinals survive late-game battle
March 3, 2004
Ten seconds usually is enough time to give a team one shot at victory. But Tuesday night at EHS, roughly 10 ticks twice let Tonganoxie and Eudora each nearly earn a Class 4A sub-state win. A final foul on Tongie with half a second remaining secured a 52-47 Eudora victory.
Official concern
Top-notch referees are vital to maintaining the decorum and integrity of college basketball.
March 3, 2004
Perhaps this is a comment that should appear on the sports pages, but it’s time for individuals other than sports fans to take an interest in the quality of officiating in college basketball.
De Soto boys hang on
March 3, 2004
The De Soto boys appeared to blow a tied game wide open with a 25-14 run in the third quarter Tuesday, but Lansing closed with a 29-point fourth quarter and almost shocked the Wildcats.
Brother’s guidance vital for Olson
March 3, 2004
A 4.0 student who aced a speech class at Kansas University, Brett Olson should be poised and polished while speaking tonight in Allen Fieldhouse. “I’ll be all right … until I get to Kevin,” said Olson, KU’s senior men’s basketball walk-on from Chanute. “I don’t know what will happen when I try to tell him … “
HBO back with ‘Sopranos’ hit
March 3, 2004
“The Sopranos” is back, and all is wrong with the world. The TV drama every other drama series is measured against is returning to face the ultimate challenge: getting measured against its own past.
Woodling: And the Woodling goes to …
March 3, 2004
Now that the Oscars have been handed out, it’s time to reveal my Big 12 Conference men’s basketball awards. None of these listings below have been certified by Price Waterhouse, nor were any hermetically sealed in a mayonnaise jar.
House narrows scope of concealed carry bill
March 3, 2004
In debating a bill Wednesday to permit Kansans to carry concealed handguns, pistols and revolvers, the House narrowed the scope of the measure.
Steps to a healthier lifestyle
March 3, 2004
Since March is National Nutrition Month, our church circle is interested in emphasizing good nutrition. What is this year’s theme?
Lemon recipes
March 3, 2004
¢ Sauteed Shrimp With Lemon-garlic Butter ¢ Lemon Curd ¢ Lemon Bars
Briefcase
March 3, 2004
¢ Pair increase efforts to remove Disney’s chief ¢ Sprint faces lawsuit alleging discrimination ¢ FCC loses court battle on phone competition ¢ Sprint enlarges board
Brooks ain’t goin’ down yet
Singer erupts for two hits, run in Royals scrimmage
March 3, 2004
The Kansas City Royals beefed up their offense by signing free agents Juan Gonzalez, Matt Stairs and Benito Santiago to join a lineup that already included Mike Sweeney and Carlos Beltran.
Mother finds ‘dead’ child alive at party
Police say infant kidnapped, not killed in fire
March 3, 2004
Luz Cuevas took one look at the dimpled, dark-haired little girl at a birthday party and instantly knew two things: She was watching her own daughter, presumed killed in a 1997 fire, and she needed a way to prove it.
On the record
March 3, 2004
Path to Brown v. Board
March 3, 2004
This past week I gave a lecture in a course taught by Prof. Norm Yetman of the Kansas University American Studies Department. The course is a new one designed to help familiarize students with the background and details of Brown v. Board of Education, whose 50th anniversary is being celebrated this year. My particular assignment was to lecture on an earlier case from the late 19th century, Plessy v. Ferguson.
Bush is king of reclassification
March 3, 2004
Flipping burgers for a living? Heck no — those folks are manufacturing edible infrastructure, according to the Bush administration.
Consensus is lacking on gay marriage
March 3, 2004
I understand the compulsion to “energize the base,” but couldn’t Republicans have found something a little less toxic than this brew of Gaytorade?
Briefly
March 3, 2004
¢ Ethics policy announced for NIH officials ¢ School district bans Iron Cross images ¢ 114-year-old actually 92, Census shows
Briefly
March 3, 2004
¢ Voters approve plan to rescue state budget ¢ More jurors dismissed from Terry Nichols case ¢ U.S. Mint rolls out redesigned nickels
Edwards upbeat on way out of race
March 3, 2004
John Edwards, whose Southern charm and oratorical flair transformed the Democratic presidential contest, finally gave in to the inevitable math of the primary contest on Tuesday, bowing out with the same unbridled optimism that has characterized his candidacy.
Fed chair readies markets for rise in interest rates
Economists uncertain when increase will occur
March 3, 2004
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Tuesday that extra-low, short-term interest rates eventually would have to go up. He gave no clue when.
Mars once had water, NASA says
Rover’s finding shows life on planet once possible
March 3, 2004
Water percolating through the soil once created a friendly environment that would have been ideal for life to flourish on Mars, NASA scientists say.
Haitian rebel leader says he’s military chief
Leaders in Washington disagree with claim
March 3, 2004
Rebel leader Guy Philippe declared himself the new chief of Haiti’s military, which was disbanded by ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and pledged Tuesday that rebel forces would disarm.
People
March 3, 2004
¢ ‘Narnia’ planned for film ¢ Oscar romance report ¢ Timberlake shadows journalist ¢ Roy Horn walking again
City briefs
March 3, 2004
¢ Free child development screenings offered ¢ Congressman to meet with KU students ¢ KU dean to take job with life span institute ¢ Lawrence MS Walk planned for April 24
With Edwards out, Kerry turns focus to Bush
Massachusetts senator’s campaign to venture south
March 3, 2004
Watching John Kerry take the stage, arching his long finger and stabbing the air with yet another denunciation of the Bush administration, it was clear that he was dying to have George Bush all to himself.
John Edward Mummaw
March 3, 2004
Daily ticker
March 3, 2004
Wal-Mart seeks S. Iowa expansion
Crown, Payless deals key to retail giant’s plan
March 3, 2004
Wal-Mart officials Tuesday confirmed plans to expand their existing Lawrence store into a Supercenter that sells groceries.
Lemon appeal
Chefs praise fruit for versatility
March 3, 2004
In her book “Lemon Zest,” Lori Longbotham describes lemons as culinary treasures. Would anyone argue the point? Lemons, which have been cultivated in Southeast Asia and the Mediterranean region since the first century, are found in nearly every cuisine in the world. In California, where more lemons are grown than in any other state, they are a major ingredient in culinary tradition.
As spring nears, gardeners can begin planting seeds
March 3, 2004
As soon as the soil dries out enough to be worked, gardeners can start sowing seeds for the most cold-tolerant of the early-season vegetables. Gardeners who putter in the dirt this early in spring — or late in winter, depending on your point of view — tend to be the diehards who are happiest with hoe in hand, even if it means wearing mittens.
Horoscopes
March 3, 2004
KU flag-toting soldier back from Iraq
Captain who displayed Jayhawk spirit in Baghdad to attend game tonight
March 3, 2004
It’s been nearly a year since Army Capt. Brad Loudon got out his Kansas University flag and posed for a picture in front of a Baath Party headquarters building in Iraq. Behind him was a large portrait of Saddam Hussein.
Water office, ag interests at odds
Farm groups oppose state’s efforts to borrow money for projects
March 3, 2004
Top Kansas environmental officials clashed Tuesday with agricultural interests over a plan to expand the state’s authority to borrow money for water projects. State officials said the measure would provide money for needed projects to meet drinking water demands, protect groundwater, repair dams and reservoirs, and build new recreational lakes for Kansans.
Fifth-grader carries out mission to provide more suitable luggage
11-year-old was distressed that children carted belongings in trash bags
March 3, 2004
When foster children are forced to move from home to home, they often must carry their few belongings in trash bags. Eleven-year-old Lawrence resident Grace Miller learned that fact about two years ago while reading a book, and it broke her heart.
District names teachers of the year
March 3, 2004
Debby Francisco thought she was taking her second-graders to an assembly to celebrate the 100th birthday of Dr. Seuss. It turns out the party was for her. Francisco, who teaches at Deerfield School, 101 Lawrence Ave., was named Elementary Teacher of the Year on Tuesday by the Lawrence school district.
Dodge City shooting for destination casino
March 3, 2004
When the frontier was still open, gambling helped draw cowboys and other visitors here. These days, Dodge City depends heavily on nostalgia, drawing tens of thousands of tourists who want to relive a little of the Old West. But local officials hope gambling will be part of their community’s entertainment again soon.
Briefly
March 3, 2004
¢ U.N. resumes aid to refugees ¢ Probe begins journey to land on comet ¢ Terrorist thought aboard deadly ferry run
Democrats see Edwards as ideal running mate
March 3, 2004
As his presidential hopes ended Tuesday, John Edwards is seen by many Democrats as an ideal running mate for John Kerry, complementing the Massachusetts senator with his comparative youth and charisma.
Briefly
March 3, 2004
¢ Navy finds no evidence Iraqis ever had missing pilot ¢ Mayor charged for marrying same-sex couples ¢ Killington residents endorse plan to join New Hampshire ¢ Communist China moves to protect property rights
Senate GOP drops gun bill
Assault weapons legal again this fall
March 3, 2004
Senate Republicans scuttled their election-year gun legislation Tuesday after Democrats succeeded in winning approval of amendments to extend an assault weapons ban and require background checks on all buyers at private gun shows.
Mandatory fluoridation opponents sound off
March 3, 2004
Don’t tell Joe Walker that fluoridated water prevents tooth decay and is safe to drink. The Wichita resident hasn’t believed either argument for 40 years, and he came to the Statehouse on Tuesday to urge a Senate committee to kill a bill requiring Kansas’ largest communities to fluoridate their water. Most already do.
Jury hears closing arguments in Stewart case
March 3, 2004
The government has wrongly accused Martha Stewart of participating in a laughable “confederacy of dunces,” her lawyer said Tuesday in closing arguments at her federal stock trial.
Time at KU flew for Nash
Jayhawk seniors to speak after Nebraska game
March 3, 2004
Bryant Nash remembers his freshman year at Kansas University as if it was yesterday. “Kenny Gregory and I were walking on campus and he was telling me, ‘Get ready, it’s going to go by fast,’” Nash said of his former teammate.
Attorneys seek school finance reform oversight
March 3, 2004
Attorneys for two school districts that sued the state over education funding want a special master appointed to oversee legislators’ work on reforming the school finance law if they fail to make major revisions by July.