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Permit gives green light to trafficway
March 4, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 6:38 p.m.) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a permit Thursday to allow completion of the South Lawrence Trafficway.
Lawrence heritage bill introduced in Congress
March 4, 2004
(Web Posted Thursday at 3:17 p.m.) The Kansas congressional delegation on Thursday introduced a bill that would designate Lawrence and 24 Kansas counties as a “Bleeding Kansas” National Heritage Area.
Concealed guns bill moves to Senate
March 4, 2004
(Web Posted Thursday at 11:58 a.m.) TOPEKA - The House approved a bill Thursday to allow Kansans to carry concealed handguns, but not by a veto-proof majority.
Gay marriage ban amendment moves ahead in House
March 4, 2004
(Updated Friday at 5:16 p.m.) TOPEKA - The House gave tentative approval Thursday to a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution banning gay marriage, a measure that supporters and opponents alike believe voters would pass.
House tentatively approves gay marriage ban
March 4, 2004
(Updated Friday at 5:15 p.m.) TOPEKA - The Kansas House today gave preliminary approval of a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriages. The issue is on the national political radar after a Massachusetts court ruled that that state couldn’t ban gay couples from marrying.
House approves concealed guns bill
March 4, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 11:34 a.m.) TOPEKA - The Kansas House today gave final approval to a bill that would allow Kansans to carry concealed weapons. The measure was approved 78-45 and now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Kline to appeal school finance order Monday to Supreme Court
March 4, 2004
(Web Posted Thursday at 8:51 a.m.) School districts that won a lawsuit over state funding won’t try to stop an appeal to the Kansas Supreme Court, their lead attorneys says. Attorney General Phill Kline plans to file an appeal Monday of a preliminary order by Shawnee County District Judge Terry Bullock which held the state’s school finance law unconstitutional.
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March 4, 2004
¢ Family continues search for missing student ¢ 87 teams to compete in 2004 Iditarod ¢ Jury selection continues in Nichols’ bombing trial
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March 4, 2004
¢ Ex-husband arrested on battery charge ¢ Teachers conference to address funding ¢ Grant offers help with housing for the disabled ¢ Center plans women’s health conference
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March 4, 2004
¢ House bill seeks to speed patent process ¢ Detainee sees lawyers after two years’ wait
Marines boost role in Haiti; Caribbean leaders take swipe at U.S.
March 4, 2004
Haiti’s key rebel leader promised Wednesday his forces would lay down their arms after 1,000 U.S. Marines began patrolling the impoverished capital to restore order and prepare for the arrival of international peacekeepers.
On the record
March 4, 2004
Daily ticker
March 4, 2004
Rejection of appeals ends scholarship hall trust case
March 4, 2004
The final appeals by plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Kansas University and Bank of America over the operations of Watkins and Miller scholarship halls have been denied by a Douglas County District Court judge.
NBC opens ‘Charlie’s Angels’ glory days
March 4, 2004
In 1975, uber-producer Aaron Spelling came up with an outrageous idea — a TV show about three female detectives.
Philip D. Hawley
March 4, 2004
Mia Isabella Robison
March 4, 2004
Selig wants teams to limit steroid talk
March 4, 2004
Bud Selig wants to put baseball’s focus back on the field. To do that, the commissioner has an idea: limit talk about steroids.
Red Raiders snap skid, trip Tigers
March 4, 2004
Texas Tech coach Bob Knight won’t predict whether his team’s win over Missouri, the 20th of the season, is crucial to the Red Raiders getting into the NCAA Tournament.
Hard to argue one way or the other on legal gambling on Nextel Cup races
March 4, 2004
When you sit down to write a column about something, it’s usually a good idea to know which side you’re going to argue.
Health care tops businesses’ concerns
Survey also reveals 30 percent of companies would consider leaving state
March 4, 2004
A majority of Kansas business owners believe health-care costs are too high and the Kansas economy is on the wrong track, according to a new survey. A survey released Wednesday by the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry found that 61 percent of business owners who were surveyed ranked controlling health-care costs as the No. 1 issue for their businesses to deal with.
Project feeds a need
March 4, 2004
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March 4, 2004
¢ PM calls elections ¢ Food shortage forces thousands to relocate ¢ Nation in turmoil seeks international aid ¢ Rape victims struggle to get HIV drugs
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March 4, 2004
¢ Wet weather continues with flooding possible ¢ KU announces schedule for autumn events ¢ House minority leader to engage in online chat ¢ Planning officials back 260-unit development
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March 4, 2004
¢ U.S. traces deadly ambush that killed two Americans ¢ Girls took part in conflicts in 38 nations since 1990 ¢ Senate budget would halve deficit in three years
$24,000 study to show jobs good for city
County leader questions spending taxpayer funds to tout biosciences
March 4, 2004
Good things will happen … if good things happen.
U.S. had hand in Aristide’s exit
March 4, 2004
We still don’t know the exact circumstances of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s departure from Haiti. Yet Aristide, as well as some members of the U.S. Congress, call it a kidnapping. The Bush administration denies these charges.
Vampires, witches make ‘Mad House’
March 4, 2004
Proof that ordinary people will do just about anything to show up on television can be found on “Mad Mad House” (7 p.m., Sci Fi). This latest variation on “The Real World” is set in a mansion where the five hosts represent five decidedly “alternative” lifestyles.
LHS, Free State boys gird for ‘war,’ Part IV
March 4, 2004
This will be the last one. Promise. It has to be, because tonight, one city team’s boys basketball season will end. That means no more games, and, of course, no more city showdowns.
NBA briefs
March 4, 2004
¢ Knicks hire Abdul-Jabbar ¢ Prosecutors to appeal
Riding on change
Las Vegas true test of new tire and spoiler package
March 4, 2004
Could politics be in the future of Nextel Cup veteran Rusty Wallace?
Horoscopes
March 4, 2004
Federal officials to ease limits on same-sex schools
March 4, 2004
Public schools are about to get broad new freedom to teach boys and girls separately, perhaps the biggest shakeup to coed classrooms in three decades.
Former popcorn worker labors to give testimony
Plaintiff describes how life diminished after contracting lung-destroying disease
March 4, 2004
Former microwave popcorn factory worker Eric Peoples told jurors Wednesday the biggest loss in his life since being diagnosed with an irreversible lung disease was not being able to “rough house” with his two young children.
Lawrence girls edge THS, reach sub-state championship
March 4, 2004
Determination does it. Sometimes, that’s all it takes. The Lawrence High girls basketball team saw the reward of a gutsy, hard-nosed effort, starting strong, shaking off struggles and earning a feisty 43-39 victory over Topeka High in the Class 6A sub-state semifinals Wednesday at LHS.
Langford entertains
Push-ups a hit with fieldhouse fans
March 4, 2004
Kansas University junior Keith Langford dove for the basketball and was prone on the floor as fans held their breath, thinking he might be injured.
James rules bobblehead night
March 4, 2004
On his bobblehead night, LeBron James again left everyone shaking their heads.
Boeing, lawmakers discuss Wichita plant
March 4, 2004
The talk was reassuring at a Wednesday meeting between Kansas lawmakers and Boeing Co. chief executive Harry Stonecipher, but the future remains uncertain for the company’s Wichita manufacturing plant.
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March 4, 2004
¢ Father denies role in child’s circumcision ¢ Autopsies released on slain family ¢ Flag-fatigued voters keep current banner ¢ Conjoined twins born at Naval Medical Center
Senate advances bill to allow private prisons in Kansas
March 4, 2004
Senators tentatively approved a bill Wednesday allowing construction of private prisons in Kansas, a move supporters called a stopgap solution to crowding in state correctional facilities.
Honor rolls
March 4, 2004
People
March 4, 2004
¢ Shriver on jury duty ¢ Neil Young’s tour green ¢ Country stars plan Civil War-theme album ¢ Thanks for the promo
Tuition help
March 4, 2004
Economic effort
March 4, 2004
Lawrence residents should be aware of city efforts to claim more control over local economic development activity. Lawrence Chamber of Commerce members, as well as Lawrence taxpayers, should be alert to what appears to be a plan by some city commissioners to try to corral the city’s economic development efforts.
Muslims must shun religious murder
March 4, 2004
Vietnam taught that Rule 1 of getting involved in foreign civil wars is famously and simply: Don’t. But the United States today is caught in a civil war within Islam. Al-Qaida’s murder by airliner of nearly 3,000 persons on American soil in one September day in 2001 does not leave Americans that option.
U.S. priorities
March 4, 2004
Tax burdens
March 4, 2004
Nader’s run may be farce
March 4, 2004
Against all hope and most of the conventional wisdom, Ralph Nader is running again for the presidency. He argues that the two major political parties are both dominated by corporate lobbyists and thus out of tune with the concerns of most Americans. He wants to give this overlooked majority a choice in November. Nader is right that Americans deserve more choices and more competition in elections. Do they want what he is offering?
Ironic policy
March 4, 2004
Uncensored
March 4, 2004
Fundamentalists horrified with Arab reality TV
March 4, 2004
Reality TV has burst upon the Arab world, drawing huge audiences but firing up conservative outrage about the spectacle of young men and women flirting, hugging and dancing under one roof.
Concealed-gun bill moves ahead
Measure expected to pass House, advance to Senate today
March 4, 2004
The House tentatively approved a bill Wednesday to allow Kansans to carry concealed handguns after supporters blocked the most serious efforts to water it down. The vote was 78-43 to advance the measure to final action expected today. The margin suggested the measure will pass and go to the Senate.
Ninth-graders take cue from ‘C.S.I’
Central Junior High class investigates mock crime scenes in name of science
March 4, 2004
Wearing white disposable jumpsuits and rubber gloves, investigators carefully lifted the yellow tape and entered three separate crime scenes Wednesday morning. But these investigators, armed with crime scene kits and digital cameras, were Central Junior High School ninth-graders. The crime scenes they were investigating, staged murders and a kidnapping, were set up in the school’s auditorium.
Health Care Access clinic treats its 10,000th patient
Group serves uninsured not eligible for Medicaid
March 4, 2004
If it weren’t for Health Care Access, Karen Singer says she’d be dead now. “I’d be in a grave,” she said. “Either that or I’d have had a stroke or a heart attack or lost at least one limb.”
Alice A. Robison
March 4, 2004
Margaret Nasmith Wedge
March 4, 2004
Adeline Scott
March 4, 2004
KU law student group schedules annual event
March 4, 2004
Several local agencies — including Women’s Transitional Care Services and the Douglas County Rape Center — will benefit from an event Friday.
KU fires art museum director
Administration offers no explanation of surprise decision
March 4, 2004
Kansas University administrators have fired Andrea Norris, the director of the Spencer Museum of Art for nearly 16 years. KU officials refused to say why Norris’ contract won’t be renewed, and even Norris said she wasn’t given a clear explanation of the decision.
Electoral map may give Bush advantage
President, Kerry to look to key states to capture White House this fall
March 4, 2004
President Bush versus John Kerry. What promises to be a contentious eight-month battle for the White House opened Wednesday with the incumbent buffeted by dangers in postwar Iraq and the loss of jobs at home, yet holding the upper hand on money and Electoral College math. Partisans from both parties are already fretting over their candidate’s chances.
For one last time, KU fans cheer from long-held seats
Basketball ticket holders unsure how points will add up next season
March 4, 2004
The band didn’t play “Auld Lang Syne” Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse, but some longtime Kansas University men’s basketball season-ticket holders were feeling unusually nostalgic anyway. For many fans, such as Scottie Lingelbach, it probably was the last time they would sit in the same fieldhouse seats that they have had for years.
Judge holds firm on school funding
March 4, 2004
The judge who declared Kansas’ school funding unconstitutional thumped the Legislature again by refusing to go along with a procedural move that was sought by opposing sides in the case. Talking to attorneys in the case like a father putting his child in timeout, Shawnee County District Court Judge Terry Bullock, in a five-paragraph letter, essentially refused to turn loose of the case before the July 1 deadline that he previously set.
Harvard begins freely sharing stem cell research
March 4, 2004
Harvard scientists are offering colleagues free access to 17 new human embryonic stem cell lines developed without government money, hoping to boost research that the Bush administration has tried to restrict.
Same-sex marriages performed in Oregon
March 4, 2004
A new front in the battle about same-sex marriage opened Wednesday in Portland, where county officials issued hundreds of licenses to gay couples after deciding that Oregon law allowed the unions.
Kerry starts search for running mate
March 4, 2004
Nomination well in hand, Democrat John Kerry took the initial steps Wednesday toward selecting a No. 2 for his ticket, with options that include governors from the Midwest and Southwest, members of President Clinton’s economic team and a larger-than-life former first lady.
Planned Parenthood furor splitting Texas Girl Scouts
March 4, 2004
Some families are boycotting Thin Mints and Do-Si-Dos and other Girl Scout cookies. Troop 7527 is down to just two members after the other girls were withdrawn by their parents. And Brownie Troop 7087 is no more.
Edwards officially exits race
March 4, 2004
John Edwards ended his pursuit of the Democratic presidential nomination on Wednesday, pledging to “do everything in my power” to help John Kerry win the White House.
Robbery case moves to federal court
Two charged in holdup at Taco John’s may now face sentence of life in prison
March 4, 2004
Two Kansas City, Kan., men accused of robbing a Lawrence Taco John’s at gunpoint in December have had charges against them dropped in Douglas County District Court — but that’s not good news for them.
Plan to split commission considered
City’s needs overwhelm current planning board
March 4, 2004
Radical changes could be in store for the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission, which some observers say has become overburdened with the task of keeping up with a growing city.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
March 4, 2004
Centenarian sets goal of making it to 110
March 4, 2004
Harry Vanderford’s goal might seem difficult to many: He wants to live until he’s 110.
Friends pitch in to help neighbor rebuild after fire
March 4, 2004
A little more than a week after a fire destroyed his business, Melvin Miller expects to reopen soon, thanks to the kindness and hard work of a lot of his friends and neighbors.
Couple who own attacked horses file lawsuit
Animals poisoned at Kentucky ranch
March 4, 2004
A couple whose show horses were among five injected with a caustic substance before a major show last year has sued the farm where the animals were housed.
Jayhawks flourish
Seniors start, address crowd after rout of Cornhuskers
March 4, 2004
For Bill Self, who is new to Senior Night at Kansas University, it seemed like Wednesday’s three senior speeches lasted longer than the KU-Nebraska game itself. “Our guys got pretty winded. There was some preaching going on out there,” Self quipped of the filibusters of Brett Olson, Bryant Nash and Jeff Graves, which followed the Jayhawks’ 78-67 rout of the Cornhuskers.
Woodling: Seating unsettled, but Simien staying
March 4, 2004
Poignant senior speeches laced with humor. A satisfying victory over Nebraska. Been there. Done that. Kansas University men’s basketball fans are accustomed to leaving Allen Fieldhouse after the home finale with a smile.
FSHS girls’ season ends with 49-41 loss to Hawks
March 4, 2004
Free State High’s girls basketball team didn’t want to call its season finale against Olathe East a moral victory. The Firebirds wanted nothing to do with that cliche. They wanted desperately to knock off the second-seeded Hawks (16-5) on their home court and put an exclamation mark on the end of what has been a bittersweet season.
K.C., Woods agree on pact
Pro Bowl safety to sign for six years
March 4, 2004
Pro Bowl safety Jerome Woods has agreed to a six-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, the team said Wednesday.
Baldwin, Bones deliver for Ottawa
March 4, 2004
Behind a strong inside-outside effort by Clint Bones and Lee Baldwin, the Ottawa boys basketball defeated Paola, 66-51, in Class 5A sub-state action Wednesday at OHS.
Baker U. preparing for field improvements
March 4, 2004
Baker University will begin work this spring on new lighted baseball and softball fields. The $650,000 project is Phase II of a $2.4 million athletics facility improvement plan that eventually will include installation of synthetic turf on the football/soccer field, a new eight-lane track and landscaping.
Jayhawks won’t fold
KU still driven as season winds down
March 4, 2004
Finish strong. That’s the mantra of Kansas University’s win-starved and emotionally drained women’s basketball team.
7 KU athletes earn academic honor
March 4, 2004
Seven Kansas University basketball players earned Academic All-Big 12 Conference honors Wednesday.
KSU earns share of title
March 4, 2004
Nicole Ohlde had 21 points in her final regular-season home game, and eighth-ranked Kansas State beat No. 9 Texas Tech, 85-73, Wednesday night for a share of the Big 12 Conference championship.
NU: Crowd lifted Kansas
Cornhuskers say KU improved in three weeks
March 4, 2004
Nebraska pulled off one of the most surprising victories in the Big 12 Conference this season with a 74-55 victory over Kansas University on Feb. 15 in Lincoln, Neb., but all night Wednesday it was clear who the victor would be in the Allen Fieldhouse rematch.
CIA boosts presence in Iraq
March 4, 2004
The CIA has rushed to Iraq four times more clandestine officers than it had originally planned on, but has had little success penetrating the resistance and identifying foreign terrorists involved in the insurgency, according to senior intelligence officials and intelligence experts recently briefed on Iraq.
Sunni clerics, Shiites show unity after deadly attack
March 4, 2004
Shiite clerics joined Sunni preachers in a march of thousands of mostly black-clad men Wednesday, trying to keep sectarian passions in check after a horrific attack on Shiite pilgrims that raised fears of civil war.
Thirst’ slakes legion needs
March 4, 2004
Set during the Depression and the Dust Bowl in Legion, Okla., Kevin Mayer’s play “Thirst” is a parable of faith that takes its inspiration from the story of the Samaritan woman at the well in Gospel according to John. It is a tale of suffering, greed, guilt and salvation, directed successfully by Kansas University graduate student Danon Nicholae Park.
Pearson won’t reopen test facility
Company subleases space in I-70 Business Center to used furniture store
March 4, 2004
A North Lawrence business that employs several hundred seasonal employees to grade standardized tests for schools will not open this year. Arlington, Va.-based Pearson Government Solutions will not open its facility in the I-70 Business Center this year because the company has fewer tests to grade, said Dave Hakensen, a spokesman for the company.
Disney board splits roles
43 percent of shareholders withhold votes for chief executive
March 4, 2004
The Walt Disney Co.’s board voted late Wednesday to split the roles of chairman and chief executive, hours after shareholders delivered a stinging rebuke by withholding 43 percent of their votes for CEO Michael Eisner’s re-election to the board. Disney directors voted unanimously to make board member and former Sen. George Mitchell the company’s new chairman and voiced their continued approval of Eisner’s management and the company’s strategy.
Sprint expects earnings decrease
Stock combination to cause reduction
March 4, 2004
Sprint Corp. expects the reunion of its wireline and wireless tracking stocks into a single common stock to reduce earnings between 2 cents and 3 cents per share, the company’s chief financial officer said Wednesday.
No verdict — yet
Jury deliberations continue in Stewart trial
March 4, 2004
Jurors in the Martha Stewart case ended their first day of deliberations Wednesday without reaching a verdict on whether the founder of a gracious-living empire lied about a well-timed stock sale.
Health insurance issues delay contract, union says
March 4, 2004
An official of the second-largest union at Boeing Co.’s Wichita plant said negotiations on a new contract were being held up over a company plan that would raise medical insurance costs for many workers.
Court decision letter
March 4, 2004
Insulting art
March 4, 2004
Royals’ Greinke impressive in early intrasquad stint
March 4, 2004
Kansas City Royals right-hander Zack Greinke was generally pleased with his first outing in spring training Wednesday, especially considering the hitters he faced.
Georgia Tech wrecks Duke
Yellow Jackets snap Blue Devils’ home sizz, 76-68
March 4, 2004
Georgia Tech’s athleticism and physical defense put an end to Duke’s long home winning streak Wednesday night.
Briefcase
March 4, 2004
¢ Former WorldCom CEO denies criminal charges ¢ Hiring, factory reports signal economic rebound ¢ Large industry group won’t fight do-not-call
Our town sports
March 4, 2004
Recreation calendar
March 4, 2004
Publicity raises awareness of child abuse, but crime still underreported
March 4, 2004
More charges are being filed in child sex-abuse cases, but the crime remains underreported, prosecutors say.