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Martha Stewart convicted of all counts in stock-trading trial
March 5, 2004
(Web Posted Friday at 4:07 p.m.) NEW YORK - Martha Stewart was convicted Friday of obstructing justice and lying to the government about a superbly timed stock sale — a devastating verdict that probably means prison for the woman who epitomizes meticulous homemaking and gracious living.
Stewart conviction demystifies stock trading
March 5, 2004
(Updated Friday at 4:10 p.m.) The conviction of business woman Martha Stewart this afternoon may bring the issue of investment security closer to home, a Baker University professor said. A jury found Stewart guilty on four counts related to her selling of ImClone Systems, Inc. stock in December, 2001.
House Democratic leader Dennis McKinney takes part in online chat
March 5, 2004
Welcome to our online chat with Kansas House Minority Leader Dennis McKinney. The chat took place on Thursday, March 4, at 1:30 PM and is now closed, but you can read the full transcript on this page.
House adopts proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriages
March 5, 2004
(Web Posted Friday at 12:07 p.m.) The state House approved Friday a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution that bans gay marriages, as well as the granting of benefits associated with marriage to other relationships.
House forwards gay marriage ban to Senate
March 5, 2004
(Updated Friday at 5:19 p.m.) TOPEKA - The Kansas House today approved a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage by an 88-36 margin, giving the measure the two-thirds support it needed to move to the Senate.
Randle arrested following bar incident
March 5, 2004
(Updated Friday at 4:49 p.m.) According to booking information from the Douglas County Jail, John Randle has been arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and interfering with the duties of a police officer.
Lawrence man named to state Hispanic affairs panel
March 5, 2004
(Updated Friday at 11:31 a.m.) TOPEKA - Steven Ramirez, an assistant director of the Equal Opportunity Office at Kansas University, has been named to the Kansas Advisory Committee on Hispanic Affairs.
Sebelius: GOP leaders stifling immigrant tuition bill
March 5, 2004
(Updated Friday at 11:21 a.m.) TOPEKA - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today said Republican leaders in the Kansas House were trying to kill a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to pay cheaper, in-state tuition at Kansas public universities.
Corporation sues local store over name
March 5, 2004
(Web Posted Friday at 10:16 a.m.) It’s David versus Goliath, only they share a name. Home Depot, the nationwide retailer that sold $58 billion in home improvement goods in 2002, filed a federal lawsuit for trademark infringement against Lawrence’s tiny Old Home Depot.
People
March 5, 2004
¢ Hawke laments marriage’s end ¢ Chrysler cutting back on Dion ¢ Lineup set for Playboy jazz fest ¢ ‘Radio’ moves into new home
Time flies
March 5, 2004
Time waits for no one, and a Kansas senator is setting a good example by holding committee members accountable for wasting their and their colleagues’ time. Kansas state Sen. John Vratil isn’t the only one who’s losing patience with people who can’t seem to get to meetings on time.
Oscars inspire interim campaign awards
March 5, 2004
And now the envelope, please. One thing to be said for the accelerated timetable of Democratic presidential primaries is that the nomination was settled just hours after the Academy Awards went off the air. With that inspiration (and no pretense of matching Billy Crystal’s wit) let’s hand out the political Oscars of this season. More will be announced after November.
Clean-air policy
March 5, 2004
Politics or schools?
March 5, 2004
Dumbing down
March 5, 2004
Unfair report
March 5, 2004
Enough hunting
March 5, 2004
Lethal doses
Kansas City rapper Mac Lethal finds the cure for hip-hop’s ills
March 5, 2004
Forget about his skills on the microphone: Spend five minutes talking with Mac Lethal, and you’ll understand why the Kansas City-bred rapper is quickly becoming one of the hottest up-and-coming commodities in underground hip-hop. The feisty rapper converses with the same intensity he brings to the stage: an all-eyes-on-me confidence that’s equal parts angel and imp. When he’s not verbally castrating George W. Bush, he’s waxing eloquently on lost love or the failures of the nation’s school system. In short, Lethal does best what his profession requires most: having something to say.
Starsky & Hutch’ cast can’t bail out remake
March 5, 2004
Let’s take a semi-revered TV cop series from the 1970s and update it with a modern twist. It worked for “Charlie’s Angels” and “S.W.A.T.” and “The Mod Squad” and … hey, those movies weren’t very good, were they? Yes, but “Starsky & Hutch” will star Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson in the roles that turned David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser into pop culture footnotes.
Lawrence beatmaker launches ‘The Find’
March 5, 2004
Miles Bonny is a sneaky devil. The Lawrence-based beatmaker, who created and maintains Lawrencehiphop.com, is best-known for his work with hip-hop duo SoundsGood, but has also released work under the monikers Dino Jack Crispy, Fats Brown and (gasp) Miles Bonny.
Westar Energy back in black
Topeka-based company attributes rebound to Protection One sale
March 5, 2004
Westar Energy Inc. announced Thursday it swung to a profit in 2003, earning $84 million compared with a loss of $793.4 million during the previous year. Westar, the state’s largest electric utility, earned $1.16 per share in 2003, up from a loss of $11.06 in 2002. Company officials gave guidance on future earnings, placing a target of $1.50 to $1.60 on earnings per share in 2004.
Consumers continue to spend
Nation’s retailers report strong sales in February
March 5, 2004
Consumers’ rising confidence gave the nation’s retailers their third straight month of solid sales during February, with business above expectations at many clothing and department stores. Warmer weather and more appealing spring fashions contributed to the upbeat results issued Thursday. February’s performance followed a robust January performance and a better-than-expected holiday season.
Toy makers drum up drama for dolls
Companies hope to snag sales by creating secrets
March 5, 2004
It’s not quite “Sex and the City” or “Friends,” but the nation’s largest toy makers are creating secrets and story lines surrounding Barbie and her pals. Their goal? To get the 7-to-12 age group so hooked on the tales that they’ll spend time on the companies’ Web sites and buy more dolls and accessories.
Drought gets drenched
Rain offers welcome reprieve
March 5, 2004
Thanks to Thursday’s steady rainfall, a drought that has baked northeast Kansas the past couple of years is drawing to a close, according to area weather watchers. “Slowly but surely, I think, our water tables are starting to come back,” said Bruce Chladny, horticulture agent at K-State Research and Extension-Douglas County. “We’ve had a little bit more rain over the last few months.”
Poll: Bush, Kerry tied, Nader again a factor
Independent candidate may siphon Democrat votes
March 5, 2004
In the first poll since John Kerry locked up the Democratic nomination, Kerry and President Bush are tied while independent Ralph Nader has captured enough support to affect the outcome, validating Democrats’ fears. The Republican incumbent had the backing of 46 percent, Kerry 45 percent and Nader, the 2000 Green Party candidate who entered the race last month, was at 6 percent in the survey conducted for The Associated Press by Ipsos-Public Affairs.
Gay marriage ban faces House vote
Statehouse amendment passes initial test
March 5, 2004
A politically explosive constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages in Kansas faces an uncertain fate today. The proposed amendment cleared the Kansas House on an unrecorded voice vote Thursday, but with less support than some had expected in the Republican-dominated chamber.
Corps’ permit clears way for trafficway project
March 5, 2004
The Kansas Department of Transportation can go ahead and finish the South Lawrence Trafficway along a route through the Baker Wetlands, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Thursday. Col. Donald R. Curtis Jr., the corps’ district engineer in Kansas City, Kan., issued a permit Thursday that gives the state permission to run a four-lane highway along a 32nd Street alignment.
WB network needs help, but not this ‘Help’
March 5, 2004
Not all stupid sitcoms are alike. Some are profoundly stupid. “The Help” (8:30 p.m., WB) is among the latter. You know you’re on shaky ground when a network calls its show “An outrageous new comedy about class warfare.” What’s next, a zany laugh-riot about sweatshops?
Families criticize 9-11 images in Bush ads
March 5, 2004
President Bush’s campaign commercials — on the air just one day — have angered several relatives of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and a firefighters union that has endorsed Democratic rival John Kerry demanded the ads be pulled.
Politics drove ‘92 abortion decision, papers show
March 5, 2004
As the 1992 presidential election approached, the author of the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade ruling worried that there were no longer enough votes on the court to uphold the right to abortion — and that his ideological opposites on the court would play politics with the issue.
Medicare letter sows confusion
Senior services counselor provides details on drug cards, benefits
March 5, 2004
A government form letter on upcoming changes in Medicare benefits has George Kinnard’s telephone ringing off the hook. “People are getting this letter from the government, and it’s confusing. It reads like they’re supposed to do something, but the letter doesn’t say what to do,” said Kinnard, a counselor on Medicare and Medicaid benefits at Douglas County Senior Services, 745 Vt.
Lawrence educator dubbed a master
Teacher’s devotion to disabled earns place on prestigious list
March 5, 2004
Pat Grzenda isn’t your typical teacher. She doesn’t have her own classroom or school. And she spends part of her instructional time in a swimming pool.
Children’s choir rising to challenge of invitation
Group to sing at choral directors gathering
March 5, 2004
The Lawrence Children’s Choir has been selected to perform at the Southwestern American Choral Directors Assn.’s convention next week in Little Rock, Ark. Artistic director Janeal Krehbiel says being invited to perform is an honor.
On the record
March 5, 2004
Corrections
March 5, 2004
Egypt admits holding militant
March 5, 2004
Egypt acknowledged for the first time Thursday that it was holding Mohammed al-Zawahri, the brother of al-Qaida’s No. 2 man.
Private prisons legislation wins approval in Senate
March 5, 2004
Senators approved a bill Thursday to permit construction of private prisons, a move Attorney General Phill Kline said would keep Kansas safe.
Rain pelts areas of Kansas, Missouri
Neodesha issues call to conserve water
March 5, 2004
Heavy rain fell Thursday across Kansas and Missouri, causing flooding and road closings throughout large parts of the two states.
Kansas refuge’s future up in air
Control of Kirwin area may revert to state
March 5, 2004
Federal and state officials have begun discussions on the future of Kansas’ oldest federal preserve, the Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge.
Victims’ family wins $12 million in K.C. lawsuit
99 wreck left three people dead
March 5, 2004
A Jackson County jury on Thursday ordered Ford Motor Co. to pay $12.5 million in a case involving a fiery tractor-trailer accident in 1999 that killed three people.
Vietnam vet may answer call for tour of duty in Baghdad
March 5, 2004
More than three decades after he first went into combat, a Silver Lake man may be returning to a war zone.
Europe’s summer of 2003 probably hottest in 500 years
March 5, 2004
Last year’s deadly summer in Europe probably was the hottest on the continent in at least five centuries, according to researchers who analyzed old records, soil cores and other evidence. More than 19,000 people died.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
March 5, 2004
Mother of dead toddler blames foster care system
March 5, 2004
Eleven days before a 12-year-old foster child was taken to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital emergency room, Tonya Jones’ 19-month-old son, Dominic Matz, died while in the care of a Lawrence-area foster family.
Arthur Gene Petersen
March 5, 2004
Delbert Ray French Sr.
March 5, 2004
Hawley services
March 5, 2004
ISU routs KU women
March 5, 2004
Kansas University’s women’s basketball squad guaranteed itself last place in the Big 12 Conference, falling 79-57 to Iowa State on Thursday at Hilton Coliseum.
CU overhauls recruiting
New football guidelines ban private parties
March 5, 2004
Colorado announced sweeping changes to its scandal-ridden football program Thursday, barring recruits from visiting bars and private parties and putting them under the close supervision of parents and coaches.
Iowa State fans ruffle Buffs’ Harrison
Derogatory signs, chants rile 7-footer from Colorado, who calls ex-Cyclone coach Eustachy ‘drunk’
March 5, 2004
Colorado center David Harrison continues to have big-time problems in opposing arenas.
Mangino adds lineman
March 5, 2004
A month after national signing day, Mark Mangino is still recruiting.
Ex-Jayhawk Petersen found ‘peaceful end’
March 5, 2004
Known as much for his wit as his dedication to winning, the leading scorer for the 1949 Kansas University basketball team coached by the legendary Phog Allen died Wednesday.
Baldwin girls fall, 49-48
March 5, 2004
The Baldwin High girls basketball team’s drive to state was halted Thursday night in sub-state.
Slow start dooms Ottawa girls to 52-44 setback
March 5, 2004
Ottawa High’s girls basketball team didn’t go down without a fight.
Athletes of the week
March 5, 2004
Webber a force for Kings
Sacramento cruises past Philadelphia, 114-105
March 5, 2004
Two games into his return from knee surgery, Chris Webber is playing like he’s in midseason form.
NBA briefs
March 5, 2004
¢ Lakers’ Malone cleared for practice ¢ Ex-teammate says Williams pulled trigger ¢ Baker hearing set for Monday
Baseball briefs
March 5, 2004
¢ Hairston breaks finger in exhibition opener ¢ Twins, Nathan agree on two-year contract ¢ Brewers sign Podsednik
Study finds link between child obesity, lack of dairy
March 5, 2004
Youngsters who skimp on milk and other dairy food to avoid calories actually appear to substantially increase their risk of becoming overweight, a study found.
Foreign role disputed in Iraq attacks
March 5, 2004
Top U.S. military and civilian officials were at odds Thursday over the role of foreign fighters in this week’s savage bombings at Shiite Muslim religious shrines — acts of violence that raised the specter of sectarian war.
German court orders retrial of world’s only Sept. 11 convict
March 5, 2004
The only person in the world convicted in the 9-11 attacks won a retrial Thursday after an appeals court faulted Washington for refusing to allow testimony from a key al-Qaida captive.
Merging top two jobs at MU draws criticism in hearing
March 5, 2004
A proposal to merge the positions of University of Missouri system president and Columbia campus chancellor received a chilly reception during a Missouri Senate hearing.
Some Mexicans may get border break
March 5, 2004
The Bush administration may back off plans to require that visa-carrying Mexicans who make short visits to the United States and stay close to the border be fingerprinted and photographed, a senior U.S official said Thursday. The move would be a concession to Mexican President Vicente Fox, who begins a two-day visit today to President Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas.
House OKs concealed weapons bill; backers denied veto-proof margin
March 5, 2004
Supporters of a bill allowing Kansans to carry concealed handguns were confident Thursday that the measure would pass the Senate but conceded the margin probably will not be veto-proof.
Great buddy-cop pairings dominate movies and TV
March 5, 2004
Here’s a look at some past police partners from movies and television.
Daily ticker
March 5, 2004
Storms roll over Texas, Oklahoma
March 5, 2004
Heavy rain and strong wind swept across Texas and Oklahoma on Thursday, downing power lines, flipping mobile homes and uprooting trees.
As usual, Tribble producing at plate
March 5, 2004
Kansas University baseball player Matt Tribble’s 11-game hitting streak proves he can thrive at the plate.
Briefly
March 5, 2004
¢ Jury selection begins in Scott Peterson trial ¢ Bus drivers go on strike ¢ 42 prospective jurors chosen for Nichols trial ¢ Snowboarder once lost in Sierra loses both feet
Briefly
March 5, 2004
¢ Governor to toss support behind Kerry ¢ Paradise Cafe sued for payment by dairy ¢ Habitat for Humanity seeks new homeowners ¢ Pump Patrol seeks deals
CU crackdown could chill recruiting
March 5, 2004
Colorado’s strict new rules for football recruits are designed to help improve the university’s battered image and perhaps keep athletes from wrongdoing.
Dodge City shoots for casino
March 5, 2004
When the frontier was still open, gambling helped draw cowboys and other visitors here.
Area briefs
March 5, 2004
¢ Student musicians to receive honors ¢ Symposium features KU student research ¢ Education career day scheduled at KU ¢ Co-housing project hires construction company
Kansas University Jazz Festival tries to modernize tradition
March 5, 2004
It’s Kansas City, not Lawrence, that is known for jazz. However, for the past 27 years, the KU Jazz Festival has brought the best of the style to town. “It’s a good chance for people in Lawrence to hear some really good jazz music,” said Dan Gailey, director of the festival.
Ellen, ‘Young and Restless’ get Emmy nods
March 5, 2004
Ellen DeGeneres’ new talk show was nominated for 12 Daytime Emmy Awards on Thursday, and “The Young and the Restless” led the soap opera pack with 16 nods.
Greek elections, under shadow of Olympics, may return conservatives
March 5, 2004
They are rivals with much in common: Both come from famous Greek political families and talk about remolding the country in the image of richer and more dynamic European Union partners.
Heritage Area bill introduced
March 5, 2004
The “Bleeding Kansas” battle over slavery that helped spark the Civil War could soon be the heart of a Lawrence-centered, federally sponsored tourist attraction.
Geraldine Daetwiler
March 5, 2004
FSHS regains bragging rights
Morningstar lights up Lions for 34 as Firebirds win season series, 3-1
March 5, 2004
Free State High fans brandished some of Lawrence High’s state-championship trophies during their basketball game Thursday. After a 76-73 victory in a Class 6A sub-state semifinal, FSHS still has a chance to earn one of its own.
City briefs
March 5, 2004
Soriano shines in debut with Rangers
March 5, 2004
Alfonso Soriano went 1-for-3 with a stolen base and started two double plays in the field in his Texas debut, and the Rangers beat Kansas City, 9-5, Thursday in the Cactus League opener for both teams.
Rodriguez, Tejada help their new teams
March 5, 2004
Ivan Rodriguez and Miguel Tejada wasted no time in getting started on helping turn around losing teams.
Can Kerry carry the suburbs?
March 5, 2004
John F. Kerry’s string of Super Tuesday primary victories, despite its breathtaking breadth and the bump it’s likely to bring him in polls pitting him against President Bush, proved nothing that hasn’t been obvious for a month — that he is the overwhelming choice of Democratic loyalists.
Sale packs a punch
March 5, 2004
Traditional colors
March 5, 2004
Stanford scrambles to win
Cardinal rallies from 5 down in final 20 seconds
March 5, 2004
Matt Lottich’s desperation three-pointer gave top-ranked and undefeated Stanford another buzzer-beating victory, 63-61 over Washington State on Thursday night.
Early projections for NCAA field
March 5, 2004
During the last year, too many college basketball stories have revealed the ugly side of human nature, including: an academic scandal (Georgia), an infamous drinking binge by a head coach (Iowa State), a sex scandal (St. John’s) and the shooting death of a player and subsequent attempt by a head coach to smear the victim (Baylor).
Another one-term Bush?
March 5, 2004
A popular anti-Bush couplet among Democrats goes like this: “Like father, like son, one term, and he’s done.” George W. Bush has spent more than three years seeking to ensure he won’t meet his father’s fate. But in crafting election strategy, the son is a lot more like his father than he sometimes seems.
Horoscopes
March 5, 2004
Game leads to near death, mother says
March 5, 2004
A woman says her 12-year-old daughter almost died while in a Lawrence foster care facility last week. “She and some of the other girls were playing a game called ‘pass out,’” said Raquel Jordan, who asked that her daughter not be identified.
Marines draw mixed reactions in patrols in Port-au-Prince
March 5, 2004
U.S. Marines trained their rifles down gritty streets and into a teeming market as they patrolled the Haitian capital with other peacekeepers Thursday, drawing smiles and a few angry words, but no resistance.
Democrat criticizes putting off education debate
Action needed now, minority leader says
March 5, 2004
House Democratic Leader Dennis McKinney on Thursday defended Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ education proposal and said he was disappointed Republicans didn’t allow a debate on school finance last week in the House.
Self understands Simien’s decision to return
March 5, 2004
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self knows why his most productive player wants to stick around. “Senior Night … having a chance to go out with the guys he came in with … leaving a legacy behind,” Self said Thursday, responding to junior Wayne Simien’s declaration Wednesday he would stay in school for his senior season.
Kracl lifts Eudora girls over Tongie
March 5, 2004
Lauren Kracl had plenty of time to think as she sat on the bench with foul trouble in the second half and watched her Eudora High basketball teammates struggle to keep Tonganoxie within reach.
House roll call on gay marriage amendment
March 5, 2004
The 88-36 vote Friday by which the House adopted a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution to ban gay marriage or the granting of benefits associated with marriage to other relationships.
Briefly
March 5, 2004
¢ Soldier to be tried for Kuwait grenade attack ¢ Prosecutor to pursue case against ex-bishop ¢ Space heaters recalled because of fire risk ¢ Dallas inmate wins reprieve from execution
Briefly
March 5, 2004
¢ Leader denies covering up nuclear dealings ¢ Government criticized for keeping plot secret< ¢ Opposition marches to protest arrests ¢ Radio station director killed in car crash
SRS budget debate focuses on program for children
March 5, 2004
A House committee Thursday endorsed a proposed social services budget after acrimonious debate over where best to increase spending to help young children.
Briefly
March 5, 2004
¢ Grant to refurbish railroad steam engine ¢ KBI agents involved in fatality accident ¢ Parsons radio station sale becomes official
Briefcase
March 5, 2004
¢ Stewart jurors finish day without verdict ¢ Farmland finalizes sale of Coffeyville facility ¢ Rates nearly steady ¢ Area earnings roundup
Briefly
March 5, 2004
¢ Released Chinese advocate joins another dissident in U.S. ¢ IMF head accepts nomination for German presidency ¢ Israeli forces raid Gaza town in search of tunnels; one dies
Hinrich, Chicago a perfect fit
Ex-Jayhawk standout ‘meant to play’ for Bulls
March 5, 2004
You close your eyes and he almost sounds like Jerry Sloan too.
Wood: What a day for Brady
March 5, 2004
This is a story about a guy named Brady. After Thursday’s game, his first name is all that’s necessary.
Jayhawks eager to christen ‘awesome’ new stadium
March 5, 2004
Where generic Jayhawk Field once sat now sits state-of-the-art Arrocha Ballpark, new home of the Kansas University softball team.