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Fixing the cracks
March 6, 2004
Faculty work showcased in KU art exhibit
March 6, 2004
An exhibition opening Sunday at Kansas University’s Art and Design Gallery will feature work by KU art faculty, including Robert Sudlow, professor emeritus and noted painter, and Roger Shimomura, distinguished professor of performance and painting, who retires this spring.
Kahne claims Vegas pole
Rookie sets record in Nextel Cup qualifying
March 6, 2004
A week off hasn’t cooled down Kasey Kahne.
100-year-old gets new set of wheels
Motorized tricycle personalized for Ottawa resident
March 6, 2004
When the state said 100-year-old Dan Fogle Sr. could not drive on four wheels, he decided to drive on three. “I still have to eat,” Fogle said. “But I guess the law don’t think so.”
Ex-Kerry opponents gave ammunition for attacks
March 6, 2004
John Kerry’s been described as a waffler who blathers, a son of privilege who won’t stand up to millionaires, a Washington insider who’s a handmaiden to special interests and an inconsistent candidate whose word is no good.
N.Y. judge bars mayor from performing weddings
San Francisco lawyers argue case in court
March 6, 2004
A New York state judge on Friday barred the mayor of a college town from performing more same-sex marriages for a month, saying he was ignoring his oath of office.
Added incentive
March 6, 2004
Perhaps the threat of a special session will help Kansas legislators focus on the need to provide increased funding for the state’s K-12 schools. It’s good that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is signaling her willingness to call members of the Kansas Legislature back into session if they fail to address the state’s school funding issues.
2004 buries several iron laws of politics
March 6, 2004
For years, the American political process was governed by iron laws. Master them, and you mastered the process — understanding what was going on if you were a commentator, controlling what was going on if you were a candidate or handler. But like so much in the modern age, that’s no longer the case. In the simple passage of a month, the iron laws of American politics have been repealed.
Religion briefs
March 6, 2004
Daily ticker
March 6, 2004
State job market flat during past year
Jobless rate inches up in Lawrence areajavascript:sendval(‘Topeka’)
March 6, 2004
State officials said Friday that the Kansas job market remained stagnant, good news for those who are employed but bad news for those who are searching for work. The state’s unemployment rate stood at 5.3 percent in January, according to preliminary figures released by the Department of Human Resources. That compares to 5.6 percent nationally for January and an average of 5.4 percent in Kansas for all of 2003.
Child advocacy groups call for Ballard’s support
March 6, 2004
One of the state’s best-known child advocacy groups on Friday challenged Rep. Barbara Ballard, D-Lawrence, to put her vote where her mouth is. “She had the opportunity to show her support, and she chose not to,” said Gary Brunk, executive director at Kansas Action for Children. “She’ll have ample opportunities to show her support in the future. I hope she comes through.”
Selig wants zero tolerance
March 6, 2004
Commissioner Bud Selig hopes major league baseball can institute a zero-tolerance policy on steroid use similar to one that covers players with minor-league contracts.
Kansas blasts six homers in 22-6 blowout
KU runs win streak to six with victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee
March 6, 2004
Kansas University third baseman Travis Metcalf predicted he would hit two home runs Friday. He was only half right.
Jayhawks ignoring Antlers
Mizzou shenanigans don’t bother KU players
March 6, 2004
Kansas University junior Wayne Simien hasn’t butted heads with the Antlers yet this week. “I’ve given ‘em the ‘Okeydokey’ a bit with number swaps,” Simien said of changing his phone number to avoid conversing with members of Missouri’s men’s basketball student cheering section.
Sumner silences Eudora
Blanked in second quarter, EHS boys fall, 60-36
March 6, 2004
There was no second-guessing Eudora High boys basketball coach Scott Stein when trying to figure out why the Cardinals couldn’t hang with Kansas City Sumner on Friday night in the Class 4A sub-state semifinals.
People
March 6, 2004
¢ Jackson: Stunt was accident ¢ LeBron may hit big screen ¢ Playwright wins freedom award ¢ ‘Super Size’ director not laughing
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March 6, 2004
¢ Offer your opinion on the Journal-World ¢ Public memorial service set for late chancellor ¢ Student from Lawrence arrested in PETA protest ¢ Pump Patrol seeks deals
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
March 6, 2004
Highlights of Friday’s activities at the Kansas Legislature.
Society calendar
March 6, 2004
MU ready to leave Hearnes
Kansas final opponent to visit Tigers’ arena
March 6, 2004
Norm Stewart’s scores of Hearnes Center moments and memories are intertwined with the more than 300 victories he notched there. None, he insists, is more precious than the other.
Area briefs
March 6, 2004
¢ Vandals again hit barbecue restaurant ¢ Free State students top blood donations ¢ KU official named to Hispanic committee ¢ KU cancer institute named to honor donor
Horoscopes
March 6, 2004
Runaway creek
March 6, 2004
Jayhawks to unveil softball stadium today
Kansas to meet Utah, Nebraska in first games at Arrocha Ballpark
March 6, 2004
Allen Fieldhouse has been called everything from tradition-rich to deafening to venerable to imposing. Now add “hitter’s background” to the descriptive mix.
Club news
March 6, 2004
Costly advice
March 6, 2004
Faith forum
March 6, 2004
Is it OK to seek wisdom from many faiths, or should I just stick to one?
Energy council to pursue new plant
Kansas among states interested in $1 billion FutureGen project
March 6, 2004
It looks as though Kansas has a better chance to be the site of an innovative $1 billion power plant after the U.S. Department of Energy released a report Friday. The report outlines that a consortium of 10 national companies — including American Electric Power, Batelle and Peabody Energy — has pledged $200 million to fund the 275-megawatt zero-emissions power plant called FutureGen.
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March 6, 2004
¢ Israel: No withdrawal before U.S. elections ¢ EU leader urges nation to push membership ¢ Chavez defends election process, denies abuses ¢ Italy bans protests of pardon request for Nazi\
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March 6, 2004
¢ Wind storms tear through Midwest ¢ Study procedure altered after participant dies ¢ Scholar gets 7 months for selling technology ¢ Suspect to stand trial in kidnapping of studen
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March 6, 2004
¢ Grand jury seeks records from Bush on CIA name leak ¢ Spirit rover also finds signs of past water in Mars rock ¢ Libya admits storing 44,000 pounds of mustard gas ¢ Official says talk of surging bin Laden hunt exaggerated
BioCore founder charged with fraud
Money laundering among charges related to former Kansas businessman
March 6, 2004
The founder of a biomedical company that was once based in Topeka has been accused of providing false documents to two Kansas banks to obtain more than $4.9 million in loans for the company, U.S. Atty. Eric Melgren said Friday.
Rival says company ‘abandoned’ U.S. trade strategy on mad cow
March 6, 2004
A Kansas meatpacker “abandoned” U.S. trade policy when it decided to test every animal processed at one of its plants for mad cow disease, a rival said Friday.
Thousands march in support of Aristide as Marines watch
March 6, 2004
Three thousand supporters of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide marched on the U.S. and French embassies on Friday, shouting their anger at his ouster. A seven-member council met for the first time to help form a transitional government.
Hispanic population growth changing the face of America
March 6, 2004
The president of Mexico, Vicente Fox, is in Texas this weekend as a guest of President Bush. Reports indicate this will be a quick visit, but it is becoming increasingly apparent that future visits between the presidents of the bordering countries will be increasingly important. Not long ago, U.S. government officials announced what had been expected for some time, that Hispanics now are this country’s largest minority group, surpassing African-Americans.
Boeing ready for $310M charge if deal fails
March 6, 2004
Boeing Co. still expects the government to go ahead with its suspended air-tanker contract this year but is braced to take a $310 million charge if the controversial deal is tossed out, the company said Friday.
Reasonable rise
March 6, 2004
Verdict stands
March 6, 2004
Marriage sanctity
March 6, 2004
Unity was goal
March 6, 2004
Marriage-saving amendments
March 6, 2004
So President Bush wants to strengthen American marriage with an amendment? Bring it on! But let’s do it right.
Smooth sailing
March 6, 2004
The Rev. Jeff Lilley makes no secret of his hobby — or, rather, his passion. The license plates on his black Ford Expedition read: “LV2SAIL.”
Bible influences sports psychologist
March 6, 2004
Sports psychologist David Cook is good enough at his job to have helped motivate the San Antonio Spurs to NBA championships in 1999 and 2003. Now the former Kansas University employee is using his talents to help Christians across the country lead more fulfilling lives of faith.
Muslims wants schools to close on holidays
March 6, 2004
Some Muslim parents, students and activists are lobbying for Baltimore County’s school board to cancel classes on their two chief holidays.
Weddings
March 6, 2004
Engagements
March 6, 2004
Anniversaries
March 6, 2004
Scouting news
March 6, 2004
FCE and 4-H news
March 6, 2004
Around and about
March 6, 2004
Nation’s unemployment stuck at 5.6 percent
March 6, 2004
America’s unemployment rate remained stuck at 5.6 percent in February as the economy added a paltry 21,000 positions. The figures dramatized the relative scarcity of new jobs in a week in which President Bush shoved his re-election campaign into high gear.
Briefcase
March 6, 2004
¢ Baker to honor leaders ¢ Judge dismisses charge against Tyco executives ¢ Arches golden again at McDonald’s Corp. ¢ Sprint to increase K.C. charity donations
At long last, ‘Sopranos’ pleads the fifth
March 6, 2004
“The Sopranos” (8 p.m. Sunday, HBO) returns for its fifth season with several new characters and a boatload of unresolved issues. Tony and Carmela’s bitter separation gets decidedly weirder when Anthony Jr. discovers a bear sniffing around the backyard pool (and Tony’s bin of rotting duck food). Like most of the action in this season-opener, the bear scenario is played for both laughs and pathos, and teeters on the brink of the ridiculous without ever descending into pure farce.
Kansas City bans guns in city buildings
March 6, 2004
The City Council has banned anyone from carrying firearms into city buildings unless they are specifically authorized to do so.
Lawrence lesbians apply for license
March 6, 2004
A lesbian couple recently applied for a marriage license in Douglas County and were turned away, officials said.
Error opens door for Rangers’ victory over Royals, 10-5
March 6, 2004
Juan Gonzalez helped the Texas Rangers win another game, even though he is now on a different team.
K.C. renews Berroa’s pact
March 6, 2004
The Kansas City Royals renewed the contract of Angel Berroa, the 2003 AL Rookie of the Year, and two others Friday. Berroa hit .292 with 17 home runs, 92 runs, 73 RBIs and stole 21 bases last season. He committed just five errors in his final 95 games, including a 49-consecutive game errorless streak at shortstop.
Marlins spare no expense for championship ring
March 6, 2004
Reliever Ugueth Urbina plans to wear the Florida Marlins’ huge new championship ring on his thumb. Third baseman Mike Lowell jokes that he’ll need a bodyguard to protect it. Manager Jack McKeon says he’ll be reluctant to wear it all the time.
Donald A. Grob
March 6, 2004
David Lee Spellman
March 6, 2004
Aris Markis Benimon-Turner
March 6, 2004
Sebelius endorses Kerry
Fund-raiser features former candidate Clark
March 6, 2004
Like son, like mother: Gov. Kathleen Sebelius endorsed Democratic Sen. John Kerry on Friday as her choice for president.
Daetwiler services
March 6, 2004
Mary Winifred ‘Freddie’ Mills
March 6, 2004
Craig Steven Sachen
March 6, 2004
Jury convicts style maven Stewart
Homemaking mogul found guilty of obstructing justice but maintains innocence, promises appeal
March 6, 2004
Martha Stewart was convicted Friday of obstructing justice and lying to the government about why she unloaded her ImClone stock just before the price plummeted — a verdict that could send her to prison and cripple the homemaking empire built around her vision of gracious living. Her ex-stockbroker, Peter Bacanovic, also was found guilty in the stock scandal.
Home Depot sues Lawrence business
Remodeler accused of infringing on trademark
March 6, 2004
Had David and Goliath shared a name, David probably would have felt like Mark Lehmann does today. Lehmann is the owner of Old Home Depot, a Lawrence home remodeling store that has been in business since 1998. Now he’s being sued for trademark infringement by Home Depot, the national retail giant that totaled $58 billion in sales during 2002.
Study shows fortified grains improve heart health
March 6, 2004
Adding the vitamin folate to flour, a practice begun in 1996 to prevent birth defects, also appears to have a striking effect against cardiovascular disease, preventing an estimated 48,000 deaths a year from strokes and heart attacks, a government study found. Many experts hoped from the start that adding folate to food would be good for people’s circulatory systems. The vitamin lowers homocysteine, and high levels of this amino acid have long been linked to heart attacks and strokes.
Sebelius: In-state tuition bill for immigrants at risk
March 6, 2004
Republican leaders in the House are trying to kill a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Friday. Under the bill, students who are in the country illegally but have attended a Kansas high school for three years and graduated would be charged the lower resident tuition rate at public universities, community colleges and vocational colleges.
State puts Circle K park plan on hold until ‘05
March 6, 2004
A proposal to develop a major state park in southwestern Kansas has been put off until next year.
Punctual lawmaker chided for tardiness
March 6, 2004
A lawmaker who recently chided his colleagues for their frequent tardiness received some ribbing when he showed up 13 minutes late for a meeting.
Apartment occupancy reaches 6-year low
Survey reveals 8 percent vacancy
March 6, 2004
The number of vacant apartments in Lawrence is at its highest level since 1997, according to a recently released study. Nearly 8 percent of the city’s apartments in 2003 were unoccupied, according to a survey conducted by Lawrence-based Keller & Associates, a real estate appraisal firm. That’s up from 6 percent in 2001, the last time the study was conducted. The 2003 number was slightly lower than the 10 percent mark posted in 1997, which was one year after the city’s largest apartment building boom. There were 842 units built in 1996.
Judge says murder victims’ relatives can continue suit against Kansas
March 6, 2004
The families of four people murdered by brothers Reginald and Jonathan Carr can continue their negligence lawsuit against the state of Kansas, a Sedgwick County judge ruled.
Baldwin boys rally, but Anderson County notches 72-58 win
March 6, 2004
Baldwin High’s boys basketball team knew it would need to stop Eric Hermreck to have a chance to stop Anderson County in their Class 4A sub-state game Friday at Louisburg High.
Kauffman charity needs more oversight, official says
March 6, 2004
The charitable foundation established by Ewing Kauffman, the self-made billionaire who founded a pharmaceutical company and the Kansas City Royals, needs tighter control from its board and should make sure the Kansas City area gets “substantial” benefit from the grants it makes, Missouri Atty. Gen. Jay Nixon says.
Saints eliminate Lions
LHS girls stumble in Class 6A sub-state championship
March 6, 2004
It was hardly the way Lawrence High’s girls basketball team wanted to go out. But sometimes great opponents don’t give you much of a choice. LHS saw its season end one game short of the state tournament, falling hard to Overland Park Aquinas, 59-28, Friday in the Class 6A sub-state final at Olathe South.
Perkins filling KU coffers
Fans still adjusting to new AD’s approach
March 6, 2004
Lew Perkins conducted one of his trademark halftime ceremonies at a recent Kansas University men’s basketball game. UConn fans can picture the pageantry. During his 13-year tenure as UConn’s athletic director, Perkins would routinely escort a coach, athlete or corporate sponsor to midcourt for a photo. An announcement would be read. A presentation would be made or a trophy hoisted. The ceremony would conclude with a handshake or hug, along with fanfare from the UConn band.
Mayer: Fieldhouse seating plan will break up old friends
March 6, 2004
Sadly, all good things end, no matter how we’d like them to be blessed with perpetuity. Thus it was inevitable, I suppose, that so many longtime Allen Fieldhouse “families” would be broken up by a new fund-raising policy involving points, patronage and preference. When Kansas closed out its home basketball slate Wednesday, an awful lot of devoted, dead-loyal fans left the old barn unsure how they’d be fitted in next season. There will be a new policy for ticket assignment, they know.
Randle arrested after altercation at club
March 6, 2004
Police arrested Kansas University football player John Randle for the second time in four months Friday following an altercation at a downtown nightclub.
Free State boys vs. Overland Park Aquinas
March 6, 2004
NBA briefs
March 6, 2004
¢ Strickland signs with Toronto ¢ Bryant injures shoulder in collision with Evans
Utah State snares share of Big West title
March 6, 2004
Nate Harris had 13 points and seven rebounds, and No. 23 Utah State clinched a share of the Big West title with a 64-60 victory over Idaho on Saturday night.
Thief targets vehicles at Holcom rec center
March 6, 2004
Inside the Holcom Recreation Center Friday night, people were exercising in one form or another. Outside, a thief was breaking into cars at random.
On the record
March 6, 2004
U.S. official: Al-Qaida eyeing Africa
March 6, 2004
Squeezed out of sanctuaries elsewhere in the world, al-Qaida may be looking to the deserts and jungles of Africa as a haven where terrorists could train recruits and plan new attacks, the deputy head of U.S. forces in Europe said Friday.
Shiites refuse Iraq constitution
Top cleric rejects some portions of interim charter
March 6, 2004
Shiite leaders refused to sign an interim constitution after Iraq’s top Shiite cleric rejected portions of the charter, in a last-minute dispute that wrecked a planned signing ceremony Friday and marred a landmark in the U.S. plans to hand over sovereignty to the Iraqis. A spokesman for one of the Shiite parties said no signing would take place before Monday, giving time for members to consult with Shiite Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani — who has already forced two major revisions in U.S. plans to transfer power to the Iraqis.
Ashcroft hospitalized in intensive care for abdominal illness
March 6, 2004
Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft was in a hospital intensive care unit Friday after suffering a severe case of gallstone pancreatitis, a serious and painful abdominal illness.
Stewart puts face on issue, prof says
March 6, 2004
The convictions of businesswoman Martha Stewart on Friday may bring the issue of investment security closer to home, a Baker University professor said.
Juror: Stewart’s defense didn’t work
March 6, 2004
Maybe Martha Stewart should have testified in her own defense. Maybe her lawyer should have presented more than one witness. Maybe, as a former stockbroker, Stewart should have known and abided by the rules.
Parents reunite with child thought dead
March 6, 2004
With hugs and kisses, the parents of a girl who was allegedly kidnapped as a newborn six years ago were reunited with the child, officials said Friday.
Procrastination won’t ease budget woes
March 6, 2004
The debate on the federal budget this year is taking place in an atmosphere far different from the earlier years of the Bush administration. It’s almost as if the fiscal binge is over and legislators — especially Republicans — have sobered up.
Kansas City brewery taps Lawrence market
Restaurant to move into Emerson Biggins building
March 6, 2004
Freshly brewed beer and Lawrence have been on the mind of Ed Nelson for quite some time. As a graduate student in the late 1980s at Kansas University’s School of Business, Nelson was a frequent customer of the then newly opened Free State Brewing Co.
Abandoned-baby laws have been disappointment to some
March 6, 2004
Baby Hope was 2 days old when his mother smothered him by wrapping his face and arms in duct tape and stuffing his tiny body in a black plastic bag.
Future likely to be tough for Stewart’s company
March 6, 2004
Martha Stewart’s conviction will badly damage her company, scaring advertisers and perhaps readers and viewers away from her media business, industry experts said. Sales of her towels and other household goods may hold up better.
Pierce gives Boston big lift
Celtics make Wizards fourth straight victims
March 6, 2004
With the Boston Celtics running and winning again, Paul Pierce took a little time to smile and stroll through the stands.
Cyclones, Jaguars ousted
March 6, 2004
Two area boys basketball teams battled for a trip to state Friday night in Class 5A sub-states, but neither Ottawa High nor Mill Valley earned an invitation to Topeka.
Giambi’s slam lifts Yankees
March 6, 2004
Jason Giambi showed he hasn’t lost any power with his slimmer physique.
Nursery rhymes may have steamy side
March 6, 2004
They seem innocent enough, but Jack and Jill may have become amorous as they climbed that hill for a pail of water.
Lawrence couple see gay marriage as civil rights issue
March 6, 2004
Should a proposed Kansas constitutional amendment banning gay marriage show up on the Nov. 2 ballot, Lawrence residents Michael Silverman and David Greenbaum are among those who won’t be voting for it. Silverman, a 32-year-old software engineer, and Greenbaum, a 33-year-old computer consultant, have tried every way they know to make their 10-year relationship a recognized marriage.
Gay marriage debate shifts to Senate
State constitutional ban wins approval of representatives
March 6, 2004
With just four votes to spare, a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution banning gay marriage cleared the House on Friday and moved to an uncertain fate in the Senate. The proposed amendment states that Kansas recognizes only marriages between one man and one woman and confers the legal rights associated with marriage only on such couples.
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March 6, 2004
¢ Teacher suspended over showing of ‘Passion’ ¢ Roman Catholic priest charged with sodomy ¢ Lawsuit begins against crematory operator ¢ Court strikes provision in cross-burning law
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March 6, 2004
¢ Union members cleared of arson conspiracy ¢ Attorneys quiz Nichols’ jury panel
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March 6, 2004
¢ Suspect admits killing 19-year-old ¢ Agency won’t turn refuge over to state ¢ TV station considers staying in city limits