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House rejects school finance/ tax cut bill
March 10, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 11:36 a.m.) The House rejected a bill Wednesday that would have provided a one-year, $137 million increase in state aid to schools while also giving local school boards more flexibility to raise property taxes.
House rejects out-of-balance school funding bill
March 10, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.) TOPEKA - The Kansas House today rejected a bill that would have produced a nearly $300 million budget hole by cutting taxes and increasing school funding.
Memorial service today for Wescoe
March 10, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 11:08 a.m.) A public memorial service for former Kansas University Chancellor W. Clarke Wescoe will be at 4 p.m. today at the Spencer Museum of Art.
Area briefs
March 10, 2004
¢ Survey ranks state’s courts in top 10 ¢ Watkins museum offers archaeology programs ¢ KU professor touts ‘Motivating Moves’ ¢ Scholarship offered to low-income students
Briefly
March 10, 2004
¢ Ashcroft has surgery to remove gallbladder ¢ UCLA suspends program for cadaver donors ¢ Pope names U.S. woman to science advisory post ¢ Court-martial set in attack on soldiers
People
March 10, 2004
¢ Singer pleads guilty in fight ¢ Oprah adds Vanity title ¢ The pride of South Africa ¢ Sailing on the airwaves
UPN gets its game on
March 10, 2004
History teaches us that people who work in a mature broadcast medium often treat their upstart competition with derision and contempt. The urbane radio personality Fred Allen became a walking compendium of wisecracks and put-downs about the banality of television, until the explosive popularity of the “boob tube” put him out of work.
Briefly
March 10, 2004
¢ Inductee killed at Masonic ceremony ¢ Satellite service loses Viacom channels ¢ Second person dies in water taxi accident ¢ Rep. Billy Tauzin battles intestinal cancer ¢ Request withdrawn for abortion records ¢ Senate panel votes to raise indecency fines
Briefly
March 10, 2004
¢ Long-range missile successful in test ¢ Suicide attackers stage attack on Masonic lodge ¢ Palestinian ship hijacker dies in U.S. custody ¢ Advisory council picks new prime minister ¢ Three Tenors considered for festival performance
Frances M. Maddox
March 10, 2004
New pill tackles cravings for both cigarettes, food
March 10, 2004
A new pill in the final stages of testing shows promise in attacking two of humanity’s biggest killers by helping people quit smoking and lose weight at the same time.
Robotic vehicles challenged by race across rugged desert
March 10, 2004
They’re a motley bunch of garage tinkerers, off-road enthusiasts, high-school students, physicists and programmers who hope their microprocessor-jammed jalopies usher in the next generation of military combat vehicles.
Food labels packed with facts
March 10, 2004
The Food and Drug Administration has strict guidelines on how food label terms can be used. Here are some of the most common claims seen on food packages and what they mean.
Cooking Light features Moroccan-style dish
March 10, 2004
Use a chef’s knife to cut up the chicken, onion, fruit and herbs in this well-flavored Moroccan-style chicken dish. Use a small paring knife to section the lemon and remove the strips of rind.
Dwindling band
March 10, 2004
KU agrees to let Free State play at Memorial
March 10, 2004
It appears the Free State High football team will call Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium home for another year.
Celtics stretch streak to six
Pierce provides pivotal points in final seconds
March 10, 2004
The Boston Celtics have their longest winning streak of the season thanks to a long — and difficult — jump shot by Paul Pierce.
Analysis: House votes send mixed message on school funding, tax proposals
March 10, 2004
If the Kansas House were a student, it would have received an “F” in math Tuesday. The House, in an open display of gamesmanship and political posturing, voted to increase school funding by $137 million but rejected the taxes needed to fund the increase.
Joanne Kay Stone
March 10, 2004
Cape Cod gears up for gay weddings
March 10, 2004
At the Nut House confectioner’s shop, owner Kim Leonard is working on a new line of his-and-his and hers-and-hers figurines to go on top of wedding cakes.
Recipes from Wheatfields
March 10, 2004
Irish tradition of cabbage, corned beef comes easier
March 10, 2004
March 17, which is just one week away, is a momentous day for Irishmen and Midwestern vegetable gardeners. Some of us typically commemorate St. Patrick’s Day with a dinner of boiled corned beef, cabbage and potatoes — or at least that is the custom that predates green beer.
House advances schools bill without funding method
March 10, 2004
The House has advanced a bill that provides a one-year, $137 million increase in state aid to schools and gives local school boards more flexibility to raise property taxes.
Area briefs
March 10, 2004
¢ Police suspect arson in fire at KU library ¢ Felon pleads guilty to crack possession ¢ Vinland Fair schedules pancake, sausage supper ¢ Pump Patrol seeks deals
Oasis offers retreat for caregivers
Lawrence firm taps into trend of adult day cares
March 10, 2004
This isn’t your typical day care. The five-bedroom Lawrence home at 4300 Helianthus Drive looks like many other home-based, day-care operations. But this one cares for adults.
Latest big cat sighting worries west Lawrence man
March 10, 2004
It’s still out there. A mountain lion that has been spotted by several people on Kansas University’s west campus and on the Alvamar Golf Course was seen again Monday night in west Lawrence.
Correspondence between Chris Gladfelter and Sen. Kay O’Connor
March 10, 2004
Horoscopes
March 10, 2004
Hospitals
March 10, 2004
Lawrence Memorial Hospital reported no births Tuesday.
Briefly
March 10, 2004
¢ Monkeys removed from tiny apartment ¢ Doctors issue new ear-infection guides ¢ Caltech grad student arrested in arson spree ¢ Senator seeks reward for missing pilot info ¢ Blizzard of 1993 tops new winter storm scale
How safe is your school?
March 10, 2004
Here’s a building-by-building breakdown of some of the factors assessed in the district’s recent school safety audit. Not all factors are listed here because of safety and vandalism concerns.
Putin tightens grip on Russia
March 10, 2004
In what passes for an election campaign in Russia these days, Vladimir Putin appeared in uniform on the deck of a ballistic missile submarine to observe what was billed as the largest military exercises in 20 years. The fact that a test missile launch failed in his presence went unreported by the Russian television media, which is again firmly controlled by the Kremlin.
Papers reveal judicial bias
March 10, 2004
Two comments about law may bring some clarity to the raging debate over same-sex “marriage” and other issues that shape our destiny. “The observance of the law is the greatest solvent of public ills.” That was Calvin Coolidge in his acceptance speech for the vice presidential nomination on July 27, 1920.
Get serious
If members of the Kansas House want to increase funding for public schools, they need to get down to business rather than playing political games.
March 10, 2004
At the same time school board members in Lawrence and across the state are wringing their hands over serious budget-cutting decisions, members of the Kansas House are playing legislative games.
Kerry prepares to pick running mate
March 10, 2004
James A. Johnson is a quiet, serious sort, much given to sober gray suits and conservative rep ties, proud of his own reputation as a man of probity and unassailable integrity. He’s the son of a Minnesota politician but more comfortable just out of sight.
Wrong target
March 10, 2004
Fear of phobia
March 10, 2004
Not logical
March 10, 2004
Garcia signs with Browns
QB lands $25-million, four-year deal
March 10, 2004
Jeff Garcia had the impossible task of following Joe Montana and Steve Young in San Francisco, so he’s not too worried about replacing Tim Couch.
Commentary: Recruiting standards must be raised
March 10, 2004
Colorado’s president created headlines last week when she announced a new set of recruiting standards purported to be the nation’s toughest. I even saw this headline: “Colorado will be at competitive disadvantage.”
Yankees’ Sheffield cleared to play
Rodriguez homers, misplays popup in New York’s 10-6 loss
March 10, 2004
Alex Rodriguez showed off his power and made a mistake on defense, but the New York Yankees were more concerned with good news about Gary Sheffield.
Gobble nearly perfect in first two outings
K.C. left-hander is 1-0, hasn’t allowed a run
March 10, 2004
Jimmy Gobble couldn’t be doing much better in his efforts to make the Kansas City pitching staff.
Woodling: Whom will Perkins pick?
March 10, 2004
Now that another dismal Kansas University women’s basketball season is over, it’s speculation time. Who will be the Jayhawks’ next head coach? Your guess is as good as mine, but interim coach Lynette Woodard likely won’t be handed the job on a full-time basis, and KU athletic director Lew Perkins will hire an assistant coach from a successful program (i.e. UConn).
Jayhawks earn ‘pathetic’ split with SMS
KU snags 1-0 win in opener, but strands eight runners in 3-0 nightcap loss
March 10, 2004
Tracy Bunge summed it up in two words. “Pretty pathetic,” the Kansas University softball coach said Tuesday after the Jayhawks split a doubleheader with Southwest Missouri State at Arrocha Ballpark.
Ward takes first as KU golfers second
March 10, 2004
Junior Kevin Ward shot a 6-under 210 for a one-stroke win, helping Kansas University’s men’s golf squad place second after the final round of the Louisiana Classics Invitational.
Area wrestlers fall at Metro Classic
March 10, 2004
Three area high school wrestlers lost Tuesday at the Kansas-Missouri Metro Classic at Kansas City Community College.
Jayhawk baseball to tangle with Tabor
March 10, 2004
Kansas University’s baseball team will play Tabor College at 3 p.m. today at Hoglund Ballpark.
Legitimate’ Gonzaga seeks high NCAA seed
No. 3 Bulldogs hope this is year they aren’t snubbed by selection committee
March 10, 2004
Gonzaga coach Mark Few hopes this time will be different. Surely his Bulldogs deserve a high seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Mizzou strikes early in rout of Okie State
March 10, 2004
Megan Roney made seven of eight shots for 15 points, and Stretch James added 14 points and nine rebounds, leading Missouri to an easy 75-52 victory Tuesday over Oklahoma State in the first round of the Big 12 Conference tournament.
Police, schools focus on safety
Districtwide audit identifies security issues
March 10, 2004
Ashley Cochrane knows there are extra eyes watching her at Central Junior High School these days.
Seized plane linked to area business
727 taken Sunday by Zimbabwean authorities was sold by Franklin County-based company
March 10, 2004
A Boeing 727 airplane sold by a Franklin County company has become the center of an international controversy involving accusations of mercenary activity in Zimbabwe. Officials with Dodson International in Rantoul said they sold the aircraft late last month to a British company doing business in South Africa. It was seized Sunday by the Zimbabwean government, which claims 64 mercenaries were on board with a cargo of military materiel.
U.S. plans aggressive fight against obesity
Poor eating habits ‘killing us,’ health secretary says
March 10, 2004
Obesity soon may overtake tobacco as the leading cause of preventable death in America, according to a study to be released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
KU, Lawrence schools cutting phys ed offerings
March 10, 2004
Even as childhood obesity is skyrocketing, both Kansas University and Lawrence public schools are scaling back their physical education programs. KU officials said Tuesday they were planning to cut a degree program for physical education teachers. Public schools, meanwhile, are considering significantly decreasing the number of hours elementary students are in physical education classes.
Lawmaker disdains ‘lifestyle choice’
March 10, 2004
Last week, Chris Gladfelter sent several legislators an e-mail, asking them to vote against a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution banning gay marriages. “I just wanted to make myself heard,” said Gladfelter, a Lawrence man who is gay. All but one lawmaker replied with gently worded responses, thanking Gladfelter for taking the time to make himself heard.
University expands meal plan offerings
March 10, 2004
Dominic Collins would like more options when it comes to the food he eats using his Kansas University meal plan. “It’s nothing spectacular,” said Collins, a freshman from Kansas City, Kan. “It could be better. The food is monotonous. They need to switch it up a little.”
6Wak apartments approved
Conditional OK given to project at 6th and Wakarusa
March 10, 2004
For once, the Lawrence City Commission and 6Wak Land Investments were able to agree about construction at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.
Murphy Brown’ sidekick dies
March 10, 2004
Robert Pastorelli, who played the screwball housepainter Eldin on “Murphy Brown,” was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home in what the coroner’s office said may have been a drug overdose. He was 49.
Oscar-nominated actor Paul Winfield dies at 62
Emmy winner was TV pioneer
March 10, 2004
Paul Winfield, an Academy Award-nominated actor who was known for his versatility in stage, film and television roles, including a highly praised 1978 depiction of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., has died. He was 62.
On the record
March 10, 2004
Judge: Murder charge stands
Defense seeks dismissals in elder neglect case
March 10, 2004
A judge’s ruling Tuesday brought a mentally retarded Lawrence man one step closer to standing trial on charges that he murdered his elderly father by neglect.
Judge sets execution date for sniper mastermind
March 10, 2004
Sniper mastermind John Allen Muhammad was sentenced to death Tuesday by a judge who called the Washington-area shootings that left 10 people dead “so vile that they were almost beyond comprehension.”
CIA director: Administration didn’t misrepresent facts on Iraq
March 10, 2004
CIA Director George Tenet denied on Tuesday Democratic allegations that the Bush administration misrepresented facts about Iraq’s weapons programs to make a case for war.
Kerry adds to total of delegates
March 10, 2004
John Kerry, with only phantom rivals and pushovers left in the Democratic race, easily won four Southern primaries Tuesday to bring him within striking distance of the presidential nomination.
Elections official enters race for county clerk
March 10, 2004
A deputy Douglas County clerk is the first person to officially enter the race for the office’s top job.
Henry Darwin Schwyhart
March 10, 2004
Wins in Dallas key to Kemper
Big 12 tourney triumphs would boost KU’s NCAA seed
March 10, 2004
Naturally, Bill Self hopes Kansas University’s men’s basketball team plays its first- and second-round NCAA Tournament games in nearby Kemper Arena. For that to happen, KU’s coach says, the No. 18-ranked Jayhawks need to win at least one and perhaps even two games at this weekend’s Big 12 Conference tournament in Dallas.
J.W. Van Blaricum
March 10, 2004
N.J. orders halt to gay licenses
March 10, 2004
The day after New Jersey’s first gay marriage was performed, the state attorney general Tuesday ordered city officials to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and performing gay marriages — or face criminal charges.
Widow says passengers tried to stop WTC hijackers
March 10, 2004
The widow of a Gulf War veteran aboard doomed United Airline Flight 175 has revealed for the first time that passengers tried to stop hijackers from crashing the plane into one of the Trade Center towers.
House OKs suspension of ‘destination’ sales tax
March 10, 2004
Legislation suspending the state’s new destination-based sales tax system until Congress allows taxation on Internet purchases appeared doomed in the Senate after clearing the House.
Judicial funding boost endorsed
House panel’s budget would add judgeship in Douglas County
March 10, 2004
Kansas courts could hire 27 more employees, including a judge for Douglas County, under a proposed judiciary budget endorsed Tuesday by the House Appropriations Committee.
Abstinence vows don’t cut STDs, study finds
March 10, 2004
Teens who pledge to remain virgins until marriage have the same rates of sexually transmitted diseases as those who don’t pledge abstinence, according to a study that examined the sex lives of 12,000 adolescents.
Hubble telescope captures deepest view of universe
March 10, 2004
The deepest-ever view of the universe, a photo by the Hubble Space Telescope that looks back to the edge of the big bang, shows a chaotic scramble of odd galaxies smashing into one another and re-forming in bizarre shapes.
Washburn recruiting ban revoked
Wichita schools permit visits despite statue controversy
March 10, 2004
College recruiters from Washburn University may return to the city’s public schools.
Wittig seeks freedom during appeal
March 10, 2004
Former Westar Energy chairman, president and CEO David Wittig has again asked that he be allowed to remain free while appealing his conviction in a loan conspiracy case and the sentence of just over four years that he got for it.
It’s unanimous: Sutton top coach
March 10, 2004
Eddie Sutton watched reels of film from his team’s practices, then glanced over the preseason polls that picked Oklahoma State to finish fifth in the Big 12 Conference. He decided that was about right.
Bleeding stopped
Bears’ win ends troubled KU season
March 10, 2004
Baylor’s Sophia Young and Steffanie Blackmon didn’t look like All-Big 12 Conference selections in the first half Tuesday afternoon. But Young and Blackmon caught fire in the second half and carried the Bears to an 86-71 win over Kansas University in the first round of the conference tournament at Reunion Arena.
Daily ticker
March 10, 2004
New PepsiCo product targets dual-users
March 10, 2004
Aiming at those who can’t decide between diet and regular, PepsiCo Inc. Tuesday announced that it was planning to launch a cola with 50 percent less sugar than regular colas.
Sprint stock recombination draws lawsuits
March 10, 2004
Sprint shareholders have filed at least six lawsuits over the decision to combine the company’s two tracking stocks into a single common stock, the telecommunication’s giant said Tuesday in a regulatory filing.
Commodities
March 10, 2004
Briefcase
March 10, 2004
¢ Kroger earnings fall for quarter, fiscal year ¢ Fed OKs bank merger ¢ Report clears Boeing ¢ CyDex announces deal
Ready for prime time
TV show, residents rave about Wheatfields
March 10, 2004
Carol Pilant loves Wheatfields Bakery & Cafe. “I come here probably once a week,” said Pilant during breakfast on a recent morning at the 904 Vt. establishment. “One time I spent most of the day here with a friend and moved through breakfast and lunch. It’s a comfortable place to be. I sometimes come and read and write. I also just like to visit with friends.”
Seasoning makes fish recipe a great catch
March 10, 2004
This easy-to-make, smartly-seasoned fish dish will take about 25 minutes to get on the table. Not surprisingly, it’s from the “fast” recipe selection that’s a standard feature of Food & Wine, in the March issue of the magazine.
Master roaster brews up recipes
March 10, 2004
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Espresso & The Art of Extraction With Mark Zwahl.”
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
March 10, 2004
Highlights of Tuesday’s activities at the Kansas Legislature
Successor named to lead Kansas City diocese
Missouri clergyman named coadjutor bishop
March 10, 2004
Monsignor Robert Finn said his mother always told him he would become a bishop. He always brushed the comments aside.
Dist. Atty. announces bid for re-election
Potential challenger still considering run
March 10, 2004
Dist. Atty. Christine Kenney announced Tuesday she would seek a third term as the county’s top prosecutor. Unlike the last election, she might face a challenger this time.
Weber helps win two league titles
March 10, 2004
There were times this season when Bruce Weber wasn’t sure he had the makings of a championship team.
Residents start social group for gays
March 10, 2004
Lawrence gays and lesbians are starting to organize. “We’re trying to provide social opportunities outside the bar scene,” said Bruce Ney, vice president of NetworQ, an informal group of about 50 homosexual men and women who live in Lawrence.
May struggles, but Royals rally to win
March 10, 2004
Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run homer for the Chicago Cubs, but the Kansas City Royals overcame a shaky outing by Darrell May in a 6-5 win Tuesday.
City Hall report
Weekly review of city government
March 10, 2004
¢ Affordable housing ¢ Spring break ¢ Orchards Golf Course ¢ Schedule
Scientists decry Ohio’s evolution lesson
March 10, 2004
The state school board Tuesday approved a lesson plan for teaching evolution that includes what critics contend is a religious theory “cloaked as science.”