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Briefly
March 13, 2004
¢ Hundreds of donors max out to parties ¢ Bush looks to spotlight anti-terror fight
Where to write (Federal, State)
March 13, 2004
Nothing to fear
March 13, 2004
Taxes fit income
March 13, 2004
Individual choice
March 13, 2004
We’re closer than we think
March 13, 2004
Conventional wisdom tells us that the United States is more polarized than ever. In the sports jargon that passes for political analysis these days, we are supposedly witnessing a knockdown fight that pits conservatives against liberals, gay-bashers against gay-embracers, hawks against doves, Atkins aficionados against low-fat devotees. We are, the pundits proclaim, at war with ourselves.
Weddings
March 13, 2004
¢ Barrett-Fox ¢ Truelove-Messick ¢ Merriam-Sclchaga
Club news
March 13, 2004
The Lawrence 299ers Duplicate Bridge Club met March 3. Eight pairs competed in a stratified game that used a Howell movement. Don Brennaman directed the game.
Military news
March 13, 2004
FCE news
March 13, 2004
Scouting news
March 13, 2004
Stylists say bangs are latest trend in hair
March 13, 2004
Like everything ‘80s, bangs are back — and there’s nary a can of Aqua Net in sight. The look debuted in high fashion circles a year ago, and Jennifer Aniston newly sporting chunky, sideswept fringe, has now sanctioned the trend. The Oscars showed the debut of flattering fringes by the likes of Jennifer Garner and Lara Flynn Boyle.
Movie takes snakehead tale to extremes
March 13, 2004
Two summers ago, a voracious predator fish native to China with the ability to scoot across dry land was found thriving in a Maryland pond.
Confidential’ digs into small-town death
March 13, 2004
The late actor Paul Winfield, who died just last week, narrates a “City Confidential” episode (9 p.m. today, A&E) that looks at a murder in the bucolic city of Honesdale, Pa. Honesdale is so quaint it barely qualifies as a city. It’s the world headquarters of Highlights for Children magazine and a pretty little town with a Civil War memorial on the picture-postcard town square. It’s also about 15 miles from my house, so I take a personal interest in this particular show.
Campaign ads turn negative
Kerry begins airing spot to rebut Bush
March 13, 2004
Countering President Bush’s negative ads, John Kerry begins airing a commercial today that faults the Republican for “misleading America” and rebuts the president’s claim that the Democrat has proposed a $900 billion tax increase.
Engagements
March 13, 2004
¢ Schneider-Lee ¢ Rich-Osgood ¢ Meinen-Wagner ¢ Romo-Bunce
Kerry seeks to halt work of base-closing commission
March 13, 2004
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said Friday that the work of the military base-closing commission should be suspended as he warned of a “terrible disconnect” between President Bush’s approach to shuttering installations and the demands on U.S. forces.
U.S. may reconsider imported drugs
March 13, 2004
The Bush administration and Republican congressional leaders are being forced to take a hard new look at the idea of importing cheaper prescription drugs from foreign countries as an election-year clamor grows for removing prohibitions.
Rumsfeld, FBI official had 9-11 rubble items
March 13, 2004
The Justice Department investigation that criticized FBI agents for taking souvenirs from the World Trade Center site also found that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and a high-ranking FBI official kept items from the Sept. 11 attack scenes.
Government urges easier-to-use calorie counts on food labels
March 13, 2004
So you picked up a 20-ounce soft drink with lunch — do you know how many calories you’re guzzling? A whopping 275, probably, although it can be hard to tell from the labels on today’s bottles.
Jailed mother denies she feared C-section
March 13, 2004
A woman accused of murder because she allegedly refused a Caesarean section that could have saved her unborn twin denied the charge Friday, rejecting claims she avoided the surgery because she feared scarring.
Afghans say border remains al-Qaida escape route
March 13, 2004
The Afghan border chief gestures toward a fresh spray of bullet holes across his pickup truck, then points toward the place he says the Taliban attackers came from: Pakistan.
Former exile sworn in as new leader of Haiti
March 13, 2004
Former Haitian exile Gerard Latortue was sworn in Friday as the country’s prime minister, promising to unite the country after months of bloodshed and political strife that led to the ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
Lawmaker derides school budget ‘hysteria’
March 13, 2004
House Speaker Doug Mays on Friday told Kansas school districts to cool it with talk about cutting budgets. Mays, R-Topeka, said he understood that school districts forming their budgets for the next school year were getting impatient because the Legislature had not passed a school funding plan yet.
Coupon clippers try to save program for elderly
March 13, 2004
Social hour for Dick Wagstaff and six of his cohorts begins at 7 a.m. each Friday. In actuality, it’s two hours. And the socializing is socially redeeming.
Disabled warehoused in nursing homes, say protesters
Advocates lobby for community living choices
March 13, 2004
Advocates for the disabled on Friday accused nursing home administrators of blocking efforts to let their disabled residents know they have a right to live in a community setting rather than an institutional one. “We get thrown out of facilities every day. We get the cops called on us,” said Joyce Jackson, a worker at Topeka Independent Living Resource Center.
Hispanic growth simply a reality; Democrats go negative
March 13, 2004
Last week, this writer noted a recent article written by Samuel Huntington for Foreign Policy magazine in which Huntington documented the tremendous growth of the Hispanic population in the United States. Huntington, chairman of the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, stated, “The persistent inflow of Hispanic immigrants threatens to divide the United States into two peoples, two culture and two languages. Mexicans and other Latinos have not assimilated into mainstream U.S. culture, forming instead their own political and linguistic enclaves — from Los Angeles to Miami — and rejecting the Anglo-Protestant values that built the American dream. The United States ignores this challenge at its peril.”
Millions rally against attackers
Spanish prime minister vows to find terrorists behind blasts
March 13, 2004
Millions of Spaniards poured into the streets Friday, chanting “Cowards!” and “Assassins!” in a protest of the bombings that killed 199 people. The Basque separatist group ETA denied government allegations that it staged the attacks.
Investigators see ETA behind blasts
March 13, 2004
Armed with what they said was new evidence, Spanish officials remained adamant Friday that they think the Basque separatist group ETA, not the al-Qaida terrorist network, was behind the morning rush-hour train bombings that rocked this capital city Thursday.
U.S. agency seeks tighter rail security
March 13, 2004
The deadly Spanish commuter-train bombings prompted the Homeland Security Department on Friday to advise state and local officials to boost security measures on rail transportation nationwide.
Jayhawk fans enjoy the ride
March 13, 2004
Brady Morningstar’s enjoying the ride.
Lawrence briefs
March 13, 2004
¢ Fund-raising powwow tonight at Haskell ¢ Italian-American society to honor KU professor
Campus crime reports up at KU
March 13, 2004
Crime reports on Kansas University’s campus were up nearly 7 percent in 2003, according to statistics released Friday by the KU Public Safety Office.
E-mail bills
March 13, 2004
Pickup truck crashes through Kwik Shop
March 13, 2004
A Lawrence convenience store was the victim of a hit-and-run crash early Friday.
On the record
March 13, 2004
Comedy hardly plays it ‘straight’
March 13, 2004
The program cover for “The Straight Man,” a new play by Lawrence writer Danny Schluck, is ambiguously sly in its printed convictions.
Lawrence Bus Co. founder dies at 76
March 13, 2004
From tomatoes to bus companies, lifelong Lawrence resident Duane Ogle could make anything grow, friends and family said.
Duane E. Ogle
March 13, 2004
Ray of hope
A state judiciary budget that includes a new district judge for Douglas County has taken a first welcome step toward approval.
March 13, 2004
It doesn’t happen often but Douglas County got a pleasant surprise this week from the Kansas Legislature. Although local officials weren’t holding out much hope that the Legislature would provide funding for another district judge for Douglas County, the House Appropriations Committee took a step in that direction Tuesday by endorsing a state judiciary budget that included the judge position.
Black services
March 13, 2004
Silas L. King
March 13, 2004
Governor weary of waiting on schools
March 13, 2004
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius expressed frustration Friday with what she sees as legislators’ lack of seriousness about addressing school finance issues.
House committee backs governor’s higher-ed budget
Appropriations panel adds $1 million to avert layoffs at KU Medical Center
March 13, 2004
A House committee has endorsed a $1.72 billion higher education budget that closely resembles Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ proposal.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
March 13, 2004
Highlights of Friday’s activities at the Kansas Legislature.
Buhler to run for seat
March 13, 2004
State Sen. Mark Buhler, a Lawrence Republican, has filed to run for election.
Moldy home court case brings $1 million judgment
March 13, 2004
A Sedgwick County jury has awarded more than $1 million in damages to a Wichita couple who claimed they bought a house infested with mold.
KU sends Tigers packing
Simien lifts Jayhawks into semifinals
March 13, 2004
Wayne Simien had his Kansas University basketball teammates shaking their heads in disbelief Friday night at American Airlines Center. Simien, Kansas University’s junior power forward who entered the Big 12 Conference tournament on the heels of three straight 20-point games, erupted for a career-high 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the Jayhawks’ 94-69 Big 12 quarterfinal rout of Missouri.
Longhorns rally past Sooners, put end to skid
March 13, 2004
Brandon Mouton refused to let the Texas Longhorns skid into the NCAA Tournament. Mouton hit a layup and three free throws in the final 26.8 seconds, capping No. 11 Texas’ comeback from a 12-point deficit with 7:09 left and sending the Longhorns into the semifinals of the Big 12 Conference tournament with a 66-63 victory over Oklahoma on Friday night.
Mayer: Kansas must improve its ball-handling skills
March 13, 2004
If three 2004 Jayhawk starters can become much better halfcourt ball-handlers, a year from now the Kansas University basketball team will reign as champion for the regular season, king of the postseason tournament and can be a solid contender for the NCAA Final Four.
KU’s Bookman wins Indoor 200
March 13, 2004
Kansas University senior Leo Bookman defended his title in the 200-meter run Friday at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Newman tops qualifying
Vickers edged again at Atlanta Speedway
March 13, 2004
Ryan Newman nipped rookie Brian Vickers — again — and won the pole Friday for the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, his fifth in the past seven races dating back to last season.
Bell latest Phillie felled by injury
March 13, 2004
The Philadelphia Phillies keep getting banged up.
Kansas routs UALR
March 13, 2004
Kansas University’s baseball team has enjoyed consistent production in the batter’s box this season.
KU tennis trips OSU
March 13, 2004
The Kansas University tennis squad beat Oklahoma State, 4-3, Friday at Robinson Courts. The Jayhawks, who play host Sunday to Texas Tech, won two of three doubles matches and three singles matches to secure the win.
Stoneback third at nationals
March 13, 2004
Lawrence resident and Kansas University sophomore Andrea Stoneback placed third in the 48-kilogram (105-pound) weight class at the National Weightlifting Championships.
Colorado baffled by ‘insulting’ bubble berth
March 13, 2004
Maybe it’s their lack of basketball tradition. Or their coach having a low profile. Or maybe it’s a carryover from the problems lingering over their football team.
Norman bolsters powerful Longhorn lineup
March 13, 2004
Three of Texas’ leading scorers were selected this season to the All-Big 12 Conference first team. Another is the conference rookie of the year.
Knicks sign Baker for rest of season
March 13, 2004
Former All-Star Vin Baker signed Friday with the New York Knicks for the rest of the season.
Tigers dismayed by talk of NIT
March 13, 2004
Missouri started the basketball season ranked fifth in the nation, but the Tigers likely will be on the outside looking in Sunday when the NCAA Tournament selection committee announces its field of 65.
KU shrugs off MU’s fate
Kansas unconcerned with Tigers’ future
March 13, 2004
Keith Langford refused to gloat late Friday night after Kansas University’s men’s basketball team defeated Missouri for the second time in six days.
Bowlsby face of NCAA committee
March 13, 2004
As an athlete, Bob Bowlsby worked on takedowns and pins. He is more concerned with brackets, seedings and RPIs these days.
Attacks heighten fears of terror at Olympics
Greece asks NATO to help secure Athens games
March 13, 2004
Greece asked NATO on Friday to help safeguard the Olympics after the deadly train bombings in Madrid heightened worldwide concern about safety at major sports events. Bomb squads and dogs joined expanded patrols at train stations across Greece as part of boosted security measures leading to the Aug. 13-29 games.
K.C. earns pair of wins
Royals top Angels, Diamondbacks
March 13, 2004
Randy Johnson looks dominant after a season of injuries.
Faith forum
March 13, 2004
Is there meaning in suffering?
Fellowship breakfast set for April 10
March 13, 2004
The Greater Lawrence Christian Men’s Assn. will be host to a fellowship breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. April 10 at First United Methodist Church, 946 Vt.
MCI cleanup wipes out $74B in past profits
Company’s restatement likely largest in history
March 13, 2004
The cleanup of WorldCom’s tainted books reveals pre-tax losses of $74.4 billion not previously reflected in the company’s financial reports for 2000 and 2001, MCI said Friday in a long-awaited report that wipes away a vast accounting fraud and reflects the plunging value of telecommunications assets.
Tech rolls past CU
Parcells’ speech motivates Raiders
March 13, 2004
Bill Parcells provided the pregame talk, and Mikey Marshall gave Texas Tech the needed spark on the court.
Firm to offer 1,600 jobs in Oklahoma settlement
March 13, 2004
The state of Oklahoma agreed to settle its criminal fraud case against MCI, saying the company had taken “significant steps” to reform.
Fed chair says America needs to address job loss with education, not trade barriers
March 13, 2004
The United States needs to better educate its workers and avoid the trappings of protectionism to fully flourish in a global economy, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Friday. While trade barriers might slow the frenetic, sometimes troubling pace of competition, “our standard of living would soon begin to stagnate and perhaps even decline as a consequence,” Greenspan said at a finance conference at Boston College.
Trade deficit balloons to record $541B
March 13, 2004
The deficit in the broadest measure of trade swelled to a record $541.8 billion in 2003, according to a government report that comes as trade and the loss of jobs have become major issues in the presidential campaign.
Briefcase
March 13, 2004
¢ Stocks end week lower despite Friday’s rally ¢ Sprint’s $6M in deposits part of minority pledge
Blacks hesitant to share ‘civil rights’ label
March 13, 2004
Call it an object lesson in the quality of equality. I refer to last week’s Senate subcommittee hearing on the proposed constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage. And specifically, to an exchange between two leaders of the black community.
Crowds protest impeachment
March 13, 2004
Thousands of angry South Koreans had candlelight vigils across the country to protest the historic impeachment of their president Friday.
Allen, Lucas prove valuable for Cowboys
March 13, 2004
With the game tied late in the second half and their leading scorer in foul trouble, Oklahoma State needed someone to make a big play.
Horoscopes
March 13, 2004
Pining for the Jayhawks
March 13, 2004
Briefly
March 13, 2004
¢ Security Council freezes Liberian leader’s assets ¢ Iwo Jima survivors reunite for anniversary
Larry Carl Ingram
March 13, 2004
KU fans dread return of red
March 13, 2004
John Burkhead can’t stomach the thought of his Kansas Jayhawks sporting red uniforms in Dallas. Eighteen years after one of the most ignominious, shocking and gut-wrenching losses in KU history — when the crimson-cloaked Jayhawks collapsed out of the Final Four just down the street in Reunion Arena — the retired insurance executive from Topeka said he wouldn’t even dream of selling a policy on the team’s chances should they again sport red tanks and shorts.
Arsonist linked to two more Lawrence fires
March 13, 2004
Investigators on Friday were trying to hunt down a serial arsonist suspected of setting fires at two Lawrence businesses, lighting books ablaze in a Kansas University library and burning a dozen buildings in Johnson County since Saturday. With the revelation Friday that two more Lawrence fires had been connected to the string of arsons in the past week, the total of suspicious fires stood at 15.
Papers ‘enshrine’ Brown insights
March 13, 2004
He might not have the name recognition of Thurgood Marshall, but Charles Scott Sr. was just as responsible for ending segregation in public schools. Scott was one of the lead attorneys representing the 13 families in Topeka who a half-century ago sued the school district demanding racial integration in schools. One of those was the family of Oliver and Linda Brown, for whom the Brown v. Board of Education landmark decision was named.
Army calls on some units for return combat tours in Iraq
March 13, 2004
The Army is spread so thin around the globe that when it needs fresh combat troops for Iraq this fall it will have little choice but to call on the same soldiers who led the charge into Baghdad last spring.
Iraqi police suspected in U.S. civilian slayings
March 13, 2004
Iraqi security forces have captured and are interrogating six suspects — including four of their own policemen plus a former cop from Saddam Hussein’s regime — as chief suspects in this week’s execution-style killings of two American civilians who were doing human rights work near Babylon, U.S. coalition officials said Friday.
Gay couples file suit in California
March 13, 2004
Less than 24 hours after same-sex marriage licenses in San Francisco came to a halt, six gay and lesbian couples filed a lawsuit Friday claiming they are being denied constitutional rights.
J-W files lawsuit against KUAC
Newspaper seeks details of AD Perkins’ salary
March 13, 2004
The Journal-World and 6News are taking the next step in a legal effort to force Kansas University to release public records detailing the salary and benefits paid to athletic director Lew Perkins.
Nassau recruits not coming to KU
March 13, 2004
If Kansas University’s football program picks up any more late commitments, they likely won’t be coming from Nassau Community College.
Vandy dumps Miss. State
Fourth-ranked Bulldogs could lose No. 1 seed
March 13, 2004
Just before tipoff, Mississippi State gathered at midcourt, holding aloft the trophy for its first Southeastern Conference championship in 13 years.
Daily ticker
March 13, 2004
Longtime owner of Bucky’s Drive In retires
No changes on menu at local restaurant under new owner
March 13, 2004
“Bucky” flipped his last burger Friday. Duane Buck, the former owner of Bucky’s Drive In, 2120 W. Ninth St., retired after nearly 40 years at the Lawrence landmark.
McClenton services
March 13, 2004
Concordia effort keys on ‘Orphan Train’
Volunteers want to turn old railroad depot into research center
March 13, 2004
A dozen historically minded people are racing time to chronicle a chunk of U.S. history.
Controversy costs Salina journalism adviser her job
High school paper’s sex issue sparked community debate
March 13, 2004
Jenny Acree, journalism teacher and student newspaper adviser at Salina Central High School, has resigned in the wake of controversy about sexual content in the student paper.
Working at faith
Study explores spirituality on daily jobs
March 13, 2004
Brenda Albright is the victim advocate for the Douglas County district attorney’s office. Which, when you step back to think about it, is actually a pretty spiritual job.
Organization formed to enhance fellowship
March 13, 2004
For years, members of the clergy serving Lawrence have belonged to organizations made up of their colleagues, in which they can work on common issues, support each other and even pray together. There’s the Lawrence Association of Evangelicals, the Ecumenical Fellowship Inc. and the Ministerial Alliance.
Briefly
March 13, 2004
¢ Three killed in crash of military buses ¢ Bird flu testing to be expanded ¢ Parents plead guilty to abuse charges ¢ Qualifying teams ready for first robot race
People
March 13, 2004
¢ Clapton shares ‘deep’ art ¢ Fox respects Rodney’s book ¢ ‘Wardrobe malfunction’ in lexicon ¢ Prince CD a concert souvenir
Woodling: Kansas wakes up in time
March 13, 2004
You’re sleeping soundly in your hotel room, and suddenly the clock-radio begins to blare music. Rats. The previous occupant had set the alarm, and you forgot to check it before you hit the hay. Has that ever happened to you? Sure it has.
T’wolves spoil Malone’s return
March 13, 2004
Karl Malone’s return was an energizer — for the Minnesota Timberwolves, at least.
Confronting alcoholic requires careful maneuvering
March 13, 2004
My husband drinks excessively. Aside from getting help for my family, what should I do specifically for him? How on earth am I going to get him to go to Alcoholics Anonymous or some similar treatment program? He is deep in denial and couldn’t make a rational decision to save his life. How am I going to get him to cooperate?
Early-day Australia is setting for KU play
March 13, 2004
A motley cast of criminals-turned-thespians occupies Timberlake Wertenbaker’s world in “Our Country’s Good.”
Society Calendar
March 13, 2004
Religion briefs
March 13, 2004
Around and about
March 13, 2004
Briefly
March 13, 2004
¢ Iran cancels nuke inspections ¢ Seven people found dead ¢ Internal report faults EPA for drinking water claims