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Pedestrian struck, killed near Teepee Junction
March 14, 2004
(Web Posted Sunday at 5:25 p.m.) A pedestrian in his 20s was killed early Sunday morning on U.S. Highway 24-40 near the Teepee Junction, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. The man’s name hadn’t been released by midafternoon Sunday because relatives hadn’t been notified.
Exhibit punctuates life as a series of revisions
March 14, 2004
An 18th century Englishman, Samuel Johnson, found fault in his day with a school of poetic contemporaries. In their poems, Johnson wrote, “the most heterogeneous ideas are yoked by violence together.”
Seniors calendar
March 14, 2004
Economy may need more government
March 14, 2004
On the left of the Democratic Party, they don’t come any smarter than Barney Frank, the 12-term congressman from Massachusetts. Republicans enjoy debating him, because if you’ve beaten him, you know the next liberal will be easier.
Research finds dirty houses actually cleaner
March 14, 2004
I’m a pretty good housekeeper. Ask anybody. No, wait: Don’t ask my wife. She and I disagree on certain housekeeping issues, such as whether it’s OK for a house to contain dirt. Also smells.
Corporate bully
March 14, 2004
Haskell land
March 14, 2004
Education, taxes
March 14, 2004
Program aims to pare hospital visits
March 14, 2004
A health care model being tested at a nursing home in central Iowa may hold the key to alleviating overcrowded hospitals and reducing costs while improving long-term health care for frail seniors, doctors say.
Humane move
March 14, 2004
No rush
There’s no need for the Kansas Legislature to rush through a constitutional amendment to define marriage.
March 14, 2004
A proposed Kansas constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman currently is in the Senate Judiciary Committee. That probably is a good place for it to stay — at least for the rest of this legislative session. The Kansas Legislature has more important business — like funding state education — right now.
L.A. school leader aims for performance
March 14, 2004
After three terms as Colorado’s governor and a stint herding cats — he was Democratic Party chairman — Roy Romer was 71. A mountain climber who had scaled the Matterhorn, and a glutton for punishment, he decided it was time for “a hard job.” He found one.
Disturbing loss
March 14, 2004
No discrimination
March 14, 2004
Live, let live
March 14, 2004
Job hunt tough for teens
Lawrence youths face tight market
March 14, 2004
Free State High School students already have learned one of the age-old rules of landing a job in the “real world” — it’s about who you know.
Residents invest in stores, towns
Community mercantiles help rural areas survive struggling economy
March 14, 2004
When this rural town’s clothing store closed, residents like Ken Witzeling put up money to start their own shop, ensuring that they wouldn’t have to leave Powell to buy a dress shirt for work or trendy jeans for school.
Comment: Judge tossed Stewart charge that hurt shareholders most
March 14, 2004
Looking over the Martha Stewart case, which ended in a guilty verdict March 5, you’d expect to find someone to feel sorry for: Stewart herself, perhaps, paying a big price for a single stumble; or maybe the shareholders she victimized.
Family briefs
March 14, 2004
¢ Mother offers tips for parenting success ¢ Make business travel more fun for family ¢ Create friends that last
Sample sake in its homeland
Japanese breweries offer taste of signature blends
March 14, 2004
We wound our way through the drafty attic of the brewery, toward the source of the aroma. My wife, her mother and I had caught a whiff the moment we arrived at the Tamanohikari sake brewery a half-hour earlier: the faintly sweet, floral scent of fermenting rice. We were now following that scent to pots the size of an office elevator that held the stewing rice.
State briefs
March 14, 2004
¢ Hospital’s former CEO charged with theft ¢ Police investigate murder-suicide case ¢ Stabbing leaves 1 dead
Debut novel skewers highfalutin Hollywood
March 14, 2004
“So 5 Minutes Ago” is the debut novel of journalist Hilary de Vries, who has covered Hollywood for more than a decade.
And the Recovering Musician Wanted to Write a Sonnet
March 14, 2004
The quilt that time built
Sesquicentennial Sampler pays homage to women
March 14, 2004
Behind-the-scenes work often goes unrecognized. So it’s little wonder that the fiery tactics of abolitionist John Brown, the military recruiting efforts of James Lane and the freedom cries of newspaperman John Speer surface first in discussions of 1850s Lawrence. (Photo gallery)
Animals show sense of fairness
March 14, 2004
Humans certainly have a sense of fairness, but can an animal feel taken advantage of by another animal? Researchers Sara Brosnan and Frans de Waal at Yerkes National Primate Research Center trained capuchin monkeys to give tokens in exchange for food. Then, working with pairs of monkeys, Brosnan gave one monkey a grape in exchange for a token while only exchanging a less-tasty cucumber with the second monkey.
Studies find generic variations linked to diabetes
March 14, 2004
Two international research teams, one from Washington University, have uncovered genetic variations that predispose people to develop Type 2 diabetes, commonly called adult-onset diabetes.
Athletes and workout buffs go for vitamin-enriched water
March 14, 2004
Although the sports drink market is still dominated by heavyweights such as Gatorade and Powerade, beverages like Aquafina Essentials are rapidly becoming a popular alternative for the physically fit.
U.S. Mafia turning to Italy to fill ranks
March 14, 2004
Ratted on by fellow wiseguys and hounded by police, struggling American Mafiosi are recruiting Sicilian mobsters, believing the island’s hardheaded gangsters are more likely to keep their mouths shut, U.S. and Italian organized-crime officials say.
Artist adds flair to library walls
March 14, 2004
Lawrence artist Cathy Ledeker is in constant motion, circling the teenagers who are surrounding a brightly painted van. She pauses every few seconds to offer advice, check on their progress or just chat.
KU loss could cost tourney berth at Kemper
March 14, 2004
Losing to Texas cost the Kansas Jayhawks more than a chance to play this afternoon for a Big 12 Conference Tournament championship. It also means they could miss an anticipated date Friday in the Big Dance at Kemper Arena, just a short bus ride down Interstate 70 from campus.Losing to Texas cost the Kansas Jayhawks more than a chance to play this afternoon for a Big 12 Conference Tournament championship.
Rising gasoline prices could go higher in summer
March 14, 2004
Gasoline prices are the highest they’ve been since this time last year, and the sky could be the limit with spring and summer approaching.
Lawrence commuter report
March 14, 2004
Jayhawks on display
March 14, 2004
Meredithe McCormick’s family room is a study in crimson and blue. McCormick, a diehard Jayhawk fan known for wearing emblazoned blue and red ensembles with mascot earrings on game days, has been collecting Kansas University memorabilia since she was a little girl.
Indoor sowing provides variety for plants
March 14, 2004
If you have the urge to plant seeds, yet it’s too cold or damp outdoors, plant some indoors. Indoor sowing might also be the only way to have in your garden that special variety — Violet Queen purple broccoli or Border Beauty zinnia, for example — that you’ll rarely find for sale as transplants.
Inside the state caucuses
March 14, 2004
Here’s how Saturday’s Kansas Democratic Party presidential caucuses worked: Participants filed into their respective caucuses and registered with organizers. To vote, they had to find the section of the room designated for their chosen candidates. Once caucusing began, participants had 10 minutes to find their sections or lobby for others to join their chosen section.
Israel to go ahead with plans
Sharon will move unilaterally if talks don’t go well
March 14, 2004
Israel will push forward with plans to withdraw from some Palestinian areas and draw its own borders if a summit between Israeli and Palestinian leaders next week doesn’t revive a peace plan, an aide to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Saturday.
Syria soccer stampede victims mourned
March 14, 2004
Hundreds of Kurds rioted at a funeral Saturday for victims of a soccer stadium stampede, vandalizing shops and state offices and shouting anti-government slogans — a rare protest in tightly controlled Syria. At least one person was killed and 17 wounded, hospital officials said.
Smoltz impressive in spring debut
Braves’ Drew stays hot; Marlins defeat Clemens again
March 14, 2004
John Smoltz looked as good as ever in his first outing since offseason elbow surgery. J.D. Drew has been unstoppable all spring. Smoltz needed only seven pitches to retire the side Saturday, and Drew hit another home run, leading an Atlanta Braves split squad to a 6-5 victory over the New York Yankees in Kissimmee, Fla.
Beltran homers in Royals’ loss
March 14, 2004
Chris Magruder went 3-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs to power the Milwaukee Brewers past the Kansas City Royals, 6-4, Saturday.
Maroth not focused on 21-loss season
March 14, 2004
After becoming the first pitcher to lose 20 games in a season in more than two decades, Mike Maroth often woke up in the middle of the night during the offseason. Nightmares? Not even close. The Detroit Tigers’ left-hander had to change his new baby’s diapers.
Williams’ son wanted to be frozen
March 14, 2004
John Henry Williams, son of Hall of Famer Ted Williams, wants his body frozen and kept alongside his father’s corpse. The son’s will dictates that his body be “cryonically suspended” by Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Scottsdale, Ariz., the St. Petersburg Times reported Saturday.
Suspect in killings committed polygamy, incest, police say
March 14, 2004
A man suspected of murdering nine of his family members apparently was involved in polygamy and incest, fathering two of the victims with his own daughters, police said Saturday.
Iran freezes U.N. nuclear inspections
Nation denounces accusations of hiding activities
March 14, 2004
Iran froze a probe of its nuclear program indefinitely Saturday, spurning the U.N. atomic agency’s governing body over a resolution that censured Tehran for hiding suspicious activities.
Graves shines in setback
March 14, 2004
If there was any consolation for Kansas University basketball fans in the Jayhawks’ early exit from the Big 12 Conference men’s basketball tournament Saturday at American Airlines Center, it might be there was evidence that senior Jeff Graves once again is saving his best for last.
Kerry proposes monthly presidential debates
March 14, 2004
In the city that saw a historic 19th century debate, John Kerry called for monthly debates with President Bush to elevate the tenor of a campaign that’s opened with a relentlessly negative tone.
Kerry wins county, state support
March 14, 2004
On the day U.S. Sen. John Kerry clinched the Democratic nomination for president, Kansas Democrats participating in their party’s presidential caucuses were reminded about their ultimate goal.
County lifts bond payments for drug suspects
Attorneys say clients had been charged double
March 14, 2004
Strange as it may sound, a new policy in Douglas County is designed to make life easier for people suspected of dealing and using illegal drugs.
Thanks to Army Corps, kayakers take wild ride on the Wakarusa
March 14, 2004
Saturday was show time for Lawrence area kayakers who didn’t mind getting a good dunking in cold water. “You can work your boat skills and have a blast,” said David Irvin, a Johnson County architect who is a member of the Kansas Whitewater Assn.
LMH newborns get early start on reading
Groups donate to program that gives books to babies born at hospital
March 14, 2004
Lugging 1,200 books, members of the Mom’s Club South and the Altrusa International delivered this year’s supply of books for the Books for Babies program Saturday morning at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Fire damages insurance agency
Authorities say blaze unrelated to recent arsons
March 14, 2004
An intrusion alarm saved a Lawrence business from being consumed by fire Saturday afternoon. Lawrence police responded to the alarm at the Rochelle Tramp insurance agency, 4311 W. Sixth St., Suite A, and discovered smoke billowing from the vent on the building’s roof.
Lawrence briefs
March 14, 2004
¢ Book sale to benefit library at Veritas ¢ Lawrence students to aid in KU orientation ¢ Blood center drive revolves around tourney
On the record
March 14, 2004
Correction
March 14, 2004
Jayhawk fans take comfort in revenge
March 14, 2004
Jennifer Hein is still rooting for a Kansas University trip to Kemper Arena to open the NCAA Tournament. But no matter where the team ends up, she wouldn’t mind getting a little payback, too.
All robot racers break down
March 14, 2004
Looks like we won’t be seeing any robot driver’s licenses issued anytime soon. All 15 self-navigating vehicles in a 150-mile race across the Mojave Desert were knocked out within a few miles of the starting gate Saturday, victims of technical glitches, barbed-wire fences and rugged terrain.
Hamilton Honda leader
Ex-OU golfer holds four-shot edge
March 14, 2004
Todd Hamilton played well enough to take the lead in the Honda Classic. Carl Pettersson made sure it was a big margin.
Jayhawks baseball team continues to sizzle
KU wins fourth straight with offense, pitching
March 14, 2004
The warm weather left Hoglund Ballpark on Saturday, but Kansas University’s baseball offense and pitching remained torrid.
Kansas softball drops two
Jayhawks fall to DePaul, 4-3, tumble against Southern Illinois, 4-2
March 14, 2004
Kansas University’s softball team dropped a pair of games in the Saluki Round Robin Tournament. The Jayhawks (13-8) lost to DePaul, 4-3, in their first game and host Southern Illinois, 4-2, in the nightcap.
Woodling: Kansas’ next stop anywhere but K.C.
March 14, 2004
Hello, Columbus. Shuffle off to Buffalo. See you in Seattle. Meet me in Milwaukee. Or Orlando. Or Denver. Or Raleigh. Pick any one of those seven sites as the next destination for Kansas University’s men’s basketball team, because the Jayhawks will not be going to the eighth venue on the NCAA Tournament first- and second-round card.
Switch to zone carries Cowboys past Tech, into finals
March 14, 2004
Once Oklahoma State made an unexpected switch to a zone defense and Daniel Bobik rediscovered his three-point shooting touch, Texas Tech was in trouble.
Carlin gives take on TV indecency uproar
March 14, 2004
George Carlin famously dissected “The Seven Words You Can’t Say on Television” as a way to explore what everyone was so uptight about.
Ostracized for their ‘Country’s Good,’ convicts find redemption
March 14, 2004
Gov. Arthur Phillip — midway through Timberlake Wertenbaker’s play “Our Country’s Good” — recalls Plato’s “Meno,” in which the Greek philosopher Socrates teaches geometry to a slave boy.
More and more, civility seems to be a lost art
March 14, 2004
Once upon a time, my friend Rod and I were discussing what we believed to be the most serious problem facing our community. I said “polarization.” He said “lack of civility.” He seemed sure of it and I had to admit that — because he attended so many meetings where tempers ran high — he was in a position to know.
Jane Woestemeyer Chase
March 14, 2004
Gordon guides UConn to Big East title
Huskies junior guard breaks scoring record in earning tourney MVP honors
March 14, 2004
Ben Gordon had a game-winning shot, a tournament record, an MVP trophy and a smile that could be on his face for days.
Top women’s seeds far from certain
March 14, 2004
Holed up in her Pocono Mountains cabin, Penn State coach Rene Portland had plenty of time to mull over exciting possibilities — and the potential for disappointment.
Sooners stun Longhorns
No. 19 Oklahoma trips No. 2 Texas, 66-47, for title
March 14, 2004
When Oklahoma lost one of its top scorers, all the Sooners had to do was turn to the other one. Dionnah Jackson scored 21 points, and Maria Villaroell added 19 despite missing most of the first half because of foul trouble to help No. 19 Oklahoma beat second-ranked Texas, 66-47, in the Big 12 Conference tournament title game Saturday night.
Spain Tape: Osama group behind bombs
Suspects arrested
March 14, 2004
In a videotaped message, a man purporting to represent al-Qaida claims the terrorist network was behind bombings that killed 200 and wounded 1,500 in Madrid, the Spanish interior minister said Saturday.
Twisted ambition
Companies cater to those who yearn to catch glimpse of Mother Nature’s dark side
March 14, 2004
Their violence causes damage, injury and death. Still, tornadoes are a growing tourist attraction in Kansas and the Midwest. “It is an act of nature that people can’t control, yet they can see some beauty and awe in a tornado,” said Overland Park storm chaser Jim Farnham. “I’m just fascinated by them.”
U.S. forces step up hunt for bin Laden
March 14, 2004
The American military stepped up efforts to find Osama bin Laden and destroy his al-Qaida and Taliban supporters, announcing Saturday a major new sweep across lawless southern and eastern Afghanistan involving thousands of troops.
NCAA tourney brackets to be revealed today
March 14, 2004
Karl Benson came to Indianapolis with a full dossier. He had watched the games, taken the notes, built up the files. He’d pored over computer printouts and debated behind closed doors about some of the best college basketball teams in the country. Still, he wasn’t sure he was ready to whittle the field down to 65.
Kansas lacrosse squad splits in Missouri
March 14, 2004
Kansas University’s women’s lacrosse club split a pair of games Saturday. The Jayhawks fell to Missouri, 9-3, but beat Minnesota-Duluth, 6-4.
Men rely on salons, spas to look and feel better
March 14, 2004
Paul Santy pulls in to the salon to give his cuticles a tune-up. Though it is his day off, the title company vice president prefers an experience akin to an Indy 500 pit stop — zip in, get the work done and done well and zip out.
Fanatical fitness
Doing has its rewards; overdoing has its consequences
March 14, 2004
Competitive runner Steve Woo, who logs as many as 10 hours at the gym and 50 miles on outdoor trails per week while training for marathons, gets asked all the time: Are you addicted to fitness?
Local briefs
March 14, 2004
¢ Committee gets ready for St. Pat’s parade ¢ Undersheriff to run for sheriff’s job ¢ Highway wreck injures 3 ¢ Commission moves meetings to morning ¢ Gasoline prices: Pump Patrol seeks deals
Texas tickled to gig Jayhawks
March 14, 2004
Eleven players average more than 11 minutes on the floor per game. That’s men’s basketball at the University of Texas. The Longhorns don’t shoot so good. They’re not great rebounders. And they sometimes suffer from fits of turnovers.
Cards’ Edmonds won’t rush
Center fielder recovering from shoulder surgery
March 14, 2004
One good thing about Jim Edmonds’ recuperation from offseason shoulder surgery: It’s giving the St. Louis Cardinals a chance to give the multitude of candidates for the left field job more playing time.
Deborah Kaye Hayes
March 14, 2004
Margaret Schroeder
March 14, 2004
Pricey diets not all healthy
March 14, 2004
Dear Readers: In the third step of my eight-week health plan for pets, let’s address the importance of diet. Many people feed their pets “premium diets” that in reality aren’t as natural and healthy as you may think.
Water district interested in buying ranch
March 14, 2004
Now that the state has delayed its purchase of the Circle K ranch in Edwards County, local water officials are considering buying the land themselves.
Proper length vital to mowing lawns in spring
March 14, 2004
With winter colds and runny noses fading away, gardeners will soon be attacked by another ailment: spring fever. The warm, sunny days and fresh spring air mean more work outside. Two activities most gardeners tackle first are mowing and fertilizing the lawn. Both activities can influence how your grass grows this spring.
9-11 images
March 14, 2004
KU awaits NCAA fate
UT neutralizes Simien, bounces Jayhawks out of Big 12 semis
March 14, 2004
College basketball teams finally may have discovered a way to slow Kansas University power forward Wayne Simien. Mug him.
Arts notes
March 14, 2004
¢ Acclaimed chamber group to play at Lied Center ¢ Free State Orchestra tapped for D.C. trip ¢ Kaw Valley Quilters welcome quilt designer ¢ ‘Grease’ is still the word ¢ Honors recital features outstanding students ¢ Doctoral student to conduct singers ¢ ‘Eieio’ creator to detail career in design ¢ ‘PANOPLY’ looking for splendid talent ¢ Female choir celebrates Women’s History Month ¢ Trombonist to take Swarthout stage ¢ Technology, textiles meet in KU exhibition ¢ Lawrence choreographer part of K.C. concert
People
March 14, 2004
¢ Kid Rock to present Seger at hall ¢ Snoop seeks respect as actor ¢ Opry taking show on road ¢ Cobain had hoped to join Hole
The Motley Fool
March 14, 2004
¢ Last week’s question and answer ¢ Going ‘short’ ¢ The Wal-Mart monster ¢ A dumb noninvestment
Travel briefs
March 14, 2004
¢ Dallas Arboretum celebrates anniversary ¢ Museum plans exhibit on ‘Lord of the Rings’ ¢ Train links Portland with Astoria region
Reno County to collect tax on buggies
Amish community in Yoder to be put on ‘honor system’
March 14, 2004
Reno County has started requiring residents to pay personal property taxes on horse-drawn buggies. County Appraiser Steve Bauman emphasized that anyone owning a buggy — not only Amish — should register it for tax purposes. Like golf carts, buggies will be taxed, but no vehicle license tag will be issued.
Autistic boy is unlikely hero of British murder mystery
March 14, 2004
It started with a darkly comic image in novelist Mark Haddon’s mind: a dead dog pinned to the ground by a gardening fork.
Bookstore
March 14, 2004
It had to happen: Atkins fad infiltrates cat food
March 14, 2004
After countless weight-loss stories from people I know, constant advertising through all media concerning low-carb diets and even restaurants catering to the craze, you guessed it: Pet food manufacturers have responded in kind.
Knife boxes once held household’s wealth
March 14, 2004
Where do you keep your best silverware? Probably in a drawer in the dining room. In the 18th and early 19th centuries, silver could represent a significant portion of the owner’s wealth. A well-equipped dining room after 1780 had a dining-room table and chairs, and a sideboard that held bottles of wine, serving dishes and sometimes glass and china.
Horoscope
March 14, 2004
Briefly
March 14, 2004
¢ Roadside bomb kills two U.S. soldiers near Tikrit ¢ U.S. Marines kill two men; Aristide headed to Caribbean ¢ Former priest gets 8 years for molesting teen brothers
Briefly
March 14, 2004
¢ Mother charged in baby death denies scar fears ¢ 96-year-old charged with drug possession ¢ Bostonian suspected in two beheading deaths
Briefcase
March 14, 2004
¢ Robot can watch home while owners are away ¢ Wheat associations seek input about proposal ¢ Motley Fool: Name that company
Sun never sets on Capitol business
Work continues in Topeka long after state legislators have called it a day
March 14, 2004
When the Legislature concludes its business each day, a small army of state employees shifts into overdrive. “When they go out, we go in,” said Joe Ortega, who supervises a squad of janitors in the Capitol.
Comment: Senate committee picks on Fehr
March 14, 2004
One by one, the members of the Senate Commerce Committee leaned forward into the microphones last week and took a good look at Donald Fehr, trying to determine if he had any wings left that could still be removed.
KU: ‘We’ll play where they put us’
March 14, 2004
Playing first- and second-round NCAA Tournament games in Kansas City, Mo., sure would be convenient for Kansas University’s basketball players and fans.
Pavarotti saying goodbye to opera
March 14, 2004
This is the finale, Luciano Pavarotti said of Saturday’s “Tosca,” one last opera on stage after more than four decades of the high C’s that transformed him from an insurance salesman to perhaps the most widely beloved classical singer ever.
KU to scrutinize defense during spring football drills
March 14, 2004
Bill Young doesn’t mince words when talking about Kansas University’s football defense. “Cornerback and defensive line were our team’s most glaring weaknesses last year,” said Young, Kansas’ third-year defensive coordinator.
Pet Post
March 14, 2004
Business briefs
March 14, 2004
Mayor took risk on gay marriages
March 14, 2004
Slapped down by California’s Supreme Court, Mayor Gavin Newsom remained defiant in his quest to make same-sex marriages legal.