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Police confiscate marijuana plants in bust near school
March 16, 2004
(Updated Tuesday at 4:55 p.m.) Lawrence Police today confiscated about 60 to 70 marijuana plants they found in a house located only about a block away from New York elementary school and a few blocks east of the police department’s headquarters.
Opponents find flaws in concealed gun bill
March 16, 2004
(Updated Tuesday at 12:22 p.m.) TOPEKA - Opponents of a bill permitting Kansans to carry concealed handguns said Tuesday the measure is flawed because people could carry their weapons into churches and places where children gather.
House Republicans announce details of school finance plan
March 16, 2004
(Updated Tuesday at 11:26 a.m.) TOPEKA - House Republicans on Tuesday proposed a $92 million school finance package, funded through increases in local property taxes and savings in the state budget.
GOP House leaders unveil new school funding plan, governor ‘alarmed’ by plan
March 16, 2004
(Updated Tuesday at 11:42 a.m.) TOPEKA — Republican House leaders today unveiled a public school finance plan that would increase state funding by $28.5 million and allow local school districts to raise local property taxes by $64 million.
Panelists remember families’ roles in history
March 16, 2004
Leola Brown Montgomery still remembers hearing the Supreme Court decision bearing her name announced over the radio, while she was doing her family’s ironing in Topeka. Her daughters would no longer have to walk past a white elementary school to one that blacks were forced to attend.
Kerry accused of lying about foreign supporters
March 16, 2004
The Bush administration cast doubts on John Kerry’s credibility Monday, strongly suggesting that the presumptive Democratic nominee lied when he said some foreign leaders privately backed his presidential bid. Kerry denied the White House’s assertion, saying “I stand by my statement.”
Washington study makes birth control pills available without exam
March 16, 2004
Step up to the pharmacy counter, answer 23 questions and walk out with birth control pills.
Horoscopes
March 16, 2004
Flames not steamed by foe
UIC coach happy about tournament berth even with Kansas as opponent in K.C.
March 16, 2004
Jimmy Collins didn’t send any nasty e-mails, cards or letters to NCAA Tournament committee members Sunday night. Illinois-Chicago’s men’s basketball coach was too happy about his 24-7 team earning a bid to the tournament to stress out about the fact his Flames must play Kansas University in a first-round game at 8:55 p.m. Friday at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo.
Despite losing record, Rattlers feel they belong
Florida A&M to face Lehigh for right to advance
March 16, 2004
A 1-10 start is a bad sign for teams hoping to play in the NCAA Tournament. But even a losing record wasn’t enough to keep Florida A&M out of this postseason. The Rattlers overcame early season struggles and are a win away from the main bracket and a chance to play top-seeded Kentucky.
Century City’ looks ahead to brave new world
March 16, 2004
Combine the slick future of “Minority Report” with the legal soap opera of “L.A. Law,” and you’ve got something vaguely resembling the new drama “Century City” (8 p.m., CBS). Set in the year 2030, the lawyers of “City” wrestle with the legal, moral and ethical implications of a brave new world wrought by technology. Developments in cloning and genetic engineering that we only dream of today become the stuff of complicated lawsuits for the firm of Crane, Constable, McNeil and Montero in a slick, high-tech, multicultural future.
County plans roadwork for route leading to Baldwin
March 16, 2004
The main route for traffic between Lawrence and Baldwin will get a new bridge in 2006, but planning could begin soon for an even bigger overhaul along Douglas County Road 1055.
People
March 16, 2004
¢ Cleaning house ¢ A hands-on top model ¢ Impromptu show
No more freshman follies
Even Kansas underclassmen have to contribute in March
March 16, 2004
Kansas University’s basketball team has been to two Final Fours in two seasons, and the Jayhawk veterans will offer plenty of postseason advice for their freshmen teammates prior to Friday’s NCAA Tournament first-round contest against Illinois-Chicago.
American Idol’ down to big 12
March 16, 2004
So far, breathtakingly untalented William Hung is the big hit of this season’s “American Idol.”
Dorothy Marie Terry
March 16, 2004
Mary Juanita Lindsey Bohn
March 16, 2004
Beck bails on Padres
Pitcher dealing with undisclosed issues
March 16, 2004
Just when Barry Bonds and Billy Wagner returned to the field, Rod Beck left the San Diego Padres.
Rezoning likely to bring seventh Wal-Mart lawsuit
March 16, 2004
By the time the Lawrence City Commission finishes its work tonight, another Wal-Mart lawsuit could be incubating. The commission is expected to approve rezoning of land at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive where Wal-Mart wants to build, limiting the size of the biggest building on the site to less than two-thirds of what the retailer has proposed.
Pump Patrol seeks deals
March 16, 2004
The Journal-World has found a Lawrence-area gasoline price as low as $1.62 at Site, 946 E. 23rd St. If you find a lower price, report it to Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Briefly
March 16, 2004
¢ Three U.S. civilians killed in drive-by shooting ¢ Soldier to claim conscientious objector status ¢ Dozens believed trapped in apartment explosion ¢ Police: Fresno victims shot
Briefly
March 16, 2004
¢ Federal officials ease teacher quality rules ¢ Ministers charged for wedding gay couples ¢ Government expands mad cow testing ¢ Laid-off worker wins Powerball jackpot ¢ Arrest warrant issued in highway shootings
Runnin’ Rebels turn to Kruger
UNLV hires ex-Kansas State boss to resurrect program
March 16, 2004
UNLV hired Silver Lake native Lon Kruger, a veteran college and pro coach, to lead the Runnin’ Rebels basketball program back to national prominence.
Vincent to Bills; Boston to Dolphins
March 16, 2004
Troy Vincent will be covering receivers for Buffalo and David Boston will be catching passes for Miami next season.
Important link
Local officials should try to get the 15th Street interchange on the South Lawrence Trafficway back on track.
March 16, 2004
A local resident’s complaints about motorists turning off the South Lawrence Trafficway and driving toward his home hoping the gravel road would take them into the city is a reminder of the need to connect West 15th Street to the trafficway.
World events work against U.S. policy
March 16, 2004
Measured by the immediacy and importance of their political effect, the train bombs in Madrid were the most efficient explosions in the history of terrorism. Detonated 74 hours before polls opened in a national election, the reverberations toppled a U.S. ally.
War on terrorism just beginning
March 16, 2004
The dramatic upset by Spain’s Socialist Party in Sunday’s election represents a setback in the war on terror. The killers of 200 people on trains in Madrid last week made a calculated gamble that their horrific act would change the outcome of the election and put in office a new president who opposes Spain’s participation in the stabilization of Iraq.
Questions raised
March 16, 2004
Trust betrayed
March 16, 2004
Fabricated figure
March 16, 2004
Kansas coaching search continues
Woodard reportedly no longer candidate to replace Washington
March 16, 2004
All is quiet on the Kansas University women’s basketball front. A week has passed since the Jayhawks’ turbulent season ended on a 10-game losing streak at the Big 12 Conference tournament, and there is no indication the hiring of a new head coach is imminent.
Wood handcuffs K.C.
March 16, 2004
Kerry Wood pitched four scoreless innings as the Cubs beat Kansas City, 3-2, Monday.
In the halls
March 16, 2004
How far do you think Kansas will get in the NCAA Tournament?
Diversions
March 16, 2004
¢ Children need to get moving ¢ For animal lovers
Pedestrian was KU partygoer
Wichitan struck, killed near Rock Chalk Revue celebration
March 16, 2004
Kansas University’s greek community was reeling Monday after the death of a pedestrian near a party celebrating the end of an annual on-campus musical production. Douglas County Sheriff’s officials identified the victim as Devin Scott Emery, 20, of Wichita. His father said Emery had come to Lawrence to visit friends and see the Rock Chalk Revue show, which ended Saturday night.
Moore to send Cuba travel stories to colleagues
Kansas congressman draws attention to J-W series
March 16, 2004
A recent Journal-World series on the U.S. crackdown on travel to Cuba is being brought to the attention of Congress today. Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan., is sending copies of the newspaper’s “Trading With the Enemy?” series to all 434 of his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives. A spokeswoman said the distribution was intended to stimulate renewed debate on the travel and trade embargo with Cuba.
Most allies will stick with Iraq mission
But newly elected Spanish leader plans to withdraw troops
March 16, 2004
Governments helping rebuild Iraq pledged Monday to stay the course, though there were signs of nervousness after terror bombings in Madrid possibly linked to al-Qaida and the defeat of the Spanish government that sent peacekeepers. Only Spain’s newly elected leader said he would withdraw troops.
Betting on a full house
Texas Hold’em poker games draw a crowd
March 16, 2004
Stacking his mountain of green chips, Aaron Salter forced his opponent to utter the magic words of poker. “All-in,” Blake Shuert begrudgingly proclaimed from behind his own short stack of chips. Shuert flipped over a six and a two; his fate at the table was quickly decided.
Family seeks to sue KU, fraternity
Attorney argues institutions share liability in drunken-driving death
March 16, 2004
Family members of Lisa Bland, a Lawrence woman killed in 2000 by a 16-year-old drunken driver, asked the Kansas Supreme Court on Monday to allow them to sue Kansas University and the fraternity where the teen drank alcohol.
Texan argues for concealed carry
Lone Star lawmaker lost both parents in restaurant rampage
March 16, 2004
A Texas legislator whose parents died in a 1991 shooting spree in a cafeteria urged a Kansas Senate committee to endorse a bill that would allow Kansans to carry concealed weapons.
City briefs
March 16, 2004
¢ $10,000 reward offered in arson investigation ¢ LHS students report carjacking at gunpoint
KU to lobby at Capitol to show benefits to state
March 16, 2004
Kansas University will take over the first floor of the Capitol on Thursday in an effort to increase its state funding.
On the record
March 16, 2004
Haskell students stabbed during incident on campus
Former student arrested after fight with victims
March 16, 2004
A 23-year-old former Haskell Indian Nations University student was charged Monday in connection with Saturday stabbings that sent two Haskell students to the hospital.
Aristide allowed into Jamaica
March 16, 2004
Former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide returned to the Caribbean from African exile on Monday, after winning temporary asylum in Jamaica.
Ousted leader invited to speak at KU
March 16, 2004
Speaking on National Radio of Jamaica, Kansas University Institute of Haitian Studies director Bryant Freeman issued an invitation Monday to former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to give a speech at KU.
Bombing causes Israel to cancel peace talks
March 16, 2004
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Monday ruled out negotiations with the Palestinians, accusing them of doing nothing to stop terror attacks a day after a double suicide bombing killed 10 Israelis.
Iris Eileen Craver
March 16, 2004
Schroeder services
March 16, 2004
Services for Margaret Loomis Schroeder, 87, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Charles Albert ‘Bert’ Reynolds Jr.
March 16, 2004
Harold Wayne Caruthers
March 16, 2004
Lori Ann Wellman
March 16, 2004
Anna Laura Koehn
March 16, 2004
Shannon Michael McMillen
March 16, 2004
Case argues bondsmen’s limits
March 16, 2004
A bail bondsman convicted in Lawrence of misdemeanor trespass and assault sought on Monday to have the charges dismissed, saying that bail bondsmen should be given wide legal latitude when trying to apprehend fugitives.
New trial sought in alleyway mugging
March 16, 2004
A woman convicted in connection with the 2001 mugging of a 78-year-old man in Lawrence is seeking a new trial, alleging police coerced testimony from her 12-year-old son.
Most distant known object in solar system found
March 16, 2004
Scientists on Monday announced the discovery of a frozen, shiny red world some 8 billion miles from Earth that is the most distant known object in the solar system.
FDA to determine low-carb labels
Deceptive marketing confuses consumers
March 16, 2004
Food makers are jockeying for grocery shelf space in the low-carb craze, touting everything from salad dressing to ice cream to low-carbohydrate Easter chocolate.
KU names pharmacy dean
March 16, 2004
Kansas University administrators have selected one of their own to lead the KU School of Pharmacy.
Analysis: Spain’s lesson: Attack in U.S. could alter election
March 16, 2004
Even before the bombings in Madrid, White House officials were worrying that terrorists might strike the United States before the November elections.
Pakistanis foil attack before Powell visit
March 16, 2004
Pakistani police defused a large bomb less than five minutes before it was timed to detonate Monday outside the U.S. Consulate, averting a devastating terrorist attack two days before Secretary of State Colin Powell visits this country.
Islamic militants linking to al-Qaida
March 16, 2004
The al-Qaida terrorist network, its command structure hit hard by Washington’s war on terrorism, is mutating into a hard-to-define web of Islamic militants who share Osama bin Laden’s ideology and goals even if they operate under other names.
Daily ticker
March 16, 2004
Stewart resigns from company’s board
Homemaking guru to retain creative position
March 16, 2004
Ten days after being convicted in a stock scandal, Martha Stewart resigned Monday from the board of the homemaking empire that bears her name and stamps it on everything from magazines to bedsheets.
Trader warns ‘easy money’s behind us’
Dow plunges 137 points
March 16, 2004
The election of an anti-war government in Spain further unnerved the stock market Monday, propelling the Dow Jones industrial average more than 130 points lower on fears that terrorists, emboldened by the events in Spain, would strike again.
Commodities
March 16, 2004
New Homestead Act aims to bolster rural populations
March 16, 2004
Rural counties in the nation’s midsection are losing population at staggering rates, but the Senate-passed budget aims to reverse that trend.
Bobcat visits back porch of Lawrence couple’s condo
March 16, 2004
A bobcat has been hanging out on the back porch of Earl and Barbara Huyser’s Lawrence home. It has shown up twice.
Wichita schools build safe rooms to withstand tornadoes, storms
March 16, 2004
Using federal grant money matched with part of the district’s $285 million bond issue, school officials in Wichita have built tornado-proof safe rooms at 26 schools.
OSU using seeding snub for motivation
March 16, 2004
Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton still was seething Monday, a day after learning that two Big 12 Conference titles and only one loss in the past two months weren’t enough to secure a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Jayhawk briefs
March 16, 2004
¢ Weather halts spring football drills ¢ Jayhawk baseball, softball squads on road
Suns burn Rockets
Phoenix snaps Houston streak in OT
March 16, 2004
The Houston Rockets fell into the Phoenix Suns’ trapping defense once again, and Joe Johnson slammed the door.
Diener double-double sparks Golden Eagles
March 16, 2004
Marquette is hoping to have as much success in the NIT this season as it had in the NCAA Tournament last year.
Senator says concealed carry bill is flawed
March 16, 2004
A member of the Senate committee reviewing a bill permitting Kansans to carry concealed handguns says the measure is flawed, in part because it does not prohibit hidden guns in churches.
Lawmaker suggests using new juvenile detention facility for adults
March 16, 2004
A northeast Kansas lawmaker thinks the state should consider housing adult inmates in a new juvenile detention facility before deciding to allow private prisons in the state.
School voucher supporters heartened by Bullock’s ruling
March 16, 2004
A judge’s decision that the state’s school aid formula is unconstitutional is giving hope to supporters of school vouchers for the poor.
Senate advances bill to encourage grandparents as foster parents
March 16, 2004
Senators gave first-round approval Monday to a bill creating a new program to help grandparents who are raising their grandchildren, with the goal of keeping some of those children out of foster families.
Senators worry marriage amendment is too broad
March 16, 2004
With a committee preparing to consider a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution banning gay marriage, some senators said Monday they are worried the measure is too broad.
House advances bill moving toward new lake in southwest Kansas
March 16, 2004
House members tentatively approved a bill Monday to establish the Horse Thief Reservoir benefit district, a step toward creating a new lake in southwest Kansas.
Beltran quietly achieving greatness
March 16, 2004
He and Barry Bonds, Honus Wagner and Ty Cobb are among six men in baseball history with at least three seasons of 100 runs, 100 RBIs and 30 stolen bases.
Briefcase
March 16, 2004
¢ High prices don’t slow demand for gasoline ¢ Industrial production posts broad gains ¢ Butler merger passes regulatory muster ¢ Aquila finishes deal to sell power plants
Building activity hits 7-year low
Realtors worry about housing shortage this summer
March 16, 2004
After snow and cold weather significantly slowed builders in January, the elements almost shut down Lawrence homebuilders in February, according to a recently released report by city officials.
Law professor cites decision’s shortfalls
March 16, 2004
The legacy of a 50-year-old “legal icon” hasn’t lived up to its promise, a Harvard Law School professor told an audience Monday night in Kansas University’s Woodruff Auditorium.
Area briefs
March 16, 2004
¢ St. Patrick’s Day parade to affect city traffic ¢ Driver dies after wreck ¢ Veritas school’s annual book sale under way ¢ Lawrence artists in Capitol exhibit ¢ Washburn faculty forum to focus on Iraq ¢ Westar stockholders file responses in lawsuit ¢ Undersheriff formally announces bid
Court in session
Players, young fans revere Allen Fieldhouse
March 16, 2004
Kansas University men’s basketball team, preparing for its NCAA Tournament opener Friday against Illinois-Chicago at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo., consistently signs the top high school recruits in the country.
Private lives, public places
March 16, 2004
Let me set the scene. You’re sitting in traffic with your 4-year-old. Suddenly you notice she’s watching with rapt interest something in the next car. You glance over and realize that the other vehicle is equipped with one of those DVD screens that are available on certain late-model cars.