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Gay marriage ban could hurt business growth, say critics
March 17, 2004
(Web Posted Wednesday at 11:39 a.m.) TOPEKA - Amending the Kansas Constitution to ban gay marriage could be bad for business, opponents of the proposal told a Senate committee Wednesday.
Former KU student surrenders to authorities for arson fires
March 17, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 4:52 p.m.) A former Kansas University student turned himself in to California authorities Tuesday in connection with a string of arsons in Lawrence and Johnson County.
6News to cover St. Patrick’s Parade live
March 17, 2004
(Web Posted Wednesday at 10:10 a.m.) Turning green with envy at those who get to go to Lawrence’s colorful St. Patrick’s Day Parade? You can see it too — through a live televised newscast and a live online camera. Today’s parade, which begins at 1 p.m. will be covered live on Sunflower Broadband’s Channel 6 from a post just outside of Liberty Hall in the 600 block of Massachusetts Street.
Lawrence gays speak out against same-sex marriage ban
March 17, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 11:48 a.m.) TOPEKA — Opponents and supporters of a proposed state constitutional amendment banning gay marriages clashed today before a legislative committee. David Greenbaum and Michael Silverman of Lawrence, who were married in a synagogue, said the proposal would run counter to religions that have accepted gay marriage.
People
March 17, 2004
¢ Pope visits with ‘Passion’ star ¢ Prince, Seger, Harrison lead inductees into rock hall ¢ Whitney Houston in rehab ¢ It’s a girl
City briefs
March 17, 2004
¢ Hollywood consultant remembers the Alamo ¢ Humanities council seeks board members
Briefly
March 17, 2004
¢ Israel launches retaliatory strike ¢ New Cabinet lacks pro-Aristide names ¢ Thieves suspected in gas explosion ¢ China declares fight against bird flu over ¢ Nuclear inspections to resume in Iran ¢ Powell to ask Pakistan about nuclear smuggling ¢ Court weighs validity of recall petition ¢ Police arrest 18 in attacks plot ¢ Threats reported about head scarf ban
Briefly
March 17, 2004
¢ Six suspected in Madrid attack ¢ Fear of terrorist attack grows among U.S. allies ¢ Suspects recaptured in Cole bombing ¢ Twenty-four killed in al-Qaida, Taliban hunt ¢ U.S. focuses fight against terror in Africa
Briefly
March 17, 2004
¢ Snowstorm strikes East late in season ¢ Ethics office clears Interior official ¢ Teen’s cancer research tops science contest ¢ Judge says courts overworked, need funds
Cookies shape up for holiday treat
March 17, 2004
Given a good basic dough to work with, fancy cookie cutters can produce mouthwatering cookies tailor-made for any special occasion.
Irish recipes
March 17, 2004
¢ Lamb Shanks Braised in Guinness with Root Vegetables ¢ Golden Raisin Irish Soda Bread ¢ Colcannon ¢ Lemon Curd Tart
Culinary institute offers new take on corned beef, cabbage
March 17, 2004
Corned beef and cabbage is enjoyed regularly in many American households, although its popularity typically soars on St. Patrick’s Day.
How to make wise choices when eating at restaurants
March 17, 2004
As part of National Nutrition Month, “Eat Smart to Stay Healthy, for a Lifetime,” the American Dietetic Assn. has shared ideas on “Healthy Eating on the Run: A Month of Tips.” These tips will help you make better food choices for a healthy you.
Asparagus group offers advice on selection, storage
March 17, 2004
The first documented production of asparagus in California dates back to 1852, and since then its appearance has become predictable as spring. Now, nearly 95 percent of the 200 million pounds of fresh asparagus grown in the United States comes from California.
Historical lessons
Brown v. Board of Education is a notable and honorable chapter in Kansas history.
March 17, 2004
Kansans probably have some mixed feelings about the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.
Benefits of ban
March 17, 2004
Is it wrong?
March 17, 2004
Unjust measure
March 17, 2004
Weak arguments
March 17, 2004
Clemons repeats claims
In TV interview, ex-MU player says he was paid
March 17, 2004
Former Missouri guard Ricky Clemons renewed in a television interview his claim of receiving money while playing basketball for the Tigers.
Kansas not guaranteed win in K.C.
Jayhawks 11-5 in tournament games in K.C.
March 17, 2004
Wayne Simien doesn’t remember Kansas University’s loss to Virginia in the 1995 NCAA Tournament, and it’s not necessarily because the KU junior from Leavenworth was only 12 when the Cavaliers ousted the top-seeded Jayhawks, 67-58, in the Sweet 16 at Kansas City, Mo.
Williams contacts KU’s Self
March 17, 2004
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self has fielded dozens of phone calls from well-wishers since the NCAA Tournament pairings were announced late Sunday afternoon.
March Madness begins
Rattlers win play-in game
March 17, 2004
The NCAA Tournament’s only team with a losing record is getting the hang of climbing brackets in March.
Jayhawk golf briefs
March 17, 2004
¢ Jayhawks crack poll ¢ KU women finish fifth
Royals rip Rangers, 12-7
March 17, 2004
Left-hander Chris George, who is trying to regain a berth in the Kansas City rotation after going back to the minors last July, gave up a home run to Hank Blalock, but retired the final seven batters he faced as the Royals beat the Texas Rangers, 12-7, Tuesday.
Haskell trips Tabor
March 17, 2004
Despite trailing in both games of their doubleheader Tuesday, Haskell Indian Nations University softball players said they felt no need to score quickly.
KUsports.com offering cell-phone updates for NCAA games
March 17, 2004
If you’ve been wondering how you’re going to stay up to date with all the games being played in the NCAA Tournament starting this week, KUsports.com has the answer.
Wallach powers Jayhawks in sweep
March 17, 2004
Melanie Wallach homered twice, and Kansas University swept UMKC, 8-0 and 4-2, Tuesday in a softball doubleheader.
Malcolm to sign with Washburn
March 17, 2004
Free State High senior Will Malcolm plans to sign a letter of intent to play football at Washburn University in Topeka.
ORU tops KU in extra innings
March 17, 2004
Josh Lex ripped a game-winning double with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning Tuesday, lifting Oral Roberts to a 2-1 win over Kansas University and extending ORU’s winning streak to 11 games.
Lawrence job outlook improving
March 17, 2004
Lawrence job seekers should have an easier time finding a job during the next three months, according to a report released Tuesday.
Sprint CEO earns $16 million in 2003
March 17, 2004
Gary Forsee, chairman and chief executive officer of Sprint Corp., received more than $16.4 million in compensation last year, including $12.8 million in restricted stock, according to a Tuesday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Briefcase
March 17, 2004
¢ Starbucks launches digital music service ¢ Housing starts drop ¢ Kansas task force on wind energy to meet ¢ H&R Block confirms trading investigation
Pot seized near school
Police place street value of haul at $30,000
March 17, 2004
As Michael Schoen walked his daughter home Tuesday afternoon from New York School, they passed Lawrence Police detectives bagging marijuana plants that had been cultivated inside a house. “It’s a little unnerving, especially this close to a school,” Schoen said.
Rezoning rolls back size limits for sites at Sixth and Wakarusa
March 17, 2004
Voices were raised. Lawsuit threats were made. And Wal-Mart’s proposal for a new store in west Lawrence suffered another blow. The Lawrence City Commission on Tuesday approved rezoning the northwest corner of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive to make the retailer’s plans for the site impossible.
Sculptor casts proposal for basketball memorial
Naismith park game plan drawn
March 17, 2004
Artist Eldon Tefft dreams big. His dream comes with a price tag of $30 million. Tefft, a former Kansas University professor, and his business partner, Merlin Brown, are striving to build a memorial to commemorate the history of basketball. The memorial would stretch across a couple of acres and include a garden resembling a basketball court, surrounded by sculptures of people who played a part in creating the sport.
Pump Patrol seeks deals
March 17, 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.
Speaker says economics still divides nation’s races
March 17, 2004
While some aspects of education for blacks improved with desegregation of schools, economic gaps between blacks and whites continue, according to an economist and national commentator.
Probe ordered into Bush’s Medicare plan
Analyst said he was ordered to withhold true cost
March 17, 2004
The Health and Human Services inspector general is launching an inquiry into whether Bush administration officials committed any wrongdoing last year by withholding from Congress internal analyses showing that Medicare prescription drug legislation the White House supported would cost significantly more than lawmakers believed.
Primary decides Senate contenders in key state
March 17, 2004
State Sen. Barack Obama, a former civil-rights lawyer seeking to become just the third black U.S. senator in a century, easily won the Democratic primary Tuesday, setting up a high-stakes fall race with Republican Jack Ryan that could decide who controls the Senate.
More civilians slain in Iraq
March 17, 2004
U.S. forces on Tuesday airlifted to Germany the sole survivor of an attack on an American humanitarian mission that killed her four fellow Christian missionaries Monday evening. The team was in northern Iraq to plan a water-purification project and “share God’s love with the Iraqi people.”
Hayes services
March 17, 2004
Memorial services for Deborah Kaye Hayes, 52, Lawrence, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lawrence Funeral Chapel.
Ervin D. Eklund
March 17, 2004
Chase services
March 17, 2004
Grace McIntosh
March 17, 2004
Robert Clark Carey
March 17, 2004
Sister Mary Ellenita Uhlrich
March 17, 2004
Howard L. Sawyer
March 17, 2004
Janice R. Roberts
March 17, 2004
Museum to raise money for planned expansion
March 17, 2004
Clinton historical museum committee members are planning a July 17 fund-raiser.
City Hall report
Weekly review of city government
March 17, 2004
¢ Traffic unit ¢ Spring break ¢ Sidewalk compliance ¢ Schedule
Senate passes bill to aid ‘foster’ grandparents
March 17, 2004
Grandparents who are raising their grandchildren could receive financial help from the state under a bill passed by the Senate on Tuesday.
House approves bill for southwest Kansas lake
March 17, 2004
The House sent the Senate a bill Tuesday to establish the Horse Thief Reservoir benefit district for what could become the largest lake in southwest Kansas.
Commodities
March 17, 2004
U.S. officials fear smaller attacks, too
Counterror experts afraid train bombing would be harder to stop
March 17, 2004
As Spanish investigators on Tuesday continued to hunt down leads in the deadly train bombings in Madrid, U.S. officials worried that the attacks marked a shift in terrorism tactics that could prove more difficult to defend against at home.
St. Patrick’s Day feast
Private chef shares traditional Irish dishes
March 17, 2004
Paige Vandegrift’s love for Irish food was sparked when she was studying for six months in 1992 at Le Cordon Bleu London Culinary Institute. Vandegrift — now a private chef living in Kansas City, Mo. — used to enjoy making weekly visits to Selfridges, a London department store famous for its enormous food halls with delicacies collected from around Europe.
Fed keeps rates steady on job fears
March 17, 2004
Federal Reserve policy-makers, worried about companies’ inability to create new jobs, kept interest rates at a 45-year low on Tuesday and signaled anew that they would be slow to order any future increase that could cramp the economy’s recovery.
GOP offers counter transportation plan
Republican legislators give their proposal for funding state’s highway projects
March 17, 2004
Republican legislative leaders are proposing to shore up the state’s comprehensive transportation plan with bonds, sales tax revenue and federal funds.
GOP plan draws criticism over property tax component
March 17, 2004
A $92 million education plan from House Republicans is drawing fire because school districts would have to increase their property taxes to get much of the money promised.
LMH improves ranking for treating heart patients
March 17, 2004
Lawrence Memorial Hospital jumped from worst to not-quite-first in the latest report ranking how Kansas City-area hospitals treat heart attack patients.
Knappenberger services
March 17, 2004
Nursing home faces withheld subsidies
March 17, 2004
A Lawrence nursing home’s troubles have gone from bad to worse now that officials have followed through on a threat to withhold Medicare and Medicaid payments to subsidize the care of new residents.
Michigan ends Missouri’s season, 65-64
Nebraska, Saint Louis also record one-point victories in tournamenet openers
March 17, 2004
Sophomore guard Daniel Horton made certain the Michigan basketball team’s first appearance in postseason play since 2000 would not end quickly.
Gardeners begin planning for spring plantings
Tips on growing potatoes
March 17, 2004
To anyone who has not spent an early spring day tilling up a vegetable garden, what I’m about to say will undoubtedly seem like nonsense. By the same token, those of my ilk, the folks who have dirt under their fingernails in mid-March, will understand.
Jayni shares recipes for making shrimp
March 17, 2004
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Sensational Shrimp: Recipes for America’s Favorite Crustacean.”
Briefly
March 17, 2004
¢ National Guardsman classified as deserter ¢ Marriage licenses for gays approved
Illinois win secures Kerry’s nomination
March 17, 2004
Sen. John Kerry delivered a long-distance thank you Tuesday evening to Democrats who cast ballots in the Illinois primary, saying he would be forever grateful to the state where he secured enough delegates to formally clinch the party’s presidential nomination.
Daily ticker
March 17, 2004
Briefly
March 17, 2004
¢ Poll: Many believe U.S. seeking world domination ¢ Church condemns in-vitro fertilization ¢ Study: Radiation beneficial when prostate cancer recurs
Global warming fear heats up
March 17, 2004
The thing about global warming is that all you have to do is say those two words and most people’s eyelids — like our polar icecaps — start sliding down, down, down.
Cavaliers win seventh straight
Cleveland makes Bulls latest victims, 111-87
March 17, 2004
LeBron James turned, fired and banked in a three-pointer from 25 feet away that probably had no business going in the basket.
GOP plan for schools shifts taxes to districts
House Republican leaders unveil ‘stopgap’ measure; governor, others balk
March 17, 2004
Republican House leaders Tuesday released a school-finance plan that would spend $28.4 million from unidentified sources and allow local school districts to increase property taxes by $62.6 million. Critics said the plan’s heaviest burden would fall on low-income Kansans.
Haskell to loan statue for Smithsonian exhibit
March 17, 2004
A sculpture from Haskell Indian Nations University is being sent to Washington, D.C., as part of opening events for the Smithsonian Institution’s new National Museum of the American Indian.
Budget committee prioritizes cuts
March 17, 2004
A committee studying next year’s budget for Lawrence Public Schools has made its recommendations for how to cover an estimated $740,000 shortfall in the district’s budget. The recommendations — which include eliminating 26 subvarsity coaching positions, several custodial positions and several administrative jobs — will be considered by the school board on March 29.
Workforce center addition caters to employers’ needs
Business leaders, jobseekers tout Lawrence agency’s services
March 17, 2004
The paint on the walls was still wet, but that didn’t stop the first job interviews in the new employer’s wing of the Lawrence Workforce Center.
Parade paints the town green
March 17, 2004
The largest St. Patrick’s Day parade to date strolled down Massachusetts Street this afternoon, featuring everything green — firetrucks and dyed dogs included.
Indie queens’ discuss women in film
IFC documentary offers new look at Hollywood
March 17, 2004
Nancy Savoca’s movies pick up where Martin Scorsese’s and Francis Ford Coppola’s films leave off, according to film historian Emanuel Levy.
These ‘Stones’ offer no satisfaction
March 17, 2004
What’s the best way to sum up the new sitcom “The Stones” (8:30 p.m., CBS)? It’s a show from the creators of “Will & Grace,” who try to duplicate the humor of “Will & Grace” without the cast of “Will & Grace.” But that doesn’t stop at least one member of the cast from doing a pretty good Debra Messing imitation. I challenge you to close your eyes while Lindsay Sloane delivers her lines. You can almost hear Grace Adler.
Arsonists hard to figure, rarely caught
Investigations sometimes span years, crimes often go unsolved, police say
March 17, 2004
It could be a thrill seeker, someone with a laundry list of grudges, a curious kid, a pyromaniac who can’t control his or her urge to see something burn.
Clarification
March 17, 2004
A story in Sunday’s Journal-World failed to mention that the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library board co-commissioned a mural that Van Go Mobile Arts is creating for the library. The other commissioning partner is the Lawrence Sesquicentennial Committee.
On the record
March 17, 2004
Koehn services
March 17, 2004
Committee members to consider narrowing concealed carry bill
March 17, 2004
Legislation allowing Kansans to carry concealed handguns should be amended to ban the guns anywhere that schoolchildren gather, members of a Senate committee said after hearing two days of testimony.
Education official defends changes to reform act
March 17, 2004
This week’s announcement of new “flexibilities” in the No Child Left Behind Act shouldn’t be interpreted as the federal government backing off the law, a high-ranking official with the U.S. Department of Education said Tuesday.
Mets’ Reyes might miss opener
March 17, 2004
Jose Reyes can only use his speed if he keeps his legs healthy.
Horoscopes
March 17, 2004
City briefs
March 17, 2004
¢ Mass. Street to close at noon for parade ¢ Free guide lists county’s smoke-free restaurants ¢ Charity benefit falls below last year’s total ¢ County district goes 100 percent for Kerry ¢ Medal of Honor recipient is guest on ‘River City’
Terrorism must not disrupt U.S. elections
March 17, 2004
The exact motives and identity of the terrorists who took at least 200 lives in Madrid have not yet been established. But the calculations of these killers are written in the blood that was shed in the Spanish capital’s train stations.
Campaign ads
March 17, 2004
Schools must guide athletes
March 17, 2004
Recently the media has been filled with reports of the scandal at the University of Colorado involving a series of charges filed by women who said they had been sexually assaulted by athletes over the past several years. The seriousness of these charges was compounded by extremely unfortunate remarks made to the press by the football coach, remarks that led to disciplinary action being taken against him. The president of the university has convened an investigation into both the specific charges and into the program as a whole, and even the Colorado Legislature has now begun to look into the matter.
Youth dominates city rosters
March 17, 2004
It’s the year of the youth for city high school girls soccer squads. Look around Lawrence High, Free State and Seabury Academy, and you’ll notice rosters sprinkled with freshmen and sophomores.
Santa Fe Trail dominates all-area team
Chargers’ Erickson tapped coach of the year
March 17, 2004
Ho-hum. Santa Fe Trail High had another strong year on the wrestling mat. Anymore, it’s to be expected, and that puts added pressure on SFT coach Regan Erickson. To keep the wrestling factory going can’t be easy — even if Erickson makes it look that way.
Abortion foes seek to restrict research allowed in bioscience bill
March 17, 2004
Abortion opponents Tuesday asked lawmakers to ensure there would be no cloning nor “destructive embryonic research” done in conjunction with a proposed bioscience bill.
Economic board seeks to alter its structure
Lawrence development group votes to reduce membership
March 17, 2004
The Lawrence-Douglas County Economic Development board agreed Tuesday to revamp itself by cutting its membership while adding more high-profile community leaders.
Retailers cash in on Irish holiday
More consumers celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with decorations, food
March 17, 2004
Once celebrated mostly in Irish enclaves such as Boston, St. Patrick’s Day is becoming more mainstream — and more commercial.