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Attorney general discusses gay marriage, school finance in online chat
March 18, 2004
(Updated Friday at 3:26 p.m.) The following is the transcript on an online chat with Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline that took place March 18 on ljworld.com.
House begins debate on school finance bill
March 18, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 4:24 p.m.) The House Education Committee began debate Thursday on a $92 million school finance plan offered by the chamber’s Republicans, who were far from united on the merits of the proposal.
Senate panel endorses gambling expansion plan
March 18, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 4:23 p.m.) TOPEKA - A Senate committee endorsed Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ gambling proposals Thursday after expanding the legislation to allow slot machines at certain bowling alleys, driving ranges and some other recreational sites.
Regents attorney expresses concern about open records bill
March 18, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 4:23 p.m.) TOPEKA - Although the state Board of Regents has taken no official position on a House-passed bill strengthening the Kansas Open Records Act, the panel’s chief attorney had plenty to say about the measure during a Senate committee hearing Thursday.
Toddler struck, injured by vehicle
March 18, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 4:40 p.m.) Lawrence Police have identified the 2-year-old boy critically injured by a car shortly before noon as Logan Prothro of Bennington. The driver of the Jeep Cherokee that struck Logan near 13th and Kentucky Streets has been identified as Jennifer Holland, 23, Lawrence.
Police investigating stabbing outside bar
March 18, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 12:26 p.m.) Lawrence police are investigating the stabbing of a 22-year-old Lawrence man early this morning outside Bubba’s bar, 2228 Iowa.
Top dollar
March 18, 2004
Money clearly is the biggest player in collegiate athletics. Here’s one more sign that the dollar bill is the most important factor in college sports these days.
Whose choice?
March 18, 2004
Debt to society?
March 18, 2004
Healthy start
March 18, 2004
Human needs
March 18, 2004
Corporate raid
March 18, 2004
Haskell history reflects facts
March 18, 2004
Any writer who attempts to report on historical events can expect some readers to disagree on the facts as recorded. Because I am the writer responsible for the text in the Lawrence 150th Anniversary Book, I knew what I wrote about Haskell might be controversial. It is, however, as accurate as my considerable research in the time allowed could make it. I relied heavily on information in old issues of the Haskell Leader, Haskell’s own newspaper, and on other contemporary newspaper reports about the school.
The toothless ‘war’ on obesity
March 18, 2004
Last week, Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson unleashed a blitzkrieg to reverse America’s obesity epidemic. As the commanding general of the war, Secretary Thompson announced that his department would consider requiring a larger type size for the word “calories” on nutrition labels, sponsor funny public-service announcements and encourage restaurants to provide more information about their products. With bold initiatives like those, we should see obesity rates plummet about the time a man eats burgers on Mars.
Energy costs continue to drive up price index
March 18, 2004
Consumer prices rose by a modest 0.3 percent in February as high energy costs continued to hit the pocketbooks of drivers filling up at the pump and people heating their homes. The increase in the Consumer Price Index, the government’s most closely watched inflation measure, however, marked a slowdown from the 0.5 percent jump registered in January, the Labor Department reported Wednesday.
Fed chair says banking system strong
March 18, 2004
The U.S. banking system weathered the last recession well and is now in good shape to provide the credit needed for an expanding economy, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Wednesday.
Briefcase
March 18, 2004
¢ Payless ShoeSource, union settle on contract ¢ Westar issues stock to reduce debt levels ¢ FedEx delivers increase in profits
Bombardier to cut 6,600 jobs, close plants
Company to restructure rail transportation business
March 18, 2004
Bombardier Inc. said Wednesday it was cutting 6,600 jobs and closing seven plants in a massive restructuring of its troubled rail division in Europe.
Firestone wins ruling in tire lawsuit
March 18, 2004
A judge Wednesday refused to grant national class-action status to a lawsuit alleging deadly defects in a line of Firestone tires.
Aquila lowers rate request for Missouri customers
Company seeking $37 million in increases
March 18, 2004
Aquila Inc. is seeking $37.1 million in rate increases from its Kansas City, Mo., and St. Joseph, Mo., customers — less than half of what the utility originally had sought from regulators, company spokesman Al Butkus said.
Dodge City puts deposit on third Stan Herd mural
March 18, 2004
Dodge City has taken the first step in purchasing a mural by Kansas artist Stan Herd.
Mass. No. 1 deadbeat dad located in Kansas
March 18, 2004
The man who currently is No. 1 on Massachusetts’ list of deadbeat dads has been arrested in Kansas and is likely to be sent back to face criminal charges, authorities said.
City considers sales of confiscated guns
March 18, 2004
In a move to generate revenue, Wichita officials are considering whether to sell confiscated weapons used in crimes.
THG banned by baseball
Selig wants to test for newly discovered steroid
March 18, 2004
Major league baseball has banned THG, the recently unmasked steroid at the center of the case against the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative.
KU running back faces two court dates
March 18, 2004
Kansas University running back John Randle is becoming a familiar sight in Lawrence Municipal Court. The former Wichita Southeast standout will have two appearances in two separate cases in the next two months.
Jayhawks to face Bradley
March 18, 2004
Kansas University’s softball team hopes it will be able to savor today’s 2 p.m. doubleheader against Bradley.
Kansas tops K-State in women’s tennis
March 18, 2004
Kansas University defeated Kansas State, 5-2, Wednesday at the Washburn Tennis Facility.
Senate panel begins work on gambling proposal
March 18, 2004
A Senate panel Wednesday began work on Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ proposal to expand gambling in Kansas, considering changes designed to help the state’s dog and horse racing tracks. Sebelius has proposed creating as many as five state-owned “world-class, destination casinos” in Kansas, allowing slot machines at the state’s five pari-mutuel tracks and permitting up to five slot machines at each of 240 fraternal clubs across the state.
Delaware Tribe pursues Bonner Springs casino
March 18, 2004
The Delaware Tribe of Indians on Wednesday announced plans to create a $225 million destination resort hotel and casino near the Kansas Speedway in Wyandotte County.
Budget plan advances without school, transportation solutions
$10.2 billion proposal goes to full House
March 18, 2004
A House panel endorsed a $10.2 billion budget Wednesday that holds overall state spending flat in the next fiscal year and follows many of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ proposals.
Ex-KU student surrenders in arson case
Suspect in custody in California; first charges filed in 15 recent fires
March 18, 2004
A former Kansas University student suspected of setting 15 fires — including three in Lawrence — is in custody, officials said Wednesday. David Ryan Jay, 23, surrendered Tuesday to law enforcement officials in Fontana, Calif. He was charged in Johnson County with one count of arson and one count of aggravated arson, though prosecutors expect to file more charges.
Gay marriage ban may stall in Senate
Opponents berate proposed amendment to state constitution
March 18, 2004
Simply put, a Lawrence woman told a Senate panel Wednesday, a vote in favor of a proposed state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage would be a vote in favor of discrimination. And after a one-hour hearing that drew an overflow crowd to the Capitol — with more than twice the number testifying against than in favor — it appeared the idea could be on the ropes.
Lawrence’s streets run green for sunny St. Pat’s parade
March 18, 2004
As Chuck Bartz rolled down Massachusetts Street on Wednesday wearing a white beard, waving a scepter and shouting “Happy St. Patrick’s Day,” he had more than just a holiday to celebrate. “This is a celebration for me,” he said. “That’s why I’m St. Patrick.”
Iraq car bomb kills 28
March 18, 2004
A powerful car bomb ripped through a five-story hotel filled with foreign guests Wednesday evening, killing at least 28 people and destroying nearby apartment houses days before the anniversary of the start of the Iraq war. The 8:09 p.m. explosion at the Mount Lebanon Hotel, near Firdaus Square in central Baghdad, created a 20-foot-wide crater, ignited buildings, cars and trees, and sheared the window panes off a hospital across the street. It was the latest and bloodiest in a wave of recent attacks on foreign civilians, eight of whom had been killed in the previous eight days.
Haskell loses Internet access
Interior Department cuts service after system deemed vulnerable to hackers
March 18, 2004
Don’t bother sending an e-mail to Haskell Indian Nations University. It won’t get through. The university’s Web site is down, too.
County industrial park rejected
Developer plans to rework proposal
March 18, 2004
An intersection near the Kansas Turnpike and South Lawrence Trafficway will not be opened for development of an industrial park. At least not yet.
Volunteer spotters are eyes, ears of storm forecasting
March 18, 2004
At age 14, Floyd Craig watched a tornado rip through his parents’ farm west of Lawrence. And since that day in April 1964, the Lawrence man knew he wanted to be a storm spotter.
Carl Thomas Annis
March 18, 2004
Betty L. Spielman
March 18, 2004
Betty Lou Adams
March 18, 2004
Trial date set in records case
Journal-World suing city, county to set rules on disclosures
March 18, 2004
A judge Wednesday set a trial for Sept. 24 in the Journal-World’s lawsuit against the city and county for public records from a deadly high-speed chase.
Planning commission OKs floodplain guides
March 18, 2004
Regulations to control development in easily flooded rural areas around Lawrence got the go-ahead Wednesday from the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission.
Foust, Lavender carry Sooners past LSU; Iowa State edges Georgia; WSU falls
March 18, 2004
Freshmen Brandon Foust and Drew Lavender combined for 34 points, and Johnnie Gilbert added 11 to lead Oklahoma past LSU, 70-61, in the first round of the NIT on Wednesday night.
NBA briefs
March 18, 2004
¢ Cuban fined $10,000 for inappropriate remarks ¢ O’Neal, Garnett invited to play for U.S. team ¢ McGrady to miss remainder of trip
Report: College president plagiarized
Connecticut official had work published in Hartford Courant
March 18, 2004
The president of Central Connecticut State University plagiarized from three sources in an opinion piece published in The Hartford Courant, according to an investigative report obtained by The Associated Press. “This is a clear, unacceptable case of plagiarism,” Connecticut State University Chancellor William Cibes said in his report on Richard Judd’s Feb. 26 commentary. “About half of Dr. Judd’s commentary is taken substantially from the original sources.”
GOP panel embraces deficit reduction, tax cut
March 18, 2004
Congressional Republicans are engaged in a complicated political two-step, pursuing both tax cuts and deficit reduction in an election year when record federal shortfalls are starting to draw the public’s attention. Ignoring Democrats and deficit hawks who said the two policies were contradictory, the GOP-run House Budget Committee embraced both goals Wednesday by approving a pair of measures.
Kerry, Cheney defend stances on Iraq
March 18, 2004
Democrat John Kerry assailed President Bush on Wednesday for clinging to a failed policy that leaves Americans mired in Iraq “with the target squarely on their backs” while Vice President Dick Cheney argued that his boss’ rival lacked the judgment to be commander in chief.
Area briefs
March 18, 2004
¢ Ottawa Democrat files for Senate seat ¢ Abortion rights group camping out at KU ¢ Ex-Jayhawk to teach basketball to children ¢ KU expands program for gifted students
On the record
March 18, 2004
Glass misses cut, James still alive
March 18, 2004
Lawrence’s Bob Glass was in 111th place Wednesday and missed the cut at the PBA-World Championship.
St. Joseph’s eager to put loss behind
March 18, 2004
Phil Martelli is finished stewing about the loss and answering questions from the doubters.
K.C. wins
March 18, 2004
Aaron Guiel hit a two-run homer and Kansas City scored three times in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday for a 6-5 victory over Milwaukee.
Grease’ could use more polish
March 18, 2004
“Grease” was definitely the word Tuesday night at the Lied Center, though parts of the Phoenix Productions touring show could have used a little more oil.
Political writer hopes for issue-driven campaign
March 18, 2004
Nationally syndicated columnist David Broder still remembers the first time he interviewed George W. Bush. It was during Bush’s campaign for governor in Texas in 1994. The interview took place in a small office in Dallas.
Shareholders OK merger creating third-largest bank
FleetBoston, Bank of America deal to cost jobs
March 18, 2004
FleetBoston Financial Corp. and Bank of America Corp. shareholders approved a $47 billion merger Wednesday that would create the nation’s No. 3 bank — and reportedly result in up to 13,000 job cuts. More than 67 percent of Bank of America shareholders approved the deal in a meeting that lasted less than an hour. At a FleetBoston meeting held at the same time, 98 percent of shareholders gave their blessing to the merger, which is expected to be completed in April.
Water confirmed at Mars’ south pole
European probe contributes to findings
March 18, 2004
Instruments aboard a European satellite orbiting Mars have confirmed the presence of a vast expanse of water ice at the planet’s south pole, overlaid in a small area by a veneer of frozen carbon dioxide, scientists reported Wednesday.
Briefly
March 18, 2004
¢ Rec camps offered for spring break week ¢ Vietnam veteran’s wife to speak at museum
Briefly
March 18, 2004
¢ Stewart seeks letters to send to judge ¢ Claremont hate crime a hoax, police say
Briefly
March 18, 2004
¢ Fraternity responds to pedestrian’s death ¢ Brownback to discuss national historic area ¢ Gas prices still rising
Keep an eye on seniors … and freshmen
March 18, 2004
Every team has been broken down and every matchup has been analyzed. Still, there might be some things about the first round of the NCAA Tournament that have been overlooked.
Flames’ depth key against Jayhawks
March 18, 2004
Before the season began, some fans looked at Illinois-Chicago’s 20-man roster and asked coach Jimmy Collins, “What do you need all those guys for, Jimmy? You can only play five at a time.”
Cowboys motivated by snub
Oklahoma State players feel they’re not getting enough respect
March 18, 2004
While Oklahoma State was finishing off its impressive run to the Big 12 tournament title, the NCAA selection committee wasn’t even paying attention.
Officials say composite not so helpful
March 18, 2004
A composite sketch developed at Kansas University didn’t help much with the
Going to Kansas City
KU to enter tournament on wave of success
March 18, 2004
No men’s basketball team in the country enters the NCAA Tournament with more recent postseason success than Kansas University. The Jayhawks have advanced to the Final Four the past two years, something no other program can boast.
Mangino’s goal: develop depth at QB
Candidates include Barmann, who started three games as a freshman, and junior-college transfer Swanson
March 18, 2004
Mark Mangino might not name a starting quarterback during spring drills, but Kansas University’s football coach wants to make sure he has plenty of choices. “We’d like to know we have three dependable guys when we leave spring,” said Mangino, whose team went through its second workout Wednesday afternoon. “I hope we can do that. That’s our goal for spring.”
Ethnic Albanian, Serb clashes leave eight dead
March 18, 2004
Ethnic Albanians traded gunfire with Serbs on Wednesday after blaming them for the drownings of two boys. The clashes left eight dead and more than 300 injured in one of the worst days of Serb-Albanian bloodshed since the end of the Kosovo war in 1999.
Iran’s president concedes reforms defeated
March 18, 2004
Iran’s beleaguered president conceded defeat Wednesday in his long struggle to reform a system stacked in favor of hard-line Islamic clerics, saying he was abandoning efforts to salvage two key bills that sought to expand presidential powers and limit the authority of an unelected conservative body.
Negotiators agree on enhanced 911 bill
March 18, 2004
Legislative negotiators agreed Wednesday on the final version of a bill imposing a new, 50-cent monthly fee on wireless phones to finance improvements in county 911 systems.
Our town sports
March 18, 2004
AARP credibility tied to Medicare plan
March 18, 2004
“No good deed goes unpunished.” That ironic aphorism has become the opening line for Bill Novelli, the embattled chief executive of AARP, the 35 million-member behemoth of Washington interest groups. Many Democrats would bitterly dispute whether it was “a good deed” when Novelli swung the giant senior citizens organization, formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons, behind the Bush administration’s Medicare reform/prescription drug bill, just before the critical House vote on the measure last autumn.
Safety has its costs
SAFER barriers at Darlington take up valuable track space
March 18, 2004
Kurt Busch wheeled his red Ford Expedition onto the track at Darlington Raceway and immediately headed for the new SAFER barriers on the wall in the middle of turns 1 and 2.
In Tornado Alley, weather radios not a hit
Forecasters say public relies too heavily on storm sirens, televised coverage
March 18, 2004
Despite years of pleas by the National Weather Service and only 10 months since the biggest tornado outbreak in history, weather radios still haven’t caught on in Tornado Alley.
Famous wills available online
Read Shakespeare’s final wishes
March 18, 2004
When William Shakespeare bequeathed his “second-best bed” to his wife almost 400 years ago, a scribe scratched out his last wishes on parchment with a quill pen dipped in ink.
Apprentice’ losers fired all over again
March 18, 2004
Folks who haven’t seen the first 10 weeks of “The Apprentice” (8 p.m., NBC) have a chance to catch up on the drama, the boardroom trauma and the eliminations with tonight’s recap show. Fans who have been following the show should enjoy the chance to hear The Donald utter “you’re fired” over and over again. Some firings (Sam, Ereka and Omarosa come to mind) are well worth savoring for the second time.
People
March 18, 2004
¢ Florida child porn charges dropped against R. Kelly ¢ Presley clarifies comments about marriage with Jackson ¢ ‘Will & Grace’: The soundtrack ¢ Oscar winner dies at 85
Briefly
March 18, 2004
¢ Church trial begins for lesbian minister ¢ National Zoo granted full accreditation ¢ Police arrest suspect in Ohio sniper shootings
Briefly
March 18, 2004
¢ Report: Group claiming attack calls truce with Spain ¢ Minorities will rise to half the population in U.S. in 50 years ¢ Pentagon to investigate Halliburton billing ¢ Questions remain about artificial heart
Lions’ questions to be answered early
March 18, 2004
Lawrence High track coach Jerry Skakal is more than pleased the Topeka West Relays are scheduled today. With so many questions about this year’s squad, Skakal wants his athletes competing as quickly as possible.
Woodling: Illinois-Chicago coach played NCAA game at fieldhouse
March 18, 2004
Funny thing about memories. I can’t remember what I had for dinner last week, but I do remember Jimmy Collins playing basketball in Allen Fieldhouse. And that was 34 years ago.
Kansas’ Self would like to win plane trip
March 18, 2004
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, who boarded a roomy charter bus at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, is used to highway travel this time of year.
Daily ticker
March 18, 2004
Condos aim to boost research park
High-end project to begin in late summer
March 18, 2004
Construction is expected to begin late this summer on a $35 million West Lawrence project that will add condominiums to a research park near 15th Street and Wakarusa Drive. Lawrence developer David Kimbrell said Wednesday that his company, Oread West Development Co., was committed to the project.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
March 18, 2004
Highlights of Wednesday’s activities at the Kansas Legislature.
Kurtis Matthew Kost
March 18, 2004
Boyd Institute honors rural Lawrence couple
March 18, 2004
Two Lawrence residents are among the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development’s “Leaders of the Year.”
Off-shore photography
March 18, 2004
Wizards halt seven-game slide
Despite loss, Kings clinch berth in playoffs
March 18, 2004
Perhaps Michael Jordan was right about Kwame Brown.
Oakland’s Chavez in line for big deal
March 18, 2004
Eric Chavez had a big afternoon at the plate, a day ahead of his big day at the bank.
Briefly
March 18, 2004
¢ Dole fund-raiser pleads guilty to fraud ¢ Eight injured in parade car crash ¢ Study touts benefits of bone-saving drug ¢ Gates giving millions to Oakland schools
The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Well, not exactly
March 18, 2004
Overreact? The media?