Archive for Saturday, March 20, 2004

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Briefly
March 20, 2004
¢ Missouri River plan allows barge traffic ¢ State testing adjusts to mad cow changes
Parents must screen outside influences
March 20, 2004
You have talked about how Barbie dolls place undue emphasis on clothing, possession and appearance. Barbie isn’t the only example of this adolescent influence in our culture, is it?
How to save on wedding flowers
March 20, 2004
When Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter, stars of the TV reality show “The Bachelorette,” were married on ABC last December, the lavish nuptials carried a hefty $4 million price tag. Flowers alone, it was reported, ran about $500,000, and florists say the bowers, banks and bouquets of tens of thousands pink and ivory roses inspired about-to-be-marrieds across the country.
4-H news
March 20, 2004
Engagements
March 20, 2004
¢ Givens-Meinen ¢ Harbaugh-Doemland ¢ Rice-Disberger ¢ Clawson-Bickel ¢ Johnson-Lamb
Wedding
March 20, 2004
¢ Shuck-Huddleston
People and places
March 20, 2004
Political pieces sell for high prices
March 20, 2004
Political slogans or emblems are often mysterious years later because the original issue that interested voters is no longer important. If you study old campaigns, you might find some valuable old political pieces. Campaigns were publicized with ceramics, glass, printed bandanas, canes, hats, jewelry and even lampshades or pipes.
KU douses Flames
Fans at Kemper Arena recall glory days of 1988
March 20, 2004
Mike Byrn walks into Kemper Arena and still feels the electricity he soaked up 16 years ago, back when he screamed and yelled and hugged and high-fived and all those other things that go with winning a national championship. And Friday night, as his Kansas Jayhawks took the Kemper Arena floor once again for an NCAA Tournament game, Byrn couldn’t shake the good vibes emanating from the 18,000-seat arena in the West Bottoms.
Kansas cadavers sold to N.Y. firm
Transport company used by KU sent other bodies for land-mine testing
March 20, 2004
When people agree to leave their bodies to Kansas University for medical teaching and research, the school promises their corpses will be used for just that — then cremated and returned to a common burial site at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence. But eager KU medical students aren’t the only people who get their hands on these remains, and donors are told their bodies might be transported elsewhere. KU routinely charges $800 per corpse to a New York-based middleman who takes surplus bodies on the condition that they’ll be used exclusively at other medical schools that need cadavers — often in countries throughout the Caribbean.
KU fans feel magic in Kansas City
March 20, 2004
Kurt Marozas had never attended an NCAA Tournament basketball game before Friday, but the 1992 Kansas University graduate and Olathe resident will never forget his first postseason experience.
HBO series shows Wild West at its most grim
March 20, 2004
Are you ready for the grimmest Western ever? The 12-episode series “Deadwood” (9 p.m. Sunday, HBO) brings a touch of “Oz” and “The Sopranos” to the fabled land where the buffalo roamed. For starters, it’s the most energetically profane horse opera ever filmed. I tried to count the number of times the “F” word was used, but I couldn’t keep up. Besides, I was distracted by even more powerful and ugly language, and that was only in the first 10 minutes.
Pakistanis continue tribal siege
March 20, 2004
Pakistani attack helicopters and artillery today pounded hundreds of al-Qaida suspects and tribesmen hunkered down in mud fortresses in a border region, where al-Qaida No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri is believed hiding. Up to 400 militants are believed holed up in the heavily fortified compounds in South Waziristan — a forbidding tribal region near Afghanistan.
Charges dropped against chaplain
March 20, 2004
Citing national security concerns, the Army on Friday dropped all charges against a Muslim chaplain accused of mishandling classified documents at Guantanamo Bay, which houses suspected terrorists.
U.N. plans investigation of Iraq oil-for-food program
Staff allegedly have stolen millions from project
March 20, 2004
Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced plans Friday for an independent commission to investigate alleged corruption in the Iraq oil-for-food program.
Taiwanese president survives pre-election assassination attempt
March 20, 2004
Hours after an assassination attempt against President Chen Shui-bian, Taiwanese stunned by the attack started voting early today in an election focused on the military threat from mainland China.
Gorilla escape prompts investigation
March 20, 2004
The scene at the Wilds of Africa exhibit was wilder than anything most zookeepers have witnessed in the jungle: A 340-pound gorilla breaks out of its enclosure and goes on a 40-minute rampage through a forest, snatching up a toddler with his teeth and attacking three other people before being shot to death by officers.
USA Today says ex-reporter fabricated parts of stories
March 20, 2004
USA Today has found its former star foreign correspondent Jack Kelley made up substantial portions of at least eight stories and plagiarized numerous quotes and other material from competing publications.
Tournament question of the day
March 20, 2004
Which do you hope lasts longer: the process for hiring a new KU women’s basketball coach, or the KU men’s team’s run in the NCAA Tournament?
Italian baby recovering from 8-organ transplant
March 20, 2004
Wearing a pink dress, a baby who received eight new organs in a single transplant operation cried and cooed Friday as her mother held her in her arms and saw a brighter future for her daughter.
Attorney: Records legislation a map to ‘corruption’
March 20, 2004
A bill intended to improve Kansans’ access to information about their government emerged from a Senate committee Friday with an amendment one critic called “a roadmap to corruption.” The amendment was tacked on a day after the chief counsel for the Kansas Board of Regents raised questions about a House-passed bill aimed at strengthening the Kansas Open Records Act, the state law intended to ensure public business is done in public.
Senate GOP’s school finance plan would target drinkers
March 20, 2004
Drinkers of alcoholic beverages would pay higher taxes to partially fund a $65 million increase for public schools, under a plan unveiled Friday by Senate Republican leaders. Senate Education Committee Chairman Dwayne Umbarger, a Thayer Republican, said this plan was a realistic way to provide short-term help to schools while the Legislature awaited a Kansas Supreme Court ruling on school finance.
Madena Mae Englebrecht
March 20, 2004
Alice M. Eisenbart
March 20, 2004
Family members say toddler recovering after accident
March 20, 2004
Relatives of a 2-year-old boy hit by a vehicle Thursday on Kentucky Street are calling it amazing that the child wasn’t more seriously injured.
Lawrence briefs
March 20, 2004
¢ Road rally to begin at Lawrence airport ¢ Free screenings check child development
Nonsmoking line
March 20, 2004
Money talks
March 20, 2004
Last straw
March 20, 2004
Bush-Kerry spending may hit half-billion
Neither candidate limited by primary financing restrictions
March 20, 2004
President Bush and Democratic nominee-to-be John Kerry are on track to spend nearly a half-billion dollars vying for the White House this year, making it the most expensive presidential race in history. Bush has already reached his goal of raising a record $170 million, with more fund raising to come. His supporters believe he could easily reach $200 million or more — and that’s before he gets a government grant of about $75 million in September for his general-election campaign.
Abortion clinic regulations approved
Support dwindles for separate bill to protect fetuses
March 20, 2004
A bill imposing minimum health and safety standards for abortion clinics won House approval Friday, but another measure sought by anti-abortion activists failed because it had been rewritten.
Committee OKs $10.2 billion budget
March 20, 2004
A proposed $10.2 billion budget for state government advanced out of a Senate committee Friday after members modified Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ proposal for programs serving young children.
On the record
March 20, 2004
Gay marriage debate delayed by legislator
Senate committee postpones vote on ban until Monday
March 20, 2004
Former Lawrence legislator Forrest Swall said Friday that if state senators who opposed a ban on gay marriage voted their conscience the measure would die.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
March 20, 2004
Highlights of Friday’s activities at the Kansas Legislature.
Woods falters at Bay Hill
Maruyama leads by two; Tiger nine back
March 20, 2004
Tiger Woods’ drive for five at the Bay Hill Invitational took a major detour Friday. Trying to become the first player in history to win the same tournament five years in a row, Woods was out of bounds and in the trees on his way to a 2-over 74, which left him nine shots behind Shigeki Maruyama and needing to match his greatest 36-hole comeback to keep the streak alive.
Quilt unveiling honors sesquicentennial era
March 20, 2004
Kaw Valley Quilters Mary Boucher and Joyce Colton have stitched together a Sesquicentennial Sampler for Lawrence’s 150th anniversary celebration. The quilt, which honors women who lived during the territorial period, will be unveiled at 1 p.m. today at Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass. Here are some other weekend entertainment options.
K-State extends Wooldridge’s contract
March 20, 2004
Jim Wooldridge, whose Kansas State Wildcats finished 14-14 in his fourth year as head coach, has been given a two-year contract extension, athletic director Tim Weiser announced Friday.
Lions second in track opener
Lawrence High girls fifth at Topeka West Relays
March 20, 2004
The Lawrence High track team opened its season Thursday at the Topeka West Relays at Hummer Sports Park. The LHS boys placed second, while the girls took fifth.
Jayhawks play host to Leathernecks today
March 20, 2004
Kansas University’s baseball squad saw its five-game win streak snapped in a 2-1 loss to Oral Roberts in 10 innings Tuesday, but the Jayhawks have an opportunity to right the ship before Big 12 Conference competition begins next week.
Mayer: Cowboys, Sutton easy to cheer for
March 20, 2004
In case the Kansas University basketball team gets derailed in its quest for a third straight NCAA Final Four, my loyalty compass will home in on Oklahoma State. There’s a long, warm KU-OSU history underlying that affection. If our guys can’t win it all, I want O-State on the victory stand.
Texas Christian coach reprimanded for DUI
March 20, 2004
TCU women’s basketball coach Jeff Mittie was reprimanded Friday for his arrest for suspicion of drunken driving, but will coach the Frogs in the NCAA Tournament.
Rockies cruise past Royals, 9-6
March 20, 2004
Charles Johnson, Kit Pellow and Mark Sweeney had RBI doubles as the Colorado Rockies defeated the Kansas City Royals, 9-6, Friday.
Vandy pulls away from WMU
March 20, 2004
Mario Moore’s outside shooting allowed Vanderbilt to turn a struggle into a rout.
Daily ticker
March 20, 2004
Ottawa steel plant likely to reopen
Kansas City, Mo.-based Havens expected to emerge from bankruptcy
March 20, 2004
An Ottawa steel plant that employs about 150 people likely will reopen next week, an attorney for the company said Friday, one day after a bankruptcy filing closed the plant. Kansas City, Mo.-based Havens Steel Co., a design and fabrication company struggling with the rising price of scrap steel, filed for protection from creditors under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code on Thursday.
Markets continue weekly decline
March 20, 2004
Wall Street ended a volatile week with another turbulent session Friday as investors cashed in options and futures contracts, sending the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 100 points. All three major indexes endured a second straight losing week.
Boston’s Nixon out until May
Garciaparra might miss Red Sox opener
March 20, 2004
The Boston Red Sox will have to reshuffle their lineup for a while after finding out Friday that Trot Nixon will be out until May and Nomar Garciaparra might miss opening day.
New downtown location caters to Maceli’s needs
Business owner to offer on-site services in 1031 N.H. banquet hall
March 20, 2004
Stephen Maceli wanted to give Lawrence a new place to party downtown, but he didn’t open a bar. Instead, Maceli opened a new banquet hall at 1031 N.H. in a building that formerly housed the Heartland Community Church. The business, named Maceli’s, is an expansion of Maceli’s catering business, which previously was in a smaller space at 1119 Mass. The business officially opened Friday at its new location.
Nebraska court revives Microsoft lawsuit
March 20, 2004
The Nebraska Supreme Court revived a lawsuit Friday that alleges Microsoft Corp. violated the state’s consumer-protection laws by engaging in monopolistic behavior.
At least apologize
March 20, 2004
The Lawrence City Commission’s rezoning of a controversial property in west Lawrence does little to alleviate concerns that Lawrence is an unfriendly place to do business. An apology would have been nice. That would have been the polite path for Lawrence city commissioners to take Tuesday when they approved a controversial rezoning for the northwest corner of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.
Those who doubted war were right
March 20, 2004
It takes a certain amount of ego to do this job. I don’t mean an unhealthy obsession with the wonderfulness of oneself. Rather, I mean that inflicting one’s opinions on others for a living requires immense confidence in one’s own judgment. This is not a job for people who don’t like saying, “I told you so.”
Hinrich helps Bulls halt slide
March 20, 2004
Kirk Hinrich had 21 points and 13 assists, and Eddy Curry scored a season-high 28 points, helping the Chicago Bulls snap a seven-game losing streak with a 96-91 victory Friday night over the Toronto Raptors.
Smoking ‘studies’ misleading
March 20, 2004
It may come as a surprise to some folks that the information gathered from advocacy sites on the Internet may have a peculiar bias and not be a reliable source of wisdom or scientific knowledge. In the past year of service on the Mayor’s Task Force on Smoking, I have spent between 300-350 hours of research, some of it studying the advocacy sites so prominently available to us through common search engines.
Simien ‘fine’; KU routs UIC
Junior forward bounces back from fall; KU in second round
March 20, 2004
It didn’t take long for the party atmosphere to fade Friday night at Kemper Arena. The euphoria of Kansas University’s early lead in an eventual 78-53 first-round NCAA Tournament blowout win over Illinois-Chicago gave way to grave concern as KU junior Wayne Simien did the splits on the defensive end of the court with 6:32 left in the first half. At the time, KU led, 28-12.
Woodling: Kansas’ next foe just finds ways to win
March 20, 2004
Whoever thought Kansas University men’s basketball fans would ever cheer for the Tigers? Not the Missouri Tigers … the Pacific Tigers.
Pacific stuns Providence, turns attention to Jayhawks
March 20, 2004
Pacific senior Tom Cockle had plenty of reasons to pull out a big victory over Providence Friday at Kemper Arena. Not only would a win make Pacific one of the rare Cinderellas in an NCAA Tournament lacking major upsets, but it’d bring Cockle on the doorstep of playing his favorite childhood team.
Giddens shines, rhymes for KU
March 20, 2004
Who knew that Kansas University men’s basketball guard J.R. Giddens, already a high-flying, long-range-shooting, in-your-face freshman, could drop rhymes like he drops dunks?
Constructive fund-raiser
Volunteers build home to improve church
March 20, 2004
What do you do if you’re a little, old country church trying to raise money to fund the construction of a whole new facility? Well, if you’re Worden United Methodist Church, the answer is simple: You build yourself a house.
Baking bread means more than loafing
Pastor’s project serves as ‘penance’ for parishioners
March 20, 2004
Each year during Lent for the past several years, the Rev. Charles Polifka has come up with a different project designed to be fun, involve the congregation and get people thinking, in some way, about the meaning of the season.
Oddly, women’s field tough to predict this year
March 20, 2004
The defending champs are reeling, the No. 1 seeds are far from perfect and the potential for upsets never has seemed higher.
Nash has malfunction
March 20, 2004
Bryant Nash doesn’t know how it happened, but he put his shorts on backwards Friday night at Kemper Arena.
Nebraska nips Niagara
March 20, 2004
The Nebraska basketball team is going to Hawaii, and the Cornhuskers say they’ll be all business even if they are going to a destination better known for pleasure.
Flames flicker before going out in opening round
March 20, 2004
As short as Illinois-Chicago’s stay was in the NCAA Tournament, it was sweet enough. Or so said the Flames’ men’s basketball coach.
Sutton’s halftime rant fires up Oklahoma State
March 20, 2004
Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton chewed out the Cowboys at halftime. They got the message.
UK stops scrappy Fla. A&M
Rattlers’ thrilling ride ends in loss to Wildcats
March 20, 2004
Staying in the luxury hotel was an unexpected perk, and getting a police escort to the arena was another surprise for Florida A&M.
Cincy survives upstart ETSU
March 20, 2004
Diminutive Tim Smith saw the opening — only a sliver, really, but more than ample — and headed to the basket. He had the shot he wanted with an NCAA Tournament game on the line.
KU fans swoop in to claim seats
March 20, 2004
Kansas University freshmen Matt Robb and Nick Rosenthal don’t look like Memphis Tiger fans, talk like Memphis Tiger fans or walk like Memphis Tiger fans.
Faithful keep score from barstools
March 20, 2004
After seeing the Kansas University men’s basketball team play in multiple NCAA Tournaments firsthand, Ruth Nye decided to stay in Lawrence Friday night and watch the Jayhawks play at Kemper Arena from a barstool in The Yacht Club.
Briefly
March 20, 2004
¢ Arson suspect to return next week to Kansas ¢ Oread house-moving will disrupt traffic ¢ Teen drowns in lake ¢ Pump Patrol seeks deals
Montrose M. Wolf
March 20, 2004
Faith forum
March 20, 2004
What is karma?
Briefly
March 20, 2004
¢ Last escaped USS Cole militants recaptured ¢ India tests new version of nuclear missile ¢ Missionaries, student killed by gunmen
Recall the ant
March 20, 2004
Israel’s Sharon secretly meets with Jordan’s king
March 20, 2004
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Jordan’s King Abdullah II held secret talks at the Israeli leader’s desert ranch to discuss a proposed Israeli pullback from parts of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Israeli and Jordanian officials confirmed Friday.
People
March 20, 2004
¢ Actor pleads guilty to obscenity ¢ Tammy Faye has lung cancer ¢ Former president plans leap ¢ More ‘divas’ added to show
FCC crackdown cleaning up airwaves
March 20, 2004
If it seems you’re hearing fewer four-letter words and less sexually graphic material on radio and TV, it’s not your imagination. Regulators are cracking down on indecency, and broadcasters are paying attention. Some questions and answers about the issue.
TV psychology worries patients, doctors
March 20, 2004
When Neal David Sutz walked through the Paramount studio gate, he was looking forward to seeing a psychologist he respected, talk show host Phil McGraw.
Briefly
March 20, 2004
¢ Bush, facing division, urges allies to stick to Iraq mission ¢ Ex-adviser: Bush considered bombing Iraq right after 9-11 ¢ Canadians trace tainted cattle feed to two plants
Religion briefs
March 20, 2004
Around & about
March 20, 2004
Briefly
March 20, 2004
¢ Ohio shootings suspect agrees to extradition ¢ Gay-marriage case to be expedited to high court ¢ Closing arguments made in lesbian pastor case ¢ Second inmate indicted for sexual assault
KU professor remembered for innovative child research
March 20, 2004
Disadvantaged children lost one of their most progressive advocates Friday when former Kansas University professor Montrose Wolf died at the age of 68 in Lawrence.
Winter slips away
March 20, 2004
An Olympic-size obsession
Greek-American resident with ties to first modern games eager for Athens
March 20, 2004
Lovena Tuley has collected Olympic memorabilia for years. Candy wrappers, mascot pins, a commemorative bicycle — anything with the Olympic emblem on it has been fair game for her collection.
Court: Cities can allow Sunday liquor sales
Justices say law’s lack of uniformity creates home-rule authority
March 20, 2004
Cities can exempt themselves from the state’s long-standing ban on Sunday liquor sales, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday. The court held that because the provisions of the state’s Liquor Control Act — which contains the ban on Sunday sales — do not apply uniformly to all municipalities, cities have home-rule authority to exempt themselves from the statute.
Society calendar
March 20, 2004
Club news
March 20, 2004
Briefcase
March 20, 2004
¢ Coke pulls Dasani from British stores ¢ Jurors still searching for verdict in Tyco trial< ¢ Marathon Oil strikes deal ¢ FleetBoston sacks three in timing scandal<