Archive for Sunday, March 21, 2004

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Aura fixated
Armed with a gas discharge visualization device, researchers attempt to photograph our energy field
March 21, 2004
Every human being has an aura, or energy field, that surrounds and extends past the physical body, says Lyn Freeman, an Alaska researcher who explores mind-body connections. Mystics report seeing halos of light emanating from humans. But for most of us, Freeman says, the energy of an aura is too subtle to see. No one has proved scientifically that auras exist.
Patients with hard-to-heal sores find relief inside oxygen chambers
March 21, 2004
Even after all the reading he did, and the orientation the first day, nothing prepared Marty Boatright for what it felt like in the chamber. The pop-pop-popping in his ears and the swift sensation of leaving the ground, like being in an airplane soaring to flight, surprised the 61-year-old Jensen Beach, Fla., resident.
Pet owners should check yard for hazards
March 21, 2004
With spring upon us and the gorgeous weather we’ve all been longing for, many of you are in the full swing of yard and garden work.
Supplements can boost pet’s diet, prevent disease
March 21, 2004
If you’ve been following our discussion the last few weeks, you know that we are now on Week 4 of our eight-week health plan for pets. Today, the topic is nutritional supplements.
Web site directed at dog lovers
March 21, 2004
Cubby from New Jersey has a passion for peanut butter. Dedeaux from Baton Rouge likes to suck his brother’s ear. Spike from the San Francisco Bay area just wants to kiss pretty girls.
The fast and the curious
Car cultures collide in Lawrence
March 21, 2004
Tuners, hot rods, street rods, rice burners, low-riders, choppers… It seems like the people who know the most about cars never actually have to say the word ‘car.’ Like plumbers or fishermen, car junkies have their own jargon that keeps the uninitiated at bay. For rookies, walking into a custom car shop can be a lot like entering a foreign country.
Artistically grounded
Garden inspires Californian’s art
March 21, 2004
Eleanore Berman knows her garden so well she can paint it in the dark. She has sketched its columns of bronzy bamboo, brick walls awash in red Virginia creeper and jade-colored hedges at night in her studio and even on cross-country trips.
Flowers tip off gardeners when to plant
March 21, 2004
It’s hard to be rational about planting flower and vegetable seeds, with warm days making you think you waited too long to plant, and cool days making you think you have plenty of time.
Exhibits bound by obsession and the body
March 21, 2004
Obsession and the human body tie together the artwork of Lynn Tatum and Greg Ornay. Tatum, a metalsmither, spends hundreds of hours weaving wire into exaggerated jewelry forms that ultimately restrict and burden the arms, legs and necks of those who wear them.
Colors communicate without saying a word
March 21, 2004
Whether you’re planning your social calendar, looking for a new job or planning to drape your living room in a fresh tint, colors can help you communicate.
Tricks make swimsuit shopping painless
March 21, 2004
Royals’ Affeldt OK after taking liner to hip
March 21, 2004
Jeremy Affeldt and the Kansas City Royals received a major scare in the first inning Saturday in a 4-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners.
Sapp to sign with Raiders
Defensive tackle lands seven-year, $36.6 million contract
March 21, 2004
Seven-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Warren Sapp agreed to terms on a seven-year, $36.6 million contract with the Oakland Raiders on Saturday, ending his nine-year relationship with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Jayhawks sweep Portland St.
March 21, 2004
Kansas University’s softball squad earned a sweep of Portland State in a doubleheader Saturday.
Villanova pops Virginia
March 21, 2004
Allan Ray scored 23 points, and Randy Foye added 21 to help Villanova beat Virginia, 73-63, in the second round of the NIT on Saturday.
Top-seeded Tennessee advances
Vols rout Colgate, 77-54; DePaul up next in Midwest Regional
March 21, 2004
Ashley Robinson had 13 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks in 22 minutes, helping top-seeded Tennessee begin its quest for a seventh national title with a 77-54 victory over Colgate in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.
Texas outlasts Carolina
March 21, 2004
North Carolina coach Roy Williams was worried about Texas’ big front line and deep bench. Seems he knew what he was talking about.
Gonzaga sent packing
Nevada knocks off second-seeded Bulldogs, 91-72
March 21, 2004
Now Gonzaga knows what it’s like to get knocked out by a plucky underdog.
St. Joe’s survives Texas Tech
March 21, 2004
Jameer Nelson and Delonte West showed why they’re one of the best backcourts in the nation.
Langford shrugs off knee woe
March 21, 2004
Don’t ask, don’t tell. That’s the approach Kansas University junior Keith Langford is taking to deal with his ailing right knee.
Jayhawk briefs
March 21, 2004
¢ Gruber takes 24th, 26th at NCAA swim meet ¢ KU tennis falls to Colorado
Law hinders search for missing daughter
Withheld phone record may hold key
March 21, 2004
The parents of a missing Lawrence woman say a new medical-privacy law is making it harder to find their daughter, who they fear might be dead or kidnapped. Lesley Smith’s parents want Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center to provide them with phone records they think might yield a clue in their daughter’s disappearance nearly two months ago. But they say the agency won’t release the records to them or the Lawrence Police Department because of concerns the disclosure would violate a far-reaching federal privacy law that took effect last spring.
Pacific senior ex-KU fan
March 21, 2004
Next time a bedtime story is necessary, try this one. Once upon a time, there was a Nebraska boy with a great shooting touch and a dream of playing basketball for Kansas University. Like many who dreamed the dream, things in the end didn’t work out for this boy.
Notes
March 21, 2004
Global protests call for U.S. to leave Iraq
March 21, 2004
Hundreds of thousands of people around the world rallied against the U.S. presence in Iraq on the first anniversary of the war Saturday, in protests that retained the anger, if not the size, of demonstrations held before the invasion began.
6 soldiers charged with abusing Iraqis
March 21, 2004
The U.S. military charged six American soldiers Saturday with indecency and assaulting Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison, the former Iraqi torture center now used as an allied military detention facility.
Eisenhower letters reveal secret plan
Citizens recruited to govern in event of Soviet attack
March 21, 2004
A few weeks after the Soviets launched the first manmade satellite in 1957, shattering America’s sense of security, CBS President Frank Stanton was summoned to the White House to see President Eisenhower.
Repairs to close road to Lecompton for summer
March 21, 2004
The road to Lecompton will be 8.5 miles longer — at least through summer. Douglas County Road 1029, which connects the Farmer’s Turnpike northwest of Lawrence to Lecompton, will close Monday for the second phase of a $1.8 million overhaul. Officials expect the road to reopen by the end of summer.
Road rally drivers take unexpected turns
March 21, 2004
Brad and Susan Allen were eating breakfast in downtown Lawrence when they decided on a whim to enter a road rally that would take them on a bizarre trip to Weston, Mo.
Sand firms seek exemption from water-permit rules
Environmentalists say regulations safeguard aquifers
March 21, 2004
Sand and gravel companies backed by powerful business groups are seeking regulatory changes that state water officials and environmentalists say would endanger Kansas water supplies.
Insurers’ plans push for generic-drug use
Firms seek to curb rising costs with new prescription programs
March 21, 2004
It sounds counterintuitive: Give up discounts to save money. Several insurers including Humana Inc. and WellPoint Health Networks are experimenting with new prescription drug plans that do exactly that in an effort to curb soaring costs.
Briefcase
March 21, 2004
¢ Most workplaces receive a C from employees ¢ Microsoft expands reach ¢ Name that company
Report: Jackson’s first accuser may testify
March 21, 2004
The prosecutor in Michael Jackson’s child molestation case is considering asking a boy who reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with the entertainer to testify before a grand jury, according to a published report.
On the record
March 21, 2004
Area briefs
March 21, 2004
¢ Northeast diocese greets its future bishop ¢ Missourian get 20 years for killing toddler ¢ City commission takes spring break this week ¢ Noted herpetologist to conduct S.D. survey
Priority items
An unwillingness to raise taxes is the guiding principle for school-finance plans proposed by leaders in the Kansas House and Senate.
March 21, 2004
Perhaps it is a sign of progress that the Democratic governor, the Republican leaders in the Kansas House and Senate all have school-finance plans on the table. It’s hard to find a middle ground until it’s apparent what the most important issues are to the parties involved.
Medicare effort
March 21, 2004
Healthy price?
March 21, 2004
Wrong rankings
March 21, 2004
Save band class
March 21, 2004
Can we count on the count?
As November approaches, election officials express concerns about electronic voting
March 21, 2004
The discord of Florida 2000 is hard to forget. Angry crowds yelling at local election officials, a paralysis that virtually halted other political work, accusations of a stolen presidential election that echo today.
Research: Greenhouse gas reaching record level
More study needed to determine causes
March 21, 2004
Carbon dioxide, the gas largely blamed for global warming, has reached record-high levels in the atmosphere after growing at an accelerated pace in the past year, say scientists monitoring the sky from this 2-mile-high station atop a Hawaiian volcano.
Lawrence commuter report
March 21, 2004
The following construction projects may affect commuter traffic in the region this week.
Jennine Marilee Schwall
March 21, 2004
Doris Jean Snow
March 21, 2004
Wolf services
March 21, 2004
Graveside inurnment services for Montrose M. Wolf, 68, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the family cemetery on a ranch near Junction, Texas.
Ex-adviser: Bush doing ‘a terrible job’
March 21, 2004
Richard A. Clarke, the former White House counterterrorism coordinator, accuses the Bush administration of failing to recognize the al-Qaida threat before the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and then manipulating America into war with Iraq with dangerous consequences.
Michael E. Hoyt
March 21, 2004
73-year-old fire chief hands job over to son
Volunteer fire department relies on Rodecap clan
March 21, 2004
After 20 years of service, Rural Township Fire Department founder and chief John Rodecap, 73, stepped down Saturday night at Williamstown’s 18th annual chili feed benefit dinner. The event, sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Rural Township Fire Department, drew about 250 people, which is about double the amount of residents who live in unincorporated “Billtown,” about two miles east of Perry.
Beverly Jo Bryant
March 21, 2004
Construction industry can build stronger homes at lower prices
Federal Emergency Management Administration’s study of tornado damage in 1999 prompts improvements in techniques, materials
March 21, 2004
There’s no way to make an inexpensive, tornado-proof home, builders say, but for about $1,000, a new house can be made to better withstand strong storms and high winds.
Enjoy EU expansion
Ex-communist capitals now on travelers’ radar
March 21, 2004
Upstairs from a McDonald’s and across the hall from a casino, Prague’s latest attraction greets visitors with a hulking iron statue of Lenin and a whimsical poster: “Come see a 40-year episode of ‘Big Brother.’”
Strategies for coping with weak dollar
March 21, 2004
Many Americans heading to Europe as prime travel season gets under way will be disheartened by how little a dollar buys. The euro hit a five-year high against the dollar in February, trading at $1.29, although it was down slightly to $1.24 in early March. But as recently as mid-2002, the euro was worth just 88 cents. That means in two years, European vacations have become more than 40 percent more expensive for Americans.
Spring spectrum: This season it’s all about color for fashion & home
March 21, 2004
It’s spring again, and Lawrence is literally changing colors. Lawns are greening, tree buds are popping and April showers promise rainbows just around the corner. But the window shoppers, people watchers and fashionistas among you may have already noticed that nature isn’t the only dame showing off her color spectrum as the days get longer and warmer.
Veteran sculptor headlines art auction
March 21, 2004
Jim Brothers takes a rare moment to be still, smiling as he surveys the creative chaos around him. Shelves filled with colorful projects form a ring high above the airy room. Some works have lived a long life; others are new. An occasional cobweb stretches from one or two. Below, clay figures in progress stand ready, willing themselves next in line.
A dangerous, easy target
Book says island may be vulnerable to terrorists, disease
March 21, 2004
The Plum Island Animal Disease Center off eastern Long Island may have been responsible for outbreaks of Lyme disease and West Nile Virus and could be vulnerable to terrorist attacks, a new book claims.
Girls in Trouble’ has some trouble spots
March 21, 2004
Open adoption, where birth mothers and adoptive parents try to keep the mystery out of the giving-up-baby process, is the focus of Caroline Leavitt’s latest novel, “Girls in Trouble” (St. Martin’s Press, $24.95).
Photographer puts himself in right place at right time
March 21, 2004
A good part of the battle to capture a great news photo is being in the right place at the right time.
Calendar
March 21, 2004
House GOP school-finance plan ‘frustrates’ superintendents
Proposal shifts responsibility to districts, property owners
March 21, 2004
While most school districts in Kansas were on spring break, Republicans were toiling away in the Statehouse, proposing one-year, stopgap measures to fund schools.
People
March 21, 2004
¢ Push-ups still on tap for Palance ¢ Flowers to appeal dismissal ¢ Anchor seeks to help minorities ¢ Former Dutch queen dies at 94
Briefly
March 21, 2004
¢ Court seals ballot boxes; election protests turn violent ¢ Prime minister visits cradle of rebellion, praises rebels ¢ Gay weddings continue with 25 new ceremonies
Arts notes
March 21, 2004
¢ Lawrence artists draw national attention ¢ Scanographer to show work in downtown space ¢ Time for a ‘yart’ sale ¢ Portrait show issues call for entries ¢ Local metal artist wins Niche Award ¢ Lawrence students perform solo at festival concert ¢ New York string ensemble to perform in Baldwin ¢ Casting call set for Baldwin theater show ¢ National music conference comes to Kansas City, Mo. ¢ Coterie Theatre announces youth auditions
Protesters rally for peace on anniversary of Iraq war
March 21, 2004
Mary Wilson had mixed emotions a year ago about going to war in Iraq. Today she thinks it is a big mistake. That’s why Wilson was one of about 300 people who participated in a march Saturday morning through downtown Lawrence. The march was followed by a peace rally in South Park to mark the one-year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.
Briefly
March 21, 2004
¢ GPS satellite rocket launched into space ¢ Man wrongly imprisoned now victim of ID theft ¢ Two tipsters to share sniper arrest reward
Constance V. Van Welden
March 21, 2004
Hopes begin fading for capture of top al-Qaida commander
March 21, 2004
Pakistan forces pounded tribal areas Saturday with heavy artillery and Cobra helicopters for the third day in a row, but hopes faded that Osama bin Laden or his lieutenant Ayman al-Zawahri might be cornered.
Pabst making comeback
Lawrence beer drinkers among those opting for nostalgic brew
March 21, 2004
When the Replay Lounge is jamming to the tunes of a local rock band, the cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer start piling up on tables and chairs.
Future son-in-law’s woes cause for concern
March 21, 2004
Your column on couples’ financial compatibility is enough to strike terror — or at least acute anxiety — in a mother-in-law-to-be. Our daughter, who has had financial troubles of her own, is engaged to a young man with a checkered financial background.
Guards admire each other
March 21, 2004
Pacific point guard Miah Davis knows a lot about the man he will be guarding today — Kansas University floor general Aaron Miles.
Badgers’ Harris looks to rebound
March 21, 2004
Devin Harris and his teammates aren’t worried. The Big Ten Conference’s player of the year knows all about bouncing back from a quiet game.
Cycling event gathering steam
Sunny day at Clinton Lake criterium draws 170 participants
March 21, 2004
A beautiful, sunny day signaled the arrival of spring Saturday, and for nearly 200 patrons at Clinton Lake the biggest benefit was good cycling weather.
Horoscope
March 21, 2004
Cubs’ Wood excels on mound, at plate
March 21, 2004
Kerry Wood is more than just a power pitcher. He can swing the bat, too.
Heat beat up on Philadelphia
March 21, 2004
When the Miami Heat have their starting lineup intact, they are one of the Eastern Conference’s top teams. They proved it Saturday.
What are you reading?
March 21, 2004
Older adults stay active with cycling
March 21, 2004
He’s a yellow streak, legs pumping, hurtling his racing bike at 20 mph down a stretch of highway as straight as a shotgun barrel. Rain-slick pavement hisses as Art Peterson racks up the miles.
Removing habitats can prevent millipedes
March 21, 2004
As the weather starts to warm this spring, millions of legs are on the march for higher and drier ground. Millipedes have begun to invade homes, garages, patios, and front porches. As spring rains move in, these seasonal visitors move out to look for drier habitat and become a nuisance.
Woodling: Injuries will be tested on just two days’ rest
March 21, 2004
When I was a kid and we played “War” in and around the neighborhood backyards, firing harmless cap guns in a mock combative frenzy, you could go down, count to 10 and become a new man. Kind of reminds me of the Kansas University men’s basketball team.
KU pounds Western Illinois
Ritchie Price leads Jayhawks to doubleheader sweep
March 21, 2004
Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price never had seen son Ritchie blast a home run until Saturday. Not in little league, not in high school, not in summer league. Twenty-year-old Ritchie, KU’s sophomore shortstop, hadn’t hit one at KU, either.
Stanford stunned by Alabama
No. 1 seed Cardinal falls, 70-67; Syracuse clips Maryland, 72-70
March 21, 2004
Josh Childress watched from the end of the bench as Stanford’s latest comeback attempt came up just short, bouncing off the rim. This time, there was no fantastic finish for the Cardinal.
Tiger fans buzzing
March 21, 2004
Folks in Stockton, Calif., may not have been dancing in the streets Friday night, but the city was definitely buzzing.
Anything goes in ‘Deadwood’s‘ gritty, lawless Western world
March 21, 2004
Deadwood is a realm of furious desires and a notable lack of restraint.
CJHS lands library grant
March 21, 2004
As school budget cuts take their toll on libraries, Central Junior High School has received a bit of relief.
The Motley Fool
March 21, 2004
¢ Last week’s answer ¢ Overlooked tax breaks ¢ Peet’s perks up ¢ Expensive sprinklers
New wrinkles may baffle U.S. taxpayers
March 21, 2004
April 15 is lurking around the corner, so if you haven’t yet filed your federal tax return, it’s time to set aside a few hours, gather together your financial records, and flee the country.
Quick tips: How to lighten the stress load
March 21, 2004
Stress isn’t going away. Here are 10 things you can do to lighten the stress load on your mind and body.
Pena names Anderson K.C. opening-day starter
March 21, 2004
Making what he called a tough decision, Kansas City manager Tony Pena named left-hander Brian Anderson as the Royals’ opening-day starter for the April 5 game against the Chicago White Sox.
Kentucky familiar with UAB’s relentless defense
March 21, 2004
Kentucky is about to take a familiar trip to a very warm place.
Dole a reminder that war changes lives
March 21, 2004
It was pure coincidence that brought me to the campus of Kansas University on the eve of the first anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq. My talk had been scheduled for last fall, but when the business school sponsors discovered that it was also the night of the first home basketball game of the season, they suggested a postponement. I said, “You have your priorities right.”
Jayhawks hobbled, hopeful
Simien vows to play despite ailing groin
March 21, 2004
Wayne Simien didn’t sleep well after Kansas University’s first-round NCAA Tournament victory Friday night over Illinois-Chicago. His tossing and turning had nothing to do with the fluffiness of the pillows or softness of the beds at the Westin Crown Center hotel.
Pet post
March 21, 2004
Labonte eyes another Darlington win
March 21, 2004
Terry Labonte has a chance to make history at Darlington Raceway and put some life into his season.
Faces and places
March 21, 2004
Bookstore
March 21, 2004
Poet’s showcase
March 21, 2004
Militants apologize for slaying of Arab mistaken for Jew
March 21, 2004
A Palestinian militant group offered an unusual apology Saturday for mistakenly killing an Arab college student in a drive-by shooting in a Jewish neighborhood, calling his family to offer their condolences and declaring him a “martyr.”
Lesbian pastor acquitted in church trial, will keep ministry
March 21, 2004
A lesbian Methodist pastor was acquitted Saturday in a church trial over her sexual orientation, and will be allowed to continue her ministry.
Betty May Stites
March 21, 2004
Brown could haunt Huggins
Point guard opted for Illinois instead of Cincinnati
March 21, 2004
The point guard who got away is back to torment Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins.
L.A. police strive to curb urban chaos
March 21, 2004
This is life in the 10 square miles where police Sgt. Sean Colomey works.
What do you know about KU’s NCAA foe?
March 21, 2004
The University of the Pacific may be in the midst of a 16-game winning streak, own one of four “upsets” in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and stand on the brink of the school’s first trip to the Sweet 16. But just how much do Kansas University fans know about their team’s foe in today’s 3:50 p.m. game at Kemper Arena?