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School finance debates continue
March 24, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 11:02 a.m.) The Kansas House today battled on several fronts on school finance. In a dramatic reversal, the House rejected a school finance plan that would have increased school funding by $28 million in state funds and could have resulted in local property tax increases statewide.
Library book sale dates announced
March 24, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 4:36 p.m.) Fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and audiovisual materials will be on sale for a good cause once again at the Spring Book Sale.
Judge pushing for school funding remedy
March 24, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 12:49 p.m.) The judge who declared the Kansas school finance law unconstitutional said he wants to decide on a remedy soon. State District Court Judge Terry Bullock told attorneys in the case that moving forward now with a remedy will provide school children “an equitable and adequate education in a more expeditious manner.”
Schools plan fails in House
March 24, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 1:32 p.m.) In a dramatic reversal, the Kansas House today rejected a school finance plan that could have resulted in local property tax increases statewide. The $92 million measure was crafted by Republican leaders in the House and was advanced on Tuesday in a 63-62 vote. But after an hour-long session, during which the bill’s outcome appeared for a while to be too close to call, an avalanche of rank-and-file Republicans voted against the measure, ultimately killing it 35-90. All 45 Democrats opposed the measure.
Senate committee endorses two school finance bills
March 24, 2004
(Web Posted Wednesday at 10:56 a.m.) A Senate committee endorsed two school finance proposals Wednesday, including a scaled-down version of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ $304 million proposal. On voice votes, the Education Committee advanced a $65 million Senate Republican leadership proposal, which increases liquor taxes and makes changes in state tax policy. The smaller version of Sebelius’ plan calls for $137 million in increased spending, relying only on increases in sales and income taxes.
People
March 24, 2004
¢ Wedded bliss ¢ Ventura weighs in on gay marriage ban ¢ More Nick and Jessica for your viewing pleasure ¢ More Mo’Nique on BET Awards
House roll call on school finance bill
March 24, 2004
The 90-35 vote Wednesday by which the House rejected a $92 million school finance plan drafted by the chamber’s Republican leaders.
Briefly
March 24, 2004
¢ High court overturns presidential recall ruling ¢ Foreign minister’s killer convicted of murder ¢ President calls for vote recount ¢ Basque group ETA weighing new cease-fire ¢ Police trainees killed south of Baghdad ¢ Justices cool to laws boosting HMO lawsuits
Good news
Kansas University already has claimed some Sweet 16 bragging rights.
March 24, 2004
This is the best news yet from the NCAA basketball tournament.
Bad news
Operate a university without an Internet connection? It may be possible, but certainly not desirable.
March 24, 2004
“We’re from the government, and we’re here to help you.” Tell that to Haskell Indian Nations University after a federal judge ordered the Department of Interior to shut down all of its Internet connections because of security concerns. The order has left Haskell, which is governed by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Indian Affairs, without access to e-mail or any Internet research sources.
A civil matter
March 24, 2004
Biblical laws
March 24, 2004
Energy sector
March 24, 2004
Taxpayers lose
March 24, 2004
No pragmatism
March 24, 2004
New deal sought in arson case
Mother wants to withdraw pleas that brought life imprisonment
March 24, 2004
A woman serving life in prison for a fire that killed two of her children in 1995 has asked a court to set aside her no-contest pleas.
Bonner Springs mother faces trial in infant’s death
March 24, 2004
A woman accused of killing her infant daughter by banging her head against a clothes dryer has been ordered to stand trial for murder.
Beyond fish sticks
Mercantile manager offers ideas to jazz up meatless Fridays
March 24, 2004
There are plenty of fish in the sea. Tom King wishes more people would realize that when they go to the market to select fresh seafood for a meal. “First of all, there is more to seafood than salmon. Get out of the salmon box. Come talk to us; we will give you recipes,” said King, meat and seafood department manager at the Community Mercantile Co-op, 901 Iowa.
Salads provide transition into springtime fare
March 24, 2004
As you contemplate spring cleaning, consider lightening the dietary load at the same time. This is the perfect time to start the transition from heavy and hearty winter fare to the lighter and fresher foods of summer. Cool weather salads — a mix of fresh greens with substantial toppings — are a great way to welcome this season.
Wind brings gardening challenges
March 24, 2004
When I walked out my front door Saturday and was blasted by a 20-mph gust, I was reminded of the primary challenge to early-season vegetable gardening in Kansas. In my experience, late frosts are much less of an issue than the constant battering of the wind.
Short & sweet
March 24, 2004
¢ New uses for gadgets ¢ It’s applesauce with kick ¢ In a bind? Try using dental floss to tie meat
Supreme Court to weigh ‘under God’ in pledge
March 24, 2004
When Michael Newdow urges the Supreme Court today to ban the mandatory recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools, he’ll be up against not only the Elk Grove (Calif.) Unified School District, where his daughter attends classes, but also the school district’s supporters: the Bush administration, the Republican and Democratic leaders of Congress, dozens of members of both the House and Senate, the governments of all 50 states and the National Education Assn. But the atheist does have one advantage: consistency.
U.S. sets up al-Qaida hunt
March 24, 2004
Using bulldozers to slice bunkers and a helicopter landing pad out of a mountainside, U.S. special operations forces dug in Tuesday on a peak overlooking Pakistan — fortifying the area for the intensifying battle against al-Qaida and Taliban forces.
Sheriff, police merger considered
March 24, 2004
Brown County could save money by merging the sheriff’s department and city police departments, County Commissioner Steve Roberts said Monday.
Church, priests seek dismissal of lawsuit
March 24, 2004
Lawyers for the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph are seeking the dismissal of a sexual-abuse lawsuit against the diocese, a retired bishop, a retired priest and a former priest.
Gasoline prices reach record high
Cost in Lawrence lower than average, but still described as ‘terrible’
March 24, 2004
The price of gasoline at the pump hit an all-time high Tuesday — nearly $1.74 per gallon nationwide — reflecting strong demand, tight supplies and the high cost of oil.
Cabela’s files for initial public offering
March 24, 2004
Nebraska-based outdoor specialty store Cabela’s Inc. has filed for an initial public offering of its common stock.
Commodities
March 24, 2004
NPR replaces host of ‘Morning Edition’
March 24, 2004
National Public Radio has bounced Bob Edwards, host of “Morning Edition” since its inception in 1979, out of his job.
Comedian knows the ‘D-List’
March 24, 2004
It’s a long way from “Suddenly Susan” to “Celebrity Mole.” Or maybe not. Comedian Kathy Griffin has no qualms about her place in the celebrity pecking order. And she tells us all about it in her very funny stand-up special “Kathy Griffin: The D-List” (8 p.m., Bravo).
Penders to coach at Houston
Once-powerful program turns to former Texas boss
March 24, 2004
Tom Penders was hired Tuesday to coach at Houston, the once-powerful program that hasn’t won an NCAA Tournament game in 20 years.
Commentary: There’s nothing like NCAA basketball
March 24, 2004
Did you see the finish of that game? Did you catch that clutch shot in the closing seconds? In the words of Bill Raftery, the young man displayed “big onions.”
Beard tapped for third time; KSU’s Ohlde honored
March 24, 2004
The third time is the most satisfying for Alana Beard. The Duke senior with a smooth jumper and moves to match became just the second three-time member of the Associated Press women’s college basketball All-America team Tuesday.
Sullivan puts ISU in quarters
March 24, 2004
It was Tim Pickett’s floor, but Jake Sullivan’s game.
Three BU players earn NAIA honors
March 24, 2004
Baker University basketball players Amber Koblitz, Gretchen Patty and Erin Robinson have been named NAIA All-American scholar-athletes.
Giddens playing for mom
Freshman’s mother in Oklahoma hospital
March 24, 2004
Most Kansas University basketball fans probably think J.R. Giddens is just showing his emotions when he raises his arm and makes a fist during pregame introductions. After all, the freshman from Oklahoma City seems to be nearly as quick with his smile as he is with his unorthodox three-point shots.
Zito leads A’s over Royals
March 24, 2004
Barry Zito is trying to be taller on his pitching delivery so he doesn’t drop down as much on his back leg and put pressure on his knee.
Roberts finalist at SMU
March 24, 2004
Kansas University associate head coach Norm Roberts is one of two finalists for the men’s head basketball coaching position at Southern Methodist University, the Dallas Morning News reported today.
Area pros create junior golf academy
Douglas County group’s goal to draw youngsters into sport
March 24, 2004
Randy Towner and all the other golf pros in the county are searching for youngsters who are interested in learning to play golf.
Jayhawks fall to No. 19 Oregon, 1-0
March 24, 2004
Oregon scored the only run in the bottom of the second inning and edged Kansas University, 1-0, in softball Tuesday at Howe Field. The game against the 19th-ranked Ducks was KU’s fifth in three days.
On the record
March 24, 2004
Lawrence briefs
March 24, 2004
¢ Student reports incident of flashing ¢ Dancer reports assault on strip club’s stage ¢ Alamo expert to talk about upcoming movie
Bush, Kerry both works in progress
March 24, 2004
Sen. John F. Kerry is a different man from the one who set out to run for president a year ago. He has been up, he has been down, and now he is up again. Some months ago, as the former front-runner, he looked down upon his open grave, politically speaking. (He’d like that phrase. It comes from “Profiles in Courage,” written by his favorite president.) Now Kerry is more than the front-runner again. He has the delegates to claim the Democratic presidential nomination at the Boston convention in July.
Israel threatens Hamas leaders
March 24, 2004
As the Hamas militant group chose new top officials Tuesday in place of Sheik Ahmed Yassin, Israel’s government threatened to kill the organization’s entire leadership, security sources told news organizations in Israel Tuesday.
Cable industry to offer free channel-blocking equipment
March 24, 2004
The cable television industry said Tuesday it would provide free equipment to allow subscribers to block unwanted channels, a reaction to efforts on Capitol Hill to curb indecent programming.
NASA sees signs of past ‘salty sea’ on Mars
March 24, 2004
The rocks scrutinized by the Mars rover Opportunity were born in a “salty sea,” scientists said Tuesday, further bolstering the theory that the planet was once wet enough to support life.
T. Moyne McMaster
March 24, 2004
Constance V. Van Welden
March 24, 2004
Senate tentatively OKs bill putting restrictions on eminent domain
March 24, 2004
Cities and counties could no longer use economic development reasons to justify taking private property and transferring it to a private company under a bill receiving tentative Senate approval Tuesday.
Credit due
March 24, 2004
Disagreement over one provision threatens speed limit bill
March 24, 2004
A disagreement between the House and Senate over one provision threatens passage of a bill allowing the state to increase the speed limit to 75 mph on some of its highways.
Committee votes on concealed carry
March 24, 2004
The 5-4 vote Tuesday by which the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee endorsed a bill that would permit Kansans to carry concealed weapons.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
March 24, 2004
Senate rejects moratorium on Flint Hills wind farms
March 24, 2004
The Senate on Tuesday rejected a proposed one-year moratorium on wind farm development in much of the Flint Hills.
House panel endorses child passenger safety bill
March 24, 2004
A bill requiring most children to wear seat belts or use safety seats while riding in motor vehicles cleared the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday.
Last son of original support group comes home
March 24, 2004
He’s home from Iraq after spending almost a year tiptoeing around land mines and rebuilding schools as a member of the 418th Civil Affairs Battalion. Grant Montney, 28, returned to Lawrence last week. He was the last soldier son of the original group of mothers who organized last year to cope with having their children at war.
School financing advances to vote
GOP measure hinges on House’s final yea or nay
March 24, 2004
A divided and partisan House returns today to put the finishing touches on a $92.7 million school-finance plan that would result in local property tax increases statewide. The measure crafted by House Republican leaders was advanced Tuesday on a 63-62 vote, and faces a final vote this morning.
Medicare leaves family $200 short
Unemployed nurse’s aide can’t afford feeding tube for son in vegetative state
March 24, 2004
Virginia Thomas needs $200. “It’s not for me,” she said, brushing a tear from her eye. “It’s for my son. His feeding tube is supposed to be replaced every six months, but it’s way past time. “His stomach is getting really raw, and I’m afraid it’s going to get infected and he’ll have to go back in the hospital,” she said. “I’m trying not to let that happen.”
House roll call on speed limit
March 24, 2004
The 64-61 vote Tuesday by which the House approved a bill to increase the speed limit to 75 mph on some Kansas highways.
House advances schools plan; Senate panel works on alternatives
March 24, 2004
The House barely advanced a plan for permitting a one-year, $92 million increase in school spending mostly through higher local property taxes, while a Senate committee reviewed alternative proposals.
Minnesota stuns second-seeded Kansas State
March 24, 2004
Up and down the lineup, at both ends of the court, Minnesota dominated Kansas State from start to finish.
House roll call on GOP school finance plan
March 24, 2004
The 63-62 vote Tuesday by which the House tentatively approved a $92 million school funding package drafted by the chamber’s Republican leaders.
Briefly
March 24, 2004
¢ Psychotherapy found to ease hypochondria ¢ Large doses of chemo may help with MS
Briefly
March 24, 2004
¢ Rumsfeld certifies need for new base closures ¢ Report cites disparities between blacks, whites
Briefly
March 24, 2004
¢ Kindergartner seasons lasagna with marijuana ¢ Gay military dismissals lowest in nearly decade ¢ Republican voter drive heads to MTV’s ‘TRL’ ¢ Five planets offer rare stargazing sight ¢ Suspect pleads guilty in freshman’s murder
Transportation bill keeps sales tax
March 24, 2004
Legislation that sacrifices a promised drop in sales taxes to preserve the state’s comprehensive transportation plan won House approval on a 119-6 vote Tuesday.
Alfred Junior Bracken
March 24, 2004
Frederickson services
March 24, 2004
Okafor, Nelson top AP All-America list
Simien third-team pick
March 24, 2004
There’s no debate when it comes to Emeka Okafor and Jameer Nelson. They’re unanimous All-Americans. The leaders of Connecticut and Saint Joseph’s topped the Associated Press men’s college basketball All-America team Tuesday, the first time since 1985 more than one player was chosen by every voter.
Firebirds have high expectations; LHS swimmers expect to be ‘stronger’ than last year
March 24, 2004
It wasn’t even girls swimming season, but Free State High coach Jama Crady was in a scolding mood last month in Manhattan.
Daily ticker
March 24, 2004
Plane jumper identified
March 24, 2004
A man who apparently jumped from a plane in rural Geary County has been identified as Scott Marshall, 31, of Manhattan.
John E. Norcross
March 24, 2004
Charles L. Jostmeyer
March 24, 2004
KU ready for UAB press
Alabama-Birmingham billed as ‘fastest 40 minutes of basketball’
March 24, 2004
Media members have referred to Alabama-Birmingham’s aggressive, pressing, relentless style of basketball as “40 minutes of hell.” Second-year UAB coach Mike Anderson, not wanting to copy the slogan his mentor, Nolan Richardson, used at both Tulsa and Arkansas, says that moniker is not exactly accurate.
Artist creates pizza on ‘Jayni’s Kitchen’
March 24, 2004
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Wood-Fired Pizza with Artist Louis Copt.”
Cubs’ Prior to start season on disabled list
Yankees give reliever Rivera two-year, $21 million contract extension
March 24, 2004
Mark Prior, Jason Schmidt and Larry Walker are struggling to recover from injuries. Mariano Rivera is healthy and committed to the New York Yankees for at least two more years.
Jayhawk briefs
March 24, 2004
¢ Kansas men’s golf ties for 8th at Western ¢ KU women’s golf 15th at Rawls Invite ¢ Kansas-Texas rowing race slated Saturday
State lauds KU’s former women’s basketball coach
Governor proclaims Washington Day
March 24, 2004
Former Kansas University women’s basketball coach Marian Washington has earned numerous accolades, but Tuesday presented a first — it was “Marian Washington Day” in Kansas. “You’ve opened countless doors for countless women, not only here but all over the country,” Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said during a proclamation ceremony in the Capitol.
T-shirt competition goes mad
Basketball gear, both official and unlicensed, puts local vendors in full court press
March 24, 2004
Gene Wayenberg doesn’t mind being extra busy this time of the year. Wayenberg, owner of Sun Creations, doesn’t even mind hiring extra workers to crank out 15,000 NCAA Sweet 16 T-shirts this week.
State and local briefs
March 24, 2004
¢ Victims report being hit by bat-wielding attackers ¢ State raises $1.6 million from selling vehicles ¢ Haskell knife incident results in arrest ¢ Pump Patrol seeks deals
WSU students start cricket tournament
Players from six nations fill lesser known March bracket
March 24, 2004
A different sort of March Madness is overtaking Wichita State University this week.
Baker honors Lawrence business leaders
March 24, 2004
A longtime downtown retailer, a tourism booster and a former Kansas University athletic director were honored Tuesday for their business and leadership achievements.
Country star comfortable in alter-ego role ‘Reba’
March 24, 2004
“Reba Hart is a lot like Reba McEntire,” says the country music star about the sitcom character she plays on the WB’s “Reba.”
9-11 panel criticizes Clinton and Bush
March 24, 2004
Both the Bush and Clinton administrations missed diplomatic and military opportunities to capture or kill Osama bin Laden before Sept. 11, 2001, according to reports Tuesday by a federally appointed commission investigating the attacks.
Concealed carry squeaks by Senate panel
March 24, 2004
A measure allowing Kansans to carry concealed hangduns went to the full Senate after being endorsed Tuesday by the Federal and State Affairs Committee on a 5-4 vote.
Horoscopes
March 24, 2004
Unjust penalty
March 24, 2004
9-11 blame starts with Clinton
March 24, 2004
At least two things should raise suspicions about the motives of Richard Clarke, the former anti-terrorism adviser to four presidents, whose name, face and book were all over the newspapers last weekend and on “60 Minutes” Sunday night. One is that Clarke’s book, in which he accuses the Bush administration of not heeding “warnings” from the Clinton administration about possible terrorist attacks by al Qaida, was available only to journalists and not to those in the administration on the receiving end of Clarke’s criticism. This is according to an administration spokesman with whom I spoke.
Moms in group cherish soldiers’ safe return
March 24, 2004
They no longer catch their breaths when the telephone or doorbell rings. They no longer feel apprehensive when they watch the news. Just don’t ask them to watch a war movie.
Traffic solution could stifle development
March 24, 2004
Builders and developers are concerned that a city plan to ease traffic flow will instead stifle development in Lawrence. “Access Management Guidelines” under development at City Hall would prohibit streets and driveways nearer than 600 feet to major intersections — a requirement critics say would hinder redevelopment along busy thoroughfares such as 23rd Street. The guidelines label the areas around intersections “areas of influence.”
Seafood recipes
March 24, 2004
¢ Tuna with Tomato, Mint and Capers ¢ Cebiche ¢ Tom King’s Creamed Mussels
Suns extend Cavaliers’ slide
Johnson lights up Cleveland for 31 points
March 24, 2004
LeBron James struggled to defend Joe Johnson, leading to a third straight loss for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Woodling: Jayhawks overcame ‘hell’ in ‘91
March 24, 2004
Adonis Jordan, grinning from earlobe to earlobe, uttered one of the pithiest postgame statements in Kansas University men’s basketball history on that astonishing day. “Down by 12, win by 12,” Jordan stated matter-of-factly. Jordan was a Kansas University guard March 23, 1991 — a day that will live in Arkansas University basketball infamy. That was the day Kansas cut 20 minutes off UA coach Nolan Richardson’s self-described “40 minutes of hell.”
House set on 75 mph limit
Bill must clear one more hurdle to become law
March 24, 2004
Kansas lawmakers Tuesday agreed to boost to 75 mph the speed limit on some Kansas highways, but don’t step on the accelerator just yet. The measure faces a roadblock in the form of a disagreement over how tickets should affect a speeder’s driving record.
Medicare to go broke by 2019
Report moves up expected insolvency by seven years
March 24, 2004
In a report with major political ramifications, Medicare trustees said Tuesday that soaring medical costs and a new prescription drug law will drive the health-care system for America’s elderly into insolvency in only 15 years.
Interior Dept. to withhold payments
Offline status affects mineral revenue funding to states
March 24, 2004
Thirty-six states will be unable to receive roughly $90 million from the federal government because a federal judge has pulled the plug on the Interior Department’s Internet connections, the department said.
Who’s who in the NCAA Round of 16
A head-to-head look at the remaining teams in the men’s tournament
March 24, 2004
A look at the NCAA Tournament’s regional semifinals
Briefcase
March 24, 2004
¢ Credit card delinquencies increase to record levels ¢ Putnam investigation finds lax attitudes ¢ Wal-Mart expands offerings of online music