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March 27, 2004
¢ KU graduate tapped as Maryland regent ¢ Former Clinton aide to speak Monday at KU
Briefly
March 27, 2004
¢ Bush calls for expansion of quick Internet access ¢ Kerry reveals proposal to cut corporate taxes
4-H news
March 27, 2004
KU among Elite again
Jayhawks advance to record third straight round of eight
March 27, 2004
Paul Gregory is getting used to this. His Jayhawks lifted the Kansas University junior to within 40 minutes of a third consecutive Final Four by shredding the University of Alabama-Birmingham, 100-74, Friday night in the NCAA regionals at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.
Businesses take star-studded prank in stride
Calls claim bevy of high-powered actors in Lawrence to film new movie
March 27, 2004
Hmmm, maybe that guy you saw sipping a latte at the Starbucks downtown really was Tom Cruise. Movie stars like coffee, too, you know.
Rising star?
March 27, 2004
The spotlight is starting to fall on the next generation of an old Kansas political family. In just his second year in the Kansas Legislature, Rep. Bill Kassebaum, R-Burdick, is showing signs that he’s inherited some of his family’s political acumen.
Bush apparently not swayed by facts
March 27, 2004
I find myself imagining a news conference that never happened. It’s early in 2001 and the new president takes a few questions from the media.
Pledge concern
March 27, 2004
GOP seeks to declassify earlier Clarke testimony
March 27, 2004
Leading congressional Republicans announced plans Friday to seek declassification of 2-year-old testimony from Richard Clarke, hoping to show discrepancies between his recent criticisms of the Bush administration’s terrorism policies with flattering statements he made as a White House aide.
Thousands protest tribal offensive
March 27, 2004
Thousands of people on Friday took to the streets of Rawalpindi and other Pakistani cities to protest the government’s offensive against suspected Islamic militants in tribal areas near the border with Afghanistan.
Military news
March 27, 2004
Restraining order stops payments to banker found guilty of fraud
Wittig co-conspirator paid $325,000 after 2003 conviction
March 27, 2004
A business partner of a former Topeka banker convicted in a loan conspiracy case has been ordered to stop making direct or indirect payments to him.
Clinton, Bush anti-terror policies alike
March 27, 2004
For all the sniping over efforts by the Bush and Clinton administrations to thwart terrorism, information from this week’s hearings into the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks suggests that the two administrations were pursuing roughly the same policies until the terror strikes occurred.
Daily ticker
March 27, 2004
Lawrence briefs
March 27, 2004
¢ Two KU students competing for fellowship ¢ Program to teach history of Jayhawk ¢ Sierra Club sets wetlands cleanup ¢ Art competition open to high school students
Briefly
March 27, 2004
¢ Prime minister announces resignation ¢ Patrols heightened after deadly clashes ¢ Study: Circumcision protects against AIDS ¢ Three suspects detained in bomb threats
Briefly
March 27, 2004
¢ Wind-driven fire spreads to several buildings ¢ Bishop gets probation for deadly hit-and-run ¢ Navy pilot ejects as jet catches fire ¢ FBI computer overhaul nearly complete
Prenatal portrait studios draw FDA safety warning
March 27, 2004
Shelly Bunker’s due date is months away, but last week in an upscale shopping mall office, tucked among the hair salons and art galleries, she watched her baby boy appear to smile, yawn and wave from inside her womb.
China tests larger diplomatic role
Beijing officials offer statements on Taiwan elections, Japan island dispute
March 27, 2004
Flexing its political muscle over territories it claims as its own, China has gone on the offensive, warning archrival Taiwan about its bitter presidential election, entering Hong Kong’s debate over democracy, and upbraiding Japan over an island dispute.
Weddings
March 27, 2004
Step into fashion with socks
March 27, 2004
Once upon a time, socks sought merely to create warmth, or perhaps to match a favorite sweater.
Briefcase
March 27, 2004
¢ Fighting hinders jurors in corporate scandal case ¢ Consumers slow pace of spending in February ¢ Boeing shareholders to discuss merger rules ¢ SBC declares dividend
Scoreboard mix-up has young Self in a fix
March 27, 2004
Tyler Self simply wouldn’t stand for it.
Misses hurt Blazers’ press
Coach says players got ‘caught up’ in tourney hoopla
March 27, 2004
No coach ever would say his team choked, and that goes double for UAB boss Mike Anderson.
People and places
March 27, 2004
Religion briefs
March 27, 2004
Firefight, raid leave 13 dead
March 27, 2004
U.S. troops and guerrillas armed with mortars and rocket-propelled grenades battled for hours Friday in the alleyways of Fallujah, killing a Marine and at least five Iraqis, including an ABC News cameraman. Near Tikrit, four members of the U.S.-trained Iraqi Civil Defense Corps and three suspected rebels died during a raid by Iraqi security forces and U.S. soldiers, the U.S. military said. Twenty-one suspected guerrillas were captured in the raid north of Baghdad.
Around and about
March 27, 2004
Briefly
March 27, 2004
¢ FDA approves oral HIV test ¢ Hamas issues new calls to avenge leader’s killing ¢ Commander: U.S. stepping up anti-terror efforts in Africa ¢ Intelligence report charges Iran with nuclear cover-up
Weekend TV fare hits the mother lode
March 27, 2004
Looks like the Stork Club has become the movie kingdom’s hottest invite. “Hollywood Baby Boom” (6 p.m. today, E!) explores Tinsel Town’s latest trend: motherhood. Actresses such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Debra Messing, Courteney Cox, Sarah Jessica Parker, Reese Witherspoon, Kelly Ripa, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Denise Richards have made wearing maternity clothes fashionable again.
Bush supporters among Nader campaign donors
March 27, 2004
Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader is getting a little help from his friends — and from President Bush’s friends.
Cowboys’ eyes on Nelson
March 27, 2004
Just the mere mention of Jameer Nelson’s enormous tattoo brings a smile from John Lucas.
North Lawrence bar tries smokeless route
Co-owner hopes to draw on location, unique decor
March 27, 2004
The no-smoking policy at a new Lawrence bar is not a fleeting fancy. But a pair of rickshaws hauling bar patrons over the Kansas River bridge may be.
Miles has ball breaking press
March 27, 2004
He was the last one off the court after Friday’s game, half-jogging, half-skipping, soaking in the love being showered on him.
Langford: KU playing its best ball
March 27, 2004
Kansas University’s first 100-point game of the 2003-04 men’s basketball season doubles as the Jayhawks’ best game of the entire year.
Celtics move into eighth in East
March 27, 2004
Paul Pierce wanted the ball, and the short-handed New Jersey Nets couldn’t stop him.
Baylor feeling great
Bears winning despite school’s woes
March 27, 2004
The Baylor women’s basketball squad sat down before the season to discuss the tragedy and scandal surrounding the school’s other basketball team.
Faith forum
March 27, 2004
Why is Lent important to Christians?
Schools use spring break for needed repairs
Air conditioning installed at Sunset Hill, Hillcrest and East Heights elementaries, LHS gymnasium
March 27, 2004
Students have been absent from the hallways and classrooms of Lawrence schools this week while on spring break, but the buildings have been anything but quiet. The school district has been busy taking care of repairs and upgrades that Tom Bracciano, the school district’s director of operations and facility planning, said couldn’t wait until summer.
Braves add Reitsma; Tigers sign Urbina
March 27, 2004
The Atlanta Braves added bullpen insurance in right-hander Chris Reitsma.
Xavier too hot for UT
Horns fall as Musketeers keep rolling
March 27, 2004
Romain Sato stood near midcourt, holding up one finger and acknowledging the Xavier fans.
Rice ready to talk about 9-11 — but not under oath
Security adviser won’t testify publicly before commission
March 27, 2004
Condoleezza Rice says the Bush administration has a good story to tell about fighting terrorism, and she’s pouring it out in television appearances, interviews and newspaper articles. The one place she won’t talk is in public, under oath, before the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Society calendar
March 27, 2004
Club news
March 27, 2004
People
March 27, 2004
¢ Cruz, Cruise drift apart ¢ Simon Cowell gets flippant ¢ ‘CSI’ heads for New York ¢ Attention all wiseguys
Briefly
March 27, 2004
¢ KU debate team competes in Sweet 16 ¢ KSU drive hits pay dirt in Douglas County ¢ Walk to raise money for senior citizen meals ¢ Breakfast to benefit epilepsy research
Around and about
March 27, 2004
Falsetto hitmaker joins ‘Sopranos’ hit men
Frankie Valli to appear in at least four episodes of HBO mob drama
March 27, 2004
For the better part of two decades, Frankie Valli rode the pop charts as a hitmaker with such songs as “Sherry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll” and the theme song from “Grease.”
Ruling protects abortion records
March 27, 2004
A federal appeals court Friday upheld a lower court decision that blocks the government from obtaining abortion records from a Chicago hospital.
Caribbean leaders shun new Haiti government
March 27, 2004
The 15-nation Caribbean Community does not plan to recognize Haiti’s new U.S.-backed interim government, senior Caribbean officials said Friday.
Biosciences initiative moves forward
Senate tentatively OKs measure with compromise on stem-cell research
March 27, 2004
The Kansas Senate voiced approval Friday of a bill to put $500 million behind the state’s fledgling bioscience industry, but the debate over stem-cell research continues. The measure would divert the funds over the next 15 years into bioscience research and development and establish an 11-member bioscience authority to work with state universities, recruit top scholars and build facilities. Supporters say the effort would create thousands of new jobs.
Rocket club takes off
March 27, 2004
Turns out it was rocket science. But it still managed to look like simple fun this week in Watson Park as members of the Cordley Elementary Rocket Club attracted about 300 people to watch launching exhibitions Tuesday and Friday.
Margareta Villegas
March 27, 2004
Hazel I. Mock
March 27, 2004
Spend your spring weekend inside or out
March 27, 2004
From nature walks and barn dances to plays and concerts, weekend activities offer a little something for everyone. If you’re looking for an art fix, paintings and vividly colored sculptures by Lawrence artist Barry Coffin begin their run today at the Nova Cyber Cafe, 745 N.H. The artist will attend a reception from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
House likes Kassebaum school plan
Representatives send $155 million proposal to Senate
March 27, 2004
House Democrats and moderate Republicans combined forces Friday to pass a bill raising sales and income taxes to fund a $155 million package for public schools.
Senate advances version of concealed-carry bill
March 27, 2004
Senators approved a bill Friday night that would allow Kansans to carry concealed weapons, including at the Statehouse.
Against violence
March 27, 2004
Tax and spend
March 27, 2004
Natural beauty
March 27, 2004
Killing a case of self-defense
March 27, 2004
The killing of Hamas leader and practicing terrorist Sheik Ahmed Yassin was not an “assassination,” as it was described in most press reports, nor an “unlawful killing,” as British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw incorrectly labeled it. Rather, it was an act of self-defense in the midst of war and as such was fully justified.
Jurors to dissect case of west Lawrence attack
Defendant accused of wielding knife, sexually assaulting 28-year-old in apartment
March 27, 2004
Jury deliberations began Friday for a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman and threatening her with a knife after an early-morning break-in at her apartment.
Jordanian may be Madrid mastermind
March 27, 2004
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian linked to al-Qaida and suspected of heading a terrorist network in Iraq, is now believed to have been the brains behind the deadly Madrid railway attacks, a French private investigator said Friday.
UAB’s ‘hell’ hath no fury
Kansas shreds press, rolls into Elite Eight
March 27, 2004
Alabama-Birmingham didn’t exactly put Kansas University through 40 minutes of hell Friday night. It was more like 40 minutes of hilarity for the No. 4-seeded Jayhawks, who shredded UAB’s vaunted press in racing to a 100-74 victory over the No. 9-seeded Blazers — KU’s most lopsided win in 23 Sweet 16 appearances.
Woodling: Post-UK Syndrome benefits Jayhawks
March 27, 2004
All love between Kansas University and Kentucky in the wide, wide world of men’s basketball is long lost. Two of the game’s most distinguished and tradition-rich programs basically have avoided each other on a regular basis over the years. Kansas and Kentucky, for instance, have met only twice since 1990 — once in the Great Eight, a defunct manufactured-for-television preseason event, and once in the NCAA Tournament.
Kelly, Sutherland share TPC lead
Woods survives cut but trails by nine entering third round
March 27, 2004
Tiger Woods needed only three holes to take the suspense out of making his 120th consecutive cut Friday at The Players Championship.
Duhon’s grit lifts Duke
Injured guard doesn’t score, but his moxie powers Devils past Illini
March 27, 2004
Chris Duhon may be hurting, but he’s doing just fine. So are the Duke Blue Devils.
Alabama basking in success
Tide on a roll, but UConn elite foe
March 27, 2004
Mark Gottfried never got this far in the NCAA Tournament as a terrific player on some good Alabama teams.
Jayhawks fall short
March 27, 2004
Kansas University’s baseball team had the potential tying run 90 feet away, but couldn’t push it across in a 3-2 loss Friday afternoon at Nebraska.
Pakistan’s city of culture whirls with fervor of Islamic mystics
March 27, 2004
Whirling in a ritual reverie, the Sufi drummer looks toward the sky and knocks out a feverish beat. The bearded men in bright traditional robes dance and shout around him — each frantically following his own path to enlightenment. It is midnight in Lahore, Pakistan’s city of culture and mysticism, and hundreds of Muslim men have packed the dingy courtyard outside the ramshackle Baba Shah Jamal shrine for the weekly ritual.
Pope puts candidates on road to sainthood
March 27, 2004
An Italian priest forced to quit a political post because of Fascist violence, an Italian nun and two Spaniards are among the latest faithful put on the road to sainthood by Pope John Paul II.
Engagements
March 27, 2004
Anniversaries
March 27, 2004
Homes sales continue to slide
March 27, 2004
Douglas County home sales fell below 2003 levels for the second straight month in February, according to a new report. Across the county, home sales in February were down 25 percent from a year ago, the Douglas County Appraiser’s Office said, and at their lowest level since February 2000.
Remembering Leo
Center to offer support to needy
March 27, 2004
Leo Beuerman’s dream has come true. Beuerman, a disabled but fiercely independent man whose life story was made famous in the 1969 Academy Award-nominated film “Leo Beuerman,” hoped someday he could somehow make a difference in people’s lives.
OPEC members wavering on output cut
March 27, 2004
OPEC’s plan to cut its oil production target by 4 percent appears to be unraveling, as group members ignore their self-imposed quotas to take advantage of high crude prices and meet the surging demand for oil in China and the United States.
Suspect in arsons appears in court
Douglas County charges may not come immediately
March 27, 2004
The former Kansas University student suspected of being a serial arsonist made his first appearance Friday in Johnson County District Court, where he is charged with setting two fires in Olathe. Though more charges are likely to be filed against him in coming weeks, it could be a while before he is charged in Douglas County, prosecutors said.
Senate moves on transportation
Variety of means would fund highway projects
March 27, 2004
The Senate approved a bill late Friday night to use bonds, federal funds and sales tax revenues to protect transportation projects from being canceled.
On the record
March 27, 2004
Jackets win game, lose standout
Elder leaves victory over Wolf Pack because of ankle sprain; status uncertain
March 27, 2004
Admittedly, Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach Paul Hewitt knows next to nothing about Kansas University, his next opponent. It wouldn’t be fair to call him unprepared, though. Superstitious, yes, but not unprepared.
Wichita revisits horror of BTK serial killings
March 27, 2004
More than two decades after the BTK strangler sent his last letter, a new communique from the serial killer whose “bind, torture and kill” crimes terrorized Kansas’ largest city in the 1970s has shattered the city’s sense of security and stoked fears the killer could strike again.
State unemployment rate drops despite job losses
February numbers continue trend of ‘stagnant’ labor market in Kansas
March 27, 2004
Even though the state shed 3,500 jobs last month, its unemployment rate fell slightly in February, state officials said Friday. According to preliminary data from the Department of Human Resources, unemployment dropped to 5.2 percent, down from 5.3 percent in January. The rate declined, despite the lost jobs, because the number of people seeking employment dropped, as did the total number of people in the workplace.
George struggles in K.C. win
Starter can’t clinch final spot in Royals rotation
March 27, 2004
Chris George had a chance Friday to help his chances at earning a spot in the Kansas City rotation, but instead had a poor showing in the Royals’ 8-7 victory over a Milwaukee split squad.
Horoscopes
March 27, 2004
Explore treatment for attention deficit disorder
March 27, 2004
What kind of treatment is available for attention deficit disorder?