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Text of Dunfield’s State of the City address
March 30, 2004
(Updated Tuesday at 6:35 p.m.)
Wittig to remain free during appeal
March 30, 2004
(Updated Tuesday at 12:51 p.m.) TOPEKA - A federal judge is allowing David Wittig to remain free while he appeals his federal fraud convictions. Wittig, the former chairman and chief executive officer at Westar Energy Inc., the state’s largest electric utility, was convicted in July of conspiracy, money laundering and making false bank entries. He was sentenced to four years and three months in prison.
Police issue warning about forged checks
March 30, 2004
(Updated Tuesday at 12:34 p.m.) Police say someone is forging checks belonging to a 77-year-old Eudora woman killed in a fire in February 2003. Four checks belonging to Naomi Kidd have surfaced at Lawrence businesses in the past week, Lawrence police say.
KBI announces availability of Kansas criminal records on Internet
March 30, 2004
(Updated Tuesday at 11:40 a.m.) TOPEKA - Kansas criminal history records are now available to the general public on the Internet.
Briefly
March 30, 2004
¢ Russia: System beats U.S. missile defense ¢ Nation to double Afghanistan contingent ¢ Nation said it stopped building centrifuges ¢ Leader addresses nation after coup attempt ¢ Brazil withdraws call to uphold gay rights ¢ Leader condemns China on anti-reform moves ¢ Al-Qaida leader believed dead ¢ Elections chief takes control of state media
Briefly
March 30, 2004
¢ Nichols trial testimony focuses on fertilizer ¢ Violations cited against acting mayor ¢ Judge cuts verdict against Exxon Mobil ¢ Next space tourist plans experiments ¢ Teachers want pay tied to student performance ¢ Top scientist rebuts charges from peers
Suitable’ schools
How that term is defined largely will determine the state and local role in funding public school programs.
March 30, 2004
What is included in the “suitable” education that the Kansas Constitution requires the state to provide to students in kindergarten through high school?
Clarke tempest won’t have staying power
March 30, 2004
“So,” Lincoln supposedly said to the White House visitor, “you’re the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war.” Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” published in 1852, quickly sold 300,000 copies — equivalent to 3 million today — and remains the only book to become an American history-shaping political event.
National trance
March 30, 2004
Low grad rates raise red flag
March 30, 2004
Does anybody doubt the high-octane entertainment value of watching Dayton and DePaul duel into double overtime? The unique amusement of watching the two Alabamas — Tuscaloosa and Birmingham — upend seasonlong stalwarts Stanford and Kentucky?
All things weren’t considered
March 30, 2004
The television executive, who looked almost old enough to vote, explained to me that his network really did not care about anyone over 50.
Derailment spurs bridge collapse
March 30, 2004
Crews worked Monday to pull 40 cars from a freight train out of a creek near this town northwest of Topeka.
Report says Kansas residents having fewer abortions in state
March 30, 2004
Fewer Kansas women had abortions last year in the state than in any year since 1991, the state Department of Health and Environment said in an annual report.
Nursing home legislation faces uncertain future
March 30, 2004
Proposed legislation that drew the wrath of the senior citizen lobby, expressed in full-page protest ads that appeared over the weekend in 10 Kansas newspapers, is probably dead. The bill, which aimed to block the use of state reports in lawsuits against nursing homes, “isn’t going anywhere,” a key proponent of the measure predicted Monday.
Daily ticker
March 30, 2004
Designers offer affordable fashions in department stores
Analysts uncertain new lines can offer needed boost
March 30, 2004
There’ll be plenty of Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren clothes in department stores this spring, but the famed designer labels will have a few new twists.
Feist to sell telephone directory
Lawrence may return to two-book town
March 30, 2004
Lawrence’s days of having three telephone directories may be numbered. Wichita-based Feist Publications has signed a deal to sell its business to competitor Yellow Book USA. The deal probably will mean that there will be one fewer telephone directory published next year in Lawrence because both Feist and Yellow Book currently publish Lawrence directories.
Commodities
March 30, 2004
Virginia Vina Farley
March 30, 2004
Kindred services
March 30, 2004
Wilma Mae Haines
March 30, 2004
Adam Michael Kosanke
March 30, 2004
Local briefs
March 30, 2004
¢ Sheriff’s office identifies victim in fatal accident ¢ Malfunction affects J-W e-mail system ¢ KU names finalists for vice provost job ¢ Lewis and Clark expert to speak in Atchison ¢ Walkers to raise funds for national MS society ¢ KU program offers language therapies ¢ Pump Patrol seeks deals
Democratic stalwart Carville rallies KU audience for election
March 30, 2004
James Carville helped propel Bill Clinton to the presidency in 1992 on the strength of a simple mantra: “It’s the economy, stupid.” The 2004 election will turn on issues less tangible than pocketbook concerns, Carville said Monday during an appearance at Kansas University.
Baldwin chief stalked serial killer
Police officer investigated BTK slayings while on Wichita force
March 30, 2004
The twisted soul of the Wichita serial killer known as BTK likely lies beneath a calm, everyman exterior, according to Mike McKenna. “He probably seems like a quiet person that pretty much stays to himself,” said McKenna, a former Wichita Police investigator who is now chief of the Baldwin Police Department. “He just goes and does his job every day and goes home.”
Lawrence lands on list of best places to live
March 30, 2004
Lawrence and Wichita have a new commonality. Both cities are among America’s Top 100 Places to Live in 2004 according to Relocate-America.com. The Web site helps people find communities that fit their family’s needs.
In the halls
March 30, 2004
What is your favorite restaurant?
Diversions
March 30, 2004
¢ Barbie seeks artistic adviser ¢ Editor to give talk
On the record
March 30, 2004
State and area briefs
March 30, 2004
¢ Police arrest transient during traffic stop ¢ Lied Center sculpture marks 10th anniversary ¢ McLouth rounds up new kindergarten class ¢ Pilot dies when plane crashes into hanger ¢ Remains from blast ID’d as missing woman ¢ Judge sets plea hearing in missing girl hoax
Two Oklahoma children killed in fire in Liberal
March 30, 2004
A weekend fire claimed the lives of two Oklahoma children.
KU students receive chancellor’s awards
March 30, 2004
Ben Kirby knew that Kansas University administrators sometimes interrupted classes to give faculty members awards. So he figured his religion professor, Tim Miller, was going to be honored when he saw two KU administrators flanked by media walking into his class Monday.
Animal Planet antidote to network TV
March 30, 2004
Some longtime residents of California’s San Bernardino County are up in arms. Well, they would be, if they had any arms. As suburban sprawl spreads farther into desert country, rattlesnakes confront their new human neighbors, often with calamitous results. This is one of the anecdotal tidbits found on “Venom ER” (7 p.m., Animal Planet), a new series set in the Loma Linda University Medical Center specializing in treating people bitten by venomous animals such as snakes, scorpions and spiders.
Music, sports programs spared
School board opts for administrative cuts to ease budget shortfall
March 30, 2004
Nearly 100 people packed the Lawrence school board meeting room Monday to support student programs such as music and athletics that had been on the chopping block. As it turned out, their pleas weren’t necessary. Before the public was given a chance to speak, board members ruled out cutting sixth-grade band and orchestra and athletics, including subvarsity coaching positions and golf and gymnastics programs, cuts that had been proposed by administrators.
Bill would scale back required lobbyist reporting
Opponents concerned looser regulations could create perception of improper influence
March 30, 2004
In the Capitol, where lobbyists outnumber lawmakers 3-to-1, the public’s only peek into the relationship between special interest advocates and elected representatives is a law that requires lobbyists to report how much they spend to influence legislators and whom they spend it on. And spend they do. In 2003, lobbyists spent $486,579 to wine, dine, entertain and persuade lawmakers. In the first month of the 2004 legislative session, lobbyists spent $70,740.
No Child Left Behind law eased again
March 30, 2004
For the fourth time in as many months, the Bush administration is easing the restrictions of its education law, this time in the area of testing.
SRS says job-outsourcing limits could raise costs
March 30, 2004
Startled to learn that Kansans’ questions about food stamps are answered by workers in India, state senators added language to the budget requiring that the work be done in the United States.
Negotiators strike deal on proposed budget
March 30, 2004
House and Senate negotiators agreed Monday on a budget that trims state spending by three-tenths of 1 percent, settling dozens of small issues but leaving big ones unresolved.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
March 30, 2004
Highlights of Monday’s activities at the Kansas Legislature
Daly among Masters qualifiers
Final five slots filled for elite golf championship
March 30, 2004
John Daly gets another crack at Augusta National.
White Sox pummel Royals
March 30, 2004
There was one positive for Kansas City manager Tony Pena after a 14-3 thrashing Monday by the Chicago White Sox: It wasn’t a week later. The Sox and Royals play opening-day Monday in Kansas City.
Devil Rays better, but still behind
March 30, 2004
There’s no doubt in Lou Piniella’s mind. The Tampa Devil Rays will be better this season, the manager insists, even if escaping last place in the AL East for the first time in franchise history seems like an unrealistic expectation.
Great expectations await Duke in final
March 30, 2004
One team has been a No. 1 seed four years in a row. The other has only been to the NCAA Tournament four times.
Stanford targets Tennessee
March 30, 2004
In one game, All-American Nicole Powell has the chance to achieve two goals she has held for years — beating Tennessee and getting to the Final Four.
Baylor seeks explanation from NCAA on final seconds
March 30, 2004
Baylor wants an explanation from the NCAA. The Bears want to know why officials reviewed replays of the final seconds of their loss to Tennessee in the Midwest Regional on Sunday night, put time back on the clock and gave the Vols what proved to be two game-winning free throws.
New coach Henrickson highly recommended
Kansas AD Perkins: ‘Bonnie at 1 or 2’ on lists of sought-after replacements
March 30, 2004
Prior to introducing Bonnie Henrickson as Kansas University’s new women’s basketball coach, KU athletic director Lew Perkins committed a slip-of-the-tongue that perhaps foreshadowed the hire. Perkins made note of the men’s basketball team’s run to the Elite Eight, saying, “We’re all really proud of the Huskies and the job coach Self has done.”
Woodling: KU women’s basketball in good hands with Henrickson
March 30, 2004
Media members, well-wishers and athletic department staffers poured Monday afternoon into Hadl Auditorium for their first look at Kansas University’s new women’s basketball coach. “This is about the same size as the crowd at a KU women’s game,” one of the media-types quipped sarcastically as he looked around the room.
Transfers hoping to help defense
March 30, 2004
Some kind of friendship. Kansas University football transfer Jermail Ashley did everything but strap his buddy Theo Baines into the plane so he’d come to KU. All the thanks he got from his Texas tagalong was him making a funny face behind a reporter so Ashley would crack up during his first interview as a Jayhawk.
Jackets seeking crown
Georgia Tech not content with trip to Final Four
March 30, 2004
The way Isma’il Muhammad sees it, Georgia Tech has come too far and proved to many people wrong to stop now.
Duke ends ‘dry’ spell with Final Four bid
March 30, 2004
Shelden Williams couldn’t help but smile Monday when asked about Duke’s three-year absence from the Final Four.
Questions abound for city squads
Free State trying to replace top five players; LHS trying to fill void left by Elwell
March 30, 2004
Losing a lot of good tennis players from a year ago leaves Free State High coach Jon Renberger completely clueless about the upcoming season.
Briefcase
March 30, 2004
¢ Microsoft, Sony battling for game-console sales ¢ Qwest trial continues ¢ SEC investigates Tyson ¢ Lyondell, Millennium deal to create chemical giant
Judge denies defense’s mistrial request in Tyco case
79-year-old juror’s gesture draws scrutiny
March 30, 2004
An uproar over an apparently pro-defense holdout on the jury brought the grand-larceny case against two former Tyco executives dangerously close to a mistrial Monday before the judge sent the jurors back into deliberations.
War on terrorism calls for unity
March 30, 2004
Although I initially welcomed the parade of officials, current and former, that testified before the 9-11 commission, their attempts to clarify the United States’ preparedness in dealing with terrorism left me dissatisfied.
Great group
March 30, 2004
Suicide bombings hit pro-U.S. Uzbekistan
March 30, 2004
A series of bombings and attacks that rocked Uzbekistan on Sunday and Monday killed at least 19 people and marked the Central Asian nation’s first suicide blasts, Uzbek authorities said.
UConn rolls into Final Four
Taurasi lifts Huskies to fifth straight national semi
March 30, 2004
Diana Taurasi has been through this so often she didn’t even bother with the cap, instead just flinging it into the stands.
Final Four teams ailing
Oklahoma State only team not sporting hurt standout
March 30, 2004
Saddled with a bum ankle, B.J. Elder limped during warmups, limped through 12 scoreless minutes, then limped back on the court to celebrate Georgia Tech’s first trip to the Final Four in 14 years.
Horoscopes
March 30, 2004
People
March 30, 2004
¢ TV actor Keith Diamond shot ¢ Sophie Prize winner named ¢ Apollo turns 70 ¢ ‘Friend’-ly role for Adriana
Commentary: Cliques abundant at high school
March 30, 2004
I realize that there are hundreds of cliques with unique and interesting people, but I find that many cliques overlap and repeat themselves. Also, I seem to have the magical talent of labeling them. I will start with the most popular clique and work my way to the least popular one.
Oscar winner Peter Ustinov dies
March 30, 2004
Peter Ustinov, the two-time Oscar-winning British character actor whose film roles ranged from Emperor Nero to Agatha Christie’s Belgian master detective Hercule Poirot, has died. He was 82.
Fraternity roughing it to assist less fortunate
Members camp out in campaign to raise funds for homeless
March 30, 2004
Bring on the rain, the wind and the chilly night. Members of a Kansas University fraternity are braving the elements outside Wescoe Hall to raise awareness and money for people who are homeless.
More money, no problems?
Steinbrenner expects title from highest-ever payroll
March 30, 2004
In a land far from home, where fans will watch on TV in the wee hours of the morning, the New York Yankees start the process of atonement.
Griffey can’t avoid another injury
March 30, 2004
Ken Griffey Jr. was hoping to stay healthy all spring. He didn’t quite make it.
KU players impressed with new coach
Jayhawks excited about Henrickson’s past success, enthusiasm toward job
March 30, 2004
Bonnie Henrickson won 158 games and led Virginia Tech to five NCAA Tournament berths in seven seasons as women’s basketball coach. But before being hired Thursday by Kansas University, Henrickson wasn’t a household name in Kansas — not even among women’s basketball players.
Self: ‘I think our players did great’
March 30, 2004
Bill Self showed for work a couple of hours later than usual Tuesday morning, the first day of his first offseason as head basketball coach at Kansas University. Catching his breath after a marathon six-month season, he had plenty of time to reflect on a 24-9 campaign that ended with Sunday’s 79-71 overtime loss to Georgia Tech in the Elite Eight.
Compromise sought on Rice testimony
White House aides report private session sought with 9-11 panel
March 30, 2004
After resisting for months, White House officials worked Monday to negotiate a compromise that would allow public release of National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice’s testimony before the independent commission looking into the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, according to administration aides.
Former communist nations join NATO
March 30, 2004
President Bush welcomed seven former communist countries into NATO on Monday, emphasizing the alliance as a partnership aimed increasingly at fighting terrorism in Europe and beyond.
Grizzlies ‘refused to lose’
Posey scores 38 points in 136-133 2OT victory
March 30, 2004
James Posey was dehydrated and badly in need of fluids after a game that lasted 3 hours, 15 minutes.
Briefly
March 30, 2004
¢ Judge delays lawsuit to help anthrax probe ¢ Two more suspects charged in train bombing ¢ Security chief fired for Iraq failures
Hung jury regrets lack of evidence in burglary trial
March 30, 2004
Jurors gave up deliberating Monday after they couldn’t reach a verdict in the trial of a Lawrence man accused of climbing in bed with a stranger and sexually assaulting her at knifepoint.
Singing sensation
Teen mines turbulent years for debut CD
March 30, 2004
Plenty of musicians have used their bad behavior, depression and subsequent rehabilitation as fodder for their songs. Few were 14 at the time.
Saddam refusing to answer questions
Former Iraqi leader may be playing games with interrogators
March 30, 2004
He doesn’t have a lawyer in the room, but Saddam Hussein apparently is practicing what most attorneys would advise: Don’t talk. Diplomatic and military officials say the former Iraqi leader has provided little useful information in interrogations so far — and may even be having fun.
Court deadlines approach in school-finance case
March 30, 2004
A district judge’s order declaring the state’s school finance formula unconstitutional is moving closer to a review by the Kansas Supreme Court, but the judge does not consider himself done with the case.
Tagliabue extension, replay approved
March 30, 2004
NFL owners are ready to give commissioner Paul Tagliabue a new contract and keep instant replay.
Jayhawks get shot at Jackets, St. Joe’s
Seven of Sweet 16 teams might be on schedule for 2004-05 season
March 30, 2004
Kansas University’s men’s basketball team will get a chance to avenge its Elite Eight loss to Georgia Tech next season. The Yellow Jackets will be visiting Lawrence in the first game of a two-year home-and-home series, likely in late December.
LSU earns first Final Four
Augustus powers Tigers to 62-60 victory over SEC rival Georgia
March 30, 2004
The only thing Sue Gunter missed over the telephone was being able to cut down the nets.
Massachusetts advances ban on gay marriage
Proposal would legalize civil unions instead
March 30, 2004
The Massachusetts Legislature took a decisive step Monday toward a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and legalizing civil unions, the first in a series of votes required over the next 2 1/2 years.