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Woman arrested in forgery case
March 31, 2004
(Web Posted Wednesday at 4:40 p.m.) Lawrence police have arrested one woman suspected of forging a dead woman’s checks. The 22-year-old Lawrence woman was booked into jail Monday night on charges of forgery and theft.
Wireless phone charges to increase for 911 service
March 31, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 3:56 p.m.) TOPEKA - Kansas lawmakers today sent Gov. Kathleen Sebelius legislation that would increase charges for wireless phones by 50 cents per month. The fees would go toward the purchase of equipment that would enable emergency responders to locate people who are calling for help using a wireless phone.
Sloan removed from committee over tuition bill
March 31, 2004
(Web Posted Wednesday at 1:59 p.m.) House Speaker Doug Mays today removed state Rep. Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence, from a conference committee in a dispute over a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to be able to pay in-state tuition if they attend a public university.
Senators keep searching for school finance package
March 31, 2004
(Web Posted Wednesday at 1:53 p.m.) Senators on Wednesday reviewed two House-passed school finance measures that differ broadly in how much additional money they would provide to education.
Lobbyists’ spending reports contested
March 31, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 1:44 p.m.) A House-Senate conference committee on lobbyists’ spending remained at odds today. House members of the committee want to reduce the reporting requirements for lobbyists, while senators have not been wanting to go as far in the changes.
Police identify driver in accident causing power outage
March 31, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 1:17 p.m.) Police have identified the driver in an accident that knocked out electric power to about 900 homes Tuesday night in eastern Lawrence as Kevin Rice, 47, rural Lawrence.
Governor urges social services advocates to pressure legislators
March 31, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 5:10 p.m.) TOPEKA - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius urged social service advocates who rallied at the Statehouse on Wednesday to pressure legislators to put more money into programs for elderly, disabled and needy Kansans.
People
March 31, 2004
¢ Viacom in talks to develop gay TV network ¢ NBC signs Jay Leno for more ‘Tonight Show’ ¢ MU journalism senior wins ESPN’s ‘Dream Job’
Saudi minister: OPEC should cut oil output as planned
Influential member blames high prices on investors
March 31, 2004
Despite current high prices for crude, markets already are well supplied and any decision by OPEC to pump more oil at this time would be destructive, the oil minister for the group’s largest member said Tuesday.
Employment issues
Several factors have created a negative environment for U.S. workers.
March 31, 2004
National employment figures or, even more important, national unemployment figures are being used as a prime issue in the 2004 presidential campaign. Democrats say the economy is the nation’s No. 1 issue, while Republicans note they inherited a nation suffering a serious recession even before the fallout of the 9-11 terrorist attacks and the war on terrorism.
No way to avoid dealing with Kim Jong Il
March 31, 2004
I didn’t go to South Korea to examine Kim Jong Il’s human-rights record. I went to assess the chances for a deal with the North Korean dictator to end his nuclear program. But after a week in Seoul, I found myself thinking unexpected thoughts.
Consumer confidence slips in March
March 31, 2004
Consumer confidence was stagnant in March amid lingering worries about the job market.
Wal-Mart praise
March 31, 2004
Forced loyalty?
March 31, 2004
NAACP support
March 31, 2004
Tribe loses another decision on casino in K.C.K.
March 31, 2004
A federal judge on Tuesday rejected a temporary restraining order sought by the Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma for its casino in downtown Kansas City, Kan.
Commodities
March 31, 2004
Authentic Mexican fare
Customers fuel up at tiny restaurant
March 31, 2004
You rarely find authentic Mexican food in a gas station. But that’s the case with Tortas Jalisco, a tiny Lawrence restaurant serving Mexican dishes in the corner of the Phillips 66 gas station at 3300 W. Sixth St.
Stuffed apples can make appealing side dish, dessert
March 31, 2004
Stuffed with good taste but low in fat, here are two updated versions of the classic favorite baked apple — to prepare as either savory or sweet.
Rice will testify to 9-11 panel
Adviser’s appearance will be in public; Bush, Cheney to meet with commission privately
March 31, 2004
President Bush reversed himself under political pressure Tuesday and agreed to permit his national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, to testify in public and under oath before an independent commission investigating the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Jayni’ serves up ideas for Passover
March 31, 2004
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Celebrating Passover With Terri Rosen.”
Scalia actions damage court
March 31, 2004
The controversy over Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s hunting trips, especially the one he shared with Vice President Dick Cheney, has upset and saddened many lawyers and others concerned with the continuing legitimacy of the U.S. Supreme Court. In a number of ways, however, the public debate has been somewhat misplaced.
Instrument of mass deception
March 31, 2004
Guess it was bound to happen sooner or later. According to The Week magazine, the Romanian company Simeda has just come out with SoundCover: fake background noises for your cell phone. You’ve got your traffic sounds, your thunderstorm, dentist’s drill and, for some reason, circus sounds. (“I’ll be right there, boss — just gotta take care of this lion.”)
Trump’s casino business rolling in debt
Apprentice’ star seeks to keep company afloat
March 31, 2004
Donald Trump has become the resident prime-time expert on what it takes to make it in the business world, but his real-life casino empire is in trouble.
Seniors, teenagers need largest doses of calcium
March 31, 2004
People at various ages need differing amounts of calcium. Teens need 1,300 milligrams each day and people older than 50 need 1,200 milligrams each day, which is the equivalent of about 4 cups milk. Eating foods that are high in calcium or are fortified with calcium, such as orange juice or cereals, is best.
NFL extends replay five years
Teams with two successful challenges will be awarded third
March 31, 2004
The NFL once again compromised on instant replay, deciding Tuesday to continue it for five more years rather than putting it in permanently.
Sixers lose Iverson for regular season
Despite absence of its standout player, Philadelphia halts Golden State’s seven-game winning streak
March 31, 2004
The Philadelphia 76ers proved again they’re a better team this season without Allen Iverson. Samuel Dalembert had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Kenny Thomas had 13 points and 14 rebounds to lead the 76ers to a 95-71 win over Golden State on Tuesday night, snapping the Warriors’ seven-game winning streak.
Concrete home insulates owners from higher utility bills
March 31, 2004
Believe it or not, Jeff and Shawna Huffman are anxiously awaiting the first batch of bills in their new home. That’s because the house was constructed using insulated concrete, a method said to be more energy efficient.
Shawnee Heights blanks Free State, 4-0
March 31, 2004
The Free State High girls soccer team shut out Tecumseh Shawnee Heights for 30 minutes before the bottom fell out on its season opener.
SM South nips Firebirds in tennis dual, 5-4
March 31, 2004
Free State’s boys tennis team fell, 5-4, Tuesday at Shawnee Mission South in its first dual of the season.
LHS briefs
March 31, 2004
¢ LHS girl swimmers second at SM North ¢ LHS boys tennis fifth at Emporia
Self’s outlook ‘very good’
KU coach confident 2004-05 Jayhawks, barring injuries, will be stellar
March 31, 2004
Bill Self knows why Kansas University men’s basketball fans were chanting “Wait ‘til next year” as they filed out of Edward Jones Dome on Sunday in St. Louis. Self’s second KU team figures to be better than his first, which went 24-9 and reached the Elite Eight.
Lefties sizzle in LHS sweep
Lions ride superb pitching to dousing of Leavenworth
March 31, 2004
Reportedly, roughly 10 percent of humans are left-handed. The statistic, while interesting, will seem alarmingly small if you’ve hung around the Lawrence High baseball team lately. The Lions, it seems, are really taking advantage of defying the odds.
Blankenship, FSHS pummel Pembroke
March 31, 2004
Free State’s Travis Blankenship didn’t get his first career start in Tuesday’s home-opener against Kansas City (Mo.) Pembroke Hill.
Jayhawk briefs
March 31, 2004
¢ Big 12 honors KU’s Skoda ¢ Jayhawks win invitational
Security beefed at ‘The K’
March 31, 2004
The Kansas City Royals announced new security measures for Kauffman Stadium for the 2004 season, which starts Monday.
Chiefs sign DT Dalton
March 31, 2004
Defensive tackle Lional Dalton agreed to a two-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, the team announced Tuesday.
British police seize ammonium nitrate in terror raid
Eight arrested in massive anti-terror operation
March 31, 2004
Police arrested eight men and seized half a ton of ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer compound used in the Oklahoma City bombing, in raids by hundreds of officers — one of the biggest anti-terrorism operations in Britain since the Sept. 11 attacks.
Senate OKs $6 billion more for working-poor child care
March 31, 2004
Over White House objections, the Senate voted Tuesday for an additional $6 billion for child care for welfare recipients and the working poor as part of a bill to renew the landmark 1996 welfare reform law.
Wooden had up-and-down season at ASU
March 31, 2004
Like many freshman college basketball players, Free State High product Keith Wooden had a spotty first season at Arizona State.
Courtney, Brunfeldt lead Aquahawk placers
March 31, 2004
Jill Courtney and Alex Brunfeldt of the Lawrence Aquahawks posted third-place finishes at the NCSA Junior National swim championships last week in Orlando, Fla.
Sweeney homers in Royals’ 9-4 win
March 31, 2004
Mike Sweeney homered in his first at-bat Tuesday after missing four games because of tightness in his lower back.
Lawrence briefs
March 31, 2004
¢ Car accident causes power blackout ¢ ‘River City Weekly’ looks at plane’s history
Gays to rally around senator
GOP legislator commended for taking stand against marriage amendment
March 31, 2004
After last week’s debate over gay marriage, Bruce Ney is worried about state Sen. David Adkins’ future in Kansas politics. “He’s a marked man,” said Ney, who’s leading efforts to organize Lawrence’s gay and lesbian communities.
McTeacher’s Night fund-raiser a value deal for area schools
Would you like fries with your education?
March 31, 2004
Hillcrest School teacher Betty Sisson is used to showing students what to do and then watching them closely. The tables turned on her Tuesday evening, however, as she worked behind the counter at McDonald’s, 1309 W. Sixth St.
Bogus checks amount to grave robbery
Account holder died in fire last year
March 31, 2004
Someone is forging checks that belonged to a 77-year-old Eudora woman killed in a fire in February 2003, police said Tuesday. Four checks belonging to Naomi Kidd have surfaced in Lawrence in the past week at businesses including fast-food restaurants and downtown merchants, said Sgt. Mike Pattrick, a Lawrence Police spokesman. The checks are from both Kidd’s personal account and a church scholarship fund for which Kidd was treasurer.
Defendant agrees to plea in beating of homeless man
March 31, 2004
Prosecutors have allowed a man who admitted to the near-fatal beating of a homeless man to plead guilty to a lesser charge — a deal that cuts his potential prison time almost in half.
Day care secretary admits she defrauded Medicaid
March 31, 2004
A Topeka woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to scheming to defraud Medicaid out of $2 million while working at a day care center.
Entire Smoky Valley High School student body to get laptops
Board hopes more access to computers will increase learning
March 31, 2004
Smoky Valley High School is much quieter since the central-Kansas district decided to buy 340 laptop computers for students.
Washburn Law graduate’s gift of land fetches $2.6 million for university
March 31, 2004
Grateful for receiving a scholarship to the Washburn University School of Law in the 1930s, John E. Shamberg gave a 28-acre parcel of undeveloped land to his alma mater.
Judge will allow Wittig to stay free during his appeal
March 31, 2004
A federal judge is allowing David Wittig to remain free while he appeals his federal fraud convictions.
Kansan killed in Iraq buried
19-year-old private died in weapons accident
March 31, 2004
Mourners gathered Monday to remember Army Pvt. Dustin L. Kreider, who was killed March 21 in Iraq.
Negotiators agree on bill to make voting sites accessible to disabled Kansans
March 31, 2004
A bill intended to make all polling places accessible to the disabled emerged Tuesday from legislative negotiations, pleasing activists who say Kansas’ current law fails to ensure all citizens’ right to vote.
KU finishes presenting chancellor’s awards
March 31, 2004
Four more Kansas University seniors were surprised during classes Tuesday and given Chancellor’s Student Awards.
Farley services
March 31, 2004
James Arthur Lutz
March 31, 2004
Ethics chairman criticizes easing of lobbyist reports
March 31, 2004
Public access to details of meals bought by lobbyists for legislators would be sharply reduced under proposals approved by the House, the state ethics commission’s chairman says.
Schiavo hospitalized for welfare check
Patient examined for unauthorized injections
March 31, 2004
Terri Schiavo, the severely brain-damaged woman at the center of a long-running right-to-die court battle, was hospitalized briefly after nursing home workers found what appeared to be needle marks on her arms, a lawyer for her husband said.
Former Jayhawk defensive end Johnson dies
March 31, 2004
Former Kansas University lineman Dion Johnson died in his sleep Saturday, nearly two years after he was shot in the head.
Devil Rays beat up on Yankees
N.Y. sluggish in MLB season opener in Tokyo
March 31, 2004
Fans in the Tokyo Dome seemed surprised. The ones back in New York must have been shocked.
Colorado professor subject of threats after controversy
Metropolitan Denver college responds with silence, lawyer says
March 31, 2004
A Metropolitan State College of Denver political science professor, at the center of a dispute over academic freedom, says she has received death threats and hate e-mail in the wake of a recent debate over an academic bill of rights.
High court protects postmortem photos of Clinton lawyer
March 31, 2004
The Supreme Court barred the release of police photographs of former deputy White House counsel Vincent Foster Jr.’s body Tuesday, ruling unanimously that the privacy of Foster’s family outweighed an effort to find out whether his July 1993 death by gunshot was not a suicide.
Gardeners learn from mistakes
March 31, 2004
Most of what vegetable gardeners know about vegetable gardening comes from experience. Some of us read books, most of us talk to other gardeners, some of us were fortunate to learn from a parent or grandparent. But when it comes right down to it, most of what we know we learned by our own trial and error.
Horoscopes
March 31, 2004
Higher prices spark resurgence in oil patch
March 31, 2004
High oil prices are causing plenty of grousing at the pump, but they are cause for celebration in the Kansas oil patch.
Cubs’ Prior expected to be out until May
March 31, 2004
The Chicago Cubs will have to wait awhile before Mark Prior returns to the mound.
Minnesota, Tennessee win regional finals
March 31, 2004
Lindsay Whalen and Minnesota ended Duke’s championship dreams.
SBC union considering strike
About 100 area workers brace for decision; talks focus on health care
March 31, 2004
Contentious negotiations about health care costs have Lawrence-area employees of SBC Communications preparing for a possible strike.
Briefly
March 31, 2004
¢ Missing college student target of police search ¢ Doctors condemn abortion law at trials
Briefly
March 31, 2004
¢ Senator offers coffee to Kansans in capital ¢ Doctor pledges $1 million to college ¢ Accident closes popular restaurant
Briefly
March 31, 2004
¢ Study: Speed humps make neighborhoods safer ¢ Pentagon drops plan to test Internet voting ¢ Roadside bombing kills U.S. soldier, wounds another
Justices allow border searches of car gas tanks
March 31, 2004
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday that government agents could search and even dismantle a car’s gas tank as part of drug and other smuggling interdiction at the nation’s borders.
Lawrence students do well at history competition
March 31, 2004
Lawrence students made a strong showing at the District One History Day Competition March 6 in Ottawa.
Alistair Cooke dies
Masterpiece Theatre’ former host was 95
March 31, 2004
Alistair Cooke, the British-born journalist and commentator who brought a refinement and elegance to American television as the popular host of “Masterpiece Theatre,” has died. He was 95.
Pentagon report indicates Boeing investigation widening
March 31, 2004
A Defense Department inspector general’s audit report on the negotiations between the Air Force and the Boeing Co. on a new aerial tanker indicates that investigations into possible criminal conduct have widened, according to officials who are knowledgeable about the report.
CIA changes scope of WMD hunt
U.S. to focus on Saddam’s intentions after little progress in weapons search
March 31, 2004
Still unable to find banned Iraqi weapons, the new U.S. weapons inspector said Tuesday his strategy was to expose Saddam Hussein’s intentions regarding weapons of mass destruction.
House stops bill to curb tax cuts
March 31, 2004
The House killed a Democratic drive Tuesday to make it tougher for lawmakers to reduce taxes, as Republicans by the slimmest of margins rescued President Bush’s tax-cutting agenda from an embarrassing rebuke.
New Jackson album faces tough test
Sales fallout from Super Bowl ‘wardrobe malfunction’ remains to be seen
March 31, 2004
MTV’s “Spanking New” videos in heavy rotation include a gyrating, cleavage-baring Beyonce and a bleeped-out Eminem with his group D12.
PBS offers glimpse of dangers to whales
March 31, 2004
It looks like the biggest of the food chain might be the most vulnerable. The National Geographic special “Whales in Crisis” (7 p.m., PBS) follows a new generation of whale watchers who all see dangers for Earth’s largest mammal.
Briefly
March 31, 2004
¢ Four arrested in bombing plot ¢ Report: Holes remain in security plan ¢ EU introduces terrorism czar ¢ Moroccan terrorists focus of Madrid probe
On the record
March 31, 2004
Daily ticker
March 31, 2004
Plans for coal-fired plants rise along with natural gas prices
Utility companies’ proposals fuel environmental concerns
March 31, 2004
Coal, spurned for decades by power plant builders, is enjoying something of a renaissance as natural gas prices drive up the cost of generating electricity.
Mayor speaks out on Wal-Mart
Dunfield uses address to defend commission
March 31, 2004
Breaking official silence on the matter, Mayor David Dunfield offered a fresh defense Tuesday of City Hall’s refusal to allow construction of a proposed Wal-Mart store in northwest Lawrence. Because of six pending lawsuits, commissioners generally have refrained from commenting on the dispute. But Dunfield raised the issue during his “State of the City” speech Tuesday — without mentioning Wal-Mart by name.
State criminal records available online, for a fee
March 31, 2004
If you do the crime, you’ll be online. State officials Tuesday opened online access to hundreds of thousands of criminal records of people convicted in Kansas.
Free use of schools may end
Board looks into possibility of charging rent from such groups as Scouts, city
March 31, 2004
Cubmaster Rick Werner had a simple response to the idea that Cub Scout Pack 3370 could be charged a fee to meet at Deerfield School.
Journal-World all-area basketball teams: De Soto girls best of best in area
March 31, 2004
While no team — boys or girls — went to the state tournament this year, many strong seasons were celebrated on the area’s high school basketball courts.
Jayhawks ready to heal
March 31, 2004
Bill Self compared his Kansas University men’s basketball team to a MASH unit after Sunday’s Elite Eight overtime loss to Georgia Tech.
City briefs
March 31, 2004
¢ Area dancers claim national championship ¢ Discussion to center on local news reporting ¢ Fantasy novel writer to speak at library ¢ Event studies oppression ¢ Pump Patrol seeks deals
Iowa State tumbles to Rutgers in OT
Michigan tops Oregon, reaches final
March 31, 2004
This was like old times for Quincy Douby and Curtis Stinson, two guards who had their share of showdowns on the concrete courts of New York City.
City Hall report
Weekly review of city government
March 31, 2004
¢ Smoking ban ¢ Growth consultants ¢ Living wage ¢ Sales taxes up ¢ Schedule
National League capsules
March 31, 2004
Compromise reached on concealed-carry bill
March 31, 2004
House and Senate negotiators agreed Tuesday on the details of a bill that would allow Kansans to carry concealed handguns, including at the Statehouse.
Briefcase
March 31, 2004
¢ American icon to move production work to China ¢ NYSE firms to settle allegations for $241M ¢ Treasury leader defends outsourcing of U.S. jobs ¢ Health care group to hear LMH speaker
KU hopes to rally during homestand
Bunge wants Jayhawk bats to wake up
March 31, 2004
Tracy Bunge isn’t seeing spots in front of her eyes. Kansas University’s softball coach is seeing zeroes. KU has been shut out in five of its last six games, all road losses.
American League capsules
March 31, 2004
Final Four star power will be on sidelines
March 31, 2004
Looking at Duke’s roster, it’s easy to find a number of good players, but only one household name. That would be the coach, Mike Krzyzewski.
Lawmakers move toward easing lobbyist reporting
March 31, 2004
In July 2000, lobbyists spent more than $15,600 one night wining and dining 25 Kansas lawmakers at a conference in Chicago. The event was made public because of a law that required lobbyists to report on whom they spent money.
Drug raid search yields two bodies
March 31, 2004
Law enforcement officers searching a home during a drug raid found two bodies inside the house, authorities said Tuesday.
Ag chief urges vision in recharging rural Kansas
March 31, 2004
Good plans and great attitudes are in Adrian Polansky’s recipe to rescue rural Kansas from the scourge of out-migration and down times in agriculture.
Briefly
March 31, 2004
¢ Sharon to obey party on Gaza Strip pullout ¢ Forensic experts agree president was shot ¢ Miner blows self up ¢ Political leader resigns amid corruption scandal
Analysis: Broadly worded ban alienated senators at both ends of debate
March 31, 2004
Many legislators are confident that Kansans would vote overwhelmingly in favor of a proposed amendment to the state constitution banning gay marriage if given the chance.