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Odd position required for photo
May 2, 2004
I couldn’t help but wonder how silly I looked to passers-by as I lay belly down in a sea of dandelions along a country road waiting for a cyclist to pass by on the bike path. An occasional wave informed drivers that, yes, I was alive.
Senate adopts proposed amendment banning gay marriage
May 2, 2004
Senators on Saturday adopted a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution to ban gay marriage, leaving House passage as the only remaining obstacle to putting the measure on the November ballot.
Mosquitoes flourish in wet areas
May 2, 2004
The sun and mild temperatures have made it enjoyable to work outside. The grass is green and many spring flowering trees, shrubs and flowers are putting on an impressive show. Annoying — and possibly deadly — mosquitoes also are making an appearance this spring.
Commentary: Graduation rates matter now
May 2, 2004
There’s no point spread on college graduation rates. Nobody talks about them at cocktail parties or water coolers. Few people know or care what they are.
Players weary of postseason waiting game
Pacers biding time during 11-day playoff layoff
May 2, 2004
The glacial pace of the NBA playoffs produced a day without basketball Saturday, and the nine remaining teams — seven of which already have advanced to the second round — spent their time on practice courts instead of inside arenas.
Calendar
May 2, 2004
Spring into summer with festival fun
May 2, 2004
The outside world is budding and blooming with springtime’s annual abandon, and the last remnants of colder months have officially bid farewell.
Baldwin asks county to buy land
Business park planned for 43 acres
May 2, 2004
Douglas County taxpayers are being asked to pump $273,000 into Baldwin’s efforts to build a business park at the edge of town.
Area briefs
May 2, 2004
¢ Meningitis patient still in critical condition ¢ Auto club swap meet draws thousands ¢ Statewide event to focus on children’s fitness ¢ KU joins academic forces with university in France
Mornings on NPR won’t be the same
May 2, 2004
This Monday morning will be different. For the first time in 25 years, I will not start the day with Bob Edwards on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition.” Like thousands of other fans, I am not happy about the change.
Morel hunting offers metaphors for life
May 2, 2004
They say that even a blind pig sometimes finds a truffle. I’m not so sure. I’ve been pursuing morel mushrooms (Kansas truffles) for years. I have yet to find one.
Retirees take second chance on love
May 2, 2004
When Audree Kamb-Studdard, 69, re-entered the dating scene almost three years ago, she realized some things hadn’t changed in almost 50 years. She still had first-date jitters.
On the record
May 2, 2004
Lawmakers inch toward compromise on school finance
May 2, 2004
Legislators made scant progress Saturday toward compromise on increasing state aid to school districts, with each chamber decisively rejecting the other’s approach.
Consider a reverse mortgage before interest rates increase
May 2, 2004
How much money could you get with a reverse mortgage on your home?
$1.5 million buys book that put world in its place
May 2, 2004
The $1.5 million book is tucked inside its own protective case, sitting on a shelf in a huge vault with a steel door 5 inches thick.
Giving up car keys leaves older adults without transportation
May 2, 2004
Mary Margaret Birch misses her car.
Arts notes
May 2, 2004
¢ Choral group celebrates Shakespeare at museum ¢ New theater troupe to stage first show ¢ Artist to show portraits of Haitian women at KU ¢ KU visiting professor to give public lecture ¢ Seabury students to stage ‘Zombie Prom’ ¢ Lawrence artist named photographer of year ¢ Early-start music method focus of public meeting ¢ Baldwin plays host to K.C. jazz ensemble ¢ Entries sought for literary awards
Coffins at Dover: Don’t look, don’t tell
May 2, 2004
There was a time when the Pentagon worried about passing a national exam on war. It was called “The Dover Test.” Any decision to go to war had to take into account how long the public would tolerate pictures of coffins coming back through Dover Air Force Base.
Pierzynski packs punch for Giants
Catcher silences critics, powers San Francisco to 6-3 victory over Florida
May 2, 2004
A.J. Pierzynski has been booed by the Giants faithful and ripped by three pitchers he works with every day.
Pitching ‘one-two punch’ propels KU
Jayhawks’ Humphreys, Pierce shut down Longhorns, 3-0
May 2, 2004
Six days ago, the goal of Kansas University’s softball team to close out the regular season on a five-game winning streak might have seemed far-fetched.
What are you reading?
May 2, 2004
Taylor remembered
May 2, 2004
Friends and former colleagues of former KU Dean of Women Emily Taylor shared their memories Saturday.
Owner Chapman unlikely Derby winner
Victorious horse star of Someday Farm’s tiny stable
May 2, 2004
Roy and Pat Chapman always wanted to win big races, so they named their stable Someday Farm.
Petty Enterprises seeking respectability
May 2, 2004
A top-15 finish by either Petty Enterprises Dodge in today’s NASCAR race at California Speedway would be a big boost for the team.
Fashion Slam brings creative catwalk to Liberty Hall
May 2, 2004
Thrifty fashions are set to get a designer makeover at “Fashion Slam,” a benefit for the Social Service League of Lawrence on Thursday night.
Artist’s bevy of recognitions ‘a testament to his stature’
May 2, 2004
Roger Shimomura doesn’t like to talk about accolades, but he has plenty to discuss.
Area briefs
May 2, 2004
¢ Clinton Lake Museum opens for season ¢ Teachers receive grants ¢ KU prof named dean at William and Mary ¢ N.Y. School to honor departing principal ¢ Barbecue cook-off set
Female sex predator prepares for move
Convicted rapist to move into men’s facility
May 2, 2004
For the past six years, convicted child rapist Laura Faye McCollum has lived a lonely existence inside the state’s women’s prison.
May Day filled with protests about war, workers’ rights
May 2, 2004
Workers and activists across the world used May Day rallies Saturday to press demands as varied as strengthened labor rights, an end to the war in Iraq and reunification of the Koreas.
Teen on verge of LPGA history
Song in position at Chick-fil-A to become tour’s youngest winner
May 2, 2004
Aree Song bent over to light the candles on a chocolate birthday cake sent by her agent. Before blowing them out, she paused and smiled.
Couple in bind over too many books
May 2, 2004
When the oldest child left home, a book-loving family made his room into a library. New shelves stretched all across the wall opposite the windows.
Smarty Jones finds roses in mud
Undefeated colt earns $5 million bonus
May 2, 2004
Somewhere down the middle of this stretch — somewhere past the rain-drenched crowd and the slop-and-mud that fluttered in the air — an improbable fairy tale came clearly into focus.
Lieber, Yankees spank Royals
May 2, 2004
Willie Randolph and Mel Stottlemyre enjoyed their day as co-managers of the New York Yankees.
Former Jayhawk changing stripes
Runner-turned-cyclist leading after time trials of VeloTek Grand Prix
May 2, 2004
A coach once called Brian Jensen a bumblebee because of the former Kansas University distance runner’s bulky build.
Red Hatters strut their stuff in downtown sidewalk parade
Regional society members spend lighthearted afternoon in Lawrence
May 2, 2004
A processional of about a dozen women in red and purple regalia set out blocking a Massachusetts Street sidewalk Saturday afternoon, giggling, marching in step or rolling in wheelchairs and tooting kazoos to the tune of “Yankee Doodle.” They made it about a quarter of a block before retiring the parade.
Americans catching on to versatile Swiss workout tool
May 2, 2004
It’s the ball. THE ball.
Outsourcing getting out of control
May 2, 2004
Before we get to today’s column, I have an important announcement regarding outsourcing.
Faces and places
May 2, 2004
Bookstore
May 2, 2004
A sansei story
Despite pending retirement, third-generation Japanese-American who built art career around identity has more teaching to do
May 2, 2004
Roger Shimomura was 6 or 7 years old when his family drove 200 miles from Seattle to Cannon Beach, Ore., only to be turned away by a resort owner who refused to rent to Japanese people. They’d made reservations weeks in advance and had been looking forward to a relaxing vacation at a cabin by the sea.
Poet’s showcase
May 2, 2004
People
May 2, 2004
¢ The Cure lands Rockwalk honor ¢ James Brown honor put on hold ¢ Actress becomes songstress
KU ‘legend’ Emily Taylor dies
Former dean mentored generations of women
May 2, 2004
In a high school oratory contest, Emily Taylor gave the best speech but won second place.
Franklin County pays homage to fallen troops
May 2, 2004
Franklin County wants to make sure its military war veterans never die in vain.
Investigators building report on rural killing
Six-month-old case still a mystery
May 2, 2004
Carmin Ross was on the way from Kansas City International Airport to her home in Manhattan one day last year when she decided to go driving near Lawrence to look for houses.
Senate OKs ban on gay marriage
If approved by the House, constitutional amendment will go to voters this fall
May 2, 2004
The Kansas Senate on Saturday approved a proposed constitutional prohibition of gay marriages in what supporters of the ban called a stunning reversal brought about by political pressure from Christians across the state.
How much wetlands really have been lost?
May 2, 2004
Although President Bush has come under attack as having shown little interest in the environment until an election approaches, it was interesting to hear that he has announced a goal of restoring, improving or protecting 3 million acres of wetlands over the next five years.
Missouri deer season expanded for archers
May 2, 2004
Missouri’s deer hunting regulations approved this week include 15 extra days of archery hunting and expand the length and area of the urban portion of firearms deer season.
Area fishing report
May 2, 2004
Ticket trade
Kansas University students have negotiated a ticket deal with the athletic department, but fans who must depend on single-game tickets may not be as lucky.
May 2, 2004
Letters are going out, and the realities of a new ticket plan being instituted by the Kansas University athletic department soon will be hitting home with fans who currently hold season tickets to Jayhawk basketball games.
Nothing to fear
May 2, 2004
KU project
May 2, 2004
No survey needed
May 2, 2004
Soldier’s thanks
May 2, 2004
Methodist court to review lesbian case
Council says homosexual practices violate faith’s law, urge removal
May 2, 2004
United Methodists ordered their top court to review the case of a lesbian pastor after the court ruled Saturday that gay sex violates Christian teaching.
Anti-gay marriage rally draws counter-protests
May 2, 2004
Thousands of people protested gay marriage at a rally Saturday at the city’s baseball stadium, facing hundreds of chanting, shouting counter-protesters.
Ground zero chapel to open for exhibit
May 2, 2004
The pews of St. Paul’s Chapel still bear scuff marks from the boots and heavy equipment of bone-weary relief workers who found refuge there in the days and weeks following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Bodies recovered from Texas floods
May 2, 2004
Two toddlers swept away in a stalled car were found dead Saturday, bringing to five the number of people killed in North Texas floods during weekend storms.
Bush remains optimistic
May 2, 2004
President Bush says the United States will successfully pursue its work in Iraq in the face of a violent insurgency that seeks to undermine a peaceful transfer of power to Iraqis on June 30.
Two Americans killed in Saudi Arabia attack
Bloody rampage leads to shootout with police
May 2, 2004
Suspected militants sprayed gunfire inside an oil contractor’s Saudi office Saturday, killing at least five Westerners — including two Americans — and wounding at least 25 others. Police killed four gunmen in a shootout after a car chase in which the attackers reportedly dragged the naked body of one victim behind their getaway car.
Former Macedonia police chief accused of ordering killings
May 2, 2004
Police accused Macedonia’s former interior minister Saturday of ordering the killings of seven Pakistani illegal immigrants he falsely accused of being terrorists to show solidarity with the U.S.-led war on terror.
Calif. governor announces deals with Israeli companies
May 2, 2004
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger opened a visit to the Middle East Saturday, announcing job-growth ventures with several Israeli companies and scheduling a surprise detour to Jordan after being criticized for snubbing Palestinians during his trip.
Briefly
May 2, 2004
¢ Tennis stars evacuated during fatal fire at hotel ¢ Earthquake hits capital
Friends’ ends its final season
May 2, 2004
Cavorting in their newfound fountain of youth, the six struggling actors of “Friends” first splish-splashed into view on Sept. 22, 1994. They ended the show’s trademark opening segment with a group flex, not certain whether their coming-of-age comedy really would show any muscle.
Big-name stars made mark during sitcom’s 10-year run
May 2, 2004
“Friends” has welcomed a wealth of stars. In chronological order, here’s a baker’s dozen of them:
National magazine features Baldwin house
May 2, 2004
A national magazine has recognized the creativity of David and Susan Millstein’s “earthship” home.
Ainge ready to rebuild Celtics
May 2, 2004
The best thing about Danny Ainge’s first year running the Boston Celtics is that it’s almost over.
Jockey wins on first try
May 2, 2004
Stewart Elliott heard all the second-guessers: A first-time jockey can’t handle the pressure of the Kentucky Derby.
Bonderman stifles Seattle
Detroit hurler, 6-19 last year, earns third victory
May 2, 2004
Jeremy Bonderman learned the most important lesson for a young fastball pitcher — don’t throw so hard all the time.
FSHS tennis led by No. 1 doubles
May 2, 2004
Free State High’s No. 1 doubles team of Bryan Maygers and Keith Pipkin won, while the Firebird duo of Mark Whittemore and Cody Young took second at No. 2 doubles Saturday at the Gardner-Edgerton tennis invitational.
Red Raiders rip Jayhawks
May 2, 2004
The Kansas University baseball team’s 19-7 loss to Texas Tech on Saturday night at Hoglund Ballpark was a display of pitching futility and offensive prowess.
Mayer: Public figures serving country deserve attention they receive
May 2, 2004
No American who honorably serves his or her country is insignificant, no matter how low-profile or “unknown.” Everyone is important to someone, and they all lose when tragedy strikes.
Surgeons group trains rural trauma center staff
May 2, 2004
Rural trauma centers aren’t used to treating multiple patients with life-threatening injuries several times a day, unlike the state’s larger hospitals.
Jayhawk briefs
May 2, 2004
¢ Women 10th, men last at Big 12 championships ¢ Big 12 regatta canceled
Search party finds body in creek
May 2, 2004
The body of a man who was reported missing almost a month ago was discovered in a creek hours after family and friends began searching Saturday afternoon.
Lawrence commuter report
May 2, 2004
The following construction projects may affect commuter traffic in the region this week:
Lawrence students advance to nationals
May 2, 2004
Nine Lawrence students qualified to compete at National History Day on April 17.
Larona Ann Calkins
May 2, 2004
Emily Taylor
May 2, 2004
Roxie L. Heard Stratton
May 2, 2004
Legislation reduces administrative authority of chief justice
May 2, 2004
The Kansas Legislature on Saturday approved a bill reducing the administrative authority of Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Kay McFarland after a debate over whether lawmakers should get involved in the court’s inner workings.
House approves revisions in open records law
May 2, 2004
Legislation strengthening the Kansas Open Records Act and allowing attorneys’ fees in some cases where government agencies denied records in bad faith won unanimous House approval on Saturday.
Unkind comments
May 2, 2004
Budget talks hit impasse on immigrant tuition plan
May 2, 2004
Budget negotiators remained deadlocked Saturday over a proposal to grant illegal immigrants a one-year break on tuition at public colleges and universities.
Chambers of commerce disagree on tax increases
May 2, 2004
Several nearby chambers of commerce have criticized the Kansas Chamber of Commerce about the state organization’s opposition to a tax increase for schools.
Lawmakers soundly reject school-finance plans
May 2, 2004
The Kansas House and Senate on Saturday trashed each other’s school-finance plans and decided to try again Monday.
Pump Patrol seeks deals
May 2, 2004
The Journal-World has found a Lawrence gasoline price as low as $1.76 at several stations around town.
Easy exercise at home
May 2, 2004
Fitness expert Lori Dean provides tips on fun and effective ways to exercise at home.
Review: ‘Don’t Let the Fire Go Out!’ only lukewarm
May 2, 2004
Former Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan made international headlines when he was elected to the U.S. Senate after his death in a plane crash just days before the 2000 election. His wife, Jean Carnahan, campaigned in her husband’s stead and served in Washington for 2 years, becoming the first female senator from Missouri. Now, four years after tragedy struck her family, Carnahan has published her memoirs. The book’s title “Don’t Let the Fire Go Out!” was Jean Carnahan’s campaign slogan and mantra after her husband died.
Art auction raises record funds for gallery program
May 2, 2004
The 24th annual Lawrence Art Auction earned a record amount of money to support the center’s exhibition program during the coming year.
Senate roll call on proposed marriage amendment
May 2, 2004
The 27-13 vote Saturday by which the Senate adopted a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage and to deny the benefits of marriage to other domestic arrangements such as same-sex civil unions.
Lights, camera, Kansas
State lawmakers eye film industry for revenue
May 2, 2004
The Lawrence business community may want to pay special attention to movie reviews in late January 2005.
Wal-Mart’s strategies unwelcome in cities
Retailer uses campaign-style tactics to urge growth
May 2, 2004
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has gotten more headlines lately for aggressive electioneering rather than discount retailing.
Briefcase
May 2, 2004
¢ School district replaces textbooks with laptops ¢ Name that company
BOW session has openings
May 2, 2004
Openings remain for the Becoming an Outdoors Woman event June 4-6 at Camp Lakeside on Scott Lake, near Scott City.
Andrea Horch
May 2, 2004
The Motley Fool
May 2, 2004
¢ Last week’s answer ¢ Wal-Mart’s balance sheet
Dog handler trains to save lives
May 2, 2004
The din that rises from Sherryl White’s west Wichita home can at times be deafening.
Outrage intensifies over Iraq prison photos
Governing Council member urges investigation into abuse allegations
May 2, 2004
A member of the U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council demanded Saturday that Iraqi authorities investigate reports that American guards abused inmates in the very prison where Saddam Hussein’s regime tortured opponents.
Horoscopes
May 2, 2004