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Governor critical of GOP school funding plan
May 5, 2004
(Web Posted Wednesday at 4:34 p.m.) TOPEKA - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today blasted a school finance plan that some Republican leaders are calling the last and best chance for an increase for schools this session.
Sunday sales legislation resurfaces
May 5, 2004
(Web Posted Wednesday at 4:14 p.m.) TOPEKA - Down but not out, legislation allowing liquor stores to open on Sundays was revived Wednesday — with fresh language permitting convenience and grocery stores to peddle beer on Sundays as well.
Hopes for more education funding could extend session
May 5, 2004
(Web Posted Wednesday at 1:38 p.m.) TOPEKA - Republican legislative leaders backed away Wednesday from earlier suggestions that approving a $66 million compromise school funding package is the last chance to increase education spending this session.
Deer crashes through door of downtown shop
May 5, 2004
(Web Posted Wednesday at 11:44 a.m.) A deer that wandered this morning into downtown Lawrence crashed its way into a formal attire shop, leaving a trail of blood and broken glass.
City, county leaders consider southeastern growth
May 5, 2004
(Web Posted Wednesday at 10:42 a.m.) City and county commissioners were considering Wednesday morning whether Lawrence should grow to the southeast in the next few years.
Break out the suntan lotion; warm weather ahead
May 5, 2004
(Web Posted Wednesday at 7:44 a.m.) If you’re prone to catching spring fever, watch out.
British troops claim abuse photos fake
May 5, 2004
Britain is facing allegations that its soldiers abused Iraqi prisoners in a scandal that echoes similar charges in the United States but with a distinctly British tabloid twist: claims that the incriminating photos are fakes.
Red Sox drop fifth straight
Indians hold on for 7-6 victory over Boston
May 5, 2004
Manny Ramirez’s final strut was back to Boston’s dugout.
Sparks impressive against Cubs
Arizona hurler gains first win as starter in almost two years
May 5, 2004
Steve Sparks had the ball dipping, dancing and darting all around the plate as only a knuckleballer can.
Heat reach second round with win over Hornets
May 5, 2004
Long removed from their 0-7 start, the Miami Heat now seem unbeatable at home — which is why they’re headed for the second round of the NBA playoffs.
A shingle issue
Unless wood shingles pose a significant community risk, the Lawrence City Commission has no reason to help break voluntary housing covenants that require them.
May 5, 2004
Before Lawrence City Commissioners leap to override housing covenants that require wood-shingled roofs, maybe they should look carefully at just how much of a hazard the roofs pose.
Demographics may drive policy decisions
May 5, 2004
A panel of the great and the good from Europe and the United States recently drew up an elegant blueprint for remaking the Atlantic community. With apparent insouciance, they settled the hash of disunity over Iraq, looming trade disputes and American ambiva
Vital election
May 5, 2004
Christians, gays
May 5, 2004
Vital home game
May 5, 2004
Opera’s value
May 5, 2004
City interference
May 5, 2004
Holocaust wasn’t a joke
May 5, 2004
What is it with student journalists lately? First you had the white kid at Oregon State who wrote a column calling black people immoral. Then you had the one at the University of Massachusetts who opined that Pat Tillman, the former NFL player killed in Afghanistan, “got what was coming to him.”
Next memorial
May 5, 2004
Hostile attitude
May 5, 2004
Choice of life
May 5, 2004
Nader miffed by advertising on uniforms
May 5, 2004
Presidential candidate Ralph Nader called the advertisements on uniforms during major-league baseball’s opening series an “obscene embarrassment” and sent a letter of protest Tuesday.
Study: Marijuana abuse rising among adults
May 5, 2004
Habitual marijuana use increased among U.S. adults over the past decade, particularly among young minorities and baby boomers, government figures show.
Old and boring?
May 5, 2004
FDA urged to OK ‘morning-after’ pills
May 5, 2004
The leading organization of U.S. obstetricians and gynecologists Tuesday urged federal regulators to resist conservative political pressure and approve nonprescription sales of so-called morning-after pills.
Rail passenger-screening system tested
May 5, 2004
The federal government Tuesday began screening rail passengers for explosives at a suburban station near Washington, D.C., to test technology aimed at halting train bombings.
Israel’s pullout plan gets qualified support from diplomats
May 5, 2004
The United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations gave qualified backing to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s imperiled Gaza withdrawal plan Tuesday, calling it a “rare moment of opportunity” in the hamstrung search for Middle East peace.
Babies created to be cell donors
May 5, 2004
In a growing practice that troubles some ethicists, a Chicago laboratory helped create five healthy babies so that they could serve as stem-cell donors for their ailing brothers and sisters.
Gore’s firm to launch cable network
Former vice president says INdTV Holdings plans to cater to young adults
May 5, 2004
An investor group headed by former Vice President Al Gore said Tuesday it was buying a cable channel and launching a news network that would offer “irreverent and bold” programming for young adults.
Factory-order increase signals recovery
May 5, 2004
America’s factories saw orders jump in March by the largest amount in more than a year and a half, a sign that the nation’s manufacturers are getting a firmer grip on their own business recovery.
Briefcase
May 5, 2004
¢ Oil, gasoline prices surge ¢ Payless stock gains on upbeat sales data ¢ Coca-Cola names CEO
Abuse angers Islamic world
May 5, 2004
Photographs depicting the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. troops prompted a wave of outrage across the Islamic world Tuesday as Muslims condemned the United States for what they said was cruelty and hypocrisy.
Blues’ Danton pleads innocent
Hearing set July 12, trial July 20 in murder-for-hire case
May 5, 2004
St. Louis Blues forward Mike Danton pleaded innocent Tuesday to charges that he conspired to kill an acquaintance in a murder-for-hire plot. Danton, wearing an orange jail-issued jumpsuit, spoke in calm and measured tones in brief responses to questions from U.S. Magistrate Gerald Cohn at the federal courthouse in East St. Louis, Ill. He is charged with conspiring and using a telephone across state lines to attempt a murder.
Commentary: Williams’ defense: Didn’t mean to do it
Jury couldn’t blame former NBA player if shooting victim was in the wrong place at the wrong time
May 5, 2004
Oh, so Jayson Williams gets off on the old “Oops, I Didn’t Mean to Kill Him” defense.
O-East shells Firebird soccer, 8-0
May 5, 2004
After scoring seven soccer goals during a four-day span last week, Free State High senior Rebekah Berkley knew putting together a second straight sensational week would be difficult.
SM East blanks LHS in soccer
May 5, 2004
Lawrence High’s soccer team fell to Shawnee Mission East, 5-0, Tuesday.
Lawrence tennis splits
May 5, 2004
Led by two victories by junior Tommy Johnson, Lawrence High’s tennis team managed a split at the Leavenworth triangular, beating Roeland Park Miege, 4-0, and falling to Leavenworth, 3-1.
Metcalf sets record in KU’s loss to SMS
May 5, 2004
That chimp on Travis Metcalf’s back was gradually becoming gorilla-like. Now the monkey is long gone. Metcalf slugged a two-run homer in Kansas University’s 11-8 baseball loss to Southwest Missouri State on Tuesday night at Hoglund Ballpark and became the school’s career home run leader.
Jets pleased with former Jayhawk
Line coach raving about Jones after mincamp
May 5, 2004
Adrian Jones was expected to be taken during the first day of last month’s NFL draft, but Kansas University’s senior left tackle slipped to Day Two and was the final pick of the fourth round.
Jayhawk briefs
May 5, 2004
¢ Big 12 taps KU freshman ¢ Adams mum on donation
Fresh from the farm
Garnett family sends message to its customers in egg cartons
May 5, 2004
When was the last time you opened up your egg carton at home and found a story inside? It sounds crazy, but that’s what you get when you open a carton of eggs from Cedar Valley Farms.
Celebrate with authentic Mexican
May 5, 2004
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I’m going to state the obvious: Even though Mexican food is still technically a foreign cuisine, it has become such a central part of the American diet that it no longer counts as an import.
Commission offers tips on how to grill asparagus
May 5, 2004
Fresh asparagus is one of the options awaiting diners reviewing their grilling menus for this season, according to the California Asparagus Commission.
Advice on cooking, storing eggs
May 5, 2004
Salmonella is on the decline. Random samples of meat and poultry products that tested positive by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for salmonella have declined from 10.65 percent in 1998 to 3.65 percent in 2003.
Creative ideas, tips for making cupcakes
May 5, 2004
Cupcakes are standard fare for bake sales and children’s parties, but dress them up with lemon curd, fruit, and nuts and they’re ready for grown-up celebrations as well.
Ranch-style eggs create colorful dish
May 5, 2004
In recognition of Cinco de Mayo, The Culinary Institute of America suggests serving huevos rancheros, or ranch-style eggs. They’re colorfully appropriate as well as tasty.
Boeing hires ethics watchdog
May 5, 2004
Hoping to move past a year of scandal, Boeing Co. has hired an outside ethics watchdog as part of a settlement being negotiated with the Air Force and is stepping up public efforts to defend its much-criticized air tanker contract.
Commodities
May 5, 2004
On the record
May 5, 2004
KU gives research position to interim vice provost
May 5, 2004
Jim Roberts can remove the “interim” from his title.
Nadine Henak
May 5, 2004
Frances Evelyn Custer
May 5, 2004
Marilyn Virginia Yarbrough
May 5, 2004
City Commission briefs
May 5, 2004
¢ Fire station projects win final approval ¢ W. Lawrence rezonings get city’s green light
Volunteers treat 2,200 at free dental clinic
May 5, 2004
Volunteer dentists, hygienists and others provided an estimated $900,000 worth of dental care for free at the three-day Kansas Mission of Mercy clinic.
Library loses its longtime denizen
Illness forces officials to euthanize Haysville’s cat-in-residence
May 5, 2004
In more than 20 years as cat-in-residence at the Haysville Community Library, Libby Libra survived being run over, a catnapping, a tornado and 10 days shut up in an abandoned wing of the old library building.
Researchers say West Nile still a threat
May 5, 2004
For both humans and horses, there’s evidence that this year’s West Nile virus outbreak may be less severe than last summer.
GOP offers $66M for schools
Republican says funding increase ‘last, best alternative’ left
May 5, 2004
Republican legislative leaders Tuesday proposed a $66 million funding increase for K-12 schools that they said could be the last one considered during the 2004 session.
Future of after-school programs left hanging once grant ends
May 5, 2004
Mario Godinez doesn’t have to worry about where his three school-aged children are after the final school bell rings.
Army decorates former KU aide’s son
Bronze Star awarded to Army captain serving in Iraq
May 5, 2004
Army Capt. Mathew Holladay’s action during the war in Iraq last year earned him a Bronze Star, the Army announced Tuesday.
Twins among recipients of National Merit awards
May 5, 2004
Twins Alan and Ivan Sheu have done a lot together during their time in Lawrence public schools. Now, they can add a top honor to their list of shared endeavors.
Pump Patrol seeks deals
May 5, 2004
Gasoline prices in Lawrence continue to creep higher. In fact, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in Lawrence is $1.817 — the highest on record — according to AAA of Kansas. Still, the Journal-World continues to find several stations around town selling as low as $1.76.
Topeka private dies in convoy attack
May 5, 2004
For Deborah Drexler, the moment she and husband Karl feared most since her son Jeremy was deployed to Iraq came Sunday: An Army major in full dress uniform, accompanied by a chaplain, was at the door of their Topeka home.
Bush, aides tell Arabs abuses ‘unacceptable’
May 5, 2004
The deaths of 10 prisoners and abuse of 10 more in Iraq and Afghanistan are under criminal investigation, the Army disclosed Tuesday as U.S. commanders in Baghdad announced interrogation changes and the White House reached out to the Arab world to try to blunt an increasingly damaging controversy.
Smoking ban more than a year in the making
May 5, 2004
A timeline of events leading to approval of a smoking ban.
House rejects proposed marriage amendment
May 5, 2004
A proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage failed to win enough House support to submit it to voters, and supporters promised the measure would be an issue in legislative races later this year.
LHS softball wins pair
May 5, 2004
Lawrence High’s softball team secured a pair of big Sunflower League victories Tuesday, topping Shawnee Mission North, 7-0, and SM East, 11-8.
FSHS softball splits twinbill
May 5, 2004
Free State High’s softball team split a Sunflower League doubleheader Tuesday, defeating Shawnee Mission North, 5-1, after a 1-0 loss to SM East at Johnson County Complex.
Firebirds’ streak intact
FSHS nips Hawks for 10th straight victory
May 5, 2004
The theatrics continued Tuesday for Free State High’s baseball team. This time it wasn’t a walk-off home run or another run-rule-shortened victory. Instead, the Firebirds delivered perhaps the most bizarre victory coach Mike Hill ever has seen.
Medical resident sentenced in fraud
May 5, 2004
A Kansas University Medical Center employee received a 15-month federal prison sentence Monday for using a fraudulent Social Security number.
Former American hostage makes first public comments
Reunion with wife delayed until today
May 5, 2004
Thomas Hamill’s kidnappers had surgery performed on his wounded arm during his three weeks of captivity in Iraq, an Army doctor said Tuesday.
Clerics seek deal to end Najaf standoff
May 5, 2004
Some of Iraq’s most important Shiite Muslim leaders called Tuesday for Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and his armed followers to abandon two holy cities that they are using for sanctuary to avoid a potentially devastating U.S. attack.
Sebelius to sign tuition bill for illegal immigrants
May 5, 2004
A bill offering some illegal immigrants a tuition break at Kansas’ public colleges and universities cleared the Legislature on Tuesday and headed to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who plans to sign it.
City smoking ban OK’d; opponents vow to force vote
Lawrence joins growing trend with prohibition, but petition could put issue before public
May 5, 2004
The Lawrence City Commission’s vote is on the books. But the smoking debate may just be getting warmed up, and the city’s voters soon could have their say.
Study may clarify cost of growth
City Hall task force weighs shifting load from taxpayers to developers
May 5, 2004
A City Hall task force said Tuesday it wanted to hire a consultant to study some of the costs of Lawrence’s growth.
Corrections
May 5, 2004
Jim Owens was incorrectly identified as a doctor in a photo on Saturday’s People & Places page.
Kansas City’s road woes continue
May 5, 2004
Maybe hockey-mad Toronto will pay attention to baseball’s worst home team now.
Hybrid cars can pose risk for rescue workers
May 5, 2004
The growing popularity of hybrid vehicles is a step toward cleaner air and less dependance on gasoline. But for rescuers at accident scenes, they represent a potential new danger: a network of high-voltage circuitry that may require some precise cutting to save a trapped victim.
Horoscopes
May 5, 2004
House roll call on immigrant tuition bill
May 5, 2004
The 68-54 vote Tuesday by which the House approved a bill granting a tuition break at public colleges and universities to illegal immigrants who meet certain qualifications, sending the measure to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Briefly
May 5, 2004
¢ Bombs explode in Athens ¢ Senate votes to guarantee overtime pay for workers ¢ Cyanide stockpiler sentenced to 11 years
Friends’ formula: Six pack punch
May 5, 2004
Among all the coverage of the “Friends” finale, call this article The One That Explains What Makes “Friends” Unique.
A study of ‘Friends’ character development in the last decade
May 5, 2004
So how have our “Friends” changed since their 1994 debut?
NBC pulling out all the stops for ‘Friends’ finale
May 5, 2004
It’s May. It’s sweeps. It’s the time when you expect to see the last few episodes of your favorite shows. But don’t go looking for new installments of “The West Wing” or “Law & Order” tonight. Instead, we’re offered a two-hour “Dateline” (8 p.m., NBC) special about Thursday night’s “Friends” finale.
Jump from garage ruled a suicide
May 5, 2004
A 40-year-old Lawrence man apparently committed suicide early Tuesday by jumping from the top of the city parking garage in the 900 block of New Hampshire Street, police said.
Adoption scam victims revel in happy ending
May 5, 2004
At 16 days old, Kathryn Taylor Temple already has a pile of press clippings telling how her adoptive parents had their hopes for a child dashed and then lifted again.
Negotiators reach $66 million school funding compromise
May 5, 2004
Negotiators have agreed to a $66 million school funding package, a deal Republican leaders say represents perhaps the last chance to increase education spending this session.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
May 5, 2004
Highlights of Tuesday’s activities at the Kansas Legislature
House roll call on proposed gay marriage amendment
May 5, 2004
The 79-45 vote Tuesday by which the House failed to approve a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage by the necessary two-thirds majority. The measure needed 84 votes.
Ugly’ restaurant outlasts city critics
Taco John’s owner celebrates 30 years in business
May 5, 2004
Taste evidently has won over beauty. Despite being branded by a city commissioner as the business with the “ugliest new building” when it opened at 23rd Street and Ousdahl Road, Taco John’s this month is celebrating 30 years in the Lawrence restaurant business.
Lions feel like winners
LHS tops Vikings, 4-3
May 5, 2004
For Lawrence High sophomore Brian Heere, a harmless senior joke might turn out to be a hilarious good-luck charm.
Briefly
May 5, 2004
¢ U.S. puts numbers on troop strength ¢ Iraqi staff quits U.S.-backed newspaper ¢ Bomb plot suspects all reported captured
People
May 5, 2004
¢ Mackey’s back in town ¢ Cooper just an alter ego ¢ No doubt they’ll stay together
Youth showcase tournament on tap
May 5, 2004
Youth basketball teams from 14 states will gather in Lawrence this weekend for the fourth-annual Sport2Sport Jayhawk Invitational Tournament.
Daily ticker
May 5, 2004
Army commander vows prison reform
May 5, 2004
The U.S. commander overseeing Army-run prisons in Iraq said Tuesday that the population of overcrowded Abu Ghraib prison would be cut by more than half and that he has ordered military intelligence operatives to stop placing hoods over their heads as an interrogation tactic.
Prisoners abandoned in quarry
May 5, 2004
Scores of prisoners released from the controversial Abu Ghraib prison Tuesday were forced to take a winding, nearly five-hour journey through central Iraq on three hot, rickety buses escorted by U.S. military Humvees before being deposited without explanation in the middle of a gravel quarry near Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit.
Jayni’s Kitchen’ features eggs
May 5, 2004
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “The Simple Pleasure of Eggs.”
Gay marriage amendment defeated
May 5, 2004
A proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage was pronounced “dead” Tuesday by Kansas House Speaker Doug Mays after the lower chamber failed to muster the two-thirds approval needed to put the measure on a statewide ballot.
Area briefs
May 5, 2004
¢ Defendant pleads in theft of art work ¢ Mower will continue to grace LHS flagpole ¢ De Soto to celebrate Cinco de Mayo Saturday ¢ 6News to air early
Fed leaves key rate unchanged
Analysts expect increase in August
May 5, 2004
Federal Reserve policy-makers left a key interest rate at a 46-year low on Tuesday but dropped their promise to be patient before they start raising rates.
Photo: Wildfires force thousands of evacuations
May 5, 2004