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Senate deadlocks on school funding increase
May 7, 2004
(Web Posted Friday at 6:44 p.m.) The Kansas Senate on Friday deadlocked again on school finance — this time rejecting a $109 million increase that would have raised state sales and income taxes. Opponents said the tax increase would fall heaviest on those who could least afford to pay it.
Negotiators reach deal on $108 million school funding package
May 7, 2004
(Updated Friday at 4:04 p.m.) Negotiators agreed Friday to a $108 million school finance package that proponents labeled the last, best offer this year for boosting state aid to districts.
Sebelius hoping for school finance resolution
May 7, 2004
(Updated Friday at 2:02 p.m.) Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today said she was holding out hope the Legislature would send her what she considers an acceptable increase in school funding.
Bush to visit Topeka for Brown anniversary
May 7, 2004
(Updated Friday at 12:53 p.m.) TOPEKA - President Bush has confirmed plans to visit Topeka for the celebration on May 17 of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic Brown v. Board of Education decision, a spokesman for Sen. Sam Brownback said Friday.
Senate considers school finance plan funded by new taxes
May 7, 2004
(Web Posted Friday at 11:53 a.m.) TOPEKA - Breaking from its no-new-taxes position, the Senate has submitted a $128 million school finance plan to further talks with the House — rather than rejecting it outright.
KU graduates to carry school banners
May 7, 2004
(Updated Friday at 9:26 p.m.) Kansas University administrators have selected outstanding graduating seniors to carry banners for the university’s 13 schools and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Hot, steamy conditions persist
May 7, 2004
(Updated Friday at 8:18 a.m.) It’s another good day to test out your air conditioner — hot and steamy conditions are continuing to hang around Lawrence through Sunday afternoon. “It’s deja vu all over again. We’re going to have three days where the temperature gets up to 88 or 89 degrees,” said Matt Jacobs, 6News meteorologist.
Public voice
May 7, 2004
Why didn’t state legislators give Kansas voters the opportunity to vote on a constitutional ban on gay marriage? Various news reports, surveys and polls indicate a majority of Kansans are opposed to gay marriage and would vote in favor of a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage in Kansas.
Moral standards
May 7, 2004
Mental health
May 7, 2004
Revenge motive
May 7, 2004
War truths
May 7, 2004
Powell squanders reputation
May 7, 2004
With the possible exception of George Tenet, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Secretary of State Colin Powell is the greatest disappointment among President Bush’s top-level administrators.
Van Helsing’ turns into creature feature
May 7, 2004
One wonders if modern audiences even realize there was a time when horror films didn’t rely on special effects. There was a time when horror films didn’t need to have a breakneck action scene every 8-10 minutes. There was a time when filmmakers expended more effort manipulating celluloid than computers.
Mandolins take center stage at weekend music festival
May 7, 2004
Even as a contributing component to bluegrass, rock, jazz and classical music, the mandolin has traditionally taken a backseat to other instruments. Now it is stepping onto center stage and filling Lawrence with its sweet melodies. In its 11th year, Mandofest has become one of the nation’s premier mandolin festivals, drawing some of the best pickers.
Daily ticker
May 7, 2004
State gasoline prices continue to climb
Lawrence’s average cost reaches $1.82 per gallon
May 7, 2004
Soaring gasoline prices recently prompted Leon Baca to raise the price of his company’s home improvement bids by as much as $100 a job. So he wasn’t too pleased when he parked Thursday in front of a Texaco station in Kansas City, Kan., to refuel his truck and was greeted with prices of $1.96 a gallon for unleaded gasoline.
Retailers report slight sales increases
Stores blame weather, timing of Easter
May 7, 2004
After a strong spending pace the first three months of the year, consumers retrenched a little in April, leaving many retailers with modest sales gains for the month. Cool weather, particularly in the Northeast, hurt results at many stores.
Briefcase
May 7, 2004
¢ Productivity, job reports boost economic outlook ¢ SBC, union resume talks ¢ Former Enron chief’s wife receives prison sentence
Triplett tops at Wachovia
Leader fires 64 for two-stroke lead
May 7, 2004
Thousands of fans watching Tiger Woods post his first bogey-free round of the year missed out on all the excitement behind them — Kirk Triplett setting the course record at the Wachovia Championship with an 8-under 64.
Texas next test for reeling KU
May 7, 2004
Texas University’s tradition-rich baseball program isn’t invincible. Missouri proved that last weekend when the Tigers tripped the Longhorns twice.
Washington presents proposal for team
May 7, 2004
Baseball officials wanted to know where the money is coming from. City officials wanted to know if baseball is serious about locating in Washington.
Baseball briefs
May 7, 2004
¢ Henderson looking for big-league job ¢ Audit: Brewers’ debt $133 million in 2003
Alou slumping after fast start
Cubs outfielder refuses to talk about his unusual routine
May 7, 2004
Moises Alou has had better weeks.
Law keeping Fla. woman alive ruled unconstitutional
May 7, 2004
A law pushed through by Gov. Jeb Bush to keep a severely brain-damaged woman alive was struck down by a Florida judge Thursday in the latest turn in one of the nation’s longest and most bitter right-to-die cases.
Dog rescues girl from two pit bulls
May 7, 2004
A family dog intervened to drive off two pit bulls who attacked and injured a 3-year-old Salina girl.
Ammonium kills fish, bacteria in water system
May 7, 2004
An unknown substance released into McPherson’s wastewater system last week boosted its ammonium content, killing thousands of bacteria and more than 40 fish at the city’s treatment plant, public works officials said.
Officials scrutinizing quality of water in Arkansas River as festival begins
May 7, 2004
As the Wichita River Festival prepares to open today, organizers are optimistic that the river it’s held along will be healthy for recreational activities during the nine-day party.
President apologizes for abuses in Iraq
Bush, in Rose Garden appearance, also says Rumsfeld won’t be fired
May 7, 2004
A week after the release of photos showing American soldiers torturing Iraqi prisoners, President Bush apologized Thursday for the first time and called the revelations “a stain on our country’s honor and our country’s reputation.”
Afghanistan prison guard floored by Iraq pictures
Sheriff’s deputy recently returned from Reserve duty
May 7, 2004
A Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy who has just returned from guarding military prisoners in Afghanistan said it was “shocking” for him to see photos that apparently show U.S. troops abusing prisoners in Iraq. “I think they should be embarrassed of what they did,” said Robert Berryman, a court-security officer at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th St.
U.S. troops seize Najaf governor’s office
May 7, 2004
U.S. soldiers seized the governor’s office Thursday in the holy city of Najaf, wresting control from Shiite militiamen loyal to a radical cleric in battles that left an estimated 40 insurgents dead.
Iraq, Afghanistan request may top $50 billion
May 7, 2004
President Bush may seek more money for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan next year than the $50 billion figure his budget director cited months ago, White House officials say.
New poll reveals varied problems for Bush
May 7, 2004
Public opposition to the war in Iraq is at an all-time high — and support for President Bush’s handling of the broader war against terrorism is at an all-time low — after the deadliest month for U.S. troops and revelations about the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American forces.
School funding impasse persists
May 7, 2004
Lawmakers late Thursday failed to break an impasse on school funding but will try again today. The Kansas Senate rejected a $128.7 million tax increase for schools, but sent the bill — put together by a bipartisan House group of Democrats and moderate Republicans — back to a conference committee for further work.
Fund will assist women in need
Project seeks 1,000 ‘fairy godmothers’
May 7, 2004
Wanted: 1,000 fairy godmothers to donate $100 each. About 100 women gathered at Brandon Woods apartments Thursday evening to talk about the Fairy Godmother Fund, a grassroots organization conceptualized last June. The fund asks local women to donate toward a $100,000 endowment that will give women in need a source for quick cash without jumping through too many hoops to get it.
Riders re-enact cavalry mission
May 7, 2004
With a few modifications for modernity’s sake, the horsemen of the Fort Riley Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard began their five-day, 130-mile trot across northeast Kansas to mark the 150 years since the birth of the fort and territorial Kansas.
Downed utility pole halts power, Iowa Street traffic
May 7, 2004
A semi truck broke a utility pole Thursday morning near one of Lawrence’s busiest intersections, causing electrical outages and traffic problems into the evening.
Hot spell sticking around
May 7, 2004
OK, so it’s not supposed to get this hot until late June.
On the record
May 7, 2004
Guy services
May 7, 2004
Foster services
May 7, 2004
Leslie Ray ‘Buzz’ Mallory
May 7, 2004
Nadine Jeanette Gremminger
May 7, 2004
GOP blasts security ‘reorganization’
May 7, 2004
Republicans are crying foul over a plan by the Kansas Highway Patrol to remove armed officers from the Memorial Building, which houses the offices of the attorney general and secretary of state.
Lobbyist disclosure bill goes to governor
May 7, 2004
Details about free meals accepted by legislators from lobbyists during committee gatherings or national conferences would no longer be public information under a bill sent to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Thursday.
Sunday sales supporters may give up on need for bill
May 7, 2004
Supporters of Sunday alcohol sales were ready Thursday to give up efforts to rewrite state liquor laws, satisfied that the lack of a bill won’t keep liquor stores from opening on Sundays in some communities.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
May 7, 2004
Highlights of Thursday’s activities at the Kansas Legislature.
Hansbrough, Galindo set to visit KU
May 7, 2004
This weekend, the second-ranked high school basketball player in the Class of 2005 will make his official recruiting visit to Kansas University.
Revamped Glass again climbing Senior PBA Tour ranks
May 7, 2004
Lawrence’s Bob Glass may be the hottest bowler on the PBA Senior Tour these days, yet he hardly reeks of confidence going into next week’s Senior U.S. Open.
Sideline
May 7, 2004
¢ MLB parks Spider-Man ads ¢ Baxter named all-state
Firebirds extend streak
May 7, 2004
Ryne Price hit a two-run home run to put Free State ahead in the fifth, then scored an insurance run in the seventh to lead the Firebirds to a 5-3 baseball victory Thursday over Leavenworth.
LHS rally falls short against Cougars
May 7, 2004
A six-run sixth inning wasn’t enough for Lawrence High’s baseball team Thursday in a 13-10 loss at Shawnee Mission Northwest.
Spencer cards 5-under 65 to win at Junction City
May 7, 2004
Nathaniel Spencer has finished first or second in five of six golf tournaments this season.
Olathe North blanks Free State soccer, 7-0
May 7, 2004
Fourth-ranked Olathe North had an easy time with Free State High on Thursday, rolling to a 7-0 girls soccer victory. North (13-2) led 3-0 at halftime and put the game out of reach in the second half.
Lakers: Spurs ‘due for a loss’
May 7, 2004
The task facing the Los Angeles Lakers against the San Antonio Spurs seems nearly impossible.
Bin Laden tape offers rewards for killings
May 7, 2004
An audio recording attributed to Osama bin Laden offered rewards in gold Thursday for the killing of top U.S. and U.N. officials in Iraq or of the citizens of any nation fighting there.
U.S. plan strengthens Cuba sanctions
May 7, 2004
President Bush on Thursday called for spending an extra $45 million over the next two years and tighter sanctions on Cuba to hasten and prepare for a democratic transition on the communist-ruled island.
Detainees moved from Afghan prison
May 7, 2004
Shackled and under guard, 434 alleged Taliban and al-Qaida fighters shuffled out of Afghanistan’s most notorious prison Thursday, winning transfer to a Kabul jail after a weeklong hunger strike to protest being held without charges for more than two years.
FDA refuses first request to ease access to morning-after pill
May 7, 2004
The government rejected over-the-counter sales of morning-after birth control Thursday, citing concern about young teenagers’ use of the pills. But regulators left open the possibility they will reconsider.
Dodge reveals storyteller’s soul on ‘Room No. 4’
May 7, 2004
If you’ve lived in Lawrence for more than a year and haven’t seen Arthur Dodge, you’re probably not spending much time downtown. Dodge and his band are fixtures on the Mass. Street circuit, where they’ve been gigging for nearly 10 years.
Falcons blank Lions
Defending state champion Olathe South rolls to 10-0 victory
May 7, 2004
From her spot along the sideline during the first half of Lawrence High’s 10-0 soccer loss to Olathe South, ballgirl Adrienne Struble noticed the Falcons had plenty of strengths.
Lawrence briefs
May 7, 2004
¢ LHS to rededicate historic Lawrence bell ¢ Sertoma Club sponsors communication camps ¢ Run/walk to raise funds for youth summer camp ¢ KU student awarded research fellowship
Briefly
May 7, 2004
¢ President celebrates end of power struggle ¢ Police seize containers of radioactive material ¢ Dossier author to lead intelligence agency ¢ U.S. charges 9 leaders in Colombian drug cartel
Briefly
May 7, 2004
¢ County residents finish law enforcement course ¢ KU to lose assistant of Multicultural Affairs ¢ Radio-controlled plane events set for Saturday
Briefly
May 7, 2004
¢ Watkins museum lands Amelia Earhart event ¢ Meningitis patient moved out of intensive care ¢ 6News to air early ¢ Sayers tournament today
Briefly
May 7, 2004
¢ Kerry urges tougher teacher testing ¢ Religious networks broadcast Bush event
Briefly
May 7, 2004
¢ New astronaut group includes three teachers ¢ Church defrocks priest in sex scandal ¢ Lyme disease cases hit record in 2002 ¢ VA plans to close three hospitals, build two
Briefly
May 7, 2004
¢ Nebraskan to head College of Fine Arts ¢ Police to honor fallen comrades ¢ Events organized for Founders Day
Betty Jean Duschek
May 7, 2004
Market opens Saturday
Organizers may seek to move location
May 7, 2004
The Lawrence Farmers Market is set to launch the 2004 season Saturday at its traditional 10th and Vermont streets location. But it may be a temporary location. Market organizers may seek City Commission approval to move to a larger, city-owned parking lot in the 800 block of New Hampshire Street because of waterline projects.
Big-name architect eyes K.C. contract
May 7, 2004
Frank Gehry, the architectural superstar best know for designing the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, has visited the site of a proposed downtown arena and plans to compete for the contract to design the facility.
Hairston still mulling college options
May 7, 2004
Malik Hairston, a 6-foot-6 senior guard from Detroit’s Renaissance High, apparently still needs more time to choose a college.
E and E cuts work force by 73
Manufacturer says it’s looking for buyer; future in city uncertain
May 7, 2004
More than 70 employees of E and E Display Group lost their jobs Thursday as the longtime Lawrence manufacturer continues to look for a buyer and warns that it may be forced to close. The company cut 73 workers Thursday in response to slowing sales. The layoffs leave the manufacturer of store fixtures and displays with approximately 90 employees, said company president and CEO Kathy Schmidt. That’s down from about 250 employees at E and E late last year.
Arthur P. Sorensen
May 7, 2004
States facing fiscal realities
May 7, 2004
Once again, states are setting an example for the federal government. This time, the area is fiscal responsibility.
Nickelodeon cartoon blends dimensions
May 7, 2004
Two-D or not 2-D, that is the question. Can traditional two-dimensional animation survive? Or will it merely fade away like vaudeville, radio and the credibility of network news, phased out by the surging popularity of three-dimensional computer generated imagery (CGI) ‘toons?
Athetes of the week
May 7, 2004
Pacers shake rust
Indiana takes opener with Heat, 94-81
May 7, 2004
The Indiana Pacers’ long wait for the second round was well worth it.
Briefly
May 7, 2004
¢ Spain bombings probe leads to lawyer’s arrest ¢ Six get death sentence for infecting children with HIV ¢ Arafat fortifies compound ¢ Deficits threaten economy, Fed chairman warns
Horoscopes
May 7, 2004
Hyper-partisanship may mark ‘04 races
May 7, 2004
The roots of political gridlock in Washington and of the hyper-partisanship dividing “Red and Blue America” came into view on successive days at the end of April.
Ansel climbing football ladder
Ex-KU punter shooting for spot on Detroit roster
May 7, 2004
Curtis Ansel was an all-league offensive guard and defensive end as a senior at Lakin High, but college coaches didn’t come running to recruit the 6-foot, 175-pounder.
Cards bank on bullpen for win over Phillies
May 7, 2004
St. Louis manager Tony La Russa expected a high-scoring game where the bullpens would get stretched thin.
Judy Kay McAlexander Markley
May 7, 2004
City swimmers glad to have home-pool edge
May 7, 2004
Who knows if boarding a rickety yellow school bus and heading out of town for the Sunflower League swim meet would do anything to slow the city swimmers down?
Jurors hear evidence of John Doe No. 2 at OKC conspirator’s state murder trial
May 7, 2004
Attorneys for bombing conspirator Terry Nichols unveiled the cornerstone of their defense at his murder trial Thursday: that others helped Timothy McVeigh plan the Oklahoma City bombing.
Millions share a friendly farewell
May 7, 2004
Ross and Rachel, together again as “Friends” fades into history. Were you expecting anything different?
Up in smoke
Will Lawrence’s music scene be extinguished by smoking ban?
May 7, 2004
Live music and cigarette smoking share a long history together. Picture a weathered jazz musician with puffs of smoke hovering over his piano.
Whittemore welcomed to Atlanta
Former Kansas QB signs as free agent with Falcons
May 7, 2004
Thursday, 11 days after the NFL draft ended, Bill Whittemore found a home when he signed a free-agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons.
City shutdown
Juneau, Riat lift LHS to sweep of Free State
May 7, 2004
Lawrence High softball pitcher Whitney Juneau was quick to call teammate Diane Riat “the lifesaver.” Maybe, but when you point a finger at someone else, you point three back at yourself.
Martinez masterful against Indians
May 7, 2004
Pedro Martinez didn’t complain, criticize or condemn a thing.
High school talent to be displayed
Prep basketball standouts converging on Lawrence this weekend
May 7, 2004
About 60 teams of high school basketball players will participate at this weekend’s Jayhawk Invitational Tournament at Allen Fieldhouse, Horejsi Center and Robinson Gymnasium.
Protesters concerned by early G-8 summit security preparations
May 7, 2004
New Jersey professor Trent Schroyer’s advocacy group prefers round-table discussions to street protests. But when the group rented a conference hall for use during next month’s G-8 summit of world leaders, the police took notice.
Buffalo, with horns retooled, will grace Kansas quarter
State’s high school students side with bison over other designs
May 7, 2004
Bison have won the race for the Kansas state quarter design. And Gov. Kathleen Sebelius pledges the buffalo that graces the prototype will have cosmetic surgery to correct its horns, which face forward instead of straight up.
People
May 7, 2004
¢ ‘Friends’ band tunes out ¢ Paltrow prepares for motherhood ¢ Dave to tape really ‘Late Show’ ¢ Supermodel wins privacy case