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Two more school finance plans rejected
May 8, 2004
(Web Posted Friday at 10:23 p.m.) Kansas lawmakers on Friday rejected two more school finance plans amid mounting frustration and an approaching deadline.
Legislature ends session without more money for schools
May 8, 2004
(Updated Saturday at 7:14 p.m.) TOPEKA - Kansas lawmakers ended the 2004 legislative session after failing to approve a funding increase for public schools.
Briefly
May 8, 2004
¢ Four students wounded in high school shooting ¢ Methodist delegates vote for church unity ¢ Man seeks divorce from wife who killed sons ¢ Patron killed on coaster was improperly secured
Briefly
May 8, 2004
¢ Barbecue cook-off today ¢ 21-year-old accused of rape posts bond ¢ KU student upgraded in meningitis case ¢ Pump Patrol seeks deals
Briefly
May 8, 2004
¢ Bush sending Powell, Rice to meet with Arab ministers ¢ Democrats say CDC is undercounting HIV cases ¢ Mosque suicide bombing kills 14, wounds more than 200
Daily ticker
May 8, 2004
Jobless rate falls as hiring picks up
Labor report indicates economic growth gaining momentum
May 8, 2004
U.S. job growth rose strongly for a second straight month in April and the unemployment rate dipped slightly, the government reported Friday, providing more evidence that the nation’s labor market improved markedly this spring.
People
May 8, 2004
¢ James Bond saves the day ¢ Bonny day for a wedding ¢ Harris gets mid-life award
Military news
May 8, 2004
Countdown begins for final ‘All-Stars’
May 8, 2004
“Survivor: All-Stars” stages its supernova Sunday, as the tribe — called Sha-boom Sha-bonga, or, as always, something equally ridiculous — narrows the field of four down to one.
Royals collapse in ninth
May 8, 2004
Manny Ramirez had more fun scoring on a teammate’s double Friday night than on a home run. Mark Bellhorn tied the score with a two-run homer in the ninth inning, and pinch-hitter Jason Varitek doubled home Ramirez with the winning run, leading the Boston Red Sox over the Kansas City Royals, 7-6.
Top prep happy to travel to KU
May 8, 2004
Harvey Hale hopped off a big, yellow Santa Fe Shuttle bus and strolled into Allen Fieldhouse with several of his New Mexico AAU basketball teammates Friday night. You’d better believe Hale, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound junior blue-chip recruit from Albuquerque’s Rio Grande High, came a long way to compete in this weekend’s Sport2Sport/Jayhawk Invitational in KU’s tradition-rich hoops haven.
Gremminger services
May 8, 2004
People and places
May 8, 2004
Horoscopes
May 8, 2004
Inmate costs
May 8, 2004
Briefcase
May 8, 2004
¢ Low-carb craze puts hole in Krispy Kreme profits ¢ Martha Stewart company losses continue to grow ¢ Conference examines East Asian economies
Ex-governor admits affair with teen
May 8, 2004
Just days before a weekly paper was going to break the story, former Gov. Neil Goldschmidt admitting having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl in the 1970s, when he was mayor of Portland.
Corrections
May 8, 2004
Society calendar
May 8, 2004
Around and about
May 8, 2004
Religion briefs
May 8, 2004
Club news
May 8, 2004
Scouting news
May 8, 2004
SBC, union extend contract talks to avoid strike
May 8, 2004
SBC Communications Inc. and the union representing 100,000 of its workers agreed on Friday to a day-to-day extension of talks on new contracts, hours before a midnight deadline for a possible strike. Contracts between the Communications Workers of America and SBC, the second-largest U.S. telephone company, expired last month without new agreements. The two sides have sparred over health-care benefits and job security in the shadow of an industry facing declining revenues and growing competition.
LHS, FSHS make splash
Lions, Firebirds have productive first day
May 8, 2004
Now, if only they can keep this up today, when it REALLY counts. After the first day of the Sunflower League girls swimming and diving championships, Lawrence High and Free State are feeling good about where they stand. Though no team scores officially were kept during Friday’s preliminaries, not too many city swimmers swam below their projected seedings.
Mary J. Delligatti
May 8, 2004
Faith forum
May 8, 2004
Why do religious differences among people so often seem to lead to fear and hatred?
Briefly
May 8, 2004
¢ 23 killed as U.S. troops, Shiite fighters clash ¢ Female soldier charged with abusing prisoners ¢ Former Iraqi captive expected home today ¢ Rice: U.S. must be open, firm to repair its image
Flower hobby blooms into seasonal business
The Iris Place offers 400 varieties of plants
May 8, 2004
Cliff Elston had a choice — start a business or be overrun by irises. About 25 years ago, the rural Lawrence resident’s flower hobby turned into a business called The Iris Place.
Relay for life
May 8, 2004
Military news
May 8, 2004
Corrections
May 8, 2004
A photo cutline on Friday’s business page incorrectly listed the address of a Conoco gasoline station. The station pictured is at 23rd and Harper streets.
Put prison photos in context
May 8, 2004
Let’s get the preliminaries out of the way first: If members of America’s armed forces violated any rules and mistreated prisoners of war, they should be punished in accordance with accepted military law. That having been said, there are several other things that also need to be addressed.
Full deck
Nun passionate about collecting holy cards
May 8, 2004
Most Catholics likely have come across holy cards. The little cards typically depict saints, Jesus or the Virgin Mary. On the reverse side are often prayers or lines of Scripture.
Weekend filled with events to share with mom
May 8, 2004
Happy Mother’s Day weekend! From themed brunches to storytimes, jazz concerts and art shows, today and Sunday are ripe with opportunities to spend special time with your mom.
Law dean’s note criticizes ‘rumor mill’
May 8, 2004
Frustrated with what he calls a “rumor mill” at the Kansas University School of Law, dean Steve McAllister has chastised students and faculty in the latest edition of the student newsletter.
KU appoints first woman to lead registrar’s office
May 8, 2004
For the first time, Kansas University has a female registrar.
Tax dodge
May 8, 2004
Efforts by Kansas Senate leaders to escape responsibility for a tax increase significantly complicated negotiations on a school finance package. The Kansas Legislature may or may not have passed a school finance plan by the time today’s newspaper lands on the porch, but whatever action is taken — or not taken — will be heavily influenced by some childish partisan behavior on the part of the Kansas Senate leadership.
Elder care issue
May 8, 2004
Opposite view
May 8, 2004
City not alone
May 8, 2004
Wedding
May 8, 2004
FCE and 4-H news
May 8, 2004
Lessons of Vietnam still not clear
May 8, 2004
The baby boomers are gray and nearing retirement, the nation is involved in two conflicts abroad, the economy is moving into a new, uncertain phase, officials are worrying about terror strikes at home, there’s a huge debate about civil liberties raging in the country, scientists are concerned about eroding American superiority in technology, and what are we doing in the first week of May 2004? We’re fighting over Vietnam. Again.
Sprint to cut 550 more jobs in restructuring
May 8, 2004
Sprint Corp. announced it would lay off an additional 550 workers by the end of the year as a result of its ongoing restructuring of its wireless and traditional phone divisions, bringing the total number of job cuts to 2,550.
Tonganoxie district faces suit for teen’s bullying
May 8, 2004
A teenager has sued school officials in Tonganoxie, Kan., for failing to stop the bullying that led him to drop out of school and get his GED.
Elder Bush says son will avoid campaign mistakes
May 8, 2004
Former President George Bush said his son wasn’t likely to make the same mistakes in this year’s election as the elder Bush did when he lost a bid for a second term as president in 1992.
Woods surges into lead
Second-round 66 good for two-shot edge
May 8, 2004
Tiger Woods says his game is starting to come around, and not many doubted him Friday in the Wachovia Championship.
Hornets’ Floyd latest coach to be fired
May 8, 2004
The dean of Eastern Conference coaches, Terry Stotts, was fired Friday after 11/2 seasons with the Atlanta Hawks. That must seem like an eternity to Tim Floyd, who was dismissed by the New Orleans Hornets after just one disappointing season.
Campaign goal: Stop crypto early on
Officials hope to avoid repeat of ‘03 outbreak
May 8, 2004
Health officials have launched a public awareness campaign to prevent a repeat of the cryptosporidium outbreak that hit Lawrence in summer 2003. Kay Kent, director of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, said there was no way to know if last year’s outbreak meant the city would remain vulnerable to the diarrhea-inducing parasite this summer.
After apologizing, Rumsfeld warns of more abuse photos
May 8, 2004
Called before Congress to account for the sordid abuses at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld struck an unaccustomed attitude Friday: chastened and humble. Rumsfeld took some of the blame: “These events occurred on my watch. As secretary of defense, I am accountable for them and I take full responsibility.”
Speaker says critics misread president
Foreign policy expert praises Bush’s style
May 8, 2004
President Bush is not the “amiable dunce” his critics like to think he is, an expert on American foreign policy said Friday. Instead, Bush is a take-control president who avoids getting bogged down in details and who’s not overly concerned with how other nations view the United States, said James Lindsay, a vice president at the Council on Foreign Relations.
No. 2 Texas edges Kansas
May 8, 2004
Robby Hudson had a home run, and J.P. Howell struck out five batters to lead second-ranked Texas to a 4-2 Big 12 Conference baseball victory Friday over Kansas University. Texas (44-8 overall, 15-6 Big 12) trailed early after Kansas got a run in the top of the first when Ritchie Price scored on a wild pitch.
KRPA taps ex-KU staffer
May 8, 2004
Doug Vance, who worked for Kansas University’s athletic department for 20 years — 18 as assistant athletic director/media relations — has been named executive director of Kansas Recreation and Parks Assn.
WKU aide joins KU staff
May 8, 2004
Katie Wulf, who spent last season as a graduate assistant at Western Kentucky, has joined the Kansas University women’s basketball office as administrative assistant.
Royals reward Berroa
May 8, 2004
American League Rookie of the Year Angel Berroa and the Kansas City Royals agreed Friday to an $11 million, four-year contract extension.
American’s fingerprints found in Spain
Kansas native being held in train bombing investigation
May 8, 2004
The fingerprints of an American lawyer arrested in the Madrid terror bombing probe were found on a plastic shopping bag containing detonators like those used in the train attacks, the Spanish government said Friday.
Tornado victims still ‘picking up the pieces’
May 8, 2004
A year ago this evening, Randy Lewis stared in awe through the picture window of his southwest Lawrence home as a tornado roared toward him. “I’ve lived in Kansas most of my life and seen them at a distance, but this one was coming right at us,” Lewis said. “We watched it until right at the last minute.”
State panel advises clemency for Mexican set to die
World court: Convicts’ rights were violated
May 8, 2004
Under pressure from the world court, an Oklahoma board Friday recommended the governor spare the life of a death row inmate from Mexico who claimed he was denied his right to contact his consulate after his arrest.
Kerry, Bush in tie in state-by-state contest
May 8, 2004
President Bush and Democratic rival John Kerry are virtually tied in their race for state electoral votes as a crush of political problems has prevented either candidate from breaking open the contest.
Cleric rejects U.S. apologies for abuse
May 8, 2004
As his militiamen continued fighting with U.S. troops Friday, Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr dismissed American apologies for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners and called for U.S. soldiers implicated in the scandal to be tried in Iraqi courts.
Red Cross warned of abuse last year
May 8, 2004
The Red Cross said Friday that it had been warning of prisoner abuse in Iraq since shortly after the U.S.-led invasion. U.S. administrator L. Paul Bremer said he first became aware of the allegations in January.
Bush to attend Brown v. Board event in Topeka
May 8, 2004
President Bush will visit Topeka for the May 17 celebration of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, the offices of U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback and U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun said Friday. “This is not just a celebration of the contributions made by Oliver Brown and the state of Kansas,” Ryun said, “this is a celebration of all those who fought to rid our society of the atrocious practice of separate and unequal public schooling.
Deputy to seek treasurer’s seat
May 8, 2004
The No. 2 official in the Douglas County Treasurer’s Office wants to move up to No. 1.
On the record
May 8, 2004
Area teachers chosen for China, Japan tour
May 8, 2004
Five Lawrence teachers are among the 21 participants selected for this year’s East Asia Field Study Tour organized by Kansas University’s Center for East Asian Studies.
Elizabeth L. ‘Boots’ Bray Murphy
May 8, 2004
Oren Dean Nickelson
May 8, 2004
Paul H. ‘Sonny’ Lassen
May 8, 2004
Kansas softball wary of Cyclones
May 8, 2004
Victories last week over traditional powers Nebraska and Texas have Kansas University’s softball players walking tall. Now KU coach Tracy Bunge is concerned lowly Iowa State might cut the Jayhawks down to size.
Zambrano tames Rockies
Cubs hurler fires two-hitter in 11-0 victory
May 8, 2004
The Colorado Rockies were happy to get one hit off Carlos Zambrano, let alone a pair of them.
Pudge’s return to Texas a big hit
Rodriguez’s two-run homer gives Tigers 8-7 victory over Rangers
May 8, 2004
Ivan Rodriguez helped the Texas Rangers win a lot of games and three division titles. Now, he’s beating his former team.
Braves’ Jones remains on disabled list
May 8, 2004
Chipper Jones had hoped to come off the disabled list Friday, but the Braves decided to give his right hamstring another day of rest.
M’s Boone sidelined because of bad back
May 8, 2004
Seattle Mariners second baseman Bret Boone, slowed by back spasms over the past week, was left out of the lineup for Friday’s opener of a three-game series against the New York Yankees.
Baseball briefs
May 8, 2004
¢ Roberts lands on DL because of hamstring ¢ Indians activate Jimenez ¢ O’s-Indians rescheduled
Pistons again pummel Nets
May 8, 2004
Chauncey Billups flicked his wrist and sent a high-arching three-pointer through the air. Jason Kidd, standing helplessly in the lane, followed the flight of the ball as it went through the net.
LHS softball splits pair at SM West
May 8, 2004
Lawrence High’s softball team concluded a busy week by splitting a doubleheader Friday at Shawnee Mission West. The Lions lost the first game 4-1, then won the second in eight innings, 2-0.
Robert A. White
May 8, 2004
Lawrence briefs
May 8, 2004
¢ Event raises thousands for cancer society ¢ Prosecutors file charge in sexual assault case ¢ Rape reported at KU ¢ Mutt ‘n’ Strutt today
Schools plan eludes lawmakers
May 8, 2004
The Kansas Legislature worked into the night Friday on school finance amid mounting frustration and an approaching deadline. The House trashed a $94 million plan that would have increased the state sales tax, dipped into cash reserves and allowed five property wealthy districts, including Lawrence, to increase local property taxes to offset higher costs of living.
Shorter, less-intense campaign might benefit nation, voters
May 8, 2004
Approximately six months from now, American voters will go to the polls to elect a president. Based on the intensity of the campaign to date, it is likely the public will be sick and tired of all the charges and countercharges, poll results and pledges from candidates about what they will do over the next four years if elected to the world’s most powerful elective position.
Meet one mother’s unusual blended family
May 8, 2004
Celebrate Mother’s Day with a very unorthodox mom. The documentary “My Flesh and Blood” (5:30 p.m. Sunday, HBO) spends a year with Susan Tom of Fairfield, Calif., the adoptive mother of 11 special-needs children.
Madrid bombing arrest outrages Kansas family
May 8, 2004
Shocked by allegations their son may be connected to the deadly Madrid train bombings, the family of a Kansas native arrested as a material witness accused investigators Friday of overzealousness and religious profiling.
Students resurrect baccalaureate
May 8, 2004
For many high school seniors, graduation is a time of unadulterated joy — an occasion for bouncing beach balls in the crowd, tossing mortarboards in the air and whooping when the names of friends are read aloud. But a group of committed Christian students at Lawrence’s two public high schools wanted their upcoming graduation activities to offer much more than that.
Lawrence’s Penny shines in throws
May 8, 2004
Looking for motivation — and maybe a smile from a teammate — Lawrence High’s Scott Penny took a lick of the throwing chalk caked on his finger before slapping in his favorite Beach Boys CD.
Cherokee ‘warrior’ honored by school on return from Iraq
May 8, 2004
Rene Carey Cummings thought of herself as more than an American soldier during her six-month tour in Iraq. She was representing the Cherokee people.