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World Company wins two Internet awards
May 12, 2004
(Updated Tuesday at 3:21 p.m.) For the second straight year, the World Company received multiple international awards for its Internet sites from Editor & Publisher and Mediaweek magazines.
Clinton lecture tickets run out
May 12, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 1:52 p.m.) Hundreds of people waited outside the Lied Center at Kansas University for tickets to hear Bill Clinton speak, but not everyone received passes to the May 21 event. Tickets ran out in 30 minutes.
Stormy weather expected tonight
May 12, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 4:59 p.m.) Scattered storms are headed toward the Lawrence area, including some late-night ones that could be severe.
KU, Oregon finalists for Hairston
May 12, 2004
Malik Hairston will play college basketball at either Kansas University or the University of Oregon. Hairston, a 6-foot-6 McDonald’s All-American from Detroit, said Tuesday night he would choose either KU of the Big 12 Conference or Oregon of the Pac-10 at a 3 p.m. CDT news conference today at Renaissance High.
Award presentation ‘great thrill’ for Frederick
May 12, 2004
About this time three years ago, Bob Frederick announced he was stepping down as Kansas University’s athletic director after 14 years in the post.
Tech awaits at Big 12
With win today, Jayhawks would face A&M
May 12, 2004
Kara Pierce views Kansas University’s No. 7 seed in the Big 12 Conference softball tournament as a positive. “The best position is to be the underdog,” said Pierce, a senior pitcher who leads the Jayhawks with 17 victories, “and that’s that position we’re in.”
Snyder regrets ‘mistakes’
Two Mizzou assistants likely to leave amid NCAA allegations
May 12, 2004
Missouri coach Quin Snyder apologized Tuesday for his mistakes as the NCAA alleged scores of rule violations by the Missouri basketball program, including a cash payment from an assistant coach to troubled former player Ricky Clemons.
Lions win home finale
Lawrence High salvages split with Olathe East
May 12, 2004
The Lions picked the right time to roar. After a 4-2 loss to Olathe East in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader, the Lawrence High baseball team participated in what coach David Petry called the best game his team had played all season in a 7-0 win over the Hawks at Ice Field.
Edwardsville mayor, family spooked by package
May 12, 2004
Mayor Stephanie Eickhoff and members of her family have been staying away from their home since a package she described as suspicious arrived in the mail late last month.
Senators question Defense officials
May 12, 2004
Excerpts from Tuesday’s hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Iraqi prisoner abuse, transcribed by eMediaMillWorks.
Parade, festival to mark city’s 150th anniversary
May 12, 2004
Bob Foster calls it the “mother of all parades.” He’s hoping the Lawrence Sesquicentennial Parade, in September, will draw hundreds of entries and thousands of spectators to downtown Lawrence.
Commissioners weigh costly Farmland cleanup
May 12, 2004
City and county commissioners went behind closed doors Tuesday evening to contemplate whether they would spend millions of taxpayer dollars on an effort to buy and rehabilitate the defunct Farmland Industries fertilizer plant. No firm decisions were made, officials said afterward, but that could change within a month.
Firebirds defend crown
FSHS baseball repeats as league champion
May 12, 2004
Jake Hoover’s two-run homer highlighted a six-run first inning, and Tyler Blankenship added a solo blast in the fifth Tuesday in Free State High’s 16-6 baseball victory at Shawnee Mission East.
LMH nurse offers dinner recipes
May 12, 2004
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Libby Smith’s Favorite Family Dinner.” Host Jayni Carey and Smith, a registered nurse and coordinator of the IV Therapy Department at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, will prepare the following recipes.
Witnesses recount fatal shooting
May 12, 2004
Two men with a troubled history end up at the same late-night party at a southwest Lawrence apartment complex. They greet each other, go into a back room alone for several minutes, then rejoin the rest of the party in the living room.
City reminds schools of financial aid
Parks and Rec faces possible fees for using school district facilities
May 12, 2004
City Hall has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to facilities used by Lawrence public school students, the city’s parks director said in a memorandum to school officials.
Briefs
May 12, 2004
¢ U.S. moves to build fastest civilian computer ¢ Town defies governor on gay marriage licenses ¢ Kerry addresses health care during campaign visit
Wal-Mart files plans to add grocery
Retailer seeks to expand existing store
May 12, 2004
Wal-Mart has filed plans to expand its existing Lawrence store into a Supercenter that would include a full-service grocery department.
What happened, and what’s next
May 12, 2004
The following are excerpts from Shawnee County District Judge Terry Bullock’s May 11 ruling. In response to the Kansas Legislature’s failure to fix a school finance system he found unconstitutional, Judge Bullock declared that the state could not spend state funds on public schools after June 30.
Across Kansas, parents ponder order’s meaning
May 12, 2004
Worried parents flooded many public schools with calls Tuesday about a district judge’s ruling that the state must close schools this fall while it fixes constitutional flaws in the way it funds them.
Smoking ban not waiting on vote
May 12, 2004
The city won’t delay enforcement of a smoking ban past July 1 despite bar and restaurant owners’ request to wait until after an expected citywide referendum in November.
Pentagon deputy, general clash on Iraq abuse
May 12, 2004
An Army general who investigated Iraqi prison abuse differed sharply Tuesday with a top Pentagon civilian leader over who was in charge of the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq when the humiliation and sexual abuse of prisoners took place last year.
People
May 12, 2004
¢ Last performance ¢ Oprah’s guru defends McDonald’s ¢ A little help for the teacher ¢ Tough to see
Arkansas City meatpacker increases production, hiring
May 12, 2004
Creekstone Farms Premium Beef LLC is increasing production and hiring workers at its Arkansas City slaughterhouse to keep up with peak beef demand during the summer grilling season, the company said Tuesday.
Could lower voting age be habit-forming?
May 12, 2004
There are days, I am sure, when all parents regard their 14-year-olds as only one-quarter human and their 16-year-olds as barely half grown-up. Even so, this is a touch odd.
Schools luring students from Ivy League
May 12, 2004
Jordan Hayles, valedictorian of her senior class this year at Murphy High School in Mobile, Ala., had her pick of some of the nation’s most esteemed colleges. Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, MIT and Stanford all accepted her. So why did Hayles recently decide on Emory University in Atlanta, a highly regarded institution but more often a place students choose when they can’t get into an Ivy League school?
Recipes
May 12, 2004
¢ Danny’s World Famous Cheese Dip ¢ Best Spinach Artichoke Dip ¢ Tortilla Soup ¢ Shrimp Creole ¢ Simple Grilled Cheese ¢ Buttermilk Pie
World briefs
May 12, 2004
¢ Syria sanctioned for links to terrorists ¢ Nation to investigate reports of abuse ¢ U.S., Panama agree on ship searches ¢ Election concerns send stock market plunging
Briefs
May 12, 2004
¢ KU meningitis patient still in critical condition ¢ State Senate candidate faces stalking charges
Briefly
May 12, 2004
¢ Memo: Abuse meant to avenge Lynch ¢ UNICEF responds to child abuse reports
Briefly
May 12, 2004
¢ Fans line up for Clinton tickets ¢ Crews investigate white powder at Deerfield ¢ KU chancellor to chat at www.ljworld.com
Survey: Consumers opting for health over convenience
May 12, 2004
For several years, consumers have demanded convenience as the most important food attribute for new products. In 2004, however, health is the most important factor. Consumers want foods to help improve certain aspects of their health instead of traditional medicines.
Chicken fajita recipe sizzles with flavor
May 12, 2004
Sometimes making a fast meal involves throwing in less than desirable ingredients and sacrificing a bit of nutrition in the process.
How to combine ‘vital’ veggies into meal plans
May 12, 2004
A new cookbook from Reader’s Digest, “Vegetables for Vitality” (2004, $29.95) is packed with recipes and color photos that may well have cooks bounding into the kitchen — and out again, too.
Athletic appetites
KU sports figures offer their favorite creations for charity
May 12, 2004
Danny Manning’s World Famous Cheese Dip. Jim Ryun’s Buttermilk Pie. Nick Collison’s Beef and Noodles. These are but a few of the nearly 150 entries in “Rock Chalk Recipes — Favorite Meals from Past and Present KU Athletes,” a new cookbook compiled by the Kansas University Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
Mulching can help during dry spells
May 12, 2004
In a perfect world, a vegetable garden would be a self-sufficient agricultural system, regulated by well-timed, deeply soaking rains and favored by gentle breezes and a reasonably warm sun.
Peanut sauce delight
May 12, 2004
May 11 letter from Atty. Gen. Phill Kline to Gov. Sebelius
May 12, 2004
The following is a letter sent by Attorney General Phill Kline to memebrs of the legislature and the governor concerning todays order by Judge Bullock.
Hamas taunts Israelis with soldiers’ remains
May 12, 2004
Hamas militants triumphantly displayed remains of some of the six Israeli soldiers killed Tuesday in a roadside bombing in Gaza City, prompting Israeli threats of punishing reprisals if body parts are not returned.
Spring brings loss, promise
May 12, 2004
Late spring is always a time of mixed emotions for me because it brings commencement at the university. On the one hand, I’m happy that our graduating students have successfully completed their course and are about to go out into the greater world. But I’m also saddened that I will no longer see them most days.
Surrounded by advertising
May 12, 2004
“Spider-Man 2” opens June 30. I know this because I am a big Spider fan and have been waiting for this sequel ever since the closing credits on the original. I also know it because Major League Baseball entered into an agreement to place the movie’s logo on the bases in its ballparks. Also, the pitcher’s mound and the on-deck circle.
EPA regulation targets off-road vehicles
May 12, 2004
The government is moving on a new front to cut air pollution. This time ferry boats and harbor tugs, farm tractors and train locomotives, and dirt movers at construction sites are the targets.
K-State lab picked to test for mad cow disease
May 12, 2004
The government has chosen Kansas State University to help test for mad cow disease. Kansas State has one of five new laboratories authorized Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The new labs will work with seven others approved in March.
Ex-Boeing official faces conspiracy charge
May 12, 2004
A third former Boeing official was charged Tuesday in the alleged theft of sensitive materials from rival Lockheed Martin Corp. during competition for a $1.88 billion satellite launching contract.
Commodities
May 12, 2004
Smooth cycling
May 12, 2004
City fathers
May 12, 2004
Housing solution
May 12, 2004
FBI help requested on possible BTK letter
May 12, 2004
Police say they are treating a recent letter sent to a Wichita television station as “possibly” coming from the BTK serial killer. In a brief statement read Monday to reporters, police Lt. Ken Landwehr said the department was turning the letter over to the FBI, where analysis will work to determine the letter’s authenticity.
National Guard investigation finds no wrongdoing
KBI says proper procedure followed on promotions, troop-strength reports
May 12, 2004
An investigation into alleged wrongdoing at the Kansas National Guard found no reason for the state to file charges, according to findings released Tuesday. However, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation will forward results of its inquiry into an alleged backdating of promotions by one guard officer to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Friends do surprise home makeover for couple whose son died in January
May 12, 2004
Returning from a weekend in Wichita, Karen and Richard Peralez were flabbergasted to find what had happened to their home. Friends who had been doing all they could to help the couple deal with their son’s death early this year decided to take things a step further with a wholesale makeover of their home.
Hubble image shows celestial rarity
May 12, 2004
A sharp new image of the brilliant nebula called the “Red Rectangle” reveals it looks more like a ladder with a giant X through it.
Edward ‘Buckshot’ Dodson Jr.
May 12, 2004
State’s science standards up for review
May 12, 2004
State Board of Education members expect to review the first draft of proposed changes in science testing standards in December. The standards determine what subjects are covered — and how — in statewide tests administered to students every other year. Revising the standards could reopen a debate over how schools teach evolution.
Former FHSU students seek separate trials
May 12, 2004
Attorneys for two former Fort Hays State University students accused of beating a fellow student to death are seeking separate trials.
St. Joseph gets drug agent on trial basis
May 12, 2004
A federal Drug Enforcement Administration agent has been assigned to St. Joseph for three months to help fight what authorities are calling a persistent methamphetamine problem.
Cannes plans Hollywood-heavy lineup
Film fest offering ‘popular auteur films’ to lure back bored attendees
May 12, 2004
There’ll be no boring brown bunnies this time at the Cannes Film Festival, which has tossed in ogres, zombies, Greek warriors, assassins galore and a potty-mouthed Santa Claus to make up for last year’s dreary offerings.
Eagle Bend revenue on the right course
City-owned golf facility hoping to avoid need for taxpayer money
May 12, 2004
Business at the city-run Eagle Bend Golf Course is on the rise, say city officials who hope to avoid another infusion of tax dollars into the operation.
City Hall report
May 12, 2004
The Lawrence City Commission on Tuesday approved spending an additional $2,720 on a study of the potential of the bioscience industry in Douglas County.
Fix or close schools, judge orders state
Without proper remedy, system to be put on ‘pause’ starting June 30
May 12, 2004
A judge Tuesday threatened to shut down Kansas public schools and make massive budget cuts if lawmakers didn’t fix the school-finance system. Shawnee County District Judge Terry Bullock ordered a June 30 stop-payment on state public school funding, raising the possibility of disruptions of summer school and the start of the next school year.
Newest D.C. memorial honors WWII veterans
May 12, 2004
Walt Bryant just wanted to do his job and come home alive. It’s been more than 60 years since the 84-year-old Lawrence resident fought the Germans during World War II. The Army artilleryman earned three Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart while fighting in North Africa, Italy, France and Germany.
Senate OKs corporate tax cuts
Bill aimed to end EU tariffs; House to act ‘very quickly’
May 12, 2004
The Senate passed a $170 billion package of corporate tax cuts Tuesday, including provisions to head off a trade war with Europe and stimulate American manufacturing and energy production.
Video shows American civilian’s beheading
May 12, 2004
A video posted Tuesday on an al-Qaida-linked Web site showed the beheading of an American civilian in Iraq and said the execution was carried out to avenge abuses of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison. In a grisly gesture, the executioners held up the man’s head for the camera.
Review: Bowie lives up to legend
May 12, 2004
David Bowie has assumed many personas in his nearly 40-year career, from thin white duke to glassy-eyed space alien to gender-bending cult icon. But Monday night at Kansas City’s Starlight Theatre, Bowie was decidedly himself: an ingratiating rock star.
ORU stops Jayhawks in 10 innings
May 12, 2004
Rarely this season has Kansas University’s baseball team strung together timely hits and efficient pitching performances during the same game.
Calendar
May 12, 2004
On the record
May 12, 2004
Lions earn split for seniors
Nightcap win in home finale ‘special’ for Lawrence
May 12, 2004
Lawrence High’s softball doubleheader Tuesday night was supposed to be all about three seniors. Two LHS juniors made sure it was. After blowing a late-inning lead to Shawnee Mission South in a 2-1 first-game loss, Lisa Pearse and Whitney Juneau sparked Lawrence to a 2-0 victory in the second game at Holcom Sports Complex.
Lions, Firebirds tie for 7th at league in tennis
May 12, 2004
Tommy Johnson had to leave town to topple one of the best in town. Johnson, the top singles player on the Lawrence High boys tennis team, had a pesky nemesis in Free State sophomore Keith Pipkin. Before Tuesday’s Sunflower League Tournament at Shawnee Mission East, Johnson had come up short against Pipkin every time the two met, including an 8-6 loss in the city dual April 12 at Free State.
FSHS softball trips O-East
May 12, 2004
Free State rebounded from a 10-0 loss to Olathe East on Tuesday and handed the Hawks their first loss of the softball season, 5-1, in the nightcap.
Ordonez leads Sox onslaught
Chicago romps, 15-0
May 12, 2004
There’s nothing wrong with the Chicago White Sox offense that a home game can’t cure. Magglio Ordonez went 4-for-5 with five RBIs, Frank Thomas hit a three-run homer and the White Sox had a season-high 19 hits in a 15-0 rout of the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night. Mark Buehrle (2-1) scattered four hits over seven innings to get his first victory in a month.
MacDougal sent to minors
May 12, 2004
Mike MacDougal went from All-Star reliever as a rookie to a minor leaguer on Tuesday. The struggling last-place Royals optioned MacDougal to Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday following a weekend in which he blew save chances at Toronto and Boston.
Chat with City Commissioner Boog Highberger
May 12, 2004
Welcome to our online chat with City Commissioner Boog Highberger. The chat took place on Wednesday, May 12, at 2:00 PM and is now closed, but you can read the full transcript on this page.
Daily Ticker
May 12, 2004
IMF chief urges U.S. to deal with deficit
Spain’s former finance minister expects Fed’s interest rate increase to be moderate
May 12, 2004
Rodrigo Rato, the next head of the International Monetary Fund, said Tuesday the United States should use its current economic prosperity to gain control of its soaring budget deficits. He predicted that any increases in interest rates by America’s Federal Reserve would be moderate.
FSHS soccer can’t win in OT
Firebirds fall to 0-4 in overtime this season with 2-1 loss to SMNW
May 12, 2004
Ifs and buts don’t win soccer games. Still, Free State High sometimes seems so close. Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to Shawnee Mission Northwest at the FSHS field was the Firebirds’ fourth overtime defeat of the season. They’ve yet to win in OT.
Photo: Fiddler on the bench
May 12, 2004
Kansas City clubs Halladay
May 12, 2004
Juan Gonzalez and Mike Sweeney put Kansas City in position to win consecutive games for the first time in a month.
Sideline
May 12, 2004
¢ KU’s Perkins hospitalized ¢ Henrickson to speak at KUAC luncheon ¢ Buffs won’t be charged ¢ Royals, Chiefs agree to extend stadium leases
Carol Burnett back with new special
May 12, 2004
The further away in time we get from old shows, the more “never-before-seen” clips crop up. “The Carol Burnett Show: Let’s Bump up the Lights” (9 p.m., CBS) marks at least the third Burnett reunion in as many years.
Bullock’s bottom line
State officials may not be able to get around the line Judge Terry Bullock has drawn in the sand on the issue of school finance.
May 12, 2004
Just in case anyone thought Shawnee County District Judge Terry Bullock didn’t mean business… The judge left no doubt Tuesday about his determination to force change in the way Kansas funds K-12 education. Although some members of the Kansas Legislature still are thumbing their noses at the judge’s plan to halt public school funding on June 30, it seems like a dangerous strategy to assume they can get around Bullock’s order.
Briefcase
May 12, 2004
Sony, Nintendo begin hand-held game battle AT&T tops gripe list of wireless phone users Westar Energy sets date for annual meeting Levi seeks to shed brand
World briefs
May 12, 2004
¢ Analysts forecast incumbent’s win ¢ Muslims retaliate for Christian attacks ¢ Opposition troubled by vote recount ¢ At least four killed in factory blast
Briefs
May 12, 2004
¢ Three children slain; mother says she did it ¢ Grandmother sentenced for robbing banks ¢ R&B’s John Whitehead shot to death