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KU chancellor takes part in online chat
May 13, 2004
(Updated Friday at 3:19 p.m.) KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway stopped by the Journal-World offices to participate in an online chat Wednesday afternoon. He answered questions about KU’s image, its position in the community, the KU athletic director’s salary and more.
Governor: Schools to remain open, despite judge’s decision
May 13, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 1:37 p.m.) TOPEKA - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today sought to reassure Kansans that public schools will remain open despite a court order threatening to stop school funding.
Rain to last through evening
May 13, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 4:03 p.m.) Damp and cool conditions greeted Kansas University students today on their last day of classes for the semester, as a cold front brought in scattered showers and temperatures in the 50s to the Lawrence area.
Briefly
May 13, 2004
¢ Boating-safety course scheduled this weekend ¢ Music, lectures kick off sesquicentennial events ¢ World Company sites named best on Web ¢ Retired professor to lead annual Stop Day tour
Panel says bishops dragging feet on reform
May 13, 2004
A key panel of lay Roman Catholics is angrily accusing American bishops of backsliding on a central plank of their reform program aimed at stopping clergy sexual abuse.
Well-deserved honors
May 13, 2004
Former Athletic Director Bob Frederick deserves much of the credit for current efforts to recognize the academic achievements of Kansas University athletes. There are those who are critical of former Kansas University Athletic Director Bob Frederick, just as there are those who are critical of current AD Lew Perkins, as well as Al Bohl, who served in that job between Frederick and Perkins. Each individual had, or has, his own strengths and weaknesses.
Too little, too late
May 13, 2004
Marriage threat?
May 13, 2004
Healthy scene
May 13, 2004
Smoke and music
May 13, 2004
Visa-free travel
May 13, 2004
Traffic perils
May 13, 2004
KU again refuses to release AD salary
May 13, 2004
Kansas University has refused to release records about athletic director Lew Perkins’ compensation package to The Associated Press and the Kansas Press Assn.
K.C. ranks high on list of best cities
May 13, 2004
Government, lack of congestion and affordability put Kansas City at the top of a Washington think tank’s list of 50 cities across the nation.
NBA fines Brown $7,500
Pistons’ coach penalized for ripping refs
May 13, 2004
Detroit Pistons coach Larry Brown was fined $7,500 Wednesday by the NBA for criticizing officials.
U.S. trade deficit swells
Americans’ desire for imports rises to $140.7 billion
May 13, 2004
The United States posted a record trade deficit in March, reflecting Americans’ voracious demand for foreign-made goods as well as the most expensive crude oil since 1983.
NBC closes deal with Universal
May 13, 2004
NBC completed its deal to merge with the Universal entertainment businesses Wednesday, creating a new media conglomerate that will take its place alongside giants such as Time Warner Inc. and Viacom Inc.
Forecast for wheat crop dry, gloomy
Government expects Kansas harvest to be smaller than 2003
May 13, 2004
The government released a dismal forecast for the Kansas wheat crop Wednesday as unrelenting drought continued to take its toll despite sporadic rains.
Energy agencies concerned about oil output
May 13, 2004
Demand for oil is growing at its fastest rate in eight years, but the economic recovery could fizzle unless suppliers keep pace by drilling new wells and producing fresh crude, the International Energy Agency warned Wednesday.
Soybean production expected to increase
May 13, 2004
The nation’s soybean supply could bounce back from current scant stocks if this year’s harvest lives up to expectations, the Agriculture Department said Wednesday.
Krispy Kreme losing its glaze
Analysts: Low-carb fad isn’t solely to blame for hole in profits
May 13, 2004
In the land where Krispy Kreme doughnuts are an institution, Matt Hollowell walked out of a Dunkin’ Donuts store with a large coffee in one hand and a sack of doughnuts in the other.
Deal in works to sell Eldridge Hotel
Former KU football star, Texas attorney in negotiations to buy historic property
May 13, 2004
Kansas University football great Bobby Douglass and a Texas historic preservationist have begun negotiations to buy the Eldridge Hotel.
Tickets scarce for Clinton talk
Thousands waiting at Lied sent away empty-handed
May 13, 2004
About 3,000 people lined up Wednesday morning outside Kansas University’s Lied Center, intent on snagging tickets to Bill Clinton’s May 21 speech. All but about 300 went away rain-soaked, empty-handed and ticked off.
Bounty hunter raid unsettles rural family
Sheriff investigating police impersonation report
May 13, 2004
Members of a southeast Douglas County family said a group of bondsmen’s bounty hunters impersonating police surrounded and burst into their home early Wednesday.
New Iraq abuse photos worse, lawmakers say
May 13, 2004
The abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. troops went beyond the photos seen by most Americans, shaken lawmakers said Wednesday after viewing fresh pictures and video that they said depicted forced sex, brutality and dogs snarling at cowed prisoners.
A.G. appeals school order
No legitimate reason’ for Tuesday’s action, Kline says in filing
May 13, 2004
Attorneys for the state asked the Kansas Supreme Court on Wednesday to block a district judge’s order that public schools must close beginning June 30 unless legislators revise the education funding system.
Faithful KU benefactor to aid K.C. arena effort
May 13, 2004
A Kansas University benefactor whose name graces several campus buildings has pledged $50 million to help build a new downtown arena.
Graduation from Baker U. to end friends’ longtime education journey
Together since kindergarten, trio finally will go their separate ways
May 13, 2004
Jennifer Sogas couldn’t leave all of her past behind when she headed off to Baker University. Like the time she hit her head on the monkey bars and threw up in elementary school.
Open house encourages having butterflies
May 13, 2004
Last year, Chip Taylor underestimated the public’s interest in milkweed, the wildflower — a “weed,” some would say — that attracts monarch butterflies.
Sectarian violence worsens in Nigeria
May 13, 2004
Muslim mobs brandishing machetes and clubs attacked Christians in the streets of Kano on Wednesday as security forces struggled to quell a two-day rampage to avenge a massacre of hundreds of Nigerian Muslims.
Great Bend to spend $100,000 to repair vandalized gravestones
May 13, 2004
City officials believe it will cost about $100,000 to fix about 100 gravestones that were vandalized early Tuesday in time for the Memorial Day weekend.
Umpire teams with KU for paralysis research
May 13, 2004
Steve Palermo, the baseball umpire left partially paralyzed by a shooting in 1991, has found a new outlet for his efforts to help fund research on spinal cord injuries.
Malik ducks KU for Oregon
After much deliberation, high school standout spurns Jayhawks
May 13, 2004
Malik Hairston has big plans for his first year of college.
Commissioner stands by ban support
Highberger, in online chat, says second-hand smoke dangers merit prohibition
May 13, 2004
City Commissioner Boog Highberger defended his support of a smoking ban Wednesday during an online chat with Journal-World readers.
Boyd Edward Bushnell
May 13, 2004
Jeannette Higginson
May 13, 2004
Army orders two more courts-martial
Military refutes contentions that intelligence wanted prisoners ‘softened up’
May 13, 2004
The U.S. military ordered courts-martial Wednesday for two more American soldiers accused of abusing naked prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison, offering graphic new evidence of the debauchery of U.S. jailers.
FBI: Agents warned American to leave
May 13, 2004
U.S. authorities said Wednesday a young American who was beheaded by militants had been warned by the FBI to leave Iraq and was offered a plane ride to safety at a time when a new wave of violence spread across the country, making road travel extremely dangerous.
Family, friends fear for local civilians in Iraq
May 13, 2004
Lawrence residents, especially friends and relatives of local civilians working there, expressed horror Wednesday at the beheading of an American contractor in Iraq.
Troops battle al-Sadr supporters
May 13, 2004
U.S. tanks, helicopters and jets attacked fighters loyal to a radical Shiite cleric in this holy city Wednesday, partially destroying a mosque used by insurgents and setting seven hotels ablaze. Twenty-two militants were killed.
Prison abuse suspects seen as normal Americans
May 13, 2004
They are neighbors, relatives, co-workers. One fixed cars; another might’ve bagged your groceries, if you’d stopped in her small West Virginia town.
5-year carrier wins J-W scholarship
May 13, 2004
Ellie Lloyd starts her days early delivering the Lawrence Journal-World and ends it with an after-school activity or studying.
On the record
May 13, 2004
LMH officials lay out plan for healthy growth
May 13, 2004
While much of the nation experienced hard times economically the past two years, Lawrence Memorial Hospital “survived the storm” but faces major challenges ahead, hospital officials said Wednesday night.
Dorothy Kinney Callahan
May 13, 2004
KU career center changes name
May 13, 2004
The Kansas University department that offers career counseling is operating under a new name.
Another showdown looms for LHSFSHS
May 13, 2004
Outside of an instinctive desire to pound the cross-town rival, there’s not a whole lot riding on today’s baseball game between Lawrence High and Free State.
Jayhawks trip Tech, fall to Texas A&M
May 13, 2004
Kansas University’s softball team beat Texas Tech, 5-1, then lost to Texas A&M, 1-0, Wednesday at the Big 12 Conference softball tournament at ASA Softball Stadium.
KU women’s golf doles out awards
May 13, 2004
The Kansas University women’s golf squad announced its end-of-season awards Sunday.
Cubs’ Wood to miss start
May 13, 2004
Chicago Cubs ace Kerry Wood is expected to miss his next scheduled start because of a sore arm, but tests Wednesday found no tears in the All-Star’s triceps.
Reform Party endorsement gets Nader on seven states’ ballots
May 13, 2004
The Reform Party endorsed independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader on Tuesday, giving him access to ballot lines in seven states, including Florida, Michigan, Kansas and South Carolina, just days after he failed to get on the ballot in Texas.
Briefly
May 13, 2004
¢ Conservatives ask court to block gay marriages ¢ Ex-FBI handler pleads guilty in double-agent case ¢ China to launch ‘taikonauts’ on new space mission
Code-breakers tackle 18th-century mystery
May 13, 2004
The experts who cracked Nazi Germany’s secret codes are tackling a 10-letter enigma that has stumped fine minds for more than 250 years: D.O.U.O.S.V.A.V.V.M.
Briefcase
May 13, 2004
¢ Gap admits problems in clothing factories ¢ Enron to pay $85M to former employees ¢ UMB leader resigns ¢ Wal-Mart to pay fines for construction sites
Staying focused
Sadler looks to continue strong start this week
May 13, 2004
Elliott Sadler has been in this position before, just not for as long.
Study advises Air Force against Boeing contract
May 13, 2004
In a setback for Boeing Co., a new Pentagon study has found the Air Force’s aging tanker fleet is not in urgent need of modernization because of corrosion problems.
Police dragnet refocuses spotlight on U. of Va.’s race record
May 13, 2004
Suddenly, Greg Thrasher wasn’t so sure he wanted his two children to even visit the University of Virginia, let alone enroll there.
Briefly
May 13, 2004
¢ Expert says photos prove UFOs exist ¢ N. Korea proposes high-level military talks
Briefly
May 13, 2004
¢ Federal charges filed in student’s slaying ¢ Suspect arrested in ‘99 slaying of child
Briefly
May 13, 2004
¢ Hearing begins for soldier in terror hunt ¢ Rwandan arrested on visa fraud charges
Local briefs
May 13, 2004
¢ Firebirds’ Humbarger to sign with ESU ¢ SM South spills LHS soccer, 7-1 ¢ Clarification
Baseball briefs
May 13, 2004
¢ Diamondbacks’ Sadler knocked unconscious ¢ Blue Jays acquire Menechino from A’s ¢ Sprained knee sidelines Glaus
KU pitcher Pierce honored
May 13, 2004
Kansas University pitcher Kara Pierce has earned a berth on the second team of the All-Big 12 Conference softball squad as chosen by league coaches.
Sideline
May 13, 2004
¢ Hall taps BU’s Richard ¢ Glass third at U.S. Open
U.S. must step aside, let Iraqis set course
May 13, 2004
What if Bush promises to wear sackcloth and ashes to John Kerry’s Inaugural Ball, prostrates himself for 40 days and nights before Jordan’s king and Egypt’s president-for-life, and stages a real or a mock execution (to be determined by an online poll managed by al-Jazeera TV) of Rumsfeld the Ogre? Would that do it for you?
Accountability
May 13, 2004
Briefly
May 13, 2004
¢ Survey: 100,000 give up smoking ¢ One in 10 schoolchildren too heavy, report finds ¢ Vaccine eases racial gap for some diseases ¢ Stem-cell transplants in rats a success
B vitamins touted for preventing broken bones
May 13, 2004
Folate and other B vitamins seem even more of a wonder drug than anyone suspected: Already known to prevent severe birth defects and heart attacks, they may also ward off broken bones from osteoporosis, two major studies suggest.
Researchers say more men suffering from eating disorders
May 13, 2004
Intentional starvation, cookie binges, vomiting, hospitalization. The details were typical for an eating disorder.
Terrorist deer?
May 13, 2004
Suspended aide denies wrongdoing
May 13, 2004
Tony Harvey, top assistant to Missouri basketball coach Quin Snyder, confirmed Wednesday he is accused by the NCAA of giving former player Ricky Clemons $250.
County leaning toward ban on exotic animals in circuses
May 13, 2004
Circuses featuring lions, tigers, bears, elephants and other exotic animals could be banned from Douglas County by the end of the summer, Douglas County commissioners indicated Wednesday night.
Miami turns back Pacers, evens Eastern semifinals
Minnesota plays Sacramento
May 13, 2004
Lamar Odom asked for a show of hands from the room full of reporters and television cameras.
Horoscopes
May 13, 2004
Peace symbol set at PSU war memorial
May 13, 2004
People
May 13, 2004
¢ American woman ¢ Put her to work ¢ Comic actor Tommy Farrell dies ¢ Certified by the (ex) Terminator
Faulty ‘facts’ color debate
May 13, 2004
Let me begin with a line from that famous social commentator, Homer Simpson: “Facts are meaningless; you can use facts to prove anything that’s even remotely true! Facts, schmacks.”
Murder appeal hinges on wording
New trial sought in capital case because first not letter-perfect
May 13, 2004
A few turns of phrase were at issue Wednesday when the Kansas Supreme Court considered the appeal of a man convicted of capital murder for the shooting deaths of a Goddard couple in 1996.
Lions’ Spencer so close
Bogey on 18th hole denies senior standout first-place finish
May 13, 2004
Lawrence High senior golfer Nathaniel Spencer is so good, a 2-under par 70 Thursday at the LHS Invitational just wasn’t good enough.
Angels’ Sele checks Yanks
New York’s Posada has surgery on broken nose
May 13, 2004
Aaron Sele’s pitches kept the Yankees in check, yet it was a throw by a rookie shortstop that had New York all ticked off.
Cardinals’ Morris baffles Braves
Hurler masters different style; St. Louis notches third straight victory
May 13, 2004
Matt Morris used to throw in the mid-90s. Now, he confuses hitters with his off-speed stuff.
Daily ticker
May 13, 2004
Anti-tax lobbyists set spending record
May 13, 2004
A Washington-based group spent nearly $112,000 in April on a postcard and radio advertising campaign against raising taxes, setting a record for lobbyist spending in Kansas.
Woodling: Hairston had heap of hype
May 13, 2004
When in the course of high school recruiting events, we hold this truth to be self-evident: The longer a prospect takes to make up his mind, the more closely he resembles the Second Coming.
Kerry blasts policies on Iraq
May 13, 2004
Presidential candidate John Kerry said Wednesday that the war in Iraq was a failure and that a shake-up was needed to end the Bush administration’s mistakes and incompetence, a sharp critique that sparked more Republican criticism that the Democrat is making the war a political issue.
Soggy round
May 13, 2004
Area briefs
May 13, 2004
¢ Lawrence Kiwanis Club to mark its 85th year ¢ Sudden infant death focus of workshop ¢ Kerry to help celebrate Brown v. Board event ¢ KU sets final exams
Palestinians kill five in second strike
May 13, 2004
Palestinian militants on Wednesday evening bombed a second Israeli armored convoy, killing an officer and four soldiers and injuring three others along the Gazan border with Egypt.
Season offers one more dose of ‘Survivor’
May 13, 2004
Amber alert! Last Sunday, Jeff Probst stole a page from the “American Idol” playbook and asked viewers to choose an “all-star.” The winner receives a $1 million prize on “Survivor” (7 p.m., CBS). If Rupert doesn’t win, there’s no justice.
Cheers to ‘Frasier’
Spinoff sitcom ends 11-year run
May 13, 2004
When the blue-collar barroom comedy “Cheers” ended its run in 1993, it managed the neat trick of turning beer into champagne.
Sweeney comes through as K.C. rallies in ninth
May 13, 2004
Mike Sweeney put the ball in play. The unpredictable physics of baseball did the rest.