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Clinton’s address moved to Allen Fieldhouse
May 14, 2004
(Web Posted Friday at 2:11 p.m.) People disappointed in their efforts to get tickets to hear former President Bill Clinton’s May 21 speech will have a second chance. University officials have moved the inaugural Dole lecture from the Lied Center to Allen Fieldhouse.
Bondsman’s conviction affirmed
May 14, 2004
(Web Posted Friday at 10:42 a.m.) A bail bondsman overstepped legal bounds when he tried to enter a Lawrence home without permission in 2002, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday morning.
Sunny skies ahead in afternoon
May 14, 2004
(Updated Friday at 11:06 a.m.) Cloudy, rainy skies and temperatures in the low 40s greeted Lawrence residents as they headed out the door before 7 this morning.
Briefly
May 14, 2004
¢ Governor vetoes S.W. Kansas bill ¢ FSHS student chosen for literary workshop
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May 14, 2004
¢ Leader of hijacking plot sentenced to life ¢ Jurors in Saudi’s terror trial can view Web sites ¢ Court throws out award against drug maker
Rain delays practice
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May 14, 2004
The weather changed Helio Castroneves’ plan Thursday in practice for the Indianapolis 500, but it didn’t slow him down.
Joan of Arcadia’ twist may shock fans
May 14, 2004
Friday nights remain a toxic minefield for television programmers. This season has seen the failures of bad shows (remember “Luis”? “Wanda at Large”?) as well as good shows (“Wonderfalls” and “Boomtown”). Celebrity proved no cure at all for the Friday-night frights. Fresh from his Emmy for “The Sopranos,” Joe Pantoliano tanked in “The Handler” despite CBS’s endless promotions. I think it was the silly hat he wore.
Outlook mixed for city’s ‘05 budget
Valuation increase to bring in more money, but funding needs up too
May 14, 2004
For the first time in recent years, the financial news at City Hall won’t be all doom and gloom next week when Lawrence City commissioners begin budget talks. Property valuations are expected to rise 6 percent, putting extra money in city coffers, and sales tax receipts have started turning upward in recent months after two years of stagnation.
Keith Eugene Hill
May 14, 2004
Tampa Bay extends streak, halts Philly sizz
Lightning improve to 5-0 on road with 4-1 win; Flyers lose first home game
May 14, 2004
Even Philadelphia’s notoriously hostile crowd didn’t bother the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Kansas leaders seek growth, development
Current, past members of program attend inaugural summit
May 14, 2004
The next wave of Kansas leaders have growth on their minds.
Smoking petition’s chances hazy
Ban opponents say they’ll have no problem collecting signatures; proponents not so sure
May 14, 2004
How easy is it to collect nearly 4,000 signatures? It depends on whom you ask. Opponents of the city’s new smoking ban in most public buildings say it should be no problem. They must collect 3,764 signatures from registered Lawrence voters by August to force a citywide referendum on the issue in November.
Rumsfeld visits prison, denies abuse cover-up
May 14, 2004
Hoping to contain a spreading scandal, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld went to the Abu Ghraib prison camp on Thursday and insisted the Pentagon did not try to cover up abuses there. A top general with him said he had given clear guidelines months ago on the humane way to question Iraqi prisoners.
Pentagon: 2005 war cost will exceed $50 billion
May 14, 2004
Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will cost more than $50 billion next year, a top Defense Department official told Congress Thursday in the Bush administration’s clearest description yet of the conflicts’ price tags.
Snyder should be held accountable
May 14, 2004
Inside the athletic department at Missouri, administrators are doing a different kind of scoreboard watching these days.
New labor ruling may cost laid-off workers’ training aid
Regulation likely to hurt thinly-populated states
May 14, 2004
Across the country, thousands of laid-off workers — many of them from smaller firms in thinly-populated states — stand to lose job-retraining opportunities because of a little-noticed change in the way the government pays for such programs.
Horoscopes
May 14, 2004
Justices say Iraqis must rule on leaders
May 14, 2004
Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Anthony M. Kennedy said Thursday that Iraqis alone must determine the right way to mete out justice to the country’s former leaders.
Chancellor: KU wants to be good neighbor
May 14, 2004
Kansas University administrators have learned a lot from last year’s controversial demolition of houses in the 1300 block of Ohio Street, Chancellor Robert Hemenway said Thursday.
Bin Laden ally killed American, officials say
May 14, 2004
Terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was the masked man who beheaded an American civilian in Iraq, U.S. intelligence officials concluded Thursday, leaving other questions unresolved about Nicholas Berg’s final days and his contacts with U.S. and Iraqi authorities.
Wolves seeking offense
Kings’ main plan to remain aggressive
May 14, 2004
Knowing the Sacramento Kings can win an ugly game, the Minnesota Timberwolves are in the market for a makeover.
Nemechek due for luck
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May 14, 2004
Joe Nemechek is back at Richmond International Raceway as a defending champion with a new ride and mixed emotions.
Brown v. Board celebration events
May 14, 2004
Here are events, official and unofficial in connection with Topeka’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board decision.
Joshua W. Waters
May 14, 2004
Windy city
May 14, 2004
Hunter preserves victory
Twins win, 1-0, after runner thrown out at home
May 14, 2004
Torii Hunter showed his teammates why he’d rather play center field than be the designated hitter.
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May 14, 2004
¢ State creates program to order Canadian drugs ¢ Scientists say crater may be extinction link ¢ Senate approves special education bill ¢ Private piloted rocket reaches edge of space
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May 14, 2004
¢ Red Cross gives U.S. report on Guantanamo ¢ Radicals: Some Olympic visitors ‘undesirable’ ¢ President refuses to expel Palestinians ¢ Report: Al-Qaida funded Philippine bombings
Troy’ delivers epic tale of warfare
May 14, 2004
Achilles. Ajax. Paris. Odysseus. Thousands of years after these legendary figures lived, their names still hold meaning — even if some people only know them as body parts or household cleaners.
Daily ticker
May 14, 2004
Kansas buries its 10th son from war in Iraq
May 14, 2004
On a gray day with chilly prairie winds blowing, Army Pvt. Jeremy Drexler was buried by those who knew and loved him as a young man who cared about his friends and family and died serving his country.
Seattle standout visiting Kansas
Ex-Miami signee Giles among top prep players
May 14, 2004
University of Miami basketball coach Perry Clark believed he signed a difference-maker in C.J. Giles in November.
Big 12 tournament postponed by rain
May 14, 2004
The Kansas University-Oklahoma State softball game scheduled for Thursday afternoon was postponed due to heavy thunderstorms and marble-sized hail.
Soldiers, militiamen clash in Iraq; 3 Americans killed
May 14, 2004
Heavy gunfire and huge explosions rumbled Thursday through this Shiite holy city as fighters loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr refused to end their standoff with American forces, despite losing one of their main bases at a mosque.
Matchups vital for Nets, Pistons
May 14, 2004
New Jersey and Detroit each have relied on their point guard and small forward for success in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Exhibit revives Brown decision
May 14, 2004
Film of jeering crowds and menacing dogs will surround visitors as they walk through a soon-to-open exhibit that tries to reproduce what black youngsters who integrated American schools experienced.
County finds success on eBay
Sale prices for vehicles exceed expectations
May 14, 2004
First, cars. Next up: dump trucks and maybe some personal computers. After selling seven aging vehicles from the Sheriff’s Office through an online auction on eBay, Douglas County officials figure that their first-time foray into the virtual world soon could become as commonplace as registering car tags at the county courthouse.
Segregation’s effects linger in Topeka’s public schools
May 14, 2004
Tiara Coelho, the biracial daughter of working-class parents, and Brooke Macy, the daughter of white professionals, share a third-grade classroom here with African Americans, Hispanics and American Indians.
Open forum
May 14, 2004
Bob Dole and Dole Institute of Politics officials understand the value of providing a forum to hear and discuss varied viewpoints.
Young punks
Central Junior High students explore rock-star life
May 14, 2004
Nick Blessing’s room is pretty vacant, except for a bed, an amplifier and four walls filled with posters. Images of The Sex Pistols, The Ramones and The Who surround the space. It’s not exactly the collection of artists one would find idolized by a 13-year-old.
People
May 14, 2004
¢ Ex-Beatle not music to Brit’s ears ¢ Vietnam concert to honor peace ¢ Rome show to benefit children ¢ Calif. first lady celebrates women
Promising offer
May 14, 2004
Two men with Kansas University ties have a promising vision to update and bring new energy to the Eldridge Hotel.
Smokers’ rights
May 14, 2004
Hearing danger
May 14, 2004
Bipartisan prayer
May 14, 2004
Freedom is a lonely battle
May 14, 2004
There is a scene in the film “Dr. Strangelove” in which the president of the United States, played by Peter Sellers, talks to the Soviet premier, “Dmitri,” and apologizes for the planes that are about to drop nuclear bombs on his country. The “president” and the “premier” engage in a contest of one-upmanship about who is sorrier. Finally, at an impasse, the “president” settles for, “all right, we are both equally sorry, Dmitri.” Then they get to the real issue, which is how to stop the planes.
Finals Week Fest provides study break soundtrack
May 14, 2004
Scads of Kansas University students will reject the sun and other outdoor distractions this weekend in favor of the library’s dim recesses. Finals week, after all, begins Monday. The time for Olympic-caliber cramming is here. Local promoter Daniel Nokes, however, sympathizes with overwrought kids on the hill and has organized a concert event to counter any excessive studying that might go on.
Price hike draws inflation concerns
Higher cost of food, gasoline drive index to largest increase in year
May 14, 2004
Wholesale prices, stoked by higher costs for gasoline and food, registered their biggest rise in a year during April, providing fresh evidence that inflation is awakening after a long slumber.
30-year mortgages reach highest rate in 8 months
Freddie Mac expects year’s average to be 6.1 percent
May 14, 2004
First-time homebuyers set on finding the perfect starter this spring better look well beyond the down payment and asking price.
Woods one stroke back after first round
May 14, 2004
Peter Lonard was due for a round like the 6-under 64 that gave him a share of the lead Thursday at the Byron Nelson Championship.
Scranton takes early lead
May 14, 2004
Nancy Scranton shot a 6-under 66 Thursday and held a one-stroke lead over Stacy Prammanasudh after the opening round of the inaugural Franklin American Mortgage Championship.
Gill serves as caddie for LPGA rookie
May 14, 2004
Recreational golf declining
May 14, 2004
Tiger Woods might be the most recognized athlete on the planet. Phil Mickelson’s Masters triumph spilled beyond the sports pages. Annika Sorenstam and Michelle Wie draw huge crowds.
Sebelius bets schools stay open
Governor may call legislators back for special session on funding
May 14, 2004
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is betting on the Kansas Supreme Court setting aside an order that would shut down the state’s public school system June 30, but she isn’t ruling out calling a special session of the Legislature to deal with school-funding issues.
Lesson in equality
Historic case went deeper than integrating schools
May 14, 2004
Fifty years after what some call the greatest court decision on human rights in U.S. history, people are still getting it wrong. And as attention focuses on Topeka for Monday’s opening of the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, Cheryl Brown Henderson and historians hope to set the record straight.
Soldier pleads guilty, details abuse at prison
May 14, 2004
One of the military police officers charged in the abuse scandal at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison has offered to plead guilty and has provided military investigators with a detailed account of how guards humiliated and beat detainees, in one case hitting a prisoner so hard he became unconscious.
Frasier’ ends on high note
May 14, 2004
After 11 years of solving many of Seattle’s problems and few of his own, radio shrink Frasier Crane — in the end — followed his heart out of town.
Ads attack Limbaugh’s prosecutors
May 14, 2004
Rush Limbaugh took out full-page ads in two Florida newspapers Thursday to attack prosecutors who are investigating whether he illegally purchased prescription painkillers.
Dog owner worries pit bull killed her Chihuahua
May 14, 2004
Police are investigating an allegation that a pit bull roamed onto private property, attacked a 5-pound Chihuahua named “Peanut” and carried it off in its jaws.
High court could rule on schools by June
May 14, 2004
The Kansas Supreme Court probably will rule within three weeks whether to stop a district judge from shutting down public schools, a court official said Thursday.
Groups challenge securities law changes
May 14, 2004
Two lawyer groups oppose an overhaul of Kansas’ securities law because it grants investors only one year after making an investment to raise certain complaints.
Atchison angler lands record fish
May 14, 2004
Clinton Boldridge caught a fish so big he had to jump into the water and wrestle it to the shore by the gills.
Harassing landlord fined $1.1 million
May 14, 2004
A federal jury has ordered a Kansas City landlord to pay $1.1 million for sexually harassing female tenants, the Justice Department announced Thursday.
Jayhawks, Tigers bracing for battle
Border War trophy at stake this weekend
May 14, 2004
As if there wasn’t enough at stake already for Kansas University’s baseball team just by facing archrival Missouri this weekend, it turns out the Border War all-sports points battle boils down to this weekend’s series. The first game of the three-game series is at 6 tonight at Hoglund Ballpark. The Jayhawks must win at least once for KU to win the Border War trophy.
Rain ruins city high school lineup
May 14, 2004
Heavy rains sweeping across eastern Kansas washed away most high school sporting events Thursday.
KU shifts sections for visiting fans
May 14, 2004
Visiting fans won’t have to take abuse from Kansas University fans — at least not KU students — this fall at Memorial Stadium.
Sideline
May 14, 2004
¢ Sanders leaving CBS ¢ Glass leads Senior Open
Husband charged in wife’s death
May 14, 2004
A Lansing man has been charged with first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping in the death of his estranged wife last month.
Area briefs
May 14, 2004
¢ Chancellor to honor KU’s debate program ¢ Gunshots reported in downtown fight ¢ Deputies to patrol for drunken drivers
On the record
May 14, 2004
Paterno’s pact extended
Penn State coach lands four-year deal
May 14, 2004
Despite three losing seasons in the last four years, Joe Paterno received a four-year contract extension from Penn State on Thursday that will take him past his 80th birthday.
Athletes of the week
May 14, 2004
Phils fight through nagging injuries
Philadelpha turns back San Francisco to improve to 5-1 on road trip
May 14, 2004
The Philadelphia Phillies are on quite a roll considering their closer is hurt, their first baseman is nursing a thumb injury and their manager missed the latest win after being ejected.
Yankees’ Posada eyes early return
May 14, 2004
Joe Torre saw Jorge Posada walking across the Yankees clubhouse, a white bandage over the catcher’s nose.
Baseball briefs
May 14, 2004
¢ Cardinals add Cedeno, send Pearce to minors ¢ Angels’ Glaus to remain in California for therapy
Lakers’ play one-ups Spurs
With 0.4 seconds left, Fisher comes through for L.A.
May 14, 2004
Tim Duncan threw the ball up, fell down and heard the cheers. From his hands and knees, he looked to the San Antonio bench with wide eyes and asked, “Did it go in?” Told that it did, he ran to the sideline and was mobbed by teammates.
Heat series ‘wake-up call’ for Pacers
May 14, 2004
The Indiana Pacers’ joyride is over.
Busch wins Busch pole
May 14, 2004
Kyle Busch and 13 others christened Richmond International Raceway’s new asphalt surface with the fastest speeds in the history of Busch series qualifying on the three-quarter-mile oval.
Hitchcock fires back at Lightning players
May 14, 2004
Philadelphia Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock is angry. He says his players are being slashed in the back of their legs by the Tampa Bay Lightning, and he won’t keep quiet about it.
House votes to make tax cut permanent
May 14, 2004
The House reminded voters Thursday that tax cuts have been fattening their paychecks, agreeing to cement the lower taxes that have been delivered by an expanded bottom bracket.
Study links sooty air pollution to inherited genetic mutations
May 14, 2004
Sooty air pollution can cause genetic damage that can be passed along to offspring, Canadian researchers reported Thursday in a study on mice.
Jean Loraine Scurlock
May 14, 2004
Important care
May 14, 2004
Briefly
May 14, 2004
¢ Preliminary hearing into fatal wreck begins ¢ Water events to raise funds for Van Go arts ¢ Free tickets available for Kerry-Sebelius event ¢ Lawrence officers begin baseball card giveaway
Briefly
May 14, 2004
¢ Judge denies 11th-hour bid to stop same-sex marriages ¢ High court reinstates impeached President Roh ¢ Israeli troops search desert for remains of blast victims ¢ Governor grants clemency to Mexican sentenced to die
Gandhi dynasty returns to India
Indira’s daughter-in-law likely next prime minister
May 14, 2004
Sonia Gandhi spent decades as a woman behind the scenes. Shy and Italian-born, she ran the household for her mother-in-law when Indira Gandhi was prime minister, choosing menus and managing the servants. She did the same for her husband when he became prime minister, after his mother’s assassination.
Seeking a clean sweep
Smarty Jones aiming for first Triple Crown since 1978
May 14, 2004
When Affirmed won the Belmont Stakes in 1978, winning horse racing’s Triple Crown was starting to look downright routine.
Tornadoes, hail, heavy rains plague south-central Kansas
May 14, 2004
Storms touched off tornadoes in at least three south-central Kansas counties Wednesday evening, and heavy rains that continued overnight caused flooding of some low-lying areas.
Move up elections in Iraq
May 14, 2004
Is there any decent way out of Iraq?
Briefcase
May 14, 2004
¢ Retail giants’ profits up ¢ Pfizer to pay $430M to settle fraud charges ¢ Former Rite Aid CEO reaches new plea deal ¢ Payless ShoeSource earnings beat estimates
Education equality not yet a U.S. reality
May 14, 2004
In his “two Americas” stump speech — the single most powerful message anyone delivered in the Democratic primaries last winter — Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina talked bluntly about the differences between the education, health care, housing and other basics available to the well-off and the working poor in this country.