Archive for Thursday, May 27, 2004

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Legislature passes major regents bill
May 27, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 3:07 p.m.) Lawmakers today approved again a major regents bill after learning that because of an error Gov. Kathleen Sebelius had signed into law the wrong bill.
Legislators fail to override vetoes
May 27, 2004
(Web Posted Thursday at 12:12 p.m.) Legislators attempted but failed Thursday to override Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ vetoes of three budget items, including funding for a program that helps pregnant women.
People
May 27, 2004
¢ NAACP honors Tavis Smiley ¢ MTV presenters will rock you ¢ Volunteer and make his day
Siren restraint
May 27, 2004
County officials are right to make sure they save the tornado sirens for real emergencies.
Pay attention
May 27, 2004
A new crosswalk marker may help avoid a serious accident in front of the Lawrence Arts Center.
Honesty might salvage support for policy
May 27, 2004
Dear Mr. President: Your speech Monday night carried stirring visions of the change you want to bring to Iraq and the Middle East. What it lacked was more important: a clear recognition of the ever-widening gap between those uplifting visions and the explosive conditions produced in Iraq by what has become a self-defeating U.S. occupation policy. Your words lacked the minimal dose of honesty a leader owes his nation in times of crisis.
Bush plan will require American resolve
May 27, 2004
Whatever one thinks of President Bush, no one can say that he lacks a vision or the ability to think big.
Powell still the good soldier
May 27, 2004
After delivering the 2004 commencement speech at Wake Forest University on Monday, Colin Powell shook the hand of every undergraduate.
Be nice
May 27, 2004
Sad statistic
May 27, 2004
Newspaper adviser’s removal probed
Group says timing of reassignment raises censorship questions
May 27, 2004
The Society of Professional Journalists will investigate the removal of Kansas State University’s student newspaper adviser.
25 powerful people
A list of NASCAR’s 25 most influencial people
May 27, 2004
That’s Racin’ presents its seventh annual list of the 25 most powerful people in NASCAR. This year, for the first time, the list includes individual entries only — there are no people sharing positions as there have been in past years.
Police Department seeks more women on force
May 27, 2004
An open house last spring to recruit women to the Lawrence Police Department was successful in at least one way.
Roddick ousted at French Open
Top-seeded Henin-Hardenne eliminated in second round
May 27, 2004
A photo of Andy Roddick graced the cover of the French Open program Wednesday morning, along with the headline, “L’Americain de service” — a play on words that makes reference to his best shot and translates to, “The token American.”
Wichita hires new city manager from Augusta, Ga.
May 27, 2004
Wichita City Council members chose a city-county manager from Augusta, Ga., as the new city manager during a special meeting Tuesday night.
Stable funding
May 27, 2004
Most money that fell onto highway from armored car returned
More than $200,000 reportedly spilled
May 27, 2004
A day after a “substantial” amount of cash and checks tumbled out of an armored truck and onto a busy highway, authorities said Wednesday most of the money has been returned.
Man admits trying to mutilate ex-wife
May 27, 2004
A man faces up to five years in prison for attempting to hire someone to mutilate the face of his former wife.
Billy Graham’s crusades postponed
May 27, 2004
The Billy Graham crusades scheduled for Kansas City, Mo., next month and the Los Angeles area in July will be postponed until autumn, the evangelist’s son said Wednesday.
Sudan’s government, rebels sign deal to end civil war
May 27, 2004
udan’s government and rebels signed key agreements Wednesday, resolving the last remaining issues needed to end Africa’s longest-running war.
Daily ticker
May 27, 2004
Lawrence chamber launches ‘Start Here’ campaign
May 27, 2004
When it comes to shopping or looking for a business location, the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce wants you to “start here.”
Developers unveil plans for Speedway area
May 27, 2004
Several high-end restaurants, including one that features interactive dinosaur displays, will anchor a 750,000-square-foot entertainment complex in the Village West development near Kansas Speedway.
Britain company to sell helicopter venture
May 27, 2004
British aerospace and automotive group GKN PLC has agreed to sell its 50 percent stake in helicopter joint venture AgustaWestland to its Italian partner Finmeccanica SpA for $1.92 billion in cash.
U.S. may apologize to Indian tribes
Brownback sponsoring congressional ‘resolution of reconciliation’
May 27, 2004
Throughout most of its history, the United States has not been kind to the American Indian. Atrocity followed atrocity.
Amnesty International condemns U.S. wartime practices
May 27, 2004
The U.S.-led war on terror is a “failure” that has led to gross human rights violations, undermined U.S. moral legitimacy and made the world more dangerous, Amnesty International said Wednesday in an annual survey of human rights around the world.
For two years, FSHS has enjoyed stellar play from its pair of Price choppers
May 27, 2004
Somehow, it had that funny “it’s-going-to-be-OK” feel to it.
May not sharp, but K.C. still prevails
May 27, 2004
As tired as Darrell May was, he could hardly wait to study film of his unorthodox victory over Detroit.
Lions’ Huff chosen for Mo-Kan Series
May 27, 2004
Lawrence High’s Danielle Huff and De Soto’s Jara Mori have been selected to play for the Kansas team in the Mo-Kan All-Star Softball Series on June 7 at the Blue Valley Complex.
Gerald Keith Morrison
May 27, 2004
Paslay services
May 27, 2004
R. P.‘Phil’ Stiles
May 27, 2004
Floyd F. Semans
May 27, 2004
Derwent Jess Graham
May 27, 2004
Terry Lee Morris
May 27, 2004
One of twin brothers in Iraq killed
May 27, 2004
The Ridlen twins seemed to always be together, at church, on the softball field, even in the recruiter’s office when they enlisted with the Illinois National Guard.
Everett Herbert Hoover
May 27, 2004
Fireworks vendor to run for Buhler’s Senate seat
May 27, 2004
A businessman who says he had the only legal fireworks stand in Lawrence last year hopes to burst on the local political scene.
Holiday closings announced
May 27, 2004
Government offices and public services in Lawrence and Douglas County will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day.
Area briefs
May 27, 2004
¢ Mojo’s restaurant owes $91,000 in back taxes ¢ Fighting results in transients’ arrests ¢ Speed called factor in Baldwin crash ¢ John Brown expert, descendant to speak
Six KU faculty members win Fulbrights
May 27, 2004
Six Kansas University faculty members have been selected as Fulbright senior scholars for the 2004-2005 academic year.
On the record
May 27, 2004
Loazia flashes 2003 form
Pitcher impressive in Chicago’s win over Rangers
May 27, 2004
Esteban Loaiza is pitching like he did in 2003.
Wallace wallops Pacers
Detroit player scores 20 in 85-78 win
May 27, 2004
Rasheed Wallace made another loud statement, only this time he did it during the game instead of before or after it.
Sesquicentennial events to kick off Sunday
May 27, 2004
It’s time to start lighting the candles on Lawrence’s 150th birthday cake.
Juilliard student found strangled
May 27, 2004
A woman found strangled in an upper Manhattan park was identified through dental records Wednesday as a missing Juilliard drama student, the medical examiner’s office said.
Fire prevention has no match
May 27, 2004
Analysts say Boeing can land tanker contract
May 27, 2004
A $23.5 billion Air Force plan to lease and purchase 100 refueling tankers from Boeing Co. is probably dead, but Boeing remains in a strong position to win an eventual contract to supply refueling planes, analysts said Wednesday.
Yankees acquire LHS grad Hooper
May 27, 2004
Fallout from the blockbuster Alfonso Soriano-Alex Rodriguez trade appears to have sprinkled upon Lawrence native Kevin Hooper.
Woodling: Expansion could help Big 12
May 27, 2004
Before the Big Eight Conference greedily gobbled four Lone $tar $tate universities and became the Big Dozen, almost everything was simpler.
Toby Keith wins four awards at CMAs
May 27, 2004
Toby Keith, often snubbed by the Academy of Country Music, was a quadruple winner at Wednesday night’s annual awards as entertainer of the year and male vocalist and for his album “Shock ‘n Y’All” and the video “Beer for My Horses” with Willie Nelson.
Major changes proposed to U.S. resolution on Iraq
May 27, 2004
Four key nations proposed major changes Wednesday to the U.S.-British draft resolution on Iraq, moves that would give the new government control over the Iraqi army and police and require the multinational force to consult on military actions except for self-defense.
New planning commissioner hopes to create more green space in town
May 27, 2004
Susan Erickson has spent her retirement honing her gardening skills. And, she said Wednesday, she’ll bring a green eye to her new role on the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission.
Gore calls for Rice, Rumsfeld’s resignation
May 27, 2004
Al Gore delivered a fiery denunciation Wednesday of the Bush administration’s “twisted values and atrocious policies” and demanded the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and CIA director George Tenet.
Horoscopes
May 27, 2004
Sean Sutton to succeed his father
OSU announces that when Eddie retires, his son will take over the program
May 27, 2004
Oklahoma State, coming off its second Final Four appearance under coach Eddie Sutton, announced Wednesday that a member of the Sutton family would be coaching the Cowboys for years to come.
Kansas pension funds involved in Shell litigation
May 27, 2004
Briefly
May 27, 2004
¢ BYU student reported missing ¢ PSA tests missing prostate cancer
Briefly
May 27, 2004
¢ Three Marines killed ¢ Chicago Seven member dies ¢ Study: After age 40, wives more likely to file for divorce
Briefly
May 27, 2004
¢ Chewing gum returns after dozen-year ban ¢ SARS vaccine volunteers doing well
Allen windows to stay
May 27, 2004
Rumors that windows will be removed and not be replaced at the refurbished Allen Fieldhouse are untrue, university architect Warren Corman said Wednesday.
Self supports Pistons
May 27, 2004
Wednesday, KU coach Bill Self was in Detroit for the Pistons-Indiana Pacers game in the NBA Finals.
KU hires diving coach
May 27, 2004
Eric Elliott, women’s diving coach at Louisiana-Monroe, has been hired for a similar position at Kansas University. Elliott, who also has been head swim coach at Virginia Tech and Old Dominion, replaces Brad Szurgot on KU coach Clark Campbell’s staff.
Exxon Mobil defends ‘nickel-per-gallon’ profit
Chair says company isn’t benefitting from high oil prices
May 27, 2004
Exxon Mobil Corp. Chairman Lee Raymond said that no matter how high gasoline prices may be at the pump, oil companies like his take no more than 3 to 5 cents per gallon in profit.
PBS documentary shows how pop music is fizzling out
May 27, 2004
It’s rather fitting that one night after the coronation of the new “American Idol,” “Frontline” (8 p.m., PBS) airs “The Way the Music Died.” This hourlong report chronicles the decline of the recording industry, and the cultural and technological shifts and business developments that have marginalized popular music.
Nichols guilty of OKC murders
Co-conspirator convicted of state charges; sentencing begins Tuesday
May 27, 2004
Nearly a decade after the Oklahoma City bombing, Terry Nichols was found guilty of 161 state murder charges Wednesday for helping carry out what was then the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil. He could get the death sentence he escaped when he was convicted in federal court in the 1990s.
Immigrants outliving U.S. natives
Lifestyle choices critical to longevity, NIH researcher says
May 27, 2004
Immigrants who come to the United States live an average of three years longer than people born here, new research shows in a surprising finding that challenges some common beliefs.
Report: U.S. schools lagging in efforts to ensure college students graduate
May 27, 2004
America’s colleges are bringing more students than ever into their classrooms, but they have made little progress making sure those students leave with a degree, a report issued Wednesday warned.
Sharon to offer new plan to pull out of Gaza Strip
Opponents dubious of four-stage plan
May 27, 2004
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s revised “unilateral disengagement” plan has four stages, replacing a proposal for a one-step pullout from the Gaza Strip, an Israeli official said Wednesday.
Hundreds buried after flooding in Caribbean
Death toll estimate nearly 700
May 27, 2004
Dominican soldiers used dogs and shovels to search for flood victims Wednesday while U.S. and Canadian troops hurried to neighboring Haitian towns, trying to assess the full scope of a disaster that has killed more than 660 people and left hundreds missing.
Court rebukes Ashcroft for challenging doctors in assisted suicide cases
May 27, 2004
A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft had far exceeded his authority by interfering with Oregon’s physician-assisted suicide law.
Teachers, district delay contract
May 27, 2004
Lawrence public school teachers likely won’t start the 2004-2005 year with a new contract. Negotiators from the district and the Lawrence Education Assn. agreed on Wednesday to wait until the Kansas Legislature meets again to determine school funding levels before approving next year’s contract. That might not occur until this fall.
Kansans ready to hit roads in droves
May 27, 2004
Terror alerts and record-high gasoline prices don’t seem to be doing much to dampen Memorial Day outing plans for Kansans.
It’s been long road to success for Hendrick
May 27, 2004
Though millions of sponsorship dollars now course through the racing veins of the NASCAR empire he built over the past 20 years, Rick Hendrick still feels pangs of empathy when he sees a team trying to make a go of it alone.
U.S. captures key al-Sadr lieutenant
May 27, 2004
In a blow to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s militia, U.S. soldiers captured his key lieutenant during a raid early Wednesday that left 24 people dead.
Silver Stars stop Lynx
May 27, 2004
Margo Dydek doesn’t have to start to be effective for San Antonio.
Briefly
May 27, 2004
¢ 90-year-old earns belated diploma ¢ Town stops marrying out-of-state gay couples ¢ Conviction reversed in autistic child’s death ¢ Police arrest animal-rights advocates
Briefly
May 27, 2004
¢ Condom-thrower fined for attack on Blair ¢ Car bombs explode near U.S. Consul’s home ¢ Catholics soften stance on same-sex unions ¢ Fire destroys valuable works of art
County backs Baldwin business park
Move paves way for city council decision on 43-acre site
May 27, 2004
Douglas County commissioners are ready to cut a $273,000 check to buy a home for a new Baldwin business park.
Government’s organic guidelines raise ire
Farmers say new rules weaken standards
May 27, 2004
New government guidelines allowing limited use of pesticides and antibiotics in organic farming have provoked a backlash from farmers and consumer groups who say they devalue the federal organic label.
City’s namesake a focus of sesquicentennial history
May 27, 2004
Amos Lawrence donated thousands of dollars to a city on the Plains that had fought slavery for seven years before the official beginning of the Civil War.
New York Times apologizes for coverage on invading Iraq
May 27, 2004
An extraordinary public mea culpa in the news pages of the New York Times prompted debate Wednesday about the role that the news media played in helping the Bush administration make its case for war in Iraq and in fueling policy decisions and public opinion about the conflict.
Not just a fantasy
Teen mother named new ‘American Idol’
May 27, 2004
Fantasia Barrino’s fantasy of pop stardom became a reality Wednesday night when she was named the winner of “American Idol.”
Kissinger tapes reveal Nixon drunk during crisis
Records portray White House in turmoil
May 27, 2004
As his presidency unraveled, Richard Nixon was too “loaded” to take an urgent call during the Arab-Israeli war and joked darkly about bombing Congress during impeachment hearings, according to transcripts of foreign policy chief Henry Kissinger’s phone calls.
Overland Park teen places first in geography bee
May 27, 2004
Fourteen-year-old Andrew Wojtanik had a thick study guide his competitors didn’t have as he prepared for the 16th annual National Geographic Bee: a 432-page world almanac that he made himself.
Briefcase
May 27, 2004
¢ Insurance department surveying small firms ¢ Factories report drop in April durable orders ¢ Annual business reports can be filed electronically ¢ Analyst says Wells Fargo getting bargain in deal
Public’s help sought in terror threats
May 27, 2004
Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller warned Wednesday of a possible al-Qaida attack this summer and fall in a joint statement that was part alert and part plea for public vigilance.
Kerry to accept nomination at Democratic convention
May 27, 2004
Rejecting the advice of some aides and Democratic strategists, Sen. John Kerry on Wednesday announced he would accept the Democratic presidential nomination at the party’s Boston convention this summer even though the decision may put him at a financial disadvantage.
Robert E. Overbaugh
May 27, 2004
Maddux no mystery to Astros
Bagwell, Kent, Berkman homer in Houston’s 7-3 victory over Cubs
May 27, 2004
Greg Maddux scrunched up his face in disgust as he watched yet another of his pitches land in the outfield seats.
Play day
May 27, 2004
Briefly
May 27, 2004
¢ Shannon Martin school graduates first class ¢ Appeals court upholds convictions in slaying ¢ Downtown vandalized in protest of wars ¢ Event volunteers needed