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House vote on same-sex ban
February 2, 2005
(Web Posted Wednesday at 12:12 p.m.) The following is the 87-36 vote today by which the House adopted a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions for gay couples, putting it on the ballot April 5.
House approves same-sex marriage ban ballot issue
Measure goes to voters on April 5
February 2, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 1:34 p.m.)Kansas voters will decide whether to put a same-sex marriage ban in the state Constitution. The House today approved the proposal 86-37, sending the constitutional question to the April 5 ballot.
Panel moves forward on mental health issues
February 2, 2005
(Web Posted Wednesday at 11:08 a.m.) A group of community leaders moved forward this morning with plans to form a task force to study mental health issues in Douglas County.
Groundhog sees shadow — but not in Lawrence
February 2, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 8:56 a.m.) Six more weeks of winter — that’s the word from Punxsutawney Phil, the nation’s top groundhog weather forecaster, who saw his shadow this morning on Gobler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Penn.
6Sports video: Basehor-Linwood boys battle Immaculata
February 2, 2005
The Bobcats kept it close but couldn’t close the gap with the Raiders, falling 58-53.
6Sports video: Piper suffers setback
February 2, 2005
The Pirates hope to make a run at the Kaw Valley League title, but they will have to overcome a 78-73 loss to Bonner Springs.
6Sports video: Lion expected to sign with KU
February 2, 2005
One of the pledges Mark Mangino is expected to pick up on national signing day is from Lawrence High senior Ian Handshy.
Briefly
February 2, 2005
¢ China sends envoys to Taiwanese funeral ¢ Police, militants clash; bombing suspect killed
New Med Center leader installed today
February 2, 2005
Barbara Atkinson has a vision for the Kansas University Medical Center, and she wants to tell everyone about it.
Brownback calls for U.N. leader to resign
Senator: Annan should step down if action not taken in Sudan
February 2, 2005
Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback and another Republican member of Congress urged U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to resign in protest if the United Nations fails to take aggressive steps to stop the violence in the Darfur region of Sudan.
Briefcase
February 2, 2005
¢ Google’s profit surges during fourth quarter ¢ SBC to cut 13K jobs after AT&T acquisition ¢ FTC says complaints about auction sites up ¢ Economists expect Fed to increase rates
State of the Union is must-endure TV, critic says
February 2, 2005
President George W. Bush will deliver his State of the Union Address (8 p.m., CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC, UPN, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, C-SPAN) to the members of the House and Senate.
Hot-shooting Mill Valley boys rout SFT
February 2, 2005
It was easy for Santa Fe Trail boys basketball coach Jason Schaffer to explain his team’s 61-41 loss Tuesday to Mill Valley.
Area briefs
February 2, 2005
¢ Branson announces hirings in D.A. office ¢ Commission seeks comment on growth ¢ Dole expected to be released from hospital
Jury selection advancing faster than expected in Jackson trial
February 2, 2005
The judge in the child molestation case against Michael Jackson said Tuesday he had a sufficient pool of about 250 prospective jurors willing to sit through the projected six-month trial, moving jury selection along more quickly than expected.
$4 million foster care budget cut raises alarm
February 2, 2005
A Douglas County judge on Tuesday blasted Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ plan to cut $4 million from the state’s foster care budget.
Briefly
February 2, 2005
¢ Elephant tramples circus worker to death ¢ Damaged study abroad boat docks for repairs ¢ Judge rules gray wolves’ protection violated
Illini, Eagles remain undefeated
February 2, 2005
Dee Brown backpedalled with his right arm held high and wrist cocked after making a three-pointer.
KU’s Miles becoming lethal from three-point range
February 2, 2005
A 28.6 percent three-point shooter his first three years at Kansas University, Aaron Miles currently leads the country in accuracy from beyond the 19-foot, 9-inch arc. Sort of.
President prepares for State of Union
February 2, 2005
President Bush is ready to challenge Congress to approve a stack of politically divisive measures he has proposed before without success, from major changes in Social Security to a loosening of the nation’s immigration laws.
Capitol Briefing
News from the Kansas Statehouse
February 2, 2005
¢ School finance countdown ¢ Tuesday’s highlights ¢ Today’s schedule ¢ Quote of the day
Iraq may be springboard for democracy
February 2, 2005
Whatever the actual voter turnout in the Iraq election (initial reports as high as 72 percent seem inflated, perhaps the result of overly enthusiastic poll watchers), the spectacle of so many Iraqis defying death and dictatorial religious leaders to cast ballots is a strong first step in affirming the Bush Administration’s policy to spread freedom in lands that have not known it.
Columbia astronauts remembered
February 2, 2005
Family members of the astronauts who died aboard the space shuttle Columbia watched as officials dedicated a granite memorial to their loved ones Tuesday, the second anniversary of the accident that killed the shuttle’s seven-member crew.
People
February 2, 2005
¢ A most excellent award ¢ Splitsville ¢ Country singer pleads not guilty to shoplifting ¢ Chasez just a friend ¢ Peter, Paul & Mary guitar recovered on eBay ¢ ‘Medium’ to return in fall
Commentary: Desire to top Bonds damaged Sosa
February 2, 2005
Three quick seasons. One massive jealousy. That’s all it took for Sammy Sosa to unravel, transforming himself from one of the greatest hitters ever into the second coming of Dave Kingman.
Briefly
February 2, 2005
¢ Vice president urges nuclear talk progress ¢ Rebels attack military posts, killing 14 ¢ Protests erupt during elections in Kashmir ¢ King cuts off country from rest of world
Attack on meth
It’s too bad that a bill to monitor sales of some cold and allergy medicines will be inconvenient, but attacking methamphetamine labs in the state must be a priority.
February 2, 2005
A bill that could have a significant impact on the state’s battle against methamphetamine manufacturing shouldn’t be allowed to bog down in the Kansas Legislature.
Emergency need
February 2, 2005
Affordable tickets
February 2, 2005
Value issue
February 2, 2005
No negotiation
February 2, 2005
Bud priorities
February 2, 2005
A bundle of biographies
February 2, 2005
I love to read biographies. When I’m tired of reading law texts, and don’t feel like reading a mystery, I almost always turn to a biography. Part of it is simple voyeurism; I find reading about other people’s lives to be fascinating. Part of it is curiosity; I am always interested in how other people handle the same problems that I must. Part of it is hero worship; even in my 50s I still have heroes.
Can we tolerate tolerance?
February 2, 2005
I have to confess that I am nowhere nearly as tolerant as I thought I was. Midway through the episode of “Postcards From Buster” that is at the center of the latest culture skirmish, the animated bunny is handed a plate of Vermont’s finest maple syrup on snow. With a pickle on the side.
Daily ticker
February 2, 2005
Manufacturing orders up in Midwest
Survey finds imports up despite weak dollar
February 2, 2005
A weakened U.S. dollar, which is making American goods less expensive abroad, has led to a rise in manufacturing orders and export orders across the Midwest, according to a monthly survey released Tuesday.
Chancellor aims to use new global perspective
KU leader attends World Economic Forum
February 2, 2005
Robert Hemenway was still buzzing Tuesday after spending four days last week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Commodities
February 2, 2005
Arts notes
February 2, 2005
¢ KU professor to sing at Lithuanian celebration ¢ Spirit, inspiration theme for art show
Paula Abdul: ‘I miss my art’
Nice’ judge on ‘Idol’ longs to restart singing career
February 2, 2005
Spending three seasons watching thousands of wannabes warble their way toward attempted singing stardom can make anyone a bit restless.
Taking on a new crowd
Brewery chef moves to Brandon Woods
February 2, 2005
Betti Alexander is one tough customer. Alexander, 87, might be petite, but she has the bearing, grace and proper New England accent of Katharine Hepburn.
Now is the time for chocolate indulgence
February 2, 2005
Being Valentine’s month, February is our opportunity for shameless and unrestrained indulgence in chocolate. I realize that for many chocolate lovers, this is business as usual. You will also note that I frame this holiday not as a mere day but as a protracted celebration of chocolate. Our only regret should be that February is the shortest month on the calendar.
Cake highlights Chinese New Year
February 2, 2005
Food has always played an important role in Chinese culture, and Lunar New Year specialties both sweet and savory are no exception. They are offered at Chinese bakeries, supermarkets and restaurants in celebration of the big event, beginning this year on Feb. 9.
Bowl of oatmeal offers healthy start to day
February 2, 2005
A steaming hot bowl of oatmeal provides a delicious — and healthy — start to a day. Eating oats may help protect against high blood cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.
Gay marriage measure moves to final vote in Kansas House
Utah lawmakers consider revision of similar bill
February 2, 2005
The Kansas House on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
Canadian government introduces bill to legalize same-sex marriages
February 2, 2005
The Canadian government introduced its contentious same-sex marriage bill in Parliament on Tuesday, seeking to legalize gay marriage nationwide over the objections of the Roman Catholic Church and other conservative clergy.
Funds pooled to study adding K-10 exit
Eudora, church, developer to examine future interchange
February 2, 2005
The city of Eudora, a local church and area developer are joining forces to plan the town’s traffic future.
City briefs
February 2, 2005
¢ Stabbing reported in north of Lawrence ¢ New award honors former KU professor
Lecture canceled after death threats to speaker
University of Colorado professor compared 9-11 victims to Nazis
February 2, 2005
Citing death threats, an upstate New York college on Tuesday canceled a panel discussion featuring a professor who compared the World Trade Center victims to Nazis.
Reid, Belichick: same coach, different styles
Super Bowl opponents take varied paths toward one destination
February 2, 2005
Andy Reid and Bill Belichick have almost nothing in common. And yet Andy Reid and Bill Belichick have almost everything in common.
St. Johns River poses security issues for game
February 2, 2005
A river runs through it — and that’s a security problem for this city’s first Super Bowl.
Smith reportedly planning to retire
NFL’s career rushing leader expected to exit as Cowboy
February 2, 2005
Emmitt Smith, the NFL’s all-time leading rusher, was planning a Thursday news conference where he was expected to announce his retirement, three sources said.
Soldier admits abusing Iraqi prisoners
February 2, 2005
A former Abu Ghraib guard pleaded guilty Tuesday to battery and two other charges in the Iraqi prison abuse scandal as part of a deal with prosecutors on the eve of his trial.
Randtke, Eagles solid again
Eleven Veritas players score in victory over Berean
February 2, 2005
In the first quarter of Veritas Christian’s boys basketball game Tuesday against Berean, the only person who could stop Eagles junior Mark Randtke was the 6-foot-5 forward himself.
Firebirds sweep O-East
February 2, 2005
Free State High bowling coach Chuck Tracy knew after his sport’s addition this season, city bowlers would need time to adjust to the varsity game.
City schools to have signing ceremonies
February 2, 2005
All-Sunflower League football selections Jeff Colter and Aaron Kie will sign their national letters of intent today at Lawrence High.
Stuckey sticks to his word
K.C. prep standout still loyal to Kansas
February 2, 2005
In a vacant classroom on the ground floor of Washington High, Darrell Stuckey interrupts himself and points at the television screen in the corner.
KU awaits signed letters
February 2, 2005
This morning, thousands of high school seniors from coast to coast will sign their autographs on the bottom of fine-print paperwork, putting their commitments to play college football into a contractual agreement.
T.O. vows to play against Patriots
Eagles wide receiver center of attention during media day
February 2, 2005
Terrell Owens strolled onto the field, claiming a podium near the 25-yard line. It would have been more appropriate to put him right in the middle of the field.
Heckman sweeps KSD
Coach guides three Seahawks victories
February 2, 2005
Seabury Academy’s boys basketball team defeated Kansas School for the Deaf, 45-42, Tuesday night in regulation, but Seahawks coach Marcus Heckman worked overtime.
Roller-coaster season continues for KU women
Jayhawks to entertain Sooners tonight at home
February 2, 2005
Home games have been few and far between for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team lately.
Iraqi president says it’s too soon for U.S. troop withdrawal
February 2, 2005
Iraq’s interim president and defense minister said Tuesday that withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq was out of the question for the time being, in a stark reminder of the danger posed by the Iraqi insurgency even in the wake of Sunday’s election.
Clinton tapped to lead tsunami relief
Former president will act as U.N. point man in region
February 2, 2005
Secretary-General Kofi Annan has selected former President Clinton to be the U.N. point man for tsunami reconstruction and ensure that the world doesn’t forget the needs of those devastated by the Dec. 26 disaster, a U.N. diplomat said Tuesday.
On the record
February 2, 2005
L. Arlene Talbott-Swank, Pomona
February 2, 2005
Dale Eugene Irwin, Valley Falls
February 2, 2005
George B. Fisher, Tonganoxie
February 2, 2005
Richard Dennis Thomas, Tonganoxie
February 2, 2005
Larry Dale Roberts, Lawrence
February 2, 2005
Tomjanovich considering resigning as Lakers coach
February 2, 2005
Rudy Tomjanovich is considering resigning as Los Angeles Lakers coach because of health reasons, a team spokesman said Tuesday.
Home inspector: Look closely before you buy
Longtime inspector provides tips for checking out a new home
February 2, 2005
Houses, especially new houses, are not perfect. Just ask David Stoffer. In his 20 years of inspecting homes in Lawrence, he has seen many problems, ranging from bad drainage to incorrect wirings.
Real estate agent gives tips on choosing between buying a new or existing home
February 2, 2005
When choosing between purchasing a new or existing home, it often comes down to two things: price and amenities.
Kline seeks tougher child porn, sexual exploitation laws
February 2, 2005
Kansas would get tougher on child pornography and sexual exploitation of children under proposals outlined Tuesday by Attorney General Phill Kline.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
February 2, 2005
House advances proposed marriage amendment to final vote
February 2, 2005
Both supporters and opponents believe voters will add a ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions for gay couples to the Kansas Constitution if given the chance.
City Hall report
Weekly review of city government
February 2, 2005
¢ Development code sent back for comment ¢ Annexation rejected for Lake Estates area ¢ Parking slots OK’d at Water’s Edge
Officials urge more action to collect child support
Kansas received about half of payments last year
February 2, 2005
In Kansas, there are hundreds of millions of dollars out there that could be used to lift families out of poverty and reduce taxes. But the money, in the form of child support payments, goes uncollected.
First Kansan dies from flu
Virus reportedly ‘widespread’ across the state
February 2, 2005
An elderly southeast Kansas resident has died of the flu, state officials said Tuesday. It is the state’s first such death amid “widespread” reports of the virus.
Prosecutors to retry Westar’s Wittig, Lake
February 2, 2005
Prosecutors will retry former Westar Energy Inc. chief executive David Wittig and his top deputy on charges they attempted to loot the state’s largest electric utility, U.S. Atty. Eric Melgren said Tuesday.
Alternative school transition still unknown, students say
February 2, 2005
Lawrence Alternative High School students say they are worried because they still don’t know details about what will happen next year after their school is closed.
Land deal clears way to build Wal-Mart Supercenter
February 2, 2005
Wal-Mart now has room for a Supercenter in Lawrence. The world’s largest retailer, still mired in a court battle to build a store in northwest Lawrence, is awaiting approval to expand its existing store at 33rd and Iowa streets.
Pope hospitalized with complications from flu
February 2, 2005
Pope John Paul II was rushed to the hospital Tuesday night after he suffered inflammation of the throat and had difficulty breathing while battling the flu, the Vatican said.
Medicare to cover Viagra, other ‘lifestyle’ medications
February 2, 2005
Sexual performance drugs such as Viagra will be covered in Medicare’s new prescription drug program, a lifestyle rather than lifesaving benefit that conservatives and watchdog groups say the government shouldn’t provide.
Close-knit classmates: District to study ways to send elementary students to same junior high
Feeder school plans subject to review
February 2, 2005
When Earl Rose graduated from elementary school in Topeka, he and the other children leaving his school were split among several junior high schools.
Report: Videos from Guantanamo Bay show use of physical force
February 2, 2005
Videotapes of riot squads subduing troublesome terror suspects at the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay show the guards punching some detainees, tying one to a gurney for questioning and forcing a dozen to strip from the waist down, according to a secret report. One squad was all-female, traumatizing some Muslim prisoners.
Blending of breweries wins approval
Adolph Coors shareholders OK plan to merge with Molson in $3.4 billion deal
February 2, 2005
Adolph Coors Co. shareholders overwhelmingly approved a merger with Canada’s Molson Inc. on Tuesday, one of the last steps in a $3.4 billion deal that will combine two family-run breweries hoping to keep up with the race for new international markets.
Iraqi victory
February 2, 2005
Blind Boys bring gospel to Lied
February 2, 2005
When he was a 2-year-old, Clarence Fountain woke up one morning with a case of pink eye. A midwife concocted a home remedy, but the cure proved worse than the infection. The liquid permanently blinded the boy.
Horoscopes
February 2, 2005
Vaughn sparks Nets past Bulls
New Jersey guard ties career high with 23 points
February 2, 2005
Not since he was John Stockton’s understudy more than five years ago had Jacque Vaughn played shooting guard.