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KU chancellor speaks to Kansas Senate panel
February 3, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 3:59 p.m.) The following is the text of Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway’s testimony today to the Senate Ways and Means Subcommittee for Education.
Football signings rolling in
February 3, 2005
(Web Posted Wednesday at 2:32 p.m.) Kansas University’s football team has received National Letters of Intent from 14 incoming players, according to rivals.com.
Judge rules on pre-trial motions in Murray case
February 3, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 3:05 p.m.) A judge ruled this morning on a handful of pre-trial motions in the upcoming murder trial of Kansas State University professor Thomas E. Murray, but he left the most controversial issues unresolved, including whether evidence of Murray’s “controlling behaviors” toward the victim can be used in court.
Sunny skies sending temperatures into the 50s
February 3, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 10:14 a.m.) Lawrence is in for some sunny weather for the next two days with temperatures climbing into the 50s. “It’ll be a nice afternoon, but a chilly start,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
City briefs
February 3, 2005
¢ Couple escape house fire ¢ Catholic law society plans symposium ¢ Marionettes, movies to teach oral hygiene
City briefs
February 3, 2005
¢ 11 guns reported stolen in burglary ¢ Grant to help cover cost of adoption
70s show about the ‘50s turns 30
February 3, 2005
To be nostalgic for “Happy Days” is to be nostalgic for nostalgia itself. And that’s a little weird. But maybe that’s the point of the “Happy Days 30th Anniversary Reunion” (7 p.m., ABC).
Amendment vote
Kansas Democrats have separated the vote on a gay marriage amendment from the next statewide elections, but what effect will that issue have on local races?
February 3, 2005
Does Kansas need a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions for gay couples? The voters of the state now will get to decide.
Campaign finance law passes first test
February 3, 2005
As one who has been skeptical of the claimed virtues of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law, I am happy to concede that it has, in fact, passed its first test in the 2004 campaign with flying colors.
KU women can do the math
February 3, 2005
Every few years the old canard about how women can’t do math and science raises its ugly head. The most recent incarnation is due to Larry Summers, the president of Harvard. He could have looked at the atmosphere for women at his particular institution, which is comparatively unpleasant even in the elite old boy company it keeps. Down the street at MIT, for example, a woman is president. Instead he decided to raise such questions as whether women are less suited to these professions than men.
Great team
February 3, 2005
Not by chance
February 3, 2005
Study needed
February 3, 2005
Arts notes
February 3, 2005
¢ Kansas City Singers to perform ‘Making Love’ ¢ Leavenworth Players bring murder to town
Poor choice
February 3, 2005
County to keep bargaining on U.S. 59 plans
February 3, 2005
Douglas County commissioners were pleased Wednesday night that the Kansas Department of Transportation agreed to incorporate four of the county’s six recommendations in its plan for U.S. 59 Highway.
It’s official: Sosa an Oriole
Selig approves trade of Cubs slugger
February 3, 2005
Sammy Sosa will be taking aim at American League pitchers and the short left-field wall at Camden Yards this summer.
People
February 3, 2005
¢ Hasty Pudding picks made ¢ Beware of fake Potters ¢ Linkin Park singer promotes post-tsunami tourism ¢ Going too far for Edge ¢ Hilton to host ‘SNL’ ¢ Speaking up for animals ¢ Rather’s first replacement
GOP says Sebelius balking at detailing health care plan
February 3, 2005
Republican budget leaders Wednesday threatened to reject a major part of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ health care reform package because they said she has failed to answer key questions about the proposal.
Capitol Briefing
News from the Kansas Statehouse
February 3, 2005
¢ School finance countdown ¢ Wednesday’s highlights ¢ Today’s schedule ¢ Quote of the day
Medical Investigation’ evolves to survive NBC
Drama shifts from technical to personal
February 3, 2005
Like the viruses it attempts to eradicate, NBC’s “Medical Investigation” has evolved to survive.
Senator supports child care for businesses
Bill would give small companies $250K in grants
February 3, 2005
Mary Womack figures she’s lucky. The Kansas University junior had to wait six months to get her daughter, Kassidie, 4, into the Hilltop Child Development Center, a day care on the KU campus for the children of students, faculty and staff.
Fed nudges interest rates higher
Central bank seeks to keep inflation in check with quarter-point increase
February 3, 2005
The Federal Reserve pushed short-term interest rates higher Wednesday, part of a campaign begun last June and expected to continue well into this year to keep inflation and the economy on an even keel.
Apprentice’ masterminds cook up show for Stewart
February 3, 2005
Martha Stewart, you’re hired. The masterminds behind “The Apprentice” — Donald Trump and Mark Burnett — and NBC announced Wednesday that Stewart would serve as host for “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart.”
Millionaire’s daughter named major shareholder
February 3, 2005
Some are born majority shareholders, some achieve majority shareholdership, and some have majority shareholdership thrust upon them.
Commodities
February 3, 2005
Ruby Lee Shaw, Mound City
February 3, 2005
Daily ticker
February 3, 2005
Denise ‘Rose’ Bisnette, Downs
February 3, 2005
Reagan biographer to kick off Dole series
February 3, 2005
Lou Cannon said he wasn’t quite sure how Bob Dole made it through the Watergate scandal with a political image strong enough to spend nearly three decades in the U.S. Senate.
Sinkhole threatens railroad tracks
Tests delayed after Hutchinson cavern grows about 24 feet over weekend
February 3, 2005
A sinkhole that is threatening railroad tracks in southeast Hutchinson has grown so large that plans for a long-term study were put off so workers could begin stabilizing the area.
Rainfall helped ease aquifer’s burden, survey finds
February 3, 2005
Mother Nature did her part last year to help slow the drawdown of the Ogallala Aquifer, the underground freshwater sea that waters western Kansas.
Hattie Margaret Crigger, Horton
February 3, 2005
Victims testify about balcony shooting
Teen faces four counts of attempted murder for December incident
February 3, 2005
Two people who were the targets of a December shooting at the Boardwalk Apartments, 524 Frontier Road, began testifying Wednesday at the preliminary hearing for the man accused of pulling the trigger.
Gay marriage ban in public’s hands
Majority vote in April would write prohibitions into state’s constitution
February 3, 2005
Kansas voters have a date with history April 5. The House on Wednesday approved a proposed constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage and civil unions for gays.
Aid woes grow; 9 survivors found
February 3, 2005
Bureaucratic bungling has blocked food and medicine from reaching 70 percent of Sri Lankans left destitute by the tsunami, a government official said Wednesday, while nine survivors of the disaster were found deep in a jungle on a remote Indian island.
Melee breaks out over ‘Baby 81’
February 3, 2005
“Give us our baby!” a distraught Sri Lankan mother cried Wednesday after a judge kept her from the 4-month-old boy she says was torn from her arms in Asia’s tsunami.
Sunni group vows to accept Iraq’s government
February 3, 2005
The hard-line Sunni religious organization that had called on its followers to boycott Iraq’s election said Wednesday that it would “respect the choice” of voters and accept the new government, hinting at the beginnings of an accommodation with the political process.
Bush lays out policy wish list
President urges Congress to ‘save’ Social Security program
February 3, 2005
President Bush challenged a hesitant Congress on Wednesday to “strengthen and save” Social Security, saying the nation’s costliest social program was headed for bankruptcy unless changed. Bush’s plan would cut guaranteed retirement benefits for younger Americans but would not affect checks for people now 55 and older.
Democrats’ response is to battle Bush on all fronts
February 3, 2005
If President Bush was hoping in his State of the Union address to win Democratic support for his second-term agenda — including his plan for overhauling Social Security — he appeared to have made little progress.
Nixon’s papers head to library
February 3, 2005
On Saturday afternoons, brides and grooms exchange vows on the lawn just yards from the graves of former President Nixon and his wife, Pat.
Dormant seeding improves spring lawn
February 3, 2005
Now that the snow has melted and frozen ground has thawed to create a muddy mess, we are faced with ailing lawns in need of attention.
Pharaoh’s Daughter shaped by founder’s world travels
February 3, 2005
As a student choreographer in an Orthodox Jewish school, Basya Schechter was forbidden from using music with English words. So she went searching for lively instrumental music.
Buds can predict future of growing season
February 3, 2005
Winter is a good time to look at some of the finer details of trees and shrubs — their buds, for example.
High-tech homes going mainstream, retailer’s survey says
February 3, 2005
New homes with a mind of their own may seem futuristic to homeowners but not to home builders.
Self not thrilled with KU students’ vulgar chant
February 3, 2005
Busy coaching his team, Bill Self didn’t hear an obscene chant bellowing from Kansas University’s student section during Monday’s KU-Missouri Border Showdown at Allen Fieldhouse.
Ottawa celebrates ‘big day’
Lineman Blakesley officially joins Jayhawks’ football program
February 3, 2005
Caleb Blakesley didn’t think national signing day was anything to get excited about.
Mangino fan of early period
Coach: ‘Baby-sitting’ recruits costly for Jayhawks
February 3, 2005
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino spoke highly of his fourth recruiting class Wednesday, specifically of a quality similar in all its members that has nothing to do with on-field capabilities.
P-L girls fall
February 3, 2005
Megan Blosser scored 14 points, but Perry-Lecompton couldn’t overcome a 23-for-40 night from the free-throw line in a 50-47 loss to Kansas City Ward. The Kaws (4-9) will travel Friday to Basehor-Linwood.
LHS wrestlers sweep
February 3, 2005
Chris Cates, Pharouk Hussein and Brendan Halpin each won two matches, helping the Lawrence High wrestling squad easily sweep a pair of dual matches Wednesday. LHS beat Shawnee Mission Northwest, 60-18, and defeated SM West, 60-17. Nolan Kellerman won his lone match, improving his season record to 33-0. The Lions (14-4 in duals) will travel Friday and Saturday to a tournament in Rose Hill.
City basketball capsules
February 3, 2005
¢ Lawrence High girls at SM South ¢ Seabury Academy girls at McLouth ¢ Seabury Academy boys at McLouth
Our town sports
February 3, 2005
Patriots have the clutch performers; do Eagles?
February 3, 2005
With the game on the line, the New England Patriots hardly lack for clutch players — Tom Brady, Adam Vinatieri, Rodney Harrison.
Pierce, LaFrentz sparkle
Ex-Jayhawks boost Boston past Nets
February 3, 2005
Paul Pierce and Raef LaFrentz beat the New Jersey Nets the same way they used to rough up opponents at Kansas University. Pierce had 28 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his fifth career triple-double, and LaFrentz added 21 points and eight rebounds to lead the Boston Celtics to a 110-89 victory over the Nets on Wednesday night.
House places proposed marriage amendment on ballot
February 3, 2005
Voters will decide in less than nine weeks whether Kansas will join 17 other states in adding a ban on same-sex marriage to the state constitution, as well as denying civil unions and possibly other benefits to gay couples.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
February 3, 2005
A chocolate lover’s garden
Savor the sweetness without gaining a pound
February 3, 2005
Valentine’s Day is near, and you know what that means: chocolate, chocolate everywhere. In heart-shaped boxes. With caramel filling. Dark. Milky. Square. Round. In grocery stores, pharmacies — even hardware stores.
Correction
February 3, 2005
A brief in Wednesday’s paper had the incorrect date for the Pharaoh’s Daughter concert at the Lied Center. The world-music band will play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Wildgen gets vote of confidence
City manager’s salary to increase 3 percent after annual evaluation
February 3, 2005
City Manager Mike Wildgen got a vote of confidence and a 3 percent raise Wednesday as city commissioners completed his annual evaluation.
Commentary: Jacksonville no place for Super Bowl
February 3, 2005
Welcome to the Super Bowl! Hey, Philadelphia Eagles center Hank Fraley! What do you think of the Jacksonville experience so far?
Horoscopes
February 3, 2005
Cartoon flap exposes serious tolerance debate
February 3, 2005
Cartoon characters adored by kids seized the spotlight in the latest flare-up of America’s culture wars, but the debate itself poses serious questions for adults involving the depiction of gays and lesbians in materials for teaching children about diversity and tolerance.
Campaign finance bill wins Senate approval
February 3, 2005
A bill designed to increase disclosure of campaign contributions in the days leading up to an election won Senate approval Wednesday.
Briefly
February 3, 2005
¢ Ailing pope to remain in hospital a few days ¢ Mideast leaders announce summit ¢ Prime minister dies in apparent gas leak ¢ Dean likely to be next DNC chairman ¢ Senators appear glad to fill Homeland post
Briefly
February 3, 2005
¢ Jet skids off runway; several injured ¢ 3 doctors indicted in fake Botox case ¢ Ford pulls ‘lustful’ Super Bowl ad ¢ Vaccine reduces chickenpox deaths
Boeing outlook overshadows earnings drop
February 3, 2005
Boeing Co.’s fourth-quarter earnings sank 84 percent but the firm impressed Wall Street on Wednesday by forecasting a big jump in commercial airplane deliveries next year, reflecting a resurgent market and its improved prospects against Airbus.
On the record
February 3, 2005
Kissam services
February 3, 2005
Tiffany decorative pieces worth hundreds
February 3, 2005
Louis Comfort Tiffany is best known for his stained-glass windows and lamps with leaded glass shades, but his companies made many other important decorative items.
Wake survives Duke again
February 3, 2005
The fans didn’t storm the court, and Wake Forest’s players didn’t go wild in celebration. Suddenly, beating Duke has become routine.
Briefcase
February 3, 2005
¢ Blockbuster makes offer for Hollywood ¢ American Eagle sales warm up in January ¢ Google shares peak ¢ Amazon shares slide ¢ Ex-WorldCom leaders’ settlement withdrawn ¢ Microsoft offers threat warnings to world ¢ GE halts orders for new business
Low wages lead to B rating
Report: Better pay could help state retain workers
February 3, 2005
Employees at Kansas University and other state agencies now have a national report to back up their requests for salary increases.
Group proposes expanding gambling
February 3, 2005
Gambling lobbyists trotted out a new proposal for state-owned casinos Wednesday, arguing they would provide more money for education while tapping into a lucrative tourism industry.
Football seating to be based on points
Controversial system used in Allen Fieldhouse not expected to raise as many hackles at Memorial Stadium
February 3, 2005
Now, it’s football’s turn. Kansas University Athletic Director Lew Perkins last week sent letters to several thousand football fans, reminding them that next season’s seating at Memorial Stadium will be based on the priority point system used to distribute this year’s men’s basketball season tickets.
Rice, Bush can find agreement in Europe
February 3, 2005
On these urgent issues Condoleezza Rice will find consensus with America’s European partners on her first trip abroad as President Bush’s chief diplomat:
Suicide forces rethinking city’s mental health care
Group agrees to study Lawrence’s lack of facilities
February 3, 2005
Impassioned pleas from parents who have lost children to suicide were enough to convince a group of health care leaders they need to examine the city’s mental health care system.
Painkiller stolen from dying patient
Nursing home worker fired after discovery of morphine thefts
February 3, 2005
A Lawrence nursing home worker deprived her elderly and dying clients of pain-relieving morphine, police said Wednesday, stealing it off their bodies for her own use.
Quick meltdown
Sooners’ 15-0 run sinks sloppy Jayhawks
February 3, 2005
Forty minutes of basketball boiled down to a scant three minutes Wednesday night. Oklahoma outscored Kansas University, 15-0, at the end of the first half on the way to a 65-49 women’s basketball triumph in Allen Fieldhouse.
05 class targets linemen
Mangino cites need for depth after announcing signings of 12 big guys
February 3, 2005
As Kansas University’s football program started putting together its 2005 recruiting class several months ago, many of the pieces of the puzzle looked awfully similar — big, quick guys who are tough in the trenches.
ASU’s Wooden ineligible
February 3, 2005
Former Free State High basketball standout Keith Wooden is academically ineligible for the spring semester at Arizona State.
Handshy declines to sign
LHS standout plans to walk on at Kansas
February 3, 2005
Lawrence High senior Ian Handshy wasn’t among the hundreds of Kansas high school football players signing national letters of intent Wednesday.