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House speaker doesn’t expect a school finance fix this year
February 4, 2005
(Updated Friday at 4:09 p.m.) House Speaker Doug Mays said today he doesn’t expect the Legislature to fix school finance this session despite a Kansas Supreme Court order.
Spring-like conditions expected today
February 4, 2005
(Web Posted Friday at 8:33 a.m.) Get out and enjoy today’s sunny skies and warm weather, because cloudy, rainy conditions are headed in by Sunday, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Marine leader criticized for ‘fun to shoot’ remarks
February 4, 2005
The Marine general who led 65,000 troops to Baghdad in the first, furious push of the Iraq war is drawing criticism after he said of fighting insurgents in Iraq, “It’s fun to shoot some people.”
Deadly finance
Cutting off funding for extremist operations is a major part of the war on terror.
February 4, 2005
More often than not when criminal activity is involved, the first advice that investigators get is “follow the money.” That would seem to be good advice in the war by America and other nations against terrorists.
Not punishment
February 4, 2005
Ag disconnect
February 4, 2005
Speaker choice
February 4, 2005
Taking a Super Bowl pass
February 4, 2005
This Sunday will find me anywhere but in front of the TV. Why? Simple: I detest the Super Bowl. There, I’ve come out of the closet. Call me un-American. Call me French, even.
How much worse can it get?
The Razzies celebrate 25 years of honoring the best of Hollywood’s worst
February 4, 2005
Few people take pleasure in watching a lame TV show, listening to a terrible album or attending a dull sporting event. But most folks admit there is something perfectly entrancing about sitting through a bad movie.
Free State Music Festival showcases Americana sound
Fourth year features band from ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’
February 4, 2005
Time to restring those banjos and polish that oversize belt buckle. The Free State Music Festival is again serving up a two-day dose of bluegrass and Americana music.
The Machinist’ is heavy on mood, thin on cheer
February 4, 2005
Robert De Niro triggered a trend when he gained 50 pounds to play an over-the-hill championship boxer in “Raging Bull.” The gambit helped land him an Oscar, and ever since then Hollywood actors have dramatically tampered with their bodies to earn credibility on the screen.
Oscar nominees void of memorable songs
February 4, 2005
Hey, want to stump your friends with a new version of “Name That Tune?” Ask them to hum a few bars of any of this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Song. Chances are they won’t even be able to fake it.
Blind Boys of Alabama a vision of vocal energy
February 4, 2005
The audience at the well-filled Lied Center came primed for gospel Wednesday evening, welcoming with prolonged and enthusiastic applause the first Lawrence appearance of The Blind Boys of Alabama.
Best Bets
February 4, 2005
Briefly - Nation
February 4, 2005
¢ Public now can review Watergate notes ¢ FBI director admits to computer problems ¢ Death-row inmates launch hunger strike ¢ Air pollution warnings issued in upper Midwest ¢ Author, entertainer starts gubernatorial bid ¢ EPA audit finds fault with mercury policy ¢ Senators seek delay in Canadian beef imports ¢ NIH plans to provide free access to research ¢ University begins review of professor’s work
Military faces uphill recruiting battle
February 4, 2005
The Marine Corps fell slightly short of its recruiting goal in January, the first time that has happened in nearly a decade, amid parents’ concerns about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Bioscience leader: Lawrence in plans
Authority chair meets with technology association
February 4, 2005
With the potential for spending $500 million to $600 million during the next 11 years, the chairman of the Kansas Bioscience Authority is asking for a little patience.
Cute tops crude in advertisers’ big game
February 4, 2005
What a difference a year makes. If last year’s Super Bowl ads were fueled by gross humor, this year’s are running on nostalgia and cute cartoon characters.
Boeing CEO: Wichita sale imminent
February 4, 2005
A sale of Boeing Co.’s operation in Wichita could be announced within 10 to 20 days, the head of the aerospace giant said.
Commodities
February 4, 2005
Capitol Briefing
February 4, 2005
Prosecutors want retrial in Topeka
February 4, 2005
The second trial of former Westar Energy Inc. executives David Wittig and Douglas Lake should be held in Topeka, rather than in Kansas City, Kan., prosecutors say.
KU budget briefing more optimistic than recent years
University supports governors’ proposals, chancellor says
February 4, 2005
It was almost a love fest Thursday when state legislative leaders met with top Kansas University officials. The annual KU budget briefing has at times been strained in recent years because of tight budgets and dropping tax revenue.
Smith says so long to NFL
All-time leading rusher retiring after 15 years
February 4, 2005
NFL career rushing leader Emmitt Smith retired Thursday, calling his 15-year career “a tremendous ride.”
Freight train derails in Franklin County
Car engulfed in flames; crewman hurt
February 4, 2005
A westbound BNSF Railway train rear-ended a second westbound train Thursday afternoon, derailing 10 cars — including one that was engulfed in flames — and injuring one crewman.
Police search Murray home again
February 4, 2005
With the first-degree murder trial of a Kansas State University English professor less than two weeks away, police detectives returned to the man’s Manhattan home Wednesday and spent several hours searching it, according to sources familiar with the case and a neighbor who said he saw the search.
Development proposal close to final OK
Planning Commission moves forward Southeast Area Plan
February 4, 2005
City and county commissioners are now set to decide the future of a large, undeveloped area of southeast Lawrence. Lawrence-Douglas County planner Sandra Day said Thursday that city commissioners could be in a position to approve the Southeast Area Plan as early as Feb. 22, but it was more likely to be up for approval in March or April.
BTK may have sent another message to TV station
Postcard reportedly thanks media outlet for quick responses to other letters
February 4, 2005
A Wichita television station says it has received another postcard that could be from the BTK serial killer.
New principal in line for South Junior High
February 4, 2005
Pending Lawrence school board approval, South Junior High School has a new principal for next school year. Will Fernandez is the principal of Dodge City Middle School.
Lawrence Datebook
February 4, 2005
On the record
February 4, 2005
Richard Chad Baird, Perry
February 4, 2005
Local briefs
February 4, 2005
¢ Haskell expects slight drop in enrollment ¢ Larger venues found for science hearings ¢ E-mail threat case under investigation ¢ Rep. Moore to answer constituents’ questions ¢ KU dormitory searched for fake IDs, marijuana ¢ Lawsuit filed against Eudora schools
Report critical of U.N. oil-for-food program with Iraq
February 4, 2005
In its first detailed report on the United Nations’ oil-for-food program, a panel of investigators painted a picture Thursday of a humanitarian effort that was run with little oversight and headed by a U.N. bureaucrat who repeatedly made improper requests for oil from Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.
John G. ‘Jerry’ Kenney, Leavenworth
February 4, 2005
Albert S. ‘C.W.’ Holt, Lawrence
February 4, 2005
Donald A. Binns, Lawrence
February 4, 2005
Alden G. Stanford, Moline, Ill.
February 4, 2005
Floyd H. Coffman, Overbrook
February 4, 2005
Edward J. Meinke, Conway, Ark.
February 4, 2005
Shaq boosts Heat past Cavs
Miami overcomes big night by Cleveland’s James
February 4, 2005
Shaquille O’Neal is an All-Star for the 12th time, and he played like one down the stretch. O’Neal scored eight of his 26 points in the final eight minutes, helping the Miami Heat hold off the Cleveland Cavaliers, 100-88, Thursday night.
Hill earns All-Star start
February 4, 2005
Grant Hill of the Orlando Magic edged Indiana’s Jermaine O’Neal by slightly more than 65,000 votes for a starting spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star team.
Jayhawks won’t be caught off guard by McCray again
February 4, 2005
There’s no truth to the rumor that Joe McCray has been invited to try out for kicker on Nebraska’s tradition-rich football team. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound NU freshman wouldn’t have a chance at beating out blue-chip recruit Jordan Congdon, who signed with the Huskers on Wednesday, but he did show off a lively leg during NU’s 59-57 hoops loss to Kansas on Jan. 19 at Allen Fieldhouse.
Eagles’ keys to victory are TOs
Turnovers, WR Owens likely to be decisive against Patriots
February 4, 2005
To win the Super Bowl, the Philadelphia Eagles need lots of T.O. and no TOs. Of course, with All-Pro receiver Terrell Owens coming off six weeks on the sidelines with a leg injury and the Patriots’ penchant for forcing turnovers, that’s not such a simple formula.
Sprow almost perfect
FSHS senior settles for 299 in home victory
February 4, 2005
Dacia Sprow wasn’t perfect Thursday at Royal Crest Lanes, but she was tantalizingly close. Sprow opened Free State High’s bowling match against Olathe North with 11 straight strikes.
Football recruiting rankings deceiving
February 4, 2005
Unlike the often-debated Bowl Championship Series computer rankings, the football team rankings for the 2005 recruiting classes are nothing to get hot and bothered about.
Jayhawks’ Hawaii junket will be ‘all about baseball’
February 4, 2005
Maybe in the next few seasons Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price won’t have this luxury, but at least this week the third-year KU coach will be conducting his team’s baseball business in paradise.
KU softball confident despite slight by coaches
February 4, 2005
To say Kansas University’s softball players are rankled by their preseason ranking is an understatement. “I think it’s a slap in the face,” KU junior second baseman Jessica Moppin said.
McLouth sweeps Seabury
Bulldog girls, boys earn first victories of season
February 4, 2005
When McLouth senior guard Leigh Anna Thompson’s temper got the best of her in the third quarter, coach Vicki Bechard was quick to sit her on the bench to calm down.
Lawrence bowlers divide at O-South
February 4, 2005
Lawrence High’s bowling team earned a split against Olathe South, with the girls winning 1,971-1,876, and the boys falling 2,481-2,415.
Firebirds point to league meet at home pool
February 4, 2005
The Free State High boys swimming and diving team has talent, experience and — perhaps more importantly for this weekend’s purposes — a home-pool advantage as the team plays host to the two-day Sunflower League championships at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center.
SM South topples LHS girls
February 4, 2005
Lawrence High scored just three points in the first quarter and couldn’t recover in a 52-38 girls basketball loss to Shawnee Mission South on Thursday night.
City basketball capsules
February 4, 2005
¢ Shawnee Mission North at Free State boys ¢ Lawrence boys at Shawnee Mission South ¢ St. Mary’s at Veritas boys ¢ Shawnee Mission North girls at Free State
Jayhawks’ Settlemier set to return to mound today
February 4, 2005
Serena Settlemier will find out today if she still can pitch like she did three springs ago. Kansas University softball coach Tracy Bunge has tapped Settlemier, a junior right-hander, to start against national power Arizona in Tucson, Ariz.
Veritas’ Kempf to sign with Sterling College
February 4, 2005
Paul Kempf, a standout back on Veritas Christian’s eight-man football team last fall, will sign a letter of intent today with Sterling College.
Wildcats unveil signees
February 4, 2005
Free State High’s Jeremy Bustamante and Danny Pike are among a group of 15 who have committed to play football at Baker University, coach Mike Grossner announced.
Baker women roll, past Missouri Valley
February 4, 2005
Baker University sophomore Molly Ediger poured in 18 points Thursday to lead the Wildcats to an 82-38 victory over Missouri Valley in Heart of America Athletic Conference action.
KU track and field headed to Nebraska
February 4, 2005
Kansas University’s track and field teams will face their toughest test of the indoor season this weekend at the Husker Invitational.
Kansas high school bowling scores from Feb. 3
February 4, 2005
Kansas bill would make racial profiling illegal
February 4, 2005
About 130 people crowded into a Senate committee meeting to hear testimony on a proposal that would make racial profiling by police officers illegal in Kansas.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
February 4, 2005
Social Security campaign launches
February 4, 2005
With the tenacity of a door-to-door salesman and tools of a math teacher, President Bush carried his pitch for reforming Social Security on Thursday directly to voters he hopes will help make his case with a balky Congress.
FSHS wrestlers fall to Rural
February 4, 2005
With four open classes hindering the Free State High wrestling team, the Firebirds were defeated by Washburn Rural, 37-32, in a dual Thursday.
Shiite ticket leads early election results
Insurgents resume attacks; 30 killed
February 4, 2005
Iraqi officials Thursday released the first partial returns from national elections, showing a commanding lead by candidates backed by the Shiite Muslim clergy. Sunni insurgents unleashed a wave of attacks, killing at least 30 people, including three U.S. Marines and a dozen Iraqi army recruits.
Briefly - World
February 4, 2005
¢ U.S. aircraft carrier leaves tsunami relief ¢ Diplomats: Iran violating nuclear freeze pact ¢ Rice starts first trip with focus on Iran ¢ Pope’s health improves ¢ Israelis agree to release Palestinian prisoners
Gambling habit on rise among America’s elderly
Pastime has problem potential
February 4, 2005
Eileen Chaffee, 81, regularly boards the Brandon Woods Retirement Community van that takes her to a casino so she can play the nickel slot machines. But the Lawrence woman doesn’t consider herself much of a gambler.
Senate confirms Gonzales as attorney general
February 4, 2005
Alberto Gonzales was confirmed by the Senate as the nation’s first Hispanic attorney general Thursday after contentious debate in which his controversial role as a legal architect of the Bush administration’s policy toward suspected terrorists overshadowed his rags-to-riches life story.
A lesson in black history
Performer offers students different viewpoint of Lewis and Clark’s expedition
February 4, 2005
Lemuel Sheppard doesn’t just tell people about history. He lives it for them. “When we think about history, we think about dead guys,” Sheppard said Thursday. “I really like bringing people back to life. “
Voters to get chance to meet local candidates
Hopefuls available to answer questions in a one-on-one setting
February 4, 2005
Voters on Monday will have their first chance to meet the entire slate of Lawrence City Commission and school board candidates.
Lew Perkins Provision’ in records act gains support
February 4, 2005
Senators heard no opposition Thursday to a proposed change in the Kansas Open Records Act that would require the full disclosure of public employees’ compensation.
KU may help reawaken Sunflower site
Former ammunition plant seen as ‘attractive place’ for research
February 4, 2005
Kansas University appears to be on track to help develop a biosciences research park on land surrounding the former Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant.
People
February 4, 2005
¢ Culkin hearing delayed while attorneys seek plea bargain ¢ Dave Matthews Band divvies up $1 million from concert ¢ Keys leads MTV concert to aid tsunami relief ¢ Aiken lends vocal support to hometown development ¢ In TV interview, Jackson says celebrity makes him a target ¢ Birthdays
Briefcase
February 4, 2005
¢ ‘Crazy For You’ bear off the market ¢ Judge keeps Trump hotels, casinos rolling ¢ Same-store sales slide at Payless shoes
American Dad’ premieres Sunday on Fox
February 4, 2005
Fox is launching “American Dad” after Sunday’s Super Bowl in almost the same way “Family Guy” started six years ago. This is not an encouraging sign.
Night Court’ alumnus shines as cranky lawyer
February 4, 2005
Sometimes it takes a dramatic role to make you appreciate a fine comic actor. For the past decade or so, John Larroquette has been underutilized in a series of light romantic comedies of the made-for-cable variety.
Horoscopes
February 4, 2005
Iraqi unity still a work in progress
February 4, 2005
No one could help being moved by the scenes of Iraqis lining up to vote in elections on Sunday. Those Iraqis deserve our admiration and congratulations.
6Sports video: Free State swimmers want to win State again
February 4, 2005
The Free State High swim team may be on its way to a repeat of last year’s win at State. So far, the boys have won every meet since the start of the year. And this weekend, the team hopes to outswim everyone at the Sunflower League championships at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center.
6Sports video: Former FSHS great ineligible to play college hoops
February 4, 2005
Arizona State sophomore and Free State High graduate Keith Wooden will not play college hoops for the rest of the season. Wooden has been declared academically ineligible.
Mason doesn’t want new dimension
Former Kansas football coach content with running backs that don’t receive in Minnesota
February 4, 2005
His wife is a dentist, but a reporter drilled into a raw nerve of Glen Mason on Wednesday. The University of Minnesota football coach became a tad sensitive when asked if he planned to throw the ball to his running backs next season, something rarely done last season.
Congress ready to dramatically boost indecency fines
February 4, 2005
Whether or not there’s a “wardrobe malfunction” at this weekend’s Super Bowl, the new Congress appears ready to dramatically boost fines for indecency on the airwaves.
D’ sparks Gonzaga
February 4, 2005
Adam Morrison listened to what was said in Gonzaga’s locker room at halftime, then went out and did it. Morrison scored the first six points of the second half, and No. 17 Gonzaga wiped out a 12-point deficit on the way to a 68-63 victory over Saint Mary’s on Thursday night.
Calendar
February 4, 2005
Photo: Seabury Swept
February 4, 2005
Applause masks GOP rifts
February 4, 2005
The enthusiasm with which conservative congressional Republicans greeted President Bush during his State of the Union speech concealed for a night the differences that threaten his proposals for Social Security and immigration reform.
Wireless additions lift Sprint earnings
Profits quadruple in fourth quarter
February 4, 2005
Sprint Corp. said Thursday that fourth quarter earnings almost quadrupled on a record quarterly increase in wireless customers.
Weak dollar means higher prices for imports
February 4, 2005
The once high-flying U.S. dollar, which has been dropping during the past three years, is likely to lose more altitude in the months ahead.
Highlight of Bush speech surprises Lawrence relatives
February 4, 2005
Brian Norwood was startled Wednesday night while watching television when he saw his cousins sitting behind first lady Laura Bush during the president’s State of the Union address. Norwood, a computer programmer who lives in Lawrence, knew that Bill and Janet Norwood, of Pflugerville, Texas, had lost a son last year in the war in Iraq.
Baker men dumped by Missouri Valley
February 4, 2005
This Weekend’s Highlights
February 4, 2005