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February 13, 2005
¢ Networks announce guests for news shows ¢ Wal-Mart settles in child labor cases ¢ Navajos vote to outlaw methamphetamine use ¢ Bus driver busted for ‘Survivor’ tape
A jury of his peers
Potential jurors submit to unusual survey in Murray murder trial
February 13, 2005
They’ve been asked whether they listen to talk radio, whether they’ve ever called Crime Stoppers, and whether they like to watch the Lifetime Channel and “Law and Order.”
Analysis: Marriage crusade a lesson in politics
Fewer than 900 people made the difference in fate of amendment that would ban same-sex unions
February 13, 2005
It’s a testament to how a small number of people scattered across the state can have a profound impact. Kansas voters soon will decide whether to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage because of the actions of fewer than 900 voters last summer.
Graduation rates for minorities lag
KU behind peers in other areas, too
February 13, 2005
Melissa Burdette has a simple solution to help more of her fellow minority students to graduate from Kansas University.
Bible classes during school shock parents
February 13, 2005
When Heather and Logan Ward’s son entered public kindergarten this fall, they were shocked to discover that pupils were taken from class to a nearby church for weekly Bible lessons.
Critics: Homeless group not listening
Task force on homelessness denies that it’s ignoring problems
February 13, 2005
Phil Hemphill is mad. He says he and others, including downtown merchants, have been duped by the city’s Task Force on Homeless Services.
Church’s renovation dream begins
Lawrence Indian United Methodist Church finally getting addition
February 13, 2005
Lucy Hardy had a vision for the Lawrence Indian United Methodist Church before she died in 1995.
County tracks chickenpox in schoolchildren
Reports sent to state to check vaccine’s effectiveness
February 13, 2005
For the first time in years, Douglas County health officials are tracking cases of chickenpox, also known as varicella.
Area briefs
February 13, 2005
¢ Look for Wednesday TV listings this week ¢ Commissioners to consider funding grant ¢ Civic leader’s papers to go on exhibit ¢ KU Spirit squads place in top 5 nationally
Buffs roughed up
Simien’s free throws spark KU
February 13, 2005
Shedding the splint on his left thumb sure has done wonders for Kansas University senior Wayne Simien’s free-throw shooting.
Woodling: Jayhawks go for the throat … and step on it
February 13, 2005
You know what they say about the National Basketball Association … that pro players just mess around until the fourth quarter and then turn it on. That’s not always the case, of course, and it’s not always the situation with Kansas University’s No. 3-ranked men’s basketball team. But the Jayhawks did wait until the fourth quarter — or its equivalent — Saturday before they started taking Colorado seriously.
Kansas women hope to rebound against CU
February 13, 2005
It’s bounce-back time for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team.
LHS edges Free State for title
February 13, 2005
Believe it or not, it was the right shoulder of Shawnee Mission South’s James Barnard — and a lot of willpower, too — that helped give Lawrence High its first Sunflower League wrestling title since 1988.
KU’s Langford shrugs off injury
February 13, 2005
For a moment, Keith Langford felt as if his left arm had been extracted from his body.
Buffs bemoan fouls
CU coach makes light of disparity
February 13, 2005
Give credit to Colorado basketball coach Ricardo Patton: His postgame theory Saturday was original. Asked how much of a factor fouls played in CU’s falling, 89-60, to Kansas University at Allen Fieldhouse, Patton had a reasoned response.
Notebook
February 13, 2005
The biggest roar from the Allen Fieldhouse crowd Saturday came when Kansas University freshman Jamie Weaver hit a shot from halfcourt in a pregame promotion.
Environmentalists say it’s easy being green in Lawrence
February 13, 2005
Standing on the Kansas River levee last week, it wasn’t hard for Carey Maynard-Moody to start ticking off a list of Lawrence’s natural resources.
Hearts of darkness
The poetry of love has grown alongside the poetry of hate since ancient times
February 13, 2005
My mistress’ eyes are like the stars plucked from heaven. Her hair, like flaxen gold, gilds her back. And her lips, coral-stained, do invite thee closer. Blah, blah, blah.
State’s loss
The selection of a new commissioner of education could be used to make a significant shift in state education policies.
February 13, 2005
The retirement of Andy Tompkins as the state commissioner of education is a huge loss for Kansas.
U.S. seeks to profile Iraq opponents
February 13, 2005
This capital’s most selective reading group has been hashing over the story of Kamal the tailor without reaching consensus on their protagonist’s character and motives. The sooner they do, the better the chances U.S. forces will have of subduing Iraq’s violent insurgency.
Color costs
February 13, 2005
Education loss
February 13, 2005
Dedicated staff
February 13, 2005
Really a bargain?
February 13, 2005
Should public schools teach ‘intelligent design’? No.
t’s teaching Bible as science
February 13, 2005
Conservative Christian activists have launched various schemes to smuggle religious doctrine into public schools in recent years.
Bush’s rebel ways have Democrats defending status quo
February 13, 2005
Four of the last five presidents came to office as outsiders, campaigning fiercely against the way things were done in Washington, making the capital a symbol for the nation’s ills, portraying themselves as crusaders against the status quo.
Drunken-driving victim meets visitors
Brain-damaged for 20 years, patient begins talking again
February 13, 2005
For 20 years, Sarah Scantlin has been mostly oblivious to the world around her — the victim of a drunken driver who struck her down as she walked to her car. Today, after a remarkable recovery, she can talk again.
Lawrence commuter report
February 13, 2005
The following construction projects and events may affect commuter traffic in the region this week
Kansas-Cuba wheat deal set
February 13, 2005
State officials have announced a $3.5 million trade deal with Cuba involving more than 25,000 metric tons of Kansas wheat.
Elizabeth Walker Reed, Lawrence
February 13, 2005
Robert E. ‘Gene’ Sears, Topeka
February 13, 2005
Article drawing new residents to Ellsworth
February 13, 2005
An offer of free building lots and a variety of other incentives has brought nine new families to Ellsworth in the past year and a half. That pace could soon be picking up after Ellsworth County’s relocation efforts were featured recently in USA Today.
New trial denied to doctor who killed kids
February 13, 2005
A Johnson County judge has ruled that a former Prairie Village doctor who is serving a life sentence for killing two of her children cannot withdraw the no-contest plea she entered nearly a decade ago.
Father of 11 prepares to ship out for Iraq
February 13, 2005
Johnnie Chennault has no regrets about joining the Navy Reserve, even though it means he’s going to Iraq later this month.
The Gates’ opens in Central Park
New York’s largest-ever artwork adds splash of saffron to city
February 13, 2005
“The Gates” are open — all 7,500 of ‘em. The biggest art project in New York City’s history debuted Saturday in Central Park with the unfurling of saffron-colored fabric banners suspended in 16-foot-high frames, providing a splash of sunrise 26 years in the making.
American nun killed in northern Brazil
February 13, 2005
An American nun was shot to death Saturday in northern Brazil, less then a week after she accused loggers and ranchers of threatening to kill rural workers, authorities said.
College Goal Sunday offers financial aid assistance
February 13, 2005
High school seniors and their parents can get some help today filling out forms to get money for college.
San Francisco mayor urges support of gay marriage
February 13, 2005
Marking the anniversary of his decision to sanction same-sex marriages, Mayor Gavin Newsom on Saturday urged gay couples to back politicians who support gay marriage, saying it is time “to hold our elected officials accountable.”
Valentine’s becomes day for activists
Advocates pour out their hearts on issues from gay marriage to chastity
February 13, 2005
Chocolates and flowers still abound, but Valentine’s Day is acquiring a new, politically tinged layer of symbolism: For many activists, it’s now the date of choice to mobilize on matters of the heart: advocating abstinence, decrying divorce, rallying nationwide to demand gay marriage.
Rumsfeld defends NATO, tries to mend trans-Atlantic rift
February 13, 2005
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Saturday came out against a German proposal that would create a trans-Atlantic rival to NATO to coordinate and develop policy among alliance nations.
Palestinian militants to give ‘quietness’ a chance
February 13, 2005
The Palestinian militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad said Saturday they were adhering to a de facto truce with Israel, but stopped short of committing to the official cease-fire that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon agreed on at their summit.
Cair Paravel prevails, 59-54
February 13, 2005
Veritas Christian’s boys basketball team recovered from a slow start, but could not survive a rough second half against Topeka Cair Paravel, losing 59-54, Saturday at Tecumseh Gym.
Perry-Lecompton survives
February 13, 2005
Perry-Lecompton held off a Bonner Springs rally for a 42-41 high school girls basketball victory Saturday.
Baylor shreds OSU
February 13, 2005
After two close road victories, Baylor got the breather it needed.
Stanford sweeps KU
Seven-run inning difference in nightcap
February 13, 2005
Sixth-ranked Stanford scored seven runs in the sixth inning of the nightcap to complete a college baseball doubleheader sweep of Kansas University on Saturday.
Jayhawks rout UMKC, 8-0
February 13, 2005
Jessica Moppin hit a grand slam, and Nettie Fierros and Destiny Frankenstein also homered Saturday, helping Kansas University’s softball squad run-rule Missouri-Kansas City, 8-0, at the Hilton Classic.
KU tennis preparing for Texas match
February 13, 2005
Kansas University’s tennis squad will play host to Texas at 10 a.m. today at the Overland Park Racquet Club in Overland Park.
Long snappers land at Pro Bowl
Chiefs’ Gammon invited
February 13, 2005
When you’re a long snapper, anonymity is a good thing — until the Pro Bowl ballots are printed. That’s why Brian Jennings believes the best performers in their unique profession deserve more attention.
Owens practices but won’t play
February 13, 2005
Terrell Owens just can’t stay off the football field.
Timberwolves fire Saunders, name McHale new coach
February 13, 2005
Minnesota Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders was fired Saturday and replaced by vice president of basketball operations Kevin McHale.
Mickelson masterful at Pebble Beach
Lefty’ 20 under through three rounds for seven-shot lead
February 13, 2005
Phil Mickelson must have an idea how Tiger Woods felt when he won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach five years ago.
Light goose extension now in 5th year
February 13, 2005
For the fifth year in a row, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a special conservation order extending the hunting period for light geese.
KBA to convene
February 13, 2005
Kansas Bowhunters Assn. will conduct its annual convention Feb. 25-27 at the Highland Hotel in Great Bend. An awards ceremony and auction is set for 6 p.m. Feb. 26. For information, call Ralph Renfro at (620) 938-2427 or e-mail KsBow@yahoo.com.
Accounting firm offers glimpse inside Oscars’ secret world
And the winner is… PricewaterhouseCoopers
February 13, 2005
The keepers of Hollywood’s 24 biggest secrets shrink from the spotlight and wouldn’t dream of name-dropping in a town that thrives on gossip.
Few U.S. airports making room for Airbus jumbo
Analyst questions whether expense is worthwhile
February 13, 2005
It’s one thing to build a really, really big airplane. But, it turns out, it’s quite another to find a place for it to land.
Social Security reductions on table
February 13, 2005
How would President Bush’s Social Security proposals affect you?
Volunteers seek reinstatement of Habitat for Humanity founder
President fired for sexual harassment allegation
February 13, 2005
The firing of Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller has shocked volunteers nationwide who say he is instrumental in fund raising and has inspired them to carry out the group’s mission of building homes for the poor.
Prenuptial agreements beneficial to couples
February 13, 2005
As the population ages and lives longer, more people marry a second time. Since most have children from a previous marriage, disbursement of assets at death or divorce becomes a concern. Assets accumulated before marriage normally should be given to the children of the respective parent at the time of death or divorce.
Calendar
February 13, 2005
Salonen extends contract with L.A. Philharmonic
February 13, 2005
Ending months of speculation, conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen has said that he would lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic for at least three more years.
KSU’s Hayden out for season
February 13, 2005
Kansas State junior forward Marques Hayden will not return to the team this season, head coach Jim Wooldridge said Saturday.
Arts notes
February 13, 2005
¢ Lawrence theater seeks cast for classic mystery ¢ Mont Alto orchestra to perform for radio ¢ Lawrence museum to display needlework ¢ ‘Dancing Henry Five’ to perform at Lied ¢ Free State High School to produce comedy
Bending reality
Review: E.M.U. one-acts challenge audience
February 13, 2005
There were knives, pie and pigs in the basement of the Lawrence Arts Center on Friday night.
Longer days arouse animals in Lawrence
February 13, 2005
I’ve braced for months against the cold and been sobered by the long, dark nights.
Chocolate touches heart of sweetheart
February 13, 2005
When it comes to valentines, make mine chocolate.
Cutters give diamonds ‘extreme makeover’
February 13, 2005
All diamonds start out the same — as colorless crystalized carbon. What’s done to make them bright, brilliant, desirable and valuable, though, is as varied as the people who wear them.
Many flu remedies worth a shot
Hand-washing key to avoiding illness
February 13, 2005
In this age of mutant germs and vaccine voids, is resistance futile?
Climbers clamoring for indoor rock walls
Youths, adults take to challenge of reaching summit on artificial surface
February 13, 2005
Kept from ski lessons by subzero cold, the homebound children were climbing the walls.
Women’s lost libido: Fewer treatment options exist for females
February 13, 2005
Mary Shackelton hears stories like it almost every day.
Graphic novel skewers upper-crust Brits
February 13, 2005
As a literary medium, the graphic novel made a great leap — out of the genre trap of science fiction, where its readership was limited — with the publication of Art Spiegelman’s 1992 Pulitzer Prize-winning “Maus.” Lately we’ve even seen it move beyond fiction into memoir, with Marjane Satrapi’s “Persepolis” books about her childhood in Iran and life as an exile, and Spiegelman’s book last year, “In the Shadow of No Towers,” about his reactions to the Sept. 11 terrorist attack and its aftermath.
What are you reading?
February 13, 2005
All-Stars become salesmen
February 13, 2005
For the NFL’s best players, a trip to the Pro Bowl is an honor, a working vacation and a most-expenses-paid reward for a year of hard knocks. For a week, they’re VIPs in an island paradise, reveling in exceptional treatment and privileges for their whole families.
Faces and places
February 13, 2005
The Motley Fool
February 13, 2005
¢ Last week’s question and answer ¢ Grocery gripes ¢ Sun Microsystems
Iverson drops in 60
Sixers guard scores career high
February 13, 2005
Allen Iverson gave the crowd an electrifying performance to remember. Then the fans returned the favor with raucous ovations he won’t soon forget.
Indians shock No. 19 Ozarks
HINU holds off rally to earn monumental victory
February 13, 2005
The victory photo taken Saturday night showcases faces full of sweat and smiles surrounded by family members and friends.
Animal right groups protest elephants’ use in tsunami cleanup
February 13, 2005
Rachmat has a nasty gash on his leg from walking over broken glass. Marni has a forehead laceration from bumping up against things. Their fellow workers are also nursing cuts and scrapes.
City studying new neighborhood planning concept
February 13, 2005
Imagine areas of Lawrence developed with a greater integration of single-family houses, apartments, condos and retail stores instead of separating those entities into urban moats.
Tigers rally past Sooners in OT
Mizzou stuns No. 16 OU; Iowa State topples Tech
February 13, 2005
No second-half swoon for Missouri this time.
Terps too tough for Devils
Maryland overcomes No. 7 Duke, 99-92, in OT
February 13, 2005
For 40 minutes, Duke withstood a spirited effort by Maryland in front of a fervent, hostile crowd.
Medicaid ‘monster’ keeps growing
Inflation has driven up spending on health care for poor by 30 percent the past two years
February 13, 2005
Over the past two years, state spending on health care for the poor has increased 30 percent.
People
February 13, 2005
¢ ‘The Aviator,’ ‘Vera Drake’ top winners at British film awards ¢ Rising to a challenge ¢ Queen of Denmark outranks queen of hip-hop ¢ Collective effort ¢ Making a name for himself
Johnson turns back Shootout rivals
February 13, 2005
It took a fast pit stop to get Jimmie Johnson into the lead. Once he got there, Johnson knew the Budweiser Shootout was his.
Clinton crappie count lowest since ‘96 sampling
Largemouth bass also on decline, but channel catfish, white bass abundant
February 13, 2005
Surveys in 2003 showed that 51 percent of all fishermen on Clinton Lake were seeking crappie.
Valentine’s events vie for your affection
February 13, 2005
As holidays go, Valentine’s Day is certainly no Christmas in terms of the sheer volume of themed entertainment.
Dean pledges to rebuild Democratic Party
February 13, 2005
New national Democratic Chairman Howard Dean promised Saturday to rebuild the party in the most conservative regions of the country, help develop state and local organizations and let congressional Democrats set the tone on policy.
Oskie falls in overtime
February 13, 2005
After losing the lead with about a minute to play in regulation, Oskaloosa High’s boys basketball squad was outscored 11-4 in the extra period in a 53-46 loss Saturday to Jefferson North.
Briefcase
February 13, 2005
¢ Hometownlawrence site back on market ¢ Tips for spicing up romance with work ¢ Name that company
Architect, developers want orchestra hall to stand out
February 13, 2005
An 18-story structure with moveable wings fashioned like an angel would make the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s new hall a heavenly standout among the boxy skyscrapers that make up Atlanta’s skyline.
Dark book about dorky preppy climbs the charts
February 13, 2005
There are striking similarities between author Curtis Sittenfeld and Lee Fiora, the heroine of Sittenfeld’s debut novel, “Prep.” Both women are from the Midwest, attended prestigious East Coast preparatory schools on a whim and both felt like outsiders.
Pet post
February 13, 2005
Best sellers
February 13, 2005
Should public schools teach ‘intelligent design’? Yes.
It’s supported by science
February 13, 2005
For decades, students have been taught the Darwinian theory of evolution in science classes. Now, thanks to developments in the world of science, there is another theory gaining attention — that of intelligent design.
On the record
February 13, 2005
Rodney Louis Kleppe, Glendale, Ariz.
February 13, 2005
Services for Rodney Louis Kleppe, 49, Glendale, Ariz., will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Quisenberry Funeral Home in Tonganoxie. He was cremated.
Russian protests met by pro-Kremlin rallies
February 13, 2005
Tens of thousands of Russians protested across the country Saturday against a law replacing transportation and medical benefits for pensioners with cash payments, but were countered by massive rival demonstrations organized by pro-Kremlin forces.
Patagonia filled with natural wonders
Family takes adventure to the bottom of the world
February 13, 2005
For our 6-year-old, it’s the whales — a mother and baby greeting us by raising their tails side by side out of the chilly South Atlantic.
Briefly
February 13, 2005
¢ Bombs kill 18 on eve of election results ¢ Spectacular fire ‘melts’ office building ¢ U.S. using drones to spy on nuclear sites ¢ Plot to assassinate president investigated
Horoscopes
February 13, 2005