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Eudora under ‘boil order’ for water consumption
March 2, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 6:52 p.m.) Emergency repair of an old Eudora waterline Wednesday afternoon led to a temporary shutdown of the city’s water system, and a “boil order” advisory was issued to residents.
More than Phog — smoke scare leads to Allen Fieldhouse evacuation
March 2, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 6:41 p.m.) About 100 of Kansas University students were briefly evacuated from Allen Fieldhouse this afternoon after smoke filled the building.
6News: Forensic expert discusses probable number of weapons used in murder
March 2, 2005
Dr. Erik Mitchell testifies about the likelihood that at least two weapons were used in the murder of Carmin Ross. He also describes the crime scene.
GlobalFlyer low on fuel, but pressing ahead to Hawaii
Decision to come tonight whether to complet round-the-world solo flight back to Kansas
March 2, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 3:23 p.m.) Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett decided today to press ahead with his attempt to fly around the world solo without refueling, despite a serious problem with the plane’s fuel system.
Lawrence temperatures warming into the 50s
March 2, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 12:39 p.m.) Lawrence is on its way to a pretty good warm-up today, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Briefly
March 2, 2005
¢ Pullout from Iraq to begin this month ¢ White supremacist deported, faces charges
Horoscopes
March 2, 2005
Cemetery care
March 2, 2005
Be responsible
March 2, 2005
Step forward
March 2, 2005
Matter of values
March 2, 2005
Quiz tests knowledge of nutritional value
March 2, 2005
The theme for National Nutrion Month in March this year is “Get a Taste for Nutrition.” Be adventurous and expand your horizons. Variety is the “spice of life” in your food choices and is key to good nutrition and health. Choose foods based on flavor, texture and colors that are tasty and healthy. Explore the wide world of nutrition by trying a variety of foods.
Monsanto buys regional seed company for $40 million
March 2, 2005
Monsanto Co. said Tuesday its fledgling holding company would buy seed-marketer NC+ Hybrids Inc. for $40 million in cash, continuing the agribusiness’ shopping spree for regional seed companies as its dominance in herbicides erodes.
Briefcase
March 2, 2005
¢ Buffalo nickel unveiled ¢ Payless ShoeSource shares rise on report ¢ Low mortgage rates boost construction
Commodities
March 2, 2005
Uruguay continues leftist movement in Latin America
March 2, 2005
A doctor took office as Uruguay’s first socialist president Tuesday, joining the ranks of left-leaning leaders in Latin America — now six in all — governing a majority of the region’s people with a cautious approach to U.S.-backed free-market policies.
Daily ticker
March 2, 2005
Court abolishes death penalty for minors
March 2, 2005
The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the death penalty for juveniles was unconstitutional, ending a capital-punishment practice in 19 states that had sparked protests in this country and abroad.
Jackson jurors see video that sparked case
March 2, 2005
Jurors in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial Tuesday watched the TV documentary that led to the investigation, seeing the pop star hold hands with his accuser and talk about hosting sleepovers with children at his Neverland Ranch.
Authorities investigating deaths of judge’s husband, mother
March 2, 2005
Authorities said Tuesday they are investigating whether the shooting deaths of a federal judge’s husband and her 89-year-old mother were the work of white supremacists out for revenge.
Jaytalker’ passes $100,000 mark
KU junior a standout solicitor for endowment association
March 2, 2005
Annie Truong isn’t your typical telemarketer. If you’re a Kansas University alumnus, she can tug at your heartstrings by mentioning details of your alma mater. She’s a business major, so she might ask for advice from former business students. And watch out — she’s been known to have hourlong conversations with those on her calling list.
KU administrators consider locking tuition for incoming classes
March 2, 2005
Today’s high school sophomores could have a better idea how much they’ll need to pay in tuition by the time they start their careers at Kansas University.
Commission approves downtown bike race
March 2, 2005
Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday night gave their approval for a national bicycle championship race to take place downtown.
D.A. hires supporter as assistant
Special counsel needed to clear case backlog, Branson says
March 2, 2005
Dist. Atty. Charles Branson has hired a former campaign supporter as a part-time prosecutor. Branson said he needed help reducing a backlog of cases left behind by his predecessor.
Dean’s ‘evil’ comment draws Web attention
March 2, 2005
If you were having trouble accessing a page at ljworld.com Tuesday, you can thank the Drudge Report.
Multiple footprints found at crime scene
Prints don’t match Murray’s shoes, detective says
March 2, 2005
A crime-scene detective testified Tuesday about an unexplained, bloody shoeprint found on the carpet inside the home of a slain Douglas County woman.
GlobalFlyer soars across North Africa
March 2, 2005
A quarter of the way to history, millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett raced across North Africa on Tuesday in his bid to become the first person to fly a plane around the globe solo, nonstop and without refueling.
Reagan’s campaign manager expects a reunited state GOP
March 2, 2005
Ed Rollins predicts someone will emerge as a great unifier in the Kansas Republican Party to bridge the gap between the moderates and conservatives.
Experts to submit papers on evolution
Conservatives back off having public debate
March 2, 2005
The battle over evolution will be fought on paper. A committee of conservative Kansas State Board of Education members Tuesday backed off a plan to preside over a public debate between advocates of evolution and advocates of intelligent design, which critics had said would constitute a second Scopes Monkey Trial.
Legislation would limit insurance changes
Terms could not change until policy up for renewal
March 2, 2005
A conversation in a restaurant in Wellsville has led to a bill that would prohibit insurers from changing conditions of a health-care policy before the end of its term.
KU Hospital’s growth constrained
Revenues, visits continue to rise even though facility at capacity
March 2, 2005
The University of Kansas Hospital posted another solid financial year in 2004, officials announced Tuesday, but growth was limited by space constraints.
Report: Bryant reaches settlement
Lakers guard agrees in principle on resolution of lawsuit
March 2, 2005
Experts believe a settlement between Kobe Bryant and the woman who has accused him of rape makes the most sense for both sides because it allows them to avoid a potentially embarrassing trial that would bring out intimate details of their lives.
Second-tier free agents to hit market
Signing period begins today; top player available could be Pittsburgh wide receiver Burress
March 2, 2005
Drew Bledsoe has signed with Dallas and Muhsin Muhammad with the Bears. Ty Law has drawn interest from several teams. The Tennessee Six, especially Samari Rolle and Derrick Mason, are hot commodities on the free-agent market.
Wisconsin slips past Indiana
March 2, 2005
Alando Tucker’s putback at the buzzer gave No. 23 Wisconsin a 62-60 victory over Indiana on Tuesday night.
Royals want power from catcher Buck
Second-half surge a confidence booster
March 2, 2005
John Buck, acquired by the Kansas City Royals in the Carlos Beltran three-team trade last year, struggled with his hitting when he first arrived in the majors.
Ex-Cub Santo hoping for call from Hall today
March 2, 2005
Ron Santo plans to hold off on any early Hall of Fame celebration.
U.S., France: Syria must withdraw
March 2, 2005
U.S. and French officials Tuesday called for an immediate Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon, lending the strongest international support yet to thousands of anti-Syria demonstrators in Beirut who have seized the attention of the Middle East with their calls for “freedom, sovereignty, independence.”
Iraqi tribunal judge assassinated near home
March 2, 2005
A judge on the special tribunal that will put Saddam Hussein and members of his former regime on trial was assassinated Tuesday in the Iraqi capital, according to an Iraqi police official and a media report.
Palestinian militant challenges security chief
March 2, 2005
A militant brazenly challenged the new Palestinian security chief Tuesday, firing his weapon outside police headquarters in this West Bank town as the commander was holding meetings in the building. The chief ordered the gunman’s arrest, but quickly backed down and let him walk away.
More tsunami victims found; Baby 81 visits U.S.
March 2, 2005
The skeletal remains of 29 people have been found near the site where the Dec. 26 tsunami swept away a commuter train in one of the single worst losses of life from the disaster, police said Tuesday.
On the record
March 2, 2005
Corrections
March 2, 2005
Three students’ names were omitted from the Perry Middle School honor roll that was published Feb. 16. Erin Sergeant, Riley Shafer and Johnny Stewart made the seventh grade B+ honor roll.
Orville Scott Morgan, Baldwin
March 2, 2005
Inez M. Johnson Norris, Lawrence
March 2, 2005
Donald Dean Howard, Eudora
March 2, 2005
Maria S. Vakas, Leavenworth
March 2, 2005
Mourning back with Miami
March 2, 2005
Alonzo Mourning and the Miami Heat finally are together again.
Ella Beth ‘Betsy’ Ohlemeier, WaKeeney
March 2, 2005
Honor rolls
March 2, 2005
Bishop Seabury Academy and Veritas Christian School have announced their first semester 2004-2005 honor roll students.
Sheriff’s Office studies unsolved strangling
March 2, 2005
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is reviewing an unsolved 1989 homicide in light of the arrest of BTK suspect Dennis Rader.
Many factors tie up teachers’ pay raise
Lawrence, Manhattan caught in tangle of restrictions
March 2, 2005
It doesn’t make sense. Schools districts all across the state scraped together enough cash last year to give their teachers some kind of raise in pay. But in ever-prosperous Lawrence, teachers were told the school district’s cupboard was bare.
Voter turnout at 16% for City Commission race
Incumbents hang on in primary
March 2, 2005
The most experienced politicians in the race — Mike Amyx, Sue Hack and David Schauner — took the top three spots Tuesday in a City Commission primary marked by low voter turnout.
Jayhawks hire final football assistant
March 2, 2005
The assistant-coaching alterations within Kansas University’s football program appear to have wrapped up.
Petty, Wildcats survive
Despite struggles, De Soto pulls away from Bonner Springs
March 2, 2005
The Wildcats’ standout girls basketball player had the flu, and De Soto’s coach yelled until he was blue.
Baseball player arrested
March 2, 2005
A Kansas University baseball player was arrested on suspicion of battery this weekend after a fight near campus.
Blair endures, survives criticism
March 2, 2005
The political price that Tony Blair pays at home for his enthusiastic partnership with President Bush in Iraq is made clear to a visitor who asks a London cabbie about the impending national election: “Oh, Vice President Blair will get back in,” comes the sardonic reply.
Jayhawks ‘embarrassed’ by loss
KU commits six errors in 8-4 setback against SMS
March 2, 2005
After Kansas University’s baseball team dropped an 8-4 decision to Southwest Missouri State on Tuesday at Hoglund Ballpark, junior shortstop Ritchie Price wanted to vent a little.
KUAC clarifies APR process
March 2, 2005
The loss-of-scholarship punishment is enough to make almost every Kansas University coach cringe, but a presentation at Tuesday’s KUAC board meeting showed that the NCAA’s new Academic Progress Rate consequences weren’t as harsh as they might have seemed.
Nationals set for first outing
March 2, 2005
It’s only an exhibition, and it’s only spring training, when wins and losses don’t count. Still, for a team that finally is setting down roots, it’s a big deal to play a game — any game — with “Nationals” on the jerseys and a curly “W” on the caps.
People
March 2, 2005
¢ NYPD Blue turns in badge after 12 seasons on ABC ¢ Beatle’s grandbaby to have family name ¢ Accused star stalker to defend himself ¢ ‘Bachelorette’ finds only friendship after two proposals ¢ 50 Cent makes change
Iverson pours in 48
Sixers roll past Milwaukee, 118-111
March 2, 2005
Allen Iverson looked like he might be on his way to another career game when he put up 45 points in the first three quarters against his favorite foils, the Milwaukee Bucks.
Anti-discrimination ordinance upheld by Topeka voters
Fred Phelps’ granddaughter loses bid to unseat gay councilwoman
March 2, 2005
Voters here Tuesday night narrowly rejected repealing an anti-discrimination ordinance, an effort led by the Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., known for his church’s intense anti-gay pickets in the Kansas capital and across the nation.
6Sports video: Chieftains advance in sub-state
March 2, 2005
Tonganoxie’s postseason dreams are still alive with a 67-30 win over Piper.
Sebelius urges groups to pressure lawmakers
March 2, 2005
If Kansans are bent out of shape about their schools running out of money, their legislators aren’t hearing much about it, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius told an invitation-only group of education lobbyists last week.
FCC rules war movie is not indecent
March 2, 2005
ABC’s broadcast last Veterans Day of the Oscar-winning war movie “Saving Private Ryan,” which contains graphic violence and profanity, did not violate indecency guidelines, regulators have ruled.
Senate to take up school finance today
March 2, 2005
The state Senate today will consider education finance legislation in a debate that is sure to center on whether to increase taxes to help fund public schools and comply with a court opinion.
KU women give Cyclones scare on their Senior Night
March 2, 2005
The emotions of Senior Night almost got the best of Iowa State. The No. 21 Cyclones came out tight, missed easy shots, threw the ball away and never seemed to relax. But they did just enough down the stretch to escape with a 61-52 victory over Kansas University on Tuesday night in a game that had plenty of grit and determination but little style.
FSHS boys won’t overlook winless Olathe Northwest
March 2, 2005
Free State High’s 17-3 season and Sunflower League boys basketball championship wasn’t a fluke. But as the Firebirds begin Class 6A sub-state play tonight against winless Olathe Northwest, FSHS coach Jack Schreiner wants to make sure his players realize that opportunities like this don’t come around that often.
Basehor election wraps up quickly
March 2, 2005
It was a quick night for election returns in Basehor. About an hour after the polls closed, voters knew who the city council candidates would be in the April 5 general election. And one candidate, Bob Moore, will move forward to the general election even though he had publicly withdrawn from the primary race, though too late to have his name removed from the ballot.
Briefly
March 2, 2005
¢ Hippo kills tourist ¢ Rice disappointed by Canada’s missile stance ¢ Pope making strides with regained speech
Briefly
March 2, 2005
¢ Search for missing girl scaled back ¢ Lawsuit: Rumsfeld responsible for torture ¢ Smoking ban for indoor workplaces takes effect ¢ Former governor’s son drops out of 2006 race ¢ Death row inmate’s stay of execution retracted
Recent AG actions troubling
March 2, 2005
Atty. Gen. Phill Kline has been in the news a good bit recently. I have to confess that I’ve been rather disappointed in his actions, at least those that have been reported.
Kansans can access free credit reports
March 2, 2005
Sure, you forgot long ago about that department store credit card you got for the discount. But your credit report has a memory like an elephant — an elephant that sometimes makes mistakes and squishes your credit score underfoot.
GM, Ford blame sales declines on fuel concerns
DaimlerChrysler, Asian companies post gains
March 2, 2005
In a familiar pattern for the two largest U.S. automakers, General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. posted sales declines last month, while Japanese rivals and the smallest of Detroit’s Big Three made impressive gains.
BTK suspect charged in 10 deaths
Police had sought clues in Michigan before arrest
March 2, 2005
Dennis Rader, the churchgoing family man and Cub Scout leader accused of leading a double life as the BTK serial killer, was charged Tuesday with 10 counts of first-degree murder.
Chargers rout Kaws
SFT shuts down P-L standout Blosser
March 2, 2005
A week and a half ago, Perry-Lecompton’s girls basketball squad forced overtime against Santa Fe Trail.
Area girls roundup: Sluggish first quarter dooms Eudora in loss
March 2, 2005
One bad quarter doomed Eudora High’s girls basketball squad Tuesday night.
Damaged divas work the catwalk (and tear ducts)
March 2, 2005
How much fashion can America take? “America’s Next Top Model” (7 p.m., UPN) enters its fourth season only a week after “Project Runway” wrapped up its much-talked-about freshman year. Both shows culminate on the catwalk, and famous models are hosts of both shows.
Proper planning, fresh ideas useful in veggie garden
March 2, 2005
Even if the temperatures weren’t warming up, I would know that vegetable gardening season was just around the bend. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve started receiving e-mails from folks with questions about which seeds to plant and when to plant them.
Conservative philosophy takes a turn
March 2, 2005
President Bush’s inaugural address wasn’t the only important speech given in Washington this winter. The other one, delivered by Karl Rove at this month’s annual Conservative Political Action Committee convention, drew scant attention — but may be of equal significance.
Where was Williams?
The lack of recognition for one of Kansas University’s most successful coaches was a noticeable omission in the 50th anniversary celebration for Allen Fieldhouse.
March 2, 2005
When is it best to let a questionable situation or occurrence pass without comment so as not to disturb or anger anyone, and when is it appropriate to call attention to something that doesn’t reflect well on an individual or institution? There probably isn’t any perfect answer to that question. Nevertheless…
Sanctity of original fieldhouse reinforced in 50th year
March 2, 2005
Like many Kansas basketball fans, athletics boosters, university officials and other followers of college basketball, Warren Corman said he wouldn’t even consider replacing Allen Fieldhouse.
Woodling: White’s finale hard to top
March 2, 2005
Initial memories seem to linger longer in the synapses, and thus it was that I never will forget the first time I experienced the singular sensation of a sellout crowd in Allen Fieldhouse. The occasion probably was the most unusual Senior Night in Kansas University basketball history.
Fans part of fieldhouse’s mystique
March 2, 2005
Lew Perkins, who played college basketball at the University of Iowa and worked as athletic director at Connecticut, Maryland and Wichita State, has attended games in some fabulous, historic hoops venues.
An emotional night’
Seniors to bid adieu against KSU
March 2, 2005
Nothing ever seems to rattle unflappable Kansas University senior Keith Langford. “He is cool. Keith is ‘Freeze.’ That’s his nickname. He lives by it,” KU coach Bill Self said of the senior guard from Fort Worth, Texas.
A safe gamble? A&E bets future on ‘Sopranos’ re-runs
March 2, 2005
A&E is placing a $195 million bet — and perhaps its future — on Tony Soprano’s broad back.
Moroccan dream
Trip to North Africa introduces Lawrencians to new cuisine
March 2, 2005
Dave and Gunda Hiebert share a love of international travel and a sense of adventure. Since marrying in 1978, the Lawrence couple has made trips to Burma, Nepal, India, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, China, Russia, Australia, South Africa and South American nations.
KU theater to present ‘You Can’t Take It With You’
March 2, 2005
Sixty-eight years after George Kaufman and Moss Hart teamed up to produce “You Can’t Take It With You,” the comedy is finding its way to the Kansas University Theatre.
Lawrence boys not taking Topeka High for granted
March 2, 2005
Lawrence High’s boys basketball team has played about as well as it can in seven of its last eight quarters. But things sure fell apart during the second stanza of the Lions’ 56-48 victory Saturday night at Shawnee Mission West.
Kansas Hall of Fame unveils new members
March 2, 2005
Fifteen new names — none with Lawrence or Kansas University ties — were added to the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday.
KU vs Kansas State Notes
March 2, 2005