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Eudora ‘boil advisory’ for water consumption lifted
March 4, 2005
(Updated Friday at 4:45 p.m.) Drinking water in Eudora got a little easier this afternoon when a boil advisory was lifted by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. For more than a day, city residents had been advised to boil water before drinking it.
Vote canvass doesn’t change any election outcomes
March 4, 2005
(Updated Friday at 1:11 p.m.) Sixty-five provisional ballots brought the number of ballots people cast in Tuesday’s election up to 8,934, but didn’t change the outcomes of the Lawrence City Commission or Baldwin School Board No. 4 seat primaries.
Central Junior High principal to retire
March 4, 2005
(Updated Friday at 1:01 p.m.) After serving as a teacher and administrator in local schools for nearly a quarter of century, Central Junior High School principal Ted Juneau plans to retire.
Soaring into the 70s today
March 4, 2005
(Updated Friday at 12:36 p.m.) Break out your shorts, T-shirts and sunglasses — Lawrence is getting an early taste of spring this afternoon.
6Sports video: Free State, LHS look to advance at sub-state
March 4, 2005
Free State High and Lawrence High hope to advance at sub-state Friday as each team faces off with different opponents. Lawrence High will take on Olathe North while Free State will play host to Leavenworth.
6Sports video: Lady Lions advance to sub-state finals
March 4, 2005
The Lawrence High’s girl’s basketball team advanced to the Class 6A sub-state title game after defeating Topeka High, 73-57, Thursday at LHS.
Jared Lee Hailey, Abilene
March 4, 2005
Sarah Emma Gordon, Olathe
March 4, 2005
Patricia Jean Quisenberry-Johnson, Wasilla, Alaska
March 4, 2005
This Weekend’s Highlights
March 4, 2005
Kline: Clinic probe about rape, illegality
March 4, 2005
Atty. Gen. Phill Kline continued the public battle over a closed-door legal process Thursday. He said in a press conference that his secret investigation into two abortion clinics was based on allegations of child rape and criminal late-term abortion.
Kansas-based flight lands in record books
Pilot circles globe without stopping, refueling
March 4, 2005
First by balloon, now by plane, Steve Fossett is once again a ‘round-the-world record holder. The millionaire adventurer on Thursday became the first person to fly around the world alone without stopping or refueling, touching down in Salina after a 67-hour, two-minute, 38-second 23,000-mile journey that appeared endangered at times by a troubled fuel system.
Ida Evalee Smith, Lawrence
March 4, 2005
KU seniors quickly learned to appreciate Self
March 4, 2005
One thing was obvious after listening to the poignant postgame speeches of Kansas University’s senior basketball players Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
Calendar
March 4, 2005
Giambi hits field on drug testing’s first day
March 4, 2005
On the first day of baseball’s new era of drug testing, Jason Giambi began his comeback from a season wrecked by injury and an offseason marred by steroid controversy.
Computer disk, DNA and messages helped lead police to BTK suspect
March 4, 2005
Dennis Rader came to his pastor in January with a floppy disk, saying he had the agenda of a church council meeting and needed to run off copies on a printer. The pastor obliged.
Pritchard shaking up Trail Blazers’ system
March 4, 2005
The changes already were evident as Kevin Pritchard took charge of his first practice Thursday as interim coach of the Portland Trail Blazers, one day after Maurice Cheeks was fired.
Juco transfers could start new network
March 4, 2005
Whether it was the massive size, the scary strength or the flat-out dominance of the Jayhawk Conference trenches, something kept Kansas University assistant coach Clint Bowen’s eyes glued on the defensive line of Garden City Community College’s football team last fall.
Horoscopes
March 4, 2005
White supremacists group to move its national headquarters to KCK
Aryan Nations expects to have storefront by end of the year
March 4, 2005
The Aryan Nations — one of the most notorious neo-Nazi groups in the United States — is moving its national headquarters to Kansas City, Kan., causing alarm among civil rights groups.
Group continues to push for basic finance courses in schools
March 4, 2005
More states are requiring students to learn about managing money, but personal finance remains a fringe topic in schools and a major source of federal concern.
Briefly - Nation
March 4, 2005
¢ Metal charms recalled because of lead risks ¢ CDC: Current flu season less severe than last ¢ Hacker helps applicants access early decision ¢ Stewart leaves prison ¢ U.S. considers aid to Iranian activists ¢ Republicans release list of suspect voters ¢ FDA official dismisses call for more regulation
Tapped out
Officials must balance the financial needs of Kansas University against the financial means of students and their families who are paying tuition.
March 4, 2005
No matter how well the money will be spent or how the plan is structured, there is a limit to how much students can be expected to pay for their education at Kansas University.
Public TV, dubious from start, now a relic
March 4, 2005
In 1967 Lyndon Johnson added yet another piece to the jigsaw puzzle of national perfection: The Corporation for Public Broadcasting was born. Public television was a dubious idea even when concocted as a filigree on the Great Society.
Martha the survivor will look for apprentice
March 4, 2005
So is Martha Stewart coming out of jail or out of rehab? From the coverage I can’t tell whether the domestic diva is leaving Alderson prison or the Betty Ford clinic. Either way, she’s coming out clean.
School success
March 4, 2005
Not of God
March 4, 2005
It’s not science
March 4, 2005
Indian law
March 4, 2005
Franchise tax change hits large firms
New cap spares small businesses
March 4, 2005
A reworked franchise tax may not make any financial difference to the state of Kansas, but it certainty isn’t good news for Lawrence Paper Co.
Retailers report solid sales
Analyst: Tax refunds help boost spending
March 4, 2005
Consumers reassured by an improving economy regained their appetite for shopping in February, giving retailers solid sales for the month.
Commodities
March 4, 2005
Briefcase
March 4, 2005
¢ Boston Celtics’ home takes on new name ¢ Mortgage rates up ¢ Investment firm buys Creekstone Farms ¢ Productivity on rise
Arrest in BTK case doesn’t end its study
March 4, 2005
Nothing puts an end to theorizing about a suspect quite like an arrest. But even with charges filed in the notorious BTK serial murders in Kansas, students in college classrooms across the country continue to use the case as a learning tool.
Killers take mementos to relive crimes later
March 4, 2005
The things serial killers take away from crime scenes are not meaningless mementos. Those who study the cases say such trophies are important in understanding how BTK may have gone years without satisfying his hunger to kill.
A stand-up fella
After decades as a TV icon, Bob Newhart gets back to his roots in stage comedy
March 4, 2005
Bob Newhart isn’t the type of comedian who needs to wear a plastic arrow through his head, speak in a goofy voice or bash watermelons with a sledgehammer to gain attention. No, with the exception of employing his signature telephone, Newhart is among the most reserved, low-maintenance comics to grace the stage.
Editing artifice muddles otherwise straight ‘Jacket’
March 4, 2005
Adrien Brody spends much of “The Jacket” locked in a large drawer, and, for most of this cryptic movie, we’re as in the dark as he is. The title refers to the straitjacket Brody wears when he’s in that drawer, which is located at “an institution for the criminally insane,” a phrase you don’t hear much unless you’re in the 1950s.
New ‘Bambi’ restores vibrancy of original
March 4, 2005
As a child, I was banned from seeing Walt Disney’s “Bambi.” Concerned that the heart-wrenching mother’s death scene would traumatize me for life, my own mother instead steered me to less-weepy animated fare like “Cinderella” and “Pinocchio.”
Small-screen gumshoes make final exit
March 4, 2005
In case you didn’t notice, this week marks the departure of two of television’s most beloved TV cops: Andy Sipowicz and “NYPD Blue” bid goodbye on Tuesday, while tonight’s episode of “Law & Order: Trial By Jury” (9 p.m., NBC) features the final screen appearance of Jerry Orbach as Det. Lenny Briscoe.
Best Bets
March 4, 2005
Judge dismisses obscenity lawsuit on technicality
March 4, 2005
An obscenity case brought against an adult novelty and video store has been dismissed for technical reasons.
District begins sessions promoting bond issues
March 4, 2005
In April 2003, Lawrence voters rejected a ballot initiative to issue $59 million in bonds to finance school construction. Nearly two years later, education advocates are determined to ensure that two new resolutions don’t meet the same fate.
Inside jokes overrun ‘Be Cool’
March 4, 2005
“Sequels,” says Chili Palmer (John Travolta) with visible condescension. And from the first word uttered, “Be Cool” establishes that it’s not so much a traditional movie as it is a loose collection of self-referential gags. Similar to “Ocean’s Twelve,” this comedy unfolds like a two-hour in-joke that is rarely dull but only occasionally as funny as it thinks it is.
Capitol Briefing
March 4, 2005
Lefty shares lead at Doral
Mickelson part of four-way tie at top
March 4, 2005
Phil Mickelson started making birdies and figured he better not stop, not with so many world-class players taking aim on a Blue Monster that lost its bite Thursday in the Ford Championship at Doral.
Hall of Fame voting striking out
March 4, 2005
It irks me no end, as someone who has been a Hall of Fame voter since the 1980s, to see a Wade Boggs get a whopping 91.9 percent approval rating and instant induction in the same year that baseball’s shrine continues to ostracize men like these: Allen, Hodges, Kaat, Maris, Minoso, Oliva, Santo, Torre, Wills …
Castillo comfortable with backup-catcher role
March 4, 2005
Alberto Castillo has no illusions of becoming the next Ivan Rodriguez or Mike Piazza. Castillo knows his ticket to staying in the majors is to be a reserve catcher. He likely will open this season as the Kansas City Royals’ No. 2 catcher behind John Buck, who is 11 years younger.
Lawrence residents witness aviation history
March 4, 2005
Six-year-old Trey Swan will have a story of global proportions to tell his grandchildren someday. Swan, a first-grader at Sunset Hill School, not only got to see the GlobalFlyer airplane land Thursday in Salina after it circled the earth, buthe also got to meet pilot Steve Fossett afterward.
Blood could be Murray’s, expert testifies
Witness says he can’t rule out DNA match on drop in bathroom
March 4, 2005
A genetics expert testified Thursday that a drop of blood found in the bathroom of a slain Douglas County woman was “consistent” with the DNA of her ex-husband, Thomas E. Murray.
Senate OKs $145M education plan; House $113M
Both plans rely on existing tax revenues
March 4, 2005
A bill to increase spending on public schools by $145 million using existing state revenues won Senate approval Thursday, and the House advanced its own, smaller proposal. The Senate’s vote was 29-10 and sent that measure to the House.
Saudis ask Syria to leave Lebanon
Arab leaders continue to seek removal of all troops
March 4, 2005
Arab leaders grew increasingly impatient at Syria’s resistance to a quick, complete withdrawal of its troops from Lebanon, with Saudi leader Crown Prince Abdullah sharply telling Syria’s president Thursday to start getting out soon or face deeper isolation, according to a Saudi official.
Bombers target Iraqi police
March 4, 2005
Car bombs killed six policemen and wounded 15 in new attacks on Iraq’s security services Thursday as political factions wrangled over putting together a government.
Jazz trumpeter combines current, classic influences
March 4, 2005
Ingrid Jensen: Juno winner, acclaimed jazz soloist and female trumpeter. While the first two are something Jensen says she is proud of, the third doesn’t matter at all to her.
Singer-actress stays ‘Cool’ in new movies
March 4, 2005
Torturing celebrities, lesson one. If they’ve ever written and performed the theme to a kids’ cartoon, make ‘em sing it. Doesn’t matter if it’s 8 in the morning.
Pedophilia trial starts with 66 facing charges
March 4, 2005
French authorities opened one of the nation’s most horrific pedophilia trials Thursday, charging that nearly four dozen babies and children were raped, sexually abused and prostituted by their parents for a little cash, food, alcohol or even cigarettes.
Briefly - World
March 4, 2005
¢ Official: Madrid bombers planned more attacks ¢ Prosecutors arrest Japanese rail tycoon ¢ N. Korea seeks direct talks with Americans ¢ Pope improving, could leave hospital by Easter ¢ Research shows need for newborn care ¢ China lashes back at U.S. on human rights
Six nominations put McGraw atop Academy of Country Music list
March 4, 2005
Tim McGraw led the list of nominees for the 40th annual Academy of Country Music Awards with six nominations, including one for entertainer of the year.
People
March 4, 2005
¢ Poll shows Smits with lead over Alda in ‘West Wing’ race ¢ Pregnant Richards seeks divorce from Charlie Sheen ¢ New York sees tourism boom thanks to ‘The Gates’ ¢ Birthdays
Same-sex marriage issue may affect city race
Controversy could increase student turnout for April 5 vote
March 4, 2005
Maybe this is the year Kansas University students finally come out in force to vote in a Lawrence City Commission election. Then again, maybe not.
Eudora Marine returns from Iraq to heartfelt homecoming
Soldier thanks seniors who sent him care packages during tour
March 4, 2005
John Thoennes can attest that homemade cookies are a lot better than standard issue military food. And it’s not just because they taste better. They also make a Marine feel a whole lot better, said Thoennes, a Marine Corps lance corporal and Eudora resident.
Parents call for limiting seclusion policy
Bill proposes specific guidelines for use of ‘time-out’ rooms
March 4, 2005
In sometimes emotional testimony, parents told lawmakers on Thursday about instances where their children, suffering from physical and mental disabilities, were improperly treated in school by teachers.
On the Record
March 4, 2005
Charles A. Butel, Paola
March 4, 2005
Rachel M. Mohr, Emporia
March 4, 2005
Oliver Wesley ‘Wes’ Taylor, Ottawa
March 4, 2005
Eudora residents flood store in search of drinking water
Official says city boil advisory could be lifted as early as today
March 4, 2005
Eudora resident Misty McCormick considered herself lucky Thursday. A cashier at Eudora’s C & S Market, McCormick picked up three gallons of water in Lawrence Wednesday after a neighbor called and told her that a boil advisory for the city’s water had been issued by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
A.G. releases information despite gag order
March 4, 2005
Atty. Gen. Phill Kline held a news conference Thursday on his inquisition into abortion clinics, despite a court-imposed gag order in the case.
Greenspan touts consumption tax
March 4, 2005
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Thursday that a new consumption tax — such as a national sales tax — could spark the economy as a partial replacement for income taxes.
Supremacist denies role in slayings
March 4, 2005
A white supremacist awaiting sentencing for soliciting the murder of a federal judge denied that his supporters were involved in the slayings of her husband and mother, saying in a statement Thursday, “I totally condemn it.”
Ex-KU basketballer dead at age of 70
March 4, 2005
Memorial services are scheduled today for John Parker, co-captain of Kansas University’s 1957 NCAA Final Four men’s basketball team.
Veritas’ Randtke honored
March 4, 2005
Veritas Christian’s Mark Randtke has been named to the first team of the All-Kansas Christian Athletic Assn. all-state boys basketball team.
LHS, Free State boys hoping for repeat victories
March 4, 2005
Chris Davis couldn’t believe Wednesday’s Class 6A sub-state boys basketball score — Olathe North 33, Olathe South 27. “I was shocked,” said Davis, Lawrence High’s boys basketball coach.
Wellsville solid in defeat
Eagles ‘executed’ in loss to K.C.C.; Oskie falls
March 4, 2005
Wellsville High senior Kimberly Hughes couldn’t hold back her tears when she hugged Eagle coach Bernie Smith after losing her final girls basketball game Thursday night at WHS.
Cyclones roll past Dragons
March 4, 2005
Ottawa High’s boys basketball squad reached its ninth sub-state title game in the last 13 years with a resounding 78-63 victory Thursday night over Pittsburg.
Easy victory puts Illini at 29-0
March 4, 2005
Dee Brown and Deron Williams put on a three-point shooting clinic for top-ranked Illinois. Brown scored a career-high 27 points and tied the school record with eight three-pointers, and Williams added 21 points, 12 on three-pointers, in Illinois’ 84-50 victory over Purdue on Thursday night.
Baylor clinches outright Big 12 title
Bears claim 79-69 victory over 13th-ranked Texas Tech
March 4, 2005
Chelsea Whitaker had 16 points and eight assists, many at key times for Baylor, and the seventh-ranked Bears clinched their first Big 12 Conference regular season title outright with a 79-69 victory over No. 13 Texas Tech on Thursday night.
Miami rolls past Nets in Mourning’s return
March 4, 2005
Alonzo Mourning made his return in a Miami Heat uniform during garbage time Thursday night, logging the final 2:19 of a blowout victory against the team that traded him two months ago.
Lions’ offense explodes
Huff’s solid guard play powers Lawrence girls
March 4, 2005
Lawrence High’s girls basketball team is peaking at the right time. The Lions posted a season-high point total in disposing of Topeka High, 73-57, in a first-round Class 6A sub-state game Thursday night in the LHS gym.
KU to play at Classic
March 4, 2005
Four games in three days are on tap for Kansas University’s baseball team this weekend at the NBC Classic on the Mississippi State University campus.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
March 4, 2005
Back-and-forth finale
Firebirds fade as Pioneers claim victory in sub-state
March 4, 2005
The tears Free State High senior Jamie Stanclift cried after a 50-41 loss to Leavenworth in Thursday’s Class 6A sub-state game signified the end of her Firebird basketball career.
Kansas high school basketball scores from March 3
March 4, 2005
Breakfast for baseball
Pancake feed to raise money for Legion teams
March 4, 2005
Many years ago, some folks with the American Legion in Lawrence decided to raise money to support baseball teams. They settled on a pancake feed as the best way to do so.
Virtual model of ‘Hobbit’ brain supports separate species theory
March 4, 2005
Scientists working with powerful imaging computers say the spectacular “Hobbit” fossil recently discovered in Indonesia had distinctive brain features that could justify its classification as a separate — and tiny — human ancestor.
Lawrence Datebook
March 4, 2005
Local briefs
March 4, 2005
¢ Watergate reporter to speak at convention ¢ Students to compete in German contests ¢ Ginsburg to speak at KU School of Law ¢ St. Patrick’s day celebration Parade committee to hold charity auction ¢ Central Junior High principal to retire ¢ Police catch thief on empty tank ¢ Local teen released from hospital ¢ Attorney general’s office Kline’s office silent on cemetery inquiry ¢ Pharmacy school ranks third in NIH funding ¢ South Junior High amassing chess honors ¢ Clinic offering free exams for children ¢ County to offer emergency training
Martha’s return a good thing?
Stewart to resume job, face new relationships
March 4, 2005
It won’t be business as usual when Martha Stewart makes the transition this weekend from prisoner to multimedia empress.
Antidepressants carry risks
March 4, 2005
I am writing in response to the Jan. 11 article, “Double take: Medication just one part of treating depressed teenagers,” by Wes Crenshaw and Jenny Kane. I learned of the article from members of your community who were outraged by Dr. Crenshaw’s statement that antidepressants are not dangerous for teenagers.