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Poet’s showcase
March 6, 2005
Kline agenda
March 6, 2005
Hardly alluring
March 6, 2005
Who’s intolerant?
March 6, 2005
Crowded schools
March 6, 2005
People
March 6, 2005
¢ Martha Stewart’s appeal still pending after return home ¢ Ex-Korn guitarist baptized ¢ Tour dates canceled I ¢ Tour dates canceled II ¢ Janet Jackson files motion against alleged stalker
Amid tight security, judge’s slain husband mourned at funeral
March 6, 2005
Michael Lefkow rarely left for a stroll without his trademark fedora. On his last outing Saturday, the murdered lawyer’s gray snap-brim sat atop an oak casket as his widow, U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow, stood by and 500 mourners filed past squads of police and federal marshals to pay their final respects.
Submarine training may be linked to dolphins’ deaths
March 6, 2005
The Navy and marine wildlife experts are investigating whether the beaching of dozens of dolphins in the Florida Keys followed the use of sonar by a submarine on a training exercise off the coast.
Ocean detectors help monitor global warming
March 6, 2005
Greenhouse gases are warming up our oceans, changing their chemistry, scientists say.
Chinese premier vows to hold on to Taiwan
Legislature prepares to enact anti-secession bill
March 6, 2005
Premier Wen Jiabao vowed Saturday never to allow Taiwan “to separate from China under any name or by any means” as the Chinese parliament opened its annual session and prepared to enact an anti-secession law targeting the self-governing island.
Investing in housing
More Americans putting money into second homes
March 6, 2005
Ray and Lynette Petty looked to the future, crunched the numbers and agreed on a plan to assist their daughter and help secure their own financial future by buying a second home. Then a third.
Briefcase
March 6, 2005
¢ Nominations sought for business awards ¢ Name that company
Vacation plans often ignore finances
March 6, 2005
No doubt a hefty portion of the $790 billion Americans owe on their credit cards was paid to airlines and hotels as families relied on the plastic to make their vacation dreams a reality.
Calendar
March 6, 2005
Douglas County Senior Services, 745 Vt., offers activities during the week for residents age 55 and older. Call Senior Services at 842-0543 for more information.
Syria won’t commit to full withdrawal
March 6, 2005
Syria will redeploy its Lebanon-based troops to Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley and from there to the Syrian border, President Bashar Assad said Saturday in a delicately worded speech designed to defuse international pressure for a full and immediate withdrawal.
U.S. checkpoint shooting draws Italian rage
March 6, 2005
Italy demanded answers Saturday as former hostage Giuliana Sgrena was taken off a flight from Iraq hooked to an intravenous drip for a shoulder wound inflicted when American troops fired on a car taking her to the Baghdad airport. The Italian agent who negotiated her freedom was hit and died in her arms.
Canine vaccine proves effective in protecting dogs from snakebites
March 6, 2005
A California company, Red Rock Biologics, is marketing a canine vaccine that has proved effective in protecting dogs against venomous snakebite.
Cheney SP undergoes changes
March 6, 2005
Visitors to Cheney State Park near Wichita will find several changes during their visit.
Special hunts for gobblers set in April
March 6, 2005
Two special spring turkey hunts will be conducted in the scenic Flint Hills region of the state, near Council Grove Reservoir.
Area fishing report
March 6, 2005
Woods, Mickelson to duel today
Lefty holds two-shot advantage over Tiger at Doral
March 6, 2005
Phil Mickelson heard the roars of a dynamic charge ahead of him. Every time he glanced at the leaderboard, he noticed Tiger Woods taking another shot off his lead until it was down to two Saturday in the Ford Championship at Doral.
Bulls miserable in Milwaukee
Chicago stumbles again on Bucks’ home court
March 6, 2005
After seeing his reserves had scored only 12 total points in the previous two games, Milwaukee Bucks coach Terry Porter knew he would need a lot more against the Chicago Bulls.
Longhorns hold off No. 8 Cowboys
Texas survives when Crawford misses free throw in final second
March 6, 2005
After a career night, Brad Buckman only could wait and watch to see if Texas would pay for his one big mistake.
Lions’ Demaline wins state girls championship
March 6, 2005
Two weeks ago, Tiffany Demaline was perfect. The Lawrence High freshman bowler might have been even better when she became the first-ever girls state champion Saturday at Northrock Bowling Center.
KU needs victory for undisputed Big 12 title
March 6, 2005
Kansas University’s men’s basketball team must defeat Missouri today to gain an undisputed Big 12 Conference regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in next week’s Big 12 tournament.
Bulldogs’ state dream fades
Iola’s towering lineup too much for BHS
March 6, 2005
A night after rejoicing on the Eudora High court, the Baldwin girls basketball team quietly walked out the gym’s side door.
State pairings set today
March 6, 2005
Pairings for next week’s Class 6A state boys basketball tournament at Emporia’s White Auditorium are expected to be announced around noon today.
Jayhawks take two to open tourney
March 6, 2005
Kansas University’s softball team used abundant hitting and timely hitting Saturday to win two games on the first day of the Kay Brectelsbauer Classic at Southern Illinois.
Another Ryun record falls
Senior Mims breaks 800-meter mark
March 6, 2005
Kansas University senior Jeremy Mims broke a 38-year old school record Saturday, finishing the 800-meter run in 1:47.04 at the Iowa State Qualifier.
KU bowling boss Fine heading to Florida State
March 6, 2005
A new job in Tallahasee, Fla. is right up Kansas University bowling coach Mike Fine’s alley.
KU baseball splits pair
March 6, 2005
Kansas University’s baseball team managed a split in two games Saturday, topping Austin Peay, 11-4, before falling, 5-0, to Mississippi State in the nightcap of the NBC Classic.
Appier survives scare, but K.C. can’t top Texas
March 6, 2005
Kevin Appier was hit in his pitching shoulder with a line drive Saturday, cutting short his first outing in almost a year.
City briefs
March 6, 2005
¢ Journalist to discuss global health issues ¢ Professor to address global research society ¢ Prizes to be awarded for donating clothes
Students do well at history contest
March 6, 2005
Students from the Lawrence school district fared well in a Feb. 26 National History Day district contest. Twenty-nine Lawrence students qualified for the state competition in April in Abilene. Students who win first or second place there advance to the national contest in Washington, D.C.
Probation ordered in smothering of infant
March 6, 2005
A Bonner Springs man who passed out from drinking and smothered the 2-month-old baby he had been trying to comfort has been sentenced to three years probation.
Lawrence commuter report
March 6, 2005
The following construction projects and events may affect commuter traffic in the region this week
Neither party motivated to ditch the deficit
March 6, 2005
Blame not the heartless Republicans nor the spendthrift Democrats for the deficit. Blame instead the political class. Just when you thought there was no chance left and right could agree on anything, when you thought the primary colors red and blue could defy the natural world (where they meld quite nicely, which is why we have the splendid color purple) and clash in the political world (where the two colors repel each other), we have the biggest, the gaudiest, the most perfidious secret political agreement of our time.
Trip to pristine location provides no vacation from rules
March 6, 2005
The guest house on the Oregon coast was perched on a hill over-looking the ocean and beach, the guide book said. Rustic and cozy, well-equipped and cheap, “a great place to hole up with family or friends,” it sounded like just what we were looking for.
On the record
March 6, 2005
Iverna L. Teske, Onaga
March 6, 2005
Sarah Emma Gordon, Olathe
March 6, 2005
Man rescued from drainage pipe
March 6, 2005
Lawrence and Douglas County emergency crews Saturday were forced to close down part of Wakarusa Drive after a distraught man lodged himself in a drainage pipe as part of a suicide attempt
Wellness center provides FitKids program
March 6, 2005
America’s children are becoming more sedentary every year.
Philadanco soars and stuns at the Lied Center
March 6, 2005
Part of the beauty of professional dance is its muscular strength and precision that create an almost otherworldly uniformity. But as Philadanco proved recently, what is perhaps more powerful is a dance ensemble capable of making the most spectacular and demanding movements seem human in their individuality.
Updates reinforce play’s timeless message
March 6, 2005
When the house lights went down and the stage lights went up, making transparent the scrim between the two, the audience at Crafton-Preyer Theatre was drawn at once into the eccentric world of the Vanderhof-Sycamore household. Guest director Kim Hines remained faithful to the script, but playfully altered the characters.
Topeka native to read poetry from collection
March 6, 2005
Topeka native Ben Lerner will read from his collection of poetry, “The Lichtenberg Figures,” at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Kansas Room of the Memorial Union at Washburn University.
Little artists
Encouraging creativity in youngsters builds confidence
March 6, 2005
Just inside the door of this Lawrence Arts Center preschool classroom, a pair of rapt youngsters are poised over two spinning turntables.
For the joy of it, centenarian still putting brush to paper
March 6, 2005
At 101, some of the senses Dorothy Rosenthal uses to perceive the world around her have dulled with age. Her hearing, for instance, is not the greatest. It’s important for visitors to face her while talking, so she can read their lips.
What are you reading?
March 6, 2005
Book notes
March 6, 2005
¢ Panel to discuss women’s writing careers ¢ Dime novelist releases next book in series ¢ ‘Torpedo Juice’ author to appear at Raven
Superintendents unimpressed with House, Senate ed plans
March 6, 2005
Some school superintendents are unimpressed with House and Senate plans for increasing education spending within existing state revenues, viewing those proposals as inadequate.
Rare, undeveloped land attracts dueling suitors
Residential, commercial interests vying for rural southeast Lawrence
March 6, 2005
This much is for sure: The agricultural scene surrounding Karen Heeb’s home and horse farm southeast of Lawrence won’t last forever.
Dozens of serial killers may be active
In wake of BTK case, estimates range from 20 to 300 murderers
March 6, 2005
The allegations that a churchgoing, married father of two was Kansas’ infamous BTK murderer have shaken the Hollywood image of the serial killer as disenfranchised loner. And it has people wondering just how many of their mild-mannered colleagues, spouses and fellow parishioners might secretly be monsters.
Minimum wage may rise first time in 8 years
Senate to vote on competing plans Monday
March 6, 2005
The Senate is gearing up for a vote on whether to raise the minimum wage for the first time in eight years as Democrats and Republicans offer competing proposals they want to add to bankruptcy legislation.
Victims’ families say D.A.’s Office urged them not to talk to media
March 6, 2005
The Sedgwick County district attorney’s office has urged the families of BTK victims not to talk to the media, citing concern that such interviews might affect the case against a suspect in the serial killings.
Humpback whales put on a big show
Tours off Hawaiian islands provide up-close look at mammals
March 6, 2005
Living in Hawaii, I often take for granted the year-round sunny weather, stunning scenery and oversized visitors who travel thousands of miles across the ocean every winter to relax, swim and mate.
St. Pat’s auction benefits charities
March 6, 2005
St. Patrick’s Day may still be a week and a half away, but try telling that to the dozens of green-clad Lawrence residents who packed Liberty Hall on Saturday for the St. Patrick’s Day parade charity auction.
GlobalFlyer latest marketing vehicle
Virgin Atlantic founder seeks attention, thrills
March 6, 2005
Entrepreneur and adventurer Sir Richard Branson is a walking — and flying, and skydiving, and whatever else it takes — advertisement for himself and his business empire.
Pistora’s heroics preserve Tongie’s state trip
March 6, 2005
Hitting a last-second shot is a dream kids all over the country share while shooting hoops on their driveways.
Eagle killings on the upswing
Rewards of up to $1,000 offered for citizen tips
March 6, 2005
Wildlife law-enforcement officers say eagle killings are on the rise, and they need citizens’ help to catch the killers.
Taxpayers receive new deduction, little simplification
March 6, 2005
Sharpen your pencils. There’s a new tax break on the books, but it could take some work to discover whether it can pay off.
Critics warn Kansas away from Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights
March 6, 2005
Gov. Bill Owens got a warm reception when he showed up in Kansas last month and urged lawmakers to pass a Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights limiting the ability of government to raise taxes. It was music to the ears of many fellow Republicans.
Blair sees hope for change in Mideast
March 6, 2005
The war in Iraq has not set back the cause of using force to overthrow murderous dictators in the Middle East or elsewhere, says Tony Blair, one of the progenitors of the bold concept of humanitarian intervention.
End of an era
Larry McMurtry closing his Texas bookstores
March 6, 2005
Down winding two-lane roads hemmed by cow pastures and oil fields, this one-stoplight burg immortalized in “The Last Picture Show” isn’t really on the way to anywhere.
Best Sellers
March 6, 2005
Rare, undeveloped land attracts dueling suitors
Residential, commercial interests vying for rural southeast Lawrence
March 6, 2005
This much is for sure: The agricultural scene surrounding Karen Heeb’s home and horse farm southeast of Lawrence won’t last forever.
Briefly
March 6, 2005
¢ Museum, MLK memorial battle for donors’ dollars ¢ Army releases Iraq prison abuse documents ¢ Jackson accuser’s sister cites own abuse ¢ Diplomat flees U.S. to avoid sex charges ¢ Teen enters guilty plea in birthday party assault
Briefly
March 6, 2005
¢ Shiite leader calls for unity, set government ¢ Abbas: No law and order until Israeli forces leave ¢ Tehran wants to avoid U.N. Security Council ¢ China: U.S. should meet with North Korea ¢ Several injured in early morning earthquakes
Democrats: Bush’s budget bleak for deficit
March 6, 2005
Democrats are attacking President Bush’s budget for worsening the already bleak deficit picture, even as a new congressional analysis of his fiscal plans shows no end in sight for huge amounts of red ink.
Taxidermist keeps preserving hunters’ mounting memories
73-year-old retiree’s days still stuffed with trophy work
March 6, 2005
Pity the poor python and his cold-weather dining. Charles Mollus found the offending rabbit gullet-deep in the snake.
Report: Americans’ average life expectancy now 77.6 years
March 6, 2005
Declines in death rates from most major causes — including heart disease and cancer — have pushed Americans’ life expectancy to a record 77.6 years. Women are still living longer than men, but the gap is narrowing.
Giambi gets warm welcome on road
March 6, 2005
Jason Giambi took his image-rehabilitation tour on the road for the first time this spring and was given a warm reception. Carlos Beltran needed just one at-bat to hear how his new fans felt about him.
Cardinal stun Huskies
Stanford avenges loss with 77-67 win
March 6, 2005
In a span of two hours, Nate Robinson went from his hyper, high-energy self to slumped over and stone-faced.
KU tennis rolls past Iowa State
March 6, 2005
Kansas University’s tennis team rolled past Iowa State in dominating fashion, 7-0, Saturday.
Subscription costs soaring for journals
March 6, 2005
Remember Lorenzo? The little kid with the wasting genetic disease in the 1992 movie “Lorenzo’s Oil”?
Another idea
March 6, 2005
Minimizing costs crucial for investors
March 6, 2005
If you ran a snowblower over the driveway recently, you probably had the thought that occupies many of us when we shovel or mow the lawn: What’s the most efficient way to do this?
Lions can’t stamp state ticket
Late fatigue causes LHS to squander 10-point lead
March 6, 2005
Maybe it was Lawrence High’s fatigue. Perhaps it was Olathe East’s late three-point goals. More likely, it was a combination of the two.
Bonds benefit may be applied to buyer
$500 million considered part of deal with Onex
March 6, 2005
State officials may be dusting off a two-year old law passed to provide $500 million in bonds to the Boeing Co., and instead authorize that the bonds be used for Boeing’s buyer, Onex Corp.
Bouncer-for-hire discovers knack for keeping order
Plying a troubled trade
March 6, 2005
Trouble is Trent Tiemeyer’s business. As a bouncer-for-hire at some of Lawrence’s busiest nightclubs, Tiemeyer has taken guns away from customers, head-butted a rowdy drunk and tossed more than his share of troublemakers out the door.
Faces and places
March 6, 2005
Renegade Priest’ to visit Haskell, sign biography
Emmett Hoffmann, retired friar, ‘revered’ among Northern Cheyenne tribe
March 6, 2005
In Kansas, few folks have ever heard of the Rev. Emmett Hoffmann, a retired Capuchin Franciscan friar.
The Motley Fool
March 6, 2005
¢ Last week’s question and answer ¢ Lottery madness
Kline questions
Kansans have reason to question the motivation behind recent actions by their attorney general.
March 6, 2005
The explanations of Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline and his spokesman aren’t doing much to allay Kansans’ concerns about Kline’s investigation and effort to obtain medical records from two Kansas abortion clinics.
UConn clinches share of Big East title
March 6, 2005
As the final seconds ticked off in Connecticut’s record-setting ninth Big East regular-season championship, Jim Calhoun thought of his first with the Huskies.
KU seniors hope to complete Columbia sweep
March 6, 2005
Shiny, brand-new Mizzou Arena will resemble the worn-out Hearnes Center in at least one way today. It’ll be rocking and rolling with Kansas University in town.
Snyder not bitter toward fieldhouse fans
March 6, 2005
Kansas University’s student newspaper, The University Daily Kansan, played a prank on Quin Snyder the night of the KU-Missouri men’s basketball game Jan. 31 at Allen Fieldhouse.
Woodling: My picks for best in Big 12
March 6, 2005
One game to go in the Big 12 Conference men’s basketball season, and it’s time to hand out the awards. Player of the year? No question. Kansas University’s Wayne Simien should be unanimous.
Kline finds home in spotlight
Embroiled in abortion, education debates, he may be positioning for higher office
March 6, 2005
The public furor he’s created by trying to force two abortion clinics to turn over medical records is nothing new to Phill Kline, who inspired intense political loyalty and loathing well before he became Kansas’ attorney general.
Face transplants raise ethical questions
Doctors describe pros, cons of possible procedure
March 6, 2005
David McDowell has become accustomed to the stares and murmurs when he goes out to the mall, or to the movies, or sits with his family on the beach.
Sports drinks hard on teeth
Survey advises athletes to avoid sipping liquid
March 6, 2005
Endurance athletes count on electrolyte-rich sports drinks to get them through hours of training for the next triathlon or marathon. Research has shown that some of these drinks contain the right balance of nutrients and minerals to keep the energy level from flagging.
Horoscopes
March 6, 2005
Pet post
March 6, 2005