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House kills governor’s health care plan
March 9, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 2:32 p.m.) In a partisan vote, House Republicans today killed Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ healthcare reorganization plan.
Governor criticizes GOP public school finance plans
March 9, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 11:22 a.m.) Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today criticized Republican attempts to fund public schools with current resources, saying it was fiscally irresponsible and could hurt other areas, such as higher education.
Temperatures rising only to the 40s
March 9, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 8:59 a.m.) Don’t let all the low gray clouds fool you — you can leave your umbrella at home today. “We’ve got plenty of clouds in the forecast, but we’re going to keep the precipitation out of the region,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
On to state
The Kansas University Jayhawks aren’t the only Lawrence team still playing basketball this week.
March 9, 2005
When the calendar flips over to March, Lawrence residents get pretty focused on the fortunes of Kansas Jayhawk basketball, but we should remember to take a look at our high school teams as well.
Cemetery oversight
Kansans should welcome legislation to help eliminate unscrupulous business practices by some cemeteries in the state.
March 9, 2005
It’s always hard to believe that there are those who would take financial advantage of people when they are grieving over the recent loss of a loved one, but that, unfortunately is sometimes the case.
Smoking mess
March 9, 2005
Rooftop danger
March 9, 2005
Sign of progress
March 9, 2005
Praise for LMH
March 9, 2005
Safer course
March 9, 2005
Morissette prescribes new brand of ‘Little Pill’
March 9, 2005
What do you do to mark the 10th anniversary of the all-time biggest-selling debut album by a female solo artist? If you’re Alanis Morissette, you do it again.
Lawrence graduates participate in exhibition
March 9, 2005
An exhibition of multimedia works by 19 seniors in various programs in Kansas University’s design department will continue through Friday at the third-floor gallery in the Art and Design Building, 15th Street and Naismith Drive.
Linebacker Bell signs with Chiefs
Former defensive rookie of year lands seven-year contract
March 9, 2005
Linebacker Kendrell Bell, the defensive rookie of the year four years ago, signed a seven-year contract with the defensively troubled Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday.
Researchers find errors in computerized prescription systems
March 9, 2005
Computerized prescription-ordering systems are promoted as the answer to preventing medication errors in hospitals, but a new study shows the technology also can cause mistakes.
Statin use may help ward off heart attacks, strokes
March 9, 2005
A large study has produced the strongest evidence yet that driving cholesterol down to very low levels offers additional protection against heart attacks and strokes, researchers reported Tuesday.
Whiteouts, wrecks reported as winter returns to Northeast
March 9, 2005
A late-winter storm lashed parts of the Northeast with icy winds and frigid temperatures Tuesday, closing Boston’s airport, knocking out power to thousands of homes and threatening to dump up to 10 inches of snow in some areas.
Bolivian congress refuses resignation
Carlos Mesa receives vote of confidence for his government
March 9, 2005
Bolivian lawmakers on Tuesday rejected a resignation offer by President Carlos Mesa, granting critical support to his embattled government after days of escalating street protests prompted him to submit an offer to step down.
More steam escapes from Mount St. Helens
March 9, 2005
Mount St. Helens released a towering plume of ash Tuesday, its most significant emission in months but one that seismologists did not believe heralded any major eruption.
Jailed white supremacist loses visitation rights
March 9, 2005
A jailed white supremacist who has been a focus of the investigation into the slayings of a federal judge’s husband and mother will no longer be allowed to visit or speak with his parents, the family said Tuesday.
Clinton to have scar tissue removed
March 9, 2005
Former President Bill Clinton will return to the operating table Thursday to remove fluid and scar tissue from the left side of his chest — a rare but treatable side effect of his quadruple-bypass surgery six months ago.
Thousands answer Hezbollah’s call
Rally shows support for Syrian presence
March 9, 2005
Hundreds of thousands jammed a central Beirut square Tuesday, chanting support for Syria and anti-U.S. slogans in a thundering show of strength by the militant group Hezbollah — a rally that greatly outnumbered recent demonstrations against Syria’s presence in Lebanon.
Erma M. Paden, Lawrence
March 9, 2005
U.S. military to investigate checkpoint shooting
March 9, 2005
The U.S. military decided Tuesday to conduct an accelerated inquiry to learn why American troops opened fire, killing an Italian intelligence agent and wounding an Italian journalist he helped rescue from insurgents in Iraq.
People
March 9, 2005
¢ Prince Charles, Parker Bowles’ civil ceremony legal, official rules ¢ Jolie’s speech for refugees’ rights draws crowd in capital ¢ Jackson defense points out testimony discrepancies ¢ Cosby faces civil lawsuit in sexual assault case
CT scans convince Egyptian researchers that King Tutankhamen wasn’t murdered
March 9, 2005
Refuting some modern conspiracy theories, the death of Egypt’s most well-known ruler, Tutankhamen, was not due to foul play, Egyptian researchers said Tuesday after examining Tut’s mummy with a sophisticated CT scanner for the first time.
Charges filed against former LEA president
Wayne Kruse expected to appear in court Friday
March 9, 2005
A former president of the Lawrence teachers union was formally accused Tuesday of pocketing thousands of dollars in dues deducted from members’ paychecks.
Fans lodge complaints against Mizzou’s chief of police after game
March 9, 2005
Four Kansas University fans thought they had spent their time and $35 at Kinko’s on a special banner for an afternoon of taunting Tiger fans at Sunday’s basketball game against the University of Missouri.
Jury told of Murray’s Internet searches
How to kill someone’ among evidence presented in murder trial
March 9, 2005
Jurors on Tuesday considered whether a Kansas State University professor’s murder-related Internet searches were a creative-writing pursuit or evidence of a mind bent on violence.
Students break the mold with bold science fair projects
March 9, 2005
People who want their loaf of bread to stay mold-free should just take advice from 10-year-old Emma Rodgers.
Smoking ban exception granted
March 9, 2005
Lawrence city commissioners gave tentative approval to one exception to the city’s smoking ban Tuesday night and almost immediately were asked to consider another.
On the record
March 9, 2005
Correction
March 9, 2005
The cutline that appeared beneath a photograph on page 1A of Tuesday’s Journal-World accompanying a story about the minimum wage contained inaccurate information. Auto Plaza Car Wash employee Travis Brown is paid $6.50 per hour, not $5.15, according to his employer, Bill Stewart.
Victoria Kimbrough, Lawrence
March 9, 2005
Von Achen services
March 9, 2005
Ruth Sarah Larsen, Lawrence
March 9, 2005
Arlene M. Johnson, Carbondale
March 9, 2005
Ruth Keys Clark, Winchester
March 9, 2005
Emory J. McKenzie, Ottawa
March 9, 2005
State gears up for car purchases
March 9, 2005
After a two-year moratorium on the purchase of new vehicles, the state of Kansas is back in the showroom, kicking the tires with an estimated $6.1 million to spend on new cars, pickups and vans.
GOP to roll out own health-care plan
March 9, 2005
Republican legislative leaders Tuesday released a health care proposal to replace Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ plan, which they will try to kill today.
Capitol Briefing
News from the Kansas Statehouse
March 9, 2005
¢ School finance countdown ¢ Tuesday’s highlights ¢ Today’s schedule
Daily ticker
March 9, 2005
Senator supports investing in schools
March 9, 2005
Go ahead. Raise Phil Struble’s taxes He figures that pumping money into schools would help fuel job creation, economic development and overall economic growth.
Tourism officials hope record flight boosts image
March 9, 2005
Steve Fossett coaxed 23,000 miles out of his single-engine GlobalFlyer jet, and Kansas officials hope to get a few more miles out of his around-the-world flight by linking it to the state’s new tourism slogan, “Kansas, as big as you think.”
Ouster of Boeing CEO stirs debate on executives’ private lives
Company’s decision points to continued confusion on how to deal with relationships at corporate level
March 9, 2005
At first glance, Boeing Co.’s decision to oust its CEO because of his affair with a female executive suggests a bold new era in corporate politics. Or maybe not.
Commodities
March 9, 2005
Briefcase
March 9, 2005
¢ Salvation Army store building up for sale ¢ Kroger reports loss ¢ Delphi to cut health benefits
Rusch, Cubs blank Royals
March 9, 2005
Glendon Rusch gave up three hits in three scoreless innings against his former team, and a Chicago Cubs split squad beat the Kansas City Royals, 4-0, Tuesday.
Magic lose forward Hill for two games
Bruised shin bothers Orlando standout
March 9, 2005
Orlando forward Grant Hill will miss two games because of a bruised left shin, including Tuesday night’s matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Last-second three lifts ISU
Cyclones hold off Buffs, send Barry out with loss
March 9, 2005
Lyndsey Medders made a game-winning three-pointer with 0.2 seconds remaining Tuesday, lifting No. 18 Iowa State to a 64-62 victory over Colorado in the first round of the Big 12 Conference tournament.
Sooners rout Aggies, 86-65
March 9, 2005
Leah Rush had 23 points and 10 rebounds, leading Oklahoma to an 86-65 victory over Texas A&M on Tuesday in the first round of the Big 12 Conference tournament.
NU pulls away from Cowgirls
March 9, 2005
Chelsea Aubrey had 15 points and six rebounds, leading Nebraska to a 60-45 victory over Oklahoma State on Tuesday night in the first round of the Big 12 Conference tournament.
KU men’s golf fourth at Louisiana tourney
March 9, 2005
Kansas University’s men’s golf squad placed fourth after the final round Tuesday of the 15-team Louisiana Classics Invitational at Oakbourne Country Club.
KU men’s lacrosse club beats Kansas State
March 9, 2005
Kansas University’s men’s lacrosse club beat Kansas State, 5-2, Friday, earning its second victory over the Wildcats this season.
Lawrence High’s Pearse to sign juco letter
March 9, 2005
Lawrence High softball pitcher Lisa Pearse will sign a letter of intent to play softball with Fort Scott Community College at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at LHS.
Focus: 2005-06
Big 12 tourney loss ends Jayhawk hopes; Henrickson, juniors shift goals to future
March 9, 2005
Wait ‘til next year. Kansas University’s women’s basketball season ended on a sour note Tuesday — a 62-57 loss to Missouri in the Big 12 Conference tournament — but coach Bonnie Henrickson wielded a bright brush.
Ankle starting to heal
Langford able to walk, but could miss Big 12s
March 9, 2005
A black boot covering his badly bruised left ankle, Keith Langford limped into Allen Fieldhouse without the assistance of crutches Tuesday afternoon.
Media tap Gillispie Big 12 Coach of Year
March 9, 2005
Billy Gillispie never doubted he would win at Texas A&M. Few thought it would happen so soon.
Spring will reveal Herford’s future — at either QB or WR
March 9, 2005
Expect Marcus Herford on the football field this fall — somewhere.
Lions sold on rematch
LHS ‘jacked up’ for former foe Wichita East
March 9, 2005
Sunday, two days after clinching its first trip to the Class 6A state tournament since 2002, the Lawrence High boys basketball squad had a shootaround.
GOP outlines alternative for health care reorganization
March 9, 2005
Republican leaders have outlined their plan to reorganize health care services for the needy — an alternative to a proposal from Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
March 9, 2005
Beer men
For some guys, the best brews are the ones they create in their homes
March 9, 2005
Lots of guys love beer. Heck, enjoying a cold one now and again is almost an essential part of guyhood.
Gardeners’ mythology says to plant potatoes on St. Pat’s
March 9, 2005
In this part of the country, gardeners’ conventional wisdom says to plant potatoes on St. Patrick’s Day. I’ve always been intrigued by this advice, which makes the Irish holiday the appointed date for planting the vegetable we most often associate with the Irish. Because of where it falls on the calendar, potato planting also is the opening salvo of the growing season in many gardens.
Dietetics group offers tips for on-the-go eaters
March 9, 2005
Can you give me any ideas on how to eat healthy on the go?
Cavs halt six-game slide
Back in lineup, Gooden scores 23
March 9, 2005
All that was missing was Beyonce, a few video monitors and a pair of turntables.
School board forum touts bond issues
March 9, 2005
Two multimillion dollar bond issues to improve school district technology and upgrade outmoded facilities are essential if Lawrence schools are going to keep up with education needs, bond supporters said Tuesday night.
City briefs
March 9, 2005
¢ Former sheriff takes job with D.A.R.E. ¢ Plastic bags forbidden for yard waste disposal ¢ Chancellor to chat at www.ljworld.com ¢ District to discuss teacher salaries today ¢ LHS to open film fest ¢ Tree knocks out power
Briefly
March 9, 2005
¢ Trial opens for accused immigrant smuggler ¢ Convicted hit man executed for murder ¢ Family of brain-damaged woman keeps fighting ¢ University offers tuition to slain soldiers’ children
Bin Laden remains a threat
March 9, 2005
President Bush’s blunt talk about Osama bin Laden and potential new al-Qaida attacks may have inspired worries, but it also has renewed awareness of the terrorism threat.
As an anchor leaves, a reporter is remembered
March 9, 2005
“Dan Rather: A Reporter Remembers” (7 p.m., CBS) offers a glance back at Rather’s career and at some of the major news stories of the past four decades. Tonight marks Rather’s last night as anchor of the “CBS Evening News,” a post he has held since 1981.
Age limit on death penalty a moral move
March 9, 2005
In writing this column, I ignore my own advice. It’s good advice, too, given in numerous classrooms and workshops to people asking how one goes about putting an opinion piece together. Prioritize, I say. Decide which arguments are your strongest and hinge your essay on them.
6Sports video: Firebirds advance on unbelievable play
March 9, 2005
A 15-second play during Friday’s sub-state title game was the key to Free State’s advancement past Leavenworth.
Briefly
March 9, 2005
¢ Investigator testifies about lead 9-11 pilot ¢ Chechen leader tied to school bombing killed ¢ Bush says Mideast ‘has begun to thaw’ ¢ Fire on kindergarten bus kills 12 children ¢ Prime minister plans to surrender to U.N. ¢ Hundreds arrested at anti-monarchy rallies
Schools and standards
March 9, 2005
Now that Justice Anthony Kennedy has ruled that our moral, ethical, even legal framework in the matter of capital punishment for murderers under 18 is to be determined by “evolving standards,” let us move on to another application of that flawed philosophy: sex.
KU pharmacy school still has prescription for success
March 9, 2005
Paola Galaviz first wanted to be a pharmacist in high school, when she got a job working the register at the drugstore in Ulysses.
KU grad foresees strong industry
March 9, 2005
Roger Miller has been dispensing infection fighters, stabilizers, pain killers and tranquilizers — along with assorted words of wisdom and moral support — for nearly 50 years.
Clarence Irl Hart, Topeka
March 9, 2005
Atlanta’s amazing aces
Braves’ offseason moves created pitching rotation that, if healthy, will thrive
March 9, 2005
The Atlanta Braves entered the offseason with their starting rotation in shambles.
State trip gives Firebirds boost of confidence
March 9, 2005
As far as the Free State High boys basketball squad is concerned, it already played its toughest game this season.
Commentary: Part of Self must wish he had stayed
Now at Kansas, former Illinois coach says all the right things, but surely he has some regrets
March 9, 2005
We all have regrets. But it’s hard to imagine having the kind of industrial-strength regrets that Gary Barnett surely has had since he left Northwestern for Colorado.
Big Unit uneven in spring debut
March 9, 2005
Randy Johnson didn’t display his overpowering fastball or his menacing glare in his first spring start. No matter, the New York Yankees were just happy to see The Big Unit take the mound.
KU sophomore diver to travel to NCAAs
March 9, 2005
Kansas University sophomore diver Jenny Roberts, after a strong 2004-05 season, has qualified to compete at the NCAA Zone D Regional meet on March 11-13 in College Station, Texas.
All over the map
M.I.A. gains following weaving London street slang, Sri Lankan nursery rhymes
March 9, 2005
It’s hard to say which is more interesting: M.I.A.’s background or her music. Beginning as a youth on the run from authorities, continuing as a teen refugee in London and now as an artist with what is likely to be one of the most written-about albums of 2005, the 27-year-old daughter of a Sri Lankan rebel has lived a tragic yet extraordinary life.
Second study confirms obesity drug’s efficiency
Company to seek U.S. approval
March 9, 2005
A second study confirms that an experimental diet pill can help people lose weight and keep it off for up to two years, setting the stage for its maker to seek approval to sell it in the United States.
Grieb drops out of city election
Candidate came in sixth in commission primary
March 9, 2005
George Grieb, the sixth-place finisher in last week’s Lawrence City Commission primary, dropped out of the race Tuesday.
Vendors protest second license for Allen Fieldhouse sales
March 9, 2005
The owners of two food vending operations at Kansas University’s Allen Fieldhouse says they are upset about being required to obtain second food service licenses by the state.
Irish country food perfect for St. Patrick’s
March 9, 2005
Irish or no, at this time of year hearty lamb and vegetable stew, freshly baked soda bread or buttered fruit bread with your cup of tea are heartwarming concepts even to call to mind — let alone actually cook.
Horoscopes
March 9, 2005