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Lawrence pastor has walked in Wichita church’s shoes
March 12, 2005
It’s hard to imagine what must be going through the mind of the Rev. Michael Clark, pastor of Wichita’s Christ Lutheran Church, as he ministers to a notorious member of his congregation: Dennis Rader, the suspected BTK killer.
Club News
March 12, 2005
Club News
March 12, 2005
Many designers?
March 12, 2005
Children should learn from own mistakes
March 12, 2005
My children love to do things for themselves, but they make such messes that it’s easier for me to do the things for them. I just don’t have the patience to see them fumble with stuff. Do you think I’m wrong to step in?
Former rodeo clown teaches aspiring ministers, Western style
March 12, 2005
Across the street from a flea market, in the shadow of oil wells and tumbleweeds, Glenn Smith trains aspiring ministers in a building that looks more like a steakhouse than a seminary. But that’s OK — these are cowboy ministers.
Arts Note
March 12, 2005
¢ Honor Recital winners to perform tonight ¢ Art guild member to discuss Italy trip
Military News
March 12, 2005
Cosby critics reveal their hypocrisy
March 12, 2005
I like hypocrites. You would, too, if you had this job. A hypocrite is the next best thing to a day off. Some pious moralizer contradicts his words with his deeds and the column all but writes itself.
Bush takes aim at veteran benefits
March 12, 2005
Weapons America needs to defend itself in the future will have to be slashed. Incentives for young people to join the volunteer military are in jeopardy even as U.S. forces are being strained in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Traffic danger
March 12, 2005
Program threat
March 12, 2005
Money squeeze
March 12, 2005
Rising costs
March 12, 2005
Veterans return to Iwo Jima to mark 60th anniversary
March 12, 2005
Aging U.S. veterans converged on the Pacific island of Iwo Jima early today to mark the 60th anniversary of one of the bloodiest and most symbolic battles of World War II.
Kansas State Fair announces acts
March 12, 2005
The Kansas State Fair plans a grandstand lineup that includes country and classic rock acts as well as the radio variety show “A Prairie Home Companion.”
Cocaine production creeps into rainforest
March 12, 2005
The newest battle in Colombia’s drug war is being fought in one of the largest tracts of virgin rainforest in the Americas, an expanse of stunning beauty where crystalline rivers weave around mountains hugged by a blanket of trees.
Stocks drop on Commerce report, inflation concerns
March 12, 2005
Investors preoccupied with inflation extended Wall Street’s decline Friday, selling stocks sharply lower in response to a ballooning U.S. trade deficit.
Thousands of Boeing workers get layoff notices
Wichita employees facing uncertainty
March 12, 2005
Boeing Co. issued 8,100 layoff notices Friday as part of its sale of commercial aircraft operations in Wichita to Onex Corp., with those workers now having to apply for their old jobs with the new buyer.
Canadian airline seeks bankruptcy
Jetsgo’s move strands 17,000
March 12, 2005
Discount Canadian airline Jetsgo announced Friday that all its flights had been canceled while it seeks bankruptcy protection, stranding an estimated 17,000 passengers, many of whom were heading out on their long-awaited spring break.
Atlanta in chaos after three slain in court
Massive manhunt under way for rape defendant
March 12, 2005
A man being escorted into court for his rape trial Friday stole a deputy’s gun, killed the judge and two other people and carjacked a reporter’s vehicle to escape, setting off a massive manhunt and creating widespread chaos across Atlanta, police said.
Not just a spring chicken
Watkins celebrates year of the rooster
March 12, 2005
In traditional Taiwanese culture, the rooster is a symbol of good luck, and for the next month and a half the Watkins Community Museum of History will be a very lucky place.
Energy-saving requirements would add to housing woes, some worry
Amid lack of affordable homes, proposed building code could raise prices as much as $6,000
March 12, 2005
Members of the area building community are concerned that a proposal to make Lawrence homes more environmentally sound will produce a red light for low-income homebuyers.
Local briefs
March 12, 2005
¢ ‘Giving library’ to help promote child literacy ¢ Store reports missing 500 bottles of liquor ¢ Patinkin returning
Girl fights school’s character standards to graduate
March 12, 2005
Randi Lipscomb may have character, but she doesn’t believe she should have to prove it to graduate. The 17-year-old Newton High School senior, who has maintained a 3.3 GPA while holding a part-time job and performing community service work, is staking her diploma on that belief.
Tonganoxie girls suffer OT loss in semifinals
March 12, 2005
It would have been a lot to ask of the Tonganoxie High girls basketball team to cheat fate twice in a state Class 4A semifinal game against Buhler. In the end, it was too much.
League coaches honor Klingler, Stanclift
March 12, 2005
Lawrence High’s Megan Klingler and Free State High’s Jamie Stanclift each earned a first-team berth on the All-Sunflower League girls basketball team as chosen by league coaches.
Baylor, K-State to meet for title
March 12, 2005
Just about the only thing Kansas State’s Kendra Wecker hasn’t done in her basketball career is win a Big 12 Conference tournament title.
Woodling: Lee fills void
March 12, 2005
Kansas State is Kansas State is Kansas State is … at least when the Wildcats play Kansas in men’s basketball. Once the ‘Cats knocked off Texas A&M in Thursday’s first-round game of the Big 12 Conference tournament, talk radio and Internet chat rooms began blathering that the time was ripe, that the Jayhawks were vulnerable, that The Streak was in danger.
Oklahoma State ready for rematch with Jayhawks
March 12, 2005
After getting a buzzcut from a Colorado sword swipe Friday in the Big 12 Conference tournament quarterfinals, Oklahoma State men’s basketball coach Eddie Sutton hopes a night of sleep will get the Cowboys back in tune before today’s 3:20 p.m. matchup with Kansas University.
Jayhawks finally wake up
KU overcomes sluggishness in win over N.D. State
March 12, 2005
After four innings, Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price had seen enough. The Jayhawks were flat against winless North Dakota State at Hoglund Ballpark, and it didn’t help that their “energy guy,” junior outfielder Matt Baty, missed the game because of an injury.
Hot bats lift KU past Louisville, SMS
March 12, 2005
The Kansas University softball squad celebrated returning to its home ballpark by leaving it quite a bit. KU hit six home runs in two home-opening games Friday at Arrocha Ballpark, earning a 12-2 run-rule victory over Louisville and a 7-1 win over Southwest Missouri State at the Jayhawk Classic.
Cowboys contain Buffaloes
Last-second CU shot falls short in loss
March 12, 2005
Two of Oklahoma State’s biggest heroes nearly cost the Cowboys the game — all because of their hustle.
Kats activate Whittemore
March 12, 2005
Former Kansas University football standout Bill Whittemore was activated Friday by the Nashville Kats of the Arena Football League.
Ex-union leader in court on theft charges
March 12, 2005
Wearing street clothes and leg shackles, a former president of the Lawrence teachers union appeared in court Friday on charges he embezzled thousands of dollars in union dues.
Margaret Olive Stanley Hamilton, Kansas City, Mo.
March 12, 2005
Lawrence Datebook
March 12, 2005
On the record
March 12, 2005
Congress may cut food aid for poor
March 12, 2005
Cuts in food programs for the poor are getting support in Congress as an alternative to President Bush’s idea of slicing billions of dollars from the payments that go to large farm operations.
Commodities
March 12, 2005
Study: Adoption needs to be easier
March 12, 2005
The backlog of children in foster care could be reduced if state agencies were more helpful to prospective parents asking about adoptions, according to a new report which says fewer than one of 16 adults who make initial inquiries ends up adopting.
Madrid train bombing remembered
Forest of the Absent’ dedicated in honor of the 191 victims
March 12, 2005
In rail stations, city streets and in the “Forest of the Absent” — a grove of olive and cypress trees planted to remember the dead — Spaniards fell silent for a five-minute vigil Friday on the anniversary of the Madrid train bombings, a paroxysm of violence that killed 191 people as suspected al-Qaida militants devastated a country that had been their haven.
Judge rules Leno’s show must go on, allows Jackson jokes
March 12, 2005
So how bad was it for Michael Jackson on Friday? First, a judge gave his blessing for Jay Leno to make almost any jokes he wants about the beleaguered pop star.
Chiefs lure Dolphins safety Knight
Former Pro Bowler signs five-year deal with Kansas City
March 12, 2005
The Kansas City Chiefs continued to shore up their leaky defense, signing Miami safety Sammy Knight to a five-year contract, Chiefs president Carl Peterson said. No terms of the deal were released Friday.
It’s a sorry state of Indiana basketball
March 12, 2005
I’ve examined the data, rankings, strength of schedules and quality wins this college basketball season, but I’m still confused. Which team is most pathetic, Indiana, Notre Dame or Purdue?
Pierce scores 38, hits game-winner
Celtics turn back Pistons in double-overtime, 115-113
March 12, 2005
Paul Pierce squandered a chance to win the game at the end of regulation, but he wasn’t about to waste a second opportunity.
Oakland’s Etherton sharp during 9-8 loss to Royals
Kansas City rallies from six-run deficit
March 12, 2005
Seth Etherton will need more outings like this if he hopes to earn a spot in Oakland’s rotation. Etherton struck out six in three innings and allowed just one run on two hits in the Athletics’ 9-8 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Friday.
Battle, Bacchus, Mims compete at NCAAs
March 12, 2005
Three Kansas University track and field athletes competed during the first day of the NCAA Indoor Championships on Friday at Randal Tyson Track Center.
Schilling likely to miss opener
Bout with flu delays timetable for Red Sox ace
March 12, 2005
Curt Schilling might not be ready to face the rival New York Yankees on opening day.
Testimony ends in Murray murder trial
Closing arguments are set for Monday
March 12, 2005
After four weeks and more than 50 witnesses, testimony ended Friday in the trial of a Kansas State University professor charged with murdering his ex-wife.
Keith-less KU cruises
Langford sick, hurt; Jayhawks step up
March 12, 2005
Keith Langford is not only injured. He’s mighty sick, too. “Keith’s had a tough-luck week. Yes, he’s bummin’ right now,” Kansas University coach Bill Self said after his Jayhawks blitzed Kansas State, 80-67, in a Big 12 Conference tournament quarterfinal Friday at Kemper Arena.
Bill protects breast-feeding but discreet wording a problem
March 12, 2005
Amy Swan won’t forget anytime soon the day she was berated for breast-feeding her baby in public. Almost two years later, she recounts how she was at a Lawrence health club when she had to feed her baby. She went to its daycare area and did what women have done since the dawn of time.
Briefcase
March 12, 2005
¢ Muslims, Dell dispute breaks for prayers ¢ Consumer confidence rises on job prospects ¢ Reser’s to build Topeka potato plant
CEO uses customer service to drive Yellow Roadway to profitability
March 12, 2005
Bill Zollars shocked Wall Street in 2003 when he announced that his company, Yellow Corp., was planning to merge with its trucking rival Roadway Corp.
Area briefs
March 12, 2005
¢ Fort Riley soldier killed in second deployment ¢ Man accused of killing sheriff to appear in court ¢ Death sought for suspect in serial killings
Revolutionary Poet’
Nikki Giovanni bridges the generation gap
March 12, 2005
Nikki Giovanni wasn’t going to wait. A shade before 8 p.m. on a recent Thursday, the stage manager at the University of California, Los Angeles’ Royce Hall pulled her aside to ask if they might start just a hair late. “The rain … L.A. … people are driving.” What else was there to say?
6Sports video: Tonganoxie falls in OT
March 12, 2005
The Chieftains fell, 57-54 in overtime, in a Class 4A state semifinal game against Buhler on Friday in Salina.
6News video: Art a la Carte
March 12, 2005
Tonight at the Lawrence Public Library, Topeka native Ben Lerner will give a reading and book signing for his debut poetry collection, “The Lichtenberg Figures.”
People and Places
March 12, 2005
A Kansas City tradition
Officials should go all-out to try to bring the Big 12 basketball tournaments back to Kansas City.
March 12, 2005
It would be great to bring the Big 12 basketball tournaments back to Kansas City on a permanent basis. Tournaments for the Big 12 and its predecessors are a treasured tradition in Kansas City. The post-season tournaments and the old holiday tournaments have been a wonderful event for Kansas City and for Kansas University fans.
Gibson rereleases ‘Passion’ with less gore
March 12, 2005
“The Passion of the Christ” is back. But Mel Gibson’s epic story about the final 12 hours of Jesus Christ’s life will be a less gory, more family-friendly film this time.
Red Raiders survive ISU
Cyclones’ turnovers costly late in loss
March 12, 2005
Iowa State kept giving away the ball, and Texas Tech kept making the Cyclones pay. Jarrius Jackson converted three last-minute turnovers into six free throws Friday, sealing the Red Raiders’ 64-56 victory in the second round of the Big 12 Conference tournament.
Mask of faith
Theologians, psychologists question how accused BTK killer could lead double life
March 12, 2005
In the wake of the Feb. 25 arrest in the BTK case in Wichita — and the revelation that the suspect, Dennis Rader, is president of his church council — many stunned Kansans are struggling with the question “How is it possible?”
Faith forum
March 12, 2005
Is it possible to maintain a relationship with God while doing evil?
Successful event
March 12, 2005
KU sees crime on campus drop slightly in 2004
March 12, 2005
Kansas University students had a reason to feel a little bit safer last year, at least according to new crime statistics. KU public safety officials on Friday released crime figures for 2004 that showed a three percent decrease from the 2003 total crime rate.
State unemployment rate climbs in January
March 12, 2005
Kansas unemployment rolls swelled by 33,900 people in January, pushing the state’s unemployment rate to 5.8 percent, the state reported Friday.
Simons: Local officials too often fail to think big enough for future
March 12, 2005
Have Lawrence or Douglas County officials ever OK’d or built anything too large? Are there any buildings, streets, water treatment plants, schools, jails, courtrooms, fairgrounds, parks, recreation facilities, hospitals or anything else that have proven to be too large for their intended use?
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
March 12, 2005
Fire decimates historic Fort Scott
Part of the history of our town was lost today’
March 12, 2005
A massive fire raged through Fort Scott’s historic downtown Friday, destroying at least 10 buildings, Fire Chief Jeff Davis said.
U.S. agrees to pay Holocaust survivors $25.5M
March 12, 2005
Settling a lawsuit with Hungarian survivors of the Holocaust, the U.S. government agreed Friday to pay $25.5 million and acknowledge U.S. Army officers’ plunder of Jewish valuables from the Nazi Gold Train during World War II.
People
March 12, 2005
¢ Award show honor to focus in on Lynn’s musical vision ¢ ‘American Idol’ to perform at Caribbean jazz festival ¢ Former ‘Baywatch’ actor reaches plea agreement ¢ Book to be released on 10th anniversary of Diana’s death ¢ Birthdays
Scouting News
March 12, 2005
Society Calendar
March 12, 2005
Horoscopes
March 12, 2005
Former teen stars bugged, bedded and big-skied
March 12, 2005
The weekend belongs to former child and teen actors starring in wildly different roles, from bug-fighting cops to bed-hopping publicists.
Briefly - World
March 12, 2005
¢ Spring break arrives as authorities strike ¢ Hezbollah official says group won’t give up guns ¢ King frees former prime minister, other detainees ¢ Video released with pope speaking a few words ¢ Ukrainian president coming to White House ¢ Countries adopt equality resolutions
Trade deficit reaches yearly record
Last year’s gap climbed to $617.1B
March 12, 2005
The U.S. trade deficit climbed to $58.3 billion in January, the second-highest level in history, as Americans’ appetite for foreign consumer products and automobiles hit record highs. The deficit with China was pushed higher by a surge in textile shipments, reflecting the end of global quotas.
Weber’s mother dies, but he’ll coach today
March 12, 2005
Just hours after his mother died following heart surgery, Illinois coach Bruce Weber decided to direct the top-ranked Illini in today’s Big Ten tournament semifinal game.
Demon Deacons fall; Tar Heels rally again
N.C. State routs No. 3 Wake Forest, 81-54; second-ranked UNC wins, 88-81
March 12, 2005
North Carolina State was told not to seek revenge against Wake Forest. No one — particularly the Demon Deacons — could stop the Wolfpack from winning.
U.S. ready to offer economic incentives to Iran
March 12, 2005
The Bush administration on Friday softened its hardline stance on how to thwart Iran’s suspected nuclear arms program, agreeing to support a European plan that offers economic incentives for the Tehran government to give up any weapons ambitions.
Wildcats didn’t expect KU to be vulnerable
March 12, 2005
Jeremiah Massey and Lance Harris made one thing perfectly clear: The two Kansas State University basketball players were not licking their chops about playing a Keith Langford-less Kansas.
4-H and FCE News
March 12, 2005
Religion briefs
March 12, 2005
Weddings
March 12, 2005
Huck Finn’s home part of a plan to contrast fact with Twain’s fiction
March 12, 2005
He was “ignorant, unwashed, insufficiently fed; but he had as good a heart as ever any boy had.” That goodhearted boy described by Mark Twain was Tom Blankenship, a childhood friend of young Samuel Clemens — best known as Twain — and a model for one of the most significant characters in American literary history, Huckleberry Finn.
British anti-terrorism law wins approval
March 12, 2005
Prime Minister Tony Blair won Parliament’s support Friday for a new anti-terrorism law allowing the government to act swiftly against 10 terror suspects — including an Islamic preacher accused of inspiring lead Sept. 11 hijacker Mohamed Atta — who have been granted bail.
KU knocks ‘Cats out of tourney
March 12, 2005
Call it the Sunflower Sweep. The Kansas University men’s basketball team knocked off Kansas State for the third time this season Friday night, advancing the Jayhawks to a 3:20 p.m. semifinal matchup with Oklahoma State University today in the Big 12 Tournament.
Budget wipes out increases for state employees
GOP plan raises ire, but not taxes
March 12, 2005
State employees and higher education got whacked Friday by House Republican budget-writers intent on funding public schools without a statewide tax increase.
Fans just mad about collectibles
March 12, 2005
Looking for a sweet ride to the Big 12 or NCAA tournaments? Brad Miller has a deal for you. The Topekan is looking to sell his Jayhawk-mobile — a 2001 electric blue Volkswagen Beetle that has the Kansas University mascot painted on the hood, with side and tail feathers and “KU” decals.
Miles still hot beyond arc
Despite rep, guard sizzling from 3-point range
March 12, 2005
Someday, one of these long-range swishes finally will cause Aaron Miles’ reputation to crumble. Can’t shoot? Try telling that to Kansas State.
Top-seeded OU knocks off Tigers
March 12, 2005
Terrell Everett seems to be in the right place at the right time whenever Oklahoma needs him. The 6-foot-4 junior had 18 points, seven assists and two steals Friday, leading the Sooners to an 83-79 victory over Missouri in a second-round Big 12 Conference game that could stand as a clinic in the art of shooting free throws.
Men’s basketball briefs
March 12, 2005
¢ KU aide Jankovich mum about opening ¢ Big trey ¢ Streakin’ ¢ Minutes ¢ Hawkins excels ¢ Recruiting
Briefly - Nation
March 12, 2005
¢ Messages flood Web site as Clinton recovers ¢ Alleged kidnapper kicked out of trial for singing ¢ Husband rejects offer to give up rights to wife ¢ Lottery winner faces wrongful death lawsuit
Engagements
March 12, 2005
Kansas high school basketball scores from March 11
March 12, 2005
Around and about
March 12, 2005