Archive for Tuesday, March 15, 2005

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6News: Prosecutor critiques Murray’s statement to police
March 15, 2005
During closing arguments, prosecutor Tom Bath urges jurors to watch Murray’s videotaped statement to police and asks, “Is that how an innocent man would act?”
6News: Defense explains Murray’s Internet searches
March 15, 2005
During closing arguments, defense attorney Pedro Irigonegaray tells jurors Murray could have been searching for murder-related terms on the Internet because he wanted to write TV-drama scripts.
Day ends without Murray trial verdict
March 15, 2005
(Updated Tuesday at 5:49 p.m.) Jurors have just finished their first full day deliberating in the first-degree murder trial of Kansas State University professor Thomas E. Murray.
Ides of March brings some sunshine to Lawrence
March 15, 2005
(Updated Tuesday at 2:54 p.m.) In Shakespeare’s ancient Rome, Julius Caesar was warned, “Beware the Ides of March.” But one of Lawrence’s own weather soothsayers had a much less foreboding forecast for March 15 here.
Not a hangout
March 15, 2005
Hypocrites, fools
March 15, 2005
Excise taxes
March 15, 2005
Double standard on weight
March 15, 2005
Why, Kirstie Alley asks in her ridiculous new television show “Fat Actress,” do John Goodman, Jason Alexander and the truly large James Gandolfini get starring roles and she does not?
Daily ticker
March 15, 2005
Serologicals cuts Lawrence jobs
March 15, 2005
Serologicals Corp. won’t bring its Lawrence plant up to full production until next year, and up to 20 of its employees are paying the price.
Office pool participants can score fine, jail
March 15, 2005
Jumping into the NCAA Tournament office pool could land you in hot water.
Aquila shares rise on plans to sell utilities, reduce debt
March 15, 2005
Electric and natural gas utility Aquila Inc. said Monday it may sell some of its utilities in five states in an effort to reduce its debt.
Briefcase
March 15, 2005
¢ OPEC president says rise in output likely ¢ IBM to purchase Ascential for $1 billion ¢ Stocks post gains as inflation fears lurk
Students debate evolution, creationism
Teaching creation theory puts religion in the classroom — where it has no place
March 15, 2005
Evolution is a theory of an ongoing process. Evolution has more to do with survival of the fittest than the beginning of all life. Some say that evolution is the theory that lightning struck salt water, forming amino acids, the building blocks for life. This was proven possible in an experiment in the 1950s.
Introducing theories that compete with Darwinism makes education more valuable
March 15, 2005
Although it may be against certain people’s beliefs, the study of creationism and intelligent design should be given a public forum. It doesn’t matter whether you don’t believe what is taught; it is still important to hear other views.
In the halls
March 15, 2005
Parkinson’s exercise video wins award
March 15, 2005
Kansas University’s Continuing Education has won the top national award for an educational exercise video that KU dance professor Janet Hamburg developed for people with Parkinson’s disease.
Calif. ban on gay marriage ruled unconstitutional
March 15, 2005
A judge ruled Monday that California’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional — a legal milestone that, if upheld on appeal, would open the way for the most populous state to follow Massachusetts in allowing same-sex couples to wed.
Clinton released from hospital
March 15, 2005
Former President Clinton, who underwent surgery last week to remove scar tissue and fluid around his left lung, left the hospital on Monday and returned home.
Experts don’t really expect 90 minutes a day of exercise
March 15, 2005
Sixty to 90 minutes of exercise? Every day? That’s what the government now suggests.
Nebraska rescinds job offer to convicted killer of gorilla expert
March 15, 2005
The state of Nebraska made — and then abruptly took back — a job offer to a man convicted of murdering Dian Fossey, the American wildlife researcher whose work in Africa was the subject of the movie “Gorillas in the Mist.”
Iraqi Kurds, Shiites vow parliament to convene on schedule this week
March 15, 2005
Kurdish and Shiite leaders agreed Monday to convene Iraq’s new parliament this week even if they fail to iron out some wrinkles in their deal to form a coalition government.
Prosecutors sort out possible charges
March 15, 2005
Prosecutors on Monday dropped a weapons charge against a man accused of opening fire in an Atlanta courthouse, and a mistrial was declared in the suspect’s rape case as officials continued sorting out charges in the slayings of a judge and three others.
Kline: Pedophiles better at using Internet to prey on children
March 15, 2005
Less than two minutes after Angie Wilson entered an online chat room posing as a 14-year-old girl, older men began sending her messages.
Briefly
March 15, 2005
¢ Ex-Bush adviser named to Islamic relations post ¢ Former NAACP leader to run for U.S. Senate ¢ Student pleads innocent to plot against Bush ¢ Arrests thin ranks of violent gang
Self expects to be bugged by ‘buddies’ back home
March 15, 2005
A former high school basketball all-stater from Edmond, Okla., Bill Self knows full well he’ll be a popular figure at this weekend’s NCAA Tournament in Oklahoma City.
KU back Randle charged, dismissed
March 15, 2005
Troubled Kansas University football player John Randle was dismissed from the team Monday, just hours after being charged in Douglas County District Court with misdemeanor battery for allegedly hitting a man outside a downtown bar early Sunday.
The madness is at hand
Tourney means money flowing
March 15, 2005
Hours before the first game of the NCAA Tournament tips off Thursday, every seat will be taken in the Mandalay Bay sports book and people will be lining up at the betting windows with fistfuls of cash.
Gillen out as Virginia hoops coach
Siena possible landing point for Cavaliers’ leader
March 15, 2005
Pete Gillen resigned as Virginia’s basketball coach Monday, ending a seven-year tenure marked by one trip to the NCAA tournament.
Anthony plays down benching
March 15, 2005
Carmelo Anthony downplayed Denver coach George Karl’s decision to bench him for the last 18 minutes against Phoenix on Sunday.
Datebook
March 15, 2005
Capitol briefing
News from the Kansas Statehouse
March 15, 2005
Trust must be part of Social Security reform
March 15, 2005
There are few phrases in the book of parenting that raise more suspicions among the young than the pronouncement that “I am doing this for your own good.” It comes in a close second only to the declaration, “This is going to hurt me more than it will you.”
Church question
March 15, 2005
Julia “Judy’ M. Neis, Eudora
March 15, 2005
Elmer Edgar Mehl, Topeka
March 15, 2005
Bankruptcy’s human face
March 15, 2005
My relationship with my father was troubled and ambivalent, but a few years ago, when I learned his health was failing fast, I knew I had to see him. My kids felt the same way. They hadn’t seen him in years, but still, he was their grandfather. They needed to say goodbye while he could still know who they were. With every phone conversation, he asked: When will I see those girls?
Mildred H. Jolly, Mission
March 15, 2005
Zimmerman services, Pleasant Hill, Mo.
March 15, 2005
Panel skeptical of Social Security plans
March 15, 2005
Social Security was on the verge of failure in the early 1980s until a bipartisan political committee, led by U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, stirred controversy while creating painful benefit cuts and legislative compromises to save the program.
New technology will improve accuracy of tornado warnings
March 15, 2005
For years, tornado warnings have been widespread enough to send people to their basements who were never in any danger.
Mothers say they want ‘discreet’ out of breast-feeding bill
March 15, 2005
Breast-feeding mothers Monday asked lawmakers to remove a proposed requirement that they “discreetly” breast-feed. They said they don’t want to be indiscreet but also don’t want to get into an argument with someone about the interpretation of the word.
Sleepless young inventor plays her cards right with new game
March 15, 2005
Miranda Evarts remembers lying in her bed on a March night two years ago, unable to sleep. So she let her mind wander and found herself thinking about queens — not the fancy queens of real life, but silly queens that live only in the imagination of a 6-year-old.
Jayni to share shrimp recipes
March 15, 2005
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Sensational Shrimp! Recipes for America’s Favorite Crustacean.”
Israel sets Jerusalem barrier route
March 15, 2005
The final route of Israel’s separation barrier around Jerusalem will encompass large areas claimed by the Palestinians, including their intended capital and the biggest Jewish settlement in the West Bank, Israeli officials confirmed Monday.
Prosecutors say facts point to Murray’s guilt
Jury set to resume deliberations this morning
March 15, 2005
After a day full of fist-pounding and finger-jabbing orations by attorneys, jurors on Monday began their deliberations in the first-degree murder trial of a Kansas State University professor charged with killing his ex-wife.
League faces money crisis
Financial problems threaten longtime Lawrence agency
March 15, 2005
Susan Rickman fears that Lawrence’s oldest social service agency is beginning to die a slow death.
Fee grab
March 15, 2005
In a stunning move, Kansas legislators decided Friday to dip into university tuition and fee money to pay for increases in K-12 education.
Briefly
March 15, 2005
¢ Candidates invited to attend open forum ¢ Land plat approved for church site ¢ Historic designation sought for state
Bucknell thrilled with site, if not foe
March 15, 2005
Bucknell University’s basketball players, who knew they would receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament after winning the Patriot League postseason-tournament title game Saturday, jumped for joy while watching the NCAA Tournament selection show Sunday.
Despite history, little guys dream big
March 15, 2005
Fairleigh Dickinson coach Tom Green was going over potential NCAA Tournament matchups, daydreaming about his Knights playing Wake Forest. Or Washington. Maybe even North Carolina.
KU basketball briefs
March 15, 2005
¢ Injury update ¢ Kansas signee Wright not involved in brawl ¢ League strong ¢ Famous papa
City growth debated at election forum
Candidates agree older parts of town need more attention
March 15, 2005
At a forum in one of the city’s older neighborhoods, Lawrence City Commission candidates discussed how they would take care of aging areas of town.
Sebelius surveys fire damage
March 15, 2005
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius visited Fort Scott’s historic downtown area Monday, studying the damage caused by a roaring, wind-whipped fire.
Double Take: Columnist offers rebuttal to clarify recommendations
March 15, 2005
Wes and Jenny: We were perplexed at Dr. Joseph Glenmullen’s op-ed piece (March 4, Journal-World), responding to our Jan. 11 column. We considered the column a cautionary take on the topic of teens and antidepressants that Dr. Glenmullen would embrace. Therefore, we encourage readers to take another look at the column online and compare what we said with what the doctor implied we said.
Appier struggles; Royals lose, tie
March 15, 2005
Kevin Appier could have a hard time making the Kansas City Royals’ rotation out of spring training.
Med Center study may link infant development with alcoholism
March 15, 2005
Signs of alcoholism may be detectable in babies as young as 5 days old, according to research released Monday by a team at the Kansas University Medical Center.
Survey shows more Kansas children facing poverty
March 15, 2005
More than one in four Kansas children are poor enough to qualify for free lunches at school, according to a statewide survey released Monday.
Security breakdowns blamed for rampage
Review shows series of gaffes at Atlanta courthouse
March 15, 2005
The deputy, a 51-year-old woman just 5 feet tall, was simply no match for the inmate she was escorting to the courtroom, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound former college linebacker on trial for rape.
Haskell softball splits
March 15, 2005
Haskell Indian Nations University softball coach Gary Tanner said in five years he hadn’t seen his team play as close to perfect as it did Monday afternoon.
The Rev. David M. Foster, Lawrence
March 15, 2005
People
March 15, 2005
¢ ‘Monday Night Football’ intro OK by FCC standards ¢ Jane Pauley’s show canceled ¢ ‘Idol’ contestant quits
Briefly
March 15, 2005
¢ Pesticide blamed in 27 student deaths ¢ Lawmakers protest anti-secession law ¢ Book suggests Nazis tested nuclear device ¢ Saddam relative, ex-bodyguard arrested
Burn ban may snuff fireworks vendors
March 15, 2005
Fireworks wouldn’t be sold if Douglas County in July is a tinderbox, under a proposed resolution.
NPR picks Ed Gordon to fill Smiley’s void
Hour-long ‘News & Notes’ offers rare black perspective on public radio
March 15, 2005
When Tavis Smiley walked away from his National Public Radio show in December, it highlighted the problem of personality-driven programming: When the personality disappears, so does the program. Only in Smiley’s case, the problem was not only the celebrity vacuum his departure created for the 86 stations that carried it but also the glaring hole it made in minority-oriented coverage on public radio.
Shield’ gets a closer look
March 15, 2005
The addictive cop drama “The Shield” (9 p.m., FX) enters its fourth season with both continuity and major changes. As followers of the show know, Capt. David Aceveda (Benito Martinez) is leaving the precinct house to join the City Council, where, presumably, he’ll have even more opportunities for corruption.
Momentum swings toward anti-Syrian opposition
March 15, 2005
They came on foot and by bus. They jammed streets and climbed onto rooftops, mosque minarets and fences, thronging Beirut to roar anti-Syrian chants. And they fell silent at 12:55 p.m., the exact time former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was assassinated a month ago.
Celtics’ defense disappears
LaFrentz, Walker hit 3 late 3s to save Boston
March 15, 2005
The Boston Celtics had no problems with their offense against the Charlotte Bobcats. It was their defense that was nonexistent and led to a heated halftime speech.
Firebirds young; Lions ‘focused’
March 15, 2005
The Free State High girls swimming and diving team is taking the Forrest Gump approach to this season.
Green says UT job not attractive
Former Volunteers’ coach not sure Tennessee natives want successful men’s hoops program
March 15, 2005
With Buzz Peterson’s future at Tennessee now decided, the coach fired on Monday, his predecessor recently questioned whether there was a deep enough commitment to men’s basketball at Tennessee.
On the record
March 15, 2005
Corrections
March 15, 2005
Parts of Massachusetts Street will be closed from about noon to 2 p.m. Thursday for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. The day of the parade was incorrect in Monday’s Journal-World.
John Milton Taylor, Ottawa
March 15, 2005
Never been a Wallflower
Frontman Jakob Dylan finds success doesn’t always equate to album sales
March 15, 2005
“In another life I’d like to come back and be the bass player or the drummer,” Jakob Dylan says.
U2 leads Rock Hall’s Class of 2005
March 15, 2005
Three decades after forming in a Dublin high school and still on top of the music world, U2 was ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday, joined by the O’Jays, Percy Sledge, The Pretenders and Buddy Guy.
Photo: Spring break buzz
March 15, 2005
Oakland, Alabama A&M overcame adversity
Grizzlies struggled with 0-7 start to season; Bulldogs’ coach has cancer
March 15, 2005
As an NCAA moderator introduced Oakland coach Greg Kampe on Monday night, he mentioned the Grizzlies’ 12-18 record.
School district moves closer to firing Kruse
March 15, 2005
The Lawrence school board on Monday began the process for firing Wayne Kruse, a sixth-grade teacher accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the teachers’ union.
Legislative committee studying school-finance plans
March 15, 2005
A legislative conference committee started work Monday on a school finance plan that critics say is inadequate, irresponsible and unconstitutional.
Horoscopes
March 15, 2005
Mayor casts eye on consultant costs
March 15, 2005
It is a fact of life: Lawrence city commissioners don’t know everything. But on most occasions they can spend money on a team of consultants who do.
Cubs’ Prior battles elbow injury
March 15, 2005
Now the Chicago Cubs have two injured aces.