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Governor, Hemenway criticize GOP funding plan
March 16, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 1:26 p.m.) Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway today blasted a House Republican budget proposal that would divert funds from higher education and delay a state employee payraise.
After two days, still no verdict in Murray trial
March 16, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 9:50 a.m.) After two full days of deliberation, a Douglas County jury still did not have a verdict late this afternoon in the murder trial of Kansas State University professor Thomas E. Murray.
Sunshine expected through afternoon
March 16, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 1:15 p.m.) Much of the Lawrence area was shrouded in a thick fog this morning. However, the patchy, dense fog lifted by midmorning, leaving behind mostly sunny skies for the rest of the afternoon.
6Sports video: Free State baseball ready for another run at state
March 16, 2005
The Firebirds came so close to the state championship last year they could taste it. The experience they gained last year should help them, however, as they get ready to go at it again.
On the record
March 16, 2005
Thomas J. Robb, Tonganoxie
March 16, 2005
Bumper crops boost implement dealer’s plans
March 16, 2005
Douglas County farmers harvested bumper crops of corn and soybeans last year, helping Ken Wagner feel comfortable about expanding his business.
Redskins starting push for Brown
Washington coach Gibbs visits with former Cleveland defensive end, who was cut to avoid bonus
March 16, 2005
The Washington Redskins made the first overtures to Courtney Brown, with coach Joe Gibbs flying to Cleveland on Tuesday to try to woo the one-time top draft pick who was cut by the Browns the previous day.
People
March 16, 2005
¢ Show will go on for ‘Idol’ ¢ Piano Man in for tuneup ¢ Arrest charges dropped ¢ ‘Little Women’ to hit road ¢ Electrifying performance
NCAAs get under way
Oakland earns first tournament win with 79-69 victory over Alabama A&M
March 16, 2005
It took eight years in Division One for Oakland to get its first win in the NCAA Tournament.
Wrong suspect in BTK case wants answers about DNA sample
March 16, 2005
Police hunting for the BTK serial killer kicked down the door at Roger Valadez’s home, coming in with guns drawn. They handcuffed the Wichita man before taking a sample of his DNA with a swab from his mouth.
Bag battle
March 16, 2005
LHS swimmers fourth at Emporia Invitational
March 16, 2005
Lawrence High opened its girls swimming and diving season Tuesday with a fourth-place finish in the seven-team Emporia Invitational.
City mat honorees
March 16, 2005
Sara Hilliard of Free State High and Emma Mercer of Lawrence High earned berths on the first All-Kansas Girls Wrestling team as chosen by a state panel of mat experts. Hilliard, a senior, made first team at 160 pounds. Mercer, a sophomore, was second team at 119 pounds.
Officials outline scenarios for terror training
Exercises to test preparedness at state, local levels
March 16, 2005
An upcoming Homeland Security Department report outlines a dozen frightening if hypothetical scenarios such as a terrorist nuclear attack or spreading plague in airport bathrooms to spur state and local preparedness against security risks.
Researchers say Europe has weight problem on large scale
March 16, 2005
At least seven European countries now challenge the United States in size — at least around the waistline.
Ottawa University president to leave
March 16, 2005
The president of Ottawa University will leave this summer to become president of Maryville University in St. Louis.
Planned Parenthood leader blasts Kline’s abortion records probe
March 16, 2005
The head of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri today said Atty. Gen. Phill Kline is seeking the clinic records clinic of 29 women, most of whom are adults.
Munch madness
Celebrate tournament time with good flavor, good health
March 16, 2005
Roundball madness that afflicts us in March can round out our hips if we’re not careful.
Briefly
March 16, 2005
¢ 22 inmates killed as police storm jail ¢ $10 million bounty paid to informers ¢ Human bird flu cases may be underreported
Giambi excused from testifying at hearing
March 16, 2005
Jason Giambi can concentrate on hitting instead of testifying.
Citing sloppy defense, Tigers cut center fielder Sanchez
March 16, 2005
The Detroit Tigers cut center fielder Alex Sanchez because they weren’t happy with his defense. The Toronto Blue Jays might have a hard time leaving Gabe Gross off the big league roster.
Briefly
March 16, 2005
¢ Senators work to save Amtrak ¢ Faculty group rebukes Harvard president ¢ 45-day sentence given for drowning of Iraqi ¢ Woman dies month before 120th birthday ¢ Study: Vitamin E pills may pose heart risk
Horoscopes
March 16, 2005
Democrats lack plan to ‘save’ Social Security
March 16, 2005
In 1994, when a 39-year-old state legislator was asked in Aiken, S.C., how he was enticing voters to make him the first Republican elected to Congress from that district since Reconstruction, he said: “I’m one less vote for an agenda that makes you want to throw up.” Lindsey Graham won, and in 2002, advocating voluntary personal retirement accounts funded by a portion of individuals’ Social Security taxes, he won a Senate seat. Now he has an idea that makes some Republicans throw up: Raise the current $90,000 limit on income subject to Social Security taxes.
Blue Demons, Diener deny Tigers
March 16, 2005
After burning Missouri from three-point range all night, Drake Diener’s biggest shot of the game ended up being a tip-in.
Woodling: KU, OU, Okie St. Big 12’s best bets
March 16, 2005
A half-dozen Big 12 Conference men’s basketball teams have an opportunity to win the NCAA championship. Realistically, though, only Kansas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have a legitimate chance and all three will have to perform at peak levels even to reach the Final Four.
Heritage area for Kansas supported
Park Service wants guidelines established before adding sites
March 16, 2005
A proposed national heritage area in eastern Kansas would highlight violent events that led to the Civil War, a supporter told members of Congress Tuesday.
She’s no sellout
Petra Haden’s all-vocal tribute to classic Who album goes for miles and miles
March 16, 2005
It’s not exactly that Petra Haden isn’t taking this thing seriously. It’s just that it was really a private project taken on as an exercise, and she had no intention of playing it for anyone except friends, primarily Mike Watt, the Los Angeles musician who challenged her to try it in the first place.
City rejects affordable housing project
Commissioners say no services prepared for site west of Lawrence
March 16, 2005
City commissioners Tuesday night rejected a proposed development that was touted as a partial solution to the city’s affordable housing problem, and had their commitment to affordable housing questioned in the process.
City filing defends smoking ban
Bar owner says ordinance hard to enforce, has hidden agenda
March 16, 2005
A lawsuit by a Lawrence bar owner claiming the city’s smoking ban is unconstitutional is nothing more than misplaced frustration over the ban’s effect on his sales, city officials argue in new legal documents.
Old bones get new home
New Science City exhibit gives KU dinosaur-builders room to grow and show
March 16, 2005
Matt Christopher is used to cleaning up dinosaur bones in a room he calls “the pit.” The room, in Kansas University’s Dyche Hall, is dingy and poorly lit.
Briefly
March 16, 2005
¢ Bond decision scheduled for murder suspect ¢ Eight charged in brawl that led to teen’s death
Chaney returns in Owls’ setback
Coach can’t help Temple avoid loss to Virginia Tech
March 16, 2005
John Chaney’s return to the bench for Temple came without any fanfare — and without any success for the Owls.
Four KU seniors to graduate together
March 16, 2005
Kansas University’s four senior men’s basketball players are “student-athletes” in the true sense of the word.
Principled stand
Dismissing a Kansas University football player for disciplinary reasons was the right thing to do.
March 16, 2005
Congratulations to Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino for dismissing one of his star players from the team for disciplinary reasons. It is refreshing to see a coach stand firm for principles rather than manufacturing some excuse to justify behavior that runs counter to good citizenship or to well-known team rules.
Cordial attitude
March 16, 2005
Female faculty
March 16, 2005
Amendment a cruel mistake
March 16, 2005
This past Sunday, The New York Times ran an article pointing out that Kansas had been in the national news more than usual during the past several weeks. There was Steve Fossett’s round-the-world flight from Salina, the capture of the BTK killer, the attorney general’s attempt to get abortion patient records and the upcoming vote on the anti-gay marriage amendment.
Baseball’s biggest scandal ever?
March 16, 2005
The congressional hearings on steroids have the potential to be one of the most important events in baseball’s long history. More important than any lockout or union strike. More important than the 1980s’ epidemic of cokehead players. You might have to go all the way back to the Black Sox scandal to find an event of equal meaning.
Buzz surrounding spelling bees grows
March 16, 2005
When school district officials canceled their annual spelling bee, what emerged was an eight-letter word for controversy — b-r-o-u-h-a-h-a.
Big Dig’ chief’s ouster sought
Engineer won’t vouch for road project’s safety
March 16, 2005
Gov. Mitt Romney asked the state’s highest court Tuesday if he has the power to fire the Massachusetts turnpike chairman after an engineer who led an investigation into leaks at the $14.6 billion Big Dig project says he can no longer vouch for the safety of its tunnels.
Back in their old home, hawks’ family growing
March 16, 2005
New York’s high-rise hawks are expecting an addition to the family.
Gunman in Jaguar kills 3 after bar fight
March 16, 2005
A man squeezed through the sunroof of a Jaguar early Tuesday and opened fire with an assault rifle on another moving vehicle, killing three men and critically wounding a fourth, police said.
Daily ticker
March 16, 2005
Former WorldCom CEO guilty
Telecom cowboy’ convicted in $11B accounting scandal
March 16, 2005
Bernard Ebbers, the once-swaggering CEO of WorldCom, was convicted Tuesday of engineering the largest corporate fraud in U.S. history — an $11 billion accounting scandal that capsized the big telecom company three years ago.
KU expert sees verdict as move toward reform
March 16, 2005
The conviction of Bernard Ebbers for orchestrating an $11 billion accounting fraud will go a long way toward cleaning up illegal, unethical behavior in American business — all the way from the boardroom to the mailroom, a Kansas University ethics expert said Tuesday.
State’s productivity slacking
Kansas economic, population growth slows
March 16, 2005
Are Kansas workers falling down on the job? Are workers in South Dakota spending less time at the water cooler than their Kansas counterparts?
Briefcase
March 16, 2005
¢ ‘Extreme’ Christian shop opens downtown ¢ Protection One reports $324M yearly loss ¢ Sprint, Nextel leaders in line for bonuses
Ex-Qwest CEO accused of fraud
Regulators file charges against execs
March 16, 2005
The SEC charged former Qwest Communications CEO Joseph Nacchio and six other executives Tuesday with orchestrating a “massive financial fraud” at the telecommunications company that hid the true source of billions of dollars in revenue.
Senate differs on how to help Social Security
March 16, 2005
The Senate unanimously agreed Tuesday that strengthening Social Security was “a vital national priority” but split acrimoniously along party lines on what to do about it in the first votes on President Bush’s plans.
Commodities
March 16, 2005
K-State has faith in Wooldridge
AD Weiser says KSU hoops coach will be retained
March 16, 2005
Jim Wooldridge will be back on the Kansas State sideline next season after coaching the men’s basketball team to its first winning season in six years.
Sweeney set to go, but Truby sidelined
March 16, 2005
Kansas City slugger Mike Sweeney is ready to rejoin the Royals’ lineup, after the first baseman and designated hitter missed five spring training games because of a sore back.
KU baseball to face Baker at home today
March 16, 2005
Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price will be seeking his 300th win at the NCAA Division One level when the Jayhawks play host to Baker University today.
Baker softballers honored by HAAC
March 16, 2005
Baker University’s Jana Smith and Kendra Cody were named Heart of America Athletic Conference pitcher of the week and player of the week respectively after helping lead the Wildcats to a 9-0 start.
James propels Cavs past Jazz
Cleveland standout scores 36 in 92-73 victory
March 16, 2005
LeBron James doesn’t miss Carlos Boozer nearly as much anymore. Cleveland fans, though, still are dealing with some separation anxiety.
Living a dream: German import at home in U.S.
March 16, 2005
As a boy who grew up in one of 50 homes in a small German country town, Bucknell center Chris McNaughton really cherished his summers in the United States.
UNC coach Williams not eager to face KU
March 16, 2005
University of North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams has made it clear he’s not looking forward to a possible meeting against Kansas University in the NCAA Tournament.
Jayhawks still dealing with health concerns
Langford recovering from ankle injury, flu; Moody not 100 percent healed
March 16, 2005
Wayne Simien can’t imagine a scenario that would keep Kansas University senior teammate Keith Langford from playing in Friday night’s NCAA Tournament opener against Bucknell.
Greene, Dragila will enter Gold Zone
Track meet to feature three-hour session with popular events
March 16, 2005
Kansas City, Kan., native Maurice Greene will be joined by fellow Olympic champions Stacy Dragila, Allen Johnson, Jearl Miles-Clark and Nick Hysong as headliners for the new Gold Zone of the Kansas Relays.
Mercury pollution cuts ordered
March 16, 2005
The Bush administration on Tuesday ordered power plants to cut mercury pollution from smokestacks by nearly half within 15 years but left an out for the worst polluters.
Base closing panel nominated
March 16, 2005
The government’s latest effort to mothball obsolete military installations moved into high gear Tuesday with the appointment of a nine-member base-closing commission that will spend the next six months preparing a hit list of bases.
Iraqi parliament to convene today without all key leaders in place
March 16, 2005
Iraq puts its fragile democracy to the test today, convening its first freely elected National Assembly in recent history after last-minute bargaining over Sunni Arab candidates to head the parliament.
Rice’s trip to Asia comes amid rising tensions
March 16, 2005
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned Tuesday that the United States would respond to China’s growing military power by reinforcing its own military strength and strengthening its alliances with South Korea and Japan.
Bush asks Hezbollah to disarm
March 16, 2005
In an apparent overture to an organization on the U.S. terror blacklist, President Bush suggested Tuesday that Hezbollah should put down its arms and become fully integrated into Lebanon’s political mainstream.
Bucknell leads tourney in graduation rate
March 16, 2005
Off the court, anyway, Bucknell already has Kansas University beat. All of the players who entered Bucknell’s basketball program between 1994 and 1997 graduated within six years, according to a report released Tuesday. That compares with 60 percent of KU’s players, which ranked ninth among the 65 men’s teams in the NCAA tournament.
Tuesday spent waiting for jury
Full day of deliberation passes without verdict
March 16, 2005
In the nearly empty courtroom Tuesday, a CBS News crew trained a video camera at the clock on the wall. Nearby, bailiff Lewis Roberts sat guarding the door leading from the courtroom to the jury room.
KU Med Center chief opposes House committee’s budget
March 16, 2005
The chief of the Kansas University Medical Center said Tuesday that a budget proposal to delay a state employee pay raise and grab other higher education funds would “create significant problems.”
Senate advances bill to strengthen child passenger safety laws
March 16, 2005
Senators are trying again to strengthen Kansas’ child passenger safety law, giving first-round approval Tuesday to a bill requiring all minors to wear seat belts or ride in special safety seats.
Sebelius aide criticizes gambling measure
March 16, 2005
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius supports expanded gambling in Kansas, but a top aide is criticizing a bill to permit casinos in five areas and slot machines at dog and horse tracks.
Capitol Briefing
News from the Kansas Statehouse
March 16, 2005
¢ School finance countdown ¢ Tuesday’s highlights ¢ Today’s schedule ¢ Quote of the day
Island spice
With its fiery undertones, jerk cooking is a staple of Jamaican cuisine
March 16, 2005
Jamaica is Richard Gwin’s second home. Gwin, 55, has been vacationing in the Caribbean nation since the mid 1970s, racking up about 20 trips there.
It’s not too early to begin planting vegetables
March 16, 2005
Early-season vegetable gardeners don’t have to wait until the danger of frost has passed to begin sowing seed. Frost-tolerant greens and such root crops as carrots, beets and turnips can be planted during March with great success, provided gardeners pay attention to a couple of basic rules.
A&E muscles in with touching doc
March 16, 2005
A sweet, short documentary that makes the most of the touching immediacy of home video footage, “One Strong Arm” (9:30 p.m., A&E) will have some viewers reaching for a hanky or two. Cody Wagner was stricken with a brain tumor and a series of strokes when he was only 18 months old. To his father, a tragedy of that magnitude was something that happened to other people. When Cody was released from the hospital, Cody’s mother was told in no uncertain terms that she was taking her boy home to die.
Review: ‘The Incredibles’ on DVD is pretty super
March 16, 2005
With the swirl of marketing surrounding the DVD arrival of Pixar’s “The Incredibles,” not buying it almost seems like a heroic act. Target is giving away free sparkling water with purchase; Circuit City tosses a kid-size “Incredibles” basketball to anyone who snags the coveted release; and some supermarkets are even offering gratis groceries. What’s next? Complimentary awesome superpowers for the first 50 customers?
County mailing advance ballots
March 16, 2005
Connie Ingle admits she may be wet behind the ears. But the Douglas County deputy clerk of elections thinks more voters will turn out for the April 5 general election than the 16 percent who voted in the March primary.
Sheriff requests gun purchase
March 16, 2005
Requiring all sheriff’s deputies to use the same type of gun and ammunition could mean a cost savings for Douglas County.
Foster services
March 16, 2005
R.E.‘Brownie’ Slankard, Pomona
March 16, 2005
City briefs
March 16, 2005
¢ Suggestions sought for new city projects ¢ Fellowship opposes marriage amendment ¢ Jayhawks visit Capitol ¢ ‘River City Weekly’ examines Lied scenes ¢ Police make arrest in liquor store theft
Sexual orientation bill attracts comments
Lawrence already has protections for gays
March 16, 2005
Legislation aimed at prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation statewide drew testimony from both sides Tuesday, but no action is planned on the measure.
Ex-dean to lead KU law school in interim
March 16, 2005
A familiar face will be taking over as interim dean of the Kansas University School of Law for the next academic year.
Panel reviews bill targeting anti-gay discrimination
March 16, 2005
A Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday in favor of expanding the state’s anti-discrimination laws to cover gays and lesbians, but one opponent called the measure “the policy of hell.”
Pentagon anthrax scare turns out to be false alarm
March 16, 2005
Anthrax tests from two Pentagon mailrooms came back negative Tuesday, a day after initial testing indicated the deadly spores might be present, prompting nearly 900 workers to take antibiotics as a precaution.
Saline County judge faces suspension
March 16, 2005
An inquiry is under way and could lead to disciplinary action against a Saline County district judge accused of using his office computer to obtain access to sexually explicit materials.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
March 16, 2005
Highlights of Tuesday’s activities at the Kansas Legislature
With schools, death cases pending, legislators answer courts
March 16, 2005
Stung by rulings mandating higher spending on public schools and striking down Kansas’ death penalty law, legislators are considering proposals to limit judges’ power and make the courts more responsive to voters.
Who’s on your Big Dance card?
March 16, 2005
It’s the talk of the town. Everybody’s filling out their men’s basketball NCAA Tournament bracket, with eyes on the Final Four in St. Louis. The Journal-World decided to check in with some local notables to get their thoughts on this year’s tournament, which began Tuesday with the play-in game between Alabama A&M and Oakland.
Israel opens new Holocaust museum
March 16, 2005
Leaders and dignitaries from some 40 countries opened a $56 million Holocaust museum Tuesday that focuses on the personal tragedies of the 6 million Jews who perished in the Nazi genocide.
Italy making plans to withdraw from Iraq
March 16, 2005
Italy’s prime minister announced plans Tuesday to start drawing down his country’s 3,000-strong contingent in Iraq in September, putting a fresh crack in President Bush’s crumbling coalition. Bulgaria also called for a partial withdrawal, and Ukraine welcomed home its first wave of returning troops.