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St. Patrick’s Day revelry sweeps downtown
March 17, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 5:50 p.m.) St. Patrick chasing animated snakes. Fairies with gossamer wings. And even a large green Octopus.
Colorado policy expert: Education biggest loser in TABOR proposal
March 17, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 11:16 a.m.) A public policy expert who has monitored the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights in Colorado said Kansas should reject a similar proposal that is being considered here.
Guilty verdict returned in Murray trial
March 17, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 2:24 p.m.) After more than two full days of deliberation, a Douglas County jury this morning found English professor Thomas E. Murray guilty of killing his ex-wife in November 2003.
Wee bit windy for St. Patrick’s Day
March 17, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 12:35 p.m.) If you’re headed out to Lawrence’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade this afternoon, hang tight to your green hats and shore up your shamrocks and shillelaghs.
Rice pushes democracy with Pakistani leader
March 17, 2005
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday brought the Bush administration’s push for democracy to Pakistan, where Gen. Pervez Musharraf has been a welcome ally against Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida terrorist network but has proved hesitant to surrender power he took in a coup in 1999.
Commentary: NIT loss could be Chaney’s farewell
March 17, 2005
John Chaney resembled a sedated dental patient more than a Hall of Fame basketball coach.
Briefcase
March 17, 2005
¢ Hereford House opens outdoor patio ¢ General Motors cuts projections ¢ Trade deficit hits high
Fate of county’s house uncertain
March 17, 2005
A former neighborhood association president made a plea Wednesday for residents and Douglas County officials to resolve an issue involving a piece of property on Rhode Island Street.
Kenneth S. Goll. Lawrence
March 17, 2005
Young Davis lands gig
KU radio voice’s son following dad
March 17, 2005
Steve Davis doesn’t hide his pride for his father, Bob Davis, the familiar radio voice of Kansas University athletics and the television voice of Royals baseball.
Horoscopes
March 17, 2005
Briefly
March 17, 2005
¢ Caregiver indicted on murder charges ¢ Episcopal leaders put ban on new bishops ¢ Sex offender sought in girl’s disappearance ¢ Army captain convicted of assaults on Iraqis
Jayhawks depart for the Big Dance
KU fans see team off to first-round game
March 17, 2005
Dozens of Jayhawk fans gathered outside Allen Fieldhouse Wednesday evening to give the Kansas University men’s basketball team a boisterous send-off to Oklahoma City and the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Shine some light
Maintaining access to important government documents is an important part of protecting democracy.
March 17, 2005
There’s nothing that inspires trust like being able to see something with your own eyes.
Senate OKs oil drilling in Alaska wildlife refuge
Opponents say pipeline would disrupt the area’s ecosystem
March 17, 2005
Amid the backdrop of soaring oil and gasoline prices, a sharply divided Senate on Wednesday voted to open the ecologically rich Alaska wildlife refuge to oil drilling, delivering a major energy policy win for President Bush.
Langford likely won’t play
KU senior suffers relapse of stomach woe, remains doubtful for Bucknell game
March 17, 2005
Keith Langford dropped his gear in the luggage deck, then stopped to sign autographs for a pair of fans before boarding the charter bus for Topeka’s Forbes Field on Wednesday night outside Allen Fieldhouse.
Coach: Bucknell will come to play
March 17, 2005
Patriot League men’s basketball teams have come close, but never won, an NCAA Tournament game.
Bison excited to face nationally renowned Jayhawks
March 17, 2005
Junior co-captain Kevin Bettencourt always takes a break from pregame warmups to enjoy the scenery prior to a Bucknell road game.
Test drive
Before you buy new furniture, you might want to give it a whirl
March 17, 2005
Buying furniture can be a lot like purchasing a car. And if it isn’t, it should be. You open doors. Test the seats. Check out drawers and compartments. Smell that new-upholstery smell. Consider this the furniture equivalent of a test drive.
Briefly
March 17, 2005
¢ Senate rejects effort on Amtrak funding ¢ Firefighters to sit out St. Patrick’s parade ¢ Scientists see possible mercury-autism link ¢ Fire destroys black museum site ¢ Lawmakers restrict pseudoephedrine sales
Clean shot
Prosoco products to brighten exterior of 50-year-building
March 17, 2005
The billions of microbial algaes, lichens and molds clogging the pores of Allen Fieldhouse’s limestone exterior must feel a little bit like Kansas State Wildcats right about now. The visitors don’t stand a chance.
Group wants obesity classified as illness
March 17, 2005
Alarmed by rising rates of obesity among children and teens in much of the world, the international Endocrine Society has called for classifying excess weight among children as an illness that should be covered by health insurance.
Richardson wakes up, powers Jayhawks
March 17, 2005
Stuck in an extended hitting slump, Kansas University catcher Sean Richardson decided to change his tune Wednesday against Baker.
New LHS coach laid-back; Free State must replace Berkley
City soccer preview
March 17, 2005
First-year Lawrence High girls soccer coach Jason Clark will attempt to do what two men a year ago could not.
Noah Lawrence Miller, Lawrence
March 17, 2005
Hop on the Shamrock Express today
St. Patrick’s Day revelry sweeps downtown
March 17, 2005
Department stores have Christmas. Candy makers have Easter. And bars — well, bars have St. Patrick’s Day.
Razor-blade banks add humor to collectibles
March 17, 2005
Age and rarity are not the only reasons collectibles bring high prices.
Briefly
March 17, 2005
¢ Plane crash kills at least 29 ¢ Chess great likely to win citizenship ¢ Serial rapist, killer hanged in public
Actor Robert Blake acquitted of murder
March 17, 2005
Robert Blake left court playing a role he hasn’t known for a long time: that of a man no longer charged with killing his wife, no longer cast as the lead villain in a bizarre murder trial.
KU fans leave nothing to chance
March 17, 2005
Today, as people across Lawrence put on their green, drink a Guinness and pay tribute to the luck of the Irish, some Kansas University fans will be focusing on the luck of the Jayhawk.
Iraq’s National Assembly convenes
Meeting long on ceremony, short on business of governing
March 17, 2005
Standing before a touchstone Koranic verse about cooperation and addressing an Iraqi people bruised but unbeaten on their march toward democracy, Iraqi leaders Wednesday convened the nation’s first freely elected parliament body in half a century.
Israel hands over West Bank town of Jericho
March 17, 2005
Israeli troops took down their Star of David flag, removed a roadblock and handed the town of Jericho to Palestinian control Wednesday, boosting Mideast peace efforts and sending a message to Palestinians that ending the violent uprising is starting to pay off.
Haskell, KU collaborate to preserve oral history
March 17, 2005
“Learning to Hear the Stories VI: Listening in the Borderlands,” will examine the importance of oral records with a melange of rap music, art and storytelling.
Soil testing beneficial this time of year
March 17, 2005
As eager gardeners patiently await the arrival of warmer weather, many avid green thumbs are already preparing to plant their spring vegetable garden.
Arts notes
March 17, 2005
¢ Museum curators to share stories ¢ Needlework exhibition being shown at Watkins ¢ Deadline Friday for essay contest
Tips to solve household problems
March 17, 2005
When it comes to our home, we often don’t realize that there are simple solutions to problems that sometimes seem overwhelming. Here are a few examples:
Snub of Sinn Fein leader sends message
March 17, 2005
The Irish Republican Army has flashed a spotlight at an ideal moment on its own deeply ingrained criminality. The hard men of Northern Ireland have ensured that St. Patrick’s Day 2005 cannot be confined to green beer, leprechauns, ethnic pride or political expediency.
Circle supporter
March 17, 2005
Civilian deaths
March 17, 2005
Bond choice
March 17, 2005
Balanced view?
March 17, 2005
Daily ticker
March 17, 2005
Boeing’s Wichita plant lands $55M in work
March 17, 2005
Boeing Co.’s Wichita plant is getting $55 million in new work on the Air Force’s airborne laser missile defense project, said Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan.
Company’s CEO search likely to last for months
March 17, 2005
Boeing Co.’s interim CEO told employees Wednesday that the process to select a new chief executive officer for the aerospace firm would be “deliberate” and be expected to last for months.
Westar posts sixfold increase in fourth-quarter earnings
March 17, 2005
Electric utility Westar Energy Inc. on Wednesday reported a sixfold jump in fourth-quarter earnings. Revenue climbed 4 percent.
Investors unimpressed with rise in oil output
March 17, 2005
OPEC left the intense global thirst for oil unquenched Wednesday when it raised its output quota by 2 percent, a symbolic gesture that will not add supply to the market.
Defense leader tapped to lead World Bank
March 17, 2005
President Bush on Wednesday recommended Defense Deputy Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, who has been a lightning rod for criticism of the U.S. invasion of Iraq and other defense policies, to take over as head of the World Bank.
FCC commissioner promoted to chairman
March 17, 2005
President Bush on Wednesday elevated Federal Communications Commission member Kevin Martin to chairman of the agency clamping down on broadcast indecency as it faces tough challenges in the ever-evolving age of the Internet.
Commodities
March 17, 2005
McGwire to attend hearing
Major leaguers to testify about steroids
March 17, 2005
Mark McGwire will join other past and present players today before a congressional committee investigating steroids in baseball, a spectacle the sport had hoped to avoid just weeks before opening day.
Teahen getting chance sooner than expected
March 17, 2005
Mark Teahen was supposed to spend spring training learning from the major-leaguers. Now, he could be on the fast track to being one on Opening Day.
Sweeney back in lineup as Royals top Sox, 6-3
March 17, 2005
The Kansas City Royals received some encouraging signs on two fronts Wednesday in a 6-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
Nuclear waste site safety data investigated
March 17, 2005
Two federal agencies launched investigations Wednesday into evidence that government scientists had submitted phony data to help prove that a proposed nuclear dump at Yucca Mountain in Nevada would be safe.
Scott Peterson formally sentenced to death
March 17, 2005
A judge formally sentenced Scott Peterson to death Wednesday after family members got into a shouting match and Laci Peterson’s mother sobbed as she called her son-in-law “an evil murderer.”
Leno statement makes liar of accuser
March 17, 2005
Jay Leno told police he thinks Michael Jackson is “guilty” of child molestation, but the late night funnyman’s expected testimony at the singer’s trial may still boost the defense and show the young accuser to be a liar.
Beauty queen acquitted of killing two-timing boyfriend
March 17, 2005
A beauty queen who shot and killed her two-timing boyfriend was acquitted of murder Wednesday after claiming she acted in self-defense.
U.S. House intervenes in Schiavo case
Bill would delay removal of feeding tubes to brain-damaged woman
March 17, 2005
The House passed legislation late Wednesday intended to delay the removal of the feeding tube keeping alive a brain-damaged woman whose husband has been given permission by a state court to allow her to die.
Celtics hang on against Raptors
March 17, 2005
Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker each scored 24 points, and the Boston Celtics nearly blew a 16-point fourth-quarter lead before pulling out a 110-109 victory Wednesday over the Toronto Raptors.
Pacers’ forward O’Neal likely out for season
March 17, 2005
Pacers forward Jermaine O’Neal likely will not play again this season because of a shoulder injury he sustained nearly two weeks ago.
Workshop to grow new farmers market vendors
March 17, 2005
The Lawrence Farmers Market is a right of passage for many Lawrencians. We anticipate the opening bell in May and schedule our Saturday mornings to enjoy the fruits of our local farmers’ labor.
Stamos sees ‘Progress’ in reinventing himself
March 17, 2005
Consider “Jake in Progress” the latest example of how things can come in threes.
Will hoops help CBS?
March 17, 2005
Not long ago, the NCAA basketball tournament was a ratings salvation for CBS. Of course, that was when NBC dominated Thursday nights with its “must see” lineup and when CBS was drawing the more modest audiences that watched “Promised Land” and “Diagnosis Murder.” Now there’s little chance that the basketball playoffs will draw as many viewers as Thursday’s regularly scheduled “Survivor” and “CSI.”
Suspect in BTK serial killings earned good conduct medal in Air Force
March 17, 2005
The suburban Wichita man accused of being the BTK serial killer earned a good conduct medal during his stint in the U.S. Air Force, and Dennis Rader’s tour of duty took him to bases throughout the United States and overseas, according to military records obtained by The Associated Press.
Senate passes bill requiring seat belts for minors
March 17, 2005
A bill requiring all minors to wear seat belts or ride in special safety seats won Senate approval Wednesday.
Candidates differ on parks, downtown
March 17, 2005
A Wednesday night forum revealed more divisions between Lawrence City Commission candidates, this time on issues regarding park space and the use of downtown sidewalks as drinking and dining areas.
Clinics to notify patients of record requests
Abortion providers also accuse attorney general of violating gag order
March 17, 2005
Two abortion clinics on Wednesday accused Atty. Gen. Phill Kline of violating a court’s gag order covering his pursuit of patient medical records, and both planned to notify the patients affected by the request.
House committee endorses abortion clinic regulation
March 17, 2005
The state would set minimum health and safety standards for abortion clinics under a bill endorsed Wednesday by a House panel.
Legislator delays disclosure provision
March 17, 2005
A freshman legislator Wednesday delayed House action on the so-called “Lew Perkins Provision” for what he said was no reason but that he wanted to hear debate on the bill.
Capitol Briefing
News from the Kansas Statehouse
March 17, 2005
¢ School finance countdown ¢ Wednesday’s highlights ¢ Today’s schedule ¢ Quote of the day
Celebration planned for downtown construction
March 17, 2005
Get out your party hat: Downtown Lawrence is getting a new waterline.
On the record
March 17, 2005
Linda Hromco Backus, Burlington
March 17, 2005
James A. Lewis, Topeka
March 17, 2005
Paulette Louise Tall Chief, Shawnee
March 17, 2005
After 17 hours, no word from jury in Murray murder trial
March 17, 2005
For the past month, the public has been free to discuss developments in the murder trial of Kansas State University professor Thomas E. Murray.
Area briefs
March 17, 2005
¢ KU features ceramics by artist from Qatar ¢ Task force on homeless not ready with report ¢ Panel changes wording in breast-feeding bill ¢ Civil War group meeting tonight ¢ Task force to improve government efficiency
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
March 17, 2005
Kansas legislators unlikely to ban human cloning
March 17, 2005
A bill that would ban human cloning and a procedure used in embryonic stem cell research probably won’t be debated by lawmakers this year, a committee chairman says.
Rugged defense lifted Bucknell into NCAAs
March 17, 2005
Need perseverance? Try beating the perennial basketball power of your league with an elusive NCAA Tournament berth on the line — on their home court. That’s how Bucknell made it and earned an invitation to play Kansas University on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Oklahoma City.
Photos: Last Dance
March 17, 2005
Shockers roll over Houston
March 17, 2005
Wichita State coach Mark Turgeon told his team it was only a matter of time before Houston started missing some shots.
Kleinmann happy to help KU starters
March 17, 2005
Matt Kleinmann just shakes his head and smiles. With striking red hair, he is accustomed to the nicknames “Big Red” and “Opie.” At 6-foot-10, he is used to standing out in a crowd.
Walk-ons provide boost from bench
Vinson, Bahe cheer, contribute in practice
March 17, 2005
Kansas University’s big-time basketball standouts such as Wayne Simien, Keith Langford and Aaron Miles might be the ones putting smiles on the faces of fans in the stands.
Stat man Jones says KU games a labor of love
March 17, 2005
Tom Jones’ cell phone buzzed. On the other end was his pregnant wife, Marsha. “She was in hysterics,” Jones recalled. “She was due, and I thought she was going into labor, but she was actually laughing hysterically.”
Aide Townsend settles in
Slick’ says Jayhawks ‘like family’ now
March 17, 2005
It might be the hair. Kansas University men’s basketball assistant Kurtis Townsend knows it could be his smoothed-back hairstyle that caused the players referred to him as “Slick” in their Senior Night speeches. But he also has some other theories.
Illini eager to defend seed, ranking
March 17, 2005
Illinois spent most of this season staking its claim as the nation’s best team.
Defense already in charge
KU offense catching up to Mangino’s dominant ‘D’
March 17, 2005
Kansas University’s football team put on pads for the first time in four months Wednesday, but the defense didn’t look rusty.
Seniors set for last hurrah
Langford, Lee, Miles, Simien quality class
March 17, 2005
Kansas University has had some stellar men’s basketball recruiting classes throughout the years. Not many, if any, have meant more to the school than the class of Keith Langford, Michael Lee, Aaron Miles and Wayne Simien.
Our town sports
March 17, 2005
Study: Obesity may lower U.S. life expectancy
March 17, 2005
The life expectancy of Americans, which has been increasing for more than two centuries, could soon level off or even decline because of the surge in obesity among the country’s young, according to a group of researchers who study aging and obesity.
Mets’ Trachsel ailing
Pitcher sidelined by back injury
March 17, 2005
Spring training isn’t even over yet, and the New York Mets already have a major hole in their starting rotation.
Middle ground on abortion is shrinking
March 17, 2005
Let me begin by sharing one of the deep dark secrets of columnists everywhere. Much as we like the powers-that-be to do what we tell them, we vastly prefer that they don’t do it until we tell them.
Writing skills key to careers
March 17, 2005
Faculty members at America’s colleges and universities have long thought that an alarming number of high school graduates do not have the needed writing skills when they arrive on campus.
Human cloning ban put on hold
KU officials testify against bill; definition of cloning under scrutiny
March 17, 2005
A human cloning ban in Kansas will have to wait another year, after opponents of the measure told a legislative committee Wednesday the measure would go much further and halt potentially life-saving research.
Steve Jacob
March 17, 2005
Hemenway blasts House budget plans
Governor backs chancellor during KU day at Capitol
March 17, 2005
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway on Wednesday used the backdrop of KU’s annual day in the Capitol to blast House Republicans for proposing a budget that diverts funds from higher education and delays a state employee pay raise.
KU seeks feedback on parking
Fee increase expected to alleviate overcrowding
March 17, 2005
Jon Studtmann is well aware of the parking woes on the Kansas University campus. He sometimes drives to campus an hour before class to get a close parking spot. And he rarely sees friendly faces as he drives from lot to lot.