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House cuts higher education funding
March 18, 2005
(Updated Friday at 11:41 a.m.) House Republicans today voted to cut higher education funding and delay a state pay raise, according to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ administration and the Kansas Board of Regents.
Warm today, cold front moving in tonight
March 18, 2005
(Updated Friday at 9:10 a.m.) Lawrence was bright and sunny this morning, with temperatures rising quickly, heading into the upper 50s. But a cold front will be moving in tonight, bringing cloudy skies and cooler temperatures for the weekend, says Tim Reith, 6News meteorologist.
Success
The fine 1997 and 2005 Kansas basketball teams have special reasons to be proud.
March 18, 2005
Kansas University has had its full share of outstanding basketball teams, players and coaches and trails only Kentucky and North Carolina on the all-time victory list. But two Jayhawk seasons that merit extra attention at tournament-time are those of 1997 and 2005.
Unfunded mandates still pose problem
March 18, 2005
Ten years ago this week, Congress was in the final stage of a truly bitter battle. A Senate debate that began on Jan. 12 stretched over 15 days and forced 44 roll-call votes. The House debated the companion bill for eight days in February and had to dispose of more than 30 amendments before reaching final passage.
Struggle of gays, blacks similar but not equal
March 18, 2005
San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer made a bold choice in Monday’s opinion recognizing the equal right of gay couples to marry: He invoked Brown vs. Board of Education and the American legacy of segregation to explain a part of his ruling.
Evangelicals on wrong course
March 18, 2005
Here we go again! A “core group” of “influential” evangelical leaders is about to try to address “global warming” using political weapons.
Caring team
March 18, 2005
South needs
March 18, 2005
Motorcycle shop to park in condo project
Church shows interest in North Town space
March 18, 2005
Rick Combs is ready to move his motorcycle shop and customizing business into town. Into a condo, no less.
Sprint affiliates iPCS, Horizon to merge in $325M deal
March 18, 2005
Two wireless affiliates of Sprint Corp., iPCS Inc. and Horizon PCS Inc., announced a roughly $325 million merger Thursday.
Briefcase
March 18, 2005
¢ Toys R Us to sell for $6.6 billion ¢ Mortgage rates rise ¢ Retail revenues up for H&R Block
Live pope video shown at youth gathering
March 18, 2005
A gaunt-looking Pope John Paul II appeared in a live video Thursday evening to hundreds of young people who filled a Rome basilica to show their support and express hope that the ailing pontiff will travel to a World Youth Day event this summer in Germany.
Person of interest’ questioned in missing girl’s case
March 18, 2005
A registered sex offender named a “person of interest” in the disappearance of a 9-year-old girl was questioned for a second time by police Thursday after he was arrested in Georgia, police said.
Briefly - Nation
March 18, 2005
¢ Yates divorce finalized ¢ Ex-caregiver charged in 4-year-old’s death ¢ Police arrest suspect in sunroof shooting ¢ Tougher prison term sought for ex-governor ¢ Pulitzer Prize-winning historian dies at 101 ¢ Blocked judicial nominee forwarded to Senate ¢ Airlines expect surge in ‘05 passengers ¢ Space station breaker in need of repairs
Can’t stop the music
Iranian rockers see South By Southwest festival as a rare opportunity for exposure
March 18, 2005
Most little-known bands that play the South By Southwest Music and Media Conference in Austin, Texas, dream of fat record contracts and million-selling albums. But the Iranian group 127 would settle for getting government permission to put out a CD.
City’s blues scene gets a spark
March 18, 2005
Lawrence’s left-of-center music scene is booming. Ani DiFranco sold out Liberty Hall a few weeks ago, as did Interpol. Saul Williams played in town Sunday. Steve Earle will be here April 3. Indeed, times are good. But for the city’s small-but-tireless band of blues lovers, pickings have been slim lately.
Best Bets
March 18, 2005
Supply fears fuel rise in oil prices
Crude futures reach $57 a barrel; OPEC considers output increase
March 18, 2005
Oil prices briefly hit a new high above $57 a barrel Thursday and analysts said the recent rally appeared to have steam left even after OPEC’s president said the group may authorize pumping an extra half-million barrels a day.
Black theater looks to build on success
March 18, 2005
Ron Himes was studying business administration at Washington University when he auditioned for a play on a dare.
Officials unable to determine cause of Fort Scott fire
March 18, 2005
State and federal officials announced Thursday that they were unable to determine the cause of the fire that caused between $10 million and $15 million in damage to the city’s historic downtown.
Capitol Briefing
March 18, 2005
K.C. police officer arrested for stealing
March 18, 2005
A police officer has been charged with stealing money from a motorist in a sting set up by the Kansas City Police Department to catch him.
Baseball players deny steroid use before Congress
March 18, 2005
The baseball players said politely and firmly they wanted tough rules against steroids. They were clearly angry at Jose Canseco. Curt Schilling called him a “liar.”
Study: College students watch nearly four hours of TV daily
March 18, 2005
Classes? What classes? A study reveals that college students watch an average of three hours, 41 minutes of television each day.
Gautt, first black football player at Oklahoma, dies at 67
March 18, 2005
Big 12 officials gathered here for NCAA regional play mourned the death of Prentice Gautt, a Lawrence resident and longtime conference official who died Thursday.
Missouri GOP backs program for purchasing Canadian drugs
Bill aims at helping seniors who struggle with costly prescriptions
March 18, 2005
Republican leaders are supporting an Internet program that allows Missourians to buy cheaper prescriptions drugs from Canada, despite a federal ban on the imports.
Leo Lee Cooper, Carmichael, Calif.
March 18, 2005
David M. Sidor, Lawrence
March 18, 2005
William F. ‘Bill’ Ogle, Ottawa
March 18, 2005
John P. Brenton, Topeka
March 18, 2005
Election delay doesn’t deter Rice visit for democracy
March 18, 2005
Afghanistan must postpone elections for a new legislature until September, President Hamid Karzai announced Thursday during a visit by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Palestinian groups OK cease-fire
Sharon hails pact to halt attacks through end of year
March 18, 2005
Palestinian militants declared a halt to attacks on Israel for the rest of this year, their longest cease-fire promise ever and a victory for Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. But they warned Thursday the truce would collapse if Israel does not hold its own fire and release Palestinian prisoners.
Gerald ‘Jerry’ Rongish, Lawrence
March 18, 2005
Joseph Raymond ‘Ray’ Bewley, Ozawkie
March 18, 2005
Steve Jacob, Lawrence
March 18, 2005
Lawrence Datebook
March 18, 2005
Local briefs
March 18, 2005
¢ Construction begins on new fire station ¢ Bert Nash receives $100,000 grant ¢ Dietetic Assn. to hold conference in Lawrence ¢ Program to document bald eagle nesting ¢ Dole Institute offering tours to visitors
Area briefs
March 18, 2005
¢ Deputy charged in death of volunteer firefighter ¢ Johnson Co. senator diagnosed with cancer
Congress faces budget stalemate
House, Senate approve vastly different proposals
March 18, 2005
The House and Senate passed vastly different budgets for fiscal 2006 on Thursday, raising doubts about their ability to find common ground on domestic spending reductions and tax cuts.
House subpoenas planned in Schiavo right-to-life battle
March 18, 2005
In a last-ditch effort to save Terri Schiavo’s life, a House committee plans to issue subpoenas today to stop doctors from removing the severely brain-damaged woman’s feeding tube.
New trade negotiator nominated
Ohio congressman will face challenges on deficits, lost jobs
March 18, 2005
President Bush selected Rep. Rob Portman on Thursday to be his top trade negotiator, giving the Ohio Republican the challenge of convincing skeptics that Bush’s free-trade approach is the way to remedy record trade deficits and millions of lost jobs.
House moves to cut KU’s proposed budget
If approved, action would slash $6.15 million
March 18, 2005
House budget writers Thursday paid tribute to Kansas University’s basketball team — then voted to reduce the school’s proposed budget and delay a state employee pay raise.
On the record
March 18, 2005
Langford vows to play tonight
Senior says he will be on floor for opener
March 18, 2005
If there’s any way humanly possible he can play, Kansas University’s Keith Langford will play in tonight’s first-round NCAA Tournament game against Bucknell.
Firebirds’ relay seeks fifth state title
FSHS 3,200 has won four straight crowns; Stidham takes over Lions
March 18, 2005
For four years in a row, Free State High has captured the boys 3,200-meter relay at the state track and field meet. That may or may not be a state record, but coach Steve Heffernan said he almost was positive a fifth straight gold medal in the event would be a state benchmark.
LHS boys 2nd in Topeka
March 18, 2005
Lawrence High’s boys track squad placed second and its girls third Thursday at the Topeka West Mid-Winter Relays.
Lions’ Wells tapped for national hall of fame
March 18, 2005
Former Lawrence High volleyball coach Joan Wells has been selected to the Hall of Fame of the National High School Athletic Coaches Assn.
Kansas high school track scores from March 17
March 18, 2005
Heat win 11th straight
Shaq logs season sweep against Kobe
March 18, 2005
Shaquille O’Neal wants nothing to do with Kobe Bryant. And Bryant soon may not want anything to do with Shaq’s understudy in Miami.
Magic coach Davis fired
March 18, 2005
The Orlando Magic decided it was time for a shake-up.
Briefly - World
March 18, 2005
¢ Congress rejects call for early election ¢ U.S. drops resolution after dissident’s release ¢ U.N. chief demands pullout before elections ¢ Coalition government progress remains slow ¢ Report: Militants train for scuba attacks
Woodling: KU-OSU dream game
March 18, 2005
Thousands upon thousands of newspaper inches have been devoted to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament during the last several days. I’ve tried to read as many words as I could, but after awhile they run together and become a blur. Nevertheless, one opinion column I came across caught my attention.
KU’s Hawkins OK after run-in
Lee unfazed by practice collision; Jayhawks loose
March 18, 2005
In an instant, many of the fans at the Ford Center whipped their attention toward midcourt during Kansas University’s open basketball practice Thursday after hearing a blood-curdling scream and seeing a KU player drop to the floor in pain out of the corner of their eyes.
Swimmer finishes 30th in NCAA championships
March 18, 2005
Senior swimmer Amy Gruber finished 30th in the 50 freestyle event Thursday at the NCAA Swimming Championships.
Softball hitting road
March 18, 2005
Kansas is back in California this weekend to participate in the Capital Classic in Sacramento.
Baseball playing at home
March 18, 2005
Kansas University’s baseball team begins a three-game weekend series with the Western Illinois Leathernecks at 3 p.m. today at Hoglund Ballpark.
Sizzling Texas Tech trips UCLA
March 18, 2005
Ronald Ross lit up the first round of the NCAA Tournament the same way he did the Big 12 Conference tourney last week.
Oklahoma silences Niagara
March 18, 2005
Big and brawny Oklahoma muscled its way past Niagara and all the good karma the Purple Eagles had going for them in the NCAA Tournament.
K-State professor convicted of murder
Verdict elicits little reaction from Murray
March 18, 2005
When he talked to police after his ex-wife’s brutal death, Thomas E. Murray told them: “There’s no such thing as the perfect murder… The bad guy always gets caught.” On Thursday, after more than two full days of deliberation, a Douglas County jury found Murray, a Kansas State University English professor, guilty of stabbing and beating Carmin D. Ross to death in November 2003.
Late Nevada surge dooms UT
March 18, 2005
Nevada still has its NCAA Tournament magic working. The Wolf Pack made an improbable comeback in the final two minutes Thursday night, scoring the final eight points to beat eighth-seeded Texas, 61-57, for their second straight first-round victory.
Illinois sloppy in win; UWM shocks Alabama
March 18, 2005
Illinois knows it will need a much better game Saturday to advance to the NCAA regional semifinals. The top-seeded and top-ranked Illini were beaten on the glass and had to battle through a sub-par first half before a 14-2 run at the start of the second propelled them to a 67-55 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson on Thursday night.
Johnson County senator diagnosed with cancer
March 18, 2005
A state senator from Johnson County has been diagnosed with breast cancer and is undergoing treatment in Boston.
Senate rejects proposal to cut back on state coverage for Viagra
March 18, 2005
Senators on Thursday rejected a proposal to reduce the number of doses of Viagra and other drugs that treat impotence that needy Kansas residents can receive through the state’s Medicaid program.
Experts differ on impact of Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights
March 18, 2005
Carol Hedges, a native Kansan and Kansas University law school graduate, returned home Thursday to warn Kansans about what the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights has done to Colorado.
Downtown Lawrence shows Irish side on St. Patrick’s Day
March 18, 2005
Lawrence resident Tracie Miller knew her viewing spot for the Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade would be a good one.
Kline’s meetings violated no laws, D.A. says
Shawnee County prosecutor won’t take action over closed meetings between attorney general, Board of Education members
March 18, 2005
Atty. Gen. Phill Kline and conservative members of the State Board of Education didn’t violate the Kansas Open Meetings Act by meeting secretly in February, a prosecutor decided Thursday.
Russian official escapes attack
Assassination attempt targets privatization architect
March 18, 2005
Anatoly Chubais, the powerful head of Russia’s state-controlled electricity monopoly and architect of its much-maligned 1990s privatization push, survived a roadside bombing and ambush Thursday when an armored limousine carrying him to work was raked by gunfire after an explosion.
Ross’ family finds relief in conviction
March 18, 2005
The suspicions began almost immediately. The first time Thomas E. Murray saw his former in-laws after the murder of his ex-wife, Carmin D. Ross, it was Nov. 16, 2003, two days after her body was found. The Ross family counted at least 16 odd statements they say he made to them.
Men’s basketball briefs
March 18, 2005
¢ Moody’s staph infection potentially serious ¢ Proud of home state ¢ Seniors’ last chance ¢ Stingy zone ¢ Confident ¢ Focused group
Gender equity ‘promise’ falling short, panel says
March 18, 2005
ABC News correspondent Kate Snow said she grew up in a era where women were taught that they could be anything — congresswomen, senators, even the president. But as a reporter in Washington, D.C., Snow saw that the promise of gender equality hasn’t come to fruition yet.
Jayhawk fans flock to Oklahoma
March 18, 2005
After watching the Jayhawks on TV all year, Dennis Bates and his 4-year-old son, Jackson, were thrilled to get their first live glimpse of the team. It came at Thursday’s open practice at the Ford Center.
Photo: Practice cheers
March 18, 2005
California’s lead
March 18, 2005
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
March 18, 2005
State universities would receive extra money, but not as much as some legislators want, under a proposed state budget receiving first-round House approval.
Prentice Gautt, Lawrence
March 18, 2005
Correction
March 18, 2005
A story in Thursday’s Pulse section gave the incorrect day for an oral history workshop at the Kansas Union. “Learning to Hear the Stories VI: Listening to the Borderlands” will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Kansas Union Ballroom.
LHS girls win in coach’s debut
Lions blank Vikings to open Clark’s campaign
March 18, 2005
It took the Lawrence High girls soccer team awhile to warm up to the cold weather as well as first-year LHS coach Jason Clark’s system.
House to vote on budget after fight over higher ed funding
March 18, 2005
State universities would receive extra money — but not as much as some legislators want — under the House’s proposed state budget.
Commodities
March 18, 2005
The Ring Two’ dips into the well too many times
March 18, 2005
According to “The Ring Two” production notes, a series of “bizarre happenings” occurred while filming. The production office was flooded overnight on the seventh day of shooting by a burst water pipe. This mirrored both the time frame of when characters in the movie meet their demise and the water damage that remains the only evidence accompanying the crime scene.
Film icon rankings raise eyebrows
March 18, 2005
A magazine’s list of the “50 Greatest Movie Stars” is getting more jeers than cheers from film lovers flabbergasted that Tom Cruise outranks John Wayne and Marlon Brando.
This Weekend’s Highlights
March 18, 2005
Kansas spends less on schools, but not Kansans
Census shows taxpayers bear bigger burden than those in other states
March 18, 2005
Kansas spends less than the national average on K-12 education, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday, but even the lower price tag is a heavier burden on taxpayers than in most states.
Peterson’s pact extended
Chiefs’ president to stay through 2009
March 18, 2005
The Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday said team president Carl Peterson had agreed to a four-year contract extension, keeping him at the team’s administrative helm through the 2009 season.
Sweeney socks three hits in Royals’ 5-3 victory
March 18, 2005
Mike Sweeney had three hits, Emil Brown drove in two runs, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Los Angeles Angels, 5-3, Thursday.
Calendar
March 18, 2005
Horoscopes
March 18, 2005
Top cardinal pushes boycott of best seller ‘Da Vinci Code’
March 18, 2005
The Vatican was late to wade into the furor triggered by “The Da Vinci Code,” but now a top cardinal is crusading against the novel with the fervor of an exorcist.
Princess’ skates on thin ice with frigid premise
March 18, 2005
“I bet there’s an exact aerodynamic formula,” theorizes Michelle Trachtenberg’s science-geek character in “Ice Princess” as she ponders a physics experiment about the dynamics of figure skating.
This ‘Suite’ smells of excess
March 18, 2005
What do you get when you take “Eloise at the Plaza,” move it to Boston and turn Eloise into a boy — twin boys, at that? You get “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody” (6 p.m., Disney), a show twice as obnoxious as the dreadful TV-movie adaptations of Kay Thompson’s beloved illustrated storybooks.
Kansas fans not worried by OKC’s bison parade
March 18, 2005
Could it be an omen? Or is it a hoofed, horned happenstance? To Bucknell University Bison fans, the 100 painted buffalo lining the streets of Oklahoma City point to a win for their team as they match up against Kansas University in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
People
March 18, 2005
¢ Worker allegedly plotted to kidnap Letterman’s child ¢ Lil’ Kim convicted of perjury ¢ CBS planning another made-for-TV ‘Martha’ ¢ Former housekeeper says kids ran wild at Neverland ¢ Birthdays
Bucknell coach: ‘I just hit a wall’
March 18, 2005
In his 11th year as Bucknell University’s men’s basketball coach and in the midst of an 11-game win streak, Pat Flannery took a walk. Twice.