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6News video: Screen Scene
March 19, 2005
So far the best recent Hollywood remake of a Japanese film is “The Ring.” And the horror effort proved successful enough that it warranted a tepid sequel. “The Ring Two” finds the intrepid reporter played by Naomi Watts moving to a small town to escape the memories of evil bad seed Samara and her cursed videotape.
Faith is an obligation, not an excuse
March 19, 2005
When the man came to, he asked why Smith had beaten him unconscious. “Because I’m Christian,” Smith said.
Wrong Number
Verizon’s phonebook errors rile businesses, residents
March 19, 2005
For weeks, Rusty McGowan wondered why the phone for his waterscaping company had stopped ringing. Did he offend someone? Had his fish ponds and waterfalls failed to please?
Wal-Mart settles illegal worker charges
Retail giant agrees to pay $11 million
March 19, 2005
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer, has agreed to pay $11 million to settle federal allegations it used hundreds of illegal immigrants to clean its stores, authorities said Friday.
Briefcase
March 19, 2005
¢ DreamWorks draws profits from ‘Shrek’ ¢ US Airways adds flights for Final Four ¢ KCC fines landscaper for safety violations
Prozac’ adaptation is a real downer
March 19, 2005
Elizabeth Wurtzel’s memoir “Prozac Nation” was one of the most talked-about books of the 1990s. But the film adaptation (7 p.m. today, Starz) has become one of the Hollywood mysteries of the new century.
Horoscopes
March 19, 2005
Faith forum
March 19, 2005
Why is there so much controversy about evolution?
In so many words, Ken Burns backs the arts
March 19, 2005
Ken Burns, who made a 19-hour film about jazz that reintroduced the flagging art form to PBS viewers four years ago, speaks in a light, articulate, conservative jazz style.
Jayhawks split pair
March 19, 2005
Kansas University’s softball squad split a pair of games Friday at the Capital Classic. KU beat Rhode Island, 8-0, in five innings, but lost to Minnesota, 2-1.
Society calendar
March 19, 2005
Same-sex marriage vote on horizon
Calif. ruling adds sense of urgency to Kan. election
March 19, 2005
For Dan Robison, the ruling of a California trial court judge more than a thousand miles from his Wichita home means April 5 can’t come soon enough.
People
March 19, 2005
¢ Kentucky newspaper calls on Judd for fan’s viewpoint ¢ NBC gives ‘West Wing’ another term ¢ ‘Buffy’ director to lead ‘Wonder Woman’ movie effort ¢ Swank appeals fruit penalty ¢ Birthdays
Badgers grind out win
Low-scoring Wisconsin clips UNI
March 19, 2005
Wisconsin played its style of basketball Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament — low-scoring, defensively tough and, in the end, triumphant.
Christopher Wayne Gunn, Lawrence
March 19, 2005
Woodling: Gautt’s passing leaves genuine sense of loss
March 19, 2005
What I remember most about Prentice Gautt is the way he shook hands, and, believe me, he grasped more mitts than a presidential candidate.
Religion briefs
March 19, 2005
Weddings
March 19, 2005
Around and about
March 19, 2005
Club News
March 19, 2005
Changing times
March 19, 2005
Too correct
The four-death Atlanta tragedy shows just how terrible defendant “rights” protection procedures can become.
March 19, 2005
Did political correctness and a judge’s philosophy about defendant “rights” lead to the shooting deaths of four people in Georgia last week?
Greed drives bankruptcy bill
March 19, 2005
Because they keep revamping and expanding the SAT, I’ll propose a new economics puzzler for the testmakers’ consideration. Question: What is the difference between a loan shark and a banker?
Exporting values
March 19, 2005
Extreme faith
March 19, 2005
Public TV fan
March 19, 2005
Job market not as bright as a year ago
March 19, 2005
More than a quarter of Lawrence employers plan to hire more employees during the next three months, according to a new survey from Manpower Inc.
Woman in affair with Boeing CEO resigns
March 19, 2005
The Boeing Co. executive whose affair with CEO Harry Stonecipher led to his ouster last week has voluntarily resigned, the company said Friday.
Commodities
March 19, 2005
Colorado professor ready for battle
9-11 comments spur probe of plagiarism, violence allegations
March 19, 2005
Stacks of papers sit on a sun-drenched table in the home of University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill, some full of praise and others full of dark threats and unprintable insults. In one message, liberal scholar Noam Chomsky calls Churchill’s achievements of inestimable value, while an e-mail in another pile warns: “If you ever come to Florida, I will personally bash your (expletive) brains in.”
Briefly - Nation
March 19, 2005
¢ Police concede missteps in courthouse shooting ¢ Astro, Safari at bottom in minivan crash test ¢ Suicidal father abducts, kills 9-month-old ¢ Cassini finds atmosphere on a Saturn moon ¢ EPA, states settle pollution lawsuit ¢ Deliberations to begin in immigrant driver case ¢ Colorado river debt to Kansas hits $34 million ¢ Rehnquist may return to bench next week ¢ Survey tracks assaults at military academies ¢ Stewart wins ruling on sentencing ¢ Study: Virginity pledges don’t always stop STDs
Living Scene’ turns 50
Valley Falls UMC to mark anniversary of artistic portrayal
March 19, 2005
Many churches have a tradition of presenting a “living Nativity” — a re-enactment of the birth of Jesus — in the days before Christmas. But Valley Falls United Methodist Church, a 148-year-old congregation about 40 miles northwest of Lawrence in rural Jefferson County, has an unusual Easter tradition.
Special services target city’s west side
March 19, 2005
Special Easter services this year will provide First United Methodist Church — a downtown congregation for 150 years — an opportunity to plant the seeds for future growth at the congregation’s second campus on the west side of Lawrence.
Fathers influence daughters’ mindset toward men
March 19, 2005
Is there a way that I as a father can influence my daughter’s attitude toward boys? If she chooses to marry, she will need to understand men and know how to relate to them. Is that something I should be thinking about?
Setting fire to the imagination
Program asks whether dragon stories could be more than myth
March 19, 2005
Imagine that scientists found a dragon’s body, well-preserved in an ice cave. Just think of the questions they might begin to explore: Could such creatures fly? Did they really breathe fire? How did they care for their young?
Best Bets
March 19, 2005
Military news
March 19, 2005
FCE News
March 19, 2005
People and Places
March 19, 2005
Health department hires spokeswoman
March 19, 2005
A former television reporter has been hired as the chief communicator for the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department.
Local briefs
March 19, 2005
¢ Nursing home to hold egg hunt for children ¢ KU health center has new chief of staff ¢ Eldridge renovations behind schedule ¢ Burglaries suspect arrested again
Wittig to call additional witnesses at retrial
March 19, 2005
It took 10 weeks to unsuccessfully try former Westar Energy Inc. CEO David Wittig last year on charges that he tried to loot Kansas’ largest electric utility.
Senate rejects proposal to cut back state coverage for impotency drugs
March 19, 2005
Senators have rejected a proposal to reduce the doses of impotence treatment drugs that low-income Kansans can receive through the state’s Medicaid program.
Friend’s murder led prosecutor to study law
March 19, 2005
A phone call from the father of a murdered schoolmate helped get Angela Wilson on the career path that led to her successful prosecution this week of a Kansas State University professor for the death of his ex-wife.
U.S. troop levels won’t drop until 2006
March 19, 2005
A substantive reduction in the number of U.S. forces in Iraq won’t likely be seen until sometime between 2006 and 2008, a top Army general said this week.
Briefly - World
March 19, 2005
¢ Car bomb injures seven ¢ World donors outline aid projects for Haiti ¢ Israeli army prepares for Gaza pullout ¢ Russian, EU leaders discuss Iranian nukes ¢ Ambassador resigns
Simons: Kansas needs a new approach to attract university support
March 19, 2005
By now, Kansas advocates for proper funding for higher education should realize their strategy is not working and hasn’t worked for some time. What’s going on in Topeka these days is either a case of many lawmakers thumbing their noses at pleas for money from university leaders and the Kansas Board of Regents or evidence that educators and regents are not doing a good job in telling their stories.
Lawrence Datebook
March 19, 2005
On the record
March 19, 2005
Prentice Gautt, Lawrence
March 19, 2005
Conchita Augelli, Lawrence
March 19, 2005
Forum to discuss city’s response to crime
Residents encouraged to speak minds about police performance
March 19, 2005
Lawrence residents with concerns about the city’s response to crime will have a chance to speak out at a meeting next week.
Shirley J. Gardner, Valley Falls
March 19, 2005
Noah Lawrence Miller, Lawrence
March 19, 2005
Area briefs
March 19, 2005
¢ Bill to regulate abortion clinics advances ¢ Father of former Kansas governor dies
Sheriff: Sex offender admits slaying
9-year-old girl disappeared last month from Florida home
March 19, 2005
A registered sex offender admitted Friday that he kidnapped and killed a 9-year-old girl who disappeared from her bedroom more than three weeks ago and told police where they could find her body, authorities said.
Determined to serve
9-11 attacks set course for West Point cadet
March 19, 2005
The world was a different place when Sean Patton entered West Point Military Academy in June 2001. He was 18 at the time, fresh out of Lawrence High School. When he got to West Point, Patton thought he’d train for a career in military intelligence, or maybe join the Judge Advocate General corps.
Former governor gets 1-year sentence
March 19, 2005
Former Gov. John Rowland was sentenced to a year in prison and four months of house arrest Friday for selling his office in a corruption scandal that destroyed his career as one of the Republican Party’s brightest and fastest-rising stars.
Hensley proposes tax increases for schools
March 19, 2005
Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley on Friday proposed a nearly $500 million increase for public schools to be funded by a tax increase and expanded gambling.
Baty’s return sparks KU
Energy guy’ lifts Jayhawks past WIU
March 19, 2005
Sure, the Kansas University baseball team scored a combined 50 runs in its past four games, all victories. But in the Jayhawks’ 13-7 victory Friday against Western Illinois at Hoglund Ballpark, they got back someone, and something, that had been missing and much-needed during that stretch — junior outfielder Matt Baty, the team’s “energy guy.”
KU tennis trips Oklahoma
March 19, 2005
Kansas University’s tennis squad rallied past Oklahoma for a 4-3 victory Friday. Elizaveta Avdeeva, Christine Skoda, Brittany Brown and Stephanie Smith won singles matches KU (3-9 overall, 2-2 Big 12 Conference).
Gruber 18th at NCAAs
March 19, 2005
Kansas University senior Amy Gruber placed 18th on Friday in the 100 butterfly at the NCAA Swimming Championships.
Iowa State defense dominates Minnesota, 64-53
March 19, 2005
To beat Iowa State’s trapping zone, Minnesota needed to make shots from the outside and control the ball. Those just happen to be two of the Gophers’ biggest weaknesses, and they were exposed yet again.
Vermont stuns Syracuse in OT
March 19, 2005
Tom Brennan would have retired a happy man regardless. But his 264th victory at Vermont made his impending departure a whole lot sweeter.
Lima draws opening-day assignment
Royals pitcher to start April 4 game against Detroit
March 19, 2005
Jose Lima will start for the Kansas City Royals on opening day April 4 at Detroit.
MacDougal sharp in loss to Angels
March 19, 2005
Royals reliever Mike MacDougal added another impressive outing to his encouraging spring, striking out two in a perfect inning during Kansas City’s 5-3 loss Friday to the Los Angeles Angels.
Buffaloed!
Jayhawks’ first-round loss is first since 1978
March 19, 2005
For many at the Ford Center, it was almost unimaginable. Kansas University on Friday lost a first-round game in the NCAA Tournament — something the Jayhawks hadn’t done since 1978, ending the Final Four dreams of a men’s basketball team that started the season ranked No. 1 in the polls.
Woodling: Seniors stuck with Bucknell bummer
March 19, 2005
Dynamic start. Dreadful finish. I can’t think of a better way to sum up the ultimately disappointing Kansas University men’s basketball season. Who would have ever believed that after the Jayhawks won their first 14 games and 20 of their first 21 that they would lose six of their last nine?
Feeding tube removed after 15-year ordeal
March 19, 2005
With a furious legal and political battle raging outside her hospice room, doctors removed Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube Friday after a judge rebuffed an unprecedented attempt by Congress to keep the brain-damaged woman alive.
House passes budget targeting higher ed
March 19, 2005
House Republican leaders on Friday pushed through a state budget that would hold the line on state taxes and increase funding to public schools but make cuts to universities and delay a state employee pay raise.
One and done
Jayhawks ousted in opener
March 19, 2005
No national championship. No Final Four. No Sweet 16. No Elite Eight. Heck, even no Round of 32 for Kansas University’s men’s basketball seniors, stunned beyond belief following the No. 3-seeded Jayhawks’ 64-63 loss to No. 14-seeded Bucknell, a team with just five scholarship players, Friday night at Ford Center.
Langford refuses to blame ailments
March 19, 2005
Keith Langford had no comment on how he felt Friday. To admit he still was sick, still banged up, and probably extremely exhausted would be making excuses for a sub-par performance.
KU’s Giddens says he’ll return
March 19, 2005
J.R. Giddens, whose sophomore season ended with a 1-for-7 shooting performance in his hometown in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, said he would be coming back to Kansas University for his junior season.
Bucknell coach: Victory ‘surreal’
March 19, 2005
Pat Flannery didn’t need to be pinched. He knew what had happened wasn’t a dream. And yet the Bucknell University men’s basketball coach had a strange feeling as he shook hands with Kansas University coaches and players following the Bison’s stunning 64-63 victory over the Jayhawks.
Men’s basketball briefs
March 19, 2005
¢ Traditions ¢ Loyal fan attends ¢ No crystal ball ¢ Midnight owls ¢ Simien good with media ¢ TV time ¢ OKC natives ¢ Schedule talk
Oklahoma State pulls away from SE Louisiana
March 19, 2005
JamesOn Curry hesitated for a split second, then jumped and let loose a three-pointer right in front of his coach’s seat.
Miller drops 39 to propel Pacers
March 19, 2005
Reggie Miller scored a season-high 39 points, his highest total in nearly 41/2 years, and the Indiana Pacers held off a fourth-quarter rally to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers, 103-97, Friday night.
Bill toughening regulation of abortion clinics
March 19, 2005
Anti-abortion activists and legislators expect to gain easy House approval for a bill they’re pushing to set minimum health and safety standards for abortion clinics.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
March 19, 2005
President’s mom joins effort to push Social Security reform
March 19, 2005
As the mother of President Bush and the matriarch of America’s presiding political dynasty, Barbara Bush probably does not rely on Social Security to get by. But on Friday, the former first lady joined her son’s campaign to convince seniors that they need not fear an overhaul of the retirement program.
In Japan, Rice seeks end to ban on beef
March 19, 2005
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice today pressed Japan to end a costly boycott on U.S. beef, saying “American beef is safe.”
Shiites protest Jordanian’s alleged role in bombing
March 19, 2005
Shiite demonstrators raised the Iraqi flag over Jordan’s Embassy on Friday after more than 2,000 people marched through Baghdad demanding an apology for the alleged involvement of a Jordanian in a suicide bombing that killed 125 people.
Discreet sense
March 19, 2005