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Pet post
March 20, 2005
Briefly
March 20, 2005
¢ Magazine recommends top coastal gardens ¢ Find online deals with these ticket tips
Briefly
March 20, 2005
¢ Earthquake triggers tsunami warning ¢ Explorer tries to copy trek to North Pole ¢ Bomb kills at least 27 at shrine of Shiite saint ¢ Businesses closed to protest violence
Briefly
March 20, 2005
¢ Network news shows announce lineups ¢ Scientists surprised that bats can run
Summit sees dynamite potential in Kansas-based film industry
March 20, 2005
The 2004 movie “Napoleon Dynamite” was filmed for under $500,000 in rural southern Idaho, far away from the glitz of Hollywood. After being optioned by Fox Searchlight for $3 million, it netted roughly $45 million at the box office.
Low morale cited in rash of teacher retirements
March 20, 2005
In the past month, 20 Lawrence teachers and three principals have announced their retirements. That’s probably a record.
Briefcase
March 20, 2005
¢ Robots on wheels latest Hitachi project ¢ Kansas senator earns U.S. chamber award ¢ Name that company
Faces and places
March 20, 2005
Women with opinions must toughen up
March 20, 2005
And now we reach once more into our e-mail bag. We begin with one reader’s invocation: “When God created you, hopefully she broke the mold.” We go on to names we are called: “jackass” and “goofball,” and “muddle-headed liberal.” We conclude with the dated dittohead who calls us a “little feminazi.”
Aging, moving create boom in long-distance care
March 20, 2005
When Charles Sterling’s 75-year-old mother suffered a stroke earlier this year in Michigan, he was at home in California, three time zones away.
The Motley Fool
March 20, 2005
¢ Last week’s question ¢ When to buy stocks ¢ Coke’s value
At 24, Teixeira developing into superstar
Rangers’ first baseman possesses ‘pretty scary’ talent
March 20, 2005
Mark Teixeira is the only member of the young Texas Rangers infield who hasn’t been an All-Star.
Giddy Bucknell hoping to make more history in OKC
March 20, 2005
When the Bucknell Bison arrived at their hotel in the wee hours Saturday, still giddy from pulling off the biggest upset in the first round of this year’s NCAA Tournament, athletic director John Hardt wondered, “Who are all these people?”
Putin seeks to forge ties with Ukraine
March 20, 2005
Russian President Vladimir Putin made a one-day fence-mending trip to Ukraine on Saturday to seek assurances that the country’s new pro-Western government would not drive the two former Soviet republics apart.
Seattle gallery to feature Lawrence artists’ work
March 20, 2005
Lawrence artists Steve Goddard, Katherine Dessert and Dave Loewenstein have been chosen to show their work in the “Paper Politics” exhibition April 1-29 at the Phinney Center Gallery in Seattle.
Congress making federal case out of Schiavo
March 20, 2005
As a deal in Congress was worked out to have federal courts decide Terri Schiavo’s fate, emotions swelled outside the brain-damaged woman’s hospice room Saturday, with protesters arrested after they symbolically tried to smuggle in bread and water on her second day without a feeding tube.
People
March 20, 2005
¢ Mandela hosts star-studded concert to raise AIDS awareness, funding ¢ Blake juror promotes album ¢ Jackman’s back for Tonys ¢ Theater to honor playwright
Schilling will be sidelined for Red Sox opener
March 20, 2005
Curt Schilling will miss Boston’s season opener at Yankee Stadium.
Front-page news?
March 20, 2005
Bird flu raises concern
March 20, 2005
The Spanish flu of 1918 killed between 40 million and 75 million people worldwide. In the United States, 600,000 died. In Africa, no one kept count.
Change inspires KU faculty artwork
March 20, 2005
Cultures measure their progress through change. The speed of innovation. The frequency of cures. The differences between “now” and “then.”
Spring emphasizes self-preparedness
March 20, 2005
Finally, it seems as though spring is here. Meaning it’s time to start getting prepared for the outdoors.
Searchers find body of missing 9-year-old girl
March 20, 2005
After three weeks of searching for a 9-year-old Florida girl, police on Saturday found her body within 150 feet of her bedroom, behind a mobile home that was sometimes occupied by a sex offender.
On the record
March 20, 2005
Mayer: NCAA no place for cheap shots
It’s time for Temple’s Chaney to get out of game
March 20, 2005
The dirtiest, ugliest, most cowardly play in basketball is the willful assassination of somebody who’s airborne. I’m talking about undercuts, hammer-chops and the like while an individual is so vulnerable he can be killed, let alone injured, while driving to the hole or soaring for a rebound.
Tuition increase likely under House plan, both sides agree
March 20, 2005
Students and their families probably would pay higher tuition at state universities under the proposed state budget passed by the House, both supporters and critics agree.
Horoscopes
March 20, 2005
Stunning KU loss slow to sink in
March 20, 2005
The sun did, in fact, rise on Saturday, but it didn’t shine as brightly for the Kansas University basketball nation.
Poet’s Showcase
March 20, 2005
Education competition
A budget bill passed Friday by the Kansas House includes many disturbing aspects including a notable inequity in higher education funding.
March 20, 2005
One of the most disturbing aspects of the funding package approved by the Kansas House for Kansas Board of Regents schools is that while funding for the state’s six state universities is being slashed, legislators are fully funding Washburn University and the state’s 19 community colleges.
Elections may end Democratic filibusters
March 20, 2005
With Republicans inclined to change Senate rules to make filibusters of judicial nominees impossible, Democrats have recklessly given Republicans an additional incentive to do so. It is a redundant incentive because Republicans think — mistakenly — that they have sufficient constitutional reasons for doing so.
Smoking regs
March 20, 2005
Oskaloosa band
March 20, 2005
U.S. sacrifice
March 20, 2005
Funding effects
March 20, 2005
Missteps mar Social Security plan
March 20, 2005
President Bush doesn’t always accept Washington’s traditional wisdom. When pundits advised him to go slowly after his narrow 2000 victory, he ignored them, claimed a mandate and won enactment of a sweeping tax cut and a major education program.
Boston archbishop to wash women’s feet this year
March 20, 2005
Boston Archbishop Sean O’Malley has decided to wash the feet of both women and men during this year’s Holy Thursday foot-washing ritual, a year after angering Catholic women by washing only men’s feet.
Palm Sunday moves in environmentally friendly direction
March 20, 2005
With a sprinkling of holy water, a priest blessed thousands of palm seedlings in a ceremony Friday in Bogota’s main park, sealing an unusual Palm Sunday pact between the Roman Catholic Church and environmentalists to save a critically endangered parrot.
Pope won’t participate in Palm Sunday service
March 20, 2005
He was the first pontiff in modern times to celebrate Palm Sunday Mass outside of Rome. Now, for the first time in his groundbreaking papacy, an ailing Pope John Paul II may himself be a spectator as throngs of faithful jam St. Peter’s Square to usher in Holy Week.
From glam to gators in 48 hours
Family enjoys whirlwind two-day journey to Miami, Everglades
March 20, 2005
Two kids, two days, two destinations: Miami and the Gulf Coast-area Everglades. With so much ground to cover, there would be no time for whining or getting lost. If this quick trip to Florida was going to work, I needed a 48-hour plan, agreed to by all. I researched itineraries and started negotiating.
Kansas carver’s works collected around world
Atchison artist who survived Nazis, loss of four fingers finds beauty in the details
March 20, 2005
Joseph Ihasz was meant to be a carver. The Nazi occupation of his homeland couldn’t deter him. And later, a wood-working accident that took four fingers couldn’t stop him.
Calendar
March 20, 2005
Douglas County Senior Services, 745 Vt., offers activities during the week for residents age 55 and older. Call Senior Services at 842-0543 for more information.
Bagging assist
March 20, 2005
Maroon5 strives to stand out
Grammy winners fall between pop and rock
March 20, 2005
When Maroon5 won the Grammy last month for best new artist of 2004, the Los Angeles pop band bested a field that included critics’ darlings, notably hip-hop auteur Kanye West and the archly ironic Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand. It’s no exaggeration to say there was awkward disbelief in the Staples Center aisles after the envelope was opened.
Oscar winner relates to role in ‘Mom at Sixteen’
Actress reconnects with son years after adoption
March 20, 2005
When Mercedes Ruehl was sent the script of the Lifetime movie “Mom at Sixteen,” nobody involved with the production knew how personally connected she would feel to the story.
Pushing her limits
75-year-old sets records in weight lifting
March 20, 2005
When Paulie Forquer turned 75 last year, she celebrated by downing her favorite drink — hers just happens to be made with green barley and kelp — take her daily dose of vitamins and then focus her mind on the task at hand until nothing else seems to matter.
Workers likely not dining alone at office desk
March 20, 2005
Eating at your desk has become increasingly common as errands, exercise and work devour lunch breaks. But you could be serving up more than ham on rye.
Analysis: China emerging as champ
Host of 2008 Olympics set to win economics race
March 20, 2005
Say hello to my little friend. China.
Chinese classes gain popularity at KU
March 20, 2005
Paul D’Anieri figures that the increasing popularity of courses in Arabic and Korean shouldn’t surprise anyone, given recent turns in global events.
When used-car shopping, look for out-of-fashion model
March 20, 2005
I’m thinking of becoming a car columnist. Or a “used-car” columnist. The subject draws more comment from readers than just about anything else.
Children, homes costly but offer tax savings
Experts share tips on deduction possibilities
March 20, 2005
Your home, your children, your car — all can be costly, but they also can generate significant tax benefits.
Child prodigy dies in apparent suicide at age 14
March 20, 2005
He started reading as a toddler, played piano at age 3 and delivered a high school commencement speech in cap and gown when he was just 10.
Peterson showed traits of psychopath
March 20, 2005
Every day of his six-month murder trial, Scott Peterson marched into the courtroom with his head held high. He smiled at his family, took his seat and paid close attention, often whispering to his lawyers or taking notes.
Rice tours Korean military bunker
Secretary of state reiterates U.S. has no plans to invade N. Korea
March 20, 2005
From inside a mountainside bunker, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice saw firsthand Saturday what a war with North Korea might look like.
What are you reading?
March 20, 2005
White like me
Author challenges whites to acknowledge and help dismantle their privilege in society
March 20, 2005
In 1959, white journalist John Howard Griffin darkened his skin to live as a black man in the South and recounted his experiences in “Black Like Me,” a riveting book that broke new ground in the nation’s discourse on race.
Book notes
March 20, 2005
¢ Authors to discuss sustainable living ¢ Spaces available for discussion group
Arab writers taking on divisive subjects
March 20, 2005
Each day she sits alone, scribbling thoughts on scraps of paper. She stuffs them in a bottle given to her years earlier by her grandmother, who said it should serve as a place for private feelings that Arab society would not tolerate from a woman if uttered aloud.
Next shuttle mission to have astronauts on emergency standby
March 20, 2005
What if the next space shuttle winds up in trouble, too? What if, like Columbia, it’s damaged at liftoff and the astronauts are up in space with a maimed rocketship?
Survey tallies sexual assaults at academies
March 20, 2005
Women at U.S. military academies say they have faced 302 incidents of sexual assault since they enrolled, a figure the military says is comparable to civilian schools.
New settlers barred from Israeli outposts
March 20, 2005
The army announced new steps Saturday to thwart settler resistance to withdrawal plans, and thousands of demonstrators jammed downtown Tel Aviv to back Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s orders for a pullout from the Gaza Strip and part of the West Bank.
Female-led prayers draw Muslim outrage
March 20, 2005
Muslims in the Middle East on Saturday angrily denounced a mixed-gender Islamic prayer service led by a woman in New York as a violation of their religion.
Drugs doom once-promising prosecutor
Former attorney killed with lethal injection of cocaine
March 20, 2005
A former prosecutor and family man once known for a firm grasp of the difference between right and wrong, David Masters arrived at his death bound to a chair, his final stop along a road of poor choices.
Case shows political clout of evangelicals
March 20, 2005
Frenetic negotiations among congressional leaders, private conversations between President Bush and lawmakers, and a special weekend session over the Terri Schiavo right-to-die case elevated a tragic personal issue into an intense political drama.
Bulls contain Iverson, Sixers
Hinrich nets 21 as Chicago halts four-game slide
March 20, 2005
Chris Duhon chased Allen Iverson around all night on the defensive end and still had enough energy to contribute some offense for the Chicago Bulls.
Nelson resigns Mavs post
March 20, 2005
Don Nelson, the second-winningest coach in NBA history, resigned as coach of the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday and turned the team over to protege Avery Johnson.
KDWP forecast aids anglers
March 20, 2005
Fishing success depends on a lot of factors, but you can boost the odds in your favor with a simple tool available from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks: the “2005 Kansas Fishing Forecast,” available at the KDWP Web site, www.kdwp.state.ks.us.
Group to perform island chants
March 20, 2005
Drum Drum, an innovative contemporary group from Australia and the South Pacific, will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 1 at the Lied Center.
Alomar retiring after 17-year career
Second baseman, a 12-time All-Star, 276 hits short of 3,000
March 20, 2005
Roberto Alomar retired Saturday, ending a 17-year career in which he became one of baseball’s best second basemen and, for a time, its most scorned player.
Astros sign Berkman for six years, $85 million
March 20, 2005
Houston outfielder Lance Berkman completed a six-year, $85 million contract Saturday with the Astros, keeping the three-time All-Star from becoming a free agent after the 2005 season.
McGwire losing in court of public opinion
March 20, 2005
In the court of public opinion, Mark McGwire already is guilty.
Long day puts Perry in Bay Hill lead
Singh, trailing by two, could recapture golf’s No. 1 rating
March 20, 2005
Kenny Perry is leading the Bay Hill Invitational, thanks to amazing accuracy off the tee that kept him out of the rough on all but two holes during a marathon Saturday.
Newman in familiar spot at Atlanta
NASCAR driver hopes to convert qualifying success into victory in today’s Golden Corral 500
March 20, 2005
Ryan Newman headed to the lake Saturday to get in some fishing.
Anti-war activists take to streets on second anniversary of Iraq invasion
March 20, 2005
Anti-war activists marched in the streets of American cities big and small Saturday, stopping traffic and lying down alongside flag-draped cardboard coffins to mark the second anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq.
Reportedly haunted castle sold at Colorado auction
March 20, 2005
A historic castle where John D. Rockefeller and Theodore Roosevelt were guests — and where a coal baron’s ghost is said to haunt the halls — was auctioned for $4 million Saturday, two years after the IRS seized the century-old mansion in a fraud investigation.
Lebanese president pulls out of Arab summit
March 20, 2005
Pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud on Saturday canceled plans to attend an Arab summit, citing “exceptional circumstances” after a car bomb rocked a Christian neighborhood in Beirut, injuring nine people in a blast that raised the specter of renewed sectarian violence.
Crossing guard spreads goodwill on streets
She keeps kids safe with a wave for all
March 20, 2005
A crew of tough-looking workmen drove by in a pickup truck. Susan Simmons, wearing a bright-orange safety vest and black gloves, extended her left hand and gave them a wave.
Soul food dinner cooks up a savory success
At least 350 people enjoy NAACP fund-raiser meal
March 20, 2005
Soul food is popular once again in Lawrence. So popular that during Saturday’s annual soul food dinner sponsored by the Lawrence chapter of the NAACP, food supplies had to be replenished long before the five-hour event came to an end.
East Lawrence neighborhood becomes state of the YART
Art, knickknacks, live music at sale help pay for residential projects
March 20, 2005
Bill Wachspress has never thrown a javelin. That’s why he purchased one for a few dollars Saturday at the annual YART sale in New York School’s gym.
Kenneth Sylvester Goll, Lawrence
March 20, 2005
Donald F. Bolinger, Oskaloosa
March 20, 2005
Lawrence commuter report
March 20, 2005
The following construction projects and events may affect commuter traffic in the region this week
Alleged rape victim refuses to testify, spends three nights in jail
March 20, 2005
Advocates for domestic abuse victims say the jailing of an alleged rape victim for refusing to testify against the man she charged with assaulting her sends a chilling message to other victims, and may dissuade some from reporting such attacks.
Everybody is bummed’
Self, Jayhawks dealing with range of emotions after loss
March 20, 2005
Kansas University’s basketball players and coaches filed slowly and silently toward the team bus after an equally solemn brunch late Saturday morning at the Oklahoma City Marriott.
Ross lifts Knight, Raiders into Sweet 16
March 20, 2005
Ronald Ross is Bob Knight’s kind of player, tough and eager to learn. So who better to make the shot that got the old coach back to a regional semifinal for the first time since 1994?
Milner’s ninth-inning RBI single powers KU
March 20, 2005
When junior outfielder Matt Baty hit the first pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning just foul over the left-field wall, almost everyone at Hoglund Ballpark could sense what was coming
Buehrle baffles Kansas City, 3-2
March 20, 2005
Mark Buehrle struck out seven in six dominant innings Saturday, leading the White Sox to a 3-2 victory over Kansas City.
Randtke solid in all-star game
March 20, 2005
Veritas Christian’s Mark Randtke had 24 points, and Casey Woods had four points in a 59-55 victory Saturday in the KCAA boys all-star game.
Gruber, Short compete at NCAA Championships
March 20, 2005
Kansas University senior Amy Gruber and sophomore Jenny Short placed 22nd and 45th at the final day of the 2005 NCAA Swimming Championships.
Kansas edges OSU in Big 12 tennis, 4-3
March 20, 2005
Kansas University’s tennis team continued its successful trip to Oklahoma with a 4-3 Big 12 Conference victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday.
Jayhawks tied for 15th at LSU golf tournament
March 20, 2005
Kansas University’s women’s golf team shot a second-round 307 and is tied for 15th place at the LSU/Cleveland Classic held at the University Club.
Softball rained out
March 20, 2005
Day Two of the Capital Classic has been canceled because of rain. Kansas is scheduled to face Utah Valley State at 11 this morning followed by Sacramento State at 1 p.m. today.
So, what happened?
Our sports writers answer the most pressing questions facing the Jayhawks
March 20, 2005
You have questions — many questions — in the wake of Kansas University’s shocking 64-63 loss to Bucknell, a No. 14 seed, in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night in Oklahoma City.
Fifth-seeded Wolfpack sent packing
Middle Tennessee St. stuns N.C. State in closing seconds, 60-58
March 20, 2005
Patrice Holmes hit the game-winning jumper with 1.6 seconds left, giving No. 12 seed Middle Tennessee another upset in the first round of the NCAA Tournament with a 60-58 victory Saturday night over fifth-seeded N.C State.
Bogut helps pass Utah past Oklahoma, 67-58
March 20, 2005
Andrew Bogut makes everyone around him better, and his Utah teammates were at their best Saturday.
Record crowd sees UK pull away from rival Cincy, 69-60
March 20, 2005
Cincinnati still is playing the little brother to neighboring Kentucky. The Wildcats just keep beating them up.
Second-seeded Wake ousted
March 20, 2005
Former local prep sensation Mike Gansey spent his summer shooting baskets on Cleveland State’s cozy court, picturing himself making a big shot in an NCAA Tournament game.
Retirement pays well for former teachers
March 20, 2005
One other reason Lawrence teachers are leaving the district early: It pays well.
Aggies hold off DePaul
March 20, 2005
Texas A&M played a nearly flawless first half in building a big lead and then overcame a series of late mistakes to beat DePaul, 75-72, in the second round of the NIT.
Wisconsin-Milwaukee keeps on winning
Twelfth-seeded Panthers oust Eagles; Illinois, Arizona reach round of 16
March 20, 2005
Bruce Pearl’s eyes welled up and his throat tightened the moment he heard Boston College’s fight song. Nothing makes him cry quicker than “For Boston.”
Bush appointments seek to push global legacy
March 20, 2005
President Bush’s second-term appointments confirm how important individual loyalty is to him. Even more than most, this president treats personnel matters as personal matters.
Simplicity by design
Driven by pared-down aesthetic, KU alum opens gallery
March 20, 2005
Lawrence designer Carl Masters likes to keep things simple. “I like especially things that are functional first, and that function drives the design,” he says, looking around his airy downtown gallery and boutique.
Candidates mixed on homeless
Issue will be at forefront for next City Commission
March 20, 2005
The next group of Lawrence city commissioners is expected to dig deeper into the issue of homelessness than any recent group of city leaders.
Suspect pleads not guilty in sheriff’s death
March 20, 2005
A man accused of killing Greenwood County Sheriff Matt Samuels in January pleaded not guilty Friday in federal court to nine charges, including two counts of capital murder.
City briefs
March 20, 2005
¢ City commissioners take a spring break ¢ ‘Cold weather rule’ going out of effect ¢ AIDS Walk scheduled at Holcom Park ¢ Businessman endows music scholarship fund ¢ Bicyclists needed for fund-raiser ¢ KU hospital receives chest pain accreditation ¢ Douglas County ACLU to sponsor forum
Best sellers
March 20, 2005