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Senate approves bill to expand Sunday liquor sales
March 24, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 4:11 p.m.) Sunday liquor sales would be allowed anywhere in the state when approved by local voters under a bill advanced by the Senate today, which rejected a bid to ban such sales statewide.
Budget bill goes to House-Senate negotiators
March 24, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 3:04 p.m.) Legislative negotiators will draft the final version of an $11 billion state budget, with senators having largely followed Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ spending plan and House members having rewritten large parts of it.
Isolated thunderstorms expected through evening
March 24, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 2:06 p.m.) Take your umbrella along today. There’s a chance for isolated showers throughout the afternoon and into the evening, said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Police presence
The absence of any arrests for the vandalism that occurred last weekend raises questions about the Lawrence Police Department.
March 24, 2005
It is disturbing, but not too surprising, to read about the many acts of vandalism around Lawrence last weekend in connection with the second anniversary of the United States’ involvement in Iraq.
Successful venture
Calls and questions from around the country are being handled by a growing business east of Lawrence.
March 24, 2005
Congratulations to Pearson Government Solutions for landing more major contracts to support and expand its operation in East Hills Business Park east of Lawrence.
Politics doesn’t further peace of mind
March 24, 2005
This is the phrase running through my head whenever I think of Terri Schiavo: May she rest in peace. When will this become a benediction, rather than a question?
Religious coup
March 24, 2005
A sad irony
March 24, 2005
Faulty reasoning
March 24, 2005
KU collapse
March 24, 2005
Give Self time
March 24, 2005
Wonderful event
March 24, 2005
Tax concerns
March 24, 2005
Points ignored
March 24, 2005
Senate advances budget without education funds
March 24, 2005
A proposed budget largely mirroring one drafted by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius won first-round approval Wednesday in the Senate, but the $11.2 billion spending plan doesn’t provide additional dollars to public schools.
Sunday alcohol sales clear committee
March 24, 2005
A measure that would allow Sunday alcohol sales has made it past its first hurdle and now heads to a full Senate, which deadlocked last year on the issue.
Capitol Briefing
News from the Kansas Statehouse
March 24, 2005
¢ School finance countdown ¢ Wednesday’s highlights ¢ Quote of the day
Local briefs
March 24, 2005
¢ Lawrencian selected for deafness commission ¢ Aquatic center to close for slide installation ¢ KPR director chosen for governor’s council ¢ OU accreditation report selected for exhibition ¢ Hospital CEO named to university board
U2’s Bono launches socially conscious Edun
Clothing company brings jobs to developing world
March 24, 2005
Bono is now another type of frontman. U2’s lead singer — and most recognizable face — is charged with raising awareness and interest in the new fashion brand Edun.
NBC’s ‘Office’ doesn’t live up to Brits’
March 24, 2005
NBC’s new Americanization of a British series is a Triumph. Like that classy vintage sports car, it’s almost always in need of repairs.
Dance theater, ensemble to perform in K.C.
March 24, 2005
The aha! dance theater and newEar contemporary chamber ensemble will collaborate on Quest, a pursuit of the extraordinary in dance and chamber music, at 8 p.m. April 9 at the Folly Theater, 300 12th St., Kansas City, Mo.
Miller scores 25,000th point
Pacers standout 13th player to reach milestone
March 24, 2005
Reggie Miller still is scoring points and setting standards. All he wants now are wins.
Hinrich hobbling after tweaking old injury
March 24, 2005
One hour before Wednesday night’s game, Bulls coach Scott Skiles spoke ominously about Kirk Hinrich possibly needing time off to heal his strained left hamstring.
Brown project for K.C.
Outfielder impressive in spring play
March 24, 2005
Emil Brown is drawing comparisons to Raul Ibanez at the Kansas City Royals’ spring-training camp.
Royals, Mariners deadlock
Hernandez solid; K.C. beats Padres
March 24, 2005
Richie Sexson’s swing is coming along just fine.
GM plans to rev up sales by educating consumers
March 24, 2005
General Motors Corp. plans to focus on new products and educating potential buyers about the unique aspects of its cars and trucks as part of a multifaceted strategy for fixing its ailing North American business, the head of GM North America said Wednesday.
Aquila rebukes KCC conclusion
Regulators say utility may have to sell all assets to pay off debt
March 24, 2005
The provider of natural gas for 32,000 customers in Lawrence will not be put up for sale, an Aquila Inc. official said Wednesday, no matter what state regulators say.
Board member upset with vote to disband Kansas Inc.
March 24, 2005
Kansas Inc. soon could be out of work.
Kline’s motives under fire nationally
Group says attorney general part of trend to attack medical privacy
March 24, 2005
Thrust once again into the national limelight, Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline was accused Wednesday of seeking political gain by intimidating abortion doctors and their patients.
Commodities
March 24, 2005
Relaxed outdoor living area takes planning
March 24, 2005
With decks changing from mere slabs to veritable multilevel outdoor living spaces, the idea of nailing a few boards together and declaring the job done just won’t cut it anymore.
Baritone to perform at Lied Center
March 24, 2005
Jubilant Sykes, a classically trained baritone known for his limitless range and mesmerizing technique, will perform a musical tribute to Paul Robeson and Nat King Cole at 7:30 p.m. April 15 at the Lied Center.
Polls find disapproval of federal intervention
March 24, 2005
More than two-thirds of people who describe themselves as evangelicals and conservatives disapprove of the intervention by Congress and President Bush in the case of the Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged woman at the center of a national debate.
Social Security solvency shrinks
Fund to go broke year earlier than predicted
March 24, 2005
Social Security will begin paying out more in benefits than it receives in taxes in 2017, twelve years from now and a year earlier than previously estimated, trustees said Wednesday in a forecast adding fuel to the debate over changes President Bush wants.
Changes sought in planning process
Critics say officials too political, lack expertise; others defend system
March 24, 2005
Rumbles and friction at the philosophically divided Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission have some officials saying it is time to change the way the board that guides area development operates.
City police taken to task
Officers, officials take notes as residents complain about police response, communication
March 24, 2005
Some Lawrence residents put the “big heat” on their police department during a community forum Wednesday night, as one person after another spoke out about lack of accountability, inadequate response to property crimes and lack of public communication.
Brick by brick, thieves allegedly steal house to pay for drug habit
March 24, 2005
When Smith County Constable Dennis Taylor got a call reporting a stolen house, his first question was, “Is it a trailer house, ma’am?”
Leaping springtails can appear daunting but subside quickly
March 24, 2005
Most pet owners can deal with fleas, and many homeowners can identify ants inside the home or out. However, many gardeners are unfamiliar with an insect that looks like an ant and jumps like a flea.
St. Joe’s ends A&M’s season
March 24, 2005
Coach Phil Martelli and tiny Saint Joseph’s were just three points and a few seconds short of last year’s Final Four.
First-round loss ‘hurts a lot’
KU’s Self reflects on 2004-05 season, future of program at wrapup media session
March 24, 2005
Still stinging from Kansas University’s first-round loss to Bucknell, Bill Self doesn’t plan on watching the NCAA Tournament on TV.
KU points to future
Incoming point guard named juco player of year
March 24, 2005
Every little bit helps as Bonnie Henrickson tries to rebuild women’s basketball at Kansas University.
Local teams washed
March 24, 2005
Wet grounds in Springfield, Mo., forced the cancellation of Wednesday’s scheduled Kansas University softball and baseball games against Southwest Missouri State.
Petty Enterprises values history over fancy facilities
Home comfort
March 24, 2005
The concrete floor in the reaper shed where Lee Petty first began building stock cars remains six inches off from one side of the room to the other just as it did the day Richard Petty and his brother, Maurice, poured it almost 50 years ago.
Wrong-way I-35 crash kills 1, injures 3
March 24, 2005
The driver of a tractor-trailer was killed early Wednesday when the vehicle collided with another rig that was trying to make a U-turn after heading the wrong direction on Interstate 35, the Kansas Turnpike Authority said.
Wichita police say gang activity resurging
March 24, 2005
A resurgence of gang activity in the state’s largest city is being attributed to a jump in 14- to 17-year-olds who are trying to gain gang acceptance, Wichita police said Tuesday.
World TB Day to raise awareness of illness
March 24, 2005
Cases of tuberculosis decreased by 17.4 percent, a second consecutive year in Kansas for declining occurrence of the disease.
Area briefs
March 24, 2005
¢ KU students earn stint on NASA airplane ¢ House advances bill on patient care records ¢ KU dance prof’s video wins national award ¢ Late signup for sports leagues ends Friday ¢ Ryun to speak in leadership series ¢ County deputies complete training ¢ Free State grad named orientation assistant
On the record
March 24, 2005
Former Eudora resident charged with sex crimes
March 24, 2005
A former Eudora resident has been charged with five counts of rape, four counts of aggravated sodomy and four counts of indecent liberties.
Rosa Violet Maddan, Ottawa
March 24, 2005
Lawrence L. Crook, Topeka
March 24, 2005
Donald R. Mingee, Lawrence
March 24, 2005
Civil service proposal moves to final vote
Numerous attempts made to limit, amend bill before 73-43 approval
March 24, 2005
A measure that would allow Kansas University classified staff to leave the state’s civil service system was given preliminary approval Wednesday in the House after a vigorous debate.
Brown services
March 24, 2005
6Sports video: Morningstar named one of state’s best
March 24, 2005
All season long, Free State High coach Jack Schreiner told anybody who’d listen that Brady Morningstar was the best player in the state. So when the All-State First Team was named, it was no surprise to see Morningstar’s name on the list.
Liquor stores reopen pending appeal
Owners granted stay of order; area dining establishments wary of possible closure
March 24, 2005
Lawrence Cork & Barrel liquor stores, shut down by a state order Tuesday, reopened for business Wednesday pending the outcome of an appeal hearing before Kansas Department of Revenue Secretary Joan Wagnon.
Big Four’ on hand at TPC this week
Els, Mickelson, Woods, Singh to compete at what some call golf’s fifth major tournament
March 24, 2005
The “Big Four” have been going their own direction for most of the year, two months of travels and trophies that lead them to The Players Championship.
Venezuela action concerns Rumsfeld
Country orders 100,000 AK-47s from Russia
March 24, 2005
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Wednesday issued the strongest U.S. condemnation yet of Venezuela’s planned purchase of 100,000 AK-47 rifles, saying he couldn’t “imagine why” Venezuela needed the weapons.
Monaco on watch during royal health crisis
March 24, 2005
Prince Rainier III was suffering from heart and kidney failure and breathing through a respirator Wednesday as residents of this Riviera enclave braced for what many feared could be his final days.
People
March 24, 2005
¢ Houston back in rehab ¢ Trump wants Jackson to perform in Vegas ¢ Human error blamed in ‘American Idol’ mix-up ¢ DiCaprio talks on water ¢ Cassidy’s Derby dreams ¢ Animals’ best friend
A rose is a rose is a rose
… unless you prune it to ensure that it stands out in a crowd
March 24, 2005
By far the most common question posed to me pertains to pruning roses, so I thought I’d try to unmask the myth behind this important garden task. In general roses are really quite easy to grow and they respond wonderfully if they are given proper care in the form of water, fertilizer, pest control and pruning.
LSU’s Augustus tops All-Americans
Tigers’ junior unanimous pick; K-State’s Wecker tapped
March 24, 2005
Seimone Augustus plays with dazzling skill, a crowd-pleasing flair and, according to her coach, plenty of smarts. With that combination, it’s no wonder the LSU standout was a unanimous All-American.
House advances bill to curb meth labs
March 24, 2005
With the family of slain Greenwood County Sheriff Matt Samuels watching from the floor, the House gave first-round approval today to a bill restricting the sale of a key ingredient in manufacturing methamphetamine.
Corrections
March 24, 2005
Kansas now lists five species of fish as endangered, 11 species as threatened and 23 species as “in need of conservation.”
Terri Schiavo’s parents appeal to Supreme Court
March 24, 2005
Their legal options nearly exhausted, Terri Schiavo’s parents made a desperate appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, asking justices to order resumption of nourishment for their severely brain-damaged daughter.
Gagne feels ‘a lot better’
March 24, 2005
There was no protective hop, no tentativeness in Eric Gagne’s delivery — just strikeouts.
Leveling the male-female playing field
March 24, 2005
So, what might a smarter man have said?
Added detail
March 24, 2005
Briefcase
March 24, 2005
¢ Consumer prices rise; inflation picking up ¢ Golf course association executive resigns ¢ Cruise control switch fuels probe at Ford
85 insurgents killed in Iraq amid upsurge of citizen tips
March 24, 2005
U.S. and Iraqi forces killed 85 militants at a suspected training camp along the marshy shores of a remote lake, one of the highest guerrilla death tolls of the two-year insurgency, officials said Wednesday. They said citizens emboldened by the January elections are increasingly turning in intelligence tips.
Interest in Easter collectibles increasing
March 24, 2005
The popularity of Easter greeting cards emerged in the late 1890s. Many of the first Easter cards were postcards, often picturing chickens, eggs, rabbits, children, birds, flowers, religious subjects, sun-filled landscapes or even buildings. The most interesting Easter postcards for collectors are those used in the United States from about 1910 to 1920. Most of the cards were printed in the United States or Germany. They were lithographed, colorful and often embossed, some with thin gold cutouts.
Knight’s wife provides perspective for Texas Tech coach
March 24, 2005
When Bob Knight coaches in the round of 16 for the first time in more than a decade tonight, one of his most trusted advisers won’t be on the Texas Tech bench.
Lawrence cancer survivor wins national award
Recognition of volunteer’s devotion coincides with unveiling of state cancer prevention plan
March 24, 2005
Lawrence resident Carol Wallace had a thirst for knowledge when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996.
Educators report progress, concerns on No Child act
March 24, 2005
Students are doing better on state verbal and math tests required under the No Child Left Behind Act, and the gaps between white and minority students are narrowing. But educators worry about a lack of money and skilled teachers in the future, according to a new nationwide survey released Wednesday.
Senate vote kills public nursing legislation
March 24, 2005
A bill giving women the right to breast-feed in public was killed Wednesday after several senators said private businesses should be allowed to prohibit breast-feeding on their premises.
KU professor’s CIA training plan draws criticism in online chat
March 24, 2005
Felix Moos said he’d expected a barrage of questions Wednesday from colleagues and others critical of his plan to train intelligence analysts on college campuses.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
March 24, 2005
Briefly
March 24, 2005
¢ Bobby Fischer freed, heads for Iceland ¢ Canadian teen faces trial for taking rock ¢ Police fire tear gas to disperse legislators ¢ Nazi-clinic doctor too ill for trial ¢ Bosnian Serb general surrenders to U.N. court ¢ Government threatens force to restore order
Briefly
March 24, 2005
¢ 14 believed dead in refinery explosion ¢ Smuggler convicted in immigrant deaths ¢ Official resigns in hiring flap ¢ Killer-turned-poet returned to custody ¢ American Indians honor former POW
Our town sports
March 24, 2005
DVD explores making of Nirvana album
March 24, 2005
There are lots of things synonymous with Seattle. Coffee. The Space Needle. The Fremont Troll. But those are mere travel magazine tips. For a generation, Seattle means Nirvana.
Dwarf citrus trees gaining notice
March 24, 2005
No offense, begonia growers. Sorry, fern fanciers. But if Adam Holland has his way, container-grown lemons and limes, oranges and grapefruit will become the next big trend in houseplants.
Horoscopes
March 24, 2005