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Senate approves stronger abortion clinic regulations
March 25, 2005
(Updated Friday at 11:47 a.m.) A bill strengthening regulation of abortion clinics won Senate approval today after anti-abortion members narrowly thwarted an effort to rewrite the measure to satisfy Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
House advances ‘Lew Perkins’ open records bill
March 25, 2005
(Updated Friday at 11:41 a.m.) Any public employee’s total compensation must be fully disclosed under legislation approved today by the House. The vote was 111-13. During a debate Thursday, House members amended the bill to require university professors to disclose consulting contracts with outside groups or companies.
Senate OKs KU classified staff split from state civil service
March 25, 2005
(Updated Friday at 11:53 a.m.) State senators today sent Gov. Kathleen Sebelius legislation that would allow Kansas University classified staff to leave the state’s civil service system.
Sunday liquor sales bill goes to House
March 25, 2005
(Updated Friday at 11:24 a.m.) Sunday liquor sales would be allowed anywhere in the state when approved by local voters under a bill approved Friday by the Senate, which rejected a bid to ban such sales statewide.
Cloudy and cool start to weekend
March 25, 2005
(Updated Friday at 2:45 p.m.) If you’re heading out to Good Friday services today, prepare for some bleak weather. “The clouds will be thick. It is going to be a damp and dreary way to end the week,” said Tim Reith, 6News meteorologist. “We are not expecting to see any sunshine today.”
Bonds needed
March 25, 2005
Science supports safety of nuclear waste storage plan
March 25, 2005
Driving northwest into the desolate vastness of the Nevada Test Site where the nation’s nuclear arsenal was tested, one sees a spindly tower, outlined against a ridgeline, rising 1,527 feet out of the desert. That is the approximate height at which the atomic bomb exploded over Hiroshima.
Congress picking our pockets
March 25, 2005
Washington, D.C., is about to experience professional baseball for the first time in more than three decades when the Washington Nationals debut in two weeks. That will make five truly bipartisan activities in the capital city, all of them, in a sense, related to sports.
Kmart completes Sears deal
Shareholders approve $12B merger
March 25, 2005
Kmart bought Sears, Roebuck and Co. for $12.3 billion on Thursday, combining two faded retail icons whose sales have been declining for years into the nation’s third biggest retailer with a projected $55 billion in annual sales.
Lawrence workers optimistic
March 25, 2005
As shareholders approved Kmart’s $12.3 billion purchase of Sears, Jeannine Wyatt was huddling with small groups of employees at Kmart’s sprawling distribution center north of the Kansas Turnpike. Their feeling: optimistic.
Halting Aquavan trial sends Guilford stock tumbling
March 25, 2005
Shares of Guilford Pharmaceuticals Inc. plunged Thursday after the company announced that it had halted clinical trials of a sedative developed at Kansas University and nurtured by a Lawrence-based spinoff.
Commodities
March 25, 2005
Markets closed
March 25, 2005
Financial markets are closed today in observance of Good Friday.
Briefcase
March 25, 2005
¢ ‘Socially responsible’ fund drops Starbucks ¢ Judge tosses lawsuit against Aquila Inc. ¢ State’s oil industry looking for workers
The buddy system
Sandra Bullock adds a new twist to a Hollywood formula in ‘Armed and Fabulous’
March 25, 2005
Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. Sandra Bullock and Regina King? There’s been no shortage of buddy-cop flicks that find a partnership developed between a pair of black and white individuals. Usually one is uptight, the other a loose cannon. Everyone knows the drill.
MTV has turned music into an afterthought
March 25, 2005
It’s time to finally decide: Has “Video Killed the Radio Star” or not? More than two decades have passed since MTV ushered in a new era of glitz, hype and art by kicking off with that Buggles song, a tune that foretold the murder of music as we knew it at the hands of the new Video God.
NBC wants laughs, bigger ratings
Network president seeks ‘next generation of hits’
March 25, 2005
NBC had little to laugh about. With its glory sitcoms out of the picture, the network had lost its No. 1 ranking in viewership for the first time in six years.
Best Bets
March 25, 2005
Guess Who’ cops out
March 25, 2005
The press kit for the film “Guess Who” is a faux leather-bound family photo album featuring a shot of stars Ashton Kutcher and Bernie Mac uneasily seated at opposite ends of a yellow couch. When you open the kit, Mac slides menacingly to his left until he’s elbow-to-elbow with the cowering Kutcher.
USA’s ‘Kojak’ remake easily forgotten
March 25, 2005
Television’s war on originality continues unabated. In a single week, we will be carpet-bombed with a remake of “The Office,” an extreme makeover of the “Little House on the Prairie,” a reality show about Farrah Fawcett and, tonight, a new “Kojak” (8 p.m., USA) starring Ving Rhames.
The Man, His World, His Music’ becomes an unexpected tribute to the Man in Black
March 25, 2005
“Johnny Cash! The Man, His World, His Music” was a fly on-the-wall portrait of a crossover musician at the height of his fame when released in 1969.
Capitol Briefing
March 25, 2005
¢ School finance countdown ¢ Wednesday’s highlights ¢ Quote of the day ¢ Today’s schedule
House advances bill to prevent methamphetamine production, use
March 25, 2005
With the family of slain Greenwood County Sheriff Matt Samuels watching from the floor, the House gave first-round approval Thursday to a bill restricting the sale of a key ingredient in manufacturing methamphetamine.
Questionable acts
March 25, 2005
K.C.‘discovers’ new slogan
March 25, 2005
A new marketing slogan pushing Kansas City as a tourist destination, due for official unveiling next month, boosts the community as a place offering “New Discoveries Daily.”
Trial date set in pregnant woman’s slaying
March 25, 2005
A federal judge has set an April 2006 trial date for a Kansas woman accused of cutting a Skidmore woman’s baby from her womb and claiming the baby as her own.
Important post
The process for hiring the state’s next commissioner of education already looks questionable.
March 25, 2005
There may be no decision more important to the future of Kansas public schools than the selection of a new commissioner of education to replace Andy Tompkins when he leaves that post in June. The people of Kansas should pay close attention to the search process employed in filling this key position.
Lawmakers also must show restraint
March 25, 2005
If there is one constitutional principle that has animated and energized conservatives during the last five decades, it is the notion of judicial restraint. Philosophers and politicians of the right have lectured Americans repeatedly about the dangers of “legislating from the bench.”
Novelist’s ex-husband on trial over report of bomb on his porch
March 25, 2005
A romance novelist’s ex-husband, charged with falsely accusing the woman of placing a bomb on his front porch, gave police a license tag and description of a vehicle that led them to his ex-wife, a police officer testified.
School shift
March 25, 2005
Kansas’ Cold Weather Rule expires at the end of March
Natural gas customers behind in payments risk losing service
March 25, 2005
Twenty-two years ago, Michael Coffman shattered his back in a car accident. “It wasn’t my fault,” he said. “The lady who hit me, she didn’t have much insurance. I got $35,000 out of the deal — that was before my lawyer got his cut.”
Sebelius unveils state plan to fight cancer
Health partnership suggests education, cigarette taxes needed
March 25, 2005
More education, early detection, higher cigarette taxes and better diet are the best ways to reduce the incidence of cancer in Kansas, according to a partnership of private and public health agencies working to curb the disease.
Local briefs
March 25, 2005
¢ Citywide egg hunt planned for South Park ¢ Biographer to speak at KU’s Dole Institute ¢ Museum to offer needlework lecture
Area brief
March 25, 2005
¢ Attorney wants client’s confession withdrawn
People
March 25, 2005
¢ Williams sisters happy to share advice with teens ¢ ‘Seinfeld’ regular Martin dies ¢ Men: Jolie is world’s sexiest ¢ Abdul gets fine, probation for hit-and-run charge ¢ Sizemore sentenced to jail, drug treatment facility ¢ Jackson trial focuses on fingerprint in magazine ¢ Birthdays
Roberts upset after Jayhawks’ NCAA loss
Former aide, now at St. John’s, says KU future in good hands with Self
March 25, 2005
What makes the NCAA Tournament so beautiful also is what made the 2005 edition so ugly for Kansas University’s men’s basketball players, coaches and fans.
Jones’ 64 good for one-shot lead
Threesome one stroke back at Players Championship
March 25, 2005
Last seen riding around in a cart as an assistant captain at the Ryder Cup, Steve Jones stole the spotlight at the Players Championship on Thursday.
Commentary: Weeping less likely for Williams now
At North Carolina, former Kansas coach has most gifted college basketball team in country
March 25, 2005
The likelihood of Roy Williams having another locker room full of weepy kids is fading. It is still four wins to his first national title, but March’s most tormented and tearful coach is simply not in Kansas anymore.
Colorado smoking ban faces opposition
March 25, 2005
A proposal to ban smoking in public places across Colorado is facing opposition from members of both parties in the Senate.
Abortion clinic regulations approved
Attempt to broaden bill to satisfy governor blocked
March 25, 2005
A bill strengthening regulation of abortion clinics advanced in the Senate after anti-abortion members narrowly thwarted an effort to rewrite the measure to satisfy Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Dodgeball bouncing back into popularity
March 25, 2005
Dodgeball — the childhood game that made pencil-thin students quiver and school yard bullies drool — is making a comeback in Lawrence. And now it is no longer just for kids.
Dinosaur soft tissue found
March 25, 2005
For more than a century, the study of dinosaurs has been limited to fossilized bones. Now, researchers have recovered 70-million-year-old soft tissue, including what may be blood vessels and cells, from a Tyrannosaurus rex.
Lawrence Datebook
March 25, 2005
A good buy
March 25, 2005
Protesters seize control of Kyrgyzstan capital
President reportedly flees former Soviet republic
March 25, 2005
President Askar Akayev’s government collapsed Thursday after opposition protesters took over the presidential compound and government offices, throwing computers and air conditioners out of windows in a frenzy of anger over corruption and a disputed election.
On the record
March 25, 2005
Georgia Arlene Murphy, Moran
March 25, 2005
Erwin M. ‘Junior’ Hammig Jr., Peoria, Ariz.
March 25, 2005
Robert H. ‘Bob’ Bowers, Topeka
March 25, 2005
Stoudamire’s shot saves Arizona
March 25, 2005
Give the ball to Salim Stoudamire and get out of his way. That’s what Arizona did Thursday night.
Quarterbacks galore
Barmann: Battle for starting job will help offense
March 25, 2005
It seems like a deflating thought, knowing your job has been put on the market to see if better offers are out there. But Kansas University junior Adam Barmann sees the fight for the starting-quarterback job — his in 2004 — as a way to improve KU’s lagging offense.
Free State baseball postponed again
March 25, 2005
Free State High’s baseball game against Blue Valley Northwest scheduled today at the FSHS field has been postponed because of wet grounds.
Ross can’t lift Raiders
West Virginia’s big play dooms Tech
March 25, 2005
In the end, West Virginia had to stop it just once. As Texas Tech (22-11) feasted off the steal-and-drive in the second half of Thursday’s Sweet 16 matchup at The Pit, it appeared the Red Raiders would use that combination to advance to their first NCAA Tournament Elite Eight in school history.
Louisville lethal from long range
March 25, 2005
Rick Pitino pushed all the right buttons, while Francisco Garcia and Taquan Dean made all the tough shots. The result for Louisville was a 93-79 victory over top-seeded Washington — a win that put the Cardinals in the Albuquerque Regional final and turned their insulting fourth seed into little more than an afterthought.
Soriano sinks Royals
March 25, 2005
Alfonso Soriano went 3-for-3 with a two-run homer, and the Texas Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals, 6-4.
Senate approves bill to expand Sunday liquor sales
March 25, 2005
Sunday liquor sales would be allowed anywhere in the state when approved by local voters under a bill advanced by the Senate, which rejected a bid to ban such sales statewide.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
March 25, 2005
Helen M. Butell, Ottawa
March 25, 2005
KU baseball ready for rugged Big 12 play
Jayhawks to open conference portion of schedule with home series against Nebraska
March 25, 2005
Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price scheduled tough matchups in for his team’s nonconference schedule for a reason. He knew that once Big 12 Conference play started, his team would have to be ready to play some of the nation’s best teams.
Rainouts annoy KU softball
Jayhawks to face Texas this weekend in Austin
March 25, 2005
Seven straight rainouts weren’t what Tracy Bunge had in mind prior to beginning Big 12 Conference play. “It’s very frustrating,” said Bunge, now in her ninth season as Kansas University’s softball coach. “But we can’t control the weather.”
Army probes scientist’s death
March 25, 2005
The U.S. Army says it has reopened an investigation into the suspected bludgeoning death of a key Iraqi government scientist in American custody, a chemist who allegedly experimented with poisons on prisoners in the days of Saddam Hussein.
Briefly - World
March 25, 2005
¢ Ailing pope skips Holy Thursday services ¢ U.S. Army paratrooper denied refugee status ¢ Security Council sends peacekeepers to Sudan ¢ Utility workers protest insurgent attacks ¢ Palestinians ask U.S. to stop Israeli building ¢ Report seeks probe of Lebanon leader’s death
Illinois upends UWM
Brown, Williams solid as Illini cruise
March 25, 2005
Containing Deron Williams is no easy feat. When backcourt mate Dee Brown is on his game, too, playing Illinois is anything but a fair fight.
Good Friday observances remind of suffering
March 25, 2005
Any other day of the year, they are simply a war memorial, a homeless shelter and a jail. But this Good Friday, they’ll become stops in a symbolic retracing of Christ’s final steps and reminders of everyday suffering.
Investigators seek clues in deadly refinery blast
March 25, 2005
The death toll in a thunderous explosion at a BP refinery climbed to 15 Thursday as investigators tried to determine the cause of the worst accident in the nation’s gas and chemical industry in nearly 15 years.
Serious crime down in Wichita this year, but drive-bys up sharply
March 25, 2005
Although serious crimes including homicide, rape and robbery are down 15 percent in Wichita during the first two months of the year, drive-by shootings in the state’s largest city have nearly tripled, police report.
Briefly - Nation
March 25, 2005
¢ Documents: Gotti tried to buy one last juror ¢ University of Colorado to review tenure system ¢ Shooter’s hostage receives rewards ¢ Reservists may get extended health care ¢ Tax shelter crackdown nets IRS $3.2 billion
Schiavo case prompts Kansas proposal on guardianship change
March 25, 2005
Terri Schiavo’s case has prompted a response from Kansas House members, a proposal that would make it more difficult for court-appointed guardians to withhold food and water from incapacitated people in their care.
Horoscopes
March 25, 2005
Negotiators to draft final version of proposed budget
March 25, 2005
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.
Legislative brief
March 25, 2005
¢ Sunday liquor advances
Prosecutors say K.C. man was killed because he was black
March 25, 2005
A Kansas City man shot to death earlier this month died for the sole reason that he was black, Jackson County prosecutors said Wednesday after charging a white teenager with the slaying.
U.S. Supreme Court won’t intervene in Schiavo case
Schindlers low on options for brain-damaged daughter
March 25, 2005
With Terri Schiavo visibly drawing closer to death, her parents were rebuffed by both the U.S. and Florida supreme courts Thursday in their battle to reinsert their brain-damaged daughter’s feeding tube.
Living wills bring peace of mind
March 25, 2005
Nadereh Nasseri said she took comfort knowing she would neither languish in a brain-damaged state like Terri Schiavo nor become the subject of an emotional tug-of-war among family members.
Doctor says process not painful for Schiavo
March 25, 2005
When a feeding tube or ventilator is removed from terminally ill or severely brain-damaged patients, their deaths are not painful, physicians say.
Agreement reached on school finance proposal
March 25, 2005
Public schools would receive up to a $127 million funding increase under an agreement reached Thursday by key legislators.
School shooting survivor recalls gunman’s ‘mean face’
March 25, 2005
A teenager wounded in the Red Lake High School shooting said he reached out to gunman Jeff Weise before the attack because the boy seemed to have no friends.
Tonight’s NCAA matchups
March 25, 2005
Calendar
March 25, 2005
Miss Congeniality 2’ a comedic runner-up
March 25, 2005
“Armed and Fabulous” would make a fine stand-alone title for this movie. It’s too bad the phrase “Miss Congeniality 2” precedes it.
This Weekend’s Highlights
March 25, 2005
Russell Stover makes chocolate crosses mainstream
March 25, 2005
A symbol of Christianity that sits atop church steeples, dangles from necks and hangs on walls is finding a new home: in the mouths of the faithful. A mass-produced chocolate cross has entered the mainstream this Easter, with Kansas City-based Russell Stover distributing the treat to around 5,000 stores throughout the country.
Investing in youth — yet again
G.M. Baird believes in young talent, but knows K.C. has few other options
March 25, 2005
When the big-market clubs hand out $100 million contracts and trade superstars the way sixth-graders swap baseball cards, the Kansas City Royals only can sit and watch.
Woodling: Carolina will have to wait
March 25, 2005
If ifs and buts counted more than three-point goals, this paragraph would have started with a Syracuse, N.Y., dateline. And I guarantee you it would have contained the words “Roy” and “Williams.” If Kansas University had made two of 11 three-point goals, the Jayhawks would have defeated Bucknell in the first round of the Syracuse Regional. But KU made only one of 11 three-pointers.
At KU’s expense, MU fans getting more bang for their Bucknell T-shirts
March 25, 2005
Beware, Kansas University faithful: Fans at the University of Missouri are stockpiling Bucknell T-shirts.
House advances ‘Lew Perkins’ open records bill
March 25, 2005
Any public employee’s total compensation must be fully disclosed under legislation before the House. Before giving the measure first-round approval Thursday, the House amended the bill to require university professors to disclose consulting contracts with outside groups or companies.
Rockets prolong Cavs’ road woes
March 25, 2005
Tracy McGrady scored 31 points, and Bob Sura had 12 points, 10 rebounds and six assists on his 32nd birthday, leading the Houston Rockets over the Cleveland Cavaliers, 99-80, Thursday night.