Archive for Saturday, March 26, 2005

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Around and about
March 26, 2005
Weddings
March 26, 2005
Military news
March 26, 2005
Army Reserve Pvts. Jun Y. Park and David M. Kopp have graduated from the Light-wheeled Vehicle Mechanic advanced individual training course at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.
Scouting news
March 26, 2005
Cub Scout Pack 3057, chartered to the Lawrence Catholic School PTO, had a pack meeting March 8 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church school.
FCE and 4-H news
March 26, 2005
4-H news
March 26, 2005
The March meeting of Kanwaka 4-H Club was called to order by Amber Budenbender, president. Members sang “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”
Friend recalls watching violent movie with gunman
March 26, 2005
The teenager who shot five fellow students to death at his high school had watched a movie about a school shooting with friends earlier this month — skipping ahead to some of the most violent scenes, a friend said Friday.
Bush calls tribe leader
March 26, 2005
President Bush on Friday expressed condolences to the leader of the Minnesota Indian reservation where 10 people died Monday in the second-worst school shooting in U.S. history.
Chess champ Fischer savors exile, bully pulpit in Iceland
March 26, 2005
Newly shorn but as unpredictable as ever, Bobby Fischer was welcomed Friday by supporters in Iceland, the chess-loving nation where his career peaked in a world championship victory 30 years ago.
Six hospitalized after bus overturns on turnpike
March 26, 2005
Six people were injured Friday, five of them children, when a Johnson County school bus overturned on the Kansas Turnpike in Topeka.
Nickerson student gets six months for bomb incidents
Teen pleads guilty to eight charges
March 26, 2005
A Nickerson High School student who pleaded guilty in a case involving a series of explosive devices has been sentenced to six months in a boot camp.
Senate passes statewide Sunday liquor sales
March 26, 2005
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.
Judge pressures defendant to give information on missing children
March 26, 2005
A federal judge has threatened to ignore sentencing guidelines and give an Independence man a much longer prison term for a federal gun conviction unless he provides information about his missing children.
A silver lining
March 26, 2005
Hopefully, the sad case in Florida will prompt many Americans to spell out their wishes for their own medical care.
Tiger taunt
March 26, 2005
At least the Kansas Jayhawks didn’t lose in the first round of the NIT!
On the side of life
March 26, 2005
Public safety
March 26, 2005
People and places
March 26, 2005
Figures argued
March 26, 2005
Blockbuster ends bid to buy Hollywood
Movie Gallery merger likely to create rival to largest rental chain
March 26, 2005
Blockbuster Inc., the nation’s leading movie-rental chain, abandoned its bid Friday to buy rival Hollywood Entertainment Corp. amid opposition from the smaller company’s directors and resistance from federal antitrust regulators.
Tech Check: Rising gasoline prices drive desire for fuel cell vehicles
March 26, 2005
The big silver tank trailer was depositing its gasoline load, blocking most of the lanes in front of the pumps.
Regulators to order inspections of Airbus rudders
March 26, 2005
U.S. airlines will be ordered to inspect the rudders of certain Airbus jets following an incident in which most of the rudder fell off an A310 in flight, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said Friday.
Sandra Oh moves forward from ‘Sideways’ to TV
March 26, 2005
Sandra Oh, who played a freewheeling single mom in “Sideways,” gets tough as a surgical intern in ABC’s medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy.”
ABC’s extreme makeover — ‘Prairie’ edition
March 26, 2005
The 1970s Michael Landon vehicle “Little House on the Prairie” has been a symbol of wholesome programming for so long, it’s a wonder Disney-owned ABC didn’t remake it years ago.
Welsh singer makes musical mark on TV
March 26, 2005
Chances are you’ve heard Jem’s music even if you didn’t know her name.
Perkins’ provision clears House
March 26, 2005
Any public employee’s total compensation must be fully disclosed under legislation approved Friday by the House.
Abortion clinic regulations pass with enough votes to override expected veto
March 26, 2005
A bill sought by anti-abortion activists to strengthen state regulation of abortion clinics has cleared the Legislature with enough support to override a veto from Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
State board suspends abortion doctor’s license
March 26, 2005
An abortion doctor’s license was suspended Friday over conditions at his Kansas City, Kan., clinic, the same day the Kansas Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill to strengthen regulation of such businesses.
Multiple crime-fighting bills get unanimous approval
March 26, 2005
Methamphetamine makers would find it harder to get a key ingredient of the illegal drug and prosecutors would have more time to build a criminal case under bills passed Friday by the House.
Going against the flow
Some faith communities taking a stand against a constitutional ban on gay marriage
March 26, 2005
Sparked by the approaching vote on a proposed amendment to the state constitution banning same-sex marriage, three Lawrence congregations have gone on record opposing the controversial measure.
Interim leaders take over amid Kyrgyzstan rioting
March 26, 2005
A day after chasing out a president who ruled this mountainous former Soviet republic for 15 years, Kyrgyzstan’s new leaders named an interim government Friday and struggled to suppress looting and arson that have ruined scores of shops in the capital.
U.N. agency leaves province
March 26, 2005
The United Nations refugee agency has ceased operations in Aceh province after the Indonesian government failed to respond to its proposals for rebuilding the tsunami-hit region, a spokesman said.
KU softball falls to Longhorns, 4-1
March 26, 2005
Kansas scored a run and had another in scoring position in the seventh inning, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a 4-1 loss to fourth-ranked Texas in the Big 12 Conference softball opener Friday for both teams.
Washburn women to play for NCAA Div. II title
March 26, 2005
Washburn University and Seattle Pacific will battle this afternoon for the NCAA Div. II women’s basketball championship.
Datebook
March 26, 2005
Faith forum
March 26, 2005
Why does God often use flawed people to carry his message?
Teen’s discovery has parent seeking right words
March 26, 2005
QUESTION: My 13-year-old son is at the full bloom of adolescence. I’m suspicious he may be masturbating when he’s alone, but I don’t quite know how to approach him about it. Should I be concerned, and if so, what should I say to him?
Mormon group concerns Texans
March 26, 2005
With the legal heat rising against its leader in Arizona and Utah, a splinter group of polygamous Mormons is hurriedly building a new community in sparsely populated West Texas. But the arrival of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — marked by a temple tower rising out of the rocky terrain and prickly pear cactus — has been about as welcome among locals as a new species of rattlesnake.
Harry O. Barnes, Paola
March 26, 2005
On the record
March 26, 2005
Anderson sparks Royals
March 26, 2005
Brian Anderson pitched one-hit ball over four innings, and Terrence Long and Joe McEwing each drove in two runs, leading Kansas City to a 5-2 victory over Seattle on Friday.
Bonds isn’t leaving; he’s only sulking
Baseball would be better off if Giants slugger called it quits, but don’t expect it to happen
March 26, 2005
Boy, who knew that coming down from Mount Steroid would be such a bummer, huh, Barry?
Moving forward
Jayhawks made strides in their first year under Henrickson
March 26, 2005
No one expected Bonnie Henrickson to perform miracles during her first year as Kansas University’s women’s basketball coach.
Football facility funding growing
KU officials halfway to $30 million goal
March 26, 2005
Kansas University’s athletic department continues to plug away at its $30 million goal for building a new football facility.
Local games postponed
March 26, 2005
Cold weather and wet grounds Friday forced postponement of two baseball games.
Public reading of Dante’s ‘Inferno’ adds literary twist to Good Friday
March 26, 2005
As they stood chatting happily in the foyer of Trinity Episcopal Church Friday afternoon, Richard Kay, Rich Ring and Carolyn Graham didn’t look like they’d been to the depths of hell — but looks can be deceiving.
U.S to sell jet fighters to Pakistan
India objects to deal, says F-16s could threaten its security
March 26, 2005
The Bush administration, strongly opposed to European sales of sophisticated weapons to China, is giving the green light to expanded U.S. sales of jet fighters to two countries in China’s back yard.
Papers suggest detainee abuse
March 26, 2005
Guards and military intelligence personnel allegedly tortured detainees at a U.S. Army holding facility in northern Iraq in late 2003, according to Army criminal investigative documents released Friday. The treatment, intended to soften up detainees for interrogations, involved hours-long physical exercise sessions, hoods and beatings at the same time guards at the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad were carrying out similar tactics.
Mother: Langford loves KU
March 26, 2005
Kansas University senior Keith Langford meant nothing sinister by the quote that has had Jayhawk Nation buzzing since a season-ending loss to Bucknell.
UK slams door on Bogut, Utah
Wildcats’ defense, hot shooting dooms Utes
March 26, 2005
Andrew Bogut cussed at himself, punched the air and crinkled his nose. None of it could get him going.
UNC survives ‘Nova
Tar Heels hang on late without Felton
March 26, 2005
North Carolina won without Raymond Felton — barely.
Photo: Good Friday celebration
March 26, 2005
Photo: Easter-ly directions
March 26, 2005
Bomb threat mars Pistons-Pacers
Game delayed; Indiana locker room searched
March 26, 2005
The Indiana Pacers had another bizarre trip to Detroit, with offcourt problems again overshadowing their play.
Schiavo case spurs Kansans to action
House approves measure making tube removal more difficult for guardians
March 26, 2005
With Terri Schiavo’s case on their minds and advocates for the disabled providing support, legislators have moved to make it more difficult in Kansas for court-appointed guardians to withhold food and water from people under their care.
Bad first half motivates Wisconsin
March 26, 2005
The Wisconsin Badgers waited for their shots to start falling, waited for something to work on defense. And, after playing what might be their worst half of basketball all season, they couldn’t wait any more.
Parents press appeals as daughter nears death
One filing claims Schiavo expressed desire to live
March 26, 2005
A federal appeals court panel refused to order the reinsertion of Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube Friday, hours after the severely brain-damaged woman’s father said she was weakening and down “to her last hours.”
Nuns seek sainthood for lepers’ savior
March 26, 2005
The Sisters of St. Francis are waiting on a miracle.
Religion briefs
March 26, 2005
School plan paves way for property tax increase
March 26, 2005
The Senate on Friday approved a school finance plan that increases funding up to $127 million, holds the line on statewide taxes, but opens the door to local property tax increases across the state that could total hundreds of million of dollars.
Moratorium sought on sidewalk dining areas
March 26, 2005
Members of the city’s Historic Resources Commission fear a land rush to gobble up the city’s downtown sidewalks is about to begin, and they’re asking city commissioners to at least temporarily put a halt to it.
Contractor plans Lawrence expansion
Huxtable & Associates seeks to build space for up to 40 jobs
March 26, 2005
A Lawrence contractor is working to expand its offices, shops and parking lot in eastern Lawrence.
Kansas House unanimously approves restrictions on development bonds
Bill takes aim at perceived abuses in Wyandotte County
March 26, 2005
Responding to perceived abuses by Wyandotte County officials in building the area around Kansas Speedway, the House on Friday approved proposed restrictions on the use of bonds for economic development.
Bond raised in alleged poisoning of mayor
Accused says bogus claim made because of race
March 26, 2005
A woman accused of trying to kill Edwardsville Mayor Stephanie Eickhoff with tainted cupcakes and soda pop has been ordered back into custody after her former son-in-law told police she had threatened the mayor again.
KU’s area fall graduates
March 26, 2005
Kansas University announces area students who graduated during the 2004 fall semester.
Briefly
March 26, 2005
¢ Iran military stockpiles concern U.S. officials ¢ U.S. discovers tunnel in Iraqi prison ¢ Insurgent attacks kill 17 ¢ Bird flu toll nears 50
Briefly
March 26, 2005
¢ Employees could leave civil service system ¢ St. Pat’s Parade officials present proceeds ¢ Dole program to air Sunday on C-SPAN ¢ Park rules could change
Briefly
March 26, 2005
¢ Pit bull killed while landlord changes locks ¢ County continues advance voting ¢ Patrol seeks fuel deals
Flamingo lady’ loses her plastic flock
March 26, 2005
Douglas County resident Cyrilla Loria has lost her flock of flamingos.
Simons: Long-term planning needed to turn city’s dreams into reality
March 26, 2005
A recent Lawrence visitor who was considering a move to this city told of a visit he had on the plane as he was traveling to Kansas City. He asked his seat mate where she lived. She told him she was moving to another part of the country because her husband was being transferred but that, if she had her choice, she would like to live in the Kansas-Missouri area.
James Donovan ‘Jimmy’ Ewert, Lawrence
March 26, 2005
The redistricting travesty
March 26, 2005
Republican redrawing of the Texas congressional district map has opened Pandora’s box.
Self-policing
March 26, 2005
People
March 26, 2005
¢ Spider flicks snag Church ¢ ‘Fear’ factors into driver’s underwater escape ¢ Bow Wow plans to feature biggest fan on new DVD ¢ CBS daytime will continue to be ‘Bold and Beautiful’
Spartans upend top-seeded Duke
March 26, 2005
With one high-flying display of muscle and moxie, Maurice Ager and the Michigan State Spartans put the exclamation point on their bruising run through the NCAA Tournament.
Horoscopes
March 26, 2005
Grace D. Browning, Lawrence
March 26, 2005
Air France plans to buy Boeing 777 freighters
March 26, 2005
Air France said Friday it planned to replace part of its aging fleet of cargo planes with Boeing Co.’s new 777 freighter, but the airline would not say whether it would become the launch customer for the proposed new airplane.
Briefcase
March 26, 2005
¢ Entertainment mogul, K.C. company team up ¢ Hereford House sets new schedule ¢ Wal-Mart director resigns after probe
Chamber to hold education discussion
March 26, 2005
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday will host a “Talk of the Town” discussion on financial issues affecting public education.
Schilling back on mound
Ace pitches for first time since Series
March 26, 2005
While Curt Schilling is on his way back from ankle surgery, former teammate Pedro Martinez is trying to shake off a stiff back.
Refinery had fire day before blast
March 26, 2005
A small fire broke out at an oil refinery the day before a deadly blast at the site killed 15 people and injured more than 100, a company spokesman said Friday.
U.S. must protect church-state separation
March 26, 2005
Every time I come back from the Middle East, I thank God I live in a country that separates church and state.
Briefly
March 26, 2005
¢ Suspect charged after girl’s disappearance ¢ Report: Agency misused passenger information ¢ FDA approved monthly drug for osteoporosis ¢ Bush’s approval rating hits new low in poll
Rainout throws TPC into disarray
Second round set for today, but forecast remains gloomy
March 26, 2005
The 17th hole was still the only island green Friday on the TPC at Sawgrass.
Society calendar
March 26, 2005
Zimbabwe opposition leader has vote doubts
March 26, 2005
The run-up to next week’s parliamentary elections in Zimbabwe has been the least violent in decades, but the country’s main opposition leader said Friday the vote would not be free and fair because of subtle intimidation and memories of brutality past.
Colorado teacher blames ouster on beliefs
March 26, 2005
As the University of Colorado faces criticism over continued employment for outspoken professor Ward Churchill, history instructor Phil Mitchell says the school is forcing him out “because of my political and religious beliefs.”
Ailing pope’s face not seen at Good Friday ceremony
March 26, 2005
Pope John Paul II’s own suffering kept him away from his flock for the first time on Good Friday, but he appeared to the faithful via video, adding poignancy as Christians reflected on the suffering of Jesus on the most solemn day of the church calendar.
Dole Institute visitors given a peek at archives
March 26, 2005
Slowly but surely, Jean Bischoff and her crew of workers and volunteers are making sense of the 4,000 boxes housed in the basement of the Dole Institute of Politics.
Around and about
March 26, 2005
Compost giveaway returning
2003, 2004 giveaways canceled after harmful herbicide detected
March 26, 2005
Gardeners rejoice. After a two-year hiatus, Lawrence officials are planning another compost giveaway.
Club news
March 26, 2005