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Video: Cowboy Dan Matile tells stories about his life on the range
March 27, 2005
Chase County cowboy Dan Matile tells a story about a horse that kicked and smashed saddle racks.
Video: Cowboy Dan Matile tells stories about his life on the range
March 27, 2005
Chase County cowboy Dan Matile tells a story about how he tried to put new horse shoes on a “green horse.”
Briefly
March 27, 2005
¢ U.N. seeks food for North Koreans ¢ Poll: Some Germans want dividing wall back ¢ Parliament scrambles to restore order ¢ Officers leave naval base after accepting charges
Briefly
March 27, 2005
¢ New guide helps tailor visits to Texas parks ¢ Golf magazine pitches top California courses
Briefly
March 27, 2005
¢ Report: Safety lacking at Texas oil refinery ¢ Prostate cancer testing remains controversial ¢ Report: TSA misled on passenger data ¢ Small plane crashes, killing all six aboard
Lawrence commuter report
March 27, 2005
The following construction projects and events may affect commuter traffic in the region this week
War Trash’ wins prize for fiction
March 27, 2005
Ha Jin’s “War Trash,” a novel about Chinese POWs under American captivity during the Korean War, has won the PEN/Faulkner prize for best fiction by an American author.
Push up and into better shape
March 27, 2005
You may still be your own worst enemy when it comes to getting into shape, but you also are your own best piece of gym equipment.
The Motley Fool
March 27, 2005
¢ Last week’s question and answer ¢ There’s still time to refinance ¢ No soup for you ¢ Don’t fall in love ¢ Mutual fund lingo
A day walking on eggshells
Thousands of Easter treats hidden and found at South Park
March 27, 2005
Hundreds of children accompanied by their parents got a head start on their Easter celebration Saturday when they took part in this year’s Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza at South Park.
Palace confirms Prince Rainier’s worsening condition
March 27, 2005
Monaco braced for the worst as Prince Rainier III appeared Saturday to be losing his fight against heart, lung and kidney failure, with his doctors increasingly pessimistic about the chances of survival for the 81-year-old ruler of one of Europe’s oldest dynasties.
Inside the games
March 27, 2005
A look at Illinois and Louisville, who will meet Saturday in St. Louis in one national semifinal game.
People
March 27, 2005
¢ ‘Beverly Hillbillies’ creator Paul Henning dies at 93 ¢ Lead astray ¢ Russell still rocking ¢ Erin off ‘Apprentice’ ¢ Zach Braff back to direct
On the record
March 27, 2005
Royals fall
March 27, 2005
Joel Pineiro threw three shutout innings, and the Seattle Mariners defeated the Kansas City Royals, 8-3, on Saturday.
Washburn claims crown
March 27, 2005
Brooke Ubelaker scored 22 points, and Juwanna Rivers added 20 to lead Washburn to the NCAA Division Two women’s championship with a 70-53 victory over Seattle Pacific on Saturday.
South Bend hot spot for every team’s scouts
McDonald’s game attracts attention
March 27, 2005
Nobody wants to miss out on the next Kevin Garnett or Tracy McGrady, and no one wants to be responsible for drafting the next Kwame Brown.
Faces and places
March 27, 2005
Briefly
March 27, 2005
¢ Suspected insurgents ambush train, injure 19 ¢ U.N.: 20 children die every day in camps ¢ Startup TV channel aims to be Latin CNN ¢ Former prime minister dies at age 92
Iraqi politician: Government to form soon
Car bomb kills two soldiers and wounds two others
March 27, 2005
The Shiite Muslim politician likely to be Iraq’s next prime minister said Saturday the country’s long-awaited government could be formed within days, an accomplishment that would mark the end of nearly two months of tortured negotiations after the nation’s first free elections in a half-century.
Land mine kills four troops in Afghanistan
March 27, 2005
A land mine exploded under a U.S. vehicle south of Kabul on Saturday, killing four soldiers in the deadliest incident for American troops in Afghanistan in almost 10 months, the military said.
Pistons gain revenge on Celtics
Detroit halts three-game slide with overtime win
March 27, 2005
Rasheed Wallace was looking for a little revenge Saturday night.
Private tragedy is no place for politics
March 27, 2005
Joyce and I disagree about Terry Schiavo.
Noted choreographer celebrates 50 years of dancing
March 27, 2005
Imagine toilet paper stuck to your foot — for eternity.
Briefcase
March 27, 2005
¢ Australia pay phones to have ‘Net access ¢ Nonprofit seeking notable older worker ¢ Name that company
Horoscopes
March 27, 2005
Poet’s Showcase
March 27, 2005
Hot topics
March 27, 2005
Passing the buck
A compromise bill provides some money for K-12 schools, but at what cost?
March 27, 2005
“It is the most contemptible bill I’ve seen dealing with education in the 17 years I’ve been here,” said State Sen. Janis Lee, D-Kensington.
Schwarzenegger hasn’t lost his swagger
March 27, 2005
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says he brought with him to government from the world of competitive body-building a belief in what “they used to call the third eye — when you see things as a finished product way before it happens.”
Basic right
March 27, 2005
Schiavo issues
March 27, 2005
Is Bush’s Social Security plan truth or dare?
March 27, 2005
The president’s Social Security plan isn’t even a plan yet, and already it’s in trouble. You can tell there’s trouble when (a) his own supporters are saying they’re still not on board and have to hear more; (b) a deeply respectable, non-partisan group like the Century Foundation says that private accounts would make the problem worse, not better; and (c) he leans on his mother for help.
Lawrence artist aces canvas contest
March 27, 2005
N. Barry Carver is better known to his acquaintances as the author of a collection of short stories called “Sunday Best,” but he’s also been painting for more than 25 years.
Arts notes
March 27, 2005
¢ Professor to discuss women of expedition ¢ Film series to explore American Indians ¢ Theater group to have auditions for summer ¢ Film professor to discuss film ¢ Baker faculty, staff to display artwork
Exhibit showcases art of medical quackery
March 27, 2005
For hundreds of years, the flamboyant sellers of patent medicines relied not only on exorbitant claims and theatrical presentations to push their panaceas, but also employed accomplished artists to create advertisements for their too-good-to-be-true elixirs and gadgets.
Heroic art
Lawrence artists interpret superheroism for inaugural exhibit at downtown shop
March 27, 2005
All the best-known superheroes spring from a formula that goes something like this: Bizarre tragedy strikes good-at-heart man, endowing him with herculean powers that he uses to save the world from evil.
Escape’ author takes page from her own life for book
March 27, 2005
Writing “Escape from Saigon” was almost like a coming home for Kansas writer Andrea Warren.
Series allows area poets to put a voice to their verse
March 27, 2005
Crafting poetry can be a lonely discipline. But the reward comes when poets can share their writing with others, especially when it means reciting one of their poems — in their own voice — to a receptive audience.
What are you reading?
March 27, 2005
Police: More than one million attend pro-Taiwan rally
March 27, 2005
In one of the largest demonstrations in Taiwan’s history, about a million people marched through the capital on Saturday to protest a new Chinese law that authorizes an attack on the island if it moves toward formal independence.
Greinke crazy like a fox?
Kansas City confident odd-mannered pitcher knows his stuff when he’s on the mound
March 27, 2005
The Kansas City Royals are used to fielding questions about young pitchers’ arms. With 21-year-old right-hander Zack Greinke, they get plenty of questions about a young pitcher’s head, too.
Hybrid splake gorgeous, but tough fish to catch
March 27, 2005
Pay attention, now. You may be able to learn from this, thus avoiding the humility that Tom Pfister and I experienced on a little trout lake the other day.
Four lakes used to net walleye eggs for breeding
March 27, 2005
One of Kansas’ most popular angling opportunities is just around the corner as walleye move into shallow, rocky areas — usually along the face of dams — to spawn.
Smaller districts have more to lose when lawmakers rework budget
March 27, 2005
Noise during the passing periods at White Rock High School hardly reaches a dull roar. The hallways aren’t crowded. The lockers — each student gets two — don’t have locks. The school has plenty of new computers, and books are stacked in shelves in the hallways, hundreds of volumes the library can’t hold.
Area fishing report
March 27, 2005
How to spice up treadmill workouts
March 27, 2005
Washington — OK, you bought a treadmill a few months back and here it is, late March, and, your routine is stale. That once-sleek, addictive toy has become the Dreadmill.
Riding high
Slow Swiss express train travels the Alpine peaks
March 27, 2005
At more than a mile above sea level, the reflection of the sun off the deep snow is so bright that even the sky looks white. And that’s just the view from the train window.
Badges exhibit displays insignia of armed forces
March 27, 2005
As the oft-told story goes, a Union general in the Civil War rode by a group of soldiers resting in the fields and shouted orders. The men refused his orders because they were not under his command. He then ordered that all Union soldiers wear cloth badges indicating their units.
Hutchinson resident has taken in foster children for three decades
March 27, 2005
In Esther Yoder’s dining room, doll babies nap in a crib, and toy trucks line the bottom bookcase. More toys fill colorful crates and wooden shelves. On the table, a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle of dogs waits for small hands to fit more pieces in their places.
Several options available for colon cancer screening
March 27, 2005
I have heard that colorectal cancer deaths are usually preventable through screening procedures. I am 60 years old; should I have some kind of test performed?
Calendar
March 27, 2005
Alternative minimum tax can take unexpected toll
March 27, 2005
Bad news. You’ve spent days trudging through tax forms only to run into a kink that eliminates most of your tax benefits and sticks you with a much bigger bill.
Business community needs tougher oversight, not less
March 27, 2005
When former WorldCom CEO Bernard Ebbers was convicted of the $11 billion in accounting frauds that destroyed his company, the reaction from some quarters of the business establishment was predictable.
Legislators angered by high court decisions
Death penalty, school finance spark backlash in Statehouse
March 27, 2005
The justices of the Kansas Supreme Court haven’t been making many friends lately, certainly not among legislators. First, they knocked down the state’s death penalty, then demanded the state spend more money on education.
Wheelchair users still find ways to lead active lives
March 27, 2005
Dot Nary, 49, felt like a weakling the first time she did the workout demonstrated on a 50-minute seated exercise tape.
Wheelchair team sports provide athletic outlet
March 27, 2005
A wheelchair becomes a piece of sports equipment for Ray Petty when he plays basketball.
Report: Missouri, Kansas priorities different for tobacco settlement funds
March 27, 2005
Missouri spent nearly half of the money it received from a 1998 tobacco settlement last year to cover budget shortfalls and plans to do so again this year, according to a recent report by the federal Government Accountability Office.
Deceased late for his own funeral
March 27, 2005
Because of factors beyond his control, Theodore Welborn was a little late this week for a very important appointment.
Poor record keeping will hinder search for missing works, Wichita official says
March 27, 2005
More than 270 works of art and artifacts that have vanished from the Mid-America All-Indian Center might never be recovered because of shoddy record keeping at the museum, city officials said.
First funeral services begin for school shooting victims
Hundreds gather for memorials
March 27, 2005
With the bang of a drum and a high-pitched wail, the first funerals began Saturday for victims of the shootings on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in which 10 people died.
Senator: Few asking for Social Security change
March 27, 2005
Assigned to put President Bush’s Social Security ideas into a bill that can pass Congress, Charles Grassley is finding little clamor for it among the people who have kept him in the Senate for 25 years.
Grace D. Browning, Lawrence
March 27, 2005
Chester Laverne Baker, Lawrence
March 27, 2005
Harold W. ‘Pat’ Sweeney
March 27, 2005
John R. Foster, Topeka
March 27, 2005
Durant, Westwood share TPC lead
Woods, Mickelson part of group still playing second round
March 27, 2005
Lee Westwood and Joe Durant ordinarily would be in ideal position at The Players Championship, tied for the lead and likely in the last group to tee off this afternoon.
Rockies hoping for healthy Chacon
March 27, 2005
The Colorado Rockies need as much pitching as they can get. That’s why having a healthy Shawn Chacon is so important.
Pope rests, prepares for today’s blessing
March 27, 2005
A top Vatican cardinal stood in for Pope John Paul II during the Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday, sparing the ailing pontiff from a lengthy ceremony and allowing him to rest for today, when he was expected to bless the faithful.
Red-hot WVU fades in second half
Illinois, Louisville win overtime thrillers
March 27, 2005
The Louisville game plan? Hah! West Virginia’s hotshot shooters turned that into little more than a cheesy souvenir.
Mayer: This Jayhawk basketball senior class was overrated
March 27, 2005
Kansas University basketball teams are inclined to have more NCAA Final Four success when they sneak up on people. The more highly the Jayhawks are ranked (like this year’s faulty preseason expectations), the more they seem to falter.
Big 12 victory in hand
KU splits NU twinbill to open league play
March 27, 2005
The Kansas University baseball team was undefeated in Big 12 Conference play for about three hours Saturday after it won the first game of a doubleheader against Nebraska, 7-6, at Hoglund Ballpark.
Williams has Tar Heels playing as team at right time
North Carolina always has had talent, but being unselfish has it on brink of Final Four
March 27, 2005
No one ever questioned North Carolina’s talent.
Spartans, Wildcats as deep as it gets
Michigan State, Kentucky expect battle of benches
March 27, 2005
Tom Izzo can look down the Michigan State bench and smile. Even when his five starters are on the court, he still has four guys he’s comfortable using.
Maryland tops TCU to advance to NYC
March 27, 2005
Nik Caner-Medley got Maryland back to Madison Square Garden.
Huskies facing major challenge
No. 3 UConn has to get past No. 2 Stanford
March 27, 2005
Connecticut has run into some major hazards on the road to its five national championships: Close calls, determined opponents and usually, somewhere along the line, Tennessee.
LHS loses opener to Creighton Prep, 9-5
March 27, 2005
Nick DeBiasse blasted a three-run home run in the first inning, but Lawrence High’s pitching and defense couldn’t make it stand in a 9-5 loss Saturday to Omaha Creighton Prep in the Lions’ season-opening game.
Dugout collapse cancels game
Four Texas players injured in mishap
March 27, 2005
Tracy Bunge and a handful of her Kansas University softball players were sitting in their dugout Saturday waiting out a rain delay at Texas University’s McCombs Field.
Kansas track gathers 12 first-place finishes
March 27, 2005
The Kansas University track and field team, in its first outdoor meet of the season, compiled 12 individual first-place finishes Saturday at the Tulsa Duals.
Texas rowers sweep Jayhawks
March 27, 2005
The KU rowing team wrapped up its spring training Saturday by being swept in a four-race dual by Big 12 Conference foe Texas.
Opposition leader agrees to back budget, helping Gaza withdrawal plan
March 27, 2005
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon appeared to have surmounted the last major legislative hurdle to his Gaza withdrawal plan Saturday when a key opposition party announced it would vote in favor of his proposed national budget in parliament this week.
Furious Illini rally stuns Wildcats
Illinois, Louisville win overtime thrillers
March 27, 2005
Illinois made a jaw-dropping final push for the Final Four with a rally that was as electrifying as it was improbable.
Anarchists celebrate 10th anniversary of literary fair
March 27, 2005
Ten years after it started, the Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair has become a popular rallying point for the far left, thanks to shared enemies like the Bush Administration and the Patriot Act.
Veterans dependent on GI Bill struggling with payout delays
March 27, 2005
Nearly three months into the spring semester, Army veteran Melishsa Fairman can’t afford some textbooks because the Department of Veterans Affairs hasn’t come through with her education benefits.
Slain 9-year-old honored at memorial
March 27, 2005
About 1,000 mourners gathered Saturday to say goodbye to the 9-year-old Florida girl who was abducted from her bed and allegedly slain by a sex offender staying in a nearby home.
Three months after tsunami, survivors return to homes
Relief agencies given another month to aid countries
March 27, 2005
Hundreds of Indonesian tsunami survivors gathered up their meager belongings and tramped out of an emergency camp Saturday, exactly three months after giant waves wiped out their homes and killed 174,000 around the Indian Ocean rim.
City hopefuls in two camps on growth
Amyx, Bracciano, Hack say benefits, not just costs, should be focus; Schauner, Carpenter say those who benefit should pay more
March 27, 2005
In 1989, the owner of an average priced home in Lawrence — which sold for $77,549 — paid $282.24 in city property taxes. This year, the owner of an average priced Lawrence home — which sells for $180,526 — will pay $578.36 in city property taxes.
Schiavo’s parents ending legal fight
March 27, 2005
After another round of losses in the courts, Terri Schiavo’s parents kept watch over their dying daughter Saturday, trying in vain to give her Easter communion as their attorneys acknowledged the fight to reconnect the brain-damaged woman’s feeding tube was nearing an end.
Car bomb sets off inferno in Lebanon
Attack is third in eight days on Christian sections
March 27, 2005
A bomb blast set off huge fires in a mainly Christian suburb of Beirut on Saturday, injuring five people in the third such attack in eight days. Opposition leaders blamed Syria, saying Damascus hoped to sow fear as it withdraws troops from Lebanon.
Firebirds debut with run-rule victory
March 27, 2005
Free State High’s baseball team opened its season Saturday afternoon. Finally.
Young leads Bears to Elite Eight
Baylor standout scores 26 after reunion with mom
March 27, 2005
Somehow, Sophia Young held herself together through an emotional reunion with her mother only hours before Baylor tipped off in the Tempe Regional semifinals.
A cowboy’s last hand
Life had kicks of every kind
March 27, 2005
The funeral for Chase County cowboy Dan Matile wouldn’t start for more than an hour but mud-streaked pickups, flat-bed trucks and a few sedans were already filling Charter Funerals’ parking lot just west of downtown Emporia.
Mothers in Kansas, Florida recall their life-or-death decisions
March 27, 2005
Day after day, year after year, two mothers sat vigil beside their children.
Seeing green
Experts say lawn care pays off
March 27, 2005
When Jean Rolfs bought her home 18 months ago, she barely could see what she’d spent so much money on.
Bookstore
March 27, 2005
Three special hunts set at Parsons ammo plant
March 27, 2005
The Kansas Army Ammunition Plant, near Parsons, will conduct three special-opportunity hunts on the facility’s 13,727 acres.
Area briefs
March 27, 2005
¢ Former Marine among Iraq war protesters ¢ Professor to discuss England’s role in Iraq ¢ Preservation grants awarded to Lawrence ¢ Child killed by driver ¢ Abortion survivor to speak at KU
Thanks to Self
March 27, 2005