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House passes school finance bill
March 30, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 2:25 p.m.) The Kansas House today approved a $125.2 million increase in school funding in response to a Kansas Supreme Court order.
State leaders honor KU’s Simien
March 30, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 3:50 p.m.) Kansas University All-American basketball forward Wayne Simien was honored today in the Capitol as a great athlete and role model. Proclamations signed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and approved in the House and Senate praised Simien for his play, academic skills and high morals.
Governor won’t veto school funding bill
March 30, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 11:34 a.m.) Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today said she would not veto a $125 million school finance proposal that is expected to be approved by the Legislature in response to a Kansas Supreme Court order. “I need to get it to the court, so I’m likely to send it to the court quickly,” Sebelius said.
Drizzle expected through evening
March 30, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 5:10 p.m.) A cold front blustered into Lawrence this afternoon, pushing down temperatures and bringing a late afternoon drizzle.
LHS tennis up, down
March 30, 2005
Lawrence High was perfect against Topeka Highland Park at the Emporia boys tennis tournament Tuesday, but was hit-and-miss against the rest of the field.
Lions shake spring-break rust at home invite
March 30, 2005
Examining his team’s schedule, Lawrence High girls swimming and diving coach Ryan Adams singled out two meets after the Lions’ second-place showing Tuesday at the LHS Invitational at Knox Natatorium.
Padgett learning at L’ville
Ex-Jayhawk happy with transfer decision
March 30, 2005
David Padgett reached the Elite Eight his freshman year at Kansas University. Now, he is headed to the Final Four his first season at his second stop — Louisville.
LAHS principal to continue as student liaison next year
March 30, 2005
The Lawrence Alternative High School program will shut down in June, but the driving force behind it will not.
City briefs
March 30, 2005
¢ County plans hearing on County Road 1055 ¢ Board meeting planned to consider resignation ¢ KU student reports parking lot assault ¢ Summer recreation guide now available
Sidewalk dining moratorium OK’d
March 30, 2005
City commissioners agreed to place a temporary moratorium on new sidewalk seating areas in downtown while regulations are developed, but they told staff members not to dally on the work.
Proposal inspired by Schiavo case stalls in Senate
March 30, 2005
A bill making it harder to end a person’s life-sustaining medical care in some cases has stalled in the Kansas Senate, frustrating supporters who had hoped Terri Schiavo’s case would persuade legislators to approve it quickly.
House to vote on $127 million school finance package
March 30, 2005
Republicans believe a plan to increase how much the state spends on public schools by up to $127 million a year would satisfy a Supreme Court ruling, but opponents say the proposal could lead to huge property tax increases.
Horoscopes
March 30, 2005
Schiavo case reveals ‘mess’ in U.S. courts
March 30, 2005
The Terri Schiavo case has been a perfect media storm and an object lesson.
KCC questions Aquila rate request
Staff wants increase cut from $6.2 million to $1.3 million
March 30, 2005
Aquila Inc.’s request for collecting another $6.2 million a year from its natural gas customers in Kansas should be cut back to $1.3 million, the Kansas Corporation Commission’s staff said in a report filed Tuesday.
School funding bill could spark tax increase
March 30, 2005
A plan to increase public school funding without a tax increase could actually increase taxes. Confused?
Amyx leads in campaign contributions
About $4,600 separates top fund-raiser from fifth place
March 30, 2005
Jim Carpenter, the fifth-place finisher in the March 1 primary, is making a strong financial push to win one of three at-large seats on the Lawrence City Commission.
Mitchell concerned about Legislature’s short-term funding
March 30, 2005
The Kansas Legislature appears close to a deal that would raise funding, for a year anyway, to public schools. John Mitchell, however, is not comforted.
Appeals court agrees to review Schiavo’s case
March 30, 2005
As Terri Schiavo entered her 12th full day without food or water, the Rev. Jesse Jackson prayed with her parents Tuesday and joined conservatives in calling for state lawmakers to order her feeding tube reinserted.
School finance — how the House voted
March 30, 2005
The 76-48 vote today by which the House approved a plan to increase spending on public schools by up to $127 million annually, sending the measure to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Vitamin D benefits health
March 30, 2005
Vitamin D is often referred to as the “sunshine vitamin.” New research is revealing that vitamin D has broader effects for human health than originally suspected. For a long time, scientists have known that vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus and promotes the growth of strong bones. New studies show that vitamin D also helps preserve muscle strength and helps protect against deadly diseases including multiple sclerosis, diabetes and even cancer.
Democracy may fail Iraqi women
March 30, 2005
As the democracy debate intensifies in the Middle East, many Arab women are asking this question: Will democratic elections mean that our freedom will be curtailed?
Daily ticker
March 30, 2005
Pearson extends lease in Lawrence
Growing company signs 10-year commitment
March 30, 2005
Pearson Government Solutions plans to stick around awhile. The company announced Tuesday that it had signed a 10-year lease to remain at its leased campus in the East Hills Business Park, where it has grown into the Lawrence’s largest private-sector employer after arriving in town a decade ago.
Michigan State stamps ticket to first Final Four
March 30, 2005
Finally, the Michigan State women are bringing a little balance to the school’s basketball trophy case.
Board postpones decision on rules for minor surgeries
March 30, 2005
A state board isn’t yet ready to approve new regulations covering certain surgeries that abortion opponents feared would give Gov. Kathleen Sebelius political cover to veto a bill strengthening regulation of abortion clinics.
KU softball to entertain Huskers
March 30, 2005
Eight of Kansas University’s last nine scheduled softball games have been rained out.
Briefly
March 30, 2005
¢ Pope may have feeding tube inserted ¢ Ousted president prepared to step down ¢ Pro-Syrian leader to resign again
Briefly
March 30, 2005
¢ Falwell hospitalized in critical condition ¢ Boy Scout official faces child porn charge ¢ 500 new agents to patrol Arizona border
Expansion plans
Some drawings of a proposed football structure adjacent to Memorial Stadium might help fund-raising efforts.
March 30, 2005
The Kansas University football program appears to be on the rise under the direction of coach Mark Mangino, and hopes are high among Jayhawk fans that the team will show continued improvement in the upcoming season. Building a football program is not a “quick fix” process; it takes time, along with proper coaching and fan support.
Outside money fuels debate
March 30, 2005
There is an old cliche that history repeats itself. Or, as Yogi Berra once said, it seems like deja vu all over again. Well, I’ve begun to feel the same way recently. In the 1850s, Kansas Territory became a battleground for the national fight over slavery. Both sides flooded Kansas with money and people to ensure that their side would ultimately prevail. The end result was certainly the right one: Kansas became a free state. But during the years in which the two sides struggled here there was great turmoil and loss of life and property.
Salary slant
March 30, 2005
Let her live
March 30, 2005
Best for baby
March 30, 2005
James sparks Cavs
March 30, 2005
LeBron James, playing on a sore left ankle, scored 22 points, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Los Angeles Clippers, 94-84, Tuesday night.
Actress has ‘Eyes’ for disguise
March 30, 2005
At an audition for the new ABC series “Eyes,” creator John McNamara got a jolt when Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon whipped off a free-flowing wig to reveal her own hair pulled back in a bun.
Too-posh P.I. series destined to fail
March 30, 2005
Through the years, I’ve developed some theories about television shows. Many of them have to do with set decoration. If a sitcom features a perfect kitchen with expensive appliances, the comedy will fail. Why? Because real characters don’t live in showrooms. Some of the best comedies, from “Seinfeld” to “Roseanne” to “Everybody Loves Raymond,” have featured detailed sets revealing their characters’ tastes, social status and quirks.
Review: ‘Finding Neverland’ doesn’t quite fly
March 30, 2005
“Finding Neverland” — a drama whose high-caliber cast practically screams distinguished — is among the first of several high-profile Academy Award nominees hitting DVD in the coming weeks, including “Sideways” (April 4) and “Hotel Rwanda” (April 12).
MCI opts for Verizon’s lower bid of $7.64 billion
March 30, 2005
Verizon has won the bidding for MCI Inc. a second time, agreeing to pay $1 billion more for the long-distance telephone company, and yet still considerably less than a rival bid from Qwest.
Commodities
March 30, 2005
Briefcase
March 30, 2005
¢ AIG leader to retire amid company probe ¢ Blockbuster reaches deal over ‘no late fees’ ¢ Payless ShoeSource hires new ad agency
Venus tops Serena in family battle
String of six losses to younger sibling halted in Nasdaq-100
March 30, 2005
Big sis won for a change in the latest Williams family showdown, and little sis took it poorly.
Commentary: Lack of title still wears on Williams
North Carolina coach says he ‘desperately’ wants to win, but he’s no longer consumed by it
March 30, 2005
North Carolina’s Roy Williams has won 468 games in 17 seasons of coaching. He has won 80.1 percent of his games and is taking a team to the Final Four for the third time in four years. It’s his fifth overall trip to the Final Four.
Galarraga exits one homer shy of 400
March 30, 2005
A home run shy of 400, Andres Galarraga decided it was time to step aside and free up a spot for a younger player.
Lima sharp as Royals edge Angels
March 30, 2005
Opening-day starter Jose Lima pitched four solid innings Tuesday, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Los Angeles Angels, 10-9.
St. Joe’s, S. Carolina to meet for title
March 30, 2005
Pat Carroll and John Bryant have won 96 games in four seasons at Saint Joseph’s. They want to leave school with a title.
Raiders clip Firebirds in tennis opener
March 30, 2005
It was a day of fun and frustration for Free State High’s Nick Martinez on Tuesday at the FSHS tennis courts.
Kansas golf takes second
March 30, 2005
Kansas University’s men’s golf team settled for second place Tuesday after the final round of the Western Intercollegiate was rained out.
FSHS soccer drops debut
March 30, 2005
Free State High’s girls soccer team scored first, but defending Class 5A state champion Shawnee Heights and a howling wind proved too tough as the Firebirds fell, 2-1, Tuesday.
Baker splits baseball DH
March 30, 2005
Junior Ryan Kimm’s walk-off home run in the eighth inning lifted Baker University to a 2-1 victory over Missouri Valley on Tuesday in the nightcap of a doubleheader.
Catch KU’s big 3 on TV
Chalmers, Downs, Wright set for all-star game tonight
March 30, 2005
Just as the college basketball season is coming to an end, it’s time for the first televised preview of next year’s freshmen.
Baker camp under way
March 30, 2005
Baker University’s second spring football camp under coach Mike Grossner began this week and will continue through next week at Liston Stadium.
Spring slate revealed
March 30, 2005
Kansas University’s soccer squad will play five exhibition matches during the spring.
Former Firebird Wooden transferring to Wichita State
March 30, 2005
Free State High graduate Keith Wooden, a scholarship basketball player at Arizona State for the last two years, plans to transfer to Wichita State this summer.
State to honor Simien
March 30, 2005
Kansas University senior Wayne Simien, who Tuesday was named one of five finalists for the Wooden Award, will be recognized by the Kansas Senate and House of Representatives at 10:30 a.m. today at the state capitol in Topeka.
Tea time
March 30, 2005
Lawrence — though clearly stocked with coffee houses and coffee-house denizens — appears to be turning into a tea drinker’s kind of town. Ask any barista: The consumption of teas of all types is surging.
KU theater retells Greek tragedy from mom’s point of view
March 30, 2005
Lots of people know the strange, tragic tale of Oedipus. The ill-fated King of Thebes unknowingly murders his father and marries his mother, who bears two of his children.
Budget negotiators advance state employee raise
K-12, higher education funds would increase without tax hike
March 30, 2005
State classified employees would get a 1.25 percent payraise July 1 and then another 1.25 payraise around January, under a spending plan approved Tuesday by House and Senate budget negotiators.
KCP&L gets initial approval for coal plant
March 30, 2005
Kansas City Power & Light said Tuesday it had received tentative approval from state regulators to build a new coal-fired power plant in northwest Missouri.
Capitol Briefing
News from the Kansas Statehouse
March 30, 2005
¢ School finance countdown ¢ Tuesday’s highlights ¢ Today’s schedule ¢ Quote of the day
Ann Coulter causes stir at KU
Heckling, standing ovations interrupt right-wing commentator
March 30, 2005
Conservative columnist and author Ann Coulter was greeted with a mixture of standing ovations and heckling after she took center stage Tuesday night at Kansas University’s Lied Center.
Government may track students’ college years
U.S. Department of Education proposal would require dossiers to help monitor federal financial aid
March 30, 2005
In the near future, the act of attending college could be reason enough for Uncle Sam to open a file on you.
Lack of grants stalls plans for former Carnegie site
Mayor says slowdown shouldn’t deter literacy center organizers
March 30, 2005
Efforts to create a new communitywide literacy center are not dead, but plans to locate the center in the historic Carnegie Library building won’t happen soon.
Trailer fire blocks SLT traffic near I-70
March 30, 2005
Fire burned a mobile home being towed out of Lawrence Tuesday afternoon, causing a chain reaction that led to wind-driven grass fires along the South Lawrence Trafficway near Interstate 70 and choking traffic to one lane for several hours.
On the record
March 30, 2005
Caregiver convicted of theft to serve six months in jail
March 30, 2005
Jolene J. Harrell took money from an elderly Lawrence couple because she was being pressured by her husband and wanted to provide for her children, her attorney says.
Robert C. Holsinger, De Soto
March 30, 2005
Juanita Faye Crist, Edgerton
March 30, 2005
Mary Blanche Tate Thomas, Evans, Ga.
March 30, 2005
Beverly Louise Carr, Richmond
March 30, 2005
IRS measures $300 billion tax gap
Underreporting of income by individuals largest part of problem
March 30, 2005
The government is missing out on more than $300 billion in unpaid taxes every year, and part of the problem appears to be that the tax laws are so confusing.
Indonesians mourn dead as rescuers search for survivors
March 30, 2005
The death toll from a powerful earthquake that devastated a remote Indonesian island rose to an estimated 1,000 today, according to Sumatra’s governor, as rescuers searched frantically through collapsed buildings for survivors.
Survey finds teens today better off in many respects
March 30, 2005
In many ways, children today are doing better than their parents did. They take fewer drugs, commit fewer crimes and have fewer babies.
People
March 30, 2005
¢ ‘Charity’ case closed ¢ A camp that really rocks ¢ Fancy footwork ¢ Country stars lined up ¢ An even fresher prince ¢ Rapper’s assets frozen
Celebrity lawyer Johnnie Cochran dies
Attorney who helped win acquittal for O.J. Simpson had brain tumor
March 30, 2005
Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., who became a legal superstar after helping clear O.J. Simpson during a sensational murder trial in which he uttered the famous quote “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit,” died Tuesday. He was 67.
Annan refuses to step down over oil-for-food contract
March 30, 2005
Investigators probing the U.N. oil-for-food program said Tuesday that Secretary-General Kofi Annan didn’t interfere in the awarding of a contract to a company that employed his son but criticized the U.N. chief for not properly investigating possible conflicts of interest.
School finance bill goes to governor
March 30, 2005
Lawmakers sent a plan increasing annual aid to public schools by up to $127 million to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday, even though some legislators expressed doubt it would satisfy the Kansas Supreme Court’s mandate to improve public education.
Iraqi assembly collapses amid infighting
March 30, 2005
They argued. They wrangled. They pulled the plug on the live TV feed and kicked out reporters. And some of them later walked out themselves.
Photo: Teachers raise money for schools
March 30, 2005
Pay no more
March 30, 2005
6Sports video: Firebird track team off to good start
March 30, 2005
As long as Steve Heffernan is in charge, don’t worry about the Free State High track and field team. This year, 100 kids showed up to take part in one of the best programs in the state.
6Sports video: Pitcher gives Cardinals trouble
March 30, 2005
The Eudora High softball team opened up against one of the state’s best pitchers in Ottawa High junior Megan Ramsey.
Cole crops grow better from transplants
March 30, 2005
The cool, damp weather we’ve had in the past week and the mild temperatures now in the forecast are perfect growing conditions for cole crops. This is the category of vegetables that includes broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and kohlrabi. In this climate, these vegetables need to get the majority of their growing done before the end of May.
Grilled pork chops quick hit with cooks
March 30, 2005
When food writer Mark Bittman cooks pork, it’s easy for him to bring into play the skills associated with his reputation as “the Minimalist,” the title of his weekly column in The New York Times about streamlined cooking.