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Sex offender released from prison
March 31, 2005
(Web Posted Thursday at 7:11 p.m.) One of the state’s most notorious child molesters is being released from a state prison hospital next week and coming to live in Lawrence.
Board accepts Kruse’s resignation
March 31, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 4:55 p.m.) An elementary school teacher accused of stealing $97,000 and the Lawrence school district have officially broken ties.
Allen Fieldhouse evacuated because of smoke
March 31, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 3:14 p.m.) An overheated air handling system motor caused the evacuation of Allen Fieldhouse Thursday afternoon.
State Supreme Court justice dies at 61
March 31, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 3:31 p.m.) Kansas Supreme Court Justice Robert L. Gernon of Lawrence died last night, officials said today. He was 61.
March going out like a lamb
March 31, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 5:47 p.m.) March came in like a lion this year — with bitter 7-degree morning wind chills. And, true to the saying, it’s going out more like a lamb — temperatures topped out this afternoon in the upper 50s under cloudy skies and just a bit of a breeze.
Briefly
March 31, 2005
¢ Pope receives feeding tube ¢ Palestinian gunmen go on shooting spree ¢ Quake survivor rescued from rubble ¢ U.S. air base unaffected by revolt
Horoscopes
March 31, 2005
As grass greens, weeds take root
March 31, 2005
Although it is still early for most broadleaf weeds to be growing, soon it will be difficult to tell the difference between the pansy-filled flower bed and the dandelion-filled front yard.
Tips for pinching pennies in the garden
March 31, 2005
Most folks in Lawrence and around the country let out a collective gasp when they received their heating bills this winter.
Volunteers restore novelist’s garden
March 31, 2005
On a morning in Jackson, Miss., the garden where novelist Eudora Welty once muddied her knees, fussed over camellias and cultivated a lifetime of stories, hums with life. Bees hover over bright disks of zinnias, among spires of salvia and along a purple border of asters. As a breeze flutters the morning glories, a black swallowtail lands nearby.
KU signees shine
Chalmers leads way with 20 in loss
March 31, 2005
Mario Chalmers guarantees Kansas University basketball fans will see a lot more of what he showed at Wednesday night’s McDonald’s All-American game.
Simien cheering for Heels
KU senior pulling for former coach to win NCAA crown
March 31, 2005
More than anything, Wayne Simien wishes he could cut down the nets late Monday night at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.
Official crows over talent
Marion Jones officially added to appearance list
March 31, 2005
Moments after formally adding Marion Jones, another A-list track celebrity, to the Kansas Relays, meet director Tim Weaver thumped the tub.
Another chance to find ‘Calling’
March 31, 2005
Proof that spring is the season of rebirth and renewal arrives with the return of “Tru Calling” (7 p.m., Fox). For those who need their memory jogged, “Calling” stars Eliza Dushku as Tru, a morgue assistant with the magical ability to relive the preceding 24-hour period. This enables her to address problems in her personal and family life and to save the lives of some of the folks she meets on a mortuary slab. Jason Priestly co-stars as Jack, her fellow coroner.
Video game takes ‘Matrix’ franchise to virtual reality
March 31, 2005
After months of testing and two years since the sequels, the persistent virtual reality of “The Matrix Online” is available for U.S. gamers.
Unique chairs worth thousands
March 31, 2005
Old designs are often reworked into modern ideas whose origins are forgotten. The 18th-century Windsor chair was originally made to be used on a porch. It reappeared in a slightly different form as a captain’s chair, for use in a 20th-century den. The back of the chair was lowered and constructed with fewer “sticks” (spindles).
No Pioneers, no problem for Lions
Lawrence High finishes track dual after Leavenworth departs to avoid wet conditions
March 31, 2005
Steady winds, occasional rain and dropping temperatures couldn’t stop the Lawrence High track team from competing Wednesday.
Kansas softball ‘flat’ in loss to Huskers
March 31, 2005
Coach Tracy Bunge and her Kansas University softball players were eager to climb aboard a bus today and head for Wichita.
Cloud’ burst
Filmmaker Rick Schroder hits Lawrence with tale of American Indian boxer
March 31, 2005
As an 8-year-old child actor, Rick Schroder ran into his idol backstage at the Academy Awards. Schroder had just presented an Oscar for art direction and began chatting with the legendary John Wayne, who was there to bestow best picture honors to “The Deer Hunter.”
City mulls expanding after-school programs
March 31, 2005
New city parks are nice for children, but after-school programs may be a more dire need for Lawrence youths, city commissioners said Wednesday as they began to tackle 2006 budget issues.
Area briefs
March 31, 2005
¢ TV debate planned on gay marriage ban ¢ Gardner resident killed in wreck ¢ Traffic safety topic of community forum
Higher-ed budget praised, but union not pleased with state pay-raise plan
March 31, 2005
A top higher education official Wednesday described a proposed $11.2 billion budget drafted by legislative negotiators as positive for state universities, but a union didn’t like how it treats state employees.
Blindness didn’t keep KU professor from true calling
Mathematician taught in Lawrence for 30 years
March 31, 2005
Numbers were constantly floating through Norberto Salinas’ mind. The former Kansas University professor pursued a career in mathematics, though he was blind from the age of 10 and couldn’t see the equations he was solving.
Schools plan goes to Sebelius amid doubts about contents
March 31, 2005
A $127 million boost in education funding drafted by Republican lawmakers is an “an insult” that fails to meet a Kansas Supreme Court order to improve the state’s public schools, the attorney who won that decision says.
KU professor predicts virus outbreak
Marburg has killed 117 so far in Angola
March 31, 2005
The recent deadly outbreak of the Ebola-like Marburg virus in Angola — far west of similar outbreaks in the past — raised eyebrows among some scientists.
Cubs’ Wood back in action
Red Sox trade struggling reliever Kim to Colorado
March 31, 2005
Kerry Wood was back on the mound, right where the Chicago Cubs need him. Byung-Hyun Kim is headed to Colorado, the last place a struggling pitcher needs to be.
California may lead way on redistricting
March 31, 2005
The hardest challenge in the state capital these days is to locate anyone who will defend the way California has drawn its legislative and congressional district lines in the past decade.
Bristol bounce
Kurt Busch’s record at Bristol Motor Speedway tough to beat
March 31, 2005
It’s hard to believe, but there was a time when Kurt Busch was downright awful at Bristol Motor Speedway. Really.
Mavericks keep Celtics reeling
Dallas hands Boston fourth straight setback
March 31, 2005
When it came to finishing off the Boston Celtics, the high-scoring Dallas Mavericks turned to an unlikely source: defense.
Big man off campus: Lawmakers honor Simien
March 31, 2005
Kansas University’s Wayne Simien on Wednesday added another frame to his highlight reel: bringing Republicans and Democrats together in the Capitol.
Rachel Marion, Lawrence
March 31, 2005
Plan likely to increase disparity among districts
March 31, 2005
An education finance plan headed to the Kansas Supreme Court will widen the gap between wealthy and poor school districts, critics say.
Photo: Wiping the slate clean
March 31, 2005
Beck is back
Outsider musician brings the outside into CD
March 31, 2005
Don’t look now, but Beck is back on the street, and the street is back in Beck’s music.
Our town sports
March 31, 2005
Illinois’ Weber only newcomer in Final Four
March 31, 2005
One is a 48-year-old newcomer. Two have rings, two don’t. Three will leave St. Louis heartbroken, one won’t.
Natural tie
What could be a more natural pairing than literacy and a public library?
March 31, 2005
It only makes sense that discussions about expanding the Lawrence Public Library also include a second look at the former Carnegie library at Ninth and Vermont and the literacy center proposed for that building.
Vandalism decried
March 31, 2005
League opposition
March 31, 2005
School response
March 31, 2005
A jobs issue?
March 31, 2005
Forget Roy
March 31, 2005
Catholic dismay
March 31, 2005
Biblical backing
March 31, 2005
Just say ‘no’
March 31, 2005
Filibuster right
March 31, 2005
Sacred unions’
March 31, 2005
Clueless GOP
March 31, 2005
States’ rights
March 31, 2005
Concert to feature Elizabethan court music
March 31, 2005
The setting is not exactly an Elizabethan castle, but Dee Hansen, soprano, and Eric Hansen, lute, will present “Time Stands Still: English Lute Songs of Love, Lust and Death” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
Theater to have auditions for musical
March 31, 2005
Lawrence Community Theatre will have auditions for the Lerner and Loewe musical “Brigadoon” at 7 p.m. April 11 and 12 at the theater, 1501 N.H.
Sprint seeks to team up with cable companies
March 31, 2005
Sprint Corp. is looking to team up with cable companies to provide more integrated phone services for cable customers, chief operations officer Len Lauer said Wednesday.
Commodities
March 31, 2005
NFL wants tougher steroid policy
League proposes program in line with Olympic standards
March 31, 2005
The NFL is seeking to upgrade its steroid-testing program to bring it back in line with Olympic standards.
Anderson sharp in Royals’ win
March 31, 2005
Brian Anderson and Jamie Moyer look ready to start the season.
Analysis: NASCAR’s packed schedule leaves little wiggle room
March 31, 2005
After two open dates in the season’s first six weeks, the next scheduled off weekend for the Nextel Cup Series is July 31 — and that’s the season’s last one.
Hoover rock-solid in relief for Firebirds
March 31, 2005
Free State High pitcher Jake Hoover made up for Wednesday night’s chilly conditions by throwing absolute fire.
First lady’s visit boosts morale in Afghanistan
March 31, 2005
First lady Laura Bush spent six hours in Afghanistan on Wednesday, praising the courage of Afghan women and pledging more U.S. help for the war-torn country.
People
March 31, 2005
¢ V.P.’s daughter to write book ¢ ‘Sweet Charity’ revived ¢ Forbidden fruit fine upheld ¢ Sinead O’Connor goes reggae ¢ Rapper loses murder appeal ¢ OKC memorial concert planned for anniversary
KU signee honored
March 31, 2005
Kansas University volleyball signee Katie Martincich recently was named the Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year. Martincich, a 5-foot-10 setter from Roeland Park Miege High, will join the Jayhawks for the 2005 season.
Awards ceremony set
March 31, 2005
Kansas University’s men’s basketball awards ceremony will be at 7 p.m. April 14 at the Lied Center.
Brown expected to return to Pistons’ bench this week
March 31, 2005
Larry Brown will return to coach the Detroit Pistons this week after missing 10 games, a team source told the Associated Press on Wednesday.
Lawrence call center prepared for nationwide inquiries
March 31, 2005
Now that another 75 million older workers can have an easier time filing age-discrimination cases, a relative handful of other workers — 36 of them — in Lawrence soon could find their phones ringing.
Hewlett-Packard seeks upgrade with CEO
March 31, 2005
A Hewlett-Packard Co. director said Wednesday that the board would look to newly named chief executive Mark Hurd to recommend sweeping changes in strategy at the ailing computer and printer maker.
County home sales ‘bouncing back’ as rates climb
March 31, 2005
The number of homes sold in Lawrence last month held steady compared with February 2004, according to a new report from the Douglas County Appraiser’s Office.
Millions in Japan want to resume U.S. beef imports
March 31, 2005
More than a million people and restaurants have signed a petition urging the government to drop a ban on U.S. beef imports prompted by mad cow disease, organizers said Wednesday.
Briefcase
March 31, 2005
¢ Miramax founders, Disney part company ¢ GM, DaimlerChrysler pursue hydrogen cars ¢ AIG acknowledges improper accounting ¢ Qwest hires proxy firm
Funding plan headed to court
Sebelius says she won’t veto proposal
March 31, 2005
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday said she would hold her nose and give the Kansas Supreme Court a Republican school finance plan that could increase funding by $125.2 million and signal a rush for local property tax increases.
Armed volunteers plan to patrol Mexican border
March 31, 2005
Hundreds of volunteers, some of them armed, are expected to take up positions along the Mexican border Friday and begin patrolling for illegal immigrants — an exercise some fear could attract racist crackpots and lead to vigilante violence.
Courts reject Schiavo appeals
March 31, 2005
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to intervene in the Terri Schiavo case for the sixth time late Wednesday, taking less than two hours to reject her parents’ request that the feeding tube for their brain-damaged daughter be reinserted.
Cold War over, but nuclear fears remain
March 31, 2005
Though the Soviet Union is gone, the nuclear fears that fueled the Cold War haven’t disappeared. Most Americans think nuclear weapons are so dangerous that no country should have them, and a majority believe it’s likely that terrorists or a nation will use them within five years.
Weseman can’t predict what will happen next
March 31, 2005
The superintendent of Lawrence public schools said Wednesday he wasn’t about to predict what would be the next step in the school funding debate.
Double the bargains offered during super-sized sale at library
March 31, 2005
Get ready to sort through twice as many piles of books for your choice of interesting reads. The Friends of the Lawrence Public Library will hold its spring book sale today through April 9.
District teachers say salary negotiations nearing impasse
March 31, 2005
Lawrence teachers on Wednesday warned school district officials that negotiations between the two camps appeared headed for impasse.
Other business delays House vote on clinic bill
March 31, 2005
The House hasn’t decided whether to send Gov. Kathleen Sebelius a bill strengthening state regulation of abortion clinics.
Panel endorses gambling bill
March 31, 2005
A bill allowing casinos in five areas and slot machines at dog and horse tracks won the endorsement of a Senate committee Wednesday, with supporters pitching it as a way to raise new dollars for education.
Merle B. Fleming, Pomona
March 31, 2005
KU juniors named Goldwater Scholars
March 31, 2005
Three Kansas University juniors have been awarded Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, which are regarded as the top undergraduate award in science, engineering and mathematics.
Capitol Briefing
News from the Kansas Statehouse
March 31, 2005
¢ School finance countdown ¢ Wednesday’s highlights: ¢ Todays’s schedule ¢ Quote of the day
On the record
March 31, 2005
Nadean Fisher, Lawrence
March 31, 2005
K. Leone Hemenway, Boulder
March 31, 2005
Raymond E. Crews Jr., Lawrence
March 31, 2005
Grace M. Fiddler, Kansas City, Kan.
March 31, 2005
With abortion clinic bill pending, board reviews doctor’s case
March 31, 2005
A doctor at the center of a legislative debate about strengthening oversight of abortion providers faces scrutiny from regulators concerned about conditions at his Kansas City, Kan., clinic.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
March 31, 2005
Area, state briefs
March 31, 2005
¢ Historical society opposes quarry proposal ¢ Mom prevents swap of gun, game console ¢ Jim Lehrer to lecture
Commissioners approve County Road 1055 project
Bridge to be replaced, curves improved
March 31, 2005
A new bridge will be constructed along County Road 1055 as part of a county improvement project.
Couple win ultimate wedding chance
March 31, 2005
The chance for a Lawrence couple to have the ultimate wedding rests in the hands of the nation.
School bonds return to ballot
March 31, 2005
Two years ago, Jim Mullins’ anti-tax sentiments prevailed. Lawrence voters rejected a $59 million bond issue aimed at renovating, expanding or replacing worn-out schools.
Briefly
March 31, 2005
¢ Ex-Scout official pleads guilty to child porn ¢ Doctors upgrade Falwell’s condition ¢ College faculties mostly liberal, study finds ¢ Drug-resistant strain of HIV reported ¢ Ten Commandments bill sent to governor
Briefly
March 31, 2005
¢ Joan Kennedy suffers broken shoulder ¢ Preserved fetus stolen from museum exhibit ¢ Census report tallies time spent commuting ¢ White police officers win discrimination suit
New murder trial requested
Attorney argues inadequate defense in ‘92 shooting
March 31, 2005
Two attorneys for a man convicted of murder in the early 1990s squared off in court Wednesday, as one argued the other ineptly handled the case at trial.
Court ruling favors older workers
March 31, 2005
The Supreme Court expanded job protections for roughly half the nation’s work force Wednesday, ruling that federal law allows people 40 and over to file age bias claims over salary and hiring even if employers never intended any harm.
Commentary: NFL players may be beating system
Football no longer flying under radar regarding steroids in professional sports
March 31, 2005
As baseball was getting undressed in front of Congress, the NFL sat back and came off as the gold-medal winner for its steroids program. It has a strict zero-tolerance testing policy that seemingly cleaned up the game, evidenced by only 44 suspensions in 15 years.
Daily ticker
March 31, 2005