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KU rated among top 10 workplaces for postdocs
February 11, 2005
(Updated Friday at 2:09 p.m.) Kansas University seems to be attracting more than just top basketball players — it’s also right up there in the top 10 among places where “postdocs” like to work.
New school finance proposal unveiled
February 11, 2005
(Web Posted Friday at 10:28 a.m.) Kansas public schools would receive a $208.4 million increase over the next two years, and a host of programs aimed at improving education under a proposal unveiled today.
Melting continues, but wet weather on the way
February 11, 2005
(Updated Friday at 8:22 a.m.) You can say goodbye to the white stuff today. With the temperatures heading up into the 50s, the remains of this week’s 3-inch snow should be melted off by the end of the day, said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. However, rain is in the forecast for the weekend.
Briefly - Nation
February 11, 2005
¢ Insurgent violence kills more than 50 ¢ NATO OKs expansion of Afghan mission ¢ Palestinian leader fires three security chiefs ¢ Flooding kills 16, strands thousands ¢ Images reveal ruptures near tsunami epicenter ¢ 9-ll panel: FAA received al-Qaida warnings ¢ Baggy pants bill falls short in state Senate ¢ Schwarzenegger ousts four board appointees ¢ Officials: Pakistani urged al-Qaida to obtain nukes
Time to step up
Leaders for the local hospital and mental health center need to work together to find a better way to provide services to those with serious mental illness.
February 11, 2005
It is not an easy puzzle to solve, but something needs to be done to provide more than the bare minimum of aid and care for those in our community affected by mental illness.
AG hypocrisy
February 11, 2005
Enforcement issue
February 11, 2005
Healthy eating
February 11, 2005
Serologicals division fills leadership team
February 11, 2005
The division that oversees Lawrence’s newest bioscience production plant is now operating with a new leadership team. Atlanta-based Serologicals Corp. announced Thursday that it had appointed eight vice presidents and directors to lead its newest division, Celliance, which includes the $28 million production plant in Lawrence’s East Hills Business Park.
Sprint chief: AT&T deal likely dead
Company predicts modest growth in ‘05
February 11, 2005
A deal allowing AT&T Corp. to sell wireless services to its business customers using Sprint Corp.’s network is probably dead in the wake of AT&T’s planned merger with rival telecommunications giant SBC Communications Inc.
Commodities
February 11, 2005
Home schooling
February 11, 2005
New York civil rights lawyer convicted of helping terrorists
February 11, 2005
A veteran civil rights lawyer was convicted Thursday of crossing the line by smuggling messages of violence from one of her jailed clients — a radical Egyptian sheik — to his terrorist disciples on the outside.
Briefly - Nation
February 11, 2005
¢ Oldest Marine dies ¢ Payment would benefit WWII civilian sailors ¢ Repair kit uncertain as shuttle launch nears ¢ New vaccine to fight college meningitis ¢ Report seeks flexibility in tenure system
Sound advice
The Grammys need fixing if they want to rival other awards shows
February 11, 2005
What do Bill Clinton, Quentin Tarantino, Phil Ramone, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and Janet Jackson have in common? They’re all nominated for 2005 Grammy Awards. Those five may seem a particularly oddball collective, but that all-encompassing aspect pretty much defines the Grammys. This is both the 47th annual event’s strengths and one of its greatest weaknesses.
Concert to help tsunami victims
February 11, 2005
Singer-songwriter Jake Davis has never been to Asia. He doesn’t even know anybody from Indonesia or Sri Lanka. But he knew he wanted to do something for victims of December’s catastrophic tsunami.
Engagement’ brings whimsy to warfare
February 11, 2005
The blood-soaked trenches of World War I are hardly the ideal place to set a whimsical romance, but filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet has succeeded in doing just that. Perhaps succeeded is a little too strong a word.
East Asian film fest to showcase contemporary visions at Spencer
February 11, 2005
In a season drowning in exclusive movie festivals, here is one where everyone is invited. The Center for East Asian Studies is presenting seven films under the banner theme “Not your mother’s Asia!”
Strange stagefellows
Troupe’s double bill ventures into avant-garde
February 11, 2005
Those who enjoy experimental or avant-garde theater — performances that push the envelope of an audience’s expectations — will likely find much to appreciate in two plays being staged by E.M.U. Theatre.
With luck, we won’t always have Paris
February 11, 2005
I’d like to talk to all of you about a cause near and dear to my heart. We may always live with war, poverty, disease and reruns of “Three’s Company,” but I truly believe that if we all work together we can eradicate Paris Hilton in our lifetime.
Capitol Briefing
February 11, 2005
Mickelson fires record 62 at Spyglass
Lefty leads Pebble Beach Pro-Am by three strokes
February 11, 2005
Phil Mickelson keeps hitting it long and going low. Fresh off a career-low 60 last week in Phoenix that led to his first victory of the year, Mickelson broke the course record at Spyglass Hill — the toughest course in the rotation — with a 10-under 62 that gave him a three-shot lead Thursday in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
It’s time to revoke McGwire’s free pass
February 11, 2005
For all of you who want to turn this latest steroid stain on baseball into an issue of Jose Canseco’s credibility, you’re at least halfway right. Now that the pre-publishing hype of his soon-to-be-released book has given us such disturbing visuals as Canseco claiming he and ex-teammate Mark McGwire stuck each other in the hindquarters with steroid-filled syringes, the easiest thing to believe is that Jose is an attention-grabbing crackpot with the credibility of a street-corner snitch.
Author shares African experiences with Lawrence’s fifth-grade classes
February 11, 2005
Jane Kurtz spent most of her childhood in Ethiopia, and those years in east Africa left her with a wellspring of ideas for her books.
Father pleads guilty to reduced charges
Raymond Boothe already serving time for son’s death
February 11, 2005
A Missouri man who stabbed his disabled son and left him to die on the Kansas Turnpike pleaded guilty Thursday to later wrecking his car in Lawrence in an attempt to kill himself, his other son and two daughters.
Board members differ on placing stickers in textbooks
February 11, 2005
At least one State Board of Education member favors putting stickers saying evolution is a theory and not fact in science textbooks, but other conservative board members aren’t sure about the idea.
Speaker highlights BU’s Founders Day event
February 11, 2005
Baker University celebrated the 147th anniversary of its establishment during its annual Founders Day convocation Thursday.
Thousands of Saudi men vote in elections
February 11, 2005
Abdul Rahman al-Hussein voted for the candidate pledging to build playgrounds. Another man picked the candidate pushing affordable housing. Local concerns held sway as Saudi men cast city council ballots Thursday in the first regular election in their country’s history.
Pope returns to Vatican after 10-day hospital stay
February 11, 2005
Waving to crowds from his brightly lit popemobile, Pope John Paul II returned Thursday to the Vatican after a 10-day hospital stay, declared cured of breathing spasms that fueled concerns about the frail pontiff’s ability to remain in charge of the Roman Catholic Church.
People
February 11, 2005
¢ ‘Newlyweds’ on the rocks? ¢ Red-carpet fashion guru loses ‘Today’ show gig ¢ Birthdays
On the record
February 11, 2005
Correction
February 11, 2005
A headline in Thursday’s Journal-World regarding the Visiting Nurses Assn. was incorrect. It is the board of Douglas County Visiting Nurses Assn. that is overseeing the agency’s operations.
Ralph Bert Rector, Leavenworth
February 11, 2005
Cultural causes
February 11, 2005
Petty Clark Ransdell, Topeka
February 11, 2005
Lauri Mai Hoffman, Russell
February 11, 2005
Frank William Fittinger, Herington
February 11, 2005
Beverly Chrisman, Enid, Okla.
February 11, 2005
Senate limits class-action lawsuits
February 11, 2005
The Senate on Thursday reined in class-action lawsuits in a vote that pitted consumer advocates against business interests.
House approves immigrant controls
February 11, 2005
In a move backed by the president but opposed by the nation’s governors, the House voted Thursday along mostly partisan lines to make it more difficult for illegal immigrants to get driver’s licenses.
House OKs repealing car tax law, giving refunds
February 11, 2005
The House approved a bill Thursday to provide $5 million in refunds and repeal a seven-month-old law that critics said forced some consumers to pay inflated sales taxes when they bought used vehicles.
Ban could harm science reputation
Proposed clone, stem cell ban has researchers rethinking Kansas
February 11, 2005
A lawmaker’s proposal to ban human cloning and stem cell research could prompt a major player in the state’s bioscience efforts to exclude Kansas as a possible expansion site.
Officer’s gunfire gets mixed review
They don’t need to be shooting them guns out here like Wild Bill Hickok.”
February 11, 2005
Police and some neighbors say they believe the gunfire was well-justified. But at least one person who lives at the intersection where a Eudora officer fired a series of shots at a fleeing driver’s vehicle Wednesday evening wonders whether the shooting was really necessary under the circumstances.
North Korea claims it has nuclear weapons
February 11, 2005
North Korea declared Thursday that it had produced nuclear weapons to defend itself from the United States and had suspended participation in multinational talks to halt its arms program.
Professor says declaration should be taken seriously
February 11, 2005
A Kansas University professor who once was a Distinguished Fulbright Scholar in South Korea said Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld would be unwise to question North Korea’s declaration that it possesses nuclear weapons.
Gladys Faye Dick Ellis, Perry
February 11, 2005
Harrison to signMcLouth
February 11, 2005
McLouth High senior Ripp Harrison will sign a football letter of intent Feb. 24 with McPherson College.
Woodling: TV story skewed for Quin
February 11, 2005
Not long ago, a Kansas City television station ran with a machete headlong into the jungle of NCAA graduation statistics. Producers and reporters at the TV station were looking for something nice to say about embattled Missouri University men’s basketball coach Quin Snyder, and, after hacking through the undergrowth of numbers, they found it.
Former KU football aide Hayes likely to be hired at Stanford
February 11, 2005
Tom Hayes, a former assistant and interim head coach for the Kansas University football team, soon will be named defensive coordinator at Stanford, sources say.
Two meets await KU
February 11, 2005
Kansas University’s track teams will travel to two meets this weekend.
Steppin’ out
Jayhawk big man Simien joining Giddens, Langford as solid outside shooters
February 11, 2005
One of the best inside players in the country, Kansas University senior Wayne Simien has drifted outside to drill three of eight three-point tries this season.
LHS sweeps three-team meet
February 11, 2005
Just 24 hours after suffering a loss to crosstown rival Free State High, the Lawrence High boys bowling team took out its aggression on Olathe North and Oskaloosa on Thursday, and a couple of Lions flirted with perfection in the process.
Mill Valley tops Piper
February 11, 2005
Mill Valley’s girls basketball team turned in a strong defensive performance on Thursday in a 26-23 Kaw Valley League victory over Kansas City Piper.
Jayhawks seeking success at Classic
February 11, 2005
Kansas University’s softball team is hoping to pick up some momentum at the Hilton Classic this weekend in Las Cruces, N.M.
Perkins to earn NIT award
February 11, 2005
Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins today will be named the NIT’s “Man of the Year.”
KU men’s golf falls at Waikoloa tourney
February 11, 2005
Kansas University’s men’s golf team slipped from a tie for fourth place after Wednesday’s round to 11th place after Thursday’s second-round score of 287 at the Waikoloa Intercollegiate.
Music fest up in air
Clinton likely site for huge event; officials, public, promoter discuss concerns about lake venue
February 11, 2005
Tickets sales start today and the band lineup for the second Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival continues to grow — but the production company putting on the show doesn’t have a venue for the massive music event.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
February 11, 2005
NFL solid model of minority hiring
Chow, Crennel hirings illustrate how league is vastly superior to ‘good-old-boy’ NCAA
February 11, 2005
The NFL’s gain is college football’s loss and further evidence that the two are going in different directions on minority hiring. Norm Chow, the architect of the offense that propelled Southern California to two straight national titles, hoped to become college football’s first Asian-American head coach.
Advocates target domestic violence
February 11, 2005
National, state and local leaders were on hand at the Capitol to try to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence.
Reward almost raised for help in murder case
Mother of KU student killed abroad can’t disburse money until appeals are heard
February 11, 2005
The mother of a Kansas University student murdered in Costa Rica nearly four years ago has managed to raise most of the reward money she promised to pay witnesses who helped convict her daughter’s killers.
Superintendent proposes closing six schools in Kansas City, Mo.
February 11, 2005
Faced with a declining enrollment caused by the flight of thousands of students to charter schools, the city schools’ superintendent has proposed closing six schools, relocating four others and reducing some programs.
Tensions run high during Wal-Mart hearing
Attorney, city official behave ‘rudely’ at court
February 11, 2005
In a courtroom where emotions briefly boiled over, Wal-Mart attorneys Thursday argued city commissioners ignored expert opinions from their own staff when thwarting the retailer’s plans to build a store in northwest Lawrence.
Wichita State rolls past Illinois State
February 11, 2005
Randy Burns scored 19 points, and Jamar Howard added 14, leading Wichita State to a 76-62 Missouri Valley victory over Illinois State on Thursday.
Bulldogs fall in thriller … again
February 11, 2005
The scene was set up perfectly for the Baldwin High girls basketball team. After a 65-60 overtime loss to Spring Hill on Jan. 29 in the third place game of the Wellsville Top Gun Invitational, the Bulldogs had the opportunity to settle the score on their home floor in a regular-season Frontier League contest Thursday.
Vick serious about Hawaii trip
Atlanta QB hoping to thrive at first all-star game
February 11, 2005
Michael Vick and Donovan McNabb huddled in front of their lockers Thursday at Aloha Stadium, goofing on any NFC teammate crossing their paths and making plans for a night out on Waikiki Beach.
Wake Forest reaches three-way tie atop ACC
Sixth-ranked Demon Deacons turn back North Carolina State, 86-75
February 11, 2005
About 24 hours after Duke joined North Carolina atop the Atlantic Coast Conference, Wake Forest made it a three-way tie. Did anyone notice?
KU must play without Quick
Pitcher won’t be used against Stanford
February 11, 2005
No one on Kansas University’s baseball team knows sixth-ranked Stanford better than KU pitcher Kodiak Quick.
Francis fuels Magic
Orlando holds off Hawks, 101-96
February 11, 2005
The pressure has eased somewhat on Orlando Magic coach Johnny Davis, although there were a few tense moments Thursday night as his team frittered away a 20-point lead.
Kansas high school basketball scores from Feb. 10
February 11, 2005
Nets ink Thomas for season
February 11, 2005
Former Kansas University guard Billy Thomas has been signed to a contract by the New Jersey Nets.
Top-notch freshmen emerging in league
February 11, 2005
From A to Z — Aldridge to Zeno — the Big 12 Conference is bristling with an extraordinary crop of high-class freshmen. Less than a year removed from high school, they’re shooting, rebounding and dishing the ball on pace with more experienced veterans, making an impact in a tough league at a time when most kids are still hesitant and wide-eyed.
Long-term proposal: Charles, Camilla to marry
February 11, 2005
A radiant Camilla, wearing a fuschia gown and clutching a black evening bag, showed off her engagement ring — a royal family heirloom, platinum band with a square-cut central diamond and three sparkling baguettes on each side.
Afghanistan still a hot spot
February 11, 2005
Afghanistan isn’t a topic of many Americans’ conversations these days — perhaps because it’s not the topic of much news coverage.
6Sports video: Anderson’s smooth shooting sparks LHS
February 11, 2005
The Lawrence High boy’s basketball team may not have won as many games this season if it weren’t for senior Tony Anderson. Anderson, whose nickname is “Big Smooth,” is averaging 12 points and grabbing eight rebounds a game. And so far this season, he is shooting 70 percent from the field.
Iraq Shiites closely tied to Iran
February 11, 2005
In a heightened display of saber rattling, President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice have been saying nasty things about Iran’s “unelected mullahs.” This is apparently so we’ll be able to tell the difference between the theocracy in place in Tehran and the one coalescing in Baghdad.
Shuffling the deck
February 11, 2005
Everybody goes down’ recording played at HealthSouth fraud trial
February 11, 2005
Former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy told an aide two years ago “everybody goes down” if problems with the company’s financial statements become public, according to a secretly made recording played Thursday at Scrushy’s fraud trial.
Briefcase
February 11, 2005
¢ Trade deficit hits high ¢ Mortgage rates fall ¢ Sara Lee names CEO, plans to sell divisions ¢ Dell revenue slips on tax-related charge
This Weekend’s Highlights
February 11, 2005
Lawrence Datebook
February 11, 2005
Baker University honors former professor
February 11, 2005
When William Graziano helped purchase Baker University’s first computer in the late 1960s, he had no idea what the future would hold.
Ukraine needs help to foster democracy
February 11, 2005
Who can forget the pockmarked face of Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko after his soup apparently was poisoned by dioxin during the recent presidential campaign? Tens of thousands of Ukrainians demonstrated peacefully against the rigging of the election in favor of Yushchenko’s opponent, who was openly backed by Ukraine’s big neighbor, Russia.
Lawrence building activity cools as new year begins
Auto dealer’s $3.5M project offsets residential sag
February 11, 2005
Five homes. No duplexes. No apartments. Only two major commercial projects — including one for a relocating car business checking in at a whopping $3.5 million — kept Lawrence’s building industry from starting the new year with a fizzle, according to a report from the city’s Department of Neighborhood Resources.
Ex-WorldCom chief testifies about merger talks
February 11, 2005
The former finance chief of WorldCom Inc. testified Thursday that the company called off 2001 merger talks with Verizon after he and CEO Bernard Ebbers worried Verizon officials would discover WorldCom’s cooked books.
Best Bets
February 11, 2005
Sebelius blasts GOP for stalling plan
Governor says heath care proposal being delayed by partisan politics
February 11, 2005
Republican budget writers Thursday put the brakes on a major part of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ health care reform plan. The move prompted Sebelius, a Democrat, to accuse Republicans of playing partisan politics.
Democrats reassert Kline violated open meeting laws
February 11, 2005
Democratic lawmakers Thursday said an official investigation may be necessary into closed meetings between Atty. Gen. Phill Kline and conservative members of the State Board of Education.
Area briefs
February 11, 2005
¢ Overland Park woman dies after I-70 wreck ¢ Building construction moving on schedule ¢ Sprinklers prevent large fire at pizza shop ¢ Science standards hearing rescheduled
Horoscopes
February 11, 2005
Doctors say kids too juiced
Sweet drinks contribute to growing childhood obesity problem
February 11, 2005
Soda in a sippy cup? Most parents wouldn’t dream of it. But researchers say when a baby’s bottle or cup is filled with juice — even the 100 percent, all-natural, no-sugar-added stuff — parents might as well be pouring Pepsi.
Calendar
February 11, 2005