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Transcript of chat with David Holroyd, city commission candidate
February 15, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 8:02 a.m.) Welcome to today’s online chat with David Holroyd. He’s at the News Center and we have several questions submitted earlier by our readers. So we’ll go ahead and get started.
Transcript of chat with Greg Robinson, city commission candidate
February 15, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 8:05 a.m.) Welcome to our chat today with Lawrence city commission candidate Greg Robinson, who is in our News Center and ready to begin taking your questions. We already have several questions submitted. So we’ll go ahead and get started.
Jury selection nearing an end
February 15, 2005
(Updated Tuesday at 5:08 p.m.) Jury selection is nearing an end in the murder trial of Kansas State University professor Thomas E. Murray.
Lawmaker introduces evolution resolution
February 15, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 11:20 a.m.) A resolution introduced today in the Kansas House urges schools to tell students that when it comes to evolution, students should be taught “the full range of scientific views that exist.”
Business organization claims Lawrence’s living wage hurts state economy
February 15, 2005
(Updated Tuesday at 11:12 a.m.) A modified living wage ordinance in Lawrence could threaten the state’s economy, according to supporters of a bill that would prevent local governments from adopting such ordinances.
Slight chance for sprinkles
February 15, 2005
(Updated Tuesday at 8:32 a.m.) Enjoy the sunshine this morning, because clouds, colder weather and possibly some precipitation are moving in to Lawrence today.
Briefly
February 15, 2005
¢ Police say they won’t, can’t restrain militants ¢ Officials propose talks on nuclear weapons
Briefly
February 15, 2005
¢ Bush administration resubmits nominees ¢ Mobsters enter pleas in consumer fraud case ¢ Daughter of conservative confirms ‘open secret’
Briefly
February 15, 2005
¢ Pair rack up purchases on stolen credit cards ¢ County to study haz-mat travel patterns ¢ Eudora council accepts official’s resignation
KU-Texas Tech briefs
February 15, 2005
¢ Officially speaking ¢ Lots of minutes played ¢ Students tease Giddens ¢ KU-ISU tickets available
Photo: Valentine’s royalty
February 15, 2005
Boundary change has split outcome
Board approves move for Deerfield students, holds off on Hillcrest
February 15, 2005
A controversial plan to move 44 students from Hillcrest School was put on hold Monday.
Winning three by design — sort of
Despite disdain for trey, Tech’s Knight says shot was option
February 15, 2005
No, Texas Tech coach Bob Knight stressed, he did not call a timeout to set up Darryl Dora’s game-winning three-point field goal.
Simien appreciates loss
We all stuck together and fought’
February 15, 2005
Kansas University lost a basketball game — its first in conference play — on Monday night, which was utterly disappointing to Wayne Simien.
Dozens dead, crops destroyed in flooding
February 15, 2005
Rivers of mud, rocks and uprooted trees scarred the landscape in a mountain valley where dozens of people were missing Monday after devastating floods and landslides, the latest victims from torrential rains across Venezuela and Colombia that have killed at least 86 people.
Candidates for Iraq’s prime minister emerge
February 15, 2005
A French-educated finance minister and a former London physician emerged Monday as the top candidates to be Iraq’s next prime minister after the clergy-backed Shiite Muslim alliance failed to get the necessary majority of votes to control the legislature.
Bombings ‘Valentine’s Day presents’ for president
February 15, 2005
Three bombs apparently planted by Islamic militants exploded in the southern Philippines and the Manila financial district Monday evening, killing at least nine people and injuring more than 100.
Briefly
February 15, 2005
¢ Online chats to feature commission hopefuls ¢ LMH Breast Center open house tonight ¢ Property recovered after reports of theft ¢ State must pay fees in ex-worker’s lawsuit
Van Exel buries Bobcats at buzzer
Portland guard drills 29-footer to seal 80-77 victory
February 15, 2005
The play broke down, and Portland nearly lost the ball, so it was up to Nick Van Exel to bail out the Trail Blazers.
Here’s the nut: KSU squirrels tops
February 15, 2005
Kansas University, it seems, just isn’t squirrelly enough.
Datebook
February 15, 2005
People
February 15, 2005
¢ Veteran rockers celebrate Grammy acknowledgments ¢ Aguilera’s beau pops question ¢ A princely Valentine ¢ Hip-hop mogul joins fight against KFC
Unbelievable,’ in a bad way
Loss in final game drops Savannah State to 0-28
February 15, 2005
The coach stood limply in front of the bench — arms folded, a disbelieving look in his eyes.
Illinois still No. 1; Kansas jumps to No. 2
February 15, 2005
Illinois was a unanimous No. 1 in the Associated Press’ college basketball poll for the third straight week Monday, while Charlotte moved into the Top 25 for the first time in six years.
KU dig finds early proof of humans
Research in Western Kansas reveals 12,200-year-old bones
February 15, 2005
For two years, Rolfe Mandel and his fellow archaeologists thought the dig site they’d been excavating in far western Kansas was special.
Historical tales put modern ‘love’ to shame
February 15, 2005
A few words about love.
Briefly
February 15, 2005
¢ EEOC collects record $420M for workers ¢ Investigators: Blood didn’t come from Hoffa ¢ Four states lose their Miss America franchises
George W. Mole, Lawrence
February 15, 2005
KU takes steps to build faculty diversity
February 15, 2005
Gilbert Karuga’s concerns about becoming a professor at a predominately white university were quickly put to rest when he talked with others from Kenya who had been at Kansas University.
Kansas needs taxpayer amendment
February 15, 2005
After reading two columns last month (“Legislative proposal troubling,” Dec. 8) and (“State tax burden not out of line,” Dec. 20) in which law professor Mike Hoeflich and economics professor Joshua Rosenbloom argue against a Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR), against lower taxes and say that state government spending is not out of line, I wonder whether they are using fuzzy math.
Sprint plans to keep focus on wireless business
February 15, 2005
Sprint Corp. was unfazed Monday by Verizon Communications Inc.’s announcement that it plans to buy MCI Corp.
Murray trial likely to remain in county
Attorneys to resume juror questioning today in slaying case
February 15, 2005
Jury selection began Monday in the murder trial of a Kansas State University English professor, and by day’s end it appeared there would be enough unbiased Douglas County residents to select a jury of 12.
Former Lebanese prime minister assassinated in motorcade bombing
February 15, 2005
Former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri was killed Monday when a powerful car bomb exploded on Beirut’s fashionable waterfront, evoking the political violence that plagued Lebanon during its long civil war.
Terry Ray Gardner, Wichita
February 15, 2005
Woodling: Raiders shoot down KU
February 15, 2005
Everybody was talking about a mouse Monday night. Not Mickey Mouse. Not Minnie Mouse.
Japanese teen stabs teacher, slashes two adults in public elementary school
February 15, 2005
A 17-year-old boy armed with a sashimi knife stabbed a teacher to death and wounded two other adults Monday at his former elementary school, then stood in the faculty lounge and smoked a cigarette with the bloody blade still in his hand.
Horoscopes
February 15, 2005
Briefly
February 15, 2005
¢ Settlers accompany slain nun’s coffin ¢ Soldier described as ‘ever-reliable’ at trial ¢ Rescue operation launched for cruise ship
Briefly
February 15, 2005
¢ Comments to be taken on contractor ordinance ¢ Hall Center announces open house on Sunday ¢ Perry-Lecompton scheduling parent visits ¢ Housing authority gets job-training grant
Ultra nerds’ get date with Oscar
February 15, 2005
No screaming fans. No crush of paparazzi. A red carpet that was more like a doormat.
Mosque fire kills dozens of worshippers
Officials say veil caught in flames of kerosene heater started blaze
February 15, 2005
A fire raged through a crowded mosque in Tehran during evening prayers Monday after a female worshipper’s veil caught the flames of a kerosene heater, killing at least 59 people and injuring more than 250, Iran’s official news agency reported.
Bush asks Congress for additional $81.9B
February 15, 2005
President Bush asked Congress on Monday to provide $81.9 billion more for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and for other U.S. efforts overseas, pushing the total price tag for the conflicts and anti-terror fight past $300 billion.
Study: Flu shots don’t save elderly lives
February 15, 2005
Despite the annual push to have people 65 and older vaccinated against influenza, new research spanning more than three decades of government health data strongly suggests that the program has not saved lives.
Jackson lawyers’ witness list full of celebrities
February 15, 2005
Michael Jackson’s lawyers announced Monday they may call celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Ross and Kobe Bryant to the witness stand during the pop star’s molestation trial.
Pentagon to investigate eight additional Air Force contracts
Official convicted of giving Boeing special treatment handled cases
February 15, 2005
The Pentagon is investigating eight more Air Force contracts handled by Darleen Druyun, the former Air Force official who was convicted last year of giving The Boeing Co. special treatment on a tanker lease deal.
Popular breeds rarely win Westminster Kennel Club show
February 15, 2005
Trudy looked like such a sweet Dalmatian. A black spot over her left eye, she gobbled down a pretzel treat and wagged her tail when a little girl in a Valentine’s Day outfit came up to pet her.
Contest lawsuit jury’s mistake costs former Boeing engineer $1.8 billion
February 15, 2005
The most imaginative writer in town could not have penned the surprise ending to Ben Waldrep’s “Why I Want to Live in Manhattan Beach, Calif.” essay contest.
Trash appointments
February 15, 2005
Considering the danger hazardous household waste poses to people and the environment, shouldn’t the city make it easier to dispose of it properly?
When should U.S. use military intervention?
February 15, 2005
As I began writing this column about developing a better strategy for U.S. military intervention, two of the “outposts of tyranny” — North Korea and Iran — spoke threateningly.
Funding stalls traffic-calming work
City has more requests for devices than money to implement them
February 15, 2005
Don’t tell Chuck Soules that everybody dislikes traffic-calming devices.
Decline in cookies sales puts Girl Scout Council in fiscal crunch
Douglas County a bright spot in northeast Kansas with orders up by 1,400 boxes
February 15, 2005
Douglas County residents bought more Girl Scout cookies this year, but sales overall were down in northeast Kansas.
Library needs
February 15, 2005
Confront hate
February 15, 2005
Store-sitters
February 15, 2005
Gene Budig named adviser to College Board
February 15, 2005
Former Kansas University Chancellor Gene Budig has a new job to add to his resume.
Ban proposed on living wage ordinances
February 15, 2005
A bill before the Legislature would prohibit local governments from adopting living wage ordinances, such as the one established in Lawrence.
NFL to have first black owner
Businessman Fowler set to buy Vikings for $625 million
February 15, 2005
Poised and proud to become the NFL’s first black owner, Reggie Fowler is ready to buy the Minnesota Vikings from Red McCombs.
CU routs S. Dakota State
February 15, 2005
Andy Osborn scored 15 points, and Richard Roby added 14, helping Colorado rout independent South Dakota State, 82-49, Monday night.
Nets gain Robinson from Warriors
February 15, 2005
The New Jersey Nets strengthened their front line Monday, acquiring forward Clifford Robinson from the Golden State Warriors for two second-round draft picks.
NBA briefs
February 15, 2005
¢ Blazers, Bobcats missing injured players ¢ Wizards activate Ramos ¢ Nene on injured list
Daily ticker
February 15, 2005
French professor to share tips for making crepes on ‘Jayni’
February 15, 2005
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Making Crepes with French Professor Mary Johnson.”
Brentano String Quartet’s program a feast for the ears
February 15, 2005
The Brentano String Quartet, an outstanding young ensemble which has appeared in New York, London, Salzburg and Rome, took the Lied Center stage Sunday afternoon. The program of Mozart, Webern and Beethoven was welcomed by the audience and was sensitively performed by this accomplished group.
Dr. Phil exorcises ‘Race’ relations
February 15, 2005
Just one night after Valentine’s Day, “A Dr. Phil Primetime Special: Romance Rescue” (8 p.m., CBS) invites troubled couple Jonathan and Victoria from the just-completed “Amazing Race” to discuss their relationship.
Culture to supplement Lawrence plant
Serologicals’ Hybri-Cyte designed for research
February 15, 2005
Serologicals Corp.’s production center in Lawrence is about to get more work, even as the plant’s formal validation remains more than three months away.
You go girl!
Alt-rock band of ‘Betties’ does
February 15, 2005
Dutch musician Carol van Dyk finds herself constantly having to explain the term “Attagirl,” the title of Bettie Serveert’s latest record.
Guys joining the knitting craze
February 15, 2005
Eric Garcia and Matthew Kane are holed up in a classroom corner, chatting casually as they each knit a sock for a school project. They ponder the thought that their actions might be a little, well, unexpected.
Double take: Youths need support, rest to reduce stress
February 15, 2005
Jenny: Wes asked me a few weeks ago what I thought was the single most important problem facing teenagers. I said, “Stress.”
Chinese artist gives lessons to children on finger painting
February 15, 2005
Christina Chang is a 12-year-old from Rockville, Md., who loves to color and draw and wants to go to art school.
In the halls
February 15, 2005
What have you learned about black history this month?
Magic School Bus Live!’ holds children’s attention
February 15, 2005
Shrieks of “Wahoo!” and squeals of delight flooded the Lied Center on Saturday afternoon as a giant neon-lighted bus driven by a big lizard rolled its way onstage. The Magic School Bus was in town accompanied by its precocious kids, their exuberant teacher Ms. Frizzle and Liz the Lizard.
Gas explosion rips through mine shaft
February 15, 2005
A gas explosion ripped through a shaft 800 feet below the surface Monday in Liaoning province, killing 203 men in China’s deadliest coal mine accident in half a century, the government reported today.
Lucile Stalcup, Lawrence
February 15, 2005
Global Signal paying $1.2 billion for cellular towers
February 15, 2005
Cellular phone tower operator Global Signal Inc. will pay $1.2 billion cash for the right to operate or lease more than 6,600 towers owned by Sprint Corp. for 32 years, the firms announced Monday.
Nadine Brock, Bonner Springs
February 15, 2005
Philip ‘Flute’ John Grom Sr., North Chicago, Ill.
February 15, 2005
Peter P. Lacy, Kansas City, Kan.
February 15, 2005
KU baseball alters times
February 15, 2005
Game times for Kansas University’s upcoming baseball series with South Dakota state have been changed because of a forecast of inclement weather. The four-game series at KU’s Hoglund Ballpark opens at 3 p.m. Wednesday. The series continues at 3 p.m. Thursday and concludes with a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. Friday
On the record
February 15, 2005
Boys clip Wetmore; girls ripped, 58-18
February 15, 2005
Scott King’s runner with eight seconds left gave Seabury Academy a 33-31 boys basketball victory Monday night at Wetmore.
FSHS bowling sweeps
February 15, 2005
Free State High’s boys bowling team maintained its unscathed mark, improving to 9-0 with a 2,485-2,286 victory Monday afternoon against Olathe South.
Firebirds remain No. 1 in boys basketball poll
February 15, 2005
Free State High’s boys basketball team tops the Class 6A rankings of the Kansas Basketball Coaches Assn. for the fifth straight week.
Cyclones stunned again down stretch
February 15, 2005
For the third straight game, the Ottawa High boys basketball team was on the short end of a contest that came down to the final possession.
Former KU football aide Hayes officially joins Cardinal
February 15, 2005
Former Kansas University assistant football coach Tom Hayes officially was added to Stanford’s staff as defensive coordinator and secondary coach Monday.
Lawmakers crave ‘slave-free’ chocolate
February 15, 2005
Before you pop that Valentine chocolate in your mouth, consider whether it could have been produced by child slaves, lawmakers said Monday in admonishing the chocolate industry for its pace in monitoring labor practices on West African cocoa farms.
Briefcase
February 15, 2005
¢ Painkillers losing market strength ¢ OfficeMax CEO resigns ¢ AIG gets subpoenas ¢ Sony Ericsson, Nokia target iPod potential
Broken-hearted
Jayhawks bemoan late call
February 15, 2005
Aaron Miles’ right eye appeared positive proof he was fouled on the most controversial call of the Big 12 Conference basketball season late Monday night at United Spirit Arena.
KU spring game slated for April 16
February 15, 2005
Kansas University’s football team will hold its annual spring scrimmage on April 16 at Memorial Stadium, KU announced Monday. Kickoff will be at 3 p.m.
LHS stumbles against O-South
Falcons knock off Lions, 41-33, in physical affair
February 15, 2005
Lawrence High girls basketball desperately needed a victory to improve its position in the Sunflower League standings with three games remaining. Unfortunately, it had to get it against the league’s best team in Olathe South.
Canseco book big hit at bookstores
Autobiography, which implicates players as steroid users and promotes the drug, third on Amazon.com
February 15, 2005
Jose Canseco’s autobiography accusing several top players of steroid use and charging that baseball long ignored peformance-enhancing drugs appeared to be a hit on its first day in bookstores.
Krauser lifts Pitt to Syracuse sweep
Late threes difference in Panthers’ victory
February 15, 2005
Gerry McNamara had the game in his hands, and Carl Krauser took it back.
Verizon, MCI latest to merge
Regulatory changes spur $6.7 billion acquisition
February 15, 2005
Verizon Communications Inc.’s $6.7 billion takeover of long-distance provider MCI Inc. is the latest example of how regulatory changes in Washington are continuing to transform the telephone industry.
Capitol briefing
February 15, 2005
57 days: The state Supreme Court has given lawmakers until April 12 to produce a constitutional school finance plan.
Whoa! Zones becoming common
February 15, 2005
Many coaches always have considered man-to-man defense a badge of honor. The zone defense? A sign of weakness, laziness or both.
Other children
February 15, 2005
DNA test confirms ‘Baby 81’s’ identity
February 15, 2005
DNA test results released Monday confirmed that a 3-month-old infant found amid the rubble in tsunami-battered Sri Lanka and dubbed “Baby 81” belongs to the couple who fought desperately for weeks to gain his custody.
Archaelogist’s find may help prove Roman legend
February 15, 2005
Legend has it that Rome was founded in 753 B.C. by Romulus and Remus, the twin sons of Mars, the god of war, who were suckled as infants by a she-wolf in the woods.
Wood: Jayhawk legend Hadl could use Hall help
February 15, 2005
Quick! John Hadl needs your help.
Eagles rally past Cardinals, 38-37
February 15, 2005
Wellsville High’s Emily Patton’s short-range jumper with 16 seconds remaining ultimately gave the Eagles a 38-37 girls basketball victory Monday night at Eudora High.