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Kline answers critics of closed-door meetings
February 16, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 6:33 a.m.) Atty. Gen. Phill Kline today appeared before a legislative committee to defend closed-door meetings he held with conservative members of the Kansas State Board of Education.
Jury picked for Murray trial
February 16, 2005
(Web Posted Wednesday at 11:34 a.m.) A jury has been picked for the trial of Thomas Murray, a Kansas State University professor accused of killing his ex-wife.
Governor’s budget director critical of GOP school finance plans
February 16, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 10:06 a.m.) Republican school finance plans would break the budget and probably hurt the state’s credit rating because they lack new sources of revenue, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ top budget official said today.
Temperatures to hit mid 40s today
February 16, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 8:43 a.m.) Today’s weather gets a letter grade of C — the high of 46 will match the median high for this date in the temperature record books, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Costly care
Before Medicaid costs eat up more of the state budget, perhaps Kansas legislators should take another look at some of the provisions in the governor’s health care plan.
February 16, 2005
The “HealthyKansas” plan presented in November by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger has gotten little attention in the current session of the Kansas Legislature. Given the huge increases in the money the state must dedicate to Medicaid payments, however, perhaps legislators should give the plan a second look.
T supporters
February 16, 2005
Failing system
February 16, 2005
A ‘no’ vote
February 16, 2005
Money lost
February 16, 2005
Senate oversight a bad idea
February 16, 2005
In the past several weeks, a bill has been introduced into the Kansas Legislature to require that all nominations to the Kansas Supreme Court be confirmed by the Kansas Senate. While I have nothing against such a confirmation process in general, I find myself opposed to the current proposal nonetheless. My opposition to the proposed confirmation process rests on several bases.
A new vision for faith, politics
February 16, 2005
The November election wasn’t the last word on religion and politics. It was only the start.
NHL, union trade last-ditch offers
Commissioner says season could be canceled today
February 16, 2005
The players’ association countered the NHL’s final offer just hours before the season was set to be canceled, proposing a $49 million salary cap Tuesday night.
Anthony lifts Nuggets past Hawks
February 16, 2005
Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets picked a good time to end a long losing streak in Atlanta.
Guiel eyes spot in Royals’ starting lineup
After surgery to correct vision, outfielder says he’s ready to go
February 16, 2005
Aaron Guiel enters spring training with clear vision after two laser eye surgeries last year limited his playing time to 42 games with the Kansas City Royals.
Seabury suffers lopsided twinbill sweep
February 16, 2005
Seabury Academy boys basketball coach Marcus Heckman was quite frustrated after Tuesday night’s 45-18 home loss to Marais des Cygnes Valley.
Veritas surges to victory
February 16, 2005
It took awhile for the Veritas Christian boys basketball to get its offense going, but it caught fire in the fourth quarter and pulled away from Topeka Heritage Christian.
LHS nabs narrow bowling victory
February 16, 2005
In a game where bigger numbers are better, one small numeral was the difference for the Lawrence High boys bowling team Tuesday afternoon at Royal Crest Lanes
Commodities
February 16, 2005
Microsoft CEO: Spyware emerging as major threat
Firm to offer free software to repel pests
February 16, 2005
Microsoft Corp. will give away software to battle spyware, adware and other privacy-invading pests, company co-founder Bill Gates said Tuesday.
Daily ticker
February 16, 2005
Tribal casinos rolling in dough
Indian gambling nearly double Nevada’s $9.9 billion industry
February 16, 2005
Indian gambling pulled in $18.5 billion in 2004, nearly double the take for Nevada’s gambling industry, as tribal casinos boomed ahead.
New board to check on drugs after FDA approval
February 16, 2005
The government is setting up a special monitoring board to keep checking on medicines once they’re on the market, responding to complaints that officials reacted too slowly to reports linking prescription painkillers to heart attack and stroke.
Wichita plants deliver more airplanes in ‘04
February 16, 2005
Airplane deliveries by Wichita’s three general aviation manufacturers increased 12 percent last year, two percentage points better than the industry average.
Double OT: the day after
Self, Jayhawks not bitter after last-second loss to Raiders
February 16, 2005
It was doubly disappointing, but Monday night’s 80-79, double-overtime loss to Texas Tech also proved a lot of fun for Kansas University’s men’s basketball players and coaches.
Lions win wild one
Three late technicals help LHS trip Olathe South
February 16, 2005
The fourth-quarter frenzy was back. And it was wilder than ever. Lawrence High’s boys basketball team, fresh off a 25-point fourth-quarter flurry that propelled it to a victory Friday over Olathe East, outdid itself Tuesday. Against Olathe South, the Lions scored 32 points in the final period, coming from behind to defeat the defending Class 6A state champions on the road, 66-59.
Indian women, men each prevail in OT
February 16, 2005
In its final home game of the season, Haskell Indian Nations University’s women’s basketball squad eked out an overtime victory over Peru State.
ISU punishes KSU, earns sixth straight win
February 16, 2005
First, there were six straight losses. Now, it’s six straight victories.
Ex-KU basketball player dies of heart attack
February 16, 2005
Mark Mathews, a member of Kansas University’s 1970-71 NCAA Final Four team, died after a heart attack Monday in the Chicago area. He was 55.
Kyoto pact enacted, impact questioned
United States refuses to ratify agreement
February 16, 2005
Two centuries after the dawn of the industrial age, the world today takes its first concerted step to roll back the emission of “greenhouse gases” believed linked to climate change with the enactment of the Kyoto global warming pact.
K.C. close to meeting clean-air standards
February 16, 2005
The Kansas City area soon could be in compliance with federal clean-air standards, causing local officials to worry that it will lose some funding it receives to help clean the air clean.
48 Hours’ sets up for Murray trial
CBS: ‘Minimum intrusion’ pledged for courtroom
February 16, 2005
They dangled a remote-controlled camera from the ceiling. They stuck microphones on the jury box and judge’s bench. They popped out ceiling tiles to string television cord.
Potholes the pits for drivers after warm weather
City crews scramble to repair damage
February 16, 2005
Phil Dwyer drove down Kasold Drive earlier this week with little damage to his vehicle from the pothole-cratered road, but he knew other drivers wouldn’t be so lucky.
Artery study sheds light on ‘widowmakers’
February 16, 2005
The left main coronary artery is one of the worst places to have a heart attack, so bad that it’s ominously nicknamed “the widowmaker.”
Uncovered finishing touches may attribute painting to da Vinci
February 16, 2005
A fingerprint and stylistic touches uncovered during restoration of a disputed Renaissance masterpiece raises the possibility it may have been painted by Leonardo da Vinci, who sometimes left his digital imprint on works as a kind of signature, restorers said Tuesday.
Iraqi insurgents’ cash streams may be drying up
February 16, 2005
An increase in truck hijackings, carjackings and kidnappings around the southern approaches to Baghdad suggests to some intelligence officials that insurgents are running out of money.
EU powers urge Iran to end nuclear program
February 16, 2005
Iran’s foreign minister on Tuesday warned Britain, France and Germany that they must make more economic and technological concessions to meet a deadline next month for agreement on Tehran’s nuclear activities.
Street priest’ sentenced
February 16, 2005
Defrocked priest Paul Shanley, whose crimes shook the Roman Catholic Church, was sentenced to 12 to 15 years in prison on child rape charges Tuesday to a burst of applause from some of the many who accused him of molesting them.
Bush confronts Social Security fears
February 16, 2005
President Bush on Tuesday said he was determined to overcome political obstacles to transform Social Security and wanted to assure older Americans his plans would not pinch their benefits.
Jurors reject antidepressant defense
February 16, 2005
A 15-year-old boy who claimed the antidepressant Zoloft drove him to kill his grandparents and burn their house down was found guilty of murder Tuesday and sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Nursing home placed on state watch list
February 16, 2005
Lake View Manor passed a state inspection Monday, but because of its history of problems, the Lawrence nursing home has been put on a special watch list by state officials.
Perry Middle School honor roll
February 16, 2005
Perry Middle School announced first semester 2004-2005 honor roll students.
East side catches break on break-ins
February 16, 2005
A series of auto and home burglaries in an east-side neighborhood may have been an inside job — inside the neighborhood, that is.
Relay for Life organizers are out of starting blocks
Dinner kicks off campaign for this year’s cancer fund-raiser
February 16, 2005
The first time Dianne Nelson went to a Relay for Life was after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002.
Water projects to snarl traffic
Work to affect Sixth, Massachusetts this spring and summer
February 16, 2005
City commissioners were warned Tuesday night of what motorists will become aware of this summer — traffic congestion is coming to Downtown Lawrence.
School board field of candidates narrows
David Holroyd won’t campaign for seat, will concentrate solely on city commission race
February 16, 2005
The Lawrence school board race lost a candidate Tuesday at the same time the proposed school bond issues gained a more vocal opponent.
Tragedy yielded positive outcomes
February 16, 2005
Sarah Scantlin’s first words, uttered 20 years after a drunk driver struck her, have captivated a world hungry for a miracle.
On the record
February 16, 2005
George W. Mole, Lawrence
February 16, 2005
Betty C. Jennings, Lawrence
February 16, 2005
Gene’ and ‘Rosie’ Sears, Topeka
February 16, 2005
State confident military will keep bases
February 16, 2005
State and military officials were optimistic Tuesday that Kansas would emerge unscathed from the upcoming round of base closures and realignments.
Capitol Briefing
News from the Kansas Statehouse
February 16, 2005
¢ School finance countdown ¢ Tuesday’s highlights ¢ Today’s schedule ¢ Quote of the day
City candidate discusses issues online
February 16, 2005
City officials should stop trying to squeeze roundabouts into old neighborhoods, and the city should provide a “hand up, not a handout” to homeless individuals, City Commission candidate Greg Robinson said Tuesday.
Sticking to their diet
International students confront adjusting to new foods
February 16, 2005
When Laura Musonye came to the United States from Kenya to study human biology at Kansas University, she had some cultural adjustments to make — not the least of which was the food she ate.
The groundhog should go!
February 16, 2005
I’ve always been a bit perplexed that the media spend so much time tracking the exploits of Punxsutawney Phil, the Pennsylvania groundhog that purportedly forecasts the weather each February. Obviously, Phil’s activities are nothing more than a media event — something contrived for publicity and sustained by this false newsworthiness. If the media would just leave it alone, I say each Groundhog Day, the whole thing would disappear.
Black actors receive a record number of Oscar nominations
February 16, 2005
Six years ago, Chris Rock joked that the Academy Awards looked like the “million white man march” for its traditional under-representation of blacks.
International students adapt to new eating environment
February 16, 2005
What do international students at Kansas University have to say about getting used to cooking and eating in America?
Program stresses fitness
February 16, 2005
A statewide program, Walk Kansas was designed to improve the health of Kansans by increasing the amounts of physical activity each person gets each week. According to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity most days of the week is recommended to reduce the risk of chronic disease in adulthood.
Busting ‘Buster’s’ chops
After complaints from ‘family’ groups, PBS pulls episode with lesbian moms
February 16, 2005
If the tape from WGBH had come in a plain brown wrapper, I wouldn’t have been surprised. The fuss over this episode of “Postcards From Buster” — you know, with the lesbian mothers — had me nervous it might be a junior version of “The L Word.”
Why won’t CBS say no to ‘Yes, Dear’?
February 16, 2005
You may have forgotten about “Yes, Dear” (8:30 p.m., CBS), but according to the network, it’s entering its fifth season tonight. How does a comedy this mediocre survive? Does it mean we have four more years to look forward to “Listen Up” and “Still Standing”?
Arts notes
February 16, 2005
¢ Kansas City Singers to have auditions ¢ Read Across Lawrence book discussion planned
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
February 16, 2005
Transcript of chat with George Grieb, city commission candidate
February 16, 2005
Thanks for joining us today in another one of our chats with Lawrence city commission candidates. George Grieb is now in our News Center office and we have questions that have been submitted already, so we’ll get started. Feel free to continue to submit questions during the chat.
Perry-Lecompton High School honor roll
February 16, 2005
Perry-Lecompton High School announced first semester 2004-2005 honor roll students.
U.S. ambassador to Syria pulled in wake of Lebanese assassination
February 16, 2005
The U.S. ambassador to Syria was called back to Washington on Tuesday as anger swelled against Damascus following the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
Brieflly
February 16, 2005
¢ ‘Baby 81’ reunited with parents ¢ Senior Taliban leaders accept amnesty ¢ Thousands attend slain nun’s funeral ¢ Team predicts attacks will become more brutal
Tech solid, but KU riding high
No. 13 Raiders await as women’s next test
February 16, 2005
Kansas University basketball fans are getting a heavy dose of Texas Tech this week.
Steroid talk dominates first day of spring training
February 16, 2005
Usually, the start of spring training is a time of clean slates, sun-splashed fields and endless hope. Not this year.
Price happy after early play
February 16, 2005
The plane carrying the Kansas University baseball squad touched down at 2 a.m. Monday after the Jayhawks finished a nine-game road trip.
People
February 16, 2005
¢ Mellencamp comes to Kansas ¢ Publisher sues ‘P. Diddy’ over unwritten memoir ¢ Reality show runner-up shows she’s a winner in love ¢ Mexican pop star plans first tour since release from prison ¢ Lohan’s a Barbie girl ¢ Contest searches for next Joplin
Gamecocks shock ‘Cats
Kentucky struggles from field in loss
February 16, 2005
Tarence Kinsey had such a good time during South Carolina’s 73-61 victory over No. 3 Kentucky on Tuesday night, he wanted a do-over.
Peace in Mideast needs U.S. support
February 16, 2005
Should we be hopeful that there is a new opening for peace between Palestinians and Israelis?
Oskaloosa boys edge Maranatha in OT, 55-50
February 16, 2005
Oskaloosa High’s boys basketball team blew a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter, but managed to beat Shawnee Maranatha, 55-50, in overtime Tuesday.
Efficiency move?
February 16, 2005
Briefly
February 16, 2005
¢ Operation Jump Start breaks up drug ring ¢ Court rules against reporters in CIA case ¢ Jackson trial delayed after star hospitalized ¢ White supremacist arrested on gun charges ¢ Air pollution may cause changes in fetuses
House plan would add $65 million for school finance
Critics suggest proposal ‘just amounts to gimmicks’
February 16, 2005
A House committee is working on a proposal that for one year would increase K-12 education funding by $65 million in an effort to meet an April 12 deadline set by the Kansas Supreme Court to increase school funding.
Firebirds collapse in second half
February 16, 2005
Free State High boys basketball coach Jack Schreiner’s strategy of milking the clock and slowly wearing down opponents in low-scoring games is a big reason why his team is No. 1 in the Class 6A rankings.
Tsunami survivors trade tents for homier wooden barracks
February 16, 2005
A few hundred tsunami survivors traded their cramped and dirty tents for government barracks with kitchens and latrines Tuesday in a sign that aid pouring into this province is shifting away from emergency relief toward more permanent reconstruction.
Commentary: Canseco has his 60 minutes of shame
February 16, 2005
If you’re so tired of reading, hearing and seeing Jose Canseco you want to throw up, join the crowd.
Wood floors taking root
Venteak seeks to open center in Lawrence
February 16, 2005
The rising popularity of exotic hardwood floors has a growing Venezuelan company poised to put down roots in Lawrence.
Horoscopes
February 16, 2005
Briefcase
February 16, 2005
¢ SuperTarget stays open through outage ¢ Circuit City receives cash buyout offer ¢ Sprint expands use of corporate jets
Legislators say Lawrence’s living wage could hurt state
February 16, 2005
Lawrence’s “living wage” movement should be stopped before it spreads to the rest of the state, a Kansas legislator said Tuesday.
Study touts coffee’s cancer-fighting perks
February 16, 2005
That hot cup of coffee may do more than just provide a tasty energy boost. It also may help prevent the most common type of liver cancer.
Area briefs
February 16, 2005
¢ Legislator introduces evolution resolution ¢ Chat with candidates for city commission ¢ Boundary committee turns to junior highs ¢ Rapist pursues appeal to receive new trial ¢ Local film critics share Oscar picks
Benjamin Powell, Oklahoma City
February 16, 2005
Transcript of chat with Tom Bracciano, city commission candidate
February 16, 2005
Welcome to our chat today with Tom Bracciano. He’s in the News Center and ready to take questions. We already have a few questions for him, so we’ll go ahead and get started.
Torre: Giambi biggest question for Yankees
February 16, 2005
Even Joe Torre wonders what he’ll see when Jason Giambi reports to spring training.
Pointer named Best in Show
February 16, 2005
Posing like the very symbol of the Westminster Kennel Club, a German shorthaired pointer called Carlee became America’s top dog Tuesday night.