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Kansas high school wrestling scores from Feb. 18
February 19, 2005
Harvick stirs up plenty of trouble
February 19, 2005
In another era, Kevin Harvick might have been treated with grudging respect around the NASCAR garage. He races hard and doesn’t really care what anyone thinks.
KU completes series sweep
Jayhawks dominate doubleheader with Jackrabbits
February 19, 2005
The Kansas University baseball team honored former assistant coach Reggie Christiansen before the second game of a doubleheader with South Dakota State. The Jayhawks gave the Jackrabbits’ first-year coach a framing of his own jersey — and then sent him on his way with another blowout defeat.
Westar case lawyers ask judge to recuse herself from retrial
February 19, 2005
Attorneys for two former Westar Energy Inc. executives facing retrial on charges of looting the utility have asked the presiding judge in the case to step down, claiming she appears biased against them.
Around and about
February 19, 2005
Firm splitting Wichita complex among buyers
February 19, 2005
Boeing Co. is trying to sell the vast majority of its 1,200-acre complex in Wichita to a new owner, while parceling off some buildings to other buyers.
Faith forum
February 19, 2005
Which translation of the Bible is the true word of God?
Base for sex ed should be in place before puberty
February 19, 2005
Murray jurors view photos
Images show cuts on hands; witness tells of foul odor
February 19, 2005
Jurors on Friday inspected photographs of the nicks and bruises found on the hands of a Kansas State University professor charged with stabbing and beating his ex-wife to death.
Boys - Gardner-Edgerton 58, Baldwin 44
February 19, 2005
The Bulldogs committed 11 second-half turnovers as G-E (15-3) pulled away down the stretch.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
February 19, 2005
Kansas high school basketball scores from Feb. 18
February 19, 2005
Toy makers turn to electronics
Manufacturers hope high-tech gadgets create big sales
February 19, 2005
Picture an Elmo or Winnie the Pooh plush doll that knows a child’s name and favorite food, and tells stories and sings songs incorporating such personal details. Or a new version of Furby that recognizes voices and reacts with emotions from surprise to dismay, and responds to specific words a child says.
Chamber scores KU hoops tickets
Lawrence officials hope Jayhawk action lures developers
February 19, 2005
Tipoff’s still eight days away, but Lynn Parman’s already ahead of the game. The vice president for economic development at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce has scored all of the 27 tickets she needs for next weekend’s Kansas-Oklahoma State basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse.
Engagements
February 19, 2005
Ex-Boeing leader lands jail time
February 19, 2005
A former top Boeing Co. executive was sentenced to four months in prison Friday for illegally negotiating a $250,000-a-year job for an Air Force contracting officer while she held sway over a potential multibillion-dollar contract sought by the huge aircraft manufacturer.
A dollar a day is enough to feed a child
Lawrence youth groups fast to raise money, awareness of world hunger
February 19, 2005
In America, the words “I’m starving” are understood to be a mere turn of phrase. Not so in developing countries around the world, where about 29,000 children die daily from hunger and preventable diseases. Two groups of Lawrence youths will soon learn firsthand what it means to feel truly hungry when they participate in a fund-raiser to help feed impoverished families and children for whom the threat of starvation is a reality.
Study invites questions of faith
12-week course aims to link Christianity with modern life
February 19, 2005
Sometimes asking the questions is more important than finding the answers. That’s the philosophy of “Living the Questions,” a 12-week DVD- and Web-based small group study exploring beyond the traditions and theologies many people might be used to encountering in their churches.
Boots on the ground
Kansas battalion learns dangers, deals with homesickness during first weeks in Iraq
February 19, 2005
Southern Iraq is dusty and dangerous, and the soldiers of the Kansas-based 891st Engineer Battalion are a little homesick.
Catholic Church continues to see new abuse claims
February 19, 2005
Roman Catholic leaders said Friday they received 1,092 new abuse claims against American priests and deacons last year, even after they already had paid more than $800 million in settlements during the long-running crisis over predatory clergy.
Ailing ankle to keep Thomas on shelf
White Sox slugger making progress, but won’t report on time
February 19, 2005
The Big Hurt still is hurt. Frank Thomas hasn’t recovered from ankle surgery and will not report to the Chicago White Sox along with other position players Monday. Head trainer Herm Schneider said Friday that the team had “no real timetable” for Thomas’ return.
Girls - Gardner-Edgerton 60, Baldwin 37
February 19, 2005
Kelsey Verhaeghe scored 15 points, but Baldwin fell. The Bulldogs (8-10) will play Tuesday at Eudora.
Religion briefs
February 19, 2005
Mayer: Court sense - It all adds up
February 19, 2005
One of these days, Kansas University coach Bill Self should call aside Aaron Miles, J.R. Giddens, Michael Lee, Russell Robinson, Jeff Hawkins and any other “ball-handlers” and take an hour to fully acquaint them with the geography and mathematics of a basketball court.
Hawkins, Robinson ‘even’
Backup point guards neck-and-neck for playing time
February 19, 2005
Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self’s practices are known for their competitive nature, but right now it appears two Jayhawks are pushing each other more than anyone else. Backup point guards Russell Robinson and Jeff Hawkins are dead-even for the No. 2 spot behind senior Aaron Miles, according to the second-year KU coach.
House passes workers’ comp bill on drug use
February 19, 2005
Workers seeking compensation from their employers for on-the-job injuries would face new rules if their bosses suspected alcohol or drugs were involved, under a bill approved Friday by the House.
6Sports video: Lady Firebirds clip Ravens
February 19, 2005
The Free State High’s girl’s basketball team beat Olathe Northwest, 45-31, Friday night at Free State.
6Sports video: Lady Lancers take out Lions
February 19, 2005
Lawrence High’s girl’s basketball team lost to the Lancers, 57-42, Friday at LHS.
A later look
Many of the long-held conceptions about the 1945 bombing of “innocent” Dresden, Germany, do not hold up.
February 19, 2005
The date was Feb. 13, 1945, 60 years ago, and the British Royal Air Force Bomber Command conducted a brutal, fiery raid on Dresden, Germany. Almost annually, but particularly this year, attention is focused on the controversial sortie with harsh charges about how inhumane, vindictive and needless it was.
Public may regret loss of media scrutiny
February 19, 2005
Three weeks later, I’m still waiting for a good explanation of what Jeff Gannon was doing in the White House. And for you to be upset about it.
Funds found
February 19, 2005
Starsky preys on the well-to-do in USA flick
February 19, 2005
Female bank executives lead lives of quiet desperation. It takes only a few kind words, a backrub and a pitcher of cosmopolitans to turn them into embezzling love slaves. That’s the sad moral of the made-for-cable movie “Ladies Night” (8 p.m. today, USA).
Monkey business
February 19, 2005
Oregon opinion
February 19, 2005
Not hateful
February 19, 2005
The right thing
February 19, 2005
Goodwill effort
February 19, 2005
Salesman Bush
February 19, 2005
Briefcase
February 19, 2005
¢ Wholesale inflation sends warning signal ¢ Exxon passes GE in stock market value ¢ Regulators take aim at American Express
Military News
February 19, 2005
Commodities
February 19, 2005
Controversy tests Harvard president’s ability to lead
February 19, 2005
Harvard President Lawrence Summers has apologized, pronounced himself a changed man and released a transcript of his much-debated remarks on women’s aptitude in science.
Briefly - Nation
February 19, 2005
¢ Distant neutron star produces huge flare ¢ EPA sets exposure limit for rocket fuel pollutant ¢ Abu Ghraib soldier now faces reduced charges ¢ Judge wins $2.1 million in newspaper libel case ¢ E-mail scams prey on U.S. soldiers’ families ¢ Police seek suspect in series of rapes ¢ GOP launches effort for Social Security plan
Nebraska confronts trend toward school segregation
State seeing whites flee mostly Hispanic urban areas
February 19, 2005
Dick Eisenhauer is tired of watching white families take their children out of the schools in his Nebraska district and enroll them in smaller, outlying ones where there are virtually no poor or Hispanic students.
Putin rejects U.S. concerns about Iran’s nuclear program
February 19, 2005
Russian President Vladimir Putin, rejecting U.S. concerns that Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons, said Friday that Russia would continue to assist the Islamic Republic with nuclear and military projects. He also said he soon would make a state visit to Iran.
U.S., Central American agencies target gangs
Plan aims to stop potential terrorist source
February 19, 2005
They sever fingers with machetes in the United States and cut off heads in Honduras. U.S. officials worry they’ll help al-Qaida sneak in terrorists from Mexico. Central American gangs have spread from the streets of San Salvador to the valleys of Virginia, prompting the FBI to share intelligence and resources with southern neighbors — launching an anti-gang strategy that reaches beyond U.S. borders.
Royal wedding strays into battles over direction of Anglican church
February 19, 2005
The Church of England owes its creation to a royal spat over divorce and remarriage: Henry VIII’s break with the Vatican after the pope refused to grant the monarch dispensation to wed his lover.
Jews split, many Christians silent about sacred displays
February 19, 2005
Should the nation’s 4,000-odd Ten Commandments displays be removed from the courthouses, civic buildings and parks where they’re installed? Beyond that, must public property be stripped of all references to religion?
Christian radio station cancels Muslim ad
February 19, 2005
A Christian radio station canceled an advertising contract with a Muslim organization, saying the spots didn’t serve its listeners because the group recruits people to Islam.
Arts Notes
February 19, 2005
¢ Topeka dance company to play premiere ¢ K.C. organization offers residency program
Best Bets
February 19, 2005
Club news
February 19, 2005
Wedding
February 19, 2005
4-H News
February 19, 2005
People and Places
February 19, 2005
Committee endorses nursing in public
February 19, 2005
Mothers who believe they should be allowed to nurse their infants in public have an ally in a Kansas House committee.
Young game inventor becomes game character
February 19, 2005
To play the board game called Beat the Experts, now selling in area toy stores, you match wits with 40 really smart people. Brainiacs like Bill Nye the Science Guy, Sir Isaac Newton, George Washington Carver, Buzz Aldrin, Confucius.
Painkillers should stay, despite risks, panel says
February 19, 2005
Millions of people who depend on the popular painkillers Celebrex, Bextra and Vioxx should be allowed to keep using them despite risks of heart problems and strokes, government advisers said Friday, concluding that benefits to suffering patients outweigh the dangers.
Calls for regulation increase as identity theft scandal widens
February 19, 2005
When word first emerged this week that scammers had illegally obtained detailed dossiers on 35,000 people by posing as legitimate customers of ChoicePoint Inc., the data-brokering company portrayed it as a relatively minor criminal case, limited to California.
Officials worry Bush cutting services for poor, homeless
Budget plan slashes program that city’s needy depend on
February 19, 2005
President Bush’s proposed budget will hammer everyone from low-income homeowners to the homeless, city leaders from Lawrence and throughout the Midwest said at a special meeting here Friday.
Messages from BTK differ from initial letters
Correspondence to media has gone from chilling to chatty
February 19, 2005
The letters and poems began arriving in 1974. Shot through with spelling and grammatical errors, they alternated between tortured rambling and cold-blooded, gleeful detail. Then, the BTK killer vanished.
Security guard convicted of manslaughter
Defendant shot neighbor driving wrong way in ‘03
February 19, 2005
A former security guard who shot a man to death in 2003 for driving the wrong direction on a one-way street was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and armed criminal action.
Area briefs
February 19, 2005
¢ OU students to help prepare tax forms
Deadly attacks target Shiites
February 19, 2005
A string of attacks targeting Iraqi Shiites on the eve of one of their holiest days killed at least 32 people Friday, a day after a coalition representing the Shiite majority was confirmed as the winner of Iraq’s landmark election.
Tsunami uncovers ancient temple wall in India
February 19, 2005
Archaeologists have begun underwater excavations of what is believed to be an ancient city and parts of a temple uncovered by the tsunami off the coast of a centuries-old pilgrimage town.
Briefly - World
February 19, 2005
¢ Deadly plague strikes remote diamond mine ¢ Campaign trumpets EU referendum ¢ Opposition supports peaceful protests ¢ Chinese official heads to North Korea ¢ Israel to evacuate Egypt-Gaza border road
International visitors embrace fleeting ‘Gates’
February 19, 2005
Artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude told delegates from around the world who toured “The Gates” in Central Park that they want people to think of their projects as a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
People
February 19, 2005
¢ Robbins gets Hasty Pudding award, misses out on parade ¢ Rock: Safety first at Oscars ¢ Birthdays
Campbell takes Nissan lead
Rain keeps late starters from finishing
February 19, 2005
Considering the amount of rain that soaked Riviera, Chad Campbell didn’t expect to complete his second round Friday in the Nissan Open. The bigger surprise was where he finished.
Haskell men fall to Bellevue, 89-68
February 19, 2005
Trailing by just two points with four minutes remaining, Haskell Indian Nations University missed a three-pointer.
KU women’s tennis falls to Penn State
February 19, 2005
Kansas University’s women’s tennis team dropped a 4-3 decision to Penn State on Friday.
Rehnquist to miss upcoming arguments
February 19, 2005
Chief Justice William Rehnquist will not be present when the Supreme Court resumes oral argument sessions next week but will continue to participate in decisions from home as he battles thyroid cancer, the court announced Friday.
Law sends class-action suits to federal courts
February 19, 2005
President Bush on Friday signed a bill that he says will curtail multimillion-dollar class action lawsuits against companies and help end “the lawsuit culture in our country.”
Left for dead, Cyclones eyeing NCAAs
February 19, 2005
Three-and-a-half weeks ago, at 8-8 overall and 0-5 in the Big 12 Conference, nobody considered Iowa State’s men’s basketball team even a long shot to make the NCAA Tournament.
Firebirds get Jack-ed
Schreiner’s second-half ‘screaming’ fires up FSHS
February 19, 2005
A convincing 61-48 victory over winless Olathe Northwest shouldn’t have given Free State High coach Jack Schreiner a reason to be angry, but he found one anyway.
Lancers trample Lions
Lack of size dooms LHS boys; girls fall
February 19, 2005
With about two minutes left in the Lawrence High boys basketball game Friday night, the Lions’ student section chanted “Where’s Your Robot?” to the Shawnee Mission East fans. The Lawrence High Robotics Club’s halftime display was about the only thing the LHS students could use to taunt the Lancers. SM East blasted Lawrence, 75-60.
Canine court: Judge halts dog’s death sentence
February 19, 2005
The Nebraska Supreme Court granted clemency Friday to a death row inmate of the four-legged variety — a dog condemned for fighting with a neighbor’s pet.
Lions’ Leet seeks fourth; Firebirds still in hunt
February 19, 2005
Lawrence High diver Nick Leet has finished fourth before at the state swimming and diving meet, so he wouldn’t mind ending up in the same spot today during the finals of the one-meter competition at Kansas State’s Ahearn Natatorium.
Royals’ MacDougal hopes to regain 2003 form
February 19, 2005
Mike MacDougal’s sophomore slump hit hard — and early. Now, the Kansas City Royals reliever hopes to return to the form that made him an All-Star as a rookie, when he converted his first 10 save opportunities and had 24 at the break.
Robinson: Steroids create cloud over baseball
February 19, 2005
Hall of Fame slugger and Washington Nationals manager Frank Robinson said he believed steroids had created a “cloud over baseball” and that new penalties against steroid use weren’t strong enough.
Lawrence Datebook
February 19, 2005
On the Record
February 19, 2005
Closings announced for Presidents Day
February 19, 2005
Several government offices and public services in Lawrence and surrounding areas will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day.
Herschel Walter Hemphill, Vinland
February 19, 2005
Milroy A. Harvey, Lincoln, Neb.
February 19, 2005
Evelyn Jean Hornberger Breech, Burlington
February 19, 2005
Simons: Kansas universities and high schools face global challenge
February 19, 2005
Several weeks ago, this writer noted the unique timing of several events involving Kansas University and the possibility of good things resulting from the situation.
Eldon K. Deputy, Wichita
February 19, 2005
Cost of growth concerns Schauner
February 19, 2005
Lawrence City Commissioner David Schauner said he’s concerned that new growth isn’t paying for itself and that the community should consider creating new development fees.
Eudora girls roll past Osawatomie
February 19, 2005
Erin Kracl and Michelle Deluna each scored 12 points, and Carrie Lister added 10 as Eudora High’s girls basketball team downed Osawatomie, 50-25.
Girls - Santa Fe Trail 51, Perry-Lecompton 49, OT
February 19, 2005
Alexis Pryor scored 18 points, Hanna Hicks 10 and Katie Barezinski nine for the Chargers. Megan Blosser had 26 for the Kaws.
Girls - Kansas City Sumner 55, Ottawa 48
February 19, 2005
Jara Vance scored 17 points, while Kelsie Studley added 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Cyclones. Caitlin Smith added 12 points.
Chargers clip Kaws
February 19, 2005
Jake Carter scored 21 points to propel Santa Fe Trail High past Perry-Lecompton, 45-41, in boys basketball Friday night.
Local briefs
February 19, 2005
¢ State Regents endorse breaks for military ¢ Alumnus to be knighted ¢ KU graduate to appear on NBC’s ‘Today’ show ¢ KU offering event on oral histories ¢ Deputy injured in crash ¢ NAACP serving Soul Food Dinner fund-raiser ¢ Sebelius making trips to Lawrence ¢ Professor named to Chancellor Club
Boys - Central Heights 58, Wellsville 38
February 19, 2005
Scott Samsel scored eight points, and Scott Thompson pitched in seven in Wellsville’s loss.
House passes workers’ comp bill on drug use
February 19, 2005
Workers seeking compensation from their employers for on-the-job injuries would face new rules if their bosses suspected alcohol or drugs were involved, under a bill approved Friday by the House.
6News video: Screen Scene
February 19, 2005
You can’t have a neo-religious, special effects-heavy action movie without Keanu Reeves. And “Constantine,” the latest comic-book adaptation to travel this road, proves a step above past misfires like “Hellboy” and “Spawn.”
6Sports video: Lancers blast Lawrence
February 19, 2005
Shawnee Mission East’s boy’s basketball team beat Lawrence High, 75-60, Friday at LHS.
Williams: UNC-KU tilt would be ‘worst’
February 19, 2005
With North Carolina and Kansas University rolling toward the NCAA Tournament, fans at both schools probably are dreaming of a head-to-head matchup in the championship game. Roy Williams isn’t one of them.
Photo: Senior swan song
February 19, 2005
Mangino happy Big 12 likely to adopt instant replay
February 19, 2005
College football is about to enter the TiVo era. Several high-level conferences, including the Big 12, strongly are considering the use of instant replay to assist officials this fall during league games.
California pot growers hope to weed out nonorganic crop
February 19, 2005
Medical-marijuana growers in Mendocino County — a Northern California outpost that is home to vegans, vintners, libertarians and aging hippies — want to have their pot certified as organic.
Scouting News
February 19, 2005
Society Calendar
February 19, 2005
Horoscopes
February 19, 2005
Robot gears up for contest
February 19, 2005
Nikko crawled onto the floor of the Lawrence High School basketball court during halftime Friday night, and the crowd went wild. She twirled around and raised her long arm up into the air. Fans swooned. She picked up a pyramid made of white pipes and twirled some more. The crowd couldn’t get enough.
6Sports video: Free State boys roll over Olathe Northwest
February 19, 2005
Free State High’s boys basketball squad earned a 61-48 victory over winless Olathe Northwest on Friday at Free State High.
Seahawks earn sweep of Topeka Heritage
February 19, 2005
For 20 minutes, Matt Parker’s last game in the Seabury Academy gym was misery. Then Parker, a 6-foot-2 senior, scored 15 points in the last 12 minutes, lifting the Seahawks to a 52-40 come-from-behind basketball victory Friday night over Topeka Heritage Christian.
Chieftains, Jags split
Tongie girls roll; Mill Valley boys cruise
February 19, 2005
Even slowing down couldn’t slow down the Tonganoxie High offense Friday night. Despite Mill Valley implementing a stall offense — which took one minute, 30 seconds off the clock in its first possession — the Chieftains still found a way to run in a 57-32 girls basketball victory.