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Transcript of chat with Doug Holiday, city commission candidate
February 24, 2005
(Web Posted Thursday at 3:15 p.m.) Welcome to our online chat with Doug Holiday, candidate for Lawrence City Commission. The chat took place on Thursday, February 24, at 2:00 PM and is now closed, but you can read the full transcript on this page.
Detectives testify about Murray interrogation
February 24, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 12:31 p.m.) Testimony resumed this morning in the murder trial of Tom Murray, the Kansas State University English professor accused of killing his ex-wife in her home northwest of Lawrence in 2003.
Kline searching medical records on late-term abortions for evidence of crimes
February 24, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 11:54 a.m.) Attorney General Phill Kline is seeking the complete medical records of nearly 90 women who received late-term abortions to search for evidence of crimes, according to court documents.
House sends bill about breast-feeding to Senate
February 24, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 11:41 a.m.) The Kansas House gave its final approval Thursday to a bill that would allow mothers to breast-feed in public.
Governor signs bill repealing ‘clunker bill’
February 24, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 9:50 a.m.) Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today signed into law a repeal of the “clunker bill.”
Lawrence soaking up some sun today
February 24, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 12:37 p.m.) The Lawrence area has finally emerged from the cloudy weather, bringing clear skies and plenty of sunshine today, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. The high will be 49 today.
Protection One expands BellSouth deal
February 24, 2005
Protection One Inc. wants to build its business by doing business with one of the country’s biggest communications businesses. Their collective target: more businesses. Protection One, a Lawrence-based provider of monitored security services, announced Wednesday that it had expanded an existing agreement with BellSouth Corp.
A new world view: Designers import ethnic flair
February 24, 2005
If you’re looking to spark your surroundings with style, start thinking globally. Ethnic design — one of the hottest trends in interior decor — features an exotic array of colors, textures and accents from around the world.
Wichita aviation industry weighs sale
February 24, 2005
In the city’s beleaguered aviation community, the decision by Boeing Co.’s commercial airplane business to get out of town could be just the thing to keep the industry’s slow recovery moving along. Aviation workers across Wichita were still digesting Wednesday the news that Chicago-based Boeing, following through on plans announced more than a year ago, had sold its commercial aviation plants in Kansas and Oklahoma to Onex Corp.
Luxury condo projects come, go
Bella Sera eyes West Lawrence market previously sought by Villaniche
February 24, 2005
A planned $35 million luxury condo project for western Lawrence has been called off, just as a larger condo project is preparing to hit the market. Villaniche, a project spearheaded by former Oread Laboratories CEO David Kimbrell, has been halted, officials working on the project said Wednesday.
Running in the rain
New material aims to keep outdoor enthusiasts dry
February 24, 2005
My dog just stared at me from inside her house. “Yeah, I know. It’s raining,” I told her as I passed by the backyard fence. But I had been running indoors most of the winter. And rain or no rain, with the temperature finally climbing above freezing last Saturday morning, I was eager to get outside for a long run.
Wooden toys popular with collectors
February 24, 2005
The name Crandall is associated with many early wooden toys. The company made horses, sleds, velocipedes and many other toys in the 19th century. It became more famous for its wooden blocks. Some had designs of letters, while others had figures in costume. They also made building blocks. Wooden figures of animals and people were made to set up a small scene.
Program helps landowners lure wildlife
February 24, 2005
Gary Carter is cashing in on the natural look. By converting his three-acre property into wildlife habitat, he turns camera-carrying visitors into paying customers while beefing up his own photo stocks. Not a bad return for providing food, water, shelter and a place for a colorful array of birds, butterflies and animals to raise their young.
House panel endorses $102M school finance plan
February 24, 2005
A House committee approved a plan Wednesday to boost annual state spending on education by $102 million — without saying where the money will come from. The vote came less than 24 hours after the Senate Education Committee endorsed its own plan to raise annual education spending by $455 million.
Capitol Briefing
News from the Kansas Statehouse
February 24, 2005
Committee endorses confirmation for state Supreme Court justices
February 24, 2005
A proposal requiring Senate confirmation of appointments to the Kansas Supreme Court, drafted in response to the court’s ruling striking down the state’s death penalty law, was endorsed Wednesday by a legislative committee.
U.S. prepares to test vaccines as bird flu warnings spread
February 24, 2005
Amid dire warnings of an Asian pandemic, the government is preparing to test an experimental bird flu vaccine and is increasing disease surveillance in hopes of reducing the toll from any eventual American outbreak. Antiviral drugs are being stockpiled, and 2 million doses of vaccine are being stored in bulk form for possible emergency use and to test whether they maintain their potency.
Crews begin cleanup work in soggy Southern California
February 24, 2005
The sun began poking through the clouds Wednesday as California emergency crews shifted into cleanup mode after a six-day drenching that killed at least nine people, destroyed dozens of houses and flooded roads and airports.
U.S. says detainee accused in plot to kill Bush was not tortured
February 24, 2005
A Virginia man accused of plotting with al-Qaida to kill President Bush should be held indefinitely, federal prosecutors said Wednesday in court filings that also rejected his contention that he was tortured while held in Saudi Arabia.
Senate approves bill to fight racial profiling
February 24, 2005
A bill attacking racial profiling received Senate approval Wednesday. The measure declares it illegal for law enforcement officers to profile suspects based only on their race, ethnicity, nationality, gender or religious dress.
U.S., Germany find some accord on Iran
Bush to meet Putin today
February 24, 2005
President Bush and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder agreed Wednesday to turn down the volume on arguments about Iraq and Iran, demanding in unison that Tehran abandon its nuclear ambitions and exploring whether allies should use rewards or punishment to achieve that goal.
Behind the scenes
A local KU alumnus deserves much credit for his efforts to make a new addition to Allen Fieldhouse a reality.
February 24, 2005
Considerable attention is being given to an addition planned for the east side of Allen Fieldhouse. Recent stories have reported that Kansas University officials plan to move ahead on the project sooner than expected and have it completed by the start of the 2005-06 basketball season.
More teachings
February 24, 2005
Margaret Ann ‘Maggie’ Reeves, Oskaloosa
February 24, 2005
GOP ‘values’
February 24, 2005
Times change
February 24, 2005
Wrong approach
February 24, 2005
Empowerment
February 24, 2005
Former LHS band teacher to be honored
Retired music educator selected for state group’s Hall of Fame
February 24, 2005
Ed Bartley will be inducted into the Kansas Music Educators Assn. Hall of Fame tonight. But Bartley says the real honor goes to those associated with Lawrence High School, where he taught band from 1970 to 1984.
Interchange plan divisive issue in Tonganoxie
February 24, 2005
For the past 35 years, Kelly Fowler has lived in Tonganoxie without easy access to Interstate 70. Now, with talk of a possible interchange coming to town, she couldn’t be happier.
Neighbors question changes for County Road 1055
February 24, 2005
A road project along County Road 1055 that would allow vehicles to take some curves comfortably at 55 mph rather than 40 mph had area property owners questioning why.
Pete H. Cale, DeSoto
February 24, 2005
Evelyn Belle LeGrand Saler, Lawrence
February 24, 2005
Eunice E. ‘Judy’ Calovich, Tonganoxie
February 24, 2005
Richard Lewis Barlow, Avilla, Ind.
February 24, 2005
Briefly
February 24, 2005
¢ Disaster status declared for six more counties
Grace Russell, Topeka
February 24, 2005
David F. Hanson, Lawrence
February 24, 2005
Lawrence Datebook
February 24, 2005
On the record
February 24, 2005
Bond issue endorsed
Chamber supports spending $63M on improvements
February 24, 2005
Lawrence Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors on Wednesday endorsed a pair of bond issues aimed at improving the city’s schools. “Support was unanimous,” said Chamber president and CEO Lavern Squires.
Jurors see Murray changing alibis, doubting evidence
February 24, 2005
He changed his alibi and gave police detailed descriptions of where his blood would be at the crime scene. But jurors saw Wednesday that at the end of a nine-hour videotaped statement to detectives, Kansas State University professor Thomas E. Murray walked out of the interrogation room a free man.
Some merchants upset with early school bell
Downtown becomes student hangout on Wednesday afternoons
February 24, 2005
Joseph Vannicola, 14, said he knew Wednesday that once school let out he was going to walk downtown from Central Junior High School to hang out with friends. That’s typical for Vannicola and many other junior high students released early from school on Wednesdays.
Power outage had much of KU in dark
Squirrel knocks out electricity
February 24, 2005
Here’s a new excuse Kansas University faculty might soon hear: A squirrel ruined my homework. “I was making progress on an assignment that’s due tomorrow, and the computer just switched off,” said KU freshman Kim Carmichael, who was working in a lab in Stauffer-Flint Hall on Wednesday morning when the power went out. “I really hope I haven’t lost all my work.”
Spring enrollment breaks record
February 24, 2005
Kansas University set another enrollment record this spring, university officials announced Wednesday. There are 27,890 students enrolled on KU’s campuses, up 0.4 percent from last year. “Our objective isn’t to grow,” said David Shulenburger, provost and executive vice chancellor. “It’s to remain about the same as we have been.”
KU scares Bears
Jayhawks put up fight on Senior Night
February 24, 2005
Even after the Kansas University women’s basketball team’s 70-60 loss to No. 6 Baylor on Wednesday night, coach Bonnie Henrickson had plenty of reasons to feel like, ultimately, she won. One was that her defensive game plan flustered the Bears. A gutsy performance on Senior Night also gave Henrickson reason to smile.
Kansas players zip lips
KU men won’t talk to media until after Sunday’s OSU game
February 24, 2005
Kansas University’s senior men’s basketball players have decided that actions will speak louder than words — at least for the rest of the week. Riding a three-game losing streak, the Jayhawks have decided to decline all media interview requests leading up to Sunday’s Big 12 Conference showdown against Oklahoma State, which will tip off at 3 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse.
Sideline
February 24, 2005
¢ Moss traded to Oakland ¢ Weighted RPI system to help set NCAA field ¢ Chaney suspended ¢ Tigers’ Urbina relieved
Jayhawks’ McMillan hopes to boost stock at NFL combine
February 24, 2005
Apparently, Victor Sesay should have given his Missouri University teammates some advice last year. The former MU tight end and NFL hopeful answered questions for a football Web site recently and listed former Kansas University defensive end David McMillan as one of the three toughest players he faced in college, along with Oklahoma’s Dan Cody and Troy’s DeMarcus Ware.
Report: Raiders land Moss
Agent says receiver will play for Oakland
February 24, 2005
Randy Moss’ electrifying talent no longer was enough for the Minnesota Vikings to put up with his distracting antics. Dante DiTrapano, Moss’ agent, told the Associated Press on Wednesday that the Vikings and the Oakland Raiders had “come to an agreement on Randy playing for Oakland next year.”
McDonald’s taps 3 KU signees
February 24, 2005
For the first time in history, Kansas University will have three representatives in the McDonald’s All-America basketball game. Incoming Jayhawks Mario Chalmers, Micah Downs and Julian Wright have accepted invitations to play for the West team in the annual hamburger game, set for March 30 at the Joyce Center on Notre Dame’s campus in South Bend, Ind.
K-State halts Baylor rally
February 24, 2005
Just four days after blowing a 16-point lead in a loss to Oklahoma, Kansas State appeared on the verge of another second-half collapse. But Clent Stewart knocked down his only three-point attempt to end Baylor’s comeback bid, and after squandering an 18-point lead, the Wildcats hung on for an 80-69 victory Wednesday night.
No sweat: Illinois now 28-0
February 24, 2005
Dee Brown said draining three-pointers against Northwestern on Wednesday night was like playing a game of “H-O-R-S-E.” “I hit my first two, and that confidence just kept building. I felt like I could shoot anywhere,” Brown said after he dropped six threes and finished with 20 points to lead top-ranked and unbeaten Illinois to an 84-48 victory that clinched a share of the Big Ten title.
Gonzalez on accusations: No way, Jose
Juan Gone says he feels sorry for Canseco, won’t read book
February 24, 2005
Juan Gonzalez hasn’t read Jose Canseco’s book and doesn’t want to. The Cleveland slugger became the latest player to refute allegations made by his former teammate, saying Wednesday he had never used performance-enhancing drugs and that Canseco lied about introducing the two-time AL MVP to steroids in the early 1990s.
Red Sox to receive rings with Yankees present
February 24, 2005
The Boston Red Sox will get their World Series rings at their home opener April 11 before a full house of 35,000 fans — and the New York Yankees. The jewelry symbolizing the team’s first championship in 86 years will be handed out in a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park.
Sweeney says back fine now
February 24, 2005
Mike Sweeney, whose back problems caused him to miss 146 games over the last three seasons, reported to spring training Wednesday, expressing optimism that he can play a full season. Sweeney, who reported two days before the Kansas City Royals’ first full-squad workout, ran and played toss before pronouncing that his back is fine.
Sosa starts anew with Orioles
Slugger puts on power show for his new teammates
February 24, 2005
As a way of introducing himself to his new teammates, Sammy Sosa slammed about two dozen baseballs far over the center-field wall during his first workout with the Baltimore Orioles. Before he was done, nearly half the squad interrupted their drills to watch the show.
Duo dynamic for Cavaliers
James, Ilgauskas propel Cleveland past Bulls
February 24, 2005
The Cavaliers’ All-Star twosome refuse to take any break. Zydrunas Ilgauskas and LeBron James scored 41 of Cleveland’s 57 points in the second half as the Cavaliers came back from a few days off with a 100-91 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.
Sixers acquire Webber in six-player trade
February 24, 2005
All-Star Chris Webber was traded from Sacramento to the Philadelphia 76ers late Wednesday night as part of a six-player deal.
Is combine tainted?
Colts’ Polian says prospects ‘trained’
February 24, 2005
Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian will spend hours questioning draft prospects starting today at the NFL combine. Sometimes, frustratingly, he already knows the answers. The combine, which runs through Monday in Indianapolis, once was an opportunity for league scouts and decision-makers to see whether players could withstand the rigors of playing in the NFL on and off the field.
Briefcase
February 24, 2005
¢ Apple adds iPods ¢ Merger talk drives rise of Yellow shares ¢ Cablevision earnings drop on write-off
Three months in the garden
February 24, 2005
The official start of spring is less than a month away, and yards seem to be beckoning gardeners to come out and play. But there are a few tasks to complete before the growing season hits full steam.
6Sports video: Local wrestlers headed to state tournament
February 24, 2005
Between the two city high schools, 22 prep wrestlers are headed to the state tournamet. 12 of those will be representing Free State.
6News: Attorneys have verbal scuffle about evidence
February 24, 2005
Defense attorney Pedro Irigonegaray and prosecutor Tom Bath exchange words after detective Pat Pollock tells Irigonegaray he’s ‘not aware’ of any conclusive proof Murray was at Ross’ home the day of the killing.
Briefly
February 24, 2005
¢ Domestic dispute leads to arrest
KU swimming in third place
February 24, 2005
Kansas University’s swimming and diving team was in third place of six team after Wednesday’s first day of the Big 12 Conference Championships.
Wildcats cruise to easy victory
February 24, 2005
Kansas State coach Deb Patterson had few complaints following the No. 17 Wildcats’ 94-69 victory over Nebraska on Wednesday. Five of her starters scored in double figures, and her team shot 59 percent from the field for the game.
Programs challenge dropouts to succeed
February 24, 2005
The assigned readings for Aurora del Val’s students last week were sections of the writings of Greek philosopher Plato and black nationalist Malcolm X. For 90 minutes, her 14 young scholars wrestled verbally with twin paradoxes: Plato’s insistence that prisoners in a cave might find the shadows on the wall more real than the outside world, and Malcolm’s declaration that his intellectual freedom began when he entered prison.
Fair taxation
February 24, 2005
Eugene T. ‘Gene’ Comeau, Lawrence
February 24, 2005
Breast-feeding bill advances, but changes unwelcome
February 24, 2005
Mothers can breast-feed in public, under a bill advanced Wednesday by the Kansas House. But they have to breast-feed “discreetly.” That change made to House Bill 2284 on the House floor angered Lawrence breast-feeding advocates, who were instrumental in getting the issue before the Legislature.
Around the World
February 24, 2005
¢ Death toll in quake rises to at least 500 ¢ Clinton signs agreement on pediatric AIDS drugs ¢ British soldiers guilty of abusing Iraqis ¢ Michelin’s guide to rate New York restaurants
Sympathy for Harvard pres?
February 24, 2005
Is it possible that I’m beginning to feel sorry for Larry Summers? Do I need an intervention? No, it isn’t his opponents who have dredged up my soupcon of sympathy for the president of Harvard University. It’s his defenders.
Eva Francis Crawford, Lawrence
February 24, 2005
Effort to identify remains of 9-11 victims in N.Y. ends
Forensics at impasse on World Trade Center bodies
February 24, 2005
The city medical examiner’s office says it has exhausted all efforts to identify the remains of those killed at the World Trade Center, confirming the heartbreaking truth for the many Sept. 11 families who wanted something, anything, to bury.
Briefly
February 24, 2005
¢ Holiday to chat online ¢ Haskell assured of 10-year accreditation ¢ NAACP, library to host empowerment seminar
Our town sports
February 24, 2005
Most candidates oppose gay marriage ban, vow it won’t affect city law
February 24, 2005
A Lawrence ordinance that bans most discrimination against homosexuals won’t be changed even if a statewide constitutional amendment to ban gay marriages is approved, eight of nine City Commission candidates vowed Wednesday.
Hack touts her professional, political experience
February 24, 2005
City Commissioner Sue Hack, a former school teacher, admits that there are times during a Tuesday night commission meeting that she is reminded of a junior high seating chart. Hack, a social studies teacher for 31 years in Lawrence junior highs, says it happens when she sees a former student step to the podium to address the commission.
More input sought on housing plan
February 24, 2005
Planning commissioners are asking for the Lawrence City Commission’s guidance on a proposed affordable housing development west of Lawrence. Developers with Windover Community asked the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission to annex 54 acres of land north of Clinton Lake, to make way for a 250-unit development they said would be affordable for police officers, teachers, nurses and other modest-wage workers.
Huckabees’ DVD as wild as the film
February 24, 2005
Movies don’t come much loopier than David O. Russell’s “I (Heart) Huckabees.” With a plot that involves existential detectives and Eastern philosophy, “Huckabees” whirls wildly in comedic circles that can either frustrate or fascinate, depending on your perspective.
Legislator, telephone service provider trade barbs
February 24, 2005
A lawmaker on Wednesday was accused of pushing for legislation that would benefit his rural telephone company, but Rep. Carl Krehbiel, R-Moundridge, said he was watching out for what was best for Kansas and accused his detractors of character assassination.
Calendar
February 24, 2005
Iraqi interim PM to fight to keep job
February 24, 2005
Ayad Allawi, the secular interim prime minister, said Wednesday he was putting together a coalition to try to hold onto the job in the next government and block the candidate of the dominant Shiite political alliance. Kurdish parties also weighed in with demands for top posts, setting up a possible showdown over the role of religion in a new Iraq.
Board offers to increase salaries at a cost of $1 million to district
If money doesn’t come from Legislature, it’ll have to come from next year’s budget
February 24, 2005
Lawrence school board members offered the district’s 850 teachers a modest raise in pay Wednesday. Teachers weren’t sure what to make of the offer. “We are very happy about the board’s commitment” to increase salaries, said Al Gyles, a math teacher at Free State High School. “Now, the questions become, ‘When and with what money?’”
6News: Neighbor says Murray remarked about ex-wife’s death
February 24, 2005
Murray’s neighbor, Kathy Love, describes a conversation several weeks before Carmin Ross’ death in which Murray said it would be better if his ex-wife weren’t alive.
Horoscopes
February 24, 2005
States seeking education changes
Legislative group issues scathing report on ‘No Child Left Behind’
February 24, 2005
State lawmakers issued a sharp rebuke of President Bush’s education overhaul on Wednesday, calling it a coercive, unconstitutional act that sets an unreachable goal of getting every child up to par in reading and math.
Around the Nation
February 24, 2005
¢ Judge extends stay on removing feeding tube ¢ Author says he regrets publishing Bush tapes ¢ U.S. arrests suspect in Honduras massacre
Lighting, patience essential to growing plants from seed
February 24, 2005
Spring flowering bulbs will soon start to push their heads through the thawing soil. Longer days and warmer nights mean it is once again time to turn our attention toward gardening. With so many plant varieties to choose from, it can be difficult to find what you want at garden centers and hardware stores.