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City commission cancels meeting
January 4, 2005
(Updated Tuesday at 4:36 p.m.) Lawrence city commissioners took the night off Tuesday after winter weather hit the city.
Lawrence parks and rec facilities closing early
January 4, 2005
(Updated Monday at 12:16 p.m.) All Lawrence Parks and Recreation facilities will close at 3:30 p.m. today as a result of winter weather. The centers also are scheduled to open late tomorrow.
Six picked as new district judge
January 4, 2005
(Updated Tuesday at 2:19 p.m.) Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has announced that Steven N. Six is her choice to be Douglas County’s newest District Court judge.
Police provide tips for driving on icy roadways
January 4, 2005
(Updated Tuesday at 6:06 p.m.) The Lawrence Police Department is asking drivers to stay at home if possible or use the city’s “T” buses to get around during the anticipated winter storm. If you must drive, police have provided some tips.
Weather cancellations, delays
January 4, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 2:17 p.m.) Check here for cancellations or delays brought upon by today’s weather conditions.
Ice storm leads to Lawrence schools canceling classes
City commission cancels tonight’s meeting
January 4, 2005
(Updated Tuesday at 6:33 p.m.) A major winter storm bringing a treacherous mix of ice and snow is moving into Lawrence, making driving hazardous late tonight and possibly causing power outages by Wednesday morning. Lawrence public schools will not have class on Wednesday and city officials to cancel tonight’s Lawrence City Commission meeting. .
Poor choice
January 4, 2005
Money talks
January 4, 2005
Good deeds
January 4, 2005
War also wounds minds
January 4, 2005
Let’s be realistic about what this odd war is doing to those we are asking to fight it.
Caution needed on ‘pharm’ crops
January 4, 2005
A recent editorial implied that words of caution concerning the introduction of pharmaceutical or industrial use crops into Kansas was grounded in pessimism.
Daily ticker
January 4, 2005
Midwest business index hits year low
Kansas’ economic conditions lowest in region during December
January 4, 2005
The Midwest’s manufacturing sector held on strong in December, though seasonal declines in heavy manufacturing pushed it below levels achieved earlier in the year, according to a manufacturing index released Monday.
Investors begin 2005 with sell-off
January 4, 2005
Wall Street opened 2005 with a loss Monday as investors shored up portfolios and abandoned risky positions taken during the postelection rally.
Briefcase
January 4, 2005
¢ Delta to slash fares up to 60 percent ¢ Walgreen profit’s rise biggest in four years ¢ Kmart’s profitability improves in late 2004 ¢ Pizza Hut franchisee names president CEO
No strings attached
Free State junior passionate about puppetry
January 4, 2005
A stroke of imagination and sound effects can do wonders to mesmerize a roomful of fidgety children.
Winter bazaar
Elementary schools organize fund-raiser
January 4, 2005
The winter bazaar Dec. 3 at New York School’s gymnasium was a success.
Jayni’s Kitchen’ to offer Italian cooking tips
January 4, 2005
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Italian Cooking Lessons with Lidia Bastianich.”
In the halls
January 4, 2005
Who is your favorite fictional character?
Sean Penn sounds off
January 4, 2005
While Hollywood shied away from reminders of Sept. 11, 2001, Sean Penn figures the terrorist attacks added urgency to produce his film “The Assassination of Richard Nixon.”
K.C. Film Critics Circle issues top honors
January 4, 2005
Clint Eastwood’s emotional boxing drama “Million Dollar Baby” won Best Film at the 39th annual vote of the Kansas City Film Critics Circle held Sunday.
NBC sitcom lacks situation, comedy
January 4, 2005
To get right to the point, “Committed” (8:30 p.m., NBC) is dreadful. But like all disasters, it’s interesting in its own way. Students of the moribund sitcom genre will find it worthy of study, like a cadaver ready for autopsy.
Turn lane suggested for Sixth Street
January 4, 2005
Lawrence city commissioners are set to consider a plan that would add a center turn lane to a busy section of Sixth Street that leads into downtown.
County commissioners reject extension merger
January 4, 2005
Douglas County commissioners on Monday rejected a proposed merger of the K-State Research & Extension offices in Douglas and Shawnee counties.
Mayor who served in turbulent Lawrence dies at 76
January 4, 2005
A longtime downtown businessman and former mayor who served on the City Commission during the turbulent late 1960s and early 1970s died Sunday in Lawrence.
Route 66 bricks up for bids
January 4, 2005
Officials in this Cherokee County community of 3,300 hope nostalgia buffs will be willing to pay for genuine bricks that once were part of Route 66.
Murders have K.C. off to deadly start
January 4, 2005
After a slight drop in homicides last year, Kansas City began 2005 with five people shot to death over a 30-hour period during the holiday weekend. Two other shooting victims were hospitalized in serious condition.
Selig approves Diamondbacks’ trades
Johnson finally headed to Yankees, Arizona acquires Green
January 4, 2005
Randy Johnson is practically ready to be measured for one tall set of pinstripes.
Area prep briefs
January 4, 2005
Boggs leading candidate for Hall of Fame
January 4, 2005
Wade Boggs might have to get used to a new routine tosday: life as a Hall of Famer.
Pierce leads Celts past Hornets
January 4, 2005
It took the Boston Celtics a half to get used to playing without Gary Payton. After that, the New Orleans Hornets didn’t have a chance.
NBA briefs
January 4, 2005
¢ Gund sells Cavaliers to Quicken founder ¢ Sacramento guard has wrist surgery
Illustrator’s work ranged from humorous to serious
Kelly Freas, artist for Mad Magazine, NASA, dies
January 4, 2005
Kelly Freas, an influential illustrator who produced sleek, stirring images for science fiction and fantasy books and helped shape the image of Mad Magazine mascot Alfred E. Newman, has died. He was 82.
Court orders Legislature to increase school funding
Tax increase not certain, Republican leaders say
January 4, 2005
Raising the possibility of a tax increase, the Kansas Supreme Court on Monday said the public school finance system was unconstitutional because the Legislature failed to fund it properly.
Local officials doubt deadline
January 4, 2005
Lawrence school district officials and patrons said they were glad the state Supreme Court ruled more must be spent on public schools.
Former presidents to lead private fund-raising drive
January 4, 2005
President Bush on Monday enlisted two former presidents for an ambitious private fund-raising drive for victims of the deadly tsunami, asking Americans to open their wallets to help the millions left homeless, hungry and injured.
Snow closes major California highway
January 4, 2005
Rain-soaked California got even wetter Monday as another storm dumped heavy snow in the mountains, eroded beaches and shut down a 40-mile stretch of the state’s major north-south highway.
Long-term data on diet success is slim
January 4, 2005
A review of 10 of the nation’s most popular weight-loss programs found that except for Weight Watchers, none of them offer proof that they actually work at helping people shed pounds and keep them off.
Attorney general warns of scams
January 4, 2005
Kansans should beware of charity scams capitalizing on the rush to contribute to Asian tsunami relief operations.
Hyping Heismans
Trophy-winners to clash tonight for first time ever
January 4, 2005
Matt Leinart is an easygoing Californian who used an NFL-caliber left arm to win a Heisman Trophy for USC this season.
KU confirms hiring
January 4, 2005
Kansas University soccer coach Mark Francis has confirmed the addition of Emporia State soccer coach Kara Lowery to his staff.
Lockout could be long
January 4, 2005
Wayne Gretzky fears the NHL could be shut down for as long as two years if a labor deal is not reached soon.
Angels change name to add Los Angeles
January 4, 2005
Baseball’s Angels have a new name, and it’s a mouthful: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Airlines cite third straight good year for safe travel
January 4, 2005
Only 34 people have died in U.S. commercial airline crashes in the past three years, making it one of the safest periods in aviation history.
Datebook
January 4, 2005
Dorothy Pearl ‘Dot’ Parker
January 4, 2005
Hazel Ruth Ledom
January 4, 2005
Loeta Elaine Tingle
January 4, 2005
Lydia M. Lawson
January 4, 2005
Edward Alexander Bradley
January 4, 2005
Phillip V. ‘Fee’ Thomas
January 4, 2005
Steven Wayne Aldrich Sr.
January 4, 2005
On the record
January 4, 2005
Chamber of Commerce urges city involvement
January 4, 2005
Area business owners may soon have elected officials knocking at their door aiming to learn more about their businesses and how they can help.
Theresa Frances Reinkemeyer
January 4, 2005
Mary Pedica Kozma
January 4, 2005
Paola topples Eudora
January 4, 2005
Eudora High had three double-digit scorers, but it wasn’t enough to beat Paola.
No. 7 Cowboys roll, 86-61
January 4, 2005
Senior John Lucas scored 14 of his 21 points in the final 61/2 minutes of the first half, and Joey Graham got No. 7 Oklahoma State off to a fast start after halftime in an 86-61 victory at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Monday night.
Sierra Club aims to halt road project
Las Vegas freeway plans challenged on pollution grounds
January 4, 2005
In a case with broad national implications, the Sierra Club wants to stop the widening of a freeway in fast-growing Las Vegas until the government proves the health of people living nearby won’t be harmed by the automobile exhaust.
Around the nation
January 4, 2005
¢ Town won’t stop ritual despite shooting death ¢ Visitors fingerprinted at border crossings ¢ Residents return home after chemical fire
Woodling: Jayhawks played with OU (for a half)
January 4, 2005
Pick your poison, Pete.
Lawrence groups join tsunami relief effort
January 4, 2005
Lawrence is stepping forward to provide thousands of dollars for relief efforts in south Asian countries devastated by last week’s tsunami.
Okie State replaces Miles with Gundy
Leading rusher Morency decides to turn pro after OSU coach leaves Stillwater for LSU
January 4, 2005
Oklahoma State promoted offensive coordinator Mike Gundy to head coach Monday, the same day former OSU coach Les Miles was hired at LSU.
Simien on his way, but not back yet
KU senior still likely won’t play against UK
January 4, 2005
Wayne Simien was happy Monday to shed the hard cast that extended from his left thumb all they way up his forearm.
Rundle rethinks roundabout proposed for 19th, Louisiana
Traffic Safety Commission never endorsed project
January 4, 2005
A proposed roundabout at 19th and Louisiana streets has Mayor Mike Rundle dizzy with confusion.
Get busy
January 4, 2005
Monday’s Kansas Supreme Court ruling made it clear that increased funding and improved distribution of funding to K-12 schools is the Kansas Legislature’s top priority this year.
Briefly
January 4, 2005
¢ Report: N. Korea sold arms to terror group ¢ Contacts re-established with European nations ¢ Mayor’s resignation sought after blaze ¢ Rebels call off deal to surrender
Briefly
January 4, 2005
¢ Police may charge dad for teen’s hotel bash ¢ Drug offender could return to prison ¢ Wichitan defends self in lawsuit against city ¢ Patrol seeks fuel deals
Briefly
January 4, 2005
¢ County narrows audit topics ¢ Schauner expected to seek re-election ¢ Winter robins abound
Briefly
January 4, 2005
Commission plans brief meeting KUMC cancer institute tapped for info service
History suggests hero won’t be a QB
January 4, 2005
Heisman Trophy winners never have opposed each other in a bowl game, a piece of history Oklahoma’s Jason White, the 2003 winner, and USC’s Matt Leinart, the 2004 winner, will rewrite tonight at the Orange Bowl.
Double Take: Teens should check facts before thinking about birth control
January 4, 2005
Dear Dr. Wes & Jenny: I’ve been wanting to start birth control, but I know that my parents won’t approve. I talked to my doctor about how I could get it without them knowing, but doing it without the insurance coverage is too expensive. Should I go ahead and try to convince them that it’s a good thing for me to go on birth control?
Auburn remains perfect
Third-ranked Tigers hold on for 16-13 Sugar Bowl victory
January 4, 2005
Auburn filled in a piece of its improbable championship puzzle by hanging on in the Sugar Bowl, though it hardly was a masterpiece.
Simpson juiced to attend tonight
January 4, 2005
O.J. Simpson plans to root like crazy at the Orange Bowl.
Private giving proves U.S. not ‘stingy’
January 4, 2005
To paraphrase Bill Clinton, it depends on your definition of charity.
Horoscopes
January 4, 2005
People
January 4, 2005
¢ Bullock has heart of gold ¢ Regis keeps ABC rockin’ ¢ Let the sales begin ¢ Scottish pipes
Ailing Henson returns
January 4, 2005
Lou Henson will return to coaching, but will be in a wheelchair when New Mexico State plays North Texas on Saturday.
House abandons attempt to change ethics rules
January 4, 2005
House Republicans suddenly reversed course Monday, deciding to retain a tough standard for lawmaker discipline and reinstate a rule that would force Majority Leader Tom DeLay to step aside if indicted by a Texas grand jury.
Galindo gaining confidence
January 4, 2005
Alex Galindo has faced some tough times since committing to play basketball at Kansas University in April of 2004.
K.C.-based tax services company expands services in Lawrence
H&R Block opens office along 23rd Street
January 4, 2005
The world’s largest tax services company is getting even bigger, with a new office in Lawrence.
Bombs, other attacks kill 20 in Iraq
Efforts intensify to stop election
January 4, 2005
At least 20 people were killed in Iraq on Monday by car bombers, roadside bombs, assault rifle fire and an explosive rigged to a headless body, as insurgents appeared to intensify efforts to derail nationwide elections set for Jan. 30.
Iraqis confront Allawi on live call-in show
January 4, 2005
Interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi simply smiled during the live television show when a man called to praise terrorist mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The Iraqi leader then moved on, offering to find information about a woman’s detained son and see why a student didn’t get into the graduate program of his choice.
Police staffing lags behind goal
January 4, 2005
When voters approved a sales tax increase more than two years ago, city officials promised to use the money to add 20 police officers a year to the Kansas City Police Department.
Bush pushing states on faith-based funding
January 4, 2005
President Bush has succeeded in opening the checkbooks of five federal departments to religious organizations. Now he’s setting his sights on money doled out by the states.
Chester ‘Chet’ A. Wilks Sr.
January 4, 2005
PBS doc invites viewers to watch their language
January 4, 2005
Canadian-born journalist Robert MacNeil takes us on a three-hour tour of American vernacular, deep-rooted local dialects and rapidly evolving subcultural slang on “Do You Speak American?” (7 p.m., PBS).
Defense drops ball again
Offense soars for third year, but team falls short of goals
January 4, 2005
The Kansas City Chiefs have proved once more that no matter how high any offense might soar, all is lost when the defense can’t stop anything.