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Lawrence woman charged in theft from retired couple
January 6, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 5:24 p.m.) Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline filed charges today against a Lawrence woman for allegedly stealing more than $115,914.02 from an elderly couple she was hired to assist.
Man gets 21 years for statutory rape of babysitter
January 6, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 3:00 p.m.) A judge today denied a request for a lighter sentence and ordered a Lawrence man to 21 years in prison Thursday for having sex with his children’s 13-year-old babysitter.
High school athletic events postponed
January 6, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 11:36 a.m.) Snow and ice have caused the postponement of two Lawrence high school athletic events this afternoon.
Deep freeze glazes city
Warmer weather in the 50s expected Sunday
January 6, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 11:29 a.m.) Round three of a winter storm — an arctic chill — sent temperatures plunging into the single digits this morning, as Lawrence continues to chip away at the ice and snow that glazed over the city since Tuesday.
Southeast Lawrence
January 6, 2005
The area of Lawrence south of 15th Street and east of Iowa Street is in transition. The Farmland fertilizer plant that sits at the eastern edge of the city closed a few years back — and while the future of the property remains in limbo, it’s clear that the plant and the land surrounding it constitute one of the next great frontiers in the city’s growth.
Northeast Lawrence
January 6, 2005
This is where Lawrence began. The area of the city north of 15th Street and east of Iowa Street is the oldest part of town — the place where much of the state’s “Bleeding Kansas” history was lived during the 1850s, where Kansas University has made its home for more than a century and where Massachusetts Street shopping makes for a downtown envied by communities across the nation.
Thelma Frost
January 6, 2005
Northwest Lawrence
January 6, 2005
The area of Lawrence north of 15th Street and west of Iowa is quickly becoming a major gateway into the city.
Let’s get real in 2005
January 6, 2005
I have one resolution for 2005: Let’s get real.
Elaborate sewing boxes are rare
January 6, 2005
Sewing used to be an important job for every woman. The 18th-century woman had to spin and weave to make cloth, then cut and stitch it into clothing, bed linens, towels and even rugs.
Imitation insincere on CBS’ ‘Perfect’
January 6, 2005
Neither bad press nor scandal nor prison walls can prevent Martha Stewart from inspiring tiresome television tributes, send-ups and parodies.
Horoscopes
January 6, 2005
Defense helps A&M scare KU
January 6, 2005
The assumptions ran rampant that Texas A&M’s 11-0 start was more a product of a patsy schedule than a talented squad.
Retail relic
Local feed and farm stores offer shopping experience of bygone era, but with updated products
January 6, 2005
In the 21st century, it’s becoming increasingly frightening to watch as towns all begin to look alike, with the same national chains and suburban sprawl bleeding into the countryside. It seems there’s a Starbucks on every corner and Wal-Marts cropping up in once-pristine pastures wherever you look.
Soldier-poet finds irony in dual callings
Writer returns home to release first book
January 6, 2005
As far as brooding writers go, Mickey Cesar fits the stereotype. The twiggy bard haunts the corners of darkened Lawrence coffeehouses, smoking cigarettes, nursing cups of joe and scrawling pensively in notebooks.
FSHS swimming at full strength
Firebirds will compete at LHS if weather permits
January 6, 2005
Free State High won the boys state swimming championship in 2004. The Firebirds will find out today how good they can be in 2005 — weather permitting.
Woodling: KU tames TAMU from line
January 6, 2005
Just win, baby. All season long, Kansas University’s men’s basketball team has been piddling — except for Wayne Simien, and he’s on the shelf — at the free-throw line.
Twenty-five Iraqis killed in car bomb attacks
Leader vows elections still on
January 6, 2005
A suicide attacker blew up an explosives-laden car Wednesday outside a police academy south of Baghdad, killing 20 people, and another car bomb left five Iraqi policemen dead. Despite the surge of violence aimed at derailing this month’s elections, Iraq’s interim leader again insisted the ballot would go ahead as planned.
Streaking BC stuns Connecticut
January 6, 2005
Boston College opened its conference season in typical bruising Big East style.
Notebook
January 6, 2005
Kansas freshman Sasha Kaun, who is slated for additional dental work today, dressed but did not play Wednesday. He has been suffering from an infection following a recent root-canal surgery.
Briefly
January 6, 2005
¢ Plan would stop drug sales to U.S. ¢ Losing candidate appeals election results ¢ Sharon warns of force in Gaza pullout ¢ Officials: Police foil plot to kill Americans ¢ Nuclear agency to visit suspect Iranian site
Storms warm, then chill grocery sales in Lawrence
January 6, 2005
Jim Lewis can thank Mother Nature for a 60 percent spike in his grocery business Tuesday. And a 60 percent drop Wednesday.
Kansas coach ‘proud’ of pal
January 6, 2005
Coaching against a best buddy didn’t prove too bizarre for Bill Self on Wednesday night.
Briefly
January 6, 2005
¢ President pushes for lawsuit limits ¢ Democrat seeks Bush re-election challenge ¢ California lawmaker gets appropriations post ¢ Atheist refiles ‘under God’ lawsuit ¢ Marine declared deserter again
Garden enthusiasts urged to join volunteer organization
January 6, 2005
Extension Master Gardeners come from all walks of life. They have a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. However, they all have two things in common: a passion for gardening and a desire to share their knowledge with others.
Amaryllis blooms again and again with proper care
January 6, 2005
‘Tis the season to call into question the way people grow amaryllis, one of this season’s holiday plants. OK, so you brought home your fat amaryllis bulb, or it arrived in the mail, some weeks ago. If that bulb was out of soil, it should have at least had some fleshy roots still attached. Without those roots, the flower bud seated deep within the bulb will either never appear or else make a poor showing.
Kathie Lee Gifford charts a new course
Former ‘Live’ co-host turns from television to three musical theater projects, first novel
January 6, 2005
In the bowels of a small theater in a seedy section of town, Kathie Lee Gifford is being a little naughty. “So I’m having a little vino,” she says sweetly. “So sue me.”
Ringtones perking up recording industry’s bottom line
January 6, 2005
When Itai Adi’s friend Maria is calling, his cell phone lets him know by playing the Black Eyed Peas’ “Let’s Get It Started.”
Stop, look, listen
City officials need to stop and listen to the many valid objections to the spread of traffic circles and roundabouts in Lawrence.
January 6, 2005
Finally, someone in city government is willing to slow down and reconsider city transportation officials’ love affair with the roundabout.
Closed court doesn’t inspire confidence
January 6, 2005
I can only imagine what William Rehnquist thinks of all this. When he first became chief justice, a reporter asked about updates on the health of the justices. He shot back: “You people can be like a bunch of vultures.”
Einstein unleashed new era for science
January 6, 2005
One hundred years ago, a minor Swiss civil servant, having traveled home in a streetcar from his job in the Bern patent office, wondered: What would the city’s clock tower look like if observed from a streetcar racing away from the tower at the speed of light? The clock, he decided, would appear stopped because light could not catch up to the streetcar, but his own watch would tick normally.
Suitable Santa
January 6, 2005
Scientific force
January 6, 2005
Lawrence lands national cycling competition
May event expected to boost city’s business with about 3,600 attendees
January 6, 2005
Turns out Lawrence is a hot sports town, even when Kansas University’s not on the football field or James Naismith Court at Allen Fieldhouse.
Niners fire coach, general manager
Erickson, Donahue dismissed following 2-14 season
January 6, 2005
Coach Dennis Erickson and general manager Terry Donahue presided over some of the darkest days in the proud history of the San Francisco 49ers, who lost games, good players and incalculable respect in recent years.
Commentary: Gagging Sooners fooled us again
Chokelahoma … where the wind comes sweepin’ through our brains
January 6, 2005
Fooled again. Chokelahoma fooled us again. Fooled once, shame on us. Fooled twice, shame on the Bowl Championship Series.
O’Neal powers Heat past Knicks
January 6, 2005
To formulate his game plan, Miami coach Stan Van Gundy watched hours of tape, studied the New York Knicks’ tendencies and reviewed scouting reports.
Hot-shooting ISU routs Kansas State
January 6, 2005
With a snowstorm raging outside and a smaller-than-usual crowd inside, Anne O’Neil and her teammates had to create their own excitement against No. 20 Kansas State.
Capsule: Free State girls at Shawnee Mission South
January 6, 2005
The Firebirds (2-3) will try to snap a two-game skid when they open the second semester at 7 tonight at SM South.
Our town sports
January 6, 2005
USC loaded for run at third straight title
January 6, 2005
No team ever has won three straight Associated Press national titles. Few teams ever have been better equipped to do so than Southern California.
Longhorns hold off pesky Jayhawks
Schreiber finds form as Texas opens defense of Big 12 crown with victory
January 6, 2005
Heather Schreiber found her shooting touch for No. 7 Texas. Schreiber snapped out of a scoring slump with 18 points, and two-time defending Big 12 Conference champion Texas opened league play with a 66-51 women’s basketball victory over Kansas University on Wednesday night.
Galindo puts A&M on ice
Freshman’s big three lifts KU
January 6, 2005
Alex Galindo is getting good at hitting game-breaking shots. Galindo, Kansas University’s fearless freshman bomber who hit a three in overtime Saturday to slice a four-point deficit to one in KU’s overtime victory over Georgia Tech, hit a bona fide game-winner Wednesday night.
Airline shares drop on Delta’s move to cut ticket prices
Markdown expected to help business travelers
January 6, 2005
Delta Air Lines’ plan to cut its most expensive fares and ax a Saturday-night stay-over rule for cheaper tickets could be a boon to business travelers. But some rivals balked at the idea and analysts warned the move could reduce the already struggling industry’s revenues as much as $3 billion a year if every carrier followed suit.
Commodities
January 6, 2005
Briefcase
January 6, 2005
¢ Boeing deliveries hit estimate for 2004 ¢ American Eagle boosts guidance on sales hike ¢ Kmart cuts inventory total from December
Challenge filed on Topeka ban of discrimination against gays
City ordinance could be headed for a vote
January 6, 2005
Less than two months after the Topeka City Council approved an ordinance banning discrimination against homosexuals in city hiring, opponents have collected enough signatures to force the city to either rescind the ordinance or put it to a citywide vote.
Police seek necklace from BTK killing
Item may have been taken from victim, then given as a gift
January 6, 2005
The BTK serial killer may have taken a necklace from one of his victims in 1977 and given it to a woman he was dating at the time, authorities said Wednesday as they appealed to the public for help in finding the jewelry.
Trains running slowly after sinkhole found near track in Hutchinson
Lack of alternate route has officials using rails with caution
January 6, 2005
Trains are still running through Hutchinson, but very slowly, as officials evaluate a sinkhole discovered just south of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. track.
Law professor gives high grades to court ruling
January 6, 2005
Kansas University law professor Richard Levy gives the recent Kansas Supreme Court opinion on school funding good grades for style and substance.
School board race gains another candidate
January 6, 2005
A candidate for the Lawrence school board filed paperwork at the Douglas County Clerk’s Office on Wednesday.
Sappington services
January 6, 2005
Leona B. Schmidt
January 6, 2005
Helen Lucille Dixon
January 6, 2005
People
January 6, 2005
¢ Magazine: Bush called Britain’s most powerful man ¢ Dick Clark gives Regis thumbs-up for New Year’s ¢ Wedding bells I ¢ Wedding bells II ¢ Lifetime achievers ¢ Scorsese, DiCaprio honored ¢ Stern pulled off air for satellite radio plug
Power still out as mercury drops
City’s trees suffer massive loss of limbs
January 6, 2005
Trees took a beating this week when an ice storm moved through Lawrence, and now it’s cleanup time. The storm gave local tree service businesses all the customers they could handle.
Area schools remain closed for second day
January 6, 2005
An ice storm that began Tuesday night continued pelting the city Wednesday, causing power lines to fall steadily throughout the day and forcing cancellation of classes today in Lawrence and area school districts.
KU graduate’s girlfriend among missing
January 6, 2005
The girlfriend of a recent Kansas University graduate is among the thousands of tourists missing in tsunami-ravaged Thailand.
World leaders gather for donor conference
January 6, 2005
World leaders opened an emergency summit with a moment of silence for the tens of thousands of tsunami victims today, a day after a new round of competing donations saw pledges move well past $3 billion.
Answers sought behind King Tut’s death
January 6, 2005
A team of researchers briefly removed King Tut’s mummy from its tomb Wednesday and laid bare his bones for a CT scan that could solve an enduring mystery: Was it murder or natural causes that killed Egypt’s boy pharaoh 3,000 years ago?
Bridge replacement may lead to other road improvements
January 6, 2005
A 56-year-old bridge on County Road 1055 near the Cedar Hill Gun Club, 918 E. 1650 Road, will be replaced in 2006.
Compassion
January 6, 2005
Daily ticker
January 6, 2005
Army Reserve in ‘grave danger,’ lt. general warns
January 6, 2005
The head of the Army Reserve has sent a sharply worded memo to other military leaders expressing “deepening concern” about the continued readiness of his troops, who have been used heavily in Iraq and Afghanistan, and warning that his branch of 200,000 soldiers “is rapidly degenerating into a ‘broken’ force.”
Southwest Lawrence
January 6, 2005
The area of Lawrence south of 15th Street and west of Iowa Street is one of the fastest growing areas of town — and the location, on the west, of some of the newest residences in the city.
City briefs
January 6, 2005
¢ Fire crews called to Pet World store ¢ KU geophysicist to give tsunami lecture ¢ Commissioner delays candidacy announcement ¢ County commission conducts little business
Lawmakers urged to look past politics
Supreme Court wants education to be core of school funding solution
January 6, 2005
The first day of legislative sessions is usually reserved for ceremonies and rituals. But Monday, when 165 legislators raise their right hands and swear to uphold the Kansas Constitution, it will take on added significance.
Campanile’s toll eerily absent on KU’s campus
Winter storm may have caused malfunction
January 6, 2005
Cold, wet weather has taken its toll on the KU campanile’s tolling.
KU students who died while enrolled may receive memorial
Preliminary plans for plaza near Fraser Hall lawn under way
January 6, 2005
If Kansas University ever builds a memorial to students who died during their college years — as has been discussed occasionally through the years — 2004 will provide a long list of names.
Today’s closings
January 6, 2005
The following are cancellations, postponements or delays brought upon by today’s weather conditions. We will continue to update these throughout the day.
A.G. candidate faces detainee questions
January 6, 2005
Attorney general nominee Alberto Gonzales is promising senators that he will abide by treaties prohibiting the torture of prisoners, despite deriding the restraints as relics in 2002.
Neighborhood leader set to enter commission race
January 6, 2005
A neighborhood leader who wants to have a serious discussion about the community’s growth is set to become a candidate for the Lawrence City Commission.
On the record
January 6, 2005