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Three school districts cancel classes again
January 12, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 10:08 a.m.) Freezing rain and drizzle on Wednesday led to three area school districts canceling classes again for today.
Sebelius tells lawmakers to get to work on school finance
January 12, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 12:22 p.m.) Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Wednesday lawmakers need to “roll up their sleeves and get to work” on school funding.
Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights pushed for Kansas
January 12, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 11:51 a.m.) TOPEKA — One of the nation’s leading proponents of Colorado’s so-called Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights today pushed for a similar proposal for Kansas.
Weather continues to spur cancellations
January 12, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 9:03 p.m.) Freezing drizzle fell on the Lawrence area for the second night in a row Tuesday, making some roads and streets slick and forcing some area school districts to cancel classes today.
6Sports video: LHS continues winning ways
January 12, 2005
LHS started 2005 with a victory Friday at third-ranked Leavenworth, then proved that was no fluke Tuesday when it handed Shawnee Mission Northwest its first loss of the season, 60-43 at LHS. The Lion girls lost, 59-46.
6Sports video: Kellerman works to maintain record
January 12, 2005
Wednesday night, Lawrence High wrestler Nolan Kellerman will try to stay perfect. So far this season, the junior is 21-0 and an odds-on favorite to take home the state title in the 160-pound weight class.
6Sports video: Home opener good for Free State boys
January 12, 2005
Brady Morningstar scored 24 points, leading the Free State boys basketball squad to a 54-51 victory over Olathe East in the Firebirds’ home opener. The FSHS girls lost, 64-61.
Briefly
January 12, 2005
¢ Dean campaigning to be chairman of DNC ¢ Elephant’s art for sale on eBay for tsunami aid ¢ Civil rights pioneer dies of colon cancer ¢ Abu Ghraib inmate testifies against soldier ¢ Jury awards $1.2M to former inmates ¢ SEAL defends comrade in abuse allegation
Briefly
January 12, 2005
¢ British Guantanamo detainees to be let go ¢ Congressman sees hope for talks with N. Korea ¢ Report: $147M seized from terrorists ¢ Kidnappings plague island nation
Survey: Experts say ‘devastating attack’ will strike Internet
January 12, 2005
Don’t say we didn’t warn you: At some point in the next decade, there will be a “devastating attack” on the Internet or power grid.
People
January 12, 2005
¢ SAG Awards nominees announced ¢ A simple rejection ¢ The Blackwell honors ¢ O’Reilly will attend tsunami relief telethon
Medical research a slippery target
January 12, 2005
I kind of miss seeing Dorothy Hamill glide across the surface of those Vioxx commercials on her silver blades. The Gold Medal winner reminded me of the old joke about the man who asks his surgeon if he’ll be able to play the piano after the operation. When the doctor says yes, the man says, “that’s funny, I couldn’t play it before.”
Jets get rematch with Steelers
Pitt tells New York: Be careful what you wish for
January 12, 2005
The New York Jets didn’t sound like losers last month when they left Pittsburgh with a 17-6 loss, openly wishing for a postseason rematch and another chance to beat the team with the NFL’s best record.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
January 12, 2005
Highlights of Tuesday’s activities at the Kansas Legislature
Local briefs
January 12, 2005
¢ Former KU standout a Kansan of the Year ¢ Students to participate in Right to Life March ¢ ‘River City Weekly’ features author, quilter
Briefcase
January 12, 2005
¢ Apple Computer thinks big by going smaller ¢ CD Tradepost adds Lawrence location ¢ Unions to merge ¢ Nortel Networks revamps financials
Former prosecutor selected to lead homeland security
January 12, 2005
President Bush nominated federal judge Michael Chertoff as the new homeland security chief Tuesday, completing the second-term Cabinet with a former prosecutor who recently called for a new look at the tough terrorist detainee laws that he helped craft after the 9-11 attacks.
Deferred expense
The Kansas Board of Regents needs to formulate and push a proposal to obtain vital maintenance funds for university buildings.
January 12, 2005
Last June, Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway stood in front of the Kansas Board of Regents with a piece of corroded pipe in his hand.
Reporting for duty
Two cable networks devoted to the military start within one week of each other
January 12, 2005
Ten-hut! When the Military Channel reported for duty Monday at 2000 hours, it became a boon for armchair generals and fans of corporate warfare, too.
Striping approved for Sixth Street
January 12, 2005
The portion of Sixth Street leading into downtown Lawrence should become safer for motorists under a plan approved by City Commissioners on Tuesday.
Proper methods help keep soups cooled
January 12, 2005
I love to fix a big pot of soup during these cold winter months, but I have a hard time cooling the leftovers down to refrigerate. Any ideas?
Area roundup: Baldwin girls win in 2OT
January 12, 2005
It took two extra sessions before Baldwin High’s girls basketball team came out ahead of Osawatomie, 66-64, Tuesday night.
U.N. pushes for nations to deliver tsunami relief
January 12, 2005
The record generosity toward tsunami victims, now at more than $4 billion pledged, should set the standard for caring for the world’s most desperate people, the U.N. humanitarian chief said Tuesday. But aid group Oxfam said it feared the money might simply be rerouted from existing funds for Africa.
EU, U.S. seek to settle aviation subsidy spat
Both nations agree to temporarily halt public funding for Boeing, Airbus during negotiations
January 12, 2005
Highlighting a more conciliatory mood since President Bush was re-elected, the United States and the European Union agreed Tuesday to try to amicably settle a decades-old trade dispute over billions of dollars in subsidies to aircraft makers Airbus and Boeing.
Wave Lucille Shaver
January 12, 2005
Iraqi vote dangerous, essential
January 12, 2005
As I see it, Iraqis have three choices this year.
Death toll in mudslide climbs to 6
A dozen still missing in California
January 12, 2005
Rescuers with listening devices sensitive enough to pick up a whimper or faint tapping searched Tuesday for victims feared buried in a mudslide that sent trees and dirt thundering onto this seaside hamlet, killing at least six people.
Horoscopes
January 12, 2005
Gooden sparks Cavs in overtime
January 12, 2005
Drew Gooden made sure the Cleveland Cavaliers weren’t looking ahead.
Homeless services
January 12, 2005
In the dark
January 12, 2005
Bush bashing
January 12, 2005
Rice on Russia
January 12, 2005
7,200 still without power after storm
January 12, 2005
The number of Westar Energy Inc. customers across Kansas without electricity following last week’s ice storm dropped to about 7,200 Tuesday evening, the utility said.
Capitol Briefing
News from the Kansas Statehouse
January 12, 2005
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius unveiled a $4.841 billion budget for fiscal year that starts July 1. One of the biggest winners in the proposal is higher education, which would receive a $42.2 million increase. Sebelius included no increase for the classroom, saying that it was the Legislature’s turn to come up with a school funding plan.
Canada confirms new case of mad cow
January 12, 2005
Canadian authorities confirmed another case of mad cow disease in the western province of Alberta on Tuesday — the second animal found to have the deadly brain-wasting disease in Canada since U.S. officials announced last month they would resume the cross-border cattle trade in March.
Commodities
January 12, 2005
FTC takes action against X-rated spam
Injunction granted to halt illegal e-mails
January 12, 2005
Claiming a victory against X-rated spam, the Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday it had won an order to shut down illegal Internet advertising for six companies accused of profiting from sexually explicit e-mail.
Bold space missions planned this week
January 12, 2005
Scientists are reaching out this month to touch two heavenly bodies that have never before been visited by spaceships from Earth: the core of a passing comet and a moon orbiting a distant planet.
Bravo ‘Queer Eye’ franchise takes a wrong turn
January 12, 2005
Proof of cloning’s dark side can be found on “Queer Eye for the Straight Girl” (9 p.m., Bravo). As the title implies, this new “Queer” offers life-changing makeover advice to women. Unfortunately, this charmless product extension also foists a whole new Fab Five on unsuspecting viewers. The results are not pretty.
Jefferson, Nets’ top scorer, sidelined for rest of season
January 12, 2005
New Jersey Nets leading scorer Richard Jefferson will miss the rest of the regular season because of a wrist injury that he claims resulted from a dirty play by Detroit guard Chauncey Billups.
Edwards apologizes for losing his cool
January 12, 2005
Herman Edwards’ mother saw this side of him many times before. Now the entire country has seen it, too.
Harrison fires back
January 12, 2005
Mike Vanderjagt’s mouth still is causing trouble, even though he’s criticizing his opponents and not his coach and quarterback.
Wecker, K-State rout Mizzou
January 12, 2005
No. 23 Kansas State opened the game with an 11-0 run, and got 25 points from Kendra Wecker in an 87-44 victory Tuesday night over Missouri.
Sutton ties Iba as OSU rolls
January 12, 2005
With a look up and a simple gesture, Eddie Sutton took time to say “thanks” to the man who helped inspire his winning ways.
KU recruit backs out
January 12, 2005
One of Kansas University’s football commitments has changed his mind — again.
Perkins offers change for Williams Fund mail
January 12, 2005
The money that poured into the Kansas University athletic department in the wake of the newly developed priority points system at Allen Fieldhouse caused KUAC employees a headache or two in 2004.
Robinson to coach Syracuse football
Former Chiefs defensive coordinator hired by Orange
January 12, 2005
Texas co-defensive coordinator Greg Robinson was hired Tuesday as coach at Syracuse, his first head-coaching job in a 30-year career.
Beltran, Johnson meet New York media
January 12, 2005
Carlos Beltran and Randy Johnson played in an offseason doubleheader Tuesday, a Cirque de Subway for two crosstown rivals hoping they might meet up again in October.
Self confirms Stewart’s arrival to KU
January 12, 2005
Rodrick Stewart will sit for nearly a year, but the transfer will give the Kansas University men’s basketball squad a strong contributor at practice, a versatile athlete and an extra body for the short-handed Jayhawks to push around.
Injury situation not so bleak
Ailing Jayhawks could play tonight at Iowa State
January 12, 2005
Kansas University’s men’s basketball injury report didn’t seem as ominous Tuesday as the icy weather forecast.
Notebook
January 12, 2005
KU leads the all-time series, 157-57. The Jayhawks won the last meeting, 90-89, in overtime, Feb. 21 in Allen Fieldhouse.
Giddens trying to avoid NBA distraction
January 12, 2005
Between 10 and 20 pro scouts normally show up for marquee Kansas University men’s basketball games. They’re not on hand to check out the seniors — those are guys they can poke and prod during individual workouts before the NBA draft.
Solid ISU awaits Jayhawks
Depth still a concern for KU women’s squad
January 12, 2005
Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson could fret about having to face another tough Big 12 Conference team after losing to Texas and Kansas State, but she’s not.
Lions alive in 2005
LHS claims yet another quality win
January 12, 2005
Lawrence High’s boys basketball team went into winter break with a modest 3-2 record, but the Lions have looked liked a new team in the new year.
Lions finish fourth
January 12, 2005
Lawrence High’s boys swimming and diving team finished last Tuesday at the Shawnee Mission South quad, but LHS coach Ryan Adams was happy his team showed improvement.
Local games rescheduled
January 12, 2005
Seabury Academy’s boys and girls basketball games Tuesday at McLouth, postponed because of the weather, will be played Feb. 2 at McLouth.
Eagle Heights topples Veritas
January 12, 2005
Veritas Christian Academy’s boys basketball team suffered its second setback Tuesday night, 80-67, after being outscored 49-37 in the second half against Eagle Heights.
WMD search finished in Iraq
Results didn’t match prewar claims by U.S.
January 12, 2005
The hunt for biological, chemical and nuclear weapons in Iraq has come to an end nearly two years after President Bush ordered U.S. troops to disarm Saddam Hussein. The top CIA weapons hunter is home, and analysts are back at Langley, Va.
Eating red meat linked to increased colon cancer risk
January 12, 2005
High consumption of red meat and processed meat appears to increase the risk of developing colon cancer, according to the largest prospective study to date on the issue.
Illegal search claimed in BTK hunt
January 12, 2005
A man whose arrest on minor charges sparked speculation of a possible link to the BTK serial killings claims his home was illegally searched by police.
Sharon, Abbas reopen dialogue
January 12, 2005
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon called Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday to congratulate him for his landslide victory in an election to replace Yasser Arafat, signaling Israel’s readiness to work with the new Palestinian team after years of boycotting Arafat.
National blog mentions Drop-In Center
Commentator praises shelter director, encourages readers to donate
January 12, 2005
A nationally known liberal commentator asked his readers Tuesday to send money to Lawrence Open Shelter.
Sculptor hopes to carve out memorial for basketball heroes
January 12, 2005
After six years planning and dreaming, more than a year of sculpting and hours of conversations, Elden Tefft and Merlyn Brown say now is the time to move forward with their plans for a park honoring James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, and other roundball greats.
Public weighs in on science standards
Creationism supporters say teaching only evolution is censorship
January 12, 2005
Supporters of creationism being taught in public schools appeared before the Kansas State Board of Education on Tuesday and said it was censorship for their beliefs to not be taught.
First-hand experiences highlighted in MLK celebration
January 12, 2005
William Dulin and his brother had to sit in the bus in the 1950s while their Lecompton High School basketball or football teammates would eat in northeast Kansas restaurants.
Daily ticker
January 12, 2005
Building activity sags
2004 valuation lowest in decade, but late surge builds hope for 2005
January 12, 2005
Lawrence issued permits for $117.7 million in construction, renovation, remodeling and related work last year, the city’s lowest total in a decade.
Sunflower to launch on-demand TV services
January 12, 2005
Sunflower Broadband an-nounced Tuesday it would launch Sunflower on Demand television service next month in Lawrence, Eudora, Tonganoxie, Basehor and the Piper area of Kansas City, Kan., allowing digital subscribers to watch selected programs from several networks whenever they want, as often as they want.
Journal-World garners ‘Best in Show’
January 12, 2005
The Journal-World won several awards, including one for Best in Show, from the Newspaper Association of America’s Advertising, Circulation and Marketing Excellence Awards program.
Thinking outside the grid
Unusual toppings and batters make waffles a perfect meal later in the day, too
January 12, 2005
Breakfast doesn’t always come in the morning at the Lawrence home of Greg Naron, Marilyn Pollack Naron and their daughter, Josie.
On the record
January 12, 2005
Events scheduled for five-day MLK celebration
January 12, 2005
The 20th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration will be Thursday through Monday in Lawrence.
Area prepares for freezing weather
January 12, 2005
Freezing drizzle fell on the Lawrence area for the second night in a row Tuesday, making some roads and streets slick and forcing at least three area school district to cancel classes today.
Hallenbeck services
January 12, 2005
Mathia services
January 12, 2005
Area briefs
January 12, 2005
¢ KU graduate named president of FCA ¢ Swim coach charged in Internet sex sting
Iraqi’s prime minister says some areas may not be safe enough for voting
January 12, 2005
Prime Minister Ayad Allawi publicly acknowledged for the first time Tuesday that parts of Iraq probably wouldn’t be safe enough for people to vote in the Jan. 30 elections, and he announced plans to boost the size of the country’s army from 100,000 to 150,000 men by year’s end.
Icy, slick and foggy conditions expected today
January 12, 2005
Slick pavement and dense fog was making travel — both driving and walking — slow-going this morning. Freezing drizzle, freezing rain and foggy conditions were expected through mid morning, says Tim Reith, 6News meteorologist.
Wallpaper becomes more versatile
January 12, 2005
Not that wallpaper was ever gone from the decorating arsenal of homeowners, but wallcoverings seem to be enjoying a resurgence of sorts. Decorators inured to paint have more reasons than ever to ask: Why not wallpaper?
Homeless forum draws input from community
ID badges, police presence among issues of concern
January 12, 2005
Leaders of churches from across the city agreed Tuesday to begin meeting on a monthly basis to discuss how churches can play a larger role in providing help to the homeless.
Budget favors higher education
Sebelius plan has nothing new for public schools
January 12, 2005
Higher education funding on Tuesday moved to the front of the class under Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ proposed budget, but public schools got left behind.
Federal audit checks SRS on Medicaid payments
If claims ruled improper, state may lose up to $40 million
January 12, 2005
A budget timebomb is ticking in the state welfare agency, and no one is sure when it will go off.
Teacher suspended as dues probe continues
January 12, 2005
Lawrence school officials on Tuesday suspended Wayne Kruse, a sixth-grade teacher who was president of the teachers’ union when $97,000 in union dues went missing.
Discount drug card offered to uninsured
January 12, 2005
Eleven leading pharmaceutical companies launched a new drug card program Tuesday that will offer discounts on prescription drug purchases for 36 million uninsured Americans.
Sebelius: If lawmakers want same-sex ban, they should move fast
January 12, 2005
While she still questioned amending the Kansas Constitution to ban gay marriage, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday that legislators should move quickly if they want to consider the idea.
Sebelius budget proposal contains little for public schools
January 12, 2005
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius proposed a state budget Tuesday that includes almost no new money for public schools, following through on her promise to stand back and let the Legislature address a mandate from the Kansas Supreme Court to improve education funding.
KU students’ plays selected for regional theater festival
January 12, 2005
When Elizabeth Dean’s close friend first told her about his father dying and the resulting awkward relationship with his mother, she listened sympathetically. But it wasn’t until last spring that Dean put the story to paper.
Deep onion flavor essential to soup
January 12, 2005
I stumbled across half an unsliced loaf of dried-out sourdough in my kitchen the other day, and my first thought was of baked onion soup. When I was in college in California oh-so-many years ago, stale sourdough bread submerged in onion soup became one of my subsistence foods.
Poor-shooting Firebirds hold off Hawks
January 12, 2005
Free State High senior Sam Buhler said he knew boys basketball coach Jack Schreiner was going to yell at his squad no matter the outcome in the Firebirds’ home opener Tuesday against Olathe East.
Can Colts claim crown?
MVP Manning seeks first Super Bowl
January 12, 2005
Peyton Manning knows his NFL history. He sees his name among the great quarterbacks who have won league MVP honors: Joe Montana, John Unitas, John Elway, Steve Young, Terry Bradshaw.
Garden City zoo’s elephant exhibit draws criticism
Animal-rights group ranks habitat fifth-worst in U.S.
January 12, 2005
A second animal-rights group is criticizing the Lee Richardson Zoo because of the habitat it provides for its elephants.
Silence costly in AIDS battle
January 12, 2005
Makgatho Mandela died last week of illnesses related to AIDS.
Weather woes
January 12, 2005