Archive for Saturday, January 15, 2005

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Tough responsibility
The discovery of money missing from the local teachers union is being pursued in a responsible and professional manner
January 15, 2005
The new president of the Lawrence teachers union found himself in a tough spot last year when he discovered about $97,000 missing from the organization.
Not so quick to ‘fix’
Waiting for a possible U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the state’s death penalty law is a good reason not to rush corrective action through the Legislature
January 15, 2005
There’s a solid rationale for delaying legislative action to “fix” the state’s death penalty law. The assumption after the Kansas Supreme Court declared the 1994 law unconstitutional last month was that the Kansas Legislature would act quickly to correct the provision that spurred the court’s decision.
Progressive’ move
January 15, 2005
Money, power
January 15, 2005
Old Home Depot fixes trademark woe
Lawrence firm opts to change name, not fight suit
January 15, 2005
Mark Lehmann’s remodeling business won’t be confused with The Home Depot anymore. His business, formerly known as Old Home Depot, is operating under a new name: Old Home Store.
State adjutant general surveys tech offerings
Lawrence firms tout products
January 15, 2005
Donna Johnson knows that sensors and other technologies developed at her company, Lawrence-based Pinnacle Technology Inc., could help bolster homeland security. Now she knows whom to talk to.
Healthy appetites feed need for change in food industry
Manufacturers step up to plate by offering low-fat products, new labels
January 15, 2005
Like many Americans at this time of year, the food industry has been talking a lot about healthy eating, improved nutrition and making better choices. Trans fats are out, whole grains are in and so are reminders about balanced lifestyles.
Boeing to ground 717 jet production
January 15, 2005
Boeing Co. will end production of the 717 jet, its smallest passenger plane, next year, and plans to charge $615 million against earnings before taxes related to that and the loss of a $23 billion deal to supply refueling tankers to the U.S. Air Force.
Bush group collects $25.5 million
January 15, 2005
The team raising money for next week’s festivities marking President Bush’s inauguration has taken in $25.5 million, mostly in donations from corporations, it reported Friday.
Judge denies suit to prevent inaugural prayer
January 15, 2005
An atheist who tried to remove “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance lost a bid Friday to bar the saying of a Christian prayer at President Bush’s inauguration.
Gift horse
Douglas County stallion provides horsepower for Christian charity
January 15, 2005
If good Christians can be said to walk the walk, then it’s fair to say that Toby — the head of an unusual Christian ministry — trots the trot. Toby is a 10-year-old, sorrel-and-white paint stallion, owned by Jim and Sharon Borgeson, of rural Douglas County.
Faith forum
January 15, 2005
Why do many faiths uphold the value of selflessness?
Migrants’ faith guides journey into U.S.
January 15, 2005
Along a northbound dirt road, a young couple clad in jeans and T-shirts jumps out of an idling van and walks toward the path’s edge, making for a white concrete box with an ornate, wrought-iron cross perched on top.
Muslim congregation attempts to rebuild mosque after fire
January 15, 2005
It’s about 20 minutes into a Friday afternoon prayer service and Rasul Seifullah, the leader of Springfield’s small community of Sunni Muslims, is putting some passion in his sermon.
Social Security employee pleads not guilty
January 15, 2005
A Social Security Administration employee indicted for manipulating records to help two relatives pleaded not guilty Friday as her family looked on.
Kansan convicted in shooting spree
January 15, 2005
A Kansas man convicted of killing five people in a spree that began as retaliation for a crime committed against his mother has been sentenced to five consecutive life terms in prison.
Dist. Atty. says media ‘stalking’ BTK investigators
Comments come after editorial questions police handling of case
January 15, 2005
Angered by a newspaper editorial critical of police handling of the BTK serial killing case, the city’s top prosecutor accused the media Friday of “stalking” investigators in the case.
Judge halts lawsuit against KU
Ex-alumni association leader told to settle dispute in arbitration
January 15, 2005
A judge ruled Friday that ousted Kansas University Alumni Association director Fred Williams must settle a dispute with his former employer behind closed doors with an arbitrator, not in court.
Hutchinson sinkhole still a mystery
Trains slow to ‘walking speed’ as information gathered on cavern
January 15, 2005
Officials have come up empty in their quest to determine the size of a sinkhole near railroad tracks in southeast Hutchinson.
Head of the class
Free State instructor honored as Lawrence Master Teacher
January 15, 2005
Keri Austin-Janousek “has never met a student whom she didn’t feel she could reach if she tried long and hard enough,” said Carolyn Derusseau, a former teacher at West Junior High. “She works untold hours creating exciting and challenging ways for kids to learn.”
Scouting news
January 15, 2005
Club news
January 15, 2005
4-H and FCE News
January 15, 2005
Got cabin fever?
Tips to keep children busy during winter
January 15, 2005
Children love snow days. But ice days — when you’re home from school, but it’s too slippery, yucky and treacherous to go outside — aren’t so fun. If there’s a power outage or downed cable lines, you might be facing some serious cabin fever.
People and places
January 15, 2005
U.S. tsunami warning system should be in place by 2007
January 15, 2005
Spurred by last month’s tsunami disaster, U.S. officials announced Friday they’ll deploy a tsunami warning system that will help protect virtually every coastal resident of the United States, including those who live near the Atlantic Ocean.
Probe lands on icy Saturn moon
January 15, 2005
A European space probe Friday sent back the first detailed pictures of the frozen surface of Saturn’s moon Titan, showing stunning black-and-white images of what appeared to be hilly terrain riddled with channels or riverbeds carved by a liquid.
On the record
January 15, 2005
15 Iraqi guardsmen feared kidnapped from military bus
January 15, 2005
Insurgents rocketed an Iraqi military bus Friday west of the capital and 15 Iraqi soldiers were missing and feared kidnapped, as insurgent violence and intimidation escalated ahead of this month’s crucial national election.
Israel cuts contact with Abbas
January 15, 2005
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon cut all contact with Mahmoud Abbas on Friday until the newly elected Palestinian leader moves to halt militant attacks — dampening hopes the two sides would quickly return to the negotiating table after four years of conflict.
Show of respect
January 15, 2005
Mexican police raid prison
January 15, 2005
More than 750 police and soldiers, backed by tanks, Friday raided a maximum-security prison 30 miles outside Mexico City to crack down on drug gangs that had all but taken control of the facility.
Mary Howell Phillips, Lawrence
January 15, 2005
Avalanche near resort traps skiers
January 15, 2005
An avalanche outside a Utah ski resort on Friday trapped at least three people beneath as much as 30 feet of snow, authorities said.
Briefly - Nation
January 15, 2005
¢ Family of four found slain inside home ¢ Shootings suspect competent, expert says ¢ Sheriff’s deputy fired for wife’s nude poses ¢ Report finds support for FBI complainant ¢ Bank robbery leader gets death sentence ¢ Charleston again named best-mannered city ¢ Japanese baby receives six-organ transplant ¢ Career-advice speaker touts stripping to teens ¢ Ex-professor’s lawyers protest delayed charges
Inexperience in playoffs no problem, Falcons say
Atlanta to meet Rams tonight
January 15, 2005
With nearly four decades on the books, the Atlanta Falcons are seriously lacking when it comes to a playoff pedigree.
Pressure on Pittsburgh in Jets rematch
Steelers enter game with 15-1 record, unlikely unbeaten QB
January 15, 2005
The Pittsburgh Steelers never have had a season like this, even during the days of Franco and Mean Joe. A 15-1 record. A 14-game winning streak. A quarterback who still hasn’t lost an NFL game.
Even without Owens, Eagles have weapons
January 15, 2005
Terrell Owens is on crutches and probably finished until next season. Randy Moss is limping from a sprained right ankle that has cost him practice time, but is expected to be on the field Sunday when his Minnesota Vikings play the Eagles in a second-round playoff game.
Leinart to return for senior season
Southern California quarterback won’t enter NFL draft
January 15, 2005
Matt Leinart passed on the NFL for a chance to make history at Southern California. The Heisman Trophy winner will return to USC for his senior season and try to lead the Trojans to an unprecedented third straight national championship.
Lawrence Datebook
January 15, 2005
Joseph M. Melton, Raytown, Mo.
January 15, 2005
Homer C. Lewis Sr., Lawrence
January 15, 2005
Roberta Lee Miller, Tonganoxie
January 15, 2005
Loyd E. Kemberling, Lawrence
January 15, 2005
Michael Lee Wallace, Winchester
January 15, 2005
Steina J. Standerfer Bessette, Topeka
January 15, 2005
Hula Bowl to have Kansas flavor
January 15, 2005
If anyone should be pumped about boarding a plane and heading to Hawaii for next week’s Hula Bowl, it has to be Brandon Rideau. Senior football games like the this one are a chance for aspiring professionals to strut their stuff in front of dozens of NFL scouts.
FSHS rips top-ranked O-South
January 15, 2005
It’s time for John McFall to buy a new outfit. “I’ve always had a lucky shirt,” said McFall, who has gone 221-64 in his 13 seasons as head boys basketball coach at Olathe South. “If we lose two in a row, I change it. I haven’t had to have a very big wardrobe.”
LHS boys, girls sweep pair with O-Northwest
January 15, 2005
Apparently, no one inside Olathe Northwest’s gymnasium was safe from Lawrence High’s stifling defensive pressure Friday night. Not even an elementary-school-aged boy, who was watching the game as part of an open house event for future Ravens.
Lee thrives outside limelight
Senior happy to contribute off bench for Jayhawks
January 15, 2005
Reporters huddled two rows deep around Kansas University standout Wayne Simien late Wednesday night in a Hilton Coliseum hallway in Ames, Iowa. Taking a peek at the proceedings, a stocking cap pulled just above his eyes, Jayhawk senior Michael Lee tried to march unnoticed to the team bus.
Haskell women win, 69-60; men fall in 2 OTs
January 15, 2005
Melinda Adams scored 18 points, and Haskell Indian Nations University’s women’s basketball team defeated Oklahoma Wesleyan, 69-60, Friday.
Pacers turn tables on Suns
Phoenix stumbles when Nash departs
January 15, 2005
After being run out of the building in a 35-point loss at Phoenix less than a week earlier, the Indiana Pacers set the tempo Friday night. It made all the difference.
Bryant out at least five games
January 15, 2005
Kobe Bryant will miss at least five games because of a severely sprained right ankle, but the Los Angeles Lakers said Friday they wouldn’t know exactly how long he would be out for another 72 hours.
Seabury swept at Barstow
January 15, 2005
Seabury Academy’s boys basketball team suffered a disappointing 40-30 loss Friday night at Barstow.
Area briefs
January 15, 2005
¢ Former teacher accused of sexual exploitation
Bush plan to boost Pell Grants could cut other loans
January 15, 2005
President Bush proposed on Friday an increase in the government Pell Grants that help lower-income students afford higher education but said he would shave the cost out of a federal student loan program that also provides college aid.
Familiar faces long gone for new-look Buffaloes
January 15, 2005
For the first time in four seasons, David Harrison won’t be on the court today when Kansas University’s basketball team tangles with Colorado at Coors Events Center.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
January 15, 2005
U.S. soldier convicted of Iraqi prison abuse
January 15, 2005
Army Spc. Charles Graner Jr., the reputed ringleader of a band of rogue guards at the Abu Ghraib prison, was convicted Friday of abusing Iraqi detainees in a case that sparked international outrage when photographs were released that showed reservists gleefully humiliating prisoners.
Baldwin stifles Turner
January 15, 2005
Baldwin’s stifling defense held Kansas City Turner scoreless for the first 14 minutes of the 16-minute second half, and the Bulldogs rolled to a 35-19 high school girls basketball rout Friday night.
Girls - Tonganoxie 56, Basehor-Linwood 21
January 15, 2005
Tonganoxie bolted to a 17-2 first-quarter lead and coasted past Basehor-Linwood. Addie Heim led the Chieftains (6-2) with 18 points, and Ali Pistora added 13 points.
Girls - Ottawa 65, Anderson County 35
January 15, 2005
Anderson County’s scoreless first quarter helped Ottawa pound the Bulldogs.
Girls - Santa Fe Trail 59, K.C. Piper 42
January 15, 2005
Brooke and Alexis Pryor combined to score 23 points, pacing Santa Fe Trail.
Girls - De Soto 51, Osawatomie 32
January 15, 2005
De Soto improved to 4-3 behind a game-high 19 points from Amy Petty.
Bad 4th quarter dooms Chieftains
January 15, 2005
Tonganoxie High hung with Basehor-Linwood through three quarters, but a nightmarish fourth quarter resulted in the Chieftains’ sixth boys basketball loss of the season, 61-45, Friday.
Kansas women traveling to Texas
Jayhawks, Aggies to clash tonight in College Station
January 15, 2005
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team will get its second Big 12 Conference road test today when it travels to take on Texas A&M. KU is 7-7 overall, 0-3 in the Big 12, and has lost its last three games. Texas A&M is 10-3 overall, 1-2 in the league, and is coming off its first win in league play. Tipoff is 7 tonight in Reed Arena.
Boys - Wellsville 71, Prairie View 49
January 15, 2005
The Eagles answered a Buffaloes run early in the third quarter to improve to 2-7 on the season.
Boys - Ottawa 84, Anderson County 64
January 15, 2005
Thanks to a career-high 23 points from Addison Miller, Ottawa was able to even its record at 4-4.
Boys - De Soto 38, Osawatomie 37
January 15, 2005
Despite going just 2-for-6 from the line in the final three minutes, De Soto held on against Osawatomie.
Boys - K.C. Turner 73, Baldwin 58
January 15, 2005
Aaron Jackson led K.C. Turner on a fast start that put Baldwin away.
Boys - Immaculata 58, Perry-Lecompton 40
January 15, 2005
Willie Treaster scored a game-high 17 points and had 13 rebounds, sparking a Kaws’ rally after trailing 37-17 at halftime, but in the end it wasn’t enough.
Southwest Junior High students discuss politics with Rep. Ryun
January 15, 2005
Philip Sierra said his stereotype of a politician was that of someone “old and grumpy (who) doesn’t want to meet with kids.”
Advisers deny OTC cholesterol drug sales
January 15, 2005
Federal health advisers recommended against over-the-counter sales of a cholesterol drug Friday, saying patients need medical guidance for treatment of a chronic condition that has no symptoms and could require drugs for life.
Eudora boys struggle against Broncs
Lack of inside presence sends Cardinals to 70-62 setback
January 15, 2005
Eudora High boys basketball coach Scott Stein spent time after his squad’s 70-62 loss to Spring Hill on Friday night giving his players individual evaluations.
Defense helps Veritas flatten Flint Hills
January 15, 2005
Veritas Christian’s boys basketball team can’t help but win when it makes most of its shots and commits few defensive mistakes like it did Friday night in a 69-45 victory over Flint Hills.
Indonesian rebels vow to resume fight
January 15, 2005
Last month’s tsunami swept away Indonesian rebel staging areas for attacks on government forces, but the rebels had few casualties and will resume fighting for the independence of Aceh province, a local rebel commander said Friday.
Engagements
January 15, 2005
Weddings
January 15, 2005
Briefcase
January 15, 2005
¢ Darth Tater: ‘Luke, I am your tuber’ ¢ J.E. Dunn Construction names new president ¢ Wholesale prices fall as energy prices drop ¢ Brewing companies up ante to win support
Oracle to cut 5,000 jobs
Analysts expect PeopleSoft to take brunt of layoffs
January 15, 2005
Oracle Corp. will fire 5,000 workers in the financial fallout from the business software maker’s recently completed $10.3 billion takeover of rival PeopleSoft Inc.
Federal promotion defies common sense
January 15, 2005
In communist East Berlin, one sign of the government’s swollen self-regard was the cluttering of public spaces with propaganda banners by which the government praised itself for providing socialism. In Washington today, the Department of Education building is an advertisement for its occupants.
6Sports video: Lady Chieftains take out Bobcats
January 15, 2005
The Tonganoxie High girl’s basketball team beat Basehor-Linwood, 56-21, on Friday at Tonganoxie.
6Sports video: Broncos come back to win
January 15, 2005
Eudora led Spring Hill in the first half but the Cardinals had a cold shooting second half and the Bronco’s came back to win. Spring Hill defeated Eudora, 70-62, on Friday at Eudora High.
6Sports video: Piper boys cruise past Santa Fe Trail
January 15, 2005
The Piper High boy’s basketball team defeated Santa Fe Trail, 58-48, on Friday in Piper.
6Sports video: Basehor-Linwood dumps Tongie
January 15, 2005
The Tonganoxie High boy’s basketball team took out the Basehor-Linwood Bobcats, 61-45, on Friday in Tonganoxie.
6News video: Art a la Carte
January 15, 2005
A collection of poems and stories by former Kansas University English professor Luci Tapahonso has been chosen as this year’s Read Across Lawrence book.
6Sports video: Lady Chargers thump Pirates
January 15, 2005
The Santa Fe Trail girl’s basketball team ran over Piper, 59-42, on Friday in Piper.
Cemetery probe now in hands of Kline
Case could end with new operator taking over facility
January 15, 2005
A Lawrence cemetery dogged by complaints of shoddy maintenance and customer service is now being investigated by the Kansas Attorney General’s Office.
Closure at KU leads to layoffs
20 lose jobs as printing services division shuttered
January 15, 2005
Kansas University will close its division of printing services, officials announced Friday, resulting in 20 people losing their jobs.
Passenger data collection troubles privacy advocates
FBI keeping permanent records of travel before 9-11
January 15, 2005
Deep in the bowels of the FBI, there might be a file with Bonnie Stephenson’s name on it. But she’s not too worried. Stephenson travels six or seven times a year for her job with the Lawrence-based Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. This week, the FBI acknowledged it was keeping permanent records of people who flew on commercial airlines in the months before 9-11.
S.D. governor seeking Missouri River summit
Gov. Rounds wants states to discuss water management options
January 15, 2005
Gov. Mike Rounds of South Dakota on Friday called for a summit meeting with other governors from Missouri River states to discuss options for managing the drought-stricken river.
KU great honors King
Former Jayhawk Bud Stallworth shares his early experiences with racism, segregation
January 15, 2005
Former Jayhawk basketball standout Bud Stallworth didn’t have an indoor gym in his all-black school in Alabama in the 1950s and 1960s. But the school for white children did.
Mideast peace still a dream
January 15, 2005
“When you wish upon a star your dreams come true.” That line from Jiminy Cricket in “Pinocchio” seems to sum up the wishful thinking the Bush Administration wants to employ after last Sunday’s Palestinian election.
Briefly - World
January 15, 2005
¢ Yushchenko orders removal of tent camp ¢ D.C. insider named new U.S. ambassador ¢ Missouri tourist charged with dangerous driving ¢ N. Korea says it’s willing to resume nuclear talks ¢ Group: Rebels still enlist thousands of children ¢ Kerry talks with Chirac ¢ U.S. orders 13 to remain at Guantanamo Bay ¢ Chavez freezes trade ties with Colombia ¢ Strangulation suspected in designer’s death ¢ Demonstrators protest reduced benefits ¢ Prime minister panned for accepting gift
Red wrist vs. blue wrist
Partisan bracelets grab loyal voters’ attention
January 15, 2005
After spending 10 days in London with friends who were outspoken about their disdain for President Bush’s policies, Berns Rothchild came home wishing she had a way to show the world she didn’t vote for him.
Starting over
Franky G plays it tough and tender as ex-con trying to go straight on Fox’s ‘Jonny Zero’
January 15, 2005
Seems like people are always chasing Jonny Calvo. Or punching him. Or otherwise being a pain. But Jonny — brawny and street-smart — can fend for himself, while obliging his need to help others who can’t.
NBC and its corporate cousins air fund-raiser
January 15, 2005
The most star-studded event of the weekend will not be the Golden Globe Awards. Every entertainment and news network in the NBC-Universal media omniverse will broadcast the two-hour live charity telethon “Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope” (7 p.m. today, NBC).
People
January 15, 2005
¢ Ill ‘Will’: One and done for CBS show ¢ Marge gets a makeover ¢ Fan donates early Dylan ¢ Serena makes another on-court fashion statement ¢ Groups push for Prince Harry visit to Nazi death camp ¢ Quaid aims to age with grace ¢ Stefani’s dress, culture’s loss ¢ Birthdays
Flint Hills may not get wind of power plan
Gov. Sebelius calls for more renewable energy, but not at expense of Tallgrass Prairie
January 15, 2005
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Friday endorsed an increase in wind energy production, but called for “restraint” in developing wind projects in the Flint Hills in order to preserve the Tallgrass Prairie.
Men’s basketball briefs
January 15, 2005
Clash of ACC titans today
Battle of No. 3 UNC, No. 4 Wake on tap
January 15, 2005
Raymond Felton vs. Chris Paul. Rashad McCants vs. Justin Gray. Sean May vs. Eric Williams. When third-ranked North Carolina travels to No. 4 Wake Forest today, the matchup has a little bit of everything.
Simons: Kansas Alumni can be strong, positive force for KU’s future
January 15, 2005
Members of the Kansas Legislature convened in Topeka Monday to tackle the annual challenge of how to pay for ever-growing state services, pay for new programs, hold new taxes to a minimum, please as many Kansans as possible and end up with a balanced budget.
Separate sex-education classes make sense
January 15, 2005
It’s hard work
January 15, 2005
Tsunami leaves many turning to religion
January 15, 2005
At the moment he was running out of air, trapped underwater with his head held down by a slab of concrete and his body repeatedly slammed by the surging tsunami, Evan Russell Kern called to Jesus to save him.
Military news
January 15, 2005
Around and about
January 15, 2005
Society calendar
January 15, 2005
Fort Riley-based soldier convicted of murder
January 15, 2005
A U.S. military judge convicted an Army sergeant of murder Friday for the alleged mercy-killing of a severely injured Iraqi teenager, and sentenced him to a year’s imprisonment.
Committee rules assistant professor was improperly denied tenure
January 15, 2005
Kansas University officials failed to follow proper procedures in denying a professor tenure last spring, a university committee ruled this week.
Beverly S. ‘Bev’ McDonald, Lawrence
January 15, 2005
Frustrated Sweeney open to trade
January 15, 2005
Mike Sweeney, frustrated that the Kansas City Royals didn’t go after more free agents during the off-season, says he would consider a trade if he could play for a contending team.
Kansas high school basketball scores from Jan. 14
January 15, 2005
Commodities
January 15, 2005
Local briefs
January 15, 2005
¢ Drop-In Center says goodbye to its director ¢ Judge allows cameras for murder trial ¢ Father likely to enter plea in car wreck case ¢ Gates’ grant will help support library system ¢ Wallace Galluzzi 2004 Volunteer Nominations ¢ Band with Lawrence ties on public radio
Nine women claim ‘Baby 81’
Unknown infant survived tsunami in hard-hit town
January 15, 2005
The infant dubbed “Baby 81” nurses from a bottle and kicks playfully at a pink blanket as nine desperate, heartbroken women quarrel over him — all claiming he was torn from them by the tsunami.
Hillside dwellers realize dangers
Southern Californians say natural beauty outweighs disasters
January 15, 2005
John and Ruby Haynal could do nothing to stop a wildfire 15 years ago that turned their hillside home high above the freeways and urban clatter into scorched rubble.
Manning to face wounded defense
Patriots won’t be at full strength against Colts quarterback
January 15, 2005
Stopping Peyton Manning is a huge challenge for a defense that’s at full strength. Imagine how he’d attack a wounded team. The answer will come Sunday.
Kansas House to consider same-sex marriage amendment
January 15, 2005
House members likely will consider a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution banning same-sex marriage and civil unions for gay couples next week, Speaker Doug Mays said Friday.
Amendment could affect private companies’ policies
Businesses unsure of how constitutional change would influence domestic partner benefits
January 15, 2005
Advocates on both sides of the same-sex marriage issue are watching to see if the current debate in the Kansas Legislature affects private businesses that already offer health insurance to the partners of their gay and lesbian employees.
Senate Republicans already split, suggesting rocky road on major issues
January 15, 2005
Moderate and conservative Republicans needed years to generate their deep animosity but it took only a few days of the 2005 legislative session for hard feelings to surface in the Senate.
Horoscopes
January 15, 2005
Religion briefs
January 15, 2005