Archive for Sunday, January 16, 2005

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Poet’s showcase
January 16, 2005
Fix K-12 first
January 16, 2005
State responds
January 16, 2005
Taxpayer rights
January 16, 2005
Badges for all?
January 16, 2005
Outside influence
January 16, 2005
Pope gives archbishop permission to retire
Keleher was known for strict stance against abortion
January 16, 2005
Pope John Paul II has accepted Archbishop James Keleher’s request to retire from the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kan., the Vatican said Saturday.
Social Security concerns cross generations
January 16, 2005
I have to give the president credit for being bilingual. Over the past weeks, he’s been talking about Social Security as if we were two Americas. Not red and blue. Not rich and poor. Just younger and older America.
Lawyers for ex-Westar exec argue to be allowed at possible 2nd trial
January 16, 2005
Defense attorneys for former Westar executive Douglas Lake say they acted professionally during Lake’s first trial and should not be restricted from being in the courtroom if a second trial is held.
Funeral home target of arson; 3 bodies inside
Homicide victim was in building at the time
January 16, 2005
An arsonist torched a Wichita funeral home, destroying the building and burning three bodies awaiting services.
Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt fights back against his critics
January 16, 2005
Stephin Merritt usually has a song cycling through his head. Makes sense, given that he’s one of the more captivating and eclectic singer-songwriters around, heading such bands as The Magnetic Fields and The 6ths and creating music for movies, Chinese opera adaptations and the Lemony Snicket audio books.
Legendary soul group still tempting its fans
January 16, 2005
You’re entitled to a few things when your group has earned four Grammys, released 46 Top 10 singles and stayed together 43 years.
Arts notes
January 16, 2005
¢ Author to lead quilting workshop ¢ Photography contest deadline is Jan. 28 ¢ Lawrence students tour with Baker choir ¢ Writing contest accepting entries
Calendar
January 16, 2005
Douglas County Senior Services, 745 Vt., offers activities during the week for residents age 55 and older. Call Senior Services at 842-0543 for more information.
Always more
Rather than advocating “impact” fees on new development maybe Parks and Recreation officials should try harder to live within their budget.
January 16, 2005
Now that the city’s Parks and Recreation Department is spending much of its sales tax revenue to retire the debt on projects that already have been built, its leaders are looking for a new revenue stream.
Mountain fun, made-to-order
Jackson Hole serves plenty of fresh powder, with a dash of cowboy culture on the side
January 16, 2005
Bleary-eyed skiers and snowboarders clambered into Teton Village’s distinctive red tram car for its opening run, squinting as they glanced up at fresh snow sparkling under the morning sun.
Meditation used as tool in study of attention
Test subjects will be sequestered for a year
January 16, 2005
For more than a year, researchers at the University of California, Davis, have been trying to find the best way to frame a provocative question: How good can human beings be — how focused, how calm, how kind?
New studies rate popular diets
Frequently eating fast food maligned; trend diets find success but not adherence
January 16, 2005
Two or three fast-food meals among the typical 21 per week don’t sound like much but, over time, they add up.
Drinking, strokes linked
January 16, 2005
Heavy drinkers may have a higher risk of stroke than those who drink moderately or not at all.
For-real venture capital hits college classrooms
January 16, 2005
Venture capital is agony and ecstasy, bust and boom, the stress of gambling and the thrill of a front-row view on the latest technologies. And when real money is involved, it’s also one of the hottest classes on campuses.
Billionaire’s big ventures
Microsoft co-founder explores interests such as music, space, brain research
January 16, 2005
Most kids discard dreams of becoming an astronaut as fast as they abandon childhood toys. But when the kid is Paul Allen, and he grows from geek with smudged eyeglasses to one of the richest men in the world, dreams can become reality.
More directors should be responsible for bad decisions
January 16, 2005
Let your imagination run: Out of the blue, the phone rings and you’re asked to join the board of directors of a major U.S. corporation. Sure, you say, I’m honored.
Alternative plan leads to simple, effective shot
January 16, 2005
So an editor tells me to go to a Lawrence school and photograph children running onto buses to escape the frigid winter weather. He emphasizes that he wants to see the children’s faces. Sounds easy enough, right?
A few good books
Military libraries serve readers ranging from warriors abroad to families back home
January 16, 2005
A Marine in Iraq wants a database search for information about terrorist suspects. Children lonely for their moms and dads at war need a few good books to help pass the time. A sailor for months at sea wants to study for the college entrance exam.
What are you reading?
January 16, 2005
War-weary soldier seeking new start
As he hangs up his uniform, reservist is eager to help others with disorder
January 16, 2005
It has been two months since Jared Myers awoke in his Lawrence apartment and realized he was a mental wreck.
Scientist ‘blown away’ by Saturn moon surprises
Images of orange Titan suggest presence of liquid
January 16, 2005
Pictures snapped by the Titan probe and a low, whooshing sound picked up by an on-board microphone drew gasps and applause from scientists Saturday, as the mission to Saturn’s moon continued its breathtaking revelations from more than 900 million miles across the solar system.
Prison abuse ringleader gets 10 years
January 16, 2005
Army Spc. Charles Graner Jr., who grinned in photos of Iraqi prisoners being sexually humiliated but told jurors, “I didn’t enjoy what I did there,” was sentenced Saturday to 10 years behind bars in the first court-martial stemming from the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.
MLK’s widow continues call for equality
January 16, 2005
Sitting in the same spot where her husband preached equality more than four decades ago, Coretta Scott King said Saturday that Martin Luther King Jr.’s message is as relevant today as it was in the 1960s.
Fund raising slow for King memorial
January 16, 2005
Midway between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, at the quiet intersection of two sidewalks along Washington’s Tidal Basin, a tarnished bronze plaque marks the spot where a larger-than-life image of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. may one day rise.
Bush claims mandate on Iraq policy
January 16, 2005
President Bush said the public’s decision to re-elect him was a ratification of his approach toward Iraq and that there was no reason to hold any administration officials accountable for mistakes or misjudgments in prewar planning or managing the violent aftermath.
President faces big agenda, small approval rating in second term
January 16, 2005
Amid pomp, protest and unprecedented levels of security, President Bush will usher in a second term Thursday by proclaiming the next four years as a period of hope and opportunity at home and abroad, White House officials said.
Documents show wide FBI probe of leaker in Gotti case
January 16, 2005
As notorious mobster John Gotti went to trial for murder and racketeering, federal investigators grilled scores of suspects about secret details surrounding the Gambino crime family boss’ precision murder plot against his predecessor, “Big Paul” Castellano.
Bush sees bankrupt Social Security
January 16, 2005
President Bush said Saturday that Social Security “is on the road to bankruptcy” and would be unable to pay promised benefits to future generations, raising the stakes in a major political battle with Democrats.
Crisis looms as Abbas takes office
January 16, 2005
Mahmoud Abbas extended his hand in peace to Israel as he was sworn in as the new Palestinian leader Saturday, but the Israeli army killed eight Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and 46 election officials resigned over alleged ballot irregularities, crushing optimism for an early resumption of the peace process.
Iraqi election safeguards may include three-day ban on cars
January 16, 2005
Iraqi officials said Saturday they were considering new measures to protect voters in the Jan. 30 national election, including a three-day nationwide ban on driving to discourage car bombings. Fresh clashes broke out in the troubled northern city of Mosul, where most election officials have fled their jobs in fear.
Lawrence commuter report
January 16, 2005
The following construction projects and events may affect commuter traffic in the region this week
A. Keith Colman, Eudora
January 16, 2005
Brianna Maree Mitchell, Lawrence
January 16, 2005
On the record
January 16, 2005
State law not clicking with drivers
Kansas behind national average in seat-belt usage
January 16, 2005
Kansas lags the national average in seat-belt usage, a trend that’s causing people to die — especially on rural two-lane highways and county roads.
Schwegler School students’ reading buddy easy to spot
Doggedly determined to read
January 16, 2005
Mary Reed-Weston laughed as she read aloud a story about a pushy moose who wanted a muffin.
City briefs
January 16, 2005
¢ Lawsuit still pending in motorboat fatality ¢ Gun charge brings 87-month sentence
Kwan claims ninth U.S. skating title
Cohen settles for second place after missing two jumps
January 16, 2005
Michelle Kwan held up nine fingers and grinned at the camera. She has her place in history, a run as impressive for its longevity as its dominance.
QB LeFors shines in Shrine Game
January 16, 2005
When Stefan LeFors was flushed from the pocket, he forgot all of his all-star game etiquette. The quarterback saw just one receiver: J.R. Russell, his Louisville teammate and his biggest target in the East-West Shrine Game.
Pittsburgh prevails after New York kicker fails
Reed boots winning field goal in overtime
January 16, 2005
The Steelers’ best season since the 1970s was all but lost, Ben Roethlisberger’s unbeaten rookie streak seemed to be over.
Three Jayhawks earn NCAA provisionals
January 16, 2005
Kansas University freshman Ekaterina Sultanova broke the KU record and won the pole vault with an NCAA provisional mark of 13-71/4 in just her second collegiate meet Friday at the Arkansas Invitational.
Wildcats whip Tigers with ‘blue collar’ effort
January 16, 2005
Kansas State did the dirty work on the floor — sometimes literally — and cleaned up on the scoreboard.
No. 10 Texas needs rally to avoid another stunner
January 16, 2005
Texas freshman point guard Daniel Gibson figured it was time for him to take over.
Paul powers Wake Forest past UNC
Point guard scores 26; No. 4 Deacons hit all 32 free throws in 95-82 victory
January 16, 2005
Chris Paul wanted to win, and he got a reminder on just how to make that happen from Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser.
Free State’s Portela wins two at Mo-Kan
January 16, 2005
Free State’s Anthony Portela won the 100-yard butterfly and the 200 individual medley Saturday at the Mo-Kan Invitational.
Gruber wins 3 events at Nebraska swim dual
January 16, 2005
Kansas University senior Amy Gruber won three individual events Saturday in the Jayhawks’ Big 12 Conference dual at Nebraska, but the Cornhuskers won, 180-120.
Notebook
January 16, 2005
Kansas University coach Bill Self was furious at halftime despite the fact the Jayhawks, who led by 18 early, held a 38-25 lead. He didn’t like the fact KU was outboarded, 25-23 the first half. CU had 13 offensive rebounds to KU’s four.
Contemporary on the prairie
Architect re-envisions vernacular in steel, concrete and glass
January 16, 2005
Upon first glance, architect Dan Rockhill’s structures seem unlike any other, with their unique roofs and towers, and combinations of steel, glass and concrete. But take a closer look.
Artist infuses timeworn sentiments with fresh perspective
January 16, 2005
Most poets will tell you the hardest subject to write about is love. The moment the words hit the page, they seem trite and sappy.
KU rallies, falls short
January 16, 2005
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team rallied from a 16-point second-half deficit and forged a tie with 15 seconds left, but Texas A&M’s A’Quonesia Franklin hit the game-winning jumper with 1.8 seconds remaining as the Aggies escaped the Jayhawks, 62-60, Saturday night.
Mayer: Langford gives proof hoops a contact sport
January 16, 2005
Anybody who doesn’t think basketball has become a collision sport, a la football, must not have seen that gonging Keith Langford got at Kentucky, or one rugby scrum a batch of Missouri and Oklahoma State players got entangled in Tuesday in Stillwater, Okla. The days of describing basketball as a “non-contact sport” are no longer with us.
New attitude: keep your germs at home
January 16, 2005
When a miserable cold struck Kim Colabella in early December, duty called. Her supervisor and several colleagues were out of the office, and Colabella determined that, ailing or not, she needed to keep things going. So she took a cold pill, packed up her tissues and soldiered on to work.
Lawrence homeless programs may face federal funding cut
2006 Bush budget may reduce grants by as much as 50 percent
January 16, 2005
Just as Lawrence officials are considering ways to strengthen services to the homeless, a major funding source may be threatened.
Speaker sees example of King’s vision in scholarship recipients
January 16, 2005
Carl Boyd said he didn’t have to look very far to find examples of Martin Luther King’s vision for education in America being realized.
U.S. sees end to tsunami relief role
January 16, 2005
Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz flew Saturday across the devastated wasteland along the Sumatran coast and voiced pride in the American aid operation. But he said the United States wanted to hand over relief work to Indonesia and other affected nations as soon as possible.
Investigators walk fine line when dealing with child porn
January 16, 2005
Possession of even one computer image of a child involved in a lewd act can mean years in federal prison and the lifelong label as a sex offender for a person caught with the material.
Brownback on GOP presidential radar
As Bush’s second term begins, speculation surrounds Kansas senator
January 16, 2005
A dozen years ago Sam Brownback was orbiting Topeka as the Kansas secretary of agriculture.
Director adjusts to new position in ‘Flaming Idiots’
January 16, 2005
When “Flaming Idiots” — a new farce being staged by the Lawrence Community Theatre — opens Friday, it’s going to be a challenging experience for Charles Whitman.
Poe edition divulges sources of ideas
January 16, 2005
If you remember Edgar Allan Poe, it’s probably because of these lines from his poem “The Raven”:
Briefly
January 16, 2005
¢ Poll: American attitudes warm toward China ¢ Crews seek survivors after crab boat sinks ¢ Manslaughter charge frees prison journalist ¢ Submarine grounding blamed on old charts
Mideast, Iraqi votes don’t ensure democracy
January 16, 2005
The Sunday vote in the West Bank and Gaza Strip drew praise from many quarters, not least from the White House where President Bush called it “a historic day for the Palestinian people and for the people of the Middle East.”
After sellout, black commentator won’t be mistaken for journalist again
January 16, 2005
This is mean of me, so I apologize in advance. It’s just that, once in a while when I’ve written something that offends their sensibilities, certain of my readers will undertake to steer me toward conservative pundits who might correct my misconceptions. What’s interesting is, they never suggest white conservatives. No George Will or Cal Thomas.
KU signee Chalmers eyes state title
With college scholarship guaranteed, guard can relax, focus on finale
January 16, 2005
With his college scholarship secured, Bartlett High basketball star Mario Chalmers can stop worrying about his future and start focusing on right now. That means winning another state title.
Review: Book traces life of remarkable woman
January 16, 2005
There is nothing as delicious as a biography filled with lively characters, layered with detailed descriptions and topped off by dense footnotes. “Harriet Jacobs: A Life,” by Jean Fagan Yellin, is one of those remarkable meals.
Analysis: Powell lacked clout among Cabinet
January 16, 2005
The secretary of state often is described as the president’s principal foreign policy adviser, but the definition does not always match reality. Certainly not in the case of Colin Powell.
Eagles, Vikings have plenty of doubters
Philly starters could be rusty today after taking two games off
January 16, 2005
The Philadelphia Eagles don’t have Terrell Owens, haven’t played a meaningful game in four weeks and finished the regular season with consecutive losses.
Faces and places
January 16, 2005
Best sellers
January 16, 2005
Briefly
January 16, 2005
¢ Residents return home after train wreck ¢ Pilot whales beached at Outer Banks ¢ Center: Election turnout highest since 1968
Governor’s health care plan likely to clash with Bush pledge
Sebelius seeks Medicaid expansion while president eyes reductions
January 16, 2005
In 2000, state welfare officials spent $608 million on health care for the poor. Before this year ends, they’ll spend more than $1.3 billion. That’s a whopping 121 percent increase in five years.
People
January 16, 2005
¢ NBC brings stars together for televised tsunami benefit ¢ Daughter back with Love ¢ Patric suit fires back ¢ Johnny Ramone gets statue ¢ Moore’s honors don’t impress some at alma mater ¢ PBS says no to nude scene
Biological mother gets custody of young boy
January 16, 2005
The woman who raised a 3 1/2-year-old boy at the center of a custody dispute tearfully handed the boy to his biological mother Saturday, then dropped to the ground and repeatedly screamed: “How can they do this to a little boy?”
Area briefs
January 16, 2005
¢ Diversity workshop among Ottawa events ¢ McDonald’s supports youth leadership ¢ Ice storm damage estimated at $30 million
Sooners survive Bears
No. 25 OU escapes Baylor with 65-61 victory
January 16, 2005
Just as expected, Oklahoma beat Baylor. The surprise was how close it was.
Home away from home
KU faithful plentiful for victory over Buffs
January 16, 2005
Wayne Simien’s mood brightened considerably before tipoff Saturday afternoon as his eyes scanned the stands of sold-out Coors Events Center.
Kaun a ‘monster’
Freshman collects spectacular jam
January 16, 2005
There was no drawn-up play designed to make Sasha Kaun look like a beast Saturday.
Buffs stunned by support — for KU
January 16, 2005
With just one senior gracing Colorado’s men’s basketball roster, five newcomers who get significant playing time and with a fan base that constantly struggles to fill up the Coors Events Center, Saturday’s 76-61 loss to Kansas University in front of 11,057 fans opened eyes wider than dinner plates.
Atlanta advances to NFC finals
January 16, 2005
There’s more to the Atlanta Falcons than Michael Vick.
Horoscopes
January 16, 2005
Bulls’ streak hits six
January 16, 2005
The last time the Chicago Bulls put together a streak like this, Michael Jordan was wearing No. 23.
Briefly
January 16, 2005
¢ Nobel laureate refuses to obey court summons ¢ Account: Hitler planned Pius XII kidnapping ¢ China, Taiwan approve holiday charter flights ¢ U.N. official suggests move to help refugees
Rock hunting solid foundation for family
The Bushes’ collection holds stories of vacations, togetherness
January 16, 2005
Isabel P. Bush runs her 76-year-old fingers over a smooth pink stone and the polished piece of royalite takes her back to the New Mexico desert.
Converting to healthy lifestyle may help lower risk of cancer
January 16, 2005
If you think it’s too late to adopt healthy habits to lower your risk of cancer, you’re in for a surprise. A new study concludes that following the diet and lifestyle guidelines of the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), even well after middle age, can make a significant difference.
Briefcase
January 16, 2005
¢ Commissioner urges review of insurance ¢ Donors still can claim tsunami relief on taxes ¢ Name that company
The Motley Fool
January 16, 2005
¢ Last week’s question and answer ¢ Commission costs ¢ Managed funds ¢ The popped bubble
Driver’s license standards raise worries
New anti-terrorism law raises another privacy vs. security debate
January 16, 2005
That plastic card, the one with the lousy photo that’s jammed into your wallet or purse, isn’t just a license to drive. It’s the green light to buy a drink, the ticket to federal benefits, the must-have document to get aboard airplanes.
Bonnie L. Harper, Lawrence
January 16, 2005
Manning to face depleted Patriots secondary
January 16, 2005
Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady and the champion New England Patriots are on a roll. So are league MVP Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts.
Wecker leads KSU to third straight victory
January 16, 2005
Kendra Wecker had 25 points and six steals, leading Kansas State to a 74-59 victory over Nebraska on Saturday.
Haskell women fall to Ozarks
January 16, 2005
Two road games in two days might have been too much for Haskell Indian Nations University’s women’s basketball team.
Moody pressed into duty
January 16, 2005
Bill Self wanted to give Kansas University junior Christian Moody the day off on Saturday.