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Donor crashes through window at blood center
January 21, 2005
(Updated Friday at 3:06 p.m.) The Community Blood Center closed early today after a donor accidentally drove her vehicle through a front window at the center, 1410 Kasold Drive.
KU First fund-raising drive brings in historic amount
January 21, 2005
(Updated Friday at 7:31 p.m.) The largest fund-raising drive in Kansas University history ended with a total of $653 million, KU Endowment Association officials announced Friday evening.
Thefts reported at the U.S. Geological Survey
January 21, 2005
(Web Posted Friday at 12:40 p.m.) Someone burglarized four vehicles belonging to the U.S. Geological Survey and stole more than $15,000 in equipment, police said Friday morning.
Sebelius wants repeal of used car tax law
January 21, 2005
(Web Posted Friday at 12:04 p.m.) Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today said she looked forward to repealing an unpopular law that increased what many Kansans paid in taxes when buying a used car.
Aged downtown water line breaks
Restaurants in 900 block of Mass. Street close for afternoon
January 21, 2005
(Updated Friday at 5:07 p.m.) A 119-year-old water line ruptured late this morning in the 900 block of Massachusetts causing restaurants in the area to close for the afternoon.
Plane crashes in south Overland Park
January 21, 2005
(Updated Friday at 11:24 a.m.) OVERLAND PARK — A twin-engine plane crashed into a home in a residential neighborhood shortly after taking off from Johnson County Executive Airport Friday morning, apparently killing two people on board.
Temperatures to take an arctic plunge
January 21, 2005
(Updated Friday at 4:06 p.m.) Get ready for a quick drop in temperatures tonight through the weekend. “We’re on quite a rollercoaster,” says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Basic liberty
January 21, 2005
Cost too high
January 21, 2005
Valued contribution
January 21, 2005
Delta earnings take nose dive
Airline announces $2.2 billion loss in fourth quarter
January 21, 2005
Delta Air Lines on Thursday reported a $2.2 billion fourth-quarter loss, giving it what was easily the industry’s worst-ever annual financial performance.
Briefcase
January 21, 2005
¢ Ford’s financial arm helps drive profits ¢ First American Title names regional VP ¢ Mortgage rates drop ¢ Banks post increases
Retailers talk merger
January 21, 2005
Federated Department Stores Inc. is in talks about buying rival May Department Stores Co. in a deal that would create a huge retailer with $30 billion in combined sales and nearly 1,000 department stores including Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Lord & Taylor and Marshall Field’s, a published report said Thursday.
ONEOK reports management changes
January 21, 2005
ONEOK Inc., the parent company of Kansas Gas Service, announced Thursday it would buy back up to 7.5 million shares of company stock during the next two years.
Commodities
January 21, 2005
Bush promotes spread of liberty
January 21, 2005
President Bush proclaimed a bold, even revolutionary, foreign policy in his inaugural address Thursday, but he offered no specifics about how he plans to rid the world of tyranny, which tyrants he’ll target or what other foreign or domestic goals he might be willing to sacrifice to promote freedom.
World views president’s second term with curiosity
January 21, 2005
As President Bush kicks off his second term, he has pockets of international support from Tokyo to Tel Aviv — but many around the world warily contemplate how the next chapter will unfold under a leader they see as cocky, shallow and dangerous.
Ailing Rehnquist fulfills inaugural role
January 21, 2005
Delivering the oath of office in a voice hoarse from cancer treatments, a frail-looking Chief Justice William Rehnquist symbolized Thursday what could become the biggest battle in President Bush’s second term: the looming possibility of a pitched partisan battle over vacancies on the Supreme Court.
Checking in to ‘Hotel Rwanda’
African bishop reflects on the genocide revisited by a powerful film
January 21, 2005
The Rwandan genocide of a decade ago claimed nearly four times as many lives as this winter’s devastating Asian tsunami. But it was no natural disaster.
A musical road paved with offbeat dreams
January 21, 2005
“America is so much about the strip mall,” says Jolie Holland while driving from San Francisco to Los Angeles. “And I’ve never written a song about a strip mall.” Those familiar with Holland would not expect her to deal in anything linked to cookie-cutter commercialism.
Predictable family road comedy runs out of gas
January 21, 2005
Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer did “Barbershop” and “Barbershop 2” together. They must have bonded. But did they mind-meld, too? They left the barbershop, went out and separately made the same movie for their encore. The same bad movie.
Best Bets
January 21, 2005
Idol’ worship buoys spirits at Fox
January 21, 2005
Although Fox downplayed its own expectations for “American Idol’s” fourth season, its premiere Tuesday night was the most-watched television program of the 2004-05 season.
Stolen sculpture returned hours after plea to find it
Top half of ‘Polywiggle’ vandalized downtown
January 21, 2005
A stolen downtown sculpture named “Polywiggle” resurfaced Thursday afternoon, hours after a plea went out to the public to help find it.
Local briefs
January 21, 2005
¢ Couple killed in crash with dump truck ¢ Report: Vans dumped waste water illegally ¢ Conservation district meeting Tuesday ¢ Lawrence man indicted on drug charges ¢ Sunflower Broadband donates to foundation ¢ Research administrator leaving KU for Texas ¢ Flag-lowering request for slain sheriff denied ¢ Sheriff: Office not connected with solicitor
Capitol Briefing
January 21, 2005
Lawmakers debate plans to avoid 27th pay period
January 21, 2005
Facing a $33 million bill, lawmakers on Thursday indicated there may be efforts to change the state employee paycheck schedule.
SRS announces changes to foster care services
DCCCA loses part of its contract, retains metro area
January 21, 2005
Welfare officials on Thursday announced a major overhaul of the state’s approach to caring for its abused, neglected and troubled children.
U.S. military starts withdrawal
January 21, 2005
The U.S. military — the largest group helping tsunami survivors — will immediately start withdrawing troops from the relief efforts to feed and house more than 1 million refugees, the U.S. Pacific commander said Thursday.
Tapes urge Iraqis to prepare for struggle against America
January 21, 2005
Iraq’s most feared terror leader called on his followers Thursday to show patience and prepare for a long struggle against the Americans, promising in an audiotape posted on the Internet that “ferocious wars … take their time” but victory was assured.
Donald D. Fleenor, Shawnee
January 21, 2005
Jackson’s defense requests accuser not be called ‘victim’
January 21, 2005
Attorneys defending Michael Jackson in his child molestation case want the accuser and his family referred to in court by their names or as “complaining witnesses” — not as “victims.”
Philly needs lesson in sportsmanship
January 21, 2005
Did you hear about Philly sports fans booing Santa Claus? That was funny. Did you hear about the Falcons fan who was abducted, had his head dunked in a toilet and was tossed over a rail to his death? That wasn’t funny.
New dental school would be costly
January 21, 2005
Dr. Glendon Cox is pretty sure Kansas could alleviate its dentist shortage by starting a dental school. The problem is the price tag.
Term 2: a plea for patience
Our country has accepted obligations that are difficult to fulfill and would be dishonorable
January 21, 2005
George W. Bush embarked on an ambitious second term as president Thursday, telling a world anxious about war and terrorism that the United States would not shrink from new confrontations in pursuit of “the great objective of ending tyranny.”
City debates how big to make library
Facility could be part of larger downtown complex with retail space
January 21, 2005
Chances are good a new downtown public library would solve the major problem Lawrence resident Valerie Glotzbach has with the current facility.
AIDS treatment recommended for all exposed to virus
January 21, 2005
In a major policy shift, the government recommended for the first time Thursday that people exposed to the AIDS virus from rapes, accidents or occasional drug use or unsafe sex receive drug cocktails that can keep them from becoming infected.
Illinois survives Iowa in OT
January 21, 2005
Illinois started the game intent on giving James Augustine and Roger Powell Jr. a chance to attack Iowa inside. When the big guys couldn’t put it in the basket, Luther Head took over.
Lawrence Datebook
January 21, 2005
Briefly - World
January 21, 2005
¢ 6 prison workers slain ¢ Warlord escapes suicide bomb attack ¢ Mother gives birth to 16-pound baby ¢ WHO warns of another bird flu outbreak ¢ Palestinian police to deploy on border
On the record
January 21, 2005
Dorothy A. Dowding, Eudora
January 21, 2005
Texas loses Tucker for rest of year
Longhorns’ leading scorer academically ineligible
January 21, 2005
Sophomore forward P.J. Tucker, the leading scorer and rebounder for No. 15 Texas, is academically ineligible and will miss the rest of the season, the school announced Thursday.
Kenneth Robert Priest, Lawrence
January 21, 2005
Volcanic warming eyed in extinction
Researchers seek cause of ‘Great Dying’ calamity
January 21, 2005
An ancient version of global warming may have been to blame for the greatest mass extinction in Earth’s history.
Soldier faces desertion charge
January 21, 2005
The Army has brought charges against a soldier who refused to return to Iraq for a second combat tour because he now objects to war, officials said Thursday.
Harvard president issues apology for women-in-science remarks
January 21, 2005
Lawrence Summers’ bluntness has earned him both enemies and admirers in several top Treasury Department jobs and now as president of Harvard.
Volleyball coach Huntsinger resigns
January 21, 2005
Jo Huntsinger has resigned as Lawrence High’s volleyball coach, ending an association with the program that lasted more than 25 years.
Ex-Jayhawk Thomas signs with NBA’s Nets
January 21, 2005
Former Kansas University basketball player Billy Thomas’ dream of playing in the NBA has come true.
Glass honored again
January 21, 2005
Lawrence’s Bob Glass has been named PBA Senior Player of the Year for a record-tying third time.
Lawrence bowlers lose opener
January 21, 2005
Olathe Northwest swept Lawrence High’s bowling teams in the Lions’ debut Thursday afternoon.
Wathena outlasts Seahawks
January 21, 2005
Seabury Academy’s Adam Davis scored 24 points in his second game back from an ACL injury, and the Seahawks closed a 14-point deficit to two with six minutes to play but could not catch Wathena in a 54-42 loss in the consolation game of the Elwood Invitational.
Edwina Hall Nolen, Eudora
January 21, 2005
Girls fall to Wathena
January 21, 2005
Seabury Academy’s girls basketball squad played Wathena’s JV evenly for three quarters Thursday, but that first quarter was the killer.
Randtke huge as Eagles hammer Joplin, 66-50
January 21, 2005
A monster night from forward Mark Randtke helped Veritas Christian advance to today’s semifinals in the Silver division at the Northeast Oklahoma A&M Invitational.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
January 21, 2005
Rep. Carol Beggs, R-Salina, dies after battle with illness
January 21, 2005
Republican Rep. Carol Beggs died Wednesday night at a Topeka hospital after a protracted fight with pneumonia, legislators said Thursday.
Firebirds, Lions 1-2 at Topeka
January 21, 2005
Free State and Lawrence High’s boys swimming and diving teams took 1-2 at Topeka High on Thursday, dominating a seven-team field.
Multi-culti martial-arts mayhem on Disney
January 21, 2005
Connoisseurs of odd cartoons should not miss “American Dragon: Jake Long” (7 p.m., Disney), an amusing amalgam of a million cartoon cliches, martial arts gibberish and hip-hop slang.
Possible dentist shortage won’t have state smiling
Report warns of lack of rural dental care
January 21, 2005
Paul Heath can think of a plenty of reasons why a young dentist would want to settle in rural Kansas. There’s the monopoly factor. Often dentists are the only one practicing their trade in the area, and it’s easier to start up a clinic.
Whoopers don’t get additional protection
Commission will await federal report on shooting of endangered birds by sandhill crane hunters
January 21, 2005
State wildlife officials Thursday did not establish greater protections for endangered whooping cranes that migrate through Kansas despite the November shooting deaths of two birds in Stafford County.
Yushchenko readies for inauguration
Ukraine’s new president plans Moscow trip
January 21, 2005
Viktor Yushchenko will be sworn in Sunday as president of Ukraine, completing his “Orange Revolution” after weeks of political turmoil in which he defeated the Kremlin-backed candidate at the polls and survived a mysterious poisoning plot.
State officials, labor groups disagree on in-grade raises
January 21, 2005
More than one-third of the in-grade pay increases for state employees, which have been criticized by labor groups, have been made in the Kansas University system, officials said Thursday.
Petty propels De Soto
Wildcat senior solid in win over Baldwin
January 21, 2005
The Baldwin High girls basketball squad probably is getting sick of this. For the second straight game, an opposing player played the role of Superwoman.
Photo: Got Ink?
January 21, 2005
Andrew Peter Debicki, Lawrence
January 21, 2005
With plentiful playoff experience comes added pressure for Eagles
January 21, 2005
The Philadelphia Eagles were supposed to be here. The Atlanta Falcons weren’t. Playing in the past three NFC championship games gives the Eagles a significant edge in big-game experience.
Sundance ready to roll
January 21, 2005
It’s big and it’s getting bigger. It’s powerful and it’s looking to expand its reach. The Sundance Film Festival has been accused of many things, but resting comfortably on its accomplishments is not one of them.
Firebird boys, girls fantastic at first-ever match
January 21, 2005
A typical scene on most afternoons at Royal Crest Lanes, 933 Iowa, might include a few college buddies sharing a beer and a few frames. Thursday it was all business. Free State High bowlers were intent on making history.
Technology sector troubles investors
EBay’s missed mark creates concerns on Wall Street
January 21, 2005
Nervous investors overlooked strong earnings from Citigroup Inc. and a possible merger of two department store giants, and pushed stocks substantially lower Thursday on disappointing earnings from the technology sector.
Lawrence office market on rebound
Vacancy rate drops in ‘04
January 21, 2005
Vacancy signs outside Lawrence office buildings finally are starting to come down, according to a new analysis of the Lawrence real estate market.
Spreading democracy is Bush’s goal
January 21, 2005
In his brief but eloquent inaugural address, President Bush dedicated the balance of his time in office to the same sweeping goals he set forth at the start of his first term — the worldwide realization of the ideals of freedom and democracy.
Kansas high school sports scores from Jan. 20
January 21, 2005
6Sports video: Lions hold on against Seaman
January 21, 2005
The Lawrence High Lions improve to 7-2 after defeating the Topeka Seaman, 59-55, on Thursday at the Topeka Invitational Tournament.
6Sports video: Free State boys win on the road
January 21, 2005
No. 1 ranked Free State High took out the Topeka Trojans, 73-37, in the first round of the Topeka Invitational on Thursday.
6Sports video: Free State bowlers solid in home opener
January 21, 2005
The Free State High boys and girls were victorious on Thursday against Olathe South and Oskaloosa in the first state-sanctioned prep bowling event in Lawrence.
6Sports video: LHS volleyball coach resigns
January 21, 2005
After leading the Lions for seven years, Jo Huntsinger has resigned as Lawrence High’s head volleyball coach. Huntsinger says she has been thinking about moving on for a couple of years now.
Lawrence celebrates, protests as Bush sworn in for second term
January 21, 2005
Douglas County Republican Chairman Richard Todd didn’t get to watch President Bush’s second inauguration Thursday.
Stewart itching to play
Transfer working hard at Jayhawk practice
January 21, 2005
Rodrick Stewart agonized on the bench as Nebraska’s final possession unfolded on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. “I wanted to be out there so bad,” said Stewart, Kansas University’s 6-foot-4 basketball transfer from USC. “I’d do anything to help us get a win.”
Bechard locked in for Lions
Sharpshooter helps LHS hold on for win
January 21, 2005
Brennan Bechard stood at the free-throw line Thursday night with 61 seconds on the clock and his Lawrence High basketball team leading Topeka Seaman, 59-55.
FBI continues investigation after Boston terrorism tip
January 21, 2005
The FBI on Thursday added the names of nine Chinese people and one other man to the list of those being sought for questioning about a possible terror plot targeting Boston.
Briefly - Nation
January 21, 2005
¢ Judge denies expedited election challenge ¢ Christian university president to retire ¢ Study: Daily drink may help women’s thinking ¢ Alzheimer’s damage may be partly reversible
Inaugural briefs
January 21, 2005
¢ First couple make quick stops at balls ¢ Anti-war protesters mourn Iraqi war dead ¢ Iran nuclear threat a concern for Cheney ¢ Ceremony a family affair
Charities power Chieftains
Free-throw prowess lifts Tongie boys past Eudora
January 21, 2005
Practicing free throws paid off for the Tonganoxie boys basketball team. The Chieftains scored 10 of their 14 points in the fourth quarter from the stripe, pulling away from Eudora, 47-40, in the Tonganoxie Invitational.
Blue collars
Our society depends heavily on hard-working, honest citizens who perform regularly like a pair of NASCAR honorees
January 21, 2005
It shouldn’t take a “blue collar” outfit like NASCAR to remind us of the need to appreciate those among us who labor in some of the tougher and lower-profile jobs that greatly benefit our society.
Investors in Znetix fraud get small return
January 21, 2005
Investors who lost millions of dollars in one of the nation’s largest stock swindles may get back about 20 cents for every dollar they invested, according to court officials.
KU dormitory residents get a slick lesson in physics
January 21, 2005
There was only minor damage. But a bizarre six-car pileup on the Kansas University campus Thursday morning illustrated crucial facts about nature, physics and limited university parking.
People
January 21, 2005
¢ ‘Housewives’ to share views ¢ Big names to offer voices on tsunami relief single ¢ ‘Amazing Race’ a learning experience for entrepreneurs ¢ Birthdays
McGrady returns to Orlando
T-Mac scores 27 in victory over former team
January 21, 2005
Tracy McGrady ignored the boos and the angry crowd. He just played hard — and won.
Democratic leader outlines meetings proposals
January 21, 2005
Legislators could no longer meet in closed caucuses and task forces formed by incoming governors and local elected officials would have to hold meetings in public under proposals outlined Thursday by the Senate’s top Democrat.
Senate unanimously approves repeal of vehicle tax law
January 21, 2005
Less than seven months after a law aimed at tax cheats took effect, legislators are working to repeal it because of complaints that some Kansans pay too much sales tax on used vehicles.
This Weekend’s Highlights
January 21, 2005
Area briefs
January 21, 2005
¢ Murder charge to be filed in sheriff’s death ¢ Not guilty plea entered in kidnapping, slaying ¢ Mom found not guilty in baby’s death
Underdog role provides extra motivation for Pittsburgh
January 21, 2005
The Pittsburgh Steelers received some extra motivation when odds were released for the AFC championship game: They were three-point underdogs to New England despite having the NFL’s best record, despite being at home and despite having beaten the Patriots.
Steelers aren’t afraid
Belichick inspires respect, not fear
January 21, 2005
Maybe his 5-9 record against them allows the Pittsburgh Steelers to talk somewhat less reverently about New England Patriots defensive mastermind Bill Belichick than many NFL teams do.
Topeka no match for FSHS
Underwood’s 15 points power Firebirds to 73-37 rout of Trojans
January 21, 2005
Free State High basketball coach Jack Schreiner had been waiting for Bobby Underwood to have a game like this. Underwood scored a season-high 15 points Thursday afternoon in the first round of the Topeka Invitational, and the Firebirds rolled to a 73-37 victory over Topeka High at Highland Park.
Kansas high school basketball scores from Jan. 20
January 21, 2005
Anthony resting after aggravating ankle
January 21, 2005
The swelling in his sprained right ankle nearly gone, Carmelo Anthony feels ready to play against Memphis tonight. That doesn’t mean he will.
Bush puts focus on U.S. ideals
January 21, 2005
The following is the text of President Bush’s inaugural address Thursday.
Calendar
January 21, 2005
Horoscopes
January 21, 2005