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Chat at 1:45 p.m. today with the Kansas Senate’s Democratic leader
January 23, 2005
(Updated Monday at 8:48 a.m.) Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat, will chat online today with readers on ljworld.com.
Culture vibrant in Chinatown
Frenetic neighborhood filled with worldly flavors, goods
January 23, 2005
The Year of the Rooster begins Feb. 9, and the Lunar New Year will be observed all over Chinatown during the first two weeks of February. Firecracker demonstrations, lion dancers, a parade and a flower market are among the festivities planned to mark the holiday. Lanterns are strung throughout the streets, and the Chinese characters for good fortune and prosperity are posted on many buildings.
Ready for sale: Realtors, inspectors offer tips for marketing home
January 23, 2005
Clean up, clear out and freshen up. When it comes to selling your house this year, area experts say that investing a little time, money and effort up front can pay off with plenty of interest — financial and otherwise — in the end.
Jeannin’s heroics lift Chieftain girls
January 23, 2005
Tonganoxie High’s Laura Jeannin might not have nerves of steel.
Notebook
January 23, 2005
KU’s basketball players and coaches, who were to fly out via charter right after the game, instead checked into the Downtown Marriott for an overnight stay because of blizzard conditions.
Human needs
January 23, 2005
Hundreds subpoenaed during trial preparations
January 23, 2005
With a Kansas State University English professor’s murder trial set to start in three weeks, preparations are reaching new intensity, and paperwork is piling up.
70s clothes, toys still hip
Ponchos, fondue still groovin’ 30 years later
January 23, 2005
Back in the 1970s, Kyle Tibbs Jones embraced the hot trends — ponchos, crocheted tops and peasant skirts. Now, as the nation’s retailers keep reviving those styles, Jones enjoys reliving her youth.
Curtis Roy Harper, Lawrence
January 23, 2005
Mayer: Rabid KU fans prove basketball’s mass appeal
January 23, 2005
Phog Allen used to say things that sounded pretty nutty until he had the chance to explain and elaborate. Man, could that Kansas University basketball legend elaborate! Then Doc would sound like a genius with incredible vision, which he was.
Shrek 2’ proves indomitable on DVD
January 23, 2005
Shrek and Donkey did double duty in 2004.
Tabloid publicity may push RFK Jr. from political bid
January 23, 2005
Kennedy to media: Don’t make me tabloid fodder.
Pet post
January 23, 2005
Bush’s success as party leader infuriates Democrats
January 23, 2005
One of the (many) reasons George W. Bush infuriates Democrats: He’s a great party leader.
Dietary guidelines need a reality check
January 23, 2005
Those of us who are concerned about our weight got some great news from the federal government last week. Apparently, the folks at the Department of Health and Human Services have looked into the problem of obesity and have (much to our collective relief) discovered a simple solution.
Wilkens steps down as Knicks coach
New York promotes Williams for rest of season
January 23, 2005
Lenny Wilkens finally had enough. The 67-year-old Hall of Famer resigned as coach of the salary-cap challenged New York Knicks on Saturday, likely ending a record-setting career that began in 1969 when he still was an All-Star guard with the Seattle SuperSonics.
Experts agree: Ball belongs in Boston
January 23, 2005
Doug Mientkiewicz, call a lawyer. You’re going to need one if you want to keep the baseball you caught for the final out of the World Series.
People
January 23, 2005
¢ The Donald says ‘I do’ again ¢ Report: French actress tapped for ‘Da Vinci Code’ ¢ Celebrity online auction to benefit victims of tsunami ¢ Alda attracts attention with ‘West Wing’ role ¢ Journey gets Hollywood star
KU tennis squad slips past Illinois St.
January 23, 2005
Kansas University’s tennis squad started its spring season with a 4-3 victory Saturday over Illinois State at Wood Valley Racquet Club.
First quarter dooms Lions
January 23, 2005
Throw out the first quarter of the Topeka Invitational Tournament’s third-place game, and Lawrence High’s boys basketball team played Wichita East to a 64-all tie.
UPN puzzled by ratings declines among black-oriented comedies
January 23, 2005
UPN has seen a sharp ratings drop for its six comedies that appeal largely to blacks, and the network isn’t sure whether that reflects a change in their popularity or how viewers are counted.
Arts notes
January 23, 2005
¢ Photographer takes first in national exhibit ¢ Gallery to present architectural photos
Demon Deacons dunk Bearcats
January 23, 2005
Eric Williams knew it would come down to him.
Poet’s showcase
January 23, 2005
Briefly
January 23, 2005
¢ Abducted 11-year-old reunited with family ¢ Roe v. Wade rallies mark anniversary ¢ Community mourns store clerk’s slaying ¢ President ventures out for Alfalfa Club dinner
Snowstorm hammers Philly prior to title game
January 23, 2005
Put away those cleats and break out the ice skates. A major winter storm dumped several inches of snow on Saturday in Philadelphia, forcing hundreds of stadium workers into duty to clear out Lincoln Financial Field before today’s NFC championship game between the Eagles and Atlanta Falcons.
Horoscopes
January 23, 2005
Club responds
January 23, 2005
Worth it?
January 23, 2005
It’s not science
January 23, 2005
Congregation gathers together for final service
Dwindling attendance leads to the closing of 127-year-old rural Osborne County church
January 23, 2005
After attending the same church for more than 80 years, Wilson Nelson was not looking forward to its last service.
Princeton targets ‘A’ game with grade-inflation crackdown
January 23, 2005
For students at Princeton University, final exams are even more stressful this year: The Ivy League school decided to make it harder to earn an A.
With election a week away, Iraqi government clamps down
January 23, 2005
The Iraqi government pledged Saturday it would do everything in its power to protect voters from insurgent attacks during next week’s national elections, as militants announced they’d killed 15 captive Iraqi national guardsmen for cooperating with the Americans.
Calendar
January 23, 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.
Hotel chains expand in-room fitness options
January 23, 2005
It’s easy to fall out of exercise routines when you’re traveling. After a long day of meetings or sightseeing, by the time you get to your room, you may not feel like going to the hotel gym.
Quail numbers solid, but recent ice storms could affect mortality
January 23, 2005
A mild winter last year and a cool, wet summer have helped produce good bobwhite quail populations in much of Kansas this season.
Crash course on hunter ed in the works
January 23, 2005
Wildlife and Parks has been authorized by the Kansas Legislature to offer a crash course in hunter education for nonresidents.
Landowners targeted in pilot deer program
January 23, 2005
Landowners wishing to be considered for a pilot Land-owner Deer Management Program that will guarantee them a specific number of deer permits each year for the next three years have until Jan. 31 to apply.
It’s time for a fitness checkup
Comparisons to standards can help assess physical health
January 23, 2005
Remember high school? That’s all right, neither do we. But if you think back really hard, you may remember that for years most kids, and probably you, were subjected to regular fitness tests in physical education classes, often under the auspices of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness. The assessments varied, but they usually consisted of a run (e.g., the 600-yard “run-walk”) and some mix of sit-ups, push-ups, pull-ups, the long jump, maybe some kind of stretch.
Long-term sleeping pill ready for market
Some doctors question safety of prolonged use
January 23, 2005
It sounds like an insomniac’s dream: a sleeping pill that can be taken for weeks or even months at a time, without the risk of addiction or morning-after grogginess.
It could pay to get lower Social Security benefits early
January 23, 2005
My annual notice from the government says that if I start taking my Social Security benefit in eight years, at age 62, I’ll get about $1,500 a month. But I’ll get about $2,000 if I wait until I’m 66, or $2,700 if I wait until I’m 70. Which is the best option?
Chemists working on new medicine tool
Effort aims to replace hypodermic needles
January 23, 2005
Hypodermic needles — a child’s worst nightmare, a necessity for diabetics and an everyday tool of medicine for 150 years — could be history within several years if researchers from the University of Toronto have their way.
Bulls beat up on Pistons
January 23, 2005
The Detroit Pistons aren’t upset at losing two home games to the Chicago Bulls in a month. They just don’t like that the Bulls did it by beating them at their own game.
Ailing Henson retires
January 23, 2005
Frail but smiling, New Mexico State coach Lou Henson pulled himself up from his wheelchair, his focus no longer on winning basketball games, but merely to walk again.
Sooners, Bookout knock out Longhorns
Junior forward finishes with 18 points, 13 rebounds in OU’s 64-60 victory
January 23, 2005
Kevin Bookout never had beaten Texas in his career at Oklahoma, so he did everything he could to make sure the Sooners didn’t lose again.
Virginia Tech ‘lucky’ to upend Georgia Tech
Hokies survive frantic final seconds to topple No. 12 Yellow Jackets, 70-69
January 23, 2005
Virginia Tech needed a little luck to win its first road game over a ranked opponent in 23 years. It came in the final seconds.
Late Wecker layup lifts KSU past Tech
January 23, 2005
Kendra Wecker really wasn’t certain how she was going to do it, but she knew she had to score.
Beachside service honors mudslide victims
January 23, 2005
Friends and family gathered Saturday on a windy beach to bid farewell to 10 people who were killed when a mudslide damaged more than two dozen homes in the free-spirited oceanfront village of La Conchita.
Elder Bush sees no foreign policy shift
January 23, 2005
President Bush’s inaugural address, with its emphasis on spreading democracy and eliminating tyranny throughout the world, was not meant to signal a new direction in U.S. foreign policy nor to portray America as arrogant, his father said Saturday.
4 shot at K.C. pancake house
Security guard, 3 others wounded after argument
January 23, 2005
An early morning shooting outside a busy IHOP restaurant left a security guard and three others wounded, two of them critically, authorities said.
Report: Expert witness who helped convict innocent man was a novice
January 23, 2005
The expert witness whose testimony helped convict a man of a rape he didn’t commit was a novice who had been warned by a supervisor that he needed to learn more about the basics of blood analysis, a newspaper reported.
Local lawmakers discuss funding for public schools
January 23, 2005
Douglas County state legislators still aren’t sure what action lawmakers will take to address the lingering public school finance issue, but most are optimistic something will be done by spring to appease an order by the Kansas Supreme Court.
Better now than later,’ say stunned fans about KU loss
January 23, 2005
Kansas University basketball fans moaned, groaned, rolled their eyes and shook their heads Saturday afternoon in downtown Lawrence after watching their undefeated men’s team get smashed by unranked Villanova in Philadelphia.
Move over, Sundance; Lawrence touted as ‘perfect place’ for independent film festival
January 23, 2005
The way Judy Billings sees it, downtown Lawrence is just a film festival waiting to happen. After all, the area has most of the main ingredients to attract a crowd of film producers, actors and aficionados — plenty of bars for late-night revelry, multiple coffee houses for early-morning remedies and a handful of unique theaters for movie viewing.
Mother furious over suicide
City’s inadequate mental health care played role in child’s death, parent says
January 23, 2005
What if? That horrible question has been haunting Kathy Mitchell and others in Lawrence now for nearly two weeks.
Murray’s lawyers want evidence excluded
January 23, 2005
Attorneys for a Kansas State University English professor charged with murdering his wife have filed a pretrial motion alleging some evidence was mishandled.
Secret espionage unit aids Rumsfeld
January 23, 2005
The Pentagon, expanding into the CIA’s historic bailiwick, has created a new espionage arm and is reinterpreting U.S. law to give Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld broad authority over clandestine operations abroad, according to interviews with participants and documents obtained by The Washington Post.
Snowstorm strikes East Coast
Blizzard snarls traffic, airports from Wisconsin to New England
January 23, 2005
Hundreds of airline flights were canceled Saturday and fleets of road plows were warmed up as a paralyzing snowstorm barreled out of the Midwest and spread across the Northeast with a potential for up to 20 inches of snow driven by 50 mph wind.
Fugitive may link Madrid, 9-11 attacks
January 23, 2005
International counterterrorism authorities are looking for a Moroccan fugitive who may have attended a pivotal meeting with the Sept. 11, 2001, plotters and is believed to have played a logistical role in the train bombings last year in Madrid, Spain.
Tsunami warning system planned
January 23, 2005
The world’s nations, united in shock over the Indian Ocean catastrophe, agreed Saturday to work together to better guard their people against natural disasters, by taking steps ranging from strengthening building codes to expanding the monitoring of nature’s upheavals.
Tsunami survivor found on Indian island
January 23, 2005
Waving a flag made of his clothes, a tsunami victim dressed only in his underwear was rescued after surviving alone for 25 days on a flattened island in India’s Andaman and Nicobar archipelago, authorities said Saturday.
Biking deaths high for baby boomers
Study: Motorcycle fatalities triple among riders over 40 in past decade
January 23, 2005
Keith Fellenstein hadn’t been on a motorcycle for 10 years, until he received an old 1964 Triumph last year from his father-in-law.
Prison program rolls out presents for party
10 children receive refurbished bikes at Burge Union
January 23, 2005
Four-and-a-half-year-old Minjoo Kim’s new bike is a sight to see.
School board to discuss budget, bond issue
January 23, 2005
The Lawrence school board will meet 7 p.m. Monday at the district service center, 110 McDonald Drive.
Commuter report
January 23, 2005
The following construction projects and events may affect commuter traffic in the region this week
On the record
January 23, 2005
Grandchild charged in minister’s shooting death
January 23, 2005
Four people have been charged in the shooting death of a retired Harrisonville minister, including the man’s granddaughter.
Clayton D. Watts, Ottawa
January 23, 2005
Ralph A. Loyd, Ottawa
January 23, 2005
Lillie Avey Gammill, Eudora
January 23, 2005
Super ‘Nova slams KU
Jayhawks ‘exposed’ by ‘Cats
January 23, 2005
Bill Self saw this one coming. “The whipping we took today … I don’t want to say the whipping has been coming, but it has been,” Kansas University’s shell-shocked coach said Saturday afternoon after his previously undefeated, No. 2-ranked Jayhawks were socked by unranked Villanova, 83-62, at Wachovia Center.
Woodling: Kansas loses its poise
January 23, 2005
It may have been the worst 12 1/2-minute stretch in Kansas University’s storied men’s basketball history. I’m talking about the first 12 1/2 minutes of the second half of the Jayhawks’ 83-62 thumping by Villanova — a defeat so stunningly one-sided that ‘Nova fans were chanting “Overrated, overrated” midway through the second half.
KU women make MU first conference victim
January 23, 2005
Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson would have liked to have had her first Big 12 Conference victory sooner.
FSHS takes Topeka title
January 23, 2005
Free State High won’t be content with having the best basketball team in Class 6A. The Firebirds think they have the best team in the whole state.
Wildcats’ perseverance pays
After string of close losses, Villanova gets big win
January 23, 2005
The weather outside may have been frightful, but for the Villanova fans who braved a snowstorm to watch the Wildcats, the outcome was so delightful.
Solid defense key to East victory
Return touchdowns difference in win over West; KU’s McMillan shines for East squad
January 23, 2005
With NFL scouts watching closely, Ronald Stanley upstaged the big names at the Hula Bowl.
KU track third at triangular
January 23, 2005
Kansas University’s track and field team placed third in the team standings Saturday at the KU/KSU/MU Triangular.
FSHS wrestlers 10th at BV Northwest
January 23, 2005
Free State High’s wrestling squad placed 10th, and Lawrence High was 14th Saturday at the Blue Valley Northwest Invitational. Free State earned 74 1/2 points; LHS had 57 1/2.
Perry-Lecompton claims tourney title
January 23, 2005
Saturday night, the Perry-Lecompton boys basketball squad reaffirmed the old saying, “That’s why they play the game.”
Grandview throttles Eagles
January 23, 2005
Grandview (Mo.) Christian’s boys basketball squad built a 19-point halftime lead and rolled past Veritas Christian, 57-34, in the Northeast Oklahoma Invitational on Saturday.
Charger boys fall, girls win
January 23, 2005
Santa Fe Trail’s boys fell, 59-37, to Topeka Hayden in the third-place game of the Burlington Invitational. Junior Jake Carter led the Chargers with 15 points.
Seabury girls rout Elwood
January 23, 2005
Seabury Academy held Elwood scoreless in the second quarter en route to a 40-23 girls basketball victory Saturday in the Elwood Invitational.
Briefly
January 23, 2005
¢ Council denies reports of female candidates ¢ Yushchenko prepares to take presidential oath ¢ Official won’t confirm terror chief in custody ¢ Pope reaffirms Catholic opposition to condoms
Mishaps at breakneck speed
Review: ‘Flaming Idiots’ derives comedy from pace, energetic cast
January 23, 2005
It has been observed that farce is tragedy sped up, and that could apply to Lawrence Community Theatre’s production of “Flaming Idiots,” in which potentially appalling mishaps are transformed into comedy by being played at breakneck speed.
Tour of correctional facility clears up misconceptions
January 23, 2005
I visited the Lansing Correctional Facility earlier this week to take photographs for the newspaper. I was given unfettered access to most areas inside the prison, including the maximum security cell block, which was my first stop.
Junior high to present Anne Frank play
January 23, 2005
Southwest Junior High School will present the play “And Then They Came For Me; Remembering the World of Anne Frank,” written by Kansas University graduate James Still. It will be performed by ninth-graders at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the junior high, 2511 Inverness.
KU Opera’s ‘Cosi’ to have Midwest flavor
January 23, 2005
Mozart set his opera “Cosi fan Tutte” — which premiered in 1789 — in late 18th century Italy.
A place for us?
Lawrence has a reputation for being gay-friendly. But as the Kansas Legislature edges ever closer to letting voters weigh in on a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, couples are questi
January 23, 2005
Maureen Warren was a high school student in Garden City when she realized she was lesbian. She let only a few people in on the secret. “In fact, I still continued to publicly date guys,” Warren said last week. “I came out to my mom and some friends maybe as a senior in high school. I came out completely once I came to KU.”
Figuratively speaking: Bodies to do the talking on gallery walk
January 23, 2005
As long as humans have been creating art, they’ve been putting themselves in it.
Editor ousted at Paris Review, other changes in the works
January 23, 2005
A year and a half after the death of longtime editor George Plimpton, the Paris Review is finding him even harder to replace than first imagined.
What are you reading?
January 23, 2005
Best sellers
January 23, 2005
For the love of books
Valentine’s Day volumes say ‘I love you’ to young readers
January 23, 2005
With Valentine’s Day only a few weeks away, now is the time to seek the gift book that will say “I love you” to kids.
Bulldogs rebound for third-place victory
January 23, 2005
Baldwin High’s boys basketball team beat Kansas City Turner, 76-63, on Saturday in the third-place game of the Baldwin Invitational less than 24 hours after suffering a 85-41 loss to Kansas City (Mo.) Lincoln Prep.
KU’s Hawkins dealt a blow
January 23, 2005
Some hard hits will be administered during today’s Eagles-Falcons NFC title game here in the City of Brotherly Love.
School helps women feel at home away from home
January 23, 2005
At first, Isbelia Sanquinetti didn’t want to go to Small World, an English-language school for foreign women living in Lawrence.
Local briefs
January 23, 2005
¢ Electrical problem likely cause of fire ¢ Restricted left turns off 23rd now in effect ¢ KU Haitian scholar named best professor ¢ Semitrailer accident blocks toll booth traffic
Briefcase
January 23, 2005
¢ Toshiba service calls up PCs with phones ¢ Music fans tuning into digital options ¢ Name that company
The Motley Fool
January 23, 2005
¢ Last week’s question and answer ¢ Apple’s melodious achievement ¢ Quicken vs. Money ¢ Gold shrug ¢ Stock splits re-explained
Faces and places
January 23, 2005
Marion, Melvern heated docks luring anglers
January 23, 2005
The temperature hovered near freezing that morning, and a strong north wind blew horizontal pellets of slushy sleet.
Kerry, Democrats should move on
January 23, 2005
I don’t want to hear anything else about Ohio.
Uncertain future
Decisions about Kansas children in foster care have to be based on compassion and common sense, not a budget’s bottom line.
January 23, 2005
It would be nice if life fit as conveniently into boxes as some proposals to alter the Kansas foster care system seem to assume.
Bush, Rice set lofty goals for second term
January 23, 2005
President Bush swims on a flood tide of advice and cautions offered for his second term. The most important change Bush may want to consider can be boiled down to a drop of wisdom distilled in an anecdote currently roiling politics in Britain.