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Family keeps up hope on anniversary of woman’s disappearance
January 26, 2005
One year ago today a local woman vanished from her west Lawrence home, seemingly without a trace. There’s been no sign of now 39-year-old Lesley Smith, nor the 1990 brown Plymouth Voyager minivan she’s believed to have been driving when she was last seen, Jan. 26, 2004.
House advances bill to help school districts with military families
January 26, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 12:25 p.m.) School districts serving Fort Leavenworth and Fort Riley would get a break under legislation that received preliminary approval today in the House.
Winter makes a comeback
January 26, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 2:12 p.m.) Say goodbye to the sunny warm weather. Cooler temperatures and cloudy skies will return today and linger through the rest of the week, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
U.S. must export freedom
January 26, 2005
The word “freedom” is used in many contexts, including an inaugural address.
Celtics halt nine-game road slide
January 26, 2005
For the Boston Celtics to break their nine-game road losing streak, they had to learn to let Paul Pierce carry them down the stretch.
General assesses Iraqi troop readiness
January 26, 2005
Gen. David Petraeus is flying in a C-130 transport plane back to the place he once made into a model of U.S.-Iraqi cooperation.
Sales of existing homes climb to record high in 2004
National median sales price jumps to $184,100
January 26, 2005
Sales of previously owned homes rose 9.4 percent to an all-time high of 6.68 million units last year while the median price of those homes rose at the fastest clip in 24 years, a real estate trade group said Tuesday.
American hostage shown in video
Six U.S. soldiers reported killed
January 26, 2005
An American kidnapped in November pleaded for his life in a video aired Tuesday, and at least a dozen Iraqis died in Baghdad as political violence continued to plague the country five days before Sunday’s crucial elections for a new National Assembly.
Europeans pay tribute to Auschwitz survivors
German chancellor apologizes for country’s atrocities
January 26, 2005
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder expressed shame Tuesday over the horrors of the Nazi era, acknowledging that Adolf Hitler’s regime enjoyed wide support among Germans and promising that his country will always try to keep alive the memory of the Holocaust.
Threes carry Texas past Tech, 80-73
January 26, 2005
While Texas is still learning to love the zone defense, the Longhorns’ romance with the three-point shot never has faded.
Federal charges sought in sheriff’s death
Attorney general to ask Department of Justice for permission to seek death penalty
January 26, 2005
Federal prosecutors plan to charge a man accused of killing Greenwood County Sheriff Matt Samuels with a capital crime, removing the uncertainty of whether a state jury could sentence Scott Cheever to death if convicted.
Baylor freshman impressed by KU
January 26, 2005
Aaron Bruce hasn’t seen many college basketball teams, but Baylor University’s freshman standout has Kansas University at the top of at least one list.
Notebook
January 26, 2005
Kansas University hit a school-record 16 three-pointers in 27 tries Tuesday against Baylor, surpassing the old school record of 15 threes set in a 96-91 victory over North Carolina State on Dec. 10, 1994, in Raleigh, N.C. The 27 attempts were four off the school record of 31 taken against Baylor in 2001 and Oklahoma in 1995, both road games.
Add some spice to your Super Bowl party
January 26, 2005
So your favorite NFL team didn’t make the playoffs. Or maybe you don’t have a favorite team. Or perhaps you don’t even know the difference between a corner blitz and a shotgun formation.
Manufacturing picks up
Sauer-Danfoss jobs signaling economic recovery in county
January 26, 2005
Sauer-Danfoss Co. is starting the year with nearly twice as many employees as it did a year ago, as the manufacturer of hydraulic power systems for off-road equipment pumps up production to meet rising demand.
Sex slavery rings widespread, authorities warn
Justice Dept. official says practice helps terrorists
January 26, 2005
Trafficking people for forced labor and sexual slavery has become the world’s No. 2 most lucrative crime, and terrorists are using shadowy underground networks to move around, a senior U.S. counter-trafficking official warned Tuesday.
Sexual abuse allegations resurface for communal church after murder
January 26, 2005
The crewcut young man stares into the video camera and recites a plan to kill his mother, her husband and anybody else affiliated with The Family International, a church with roots in the sexual revolution of the 1960s.
KU’s Robinson declines to play
January 26, 2005
Freshman Russell Robinson was the only Kansas University basketball player in the 15-man traveling party not to log any minutes in Tuesday’s 86-66 rout of Baylor at Ferrell Center.
Illinois stays unbeaten
Wisconsin’s home win streak stopped
January 26, 2005
One dazzling streak ended, and another endured.
Veritas boys cruise; Seabury sweeps
January 26, 2005
After trailing by two at the end of the first quarter, Veritas Christian went on a 28-6 run heading into halftime and never looked back Tuesday night against Chanute Academy.
Heat, cooking time must be resolved for slab of ribs
January 26, 2005
Perhaps it’s a sign of longing for warmer weather, but lately I’ve been cooking things in the oven and under the broiler that I ordinarily cook only on the grill during the other three seasons. One of these most recent indoor cooking efforts involved spare ribs, which I usually cook all day in the smoker.
A case of the jitters
FCC decisions making TV executives very nervous
January 26, 2005
There’s no more potent symbol for Hollywood TV executives these days than Peter Griffin’s pixilated buttocks.
Horoscopes
January 26, 2005
Alcohol at issue on KU campus
Student senators to ask for beer sales at union
January 26, 2005
Beer could soon be flowing again at the Kansas Union. A group of student senators plans to lobby the Kansas University administration to allow 3.2 percent beer to be sold at the union, with a special emphasis on responsible consumption.
Four filings at deadline trigger city primary
Nine candidates seek 3 commission seats
January 26, 2005
The final hours before Tuesday’s filing deadline produced four new candidates for the Lawrence City Commission race and one new contender for the Lawrence school board.
Scouts’ honor tarnished by investigations
January 26, 2005
Boy Scout volunteer Tom Willis knew something was wrong when he saw that 20 youngsters on the list for a scouting program all had the same last name: Doe.
Mission: find the cost of education
January 26, 2005
Facing a court order to fix school finance, Kansas’ No. 1 school funding guru is on a secret mission, apparently to find out how much a public school education costs.
Legislators commend state’s ad campaign
Commerce officials may ask for additional funding for project
January 26, 2005
Kansas’ $1.7 million image campaign got off to a rocky start, but several lawmakers Tuesday said they liked it and told economic and tourism officials not to be discouraged by criticism.
Early morning fires damage store, church in downtown
January 26, 2005
Investigators are looking for the person who started a fire near a downtown alley early Tuesday that spread to an import shop and caused an estimated $30,000 in damage.
Neighbors on alert after string of robberies
January 26, 2005
Residents of the Brook Creek Neighborhood in East Lawrence are watchful and worried following a string of at least 11 auto and home burglaries in recent days.
City briefs
January 26, 2005
¢ Marine recruiting office vandalized ¢ Applications accepted for road treatment
School board value
We wouldn’t want school board members who are lured to run just for the money, but wouldn’t at least a token payment show we value their time and service?
January 26, 2005
Should we be paying our school board members?
Screen scene
An independent film festival seems like a great fit for Lawrence.
January 26, 2005
Bringing a film festival to Lawrence is only a dream right now, but the idea is getting some attention, according to Judy Billings, director of the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau. Hopefully, local residents will get behind this effort.
U.S. arrogance
January 26, 2005
Help needed
January 26, 2005
School shifts
January 26, 2005
Bush takes center stage
January 26, 2005
The instant analysis started as soon as President Bush finished his inaugural speech. “Ambitious,” “cocky,” “inspired,” “scary,” “eloquent,” “arrogant,” “grand” and “grandiose” all got their 15 seconds. I wouldn’t argue with any of them, for there was enough grist in the 21-minute address to grind it anyway you want.
Daily ticker
January 26, 2005
Southwest Kansans ponder KCI usage
City leaders consider study of flights
January 26, 2005
Southwest Kansas officials want to know if there’s someplace else area residents would rather fly to than Kansas City, Mo., when connecting with flights to other parts of the country.
Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs settle charges
January 26, 2005
Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs agreed Tuesday to pay $40 million each to settle regulators’ allegations that they improperly doled out shares of hot new stocks to certain customers to get them to buy more at inflated prices once trading began.
U.S., China lead growth in global economy
January 26, 2005
The global economy expanded by 4 percent last year, with developing countries a particular success, the United Nations said Tuesday in an upbeat report about the world’s finances in 2004.
Commodities
January 26, 2005
Briefcase
January 26, 2005
¢ Pinnacle Woods sold in $18.5 million deal ¢ SBC brings back traditional pensions ¢ Marriott to change 628,000 beds ¢ BNSF profits rise on freight shipping ¢ Fired HealthSouth CEO faces trial for fraud ¢ Ex-WorldCom chief accused of ‘lie after lie’ ¢ Coleman hires president ¢ Drug companies post solid earnings results
Station reports new package purportedly from BTK killer
January 26, 2005
A package purportedly tied to the BTK serial killings was found Tuesday after a local television news station received a postcard directing it to the scene, KAKE-TV reported.
State lawmaker remembered as popular, effective representative
January 26, 2005
Republican Rep. Carol Beggs was remembered Monday as a charming, popular lawmaker who devoted his life to his family and the public.
Capitol briefing
News from the Kansas Statehouse
January 26, 2005
¢ School finance countdown ¢ Tuesday’s highlights ¢ Today’s schedule ¢ Quote of the day
The Aviator’ leads Oscar contenders with 11 nominations
January 26, 2005
The Howard Hughes epic “The Aviator” led Academy Awards contenders with 11 nominations Tuesday, including best picture, plus acting honors for Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett and Alan Alda and a directing slot for Martin Scorsese.
Democrats say Rice lied about Iraq
Confirmation still expected today
January 26, 2005
Senate Democrats on Tuesday attacked the nomination of Condoleezza Rice as U.S. secretary of state, arguing in a daylong debate that she had misled Congress and the public on the need for war against Iraq and threatening to tarnish her expected approval.
Federal deficit expected to reach $368B this year — without new Iraq request
January 26, 2005
The federal budget deficit will hit $368 billion this fiscal year, Congress’ top budget analysts predicted Tuesday, and that doesn’t include mushrooming spending on the war in Iraq.
Former teacher at Eudora High School aiding relief efforts
January 26, 2005
A former Eudora High School teacher now in the Air Force is flying cargo planes of supplies to tsunami-ravaged areas in southern Asia.
Indonesia struggles to set accurate death toll
January 26, 2005
With workers still finding bodies under mud-caked rubble a month after a tsunami, Indonesia’s Health Ministry revised its casualty count Tuesday, lowering confirmed deaths to 96,000 but raising the number of missing, and presumed dead, to 132,000.
Razzies take aim at worst in film
January 26, 2005
The fur is still flying over Halle Berry’s action flop “Catwoman.”
Woodling: Shooting prowess stunned Baylor
January 26, 2005
Scott Drew quickly launched into a laudatory spiel about Kansas University point guard Aaron Miles. Minutes after the Jayhawks had buried Drew’s Baylor basketball team under an avalanche of three-point goals, the Bears’ coach gushed about Miles’ shooting.
Kansas women claim second straight victory
January 26, 2005
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team claimed its second straight victory, a 65-60 decision over Colorado on Tuesday.
LHS holds off Free State
January 26, 2005
Free State High spent most of Tuesday night trying to catch up with Lawrence High. Tim Giblin needed only 28 1/2 seconds to finish the Firebirds off.
KU football gets another pledge
January 26, 2005
The Kansas University football team picked up its 23rd known pledge for the 2005 season, landing a nonbinding oral commitment from defensive back James Holt of Altus, Okla., according to rivals.com.
K-State women hammer Cyclones
January 26, 2005
Kendra Wecker scored 26 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead No. 16 Kansas State to a 74-52 victory over No. 18 Iowa State on Tuesday night.
Chiefs sign ex-Husker QB Crouch
Former Heisman winner to play safety in NFL Europe
January 26, 2005
Eric Crouch, who won the 2001 Heisman Trophy as a quarterback at Nebraska, has signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as he continues his efforts to make the NFL as a defensive back.
Commentary: NFL, gambling go hand in hand
January 26, 2005
The AFC championship game was still in the third quarter, but the wise guys had seen enough. In small rooms inside glittering casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, they came up with the most anticipated — and most important — number of the NFL season.
Pacers players appear in court
January 26, 2005
Five Indiana Pacers players and three fans charged in one of the most violent melees in NBA history appeared in court Tuesday — each at a separate hearing — and were released on bond.
Ottawa boys survive at Baldwin
January 26, 2005
As is typical in any athletic contest between Baldwin and Ottawa high schools, exertion overshadowed execution in the Cyclones’ 74-65 boys basketball victory Tuesday at Baldwin.
Perry-Lecompton boys rout Oskaloosa, 57-42
January 26, 2005
Perry-Lecompton High kept its momentum going after winning last week’s McLouth Invitational with a 57-42 boys basketball road victory Tuesday night at Oskaloosa.
Tongie defense dominates Lansing girls
January 26, 2005
Addie Heim led Tonganoxie High to its 10th girls basketball victory of the season, prevailing against Lansing, 58-36, Tuesday night in a make-up game.
Lions roll in home opener
January 26, 2005
Lawrence High might have served as host to the second prep varsity bowling meet ever at Royal Crest Lanes on Tuesday, but the Lions’ inaugural outing was second to none.
Haskell men clip Kansas Wesleyan
January 26, 2005
Haskell Indian Nations University’s men’s basketball team staged a furious rally in the second half to knock off Kansas Wesleyan, 80-77, on Tuesday night.
Firebirds dominate Topeka swim meet
January 26, 2005
Free State High’s Chase Torgerson, Anthony Portela and Chris Sellon each won two individual events, Nathan Schriner won one, and the Firebirds won two of three relays Tuesday while dominating the Topeka Invitational.
On the record
January 26, 2005
Corrections
January 26, 2005
Sabatini Architects Inc. was misidentified in a story that ran in Tuesday’s Lawrence & State section. The firm submitted the low bid for a proposed new fire station near 19th Street and Stewart Avenue.
Murderer among inmates up for parole next month
January 26, 2005
One of two men convicted in the 1981 murder of a woman in Jefferson County will go before the parole board next month.
Vigna services
January 26, 2005
John Patrick Lenahan
January 26, 2005
Schuler services
January 26, 2005
Aleck Alexander, Overland Park
January 26, 2005
David Thomas Renfrow, Larned
January 26, 2005
Jacquelynn Engel, McPherson
January 26, 2005
Historian to share story of steamboats
January 26, 2005
Looking at the Kaw River now, it seems hard to believe steamboats regularly traveled it when Kansas became a territory in 1854.
New principal selected for Kennedy School
January 26, 2005
A Missouri middle school principal will be the next principal of Kennedy School.
Salvation Army receives $49,000 grant
Funds to aid homeless project
January 26, 2005
The Lawrence Salvation Army will receive a federal grant of nearly $50,000 for homeless assistance, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Tuesday.
Roundabout plans revived for 19th and Louisiana
Study urged to focus on pedestrian safety
January 26, 2005
City officials are once again moving forward on a proposed $545,000 roundabout at 19th and Louisiana streets.
Ballots fill up for area elections
January 26, 2005
The following are candidates who met Tuesday’s filing deadline for races in neighboring counties.
Area briefs
January 26, 2005
¢ Tsunami lecture, vigil are tonight at KU ¢ National official to visit American Legion post ¢ Baker University to have MLK service ¢ Science standards panel to meet in Salina ¢ New lottery game tied to boat maker, festival
Worth their salt
Specialty salts increasingly common in cooking
January 26, 2005
Salt is salt, right? Apparently not, if the latest gourmet trend is any proof. Salt — that most basic of seasonings that has been used in kitchens across human cultures for thousands of years — has now gone upscale.
Consumers should make sure plastics safe for microwave
January 26, 2005
Since stories about the dangers of chemicals leaching from plastic into microwaved food continue to circulate, the Food and Drug Administration has responded to these concerns.
Low-carb dieting isn’t as popular, study shows
January 26, 2005
Low-carb dieting may be on the wane. According to a new survey commissioned by the American Institute for Cancer Research, four in five weight-conscious Americans are relying on the old-fashioned diet strategy of eating more fruits and vegetables.
Some supporters see marriage amendment as check on moral decay
January 26, 2005
In promoting a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions for gay couples, some Kansans suggest the debate’s outcome will affect the country’s moral health.
Deadly from downtown
Hawkins leads KU beyond arc
January 26, 2005
Jeff Hawkins showed up for Kansas University basketball practice Monday without his trademark braids. “I just wanted to cut off my hair, get a fresh start, get a new start,” said the junior guard, who explained that “a guy named Marty” did the clipping at a Lawrence barber shop.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
January 26, 2005
Cards clip Eagles
Eudora knocks off host squad; Baldwin, Ottawa roll in openers
January 26, 2005
Eudora High’s girls basketball team’s 47-33 victory over Wellsville in the first round of the Top Gun tournament never seriously was in doubt.
Despite budget woes, CU football rewarded
January 26, 2005
The Colorado football team spent nearly $35,000 to give each player an electronic organizer as a reward for making it to a bowl game last month, even as other programs at the school say they are strapped for cash.
They came, they saw, they redefined ‘bad taste’
January 26, 2005
Idle hands may be the workshop of the devil, but sometimes boredom can fuel the imagination. Take reality television. The genre has gotten so stale, derivative and tedious that I’m now given to concocting new plots just to make things interesting.
6Sports video: Last-second shot puts Lansing over Chieftains
January 26, 2005
The Tonganoxie boys were looking good early, but were unable to put it away in a 48-46 loss to the Lions.
6Sports video: LHS wins city dual
January 26, 2005
Lawrence High beat Free State, 44-24, in the intracity wrestling meet on Tuesday at FSHS.
6Sports video: Firebirds contenders for state title
January 26, 2005
For the first time in school history, the Free State boys basketball team is a legitimate state championship contender.
6Sports video: Three-point shots fall for Tonganoxie
January 26, 2005
The Chieftains put down the threes to come away with a big-time win against Lansing, 58-36.
Briefly
January 26, 2005
¢ Yushchenko seeking EU membership ¢ Officials: Israel halts targeted killings ¢ Report: Iran won’t scrap nuclear enrichment ¢ Court rules publisher libeled pope ¢ Panel debates female ascension to throne ¢ Annan questioned in oil-for-food probe ¢ More than 200 killed in stampede
Briefly
January 26, 2005
¢ Bush, black leaders try for fresh start ¢ Study: Defense system for planes unreliable ¢ Gays drop challenges to marriage act
Briefly
January 26, 2005
¢ School administrator accused in drug ring ¢ Metallica fan executed for murder ¢ Subway service disrupted by fire