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Man injured in fall arrested
January 28, 2005
(Updated Friday at 2:34 p.m.) Police said today that a man found injured Thursday morning in a downtown alley has been arrested on suspicion of threatening to kill a coffee-shop worker — something police say he did shortly before he accidentally fell and injured his head.
KU featured on ESPN broadcast
January 28, 2005
(Updated Friday at 10:37 a.m.) Lawrence and Allen Fieldhouse were in the national limelight this morning as ESPN started two days of broadcasts at Kansas University.
Snow moving in this evening
January 28, 2005
(Updated Friday at 5:06 p.m.) You might want to work sledding into your weekend plans — Lawrence could get anywhere between a trace of snow and two inches of the white stuff by early Saturday morning, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Chamber directory
January 28, 2005
Chamber, United Way co-sponsor awards
January 28, 2005
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Douglas County are co-sponsors of the Spirit of Caring Awards, which recognize local business that are leaders in strengthening the community through charitable giving and the promotion of volunteerism.
Lawrence Chamber of Commerce
January 28, 2005
Interest in small businesses picks up
January 28, 2005
Small businesses are the key to more local jobs and a better economy.
Program promotes leadership skills
January 28, 2005
Twenty-five area residents were selected in September to participate in the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lawrence program
Sports corporation lures events to city
January 28, 2005
When it comes to bringing visitors to town, the Lawrence Sports Corp. is playing to win.
New home sales dipped in 2004
January 28, 2005
The number of homes sold in Lawrence and Douglas County dipped in 2004, as the pace of new-home construction helped keep potential buyers out of the market.
Sales tax revenue reaches $11.43 million
Growth rate of 4.7 percent outpaced inflation, finance director says
January 28, 2005
After four straight years of struggling to keep up with inflation, Lawrence’s sales tax collections showed solid signs of a turnaround in 2004.
Tourism officials hoping for better numbers in 2005
January 28, 2005
Officials with the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau expect the city’s tourism industry to be healthier — and better informed — in 2005.
Exiting official lauds ‘medical diplomacy’
January 28, 2005
No secretary of health and human services ever feels the job is finished when his or her time is up. Tommy Thompson, the latest in the generally distinguished line of leaders of the Cabinet department closest to the everyday needs of millions of Americans, is no different from his predecessors.
Research is key
January 28, 2005
3 guilty in military drug ring
Insulin-selling conspiracy targeted Army pharmacies nationwide
January 28, 2005
Three people have pleaded guilty to being part of a conspiracy to steal drugs from Army pharmacies across the country to resell on the Internet.
Wichita Police find missing communication linked to BTK
January 28, 2005
Investigators have tracked down a missing communication that may have come from the BTK serial killer, leading police to again appeal to the public for help in solving the case.
Area briefs
January 28, 2005
¢ Two sentenced for role in overdose death
Foster care agency loses contract
Kansas Children’s Service League questions loss
January 28, 2005
These aren’t the best of times for Kansas Children’s Service League. Last week, the 112-year-old charity learned it had lost its $15 million foster care contract with the state and that its $33.6 million adoption contract would be reduced to $3.5 million.
Lawmakers look to tax facelifts
Several states seeking financial injections
January 28, 2005
Nip, tuck and … tax? Lawmakers trying to plump up the bottom line are considering a “vanity tax” on cosmetic surgery and Botox injections in Washington, Illinois and other states.
Study: Tax law changes could raise billions
January 28, 2005
Abusive tax shelters, inflated deductions and other misdeeds cost the U.S. Treasury little when compared with money lost because some employee benefits and wages escape taxation.
Agriculture secretary presses Japan to resume beef trade
January 28, 2005
Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns pressed the Japanese ambassador to the United States Thursday to set a date for Japan to resume buying U.S. beef.
Briefcase
January 28, 2005
¢ UPS profits slim on drop in volume ¢ World Online sites finalists for ‘Edgies’ ¢ Microsoft earnings up on server sales
Commodities
January 28, 2005
Cinema with soul
New group shares enthusiasm for spirituality in film
January 28, 2005
Nearly everyone who loves movies knows what it’s like to discover a treasure of a film — one that’s so good, so mind-expanding, so heart-stirring, it comes across as a revelation. Those are the kind of films that capture the attention of C. Shaffia Laue, a holistic psychiatrist based in Lawrence.
Eastwood’s Oscar contender doesn’t pull any punches
January 28, 2005
“It’s the latest freak show out there,” explains Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood), for why he refuses to train a female boxer and why she shouldn’t have any trouble finding someone else who will. The fact that he believes the 31-year-old Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) is too old for the sport doesn’t help matters.
Arts Notes
January 28, 2005
¢ Chuck Pyle ¢ Gallery Walk tonight
Scares rare in ‘Hide and Seek’
Thriller fails to deliver the ‘gotchas’ it promises
January 28, 2005
Mustn’t say which Stephen King novel and movie “Hide and Seek” rips off, because that would give too much away. And really, the scares are rare enough in this ho-hum, little-girl-and-her-ghost thriller. No sense ruining any of them with a silly old movie review.
Grounded’ grounded by vulgar TV stereotypes
January 28, 2005
Claudia goes into labor at Lily’s graduation on the series finale of “Grounded for Life” (7:30 p.m., WB). Originally broadcast on Fox, this comedy debuted in January 2001. Its rough sensibilities seemed more appropriate to that network.
Best Bets
January 28, 2005
Golf tournament set for Feb. 25
January 28, 2005
The 2005 Big Chill golf tournament is Feb. 25 at Alvamar Country Club. Registration begins at 11 a.m., and the tournament starts at 1 p.m.
Horoscopes
January 28, 2005
Belts and bags
Save 25,000 lives per year? Seat belts, air bags and other safety measures DO work.
January 28, 2005
Time was when American motor vehicle accidents claimed in excess of 50,000 lives each year. That figure now is under 35,000 despite the fact more people and equipment are jamming overcrowded roads.
Calendar
January 28, 2005
After ‘Blue,’ Steven Bochco will try NYPD ‘Blind’
January 28, 2005
When “NYPD Blue” ends its 12-year run in March, creator Steven Bochco will put a new cop on the beat. A blind one.
Capitol Briefing
January 28, 2005
Topeka to vote March 1 on blocking gay anti-discrimination ordinances
January 28, 2005
Voters in the state capital will decide March 1 whether to repeal a ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation in municipal employment and whether to prevent the city from extending other protections to gays and lesbians.
Report: State not spending enough to meet needs
Study tells lawmakers funding is 25 percent less than what is needed, a gap that grows for bilingual and ‘at-risk’ children
January 28, 2005
A much-anticipated report on the cost of education produced an expensive bottom line: Kansas spends about 25 percent less on most students than what educators said was needed. The gap becomes greater when teaching bilingual and at-risk students, according to the report.
Water officials lukewarm on Kansas River study
January 28, 2005
State water officials Thursday declined to dive into a comprehensive study of the Kansas River. They opted instead to stick a toe in those controversial waters and decide later whether to take a swim.
NFL dream coming true — again — for Thomason
January 28, 2005
Jeff Thomason awoke and shook his wife. “Hon,” he said, “I had an incredible dream last night.” “You’re not dreaming,” his wife, Blake, said. “It’s really happening.” Most days, Thomason worked 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., sitting at his desk, talking on the phone, meeting with subcontractors, going over the thousands of details involved in building and marketing a community of homes.
Belichick just your everyday genius
Nondescript Patriots coach quickly can command attention when it comes to football
January 28, 2005
Matt Light was trying to explain to a faceful of microphones what it was like to play for coach Bill Belichick. “We just do what we’re told, basically,” the Patriots’ left tackle said.
Oglivie fires 63, leads Hope
Mickelson, Jacobson trail by three strokes
January 28, 2005
Joe Ogilvie figured there would be some awfully low scores in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
Delgado plans to maintain war protest
January 28, 2005
Carlos Delgado is taking his anti-war protest to Florida. While Delgado finalized his $52 million, four-year deal with the Marlins on Thursday, Magglio Ordonez made a counteroffer to the Detroit Tigers and Barry Larkin said he was leaning toward retirement.
Iraqi security considered unreliable
January 28, 2005
Three days before Sunday’s historic balloting in Iraq, there’s widespread agreement that Iraq’s security forces are incapable of stopping election day violence. Instead, American forces will be called in to respond to any efforts to derail the election with attacks on polling places and voters.
U.S. warning angers officials
January 28, 2005
A U.S. alert about violence along the border in Mexico created unexpected friction with a crucial neighbor Thursday, just as new Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other new members of President Bush’s team are starting to take office.
Survivors, world leaders mark Auschwitz liberation
January 28, 2005
As Nazi death doctor Josef Mengele drained her left arm of blood while filling her right with poisons and germs — sending her into the hospital and what Mengele told her would be certain death — Eva Mozes Kor vowed to survive. That was 1944.
Evolution teaching changes rejected
Committee rebuffs proposals on creationism, intelligent design
January 28, 2005
Efforts to expose students to stronger criticisms of evolution were rebuffed Thursday by a committee rewriting the state’s science education standards. The move potentially sets up a confrontation with the conservative-controlled State Board of Education.
Briefly - World
January 28, 2005
¢ Judge set to hear evidence on ‘Baby 81’ ¢ U.N. peacekeepers secure neighborhood ¢ Afghan elections might be delayed ¢ Palestinian leaders issue weapons ban
Networks send top anchors to report on Iraqi elections
January 28, 2005
American television networks have sent their top anchors to Iraq this week to cover Sunday’s elections, using them as a news hook to update viewers about what’s going on in the war zone.
People
January 28, 2005
¢ Clark released from hospital ¢ Here’s the story of a man named Brady: divorce No. 2 ¢ Ringo cartoon will unveil Beatle’s secret superpowers ¢ Kidman gets restraining order against photographers ¢ Birthdays
Sporting sacrifice sought: tickets to KU game
Would you give up your seats for the sake of civic pride?
January 28, 2005
Lynn Parman is looking to score 15 of the hottest tickets in town. Parman, vice president for economic development at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, is asking business leaders to part with tickets to the Kansas-Oklahoma State men’s basketball game Feb. 27.
Robinson pleased following meeting
KU freshman guard determined to improve after confab with Self
January 28, 2005
Russell Robinson had a two-hour, heart-to-heart chat with his boss Wednesday night. “It was a man-to-man talk, not really coach-to-player. It seemed more like man-to-man,” Robinson stressed of his sit-down with Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self.
Online degree programs on accreditation agenda
January 28, 2005
The future of online education at Kansas University will be among the issues discussed next week as the university plays host to a 12-member team from its accrediting council, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Top diplomat Rice plans trip to Europe, Middle East
January 28, 2005
Condoleezza Rice worked the phones on her first day on the job as America’s top diplomat Thursday, reaching out to European allies and partners in the war on terrorism and echoing President Bush’s inaugural charge to promote liberty across the globe.
Nuclear threat still weighs on Ashcroft
January 28, 2005
The possibility that al-Qaida or its sympathizers could gain access to a nuclear bomb is the greatest danger facing the United States in the war on terrorism, Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft said Thursday.
Schoolchildren served a ‘Slice of Agriculture’
A day in the life on the farm
January 28, 2005
They rattled off facts about two pigs in a pen behind them and told the children that the gigantic John Deere tractor they were looking at cost $112,000. But the schoolchildren still had questions for their guides to agriculture.
Study: Fidgeting may be natural key to fitness
January 28, 2005
Strolling to the bus stop, fidgeting during a meeting, standing up to stretch, jumping off the couch to change channels and other seemingly minor physical activity can make the difference between being lean and obese, researchers reported Thursday.
On the record
January 28, 2005
Shirley E. DeMarais, Wichita
January 28, 2005
Rufus A. Bailey, Kansas City, Mo.
January 28, 2005
Lorraine Violet Mater, Wichita
January 28, 2005
Nancy Denman, Nevada, Mo.
January 28, 2005
Firms move forward on Sunflower site
January 28, 2005
The Johnson County Commission agreed Thursday to formally recognize partners Kessinger/Hunter and Co. and International Risk Group as developers of the defunct Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant near De Soto.
Free State boys topple O-Northwest
January 28, 2005
Free State’s boys bowling team defeated Olathe Northwest, 2,669-2,616, Thursday.
Seahawks falter late
January 28, 2005
Adam Davis scored 15 points and helped Seabury Academy’s boys basketball squad to a two-point lead after three quarters against Colony-Crest.
Eudora shocks Baldwin
Cardinals upend defending champs
January 28, 2005
The Top Gun Tournament will crown a champion other than Baldwin High for the first time since 2001. Eudora erased a five-point deficit late to defeat the three-time defending champion, 40-35, in high school girls basketball Thursday night.
Mary Louise Boggs, Lawrence
January 28, 2005
Ottawa 50, Spring Hill 39
January 28, 2005
The game was tied at 26 at halftime, but perimeter shooting allowed Ottawa to slowly pull away.
Wellsville 37, Piper 32
January 28, 2005
Erica Patton scored six of her 23 points in the fourth quarter, leading Wellsville.
Eagles win OT thriller
January 28, 2005
Mark Randtke scored 41 points for Veritas Christian’s boys basketball squad Thursday night, and, believe it or not, he wasn’t the hero.
City basketball capsule
January 28, 2005
¢ Kansas City Christian at Lawrence High boys
Colony-Crest too solid early
January 28, 2005
It wasn’t hard to figure why Seabury Academy dropped a 47-28 high school girls basketball decision Thursday to Colony-Crest.
Jayhawk Invite on tap today
January 28, 2005
While cold temperatures persist, the Kansas University track and field team is looking for a winter warm-up in the Jayhawk Invitational.
Kansas high school basketball scores from Jan. 27
January 28, 2005
Georgia Tech stuns Wake Forest
Jack’s free throws decisive in Yellow Jackets’ 102-101 overtime win
January 28, 2005
Jarrett Jack walked toward the opposite end of the court, struggling to catch his breath. The Georgia Tech guard remembered his two missed free throws in overtime, along with a critical turnover, that allowed Wake Forest to tie it in regulation.
Karl returning to NBA as Nuggets’ new coach
January 28, 2005
George Karl had been involved with basketball since the seventh grade, so not having it in his life for nearly two years left him feeling empty.
William Albert Breshears, Lawrence
January 28, 2005
LHS boys, girls good enough to beat Olathe East
January 28, 2005
The thrills that come with a grand opening are over for the Lawrence High bowling team — those jitters left after the Lions’ first home triangular Tuesday. Now, it’s time to bowl, and bowl well.
Correction
January 28, 2005
Local briefs
January 28, 2005
¢ SpaceShipOne engineer to speak at KU Expo ¢ Tiahrt appointed to Intelligence Committee ¢ Health Department offering flu shots ¢ Woman dies in house fire ¢ Man hospitalized, jailed ¢ Rep. Ryun reintroduces heritage bill in House
Expatriate Iraqis head to polls in Australia
January 28, 2005
Iraqi expatriates began casting ballots today in Sydney, several jostling to be among the first to vote in Iraq’s first independent elections in more than 50 years.
Gay marriage ban advances; debate scheduled
January 28, 2005
House debate is expected early next week on a proposed state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, following a committee’s endorsement of the measure.
Anything But Joey enjoys a last waltz
January 28, 2005
During a recent three-month tour that brought Anything But Joey to Washington D.C., the band experienced another in a string of motorized failures. Seems the fan clutch on the group’s van busted.
Retired banker nabs Citizen of the Years
January 28, 2005
Bob Georgeson doesn’t have much free time.
Optimism starts here
Rising membership, increased jobs create positive atmosphere
January 28, 2005
Leaders at Lawrence Chamber of Commerce see plenty of reason for positive thinking in the year ahead.
6Sports video: Lions fall to Tigers
January 28, 2005
The Lions lost, 62-41, to the Tigers in the first round of the Firebird Winter Classic on Thursday night at Free State High.
6Sports video: Scholar Athlete of the Month
January 28, 2005
Tonganoxie senior Kirk Rodell is this month’s High School Scholar Athlete.
6Sports video: Free State tops Topeka Hayden
January 28, 2005
The Firebirds won the first-round of the Firebird Winter Classic, 52-32, against Topeka Hayden on Thursday night at Free State High.
Still searching
A year after their daughter’s disappearance, a Lawrence couple hopes to untangle mystery
January 28, 2005
Marilyn Anderson celebrated her daughter’s 39th birthday Jan. 23 by buying her daughter’s favorite ice cream cake, though she knew Lesley Smith would not be home to enjoy it. “It was a tough day, but it was a good day,” Anderson said. “I know that she’s out there somewhere.”
Business owner takes over as chairwoman
January 28, 2005
She’s started her own business, served as mayor and led the state’s largest business organization as it became the fastest-growing organization of its kind in the country.
Has ‘freedom’ been hijacked by the right?
January 28, 2005
This is for everyone who has ever heard a rival doing their act. It’s for everyone who has heard an opponent saying exactly what they think.
Many Iraqis want U.S. to stay
January 28, 2005
As the Bush administration looks for an exit strategy from this beleaguered country, key Iraqi leaders are growing reluctant to see the Americans leave.
Meth migrates to urban areas
Rehab counselors warn of ‘new major drug threat’
January 28, 2005
Already known as a rural scourge, methamphetamine is becoming a problem in a number of U.S. cities. Meetings of the 12-step group Crystal Meth Anonymous have increased in Chicago from one night a week a few years ago to five a week.
Briefly - Nation
January 28, 2005
¢ Murder charges filed in deadly train crash ¢ FCC won’t appeal media ownership rules ¢ Lawyer says reservist will plead in abuse case ¢ Accuser breaks down in church abuse trial ¢ NASA honors victims of spacecraft accidents ¢ Ford recalls nearly 800,000 pickups, SUVs ¢ CDC makes stockpile of flu vaccine available ¢ Plan would raise airline ticket security fee ¢ Democrats’ study: Bush doubled P.R. spending ¢ Report: More deaths, injuries linked to ATVs ¢ Planned Parenthood president resigns
Real estate agent named Athena winner
January 28, 2005
Marilyn Bittenbender credits two women for her accomplishments in the professional and community world: her mother and the late Barbara Reavis, former director of the United Way of Douglas County.
Free State’s threes great
Long-range shooting key to 52-32 first-round victory
January 28, 2005
Topeka Hayden wasn’t too worried about Free State High’s three-point shooters Thursday night in the first round of the Firebird Winter Classic. Big mistake.
Lions bothered by turnovers, Tigers
January 28, 2005
Lawrence High was within one point of Blue Valley after Lacey Elmore’s basket with 7:22 remaining Thursday night in the first round of the Firebird Winter Classic at Free State High.
Woodling: KU men can take advantage of ‘Feeble Five’ on schedule
January 28, 2005
Once upon a time, pundits jocularly labeled Big Eight Conference football as Oklahoma and the Seven Dwarfs. But that was more than four decades ago. Today, the Big 12 Conference, the enhanced-revenue offspring of the Big Eight, doesn’t have a single school that dominates like OU did in football in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Threat to Upward Bound ‘disturbs’ educators
Bush administration may cut program that some consider crucial to first-generation college students
January 28, 2005
Taylor Wooten wants to be a U.S. ambassador to a Spanish-speaking country. A few years ago, she didn’t even know how to sign up for the ACT Assessment exam or apply to colleges. No one in her family had ever attended college.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
January 28, 2005
Lawrence Datebook
January 28, 2005
State officials, associations push for greater access to records
January 28, 2005
The unsuccessful fight waged by the University of Kansas to keep secret its athletic director’s pay package could earn the Jayhawks a new place in state law.
Business expansions highlight 2004
January 28, 2005
Lawrence had a great — if not record — year in terms of overall economic development, said Lynn Parman, vice president for economic development at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.
Secure income
January 28, 2005
Shrinking AT&T business a plum for others
January 28, 2005
AT&T Corp. can’t say when it might stop losing subscribers and revenues, and yet it seems the company’s national network and customer base remain hard to resist for SBC Communications Inc.
This Weekend’s Highlights
January 28, 2005
Bars, not smokers, punished by ban
Enforcement of law should also target violators, owner says
January 28, 2005
Smokers, even when they’re caught red-handed by fire department officials, are almost never issued a ticket as part of the city’s smoking ban, court testimony revealed Thursday.
Bush has much to gain, lose in Iraqi election
January 28, 2005
President Bush will be on the ballot, at least in the realm of public opinion, when Iraq holds its first democratic election in nearly half a century. Sunday’s vote provides the world a chance to measure the results of a U.S.-led war that has killed more than 1,400 Americans — and thousands more Iraqis — and is costing more than $1 billion a week.
A.G., press team up to ensure openness
Amendment would guarantee public access
January 28, 2005
State officials and media representatives Thursday joined forces to launch a proposed constitutional amendment and laws to ensure better access to public records and meetings.
Jayhawks eager for ‘05 opener
Kansas baseball squad will make its official debut Feb. 4 in Hilo, Hawaii
January 28, 2005
Kansas University’s baseball team might have been the only one in the Midwest practicing outside Thursday afternoon, but not even the cold weather could dash the smiles several Jayhawks flashed while talking about their season-opener Feb. 4 in sunny Hilo, Hawaii.
Lucille Sacquat-Cadue-Dyer, Horton
January 28, 2005
Pistons too tough for Pacers
In their second meeting since brawl, Detroit takes 88-76 victory at Indiana
January 28, 2005
Rasheed Wallace walked to the bench for the last time Thursday night and delivered a blunt statement to the Indiana Pacers and their fans.
Chamber moves up date of annual meeting
January 28, 2005
The 127-year-old Lawrence Chamber of Commerce has set a new date for its annual meeting.
Chamber adds eight to board
January 28, 2005
Eight new members — two executive officers and six directors — joined the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce board of directors.