Archive for Sunday, January 30, 2005

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Poet’s Showcase
January 30, 2005
U.S. capital brings Paris to the Potomac
January 30, 2005
From Valentine’s Day to Memorial Day, Washington is showcasing its French connections through shows, food and tours.
Tough choices
Close schools? Raise taxes? Dumb down Kansas education? There are not easy choices in the state’s school finance dilemma.
January 30, 2005
Pressure for the Kansas Legislature to provide more money for the state’s K-12 public schools has prompted renewed interest in forcing consolidation of some of the state’s smallest school districts.
California’s needs test governors’ skills
January 30, 2005
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is so much the opposite of his predecessor, the late Edmund G. “Pat” Brown, that it is a historical oddity that their names are being linked in California these days.
View of military is political demarcation line
January 30, 2005
New polls come out every day. They measure the president’s approval ratings, they take the nation’s temperature, they measure the effect of the economy on the public psyche. They’re interesting in the way a Hershey’s Kiss is delicious: The pleasing effect lasts but a moment. They’re not fascinating in the way taco chips with cilantro-laced salsa are addictive; the sampling of one does not make a second tasting irresistible. Mostly the findings are meaningless mumbo-jumbo.
Don’t blame ban
January 30, 2005
Marriage benefits
January 30, 2005
Repeat crimes
January 30, 2005
Tribe tries to regain federal recognition
Munsee descendants need act of Congress for restoration of benefits
January 30, 2005
Clio Caleb Church’s ancestors gave up their American Indian identity more than a century ago. She has been trying for more than three decades to get it back.
Complaints won’t keep ‘crazy’ bear off market
January 30, 2005
A straitjacketed “Crazy for You” teddy bear has drawn rebukes from Vermont’s governor, mental health advocates and human rights groups — but it’s a hit among shoppers.
Bush proposal may mean end of New Deal philosophy
January 30, 2005
When he delivers his State of the Union address Wednesday night to Congress and the country, President Bush will call for a radical change in Social Security that ultimately could reshape the relationship that Americans have with their government.
Derailment message touches hearts
January 30, 2005
He thought he was going to die. He was having trouble breathing. As he lay wedged under a train seat and metal debris, he scrawled with whatever energy he could summon and a heartbreaking economy of words a farewell in blood on the seat. “I (heart) my kids. I (heart) Leslie,” he printed. The blood ink seemed to be running out as he got to the second sentence.
Tribe turning back state’s efforts to inspect casino’s slot machines
January 30, 2005
One of the two tribes proposing a $210 million casino and hotel near Kansas Speedway has not let state inspectors test slot machines at its northeast Kansas casino for more than a year, state officials said.
Leavenworth deer unit tweaked
January 30, 2005
Boundaries for 2005 deer management units were established by Wildlife and Parks commissioners at a meeting last week in Topeka.
Lifetime licenses hiked from $300 to $440
January 30, 2005
If you’ve been thinking about purchasing state lifetime hunting and fishing licenses, you have only a couple of weeks before the price goes up.
Clinton SP free days slated Feb. 26-27
January 30, 2005
One of Wildlife and Parks’ most popular promotions will undergo a change this year.
Jayhawk spirit shines through on ESPN’s College GameDay
January 30, 2005
Kansas University students had their moment in the national sports spotlight Saturday morning to cheer for their men’s basketball team, and they took full advantage of it.
Shiites pinning emergence on vote, but use of religion riles rivals
January 30, 2005
In this holy Shiite city, enthusiasm is building for an election that Iraq’s Shiite majority hopes will end centuries of political marginalization.
Analysis: Iraqis voting on an uncertain future
Freedoms may have to wait in exchange for security
January 30, 2005
Today, Iraqis will summon their courage and cast their ballots in a bold act of suffrage. But it remains unclear whether their bravery will put Iraq on the road to democracy, much less whether the election heralds a new era of participatory government in the Middle East as promised by the Bush administration.
Step up to retirement
Experts say fiftysomethings should pick up savings pace
January 30, 2005
People expecting to retire in 10 years are frequently behind the eight ball.
Under-25 drivers run into roadblocks when renting
Companies shift fees into high gear for young adults
January 30, 2005
Lindsey Benoit thought her three-day trip from New York to New Hampshire would be easy — until she started looking for a rental car.
Wish list for building ‘ownership society’
January 30, 2005
In his inaugural address, President Bush again stressed his desire to “build an ownership society.”
Briefcase
January 30, 2005
¢ Lawrence to recognize ‘Caring’ businesses ¢ Driven KU graduate entering Hall of Fame ¢ Name that company
The Motley Fool
January 30, 2005
¢ Last week’s question and answer ¢ Full price reigns at Coach ¢ Retirement resolutions ¢ A Kmart primer ¢ The inflation yardstick
People
January 30, 2005
¢ Star brightens Lucci’s day ¢ Rock enjoyed stealthy tour of Bush White House ¢ Knowles ready to share fashion sense with collection ¢ Mandela agrees to attend AIDS benefit concert ¢ Marie Osmond’s radio show dropped from network
Eureka moment’ prompts authors to tweak book
January 30, 2005
We call human beings Homo sapiens, but I think there might be more than one species of us.
Iraq seen as beacon for world terrorism
January 30, 2005
The war in Iraq has become a homing beacon for Islamic militancy, threatening to destabilize neighboring countries and embolden terrorists to attack elsewhere, a senior RAND Corp. analyst told business and political elites Saturday at the World Economic Forum.
Ogilvie hangs on to Chrysler lead
Lonard trails by two, defending champ Mickelson by six
January 30, 2005
Joe Ogilvie turned in a steady if unspectacular round Saturday, shooting a 3-under 69 that kept him ahead of the pack at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
No. 7 Baylor escapes Okie State, 67-65
January 30, 2005
Steffanie Blackmon hit two free throws with less than a second remaining, and No. 7 Baylor fended off Oklahoma State, 67-65, Saturday.
No. 20 Panthers pop No. 4 Orange, 76-69
Pitt stuns Syracuse after overcoming 17-point deficit for second straight game
January 30, 2005
Syracuse couldn’t have asked for a better start as it tried to become the first visiting team to win in successive seasons in Pitt’s new arena. The Orange’s biggest mistake was letting the game get away long before the finish.
Georgia-Alabama postponed by ice
January 30, 2005
No. 14 Alabama’s game against Georgia scheduled for Saturday night was postponed until tonight because of freezing rain in Georgia.
City briefs
January 30, 2005
¢ Unions to raise money for tsunami victims ¢ Workshop gives insight into Groundhog Day ¢ Grant money to aid Lawrence students ¢ KU prof commended by Secretary of Army
Illinois celebrates 100 years
January 30, 2005
Illness forced Lou Henson to retire from coaching, but it didn’t keep him away from the celebration of a century of basketball at Illinois.
Lawrence commuter report
January 30, 2005
The following construction projects and events may affect commuter traffic in the region this week
Carson tapes in Hutchinson vault
January 30, 2005
When NBC wanted to put together a tribute to Johnny Carson after he died last week, a call was made to Hutchinson.
Police chief found dead; heart attack suspected
January 30, 2005
Police Chief Ken Horn, 30, was found dead at his home, apparently after suffering a massive heart attack.
On the record
January 30, 2005
Alice M. McColl, Lawrence
January 30, 2005
Iraqis begin historic day at the polls
January 30, 2005
Iraqis voted Sunday in their country’s first free election in a half-century, defying threats of violence from insurgents determined to sabotage the balloting. As he cast his vote, President Ghazi al-Yawer called it Iraq’s first step “toward joining the free world.”
Freezing rain halts travel in Southeast
January 30, 2005
Freezing rain and sleet coated parts of the Southeast with a layer of ice Saturday, canceling hundreds of airline flights, knocking out power to thousands of customers and shutting down sections of every interstate highway in the metro Atlanta area.
Passage likely for bill that aims to curb teens’ out-of-state abortions
January 30, 2005
The abortion bill most likely to become federal law this year would affect a relatively small number of pregnant teens, yet its effect on them could be dramatic — sharply reducing the options for girls in many states who dread telling their parents of their plight.
Actress echoes ‘Felicity’ role
Keri Russell finds life after TV role in New York
January 30, 2005
When “Felicity” began in fall 1998, its winsome heroine was finishing high school. Then, on a lark, she enrolled in college in distant New York City, taking grateful flight from her California nest.
Review: KU Opera breathes new life into Mozart classic
January 30, 2005
The stage of the Robert Baustian (formerly Black Box) Theatre is transformed into Lawrence in 1950, and as Ferrando exclaims “goldarn it” in the opening “La mia Dorabella,” our town feels a long way from Vienna in 1789. But the feeling soon passes, as this production’s splendid voices and Mozart’s incomparable music enchant the audience into a willing acceptance that this story could have happened here or anywhere — so long as it sounds this good.
Studley sweet for Cyclones
Senior forward’s 29 points power Ottawa girls past Eudora for tournament title
January 30, 2005
Several high school girls basketball teams have witnessed it this season. Saturday, Eudora had a front-row seat at the Kelsie Studley Show.
Petty, De Soto topple Louisburg
January 30, 2005
Amy Petty scored 23 points, and Kira Gonzalez added 15, leading the De Soto girls basketball squad to a 63-56 victory over Louisburg on Saturday night in the championship game of the Louisburg Tournament.
Isaac, Gnatzig lift KU to win over Arkansas
January 30, 2005
Kansas University’s swimming and diving team improved to 7-5 in dual meets with a 163-133 victory Saturday over the University of Arkansas.
Texas vexed by turnovers
We really didn’t give ourselves a chance’
January 30, 2005
The only thing missing from Saturday’s circus at Allen Fieldhouse was the clown with a frown — but the Texas men’s basketball team certainly appeared to be a worthy substitute.
Langford expects fired-up Tigers
January 30, 2005
Keith Langford seemed a bit surprised when told about Missouri’s fate against Kansas State on Saturday night in Columbia, Mo.
Notebook
January 30, 2005
Kansas University’s Keith Langford said he liked the excitement ESPN’s GameDay brought to town, but wasn’t happy to hear some of the announcers tapped Oklahoma State as perhaps the best team in the league.
Free State places third, Lawrence takes fifth
January 30, 2005
Jenna Brantley’s shots wouldn’t fall for three quarters, but the sophomore rallied Free State High from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit Saturday in a 61-60 girls basketball victory over Blue Valley in the third-place game of the Firebird Winter Classic.
Kansas women fall to Huskers, 59-48
January 30, 2005
Nebraska put an end to Kansas University’s two-game women’s basketball winning streak, 59-48, Saturday at the Devaney Sports Center.
Woodling: Kansas’ lone loss history
January 30, 2005
What a difference a week makes. Or as the haunting tune from the Rogers and Hammerstein musical “South Pacific” goes: How far away Philadelphia, Pa.? How far indeed?
Prime-time punishment
KU claims Texas-sized blowout
January 30, 2005
As far as Bill Self is concerned, ESPN’s GameDay crew is welcome to set up shop in Lawrence any ol’ day.
Rising sun
Woodblock exhibition sheds light on ascent of Japan’s imperial capital after quake
January 30, 2005
The earthquake struck two minutes before noon with devastating force. The midday meal was close at hand, and charcoal and wood stoves were being stoked in preparation. Fires quickly engulfed houses in the congested city, and a strange series of windstorms and cyclones spawned by intense heat and lack of oxygen sped the destruction.
Writing award goes to two poets
January 30, 2005
Each year the Lawrence Arts Center and The Raven Bookstore sponsor the Langston Hughes Creative Writing Award competition to recognize excellence and encourage achievement of new and emerging writers in Douglas County. This year the award went to two poets, Kevin Rabas and Max Keith Sutton. Each will receive $500 and will read during a reception 7 p.m. Tuesday — Langston Hughes’ birthday — at the Lawrence Arts Center.
Procrastinators should file for extension
January 30, 2005
You waited too long.
Tax preparer, community group to push taxpaper education
January 30, 2005
H&R Block Inc. said earlier this month that it plans to work with a community organization to tell low-income families across the country that they may be eligible for earned income tax credits.
What are you reading?
January 30, 2005
Universities compete for patents
Economic Growth Act may help Board of Regents schools increase numbers
January 30, 2005
The path to innovation at Kansas University started, in one case, with a trip to a Kansas City meat market.
Summit renews push to preserve heritage
Douglas County plan complements effort for federal designation
January 30, 2005
An effort to develop a Douglas County heritage plan gained renewed emphasis Saturday during a morning summit at Lawrence’s City Hall.
Cyclones’ ‘best game’ stuffs No. 13 Sooners
Iowa State stuns Oklahoma, 74-66; Kansas State secures sweep of Missouri
January 30, 2005
Wayne Morgan’s stoic demeanor disguised how he truly felt.
Orioles like idea of Sosa hitting cleanup
Trade for Cubs slugger hasn’t been finalized, but teams reportedly closing in on deal
January 30, 2005
By adding Sammy Sosa to an already formidable batting order, the Baltimore Orioles can salvage a disappointing offseason and give their young pitching staff more margin for error.
Lactation experts provide comfort for new mothers
Consultants promote breast-feeding
January 30, 2005
Mammals have been nursing their young as long as there have been mammals, but human mothers often find breast-feeding to be a real beast. Baby wants to sleep. Baby won’t latch on. Baby nurses, but is baby getting enough nourishment? It’s enough to try the patience of the most eager new mother.
PBS examines America’s ‘Experience’ with Castro
January 30, 2005
The best television biographies tell you things you’ve never heard before. “Fidel Castro” on “American Experience” (8 p.m., PBS) belongs in this superior category.
Organization essential for filing
January 30, 2005
Whether it’s a shoebox crammed full of receipts or carefully organized folders ready for an accountant’s perusal, everyone approaches tax season differently.
Don’t forget to claim charitable donations
January 30, 2005
Don’t let your donations to Goodwill and other charitable contributions go to waste. While giving for the sake of giving is noble indeed, taking the allowed tax deductions for such donations makes good sense.
Rockers want to write, writers want to rock
January 30, 2005
In 2001, Martin Amis, Rick Moody and other authors and artists gathered in New York to honor a peer they regarded as a giant of the times.
Best sellers
January 30, 2005
Sproles solid for North
KSU running back, Akron’s Frye shine
January 30, 2005
Charlie Frye made the most of the opportunity when he finally got a chance to play in the postseason.
Johnny Carson had the common touch
January 30, 2005
I heard Johnny Carson before I ever saw him.
Lawrence more than just a home to KU
City offers rich mix of cultural, educational opportunities
January 30, 2005
Many people may have heard of Lawrence because it’s the home of the nationally ranked Kansas University men’s basketball team. But to the people of Lawrence, it’s much more.
Briefly
January 30, 2005
¢ Fourteen killed in riot of tribesmen, police ¢ Mine blast kills nine near Pakistani border ¢ Anticipation builds for upcoming summit ¢ Japan may donate anime to Third World
Organization can help cure ‘paperosis’
January 30, 2005
Nowadays, many homes seem to suffer from a contagious condition called “Paperosis misplacea.”
Recent tax laws effective for returns
January 30, 2005
Some recent tax law changes are effective for the 2004 Tax Year. If these items affect you, be sure to get the details when you prepare your tax return early next year.
Woman in former home of BTK victims asks for privacy
Gawkers, media coverage causing family stress, she says
January 30, 2005
The family living in a home where the BTK killer strangled a couple and their children 31 years ago is asking the public for some privacy.
Filers should strive for accuracy
Here’s a list of top mistakes to avoid before April 15
January 30, 2005
Nobody’s perfect, but you should strive to be when it comes to preparing your taxes.
Home is still the front line of parenting
January 30, 2005
What is more of a threat to child well-being in America: SpongeBob SquarePants, or The Rod?
Bush administration rules out deadline for troop withdrawal
January 30, 2005
The Bush administration has for now ruled out creating a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq after Sunday’s elections, but military commanders have charted a plan to have Iraqi security forces begin taking the lead in combat operations in certain parts of the country as early as spring.
CASA seeks more advocates for children in foster system
January 30, 2005
The job doesn’t pay a dime, and it’s not for everybody. But the rewards are there for those who want to help kids in trouble and can spare three to five hours a week.
63-year-old hears duty call
Army puts former Lawrence resident’s psychiatric skills to use
January 30, 2005
Lanny Snodgrass just wanted to serve his country. Little did the former Lawrence resident know he would end up — at age 63 — going through basic training after being accepted into the Army Reserves.
FBI failure latest computer blunder
January 30, 2005
The FBI’s failure to roll out an expanded computer system that would help agents investigate criminals and terrorists is the latest in a series of costly technology blunders by government over more than a decade.
FSHS clobbers Topeka
Firebirds solid on both ends in rout
January 30, 2005
Free State High coach Jack Schreiner won’t let Saturday’s dominating 73-47 victory over Topeka High be an excuse for his team to rest on its laurels.
Hardy third at J.C.
January 30, 2005
Free State’s Jesse Hardy took third place at 189 pounds, and Marc Somers was fourth at 125 at the Junction City Invitational. FSHS placed 10th in the 12-team tournament.
Volunteers ready to help Lawrence, area residents file
January 30, 2005
Filing a tax return needn’t be a burden for anyone in Douglas County. Just let Jack Connolly handle it.
Drug treatment appears to be sound alternative to prison time, so far
January 30, 2005
A Kansas law aimed at putting low-level drug offenders in treatment programs rather than prison appears to be working.
Briefly
January 30, 2005
¢ Bus crashes into tractor-trailer, kills four ¢ Auction house sells Ku Klux Klan items ¢ Mourners bid farewell to slain Wal-Mart clerk
Attorney concerns delay killer’s execution
January 30, 2005
Serial killer Michael Ross has tried for 10 years to speed his own death.
Top-drive vehicles hot among hunting crowd
Electric UV’s prove lure, too
January 30, 2005
At the Dallas Safari Club Convention and Hunting Expo recently, none of the gizmos caught my attention like the spectrum of customized hunting vehicles.
Indians can’t capitalize on early momentum in loss to York
January 30, 2005
During the opening possession of Haskell Indian Nations University’s men’s basketball game Saturday, York College senior guard Kenneth Williams had an ill-advised jumper swatted out of bounds.
AARP provides free tax help
January 30, 2005
As tax day approaches, the AARP gets swamped with requests for help with filing income taxes.
FBI warns of kidnapping plot on Mexican border
January 30, 2005
An already tense situation along the border worsened Saturday amid an internal FBI memo warning that a ruthless Mexican drug cartel could be plotting to kidnap and murder U.S. federal law enforcement agents.
Celtics stop Bulls’ streak
January 30, 2005
Ricky Davis provided the late spark for the Boston Celtics on a night when Paul Pierce was way off the mark.
Horoscopes
January 30, 2005
92-year-old tax preparer’s clients keep filing in
January 30, 2005
With income tax season at hand, Velda Sipes has turned her attention to business.
Swedish twins celebrate shared century of healthy living
January 30, 2005
They have lived for 200 years between them, but Sweden’s oldest twins had never seen anything like this before.
Feisty senator enjoys newfound attention
January 30, 2005
Sen. Barbara Boxer has always spoken up, but the California Democrat seems to have become a lot louder lately.
Joyous Iraqis vote in U.S.
January 30, 2005
Abdul al-Najr woke up early Saturday with his wife, piled into a car with three friends and drove 250 miles from St. Louis to the polling place here, where jubilant Iraqis danced and held hands in the steady, cold rain.
Paris menus satisfy bon appetit for love
City filled with romantic dining options
January 30, 2005
How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day in Paris — an obvious romantic destination for courting lovers?
Faces and places
January 30, 2005
Social benefit cutbacks spark protests in Russia
January 30, 2005
Thousands of angry pensioners and activists marched Saturday through the frigid streets of St. Petersburg and Moscow to denounce recent government cutbacks in social benefits.
Sebelius’ old foe takes GOP control
Conservatives take reins, set sights on governor
January 30, 2005
Conservatives returned to power Saturday, taking over the Kansas Republican Party and immediately setting their sights on Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat.
Lions second at Atchison
January 30, 2005
Lawrence High’s wrestlers placed second out of 10 teams Saturday at the Atchison Invitational. Brendan Halpin (145) and Nolan Kellerman (160) each earned first-place finishes. Kellerman, at 3-0, improved his season record to 32-0.
Pet post
January 30, 2005