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KU names new law dean
February 1, 2006
Kansas University has chosen Gail B. Agrawal, interim dean of the University of North Carolina School of Law, to lead KU’s law school.
Share your thoughts on Coretta Scott King
February 1, 2006
Share your thoughts.
Mild, clear start to February
Temperatures to climb into 50s
07:04 a.m., February 1, 2006 Updated 02:53 p.m.
Break out the sunglasses - February is starting out with sunny skies and warmer-than-average temperatures, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Grief, concerns not borne alone
Boy’s death sparks outpouring of emotion, calls for traffic safety
February 1, 2006
A flower-covered cross and two stuffed animals sat Tuesday at the corner of Harper Street and East 25th Terrace - a memorial to the 6-year-old boy who was struck and killed there Monday while riding his scooter to school.
Lawrence residents recall King’s grace, courage
February 1, 2006
More than 30 years have passed since Dorthy Pennington attended a service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Coretta Scott King, too, was there.
Sooners cruise past Cowgirls
February 1, 2006
Courtney Paris continued her run of double-doubles with 17 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 11 Oklahoma beat Oklahoma State, 70-54, Tuesday night for its 15th straight victory over its in-state rival. The double-double was the 14th straight for Paris, the longest current streak in NCAA Division I women’s basketball, and the 19th of the season for the freshman center, also tops in the nation.
Corn healthier vegetable than once believed
February 1, 2006
Though sometimes dismissed as a nutrient-poor starch - both a second-rate vegetable and a second-rate grain - corn is lately being reassessed and viewed as a healthy food. A new study shows that corn has the highest level of antioxidants of any grain or vegetable.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
February 1, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.17 at several locations in Lawrence. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Big Ben handling media with ease
February 1, 2006
They came in waves from all directions, occasionally blindsiding him from angles he couldn’t have anticipated. Other times they blitzed up the middle, challenging him face-to-face and daring him to stand up to the pressure.
Satellite radio picks up rave reviews
February 1, 2006
The signals have never been stronger for satellite radio, the subscription service that beams hundreds of “stations” to your car or home.
Commentary: Day turns tame
February 1, 2006
Jerome Bettis said Tuesday he was retiring. Or maybe he said he was perspiring.
Daily ticker
February 1, 2006
Don’t be fooled by warm weather; this is Kansas, after all
February 1, 2006
Few topics are as mundane as nice weather, but the recent spate of days with above-average temperatures is making vegetable gardeners sit up and take notice. Even though the planting season is still a ways off, many folks are wondering what the January heat wave will mean for spring gardens.
Flip the switch
Encouraging energy production in western Kansas could help revitalize the region’s economy.
February 1, 2006
There’s an all-too-common expression used in shrinking western Kansas towns these days: If you’re the last one to leave, be sure to turn off the lights.
Speaker: Evolution not open to debate among scientists
Intelligent design is religiously motivated, nonprofit official says
February 1, 2006
The head of the National Center for Science Education said Tuesday there is no debate over evolution - at least not in the realm of science.
People in the news
February 1, 2006
¢ Police interview Kate Moss about alleged cocaine use ¢ Singer says New Orleans air needs to clear before his return ¢ Hayworth’s jewels to once again walk the red carpet ¢ Report: Lohan in stitches after accident on stairs
For Davis, KU was academic
In ‘84, engineering helped KU land Rockhurst standout
February 1, 2006
Over the years, many products of Rockhurst High in Kansas City, Mo., have played football for Kansas University.
Gift card reform sought
February 1, 2006
That $25 gift card from grandma could languish longer in the desk drawer without losing its value under a bill considered Tuesday by a House committee.
Cardinal boys can’t convert
February 1, 2006
Rodney Spillman’s only sin was hitting the toughest shot he saw Tuesday night.
Former worker kills five, self in post office
February 1, 2006
A former postal worker who had been put on medical leave for psychological problems shot five people to death at a huge mail-processing center and then killed herself in what was believed to be the nation’s deadliest workplace shooting ever carried out by a woman.
Ex-legislator launches campaign for governor
February 1, 2006
Former Kansas House Speaker Robin Jennison opened his gubernatorial campaign Tuesday by criticizing Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ handling of school finance matters.
Donors say Hamas must recognize Israel, peace plan
Palestinian president appeals for continued aid
February 1, 2006
Hamas militants and the Palestinian president appealed for continued aid to the struggling Palestinian Authority on Monday, saying the Palestinian people are in desperate need.
Attorney says Kline opinion limited to sexual intercourse
February 1, 2006
Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline was addressing only sexual intercourse, not other sexual activities, when he issued an opinion that required mandatory reporting by health care professionals and others of consensual sex by underage adolescents, an attorney for his office told a federal judge Tuesday.
Annan gives grim report on Kosovo’s progress
February 1, 2006
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Tuesday offered a grim assessment of Kosovo’s progress toward stability, saying in a report that the region had fallen behind in efforts to create a multiethnic and democratic society.
Iran has documents explaining how to make warhead, U.N. says
February 1, 2006
The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said in a report Tuesday that Iran obtained documents and drawings on the black market that serve no other purpose than to make an atomic warhead. Tehran warned of an “end of diplomacy” if plans to refer it to the U.N. Security Council are carried out.
Flu no match for Demaline
Lion sophomore bowls 661 series
February 1, 2006
Sometimes, being sick brings out the best in people.
Masters of motivation: While different in sideline demeanor, Cowher, Holmgren share intense approach
February 1, 2006
It’s an 8-year-old snapshot of Bill Cowher that endures: the Pittsburgh coach brandishing a fist at Jacksonville’s Chris Hudson as he races past the Steelers bench en route to a game-clinching touchdown.
Steelers’ Porter keeps quiet
February 1, 2006
Joey Porter, the Steelers’ accomplished and outspoken linebacker, always is good for a salacious quote.
Father determined to move past anger
February 1, 2006
Just minutes after his son’s death, Bret Olsen approached the man whose vehicle struck the boy and hugged him.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
February 1, 2006
Highlights of Tuesday’s activities at the Kansas Legislatur
Rock solid: Rockhurst program still cranking out recruits - including two to KU
February 1, 2006
There is enough game film to fill a week’s worth of free time in this cozy downstairs office. Enough commemorative footballs bearing Tony Severino’s name to satisfy an entire team of ball hogs.
Lawrence golf courses cash in on warm January
February 1, 2006
Lawrence’s public golf courses are cashing in on a warm January, as golfers turn out to enjoy in-season conditions at off-season prices.
Study: Pregnancy doesn’t prevent depression
February 1, 2006
Pregnant women who stop taking antidepressants run a high risk of slipping back into depression, a study found, busting the myth that the surge of hormones during pregnancy keeps mothers-to-be happy and glowing.
Donors pledge support for rebuilding Afghanistan
February 1, 2006
Afghanistan set out a plan Tuesday to tackle problems from opium production to corruption and terrorism, as envoys from more than 60 nations pledged they would help the shattered nation along the road to peace and self-sufficiency.
USOC submits final Olympic roster
Of 211 athletes listed, 85 competed in 2002 Games
February 1, 2006
The U.S. Olympic Committee submitted its final roster for the Turin Olympics on Tuesday, a list of 211 athletes including Bode Miller, Jeremy Bloom, Michelle Kwan and Apolo Anton Ohno.
Chemical plant blast injures 14
February 1, 2006
An explosion at a chemical plant Tuesday injured 14 workers and set off a fire that spewed thick black smoke, leading to the temporary evacuation of nearby residents, officials said.
Senate committee opens hearing on property rights
February 1, 2006
Decades ago, Bill House chose ranching over practicing law. Developers expressed interest a few years ago in buying his property in Cowley County. House wasn’t much interested but soon learned there were ways to force a sale.
Lawrence Gymnastics Academy
February 1, 2006
Lawrence Gymnastics Academy’s Level 5 Team traveled to Omaha, Neb. on this past weekend to compete in the 2006 Premier Invitational. Teams from Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas took part in the competition.
River City’ features cancer survivor
February 1, 2006
Julie Cowdin joins Journal-World senior editor Bill Snead to talk about her cancer battle in the second installment of Snead’s “My Cancer, My Story” premiering tonight on “River City Weekly.”
Hornets will return to Oklahoma City
February 1, 2006
The Hornets will play most of their home games in Oklahoma City next season with New Orleans still recovering from Hurricane Katrina.
Free speech
February 1, 2006
To the editor: A newspaper that favors laws that clamp down on free speech is no friend of the First Amendment.
Well-read coach
February 1, 2006
To the editor: Sports writer Ryan Wood was “amazed” KU coach Mark Mangino quoted, “Winston Churchhill (sp?), Robert Frost and Voltaire, all in a five-minute span,” at the football awards banquet.
House panel mulls DNA sample bill
February 1, 2006
People arrested on felony charges in Kansas would have to submit DNA samples that could be used to determine whether they were involved in other crimes under a bill considered Tuesday by the House Judiciary Committee.
Eagle girls rally, boys fall
February 1, 2006
Down 10 points with just two minutes remaining, the Veritas Christian girls basketball team stormed back to force overtime and ultimately steal a 61-54 victory Tuesday over Kansas City North (Mo.) Christian.
Cindy Sheehan removed from Capitol gallery
February 1, 2006
Cindy Sheehan wasn’t listening to the State of the Union from inside the gallery.
Wave support
February 1, 2006
To the editor: My children and I cross at Sharon White’s corner every day.
Nebraska stings Oklahoma State
February 1, 2006
During his final timeout, Nebraska coach Barry Collier reminded his team to think about a quick rebound.
Thousands of fighters surrender weapons
February 1, 2006
Thousands of right-wing paramilitary fighters accused of drug trafficking by the United States turned over more than 1,000 weapons Tuesday in one of the largest disarmament ceremonies to date.
On the record
February 1, 2006
Hamas searching for new aid in face of threats
February 1, 2006
A senior Hamas official said Tuesday the Islamic militant group already is looking for new sources of funding after the international community threatened to cut off aid, warning that Hamas will not be “blackmailed.”
Hannon’s 31 power Baldwin boys
February 1, 2006
Aaron Hannon scored 31, and the Baldwin High boys basketball squad overcame a six-point deficit with a big fourth quarter in a 77-65 victory Tuesday over Paola. Jeremy Wright added 17 points for the Bulldogs (9-4).
Wrestlers win at state’s toughest meet
February 1, 2006
Sunflower Kids Wrestling had a strong showing Saturday at the Tournament of Champions, Kansas’ toughest tournament of the season, in Salina. There were more than 1,200 wrestlers at the competition. Sunflower had nine of their wrestlers compete, sending five to the championship round.
Deputy wounds airman after 100 mph chase
February 1, 2006
A videotape released Tuesday shows a sheriff’s deputy shooting an unarmed Air Force policeman who recently returned from Iraq as he appeared to obey an order to get up off the ground.
Film on ID, evolution premieres Thursday
February 1, 2006
The world premiere of a documentary covering a statewide controversy - the fight over evolution and intelligent design - will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday in Overland Park. The show is already sold out.
NATO wraps up 90-day earthquake relief mission
February 1, 2006
NATO wrapped up its 90-day mission to the earthquake-battered parts of Pakistan on Tuesday, saying it had completed its goal of providing relief and helping survivors endure the harsh winter in Kashmir.
Gov. Gregoire signs gay civil rights bill
February 1, 2006
Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a gay civil rights bill into law Tuesday, though the law may be held in limbo if opponents are successful in forcing a referendum.
Wounded journalists arrive at Navy hospital
February 1, 2006
Wounded ABC anchorman Bob Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt arrived Tuesday in the United States for treatment at a Navy hospital.
Panel hears bill for study of merging Johnson, Wyandotte counties
February 1, 2006
The idea of consolidating Johnson and Wyandotte counties was floated Tuesday but appears to have sunk like a rock.
Putin warns against meddling, voices pride
February 1, 2006
President Vladimir Putin had sharp words for his critics and stark reminders of Russia’s nuclear might at an annual news conference Tuesday in which he sought to burnish his image as a competent leader at the helm of a great and fast-growing country.
U.S. F-16s arrive, making nearby countries nervous
February 1, 2006
Chile received two U.S. warplanes Tuesday out of 10 it had ordered from the United States as part of a major military upgrade that has worried some of its South American neighbors.
Warning wave
February 1, 2006
To the editor: My family and I would like to voice our support for crossing guard Sharon White.
Band manager to plead guilty in nightclub fire
February 1, 2006
The former manager of the heavy metal rock group Great White has agreed to plead guilty to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter for his role in a 2003 nightclub fire that killed 100 people.
Few details released in homicide investigation
February 1, 2006
Police are investigating the city’s first homicide in at least two decades, but authorities have revealed few details about the death.
Sex abuse case ends in $85M settlement
February 1, 2006
A judge approved a settlement of up to $85 million Tuesday between sexual abuse victims and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington, one of the largest deals the church has reached with U.S. parishioners who were molested by clergy.
Commoditites
February 1, 2006
Caring tradition
February 1, 2006
To the editor: As a senior citizen, I think spending money on a sports complex is a great idea.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
February 1, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 2, 1906: “Newspapers around the state are taking note of the fact that Lawrence has become a leader in paved streets with the notation there will be 12 miles of bricked streets here by the middle of this year. We are the envy of many. : The Santa Fe Railway is planning a state agricultural excursion to help farmers get a better of how others operate and to gain good pointers on how to perform better with their land.”
Smiles needed
February 1, 2006
To the editor: I live in the Prairie Park neighborhood.
Greenspan boosts rates before exit
February 1, 2006
The Federal Reserve on Tuesday nudged a key interest rate up to the highest level in nearly five years and left the door open for at least one more rate increase as Alan Greenspan brought his long tenure as chairman to a close.
Spirit AeroSystems buying British plants
February 1, 2006
Spirit AeroSystems Inc., which acquired Boeing Co.’s commercial aircraft plants in Wichita and Oklahoma last year, announced Tuesday that it would buy a division of a British manufacturer.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
February 1, 2006
A 10-member investigation team continued its search for the cause of a weekend fire that took the lives of a Lawrence couple. Earl Pope, 55, and his wife, Audrey, 56 had died of smoke inhalation. The two fatalities constituted the worst fire tragedy here since Dec. 15, 1977, when an explosion and fire tore through a building at 747 Mass. and claimed two lives.
Former Wal-Mart vice chair guilty of fraud
February 1, 2006
A former top-ranking executive at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. pleaded guilty to fraud and tax charges Tuesday.
Baldwin school district selects superintendent
February 1, 2006
Carol Hansen has been hired by the Baldwin school board to replace James White as superintendent of schools.
Severed cow’s head found on KU campus
February 1, 2006
A Kansas University employee found a severed cow’s head Tuesday morning on campus, KU police said.
Gators sink shots to advance in tourney
February 1, 2006
A basket for the other team tipped-off the 2006 second- and third-grade Hoopster post-season tournament Wednesday night at the East Lawrence Center. After getting the opening tip, Gator Jay Dineen took the ball to the hoop; unfortunately it was at the Yellow Jackets’ end of the court. While the score put the Yellow Jackets on the scoreboard first, the Gators controlled the game and advanced to the next round of the tournament with a 29-10 win.
Last-second shot preserves Bruins’ perfect season at Razorbacks’ expense
February 1, 2006
Somewhere in between agony and ecstasy fell the Jan. 23 game between the sixth- and seventh-grade Razorbacks and Bruins. Both Hoopster teams put themselves, their coaches, and the crowd on a whirlwind of emotions, but it was the Bruins who pulled out a 42-40 win over the Razorbacks with a game-winning basket with four seconds showing on the clock.
Yellow Jackets rely on first-half lead to win
February 1, 2006
When players for the Hoopsters sixth- and seventh-grade Yellow Jackets and Blue Devils took the court on Jan. 23 in their respective yellow and black jerseys, they formed a row of stripes resembling the Yellow Jackets’ mascot. The court appeared to be dominated by a giant bee, and incidentally, it was the Yellow Jackets who dominated the Blue Devils for three long quarters winning the last game of the regular season, 29-17.
Balanced attack key to West’s victory
February 1, 2006
A raucous crowd came to see two well-matched ninth-grade teams play when South Junior High went into West Junior High’s gym Wednesday. Students from South crowded the bleachers to cheer on the Cougars, who had just come off a strong victory at Central, but it was West’s cheering section that had the final say as they chanted “scoreboard” after a 56-48 Warhawk victory.
Not buying the ‘boy crisis’
February 1, 2006
“The Trouble With Boys,” blares the cover of last week’s Newsweek. There’s a crisis we all need to be worried about, the inside tells us, and the magazine is not alone in sounding the alarm. Boys are falling behind, academically and in terms of general achievement.
Southwest wins again in rivalry thriller
February 1, 2006
West Junior High’s eighth-grade basketball team smarted from a 27-26 setback to rival Southwest two weeks ago, but the Warhawks knew at least they would get another shot at the Bulldogs. But the second go-round again ended sadly for West, which this time watched Southwest pull out a 26-23 victory on Jan. 24 at Southwest Junior High.
Al-Jazeera airs video showing German hostages in Iraq
News report claims Japan will withdraw all troops by May
February 1, 2006
A roadside bomb killed a British soldier Tuesday in southern Iraq as a new video from kidnappers threatened to kill two German hostages if Germany fails to stop cooperating with the Iraqi government.
Bulldogs’ late surge seals win over Mustangs
February 1, 2006
The Central Mustangs and Southwest Bulldogs each took turns holding a one-point lead through almost all four quarters of Wednesday’s ninth-grade match-up at Central Junior High. A three-point shot from Southwest late in the fourth pushed the team on the right track to grab the 56-48 victory.
Free development screenings available
February 1, 2006
Lawrence Early Childhood Special Services will offer free developmental screenings Feb. 15.
Horned Frogs win, see room for improvement in post-season
February 1, 2006
The Jan. 24 fourth-and fifth-grade match-up at Langston Hughes Elementary saw the Blue Devils’ offense struggle to put points on the board and the Horned Frogs rack up one more win before heading into the post-season by defeating the Devils 42-15.
Ballroom” in a league of its own
February 1, 2006
“America’s Ballroom Challenge” (7 p.m., PBS) presents competitions between some of the best dancers in the world. Think of it as Dancing without Celebrities. The only boldfaced name present is Marilu Henner. The “Taxi” star was raised in a dancing family, and her mother ran the Henner Dance School out of a three-car garage.
Commentary: Nothing touches force of Wilt’s game
Don’t compare Bryant’s 81-point game with Chamberlain’s 100-point record
February 1, 2006
Visibility and repetitiveness will hoist the empyreal offensive performance by Kobe Bryant to peerlessness in the public mind. And on the numbers, it was unparalleled in our time, 81 points being 81 points.
Enron defense: There’s no evidence ‘books were cooked’
February 1, 2006
Lawyers for former Enron Corp. chiefs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling insisted Tuesday the men were guilty of no crimes, arguing the company was never infested with fraud and instead fell victim to a sudden crisis of market confidence.
Bush outlines ‘can-do’ agenda
February 1, 2006
President Bush, saddled with war for most of his presidency, sought to focus the public’s attention Tuesday on an agenda of “American competitiveness,” with can-do initiatives such as preparing young people to compete economically and an exhortation to wean an America “addicted to oil.”
Courts: Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act is unconstitutional
February 1, 2006
Two federal appeals courts on opposite sides of the country declared the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act unconstitutional Tuesday, saying the measure lacks an exception for cases in which a woman’s health is at stake.
State lawmakers praise Bush’s stand on terror, fuel alternatives in speech
February 1, 2006
Kansas’ mostly Republican lawmakers in Congress praised President Bush on Tuesday night for his strong stand against global terrorism and his commitment to reduce dependence on foreign oil with alternative fuels.
Horned Frogs ‘patient’ defense key to win
February 1, 2006
When the junior high Hoopster Razorbacks and Horned Frogs hit the court on Saturday, both teams became blurs of speed, hammering back and forth across the boards. Despite the speed of both teams, the Horned Frogs brought the game home with a 32-25 win over the Razorbacks.
Wildcats came out ready to win; early baskets sink Hoosiers
February 1, 2006
The junior high Hoopsters Hoosiers suffered a few major setbacks in their game on Saturday at Langston Hughes Elementary. With missing and injured players the team struggled to combat the Wildcats.
Education absent from parties’ agendas
Legislators: Omission doesn’t mean school finance isn’t important
February 1, 2006
Noticeably absent from legislative agendas rolled out this week by House Republicans and Democrats is perhaps the biggest issue of the session: public school finance.
Top-ranked UConn turns back No. 9 Pitt
February 1, 2006
The people who have been around the Big East for decades and those who are fairly new to the conference agreed No. 1 Connecticut’s 80-76 victory over No. 9 Pittsburgh on Tuesday night was physical even for a league known for that style of play.
Alito takes seat on Supreme Court
February 1, 2006
After the most partisan Supreme Court battle in more than a decade, Samuel Alito was sworn in Tuesday as the 110th justice on the nation’s highest court, where he is expected to usher in a new era of judicial conservatism.
Nets stop Pistons’ streak at 11
New Jersey extends home winning string to nine
February 1, 2006
The Detroit Pistons have become used to absorbing everyone else’s best shot as they’ve piled up win after win this season on the road. What they’re not accustomed to is missing so many shots.
Brokeback’ leads Oscar nominations
February 1, 2006
The cowboy love story “Brokeback Mountain” led the Academy Awards field Tuesday with eight nominations, among them best picture and honors for actor Heath Ledger and director Ang Lee.
Dawes sinks South’s winning basket
February 1, 2006
In a ninth-grade game decided by one point, the Central Junior High Mustangs had every chance to win. Instead South’s Chebon Dawes made sure they didn’t, hitting the game-winning basket with 23 seconds left to secure a 51-50 victory Jan. 23 at Central Junior High School.
Nation mourns Coretta Scott King, who kept MLK’s dream alive
February 1, 2006
Coretta Scott King wore her grief with remarkable grace, and it made her one of the most influential figures in the struggle for civil rights.
What would be the ideal festival for Lawrence?
Leader seeks ideas for new celebration
February 1, 2006
Clenece Hills likes to imagine Lawrence residents gathering each year at Sesquicentennial Point to celebrate the city’s birthday and watch what she calls “Art in the Air.”
Mangino: Doeren’s departure didn’t decimate class
February 1, 2006
With little time left to be proven wrong, Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino appeared honest when asked how assistant Dave Doeren’s departure affected recruiting.
Student writings will be added to West library
Young authors share works during event
February 1, 2006
The authors huddled close in the quiet classroom Tuesday, noshing on cookies and sandwiches, each careful not to spoil their dinners.
Lecompton hopes for funding to restore historic building
Official asks county to help preservation project
February 1, 2006
If county funding is available for one historic site, why not another?
What a crock!
Slow cooking can add versatility and ease to your Super Sunday celebrations
February 1, 2006
The on-field action will be fast-paced for Super Bowl Sunday. But that doesn’t mean your food has to be fast, too.
Alito may fulfill Reagan vision for court
February 1, 2006
Twenty-five years ago, President Reagan came to Washington with bold plans to move the Supreme Court to the right.
Jayni’s Kitchen’ creating tasty ‘Table for Two’
February 1, 2006
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “A Table for Two: Recipes for Romance.”
Woodling: O, those Omaha hoops
February 1, 2006
Notes and quotes while wondering how many people - in addition to me - have the same shirt size as Super Bowl XL. :
Self gives OK for Downs’ transfer
February 1, 2006
Micah Downs cell-phoned Bill Self on Tuesday afternoon from his new home: Spokane, Wash., home of Gonzaga University.
Horoscopes
February 1, 2006
For Wednesday, Feb. 1
KU hoping to rebound against Buffs
February 1, 2006
Midseason meltdowns do happen, for better or for worse.
Lawrence datebook
February 1, 2006