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Men transported to hospital after two-vehicle accident
February 2, 2006
Authorities extracted one person late this afternoon from a vehicle that flipped over at 11th and Delaware streets near Hobbs Park in east Lawrence.
Chat with Bob Corkins, Kansas Education Commissioner
February 2, 2006
The commissioner responds to questions about his proposals to improve education and the intelligent design question.
Third provost finalist announced
February 2, 2006
Richard W. Lariviere, dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin, is the third finalist announced for the provost and executive vice chancellor position at Kansas University.
Haz-mat team investigates report of white powder
February 2, 2006
A hazardous-materials crew is at the Douglas County Health Department, 200 Maine St., investigating a report of a mysterious powder found at the department earlier this morning.
Warm day casts shadow on groundhog prediction
Temperatures to climb into 60s again
February 2, 2006
Lawrence’s weather forecast calls for another springlike day in the low 60s - a sharp contrast to the much-celebrated Groundhog Day forecast.
Groundhog: Burrow in for 6 more weeks of winter
February 2, 2006
In a decades-old tradition, Americans looked to a groundhog to predict whether they should expect another six weeks of winter weather. The creature’s involuntary answer appeared to be yes.
Horoscopes
February 2, 2006
For Thursday, Feb. 2
Grant to boost job training
February 2, 2006
Work training efforts in Douglas County will share in $15 million targeted for boosting efforts to build health care, biosciences and advanced manufacturing industries in the Kansas City region, officials said Wednesday.
Army makes house call to honor vet with salute
I think Dad would have been proud,’ daughter says
February 2, 2006
The sounds of a bugler playing taps and a three-shot volley from military riflemen echoed in a vacant lot at the corner of Ninth and Arkansas streets Wednesday as family, friends and neighbors said goodbye to an old soldier.
Regulation to ensure appropriate sales of annuities
February 2, 2006
A major insurance industry group has agreed to support regulation by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) to make sure annuities sold to all consumers are appropriate for their financial objectives.
Keegan: Mangino making strides
February 2, 2006
In the recruiting game, no definitive scoreboard tells the students it’s time to uproot the goalpost and take it to Potter Lake for a swim.
India, China test economies
February 2, 2006
You could almost hear the tectonic plates shifting at this year’s World Economic Forum, where the giants of capitalism and their political leaders gather every year to discuss the state of the world.
Iranian ‘city of roses’ debunks stereotypes
Shiraz native living in Lawrence says Middle East landscape largely misunderstood
February 2, 2006
The streets of Iranian cities are dirty. The dust billows beneath pedestrians’ feet, and everywhere you look, life plays out in hues of ochre and umber.
Do change
INXS enjoys career jump-start after ‘Rock Star’
February 2, 2006
Kirk Pengilly recalls a pivotal meeting with fellow band members of INXS in 1998, shortly after vocalist Michael Hutchence died.
Addicted to oil’
America won’t give up its dependence on foreign oil cold turkey, but the need to get serious about alternative energy should be obvious.
February 2, 2006
Whatever steps the Bush administration can take toward reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil will be welcome.
Daily ticker
February 2, 2006
Commentary: One 12th Man is more than enough
February 2, 2006
That it happened on Halloween 25 years ago turned out to be apropos, because the whole thing looked sort of scary at first. The officer of the day for the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets brandished his saber at an SMU cheerleader who dared step on Kyle Field’s football grid to celebrate a Pony Express trampling that day of the Aggies.
Immigrant tuition reopened for debate
Since law was approved two years ago, 221 students have benefited from measure
February 2, 2006
Opponents and supporters of providing a tuition break for certain illegal immigrants renewed their arguments Wednesday before a Kansas House committee.
Bears end skid vs. ‘Cats
February 2, 2006
Curtis Jerrells hit a three-pointer from the left wing with 22 seconds left to give Baylor a 72-70 overtime victory against Kansas State on Wednesday night.
KU students win awards at festival
February 2, 2006
Two Kansas University graduate scenography students won major awards at the Region V Festival of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, which was last month in Fargo, N.D., and Moorhead, Minn.
Souper Bowl aims to score funds for art studio
Pottery sale bolsters Lawrence Arts Center ceramics program
February 2, 2006
Someone’s hands are always dirty around here. Kids come after school to make pinch pots. Kansas University graduate students refine their sculpting skills. And the elderly mold clumps of clay into mugs on potter’s wheels.
Weakened Bush takes bipartisan tone
February 2, 2006
The George Bush who stood in the chamber of the House of Representatives on Tuesday night, facing the members of Congress and a worldwide television audience, was not a lame duck president. When he said, in his peroration, “We will finish well … confident of the victories to come,” he was making a promise to himself as much as he was encouraging the country’s hopes for the remaining three years of his term.
Witness says Enron fudged numbers
February 2, 2006
Bent on matching or beating Wall Street expectations, Enron Corp. fudged its earnings figures with the knowledge of executives Jeffrey Skilling and Kenneth Lay, the company’s former chief contact for investors testified Wednesday.
Sprint Nextel to call spinoff Embarq Corp.
February 2, 2006
The local telephone company soon to be spun off from Sprint Nextel Corp. will be known as Embarq Corp., and trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the EQ ticker symbol, officials said Wednesday.
Commodities
February 2, 2006
Postal worker’s former neighbor found dead
February 2, 2006
A woman wounded in a rampage by a former postal worker died Wednesday, and investigators said the assailant also killed a former neighbor just before the attack, bringing the death toll to eight.
Wal-Mart sued over access to contraception
February 2, 2006
Backed by abortion rights groups, three Massachusetts women sued Wal-Mart on Wednesday, accusing the retail giant of violating a state regulation by failing to stock emergency contraception pills in its pharmacies.
Diocese offers $45.7M to settle sex-abuse cases
February 2, 2006
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane, which filed for bankruptcy after being barraged with sex-abuse lawsuits, has offered a $45.7 million settlement to 75 people who say they were molested by priests.
Trial continues despite Saddam’s absence
February 2, 2006
A female witness, testifying Wednesday at Saddam Hussein’s trial, said she was stripped naked in prison, hung by her feet and kicked in the chest by the former Iraqi leader’s half brother.
Army leaders pledge smaller National Guard role
February 2, 2006
After a tough year in Iraq, citizen soldiers of the Army National Guard will play a much smaller combat role for the remainder of the war, the Army’s top two generals say.
Bomb kills eight men waiting for work
February 2, 2006
A bomb planted near a tea stand killed eight men waiting for day labor in a largely Shiite area of Baghdad on Wednesday. A Shiite politician tapped as a possible prime minister predicted a new government would be in place by mid-March.
Kansas women flounder
Struggling Jayhawks fall to lowly CU, 77-71
February 2, 2006
The limbo stick drops lower and lower for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team.
Self not thrilled with break in action
February 2, 2006
After playing - and winning - three games in six days, with two of those contests on the road, Kansas University’s men’s basketball players and coaches welcomed this week’s relaxed schedule, right?
AFA lands 2 Lions
LHS standouts Lassiter, Hickey sign with Falcons
February 2, 2006
Discipline isn’t a foreign concept to Brandon Lassiter and Nathan Hickey.
Texas prep in mix at QB
February 2, 2006
With sudden depth issues at the quarterback position, the Kansas University football team may have gotten as immediate of a high school answer as it could in Todd Reesing, a dual-threat slinger from Lake Travis, Texas, who already is on campus.
A class with class
Players fulfilled pledges to KU
February 2, 2006
In the mud-slinging world of college football recruiting, Kansas University somehow emerged from the struggle without a speck of dirt on its jersey this year.
Sticker shock inspires couple to find natural gas alternatives
$343 bill spurs conservation
February 2, 2006
Talk about motivation. And conservation. All it took was one $343 natural gas bill to spur Linda and Leonard Zook to look for other ways to keep their Lawrence mobile home heated.
More than 200 injured in clash between police, Jewish settlers
February 2, 2006
Israeli police on horseback charged the lines, swinging clubs. Rioters hit back with a volley of rocks. One young man whacked a horse’s flank with a two-by-four.
Our town sports
February 2, 2006
Dole Institute introduces semester’s Senior Fellows
February 2, 2006
The Dole Institute of Politics has named Democratic political operative John Toohey and Republican grassroots activist Alan Cobb as its Senior Fellows for spring 2006.
KBI report notes progress, deficiencies
February 2, 2006
Drugs, sex offenders and a new wiretapping system are some of the topics covered in the Kansas Bureau of Investigation’s annual report to the Kansas Legislature.
Governor asks for halt in coal production
February 2, 2006
Gov. Joe Manchin called for all coal companies in West Virginia to shut down for safety checks after two more mine workers were killed Wednesday in separate accidents.
Wind power plant planned in N.W. Mo.
February 2, 2006
Developers have announced plans for a wind energy project in northwest Missouri’s Gentry County.
Capitol Hill Police apologize for ejecting women for T-shirts
February 2, 2006
Capitol Police dropped a charge of unlawful conduct against anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan on Wednesday and apologized for ejecting her and a congressman’s wife from President Bush’s State of the Union address for wearing T-shirts with war messages.
Traffic cure-all
February 2, 2006
To the editor: An article in Saturday’s Journal-World tells us of the new plans for warning beacons at the intersection of Kansas Highway 10 and the East Hills Business Park.
Palestinians might miss payday
Saudi Arabia, Qatar offer emergency funds to ease crisis
February 2, 2006
Israel froze the transfer of millions of dollars in tax rebates and customs payments to the Palestinian Authority, and Palestinian officials said Wednesday that Saudi Arabia and Qatar have promised $33 million in quick aid to ease a severe budget crisis.
Owens catches K.C.’s eye
Peterson: Chiefs somewhat interested
February 2, 2006
The Kansas City Chiefs are “somewhat interested” in Terrell Owens, the receiver suspended in November by the Philadelphia Eagles, president and general manager Carl Peterson said.
Uncaring U.S.
February 2, 2006
To the editor: This statement exemplifies the credibility gap of conservative America, by Bill Frist about Terry Schiavo: “When you’re taking innocent life, with parents who want that life preserved, you’ve got to make sure, and therefore stepping in to say, let’s take one more review, that’s what we did.”
Cost of living
February 2, 2006
To the editor: Scott Henderson’s letter about tax valuations and their far-reaching effects on senior citizens is right on!
New commissioner to chat online today
February 2, 2006
Bob Corkins, the state’s new, controversial education commissioner, will participate in an online chat this afternoon on the Journal-World’s Web site.
King widow’s final days reflect pattern of privacy
February 2, 2006
Coretta Scott King’s declining health was largely kept hidden from those outside her family - reflecting, perhaps, habits of secrecy developed during the most dangerous years of the civil rights movement.
Presidential contender: Oil deals a giveaway
February 2, 2006
A candidate challenging Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez for the presidency said his top campaign issue will be what he calls a massive waste of billions of dollars through generous oil deals for friendly countries.
Dog-food company’s offer condemned as ‘insulting’
February 2, 2006
Kenyan government officials on Wednesday issued a testy “thanks, but no thanks” to a New Zealand entrepreneur’s offer to help stem hunger with a powdered formula similar to one she developed for dogs.
Tech topples UT
February 2, 2006
Texas Tech coach Marsha Sharp wasn’t secretive about how she and her Raiders were going to defend Texas’ leading scorer, Tiffany Jackson.
Report: IRA still spying, running crime rackets
February 2, 2006
The Irish Republican Army has halted violence but is still gathering intelligence on enemies and remains deeply involved in organized crime, according to a report published Wednesday by Britain and Ireland.
Chertoff, White House faulted over Katrina
February 2, 2006
The White House and Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff failed to provide decisive action when Hurricane Katrina struck, congressional investigators said Wednesday in a stinging assessment of slow federal relief efforts.
Study finds new planet is bigger than Pluto
February 2, 2006
Scientists say they have confirmed that a so-called 10th planet discovered last year is bigger than Pluto, but that likely won’t quell the debate over what makes a planet.
Andrea Yates to leave jail for mental hospital
February 2, 2006
A judge set a $200,000 bond Wednesday for Andrea Yates to leave jail for a state mental hospital, where she will await a new trial on murder charges in the drowning deaths of her five children.
Bush: Don’t expect price breaks from oil giants
February 2, 2006
President Bush defended the huge profits of Exxon Mobil Corp. on Wednesday, saying they are simply the result of the marketplace and that consumers socked with soaring energy costs should not expect price breaks.
Bus operator charged in deaths of 23 evacuees
February 2, 2006
A tour company and its owner were charged Wednesday with conspiracy and other crimes in the deaths of 23 nursing home residents whose bus caught fire as they fled Hurricane Rita.
Feds say puppies used to smuggle liquid heroin
February 2, 2006
Colombian drug dealers are apparently using puppies to smuggle heroin.
Alito hears first case
February 2, 2006
After a private welcome to his new job, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito was confronted in his first hours with emergency appeals in three death row cases.
$10.5B pledged to help rebuild Afghanistan
February 2, 2006
Nearly 70 nations and international bodies pledged $10.5 billion to help Afghanistan fight poverty, improve security and crack down on the drug trade, officials said Wednesday at the end of a two-day conference on the nation’s future.
Feeding tube inserted in Sharon’s stomach
February 2, 2006
Doctors inserted a feeding tube in Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s stomach on Wednesday, according to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital, where he is being treated for a massive stroke.
Decision on abortion records case due Friday
February 2, 2006
Atty. Gen. Phill Kline should learn Friday how much access he’ll have to patient records from two abortion clinics in attempting to prosecute both the clinics and suspected cases of child rape.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
February 2, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 1, 1906: “Wakarusa Township’s board Saturday decided to advertise for bids for cutting down Windmill Hill according to plans and specifications drawn up by Prof. Hoad. Bids will be opened on Feb. 5. “
Medicare may deduct twice this month
February 2, 2006
Social Security recipients who have signed up for Medicare Part D and whose premiums are to be deducted from their monthly checks may have two deductions in their February checks.
Council to discuss cleaning up cemetery
February 2, 2006
Dean Sage, a Perry City Council member, says honoring the dead sometimes isn’t what it should be.
Old home town - 40 years ago today
February 2, 2006
There were no current plans for reactivation of the Callery Chemical Co. plant north of here. The plant, originally built for $4 million to produce boron fuel for the Navy, had been idle since 1959 when the Navy contract expired. Rumors persisted that the site would be activated for other use.
Manufacturing slows
February 2, 2006
Manufacturing activity in the United States expanded at a slower pace in January than in the previous month, according to report Wednesday by a private research group.
Auto sales climb
February 2, 2006
Asian companies grabbed more of the nation’s auto market in January, dampening the good news for U.S. rivals who enjoyed their first monthly sales increases since employee discount deals ended last summer.
Bush still must cater to conservative base
February 2, 2006
When President Bush addressed the nation Tuesday night, he had two related problems - one political, the other conceptual. His political problem is that he has negligible support among Democrats and his support among independents has fallen sharply, so he must continue to govern with narrow victories secured by the cohesion of his conservative base. His conceptual problem is that although election results indicate that this is a somewhat conservative era, it is more rhetorically than operationally conservative.
Wildcats announce 23 signees
February 2, 2006
Baker University football coach Mike Grossner announced 23 signees Wednesday, including three with Lawrence ties.
De Soto, Eudora girls post wins
February 2, 2006
Sam Johnson and Kira Gonzalez led all scorers with 12 points apiece as De Soto defeated Wellsville on Wednesday in a makeup high school girls basketball game, 40-27.
Protect plants for when winter chill returns
February 2, 2006
Warm days and cool nights - so this is what winter is like in the South. If so, I like it. Unfortunately, plants may not agree as the mild temperatures can come to an abrupt end at any time. And when they do, what will happen to trees, shrubs and bulbs that think it’s spring? Hopefully not much. Winter cold and a budding plant do not have to lead to plant death.
Survivor’ returns for sweeps
February 2, 2006
February sweeps arrives with the return of television’s most durable prime time reality show, “Survivor” (7 p.m., CBS). This time, it’s called “Survivor: Panama: Exile Island.” As the title implies, some unlucky players will be asked to get “Lost” and spend some desert island time. There’s no word if they have to share the island with Panama’s exiled dictator, Manuel Noriega.
Federal judge says Kline trying to redefine rape
February 2, 2006
Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline interprets the Kansas reporting statute’s definition of rape so that health care providers, social workers and others can no longer consider whether a child was injured before reporting suspected abuse, a federal judge said Wednesday.
Iran expected to be reported to U.N. Security Council today
February 2, 2006
After months of fruitless negotiations, European nations set the stage Wednesday for reporting Iran to the powerful U.N. Security Council by the end of the week because of concerns the Islamic country’s nuclear program is not “exclusively for peaceful purposes.”
Kline seeks life terms for second-time child sex offenders
February 2, 2006
Flanked by a half-dozen sheriffs and leather-clad members of Bikers Against Child Abuse, Atty. Gen. Phill Kline tried Wednesday to rally support for the toughest bill against sex offenders he thinks he can get.
Shawnee County DA rejects reports from narcotics officers
Move part of attempt to restore unit’s credibility
February 2, 2006
Shawnee County’s district attorney will no longer consider reports from three of eight officers in the police department’s troubled narcotics unit.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
February 2, 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.
House sends budget cut bill to Bush
Student loan subsidies, Medicaid among programs facing cuts
February 2, 2006
The House on Wednesday narrowly approved Congress’ first attempt in eight years to slow the growth of benefit programs like Medicaid and student loan subsidies, sending the measure to President Bush.
Phelps defends funeral protests
February 2, 2006
War widow Brandy Sacco wept and Patriot Guard Riders grimaced in disgust as the Rev. Fred Phelps told lawmakers Wednesday that he had a constitutional right to picket funerals of soldiers, carrying signs that say “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” and “Thank God for IEDs.”
Investigators: Pilot didn’t call for help before plane crash outside Chicago
February 2, 2006
Investigators say no distress calls came from a twin-engine airplane that nose-dived into an industrial park a mile away from its destination in Chicago’s northwest suburbs, killing all four aboard.
City is No. 2 for ‘hotspots’
Among university towns, only Boulder is better
February 2, 2006
It’s a real 21st century mess. Simon Bates is a little bit country and a little bit high-tech. The country side of Bates has him living out in rural Douglas County. But Bates’ high-tech side designs and maintains a Web site for his Lawrence band.
China cancels release of ‘Geisha’
February 2, 2006
The Chinese government has canceled the release of “Memoirs of a Geisha” - a decision made amid speculation that officials are worried the sight of Chinese actresses playing Japanese geishas would stir a backlash.
Republished images of Muhammad spark fresh furor
February 2, 2006
French and German newspapers republished caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad on Wednesday in what they called a defense of freedom of expression, sparking fresh anger from Muslims.
KU names 1st female law dean
Gail Agrawal comes from North Carolina
February 2, 2006
Gail Agrawal was the first in her family to finish high school, the first to go to college and the first to go to graduate school. Now the New Orleans native is Kansas University School of Law’s first female dean.
West Virginia stays perfect in Big East
Mountaineers hold off Irish on last-second miss; Duke escapes at BC
February 2, 2006
Kevin Pittsnogle scored 22 points, and No. 11 West Virginia remained unbeaten in the rough-and-tumble Big East by holding off Notre Dame, 71-70, Wednesday night.
On the record
February 2, 2006
Air ambulances may face stricter rules after crashes
Keeping the life-savers safe
February 2, 2006
When he’s confronted with a terrible accident where time can make the difference between life and death, Jim Murray is grateful he can call on a medical helicopter for help.
Puppy love good therapy for emotionally disturbed teens
February 2, 2006
When things get a little tense at Project Alternative, a facility for emotionally disturbed teens, they call in a trained therapist to calm the situation.
United exits record airline bankruptcy
February 2, 2006
United Airlines finally left bankruptcy Wednesday, a leaner and more cost-efficient carrier after a painful restructuring that began in 2002 and lasted a record 1,150 days.
People in the news
February 2, 2006
¢ Kate Moss slated to appear on cover of British Vogue ¢ Comedian brings cheeky autobiography to Broadway ¢ Boy George appears in court ¢ Gucci taps new creative chief ¢ Actress Lucy Liu visits areas devastated by quake
Suns overcome Pierce’s 40
Celtics standout scores 33 points in second half
February 2, 2006
The Phoenix Suns ended their road trip with their fourth victory in five games and another reminder that big leads can fade quickly.
Petition filed to dig up old grave
City supports project to exhume 127-year-old remains at Oak Hill Cemetery
February 2, 2006
The city will support an unusual request to unearth the remains in a century-old grave at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Students donate birthday presents to Kansans in Iraq
February 2, 2006
Somewhere in Iraq, a soldier and a nurse from Kansas are about to get a few dozen birthday presents. As far as anyone knows, it’s not their birthday.
Irish, Gators among leaders
Notre Dame, Florida score classes ranked in top 10
February 2, 2006
Charlie Weis brought the mystique back to Notre Dame and the blue-chippers followed.
Prints, figurines early celebrity worship
February 2, 2006
Photographs and television didn’t exist in the early 1800s, so accurate likenesses of the famous and infamous were rare.
Big 12 capsules
February 2, 2006
Lawrence datebook
February 2, 2006