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Investigators piece together details of downtown shooting
February 6, 2006
Investigators are piecing together what really happened before, during and after a fatal shooting early Sunday in downtown Lawrence. The gunfire erupted during a fight that broke out among a crowd gathered in front of the Granada Theater after the Upset Records 1-70 Tour.
Fourth provost candidate vists KU
February 6, 2006
Karen L. Gould, dean of the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati, is the fourth of four finalists for Kansas University’s provost and executive vice chancellor position.
Woodlawn principal picked for Deerfield post
February 6, 2006
Lawrence school officials have selected Joni Appleman to replace Deerfield elementary principal Suzie Soyster, who has announced plans to retire in June.
Governor announces new Web site to help parents
February 6, 2006
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today announced a new Web site designed to provide information to parents to help them decide what their children should watch and listen to.
Police: Witnesses silent about Sunday morning shooting death
Police plan to interview second victim
11:50 a.m., February 6, 2006 Updated 12:29 p.m.
Police are chasing hundreds of leads from the early Sunday morning downtown shooting that killed one man and injured another - but many of the main witnesses aren’t talking.
Cold, with cloudy skies this afternoon
Temperatures to reach high 30s today
February 6, 2006
Winter crept back into Lawrence over the weekend and plunged temperatures into the teens this morning. “It’s staying chilly today, with our temperatures below average,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “You’ll definitely need that coat this morning and I think you’ll need it this afternoon.”
Plotter of Cole attack among prison escapees
February 6, 2006
An al-Qaida operative sentenced to death for plotting the USS Cole bombing that killed 17 sailors in 2000 was among a group of convicts who escaped from a Yemeni prison last week, Interpol said Sunday in issuing a global security alert.
Analysis: Platform writing has its pitfalls
February 6, 2006
Only two days after the Republican State Committee approved a party platform containing anti-abortion and anti-evolution planks, GOP House members approved a manifesto outlining their agenda for this year’s legislative session.
Speech’s weak points may reflect public view
February 6, 2006
President Bush’s 2006 State of the Union message has been widely dismissed as an inconsequential affair already headed for history’s ash heap. But the speech leaves an astringent aftertaste that brings it to mind days after its delivery.
Bush-Clinton family drama may continue
February 6, 2006
At their prime, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were vicious rivals with sharply divergent visions of the kind of nation America should be. Their exchange of letters and thoughts in their dotage is one of the great collections of correspondence in all of history. Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter so disliked each other that the tension at their presidential debate 30 years ago was palpable. Once out of office, the two grew so close that it became hard to know what the fuss in 1976 was all about.
Carnegie plans
The top priority for Lawrence’s Carnegie library building should be to maintain this historical site as a center of activity in the community.
February 6, 2006
Two options for future uses of the Carnegie library building at Ninth and Vermont are on the Lawrence City Commission agenda for Tuesday night.
Many college students uncertain about careers
February 6, 2006
Just the other day, I posted a job to hire a relatively recent college grad - one with two years’ experience. Within two hours, I had received more than 200 resumes.
Volunteers needed for upcoming Mardi Gras, AIDS Walk events
February 6, 2006
The Douglas County AIDS Project needs volunteers for the Mardi Gras Dance on Saturday, Feb. 25, featuring jazz singer Kelly Hunt. Volunteers also are needed for the Annual AIDS Walk on Saturday, April 15. Offices are in the United Way Building on Ridge Court just two blocks east of 25th and Iowa.
Iraq steps up security for Shiites’ holiest festival this week
February 6, 2006
Iraq will deploy thousands of police to prevent Sunni militants from bombing a major Shiite ceremony this week, while the bullet-riddled bodies of two Shiites were found Sunday in the latest round of killings between rival Sunni and Shiite groups.
February 6, 2006
To the editor: Concerning the driver that perceives a crossing guards friendly wave as too distracting to drivers, I can’t help but feel we are looking at the wrong person: the crossing guard.
Silent assent
February 6, 2006
To the editor: The sudden furor over illegal surveillance and other violations of supposedly guaranteed constitutional and civil rights rings loudly hollow.
Mexican officials fret over violence in resort city of Acapulco
February 6, 2006
With spring break coming and college students making plans, tourism officials in Acapulco are worried that the resort city’s image may now include bloody shootouts along with the beach, bikinis and beer parties.
Suddenness of King’s death shocked her children
February 6, 2006
Coretta Scott King’s four children talked about her last days Sunday, saying she had appeared to be making steps toward recovery before she died suddenly the day she was supposed to begin treatment at an alternative medical clinic in Mexico.
Future uncertain for RB
Seattle’s Alexander needs new contract
February 6, 2006
Seattle running back Shaun Alexander had a good enough stat line: 95 yards on 20 carries, averaging nearly five yards a pop.
Commentary: Pittsburgh fought hard to win for Bettis
February 6, 2006
As grand exits go, it wasn’t much. The Bus didn’t win the Super Bowl for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the final game of his career. Didn’t even have a lot to do with it, until he was given the ball to grind up some yards and run down the clock toward the end.
Finally, a fifth title
Cowher, Pittsburgh take tough road to greatness
February 6, 2006
The Pittsburgh Steelers not only won one for the thumb, they won one for the Jaw. Bill Cowher, the Steelers’ jut-jawed and oft-intense coach, had made a career of losing championship games - five in all, four in AFC championship games in Pittsburgh since January 1995.
Steelers get One for Thumb
February 6, 2006
Paint this Super Bowl black and gold. With a whole lot of satisfaction for Jerome Bettis, Bill Cowher and his Pittsburgh Steelers.
Retailers testing in-store clinics
Ventures offer convenient, low-cost medical assistance
February 6, 2006
Fearing bad news as her son suffered with a cough, aches and a sore throat, Donna Bultez found help in the most common of places - her neighborhood grocery store.
Aviator Fossett to attempt to break distance record
February 6, 2006
Steve Fossett, this era’s Phileas Fogg, wants to do something not even the “Around the World in 80 Days” hero could contemplate: Fly around the globe - and then some - for more than three days without stopping.
Farmers, towns brace for expensive future as aquifer drops
February 6, 2006
The prairie spreads for miles here in stubby, ashen-colored patches. Irrigation pivots spray out in circles, each minute sucking up hundreds of gallons of cold water from beneath the oil fields.
Opposing networks draw Olympics game plans
February 6, 2006
One of the most exciting television battles during the next few weeks may be between Paula Abdul and Michelle Kwan, or another darling of the Winter Olympics.
Keegan’s report: college basketball
February 6, 2006
J-W sports editor Tom Keegan each week will observe and analyze the national college basketball scene.
Egypt’s response to disaster berated
February 6, 2006
Family members of passengers on a ferry that sank in the Red Sea protested on Sunday as they waited in vain for news of their loved ones, accusing Egypt’s government of mishandling the rescue after the ship went down with more than 1,400 people on board.
Israel threatens hold on Palestinian money
February 6, 2006
The Israeli government agreed Sunday to release $55 million in taxes and customs duties it withheld from the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority in the wake of Hamas’ victory in last month’s parliamentary elections.
Hoyas stifle Panthers
February 6, 2006
Washington Georgetown allowed Aaron Gray to look like the next coming of Patrick Ewing in the first half. In the second half, Pittsburgh’s 7-foot center didn’t even score.
Heard it before
February 6, 2006
To the editor: On Tuesday night, I chose not to listen to the president.
Radio operators say ‘spacesuit’ still alive
February 6, 2006
A spacesuit that was tossed out of the international space station after being stuffed with old clothes and a radio transmitter was again sending weak signals as it circled the globe, ham radio operators reported Sunday.
Two tourney titles already for Tiger
Woods rallies to tie Els, wins in playoff at Dubai Classic
February 6, 2006
Two tournaments, two continents, two playoff victories.
Land dispute sparks gun battle in countryside
February 6, 2006
In the latest case of unrest afflicting the Chinese countryside, at least 15 people were wounded, some seriously, when a gun battle broke out in a land dispute between two villages in southern Guangdong province.
Topekan convicted for second time in fatal 2001 apartment explosion
February 6, 2006
A Topeka man has been convicted a second time of murdering a woman and her 13-month-old son in an Emporia apartment explosion in July 2001.
Dynamics of Pakistan earthquake clarified
February 6, 2006
In the massive earthquake that hit northern Pakistan in October, a fault shifted over a 40-mile section, and the ground was pushed up to a height of 18 feet in places, according to a Japanese and Pakistani joint research team.
Catholic priest shot, killed at church
February 6, 2006
A teenage boy shot and killed the Italian Roman Catholic priest of a church in the Black Sea port city of Trabzon on Sunday, shouting “God is great” as he escaped, according to police and witnesses.
Lawrence Republicans to attend service class
February 6, 2006
Two Lawrence women have been selected for the 2006 class of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Series, Kansas Republican leaders announced.
Nuclear talks with Russia not ruled out
February 6, 2006
Iran said Sunday it will hold talks with Moscow on a proposal to enrich Iranian uranium in Russia, a day after a senior Iranian official declared the proposal dead because Iran was referred to the U.N. Security Council.
ISU tops Buffs
Stinson notches triple-double in win
February 6, 2006
Curtis Stinson tallied 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists - the third triple-double in Iowa State history - as the Cyclones snapped a three-game home losing streak with a 96-79 victory Sunday over Colorado.
The week ahead
February 6, 2006
Suspect in attack at gay bar dies
February 6, 2006
A teenager suspected in a brutal rampage at a Massachusetts gay bar died Sunday from wounds suffered in a shootout with Arkansas police after he fatally shot an officer and a woman acquaintance, authorities said.
Chefs-in-training to make ‘Soup’-er Bowls Tuesday
February 6, 2006
Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department’s “Let’s get Cooking” seminar this month will allow chefs-in-training to create a “Soup”-er Bowl even after the big game.
Congressman collapses while attending funeral
February 6, 2006
Rep. Bernie Sanders collapsed Sunday in Richford while attending the funeral of a Vermont National Guardsman and was later treated at a hospital for the flu and dehydration.
On the record
February 6, 2006
Educator of the Year nominations sought
February 6, 2006
The Lawrence Schools Foundation is seeking nominees for its 2006 Educator of the Year Award.
Program to help students apply for financial aid
February 6, 2006
College Goal Sunday, a free event that offers one-on-one financial aid help from professionals in filling out the Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FASFA), is planned for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Kansas University, in Room 1005 of Eaton Hall.
Hellmuth: Long odds, good wine
February 6, 2006
One night I played emcee at A-Rod’s star-studded charity event in Miami, teasing the likes of Jay-Z, Beyonce and Tom Brady (which I wrote about in my last column). The very next night, I was the emcee at the W Las Vegas Hotel, Casino and Residences poker event at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. In Miami, I drank nothing and didn’t play in the tournament, but at Sundance I drank Dom Perignon and joined the 50-player event. After all, first prize at Sundance was a $700,000 Las Vegas condo, to be built in 2008, and since I wasn’t getting paid to comment, I wanted a shot at winning it.
Carnegie Library’s future to be discussed
Lawrence City Commission agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets ¢ Sunflower Broadband Channel 25 ¢ Meeting documents online at
February 6, 2006
City commissioners will hear proposals from two groups to use the vacant Carnegie Library building at Ninth and Vermont streets. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department has proposed that the building be used for classroom space. The nonprofit Americana Music Academy has proposed to make the building its home, and convert the building into an Americana and folk music center.
Alvamar super in first
February 6, 2006
Alvamar Golf Course superintendent Dick Stuntz fired a 1-under-par 72 on Sunday, good for the first-round lead at the Golf Course Superintendent Association of America national championships at Redstone Club.
Sexual predator program may be shelved
Lawmakers consider longer prison sentences instead of treatment
February 6, 2006
Once touted as a modern criminal justice tool to treat sex predators while keeping them away from the public, the state’s civil commitment program may be on its way out in favor of simply longer prison sentences.
Bush budget targets domestic programs for cuts
February 6, 2006
President Bush will propose a $2.7 trillion budget today that would take another slice out of domestic spending next year - but still leave the deficit at a larger figure than under any of the 42 presidents who preceded him.
Hearings open today on domestic eavesdropping program
February 6, 2006
Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales has not adequately justified why the Bush administration failed to seek court approval for domestic surveillance, said the senator in charge of a hearing today on the program.
Commentary: For sanity’s sake, don’t sign T.O.!
February 6, 2006
His interview Wednesday on ESPN was winding down. But there still was time for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb to offer words of wisdom to teams considering a trade for Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens.
Auto workers seek new strategy
February 6, 2006
U.S. auto workers, struggling with the recent announcements of massive job cuts at General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co., need to take “serious actions” to strengthen the nation’s manufacturing base and help working people, the union’s president said Sunday.
Keegan: Jayhawks exorcise demons
February 6, 2006
The star, Brandon Rush, played the first half with blurred vision brought about by a poke to the eye. The next-best player, Mario Chalmers, often looked like a freshman for a change and had eight turnovers to show for it. Reliable Russell Robinson missed all but two of his 10 shots.
Tributes continue for Coretta Scott King
February 6, 2006
Hundreds mourned the loss of Coretta Scott King at the Sunday services of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where her late husband preached in the 1960s and the civil rights matriarch remained a member until her death.
Bill would expand treatment for drug offenders
Some nonviolent inmates haven’t benefited from recent changes in law
February 6, 2006
More than 150 nonviolent drug users are sitting in Kansas prisons. State Rep. Bill McCreary, R-Wellington, says they would be better off in rehabilitation programs.
1 killed, 1 injured in shooting outside downtown nightclub
February 6, 2006
Gunfire erupted after a hip-hop show in downtown Lawrence early Sunday morning, killing one person and sending another by air ambulance to a Kansas City hospital in critical condition.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
February 6, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.21 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
If it’s OK with them, it’s fine by me
February 6, 2006
If the National Security Administration is monitoring my phone calls for quality assurance (and why shouldn’t they be?), they’re no doubt puzzled over conversations that go like this: Me: Hi. Just me.
Football project moving forward
KU officials announce funding secured; 2008 targeted
February 6, 2006
After painfully living through a 2-10 football season in 2002, Kansas University associate athletic director John Hadl met with Mark Mangino in the rookie football coach’s office.
Army program teaches officers Arabic language, culture
February 6, 2006
Three men, battle-seasoned Army officers but dressed in civilian clothes, watch as their tutor writes Arabic script across the board.
Revival of KU Info will be welcome news to students
Information service will add walk-in, Web features when it returns in April
February 6, 2006
KU Info, the once-revered phone information service at Kansas University, is on hiatus as it plans its comeback.
Dry winter taking a toll on area trees
Drought in recent years makes trees vulnerable
February 6, 2006
Trees already suffering from the effects of recent drought years are becoming more stressed by this winter’s dry weather, a horticulture expert said.
Clippers keep rolling
Victory over Raptors another milestone
February 6, 2006
Even though the Los Angeles Clippers never have played better, Sam Cassell doesn’t want their reputation to change.
Giles provides spark for KU
February 6, 2006
Just when they needed him most, C.J. Giles turned back into a productive player Sunday in Allen Fieldhouse and helped Kansas University to its 59-58 comeback victory over Oklahoma.
People of the Himalayas
February 6, 2006
To travel to Bhutan is to venture not only into another culture, but also into a different time.
Later, Sooners
Big rally lifts KU past Oklahoma
February 6, 2006
Not many, if any, fans had headed for the exits. Nobody on Kansas University’s basketball team officially had thrown in the towel. Yet to players, coaches and spectators alike, things sure didn’t look promising with 9 1â2 minutes to play Sunday in Allen Fieldhouse, with the young, unranked Jayhawks trailing an experienced, No. 19-rated Oklahoma team by 16 points.
Fox’s ‘24’ takes on political commentary
February 6, 2006
What’s up with Jack?
Lawrence datebook
February 6, 2006
OU bemoans finish
It should’ve never come to that’
February 6, 2006
Michael Neal felt a hand on one of his as he tried to win the game at the buzzer. There isn’t a doubt in his mind.
February 6, 2006
For Monday, Feb. 6
Pulse calendar
February 6, 2006
People in the news
February 6, 2006
¢ ‘When a Stranger Calls’ connects with movie-goers ¢ Busta Rhymes’ bodyguard killed during video shoot ¢ Critical of her own movie ¢ Holly items to be auctioned ¢ Lawsuit laid to rest
Moderation on immigration
February 6, 2006
For years, the issue of illegal immigration was greeted largely with indifference by politicians and the news media. In fairly short order, however, it has become a red-hot topic that is debated with a frenzy bordering on hysteria.
Commentary: For my money, monkeys in suits always win
February 6, 2006
So Who Won? No, Not That! The Tony for Best Commercial!
Seahawks lament mistakes
February 6, 2006
Matt Hasselbeck angrily unsnapped his chin strap with a hard flick of his right wrist. Steelers linebacker Joey Porter then added to his anger by taunting Hasselbeck from behind.
Older veterans opt to once again report for military duty
February 6, 2006
Former Baldwin resident Frank Westgate left the U.S. Navy under less-than-ideal circumstances in 1981, and spent the next two decades regretting it.
Unrest over religious cartoons spreads
February 6, 2006
Thousands of Muslim protesters, enraged over the publication of caricatures of Islam’s prophet Muhammad, set ablaze the Danish Embassy on Sunday and rampaged through a predominantly Christian neighborhood, escalating sectarian tensions in a country whose melange of faiths can sometimes serve as a microcosm of the world’s religious divide.
Lab to honor KU alum’s quiet influence at hospital
February 6, 2006
The University of Kansas Hospital plans to name a catheterization laboratory inside the new $77-million Center for Advanced Heart Care after Dr. Lynn Kindred, and the physician’s response is simple.
Capitol Briefing
News from the Kansas Statehouse
February 6, 2006
¢ Polluting parks ¢ Home of record ¢ Audit frenzy ¢ Courts have long memories ¢ Quote of the week ¢ Things to watch
Kansas ready for medical marijuana, speaker says
February 6, 2006
With medical marijuana locked in legal battles from California to the U.S. Supreme Court, the head of a national marijuana policy group said Sunday that Kansas may be ready to start the legalization process for the embattled weed.
February 6, 2006
Brandon Rush squinted and looked uncomfortable much of the first half after getting poked in the right eye by Terrell Everett.