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Anti-abortion provision placed on bill sought by KU
Bill approved by House, sent to Senate
February 7, 2006
An anti-abortion provision today was attached to legislation today sought by Kansas University.
Cold today, chance for flurries overnight
Cold snap heading in for weekend
February 7, 2006
Lawrence was bright and chilly this morning, but clouds will move in from the north today, bringing temperatures in the teens and the chance for some light snow tonight, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Jury rules against school in discrimination lawsuit
February 7, 2006
A Jackson County jury ruled Monday that the Raytown school district discriminated against former Missouri basketball star Jevon Crudup when firing him from a coaching job.
Joni Appleman named new Deerfield principal
February 7, 2006
School cost study may lead to consolidation of small districtsLawrence school officials have selected Joni Appleman to replace Deerfield elementary principal Suzie Soyster, who has announced plans to retire in June.
Turin scrambles as opening draws near
There is so much to do,’ but organizers say they’ll be ready by Friday
February 7, 2006
Marco Martinsetti looked harried on a gray Sunday as workers shuttled past him at the 16th-century Piazza Castello, the centerpiece of not only this northwestern Italian city but also of the 2006 Winter Olympics.
Super Bowl boasts huge viewership
February 7, 2006
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ victory over the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl was watched in an average of 45.85 million homes, the second-highest total in television history behind the final episode of ‘M-A-S-H’ in 1983.
Police won’t raid village
Olympic dopers will be sent to face Italian criminal charges
February 7, 2006
Italian police have no plans to raid the Olympic village in search of banned substances, but athletes who test positive will be sent to court under Italy’s criminal anti-doping laws.
Third vice chancellor candidate visits campus
February 7, 2006
At the University of Texas at Austin, Richard Lariviere called on students to give him their impressions of each department in the College of Liberal Arts.
Humorous book can be worthwhile investment
February 7, 2006
I’ve been told I’m too serious - financially serious, that is.
Advertising drive hits parking lots
February 7, 2006
The parking lot: it isn’t just for parking anymore.
Hip-hop music weathers bad rap
February 7, 2006
Gangsters and hip-hop. Guns and hip-hop. Killings and hip-hop.
Witnesses to shooting are silent
Officials unsure if death is isolated incident
February 7, 2006
Witnesses to a deadly weekend shooting are clamming up about the crime, Lawrence Police said Monday, but the violence appears to have been imported from out-of-town.
Marcus Holman
February 7, 2006
Marcus Holman, Veritas Christian, Soph. - Boys basketball
Flags at half-staff today to honor King
February 7, 2006
All Kansas and U.S. flags will be at half-staff today in honor of Coretta Scott King.
Witness: Mandatory reporting forces change in behavior
Expert says reporting underage sex forces juveniles to modify actions
February 7, 2006
Mandatory reporting of underage sex between consenting minors would be the kind of “painful, difficult experience” for juveniles and their families that would change their sexual behavior, a child behavior expert testified Monday.
Midterm shift is key to court
February 7, 2006
It would be easy, with Samuel Alito now on the Supreme Court, to predict that if another seat comes open before President Bush leaves office the ensuing confirmation battle would be one for the record books.
Shooting spurs review of bar rules
February 7, 2006
Sometimes, Mike Elwell figures, it’s just not worth collecting cover charges and selling drinks to visitors from Topeka.
Keegan’s top 25
February 7, 2006
Still paying the price for being young in the preseason, stale against Kansas State, and not clutch at Missouri, KU didn’t make the rankings, placing 27th, one spot ahead of Bucknell.
New Fed chair vows to work with Congress
February 7, 2006
New Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke vowed Monday to do his best to carry out the central bank’s mission of fighting inflation, fostering economic growth and nurturing a healthy jobs climate.
Defense questions former Enron official’s credibility
February 7, 2006
Enron Corp.’s former investor relations chief said Monday he spoke, to no avail, with company founder Kenneth Lay and former CEO Jeffrey Skilling about investors’ concerns over murky financial disclosures months before Enron imploded in December 2001.
Kansas State coach to undergo surgery for bulging disc in neck
February 7, 2006
Kansas State basketball coach Jim Wooldridge will undergo surgery Wednesday to remove a bulging disc in his neck, the school announced Monday.
New prime minister takes oath of office
February 7, 2006
Stephen Harper, who promises to mend Canada’s frayed relations with the United States, was sworn in as the nation’s 22nd prime minister Monday, marking the first time in more than 12 years that the Conservative Party will rule this traditionally liberal nation.
Aviator: Record attempt ‘will be close’
February 7, 2006
Aviation adventurer Steve Fossett says he isn’t sure he’ll succeed in his quest to break the 20-year-old record for the longest flight.
City of Pittsburgh gets needed boost from victory
February 7, 2006
For a moment anyway, Pittsburgh can forget the tough times.
Piazza gets new digits with Pads
All-Star catcher to wear new number in San Diego: 33
February 7, 2006
Mike Piazza has a new home on the West Coast, where he began his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1992.
In the Halls: What’s a good Valentine’s Day gift?
February 7, 2006
Caitlin Bowlin: “The thought that goes into it. It doesn’t have to be big or expensive, just something meaningful.”
Mavericks prepare for Kobe
February 7, 2006
Before the Dallas Mavericks held their last 11 opponents under 100 points, a team-record run that coincides with their NBA-best winning streak, they couldn’t stop Kobe Bryant.
History project
February 7, 2006
To the editor: Recently, the Second Century Fund at St. Luke AME Church sponsored an oral history workshop, in partnership with the Lawrence-Douglas County African-American Families Oral History Project and the Lawrence Public Library.
Bill would give vets day off on Nov. 11
February 7, 2006
It didn’t seem fair to 12-year-old Tanner Burenheide that his father served in two wars but often had to work on Veterans Day.
SRS call center in rural Kansas proposed
February 7, 2006
At the state Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, the average child support worker is expected to stay on top of 700 cases.
Vital trees
February 7, 2006
To the editor: I am writing to bring an issue, already the subject of a New York Times article, to the attention of the Lawrence community.
NASA funds increased
February 7, 2006
NASA would get a funding increase to $16.8 billion next year despite a presidential budget that squeezes many domestic programs, under a proposal released Monday.
Eureka fire kills about 40 horses
Cause of blaze still under investigation
February 7, 2006
A barn fire at Eureka Downs racetrack early Sunday killed about 40 quarter horses, most of them 2-year-olds training to race.
Big Ben gets shave from Letterman
February 7, 2006
Ben Roethlisberger was happy to get rid of his good-luck beard.
Essays, poems accepted for contest
February 7, 2006
“Celebration of Young Writers” will honor Midwest writers with a spring 2006 essay and poetry contest. More than $3,000 in prizes and awards will be awarded to poets, writers and schools from North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska.
Negotiations to revive power-sharing open
February 7, 2006
Negotiations to revive a Catholic-Protestant administration for Northern Ireland resumed Monday after a 14-month hiatus caused by the IRA’s alleged record-breaking robbery of a Belfast bank.
Rockies reward Hurdle
February 7, 2006
Colorado Rockies manager Clint Hurdle and general manager Dan O’Dowd agreed Monday to one-year contract extensions through 2007. Hurdle took over as manager in April 2002, and O’Dowd became general manager in September 1999.
ACC suspends crew
February 7, 2006
The referees who worked the Florida State-Duke game were suspended for one game Monday for what the league said was an unnecessary technical foul on a Seminoles player.
O’s pitcher escapes charges
February 7, 2006
Prosecutors dropped drunken driving charges Monday against Baltimore relief pitcher Todd Williams, who was arrested after authorities said he caused a three-car crash in November.
On the record
February 7, 2006
Law Enforcement Report
Internet Google connects messaging, e-mail
February 7, 2006
Online search engine leader Google Inc. is wedding its instant messaging and e-mail services in the same Web browser, hoping the convenience will lure users from the larger communications networks operated by its chief rivals.
11 killed in violence preceding Shiite holiday
February 7, 2006
Gunmen attacked a home northeast of Baghdad late Monday as the family was performing Shiite religious rituals, wounding six in violence ahead of this week’s major Shiite feast. At least 11 other people died in scattered shootings and bombings, police said.
Museum packs up art stolen by Nazis
February 7, 2006
Vienna’s Belvedere Gallery took down five Gustav Klimt paintings Monday and packed them for return to a California woman whose family owned the works when they were stolen by the Nazis.
Old Home Town
February 7, 2006
40 years ago in 1966
Old Home Town
February 7, 2006
100 years ago in 1906
Recycler ordered to pay $50,000 fine for spill
February 7, 2006
A company hired to scrap locomotives for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. has been fined $50,000 for a large spill of diesel fuel, U.S. Attorney Eric Melgren announced Monday.
Retail Talbots buying J. Jill
February 7, 2006
Talbots Inc. said Monday it had agreed to acquire women’s apparel retailer J. Jill Group Inc. for about $517 million, trumping an earlier unsolicited offer from Liz Claiborne Inc., which said it was not inclined to sweeten its bid.
IRS announces changes to refund fraud program
February 7, 2006
The Internal Revenue Service will revamp a fraud detection program and start notifying taxpayers this spring when freezing their refunds for further examination, the nation’s tax collectors announced Monday.
Wildfire threatens Orange County suburbs
February 7, 2006
A Southern California wildfire driven by Santa Ana winds ate through 1,200 acres of wilderness Monday near Orange County suburbs, forcing evacuation of 1,500 homes.
Lawrence men indicted on drug, firearm charges
February 7, 2006
Two Lawrence men were indicted by a federal grand jury Monday, charged with drug and firearm offenses.
President Carter’s son to run for U.S. Senate
February 7, 2006
Democrat Jack Carter, the son of the former president, kicked off his U.S. Senate campaign Monday by calling for a return to “our American values.”
Officer to discuss mental health teams
February 7, 2006
Kyle Shipps, a representative of the Prairie Village Police Department, will address a Wednesday meeting of the Douglas County chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in Room 202 at Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vt.
Crisis team helps LHS students grieve
February 7, 2006
An 18-year-old Lawrence High School student, Diana Lucinda Gabrielle Semmler, died suddenly this weekend.
Atomic agency ordered to remove equipment
February 7, 2006
No pictures, please.
Lost, found
February 7, 2006
To the editor: I wanted to write and thank you for your free lost and found column.
Old Home Town
February 7, 2006
25 years ago in 1981
Cruise line orders $1.24 billion vessel
February 7, 2006
Royal Caribbean International on Monday ordered the world’s largest and most expensive cruise ship, above, a $1.24 billion vessel big enough for up to 6,400 passengers.
Kansas man dies trying to rescue wife in Hawaii
February 7, 2006
Tourists from Kansas and California drowned over the weekend while trying to save the Kansas man’s wife.
Parents must find balance when it comes to trusting their children
February 7, 2006
Dear Marissa and Dr. Wes: I respect that your experience with teens suggests that “trusting” kids often results in their running roughshod over their hapless and unsuspecting parents. However, I remain troubled by this implication of your approach:
Sooners name Patton
February 7, 2006
Oklahoma has hired Northwestern offensive line coach James Patton, 34, to serve in the same position on the Sooners’ football staff. Also, the 2006 Bedlam football game between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State has been moved back to Thanksgiving weekend, officials from both schools said Monday.
Crisp agrees to one-year deal
February 7, 2006
New Boston center fielder Coco Crip avoided arbitration by agreeing Monday to a $2.75 million, one-year contract with the Red Sox. The 26-year-old Crisp was traded to Boston last month after Johnny Damon signed with the Yankees.
Idaho’s Holt joins Rams
February 7, 2006
Idaho football coach Nick Holt, 43, is one of nine new coaches announced by the St. Louis Rams on Monday. Holt, 43, will be defensive-line coach.
Floyd, Quigley top Skins
February 7, 2006
Raymond Floyd and Dan Quigley won the Champions Skins Game on Monday, teaming to win 10 skins and a record $510,000 to beat defending champion Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson in the alternate-shot event. Nicklaus and Watson won eight skins and $260,000.
Shirt incident spurs cynicism
February 7, 2006
I am not cynical enough. Surely those who do not suffer this deficiency have already read conspiracy into the controversy over two shirts last week on Capitol Hill. But my ability to do likewise is impaired by a need to believe my elected leaders are not total horse’s patoots.
Drug testing set for WBC
February 7, 2006
Two players from each team will be tested for banned drugs after each game of the World Baseball Classic. The International Baseball Federation said Monday it would have 80 players tested at random before the tournament, to be played from March 3-20.
Friedan put words to women’s discontent
February 7, 2006
This is what I remembered when the news of Betty Friedan’s death on her 85th birthday came over the Internet. I remembered Aug. 26, 1970, the Women’s Strike for Equality. I remembered Betty Friedan parading down New York’s Fifth Avenue, in the front row, with tens of thousands of exhilarated women behind her.
Alvamar super in 4th
February 7, 2006
Alvamar golf superintendent Dick Stuntz is in fourth place after two rounds of the Golf Course Superintendents Assn. national championship at Redstone Golf Club.
Senators challenge Gonzales’ defense of eavesdropping
February 7, 2006
Under sometimes strenuous attacks from Senate Democrats, and more gentle criticism from three Republicans, Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales Monday defended the Bush administration’s warrantless eavesdropping effort as a vital and legal tool for fighting terrorism, but declined to answer numerous specific questions about the secret surveillance.
Moussaoui repeatedly ejected from court
February 7, 2006
Signaling that he has no intention of putting on a compliant face for the men and women who will decide his fate, accused Sept. 11 plotter Zacarias Moussaoui began his death-penalty trial Monday by complaining about his appointed lawyers, declaring that he was part of al Qaida and calling the proceedings a “circus” in front of a panel of prospective jurors.
Violent turn
There’s no time to waste in turning around a trend of violence that seems to be brewing in downtown Lawrence.
February 7, 2006
Local officials often ponder the retail competition and other factors that could negatively impact Lawrence’s downtown, but there is nothing that could spur the area’s demise quicker than a perception - or the reality - that downtown Lawrence isn’t safe.
States rush to ban funeral protests
Bills could set up a clash between privacy, free speech rights
February 7, 2006
States are rushing to limit when and where people may protest at funerals - all because of a small fundamentalist Kansas church whose members picket soldiers’ burials, arguing that Americans are dying for a country that harbors homosexuals.
Irish bogs keep secrets of the dead
February 7, 2006
Every “CSI” episode teaches us that death shall have no dominion over forensic science. And series like “Secrets of the Dead” demonstrate that even the moldiest cadaver can contain a smorgasbord of historical information. So what happens when researchers discover dead bodies that are both prehistoric and nearly pristine?
Bush budget plan poses difficult choices during election year
Document released Monday clamps down on domestic programs, including Medicare
February 7, 2006
President Bush sent his GOP allies in Congress an austere budget for next year that is filled with political land mines and flush with difficult choices.
Transplant patient reveals her face for first time
February 7, 2006
The Frenchwoman who received the world’s first partial face transplant showed off her new features Monday, and her scar: a faint, circular line of buckled skin around her nose, lips and chin. But where she once had a gaping hole caused by a dog bite, she now has a face.
Banaka Okwuone
Free State’s youth-laden hoops squad counts on three-sport star for guidance
February 7, 2006
Ask Banaka Okwuone to offer up a favorite memory from her Free State High athletic career, and she immediately zeroes in on her sophomore basketball campaign and a group of seven seniors who helped ease a youngster’s transition into big-time varsity competition.
Danes forced to reassess self-image
Ideals of respect, tolerance tested by 2nd incident critical of Islam
February 7, 2006
In the days when Villy Soevndal was traveling the world, the Danish flag on his backpack attracted friendly attention. Today, in much of the world, it would mark him as a target for violence.
Budget director: Vehicle changes save state millions
February 7, 2006
The state is saving $5 million to $6 million a year with improved management of its vehicle fleet, and it captured $28 million in one-time savings from various policy changes, Budget Director Duane Goossen said Monday.
What was so ‘super’ about the Super Bowl?
February 7, 2006
Watching the Super Bowl this year was a bit anticlimactic. The KU-OU game had been played just a couple of hours before - with a thrilling one-point victory for the Jayhawks - so the Steelers-Seahawks game was going to need to be really competitive to compare.
Unanticipated revenues good news as lawmakers ponder school aid
February 7, 2006
State coffers bulged with unanticipated revenues last month, building legislators’ expectations Monday that they’ll be able to meet court mandates on education funding without raising taxes.
Lawrence resident funds tsunami medical aid
February 7, 2006
More than a year after watching helplessly as a massive tsunami destroyed a village, Lawrence businessman Tom Van Holt thinks he has built a foundation for long-term medical care for survivors living in a remote jungle area in southern Thailand.
Hedican named to squad
Sabres’ Miller upset to be sliced from United States hockey team
February 7, 2006
Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Bret Hedican is going to Turin. Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller is staying home, and he’s not too pleased about the situation.
Steelers followed difficult road to crown
February 7, 2006
The Pittsburgh Steelers owned the easy road to the Super Bowl all those years they squandered home-field advantage, all those years coach Bill Cowher’s teams couldn’t stand up to the pressure, the moment, the challenge.
Bling on a budget
With jewelry from $10 to $260, thrifty gift givers can impress on Valentine’s
February 7, 2006
If the Super Bowl seemed like a major sporting event, check your calendar: Valentine’s Day is a week away, and it’s time to get your shopping game plan together.
KU students help rebuild New Orleans
Architecture class to design, construct community center for Seventh Ward
February 7, 2006
As New Orleans continues picking up the pieces in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, hammers are pounding in Lawrence.
KU leads great divide
Jayhawks Big 12’s biggest draw; Buffaloes last
February 7, 2006
Nobody in the Big 12 Conference draws fans like Kansas University’s Jayhawks, who have a perpetual sellout of 16,300 each and every men’s basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse.
Detour ahead: 31% of streets need rebuilding
Ninety miles of city roads are beyond repair; no cost estimate given for replacement
February 7, 2006
A new City Hall report shows 31 percent of Lawrence streets have deteriorated to the point they cannot be repaired. Instead, they must be rebuilt.
Plan prompts concern in Kansas
February 7, 2006
Curbs on Medicare spending and agriculture programs in President Bush’s $2.77 trillion budget plan released Monday could mean bad news for a Kansas economy that depends heavily on both.
North Carolina back in Top 25
February 7, 2006
North Carolina rejoined the Top 25 in the Associated Press college basketball poll Monday after a two-week absence while the top five teams remained the same.
Hollywood private eye indicted
February 7, 2006
Celebrity private eye Anthony Pellicano was charged Monday with wiretapping such stars as Sylvester Stallone and Keith Carradine and bribing a police officer for dirt on Hollywood figures.
Business neighbors split on music’s role
February 7, 2006
Inside Supersonic Music, 1023 Mass., the debate Monday wasn’t about gun violence and hip-hop music. Here, a customer and a clerk haggled about whether a guitar with a bolt-on neck was any good.
Tucker lifts UT past Tech
Junior pulls down 17 boards in 65-44 victory
February 7, 2006
Even after P.J. Tucker pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds as part of No. 6 Texas’ record rebound margin, he wasn’t entirely satisfied.
LHS girls have shot at state
February 7, 2006
Last week I examined how the city high school boys basketball teams, in light of their performances in tournament play this season, might fare once postseason play tips off at the end of this month.
Cavaliers squeak past Bucks
James one rebound shy of another triple-double
February 7, 2006
LeBron James delivered what meant most him when it mattered most to his team - a go-ahead basket in the final seconds.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
February 7, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.18 at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa streets. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Free State, Veritas win; LHS falls
February 7, 2006
The Free State High girls basketball team erased an early deficit and beat Shawnee Mission Northwest, 37-36, in an overtime thriller on the road Monday.
Chicago may make bid for Gooden
Hinrich says former KU teammate would be solid addition to struggling Bulls’ team
February 7, 2006
There are 17 days remaining before the NBA’s trade deadline.
Bill aims for crackdown on child support
February 7, 2006
Kansas parents who fall behind on - or never bothered making - their child support payments may soon find their driver’s licenses restricted.
Study may lead to consolidation
Smaller, rural districts may lose funds to urban schools
February 7, 2006
It’s referred to as the “C” word and it strikes fear and dread in most legislators.
KU not ranked - yet
February 7, 2006
Victories over No. 19-ranked Oklahoma and unrated Texas Tech weren’t enough to propel Kansas University’s red-hot men’s basketball team into the Top 25 this week.
Woodling: Wilt lone triplet at Kansas
February 7, 2006
Item: Iowa State’s Curtis Stinson became the eighth Big 12 Conference basketball player to record a triple-double Saturday.
Lawrence Datebook
February 7, 2006
Today:Screenings for people 60 and older by the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Lecompton United Methodist Church, 402 Elmore St.
People in the news
February 7, 2006
Pesci faces charges of battery on fan
Horoscopes
February 7, 2006
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