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Chat with Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline
February 9, 2006
Kansas’ Attorney General discusses the criminal cases his office handles and his concerns about child-abuse cases.
Authorities investigating death of 85-year-old woman
February 9, 2006
Detectives with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department are investigating the death of an 85-year-old woman found by a relative inside her home.
No charges filed in traffic death
February 9, 2006
No criminal charges will be filed against the driver of a minivan that struck and killed a 6-year-old boy, Dist. Atty. Charles Branson said this afternoon.
Cold this morning, but warming up to 40s
Schack: Overnight low was coldest so far this winter
February 9, 2006
About 4 a.m., Lawrence’s temperature was only 11 degrees, making it the coldest morning so far this winter, said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “It’s a great start if you don’t mind cold temperatures,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “I think well see a decent amount of sunshine in the morning, then partly cloudy skies in the afternoon.”
Sweet on the arts
Chocolate Auction to honor longtime patrons from Baker
February 9, 2006
Carolyn Lambert loves the sound of a string quartet in the Collins House reception hall. She and her husband, Baker University President Dan Lambert, helped design the hall - a 1992 addition to the official president’s residence - with the arts in mind, adorning its walls with art and constructing a stage at one end.
Pet peeves
Gardeners can win battle between four-legged friends and victimized flowerbeds
February 9, 2006
Man’s best friend? Some gardeners might disagree. How to keep our pets happy and those prized peonies not looking like Fido’s personal featherbed can be a real challenge. How do we keep our canine companions from tiptoeing through the tulips, or our feline friends from using the daffodils as a favorite spot to defecate?
KU vocalist tries singing his way to coveted opera stage
February 9, 2006
It’s 1 p.m. at Unity Temple on the Plaza, and baritone David Lara takes his place onstage. He’s been backstage warming up - and calming down - since this morning.
Committee considers changing selection of Supreme Court justices
February 9, 2006
Last summer, the Kansas Supreme Court upset a lot of legislators when it ordered them to spend a specific amount of additional money on public education. There was talk about payback and reining in what many saw as a runaway judiciary.
Hunter says he’s not guilty of knife attack on farmer
February 9, 2006
A poacher accused of sneaking up and stabbing a farmer who stumbled across the pickup truck of the illegal hunting party has pleaded not guilty to attempted first-degree murder.
No. 20 Sooners survive turf war
February 9, 2006
Terrell Everett scored 23 points, and Michael Neal added 12 as No. 20 Oklahoma beat Oklahoma State, 73-65, Wednesday night for its first road victory in the Bedlam series in six years.
Big tax refund signals W-4 form needs fixed
February 9, 2006
Every year about this time, people who might otherwise be prone to procrastination rush to do their taxes.
Bush, Rice condemn Muslim violence
February 9, 2006
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday blamed Iran and Syria for deliberately encouraging anti-Western violence by igniting Muslim anger over cartoons ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad.
Seniors opt for Canada over Medicare
February 9, 2006
Medicare’s new drug plan was supposed to help people like Charlotte and Walter Kuglin - retirees living on a modest income who pay for their prescriptions out of pocket.
Man caught with crack cocaine near KU faces life in prison
February 9, 2006
A Leavenworth man caught with crack cocaine during a traffic stop on the Kansas University campus is facing life in prison.
Our town sports
February 9, 2006
Area officials still tossing around idea of Lawrence sports complex
February 9, 2006
Supporters of a plan to build a new multipurpose sports complex in Lawrence are still in the ballgame.
Study questions value of herbal supplement for prostate problems
February 9, 2006
A widely used herbal supplement marketed to ease problems associated with an enlarged prostate appears to be useless, providing no more relief than a placebo, scientists will report in a study published today.
U.S. officials reported in contact with insurgents
February 9, 2006
U.S. officials have met figures from some Sunni Arab insurgent groups but have so far not received any commitment for them to lay down their arms, Western diplomats in Baghdad and Jordan said Wednesday.
Ex-president claims early election lead
February 9, 2006
A spokesman for former Haitian President Rene Preval said Wednesday that unconfirmed early results showed him with a wide lead in the country’s presidential race - even though many ballots still were being carried in from remote polling places by plane, truck and mule.
NHL grants Tocchet leave
League hires ex-prosecutor to investigate
February 9, 2006
Rick Tocchet was granted an indefinite leave of absence Wednesday night by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman after the Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach was accused of financing a nationwide gambling ring that took bets from about a half-dozen current players.
Downtown group seeks leader
February 9, 2006
Downtown Lawrence Inc. is looking for a new administrator.
Handel wall sconces could be valuable purchase
February 9, 2006
The Handel Co. of Meriden, Conn., and New York City manufactured a relatively small number of wall sconces compared with its production of lamps and larger lighting fixtures.
Trouble spots
February 9, 2006
To the editor: The Journal-World reported that the Kansas Department of Transportation is considering centerline “buzz strips” on two-lane highways statewide to reduce accidental crossover by sleepy drivers.
Fans rile Hawkins
Inspired senior hits for 11 points
February 9, 2006
Jeff Hawkins, who hit five threes against Nebraska earlier this season at Allen Fieldhouse, swished three more in Wednesday’s 69-48 victory over the Cornhuskers.
On the record
February 9, 2006
Lawrence datebook
February 9, 2006
Three countries’ debt cancellations welcomed
February 9, 2006
Afghanistan on Wednesday hailed decisions to cancel the impoverished country’s debts to the United States, Russia and Germany, but the country likely will remain dependent on foreign aid as it recovers from decades of war.
Journal-World wins open government award
February 9, 2006
The Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government is presenting its first Above and Beyond Award to the Lawrence Journal-World.
Newly ranked A&M blows past Texas, 73-53
February 9, 2006
Being ranked in the Top 25 is fun. Routing a chief rival on their home court is a blast.
Bill to restrict minors’ library access advances
February 9, 2006
Children couldn’t view Internet pornography or check out R-rated movies at public libraries anywhere in Kansas under a bill that won first-round approval Wednesday in the House.
WSU probes alleged hazing
February 9, 2006
Wichita State University is investigating its chapter of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity to determine if pictures posted on the Internet show hazing activities there.
KU picks new social welfare dean from LSU
February 9, 2006
Kansas University on Wednesday named a new dean of the School of Social Welfare.
Senate office evacuated; alarm proves to be false
February 9, 2006
Eight senators were among 200 people who were held in a Capitol parking garage Wednesday night after a security sensor indicated the presence of a nerve agent in their office building. Later tests proved negative.
Undercover kitty nabs fake vet
February 9, 2006
Fred, the undercover cat, made his own collar.
Medication assistants OK’d for county jail
February 9, 2006
Nurses and guards at the Douglas County Jail will be getting increased assistance in the dispensing of medication to inmates.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
February 9, 2006
Highlights of Wednesday’s activities at the Kansas Legislature.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
February 9, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 9, 1906: “The supreme court of Illinois today denied a rehearing to John Hoch, polygamist. Hoch was sentenced to hang Feb. 23 and it appears the law will take its course.”
Guantanamo Bay hunger strike dwindles
February 9, 2006
Four detainees remain on hunger strike at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, the fewest since the protest began last summer, the military said Wednesday.
House approves insurance legislation
February 9, 2006
The Kansas House gave final approval Wednesday to insurance legislation aimed at helping universities offer students more affordable insurance, but which also included an anti-abortion amendment.
Center funding
February 9, 2006
To the editor: I notice in the last couple of months that the Salvation Army stated the need to build a new all-purpose service center to help the homeless.
ABC cameraman moved to outpatient facility
February 9, 2006
Doug Vogt, the ABC cameraman who was injured with anchorman Bob Woodruff in an Iraqi roadside bombing, has been transferred to an outpatient facility at the Bethesda Medical Center.
Commodities
February 9, 2006
19 injured in latest brawl at county jail
February 9, 2006
Nineteen inmates were injured Wednesday in a series of racially motivated brawls at a county jail where deadly rioting occurred last weekend, authorities said.
Olathe lands Lenexa tech services firm
February 9, 2006
Network Integration Services Inc. is relocating from Lenexa to the Corporate Ridge Office Park in Olathe.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
February 9, 2006
After 14 years of toil, Elden Tefft, Kansas University professor of art, was still working at his monumental task of creating a bronze sculpture of Moses, a 10-foot-high, 1.5-ton effort. Tefft and his students had constructed the figure with steel tubing and styrofoam overlaid with wax and clay, and it was hoped casting could be done in the near future. Many contended the work would become an “outstanding addition to the campus.”
Phill Kline to answer questions during chat
February 9, 2006
Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline will take part this afternoon in an online chat on the Journal-World’s Web site.
Respect for dead
February 9, 2006
To the editor: It is sad that a law has to be made not to demonstrate at a soldier’s funeral, especially for a minister, who’s not only rude, but un-Christian and not humanitarian.
Group to collect food during basketball games
February 9, 2006
Haskell Indian Nations University’s Campus Activities Assn. will host a food drive during the school’s basketball games this weekend.
Old home town - 40 years ago today
February 9, 2006
Clayton Krehbiel, popular member of the Kansas University choral music staff since 1949, was to leave at the end of the school year to succeed the celebrated Robert Shaw as director of the prestigious Cleveland Orchestra Chorus. KU officials said Krehbiel would leave “some terribly big shoes to fill.”
Daily ticker
February 9, 2006
Motorola to launch wireless wallet
February 9, 2006
Motorola Inc. said Wednesday it is rolling out new software that will allow cell phones to effectively double as credit cards.
Auto woes chill re-election bid
February 9, 2006
Michigan has a problem: Its prosperity is withering as America’s automobile industry withers. So Gov. Jennifer Granholm has a problem: She is seeking re-election in this cold economic climate. Her likely Republican opponent, Dick DeVos, has a problem: People are appalled by the state’s condition, but they like Granholm. As does DeVos: “She’s a really nice person.”
Bush curriculum
February 9, 2006
To the editor: In a recent interview with the press, George W. Bush named himself “educator-in-chief.”
Cartoons offer moral clarity
February 9, 2006
At the National Black Fine Art Show, a painting by Harlem artist “Tafa” depicts an upside down “Christ-like” figure with a face that resembles Osama bin Laden. No Christians have threatened the artist, or bombed the building where it is displayed, or attacked the city government.
Mark your calendar for annual lawn-care musts
February 9, 2006
As all good cooks know, some of the best-tasting foods start with a few key ingredients and a secret family recipe. Similar to cooking, a healthy green lawn requires a few key ingredients and, until now, a secret family recipe (or calendar). As we anxiously await the arrival of spring, take a few moments to review the recipe and begin to make your own lawn care plans.
Brownback’s balk on surveillance notable
February 9, 2006
No member of the Senate is more conservative than Sam Brownback of Kansas - a loyal Republican, an ardent opponent of abortion and, not coincidentally, a presidential hopeful for 2008.
Earliest known ancestor of Tyrannosaurus rex found
February 9, 2006
Digging near Chinese badlands that appeared in the movie “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” scientists have found their own hidden dragon: the oldest known tyrannosaur, a primitive ancestor of the fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex.
For first time since 1930, annual cancer deaths fall
February 9, 2006
For the first time in more than 70 years, annual cancer deaths in the United States have fallen, a turning point in the war on cancer likely achieved by declines in smoking and better tumor detection and treatment.
U.S.-led coalition shrinking, leaving Iraqis to fend for selves
February 9, 2006
The Ukrainians are long gone. So are the Norwegians. The Italians and South Koreans are getting ready to leave, and the Britons and Japanese could begin packing their bags later this year.
Commentary: Gambling probe hits NHL hard
February 9, 2006
This was Wayne Gretzky’s initial response Tuesday to a question about his wife’s possible involvement in an illegal gambling ring financed, according to authorities, by his associate coach and good friend, Rick Tocchet.
Tenants seek safeguards against unfair landlords
KU students urge Legislature to prohibit renewal clauses in leases, exorbitant cleaning fees
February 9, 2006
Tenants led by Kansas University student leaders on Wednesday urged the Legislature to enact safeguards against unfair landlords who assess exorbitant cleaning fees and other charges.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
February 9, 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.
First outbreak of bird flu is reported in Africa
February 9, 2006
Africa’s first outbreak of the deadly bird flu virus was reported Wednesday in a large commercial farm in Nigeria that raised chickens, geese and ostriches, and 46,000 birds were slaughtered.
South Carolina secures sweep
No. 7 Florida falls to Gamecocks for second time this season
February 9, 2006
Tre’ Kelley scored 17 points, made three free throws in the final 26 seconds and had a key steal down the stretch that helped South Carolina defeat No. 7 Florida, 71-67, Wednesday night.
Corkins to ask for $150M for state’s schools
Commissioner’s plan falls short of studies’ recommendations
February 9, 2006
Though a recent study urged lawmakers to pump at least $400 million into Kansas schools, State Education Commissioner Bob Corkins said Wednesday he’ll ask for only $150 million.
Police turn fatality report over to district attorney
February 9, 2006
Lawrence Police have finished their report on a wreck that killed a 6-year-old boy last week, leaving Dist. Atty. Charles Branson’s office to review the case and decide whether to press charges.
Rural opportunity
A child support call center is just one state government function that might be outsourced to rural Kansas.
February 9, 2006
Establishing a call center to aid in the collection of child support payments has a number of advantages for Kansas.
Parents, teachers face off across educational divide
February 9, 2006
Considering they share responsibility for 50 million children, parents and teachers sure have some different views about what goes on in school.
U2 steals Mariah Carey’s spotlight
February 9, 2006
The rock gods snatched Grammy history from the comeback queen Wednesday, as perennial favorites U2 took home five trophies while Mariah Carey had to settle for three.
Poor start costs Firebirds
Free State wrestlers rally for split in home finale
February 9, 2006
It was tough for the Free State High wrestling team to pinpoint what exactly went wrong in Wednesday night’s opening dual against Blue Valley West.
Authorities concerned sewer project won’t be ready on time
February 9, 2006
Tensions increased Wednesday over concerns that a new $76 million sewer plant - deemed critical to future city growth - won’t be built on time.
Widow: Gangs weren’t involved
February 9, 2006
There were no gang vendettas or hip-hop feuds involved in the shooting that left a man dead this weekend outside a downtown night club, according to the widow of the man shot and killed.
Shooting revives gun debate
Officials neutral on concealed weapons
February 9, 2006
A law-abiding citizen carrying a legally concealed weapon probably wouldn’t have made Massachusetts Street any safer during the Sunday shootout that left one man dead and another injured.
Correction
February 9, 2006
Coach: Nebraska good ‘in spurts’
February 9, 2006
The final margin might have looked a little better, but the frustration certainly could not have felt much better.
Keegan: Mario silences Huskers
February 9, 2006
Knowing when to answer back and when to keep quiet is an important part of growing up for any teenager.
Carefree KU cruises
Pillow fights key to success
February 9, 2006
Brandon Rush broke into a devilish grin Wednesday night when asked the reason for Kansas University’s runaway success on the road.
Horoscopes
February 9, 2006
Faculty mourns death of doctoral student
February 9, 2006
Kansas University faculty and others are mourning the death of Jonathan Foster, a student who was found dead at his home Monday.
Competitors beat ‘Survivor’ at own game
February 9, 2006
Does “Survivor” (7 p.m., CBS) still matter? It certainly attracts a large audience, but does it resonate? Does it inspire passion and conversation anymore?
KU touts program on global awareness
February 9, 2006
Laura Lombard heard about Kansas University’s Global Awareness Program while studying abroad in Spain.
OU makes history at KU’s expense
Sooners become first Big 12 women’s team to open with 10 league wins
February 9, 2006
Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale wants her Sooners to enjoy their record-setting streak.
Deputies break up De Soto ‘fight club’
February 9, 2006
Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies broke up a local high school “fight club” late last month involving De Soto teens.
Notebook
February 9, 2006
Kansas University sophomore center C.J. Giles played with his right thumb taped. He sprained his thumb in practice this week.
Pacers’ Pollard bags 16 boards
February 9, 2006
The Indiana Pacers avoided a letdown this time.