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Medicare Part D ‘not as scary as it seems’
February 12, 2006
A Lawrence man has refused to let confusion stand in the way of his Medicare coverage. It took hours of research, phone calls and trial and error, but Phil Friedeman now has answers for all of his coverage questions.
Serious changes planned for security on Massachusetts St.
February 12, 2006
A week after a shooting in downtown Lawrence local leaders and downtown business owners are in the process of making some serious changes. Last Sunday’s shootout in the 1000 block of Massachusettes left one man dead and the other injured. Joel Mathis takes a look at what that incident means for the future of Downtown Lawrence.
Music, art and stories: There’s lots to love on Valentine’s Day
February 12, 2006
Nearly every fairy tale begins with the line “Once upon a time” and wraps up neatly with this proclamation: “And they lived happily ever after.” That’s not always how it works in real life, notes Lawrence storyteller Priscilla Howe. With that in mind, Howe plans to tell a slate of love stories on Valentine’s Day - some that end swimmingly and others that sort of sputter and drown.
Review: String quartet performs jazz with passion, musicianship
February 12, 2006
An appreciative audience welcomed the Turtle Island String Quartet, fresh from its Grammy for Best Classical Crossover Album, to the Lied Center Friday evening. The album, “4 + Four,” featured the Turtle Island/Ying Quartet collaboration originally commissioned by the Lied Center four years ago.
Toys for Katrina’s tots
Sculpture students hope dolls boost cheer at Mardi Gras
February 12, 2006
The bright purple toys are multi-talented. They can lounge around. They can sit up. They can tip their hats.
Commuters consider hybrid cars
February 12, 2006
For commuters, the only thing that adds up quicker than the gasoline bills are the miles on the odometer.
Shiites disagree on prime minister, delay selection
February 12, 2006
Shiite politicians failed to agree on a new prime minister Saturday, at least briefly delaying a key step in forming a new government nearly two months after national elections.
Sharon has emergency intestinal surgery
February 12, 2006
Doctors removed nearly 2 feet of Ariel Sharon’s large intestines Saturday during emergency surgery, his seventh operation since suffering a debilitating stroke last month.
Denmark ambassadors removed over safety concerns from caricatures
February 12, 2006
Iran’s hard-line president on Saturday accused the United States and Europe of being “hostages of Zionism” and said they should pay a heavy price for the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad that have triggered worldwide protests.
Company poised to oversee U.S. ports
Country involved in sale has 9-11 ties
February 12, 2006
A company in the United Arab Emirates is poised to take over significant operations at six American ports as part of a corporate sale, leaving a country with ties to the Sept. 11 hijackers with influence over a maritime industry considered vulnerable to terrorism.
Indiana abortion proposal defines life as beginning at conception
February 12, 2006
Indiana women seeking an abortion would be told life begins at conception under a proposal that would give the state one of the furthest-reaching abortion consent laws in the country.
Charities lift Buffaloes
Poor-shooting Tech can’t dig past CU
February 12, 2006
Colorado players saw Texas Tech at its worst in the first half and expected a better showing from the Red Raiders in the second half.
Paulino powerful in Texas victory
February 12, 2006
Seven points in less than 60 seconds. Kenton Paulino didn’t even need a minute to turn a tight game into another Big 12 Conference rout for Texas.
Tips for starting own business
February 12, 2006
You’ve reached the place where you’re thinking, “The only problem with working is management.” Well, you should know that many business owners say, “The only problem is having employees.” So, you need to figure out just what it is you want to avoid.
Lawrence datebook
February 12, 2006
Family traditions stitched together
Heirloom pieces displayed during annual Pie Sale and Quilt Show
February 12, 2006
Nothing better to keep you warm in Saturday’s snow and cold than a big, thick quilt. And, maybe, a slice of hot apple pie.
Get a grip
February 12, 2006
To the editor: Are the city’s priorities headed in the right direction?
Fact and theory
February 12, 2006
To the editor: State Education Commissioner Bob Corkins’ qualifications (or lack thereof) have been hotly debated.
UConn wins laugher
Anderson, Gay huge in rout of Seton Hall
February 12, 2006
Even Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun had to step back and marvel at his team’s second-half dismantling of Seton Hall.
Lost taxes
February 12, 2006
To the editor: After living in Kansas all my life and owning lake property in Missouri, I’ve discovered how Kansas is losing thousands of tax dollars.
Winter storm heads up coast
February 12, 2006
A developing nor’easter headed up the East Coast on Saturday with a threat of heavy snow, canceling flights and putting road crews on overtime but cheering up skiers in a region spared harsh weather for most of this season.
Hurricane evacuees to lose FEMA funding
February 12, 2006
Twelve thousand families left homeless by hurricanes Katrina and Rita will lose their federally funded hotel privileges Monday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Saturday.
American breaks world flight record
February 12, 2006
Adventurer Steve Fossett completed the longest nonstop flight in aviation history with an emergency landing Saturday, flying 26,389 miles in about 76 hours but stopping early because of mechanical problems.
Lawrence commuter report
February 12, 2006
The following construction projects may affect commuter traffic in the region this week.
Indian Center gains artifacts after repayment of city loan
February 12, 2006
Artifacts held as security for a city loan have been released to the control of the Mid-America All-Indian Center’s board, after the full repayment of the $175,000 loan.
No surprise
February 12, 2006
To the editor: Richard Gwin’s photograph (Journal-World, Feb. 7) not only depicted the crime scene in the alley behind the Granada but also subtly illustrated an underlying cause of - or at least a contributing factor to - the rampant increase in scofflaws in Lawrence.
Everett sparkles for OU
Guard’s 14 assists help dump Baylor
February 12, 2006
Even after the game, senior guard Terrell Everett still wasn’t done being unselfish.
Bus service considered
February 12, 2006
A bus service that would take commuters back and forth between Lawrence and Kansas City is still being studied by the Lawrence Transit System.
Chesang, Battle record strong finishes at ISU Classic
February 12, 2006
Benson Chesang finished second Saturday in the 3,000-meter run as the Kansas University men’s and women’s track and field teams wrapped up their performances at the ISU Classic.
Suspected rebel boat with explosives blows up
February 12, 2006
A suspected separatist rebel boat carrying explosives blew up on Saturday, apparently killing at least four men on board, a Sri Lankan defense official said.
Leader changes Cabinet, signaling he won’t bend
February 12, 2006
Syria’s president ordered a major Cabinet shake-up Saturday, signaling he has no plans to cave under growing U.S. and international pressure over the assassination of a former Lebanese leader and alleged failure to stop militants from crossing into Iraq.
Firefighters mop up 11,00-acre wildfires
February 12, 2006
Hot, gusty weather remained a threat Saturday as firefighters mopped up two wildfires that burned through 11,000 acres of dry brushland in southern California.
Woman, three children found dead in home
February 12, 2006
A woman and her three children were found shot to death in their western Ohio home on Saturday, officials said.
On the record
February 12, 2006
Northern Iowa falls
Missouri St. hangs on for vital Valley victory
February 12, 2006
Nathan Bilyeu scored 19, and Dale Lamberth added 12, helping Missouri State upset No. 25 Northern Iowa, 66-63, Saturday.
G-8 seeks stable global energy supply
February 12, 2006
Finance ministers from the Group of 8 industrialized nations, warning that “high and volatile energy prices” pose a threat to global economic growth, called Saturday for stepped-up efforts to ensure a stable worldwide energy supply.
Grammar point
February 12, 2006
To the editor: Supporters of State Education Commissioner Bob Corkins often state that, despite possessing no credentials or experience in the field of education, he is nonetheless qualified for the job.
President: Attack killed al-Qaida No. 2 relative
February 12, 2006
A U.S. missile strike on a Pakistani village last month killed a relative of al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader and a terror suspect wanted by America, Pakistan’s leader said Saturday, breaking weeks of silence about the identities of the men.
Government calls elections for early April
February 12, 2006
Italy dissolved its parliament on Saturday and scheduled elections for early April, opening what promises to be a bitter campaign pitting Premier Silvio Berlusconi against a strong center-left opponent.
Biology professor wins faculty scholar award
February 12, 2006
Joy Ward, Kansas University assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, is the first recipient of KU’s Thelma and Edward Wohlgemuth Faculty Scholar Award. The award provides research and salary assistance to nontenured faculty members who are recognized as some of KU’s brightest young professors.
Coroner pleads not guilty to fraud, theft
February 12, 2006
A coroner who consulted on the death cases of Elvis Presley and JonBenet Ramsey pleaded not guilty Friday to federal charges alleging he used his government staff for private gain.
Second-half run powers Iowa State
February 12, 2006
Lyndsey Medders, returning from a foot injury that caused her to miss the last three games, scored 26, leading Iowa State to a 71-66 victory Saturday over Kansas State.
Faith briefs
February 12, 2006
Weir, Oberholser take command
Pebble Beach leaders six shots up on third-place Donald
February 12, 2006
Arron Oberholser shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday at Pebble Beach for a share of the third-round lead with former Masters champion Mike Weir in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
February 12, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 12, 1906: “The contract was let today for the $50,000 mercantile building to be erected in Emporia by the Poehler Mercantile Co. of Lawrence and Emporia. The contract price is $31,000 for basic construction and work is to begin immediately. : Police say a holdup-burglary which they believe was caused by the notorious Doc Burns occurred overnight at a home in Eudora. Burns is a variously assorted package of criminality well-known to police and he holds the record for cussedness in Douglas County.”
WRAP support
February 12, 2006
To the editor: As a psychologist in Lawrence, I have worked with several students in the public school systems of Lawrence and Baldwin who have been helped very much by the WRAP program.
Jayhawks go deep to down Cardinal
February 12, 2006
Ryne Price and Buck Afenir each hit two-run homers in a four-run fourth inning Saturday as the Kansas University baseball team knocked off No. 8 Stanford, 5-4, to earn its second straight victory over the Cardinal.
Save the trees
February 12, 2006
To the editor: Hooray for the tree lady, Stephanie Kirmer. Save our “Vital trees” (Public Forum, Feb. 7).
Web site offers help in fight against meth
February 12, 2006
To help inform residents in the wake of a booming methamphetamine market that costs the state $25 million a year, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has launched an educational meth Web site.
Elephants run races in fundraiser for upkeep
February 12, 2006
Dozens of captive elephants raised funds for their upkeep Saturday by running races, playing tug-of-war and dancing to the rhythm of traditional drums.
What are you reading?
February 12, 2006
Engineering Expo set for Feb. 24 and 25
February 12, 2006
Registration is under way for the annual Engineering Expo at the Kansas University School of Engineering. The event is set for Feb. 24 and 25.
Equality Coalition to elect officers today
February 12, 2006
Members of the Lawrence-Douglas County chapter of the Kansas Equality Coalition will elect officers and board members at 3 p.m. today.
Solo blast drops KU
February 12, 2006
Laura Durham connected for a solo home run in the top of the fifth inning Saturday to lead the Houston softball team to a 1-0 victory over Kansas University at the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational.
KU increases number of Merit Scholars
February 12, 2006
Kansas University has moved up to 12th among American public universities for number of freshman National Merit Scholars enrolled in 2005, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. KU ranks 29th among all universities and last year was rated 16th among public universities.
Former senator named to state banking board
February 12, 2006
Wint Winter, a former state senator from Lawrence, has been appointed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to the Kansas State Banking Board.
Interstate anniversary spurs poetic thoughts of progress
February 12, 2006
Americans celebrate an anniversary this year of what may be the most significant domestic development of the last century, a political moment and cultural marker that affected our language, our arts, our dreams, our history, our work patterns, our leisure activities and our daily lives more deeply than perhaps any development since the telephone and the television. It’s the 50th anniversary of the nation’s highway system.
Nonconformist shakes up U.S. Senate
February 12, 2006
The Senate, which fancies itself the world’s most exclusive club, has its Sir John Hawkins. He was the 18th-century musicologist whom Samuel Johnson called “a very unclubbable man.” The very unclubbable senator is Oklahoma’s Tom Coburn, 57, a freshman Republican whose motto could be: “Niceness is overrated.”
Military spending shifts burden to states
February 12, 2006
The federal budget, for all its bewildering detail, sketches a remarkably clear picture of the priorities of any administration. Congress always puts its own stamp on the fiscal design, but when you have a situation where the same party controls both elected branches, as Republicans do now, the modifications tend to be at the margins.
Iran’s president makes threats to revamp nuclear policies
February 12, 2006
Iran’s hard-line president threatened to revise his policy of working within international atomic frameworks, as diplomats in Europe said the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency had stripped most of its surveillance equipment from Iranian nuclear sites.
Katrina fuels satire at Mardi Gras parade
February 12, 2006
This city’s battered residents put their months of heartache, frustration and anger on parade Saturday, in effigies, blue-tarp trailers and themes like “Fridge Over Troubled Water,” and gave themselves the first of many desperately needed Mardi Gras laughs.
Proper dental care extends life of pets
February 12, 2006
The day I rescued my Doberman, Jack, I made sure the first stop on our way home was at my vet’s office, mostly to take care of that little problem of the “family jewels,” but also to have his general health evaluated.
Commentary: A great shame for ‘The Great One’
February 12, 2006
Wayne Gretzky and his wife really need to talk more. They say communication is good for a marriage. I believe most of us would know it if our wives placed at least $500,000 in illegal bets during the past several weeks, including $75K on the Super Bowl - especially if the guy taking the bets happened to be a very close friend and confidant.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
February 12, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.10 at Fastrip, 1414 W. Sixth St. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Presidents’ love letters revealing
February 12, 2006
Presidents and their wives have been an amorous lot, their White House years coming at the pinnacle of lives entwined. The men pursued and loved these women as intensely as they clawed to power and unleashed armies.
Speedskater mines first U.S. gold
Hedrick dominates 5,000-meter race, sets sights on four more firsts
February 12, 2006
Chad Hedrick cut through the ice in his first Olympic race - arms swinging furiously, body gently swaying, mouth hanging open. When he crossed the line, flipped back his hood and caught a glimpse of the scoreboard, it was time to let out a Texas-sized yell.
Children’s books capture sense of black history
February 12, 2006
For a look at the realities of life in a racially divided country, these middle-grade and teen books offer remarkable Black History Month experiences, based both in fact and fiction.
Bird flu found in Italy, Greece and Bulgaria
February 12, 2006
Rome - Bird flu has reached Western Europe, with Italy and Greece announcing Saturday Bird flu has reached Western Europe, with Italy and Greece announcing Saturday they had detected the H5N1 strain of the virus in dead swans.
Changing places: Baby boomers taking parents’ care into own hands
Generation finds new role defining it
February 12, 2006
For most of his life, Henry Fitch has done the kind of work that would raise most people’s blood pressure. The retired Kansas University herpetology professor fearlessly hunted garter snakes, copperheads and prairie rattlers for science.
Car pool service to match drivers
February 12, 2006
When Donna DeCarlo looks outside her rural Lawrence home near Clinton Lake, she sees beautiful, tranquil Douglas County countryside. What she doesn’t see is a lot of opportunities to catch a ride to her job at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment in Topeka. So, she continues to do what she has for the past 14 years. She hops in her car and makes the 60-mile round-trip by herself each day.
Districts turning to foreign teachers
Low salaries and benefits are blamed for shortage of instructors
February 12, 2006
A shortage of teachers in tough-to-fill subjects such as math and science is causing some Kansas school districts to look overseas.
Kwan considers dropping out
Injury curtails skater’s practice
February 12, 2006
Michelle Kwan’s disappointments usually start when it’s time to hand out Olympic medals. This time, she might be out before she even skates.
Keegan: Chalmers can take the heat
February 12, 2006
Long before the trash-talking escalated in Kansas University’s 88-75 Saturday afternoon victory over Iowa State, the loudest, angriest words had been spoken by a man wearing sneakers and a suit and tie.
KU freshmen ‘really good’
February 12, 2006
Without looking at the box score, Kansas University coach Bill Self was able to accurately rattle off the combined points, rebounds and assists of his three freshmen starters after Saturday’s 88-75 victory over a fiery Iowa State team.
Strong stand saves Haskell
Fightin’ Indians survive late turnover, keep slim NAIA playoff hopes alive
February 12, 2006
Topah Spoonhunter felt victory slip through his fingers Saturday when he bobbled an uncontested pass out of bounds in the waning seconds.
Acting in anger?
Legislators shouldn’t change the Kansas Supreme Court appointment process as a way to retaliate for unpopular court decisions.
February 12, 2006
It’s usually a good policy to avoid making important decisions when you’re angry about something.
Motorcycles, mopeds more popular at KU
Increase is attributed to rising cost of gasoline, more expensive permits
February 12, 2006
When it comes to parking at Kansas University, motorcycle riders tend to be the least understood.
Peace Corps celebrates 45 years of helping others
February 12, 2006
Tired of the rat race? Want to get away for a while, do something meaningful? Betty Baron can help. She’s the Peace Corps coordinator at Kansas University.
For many, Valentine’s Day isn’t warm and cuddly
February 12, 2006
Last Feb. 14, Liz Tuccillo called directory assistance to get a phone number for a store. Big mistake.
Hardy slams door on opponent’s perfect season
Free State senior one of six city wrestlers to win Sunflower League titles
February 12, 2006
It should go down in Free State wrestling lore as simply “The Throw.”
Miller, Ohno hope to make a name
February 12, 2006
It’s not unusual to find two guys in Italy with vowels at the end of their names. There’s something a little different, though, about Bode and Apolo.
KU loses late - again
February 12, 2006
Another game, another tough-to-stomach loss for Kansas University’s crumbling women’s basketball team.
Morrison clutch for ‘Zags
February 12, 2006
Adam Morrison went to work when No. 5 Gonzaga needed him the most.
Notebook
February 12, 2006
Kansas University freshman Julian Wright was knocked in the ribs and was forced to leave the game for a spell the second half.
Horoscopes
February 12, 2006
For Sunday, Feb. 12
Target-date funds can be good match
February 12, 2006
The dilemma: You are saving for a long-term goal such as retirement or your children’s college education, and you’re not sure how to juggle the mix of stocks and bonds to get the best return at the lowest risk.
People in the news
February 12, 2006
¢ Country music scholar, KU grad Wolfe dies at 62 ¢ Zoo director disputes host’s claims made about elephants ¢ Actor Christian Slater seeks joint custody of children ¢ McKellen takes top prize at international film festival
Contract buyout unsettled, Snyder remains mum
February 12, 2006
The day after his surprise resignation, former Missouri basketball coach Quin Snyder still wasn’t saying why he stepped down.
The Motley Fool
February 12, 2006
¢ Rent or Buy? ¢ Love and Money ¢ Gut Feeling ¢ Foolish trivia ¢ Watching Wachovia
Hamas confirms Moscow trip
February 12, 2006
Hamas militants confirmed Saturday they plan to travel to Moscow this month for talks with President Vladimir Putin, a trip that has enraged Israeli leaders, who fear the international community’s resolve to shun the Islamic group is weakening.
ISU cries foul over foul calls
KU shoots 32 charities to 12 for Cyclones
February 12, 2006
A hack here, thwack there and whacks seemingly everywhere, and Kansas University basketball fans were able to take full advantage of the wheat-waving tradition.
Richardson answers challenge
Warriors guard outduels James in Golden State win
February 12, 2006
Jason Richardson was up for the challenge of facing LeBron James.
Homes lingering on market
Higher-priced houses taking longer to sell
February 12, 2006
After more than four months on the market, a home near the end of Chouteau Court is still looking for a new owner.
Faces and places
February 12, 2006