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Archive for Tuesday, February 14, 2006

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Births
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Last minute love
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Polls
Do you think "open lunch" at Lawrence's two public high schools should be eliminated?

Poll results

Response Percent
No. The policy has worked well for the majority of students for many years.
 
51%
Yes. It’s unsafe for students to leave campus unsupervised.
 
25%
No. But it would be good to study the issue.
 
12%
Yes. Some don’t return, leading to truancy.
 
9%
Total 1647
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City strengthens weapons laws
February 14, 2006
City commissioners strengthened a law aimed at keeping guns and other deadly weapons out of Lawrence bars Tuesday.
KU names interim housing director
February 14, 2006
Diana Robertson has been named as interim director of student housing at Kansas University, a KU offical announced today.
Crews repairing Kentucky Street sinkhole, traffic rerouted
Drivers urged to avoid 800 block
February 14, 2006
Motorists should avoid the 800 block of Kentucky Street for at least the rest of today while city crews attempt to repair a sinkhole that has developed on the street.
KU to announce new provost Wednesday
Chancellor to introduce provost at media event
February 14, 2006
The new provost for Kansas University will be announced at a news media conference Wednesday morning, KU officials said today.
KU prof gives lawmakers advice about banning Phelps’ funeral pickets
McAllister: 300-foot buffer zone could be ruled unconstitutional
February 14, 2006
Kansas University law professor Stephen McAllister told lawmakers today that a proposed 300-foot ban on picketing at funerals may be determined by the courts as unconstitutional.
Sunny and warm for Valentine’s Day
Cold front bringing winter mix of precipitation Thursday
08:01 a.m., February 14, 2006 Updated 12:06 p.m.
A hearts and flowers forecast is in store for Lawrence today — temperatures in the 60s, light winds and lots sunshine. “It’s a Valentine’s Day treat,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “I think we’ll soar into the mid 60s.”
Old Home Town
February 14, 2006
25 years ago in 1981
Play it again, Nirvana; actually, please don’t
February 14, 2006
My senior year in college, I walked around for three weeks with the same song stuck in my head.
lawrence datebook
February 14, 2006
Today
KU student suffers fatal seizure
February 14, 2006
A Kansas University honors student died Sunday night after apparently suffering a seizure and collapsing in the hallway of an on-campus residence hall.
House advances bill to tighten marriage age requirements
February 14, 2006
Prompted by the case of a Nebraska man who impregnated a 14-year-old girl and then married her in Kansas, a bill banning marriages of anyone under age 16 should win easy approval in the House.
Holocaust cartoon entered in contest
February 14, 2006
An Iranian newspaper’s contest for cartoons about the Holocaust, launched Monday in response to a series of caricatures about the Prophet Muhammad, has already drawn at least one entry, the paper said.
Administration fends off criticism of disaster response
February 14, 2006
The Bush administration on Monday pushed back hard against Katrina-response criticism leveled by ex-disaster agency chief Michael Brown and congressional investigators.
Bucknell earning respect
Bison, Jayhawks enter poll; UConn stays No. 1, Duke No. 2
February 14, 2006
The giant killer now is among college basketball’s big names.
Danish PM: Protests unfairly portray country
February 14, 2006
Denmark’s prime minister complained Monday that his nation had been unfairly portrayed as intolerant in the international furor over the Prophet Muhammad cartoons, and his foreign minister said a government apology would be pointless.
U.N. report criticizes U.S. acts at Guantanamo Bay
February 14, 2006
A U.N. investigation has found that the United States committed acts amounting to torture at Guantanamo Bay, including force-feeding detainees and subjecting them to prolonged solitary confinement, according to a draft report obtained Monday.
KU plays down poll
We didn’t really talk about it’
February 14, 2006
Kansas University’s basketball players didn’t celebrate Monday after learning they were ranked 22nd in the country in both polls.
Mosley will play even less
Henrickson suspends underachieving guard
February 14, 2006
Nearly a year ago, Shaquina Mosley was named the national junior-college women’s basketball player of the year.
FSHS girls rout SM North
February 14, 2006
Lauren Kimball scored 18, leading four Free State High players in double figures in the Firebirds’ 76-48 girls basketball victory Monday over Shawnee Mission North.
School district to try trimesters
February 14, 2006
For students in Lawrence’s elementary schools, next year will be different. Instead of the usual fall and spring semesters, there will be three trimesters.
Who’s the boss?
February 14, 2006
To the editor:
Death details
February 14, 2006
To the editor:
County studying sewer plant options
February 14, 2006
Politics aside, where is the best place to put a new sewer plant for the city of Lawrence?
Mavs dismantle Knicks
February 14, 2006
The latest game against the Dallas Mavericks showed just how bad things have gotten for the New York Knicks.
Doctor pleads guilty in steroids case
Reports linked Shortt to group of Carolina Panthers players
February 14, 2006
A doctor accused of writing illegal steroid prescriptions to football players has agreed to plead guilty to one federal conspiracy charge as part of a plea agreement, according to court documents.
Farmer’s Valentine gift etched in soybean field
February 14, 2006
Delrena Patrick got an early Valentine from the man she has been married to for almost 50 years, one he cut into the ground of a soybean field with a piece of farm equipment last week.
Bush predicts housing slowdown
President confident economy will remain strong
February 14, 2006
The high-flying housing market should make a safe landing by gradually losing altitude, the White House suggested Monday.
City wants to get jump on plan for western growth
February 14, 2006
Lawrence city leaders have said they want to get ahead of growth. At their weekly meeting tonight, they’ll have a chance.
Battle not lost
February 14, 2006
To the editor:
Mishaps hamper firefighting effort
February 14, 2006
A Baldwin fire that began as an unattended candle resulted in a house scorched top to bottom after mishaps delayed firefighters’ response Monday.
Cheek sleek in victory
Speedskater says he’s donating bonus to relief organization founded by idol
February 14, 2006
Joey Cheek never has done things by the book. In the sixth grade, he insisted on reading The Wall Street Journal on the way to school. At 14, he watched Johann Olav Koss win three speedskating gold medals at the Lillehammer Olympics and decided that’s what he wanted to do.
Murder case reopens after 20-plus years
February 14, 2006
A former student body president of MidAmerica Nazarene University pleaded guilty Monday to intentional second-degree murder for helping the school’s former secretary kill her husband nearly 24 years ago.
Tax increase proposal floated for university maintenance
February 14, 2006
Officials from community colleges and technical schools on Monday asked lawmakers to not forget them when it comes time to figure out how to pay for repairs at state higher education facilities.
Meth found at Ottawa Middle School
February 14, 2006
Ottawa Police say a 12-year-old girl brought methamphetamine to school last week and gave it to another student an incident that led police to arrest three adults after serving a search warrant at an Ottawa home.
In the Halls: What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?
February 14, 2006
In the Halls at Free State High School
Goleman lifts De Soto
February 14, 2006
Jackie Goleman scored 29 for De Soto, which pulled away in the third quarter to beat Spring Hill, 52-49, on Monday. The Wildcats (9-8) will play Thursday at Central Heights.
Coin dealer charged with embezzlement
February 14, 2006
A coin dealer and GOP fundraiser hired to manage an unorthodox state investment in rare coins was charged Monday with embezzling at least $1 million in an election-year scandal that has sent Ohio Republicans running for cover.
Tax difference
February 14, 2006
To the editor:
Lawyers group denounces domestic spying program
February 14, 2006
The American Bar Assn. denounced President Bush’s warrantless domestic surveillance program Monday, accusing him of exceeding his powers under the Constitution.
Jailed wife gives birth to teen husband’s baby
February 14, 2006
A woman accused of molesting a 15-year-old boy she later married gave birth to the couple’s child over the weekend, the woman’s lawyer said Monday.
Nuclear negotiations with Moscow postponed
February 14, 2006
Iran notched up the brinkmanship over its disputed nuclear program Monday, abruptly postponing talks with Moscow on a plan to enrich Tehran’s uranium on Russian territory to allay fears it is building an atomic weapon.
Mom pleads not guilty to cutting off baby’s arms
February 14, 2006
A woman accused of killing her 10-month-old daughter by cutting off the baby’s arms with a kitchen knife went on trial Monday after pleading not guilty by reason of insanity.
Search unsuccessful after Subway robbery
February 14, 2006
Using a dog and a helicopter, police in Tonganoxie spent about three hours Sunday night and Monday morning searching for the suspect in an armed robbery at a fast-food restaurant.
6,300 miles of roads cleared after snowfall
February 14, 2006
With the help of 2,200 plows and squadrons of shovelers hired by the city, not to mention sunshine, New Yorkers dug out Monday from Sunday’s record-breaking snow.
Outgoing lawmakers give Abbas extended powers
February 14, 2006
Lame-duck Palestinian lawmakers held an eleventh-hour session Monday to give Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas new powers just days before the Islamist militant group Hamas takes control of the Palestinian Legislative Council.
Enron founder gave rundown of problems
February 14, 2006
Enron Corp. founder Kenneth Lay - above with his wife, Linda - disclosed hundreds of millions of dollars in quarterly losses and a surprise $1.2 billion writedown in shareholder equity six weeks before the company fell into bankruptcy proceedings in December 2001, jurors in his fraud and conspiracy trial heard Monday on a tape of a quarterly earnings conference call.
Architecture institute awards grant to city
February 14, 2006
City commissioners will get a set of outside eyes to help them begin a process to create a new vision for the community.
Air marshals accused of smuggling narcotics
February 14, 2006
Two U.S. air marshals face federal drug charges accusing them of using their positions to smuggle narcotics through airport security and onto planes for transport, federal prosecutors said.
Auditions announced for ‘Miracle Worker’
February 14, 2006
The Lawrence Community Theatre will have auditions Sunday and Monday for “The Miracle Worker,” by William Gibson.
Google’s stock drops
February 14, 2006
Google Inc.’s stock price fell by more than 4 percent Monday, accelerating a recent shift in sentiment that has caused once-ebullient investors to become more circumspect about the online search engine leader.
Opinion on sex reporting delayed
February 14, 2006
A federal judge won’t rule this week on a challenge of Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline’s interpretation of the state’s sexual abuse reporting law.
Tractor-trailer accident kills at least one
February 14, 2006
Two tractor-trailers were involved in an accident on eastbound Interstate 70 on Monday, killing at least one person, Kansas City police spokesman Capt. Rich Lockhart said.
East-side car break-ins, fires investigated
February 14, 2006
Lawrence police are looking for a suspect who broke into several cars in East Lawrence then set at least two of them on fire.
Roche halts recruiting for cancer drug tests
February 14, 2006
Pharmaceutical maker Roche Holding AG said Monday it had stopped recruiting patients to test its cancer drug Avastin in late stage clinical trials after the deaths of some patients.
Lions crush Olathe North
February 14, 2006
Drew Huff scored 16 and keyed a strong defensive effort Monday as the Lawrence High girls basketball squad secured a 56-24 victory over Olathe North in Sunflower League action.
Justice’s review of merger extended
February 14, 2006
Whirlpool Corp. and Maytag Corp. said Monday that the Justice Department is extending its review of Whirlpool’s proposed $1.79 billion acquisition of Maytag to March 30.
Old Home Town
February 14, 2006
100 years ago in 1906
Government should ‘butt out’ of young people’s sex lives
February 14, 2006
Dr. Wes: Why should teens study current events? How about the current wrangling over underage consensual sex? Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline was in court last week trying to prove that the state mandatory child abuse reporting law includes consensual sex if one partner is under 16. He argues that if you are under that age, you can’t legally consent to have sex, no matter how adamantly you feel you can. If you can’t consent, sex constitutes child abuse because it is inherently harmful.
Accident reports available online
February 14, 2006
Accident reports from the Lawrence Police Department are now available online and for free at the police department’s Web site, www.lawrencepolice.org
Saddam returns to trial; prosecutors make little headway
February 14, 2006
Saddam Hussein reluctantly returned to the courtroom Monday morning after boycotting his trial’s previous session. But after initial protests, the deposed Iraqi dictator watched with a smile as two former lieutenants called to the witness stand refused to help his prosecutors’ case.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
February 14, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.09 at the Conoco at 1802 W. 23rd St. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Tiger fans shift ire to embattled AD
As rumors swirl about Snyder’s departure, Mizzou backers continue to question Alden’s leadership
February 14, 2006
The sign in the window of Harpo’s downtown sports bar Monday morning still hailed that night’s usual gig: a live, syndicated radio call-in show hosted by now-ex Missouri basketball coach Quin Snyder.
From out of left field, curveballs
Legislators pepper Hemenway with questions unrelated to talk on higher education
February 14, 2006
Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway on Monday appeared before lawmakers, touting KU’s accomplishments and urging passage of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ budget proposal for higher education.
Audit: Thousands received aid without verification
February 14, 2006
Tens of thousands of people received aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency using possibly fraudulent identities because the relief effort did not perform routine checks that might have flagged such activity, government investigators said Monday.
Keegan: ‘Spurt’ saves KU - again
February 14, 2006
‘Spurt’ saves KU - againNo matter how ugly it gets and how hopeless it might look at times, this young Kansas University basketball team never stops believing it’s going to turn it on and sprint to a bunch of points in a hurry.
Neighbors say park, shelter don’t mix
City commission to hear concerns about proposed area near new Salvation Army
February 14, 2006
Matt Tomc is worried a proposed trailhead park across from his home near 19th and Delaware streets may not produce much fun.
Taff sentenced to 15 months in federal prison
February 14, 2006
Former congressional candidate Adam Taff was sentenced Monday to 15 months in federal prison for using campaign funds to help get a loan for a $1.2 million home.
KU-OU Notebook
February 14, 2006
Former Missouri coach Quin Snyder on a recent radio show indicated the Tigers couldn’t recruit KU’s Brandon Rush because of possible academic issues. The Tigers, Snyder said, were faced with strict standards in recruiting following NCAA probation.
Cited for DUI, Sutton finished for season
February 14, 2006
Using a soft voice and a careful choice of words, Sean Sutton finally spoke Monday of the head-coaching job he wasn’t yet ready to assume.
Dog trainer also sought in Lansing inmate escape
February 14, 2006
Lansing Correctional Facility personnel had no reason not to trust Toby Young, founder of the prison’s canine rescue program.
Tribute honors animals affected by Katrina
February 14, 2006
When he was a boy, Hiram Stewart took a bus to Virginia, put a puppy in a paper bag and cradled it all the way home to New Orleans.
Science teachers pan new standards
Guidelines violate church-state separation, association believes
February 14, 2006
Kansas science teachers have struck a defiant stance against the science standards adopted by the State Board of Education.
Research key in Hallmark’s quest for ideal valentine
Consumers across the country attracted to same card, data show
February 14, 2006
Turns out love may actually be a universal language.
Matt Leecy
Team-first attitude shines through in Ottawa senior’s nightly box score
February 14, 2006
Ottawa High boys basketball coach David Grover preached a simple need at the outset of the 2005-06 season.
Lawmakers give child safety a boost
February 14, 2006
The consensus of parents watching their children play at South Park on Monday seemed to be that 7 years old and 80 pounds was a bit big for a booster seat in the car.
Rezoning proposal worries shelter administrator
February 14, 2006
The battle over plans for a controversial homeless shelter in East Lawrence may not be over yet.
Kilmer carves his own niche
February 14, 2006
It’s no surprise the ability to locate his breaking ball consistently in the zone and throw strikes comes easily for Olson Kilmer.
On the record
February 14, 2006
Law enforcement report
People in the news
February 14, 2006
Creed lead singer arrested day after getting married
Examining the meth epidemic
February 14, 2006
The “Frontline” (8 p.m., PBS) presentation “The Meth Epidemic” looks at an underreported human tragedy and criminal tidal wave that has consumed the lives of more than a million drug users in the American heartland.
Seeking the comfort of ‘designer facts’
February 14, 2006
So apparently, we didn’t get the real story on Cindy Sheehan’s arrest.
Baroque concert a treat for music aficionados
February 14, 2006
The atmosphere was candlelight, the music Baroque and the desserts heavenly at the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra’s “Baroque by Candlelight” concert Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church.
White House defends 24-hour delay in reporting shooting
February 14, 2006
The White House blamed the 78-year-old man whom Vice President Dick Cheney shot during a weekend quail hunting trip in Texas for the incident, as officials struggled Monday to explain why they waited nearly 24 hours before making the news public.
Suspicions of election fraud spark violent protests in Haiti
February 14, 2006
Gunfire erupted, killing one man Monday as angry supporters of presidential front-runner Rene Preval took to the streets to protest delays and rumored fraud in ballot-counting for the Feb. 7 election.
New speed limits will stay
Police stepping up enforcement west of Wakarusa Drive
February 14, 2006
Attention, drivers: the speed has been lowered for good on a stretch of road that’s about to be transformed from a rural highway to an urban thoroughfare.
Mixed feelings on Wal-Mart
February 14, 2006
Self-interest gets a bad rap these days.
Money can put love to test
February 14, 2006
What better time to talk about love and money than on Valentine’s Day?
Tech Check: Sales pick up for robotic cleaners
February 14, 2006
As I got up off the recliner after the Super Bowl, I saw more pizza crumbs tumble off my chest.
U.S. struggling in Turin Games
February 14, 2006
The Curl Girls were supposed to rock.
Ranked and rollin’
February 14, 2006
Bill Self spoke to his bruised and battered mentor, Eddie Sutton, on the phone Monday morning.
Lobbying ban
Keeping representatives of local governments out of the statehouse doesn’t serve the people of Kansas.
February 14, 2006
Should tax dollars be used to pay lobbyists in Kansas? One anti-tax activist in the state thinks not, but a closer examination of the issue reveals some flaws in his logic.
HINU’s Pete earns co-player of week
February 14, 2006
Samantha Pete of Haskell Indian Nations University has been named Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference co-women’s player of the week.
Kildow hopes to return following training crash
February 14, 2006
Don’t rule Lindsey Kildow out of these Winter Games just yet, or even out of Wednesday’s downhill event. Despite a scary crash that got her airlifted to the hospital Monday, she hasn’t given up any of her starting spots.
Last-minute love
Procrastination doesn’t signal defeat in quest to find a suitable Valentine’s Day gift for that special someone
February 14, 2006
A quick note for all the procrastinators out there who think they might be out of luck tracking down the perfect Valentine’s Day gift: You’ve still got time.
Ray, Villanova pass ‘big test’
February 14, 2006
Villanova went inside in the first half and stayed outside in the second. Add some solid defense and an offensive boost from an unlikely source, and the Wildcats came up with a way to beat No. 1 Connecticut.
Christians should keep focus
February 14, 2006
What is it with evangelical Christians that so many of them need a cause beyond the commission they’ve been given?
Jesse Hardy
February 14, 2006
Jesse Hardy - Free State, Sr., Wrestling
Keegan’s top 25
February 14, 2006
At the time this ballot was due Sunday night, Atlantic 10 teams were 0-30 against teams in the Top 25.