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Chat with Douglas County Dist. Atty. Charles Branson
February 16, 2006
Douglas County’s District Attorney talks with readers about the open lunch policy, sentencing guidelines, and marijuana cases being tried in municipal court.
Blustery afternoon, evening ahead
Windchills dipping down into teens
08:36 a.m., February 16, 2006 Updated 12:21 p.m.
Get ready for a blast of cold weather this afternoon as blustery winds bring frigid temperatures into Lawrence, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “Windchills will stay in the teens throughout the afternoon,” Schack said.
KU grad to appear on ‘The Apprentice’
February 16, 2006
Kansas University graduate and Kansas City businessman Bryce Gahagan, 28, will be a contestant on season five of NBC’s “The Apprentice.” The season premiere is Feb. 27.
Church revives history through drama
St. Luke AME play chronicles escaped slave’s journey to freedom
February 16, 2006
It’s no secret that centuries of sailors have relied on the steady North Star to guide them through troubled waters. Slaves, too, set their sights on the star during harried flights from their owners.
Campus comedian airs dirty laundry
February 16, 2006
At one point Mike Birbiglia organized a write-in campaign to get a dish on the menu of Applebee’s named after him.
Aviation firm scraps rezoning request
Company discards proposal for property after Vinland residents air safety concerns
February 16, 2006
A request to rezone 9.53 acres near the Vinland Airport for residential use was withdrawn from consideration earlier this week by the owners of McFarlane Aviation Inc.
Third day of cartoon protests leads to three deaths in Pakistan
February 16, 2006
Gunfire and rioting erupted Wednesday as tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Pakistan’s third straight day of violent protests over the Prophet Muhammad cartoons. Three people were killed, including an 8-year-old boy.
Economy ‘on track’
Fed chair: Inflation a concern
February 16, 2006
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, delivering his first economic report to Congress, declared Wednesday that the economy had snapped smartly out of an end-of-year lull, although inflation and other risks remained. He left the door open to higher interest rates in the future.
Journal-World honored for going ‘above and beyond’ in reporting
Work in pursuing government records lauded
February 16, 2006
The Lawrence Journal-World was honored Wednesday for its pursuit of government information that better informs the public.
Report: IU coach resigns
Davis announcement may come today
February 16, 2006
Mike Davis has resigned as coach at Indiana but will stay on for the remainder of the season, a source in the IU athletic department with knowledge of Davis’ situation told on Wednesday night.
OU still unbeaten in league
February 16, 2006
Courtney Paris scored 20 points, and No. 9 Oklahoma held off Texas 61-54 on Wednesday night to stay perfect in the Big 12 Conference.
Swans’ deaths lead nations to bolster precautions
February 16, 2006
European governments are bolstering their guard against bird flu, faced with a growing number of dead swans and the risk that migratory birds - which begin returning north next month - could bring the disease from Africa.
States seek more flexibility under No Child Left Behind
February 16, 2006
About 15 states are vying to be chosen as one of the few that will be allowed some leeway in how student progress is measured under the No Child Left Behind Act, the federal education law criticized by some as overly rigid.
Hundreds of ballots found discarded in Haitian dump
February 16, 2006
A stinking, flyblown garbage dump, more than two miles down a pitted dirt road from a highway, lies at the center of the controversy over Haiti’s presidential election.
Ozawkie 2-year-old dies after falling from vehicle
February 16, 2006
A 2-year-old boy was killed after falling from a car backing out of a restaurant parking spot, authorities said Wednesday.
Worthy mission
February 16, 2006
To the editor: The Salvation Army is in the process of raising funds to build a new shelter for the underprivileged in Douglas County.
Study: Calcium, Vitamin D offer bones just modest protection
February 16, 2006
Supplements containing calcium and vitamin D provide only modest protection against bone fractures, according to a large government study being published today that fell short of showing a strong advantage to taking the commonly used nutrients.
Study: spouse’s illness can put caregiver at risk
February 16, 2006
Highlighting the deep bonds between longtime husbands and wives, new research suggests that when an older person falls seriously ill, his or her spouse faces a heightened risk of death.
Moussaoui behaves during jury selection
February 16, 2006
Unexpectedly allowed back in court, confessed al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui kept quiet Wednesday as two Muslims from South Asia and a Marine Corps lawyer whose boss’ Pentagon office blew up on 9-11 cleared preliminary hurdles to sit on his sentencing jury.
Saving for college no brainer
February 16, 2006
Why is it that one of the first questions parents ask about Section 529 college savings plans is how are these plans treated when calculating their child’s federal financial aid eligibility? What befuddles me is the thinking that must be behind the question - that having money in one of these tax-favorable savings accounts will reduce a college student’s financial aid from other sources such as grants.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
February 16, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 16, 1906: “There seems to be more than a bare possibility that this country will soon have to go to war with China to bring that empire to its senses. The trouble started with the foolish rigidness shown by petty officers of our government in enforcing the exclusion law for those wanting to enter our country.”
What if?
February 16, 2006
What if 200,000 Americans - Christians, Jews, Muslims, Atheists, Hindus, Native Americans - gathered in Iraq to secure the peace, offered themselves as hostages, sacrificed themselves as human shields outside mosques so Muslims could worship in peace and outside shops so they could buy and sell, offered aid and comfort to all of Iraq’s people, showed Iraqis that not all Americans carry weapons and wear body armor or were bureaucrats with bottomless pockets, demonstrated that people can succeed where governments fail, helped rebuild neighborhoods, provided medical assistance?
Colonials hold off UMass
February 16, 2006
Danilo Pinnock scored 14 points and had six steals to lead No. 7 George Washington to a 69-66 victory over Massachusetts on Wednesday night.
Feingold may try to amend Patriot Act
February 16, 2006
Faced with losing his bid to block the USA Patriot Act, Sen. Russell Feingold is preparing a last-ditch strategy to amend the legislation with stronger safeguards against government intrusion and more frequent congressional oversight.
President, top officials visit nuclear power plant
February 16, 2006
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited the Natanz uranium enrichment plant Wednesday, a day after Tehran confirmed it had resumed small-scale enrichment there last week, the official news agency reported.
Breast-feeding measure advances in Senate
February 16, 2006
One after another, state senators rose Wednesday to praise the values of breast-feeding and a bill that would allow a woman to breast-feed in public.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
February 16, 2006
Highlights of Wednesday’s activities at the Kansas Legislature.
Justice Department’s role in spying probed
February 16, 2006
The Justice Department has begun an internal inquiry into the conduct of its lawyers who examined the Bush administration’s domestic eavesdropping program, the department disclosed Wednesday.
Briton to face charges in deaths of wife, baby
February 16, 2006
A British man accused of killing his wife and infant daughter in their suburban Boston home before fleeing to England was brought back to Massachusetts on Wednesday to face murder charges.
Hamas hopes to have Cabinet by early March
February 16, 2006
The Islamic militant group Hamas said Wednesday it will put together the next Palestinian government by early March - timing that could help Israeli hawks in parliamentary elections.
House sends Senate bills ending tax on business equipment
February 16, 2006
The House sent the Senate two bills Wednesday to phase out property taxes on business equipment and machinery in hopes of stimulating the economy.
February 16, 2006
Man missing for months surfaces with no memory
February 16, 2006
It became a ritual for the family of Raymond Power Jr. to gather in the bedroom of the youngest child and pray every night for the last seven months.
Dust storms cause multiple accidents
February 16, 2006
Two people were killed and 12 injured in four separate car accidents caused by a dust storm Wednesday.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
February 16, 2006
Kansas University’s proposed alumni center had a new $2 million boost and a name. The $5 million building, planned for the northeast corner of 13th and Oread, was to be called the K.S. “Boots” Adams Center. Adams, who died in 1975, was a former president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of the Phillips Petroleum Co. He was a 1921 KU graduate. The Adams family had pledged $1.3 million for the building and an anonymous donor had pledged an additional $700,000 to honor Adams, a widely recognized KU alumnus.
Al-Zarqawi, eight others sentenced to death
February 16, 2006
A court on Wednesday sentenced the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and eight other men to death for plotting chemical attacks against sites in Jordan, including the U.S. Embassy.
SLT meeting canceled
February 16, 2006
A joint meeting between city and county commissioners to discuss the future of the South Lawrence Trafficway with state transportation leaders has been canceled.
Save ‘swamp’
February 16, 2006
To the editor: Yes, Mr. Seminoff, Pogo is right, “the enemy is us.”
Lawmakers vote to ban glorifying terrorism
February 16, 2006
British lawmakers voted Wednesday to ban glorifying terrorism, giving Prime Minister Tony Blair a badly needed victory on a measure he said was key to preventing future attacks.
Firms’ Chinese deals called ‘a disgrace’
February 16, 2006
Four U.S. high-tech companies on Wednesday found themselves branded collaborators with the Chinese government in suppressing dissent in return for access to a booming Internet market.
Show dog vanishes into airport’s marshes
February 16, 2006
She’s a California show dog, and she’s lost in the marshes of New York.
Sheriff seeks tips in home burglary
February 16, 2006
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a home burglary south of Lone Star Lake that resulted in a loss of more than $16,000 in property.
D.A. to answer questions online
February 16, 2006
Douglas County’s top prosecutor will take part in an online chat this afternoon on the Journal-World’s Web site.
Sewer line work to disrupt traffic
February 16, 2006
Work to repair a sanitary sewer line is expected to disrupt traffic on parts of Kentucky Street through the weekend.
Possible price fixing leads to airline probe
February 16, 2006
More than a dozen airlines around the world had their offices searched or were otherwise contacted by U.S. and EU investigators probing the possibility of illegal price fixing in the air cargo business.
Sprint Nextel marks 1 million downloads
February 16, 2006
Sprint Nextel Corp. said Wednesday that customers of its Sprint Music Store have downloaded 1 million songs since it opened Oct. 24.
Daily ticker
February 16, 2006
Congress should assert oversight power
February 16, 2006
The next time a president asks Congress to pass something akin to what Congress passed on Sept. 14, 2001 - the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) - the resulting legislation might be longer than Proust’s “Remembrance of Things Past.” Congress, remembering what is happening today, might stipulate all the statutes and constitutional understandings that it does not intend the act to repeal or supersede.
Lawrence High wins state Scholars’ Bowl
February 16, 2006
Lawrence High School won the 6A state championship and Lawrence Free State won fourth place at the Kansas Scholars’ Bowl Saturday, an annual test of academic knowledge for high school students.
KU outfielder Milner earns national honor
February 16, 2006 on Wednesday named Kansas University senior outfielder Gus Milner its Co-National Player of the Week. On Tuesday, Milner also was named Big 12 Conference player of the week.
Cheney takes blame for shooting
Vice president remains unapologetic about delayed release of story
February 16, 2006
Vice President Dick Cheney took full blame Wednesday for shooting a hunting companion, calling it “one of the worst days of my life,” but he was defiantly unapologetic about not publicly disclosing the accident until the next day.
Time’s right to prune
February 16, 2006
From time to time our hair becomes a bit too wild and unruly. And all that is needed to tame the curl is a stylish haircut. In the landscape, plants often find themselves in the same situation. But instead of heading to the barber shop or beauty salon, sharp pruners, a watchful eye and knowledge about plant bloom time are all you need to become a pruning pro.
People in the news
February 16, 2006
¢ ‘Idol’ attracts more viewers than Olympics coverage ¢ Nelson’s gay cowboy song debuts on Howard Stern show ¢ Mellencamp to perform free concert during Final Four ¢ Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey visit San Diego high school ¢ Olsen twins don gowns in Badgley Mischka ads
Katrina report criticizes Homeland Security head
February 16, 2006
Acknowledging delayed aid and fumbled coordination, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Wednesday the federal response to Hurricane Katrina fell far short of providing immediate help to the Gulf Coast that could have saved lives.
Medal reaction mixed at best
Eye of the beholder: To some, Olympic spoils resemble baked goods, compact discs
February 16, 2006
Some folks think it looks like a doughnut. Others see a bagel. Or a giant Life Saver, or a compact disc.
Sebelius: State won’t adopt school study
Suggested $400 million funding increase doesn’t find favor; plaintiffs’ attorney criticizes decision
February 16, 2006
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday told a gathering of local school officials that the state won’t adopt a recent school cost-study that calls for at least a $400 million increase in school funding.
House panel recommends income tax increase
$93 million annually would pay for building repairs at universities
February 16, 2006
In a startling move, a House committee on Wednesday recommended a $93 million state income tax increase to pay for repairs of buildings at higher education institutions.
City may adjust Sixth Street speeds
40 mph likely to be upper limit west of Kasold
February 16, 2006
Not only is the speed limit set to remain at 40 mph on a widened stretch of West Sixth Street, but the speed limit farther to the east may come down a bit, too.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
February 16, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.99 at several stations in town. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Pharmaceutical plant to add 172 jobs in McPherson
Governor to help unveil plan
February 16, 2006
A delegation of state officials led by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will be here today to help unveil a pharmaceutical company’s plan to add 172 well-paying jobs to its work force.
Property tax increase favored over sales tax for development goals
February 16, 2006
Local leaders looked hard Wednesday for ways to avoid asking voter approval to raise $20 million over the next 10 years for open space and economic development projects.
Inmate, cohort described as armed, dangerous
Prison officials say murderer escaped by hiding in dog crate
February 16, 2006
A murderer who escaped here and the prison volunteer who helped orchestrate the break-out have pistols, plenty of cash and might be driving a blue Chevrolet sport utility vehicle.
Snyder’s move ‘surprised’ chancellor
February 16, 2006
Missouri’s chancellor and a member of the Board of Curators have joined the school president in expressing surprise about the timing of basketball coach Quin Snyder’s resignation.
Kline pursues ‘predator’ status
New trial planned seeking offender’s commitment at state hospital
February 16, 2006
Atty. Gen. Phill Kline’s office will seek a second trial for a Douglas County man whose commitment to a “sexual predator” hospital unit was overturned by the Kansas Supreme Court.
On the record
February 16, 2006
Sutton admits drinking
OSU coach to seek alcoholism treatment; future uncertain
February 16, 2006
Oklahoma State basketball coach Eddie Sutton acknowledged Wednesday that he drank alcohol before an automobile accident that put him in the hospital and cast doubt over his coaching future.
Pierce’s 50 points not enough
James lifts Cavs past Celtics in double overtime
February 16, 2006
LeBron James and the streaking Cleveland Cavaliers spoiled the highest-scoring game by a Celtics’ player in more than 16 years.
Back to football for skier Bloom
Dual-sport standout sixth in men’s moguls
February 16, 2006
Jeremy Bloom’s skiing adventure came to a less-than-satisfying close Wednesday when the two-sport star finished sixth in Olympic moguls.
Collectibles sometimes reflect period in history
February 16, 2006
Antiques and collectibles often tell a story of the times when they were made. They point out the differences in olden days and now.
Workouts get under way today
February 16, 2006
Aaron Small thought back to October, when he got home to Loudon, Tenn., and put his suitcase in the attic after the New York Yankees were eliminated from the playoffs.
Keegan: Missouri needs homer
February 16, 2006
Here’s hoping Missouri steps up to the plate and crushes a tape-measure shot when it hires a coach to replace Quin Snyder, who already has been replaced on an interim basis by Melvin Watkins.
KU still searching
Floundering Jayhawks fall to Cornhuskers
February 16, 2006
Anybody remember December? Anybody recall when Kansas University’s women’s basketball team was the talk of the town following a 12-0 start?
New provost says KU will suit him to a T
February 16, 2006
Kansas University’s provost doesn’t make the trains run on time - but that’s only because there isn’t a railroad on campus.
Americans settle for tie
Latvia plays U.S. squad to 3-all deadlock
February 16, 2006
John Grahame watched the movie “Miracle” almost 100 times during the NHL lockout.
Our town sports
February 16, 2006
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Lawrence datebook
February 16, 2006
Old home town - 40 years ago today
February 16, 2006
Conrad Eriksen, a Kansas University business professor, signed a contract to purchase the Lawrence Malls Shopping Center from a local group headed by Ralph Puckett.
Congressman earned respect
February 16, 2006
Stanley R. Tupper served in the House of Representatives for only six years, from 1961 to 1967, and retired voluntarily to his home in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. He was never prominent on TV talk shows and his name was rarely in the headlines, even back then.
New photos of Abu Ghraib abuse threaten to inflame anger
February 16, 2006
New images showing Iraqis abused by U.S. guards at Abu Ghraib prison three years ago threatened Wednesday to inflame public anger already running high over footage of British soldiers beating youths in southern Iraq.
House committee endorses bill regulating only abortion clinics
February 16, 2006
A bill imposing new regulations on abortion clinics received a House committee’s endorsement Wednesday after members made sure it applied only to abortion and not all office-based surgeries.
February 16, 2006
Lawrence resident Erin Harmon entered a plea to “misprision of money laundering,” which means she knew the crime of money laundering was being committed but concealed it and did not report it to authorities. An article Wednesday gave the incorrect name of the crime.
Moody wants another shot
Senior haunted by memory of missed free throws at MU
February 16, 2006
Seeking redemption, Kansas University senior Christian Moody hopes he’s sent to the free-throw line with :04 left on the clock with KU and rival Missouri deadlocked on Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.
Redford recalls ‘All the President’s Men’
February 16, 2006
“All the President’s Men,” the classic 1976 film about Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s unraveling of Watergate, opens with hammering typewriter keystrokes that sound like gunshots.
Free speech ensures right to lampoon leaders
February 16, 2006
My professional tribe has long followed the motto best expressed by a former editor of mine: “If you have a fish in a barrel, shoot it.” Of course this time, the target wasn’t a fish, it was a quail - or, to be more precise, a person behind a quail. It also wasn’t in a barrel. It was on a Texas ranch. But you get the idea.
Misplaced criticism
Why don’t critics focus on those who fraudulently collected aid intended for Hurricane Katrina relief?
February 16, 2006
There’s little question that federal, state and city officials all were lax, careless or guilty of poor - and maybe illegal - performances in matters related to Hurricane Katrina.
Spring fling
Bulbs rear heads, even during cold snaps
February 16, 2006
It’s rare to spot bright, happy colors in the dull, gray landscape of winter. But around this time of year, pleasant surprises start popping up around Lawrence in the form of brilliant yellow, purple and pink flowers.
Bill advanced by House would eliminate liability for nuclear plant guards
February 16, 2006
Security officers guarding the Wolf Creek nuclear plant would have a license to kill if terrorists attacked under a bill receiving tentative approval Wednesday in the House.
Committee blocks bill to repeal law on immigrant tuition
February 16, 2006
A bill to repeal a law that gives some illegal immigrants a break on tuition at state universities and colleges failed Wednesday to clear a House committee on a tie vote.
Jayhawks add ULM to football schedule
February 16, 2006
It wasn’t without a little bit of 11th-hour sweating. But Kansas University completed its 2006 football schedule Wednesday and, really, got exactly what it wanted out of its nonconference slate - three home games and a slow progression in challenge.
New manager, old problems
Perlozzo inherits Orioles franchise still reeling from woes of 2005
February 16, 2006
The Baltimore Orioles opened spring-training camp Wednesday confident that this season couldn’t possibly be as problematic as last year.
Colorado stuns Sooners
February 16, 2006
Colorado’s high-scoring offense dictated the pace against No. 19 Oklahoma’s stifling defense to give the Buffaloes their first victory this season over a ranked opponent.
Senior center sings praises of KU music therapy program
February 16, 2006
For years, Kansas University music therapy students have traveled to the Lawrence Senior Center to hone their skills.