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Lawrence man stands trial for infant’s murder
February 17, 2006
A judge orders a Lawrence man accused of killing his 5-month-old daughter to stand trial. After a day long hearing Judge Paula Martin found probable cause to bind Jay Decker over on trial on first degree murder charges.
Mother testifies in hearing over death of 5-month-old girl
February 17, 2006
The mother of an infant found dead in an apartment at Edgewood Homes in east Lawrence took the stand today in Douglas County District Court as the preliminary hearing gots underway for a man accused of killing his 5-month-old daughter.
Frigid, blustery day ahead
Forecast calls for a few snowflakes tonight
08:20 a.m., February 17, 2006 Updated 04:26 p.m.
Bundle up and put another log on the fire - Lawrence is settling into a deep freeze today through the weekend. “It’s cold, colder than we’ve seen in quite some time,” said Matt Sayers, 6News meteorologist.
Trey record-setter lifts Marquette past Georgetown
February 17, 2006
Steve Novak already had showed the Big East his scoring ability. Now he’s teaching his young teammates how to win close games.
Home show serves as education tool
February 17, 2006
The folks at Lawrence Landscape Inc. are putting up a retaining wall, installing a new patio, planting a few trees, spreading piles of mulch and plugging in a 15-gallon bubbling brook atop a new tennis court.
Coast Guard cadet faces sexual assault charges
February 17, 2006
A senior at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy has been charged with sexually assaulting six female cadets in the campus barracks and other sites.
House rejects bill aimed at promoting energy efficiency programs
February 17, 2006
A bill promoted as an incentive for utilities to start energy conservation programs failed Thursday in the House because some members feared it would lead to higher rates for some consumers.
Country legends reach out to gays
February 17, 2006
Never mind that country music is considered bedrock conservative, the unofficial red-state soundtrack. This year, some of country’s most famous names are singing in movies with gay and transsexual themes.
Student safety organization goes largely unused
Service was created in response to reports of crime on KU’s campus
February 17, 2006
On his last shift, Brady Blevins tackled a crossword puzzle. He read a play for his theater class and sat around as the time passed.
Dog trainer’s role in escape baffles friends
Search continues for missing murderer
February 17, 2006
Helping prison inmates rehabilitate dogs was an all-consuming passion for Toby Young. At times, it was difficult for her to pry herself away from it - even for a family vacation.
Absentee vote process flawed, some say
February 17, 2006
Fewer than 57,000 Mexican migrants have requested absentee ballots for the presidential election, officials said Thursday - a showing many say reflects serious flaws in the effort to include millions living abroad in the vote.
Woodling: Thanks for the thanks
February 17, 2006
In nearly four decades at the Journal-World, I can’t even imagine how many pictures we’ve run. Thousands, obviously.
Flight plan
Children’s play explores Kansas aviator’s legacy
February 17, 2006
When Jane Elliott has children, she plans to name one of her girls “Amelia.”
Three generations share hospital delivery room
February 17, 2006
Feb. 9 has special meaning for a Utah family.
Builders can demand share of resale profits
February 17, 2006
Q: We are interested in buying a home that is under construction in a development where sales have been very strong….
Commissioner happy focus now on game
February 17, 2006
David Stern is happy to be talking basketball as the NBA gathers for its All-Star weekend.
Gordon helps Bulls blast Sixers
Hinrich scores 18 in Chicago’s 117-84 romp
February 17, 2006
Ben Gordon has regained his scoring touch.
New president faces high expectations
February 17, 2006
Singing, dancing and waving branches ripped from roadside trees, jubilant Haitians poured into the streets Thursday after a vote marred by fraud charges and massive protests ended in victory for the favored presidential candidate of the impoverished majority.
Strong second quarter key for Eudora
February 17, 2006
Rodney Spillman had 19 points and six rebounds, and Eudora used a 25-point second quarter to pull away from Osawatomie for a 60-50 boys basketball victory Thursday night.
Altman’s hot start leads Firebirds
Free State junior rolls 250 in opening game to help knock off LHS
February 17, 2006
When Free State High bowler Kenny Altman opened Thursday’s match against Lawrence High with a mammoth 250 game, he looked to be on his way to a record day.
House endorses DNA testing bill
February 17, 2006
Legislation requiring everyone arrested or charged with a felony to submit DNA samples to investigators was endorsed Thursday by the House Judiciary Committee and sent to the chamber for debate.
Humphreys’ play boon to Jayhawks
February 17, 2006
Kassie Humphreys appears to have returned to form, and that’s good news for Kansas University’s softball squad.
Ex-janitor gets 6 years in church thefts
February 17, 2006
A judge ordered a prison sentence Thursday for a man caught burglarizing local churches twice in three years.
Take a stand
City officials should step up and affirm their support for construction of the South Lawrence Trafficway on the 32nd Street route.
February 17, 2006
The debate continues on the proper route for the long-delayed South Lawrence Trafficway. This badly needed road has been delayed time and time again by various well-planned tactics while construction costs continue to grow.
Ministry to probe ‘death squad’ claims
February 17, 2006
The Shiite-dominated Interior Ministry announced an investigation Thursday into claims of death squads in its ranks as police found a dozen more bodies, bringing the number of apparent victims of sectarian reprisal killings here to at least 30 this week.
IU’s Davis to leave after season
Hoosiers’ basketball coach makes resignation official
February 17, 2006
Indiana coach Mike Davis, the embattled heir to one of college basketball’s elite programs, resigned Thursday after months of speculation and increased criticism during the Hoosiers’ late-season slump.
KU to honor Anderson, Kivisto gifts
February 17, 2006
Two families were instrumental in the collection of $31 million for a new football facility. So, Kansas University chose to honor both.
No bail for husband charged in slayings
February 17, 2006
Priscilla Matterazzo never took her eyes off her son-in-law, from the moment he walked into the courtroom.
Unjustified limit
February 17, 2006
To the editor:
France joins nuclear accusations against Iran
February 17, 2006
France accused Iran on Thursday of secretly making nuclear weapons, ditching Europe’s traditional diplomatic caution for bluntness in remarks that echoed the tough U.S. stance on Iran’s disputed nuclear program.
Downtown intersection to remain closed
February 17, 2006
Part of Kentucky Street will remain blocked at least through the weekend and maybe longer as repairs to a sanitary sewer line continue.
Branson not targeting school lunch periods
February 17, 2006
Lawrence high school students don’t need to worry about the county’s top prosecutor going after their open lunch privileges.
KU back in California
Jayhawks set for three games in L.A.
February 17, 2006
Kansas University’s baseball squad is making another trip west, this time to the Public Storage Classic at USC’s Dedeaux Field for a three-game set.
Bill gives Wolf Creek license to kill terrorists
February 17, 2006
The House passed a bill giving security officers at the Wolf Creek nuclear power plant a license to kill if terrorists attack.
Newspaper supplement to resume publication
February 17, 2006
A Chinese newspaper supplement known for hard-hitting coverage of sensitive issues will resume publishing more than a month after being shut down, but its two top editors were fired, one of the editors said Thursday.
Errant pedestrians
February 17, 2006
To the editor:
Congressman questions NASA ‘openness’
February 17, 2006
Congressional leaders Thursday asked NASA to guarantee scientific openness at the agency following accusations that a public affairs officer changed or filtered information on global warming and the big bang.
Giving to colleges increases at modest clip
February 17, 2006
Donors gave an all-time record of at least $25.6 billion to American colleges and universities in 2005, an increase of 4.9 percent over the year before, thanks largely to greater generosity from alumni and foundations.
9-11 victim’s co-worker makes Moussaoui pool
February 17, 2006
A co-worker of a woman killed in one of the Sept. 11, 2001, jetliner crashes cleared a preliminary hurdle Thursday to sit on the jury that will decide whether confessed al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui is executed or spends the rest of his life in prison.
City has no unsolved homicides on record
February 17, 2006
It’s a streak that’s jeopardized every time there’s a homicide in the city limits: The Lawrence Police Department has no unsolved murders.
Government condemns Abu Ghraib torture
February 17, 2006
The Iraqi government Thursday condemned the past abuse of Iraqi prisoners shown in new pictures from the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, and a Web site said it had obtained more than 1,000 photos, videos and supporting documents from the U.S. Army investigation of the case.
Lawrence High School wins Scholars’ Bowl
February 17, 2006
Lawrence High School won the 6A state championship, and Free State High School won fourth place at the Kansas Scholars’ Bowl on Saturday, an annual test of academic knowledge for high school students.
Feds to reimburse states for Medicare D
February 17, 2006
Forty-four states and the District of Columbia will participate in a program designed to reimburse them for certain expenses incurred during the first weeks of the new Medicare drug benefit.
Parents of missing teen sue Dutch youth
February 17, 2006
The parents of an Alabama teen who disappeared last May in Aruba filed a wrongful death lawsuit Thursday against a Dutch youth questioned in the case.
Health officials hope to ease avian flu fears
February 17, 2006
Responding to fears of a second avian influenza outbreak this year, Iraqi health officials in the southern ancient city of Amara said Thursday that they had ordered hundreds of chickens to be slaughtered, cordoned off the city and begun disinfecting cars leaving the area.
Speeding tax
February 17, 2006
To the editor:
H&R Block faces another lawsuit
February 17, 2006
California Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer sued H&R Block Inc. this week, seeking to overhaul a widely used loan program that entitles the nation’s largest tax preparer to a chunk of its customers’ tax refunds.
Police search for gas station robber
February 17, 2006
Police are trying to find a man who robbed a gas station early Thursday in Ottawa.
New Justice Alito gets official court welcome
February 17, 2006
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito joined colleagues in the courtroom for the first time Thursday, just for show, before the real work begins on issues including abortion, presidential wartime powers and the environment.
Old Home Town- 100 years ago
February 17, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 17, 1906: “A Baldwin man is advertising for live skunks. He will pay 50 cents apiece for them and ask no questions as to how you got them. :
Warmer January sparks building pace
February 17, 2006
Construction of new homes and apartments, defying forecasts of a housing slowdown, shot up in January at the fastest pace in more than three decades.
Israel vows sanctions if Hamas gains power
February 17, 2006
Israel on Thursday said it would begin sealing the Gaza Strip after the Hamas-controlled Palestinian parliament is sworn in this weekend, stepping up the Israeli campaign to weaken the Islamic militant group.
Magazine includes professor’s research
February 17, 2006
The Greenland ice sheet is melting at more than double the rate it did a decade ago, according to researchers from Kansas University and NASA.
Mortgage rates rise to two-month high
February 17, 2006
Rates on 30-year mortgages edged up for a fourth straight week, rising to the highest level in two months, Freddie Mac reported Thursday.
Companies feel effects of Muslim boycotts
February 17, 2006
Consumer boycotts of Danish goods in Muslim countries in protest of the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad are costing Denmark’s companies millions, and have raised fears of irreparable damage to trade ties.
Wichita woman injured in accident
February 17, 2006
A 49-year-old Wichita woman was injured in a two-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon near the intersection of Ninth and Missouri streets.
Powerball jackpot jumps to record $365 million
February 17, 2006
The Powerball jackpot has reached a new high of $365 million - making it the largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history.
On the record
February 17, 2006
Emergency calls: 02-17-06
Four Baker students earn academic honor
February 17, 2006
Four Baker University students have been named NAIA Academic All-Americans for the fall semester.
Scout service
February 17, 2006
To the editor:
Lions’ Penny earns scholar-athlete award
February 17, 2006
Scott Penny, a Lawrence High linebacker-tight end, has been named to the 11-member Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Assn. scholar-athlete team.
Old Home Town- 40 years ago
February 17, 2006
Project 800 business people were working to prevent employees from parking in prime spots that should be reserved for downtown customers. Mid-block crosswalks in the downtown area had become a hot topic, with many merchants favoring them to avoid long walks by shoppers.
Poor tactics
February 17, 2006
To the editor:
South African choir wows Lied Center
February 17, 2006
South Africa’s Soweto Gospel Choir drew a large audience Wednesday evening to the Lied Center, with members singing and dancing their way through more than two dozen songs. Occasionally in English, but mostly in Zulu, Sotho and Xhosa, the lyrics needed no translation to convey the joy and the energy of this group.
Can China ties stabilize North Korea?
February 17, 2006
The visit last month of North Korea’s diminutive dictator Kim Jong Il to China is still making waves here in the South Korean capital.
White House seeks $65.3 billion for Iraq, Afghanistan war costs
February 17, 2006
U.S. military spending for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will rise to $115 billion for this year - and nearly $400 billion since the fighting started - under a new White House request submitted Thursday to Congress.
U.N. chief calls for closure of Guantanamo prison
U.S. rejects abuse allegations at detention facility
February 17, 2006
Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Thursday said the United States should close the prison at Guantanamo Bay for terror suspects as soon as possible, backing a key conclusion of a U.N.-appointed independent panel.
White House, GOP senators block wiretap probe
February 17, 2006
Senate Republicans blocked a proposed investigation of President Bush’s domestic spying operation Thursday as the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said he had reached an agreement with the White House to pursue legislation establishing clearer rules for the controversial program.
Court orders resentencing in Wittig bank loan case
February 17, 2006
A federal appeals court Thursday ordered former Westar Energy Inc. Chief Executive Officer David Wittig and a former bank president to be resentenced on charges of conspiring to cover up an illegal $1.5 million loan.
PR experts say Cheney case was all damage, no control
February 17, 2006
Damage-control experts in both political parties agree: The handling of Vice President Dick Cheney’s hunting mishap has been a disaster, a case study in how not to handle bad news.
Go Kinky’ finds humor in politics
February 17, 2006
What happens when an offbeat singer-songwriter-novelist runs for governor? “Go Kinky” (10 p.m., CMT) presents a whimsical documentary about singer Kinky Friedman’s quixotic quest for the Texas governor’s mansion.
Plushenko leaves little doubt
Russian wins men’s figure-skating gold in 27-point rout
February 17, 2006
Evgeni Plushenko was well into his Olympic victory lap, waving his flowers and wrapping himself in the Russian flag, before the silver and bronze medalists even climbed off the podium.
New spot treatment boosts stroke recovery
February 17, 2006
Like pouring Drano directly on a clog, doctors dramatically improved stroke survival by dripping a clot-dissolving drug right onto a blockage choking off the brain’s blood supply.
Sewer crisis putting people out of work, builder says
City says if it had foreseen problem developers would have been alerted earlier
February 17, 2006
The sewer crisis that has gripped the city the past five months is beginning to cost the construction industry real jobs, a Lawrence builder said Thursday.
Fan support hit-and-miss in Turin
February 17, 2006
Replicating the big crowds and carnival atmosphere of previous Winter Olympics never was going to be easy - especially in a country where soccer rules and snow and ice sports struggle for attention.
Youth served for Veritas
Eighth-grader hits decisive shot in Eagles’ victory
February 17, 2006
She had just had a career night, but Veritas Christian sophomore Kristie Tiegreen was left talking about her admiration for a teammate after Thursday’s 52-51 girls basketball victory over Hyman Brand.
Gasoline prices fall to $1.96
February 17, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.96 at Zarco 66, 1415 W. Sixth St. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Who’s laughing now?
With KU streaking, jovial Rush eager for Mizzou rematch
February 17, 2006
Kansas University freshman Brandon Rush, who can take a joke, was amused by signs held high by Missouri students before the KU-MU basketball game Jan. 16 in Mizzou Arena.
Lawmakers would keep protesters a football field away at funerals
February 17, 2006
The House passed a bill Thursday making it a crime for protesters at funerals to get any closer than a football field’s length away.
Grants to help state’s future in bioscience
Hospira to use funds for interns, recruitment of recent graduates
February 17, 2006
The state’s future as a center for bioscience research is here, in McPherson.
Beckett back early; Sosa talk of camp
February 17, 2006
Josh Beckett couldn’t wait for Boston’s first official workout of the season Sunday, so he started a few days early.
Author speaks out against death penalty
February 17, 2006
Scott Turow has struggled to develop his own philosophy about whether the death penalty is justifiable.
People in the news
February 17, 2006
Hillary joins stiff crowd at Tussauds’ wax museum
Hoodwinked’ twists fairy tale into whodunit
February 17, 2006
“Ah, the Wolf did it. Talk about profiling.”
Lawrence Datebook
February 17, 2006
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