Archive for Sunday, February 19, 2006

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History test
These black Americans have strong Kansas connections. Do you know who they are?
February 19, 2006
Call it history lost. For more than a century after the slave trade brought Africans to American shores, the records of their lives survived only as long as the last person who could remember their family’s stories.
Poet’s Showcase
February 19, 2006
“The Game,” by Cynthia Winn
What are you reading?
February 19, 2006
Caffeinated gum tested on troops
February 19, 2006
As if the possibility of getting killed in Iraq wasn’t enough to keep soldiers up at night, the Pentagon has begun issuing a caffeine-packed gum called “Stay Alert” to keep the troops from drooping.
People in the news
February 19, 2006
¢ Morale booster for troops ¢ Mardi Gras monarch ¢ Divorce proceedings ¢ Legend’s fab abs ¢ Braxton on comeback track
Mardi Gras parades draw small but appreciative crowd
February 19, 2006
The first of the major Mardi Gras parades with marching bands, brightly decorated floats and flying plastic beads rolled down New Orleans’ streets Saturday, greeted by small but celebratory crowds.
India, France confirm first cases of bird flu
February 19, 2006
India and France both confirmed their first outbreak of the deadly strain of bird flu among fowl, and on Sunday health officials and farm workers in western India began slaughtering a half-million birds to check the spread of the disease.
10 worst presidential mistakes are rated
February 19, 2006
U.S. presidents have been blamed for some egregious errors.
Brothers lead Baldwin wrestlers
February 19, 2006
It was a family affair that led Baldwin High to the team championship in Saturday’s Class 4A regional wrestling tournament at Eudora High.
At least one ticket wins Powerball prize
February 19, 2006
People with dreams of winning Saturday’s record $365 million Powerball lottery jackpot stood in lengthening lines to buy tickets that flew out of machines at dizzying speeds.
Rare photos capture jazz legends
February 19, 2006
The image captures a painful moment in history.
Militants attack oil outposts, seize nine foreign workers
February 19, 2006
Militants launched attacks across Nigeria’s troubled delta region Saturday, blowing up oil installations and seizing nine foreigners, including three Americans. The violence cut the West African nation’s crude oil exports by 20 percent.
K-State shuts down Roby, Colorado
February 19, 2006
Kansas State usually counts on Akeem Wright to defend the other team’s best scorer.
Hope of finding mudslide survivors fades
February 19, 2006
Hoping for a miracle, rescue workers in the Philippines continued searching for survivors today in an elementary school swamped by a landslide that buried this town and killed some 1,800 people.
KU women get road win
February 19, 2006
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team no longer is 0-for-the-road.
Woman in fatal SUV wreck acquitted of manslaughter
February 19, 2006
Jurors have acquitted a 21-year-old woman accused of driving drunk in the fatal wreck that killed her friend.
Company tries to block Arab port takeover
February 19, 2006
A company at the Port of Miami has sued to block the takeover of shipping operations there by a state-owned business in the United Arab Emirates. It is the first American courtroom effort to capsize a $6.8 billion sale already embroiled in a national debate over security risks at six major U.S. ports affected by the deal.
Lawrence commuter report
February 19, 2006
The following construction projects may affect commuter traffic in the region this week.
Faith briefs
February 19, 2006
SUVs beat hybrids on tax breaks
February 19, 2006
If you’re looking to help the environment, purchase a fuel-effecient hybrid vehicle, and you get a tax break too. But if you really want to save money, buy the largest gas-guzzling SUV and forget the planet.
Break in sprinkler line floods Corbin Hall
February 19, 2006
A frozen sprinkler line at Kansas University’s Corbin Hall burst Saturday, flooding the first three floors and damaging the dormitory’s ceilings and carpets.
Kansas brothers captured in New Mexico
February 19, 2006
Two Kansas brothers who dodged authorities for 15 years were arrested in southwestern New Mexico atop stockpiles of drugs, weapons and gunpowder.
Safety first
February 19, 2006
To the editor: I would like to thank the City Commission for making a good first step toward resolving our club-related crime problems.
Suicide bombers vow retaliation for strike
February 19, 2006
An Iranian group that claims its members are dedicated to becoming suicide bombers warned the United States and Britain on Saturday that they will strike coalition military bases in Iraq if Tehran’s nuclear facilities are attacked.
Explosion reported near U.S. Army camp
February 19, 2006
A powerful explosion in a karaoke bar near a Philippine army camp wounded at least 20 people Saturday on southern Jolo island, where American troops are staying for joint war exercises.
Big inning dooms KU baseball team
February 19, 2006
The University of San Diego broke open a tight game with a six-run sixth inning, eventually closing out a 17-6 victory over Kansas University at the Public Storage Classic.
Hydrant hazard
February 19, 2006
To the editor: This is in response to the Feb. 14 article “Mishaps hamper firefighting effort.”
Oak tree may be at least 6,000 years old
February 19, 2006
A large oak tree dug up last summer in a gravel pit could be 6,000 years old or more and might have been entombed by a glacier during the last ice age, scientists say.
Robinson NBA’s slam-dunk king
Knicks’ 5-foot-9 rookie best against bigger competition
February 19, 2006
NBA basketball is a big man’s game.
On the record
February 19, 2006
Kansas woman’s car found in Arkansas
February 19, 2006
The abandoned car of a missing Kansas woman has been found on Interstate 40 near Hazen, Ark., more than 230 miles from where she and the vehicle were last seen.
McDonald’s faces suits over labeling of fries
February 19, 2006
McDonald’s Corp. faces at least three lawsuits claiming the fast-food giant misled the public after it acknowledged last week its french fries contain milk and wheat ingredients.
Oklahoma still unbeaten
February 19, 2006
Ninth-ranked Oklahoma clinched the Big 12 Conference regular-season title and extended its winning streak to 11 games, beating No. 21 Texas A&M, 73-54, Saturday night. Courtney Paris had 15 points and 14 rebounds for OU (23-4, 13-0). Texas A&M (19-7, 8-5) lost its second straight.
Merit Scholarship finalists are named
February 19, 2006
Several area high school students have been named National Merit Scholarship Finalists.
No can do
February 19, 2006
To the editor: A letter in response to Bush’s “can-do” agenda: I believe that we need to first look at what he can’t do.
G-Force Athletics collects food for pantry
February 19, 2006
Parents and the owners of G-Force Athletics, 801 E. 23rd St., began a food drive and hosted a sock-hop dance for students Saturday night to benefit an area food pantry.
Free throws hurt HINU
February 19, 2006
Oklahoma Wesleyan sank 36 of 47 free throws, and Haskell Indian Nations University shot 10-for-15 from the charity stripe.
KU softball drops pair
February 19, 2006
BYU scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally for a 2-1 victory over the Kansas University softball team in the first of two games Saturday at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic.
French rejection helps reverse immigration
February 19, 2006
While French authorities tighten restrictions on Moroccan youths seeking work in France, Lahcen Daoudi encourages French elders to move here to work no more. A leader in Morocco’s growing Islamic political movement, Daoudi has glimpsed an important change on the horizon for international affairs.
Avoidance behavior
The desire to avoid a public vote isn’t a sound basis on which to make an important local tax decision.
February 19, 2006
Increasing the local sales tax may or may not be the best way to fund an initiative to protect open space and provide new industrial sites in Douglas County. But it’s a little insulting for officials to oppose that funding strategy primarily because it would require approval by county voters.
Analysis: Cheney’s tale riddled with discrepancies
February 19, 2006
Vice President Dick Cheney said he didn’t immediately disclose his hunting accident because he wanted the confusing details to come out right. Instead, authorized accounts came out slowly - and often still wrong.
FEMA needs to be independent agency
February 19, 2006
The secretary of Homeland Security faced withering questions last week about the conduct of his department in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. His appearance before a Senate committee was the culmination of testimony in which all pieces of the federal government got failing grades.
Body-snatching case invades transplant patients’ confidence
February 19, 2006
Every year more than 1 million Americans have medical procedures that use bone or other tissue from a cadaver - like disc replacements or dental implants.
Nigeria latest flashpoint in cartoon conflict
February 19, 2006
Nigerian Muslims protesting caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad attacked Christians and burned churches on Saturday, killing at least 15 people in the deadliest confrontation yet in the whirlwind of Muslim anger over the drawings.
Intensified development raises risk of catastrophic floods in U.S.
Kansas City, Mo., among cities at risk of disaster
February 19, 2006
Concentrated development in flood-prone parts of Missouri, California and other states has significantly raised the risk of New Orleans-style flooding as people snap up new homes even in areas recently deluged, researchers said Saturday.
Correction
February 19, 2006
A story in Saturday’s Journal-World about the play “Keep Your Eye on the Drinkin’ Gourd” at St. Luke AMC Church spelled Aishah Holm’s name incorrectly. Holm played the character Cora.
Hamas-led Palestinian parliament sworn in
February 19, 2006
A new parliament dominated by Hamas was sworn in Saturday, with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas asking the Islamic militant group to form the next government but imploring them to honor existing peace deals and take the path of negotiations.
Cold, blackout follow after fierce Northeast storms
February 19, 2006
More than a quarter-million homes and businesses still lacked power across the Northeast on Saturday as temperatures plummeted following a storm with hurricane-force wind gusts that was blamed for four deaths.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
February 19, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.10 at several locations in Lawrence. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Free State swimmers set relay record
February 19, 2006
The Free State High boys swimming team didn’t come home from this weekend’s state championship swim meet with any medals, but you never would have realized that based on the reaction of Firebirds coach Annette McDonald.
Journal-World honored for special coverage of Lawrence’s growth
February 19, 2006
The Lawrence Journal-World has won the American Planning Assn.’s 46th annual Journalism Award Competition in its circulation class for “Mapping the Future,” a special section published in December examining Lawrence’s growth opportunities.
Visitors laud city’s development options
Lawrence chamber offers tour of area’s business opportunities
February 19, 2006
The head of a prominent Austin, Texas, technology business said Lawrence appeared similar to the way Austin did 15 years ago: a blossoming town ready for high-tech business development.
Keegan: Jayhawks conceited? Not yet
February 19, 2006
The Julian Wright highlight reel expanded yet again with a lot of this and a lot more of that during Kansas University’s 79-46 bludgeoning over what is left of Missouri’s basketball program Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse.
Reunion to bring World War II Rangers to Lawrence
February 19, 2006
Sixty-two years ago, with World War II still under way and Allied forces pinned down on Anzio Beachhead, a terse Associated Press story, datelined Naples, Italy, March 8, appeared in newspapers: “A grim secret kept locked in the hearts of allied troops in Italy for over a month now has been placed in the record of heroic but hopeless ‘last stands.’”
Evangelist’s words provoke wrath of fellow conservatives
February 19, 2006
Fellow conservative religious leaders have expressed concern and even open criticism over Pat Robertson’s habit of shooting from the hip on his daily religious news-and-talk television program, “The 700 Club.”
Army creativity gets new focus
Class teaches critical thinking
February 19, 2006
In a classroom full of war-hardened men wearing camouflage, crew cuts and dubious expressions, the lesson Tony Baker was trying to teach last Tuesday, he admitted, seemed pretty “squishy.”
Fort steeped in military history
February 19, 2006
Fort Leavenworth was established on the banks of the Missouri River in 1827, the last major point of contact for settlers moving west. It is the oldest continually active Army post west of the Mississippi River.
Boone, UConn roll
Huskies outmuscle No. 11 Mountaineers
February 19, 2006
Josh Boone scored 18, and No. 1 Connecticut dominated inside for an 81-75 victory over No. 11 West Virginia on Saturday, the Mountaineers’ third loss in four games.
General develops ‘softer’ strategy
February 19, 2006
After he led the 101st Airborne Division into Iraq’s Al-Anbar province in spring 2003, Lt. Gen. David Petraeus found himself facing a chal1enge that couldn’t be fixed with guns or artillery.
Preservation efforts give old cemeteries new life
February 19, 2006
Dean Sage stopped his truck in front of a grove of trees after a bumpy ride on a dirt road a mile west of Perry, looking for history.
Kellerman grabs gold
LHS wins regional title, qualifies 10 for state
February 19, 2006
Nolan Kellerman will have plenty of company at this year’s Class 6A state wrestling tournament.
Lousy end to lousy week
Tigers ‘terrible’ in loss to Border War rivals
February 19, 2006
A disastrous and almost embarrassing week for Missouri University basketball ended : well, pretty fittingly.
Ex-Jayhawks in house
NBA’s Simien, Hinrich take in rout
February 19, 2006
Miami Heat rookie Wayne Simien wore his old Kansas University letter jacket Saturday afternoon to Allen Fieldhouse.
Royals welcome pitchers, catchers
February 19, 2006
Many were called, but few will be chosen.
They’re grrrrreat!
Jayhawks ‘kick ‘em in the teeth,’ avenge setback
February 19, 2006
Mario Chalmers concocted an effective rallying cry while getting his hair clipped with three of his Kansas University basketball teammates Friday night at Watson’s Barbershop.
Review: ‘The Magic Flute’ a whimsical blend of color, dance
February 19, 2006
Imagine reading a lusty, laugh-out-loud love story while looking through a spinning kaleidoscope, and you just might get a sense of the startling mix of color and creativity at play in Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s rendition of “The Magic Flute.”
Horoscopes
February 19, 2006
For Sunday, Feb. 12
Employers charging smokers more for health insurance
Companies seek to curb rising costs
February 19, 2006
Smokers squeezed by soaring cigarette costs and workplace smoking bans are increasingly being hit with another cost increase - this time for health insurance.
Rocket lifts off with multipurpose satellite
February 19, 2006
A Japanese H-2A rocket successfully took off from its launch pad Saturday carrying a 4.6-ton weather and navigation satellite. The launch from the island of Tanegashima was the ninth of an H-2A, a two-stage launch vehicle.
U.S. confirms 10 killed in helicopter crash
February 19, 2006
Ten U.S. service members died when a pair of Marine Corps helicopters from a unit based in North Carolina crashed off the coast of Africa, U.S. military officials confirmed Sunday.
Kansas City signs Brown to minor-league contract
February 19, 2006
Kansas City re-signed outfielder Dee Brown to a minor-league contract Saturday.
Presidents Day honors power, not accomplishment
February 19, 2006
Shout it from the rooftops: Monday is not Presidents Day. It’s Washington’s Birthday.
Lawrence, Topeka rivalry heats up
February 19, 2006
The Lawrence-Topeka rivalry can span business, high school sports and many facets between the two cities about 25 miles apart.
Notebook
February 19, 2006
An alumni basketball game could have been contested after Kansas University’s 33-point rout of Missouri on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse.
Another huge rally lifts Sooners
February 19, 2006
The Oklahoma Sooners are making it a yearly habit to pull off amazing comeback victories.
Best sellers
February 19, 2006
The Motley Fool
February 19, 2006
¢ The ABCs of EPS ¢ Price and Quality ¢ Profits Perking Up ¢ Foolish trivia ¢ IGT on a Winning Streak
KU tennis team nets victory
February 19, 2006
The Kansas University tennis team extended its winning streak to four matches Saturday with a 4-3 victory over No. 74 Louisville.
10 U.S. troops found after helicopter crash
Reports don’t indicate whether soldiers recovered alive or dead
February 19, 2006
Rescue crews called off operations Saturday after the U.S. military said it has accounted for 10 American troops who went missing after two transport helicopters crashed into the sea but declined to reveal their fate until family members were notified.
Coalition organizes against prime minister
February 19, 2006
A handful of Iraqi political parties have met in recent days to discuss a government that would unite the country’s disparate ethnic and sectarian groups, a step that could result in an attempt to defeat the ruling Shiite coalition’s nominee for prime minister.
Energy initiatives focus of administration swing
February 19, 2006
Record-high gasoline prices have dropped, yet there are fears another surge is around the corner. Larger heating bills this winter are still socking it to American wallets.
American Davis makes Olympic history
Speedskater first black to snare winter gold
February 19, 2006
Say what you want about Shani Davis. Call him a trailblazer. Accuse him of selfishness. Snicker at him for being a momma’s boy.
Recovery from Katrina remains daunting
Lawrence resident says public may not understand scope
February 19, 2006
Almost six months have passed since Hurricane Katrina pounded the Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana coasts.
Challenges ahead for Habitat endeavor
Groundbreaking on largest project set for Monday
February 19, 2006
Breaking ground on Lawrence’s largest Habitat for Humanity project won’t be the difficult part.
There’s mysteries of life I still don’t understand
February 19, 2006
I thought by the time my kids gave me grandchildren I would understand all of life’s mysteries.
Lawrence datebook
February 19, 2006
Slovakia edges U.S. hockey
February 19, 2006
Short-handed and down by a goal in the third period, the U.S. had one shot ring off the crossbar and another thump off the goaltender’s stick.
Faces and places
February 19, 2006
Budget buries effect of federal tax cuts
February 19, 2006
Back when the late John Mitchell was attorney general in the Nixon administration, he advised reporters, “Watch what we do, not what we say.”