Archive for Thursday, February 23, 2006

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Topeka man charged with premeditated murder
February 23, 2006
A Topeka man arrested in connection with a fatal shooting outside the Granada Theatre in downtown Lawrence now faces a charge of premeditated first degree murder. Eighteen-year-old Topeka resident, Rashawn Anderson, made his first appearance in Douglas County district court Thursday afternoon.
School plan gets mixed reviews
February 23, 2006
TOPEKA - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today threw her support behind a three-year, $500 million school funding plan.
KU student finalist for ‘Sexiest Vegetarian Alive’
February 23, 2006
Kansas University student Ricky House, 19, is a finalist for the “Sexiest Vegetarian Alive” contest organized by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Kansas Geological Survey director announced
February 23, 2006
William Harrison, interim state geologist and interim director of the Kansas Geological Survey at Kansas University, has been named to the positions on a permanent basis.
Officials warn stolen measuring device could be dangerous
Small amount of radioactive material could pose hazard
11:34 a.m., February 23, 2006 Updated 04:39 p.m.
A measuring device taken in a recent farm burglary contains a small amount of radioactive material and could injure someone if exposed to it for a long period of time, Jefferson County Sheriff’s officers and state officials said.
Committee reviewing House school finance plan
Governor sees ‘progress,’ but some critics skeptical of multiyear plan
February 23, 2006
House leaders are pushing a $500 million school funding increase over three years, targeting at-risk students while holding school districts more accountable on student achievement.
KU employee struck by car on campus
10:49 a.m., February 23, 2006 Updated 03:05 p.m.
A Kansas University employee was flown by air ambulance to the hospital this morning after being struck by a car while walking in a crosswalk.
Police chief: Downtown shooting not gang-related
Investigation continues, 18-year-old Topeka man arrested
February 23, 2006
The shooting earlier this month outside the Granada was not gang-related, but the exact motive isn’t yet clear despite the arrest of an 18-year-old Topeka man, Lawrence Police Chief Ron Olin said this morning.
Another afternoon in the 50s ahead
Temperatures headed into 60s on Friday
07:46 a.m., February 23, 2006 Updated 12:16 p.m.
Lawrence’s temperatures take a wild swing today - from below-average teens this morning to above-average 50s this afternoon.
KU ensembles picked for performance
February 23, 2006
Each year, scores of public school, college and university ensembles from across Kansas submit audition recordings to the Kansas Music Educators Assn. in order to be selected to perform at the annual In-Service Convention, planned this month in Wichita.
On the record
February 23, 2006
Lawrence datebook
February 23, 2006
Panel: Female candidates need cash, plan
First Woman President’ lecture focuses on financial roadblocks
February 23, 2006
A panel at the Dole Institute of Politics said Wednesday that for a woman to ever win a U.S. presidential election, she’ll need two things: money, and a plan.
Woods rolls in Match Play opener
Tiger takes first nine holes, wins 9 and 8 over Ames
February 23, 2006
Arms crossed, staring into the soul of his opponent, Tiger Woods looked as though he was wrapped up in one of those nerve-racking moments that define the Match Play Championship.
Crime-targeting bills advance in House, Senate
Measure would require DNA sample for all suspects arrested or charged with felonies
February 23, 2006
Everyone arrested or charged with a felony must submit DNA samples to investigators under a bill gaining first-round approval in the House.
Quake shakes African nation
February 23, 2006
A powerful earthquake struck Mozambique early this morning, shaking buildings and forcing people from hundreds of miles around to dash into the streets for safety. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
Bush learned of port deal after OK
February 23, 2006
Faced with an unprecedented Republican revolt over national security, the White House on Wednesday disclosed that President Bush was unaware of a Middle Eastern company’s planned takeover of operations at six U.S. seaports until recent days and promised to more fully brief members of Congress on the pending deal.
Scrap metal thieves targeting utilities
February 23, 2006
Record-high market prices for scrap metal have contributed to a rash of burglaries and vandalism at electric companies, leading two local utilities to offer a cash reward for information leading to arrests and convictions.
Sunflower farmers eye link to AIDS medicine
February 23, 2006
Sunflower farmers say a German study looking into possible links between the plant and AIDS medicine may grab headlines, but they think it’s too early to increase production of the crop.
Authorities identify some immigrants involved in crash
February 23, 2006
One man remained in critical condition Wednesday, a day after a pickup truck carrying 19 illegal immigrants crashed in southwest Kansas, killing three people and injuring 16.
Priority item
Lawrence can’t afford to do it all. We need to set some priorities.
February 23, 2006
The lone city commissioner who voted against a major package of park improvements in Lawrence was making a point that his fellow commissioners should heed.
Young sets board mark, Baylor rolls
February 23, 2006
Sophia Young had 20 points and grabbed two rebounds to become the Big 12 Conference’s career rebounding leader in No. 10 Baylor’s 86-40 victory over Colorado on Wednesday night.
New Yorker hospitalized with anthrax
February 23, 2006
A New York City drum maker has been hospitalized with a case of inhaled anthrax that officials say he may have contracted from the raw animal hides that he imports from Africa.
8 meatpackers claim Powerball
February 23, 2006
Eight workers at a Nebraska meatpacking plant are really bringing home the bacon now: They stepped forward Wednesday to claim the biggest lottery jackpot in U.S. history - $365 million.
Democrats seek to increase voting among unmarried women
February 23, 2006
If unmarried women turned out in force for elections, they could shape the results. But they don’t.
Armed robbers steal $43.5 million from bank
February 23, 2006
A gang of armed robbers impersonating police officers tied up employees at a southern England security company and stole the equivalent of $43.5 million, the Bank of England said Wednesday in disclosing one of the largest bank heists in British history.
Judge approves Enron deals
Three banks agree to pay $5.8 billion in settlements
February 23, 2006
Down the hall from the fraud and conspiracy trial of Enron Corp. founder Kenneth Lay and former Chief Executive Jeffrey Skilling, a federal judge gave initial approval Wednesday for three more banks to pay $5.8 billion to settle civil claims that they helped the company manipulate earnings.
Port concerns
February 23, 2006
To the editor: Many Americans are troubled by President Bush’s refusal to block the sale of six major U.S. ports that will result in turning over commercial operations at those ports to a private company in the United Arab Emirates, a Persian Gulf country with known ties to terrorists.
KU women fall to Tech
February 23, 2006
LaToya Davis scored 21 points on near-perfect shooting to lead Texas Tech past Kansas, 62-50, in Big 12 Conference women’s basketball Wednesday night.
Rescuers get closer to site of Mexican mine disaster
February 23, 2006
More than three days of backbreaking labor brought rescuers close to the site where two of 65 trapped coal miners are believed to be located, a federal official said Wednesday.
Police catch suspects in murders
Third body found
February 23, 2006
A drugstore sales receipt for duct tape led police to two suspects in a double-killing and the discovery of a third body in the pickup truck they had been driving, authorities said Wednesday.
Bills to name highways after Snyder, veterans advance in House
February 23, 2006
Fourteen miles of Kansas Highway 177 and U.S. Highway 24 in Riley County would be named for former Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder under a bill approved Wednesday by the House.
Funding main hurdle for all-day kindergarten
February 23, 2006
The Lawrence school district could have a full-day kindergarten program in place by fall, Supt. Randy Weseman said Wednesday.
Panel recommends flu shots for kids
February 23, 2006
Children ages 2 to 5 should get flu shots, an advisory panel said Wednesday, widening the group of Americans urged to seek protection from a virus that kills thousands in this country each year.
Get the shears
What an East Lawrence property owner needs is a helpful neighbor with a pair of pruners.
February 23, 2006
What does it take to get a bush trimmed?
Pope Benedict names first batch of cardinals
February 23, 2006
Pope Benedict XVI named his first batch of cardinals Wednesday, sending a strong political messages with nominations in Hong Kong and Venezuela and promoting two Americans with experience in the church sex abuse scandal.
Teen girl convicted in killing of schoolmate
February 23, 2006
A teenage girl was convicted Wednesday in the killing of a 16-year-old classmate who was choked, beaten and sawed into pieces after an argument over boys.
Rain, idle drill frustrate search for survivors
February 23, 2006
It was another day of frustration Wednesday with no sign of survivors as rescue workers tried to find an elementary school buried by a landslide under 100 feet of mud. Heavy rain forced troops to call off work, and a two-ton drill brought in by U.S. Marines sat idle with its braces missing.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
February 23, 2006
Highlights of Wednesday’s activities at the Kansas Legislature.
At least 93 killed in continuing violence
February 23, 2006
Bodies littered the streets of the southern Nigerian city of Onitsha on Wednesday as the death toll from days of Christian-Muslim violence across this volatile West African nation rose to at least 93.
Lawrence plant’s limbo adds to loss
February 23, 2006
Serologicals Corp., a supplier of antibodies to drug developers, said on Wednesday it swung to a fourth-quarter loss as hefty charges dragged down results.
President-elect: Ousted leader allowed to return
February 23, 2006
Haiti’s president-elect said Wednesday that the nations’ constitution permits the return of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, but Rene Preval declined to say whether he would welcome home his exiled former mentor.
Baby formula recalled after metal pieces found
February 23, 2006
Mead Johnson and Co. is recalling about 41,500 cans of its Gentlease powdered infant formula because they may contain small metal particles.
Three plead not guilty in homeless beatings case
February 23, 2006
Three teenagers accused in a series of brutal beatings that killed a homeless man and seriously injured two others the same night pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of murder and attempted murder.
Greenies’ maker to adjust labels
February 23, 2006
The maker of Greenies, the country’s best-selling dog treat, said Wednesday it would change its packaging in response to complaints from some pet owners and veterinarians that the treat could pose a health hazard to some dogs.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
February 23, 2006
Douglas County officials declared that a Lawrence man choked his wife and then set the house fire that killed them both this past month. Dist. Atty. Mike Malone said an arson squad investigation showed that Audrey Pope, 56, was choked with a piece of rope until she was unconscious and then died of smoke inhalation from a fire set by her husband, Earl Pope, 56. After choking his wife in a bedroom, Pope apparently set kerosene fires in two rooms of the frame house at 1608 E. 15th St., investigators said.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
February 23, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 23, 1906: “Dean Skilton of the KU school of fine arts announced that the committee on university songs will give three prizes for the words of representative university songs to be submitted by April 1. : After the Democratic banquet in Topeka last night a definite movement was started to secure for J.W. Green, dean of the university law school, the Democratic nomination for governor. A plan is being formulated with that goal in mind.”
Commoditites
February 23, 2006
Newspaper reprints prophet drawings
February 23, 2006
A small independent newspaper in Belarus has reprinted the cartoons of Prophet Muhammad that set off violent riots across the Muslim world, an editor said Wednesday. The government condemned the publication and said it was not in line with its policy.
Sharon has surgery to remove fluid in stomach
February 23, 2006
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon underwent a minor procedure Wednesday to remove fluid from his stomach after a scan uncovered the problem, Hadassah Hospital said in a statement.
Market’s roof collapses, killing at least 12 people
February 23, 2006
The roof over a Moscow market collapsed early today, killing at least 12 people and trapping an unknown number of people under the wreckage, a duty officer at Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry said.
Senate to consider tenants’ rights bill
February 23, 2006
A measure that would increase the rights of renters is before the full Senate.
Former Food 4 Less store still available
February 23, 2006
A group that recently announced plans to convert four Food 4 Less locations in Topeka into Price Chopper stores has no plans for a similar move in Lawrence.
A responsible choice for SLT
February 23, 2006
According to a report in the Jan. 15 Journal-World, it seems that at long last there is a realization within the City Commission that the east leg of the South Lawrence Trafficway must be completed soon to meet Lawrence’s ever-growing traffic needs. However, I think the mayor’s comment that we have the foundation for a consensus that we never had before is wishful thinking. In recent discussions with people with a wide range of backgrounds, I found they want the SLT completed, they care where it should be routed, and they do not want costs to escalate further.
Dangerous spot
February 23, 2006
To the editor: I live in Avalon Apartments just off Ninth Street.
County OKs revision to Horizon 2020
February 23, 2006
During a quick Wednesday night meeting, the Douglas County Commission gave its approval to a revised chapter on transportation issues in Horizon 2020, the city-county planning document.
KU tied for third at Big 12 swimming
February 23, 2006
Kansas University’s swimming and diving team was in third place after Wednesday’s opening day at the Big 12 Conference Championships.
Capitalism overrides other American values
February 23, 2006
We’re selling our harbors to an Arab government. Our biggest Internet companies are complicit in the Chinese government’s censorship of information and suppression of dissidents. Welcome to American capitalism in the age of globalization.
Daily ticker
February 23, 2006
House rewrites abortion regulation bill
Members amend legislation to add inspections at other medical clinics
February 23, 2006
House members rewrote a bill Wednesday regulating abortion clinics so that it would apply to dozens of other clinics and doctors’ offices, handing the state’s largest anti-abortion group a major defeat.
Weather offers clues about potential insect woes
February 23, 2006
With a record $365 million lottery jackpot going to a lucky winner, it only took a dollar and the correct guess of a few random numbers to win. In the landscape, many gardeners apply this same philosophy to predict the pest problems that we will encounter this year. And most of the time their dollar bet is based on the type of winter we had.
School funding plan offers $500 million over 3 years
February 23, 2006
House leaders are proposing a $500 million school funding increase over three years, targeting at-risk students while holding school districts more accountable on student achievement, according to documents obtained Wednesday night by The Associated Press.
Collapsed pipe plugs up roadway
Crews work to repair growing problem at Eighth, Kentucky
February 23, 2006
It all started with a hole the size of a coffee cup. Now, up to $75,000 and more than a week later, a downtown stretch of Kentucky Street - one of the city’s main northbound roadways - is likely to remain closed for a few more days until a broken sewer pipe can be repaired.
People in the news
February 23, 2006
¢ Cindy Sheehan, musicians plan Iraq protest concert ¢ Concert shows James Brown has no plans of slowing down ¢ Newspaper: Public interest drove publication of diary ¢ Actor Morgan Freeman to be honored with UCLA award ¢ Prince announces concert with Tamar in Minneapolis
Compromise telecommunications bill sails to Senate passage
February 23, 2006
A compromise bill designed to lessen state regulation of local telephone service while still protecting poor neighborhoods and some consumers from price increases won Senate approval Wednesday.
FCC sticks to indecency sanctions
$550,000 fine stems from breast exposure at 2004 Super Bowl
February 23, 2006
Federal regulators will stick by their decision to slap CBS with a $550,000 fine for the Janet Jackson flash at the 2004 Super Bowl.
Late turnover dooms Gators against Vols
February 23, 2006
Tennessee’s Major Wingate stood in front of Corey Brewer, his 6-foot-10 frame and long arms making an inbounds pass very difficult. Maybe even impossible.
Colleague remembers ‘exemplary’ soldier
Lawrence-based company mourns National Guardsman killed in Iraq
February 23, 2006
Spc. Jessie Davila was a consummate soldier who was a strong believer in military service, a Lawrence National Guardsman who knew him said.
NBC hopes to sweep all networks
February 23, 2006
With only four days left in the XX Winter Olympic Games (7 p.m., NBC) and with February sweeps coming to an end, tonight marks one of the year’s most competitive evenings of television.
Building success
Mangino’s plans for ‘signature’ football complex will help Jayhawks stack up in facility-rich league
February 23, 2006
The key word may be commitment - a feeling that Kansas University football is taken seriously at a school so renowned for its basketball tradition.
Dog worker saw trouble before Lansing escape
February 23, 2006
A worker in the Safe Harbor Prison Dog program said she warned Toby Young - her friend and boss - against getting too close to Lansing prison inmate John Manard.
Spring enrollment steady at Mount Oread
KU Medical Center programs boost head count
February 23, 2006
As Kansas University’s spring enrollment creeps up, growth on the Lawrence campus is flat, according to figures released Wednesday.
McElhaney: Opening rock quarry could help county control costs
February 23, 2006
Douglas County Commissioner Jere McElhaney said it might be time for the county to think about opening its own rock quarry.
City library construction could cost $30M or more
February 23, 2006
City commissioners confirmed Wednesday it could cost at least $30 million to build the type of library they think the community deserves.
Texas barely gets by Kansas State
February 23, 2006
Kenton Paulino never did find his touch from the field - not that anyone is likely to remember after the free-throw-shooting clinic he put on.
U.S. hockey falls flat
On anniversary of ‘Miracle,’ Americans eliminated
February 23, 2006
First they passed the puck like children flailing at a foosball table. Then they passed the buck, with forward Mike Modano blaming USA Hockey’s leadership for the catastrophe at the 2006 Winter Olympics.
Keegan: Dickie V, Fraschilla impressed
February 23, 2006
Fran Fraschilla had just arrived in Manhattan to analyze Wednesday night’s ESPN telecast of the Kansas State-Texas game when he returned the phone call.
Now, pressure really on for Cohen
U.S. figure-skating standout leads pack, but skips practice during off day
February 23, 2006
All the Olympic medal contenders in women’s figure skating practiced Wednesday. All except Sasha Cohen, who leads the pack going for gold.
Birthday cards may have sparked blaze
February 23, 2006
A former foster child charged with setting a deadly apartment fire told police that on the night of the fire he was angry about receiving a box full of birthday cards and photographs from his parents.
Gloves go for Olympic gold
Makers using durable materials, batteries to help warm hands
February 23, 2006
The tops of my bare hands were starting to sting. But I kept chopping, ignoring the blustery north wind and 5-degree temperature.
Hinrich sparks Bulls’ victory
Ex-Jayhawk helps Chicago rally past Milwaukee
February 23, 2006
Kirk Hinrich sparked the Bulls on both ends of the floor.
Ohno moves on in his quickest event
February 23, 2006
Apolo Anton Ohno had a short night at the short track. It was good enough to give him a shot at another medal.
Self savoring time with young Jayhawks
February 23, 2006
Coaches sometimes dread heading to practice during the dog days of February.
Horoscopes
February 23, 2006
For Thursday, Feb. 23
Finding balance in the garden
Using color and elements, feng shui infuses spaces with positive energy flow
February 23, 2006
Life can be chaotic, but there are ways to make your personal space a tranquil oasis amid the bedlam of everyday existence.
Election results keep U.S. mired in Iraq
February 23, 2006
Once again, the Bush administration has been unpleasantly surprised by the results of Mideast elections - this time in Iraq.
Company working to stop spread of hole
February 23, 2006
City officials are spending $100,000 to help make sure that a sinkhole at the edge of downtown doesn’t end up swallowing more pavement.
Local rockers resurrect ‘Superstar’
February 23, 2006
When putting together a list of the greatest rock records, The Beatles’ “White Album” always ranks high.
Our town sports
February 23, 2006
Police arrest shooting suspect
Topeka teen charged with first-degree murder for downtown slaying
February 23, 2006
Lawrence Police detectives arrested an 18-year-old Topeka man Wednesday night in connection with a Feb. 5 after-hours shooting outside a downtown nightclub.
Insurgents destroy dome of famed Shiite mosque
19 killed in sectarian violence that followed
February 23, 2006
Insurgents posing as police destroyed the golden dome of one of Iraq’s holiest Shiite shrines Wednesday, setting off an unprecedented spasm of sectarian violence. Angry crowds thronged the streets, militiamen attacked Sunni mosques and at least 19 people were killed.
Flowers in paperweight reflect mastery of glass
February 23, 2006
Flowers always have been used as decoration on glass and ceramics. Sometimes the flowers are botanically correct and can be identified by collectors. Sometimes the flowers are imaginary. Early flower prints of large bouquets included flowers that could never have blossomed at the same time, although they were pictured together. Paperweight artists have been making weights with enclosed glass flowers since the 19th century.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
February 23, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.10 at several locations throughout Lawrence. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Bonds arrives, says 2007 uncertain
February 23, 2006
Barry Bonds arrived at spring training Wednesday, said he might not decide until next winter whether to play in 2007 and made it clear he wanted to remain with the San Francisco Giants if he did extend his career.
Vehicle’s interior matters in resale
February 23, 2006
Are you a dashboard diner? By that I mean: Do you frequently eat in your car?