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Convict, dog trainer captured after escape from Kansas prison
February 24, 2006
A prison volunteer and a convicted murderer were caught Friday night in Tennessee, Kansas prison officials said.
Police investigating home-invasion robbery
One man armed with a gun, another with baseball bat
February 24, 2006
Lawrence Police are on the scene this afternoon of a reported home-invasion robbery in the 2500 block of Redbud Lane at Sunflower apartments.
New turnpike interchange to be built near Tonganoxie
New exit result of 2005 ballot issue approved by Leavenworth County voters
February 24, 2006
The Kansas Turnpike Authority announced today it would build a new turnpike exit near Tonganoxie, about 10 miles east of Lawrence. The new interchange, which will be built at Milepost 212 on the turnpike, is in response to a ballot issue approved last year by Leavenworth County voters.
House Speaker blasts school finance attorney
Tells newspaper that attorney critical of new plan can ‘shove it up his ass’
February 24, 2006
Topeka House Speaker Doug Mays today said he won’t apologize for remarks he made about Alan Rupe, the lead attorney for schools that have successfully sued the state over school finance.
Warm and windy this afternoon
Temperatures climbing into 60s, gusts up to 37 mph
08:31 a.m., February 24, 2006 Updated 12:08 p.m.
Hold on to your hat this afternoon - Lawrence was getting some wind gusts as high as 37 mph at noon. “We’ll be warm and windy today,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “South winds will pick up rather strong today, with those temperatures soaring into the mid 60s.”
Inmate: Yates told her to fake mental illness
February 24, 2006
Andrea Yates once advised a fellow inmate that she could escape prosecution by pretending to be mentally ill and persuading a psychiatrist she suffered from serious disorders, according to court documents filed Thursday by prosecutors.
Committee to reconsider immigrant tuition bill
February 24, 2006
Members of a Kansas legislative committee will have an unusual opportunity Wednesday to recast their votes on a bill that would kill a law giving some undocumented immigrants a break on tuition at state universities and colleges.
House approves clinic bill by one vote
Senate increases requirements for abortion providers
February 24, 2006
A bill regulating dozens of medical clinics instead of just abortion providers slipped through the House on Thursday, while a proposal to increase reporting by those providers to the state won Senate approval.
Dodgers’ Gagne back on mound
February 24, 2006
Los Angeles Dodgers closer Eric Gagne faced hitters Thursday for the first time since undergoing elbow surgery last June and was pleased with the results.
Horoscopes
February 24, 2006
For Friday, Feb. 24
Roberts says U.S. must complete its mission against terror in Iraq
February 24, 2006
Amid growing sectarian violence in Iraq, U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts on Thursday warned against weakening American resolve in the war on terror.
Hawkins optimistic in wake of incident
February 24, 2006
Kansas University senior guard Jeff Hawkins was eager to get back on the Horejsi Center practice court Thursday - his one-game suspension history.
Woodling: Scouts high on Kaun
February 24, 2006
Notes and quotes while wondering if Sasha Kaun is how you say Sasha Cohen in Russian :
There is nothing timid about savage ‘Running Scared’
February 24, 2006
Two summers ago I was having dinner with some film critics and industry types in New York when our table was joined by a jovial character actor named Jim Tooey.
Moscow market collapse kills at least 56 people
February 24, 2006
Rescuers paused repeatedly in hopes of hearing survivors trapped under concrete and metal beams Thursday after a snow-laden roof collapsed on one of Moscow’s biggest markets, killing at least 56 people.
Wal-Mart plans to improve benefits
Retailer’s critics call health care proposal ‘nothing more than a facade’
February 24, 2006
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., under attack for its health care coverage for its employees, plans improvements that would include expanding the availability of its lowest cost plan and shortening the waiting periods to enroll part-time workers and their children.
American bags bronze in snowboarding event
February 24, 2006
As they so often do in this Swiss-dominated era of parallel giant slalom, clanging cowbells announced the winner.
People in the news
February 24, 2006
Redford: ‘Fever’ surrounds Sundance Film Festival
Woods works much harder
Tiger advances at Match Play Championship
February 24, 2006
Tiger Woods went from a breeze to a wheeze in the Match Play Championship, not taking the lead until the 10th hole and having to make a 7-foot birdie on the 18th to get past Robert Allenby on Thursday.
Informed decisions
February 24, 2006
To the editor:
MacDougal back closing for Royals
February 24, 2006
Mike MacDougal retired the final four Oakland batters, striking out two and getting two ground ball outs, to preserve a 2-1 win for Kansas City on Aug. 20.
Hurricane work leads to award
February 24, 2006
Truman “Bud” Waugh was so busy trying to figure out who would be Lawrence’s adult volunteer of the year Thursday that he was shocked when his name was announced.
On the record
February 24, 2006
Law enforcement report
Law looks to remain perfect in rivalry
February 24, 2006
An otherwise rough rookie season has included one memorable highlight for Chuck Law.
Tongue in cheek proposal seeks to ban GOP adoption
February 24, 2006
If an Ohio lawmaker’s proposal becomes state law, Republicans would be barred from being adoptive parents.
Bill on unattended children passes
February 24, 2006
Overcoming criticism that it was well-intentioned but misguided, a bill permitting law enforcement officers to ticket motorists who leave young children alone in cars won Senate approval Thursday.
Comparing Steves
February 24, 2006
To the editor:
Two suspects arrested in bank heist
February 24, 2006
One of Britain’s biggest and most audacious robberies was executed with military-style precision: One gang abducted the cash depot manager’s family while another tied up guards and made off with up to $87 million.
Official to challenge conservative on ed board
February 24, 2006
The president of the McPherson school board will seek a seat on the State Board of Education held by a member of the conservative majority that controls it.
KU Football notebook
February 24, 2006
Make no mistake - this is an important time of year for Kansas University football.
Veritas squads fall to consolation bracket
February 24, 2006
A lead at halftime didn’t fool Veritas Christian boys basketball coach Doug Bennett.
KU softball once again packing for road
February 24, 2006
Kansas University’s softball team will continue its month-long road stint this weekend at the Palm Springs, Calif., Classic.
Guard play will likely decide girls showdown
February 24, 2006
The Lions did it before. Can the Lawrence High’s girls basketball team do it again?
Lawrence Datebook
February 24, 2006
Today: 02-24-06
Militants release photos of kidnapped oil workers
February 24, 2006
Militants released photos of what they claimed were seven of nine foreigners kidnapped in Nigeria and threatened more attacks on the West African country’s volatile oil industry and its workers.
Student shot at school; suspect captured
February 24, 2006
A teenager shot and wounded another student at school Thursday, then fled to a restaurant, where he put the gun to his head before surrendering, police said.
Emergency declared amid report of coup plot
February 24, 2006
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared a state of emergency today as she struggled against a reported coup plot and a possible repeat of the protests that ousted two of her predecessors.
Costs drain profits at H&R Block
February 24, 2006
The costs of settling a number of class-action lawsuits and slower-than-expected business in its tax and mortgage arms caused H&R Block Inc.’s third-quarter profits to drop 68 percent and forced the company to lower annual revenue estimates, the nation’s largest tax preparer said Thursday.
Wittig resentencing scheduled for April
February 24, 2006
A federal judge has scheduled resentencing for former Westar Energy Inc. Chief Executive David Wittig and an ex-bank president for April 24.
City removes bushes near fatality site
February 24, 2006
Overgrown honeysuckle bushes at the corner of Harper Street and East 25th Terrace have been removed by city workers.
Fannie Mae report faults former execs
February 24, 2006
An extensive investigation of embattled Fannie Mae points to its former finance chief and controller as mainly responsible for the accounting failures at the mortgage giant now struggling to emerge from an $11 billion scandal, said a report released Thursday.
Feds to stop funding abstinence program
February 24, 2006
The federal government agreed to stop funding a nationwide program that promotes teen abstinence to settle a lawsuit alleging the money was used for Christian proselytizing.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
February 24, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 24, 1906: “Local youngsters who have been dancing altogether too much will soon have a chance to rest. Lent is not so very far away. : Dr. Snow of the university is an accepted authority on the fact the groundhog and woodchuck are one and the same. But even Dr. Snow has not ventured to assert the groundhog is an infallible weather instrument. : Many from Lawrence will go to Kansas City to see the famous Sarah Bernhardt in ‘Camille’ at Convention Hall.”
Swimmers battling with MU in team race
February 24, 2006
The Kansas University swimming and diving team is in fourth place after two days of competition at the Big 12 Conference Championships, nipping at Missouri’s heels.
Nuclear density gauge stolen in Jeff. County
February 24, 2006
A nuclear density gauge and other equipment were stolen Sunday from a residence and barn near 126th Street and Rawlins Road in Jefferson County, the sheriff’s department said Wednesday.
T-shirts to be given away at today’s games
February 24, 2006
Lawrence High School and Free State High School T-shirts have been given out for free all week at the two schools, and now members of the public can have a shirt of their choice before tonight’s basketball games at Free State.
Seven people connected to anthrax patient
February 24, 2006
Seven people have been given antibiotics as a precaution against anthrax after a drum maker who imported raw animal hides became infected with the disease, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday.
Today in history
February 24, 2006
On Feb. 24, 1868, the House of Representatives impeached President Andrew Johnson following his attempted dismissal of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton; Johnson was later acquitted by the Senate.
Old Home Town- 25 years ago
February 24, 2006
At least a 25 percent increase in the Kansas University student fee would be necessary to comply with a state Senate committee’s request to make fees more in line with the cost of providing a college education. So said Keith Nitcher, university director of business affairs.
Negotiations resolve hostage situation
February 24, 2006
A hostage situation in a central Phoenix high-rise ended peacefully Thursday night when the gunman surrendered and his captives were released, a police spokesman said.
KU curator hit by car
February 24, 2006
A Kansas University library staff member was flown by air ambulance to a hospital Thursday morning after being struck by a car while walking in a crosswalk.
Police: Five deaths at home ruled homicides
February 24, 2006
Five people, including two children, found shot to death inside a rented home this week were murdered, police said Thursday.
Applebee’s profits cost CEO his tip
February 24, 2006
After a less-than-satisfactory year for company profits, directors of restaurant operator Applebee’s International Inc. have decided not to tip the chief executive.
Dog walker discovers bodies of two men
February 24, 2006
A man walking his dog Thursday in a heavily wooded area stumbled across two bodies.
Senate approves cruelty to animals bill
February 24, 2006
Senators were unanimous Thursday in their desire to see deliberate killing, maiming or torturing of animals become a felony.
Jensen moves up
February 24, 2006
Lawrence’s Brian Jensen moved up two spots Wednesday and now is in 51st place after four stages of the Amgen Tour of California bike race taking place in northern California.
New Orleans poses health care opportunity
February 24, 2006
On Tuesday afternoon, Mike Leavitt, the secretary of health and human services, made another of his frequent trips to New Orleans on a mission that speaks volumes about his approach to what is arguably the most important domestic policy job in the federal government.
Sellers have few choices when buyer’s loan denied
February 24, 2006
Q: We accepted an offer to sell our home in January for $210,000. The buyer had a certificate from a bank that said he was qualified to borrow up to $220,000, which would be more than enough to complete the transaction. Last week, the buyer notified us that he is canceling the sale because the bank will no longer give him the loan that he was promised. Can we sue the buyer or bank for misrepresentation or fraud?
Where’s the beef?
An Italian publication takes Europeans to task for timidity in addressing the Danish cartoon conflagrations.
February 24, 2006
The Corriere della Sera publication in Milan, Italy, had some harsh and unflattering words for fellow Europeans regarding the Danish cartoon controversy and the violence and murder that have resulted - and continue to occur with agitation from a number of Islamic world sources.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
February 24, 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.
Spills send Cohen to silver medal
Japan’s Arakawa stays on her feet to snag country’s first gold in Turin
February 24, 2006
Shizuka Arakawa cannot match Sasha Cohen’s breathtaking spiral or Irina Slutskaya’s athleticism. But the 24-year-old figure skater came away with the Olympic gold medal Thursday night - Japan’s one and only medal of these Games - because she did the one thing Cohen and Slutskaya were unable to do.
Dubai company agrees to delay U.S. ports takeover
February 24, 2006
A United Arab Emirates company offered Thursday to delay part of its $6.8 billion takeover of most operations at six U.S. ports to give the Bush administration more time to convince skeptical lawmakers the deal poses no security risks.
Heitshusen happy to finally have his shot
Knee injury kept Free State senior out of earlier meeting against school he once served as ballboy for
February 24, 2006
After all those years listening to his sister Holly belt out cheers for Lawrence High and watching his brother Todd bury jumpers for the Lions, the time had arrived for Free State High senior Scott Heitshusen to hear his name announced with the starters at the gym where he did so much cheering as a little boy.
Gordon eager to sell his skills
Former KU star hopes his savvy shines through at NFL Combine
February 24, 2006
It’s perhaps a bit unfair to some degree, but Charles Gordon certainly had to have some idea what he was up against when declaring for the NFL Draft last month - a belief that on-field savvy can be taught if a prospect has the unteachables taken care of.
White House report finds widespread failures during Hurricane Katrina
February 24, 2006
Flawed government planning for major disasters led to rampant confusion during the slow federal response to Hurricane Katrina, the White House concluded Thursday in a report focusing more on fixing shortfalls before the next storm season than on assigning blame.
Iraqi government orders daytime curfews amid violence
February 24, 2006
Gunmen killed dozens of civilians Thursday and dumped their bodies in a ditch, as the government ordered a tough daytime curfew of Baghdad and three provinces to stem the sectarian violence that has left at least 114 dead since the bombing of a Shiite shrine.
Murder charge filed in downtown killing
18-year-old Topekan may face additional felony counts
February 24, 2006
Prosecutors on Thursday filed a first-degree murder charge against a Topeka man accused of shooting and killing another man outside a Lawrence nightclub after a hip-hop show.
XX Olympic Winter Games ratings fizzle
February 24, 2006
The XX Olympic Winter Games (8 p.m., NBC) continues. Scheduled events include the figure-skating champions gala, alpine skiing (the women’s giant slalom gold medal final), four-man bobsled and the men’s 10,000 meter gold medal speed-skating event.
Tabloid writer admits he made it all up
February 24, 2006
You plop your can of pork and beans on the supermarket’s checkout belt and move along past the tabloids bleating lurid details of the escapades of this or that starlet.
Violence surrounding cartoon a global issue, panelists say
February 24, 2006
Moussa Elbayoumy thinks the violence and protests in recent weeks in the Muslim world about a political cartoon initially published in a Danish newspaper have overshadowed the peaceful tactics first used.
Agent: Design helped fire’s spread
No accelerants found at scene; judge rules Rose should stand trial
February 24, 2006
The design of the Boardwalk Apartments contributed to the rapid spread of the deadly fire that destroyed a building at the complex last fall, an investigator said Thursday.
Casting calls
Area filmmakers take innovative approaches to luring acting talent
February 24, 2006
Larry Holden has worked with hundreds of actors over the years, both as a performer and a director of independent movies.
Home for disabled accused of abuse
State advocacy group sues Community Living Opportunities Inc.
February 24, 2006
A Lawrence home for developmentally disabled adults has been accused of abuse and neglect by the state’s federally funded advocacy group for the disabled and now faces a lawsuit.
School funding plan no shoo-in
Attorney says $500M not enough for court
February 24, 2006
After years of bitter debate on school finance, a bipartisan, three-year, no-new-taxes, $500 million funding increase emerged Thursday and won Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ blessing.
Play together, stay together
KU researcher uncovers common traits among diverse happy families
February 24, 2006
Basketballs fly. Amanda shouts as a friend yanks her braids. And little Chandler, off in the yard, dangles upside down from a tree limb.
Roberts lauds Baker, calls for U.S. resolve in war on terror
February 24, 2006
The following is the text of a speech given Thursday by U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., at Baker University:
This time, judges had it right
Figure skating champ only one left standing
February 24, 2006
The judges for the Winter Olympics women’s figure skating competition got it right. What fun is that?
Bracing for boomers
Brandon Woods orders $5M in upgrades
February 24, 2006
Brandon Woods Retirement Community is spending $5 million to increase privacy, expand food offerings and provide luxury-style amenities for its more than 300 residents.
Mavericks pull away
Dallas wins 13th straight at home
February 24, 2006
With Josh Howard hurt and the Dallas Mavericks struggling on both ends of the court, Dirk Nowitzki knew he had to start scoring.
Haskell icon and longtime coach Scotty Harjo dies at 78
February 24, 2006
Haskell Indian Nations University has lost one of its dearest friends, Scotty Harjo.
Late bucket saves ‘Nova
No. 2 Wildcats survive Cincy’s upset bid
February 24, 2006
Pick. Pass. Layup. Villanova’s winning basket came just that easy.
The Knight stuff
LHS senior proving he has game to go with his famous name
February 24, 2006
From his dad came a love of the mid-range jump shot.
Prehistory of Kansas is not what you thought
Book explores early hunters, gatherers and farmers in area
February 24, 2006
If pressed, most Kansans would guess the Kansa Indians were the state’s first farmers and corn was their first crop.