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Asbestos-tainted town seeks federal help
February 26, 2006
In one sense, Les Skramstad is almost jealous of his late neighbor in Libby, Mont. At least that man’s death from cancerous mesothelioma came quickly, he said.
Emerging infections focus of conferences
February 26, 2006
KU Medical Center Continuing Education will present a series of conferences across the state to help communities prepare for and respond to a potential pandemic influenza outbreak.
Keegan: Big men for KU exposed
February 26, 2006
It looked like, almost sounded like, and felt like another game in Allen Fieldhouse. Loud crowd, the road team in helpless retreat, the home team piling on the points in a big-time blowout.
Kellerman pulls off perfect finish
LHS senior wins second straight title with pin in finals
February 26, 2006
Nolan Kellerman stood 15 feet in the air, quickly ascending the seven vertical rows to give his grandmother a hug and kiss.
Questions surround prison escape
February 26, 2006
Was it love that paired Toby Young, a dedicated prison volunteer, with John M. Manard, a convicted murderer sentenced to life at the Lansing Correctional Facility?
Academic All-Star team profiles
February 26, 2006
Faces and places
February 26, 2006
Notebook
February 26, 2006
Academic All-Stars nominees
February 26, 2006
Star gazing
Teenage lead in touring ‘Diary of Anne Frank’ has sights set on a long career in theater
February 26, 2006
Young love is blooming onstage at the Lawrence Arts Center. Clara Kundin clutches Colton Rice’s shoulders and plants a kiss on his cheek. Seconds later, as she flees the room, Colton grabs Clara and returns the favor - this time on the lips.
KU swimming 4th at Big 12 meet
February 26, 2006
Kansas University’s swimming and diving team placed fourth Saturday at the Big 12 Championships. Texas won with 942.5 points and was followed by Texas A&M (761), Missouri (453) and KU (439).
Renowned pianist to perform today
February 26, 2006
Visiting pianist Jay Gottlieb will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. today at Swarthout Recital Hall.
Historic church seeks funding
St. Luke AME wants to build tribute to Langston Hughes
February 26, 2006
As their Wednesday deadline approaches, officials at St. Luke AME Church, Ninth and New York streets, are scrambling for some last-minute cash to help the church survive.
Fees spark some lawmakers’ ire
Chunk of grants goes to middleman service
February 26, 2006
Since 9-11, states have been flooded with federal cash to help boost security and emergency response systems. Kansas has been no exception.
Local novelist puts Lawrence in an ‘80s state of mind
February 26, 2006
If you grew up in small-town Kansas in the 1980s, then you know Evelyn Bucknow’s world.
People in the news
February 26, 2006
¢ Actor McGavin dies at 83 ¢ Jessica Simpson takes break, dines with N.M. governor ¢ 50 Cent says Eminem is role model to him
Grants awarded for Baldwin project
February 26, 2006
The Lumberyard Arts Center Project in Baldwin City has been awarded a grant by the Ethel and Raymond F. Rice Foundation, in the amount of $25,000, for general construction funds on the building project.
KU Symphonic Choir, orchestra to perform
February 26, 2006
The KU Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lied Center. In this final symphony concert of the season, the KU Symphonic Choir will join the KUSO.
Review: Mesmerizing story of afterlife explores the nature of memory
February 26, 2006
The opening chapter of Kevin Brockmeier’s extraordinary new novel, “The Brief History of the Dead” (Pantheon Books, $22.95) is as breathtaking as any fiction I have read in the past few years. People who have died describe their crossing over into a nameless city in the afterlife. To one blind man, the crossing felt like he walked for days through a desert. Another man described his passage as an amusement park train ride. A girl passed through an ocean the color of dried cherries and a rain of ball bearings.
Student is finalist for ‘sexiest vegetarian’
February 26, 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.
Poet’s Showcase
February 26, 2006
“Legacy,” by Susan Carman
Best sellers
February 26, 2006
Summer mystery auditions announced
February 26, 2006
Auditions for the summer Kansas Mystery Theatre will be Saturday and March 5 at Kansas University. Both student and adult community actors are encouraged to audition.
Harvard Shakespeare scholar to visit KU
February 26, 2006
Marjorie Garber, William R. Kenan Jr. professor of English at Harvard University, will deliver the 2006 Richard Gunn Memorial Lecture, a free event open to the public.
Artist to recreate soprano’s works
February 26, 2006
Visiting artist Carol Mathieson, professor of voice at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo., will present a performance and lecture at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Hays Arts Council announces competition
February 26, 2006
The 37th annual Smoky Hill Art Exhibition, sponsored by the Hays Arts Council, will open April 28. It is open to any artist who lives in Kansas.
Firebirds bowl way into state
Free State boys advance with solid regional effort
February 26, 2006
A yell of “Free State” was easily heard over the clapping and cheering throughout Royal Crest Lanes following Saturday’s regional bowling tournament.
On the record
February 26, 2006
Andy Griffith Show’ actor Don Knotts dies at 81
February 26, 2006
Don Knotts, the skinny, lovable nerd who kept generations of television audiences laughing as bumbling Deputy Barney Fife on “The Andy Griffith Show,” has died. He was 81. Knotts died Friday night of pulmonary and respiratory complications at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills, said Paul Ward, a spokesman for the cable network TV Land, which airs “The Andy Griffith Show,” and another Knotts hit, “Three’s Company.”
Tips for filing taxes
Steps to help make deadline
February 26, 2006
With seven weeks left until the April 17 tax-filing deadline, here are some tips for easing the pain of what can be a complicated process.
Sooner Magic’ withers Wildcats
February 26, 2006
Call it a miracle, call it Sooner Magic, or call it luck. Whatever it is, call it another one-point victory for No. 22 Oklahoma.
Group says zoo’s elephants need more space to thrive
February 26, 2006
A national animal rights group has cited Garden City’s zoo as one of six zoos nationwide that need to make major changes in how they house elephants.
FBI testing powder found in dorm
February 26, 2006
The FBI sent a team of experts on weapons of mass destruction Saturday to collect samples of a powder found in a University of Texas student dormitory that were preliminarily identified as the deadly poison ricin.
Homeland Security objected to ports deal
February 26, 2006
The Homeland Security Department objected at first to a United Arab Emirates company’s taking over significant operations at six U.S. ports. It was the lone protest among members of the government committee that eventually approved the deal without dissent.
Nowitzki precise for Mavs
February 26, 2006
Dirk Nowitzki made an 18-foot fadeaway with a second left in overtime and finished with 32 points Saturday, helping Dallas rally from a 24-point second-half deficit to beat Toronto, 115-113, and stretch its club-record home winning streak to 14 games.
Chavez’s money on Carnival parade
February 26, 2006
Add a Brazilian samba school to the list of Hugo Chavez’s beneficiaries.
Ohno gains gold in 500
February 26, 2006
Leading from start to finish, Apolo Anton Ohno made this another Olympics to remember when he defeated favored South Korean Ahn Hyun-soo to win the gold medal in 500-meter short track speedskating Saturday night.
At least 16 killed in Bangladesh building collapse
February 26, 2006
A six-story building housing shops and offices collapsed in the Bangladeshi capital Saturday, crushing tin-roof homes in a surrounding shantytown, a fire official said. At least 16 people were killed and more were feared trapped.
Teaching etiquette grows in popularity
February 26, 2006
After classes ended on a recent day, a dozen Holy Name students gathered for coaching from Jolene Savage on their form and style. She is hoping they will impress judges with their presentation and poise.
Traveling anthem contest gathers Kansas performers
February 26, 2006
About 50 Kansans lined up Friday for their turn to belt out “The Star Spangled Banner” as part of the National Anthem Project, which is seeking one winner per state.
Veritas squads 6th
February 26, 2006
The Veritas Christian boys basketball team placed sixth at the Kansas Christian Athletic Assn. Class 2A state tournament Saturday when the Eagles fell to Tyro Christian, 76-64. Veritas finished 14-10, and the tournament marked the final games for four seniors - Mark Randtke, Casey Woods, Andrew Bartlow and Shawn Rebman.
Exchange-traded funds can ease tax bite
February 26, 2006
Doing your taxes this weekend? Me neither, but I am starting to feel guilty about it.
Lawrence datebook
February 26, 2006
Trust lacking
February 26, 2006
To the editor: Well, President Bush is at it again: handing over our ports to the United Arab Emirates.
President declared winner in election
February 26, 2006
President Yoweri Museveni was declared the winner Saturday in Uganda’s first multiparty election in 25 years, but the opposition claimed its own tally had the incumbent trailing in a ballot that observers say was marred by government abuses.
Lawrence commuter report
February 26, 2006
The following construction projects may affect commuter traffic in the region this week.
Men’s track sixth at Big 12
February 26, 2006
Kansas University’s men placed sixth and its women ninth Saturday at the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Police arrest opposition leaders amid emergency
February 26, 2006
Police arrested at least three vocal critics of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and raided a newspaper Saturday following her declaration of a state of emergency to quash a coup plot.
Al-Qaida vows more attacks
February 26, 2006
Al-Qaida on Saturday vowed more attacks a day after an attempt to bomb the world’s biggest oil processing complex showed the group still can strike inside Saudi Arabia despite the arrests of hundreds of suspects.
Judge declares mistrial in baby’s death
February 26, 2006
A judge declared a mistrial Saturday in the murder trial of a woman accused of fatally cutting the arms off her 10-month-old daughter.
World Trade Center site to have strong security
February 26, 2006
Visitors to the complex that eventually will fill the World Trade Center site might have to submit to iris scans or thumb print analysis to get into buildings, while smart cameras try to match their faces to a photo database of known terrorists. Well-paid armed guards would be on patrol and sensors would test the air for lethal gases.
Love, Ogilvy Match Play finalists
Johnson, Lehman eliminated in semifinal matches
February 26, 2006
Davis Love III returned to the Match Play Championship final for the second time in three years, and this time he is feeling plenty of love.
No miners could have survived, company says
February 26, 2006
Toxic gas levels inside a northern Mexican coal mine are too high for any of the 65 miners trapped inside to have survived an explosion nearly a week ago, the mining company said Saturday.
De Soto’s Erisman wins gold
February 26, 2006
De Soto High senior Neil Erisman closed out his high school wrestling career Saturday with an elusive state title, winning the 171-pound championship at the Class 4A state tournament at the Salina Bicentennial Center.
Even enforcement
February 26, 2006
To the editor: I have sat upon my typing fingers long enough.
Body of teen who died at boot camp to be exhumed
February 26, 2006
The family of a teenager who died at a boot camp for juvenile delinquents plans to exhume his body for a second autopsy because they do not believe the official finding that the death was unrelated to a scuffle with guards.
Justice Department refutes privacy concerns
February 26, 2006
Concerns by Google Inc. that a Bush administration demand to examine millions of its users’ Internet search requests would violate privacy rights are unwarranted, the Justice Department said in a court filing.
Kansas explodes late
February 26, 2006
The Kansas University baseball squad scored 14 runs in the final four innings Saturday to earn a wild 15-10 victory over Lipscomb at the Music City Challenge.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
February 26, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 26, 1906: “A habitual drunk here was hauled into court and fined for being drunk but the court did not convict him for carrying a gun. He reportedly peppered shots around the feet of people at a North Lawrence bar but he did not receive any notable punishment. Again, there are too many gun-toters in Lawrence. : Candidate Henry Allen says Congressman Justin Bowersock ‘willed’ Allen his seat (Bowersock was not running again). What rot! As though a seat in Congress were a personal chattel!”
Russia: IAEA still could resolve nuclear dispute
February 26, 2006
Russia’s top nuclear official expressed confidence Saturday that the U.N. atomic watchdog agency still could resolve the international standoff over Iran’s program, Russian news agencies reported.
Associate vice provost candidate to visit KU
February 26, 2006
Katherine Sermersheim, director of student development at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, is the first of three candidates for the position of associate vice provost for Student Success at Kansas University.
Peace Corps alumni to mark anniversary
February 26, 2006
Several area Peace Corps alumni are expected to attend a Tuesday forum aimed at sharing former members’ experiences with anyone interested in joining. The 90-minute forum begins 7 p.m. in the Gallery Room at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
Teen downloads billionth song from iTunes store
February 26, 2006
Alex Ostrovsky got more than he bargained for when downloading Coldplay’s “Speed of Sound” from the iTunes Music Store.
Jayhawks fall short
February 26, 2006
A pair of unearned runs proved the difference Saturday as the Kansas University softball team suffered a 4-3 defeat to No. 3 UCLA at the Palm Springs Classic.
Panel to examine students’ test scores
February 26, 2006
A few Lawrence school administrators and staff members will discuss how minority students do on standardized tests at a panel on Tuesday.
Old home town - 40 years ago today
February 26, 2006
Bids were due in the spring for remodeling of the old Lawrence post office building at Seventh and New Hampshire (now the World Co. News Center). Kansas University Extension hoped to move into the old structure about July 1.
Bankruptcies
February 26, 2006
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection during the two weeks ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Ottawa Police enforce seatbelt, child-seat laws
February 26, 2006
Ottawa Police issued several citations during a recent week-long traffic enforcement effort aimed at enforcing child safety seat and seatbelt laws.
Panhellenic association receives seven awards
February 26, 2006
Kansas University’s Panhellenic Assn. received seven awards at the Mid-American Greek Council Assn.’s recent regional conference in Chicago.
Iraqi leaders attend emergency meeting as violence increases
February 26, 2006
With sectarian violence surging after a day of relative calm, Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari met in emergency session Saturday night with Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish political leaders, and a daytime curfew in Baghdad was extended as defense ministry officials threatened to send tanks into the streets to prevent further bloodletting and attacks on mosques.
Chess Championships slated for March 11
February 26, 2006
More than 500 Kansas students will descend on Kansas University’s campus March 11 for the Kansas K-12 Chess Championships.
Hard to please
The efforts of Kansas legislators to produce a realistic plan to increase school funding have drawn a less-than-gracious response.
February 26, 2006
The reality of the legislative process is that no one usually gets everything he or she wants in a bill. Sometimes they have to respect the process and be satisfied with a reasonable compromise.
Bumbling responses undermine Bush
February 26, 2006
Laugh or cry? Hard to choose when it comes to the descent of the Bush White House into total incoherence over the Dubai Ports World contract. Once again we turn from weighty matters to ask: What did this president not know and when did he not know it?
Human rights class for officers, recruits confronts long-held habits
February 26, 2006
The British have opened a police academy on a World War II-era Royal Air Force base west of downtown Basra, where more than 1,300 recruits and officers are enrolled in a 10-week course. The class emphasizes forensics in an effort to encourage officers to try to solve crimes and abandon the Saddam Hussein-era focus on extracting confessions from suspects.
Kansas AG seeks to redefine sexual abuse
February 26, 2006
Some years ago, Rolling Stone magazine published a survey on the attitudes of baby-boomer parents. The gist of it was that the people who had gone through the sexual revolution did everything, regretted nothing, and wanted their children to do none of it.
Governors want assurances on prescription drug costs
February 26, 2006
Problems with the new Medicare drug benefit could erode states’ finances if they have to wait too long to get reimbursed from insurers and the federal government for drug costs incurred during the program’s troubled start, some governors say.
Wet weather hampers New Orleans celebrations
February 26, 2006
The last big weekend of the annual Carnival season drew healthy crowds to two Mardi Gras parades on Saturday, but a threat of evening showers pushed one of the city’s biggest and glitziest processions back a day.
Free speech not something to be feared
February 26, 2006
In some recess of David Irving’s reptile brain, he knows that his indefensible imprisonment is helping his side. His side consists of all the enemies of open societies.
Ex-employee pleads guilty to stealing from Ike nonprofit
February 26, 2006
A Kansas City-based agency founded by President Dwight Eisenhower hit the news Friday, but not for its international operations promoting understanding, peace and friendship.
Handwritten receipt traces John Brown’s trail to the east
Family donates bill of sale to Kansas Historical Society
February 26, 2006
Almost 147 years ago, abolitionist John Brown sold his horse to Tom Lindsley’s great-grandfather, A. K. Lindsley. The elder Lindsley kept the bill of sale.
Rapid spread of bird flu worries experts
February 26, 2006
For years after its appearance in 1997 in Hong Kong, the current bird flu virus seemed corralled in a few east Asian countries. But in the past four months, it has spread across Europe and into Africa, bringing to 31 the number of countries with sick birds.
Immigrant tuition bill stays alive
House committee again to consider repealing reduced fees
February 26, 2006
Supporters of a law allowing some undocumented immigrants to pay resident tuition rates at public colleges are angry over a move by House Speaker Doug Mays to have a re-vote on legislation to repeal the law.
IRA supporters attack police, thwart Protestant march
February 26, 2006
Several hundred Irish Republican Army supporters attacked police in Dublin on Saturday to protest an unprecedented parade through the capital by Protestants from Northern Ireland.
Volumes of talent
Trio of children’s books showcases artist-author hybrids
February 26, 2006
Being multitalented is always impressive, especially when it comes to creating children’s books.
Academic All-Stars urged to remember their values
February 26, 2006
David Ambler, a former Kansas University vice provost for student services, threw down a challenge to some of the area’s top high school students.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
February 26, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.12 at Citgo, 2005 W. Ninth St.
UT fans mock Jayhawks
Worse than Baylor? KU players want rematch
February 26, 2006
“Worse than Baylor” is the chant that emanated from the University of Texas student section in the closing minutes of the Longhorns’ 80-55 victory over Kansas on Saturday in the Erwin Center.
Martinez tests toe in return to mound
February 26, 2006
New York Mets ace Pedro Martinez took another step Saturday in rehabilitating his sore toe, throwing from a slope about a foot in front of the pitcher’s mound.
Longhorns praise youthful Kansas
February 26, 2006
When Texas forward P.J. Tucker, the likely Big 12 Conference Player of the Year, talked about how good his team is, he talked about the present. When he praised Kansas University, he talked about the future.
South student has last word
His secret: reading the dictionary
February 26, 2006
Up on stage at Southwest Junior High, kids are dropping by the wayside. One at a time, they scoot up to the microphone, awkward, fiddling with their shirts.
Buffs shift inside to trample Tigers
February 26, 2006
With its primary offensive weapon, the three-pointer, ineffective and not falling, Colorado needed to change its game plan.
Tough love’ helps guide head-over-heels types
February 26, 2006
Would you explain some of the principles of your “Love Must Be Tough” philosophy?
Redick does enough
Guard sets ACC scoring mark in Duke win
February 26, 2006
Not even J.J. Redick’s worst game of the season could derail No. 1 Duke.
Texas rolled ‘em
KU fizzles, UT sizzles in battle for Big 12
February 26, 2006
Brandon Rush scratched his head as he sat dejectedly on Kansas University’s bench, suffering quietly as the final seconds ticked off the clock Saturday night in the Erwin Center.
Hallman finds form
Senior catches fire, sparks KU past Tigers
February 26, 2006
Erica Hallman was tossing up enough bricks to build a chimney.
Horoscopes
February 26, 2006
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Academic All-Star team resumes
February 26, 2006
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Presidential eras must resolve key questions of the day
February 26, 2006
Will we in the future look back upon a George W. Bush era or merely a George W. Bush presidency?
Society columns dwindling in local papers
February 26, 2006
Roxie McClendon gets her news from visitors to the retirement home or from phone calls, then passes it along in her column in the weekly Rockwood Times.
Receipt led to convict, dog trainer
February 26, 2006
Authorities already were on a strong scent in their search for Lansing prison escapee John M. Manard on Friday in Chattanooga, Tenn., when coincidence intervened to deliver a case-closing gift.