Archive for Monday, February 27, 2006

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Medicare Part D: Medicare under the microscope
February 27, 2006
We continue our ongoing look at Medicare Part D in our series, Medicare Under the Microscope. Shirley Amyx has had some trouble setting up her new Medicare plan, like many seniors in Lawrence. Luckily, both she and her husband, Tom, have a large group of friends to lean on.
KU falls in both polls
Jayhawks move down two spots in AP; four in Coaches Poll
February 27, 2006
Kansas University slid in both polls, thanks to its lopsided setback to Texas on Saturday, when the Week 17 national rankings came out on Monday. The Jayhawks fell two spots in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, down from No. 16 to No. 18. KU fell even farther in the ESPN/USA Today Poll, moving down to No. 22 from No. 18 last week.
Dry conditions lead to Douglas County burn ban
Chance for rain this weekend
February 27, 2006
Because of extremely dry conditions, Douglas County is now under a burn ban until further notice.
Wright named Rookie of the Week
Wright becomes third KU player to win honor
February 27, 2006
Junior P.J. Tucker (Texas) and freshman Julian Wright (Kansas) have been named Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Player and Rookie of the Week for games of Feb. 20-26 in voting by a panel of media covering the conference. Tucker wins player honors for the sixth time in his career, tying the Big 12 record. Wright is the third KU freshman to win rookie accolades in 2005-06.
Board to consider funding for sports complex study
Officials told $25,000 study can’t come out of capital outlay fund
February 27, 2006
The money isn’t there. In January, Lawrence school officials agreed to put up $25,000 for a study aimed at assessing the need for - and figuring out how to pay for - a sports complex to offset the city ever-increasing demand for recreational facilities.
Temperatures soaring to near 70
Warm weather expected through Wednesday
07:35 a.m., February 27, 2006 Updated 01:49 p.m.
Say goodbye to freezing weather for a while — temperatures are taking a spring-like turn this week. “We’re heading up to around 70 today and into the 70s tomorrow,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist
Russia, Iran make progress on enrichment agreement
February 27, 2006
Iran and Russia agreed in principle Sunday to establish a joint uranium enrichment venture, a breakthrough in talks on a U.S.-backed Kremlin proposal aimed at easing concerns that Tehran wants to build nuclear weapons.
KU baseball wins again in tourney
February 27, 2006
Kansas University’s baseball team scored all its runs in the fifth inning of a 4-3 victory Sunday over Vanderbilt, completing a perfect run through the Music City Challenge.
A powerful force
Volunteers are an invaluable resource for any community and Douglas County is fortunate to have some of the best.
February 27, 2006
Bud Waugh, an amateur radio operator who contributed more than 2,000 hours to the relief effort after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, was honored Thursday as the recipient of the Wallace Galluzzi Outstanding Volunteer Award.
Inmates seize control of parts of Afghan prison
February 27, 2006
Hundreds of Afghan soldiers with tanks and grenade-launchers surrounded Kabul’s main prison Sunday after rioting inmates seized control of much of the facility in an uprising that officials blamed on al-Qaida and Taliban militants.
SLT rebuttal
February 27, 2006
To the editor: The “Take a Stand” supporter of the South Lawrence Trafficway fails to see or acknowledge the importance of obeying the law.
No love: Ogilvy spoils Love’s bid
Underdog makes impressive run to Match Play title
February 27, 2006
Geoff Ogilvy never imagined himself winning the Match Play Championship. He was too busy looking for the exit.
Prison system chief says he plans to resign
February 27, 2006
The head of California’s prison system, a reform-minded appointee of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, said he’s resigning after more than two years on the job because his efforts lacked political support.
War or no war?
February 27, 2006
To the editor: President Bush wants to hand over the operation of six major seaports to Dubai Ports World, an extension of the United Arab Emirates.
NAFTA rebuttal
February 27, 2006
To the editor: Mark Larson (Public Forum, Feb. 18) blames NAFTA for the surge of illegal immigrants to the United States.
Court to consider whether nation can commit genocide
February 27, 2006
Generals and politicians have been convicted of genocide, but the U.N.’s highest court will consider today whether a nation - in this case Serbia - can be guilty of humanity’s worst crime.
Pierce wraps up stellar month
Ex-Jayhawk’s 39 points just enough to top Lakers
February 27, 2006
Now that the Boston Celtics are through playing in February, Paul Pierce can reflect on perhaps the finest month of his eight-year NBA career.
Governors push for action on illegal immigration
February 27, 2006
A growing number of governors, along the border and beyond, are sharpening their complaints about the flood of immigrants pouring into their states, pushing the Bush administration and Congress for action.
Miners’ relatives demand recovery of bodies
February 27, 2006
With no hope of finding 65 missing miners alive, a few dozen relatives waited outside a collapsed coal mine in northern Mexico on Sunday, hoping efforts to recover remains of their kin will begin soon.
Garnett tossed for toss
February 27, 2006
Minnesota forward Kevin Garnett was ejected in the third quarter of Minnesota’s victory over Memphis on Sunday for tossing the ball into the stands and accidentally hitting a fan.
Hard at work
It’s wonderful to see Cottonwood Inc. expanding the space dedicated to its outstanding work programs.
February 27, 2006
Congratulations to Cottonwood Inc., which celebrated the grand opening of a new building Friday. The 16,000-square-foot building will provide additional space for the work programs Cottonwood runs for people with developmental disabilities.
On the record
February 27, 2006
Inquiry: District too lenient on official in alleged pinching incident
February 27, 2006
A federal inquiry has found that the Wichita County school district did not take appropriate action against a former high school principal who reportedly pinched a female student.
Proposal for state energy advisory panel rejected
February 27, 2006
A proposal by Rep. Tom Sloan to establish a high-powered energy advisory panel has gone down to defeat.
Sweden topples neighbor
February 27, 2006
The three crowns on Sweden’s hockey sweaters are said to represent three great kings. Try convincing any fan they don’t stand for hockey royalty: Forsberg, Sundin and Lidstrom.
Body parts scandal worries tissue banks
February 27, 2006
Revelations about illicit body parts trafficking has sent shock waves through the legitimate side of the organ and tissue trade.
Deadly bird flu virus kills 15 wild swans
February 27, 2006
The deadly H5N1 bird flu virus has killed 15 wild swans in southeastern France, agriculture officials said Sunday, raising fears the lethal strain could spread in the European Union’s leading producer of poultry.
Climbing limit planned for N. America’s tallest peak
February 27, 2006
North America’s tallest mountain is getting crowded - too crowded for safety.
FBI: Mystery powder in dorm was not ricin
February 27, 2006
The FBI determined a powdery substance found in a roll of quarters at a University of Texas dormitory was not ricin after initial state tests had indicated it was the potentially deadly poison, a spokesman said Sunday.
Incoming prime minister: Hamas wants ‘truce’
February 27, 2006
The Palestinians’ incoming prime minister said Sunday that Hamas is interested in a long-term truce with Israel but has no intention of seeking a formal peace agreement that would recognize the Jewish state.
Shooting in church kills one, injures two others
February 27, 2006
A man opened fire during a church service Sunday, killing an 18-year-old woman and wounding her child before shooting another man outside, according to police.
Stupid move
February 27, 2006
To the editor: I am still reeling at the news that President Bush has allowed a contract with the United Arab Emirates to operate U.S. ports.
Protesters demand prime minister resign
February 27, 2006
Tens of thousands of protesters waving Thai flags and holding signs that read, “Give back our country,” rallied Sunday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who has been accused of corruption and abuse of power.
Survey finds rural broadband use increasing
February 27, 2006
The use of high-speed Internet services is growing fast in rural America, partly closing the gap between country and city, a survey shows.
Gas prices drop 6 cents nationally
February 27, 2006
Retail gas prices across the country dropped an average of 6 cents in the past two weeks, according to a new survey.
Marine-led standoff resolved peacefully
February 27, 2006
A challenge to Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s leadership by disgruntled marine officers ended without violence Sunday.
KU softball falls in finale
February 27, 2006
Kansas University’s softball team dropped a 2-0 decision to Pacific on Sunday, closing out the Palm Springs Classic with a 1-4 record.
State stickers aim to thwart thefts
February 27, 2006
State officials are asking farmers to help fight the spread of drug production in Kansas by affixing “Meth Watch” decals to their ammonia tanks.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
February 27, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 27, 1906: The county treasurer today got the March apportionment of the state school tax fund, $3,608.13. : The management of the high school lecture course has been excellent and some outstanding events are planned. : A movement is on foot among the young men of Lawrence to organize a young men’s good government league.”
So, you want to make a deal?
February 27, 2006
With about six players left in the $5,000 buy-in “Big One” at Harrah’s “Carnavale of Poker” in 2000, 1999 Player of the Year Hieu “Tony” Ma whispered to me, “Phil, how sweet is it that this Frenchman keeps betting all of his chips pre-flop? You’re going to bust him for sure!” At the time, I agreed with Ma. I thought the Frenchman’s chips were mine to win. I love playing against a “slider” (someone who moves all of his chips into the middle regardless of how high the blinds have risen because once he slides it all-in, he can’t fold when you - eventually - pick up a big pair behind him. So when the tournament came down to Farzad “Freddy” Bonyadi, Angelo “the Frenchman” Besnainou and me, they asked me to make a deal, I told the Frenchman, “No deal.”
KU lacrosse wins 2
February 27, 2006
Kansas University’s women’s lacrosse team ran its winning streak to eight with a pair of victories Saturday at Broken Arrow Park.
Study addresses dropout ‘epidemic’
February 27, 2006
They number in the millions - 3.5 million in the most recent year for which estimates are available. They are America’s high school dropouts. Of every three young men and women entering high school, only two will emerge with a diploma. For minority students, the odds are worse. And the losers pay a price their whole life.
Company requests review of port deal
February 27, 2006
The Bush administration said Sunday it will accept an extraordinary offer by a United Arab Emirates-based company to submit to a second - and broader - U.S. review of potential security risks in its deal to take over significant operations at six leading American ports. The plan averts an impending political showdown.
The Donald trumped by own arrogance
February 27, 2006
Fresh from the Olympics, NBC presents a restructured Monday schedule, with “Deal or No Deal” (7 p.m.) and “The Apprentice” (8 p.m.) leading up to “Medium” (9 p.m.). “Las Vegas” moves to Friday nights. “Surface” may never live up to its name again.
Security measures can’t quell violence; 29 die
Journalist’s fate unclear as deadline passes
February 27, 2006
Violence killed at least 29 people Sunday, including three American soldiers, and mortar fire rumbled through the heart of Baghdad after sundown despite stringent security measures imposed after an explosion of sectarian violence.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
February 27, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.12 at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa streets. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
KU tennis slips past Tulsa, 4-3
February 27, 2006
Kansas University won four of six singles matches to edge Tulsa, 4-3, in college tennis on Sunday.
Study: Female rats handle stress better than males
February 27, 2006
Female rodents handle stress much better than males, which may hint at why women who are socially isolated seem better able to survive than lonely men, a pioneering University of Chicago research team reported today.
Lawrence cyclist 45th
February 27, 2006
Lawrence’s Brian Jensen finished 45th in the final overall classification of the Amgen Tour of California, finishing with the main field Sunday despite crashing in a first-lap pile-up that collected 12 riders when a trash container blew onto the course
Education can help bridge cultural divides
KU professor says lack of knowledge helped fuel protests of Danish cartoons
February 27, 2006
Recent riots in Europe and Asia stemming from controversial Danish newspaper cartoons about Muslims highlight the need for better worldwide education about cultures and languages, a Kansas University professor says.
Marijuana proposal may be final attempt
Lawrence City Commission agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets ¢ Sunflower Broadband Channel 25 ¢ Meeting documents online at www.lawrenceks.org
February 27, 2006
City commissioners will consider approving an ordinance that would allow people found in possession of small amounts of marijuana to be processed in Municipal Court.
Saddam’s lawyers request trial delay as unrest continues
February 27, 2006
Saddam Hussein’s lawyers are asking for a delay in his trial because of the turmoil that swept Baghdad after the bombing of a Shiite shrine, one of his lawyers said Sunday. A court official said a postponement was possible for the next session on Tuesday.
Politics more influential in development, ex-official says
February 27, 2006
Planning for growth and development in Lawrence is being influenced by politics more than it has been in nearly 30 years, says Linda Finger who recently resigned as the city-county planning director.
Keegan: Jayhawks will rally from loss
February 27, 2006
A friend tells me the Olympics are over. I’m going to have to take his word for it. If it’s true, this is good news. Now MSNBC can go back to airing its compelling shows on true crime and politics and sometimes a blending of the two.
Commentary: 2006 Olympics provided memorable moments
February 27, 2006
So that’s it. After two weeks, the Turin Olympics are over. And what a strange ride it was.
Curtains for Turin
Games mixed bag for U.S.
February 27, 2006
Across 16 topsy-turvy days in Turin, the U.S. Olympic team teetered somewhere between torment and triumph, each step up to the medal stand tempered by one step back somewhere else.
TABOR written off for session
Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights doesn’t have necessary support to advance to ballot
February 27, 2006
Several months ago, TABOR, the so-called Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, was riding high in the political winds.
Capitol Briefing
News from the Kansas Statehouse
February 27, 2006
¢ Insurance pilot scuttled ¢ Speaker burns grass bill ¢ Campaign finance ¢ Teacher survey ¢ Quote of the week ¢ Things to watch
Keegan’s report: college basketball
February 27, 2006
J-W sports editor Tom Keegan each week will observe and analyze the national college basketball scene. Here are his thoughts for Feb. 20-26.
Clemens to throw at Houston camp
February 27, 2006
Roger Clemens will pitch to minor leaguers at the Houston Astros’ spring training camp today.
Aggies making move
February 27, 2006
Don’t look now, but Texas A&M’s men’s basketball team is slowly but surely gaining on the competition in the league.
Horoscopes
February 27, 2006
For Monday, Feb. 27
Pulse calendar
February 27, 2006
The thin line
Experts worry that focus on obesity could lead to more anorexia, bulimia
February 27, 2006
Lara Izokaitis first got the idea from a television special she watched in her ninth-grade health class: She could purge her food as a way to stay thin.
Greinke leaves camp for ‘personal matters’
February 27, 2006
Zack Greinke left the Kansas City Royals camp Sunday, and there are no indications when he might return.
Young entrepreneurs to visit KU campus
February 27, 2006
High schoolers looking to make their own way in the business world will convene Tuesday at Kansas University to trade stories, pick up advice and hear from a guy they’ve seen on MTV.
Jones defends no-vote stand
February 27, 2006
In its Feb. 19 editorial titled “Avoidance Behavior,” the Journal-World questions my aversion to a public vote on an industrial land/open space proposal. Fair enough. I’d like to respond.
Unemployed should hire job hunter, coach
February 27, 2006
My husband lost his job more than a year ago. I want to be a supportive wife, but it seems that he should have a new job by this time. Talking with him is difficult, because he becomes defensive. I don’t know how to help or encourage him.
Drop-in Center needs store supplies
February 27, 2006
The Lawrence Community Shelter provides safe day and night shelter and comprehensive support services for people experiencing homelessness or those who are at risk of becoming homeless. The Shelter houses a Drop-In Store, carrying basic necessities that can be purchased with “drop-in dollars” earned by completing jobs at the Shelter. The Drop-In Store is in need of volunteers to staff the shop as well as donations of personal hygiene products, snacks, clothing, and other necessities. To make a donation or volunteer, contact the Lawrence Community Shelter by phone at 832-8864 or in person at 214 West 10th St.
Tech-savvy students aren’t buying it
February 27, 2006
Brown University junior Stuart Thompson jumped at the chance to save $30 and become a digital pioneer when his school bookstore offered a discounted, electronic version of an American history textbook.
Back from Japan, Batista ready to power up
Twins hope unorthodox slugger provides potent offense at hot corner
February 27, 2006
The Minnesota Twins were after a third baseman with proven power, and the offseason pursuit was sputtering along.
Games end with fireworks, hoopla
February 27, 2006
Turin’s Olympics, a topsy-turvy mix of marvels and misadventures, ended appropriately with a closing-ceremony Carnevale - a circus-like celebration full of clowns and acrobats, vibrant and often dreamlike.
People in the news
February 27, 2006
¢ ‘Madea’s Family Reunion’ claims top spot at box-office ¢ ‘Sopranos’ creator confirms series will end next year ¢ Richard Gere fears Asia could be ‘lost’ to AIDS ¢ Author admits jail sentence ended his political career
Number of law school applicants on the decline
February 27, 2006
Michelle Warren once wanted to be a lawyer. The Kansas University senior was a debater in high school, and some of her family members were attorneys.
Affeldt’s role still undecided
Royals pitcher has been hampered by injuries
February 27, 2006
Entering his fifth season with the Kansas City Royals, Jeremy Affeldt still isn’t clear on what his role on the team will be.
Sooners finally celebrate
OU routs Nebraska, takes time to bask in glow of Big 12 title
February 27, 2006
With one game left, No. 9 Oklahoma finally took time to revel in its Big 12 Conference championship.
High Court to hear case involving former playmate
February 27, 2006
It’s been a long and colorful journey for a girl from a small Texas town.
Vote on historic designation expected in next few weeks
February 27, 2006
Federal legislation to recognize the Lawrence area’s “Bleeding Kansas” history is about to face a major test.
$100 in change sought
Petition to cut student fees circulating
February 27, 2006
Kansas University student Arianna Williams misses her freshman year, when she paid roughly 14 percent less than she does now to go to school.
E-textbooks failing to garner sales
Jayhawk Bookstore awaits market for high-tech texts
February 27, 2006
Bill Madl wants to sell e-books. Too bad nobody’s buying.
Why not be all that we can be?
February 27, 2006
It’s been four years since Richard Reid attempted to set fire to his explosive shoes on that Paris-Miami flight, and thanks to him we still do our little dance in stocking feet through airport security, a testimony to the power of the individual to gum up the works for millions of others. Eventually somebody will attempt to scoot through with an underwear bomb, and then we’ll be arriving at the airport three hours before departure so we can be inspected by crotch-sniffing dogs.
Eudora teen and his family struggle with West Nile virus
Small bite, big worries
February 27, 2006
After an autumn filled with headaches, nausea and mind-bending medications, 16-year-old Chad Pyeatt could be forgiven for thinking that his West Nile virus couldn’t get any worse. But it did. A couple of weeks ago - for one night - he went blind.
Surprised Kenseth wins at California
2003 Cup champion starts 31st in 43-car field, yet comes through after engine trouble haunts foes
February 27, 2006
Even when he took the lead late in the NASCAR Nextel Cup race at California Speedway, Matt Kenseth didn’t expect to win.
Bill targets employers trying to dodge taxes
February 27, 2006
A bipartisan coalition has pushed through legislation in the House that would make it illegal for employers to classify an employee as an independent contractor to avoid paying state taxes.
Sunny weather, party mood surround Mardi Gras festivities
February 27, 2006
Children sat atop ladders yelling for beads and other trinkets Sunday as two of the Carnival season’s biggest parades rolled through this fun-starved city.
Kansas won’t concede
Jayhawks hold out hope for share of Big 12 hoops title
February 27, 2006
Texas’ men’s basketball team certainly looked like the best in the Big 12 Conference in routing Kansas University by 25 points Saturday night in Austin, Texas.
No. 3 UConn slams ‘Nova
Huskies avenge earlier loss; Florida, MSU fall
February 27, 2006
Forget revenge or first place. The one thing that kept coming up after No. 3 Connecticut beat No. 2 Villanova was toughness.
Time barely starting to heal wounds
February 27, 2006
It’s been nearly five months since Dawn Davis stood inside the burning building, calculated her chance of death at 100 percent if she stayed put, and then jumped.
The pain that comes with love
February 27, 2006
I hate telephones.
Lawrence datebook
February 27, 2006