Archive for Tuesday, February 28, 2006

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In the Halls: What would you like to change about your bedroom?
February 28, 2006
Teens talk about what they’d like to do to their bedrooms.
Temperatures swinging up into the 70s
Sunny skies expected this afternoon
08:19 a.m., February 28, 2006 Updated 12:05 p.m.
You might need a winter coat on your way out this morning. But this afternoon, pull out the shorts, sandals and sunglasses. “Temperatures will be soaring into the mid 70s today, ” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Former township official’s wife sentenced for embezzlement
February 28, 2006
A judge on Monday ordered the wife of a local township leader to serve time in prison and in a halfway house for embezzling taxpayer dollars.
Coast Guard warned of intel gaps in port deal
February 28, 2006
Citing broad gaps in U.S. intelligence, the Coast Guard raised concerns weeks ago that it could not determine whether a United Arab Emirates-based company seeking a stake in some U.S. port operations might support terrorist operations.
46 Kansas inmates died in past 18 months
February 28, 2006
Forty-six inmates have died in Kansas jails and prisons since a state law went into effect in July 2004 requiring the Kansas Bureau of Investigation to look into all in-custody deaths.
Keegan’s top 25
February 28, 2006
Most of the teams in KU’s neighborhood in the poll lost as well last week, so the Jayhawks didn’t drop as far as they otherwise would have.
9-11 families, unions want memorial above ground
February 28, 2006
Families of people killed in the World Trade Center attack demanded Monday that officials redesign the memorial, saying the current plan is unsafe and disrespects victims by placing their names below street level.
Manley first woman voted into Hall
February 28, 2006
Effa Manley became the first woman elected to the baseball Hall of Fame when the former Newark Eagles co-owner was among 17 people from the Negro Leagues and pre-Negro Leagues chosen Monday by a special committee.
Report: Iran forging ahead on enrichment
February 28, 2006
Iran has done next to nothing to respond to international demands to halt its uranium enrichment program and provide information about its nuclear activities, according to a confidential report by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Maker of Greenies continues to address safety concerns
February 28, 2006
Days after seeking to mollify customers’ concerns about Greenies, the company that makes the country’s top-selling dog treat finds itself still fighting through the fog.
General tapped for Truman award
February 28, 2006
Richard Myers, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has been named this year’s winner of the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award.
Mountain lion wanders into suburban backyard
February 28, 2006
A mountain lion that wandered into an Altadena neighborhood was tranquilized Monday and removed by authorities, a state wildlife official said.
Stumbling block
February 28, 2006
To the editor:
Home sales fall despite warm January
February 28, 2006
New data show that slowdown in the nation’s long housing boom, which has been anticipated for at least two years, appears to have arrived.
Overgrown?
February 28, 2006
To the editor:
Red Cross criticized for poor organization
February 28, 2006
The American Red Cross - castigated in a recent House of Representatives report for disorganization in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina - had been warned for years that its management structure would plague future disaster response, according to documents released Monday by a Senate panel.
Lawrence datebook
February 28, 2006
Today: 2-28-06
Work zone?
February 28, 2006
To the editor:
Security forces kill five suspected militants
February 28, 2006
Security officers fought an intense gunbattle with suspected al-Qaida militants Monday, killing five people sought in last week’s brazen attempt to blow up a huge oil-processing complex with car bombs.
Lawyers to attend trial for first time in weeks
February 28, 2006
Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi lawyers will attend this week’s trial session, a month after they walked out in protest and accused the chief judge of being biased against their client, one of the lawyers said Monday.
China protests end of unification panel
February 28, 2006
Taiwan’s president shut down the committee responsible for unifying with China Monday, significantly deepening tensions. China blasted the move, saying it will lead to “disaster.”
Researchers find more reasons to eat chocolate
February 28, 2006
Leave it to the Dutch to help demonstrate the health benefits of chocolate.
Pope: Embryo is sacred before implantation
February 28, 2006
Pope Benedict XVI said Monday that embryos developed for in vitro fertilization deserve the same right to life as fetuses, children and adults - and that that right extends to embryos even before they are transferred into a woman’s womb.
Probation ordered in teen sex case
February 28, 2006
A Baldwin man was sentenced to 24 months of probation Monday for three felony charges of attempted indecent liberties with a child.
Police seek tips in pizza robbery
February 28, 2006
Lawrence Police are investigating the armed robbery of a Domino’s pizza-delivery driver early Monday morning in northwest Lawrence.
Man charged for dropping girlfriend out window
February 28, 2006
A state employee and his girlfriend had been drinking in the hours before he allegedly dropped her from a 23rd-story apartment window, killing her, police said Monday.
Study notes values of fuel efficiency
February 28, 2006
Drivers could save as much as $2,000 a year on gasoline if they bought the most fuel-efficient vehicle in a segment compared with the one with the worst mileage, a consumer group said Monday.
Second victim dies after church shootings
February 28, 2006
A second victim died Monday after a man opened fire during a Sunday church service, sending frightened parishioners ducking under the pews for safety. The gunman later killed himself.
McDonald’s brewing new, stronger coffee
February 28, 2006
McDonald’s Corp. is changing its conventional cup of coffee for the first time in 30 years - hoping a stronger, richer blend will boost breakfast sales and better arm the burger giant in the ever hotter battle for coffee drinkers.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
February 28, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 28, 1906: “There is nothing more disgusting in a city of civilized population than to see a full-grown man display a “gun” which he habitually carries in his pocket. In these times of peace and police protection, there is no excuse whatever for any man carrying a gun unless he is in a very dangerous occupation. We have far too many gun-toters in our community and it is dangerous.
Rebels kill eight town councilors in attack
February 28, 2006
Rebels burst into a hotel in southern Colombia where local government officials were meeting Monday and killed eight town councilors, authorities said.
Former accountant reveals reserves raid
February 28, 2006
The former top accountant for Enron Corp.’s profitable trading division said Monday that he improperly raided reserves to increase earnings in mid-2000 when he got word that former Chief Executive Jeffrey Skilling and other superiors wanted results that would wow Wall Street.
Yates rejects plea offer from prosecutors
February 28, 2006
Andrea Yates’ attorney rejected a plea offer Monday that would have sent her to prison for 35 years for drowning her children and avoided a retrial.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
February 28, 2006
Gov. John Carlin’s severance tax proposal, amended to carry a $252 million revenue tag, went to the full membership of the Kansas House without a recommendation for or against passage. The measure was expected to be approved.
$90,000 grant would assist repair effort
February 28, 2006
Douglas County’s 103-year-old courthouse needs some expensive repairs.
Teens should realize how politics affect their lives - and take action
February 28, 2006
Wes: I try not to preach in this column. How well I avoid it is in the eye of the reader. But today I’m going to preach - not about what you should believe, but about believing in something and acting on that belief.
Historic preservation plan put on hold
February 28, 2006
Approval of the county’s heritage preservation plan was put on hold Monday by the Douglas County Commission.
Sewage treatment topic of city meeting
February 28, 2006
City leaders and residents this week will have a chance to learn about alternative ways to treat sewage.
Big Brother wanted
February 28, 2006
Taylor, an energetic and talkative 10-year-old, is seeking a Big Brother through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Douglas County program.
Debtors not likely deadbeats
Report: 97 percent of bankruptcy cases are unavoidable
February 28, 2006
In what will undoubtedly be the first of many “I told you so” reports, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys has found that, overwhelmingly, people who file for bankruptcy protection aren’t deadbeats who went on shopping sprees with the intention of shirking their debts.
Interior minister says he believes kidnapped journalist is still alive
February 28, 2006
The Iraqi Interior Minister believes that kidnapped American journalist Jill Carroll remains alive, his office said on Monday, one day after the deadline set by her captors for killing her.
Race’ continues to be ‘Amazing’
February 28, 2006
Time flies when you span the globe on a regular basis. We’re now up to the ninth installment of “The Amazing Race” (8 p.m., CBS). Tonight’s two-hour season premiere takes would-be millionaires from Denver, Colo., to the skyscrapers in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Along the way we’re introduced to the participating couples, including a pair of love-struck, self-proclaimed nerds who emerge as my early favorites.
Da Vinci Code’ case opens in London
February 28, 2006
It’s the latest twist for the mega-selling conspiracy thriller “The Da Vinci Code”: a lawsuit against the book’s publisher for breach of copyright that could taint the novel and delay the much-anticipated movie version.
Inmates agree to halt violence; authorities restore food, water
February 28, 2006
Rebellious inmates at Kabul’s main prison agreed Monday to halt violence, and authorities said they restored supplies of water, electricity and food to the prisoners after four people were killed and 38 wounded in the two-day uprising.
European Union grants Palestinians $143 million
Bloc offers money before Hamas takes over government
February 28, 2006
The European Union agreed Monday to grant $143 million in urgent aid to the Palestinians before a government led by the Islamic militant group Hamas takes power, a move aimed at preventing a financial collapse that could add to the chaos in the Middle East.
Water-line project set to disrupt downtown, stall summer traffic
Replacement work on Massachusetts Street runs May to October
February 28, 2006
The warm-up is over. The sequel to last year’s water-line replacement project - which snarled traffic in parts of downtown for more than three months - will tear up streets in the heart of downtown this May. And it is expected to last about a month-and-a-half longer than last year’s project.
Iraqi says thanks to Americans
February 28, 2006
Would you care to guess who said this: “To the courageous men and women of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, who have changed the city of Tall Afar (Iraq) from a ghost town, in which terrorists spread death and destruction, to a secure city flourishing with life”?
Kansas avoids debate on morning-after pill
February 28, 2006
Battles over access to the “morning-after pill” are raging in state legislatures nationwide, but Kansas - usually an eager participant in culture wars - is sitting this one out.
Iraqi security forces claim capture of senior insurgent
U.S. Ambassador: Threat of civil war has ended
February 28, 2006
Iraqi security forces announced the capture of a senior al-Qaida in Iraq figure as they sought to deflect criticism of their handling of a surge of sectarian violence. The U.S. ambassador said the risk of civil war from last week’s crisis was over.
Crisis in Iraq calls for more allied troops
February 28, 2006
Three years into the U.S.-led intervention in Iraq, that country teeters between the promise of a safer society and the sectarian chaos that Saddam Hussein’s dictatorial hand once controlled.
Fires, dry weather force ban on outdoor burning
Officials battle at least 14 grass fires during weekend
February 28, 2006
Firefighting officials are raising the alarm about grass fires, which have been breaking out with abnormal frequency due to an unusually dry winter.
Clemens’ son hits rocket off Roger
Astros’ prospect blasts pitch over fence; veteran pitcher dodges questions about possible retirement
February 28, 2006
Roger Clemens’ son took the Rocket deep on his first real pitch of spring training, crushing a trademark fastball over the left-field fence.
K.C.’s beloved Buck bypassed
Icon O’Neil: Don’t shed any tears ‘cause I’m not going to the Hall of Fame
February 28, 2006
Men and women dabbed at their eyes. People hugged quietly and ducked into little private spaces to speak in hushed tones.
Baldwin, Eudora win in sub-state
February 28, 2006
Osawatomie pulled within a point in the fourth quarter, but Baldwin High’s girls basketball team reeled off seven points in a minute to seal a 44-33 victory Monday in a first-round Class 4A sub-state game.
KU baseball suffers rash of injuries
February 28, 2006
Bad things, they say, happen in threes. Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price isn’t about to argue after three KU regulars suffered serious injuries during a three-game series in Nashville, Tenn.
Woodling: Women like men last year
February 28, 2006
Far be it from me to compare men and women. I’m not touching that one. And yet I feel compelled to liken this season’s Kansas University women’s basketball team to - are you ready? - last year’s KU men’s team.
St. Joseph plays key role in new Jesse James movie
February 28, 2006
Walking in the footsteps of Jesse James helped Ron Hansen write a book about the infamous outlaw more than 20 years ago.
Projects await funding
City may add 13th Street to list that totals $645,000
February 28, 2006
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, this much can be said with certainty about traffic-calming devices: Lawrence has a growing list of ones scheduled to be built.
Chuck Law
Firebirds’ interim boss survives tough rookie year
February 28, 2006
After 11 seasons as an assistant coach at the high school level, Chuck Law allowed himself to dream a little bit, looking two years into the future at the possibility of taking over the Free State High boys basketball program.
Self fan of senior speeches
Hawkins, Moody, Vinson, Niang to talk
February 28, 2006
A traditionalist, Bill Self likes the way Kansas University’s fans yearly honor the departing basketball players on Senior Night.
Driver asks Hawkins to cover car repairs
February 28, 2006
Lindsey Frye said she didn’t want to make trouble with the Kansas University men’s basketball team. She just wanted someone to fix her car.
In Lawrence, it’s hard not to be entertained
February 28, 2006
Spring arrived briefly in Lawrence last week, and I swear I could smell the creativity blooming.
Hollywood westerns distort Kansas history
February 28, 2006
Hollywood has featured Kansans for decades in westerns.
On the record
February 28, 2006
Law enforcement report
People in the news
February 28, 2006
George Michael arrested for suspected drug possession
Patrol seeks fuel deals
February 28, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.12 at Citgo, 2005 W. Ninth St. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Fun-loving Pistons in foul mood
Detroit draws five technicals, still takes care of Cleveland
February 28, 2006
Rasheed Wallace helped Detroit to back-to-back wins over the Cleveland Cavaliers and had a few laughs at their expense.
Keith shines at Combine
Lineman happy with showing; Gordon goes today
February 28, 2006
Wearing a sleeveless No. 27 jersey and with a more up-and-down frame than most of his fellow, thicker defensive linemen, former Kansas University standout Charlton Keith fared well at Monday’s NFL Combine workouts.
Earning the trust
Public officials with nothing to hide should have no objection to a law that would provide a way to monitor executive sessions.
February 28, 2006
Members of the public really have no way of knowing what elected officials discuss when they go behind closed doors for an executive session.
Tongie girls rout Piper
Chieftains open Class 4A sub-state with 72-32 victory
February 28, 2006
Tonganoxie High’s girls basketball squad obviously was listening when fans were chanting, “We want a T-town beat down,” in the opening minutes of a Class 4A sub-state Monday against Kansas City Piper.
Baseball, football grants at risk
February 28, 2006
Kansas University’s football and baseball programs stand to lose a slice of their scholarship allotments unless the NCAA agrees with KU’s recent request for a waiver on the punishment.
Sister county idea shelved, for now
February 28, 2006
Citing a lack of “fire in the belly” for spending money to establish a sister county program with China, Douglas County commissioners Monday took no action on the proposal.
March of the Salamanders’ gathers human help
Amphibians can cross the road to procreate, with coalition’s aid
February 28, 2006
Douglas County’s salamanders will get their own crossing guards.
Duke, UConn 1-2 in poll; Kansas tumbles to No. 18
February 28, 2006
It’s back to a familiar pair at the top of the Associated Press’ college basketball poll.
Chalk
Magazine targets college students, young adults
February 28, 2006
A glossy new full-color magazine envisioned by college students, written by college students and produced by college students is hitting the streets of Lawrence.
Kellerman going out on top
February 28, 2006
Anyone who has watched Nolan Kellerman run the football or pin a wrestler to the mat the last three years knows athletics come easy for him.
Sooners claim another 1-point win
February 28, 2006
Even after three straight one-point victories, Oklahoma still had some “Sooner Magic.”
Horoscopes
February 28, 2006
For Tuesday, Feb. 28
Kyle Schreiner and Lindsay Vannicola
February 28, 2006
Kyle Schreiner, Free State, Jr. - Boys basketball and Lindsay Vannicola, Free State, Sr. - Girls bowling
Fugitives appear in courts
Escapee, dog trainer’s trip had seemed ‘romantic getaway’
February 28, 2006
A convicted killer and the dog trainer accused of helping him escape from prison in a dog crate waived extradition to Kansas on Monday at separate hearings, where inmate John Manard was smiling and the married woman 20 years his elder was not.
Scientists claim to have found civilization buried by volcano
February 28, 2006
Scientists have found what they believe are traces of the lost Indonesian civilization of Tambora, which was wiped out in 1815 by the biggest volcanic eruption in recorded history.
Sports study clears funding hurdle
Barred from using capital outlay money, school district dips into general fund
February 28, 2006
A grassroots campaign to commission a study on how best to meet - and finance - the city’s ever-increasing recreational needs was given a green light Monday.
Young’s intelligence questioned
Texas coach Brown says report of low test score inaccurate
February 28, 2006
Even though Vince Young did not work out at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, the former Texas quarterback was by far the biggest story of the event.
Fred doth protest too much
February 28, 2006
Allow me to share with you an epiphany. I think Fred Phelps is gay.
Rooms that rock!
February 28, 2006
Ocean oasis brings winner’s bubbly personality to surface; Sixth-grader’s diverse style reflected in her eclectic pad; and ‘Star Wars’ room transports fan to galaxy far, far away.
Thieves disappear into Carnival crowds after robbing museum
February 28, 2006
For Carnival this year, six young men decided to go as art thieves.