Archive for Tuesday, January 3, 2006

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On the street
What is your sports New Year's resolution?

Poll results

Response Percent
Practice more than I have been
Demonstrate better sportsmanship on and off the court
Give more effort during games
Learn how to play a new sport
Total 5
What's the worth of New Year's resolutions that focus on parent/child relationships?

Poll results

Response Percent
Anything that focuses attention on the relationship can’t be a bad thing
Resolutions are hokey, no matter what they’re about
No hastily conceived resolution can tackle the complexity of such a relationship
Total 99

All stories

Baldwin residents told to boil water
January 3, 2006
Baldwin City residents were told this afternoon that they’ll need to boil their tap water because a line break has caused the potential for bacteria to leak into the city’s water supply.
Wellsville to be without water tonight
January 3, 2006
The city of Wellsville will be without water for at least the rest of tonight after a valve problem in the main supply line cut off water to the area over the weekend.
Abramoff pleads guilty to federal charges
Lobbyist faces 30 years if convicted
January 3, 2006
Once-powerful lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty today to federal charges of conspiracy, tax evasion and mail fraud, agreeing to cooperate in an influence-peddling investigation that threatens powerful members of Congress.
Temperatures to soar into 50s
07:40 a.m., January 3, 2006 Updated 11:10 a.m.
Take your time on the roads this morning - fog was reducing visibility down to a half mile about 7:25 a.m., said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
In the Halls
What is the worst movie to come out this year?
January 3, 2006
What is the worst movie to come out this year?
Ugly’ boot lifts ‘Bama to victory
January 3, 2006
As soon as the ball left Jamie Christensen’s foot, the only way to describe his 45-yard field goal attempt was “ugly.” It was low, it was wobbly, and it had a sideways spin that seemed certain to make the ball hook left even if it had enough oomph to reach the crossbar.
Big 12 awaits Jayhawks
Unbeaten KU women to take on Texas in league opener
January 3, 2006
Now the question is: Can Kansas University’s surging women’s basketball team carry the momentum of its fast start against so-so nonleague foes into Big 12 Conference play? “We’re on our way,” freshman point guard Ivana Catic said, “and we’re not going to stop.”
Oh, brother
Wrestling a family affair at Baldwin High
January 3, 2006
When Baldwin High needed a wrestling coach in the summer of 1999, Kit Harris jumped at the opportunity, leaving behind the higher profile that came with two years as the head man at Class 6A Washburn Rural for what he termed “a great family situation.”
KU women overcome ugly incident
January 3, 2006
I’m no historian, but I’m convinced the nadir of Kansas University women’s basketball occurred almost exactly two years ago. On paper, the Jayhawks bottomed out four years ago, when they played 16 Big 12 Conference games and didn’t win a single one. That was bad, all right.
Self pleased with Robinson’s play at point
KU combo guard has developed a passing fancy during Jayhawks’ last five games
January 3, 2006
Once careless with the basketball, Russell Robinson has become one of the most efficient distributors on Kansas University’s team. The 6-foot-1 sophomore combo guard from New York has 18 assists against four turnovers in the Jayhawks’ last five games. That compares to Robinson’s 12 assists and 13 turnovers in KU’s first six games and 25 assists against 32 turnovers his entire freshman season.
Questions loom as K.C. looks ahead
January 3, 2006
chiefs wrapup
Clarett turns himself in to police
Former Ohio State standout charged with robbery
January 3, 2006
Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett turned himself in Monday night on charges of robbing two people at gunpoint in an alley behind a bar. His lawyer, Percy Squire, said his client would be jailed overnight and was set to appear in court today, where he planned to enter a plea of not guilty.
Gone. Gone. Gone. Gone.
Quartet of NFL coaches receives pink slips
January 3, 2006
Hokies overcome adversity, rally past Louisville, 35-24
January 3, 2006
Virginia Tech players danced around the field, pausing for hugs, posing for photographs and praising their come-from-behind victory. The Hokies had a much better experience in the River City this time. Marcus Vick threw two touchdown passes, Cedric Humes ran for 113 yards, and No. 12 Virginia Tech rallied to beat 15th-ranked Louisville, 35-24, Monday in the Gator Bowl.
CB Brown sparks Gators, 31-24
January 3, 2006
When Urban Meyer talks about Florida football, he singles out Vernell Brown. “If there’s a poster or something out there that says ‘Florida Gators,’ I want his mug right there,” Meyer said after Brown, who broke his leg two months ago, came back Monday and scored on an interception to help Florida beat No. 25 Iowa, 31-24, in the Outback Bowl.
Big plays carry Buckeyes
January 3, 2006
Troy Smith outplayed Brady Quinn, and Jim Tressel outfoxed Charlie Weis. Fourth-ranked Ohio State jumped on No. 5 Notre Dame with big play after big play Monday night in a 34-20 Fiesta romp, sending the Irish to their eighth consecutive bowl defeat.
Badgers win one for coach
Wisconsin sends Alvarez out a winner
January 3, 2006
With a masterful offensive performance and a surprisingly stingy defense, Wisconsin gave coach Barry Alvarez a proper sendoff. Brian Calhoun rushed for 213 yards, John Stocco passed for 301, and Brandon Williams had 173 yards receiving, lifting the No. 21 Badgers to a 24-10 victory over No. 7 Auburn in the Capital One Bowl on Monday.
Mountaineers prove worth with 38-35 win
January 3, 2006
Enough with those jokes about the Big East. West Virginia clearly deserved its place in the Bowl Championship Series. Steve Slaton rushed for a record 204 yards and three touchdowns to lead the No. 11 Mountaineers to a 38-35 victory over eighth-ranked Georgia, which couldn’t take advantage of the home-field edge Monday night in the first Sugar Bowl ever played outside New Orleans.
Blue Devils coast past Bison, 84-50
January 3, 2006
Shelden Williams sensed it like everyone else. For some reason, Duke backed off against Bucknell. “We kind of relaxed a little bit, and they got a little confidence, a little bounce in their step,” Williams said. “We had to play the rest of the game.”
UT overpowers Memphis
January 3, 2006
Texas turned out to be too physical for Memphis. P.J. Tucker had 24 points and 13 rebounds, and Daniel Gibson added 18 points as No. 15 Texas beat fourth-ranked Memphis, 69-58, Monday, snapping the Tigers’ eight-game winning streak.
Sunni Arab group agrees on outlines of coalition government
January 3, 2006
Iraq’s main Sunni Arab group made an unprecedented trip north to see the Kurds and agreed Monday for the first time on broad outlines for a coalition government - possibly opening a way out of the political turmoil that has gripped the country since disputed elections.
On the Record
January 3, 2006
Bird experts find species shrinking
Biologists cite West Nile virus
January 3, 2006
Several once-common bird species are dwindling in numbers at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, and experts believe the West Nile virus is to blame. Seventeen researchers who conducted the annual Christmas bird count were surprised that they didn’t see a single black-capped chickadee, which they say is unusual.
Lawrence Datebook
January 3, 2006
Kerry keeps 2008 presidential election options open
January 3, 2006
It’s almost as if Sen. John Kerry never stopped running for president. He still jets across the country, raising millions of dollars and rallying Democrats. He still stalks the TV news show circuit, scolding President Bush at every turn.
Study shows children no safer in SUVs than cars
January 3, 2006
Children are no safer riding in sport utility vehicles than in passenger cars, largely because the doubled risk of rollovers in SUVs cancels out the safety advantages of their greater size and weight, according to a study.
Protesters drowned out at service for soldier
January 3, 2006
Army 1st Lt. Benjamin Thomas Britt helped make a difference in the world, Monsignor Joseph Tash told mourners gathered Monday for the funeral of the 24-year-old soldier killed while leading a patrol in Iraq.
Police rescue two pilots after small plane crashes
January 3, 2006
A student pilot and his instructor were rescued from the Hudson River on Monday after their single-engine plane crashed off the Yonkers city pier, police said.
Cat calls 911 to help owner, police say
January 3, 2006
Police aren’t sure how else to explain it. But when an officer walked into a Columbus apartment Thursday to answer a 911 call, an orange-and-tan striped cat was lying by a telephone on the living room floor. The cat’s owner, Gary Rosheisen, was on the ground near his bed, having fallen out of his wheelchair.
Independence Air to shut down Thursday
January 3, 2006
Independence Air, which won fans with its low fares, announced plans Monday to cease operations just days into the new year.
Book: CIA ignored data that Iraq had no WMD
January 3, 2006
A new book on the government’s secret anti-terrorism operations describes how the CIA recruited an Iraqi-American anesthesiologist in 2002 to obtain information from her brother, who was a figure in Saddam Hussein’s nuclear program.
Residents begin cleanup as storms finally pass
January 3, 2006
Homeowners shoveled away mud and other debris and authorities worked to repair damaged levees Monday after a pair of storms flooded Northern California’s wine country. The rain let up over the hard-hit region and moved into Central and Southern California, drenching the Rose Parade for the first time since 1955 and threatening mudslides on hills stripped bare by last summer’s wildfires.
People in the News
January 3, 2006
¢ ‘Tonight Show’ announcer welcomes third baby ¢ Judi Dench says she never reads plays, simply takes roles ¢ ‘Sopranos’ actress cleans up bills by investing in real estate ¢ more…
Rains wash away Rose Bowl Parade’s dry streak
January 3, 2006
For the first time since 1955, rain doused the 117th edition of the Tournament of Roses, which ordinarily is a kind of infomercial for sun-drenched, citrus-sweet Southern California. Even so, hundreds of thousands of sturdy, poncho-clad souls lined Pasadena streets on Monday to cheer on 25 marching bands, gape at 48 flower-bedecked floats, and wave back at Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the parade’s grand marshal.
U.S. soldier, passers-by wounded in car bombing
January 3, 2006
A suspected suicide bomber detonated explosives in a car near a U.S. military convoy Monday in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, killing himself and wounding an American soldier and two passers-by, officials said.
U.N. seeks interview with Syrian president
January 3, 2006
The U.N. commission investigating the assassination of a prominent Lebanese politician has asked to interview Syria’s president and foreign minister, the panel’s spokeswoman said Monday. Nasra Hassan also said investigators want to interview former Syrian Vice President Abdul-Halim Khaddam “as soon as possible.”
N. Korea: Until sanctions lifted, talks ‘impossible’
January 3, 2006
North Korea said today it cannot return to international nuclear disarmament talks unless the United States lifts sanctions imposed for its alleged currency counterfeiting and other illegal activities.
Death toll from flash floods rises to 51
January 3, 2006
Rescuers searching through mud and debris left by flash floods in central Indonesia found more 17 bodies today, bringing to 51 the number of people killed in the disaster.
Russia says it will increase gas flow to Europe
January 3, 2006
Russian natural gas monopoly OAO Gazprom promised Monday to boost the amount of gas it ships to European customers through Ukraine, claiming that country was stealing gas intended for the winter-bound continent.
Ice rink roof collapses; 10 believed dead
January 3, 2006
An ice rink roof collapsed onto dozens of skaters after heavy snowfall in the Bavarian Alps on Monday, and at least 10 people were believed dead, with other victims feared trapped between debris and the frozen surface of the rink.
Burned-out towns searched for victims
January 3, 2006
Carol Ezzell shook her head in disbelief as she stood between the burned-out shell of her mother-in-law’s home and the charred remains of a grocery store that her husband’s family started in the 1950s. Both structures were destroyed by a grass fire that devastated most of this ranch-and-cattle town near the Oklahoma border.
2006 legislature Lawmakers get a jump on new bills
January 3, 2006
Prohibiting 15-year-olds from marrying, protecting property from condemnation, and phasing out the franchise tax are among a number of proposals that have been drawn up for the 2006 Legislature. The bills have been filed in preparation for the session that starts Monday.
Hanging by a thread
Worst movies of 2005 fall short of mediocre
January 3, 2006
I’ve never walked out of a movie. No matter how irritating, repulsive, juvenile, confusing or just plain boring the experience can be, I know in the back of my mind there is room for retribution. I can always place that dud on my Worst of Film list. Starting with the worst, here are this year’s cinematic culprits…
January 3, 2006
For Tuesday, Jan. 3
Double Take: Parents, teens can get along with a little resolve
January 3, 2006
In the spirit of the New Year, Marissa and I propose five resolutions for teens and parents to adopt in 2006. I’ll start with my resolutions for parents, and Marissa will follow with her suggestions for teens.
State science standards sent for rewrite
January 3, 2006
The State Board of Education isn’t through with the science standards yet. Because of copyright disputes, portions of the standards are having to be rewritten, a process that could take several more weeks and cost several thousand more dollars.
New Year’s baby, mom recovering
January 3, 2006
For Tracy Candelaria, of Lawrence, the New Year started like a whirlwind. Within a four-hour stretch Sunday, a doctor told her she was both dangerously sick and about to give birth a month premature, then proceeded to save both her and her child’s life.
Old Home Town
January 3, 2006
¢ 25 years ago ¢ 40 years ago ¢ 100 years ago
Experts: Be careful when using e-pharmacies
January 3, 2006
People using Internet-based pharmacies to buy medication and beauty products can put their health and physical well-being at stake. That’s why the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, a licensing agency in Mount Prospect, Ill., has developed the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites program, or VIPPS, to assure consumers that they are dealing with licensed pharmacies.
Women gain on men in Internet usage
January 3, 2006
Traditionally, women have lagged behind men in adoption of Internet technologies, but a study released last week by the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that women under age 65 now outpace men in Internet usage, though only by a few percentage points. The report found that 86 percent of women ages 18 to 29 were online, compared with 80 percent of men in the same age group.
Artist sues Amazon
January 3, 2006
An icon of the ‘60s is taking on an icon of the Internet age. Robert Crumb, the counterculture illustrator known for characters such as Mr. Natural and Fritz the Cat, has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Inc., accusing the Internet retailer of using his images without permission.
Police fatally shoot attacker in Kansas City
January 3, 2006
A police officer fatally shot a machete-wielding man, authorities said. The 25-year-old officer said something struck his car about 10 p.m. Sunday, so he turned it around and approached two men.
Concept roadster plays on Xbox 360
January 3, 2006
Gentleman, start your video games. Nissan Motor Co. this month will unveil at Detroit’s auto show a concept sports car, called the Urge, equipped with Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 video game system.
Finance author keeps it simple
January 3, 2006
Kids do say the darndest things. Once, I promised my daughter Jillian that I would do something the following day. By the end of the day, I knew I couldn’t keep my promise. So I warned Jillian, who was 4 at the time, that I would have to try again the next day. “Tomorrow, Jillian, tomorrow,” I said.
Better days ahead - if we demand them
January 3, 2006
To make this New Year’s greeting special, I am writing it in the total privacy of my office, with the door closed. You are the very first person to read this. That is, except for the FBI, CIA, NSA, IRS, EOP and Big Brother. Also the IT department controlling my server, Microsoft sending pop-up “install update” messages, and my husband, whose “Go to My PC” program can get into my laptop.
Young Elvis fills the bill at Spangles
January 3, 2006
Most people have seen Elvis Presley impersonators who resemble the king of rock ‘n’ roll about as much as Willie Nelson resembles Liberace. But here comes Marc Baker, who, at age 16, looks and croons like the young Elvis. A junior at West High School here, Marc says he comes from a musical family and that his family is very supportive of his job.
Analysis: Lawmakers await audit of school costs
Republicans under pressure to increase state funding
January 3, 2006
Legislators, particularly conservative Republicans, could be headed for big trouble. Some of them know it, and they’re nervous. The potential trouble is an audit due out Monday. It’s supposed to tell legislators how much additional money they need to spend on public schools to meet their duty under the Kansas Constitution to provide a suitable education to every child.
School districts searching for agriculture educators
Colleges recruit students as national shortage of teachers grows
January 3, 2006
Jason Larison moves around his classroom, helping students in an agriculture business class at Holton High School use their laptops to complete a test review. Later, using an electronic chalkboard that allows students to retrieve his notes on their laptops, he lectures on the relative merits of sole ownership, partnerships and corporations.
Soldier fears spy image
January 3, 2006
As Americans take stock of the news that the government has been involved in domestic warrantless eavesdropping as well as surveillance of “potentially threatening people or organizations inside the United States,” many people are troubled, including me.
Hazmat concern shuts U.S. 24
Highway briefly closed during investigation of ammonia theft
January 3, 2006
The reported theft of dangerous chemicals near grain elevators in Midland Junction forced local police, fire and hazardous materials responders to scramble Monday. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office shut down traffic along U.S. Highway 24 for less than a half hour on Monday afternoon while officials tested whether anhydrous ammonia - a potentially deadly gas - had leaked from tanks that someone had opened.
E-Liquidation Co.
Enron cleanup process could top $1 billion
January 3, 2006
Four years after Enron Corp. collapsed, the Houston energy trader clings to life as “the financial equivalent of a Superfund site,” its chairman said. New managers are struggling to clean up after the firm’s December 2001 bankruptcy - a process they say is likely to run into 2008. Two operating divisions must be unloaded.
Poll: What’s the worth of New Year’s resolutions that focus on parent/teen relationships?
January 3, 2006
Is it a good idea to make resolutions about important relationships in our lives?
Campaign light
Action to shine some light on the financing of Kansas political campaigns is long overdue.
January 3, 2006
The state’s campaign finance reporting system should have been cleaned up years ago. Reforms certainly should have gotten attention in the 2005 legislative session when a specific package was proposed by the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission.
Rescuers work to save trapped miners
January 3, 2006
A coal mine explosion that may have been sparked by lightning trapped 13 miners 260 feet below ground Monday, and rescuers went in to find them after waiting almost 12 agonizing hours for dangerous gases to clear. The condition of the miners was not immediately known.
Choice: Civil liberties or safety?
January 3, 2006
This will be remembered as the year in which mass surveillance became normal, even popular. Revelations about the Bush administration’s domestic eavesdropping rocked the civil liberties establishment, but the country as a whole didn’t seem upset.
Local tax preparers offer tips for filing
Certified accountant recommends e-filing
January 3, 2006
Its time to start thinking about the dreaded chore of filing income tax forms. Relax. It’s not going to be as hard as you might think. Especially if you have a computer and can purchase a tax filing computer program.
Higher education moves toward privatization
January 3, 2006
As Education Secretary Margaret Spellings’ new Commission on the Future of Higher Education gets to work, it might do well to begin by acknowledging this fact: The historical business model for public higher education is broken and cannot be fixed. The days are long gone when generous government subsidies allowed public colleges to keep tuition low.