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Mother charged in death of child
January 6, 2006
Nearly three months after the death of a 5-month-old, the Douglas County District Attorney’s office filed criminal charges against the child’s mother.
Bar owner files motion to halt enforcement of smoking ban
January 6, 2006
Lawrence bar owner Dennis Steffes is continuing his fight to have the city’s smoking ban declared unconstitutional.
Child death case takes new twist
January 6, 2006
A preliminary hearing for a man charged with the murder of his 5-month-old daughter was delayed today when the case took a new twist.
Arrests made in North Lawrence robbery
January 6, 2006
One of the suspects is a former employee of the Presto Convenience Store.
Cheney visits Fort Leavenworth
January 6, 2006
Vice President Dick Cheney made a brief stop at the fort, the oldest army outpost west of the Mississippi.
Serologicals to sell Lawrence plant
January 6, 2006
Serologicals Corp. announced Friday that it would not open its $28 million bio-manufacturing plant in the East Hills Business Park, and instead would prepare the property for sale.
Governor asks for $5 million annually for KU cancer center
January 6, 2006
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today called on lawmakers to commit $5 million annually to the cancer center at the Kansas University Medical Center.
Sunny afternoon ahead
January 6, 2006
Don’t let this morning’s gloomy gray skies get you down - sunny skies will brighten up Lawrence this afternoon, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Authorities responding to three-vehicle accident
At least one person injured
07:53 a.m., January 6, 2006 Updated 09:08 a.m.
At least one person was injured in a three-vehicle accident this morning about two miles north of Lawrence on U.S. Highway 59.
Academics draw professor back to schoolhouse from Statehouse
Loomis: Partisanship ‘permeated everything’
January 6, 2006
After a year at the center of Kansas politics, professor Burdett Loomis is leaving his temporary seat in the governor’s office and returning to his full-time job at Kansas University. “In the end, I’m an academic,” said Loomis, a political science professor who has served as director of administrative communications for Gov. Kathleen Sebelius since December 2004.
USC has Heismans; Texas owns title
January 6, 2006
The Trojans had the horses and the Heismans. But Texas had the ball. And The Man. And on a dizzying night, where defenses and one winning streak vanished in breathless fashion, a night that lived up to its Hollywood hype, Texas quarterback Vince Young made certain that that was enough.
NASCAR rejects K.C. bid
Potential Hall of Fame sites cut to three
January 6, 2006
NASCAR has narrowed the possible sites for its first official Hall of Fame to Atlanta, Charlotte or Daytona Beach, Fla., and expects to pick a winning city by the end of March.
Rose Bowl draws huge viewerships
January 6, 2006
Texas’ last-minute victory over Southern California in the Rose Bowl drew the highest rating for a college football game in 19 years.
Longhorns’ future hinges on Young
January 6, 2006
The Texas Longhorns’ drive to the national championship depended on Vince Young. So does their future. It won’t necessarily be a pass or run that makes the difference. Instead, it’ll come down to a personal decision he makes with his family. Whether the QB returns for his senior season or leaves for the NFL will have a huge impact on Texas’ chances of defending its first outright national championship in 36 years.
FSHS, LHS 2-3 at meet
Mighty SM North takes title at five-team swimming/diving event
January 6, 2006
Free State High boys swimming coach Annette McDonald took a realistic approach into Thursday’s five-team meet at the Firebirds’ home pool. She didn’t expect her team would knock off mighty Shawnee Mission North, but she wanted to see her swimmers put up a fight and make the final outcome interesting.
Chiefs could name Edwards as early as today
After day of hardball negotiations, Jets ready to release coach, sources say
January 6, 2006
At 9:15 Thursday morning, Herman Edwards gathered his assistant coaches in a meeting room at Weeb Ewbank Hall and, for the first time, acknowledged his uncertain future as the Jets’ coach. He told the coaches he was in “limbo,” according to sources. At that point, the Edwards compensation talks between the Jets and Chiefs were stalled.
Ex-Jayhawk Miles cut by Warriors
January 6, 2006
The Golden State Warriors have waived guard Aaron Miles, executive vice president of basketball operations Chris Mullin announced Thursday. Miles, a Kansas University product, appeared in 19 regular-season games for Golden State, averaging 0.8 points and 1.3 assists in 6.2 minutes per contest.
McGrady gives Rockets lift
January 6, 2006
As long as Tracy McGrady’s back doesn’t give out, he’ll gladly carry the Houston Rockets. McGrady scored 34 points, Juwan Howard made two late jumpers, and the getting-healthier-by-the day Houston Rockets got their second straight quality road victory, 90-81, over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night.
Missouri women on rise
Tigers: Baylor win proof of improvement
January 6, 2006
Missouri, picked in the preseason to finish 10th in the Big 12 Conference, is out to prove its detractors wrong. Beating the defending national champions, as the Tigers did with a 64-61 victory over No. 4 Baylor in their conference opener, goes a long way toward making their case.
Louisville gets rude Big East welcome
Villanova runs past Cardinals, 76-67; Illinois fends off MSU
January 6, 2006
Louisville coach Rick Pitino had joked that watching Villanova on tape made him sick. Seeing the third-ranked Wildcats zip by his ninth-ranked Cardinals 76-67 on Thursday night made Pitino dizzy and his players believers about what lies ahead in the Big East.
Kansas’ Gordon considering jump to NFL
January 6, 2006
Kansas University football standout Charles Gordon continues to mull a decision whether to declare for the NFL draft or return for his senior season - and time is running out. Reached Thursday in Carson, Calif., Gordon’s mother, Terri Wilson, said no decision had been made.
Woodling: Ending to Rose deja vu
January 6, 2006
On the surface, it looked like a bummer, an unfortunate but unavoidable coincidence. Kansas University was playing a men’s basketball game against Yale at the same time as the BCS championship football game between Texas and USC.
Keegan: UK’s Rondo complete player
January 6, 2006
Kentucky’s Tubby Smith has three 7-footers on his roster. If Jared Carter stood on Shagari Alleyne’s head and Lukasz Obrzut stood on Carter’s head, they could form the world’s first 21-foot-5 center. Combined, they have 59 rebounds for Kentucky, which visits Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday morning.
Marquee matchup
Win over Kentucky would be ‘big feather’ for KU
January 6, 2006
Kansas University’s men’s basketball team, currently slotted 139th in the country in the RPI ratings, is in need of a marquee nonconference victory. That victory - which coach Bill Self says would bolster his team’s confidence entering Big 12 Conference play and, no doubt, would make the Jayhawks (8-4) seem a more attractive NCAA Tournament candidate on Selection Sunday…
On the Record
January 6, 2006
Lawrence Datebook
January 6, 2006
I-70 lanes reopened
January 6, 2006
A dispatcher with the Kansas Turnpike Authority said the eastbound lanes on Interstate 70 west of the Lecompton-Lawrence exit were opened back up for two-lane traffic Thursday night.
Wilt’ show wins international award
January 6, 2006
During Wilt Chamberlain’s dominant basketball career at Kansas University, Maurice King was a teammate, Max Falkenstein a play-by-play man, Jerry Waugh an assistant coach, and Bill Mayer a sports columnist.
Kansas Bioscience Authority exploring investment options
January 6, 2006
Health technology
Evangelist links Sharon’s stroke to God’s wrath
January 6, 2006
Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson suggested Thursday that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s stroke was divine punishment for “dividing God’s land.”
Sharon in stable condition, remains in induced coma
January 6, 2006
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was in stable condition today morning in a medically induced coma to prevent further damage from a massive stroke. Doctors said he could be brought out slowly during the weekend, allowing a better assessment of his condition. Sharon’s cranial pressure was steady, meaning there is no need to drain fluid from his brain, Hadassah Hospital Director Shlomo Mor-Yosef said during this morning’s press briefing.
Resident admits growing marijuana
Douglas County a ‘target-rich’ environment for growth operations, KBI says
January 6, 2006
Being home to the state’s largest university helps make Douglas County attractive to marijuana growers, according to state law enforcement officials. “We do seem to have more than our fair share of marijuana-growing operations in the general area” of Douglas and Jefferson counties, said Kyle Smith, spokesman for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. “It’s a target-rich environment.”
Lawrence firemen aim to preserve history
Talk of restoring idle truck revs up
January 6, 2006
If nothing else, it’s cool to see a fire engine that looks like it should be in a cartoon. The 1917 American LaFrance ladder truck - the first ladder truck the city of Lawrence ever owned - fits that bill. “It’s the type of truck that you have a guy driving in the front and a guy driving in the back,” said Harold Mallonee, a retired Lawrence firefighter who also served as the department’s historian.
Health care costs worry leaders
January 6, 2006
In recent months, lawmakers have focused most of their attention on school funding, but it is increasing health care costs that have many state leaders even more worried. “Medicaid, long-term, is still the most critical issue facing the state,” Senate President Steve Morris, R-Hugoton, said.
Corkins drops bid for school vouchers
January 6, 2006
Education Commissioner Bob Corkins on Thursday retreated from his plan to create a voucher system that would use state tax dollars to send certain students to private schools. “Now is not the time for the state board to make a pronouncement on this issue,” Corkins said. “This idea has not received the full public debate it needs before expecting the board to act on it.”
Democrats consider delay of confirmation vote
January 6, 2006
Senate Democrats are considering a plan that could delay a committee vote on Samuel Alito’s Supreme Court nomination for at least a week, slowing what could have been a quick confirmation for President Bush’s pick to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
Governor seeks to move beyond failed election
January 6, 2006
A politically weakened Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sought Thursday to move beyond his failed special election proposals, urging lawmakers to work together and assuring them, “I have learned my lesson.” In his third State of the State speech, Schwarzenegger asked Californians to put behind them a year filled with acrimony over the election and devoid of significant political accomplishment.
Teen reported missing from cruise ship
January 6, 2006
A 15-year-old cruise passenger from Ireland was reported missing early Thursday in waters off Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, the latest in a string of disappearances from cruise ships.
Padilla makes first court appearance
January 6, 2006
Jose Padilla, the alleged al-Qaida operative held as an “enemy combatant” for more than three years, made his first appearance in court Thursday after he was taken from a Navy brig and flown to Miami.
Miners left farewell notes saying they didn’t suffer
January 6, 2006
Some of the 12 coal miners who died in the Sago Mine disaster scrawled farewell notes assuring their loved ones that their final hours trapped underground amid toxic gases were not spent in agony. “Tell all I (will) see them on the other side,” read the brief note found with the body of 51-year-old mine foreman Martin Toler Jr. “It wasn’t bad. I just went to sleep. I love you. Jr.”
Governor orders DNA retested
Man executed in 1992 maintained innocence in murder, rape
January 6, 2006
Gov. Mark R. Warner on Thursday ordered DNA evidence retested to determine whether a man convicted of rape and murder was innocent when he was executed in 1992.
Florida Supreme Court rules school vouchers unconstitutional
January 6, 2006
The Florida Supreme Court struck down a statewide voucher system Thursday that allowed children to attend private schools at taxpayer expense - a program Gov. Jeb Bush considered one of his proudest achievements. It was the nation’s first statewide voucher program.
State’s budget picture looks brighter for 2006
January 6, 2006
State government’s budget picture has brightened considerably since 2003 when the till was empty. “Things are certainly better than they were earlier,” said Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ budget director Duane Goossen. “That has really helped put us in a better position.”
Some Kansas NBC affiliates refusing to air ‘Book of Daniel’
January 6, 2006
Television stations in at least three states, including Kansas, are refusing to broadcast a new NBC series about an Episcopal priest who abuses painkillers, has a gay son, a promiscuous straight son, a daughter who deals marijuana and a wife who drinks too much.
NBC brings soap opera ‘The Book of Daniel’ to Friday night
January 6, 2006
In an effort to attract viewers back to Friday nights, NBC makes a bold move - don’t dare call it a “Hail Mary Pass” - and serves up a soap opera about a reverend. But this isn’t about a Roman Catholic priest. In fact, “The Book of Daniel” (9 p.m., NBC) is a lot more “O.C.” than “R.C.”
Teacher held for alleged sex with student
January 6, 2006
A teacher has been arrested on allegations that she had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student. Nadine Nunnelee, 40, of Garden City, was taken into custody Wednesday at Garden City High School, said police Capt. Mike Utz. She had not yet been charged Thursday, Finney County Atty. John Wheeler Jr. said.
K.C. sheet metal union accused of bypassing black members
January 6, 2006
Five black members of a Kansas City construction union allege in a federal lawsuit that the union is bypassing its minority members for jobs created by the city’s current building boom. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, is the latest salvo in a simmering dispute between minority leaders and city and industry leaders.
Probation reinstated for man involved in 2003 rape case
January 6, 2006
A Lawrence man convicted in a child sex crime case will get a second chance at probation because of his case manager’s neglect, a Douglas County judge ruled Thursday. Judge Paula Martin reinstated a five-year probation sentence for Michael Rayton, 30, who in 2004 entered a plea to taking aggravated indecent liberties with a child.
Turnpike widening closes part of road
January 6, 2006
A section of Douglas County Road 1029 north of Lecompton has been closed for work on an Interstate 70 bridge.
Basehor pedestrian killed in accident
January 6, 2006
A Basehor man was killed Wednesday afternoon after he was struck by a minivan on 174th Street northeast of Basehor.
Boil advisory lifted
January 6, 2006
Residents of Baldwin no longer need to boil their drinking water.
Bush speaks at event attended by chancellor
January 6, 2006
President Bush spoke Thursday at the U.S. State Department’s University Presidents Summit, an event attended by Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway.
Brokeback Mountain’ a dull and overrated affair
January 6, 2006
It is a gripping love story about two individuals whose unconventional affair is not easily understood by the rest of society. I’m of course referring to “King Kong.” “Brokeback Mountain,” on the other hand, is a monotonous and often inadvertently campy romance that rivals “The Hours” as the most overrated movie of the decade. Talk about making mountains out of molehills.
CyDex hires development executive
January 6, 2006
CyDex Inc., a Lenexa-based specialty pharmaceutical company born at Kansas University, announced Thursday that it had hired Jose Rodriguez as vice president of business development. Rodriguez comes to CyDex from Perrigo Co., where he managed a pipeline of 23 products as business development manager.
Prison shootout kills 13
January 6, 2006
A shootout between inmates at Honduras’ biggest prison left at least 13 inmates dead and another 30 wounded Thursday, officials said. The confrontation began at the National Penitentiary on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa, the capital. Honduran Security Minister Armando Calidonio said police and guards had restored control at the facility…
Parents’ job
Parents should have much higher aspirations for child-rearing than the legal parameters set by the state.
January 6, 2006
Here’s sort of a scary thought: “Many parents look to the law for what is safe behavior for their children,” Cindy D’Ercole, a spokeswoman for Kansas Action for Children, said last week.
Taliban claims suicide bomb that kills 10
January 6, 2006
A suicide bomb exploded in a crowded market Thursday in an Afghan town just a few hundred yards from where the U.S. ambassador was meeting with local leaders. Ten Afghans were killed and 50 wounded in the deadliest of a recent series of attacks.
Warm feelings
January 6, 2006
To the editor: One of the highlights of my holiday season is the annual Old West Lawrence Potluck and Caroling Party at Susan and Brad Tate’s. It’s unrivaled in quality cuisine, Christmas cheer and holiday high jinks. But the sweetest part is the feeling of belonging, of being a contributing and valued part of the family neighborhood.
Bullying decried
January 6, 2006
To the editor: Jan. 1, the Journal-World published its list of Lawrence top stories. There is one more news story, “Student reaches $440,000 settlement in sex harassment case,” Dec. 24, that should have made the list. A brave student, with the support of his parents, held his school district responsible for the bullying that he endured for years.
Town mourns after 15th victim pulled from rink
January 6, 2006
Bad Reichenhall, the town where 15 people died in the collapse of a skating rink, began mourning in earnest Thursday, laying out a book of condolence and scheduling memorial services for the mostly young victims after the last body was pulled from the rubble.
Holiday retail sales rise by 3.2 percent
January 6, 2006
Retailers faced an uncertain 2006 Thursday after December’s modest sales gains showed that the holiday shopping season, while overall respectable, was disappointing for some of the nation’s most prominent merchants. As expected, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. was one of the stragglers, falling short of Wall Street’s expectations and warning about its fourth-quarter profits.
U.S. sailor under investigation in death
January 6, 2006
The U.S. Navy is investigating whether an American sailor was involved in the slaying of a 56-year-old Japanese woman, police and diplomatic sources said Thursday, putting the spotlight once again on Japan’s uncomfortable relationship with the massive U.S. military presence on its soil.
Sister of bird flu victim succumbs to disease
January 6, 2006
Bird flu killed a second teenager in eastern Turkey early Thursday, one day after health officials confirmed her brother as the first fatality by the virus outside of East Asia. Fatma Kocyigit, 15, died four days after her brother in the same hospital where four members of the family were admitted several weeks ago, according to the semi-official Anatolia news agency.
Positive trend
A reduction in drunken driving arrests would be a great trend for Lawrence in 2006.
January 6, 2006
It’s great news that only three people were arrested on New Year’s weekend on charges of operating a vehicle while under the influence.
3 U.S. climbers among victims of rock slide
January 6, 2006
Three American mountain climbers were killed and another seriously wounded in a rock slide on Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, an official said on Thursday.
Tax credits continue for angel investors
January 6, 2006
The second term of the Kansas Angel Investor Tax Credit Program starts this week, enabling Kansas Angel-accredited investors to receive 50 percent tax credits on cash investments of up to $50,000 in a qualified Kansas business.
Howard Stern gets $220M in stock
January 6, 2006
Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. will give Howard Stern 34 million shares of stock - worth about $220 million at Thursday’s prices
Many consumers fuzzy on high-definition TVs
Lawrence consultant tuned into equipment needs
January 6, 2006
Mike Jacob knows enough to know that he doesn’t know enough about high-definition televisions to set one up himself. He’s in the minority. Surveys show that most people who buy HDTVs these days aren’t equipped - both literally and figuratively - to properly set up the expensive sets in their living rooms, offices or well-appointed home theaters.
Sharing spirit
January 6, 2006
To the editor: I would like to thank the lady who provided dry and warm clothing to my son and friends on the morning of a brand new year (Jan. 1). It was quite a shock to these young men experiencing a water main break with water gushing in their car.
Landlord can ask for tax return
January 6, 2006
My wife and I recently applied to rent a house. When we told the landlord that we are self-employed, the landlord said that we would also have to include a copy of our most recent tax return with the application. This seems like an invasion of our privacy. Was the landlord’s request legal?
Mommy track still debated
January 6, 2006
Let me begin the new year by taking my (party) hat off to Terry Hekker. Here’s to an elder with the courage to offer her own life story as a cautionary tale. I don’t remember the column Hekker wrote a quarter-century ago in The New York Times on the satisfactions of being a housewife and mother in an age of “do-your-own-thing.”
Iraq, China, Iran are spots to watch in ‘06
January 6, 2006
January gives a foreign affairs columnist the excuse to predict what will be the most gripping stories of 2006, and what readers should watch for in each case. Some choices are obvious, some more subjective. Here are three I know will grab me in the coming year. No surprise, the biggest - when it comes to immediate American foreign policy concerns - will still be Iraq.
5 U.S. soldiers, 125 Iraqis die in suicide bombings
January 6, 2006
Suicide bombers infiltrated a line of police recruits and a crowd of Shiite pilgrims Thursday as insurgents killed 125 civilians and five U.S. soldiers, escalating attacks while political factions worked to forge a coalition government. The stark surge in post-election violence produced familiar but heartrending images on a day that was the fourth deadliest since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.
At least 20 pilgrims killed when building collapses
January 6, 2006
With spotlights, cameras and microphones, rescuers searched for survivors of an eight-story building collapse that killed at least 20 people Thursday, the latest tragedy to mar the annual gathering of millions of Muslims in Islam’s holiest city. The Interior Ministry said 59 people were injured, but nobody would say - or knew - how many more were trapped in the rubble…
Kline pushing tougher sex crime sentences
January 6, 2006
Those who rape children would serve longer prison terms and face life without parole for a second conviction under proposals Atty. Gen. Phill Kline plans to submit to legislators. Kline also wants to make it a felony to help a sex offender evade a Kansas law requiring offenders released from prison to register with law enforcement officials.
Upstart criticizes Thatcherism
January 6, 2006
In America, the party out of power gets to respond when the president makes a major address. The outs try to contrast their viewpoint with the president on one or more issues, hoping to show their ideas are more worthy of voter consideration in the next election.
Poll: If you had to add one more song to the list of 20 downloadable must-haves, which would you pick?
January 6, 2006
These were some runners-up on my list of 20 dowloadable classics from the last four decades. Which should have made the final cut?
The lowdown on your download
Here are some key pieces fit for any mp3 collection
January 6, 2006
Face facts: It’s time to start over. Your music collection is scattered all over the place. You have too many CDs that you don’t ever listen to. Some of your best stuff (and your parents’ best stuff) is only on cassette, vinyl or - yikes - eight-track tape.
Poll: Kansans favor stem cell research
Issue expected to be hot topic this year
January 6, 2006
A new poll showing widespread support in Kansas for embryonic stem cell research provided more ammunition in what will be a hotly debated issue this year. The survey of 800 registered voters in Kansas released Thursday was commissioned by a group that opposes bans on stem cell research.
Boeing sets record
January 6, 2006
Boeing Co. said Thursday it set a company record for commercial airplane orders in 2005, as it more than tripled the number of jet orders from the previous year.
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January 6, 2006
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