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People and Places
January 7, 2006
Meeting to focus on homeless concerns
January 7, 2006
Lawrence’s Coalition on Homeless Concerns will have its third annual Town Meeting on Homelessness next week.
Ex-Basehor-Linwood teacher faces sex charge
January 7, 2006
A former teacher in the Basehor-Linwood school district is accused of committing a sex crime.
On the Record
January 7, 2006
Lawrence Datebook
January 7, 2006
Six Nets double up in win
January 7, 2006
Jason Kidd’s 69th career triple-double helped New Jersey to its ninth straight victory. Kidd had 16 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds, and the Nets beat the Magic, 113-106, Friday night.
Kentucky notebook
January 7, 2006
89 blowout still memorable
Kentucky steamed over KU’s 150-95 victory
January 7, 2006
Kentucky’s last trip to Allen Fieldhouse resulted in a Wildcat loss of epic proportions. The Jayhawks’ crazy 150-95 decision on Dec. 9, 1989, is the most points scored by a KU team and the most allowed by a UK squad. It’s a game that won’t be forgotten by fans at the two tradition-rich schools - a game UK head coach Tubby Smith referenced to his team after Thursday’s practice.
Ottawa girls win in OT
January 7, 2006
De Soto tied the game with a furious fourth-quarter comeback, but Ottawa hit five free throws in overtime to seal a 50-47 victory. DeSoto (3-3) will play Tuesday at Central Heights.
NU, not ranking, on KU’s mind
January 7, 2006
Bonnie Henrickson isn’t worried about little numbers next to her team’s name. She said her Kansas University women’s basketball players shouldn’t be, either. But after a 12-0 start and a victory Tuesday over No. 23 Texas, a victory today over Nebraska likely would earn KU its first national ranking in more than five seasons.
Eagles sweep Chanute
January 7, 2006
Andrew Bartlow dropped a game-high 22 points Friday, leading the Veritas Christian boys basketball team to a 77-38 victory over Chanute Christian at the Eudora Community Center. Veritas (8-3) will face Eagle Heights Christian on Tuesday in Eudora.
Tolefree golden for Lion girls
Junior scores 16 in first start; LHS boys cruise
January 7, 2006
Sydnei Tolefree heard the news minutes before tipoff. The 5-foot-9 junior would be making her first start for Lawrence High’s girls basketball team. “I was pretty nervous,” Tolefree said. Not that anyone but her knew it.
Healthy Pats could be tough to beat
January 7, 2006
The New England Patriots struggled most of the year because of injuries, winning the AFC East in part because everyone else in the division had worse problems. But the Patriots are relatively healthy now and begin their quest for an unprecedented third straight Super Bowl tonight in Foxborough, Mass., as an eight-point favorite over Jacksonville…
K.C. clears way for Edwards
Chiefs to give fourth-round pick for coach
January 7, 2006
The Kansas City Chiefs cleared the way for Herman Edwards to become their new coach, agreeing Friday to a compensation deal with the New York Jets. The Chiefs would give the Jets a surprisingly low fourth-round pick if they hire Edwards, who has ties to the team and general manager Carl Peterson.
Firebird boys finish off Olathe North
January 7, 2006
Learning how to win close games is an art that comes with experience. Apparently, so is learning how to finish a blowout. So forgive the Free State High boys basketball team for its inability to color between the lines Friday night in its first crack at such an opportunity.
KU approves $6.5 million loan for football facility
January 7, 2006
It’s still fuzzy how many steps are left, but Kansas Athletics, Inc., climbed another Friday in pursuit of a new football facility. Athletic director Lew Perkins requested an emergency meeting with the Board of Directors through e-mail Thursday, asking each member to vote on the department incurring debt toward the construction of a massive football project, which will cost between $30 and $40 million.
Plenty of dirt on Rupp
January 7, 2006
You note Kentucky’s 19-4 basketball advantage over Kansas University and you can conclude that the Lexington Wildcats are as dominant as the Jayhawks are over those other Wildcats 80 miles west of here. Kentucky has seven NCAA titles, Kansas two. The Bluegrass Babes have won more games than KU, although Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina rule the college roost.
History: not kind to KU vs. UK
Former Jayhawks recall Allen-Rupp rivalry
January 7, 2006
Kentucky, with 1,914 victories, has the most wins of any college basketball program. Kansas University, at 1,856 wins - 12 behind North Carolina - checks in at No. 3. So, why in the name of Drs. James Naismith (the inventor of the game is a KU guy) and Forrest C. Allen (the legendary Jayhawk coach taught UK coaching legend Adolph Rupp) has Kentucky defeated Kansas in 19 of the 23 meetings between the powers?
Bar owner: Smoking ban labels him a criminal
January 7, 2006
Lawrence bar owner Dennis Steffes is continuing his fight to have the city’s smoking ban declared unconstitutional. Steffes on Friday filed a new motion asking that enforcement of the ban be halted until a court determines the ban’s constitutionality. Douglas County District Court Judge Jack Murphy last month denied a motion to suspend enforcement of the 19-month old ban.
Family loses third child, 11, to bird flu in poor Turkish town
January 7, 2006
The mother wailed as the white shroud bearing the body of her 11-year-old daughter was lowered into a simple grave Friday, her third child to die in less than a week from bird flu. An imam in a surgical mask and rubber gloves read prayers.
Fire destroys landmark church
January 7, 2006
A massive fire Friday destroyed a landmark South Side church where Mahalia Jackson and other gospel royalty often sang during the 20th century and the man considered the father of gospel music led the choir.
Sharon’s prognosis dire after surgery
January 7, 2006
Ariel Sharon underwent five hours of emergency brain surgery Friday that doctors said successfully stopped a hemorrhage and relieved swelling inside his skull. Officials said his condition showed “significant improvement” but experts said the prognosis remained dire.
Report faults FBI in train bombings investigation
January 7, 2006
The Justice Department’s internal watchdog on Friday faulted the FBI for sloppy work in mistakenly linking an Oregon lawyer, a Muslim convert, to the 2004 Madrid train bombings, but said the government did not misuse the anti-terror Patriot Act against him.
Report: Suicide bomber kills five in courthouse
January 7, 2006
A farmer angry over a court ruling set off a bomb in a Chinese courthouse, killing himself and four other people, a news report said today.
Assailants kill security forces in rocket attack
January 7, 2006
Assailants armed with rockets and assault rifles attacked a newly built checkpoint near the Afghan border in Pakistan before dawn today, killing all eight security forces, officials said.
Investigators wait for air in mine to clear
January 7, 2006
As the victims’ families made plans for the first of the funerals, officials worked Friday to purge the Sago Mine of poisonous gases and allow investigators to determine what sparked the blast and how the miners spent their final hours. Workers began drilling three ventilation holes into the mine.
Soldier charged with sexual assaults
January 7, 2006
A man who recently returned from military duty in Iraq has been charged with cutting, choking and sexually assaulting three women, including at least two who worked as prostitutes.
Peace Corps volunteers give shoes, aid to needy villagers in Honduras
January 7, 2006
David and Danyel Anderson delighted Honduran children in 2005 by giving them a variety of Dollar Store toys from Springfield. But the barefoot youths did not ask the Peace Corps volunteers to bring more balls and bracelets when they return to the tiny village of Campamento Dos. They asked whether the Americans could bring some footwear.
Trivia team is best in state
January 7, 2006
Quick, answer this question: An ingot might consist of: A) silver. B) cotton. C) porcelain. D) chocolate. E) petroleum.
Pentagon study shows body armor’s value
January 7, 2006
An unreleased Pentagon study of fatal torso wounds to Marines killed in Iraq found that most might have been prevented or minimized if they had been wearing improved body armor.
Violence may provoke Shiite backlash
January 7, 2006
A spree of bloodshed that killed nearly 200 people in two days, including 11 U.S. troops, threatened to provoke a backlash from Shiite militias. Iraq’s largest religious group rallied thousands Friday against what it claimed was American backing for some Sunni Arab politicians they say have supported insurgents.
Death toll from building collapse in Mecca reaches at least 76
January 7, 2006
Hundreds of men using cranes, hand tools and blow torches pulled bodies from the rubble of a four-story building that collapsed in Islam’s holiest city, and authorities said Friday the death toll reached at least 76.
Regents to propose tax increase to clear up maintenance, repair backlog
January 7, 2006
Good policy, bad politics. That’s the assessment Kansas Board of Regents Chairwoman Donna Shank gave to the regents’ proposal to increase taxes to clear up a nearly $600 million backlog of repairs and maintenance projects at state universities.
KU’s plans to replace Falkenstien still in limbo
Play-by-play announcer, former player candidates to fill color commentator
January 7, 2006
Kansas University officials have asked veteran announcer Max Falkenstien to scale back his retirement plans. “We hope that Max will continue to be part of the broadcasts, particularly home games,” said Jim Marchiony, associate athletic director in charge of external affairs. “We’ve talked to him about it and we’ll talk some more,” Marchiony said.
Singer Lou Rawls dies of cancer at age 72
January 7, 2006
Lou Rawls, the velvet-voiced singer and longtime community activist who started as a choir boy and went on to record such classic tunes as “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine,” died Friday of cancer. He was 72.
Driver injured in wreck at curve known for dangers
January 7, 2006
A collision Friday morning involving two cars and a tractor-trailer led to an all-too-familiar accident scene on U.S. Highway 24-59 north of Lawrence.
Legislators support some gaming
January 7, 2006
Douglas County legislators are ready to make a bet - at least a limited one - on expanded casino gaming in the state. All five legislators who attended a forum Friday hosted by the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce said they could support some form of new gaming to help with the state’s budget.
Major events planned on intelligent design
January 7, 2006
Both sides of the intelligent design controversy are now planning major events in Lawrence this month. But they won’t mingle. Kansas University’s Campus Crusade for Christ will host William Dembski, a science professor from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and a leading ID proponent.
Lawmakers weigh session priorities
January 7, 2006
Lawrence legislators are predicting this year’s session will produce more funding for public schools but without a tax increase. And they are unanimous in opposing a proposed constitutional amendment limiting spending and taxes, saying it would usurp the Legislature’s role while hamstringing it in the event emergency spending was needed.
Governor wants $5M to advance cancer center
January 7, 2006
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Friday called for the Legislature to earmark $5 million annually to help push the Cancer Center at the Kansas University Medical Center into the top tier of national prominence. “This is a great opportunity we have to make a real difference,” Sebelius said during a news conference at the medical center.
Company drops plans for Lawrence
$33M Serologicals building and site to go on the market
January 7, 2006
A life-sciences company’s $33 million plant that had been looked upon to feed Lawrence’s hunger for bioscience development is being put up for sale before ever entering production. Serologicals Corp. announced Friday that it was abandoning plans to open its plant in the East Hills Business Park…
To the Max
After decades on air, retirement will leave big void for KU fans
January 7, 2006
A few seconds after he’d worked his way past security and into the Jayhawks’ dressing room, veteran broadcaster Max Falkenstien fielded a warm, friendly - but unexpected - greeting. “Hey, Max, how’re you doing?”
Old Home Town
January 7, 2006
¢ 25 years ago ¢ 100 years ago
End of Sharon era spurs concern in Israel
January 7, 2006
Ariel Sharon’s nickname is “The Bulldozer.” The nickname perfectly captures the man in terms of girth and psychological disposition - unstoppable in shoving aside opposition and pursuing his goals.
A tough loss
The loss of the company that local residents hoped would anchor future bioscience business in Lawrence
January 7, 2006
The announcement that Serologicals Corp. has decided not to open a $33 million biomanufacturing plant in Lawrence is a major disappointment.
Fear shouldn’t be allowed to kill freedom
January 7, 2006
Another president, perhaps. Maybe then it would be easier to look the other way, give a tacit nod to the abrogation of constitutional freedoms as a wartime necessity. After all, Abraham Lincoln suspended the right of habeas corpus during the Civil War and history does not begrudge him for it, given that he faced an enemy amassed almost literally within sight of the White House.
Simons: Many ideas in 50-year-old missive are still valid today
January 7, 2006
Christmas cards convey seasons greetings, often include photographs of family members and, in increasing numbers, serve as a vehicle to distribute glowing reports of a family’s activities and accomplishments over the past year. This year, a Christmas card to this writer included a copy of a letter his father had been asked to write more than 50 years ago,
2 arrested for robbery at convenience store
January 7, 2006
Two people were arrested Thursday for a robbery earlier this week at a North Lawrence convenience store. One of the suspects, Joni Marie Ridinger, 18, Lawrence, is a former employee of the Presto Convenience Store, 1030 N. Third St., Lawrence Police spokesman Sgt. Dan Ward said.
Journal-World wins 11 newspaper awards
January 7, 2006
The Lawrence Journal-World on Friday won 11 Suburban Newspapers of America Awards, the most of any publication in the country. This news follows SNA’s announcement in August proclaiming the Journal-World as the Newspaper of the Year for papers up to 25,000 daily circulation.
Wittig’s finances put bond at risk
January 7, 2006
Former Westar Energy Inc. chief David Wittig risks being thrown back in prison, a federal judge said Friday, unless Wittig’s attorneys show how he and his wife have managed their finances for the past 1 1/2 years. U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson gave the lawyers until Jan. 13 to provide the information.
Cheney cheers troops at fort
Vice president touts Patriot Act during Leavenworth visit
January 7, 2006
Vice President Dick Cheney’s first visit Friday to Fort Leavenworth was a memorable one for hundreds of people, but perhaps none more than Lt. Col. Kenneth Duxbury. Duxbury, a faculty member at the Command and General Staff College at the fort, was one of five Army soldiers to receive a Combat Action Badge from Cheney.
Mother charged in infant’s death
Change delays father’s hearing
January 7, 2006
A preliminary hearing for a man charged with the murder of his 5-month-old daughter was delayed Friday when the case took a new twist. The girl’s mother was charged Thursday as an accomplice in the death. Brandi Mae Hendrickson, 24, Lawrence, is accused of aggravated endangering of a child in the death of her daughter, Risha Lafferty, in October 2005.
Kansas school on national register
January 7, 2006
Kathy Hoss finds “very little” has changed in the school building she attended 32 years ago. That’s precisely what makes it noteworthy to preservationists. The 80-year-old, two-story, red brick building standing on the edge of Sylvia recently joined the National Register of Historic Places. It also is on the Register of Historic Kansas Places.
Faith Forum
How can I feel spiritually renewed for the new year?
January 7, 2006
How can I feel spiritually renewed for the new year?
Horoscopes
January 7, 2006
For Saturday, Jan. 7
Tax service launches coat drive for shelter
January 7, 2006
Liberty Tax Service is having a coat drive to help those in need keep warm this winter.
Turn interview into learning tool
January 7, 2006
Q: I left a corporate job because it got too stressful, and I’ve been looking for work ever since. I have been on more than 20 interviews, but no offers. I have no idea what I’m doing wrong.
Bravo goes retro on Ron Howard
January 7, 2006
Why wait a week for the Golden Globes? A constellation of Hollywood royalty gathers for the “Moving Image Salutes Ron Howard” (8 p.m., today, Bravo). Howard introduced himself to many TV viewers as Opie Taylor, the 4-year-old son of a widowed Southern sheriff in the classic “The Andy Griffith Show.”
Spielberg’s ‘Munich’ explores vicious cycle of terrorism
January 7, 2006
Munich. We know what happened there in 1972. Many of us remember Jim McKay, sitting at that ABC Sports desk, intoning those fateful words: “They’re all gone.” But what we don’t know is what happened afterward, the reprisals for the act of terrorism that slaughtered 11 Israeli athletes at the Olympics.
FCE & 4-H news
January 7, 2006
Society Calendar
January 7, 2006
Around and About
January 7, 2006
Books useful for independent study of faith
January 7, 2006
Sometimes, curling up with the right book about spiritual or religious topics is enough to start a spiritual renewal. The Book Industry Study Group, a publishing industry trade association, says religious books accounted for $1.9 billion in sales in 2004. The group predicts a 50 percent increase in religious book sales in the next five years.
Faith Briefs
January 7, 2006
Wal-Mart apologizes for promotion mistake
January 7, 2006
Human error is to blame for an offensive link at Wal-Mart’s Web site that recommended a film about Martin Luther King Jr. to potential buyers of a “Planet of the Apes” DVD, the retail company said Friday.
Arts note
Frontier dining experience planned
January 7, 2006
The third Meet Me at the Mission: A Frontier Kansas Dining Experience, a Kansas Day celebration and fundraiser, has returned by popular demand.
Stamp prices to increase Sunday
January 7, 2006
It’ll cost more to send mail starting Sunday. The first rate increase since 2002 will boost the cost of sending a first-class letter by 2 cents, to 39 cents.
First Security Bank to get new owners
January 7, 2006
Investors associated with Tonganoxie-based First State Bank and Trust are buying First Security Bank in Overbrook.
Jobless rate dips
January 7, 2006
Job growth slowed in December - following a big hiring spurt in November - with employers expanding payrolls by 108,000, underscoring the sometimes choppy path traveled by job seekers.
Microsoft steps up Apple battle
Gates touts partnerships in Las Vegas
January 7, 2006
The “Great Apple Battle” has begun. At stake is your living room. And your car. And your pocket or purse, where you carry your mobile phone and personal media player … and even how you get music and video on them. After standing on the sidelines for the past few years as Apple Computer built a buzz through its iPod and iTunes music and video downloads, Microsoft … has launched its first major salvo against Apple …
Focus on the Family
Children vulnerable to bullying
January 7, 2006
Q: You obviously have a great empathy for kids who are in the junior-high years - especially those who are rejected and ridiculed by their peers. Have you always felt that way about that age group, which many adults don’t like to be around?
The cold truth about taking vacations in Norway
January 7, 2006
I began the new year as a sick man in a rather small space. It was a good solid cold, the sort of cold I usually catch just before a vacation - sore throat, stuffed head, racking cough - and the space was a middle seat, row 10, on a flight from Newark to Oslo, packed solid with Norwegians heading home.
Hays resident to face trial in death of college student
21-year-old died from suffocating on dirt
January 7, 2006
A Hays man was bound over for trial Thursday in the suffocation death of a Fort Hays State University student after a 911 dispatcher testified that she heard the victim screaming as dirt apparently was being shoved down her throat. Robert Jason Land, 32, has been charged with first-degree murder in the Nov. 29 death of Angela May Goddard, 21. He could face a life sentence if convicted.
Poll: What do you do when you’re looking for spiritual renewal?
January 7, 2006
It can be difficult to take time to feel that spiritual spark in today’s busy world. Tell us what - if anything - works for you.
Finding your spiritual spark
Worship, fellowship, meditation - even a good book - can rekindle inner flame
January 7, 2006
January can be a difficult time to feel that spiritual spark. For most, the major holiday seasons are over. Cold days and shorter periods of daylight have left many with the doldrums. If you’re looking to feel renewed, it might take a little initiative to make it happen. But religious and spiritual leaders say there are some simple steps you can take to be refreshed in the new year.