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Sebelius budget won’t fit with schools audit
Lack of school finance plan casts doubt on governor’s proposals
January 10, 2006
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius proposed a budget today with something for all of state government’s biggest clients, but it won’t work if legislators shoehorn in a big school funding plan without additional revenues.
Winter storm stays to the south and east of Lawrence
Temperatures headed up to the 50s on Wednesday
07:27 a.m., January 10, 2006 Updated 04:47 p.m.
Lawrence missed the brunt of a winter storm that brought heavy snows to areas south and southeast of the city. But the city did get a light drizzle of winter wet stuff through the day, including sleet and even a few wet snowflakes, said Matt Sayers, 6News meteorologist.
Stackhouse hits winner for Dallas
January 10, 2006
Jerry Stackhouse made a baseline jumper with 0.1 seconds left to lift the Dallas Mavericks over the Boston Celtics 104-102 Monday night.
Buckeyes stop Sooners
January 10, 2006
Things were going well for No. 16 Oklahoma until Brandie Hoskins broke out of her slump and Jessica Davenport hit the shot.
Texas blows past ISU
Paulino, Gibson fuel 20-point victory
January 10, 2006
With Daniel Gibson dominating on both ends of the floor, Texas once again looks like a national title contender. Kenton Paulino scored a career-high 20 points and Gibson scored 19 while helping hold Iowa State’s Curtis Stinson to a season-low seven points as No. 8 Texas blew out Iowa State, 78-58, Monday night to extend its winning streak to five games.
Brian Hateshol and Kristie Tiegreen
January 10, 2006
¢ Brian Hateshol ¢ Kristie Tiegreen
Changes needed in 2006
January 10, 2006
Forgive me for being a little late to the resolutions party. I know 10 days into the new year isn’t the right time to say what I should fix in 2006. For most people, 10 days is five days longer than it took them to break all their resolutions in the first place.
Nolan Kellerman
Defending state champ ready to see how his senior year shapes up
January 10, 2006
The watch is just about over. For weeks, local wrestling fans have kept busy checking out Lawrence High wrestling brackets, waiting for the squad’s most heralded wrestler to make his 2005-06 debut. They’ll soon get their wish. While it’s been six long weeks for fans, it’s been a mere drop in the time bucket for LHS senior Nolan Kellerman.
Tight end commits to KU
January 10, 2006
The recruiting season is beginning to heat up, and Kansas University is raking in commitments as a result. Another one pledged KU on Monday, according to rivals.com. Bradley Dedeaux, a 6-2, 240-pound tight end out of Midwest City, Okla., chose KU after visiting over the weekend. Tulsa, SMU and Oklahoma State also made scholarship offers to Dedeaux.
Crowds not flocking to games in Boulder
January 10, 2006
A soft chuckle could be heard on the Big 12 Coaches Teleconference call when Colorado’s Ricardo Patton was asked about his squad averaging just 2,098 fans a game entering Wednesday’s 8 p.m. battle against Kansas at Coors Events Center. “Well, I guess I need to just say that I appreciate the people that have come out and just leave it at that,” Patton said diplomatically.
Marcus Vick in more hot water
Ex-Hokies QB charged with pulling gun on three teens
January 10, 2006
Former Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick, booted from the team last week for his behavior on and off the field, was charged Monday with pulling a gun on three teenagers during an altercation in a restaurant parking lot.
Did 2005 see KU’s best ‘D’?
Case can be made for Reid, Keith and Co. as Jayhawks’ best defense in past 30 years
January 10, 2006
It may end up being a subjective debate, but if nothing else, the 2005 Kansas University football team will get many wondering. Did we just witness the best defense in KU history? Some statistics say yes - no other Jayhawk squad ever has held opponents under 100 yards rushing per game, and with KU’s 83.2 ypg average, it really wasn’t even close this season.
Woodling: In book, Bohl still fuming
January 10, 2006
No one can say Al Bohl didn’t go down swinging. When Bohl was deposed as Kansas University’s athletic director in the spring of 2003, he blamed KU men’s basketball coach Roy Williams, saying he was “crushed like a dove.”
Jayhawks may make more trips to tourneys
NCAA expected to OK annual participation in ‘exempt’ events
January 10, 2006
Kansas University basketball fans will be able to work on their frequent-flier miles in coming years, thanks to the NCAA Management Council. The Council on Sunday recommended allowing teams to play in exempt tournaments every year - not the current two tourneys every four seasons. The recommendation should be rubber-stamped by the NCAA Board of Directors in April.
Edwards introduced as Chiefs coach
January 10, 2006
Seventeen years after he was an intern with the Kansas City Chiefs, Herman Edwards is their head coach. “I finally found my way back. You never plan on something like this until it happens,” Edwards said Monday at a packed news conference. “Fate has me back here. It’s good to be back home.”
On the Record
January 10, 2006
Lawrence Datebook
January 10, 2006
Architect’s legacy includes the design of Fraser Hall
James Canole was KU’s facilities planning director
January 10, 2006
When Fraser Hall was built on Kansas University’s campus in the late 1960s, it was reviled as a poor substitute for the grand old landmark it had replaced.
About $9,600 in liquor missing from Eldridge
January 10, 2006
Employee theft is suspected in the disappearance of roughly $9,600 worth of liquor from the Eldridge Hotel, 701 Mass.
Jayhawk history to be featured Wednesday
January 10, 2006
The Jayhawk - KU mascot, historical symbol - will have its story told Wednesday at the Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass.
Train delays traffic on Lecompton Road
January 10, 2006
A train making an emergency stop in Jefferson County held up traffic along Lecompton Road for more than an hour Monday afternoon, including school buses and parents transporting kids.
Subdivision approved southeast of Lawrence
January 10, 2006
A final plan for a two-lot subdivision southeast of Lawrence was approved by the Douglas County Commission on Monday.
New Medicare prescription plan remains a challenge for seniors
Complexity creates unexpected financial hardships for people enrolled
January 10, 2006
If she ever makes sense of Medicare’s new prescription drug program, Sandra Zender knows what she’ll need it for - stress-relieving medication. “It’s been a pretty threatening process to sign up,” Zender said.
Blood substitute available in area
Six ambulances carrying PolyHeme, which will be used for critical patients
January 10, 2006
An experimental blood substitute has been delivered to Douglas County ambulances and is ready to be pumped into emergency patients, but a similar trial in California has sparked criticism and legal battles. “If this really works, this will revolutionize the treatment of patients with hemorrhagic blood loss due to trauma,” said Jim Murray, support services division chief with Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical.
Funding for recreation study promised
Up to $25,000 is committed to examine sports facilities needs
January 10, 2006
The campaign to figure out how to keep pace with Lawrence’s ever-growing need for sporting facilities found its “lead dog” Monday. School board members agreed to pay 40 percent of the costs of a feasibility study aimed at assessing the shortage and proposing both solutions and funding packages.
Study suggests bird flu more common
January 10, 2006
As bird flu cases rise at a disturbing pace in Turkey, new research offers a bit of hope - it’s likely that many people who get it don’t become seriously ill and quickly recover.
Court won’t dismiss charges against DeLay
January 10, 2006
The state’s highest criminal court on Monday denied Rep. Tom DeLay’s request that the money laundering charges against him be dismissed or sent back to a lower court for an immediate trial.
First surgery for Iraqi baby is successful
January 10, 2006
The Iraqi infant known as Baby Noor successfully underwent surgery Monday, a process that put all of her spinal cord in its proper place inside her body, doctors said.
Doctors discourage use of cough syrups
January 10, 2006
The nation’s chest doctors are now saying what you might have already known: outside Robitussin, over-the-counter cough syrup doesn’t really do much.
Professor, wife accused of spying for Cuba
January 10, 2006
A Florida college professor and his wife, a university administrator, were accused in federal court Monday of using their academic positions for decades as cover to spy on Americans for Cuba’s communist government.
Torches used by roofers blamed in church fire
January 10, 2006
Renovation crews’ heating torches started the fire that destroyed a 115-year-old church known as the birthplace of gospel music, according to investigators.
Surviving miner develops fever
January 10, 2006
As the investigation into the Sago Mine disaster took shape Monday, the best hope for firsthand details about the explosion and its aftermath lay in critical condition, fighting a fever.
Cheney briefly hospitalized for difficulty breathing
January 10, 2006
Vice President Dick Cheney spent 4 1/2 hours in a hospital early Monday, but White House officials offered only limited details about what led him to seek treatment. Officials said Cheney, who is 64 and has suffered four heart attacks, experienced shortness of breath as a reaction to anti-inflammatory drugs he was taking to treat a “pre-existing foot condition.”
Court upholds druggist’s sentence
January 10, 2006
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a Kansas City pharmacist’s appeal of his 30-year sentence for diluting chemotherapy medications. Robert Courtney was sentenced in 2002 after pleading guilty to diluting drugs for seriously ill patients and keeping the money for himself. Prosecutors have said 4,200 patients and about 98,000 prescriptions were affected by the scheme.
Old Home Town
January 10, 2006
¢ 25 years ago ¢ 40 years ago
Full-time job
January 10, 2006
To the editor: Last year, the mayor proposed a substantial increase in salaries paid to city commissioners - the workload is burdensome - given the important and complex issues that face our city in 2006. Our citizens take an active part in expressing their opinions, and just reading e-mails can consume a lot of time.
New strategy
January 10, 2006
To the editor: When will we be told the truth? We invaded Iraq because intelligence sources said they had weapons of mass destruction; they didn’t. Because they were involved in 9-11; they weren’t. Most recently, because we want to bring freedom and democracy to Iraq; but candidates elected who had been members of Saddam’s now-outlawed Baath Party will not be allowed to take their seats in the legislature, and there are widespread charges of election fraud and demands for recounts.
Positive signs
They probably weren’t happy with the figures, but it seemed Monday like state legislators were ready to go to work on the state’s school finance challenge.
January 10, 2006
Although many Kansas legislators probably were hoping the Division of Post Audit would come up with a smaller figure when determining how much money the state needs to raise for public schools, lawmakers seemed to be taking Monday’s report in stride.
Delay politics part of the Texas tradition
January 10, 2006
It is hard to develop much sympathy for Tom DeLay, who resigned last week as Republican majority leader of the House, after his indictment in Texas on campaign finance charges was followed by guilty pleas from Jack Abramoff and Michael Scanlon, two of his lobbyist buddies who now threaten to blow the whistle on congressional corruption.
Senators promise tough questions for Alito on abortion, credibility
January 10, 2006
Judge Samuel Alito absorbed hours of criticism from Senate Democrats at close quarters Monday, then pledged at his confirmation hearings to do what the law requires “in every single case” if approved for the Supreme Court.
Rep. Tafanelli welcomed back to House with standing ovations
January 10, 2006
Lee Tafanelli reported for duty again. But this time he returned to the House after a tour commanding a Kansas National Guard battalion in Iraq. Tafanelli, a Republican from Ozawkie, said he had a greater appreciation for family and country, and believed the United States was doing the right thing in making Iraq “better and safer.”
Sebelius rolls out proposals, touts finances
January 10, 2006
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Monday called for doubling prison time for child sex offenders, and recruited former Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder to head a new program to mentor children. Sebelius rolled out several other proposals during the State of the State speech, and talked at length of Kansas’ financial turnaround.
Audit calls for pouring cash into schools
At least $316M needed to improve state’s public education, report finds
January 10, 2006
A legislative report Monday called for spending at least $316 million more on public schools, which lawmakers said could be done without raising taxes. Release of the study kicked off the 2006 legislative session and may make expanded gambling attractive to lawmakers as they search for more money for schools.
General strike brings commerce to a halt
January 10, 2006
Business ground to a halt Monday in a general strike called to protest a wave of kidnappings that has terrified people and cast a shadow over already troubled efforts to restore democracy in Haiti.
North Korean leader believed in China
January 10, 2006
Kim Jong Il might be on the road again. A South Korean military intelligence official says Kim visited China - for the first time since April 2004 - but the South Koreans don’t know why.
Military flight crash kills all 11 aboard
January 10, 2006
An Iranian military flight carrying a commander of the country’s elite Revolutionary Guards and 10 others crashed Monday while trying to make an emergency landing, killing all aboard, official media reported.
Additional troops headed to Afghanistan
January 10, 2006
Australia will deploy 110 additional soldiers and two helicopters to help fight rising violence in Afghanistan, the defense minister said today.
Stem-cell-cloning claim determined to be fake
January 10, 2006
The scientist who was once South Korea’s leading researcher faked his claim to have cloned human embryonic stem cells, the university where he conducted his research said today.
Suicide bombers disguised as police kill 29 Iraqis
U.S. journalist kidnapped; interpreter killed
January 10, 2006
Two suicide bombers disguised as police infiltrated the heavily fortified Interior Ministry compound in Baghdad and blew themselves up Monday during celebrations of National Police Day, killing 29 Iraqis.
Sharon breathing on own
January 10, 2006
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon resumed breathing on his own and slightly moved his right hand and leg Monday as doctors began bringing him out of a medically induced coma five days after he suffered a serious stroke, a hospital official said.
People in the news
January 10, 2006
¢ New Broadway champion ¢ Swank, Lowe separate ¢ Astronaut among those on board for next ‘Survivor’
Uncensored Stern unleashed on satellite radio
January 10, 2006
The words tumbled out in a torrent - vulgar descriptions of body parts, bodily functions and the kinkiest sexual practices. The speakers seemed to revel in the telling, reiterating the blue phrases like a mantra, then laughing uproariously at each repetition. But was it funny? Was it supposed to be?
Tax break in play
January 10, 2006
Property taxes on new business machinery and equipment could be lifted as soon as next year under a proposal to be introduced this week in the Kansas Legislature.
Westlake to grow
January 10, 2006
Westlake Hardware Inc., the Lenexa-based owner of 80 Ace hardware stores in Kansas and six other Midwestern states, is preparing to boost its growth plans now that it has secured additional financing.
Dow keeps rising
January 10, 2006
The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 11,000 Monday for the first time since before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, boosted by a five-day rally that has sent stocks soaring so far in 2006.
In the Halls: What type of television show would you like to write a script for?
January 10, 2006
What type of television show would you like to write a script for?
NFL, Levitra to split
January 10, 2006
The National Football League and the marketers of erectile dysfunction drug Levitra have opted to bench their three-year-old sponsorship deal when it expires in March.
Automakers shift focus from SUVs to crossovers
January 10, 2006
Dampened by high gasoline prices, the auto industry has faced tough times selling large sport utility vehicles lately. But with demand still high from families wanting plenty of space, carmakers may have an antidote: the crossover. Crossovers such as the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V, built on car platforms that give motorists more of a car-like ride, are expected to outsell traditional SUVs in 2006 for the first time.
Trial by Desire
LHS alum’s script puts her on brief track to courting ‘Boston Legal’ fans
January 10, 2006
Corinne Brinkerhoff was your basic intern. Young. Green. Adept at copying and filing, but not called upon to do much else at her company. But she didn’t mind. The important thing for the 1998 Lawrence High School graduate was being at this company.
Reverse mortgages provide option for seniors
January 10, 2006
As of the first of the year, older homeowners can tap into a larger portion of the equity in their homes with a reverse mortgage because of new, higher federal loan limits, according to the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Assn.
Horoscopes
January 10, 2006
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Juvenile detention should be last resort for problem kids
January 10, 2006
Dear Dr. Wes & Marissa: Is it OK for parents to put their out-of-control, anger-filled children in a juvenile detention center to get them help? And if not, what are other possibilities? - 17-year-old girl