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Lawrence Hallmark plant to add 125 employees
January 12, 2006
Lawrence’s Hallmark plant will be getting as many as 125 more employees in the coming months, as the Kansas City, Mo.-based company consolidates its production operations for greeting cards.
Chat with state Rep. Lee Tafanelli about legislative issues
January 12, 2006
Rep. Tafanelli talks about his service in Iraq, pay increases for state employees, and the Patriot Act.
Dillon enters plea in child-death case
January 12, 2006
Days before he was scheduled to stand trial, a Lawrence man entered a plea today to killing his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter by shaking and beating her.
Sunny start to the day
Chance for an isolated shower tonight
January 12, 2006
Lawrence gets off to a sunny start today, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “The birds are out. The sun is shining. It’s a beautiful day,” Schack said. But a cold front moves in this afternoon, bringing cloudy skies and a chance for some rain overnight, Schack said.
Brandon in no Rush
Freshman slow to start against CU
January 12, 2006
Kansas University freshman Brandon Rush, who didn’t score in the first half Wednesday after burning Kentucky for a career-high 24 points last Saturday, erupted for 17 points the second half.
Positive separation
January 12, 2006
To the editor: Scott Burkhart writes (Journal-World, Jan. 4) that if we’re really consistent about keeping religion and government separate, we’ll have to get rid of our laws based on the Judeo-Christian heritage.
People in the news
January 12, 2006
¢ Jolie, Pitt expecting ¢ Second time down the aisle ¢ White out in Japan
Brown: Front-office job holds no interest now
January 12, 2006
Even though Larry Brown spent most of last spring flirting with the Cleveland Cavaliers about becoming their next general manager, the Knicks coach now says he no longer wants to move into a front-office role.
Positive mark
January 12, 2006
To the editor: Another year has arrived and the president is hard at work on another State of the Union address. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if he decided to make a truly positive mark on history?
Station that aired ‘Book of Daniel’ in Wichita loses general manager
January 12, 2006
The head of Wichita’s NBC affiliate has been dismissed, a move made the same day the station reversed course and decided to air “The Book of Daniel,” about an Episcopal priest with a troubled family who regularly talks to Jesus Christ.
Study directly links global warming, frogs’ extinction
January 12, 2006
Rising temperatures are responsible for pushing dozens of frog species over the brink of extinction in the past three decades, according to new findings being reported today by a team of Latin American and U.S. scientists.
Delay opposed in case of slain pregnant woman
Defense attorneys want to conduct DNA testing
January 12, 2006
Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to refuse a defense request to delay the trial of a Kansas woman accused of killing a Missouri woman and cutting a baby from her womb.
Special session fresh in leaders’ minds
Memory of ‘big fight’ so far has encouraged bipartisan teamwork
January 12, 2006
The memory of last summer’s brutal special session over school funding has kept state leaders on their best behavior so far as they try again to fix school finance.
On the record
January 12, 2006
Standard replay system likely
January 12, 2006
Upon further review, college football is likely to get one set of rules for instant replay instead of the conference-by-conference formats that led to confusion, frustration and mistakes during the bowl season.
Commodities
January 12, 2006
Clarett decides against court hearing
January 12, 2006
Former Ohio State standout Maurice Clarett on Wednesday waived his right to a preliminary hearing as prosecutors prepared to ask a grand jury to charge him with using a gun to rob two people.
Our town sports
January 12, 2006
Alaskan volcano erupts, forcing planes to reroute
January 12, 2006
A volcano on an uninhabited island erupted early Wednesday, spewing ash about five miles into the sky and prompting air traffic authorities to warn planes to steer clear of the cloud.
Warm weather spoils many winter activities
January 12, 2006
The snowshoes are in the closet, ice fishermen are lingering at the sides of slushy lakes, and at least one snow sculpting event was, quite literally, a washout.
Baylor comes up short in season debut
January 12, 2006
Jarrius Jackson scored 22 points as Texas Tech and some opening-game jitters spoiled Baylor’s season debut, 79-61, on Wednesday night.
Bishop reveals abuse by priest
January 12, 2006
A bishop in the Detroit Archdiocese said Wednesday that he was touched inappropriately by a priest when he was a teenager, making him the first U.S. Catholic bishop to disclose that he was a victim of sexual abuse by clergy.
Brownback urges reconsideration of some cases
January 12, 2006
The U.S. Supreme Court should be open to revisiting or overturning cases that many consider wrongly decided, Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback told high court nominee Samuel Alito on Wednesday.
Policy switch
If state officials made an enforcement deal with a local bar, they should stand by their agreement.
January 12, 2006
There’s plenty of support, especially in a university town like Lawrence, for the state vigorously enforcing laws against underage drinking, but the case against a local bar raises questions of basic fairness.
Top role model
The former Kansas State football coach may be just the right person to lead an ambitious new mentoring program.
January 12, 2006
It’s hard to argue with the governor’s decision to name retired Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder to head a new program to mentor Kansas youngsters.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
January 12, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for Jan. 12, 1906: “The first game of the university basketball team will be played in Lawrence next Monday night in the Snow Hall gymnasium and the opponent, Chilocco, promises a good game.”
Attacker wounds eight in synagogue
January 12, 2006
A young man with a shaved head shouting “I will kill!” rushed into a downtown synagogue Wednesday and stabbed eight people before he was wrestled to the ground and disarmed by the rabbi and his son.
Review disputed
January 12, 2006
To the editor: Jon Niccum’s negative review of “Brokeback Mountain” was as incomprehensible to me as was his incomprehension of the movie’s last line, which was, by the way, “Jack, I swear.”
LSD inventor celebrates his 100th birthday
January 12, 2006
It must’ve been quite a party.
Man who threw grenade at Bush convicted
January 12, 2006
A court Wednesday convicted a man of trying to assassinate President Bush and the leader of Georgia by throwing a grenade at them during a rally last year, and it sentenced him to life in prison.
Frontier dining experience planned
January 12, 2006
The third Meet Me at the Mission: A Frontier Kansas Dining Experience, a Kansas Day celebration and fundraiser, has returned by popular demand.
Boy survives after head is run over
January 12, 2006
“All I remember about it was that when the truck ran over my head, I could hear my bones crack.”
Eudora boys roll to victory
January 12, 2006
Rodney Spillman scored 20 points as Eudora rolled past Prairie View, 65-41, Wednesday night in high school boys basketball.
Former teacher arrested in Mexico with student
January 12, 2006
A former teacher was charged with taking a 14-year-old student to Mexico after the two were found at a hotel near the Texas border, the FBI said.
Disgraced scientist asks for forgiveness
January 12, 2006
Disgraced scientist Hwang Woo-suk asked his fellow South Koreans for forgiveness today at his first public appearance in almost three weeks, saying he takes full responsibility for his fraudulent stem cell research.
K.C.’s Cunningham staying
Edwards retains Chiefs’ defensive coordinator
January 12, 2006
Former Kansas City Chiefs head coach Gunther Cunningham has been retained as defensive coordinator, new head coach Herman Edwards said Wednesday.
Disaster declaration for grass fires issued
January 12, 2006
President Bush issued a disaster declaration Wednesday for nine Texas counties where wildfires have destroyed homes and blackened thousands of acres of grassland over the past month.
Schwarzenegger won’t be ticketed in crash
January 12, 2006
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s weekend motorcycle crash left him with a fat lip and a political black eye, but he won’t be charged with a driving violation, officials said Wednesday.
Lawrence datebook
January 12, 2006
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
January 12, 2006
William Allen White Award winner selected
January 12, 2006
Kansas University’s School of Journalism will give the William Allen White Award to Gordon Parks, the noted photojournalist, author and filmmaker from Fort Scott. The honor will be presented during William Allen White Day, Friday, Feb. 10, on KU’s campus.
Nickel gets new look
January 12, 2006
Coming soon to a cash register near you - a smiling Thomas Jefferson looking straight at you from a new nickel that will end nearly a century of tradition for U.S. coins.
Runaway cow won’t be slaughtered
January 12, 2006
A cow that escaped last week from a Montana slaughterhouse, leading workers and police on a six-hour chase, will be spared following a wave of popular support, officials said on Tuesday.
Explosives found in canal near L.A.
January 12, 2006
Commercial-grade explosives discovered in a canal south of Los Angeles prompted authorities to ban cell phone use Wednesday to prevent accidental detonation.
Voters approve new constitution
January 12, 2006
Voters in this Central African nation approved a new constitution, paving the way for possible peace.
Rep. Tafanelli to take part in online chat
January 12, 2006
Have a questions about area legislative issues from school finance to gambling?
Certain fish from river remain unsafe to eat
January 12, 2006
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued its annual advisory that “bottom-feeding” fish taken from the Kansas River between Lawrence and Eudora should not be eaten.
Legal murder
January 12, 2006
To the editor: In the Jan. 5 Journal-World, Section B, the headline read “Murder-for-hire case brings federal charges.” The word abortion came to my mind.
Shock jock can sell out
January 12, 2006
Just three days after starting his new job at Sirius Satellite Radio Inc., Howard Stern is now able to sell the roughly $200 million in Sirius stock that he received as part of his five-year deal with the company.
Newell Rubbermaid to keep Winfield plant
January 12, 2006
Five months after Newell Rubbermaid Inc. said it planned to sell its Winfield plant and laid off 200 workers, the company has replaced the “for sale” sign with a “help wanted” sign.
Old home town - 40 years ago today
January 12, 2006
Howard Mossberg, associate dean of the school of pharmacy at Southwestern State College, Weatherford, Okla., was to become new dean of the Kansas University School of Pharmacy on June 1. He was to succeed Duane Wenzel who had resigned to return to teaching and research.
Immigration hot topic in France
January 12, 2006
The French have had two months to sort out the lessons of last fall’s riots in predominately Muslim neighborhoods. Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin says the rioting was caused by racial bias, lack of business opportunity and insufficient education for immigrant children. He vows tax breaks for business, better education for immigrant children and tougher enforcement of anti-bias laws. For this conclusion, the French media, which is more left wing than the American press, praised him.
Explosion kills worker at wastewater plant
January 12, 2006
An explosion Wednesday at a wastewater treatment plant that was undergoing hurricane repairs killed one worker and burned six others, two critically, authorities said.
Hope remains in Mideast
January 12, 2006
An impatient person observing the seemingly endless crises, conflicts and uncertainties in the Middle East during the past half-century likely would settle on a grim, absolute prognosis: hopelessness. Current disruption in Israel, centered on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s personal tragedy, might offer confirmation of that view.
Daily ticker
January 12, 2006
Trade gap triples
January 12, 2006
China’s trade surplus surged to $101.9 billion in 2005, more than triple the $32 billion gap recorded the year before, according to customs figures released Wednesday.
Efforts to form Palestinian state are failing
January 12, 2006
The United States, its European and Arab allies and the United Nations have labored for four months to turn Israel’s unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip into a catalyst for the creation of an independent, viable Palestinian state. They are visibly failing.
Bird flu increasingly dangerous in people
January 12, 2006
Preliminary tests show that the strain of bird flu virus that has hit at least 15 people in Turkey has evolved in a way that may make it somewhat more hazardous to human beings, although it still lacks the capacity to be passed easily from person to person, international health officials said Wednesday.
As Sharon gradually improves, attention turns to politics
January 12, 2006
With Ariel Sharon’s condition gradually improving, doctors hoped Wednesday to completely remove him from sedatives soon - a process that could take a day and a half - so they can assess what brain damage he suffered from a massive stroke.
Shiite cleric asks God’s help against insurgents
January 12, 2006
A leading Shiite politician marked Islam’s feast of sacrifice Wednesday by asking for God’s help to smite the insurgency, and warned his governing religious bloc would not allow substantive changes to Iraq’s new constitution - a key Sunni Arab demand.
Israel cuts ties to evangelist over comments on Sharon
January 12, 2006
Israel has suspended contact with evangelist Pat Robertson for suggesting Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s stroke was divine punishment for withdrawing from the Gaza Strip. The controversy has cast doubt on plans for a Christian tourism center that would showcase the growing flow of money and influence from U.S. church groups.
ABC serves up ‘Crumbs’
January 12, 2006
A new sitcom with a veteran cast, “Crumbs” (9:30 p.m., ABC) is smart enough to challenge viewers with a mix of easy yucks, genuine pathos and some insight and character self-discovery. It also provides Jane Curtin with a venue for a standout performance, a tour de force balancing act of rage, self-pity and comic zaniness that is a sight to behold.
LHS wrestlers claim sweep
January 12, 2006
Brandon Goodwin, Chris Cates, Cameron Reschke and Nolan Kellerman each collected a pair of victories Wednesday as the Lawrence High wrestling team (12-2) knocked off Topeka West and Topeka in a double dual.
After a bout with cancer and the birth of his second child, survivor still healing
January 12, 2006
Famous Kansas aviator Amelia Earhart once said, “Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.” After a visit with his physician on Feb. 17, 2003, Ogden resident Mike Coburn learned that behaving courageously was no longer a choice, but a matter of life and death.
Guantanamo built up as long-term prison camp
New detention complex built as base enters 4th year of operation
January 12, 2006
Four years after the first detainees in the U.S. war on terrorism were brought to makeshift jails at Guantanamo, construction workers in hard hats are putting up a two-story complex modeled after a mainland maximum-security prison.
Investigate charges, services by lawn care providers
January 12, 2006
Although the lawn is dormant and the landscape is far from needing attention, now is the time to begin thinking about a lawn care professional for the coming year. For the next several weeks, contractors will be renewing their accounts and making bids to find new customers.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
January 12, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.25 at several locations around Lawrence. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Charities reap windfall from lobbying scandal
January 12, 2006
Ninety families on a South Dakota Indian reservation will get help paying their heating bills this winter and heart disease research will get a little extra boost, thanks to a stampede by members of Congress to rid themselves of tainted money.
Residents could face increased utility bills
City to ask county officials about sharing $41 million cost to alleviate North Lawrence flooding
January 12, 2006
Lawrence residents could face an increase in their monthly city utility bills if city commissioners don’t come up with another way to foot the cost of a $41 million plan to alleviate North Lawrence flooding.
Case hits close to home for officer
LPD captain’s daughter on trial for money laundering, distributing crack cocaine
January 12, 2006
A crack-cocaine dealing case unfolding in court has hit a little too close to home for the Lawrence Police Department: One of the defendants is the daughter of a top LPD supervisor.
Alito turns aside Democrats’ criticism; wife leaves in tears
January 12, 2006
Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito turned aside Democratic attacks on his judicial record and credibility at contentious confirmation hearings Wednesday that left his wife in tears.
Religious objects popular sellers today
January 12, 2006
Religious antiques, difficult to sell 15 years ago, are in demand today. This has created a problem: the theft of statues, carvings, candlesticks, silver and other attractive objects from religious institutions open to the public. Even graveyard carvings must be guarded because carved angels and urns are sold as garden ornaments, usually to unsuspecting buyers.
Avocados, dates bring tropics to living room
Growing these healthy fruits doubles as fun experiment
January 12, 2006
Avocados and dates are delicious and healthy. Wouldn’t it be great to have an avocado tree or date palm in your home to lend a tropical feeling to the living room - even when the weather outside is dismal and bleak?
New Orleans residents express anger at rebuilding ideas
January 12, 2006
Angry residents expressed frustration Wednesday at the debut of rebuilding proposals for this devastated city, taking aim at a suggested four-month moratorium on new building permits in areas heavily flooded by Hurricane Katrina.
Tax proposals garner bipartisan support
January 12, 2006
A proposal to exempt new business machinery and equipment from property taxes has bipartisan support, but even some legislators who like the idea worried Wednesday it could rob cities and counties of revenue.
Coalition: Lawrence 2nd meanest city to homeless
Laws, enforcement considered as part of national ranking
January 12, 2006
Lawrence is one mean city. That’s the conclusion of the National Homeless Coalition, which has rated Lawrence the second meanest city in the country when it comes to treatment of the homeless.
Campaign finance reports reveal postcard’s backer
January 12, 2006
A postcard that slammed City Commissioner David Schauner’s commitment to education and children during the last campaign was almost entirely financed by an area plumber, not by a teachers’ organization as the postcard suggested.
Knicks stretch win streak to five
New York blows big lead but prevails in overtime
January 12, 2006
Playing their second game in two nights and forced into overtime after blowing an 18-point lead, the New York Knicks were in need of some energy.
Commentary: Writers should bow out of hall voting
January 12, 2006
This year was bad. Unfortunately for baseball and its fans, it’s only going to get worse for the next five to 10 years.
USC’s White declares for draft
Teammate Bush says he’ll reveal his plans today
January 12, 2006
Southern California’s Thunder is rumbling off to the NFL. USC’s Lightning could be next to bolt.
Buffs impressed with KU’s speed
January 12, 2006
To say that Colorado was impressed with Kansas University’s fast break Wednesday night at Coors Events Center would be an understatement akin to saying Brandon Rush was better in the second half than the first.
Cases of diabetes increasing in state
Lawrence’s only endocrinologist relocating
January 12, 2006
Diabetes hasn’t stopped Michael Williams from living a full and active life, but the disease has been complicated - and costly - to manage.
Overweight Americans gain acceptance
January 12, 2006
Thin is still in, but apparently fat is nowhere near as out as it used to be.
Tax company hopes to drum up used cell phones for soldiers
January 12, 2006
Dustin Brown knows the plight of soldiers in Iraq trying to call home.
Ex-Jayhawk Jones fond of new K.C. coach
January 12, 2006
Ho hum. Another coaching change for Adrian Jones to adjust to.
Sandhill crane focus of audubon program
January 12, 2006
The Jayhawk Audubon Society will host a program on sandhill crane migration at 7:30 p.m. today at the Douglas County Senior Center, 745 Vt.
Research pinpoints health risks in exotic locales
January 12, 2006
Traveling to Africa or Southeast Asia? Malaria and dengue fever are the big worries. In the Caribbean and South America, it’s infections from worms and other parasites. In south-central Asia, respiratory illness.
Keegan: Chalmers shows his talent
January 12, 2006
He dribbled wildly into an offensive foul. He took another wild shot that was blocked and even fired up an airball. Mario Chalmers looked like a freshman at times in his first Big 12 Conference game.
Damaged Jayhawk can’t be repaired
January 12, 2006
The Kansas University Classic Jayhawk sculpture that took a beating last month will never stand before the Kansas Union again.
Begin new year by weighing net worth
January 12, 2006
Just about every morning, even before I brush my teeth, I get on the scale.
Notebook
January 12, 2006
A Nike-brand basketball was used in a Kansas University game for the first time this season.
Author, Oprah defend embattled book
January 12, 2006
Oprah Winfrey broke her silence about James Frey’s disputed memoir of addiction, “A Million Little Pieces,” dismissing allegations of falsehoods as “much ado about nothing” and urging readers who have been inspired by the book to “Keep holding on.”
Michigan State wins battle of Big Ten heavyweights
January 12, 2006
Maurice Ager scored 28 points, and Paul Davis had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 14 Michigan State to its first Big Ten victory, 87-73, over No. 9 Indiana on Wednesday night.
Having won the big one, Texas coach finally can relax
January 12, 2006
Making the rounds at the annual convention of college football coaches, Mack Brown kept hearing the same complaint from his colleagues.
Toplikar: Digital devices track fitness
Pedometers can help monitor distance, speed, calories
January 12, 2006
My dog waited as I hunted through the cupboard. “It’s got to be around here somewhere.”
Horoscopes
January 12, 2006
For Thursday, Jan. 12
Senior leadership
Veteran Moody sparks Jayhawks
January 12, 2006
No offense to Kansas University’s basketball freshmen. They’ve had some great games this season.