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Accident south of Lawrence turns fatal
05:09 p.m., January 13, 2006 Updated 05:52 p.m.
Authorities were responding to a report of an injury accident late this afternoon about six miles south of Lawrence at a rural intersection
Hoodwinked’ not Pixar, but not criminal either
January 13, 2006
In the high-stakes big budget world of computer animation, “Hoodwinked” is an anomaly, as it was made without the benefit of major studio cash. Audiences have become accustomed to the dazzling visuals of Pixar movies, however, so the makers of this independently financed movie face an uphill battle, especially since its characters are all uncomfortably glassy-eyed and move like two-jointed 80s action figures.
Sunshine returns this afternoon
Weekend forecast calls for temperatures in 50s
January 13, 2006
Strong winds were howling through Lawrence this morning, keeping windchills in the mid 20s, said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. But sunny skies are expected this afternoon, she said.
Parties need new leadership
January 13, 2006
Rep. Tom DeLay’s decision to bow to reality and surrender his House leadership cleared the way for Republicans to install a new leader. What they do will show whether they’ve gotten the message or are proceeding with business as usual.
Keys, manager form movie company
January 13, 2006
After conquering the world of music, Alicia Keys is expanding into movie and television production. Keys, 24, and her longtime manager, Jeff Robinson, said Thursday they have formed a company whose first project will be a UPN TV series inspired by Keys’ experiences as a biracial youngster growing up in New York.
Horoscopes
January 13, 2006
For Friday, Jan. 13
New plan announced for uninsured
Sebelius calls initiative ‘great step forward’
January 13, 2006
The state’s largest health insurance company announced Thursday that it will offer a new, half-cost plan designed for uninsured Kansans. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas said its ValueBlue plan would be available in 87 counties, starting March 1. People will be eligible if their household incomes are no more than double the federal poverty line …
Sebelius calls for new equipment
January 13, 2006
Five days after Christmas, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius sent a wish list to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, asking the Pentagon to step up efforts to replenish equipment left by the National Guard in Iraq. Her list contained several thousand items - tents, computers, trucks, semitrailers, machine gun mounts and even a complete latrine.
Bush bolting Southern Cal for NFL Draft
Wisconsin losing running back Calhoun; Crosby to return to Colorado
January 13, 2006
Reggie Bush was ready to bolt. The decision to pass up his senior season at Southern California was a difficult one, but the Heisman Trophy winner said he’s eager for a new challenge - such as playing for a losing team.
Offender gets boot camp for sex crime
22-year-old sought probation only for sex with 13-year-old
January 13, 2006
A 22-year-old Lawrence man and his 13-year-old girlfriend said they were in love. When he was arrested last year and charged with eight counts of statutory rape for having a sexual relationship with the girl, she stood by him.
Former Jayhawk wins marathon
January 13, 2006
Kansas University product Paige Higgins, 23, won the women’s full marathon Sunday at the Walt Disney World Marathon in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
People in the News
January 13, 2006
¢ ‘Sabrina’ actress has baby boy ¢ Chesney, Zellweger spotted together in restaurant ¢ Stewart’s daughter seeks ban on horse-drawn carriages
Multitalented Queen Latifah livens up ‘Last Holiday’
January 13, 2006
Queen Latifah is like a grown-up version of one of those kids in high school who was good at everything. It’s easy to envision her as the lead in the school play, a soloist in the choir, the center on the basketball team and the homecoming queen.
Owners respond
January 13, 2006
To the editor: As the owners of Royal Crest Lanes, we truly regret that Karen A. Couch had an unpleasant experience in our establishment on Jan. 4 (“Bad experience,” Jan. 9 Public Forum).
Sentencing by Vermont judge generates calls for resignation
January 13, 2006
Judge Edward Cashman should be the darling of conservatives: a churchgoer, a former prosecutor, a Vietnam vet and a member of the bench known for his hard-line stands: A decade ago he jailed for 41 days the parents of a suspect in a rape case because they refused to cooperate with prosecutors.
2000 ‘Survivor’ star on trial for not paying taxes on winnings
January 13, 2006
Reality show star Richard Hatch is merely the “world’s worst bookkeeper,” not the tax evader that prosecutors make him out to be, his attorney said Thursday as the “Survivor” winner’s tax fraud trial got under way.
Turk who shot pope released from prison
January 13, 2006
The man who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981 was released from prison Thursday after serving more than 25 years in Italy and Turkey for the plot against the pontiff and the slaying of a Turkish journalist.
Keegan: Kansas enriched by Rush
January 13, 2006
The pro scouts told Brandon Rush he wasn’t ready to make the jump to the NBA, told him he needed to improve his defense and extend the range on his jump shot. Let’s see, the Kansas University freshman sometimes is matched up against the opposing team’s leading scorer and more often than not does a credible job with the assignments.
Next year, hall voting will be tricky
January 13, 2006
Now I am one. One of those “old” baseball writers (former) that years ago all of us young turks and many others used to hoot at over a cold one.
Lindsborg chess school building put on market
January 13, 2006
The building housing a chess school that brought Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev to town in October is up for sale, and the director of the school is moving to Chicago. But officials with the Karpov International School of Chess say the work of the school, which has brought international attention to Lindsborg, will continue.
Firebirds second at home
Washburn Rural holds off Firebirds in triangular
January 13, 2006
Free State High’s boys swimming and diving team had its hands full at the Free State triangular Thursday against a tough Washburn Rural team.
Packers select McCarthy
Green Bay hires Baker graduate away from 49ers
January 13, 2006
The Green Bay Packers are coming off their worst season in 15 years. They don’t know if their franchise quarterback is returning. Now they’ve hired the youngest head coach in the league. Rebuilding year, anyone? New coach Mike McCarthy says no.
NFL seeing benefits of diversity
Success of minority coaches affecting teams’ hiring process
January 13, 2006
Under pressure from civil-rights advocates three years ago, the NFL established a rule requiring teams to interview at least one minority candidate before hiring a head coach. But this year, the so-called “Rooney Rule” is being supplanted by one of football’s more time-honored tenets: If it works, consider copying it.
Miller says he regrets remarks
Skier apologizes for making drunk-skiing comments
January 13, 2006
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Pistons too tough for Spurs
Detroit wins in first trip to San Antonio since finals
January 13, 2006
The Detroit Pistons returned to the site of their most painful defeat and handed the defending NBA champions another lopsided loss. Rasheed Wallace scored 27 points and had 10 rebounds to lead Detroit to a 83-68 victory Thursday night over the Spurs in the Pistons’ first visit to San Antonio since losing Game 7 of the NBA finals last June.
Stampede breaks out at hajj ritual, killing at least 345
January 13, 2006
Thousands of Muslims surging to complete a stoning ritual before sunset stampeded Thursday after some pilgrims tripped over dropped luggage, causing a pileup that killed at least 345 people in the second tragedy to hit this year’s hajj.
Mayor calls city ‘capital of homelessness’
January 13, 2006
A report released Thursday that provided new details on the region’s homeless population prompted Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to call the nation’s second-largest city the nation’s “capital of homelessness.”
Suspect in fatal attack of reporter turns self in
January 13, 2006
A suspect in the beating death of New York Times reporter David Rosenbaum turned himself in to police Thursday night after TV stations broadcast surveillance images showing his face.
Donners may not have been cannibals
January 13, 2006
There’s no physical evidence that the family who gave the Donner Party its name had anything to do with the cannibalism the ill-fated pioneers have been associated with for a century and a half, two scientists said Thursday.
Consider risks before co-signing loan application
January 13, 2006
Q: I co-signed a loan application for my son and daughter-in-law back in 1994 so they could get a mortgage to buy a house. They filed for divorce last fall and my son has moved out, but neither one has made a mortgage payment in the past 60 days. Now the bank is sending me letters …
Tax forms on the way
January 13, 2006
The Internal Revenue Service has started mailing 1040 tax packages to 17.7 million taxpayers, but more Americans are expected to file their tax returns electronically through the Internet this year.
Grandma granted visitation of child cut from womb
January 13, 2006
A woman who found her eight-months pregnant daughter lying in a pool of blood, her womb slashed open and the baby gone, has been given the right to spend more time with the child. But Becky Harper will not be able to tell the toddler, Victoria Jo, about the day she was born.
Brave step
January 13, 2006
To the editor: I applaud the Lawrence school board for taking a leadership role in moving forward with a sports facilities feasibility study. It was so refreshing to see a group of our elected officials step forward and take a decisive stand on an important community issue.
Veiled racism
January 13, 2006
To the editor: George Will’s editorial column (“Mascot sensitivity runs amok,” Journal-World, Jan. 5) revealed a thinly veiled racism. Mr. Will basically said that American Indians aren’t smart enough to know what they think about the common practice of using images from their cultures as whimsical mascots for the charade of American sports …
Perkins releases ambitious 5-year plan
January 13, 2006
In a slick, 24-page booklet mailed to Williams Fund members, season-ticket holders and media representatives this week, Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins released his five-year strategic plan, detailing goals of the athletic department to be met by 2011.
Childish uproar
January 13, 2006
To the editor: Watching both sides in the uproar over teaching intelligent design in public schools is like watching siblings arguing over their toys. Trying to understand this situation leads one to conclude each side has so much personally invested, including reputations, they refuse to be open to each other.
Palestinian blows self up; Israeli troops kill gunman
January 13, 2006
A Palestinian extremist blew himself up and a second militant was fatally shot by Israeli soldiers staging a raid Thursday in the West Bank town of Jenin, the worst violence between the two sides in nearly a month.
China refuses to abolish medicinal bear farms
January 13, 2006
Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine hail bear bile as an extraordinary health elixir, and that belief has spawned an industry of farms where caged bears with catheters are milked of their bile for use in medicines and cosmetics.
Government accused of slow response to bird flu
January 13, 2006
Local officials accused Turkey’s government Thursday of moving too slowly to slaughter fowl when bird flu was still confined to birds, as the number of people infected with the deadly H5N1 strain climbed to 18.
Support PLAY
January 13, 2006
To the editor: There is a current effort being lead by PLAY to fund a feasibility study to determine the current and future needs for a state-of-the-art multisport facility in our community. PLAY stands for Partners for Lawrence Athletics and Youth. I am writing to urge you to help communicate the need for all Douglas County residents to become a supporter for this effort.
Brownback questions federal mail inspections
January 13, 2006
U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., this week said the case of a retired Kansas University professor’s tampered mail might spark a fresh look at national security laws.
Fish salvage at lake extended two weeks
January 13, 2006
The public fish salvage at Douglas County State Fishing Lake has been extended through Jan. 29. The salvage began Saturday and had been scheduled to conclude Sunday.
Lawrence Datebook
January 13, 2006
On the Record
January 13, 2006
For Fri. Jan. 13
Browns’ Dilfer testifies in assault trial
January 13, 2006
Cleveland Browns quarterback Trent Dilfer testified that a man insulted him in front of fans in a bar last June and then punched him. “It was a good shot,” said Dilfer, who is 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds. “It knocked me back to a certain degree and stung me pretty good.” Dilfer testified Wednesday in Joshua Pfeil’s misdemeanor assault trial in suburban Cleveland.
State’s new slogan: ‘Come see for yourself’
January 13, 2006
If you were pulling for “New Jersey: You Got a Problem With That?” as the new state slogan, forget about it, buddy. The winning entry in the slogan contest was: “New Jersey: “Come See For Yourself.”
Europeans accuse Iran of ‘deception’
January 13, 2006
European foreign ministers said Thursday that nuclear talks with Iran had reached a dead end after more than two years of acrimonious negotiations and the issue should be referred to the U.N. Security Council.
Bill requires Wal-Mart to spend more on insurance
January 13, 2006
Maryland legislators voted Thursday to enact a first-in-the-nation requirement that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spend more on employee health care. The measure, touted as a money-saver for the state-supported Medicaid program, takes effect despite the governor’s veto of the bill.
Doctor says Palmer’s injury ‘devastating’
January 13, 2006
Carson Palmer’s knee injury was “devastating and potentially career-ending,” involving numerous ligament tears, a shredded ligament, damaged cartilage and a dislocated kneecap, his surgeon said Thursday.
FSHS girls hammer SM East
January 13, 2006
Banaka Okwuone had 16 points and 13 rebounds, Jenna Brantley scored 11 points, and Lauren Kimball added 10 points and six steals to lead Free State to a 65-33 high school girls basketball victory Thursday night over Shawnee Mission East.
Gunmen kidnap four foreign oil workers
January 13, 2006
Gunmen stormed an offshore oil platform run by Royal Dutch Shell in Nigeria and kidnapped four foreign workers, including an American, while apparent sabotage ruptured a pipeline at a facility processing 106,000 barrels of crude daily, officials said Thursday.
Lawmaker wouldn’t change constitution
January 13, 2006
There’s no need to change the state’s constitution to limit the Kansas Supreme Court’s jurisdiction over school finance matters, an area legislator said.
Why Iran?
January 13, 2006
To the editor: Help me understand this. Iran is developing nuclear weapons, according to the White House. America is going to refer them to the U.N. Security Council for sanctions. Am I correct to this point?
DirecTV settlement nets Kansas $100K
January 13, 2006
Kansans will share $100,000 from a $5 million settlement between DirecTV and 21 states and the District of Columbia where consumers complained about the company’s deceptive and misleading advertising practices.
Registrations due for annual meeting
January 13, 2006
Time is running out for members of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce to choose whether to accept their latest mission: to attend the organization’s annual meeting.
New ‘scoop shop’ opens downtown
January 13, 2006
Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop opens today in downtown Lawrence, and owner Jason Harris figures it’s a can’t-miss operation for a left-leaning college town.
Eudora girls run away for victory
January 13, 2006
rin Kracl and Carrie Lister each scored 14 points, Michelle Deluna added 12 and Nikki Snider 10 as Eudora claimed a 60-44 high school girls basketball victory Thursday over Spring Hill.
Report: Bills coach offers resignation
January 13, 2006
Mike Mularkey submitted his resignation to the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, a person familiar with discussions between the coach and the team told the Associated Press.
GOP challenger may enter governor’s race
January 13, 2006
Ken Canfield, founder and president of the National Center for Fathering in Overland Park, is exploring seeking the Republican nomination for governor.
No decency
Kansas has enough image problems without any contribution from Topeka Westboro group.
January 13, 2006
While many are justifiably concerned about the poor image Kansas is projecting because of the evolution-creationism flap, not enough regret is expressed about the woeful behavior of delegates from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka. These people continue to pursue many shameless activities that cause most residents of the Sunflower State to cringe.
Alito dodging stance on Roe
January 13, 2006
To know what’s at stake in the Supreme Court confirmation hearings, it’s best to travel 1,200 miles west from the paneled Senate room to a small nondescript clinic in a Great Plains state. It’s best to turn from the blue-and-white charts brandished by senators to the parking lot filled with cars from places as far away as Rapid City or even Wyoming.
U.S. military predicts more violence after Iraqi election results released
January 13, 2006
The U.S. military predicted Thursday that more violence will engulf Iraq in the weeks ahead as the country’s splintered politicians and religious groups struggle to form a government. The warning followed a week marked by what U.S. Brig. Gen. Donald Alston described as “horrific attacks,” amid deteriorating relations between Iraq’s largest Shiite religious group and Sunni Arabs who make up the core of the opposition.
AT&T seeking price flexibility
January 13, 2006
The new AT&T wants to shed its regulated past, asking Kansas lawmakers to deregulate its phone services in the state. The company - formerly SBC Communications, which recently assumed the AT&T name after acquiring the longtime telecommunications operator - filed a bill this week with the Senate Utilities Committee seeking latitude for AT&T, Sprint and other traditional phone companies to set their own rates on telephone services.
Alito likely to receive Senate OK
Democrats doubt ability to block Supreme Court nomination
January 13, 2006
Samuel Alito coasted toward confirmation as the 110th Supreme Court justice Thursday, ending 18 grueling hours of Senate interrogation with Democrats showing little appetite for a last-ditch filibuster attempt on the Senate floor. “I am my own person, with whatever abilities I have and whatever limitations I have,” Alito declared …
Packerware plans expand again by millions; abatement holds key
Latest proposal also would add 76 employees
January 13, 2006
Plans to expand Lawrence’s Packerware plant have grown. According to documents released Thursday by the city, the plant is now slated to add 76 employees and another $72 million in equipment and buildings to the company’s current facility in northern Lawrence.
Debate intensifies over Sharon’s doctors’ decisions after 1st stroke
January 13, 2006
Ariel Sharon’s doctors faced new criticism Thursday for failing to divulge a brain disease discovered after the prime minister’s initial stroke and for prescribing blood thinners that may have contributed to a massive second stroke.
Previous outcomes mean little in postseason
January 13, 2006
On Oct. 2, Seattle lost in Washington in overtime. By NFL standards, that’s ancient history - a game that might as well have been played last year or last century. The same goes for the other three matchups this weekend, all reruns of regular-season games. But throw those earlier matchups out. It’s not who you play but when you play them - the time, the health of both teams and the circumstances.
Legislative leaders nail down policy for Statehouse walls
January 13, 2006
They spend billions of tax dollars and write laws everyone must follow, but senators in refurbished Statehouse offices can’t be trusted with a hammer and nail. Legislative leaders told senators in the Statehouse’s east wing not to hang pictures, calendars and other bric-a-brac, at least not until those leaders draft a policy on how to do it properly.
Health nut mayor puts new focus on bad habits
January 13, 2006
When Mayor Michael Bloomberg sat down to lunch with children during a school visit a few years ago, he was disgusted by the soggy, greasy fries and other junk on their plates. He pushed for a revamp of school menus and by the start of the next school year, fat-laden meals were being replaced by healthier versions.
GlobalFlyer finds new home
January 13, 2006
Trailing a drag parachute, a world-renowned aircraft made history and attracted considerable attention Thursday as it gently set down at the space shuttle’s landing strip - but it was not a space shuttle. And it was not a military jet. In fact, it was not a government craft of any kind.
Warmer weather brings bat out of winter slumber - into living room
January 13, 2006
Walking through our dimly lit dining room Wednesday evening, I could have sworn a bat flew past my head. I flipped on a light and turned in time to see large black wings flapping my way and darned if they weren’t attached to a bat. It wasn’t like watching a misguided sparrow, banging off walls and windows.
Report: Army halted abuse probe without interviewing
January 13, 2006
The Army closed a criminal investigation of abuse allegations by an Iraqi detainee last year, finding no reason to believe his claims, even though no Americans involved in the case were questioned, according to Pentagon records made public Thursday. Internal Army documents about the Iraqi’s capture on Jan. 4, 2004, and his subsequent interrogation at an unspecified facility …
Sooners struggling without sharpshooter
Ailing juco transfer Neal has missed past 2 games - both losses for Oklahoma
January 13, 2006
Walking to his office at 7:30 on a summer morning, Kelvin Sampson would hear a sound that’s music to his ears: a player already dribbling in the Sooners’ practice gym. He’d peek through the blinds and see Michael Neal, a junior-college transfer, working on his shot.
Houston school district ties teachers’ pay to test scores
January 13, 2006
Houston became the largest school district in the country on Thursday to adopt a merit pay plan for teachers that focuses on students’ tests scores. By a 9-0 vote, the Houston school board approved a plan that offers teachers as much as $3,000 in extra pay if their students improve on state and national tests.
Faith-based groups get federal primer
White House spreads word at K.C. conference
January 13, 2006
If there is still a national debate over the wisdom of using government money to back “faith-based initiatives,” you couldn’t tell Thursday. More than 500 religious leaders from 31 states attended a White House conference on how to attract federal grants for church-led projects like teaching people to read, feeding the homeless and healing the sick.
Hallmark moving jobs to Lawrence plant
Consolidation to cost Leavenworth 125 positions
January 13, 2006
Lawrence’s Hallmark plant will be welcoming more employees in the coming months, as the Kansas City, Mo.-based company consolidates its production operations for greeting cards. Hallmark is moving 125 jobs out of its Leavenworth plant and will send “the vast majority” of them - and their equipment - to Lawrence.
Boyfriend pleads to 3-year-old’s killing
January 13, 2006
Days before he was scheduled to stand trial, a Lawrence man entered a plea Thursday to killing his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter by shaking and beating her. “(I) shook her,” Jason W. Dillon said, when Judge Michael Malone asked to hear the factual basis for his plea.
Monk’ the perfectionist at his best
January 13, 2006
Tonight’s “Monk” (9 p.m., USA) episode begins with a clever, neurotic twist. It seems the picky detective buys only one brand of shirt from one particular shop. And not just any shirt, but only garments approved by Inspector No. 8. Her dedication to perfection has inspired Monk (Tony Shalhoub) to write fan letters.
Haskell feels pinch of tight budget
Katrina, Iraq siphon school funds
January 13, 2006
Haskell Indian Nations University’s classroom budget has taken another hit, its maintenance department is headed for a $900,000 deficit, and school officials are hoping they can somehow find a way to avoid furloughing employees. “We’re in some dire circumstances,” said Haskell budget director Michael Lewis.
Kids’ impress ex-Jayhawk Randall
January 13, 2006
Mark Randall, who watches as many Kansas University basketball games as he can on TV, was able to check out the 2005-06 Jayhawks in person Wednesday night. Randall, a 1991 KU graduate who lives in Denver and works in community relations for the NBA’s Nuggets, made the short drive to Boulder and sat a couple of rows behind the KU bench.
DNA shows executed man was guilty
January 13, 2006
A new round of DNA tests that death penalty opponents believed might finally prove that an innocent man was executed in the United States confirmed instead that Roger Keith Coleman was guilty when he went to the electric chair in 1992.
Nelson gets $65M photo collection
January 13, 2006
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has obtained one of the country’s largest collections of American photography, an estimated $65 million treasure featuring works by more than 900 artists, the museum planned to announce today.
Date with Sundance
Former Jayhawk’s edgy cinematic debut earns trips to prestigious festivals
January 13, 2006
Gary Huggins found a unique way to pass the time while working at the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library. The fledgling filmmaker would study the patrons and then imagine ways to cast them in different movies. “It’s a real ‘colorful’ mix of people, races and backgrounds,” Huggins says. “They all seemed like naturals.” One regular in particular intrigued him.
Rugged Pitt goes to 13-0
January 13, 2006
top 25 men’s roundup