Archive for Saturday, January 14, 2006

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Funny business
Humor us while we try to pin down what makes you laugh
January 14, 2006
The formula for funny. Comics strive for it. Authors tweak their copy, searching for it. TV networks bank on it. And yet, no matter how many times the chicken crosses the road, a rabbi walks into a bar or a buffoon slips on a banana peel, the formula may never be found.
Moran says 2006 could be turning point in Iraq
January 14, 2006
Rep. Jerry Moran said Friday he is optimistic that 2006 will be a turning point in efforts to form a stable government in Iraq, which could lead to the withdrawal of more U.S. troops.
Lawrence datebook
January 14, 2006
31 and counting …
Jayhawks hoping to extend dominant streak against KSU
January 14, 2006
Kansas University senior Stephen Vinson was 10 years old the last time Kansas State defeated KU in men’s basketball. It was Jan. 17, 1994, when the Wildcats tripped the Jayhawks, 68-64, in Allen Fieldhouse. KU since has rattled off 31 straight victories in the series between the in-state rivals - 11 in Allen Fieldhouse, 12 in Manhattan and eight in Kansas City, Mo.
Bush rejects German leader’s suggestion to close Guantanamo
January 14, 2006
President Bush rejected a suggestion by Germany’s new leader that the U.S. close its prison at Guantanamo Bay, saying after a first meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday that the facility is “a necessary part of protecting the American people.”
Up to 20,000 acres destroyed in fires
Oklahoma blazes char more than two dozen homes, businesses
January 14, 2006
Firefighters on Friday cleaned up the remnants of grass fires in southern Oklahoma that scorched up to 20,000 acres and destroyed more than two dozen homes and businesses overnight. The worst fire had raged in southern Oklahoma near the towns of Ratliff City and Fox. At one time, the blaze in Carter County was four miles wide and burned at least 20 homes.
$4M plan would sustain aquifer
Kansas Water Office also seeks study of riverbed near Lawrence
January 14, 2006
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and state water officials want to spend $4 million from a court award to reduce pumping of the High Plains aquifer in western Kansas. The proposal is part of a package the Kansas Water Office has before the Legislature this session. It also includes funds to study changes to the bed of the Kansas River between Topeka and Lawrence.
Largest-ever Habitat project awaiting approval by city
Plan honoring volunteer would include 16 homes in North Lawrence
January 14, 2006
For 15 years, Clay Comfort helped build homes for low-income Lawrence families. Now, some homes may be built in his honor. “It couldn’t be a better way to remember Clay,” said his widow, Ardis Comfort. “I don’t think he would believe it. He would be so pleased.”
Seabury drops pair
January 14, 2006
The Seabury Academy boys basketball team put on a clinic during the second half of Friday night’s battle with Kansas City (Mo.) Barstow. Unfortunately for the Seahawks, it was titled “How to lose your poise come crunch time.”
On the record
January 14, 2006
Briefly
January 14, 2006
Around and About
January 14, 2006
Lawful cycling
January 14, 2006
To the editor: I have to get this off my chest. Today as I was driving to work, I was sitting at the corner of 13th and Connecticut, at the stop sign, waiting to turn left onto Connecticut. No cars were coming so I started to turn left. A guy on a bike, also on 13th but coming toward me, speeds right through the stop sign on the other side of Connecticut right in front of me.
Driver killed in one-vehicle accident on county road
January 14, 2006
A Douglas County woman died Friday evening after a rollover accident five miles south of Lawrence at a curve on Douglas County Road 460. Medical units and deputies were called at 4:51 p.m. to the scene about two miles west of the Zarco 66 station on U.S. Highway 59, said Lt. Kari Wempe, spokeswoman for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
Firebirds battle in loss to SM East
January 14, 2006
Few coaches would be happy about a loss, but Free State High boys basketball coach Chuck Law was all smiles following the Firebirds’ 63-42 defeat Friday night against Shawnee Mission East.
Attorneys file pretrial motions in sniper case
January 14, 2006
Attorneys for convicted Washington-area sniper John Allen Muhammad asked a judge Friday for separate trials for the six murders he is charged with in Maryland. Muhammad’s public defenders argued in court documents that a single trial would prejudice a jury with “irrelevant and inadmissible evidence” from the separate crimes.
Gases poured from mine for hours after explosion
January 14, 2006
Hours after an underground explosion, deadly carbon monoxide gas poured from the entrance to the Sago Mine at more than five times the level considered safe for humans, according to government documents released Friday.
Government dissolved after 2 days of protests
January 14, 2006
Mongolia’s parliament dissolved its government after the biggest political party pulled out of the 15-month-old ruling coalition, prompting two days of protests amid complaints about poverty and corruption.
City revises building report
Lawrence construction value increases 12 percent in 2005
January 14, 2006
Turns out 2005 wasn’t as rough on the Lawrence construction industry as previously thought. Builders, contractors and others involved in the industry took out permits for $131.3 million worth of work last year, up from $117.7 million a year earlier.
Military news
January 14, 2006
Second suspect charged in murder of N.Y. Times reporter
January 14, 2006
A second suspect in the beating death of veteran New York Times reporter David E. Rosenbaum was arrested Friday night and charged with felony murder.
WHO wants to study bird flu crisis areas
January 14, 2006
The World Health Organization, eager to get a better understanding of the deadly bird flu strain spreading across Turkey, said Friday it has asked the government for permission to send teams into villages to take blood samples, swab throats and interview families.
City nears 1953 record for rainy-day streak
January 14, 2006
People in water-logged Washington now have official confirmation of something they’ve been suspecting: It’s been raining a lot. This city had its 26th straight day of rain Friday and was just a week short of the 1953 record of 33 consecutive rainy days. Daily rainfall records already have fallen in Seattle and Olympia.
Democrats to delay first vote on Alito
January 14, 2006
Democrats confirmed Friday that they will make a last-ditch attempt to slow Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito’s momentum by delaying the first vote on his candidacy.
Bills’ coach says it’s time to resign
January 14, 2006
Mike Mularkey resigned as coach of the Buffalo Bills following a 5-11 season in which the team missed the playoffs for the sixth straight year.
Scouting news
January 14, 2006
Holiday sales rise
January 14, 2006
Retail industry sales climbed 6.4 percent this past holiday season, as a late-December shopping spree helped push past the 6 percent growth expected by the industry, the National Retail Federation reported Friday.
Veritas splits doubleheader
January 14, 2006
Adi Willems had 21 points and 16 rebounds, and Kristie Tiegreen also had a double-double with 14 and 10 for Veritas in a 53-49 overtime victory against Olathe Christian in high school girls basketball Friday. Veritas improved to 6-5.
List of losers
January 14, 2006
To the editor: As I looked over the front page of the Journal-World (Dec. 30) with the list of top 10 most influential Kansans, I don’t know that I find it as much disturbing as just disappointing. I am a married father of three with a graduate degree in technology, work in a large corporate office and care about religion.
Iraqi infant released from hospital to recover
January 14, 2006
The Iraqi infant who underwent surgery for spinal birth defects was released from a hospital Friday to recover at an Atlanta-area home where her father and grandmother have been staying, hospital officials said.
Pair get probation for stealing from grandma
January 14, 2006
A Jefferson County man and his wife have been sentenced to probation for stealing his grandmother’s life savings.
After years, Big Dig winding to a close
January 14, 2006
After more than a decade of ever-shifting traffic detours, the last major piece of roadway in Boston’s Big Dig opened Friday, officials said.
Bus and train collide, killing at least 21 people
January 14, 2006
A bus transporting workers after their shift at a local factory collided with a train Friday in southern Russia, killing at least 21 people, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.
Wholesale inflation spikes for 2005
January 14, 2006
Soaring energy prices pushed wholesale inflation up in 2005 by the highest amount since 1990. The Labor Department reported that wholesale prices rose by a bigger-than-expected 0.9 percent in December, closing out a year when wholesale prices rose by 5.4 percent, the biggest advance since a 5.7 percent jump in 1990.
AT&T chairman coming to Topeka
January 14, 2006
Ed Whitacre Jr., chairman and CEO of AT&T, will be in Topeka next week to address business leaders and congratulate a colleague. All less than a mile away from the Kansas Statehouse, where lawmakers soon will discuss his company’s proposal to deregulate phone service in much of the state.
Volcano eruptions close schools, divert planes
January 14, 2006
A volcano on an uninhabited island 180 miles from Anchorage erupted four times Friday, sending plumes of ash more than six miles into the sky. Airplanes were warned to keep at least five miles away from 4,134-foot Augustine Volcano.
Laura Bush: U.S. will have a female president
January 14, 2006
Laura Bush predicted on Friday that the United States soon will have a female president - a Republican, and maybe even Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
West students march for MLK
January 14, 2006
Students from West Junior High School marched from the school at 2700 Harvard Road to the Lied Center for a program to honor Martin Luther King Jr.
Archbishops support Anglican movement
January 14, 2006
Nine Anglican archbishops from overseas are in the U.S. supporting a burgeoning movement that began with Episcopalians disenchanted over liberal theology, including the acceptance of homosexuality.
Hotel where Hemingway stayed burns to ground
January 14, 2006
A hotel that claimed to be a one-time writing headquarters for Ernest Hemingway was destroyed in a fire Friday morning, authorities said.
Tyco announces three-way split
January 14, 2006
Tyco International Ltd., still recovering from scandals that saw its longtime former chief executive sentenced to prison, said Friday it planned to split into three public companies.
Leavenworth Immaculata 56, Perry-Lecompton 54
January 14, 2006
Cory McPherson led the Kaws (1-6) with 14 points, and David Foltz scored 10.
Reports: Magic’s Francis refused to enter game
January 14, 2006
The Orlando Magic indefinitely suspended Steve Francis because he refused to play late in the fourth quarter of a blowout, two newspapers reported Friday.
Two suspects arrested in Taco John’s robbery
January 14, 2006
Lawrence Police have arrested two suspects in connection with a robbery earlier this month at a fast-food restaurant.
King’s dream was dignity for everyone
January 14, 2006
The barber leaned close so the white folks couldn’t hear. How are you adjusting to the culture shock, he asked. Takes some getting used to, I replied. We were two black men in a place - the Appalachian foothills where Ohio abuts West Virginia - that is home to very few people like us. But the culture shock he spoke of wasn’t about race so much as economics.
Don’t let medical history flare up during job interviews
January 14, 2006
Q: I had to resign my management position at a luxury resort due to alcoholism. Since then, I have sought treatment and am an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous. I have more than 20 years experience and always have been successful in my positions, including receiving awards and being promoted…
People and Places
January 14, 2006
Sebelius: State will cover drug costs, as feds fix problems
January 14, 2006
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Friday said the state would cover drug costs for Kansans having problems getting their medicines because of glitches in the new federal prescription drug program. “It’s appalling to hear that any Kansas senior or disabled person is being forced to go without the prescription drugs they depend on,” Sebelius said.
Padilla’s purported al-Qaida application released
January 14, 2006
Federal prosecutors on Friday released an application to join an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan purportedly filled out by accused terror operative Jose Padilla. The “Mujahideen Data Form” bears the signature of Abu Abdallah al Muhajir, which the FBI says is the Muslim name that Padilla adopted after he converted to Islam.
Immaculata 42, Perry-Lecompton 42
January 14, 2006
Perry-Lecompton’s Megan Blosser led all scorers with 15 points.
Baldwin sweeps K.C. Turner
January 14, 2006
Ellie Meinen and Katelyn Miles led Baldwin High’s girls basketball team (4-3) with nine points apiece in a 51-31 victory Friday over K.C. Turner.
Ottawa 87, Anderson Co. 54
January 14, 2006
Addison Miller scored 16, and Philip Sylvester added 12 for Ottawa (8-1).
De Soto 38, Osawatomie 36
January 14, 2006
Sam Johnson paced De Soto (4-3) with 13 points.
Oskaloosa 53, Troy 46
January 14, 2006
Cody Heston scored 15 points, Josh Weis added 13 and Joe Crawford 11 for Oskie.
Wellsville 64, Prairie View 34
January 14, 2006
Thatcher Starling and Colin Wright scored 19 and 17 points.
Furyk, Campbell lead Sony
Wie fires second-round 68, but misses cut
January 14, 2006
Chad Campbell and Jim Furyk each shot 3-under 67 on Friday and were tied for the lead at the Sony Open going into a weekend that again will not include Michelle Wie. With a 5-foot putt on the 18th hole for her seventh birdie of the round, the 16-year-old Wie finished with a 2-under 68 to match her record from two years ago as the lowest score by a woman competing on a male tour.
Baldwin 67, K.C. Turner 66
January 14, 2006
Baldwin (7-1) edged K.C. Turner on the strength of three scorers in double figures, including Aaron Hannon with 16 points.
De Soto 51, Osawatomie 50
January 14, 2006
De Soto’s Taylor Burnett led all scorers with 21 points.
HINU women fall
January 14, 2006
Sam Pete had 13 points, and Maria Stevens scored 11, but Haskell Indian Nations University fell to College of Saint Mary, 60-48, Friday night in women’s college basketball.
K.C. Piper 70, Santa Fe Trail 47
January 14, 2006
Jake Carter scored 12 and Shawn Conklin 10 for Santa Fe Trail (3-5).
Seattle to face physical ‘D’
Redskin unit was one of few to slow Seahawks RB Alexander
January 14, 2006
Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck’s eyes widened. His eyebrows raised. His head shook slightly. He seemed impressed. Not because Seattle is two victories from the Super Bowl. Or because the Seahawks are playing host to a divisional playoff game today at Qwest Field for the first time.
KU legend
With her long service and love for KU and Lawrence, Mildred Clodfelter was one of a kind.
January 14, 2006
Kansas University and Lawrence lost one of their warmest and most admired ambassadors with the death of Mildred Clodfelter this week. A local high school and KU graduate, she devoted 47 years to KU, 42 of them with the alumni association in many of its most formative and productive years.
SWAT team officer shoots gun-wielding eighth-grader
January 14, 2006
An eighth-grader was shot and wounded by a SWAT team officer in a school bathroom Friday after he pulled out a pellet gun that resembled a real weapon and later raised it at a deputy, authorities said. Sheriff Don Eslinger said the 15-year-old boy brought the gun to Milwee Middle School in his backpack. Eslinger said two students saw it and one persuaded the other to report it, causing a scuffle.
Infection may be related to overuse of antibiotics
Bacteria behind intestinal problem appears to be mutating to become more resistant to medicine
January 14, 2006
Chances are you’re not a doctor nor play one on TV. That’s why health care professionals are becoming increasingly concerned about patients who go to doctors’ offices certain they need the latest antibiotic to cure everything from pimples to earaches.
Death row inmate says he’s too old, sickly to die
January 14, 2006
California’s oldest death row inmate - a 75-year-old who is legally blind and nearly deaf - is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to do something it has never done before: block an execution because of the condemned man’s advanced age and infirmity.
VA may relocate psychiatric beds
Leavenworth services would shift to Topeka
January 14, 2006
A proposal to move inpatient psychiatric services for veterans from Leavenworth to Topeka may come to a head during a meeting next week in Lawrence. The move concerns some veterans advocacy groups as well as Veterans Administration union employees.
Dooling, Allen suspended
January 14, 2006
Orlando guard Keyon Dooling was suspended for five games without pay and Seattle guard Ray Allen three for fighting during Wednesday’s game, the NBA announced Friday.
Education audit sounds familiar to some
January 14, 2006
An audit on education funding has legislators discussing how to get more money to public schools, but that audit reached many of the same conclusions as a 2002 study that many legislators have reviled or ignored.
Serial meetings not on agenda
January 14, 2006
Last year, Atty. Gen. Phill Kline came under political fire for holding private meetings with State Board of Education members. Kline denied any wrongdoing, and a prosecutor who was asked to investigate the matter said the attorney general didn’t violate the Kansas Open Meetings Act.
Spring Hill 69, Eudora 64
January 14, 2006
Rodney Spillman led Eudora (7-2) with 17 points.
Is Miller more trouble than he’s worth
January 14, 2006
I watched the “60 Minutes” interview with U.S. ski racer Bode Miller on Sunday and, just like you, I had some questions. The first question that came to mind, of course, was this: “60 Minutes” is still on the air? Apparently it is true, although this was somewhat of a shocker.
Miss America eyes comeback in Vegas
January 14, 2006
They’ll tap dance, sing and glide around the stage. They’ll don glitzy costumes, bathing suits and bright smiles in a quest for big money and a chance to see their names in lights. Just don’t call them showgirls.
Report: U.S. attack targets al-Qaida
January 14, 2006
An airstrike in a remote Pakistani tribal area killed at least 17 people, and a senior Pakistani official said today the target was a suspected al-Qaida hideout that may have been frequented by high-level operatives, possibly the No. 2 leader Ayman al-Zawahri.
Has AMC lost its purpose?
January 14, 2006
Sometime after host Bob Dorian retired his leather chair, American Movie Channel began to deviate from its “classic” formula. First came the commercials. Then the movies changed from film standards to popcorn fare from the “Porky’s” era.
Self: K-State will be fired up
Coach won’t judge Wildcats just on blowout loss
January 14, 2006
Bill Self bristled Friday when a reporter suggested that Kansas State didn’t “look like a good basketball team” against Nebraska on Wednesday night. “Everybody has bad games,” Self, Kansas University’s basketball coach, said, commenting on K-State’s 57-42 home loss …
Tonganoxie 52, Basehor-Linwood 22
January 14, 2006
Rachel Bogard led THS (9-0) with 17 points.
Mayer: ‘Road’ paved at KU
January 14, 2006
The new film “Glory Road” revives college basketball’s Myth of ‘66. You know, Texas Western (now UTEP) won the 1966 NCAA title by starting five black players and playing only seven, all minorities, to upset all-white Kentucky.
Lion boys stumble
Mighty O-South prevails, 77-60
January 14, 2006
Lawrence High’s boys played like kings in Tuesday night’s impressive basketball victory over Shawnee Mission East. But the Lions performed like kongs in Friday night’s 77-60 loss to Olathe South in the LHS gym.
FCE and 4-H news
January 14, 2006
Iran threatens end to nuclear inspections, cooperation
January 14, 2006
Iran threatened Friday to end surprise inspections and other cooperation with the U.N. nuclear watchdog if it is referred to the U.N. Security Council over its nuclear program, and the president vowed his country won’t be intimidated by sanctions.
KU aide Doeren hired at Wisconsin
January 14, 2006
Dave Doeren, Kansas University’s linebacker coach and co-defensive coordinator the past four seasons, is leaving KU to take a similar job at Wisconsin, it was announced Friday. Doeren leaves after helping develop KU’s defense into one of the nation’s best while building the Jayhawks’ foundation through his knack for attracting solid recruits.
Sharon’s doctors increasingly worried about failure to regain consciousness
January 14, 2006
Doctors have increasingly expressed concern that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon shows no signs of waking up from his induced coma, Israeli media reported Friday, as the hospital said the Israeli leader’s condition remained “critical but stable.”
Militant group claims responsibility for attacks
January 14, 2006
A previously unknown Nigerian militant group claimed responsibility Friday for kidnapping four foreign oil workers and blowing up a pipeline - dual attacks that cut Nigeria’s oil output by 10 percent.
S. Korea, U.S. reach deal on beef imports
January 14, 2006
South Korea and the United States agreed Friday on partially ending a two-year import ban on American beef triggered by mad cow disease, the South Korean government said.
Arizona lawmaker joins race for House majority leader
January 14, 2006
Arizona conservative Rep. John Shadegg jumped into the contest to become the No. 2 Republican in the House on Friday, shaking up a touchy contest about the party’s direction in what could be a difficult election year. Shadegg joins Missouri Rep. Roy Blunt and Ohio Rep. John Boehner in the race to replace former Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas …
Realtors recognize top professionals
January 14, 2006
When it rained for Ken Ollila on Friday, it poured. At the Lawrence Board of Realtors annual Installation Mixer at Maceli’s, the Lawrence Realty Associates employee accepted a prize for being a producer of $6 million in sales for the year. Seconds after he sat down again at his table, Ollila received a roaring standing ovation from the room as he was announced as the Salesperson of the Year.
Army helicopter goes down, killing 2
January 14, 2006
Insurgents apparently shot down a U.S. Army reconnaissance helicopter in this northern city Friday, killing its two pilots, in the second fatal helicopter crash in Iraq in less than a week.
People in the news
January 14, 2006
¢ Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt visit poverty-stricken Haiti ¢ Paltrow confirms pregnancy ¢ Rapper Mystikal sentenced to year in prison in tax case
Old Home Town
January 14, 2006
¢ 25 years ago ¢ 40 years ago ¢ 100 years
Horoscopes
January 14, 2006
For Saturday, Jan. 14
Society calendar
January 14, 2006
Simons: Education analysis poses difficult choices for Legislature
January 14, 2006
The question of how to properly fund Kansas elementary and secondary education will be a major, if not the most difficult, issue facing members of the current Kansas legislative session.
Tale of the tape
January 14, 2006
Valley Falls 61, McLouth 19
January 14, 2006
Brown logs 1,000th career victory
January 14, 2006
New York Knicks coach Larry Brown thanked all the people who had helped him reach an exclusive club. Brown became the fourth coach in league history to win 1,000 games as the Knicks beat the Atlanta Hawks, 105-94, Friday night for their sixth straight victory.
Faith forum
When should my child be baptized?
January 14, 2006
¢ Valid baptism is an act of faith ¢ Baptized receive God’s promise
Club news
January 14, 2006