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Former Westar CEO sent to prison
January 17, 2006
Former Westar Energy Inc. Chief Executive Officer David Wittig was sent to federal prison Tuesday after a judge ruled he had violated terms of his release pending an appeal of his bank fraud convictions.
Proposal would repeal law allowing in-state tuition to some illegal immigrants
January 17, 2006
Legislation was filed today that would repeal a law that allows some non-citizen students to get the less expensive in-state tuition at public universities in Kansas.
Another Jayhawk sculpture vandalized
January 17, 2006
Another Jayhawk sculpture has fallen victim to vandals.
Highway funding on table
January 17, 2006
A Senate committee today cleared the way for state leaders to vote on borrowing $210 million to ensure that promised highway projects are completed.
Bright but blustery day ahead
Windchills of 30s or below expected through afternoon
07:31 a.m., January 17, 2006 Updated 12:56 p.m.
Pull out the sunglasses and grab a coat - a bright but blustery day is in store for the Lawrence area, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Russia, China join call for Iran nuclear compliance
January 17, 2006
Moscow and Beijing joined the U.S. and its European allies in demanding Monday that Iran fully suspend its nuclear program, while Vladimir Putin held out hope for a compromise, saying Tehran might agree to move its uranium enrichment program to Russia.
Horoscopes
January 17, 2006
For Tuesday, Jan. 17
Poll finds blacks more likely than whites to celebrate holiday
January 17, 2006
Blacks are more likely than whites to commemorate Martin Luther King’s birthday, an AP-Ipsos poll found. They’re also more inclined to harbor doubts about progress toward his dream of racial equality. Three-fourths of the people in this country say there has been significant progress toward equality, but only 66 percent of blacks felt that way.
In the Halls: Who is the most important Kansan?
January 17, 2006
Government must have greater role in nation’s health care system
January 17, 2006
This time last year, President Bush was preaching Social Security reform; that got nowhere. This time six months ago, his team was thinking tax reform; it soon got cold feet. Now the new theme is health reform. “This is a big priority for the president,” Al Hubbard, the White House national economic adviser, told me Friday. “The system has got to be reformed.”
Pakistani ruling party demands U.S. apology for alleged CIA airstrike
January 17, 2006
Pakistan’s ruling party on Monday demanded an apology for an alleged CIA airstrike that killed at least 17 people, but the country’s prime minister said his trip to the United States this week would go ahead as planned.
Iran prohibits CNN from working in country
January 17, 2006
Iran banned CNN from working in the country due to its mistranslation of comments made by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a recent news conference. The indefinite ban, announced Monday on state-run television, highlighted the continuing tension between Iran and the West over Tehran’s nuclear program.
Former park ranger now a buffalo rancher
Interaction with public may continue in form of guided tours at Haven property
January 17, 2006
In the middle of a pasture, sporting blue jeans, boots and a black cowboy hat pulled down on his forehead, Jerry Schmidt was in the middle of a management job.
Gardner keeps faith, carries Tigers past KU
January 17, 2006
Even in the most desperate times Monday night, Missouri’s Thomas Gardner said he felt good about what was going to happen at Mizzou Arena. “Everybody felt with a minute left in the game that we were going to send it to overtime or win it,” said Gardner, whose Tigers trailed Kansas University by seven points with 39 seconds left.
Second-grader’s winning entry brings $5,000 for school’s playground
January 17, 2006
Second-grader Dawson Dykes squirmed out of his chair during a visit to the Wakarusa Valley School principal’s office. A call there can sometimes mean bad news for a youngster, especially with his parents in the room. But Dawson and his family were there so he could be congratulated for winning a contest that will net a $5,000 grant and help pay for new playground equipment at the Douglas County school.
Neighbors step up to help family in hour of need
January 17, 2006
Rob Harris says if you live in the country and hear sirens, chances are you’re going to look out the window. If the sirens are close enough to be heard, it could be a neighbor is in trouble. That was the case late Friday night, when Harris looked out his window and saw his neighbors’ home burning across the street on East 800 Road in southern Douglas County.
Tyler Knight and Banaka Okwuone
January 17, 2006
¢ Tyler Knight, Lawrence High, Senior. ¢ Banaka Okwuone, Free State High, Senior
Mississippi beginning to feel ‘invisible’ in New Orleans’ shadow
January 17, 2006
Nicki Henderson has had plenty of reasons to be angry since Hurricane Katrina destroyed her Biloxi home, but it was a simple news item about dislocated dolphins that really made her blood boil. Henderson lost her temper when she logged on to her computer and spotted this headline: “New Orleans Dolphins Find New Home.”
Union Station leaders say strategy needed
January 17, 2006
Union Station board members and managers say they must present some financial strategy to overcome the station’s longstanding economic problems this year.
Pope expresses worry over fresh anti-Semitism
January 17, 2006
Pope Benedict XVI, meeting with Rome’s chief rabbi Monday, expressed pain and worry over outbreaks of anti-Semitism in the world and called on Jews and Christians to wage a united battle against hate.
Groups claim to have shot down helicopter
Two killed Monday in U.S. Apache crash
January 17, 2006
A U.S. military helicopter crashed north of the Iraqi capital Monday - the third American chopper to go down in 10 days - killing the two crew members. A resident said he saw the smoke trail of a missile before the aircraft plunged to the ground.
Question and answer with Ali Pistora
Lone returning starter has Tongie sitting pretty
January 17, 2006
Most area girls basketball teams would be content with any of the following - a talented 6-footer, a point guard with state-tournament experience, a leading scorer who is guaranteed to stick around for one more season. Tonganxoie High has it all - in one tidy package.
First elected female African leader inaugurated in Liberia
January 17, 2006
Africa’s first elected female head of state Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was sworn in Monday as war-battered Liberia’s new president, promising a “fundamental break” with the West African nation’s violent past and pledging to rebuild.
Former President Ford taken to hospital
January 17, 2006
Former President Ford was undergoing treatment for pneumonia Monday at the same facility where he was briefly hospitalized a month ago, his chief of staff said. He was said to be doing well.
Gore raps Bush for surveillance program
January 17, 2006
Former Vice President Al Gore called Monday for an independent investigation of President Bush’s domestic spying program, contending the president “repeatedly and insistently” broke the law by eavesdropping on Americans without court approval.
Leaders urge pursuit of King’s civil rights dreams
January 17, 2006
With the widow of Martin Luther King Jr. absent for the first time in nearly four decades, preachers and politicians urged people Monday to continue the slain leader’s lifelong pursuit of civil rights and nonviolence.
Politician wins praise as symbol of reconciliation
January 17, 2006
President-elect Michelle Bachelet, a socialist who was jailed and tortured by Chile’s military junta, began putting together her administration Monday while promising to give all Chileans a voice - and a better deal.
Pope gunman surfaces, found unfit for military
January 17, 2006
A military hospital pronounced the Turk who shot Pope John Paul II unfit for military service, ending days of speculation over whether 48-year-old Mehmet Ali Agca would be forced to serve.
Florida steals first-place vote
January 17, 2006
Duke still was No. 1 in the Associated Press’ college basketball poll Monday, as it has been all season. This week, however, the Blue Devils weren’t a unanimous choice.
Disorderly houses may face new music
City to consider tougher enforcement on problem party spots
January 17, 2006
Getting tougher on problem party houses in Lawrence may get a little easier. City commissioners tonight are set to consider changes to the city’s disorderly house ordinance after neighbors in several of the city’s older neighborhoods complained the current version was largely a waste of everybody’s time.
Old Home Town
January 17, 2006
¢ 25 years ago ¢ 40 years ago ¢ 100 years ago
Tests confirm Turkish girl died of H5N1 bird flu
January 17, 2006
Preliminary tests have confirmed that a 12-year-old girl who died was infected with the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu, raising Turkey’s death toll to four, health officials said Monday.
Seabury boys, girls fall at West Franklin Invitational
January 17, 2006
Seabury Academy’s boys basketball squad led by seven with three minutes left in the game, but the Seahawks didn’t score again and lost, 49-46, to Class 3A foe Pomona on Monday in the West Franklin Invitational Tournament.
Not mean
January 17, 2006
To the editor: Lawrence is NOT the second “meanest city to homeless” in our nation as your front page headline screamed on Jan. 12, even if the National Homeless Coalition says so! Lawrence has many compassionate, concerned citizens who give generously of their time and money to alleviate hunger and homelessness in Lawrence; many others would help if asked.
Medical Reserve Corps recruiting members
January 17, 2006
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Lawrence datebook
January 17, 2006
For Tues. Jan. 17
Modest growth forecast for retail
High energy prices expected to cool spending
January 17, 2006
Retail sales are projected to increase a modest 4.7 percent this year, much less than the 6.1 percent gain in 2005 as higher energy prices, a still shaky labor market and a slowdown in the housing market dampen spending, the National Retail Federation said Tuesday.
Cherokee County jail pays off
January 17, 2006
A new jail is starting to pay off for Cherokee County, which took in just under $367,000 last year for housing inmates from Sedgwick County.
Mavs batter Bucks
Nowitzki’s 35 power Dallas to big victory
January 17, 2006
Dirk Nowitzki made up for the poor-shooting game he had last time the Dallas Mavericks played Milwaukee, scoring 35 points in a 114-95 victory Monday over the Bucks.
Rude response
January 17, 2006
To the editor: I do not get angry at people I do not know very easily. However, Saturday was an exception. I attended the incredibly depressing Kansas University vs. K-State men’s basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse. During one of the early TV time-outs in the first half, two people were introduced: Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and Sen. Sam Brownback.
Vice President Cheney starts Mideast tour
January 17, 2006
Vice President Dick Cheney began a Mideast visit Monday to confer with the United States’ top allies in the region - Saudi Arabia and Egypt - on the political process in Iraq and on the West’s standoffs with Syria and Iran.
Reports: Sharon briefly opens eyes
January 17, 2006
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon briefly opened his eyes Monday in response to a recording of his grandson’s voice, relatives told doctors, though hospital officials warned there were no signs that the comatose Israeli leader was any closer to regaining consciousness.
People in the news
January 17, 2006
Relief flights suspended for second straight day
January 17, 2006
Heavy snow and rain forced the United Nations to ground relief flights to Pakistan’s earthquake-hit areas for a second straight day Monday, as former President Bush arrived to begin a tour of the stricken region.
Tanker truck fire blocks major NYC highway
January 17, 2006
A tanker truck carrying thousands of gallons of gasoline overturned and caught fire on a major city highway Monday, blocking traffic and interrupting service on a subway line. A tower of dense smoke could be seen for miles.
Inmate, 76, says he is too old to be executed
January 17, 2006
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from a 76-year-old convicted killer who argued that he was too old and feeble to be executed.
Rwandan rebel who killed tourists, guide sentenced
January 17, 2006
A Rwandan rebel convicted of killing eight tourists and a Ugandan guide on a gorilla-watching trip was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison.
Psychological exam ordered for teen suspect
January 17, 2006
A judge Monday ordered a psychological examination for one of two teens arrested in the fatal beating of a homeless man and a second beating that was videotaped by a surveillance camera.
Capsule with comet dust heads to Houston
January 17, 2006
The Stardust space capsule that returned to Earth with comet debris suffered just a small nick when it landed in the Utah desert - a huge relief for NASA after a similar space probe cracked open two years ago.
Police hunt for escaped murder suspects
January 17, 2006
Police in Alabama and Georgia searched Monday for two murder suspects who fled from an overcrowded jail after overpowering guards, wounding one with a makeshift knife, authorities said.
On the record
January 17, 2006
For Tues., Jan. 17
European auto sales decline in 2005
January 17, 2006
European car sales dropped by 0.7 percent to 15.2 million in 2005 with most European automakers reporting falling sales, the European Automobile Manufacturers Assn. said Monday.
Two planes make emergency landings
January 17, 2006
A US Airways plane was forced to make an emergency landing on one engine at Philadelphia International Airport, authorities said.
Nielsens owner entertains offer
January 17, 2006
Media research and publishing company VNU NV, the Netherlands-based owner of the U.S. Nielsen television ratings, said Monday it had received a buyout offer worth up to $8.87 billion from a group of private equity firms.
Homebuilders continue to grow with mergers
January 17, 2006
Just like the auto companies of the last century, homebuilders are seeing a big consolidation.
Poor choice
January 17, 2006
To the editor: Amazing. A subdivision named “Quantrill Acres” in Douglas County? Remember Quantrill? Led the raid on Lawrence during which over 150 civilians were murdered and much of the town looted and burned?
World must crack down on Iran threat
January 17, 2006
Without question, a nuclear-armed Iran would pose a terribly destabilizing threat to the Middle East and the rest of the world. Tehran has not yet acquired that capability, but its defiant behavior - including its recent breaking of United Nations seals at uranium-enrichment sites and its announced plans to resume nuclear research - raises the specter of atomic terror.
Airplane mechanic sucked into jet engine
January 17, 2006
A mechanic died Monday after being sucked into a jet engine while passengers were boarding the plane, officials said.
Keeping gas guzzler outweighs getting fuel-efficient vehicle
January 17, 2006
Although gasoline prices are below the heart-aching levels they reached last year, nationwide they are still high enough to make many drivers wonder if they should trade their SUVs or larger cars for more fuel-efficient vehicles. And what if you owe more on your car than you can get selling it privately or trading it at a dealership?
Recovering teen addict needs support of his family, counseling
January 17, 2006
Dear Dr. Wes and Marissa: I’m an 18-year-old high school student who has been in and out of trouble my whole life. I was adopted at the age of 4 and have put my adopted family through hell. I’ve had a drug problem the last few years and was kicked out of the house for it last year.
Quitting extracurricular activities a divisive issue
January 17, 2006
Often, new opportunities bring new choices and new decisions that must be made. I would like to share the circumstances of a decision that can be difficult, a decision involving very strong feelings, whatever the outcome.
Praeger faces challenge in GOP primary
Conservative legislator Eric Carter says she isn’t pro-business enough
January 17, 2006
Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger is facing a serious challenge to her re-election within the Republican Party, from a legislator who argues she isn’t pro-business enough. Rep. Eric Carter, of Overland Park, began this year with nearly $94,000 for his campaign. Praeger, from Lawrence, had about $138,000 in campaign funds at the start of the year.
Pastor sees ‘demonic force’ in BTK
January 17, 2006
The pastor of the Wichita church where Dennis Rader was a longtime leader believes a “demonic force” drove Rader to become a serial killer. The Rev. Michael Clark, pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Wichita, talked about his experiences with Rader during an appearance Sunday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Overland Park.
Unmanned spacecraft set to travel to distant Pluto
NASA hopes to reach last unexplored planet
January 17, 2006
An unmanned NASA spacecraft the size of a piano is set to lift off today on a nine-year journey to Pluto, the last unexplored planet in the solar system. Scientists hope to learn more about the icy planet and its large moon, Charon, as well as two other, recently discovered moons in orbit around Pluto.
Post-coma progress slow but steady
Woman awakened after 20 years in semi-unresponsive state
January 17, 2006
The question Sarah Scantlin asked her therapists came slowly and surely. “What … do … you … want … me … to … do … now?” With her torso balanced between occupational therapist Kalwant Singh’s arms and hands, and facing physical therapist Robin Kenyon, Scantlin had completed a set of 10 lower leg lifts, one leg at a time.
Brokeback Mountain’ leads Globes with 4 awards
January 17, 2006
The cowboy romance “Brokeback Mountain” led the Golden Globes on Monday with four prizes, including best dramatic film and the directing honor for Ang Lee. It was a triumphant night for films dealing with homosexuality and transsexuality.
Dock workers assault European Parliament building
January 17, 2006
Demonstrators fought with police and smashed windows at the European Parliament building Monday during a protest over a proposal to make port operations in the European Union more competitive. Strikes and work slowdowns also disrupted cargo handling at several ports as unions pressed their opposition to the plan even as EU legislators predicted it would be rejected.
Suicide bomber on motorbike kills 20 in Afghanistan
January 17, 2006
A suicide bomber drove a motorbike into a crowd at a wrestling match in an Afghan border town Monday, killing 20 people. It was the third deadly bombing in a little over 24 hours in the Taliban’s former stronghold province of Kandahar.
Love Monkey’ not a rock ‘n’ roll hit
January 17, 2006
‘Love Monkey’? No thanks, we’d rather not. There’s a world of difference between casting against type and simply miscasting. In the past week, we’ve seen examples of both and we suffer through it again tonight on “Love Monkey” (9 p.m., CBS), starring Tom Cavanaugh.
TV show honors art of campfire cooking
January 17, 2006
Take one rugged outdoorsman, add a pinch of Southeast Missouri style and a dollop of family-friendly entertainment, stir clockwise until a television show materializes. That was Pamela Alford’s original recipe for “Campfire Cafe.”
Voting rights key to freedom
January 17, 2006
Forty-one years ago, on Jan. 15, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson placed a phone call to congratulate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on his 36th birthday - but mainly to strategize about how they could win a monumental victory for equal rights. King was in Selma, Ala., where he had just launched a dramatic campaign to show how blacks in the Deep South were being denied the right to vote.
Ike’s warning prophetic, new film suggests
Arms industry guides decisions, filmmaker argues in documentary
January 17, 2006
A documentary film honored at the Sundance Film Festival suggests Dwight Eisenhower’s farewell warning 45 years ago about the dangers of a “military-industrial complex” was prophetic.
Refs totally blew it this weekend
NFL officials undermined league’s credibility with blunders in victories by Steelers, Broncos
January 17, 2006
I’m still in optic recovery after a weekend of visual OD’ing on NFL playoff football. Talk about amazed, amused and, at times, stunned. I saw it all on a 36-inch Sony in HD, and, obviously, I need an upgrade in screen size. I can’t remember a worse playoff weekend for the zebras.
Supreme Court still on legislators’ minds
Some lawmakers continue to grumble about court overstepping authority
January 17, 2006
During last summer’s special session, livid legislators complained about the Kansas Supreme Court ordering them to come up with more money for public schools, triggering failed efforts to rein in the court’s power.
Jets to hire Patriots aide Mangini
Defensive guru will be NFL’s youngest head coach
January 17, 2006
New England Patriots defensive coordinator Eric Mangini has accepted an offer to become the next New York Jets coach, a person familiar with the situation said Monday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no official announcement has been made by the team.
New research shows exercise can help delay onset of dementia
January 17, 2006
Older people who exercise three or more times a week are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, according to a study that adds to the evidence that staying active can help keep the mind sharp.
Court urges Austria to return paintings stolen by Nazis
January 17, 2006
It was a seven-year legal struggle with dazzling stakes - five precious paintings by Austrian icon Gustav Klimt that a California woman says were stolen from her Jewish family by the Nazis.
UConn thunders past Syracuse, 88-80
January 17, 2006
Jim Calhoun wasn’t around at the end of Connecticut’s latest victory. He really only needed to see the first half. Rashad Anderson scored 21, and Josh Boone had 18 points and 10 rebounds as No. 3 Connecticut ended No. 20 Syracuse’s 12-game winning streak, 88-80, Monday night.
It’s not a banner day, and that’s just fine with KU fans
Sign at last year’s KU/Mizzou basketball game sparked scuffle with off-duty MU police chief
January 17, 2006
This time, they stayed out of jail. The four Kansas University fans whose banner at the KU/Mizzou Border Showdown last year spurred a scuffle with off-duty MU Police Chief Jack Watring, landing one fan in jail, returned to the scene Monday. But they left the infamous banner in Lawrence.
Small but enthusiastic crowd celebrates civil rights movement
Lawrence sings the praises of MLK
January 17, 2006
Usually, when Dorothy Cotton is introduced, her host notes that she marched with Martin Luther King Jr. “We didn’t just march!” Cotton said, throwing up her hands in good-natured exasperation at the notion that King’s legacy could be boiled down to such a simple act.
LHS wrestler excited about earning her keep
January 17, 2006
Emma Mercer’s decision to crash the macho world of high school wrestling started out on a lark. “My cousin and I joked about going out for the team in seventh grade,” said Mercer, now a junior at Lawrence High. “He quit after the first season, but I stuck with it.”
Pubs brew up beer for Franklin
Lawrence’s Free State offers Poor Richard’s Ale
January 17, 2006
If Ben Franklin somehow awakens today from his eternal slumber, Steve Bradt will have a seat for him at Free State Brewery. Bradt and brewing colleagues at more than 100 independent brew pubs across the country today are serving up rounds of Poor Richard’s Ale in celebration of what would have been Franklin’s 300th birthday.
Sidewalk talk
The city taking more responsibility for sidewalks could result in a system that is both safer and more attractive for Lawrence.
January 17, 2006
It makes a certain amount of sense for the city of Lawrence to take a more active role in maintaining sidewalks in both commercial and residential areas.
Commission: 99 percent of ballots valid
January 17, 2006
Iraq’s electoral commission ruled Monday that more than 99 percent of the ballots from the Dec. 15 parliamentary elections are valid, opening the way for a new government to start coming together.
Kansas basketball notebook
January 17, 2006
Kansas University freshman Brandon Rush, the brother of former Missouri player Kareem Rush, on the crowd booing him all night. “They said some things. It wasn’t that bad,” Rush said. “I really wanted to win because my brother went here.”
Kansas has produced its fair share of movers & shakers
January 17, 2006
Maybe it’s the sunflowers, or perhaps there’s something in the water. Or is it because the summers are too hot, the winters too cold? Kansas, it seems, has more than its share of noteworthy characters.
Big 12 coaches: Road victories prove parity
January 17, 2006
After home teams went unbeaten in the first week of Big 12 Conference play, the conference’s coaches talked about how hard it was to win on the road. In the following week, eight of them did just that. Eight lost at home. Five teams - Oklahoma, Colorado, Missouri, Kansas University and Kansas State - did both.
Keegan: Latest late loss real blow
January 17, 2006
They had seen enough and wanted to beat the traffic. So with less than two minutes left and their Missouri Tigers down by nine points, many fans headed for the exits, disgusted expressions doing all their talking. The fools.
Gardner impresses KU
Tiger guard ‘fabulous’ against Jayhawks
January 17, 2006
Kansas University’s basketball players didn’t blow a nine-point lead in the last 1:54 all by themselves Monday night at Mizzou Arena. Thomas Gardner helped.
Deja vu at Mizzou: Moody’s missed free throws cost KU in 89-86 OT loss to MU
January 17, 2006
Mark Moody gave his son, Christian, a heartfelt hug in a Mizzou Arena hallway Monday night. “We’re going to spend some time together tonight,” the dad said after watching his son head dejectedly toward Kansas University’s team bus after a hard-to-believe, 89-86 overtime loss to rival Missouri.