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Archive for Thursday, January 19, 2006

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Text of Medicare letter to President Bush
January 19, 2006
The letter sent by Gov. Sebelius’ office to President Bush.
Chat with state Rep. Tom Sloan about legislative issues
January 19, 2006
Representative Sloan discusses school funding, alternate fuels, and state employees.
Candidate for KU provost to give presentation
January 19, 2006
Virginia Sapiro, interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the first of five candidates for the position of provost and executive vice chancellor at Kansas University.
Another mild day ahead
Cold front bringing rain, snow on Friday
January 19, 2006
Lawrence will get sunshine this morning, with mild, spring-like temperatures this afternoon. “We’ll soar up to around 60 degrees,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Fundraising challenge extended to Van Go
January 19, 2006
The Van Go Mobile Arts organization wants funds to expand their services, and this week a Tulsa-based foundation served them a challenge: Make money, and you’ll get money.
Theater cuts winter chill with warmly comedic ‘Beau Jest’
January 19, 2006
Mark Mackie has walked a mile in the shoes of the scorned boyfriend character he’s playing in Lawrence Community Theatre’s production of “Beau Jest.”
N.H. given chance to save abortion limits
January 19, 2006
The Supreme Court gave New Hampshire a chance to salvage its restrictions on abortion Wednesday, sidestepping for now an emotional subject that is likely to be revisited when a new justice joins the court.
Father-son bonding on ‘Chris’
January 19, 2006
“Everybody Hates Chris” (7 p.m., UPN) returns with a brand new episode, one that reaffirms this show’s position as one of the best comedies of the year.
Bush promises Saddam will be brought to justice
January 19, 2006
Iraqis who said they were beaten, imprisoned and lost loved ones at the hands of Saddam Hussein’s government shared their stories Wednesday with President Bush, who said the former Iraqi president “will get his due justice.”
11 killed in dramatic insurgent ambushes
American reporter still missing in Iraq
January 19, 2006
Insurgents carried out two dramatic ambushes Wednesday, killing 11 people including two American civilians in a roadside bombing in Basra and an attack on an Iraqi convoy in Baghdad.
Our town sports
January 19, 2006
Tokyo stock exchange up after massive selling Wednesday
January 19, 2006
Japan’s main stock market rose slightly at the open today after losing nearly 3 percent the day before in a session shortened due to massive selling caused by accounting probes of a popular Internet startup.
Just dumb
Seeing property around town damaged and destroyed for no reason is just depressing.
January 19, 2006
Vandalism is such a senseless crime. It’s downright depressing to understand that some people out there get some kind of pleasure simply from destroying or defacing someone else’s property. There’s no apparent reason for most vandalism; it apparently is just something for idle, mindless people to do.
Flights to Vegas to be available in Topeka
January 19, 2006
Commercial air passenger service returns to Topeka’s Forbes Field in March when Allegiant Air begins twice-weekly nonstop flights to Las Vegas.
No sympathy
Arrogance doesn’t usually inspire sympathy.
January 19, 2006
It’s hard to have a lot of sympathy for David Wittig, the former CEO of Westar Energy. Wittig was hauled off to federal prison Tuesday after a judge ruled that he had violated the terms under which he was free while appealing his conviction for bank fraud and looting Westar.
Mine survivor continues to improve
January 19, 2006
Sago Mine survivor Randal McCloy Jr. appears to be awakening from his coma, and his improving condition may allow him to be transferred to a rehabilitation center within a few weeks, doctors said Wednesday.
Lions cruise in dual
LHS quickly pins Leavenworth in dual
January 19, 2006
The body art of choice for the Leavenworth High wrestling team is the back tattoo.
Donors pledge $1.9B to help fight avian flu
January 19, 2006
After a year of unprecedented appeals for money to cope with the Asian tsunami and the South Asia earthquake, the world dug deeper Wednesday, pledging $1.9 billion to fight bird flu and prepare for a potential pandemic.
Energy costs spark inflation
January 19, 2006
Record prices for gasoline and other fuels sent inflation rising in 2005 at the fastest pace in five years, and hopes for a slower increase this year could be dashed if energy costs keep surging.
Carjacker, 12, sentenced to foster care
January 19, 2006
A 12-year-old boy was sentenced Wednesday to one year in foster care for forcing a teenager and two young children out of a car and then driving the vehicle to school the next day.
Commodities
January 19, 2006
Europe, U.S. reject Iran’s call for talks
January 19, 2006
Europe, backed by the United States, on Wednesday rejected Iran’s request for talks on its nuclear program, cranking up international pressure on Tehran to suspend uranium enrichment.
Basement fire forces family out of house
January 19, 2006
The Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Department spent just more than an hour extinguishing flames after a house in the 4400 block of 24th Place caught fire Wednesday evening.
County backs closing SLT for cycle event
January 19, 2006
Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday night threw their support behind the closing of the South Lawrence Trafficway for a few hours May 12 to allow for bicycle race time trials.
K.C. casino plans $85M expansion
January 19, 2006
Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. has announced plans for an $85 million expansion and upgrading project of its Kansas City casino.
3,200 still missing after Katrina
January 19, 2006
More than 3,200 people are officially still unaccounted for nearly five months after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, and the state medical examiner wants the search to resume for those missing from the most devastated neighborhoods.
Wetlands for sewage proposed
January 19, 2006
Maybe wetlands would be a nice place for sewage.
Perez posts 60 at Hope
Tourney leader misses record by one shot
January 19, 2006
Pat Perez shot a 12-under 60 in the opening round of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic on Wednesday, joining some elite company.
Judge blocks Senate from voiding election
January 19, 2006
A federal judge on Wednesday blocked the state Senate from voiding a disputed special election that was narrowly won last fall by the sister of an indicted former senator.
Group to disband after report of kidnapping plot
January 19, 2006
A British fathers’ rights group said Wednesday that it will disband after claims that extremist members planned to kidnap Prime Minister Tony Blair’s 5-year-old son.
Fun is gone
January 19, 2006
To the editor: Where has the fun gone?
Police: Dad faked death to avoid child support
January 19, 2006
When Johnny Sterling Martin was drunk, he would brag about not paying child support, his fourth wife, Phyllis L. Anderson-Martin of Conway, S.C., said.
Two sailors die, one missing from tugboat
January 19, 2006
Two sailors aboard a tugboat died when their boat sank about 40 miles off Cape Fear in gale-force wind and high seas, the Coast Guard said Wednesday as a search continued for one sailor who remained missing.
Beneficial bats
January 19, 2006
To the editor: I was interested in the article last week about the bat that found its way into Mr. Snead’s home and grateful for his successful efforts to remove the bat without harm.
Lawyers to address I.D., science issues
January 19, 2006
The lawyers who successfully battled to keep the teaching of intelligent design out of Dover, Pa., public science classrooms will speak Jan. 28 at an event titled “Intelligent Design, Kansas Science Education, and the Law.”
U.N. peacekeepers battle attackers, evacuate
January 19, 2006
U.N. peacekeepers fought off armed attackers besieging their compound in Ivory Coast on Wednesday in fighting that left at least four dead and 10 wounded in a third day of unrest in the divided West African nation.
Former EPA chiefs: Bush neglects global warming
January 19, 2006
Six former heads of the Environmental Protection Agency - five Republicans and one Democrat - accused the Bush administration Wednesday of neglecting global warming and other environmental problems.
Cold snap reportedly kills 2 dozen people
January 19, 2006
Temperatures so frigid that even winter-hardened Russians complained gripped Moscow and much of the rest of the country for a third day Wednesday. At least two dozen people reportedly died of exposure nationwide and Russians used a record amount of electricity to keep warm.
Ex-Cosmosphere chief’s sentencing delayed
January 19, 2006
Sentencing of Max Ary, convicted of selling artifacts from the space museum he once headed, has been pushed back to next month.
Face transplant patient takes up smoking again
January 19, 2006
The world’s first face transplant recipient is using her new lips to take up smoking again, which doctors fear could interfere with her healing and raise the risk of tissue rejection.
Prescription drug fraud lands woman in hospital
January 19, 2006
Lawrence Police escorted a woman to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for a mental health screening Monday after she was caught trying to fraudulently claim prescription drugs, police said.
Launch of Pluto-bound probe delayed again
January 19, 2006
For the second day in a row Wednesday, NASA scrubbed the launch of an unmanned spacecraft on a nine-year voyage to Pluto - this time, because a storm in Maryland knocked out the power at a laboratory that will operate the probe.
Spirit Aerosystems wins Boeing deal
January 19, 2006
Spirit Aerosystems Inc. will design and build engine pylons and nacelle components for the Boeing Co.’s 747-8, the companies announced Wednesday.
Intuit to change TurboTax advertising
January 19, 2006
Intuit Inc. agreed Wednesday to change statements in an advertising campaign for its tax-preparation software TurboTax that competitor H&R Block Inc. said was misleading.
Dozens of new species found in national parks
January 19, 2006
Twenty-seven previously unknown species of spiders, centipedes, scorpion-like creatures and other animals have been discovered in the dark, damp caves beneath two national parks in the Sierra Nevada, biologists say.
Police investigating liquor store burglary
January 19, 2006
The Lawrence Police Department is attempting to identify a suspect in a liquor store burglary that occurred on Dec. 27 at Spirit Liquor, 600 Lawrence Ave.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
January 19, 2006
Highlights of Wednesday’s activities at the Kansas Legislature.
Couple who planted finger in chili sentenced
January 19, 2006
A couple who planted a severed finger in a bowl of Wendy’s chili in a scheme to extort money from the fast-food chain were sentenced Wednesday to at least nine years in prison.
Relay for Life schedules kickoff rally
January 19, 2006
Anyone wanting to learn more about the Relay for Life’s fight against cancer can do so Jan. 26.
Bodies of militants killed in U.S. strike sought
January 19, 2006
Pakistani intelligence agents hunted Wednesday for the graves of four al-Qaida militants believed killed in an airstrike near the Afghan border - including one authorities suspect was a high-ranking al-Qaida figure.
Charge upgraded from battery to murder
January 19, 2006
The charge against a man accused in an apparent beating that led to another man’s death was upgraded to second-degree murder.
Weatherization kits, installation available
January 19, 2006
Low-income households are eligible for free weatherization kits and help with installation.
Maryland mugs Wal-Mart
January 19, 2006
In 1786, the Annapolis Convention, requested by Virginia and attended by only four other states, called for a second gathering to revise the Articles of Confederation in order to strengthen the federal government. Some revision: The second meeting became the Constitutional Convention. It scrapped the Articles, partly because the Founders were alarmed by states legislating relief of debtors at the expense of creditors, often in ways not easily distinguished from theft.
Baker punter Smith earns NAIA mention
January 19, 2006
Baker University sophomore punter Ryan Smith, who led the Heart of America Athletic Conference with a 41-yard punting average, received honorable-mention status on the NAIA All-American football squad.
Dolls disguise many items, including tea cozy
January 19, 2006
A doll could be more than just a doll. It might be a candy container, a tea cozy or a lamp cover, a powder-box cover or a special bed pillow. In the days before microwaves, keeping water for tea very, very hot was a problem. The water was boiled in a metal teakettle, but it was usually served in a ceramic pot. In the late 19th century, the idea of a “tea cozy” appeared. A china teapot was used to serve tea, then put back on the table and covered with a cozy to stay warm.
Gore’s speech raises valid points on Bush
January 19, 2006
Former Vice President Al Gore has turned himself into a one-man grand jury, ready to indict the Bush administration for any number of crimes against the Constitution. Whether you agree with Gore’s conclusions or not, the speech that the 2000 Democratic nominee for president gave earlier this week in Washington was as comprehensive a rundown of George Bush’s ventures to the limits of executive authority as anyone could hope to find.
Sort out the myths about springtime soil preparation
January 19, 2006
As gardeners contemplate the unseasonably warm temperatures and begin to plan their spring gardening activities, a discussion about soil is sure to arise. With the heartland being a melting pot of people from all around the world, there are many myths and beliefs about how soil should be treated in our area. So, as we anxiously await that first frost-free morning, here are some misconceptions to mull over before you work the soil to “make it better” this year.
Daily ticker
January 19, 2006
Correction
January 19, 2006
A recent story on plans for replacing longtime Kansas University sportscaster Max Falkenstien incorrectly noted that play-by-play announcer Bob Davis was a candidate for Falkenstien’s role as color commentator. There are no plans to move Davis from play-by-play to color. He is expected back next year.
On the record
January 19, 2006
Shoppers leaving city for goods, study shows
Lawrence may be losing up to 40 percent of sales to merchants outside county
January 19, 2006
That giant sucking sound you hear might be all the dollars Lawrence residents are spending in Johnson County instead of at home. A new study by St. Louis-based consulting firm Development Strategies Inc. indicates Lawrence residents may be making up to 40 percent of their total purchases outside the community.
Only tap into retirement funds as last resort
January 19, 2006
It’s important to take the time to list your assets because the exercise can help you see just where you might be able to find extra money should you lose or quit your job.
U.S. halts international AIDS drug study
Money-saving on-again, off-again therapy found to be far too risky
January 19, 2006
A major international study of a drug-conserving AIDS therapy has been halted because patients trying the on-again, off-again strategy got sicker than those who never took a break from the high-powered drugs, U.S. researchers announced Wednesday.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
January 19, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.19 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Who’s laughing now?
Broncos’ moves, once derided, now paying off
January 19, 2006
Maybe it’s true that the Denver Broncos have been a team playing under the radar this season. At the beginning, though, they sure were drawing some attention - and lighting up the laugh-o-meter.
Commentary: In playoffs, QBs don’t have to be super
January 19, 2006
Brad Johnson and Trent Dilfer both won a Super Bowl in the last five years. Stan Humphries, Neil O’Donnell, Chris Chandler and Kerry Collins all started one in the last dozen.
Study: Marriage makes financial sense
January 19, 2006
Marrying for money, it turns out, works. A study by an Ohio State University researcher shows that a person who marries - and stays married - accumulates nearly twice as much personal wealth as a person who is single or divorced.
Dockery sparks Duke past N.C. State, 81-68
January 19, 2006
Playing third-fiddle to fellow Duke seniors J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams doesn’t bother Sean Dockery at all. He gets plenty of attention and respect where it matters most - in his own locker room.
Senate committee approves Medicaid inspector general bill
January 19, 2006
Legislative efforts to get a grip on rising Medicaid costs moved forward Wednesday when the Senate Ways and Means Committee approved a bill creating a position that would identify fraud, abuse and waste in the health care program.
Wild discoveries
Lewis and Clark didn’t just blaze trails westward.
January 19, 2006
Most Americans have heard of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and the profound impact they made on the American landscape. But did you know that these two explorers discovered and introduced to science close to 200 flora native to America?<
Specialist steps up to fill medical void
Doctor to expand practice here after loss of city’s sole endocrinologist
January 19, 2006
A Topeka doctor says she will expand her Lawrence practice to help local diabetes patients make up for the loss of the city’s only full-time endocrinologist.
Sundance festival kicks off tonight
January 19, 2006
Actors are directing. Singers are acting. Drama directors are making concert films. Former presidential rivals Al Gore and Ralph Nader are hitting the big screen.
Real reform or more snake oil?
January 19, 2006
Not too long ago in our frontier days, snake oil salesmen roamed the land claiming cures for “everything that ails you.”
People in the news
January 19, 2006
¢ Animals at Neverland Ranch aren’t mistreated, officials say ¢ Grammy nominees tapped to perform at awards show ¢ ‘Shaft’ singer hospitalized ¢ Hollywood couple not ready to completely call it quits
Hall of Athletics opens Saturday
Fans to have input on contents
January 19, 2006
Jayhawk fans will have more than a few memories rekindled Saturday afternoon, when the new Booth Family Hall of Athletics officially opens its doors.
FSHS wrestlers rise to occasion
January 19, 2006
Free State High’s wrestlers might have been outweighed, but they certainly weren’t outmanned in their home dual against Shawnee Mission Northwest on Wednesday night.
Woodling: A whole different ball game
January 19, 2006
No doubt the Anti-Kansas does not exist in men’s college basketball. And yet I may have found the closest thing to the Jayhawks’ exact opposite.
Williams says Allen best barn
January 19, 2006
North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams has cast a vote for Allen Fieldhouse - not UNC’s Smith Center - as the best basketball palace in the country.
Dems must face Alito failure
January 19, 2006
Lesson for the day: Don’t take political advice from liberal law professors.
Legislators study swim-club restrictions
January 19, 2006
State legislators are diving into the murky waters of high school swimming and diving competitions.
Lawrence datebook
January 19, 2006
Professor leaves legacy of hope
Psychology department’s Rick Snyder remembered for positive influence
January 19, 2006
Rick Snyder wanted to spread hope to others.
Free dental exams, X-rays for kids offered
January 19, 2006
Free dental examinations and X-rays will be given to children on Feb. 3 at Douglas County Dental Clinic, 316 Maine.
Companies to pick up recycling costs
January 19, 2006
A first-in-the-nation law went into effect Wednesday in Maine, requiring makers of televisions and computer monitors to pick up the tab to recycle and safely dispose of their products once they are discarded.
Sloan to chat online
January 19, 2006
State Rep. Tom Sloan, a Lawrence Republican, will take part in an online Newsmaker Chat this afternoon on the Journal-World’s Web site.
Knicks’ Davis heads into stands
Forward says his wife was threatened in Chicago
January 19, 2006
Knicks forward Antonio Davis climbed into the stands out of concern for his wife and was ejected without a scuffle Wednesday night during the Chicago Bulls’ 106-104 overtime victory against New York.
Commentary: College basketball turns upside down
January 19, 2006
Two months from the NCAA Tournament, consider the next sentence as words to live by: When everybody knows something, you do not want to know what they know.
Recruits still sold on KU
Despite aide Doeren’s departure, football pledges remain firm
January 19, 2006
The intensity knob for football recruiting almost is to the max now - and will stay that way until the Feb. 1 signing day.
Horoscopes
January 19, 2006
For Thursday, Jan. 19
Dog attacks second child at North Lawrence home
Chow-German shepherd mix surrendered for euthanasia after destroying part of boy’s lip
January 19, 2006
A dog that attacked two children in North Lawrence in less than two months will be put down.
Vatican paper: Intelligent design is not science
January 19, 2006
The Vatican newspaper has published an article saying intelligent design is not science and that teaching it alongside evolutionary theory in school classrooms only creates confusion.
Banking firms suggest selling Kansas Turnpike
January 19, 2006
Two of the nation’s mightiest investment banking firms are proposing that a for-sale sign be put on the Kansas Turnpike. The banks have produced reports that focus on offering the 236-mile highway to investors in a long-term lease.
Teams facing tougher road to state
January 19, 2006
It’s only year two, but it’s a pretty safe bet that the marriage of bowling and the Kansas High School Activities Assn. will last awhile. After 29 schools fielded boys and girls teams last winter, the number has grown to 43 for the 2006 season.
President Bush to speak at K-State lecture
January 19, 2006
Amid the national debate over his foreign policy and domestic spying program, President Bush will speak Monday at Kansas State University about U.S. efforts to fight terrorism.
Kansas Land Trust to create buffer around Fort Riley
January 19, 2006
The military wants to keep making loud noises. Kansas environmentalists want to ensure the tallgrass prairie doesn’t die. The two problems may have one solution.
Best Case, worst Case
KU sharpshooter knows his role
January 19, 2006
Jeremy Case has the easiest job on the Kansas University basketball team. And the toughest.