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Sebelius concerned about Medicare deadline
January 20, 2006
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said today she’s worried that many seniors could choose the wrong prescription drug coverage because of confusion surrounding the federal Medicare program.
Police investigating arson at Oliver Hall
January 20, 2006
Someone set a bulletin board on fire Thursday night in a Kansas University residence hall, but police aren’t dismissing it as an innocent prank.
Tell us your specific sidewalk problems
January 20, 2006
Have a specific problem sidewalk in front of your home? Do you have a normal walking or running route where the sidewalks have deteriorated? Let us know.
Man injured in residential blaze
January 20, 2006
One person was injured this morning when a fire broke out in a house at 1322 Mass.
Winter storm moves into Lawrence area
Sleet changing over to snow by evening
08:24 a.m., January 20, 2006 Updated 04:36 p.m.
A mix of winter precipitation - mist, drizzle, rain, sleet and snow - is moving into the Lawrence area today, making roads slippery for drivers. And by the time it’s over tonight, there could be an inch of snow on the ground.
Governments with a woman’s touch
January 20, 2006
This week saw the swearing in of two groundbreaking female political leaders: the first woman to be elected head of an African state, Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and the first woman chosen president in a major Latin American country, Michelle Bachelet of Chile.
A choir with conviction
East Hill Singers find freedom through song
January 20, 2006
lvera Voth recalls when one of the vocalists approached her after the East Hill Singers had just delivered a stellar concert performance.
Culture clash propels ‘Spear’
January 20, 2006
As his father prepares to lead a missionary expedition into the jungle, young Steve Saint (Chase Ellison) asks him, “If the Waodani attack, will you use your guns?”
Shortcuts to success: Classes tutorial on Biz 101
January 20, 2006
Almost everyone has a great business idea, but Curt Clinkinbeard knows that not nearly everyone knows how to actually run a business.
Construction slump: Builders expect more sluggish activity
January 20, 2006
Phil Struble sees Lawrence’s $78 million in construction activity during 2005 as a bad sign.
Socializing, service: Young Professionals Network thrives
January 20, 2006
Participating in wine socials and museum tours can be a way to get ahead in business.
Senators criticize charter school plan
January 20, 2006
Senate education leaders Thursday criticized a proposal by the State Board of Education that would allow charter schools to operate without local school board approval.
Hot property?
Turning the Kansas Turnpike over to a private operator poses some significant risks.
January 20, 2006
The short-term gain just doesn’t seem to justify the long-term risk of selling or entering into a long-term lease agreement for the Kansas Turnpike.
New tape says al-Qaida preparing U.S. attacks
January 20, 2006
Osama bin Laden warned in an audiotape aired Thursday that his fighters are preparing new attacks in the United States but offered the American people a “long-term truce” without specifying the conditions.
Google refuses records request
January 20, 2006
Google Inc. is rebuffing the Bush administration’s demand for a peek at what millions of people have been looking up on the Internet’s leading search engine - a request that underscores the potential for online databases to become tools for government surveillance.
Lawrence datebook
January 20, 2006
Suicide bombing tests Israeli leader
As Palestinian elections near, Tel Aviv explosion wounds 20
January 20, 2006
A Palestinian suicide bomber posing as a peddler blew himself up in a Tel Aviv fast-food restaurant Thursday and wounded 20 people in an apparent attempt to destabilize the region a week before Palestinian elections.
Study: College students lack complex literacy skills
January 20, 2006
Nearing a diploma, most college students cannot handle many complex but common tasks, from understanding credit card offers to comparing the cost per ounce of food.
Steelers’ Polamalu never out of position
January 20, 2006
Colts quarterback Peyton Manning’s arm-waving, finger-pointing and nonstop gesturing at the line of scrimmage seemed especially frantic against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and for good reason.
Firebirds stumble in first round
Free State falls to consolation bracket with ‘frustrating’ 52-43 loss to Maize
January 20, 2006
Same story, different verse. Free State High’s boys basketball team opened the McPherson Tournament Thursday with a 52-43 loss to Maize.
Father says ‘American Taliban’ should get clemency
January 20, 2006
After years of silence, the father of American-born Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh said Thursday he had asked President Bush to grant his son clemency, adding that the then-teenager never raised arms against the United States.
Veritas, Seabury suffer setbacks
January 20, 2006
Veritas, Seabury suffer setbacks
Perry, Baldwin win
January 20, 2006
Maggie McPherson led Perry-Lecompton High from a seven-point deficit with six minutes left in the game, scoring 11 of her 13 points in the fourth quarter of a 38-37 girls basketball victory Thursday over Kansas City Piper.
Fire erupts in mine; two miners missing
January 20, 2006
A fire broke out late Thursday in an underground coal mine in southern West Virginia and two workers were unaccounted for, authorities said.
Redskins lure Saunders
K.C. coordinator named Washington aide
January 20, 2006
Al Saunders, whose Kansas City offense the past five years led the NFL in yards and touchdowns, has agreed to become an assistant coach for the Washington Redskins. Saunders’ title has yet to be determined.
Unstable rock forces shift in U.S. 59 plan
January 20, 2006
The abundance of shale rock found near Pleasant Grove Hill south of Lawrence will shift the path there of the new four-lane U.S. Highway 59 farther to the east than planned.
New murder trial denied
January 20, 2006
Newly analyzed gunshot evidence isn’t strong enough to justify a new trial for a man convicted in the 1992 murder of a local builder, a judge found this week.
Lawmaker not keen on leasing turnpike
January 20, 2006
An idea to privatize the Kansas Turnpike may have already hit its first road block: the Kansas House GOP leadership. During an online chat Thursday on the Journal-World’s Web site, Rep. Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence, said House Republican leaders weren’t embracing the idea.
Chirac threatens nuclear response
January 20, 2006
President Jacques Chirac warned Thursday that France could respond with nuclear weapons to a state-sponsored terrorist attack, broadening the terms of his country’s deterrence in the face of emerging threats.
Proposed state pay raise of 2.5% called insufficient
January 20, 2006
A state employee group Thursday described Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ proposed 2.5 percent pay raise as “lacking.” Carl Hill, chief of staff of the Kansas Association of Public Employees, asked the House budget writing committee for a 3 percent increase for state workers, plus a step increase.
Syria backs Iran on nuclear standoff
January 20, 2006
Syria asserted Thursday that Iran had a right to atomic technology and said Western objections to Tehran’s nuclear ambitions were not persuasive.
Moves aim to make TV family-friendly
January 20, 2006
Hollywood, broadcasting and cable executives volunteered Thursday to bankroll a multimillion-dollar campaign to teach parents how to filter out raunchy television. They also said new family-friendly channel packages for cable TV would give parents a clean-viewing option.
People in the news
January 20, 2006
Two Democrats say they’ll oppose Alito
January 20, 2006
Two Democrats who supported Chief Justice John Roberts said Thursday they would oppose Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito in next week’s Senate vote.
Protests continue over president’s objections
January 20, 2006
Protesters defied a call by Ivory Coast’s president to end street violence that entered its fourth day Thursday, as the U.N. Security Council warned of possible sanctions against those trying to sabotage the African nation’s peace process.
Presidential hopefuls launch campaigns
January 20, 2006
Mexico’s top three presidential candidates kicked off the nation’s five-month presidential campaign Thursday, with leftist front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador traveling by dirt path to one of the country’s poorest towns and promising to govern for the forgotten.
Cisneros prosecutor’s report alleges cover-up
January 20, 2006
The independent counsel who investigated former Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros contended in his final report Thursday that the Justice Department and IRS blocked his efforts to probe possible Cisneros tax violations.
Violence kills four
January 20, 2006
Four people were shot to death Wednesday and Thursday in the latest surge of violence in Haiti’s largest slum.
FSHS, LHS go 1-2 at swimming meet
January 20, 2006
Free State took first place at the Topeka High School Invitational on Thursday, edging Lawrence High by 69 points.
Alumni leave group after professor ‘policing’
January 20, 2006
A former congressman is among three people who have quit the advisory board of a conservative alumni group at the University of California, Los Angeles, after it offered students money to police professors accused of pushing liberal views.
Attorney: Soldier likely violated Geneva rules
January 20, 2006
A U.S. State Department lawyer testified Thursday that an American soldier charged with murder in the death of an Iraqi general appears to have violated the Geneva Conventions on wartime conduct.
Kansas boasts record for 3.0-plus GPAs
January 20, 2006
An all-time high 12 Kansas University athletics teams posted 3.0 grade-point averages or better for the fall 2005 semester.
On the record
January 20, 2006
Abortion-rights advocates hold rally
January 20, 2006
Abortion-rights advocates were at the Capitol Thursday for a rally and day of lobbying to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision granting women the right to an abortion.
All students pass breath test at dance
January 20, 2006
Students attending a dance at Lawrence High School last weekend had to do more than just buy a ticket to get in. They also had to pass a breath-alcohol test, which they all did.
Report finds USDA investigations lacking
January 20, 2006
The Agriculture Department has pretended to investigate anticompetitive behavior among stockyards and meat companies since 1999, but in hundreds of cases it hasn’t actually filed complaints, a new audit shows.
Chamber connects residents, lawmakers
January 20, 2006
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce is offering residents three opportunities to meet with and ask questions of Douglas County legislators during its Capitol Connections series.
Domestic spying vital to security, Cheney says
January 20, 2006
Vice President Dick Cheney on Thursday defended the Bush administration’s domestic surveillance program, saying it is an essential tool in monitoring al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations.
Eczema drugs will get cancer warning label
January 20, 2006
The labels on two prescription creams to treat eczema will have to bear “black box” warnings of possible cancer risks.
Writer: HealthSouth CEO paid for stories
January 20, 2006
A writer who turned out a stream of sympathetic newspaper stories about former HealthSouth Corp. CEO Richard Scrushy during his fraud trial says Scrushy secretly paid her $11,000 through a public relations firm and typically read her articles before publication.
New anti-drug pact with U.S. takes shape
January 20, 2006
Venezuelan officials said Thursday they had approved a new anti-drug agreement with the United States, months after the South American nation suspended cooperation amid allegations of U.S. spying.
Old Home Town
100 years ago in 1906
January 20, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for Jan. 20, 1906: “The University of Nebraska is now negotiating with KU to play two basketball games in Lincoln during the coming month.
Brown v. Board staff tours KU library
January 20, 2006
Representatives from the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka toured Kansas University’s Spencer Research Library Thursday.
Government moves to quash rally
January 20, 2006
Nepal’s royalist government detained dozens of activists Thursday and extended a curfew in an attempt to stop a planned demonstration against King Gyanendra’s assumption of direct rule over the Himalayan country last year.
Rams tap Miami aide Linehan
January 20, 2006
The St. Louis Rams hired Miami offensive coordinator Scott Linehan on Thursday, the sixth first-time NFL head coach to land a job in the last two weeks. The team called a news conference for today to introduce their fourth head coach since moving to the Midwest in 1995
KU gets green light on biology center
January 20, 2006
Kansas University on Thursday received the go-ahead to begin construction on the third and final phase of its west campus Structural Biology Center.
Slovak military plane crash kills at least 42
January 20, 2006
A Slovak military plane carrying troops back from Kosovo crashed into a mountainside in northeastern Hungary, killing at least 42 people, officials said today.
National commander coming to Lawrence
January 20, 2006
The national commander of the American Legion will visit Lawrence on Thursday.
Gasoline Prices: Patrol seeks fuel deals
January 20, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.14 at QuikTrip, 23rd Street and Haskell Avenue, and Zarco 66, 1500 E. 23rd St. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Use of state resources to prepare campaign document causes stir
January 20, 2006
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and a fellow Democratic leader on Thursday questioned Republican Sen. Jim Barnett’s use of the Legislature’s research staff to prepare a document for his gubernatorial campaign. Barnett, of Emporia, and his running mate, Sen. Susan Wagle, of Wichita, relied on the spreadsheet to show that their proposals to cut taxes and increase spending on education wouldn’t cause future budget problems.
Old Home Town
25 years ago in 1981
January 20, 2006
The Kansas Board of Regents approved final construction plans for the renovation of Kansas University’s Flint Hall, bringing the school a major step closer to the completion of the $874,000 project. Flint proved to be a longterm facility for the journalism school operation.
Vision quest: Chamber leader wants to simplify planning
January 20, 2006
Pat Flavin looks into the future of Lawrence, and he sees plenty of room for opportunity - for new jobs, expanding recreation, groundbreaking research, traffic-easing transportation, dream-fulfilling homes, beyond-peer schools and for seemingly anything else that anyone could want in a successful and forward-looking hometown.
Chiefs’ Wesley arrested
January 20, 2006
Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Greg Wesley was arrested early Thursday for allegedly threatening to punch a bouncer.
German leader gets a mixed welcome
January 20, 2006
Angela Merkel chilled Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin this week only a few days after she dazzled the Bush White House. The back-to-back visits were an accident of scheduling. But they signal the determination of the new German chancellor to put her own stamp on the foreign policy of Europe’s strongest country.
State Finance Council approves $210M in transportation bonds
January 20, 2006
The State Finance Council approved issuing $210 million in additional bonds in March to ensure completion of the state’s 10-year highway improvement program. The 8-1 vote Thursday was the final step needed for the Kansas Department of Transportation to remain on track with its planned projects.
K.C.’s Johnson gets top nod
January 20, 2006
New Chiefs coach Herm Edwards has told running back Larry Johnson he’d go into training camp as the starter over Priest Holmes. Johnson, 26, ran for 100 yards in each of the nine games after Holmes suffered a season-ending neck injury.
South America hopes pipeline will bring energy independence
Proposal calls for 5,000-mile network through Amazon rain fores
January 20, 2006
Aiming to leverage their huge natural gas reserves, left-leaning leaders across South America are in serious talks to build a network of pipelines stretching thousands of miles to feed growing demand and wean themselves from American economic influence.
KU graduation success rate 68 percent
Schools that score above 50 percent are considered to be on right track, NCAA president Brand says
January 20, 2006
Almost two dozen Division I schools reported graduation success rates of at least 95 percent for athletes who enrolled from 1995 to 1998. All were higher than their general student populations and significantly higher than the rates reported by the federal government, according to NCAA figures released Thursday.
Reds sale approved
January 20, 2006
Baseball owners unanimously approved the sale of baseball’s oldest franchise, the Cincinnati Reds, on Thursday to a group headed by produce mogul Robert Castellini.
Guillen to become U.S. citizen
January 20, 2006
Ozzie Guillen, the Venezuelan-born manager of the World Series champion Chicago White Sox, will celebrate his 42nd birthday Friday by becoming a U.S. citizen.
Roddick rolls in Australia
January 20, 2006
Andy Roddick fired 17 aces in a 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 win over French qualifier Julien Benneteau today, hustling through the third round at the Australian Open.
Campbell takes Hope lead
January 20, 2006
Chad Campbell shot a 6-under par 66 Thursday to take a four-shot lead through two rounds of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. Campbell, who tied for second in Hawaii last week, remained bogey-free through 36 holes of the 90-hole Hope and was at 15-under 129.
Twin blasts rock Baghdad
Election results set to be announced today
January 20, 2006
Two near-simultaneous bombings Thursday targeted a crowded downtown Baghdad coffee shop and a nearby restaurant, killing more than a dozen people. The attacks came as a foreign assessment team reported evidence of fraud in the Dec. 15 elections but did not endorse calls for a rerun.
Skeleton decision on hold
January 20, 2006
After two exhausting sessions, the arbitration hearing between embattled coach Tim Nardiello and the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation ended Thursday night without a resolution. No decision is expected until at least today.
Lions introduce Marinelli
January 20, 2006
The Detroit Lions hired Rod Marinelli because they hope he’s the tough coach they need to turn around the team that has been the NFL’s worst since 2001.
TV schedule an Olympic feat
NBC finds way to broadcast Games 24.5 hours a day
January 20, 2006
There aren’t enough hours in the day to watch all the Winter Olympics coverage that NBC and its cable partners are serving up. Seriously. Even if you want to watch someone hurtling headfirst down a mountain or actually know what the biathlon is, it’s impossible to see it all.
Jets keep Heimerdinger
January 20, 2006
New Jets coach Eric Mangini decided Thursday to keep offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger on staff, shortly after parting ways with defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson.
Pluto mission blasts off
January 20, 2006
An unmanned NASA spacecraft hurtled toward Pluto on Thursday on a 3-billion-mile journey to the solar system’s last unexplored planet - a voyage so long that some of the scientists who will be celebrating its arrival are just taking their first physics class.
Foes’ philosophies mirror coaches
Panthers’ Fox known for defense, Seahawks’ Holmgren for offense
January 20, 2006
Mike Holmgren’s forte is offense. It showed in Green Bay and it is showing in Seattle. John Fox made his reputation as a defensive coordinator. His Carolina teams reflect that.
Epstein to rejoin Red Sox
January 20, 2006
The door was ajar, and Theo Epstein finally walked through it and back into the front office of the Boston Red Sox.
New bin Laden tape doesn’t alter U.S. security threat level
January 20, 2006
The U.S. has no plans to raise the security threat level because of a new tape of Osama bin Laden saying al-Qaida is planning attacks, counterterrorism officials said Thursday.
Panthers, Steelers hoping to defy playoff seedings
January 20, 2006
When the NFL season started more than four months ago, few people would have been surprised to see the Carolina Panthers and Pittsburgh Steelers in conference championship games.
New employee oversees KU’s native artifacts
Hiring comes after students raised concerns about treatment of objects
January 20, 2006
Kansas University has hired a retired professor to help comply with the federal law governing treatment of American Indian objects held in the university’s collections.
Packerware tax abatement recommended to city
Dissenters say 90 percent break too much; city to weigh in next
January 20, 2006
A deeply divided economic development committee on Thursday recommended a 90 percent tax abatement for a major expansion of Lawrence-based Packerware Corp.
Linking through LEAP: Local schools, businesses partner for success
January 20, 2006
There’s always been a lot of well-intended talk about the need to build bridges between public schools and their communities.
Go-to group: Retirees offer help through Senior Council
January 20, 2006
They are the successful veterans of Lawrence’s business world, and now that they are retired, they are serving their community in a different way.
Former foes now on same side of gambling issue
January 20, 2006
They say politics makes strange bedfellows. That is even more true when it comes to the debate in the Legislature over whether to allow state-revenue producing casinos.
Excellence by Design: a power for the work force
January 20, 2006
A four-year program to increase business investments and jobs in Lawrence and Douglas County still has a ways to go but appears to be headed toward success.
Cavs pay heed, upend Heels
January 20, 2006
Little by little, Virginia’s players are understanding more and more of coach Dave Leitao’s teachings, and it’s starting to show.
Sebelius: President should fix drug plan
January 20, 2006
State officials on Thursday urged President Bush to fix problems with the new federal drug program for low-income senior citizens.
Annual event puts all eyes on eagles
Viewing of birds at Clinton Lake, educational programs set for Sunday
January 20, 2006
Kipp Walters is ready to help people find a bald eagle.
Summitt gets win No. 900
January 20, 2006
Pat Summitt preferred to focus on beating Vanderbilt. For her Tennessee players, helping the NCAA’s winningest coach get her 900th victory was a lasting memory.
Chamber staff directory
12:00 a.m., January 20, 2006 Updated 02:06 p.m.
Lawrence Chamber of Commerce staff
Area top employers 2006
January 20, 2006
List of the top employers in the area
Donor of $12K serious about play
January 20, 2006
For a long time Jean Stanton Hetzel wanted to do something for her mother’s old school. So after she saw Journal-World and 6News coverage this week about Wakarusa Valley School trying to raise $12,000 for new playground equipment, she got out her checkbook.
Charges not likely in political postcard
Investigation fails to determine sender of item targeting Schauner
January 20, 2006
U.S. Postal Service investigators now believe it unlikely any charges will be filed against the mailer of a spurious postcard that tried to link City Commissioner David Schauner to domestic abuse.
Provost candidate to visit KU campus
January 20, 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.
Musical’ sings sweet Disney tune
January 20, 2006
What do you call a musical about kids putting on a musical? Why, “High School Musical” (7 p.m., Disney), of course. But this feature-length teen film takes a few potshots at the cliches of the backstage world, and throws in a Romeo and Juliet plot, to boot.
LHS girls win bowling opener, but ‘lose’ to boys
January 20, 2006
As members of the Lawrence High boys bowling team watched coach Greg Farley total the scores from the first meet of the season Thursday at Royal Crest Lanes, they cheered when they saw the most important score of the afternoon.
Mother pleads for hostage’s freedom
January 20, 2006
As a deadline neared for hostage and American journalist Jill Carroll, Muslim leaders and her pleading mother appealed Thursday to kidnappers to spare her life and set her free.
Kansas recruiting ‘winding down’
Mangino says football class all but filled
January 20, 2006
Now that Kansas University’s football coaches have assembled most of their recruiting class, the key now is to get out the swords and fend off those trying for their commitments.
Tonganoxie boys remain winless, 54-42
January 20, 2006
Call it the curse of the zero. Entering Thursday night with an 0-10 record, the Tonganoxie High boys found themselves facing twice the pressure in the fourth quarter against Leavenworth Immaculata.
Slow starts sink LHS
LHS falls to Topeka in tourney
January 20, 2006
A 3:15 p.m start probably explains why the Lawrence High boys basketball team came out flat Thursday in the first quarter of its debut game at the Topeka Invitational Tournament.
Jayhawks take beating on radio, ‘Net
January 20, 2006
Russell Robinson flipped on his car radio dial Tuesday, a day after Kansas University’s overtime college basketball loss to Missouri. What he heard was not music to his ears.
Youngsters already on the job
January 20, 2006
Books and computers are fine, but a when it comes to getting - or providing - a well-rounded education, there’s nothing better than a dose of real-world experience.
Horoscopes
January 20, 2006
Horoscopes
What’s next: Leader envisioning big changes
January 20, 2006
Pat Flavin - already president, managing broker and co-owner of Lawrence Realty Associates, Baldwin Realty Associates, Eudora Realty Associates and Topeka Realty Associates - is working with an additional title this month: chairman, Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.
Peppers misses practice
January 20, 2006
Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers missed his second day of practice Thursday because of a shoulder injury and still is listed as questionable for the NFC championship game against Seattle.
Sidewalk cracks bad luck for property owners
Some wonder whether there’s a better system for keeping our walkways in good repair
January 20, 2006
City Hall doesn’t have its list yet. But marathon runner Dennis Anthony has already done some legwork that may help as city staff members work to identify the city’s worst sidewalks.
Chiefs struck gold when they hired Edwards
January 20, 2006
Dick Vermeil’s motivational motto as coach of the Chiefs and, before that, the Rams was: Gotta go to work. The best-known quote of his replacement in Kansas City, former Jets coach Herman Edwards, is: You play to win the game.
Leadership Lawrence offers tutorial of city scene
January 20, 2006
Once a month I have the enviable opportunity to spend a day with some of Lawrence’s decision-makers.