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Jayhawks cruise to 96-54 win over Nebraska
January 21, 2006
The KU men’s basketball team answered its critics with a suffocating ‘D’ and a relentless 3-point assault against Nebraska. Kansas shot 72 percent in the first half and cruised to a 96-54 win over the Cornhuskers Saturday.
Tale of the tape
January 21, 2006
Tale of the tape
Lawyers want more subpoenas for reporters in CIA leak case
January 21, 2006
Attorneys for a former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney told a federal judge Friday they want to subpoena journalists and news organizations for documents they may have related to the leak of a CIA operative’s name.
Rescuers search deep for missing miners
January 21, 2006
Rescuers spread out to search a smoky labyrinth for two coal miners Friday after a conveyor belt caught fire deep underground in the second major mining accident in West Virginia in less than three weeks.
Cuba gets OK for Classic
Bush administration grants approval
January 21, 2006
Cuba will be allowed to play in the World Baseball Classic, after all. The Bush administration issued a license Friday allowing the Cubans to participate in the 16-team tournament.
Peterson livid over report of promise to Saunders
January 21, 2006
Chiefs president Carl Peterson contacted media outlets Friday to angrily deny reports he once promised to make Al Saunders his head coach.
Job hunt requires more than resume
January 21, 2006
Business Advice: Kate and Dale Talk Jobs
Cyclone boys outgun Bulldogs
Ottawa High pulls away early and holds on; Wellsville routs Mill Valley
January 21, 2006
It was just a midseason invitational boys basketball tournament semifinal.
Solid quarter powers Lions
lhs boys 62, wichita west 53
January 21, 2006
Four points. That’s all Lawrence High’s boys basketball squad allowed in the second quarter of its consolation-bracket game of the Topeka Invitational Tournament.
Smoking led to fire that closed Mass. St.
January 21, 2006
An early-morning fire Friday that damaged a Lawrence house and injured one resident was caused by improperly discarded smoking material, fire investigators determined.
Uproar flares over gay families’ plans to turn out at egg roll
January 21, 2006
Three months before the annual Easter egg roll at the White House, the usually festive event already is taking on a divisive edge because of plans by gay- and lesbian-led families to turn out en masse in hopes of raising their public profile.
Whale swims through London on River Thames
January 21, 2006
It’s a whale of a tale - a bottle-nosed whale swimming up the River Thames past Big Ben and Parliament on Friday as rows of worried Londoners looked on.
Iran shifts foreign assets
Defiant officials also seek to slow OPEC production
January 21, 2006
A defiant Iran announced Friday it has begun pulling its foreign currency accounts out of European banks to protect its assets from possible U.N. sanctions over its nuclear program.
Insurance help
Requiring insurance providers to register with the Kansas Insurance Commissioner’s Office would let state officials play a greater role in helping seniors navigate the Medicare Part D maze.
January 21, 2006
With all the current confusion over the new Medicare Part D drug benefit program, it only seems reasonable to give the state insurance commissioner the information she needs to try to help Kansas consumers negotiate the maze.
Should people of faith be concerned about popular music?
Worshipping God in all areas includes music
January 21, 2006
The Rev. Marc Day, associate pastor, Christ Community Church, 1100 Kasold Drive: In his letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul urges Christians in Rome “to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship” (Romans 12:1).
Should people of faith be concerned about popular music?
Parental discussion, concern is paramount
January 21, 2006
Steve Ozark, leader of Lawrence Community InterFaith Initiative and music talent agent: I’ve loved music as long as I’ve loved Jesus and sought to live his teachings and heart - all my known life.
Transit workers reject new contract
January 21, 2006
The city’s 33,000 transit workers rejected a new contract by a mere seven votes Friday, raising fears of another crippling strike like the one that brought subways and buses to a standstill a month ago.
Democratic campaigners plead no contest in tire damage case
January 21, 2006
Four Democratic presidential campaign workers pleaded no contest Friday to charges that they punctured the tires of 25 vehicles Republicans had intended to use to get out the vote on Election Day 2004. A fifth defendant was acquitted.
People in the news
Rapper 50 Cent sued for copyright infringement
January 21, 2006
50 Cent stole the opening line for his 2003 hit, “In Da Club,” from a song by former 2 Live Crew frontman Luther Campbell, an attorney claims in a lawsuit.
Man who faked death must pay child support
January 21, 2006
The “ultimate deadbeat dad” got slapped Friday with a $31,000, 28-year-old child support bill or 1 1/2 years in jail, but the investigation of his faked death might turn into a federal case.
Loyal fans
January 21, 2006
To the editor: Nothing like a couple of tough losses (Kansas University men’s basketball) to bring the boo-birds out.
Oklahoma City bombing witness released from prison
January 21, 2006
Michael Fortier, the government’s star witness in the Oklahoma City bombing trials, was released from federal prison Friday after serving more than 10 years for failing to warn authorities about the plot.
Haskell women fall, 77-61
January 21, 2006
College of the Ozarks, ranked fourth nationally, pulled away in the second half to defeat Haskell Indian Nations University, 77-61, in women’s college basketball Friday night at Coffin Sports Complex.
Death toll from arctic freeze in Russia nears 40
January 21, 2006
Arctic temperatures gripping most of Russia pushed the reported death toll close to 40 on Friday as weather forecasters warned that no major thaw is expected in Moscow before February.
Abatement plan
The majority of a proposed 90 percent tax abatement being requested for a major expansion of the Lawrence Packerware plant could become a moot point if a measure being considered by the Kansas Legisla
January 21, 2006
Of the $118 million Packerware is considering investing in its Lawrence plant, about $24.5 million would be invested in real estate and $93.5 million in equipment. A proposal by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius would eliminate property taxes on machinery and equipment purchased after 2007, a measure that would take most of the Packerware investment off the local tax rolls even without a local tax abatement.
People in the news
Trial date set for Farrell’s lawsuit over sex tape
January 21, 2006
A July 17 trial date was scheduled Friday in Colin Farrell’s lawsuit against an ex-girlfriend who wants to sell their homemade sex tape.
Jayhawks’ Battle qualifies in shot
January 21, 2006
Jayhawks’ Battle qualifies in shot
Caring city
January 21, 2006
To the editor: Let it be now. Let the city of Lawrence become a caring city that treats its homeless people humanely.
Fan wants Davis apology
January 21, 2006
The fan accused of harassing the wife of New York Knicks forward Antonio Davis would drop threats of a lawsuit if the couple said it was sorry, the man’s attorney said Friday.
Judge strikes down ban on gay marriage
January 21, 2006
A Baltimore judge ruled Friday that Maryland’s law banning same-sex marriage is discriminatory and “cannot withstand constitutional challenge,” throwing open the possibility of a bruising legislative battle over a constitutional amendment.
Audiotape of al-Qaida No. 2 praises ‘martyrs’
January 21, 2006
An audiotape from al-Qaida’s second in command, Ayman al-Zawahri, was posted Friday on an Islamic Web site, but U.S. officials said the recording does not appear to have been made recently and may be several years old.
Firebirds solid in rout
fshs boys 74, wichita collegiate 27
January 21, 2006
Free State High’s boys basketball squad bounced back in the second round of the McPherson Tournament with a 74-27 victory Friday over Wichita Collegiate.
Man who shot Pope John Paul II back in jail
January 21, 2006
The man who shot Pope John Paul II returned to prison Friday after an appeals court ruled that he should serve more time for the killing of a Turkish journalist and other crimes.
Coroner indicted on federal charges
January 21, 2006
Dr. Cyril Wecht, a nationally renowned medical examiner who consulted in the deaths of Elvis Presley and JonBenet Ramsey, was indicted Friday on federal charges of using county employees to campaign for him and handle his private lab work.
Markets slide on oil, earnings
January 21, 2006
Stocks closed sharply lower Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average turning negative for 2006 and posting its biggest one-day loss since March 2003, after oil prices hit a four-month high and General Electric Co. and Citigroup Inc. disappointed with their fourth-quarter earnings.
Seahawks flattened
January 21, 2006
Seabury Academy’s boys basketball team fell to Central Heights, 49-18, on Friday at the West Franklin Tournament at Ottawa University.
Report: Government overpaid to bus victims
January 21, 2006
A bill for busing evacuees from New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was $32 million more than it should have been, and the government paid it without question, the Transportation Department inspector general said Friday.
Miss California, Miss D.C. early winners at pageant
January 21, 2006
Miss California Dustin-Leigh Konzelman and Miss District of Columbia Shannon Schambeau were the winners as preliminary competition wrapped up in the Miss America Pageant.
Payless ShoeSource to add new center
January 21, 2006
Topeka-based Payless ShoeSource Inc. plans to build a new distribution center in the western United States, taking some work away from an existing center in Topeka.
No longer stars
January 21, 2006
To the editor: Sorry, Chris, (Chris Turpin, Public Forum, Jan. 19), but after the loss to Mizzou and reading your letter, I have to write this one.
Spring drills slated March 11 to April 14
January 21, 2006
Kansas University’s football spring scrimmage looks to be a Big 12 Conference version of Friday Night Lights.
Hingis reaches fourth round
January 21, 2006
Martina Hingis beat Iveta Benesova, 6-4, 6-1, Saturday, advancing to the fourth round of the Australian Open and flashing the form that carried her to six consecutive finals at Melbourne Park.
Model’s ex-boyfriend pleads guilty to drug charges
January 21, 2006
Pete Doherty, the ex-boyfriend of supermodel Kate Moss, pleaded guilty Friday to possession of heroin, crack cocaine, morphine and marijuana.
Rock thrown in ref’s window
January 21, 2006
A rock was thrown through the front window at the home of Pete Morelli, an NFL referee who made an incorrect call in last Sunday’s playoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts. Morelli also is a high school principal, and police said Friday it was unclear whether the incident was related to his school job or his role as a referee.
Police seek suspect in Oliver Hall fire
January 21, 2006
Someone set a bulletin board on fire Thursday night in a Kansas University residence hall, but KU police say it wasn’t just an innocent prank.
Homeless man to face trial for battery charge
January 21, 2006
Trial has been scheduled for March 6 for Robert “Simon” Gilmore, a homeless man charged with battering a police officer and making an improper pedestrian crossing.
Rams introduce Linehan
January 21, 2006
In many ways, the St. Louis Rams’ new coach is very similar to the one they just fired. Scott Linehan is a sharp offensive tactician who will call his own plays - just as Mike Martz used to do.
Phone company wants new tower in Lawrence
January 21, 2006
A Kansas City telecommunications company wants to build a new cellular telephone tower near 21st and Harper streets.
Old Home Town
January 21, 2006
100 years ago in 1906
Old Home Town
January 21, 2006
25 years ago in 1981
Campbell tops Hope by four
January 21, 2006
Chad Campbell shot a 4-under 68 on Friday to take a four-stroke lead after the third round of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
Guillen becomes U.S. citizen
January 21, 2006
Three months after accomplishing his goal, Ozzie Guillen realized a dream. The manager of the World Series champion Chicago White Sox celebrated his 42nd birthday Friday by becoming a U.S. citizen along with his wife Ibis and their son Oney.
Bryant to play in 2008
January 21, 2006
Kobe Bryant plans to play for the U.S. team at this year’s world basketball championships and the 2008 Olympics. Bryant gave an emphatic nod to joining the U.S. team in a meeting Friday with the head of USA Basketball, Jerry Colangelo.
Michaels reaches settlement
January 21, 2006
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Jason Michaels agreed Friday to complete 100 hours of community service to settle charges that he allegedly assaulted a city police officer.
Challenger to Praeger: Switch parties
Insurance commissioner says she’ll remain Republican
January 21, 2006
The legislator hoping to unseat Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger in this year’s Republican primary said Friday that she should switch parties because her views are similar to those of prominent Democrats.
Watson shares lead
January 21, 2006
Tom Watson, Loren Roberts and Don Pooley matched the course record with 9-under 63s in calm conditions Friday to share the first-round lead in the Champions Tour’s season-opening MasterCard Championship. Curtis Strange, a late replacement for the ailing Lee Trevino, opened with a 64.
Sweden, South Korea tied
January 21, 2006
Annika Sorenstam and Liselotte Neumann shot a 7-under 65 in best-ball play to give the Swedes a share of the first-round lead with South Korea’s Meena Lee and Bo Bae Song in the Women’s World Cup.
Negotiators, clerics work to free American hostage
January 21, 2006
U.S. negotiators were working around the clock to secure the release of hostage American journalist Jill Carroll as a deadline set by militants threatening to kill her passed Friday with no word on her fate.
Please save sanctimonious protests
It’s OK for a sports writer to vote for awards and Hall of Fame, despite ever-increasing objections
January 21, 2006
OK, I understand the arguments against baseball writers’ voting for the Hall of Fame and other major baseball awards. A writer’s job is to report the news, not make the news.
Goodwin, Kellerman reach semifinals
January 21, 2006
Lawrence High’s Brandon Goodwin and Nolan Kellerman advanced to the semifinals Friday of the Blue Valley Northwest wrestling tournament.
Tongie waltzes into title rematch
January 21, 2006
The Tonganoxie High girls basketball team defeated Jefferson West, 64-45, Friday in the Tonganoxie Invitational semifinals. The victory advances the Chieftains to today’s championship game against Silver Lake - Tongie’s foe in last year’s finals.
Arrowhead roof could cost $200 million
Officials hope to put plan for renovations on April 4 ballot
January 21, 2006
A movable roof that would make the Kansas City Chiefs’ Arrowhead Stadium a candidate for a Super Bowl could cost Jackson County taxpayers around $200 million, architects for the project said Friday.
KU-Nebraska notebook
January 21, 2006
¬ĘKansas University leads the all-time series with Nebraska, 156-71. KU has won three in a row and 12 of the last 13 meetings dating to the final meeting of the 1999 season. The last NU win was a 74-55 victory in 2004 in Lincoln, Neb.
Family’s quest for Katrina victims finally ends
January 21, 2006
After Hurricane Katrina socked the central Gulf Coast, Eldo and Julia Allen watched the news and waited in vain for word from their son in Biloxi, Miss.
Medicare fix delivers distraction
Gov. Schwarzenegger came up with $150 million for low-income seniors
January 21, 2006
The Medicare snafu that has left thousands of disabled and elderly Californians without prescription drug coverage has given Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger a chance to sidestep the controversy over his recent political makeover.
Mayer: Step up and end this funk
January 21, 2006
OK, will Kansas University help some unheralded basketball player from Nebraska soar to stardom and spark an upset here today? Against Kansas State and Missouri, the Jayhawks allowed four guys who normally are spear-carriers to rise to the level of resonating basso profundos and help produce unexpected victories.
Making New Orleans livable is real goal
January 21, 2006
“God bless Chocolate City and its vanilla suburbs.” - Parliament Apparently, the mayor is a funkateer.
Leavenworth Prison workers protest staff cuts
Picket also targets termination of employee
January 21, 2006
Dozens of union employees, retired workers and supporters staged two days of picketing outside the U.S. Penitentiary here, protesting staff reductions and the treatment of a combat veteran fired last week from the prison.
Chamber of Commerce makes play for success at yearly bash
January 21, 2006
If a regional bank executive can be convinced to take the stage dressed as goofy British secret agent Austin Powers, perhaps anything is possible.
U.S. search worries Google users
January 21, 2006
Tom Casling sat with his laptop computer Friday morning in a downtown coffee shop - as always, confining his Web searches to “legitimate” territory.
Husker ‘D’ has flummoxed foes
January 21, 2006
Nebraska’s proud football defenders are known as the “Blackshirts.” Perhaps the nickname should be loaned to NU’s ball-hawking basketball players.
Friends, colleagues recall banker’s strong devotion to KU
January 21, 2006
Jordan Haines, a Kansas University alumnus, former chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents and former president of Bank IV in Wichita, died Friday.
Judge freezes assets of ex-Westar chief and wife
Court acts to keep millions available for forfeiture
January 21, 2006
Millions of dollars in assets belonging to former Westar Energy Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer David Wittig and his wife were frozen Thursday by a federal judge, who acted quickly to keep them available for forfeiture to the government.
FDA to consider over-the-counter sales of fat-blocking pill
January 21, 2006
A pharmaceutical company that seeks federal approval for over-the-counter sales of a prescription diet pill that blocks the absorption of fat faces questions on the pill’s potential for creating vitamin deficiencies and encouraging abuse.
Hall monitors go high-tech
New cameras help Lawrence school district keep an eye on students, facilities
January 21, 2006
The eye in the sky doesn’t lie. School officials say new security cameras installed during winter break at Free State and Lawrence high schools already have helped catch trouble-making students in the act.
Horoscopes
January 21, 2006
Horoscopes for Saturday, Jan. 21
Patrol seeks fuel deals
January 21, 2006
Gasoline Prices
Jordan Haines a colorful and loyal friend of Kansas and KU
January 21, 2006
Kansas University lost a great and effective alumnus, friend and supporter Friday with the death of Jordan Haines.
State’s unemployment rate drops in 2005
January 21, 2006
December’s unemployment rate fell to a four-year low, with the Kansas economy adding 21,300 jobs for all of 2005, the labor department said Friday.
Polls for Canadian vote show governing party trailing
January 21, 2006
Paul Martin, who faces an uphill battle to retain his prime minister’s post in next week’s elections, came to power 18 months ago with a reputation for slaying the national debt and cutting unemployment.
Election means Shiites will need coalitions
January 21, 2006
Shiite religious parties captured the biggest number of parliament seats in last month’s election but not enough to govern without partners, according to results released Friday.
New musical addresses pedophilia
January 21, 2006
When Kent Gash began reading “Love Jerry,” his first reaction was disbelief that someone would actually write a musical about the sexual abuse of a child.
U.S. beef dealt setback
Mad cow fears prompt Japan to halt imports
January 21, 2006
Japan on Friday halted all shipments of U.S. beef because of mad cow fears, threatening millions of dollars in American exports and sending officials scrambling to repair delicate trade relations.
Caring and Warmth
Shawl ministry provides spiritual support during tough times
January 21, 2006
When Ardis Comfort needs a reminder of the support network she has at her church, all she has to do is wrap herself in her multicolored shawl.
Davis, Pierce propel Celtics
January 21, 2006
Ricky Davis scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, and the Boston Celtics held on for a 99-96 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Friday night.
Leap into KU lore
Perkins, Self captivated by museum, which opens today
January 21, 2006
Lew Perkins peered into a shiny glass case, pointing enthusiastically at a rare Kansas University basketball artifact.
Concealed guns issue revived
January 21, 2006
The issue of whether Kansans should be allowed to legally carry concealed guns is back in play with legislators.