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Bush defends war in Iraq, eavesdropping
January 23, 2006
President Bush on Monday vigorously defended the war in Iraq, and warrant-less eavesdropping on communications of individuals within the United States during his speech at Kansas State University.
At least two injured in K-10 accident
03:34 p.m., January 23, 2006 Updated 04:06 p.m.
At least two people were injured this afternoon in a two-vehicle accident just east of Lawrence on Kansas Highway 10.
Bush says he was within the law in authorizing spy program
January 23, 2006
President Bush on Monday rejected critics’ assertion that he broke the law by authorizing domestic eavesdropping without a warrant, saying he was doing what Congress authorized him to do to protect Americans from terrorist attacks.
Bush honors Lawrence volunteer
January 23, 2006
President Bush today presented the President’s Volunteer Service Award to Janet Dunn, Lawrence, as he arrived in Topeka this morning.
Bush given warm welcome at K-State
President does draw some protesters
11:20 a.m., January 23, 2006 Updated 01:02 p.m.
President Bush’s visit Monday to Kansas State University inspired dozens of Kansans to protest, but he still received a warm welcome in what even Democrats conceded was friendly Republican territory for him.
Thousands await Bush speech at K-State
President to deliver Landon Lecture
January 23, 2006
Thousands of people streamed into Bramlage Coliseum this morning, waiting to hear President Bush deliver the Landon Lecture.
Dreary start, but sunshine expected in afternoon
07:44 a.m., January 23, 2006 Updated 12:10 p.m.
If you don’t like Mondays, this morning’s weather wasn’t helping much - cold temperatures and thick clouds covered the Lawrence area.
Brain scan shows no change in Sharon
January 23, 2006
A scan of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s brain Sunday showed no change from a week ago, hospital officials said.
Passengers threaten sit-in aboard Queen Mary 2
January 23, 2006
Some passengers on the Queen Mary 2 are threatening a sit-in when the cruise ship reaches port in Brazil to protest a last-minute change in itinerary, the vessel’s operator said Sunday.
Number of billionaire colleges rises
January 23, 2006
The number of North American colleges with endowments topping $1 billion has jumped to 56, a new study says, with nine schools joining the elite club in what was an average year for university investments overall.
Preacher’s son begins new era at Crystal Cathedral
January 23, 2006
The stalwart Crystal Cathedral entered a new era of leadership Sunday when Robert A. Schuller succeeded his father, Robert H. Schuller, as senior pastor of the church.
Library, Dole Institute collecting WWII memories
January 23, 2006
World War II tributes and historical collections are being made in Lawrence.
Capitol Briefing
News from the Kansas Statehouse
January 23, 2006
¢ School finance pre-test ¢ Bush visit ¢ Sebelius-Bush ¢ Sexual predators ¢ Quote of the week ¢ Things to watch
Newton couple faces sentencing today in involuntary servitude case
January 23, 2006
The Newton couple who ran a home for the mentally ill could spend decades in prison for enslaving the home’s residents, forcing them to work naked and perform sex acts while billing the government and their families for the “therapy.”
Terri Schiavo’s husband remarries
January 23, 2006
Michael Schiavo, whose brain-damaged wife was at the center of a contentious end-of-life battle that played out on a worldwide media stage, has remarried, family members said.
Abortion anniversary marked across U.S.
January 23, 2006
Thousands of abortion opponents massed outside Minnesota’s Capitol on Sunday in one of several protests nationwide on the 33rd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling, amid heightened hopes and fears over what a new face on the Supreme Court will mean for the decision establishing abortion rights.
Latest deaths add urgency to proposals for mine safety
Action scheduled today in W.Va., Congress
January 23, 2006
In death, 14 West Virginia coal miners have achieved something that just a month ago seemed an unlikely goal: Labor, industry and lawmakers are united in demanding that a dangerous subterranean occupation be made safer.
Saddam trial set to resume Tuesday
January 23, 2006
The trial of Saddam Hussein is slated to resume Tuesday, bringing the promise of more colorful outbursts from the deposed dictator who has declared that he is still the legitimate president of Iraq, refused to come to court and once memorably told the chief judge to “go to hell.”
Seahawks ground Smith, Panthers
Carolina loses another running back
January 23, 2006
Steve Smith stomped up and down the sideline, arms flailing, jaw jabbering.
Keegan’s report: college basketball
January 23, 2006
J-W sports editor Tom Keegan each week will observe and analyze the national college basketball scene.
Campbell hangs on for Hope title
Unlike a week ago, golfer doesn’t squander lead this time
January 23, 2006
Chad Campbell let one slip away a week ago.
Sympathy for al-Qaida surges in Pakistan
January 23, 2006
Sympathy for al-Qaida has surged after a U.S. airstrike devastated this remote mountain hamlet in a region sometimes as hostile toward the Pakistani government as it is to the United States.
White on, Powers off U.S. snowboarding team
January 23, 2006
Shaun White already had qualified for the U.S. Olympic snowboarding team in the halfpipe before this weekend’s events at Mountain Creek, but that obviously didn’t blunt his competitive spirit.
Necropsy performed on wayward whale
January 23, 2006
A marine mammal expert conducted a necropsy Sunday on the whale that wandered into the River Thames, hoping to determine what caused the 20-foot-long animal to veer off course and splash through central London before dying during Saturday’s rescue attempt.
Coordinator sought for area food pantry
January 23, 2006
Ballard Community Center seeks a volunteer to assist with food pantry coordination and organization during the February and March. He or she will work 2 hours weekly, at a convenient time for the volunteer and agency, to organize food donations for distribution to community members in need.
Eudora asks for support for turnpike interchange
January 23, 2006
The City of Eudora is asking the Douglas County Commission to express its support for a turnpike interchange near Tonganoxie.
U.N. says 20,000 flee from fighting
January 23, 2006
About 20,000 people have fled violence in Congo to seek refuge across the border in Uganda over the last four days, the U.N. refugee agency said Sunday.
UT holds off KSU; Conradt ties Dean
January 23, 2006
Erika Arriaran scored Texas’ first five points in overtime, and Tamra Cobbins’ free throw with 7.4 seconds clinched a 71-70 victory over Kansas State on Sunday.
Design students exhibit textile works
January 23, 2006
Textile design students in Kansas University’s School of Fine Arts will showcase their dyed textile fabrics at the Spencer Museum of Art, running Saturday through May 28.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
January 23, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for Jan. 23, 1906: “Harry Williams, who was arrested on suspicion in the 600 block of Massachusetts St. here late yesterday, said it was he who tunneled 11 feet through solid masonry under the Merchants National bank at Topeka and attempted to blow the safes of that institution.”
Old home town - 25 years ago today
January 23, 2006
Lawrence City Manager Buford Watson and former state legislator John Vogel told a Kansas Senate panel that a Lecompton interchange on the Kansas Turnpike was badly needed to help Lawrence cope with rapid westward expansion. Historian Charles Wright spoke in full support of the move.
Police halt pranksters’ ‘No Pants Subway Ride’
January 23, 2006
From the waist up, they looked like perfectly normal commuters. That wasn’t good enough for police.
Area high schools to compete in QUEST
January 23, 2006
Teams from Lawrence and Free State high schools and others in the area will demonstrate their knowledge as part of a TV game show beginning in February.
Red Cross helicopter on relief mission lost
January 23, 2006
A Red Cross helicopter that had been used for earthquake relief in Pakistan since October was missing Sunday with a crew of seven aboard, the aid agency said.
Militants to release kidnapped oil workers
January 23, 2006
Militants holding four foreign hostages in Nigeria claimed Sunday they would release the captives soon, according to a statement purportedly from the militant group.
Photos surface of Bush, Abramoff together
January 23, 2006
Time magazine reported on its Web site Sunday that its staff members have seen at least six photos featuring President Bush and convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from his lobbying practices.
The week ahead
January 23, 2006
Piano student wins competition
January 23, 2006
Nicholas Susi, a freshman piano major studying with professor Jack Winerock, was declared the winner of the piano division in the Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City Concerto Competition Concert.
Business cards lead to alleged drug dealer
January 23, 2006
A drug dealer who handed out business cards that read, “For a quick hit on time call the boss” has been arrested after police called the number on the card and arranged to buy $40 worth of crack cocaine.
U.S. Navy seizes suspected pirate ship
January 23, 2006
U.S. sailors boarded a suspected pirate ship in the Indian Ocean and detained 26 men for questioning, the Navy said Sunday.
Gas prices up 3 cents
January 23, 2006
Retail gas prices across the country jumped another 3 cents, following a 9-cent hike reported earlier this month, according to a survey released Sunday in Camarillo.
Public to get look at proposed new code
January 23, 2006
The public will have a chance to weigh in on new regulations that are expected to guide how growth will look in the city for years to come.
On the record
January 23, 2006
Multicultural program to feature Rep. Moore
January 23, 2006
U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan., will be the featured speaker at Kansas University’s All Multicultural Scholars Program, set for 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Dole Institute of Politics on KU’s west campus.
Fire causes thousands of dollars of damage
January 23, 2006
A house in the 1800 block of Atherton Court caught fire Sunday afternoon, causing thousands of dollars in damage in just a few minutes.
There are fine times and reasons to tell a lie
January 23, 2006
It is good to know how to lie, and lie effectively, so you can go backstage after the high school production of “The Crucible” in which your friend’s daughter mumbled her lines and stood like a fencepost, trying to look horrified and looking drugged instead, and now here she is, fluttery, ashen-faced, perspiring, and you say, “It was fascinating to watch. You were so in the moment, Lindsey. So believable. It really resonated with that audience; there was so much intensity.” The truth is that she has no more talent than the average cocker spaniel - but so what? There’s no need to face the truth all at once.
Old home town - 40 years ago today
January 23, 2006
The Lawrence board of education was studying plans for additions at Kennedy and Schwegler schools.
Wonder seeks slice of whole-grain market
Bread maker says new offerings healthier, yet keep original qualities
January 23, 2006
But will kids still be able to wad it up into sticky, glutinous balls and throw it across the cafeteria? Wonder Bread, that icon of squishy, oh-so-American white bread, turns a nutritional corner today with the launch of two whole wheat versions intended to look, taste and feel just like the spongy original.
Analysis: GOP plan depends on key assumptions
January 23, 2006
Maybe it sounds just a little too good to be true. Sen. Jim Barnett, who hopes to win the Republican nomination and unseat Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius this year, has outlined a “Prescription for Growth” plan designed to allow the state to both cut taxes and increase spending on education during what would be his first four-year term in office.
GOP not earning conservative label
January 23, 2006
It never fails. If I criticize something the president does, I inevitably get responses from a number of readers who brand me as a liberal Democrat whose sole purpose is to undermine the good name of George W. Bush.
New CBS legal eagle does not quite soar
January 23, 2006
Jenna Elfman returns to prime time comedy in “Courting Alex” (8:30 p.m., CBS), as Alex Rose, a workaholic lawyer. Her name may resemble that of Axl Rose, lead singer for “Guns N’ Roses,” but she’s not ready to welcome you to any jungle. Her day is scheduled to the smallest detail. She hasn’t purchased groceries or cooked a meal since 2002, and her “dates” consist of cell phone interruptions followed by protracted legal wrangling. She doesn’t have a life, but she’s got a wacky, lusty neighbor, a British painter with designs on her.
Job cuts, plant closings looming for Ford
Automaker to announce restructuring today
January 23, 2006
Ford Motor Co., hurt by falling sales of sport utility vehicles, is expected to close plants and cut thousands of jobs in North America as part of a restructuring program to be announced today.
Kansas tennis falls to Indiana, beats BSU
January 23, 2006
Kansas University’s tennis team opened its season with a win and a loss Sunday. KU lost to Indiana, 5-2, but rebounded to rout Ball State, 7-0., NBC establish unusual link
Normally competitors in sports coverage, networks agree to cross-promote throughout Olympic Games
January 23, 2006
The Olympics are making unusual bedfellows this year. Log onto and you’ll find NBC’s peacock logo displayed with a link to, NBC’s online coverage of the Winter Games that begin Feb. 10 in Italy.
Commentary: Davis’ suspension fair in this instance
January 23, 2006
There will be those who’ll say the NBA’s five-game suspension of Knicks center Antonio Davis - who went into the stands at the United Center on Wednesday during New York’s overtime loss to the Bulls when he thought his wife, Kendra, was in distress after a confrontation with a fan - was too lenient.
A busy day for Annie Duke
January 23, 2006
Recently, held a $1 million guaranteed no-limit Hold ‘em tournament. Surprisingly - for a guarantee of that size - the buy-in was only $500. Incredibly, there were 2,774 players, and the prize pool was a whopping $1.387 million. First place was $260,000, pretty amazing for a $500 buy-in poker tournament. Only on the Internet!
Three sites vie for historic registry
Lawrence city commission agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets ¢ Sunflower Broadband Channel 25 ¢ Meeting documents online at
January 23, 2006
City commissioners will consider adding three locations to the Lawrence Register of Historic Places. Commissioners will consider placing Hobbs Park, 702 E. 11th St., old Fire Station No. 2, 1839 Mass., and Fire Station No. 4, 2819 Stone Barn Terrace, on the local register.
U.S.-Pakistan riding policy roller coaster
January 23, 2006
Death to America. Oh, wait. Thank you, America. Love you, big guy. No, hold on. Where’s that Death to America banner? What have they done for us lately?
Family guides dog toward future role as human helper
January 23, 2006
She’s only four months old, but Andromeda already is embarking on a lifelong career. The black, female Labrador retriever is undergoing basic training for use as either a guide or service dog for people with vision and physical disabilities.
Poll: Medicare drug program difficult to understand
January 23, 2006
Most people, particularly senior citizens, say they are having a hard time understanding the new Medicare prescription drug program, an AP-Ipsos poll found.
Bolivia’s first Indian president takes office
January 23, 2006
Evo Morales, Bolivia’s first Indian president, took office on Sunday with a promise to lift his nation’s struggling indigenous majority out of centuries of poverty and discrimination.
Commentary: Kentucky fans not happy with Tubby
Recent three-game losing streak had manic depressive fans pushing panic button in Lexington
January 23, 2006
By their very nature, the fan bases of sports teams have manic depressive tendencies.
Steelers, Seahawks Super
Storied Pittsburgh favorite in what should be superb matchup
January 23, 2006
The contrasts between the Steelers and the Seahawks make this a fascinating Super Bowl matchup. Add a few subplots, and Pittsburgh vs. Seattle could be one of the best ever.
Bryant hangs 81 on Toronto
Kobe’s total second only to Wilt’s in NBA history
January 23, 2006
Kobe Bryant scored a staggering 81 points - the second-highest total in NBA history - and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Toronto Raptors, 122-104, Sunday night.
Italians indifferent
Lack of interest evident as Games loom
January 23, 2006
Using that most ancient of means for expressing private thoughts publicly - graffiti - someone scrawled OLIMPIADI INFERNALI in black spray paint on a stone wall along a road snaking through the Alps near Turin Games venues.
Support group hopes to end isolation
Lawrence resident wants to reach out to others with epilepsy
January 23, 2006
The seizures shook Beth Wilkinson’s life apart. She began having them in front of her students seven years ago, when she was still able to teach.
Retail planning on the horizon
Three major proposals on edges of city will be weighed in coming days
January 23, 2006
Faced with three major expansion proposals targeting the city’s fastest growing areas, Lawrence planners are gearing up to determine the city’s retail future.
Halliburton documents cite exposure to contaminated water
January 23, 2006
Troops and civilians at a U.S. military base in Iraq were exposed to contaminated water last year and employees for the responsible contractor, Halliburton, couldn’t get their company to inform camp residents, according to interviews and internal company documents.
Making black beautiful again
January 23, 2006
A couple of decades ago, millions of black youth were mindlessly chanting that “black is beautiful.”
Keegan: On any given day :
January 23, 2006
The three remaining NCAA Division I college basketball unbeatens all lost Saturday, which serves as a reminder of just how vulnerable any team that relies on young men who range from 18 to 22 can be.
Funding for counseling program in jeopardy
January 23, 2006
When a Lawrence public school student is suicidal, depressed because parents are fighting, or burdened with other weighty problems, a counselor is on hand to help.
Machine inspires Kansas
Jayhawks focus to avoid treadmill time
January 23, 2006
In this stat-crazed day and age, here are some obscure numbers to crunch concerning Kansas University’s men’s basketball team.
No. 1 Lady Vols gird for No. 2 Duke
January 23, 2006
Top-ranked Tennessee can’t afford a letdown against No. 2 Duke.
Crystal-clear victory
Kemp carries KU past Cowgirls
January 23, 2006
For Crystal Kemp, the playing days are dwindling down to a precious few.
Weekend shows Big 12 still wide-open
January 23, 2006
Texas won and Baylor lost. No surprises there.
Fair and square
Club finds camaraderie in traditional dance form
January 23, 2006
Anyone who thinks square dancing is a dying art didn’t go to the founders dance of the Happy Time Squares last weekend.
NBC cancels ‘The West Wing’ after seven seasons
Other midseason moves announced
January 23, 2006
The new president on “The West Wing” will be a real short-timer: NBC announced Sunday it was pulling the plug on the Emmy-winning political drama in May after seven seasons.
Four children among latest dead in weekend of widespread violence
January 23, 2006
Insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades at a policeman’s home northeast of Baghdad on Sunday, killing his four children and his brother and raising to at least 23 the number of Iraqis killed in attacks this weekend.
Stepping up?
A local case is a good example of why state campaign finance laws are in need of reform.
January 23, 2006
It’s a shame that those responsible for derogatory, potentially libelous, postcards mailed days before the last Lawrence City Commission election apparently will get off scot-free.
Commentary: Big Ben matures, wins big
January 23, 2006
The kid always seemed to be in a hurry, as if doing everything faster than everybody else was the only way to prove he belonged.
Area soldier’s widow donates his WWII diary to planned Army museum
A place for veterans’ memories
January 23, 2006
The memories are all there, neatly typed in single space lines.
Use of prison ‘peacekeepers’ probed
California employs influential inmates to help keep order
January 23, 2006
The California prison system’s use of some of its toughest, most feared inmates to help keep order behind bars led to the slaying of a guard, state investigators say. And the FBI is looking into whether the practice contributed to a second killing.
WRAP workers deal with variety of student problems
January 23, 2006
Not a week goes by that Carice Riemann doesn’t confront the cruel consequences of domestic violence.
Review casts doubts on soy’s effect on cholesterol
January 23, 2006
Veggie burgers and tofu might not be so great at warding off heart disease after all.
People in the news
January 23, 2006
¢ Vampires take biggest bite of the box office ¢ He’s game to host again ¢ Moss to talk to police ¢ Abramoff vs. Clooney
Pittsburgh rolls on road again
January 23, 2006
The wildest road trip since “Animal House” rocks on. The next stop for Big Ben, The Bus and all those Terrible Towels will be the Super Bowl in Detroit, thanks to a 34-17 dismantling of the Denver Broncos on Sunday in the AFC title game.
Chinese scholar once welcomed by U.S. now facing deportation
January 23, 2006
Nearly five years ago, the U.S. government exerted high-profile diplomatic pressure on China to secure the return of scholar Gao Zhan, a researcher at American University whom Beijing believed was a spy for Taiwan.
Report: Sugary snacks should be suspended
January 23, 2006
Kansas schools have no business letting giant corporations peddle candy and sugary drinks to their students, according to a recent report by Kansas Action for letting giant corporations
Bush disappoints on Cuba
January 23, 2006
Many people thought this would be the administration in which U.S. relations with Cuba finally changed for the better.
Eagles Day blends education with entertainment
January 23, 2006
There were all types of critters at Sunday’s Eagles Day celebration at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, but Marty Birrell had a hold of the big ones.
Terry answers call for Tar Heels
January 23, 2006
Reyshawn Terry got the message: Big-time players make plays when it counts.
January 23, 2006
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January 23, 2006