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Kline won’t appeal judge’s dismissal of abortion lawsuit
January 25, 2006
Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline today said he wouldn’t appeal a judge’s dismissal of a lawsuit that sought to end state-funded abortions for Medicaid recipients.
Warming into 50s today
07:46 a.m., January 25, 2006 Updated 12:16 p.m.
You’ll need to wear a coat in the early part of the day, but you might be carrying it this afternoon, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “Our temperatures are soaring into the mid 50s,” Schack said.
I love you more than :
January 25, 2006
Hey, men - looking for just the right words to express your feelings for your special lady this Valentine’s Day?
Downs and out
Freshman leaves KU team, returns home to Washington
January 25, 2006
In somewhat unusual fashion, Kansas University basketball freshman Micah Downs has left the program and returned home to Washington for reasons dubbed “personal” by those close to the situation.
LHS puts away pesky Free State
January 25, 2006
The Lawrence High wrestling squad did its best impression Tuesday night of a hot, gooey donut fresh from the deep fryer.
A team effort
January 25, 2006
To the editor: I enjoyed reading the article about the local couple that is volunteering to assist with the training of a future dog guide or service dog here in Lawrence.
Effort to confuse
January 25, 2006
To the editor: I teach high school biology classes.
Slice of success
University graduate gets his piece of the proverbial pie in new book
January 25, 2006
Jeff Ruby doesn’t blame Lawrence for his addiction to pizza. He was hooked before he came here. He does, however, blame Lawrence’s pizza-lovers for ruining his car, which he drove all over town delivering for Pyramid Pizza in the mid-1990s.
Jayni cooks up savory soups for winter
January 25, 2006
It’s the season for soup, and Jayni Carey will prepare three favorites. On the menu: Oven Simmered Bean Soup with Tomato and Herbs, Shellfish Soup with Coconut and Lime, and French Onion Soup. Jayni also prepares Marguerite’s Cucumber Dip as a tribute to Marguerite Lockwood, a former Lawrence Memorial Hospital volunteer.
Calorie density plays critical role in weight loss
January 25, 2006
Calorie density is the concentration of calories in a given weight of food. Comparing calories per pound, ounce or gram provides a useful way to compare them for weight-loss purposes.
Surprising weather shines sun on grilling opportunities
January 25, 2006
Earlier this month, on a Sunday when the temperature topped out in the 60s, I thought how nice it would have been to be barbecuing the slabs of spare ribs that were still in the freezer from this summer. If this story has a moral, it is this: When navigating the volatility of winter weather in Kansas, timing is everything.
Protesters block Moore before speech
January 25, 2006
Inside the glossy Dole Institute of Politics on Kansas University’s west campus, all was calm for Rep. Dennis Moore as he spoke before a dinner for KU’s Multicultural Scholars Program.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
January 25, 2006
Highlights of Tuesday’s activities at the Kansas Legislature
AT&T pushing for price deregulation on local service
January 25, 2006
Rebuffed last year by regulators, the state’s largest provider of local telephone service is asking legislators to move Kansas toward deregulating the prices it charges consumers.
White House continues aggressive defense of eavesdropping program
January 25, 2006
The White House on Tuesday ratcheted up its aggressive effort to paint its domestic spying program as a completely legal overseas national security program.
FDA seeks ban on asthma inhalers
Devices may harm Earth’s ozone layer
January 25, 2006
Asthma sufferers may not be able to buy nonprescription inhalers much longer because the devices contain propellants that harm the ozone layer.
Home sales drop
January 25, 2006
Rob Hulse is counting on Lawrence’s residential real estate market getting off to a healthy start this year, as builders finish up new homes for the spring season and interest rates continue to hang near 6 percent.
Artest-to-Kings deal falls through, for now
January 25, 2006
The Ron Artest trade to Sacramento is off - for now.
Military draws plans to increase readiness
January 25, 2006
To reduce strain on its soldiers, the Army is pursuing several new paths, including a restructuring that will increase the number of combat brigades available to rotate to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Commodities
January 25, 2006
Lemieux says he’s retiring for good
Heart condition forces Penguins standout to stop playing
January 25, 2006
Unlike many aging superstars, Mario Lemieux’s problem wasn’t that his heart no longer was in the game. Rather, his heart no longer allowed him to play the game the way he always had played it.
Notebook
January 25, 2006
Kansas leads the all-time series against A&M, 10-0. KU won the last meeting, 65-60, on Jan. 5, 2005, in Allen Fieldhouse.
District judge dismisses abortion lawsuit
January 25, 2006
A judge dismissed a lawsuit Tuesday that sought to end state-funded abortions for Medicaid recipients.
SFT earns sweep; P-L, Oskie split
January 25, 2006
Santa Fe Trail shot only 50 percent from the free-throw line and blew a 14-point lead but hung on to defeat Jefferson West, 54-48, in boys basketball Tuesday.
Sunflower wrestlers sucessful at tough meet
January 25, 2006
Sunflower Kids Wrestling had another great weekend, competing in both the Tulsa Nationals and Manhattan tournaments. Hunter Haralson fell one point short of a national championship on Saturday night, losing 1-0 in the Tulsa Nationals Finals.
Kirkpatrick hits clutch shot to carry Ducks over Hoosiers, 24-17
January 25, 2006
The Ducks and Hoosiers met Jan. 17 at Langston Hughes Elementary. The two fourth- and fifth-grade Hoopster teams kept it close in the first half, but the Ducks pulled away in the fourth for the 24-17 victory.
Second-half surge lifts Iowa past Indiana
January 25, 2006
Adam Haluska scored 20 points, Greg Brunner added 17, and Iowa opened the second half with a 14-0 run in a 73-60 victory over No. 13 Indiana on Tuesday night.
Lawmaker wants regents president at Cabinet meetings
January 25, 2006
Rep. Tom Sloan said Tuesday that the president of the Kansas Board of Regents, which governs higher education, should participate in the governor’s Cabinet meetings.
Winery issue
January 25, 2006
To the editor: The Kansas Wine and Spirits Wholesalers Assn. is attempting to kill the small farm wineries of Kansas.
Abuse action
Serious abuse of animals shows a disregard for life that demands harsher consequences.
January 25, 2006
It’s time for Kansas to get tougher on people who abuse and torture animals.
Seven Taliban rebels escape from main prison
January 25, 2006
Seven Taliban rebels disguised themselves as visitors to escape a high-security prison in Kabul that is being refurbished for the arrival of terror suspects from the U.S. detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, officials said Tuesday.
New Zealand tops in environmentalism
January 25, 2006
New Zealand leads the world in meeting key environmental goals such as providing clean water and sanitation for its citizens, according to a study by researchers at Yale and Columbia.
Repeat sex offender headed to prison
January 25, 2006
A Baldwin man will go to prison for groping a teenage girl while on probation for an earlier sex crime.
IRS reviewing program that freezes refunds
January 25, 2006
IRS Commissioner Mark Everson ordered a review Tuesday of a tax fraud detection program criticized for freezing thousands of refunds without notifying taxpayers.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
January 25, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for Jan. 25, 1906: “A new departure is being introduced in the training of the university track team for the indoor meet with Missouri in Kansas City. Fraser Hall is to be used at nights as a running track for short distance runners.”
Downs makes hasty departure from KU team
January 25, 2006
Micah Downs, a McDonald’s All-American and part of Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self’s highly touted freshman class, on Tuesday announced his intention to leave KU and return home to Washington.
House panel considers bill to grade judges
January 25, 2006
Kansans would get a report card on Supreme Court justices and judges appointed by the governor and retained by voters to help decide whether they should remain on the bench under a bill considered by the House Judiciary Committee.
Seahawks sweep Heritage Christian
January 25, 2006
Pressure defense helped Seabury Academy’s boys basketball squad pull away in the first half Tuesday and rout Topeka Heritage Christian, 57-35.
Wisconsin paper lets readers choose news
January 25, 2006
Extra! Extra! Read about whatever you want!
Maps to show best routes into U.S.
January 25, 2006
Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission will print and distribute at least 70,000 maps showing immigrants the safest routes to cross the border into Arizona, officials said Tuesday.
Google to censor search results in China
January 25, 2006
“Don’t Be Evil,” is Google’s unofficial motto. No word on how that translates into Chinese.
River City Weekly’ focuses on Chamberlain
January 25, 2006
Wilt Chamberlain was the greatest basketball player of his era and perhaps the greatest of all time.
FSHS product Dubois wins Wooden Cup
January 25, 2006
Free State High product Jacke Dubois, a runner at Oklahoma University, was named the recipient of the 2006 Coach Wooden Citizen Cup on Tuesday night at East Side Country Club.
Wichita native joins race for governor
January 25, 2006
Ken Canfield, author of several books and articles on fathering, jumped Tuesday into the race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.
Take-and-bake pizza place to close
January 25, 2006
Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza is closing one of its two locations in Lawrence.
Fish oil’s effect on cancer unclear
January 25, 2006
Fish oil, seen as beneficial for reducing heart disease risks, probably doesn’t help prevent cancer, according to a review of studies involving more than 700,000 patients.
Three novels to stay in Blue Valley curriculum
January 25, 2006
The Blue Valley school board has decided to leave three books on high school reading lists over objections of some parents.
Callahan Creek lands account for Toyota
January 25, 2006
Callahan Creek, a Lawrence-based advertising and marketing firm, has opened a West Coast office so that it can keep up with its newest client: Toyota Motor Sales.
U.S. Supreme Court delays execution
January 25, 2006
A death row inmate won a stay from the Supreme Court on Tuesday night about an hour after he was scheduled to be executed for killing a police officer.
Dale Willey center makes name change
January 25, 2006
Dale Willey Quick Service & Tire Center has a new name: Advantage Tire & Service.
Yellow Jackets surge in second half; Bruins escape with three-point win
January 25, 2006
An impressive fourth-quarter run fell just four points short of a Yellow Jackets victory Wednesday at the East Lawrence Center. The Yellow Jackets battled the Bruins in the final regular-season game for both teams in the Hoopster Basketball League’s second- and third-grade division.
Humanities also important
January 25, 2006
These are worrying times for many who teach in the humanities at Kansas University. Many of these faculty are concerned that as KU’s successes in the sciences increase there will soon be two classes of faculty: the scientific “haves” and the humanistic “have-nots.” This is a situation that should not be permitted.
KU baseball eighth in Big 12 Coaches poll
January 25, 2006
Kansas University’s baseball squad has been picked to finish eighth in the Big 12 Conference by league coaches in their preseason poll.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
January 25, 2006
Figures showed that U.S. consumer prices had climbed 12.4 percent during 1980, marking the second straight year of double-digit inflation.
FSHS swimmers third; LHS fourth at Topeka
January 25, 2006
The Free State High boys swimming and diving squad placed third, and the Lawrence High boys placed fourth out of eight teams Tuesday at the Topeka Invitational.
Terrapins open season with win in close contest with Horned Frogs
January 25, 2006
A thin layer of snow was melting outside on Saturday, but inside Langston Hughes Elementary the junior high boys Hoopsters teams were heating up the court. The Terrapins took on the Horned Frogs in the boys’ first morning match-up. After back and forth scoring, it was the Terrapins who grabbed the win over the Horned Frogs, 32-29.
Old home town - 40 years ago today
January 25, 2006
Damage estimated at about $50,000 resulted when a boiler exploded at Centron Corp., a local movie production firm. Four people suffered minor injuries, but none had to be hospitalized.
Daily ticker
January 25, 2006
Yellow Jackets’ size too much for Wildcats
January 25, 2006
The Junior High Hoopster Yellow Jackets and Wildcats met in a contest of size versus speed Saturday morning. But at the end of the quick-moving game, the Yellow Jackets’ size proved to be too much as they won 42-17 at Langston Hughes.
Senators say White House slowing Katrina inquiry
January 25, 2006
The White House is crippling a Senate inquiry into the government’s sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina by barring administration officials from answering questions and failing to hand over documents, senators leading the investigation said Tuesday.
Park posts win over Haskell women
January 25, 2006
In a defensive battle, the Haskell Indian Nations University women’s basketball squad lost to Park University, 68-56, on Tuesday. The game was tied at 28 at halftime, but Park pulled away.
Hoopsters take down tourney competition
Team wins easily in early games, pulls out nail-biter in championship
January 25, 2006
It was size and strength against speed and quickness in a first-round game of the Lawrence Athletics’ MAYB Tournament’s third- and fourth-grade division. The Lawrence Hoopsters battled the Topeka Future Saturday at South Junior High and used height to their advantage gaining a 36-25 victory.
Wal-Mart health care bill garners little support
January 25, 2006
A Kansas legislator on Tuesday accused Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of dumping its workers’ health care costs on the state. “I don’t think it’s fair that some of our large employers offer decent health insurance to their employees and some don’t - and the ones that don’t end up on the state program,” said state Rep. Geraldine Flaharty, D-Wichita.
U.S. uses billboard to jab at Castro during mass protest
January 25, 2006
Havana’s billboard war saw more salvos fired Tuesday as the U.S. and Cuban governments stoked their decades-old confrontation with competing messages.
Corrections
January 25, 2006
Study: Army stretched to breaking point
January 25, 2006
Stretched by frequent troop rotations to Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army has become a “thin green line” that could snap unless relief comes soon, according to a study for the Pentagon.
Red sinks free throws for overtime win
January 25, 2006
It came down to the thinnest of wires on Saturday morning at Langston Hughes Elementary School as the Red and Black junior high girls’ Hoopsters team wrestled to secure a win, 14-13. In the end the victory was decided by a two-minute overtime, in which Red walked away with the win after hitting their free throws in the final minutes of the game.
Four U.S. governors visit troops in Iraq
January 25, 2006
Americans should not expect the war in Iraq to be wrapped up quickly as violence and instability likely will continue, a U.S. governor said Tuesday during a visit here with three other state governors.
Ford’s latest hybrid research vehicle can run on ethanol
January 25, 2006
Ford Motor Co., extending its push into hybrid technology, said today it was the first automaker to develop a hybrid research vehicle capable of running on ethanol-based fuels.
Wondering what became of winter? You’re not alone
Favorable weather pattern keeping chilly temperatures up north, scientist says
January 25, 2006
Adam Johnson sat in his shirtsleeves Tuesday afternoon outside a downtown restaurant, taking in the bright sun and seemingly unaware there are still two months left in winter.
UPN, WB networks to combine forces
January 25, 2006
In the 11 years that the WB and UPN have both struggled for life, it wasn’t difficult to see that between them they probably had enough assets to make one strong television network.
Government pledges to reimburse states for Medicare prescriptions
January 25, 2006
States will be “fully reimbursed” for hundreds of thousands of emergency prescriptions for seniors who ran into trouble with the new Medicare drug benefit, top federal officials said Tuesday.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
January 25, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.26 at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa streets. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
City approves Packerware tax abatement
January 25, 2006
It’s a deal. City commissioners on Tuesday night agreed to grant a 90 percent tax abatement - the largest in the city’s history - to entice a $118 million expansion at Packerware Corp. that could add 154 jobs by 2010.
Testimony delayed in Saddam trial
January 25, 2006
Saddam Hussein’s problematic murder trial hit another hole in the road Tuesday when the court, citing missing witnesses, postponed resuming the historic proceeding until Sunday.
Royals, Chiefs sign new stadium leases
Deals depend on voters approving sales-tax increase for renovations
January 25, 2006
The Chiefs and the Royals on Tuesday signed agreements that would keep them at their Kansas City stadiums through 2031.
Pair of late spares lift Firebirds
January 25, 2006
Their teammates were finished. Half already had their bowling shoes off when Tyler Bradshaw and Brent Ott made the two biggest shots of the day for Free State High in its three-team bowling meet Tuesday at Royal Crest Lanes.
Mean-spirited ‘Idol’ loses sense of fun
January 25, 2006
It comes as no surprise that “American Idol” (7 p.m., Fox) has returned as the nation’s favorite show, attracting up to 40 percent of all TV viewers in some markets.
For a sweet Valentine’s Day don’t scrimp on chocolate
January 25, 2006
A box of chocolates may not be the most novel way to play Cupid this Valentine’s Day, but it probably won’t hurt your chances for romance.
House bill targets license program
Lawmakers say AAA gets unfair advantage as renewal site
January 25, 2006
In May, the state started a pilot project with AAA in Lawrence to process driver’s license renewals.
Senate leader receives humanities fellowship
January 25, 2006
A lawyer who is the majority leader of the Kansas Senate has been named the first recipient of the Simons Public Humanities Fellowship at Kansas University.
Deputies honored for bravery
Department commends officers who responded to apartment fire
January 25, 2006
People were screaming. Fire was roaring. And even though the burning building was Adam Hoover’s own home, he wasn’t scared.
Spartans’ first-half play good enough to win
January 25, 2006
An early lead and a size advantage keyed the Spartans’ 32-25 victory over the fourth- and fifth-grade Terrapins in a Hoopster game on Jan. 17.
Cavaliers beat up on Pacers
Injury forces Indiana’s O’Neal out in fourth quarter
January 25, 2006
The Indiana Pacers may have bigger problems than just finding a new team for Ron Artest.
Commentary: Bryant’s image brighter after 81-pointer
January 25, 2006
Kobe Bryant is in again. Popular again. Which, frankly, didn’t seem possible.
KU women hope to start fast at KSU
January 25, 2006
A slow start against Oklahoma State wasn’t fatal. A sluggish start against Kansas State, however, could be disastrous.
Keegan: For Self, this was a whiff
January 25, 2006
If a more secure individual than Kansas University’s Bill Self coaches college basketball, I haven’t met him.
Mayor supports sidewalk repair plan
January 25, 2006
Complaints about the sorry state of Lawrence’s sidewalks aren’t going unnoticed.
Timing could cost Downs
January 25, 2006
If Micah Downs indeed decides to play NCAA college basketball again, it probably won’t be for a while.
Black Jack cleanup lacking bankroll
County to consider funding restoration of historic battlefield
January 25, 2006
The wooded ravines and streambeds were once used as cover by the pro- and anti-slavery forces that clashed in battle nearly 150 years ago.
Democrats gear up for debate as panel backs Alito’s nomination
January 25, 2006
Democrats on Tuesday all but conceded the Supreme Court confirmation of Samuel Alito, but signaled they will use the Senate debate that begins today to focus on President Bush’s domestic spying program and their predictions that Alito will be too pliant in supporting it.
Disney buying Pixar
January 25, 2006
The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday it was buying longtime partner Pixar Animation Studios Inc. for $7.4 billion in a deal that could restore Disney’s clout in animation while vaulting Pixar CEO Steve Jobs into a powerful role at the media conglomerate.
Thousands of police deployed on eve of Palestinian vote
January 25, 2006
Thousands of police guarded ballot boxes Tuesday and rival militants pledged not to disrupt voting on the eve of the first Palestinian parliament election in a decade - a cliffhanger vote on whether to pursue peace or confrontation with Israel.
Kuwait’s prime minister new emir
January 25, 2006
It was a painful and public struggle as Kuwait’s parliament and Cabinet stepped in Tuesday to end an unprecedented leadership dispute in a country where tribal honor and ruling family prerogative run deep.
Gillispie building at A&M
Former Self aide has Aggies on right track as up-and-comers in Big 12
January 25, 2006
He hasn’t made folks forget about football in this gridiron-crazed state. Heck, even Bob Knight has failed to accomplish that improbable task - an achievement some might call impossible.
Terps extend winning streak to seven
January 25, 2006
A regular season finale in the Hoopster Basketball League’s second- and third-grade division saw the undefeated Terrapins looking to stay perfect against a Gators team hot off two straight victories.
Hawkins feels Lone Star love
Jayhawk senior has put up big numbers in Texas
January 25, 2006
The hotel beds in Texas are as soft as anyplace else. The pregame meals are no tastier than other locales.
Horoscopes
January 25, 2006
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Lawrence datebook
January 25, 2006
Democrats eye Va. governor
January 25, 2006
Democrats think they have found their deliverer. He is the new governor of Virginia, Timothy Kaine. So confident are they that Kaine can lead them to the electoral promise land, they have tapped him to deliver their party’s response to President Bush’s State of the Union speech. Given the threats posed by foreign and domestic terrorists, Democrats risk exposing Kaine as an inexperienced lightweight who is not in the president’s league of knowledge and experience.
Bruins hold Tigers at bay, stay unbeaten
January 25, 2006
The sixth- and seventh-grade Tigers and Bruins Hoopster teams took some spills on the court Jan. 16. After getting so caught up in the action of the game, both teams lost their footing more than a few times and took some near-drastic falls battling for the ball. Yet it was the undefeated Bruins who walked away from the East Lawrence Center court with a 55-29 win over the Tigers.
On the record
January 25, 2006
Political events will determine Iraq’s future
January 25, 2006
Iraq’s official election results were finally released Friday, more than a month after the ballot. The results should sober anyone who still believes that elections automatically make a country democratic.
Small steps
January 25, 2006
To the editor: Who says Bush isn’t doing his part to fight global warming?
People in the news
January 25, 2006
¢ Actor Chris Penn found dead ¢ NBC drops ‘Book of Daniel’ ¢ Messiah complex? ¢ Carmen for the opera