Archive for Thursday, January 26, 2006

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On the street
Who should pay for the upkeep on Lawrence's sidewalks?

Poll results

Response Percent
Sidewalks should be treated the same way as streets and their maintenance should be part of the city budget. The city should consider a tax for this.
Property owners should be responsible for them, but should be able to get a tax credit from the city as an incentive for construction and repairs.
The property owner should be required to maintain it at the property owner’s expense.
The city should designate a task force to look at the issue.
Special sidewalk benefit districts should be established by neighborhoods, which would assess individuals in those districts for repairs.
Total 1118

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Letter from Sen. Pat Roberts about wiretaps
January 26, 2006
Here’s the text of a letter from Sen. Pat Roberts to Democratic members of the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding the warrantless wiretaps issue.
Medicare Part D working, says Bush health official
January 26, 2006
President Bush’s top health officlal today stated that the new Medicare drug program is improving.
Chat with video/audio consultant David Nigro about HDTV and Super Bowl XL
January 26, 2006
David Nigro, audio-video consultant with Kief’s, talks about HDTV.
Warm, with strong winds today
Showers moving in Saturday
07:57 a.m., January 26, 2006 Updated 12:00 p.m.
Temperatures in Lawrence will climb to nearly 60 degrees today. But strong winds will be howling across Kansas in from the south, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “We will have a very windy afternoon. We are definitely expecting them to pick up and gust this afternoon,” Schack said.
Review: ‘Beau Jest’ a charm from community theater
January 26, 2006
It’s hard to do farce in the 21st century.
Author, healer to share insights at program
January 26, 2006
Ken “Bear Hawk” Cohen, author of the critically acclaimed “Honoring the Medicine: The Essential Guide to Native American Healing,” will share his philosophy in a talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Lawrence Public Library auditorium, 707 Vt.
Review: Tap Dogs energetic through encore
January 26, 2006
The Tap Dogs held the stage at a well-filled Lied Center for nearly an hour and a half Tuesday evening, rocking the audience into frequent applause. Move over, Michael Flatley - this is manly-man tap dancing, in real Australian boots (and jeans, and shorts, and T-shirts, and flannel shirts and ball caps).
City’s art program for youths receives White House award
January 26, 2006
A Lawrence arts program received national recognition Wednesday during a White House ceremony.
Depression therapy results cheered
Natural regimen gives participants new lease on life
January 26, 2006
For eight miserable years, John fought depression. “It had gotten to the point where I was so short-fused with my family, I was headed for a divorce,” he said. He tried antidepressants for about a year. They helped some.
Police kill 2 after high-speed chase
January 26, 2006
Two people who were killed in a shootout as they fled from officers on Interstate 70 Wednesday afternoon were wanted for questioning in the shooting death of a decorated World War II veteran in Utah on Jan. 14, authorities said.
Deer hunt planned to evaluate disease
January 26, 2006
Researchers plan to kill and test deer to determine how widespread the infestation of chronic wasting disease is in the state’s wildlife population now that Kansas has confirmed its first case of the brain-destroying ailment.
De Soto boys down Wellsville
January 26, 2006
Taylor Burnett scored 15 points, Scott McElvain added 12, and J.T. Thompson scored 10 to lead De Soto past Wellsville, 60-53, Wednesday night in high school boys basketball.
LHS swimmers fall short
January 26, 2006
Alex Boyer won the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events, but those were Lawrence High’s only victories in a boys swimming and diving loss in a dual meet Wednesday to Manhattan High.
Our town sports
January 26, 2006
Bears end road woes at Cyclones’ expense
January 26, 2006
Sophia Young had 17 points and 11 rebounds, Angela Tisdale added 17 points, and No. 9 Baylor beat Iowa State, 79-64, Wednesday night for its first conference road victory of the season.
Event points way to political middle ground
January 26, 2006
Politically, the middle can be an elusive place.
County Commission OKs battlefield funding
January 26, 2006
The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday night agreed to provide funding for the cleanup of illegal dump sites at the Black Jack Battlefield east of Baldwin.
Chamber orchestra’s fundraiser successful
January 26, 2006
The Lawrence Chamber Orchestra will be able to perform its annual Baroque by Candlelight programs with the help of year-end contributions made by music patrons.
Two more foreigners kidnapped in Iraq
Shiites begin trying to form government
January 26, 2006
Kidnappers of two German engineers seized their captives only two days after they arrived in Iraq, gaining access to their compound by pretending to be soldiers, police said Wednesday.
22-year-old challenging Tafanelli for House seat
January 26, 2006
Jim Faris said he got bitten by the political bug when he was an eighth-grader at Oskaloosa Middle School and served for a day in the Capitol as a page.
A’s add slugger Thomas
Two-time MVP agrees on $500,000 pact
January 26, 2006
Free-agent slugger Frank Thomas agreed to a $500,000, one-year contract with Oakland on Wednesday, giving the Athletics the big bat they’ve been searching for in the middle of their lineup.
Rumsfeld disputes readiness study
January 26, 2006
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on Wednesday disputed reports suggesting that the U.S. military is stretched thin and close to a snapping point, asserting “the force is not broken.”
Tight end leaving KU for Houston
January 26, 2006
Josh Bell, one of the most highly rated prospects of Kansas University’s 2005 recruiting class, has left KU.
Sidewalk sense
January 26, 2006
To the editor: As an anecdote to the issue of sidewalk conditions in Lawrence, I offer this story.
Former dictator’s daughter seeks asylum in U.S.
January 26, 2006
The elder daughter of former Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet requested asylum in the United States on Wednesday after being taken into custody at Dulles International Airport, Chilean and U.S. officials said.
Stinson, free throws help ISU rout Mizzou
January 26, 2006
Curtis Stinson scored 27 points for the third straight game, and Iowa State was 25-for-27 at the free-throw line, pulling away for an 82-58 victory over Missouri on Wednesday night.
Seven adopted children die in crash involving school bus
January 26, 2006
Seven children who had been adopted by a single family were killed Wednesday in a fiery crash when their car was crushed between a truck and a stopped school bus in rural northern Florida.
U.S. ambassador: Deal off if India supports Iran
January 26, 2006
The U.S. ambassador to India said Wednesday that a nuclear deal between India and the United States could “die” if New Delhi supports Iran during a U.N. atomic watchdog agency meeting. The State Department said the envoy was speaking for himself.
President blames U.S., Britain for bombings
January 26, 2006
Iran’s president on Wednesday blamed “the occupiers of Iraq” - inferring the United States and Britain - for two bombings that killed at least nine people in the southwestern city of Ahvaz.
Taking stock of advisers
January 26, 2006
If you really want to make a good investment, then get the February issue of Consumer Reports.
Study: Lung cancer risk higher for black smokers
January 26, 2006
Blacks who smoke up to a pack a day are far more likely than whites who smoke similar amounts to develop lung cancer, suggesting genes may help explain the racial differences long seen in the disease, researchers say.
Tax relief
January 26, 2006
To the editor: Why is property tax relief for Lawrence seniors long overdue?
Playful dog takes kindergartner’s life
January 26, 2006
There was something about the blue scarf tied around Kaitlyn Hassard’s neck that cost the 6-year-old her life.
Pope issues first encyclical: ‘God is Love’
January 26, 2006
Pope Benedict XVI focused his first encyclical on love, saying Wednesday that the Roman Catholic Church has a duty through its charitable work to influence political leaders to ease suffering and promote justice.
Environmentalists decry rain forest pipeline plan
January 26, 2006
Environmentalists were caught off guard when South American leaders announced plans to build a massive natural gas pipeline through the Amazon rain forest.
Sen. Clinton: Bush explanations ‘farfetched’
January 26, 2006
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton called President Bush’s explanations for eavesdropping on domestic conversations without warrants “strange” and “far-fetched” Wednesday in blistering criticism ahead of the president’s State of the Union address.
China cuts estimate of population with HIV
January 26, 2006
China on Wednesday revised down the number of people living in the country with the HIV virus, but international health agencies warned that with 70,000 new infections last year, there was no room for complacency.
On the record
January 26, 2006
Survivor of coal mine explosion out of coma
January 26, 2006
The sole survivor of a mine explosion that killed 12 fellow miners emerged from a light coma Wednesday but still cannot speak, his doctor said.
Forum to address intelligent design
January 26, 2006
The lawyers who successfully battled to keep the teaching of intelligent design out of Dover, Pa., public science classrooms will speak Saturday at a forum titled “Intelligent Design, Kansas Science Education, and the Law.”
Jury convicts accused Iraqi agent on six counts
January 26, 2006
A man accused of trying to sell the names of U.S. operatives and agents to Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi regime for $3 million was convicted Wednesday of six of the seven charges against him.
Supreme Court to hear lethal injection appeal
January 26, 2006
Hours after staying the execution of an inmate who was already strapped to a gurney, the Supreme Court said Wednesday it would hear arguments from the man who claims the drug cocktail used in lethal injections can cause excruciating pain.
January 26, 2006
Tips on collecting oral history offered
January 26, 2006
An oral history workshop will be conducted Saturday at St. Luke AME Church, 900 N.Y.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
January 26, 2006
Highlights of Wednesday’s activities at the Kansas Legislature.
Inmate guilty in slaying of pedophile priest
January 26, 2006
Joseph Druce’s conviction Wednesday for murdering pedophile priest John Geoghan effectively added nothing to the life sentence he was already serving.
Lawmakers approve ban on gay marriage
January 26, 2006
Virginia lawmakers gave final legislative approval Wednesday to a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, despite warnings the measure is so broadly worded it could have dire unintended consequences for all unmarried couples.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
January 26, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for Jan. 26, 1906: “Saturday work is becoming a feature in Kansas University life.”
U.S. home sales hit record in 2005
January 26, 2006
Sales of existing homes set a record for a fifth straight year in 2005 even though the year ended on a weaker note with three straight monthly declines, sending a signal that the housing boom is beginning to cool.
Protecting trees
January 26, 2006
To the editor: I am a member of the citizen group that is working to protect significant trees in the city of Lawrence.
Pasta maker’s stock drops on concerns
January 26, 2006
American Italian Pasta Co.’s stock price continued to fall Wednesday, a day after an analyst downgraded the stock on concerns over a lawsuit claiming company officials conspired to “cook the books” of the dry pasta manufacturer.
Computer stolen from fire station
January 26, 2006
Lawrence Police are investigating how a laptop computer valued at $3,000 disappeared between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday from the downtown fire station at 746 Ky.
Trapping best solution for ridding yard of moles
January 26, 2006
Moles: Their mere mention sends a shiver down any gardener’s spine. Their destructive nature and complete disregard for garden boundaries make them an un-welcome sight in any garden. More importantly, mole tunnels make it difficult to walk in or mow over the lawn. And they dig around roots, causing plants to shrivel and die. However, this subterranean insectivore can be a blessing in disguise if you garden in heavy clay soil.
Dems get Medicare opening
January 26, 2006
For the last few weeks, Democrats in Washington have been thrashing about in search of some way to make the Republican corruption scandals relevant to the broader public. Meanwhile, the public seems much more concerned about the Medicare prescription drug plan, which, with its horror stories of bureaucratic bungling, has turned out to be the Hurricane Katrina of entitlement programs.
Daily ticker
January 26, 2006
Boston Scientific wins Guidant bidding
January 26, 2006
Guidant Corp. jilted longtime suitor Johnson & Johnson Wednesday in favor of a $27.2 billion offer from Boston Scientific Corp., ending a highly charged bidding war.
DeLay makes no apologies
January 26, 2006
Out here, where the tendrils of Houston’s growing exurbs reach for open ground, sits Rio Bend, a cluster of new houses and other facilities for parents having difficult times with troubled foster children - difficulties like those Tom and Christine DeLay experienced with several teenagers they took into their home. Rio Bend was built by the DeLays, with help from friends, of sorts.
Turnpike project closes part of road
January 26, 2006
A section of East 500 Road is closed for the removal of a Kansas Turnpike bridge.
January 26, 2006
Although infrequent, the seizures that Beth Wilkinson, the subject of a Journal-World article on Monday, suffers from are severe. Also, Wilkinson received her epilepsy-related implant from St. Luke’s Hospital.
Congressional partisanship stymies policy
January 26, 2006
The party-line vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee to confirm Judge Samuel Alito for the Supreme Court, presaging a similar outcome in the full Senate, certifies the depth of the division between Republicans and Democrats on basic national policy.
Commentary: For Bonds, reality can be way too real
January 26, 2006
Barry Bonds certainly seems to be in a good mood these days. I know because he told me so on his official Web site, the same place Giants executives go when they want to learn how Barry’s knees are doing and whether their star slugger feels like playing.
Polls show Hamas seizing sizable share of vote
January 26, 2006
Hamas fared better than expected in Palestinian elections Wednesday, exit polls showed, raising the prospect that the ruling Fatah Party might be forced to form a coalition with the Islamic militant group that calls for Israel’s destruction. The outcome could put Mideast peacekeeping at risk.
Senate considers package of Medicaid legislation
January 26, 2006
Lawmakers want to deal with rising Medicaid costs this session, and the Senate moved in that direction Wednesday by giving first-round approval to a trio of bills designed to make it easier to address fraud, abuse and waste in the health care program.
Toplikar: Kick back for a high-def Super Bowl show
Scoring a clear picture requires pregame plan
January 26, 2006
“Hi Dad,” Julie said, passing by the couch. My daughter had just arrived from the dorm, carrying a load of laundry. I grunted a hello, but didn’t take my eyes off the TV.
Clever tin candy containers popular collectibles
January 26, 2006
Remember when you were young and the box holding your gift was sometimes more fun than the gift? Sometimes it was just a plain box that could be turned into a house or a cave.
Bill spells out qualifications for education commissioner
Legislation would require hiring person with experience in schools
January 26, 2006
Sparks continue to fly months after the controversial hiring of Kansas Education Commissioner Bob Corkins.
Firebirds eager for some home cookin’
Free State girls focused on breakthrough in this year’s Winter Classic
January 26, 2006
Its tournament jinx now a thing of the past, the Free State High girls basketball team figures it’s about time to take care of business on its home floor.
Analysis: Bush seeks new words, perspective on spying
January 26, 2006
President Bush and his top national security advisers are trying to change the debate - and even the vocabulary - about the National Security Agency’s controversial electronic monitoring program.
ACLU: Government using Patriot Act to censor Muslim scholar
January 26, 2006
A leading Muslim scholar who opposes the war in Iraq has sued the U.S. government, claiming officials used anti-terrorism laws to stop him from accepting speaking invitations from organizations.
Hospital endowment association raises record amount of money
January 26, 2006
The Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Assn. in 2005 easily exceeded its fundraising record. It netted $3.57 million, which was up from $1.6 million in 2004.
Imagination gives rise to futuristic city
Junior high students enter model in regional competition
January 26, 2006
With $20 and a lot of creativity, three Lawrence students created the futuristic Icelandic city of Gronn-vedsjoen.
Keegan: Robinson gets his reward
January 26, 2006
As a freshman, Russell Robinson sat on the bench and had one foot out the door. Going back home to New York, maybe to play at St. John’s, seemed like a pretty good idea.
Concrete craze: Versatility, affordability earn material a stamp of approval
January 26, 2006
I love my garden, but I must admit I’m engaged in a never-ending battle with my patio.
KU closing in on billion-dollar endowment
January 26, 2006
Kansas University is close, but it has not yet joined the group of 56 higher education institutions with billion-dollar endowments.
Jackson plays big for Kansas
Self called on ‘bigger bodies’ against A&M
January 26, 2006
Darnell Jackson’s big, bruising body came in handy Wednesday against Texas A&M.
Guest stars add heavy dose of glitter
January 26, 2006
Two veteran actresses make guest-star appearances tonight.
New D saves KU’s day
Kansas turns to - gulp - zone to beat Ags
January 26, 2006
A strict believer in in-your-face, man-to-man defense, Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self rarely turns to the dreaded zone.
WRAP future
A program that puts mental health professionals in the Lawrence schools has proven its worth.
January 26, 2006
Even if state funding for K-12 schools increases again next year, there never is enough money to fund every program or fill every need.
Lawrence datebook
January 26, 2006
Old home town - 25 years ago today
January 26, 2006
E.R. Zook, former chamber of commerce manager, was calling for a public moratorium on the 50-cent fee being charged to city water customers to finance a storm water drainage plan. Zook said the fee was not valid and that he did not intend to pay it.
Bill break
January 26, 2006
To the editor: This past month we all enjoyed getting a break on our Westar electric bill.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
January 26, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.23 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Senate debate focuses on wiretapping
January 26, 2006
In an exchange of speeches that increasingly focused on presidential powers and whether President Bush had exceeded them, the Senate on Wednesday began formal debate on the nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the Supreme Court.
People in the news
January 26, 2006
¢ Hatch guilty of failing to pay taxes on ‘Survivor’ winnings ¢ Former Village People star skips sentencing hearing ¢ Michael Jackson spotted wearing robe, veil at mall
Pistons stretch streak to nine
Billups dooms Bucks with 11 points in OT
January 26, 2006
The Detroit Pistons think Chauncey Billups should be an All-Star because of his versatility.
Two plans compete for use of Carnegie Library
January 26, 2006
Let the contest begin to determine the future of the vacant Carnegie Library building at Ninth and Vermont streets.
The age of opera
Companies looking to lure younger fans
January 26, 2006
Growing up in Buhler - a town of about 1,300 near Hutchinson - David Lara didn’t have much exposure to opera.
Kansas wineries worry about proposal to end direct sales
January 26, 2006
Kansas’ winemakers, currently allowed to sell directly to liquor stores, bars and restaurants, said Wednesday that a legislative proposal to make them go through wholesalers could put some - if not all - of them out of business.
Upsets aplenty: No. 5 Florida, No. 9 West Virginia headline quartet of casualties
January 26, 2006
Tarence Kinsey had 19 points Wednesday as South Carolina beat No. 5 Florida, 68-62, ending a nine-game losing streak to the Gators.
Women taking business reins
Lawrence sees dramatic rise in female entrepreneurship
January 26, 2006
Christine Kosirog had a lifelong dream of owning a business. She also had two kids, both under the age of 4. No problem.
Taxes sought for open spaces
January 26, 2006
Lawrence and Douglas County commissioners want to pursue spending at least $20 million during the next 10 years for developing business parks and preserving open space.
January 26, 2006
Russell Robinson said Micah Downs’ decision to leave Kansas University was one that would “stick with him the rest of his life.”
January 26, 2006
For Thursday, Jan. 26
KU women throw scare into K-State
January 26, 2006
So much for the red uniforms.
Gillispie impressed
A&M coach says KU ‘getting better’
January 26, 2006
To say Texas A&M basketball coach Billy Gillispie is impressed with Kansas University’s talent would be an understatement.