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HINU swept in Wichita
January 29, 2006
Kansas Newman hit 31 of 40 free throws and defeated Haskell Indian Nations University, 83-74, Saturday in women’s college basketball.
On the record
January 29, 2006
Sweaters are the ultimate character builders
January 29, 2006
I wake up and bounce out of bed in a pleasant mood and then notice that I can see my breath. There is frost on the bathroom mirror and a thin sheet of ice in the toilet. So I trot downstairs and turn up the thermostat. I like the house to be cozy, as if we had a blazing fire in each room, but I am married to Nanook of the North, who feels that in a world of finite resources a person of character can put on a warm sweater and be comfortable at 58 degrees; the house does not need to re-create the womb.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
January 29, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.19 at several gas stations throughout town.
State GOP seeks unity
Republican leaders approve ‘inclusive’ platform preamble
January 29, 2006
At least for a few moments Saturday, Kansas Republican officials appeared unified after adopting a party platform that supports overturning abortion rights and banning embryonic stem cell research.
Energy savers top tax breaks
January 29, 2006
Taxpayers who put their money into energy-saving home improvements and hybrid vehicles in 2006 will reap big rewards next year at tax time: new tax credits, among the tax code’s most potent gifts.
Spoken stories bring depth to history
Douglas County project aims to record memories of black community
January 29, 2006
History is written, they say, by the men and women who were there.
Testing the state tune
Does ‘Home on the Range’ describe the Kansas you know?
January 29, 2006
Brewster Higley may have been one of Kansas’ first image consultants.
Local tax preparers offer tips for filing
January 29, 2006
It’s time to start thinking about the dreaded chore of filing income tax forms.
Wright right from start for KU
January 29, 2006
The second start of Julian Wright’s college basketball career went much better than his first.
Horoscopes
January 29, 2006
For Sunday, Jan. 29
Bulldog’s late points decisive
January 29, 2006
He’s just a freshman, but Alan Callahan already has developed a flair for the dramatic.
Review: Polished voices lift up ‘Falstaff’
January 29, 2006
Opera loves a good joke. Many an operatic plot details the comeuppance of a lovable but arrogant character. Giuseppe Verdi’s “Falstaff” delivers that brand of comedy in spades.
Faith briefs
January 29, 2006
Determine which ‘red flags’ invite an audit
January 29, 2006
Certain “red flags” on a tax return increase the odds of being audited: a six-figure income, home office expenses, unusually high deductions or credits, interest or dividend income that doesn’t jibe with IRS records.
Recalling a kinder, gentler political time
January 29, 2006
The stench of partisanship is so strong in Washington these days that it is difficult to remember that it was not always the case that Republicans and Democrats were at each other’s throats. But, in truth, there was a time when friendship and simple human compassion were far more powerful than any political differences.
America gets more than its nickel’s worth in new coin
January 29, 2006
Who says money isn’t part of the American psyche?
A musical homecoming
Free State High School alumnae return for band’s first Lawrence concert
January 29, 2006
If you ask Merry Chadwick, she’ll tell you she plays for quite possibly the best concert band in the country.
Delivery thefts become violent
Pizza shop manager concerned by recent beatings, robberies
January 29, 2006
His drivers carry a few pizzas and not a lot of money.
UConn tenacious inside
Rebounds doom Friars; Duke rolls
January 29, 2006
Hilton Armstrong had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Josh Boone had nine and 13 on Saturday, leading No. 1 Connecticut to its seventh consecutive win, a 76-62 victory over Providence.
Point problems hurt FSHS
Kimball’s foul trouble dooms Firebirds in title game
January 29, 2006
More than the points, the Free State High girls basketball team missed their point guard Saturday.
Hall Center seeks award nominations
January 29, 2006
The Hall Center for the Humanities at Kansas University seeks nominations for the Byron Caldwell Smith Award.
Poet’s Showcase
January 29, 2006
“Waiting on Death in Jackson, Mississippi,” by Max Sutton
Best sellers
January 29, 2006
What are you reading?
January 29, 2006
Oskie girls third at Jefferson North tournament
January 29, 2006
Megan Reed scored 18, leading Oskaloosa High to a 54-43 girls basketball victory Saturday over Valley Falls in the third-place game of the Jefferson North Tournament.
Baldwin finally prevails
January 29, 2006
It was a case of “Always the bridesmaid, never the bride,” in Saturday’s championship game of the Wellsville Top Gun Tournament between the Baldwin and Eudora high school girls basketball teams.
No. 9 Baylor rips KU women
Bears treat Jayhawks as tuneup for No. 3 LSU in 50-point blowout
January 29, 2006
Kim Mulkey-Robertson couldn’t have asked for a better prelude.
Second fiddle still sweet music
KU’s Wissel pleased with mile despite runner-up finish at invite
January 29, 2006
For Colby Wissel, a second-place finish never sounded so good.
Paris huge as Sooners stay perfect in league
January 29, 2006
Freshman Courtney Paris scored 18, and Chelsi Welch and Britney Brown each added 16, leading No. 13 Oklahoma past Texas A&M, 81-72, on Saturday.
Lawmaker calls for official status of fish
January 29, 2006
Everyone thought the humuhumunukunukuapuaa was Hawaii’s state fish. As it turns out, the brightly colored fish with the excessively long name has been dethroned.
Officer mistakenly shot by police
January 29, 2006
In a tragic case of mistaken identity, police shot and critically wounded an off-duty officer as he pointed a gun at a suspect outside a fast food restaurant early Saturday, authorities said.
Pelosi: No president should have eavesdrop powers
January 29, 2006
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says President Bush should have used his authority under the law to monitor suspected terrorists rather than approve the National Security Agency’s disputed monitoring program.
Foundation’s grant fuels East Heights preschool program
January 29, 2006
A $35,000 grant to the East Heights Early Childhood Family Center from the Ethel and Raymond Rice Foundation will buy the prekindergarten program some more time.
Check numbers before deciding how to invest
January 29, 2006
If you’ve been investing for a while, you probably know the basic rule of thumb: Stocks are risky but have the best long-term performance; bonds are less risky but have lower returns; cash is safe but earns almost nothing.
People in the news
January 29, 2006
¢ Country star Martina McBride named Kansan of the Year ¢ Films examining immigrant life honored at Sundance
Sooners shut down Longhorns
January 29, 2006
After beating their fierce rival, Taj Gray and two other Oklahoma players leaped onto a courtside table, played to the adoring crowd and flashed an upside-down “Hook ‘Em Horns” sign.
Funding issues
January 29, 2006
To the editor: Mark Kaplan in a letter to the editor questioned why the sidewalks are not kept in the same repair as the streets.
Unfair abatement
January 29, 2006
To the editor: I read with interest your recent story regarding the proposed tax abatement for Berry Plastics. I found the willingness of our government to abate taxes for potential expansion of that plant disturbing.
Garcia, Pampling share Buick lead
Woods fires 67, trails by one shot; Mickelson two back
January 29, 2006
Sergio Garcia believes his putting is now good enough to take him to new heights. The first step will be getting past Tiger Woods in the Buick Invitational.
Pope says annulment rulings must be rapid
January 29, 2006
Pope Benedict XVI acknowledged concern about the plight of divorced Catholics, who are not permitted to receive Communion after remarriage, and appealed to a Vatican tribunal Saturday to issue “rapid” rulings on annulment requests.
Judge orders Aquila to tear down power plant
Utility failed to get county zoning approval before constructing Missouri facility
January 29, 2006
A Cass County judge has given utility Aquila Inc. until May 31 to begin tearing down a $140 million power plant that went up last summer without county approval.
Beijing lifts ban on fireworks in time for Lunar New Year
January 29, 2006
The Chinese capital prepared to usher in the Lunar New Year with a bang Saturday, after authorities lifted a 12-year ban on fireworks.
Peace advocate Sheehan considers Senate run
January 29, 2006
Cindy Sheehan, the peace advocate who set up camp near President Bush’s Texas ranch last summer, said Saturday she was considering running against Sen. Dianne Feinstein to protest what she called the California lawmaker’s support for the war in Iraq.
Lawrence datebook
January 29, 2006
Court lifts order on reporting juvenile sex
January 29, 2006
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has lifted a court order that prohibited Kansas from enforcing a law that requires health care providers to report consensual underage sex to authorities.
Discipline boosts children’s potential
January 29, 2006
You have told us what kinds of homes produce children with the greatest intellectual potential. Are there other studies that would tell us how to raise kids with the healthiest attitudes toward themselves and others?
Ex-police officer sentenced in drunken driving accident
January 29, 2006
A former police officer was sentenced to two days in jail and two years probation for leaving the scene of a drunken driving accident involving two people on horseback.
Nation: False passport ring has al-Qaida links
January 29, 2006
Colombia insisted Friday that a false-passport ring it dismantled may have links to al-Qaida and Hamas, despite U.S. doubts about the counterfeiters’ connection to the terrorist groups.
Police: Killing suspect acted out of anger
January 29, 2006
A female wrestler suspected of killing at least 10 elderly women in Mexico City said she acted out of anger, apparently because her mother abandoned her and she was sexually abused, according to police and a videotaped confession broadcast Friday.
Rice: U.S. will encourage efforts to isolate Hamas
January 29, 2006
The Bush administration will press governments around the world - including in Europe, Asia and the Middle East - to sever economic ties and freeze most aid to the Palestinian territories until Hamas rejects violence and accepts Israel’s right to exist, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice indicated Sunday.
Officer shot by inmate in escape dies of injuries
January 29, 2006
A corrections officer who was shot in the face by a hospitalized inmate has died of his injuries, officials said Saturday, and union leaders are demanding a review of the department’s staffing policies.
Lawrence commuter report
January 29, 2006
The following construction projects may affect commuter traffic in the region this week.
Officials vow to find those who shot lawyer
January 29, 2006
Chihuahua state authorities vowed Friday to find those responsible for killing a prominent lawyer who was a vocal critic of the investigation into the slayings of women in and around the border city of Ciudad Juarez.
Somers, Hardy win titles
January 29, 2006
Free State High wrestlers Marc Somers and Jesse Hardy continued their strong seasons Saturday, winning individual titles at the one-day Junction City Invitational.
Series follows cancer survivors’ stories
January 29, 2006
Nearly all of us know someone whose life has been devastated by cancer. But, as most who’ve had the disease will say, it’s difficult to comprehend cancer’s toll without firsthand experience.
Procrastinators get two extra days to file return
January 29, 2006
Dread doing those taxes? This year, the IRS made it easier to procrastinate.
Scientists find frozen methane gas deposit
January 29, 2006
Scientists have discovered an undersea deposit of frozen methane just off the Southern California coast, but whether it can be harnessed as a potential energy source is unknown.
Army decorates Jessica Lynch’s rescuers
January 29, 2006
The Army unit that helped rescue prisoner of war Jessica Lynch from an Iraqi hospital during a nighttime raid has been given an award for valor.
Judge limits lawsuit against H&R Block
January 29, 2006
A federal judge has agreed to limit the number of potential class members in an ongoing racketeering case against tax preparer H&R Block Inc., the company said in a securities filing Friday.
County to consider triathlon’s return
January 29, 2006
Organizers of the Midwest Mayhem Triathlon want the event to return to Douglas County this summer.
Old home town - 100 years ago
January 29, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for Jan. 29, 1906: Disturbances of a volcanic nature shook the “This is Trail Day for Lawrence schools which emphasizes our pioneer heritage as they open for the spring term. Schools all over Kansas have such events and try to raise funds to mark the Santa Fe Trail properly.”
Old home town - 25 years ago
January 29, 2006
Three American clergymen, one of them from Lawrence, who had conducted Easter services in Tehran the past year misrepresented the conditions of the captives and were considered sympathetic to the Iranian captors, according to several former U.S. hostages, now freed. Joseph Hall, Robert Blucker and William Gallegos told CBS the clerics’ visit didn’t help the captives or the country. The Lawrence minister was the Rev. Jack Bremer, director of Ecumenical Christian Ministries in Lawrence. He denied the charges.
Soldier flees courtroom upon hearing sentencing
January 29, 2006
A soldier escaped after being court-martialed and sentenced to a year in confinement, the military said Saturday.
Fund offers financial aid for adopting families
January 29, 2006
Families trying to adopt a child can apply for a $1,000 award given in memory of a former Lawrence firefighter.
Project Graduation seeks help for event
January 29, 2006
Project Graduation 2006 is seeking assistance from parents and businesses for its annual post-graduation party. Project Graduation’s objective is to provide a safe, drug- and alcohol-free party for seniors after graduation on Sunday, May 21.
Lawrence man dies in U.S. 24 wreck
January 29, 2006
A Lawrence man died Saturday morning when his truck struck a pole and flipped over on U.S. Highway 24.
Ridges of sea ice plunge onto road
January 29, 2006
Ridges of sea ice packing car-sized chunks of the cold stuff slammed onto a road in Barrow, Alaska, in quantities not seen in nearly three decades.
Granddaughter receives life sentence for murder
January 29, 2006
A woman whose grandfather was murdered after she told a group of people he kept a large amount of money in a floor safe was sentenced to life in prison.
You can outsmart the tax-season scammers
January 29, 2006
Common sense says the IRS doesn’t e-mail taxpayers offering tax refunds in exchange for confidential personal information. And yet, every year people are fooled by those and other bogus tax schemes.
Do-it-yourself tax forms gaining popularity
January 29, 2006
Gone are the days when tax time meant tiny-print tax forms spread out on the dining room table for days, followed by months of watching the mail for that distinctively bland government refund check.
Bankruptcies
January 29, 2006
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection during the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
New year, new rules on returns
January 29, 2006
New rules for donating that old car, tax breaks for hurricane victims and people who helped them, and bigger incentives to save for retirement are among changes Americans will see this tax-filing season.
Bad show shouldn’t shut down theater
January 29, 2006
Now that it’s all over but the accusations, let’s take a minute to check the reviews. The performance, no, excuse me, the confirmation hearings of Judge Samuel Alito Jr. were most often described by political drama critics as a “charade” or a bit of “Kabuki” theater.
Kidnappers renew threat to kill activists
Attacks kill 22, including U.S. soldier
January 29, 2006
Kidnappers holding four Christian peace activists gave U.S. and Iraqi authorities a “last chance” to release all detainees in Iraq, threatening to kill the hostages if their demands were not met in a videotape broadcast Saturday.
Chicano art finds audience in national exhibit
January 29, 2006
Cheech Marin, the grandson of Mexican immigrants, knew racial prejudice growing up in Los Angeles in the 1950s. But the comic, actor and director - better known as one half of stoners Cheech and Chong - refused to acknowledge it.
Space disaster’s 20th anniversary observed
January 29, 2006
The widow of Challenger’s commander laid a wreath of roses and carnations at a memorial honoring fallen astronauts Saturday, the 20th anniversary of the day the space shuttle lifted off from a launch pad a few miles away and blew apart 73 seconds later.
Defense asks judge to block death penalty in girl’s killing
January 29, 2006
Prosecutors waited too long to seek the death penalty against the man accused of killing the little girl known for years only as Precious Doe, a public defender said during a hearing, and should be prohibited from doing so now.
Old home town - 40 years ago
January 29, 2006
How to deal with burgeoning enrollments at state schools was taking a good deal of the Kansas Board of Regents’ time in recent sessions. Overall, the state enrollment was up more than 6,000. KU stood at a record 13,565 for the spring semester.
Hamas leader says militants could join army
January 29, 2006
The leader of Hamas suggested Saturday that the Islamic group could create a Palestinian army that would include its militant wing - responsible for scores of deadly attacks on Israelis - in the aftermath of its crushing victory in parliamentary elections.
Commentary: Plenty of reasons for Super break
January 29, 2006
For 43 percent of American adults - the ones who describe themselves as loyal NFL fans - this might be the most painful weekend of the year. They’re oddly disconcerted and sometimes break into cold sweats while palming the remote control.
Gender gap narrows in political debates
Study: Male candidates using more ‘feminine style’
January 29, 2006
Women are on the attack, and men talk about education. The ways male and female politicians present themselves in debates is blurring, according to a Kansas University professor who has researched national political debates.
Is Kansas court battle over intelligent design next?
Attorneys in Pa. case see similar arguments from creationists
January 29, 2006
Intelligent design proponents were trounced in Pennsylvania and can be defeated here in Kansas, the lawyers who successfully battled the Dover, Pa., case said Saturday.
Julie Cowdin shares her journey through poetry
January 29, 2006
Julie participated in Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s writing workshop, “Your Life is Your Life: Writing for Hope and Healing.” “I was the Edgar Allan Poe of the group,” Julie says, laughing.
Dozens killed when roof collapses
January 29, 2006
The snow-covered roof of a convention hall in southern Poland collapsed Saturday with as many as 500 people inside for a racing pigeon exhibition, killing at least 33 people and injuring at least 141.
Britain hopes to decrease troops in Iraq
January 29, 2006
Britain said Saturday it hopes to lower the number of troops it has in Iraq, as former President Clinton warned the United States and its supporters should not leave Iraq prematurely.
Abatement earned
A tax abatement approved last week is a good deal for both the city and a loyal local employer.
January 29, 2006
The Packerware property tax abatement approved Tuesday night by the Lawrence City Commission is about as close as it gets to a sure thing.
K.C. museum puts blind in touch with fine art
January 29, 2006
Warren Logan’s hands skim the 15th-century marble bust, tracing the lifeless eyes, the slightly agape mouth, the precisely chiseled fur.
Some see hope for progress with Hamas
January 29, 2006
I came to the World Economic Forum to get away from the Middle East. Or so I thought.
Life anew at thirty-six
Julie Cowdin battles with a cancer gene
January 29, 2006
It had been a long day, and Julie Cowdin was getting ready for bed. Glancing at her bathroom mirror, she thought she noticed a redness on her left breast. A closer look got her attention. She asked her husband, Tim, for a second opinion.
Keegan: Guards catalysts for KU
January 29, 2006
On a day when C.J. and Sasha Scissorhands had trouble catching the ball, Kansas University coach Bill Self gave the majority of the inside minutes to Darnell Jackson and Julian Wright.
Bulls repel Hawks rally
Chicago builds big lead, holds on
January 29, 2006
With Atlanta’s Joe Johnson scoring from every angle and nearly unstoppable, the Chicago Bulls’ comfortable lead was slipping away.
Jackson’s heroics lift Raiders in OT
Tech holds off Okie State; MU, K-State fall
January 29, 2006
Jarrius Jackson said he got the ball, found a little opening and just took the shot.
Morrison goes off for Zags
Junior scores 42 as Bulldogs cruise
January 29, 2006
Adam Morrison scored 30 in the first 20 minutes, then let his teammates do most of the work in the second half.
Wyoming a battleground in fight over deadly force
January 29, 2006
In the “Cowboy State” where guns are present in more than half of all homes, an unlikely battleground is forming in the fight over the appropriate use of firearms.
Finding their inner strength
People with disabilities gaining confidence through kung fu classes
January 29, 2006
The art of kung fu poses fundamental questions: What makes one weak? What makes one strong?
Sen. Roberts to speak at Baker University
January 29, 2006
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., will speak at 11 a.m. Feb. 23 in Rice Auditorium on the Baker University campus.
Reid, Keith split defensive honor
January 29, 2006
Once again, Kansas University defensive coordinator Bill Young tripped over a word that has given him fits in recent years.
Cyclones vexed by hexes
January 29, 2006
Perhaps the only way left for Iowa State to put the magic back in Hilton Coliseum would be for the Cyclones to play naked on Sundays.
Notebook
January 29, 2006
Kansas University’s Brandon Rush and Iowa State’s Shawn Taggart were roommates last year at Mount Zion Academy in North Carolina.
One more for road
Poised Jayhawks win away from home - again
January 29, 2006
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self raced past a group of reporters en route to a postgame interview with ESPN, giving an emphatic thumbs up to the Jayhawks’ exciting 95-85 victory over Iowa State on Saturday in Hilton Coliseum.
Faces and places
January 29, 2006
E.M.U. Theatre to have auditions
January 29, 2006
Roles for five men and five women are available in E.M.U. Theatre’s upcoming production of “As You Like It,” one of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies.
Different by design
Professor’s work draws international attention
January 29, 2006
Dan Rockhill knows his work is different - its approach, its materials, its setting and, perhaps most of all, its appearance. And he wouldn’t have it any other way.