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Outgoing provost to take Washington position
January 30, 2006
David Shulenburger, the outgoing provost at Kansas University, is taking a new job in Washington D.C., KU officials announced Monday afternoon.
KU announces second finalist for provost
Jack O. Burns to visit KU campus this week
January 30, 2006
Kansas University today announced the second of five finalists seeking the position of provost and executive vice chancellor - Jack O. Burns, vice president for academic affairs and research for the University of Colorado system.
Boy killed when struck by minivan
12:31 p.m., January 30, 2006 Updated 04:45 p.m.
A 6-year-old boy was killed this morning after he was struck by a minivan in a southeast Lawrence residential neighborhood, Lawrence police said.
Lawrence woman wins $10,000
January 30, 2006
A Lawrence woman is ready to say “Aloha” after winning $10,000 in the Kansas Lottery.
Another day in the 50s
Warm winter weather continuing
08:02 a.m., January 30, 2006 Updated 12:10 p.m.
Lawrence is in store for another mild winter day — mostly sunny skies, northwest winds and temperatures in the low 50s. “It looks like the same old weather pattern — (temperatures) above average and dry conditions,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Consumers likely to be cool to new guidelines on treating colds
Physicians say most over-the-counter cough medicines have no effect
January 30, 2006
Over-the-counter cold medicines fly off the shelves during winter months. They give relief from hacking or sniffling - but actually curing a cold is a different matter.
Tech puzzled by lack of fans
Red Raiders not big draw in Lubbock this year
January 30, 2006
Even with Hall of Famer - soon to become the winningest coach of all time - Bob Knight patrolling the sidelines, Texas Tech men’s basketball isn’t a big-time attraction in Lubbock, Texas.
People in the news
January 30, 2006
¢ Jessica Alba tops Web site’s list of best potential girlfriends ¢ World Economic Forum honors former boxer Muhammad Ali
City Commission won’t meet this week
January 30, 2006
The Lawrence City Commission will not meet on Tuesday. Traditionally, the commission does not meet on the fifth Tuesday of a month.
Habitat efforts help increase wildlife presence
January 30, 2006
With all the quail buffers being installed on cropland fields these past years, maintenance will become a big issue. How do we keep the land in excellent condition? Should we leave the weeds or mow for better habitat? Then some trees start to show up - should we cut them down?
Tackling challenges
Kansas Bankers Association Award: Doris Sullivant & Bob Brandt
January 30, 2006
En route to winning this year’s Kansas Bankers Association Conservation Award, Doris Sullivant learned that it isn’t always what you’ve got, but how you use it.
Mom accused of killing children left notes
January 30, 2006
A mother accused of smothering her three young children left notes that officials say could help determine what led to the killings, and her priest said Sunday that she had expressed “tremendous remorse.”
Taking care of the land’
Kansas Bankers Association Award winners: Orville & Judy Johanning
January 30, 2006
Orville and Judy Johanning don’t cut corners. Instead, they use conservation techniques that go above and beyond typical farming methods
Commentary: Pierce, LaFrentz could help Bulls
January 30, 2006
Time to get serious. Only 25 shopping days until the NBA trading deadline. And I’m looking for a star for the Bulls.
Saint Louis has alternated wins, losses - for 21 games
January 30, 2006
There’s no such thing as a winning streak at Saint Louis. Or a losing streak either, for that matter.
Keegan: Coach: Can we visit?
January 30, 2006
An open letter to Texas Tech basketball coach Robert Montgomery Knight: Dear Coach, Please grant me a personal interview tonight after the game. Please.
Rebuilding terrace systems
January 30, 2006
Terrace rebuilding is a subject we hear a lot about, but lately some new questions have been raised. Do I need to rebuild every terrace in the field, or can I just rebuild every other one?
81-year-old shoots, kills great-grandson’s father
January 30, 2006
Police say an 81-year-old woman shot the father of her great-grandson at point-blank range.
Students’ vision of future clear
West Junior High team places fourth at urban design competition
January 30, 2006
Among the silver tin cans and sparkling cardboard towers, Gronnevedsjoen had a little green to it.
Access to soil survey information available online
January 30, 2006
No longer does anyone have to first request and then wait to receive a hard copy of the soil survey publication for an area that is of interest to them. The soil information that used to take days or longer to receive can now be obtained in a matter of seconds on the computer through the Internet.
Documents show FEMA didn’t use immediate aid offers after Katrina hit
January 30, 2006
Hundreds of federal search-and-rescue workers and large numbers of boats, aircraft and bulldozers were offered to FEMA in the hours after Hurricane Katrina hit, but the aid proposals were either ignored or not effectively used, newly released documents show.
Bettises savor attention
January 30, 2006
If you can’t pass the Bettis family’s three-for-10 test, don’t bother trying to get on The Bus.
Second deadline proposed for EQIP assistance
January 30, 2006
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program that offers financial and technical assistance to producers for installing structural and management practices that address natural resource concerns.
Crossing courtesy
Although the law generally favors pedestrians over vehicles, a little courtesy would go a long way.
January 30, 2006
There seem to be two common behaviors exhibited these days by pedestrians crossing a street in front of a moving car.
Brothers proud of efforts
Buffer Award: Bruce & Scott Johanning
January 30, 2006
Bruce and Scott Johannings’ efforts in environmentally sound farming have not gone unnoticed.
Five states may ban funeral protests
January 30, 2006
At least five Midwestern states are considering legislation to ban protests at funerals in response to demonstrations by the Rev. Fred Phelps and members of his Topeka, Kan.-based Westboro Baptist Church, who have been protesting at funerals of Iraq war casualties because they say the deaths are God’s punishment for U.S. tolerance toward gays.
Counselor training preview offered
January 30, 2006
Headquarters Counseling Center will conduct an informational meeting for its upcoming spring training session from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. Prospective volunteers should attend the informational meeting to learn more about the training and responsibilities of a Headquarters counselor.
Kansas’ 2 space centers expect to complement each other
January 30, 2006
Directors of the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center and the newly opened Challenger Learning Center say they will work together to further education about space.
Saddam storms out on new trial judge
January 30, 2006
The trial of Saddam Hussein descended into chaos Sunday after the newly appointed chief judge sought to stamp his authority on the court by expelling one of the defendants, prompting the former Iraqi dictator, two other defendants and the entire defense team to storm out of the session.
Lawrence datebook
January 30, 2006
Modern-day Burns would be a rock star
January 30, 2006
Two hundred years after his death, people around the world celebrate Jan. 25 as the birthday of Scotland’s Bard, their most revered poet, Robert Burns.
Cross-country tour benefits Habitat for Humanity
January 30, 2006
A recent Free State High School graduate plans to lead a cross-country bicycling trip later this year to raise money for low-cost housing.
ABC News co-anchor, cameraman injured in Iraq
January 30, 2006
ABC “World News Tonight” co-anchor Bob Woodruff and a cameraman were seriously injured Sunday when the Iraqi Army vehicle they were traveling in was attacked with an explosive device.
The Kansas landscape
January 30, 2006
The seemingly endless pastures of Kansas may seem subtle - if not monotonous - to motorists passing through on I-70. But local photographers Mark Feiden and Edward C. Robison III know the state is full of wonder and beauty, with patches of woodlands, desert and prairie.
Keegan’s report: college basketball
January 30, 2006
J-W sports editor Tom Keegan each week will observe and analyze the national college basketball scene.
Annual meeting today
January 30, 2006
The Douglas County Conservation District will have its 60th annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. today in Building 21 at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.
Sign of respect
A small gesture triggers a warm feeling.
January 30, 2006
It was just a small gesture, but it seemed to carry a much greater message. The photo taken during Wednesday’s basketball game between Kansas and Texas A&M and published in Thursday’s Journal-World showed Mario Chalmers grimacing at a referee who had called a foul on him. Not an uncommon sight.
Apple offers podcast service for colleges
January 30, 2006
In its latest move to broaden its iPod and iTunes franchises, Apple Computer Inc. has introduced “iTunes U,” a nationwide expansion of a service that makes course lectures and other educational materials accessible via Apple’s iTunes software.
Rescuers abandon hope of finding survivors
January 30, 2006
Rescuers abandoned hope Sunday of finding survivors beneath the wreckage of an exhibition hall that collapsed, killing 66 people, and authorities were bringing in heavy equipment to demolish what little remained of the building.
Judge to rule on possible disguises for witnesses
January 30, 2006
A federal judge plans to decide this week whether she will allow Israeli intelligence agents to take the witness stand in a Chicago courtroom and testify using aliases and wearing disguises.
On the record
January 30, 2006
Use of e-mail tops personal, phone talks
January 30, 2006
If it seems like we never talk anymore at work, it’s because we probably don’t. At least for work purposes, according to a query of business executives who say their communications is almost strictly confined to e-mail these days.
Fire traps 70 miners; all believed to be safe
January 30, 2006
Fire broke out Sunday in a mine in central Canada, forcing some 70 miners trapped underground to retreat to emergency rooms with oxygen and supplies, a mine official said.
Old Home Town
January 30, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for Jan. 30, 1906: “Lawrence has under consideration the paving of nearly three more miles of its streets. Ordinances have been drawn up for most of this and passage seems imminent.
Event’s new producer expands on tradition
January 30, 2006
After 10 years of Robert Burns festivals in Lawrence, Larry Carter has made the event, well, newer.
Students blame file-sharing operator
January 30, 2006
Students sued by the recording industry for using the now-defunct i2hub online file-sharing network are demanding that the network’s operator pay to settle music copyright-infringement claims.
Cindy Sheehan considers protest, U.S. Senate bid
January 30, 2006
Cindy Sheehan, the peace activist who just announced that she is weighing a run for Senate, plans to protest again outside President Bush’s Texas ranch, Venezuela’s president said Sunday with Sheehan by his side.
Noted astronomer’s centennial celebrated
January 30, 2006
Kansas University alumnus and astronomy pioneer Clyde Tombaugh will be honored at 8 p.m. Saturday in Kansas Union’s Alderson Auditorium.
Soldier back in custody after fleeing courtroom
January 30, 2006
A Fort Riley soldier who fled the courtroom Friday after being court-martialed and sentenced to a year in confinement is back in custody after being found Sunday afternoon on the base.
Endowment offers tips for cutting debt
January 30, 2006
The nonprofit National Endowment for Financial Education, based in Englewood, Colo., offers these tips to help people get out of debt - and stay that way:
Dozens of supporters attend miner’s funeral
January 30, 2006
Two coal trucks covered in black ribbons and wreaths led the funeral procession on Sunday for Don I. “Rizzle” Bragg, one of two West Virginia coal miners killed following a fire deep underground earlier this month.
Old Home Town
January 30, 2006
The official measurement for drought-ridden Lawrence’s first snowfall of the winter was 1 inch. The moisture content, however, was not enough to provide any substantial aid for the terribly dry conditions here.
Emir takes oath of office, ending leadership crisis
January 30, 2006
Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah took the oath of office Sunday as the new emir of Kuwait, ending a leadership crisis in this oil-rich U.S. ally.
Senator: Bush should further explain program
January 30, 2006
A Republican member of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Sunday that President Bush has more explaining to do on his domestic spy program and cast doubt on the assertion of broad executive power.
Rangeland care involves control of woody plants
January 30, 2006
Shrubs and trees are natural competitors with grasses and forbs on rangeland in Kansas. It is not practical, or even desirable, to control all woody vegetation on rangeland. Woody plants have value to cattle and wildlife around streambanks and ravines, for example. But excessive amounts of woody vegetation on grazing lands will reduce the livestock carrying capacity and should be controlled. Proper grazing with cattle will slow down woody plant invasion to some extent, but cattle do not consume large amounts of browse. Prescribed burning is the primary means of woody plant control on Flint Hills bluestem range. Annual mowing in the spring, once woody plants have leafed out, can also be effective.
Conservation compliance remains critical issue for landowners
January 30, 2006
It has been 20 years since the Food Security Act of 1985 was signed into law. Since then, many producers have realized that conservation planning and practice applications are very important parts of their overall farming operation. In some cases, maintaining compliance with the conservation requirements of the act determined whether a producer can continue to farm or must make a decision to quit altogether. Not much has been released lately about conservation compliance; however, it is still one of the major requirements of which producers must be aware to protect their eligibility for most U.S. Department of Agriculture programs.
KU women’s coach leads arthritis effort
January 30, 2006
To spread the word about walking to fight arthritis, Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson will speak at a kickoff luncheon on Thursday.
Informational meeting on sewer work tonight
January 30, 2006
Leaders from the city’s Utilities Department will conduct a public information meeting tonight for property owners and residents interested in two upcoming sewer projects.
Coggins, K-State edge ISU
January 30, 2006
Claire Coggins had 21 points Sunday to lead Kansas State past Iowa State, 73-64, in Big 12 Conference women’s basketball.
Use wise practices for firewood cutting
January 30, 2006
Cold weather is upon us and, if this is a typical winter season, we can expect several months of bone-chilling temperatures. Our home furnaces often run full-bore to keep the indoor environment in an acceptable comfort zone during the extremes of winter. Based on the recent increase in cost of fossil fuels, we can be assured that this winter will bring record bills for this necessity.
Family management
Kansas Bankers Association Grassland Award winners: Dick & Bertha Wise
January 30, 2006
Dick and Bertha Wise have loved their 440-acre farm in rural Douglas County for more than 60 years. The picturesque rolling hills with panoramic views of the countryside are divided with the perfect mix of timber and pastures, dotted with well-kept ponds for each pasture.
Dedicated planning
Wildlife Habitat Conservation Award winner: Bo Killough
January 30, 2006
Bo Killough is one of the biggest landowners in Douglas County, and he has dedicated his life to wildlife preservation. About seven years ago he decided to work on his land to recreate its original habitat, and he’s been focused on the project ever since.
A hot time for good cause
January 30, 2006
Under an expansive white tent in the back yard of a spectacular private mansion on the water in Miami Beach, a rapper recently won a pot. “Young, free, cruising down the Westside Highway : Just me and my girlfriend,” I sang over the PA system. There were a few chuckles from those who recognized this lyric from a rap song by Jay-Z. You see, I was good-naturedly needling the Jay-Z himself, who won the pot, and his girlfriend, Beyonce, who was sitting behind him.
Plugging in’ helps cover hole in resume
January 30, 2006
Dear Kate & Dale: I’m preparing myself for going back into the job market. I’ve spent 22 years in banking, but retired five years ago when my husband had a massive stroke and needed full-time care. Will I be thought of as weak, not being able to juggle work and caring for him at the same time? I fear the first interview. - Patricia
Old Home Town
January 30, 2006
Attorney Jack Brand was elected new president of the United Fund here, succeeding banker George Ryan.
Teachers turning tables in plagiarism battle
40 percent of college students admit to using Internet sources improperly
January 30, 2006
Kathy Witcher knew her student’s paper on “Huckleberry Finn” sounded too mature for an 11th-grader. “The light was society,” the student wrote. “And Huck lived on the lampshade.”
Eviction deadline looming for Boys Choir of Harlem
January 30, 2006
There have been many moments of greatness over the decades for the Boys Choir of Harlem - concerts around the world, audiences including Nelson Mandela and Pope John Paul II. But the choir also has struggled in recent years with financial troubles, and management issues in the wake of a sexual abuse scandal.
Hopes fade for united government in Iraq
January 30, 2006
Iraq’s official election returns bring glad tidings for Ibrahim Jafari, the country’s nebulous interim prime minister. For a chastened Bush administration, Jafari becomes something better than an unknown entity: He is a known nonentity.
Witherspoon, ‘Crash’ win top SAG honors
January 30, 2006
Reese Witherspoon as singer June Carter in “Walk the Line” and Philip Seymour Hoffman as author Truman Capote in “Capote” won lead-acting awards Sunday from the Screen Actors Guild, while the ensemble drama “Crash” pulled off an upset win over “Brokeback Mountain” for the overall cast award.
Capitol Briefing
News from the Kansas Statehouse
January 30, 2006
Republican National Committeeman Steve Cloud and Committeewoman Alicia Salisbury on Saturday told Kansas Republicans that the Republican National Committee was flush with cash - $34 million - in anticipation of the congressional elections. “We have good reasons to be optimistic” of maintaining control of Congress, Salisbury said.
Gravesite in Lawrence’s Oak Hill Cemetery might hold clues to the mystery of Crooked Creek
January 30, 2006
The uneasy 127-year sleep of John Wesley Hillmon is about to be disturbed - again. Assuming, that is, that it’s really Hillmon lying in the remnants of a simple wooden coffin at an unmarked gravesite in Lawrence’s Oak Hill Cemetery.
Tonight’s the Knight
Legendary coach’s Red Raiders to clash with Jayhawks in Big Monday matchup
January 30, 2006
Brandon Rush, who confessed to scanning the stands behind the visitor’s bench to catch a glimpse of Ashley Judd during Kansas University’s rout of Kentucky on Jan. 7, said he wouldn’t sneak a peek at the most famous person in Allen Fieldhouse tonight.
KU study at center of political debate
Report refutes some of Sebelius’ claims to economic progess
January 30, 2006
When Gov. Kathleen Sebelius gave her “Hope has returned to the Heartland” State of the State speech earlier this month, she bragged of Kansas’ economic rebound from the aftershocks of the 9-11 terrorist attack and subsequent national recession.
Monday TV fights terrorists, real and imagined
January 30, 2006
“Flight 93” (8 p.m., A&E) is the second cable movie to depict the horrible events of 9-11 in a moment-by-moment fashion. The Discovery Channel aired a similar film some months ago about the same subject that was watched by a wide audience. This new version is not the better of the two.
Celtic culture a feast for senses
Lawrence Scottish Fest continues tradition of Robert Burns Supper
January 30, 2006
First, there were the kilts, and the men and women in them. Then, there was the food - the Auld Reekie, the haggis and the drunken crumbles - offered at the Lawrence Arts Center on Sunday, and all in the name of Robert Burns.
Former Enron executives’ trial begins today
January 30, 2006
Like so many other ex-Enron employees suddenly left without a paycheck more than four years ago, Deborah DeFforge has moved on. She’s more caught up today than in the past.
James saves Cavs’ day
LeBron leads second-half surge
January 30, 2006
LeBron James scored 32 of his 44 points in the second half and brought Cleveland back almost all by himself as the Cavaliers rallied for their fifth straight victory, 113-106 against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.
Commentary: Texas will have to win the hard way
If an NCAA basketball title is looming, it won’t be as easy as the UT football team’s run
January 30, 2006
At the University of Texas, it is understood that different roads can lead to national titles.
Federer adds another to the stash
Top-ranked Swiss wins Australian Open in four sets
January 30, 2006
Always in control on the court, Roger Federer was overcome with emotion while accepting his Australian Open trophy from one of the few people he’s still trying to match.
Smarter than your average stoplight
High-tech signals would ease traffic, officials say
January 30, 2006
Please take no offense, Lawrence traffic lights, but you’re dumb. At least compared to your high-tech counterparts in larger cities, you’re not, shall we say, the brightest bulbs in the bunch.
Leaking ponds pose common problem
January 30, 2006
“I have a pond that is leaking. How do I fix it?”
Bernanke prepares to take helm of the Federal Reserve
Senate expected to confirm nominee after Greenspan steps down Tuesday
January 30, 2006
Senate expected to confirm nominee after Greenspan steps down Tuesday
Recycling essay winner of youth award
January 30, 2006
Here’s a look at the elementary student winners of the essay, limerick and poster contests on soil conservation, sponsored by the Douglas County Conservation District.
DNA, skeletal matching could identify remains
January 30, 2006
Compared with some dead bodies Dennis Van Gerven has examined, the 127-year-old remains in the grave of John Wesley Hillmon are downright fresh.
Motown takes on pro-Steelers feel
January 30, 2006
The Seahawks were fortunate to arrive in Detroit one day ahead of the Steelers. It gave them an extra few hours to get used to seeing so much black and gold in the Super Bowl city.
Suspense returns to Big 12
OU’s upset of Texas opens up league race
January 30, 2006
Even without the newly crowned Miss America sitting courtside in her tiara, Oklahoma’s upset of No. 4 Texas would have been a thing of beauty.
Cardinal cool in clutch
Stanford forces OT with FTs, stuns UW
January 30, 2006
Chris Hernandez told himself to stay calm, refusing to think about the consequences if even one of his free throws were to miss its intended target.
Oscar should honor these overlooked performances
January 30, 2006
Tomorrow’s announcement of the 2006 Oscar nominations will likely feature a lot of the usual suspects: Reese Witherspoon, Russell Crowe, Joan Allen, William Hurt.
Flood victims feel forgotten
January 30, 2006
It’s been four months since Joe and Shirley Noll were flooded out of their home near McLouth when a night of torrential downpours caused major flooding in several northeastern Kansas counties.
Notebook
January 30, 2006
KU leads the all-time series, 15-2. The Jayhawks are 8-0 against the Red Raiders in Allen Fieldhouse and 6-2 in Lubbock, Texas. KU is 1-0 against Tech in Kemper Arena. The series dates to 1959. KU won the first nine meetings.
KU lands football pledge
January 30, 2006
Kansas University’s football program continues to recruit aggressively with signing day just around the corner, landing a high school defensive lineman over the weekend.
Loss turns to gains for fighting cancer
Mother honors daughter’s memory by lobbying for research funding
January 30, 2006
Five years after her teenage daughter died of cancer, Judi O’Grady’s heartache remains palpable.
Missing the Mom and Pops
January 30, 2006
I don’t expect you to shed any tears because Aron’s is gone.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
January 30, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.19 at several gas stations throughout town.
Writers singled out for voice, craft
Langston Hughes Creative writing award
January 30, 2006
Christopher Citro started writing to impress a girlfriend.
Pulse calendar
January 30, 2006