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Bush to say ‘America is addicted to oil’ in talk
January 31, 2006
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hampered by huge budget deficits and an unpopular war, President Bush aims to take charge of the election-year agenda tonight by declaring America must break its dependence on Mideast oil, and calling for training 70,000 math and science teachers to improve the nation’s competitiveness
House Democrats unveil agenda
Violent video games, flavored cigarettes and Internet predators targeted
January 31, 2006
House Democrats today unveiled a legislative agenda focused on helping parents keep violent video games, flavored cigarettes and Internet predators away from children.
Candidate for governor speaks in Lawrence
Former Kansas House leader on 15-city campaign tour
January 31, 2006
Former Kansas House Speaker Robin Jennison made an appearance in Lawrence this morning as part of a 15-city tour to formally announce his campaign for governor.
January ends with warm, breezy afternoon
January 31, 2006
Lawrence will get another early taste of spring this afternoon as temperatures soar into the low 60s, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “It’s well above average this afternoon,” Schack said.
Kansas notebook
January 31, 2006
Kansas coach Bill Self has decided to give his blessing to freshman Micah Downs’ transferring to Gonzaga. Self said Monday he had been told Downs had fulfilled the obligations he needed to meet to leave KU, such as dropping classes and making sure books were returned.
Al-Jazeera airs videotape of kidnapped U.S. journalist
January 31, 2006
The U.S. journalist Jill Carroll, weeping and veiled, appeared on a new videotape aired Monday by Al-Jazeera, and the Arab television station said she appealed for the release of all Iraqi women prisoners.
Anhydrous ammonia leak investigated
January 31, 2006
For the second time in a month, sheriff’s deputies found anhydrous ammonia leaking from a tank at Midland Junction north of Lawrence.
Hamas victory should come as no surprise
January 31, 2006
The biggest surprise about the big win by the terrorist organization Hamas in last week’s Palestinian legislative elections is that so many people were surprised.
In the end, Tiger always stands alone
Victory at Torrey Pines again proves when it comes to playoffs, Woods has no peer
January 31, 2006
Everybody expected Jose Maria Olazabal to make the putt.
Keegan: Sit back, enjoy highlights
January 31, 2006
Seven minutes into the second half, Texas Tech put together an eight-point run to pull within 16 points of a vastly superior Kansas University team Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas in thick of Big 12 race
January 31, 2006
Somewhere between Kansas University’s overtime loss to Missouri two weeks ago and Monday’s 86-52 romp of Texas Tech, the Jayhawks found a badly needed life jacket.
Girl who wants baby is looking for love in all the wrong places
January 31, 2006
Dear Dr. Wes and Marissa:
Horoscopes
January 31, 2006
For Tuesday, Jan. 31
Alito vote set for today
Senators stop attempt by liberals to block high court nomination
January 31, 2006
The Senate on Monday all but guaranteed Samuel Alito’s confirmation as the nation’s 110th Supreme Court justice, shutting down a last-minute attempt by liberals to block the conservative judge’s nomination with a filibuster.
Tests show potential in making ricin vaccine
January 31, 2006
Initial tests indicate an experimental vaccine for ricin works and is safe, raising the possibility it might one day offer protection from a poison that authorities fear could be a weapon for terrorists.
Can’t get no satisfaction at Super Bowl halftime
January 31, 2006
The only angry piece of mail I’ve ever received about a “Cup o’ Joel” came in the aftermath of last year’s Super Bowl. Given the Janet Jackson brouhaha of 2004, I took it upon myself to scrutinize the 2005 halftime show - featuring Sir Paul McCartney - for moral failings. I didn’t have to look far: Sir Paul helped me out by singing “Get Back,” a Beatles song replete with drug and sex references.
More guns seized near downtown club
January 31, 2006
Police seized three more handguns during the weekend from vehicles in a parking lot used by downtown club-goers bringing the total to six taken this month from the parking lot of Borders 700 N.H.
Officials expect National Guard to grow
January 31, 2006
National Guard officials said Monday that recruiting has accelerated so much in recent months that they expect to expand the Guard even as the Bush administration proposes to shrink it.
Challenges await Fed leader
January 31, 2006
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan today hands over the reins for steering the world’s largest economy to his successor, Ben Bernanke.
Actions taken to stop predatory lending
January 31, 2006
The practice of predatory lending strips billions of dollars in home equity from low-income and minority consumers each year, according to the Center for Responsible Lending, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and policy organization.
Historical society receives papers of GI Bill author
January 31, 2006
Notes and papers written by the man who wrote the GI Bill of Rights have been donated to the Kansas State Historical Society in Topeka.
County leader arrested in brawl
January 31, 2006
A member of Jackson County’s governing body who has been increasingly at odds with fellow lawmakers after alleging an open meeting violation was arrested Monday afternoon for hitting one of his colleagues.
News networks focus in on Bush address
January 31, 2006
President George W. Bush offers his State of the Union Address (8 p.m., ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, PBS, C-Span) to a joint session of Congress. As television goes, these addresses are rather special. It’s a night when every network and cable news channel becomes C-Span. Whether that represents a demotion or an improvement depends upon one’s point of view.
Forces thwart 3 bombs near U.S. Embassy, base
January 31, 2006
Security forces defused two roadside bombs near the heavily guarded U.S. Embassy and arrested a suspected suicide attacker driving a minibus packed with explosives and gas canisters close to a U.S. base, officials said.
Knight: ‘We just got beat’
January 31, 2006
At the beginning of the game, a fiery Texas Tech coach Bob Knight was laying into John Higgins, the youngest referee on the crew, and calling over veteran Ted Hillary to complain about Higgins’ call.
Richmond woman dies in single-vehicle crash
January 31, 2006
A Franklin County woman was killed early Saturday morning when her car left a rural Miami County road and flipped twice.
Mexican arrested on drug charges in cross-border tunnel investigation
January 31, 2006
A Mexican citizen was arrested on drug charges in the investigation into the longest tunnel ever found underneath the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S. officials said Monday.
Voters show Northern Iowa some love
Panthers make first appearance in AP Top 25 basketball poll
January 31, 2006
Northern Iowa is ranked in the Associated Press’ Top 25 for the first time. Michigan is back in for the first time in almost a decade.
Wendy Wasserstein, chronicler of American feminism, dies
January 31, 2006
Playwright Wendy Wasserstein, who celebrated women confronting feminism, careers, love and motherhood in such works as “The Heidi Chronicles” and “The Sisters Rosensweig,” died Monday. She was 55.
Russia, China join effort to rein in Iran
January 31, 2006
Russia and China agreed today to join the United States and its European allies in voting to report Iran to the U.N. Security Council for resuming uranium enrichment work and failing to disclose all facets of its nuclear program to U.N. inspectors.
Villanova best on trey day
January 31, 2006
There was one thing everybody wanted to talk about after No. 4 Villanova’s 79-73 victory Monday over Louisville.
Triathlon returning to Lone Star
January 31, 2006
The Midwest Mayhem Triathlon will be back this summer at Lone Star Lake.
Al-Qaida’s No. 2 calls Bush a ‘failure’ in video
January 31, 2006
In a new video aired Monday, al-Qaida’s No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri mocked President Bush as a “failure” in the war on terror, called him a “butcher” for killing innocent Pakistanis in a miscarried airstrike and chastised the United States for rejecting Osama bin Laden’s offer of a truce.
Imploding Dems
January 31, 2006
To the editor:
Child dies amid concerns over welfare program
January 31, 2006
A 4-year-old boy found unconscious in a squalid Bronx apartment visited previously by police and social workers died Monday while the city’s child welfare agency was still trying to explain another youngster’s death three weeks ago.
Homebodies
Those charged with ethics reforms need to be in much closer touch with the people they are supposed to serve.
January 31, 2006
The Chillicothe (Ohio) Gazette recently made some good points about ethics reform in government. Said the Gazette editorially:
Lawmakers see cost for university maintenance
Regents present bill of $584 million; prospects for action appear slim
January 31, 2006
Lawmakers on Monday were given a hefty bill, and like restaurant customers hit with a larger-than-expected tab, they eyed it carefully and said little. The subject was repair and renovation projects at state universities that will cost $584 million.
Distinguished law-enforcement career ends
Jim Flory has held jobs at county, state and federal level
January 31, 2006
After a career in law enforcement that began in Douglas County and culminated with 15 years in the United States Attorney’s Office, Jim Flory announced his retirement Monday, effective today.
Lawrence datebook
January 31, 2006
Lawrence datebook
Jets hire Schottenheimer
January 31, 2006
The New York Jets hired Chargers quarterbacks coach Brian Schottenheimer as offensive coordinator Monday.
Audit of state health board ordered
January 31, 2006
Lawmakers on Monday ordered an audit of the state agency that regulates health care professionals, amid criticism that it took too long to sanction a Kansas City, Kan., abortion doctor.
Fed expected to raise borrowing costs
January 31, 2006
Alan Greenspan, the nation’s economic guardian for 18 1/2 years, and his colleagues are poised to raise borrowing costs yet again at his final Federal Reserve meeting today.
Trade throw-in powers Wolves
January 31, 2006
Few people mentioned Marcus Banks in last week’s seven-player deal between Minnesota and Boston.
Keegan’s top 25
January 31, 2006
Just for fun, award 25 points for the No. 1 team, all the way down to one point for the No. 25 team, and here’s how the conferences rank, based on the AP Top 25 poll released Monday:
Plane out of Olathe crashes near Chicago-area airport
January 31, 2006
A twin-engine airplane crashed Monday in a commercial area near the Palwaukee Municipal Airport, killing four people, authorities said.
Spectacular show
A new textile exhibit at Spencer Museum of Art is a wonderful melding of objects and design.
January 31, 2006
Congratulations to Saralyn Hardy and her associates at the Spencer Museum of Art for a grand opening for the “Flowers, Dragons & Pine Trees” show at the Kansas University museum Friday.
A Million Little Pieces’ subject of numerous lawsuits
January 31, 2006
Maybe James Frey’s sequel will be called “A Million Little Lawsuits.”
Police: Mom may have fed children poison
January 31, 2006
A woman accused of murdering her three children was distraught over the breakup of her marriage and may have fed them pesticide before smothering them, police said Monday.
Snow, mudslides halt travel, knock out power
January 31, 2006
Avalanches and mudslides closed a major highway overnight and blocked Amtrak train service Monday amid the latest in a series of storms that have drenched the Northwest since December.
Scores race to adopt baby abandoned in lake
January 31, 2006
Doctors released a 2-month-old girl, seen above, from a hospital Monday, two days after she was found in a black plastic bag floating in a lake in southeastern Brazil.
Baylor blown away
January 31, 2006
LSU turned a Final Four rematch into a resounding rout.
Mother, boyfriend charged in child’s death
January 31, 2006
A woman and her boyfriend were arrested Tuesday in the alleged beating death of her 4-year-old son, the latest in a recent series of child abuse fatalities that have rattled the city’s child welfare agency.
On the record
January 31, 2006
Law enforcement report
Old Home Town
January 31, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for Jan. 31, 1906: “With all the paving planned for Lawrence in the coming year, automobilists will have the city at their command in any kind of weather in a relatively short time. But the greatest benefit will be to people from the country who will find it much easier to bring their goods to the city. : Three members of the university track team have been disqualified by the athletic board and declared ineligible on account of studies. : The mild weather of the past month has been the means of further endearing local people to the use of natural gas.”
House Republicans set agenda
January 31, 2006
House Republicans on Monday unveiled their legislative wish list of tax cuts and get-tough-on-crime proposals.
Second broker faces Sprint Nextel suit
January 31, 2006
Sprint Nextel Corp. said Monday it was seeking restraining orders against a second Florida company it said operates Web sites that illegally obtain and sell wireless customers’ records.
Theatrical gifts
January 31, 2006
To the editor:
Baby Jessica’ weds at 19, People magazine reports
January 31, 2006
“Baby Jessica,” whose dramatic rescue from an abandoned Texas well was televised across the country 18 years ago, got married in a private ceremony, People magazine reported on its Web site.
Americans’ savings rate lowest since Depression
January 31, 2006
Americans are spending everything they’re making and more, pushing the national savings rate to the lowest point since the Great Depression.
Lawyer: Saddam will boycott trial session
January 31, 2006
Saddam Hussein and his lawyers will boycott the next session of the deposed leader’s trial in Iraq to protest what they say is the bias of the new chief judge hearing the case, Saddam’s chief lawyer told The Associated Press on Monday.
Police videotaped hitting chase suspect
January 31, 2006
Police were videotaped punching and kicking a suspect after a car chase Monday, and officials are investigating to determine whether the four officers involved acted illegally.
Rescuers bring up all 72 miners trapped overnight
January 31, 2006
Seventy-two potash miners in Saskatchewan walked away from an underground fire and toxic smoke on Monday after being locked down overnight in airtight chambers packed with enough oxygen, food and water for several days.
Lawrence youth wins ecology contest
January 31, 2006
A Lawrence student is one of 12 winners in a national contest that promotes environmental awareness and thrift among children.
Former Eldridge owner receives diversion
January 31, 2006
A Lawrence man charged with threatening to shoot a Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy has reached a diversion agreement.
Sentence imposed in drug shooting
January 31, 2006
A Lawrence woman was sentenced to seven years in prison Monday for her role in the April 2004 attempted killing of a drug informant.
UNC women new No. 1
January 31, 2006
North Carolina finally added what was missing from its women’s basketball resume after a national championship and six Atlantic Coast Conference titles - a No. 1 ranking.
Baker taps Koch men’s soccer coach
January 31, 2006
Baker University athletic director Dan Harris announced Monday the hiring of Alan Koch as the Wildcats’ new men’s soccer coach.
Store pulls soup after needle found in can
January 31, 2006
A supermarket chain pulled soup cans from the shelves of its stores in six states after a family reported finding a sewing needle in a sealed can of minestrone, officials said.
Altman paces Firebirds to bowling victory
January 31, 2006
Kenny Altman rolled a 695 series Monday to lead the Free State High boys bowling team to victory over Olathe East at Olathe East Lanes.
Clemens pitches BP at camp
January 31, 2006
Roger Clemens made an unexpected appearance at the start of the Houston Astros’ minicamp Monday, pitching batting practice to prospects that included his oldest son, Koby. The 43-year-old right-hander hasn’t decided whether he’ll play a 23rd season. He led the major leagues with a 1.87 earned-run average last year. Clemens, a free agent, wasn’t offered salary arbitration by the Astros and cannot re-sign with them until May 1. He hopes to pitch for the United States in the World Baseball Classic.
Wary pedestrian
January 31, 2006
To the editor:
World Social Forum ends
January 31, 2006
A gathering of anti-globalization activists ended with Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez warning that an American attack on Iran would be “10 times worse than Iraq” and saying: “Down with the U.S. empire!”
Violence looms despite release of kidnap victims
January 31, 2006
Nigeria’s volatile Niger Delta is unlikely to see a reduction in violence, despite Monday’s release of four kidnapped foreign oil contractors, analysts say.
IRS boosts mileage deduction
January 31, 2006
There is last-minute, good news for people who keep track of mileage for tax purposes.
Eudora girls win
January 31, 2006
Erin Kracl scored 14 points, Carrie Lister added 12, and Nikki Snider contributed 11 as Eudora beat
Jacksonville explosion exposes 73 to radiation
January 31, 2006
More than 70 people underwent decontamination Monday after being exposed to radiation from an exploded krypton gas container at a defense contractor’s plant, officials said.
Confrontation over shooting brings arrest
January 31, 2006
Douglas County Sheriff’s officers arrested a man during the weekend suspected of threatening two juveniles who were shooting guns near his property.
Exxon Mobil books $36 billion profit
January 31, 2006
Thanks to high oil and gas prices and demand for refined products, Exxon Mobil Corp. posted record profits for any U.S. company on Monday - $10.71 billion for the fourth quarter and $36.13 billion for the year.
Owens checks out Denver
January 31, 2006
Terrell Owens and his agent Monday visited Denver, talking with coach Mike Shanahan to see if he might be a fit with the Broncos. Owens is under contract with Philadelphia, but the Eagles have given him permission to seek a trade.
Grayson Dillon and Jenna Brantley
January 31, 2006
Grayson Dillon and Jenna Brantley
Two dead, two injured in post office shooting
January 31, 2006
Two people were killed and two others wounded Monday when someone opened fire in a post office in Goleta, authorities reported.
KU losing director of student housing
January 31, 2006
Kansas University will have to look for a new director for the Department of Student Housing.
Lottery winner plans family trip to Hawaii
January 31, 2006
A Lawrence woman is ready to say “Aloha” after winning $10,000 in the Kansas Lottery.
Kansas Voices Contest for Writers begins
January 31, 2006
Adults and children are invited to enter the 17th annual Kansas Voices Contest for Writers. The deadline for entries is March 15.
History museum gets modern touch-ups
January 31, 2006
A fresh coat of paint has given a new look to the 118-year-old three-story foyer at the Watkins Community Museum, 1047 Mass.
LeBron opts not to dunk
January 31, 2006
LeBron James said Monday he declined the NBA’s request that he participate in the NBA’s All-Star dunk contest. He will, however, be in the skills challenge. Cleveland’s All-Star forward has declined to participate in the dunk contest in all three of his seasons. He did play on the sophomore team in last year’s Rookie Challenge and was a starter for the East in the All-Star Game.
Author cancels speech at library
January 31, 2006
Ken “Bear Hawk” Cohen, author of the critically acclaimed “Honoring the Medicine: The Essential Guide to Native American Healing,” has canceled his appearance set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Lawrence Public Library auditorium.
Vandals attack KDOT property
January 31, 2006
Sheriff’s deputies are investigating vandalism that caused $5,000 damage to two canvas domes used by the Kansas Department of Transportation to store salt and sand.
Cowboys add QB coach
January 31, 2006
The Dallas Cowboys hired Chris Palmer as quarterbacks coach Monday, reuniting him with coach Bill Parcells, quarterback Drew Bledsoe and receiver Terry Glenn from their days in New England. Palmer worked for Parcells on the Patriots from 1993 to 1996 as a receivers coach and a quarterbacks coach.
IOC to conduct doping tests
January 31, 2006
The International Olympic Committee will conduct doping tests at the Turin Olympics after the Italian government decided not to press its demand to carry them out. Italy’s health ministry backed down last week from a demand that it conduct the tests during the Feb. 10-26 Winter Games.
State: Arguments open on juvenile sex law
Federal court hears testimony concerning law’s constitutionality
January 31, 2006
Requiring health care providers to report underage sex between consenting adolescents would have a chilling effect on youths seeking contraception or treatment for sexually transmitted disease - ultimately leading to more teen pregnancies, more abortions and more spread of disease, a public health care researcher said Monday.
U.S. can’t dictate global democracy
January 31, 2006
“Time after time, observers have questioned whether this country, or that people, or this group, are ‘ready’ for democracy - as if freedom were a prize you win for meeting our own Western standards of progress.” - George W. Bush, Nov. 6, 2003
Patrol seeks fuel deals
January 31, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.17 at the Quik Trip at 23rd Street and Haskell Avenue. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Jury selection finished in Enron fraud trial
January 31, 2006
A jury of Houston-area residents was selected Monday for the trial of former Enron Corp. chiefs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, accused of orchestrating the massive fraud that came to symbolize an era of corporate scandals.
Black candidates test GOP
January 31, 2006
This year we may learn more about why so many black Americans see Republicans as their enemy, and whether there is anything the GOP can do about it.
Bush looks for boost from State of Union
January 31, 2006
President Bush, in his State of the Union speech tonight, will offer ideas for dealing with domestic problems like high energy prices and health care and international troubles like Iran’s suspected nuclear ambitions.
New path will blaze trail to lake landmark
Proposed walkway would link Sander’s Mound at Clinton to South Lawrence Trafficway trail
January 31, 2006
Rebecca Snyder on Monday could only wonder how beautiful the view was from atop Sander’s Mound, which overlooks the blue-gray waters of Clinton Lake.
Campaign for GOP nod for governor heats up
Former House speaker begins run today; attorney from Johnson County also throws hat into ring
January 31, 2006
Former House Speaker Robin Jennison planned to kick off his run for governor with four rallies today, and a Johnson County attorney has joined the campaign for the Republican nomination.
ABC anchor, cameraman recovering
January 31, 2006
ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt showed improvement Monday, a day after a roadside explosion rocked their vehicle as they traveled through Iraq, spraying shrapnel that left them both with severe head injuries.
Report: 8 million babies born with birth defects each year
January 31, 2006
About 8 million children worldwide are born every year with serious birth defects, many of them dying before age 5 in a toll largely hidden from view, the March of Dimes says.
Provost leaving Lawrence for D.C.
Shulenburger takes job at nonprofit coalition; second candidate for his KU post named
January 31, 2006
Kansas University’s outgoing provost will take a new job in Washington, D.C., he said Monday - the same day a second candidate was announced to fill the job he is vacating.
Accident brings pedestrian safety issue to forefront
January 31, 2006
Even before Monday’s fatal traffic accident near Prairie Park School, city officials were planning a study of pedestrian safety in school zones.
First case of bird flu confirmed in Iraq
January 31, 2006
Battered by rampant violence and political instability, a new threat in Iraq was confirmed Monday - the first case of the deadly bird flu virus in the Middle East.
Boys hoop teams face tough road
January 31, 2006
Tourney time is done for all eight city basketball teams, and just three to four weeks (depending on classification) of regular-season play remain before the high school version of March Madness begins.
National hall of fame gives noteworthy nod to Leader of the Band
KU’s Robert Foster becomes youngest conductor to receive prestigious honor
January 31, 2006
Robert Foster’s distinguished music career began with a $2 cornet.
Neil Erisman
De Soto wrestler and Oklahoma State signee fed up with playing second fiddle at Class 4A meet
January 31, 2006
Perhaps it’s appropriate that the two dominant colors in Neil Erisman’s wardrobe these days are green and orange.
Boy, 6, dies in accident
Minivan hits pupil while he rides scooter
January 31, 2006
A Prairie Park School kindergarten student died Monday morning after being hit by a minivan while riding his foot-powered scooter to school.
Kantronics tuning into worldwide markets
January 31, 2006
Kantronics Inc. is busy selling its high-tech communications equipment for use by a utility company in California, hunger-relief workers in Uganda and astronauts - and cosmonauts, for that matter - aboard the International Space Station.
A new reptile on the block
Some raise concerns about alien lizards’ expansion in Kansas
January 31, 2006
Joe Collins is used to dealing with all manner of lizards, but the little green guy delivered over the weekend in a jar by a Kansas University student was a bit of a stranger.
Oh, what a night!
Red-hot KU rolls over Tech
January 31, 2006
Kansas University’s men’s basketball team just might be the best unranked squad in the land.
Texas A&M contests Seahawks’ ‘12th Man’ slogan
January 31, 2006
Texas A&M sought a restraining order Monday against the Seattle Seahawks, asking the NFC champions to stop promoting the “12th Man” marketing campaign.
Does experience matter? Well, probably not
January 31, 2006
If Super Bowl experience matters, the Steelers are in trouble.