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What do you think of KU Medical Center plans to partner with Kansas City-area hospitals?

Poll results

Response Percent
This helps create a life sciences corridor that benefits Kansas and Missouri
 
72%
This uses Kansas dollars to support Missouri health care
 
25%
No opinion
 
1%
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Breaking news: Kline chosen as Johnson County DA
December 11, 2006
An exclamation point was put on the 2006 Kansas election cycle with the election Monday of Kansas Attorney General Phil Kline as Johnson County district attorney.
KU shares medical affiliation plans with legislators
Part of ‘life sciences corridor’ effort
December 11, 2006
State officials Monday said they were OK with attempts by Kansas University to reach into Missouri for life science partnerships, but only if it also helps Kansas. “This is not like football,” said Dave Kerr, speaking on behalf of the KU Hospital board. “We should embrace an opportunity to make Missouri hospitals better, as long as our institutions are made better too.”
Date set for start of Lecompton bridge work
December 11, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, commissioners set the date for work to begin on the Lecompton bridge and legislative leaders give their blessings to KU to continue discussion for partners in life sciences on both sides of Kansas-Missouri line.
Legislators weigh health care partnerships
December 11, 2006
KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway assured the lawmakers that KU would do nothing to hurt KU Hospital or health care in Kansas.
County wants bridge repairs complete by start of school
District has feared closure would hurt its headcount
December 11, 2006
District has feared closure would hurt its headcount
Picture perfect
Lawrence Photo Alliance group show spotlights members’ spectrum of viewpoints, techniques
December 11, 2006 in print edition on D1
The Lawrence Photo Alliance is a diverse bunch. Some of its members still work with traditional film and silver prints. Others have embraced digital images and printing. Some use pinhole cameras, and others use large-format equipment.
Pinochet leaves bloody legacy
December 11, 2006 in print edition on A1
Gen. Augusto Pinochet, who terrorized his opponents for 17 years after taking power in a bloody coup, died Sunday, putting an end to a decade of intensifying efforts to bring him to trial for human rights abuses blamed on his regime. He was 91.
At this rate, loans can be problematic
Some low-interest mortgages can put homeowners in a bind
December 11, 2006 in print edition on A1
The most important word in the phrase “adjustable rate mortgage”: adjustable. Scores of Americans are learning that the hard way. Home foreclosure rates are up nationally and in Douglas County, and several experts are pointing to people being caught unprepared for increases in their adjustable rate mortgages.
Property auctions too risky for most
In Douglas County, foreclosure bids require big money
December 11, 2006 in print edition on A1
It may be the most pitiful auction you’ll ever see. There is no fast-talking auctioneer, no cowboy hats, no wildly flailing arms throwing bid numbers in the air. Instead, Lt. Steve Brown of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office simply stands on the steps of the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center listening for the bells of nearby Trinity Lutheran Church to chime, signaling that it was 10 a.m. He won’t start until he hears the bells.
One to remember
With K.C. museum’s opening, first world war sees growing interest among students, public
December 11, 2006 in print edition on A1
The opening of the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Mo., comes at a time of growing interest in that period in history, museum officials and local history teachers say. That interest led Kansas University to offer a class on the war next semester for the first time in years, said Norman Saul, a KU history professor who will teach the class.
KU alumna confirmed to lead trading board
December 11, 2006 in print edition on B1
A Kansas University alumna has been appointed by President Bush to a federal post that monitors commodity trading.
Concert puts rock ‘n’ roll spin on classic holiday fare
Performance benefits Americana Music Academy
December 11, 2006 in print edition on B1
For the dozens of music fans packed into Liberty Hall, jingling bells and sleigh rides instead learned to rock ‘n’ roll Sunday afternoon. “It’s not the traditional church music you hear,” explained organizer Diane Gillenwater. “We decided: Let’s rock it out.”
Students choose alternative breaks to make a difference
December 11, 2006 in print edition on B1
Heidi Pierson’s college breaks are never typical. Last summer she taught underprivileged children at a day camp in Tulsa, Okla., and spent her spring break on a mission trip in Mexico. “It’s better to spend my time focusing on others than focusing on myself,” the Kansas University sophomore said.
Bus route to link KU campuses
Johnson County Transit to begin new service in January
December 11, 2006 in print edition on B2
A new commuter service that will link Lawrence and higher education institutions to Johnson County is scheduled to begin operating in mid-January.
Few men teach at elementary level
December 11, 2006
Don’t blame Jim Rome if sometimes he feels a little out of place. “Most every meeting I go to is all women and me,” the 58-year-old first-grade teacher said. Rome is one of a rare breed of men - those who decided to become not just teachers but elementary teachers.
On the record
December 11, 2006 in print edition on B2
Congressman keeps seat despite bribery probe
December 11, 2006 in print edition on A3
U.S. Rep. William Jefferson easily defeated his fellow Democratic opponent in a runoff election Saturday, despite an ongoing federal bribery investigation.
Excommunicated cleric ordains married men
December 11, 2006 in print edition on A3
An excommunicated Roman Catholic archbishop continued his defiance of the Vatican on Sunday when he ordained two married men as priests.
CDC issues ‘no-sail’ order for sick ship
December 11, 2006 in print edition on A3
Armed with sanitizers and disinfectants, dozens of workers will be scrubbing the world’s largest cruise ship today, a day after it returned to the Port of Miami-Dade with more than a hundred sick passengers and crew members - again.
Scientists seek to unlock mysteries of the deep
December 11, 2006 in print edition on A3
Peering deep into the sea, scientists are finding creatures more mysterious than many could have imagined.
Obama heightens presidential prospects with trip to N.H.
December 11, 2006 in print edition on A3
Sen. Barack Obama sparked an early frenzy Sunday during his initial visit to the nation’s first presidential primary state but said he still hasn’t decided whether to run and questioned whether all the hype was just part of his “15 minutes of fame.”
Astronauts take stock of shuttle’s heat shield
December 11, 2006 in print edition on A3
Space shuttle Discovery’s heat shield looks to be in good health so far, NASA managers said Sunday, although it will be at least two days before engineers can rule out any possible damage from the program’s first night launch in four years.
U.S. postpones plan for Guantanamo court
December 11, 2006 in print edition on A7
The Pentagon will not try to use emergency powers to build a compound to hold war crimes trials at Guantanamo Bay, according to a member of a Senate panel that oversees funding for military construction projects.
President says cancer may have returned
December 11, 2006 in print edition on A7
President Rene Preval, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer five years ago, said Sunday the disease may have come back and that he soon would leave the country for treatment and more tests.
Fire kills 9 patients at psychiatric clinic
December 11, 2006 in print edition on A7
Nine patients of a clinic for the mentally ill in Siberia died in a fire Sunday, a day after a blaze at a Moscow drug treatment center killed 45, officials said.
Nobel Prize winners accept awards at ceremonies in Sweden, Norway
December 11, 2006 in print edition on A7
Economist Muhammad Yunus accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on Sunday for his breakthrough program to lift the poor through tiny loans, saying he hoped the award would inspire “bold initiatives” to eradicate a problem at the root of terrorism.
More radiation found in probe of ex-spy’s death
December 11, 2006 in print edition on A7
Traces of the rare radioactive substance polonium-210 were found at a German apartment visited by a contact of fatally poisoned ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko - before the two men met in London, authorities said Sunday.
Massive crowd demands new government
December 11, 2006 in print edition on A7
Hundreds of thousands of Hezbollah members and their allies flooded central Beirut on Sunday demanding changes in the government’s makeup as soldiers strung more barbed wire around the offices of the Western-backed premier.
No. 4 Blue Devils thrash Longhorns
December 11, 2006 in print edition on C8
Duke kept taking the ball from Texas and making free throws. For the fourth-ranked Blue Devils, that added up to another easy victory against a ranked opponent.
Barbie bounces back to top of most-wanted toy list
December 11, 2006 in print edition on A2
As dolls go, Barbie has had her ups and downs. She’s achieved iconic status, amid multiple alterations to her figure, face and wardrobe. She’s survived a very public breakup with Ken and withstood fierce competition from other dolls who’ve snagged some of her market share.
FBI: ‘Serial robbers’ increasing Joplin-area bank thefts
December 11, 2006 in print edition on B3
Federal authorities are blaming “serial robbers” for helping to boost the number of bank robberies this year in southwest Missouri and southeast Kansas.
Boston College wins ACC opener
December 11, 2006 in print edition on C8
A shot-blocker by trade, Sean Williams also can do a little damage on offense.
People in the news
December 11, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Curvaceous appeal ¢ Making career plans ¢ Police question Doherty about death at party
Congress extends tariff on imported ethanol
December 11, 2006 in print edition on B8
U.S. corn farmers and ethanol makers will continue to have less competition from foreign imports of the renewable fuel until 2009.
Ammonia leak at plant sends nine to hospital
December 11, 2006 in print edition on B8
An ammonia leak at a Tyson Foods plant sent nine workers to the hospital Saturday night.
Texas takes out LSU in OT
Wild game goes to Longhorns on late three-pointer
December 11, 2006 in print edition on C8
The youthful Texas Longhorns took a big step on Sunday night. A.J. Abrams hit a three-pointer with 1:03 left in overtime to give Texas the lead, and the Longhorns went on to beat No. 9 LSU 76-75 in a thrilling rematch of last year’s NCAA regional final that also went to overtime.
GOP claims campaign violations
December 11, 2006 in print edition on B8
A newly elected state representative and his supporters violated Kansas law by campaigning too close to polling places, a complaint filed by the Sedgwick County Republican Party alleges.
Contestants await big Hawaiian swells
December 11, 2006 in print edition on C6
As much of the country battens down for an icy winter, Hawaiians await their annual siege of monster waves on the islands’ northern shores and hope for a chance to witness one of surfing’s greatest big wave contests.
Bears LB Urlacher no fan of the night
December 11, 2006 in print edition on C4
A creature of habit, Brian Urlacher dislikes the trappings and the inconvenience of playing on Monday night.
Still no word on Iverson deal
December 11, 2006 in print edition on C6
Here’s what an NBA team in the market for a former MVP would get with Allen Iverson:
Bar Foundation extends deadline
December 11, 2006 in print edition on A8
The Kansas Bar Foundation is extending the application deadline for grants through the Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts program. The deadline for 2007 grants, which had been Dec. 1, now is Dec. 29.
Tomlinson rushes into history
Running back breaks TD record as Chargers roll
December 11, 2006 in print edition on C4
With chants of “L.T! L.T!” pouring from the stands, LaDainian Tomlinson delivered a record and a division title for San Diego. Tomlinson scored three touchdowns Sunday, including the final two in a span of 47 seconds late, to break the NFL single-season record with 29 TDs. He led the Chargers to a 48-20 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
Consultant earns planning designation
December 11, 2006 in print edition on A8
Dave Mattern, a financial consultant with the Lawrence office of A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc., has earned the designation of Executive Planning Consultant after completing a training course offered jointly by A.G. Edwards and the College for Financial Planning.
MSM Systems selects MVP
December 11, 2006 in print edition on A8
MSM Systems Inc., Lawrence, has selected Eddie Winslow, technical director, as recipient of the company’s “Most Valuable Player” award for 2006.
Making an effective job search
December 11, 2006 in print edition on A8
Q & A: Kate and Dale Talk Jobs.
Looking for e-love
Weighing the pros, cons of Internet dating
December 11, 2006 in print edition on A8
For our recent study of the world of Internet dating, we asked visitors to www.ConsumerReports.org to share their experiences with the online singles scene. We also assessed the privacy policies at five of the industry’s biggest and best-known sites, and recruited an unmarried staff member to subscribe for one month to each of those sites.
Commentary: Wolves won’t be trading Garnett soon
Chicago may set sights on Seattle forward Lewis, who could be shipped with Sonics struggling
December 11, 2006 in print edition on C2
It might be time to let the dream die. After watching Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves dismantle the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night at the United Center, even I’d have to wonder why the Timberwolves would trade Garnett to the Bulls, much less anywhere else.
Western Kansas gains clout with new leaders
December 11, 2006 in print edition on B4
Most counties in the state’s western half have been losing population in the past 15 years, and the region has lost legislative seats as a result, in theory shifting power to the east, particularly Johnson County.
Germany best in world in golf
Langer-led squad claims Cup over Scotland
December 11, 2006 in print edition on A2
Schedule conflicts and other issues had kept Bernhard Langer from the last 10 World Cups and nearly prevented him from playing this year, too. He has four children, some of whom had holiday events and school functions this past week that Langer wound up missing. “I’m not proud of that,” Langer said. He will, however, take pride in delivering the World Cup to Germany for the second time.
New political alliance to oust al-Maliki sought
December 11, 2006 in print edition on A4
Major partners in Iraq’s governing coalition are in behind-the-scenes talks to oust Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki amid discontent over his failure to quell raging violence, according to lawmakers involved.
Iraqi leader: Report dangerous, ‘an insult’
December 11, 2006 in print edition on A4
The Iraqi president on Sunday sharply criticized the bipartisan U.S. report calling for a new approach to the war, saying it contained dangerous recommendations that would undermine his country’s sovereignty and were “an insult to the people of Iraq.”
Chiefs stricken
Loss puts dent in playoff hopes
December 11, 2006 in print edition on C1
The Kansas City Chiefs had a few chances to keep pace in the AFC playoff race. The Baltimore Ravens’ vaunted defense snatched every one away.
Keegan: Here’s an idea for layoff
December 11, 2006 in print edition on C1
In what has to qualify as one of the strangest explanations for shooting so well in the first half and so poorly in the second, Kansas University sophomore forward Brandon Rush wondered if it could have been coach Bill Self talking to the team longer than usual during halftime of Saturday’s ugly victory over Toledo’s band of sawed-off hustlers.
Misused money
Large amounts of federal money may have been misallocated by officials, but what about those who sought and accepted money they didn’t deserve?
December 11, 2006 in print edition on B6
Right or wrong, let’s assume President Bush was late, uninformed, wrong, misguided, ill-prepared or all of the above in his response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster. The media, his political adversaries and those who just don’t like Bush or anything he stands for had a field day in criticizing him and placing the blame for most of the bad things that happened at the president’s feet. Some even went so far as to suggest the storm itself was caused by environmental conditions - global warming - triggered by Bush’s environmental policies.
McCray shines in KU loss
Freshman moves to post in Kansas women’s 73-65 loss to Cal
December 11, 2006 in print edition on C1
Somehow, some way, Bonnie Henrickson realized, she had to play Danielle McCray. So the Kansas University women’s basketball coach moved McCray from the perimeter to a post position in practice last week. “She made me look smart today,” Henrickson said. “Hopefully, she’ll keep doing that.”
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 11, 2006 in print edition on B6
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
December 11, 2006 in print edition on B6
Oprah juggles expectations with grace
December 11, 2006 in print edition on B6
The rappers are mad at Oprah again.
Clinton shows talent as follower, not leader
December 11, 2006 in print edition on B6
While the country is urgently engaged in finding a way out of the quagmire in Iraq, Hillary Rodham Clinton is busy having private dinners for key Democrats from primary states and remaining curiously silent on the subject of Iraq. Indeed, as she has transformed herself in the last few years from first lady to presumptive presidential front-runner, the profile that has emerged is that of a politician more comfortable following than leading.
KU concern
December 11, 2006 in print edition on B7
ID-ology
December 11, 2006 in print edition on B7
Ryun reflects on tenure
December 11, 2006 in print edition on B7
Shortly after my arrival in Congress 10 years ago, my family and I were in our apartment when an evening vote was called. I rode the elevator with a more senior colleague from the other side of the aisle. After I introduced myself as Jim Ryun and we exchanged pleasantries, she offered me a ride to the Capitol.
Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook
December 11, 2006 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s football team had its second big recruiting weekend wrap up Sunday with another oral commitment.
KU student art reflects on Japan journey
December 11, 2006 in print edition on D1
For the past four years, the Freeman Foundation has sponsored the Kansas Asia Scholars program at Kansas University. We were chosen to participate in this scholarship’s 2006 trip to Japan. This trip, led by Pat Graham of the Center for East Asian Studies, focused on Japanese culture, primarily through its focus on art and architecture.
Center seeks employee for volunteer program
December 11, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Datebook
December 11, 2006 in print edition on B2
Apocalypto’ conquers weekend box office
December 11, 2006 in print edition on A2
Mel Gibson’s bloody epic “Apocalypto” debuted as the No. 1 weekend movie, proving the filmmaker still can deliver a winner despite his drunken-driving arrest and anti-Semitic rant last summer.
Pulse calendar
December 11, 2006 in print edition on D2
The Lost Room’ successfully blends tricks from other series
December 11, 2006 in print edition on D1
Knee-deep in the Christmas season, here comes a great, creepy miniseries that should have viewers scratching their heads and wondering about what they just saw.
Self: KU has way to go
Coach says Jayhawks not title-worthy - yet
December 11, 2006 in print edition on C1
The question, put to University of Toledo basketball coach Stan Joplin, seemed a bit out of place after Kansas University’s lethargic 68-58 victory over the Rockets on Saturday at Kemper Arena.
Horoscopes
December 11, 2006 in print edition on B5