Archive for Monday, December 3, 2007

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Births
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
Orange Bowl announcement Lawrence Photo Alliance KU women vs. SLU
Podcasts
Polls
What do you think of the 30-day jail sentence a Lawrence man received for killing a rabbit?

Poll results

Response Percent
It’s too long
 
33%
It’s not enough time
 
30%
It’s just right
 
30%
Undecided
 
4%
Total 479
The Jayhawks are going to the Orange Bowl in Miami. Do you have plans to attend the game?

Poll results

Response Percent
No, I’m just going to watch it on TV.
 
62%
Yes, where can I get some tickets?
 
16%
No, I’m just not interested.
 
15%
No, I’ve switched my attention to basketball.
 
5%
Total 375
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Kansas University senior defensive lineman James McClinton, of Garland, Texas, raises his orange in recognition to the Jayhawks' receiving an Orange Bowl bid at during a press conference Hadl Auditorium in this file photo. McClinton bit into the orange, saying that was his reaction to learning they got an Orange Bowl bid. It is the first time in KU history that the football team has been selected to participate in a Bowl Championship Series game. Jayhawk fans seeing Orange
December 3, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Hey, Mizzou … how’s that No. 1 ranking? Oh wait. The University of Missouri football team ended the season ranked sixth in the Bowl Championship Series, one spot ahead of Kansas University’s team. And the Tigers didn’t even get a BCS bid. It’s sweet redemption for the BCS-bound Jayhawks, as they accepted a bid to play in the Orange Bowl on Sunday, while their archrivals in Columbia are stuck playing in the non-BCS Cotton Bowl.
10:00 a.m.
Located along U.S. 400 in southeastern Butler County, the Elk River Wind Project is Kansas' biggest wind farm, shown here in this file photo.  Westar Energy wants to add 295 megawatts of wind-generated energy to the state, which would be enough electricity to power a city the size of Lawrence.  If enacted, the proposal would nearly double current wind generation in Kansas, which is among the top three states when it comes to potential wind power. Changes may blow out Westar’s wind proposal
December 3, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Westar Energy’s request for increased rates to develop the state’s largest wind energy program could have a long-term impact on Kansans. “This is a big case, and we’re fighting over a lot of things,” said David Springe, consumer counsel for the Citizens’ Utility Ratepayer Board. Westar wants a decision from the Kansas Corporation Commission quickly. Rate cases generally take at least six months, but this one has been placed on a three-month fast-track. Westar, the state’s largest utility, says it needs a quick turnaround because wind energy is hot.
1:00 p.m.
"Windmill at Sunset," by Roger Spohn Pictures of creativity
December 3, 2007 in print edition on 1C
Dan Coburn is always amazed when entries flow in for the annual all-member show of the Lawrence Photo Alliance. “That’s the great thing about photography,” says Coburn, the alliance’s president. “Everybody can offer their own perspective on the world.”
4:00 p.m.
Don Cottrell works on splitting up some seasoned hardwood November, 28, 2007, in north Lawrence. A burning hot trend
December 3, 2007 in print edition on 3A
Mike Garrett remembers the Sunday dinners of fried chicken at his great-grandfather’s house. He remembers as a young boy going into the living room to escape the bite of a cold, Kansas winter day. “Bonanza” or “Lawrence Welk” or some other show that now defines nostalgia played on the black-and-white television. But what really has stuck with Garrett is the memory of the wood pile.
10:00 p.m.
Kansas Turnpike Authority President Michael Johnston will chat online about the Kansas Turnpike project that will see new bridges built over the Kansas River and upgrades made to the Lawrence toll booths. North Lawrence to face brunt of traffic woes
December 3, 2007
There’s going to be a traffic mess in North Lawrence. Now, city commissioners just have to decide which year they want to hear from the disgruntled motorists. Commissioners at their meeting tonight will get briefed on a pair of projects that are expected to create the undesirable combination of increased traffic and increased road construction along the busiest routes in North Lawrence.

All stories

6Sports story: BLHS gets new girls’ basketball coach
December 3, 2007
One year ago the Basehor-Linwood High girls’ basketball team recorded its first winning season in five years. One year later, and the lady Bobcats return six seniors with one facelift — a new coach. Andrew Baker has that story.
6Sports story: High school hoops state tournament week begins today
December 3, 2007
Tournament week begins around the state for high school basketball teams. Today, the Eudora High boys and girls both play Piper High.
6News story: Kansas soliders need $50,000 to come home for Christmas
December 3, 2007
Thousands of U.S. soldiers will spend Christmas in Iraq and Afghanistan. But some Kansas National Guard soldiers learned they can come home for the holidays — but there’s a $50,000 obstacle standing in the way.
6News story: Petite Picassos lets tots create Christmas gifts
December 3, 2007
They could be the Picassos and Van Goghs of tomorrow: all they needed was a blank canvas. Some of Lawrence’s youngest artists rolled up their sleeves during a holiday art class at the city’s Parks and Recreation department.
6News story: Man to serve 30 days for animal cruelty
December 3, 2007
A Lawrence man convicted of suffocating his roommate’s pet rabbit will serve 30 days in jail. 23-year-old Austin Newport plead guilty last month to a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge for attempting to suffocate a rabbit several times in July 2006.
6News story: Last Call appeals license decision
December 3, 2007
The owner of the controversial downtown nightclub Last Call appealed a decision by the state not to renew the club’s liquor license. A lawyer for owner Dennis Steffes contends that the state did not take into account the number of times Last Call staff members reported drug activity to the police.
6News story: Fans following the football team to Miami
December 3, 2007
The Jayhawks now know where they will be playing on January 3. The big question that remains for fans is how they will get to the Orange Bowl. 6News reporter Crispin Lopez explains how fans are planning their trips to Florida for the big game.
6News story: KTA announces bridge replacement plans
December 3, 2007
The Kansas Turnpike Authority announced exactly how plans to replace the bridges over the Kansas river will affect your commute. Construction will begin in June, closing the west Lawrence interchange to westbound traffic for about eight months.
6Sports story: Hawks headed to Miami
December 3, 2007
After to falling to Missouri last week in what turned out to be the Big 12 North division title game, KU had to wait it out. Last night the Jayhawks were rewarded for their patience.
6Sports story: AP moves KU up to #3
December 3, 2007
The Kansas men’s basketball team moves up one spot to #3 in the land after knocking off USC on Sunday. KU makes the jump following Texas’ win over former #1 UCLA.
6Sports story: Orange Bowl reps in Lawrence
December 3, 2007
The BCS comes calling on the Kansas football team in the form of an invite to Miami. This week Orange Bowl representatives are in Lawrence to officially invite the Jayhawks to the game.
6News story: KU jugglers bring skills to Central Junior High
December 3, 2007
It’s usually good for school lessons to be cut and dry, but today at Central Junior High, students had one lesson that was up in the air. 6News reporter Lindsey Slater has more on the juggling act.
North Lawrence to face brunt of traffic woes
December 3, 2007
There’s going to be a traffic mess in North Lawrence. Now, city commissioners just have to decide which year they want to hear from the disgruntled motorists. Commissioners at their meeting tonight will get briefed on a pair of projects that are expected to create the undesirable combination of increased traffic and increased road construction along the busiest routes in North Lawrence.
6News Now: Appeal filed for Last Call decision
December 3, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, the owner of the controversial Last Call nightclub appealed the state decision to not renew the club’s liquor license, and more on KU’s trip to the Orange Bowl.
Last Call owner appeals state decision
December 3, 2007
The owner of the controversial downtown nightclub Last Call has followed through on his promise to appeal a decision by the state to not renew the club’s liquor license.
Man gets 30 days in jail for suffocating rabbit
December 3, 2007
Austin Newport had pleaded guilty Nov. 19 to a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge for attempting to suffocate a rabbit several times with a plastic bag on July 27, 2006. He owned the rabbit, Melvin, with a roommate, and the animal later died at a veterinary clinic.
A burning hot trend
With natural gas, propane prices on the rise, more are looking to wood to warm their homes
December 3, 2007 in print edition on A3
Mike Garrett remembers the Sunday dinners of fried chicken at his great-grandfather’s house. He remembers as a young boy going into the living room to escape the bite of a cold, Kansas winter day. “Bonanza” or “Lawrence Welk” or some other show that now defines nostalgia played on the black-and-white television. But what really has stuck with Garrett is the memory of the wood pile.
Title bout: LSU vs. Ohio St.
SEC champions slip into BCS championship
December 3, 2007 in print edition on B2
LSU has a ticket to the title game. Everyone else has a pretty good gripe. The latest chapter in this crazy, unpredictable college football season was written Sunday when LSU won the sport’s version of the lottery, being picked to play Ohio State for the championship and leaving about a half-dozen other candidates with plenty to complain about.
Jayhawks juiced over Orange Bowl bid
December 3, 2007 in print edition on B1
Just before the BCS bowl selections were announced to the country Sunday, Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins slipped into a room where the Jayhawks’ football team was waiting for big news.Perkins immediately pulled out a bag and started throwing oranges out to all the seniors. He didn’t have to say a word.
Star power lights Washington
December 3, 2007 in print edition on B10
From “Good Vibrations” to “GoodFellas,” Brian Wilson and Martin Scorsese scored. Steve Martin strutted as one of the “wild and crazy guys.” Diana Ross sang to Motown stardom. Pianist Leon Fleisher surmounted a debilitating injury.
Southwest and More going out of business
December 3, 2007 in print edition on B11
Southwest and More is closing its downtown store, but plans to remain in business as an Internet retailer.
Clarity often lacking on campaign trail
December 3, 2007 in print edition on A7
Arthur Balfour, the British statesman, once said that a rival’s clarity was a liability because he had nothing to say. As the presidential nomination contests approach a crescendo, some candidates are making themselves perilously clear, one of them with the help of her helpmate.
Trojans OK allowing 3
December 3, 2007 in print edition on B6
USC celebrity freshman guard O.J. Mayo took some of the blame for a 59-55 loss Sunday to Kansas University in the Galen Center because of poor shot selection, but he couldn’t second-guess his defensive effort on the winning shot.
Help with farming’s challenges
Mental health hot lines give assistance
December 3, 2007 in print edition on B11
American farmers no longer have to stoically face all that Mother Nature and the economy can dish out. At least eight states offer free mental health hot lines to assist farmers and producers through difficult patches. During times of exceptional drought, such as the one that has covered the Southeast this year, the hot lines report a jump in calls from farmers needing emotional counseling and stress management.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 3, 2007 in print edition on A7
Kansas football coach Don Fambrough was fired by Athletic Director Monte Johnson, ending speculation about Fambrough’s status following the Jayhawks’ 2-7-2 season.
Pump patrol
December 3, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.79 at several locations.
Mario steals spotlight
Chalmers hits trey to lift KU
December 3, 2007 in print edition on B1
Twenty-six NBA scouts gathered at USC’s Galen Center on Sunday to check out certain “one-and-done” sensation O.J. Mayo in person. The talent evaluators may have left the shiny, new arena - this day at least - more impressed with Kansas University junior Mario Chalmers, whose deep 3-pointer with :20 left upped a two-point lead to five points and helped the Jayhawks hold off Mayo’s Trojans, 59-55.
Horoscopes
December 3, 2007 in print edition on B10
You have a tendency to zoom in on what you want. You have the ability to transform situations. Frequently you will have to change your path if you want to achieve your long-term goals. If you are single, you might be happier in a light romantic tie this year. If you are attached, the two of you could be knocking on the door of some hard issues. LIBRA remains your friend.
Think even bigger
What additional community needs could be filled by new facilities at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds?
December 3, 2007 in print edition on A7
The committee looking at the future of the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds has done a good job of thinking big, but maybe they should broaden their thinking even a little more.
Men claim sex with Idaho senator
December 3, 2007 in print edition on A6
Eight men say they either had sex with Sen. Larry Craig or were targets of sexual advances by the Idaho lawmaker at various times during his political career, a newspaper reported Sunday.
Pictures of creativity
Lawrence Photo Alliance showcases a variety of artwork
December 3, 2007 in print edition on C1
Dan Coburn is always amazed when entries flow in for the annual all-member show of the Lawrence Photo Alliance. “That’s the great thing about photography,” says Coburn, the alliance’s president. “Everybody can offer their own perspective on the world.”
City Commission Agenda: City could test tax rebate program
December 3, 2007 in print edition on A4
City commissioners will discuss the Neighborhood Revitalization Act, a program that can allow homeowners and business owners in designated neighborhoods to receive a property tax rebate on improvements they make to their properties.
Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook
December 3, 2007 in print edition on B3
Missouri’s football team, 11-2 and Big 12 North champions, was passed over by the BCS and instead will go the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. So did KU’s players feel sorry for Missouri at all? “No,” linebacker Joe Mortensen said.
Jayhawk fans seeing Orange
Agencies set up ticket packages for travelers
December 3, 2007 in print edition on A1
Hey, Mizzou … how’s that No. 1 ranking? Oh wait. The University of Missouri football team ended the season ranked sixth in the Bowl Championship Series, one spot ahead of Kansas University’s team. And the Tigers didn’t even get a BCS bid. It’s sweet redemption for the BCS-bound Jayhawks, as they accepted a bid to play in the Orange Bowl on Sunday, while their archrivals in Columbia are stuck playing in the non-BCS Cotton Bowl.
Putin prevails, Chavez fails in bids to extend power
December 3, 2007 in print edition on A2
Vladimir Putin’s party won a crushing victory in parliamentary elections Sunday, paving the way for the authoritarian leader to remain in control even after he steps down as president.
Holiday tour boosts clinic
Guests view decorations, learn traditions while helping the uninsured
December 3, 2007 in print edition on A3
The centerpiece of Andrea Partee’s dining room table features a kinara, which holds seven black, green and red candles, and, perched in front of it, the traditional Kwanzaa Unity Cup. This year is Partee’s first time celebrating Kwanzaa since she was a child, and her home was one of six Lawrence houses, as well as Plymouth Congregational Church, open to the public for Sunday’s Holiday Home Tour, benefiting the Health Care Access Clinic.
Keegan: Mayo, Arthur not picky
December 3, 2007 in print edition on B1
It was Selection Sunday in college football, but it certainly wasn’t Shot Selection Sunday in college basketball, at least not inside the Galen Center. Both teams - blessed with long-armed, quick afoot athletes - played intense defense. That can cause players to panic into taking shots they normally wouldn’t take. That can cause a final scoreboard to read: Kansas 59, USC 55.
Changes may blow out Westar’s wind proposal
Board says development might not be in best interest of ratepayers
December 3, 2007 in print edition on A1
Westar Energy’s request for increased rates to develop the state’s largest wind energy program could have a long-term impact on Kansans. “This is a big case, and we’re fighting over a lot of things,” said David Springe, consumer counsel for the Citizens’ Utility Ratepayer Board. Westar wants a decision from the Kansas Corporation Commission quickly. Rate cases generally take at least six months, but this one has been placed on a three-month fast-track. Westar, the state’s largest utility, says it needs a quick turnaround because wind energy is hot.
Storm system that bypassed city moves into Northeast
December 3, 2007 in print edition on A1
A storm system slid across the Northeast with snow, sleet and freezing rain Sunday, glazing roads and tying up air travel after blacking out thousands of customers in the Midwest. The storm spared the Lawrence area, passing north of the region, but the specter of winter weather later in the week remains.
429 Palestinian prisoners released
December 3, 2007 in print edition on A2
Israel today began releasing hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in a gesture meant to strengthen moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after the two sides’ recent agreement to try to reach a peace deal.
NFL Roundup: Redskins remember Taylor in loss
Coach flubs last-second field-goal situation; Washington just misses emotional victory
December 3, 2007 in print edition on B4
Fred Smoot cried several times when he looked over to the safety position and Sean Taylor wasn’t there. Santana Moss held up his fingers to represent Taylor’s No. 21 after catching a pass. Clinton Portis revealed a T-shirt honoring Taylor after scoring the game’s only touchdown.
Climate conference is U.N.’s largest ever
December 3, 2007 in print edition on A2
Delegates and scientists from around the world opened the biggest-ever climate change conference today, urging rapid progress in building a new international pact by 2009 to combat global warming - or risk economic and environmental disaster.
Earth’s tropics zones expanding
December 3, 2007 in print edition on A2
Earth’s tropical belt seems to have expanded a couple hundred miles over the past quarter century, which could mean more arid weather for some already dry subtropical regions, new climate research shows.
Missouri misses BCS, settles for Cotton Bowl
December 3, 2007 in print edition on B2
The national title hopes are over. The lopsided loss in the Big 12 championship still stings. And Missouri’s consolation prize: a New Year’s Day bowl game right back in Texas. Their Cotton Bowl opponent is No. 25 Arkansas (8-4).
U.S. envoy arrives for nuclear inspection
December 3, 2007 in print edition on A2
The top U.S. envoy on North Korea made a rare visit to the communist country today to inspect work to disable its nuclear complex so that Pyongyang will no longer be able to produce atomic bombs.
NBA Roundup
December 3, 2007 in print edition on B8
Scores around the league.
Bowling to benefit cancer research
December 3, 2007 in print edition on A3
Jaybowl and Royal Crest Lanes, in conjunction with Ultimate Sports Enterprises, will host Strike Against Cancer to benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research from 10 a.m. to midnight Dec. 8.
Checkers joins Just Food to fill pantries
December 3, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Just Food program is partnering with Checkers Foods, 2300 La., in December.
Court to decide whether gambling law is constitutional
December 3, 2007 in print edition on B12
Whether there will be resort casinos in Kansas hinges on who the courts say really owns and operates the gambling facilities. Does calling the casinos state owned and operated make it so? Attorney General Paul Morrison says no, while the Kansas Lottery says yes.
Mummified dinosaur had build of a sprinter
December 3, 2007 in print edition on A1
One of the most complete dinosaur mummies ever found is revealing secrets locked away for millions of years, bringing researchers as close as they will ever get to touching a live dino.
Knight feeling OK
December 3, 2007 in print edition on B2
Texas Tech coach Bob Knight is feeling better, a day after leaving a game at halftime because he was feeling ill, his son said Sunday.
Bone risk seen in diabetes drug
December 3, 2007 in print edition on A2
The popular diabetes drug marketed as Avandia may increase bone thinning, a discovery that could help explain why diabetics can have an increased risk of fractures. New research raises the possibility that long-term treatment with rosiglitazone, as Avandia is also called, could lead to osteoporosis.
Volunteers needed to help donors at blood drive
December 3, 2007 in print edition on A4
The American Red Cross Douglas County Blood Drive needs volunteers to escort donors, set up the facility or work in the canteen serving food. Volunteers are needed at various times from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 12-13 at First Christian Church at 10th and Kentucky streets in Lawrence.
Nebraska hires Pelini
December 3, 2007 in print edition on B2
Bo Pelini is the new coach at Nebraska, leaving the defensive coordinator post at LSU for a job many Cornhusker fans thought he should have been given four years ago.
Chiefs drop fifth in a row
December 3, 2007 in print edition on B4
Norv Turner finally found a team that could handle the Kansas City Chiefs. Now, his San Diego Chargers could be ready to run away with the AFC West.
President to discuss pardon for teacher
December 3, 2007 in print edition on A2
Sudan’s president will meet a British delegation today to discuss a possible pardon for a teacher imprisoned in Sudan for allowing her students to name a teddy bear Muhammad, a presidential spokesman said Sunday.
On the money: developing a household budget
December 3, 2007 in print edition on B11
Is more money going out than coming into your household budget? If so, perhaps it’s a good time to re-evaluate your spending habits and come up with a household budget saving plan.
Iraq pact could crush separation of powers
December 3, 2007 in print edition on A7
Despite the show at Annapolis, Md., last week’s main diplomatic initiative concerned Iraq, not Israel. Without any fanfare, the Bush administration and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced that the United States and Iraq will begin negotiating a long-term agreement that will set the terms of Washington’s Iraq policy for “coming generations.”
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
December 3, 2007 in print edition on A7
W.H. Quakenbush, veteran handwriting expert who had worked for more than 40 years with law enforcement agencies across the nation on forgery cases, died here at his home.
KU center offers ‘The Right Start’
December 3, 2007 in print edition on B11
Kansas University Small Business Development Center will offer a late-afternoon edition of “The Right Start,” part of an ongoing seminar series for startups, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the center, 734 Vt., suite 104.
The Toy Store donating new children’s books
December 3, 2007 in print edition on B11
The Toy Store, 936 Mass. in downtown Lawrence, is participating in the Angel Tree Book Project, an effort to provide books to children being helped through The Shelter and Woman’s Transitional Care Services.
Heroes’ departs; ‘Closer’ resurfaces for holidays
December 3, 2007 in print edition on B10
The seasons, it seems, are all out of whack. Christmas season starts too soon, and TV seasons end too quickly. Tonight’s “Heroes” (8 p.m., NBC) marks the “finale” of the first half of the second season. And that’s if the writers’ strike ends on a timely basis. If not, it may be all she wrote, at least for the time being.
Compost with leaves
December 3, 2007 in print edition on C2
As fall heads toward winter, autumn leaves cover lawns, sidewalks and landscape beds. Most homeowners rake them into piles and stuff them into 30-gallon plastic bags, effectively throwing away a beneficial and free resource for the garden. Leaves make excellent compost, the foundation of a beautiful garden bed.
KU hoops notebook
December 3, 2007 in print edition on B7
Rodrick Stewart, who played one season at USC before leaving his brother Lodrick and transferring to KU, was jeered during the game. “Lodrick’s better,” the student section chanted repeatedly.
Robinson provides sticky ‘D’ on Mayo
December 3, 2007 in print edition on B7
More than once, Russell Robinson has been called the “glue” of Kansas University’s basketball team. O.J. Mayo now knows why.
National chain nurtures small community with cafe
December 3, 2007 in print edition on C1
When Borders announced the acquisition of the premises on the corner of East Seventh and New Hampshire streets in 1997, it opened a can of worms, and the sound reverberated around Lawrence.
Sizzling KU women rout Billikens, 81-55
December 3, 2007 in print edition on B1
Eight points and eight assists are hardly headline fodder, yet they mean a lot to Kansas University’s women’s basketball team. They’re the numbers junior point guard Ivana Catic compiled in the Jayhawks’ 81-55 sacking of Saint Louis on Sunday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse.
Non-BCS Bowl Roundup: Michigan’s season to end in January after all
December 3, 2007 in print edition on B2
Lloyd Carr’s career at Michigan will end, fittingly, on New Year’s Day. During his first dozen seasons as Michigan’s coach, Carr took the Wolverines to 10 bowl games on Jan. 1, including a run of nine straight from 1997-2005.
Get up-to-date in new field when changing careers
December 3, 2007 in print edition on B11
Q: I graduated with bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and chemical engineering in 1994. I began working for my family’s small retail business. Now, 13 years later, the business is dying and I’m beginning to think about going back into my “educated” profession. I live in a town full of engineering jobs, but they all require three years’ experience. - Kevin
A merry, easy Christmas
December 3, 2007 in print edition on C1
Are you anxious about the upcoming holidays? Here are several ways to make this holiday season your best (and least stressful) ever, courtesy of Woman’s Day magazine.
Enchanted’ maintains box office charm
December 3, 2007 in print edition on B10
The fairy-tale romance “Enchanted” kept working its magic at the box office, pulling in $17 million to remain the top movie amid a sleepy weekend at theaters.
Longhorns survive at second-ranked UCLA
December 3, 2007 in print edition on B5
Damion James had stars in his eyes playing No. 2 UCLA at Pauley Pavilion. Not so much, though, that he couldn’t finish off an upset victory for Texas. James dunked with eight seconds remaining, and the eighth-ranked Longhorns won, 63-61, after blowing all of a 16-point, first-half lead Sunday in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.
On the record
December 3, 2007 in print edition on A4
Marriage licenses and divorces granted:
LMH nurse passes certification exam
December 3, 2007 in print edition on B11
Kristen Ericson, staff nurse in the IV Therapy Department at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, recently passed the national certification exam for infusion nurses, earning her the Certified Registered Nurse Infusion designation, or CRNI.
Handmade hats help homeless head off cold
December 3, 2007 in print edition on A3
Four large garbage cans sit in Donna Durrant’s basement. Each 30-gallon can is filled to the brim with yarn. That’s 120 gallons of yarn. It’s that surplus of material that has sustained her hobby of crocheting for nearly 20 years. And though she has honed her skills by knitting afghan quilts for her grandchildren and by winning numerous blue ribbons at competitions in Douglas and Hutchinson counties, it’s not enough.