Archive for Friday, February 2, 2007

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On the street
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The Sensualist
Which intersection in Lawrence do you think is most in need of improvements?

Poll results

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Sixth and Iowa/McDonald
19th and Naismith
Ninth and Avalon
Total 142
Should the state prohibit Lawrence from creating a domestic registry?

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Total 159
Who is your favorite member of the GameDay crew?

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Jay Bilas
Rece Davis
Digger Phelps
Hubert Davis
Total 2002

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Eudora wins city showdown versus Baldwin
February 2, 2007
According to the guys playing in the game, it’s a rivalry that’s comparable to Lawrence High versus Free State High. It’s the 4A version of the city showdown, only these two cities - Eudora and Baldwin - really don’t like the other city.
KU men ready for hyped-up showdown versus Aggies
February 2, 2007
Earlier this week, the Jayhawks showed they definitely belonged on “Big Monday.” Tomorrow night in prime time, KU hopes to hold home court when ESPN College Gameday come to town for a much anticipated match-up against No. 8 Texas A&M.
Southwest Junior High ready to open new construction
February 2, 2007
Years of tight quarters and portable classrooms are over for one local junior high school.
ESPN’s College Gameday added incentive for students
February 2, 2007
While lining up before a basketball game is a KU tradition, students had an additional reason for it today. The KU-Texas A&M game tomorrow will take center stage nationally as part of ESPN’s college basketball gameday.
Three Lawrence intersections identified as dangerous
February 2, 2007
The state identifies three intersections as among Lawrence’s most dangerous, but you may be surprised by the ones they’ve picked.
LHS girls down Hawks for sixth straight win
February 2, 2007
The red-hot Lawrence High girls basketball team goes for win number six in a row tonight against Olathe East.
Lions dominate Olathe East, 77-51
February 2, 2007
The Lawrence High boys hooked up with Sunflower League foe Olathe East tonight at the Jungle.
Piper pounds Immaculata, 70-48
February 2, 2007
Sticking with class 4A, the Piper Pirate boys taking on Leavenworth Immaculata at home.
Child endangerment reported at Watson Park’s ice rink
February 2, 2007
Just days after city crews attempt to make an ice rink in Watson Park, police are called there for a possible child endangerment report.
KU music professor nominated for Grammy
February 2, 2007
Although he doesn’t get to walk the red carpet at next week’s Grammy Awards, KU associate professor Robert Koenig is nominated for an award.
Supreme court upholds conviction of Oskaloosa man
February 2, 2007
The state supreme court upholds the conviction of a rural Oskaloosa man sentenced to life in prison for killing his 14 year old sister-in-law in 1999.
Former group-home worker pleads no contest
February 2, 2007
A former group-home worker accused of abusing a mentally disabled client pleads no contest to a reduced charge.
Manard gets additional 10 years for escape
February 2, 2007
Twelve days of independence results in more than 10 years of additional imprisonment.
University officer claims wrongful firing
February 2, 2007
A former KU police officer claims he was wrongfully fired for accessing his girlfriend’s campus email account and that the department discriminated against him because he’s a white male.
Postal worker struck by truck still in hospital
February 2, 2007
The postal worker struck by a truck Thursday in downtown Lawrence is in serious but stable condition tonight.
Are more roundabouts on the way?
$700K available from state to enhance intersection safety
February 2, 2007 in print edition on A1
Visitors to Allen Fieldhouse might be greeted by more than just the Phog Allen statue outside the front door.
Most dangerous intersections identified
February 2, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, state identifies three intersections as Lawrence’s most dangerous, students and staff at Southwest Junior High move to new rooms, and details of a lawsuit filed by a former KU police officer against the department.
Baldwin City man injured in early morning accident
Baldwin City police chief retracts earlier report
February 2, 2007
Daryl D. Pickens Jr., 36, suffered critical leg, face and neck injuries just before 6 a.m. when his 1991 Ford F150 pickup struck the pillar just west of the Kansas Highway 7 interchange.
Prison escapee receives 130 months
Manard: No regrets
February 2, 2007
Convicted murderer John Manard told a judge he had no regrets about escaping from the prison in February 2006 and any sentence the court might impose would be “a small sacrifice” for the twelve days he spent on the outside.
House committee rejects moratorium on coal plants
Action is tabled on a voice vote with little opposition
February 2, 2007
A legislative committee Friday rejected a proposed moratorium on coal-burning power plants. The only lawmaker who could be heard opposing the motion to derail the bill was state Rep. Vaughn Flora, D-Topeka, who authored the proposed moratorium.
Missouri dirt
February 2, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: It continues to appear to me that the lost revenues to “our town” are of no concern to Kansas University. These revenues are the income that all our local businesses need to survive. The tax revenue that funds public services serving all areas within the city limits comes from these revenues as well. When Hoch Auditorium was struck by lightning, I do not recall any fire department from Jackson County, Mo., responding to the first alarm.
Bank to store umbilical cord blood to be set up
February 2, 2007 in print edition on A6
British entrepreneur Richard Branson said Thursday he is setting up a nonprofit blood bank to allow parents to store stem cells from their children’s umbilical cords.
Legislators voice concern about KU Medical Center action
February 2, 2007 in print edition on A4
Key legislators Thursday sought to put the brakes on the proposed affiliation between Kansas University Medical Center, KU Hospital and Missouri-based St. Luke’s Hospital.
Mother sentenced to 10 years in lake drownings
February 2, 2007 in print edition on A3
A woman convicted of letting her three young children drown in a car that sank in a lake was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison.
Report: Global warming ‘very likely’ caused by humans
February 2, 2007 in print edition on A6
The world’s leading climate scientists said global warming has begun, is “very likely” caused by man and will be unstoppable for centuries, according to a report obtained today by The Associated Press.
Federal jury acquits 2 men in Hamas trial
February 2, 2007 in print edition on A3
Two men accused of furnishing money and fresh recruits to the militant Palestinian group Hamas were acquitted Thursday of racketeering but convicted on lesser charges.
Chavez says Castro has improved, gained weight
February 2, 2007 in print edition on A6
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said that Cuba’s Fidel Castro has visibly improved, describing how the ailing Cuban leader has gained weight and is walking around and studying.
Just a mistake
February 2, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Did you hear the Boston mayor thought a sign was a bomb? Now he is threatening a lawsuit against Time-Warner.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
February 2, 2007 in print edition on B6
KU journalists mourn Molly Ivins
February 2, 2007 in print edition on B2
Witty political commentary may never be the same.
Funds redirected
February 2, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: In conversations at last week’s Native Sons and Daughters banquet, I discovered that other Kansas University alumni are quietly taking the same action I took this past weekend in rewriting my estate plan to remove the provision I’d made for the athletic department/Williams Educational Fund.
Clinton can’t disown Iraq vote
February 2, 2007 in print edition on B7
When it comes to flipping on an issue and making you believe he never said (or did) what, in fact, he said (or did), no one can top Bill Clinton. He makes you want to believe him because he is such a good old rogue with a unique gift of persuasion. Had he not been selling himself to voters, readers of his book and audiences at six-figure honorariums, he might have been the top salesman at any car dealership in the country. Bill Clinton could sell snowmobiles to Miamians.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
February 2, 2007 in print edition on B6
On the record
February 2, 2007 in print edition on B2
Dole Institute welcomes two new fellows
February 2, 2007 in print edition on B5
A hands-on, crash course in politics is available for free in coming weeks for any Lawrence resident who wants to take advantage of it.
Top U.S. general says too many troops ordered
February 2, 2007 in print edition on A7
The outgoing top U.S. general in Iraq diplomatically aired his differences with the commander in chief Thursday, telling lawmakers that President Bush has ordered thousands more troops into Iraq than needed to tamp down violence in Baghdad.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
February 2, 2007 in print edition on B6
Pricing a vacant parcel can be hard
February 2, 2007 in print edition on C8
‘About Real Estate’ Q & A with David W. Myers.
Bioengineering Day is Saturday at KU
February 2, 2007 in print edition on C8
Prominent academic, business and research leaders from the region will gather Saturday in the Kansas Union for a regional Bioengineering Day coordinated by the School of Engineering at Kansas University.
Suicide bombers strike Shiite city
February 2, 2007 in print edition on A7
A pair of suicide bombers detonated explosives Thursday among shoppers in a crowded outdoor market in a Shiite city south of Baghdad, killing at least 45 people and wounding 150, police said. Bombs and a mortar attack killed at least 17 others in both Shiite and Sunni areas of Baghdad.
Lawrence Datebook
February 2, 2007 in print edition on B2
Putin criticizes U.S. missile defense plans, energy worries
February 2, 2007 in print edition on A6
President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia faces unfair criticism and needless military threats from the West, lashing out in an annual news conference at U.S. plans to deploy missile defenses in Eastern Europe and rejecting grumbling that he is using Russia’s gas and oil exports as political weapons.
Priest suspected of beating is arrested
February 2, 2007 in print edition on A3
A Roman Catholic priest who is accused of beating, groping and choking a soloist at his Las Vegas church was arrested Thursday in Arizona, authorities said.
Consultant waste
February 2, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: After reading the Jan. 29 Journal-World article about the “Planning event …” it is clear the city’s insatiable appetite for spending still goes unchecked. One quarter of a million dollars for a bunch of dreamers to sit around a table and hypothesize about what they “think” the city should look like.
CDC releases federal guidelines for possible flu pandemic
February 2, 2007 in print edition on A3
The most serious flu pandemic should prompt immediate isolation measures, including sending students home from school for up to three months and quarantining households with sick family members, according to federal guidelines issued Thursday.
Legislator wants to stop domestic registry plan in Lawrence
February 2, 2007 in print edition on A1
The city of Lawrence would be prohibited from starting a domestic partnership registry under legislation filed by a state lawmaker. The bill’s author, Rep. Lance Kinzer, R-Olathe, said Thursday the proposed registry in Lawrence raised numerous legal questions.
Senate votes to raise minimum wage to $7.25
Measure includes business tax breaks
February 2, 2007 in print edition on A1
The Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to boost the federal minimum wage by $2.10 to $7.25 an hour over two years, but packaged the increase with small-business tax cuts and limits on corporate pay that could complicate its path to become law.
Blair again questioned in honors investigation
February 2, 2007 in print edition on A6
Police have questioned Prime Minister Tony Blair for a second time about allegations that political honors - including seats in Britain’s House of Lords - were traded for cash, his official spokesman said Thursday.
February 2, 2007 in print edition on C8
Serving in Iraq changed my life
February 2, 2007
Thursday, members of a Senate panel heard from Thomas Young, a man who’s life was forever changed when he was serving his country in Iraq.
Labyrinth’ a fantasy masterpiece
February 2, 2007 in print edition on D1
For Ofelia, an imaginative 10-year-old in Fascist Spain, it is better to live in her dreams than die on her knees.
Armour Eckrich to close plant
February 2, 2007 in print edition on C8
Armour Eckrich Branded Meats announced Thursday that it would close its processing plant in Kansas City, Kan., this fall, eliminating 280 area jobs.
Peyton’s practice impresses Marino
February 2, 2007 in print edition on C5
Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino watched one of his friends, Peyton Manning, get back to work Thursday. What he saw was another flawless performance.
Fort Riley leader takes cut in stride
February 2, 2007 in print edition on B1
He has two brigades with critical missions in Iraq, including 3,400 soldiers leaving in the coming days. Inquiries from reporters and VIPs from around the world come weekly, if not daily.
Intimacy guides atypical ‘Sensualist’
February 2, 2007 in print edition on D1
There are many things that keep “The Sensualist” from being your average play put on by college students. First, it was written by a student, and it’s being performed for the first time.
Consistency key in Lions’ victory
LHS girls win home triangular; freshman leads boys to second
February 2, 2007 in print edition on C1
A cohesive Lawrence High girls bowling team won Thursday afternoon’s triangular at Royal Crest Lanes, featuring Olathe South and Shawnee Mission East. “It means a lot every time we win together,” Tiffany Demaline said. “I love my teammates. We all get along really well.”
Giddens receives reprimand
February 2, 2007 in print edition on C2
Two more players were suspended - one indefinitely - and two had their suspensions extended Thursday by the Mountain West Conference for fighting during New Mexico’s home win over Wyoming on Tuesday. The penalties were agreed upon by the schools and the conference.
Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook
February 2, 2007 in print edition on C4
From now until Feb. 14, fans who purchase season tickets online will get a priority points bonus.
Commentary: Butkus has no use for wimpy linebackers
Former Bears great says Urlacher needs to raise his nastiness to another level
February 2, 2007 in print edition on C5
Brian Urlacher isn’t mean enough. He’s not tough enough. He’s not physical enough. Too nice, too cuddly, too good-natured. There’s only one man in the world who could even hint at something so preposterous. After all, who’s going to argue with Dick Butkus?
Smuggling suspected in fatal Kansas crash
February 2, 2007 in print edition on B1
A minivan involved in a deadly crash on Interstate 70 may have been carrying illegal immigrants, immigration officials said Thursday.
14-pound baby causes sensation in resort city
February 2, 2007 in print edition on A6
He is called “Super Tonio,” and at a whopping birth weight of 14.1 pounds, the little fellow is causing a sensation in Cancun.
Cardinals in control at tri-meet
February 2, 2007 in print edition on C4
The Eudora High wrestling team used sheer numbers and dominating performances on the mat to win twice during a three-team meet Thursday at Anderson County, beating the host school, 45-25, while also earning a 66-12 victory against De Soto.
Tiger troubled by 68
Woods three shots back at Dubai Classic
February 2, 2007 in print edition on C2
The clicking cameras didn’t help, nor did the poor putting. All of which left Tiger Woods as frustrated as any weekend hacker.
Nominations open for annual award
February 2, 2007 in print edition on B1
The League of Women Voters of Lawrence-Douglas County is seeking nominations for an award that honors local volunteers in government.
Prince already in game mode
February 2, 2007 in print edition on C5
Prince barely spoke, and still stole the show. It was billed as a news conference about the Super Bowl entertainment lineup, featuring pregame performers Cirque de Soleil, national anthem singer Billy Joel and Prince, the halftime-show headliner.
Chicago’s workout centered on precision
February 2, 2007 in print edition on C5
The Chicago Bears worked on third-down plays, their two-minute offense and special teams responsibilities Thursday during practice for Sunday’s Super Bowl against the Indianapolis Colts.
The forgotten man
Sorgi toils in obscurity behind Manning
February 2, 2007 in print edition on C5
Were he not able to keep everything in proper perspective, former University of Wisconsin quarterback Jim Sorgi might feel he’s the least welcome player at Super Bowl XLI. “I’m the guy nobody wants to see play,” he joked this week.
Sheriff seeks money to update jail software
February 2, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Douglas County Jail needs to improve some of its security systems, county commissioners were told Wednesday night.
Pulse video: A Civil Rights Reader
February 2, 2007
You could say DBR and the Mission are a little of a lot of things - funk, rock, classical, hip-hop.
Driver hits downtown mailman
Postal carrier in stable condition after collision at Seventh and New Hampshire
February 2, 2007 in print edition on B1
Lawrence’s sole walking-only postman - who rarely, if ever, stepped foot inside a mail truck - was struck Thursday morning while crossing a downtown street.
Wedd takes over boys golf program
February 2, 2007 in print edition on C4
Lawrence High will have a familiar name, Lions football coach Dirk Wedd, coaching its boys golf team this year.
Senators propose funeral picketing bill
February 2, 2007 in print edition on B8
Kansas legislators again are trying to find a way to ban picketing at funerals of U.S. troops killed in combat, in response to protests in recent years throughout the nation by the Rev. Fred Phelps and his followers.
Judge allows confession in murder, arson case
February 2, 2007 in print edition on A1
A man accused of starting a deadly apartment fire will stand trial next week - and the jury will hear his confession.
Concealed carry
February 2, 2007
The concealed carry firearms bill lawmakers passed last year faced scrutiny in the statehouse Thursday.
Verhaeghe helps Bulldogs vanquish rival
Baldwin High senior scores game-high 19 points as Baldwin girls win on Eudora’s home floor
February 2, 2007 in print edition on C4
Kelsey Verhaeghe stepped up big for the Baldwin High girls basketball squad late in its game at Eudora High on Thursday.
Candidates rank community issues
Chamber of Commerce releases answers from five responders
February 2, 2007 in print edition on B1
City Commission candidates are handing out grades on how the community is performing on a variety of issues ranging from wages to recreational facilities. Candidates gave the rankings as part of a questionnaire that the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce asked city and school board candidates to complete.
Super Bowl ad memories
February 2, 2007 in print edition on A2
Is the Super Bowl a football event that drives TV ratings? Or a television event that brings a huge audience to a football game only marginally interesting to anyone but fans of the Colts and the Bears? A strong argument for the second theory can be found on “Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials 2007” (8 p.m., CBS).
Budget will set tone for Bush, Congress
February 2, 2007 in print edition on B6
Next Monday is the real day of reckoning for President Bush and this new Democratic Congress. That is the day the president sends his budget for next year up to Capitol Hill, and you really will be able to judge by the reaction what will happen in Washington in the next nine months.
Analyze this
GameDay crew returns to Allen Fieldhouse
February 2, 2007 in print edition on C1
The 50-plus members of the popular College GameDay “traveling circus,” as coordinating producer Tom Reilly calls it, began trickling into town Thursday, but the face of ESPN’s pregame show isn’t scheduled to arrive until today.
Mayer: Wright’s ligament spared
February 2, 2007 in print edition on C1
Torn ACL!!! Those terms immediately flashed on my radar last Saturday. Hot-dogging Julian Wright of Kansas University had just butchered a breakaway dunk and lay on the basketball court like a piece of crumpled aluminum foil.
Disease prevention at heart of Haskell program
February 2, 2007 in print edition on B1
If you’re seeing a lot of red today, it’s not because Nebraska Cornhusker fans are in town.
Campaign slap
Minor, after-the-fact, punishments don’t do much to deter campaign violations.
February 2, 2007 in print edition on B6
The Federal Election Commission has notified two Missouri politicians that they may have accepted too much money in the recently completed 2006 campaign. Incumbent Sen. Jim Talent was defeated by Claire McCaskill, and the commission says they both may have received “excessive and/or prohibited contributions” during their campaigns.
A&M’s Gillispie follows Self’s road to success
February 2, 2007 in print edition on C1
Kansas University’s men’s basketball players enlist in preseason Boot Camp for two weeks prior to the start of the season. So do Texas A&M’s.
Savings at lowest rate since the Great Depression
February 2, 2007 in print edition on A3
People are saving at the lowest level since the Great Depression, and that could be a problem for the millions of baby boomers getting ready to retire.
Is Hagel the new McCain?
February 2, 2007 in print edition on B7
It’s official: Chuck Hagel is the new John McCain, getting the glowing treatment from glam publications such as GQ. And John McCain is the new Bob Dole - and we know what kind of press Dole got. Perhaps I should explain.
Commentary: Mickelson’s fate will be fun to watch
February 2, 2007 in print edition on C2
There were so many questions I wanted to ask Phil Mickelson Wednesday.
Crossing the line
KU affiliation with Missouri hospital, though touted as progressive, draws criticism
February 2, 2007 in print edition on A1
Kansas University leaders Thursday unveiled parts of their long-anticipated plan to affiliate with a private hospital on the Missouri side of the state line.
Cavaliers upend Duke
UCLA wins, takes control of Pac-10
February 2, 2007 in print edition on C3
Sean Singletary had already tied the game with 24 seconds left in regulation, his first basket in almost 16. Hitting the game-winner late in overtime almost seemed routine - even if the shot was anything but ordinary.
Final ‘Potter’ book to be released July 21
February 2, 2007 in print edition on A2
Let it begin: the countdown, the party planning, the predictions, the meaning of it all. The tears - for the end of Harry Potter.
Police: Devices found in New York weeks ago
February 2, 2007 in print edition on A3
Those blinking billboards that brought out the bomb squad in Boston and nearly shut the city down were spotted in New York weeks ago - and didn’t cause a stir.
Consultants suggest new city process
February 2, 2007 in print edition on B5
Confusion reigns. That was report No. 1 that city commissioners received Thursday as part of a $250,000 city-sponsored, weeklong planning workshop. At least that’s the view among the development community, consultants said.
People in the news
February 2, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Composer Menotti dies at 95 ¢ Sienna Miller says life will make sense with motherhood ¢ Man apologizes for murder he committed at age 11 ¢ Britney, K-Fed to continue joint custody of children ¢ Whitney Houston wants to speed pace of divorce
Idol’ worship
Lawrence hopefuls find their way onto TV’s biggest stage
February 2, 2007 in print edition on D1
‘“Dare to dream.” That’s the motto of the country’s most popular television show. And for some Lawrence hopefuls, the dream to appear on “American Idol” has been realized.
February 2, 2007 in print edition on B5