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Polls
What was your favorite Super Bowl commercial?

Poll results

Response Percent
Any Bud Light ad
 
26%
“Accidental kiss” by Snickers
 
26%
Robert Goulet for Emerald Nuts
 
15%
Other
 
15%
“Surviving work” by CareerBuilder.com
 
11%
Undecided
 
3%
Total 26
Who are you rooting for in the Super Bowl?

Poll results

Response Percent
Bears
 
88%
Colts
 
11%
I’m not watching the game
 
0%
Total 18
Videos

All stories

Boardwalk fire trial set to start today
February 4, 2007
It’s been more than a year since fire swept through the Boardwalk Apartments, killing three people and injuring at least 20 others and this week the man accused of setting that fire goes on trial.
Overcrowding keeps ticket holders out
February 4, 2007
It was a full house last night at the Allen Fieldhouse for the showdown between KU and Texas A&M - actually the house was too full.
Aggies halt KU’s dominance over Big 12 South teams
February 4, 2007
Heading into last night’s game, history was definitely on the Jayhawks’ side. In the previous 11 match-ups KU had never lost to Texas A&M.
Threat of stroke not limited to older crowd
February 4, 2007
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the country, but for people younger than 35, its unusual.
Firebird sets new Sunflower swim meet record
February 4, 2007
In prep action this weekend, Free State boys swim and diving team finished fifth at the Sunflower League meet.
Free State boys knock-off unbeaten Lancers
February 4, 2007
The Free State boys basketball team knocked off previously unbeaten Shawnee Mission East 67-60 in overtime.
Parent network expanding to junior highs
February 4, 2007
Parents of high school students in Lawrence have banded together for almost two years now, providing support for one another and learning valuable parenting strategies from local experts along the way.
Hawks host annual Special Olympics clinic
February 4, 2007
Last night’s loss was not enough to deter the KU men’s basketball team from holding its annual Special Olympics basketball clinic.
Souper Bowl” draws crowd to Arts Center
February 4, 2007
It was a “Souper Bowl” of a different kind at the Lawrence Arts Center yesterday.
Boomer-aged women increasingly on singles scene
February 4, 2007
Tonight 6News introduces a new Sunday night series with Cathy Hamilton, editor of Boomergirl.com. In her first installment, Cathy looks at the ever increasing number of Boomer-aged women on the single scene and finds out how they are finding love.
TV guide: What’s on, when
February 4, 2007
Here’s a rundown of Super Bowl-related programming today (segments subject to change):
Anti-dust program accepting applications
February 4, 2007
Applications are being accepted for this year’s Douglas County dust palliative program. The program allows county residents to pay a user fee to have liquid chemicals applied to rock roads in front of their houses to reduce dust created by vehicles. The cost to participate is $1.30 per linear foot of roadway treated plus an administrative fee of $45 per location.
Agafonov sets record at Husker Invitational
February 4, 2007
Kansas University junior Egor Agafonov was named the male athlete of the meet Saturday at the Husker Invitational after throwing for a meet- record 74 feet, 3â4 inches in the weight throw - a mark that automatically qualifies him for the NCAA meet.
Corps plans shift in funding
February 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Army Corps of Engineers is proposing to divert up to $1.3 billion for levee repairs from the Mississippi River’s East Bank, which was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, to the West Bank, where tens of thousands of people have resettled. The West Bank was one of the only parts of the New Orleans metropolitan area spared the flooding that followed the 2005 hurricane. But the levees protecting it - and the roughly 250,000 people who live there - are inadequate, the corps concedes.
HINU women down York
February 4, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kortney Smith scored 19 points and pulled down six rebounds to leadthe Haskell Indian Nations University women’s basketball team to a 76-63 victory against host York on Saturday. Margaret Stevens added 17 points for the Fightin’ Indians, while Shara Brown chipped in 11 in a balanced scoring effort. The Indians also suffered just eight turnovers.
Kansas Basketball Notebook
February 4, 2007 in print edition on C7
It looked as though Texas A&M was trying to foul Sasha Kaun with KU up 64-61 and about 1:30 left on the clock. After Marlon Pompey was tangled up with Kaun more than once as KU dribbled up court, a foul finally was called and Kaun - a poor free-throw shooter - clanked the front end of the 1-and-1.
Collins: KU ‘relaxed’
Freshman scores 18, but stung by loss
February 4, 2007 in print edition on C7
With 7:15 left to play Saturday night in Allen Fieldhouse, Sherron Collins canned a three-pointer from the top of the key that put Kansas University on top of Texas A&M by eight and seemed like another crucial blow to the Aggies’ hopes of a late comeback. After swishing what would be his final made shot of the night, the freshman guard hardly could hold back the excitement and let it show with a grin.
Good chance’ Giuliani will run for president
February 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
Rudy Giuliani on whether he’ll run for president: “There’s a real good chance.” The former New York City mayor has been keeping an itinerary bringing him to all the campaign trail hot spots but told The Associated Press on Saturday he hasn’t decided yet whether he could make a “unique contribution” to the nation.
U.S. absent from call for new world body to protect warming planet
February 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
Forty-five nations answered France’s call Saturday for a new environmental body to slow inevitable global warming and protect the planet, perhaps with policing powers to punish violators. Absent were the world’s heavyweight polluter, the United States, and booming nations on the same path as the U.S. - China and India.
Explosion in makeshift mine leaves 32 dead
February 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
An explosion tore through a makeshift coal mine in remote northeast Colombia on Saturday, killing 32 miners, a civil defense official said. Rescue crews had located the bodies buried more than 1,300 feet below ground but were unable to safely remove them, said Yesid Arias, who was helping to coordinate the operation.
Rice reveals her Super Bowl favorite
February 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
Our Secretary of State has made her pick: the Colts. A reporter asked Condoleezza Rice to make her Super Bowl pick following a photo op with the Russian foreign minister. She said: “I really like both Chicago and Indianapolis, but I think Indianapolis is going to win it,” she said. Then, as if it were an afterthought, she added: “And that would be a good thing.”
Top Iraqi Shiite cleric calls for Muslim unity
February 4, 2007
Iraq’s top Shiite cleric called Saturday for Muslim unity and an end to sectarian conflict, his first public statement in months on the worsening security crisis.
Soldiers in Iraq view troop surge as lost cause
February 4, 2007 in print edition on A9
Army 1st Lt. Antonio Hardy took a slow look around the east Baghdad neighborhood that he and his men were patrolling. He grimaced at the sound of gunshots in the distance. A machine gunner on top of a Humvee scanned the rooftops for snipers. Some of Hardy’s men wondered aloud if they’d get hit by a roadside bomb on the way back to their base.
Behind the scenes at GameDay
February 4, 2007 in print edition on C8
Bent backs, errant elbows and signs bouncing off the back of the head were just a few things that had to be tolerated if I were to enjoy the return of ESPN’s College GameDay to Kansas University. But heck, things could have been worse. I could have been Patrick Wilson. A freshman at Texas A&M, Wilson traveled to Lawrence with his beloved Aggies and received a more than typical Allen Fieldhouse welcome from the fans during the pregame show.
Red-hot Salukis stymie Shockers
February 4, 2007 in print edition on C4
Jamaal Tatum scored 18 points to lead Southern Illinois to a 54-46 win Saturday afternoon over Wichita State. The Salukis (19-5, 10-3 Missouri Valley Conference) have won five in a row and seven of their past nine. Tatum made 7 of 15 shots. Randal Falker and Matt Shaw scored 13 points apiece for Southern Illinois.
Law sorry for party
Lead Aggie apologizes for celebration
February 4, 2007 in print edition on C6
Allen Fieldhouse is an eerie place after a Kansas University loss. It’s not often that the end of a men’s basketball game at the old barn is met with stunned silence, followed by a smattering of boos directed at the other team for excessive celebration. Texas A&M went wild after its 69-66 victory Saturday, gathering near center court and jumping around in a postgame party normally reserved for a national championship. Kansas fans felt it was a little too much, and without solicitation, Texas A&M standout Acie Law spoke up afterward to say he agreed.
Nebraska upends Baylor
Griffin leads No. 22 Cornhuskers to upset against No. 13 Bears
February 4, 2007 in print edition on C5
Kelsey Griffin scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead No. 22 Nebraska past No. 13 Baylor, 76-67, on Saturday. Nebraska opened the game with a 16-2 run and never trailed. Baylor cut the Huskers’ lead to one at 32-31 with 3:03 remaining in the first half. But that was as close as the Bears could get. Baylor, shooting 45 percent this season, was held to 32 percent shooting.
H5N1 bird flu virus confirmed on turkey farm
February 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
Bird flu has hit Britain. Officials confirmed Saturday that some 2,500 dead turkeys on a commercial farm had been infected with the H5N1 strain of the illness - the highly pathogenic and deadly type that killed more than 160 people worldwide.
ESPN GameDay draws ‘best fans in the country’
Enthusiasm falls after KU’s loss to Texas A&M
February 4, 2007 in print edition on A1
They slapped on the crimson and blue body paint early Saturday morning. By Saturday night, a day that seemed so right for Kansas University fans came to a crashing halt, as Texas A&M came from behind in the second half and defeated Kansas 69-66. ESPN viewers saw a lot of enthusiastic faces of KU fans throughout the day, but unfortunately the final images were of shocked and dejected Jayhawk supporters.
KU tennis squad falls to Syracuse
February 4, 2007 in print edition on C10
Kansas University’s women’s tennis team dropped a nonconference match to Syracuse, 4-3, Saturday. Kansas opened doubles play by getting an 8-5 win from its No. 1 tandem of junior Elizaveta Avdeeva and sophomore Edina Horvath. Avdeeva and Horvath are now a perfect 5-0 in doubles play this spring.
Assisted-living worker pleads in abuse case
February 4, 2007 in print edition on B3
A Lawrence resident accused of abusing a disabled man in a Lawrence assisted-living home has received probation pending completion of an anger management course.
N.C. State over UNC tops long list of upsets
Boston College, Southern Cal stun ranked opponents
February 4, 2007 in print edition on C4
Sidney Lowe always knew how to beat North Carolina as a player. The first-year coach proved he could also top the Tar Heels from the sideline. The former North Carolina State point guard earned his first big victory as its coach when the Wolfpack upset No. 3 North Carolina, 83-79, on Saturday in just the kind of rivalry game he was hired to win.
Stones that kill
February 4, 2007 in print edition on D2
Many believe one of humanity’s greatest strengths lies in its ability to kill, and historically Mother Nature’s strongest mineral, the diamond, has been used to fuel that strength.
Bears fans keep long-distance tabs with team
February 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
Today’s Super Bowl between the Bears and Indianapolis Colts has been a long time coming for Rodrock, a local chiropractor. He’s evaluated the players on his boyhood team, endured the losing seasons and stayed committed to the Monsters of the Midway, even when he felt like the only Bears fan in town.
Navy seeks new owner for retired submarine
February 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
Do you have space for a sub? The Navy is looking to give away its vintage, one-of-a-kind USS Dolphin, a research vessel commissioned in 1968. The service said in a Federal Register posting it will accept offers from government agencies, nonprofit groups or other institutions willing to make the submarine into a museum.
K.C. police board to review policy on injured people
February 4, 2007 in print edition on B3
The Board of Police Commissioners plans to look into the police policy on handling sick or injured people, almost a week after releasing a videotape showing two arresting officers ignoring a pregnant woman’s pleas for help.
Oh, the agony
Frustrated Jayhawks let one ‘slip away’
February 4, 2007 in print edition on C1
True enough. He “drove it” earlier when his bucket and free throw after a Rush foul with 1:38 left sliced KU’s six-point lead to 64-61. “I didn’t think he’d shoot it,” Rush said. “I thought he’d drive me. He hadn’t made one (three) all day. I was laying off a bit. They say he’s the best clutch player in the league. He proved it there.” KU’s Mario Chalmers missed a floater in the lane with 5.2 seconds left. Law was hacked after the rebound and cashed two free throws with five seconds to play. Chalmers missed a long possible game-tying three with two second remaining.
On the Record
February 4, 2007 in print edition on B2
Warming up
February 4, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: I would like to make Lawrence residents more aware of an issue in Lawrence that I feel is rather ridiculous.
Endangered whooping cranes led south by ultralight planes killed
February 4, 2007 in print edition on A7
All 18 endangered young whooping cranes that were led south from Wisconsin last fall as part of a project to create a second migratory flock of the birds were killed in storms in Florida, a spokesman said.
Bible school to offer free tuition
February 4, 2007 in print edition on B3
Administrators at a small college that offers training for the ministry wants to give its students less to worry about. Starting with this year’s fall semester, Barclay College will offer full-tuition scholarships to students who enroll full time and pay to live in the school’s residence halls.
County roads
February 4, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: I have lived in Lawrence my entire life and over 10 years outside the city limits. I can not remember a time when I have driven home on “decent” gravel roads, been fully aware of sharp turns and been able to clearly see road signs in unfamiliar places.
City officials prepare for flu pandemic with new warning system
February 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
Local schools, child care centers and Kansas University would close, possibly for up to 12 weeks. Adults would be urged to work at home to limit contact with one another. And public gatherings - yes, even KU basketball games - would be canceled. That’s what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would recommend under a full-blown pandemic flu outbreak.
Kansas racing on its last leg
Dog, horse tracks nationwide struggle without other gambling
February 4, 2007 in print edition on A1
Twenty years later, the amount of money bet on races has fallen to the point that the tracks don’t even generate enough in wagering taxes to cover the cost of the state to regulate them. “Things have completely flipped in Kansas,” said Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission executive director Stephen Martino. The Racing and Gaming Commission’s budget for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1, is projected to be approximately $1 million short, which will require some kind of bailout.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
February 4, 2007 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 4, 1907: “Zero weather, the most severe of the winter, is all over Kansas now. In Lawrence this morning the reading was 3 degrees below zero
Study: State’s emergency equipment low
February 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
A recent federal study of state National Guards confirmed what many Guard leaders already knew: Their equipment for responding to state emergencies is low. The Kansas Guard has only 50.6 percent of its authorized “dual-use” equipment available to nondeployed units, according to the study issued in January by the Governmental Accountability Office.
Tax forms don’t reflect new laws
Congress made changes after information printed
February 4, 2007 in print edition on E1
The wheels of government didn’t turn fast enough last year to make the Internal Revenue Service’s printing deadline.
K-State keeps rolling
Durant’s 32 not enough for Longhorns
February 4, 2007 in print edition on C5
Kevin Durant got his points for Texas. Cartier Martin and Kansas State got the win. And in case anyone hadn’t noticed yet, the Wildcats are now a legitimate threat to win the Big 12 under first-year head coach Bob Huggins.
Dealer shifting into leadership post
Dale Willey starts Monday as chairman of National Automobile Dealers Assn.
February 4, 2007 in print edition on E1
Dale Willey’s been busy in Las Vegas the past few days, talking about cars with the head of Honda Motor Co.’s U.S. operations, hearing from former White House chief of staff Andy Card, trading an air punch or two with Sugar Ray Leonard, and otherwise mingling with another 30,000 people gathered for the National Automobile Dealers Association’s annual meeting.
Saban, media both look bad now
February 4, 2007 in print edition on C2
Words aren’t dangerous. It’s the intent behind them where the potential explosiveness rests. But since there’s never unfiltered access to an individual’s heart and soul, there’s never any way of knowing the true intention of regrettable comments.
Test your knowledge: Super Bowl trivia
February 4, 2007 in print edition on C8
20 trivia questions about the Super Bowl.
Keegan: Digger pinpoints letdowns
February 4, 2007 in print edition on C1
Digger Phelps, the old Notre Dame coach who was in town to do ESPN’s GameDay show, isn’t in his second profession to make friends. He’s in it to say things that make him look smart. Phelps, who made his name by knocking off the favorites over and over again, sat in the rented trailer/office parked by the baseball field and talked about how he had taken notes while watching Kansas University games all season.
Super Bowl more than QBs
Manning vs. Grossman only part of what could prove to be a thriller
February 4, 2007 in print edition on C1
It was only Tuesday, and Chicago center Olin Kreutz already had grown tired of the Super Bowl XLI hype. “I’ve been itchy to play since the end of the last game,” said Kreutz, referring to Chicago’s 39-14 rout of New Orleans in the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 21. “We want to play already.” Tonight, Kreutz finally will get his wish as the Bears face Indianapolis at Dolphin Stadium.
National Guard leaders support troop surge
February 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas Army National Guard leaders who served tours in Iraq said they could have used more troops and expressed support for President Bush’s “troop surge.” “I think more troops is a good thing,” said retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jana Harrison, who was in Iraq with the 169th Support Battalion in 2004-05. “I think the troop surge will help if they are put in the right places.”
Queen’ depicts changing attitudes to royalty
February 4, 2007 in print edition on A2
When screenwriter Peter Morgan set out to portray Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, he depicted a distant monarch, clueless and a little appalled over the massive outpouring of grief after the death of her former daughter-in-law, Diana. “I wrote about a cold, emotionally detached, haughty, difficult, prickly, private, uncommunicative, out-of-touch bigot,” Morgan told Britain’s Evening Standard not long after “The Queen” hit theaters.
Lonnie Ezell visits Success Solutions
February 4, 2007 in print edition on D3
Lonnie Ezell, author of “Daughter of the Son” - book 1 of the fantasy fiction series “Sundered Breath” - will visit with Success Solutions Book Club at 7 p.m. on Feb. 9, 2007 at Hastings Bookstore, 1900 W. 23rd.
Best-Sellers
February 4, 2007 in print edition on B3
Costly swoon halts KU women
No. 18 Aggies use 13-0 run to secure win on home floor
February 4, 2007 in print edition on C10
Patrice Reado scored 18 points, and Danielle Gant had 15 points and 10 rebounds in No. 18 Texas A&M’s 64-53 victory over Kansas on Saturday night. The Aggies (17-4, 7-2) won their fourth straight Big 12 game for the first time in school history. Reado, who came in averaging 7.5 points per game, was 8-of-10 from the floor.
Buyers slurp up at bowl sale
February 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
A mad rush of eager buyers flooded the Lawrence Arts Center on Saturday to buy bowls. “See, it’s a good thing we got here early,” Shauna Ozark told her friend while standing in the long check-out line. “I’m not sure if we got just the right bowl,” said Beverly Fertig after making her purchase. “I was walking around with three or four at any given time.”
Poet’s Showcase
February 4, 2007 in print edition on B3
Awakening - By Lee Carlson
Student station KJHK nominated for award
February 4, 2007 in print edition on B4
Kansas University’s student-run radio station has been nominated for a nationwide award in the category of “best college/non-commercial radio station.”
Bush woos House Democrats at retreat
February 4, 2007 in print edition on A4
Relying on self-deprecating jokes, unusual candor and outright flattery, President Bush on Saturday wooed lawmakers he not only needs but will have to answer to in the final two years of his presidency.
Libby kept articles about legal jeopardy, prosecutors say
February 4, 2007 in print edition on A6
The day of his interview with the FBI, Vice President Dick Cheney’s then-top aide hand-marked copies of two Washington Post articles about the breadth of a criminal leak investigation - and underlined were key passages suggesting any official who had told reporters about a CIA officer could be in legal jeopardy, prosecutors said in court filings Saturday.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
February 4, 2007 in print edition on B6
A costly Royal College shoe store fire proved to be the seventh major blaze to hit in the downtown Lawrence area since 1976.
Poor plan
Kansas legislators should put aside the idea of funding campus repairs by raising property taxes in the state’s university cities.
February 4, 2007 in print edition on B6
This isn’t the first time state officials have floated the idea of having state university communities levy additional property taxes to support those schools.
Saturday night fever
Firebirds spoil SM East’s perfect season with OT win
February 4, 2007 in print edition on C3
Pinch the Firebirds. Free State High’s boys basketball team, riding a roller coaster all season, shocked previously unbeaten Shawnee Mission East, 67-60, in an overtime thriller Saturday night in the FSHS gym. “This is probably the best win Free State has ever had,” an ecstatic coach Chuck Law chirped afterward.
Blue Plate Dinners assists home cooks
February 4, 2007 in print edition on E1
Lori Johns and Rachel Wydeven Oliverius, above, are busy inviting strangers to make food in their kitchen.
Jayhawks remain unbeaten
February 4, 2007 in print edition on C10
Ryne Price collected two hits, including his second home run of the season, and drove in three runs as the Kansas University baseball team won its fourth straight game to open the 2007 season in a 10-1 victory Saturday against Hawaii-Hilo.
Collectible papier-mâche furniture around for centuries
February 4, 2007 in print edition on D4
Furniture made of paper? Cardboard chairs were introduced by Frank Gehry in the 1970s, but he was not the first to make paper furniture. In the early 1900s, strips of paper wound around wire were used as a substitute for wicker to make woven chairs and tables.
There’s football on TV today? That’s super
February 4, 2007 in print edition on D1
I am counting the minutes until kick-off. It’s Super Bowl Sunday, and I am heady - HEADY, I tell you! - with anticipation. I am so looking forward to kicking off my Nikes and hunkering down on the sofa - six-packs of Bud Light and Pepsi within reach, bags of Doritos at the ready - for five full hours of super-duper fun!
Toplikar: Nitrogen for tires - just hot air?
February 4, 2007 in print edition on E1
“Lauren and I are thinking about driving up to see Bonnie and Kate in Iowa in a couple of weeks,” Julie told me at my kitchen table. “Are you driving?” She nodded. “Probably.”
Lawrence Datebook
February 4, 2007 in print edition on B2
Football future excites Vestal
February 4, 2007 in print edition on C3
When the Lawrence High football team lost, 22-6, to Shawnee Mission West in the Class 6A state playoffs Nov. 10, senior kicker Abby Vestal figured her football career had closed. But another window opened when a team she had not heard of - a Topeka-based American Professional Football League franchise called the Kansas Koyotes - became interested.
Colts vs. Bears: Super Bowl matchups
February 4, 2007 in print edition on C8
How the Indianapolis Colts (15-4) and the Chicago Bears (15-3) match up in the Super Bowl.
Count of Wash. bald eagles sets record
February 4, 2007 in print edition on A7
The recent record rain, snow and ice storms in Washington state that downed power lines and caused millions of dollars in property damage had at least one salutary effect: A record number of bald eagles were counted in Skagit County, north of Seattle.
Cross removal from historic college chapel raises ruckus
February 4, 2007 in print edition on A10
As a Catholic, Vince Haley often went to Mass at the College of William and Mary’s historic Wren Chapel when he was an undergraduate in the 1980s. Also a Catholic, school President Gene R. Nichol often goes to the 120-seat chapel alone at night to think in the quiet.
Kiddie tax may be rude surprise
Children under 18 could leave you paying more than expected
February 4, 2007 in print edition on E2
A nasty surprise for many taxpayers is masquerading under the harmless-sounding moniker “kiddie tax.” Beware, it may pack a wallop.
Bankruptcies
February 4, 2007 in print edition on E1
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection for the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records:
Horoscopes
February 4, 2007 in print edition on D6
For Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007:
Bomb kills at least 130 in Iraq market
February 4, 2007 in print edition on A1
A dump truck hauling a ton of explosives hidden beneath boxes of food exploded in the center of a crowded Baghdad market Saturday, killing at least 130 people and injuring more than 300 in the deadliest blast since the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The attack, carried out by a suicide bomber, was designed to inflict a massive physical as well as psychological toll on a population haunted by a string of devastating strikes on other markets, including one Thursday that killed 73 people in the southern city of Hillah, and another in Baghdad last month that killed more than 80.
Torgerson ‘crushes’ backstroke mark
Free State finishes fifth, LHS ninth at Sunflower League swim meet
February 4, 2007 in print edition on C3
Heading into Saturday’s Sunflower League Swimming and Diving Championships, Free State High’s Chase Torgerson had a goal of winning the 100-yard backstroke. He not only accomplished that objective, but also broke a Sunflower League meet record - intact since 1998 - with a time of 53.62 seconds. “I blew it out of the water,” Torgerson said. “Totally crushed it.”
People in the News
February 4, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Judge bars Web site from releasing Hilton’s information ¢ David Lee Roth back as Van Halen singer for summer tour ¢ Lopez to receive award from human rights group ¢ More …
Irvin elected to football hall of fame
Ex-commissioner Tagliabue, ex-Chief Thomas fall short
February 4, 2007 in print edition on C2
Michael Irvin was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday despite a troubled past, though voters denied entry to retired NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue. The former Dallas Cowboys receiver, who won three Super Bowls in the 1990s, got in on his third try.
Cold weather miseries affect man and beast
February 4, 2007 in print edition on B6
The snow was light and fine at first. The snowflakes danced in the air before they fell, like midges warming themselves in sunbeams. Then the freezing rain came down in earnest.
The plot thickens
Book vows intriguing twist on ‘Zhivago’ tale
February 4, 2007 in print edition on D3
Into one of the most sordid episodes in Russian literary history, the Soviets’ persecution of Boris Pasternak, author of “Doctor Zhivago,” a Russian historian has injected a belated piece of intrigue: the CIA as covert financier of a Russian-language edition of the epic novel.
One killed as rival Palestinian gunmen ignore truce in Gaza
February 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
Hamas and Fatah gunmen fought in Gaza City’s beachfront neighborhoods and around security compounds Saturday, ignoring renewed truce appeals and Arab mediation efforts. One man was killed, raising the death toll from three days of fighting to 26. Bursts of gunfire alternated with periods of calm, and in areas of Gaza City not affected by the fighting, people tried to go about their lives.
Four C’s more than meet the eye
February 4, 2007 in print edition on D2
It’s the old rule of diamonds, the one that is probably most commonly known: the four C’s. That stands for cut, clarity, color and carat. But it may be more complicated than it seems.
Pentagon wins big in president’s 2008 spending plan
February 4, 2007 in print edition on A4
The Pentagon is the big winner in President Bush’s proposed budget for next year, while domestic items such as aid to schools and grants to local governments will get only the slightest of increases.
Families regroup after storms
February 4, 2007 in print edition on A7
Fed up with hurricane warning after hurricane warning in South Florida, retired school bus driver Jamie Wright, 55, moved inland a year ago, hoping to find a peaceful life a little farther from the seasonal threat of such storms.
Wait almost over for murder, arson trial
Jury selection set to begin Tuesday, 16 months after fire killed three residents
February 4, 2007 in print edition on A1
The murder trial of accused arsonist Jason Allen Rose begins with jury selection Tuesday - the culmination of 16 months worth of pain, rebuilding, accusations and courtroom wrangling. The October 2005 fire killed three residents of the Boardwalk Apartments. Kansas University student Nicole Bingham, 21, electrician Jose Gonzalez, 50, and social worker Yolanda Riddle, 33, were killed in the fire. More than a dozen others were injured and left homeless.
Parsing some high profile political gaffes
February 4, 2007 in print edition on B7
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury of public opinion, I rise not to defend Joe Biden, Jacques Chirac and Bob Gates, but to draw your attention to extenuating circumstances that may have caused these accused and other gaffe-prone speakers to plant their feet deeply in their mouths in recent days.
Republican base still seeking a true conservative
February 4, 2007 in print edition on B7
Psst. Let me tell you a secret. The Republicans also will be nominating someone for president in 2008.
Miami coach a worthy model for players
February 4, 2007 in print edition on B6
Occasionally - very occasionally - a football person says something that punctures the fog of George Patton-style rhetoric that football people emit.
A savant lets us see the world through his eyes in ‘Blue Day’
February 4, 2007 in print edition on B3
In “Born on a Blue Day: A Memoir” (Free Press, $24), Daniel Tammet reminds me of Data, the questing android of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”
Big game plays into clever workout
February 4, 2007 in print edition on D1
The Super Bowl is coming. Time to tighten up, close the gaps and hunker down — on the couch.
School of rock
Getting a fair deal on a quality diamond takes consumer savvy
February 4, 2007 in print edition on D1
A diamond is forever. Any commercial using that slogan or any of a whole barrage of sentimental jargon will show the perfect diamond: large, radiant and clear.