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The ‘Grim Reaper’ visits one local high school
February 5, 2007
Dozens of students at Lawrence High School were ‘killed off’ today to teach students a sobering lesson about the dangers of drinking and driving.
Candidates for local school and city races get face-to-face with voters
February 5, 2007
At a voter education forum, each candidate had two minutes to speak their mind, then got to meet the public.
Attorneys begin narrowing down potential jurors in ‘Boardwalk Fire’ case
February 5, 2007
Jason Rose, 21, is charged with setting the fire in October, 2005, that killed three people and injured at least 20 others.
Senator Pat Roberts visits Topeka today to rally for research facility
February 5, 2007
Kansas is on the short list of states in the running for a 450 million dollar bio-security research facility. Senator Pat Roberts was in Topeka today to rally for the facility.
Neighborhood complaints about Lawrence Community Shelter are down this year
February 5, 2007
City leaders credit a new policy in effect since September for the improvements in the Lawrence Community Shelter.
A Eudora School Administrator makes it to the head of his class
February 5, 2007
Superintendent Marty Kobza is one of eight educators around the country chosen as a technology advisor to the National School Boards Association.
Despite the cold weather, the KU softball team has been hot on the diamond
February 5, 2007
After five games in Hawaii, Ritch Price’s Kansas Baseball team is 5-0. this coming weekend, Tracy Bunge’s Kansas softball team will try to equal that solid start.
Kidcast for February 5th, 2007
February 5, 2007
A bit of weather history brought to you by a local youth.
Alan Mulally to serve as Grand Marshal for the Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade
February 5, 2007
Alan Mulally, leader of one of the world’s largest auto manufacturers, is coming to Lawrence next month to join his mother in leading a parade.
Visions for Lawrence’s future developments go from words to images
February 5, 2007
A week-long planning workshop to decide the best way to shape up several Lawrence neighborhoods wraps up tomorrow with a presentation to City Commissioners, based on what they’ve heard from Lawrence residents.
Lady Cardinals can’t hold off Ottawa
February 5, 2007
On the prep hardwood tonight, the Eudora Lady Cardinals faced off against the Ottawa Cyclones. The Cardinals we outplayed by Ottawa, losing, 56-32.
KU still reeling from loss to Texas A&M
February 5, 2007
Two days later, and it still stings. This afternoon, head coach Bill Self shared that sentiment at his first press conference since KU’s 69-66 loss to Texas A&M last Saturday.
A KU professor is in the running to become head of the Cherokee Nation
February 5, 2007
Last month, law professor Stacy Leeds announced her candidacy for Principal Chief of the 260,000-member nation which is based in Oklahoma.
Experts see jury selection challenge
Questioning starts today in Boardwalk Apartments fire trial
February 5, 2007 in print edition on A1
All day today, attorneys in the Jason Rose murder trial will ask potential jurors one question: How much do you know about the case? Since an October 2005 arson destroyed a building in the Boardwalk Apartment complex, killing three people, many Lawrencians have followed every twist of Rose’s case in the media.
Designers put finishing touches on city plans
February 5, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, a team of designer put the finishing touches on city plans for Lawrence areas, a grim reminder to high school students on the dangers of drinking and driving, and Sen. Pat Roberts rallies a support for a bio-defense facility in Kansas.
Roberts rallies state officials for biodefense lab
One of the greatest economic development efforts in state history’
February 5, 2007
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., on Monday rallied officials behind an effort to land a $450 million federal laboratory that will work on disease threats. “Securing this facility would be one of, if not the greatest economic development initiatives in state history,” Roberts said in a speech to a joint session of the Kansas House and Senate.
Bush’s budget projects no deficit in 5 years
Nearly $100B would be cut from Medicare, Medicaid
February 5, 2007 in print edition on A1
President Bush will send Congress a $2.9 trillion spending request today that seeks billions of dollars more to fight the Iraq war and tries to restrain the spiraling cost of the government’s big health care programs.
Minister calls U.S.‘most difficult’ partner
February 5, 2007 in print edition on A6
Russia’s foreign minister says the United States is perhaps Moscow’s “most difficult” partner.
Band plays wrong anthem at event
February 5, 2007 in print edition on A6
Sorry, wrong anthem.
Romney sings different tune
February 5, 2007 in print edition on B7
Last spring when the tender shoots of John Kerry’s ambition were rising again like a hardy perennial, I uttered a cri de coeur or, as we say in English, a shriek: “Stop Him Before He Kills (The Democrats’ Chances) Again.”
Investor joins Realty Executives
February 5, 2007 in print edition on A8
Terry Fry recently joined Realty Executives - Hedges Real Estate, Lawrence, as an agent.
Weight-loss surgery in children increases with surging obesity
February 5, 2007 in print edition on A1
As the popularity of stomach surgery has skyrocketed among obese adults, a growing number of doctors are asking, “Why not children, too?”
Area cattleman attends conference
February 5, 2007 in print edition on A8
Jerry Booth, Lawrence, attended the recent Kansas Livestock Association Leadership Conference in Topeka.
Business increasing at Cessna plant
February 5, 2007 in print edition on B4
Business is booming so much at Cessna Aircraft Co. that the company plans to add 600 workers to keep up with demand.
Church stages baptism by fire hose
February 5, 2007 in print edition on A4
As water from a fire hose blasted down on her in the middle of Vernon Avenue in South Los Angeles on Sunday, Pearl Fuquay lifted her face to receive it.
Law professor makes case for Cherokee Nation post
Stacy Leeds would lead tribe in new fiscal direction
February 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas University law professor Stacy Leeds is a long-distance kind of person.
GOP seeks real conservative
February 5, 2007 in print edition on B7
Republican conservatives are unhappy. They don’t have a presidential candidate.
Keegan: Firebirds on list of stunners
February 5, 2007 in print edition on C1
Robbie Gould of the Chicago Bears kicked off to start the second half of Super Bowl XLI, and the Free State High boys basketball players stopped celebrating their stunning Saturday night victory over Shawnee Mission East, the state’s second-ranked team.
School board to discuss test program
February 5, 2007 in print edition on B3
Lawrence school board members will hear more details today about a local testing tool that goes beyond federal mandates.
Capitol Briefing
News from the Kansas Statehouse
February 5, 2007 in print edition on B3
¢ Sneak preview ¢ Tafanelli running? ¢ Health care for all ¢ What’s next
Landplan Engineering promotes engineer
February 5, 2007 in print edition on A8
Christopher Storm, an engineer and partner at Landplan Engineering in Lawrence, has been promoted to engineering manager at the company’s headquarters, 1310 Wakarusa Dr.
Game ticketholders left out in the cold
February 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
More than 100 people with tickets to Saturday night’s Kansas-Texas A&M basketball game were not allowed into the game because there were no seats for them.
Sorrentino: Bench players spur Free State to unlikely win
February 5, 2007 in print edition on C3
It’s unfortunate the Free State High boys basketball team faced Shawnee Mission East two and a half hours before Kansas faced Texas A&M, the Saturday night feature presentation for nearly all Lawrence residents.
How to handle a dress code problem
February 5, 2007 in print edition on A8
Q: I have a young woman who works for me who wears tight and revealing clothes. I don’t want to be a jerk about it and start making lists of rules, but when I’ve talked about “professional appearance,” she hasn’t taken the hint. Help!
Super Bowl commercials just stink
The hype (and price tag) is there, but what’s so funny about half-naked men obsessed with a car?
February 5, 2007 in print edition on C2
It’s official: The hype for Super Bowl commercials has reached the same ridiculous proportions as the orgiastic hoopla over the game itself. The point of no return was reached late in the second quarter Sunday, when CBS ran an ad for a website where you can watch the ads again.
Gifted spending
February 5, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I was disgusted seeing that the state thought special education funds were needed for the gifted children.
Oil-rich Venezuela’s leader takes up energy conservation
February 5, 2007 in print edition on A6
His ambitious social programs are built on Venezuela’s petroleum wealth, but President Hugo Chavez is increasingly talking up environmental causes and urging the world to cut back on oil use to fight global warming.
Astronaut sets women’s spacewalk record: 22 hours
February 5, 2007 in print edition on A4
U.S. astronaut Sunita Williams has now spent more time spacewalking than any other woman, setting the record Sunday as she and a crewmate upgraded the international space station’s cooling system.
Money tip
February 5, 2007 in print edition on A8
If you need help with your taxes, you don’t have to pay a tax preparer or spend big bucks on tax prep software.
Nature center classes to study rainforest
February 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Prairie Park Nature Center will have two classes highlighting the wonders of rainforests.
Tree benefits
February 5, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I would like to respond to the “Tree concerns” letter (Public Forum, Jan. 29). Short-term expenditures and trivial inconveniences are a small price to pay for the future gains of planting trees in what he assumes are inappropriate places.
Floods kill 20, leave 200,000 homeless
February 5, 2007 in print edition on A6
Floodwaters reached as high as 13 feet in Indonesia’s capital, where at least 20 people were killed and 200,000 were forced from their homes.
Kansas National Guard announces new staff
February 5, 2007 in print edition on B8
A new command sergeant major has been selected for the Kansas National Guard - Land Component.
Senators want to require kindergarten
February 5, 2007 in print edition on B4
Educators say kindergarten has become so important to the development of children that it’s time for the state to make attendance mandatory.
Deer, antelope coping with cold
February 5, 2007 in print edition on C8
Ice and snow have covered the ground in western Kansas for more than a month in some places, and there have been some concerns for wildlife.
Kansas baseball sweeps
February 5, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kansas University sophomore catcher Buck Afenir went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs, and junior John Allman added a two-run triple as Kansas University completed a five-game baseball sweep of Hawaii-Hilo with a 9-2 victory Sunday afternoon at Simmons Field.
Video omission
Kansas University officials have had ample time to correct the omission of Roy Williams from the pregame video presentation at Allen Fieldhouse.
February 5, 2007 in print edition on B6
How long will it take for Kansas University athletic department officials to correct what has been portrayed by some at KU as an inadvertent oversight?
Paris erupts for 41 points, lifting Oklahoma over rival
February 5, 2007 in print edition on C6
Oklahoma State coach Kurt Budke decided his team’s best chance against Oklahoma was to eliminate the production of All-America center Courtney Paris’ teammates.
Minister’s political calling an extension of desire to serve
February 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
Sure, James Bush has faith in God. After all, he’s the senior pastor at Law-rence’s First Southern Baptist Church. He’s also one of nine candidates seeking a seat on the Lawrence City Commission.
Blacks must face reality of AIDS
February 5, 2007 in print edition on B6
I’ve written this column before. Eight years ago, to be exact. I opened with a line from Marvin Gaye’s most celebrated song. It goes: “Talk to me, so you can see, what’s going on.”
Big 12 rebuilding projects paying dividends
Kansas State, Texas A&M near the top of the pack after dismal seasons haunted programs
February 5, 2007 in print edition on C6
College coaches whose teams keep losing, whose programs are stuck in the muck of mediocrity and can’t get out, will hate what’s happening in the Big 12.
University seeks Parks’ photographs
February 5, 2007 in print edition on B8
Wichita State University, which hopes to house the works of photographer, filmmaker and author Gordon Parks, has an advantage over other universities and museums also vying for Parks’ collections.
Israeli-Palestinian peace crucial to Mideast
February 5, 2007 in print edition on B6
One of the most compelling themes of the recent World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, was the urgent need for a breakthrough in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Ex-teacher gets 60 days ‘shock time’ in jail for nude photos of third-graders
February 5, 2007 in print edition on B4
A former teacher will spend two months in jail for having three third-grade girls take nude photos of each other in the school bathroom.
Roberts to push lab effort at Legislature
Senator to encourage state support at rare joint session
February 5, 2007 in print edition on A1
In Kansas, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts and bioscience leaders have rolled out the political big guns to try to bring a $451 million national defense laboratory to Leavenworth or Manhattan.
Rec calendar
February 5, 2007 in print edition on C8
Driver to Topeka needed
February 5, 2007 in print edition on B2
Independence Inc. is seeking a volunteer to drive an individual with a visual impairment from Lawrence to Topeka twice a week. The volunteer will receive gas reimbursement and a stipend for services. Volunteers must undergo an interview and submit references.
KU to be represented at science open house
February 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas University will be represented at the National Science Foundation’s open house and budget overview today in Arlington, Va.
Ringing in the rain
Dungy, MVP Manning win first titles in soggy Miami
February 5, 2007 in print edition on C1
Tony Dungy, beaming and sporting an NFL champions cap, waded through the mob on the soggy field until he found his quarterback, Peyton Manning.
Swede holds off dynamic duo in Dubai
Woods, Els finishes behind Stenson’s 19-under
February 5, 2007 in print edition on C2
Henrik Stenson shot a 4-under 68 Sunday to win the Dubai Desert Classic, finishing one stroke ahead of Ernie Els and two in front of defending champion Tiger Woods.
Suspect in Ecuadorean killings is caught
February 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
A fugitive from Ecuador suspected in the death of a prominent politician and two other men was arrested Saturday following a routine traffic stop, authorities said.
Virtual schools’ popularity explodes
Audit committee to study state’s 18 online programs, students
February 5, 2007 in print edition on A1
When the Lawrence Virtual School opened in 2004, it was only the fourth such program in Kansas.
McCain: Resolution a ‘vote of no confidence’
February 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
Sen. John McCain says a proposed resolution opposing President Bush’s Iraq war strategy amounted to a demoralizing “vote of no confidence” in the U.S. military.
Follow your instincts and definitely ignore the ‘Rules’
February 5, 2007 in print edition on D1
Nine out of 10 new sitcoms are doomed to failure. Some are ahead of their time, while others are memorably dreadful. But the vast bulk of these stillborn offerings suffer from unoriginal plots, stale writing and a complete lack of cast chemistry.
On the record
February 5, 2007 in print edition on B2
Kansas tennis falls to Wake Forest, 6-1
February 5, 2007 in print edition on C3
The Kansas University tennis team fell to No. 19 Wake Forest, 6-1, Sunday.
Hospital renamed after billionaire donor
February 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
Billionaire banker T. Denny Sanford says he wants to die broke.
U.S. general to lead U.N. forces
February 5, 2007 in print edition on A6
Gen. Dan McNeill, the highest ranking U.S. general to lead troops in Afghanistan, took command of 35,500 NATO-led soldiers on Sunday, putting an American face on the international mission after nine months of British command.
Neighborhood consultants to present final report
February 5, 2007 in print edition on B2
City commissioners will receive the final report from the PlaceMakers consulting group at their Tuesday evening meeting.
Justice Department, phone companies at odds over proposed privacy rules
February 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
Federal regulators working on rules to secure the calling records and other private information of telephone customers are running into resistance from phone companies and law enforcement agencies.
A little planning can help ward off :The Big Chill
Cold can kill unprepared recreationalists
February 5, 2007 in print edition on C8
The heat just came on and the system is blowing warm air into my kitchen. If I head outside, I will step into my garage, start the car and within a few minutes the heat will warm the vehicle.
Outdoor briefs
February 5, 2007 in print edition on C8
¢ Nature walk slated Feb. 17 at Black Jack ¢ Parsons ammo plant schedules turkey hunt ¢ Missouri sets record for archery deer kills
Exchange students from Paraguay savor American flavor of Lawrence
February 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
Lawrence parents take note. Your children are much better behaved at school than their counterparts in Paraguay.
Tooth or consequences
Pet’s dental health shouldn’t be neglected
February 5, 2007 in print edition on D1
Last week, Jay Leno had his studio audience cracking up during a “Headlines” segment by brandishing an ad in which a cat owner was brushing her pet’s teeth.
Grossman falters in fourth quarter
February 5, 2007 in print edition on C4
This was the Rex Grossman that the Chicago Bears and their fans feared.
Spring turkey season to run April 11-May 31
February 5, 2007 in print edition on C8
Downloadable spring turkey permit applications are available from Wildlife and Parks at www.kdwp.state.ks.us.
Edwards’ health care plan includes raising taxes
February 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
John Edwards is pitching his universal health care plan with a bit of realism: He says he’d have to raise taxes to pay for it.
Events calendar
February 5, 2007 in print edition on D2
Messengers’ debuts at No. 1
February 5, 2007 in print edition on A2
The fright film “The Messengers,” about a city family that moves into a creepy haunted house in the country, debuted as the top weekend movie with $14.5 million in ticket sales.
Banking on strangers
Prosper.com creates links among borrowers, lenders
February 5, 2007 in print edition on A8
A New York City social worker needs $6,800 to pay off credit card debt. A 38-year-old single mother of two living on disability and child support in Texas needs $2,000 to catch up on monthly bills.
Horoscopes
February 5, 2007 in print edition on B5
For Monday, Feb. 5
Lawrence datebook
February 5, 2007 in print edition on B2
Special visit helps KU move on
Olympians, Jayhawks participate in annual Chamberlain clinic
February 5, 2007 in print edition on C1
Kansas University’s basketball players didn’t mope in their apartments all day Sunday as they awaited the start of the Super Bowl.
People in the news
February 5, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Jeff Zucker to replace Bob Wright as CEO of NBC ¢ American Cancer Society names Mother of the Year ¢ Actor Ryan O’Neal accused of assaulting adult son
Prized recruit picks OSU
February 5, 2007 in print edition on C3
Perhaps the most talked-about recruit Kansas University’s football team was in position to land this season has decided to go elsewhere.
Pump Patrol
February 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
Patrol seeks fuel deals
A plug for the brain drain
Bill expands eligibility for in-state tuition
February 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
Saying they want to plug the brain drain, lawmakers are looking at ways to make it cheaper for people with a Kansas connection to attend college in the state.
Muslims join mass prayer for peace
February 5, 2007 in print edition on A6
Some 3 million Muslim devotees raised their hands in prayer for global peace, putting aside their country’s sometimes violent struggle with political corruption and Islamic extremists, at one of the world’s largest religious gatherings.
Chinese may OK property rights law
February 5, 2007 in print edition on A6
Chinese lawmakers are expected to pass and enact in March a property rights law that clearly protects privately owned land, according to Chinese Communist Party sources.
Imagination grows in ‘Garden’
February 5, 2007 in print edition on D1
Children have wonderful imaginations. In a perfect world, they always would use them purely for fun. In the real world, they often use them as escape routes from the unbearable.
States oppose Real ID
February 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
A revolt against a national driver’s license, begun in Maine last month, is quickly spreading to other states.
Levee study exposes higher risks
February 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
Leaving the congestion and sky-high housing prices of the San Francisco Bay area for a quiet retirement near the state capital seemed like a no-lose idea to Achilles Melendres.
Indy coach gets best of protege
Dungy first black coach to win NFL title
February 5, 2007 in print edition on C4
Merely by stepping on the field Sunday, Tony Dungy made cultural history. A few hours later, he won the Super Bowl, too. Not bad for a day’s work.
Win doesn’t validate Manning
QB refuses to pin legacy on Super Bowl victory
February 5, 2007 in print edition on C4
Peyton Manning could have said something along the lines of, “How do you like me now?”
Ohio State center Oden being abused in the paint
February 5, 2007 in print edition on C6
The snapshots Saturday were so different from the ones viewed just 25 days earlier. That evening in Wisconsin’s Kohl Center, Ohio State center Greg Oden appeared paralyzed by the clammy grip of languor.
Florida St. stops Duke on the road
Seminoles snap 15-game slide at Blue Devils’ home arena
February 5, 2007 in print edition on C6
Florida State’s players celebrated their game-sealing defensive stop by cutting loose, whooping it up in front of those famously rowdy Cameron Crazies.
Amateur ads take spotlight at Super Bowl
February 5, 2007 in print edition on A2
Along with the trademark Clydesdales, talking animals and high-end computer graphics, there was a new entry this year in the annual showdown of advertisers in the Super Bowl: amateurs.
U.S. pilots changing tactics, procedures after 4 helicopters shot down in 2 weeks
February 5, 2007 in print edition on A6
The U.S. command has ordered changes in flight operations after four helicopters were shot down in the last two weeks, the chief military spokesman said Sunday, acknowledging for the first time that the aircraft were lost to hostile fire.
TV talk: CBS provides fine Super Bowl show
February 5, 2007 in print edition on C5
Phew! CBS got through the halftime show without a “wardrobe malfunction.” The Artist Formerly Known as a Munchkin of Wardrobe Dysfunction began by singing “Let’s Go Crazy,” but he didn’t.