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Area high school football player sign letters
February 7, 2007
Two of KU’s recruits are Free State Firebirds. Early this morning in west Lawrence, twin brothers Ryan and Brian Murphy signed letters of intent to play for the Jayhawks next year.
Jayhawks win first battle in Sunflower showdown convincingly
February 7, 2007
Three days after falling into second place, the Kansas Jayhawks try to stay there by beating Sunflower rival Kansas Sate.
Junior high says ‘good-bye’ to out-dated gym
February 7, 2007
Saying goodbye isn’t always hard to do as South Junior High staff and students close the door on their old gym today and look forward to opening a new one.
City’s natural gas service sold
February 7, 2007
The utility that provides natural gas service in Lawrence is being sold to a South Dakota-based company.
Primary election initiates campaign blitz
February 7, 2007
With the primary election for Lawrence city commission less than three weeks away, campaign season gets into full swing.
Local director pressured to resign
February 7, 2007
The local director of emergency management leaves the department after being pressured to resign by county staff.
First conference win long-in-coming for KU women
February 7, 2007
In the division I level, there are 12 women’s basketball teams that have not won a conference game this season, that number was at 13 until last night.
Advanced voting for primary starts today
February 7, 2007
If you’ve already made your decision or just want to get voting out of the way early, you can cast your vote for the Feb. 27 primary as soon as today.
KU baseball off to 5-0 start; home opener postponed
February 7, 2007
What a start for the Kansas baseball team. The Jayhawks are a perfect 5-0 on the year after sweeping Hawaii-Hilo last weekend.
Funding changes force closure of local home
February 7, 2007
Changes in the state’s medicaid funding plan lead a well known boys home in Lawrence to suspend operations.
Boardwalk fire trial ignites memories
February 7, 2007
It was one of the worst fires in the city’s history and today the man accused of setting it, goes on trial.
Mangino announces signing of high school recruits
February 7, 2007
To the gridrion now where it was a successful day for the Kansas football team. This afternoon head coach Mark Mangino announced eighteen high school seniors have inked national letters of intent to play at KU.
KU football recruits sign letters of intent
February 7, 2007
Kansas University’s football team signed 19 players to letters of intent Wednesday, to go along with three junior-college players who signed as mid-year transfers in December.
Phillips out as Douglas County Emergency Management director
County officials won’t discuss reasons
February 7, 2007
County Administrator Craig Weinaug on Wednesday confirmed that she had resigned. He declined to discuss the circumstances of the resignation.
Jason Rose has first day in court
February 7, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, the first day of the Boardwalk Fire Trial and local campaigns get into full swing.
Kansas City chemical plant erupts in explosions
Smoke could be seen for miles
03:12 p.m., February 7, 2007 Updated 05:06 p.m.
The explosions and fire at a plant in the area known as the East Bottoms, just northeast of downtown, billowed smoke that could be seen for miles. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
Boys home temporarily suspends operations
Achievement Place waiting for funding
February 7, 2007
Achievement Place for Boys, a local group home for teens, is citing changes in the state’s Medicaid-funding plan for its reason for temporarily closing its doors.
Aquila sells its natural gas business to new company
Black Hills will purchase Aquila’s electric utility in Colorado and its gas utilities in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.
11:57 a.m., February 7, 2007 Updated 12:19 p.m.
Black Hills will purchase Aquila’s electric utility in Colorado and its gas utilities in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.
KU student leaders lobby Kansas Legislature
Say turnpike toll hike is ‘creative’
February 7, 2007
The students said their major goal was to seek help from the Legislature to address the problem of approximately $660 million in maintenance and repairs at regents universities.
Rose trial update: Jurors view video of deadly fire
Trial opens for Jason Rose
10:26 a.m., February 7, 2007 Updated 04:43 p.m.
Jurors for the first time saw the whole of a video of the Boardwalk Fire today - a video that showed flames towering above trees, captured voices of women screaming and men yelling, “Get back, get back.”
West looks to deliver on its home court
February 7, 2007
When the West Warhawks’ ninth-grade boys basketball team takes the court for the Warhawk Invitational next week, it will be playing at home and will have one goal in mind - winning the tournament.
Nutrition taught in kid-friendly format at Food Fare
February 7, 2007 in print edition on D2
Cooking Q&A with Susan Krumm.
Lawrence Datebook
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B2
Diplomat’s seizure embarrasses Iraqis
February 7, 2007 in print edition on A7
The Iraqi government, apparently unable to control its security agencies, said Tuesday that an armed government security unit had abducted an accredited Iranian diplomat in central Baghdad on Sunday. But the foreign minister couldn’t say where he was being held.
Gay former NFL player shares struggles, promotes tolerance
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B5
Esera Tuaolo credits the lyrics of Sarah McLachlan with saving his life when he was in the deepest phases of his depression.
Nuke well, eat well with the right microwave
February 7, 2007
Microwave ovens seem to get more complex each year. Sales-hungry manufacturers are heating up their product lines with greater capacity, convection cooking, and other features - such as grilling and browning - aimed at homeowners who want a second oven without having to remodel.
Legislative notebook
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B8
A Senate committee was urged Tuesday to consider changing the Kansas Constitution to clarify that the Legislature has the final word on school spending. Sen. Phil Journey, R-Haysville, asked the Judiciary Committee to support his proposal to change Article 6 so it reads that legislators shall provide funding for schools at a level they deem appropriate.
Senate should focus on forcing diplomacy
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B10
Senators who want America to change course in Iraq should stop wasting their time on opposing the president’s troop buildup.
Cougars hope to end season on high note
February 7, 2007
Its season has been far from perfect, but the South Cougars’ ninth-grade squad still believes it can turn a 3-10 season into a success. That belief is largely based on the promise that the upcoming Warhawk Invitational provides.
Mustangs looking forward to tourney, future
February 7, 2007
If the ninth-grade Central Junior High Mustangs (8-5) learn one lesson before they head to the high school ranks they are going to be taught to appreciate the basketball. Central coach Gary Hall has made sure of that.
Trouble on boards trips up Veritas boys
February 7, 2007 in print edition on C3
A big rebounding disparity finally caught up with the Veritas Christian boys basketball team Tuesday night, as the Eagles watched a tight contest steadily give way to a 57-46 loss to Olathe Berean Christian.
Bill Clinton to speak at Democrats’ event
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B12
Former President Bill Clinton will deliver the keynote address at the Kansas Democratic Party’s annual Washington Days celebration March 2 in Topeka, his second speech of the day in the state.
Lawrence attorneys apply for court opening
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B3
Two Lawrence attorneys are among 20 who have applied for a position on the Kansas Court of Appeals.
American Legion offers chili feed fundraiser
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B3
Dorsey-Liberty Post No. 14 of the American Legion will serve a chili feast today.
Bulldogs have momentum going into Warhawk
February 7, 2007
Having defeated the South Cougars, 61-44, last Thursday, the Southwest Bulldogs ninth-grade boys’ basketball team (13-3) begins the final week of the regular season with momentum.
The Right Start’ set for KU center
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B6
The Kansas University Small Business Development Center will conduct a seminar this week to help prospective or new business owners understand some of the basics of running a business.
Victim’s statement reveals astronaut’s prior stalking
Attempted murder charge filed in love triangle
February 7, 2007 in print edition on A3
NASA astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak stalked her romantic rival for two months before attacking her in a parking lot Monday morning at Orlando International Airport, a hand-written statement by the victim reveals.
Wanting to buy American
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B11
Ideally, I’d like for my next new car to be made in America by an American carmaker.
New standards
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B11
To the editor: On Feb. 13, the Kansas Board of Education will vote on adopting new science standards based on the recommendations of the Science Standards Writing Committee, replacing the intelligent-design-influenced standards passed by the previous board in November 2005.
Palestinian leaders conduct talks in Mecca
February 7, 2007 in print edition on A6
Palestinian factions on the brink of civil war gathered Tuesday in Mecca, Islam’s holiest city, in a last-ditch effort to end their bloody conflict. The Saudi-led push is key to any future peace talks with Israel - and to Arab efforts to blunt Iran’s growing power.
On the record
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B2
City seeks information on KDOT road funding
February 7, 2007 in print edition on A4
City commissioners made it clear Tuesday evening that they want to consider their options on how to use nearly $700,000 in state transportation money designed to improve problem intersections.
House fire kills 10, six of them children
February 7, 2007 in print edition on A3
A fast-moving blaze killed 10 people early Tuesday - six of them children - in Kentucky’s deadliest fire in at least 30 years.
U.S. won’t sign ban on secret detention
February 7, 2007 in print edition on A6
Nearly 60 countries signed a treaty on Tuesday that bans governments from holding people in secret detention, but the United States and some of its key European allies were not among them.
Hackers overwhelm key Internet traffic sites
February 7, 2007 in print edition on A3
Hackers briefly overwhelmed at least three of the 13 computers that help manage global computer traffic Tuesday in one of the most significant attacks against the Internet since 2002.
Thieves steal big barrel full of meth compound
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B12
Thieves who took more than 100 pounds of a chemical compound from a pharmaceutical plant could use it to make millions of dollars worth of methamphetamine, police said.
Eudora considers EMS, fire merger
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B3
The city of Eudora is considering merging its emergency medical service with its fire department.
LHS reports missing science lab supplies
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B1
Lawrence police are investigating the disappearance of $1,187 worth of science laboratory supplies from Lawrence High School, 1900 La.
Martin Tractor to grow in city
Caterpillar dealer, now in southeast Lawrence, searching for larger site
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B6
Martin Tractor Co. Inc. is looking to build on Lawrence’s business prospects - and proximity to the Kansas City metro area - in selling and servicing heavy-duty construction equipment.
Gas odor report leads to building evacuations
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas University officials evacuated four buildings Tuesday because of a reported odor of gas.
Historic constitution to visit Lecompton site
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B7
The Lecompton Constitution will be on display this weekend at Constitution Hall.
Hemp license issued
February 7, 2007 in print edition on A3
Officials in Bismarck issued the nation’s first licenses to grow industrial hemp Tuesday to two farmers who still must meet federal requirements before they can plant the crop.
Clever reader defies tomato-free winter
February 7, 2007 in print edition on D1
If vegetable gardening has a downside, it’s that eating vine-ripened tomatoes ruins us for lesser specimens. Having tasted the real thing, we can never truly enjoy a tomato that was picked before its prime.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B10
Traffic tools
When it comes to reducing accidents at two Lawrence intersections, roundabouts are the wrong things for the job.
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B10
It seems the roundabout fans in Lawrence’s City Hall have found some soulmates in the Kansas Department of Transportation.
Firebirds split pair of close contests
February 7, 2007 in print edition on C1
Lauren Kimball grabbed a rebound and landed awkwardly on an opposing player’s foot, twisting her right ankle in the process. It didn’t look good for Free State’s senior floor general, as trainer Jeremy Goates had to help her to the locker room.
Southwest Junior High School Fall 2006-2007 Honor Roll
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B4
Southwest Junior High School announced its 2006-2007 fall semester honor roll. Principal’s honor roll students have taken all courses at grade level or above and achieved a 3.8 or higher grade-point average. Honor roll students achieved a 3.2 or above semester grade-point average with no semester grade lower than a C and no incomplete grades.
Too graphic
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B11
To the editor: I was dismayed and disgusted to read the article about pet safety and paper shredders printed on Feb. 3.
Wildcats looking for repeat
K-State ended KU’s 31-game streak last year in Allen
February 7, 2007 in print edition on C4
It appeared to be business as usual for Kansas University in its Sunflower Showdown clash against Kansas State on Jan. 14, 2006 in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks, who had won 31 straight games in the series dating to 1994, held a comfortable 12-point second-half advantage over beleaguered coach Jim Wooldridge’s sixth and final KSU squad.
As flooding eases, disease threats rise
February 7, 2007 in print edition on A6
In a low-lying riverside district of the capital, dead chickens floated in the same filthy floodwaters that women used to bathe children and wash clothes.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
February 7, 2007 in print edition on C4
On tapes, Libby claims memory lapses on CIA operative’s identity
February 7, 2007 in print edition on A3
On grand jury audiotapes played at his trial Tuesday, former White House aide I. Lewis Libby said he learned about a CIA officer from Vice President Dick Cheney, forgot it, then learned it again from NBC News reporter Tim Russert a month later.
Valley Falls man dies in Jefferson Co. wreck
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B1
A head-on collision Monday night in Jefferson County killed one driver and injured another, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
Food on the fly
Ready-to-cook dinners offer families convenience, more time to relax
February 7, 2007 in print edition on D1
Sometimes, after a long day spent taking care of her three children, Susie Wilson likes to know there’s a home-cooked meal just waiting for her in the freezer.
Israel begins renovation at contentious holy site
February 7, 2007 in print edition on A6
With dozens of policemen looking on, an Israeli bulldozer began work Tuesday on an archaeological excavation next to the Holy Land’s most explosive religious site, drawing Palestinian protests and condemnations from the Arab world.
Researcher: Species barrier doesn’t stop gulls from finding mates
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B7
If you’ve ever thought that your mate is a member of another species, you’re not alone.
People in the news
February 7, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Newman’s own restaurant victim of bitter cold ¢ Arrest warrant issued for Daniel Baldwin ¢ Web site becomes Urban battlefield ¢ Ozzfest free this year
XanGo distributor building network
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B6
A Lawrence resident is climbing the ranks of independent distributors working on behalf of XanGo LLC, a Utah-based company that markets beverages made from mangosteen fruit.
Conley provides lift to Ohio State, 76-63
February 7, 2007 in print edition on C5
Just like their high school days, when Greg Oden wasn’t on the floor then Mike Conley Jr. took over.
Bail bondsman has big ideas for community’s future
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B1
Sam Fields has never been able to get the big ideas out of his head. That’s probably why Lawrence residents will hear Fields talking about Egypt during his campaign to fill one of three at-large seats on the City Commission.
Suicide silence
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B11
To the editor: Read the obituaries? It’s now fashionable not to list the cause of death.
Anemic offense haunts Seahawks
February 7, 2007 in print edition on C3
Poor shooting in the second and third quarters doomed the Seabury Academy boys basketball team in a 44-38 loss Tuesday against Wetmore.
Keegan: KU faces puzzle on post
February 7, 2007 in print edition on C1
The nice thing about having an offense that stresses feeding the post is that inside scorers, in theory at least, should be less streaky than those who get the majority of their points shooting from the perimeter. Plus, post players draw more fouls.
Follow doctors’ orders to cure care concerns
February 7, 2007
Sure, you love your doctors. But your visits to them might be more rushed that you realize, and you might not be following their instructions as well as you think you are.
Dodos’ to flock to campus for Darwin Day
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B7
The Jayhawk mascot will have some competition Monday at Kansas University: A person dressed as a giant dodo bird will be roaming campus for part of the day.
Tape shows Americans’ dismay in friendly fire incident
February 7, 2007 in print edition on A6
American pilots can be heard cursing and weeping after finding out they just fired on a British convoy in southern Iraq at the beginning of the U.S. invasion, according to cockpit video footage leaked to a British tabloid.
With jury selected, trial begins today
Six men, six women to decide fate of alleged arsonist Jason Rose
February 7, 2007 in print edition on A1
After hours of sometimes intense questioning, District Court Judge Jack Murphy approved a jury of six men and six women who will decide Jason Rose’s fate.
Prevention efforts scaled back
District lacks funding for programming to help teens after federal grant expires
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B1
Prevention specialists - the people who help Lawrence public school students deal with issues before they become serious problems - are spread thin in the school district. A grant that once helped put one full-time prevention worker in every school has expired, leaving a few to do the job.
Pressure builds for universal health insurance
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B10
Piece by piece, the stage is being set for the long-overdue effort to rebuild America’s creaky health care system into one that can meet the needs of the 21st century. It probably won’t happen until 2009, but the outlines of the big change are starting to become clear.
Tuition increase on the table
Legislators consider ways to fund repairs at regents schools
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B1
State lawmakers Tuesday considered numerous ways to pay for a backlog of repairs at universities, including allowing schools to increase tuition.
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B6
HINU women victorious
February 7, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kortney Smith scored 17 points, one of six Haskell Indian Nations University players in double figures, as the Fightin’ Indians executed well on offense both before and after the break in a 93-83 women’s basketball victory Tuesday against Peru State (Neb.) College at Coffin Complex.
Attackers kill 7 in judicial offices
February 7, 2007 in print edition on A6
More than a dozen armed assailants staged and videotaped simultaneous attacks against two offices of the state attorney general in Acapulco on Tuesday, killing at least seven people in this Pacific resort plagued by drug violence.
NU tops Tech at buzzer
February 7, 2007 in print edition on C5
Charles Richardson was stunned to see the ball coming his way as the clock ticked down in Nebraska’s win over Texas Tech on Tuesday night.
Rival revival
Wildcats clicking in Huggins’ first year
February 7, 2007 in print edition on C1
One of Kansas State’s most passionate sports fans chit-chatted with first-year Wildcat basketball coach Bob Huggins about the history of the Sunflower Showdown on Monday night at the Manhattan Town Center Mall.
Easy menu, drink ideas help set scene for fab at-home Oscar party
February 7, 2007 in print edition on D5
Even the most dedicated movie buffs probably won’t find their mailboxes jammed with invites to hip Hollywood parties. So the trick to hosting your own buzz-worthy Academy Awards party is to make your home and guests feel as glam as the real thing. A little planning and a few simple recipes and party tips from Oscar party veterans are all that’s required.
Hybrid vehicles may fuel tax credit
Some Kansans could get $2,500 refund for buying gasoline-saving cars
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B1
With six children and a job in construction, state Rep. Anthony Brown, R-Eudora, said Tuesday that he hasn’t found a hybrid vehicle to fit his lifestyle. But that doesn’t mean he won’t some day.
Beckham to visit every MLS city
Soccer star scheduled to play in Kansas City on Sept. 27
February 7, 2007 in print edition on C2
David Beckham will visit every Major League Soccer city after his U.S. arrival in mid-July, and television viewers will see lots of him.
ABC hopes key audience not ‘Lost’
February 7, 2007 in print edition on A2
“Lost” (9 p.m., ABC) returns for the second half of its third season, but not before a recap clip episode (9 p.m.) brings viewers old and new up-to-date on the island intrigue.
About time
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B11
To the editor: In response to your Feb. 5 editorial, “Video Omission”: The editor is correct; it’s about time to recognize coach Roy Williams and his great accomplishments at Kansas University on the video board.
$10,000 race car taken from rural area
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B1
Douglas County sheriff’s officers are looking for a stolen race car.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B10
Ojeleye carries Ottawa boys
Cyclones overcome late letdown against Eudora
February 7, 2007 in print edition on C3
Ojeleye carries Ottawa boys –-
FBI negotiators sent to assist on kidnapping
February 7, 2007 in print edition on A6
Two FBI hostage negotiators were sent to Haiti on Tuesday to help secure the release of a kidnapped American missionary, officials said.
Bush’s budget cuts could leave low-income residents in the cold
February 7, 2007 in print edition on A1
Lester Big Goose Jr. didn’t have any warm words Tuesday for President Bush’s proposed $2.9 trillion budget. Bush’s plan includes a 56 percent cut in a federal energy assistance program. That cut could mean colder winters for Big Goose and his children.
Coconut oil, powdered salt among tricks to making movie-style popcorn
February 7, 2007 in print edition on D1
When Sandra Saravia goes to the movies, she finds it virtually impossible to pass the concession stand without giving in to the pricey, buttery allure of a bag of freshly popped corn.
Green’s buzzer-beater lifts LHS boys; girls fall
February 7, 2007 in print edition on C1
With a coolness belying his sophomore standing, Lawrence High guard Dorian Green sank a buzzer-beating jump shot to give the Lions a 45-43 home victory against Shawnee Mission South Tuesday night.
Home lanes create positive spin for LHS bowlers
Lions achieve improved pinfalls as both boys and girls squads finish second in three-team meet
February 7, 2007 in print edition on C6
After a road meet Monday, the Lawrence High bowling teams returned to the friendly confines of Royal Crest Lanes and rebounded from the day before.
Valentine menu suits two on ‘Jayni’s Kitchen’
February 7, 2007 in print edition on D3
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Two’s Company: A Valentine Menu for the One You Love.”
Studies raise drug concerns
February 7, 2007 in print edition on A3
A drug widely used to prevent excessive bleeding during heart surgery appears to raise the risk of dying in the five years afterward by nearly 50 percent, an international study found.
Democratic efforts against Iraq war continue on Capitol Hill
February 7, 2007 in print edition on A7
Democratic critics of the Iraq war seized the offensive at both ends of the Capitol on Tuesday, disclosing plans for a symbolic rejection by the House of President Bush’s decision to deploy additional troops and filing legislation in the Senate to require withdrawal of U.S. military personnel.
Tourism slows in Bush’s Texas town
February 7, 2007 in print edition on A2
Near the lone stoplight on Main Street, a “For Sale” sign hangs from a dusty window where a shop used to sell souvenirs in honor of the town’s famous resident, President George W. Bush.
Ex-principal’s license revoked for theft charges
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B5
The Kansas State Board of Education has revoked the license of former Tonganoxie Elementary School principal Jerry Daskoski.
Committee: Democrat should keep seat in contested race
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B8
A Democrat who was declared the winner of a House seat by two votes in GOP-dominated Johnson County should keep his seat, a committee concluded Tuesday.
February 7, 2007 in print edition on B9
Commentary: Huggins not to be underestimated
February 7, 2007 in print edition on C2
I gave a hushed chuckle at Bob Huggins’ debut press conference when he talked about winning. Remember?
Jayhawks tapping Texas
Recruiting hotbed key to Kansas success
February 7, 2007 in print edition on C1
Everything is bigger in Texas. It’s a state spread across 268,581 square miles - many of them dotted with metal strips of bleachers, goal posts and lockers stuffed with helmets and shoulder pads.
Jayhawks win first in Big 12
February 7, 2007 in print edition on C8
One and nine may not look so fine, but it’s certainly better than 0-10 for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team.
Panel considers sexual-orientation discrimination ban
Current state law leaves victims without recourse
February 7, 2007 in print edition on A1
Jeff Potter of Horton said everything seemed to be going well at his job as a machinist in a tool-and-die shop.