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Champions crowned at the Sunflower League Wrestling Meet
February 11, 2007
Yesterday, Olathe East took home the team title with LHS finishing 4th and Free State placing 7th during the Sunflower League Wrestling Meet.
Heart disease not just a problem for middle-aged men
February 11, 2007
Heart disease is often thought of as a problem for middle-aged men, but new reports show that heart attacks can and DO happen to women as well.
Second week begins tomorrow in Boardwalk Fire Trial
February 11, 2007
Testimony resumes tomorrow morning in Douglas County District Court in the case of Jason Rose, who faces several charges in connection with the October 2005 fire.
Opponents of Tonganoxie Highway Interchange Project ‘ready for war’
February 11, 2007
Special interests and back door politics - that’s how some in Tonganoxie say a highway interchange project on County Road One has moved forward. Today those who oppose the plans met for a town hall meeting to talk about their strategy.
Talented Lawrence High Senior is the last to ‘toot his own horn’
February 11, 2007
Trumpet player Evan Hunter might not be a name you know now, but chances are you’ll be hearing more of it in the ‘musical world’ in the future.
Historical document returns to Constitution Hall for 150th birthday
February 11, 2007
One of the original drafts of the Kansas Constitution celebrates its 150th birthday in Lecompton this weekend.
Teenager seriously injured in early Saturday morning accident
February 11, 2007
A teenager is seriously injured early Saturday morning after his Jeep crashed into a semitrailer. The accident occurred near the Lawrence Municipal Airport.
Wright helps KU cure losing streak in Mizzou Arena
February 11, 2007
Mizzou Arena had not been kind to the Jayhawks during their last two visits to Columbia, however, the crimson and blue finally prevailed in the house of the Tigers winning 92-74 behind a career night from Julian Wright.
KU women have first conference win streak
February 11, 2007
Last night in the Lone Star State, the KU women’s basketball team escaped Austin in an absolutely unbelievable finish giving them a 2-game conference win streak.
Mozart’s magic missing from touring ‘Don Giovanni’
February 11, 2007
Mozart’s exquisite music requires a sprightliness and delicacy that were mostly absent from this production.
Orchestra, soloists combine ingredients for sweet Valentine concert
February 11, 2007
The encore to Saturday’s “Baroque by Candlelight” concert by the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra was a lush dessert bar, but the concert may have been even sweeter.
Administration could bypass Congress on Medicaid issues
February 11, 2007 in print edition on A5
Democrats have made it clear: They don’t support recommendations from President Bush that would shave an estimated $77 billion from government health programs for seniors and the poor.
U.S. attack on Iran would be huge mistake
February 11, 2007 in print edition on B6
Already bogged down in Iraq and Afghanistan, it would be sheer folly for the United States to take military action against Iran’s nuclear infrastructure. Such a move could trigger a protracted conflict and have myriad, adverse consequences, from destabilizing the Persian Gulf and Iraq to a sizeable spike in world oil prices.
What a newbie needs to know about taxes
Learning the ropes when filing a return for first time
February 11, 2007 in print edition on E2
The financial freedom that comes with that first real job can be exhilarating. Your own money. Your own apartment. Your own schedule. Your own tax return. Tax return?
My chemical romance
Mysteries of love may boil down to science
February 11, 2007 in print edition on D1
A young man gazes at his date across the dinner table and starts a conversation with himself. I’m falling for her, he thinks. She’s beautiful. Kind and thoughtful. Incredibly intelligent. I can’t get her out of my head. It must be love.
Education board to revisit debate over evolution
February 11, 2007 in print edition on A1
A day after Charles Darwin’s birthday, scientists, educators and other Kansans expect to mark the occasion again by watching the state school board dump science standards questioning his theory of evolution.
Obama makes it official
Senator focuses on new generation as he eyes presidency
February 11, 2007 in print edition on A1
Barack Obama announced his bid for president Saturday, a black man evoking Abraham Lincoln’s ability to unite a nation and a Democrat portraying himself as a fresh face capable of leading a new generation.
Douglas County No. 1 in car-safety awareness
February 11, 2007 in print edition on B1
Douglas County ranks first in Kansas when it comes to properly buckling in its children. About 75 percent of Douglas County children use an age- and size-appropriate child seat, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Girly girls’ toughen up in basic training
February 11, 2007 in print edition on B1
It was grueling. It was insane. It was hell. It was the best experience ever. Three 2006 Lansing High School graduates who joined the Air National Guard last summer found basic training was a challenge that brought on intense transformations.
Girlfriendly advice
Star helps author cheeky mating manual
February 11, 2007 in print edition on D3
Felicity Huffman is not a relationship expert, nor does she play one on TV. But that’s her name on the cover of “A Practical Handbook for the Boyfriend,” a cheeky mating manual now in bookstores.
Weeks calms nerves, carries HINU men to Senior Night win
February 11, 2007 in print edition on C4
Nothing was going Wacy Weeks’ way Saturday night. Weeks was playing his last home game for Haskell Indian Nations University, and the team’s leading scorer shot just 3-of-9 in the first half while his team appeared on its way to a blowout loss.
Postgame fireworks accompany LHS victory
February 11, 2007 in print edition on C4
It’s unfortunate a couple of postgame issues could damper a thrilling 46-44 win for the Lawrence High boys basketball team at Olathe South, but in the end, the Lions received a police escort to the locker room before making their trip back home.
Palmer propels AFC to victory in wild finish
Kaeding’s kick as time expires delivers decisive margin after NFC rallies late
February 11, 2007 in print edition on C12
Even while the star-studded AFC cruised to a comfortable lead in the Pro Bowl, Carson Palmer could sense a wacky finish lurking just beyond everybody’s control.
Wizards teammates involved in scuffle
February 11, 2007 in print edition on C10
The running feud between Etan Thomas and Brendan Haywood escalated with another exchange of blows, leading to a two-game suspension for Thomas and leaving the Washington Wizards thin along the frontcourt.
Divorcing couple live far apart under one roof
In bizarre case, judge orders wall to separate husband, wife from each other in shared home
February 11, 2007 in print edition on A12
Chana Taub peered through a gap in the recently built sheetrock wall that sliced her three-story house in two. Straining to look at what used to be her living room, she worried that her husband was lurking on the other side.
Talks stuck over energy aid to North Korea
February 11, 2007 in print edition on A3
Despite three days of hard bargaining, North Korean nuclear disarmament talks remained stuck Saturday over the energy aid North Korea would receive in return for closing its main nuclear reactor, diplomats said.
Nasdaq fails in bid for London Stock Exchange
February 11, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Nasdaq Stock Market Inc. failed for the second time in a year to win control of the London Stock Exchange PLC, revealing Saturday that its $5.3 billion hostile bid had been spurned by the British bourse’s shareholders.
Sweets and Treats fundraiser aimed at helping toddlers
February 11, 2007 in print edition on B5
As staff and volunteers sold 126 tickets, tiny-k Early Intervention coordinator Dena Bracciano was confident the $10,000 goal could be reached during its annual fundraiser.
2 pipe bombs could be work of ‘The Bishop’
February 11, 2007 in print edition on A3
Two pipe bombs mailed to companies in Chicago and Kansas City, Mo., appear to be linked to a suspect who has been sending increasingly threatening letters to financial institutions since at least 2005, a corporate counterterrorism expert said Saturday.
Test changes expected for students with disabilities
Federal law would also affect children learning English
February 11, 2007 in print edition on A4
When Tori Boyles, of Columbia, Mo., takes a test at school, an adult often reads the questions to her because the 9-year-old has learning disabilities that make reading difficult.
Mickelson overcomes elements
Lefty fires 70, shares Pebble Beach lead with Sutherland
February 11, 2007 in print edition on C2
The weather is getting worse. Phil Mickelson feels he is getting better.
Smith fans skip flowers for Internet messages
February 11, 2007 in print edition on A2
Fans of Anna Nicole Smith aren’t making pilgrimages to the place where she spent her final days. They’re not leaving flowers. They’re not gathering in crowds to express their grief. Instead, emotions are being expressed in a way as uniquely modern as Smith’s fame - on blogs, Web pages and online message boards where true fans battle naysayers to get their voices heard.
Commentary: Bashing of Bears boggles the mind
February 11, 2007 in print edition on C2
Jay Leno and David Letterman have made Bears jokes almost nightly.
Friendly foes
City wrestlers butt heads at league tourney
February 11, 2007 in print edition on C4
Before Free State High’s Alex Hardman defeated Lawrence High’s Chris Coons, 5-2, in a battle of 125-pounders, he congratulated his opponent for reaching the finals of the 2007 Sunflower League wrestling meet Saturday afternoon.
Baptist group enters coal-fired plant fight
February 11, 2007 in print edition on A8
Texas’ largest Baptist group is taking a rare step into environmental advocacy, working to block Gov. Rick Perry’s plan to speed the approval process for 18 new coal-fired power plants.
Court releases Wittig on bond
February 11, 2007 in print edition on B8
An appeals court has granted a request by former Westar Energy Inc. chief executive David Wittig to be released from prison on bond in a case involving what prosecutors call the looting of the utility company.
Rates for CDs vary because of banks’ cash needs
February 11, 2007 in print edition on E1
Question: I am a retiree with a lot of money in certificates of deposit. Since a bank that offers the highest interest rate at one time often doesn’t offer the best rate later, I now have CDs at eight different banks, which is very inconvenient.
Jayhawks split tourney twinbill
February 11, 2007 in print edition on C3
The Kansas University softball team split two games Saturday at the Campbell-Cartier Classic, knocking off San Diego State, 3-2, before falling to No. 6 Oregon State, 7-0.
Capital City Bank taps two executives
February 11, 2007 in print edition on E1
Capital City Bank announces two new executives for its Lawrence operations.
House fire displaces family
February 11, 2007 in print edition on B2
Sparks and smoke were coming from a basement electrical box in her parents’ home in southeastern Lawrence on Saturday evening when Priscilla Johnson grabbed the fire extinguisher. Then she saw a red glow.
U.S. weighs how much to divulge about Iran involvement
February 11, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Bush administration is haunted by the history of intelligence blunders about Saddam Hussein’s supposed weapons of mass destruction as the United States tries to document that Iran is providing lethal help to Iraqi fighters.
Skewed figures undercut credibility of Bush budget
February 11, 2007 in print edition on B7
Experience has taught us that the Bush administration’s budget cannot be judged by its cover - or by the cover letter the president puts at the start of each year’s volume. The message he released last week was headlined by the Page 1 declaration that “the budget I am presenting achieves balance by 2012.”
Wild-turkey fundraiser set March 30
February 11, 2007 in print edition on C12
The Hunting Heritage Super Fund Auction and Dinner, hosted by the Kaw Valley Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, will be held March 30 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2206 E. 23rd. The ninth annual fundraising banquet supports wild-turkey conservation.
Worker accused of stealing lingerie
February 11, 2007 in print edition on A8
A warehouse worker has been accused of pilfering high-end lingerie worth nearly $15,000 after his ex-girlfriend snitched on him, a newspaper reported.
February 11, 2007 in print edition on D3
After brief sunshine, more snow falls on already-buried N.Y. towns
February 11, 2007 in print edition on A3
With more than 8 feet of snow already coating the ground, it wasn’t good news for this winter-weary region when the blue sky turned gray Saturday, signaling another intense snow squall was about to dump some more.
Poet’s Showcase
February 11, 2007 in print edition on D3
The Day Anna Nicole Died - By Dan McCarthy
Shooting woes continue for Veritas
February 11, 2007 in print edition on C4
A comfortable rebounding advantage and sharp shooting at the free-throw line weren’t enough Saturday to propel Veritas Christian to a high school boys basketball victory.
Spencer Consort to perform in Topeka
February 11, 2007 in print edition on D5
The Spencer Consort will perform a program Friday titled “George Frideric Handel and the Flute” at Grace Cathedral in downtown Topeka.
Border warrior
Fired-up Wright has 33 in rout
February 11, 2007 in print edition on C1
Julian Wright looked up in disbelief at the center video board prior to pregame introductions of Missouri’s starters on Saturday afternoon in Mizzou Arena.
KU women dance unlikely two-step
Mosley’s last-second bucket helps Jayhawks upset Texas
February 11, 2007 in print edition on C3
Shaquina Mosley made a layup with 0.4 seconds left to give the Kansas University women’s basketball team a 50-49 victory over Texas on Saturday night, the Jayhawks’ second straight Big 12 Conference victory after an 0-9 start in conference play.
Monroe breaking through barriers in pro fishing
February 11, 2007 in print edition on C12
Sometimes when he closes his eyes, Ishama “Ish” Monroe is still 8 years old. He’s visiting Ann Arbor, Mich. Bounding around on his grandfather’s farm. Hooking catfish and bluegill out of the humble 30-by-30-foot pond that was barely a rock skip down the road. Even today - more than 20 years later - the water and outdoors are as pure and welcoming as ever.
Studies show women can sniff out compatibility
February 11, 2007 in print edition on D2
Ever hear a woman say, “He seems perfect, but there’s just no chemistry”?
Kansas colonel says tough road ahead for new leader
February 11, 2007 in print edition on A1
When Gen. David Petraeus took over last week as commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, he expressed optimism that sectarian and insurgent violence in that country could be ended. The man who last year led a Kansas Army National Guard battalion in Iraq agrees.
States review ways to require girls in school to receive HPV vaccine
February 11, 2007 in print edition on A5
Seven months after the U.S. government recommended that all preteen girls be vaccinated against the virus that causes cervical cancer, at least two dozen are struggling to decide how to make that happen.
Chamber of Commerce develops leadership program for youths
Group focuses on giving eighth-graders ‘better understanding’ of how city works
February 11, 2007 in print edition on B1
A local group aimed at inspiring and strengthening leadership in Lawrence is working to create a smaller version of itself.
KU Wind Ensemble performs spring concert
February 11, 2007 in print edition on D3
The first KU Wind Ensemble concert of the spring semester, “A Bridge to the Past,” will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
KSU rolls despite ‘lapses’
Huggins underwhelmed by Wildcats’ performance; Martin scores 25
February 11, 2007 in print edition on C5
Searching for something positive to take out of Kansas State’s 78-59 victory over Colorado, Bob Huggins came up with this. “It’s a win,” said the Wildcats coach. “It’s a Big 12 win.”
Teachers emphasize salary, planning
February 11, 2007 in print edition on B1
As expected, salaries will be the top issue for teachers. But there also will be several other changes that teachers want in their contract next year with Lawrence’s school district, including more planning time for elementary school teachers.
Herbal remedies lack proof but may feel good
February 11, 2007 in print edition on D2
Take a quick look at the evidence for and against the use of herbal cold remedies:
First Serve holds wheelchair clinic
Lawrence tennis facility hopes to start league for players in wheelchairs
February 11, 2007 in print edition on C1
Before Saturday night, Mike Bottary never had attempted a slice serve in tennis. It only took a one-minute lesson from former Lawrence High tennis coach Dick Wedel until Bottary smacked the serve over the net on his first try.
Teenager injured in accident near airport
February 11, 2007 in print edition on B1
An 18-year-old was critically injured when his Jeep crashed into a semitrailer early Saturday morning, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said.
MU impressed with KU sophs
February 11, 2007 in print edition on C7
For about six minutes, Missouri players, coaches and fans had every right to believe that a pregame video in Mizzou Arena of the Tigers knocking off the Jayhawks each of the past two seasons would be extended when this game rolled around next year.
A clinical triangle
Hospital controversy heats up
February 11, 2007 in print edition on A1
At first glance, everything seems normal when you walk in the front door of the hospital: families coming and going, nurses taking care of patients, doctors making the rounds in lab coats. But a controversy is boiling just under the surface here at Kansas University Hospital regarding its complicated marriage with the KU Medical Center, which provides medical professors and students to staff the hospital.
Lawrence Datebook
February 11, 2007 in print edition on B2
KU nabs provisionals
February 11, 2007 in print edition on C3
A handful of Kansas University track and field athletes bested NCAA provisional marks this weekend in events scattered throughout the country.
Tax Tips Before Crunch Time
February 11, 2007 in print edition on E2
Four things to keep in mind when working on your 2006 taxes:
Self plays down milestone win
February 11, 2007 in print edition on C7
The record books will forever show Bill Self’s 300th coaching victory came against Kansas University’s border rival, Missouri - in a game at MU, even.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
February 11, 2007 in print edition on B6
Hybrids in during car pool lane experiment
February 11, 2007 in print edition on A8
Three models of small hybrid cars will be permitted to use car pool lanes on area freeways under an experiment that also will ban some alternative-fuel vehicles that currently use the special lanes.
Keegan: Bench energizes Jayhawks
February 11, 2007 in print edition on C1
The Kansas University bench isn’t nearly as long as it is important. As is often the case, only three reserves played in Saturday’s 92-74 blowout victory against Missouri in Mizzou Arena. Sherron Collins and Darnell Jackson were two of them, so quality wasn’t a problem.
February 11, 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:
Late home run leads to KU’s first setback
February 11, 2007 in print edition on C3
Erik Morrison clubbed a three-run homer, but it wasn’t enough as the Kansas University baseball team suffered a 6-5 loss early Saturday morning to South Dakota State in the opener of a three-game series at the Metrodome.
On the record
February 11, 2007 in print edition on B2
Cowboys win third multiple-OT bout
OSU improves to 4-0 in overtime games with comeback victory
February 11, 2007 in print edition on C5
After No. 17 Oklahoma State rallied to force a second overtime Saturday against Texas Tech, coach Sean Sutton had a message for his Cowboys. “I reminded them that we’ve done this before two other times,” Sutton said.
KU golfers finish 14th
February 11, 2007 in print edition on C3
The Kansas University men’s golf team shot a third-round 295 Saturday to finish in a tie for 14th place at the Hawaii-Hilo Invitational, the Jayhawks’ first tournament of the spring season.
Distracted driver wrecks, spills cow parts
February 11, 2007 in print edition on A8
About 40 tons of cow intestines and bones spilled onto a major highway after a truck driver became distracted by his digital music player and his semitrailer tipped over, officials said.
Congress boosts foreign policy role
February 11, 2007 in print edition on B6
Foreign ministers usually try to avoid commenting on election results in other countries. But their appointment schedules are not so discreet. An increasingly well-beaten path to Capitol Hill by special envoys and other officials visiting the nation’s capital attests to the new power that Congress holds in foreign policy.
Kansas basketball notebook
February 11, 2007 in print edition on C7
Kansas University has been rebounding well the past four games, since KU coach Bill Self chastised his big men for being “soft” after a home victory against Colorado. KU outrebounded Missouri, 40-33, after outboarding Nebraska (47-21), Texas A&M (40-29) and Kansas State (46-24).
Parents’ antics inspiration for love
February 11, 2007 in print edition on D8
Remember “Love Story,” that 1970 tear-jerker film? If you don’t, I’ll bet you remember the movie’s tagline: “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”
Susan G. Komen foundation unveils ad campaign to beat breast cancer
February 11, 2007 in print edition on A5
The pink ribbons will still adorn everything from teddy bears to yogurt lids. But now, Susan G. Komen for the Cure also is taking a more provocative approach with its familiar symbol.
Route 442 to close for bridge work
February 11, 2007 in print edition on B1
Douglas County Route 442 near the Johnson County line will be closed Monday so work can begin to replace a bridge.
Love means always having to say sorry
February 11, 2007 in print edition on D1
I am staring at a mug shot of actor Ryan O’Neal on one of those 24-hour news channels.
Valentine’s Day memorabilia popular with collectors
February 11, 2007 in print edition on D4
Valentine’s Day is a celebration that dates back to Feb. 14, 270, when a priest named Valentinus was executed in Rome for supporting Christian martyrs. According to legend, Valentinus, while in jail, befriended his jailer’s blind daughter and miraculously restored her sight.
High-powered credits
Energy-efficient improvements to homes can reduce taxes
February 11, 2007 in print edition on E1
Mark Ridenour has been remodeling homes in the Lawrence area for 26 years now, and he’s getting extra satisfaction these days by sharing a bit of good news with clients when it comes to recouping some of their remodeling costs.
KU theater students win awards at festival
February 11, 2007 in print edition on D8
Kansas University theater students fared well at the recent Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Ames, Iowa.
Gators continue dominance of Kentucky, SEC
No. 2 UCLA can’t catch West Virginia
February 11, 2007 in print edition on C8
Last year, Florida ran through the NCAA Tournament. This season, the Gators are dominating the Southeastern Conference.
February 11, 2007 in print edition on D6
For Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007:
Nebraska wins with ‘D’
Cornhuskers, Buffs ice-cold from field
February 11, 2007 in print edition on C9
On a day when No. 21 Nebraska’s shots weren’t falling, defense saved the day.
Michigan Republicans hear presidential hopefuls
February 11, 2007 in print edition on A9
The tension between the Republican presidential camps - especially between supporters of Arizona Sen. John McCain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney - was clear as nearly 3,000 Republican activists met Saturday for their state convention.
Family works to celebrate new life after father’s death
February 11, 2007 in print edition on A11
For weeks, Chief Warrant Officer Jason DeFrenn’s family awaited his homecoming, a trip planned as much more than a simple respite from his second tour in Iraq: The nine-year Army veteran was returning to South Carolina to help his wife give birth.
People in the news
February 11, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Farrow tours Central African Republic to highlight crisis ¢ Stiller, Meara receive star on Hollywood Walk of Fame ¢ Robert De Niro brings ‘Shepherd’ to Berlin festival ¢ Coroner: Accidental drug mix killed R&B singer Levert
Over-the-counter, out of control
Understanding nonprescription cold, cough and flu remedies
February 11, 2007 in print edition on D1
Like many folks stuck in the drugstore cold remedy aisle, Fred Feldman admits he’s spent moments that are downright confusing, even Seinfeld-ian.
Is Las Vegas’ big shot a one-shot deal?
February 11, 2007 in print edition on C10
Let’s start with a bet. Will the NBA return to Las Vegas, this time on a permanent basis, after the Feb. 18 All-Star game?
Putin: U.S. aggression fuels nuclear arms push
February 11, 2007 in print edition on A3
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday blamed U.S. policy for inciting other countries to seek nuclear weapons to defend themselves from an “almost uncontained use of military force” - a stinging attack that underscored growing tensions between Washington and Moscow.
Bush budget cuts take aim
February 11, 2007 in print edition on B7
A federal budget is a very boring, very intimidating and very political document. Read as a unit - and no sane person actually does this - a presidential budget is a broad statement of an administration’s priorities. Examined as a series of line items, it is a mind-numbing expression of the breadth and depth of government’s involvement in everyday life.
Play puts focus on child’s gift for coping
February 11, 2007 in print edition on B2
In the bustle of adult life, we often can forget what it was like to see the world through the eyes of a child, full of wonder and awe. During times of tragedy, sometimes a child is the only one who can find the seeds of hope necessary to regrow one’s life in a mess of wreckage and chaos.
Priceless commodity
Paperless voting systems soon may be on their way to the trash bin.
February 11, 2007 in print edition on B6
It seems Douglas County was prescient in its decision last year to purchase a voting system that uses paper ballots.