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Sometimes a pancake can speak volumes about another culture
February 16, 2007
KU’s Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies hosted a pancake festival today.
More charges filed for man accused of exposing several women to H.I.V.
February 16, 2007
Robert Richardson was back in court yesterday in LYon County, charged with exposing two more women to the deadly virus H.I.V.
Peanut butter recall sends workers at local food pantries into overdrive
February 16, 2007
Workers at the Salvation Army tossed out more than 120 jars of potentially contaminated peanut butter due to a nation recall.
Police expand technology within interrogation rooms
February 16, 2007
A taped police confession by Jason Rose became an important piece in the trial against him. Only one interrogation room was outfitted with equipment to record such conversations, now all nine have the technology.
KU students will have to wait to see if they will receive new buses
February 16, 2007
Students voted earlier this week on whether to add two new student fees that would change the bus system, but only 5% of students headed to the polls.
Nebraska looking to redeem last month’s blow-out against KU
February 16, 2007
KU headed up to Lincoln last month and rolled over Nebraska to the tune of 76-56. The Jayhawks, however, are not expecting another blow-out on Saturday.
Blast of winter weather hits douglas county - catching drivers off guard
February 16, 2007
A round of heavy snowfall moved into the Lawrence area late this afternoon and caused several accidents as a result of the icy weather.
Tonganoxie girls drop first game of the season
February 16, 2007
After a roaring 17-0 start to the season, the Lady Chieftains were served their first loss by the Bonner Springs Bravettes, 41-44.
Tonganoxie boys team also falls short against Bonner Springs
February 16, 2007
The ball just didn’t bounce Tonganoxie’s way, as the boys squad lost to the Bonner Springs Braves, 58-42.
City officials push to make Lawrence an ‘All-American Town’
February 16, 2007
City leaders are applying for the special designation called the ‘All-America City Award’ and pointing out three programs that enrich lives in Douglas County. One such program targets the littlest tikes in town.
Piper boys roll over Santa Fe Trail; girls lose by one
February 16, 2007
Piper basketball split a pair of games against Santa Fe Trail, with the boys team winning 66-52, and the girls squad losing a tight one, 41-40.
The value is going up for an already precious commodity on KU’s campus
February 16, 2007
Starting Monday, the parking lot just South of Memorial Stadium will close as construction crews build a storm-water sewer from Potter Lake to 11st Street.
Expanding water treatment plant will cost about 4 million dollars more than expected
February 16, 2007
CIty staff now estimates the project at the Clinton Water Treatment Plant will cost more than 19 million dollars.
Douglas County looking to increase compensation for election day volunteers
February 16, 2007
If you are volunteering to work the polls on election day, expect to get paid about 6 dollars an hour and work 14 hours a day. But one Douglas County clerk is trying to fix that.
Cat Tracker accident victim returns home after nearly 2 months in hospital
February 16, 2007
A KU hospital spokesman says Chris Orr went home this week after spending more than a month in the rehabilitation wing of the hospital.
KU women’s tennis squad hosted BYU today
February 16, 2007
KU dropped all three doubles matches against BYU, but managed to win 3 of 6 singles matches. BYU narrowly escaped with the overall victory.
Snow causes flurry of accidents
The calls have been widespread across the city
February 16, 2007
ince the snow started falling this afternoon, Lawrence police have responded to 19 noninjury accidents, police spokeswoman Kim Murphree said. The calls have been widespread across the city, including three on Iowa Street, two on Wakarusa Drive and two on Louisiana Street.
City leaders want Lawrence to be named ‘All-American’ city
February 16, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, city leaders apply to “All-American Award,” and complete coverage of all local high school hoops action.
Community theater singers cater to sweethearts
February 16, 2007
More than 150 fans of Lawrence Community Theatre - and of good singing - filled the big dining room at Maceli’s restaurant, 1031 N.H., on Valentine’s Day for a dinner and nearly two dozen “Songs for Sweethearts,” sung by six of LCT’s talented vocalists.
Cigarette tax habit may kick states
February 16, 2007 in print edition on A1
Roland Henkel quit smoking in September and has been doing the math ever since: A week added to his life. More than 2,100 Marlboro Lights he hasn’t smoked. And more than $400 he didn’t spend on cigarettes.
Suspect peanut butter sold in area
Recall raises fears of salmonella
February 16, 2007 in print edition on A1
Clarence Seaver thought his Great Value peanut butter tasted funny. “He said he didn’t think it tasted right,” Lucy Seaver said of her husband. “I tasted it and thought it tasted all right.”
Robinson turns it up for league
Junior hits 55 percent in Big 12 games
February 16, 2007 in print edition on C1
Kansas University junior point guard Russell Robinson, who is known for his defense more than his offense, has quietly put up some impressive offensive stats in Big 12 Conference play.
Splitsville
LHS girls, FSHS boys victorious
February 16, 2007 in print edition on C1
With Lawrence High’s top girls bowler sidelined, Jessica Wyatt knew she had to step up her game.
Mayer: CU did KU favor in ‘52
February 16, 2007 in print edition on C1
The belabored Colorado basketball team dutifully did its part Wednesday to help Kansas University win at least a share of another conference title. The Jayhawks are grateful. But they’re not nearly as delighted with this season’s 2-0 mark against CU as were the 1952 NCAA and Olympic champions.
Gordon fails inspection
Driver wins qualifier, but car too low
February 16, 2007 in print edition on C5
Just when it looked like racing would snatch the spotlight from the cheaters at Daytona, Jeff Gordon’s winning car failed inspection.
Report: Al-Qaida in Iraq leader injured; aide killed
February 16, 2007 in print edition on A7
U.S. and Iraqi forces pushed deeper Thursday into Sunni militant strongholds in Baghdad - where cars rigged with explosives greeted their advance - while British-led teams in southern Iraq used shipping containers to block suspected weapon smuggling routes from Iran.
Lively judge tries to keep the peace
Attorneys argue about Anna Nicole Smith’s body, daughter
February 16, 2007 in print edition on A2
There were angry attacks at times, resounding laughter at others and a standing-room only audience. And as custody of Anna Nicole Smith’s body and of the former Playboy Playmate’s infant daughter devolved Thursday into an all-out legal circus, Circuit Judge Larry Seidlin became the affable ringmaster.
Lawrence man injured in wreck on U.S. 59
February 16, 2007 in print edition on B2
A 30-year-old Lawrence man was thrown from his vehicle and suffered disabling injuries after his car struck a semitrailer head-on Thursday afternoon on U.S. Highway 59 in Franklin County.
Cowher joins CBS crew
February 16, 2007 in print edition on C2
Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher is returning to the NFL - as an analyst on CBS’ Sunday “The NFL Today” studio show.
Palestinians move on unity deal
Hamas Cabinet resigns to bring rival Fatah into government
February 16, 2007 in print edition on A6
The Hamas Cabinet resigned Thursday to make way for a coalition with the rival Fatah of moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who gave his blessing despite what his aides said was a warning from the U.S. that Washington would shun the new government.
Bush promises new effort in Afghanistan
February 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
President Bush vowed Thursday to make a sustained new military and political effort to beat back resurgent Taliban forces as he turned his attention back to Afghanistan and a conflict that has been overshadowed for the past couple years by the larger war in Iraq.
Don’t forget these presidents
February 16, 2007 in print edition on B7
Over the past few years there’s been a good deal of discussion about the need for more civics education in schools and colleges. Many people believe that Americans are confused about and ignorant of traditional notions of patriotism, civic virtue and American values. I agree with this. These words are used all the time, but, often, they are used for partisan political purposes and their meanings twisted.
Lagging valuation
Stable property valuations may or may not allow local governments to hold the line on property taxes.
February 16, 2007 in print edition on B6
Local residents concerned about rising property values in Douglas County may soon get to experience the flip side of the valuation coin. County Appraiser Marion Johnson has notified city, county and school officials that residential and commercial properties in the county will see an average valuation increase of less than 3 percent this year.
Auditors say billions wasted in Iraq
February 16, 2007 in print edition on A7
About $10 billion has been squandered by the U.S. government on Iraq reconstruction aid because of contractor overcharges and unsupported expenses, and federal investigators warned Thursday that significantly more taxpayer money is at risk.
Teen act takes mature approach to music
February 16, 2007 in print edition on D1
The soundtrack to the cable-TV movie “High School Musical” was the biggest-selling album of 2006.
Bonds finally signs $15.8 million deal
Slugger expected to report Monday to Giants’ camp
February 16, 2007 in print edition on C2
Barry Bonds finally signed his $15.8 million, one-year deal, and it was approved Thursday by the commissioner’s office, ending more than two months of wrangling between the slugger and the San Francisco Giants over contract language.
Annual cancer fundraiser kickoff offers camaraderie
February 16, 2007 in print edition on B2
Something as simple as a lap around the track became a major part of Jennifer Kulseth’s recovery from cancer.
KU swimming in third at Big 12 meet
February 16, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kansas University broke a school records and sits in third place after Thursday’s second day of the Big 12 Conference Swimming and Diving Championships.
KU women’s hoops sets up ‘Challenge’
February 16, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s final two home women’s basketball games have been designated the Lawrence Public Schools Elementary Challenge.
Students compete for national scholarships
February 16, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas University juniors Jay Marshall Kimmel of Wichita and Cristina Avelina Fernandez of Washington, D.C., and Asuncion, Paraguay, are among the 600 students nationwide to be nominated for Harry S. Truman scholarships, which provide up to $30,000 for college students who are preparing to become leaders in public service.
Ex-teacher charged for alleged sex with teen
February 16, 2007 in print edition on B1
A former suburban Kansas City high school teacher has been charged with having sex with a 15-year-old female student who attended the school where he once taught.
Bush to have weak hand on trip
February 16, 2007 in print edition on B6
President Bush’s coming visit to five Latin American countries starting March 8 will be his biggest effort ever to improve ties with the region, but the trip may come too late to counter Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s checkbook diplomacy and the growing anti-American sentiment in the region.
Pelosi says president would need congressional approval to invade Iran
February 16, 2007 in print edition on A7
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that President Bush lacks the authority to invade Iran without specific approval from Congress, a fresh challenge to the commander in chief on the eve of a symbolic vote critical of his troop buildup in Iraq.
Farm Service to consolidate 11 offices
February 16, 2007 in print edition on B2
Kansas Farm Service Agency, which handles federal crop payments to farmers, announced plans Thursday to consolidate 11 Kansas offices as it struggles with a declining budget and shrinking staff.
Drama recalls real murder
February 16, 2007 in print edition on A2
“Law & Order” (9 p.m., NBC) turns to a sad, true and familiar story for one of its “ripped from the headlines” plots. Tonight’s episode involves the death of an actress found hanging in her office.
Veritas boys win, girls fall
February 16, 2007 in print edition on C3
Veritas Christian turned a seven-point deficit into a seven-point victory Thursday night in high school boys basketball.
Big 12 reprimands Knight
February 16, 2007 in print edition on C2
Texas Tech coach Bob Knight was reprimanded by the Big 12 Conference for comments about officiating in a double-overtime loss at Oklahoma State.
Manufacturer to cease operations in Topeka
February 16, 2007 in print edition on C8
Cardinal Brands Inc. is closing the last vestiges of its once-substantial manufacturing operations in Topeka, ceasing production in the city where the company’s roots were established 118 years ago.
Tongie girls rout K.C. Piper, remain undefeated
February 16, 2007 in print edition on C3
Ali Pistora scored 14 points, and Elizabeth Baska and Rebecca Bogard each had 14 as Tonganoxie High’s girls basketball team remained undefeated with a 62-33 rout Thursday of Kansas City Piper.
Group-home owner sentenced for abuse
February 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
A woman who owned assisted-living homes where prosecutors said residents were fed rotten food and put to work stuffing newspaper inserts was sentenced Thursday to prison for abuse and neglect.
Woman burned to death in alleged revenge plot
February 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
Two women are accused of soaking a homeless, drug-addicted prostitute with gasoline and burning her to death after she reported that one of them had robbed her.
Disturbance at shelter leads to injury, arrest
February 16, 2007 in print edition on B2
A disturbance at the Lawrence Community Shelter and Drop-In Center, 214 W. 10th St., sent a Lawrence resident to the hospital after he was pushed into a table.
Astronaut arrest won’t affect mission
February 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
The arrest of an astronaut on an attempted murder charge has not distracted the crew of the upcoming space shuttle mission, even though she had been scheduled to be part of the flight’s ground team, the shuttle’s commander said Thursday.
Weird laws abound across the nation
February 16, 2007 in print edition on C8
Every state has its share of weird laws that can affect the way we live in our own homes.
Hardaway under fire for remarks
Former NBA player penalized for anti-gay comments
February 16, 2007 in print edition on C6
The NBA banished Tim Hardaway from All-Star weekend in Las Vegas because of his anti-gay remarks.
Parents receive 2 years for caging children
February 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
A couple who forced some of their 11 adopted, special-needs children to sleep in wire-and-wood cages were sentenced to two years in prison Thursday, after the parents insisted they were only trying to keep the kids safe.
Durant not sold on NBA just yet
February 16, 2007 in print edition on C4
Texas coach Rick Barnes is getting annoyed at Longhorns fans chanting “one more year!” and hoping standout freshman Kevin Durant won’t leave for the NBA after this season.
Interest stays strong for advance voting
February 16, 2007 in print edition on B1
Advance voting once again is proving popular in Douglas County.
Airline apologizes to passengers
Waits on plane were up to 10 1/2 hours
February 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
Hundreds of passengers who were stranded on parked JetBlue planes for up to 10 1/2 hours could have been evacuated sooner if the airline had not waited to ask airport officials for help, the company founder said Thursday.
Bill would give FDA control over tobacco products
February 16, 2007 in print edition on A4
Anti-smoking congressional leaders filed bipartisan legislation Thursday to give the Food and Drug Administration control over tobacco products, something health advocates have long sought.
Romney works to build name recognition
February 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
Republican Mitt Romney, who surprised his presidential rivals last month with his one-day, $6.5 million haul, added nearly $1 million more to the till Thursday as candidates faced the reality that dollars distinguish the legitimate hopefuls from the pretenders.
City candidates clash in first forum
February 16, 2007 in print edition on B1
Sharp differences and a few sharp words between City Commission candidates emerged Thursday night at the campaign’s first true forum of the season.
People in the news
February 16, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Kenny Chesney denies gay rumors sparked by annulment ¢ ‘Felicity’ star Keri Russell weds contractor on Valentine’s Day ¢ Etheridge says she’s honored to be nominated for Oscar ¢ Johansson happy to be Hasty Pudding woman of the year
Royals’ Nelson arrives early
February 16, 2007 in print edition on C2
Despite an impressive campaign last season, Joe Nelson said he knows he’s not assured of a spot in this year’s Kansas City Royals bullpen.
Wreck near Basehor kills Tonganoxie teen
February 16, 2007 in print edition on B1
A collision on U.S. Highway 24-40 west of Basehor claimed the life of a Tonganoxie teenager.
Anglicans discuss U.S. church’s stance on gays
February 16, 2007 in print edition on A6
Leaders of the world’s 77 million Anglicans spent Thursday locked in discussion about the church’s American wing, whose leader is under increasing pressure to reconsider her support for ordaining gays and blessing same-sex couples.
Ex-KU signee Lindley dies at 34
February 16, 2007 in print edition on C1
Former Kansas University basketball signee Chris Lindley has died at the age of 34.
2 Koreas to resume high-level meetings
February 16, 2007 in print edition on A6
The two Koreas will have talks late this month aimed at improving relations, a South Korean official said Thursday, the first sign of easing tensions between the countries after the North signed a nuclear disarmament agreement.
Authorities work to prevent backlash from mall shooting
February 16, 2007 in print edition on A5
The mayor and police chief sought to head off any potential backlash against Bosnian immigrants Thursday, three days after a Bosnian teenager shot five people to death in a crowded shopping mall and then died in a shootout with police.
Egyptian denies guilt in train bombings
February 16, 2007 in print edition on A6
An Egyptian accused of being a mastermind of the Madrid train bombings told a court Thursday he had no involvement in the deadly attack, despite wiretapped conversations in which he allegedly boasted he was the brains behind it.
Waltrip apologizes, qualifies
Embarrassed two-time Daytona winner places eighth in qualifier
February 16, 2007 in print edition on C5
Michael Waltrip cheated, apologized and then vindicated himself the only way he knew how: He drove his way into the Daytona 500.
Commodities
February 16, 2007 in print edition on C8
Historian is making history at Harvard
February 16, 2007 in print edition on B6
I would have bet big money that we’d have a female president of the United States before we had a female president of Harvard University. It’s not just that Harvard predates the United States by more than a century and half. There’s actually a higher percentage of women in the Bush Cabinet than in the tenured faculty ranks of Harvard.
Authorities seize farm as part of land reform
February 16, 2007 in print edition on A6
The South African government has seized a 600,000-acre game and cattle farm from its owners, the Lutheran Evangelical Church of Southern Africa, and will divide the land among poor rural communities, ministers said Thursday.
On the record
February 16, 2007 in print edition on B2
Teenager sentenced to 7 years in terror plot
February 16, 2007 in print edition on A6
A Danish court on Thursday convicted a 17-year-old defendant on terror charges and sentenced him to seven years in prison for involvement in a botched plot to blow up a target in Europe. Three other suspects in the case were cleared of offenses.
Commentary: Badgers’ Taylor finally has fun back in hometown
February 16, 2007 in print edition on C4
Watching brutal offense is nothing new for Wisconsin basketball fans. They watched it all the way to the Final Four with Dick Bennett’s team in 2000.
N. Korea accord a hopeful step
February 16, 2007 in print edition on B7
My first reaction upon hearing that North Korea had agreed to take steps toward nuclear disarmament was: not again! Hadn’t Pyongyang promised Jimmy Carter, during his ill-advised 1994 “peace” mission, that it would freeze its nuclear weapons program and dismantle existing nuclear facilities?
Neighbor convicted in fireworks death
February 16, 2007 in print edition on B8
A man accused of igniting a house fire by shooting off illegal fireworks in July has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of an 8-year-old girl.
KU football fills coaching vacancy
February 16, 2007 in print edition on C1
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino once again chose familiarity when selecting a new assistant coach.
CDC: W.Va., Ky. have highest levels of heart disease
February 16, 2007 in print edition on A8
West Virginia and Kentucky - states known for high levels of obesity, diabetes and smoking - have the highest proportion of people with heart disease in the nation, U.S. health officials said Thursday.
Lawrence Datebook
February 16, 2007 in print edition on B2
Kansas congresswoman drawing partisan backlash
February 16, 2007 in print edition on B5
In campaigning for Congress, Nancy Boyda blunted questions about her stance on the war in Iraq by telling voters she’d support the troops even if she had misgivings about their mission.
Dollar coin
February 16, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I don’t have a dog in the fight on whether (again) a dollar coin will succeed, but it seems to me based on the article of Feb. 12 that research shows Americans simply won’t accept one; they’d rather stick with an old greenback in their pocket instead of a large coin. Surely, the Susan B. Anthony coin should have proven that.
Keep it wild
February 16, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: As a homeowner in Old West Lawrence, very near Burcham Park, I am opposed to the “Kansas River Expression of Soul Project.”
Putin puts political rivals on equal footing
February 16, 2007 in print edition on A6
President Vladimir Putin promoted his hawkish defense minister to a top government post Thursday, a move that puts Putin’s two heirs apparently on equal footing before next year’s election to replace the popular leader.
Students helping to further dog’s education
Four-legged friend at school creates a win-win situation
February 16, 2007 in print edition on B1
Tally doesn’t quite look or act like the others in her second-grade class. Maybe it’s the perky ears. Or the fur and the stub of a tail. Or the scratching.
Plane hijacking ends; suspect arrested
February 16, 2007 in print edition on A6
An armed man who hijacked a Mauritanian plane to Spain’s Canary Islands on Thursday was overpowered by passengers and crew before he was arrested by police who boarded the plane shortly after landing, government and airline officials said.
Alexa’s Law’ advances; critics question need for it
Measure would allow murder charge in fetal killings
February 16, 2007 in print edition on B8
A proposed “Alexa’s Law” for protecting mothers-to-be and their fetuses won first-round approval Thursday in the House, despite questions from abortion rights supporters about whether it’s needed.
Commentary: Power struggle costs Schottenheimer
February 16, 2007 in print edition on C2
I know professional sports has long passed by the time when fans root, rooted for the home team no matter what. I know that pressure from fans starving for championships raises extremely high bars for coaches to clear. But how out of whack have things become when a guy gets fired after posting the best record in the league?
Lyrics’ evokes ‘80s vibe
February 16, 2007 in print edition on D1
Love Hugh Grant. Love Drew Barrymore. And if they don’t burn down the house with any sparks they set off in “Music and Lyrics,” their Valentine to moviegoers, they at least make it amusingly watchable.
Orbit sends evidence of water on Mars
February 16, 2007 in print edition on A8
An orbiting spacecraft has sent back new evidence for the presence of water on Mars. Scientists long have debated whether water flowed on the red planet, with evidence increasing in recent years. The presence of water would raise the possibility of at least primitive life forms existing there.
UCLA survives scare at Arizona St.
Bruins avoid starting a losing streak by winning in Tempe
February 16, 2007 in print edition on C4
Coming off a painful loss at West Virginia last weekend, the UCLA Bruins found themselves trailing woeful Arizona State by 10 points with 11 minutes to play Thursday night.
All-Star nod ‘relief’ for Anthony
February 16, 2007 in print edition on C6
Nothing like an All-Star invitation to mellow Melo.
Horoscopes
February 16, 2007 in print edition on B4
Community Corrections funding problem means corners are being cut
Money not available for crime reduction programs
February 16, 2007 in print edition on B1
In a perfect world, Annie Grevas would give ex-convicts on probation every tool to help them and the communities in which they live stay crime-free. But for now, Grevas and other Community Corrections officers in Kansas are struggling to pay their own staff.
Biodefense proposals face deadline today
February 16, 2007 in print edition on A1
States, including Kansas, in the running for a new $450 million biodefense research facility have until today to submit another round of information to the federal government. “It’s simply another milestone in the whole process of selecting the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility,” said Christopher Kelly, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
February 16, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kansas University freshman forward Darrell Arthur has been amazed at the recent play of Darnell Jackson, who had 11 rebounds, four points and two blocks versus Colorado.
Boyda blasts Bush’s budgets proposals
February 16, 2007 in print edition on B5
“Train wreck” and “disaster” were the words that Rep. Nancy Boyda and two Democratic colleagues used Thursday to describe the budget they inherited when Republicans lost control of Congress.
Printer moving to Eudora
Kingston Printing buying plant in Intech Business Park
February 16, 2007 in print edition on C8
Dick Johnson’s two-year search for a new building ends this morning, when the Lawrence printer closes the purchase of a vacant manufacturing plant at the eastern edge of Eudora. Johnson, owner of Kingston Printing Inc., is buying the former manufacturing home of M-Pact Worldwide at 1310 Kistler Drive in the Intech Business Park along the north side of Kansas Highway 10.
Baker gets grant to study microscopic ‘water bear’
February 16, 2007 in print edition on B1
Tiny animal, big grant. The microscopic tardigrade - or “water bear” - is at the center of a $600,000 grant Baker University has received from the National Science Foundation. For the next four years, Baker students will be involved in collecting samples of the animal from sites across the country, sequencing their DNA and comparing the animals’ physical characteristics with their genetic makeup.
Comedic cocktail
Theatre on the Rocks showcases untapped potential of bar-based sketch humor
February 16, 2007 in print edition on D1
Drinking and driving don’t mix. But what about drinking and live sketch comedy? So far, the blend seems to be working for Theatre on the Rocks. The Lawrence troupe concocts a fresh show each month, presenting short plays and skits from its home base at Fatso’s, 1016 Mass.