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1st suit filed after salmonella outbreak in peanut butter
February 17, 2007 in print edition on B2
A couple sued ConAgra Foods Inc. on Friday over a salmonella outbreak linked to its peanut butter, and their attorney predicted more suits would follow.
People in the news
February 17, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Nicole Richie charged with misdemeanor DUI ¢ Eminem’s ex-wife says rapper is unfaithful, uncaring ¢ Conflicting reports swirl about Spears and rehab ¢ Richards won’t attend mock trial about racial rant ¢ Oscar-winning songwriter Ray Evans dies at 92
Horoscopes
February 17, 2007 in print edition on D7
4-H and FCE news
February 17, 2007 in print edition on D3
The Vinland Family and Community Education unit will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the home of Paula Johnson. Kay Ellen Hess will give the lesson on “Men’s Health: A Guide to Peak Performance.”
House challenges U.S. troop increase
Nonbinding measure a prelude to battling Bush’s money request
February 17, 2007 in print edition on A1
Voter ID bill approved, criticized
Governor says requiring more identification to register is a solution to a nonexistent problem
February 17, 2007 in print edition on B1
Voter ID bill approved, criticized –-
Water treatment plant expansion to cost $4M more
Increased price tag at Clinton site could affect consumers’ bills
February 17, 2007 in print edition on A1
An expansion at the city’s Clinton Water Treatment Plant will cost about $4 million more than expected, causing city leaders to look at whether water rates will have to increase more than planned.
Faith Forum: Should people of faith be involved in astrology?
February 17, 2007 in print edition on D1
Faith Forum.
KU’s Cornish confident about NFL Combine
February 17, 2007 in print edition on C1
When Jon Cornish analyzes his potential place in professional football, he doesn’t see much to worry about.
Lovellette snowed under
Ex-KU great disappointed he’ll miss reunion
February 17, 2007 in print edition on C4
Clyde Lovellette sorely wanted to attend Kansas University’s 1952 national-championship-reunion festivities this weekend.
Former lawmaker to join tax appeals board
February 17, 2007 in print edition on B1
Former lawmaker Bruce Larkin will replace Tom Slack on the Kansas Board of Tax Appeals.
Kansas University Honor Roll
February 17, 2007 in print edition on D5
Kansas University announces its honor roll recognizing students for grades achieved during the fall 2006 semester. Area students include:
Smith’s will creates more confusion
Former Playboy centerfold left everything to son who died in September
February 17, 2007 in print edition on A2
The question of who will inherit Anna Nicole Smith’s estate was thrown into confusion Friday with the release of a 2001 will in which the former Playboy centerfold said her fortune should be held in trust for her son - who died last year.
Red foods can brighten your diet
February 17, 2007 in print edition on D1
Did you know red foods are some of the most nutritious? Here are a few that can boost your diet and help fight diseases, according to Woman’s Day:
KU swimmers still third at Big 12s
February 17, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s Jenny Short and Danielle Herrmann set school records during the Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday.
Kansas lawmakers split on resolution
February 17, 2007 in print edition on A7
Kansas lawmakers split along party lines Friday as the House approved a Democratic resolution opposing President Bush’s plan to send more troops to Iraq.
Kansas baseball series with NDSU postponed
February 17, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s baseball home opener has been delayed again.
Frustration yet again for FSHS
February 17, 2007 in print edition on C1
Chuck Law had the numbers - and the frustration - at the tip of his tongue.
Knicks’ Lee perfect in rookie challenge
February 17, 2007 in print edition on C5
The NBA’s leading shooter had a field day in a game with no defense.
Food, not art
February 17, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: It has been a challenge to find the exact year that the 2 percent for art from city projects paid through the general fund was mandated. The present city staff told us it was during the 1970s.
Simons: Regents should demand answers from hospital affiliation
February 17, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas Board of Regents members this week said they will seek more information about the possible merger and/or affiliation among the Kansas University Medical Center, KU Hospital and St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. They should have been asking for details long before being faced with a March 31 deadline KUMC and St. Luke’s set for the deal.
Science shift
For the good of Kansas schools, let’s hope Tuesday’s decision by the Kansas State Board of Education will stabilize the state’s science curriculum for years to come.
February 17, 2007 in print edition on B6
The science education pendulum has swung once again in Kansas schools.
Gun owners press Hutchinson stores to allow concealed weapons
February 17, 2007 in print edition on B8
When Kansas began allowing qualified residents to carry concealed handguns, A.J. Conard posted a sign at her business prohibiting them. When two members of a gun club objected to the sign, she took it down.
LHS boys talking title
Lions nip Leavenworth, improve to 8-1 in Sunflower League
February 17, 2007 in print edition on C1
The Lawrence High boys basketball team went on the road Friday night to defeat Leavenworth High, 59-57, a victory that reverberated around the Sunflower League.
Scouting news
February 17, 2007 in print edition on D3
The Lawrence Jewish Community Center conducted its annual Scout Sabbath service Feb. 9. Services were led by David Berkowitz and Mireille Green, adult scout leaders.
Pentagon accelerating deployment of division
February 17, 2007 in print edition on A7
The Pentagon said Friday it is sending an Army division headquarters staff of about 1,000 soldiers to Baghdad three months ahead of schedule, a move intended to improve the Army’s ability to command and control the thousands of extra combat troops that President Bush has ordered to Iraq.
KU softball goes 1-1 at Sunshine tourney
February 17, 2007 in print edition on C3
Senior ace Kassie Humphreys hit a home run and pitched seven scoreless innings Friday night to help Kansas to a 1-0 victory over previously unbeaten and 22nd-ranked Florida State in the Sunshine State Tournament.
Tennis team tumbles to Brigham Young, 4-3
February 17, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s tennis team suffered a 4-3 setback to 34th-ranked Brigham Young on Friday at First Serve.
Friendly fire’ video won’t be seen in open court
February 17, 2007 in print edition on A6
A British coroner reluctantly agreed Friday to a U.S. request not to show in open court a cockpit video capturing the horrified reaction of two American pilots in Iraq after they fired on British troops.
Lying to your doctor can be disastrous
February 17, 2007 in print edition on A1
There’s an open secret in medicine: Patients lie. They lie about how much they smoke and whether they’re taking their medicine. They understate how much they drink and overstate how much they exercise. They feign symptoms to get appointments quicker and ask doctors to hide the truth from insurance companies.
Relief’ pastor finds permanent home
February 17, 2007 in print edition on D1
After 15 years of serving churches in crisis, Kent Winters-Hazelton is looking to settle down.
Wife accuses Kidd of ‘serial infidelity’
February 17, 2007 in print edition on C5
Jason Kidd’s estranged wife has charged that the New Jersey Nets’ star physically abused her and cheated on her throughout their 10-year marriage.
Haskell scares Ozarks, but falls, 82-71
February 17, 2007 in print edition on C3
Haskell Indian Nations University scored the game’s first 11 points, but College of the Ozarks came back Friday night for an 82-71 women’s basketball victory over the Fightin’ Indians.
Iraqis see early hope in security sweep
February 17, 2007 in print edition on A7
As a military offensive seeks to bring Baghdad from the brink of anarchy, a top Iraqi security officer tried Friday to measure its early stages using the grim logic of a place with daily bloodshed: by counting the bodies arriving at the morgue.
Mickelson tied at top
Harrington shares lead in Nissan Open
February 17, 2007 in print edition on C2
Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington spent Friday afternoon on opposite sides of Riviera as they played vastly different styles. All they had in common when the second round ended was a share of the lead at the Nissan Open.
Bomb explodes near site of previous blast
February 17, 2007 in print edition on A6
Police and insurgents clashed after a bombing in southeastern Iran late Friday near the site where an explosion killed 11 members of the elite Revolutionary Guards this week, Iranian news agencies reported.
Three accused in train attack deny involvement
February 17, 2007 in print edition on A6
Three Moroccans accused of helping plan the 2004 Madrid train bombings denied involvement in the attack and condemned violence of any kind in testimony on Friday.
Around and about
February 17, 2007 in print edition on D3
Christopher and Gaylene Huff, Independence, Mo., announce the birth of their son, Trevor Samuel Huff, born Jan. 23, 2007. Trevor is the grandson of Roy and Jean Gilliam, Lawrence.
Quick-thinking pilot thwarts hijacking
Instructions in French tell crew, passengers to throw boiling water on man
February 17, 2007 in print edition on A6
A cunning pilot thwarted a hijacking by discreetly warning the passengers in French - a language the gunman didn’t speak - that he would knock the attacker off-balance with a rough landing, and that they should be ready to pounce.
Seniors treated to ukulele’s charms
February 17, 2007 in print edition on B1
Emily Russell grew up in Hawaii, playing the ukulele just like everyone else.
Parking spots to close for construction
February 17, 2007 in print edition on B1
Dozens of parking spots near Memorial Stadium will be unavailable on the Kansas University campus in coming weeks as crews build a stormwater sewer stretching from Potter Lake to 11th Street.
Americans indicted in alleged CIA kidnapping
February 17, 2007 in print edition on A6
An Italian judge indicted 25 suspected CIA agents and a U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel Friday in the alleged kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric who had been under investigation for recruiting Islamist fighters.
Tonganoxie girls suffer first setback
February 17, 2007 in print edition on C8
Tonganoxie High couldn’t overcome an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit, and Bonner Springs handed the Chieftains their first high school girls basketball loss of the season Friday night, 47-44.
Jim Clark Motors dons hat-design contest
February 17, 2007 in print edition on B4
Area residents are being invited to design hats worthy of being donned during the upcoming Kentucky Derby, part of a nationwide promotion tied to the spring launch of the 2008 Chrysler Sebring convertible.
Roy, Sutton, Vitale among Hall finalists
February 17, 2007 in print edition on C6
North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams is one of 15 finalists for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Tractor-trailer crash kills 2, closes interstate
February 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
A fiery crash involving three large trucks killed two people Friday and closed Interstate 85 in one direction, authorities said.
Club news
February 17, 2007 in print edition on D3
University Bridge Club announces results of its Feb. 10 meeting. Hosts were Marc and Cora Kuepker with Dale and Wanda Kring.
Attorney: Police justified in shooting mall gunman
February 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
Police officers acted properly in gunning down a Bosnian teenager who shot five people to death in a mall crowded with shoppers, a prosecutor said Friday.
Closings announced for Presidents Day
February 17, 2007 in print edition on B2
Several government offices and public services in Lawrence will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
February 17, 2007 in print edition on B6
Motorists freed from interstate
February 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
The last of hundreds of stranded motorists were freed but Pennsylvania highways remained shut Friday as crews struggled to clear ice and snow following a monster storm that has been blamed for at least 24 deaths in the Northeast and Midwest.
Suspect accused of plotting to kill rape victim
February 17, 2007 in print edition on B5
A St. Joseph man charged with beating and raping a woman last year is now accused of offering $12,000 to have her killed, authorities said.
Gay marriages will be recognized
February 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
Gay couples who legally married elsewhere will have all the rights of married people in New Jersey, but they can’t call themselves married, the state’s attorney general decided Friday.
Missouri coach’s son suspended for DUI arrest
February 17, 2007 in print edition on C6
The son of Missouri basketball coach Mike Anderson has been suspended indefinitely following an early-morning DUI arrest Friday.
Complaints of religious discrimination on the rise
February 17, 2007 in print edition on D8
Complaints of religious discrimination at jobs and schools in Washington state are at their highest in the past 15 years, with confrontations ranging from when and where people pray, how they dress or what hours they work.
Kansas basketball notebook
February 17, 2007 in print edition on C4
Various Web sites continue to speculate about Julian Wright possibly turning pro after this season.
Chiefs add three to staff
February 17, 2007 in print edition on C2
The Kansas City Chiefs hired three new assistant coaches on Friday, naming Cedric Smith as strength-and-conditioning coach, Bob Bicknell as the assistant offensive-line coach and Kevin Patullo as the offensive-quality-control coach.
KU measures fail because of extremely low voter turnout
February 17, 2007 in print edition on B2
Two measures related to busing on the Kansas University campus failed this week because not enough students turned out to vote.
Man injured in wreck released from hospital
February 17, 2007 in print edition on B3
The man injured in the Cat Tracker fan bus accident in November in Lawrence was released from the hospital this week and has returned home to Salina.
KCK center to be sold
February 17, 2007 in print edition on B4
Forest products company Weyerhaeuser will sell some of its building materials distribution centers in the U.S. - including one in Kansas City, Kan., and another in Newton - and all such operations in Canada, officials said Friday.
Free State puts three in top finals
Boyer leads Lions in qualifying
February 17, 2007 in print edition on C3
Free State swimmers qualified for the championship finals Friday in three events at state - Chase Torgerson in the 100 backstroke, Cameron Case in the 200 individual medley and Mitch Moore in the 100 breaststroke.
All-Star weekend arrives in Las Vegas
Pippen proposes comeback, but basketball talk takes back seat
February 17, 2007 in print edition on C5
There was all the usual Las Vegas talk Friday about gambling and sex.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
February 17, 2007 in print edition on B6
Bush has 2 moles removed from temple
February 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
President Bush had two moles removed from his left temple on Friday. His doctors expect tests on the skin growths to show that they are noncancerous.
City’s interim director of utilities department leaves
February 17, 2007 in print edition on A5
The city’s interim director of utilities has left the city to take a job in Wyandotte County.
Twin hit by truck in parking lot dies
February 17, 2007 in print edition on B5
A 3-year-old boy who was struck by a pickup truck in the drive-through lane of a fast-food restaurant has died.
Last man sentenced in musician slaying
February 17, 2007 in print edition on B5
The last of four men convicted in the shooting death of a Kansas City Symphony musician was sentenced Friday to 17 years in prison.
On the record
February 17, 2007 in print edition on B2
Big Easy text messages for donations
February 17, 2007 in print edition on B4
New Orleans may have half the population it did before Hurricane Katrina, but the cash-strapped city still loves a party, so to help pay for Mardi Gras, it’s trying a new money source: text-messaged donations.
Man gets 5 years for operating child porn site
February 17, 2007 in print edition on B5
A suburban Kansas City man was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for running a Web site that offered paid subscribers access to child pornography.
Infants form memories, but forget
February 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
Adults thinking back rarely can remember anything before preschool, but those bright infant eyes staring back at mommy and daddy really are forming memories. It’s just that babies also forget.
At least 112 die in capsized boat
February 17, 2007 in print edition on A6
A boat loaded with Somali and Ethiopian migrants capsized in the Gulf of Aden during a treacherous night crossing in which at least 112 people died, a Yemeni official said Friday.
Five firefighters injured in K.C. fire
February 17, 2007 in print edition on B5
Five firefighters were injured Friday morning, with two initially listed in critical condition, while battling a blaze at a 1920s building that once housed vaudeville productions and showings of silent films.
Despite child flu deaths, season relatively mild
February 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
Midway through the month when influenza typically peaks, health officials were monitoring four hospitalized Nebraska children, while three North Carolina schools remained closed over widespread symptoms of the illness.
Sebelius urges action on university repairs
February 17, 2007 in print edition on B3
As a power outage Friday plagued Kansas State University, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said she was chagrined by the lack of progress the Legislature has made in addressing the problem of needed major repairs at public universities.
Farm Bureau agent wins Blue Vase Award
February 17, 2007 in print edition on B4
Chris Greenhoot recently received the Farm Bureau Financial Services Blue Vase Award, given to Farm Bureau insurance agents who have excelled in production and service during their first three months as an agent.
President is regaining political strength
February 17, 2007 in print edition on B6
It may seem perverse to suggest that, at the very moment the House of Representatives is repudiating his policy in Iraq, President Bush is poised for a political comeback. But don’t be astonished if that is the case.
Tax cut vote may ease way for wage bill
February 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
The House overwhelmingly approved business tax breaks worth $1.8 billion over 10 years on Friday, a key step toward forging a congressional compromise on increasing the minimum wage.
Commodities
February 17, 2007 in print edition on B4
New charges filed in HIV exposure case
February 17, 2007 in print edition on B3
A man already sentenced to prison for exposing several women to HIV in Lawrence could now stand trial in Emporia on similar charges.
Marine says he’s ‘truly sorry’ for kidnapping Iraqi
February 17, 2007 in print edition on A7
A Marine who pleaded guilty to kidnapping and conspiracy apologized Friday to his country, the Marine Corps and the family of an Iraqi man his squad killed.
Carnival’s racial unity masks divisions
February 17, 2007 in print edition on A6
As the multiracial band atop a tractor-trailer launches into a frantic carnival tune, the crowd pulsing below is a kaleidoscope of skin tones, from the deepest black to the palest white and every shade in between.
Bell ready to see Royals’ new arms
Kansas City pitchers, catchers open camp today in Arizona
February 17, 2007 in print edition on C6
After losing 100 or more games the past three seasons, the Kansas City Royals are eager to put the past behind them and look to the future.
Commentary: Get tough on the cheaters? Get real
February 17, 2007 in print edition on C2
Michael Waltrip says he didn’t know anything about the illegal substance. He says he didn’t know what exactly was being put into his car. He says some unknown team member slipped it into his engine without him even knowing about it.
Police: County fleeced in Nigerian investment scam
February 17, 2007 in print edition on A4
As the elected treasurer of rural Alcona County for nearly 14 years and an accountant on the side, Thomas Katona did not exactly look like an easy mark for con artists.
Artificial tire reef seemed like a good idea, but it’s a disaster
February 17, 2007 in print edition on A4
A mile offshore from this city’s high-rise condos and spring-break bars lie as many as 2 million old tires, strewn across the ocean floor - a white-walled, steel-belted monument to good intentions gone awry.
Lawrence Datebook
February 17, 2007 in print edition on B2
No question of commitment
February 17, 2007 in print edition on A2
Acclaimed actor Jim Broadbent (“Iris,” “Moulin Rouge”) has never traded on his looks. And he’s never looked less glamorous or been more inspiring than in tonight’s remarkable television movie “Longford” (7 p.m. today, HBO).
Say it again: Kids need fathers
February 17, 2007 in print edition on B6
I’ll tell you when I decided - apologies to Ricky Ricardo - I had some splainin’ to do.
Snowstorm complicates commute
51 accidents reported in area
February 17, 2007 in print edition on A1
It was a slippery mess. Just ahead of rush hour in Lawrence and Douglas County on Friday afternoon, a storm that blew snow rudely moved into the area as drivers prepared to head home for the weekend.
Key player
Retiring organist has been at center of worship for 67 years
February 17, 2007 in print edition on D1
Winnie Gallup looks like she just might fly away as she plays “I’ll Fly Away.” She’s demonstrating her footwork on the organ pedals at First Presbyterian Church. She sticks her hands up in the air, as though she’s a child daredevil on a bicycle. “Look,” she says with a laugh. “No hands.”
Seasons change
Numerous factors led Williams home
February 17, 2007 in print edition on C1
Numerous factors
Blowout not in Jayhawks’ thoughts
KU expects tough test less than three weeks after routing Huskers
February 17, 2007 in print edition on C1
It’s not often one major-college basketball team builds a 43-8 lead on another.
Society calendar
February 17, 2007 in print edition on D3
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
February 17, 2007 in print edition on B6
Faith briefs
February 17, 2007 in print edition on D8
Exit strategy is best solution
February 17, 2007 in print edition on B7
After lengthy meetings with Iraq insiders here, my thinking about the crisis in that country has come full circle: It is time to close out this tragic, deadly affair, and plan an orderly drawdown of American and allied troops.
Keegan: Pancakes perfect first pitch
February 17, 2007 in print edition on C1
The carrier pigeon gave way to the postman, who had his load lightened by the telephone, which widened its net with the cellular phone, which became sneakier with the advent of the text message.
Bill seeks to limit payday loan rates
February 17, 2007 in print edition on B3
Chris Rose borrowed $500 from a payday lender when his wife was injured and lost her job.
7 al-Qaida suspects get to life in prison
February 17, 2007 in print edition on A6
A Turkish court on Friday sentenced seven suspected al-Qaida militants to life in prison for a pair of 2003 suicide bombings in Istanbul that killed 58 people - attacks prosecutors said were ordered by Osama bin Laden.
Board wants to slow down hospital agreement
February 17, 2007 in print edition on B1
A leader of the board for Kansas University Hospital says she’s not sold on a March 31 deadline that’s been set as the target completion date for a controversial hospital deal. “To have an arbitrary deadline for such a monumental piece of work and a historic activity … it can’t be rushed and shouldn’t be rushed,” said Betty Keim, a member of the KU Hospital Authority Board.