Archive for Monday, January 1, 2007

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Bowl swoon costs Mason his job at Minnesota
January 1, 2007 in print edition on C1
Critics of college football’s bloated bowl system say it’s too easy to qualify for postseason play and only a handful of the games actually mean something. Tell that to Glen Mason.
Oh, those Philadelphia A’s
January 1, 2007 in print edition on C1
What was it with the Philadelphia A’s?
They’re in!
Kansas City beats Jacksonville, odds to make NFL playoffs
January 1, 2007 in print edition on C1
After Sunday’s 35-30 victory against Jacksonville, Kansas City Chiefs coach Herm Edwards was resigned to his first season in Kansas City being finished. “This is the first time, if we don’t get in,” Edwards said, “that I missed the playoffs two years in a row. That doesn’t sit well in my stomach.”
Stewart made most of start
January 1, 2007 in print edition on C1
Rodrick Stewart said he wasn’t particularly nervous Saturday night in making the first start of his Kansas University basketball career. Remember, the junior transfer opened 17 games his freshman year at University of Southern California.
Fab Fiver Jimmy King
January 1, 2007 in print edition on C8
Most casual college hoops followers have the same answer as to who made up the famed “Fab Five” at Michigan in the early 1990s: “Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard and the two other guys.”
Drag king Don “The Snake” Prudhomme
January 1, 2007 in print edition on C8
I’m not sure why I became so obsessed with following the career of Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, but I did.
Prep shootist Arthur Bibbs
January 1, 2007 in print edition on C8
In watching college basketball up close and personal the past many years, I’ve always been baffled by players who are reluctant to shoot the rock.
Royals beacon of hope Bob Hamelin
January 1, 2007 in print edition on C8
There have been many nicknames corresponding with the Kansas City Royals.
Nutty skater Bonnie Blair
January 1, 2007 in print edition on C8
Team athletes always fall in and out of favor. Growing up in Kansas City, Mo., I cheered for all the typical Chiefs and Royals greats. I also cheered for the San Jose Sharks, only because the IHL’s K.C. Blades were affiliated with them. But as soon as any athlete left one of my teams, I lost interest in his career. Unless he went to a rival team, in which case I took an interest in his career becoming an epic failure.
Royals short-timer Edgar Caceres
January 1, 2007 in print edition on C8
Bet you don’t remember this name: Edgar Caceres.
Kansas City Royal-turned-Angel Bob Oliver
January 1, 2007 in print edition on C8
It was a lot tougher following your favorite athlete in 1972 compared to today.
QBs roughed up in season finale
January 1, 2007 in print edition on C4
Philip Rivers injured his right foot Sunday, making the San Diego Chargers grateful for their first-round bye in the playoffs and time off for their banged-up quarterback. Rivers was hurt when he was sacked by Arizona’s Chike Okeafor late in the first quarter of San Diego’s 27-20 win over Arizona. He left for a play, then returned and threw two touchdown passes before being pulled in the third quarter.
UCLA spanks Huskies
January 1, 2007 in print edition on C3
Arron Afflalo equaled his career high with 27 points and tied a season high with five three-pointers, and No. 1 UCLA beat No. 14 Washington, 96-74, on Sunday.
Coker wins Miami finale
January 1, 2007 in print edition on C3
On a cold night, Larry Coker got the warmest possible sendoff from his Miami Hurricanes.
Branson sees boost from new attractions
January 1, 2007 in print edition on B2
A new marketing campaign, a specialty museum and a shopping and entertainment district that opened in May helped make 2006 a good year for Branson businesses and hospitality venues.
Lawrence Datebook
January 1, 2007 in print edition on B2
On the record
January 1, 2007 in print edition on B2
E. coli outbreaks have industry, government increasing safety efforts
January 1, 2007 in print edition on A3
In light of food poisoning outbreaks involving spinach and lettuce, the government and the produce industry are scrambling to make leafy greens safer before the spring planting season.
More work, fewer trips this January
January 1, 2007 in print edition on A3
The January junket to warmer climates - a postholiday tradition of sorts for some members of Congress - could be headed to the wayside.
Saddam supporters visit gravesite
January 1, 2007 in print edition on A4
Hundreds of supporters of Saddam Hussein broke curfew Sunday to pay respects at the tomb of the toppled Iraqi president, who was buried before daybreak in the small northern town where he was born.
Night at the Museum’ again tops box office
January 1, 2007 in print edition on A2
Ben Stiller’s playful “Night at the Museum” was the top box office draw during the New Year’s weekend with $37.8 million, a 24 percent jump over its debut the previous week, according to studio estimates released Sunday.
Champagne toasts, toilet-paper torrents greet New Year
January 1, 2007 in print edition on A1
Sunday night was a time to celebrate with old friends, get a little dressed up and look forward to 2007. “For me, it’s a good day that brings a fresh start,” said Valerie Landwehr, who recently moved to Lawrence from Nebraska.
Top newsmakers voted in
Politics dominated 2006 headlines
January 1, 2007 in print edition on A1
The Journal-World’s second annual list of Top 10 Kansas newsmakers is dominated by elections past and future. Kansas witnessed a preview of the electorate’s changing mood in August when the Republican Party primary reversed the 6-4 conservative majority on the Kansas State Board of Education to a 6-4 moderate majority.
Wellsville native/KU grad crosses Atlantic
January 1, 2007 in print edition on C6
Shane Haas spent a month at sea. He battled winds up to 95 knots and faced 40-foot seas. He faced the elements typical of the Atlantic Ocean in winter and spent one grueling 18-day stretch without so much as seeing dry land. But the biggest challenge of his first trans-Atlantic voyage?
Rec calendar
January 1, 2007 in print edition on C6
U.S. troop deaths pass 3,000
December’s toll of 111 - the year’s highest -brings 2006 total to at least 820
January 1, 2007 in print edition on A1
Perhaps no place illustrates the toll of the Iraq war more vividly than Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery. In this “garden of stone,” in ruler-straight rows, rest one-tenth of the Iraq war’s American dead, whose number has reached 3,000.
Commentary: Here’s hoping steroid story isn’t dead
Circuit court’s ruling may pave way for major leaguers to be named as abusers
January 1, 2007 in print edition on C2
It should have been the biggest story of the young century. The massive abuse of performance-enhancing, illegal, anabolic steroids and human growth hormones should have dwarfed the 1919 Black Sox Scandal both in scope and impact. The Eight Men Out who dumped a World Series shamed themselves and cast suspicion on whether the national pastime was manipulated by mobsters. But no records of the day were compromised. And records are the hard coin of major league baseball’s realm.
Saban’s name still tied to ‘Bama job
Crimson Tide prepared to offer Dolphins’ coach big bucks
January 1, 2007 in print edition on C2
Nick Saban swears he’s not leaving the Miami Dolphins to take over at Alabama. The Crimson Tide, however, aren’t buying his public statements and are reportedly ready to blow Saban away with a mammoth offer.
More than 1M greet new year in Times Square
January 1, 2007 in print edition on A2
More than 1 million revelers in Times Square greeted 2007 with cheers, kisses and a whopping 3.5 tons of confetti at the city’s massive New Year’s Eve party. The famously flashy New Year’s Eve ball dropped down a flagpole to a countdown chorus led by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and U.S. servicemen and women. Longtime TV host Dick Clark ticked off the final 10 seconds from a television studio.
Cabinet minister: Brits enjoy getting drunk
January 1, 2007 in print edition on A7
Labour Party chairman Hazel Blears had hoped opening 24-hour bars would end the chugging races leading up to closing time.
Hundreds still missing after ferry accident
January 1, 2007 in print edition on A7
Rescue boats scoured the sea Sunday where an Indonesian ferry sank during a violent storm, picking up scores of exhausted survivors from choppy waters, but at least 400 more remained missing, officials and media reports said.
Smoking banned in most public places
January 1, 2007 in print edition on A7
Pretty soon, the only smoke in Hong Kong will come from fuming tobacco fans.
Scientists announce mad cow disease breakthrough
January 1, 2007 in print edition on A3
Scientists said Sunday that they have used genetic engineering techniques to produce the first cattle that may be biologically incapable of getting mad cow disease. The animals, which lack a gene that is crucial to the disease’s progression, were not designed for use as food. They were created so that human pharmaceuticals can be made in their blood without the danger that those products might get contaminated with the infectious agent that causes mad cow.
Fighting erupts outside last Islamic stronghold in Somalia
January 1, 2007 in print edition on A7
Fighting erupted Sunday on the outskirts of a militant Islamic movement’s last remaining stronghold, where Somalia’s prime minister said three al-Qaida suspects wanted in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies were hiding.
Russia, Belarus cut natural gas deal
January 1, 2007 in print edition on A7
Russia and Belarus announced a last-minute deal on natural gas prices early today, averting the threat of a midwinter disruption of supplies to European customers. Russia’s state-controlled gas monopoly, Gazprom, had threatened to cut off the flow of gas for Belarus this morning unless a new contract was signed, although the company said it would still supply other European customers by shipping gas across Belarus through pipelines it owns.
Car bomb a major setback to peace with separatists
January 1, 2007 in print edition on A7
A weekend car bombing in Madrid shattered a 9-month-old cease-fire with Basque separatists and left Spain’s prime minister groping for a way to salvage the nascent peace process.
Storm kills 1; thousands lack power
January 1, 2007 in print edition on B3
Kansas National Guard troops fanned out across snowbound western Kansas with generators, fuel and supplies Sunday after a winter storm left more than 44,000 homes and businesses without power and closed stretches of more than a dozen highways.
Hypnosis helps some build New Year’s resolve
January 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
Stephen Griffeth knows the crowds soon will come. He’ll see the smokers who swear 2007 will be the year they will quit. He’ll see the sweet tooths who promise this will be the year they’ll stick to their diet. He’ll see the couch potatoes who just know this will be the year they will sculpt their bodies into shape.
Big-dollar decisions ahead at City Hall
Commissioners must weigh spending priorities, need for numerous projects
January 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
Prioritization and reorganization are expected to be major themes in 2007 at City Hall. Mayor Mike Amyx said he would continue to tout the need for the City Commission to prioritize a long list of expensive requests that include a new downtown library, additional recreational facilities, improved street maintenance and major economic development efforts such as the purchase of the former Farmland Industries plant.
Baby names: Michaels, Amys give way to Aidens, Emmas
January 1, 2007 in print edition on D1
What’s going to happen to Michael? Will he go the way of Jennifer and Amy, fading out of the spotlight, or will he learn a lesson from Matthew, who avoids the headlines but always turns in a solid, consistent performance?
Bourdain returns with ‘No Reservations’
January 1, 2007 in print edition on D1
The new year begins with the return of one of my favorite cable series, “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” (9 p.m., Travel). This season, the gourmet vagabond will take viewers on a gastronomic trip to exotic and unexpected locales, as well as some old favorites. Who knew Ireland was a food lover’s destination? Bourdain will also travel to Ghana, the Pacific Northwest, Namibia, Russia, Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Hong Kong, French Polynesia, Brazil, Argentina, Bavaria, Tuscany and Papua, New Guinea. If I’m not mistaken, that last destination used to be known for cannibalism.
Going green
Ten simple things you can do to help the planet
January 1, 2007 in print edition on D1
There’s a lot of New Year’s resolutions that are tough to follow through on. Dieting. Gym workouts. Self-organization. But if you’re vowed to have a more environmentally friendly 2007, there’s good news. It’s easy being green.
Refugee recalls Ford kindness
January 1, 2007 in print edition on B7
“Today, America can regain the sense of pride that existed before Vietnam. But it cannot be achieved by refighting a war that is finished as far as America is concerned. … (T)hese events, tragic as they are, portend neither the end of the world nor of America’s leadership in the world.”
Future promises new crises
January 1, 2007 in print edition on B7
As John Edwards shovels muck alongside the “have-nots” of New Orleans’ 9th Ward to make Hurricane Katrina a campaign issue, world events conspire to set a different agenda for the presidential race of 2008.
County puts focus on new rural rules
Educational sessions planned on development regulations
January 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
It took two years of work for the Douglas County Commission to get new rural development and subdivision regulations in place. Now the County Commission wants to see that they are implemented and educate the public about what they mean.
Brownback efforts set a positive example
January 1, 2007 in print edition on B6
Nothing focuses the political mind like defeat. With Democrats about to assume control of the House and Senate for the first time in 12 years, Republicans in general, conservatives in particular and conservative Christians especially have an important choice to make.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
January 1, 2007 in print edition on B6
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
January 1, 2007 in print edition on B6
Changing times
Change is challenging, but not all changes are for the worse.
January 1, 2007 in print edition on B6
Remembering to write 2007 instead of 2006 on our checks will be a minor inconvenience compared to the many personal and global changes we will be asked to cope with in the coming year. The world is moving so fast and changing so quickly. It’s hard to keep up.
Out with old mistakes, in with the new
January 1, 2007 in print edition on B6
The controversies of the year past - Iraq, immigration, domestic surveillance and the rest, plus the political battles that climaxed in the Democratic victories in November - all contributed to an exceptionally heavy load of reader-generated corrections and objections. Thanks to e-mail, many more of you are now contributing to this annual year-end “goofs” column, where I review (and repent) some of the judgments and misjudgments of the past year.
Events calendar
January 1, 2007 in print edition on D2
New lottery game promotes ethanol use
January 1, 2007 in print edition on B8
The Kansas Lottery recently unveiled “Trucks and Bucks,” a new scratch-off game that offers losing ticket holders a second chance to win a 2007 GMC Sierra E85 Crew Cab pickup that uses ethanol.
January 1, 2007 in print edition on B5
Bartlett & West gets ground water award
January 1, 2007 in print edition on A8
Bartlett & West Engineers, which has an office in Lawrence, is a recipient of the 2006 Ground Water Supply Award, given by the National Ground Water Association in recognition of the company’s work on the South Central Regional Water District Missouri River Angle Well Project for the north Burleigh County service area of North Dakota.
Chemistry teacher earns certification
January 1, 2007 in print edition on A8
Bruce Wellman, Lawrence, is one of more than 7,700 teachers nationwide to earn national board certification in 2006, according to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Attorney consults on legal software
January 1, 2007 in print edition on A8
David J. Brown, a Lawrence attorney, has been selected as a consultant by Attorneys’ Computer Network Inc. to assist in development of computer software for use by Kansas divorce lawyers.
On the money
January 1, 2007 in print edition on A8
Mutual funds are a useful way for investors to purchase a variety of stocks and bonds in a pool form. But not all mutual funds are the same. Some focus on specific stock sectors, while others cast a wider net. And still others feature different mixes of bonds.
Software, cost define ‘$100 laptop’
January 1, 2007 in print edition on A6
Forget windows, folders and boxes that pop up with text. When students in Thailand, Libya and other developing countries get their $150 computers from the One Laptop Per Child project in 2007, their experience will be unlike anything on standard PCs.
Kansas women get axed by Xavier
January 1, 2007 in print edition on C1
LaChelda Jacobs came out of nowhere Sunday afternoon while Kelly Kohn almost disappeared. Welcome to the freshman-filled world of Kansas University women’s basketball.
People in the news
January 1, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Oprah built South African school to feel ‘connection’ ¢ ‘Babel’ actor says Mexican heritage liberates him
Violence, weather disrupt global celebrations
January 1, 2007 in print edition on A1
The world welcomed 2007 with skyrockets and rock concerts but in some corners of the globe, the New Year was marked by saber-rattling and bombings. Fireworks exploded over Sydney’s Harbor Bridge as a million onlookers greeted the New Year. In London, thousands of revelers gathered to cheer as Big Ben rang in 2007. But the Thai capital of Bangkok canceled the main celebration after nine bombs exploded across the city, many in crowded tourist areas. Two people were killed and 34 were injured.
Kwanzaa dinner unifies friends
January 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
Just before serving the Karamu feast to celebrate Kwanzaa, Maren Turner, of Lawrence, had her nine guests repeat the chant “Harambee.” She led, and they would repeat. Then she would lightly pound the drum in her basement before repeating “Harambee” until they had all said it seven times. “Let’s all pull together,” Turner said, explaining the meaning of the Swahili word.
Should job seekers think tech-no or tech-yes?
January 1, 2007 in print edition on A8
Kate and Dale Talk Jobs.
Karma in a Can
Philosophy helps make good scents
January 1, 2007 in print edition on A8
Andrew Loren Klamer knows something about the game of life. His dad invented it, after all. Now Klamer, whose father Reuben Klamer created the Game of Life for Milton Bradley and came up with an early competitor to the hula hoop, is taking a spin at inventing. His contribution? Karma. In a can. And a candle. And a soap.
49ers knock Broncos out
Clutch field goal in overtime stuns Denver faithful
January 1, 2007 in print edition on C4
Now Mike Shanahan wishes he hadn’t gotten his wish.