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Fitness programs see lift at new year
Gym memberships rise in January
January 2, 2007 in print edition on A1
This is the month to jump on the health bandwagon.
Former school administrator to run for board
Marlene Merrill now on Lawrence Arts Commission
January 2, 2007
Marlene Merrill now on Lawrence Arts Commission.
Schauner will run again for City Commission
Has served two terms since 2003
January 2, 2007
Has served two terms since 2003.
Downtown security topic of city commission meeting
January 2, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, city commissioners will tackle downtown security issues, rush to lose extra pounds takes people to the gyms, and what’s ahead for public schools.
Self: Knight’s record ‘great for our league’
January 2, 2007 in print edition on C1
Leave it to Bob Knight to steal the spotlight from college football on New Year’s Day. The Hall of Fame basketball coach had the full attention of the sports world on Bowl Day when his Texas Tech Red Raiders blew a 20-point lead before rallying to a historic 70-68 victory over New Mexico in Lubbock, Texas.
Chiefs not lucky, Edwards says
January 2, 2007 in print edition on C1
Angrier than he’d ever appeared when addressing the Kansas City media, Herman Edwards lashed out Monday at anybody who says his Chiefs lucked into the playoffs.
Falcons ax Mora after season-ending nosedive
January 2, 2007 in print edition on C6
Atlanta fired coach Jim Mora on Monday, just two years after he led the Falcons to the NFC championship game.
Cardinals’ Green fired after three losing years
January 2, 2007 in print edition on C6
Dennis Green was fired as coach of the Arizona Cardinals on Monday after he failed to turn the downtrodden franchise into a winner in three seasons on the job.
Playoff slip-ups haunt Colts
Indy has lost to eventual champion last three years
January 2, 2007 in print edition on C6
Indianapolis has endured the postseason indignity of losing at New England twice, the shock of losing at home to Pittsburgh and even getting shut out by the New York Jets. It’s not a postseason trend they like, but the only way the Colts can change their image as Team October is to start winning in January.
Broncs state BCS case
Boise State, OU combine to score 22 points in 86 seconds of thriller
January 2, 2007 in print edition on C5
Boise State proved it belonged in the BCS.
Ailing QB lifts W. Va.
Mountaineers rally from 18-point deficit
January 2, 2007 in print edition on C5
Patrick White was bruised and determined with the Gator Bowl hanging in the balance. The quarterback played through ankle, hand and neck injuries to lead West Virginia back from an 18-point deficit in the second half for a 38-35 victory over Georgia Tech on Monday. “He kind of willed us to victory,” Mountaineers coach Rich Rodriguez said.
Jarrett sparks Trojans to Rose rout
January 2, 2007 in print edition on C5
Even before his uniform had come off, Dwayne Jarrett’s teammates were lobbying him to wear it one more year. After the day he had in the Rose Bowl, it was easy to see why.
Callahan defends controversial decisions
January 2, 2007 in print edition on C4
Nebraska fans surely were wondering after Monday’s 17-14 Cotton Bowl loss to Auburn why coach Bill Callahan called a fake punt inside his own 30-yard line early in the game and why he didn’t call for a potential tying field goal when the Cornhuskers were on the Tigers’ 30 late. Callahan didn’t second-guess either move.
Grungy’ Tigers persevere
Auburn gains just 178 total yards, but clips Huskers
January 2, 2007 in print edition on C4
Even though only Auburn managed to beat two teams playing in the BCS, Tommy Tuberville never thought he had a great team this season. Imagine how good the No. 10 Tigers might be if they can find some consistent big playmakers.
Paterno upstairs for Lions’ win
Joe Pa watches victory over Tennessee from press box, but ‘it’s not much fun’
January 2, 2007 in print edition on C4
Joe Paterno insisted all along that he needed his players and assistant coaches more than they needed him in the Outback Bowl. Maybe the longtime Penn State coach was right.
Shockers fall out of poll
January 2, 2007 in print edition on C3
Wichita State fell out of the rankings from No. 16 in the Associated Press men’s basketball poll following its third straight loss, 63-59, to Northern Iowa on Saturday. The Shockers used road victories over LSU and Syracuse to rise from not being ranked to No. 8, and then were out of the poll three weeks later.
Wichita State drops fourth straight
January 2, 2007 in print edition on C3
Randal Falker scored 20 points, and Matt Shaw added 18 as Southern Illinois beat Wichita State, 73-68, Monday night.
Touted lineman commits to KU
January 2, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s football program opened 2007 by landing a whopper recruit.
Wisconsin dodges Arkansas bullet
Heads-up play on blocked punt saves day
January 2, 2007 in print edition on C5
With its running game stifled and its quarterback under constant pressure, Wisconsin had little room for error against Arkansas in the Capital One Bowl.
OU falls victim to new weapon
January 2, 2007 in print edition on C3
At 6-foot-10 and 230 pounds, Jermareo Davidson always has been tough to stop inside. On Monday, he displayed something that could make it even harder for opponents to guard him.
Old ball returns to NBA
January 2, 2007 in print edition on C2
Before every NBA game, the officials meet with a player from each team. One of the things they do is pick the game ball.
Broncos DB Williams shot, killed
Former Okla. St. player gunned down in drive-by shooting
January 2, 2007 in print edition on C2
Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams was killed early Monday when his white stretch Hummer was sprayed by bullets after a nightclub dispute following a New Year’s Eve party. Police have no motive and no indication the 24-year-old player was targeted in the drive-by shooting of the limousine. The burst of violence occurred hours after the Broncos were eliminated from playoff contention.
Smoking ban extends to bars starting today
January 2, 2007 in print edition on A3
Smokers are being forced out of bars and nightclubs in the District of Columbia beginning today, and some businesses are worried about losing dollars to Virginia, which has strong ties to tobacco.
War trauma may lead to future heart disease
January 2, 2007 in print edition on A3
A study of 1,946 male veterans of World War II and Korea suggests that vets with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder are at greater risk of heart attacks as they age.
Spitzer inaugurated as new governor
January 2, 2007 in print edition on A3
Democrat Eliot Spitzer was inaugurated Monday as the 54th governor of New York, calling for an end to “the politics of cynicism and division” and signing a series of ethics measures. Spitzer said the frequent deadlocks between Republican Gov. George Pataki and the Legislature thwarted school improvements, government ethics reforms, efforts to cut the nation’s highest taxes and attempts to revive the state’s economy.
Guidelines for treating homesickness offered
January 2, 2007 in print edition on A3
Janise Stone spent her first semester in college dreaming of home - literally. Stone, 18, would get up in the morning and grudgingly attend classes at Paine College in Augusta, Ga. But the minute she returned to her dormitory, she curled up and thought of family in Indianapolis as she slept the day away.
Study: Louisiana slipping into Gulf of Mexico
January 2, 2007 in print edition on A3
A new report by scientists studying Louisiana’s sinking coast says the land here is not just sinking, it’s sliding ever so slowly into the Gulf of Mexico. The new findings may add a kink to plans being drawn up to build bigger and better levees to protect this historic city and Cajun bayou culture.
Democrats to look for quick victories in new Congress
January 2, 2007 in print edition on A3
Democrats savoring a return from political wilderness are ready to move quickly this week to take the levers of power in a Congress that has been run by Republicans the last 12 years.
National organization recognizes Rep. Sloan
January 2, 2007 in print edition on B2
For the third straight year, a national organization has recognized measures sponsored by state Rep. Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence, as model legislation that should be approved in other states.
Saint Luke’s to take part in stroke study
January 2, 2007 in print edition on B2
Saint Luke’s Mid America Brain and Stroke Institute will participate in a clinical study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of investigational cortical stimulation therapy for recovery of hand and arm function in stroke survivors.
On the record
January 2, 2007 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Datebook
January 2, 2007 in print edition on B2
Digging out begins as winter storm wanes
Thousands still without power
January 2, 2007 in print edition on B2
Thousands of western Kansas residents began the new year without power Monday, as the region started digging out from a storm that left up to 32 inches in some areas. Three Civil Air Patrol planes and a Kansas Highway Patrol plane and helicopters flew over northwest Kansas on Monday to search for any stranded drivers. They concentrated on areas between Interstate 70 and U.S. Highway 50 that had the most snow, said Sharon Watson, spokeswoman for Kansas Emergency Management.
National day of mourning closes some area offices
January 2, 2007 in print edition on B2
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has ordered state offices closed today, which has been declared a national day of mourning for former President Gerald Ford. Included in the closings will be state court offices and Kansas University.
Nearly 3,000 seek concealed gun permits
Lawrence police don’t expect increase in crime
January 2, 2007 in print edition on A1
Kansas enters the new year with nearly 3,000 people cleared for carrying concealed handguns. And more applications are coming into the Kansas Attorney General’s Office.
A feast for feathered friends
Area residents share love of birds
January 2, 2007 in print edition on A1
People like birds. Whether it’s feeding birds, studying birds, preparing wild birdseed mixtures or participating in the annual Audubon Christmas bird count, area residents have birds on their minds. And during winter, it’s especially important to remember that once you start feeding birds, they will grow accustomed to using your feeders. To continue attracting birds, continue to feed them. In a report by the Lawrence Journal-World and several weekly newspapers with The World Company, we look at why people feed birds, we offer some advice on how best to attract birds and we introduce you to some interesting area residents.
Bush silently pays respect to Ford
January 2, 2007 in print edition on A1
President Bush bowed his head in silence on Monday before the flag-draped casket of Gerald R. Ford, joining thousands of mourners who paid their respects to the man who guided the nation after the tumultuous Watergate years.
Canadian sitcom tackles religious divide
January 2, 2007 in print edition on A2
The bearded imam in traditional robe is railing against pop-culture idols, warning Muslims to protect themselves from the evil influences of prime time. “‘American Idol,’ ‘Canadian Idol,’ I say all idols should be smashed,” Baber tells a small congregation sitting on the floor of a makeshift mosque. “‘Desperate Housewives’? Why should they be desperate when they’re only performing their natural womanly duties?”
Dirt’ dishes tabloid fare
January 2, 2007 in print edition on A2
“Friends” star Courteney Cox returns to weekly television in “Dirt” (9 p.m., FX), an ambitious and often uneven series that is shocking, riveting and a little silly all at the same time. Cox plays Lucy Spiller, the brains behind two gossip magazines, “Now,” a glossy “People”-like weekly, and “Dirt,” a more down-market, down-and-dirty sheet that appears to have grown at the expense of its bigger, more respectable sister.
People in the news
January 2, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Spears poops out at New Year’s party ¢ Japan’s emperor pens poem honoring heir ¢ Tom Petty to keeping rocking in 2007
For rent: Hobbs Taylor Lofts looking for tenants to fill retail space
January 2, 2007 in print edition on B1
All but two of the high-end condominiums are sold, and one is under contract. More than half of the office space in the two-building complex is occupied by award-winning companies with ever-expanding reaches in Lawrence, the region and nationwide. But when Bo Harris shows up for work each day at the Hobbs Taylor Lofts at the edge of downtown Lawrence, there’s a visible reminder that a $15 million investment doesn’t always pay off right away.
Asthma occurs more often, report says
January 2, 2007 in print edition on B1
The attack might hit as she would dribble the ball down the court. “My chest gets really tight and you feel like you can’t breathe. You’re just sucking air for all that it’s worth,” Rachel Severance Beurman said. Beurman, a former Lawrence High School basketball player who recently completed a nursing degree at Washburn University, is among a growing percentage of the population who have asthma.
Free State graduate travels abroad to Vietnam for charitable works
January 2, 2007 in print edition on B1
When Lauren Krivoshia travels the globe, she wants to be more than just a tourist. “Last year I studied abroad in Italy,” the Lawrence native said. “I just felt really selfish the entire time I was there. It was just me. I wasn’t helping anyone else.”
Douglas County drying out
Rural residents turn to wells because of limits on availability
January 2, 2007 in print edition on B1
Call it old-fashioned water, if you will. Hundreds of households in the county get their drinking water the same way the pioneers did more than a hundred years ago: They drill a hole in the ground and pump it. Exact statistics on the number of people in the county who use untreated well water as their prime source of drinking water aren’t readily available, but the county has been issuing permits for anywhere from 20 to 40 new wells per year for the past several years.
Baghdad office of pro-Saddam TV station closed
January 2, 2007 in print edition on A7
The Iraqi government Monday ordered the closure of the Baghdad office of a Dubai-based television station whose newscaster wore black mourning clothes while reporting on the hanging of Saddam Hussein.
Sunni anger over Saddam hanging spills into streets
January 2, 2007 in print edition on A7
Enraged crowds protested the hanging of Saddam Hussein across Iraq’s Sunni heartland Monday, as a mob in Samarra broke the locks off a bomb-damaged Shiite shrine and marched through carrying a mock coffin and photo of the dictator.
Researchers measure consumption by work habits
January 2, 2007 in print edition on A8
All work and no play doesn’t just make Jack a dull boy. It also may make Jack a hotter boy - and harm the planet, to boot.
Study: Diet articles may promote eating disorders
January 2, 2007 in print edition on A8
Magazine headlines entice teenage girls with promises: “Get the body you want” and “Hit your dream weight now!” But a new study suggests reading articles about diet and weight loss could have unhealthy consequences later.
Ottawa University event aimed at future teachers
January 2, 2007 in print edition on B4
Ottawa University will host a Teacher Education Day from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 1.
Former Cedar Rapids resident pleads guilty to identity fraud
January 2, 2007 in print edition on B4
A former resident of Cedar Rapids man is facing a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison, a $1.25 million fine and 15 years supervised release after his prison term for using a fraudulent Social Security number in Cedar Rapids.
Animal sacrifices injure more than 1,000 people
January 2, 2007 in print edition on A6
More than a thousand Turks spent part of the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha in emergency wards after stabbing themselves or suffering other injuries while sacrificing startled animals.
Leader renews pledge to aid poor
January 2, 2007 in print edition on A6
Brazil’s first working-class president was sworn in Monday to a second term, renewing his pledges to boost the nation’s lackluster economy and ease the deep divide between a rich elite and millions living in misery.
Factions renew fighting; photographer kidnapped
January 2, 2007 in print edition on A6
Violence erupted in the Gaza Strip on Monday, with warring Palestinian factions firing at each other and kidnapping rivals, and gunmen abducting a foreign news photographer.
Al-Qaida No. 2 attacks Arab leaders
January 2, 2007 in print edition on A6
Al-Qaida’s deputy leader has criticized Palestinian and other Arab leaders, accusing them of betraying Islam and collaborating with the United States and Israel, according to an Internet statement posted in his name Monday.
Political grudge suspected in Thailand bombings
January 2, 2007 in print edition on A6
Thailand’s military-backed government named supporters of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Monday as unofficial prime suspects in New Year’s Eve bombings that killed three people and wounded 38 in the capital.
Despite intervention, future far from clear
January 2, 2007 in print edition on A6
Fighters belonging to a militant Islamist movement fled into a rugged, forested corner of Somalia from rapidly advancing government forces Monday, and the prime minister offered amnesty if they surrendered.
Indonesian jet crash kills 90, but 12 survive
January 2, 2007 in print edition on A6
Rescuers found the smoldering wreckage today of an Indonesian jetliner that went missing during a storm. Officials said there were 12 survivors in the country’s second disaster in days.
Project encroaches on historic cemetery
January 2, 2007 in print edition on B8
A planned trail project encroaches on a cemetery that was owned by the nation’s only American Indian vice president, city officials said. The caretaker of the Curtis Family Cemetery said last week that city workers drove equipment onto the cemetery grounds.
Has Tiller case become Kline’s great white whale?
January 2, 2007 in print edition on B8
At least a few abortion rights advocates have had the novel “Moby-Dick” on their minds during the past two weeks as they have watched Attorney General Phill Kline attempt to harpoon Dr. George Tiller before he leaves office Monday.
Obama may redefine black
January 2, 2007 in print edition on B7
We know this: Barack Obama is a rising star. He’s a powerful speaker and a gifted writer. He is the only African American serving in the U.S. Senate. But is he black?
Is Clinton’s star fading?
January 2, 2007 in print edition on B6
The 2008 presidential election is a long way off, but the first tea leaves raise an intriguing question: Is Hillary Clinton the new John Kerry?
Legislature looms
It’s almost time for Kansas legislators to begin the sometimes-messy process of passing the laws that govern our state.
January 2, 2007 in print edition on B6
With the holidays behind them, state legislators now will be turning their attention to the 2007 session, which opens Monday.
Are voters casting off white male limits?
January 2, 2007 in print edition on B6
Maybe it wasn’t such a great Christmas gift after all. The baseball caps, emblazoned with the last day of the Bush presidency - Jan. 19, 2009 - seemed to offer my favorite Democratic couple a light at the end of the tunnel. But sometimes it’s easier to see the tunnel than the light.
Old Hometown - 100 years ago
January 2, 2007 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Jan. 2, 1907: “A deal is pending for the purchase of a considerable amount of property adjoining Lawrence on the south.
Old Hometown - 40 years ago
January 2, 2007 in print edition on B6
Capt. O.D. Brubaker was cited for heroism in leading a disabled fellow firefighter from the burning Miller Furniture building during the recent $1.5 million blaze.
Campaign speech laws may unravel
January 2, 2007 in print edition on B6
A three-judge federal court recently tugged a thread that may begin the unraveling of the fabric of murky laws and regulations that traduce the First Amendment by suppressing political speech.
Study: Sobriety helps undo alcohol’s damage to the mind
January 2, 2007 in print edition on D2
In addition to claiming lives, marriages, homes and careers, alcoholism has a greedy way of robbing its victims of brainpower. Over time, alcohol dependence literally shrinks the brain and several of its components.
Ford’s pardon may have changed history
January 2, 2007 in print edition on D1
History is a funny thing. Reporters and historians used Gerald Ford’s death to revisit old debates about Watergate - should he have pardoned Nixon? - but deep in the coverage there was a clue that, had Ford made one decision differently, George W. Bush might not be president today.
Poll: Most of us love our television - just not the same shows as our spouses
January 2, 2007 in print edition on D1
As you sink into your couch to watch a favorite TV show this holiday weekend, take comfort in the knowledge that you’re not alone. Nationally speaking, at least. Unity within your own home is another matter entirely.
It’s a woman’s world
Web site gives boomer girls information relevant to lives and a voice to talk about it
January 2, 2007 in print edition on D1
Carol Armstrong wouldn’t go back to her 20s and 30s for anything.
Money tip
January 2, 2007 in print edition on C8
A 2006 survey of 416 companies by the ePolicy Institute in Columbus, Ohio, concludes that 26 percent of employers have fired workers for inappropriate e-mail conduct, up from 21 percent in 2001.
Here’s some help for keeping those savings promises
January 2, 2007 in print edition on C8
If you want to keep your New Year’s resolution to get your financial life in order, you have to have a plan, not just a promise. Here is some advice from Money Management International, a consumer credit counseling agency, on how to stick to your financial New Year’s resolution:
A challenge to save
New year brings three new financial goals
January 2, 2007 in print edition on C8
At the beginning of every new year, so many people promise to get their personal finances straight.
January 2, 2007 in print edition on B5
For Tuesday, Jan. 2
Take two: Giddens’ brick puts Knight on top
Texas Tech coach moves ahead of Smith on Division I men’s wins list
January 2, 2007 in print edition on C1
Bob Knight won 880 games doing things his way. And he sure celebrated it his way.
Woodling: Kansas women lack post presence
January 2, 2007 in print edition on C1
A year ago they were the feel-good sports story of the diaper days of 2006. Kansas University’s women’s basketball players were the talk of the town after reeling off a school-record 12th straight victory. That was then, and this is now.
Cardinals hope to ‘finish’ with flourish; Deacons stand in way
January 2, 2007 in print edition on C4
The message is getting old for fifth-ranked Louisville. Nearly every day during the past year, coach Bobby Petrino relentlessly has hit the Cardinals with the same refrain - finish. Finish practice. Finish the play. Finish the tackle. Finish the game.
Commentary: It’s quite simple: Callahan can’t coach
Head coach’s ineptitude on full display during Cornhuskers’ Cotton Bowl loss
January 2, 2007 in print edition on C2
As Nebraska coach Bill Callahan spoke in the postgame news-conference tent immediately following the Cotton Bowl on Monday, police sirens whined in the background, coming closer and closer.
New Year’s baby arrives healthy after delivery room scare
Complications send newborn to Children’s Mercy Hospital
January 2, 2007 in print edition on A1
Nora Katherine Steinle was only a half hour behind 2007.
Owner’s track record gains speed
Train store draws hobbyists from across the Midwest
January 2, 2007 in print edition on B4
“The land of misfit boys,” Bruce Brown said from his perch on the stool at the train store. “Look at them,” he said. “They look like little kids.”