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Archive for Wednesday, January 3, 2007

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Nancy Boyda Wild Art, January 2007
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How far will the Chiefs advance in the playoffs?

Poll results

Response Percent
Lose nothing! Kansas City will be the Super Bowl XLI champion.
 
48%
Lose in the divisional round, at San Diego
 
32%
Lose in the AFC Championship
 
10%
Lose in the wild card round, at Indianapolis
 
7%
Lose in the Super Bowl
 
0%
Total 91
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Californian behind calls against Morrison
Call center owner was prosecuted by A.G.-elect
January 3, 2007
The 2006 election was two months ago, but Kansas voters are now getting a new wave of calls attacking Attorney General-elect Paul Morrison.
Text of Conrad Braun’s phone calls to Kansans
January 3, 2007
Hello citizens of Kansas, this is Conrad Braun with a political message from the Committee for Fair Trials in America. I was raised and lived over 40 years in Kansas and I am calling now about corruption by newly elected Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison.
Decker given life sentence
January 3, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, life sentence handed down to Jay Decker, thieves take walker, and harassing calls are made to new Attorney General Paul Morrison.
Highberger to run again for office
Commissioner has served since 2003
January 3, 2007
Commissioner has served since 2003.
Two survive helicopter crash in southeast Douglas County
Authorities seeking the site
03:22 p.m., January 3, 2007 Updated 05:56 p.m.
Authorities seeking the site.
Fourth suspect in Ottawa shooting in custody
January 3, 2007
Lawrence police found and detained the fourth suspect in the plot to kill an Ottawa man preparing to take the stand in a aggravated battery trial.
Boyda settles into D.C. office
January 3, 2007
U.S. Rep.-elect Nancy Boyda, D-Topeka, turned the key at 9:45 a.m. EST today and opened her new Congressional office. The Great Seal of Kansas was posted next to the front door on the seventh floor of the Rayburn House Office Building.
Father gets life in prison for killing of daughter
January 3, 2007
A Lawrence man convicted last year of killing his infant daughter was sentenced to life in prison during a Douglas County District Court hearing today.
Accident victim dies
January 3, 2007
An Overland Park woman died Tuesday of injuries she received in a motorcycle accident on Monday south of Tonganoxie.
Mercury stockpile won’t be sold off
January 3, 2007 in print edition on A3
One of the nation’s largest stockpiles of toxic mercury will remain locked up instead of oozing into the world market.
Evangelist predicts ‘mass killing’ this year
January 3, 2007 in print edition on A3
Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson says God has told him that a terrorist attack on the United States would result in “mass killing” late in 2007.
Starbucks begins to cut trans fats
January 3, 2007 in print edition on A3
Starbucks Corp. is cutting trans fats from the doughnuts, muffins and other treats in half of its U.S. stores, and plans to eventually drop the artery-clogging fats from company-operated coffeehouses across the country.
Poll shows strong support for raising minimum wage
January 3, 2007 in print edition on A3
Two of the Democrats’ top goals - a higher minimum wage and federal funding of embryonic stem cell research - enjoy broad public support as the party takes control of Congress for the first time in a dozen years.
Measure to ban gay marriage survives
January 3, 2007 in print edition on A3
In a suspense-filled final day of the legislative session, Massachusetts lawmakers kept alive a proposed constitutional amendment Tuesday that would put a stop to gay marriage in the only state that allows same-sex couples to wed.
New Orleans officers charged in deadly shooting turn selves in
January 3, 2007 in print edition on A3
Seven policemen charged in a deadly bridge shooting in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina turned themselves in Tuesday at the city jail, where more than 200 emotional supporters met them in a show of solidarity.
Louisville finishes off Wake
Fourth-quarter touchdowns lift Cardinals to victory
January 3, 2007 in print edition on C5
Never mind the turnovers and the sloppy first three quarters. Soon after the No. 5 Louisville Cardinals won the Orange Bowl, they had their sights on bigger things.
Alabama, Dolphins await Saban’s decision
January 3, 2007 in print edition on C5
Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban needed another day to consider a job offer from Alabama.
Boise’s trick plays highlights of BCS
January 3, 2007 in print edition on C5
The Boise State Broncos left their resort hotel Tuesday to make room for the Florida Gators, who arrived to prepare for next week’s BCS title game against Ohio State.
Irish hope to slow quick-starting Tigers in Sugar Bowl
January 3, 2007 in print edition on C5
Notre Dame tailback Darius Walker describes falling behind early against top-rated teams as a feeling similar to being choked.
Michigan loss quells title controversy
January 3, 2007 in print edition on C5
While he is busy preparing for the Bowl Championship Series title game, perhaps Florida coach Urban Meyer could find the time to send a note of thanks to the Southern California players and coaches.
KU women embark on brutal Big 12 slate
January 3, 2007 in print edition on C6
No picnic awaits Kansas University’s women’s basketball team in its first week of Big 12 Conference competition.
City approves bioscience pact
Multiagency agreement will fund lab improvements
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B2
City commissioners are happy to open the city’s checkbook to provide a jump-start for the biosciences industry in Lawrence.
Morning meeting nixed
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B2
Commissioners decided not to move forward with a plan that would have eliminated the commission’s third Tuesday meeting of the month and replaced it with a morning meeting on the third Thursday of the month.
City OKs exploration of bus systems merger
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B2
City commissioners are willing to discuss a possible merger of the Lawrence Transit System with two systems operating at Kansas University.
Insurance agent’s friendliness recalled
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B2
Jo Buzzard was a woman of many talents, but her best talent was dealing with people, according to her husband.
Japanese film professor receives cultural award
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B2
Andrew Tsubaki, Kansas University professor emeritus of theater and film, will receive the Order of the Sacred Treasure (Zuihou Shojushou) in recognition of his lifetime devotion to using education to pass along the traditions of Japanese culture.
On the record
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Datebook
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B2
FBI details possible detainee mistreatment
January 3, 2007 in print edition on A4
FBI agents documented more than two dozen incidents of possible mistreatment at the Guantanamo Bay military base, including one detainee whose head was wrapped in duct tape for chanting the Quran and another who pulled out his hair after hours in a sweltering room.
Katzenmeier directed Eudora girls to record-breaking season last spring
January 3, 2007 in print edition on C1
Phil Katzenmeier has a simple but effective philosophy when it comes to coaching the Eudora High girls track and field team.
Stidham added to personal LHS success by guiding Lions boys to 6A team title
January 3, 2007 in print edition on C1
Former Lawrence High track and field coach Scott Stidham rang in 2007 with an award honoring his triumphant 2006 season.
Keegan: The eyes don’t lie
Seeing is believing when it comes to McGwire’s misdeeds
January 3, 2007 in print edition on C1
The uproar over Mark McGwire’s unimpressive appearance before Congress in the steroid hearings has a phony ring to it when used to justify not voting for him for the Hall of Fame.
State’s first theme park on schedule for May opening
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B10
Rainy weather might have kept Thomas Etheredge from riding his new Ferris wheel before Christmas, but it didn’t dampen hopes that Wild West World will be open by the May 5 target date.
Police seek vandals after oil tank spill
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B7
Police in southeast Kansas are looking for vandals who opened valves on oil storage tanks during the weekend, spilling 200 barrels near Brazilton.
Crews work to restore electricity
Thousands in western Kansas still without power after storm
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B7
Electricity crews were making progress restoring power Tuesday after a weekend storm left tens of thousands of Kansas homes and businesses without power and closed more than a dozen highways.
People in the news
January 3, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Marriage reports denied ¢ Second son born ¢ Romance was surprise ¢ Live! at QVC
City seeks state advice on bar issue
City manager to discuss liquor licensing options in light of gun concerns
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B1
It’s time to take concerns about violence surrounding Lawrence bars and nightclubs to state regulators who oversee liquor licenses, city commissioners decided Tuesday.
He did his duty as a leader’
Eulogies recall Ford’s humility, humor
January 3, 2007 in print edition on A1
Washington’s political elite and ordinary citizens said goodbye to Gerald R. Ford on Tuesday at a final state funeral at Washington National Cathedral, fondly remembering the 38th president as a common man who guided the country through the uncommon times of Watergate and the end of the Vietnam War.
Marching band flies home to play fight song for Ford
January 3, 2007 in print edition on A5
The University of Michigan marching band played its third performance in 36 hours - with little or no sleep - late Tuesday afternoon.
Berg’s 3 saves Baldwin
January 3, 2007 in print edition on C3
Junior Drew Berg hit a three-pointer in the closing seconds to give Baldwin High’s boys basketball team a 44-43 victory over Paola on Tuesday night.
Ban partially lifted on Caspian caviar
January 3, 2007 in print edition on A6
A United Nations panel has lifted a ban on international trade in several types of caviar from the Caspian Sea, but still hasn’t decided whether to permit exports of the highly prized - and hugely expensive - beluga variety, an official said Tuesday.
Squatters protest lack of housing
January 3, 2007 in print edition on A6
Homeless families and housing rights activists are taking over buildings and pitching tents in Paris to keep the issue on politicians’ agendas before France’s spring presidential elections.
Hajj pilgrimage ends peacefully
January 3, 2007 in print edition on A6
The largest hajj ever went off without a hitch.
Longtime former mayor Teddy Kollek dies at 95
January 3, 2007 in print edition on A6
Teddy Kollek, the courtly, cigar-chomping mayor whose 28-year tenure oversaw the reunification of Jerusalem after the 1967 Middle East War and championed coexistence of its Jewish and Arab populations, died Tuesday. He was 95, one of Israel’s oldest remaining founding fathers.
Bombing cancels Basque peace process
January 3, 2007 in print edition on A6
The peace process to end Spain’s Basque separatist conflict - the most promising prospect for resolving the violent conflict in years - ended abruptly with the weekend car bombing at Madrid’s international airport, the interior minister said Tuesday.
New U.N. chief takes office
Ban Ki-moon vows to end mistrust of world body
January 3, 2007 in print edition on A6
Starting his first day of work, new Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon vowed Tuesday to end mistrust of the United Nations and called for action to tackle “daunting” problems from crises in the Middle East and Darfur to reducing extreme poverty by half by 2015.
Crackdown on drugs extended to Tijuana
January 3, 2007 in print edition on A6
Mexican President Felipe Calderon opened the second front Tuesday in his new campaign against drug violence, sending 3,300 soldiers, federal police and Navy seamen to the troubled border city of Tijuana.
Lakers’ Brown out with sprained ankle
January 3, 2007 in print edition on C4
Los Angeles Lakers center Kwame Brown expects to be out several weeks because of a severely sprained left ankle.
Cowher leaning toward retirement
January 3, 2007 in print edition on C6
The Bill Cowher countdown began Monday for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who soon may be looking for a new coach for only the second time since 1969.
O’Neal could return to Heat in mid-January
January 3, 2007 in print edition on C4
Shaquille O’Neal, recovering from knee surgery, could return to the lineup Jan. 15 against the Los Angeles Lakers when the Miami Heat complete a six-game road trip.
Wizards’ Arenas makes case for MVP
January 3, 2007 in print edition on C4
He doesn’t shout “hibachi” anymore. Gilbert Arenas used to do that when his shot was in the air, he knew it was good and he was on a roll.
Eudora approves temp agency for subs
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B3
If a faculty member falls ill, the Eudora school district has a new way to find a replacement.
Saban keeps everybody guessing
Dolphins’ coach, who may bolt for Alabama, always seems to have eye on next job
January 3, 2007 in print edition on C2
Nick Saban needs another day to make up his mind. Imagine that. Saban, forever a coach on the make, isn’t sure whether he wants to guide the NFL’s Miami Dolphins to another 6-10 season or go back to being a legend in the college game. He’ll decide by 10 a.m. today.
Police seek Williams’ killer
Drive-by-shooting baffles Denver community
January 3, 2007 in print edition on C2
Police asked for help finding Darrent Williams’ killer Tuesday as coaches and teammates gathered at Broncos headquarters to honor the 24-year-old player gunned down after a New Year’s Eve party.
Investigation ordered into conduct at Saddam hanging
January 3, 2007 in print edition on A7
Iraq’s prime minister ordered an investigation Tuesday into Saddam Hussein’s execution to try to uncover who taunted the former dictator in the last minutes of his life, and who leaked inflammatory footage taken by camera phone of the hanging.
New sitcoms crash, burn
January 3, 2007 in print edition on A2
Even the worst new sitcom can be instructive in its own sad way. And “The Knights of Prosperity” (8 p.m., ABC) and “In Case of Emergency” (8:30 p.m., ABC) are among the worst.
Oprah opens girls school in South Africa
January 3, 2007 in print edition on A2
Oprah Winfrey headed a celebrity lineup that included Tina Turner and Spike Lee at the opening Tuesday of the talk show queen’s new leadership academy for poor South African girls.
Manning shrugs off past flops
January 3, 2007 in print edition on C8
Peyton Manning has this routine down. Each January, he’s asked about the one missing link to an otherwise full resume - no Super Bowl appearances.
Relatives anguished to learn Indonesian plane wasn’t found
January 3, 2007 in print edition on A6
Relatives waiting for news about a missing jetliner broke down in tears Tuesday after learning that senior Indonesian officials erroneously reported the Boeing 737’s charred wreckage had been found and that a dozen people may have survived.
Chiefs lack postseason experience
January 3, 2007 in print edition on C8
If experience in the fast-paced, high-pressure world of the NFL playoffs counts for much, Kansas City could be in trouble.
LJ could have big day
RB key to keep Indy offense off field
January 3, 2007 in print edition on C8
Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson should serve as the team’s best offensive and defensive weapon against an explosive Indianapolis Colts team during Saturday’s first-round playoff matchup in the RCA Dome.
Cities’ emergency communications graded
January 3, 2007 in print edition on A8
Only six of 75 U.S. cities and surrounding areas rate top grades for their emergency agencies’ ability to communicate during a disaster, according to a federal report obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.
Florida trailer park worth millions
Mobile home owners must decide between cash, lifestyle
January 3, 2007 in print edition on A8
The owners of nearly 500 mobile homes in one of the last waterfront trailer-park towns in South Florida stand to become instant millionaires if they agree to sell to a developer. But some are holding out, saying there are things more important than money.
El Dorado hopes expansion project will help airport grow
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B4
This southeastern Kansas town has set aside $85,000 to begin expanding its airport to attract corporate customers and generate additional business.
GOP resists governor’s health coverage plan
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B4
Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has the backing of a key state agency for a proposal to expand state health insurance coverage for young children, but House Republican leaders are still resisting.
Pump patrol
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B1
Patrol seeks fuel deals
Show highlights state’s prominent figures
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B1
Historian Virgil Dean highlights stories from his book “John Brown to Bob Dole: Movers and Shakers in Kansas History” beginning tonight on “River City Weekly.”
Rec center patrons warned after burglaries
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B1
At least two people have reported having their cars burglarized in recent days in the parking lot of Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 W. 27th St.
Spray injures cashier
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B1
A grocery store cashier suffered minor injuries during the weekend after a robber sprayed her in the face with a substance that may have been pepper spray.
Schauner says he will run for re-election
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B1
There will be at least one familiar face in the race for the Lawrence City Commission.
Savory sauce meets whole-grain pasta
January 3, 2007 in print edition on D3
When it comes to pasta (refined or whole grain), it’s usually best to pair like with like. As in, hearty pastas do best with hearty sauces, while delicate pastas (such as angel hair) take delicate sauces.
Feel-good thoughts should precede new resolutions
January 3, 2007 in print edition on D3
Q: Do you have any New Year’s resolutions?
First candidate files for seat on school board
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B1
The first candidate has emerged in the election for four seats on the Lawrence school board.
Sandwiches stay at top of food
January 3, 2007 in print edition on D1
Sandwiches - such as a basic peanut butter and jelly between two slices of Wonder Bread - were the single biggest item eaten in 1996 by Americans, both at home and on the road.
Soup sticks to ribs on cold evenings
January 3, 2007 in print edition on D1
Some foods belong to the season. This is certainly true of the summer produce that comes from the garden, and it also applies to the deep-flavored and stick-to-the-ribs dishes that are so appealing on a cold winter evening.
Junior chefs
Kids cooking classes becoming popular fare
January 3, 2007 in print edition on D1
Her eyes wide, 5-year-old Naomi Burisov licks the frosting off her cupcake and settles into her favorite part of cooking class: Eating.
Money tip
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B6
If you have a student in college, it’s smart to get some type of property insurance to cover the laptops, MP3 players, digital cameras, musical instruments and other “necessities” that many kids have today.
New Pizza Street opens on Sixth St.
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B6
A new buffet-style pizza restaurant is calling Lawrence home, ready to serve all-you-can-eat pizza, pasta, desserts and drinks to hungry college students, families, youth sports teams and anyone else looking for a lot of food.
Financial consultant earns designation
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B6
Dave Mattern, a financial consultant with the Lawrence office of A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc., has completed training for the title of Professional Money Management Consultant.
New Year’s sees its share of lawbreakers
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B1
Everyone knows about the first baby of the year, but how about the first person booked into jail?
Politics, predictions in 2007
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B9
A year ago, we predicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s re-election, Democratic capture of the House and gains in the Senate. Of course, we also predicted the Texas Rangers would reach the World Series and the first U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq.
Execution a grisly end to ‘06
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B9
On the first of January each year I think about the Roman god Janus, after whom the month is named. Janus was the two-faced god, perpetually looking both forward and back.
Old Hometown - 100 years ago
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B8
From the Lawrence Daily World for Jan. 3, 1907: “From Topeka comes this dispatch: William T. Vernon, a full-blooded negro from Kansas, now holding the office of register of the treasury, aspires to represent the Second Congressional District of his state in Washington.
Old Hometown - 40 years ago
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B8
Three Kansas City youths were killed in a one-car accident two miles east of the East Lawrence Interchange on the Kansas Turnpike.
Old Hometown - 25 years ago
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B8
Locally, the construction industry was singing the blues as the new year got under way. There had been a decided slowdown at the end of 1981, and high costs and interest rates were due to force some to pull back on building in the first half of 1982.
Bridal extravaganza set for Sunday
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B6
Two dozen businesses - florists, caterers and others appropriate for wedding-related preparations and services - are set to take part in the third-annual Lawrence Bridal Extravaganza, set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Drive.
Taxing history
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B8
To the editor: Did you know that the political peers of your great-great-grandfather and grandmother enacted a tax law 108 years ago that required all of you who have land-line telephones to help finance the Spanish-American War?
Thoughtless act
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B8
To the editor: Cruelty to animals is something I have no tolerance for. You could say that it was a harmless prank and that they were just chickens, although I find that sentiment very alarming.
Littering fines
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B8
To the editor:While traveling around town, I have noticed more and more trash lining the edges of the streets and in the grass near the street. It is obvious that the younger generation is missing some much-needed education.
Safety measure
Kansas lawmakers need to look carefully at new lifesaving restrictions on young drivers.
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B8
Some statistics released recently in Oklahoma further bolster the argument for placing additional restrictions on teen drivers in Kansas.
Federal deficits mortgage U.S. future
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B8
It’s called “pay as you go,” or in abbreviated Washington parlance, “pay-go.”
Sebelius to pursue energy strategy in second term
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B4
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius plans to pursue a broad energy policy during her second term, and her goals include encouraging more conservation and fostering the production and use of biofuels such as ethanol.
New Year’s baby, mom hoping to reunite soon
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B1
Dee Steinle can’t wait to hold her newborn daughter for the first time.
Aggies dog it in 20-point victory
January 3, 2007 in print edition on C6
Winthrop has built a reputation for playing hard, but coach Gregg Marshall said his Eagles ran up against a Texas A&M team that outhustled them.
Hoosier heartbreaker
OSU freshman Oden shines in return to home state
January 3, 2007 in print edition on C6
If Greg Oden was worried about playing his home state Hoosiers, it sure didn’t show.
Changes building for school district
January 3, 2007 in print edition on A1
Two major changes are on tap in 2007 for Lawrence’s 10,000 public school students.
Cancer’s hidden cost: time spent on treatment
January 3, 2007 in print edition on A8
The hours spent sitting in doctors’ waiting rooms, in line for the CT scan, watching chemotherapy drip into veins: Battling cancer steals a lot of time - at least $2.3 billion worth for patients in the first year of treatment alone.
Person of interest’ wanted in shooting
Ottawa authorities seek help finding man prosecutors say was involved in plot
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B1
Ottawa police have asked for help finding a fourth person of interest in an alleged conspiracy to shoot a man preparing to testify in a Lawrence aggravated battery case.
Jayni’s Kitchen’ features taste of Italy
January 3, 2007 in print edition on D2
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Umbria Meets the Midwest,” with Chef Andrea Sposini and Co.
Saving on books
Consumer Reports compares literary outlets
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B6
We recently did some heavy lifting at a few popular bookstores, in case you want to know the best places to pick up a little light reading.
Bud Jennings Carpet One is sold
Weber Carpet Inc. buys into Lawrence; Tom Jennings to expand work as trainer
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B6
A family-owned floorcoverings business is in new hands this year, freeing its biggest booster to take his knowledge and experience nationwide.
Horoscopes
January 3, 2007 in print edition on B5
For Wednesday, Jan. 3
Fiesta finish thrills Self
KU hoops coach labels bowl game best he’s seen
January 3, 2007 in print edition on C1
The last college football bowl game on New Year’s Day proved to be the best. Not just of the current postseason, but maybe all time.