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Maynard-Moody to run for City Commission
January 4, 2007
A retired school social worker and active environmentalist is making a bid for one of three seats on the Lawrence City Commission.
Donations pour in for boy with stolen walker
January 4, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, community rallies around disabled boy whose walker was stolen, and Nancy Boyda is sworn in to Congress.
Boyda takes oath of office
January 4, 2007
U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Topeka, took the oath of office on the House floor with the other 434 House members this afternoon minutes after Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., formally became the first woman Speaker of the House in the history of the United States.
Douglas County legislators hold breakfast meeting
January 4, 2007
An improving financial picture for the state will give Kansas University and other regents institutions the best chance at receiving additional funding for deferred maintenance, Douglas County legislators said this morning.
7-year-old’s walker stolen outside home
Boy relies on $1,200 device to get around
January 4, 2007 in print edition on A1
A Lawrence mother is hoping for the speedy return of a walker her son needs to cope with his debilitating disorder.
KC Film Critics Circle issues top awards
January 4, 2007 in print edition on D1
The 41st annual vote of the Kansas City Film Critics Circle honored work ranging from an account of the 9/11 hijackings to acting portrayals of a British queen and a brutal African dictator.
Amateur-built helicopter crashes in creek; pilot injured
January 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
A De Soto couple in an experimental, amateur-built helicopter crashed Wednesday in a rural Douglas County creek bed, apparently after a mechanical failure.
Saban leaves Dolphins, NFL to try to turn Tide
January 4, 2007 in print edition on C3
Nick Saban landed to chants of “Roll Tide,” then stepped off the airplane and made the long trek across the tarmac to greet throngs of screaming Alabama fans.
Kaws stumble at home
January 4, 2007 in print edition on C3
Michael Mahan scored 19 points, and Caleb Smith added 10 to lead Mill Valley to a 61-38 high school boys basketball victory Wednesday night over Perry-Lecompton. Kyle Morgison led the Kaws with 13 points.
Free throws doom Jayhawks
Kansas women rally, but Cyclones score 11-point win
January 4, 2007 in print edition on C3
A monumental discrepancy at the free-throw line doomed Kansas University’s women’s basketball team in its Big 12 Conference opener Wednesday night.
Green limited in practice
Starting QB may be on short leash; Huard takes extra reps
January 4, 2007 in print edition on C1
A sore ankle limited Trent Green in practice Wednesday amid signs that Kansas City coach Herm Edwards may have his struggling quarterback on a short leash.
Jayhawks rebound from flu outbreak
January 4, 2007 in print edition on C1
The intestinal flu bug bit Darrell Arthur on Monday night.
Keegan: Hoops hiatus outdated
January 4, 2007 in print edition on C1
Remember, way back when, the night a sophomore point guard for Lawrence High, forced into the city rivalry because of an injury to the senior, instantly changed the game and looked like the best player in the city?
Right at home
Tigers roll in return to ‘Dome
January 4, 2007 in print edition on C1
JaMarcus Russell thoroughly outplayed Brady Quinn and made a compelling case that the mammoth quarterback’s next pass should come in the NFL.
Muslim to be sworn in with Jefferson’s Quran
January 4, 2007 in print edition on A4
The first Muslim elected to Congress will be sworn in with a Quran once owned by Thomas Jefferson.
Bush, Democrats jockey for position as Congress opens
January 4, 2007 in print edition on A4
As the new Democratic Congress prepared to be sworn in today and elect Nancy Pelosi of California the first female speaker of the House of Representatives, partisan gamesmanship seasoned with hypocrisy threatened to override pledges of a new era of bipartisan cooperation.
Walker, Posey deactivated over conditioning issue
January 4, 2007 in print edition on C4
Heat forwards Antoine Walker and James Posey were deactivated for the team’s game Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers because they didn’t meet a team conditioning goal.
Nets trade McInnis to Bobcats for Robinson
January 4, 2007 in print edition on C4
The New Jersey Nets sent veteran guard Jeff McInnis to the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday for swingman Bernard Robinson.
People in the news
January 4, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Walters stands by O’Donnell ¢ Houston’s gear auctioned to pay storage debt ¢ Lisa Ling engaged ¢ Paternity test ordered
Ailing Heat coach Riley takes leave of absence
January 4, 2007 in print edition on C4
Pat Riley is taking a break from a season that has left him limping and in pain.
Pair of Parises rough up KSU
Twins combine for 30 points, 36 boards
January 4, 2007 in print edition on C5
Oklahoma already had shown how good it can be when Courtney Paris is at her best. Kansas State found out what it’s like when twin sister Ashley is on her game, too.
Bush claims he can open people’s mail
January 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
President Bush has quietly claimed sweeping new powers to open Americans’ mail without a judge’s warrant, the New York Daily News has learned.
Judge freezes O.J. Simpson’s assets
January 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
A federal judge Wednesday temporarily froze movement of O.J. Simpson’s assets until he decides the fate of a bid by murder victim Ron Goldman’s family to get the money the ex-football star was paid for his failed “If I Did It” book and TV deal.
Conjoined twins successfully separated
January 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
Conjoined twins from North Dakota were successfully separated Wednesday.
Teenager arrested in fatal shooting of student at Tacoma high school
January 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
A teenager was shot to death in a high school hallway Wednesday as classes resumed after the winter break, and police arrested a fellow student found wandering a neighborhood a few miles away, authorities said.
Richard Norton Smith delivers eulogy at funeral
January 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
Former Dole Institute of Politics director Richard Norton Smith joined former President Jimmy Carter and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Wednesday in delivering eulogies for Gerald Ford in the final funeral service before laying the late president to rest.
Ford laid to rest in hometown
January 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
The hometown that nurtured, voted for and never forgot Gerald R. Ford laid him to rest Wednesday after a simple but heartfelt funeral and an extraordinary display of public affection.
Pro-soccer interests put $1.3M into campaign
January 4, 2007 in print edition on B2
A campaign to raise Johnson County’s property taxes to finance a youth soccer complex drew $1.3 million in cash and other donations from the Kansas City Wizards and other pro-soccer interests, according to new finance reports.
Program promotes treatment over jail
January 4, 2007 in print edition on B2
A new program in Sedgwick County is promoting treatment rather than jail time for mentally ill people who are arrested for minor crimes.
On the record
January 4, 2007 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Datebook
January 4, 2007 in print edition on B2
Woman who received 6 organs dies of lymphoma
January 4, 2007 in print edition on B4
A Wichita woman who underwent a multi-organ transplant in Florida and was looking forward to returning to her home in Kansas died Sunday.
$200,000 available in grants for state program
January 4, 2007 in print edition on B3
There are more than $200,000 in state grants available to support existing and developing mentoring programs, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and retired Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder announced Thursday.
Music show aimed at benefiting Habitat house
January 4, 2007 in print edition on B3
The Lawrence Lions Club is sponsoring a music show this month as part of a fundraiser for Lawrence Habitat for Humanity.
City council member files for re-election
January 4, 2007 in print edition on B3
A Lecompton City Council member has filed for re-election to a third two-year term.
Guns made Williams’ death too easy
January 4, 2007 in print edition on C2
The massive white limousine rested beside Speer Boulevard. Windows had been gunned out. Blood stained the snow. Women and men moved as close as police would allow.
Ex-champ Tyson charged
Prosecutor says he’ll seek prison time
January 4, 2007 in print edition on C2
Former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson was charged Wednesday with drug possession and driving under the influence of drugs, and the Maricopa County prosecutor says he wants to send him to prison.
U.S. troop increase may be smaller than expected
January 4, 2007 in print edition on A7
President Bush plans to order extra U.S. troops to Iraq as part of a new push to secure Baghdad, but in smaller numbers than previously reported, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
Taunting of Saddam prompts new look at leadership
January 4, 2007 in print edition on A7
The taunts and insults hurled at Saddam Hussein minutes before his execution Saturday have prompted some U.S. officials and Iraqi politicians to conclude that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government is led by Shiite Muslim radicals and can’t be counted on to disarm Shiite militias.
Arrests reported in execution video
January 4, 2007 in print edition on A7
Iraqi authorities reported the arrests Wednesday of two guards and an official who supervised Saddam Hussein’s hanging and said the guard force was infiltrated by outsiders who taunted the former leader and shot the video showing his body dangling at the end of a rope.
Embryo rescued after Katrina enlarges family
January 4, 2007 in print edition on A5
The baby album for Rebekah Markham’s soon-to-be-born child could include something extra special: photos of officers using flat-bottomed boats to rescue the youngster’s frozen embryo from a sweltering hospital in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Tape shows kidnapped contractor from K.C.
January 4, 2007 in print edition on A7
Four Americans and an Austrian abducted in November in southern Iraq spoke briefly and appeared uninjured in a video believed to have been recorded nearly two weeks ago and delivered Wednesday to The Associated Press.
Police in Somalia’s capital outgunned by residents
January 4, 2007 in print edition on A6
Ahmed Hassan has no plans to part with his AK-47, the weapon of choice in this notoriously violent city, even now that a legitimate government is functioning here for the first time in more than a decade.
Government frees nearly 3,000 prisoners
January 4, 2007 in print edition on A6
Myanmar’s military government freed nearly 3,000 prisoners Wednesday, including about 20 political prisoners, according to media reports and a human rights group.
Top diplomat, foreign minister, dies
January 4, 2007 in print edition on A6
Paek Nam Sun, North Korea’s foreign minister and the country’s top diplomat for nearly 10 years, has died at the age of 78, official media reported Wednesday.
Tower of London gets first female Beefeater
January 4, 2007 in print edition on A6
Crown Jewels. Suits of armor. Lots of tourists.
British teen sails solo across Atlantic
January 4, 2007 in print edition on A6
He’s only 14, but Wednesday Mike Perham became the youngest person to sail solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
Panda births set record in 2006
January 4, 2007 in print edition on A6
The panda population exploded in 2006, relatively speaking.
NATO admits civilian toll too high
January 4, 2007 in print edition on A6
NATO said Wednesday that it killed too many Afghan civilians during fighting last year against resurgent Taliban militants, but that the Western alliance was working to change that in 2007.
Pump patrol
January 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
Patrol seeks fuel deals
Woman dies from motorcycle wreck
January 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
An Overland Park woman died Tuesday of injuries she received in a motorcycle accident on Monday south of Tonganoxie.
26-year-old teacher killed in two-car crash
January 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
A 26-year-old Baldwin City man was killed in a two-vehicle accident northwest of Baldwin City on Tuesday night.
4th suspect arrested in Ottawa shooting
January 4, 2007
Lawrence police on Wednesday arrested the fourth suspect in what prosecutors say was a plot to kill a witness in a criminal trial in Douglas County.
Schauner files for candidacy
January 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
City Commissioner David Schauner kicked off his re-election Wednesday.
Highberger to announce re-election bid
January 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
Lawrence City Commissioner Boog Highberger said he’s going to run for office again.
2 appear for charges related to shooting
Police still investigating killing of Anthony Vital
January 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
Two Lawrence residents have appeared in court this week on charges related to the unsolved killing of a local hip-hop artist found dumped on a rural roadside last fall.
Father gets life for infant murder
January 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
A Lawrence man convicted in November of killing his infant daughter was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday by a Douglas County District Court judge.
Author ranks Lawrence as a top 10 city for retirees
January 4, 2007 in print edition on A1
Lawrence has been criticized in recent years for its high cost of housing, but a California geographer and author ranks the city among the nation’s top 10 “value” cities for retirees.
Doors opening for Boyda
Freshman politician learns ropes of new job
January 4, 2007 in print edition on A1
When Nancy Boyda casts her first vote later today, she will do it from the floor of the grandest stage in American politics.
Fantasy Congress takes politics for spin
January 4, 2007 in print edition on A2
The 110th U.S. Congress will convene today. Which means it’s also time for the second Fantasy Congress.
Belichick, Mangini put rivalry on shelf
January 4, 2007 in print edition on C6
Eric Mangini smiled when asked if his knack for making halftime adjustments was something he learned from watching Bill Belichick at “the other place.”
Police pursue leads in Williams case
Broncos hold private memorial at headquarters
January 4, 2007 in print edition on C6
Police are searching for a particular white 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe as they investigate the drive-by shooting death of Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams.
Safety may bolster Colts
Sanders’ return from injury could help Indy slow K.C.’s running game
January 4, 2007 in print edition on C6
Safety Bob Sanders spent the past four weeks painfully watching the Indianapolis Colts’ defense flounder.
Houston LB Ryans claims defensive honor
January 4, 2007 in print edition on C6
Gary Kubiak had gotten used to the Texans’ penchant for tapping on the tables in the meeting room when they approved of or respected what he was saying.
Tutoring proves a lucrative business in Kansas schools
Companies provide programs at taxpayer expense
January 4, 2007 in print edition on B8
Denise Davis gives top marks to the instruction materials she uses for her after-school tutoring sessions at Marshall Middle School. But they can’t be used in regular classrooms, since they belong to a private firm paid by the federal government to raise student achievement.
Without more funding, Sports Hall of Fame may close, officials say
January 4, 2007 in print edition on B8
Officials from the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame say budget shortfalls might force them to close its doors, a little more than a year after moving to its current location.
Gaughan to drive Chevys in Truck series
January 4, 2007 in print edition on C8
NASCAR Trucks Series driver Brendan Gaughan announced his South Point Racing team will switch to Chevrolets for the 2007 season. The team, formerly named Orleans Racing, had previously fielded Dodges.
Special offers buzz on coffee
January 4, 2007 in print edition on A2
For many of us, life without coffee is unthinkable. The special “Coffee: Beans to Buzz” (8 p.m., National Geographic) presents a fact-filled survey history of the popular stimulant. “Buzz” does a particularly good job of explaining how coffee and culture converge.
HT Motorsports names Cook as driver in 2007
January 4, 2007 in print edition on C8
HT Motorsports has named veteran driver Terry Cook as driver of the No. 59 Toyota Tundra for the 2007 season of the NASCAR Trucks Series.
Fans offer nicknames for the ‘Car of Tomorrow’
From ‘Dodo’ to ‘Ditto’ to ‘Quickbrick,’ readers submit suggestions - some thoughtful, some silly - for NASCAR’s new ride
January 4, 2007 in print edition on C8
The Dodo, because it has wings but won’t fly. The Quickbrick. Boomerang. 21 Cent - like 50 Cent, but for the 21st century.
Season checklist
January 4, 2007 in print edition on C8
What’s on the agenda for the new year in NASCAR? That’s Racin’ motorsports writer David Poole provides a “to-do” list for some of the sport’s major players:
Former mayor off the air at KLWN
January 4, 2007 in print edition on A8
Bob Schulte, above, has added another “former” to his resume.
Commodities
January 4, 2007 in print edition on A8
Don’t forget to send thank-you notes
January 4, 2007 in print edition on A8
Did you get a gift this year from your employer? Have you sent a thank-you note yet?
Taking the team approach
Francis Sporting Goods to open new warehouse
January 4, 2007 in print edition on A8
Jon Francis isn’t waiting around for Dick’s Sporting Goods, a chain of running-shoe stores or any other competitor to move into Lawrence and cut into his long-cultivated lead in the retail business.
Piano concert planned at Lied Center
January 4, 2007 in print edition on D2
The Kansas City Music Teachers Association will present its 13th Multi Piano Concert at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Lied Center.
Despite tropical feel, ginger plant can be grown at home
January 4, 2007 in print edition on D2
The finest ginger root is grown in Jamaica, but that’s no reason you shouldn’t give it a try.
Growing gripes
Area gardeners sound off on the plants they love to hate
January 4, 2007 in print edition on D1
I often send out an SOS to gardeners in town, asking for opinions, advice and stories. But I’ve never received more responses than I did with my latest inquiry.
Wartime leaders
January 4, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: I believe those who make war should have to fight the war. Remember the movie “Braveheart” with Mel Gibson leading his men into battle? Can you imagine George Bush and members of Congress leading American men and women into battle?
Flawed system
January 4, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Professor Mike Hoeflich’s column in Wednesday’s paper raises a provocative question. He asks what image Saddam’s trial and execution gives the world about American justice. I submit it does nothing more than to confirm what the rest of the world already knows about American justice.
Reaching out
January 4, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Christmas morning, the Lawrence Community Shelter pulsed with joyful holiday activity. Volunteers had brought tasty breakfast casseroles, baked goods and fruit. Christmas presents were distributed to guests adopted by our community.
Execution antics a setback for U.S. policy
January 4, 2007 in print edition on B6
This is a column I never expected to write. I never expected to say that the Iraqis who put Saddam Hussein to death made the sadistic dictator look almost noble by their own depraved standards of behavior in that moment.
Bush faces limited options in Iraq
January 4, 2007 in print edition on B6
An element of unreality has infected the speculation about President Bush’s decision on a new strategy for Iraq.
Tar Heels can score, too
Up-tempo North Carolina notches 102-64 rout of Penn
January 4, 2007 in print edition on C5
The way North Carolina is playing defense lately, its offense doesn’t really need to reach triple figures to win games.
Xavier toughens up
Huggins has unhappy return to Cincy
January 4, 2007 in print edition on C5
Disappointed by Xavier’s recent effort, coach Sean Miller ramped up the intensity of practice and started screaming when things went wrong during games.
Thousands remain without power in wake of winter storm
January 4, 2007 in print edition on B4
Western Kansas residents waited for the return of electrical power Wednesday, and many worried about the fate of thousands of head of cattle trying to survive after a winter storm that covered the area in snow and ice.
Special prosecutor wants charges reinstated against abortion doctor
January 4, 2007 in print edition on B3
The special prosecutor appointed by outgoing Attorney General Phill Kline to handle the thwarted case against a well-known abortion provider has asked a Kansas judge to again consider reinstating the charges.
Search resumes for Indonesian jet that crashed in sea
Three from Oregon were aboard flight
January 4, 2007 in print edition on A6
Rescuers scoured the ocean for a missing jetliner Wednesday, one day after senior Indonesian officials erroneously said the Boeing 737’s charred wreckage had been found in a remote mountainous area and that a dozen people may have survived.
Fantastic finish puts Young at head of class
January 4, 2007 in print edition on C6
Vince Young looks as if he’ll make the NFL his personal playground, too. The dynamic quarterback for the Tennessee Titans won The Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year Award on Wednesday.
You, too, can be a Master Gardener
January 4, 2007 in print edition on D1
The label of Extension Master Gardener seems to carry with it a connotation that each EMG has diverse knowledge of all that grows and any problem that could potentially arise. Individually, none of us has that ability; but collectively, EMGs have access to all that knowledge and more.
Horoscopes
January 4, 2007 in print edition on B5
For Thursday, Jan. 4
Saddam deserved swift justice
January 4, 2007 in print edition on B7
In a final blasphemy, Saddam Hussein, who spent most of his life as a murdering secularist, went to his justified death holding a Koran and offering his soul to God, if God would accept it.
Rep and Gerry
Gerald Ford’s fond connections to Kansas began considerably sooner than his visits in the past 25 years or so.
January 4, 2007 in print edition on B6
Long before he paid official visits to Kansas, Kansas University and Baker University in the 1970s and 1990s, the late president Gerald Ford had established a firm and lasting connection to the state and one of its most colorful personalities - Wayne Replogle.