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Missouri St. should get the boot, KU fan says
Road near stadium should bear coach Fambrough’s name instead, some argue
January 5, 2007 in print edition on A1
Don Fambrough loathes Missouri. That’s why some say it’s fitting that a portion of Missouri Street - too close for comfort to the football stadium - be renamed to honor the Kansas University football icon.
Judge overturns conviction of former Westar chief David Wittig
January 5, 2007
An appeals court on Friday overturned convictions against two former Westar Energy Corp. executives accused of “looting” the Topeka-based utility and said the most serious charges can’t be retried.
Sebelius names Johnson to Kansas Supreme Court
He will replace Justice Donald Allegrucci
January 5, 2007
He will replace Justice Donald Allegrucci.
Effort underway to rename Missouri Street may in honor of Coach Fambrough
January 5, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, effort underway to change the name of a stretch of Missouri Street and new planning codes for development.
Petraeus will take Iraq command, leave Leavenworth
General known as counterinsurgency expert
January 5, 2007
General known as counterinsurgency expert.
Scalped
Area comic book writer explores crime, corruption on the reservation
January 5, 2007 in print edition on D1
On a whim four years ago, Jason Aaron dropped a one-page synopsis for a Wolverine tale into a box at a comic book convention that was sponsoring a national talent search. Months later, a representative from Marvel Comics called to tell him he had won the contest. The neophyte writer was given the opportunity to pen an eight-page story that would end up in a regular issue of “Wolverine.”
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
January 5, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kansas University junior Russell Robinson practiced on Thursday with a deep thigh bruise he suffered at a recent practice. Self said it shouldn’t keep Robinson from playing in Sunday’s 3:30 p.m. battle at South Carolina.
Scientists say 2007 could be world’s warmest year on record
January 5, 2007 in print edition on A1
Deepening drought in Australia. Stronger typhoons in Asia. Floods in Latin America. British climate scientists predict that a resurgent El Nino climate trend combined with higher levels of greenhouse gases could touch off a fresh round of ecological disasters - and make 2007 the world’s hottest year on record.
Party assumes control with Pelosi in top post
January 5, 2007 in print edition on A1
In a day of ceremony and historic change, Rep. Nancy Pelosi became the nation’s first female House speaker on Thursday as Democrats eagerly took control of Congress for the final two years of President Bush’s term.
Despite crash, helicopters built at home are safe, FAA official says
January 5, 2007 in print edition on A1
This time, they would eat lunch in Paola. Just as they had done twice a week for the past year, James and Miya Dohrman and their friend Don Eikel climbed into their similar home-built helicopters - Dohrman’s yellow and Eikel’s blue - and flew Wednesday from the New Century Airport near Olathe for lunch in a nearby town.
Democrats take the reins in D.C.
Kansas’ Boyda sworn in as Speaker Pelosi makes history
January 5, 2007 in print edition on A1
Capitol Hill staffers witnessed an unusual scene involving some Kansans on Thursday afternoon outside new U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office. Fifty-five people sang two rounds of “Home on the Range.” The group was there to get a photo with newly sworn-in U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Topeka, whose district includes western Lawrence, and Pelosi, the first female speaker in U.S. history.
Lawrence man charged in child porn case
January 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
A 48-year-old Lawrence man faces child pornography charges stemming from August 2003, U.S. Attorney Eric Melgren’s office announced Thursday.
Donors help agency replace boy’s walker
January 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
Independence Inc. staff on Thursday reported an overwhelming response to news that a Lawrence boy’s walker was stolen Wednesday morning.
Federal agency extends SLT comment period
January 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
Federal regulators are giving the public more time to comment on whether a key permit for the uncompleted South Lawrence Trafficway should be issued.
Environmentalist launches city campaign
January 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
A retired school social worker and active environmentalist is making a bid for one of three seats on the Lawrence City Commission. Carey Maynard-Moody filed the necessary paperwork with the city clerk’s office Thursday afternoon. Maynard-Moody, who has been a longtime volunteer with the Sierra Club’s local chapter, said she would campaign on bringing more companies that are in the business of promoting or producing environmentally friendly products to Lawrence.
Health leaders confirm flu’s here
CDC says Kansas among 25 states where virus is present
January 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
The flu and its unpleasant symptoms - fever, cough, headache, fatigue, congestion and a runny nose - have been diagnosed in Lawrence. The illness doesn’t discriminate. Even the Kansas University men’s basketball team, which eats a supervised diet and is in excellent physical shape, has been ravaged by bouts with a 24-hour virus. At least five team members have had publicized battles with the bug.
1st black medical school alumnus dies
January 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
Edward Williams, the Ellsworth native who became the first black graduate of the Kansas University School of Medicine in 1941, died Sunday in Muskegon, Mich. He was 94. “He said he really wasn’t thinking about being the first; he just really wanted to be a doctor,” said Jacquie Rhodes, Williams’ niece.
Impersonator to perform at birthday party fit for a king
January 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
In a collar the size of cherubim wings and a jumpsuit with enough shiny metal studs to attract wise men from every direction, Elvis impersonator Tony Aversa pays homage to the King. The king of rock ‘n’ roll, that is.
Chiefs-Colts pits friends against each other
January 5, 2007 in print edition on C1
Herm Edwards would never let work come between him and Tony Dungy. Not last season, when the weary Jets coach put football on hold temporarily to attend the funeral of his best friend’s son in Tampa, Fla., and certainly not this week when the two coaches meet again in a wild-card game.
Mayer: KU lacks Danny, miracles
January 5, 2007 in print edition on C3
Baseball’s Casey Stengel once asked his faltering Mets, “Can’t anybody here play this game?” With crucial Jan. 7 and 10 challenges on the table, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has to be thinking that way about his erratic Jayhawks.
Ohio State’s time off hardly a relaxing hiatus
Buckeyes had 50 days off between regular-season finale and BCS national championship game, but they were filled with hard work
January 5, 2007 in print edition on C4
The Ohio State Buckeyes haven’t been spending hours a day playing video games, watching football on TV and devouring chips and salsa. They’re saving that for later next week.
Wichita St. recovers from huge stumble
January 5, 2007 in print edition on C4
Karon Bradley scored a career-high 21 points Thursday as Wichita State beat Bradley, 84-63, to snap a four-game losing streak.
USC spoils Oregon’s start
Balanced scoring leads Trojans to shocking victory
January 5, 2007 in print edition on C4
Oregon needed one more win to set up an undefeated showdown with No. 1 UCLA on Saturday. Southern California didn’t let the 16th-ranked Ducks get it. Nick Young scored 19 points, and freshman center Taj Gibson had 18 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks as the Trojans handed Oregon its first loss of the season, 84-82, on Thursday night.
SUV possibly connected to Williams case located
January 5, 2007 in print edition on C6
Jets’ QB Pennington top comeback player
January 5, 2007 in print edition on C6
One rotator cuff injury often is enough to ruin a premier athlete’s career. Chad Pennington overcame two in two years to win the Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year award.
Chiefs’ Allen to serve 48 hours in jail for DUI
January 5, 2007 in print edition on C6
Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen will serve 48 hours in jail after a municipal judge revoked a diversion agreement and found Allen guilty of driving under the influence.
Shell out after one season as Raiders’ coach
January 5, 2007 in print edition on C6
Art Shell’s second stint as coach of the Oakland Raiders ended after just one season, the franchise’s worst in more than four decades.
Steelers’ Cowher expected to resign
January 5, 2007 in print edition on C6
Bill Cowher is returning to the Pittsburgh Steelers - to say goodbye.
Tomlinson tapped league MVP
Chargers’ record-setting running back runs away with AP award
January 5, 2007 in print edition on C6
Spell this year’s NFL MVP: L.T. Record-setting LaDainian Tomlinson of the San Diego Chargers ran away with The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award Thursday the way he eluded defenders in leading his team to the AFC’s best record (14-2) and a favorite’s role for the Super Bowl.
Arenas makes case for MVP
January 5, 2007 in print edition on C5
If Gilbert Arenas keeps this up, he’ll have some MVP votes to go with his “swag.” As if dropping 60 and 54 points in the last three weeks weren’t enough, the Washington Wizards point guard gave the nation’s capital a show-stopping, Jordan-esque moment Wednesday with a game-winning buzzer-beater from 32 feet.
Miami moves forward
Rothstein takes reins in Riley’s absence
January 5, 2007 in print edition on C5
Ron Rothstein doesn’t know how to fix the Miami Heat’s problems. “There’s no magic wands,” Rothstein said. “I haven’t found one. Been searching a long time.”
Free State wins swimming quad
January 5, 2007 in print edition on C3
Chase Torgerson and Mitch Moore each picked up two individual titles, and their Free State High swimming and diving team won a quadrangular on Thursday at Shawnee Mission North.
Commentary: Saban’s contract should open vaults
January 5, 2007 in print edition on C2
If Nick Saban, a losing NFL coach and a proven liar, is going back to college to make an estimated $30 million to $40 million at the University of Alabama, then what is Ohio State coach Jim Tressel worth?
Unit trade to D’backs reached
January 5, 2007 in print edition on C2
The Yankees and Arizona reached a tentative agreement Thursday on a trade that would send Randy Johnson to Arizona, a move that allows the Big Unit’s agents to get him a contract extension. The teams informed the commissioner’s office of the specifics of the trade, a baseball official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made.
Penguins offered free rent
Club officials tour K.C.’s Sprint Center
January 5, 2007 in print edition on C2
Penguins owner Mario Lemieux emerged from a “very positive” meeting with Gov. Ed Rendell and local leaders Thursday night without hinting whether the team will stay or move to Kansas City.
Bombs kill at least 13 in Baghdad; execution plans advance
January 5, 2007 in print edition on A7
Twin car bombs killed 13 people Thursday in an upscale Baghdad neighborhood after a lull in violence during an Islamic holiday, and Iraq prepared to execute two of Saddam Hussein’s co-defendants despite an inquiry into an unruly scene in the former dictator’s execution chamber.
Ivanka Trump: O’Donnell ‘instigated’ fight
January 5, 2007 in print edition on A2
Donald Trump got some support Thursday in his war of words with Rosie O’Donnell - from his 25-year-old daughter, Ivanka. Ivanka, a vice president of real estate development at the Trump Organization, appeared on NBC’s “Today” show with her father to promote “The Apprentice,” which begins its new season Sunday. She will be joining Trump in the boardroom.
Motor coach firm expands
Heartland to grow using new center in N. Lawrence
January 5, 2007 in print edition on C8
A Missouri-based transportation company is making inroads in Kansas and plans to drive its westward growth out of a new operations center in North Lawrence. Heartland Motor Coach Co., based in St. Joseph, Mo., recently established a new office, service and storage center at 900 N. Third St. in North Lawrence, a half-mile south of the Kansas Turnpike.
Mangino in no hurry to hire coordinator
January 5, 2007 in print edition on C1
It’s probably Mark Mangino’s most important hire to date. So Mangino, Kansas University’s football coach, said he had no deadline to get the vacant offensive-coordinator position filled.
5 students sue Haysville school district over abuse
January 5, 2007 in print edition on B2
Five teenage girls contend in a lawsuit that the Haysville school district did nothing in response to complaints that a shop teacher was raping and molesting his students. Matthew Williamson pleaded guilty in April to rape and other sexual abuse charges and is serving 13 years in prison.
On the record
January 5, 2007 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Datebook
January 5, 2007 in print edition on B2
Sebelius proposes using lottery dollars for signing bonuses
January 5, 2007 in print edition on B2
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius wants to use lottery dollars to pay signing bonuses to new workers in aviation, biosciences and a few other industries as part of a larger effort to keep the Kansas economy growing.
FTC fines diet pill marketers $25M
January 5, 2007 in print edition on A8
Now that you’ve indulged in all those holiday goodies and made that New Year’s resolution to shed some pounds, the government says don’t count on a diet pill to help. The Federal Trade Commission said Thursday it was fining the marketers of four weight-loss drugs a collective $25 million for false advertising claims. Despite that, the pills - Xenadrine EFX, CortiSlim, One-A-Day WeightSmart and TrimSpa - will remain on store shelves.
Second black elected governor inaugurated
January 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
Deval Patrick, the second black in U.S. history to be elected governor, was sworn in Thursday, taking the oath of office with his hand on a Bible that was given to John Quincy Adams by slaves he helped free in the Amistad affair.
Diocese to pay $48M in molestation claims
January 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Spokane Catholic Diocese has agreed to pay at least $48 million to people molested by priests as part of a deal to emerge from bankruptcy, a federal mediator announced Thursday. Federal Bankruptcy Judge Gregg W. Zive in Reno, Nev., said the settlement would provide survivors “with some measure of closure and allow them to move forward and continue the healing process.”
Harriet Miers submits resignation as adviser
January 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
Harriet Miers, President Bush’s failed Supreme Court nominee and longtime adviser, on Thursday submitted her resignation as White House counsel.
Suspected gunman in school shooting refuses to offer motive
January 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
A teenager accused of fatally shooting a fellow student in a high school hallway refused to offer a motive, saying, “I don’t want it in the news,” according to court documents filed Thursday.
Nuclear chief leaving under pressure
January 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman on Thursday dismissed the chief of the country’s nuclear weapons program because of security breakdowns at the Los Alamos, N.M., laboratory and other facilities.
Death sentences in 2006 fall to lowest level in 30 years
January 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
The number of death sentences handed out in the United States dropped in 2006 to the lowest level since capital punishment was reinstated 30 years ago, reflecting what some experts say is a growing fear that the criminal justice system will make a tragic and irreversible mistake.
Police arrest suspect for robbery questioning
January 5, 2007 in print edition on B3
Lawrence police surrounded a Sixth Street hotel about 9:30 Thursday morning and took four individuals into custody.
Party helps kick off Girl Scouts’ cookie season
January 5, 2007 in print edition on B3
If your sweets pantry is bare following the holidays, fear not - local Girl Scouts will start taking cookie orders Jan. 12.
Basque police say they have found explosives
January 5, 2007 in print edition on A6
The prime minister toured the bombed wreckage of Madrid’s airport parking garage Thursday and warned the Basque separatist group ETA that neither the Spanish government nor its citizens will be intimidated.
Israeli raid sparks gunbattle, killing two
January 5, 2007 in print edition on A6
Israeli troops and Palestinian gunmen exchanged heavy fire Thursday in downtown Ramallah after undercover Israeli forces tried to arrest fugitives in the city’s vegetable market. Two Palestinians were killed and 25 were wounded.
Plane spots American sailor adrift off coast
January 5, 2007 in print edition on A6
A Chilean navy search plane has spotted an American solo sailor on his storm-battered yacht off the southern tip of South America, and a trawler was heading to rescue him, the military said Thursday.
China woos Africa through gifts
January 5, 2007 in print edition on A6
China paid for the marble and tile parliament building soaring above the crumbling homes of this former Portuguese colony and is promising a dam and a military hospital - all with none of the political strings Western donors might attach.
Official: Missing jet didn’t send distress alert
January 5, 2007 in print edition on A6
An Indonesian jetliner that vanished with 102 people aboard did not issue distress signals or report any mechanical problems, a top aviation official said Thursday, contradicting earlier reports.
600 Islamic militiamen fight Somali, Ethiopian troops
January 5, 2007 in print edition on A6
Somali government troops backed by Ethiopian soldiers battled about 600 Islamic militiamen Thursday on the southern tip of this Horn of Africa nation, and U.S. Navy forces prevented the militants from fleeing by sea, authorities said.
1st Muslim elected to Congress takes office
January 5, 2007 in print edition on A5
A jubilant Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, was sworn in to office Thursday holding his left hand on a leather-bound volume of a Quran that Thomas Jefferson once owned.
Late Mantooth inducted into Jazz Hall of Fame
January 5, 2007 in print edition on D1
Two years after his death, noted jazz musician Frank Mantooth continues to demonstrate his impact.
ESPN Regional manager leaving
January 5, 2007 in print edition on C8
Angela Haar is trading in her crimson and blue for, well, just blue.
Only one agent needed in home search
January 5, 2007 in print edition on C8
About Real Estate Q & A with David W. Myers.
Commodities
January 5, 2007 in print edition on C8
People in the news
January 5, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ It’s a baby girl for Creed’s Scott Stapp and wife ¢ Busta Rhymes charged with misdemeanor assault ¢ Lindsay Lohan to have surgery to remove appendix ¢ NIghtclub owner: Hilton fired as face of businesses ¢ Jennifer Lopez tops ‘100 Most Influential Hispanics’ list
Don’t waste time on ‘Wild’
January 5, 2007 in print edition on A2
The desperate attempt to attract young male viewers often makes for gruesome television. “Wild World of Spike” (11 p.m., Spike) is no exception. Hosted by martial-arts fighter Kit Cope, skateboarding professional Jason Ellis and comedian Sam Tripoli, “Wild” presents amateur-sports footage from around the world, accompanied by chatter and “jokes” from the three aforementioned dudes.
Senator: Officials believe Iraq is lost
January 5, 2007 in print edition on A7
Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said Thursday that he believes top officials in the Bush administration have privately concluded they have lost Iraq and are simply trying to postpone disaster so the next president will “be the guy landing helicopters inside the Green Zone, taking people off the roof,” in a chaotic withdrawal reminiscent of Vietnam.
Western Kansas remains without power after storm
As ice begins to melt, Sebelius tours damaged areas
January 5, 2007 in print edition on A7
Utility crews worked to restore electrical power to thousands in western Kansas after a winter storm covered the area in snow and ice, but warming weather, in some cases, worked against them.
Energy vision
January 5, 2007 in print edition on B6
Pay increases
January 5, 2007 in print edition on B6
Energy costs
January 5, 2007 in print edition on B6
Bank policy
January 5, 2007 in print edition on B6
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
January 5, 2007 in print edition on B6
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
January 5, 2007 in print edition on B6
U.S. must use the leverage it has left
January 5, 2007 in print edition on B6
As we head into 2007, the war in Iraq will haunt the Bush administration, the new Congress and us all. President Bush has been reviewing Iraq options; the time he’s taking indicates the grimness of the choices. Many readers have asked me what I think should be done, so here are my thoughts.
Resolutions for others to keep
January 5, 2007 in print edition on B7
For my New Year’s resolution, I resolve not to make snap judgments. But first, resolutions for others - not that they asked me.
Tolerance crosses the line
January 5, 2007 in print edition on B7
Proof that tolerance is becoming intolerable: Students willingly attending a university that was founded at the request of the Anglican church are miffed because there’s a cross in the sanctuary of the campus chapel.
Struggling hall
The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame may be a worthy effort, but its continuing financial struggles suggest the need to rethink the hall’s role and organization.
January 5, 2007 in print edition on B6
Barely a year after opening its doors in its new Wichita home, the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame once again is in financial trouble. Without an influx of state money, says Executive Director Ted Hayes, the hall may be forced to close its doors.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
January 5, 2007 in print edition on B6
Chicks embrace controversy in ‘Sing’
January 5, 2007 in print edition on D1
It all seems too quaint now: the “boycott,” the death threats, the CD-trashing parties, enraged protesters at fluffy pop concerts The idea that there were performers who had the temerity to question America’s rush to invade Iraq in 2003, to mock America’s now increasingly mocked chief executive pushing for it - and the price they paid - feels like ancient history.
New money a challenge for legislators
Deferred university maintenance a big priority for local lawmakers
January 5, 2007 in print edition on A1
Here’s a new one for state legislators: figuring out what to do with a public checkbook that actually has some spending money in it. Douglas County legislators told Lawrence Chamber of Commerce members and local elected officials at a Thursday morning gathering that the state’s financial picture had improved significantly, but that fact might create wide-open debates on how to use the new dollars.
Surgery to stunt disabled girl’s growth raises ethical questions
January 5, 2007 in print edition on A8
In a case fraught with ethical questions, the parents of a severely mentally and physically disabled child have stunted her growth to keep their little “pillow angel” a manageable and more portable size.
Lawrence couple win $20,001 Quick Pick
January 5, 2007 in print edition on B3
A Lawrence man recently won $20,001 in a Kansas Lottery game - but he had a hard time convincing his family of it.
Horoscopes
January 5, 2007 in print edition on B5
Bush’s next move likely to involve troop increase
January 5, 2007 in print edition on A7
President Bush said Thursday he wished the execution of Saddam Hussein “had gone in a more dignified way.” Bush also said he will make a speech next week announcing his long-awaited decisions about how to proceed in the unpopular war in Iraq.
Neighbors rejoice at rubbish removal
January 5, 2007 in print edition on A7
A neighborhood’s long fight to clear a homeowner’s yard of mountains of trash concluded with heavy equipment unceremoniously dumping huge loads of junk into bins. “This is what you call history in the making,” Lyons said, “We fought for so long to get this done. We’re so happy, we’re celebrating. All we need is some popcorn.”
Big 12 down? Self says ‘Baloney’
January 5, 2007 in print edition on C1
Bill Self has a simple response to those who believe the Big 12 Conference is putting an inferior men’s basketball product on the floor this season. “Baloney,” Kansas University’s fourth-year coach said Thursday.
On a steady trajectory
KU’s Collins lowers arc, but not percentage
January 5, 2007 in print edition on C1
One of these days, the game-deciding shot will be in the air, the buzzer will sound, and the crowd will suspend its emotions seemingly forever because the shot will be released by Sherron Collins, Kansas University’s 5-foot-11 guard out of Chicago Crane High.