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Old Home Town - 100 years ago
January 6, 2007 in print edition on B6
Kansan to join 2008 race for U.S. presidency
January 6, 2007 in print edition on A1
Sen. Sam Brownback, a Kansas Republican and favorite son of the religious right, will officially enter the presidential race later this month in his home state.
Wittig’s Westar convictions overturned
Looting counts against Lake also tossed; court cites lack of evidence
January 6, 2007 in print edition on A1
An appeals court 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.
Finger-shaped’ growth pattern urged for city
Consultant says green space should be included
January 6, 2007 in print edition on A1
Lawrence should not grow like a fried egg. Most cities, like eggs dropped in a frying pan, are designed to grow in ever enlarging circles that eat up whatever is in their path, Nathan Norris, a planning consultant hired by city commissioners, told city leaders Friday.
Fort Leavenworth leader headed to Iraq
January 6, 2007 in print edition on A7
President Bush has decided on Lt. Gen. David Petraeus to replace Gen. George Casey Jr. as the top military commander in Iraq.
Baldwin, Lecompton candidates file to run
January 6, 2007 in print edition on B1
Candidates filed Friday to run for Lecompton mayor and two positions on the Baldwin City school district’s board of education.
Convicted sex offender sentenced to 22 years
January 6, 2007 in print edition on B1
A repeat sex offender received a 22-year prison sentence Friday despite his claim that he was falsely accused.
Guard stretched thin by outages
January 6, 2007 in print edition on B1
Power outages across 44 counties in western Kansas have stretched the resources of the Kansas National Guard, a spokeswoman said. While the Army and Air Guard has more than 7,000 of its 8,000 members in-state, a large portion of its equipment - Black Hawk helicopters and heavy trucks - is committed to American operations overseas.
Simons: America should foster Ford-like integrity in officeholders
January 6, 2007 in print edition on B1
How do we get good men and women to make the sacrifice to run for public office? This is one of the major questions currently facing the nation, and there is no easy answer. Serving on elective bodies, whether the race is for city commission, county commission, school board, state legislature, statewide office or the U.S. Congress, those seeking elective office must be willing to make a sacrifice.
Scouts kick off cookie season
January 6, 2007 in print edition on B1
Building 21 at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds was filled Friday night with brightly colored balloons, a costumed bunny rabbit, 450 girls and numerous posters of massive cookies for the fourth annual Girl Scout Cookie Kick-Off.
Lawmakers hear funding requests
As legislative session nears, area service organizations outline financial needs
January 6, 2007 in print edition on B1
Douglas County lawmakers Friday heard numerous funding requests from agencies trying to provide health care and social services. “We appreciate the increase in funding” from previous legislative sessions, Sharon Spratt, chief executive of Cottonwood Inc., said, but added, “we are going to be asking you for more.”
New life for the good book
January 6, 2007 in print edition on D1
The Bible and its many stories are taking on many new looks. A sampling:
Will I be punished if I am angry at God?
January 6, 2007 in print edition on D1
Faith Forum.
Olathe owned
Free State squads rout North
January 6, 2007 in print edition on C1
During the two-week holiday break, Christian Ballard noticed a lack of communication among the Free State High boys basketball team. “People were doing their own thing, so I decided to call a meeting,” the senior center said. “The seniors and I talked to the rest of the team. It built team unity, which we desperately needed. We’re trying to build a brotherhood here.”
LHS shows grit in Northwest sweep
January 6, 2007 in print edition on C1
The prospects appeared bleak for the visiting Lawrence High girls basketball team during the fourth quarter Friday night, but a late rally propelled the Lions to a 58-54 victory against Olathe Northwest.
Johnson ready to rumble
Chiefs’ back should keep busy today against Indianapolis
January 6, 2007 in print edition on C1
Larry Johnson carried Kansas City right into the playoffs. If it takes a larger workload to keep them there, Johnson’s ready. “You can’t sit here and say you’re tired,” the star running back said. “You’ll have about three or four months of relaxation after the Super Bowl to say you’re tired, but this isn’t the time to do it.”
Keegan: Defense on display for LHS
January 6, 2007 in print edition on C1
While most of the rest of us became fatter during Christmas vacation, the Lawrence High boys basketball team grew tougher. “Defense was the thing we worked on the most during the break,” LHS coach Chris Davis said Friday night after his team showed the work was not in vain. Senior John Novotny, who normally patrols the lane with a don’t-mess-with-me look that calls to mind a cop walking the beat in a Jimmy Cagney flick, couldn’t play more than a minute thanks to a bum ankle, and he generally is the team’s most intense defender.
Jayhawks must face hostility on road
Self’s squad lost to DePaul in lone true away game so far
January 6, 2007 in print edition on C1
Brandon Rush wouldn’t complain if all of Kansas University’s basketball games were scheduled in the friendly confines of Allen Fieldhouse. “I like it here better than going on the road where people have signs about you. They know your history and stuff. I like it here a lot better,” said Rush, KU’s sophomore forward from Kansas City, Mo.
Chiefs vs. Colts at a glance
January 6, 2007 in print edition on C5
Society calendar
January 6, 2007 in print edition on D5
Tips on getting organized to start the year off right
January 6, 2007 in print edition on D5
For professional organizer Sharon Testo, the start of a new year is her business’ busiest time. “People have made new year’s resolutions to get organized and they want to get things done,” said Testo, owner of Organizing with Aloha in Stockton, Calif. “They are finished with the holidays and want a new start.”
House votes for spending controls
January 6, 2007 in print edition on A3
Resurgent House Democrats voted Friday, their second day back in control, to block future tax cuts or benefit increases from being financed with dollars that swell the national deficit.
Bullet train debuts
January 6, 2007 in print edition on A6
Taiwan’s new high-speed train system incorporating Shinkansen bullet train technology for the first time outside Japan started operations Friday.
Amid criticism of policy, Bush shakes up war team
January 6, 2007 in print edition on A7
Days from announcing an overhaul of Iraq strategy, President Bush on Friday encountered a wall of criticism of the U.S. troop escalation that is expected to be the centerpiece of his new war plan.
Columbia resident claims sighting of rare white deer
January 6, 2007 in print edition on B8
American Indians believed that catching a glimpse of a white deer was the first step toward prosperity and good luck. If that legend holds true, things could be looking up for Justin Viessman. The Columbia resident recently spotted a white deer while eating dinner with his mother at her home in the Georgetown subdivision and captured some images of the creature.
Hybrid hymns
Doctoral student fuses gospel and classical music into seamless melodies
January 6, 2007 in print edition on D1
Most advanced piano players don’t go to college to learn how to play gospel music. Then again, not all of them think like James Cockman. Cockman, a doctoral student at Kansas University, can play the works of the classical masters. And he can play the old standby hymns that are standard at churches.
Sebelius elevates appeals judge to Supreme Court
Lawrence resident Fairchild not chosen
January 6, 2007 in print edition on A1
A state Court of Appeals judge who once served in the Army and worked as an insurance agent will join the Kansas Supreme Court next week. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius announced Friday that she appointed Lee A. Johnson. He will replace Justice Donald Allegrucci, who is retiring Monday after two decades on the state’s highest court.
Seabury offense on target
Seahawks break out, give Downing first victory
January 6, 2007 in print edition on C6
Seabury Academy boys basketball coach Matthew Downing Jr. had his squad do a little character-building over the holiday break to get out of its three-game slump to start the season.
Chiefs sign DB Bragg from practice squad
January 6, 2007 in print edition on C5
Kansas City signed defensive back Michael Bragg from the practice squad Friday as the Chiefs prepared to play Indianapolis today in the AFC playoffs.
Parcells, Holmgren more similar than meets eye
January 6, 2007 in print edition on C5
About the only thing Bill Parcells and Mike Holmgren appear to have in common are long coaching careers and Super Bowl wins. But don’t completely believe what you see.
Picks: Indianapolis, Kansas City will put up points
January 6, 2007 in print edition on C5
When a series of fortuitous circumstances put Kansas City into the postseason and matched the Chiefs with Indianapolis, it almost certainly guaranteed one thing in their game today: a lot of points.
Players: ‘We all deserve more money’
January 6, 2007 in print edition on C8
Playing in a bowl is no longer reward enough for some college football players: Some Buckeyes and Gators want a cut of the millions being generated by the championship game.
Meyer, Tressel took different paths
Florida coach followed fast track to top; OSU boss paid dues
January 6, 2007 in print edition on C8
One took the fast track to the top of the profession. The other toiled in the minors for years before finally getting called to the big show. Just four seasons after taking his first head coaching job, Florida’s Urban Meyer was the most wanted man in the business, courted by two of college football’s elite programs.
Sixers tap Brown as VP
January 6, 2007 in print edition on C4
Exit Iverson. Enter Brown. And so it goes with the Philadelphia 76ers, who rehired Larry Brown for their front office nearly three weeks after trading away the player who tormented him during much of his six years as their coach - Allen Iverson.
Area High School Basketball Roundup
Tonganoxie boys stay unbeaten
January 6, 2007 in print edition on C3
HINU women win in rout
January 6, 2007 in print edition on C3
Amber Tecumseh scored 15 points, Shanda Merdoch had 14 points and seven rebounds, and Shara Brown added 13 points and seven rebounds to lead Haskell Indian Nations University past Central Baptist, 71-43, Friday in the Cam Jam women’s basketball tournament.
KU women seek safe haven
Baylor visits Allen Fieldhouse for today’s Big 12 home opener
January 6, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s seven women’s basketball freshmen will experience their first Big 12 Conference home game when KU plays host to Baylor University at 3 p.m. today.
Downs cleared to play
January 6, 2007 in print edition on C2
Gonzaga University guard Micah Downs has been cleared to play after being sidelined all season by a foot injury, Spokane TV station KHQ reported on Friday.
Dolphins’ Taylor top defender
January 6, 2007 in print edition on C2
If Jason Taylor calls it quits, he’ll leave at his peak. The Miami Dolphins’ defensive end, who is contemplating retirement at age 32, was honored Friday as the league’s defensive player of the year.
Steelers’ Cowher resigns
Pittsburgh coach won’t say he’s retiring
January 6, 2007 in print edition on C2
Bill Cowher resigned as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ coach Friday, stepping aside to spend more time with his family one year after winning the Super Bowl title he had chased since 1992.
Commentary: Saban’s legacy in Miami: quitter, liar
January 6, 2007 in print edition on C2
The punctuation on the Nick Saban Error is greasy and greedy. You know what he was as Dolphins coach? A failure. A loser. A gasbag. And one of the worst investments Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga has ever made. He was less of a success than Dave Wannstedt and more of a traitor than Ricky Williams. There has been very little in franchise history that came with more expectations and fewer results than this hypocrite who at the end avoided the hard questions one last time.
Hamas critic shot dead amid growing Palestinian violence
January 6, 2007 in print edition on A6
Assailants gunned down a Muslim preacher known for his anti-Hamas views Friday, witnesses said, moments after he exited a mosque where he delivered a sermon criticizing the Islamic group’s role in a wave of Palestinian violence.
Japanese enjoy taste of Wild West
Annual hoedown attracts thousands of country music fans
January 6, 2007 in print edition on A2
Yoshinao Tsuji has just one regret in life. He wanted to be born a cowboy. He has the gear. The black leather chaps, made to order by Navajos in Arizona. The turquoise accessories. The boots, the big Stetson hat. For one month every year, he lives on a dude ranch.
German hamlet becomes Europe’s new center
January 6, 2007 in print edition on A8
Some think the center of Europe is in Brussels. Others, more financially inclined, say London. But according to meticulous calculations by French experts, geographically speaking, the European Union’s center has shifted - with Romania and Bulgaria joining the bloc this week - to a wintry wheat field outside a small town in Germany.
Wigs soon may be out for British judges, lawyers
Lord Chief Justice ponders historical changes to traditional courtroom uniform
January 6, 2007 in print edition on A8
In horsehair wigs of tight white curls, Britain’s judges and lawyers have stalked oak-paneled courtrooms since the 17th century. But the head of the judiciary is considering scrapping the historical uniform.
Book details struggles of first recognized black priest in U.S.
January 6, 2007 in print edition on D8
There are only small signs that Augustine Tolton was here. A few buildings, including a home for senior citizens, carry his name. But the Roman Catholic church where he preached his sermons to flocks of adoring parishioners on Chicago’s South Side is long gone.
Al-Maliki plans new effort to tame Baghdad violence
January 6, 2007 in print edition on A7
Iraqi forces backed by U.S. troops will begin a neighborhood-by-neighborhood assault on militants in the capital this weekend as a first step in the new White House strategy to contain Sunni insurgents and Shiite death squads, key advisers to the prime minister said Friday.
Strong storm leaves 2 dead
Damage widespread in Louisiana parish hit by likely tornado
January 6, 2007 in print edition on A3
Powerful storms killed at least two people, flooded streets and ripped apart homes as they swept from Louisiana through South Carolina on Friday. Much of the worst damage was in Louisiana’s Iberia Parish, where what appeared to be a tornado hit the New Iberia area just before 4 p.m. Thursday.
4-H and FCE news
January 6, 2007 in print edition on D3
High-risk cities at top of security funding list
January 6, 2007 in print edition on A3
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, seeking to avert a repeat of last year’s furor about counterterrorism grants to U.S. cities, announced Friday that New York, Washington and four other “highest-risk” metro areas will receive $411 million to subsidize their efforts to guard against terrorist attacks.
Around and about
January 6, 2007 in print edition on D3
FDA approves new diet drug for dogs
January 6, 2007 in print edition on A3
Portly and pudgy pooches may be on their way out of the doghouse.
Democrats hope to ban drilling in Alaska refuge
January 6, 2007 in print edition on A3
Opponents of oil drilling in an Alaskan wildlife refuge are going on the offense after playing defense for a quarter of a century. They want the new Democratic Congress to make an oft-challenged drilling ban permanent.
Veteran ex-spy named to top intelligence slot
January 6, 2007 in print edition on A3
President Bush nominated an intelligence veteran, former National Security Agency Director Mike McConnell, to be the country’s second national intelligence director. In a reshuffling of his national security team, Bush also chose his former top spymaster, John Negroponte, to be deputy secretary of state.
2 accused of running suburban brothel
January 6, 2007 in print edition on A3
For years, Lisa Ann Taylor’s neighbors suspected something was going on behind the doors of her white-columned, million-dollar mansion in one of suburban Atlanta’s most exclusive neighborhoods.
Lawrence Datebook
January 6, 2007 in print edition on B2
Ex-officer pleads no contest to 2 offenses
January 6, 2007 in print edition on B2
A former Topeka police officer who once faced 144 mostly job-related criminal counts has pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor offenses. “It’s a great relief it’s finally over with and I can go on with my life,” Bruce Voight, 42, said after Thursday’s proceeding in Shawnee County District Court. Now retired, Voigt was a police officer for 18 years, serving some of that time as a narcotics investigator.
Indicted former county executive files for K.C. mayor
January 6, 2007 in print edition on B2
A day after being indicted on federal charges of taking part in a mortgage fraud scheme, former Jackson County Executive Katheryn Shields filed to run for Kansas City mayor.
Roberts named keynote speaker at banquet
January 6, 2007 in print edition on B3
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., will be the featured speaker when Republicans from across the state gather for the 115th annual Kansas Day celebration Jan. 25-27 in Topeka.
Organization names new officers, directors
January 6, 2007 in print edition on B3
The Douglas County Chapter of the American Red Cross announces the election of new officers and welcomes new board members for 2007.
Meeting to focus on jobs for disabled
January 6, 2007 in print edition on B3
People with ideas about how to help Kansans with disabilities become employed are invited to attend a meeting 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Service Center, 1901 Del.
Real estate tax info on Douglas County Web site
January 6, 2007 in print edition on B3
Information about 2006 real estate taxes is now available on the Douglas County government’s Web site.
Tomlinson honored again
January 6, 2007 in print edition on C2
With a bushel full of records and an MVP award already in his 2006 collection, LaDainian Tomlinson added the Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year to his resume Friday.
Aviation engineers set sights on human implants
January 6, 2007 in print edition on B4
Eager for new challenges, the world’s leading experts on composite aircraft materials hope to put their skills to use in building a better replacement for the human hip.
Snow days yield lessons for children
January 6, 2007 in print edition on B4
City kids in snowbound western Kansas may have filled their unexpected no-school days with sledding and games, but the learning didn’t stop for youngsters in rural areas.
Army says 1.5 million copies of military doctrine downloaded
January 6, 2007 in print edition on B4
A new manual for the Army and Marines, outlining their philosophy in fighting insurgents in war-torn locales such as Iraq, has turned into a big hit.
Prosecutor asks high court to revive Tiller charges
January 6, 2007
Only a few days before he loses his job, outgoing Attorney General Phill Kline’s special prosecutor asked the Kansas Supreme Court on Friday to reinstate criminal charges against the state’s most visible abortion doctor.
Boyda speaks on Iraq stance
January 6, 2007 in print edition on A5
Hours before she was sworn in Thursday as a U.S. representative, Nancy Boyda, D-Topeka, spoke about Iraq policy during an interview with ABC News. Boyda, who sat with two other house freshmen, said she would support a decision by President Bush to send more troops to Iraq if the commander in chief presented a clear mission.
OAS condemns decision to shut down TV station
January 6, 2007 in print edition on A6
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s decision not to renew the license of his nation’s largest and oldest television network, a frequent critic of his policies, drew criticism Friday by the Organization of American States.
Tanzanian named deputy
January 6, 2007 in print edition on A6
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made good on his pledge to appoint a woman from the developing world as deputy Friday, choosing Tanzanian Foreign Minister Asha-Rose Migiro.
Pilot of missing jetliner changed flight path
January 6, 2007 in print edition on A6
A jetliner with 102 people aboard that disappeared after encountering 80 mph winds over northern Indonesian waters twice changed course, an official said, as authorities widened the search Friday for the Boeing 737.
Bush to seek funds for Abbas security forces
January 6, 2007 in print edition on A6
President Bush plans to ask Congress to provide $83 million for security forces controlled by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in an effort to bolster him, curb the Islamic group Hamas and revive the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.
American solo sailor rescued
Chilean navy pulls Californian from yacht after 3 days
January 6, 2007 in print edition on A6
An American sailor who spent three days adrift after a storm dashed his round-the-world voyage was headed toward land Friday after being rescued in treacherous waters off the southern tip of South America.
Al-Qaida message urges Islamic fighters to attack
January 6, 2007 in print edition on A6
Islamic fighters hiding in Mogadishu since their movement’s main force was driven from the Somali capital say they will heed al-Qaida’s call for guerrilla attacks and suicide bombings against Ethiopian troops whose intervention was key to the Islamists’ defeat.
Soldier’s lawyers seek independent investigator
January 6, 2007 in print edition on A7
Lawyers for a soldier accused of killing two superior officers in Iraq asked a judge Friday to force the government to pay for an independent investigator to help them prepare their defense.
Bankruptcy court OKs changes in board
January 6, 2007 in print edition on B5
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Friday approved changes to the board of directors of bankrupt Interstate Bakeries Corp.
XM subscription total misses expectations
January 6, 2007 in print edition on B5
XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. reported a year-end subscriber tally Friday that fell short of its earlier forecasts, which already had been lowered twice previously.
Motorola warns of sales decline
January 6, 2007 in print edition on B5
Motorola Inc.’s two-year, Razr-fueled resurgence in the global cell-phone market was in trouble Friday after the company warned of disappointing sales and earnings from the key holiday selling season.
Stock analyst gets three years in prison
January 6, 2007 in print edition on B5
A former analyst at Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. who pleaded guilty to insider trading was sentenced Friday to three years and a month in prison for his part in a scheme that involved gabby investment bankers and leaked copies of a market-moving magazine.
Electronics retailers abuzz in December
January 6, 2007 in print edition on B5
Best Buy and Circuit City, the nation’s two biggest consumer electronics sellers, on Friday reported strong December sales, a bright spot in a month that was weak for many other retailers.
Flood of insurance sales in 2006
January 6, 2007 in print edition on B5
Sales of federal flood insurance rose sharply across the country last year as homeowners saw the devastation from Hurricane Katrina and realized that typical policies didn’t cover many losses.
Commodities
January 6, 2007 in print edition on B5
Oil prices slide
Analyst: Fuel prices should drop as well
January 6, 2007 in print edition on B5
U.S. drivers could start seeing lower prices at the pump as early as this weekend, thanks to the cascading price of crude oil and a seasonal dip in gasoline, analysts say.
Former Cabinet minister escapes rebel captivity
January 6, 2007
A former Cabinet minister said Friday he escaped from six years in rebel captivity by fleeing through the jungle after troops attacked the guerrillas who held him.
Food serves New Year’s health fodder
January 6, 2007 in print edition on A2
The Food Network takes New Year’s resolutions seriously with three specials dedicated to diet, exercise and renovation. On “Emeril Live” (7 p.m. today, Food), Emeril Lagasse visits boxer Laila Ali and tennis star Martina Navratilova in their training-camp kitchens. “10 Days to a New You” (8 p.m. today, Food) host Ellie Krieger offers advice for three adults with weighty issues. “Spa-Tacular Destination” (9 p.m. today, Food) showcases posh getaways for the pampered set.
Hiring, paychecks up sharply
January 6, 2007
Ending 2006 on a positive note, employers boosted hiring and fattened workers’ paychecks in December, capping a year in which the country’s unemployment rate averaged a six-year low of 4.6 percent.
Faith briefs
January 6, 2007 in print edition on D8
Body of Kansas man found on Ala. roadside
January 6, 2007 in print edition on B8
A body found on rocks under the Interstate 10 bridge over Mobile Bay has been identified as a suburban Kansas City man who had worked as a plumber on the Mississippi coast.
3 Kansas officers return from FBI National Academy
January 6, 2007 in print edition on B8
Three Kansas law enforcement officers who went to the nation’s capital recently got to work - not that their trip was much of a vacation. Reno County Sheriff Randy Henderson said he lost an inch off his waist, while McPherson Police Chief Dennis Shaw earned a place on a plaque for completing a 300-mile swim challenge.
Fetal rights
January 6, 2007 in print edition on B6
Horoscopes
January 6, 2007
People in the news
January 6, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Neighbors sue Heston for mudslide damage ¢ Barrymore laughs with us ¢ ‘Officer’ Estrada trades obscenities with wounded man
Timing is right to raise minimum wage
January 6, 2007 in print edition on B6
A federal minimum wage is an idea whose time came in 1938, when public confidence in markets was at a nadir and the federal government’s confidence in itself was at an apogee. This, in spite of the fact that, with the 19 percent unemployment and the economy contracting by 6.2 percent in 1938, the New Deal’s frenetic attempts had failed to end, and perhaps had prolonged, the Depression.
Top story
January 6, 2007 in print edition on B6
James Brown was pop visionary
January 6, 2007 in print edition on B6
James Brown story. The Godfather required razor’s edge perfection from his bands. Anything less, and you had to pay a fine. So when a musician missed a cue or flubbed a note, Brown, his hand held behind him where the audience could not see, would splay his fingers - two fingers, four fingers or, heaven help you, all five - as a code to tell the offending player how much his mistake would cost.
Not forever
Egypt provides us another reminder of the need to practice good stewardship of our water resources.
January 6, 2007 in print edition on B6
Almost nothing lasts forever, and that includes precious water supplies. Although we tend to take water for granted, the situation in Egypt offers a warning about the finite nature of this precious natural resource.
Changes likely to disappoint
January 6, 2007 in print edition on B7
Like Mom and apple pie, change is now a sacred cow. The public demands it, so the pols embrace it. President Bush is changing our Iraq policy. New House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promises Democrats will deliver ethics reform. New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer promises to change everything in Albany except the weather. All of which prompts my first prediction for 2007: We’re going to be disappointed.