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Archive for Monday, January 8, 2007

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Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
Kline's legacy No more excuses! 3rd Annual 'Lawrence Bridal Extravaganza' Scenes from Mark Roberts' journey
Podcasts
Polls
Should City Hall create a domestic partnership registry for unmarried couples?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
64%
No
 
34%
Undecided
 
1%
Total 271
What's the most important issue this legislative session?

Poll results

Response Percent
Crumbling classrooms
 
38%
Other
 
34%
Taxes
 
26%
Total 26
Videos

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Domestic partnership registry would be 1st in state
Proposal could help gay or unmarried couples qualify for health care
January 8, 2007 in print edition on B1
The noise coming from City Hall tonight won’t be wedding bells. But city commissioners at their weekly meeting may make noise heard across the state as they consider becoming the first Kansas community to legally recognize gay partnerships. Lawrence could be first in state to recognize domestic partnerships
Two more file for school board
Three total are in the race for four seats
January 8, 2007
Three total are in the race for four seats.
City officials to consider traffic limitations on Iowa St.
January 8, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, city commissioners will consider limiting left-hand turns into the university heights neighborhood, they’ll discuss a new domestic partner registry and complete coverage of day 1 of Kansas legislative session.
County will support biosciences project
Expected support made official today
January 8, 2007
Expected support made official today.
Morrison will fire special prosecutor in abortion case
Says he has concerns about safety of medical records
January 8, 2007
Says he has concerns about safety of medical records
Governor Kathleen Sebelius’ Second Inaugural Address
Remarks as prepared for delivery
January 8, 2007
Remarks as prepared for delivery.
Sebelius starts her second term
Also sworn into office today was Attorney General Paul Morrison, a Democrat, who routed Republican incumbent Phill Kline
January 8, 2007
Also sworn into office today was Attorney General Paul Morrison, a Democrat, who routed Republican incumbent Phill Kline.
Win could lift Heels to top
Carolina likely No. 1 if UCLA drops in polls
January 8, 2007 in print edition on C3
Tyler Hansbrough scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half, and No. 2 North Carolina beat Florida State, 84-58, on Sunday night for the Tar Heels’ 11th straight victory. Freshman Brandan Wright added 20 points, and North Carolina got the dominating victory it needed perhaps to ascend to No. 1 when the Associated Press Top 25 is released today.
Program lets EMTs know important health information on the spot
January 8, 2007 in print edition on B1
Douglas County Senior Services is distributing small yellow stickers that could be a big help in an emergency. “If you’re unconscious or unable to communicate, it does the communicating for you,” said Brenda Holmes, director of the Kansas Yellow Dot Program. Participants fill out health information forms with information about any medical conditions, medications, allergies and important emergency contacts.
Texas upends Purdue
January 8, 2007
For a program that counts itself among the nation’s elite in women’s basketball, Texas’ first two matchups this season against Top 10 opponents were complete flops.
SC struggles at stripe
Gamecocks miss 11 of 19 free throws
January 8, 2007 in print edition on C5
South Carolina threw brick after brick at the charity stripe, and not because Kansas University has a stifling free-throw defense. The Gamecocks made only eight of 19 at the foul line in Sunday’s 70-54 loss to the Jayhawks at the Colonial Center.
KU group criticized for lack of direction
January 8, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s new Confucius Institute may receive funding from the Chinese government, but it has the autonomy to pursue its mission on its own terms, director Bill Tsutsui said.
Shockers fall again, to Bears
January 8, 2007 in print edition on C3
Blake Ahearn scored 23 points, and Tyler Chaney added 22 to lead Missouri State to a 95-87 win over Wichita State on Sunday.
Local ACLU optimistic about D.C. shake-up
Group hopeful that Democratic majority will lead to revamping of privacy-rights laws
January 8, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Democrat-controlled House and Senate that rolled into action Thursday has local members of the American Civil Liberties Union hoping for a revamping of some civil liberties laws.
Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook
January 8, 2007 in print edition on C3
So much for that trip to Sin City.
Grant to aid offender re-entry program
January 8, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Kansas Department of Corrections has received a $4.67 million national grant for a program designed to make sure offenders don’t commit new crimes after being released from prison.
Sealed in the 2nd quarter
Trio of touchdowns, followed by lengthy drive, lift Southern Miss.
January 8, 2007 in print edition on C3
With big plays, a marathon drive and a smothering defense, Southern Miss gave Ohio a tough lesson on postseason play.
Police tally rest area seizure to $2 million
January 8, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Franklin County sheriff’s office finished counting the cash it seized at a rest area on I-35 south of Ottawa on Dec. 26.
No doubt about this boot
Eagles execute perfect snap, hold, kick on game-winning field goal
January 8, 2007 in print edition on C8
Some of his teammates couldn’t watch David Akers when he lined up for the winning kick, preferring to let the crowd’s reaction tell them the outcome. Given recent events around the NFL, nobody could blame them.
Cause of trailer fire under investigation
January 8, 2007 in print edition on B1
Palmyra Township Fire Department responded to a burning double-wide trailer at 5:18 a.m. Sunday.
Ugly loss ends Edwards’ debut
Chiefs may endure rebuilding in offseason
January 8, 2007 in print edition on C8
Trent Green’s 2006 season ended much the way it began, with Kansas City’s aging quarterback lying helpless on the turf. In between, Larry Johnson carried the ball more times than anybody else in NFL history, Damon Huard proved himself worthy and Lamar Hunt lost his long battle with prostate cancer.
What can Kansans gain from their 2007 Legislature?
Pressing issues await lawmakers this session
January 8, 2007 in print edition on A1
For the first time in years, state lawmakers start their legislative session with no imminent crisis before them. The state’s fiscal foundation has recovered from the post-9/ll revenue collapse, and the dismissal last year of the long-running school finance lawsuit gives the Legislature some room to run.
Petrino leaves Louisville for the NFL
Atlanta Falcons hire coach less than a week after the potent Cardinals won the Orange Bowl
January 8, 2007 in print edition on C2
From his very first year at Louisville, Bobby Petrino’s name kept coming up for other coaching jobs. Sunday, he finally decided it was time to go.
Stem cell finding spares embryos
Amniotic fluid proves plentiful source
January 8, 2007 in print edition on A1
Scientists reported Sunday they had found a plentiful source of stem cells in the fluid that cushions babies in the womb and produced a variety of tissue types from these cells - sidestepping the controversy over destroying embryos for research.
USC kicker death not criminal
Police believe 120-foot fall was an accident or suicide
January 8, 2007 in print edition on C2
Foul play probably was not a factor in the death of Southern California kicker Mario Danelo, whose body was found about 120 feet down a rocky cliff, police said Sunday. “It was fairly apparent that this was either an accident or suicide,” said Lt. Paul Vernon.
In Washington, Kansans have full plates
Senator, representatives have range of concerns to address
January 8, 2007
President Bush’s expected request for an American troop surge in Baghdad drew concern from some Kansas members of Congress last week. U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, said he would prefer to see trained Iraqi troops in action with American forces providing support.
Lawrence Datebook
January 8, 2007 in print edition on B2
At long last, college ‘Super Bowl’ is here
January 8, 2007 in print edition on C1
A new era of college football begins tonight with No. 1 Ohio State and No. 2 Florida playing a game that has grown too big to be called a bowl. A week after New Year’s Day, after all the bowls have been played, the Buckeyes and Gators meet in the first BCS national championship game.
On the record
January 8, 2007 in print edition on B2
Fuel boom may have aftershocks in food supply
January 8, 2007 in print edition on A1
From corn fields to Wall Street, enthusiasm for ethanol is at an all-time high. But not everyone is enthusiastic. Demand for the corn-based fuel is driving up the cost of feed corn, making it more expensive to feed cows, chickens and pigs.
Woodling: TV drops ball; KU doesn’t
January 8, 2007 in print edition on C1
If the Columbia Broadcasting System has done it once, the national network has done it a hundred times. Once again Sunday afternoon, CBS left Kansas University men’s basketball fans frustrated because it didn’t telecast the KU-South Carolina game in its entirety.
County commission to consider entering bioscience agreement
January 8, 2007 in print edition on B2
Douglas County commissioners today will consider entering into an agreement to provide funding to help convert an East Hills Business Park building for use by bioscience companies.
Two arrested in trooper death
January 8, 2007 in print edition on A3
State officials said Sunday they had arrested two teens they believed were responsible for the killing of a state trooper who was shot during a traffic stop in western Tennessee.
Kansas basketball notebook
January 8, 2007 in print edition on C5
Kansas coach Bill Self was not only upset with the officials the first half of the Jayhawks’ 70-54 victory over South Carolina on Sunday at Colonial Center. He also was unhappy with the rebounding of his players, who were outscrapped 20 boards to 11 the initial half.
Language barrier’ cited in port shutdown
January 8, 2007 in print edition on A3
Three legal immigrants in a cargo truck were detained at the Port of Miami on Sunday after a routine inspection raised concerns, but police say the incident may have stemmed in part from a language barrier.
Subway derailment sends 20 to hospitals
January 8, 2007 in print edition on A3
A subway train derailed Sunday near downtown Washington, sending 20 people to the hospital and prompting the rescue of 60 people from a tunnel, officials said.
Colorado crews use artillery to mitigate further avalanche risks
January 8, 2007 in print edition on A3
Crews triggered avalanches Sunday before they could pose a threat to traffic on a mountain highway, a day after a huge snow slide knocked two cars off the road in a high pass and buried them.
Study: Preteens predisposed to weight gain
January 8, 2007 in print edition on A3
As if being a tween is not hard enough, scientists now call the years between 9 and 12 a time when girls are especially at risk of getting fat. Girls are more likely to become overweight in those preteen years than when they are teenagers, researchers report today in The Journal of Pediatrics. The study did not say why that was and did not examine boys to know whether they face a similar risk.
Was life on Mars found, destroyed?
Researcher thinks alien microbes may not have been recognized in 1970s
January 8, 2007 in print edition on A3
Two NASA space probes that visited Mars 30 years ago may have stumbled upon alien microbes on the Red Planet and inadvertently killed them, a scientist theorizes in a paper released Sunday.
Pelosi won’t guarantee ‘blank check’ for Iraq
January 8, 2007 in print edition on A7
Democrats now running Congress will not give President Bush a blank check to wage war in Iraq, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday, suggesting they could deny him the money should he call for additional troops.
People in the news
January 8, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Dancers try out for spots with Beyonce ¢ Kenny Rogers folds ‘em ¢ ‘Plutoed’ is word of year
Museum’ exhibits strong staying power at box office
January 8, 2007 in print edition on A2
Museum crowds are strong at movie theaters. Ben Stiller’s “Night at the Museum” took in $24 million to stay on top at the box office for a third-straight weekend, fending off a soft crop of newcomers during the post-holiday lull.
Gadget makers hit annual tech shows
January 8, 2007 in print edition on A2
Today marks the beginning of Tech Week, the annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas and San Francisco for two trade shows that will feature the gadgets that could capture the world’s attention for the next 12 months.
Key players in 2007 Legislature
January 8, 2007 in print edition on A4
The legislative session may often look like a three-ring circus, but beneath the chaos is a kind of balance that requires trapeze-artist-like political skills to get things done. In other words, no one has the upper hand, or if they do, it’s not for long.
Researchers develop new test for HIV
January 8, 2007 in print edition on A4
A new test that detects whether patients with HIV/AIDS are infected with even small amounts of drug-resistant forms of the virus has been developed by researchers at Duke University Medical Center.
Teen historian ahead of her time
January 8, 2007 in print edition on B4
Sixteen-year-old Cassie Blackwell may have been born about 150 years too late. The Topeka teen lives for history.
Nebraska woman sends mugs to warm up troops
January 8, 2007 in print edition on B4
The mornings are so chilly the soldiers can see their breath. But thanks to the help of a mother and her co-workers, it won’t take the members serving with the U.S. Marines 9th Engineer Support Battalion Company B too long to warm up.
Fatah supporters stage massive rally
January 8, 2007 in print edition on A6
Tens of thousands of Fatah supporters packed Gaza’s main soccer stadium Sunday in a show of strength to boost the movement in its increasingly violent struggle against the Islamic militant group Hamas.
Sheehan leads peace activist mission
January 8, 2007 in print edition on A6
Peace activists visiting Cuba to protest the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay expressed hope Sunday that the new Democratic congressional leadership will help ease long-standing U.S. trade and travel sanctions against the communist-run island.
What drought?
Statistics show Kansas is nowhere near historic lows
January 8, 2007 in print edition on B4
If anyone in Topeka knows drought, it would be Tracy Streeter. For starters, he’s director of the Kansas Water Office, the state’s lead agency in water planning. Furthermore, by law, the Water Office is responsible for identifying drought conditions in Kansas. He’s chairman of the Governor’s Drought Response Team.
Israel rejects report it may attack Iran
January 8, 2007 in print edition on A6
A British newspaper reported Sunday that Israeli pilots were training to strike targets in Iran with low-yield nuclear weapons, but Israel swiftly denied the report and analysts expressed doubts about its reliability.
Commanders appeal for more U.S. troops
January 8, 2007 in print edition on A6
Radical Islamist Taliban forces, are poised for a major offensive against U.S. troops and undermanned NATO forces, prompting American commanders here to issue an urgent appeal for a new U.S. Marine Corps battalion to reinforce the American positions.
Archbishop resigns after admitting Communist ties
January 8, 2007 in print edition on A6
Warsaw’s new archbishop abruptly resigned Sunday over revelations that he cooperated with Poland’s communist-era secret police, stunning worshippers by sadly yielding the archbishop’s throne just minutes before he was to be formally installed.
Ethiopian forces under attack in Somalia
January 8, 2007 in print edition on A6
Gunmen attacked Ethiopian troops supporting the Somali government Sunday, witnesses said, in the second straight day of violence in a city struggling to emerge from more than a decade of chaos.
Saddam’s co-defendants await delayed executions
January 8, 2007 in print edition on A6
Two of Saddam Hussein’s co-defendants were taken from their cells and told they were going to be hanged on the same day the former dictator was executed, their lawyer said Sunday.
Single on Feb. 14? Host a ‘bitter bash’
January 8, 2007 in print edition on D1
Table for one? Whatever. Valentine’s Day is so commercialized anyway.
No more Excuses
New year presents opportunity to try something you’ve always wanted to do
January 8, 2007 in print edition on D1
Let’s face it: The beginning of the new year is as much about breaking resolutions as making them, as much about excuses as goals. So, this year, why not pick one way to better yourself and stick to it? Heck, it might even be something fun.
Sabatini Architects gets work in Salina
January 8, 2007 in print edition on A8
Renovation of an arts center warehouse in Salina will be designed by a Lawrence-based architecture firm.
Association sets annual meeting
January 8, 2007 in print edition on A8
The Lawrence Technology Association will conduct its annual meeting from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 18 at Paisano’s Ristorante, 2112 W. 25th St.
Eudora resident is award finalist
January 8, 2007 in print edition on A8
Eudora resident David Redlin, of Progressive Environmental & Safety Consulting Services, Overland Park, is a finalist for Safety Professional of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders.
Money tip
January 8, 2007 in print edition on A8
January is one of the busiest times of the year for fitness clubs, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a good deal on a membership. Here’s how:
Self rants, KU rolls
Jayhawks inspired by coach’s ‘T’
January 8, 2007 in print edition on C1
Bill Self sometimes loses his cool behind padlocked doors at practice. Rarely, however, does Kansas University’s basketball coach cause a stir during games, certainly not the public display of emotion that resulted in a technical foul - one that caught the attention of his players in the early going of a 70-54 victory over South Carolina on Sunday at Colonial Center.
America faces enemy within
January 8, 2007 in print edition on B7
To drive almost anywhere these days is to be shocked at the aggressive and reckless road culture. But I saw something the other day that took the madness to a new low.
Elections show inclusiveness
January 8, 2007 in print edition on B7
It was, superficially, pure coincidence that Nancy Pelosi and Deval Patrick took their precedent-setting oaths of office at almost the same hour on Thursday. Pelosi became the first female speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, second in line to the presidency. And Patrick became the first African-American governor of Massachusetts, only the second black state chief executive elected in the history of the United States.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
January 8, 2007 in print edition on B6
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
January 8, 2007 in print edition on B6
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
January 8, 2007 in print edition on B6
Democrats should follow Golden Rule
January 8, 2007 in print edition on B6
In June of 2004, when then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was trying to put the best face on Democratic intentions should they win a majority in the 2006 election, she issued a “minority bill of rights.” It promised that Democrats would not treat Republicans as Republicans often treated Democrats should voters put Democrats back in charge of the House.
Mom experience may serve Pelosi well
January 8, 2007 in print edition on B6
And so Nancy Pelosi ascends to the speakership with a series of “firsts” raining down on her like confetti. She’s the first woman, the first Italian-American, the first Californian, probably the first chocoholic to take her place two heartbeats away from the Oval Office.
Traffic options
The list of Lawrence streets awaiting traffic-calming improvements continues to grow.
January 8, 2007 in print edition on B6
On Tuesday’s consent agenda, Lawrence city commissioners will have the opportunity to add yet another section of street to the list of traffic-calming projects awaiting city funding.
Utility crews repairing storm damage
January 8, 2007 in print edition on B8
Utilities continued repairing downed power poles Sunday, more than a week after a storm dumped a mixture of snow, rain and ice across western Kansas. At the peak of the storm, more than 20,000 Aquila Inc. customers and 46,300 customers of nine rural electric cooperatives lost power.
State fair unveils new slogan
January 8, 2007 in print edition on B8
Kansans will be asked to “hang with the hogs” or “pick up the bunnies” at this September’s Kansas State Fair. Fair officials unveiled the new twist to it’s “It’s a Wild Ride, Baby!” advertising campaign during a meeting in Topeka on Friday.
City no longer jails people for minor drug possession
January 8, 2007 in print edition on B8
Unlike the rest of Sedgwick County, people found to be possessing small amounts of illegal drugs in Wichita no longer get sent to jail. Instead, those caught with less than a quarter-gram of meth or cocaine are charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, given notice to appear in a misdemeanor courtroom and released.
Don’t be a reject
Resume mistakes can put a dent in job search
January 8, 2007 in print edition on A8
We all have those job-seeker cringes. Tripping into a potential boss just as she extends her hand to shake. Calling an interviewer by the wrong name. Sending a resume with the wrong telephone number.
Wealthy may fund middle-class tax cuts
January 8, 2007 in print edition on A7
Democrats are not ruling out raising taxes for the wealthiest people to help pay for tax cuts for middle-income families, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.
Actress dons fat suit to expose cruelty
January 8, 2007 in print edition on D1
If tonight’s television has a theme, it’s looking at life through a new set of lenses, changing perspectives and challenging preconceptions.
Bye bye, birdie: Weather, growth lead to decline in quail numbers
January 8, 2007 in print edition on B1
In the 1950s when Dennis Domer was a boy growing up in Nemaha County, he didn’t have to walk far from his house to hunt quail. “In about a mile or so there would be eight covey of quail or more,” said Domer, a rural Lawrence resident. “I never even had a dog. I just walked them up.” But by the 1970s, the landscape had changed.
Mangini sees Pats from other side
January 8, 2007 in print edition on C8
Bill Belichick and Tom Brady won three Super Bowls with Eric Mangini on their side. The Patriots coach taught his former student that maybe he can win another without him - especially with his quarterback in championship form.
A walk on the wild side
Lawrence hiker covers 1,850 miles of Pacific Crest Trail
January 8, 2007 in print edition on C6
Mark Roberts had hoped his five-month stint on the Pacific Crest Trail would put an end to his obsession with cross-country hikes. It merely whetted his appetite instead. Roberts, a 47-year-old mental-health therapist from Lawrence, didn’t quite complete the PCT. He started his epic hike in early May at the trail’s southern terminus in Campo, Mexico.
Traffic-calming devices may help pedestrians
January 8, 2007 in print edition on B2
Events calendar
January 8, 2007 in print edition on D2
Say it ain’t so, Kate
January 8, 2007 in print edition on A8
Kate and Dale Talk Jobs By Kate Wendleton & Dale Dauten.
Horoscopes
January 8, 2007 in print edition on B5
Chalmers motivated
Family contingent cheers KU soph
January 8, 2007 in print edition on C4
Columbia, S.C. - Mario Chalmers’ parents live in Lawrence. But a horde of other Chalmers family members - aunts, uncles, cousins - live in Charlotte, N.C., and it seems they all were on hand to lend support to Kansas University’s sophomore guard during the Jayhawks’ 70-54 victory over South Carolina on Sunday in Colonial Center.