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Kansas issues new fish consumption advisories
Data show overall decrease in contaminants
January 9, 2007
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) are issuing annual fish consumption advisories for 2007. The advisories identify species of fish that should be eaten in limited quantities, or in some cases, avoided altogether because of contamination found in tested fish.
Trial delayed in aggravated battery case
Witness in case was shot night before original court date
January 9, 2007
Witness in case was shot night before original court date
City expresses support for domestic partnership registry
Commission to seek A.G. opinion on legality of proposed program
06:00 p.m., January 9, 2007 Updated 08:17 p.m.
Follow and comment on the discussion as it unfolds.
Domestic partnership plan will be considered at city commission meeting
January 9, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, Lawrence may be the first city in Kansas to recognize domestic partnerships between homosexual and unmarried couples, and education funding dominate discussions in the first day of the 2007 Kansas Legislature.
Lawrence schools need help from Legislature for tax deal
January 9, 2007
Lawrence school leaders need legislative help or they will have to ask voters for a tax increase in April.
New state board tackles evolution immediately
Wagnon, as expected, is chosen chair
January 9, 2007
Wagnon, as expected, is chosen chair.
County OKs bioscience funding
January 9, 2007 in print edition on B1
Douglas County commissioners agreed Monday to help finance renovations to a building in the East Hills Business Park that would house bioscience companies.
Two new candidates file for school board positions
January 9, 2007 in print edition on B1
Two more candidates filed Monday for Lawrence’s school board.
Sebelius sees bright future for second term
Governor encourages ‘new politics’
January 9, 2007 in print edition on B1
Calling for “a new politics of true empowerment,” Gov. Kathleen Sebelius began her second term Monday by telling Kansans they can’t be complacent about the future.
Alumni establish engineering scholarship
January 9, 2007 in print edition on B1
Madison “Al” and Lila Self of Hinsdale, Ill., have given $2.1 million to Kansas University to establish a new engineering leadership program in their name.
Jury selection begins in gun violation trial
January 9, 2007 in print edition on B1
Jury selection is set to begin today in the trial of a Lawrence man charged with gun violations in connection with the unsolved killing of a 28-year-old hip-hop artist, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
City may prohibit some Iowa Street left turns
January 9, 2007 in print edition on B1
Motorists soon may be asked to limit their left turns from a busy stretch of Iowa Street.
Lawrence cases in limbo as Kline leaves
January 9, 2007 in print edition on A1
Lawrence resident Dan Blomgren hopes his legal troubles with the state will fizzle now that Phill Kline is out and Paul Morrison has taken over the Kansas attorney general’s office.
On the records: Patient privacy concerns new AG
Morrison to fire Tiller prosecutor
January 9, 2007 in print edition on A1
Moments after being sworn into office, Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison said Monday he will fire the special prosecutor in his predecessor’s abortion investigation. He’s also fearful about the security of records in the case.
LHS political clubs debate Social Security
January 9, 2007 in print edition on D1
‘Party People’
Ex-Jayhawk Giles begins class at Oregon St.
January 9, 2007 in print edition on C1
There was serious talk in C.J. Giles’ hometown of Seattle that the former Kansas University basketball player would choose to play for pay after being kicked off the Jayhawk team.
Counterfeit bills no joke for businesses
Douglas County sees fake money making rounds in recent months
January 9, 2007 in print edition on A1
Holiday shopping lines were a tempting target for counterfeiters in the Lawrence area, according to Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson.
K-State freshman Walker done for season
January 9, 2007 in print edition on C1
Kansas State freshman Bill Walker will undergo knee surgery and be out for the rest of the season, coach Bob Huggins said Monday.
Gators buck odds
Underdog Florida shellacks No. 1 Ohio State
January 9, 2007 in print edition on C1
Not even close. Florida - yes, Florida - owned the field it wasn’t supposed to be on, embarrassing Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith and No. 1 Ohio State, 41-14, on Monday night to run away with the college football national championship.
Woodling: Just one capital to go
January 9, 2007 in print edition on C1
And then there was just one more state capital. When I saw this year’s Kansas University men’s basketball schedule a few months ago, I asked Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan if he would allow me to sub for him at the South Carolina game.
Bird’s ‘breakout game’ propels LHS
January 9, 2007 in print edition on C3
Junior Danielle Bird had 22 a game-high points, but her coach wanted to talk about more than Bird’s scoring after Lawrence High’s girls basketball team cruised to a 61-44 victory Monday over Shawnee Mission East.
Eudora girls pound Central Heights
January 9, 2007 in print edition on C3
Haley Epperson scored 13 points and Elaina Kouri 10 in Eudora High’s 60-38 girls basketball victory over Central Heights on Monday night.
Lions tap Hood coach
New track and field skipper aims to add championship banners
January 9, 2007 in print edition on C3
As Lawrence High announced Jack Hood as its new track and field coach Monday afternoon, the new leader declared one of his objectives - a state championship.
Boise State Division I-A’s lone unbeaten
January 9, 2007 in print edition on C3
Boise State has something not even the national champions can claim - an undefeated record.
Wolf Pack wins; Fazekas injured
January 9, 2007 in print edition on C5
Kyle Shiloh knew he and his Nevada teammates would be able to handle the loss of star forward Nick Fazekas to an ankle injury late in the first half against Boise State on Monday night.
Knight tops Huggins for 3rd time
Jarrius Jackson scores 23 of Raiders’ 62 points; Kansas State starts 0-2 in conference
January 9, 2007 in print edition on C5
Fourteen years later, and Bob Knight still has Bob Huggins’ number. Jarrius Jackson scored 23 points, and Texas Tech shut down the Kansas State offense in a 62-52 victory Monday night in the first meeting between the two famed coaches since they joined the Big 12.
Q & A with Skyler Criswell
Soph quick study on springboard
January 9, 2007 in print edition on C6
Despite a late introduction to diving, Lawrence High sophomore Skyler Criswell has performed like a veteran of the sport. “I picked it up pretty fast,” Criswell said.
City athletes of the week
January 9, 2007 in print edition on C6
Rosenstengle starting to understand role
January 9, 2007 in print edition on C6
Free State High’s Craig Rosenstengle didn’t waste any time making an impact on the gridiron during the fall, quickly becoming quarterback Ryan Murphy’s favorite target in the Firebirds’ spread offense.
Brown has no interest in coaching 76ers
January 9, 2007 in print edition on C4
Larry Brown wants his grade-school kids to unpack their suitcases, get used to one house and graduate from a suburban Philadelphia school district.
Steelers stay in-house?
January 9, 2007 in print edition on C4
Russ Grimm on Monday. Ken Whisenhunt today. Does that mean the Pittsburgh Steelers might be ready to choose their next head coach by as soon as Wednesday?
Tittrington: Ottawa’s Ojeleye impresses
January 9, 2007 in print edition on C6
With 20 years of coaching experience at his disposal entering the 2006-07 season, it’s safe to assume Ottawa High boys basketball coach David Grover knows a thing or two about evaluating talent.
Chow seeks reunion with Leinart in Arizona
January 9, 2007 in print edition on C4
Norm Chow became the seventh candidate to be interviewed for the Arizona Cardinals’ coaching job, and expressed great interest in a potential reunion with quarterback Matt Leinart.
Trio tapped unanimously
Tomlinson, Taylor, Bailey picked; Chiefs’ ‘L.J.’ makes it
January 9, 2007 in print edition on C4
LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor and Champ Bailey capped superb seasons by unanimously making the Associated Press NFL All-Pro team announced Monday. Tomlinson, San Diego’s record-setting running back, also won the AP Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year awards. Miami end Taylor was the Defensive Player of the Year.
Commentary: Suddenly, it’s good to be a Gator
Gritty football team helps Meyer emerge from Spurrier’s shadow; Florida sits atop college landscape
January 9, 2007 in print edition on C2
The sun that shines on the mountaintop of college athletics is now a decided hue of Florida orange.
KSU aide heads to A&M
January 9, 2007 in print edition on C2
Gwynn, Ripken chasing perfection
Pair should get call from Hall; McGwire won’t come close
January 9, 2007 in print edition on C2
Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken Jr. will fall short of becoming the first unanimous Hall of Fame picks, and Mark McGwire doesn’t figure to be anywhere close to the necessary 75 percent when 2007 voting is released today.
Fire station No. 5 to unveil new artwork
January 9, 2007 in print edition on B2
A new piece of art to commemorate the opening of Lawrence Fire Station No. 5 will be unveiled this weekend.
When the party’s over
Lawrence students cynical about resolutions
January 9, 2007 in print edition on D1
New Year’s resolutions? Please. Nobody keeps those. “I’ll probably break mine in a minute,” Southwest Junior High School seventh-grader James Kenney said. What if you record it for posterity?
Tonganoxie driver injured in accident
January 9, 2007 in print edition on B2
A 19-year-old Tonganoxie man was taken Monday to Overland Park Regional Medical Center after being involved in an accident in Kansas City, Kan., Kansas Highway Patrol records show.
Three candidates vie for GOP chairman
January 9, 2007 in print edition on B2
Three candidates have emerged in the race to become the next chairman of the Kansas Republican Party.
Chinese officials tour U.S. justice system
January 9, 2007 in print edition on B2
A group of Chinese corrections officials and scholars are touring Lawrence and Kansas University this week to learn more about America’s criminal justice system.
On the record
January 9, 2007 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Datebook
January 9, 2007 in print edition on B2
What’s in store for 2007?
KU graduate David Dillon visits state for holiday
January 9, 2007 in print edition on C8
The head of the nation’s largest supermarket chain spent much of his holidays shopping - for groceries. Back in his native Kansas, David B. Dillon, chairman and chief executive of Kroger Co., hit as many stores as he could, including seven or eight on Christmas Eve. “I bought several things in every store, so the car was pretty full,” Dillon said. “And so I’m calling my wife, and I called my mother, asking ‘Anything you need from the store, let me know.’ ”
Death toll averages more than one a day
January 9, 2007 in print edition on A3
Nine people have been slain in New Orleans in the first eight days of the new year, deepening the sense of despair over the slow pace of the city’s recovery and leaving police and civic leaders grasping for ways to stop the bloodshed.
Explosion at coal-fired power plant kills one
January 9, 2007 in print edition on A3
An explosion at a coal-burning power plant killed a worker delivering pressurized hydrogen and injured nine others Monday, authorities said.
Bomb threat to cruise ship fizzles
January 9, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Port of Miami was hit by its second terrorism scare in two days Monday when a package that was to be loaded onto a cruise ship tested positive for plastic explosives. Authorities later determined it was just a box of sprinkler parts.
Mysterious stench wafts across New York City
January 9, 2007 in print edition on A3
They bombarded 911 with calls, crowded the sidewalks in front of evacuated buildings and tuned to the news for word of what was happening. The question on the minds of many New Yorkers on Monday morning was: “What’s that smell?”
Bird deaths close portion of Texas capital
10 blocks in Austin shut down during testing
January 9, 2007
Police shut down 10 blocks in downtown Austin for several hours Monday after 63 birds were found dead in the street, but officials said preliminary tests found no threat to people.
Study: Released immigrants re-arrested at high rate
January 9, 2007 in print edition on A3
Immigrants arrested for being in the United States illegally may have been charged up to six more times, for more serious crimes, after they were released by local authorities, new Justice Department data indicate.
Performance contracts approved for $10 million of maintenance
January 9, 2007 in print edition on B3
Thanks to action taken by Lawrence’s school board Monday night, about $10 million of local school maintenance and repair projects will get under way this summer - without a property tax increase.
School board sets calendars for next two years
January 9, 2007 in print edition on B3
Should school begin a couple of days earlier in August so winter break can begin a few days earlier in December? Six out of the seven school board members said “yes” at Monday night’s school board meeting after a lengthy discussion.
Saddam’s image grows in Arab world
January 9, 2007 in print edition on A7
After Saddam Hussein’s execution, a wave of sympathy and support for the former Iraqi dictator swept the Arab world, with some proclaiming him a martyr and comparing him to heroes of Arab nationalism.
Iraqi-American escapee plans return to U.S.
January 9, 2007 in print edition on A7
Iraq’s most publicly available fugitive held a news conference in the United Arab Emirates on Monday, announcing his plans to return to Chicago rather than the Baghdad jail he freed himself from last month.
War crimes trial resumes without Saddam
January 9, 2007 in print edition on A7
Saddam Hussein had been dead nine days but his voice resounded through the courtroom Monday as he and his cousin “Chemical Ali” discussed killing thousands of Kurds in the 1980s, according to audiotapes played at their war crimes trial.
Program addresses teacher shortage
January 9, 2007 in print edition on A4
At the University of Texas at Austin, it was called UTeach. In Lawrence, it could be UKanTeach.
Wildfire ravages celebrity enclave
January 9, 2007 in print edition on A4
A wildfire fanned by Santa Ana winds destroyed four seaside mansions and damaged at least two others as it spread over more than 20 acres in this celebrity enclave Monday, authorities said.
Big quake’s anniversary causes few ripples
January 9, 2007 in print edition on A8
It is the California earthquake hardly anyone has heard of - strong enough to rip 225 miles of the San Andreas Fault and make rivers run backward, but leaving nothing like the cultural scar inflicted by the San Francisco Quake of 1906.
Professor charged with killing wife
January 9, 2007 in print edition on A8
A University of Pennsylvania professor was charged Monday with bludgeoning his wife to death in their suburban kitchen after she told friends she was going to divorce him.
Love for sweet drinks can pile on calories, study finds
January 9, 2007 in print edition on A8
Nimesh Desai drinks a couple of sugary sodas every day and makes no apologies about it. “Soda, juice, Gatorade - it has to have some taste. I know I shouldn’t,” said the 32-year-old information technology consultant, sipping Pepsi at lunch Monday in Chicago. “But hey, cheers.”
Diana inquest won’t have royal jury
January 9, 2007
Ordinary Britons, who are divided on whether Princess Diana and her boyfriend were the victims of an accident or murder, may be called to give the official verdict on her death, a judge ruled Monday.
Boston Legal’ continues to court viewers
January 9, 2007 in print edition on A2
“Boston Legal” (9 p.m., ABC) continues its act of juggling topicality and soap-opera fluff. Denny, Alan and Vanessa travel to New Orleans to defend a doctor against charges that she performed euthanasia on five patients during the grim aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. This story echoes that of an actual case.
People in the news
January 9, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ The object of his obsession ¢ Trump’s other headache ¢ Rock hall inductees named
Nixon museum showcases Elvis visit
January 9, 2007 in print edition on A2
The meeting between two of the most improbable cultural icons of the 1970s lasted all of 30 minutes, but it has fascinated the nation for years. A photo of a cloaked and bejeweled Elvis Presley solemnly shaking hands with a grim-faced President Nixon remains the No. 1 requested document from the National Archives, nearly four decades after the secret meeting took place on Dec. 21, 1970.
Tower of London an endangered site
January 9, 2007 in print edition on A6
The U.N.’s cultural body said it has its eye on the tower William the Conqueror built in the 11th Century.
Volcano shoots ash 5 miles into the sky
January 9, 2007 in print edition on A6
The volcano that destroyed Montserrat’s capital in 1997 shot a cloud of ash more than five miles into the sky on Monday, and one of the island’s chief scientists said the blast was “a warning call.”
Russia cuts oil supply to European nations
January 9, 2007 in print edition on A6
Russia on Monday shut off crude oil supplies that flow by pipeline across Belarus to Germany, Poland and other parts of Eastern Europe, charging that Belarus was illegally siphoning off oil meant for the other countries.
Ferry survivors found after 9 days at sea
January 9, 2007 in print edition on A6
Fifteen people who spent nine days on a life raft after their ferry sank in the Java Sea - sharing emergency rations of food and water - were plucked from the water after the crew of a passing ship saw them waving for help.
9/11 accomplice gets 15-year sentence
January 9, 2007 in print edition on A6
The last remaining member of the Hamburg sleeper cell that planned and carried out the 9/11 terror attacks was sentenced to 15 years in prison in a German courtroom Monday.
Somali president enters capital for first time since election
January 9, 2007 in print edition on A6
Somalia’s interim president entered the restive capital Monday for the first time since his election as the U.S. military attacked suspected members of al-Qaida aligned with the former Islamic rulers who retreated from Mogadishu.
U.N. chief outlines security concerns
January 9, 2007 in print edition on A6
The United Nations faces an unprecedented demand for peacekeeping troops and growing demands to help prevent conflicts and rebuild war-battered countries, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday in his first speech to the U.N. Security Council.
Another Polish church leader resigns over links to communist police
January 9, 2007 in print edition on A6
A second prominent Catholic clergyman resigned Monday after allegations about his links to the communist-era secret police, and the prospect that more clerics may have been compromised threatened the church’s reputation as a bastion of opposition to the old regime.
Venezuelan leader moves toward ‘socialist republic’
January 9, 2007 in print edition on A6
President Hugo Chavez announced plans Monday to nationalize Venezuela’s electrical and telecommunications companies, pledging to create a socialist state in a bold move with echoes of Fidel Castro’s revolution in Cuba.
Democrats to tackle remaining 9/11 reforms
January 9, 2007 in print edition on A5
House Democrats unveiled legislation Monday aimed at implementing many of the remaining reforms suggested by the Sept. 11 commission, including calls for more thorough cargo screening, better emergency communications and more money for cities at the highest risk of terrorist attack.
Methodist pastors meet in Lawrence
January 9, 2007 in print edition on C8
About 200 United Methodist pastors from churches throughout the state will be in Lawrence for a three-day meeting that begins today.
State chamber poll indicates optimism
January 9, 2007 in print edition on C8
Eliminating taxes on new investments in machinery and business equipment is giving Kansas business owners and operators newfound optimism about the direction of the Kansas economy, according to a new poll.
Commodities
January 9, 2007 in print edition on C8
Scholarship ‘coach’ gives college aid advice
January 9, 2007 in print edition on C8
There is so much information about college financing it’s hard to choose which Web site or book to read. But, as one well-worn Chinese proverb goes, “To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.”
Second-grader would like Big Brother for games, sports
January 9, 2007 in print edition on D2
Are you still looking for a New Year’s resolution? How about making a difference in a child’s life this year?
Police uncover leads in missing student case
January 9, 2007 in print edition on B4
Family and friends of a 19-year-old Cowley College woman who has not been seen since Friday say she is not the type of person to run off without contacting someone.
Group prays for kidnapped K.C. contractor
January 9, 2007 in print edition on B4
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver held a vigil Monday and prayed for the release of five security contractors seen last week in a video made by their abductors, more than a month after being kidnapped in southern Iraq.
Sprint to cut 5,000 jobs
January 9, 2007 in print edition on B4
Sprint Nextel Corp. reported Monday that its cell phone business suffered a net loss of 300,000 monthly subscribers in the fourth quarter and that the struggling wireless company will cut 5,000 jobs.
Legislature poised to tackle education funding early
January 9, 2007 in print edition on B4
Legislators are losing little time in making sure there will be enough money to finance a court-mandated school funding plan passed last year. Senate leaders plan to pass a bill today to earmark $122.7 million for the funding plan’s third year - in the budget year beginning July 1, 2008. The vote would come a day after the 2007 session opened; normally, a session’s first week is devoted to ceremonial functions.
Husband arrested for wife’s fatal stabbing
January 9, 2007 in print edition on B8
A Junction City man has been arrested in the stabbing death of his 28-year-old estranged wife.
Bush declares federal disaster after storms
January 9, 2007 in print edition on B8
President Bush has declared portions of western Kansas a major disaster, clearing the way for federal dollars to help the state recover from winter storms that left thousands without power.
Moral concerns
January 9, 2007 in print edition on B7
Flag etiquette
January 9, 2007 in print edition on B7
Getting even
January 9, 2007 in print edition on B7
Winning idea
January 9, 2007 in print edition on B7
Free publicity
January 9, 2007 in print edition on B7
Bush father and son need to discuss Iraq
January 9, 2007 in print edition on B6
As the new Congress convenes and Speaker Pelosi ascends to the rostrum, you have to wish them all well. These are the kids who got up in school assembly and spoke on Armistice Day and were captains of teams and organized class projects to do good works, a different breed from us wise guys who lurked in the halls and made fun of them, and in the end you want them and not us running your government.
Meaningful ethics reform seems unlikely
January 9, 2007 in print edition on B6
When one is “converted,” people look for changes in behavior that testify to a transformation of heart and mind.
Urgent issue
Questions about potential affiliations involving Kansas University Hospital and the KU Medical Center should be at the top of the Kansas Legislature’s 2007 agenda.
January 9, 2007 in print edition on B6
Various news reports have suggested the major issues facing Kansas legislators as they gather in Topeka to begin the 2007 session. Some of these include what to do about repairing buildings and facilities on state university campuses, illegal immigration, budget and taxes, school finance, gambling, and health and social services for Kansans.
Horoscopes
January 9, 2007 in print edition on B5
UNC new No. 1; Kansas sixth
January 9, 2007 in print edition on C5
Roy Williams is no stranger to having a top-ranked college basketball team.
State board to revisit science, sex education
New moderate majority likely to reverse course
January 9, 2007 in print edition on A1
As some Kansas officials spoke Monday of the future during inaugural ceremonies, others were focused on changing the past. Kansas State Board of Education member Janet Waugh said she would ask the board today to revisit subjects that have torn the board apart: science standards and sex education.
Set some worthy goals for 2007
January 9, 2007 in print edition on D1
‘Double Take’ By By Dr. Wes Crenshaw & John Murray.
Dental clinic to give children free checkups
January 9, 2007 in print edition on B2
Free dental examinations and X-rays for children will be given by Douglas County Dental Clinic on Feb. 2.
Bush job growth slow by two-term standards
January 9, 2007 in print edition on A5
The economy has cranked out fewer jobs under President Bush - by millions - than it had by the same point in the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. Democrats say it’s evidence that Bush’s economic policies aren’t working.
Bush, Congress ready to battle over Iraq
January 9, 2007 in print edition on A5
President Bush set Wednesday night for the unveiling of his new Iraq war plan, an announcement certain to touch off a bruising battle with Congress over his expected proposal to dispatch more U.S. troops to Iraq.