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Apartment fire displaces residents
January 13, 2007
A two-alarm fire damaged four apartments in the Eddingham Place Condomiums near 23rd Street and Naismith Drive this evening that will displace eight people from their homes for the evening.
Winter weather closings announced
January 13, 2007
Weather continues to be cold, freezing.
Image is everything
Robinson glad he kept his cool during last year’s Iowa State visit
January 13, 2007 in print edition on C1
Russell Robinson will defend himself if and when it is deemed necessary on the basketball court. The soft-spoken Kansas University basketball point guard, however, has a policy of never being one to instigate trouble.
In honor of the fallen
City’s newest public artwork pays homage to firefighters killed in duty
January 13, 2007 in print edition on D1
The figure is a firefighter, larger than life at 7 feet 8 inches tall. He’s peering forward valiantly, as if toward a burning building he’s about to enter. To artist Benjamin Victor, the sculpture represents the bravery of an entire profession.
Feature film set in Lawrence won’t be shot here … again
Kansas bypassed because state doesn’t offer tax incentives
January 13, 2007 in print edition on A1
A fictional Kansas University doctoral student takes the lead in the soon-to-be-shooting movie “The City of Your Final Destination,” which boasts a cast featuring Anthony Hopkins and Laura Linney.
2 missing boys found alive in suburban St. Louis
Man charged with kidnapping; prosecutor expects more charges to come
January 13, 2007 in print edition on A1
A 13-year-old boy who vanished from the gravel road near his home five days ago was found alive Friday about 60 miles away in a suburban St. Louis home, along with a 15-year-old boy missing since 2002, authorities said.
Health officials say universal coverage plan not pie in sky
January 13, 2007 in print edition on A1
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius raised some eyebrows when she proposed health insurance coverage for all Kansans during her State of the State address.
Ice, snow to blanket city throughout weekend
Accumulation could reach 3 to 5 inches by Sunday
January 13, 2007 in print edition on A1
The temperature in Lawrence plummeted from a record high 67 degrees Thursday afternoon to a wind chill below zero and a low of 15 degrees Friday. Precipitation also came in the forms of sleet, snow flurries, freezing drizzle, freezing fog and ice Friday.
Art a la Carte
January 13, 2007
Cram school: Capital campaign helps Bishop Seabury to expand
January 13, 2007 in print edition on B1
Thanks to a $1.5 million capital campaign now under way, Bishop Seabury Academy is moving closer toward funding a new fine arts and academic building.
$400,000 grant helps town pay for plant
January 13, 2007 in print edition on B1
Lecompton has won a $400,000 state grant that will allow it to build a new water plant to improve the quality of its drinking water.
Simons: Welch has run KBI with integrity and professionalism
January 13, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas and the residents of the state are losing the services of an excellent lawman. At the end of May, Larry Welch will step down as director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. He has done a superb job as KBI director since assuming the role in 1994 at the invitation of then-Attorney General Bob Stephan. Welch became the KBI’s 10th director and served in this position under four Kansas attorneys general, including the recently sworn-in Paul Morrison.
Boyda criticizes Bush’s new plan for Iraq
January 13, 2007 in print edition on B1
U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Topeka, on Friday criticized the Bush administration’s new plan for the Iraq war that includes a troop surge.
Bank to give $100,000 to hospital project
January 13, 2007 in print edition on B1
Capitol Federal Savings has agreed to donate $100,000 to help fund an expansion of Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
KBI director announces retirement
Larry Welch to step down in May after career that included helping catch BTK, fighting meth labs
January 13, 2007 in print edition on B1
He’s overseen the fight against methamphetamine in Kansas and lent agents to the effort to catch the BTK serial killer.
Gonzalez not going anywhere
Chiefs tight end agrees to five-year contract extension
January 13, 2007 in print edition on C1
Tony Gonzalez has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs that keeps him the highest-paid tight end in the NFL.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
January 13, 2007 in print edition on C4
Area High School Basketball Roundup
Tongie girls stay perfect
January 13, 2007 in print edition on C3
Free State, LHS call weekend events
January 13, 2007 in print edition on C3
Lawrence High and Free State High canceled Friday night’s scheduled basketball games because of inclement weather.
Teams of destiny vying for more love
January 13, 2007 in print edition on C6
One good story has to end here this weekend.
Chargers counting on loud crowd
January 13, 2007 in print edition on C6
Linebacker Shawne Merriman wants a strong start for the Chargers in Sunday’s playoff game - from their fans.
Bears defense seeks return to dominance
January 13, 2007 in print edition on C6
Alex Brown smiled and rolled his eyes in disgust. He wasn’t worried about possible endorsement deals or the legacy these Chicago Bears will leave behind.
Ravens’ agenda: slowing Manning
January 13, 2007 in print edition on C6
Just like every other team that faces the Indianapolis Colts, the Baltimore Ravens’ top priority is containing Peyton Manning.
Commentary: McGwire snub easy, but what’s next?
January 13, 2007 in print edition on C2
Big Mac was easy. Even under the well-insulated cover of his self-imposed exile, Mark McGwire was a target baseball’s Hall of Fame voters couldn’t possibly miss. The lash of their outrage (or was it the sting of their unbearable disappointment?) flogged Big Mac’s once-heroic reputation with a stunning vengeance Tuesday afternoon.
Special prosecutor sought
District attorney to leave Duke case
January 13, 2007 in print edition on C2
Facing ethics charges that could lead to his disbarment, the embattled district attorney in the Duke lacrosse sexual assault case has asked the state attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor to take over the case.
Butler states All-Star case
Support role suits Wizard
January 13, 2007 in print edition on C5
Some things about Caron Butler are straightforward.
Lawrence Datebook
January 13, 2007 in print edition on B2
On the record
January 13, 2007 in print edition on B2
Kansas City’s Secret Santa dies
Giving totaled $1.3 million over the years
January 13, 2007 in print edition on B2
Larry Stewart, who was known for years as Secret Santa because of his habit of roaming the streets in December anonymously handing money to people he thought could use a lift, died Friday. He was 58.
Third man sentenced in slaying of musician
January 13, 2007 in print edition on B2
A third man was sentenced Friday in the shooting death of a Kansas City Symphony musician.
Some offices closed for MLK holiday
January 13, 2007 in print edition on B2
Government offices and public services in Lawrence will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. They also will be closed in most area towns.
California lettuce linked to E. coli
January 13, 2007 in print edition on A5
Prepackaged iceberg lettuce from California has been linked to two separate outbreaks of E. coli that sickened more than 150 Taco Bell and Taco John’s customers late last year on the East Coast and in the Midwest, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday.
Aviation magazine lauds alumnus for Boeing work
January 13, 2007 in print edition on B3
Kansas University alumnus Alan Mulally is Aviation Week’s 2006 Person of the Year, the magazine announced in its Jan. 1 edition.
2 file for positions on council, board
January 13, 2007 in print edition on B3
Two more candidates Friday filed for positions on the Baldwin City Council and board of education for Baldwin City school district.
Local Realtors award the best of ‘06
January 13, 2007 in print edition on B3
Her evening would have been memorable just accepting the gavel and the 2007 presidency for the Lawrence Board of Realtors.
Outgoing prosecutor: Go after Tiller
January 13, 2007 in print edition on B3
The outgoing special prosecutor appointed to investigate a nationally known abortion doctor sent his final recommendations Friday to Attorney General Paul Morrison, concluding there is probable cause to continue the prosecution.
Small jet crashes; 2 people confirmed dead
January 13, 2007 in print edition on A3
A small business jet crashed while taking off from Van Nuys Airport on Friday, killing two people, officials said. A witness said the door of a nose compartment was open as it took off.
School bus hits students, slams into wall
January 13, 2007 in print edition on A3
A school bus driver lost control and struck several students as they left a high school Friday, then crashed into a retaining wall, sending 17 students to hospitals, officials said.
Zoo’s new baby panda makes media debut
January 13, 2007 in print edition on A3
The giant panda cub Mei Lan made her media debut Friday, romping about a Zoo Atlanta exhibit area for a crowd of reporters and cameras while her mother chomped bamboo.
Presidential library talks pit liberal faculty against administration
January 13, 2007 in print edition on A3
Negotiations to build George W. Bush’s presidential library at Southern Methodist University have divided the campus, pitting the administration and some alumni against liberal-leaning faculty members who say the project would be an embarrassment to the school.
Groups target store over canine fur on coats
January 13, 2007 in print edition on A3
J.C. Penney Co. removed some fur-trimmed coats from its racks around Christmas after animal-rights activists objected that the fur came from wild dogs in China.
Ugandan rebels pull out of peace talks
January 13, 2007 in print edition on A6
Ugandan rebels pulled out of peace talks with the government Friday, dealing a blow to already faltering negotiations aimed at ending one of Africa’s most brutal conflicts.
Ex-Jayhawk Downs to debut
Transfer says Kansas wasn’t ‘right situation’
January 13, 2007 in print edition on C3
There is a chance Kansas University transfer Micah Downs could see his first action for Gonzaga this weekend when the Bulldogs travel to the Bay Area to take on Santa Clara and Saint Mary’s.
House passes Medicare drug price bill despite veto threat
January 13, 2007
Defying a threatened presidential veto, the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved a bill to require federal officials to negotiate with drug companies for lower prices for the 23 million senior citizens who have signed up for Medicare’s prescription drug coverage.
Rare double veto cast for Myanmar resolution
January 13, 2007 in print edition on A6
China and Russia cast a rare double veto Friday of a U.S. resolution calling on Myanmar’s military government to release all political prisoners, speed up progress toward democracy and stop attacks against ethnic minorities.
Violent weather, seas kill 1, leave 8 missing
January 13, 2007 in print edition on A6
Severe gales and heavy rains powered by an Atlantic storm have left at least one person dead and eight missing, sunk two fishing trawlers and disrupted travel across Britain and Ireland, meteorological officials said Friday.
2 more die from bird flu, pushing week’s toll to 4
January 13, 2007 in print edition on A6
Two more Indonesian women have died from bird flu, a health official said today, pushing the toll this week to four in the latest cases to strike the country worst hit by the virus.
Troops join rescue effort after landslides kill 15
January 13, 2007 in print edition on A6
Military troops and helicopters intensified rescue operations in Sri Lanka’s central tea growing region today, after landslides killed at least 15 people and left thousands homeless, officials said.
Greek authorities blame domestic terrorists for U.S. Embassy attack
January 13, 2007 in print edition on A6
A rocket-propelled grenade slammed into the U.S. Embassy on Friday, causing limited damage and no injuries but reviving fears of a resurgence of far-left Greek militant groups that carried out deadly attacks over three decades.
Spanish police arrest former Argentine president Isabel Peron
January 13, 2007 in print edition on A6
Former Argentine President Isabel Peron was briefly detained Friday in Madrid as part of investigations into the South American country’s past human rights abuses, police said.
Canada unveils plan for border security
January 13, 2007 in print edition on A6
Canada unveiled a major border security and prosperity initiative Friday, saying it would spend more than $368 million over the next five years to protect its border from terrorist, economic and environmental threats.
Somalia: Last Islamic stronghold falls
January 13, 2007 in print edition on A6
Ethiopian-backed government forces captured the last remaining stronghold of the Islamic movement in southern Somalia, the Somali defense minister said Friday, hours after warlords met with the president and promised to enlist their militiamen in the army.
Snow poses perils for pheasants
January 13, 2007 in print edition on B4
Winter is playing havoc with the ringneck pheasant population’s place in the western Kansas food chain.
Teen seeks spot on city commission
January 13, 2007 in print edition on B4
Most of Sara Humm’s friends don’t even know what a city commissioner does, but that could change this spring.
Drug seizures fill sheriff’s department coffers across state
January 13, 2007 in print edition on B4
The four-deputy sheriff’s department in western Kansas’ Clark County could soon be rife with cash after two traffic stops in just three weeks yielded nearly $50,000 in drug money.
Iraqi foreign minister: Five detained Iranians were working at liaison office
January 13, 2007 in print edition on A7
Five Iranians detained by U.S.-led forces were working in a decade-old government liaison office that was in the process of being upgraded to a consulate, the Iraqi foreign minister said Friday.
McCain among supporters of Bush’s plan to increase troops
January 13, 2007 in print edition on A7
Senators who back President Bush’s plan to send more troops to Iraq tried Friday to bolster support for the unpopular strategy while Democrats plotted ways to derail the increase and force changes in war policies.
People in the news
January 13, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Black invites New Zealand preteens to perform with band ¢ Bravo network to make docu-series about Abdul ¢ Ousted Miss Nevada USA finds new $2 million-plus job ¢ Braxton claims ex-manager cheated her out of $10M ¢ Irwin’s daughter Bindi: ‘I want to be like my dad’
U.S. designers suggest healthy lifestyle
Council chooses not to enforce recommendations
January 13, 2007 in print edition on A2
The American fashion industry says it wants models to be healthy, not anorexic, bulimic or chain-smokers. And to help them achieve that, the Council of Fashion Designers of America has released a list of recommendations as part of a new health initiative.
Did some people in the Bible really live for hundreds of years?
January 13, 2007 in print edition on D1
Faith forum.
Savor these series returns
January 13, 2007 in print edition on A2
Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong join forces at a Cancer Town Hall on “Saving Your Life” (7 p.m. today, CNN). Combining information and inspiration, “Saving” discusses ways viewers can prevent cancer and provides stories of people like Armstrong who have faced the disease and survived and thrived.
FCE news
January 13, 2007 in print edition on D3
Scouting news
January 13, 2007 in print edition on D3
Club news
January 13, 2007 in print edition on D3
Society calendar
January 13, 2007 in print edition on D3
Around and about
January 13, 2007 in print edition on D5
Faith briefs
January 13, 2007 in print edition on D8
Jewish membership in Congress at all-time high
January 13, 2007 in print edition on D8
While Democrats celebrated the election of the House’s first female speaker, another milestone passed more quietly: The 110th Congress includes more Jewish lawmakers than any other in history, and all but four are Democrats.
Insurer to send K.C. jobs to Iowa
January 13, 2007 in print edition on B5
Transamerica Occidental Life Insurance Co. is moving the bulk of its Kansas City operations to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, costing 500 jobs and alarming city officials trying to bring businesses back downtown.
Retail sales, inventories post gains
January 13, 2007 in print edition on B5
Retail sales rose in December at the strongest pace in five months, indicating that the all-important holiday shopping season turned out better than original reports had indicated. The Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales increased 0.9 percent last month, the strongest showing since a 1.4 percent increase in July.
Commodities
January 13, 2007 in print edition on B5
Ethanol fuels rising corn prices
January 13, 2007 in print edition on B5
Ethanol plants and foreign buyers are gobbling the nation’s corn supplies, pushing prices as high as $3.40 a bushel, the Agriculture Department said Friday.
Horoscopes
January 13, 2007 in print edition on D2
4 arrested in carjacking, rape, slaying of couple
January 13, 2007 in print edition on A8
A fourth person was arrested Friday in connection with the killing of a young man, whose burned corpse was found dumped along railroad tracks, and the death of his date, who was kept alive for days and raped, authorities in Knoxville said.
House fire kills 3 boys, injures 7 relatives
January 13, 2007 in print edition on A8
Fire swept through a two-story home early Friday in Petersburg, killing three boys and leaving seven relatives hospitalized, most of them in critical condition, officials said.
Wages clarified
January 13, 2007 in print edition on B7
Column off-base
January 13, 2007 in print edition on B7
Different tribute
January 13, 2007 in print edition on B7
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
January 13, 2007 in print edition on B6
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
January 13, 2007 in print edition on B6
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
January 13, 2007 in print edition on B6
Just dues
Risk-takers should pay the bills for their rescue missions when they embark on obviously hazardous routes.
January 13, 2007 in print edition on B6
An escape artist with a profit motive and a flair for attention owes $60,000 for his foolishness. The assessment is quite appropriate in today’s atmosphere of “reality” activities and risk-taking designed to gain followers and, ideally, to make money.
Whip adjusting to majority role
January 13, 2007 in print edition on B6
The three rooms on the third floor of the Capitol, steps away from the Senate floor, have a storied past. They are called the LBJ Suite, because they were the domain of Lyndon B. Johnson, who as majority leader famously installed two wet bars and added a bathroom, from which he conducted meetings and issued directives while taking care of his personal business.
New Iraq plan doesn’t inspire trust
January 13, 2007 in print edition on B6
So finally we have a glimpse of President Bush’s new plan for Iraq. And who can be surprised that the new plan is basically to do what he did under the old plan, except more.
Body identified as missing student
January 13, 2007 in print edition on B8
Attorney General Paul Morrison confirmed Friday that a body discovered earlier this week in southeast Cowley County was that of a missing student. Charges may be filed next week in the case, he said. A suspect is being held on unrelated charges.
State of racing industry called ‘grim’
January 13, 2007 in print edition on B8
The state’s top racing official says horse and dog tracks are facing tough times. “The best word to describe the state of that industry is ‘grim,”’ Stephen Martino, executive director of the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission, told the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee this week.
Jayhawks seeking extra effort
KU women looking to end Big 12 skid tonight vs. Nebraska
January 13, 2007 in print edition on C1
The numbers speak for themselves. The slumping Kansas University women’s basketball team has lost six in a row, dropping the Jayhawks to 5-10 overall and 0-3 in the Big 12 Conference.
Rookie shines for Cyclones
Overlooked Johnson has done it all for Iowa State
January 13, 2007 in print edition on C4
One of the best freshman men’s basketball players in the Big 12 Conference happens to be one of the most lightly recruited of all the rookies.
Pats have upper hand
Playoff experience could tip scales
January 13, 2007 in print edition on C6
Tom Brady is 11-1 in playoff games as a starting quarterback. Philip Rivers is starting his first.
Keegan: Pieces in place for KU
January 13, 2007 in print edition on C1
The bank clock says 5 degrees. The schedule says it’s time for Kansas University to play Iowa State in Hilton Coliseum. It’s another trap game for the Jayhawks, as in trap the opponent into a state of retreat, even panic.
Around and about
January 13, 2007 in print edition on D3
Activists condemn surgery to stunt disabled girl’s growth
January 13, 2007 in print edition on A8
Activists are demanding an investigation into treatment performed on a severely brain-damaged girl whose growth was deliberately stunted to make it easier for her parents to care for her at home.