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Archive for Wednesday, January 17, 2007

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Rick Weaver, Baker basketball
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Should the Kansas Legislature create tax breaks for senior citizens?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
82%
No
 
17%
Undecided
 
0%
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Area missing persons not forgotten
Coverage of found boys renews couple’s sense of loss over daughter
January 17, 2007 in print edition on A1
If she is still alive somewhere, Lesley Smith is about to turn 41.
Library costs being weighed
January 17, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, city commissioners will weigh new library cost against other needs, family of missing Lawrence woman still searching for answers, and a wrap-up of a busy day at the statehouse.
Lawrence bar owners, activists weigh in on state smoking ban
Senate debate replays discussion here
January 17, 2007
Senate debate replays discussion here.
Library expansion heading back to city agenda
Commissioners say they may not pay the $30 million cost
January 17, 2007
Commissioners say they may not pay the $30 million cost.
Kansas will make big push for national biodefense lab
Leavenworth County is a leading contender
January 17, 2007
Leavenworth County is a leading contender.
Crumbling classroom pricetag continues to rise
Now $876.5 million
January 17, 2007
Now $876.5 million
T posts sixth straight year of growing ridership
477,040 rides in 2006
January 17, 2007
477,040 rides in 2006
Saints coach keeps season in perspective
January 17, 2007 in print edition on C6
Sean Payton barely cracked a smile as he incited bursts of laughter around him. The subject was the New Orleans Saints’ lack of playoff experience, and how they overcame that to beat Philadelphia in an NFC second-round playoff game last Saturday night.
Noah born from flood-rescued embryo
January 17, 2007 in print edition on A8
Rescued from a great flood while he was just a frozen embryo in liquid nitrogen, a baby boy entered the world Tuesday and was named after the most famous flood survivor of them all: Noah.
Cuba disputes report that Castro’s in grave condition
January 17, 2007 in print edition on A6
Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro is in “very grave” condition after three failed operations and complications from the intestinal infection diverticulitis, a Spanish newspaper has reported. A Cuban diplomat called the report a “lie.”
Jury questioning begins in Libby trial
January 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
Two potential jurors who expressed negative views of Bush administration officials were dismissed on the opening day of the perjury trial of former White House aide “Scooter” Libby.
Hmong hunter’s death raises racial tensions
January 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
A white man was charged Tuesday with murdering a Hmong hunter in the woods in a slaying that rekindled racial tensions in Wisconsin and raised fears among Southeast Asian immigrants that the killing was payback.
Frigid weather slows response to barn fire
3 sheep, 2 goats lost in blaze
January 17, 2007 in print edition on A1
A heat lamp may have been the cause of a fire Tuesday afternoon in rural Douglas County that destroyed a barn and left five animals dead.
Radio employees fired after contestant death
January 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
Ten employees of KDND in Sacramento were fired Tuesday and the “Morning Rave” morning radio show has been canceled in wake of a water-drinking contest Friday that left a woman ill hours before she died, apparently of water intoxication.
Serial killings suspect charged in 9 deaths
January 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
A man suspected of being the area’s serial “Baseline Killer” has been indicted on charges including nine counts of first-degree murder, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
Suspect ‘hid’ in public view
January 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
The man accused of kidnapping two Missouri boys and keeping one of them for more than four years escaped suspicion right up until the very end - largely because he had no criminal record.
Obama begins White House bid
January 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
Sen. Barack Obama launched a presidential campaign Tuesday that would make him the first black to occupy the White House, and immediately tried to turn his political inexperience into an asset with voters seeking change.
Tonganoxie sweeps at home tournament
January 17, 2007 in print edition on C8
Jeff Hughes scored 18 points, and Tonganoxie defeated Jefferson West, 56-53 in overtime, Tuesday in the Tonganoxie Invitational.
Elwood tourney unkind to Eagles
January 17, 2007 in print edition on C8
Michael Kay scored 14 points, and Micah Barclay added 12, but Veritas Christian fell to Elwood, 58-43, on Tuesday night in the Elwood boys high school basketball tournament.
Moore powers Free State swimmers
January 17, 2007 in print edition on C8
The Free State High boys swimming team won a quad at Blue Valley High on Tuesday.
Lions liven up after break
January 17, 2007 in print edition on C8
Taylor Bird scored 20 points - all in the second half - as Lawrence High built on a one-point halftime lead to blow out K.C. Turner, 63-29, in girls basketball Tuesday.
Pitt wins battle of Big East biggies
January 17, 2007 in print edition on C4
Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon remembers when Connecticut considered playing the Panthers to be a “feel good game.”
Wichita St. recovers from dreadful slide
January 17, 2007 in print edition on C4
Wichita State followed its 9-0 start with a 1-6 free fall, and suddenly the early season’s hottest mid-major seemed more like a flavor of the week than a contender to go deep into the postseason.
Cowboys win instant classic
Boggan’s heroics edge Durant’s in 3-overtime thriller
January 17, 2007 in print edition on C4
Mario Boggan turned to Texas phenom Kevin Durant in the third overtime, smiled and told him, “Let’s go, Showtime.”
236 athletes named to KU A.D.’s honor roll
January 17, 2007 in print edition on C3
A KU record 236 student-athletes earned spots on the Kansas University Athletic Director’s Honor Roll during the Fall 2006 semester. To earn a place on the Honor Roll, a student-athlete must compile a 3.0 grade-point average for the semester.
Arenas effective in crunch time
January 17, 2007 in print edition on C5
The game’s tied, 11 seconds left, the Washington Wizards call timeout, and Gilbert Arenas looks at his teammates in the huddle. He delivers a simple message: “I don’t do overtime.”
Webber joins Pistons
January 17, 2007 in print edition on C5
Video boards outside The Palace lit up the message, “Welcome Home Chris” Tuesday afternoon.
Close wins may be good for Jayhawks
January 17, 2007 in print edition on C1
Kansas University’s men’s basketball team has claimed three single-digit victories this season - one more than the Jayhawks snared all of the 2005-06 campaign.
KU women to face 3-14 Sacramento St.
January 17, 2007 in print edition on C1
Kansas University is struggling. So is Sacramento State. Something has to give when the Jayhawks play their last non-conference women’s basketball game of the season tonight.
Striking a balance
Basketball not life - just part of life - at Baker
January 17, 2007 in print edition on C1
It’s game night for the Baker University men’s basketball team, and senior guard D.J. Watkins, who left the team for a stretch to visit friends in Panama during the Christmas break, is on his way into the locker room.
City Commission slows down on annexation issue
January 17, 2007 in print edition on A1
City commissioners agreed to slow down on adopting a key planning document after receiving a flurry of comments that it may create an unofficial moratorium on efforts to expand the city limits for new development.
U.S. House Democrats try to ease burden of college costs
January 17, 2007 in print edition on A1
Stephanie Cousriff has accrued about $50,000 worth of loans while pursuing a degree at Kansas University.
Mourners remember slain dance teacher
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B2
Jodi Sanderholm, the Cowley College student whose disappearance spawned a four-day search, was eulogized Tuesday as a beautiful woman known for her smile and her love of dancing.
Produce costs soar after chill
January 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
With half of California’s navel orange crop destroyed by a cold snap, the wholesale price of the fruit soared Tuesday as agriculture officials warned that consumers soon would be paying more for other produce, such as avocados, carrots and lettuce.
On the record
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B2
Lawrence datebook
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B2
Fired attorneys file suit against Kline
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B5
Eight former employees of the Johnson County district attorney’s office filed suit Tuesday against District Attorney Phill Kline, claiming he didn’t have the right to fire them or refuse to participate in a county grievance hearing over their removal.
Bus service begins today
Commuter route to travel between Lawrence, Johnson County
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B5
A new transit service that connects Kansas University’s Lawrence campus with KU’s Edwards Campus and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park begins today.
State lottery introduces 20th anniversary game
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B3
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Kansas Lottery has raised the stakes by offering its first $20 scratch-off ticket and a record prize of $200,000.
County Commission Rezonings, permits among tonight’s business
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B3
Douglas County commissioners tonight will tackle a number of different issues during their meeting, including a private air strip and boat storage expansion requests.
Cell phone restrictions while driving likely not going to happen in Kan.
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B3
Cell phones are far more distracting to drivers than radios, in-car conversations and other factors, a Kansas University researcher says, but state lawmakers admit there’s not much chance they will be off-limits to drivers anytime soon.
Troops overrun al-Qaida-linked camp
January 17, 2007 in print edition on A6
Philippine troops battled al-Qaida-linked Muslim extremists in the southern Philippines and officials were trying to determine today if a key leader was killed, the military said.
Police launch probe of Olmert banking role
January 17, 2007 in print edition on A6
Israeli authorities said Tuesday they were opening a criminal investigation into Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s role in the sale of one of Israel’s largest banks, the latest setback for the increasingly unpopular leader.
Oh, bebe: France touts rising fertility rate
January 17, 2007 in print edition on A6
It’s almost a “bebe” boom: France had more babies in 2006 than in any year in the last quarter-century, the state statistics agency said Tuesday, capping a decade of rising fertility that has bucked Europe’s graying trend.
Army destroys several terror group hideouts
January 17, 2007 in print edition on A6
Pakistan’s army destroyed three suspected al-Qaida hideouts Tuesday in an airstrike near the Afghan border, killing several members of the terror group, an army spokesman said.
For Arab leaders, Iraqi strife a concern
January 17, 2007 in print edition on A6
Arab leaders expressed growing alarm Tuesday that Iraq could fall into all-out civil war, but they offered mostly rhetorical backing for President Bush’s plan to try to stabilize the country with more troops and economic aid.
U.S. may lengthen combat tours
Commander’s proposal could put strain on American military
January 17, 2007 in print edition on A6
The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Tuesday he wants to extend the combat tours of 1,200 soldiers amid rising violence, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he was “strongly inclined” to recommend a troop increase to President Bush if commanders think it is needed.
People in the news
January 17, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ ‘Apprentice’ puts Trump on Hollywood Walk of Fame ¢ Supermodel Campbell pleads guilty to maid’s assault ¢ Girl Scout gives ‘Ellen’ long-distance cookie delivery ¢ Authors appeal ‘Da Vinci Code’ copyright rejection
Birthday suit suits him just fine
January 17, 2007 in print edition on A2
Pushing the boundaries of traditional stand-up with an absurd mix of songs, sketches and even music videos, the nightclub act “The Naked Trucker & T-Bones Show” (9:30 p.m., Comedy Central) embarks on an eight-episode ride.
Local Burger, Global impact
Sundance Channel series offers food for thought
January 17, 2007 in print edition on A1
Lawrence, get ready to see your green side. Film crews from the Sundance Channel arrived Tuesday night to begin two days of filming the folks and the food at Lawrence’s Local Burger, 714 Vt., for a new series of earth-conscious programming to debut in April.
Subscriber service turns to Internet
January 17, 2007 in print edition on A2
Netflix Inc. will start showing movies and TV episodes over the Internet this week, providing its subscribers with more instant gratification as the DVD-by-mail service prepares for a looming technology shift threatening its survival.
Man faces 45 years on gun, drug charges
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B1
Trial is set to begin Feb. 1 for a Lawrence man in U.S. District Court facing up to 45 years in prison on gun and drug charges.
County clerk testifies for satellite voting bill
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B1
Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew testified Tuesday for a bill in the Kansas Legislature that would allow satellite locations for advance voting.
Hunter shot in foot by teen companion
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B1
A 17-year-old Baldwin City boy shot a 19-year-old Baldwin City man in the foot during a hunting trip Monday, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reported Tuesday.
City councilman files for re-election
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B3
Mark Tunstall filed Tuesday as a candidate for re-election to the Lecompton City Council.
Former school board member decides to run again
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B1
Mary Loveland, a former Lawrence school board member, is the seventh person to file for one of the board’s four seats up for election April 3.
Seniors could see tax relief
House Democrats’ plan would increase refund for low-income Kansans
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B1
Senior citizens likely will receive some tax breaks from the Legislature this session.
Research areas see ‘incredible’ growth
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B1
Despite a dearth in federal research dollars, Kansas University’s research engine ran strong in fiscal 2006, posting growth in several areas, KU reported Tuesday.
Chargers shouldn’t be too hasty
Schottenheimer failed in playoffs, but San Diego shouldn’t taking winning seasons for granted
January 17, 2007 in print edition on C2
Marty Schottenheimer spent Monday conducting his exit interviews. The players’ exit, not his own. Not yet, anyway.
Gophers tap Broncos aide
Brewster to replace Mason at Minnesota
January 17, 2007 in print edition on C2
Tim Brewster spent 13 years learning the tricks of the recruiting trade under guru Mack Brown.
Landplan hires survey leader
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B7
Rodney Zinn has joined Landplan Engineering, Lawrence, as an assistant survey manager.
TherapyWorks adds to clinical staff
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B7
Two new employees have joined the clinical staff at TherapyWorks, Lawrence.
Slip ‘n’ slide: Icy sidewalks pose slick hazard for those on foot
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B1
Watch your step. Icy sidewalks and parking lots are leading to a “remarkable” number of injuries this week, according to a local emergency room physician.
Commodities
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B7
Common-cold remedies in the air
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B7
If a cold catches up with you this season, you may want to head to your kitchen for relief.
Energy initiatives encouraged
House committee urged to boost wind energy, conservation
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B7
State energy officials Tuesday urged lawmakers to adopt measures to increase wind energy and promote conservation.
High-end home coffee makers top $1,000 price mark
January 17, 2007 in print edition on D5
In an era when $5 fancy coffee drinks are the norm, a growing number of people are willing to invest $1,000 or more to make the perfect cup of coffee at home.
Weekly menu plan key to cooking for family
January 17, 2007 in print edition on D5
For my birthday this year, I’ve told my husband and children that all I want is a week off from making dinner. It’s not the cooking I mind. It’s the menu-planning.
Proposal to protect fetuses caught in abortion debate
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B4
Prompted by last year’s murder of a pregnant Wichita teenager, legislators are renewing their push for a law aimed at protecting mothers-to-be and the fetuses they are carrying.
Vision update given
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B4
Commissioners received a report from the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce on the chamber’s efforts to create a community vision.
Jayni’s Kitchen’ serves up tasty soup recipes for winter
January 17, 2007 in print edition on D5
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Loving Spoonfuls.” Host Jayni Carey will prepare the following recipes with guest Bev Fertig: Green Olive Soup, Red Lentil Soup with Apricot and Mango, and Shellfish Stew.
Shelter permit extended
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B4
Commissioners unanimously agreed to extend the operating permit for the Lawrence Community Shelter for an additional five weeks to give city staff members more time to review the shelter’s request for a one-year renewal.
Dining facility gets green light
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B4
An East Lawrence chef now has city permission to begin operating a private restaurant out of his home.
Downtown Lawrence to plan its priorities
Residents welcome at Tuesday summit
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B4
Now’s the time to start figuring out what the top priorities for downtown Lawrence should be in the coming years, the director of Downtown Lawrence Inc. said Tuesday.
Chamber, JCCC consider vo-tech program
Partnership could bring targeted training to Lawrence
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B4
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce plans to have discussions with Johnson County Community College to create a technical and vocational training program in Lawrence.
Regular-season game to be played in London
January 17, 2007 in print edition on C6
London will hold the NFL’s first regular-season game outside North America this year, the start of a campaign to take American football to a global audience.
Shula candidate in Miami
January 17, 2007 in print edition on C6
The latest candidate to emerge for the Miami Dolphins’ coaching job has a big edge in name recognition: He’s a Shula.
Cards’ coach seeks change of fortunes
January 17, 2007 in print edition on C6
Ken Whisenhunt has a degree in civil engineering. That background ought to come in handy as he tries to rebuild the Arizona Cardinals, who have had one winning season in 19 years in the desert.
Severe weather warnings to specify locations
January 17, 2007 in print edition on A8
The National Weather Service will stop issuing countywide severe weather warnings this fall, instead putting out warnings that are more geographically specific, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday.
Some heart stents aided by anti-clotting drugs
January 17, 2007 in print edition on A8
Heart patients who had drug-coated stents inserted to prop open blocked coronary arteries should stay on anti-clotting drugs for at least a year, several doctor groups said in an advisory issued Tuesday.
Zoological program aims to protect rare mammals
January 17, 2007 in print edition on A8
It isn’t often that the northern hairy-nosed wombat, the finger-sized slender loris and the mountain pygmy possum share the spotlight. But these odd creatures are the focus of a conservation program launched Tuesday to safeguard some of the world’s rarest mammals.
Navy to name next carrier for Gerald Ford
January 17, 2007 in print edition on A8
The Navy said Tuesday its next aircraft carrier will be named the USS Gerald R. Ford in honor of the late president, a tribute to his love of the Navy.
Bush: Iraqi leaders need ‘maturation’
January 17, 2007 in print edition on A7
President Bush said Tuesday the unruly execution of Saddam Hussein “looked like it was kind of a revenge killing,” making it harder to persuade a skeptical U.S. public that Iraq’s government will keep promises central to Bush’s plan for a troop increase.
100 die in Baghdad violence
Car bomb kills 70 at university; militia activity up
January 17, 2007 in print edition on A7
The Iraqi capital suffered its worst day of carnage in more than a month Tuesday as car bombs, roadside explosives and gunfire killed more than 100 people throughout the capital.
Veggie wrap calls for light cream cheese
January 17, 2007 in print edition on D3
Unless you really dig the taste of Spackle, skip the fat-free cream cheese. Instead, splurge for a few extra calories and go for reduced-fat varieties (they usually are marketed as “light”).
Briefly: recipe
January 17, 2007 in print edition on D2
Roast whole chicken with cauliflower
Anniversary gifts get 21st-century update
January 17, 2007 in print edition on D1
Let’s face it, anniversary traditions are a bit, well, traditional. While some symbols can be easily translated into a thoughtful or even sexy gift, others (like iron) are a bit more obscure.
Cold weather calls for a veggie compromise
January 17, 2007 in print edition on D1
No sooner was I plunged into deepest winter than I found myself craving fresh vegetables. The incongruity in this situation should be obvious, given that our winter appetite is supposed to lead us to tubers and root crops and less so to the green and leafy veggies that sustain us in warmer seasons.
When to go organic
Research signals which produce most important to buy pesticide-free
January 17, 2007 in print edition on D1
When Nancy O’Connor is giving nutrition education classes, she often is asked which foods are most important to purchase from the organic shelves.
Experts: Expensive measures needed to stop erosion in K.C.
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B10
Utilities that supply water to the Kansas City area are considering spending millions of dollars on projects designed to overcome erosion and dropping water levels on the Missouri River.
Happy at Rudy’s
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B9
To the editor: This is in response to the Thursday article about Lawrence residents and the minimum wage. I am a counter girl at Rudy’s and I have been for almost three years.
Moral base
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B9
To the editor: Like far too many theists, Robert Smith, in a recent letter to the editor argues that morality must come from God or else all morality is subjective. However, he fails to see the subjectivity of his own position.
Ask for help
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B9
To the editor: President Kennedy once said, “We should never negotiate out of fear, but we should never fear to negotiate.” President Bush now acknowledges the situation in Iraq is a mess.
Old woes plague new year
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B9
The new year is barely upon us but things don’t seem to have changed all that much in many quarters.
Downtown dialogue
Downtown property and business owners have an important voice in the future of this evolving area.
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B8
Calling it a “summit” may be a little grandiose, but a meeting planned next week is a worthwhile effort to encourage communication between downtown Lawrence and city government.
Old Hometown - 100 years ago
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B8
From the Lawrence Daily World for Jan 17, 1907: “Congressman J.D. Bowersock of Lawrence is opposed to the movement to draft Theodore Roosevelt for a third term and refuses to get involved with the group promoting that development.
Nation united in opposition to Bush plan
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B8
With his new Iraq plan, President Bush has united the country. Pretty much everybody in America is now against him.
New U.S. plan for Iraq based on delusions
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B8
All the angst in Washington over President Bush’s plan for a troop “surge” in Iraq is obscuring this fact - there is no plan. And there is no surge.
Local wrestler takes second at Dixie Nationals
January 17, 2007
When 11-year-old Hunter Haralson got on a bus Dec. 26, he and a group of area wrestlers embarked on a 13-hour ride to Atlanta to compete in the Dixie Asics Nationals. Hunter, a two-time state champion, boarded the bus with one goal in mind - winning the tournament.
So far, so good for Pats’ new kicker
Gostkowski has tough act to follow in New England
January 17, 2007 in print edition on C6
Pressure rolled off Stephen Gostkowski’s back as smoothly as the football flew off his foot and sent New England to another AFC championship game.
Baseball players head indoors to improve their game
January 17, 2007
Playing baseball in the middle of winter may not sound too appealing to some, but for area youth who aspire to become better baseball players, they do so regularly at the Triple Play Academy.
Cougars bounce back from deficit for win
January 17, 2007
Prior to the start of South Junior High’s ninth-grade boys basketball game against Kansas City Ward Wednesday night, Cougars coach Scott Petry barked at his team for lack of focus during pregame drills. It took three quarters, but his team got the message, and the Cougars rallied from a five point fourth quarter deficit to win the game, 46-43.
At 65, Ali has legacy still in flux
Legendary boxer shuns spotlight
January 17, 2007 in print edition on C8
Long after he no longer could sting like a bee in the boxing ring, Muhammad Ali’s legacy beyond the ropes continues to float like a butterfly.
Woodling: Army hoops on rise
January 17, 2007 in print edition on C1
A year ago I thought I had discovered the anti-Kansas University version of men’s basketball.
Pump patrol
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B1
Patrol seeks fuel deals
Class to offer ideas on recipe-free cooking
January 17, 2007 in print edition on D3
Q: Can you tell me about any upcoming classes with Douglas County Extension?
Horoscopes
January 17, 2007 in print edition on B6
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