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Brownback starts ‘yellow brick road’ presidential campaign
The two-term senator said he will fight to renew America’s cultural values and pledged to focus on rebuilding families.
January 20, 2007
The two-term senator said he will fight to renew America’s cultural values and pledged to focus on rebuilding families.
Eudora boys earn berth in Tongie tourney finale
January 20, 2007 in print edition on C5
Kelson Boyer tossed in a team-high 18 points as the Eudora High boys basketball team knocked off Tonganoxie, 67-58, on Friday night in the semifinals of the Tonganoxie Invitational.
Physical play wears down Seahawks
January 20, 2007 in print edition on C5
Seabury Academy’s boys basketball team was unable to stay close with Class 3A Central Heights, eventually falling 55-27 in the West Franklin Tournament.
Haskell women roll, 75-63
January 20, 2007 in print edition on C3
Before Haskell Indian Nations University’s game against College of St. Mary, women’s basketball coach Phil Homeratha said he simply would be happy just to come away with a win.
HINU men bounced by Bellevue
January 20, 2007 in print edition on C3
The Haskell Indian Nations University men’s basketball team had a tough act to follow Friday night. The women’s team had just defeated College of St. Mary, and the men squared off against Bellevue University, the No. 6 team in NAIA Division II in the second game.
LHS, FSHS wrestlers advance
January 20, 2007 in print edition on C3
Four Lawrence High wrestlers and two Free State wrestlers qualified Friday for today’s semifinals in the Blue Valley Northwest Invitational.
Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook
January 20, 2007 in print edition on C3
KU track taking invitational seriously
January 20, 2007 in print edition on C3
A week after Kansas University pole vaulter Britany Parker topped the NCAA provisional-qualifying marks at the Illini Invitational along with throwers Egor Agafonov and Stephanie Horton - receiving her second provisional in the shot put - the KU track and field team will play host for the Jayhawk Invitational - an indoor meet today at Anschutz Pavilion.
Free-throw disparity a problem for KU women
January 20, 2007 in print edition on C3
No need to look it up in NCAA women’s basketball records. You won’t find a free-throw-disparity category.
KU vs. Texas Tech basketball notebook
January 20, 2007 in print edition on C6
Kansas University’s players, who traveled to Lubbock a day early because of the ominous prediction of double-digit inches of snow, had a practice and shootaround Friday. As of the 7 p.m. shootaround, there was still no measurable snow on the ground.
A kinder, gentler Knight?
Raiders’ mercurial coach walks down memory lane
January 20, 2007 in print edition on C6
Bob Knight, who for history’s sake has agreed to talk about himself more this season than perhaps any in his 41-year coaching career, recently walked down memory lane with a group of reporters in Big 12 country.
Royals owner promises ‘exciting’ team
After years in AL Central cellar, Glass vows that 2007 version of the Royals will be competitive
January 20, 2007 in print edition on C2
The owner of the most woeful major-league team this century made a bold promise Friday to long-suffering fans.
Dolphins hire Chargers OC
January 20, 2007 in print edition on C2
Miami concluded a two-week coaching search Friday, hiring Cam Cameron, the San Diego Chargers’ offensive coordinator the past five seasons.
Sharapova, Hingis advance
Heat continues to pound competitors
January 20, 2007 in print edition on C2
Top-seeded Maria Sharapova got another taste of the elements, ignoring the saunalike conditions in Rod Laver Arena to advance to the second week of the Australian Open.
Kings’ Artest ready for return to Detroit
January 20, 2007 in print edition on C4
Carmelo Anthony was supposed to be back on the court tonight, but a postponed game extended his suspension another two days. So now he can watch another highly anticipated return of a brawler: Ron Artest, back at Detroit.
Eudora fundraisers chisel away at cost of anniversary statue
Lawrence artist making likeness of town founder Fish and his daughter
January 20, 2007 in print edition on B1
Progress on one of the centerpieces of Eudora’s 150th anniversary celebration is coming in ahead of schedule.
Water leaks damage downtown stores
January 20, 2007 in print edition on B1
A broken gasket on a sprinkler system caused water to pour through a three-story building in the 900 block of Massachusetts Street on Friday morning, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical.
2 enter races for seat in Baldwin City, Eudora
January 20, 2007 in print edition on B1
More candidates filed Friday for the school boards in Baldwin City and Eudora.
Lawmaker calling for tougher sentences
January 20, 2007 in print edition on B1
A Kansas lawmaker Friday filed legislation seeking tougher penalties for illegal immigrants who are convicted of crimes.
Forklift operator with ‘appetite for politics’ enters race
January 20, 2007 in print edition on B1
A forklift driver at Amarr Garage Door group has filed papers to become the sixth candidate in the upcoming City Commission election.
Proposal mandates permission for KU Med partnerships
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A1
One of the state’s most powerful lawmakers is pushing a measure that would force Kansas University Medical Center to get legislative approval before it could form partnerships with other health care organizations.
BTK souvenir hunters to be prosecuted
January 20, 2007 in print edition on B2
The city will prosecute anyone caught trespassing or taking pieces of the house once owned by BTK serial killer Dennis Rader, the mayor says.
Convictions rare in cases of weapons downtown
Legal outcomes may surprise some
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A1
They were arrested or cited by police for bringing a gun or other weapon to Lawrence’s downtown bar district. But then what?
Lawrence Datebook
January 20, 2007 in print edition on B2
On the record
January 20, 2007 in print edition on B2
Regents told to reduce repairs
Lawmakers want athletic facilities off maintenance list
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A1
Lawmakers have ordered higher education officials to pare down their $727 million repair bill, saying they don’t want to pay for maintenance work at buildings such as Allen Fieldhouse.
Morrison to seek new restrictions on payday loans
January 20, 2007 in print edition on B2
Saying their industry takes advantage of the poor and the vulnerable, Attorney General Paul Morrison promised Friday to push for new restrictions on payday loan companies.
Morrison not sure he has all records in abortion investigation
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A1
Attorney General Paul Morrison isn’t sure he’s rounded up all copies of the patient records obtained from his predecessor’s investigation of two abortion clinics.
Military captures Tamil Tiger rebel-held enclave
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A6
The Sri Lankan military said Friday that soldiers captured a strategic Tamil Tiger rebel enclave in the volatile east as intensified fighting forced thousands of Tamil civilians to flee from the area.
Faith briefs
January 20, 2007 in print edition on D8
British premier aide arrested in investigation
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A6
An aide to Prime Minister Tony Blair was arrested Friday in the investigation into whether political honors, such as seats in the House of Lords and knighthoods, were traded for cash.
Hot chocolate: As chic as Chanel
January 20, 2007 in print edition on D1
Move over, Swiss Miss: Hot cocoa has shed its once-dowdy image.
Workers convicted in cash-for-corpses plot
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A6
A court Friday convicted two doctors and two ambulance workers of participating in a scheme in which 14 patients were allowed to die - or in some cases killed with muscle relaxants - in return for kickbacks from funeral homes.
World’s oldest woman dies in sleep at 115
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A6
Julie Winnifred Bertrand, the world’s oldest woman at 115, died in her sleep in a Montreal nursing home, according to Canadian media reports Friday.
Making the connection
With new hire, Ottawa University seeks to strengthen ties with its church affiliates
January 20, 2007 in print edition on D1
The Rev. Dave Davis admits he wasn’t exactly an angelic student at Ottawa University in the 1970s. “I was not a good church kid on campus,” he says. “I was one of the rowdy ones.” He’s hoping to make up for that now with his new job.
Tribesmen: U.S. launched Tuesday’s airstrike
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A6
Tribesmen from a Pakistani mountain village where an airstrike hit a suspected al-Qaida hideout claimed Friday that missiles were fired from an American plane and denied the dead were terrorists.
Britain admits prior knowledge of CIA prisons
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A6
The British foreign secretary admitted Friday that her government was aware of a secret CIA prison network before President Bush acknowledged its existence in September.
O-South thumps flat Firebirds
January 20, 2007 in print edition on C1
When Bryan Duncan noticed the Free State High girls basketball team looking out of sync on offense, he called a timeout. The Firebirds’ coach was unimpressed, to say the least, with his squad’s lack of motion in the first quarter of Friday night’s game against Olathe South.
Knight takes glee in avoiding the three
Expect Texas Tech to take efficient approach in today’s game with Jayhawks
January 20, 2007 in print edition on C1
Maybe it is fear of incurring the wrath of a coach with an explosive temper. Or simply the fact Texas Tech has a roster full of smart basketball players who only shoot when wide-open.
Chavez: Fidel Castro is fighting for his life
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A6
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Friday that Fidel Castro is “battling for his life” and that he spoke with the ailing Cuban leader for nearly half an hour several days ago.
Keegan: KU visit always big game
January 20, 2007 in print edition on C1
At the airport, it was one maintenance man, with a tiny back-yard fertilizer dispenser filled with salt, against snow that was falling at a rate that had forecasters predicting the worst storm in 25 years.
Europe cleans up after deadliest storm in 8 years
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A6
Workers across Europe hauled away fallen trees and repaired power lines Friday after the deadliest storm to strike the continent in eight years killed at least 47 people and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.
9-year-old’s trip under investigation
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A8
How could anyone - let alone a 9-year-old - talk their way onto a flight without a reservation in the post-9/11 era?
Woman pleads guilty, avoids death penalty
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A8
A woman accused of setting a hotel fire that killed 12 people pleaded guilty to all charges Friday in a deal that will allow her to avoid the death penalty.
Student fatally stabbed at suburban high school
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A8
A 15-year-old boy was stabbed to death Friday in a hallway at his high school in an affluent Boston suburb, and a classmate was charged with murder after blurting out, “I did it, I did it,” authorities said.
Task force to investigate kidnapping suspect’s link to other missing children
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A8
Investigators on Friday announced a task force of federal, state and local investigators to examine whether the man accused of abducting two boys may have snatched other children who are still missing.
Triple slaying suspect charged with fleeing
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A3
Prosecutors on Friday charged a man suspected in a triple killing with fleeing police and endangering people in a wild chase, but did not charge him with the slayings.
Officials: Illegal workers arrested at 3 bases
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A8
Immigration officials have arrested 40 illegal workers hired by military contractors in three states, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Friday.
FEMA extends housing aid to hurricane victims
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Federal Emergency Management Agency intends to extend by at least six months the transitional housing assistance program for Gulf Coast residents displaced by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Navy fires commander after sailors’ deaths
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Navy announced Friday it relieved the commander of a submarine that was involved in an incident that killed two sailors.
Wife ordered to pay $3.74M in slaying
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A3
A woman who killed her cheating husband by mowing him down with her car in a jealous rage was ordered Friday to pay $3.75 million to her in-laws.
Ney sentenced in bribery scandal
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A3
Former Republican Rep. Bob Ney was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison Friday for trading political favors for golf trips, campaign donations and other gifts in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal.
House passes page protection legislation
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A3
The House on Friday overhauled the board supervising its teenage pages, responding to a scandal that left youngsters vulnerable to a lawmaker’s sexual come-ons and helped Democrats win control of Congress.
Abortion activists plan rallies
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A5
Anti-abortion activists are girding for their annual marches and rallies marking the anniversary of the court decision legalizing abortion, in a political climate transformed by elections that empowered their abortion-rights adversaries.
Few heed Operation Rescue’s call for abortion protest
January 20, 2007 in print edition on B4
Kansas’ largest city braced Friday for a possible repeat of massive abortion protests in the wake of Operation Rescue’s nationwide call for demonstrations.
Journal-World wins 11 newspaper awards
January 20, 2007 in print edition on B4
The Lawrence Journal-World on Friday won 11 Suburban Newspapers of America Awards for 2006, the most in the country for the second consecutive year.
Administrator to talk about historic statue
January 20, 2007 in print edition on B3
Lynne Zollner, the city’s historic resources administrator, will be the keynote speaker at the Oread Neighborhood Association’s winter meeting Monday .
Cat Tracker accident: Injured man improving, hospital says
January 20, 2007 in print edition on B3
The man injured in the Cat Tracker bus accident last November is improving, Kansas University Hospital officials said Friday.
Submissions for bridge repair open Tuesday
January 20, 2007 in print edition on B3
Bids submitted to Douglas County for repairing the Kansas River bridge at Lecompton will be opened at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
26 IRS computer tapes missing
January 20, 2007 in print edition on B3
Twenty-six IRS computer tapes containing taxpayer information that were delivered to City Hall in August are missing, Kansas City officials say.
City mum about liquor license of Last Call
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A4
City leaders aren’t revealing whether they have any plans to ask the state to revoke the drinking establishment license of Last Call.
People in the news
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Wife, daughter of ‘Crocodile Hunter’ discuss wildlife work ¢ ‘Felicity’ star Keri Russell pregnant with first child ¢ Soon-to-retire Bob Barker shares secret to success ¢ Winfrey tops list of richest women in entertainment ¢ Ex-POW Lynch has baby girl; names baby for fallen comrade
CNN starts new series
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A2
CNN launches the new weekend series “Special Investigations Unit” (7 p.m. today and Sunday, CNN). The program will not feature a single host, but employ the network’s stable of journalists, including Christiane Amanpour, anchors Anderson Cooper and Soledad O’Brien, chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, correspondents John Roberts, John King, Candy Crowley, Drew Griffin and others to offer hourlong, in-depth reports in areas pertinent to their expertise.
Military news
January 20, 2007 in print edition on D3
Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Jay Pine, Lawrence, was promoted to chief master sergeant on Jan. 6. He is vehicle management flight chief for the 190th Air Refueling Group at Forbes Air Force Base in Topeka. He has served with the 190th since March 1990.
Around and about
January 20, 2007 in print edition on D3
Frank Spencer, Lawrence, will celebrate his 90th birthday with a reception from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 28 at Drury Place at Alvamar, 1510 St. Andrews Drive. Friends and neighbors are invited, and his children and their families will host the gathering.
XM Satellite lawsuit will proceed to trial
January 20, 2007 in print edition on B5
A lawsuit in which record companies allege XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. is cheating them by letting consumers store songs can proceed toward trial, a judge ruled Friday after finding merit to the companies’ claims.
Downtown Lawrence Inc. chooses 2007 officers
January 20, 2007 in print edition on B5
Downtown Lawrence Inc. recently announced its officers and board members for 2007.
China considers moving Starbucks from Forbidden City
January 20, 2007 in print edition on B5
Will the Frappuccino be forbidden on imperial grounds?
Commodities
January 20, 2007 in print edition on B5
Iraqi president: Iranians ready for talks with U.S.
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A7
President Jalal Talabani said in remarks published Friday that the Iranians were ready to meet with the U.S. for talks about security issues - part of an apparent effort by Talabani to encourage a dialogue between two nations that are increasingly at odds, and vital to Iraq.
Pelosi, Bush aide clash over troop buildup
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A7
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi contended Friday that President Bush is rushing new troops to Iraq and betting that Congress won’t cut off funds once they’re in battle. The White House called her assertion “poisonous.”
St. Joseph man injured when train hits pickup
January 20, 2007 in print edition on B8
A St. Joseph man was injured Thursday when a freight train hit his pickup truck on private property just north of Kansas City.
Train-car collision kills Independence woman
January 20, 2007 in print edition on B8
Sheriff’s officials in Miami County are investigating a fatal collision early Friday morning involving a train and car.
Legoland developers switch plans from Kansas to Mo.
January 20, 2007 in print edition on B8
Developers wanting to bring a theme park based on the Lego building blocks to the Kansas City area are now looking on the Missouri side of the state line.
90th birthday a cause for celebration
January 20, 2007 in print edition on B8
A simple party wouldn’t have been enough to celebrate Lena Squirrel’s 90th birthday, her friends and admirers say, so they’re holding a citywide powwow Saturday night at Wichita’s Mid-America All-Indian Center.
Math skills
January 20, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: What has happened to the ability to do simple math?
Moral base
January 20, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: In a previous letter I asserted that without God there is no basis for morality. Kyle Batson (Public Forum, Jan. 17) says “it is a disgusting and vile thing for God to command” certain things.
Woman asks court for more money in suit
January 20, 2007 in print edition on B3
The woman suing Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Bert Nash Community Mental Heath Center has asked the court for more money, court records show.
A breakthrough
January 20, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: As David Broder (Journal-World, Jan. 8) said so well, the United States has not reached perfection, as discrimination still exists, but progress is real.
Parting shot
The finger of blame for uncivil public discourse points in many directions.
January 20, 2007 in print edition on B6
In announcing that he would not seek re-election to his seat on the Lawrence City Commission, Mike Rundle made a valid point about the need to promote constructive public discourse in the community.
Voting advance
Making advance voting more convenient could have a positive impact on voter participation.
January 20, 2007 in print edition on B6
Election Day isn’t what it used to be, and state officials would be smart to acknowledge that fact and try harder to accommodate eligible voters.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
January 20, 2007 in print edition on B6
U.S. commander: Some extra troops may leave in summer
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A7
The top U.S. commander in Iraq predicted Friday that some of the extra troops President Bush is sending could make an impact and start returning home by late summer, an optimistic note in contrast to skepticism of the plan back home.
Can Obama logic offset inexperience?
January 20, 2007 in print edition on B6
President Obama? No, not yet.
Rice conveniently dense on security issues
January 20, 2007 in print edition on B6
In this era of broken marble ceilings in the halls of power, it ought to be OK to speak frankly about inherent differences between mothers and childless women without being labeled rude or sexist.
N.M. governor takes first step toward White House run
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A3
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson intends to take the initial step toward the Democratic nomination, hoping his extensive resume will fuel a campaign to become the first Hispanic president.
Nash, Nowitzki, Arenas early MVP favorites
January 20, 2007 in print edition on C4
The last two MVP races have ended with Steve Nash on top, with his pal Dirk Nowitzki two spots behind.
Chamber presents vision for the future
Annual meeting outlines goals, honors achievements in commerce
January 20, 2007 in print edition on B1
Consultant, motivational speaker and artist Erik Wahl used the Liberty Hall stage Friday night to issue a challenge.
Plan would require new bars to get permits
Some say extra hoop would promote safety; others call it interference
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A1
Momentum is building to require bar and nightclub owners to receive a special permit to operate.
Faith Forum: What should I do if my prayers go unanswered?
January 20, 2007 in print edition on D1
Faith Forum.
Great Scots!
Highland Park shoots past LHS
January 20, 2007 in print edition on C1
For Friday night’s Topeka Invitational Tournament boys basketball showdown, Lawrence High and Highland Park came out with guns blazing. But Highland Park proved to have the more deft marksmen.
Jordan wants peaceful nuclear program
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A6
King Abdullah II said Friday that Jordan wants to develop a peaceful nuclear program, joining Egypt and Arab Gulf countries in considering a nuclear option. Arab nations are fearful over the West’s failure to stop Shiite Iran’s nuclear ambitions, which they worry will lead to Tehran having an atomic weapon.
Turkish journalist slain in street
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A6
An outspoken journalist who repeatedly clashed with Turkish authorities here over recognition of the early 20th century slaughter of Armenians was shot to death in broad daylight Friday on a busy downtown street.
DNA exonerations bring up questions about Texas justice
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A8
In a case that has renewed questions about the quality of Texas justice, a man who spent 10 years behind bars for the rape of a boy has become the 12th person in Dallas County to be cleared by DNA evidence.
At church of presidents, the pastor speaks to all
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A8
The Rev. Luis Leon may be one of the few people President Bush routinely looks up to.
Mamas and Papas singer Doherty dies
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A2
Denny Doherty, one-quarter of the 1960s folk-rock group the Mamas and the Papas, known for their soaring harmony on hits like “California Dreamin”’ and “Monday, Monday,” died Friday at 66.
Society calendar
January 20, 2007 in print edition on D3
No big windfall at pump
Consumer cost could fall further, but crude’s only half the story
January 20, 2007 in print edition on B5
The headlines say oil prices have fallen 15 percent this year. Gas station receipts tell a different story - the cost of filling ‘er up has slipped from about $35 to $33. Big deal.
Top aide to cleric taken in raid on complex by U.S.-Iraqi forces
January 20, 2007 in print edition on A7
U.S. and Iraqi forces swooped into a mosque complex in east Baghdad on Friday and detained a top aide to radical anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, the latest in a series of operations aimed at eviscerating the leadership of the Mahdi Army militia.
Horoscopes
January 20, 2007 in print edition on D7