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One candidate for City Commission says he’ll bring common sense to the office
January 25, 2007
Michael Limburg, a 38-year old forklift operator at ‘Amarr Garage Doors,’ is one of the several people vying for a seat on the Lawrence City Commission.
Local elementary student making comics to raise money for a family in need
January 25, 2007
Comics are filled with funny pictures, people, and stories - but for one local elementary student, they are serving a much more serious purpose.
Eudora has its own ‘Super Bowl’
January 25, 2007
There was a ‘Super Bowl’ in Eudora today, but it wasn’t about football. The city’s middle school hosted the ‘Super Bowl Spelling Bee.’
The LHS Lady Lions tip off play tonight in the Topeka Capital Classic
January 25, 2007
LHS is taking on Wyandotte in round one of the Topeka Capital Classic, tonight. But can the Lady Lions walk away with a victory?
KU women still winless in conference play
January 25, 2007
The University’s two basketball teams continue to move in very different directions. Bill Self’s squad is back atop the Big 12 standings, while the women find themselves in the conference cellar.
Melting of ice from roads reveals new problem beneath
January 25, 2007
Lawrence drivers finally get some relief from slick, icy roads, but now they face another obstacle to navigate: the many potholes around town!
Local students learn about agriculture
January 25, 2007
Several area students are being shown the many different aspects of agriculture. Among other things, students are learning all about the cattle industry.
Free State girls play in their own tournament tonight
January 25, 2007
The Lady Firebirds faced off against Gardner-Edgerton on day one of the Firebird Winter Classic tonight.
Localize Me?’ A downtown restaurant puts unique spin on famous documentary
January 25, 2007
The downtown restaurant ‘Local Burger’ has put its own spin on the hit documentary ‘Super-size Me.’
If you’re uninsured, President Bush has a plan to get you health coverage
January 25, 2007
President Bush visited Lee’s Summit, Missouri, today and introduced his new health care proposal. Among the ideas to privatize health insurance, the President wants to improve technology in hospitals to drive down costs.
Local 6th grader exceeds her fundraising goals
January 25, 2007
Eleven-year-old Heather Cistola sold home-made caramels to help cover the costs of a trip to Washington D.C. She met and even exceeded her goal, which prompted her to start to give back to the community!
Lauren Kimball is named ‘HyVee High School Scholar Athlete of the Month’
January 25, 2007
Lauren Kimball earned the honor for the month of January with solid play on the hardwood for the Free State Lady Firebirds.
In the neighborhoods for 20 years
While representing all parts of Lawrence, association brings organized focus to City Hall
January 25, 2007 in print edition on A1
Twenty years ago, Steve Lopes had an adjective he commonly used to describe the mood of Lawrence neighborhood associations: crabby. “The neighborhoods were a lot less powerful than they are now,” Lopes said. “They would come out for a single issue, and then they would just go away.”
Ice and melt make perfect conditions for potholes
January 25, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, recent weather makes for pothole season and reaction to President Bush’s health care initiatives.
Bush visits Kansas City
In the region to talk about health care
January 25, 2007
The president will be in Kansas City until about 1:30. He is to visit St. Luke’s East Hospital in Lee’s Summit, Mo., and hold a round table discussion on health care.
Brownback critical of surge, Senate resolution opposing surge
Instead, he favors compromise proposal
January 25, 2007
U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., who is running for president, said on Thursday that he opposes both President Bush’s increase of troops in Iraq, and a Senate committee resolution critical of Bush’s plan.
Suspect in death threatens novelist
January 25, 2007 in print edition on A6
A man who confessed to inciting the murder of a prominent journalist shouted what appeared to be a threat against another leading Turkish intellectual on Wednesday, the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Orhan Pamuk.
U.S., Iraqi troops battle insurgents in Baghdad
January 25, 2007 in print edition on A6
U.S. and Iraqi troops battled Sunni insurgents hiding in high-rise buildings on Haifa Street in the heart of Baghdad on Wednesday, with snipers on roofs taking aim at gunmen in open windows as Apache attack helicopters hovered overhead.
Lions fall to Manhattan in boys swimming dual
January 25, 2007 in print edition on C3
Zach Henderson played a role in three event victories, but it wasn’t enough as the Lawrence High boys swimming and diving team dropped a 169-137 decision Wednesday to Manhattan at the KSU Natatorium.
January 25, 2007 in print edition on A8
Take photos now, plan warm-weather garden
January 25, 2007 in print edition on D2
Plan now for summer gardens. With the ice and snow comes the “winter gardening doldrums,” and the best I can hope for out of my garden is an honorary mention for “Best Dried Arrangement.” This downtime, however, is an opportunity to plan. The more prepared we are now allows us to maximize our time and effort when spring comes.
Prep defensive back commits to Jayhawks
January 25, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s football team received a commitment from Tulsa (Okla.) defensive back Anthony Davis on Wednesday.
Photographer heeds cattle call
January 25, 2007 in print edition on D1
Every once in awhile, Rachael Sudlow takes a bucket of grain and goes for a drive. Her goal: Find photogenic cows.
Our town sports
January 25, 2007 in print edition on C3
Trivia competition to help raise funds for AIDS project
January 25, 2007
To help raise money for the Douglas County AIDS Project, at least 12 teams will compete Friday in a trivia challenge.
Report says oil spill off Lebanon is contained
January 25, 2007 in print edition on A6
Environmental crews have largely contained an oil spill caused by Israeli airstrikes off the coast of Lebanon during last summer’s war with Hezbollah, a U.N. report said.
On the record
January 25, 2007 in print edition on B2
Orchid obsession
Gardener feeds passion for exotic flowers in Kansas City cave
January 25, 2007 in print edition on D1
David Bird is living under a rock, literally. You’ll find Bird deep underground, where the light of day can’t reach and the weather conditions never falter, in his subterranean orchid lair in Kansas City, Mo. Under hundreds of feet of solid rock, burrowed into an elaborate maze of caves, Bird has created a haven that’s neither dank nor depressing, but rather aromatic and alive.
6 accused of having sex with teen girls
January 25, 2007 in print edition on B2
One man has pleaded guilty and five others are charged in a case alleging they had sex with three middle school girls.
Tech adds Aggies to Top-10 triumphs
January 25, 2007 in print edition on C8
Bob Knight never has been a fan of the three-point shot. But he waffled a smidge after Texas Tech beat the second Top-10 team it has faced in five days.
Senator testifies he shared bed with page, 18
January 25, 2007 in print edition on A3
A state senator accused of groping a legislative page testified Wednesday that the 18-year-old was like a relative, that he saw nothing wrong with sharing a motel bed with him and that the teenager fabricated his accusation.
World’s oldest person dies at age 115 at home
January 25, 2007 in print edition on A6
Emiliano Mercado del Toro was born when Puerto Rico was still a Spanish colony and trained as a soldier the year World War I ended.
OU continues to roll
January 25, 2007 in print edition on C3
Chelsi Welch scored 13 points, Leah Rush added 12, and No. 6 Oklahoma did much of its damage with All-America center Courtney Paris on the bench in a 69-49 victory against Iowa State on Wednesday night.
Defense minister dies when helicopters collide
January 25, 2007 in print edition on A6
New Ecuadorian Defense Minister Guadalupe Larriva and one of her children were killed Wednesday when two helicopters collided near a military base in southern Ecuador, officials said.
KU’s Land earns Big 12 preseason honor
January 25, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kansas University sophomore Preston Land has been named to the preseason All-Big 12 baseball team by Baseball America.
Lawrence mentors join KTEC Pipeline
January 25, 2007 in print edition on A8
Two Lawrence businessmen have signed on to serve as mentors for up-and-coming innovators selected for special training and support through the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp.
9/11 families protest WTC memorial
January 25, 2007 in print edition on A3
Family members who are upset that details such as their loved ones’ ages will be left off the Sept. 11 memorial launched a television ad campaign Wednesday in protest and said they would not support private fundraising for the project.
Governor optimistic about arena deal
January 25, 2007 in print edition on C6
After talking with a co-owner of the Penguins, Gov. Ed Rendell is optimistic that a new arena agreement can be reached to keep the team in Pittsburgh.
Lions counting on fresh legs
LHS girls confident about tournament chances
January 25, 2007 in print edition on C3
Ask the Lawrence High girls basketball team about playing in a three-day tournament, and one learns the players enjoy the practices leading up to it.
Kansas among states in $8M Bayer settlement
January 25, 2007 in print edition on A3
Thirty states have reached an $8 million settlement with Bayer Corp. over allegations the drug maker failed to adequately warn consumers about risks associated with a cholesterol-reducing drug.
K.C. cheers KU-MU relocation
Move of annual clash to Arrowhead will boost revenue for Mo. governments
January 25, 2007 in print edition on A8
Lawrence’s loss is Kansas City’s gain. Government officials in Kansas City, Mo., are looking forward to collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars in anticipated sales taxes and other revenues from next season’s football clash between Kansas University and the University of Missouri.
People in the news
January 25, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Restaurant group objects to planned ad starring Federline ¢ Trump’s ex-wife says battle of words is for publicity ¢ Tyra Banks upset by reaction to unflattering pictures ¢ Anti-war actress Sarandon bored by Bush’s Iraq pitch ¢ Singer-actress Brandy involved in fatal traffic crash
Serena reaches Australian final
Sharapova stops Clijsters to earn berth in title match
January 25, 2007 in print edition on C2
Unseeded and ranked No. 81, Serena Williams made it back to a Grand Slam final with a 7-6 (5), 6-4 victory today over Nicole Vaidisova at the Australian Open.
String quartet provides notes for high school’s film project
January 25, 2007 in print edition on B1
Typically, music is added to a film to create suspense or convey moods. But students at Lawrence High School are reversing the process by making a film to accompany the world-renowned Cypress String Quartet during a performance today for Lawrence public school students.
Kerry won’t run for president in 2008
January 25, 2007 in print edition on A3
Democratic Sen. John Kerry, who fell 118,601 Ohio votes short of the White House in 2004, said Wednesday he will not run for president in 2008.
Keegan: Wright ‘big key’ for KU
January 25, 2007 in print edition on C1
As peaceful, soothing entertainment goes, Julian Wright probably isn’t the way to go.
Friends of God’ a look at evangelicals
January 25, 2007 in print edition on A2
‘Friends of God’ a look
Tax breaks slow minimum wage increase
January 25, 2007 in print edition on A3
The minimum wage increase that was supposed to zip through Congress veered onto a collision course Wednesday as lawmakers argued over business tax breaks that would be attached to ensure Republican support.
Improving the status quo: Team wins at state debate
January 25, 2007 in print edition on B1
You might want to avoid getting into a war of words with Wes Phipps, Sarah Robinson, Kate Falkenstien or Cori Allen.
Study: Less drastic treatment for uterine fibroids a safe alternative
January 25, 2007 in print edition on A3
Women who had less invasive treatment for painful uterine fibroids did about as well as those who had surgery, including hysterectomy, suggests a new study that lays out the options for a troubling condition affecting millions of women.
Suspects, accusers in brawl asked to move
January 25, 2007 in print edition on A3
Guilford College has asked five students believed to have been involved in a racially tinged fight last weekend - including the accusers - to move off campus during the investigation.
Breeder of wolf hybrids banned from ownership
January 25, 2007 in print edition on B8
An unlicensed breeder at whose home police found 42 wolf-hybrid dogs has been placed on probation and barred from owning or caring for animals for two years.
Training, promotion for therapy staff
January 25, 2007 in print edition on A8
Lawrence Therapy Services announces two recent events:
K.C. airport records best year since 2001
January 25, 2007 in print edition on B8
A surge of holiday travelers helped Kansas City International Airport record the highest annual number of passengers since 2001, airport officials said Tuesday.
Don’t wait to file for financial aid
January 25, 2007 in print edition on A8
If you have a child in college now or one heading to an institution of higher learning in the fall, I hope you have already submitted or are working on the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid.
Foreign journalists get a look at military training at Fort Riley
January 25, 2007 in print edition on B4
Trudging through the snow, three dozen foreign reporters followed soldiers through a mock Iraqi village Wednesday. Weighted down by Kevlar helmets and flak jackets, they maneuvered cameras and microphones to document the training.
Student fitness
January 25, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: OK, so now the state wants to monitor the fitness activities of our school students! Who will be responsible for this - the teachers? What next? Teachers are already responsible for monitoring what a student wears to school and monitoring what a student eats. Where are the parents in this equation?
Corliss praised for work during annual review
January 25, 2007 in print edition on A1
Lawrence City Manager David Corliss received glowing reviews from city commissioners as part of his annual performance evaluation.
Roberts taps local Realtor for campaign
January 25, 2007 in print edition on B1
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., has named Lawrence Realtor John Bush as one of 13 statewide finance co-chairmen for his 2008 re-election campaign.
KU puts up; Bears shut up
Arthur, KU get last laugh
January 25, 2007 in print edition on C1
The Baylor University basketball fans seated near Kansas University’s bench heckled Jayhawk freshman Darrell Arthur on Wednesday night. “They were yelling at me, ‘You had a dream?”’ Arthur, KU’s forward from nearby Dallas, said with a smile.
Strategy may be roll of dice
January 25, 2007 in print edition on B7
It’s no surprise that after nearly four years of failure in Iraq, only about 35 percent of Americans believe President Bush’s plan to send additional troops will make a big difference. What is surprising is that Bush’s new pick to lead our forces has his own doubts.
Brownback says he’s the real conservative
January 25, 2007 in print edition on B4
Sen. Sam Brownback argues he’s the true conservative in the race for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, while former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney may have trouble explaining flip-flops in his background.
Is it cheaper to be a criminal here?
Bond system under scrutiny
January 25, 2007 in print edition on A1
For those trying to bond out of Douglas County Jail, freedom often comes cheaper than in other parts of the state. A Journal-World review of suggested bond amounts that criminal suspects have to pay is often less in Douglas County than for similar crimes elsewhere.
Killed firefighter’s parents lose lawsuit battle
January 25, 2007 in print edition on B3
The parents of a Basehor volunteer firefighter have lost a $4 million civil rights battle in federal court.
Ironic message
January 25, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: A White House proclamation issued by George Bush last week designated Jan. 21 as “National Sanctity of Human Life Day,” citing a “commitment to building a compassionate society” and to “protecting our society’s most vulnerable members.” Also last week:
Roads showing winter’s scars
January 25, 2007 in print edition on A1
Watch out for that - (clunk) - pothole. The last few weeks of cold and wet weather and the sand and salt mixture used to clear snow and ice have not been friendly on the asphalt, said city Public Works Director Chuck Soules.
Lawrence man convicted in burglary while on bond
January 25, 2007 in print edition on A5
A jury on Wednesday convicted a Lawrence man of one in a series of burglary charges he has racked up in recent months while out of jail on bond.
Voice of the Jayhawks is top Kansan
Two others with KU connections to be honored
January 25, 2007 in print edition on A1
During his 60 years on the air calling Kansas University athletics, sports broadcasting legend Max Falkenstien received his fair share of hardware, especially leading up to his farewell last year. Friday night, Falkenstien will receive another award as he is named Kansan of the Year by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas, which was formed to preserve state history.
Senators blast Bush’s Iraq plans as ‘not in the national interest’
January 25, 2007 in print edition on A1
In a calculated snub of President Bush, the Democratic-controlled Senate Foreign Relations Committee dismissed plans for a troop buildup in Iraq on Wednesday as “not in the national interest” of the United States.
Senate groups seeking common ground
January 25, 2007 in print edition on B6
Despite the raging controversy over Iraq military policy, President Bush’s plea for bipartisan cooperation on the domestic agenda has a chance of success in the Senate. The reason has less to do with sympathy for the politically weakened chief executive than a dynamic that has gone largely unnoticed among the senators themselves.
Obama denies rumors he attended Islamic school
January 25, 2007 in print edition on A5
Vowing not to be “Swift boated,” Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., aggressively pushed back Wednesday against “ludicrous” rumors reported on Fox News that he attended a radical Islamic school.
Bipartisan effort
Two years of government officials trying to make the other guy look bad will not serve the nation well.
January 25, 2007 in print edition on B6
It’s normal for an individual’s impressions listening to the annual State of the Union address by an American president to be colored to a certain degree by the listener’s own political leanings. And quite often, the opinions of those living and working inside the Washington, D.C., “beltway” are different than opinions of those living in other parts of the country.
Democrats should consider Bush health plan
January 25, 2007 in print edition on B6
If President Bush proposes something, it must be bad. Such is the knee-jerk state of partisan suspiciousness that when the president actually endorses a tax increase - a tax increase that would primarily hit the well-off, no less - Democrats still howl.
FSHS girls don’t want to dine on ‘cupcakes’
Firebirds face Gardner in opener of own tourney
January 25, 2007 in print edition on C1
It’s no secret the Free State High girls basketball team is struggling. Free State will enter this weekend’s Firebird Winter Classic on a three-game losing streak. So what’s the solution to the Firebirds feeling good again about winning? According to coach Bryan Duncan, it’s playing difficult competition. Duncan said nearly all eight teams in the three-day tournament had a legitimate chance of winning it.
Welcome ‘war’
January 25, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: I was surprised and delighted by the headline in the Jan. 23 Journal-World: “‘Border War’ has new battlefield.”
Wildcats make it 12 in a row over KU
January 25, 2007 in print edition on C1
Kansas University’s Danielle McCray missed a layup with two seconds left, and Kansas State avoided a second-half disaster to beat the Jayhawks, 59-55, Wednesday night.
NFL, union agree on tougher testing
Plan calls for more extensive examinations for performance-enhancing drugs
January 25, 2007 in print edition on C2
The NFL is going deeper into the wallets of players who get caught using steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.
Teammates help Durant finish off Nebraska
January 25, 2007 in print edition on C8
Kevin Durant had another big night for Texas Wednesday, but it was his teammates who finished the job in a 62-61 victory over Nebraska.
Poised for success
Dodge teams optimistic about 2007
January 25, 2007 in print edition on C7
This season, Dodge teams in the Nextel Cup Series would like to spread the wealth.
Jurors see interviews of serial killer suspect
January 25, 2007 in print edition on A6
Jurors in the trial of a farmer accused of killing 26 women watched videotaped interviews Wednesday in which he denies knowing the victims and asks a police officer, “Do I look like a murderer?”
Militant group claims attack on U.S. Embassy
January 25, 2007 in print edition on A6
A Greek militant group has claimed responsibility for a rocket attack on the U.S. Embassy in Athens earlier this month, blaming American policy in Iraq and the Middle East for the strike.
Tax plan may help low-cost housing
Highberger wants bill drafted that would support push for affordable homes
January 25, 2007 in print edition on B1
If Lawrence wants to create more affordable housing, a state tax increase would help, City Commissioner Boog Highberger said Wednesday.
Gators survive SEC scare
No. 21 LSU doesn’t fare as well against Vanderbilt
January 25, 2007 in print edition on C8
Corey Brewer scored 20 points, including five during a game-turning 10-1 run early in the second half, and top-ranked Florida survived a scary Southeastern Conference road game Wednesday night by beating Mississippi State, 70-67.
Cast highlights humor in family dynamics
January 25, 2007 in print edition on D1
The Goldmans are back at Lawrence Community Theatre.
January 25, 2007 in print edition on B5
President rejects rape charges
January 25, 2007 in print edition on A6
Shaking with fury, Israeli President Moshe Katsav rebuffed growing calls for his resignation Wednesday, saying accusations he committed rape and other crimes were “poisonous, horrible lies” that were part of a broad conspiracy against him.
New Orleans schools struggle to find teachers
January 25, 2007 in print edition on A7
Wanted: Idealistic teachers looking for a Peace Corps-style adventure in a city in distress.
Swine still running wild in rural areas
State to use gunmen to take care of problem
January 25, 2007 in print edition on B1
Nearly a year after gunmen in helicopters shot and killed dozens of feral swine in Douglas County and other areas of the state, the animals are still causing headaches for rural landowners.
Film with rape scene stirs debate
January 25, 2007 in print edition on A2
At a festival that features several films with sexual content, including full male nudity and a documentary about bestiality, a Southern Gothic tale that includes the rape of a young girl is causing the biggest stir.
Students to perform play about shooting
January 25, 2007 in print edition on B1
Older children and adults are invited to a free performance tonight of “Bang, Bang You’re Dead!” - a play that delves into the subject of school shootings.
Veterans shine in West’s win
January 25, 2007 in print edition on C6
Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin will have to wait to dominate an All-Star game. The young sensations surely will get their chance. This night belonged to one of the NHL’s old stars.
Jackson pain-free
KU forward overcomes back injury
January 25, 2007 in print edition on C5
Darnell Jackson chased down a loose ball, clutched it with two hands and screamed, ‘Gotcha!’ before firing it to a wide-open teammate on the fast break.
Channels unavailable at start of KU game
January 25, 2007 in print edition on B3
An equipment failure on Wednesday night caused many Sunflower Broadband customers to miss a portion of the Kansas University men’s basketball game against Baylor.
Lawrence Datebook
January 25, 2007 in print edition on B2
Kansas basketball notebook
January 25, 2007 in print edition on C5
Darrell Arthur’s mom, Sandra, wore her No. 00 Kansas University jersey proudly in her front-row seat Wednesday night at Ferrell Center.
Baylor coach Drew in pain
His heart’s killing him’ after appendectomy
January 25, 2007 in print edition on C4
Thirty-one hours after he was having his appendix removed in non-invasive surgery, Baylor University basketball coach Scott Drew was back on the bench for Wednesday’s tipoff against Kansas University.