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Jayhawk baseball squad has high hopes for 2007
January 26, 2007
Last season, the KU baseball team came out of nowhere to take the Big 12 tournament title en rout to it’s first NCAA tournament appearance in 12 years.
Marcus Denmon hits the hardwood against Lawrence High
January 26, 2007
Against undefeated Piper High last week, Hogan Prep’s Marcus Denmon dropped 37points! Tonight, Mr. Denmon brought his talents onto the court against LHS.
KU women look for first conference win against Nebraska
January 26, 2007
Tomorrow, Kansas plays Nebraska for the second time this season. The first go around didn’t go so well as the Huskers beat the Jayhawks, 63-54.
The President and C.E.O. of Ford Motor Co. pulled into K.C. today
January 26, 2007
Alan Mulally, who grew up in Lawrence and graduated from LHS and KU, stopped by the Kansas City assembly plant to oversee the introduction of the company’s latest models.
Figures from American history come to life today for students at one local elementary school
January 26, 2007
Pint-sized ‘Bill Cosby’s‘ and ‘HIllary Clinton’s‘ lined the walls at Pinckney Elementary, converting the school’s library into a temporary wax museum.
Could most U.S. troops be out of Iraq within one year?
January 26, 2007
During a stop today at Fort Riley, Iraq’s military leader says his country’s forces will have enough equipment to allow for the withdrawal of most U.S. troops by 2008.
A retired school social worker kicks off her campaign for city commission
January 26, 2007
Carey Maynard-Moody has lived in Lawrence for 25 years and is a longtime volunteer with the Sierra Club and now she is seeking a seat on the Lawrence City Commission.
Max Falkenstien is announced ‘Kansan of the Year’
January 26, 2007
When you think of Kansas sports, many names come to mind - especially one man who gave 60 years to KU. Max Falkenstien may be retired, but he is still receiving accolades for his work as the voice of the Jayhawks.
Local artists trade their sketch pads for hiking boots
January 26, 2007
Several local artists grabbed their hiking boots to check out their latest studio space.
Wanted: nuclear power
January 26, 2007
More nuclear power is what lawmakers want for the Sunflower State. And they’ve suggested a tax break to the company who can make that happen. Kansas already has one nuclear power plant, Wolf Creek, just outside of Burlingame, but another one could be on the way. In order to qualify for the tax break, the new plant would have to be within three miles of an existing nuclear reactor, so one could likely pop up near the Wolf Creek plant. 49 News Statehouse Reporter Gena Terlizzi explains who’s behind this push for power, and why some say another nuclear power plant is a bad idea.
Iraqi leader estimates timetable for U.S. troop withdrawal
January 26, 2007
Just days after President Bush made his case to the nation on more troops for Iraq, the highest ranking Iraqi military leader touched down at Fort Riley Friday. He said American soldiers can start leaving next year. Reporter Jamie Oberg was at Ft. Riley for the visit.
Task force named to lure biodefense lab to Kansas
Gov. Sebelius names the team
January 26, 2007
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Friday announced her 43 appointments to the panel, which also will include legislative appointments and one official from the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Art al a Carte
January 26, 2007
Welcome to Art a la Carte. I’m Journal-World arts editor Mindie Paget.
Falkenstien continues to receive honors
January 26, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, Max Falkenstien named Kansan of the Year and a not-so-typical Saturday night for Lawrence’s police officers.
Barn burns in rural Douglas County
Four departments called to douse
January 26, 2007
The fire was announced all clear at 2:12 p.m. It appears no one was injured in the fire, and no other structures were involved.
Kansas House committee votes to ease nuclear power restrictions
Expansion of Wolf Creek would be exempt from property taxes
January 26, 2007
“Whether you like it or not, nuclear energy has to be part of our discussions,” said state Rep. Annie Kuether of Topeka, the ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Utilities Committee.
Kansas Senate considers opposition to increasing troops in Iraq
State Sen. Donald Betts filed the resolution
January 26, 2007
State Sen. Donald Betts, D-Wichita, filed a resolution that would put Kansas lawmakers on record of being opposed to Bush’s call for 21,500 more troops in Iraq.
International soldiers visit Kansas Statehouse
Officers say they support U.S. war on terror
January 26, 2007
Soldiers from around the world, some from countries on the front lines of war, said Friday they supported U.S. efforts in the war on terror.
Pulse video: Cow landscapes
January 26, 2007
Rachael Sudlow often can be found out in the country, taking photos of cows.
Event acquaints youngsters with realities of agriculture
January 26, 2007 in print edition on B1
A collective “ewwww” arose from a group of fourth-graders Thursday afternoon when Casey and Taylor Davis told them that chewing gum is made with cow’s hooves. “When you guys are chewing your bubble gum, you’re kind of like eating cow feet,” said Taylor Davis, 15, of Tonganoxie.
Huggins to students: Show up for games
January 26, 2007 in print edition on C4
Kansas State coach Bob Huggins has no second thoughts about calling out students who stand in line to buy tickets to the Wildcats’ games and don’t show up.
1 killed, 20 wounded in cell phone tower protest
January 26, 2007 in print edition on A6
Gunfire broke out Thursday between police and protesters opposed to construction of a cell phone tower south of Giza. One man was killed and 20 people were wounded, authorities said.
Loving care
January 26, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Placing a loved one in a nursing home is a very difficult decision. It is a painful realization that one cannot provide adequately for the needs of one for whom one cares so deeply.
Court refuses to release Arabic blogger on bail
January 26, 2007 in print edition on A6
A court Thursday refused to release on bail a writer accused of insulting Islam and causing sectarian strife in postings on his Web journal in Egypt’s first prosecution of a blogger.
Stage is set for regime change in Cuba
January 26, 2007 in print edition on B6
Would a “perfect storm” help resolve the tedious Fidel Castro illness-and-succession saga gripping Cuba?
Navy finds black boxes of plane that crashed
January 26, 2007 in print edition on A6
The U.S. Navy has picked up signals from the flight data recorders of an Indonesian jetliner that crashed into the sea on New Year’s Day with 102 people onboard, the U.S. Embassy said Thursday.
Bracket blasters
Brantley’s 21 pace Free State in rout
January 26, 2007 in print edition on C1
Jenna Brantley’s 15-foot jump shot apparently wasn’t good enough. On Free State High’s next defensive possession, the senior guard ripped the ball from Gardner-Edgerton’s Sierra Shore in the backcourt and converted an acrobatic layup, despite an intentional foul that put Brantley on the deck.
Airline industry seeks elusive profitability
January 26, 2007 in print edition on B6
Recently, as an airliner taxied up to a gate, a flight attendant made the usual announcement - thank you for flying with us - but with an unusual coda: “We know you have your choice of bankrupt airlines.” Which raises a question: What is wrong with American Airlines?
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
January 26, 2007 in print edition on B6
News of the Weird
January 26, 2007 in print edition on D2
At the December ceremony in Najaf, Iraq, in which U.S. commanders turned over control of the city, Iraqi commandos took the stage carrying frogs and a rabbit and soon were eating the animals raw in a show of feral manliness.
President temporarily relinquishes power
January 26, 2007 in print edition on A6
Moshe Katsav temporarily relinquished his powers as Israel’s president Thursday, but defied demands from officials to quit outright and spare the nation more anguish over rape and sexual assault allegations leveled against him.
Proper priority
Legislators are justified in trimming athletic facilities from the list of buildings awaiting state-funded repairs.
January 26, 2007 in print edition on B6
Kansas legislators’ desire to focus on repairing university buildings that are central to the schools’ educational mission is a practical approach to the current maintenance backlog.
Curfew imposed after clashes reveal deepening tensions
January 26, 2007 in print edition on A6
University students loyal to Lebanon’s government clashed with Hezbollah supporters Thursday, setting cars ablaze and battling with homemade clubs and stones. The melee deepened worries that Lebanon cannot contain the political and sectarian rivalries threatening to push it toward civil war.
Seattle’s $85M sculpture park opens
January 26, 2007 in print edition on A2
As the Seattle Art Museum opened its sculpture park on the downtown waterfront, occasional breaks of sun through the gray clouds and 40-degree weather gave a glimpse of how the 9-acre park will look on better days.
KU gave ex-coach six-figure severance
January 26, 2007 in print edition on C1
Former Kansas University women’s basketball coach Marian Washington received a severance package worth approximately $156,148 in the year after she retired, according to information obtained by the Journal-World through an open-records request.
Sebelius has U.S. politics taking notice
January 26, 2007 in print edition on A1
Most of the Kansans who’ve left a mark on national politics have been Republicans, like Dwight Eisenhower and Bob Dole. Another, Sen. Sam Brownback, is running for president. But a Kansas Democrat, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, is generating some national buzz with her convincing re-election victory, glowing write-ups in national magazines like Time and Newsweek, and political chatter about her place on short lists for Cabinet secretary jobs should Democrats recapture the White House in 2008.
The ‘big time’
January 26, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Regarding the KU-MU “Border War” football game now scheduled for Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City for 2007 and 2008: I believe that detractors and local merchants are being shortsighted and selfish.
Russia silent on uranium smuggling attempt
January 26, 2007 in print edition on A6
Russia responded with silence Thursday after Georgia revealed a foiled effort by a Russian man to sell weapons-grade uranium, an episode that appeared to cast doubt on the nation’s ability to halt the black market trade in nuclear materials.
Wildlife rescuers race to help birds in oil leak
January 26, 2007 in print edition on A6
Wildlife workers combed a 100-mile stretch of beach Thursday, trying to rescue birds covered in oil after thousands of gallons leaked from a stricken cargo ship off England’s southwest coast.
School funding bill advances to Senate
January 26, 2007 in print edition on B1
A Senate committee on Thursday recommended approval of a bill that Lawrence school officials say they need to prevent a tax increase.
Wayne, Dungy give Manning thumbs up
January 26, 2007 in print edition on C6
Reggie Wayne doesn’t see any problem with Peyton Manning’s bruised right thumb.
Cattlemen struggling after storm
January 26, 2007 in print edition on B3
Cattleman Mark Smith doctors his sick calf amid a gnawing fear that its illness, brought on by wet weather, threatens to add more misery to his already stressed herd just as calving season begins.
Warrior returns to ‘Spouses’
January 26, 2007 in print edition on A2
Because reality TV attracts extroverts, only the most peculiar and outlandish get invited back. Tonight’s “Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy” (8 p.m., Fox) features the return of Marguerite Perrin. Fans of the series may recall her as the self-proclaimed “God warrior” who offered a prolonged proclamation against the “dark side” and experienced a major meltdown in front of the cameras.
The whole story
January 26, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: For those who read in the Journal-World about the state Legislature raising the refund on property taxes for those who qualify, it is a shame that the paper didn’t print the table used to figure the refund and the percentages allowed (the Homestead Refund Percentage Table provided with the Kansas Homestead Claim Instructions - K-40H).
Major retail, recreation project planned
January 26, 2007 in print edition on B3
A 300-acre site along Interstate 70 will be developed as a shopping, entertainment and recreation center over the next five years, in a public-private project expected to create 500 jobs.
Valley hopes parity won’t be problem at tourney time
January 26, 2007 in print edition on C4
The Missouri Valley Conference might be too good for its own good.
Venezuela’s Chavez says U.S. ambassador could be asked to leave the country
January 26, 2007 in print edition on A6
President Hugo Chavez warned Thursday that the U.S. ambassador could be asked to leave the country if he continues “meddling in Venezuela’s affairs.”
Ford Motor Co. posts record net loss of $12.7B in 2006
January 26, 2007 in print edition on A3
After unveiling Ford Motor Co.’s record $12.7 billion loss for 2006, the company’s chief executive officer offered assurance to plant workers, engineers, managers, dealers and others stunned by the news.
Fort Riley brigade says goodbye for year in Iraq
3,400 soldiers head overseas, many for second time
January 26, 2007 in print edition on B5
Two days after President Bush pleaded with Congress to give his strategy in Iraq a chance, a brigade from this post that will be part of the second wave of Bush’s planned increase in troops said goodbye Thursday to its families.
Body Boutique offers free class
January 26, 2007 in print edition on C8
Body Boutique, 2330 Yale Road, will provide free BodyPump instruction to Lawrence women Feb. 10.
Man dies after electric wheelchair catches fire
January 26, 2007 in print edition on A3
A retiree died after his electric wheelchair caught fire and he couldn’t escape, authorities said Thursday.
Leadership Kansas seeks nominees
January 26, 2007 in print edition on C8
Leadership Kansas, the leadership growth program of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, is accepting nominations until Feb. 2 for its 2007 class.
President praises medical technology
January 26, 2007 in print edition on A7
In town to push his proposal to expand access to health insurance, President Bush on Thursday praised advanced patient care technology at a local hospital.
Meth-related seizures way down in ‘06
Dramatic drop attributed to new law restricting cold and allergy medicine
January 26, 2007 in print edition on B1
Law enforcement officers reported no methamphetamine lab busts in 2006 in Douglas County - the first time in at least the past five years. The decline is part of a statewide trend.
Coaches’ race becomes hot topic of Super Bowl
January 26, 2007 in print edition on C6
When Doug Williams became the first black quarterback to start a Super Bowl 19 years ago, the buildup to the game between his Washington Redskins and the Denver Broncos was “all Williams all the time.”
Colorado AD says Patton will coach rest of season
January 26, 2007 in print edition on C4
Ricardo Patton will remain coach of the University of Colorado’s struggling men’s basketball team until season’s end, athletic director Mike Bohn reiterated Thursday.
Lawrence girls sweep
January 26, 2007 in print edition on C3
The Lawrence High girls bowling team rolled to a first-place finish against two Olathe teams.
Scottish Fest offers music, kilts and haggis
January 26, 2007 in print edition on B1
Anyone with a hunger for haggis might want to consider attending the 11th annual Lawrence Scottish Fest this weekend.
Baldwin beats Piper, advances to title game
January 26, 2007 in print edition on C3
Baldwin beats Piper, advances
Rookie Snedeker fires 61
Woods opens with 66 at Buick Invitational
January 26, 2007 in print edition on C2
Brandt Snedeker had trouble remembering a round he will never forget. Snedeker, a 26-year-old rookie on the PGA Tour, flirted with golf’s magic number Thursday in the Buick Invitational until the birdies dried up on the easy North Course at Torrey Pines, then settled for a 61 to tie the course record and take a two-shot lead.
January 26, 2007 in print edition on C8
Arenas earns starting spot
January 26, 2007 in print edition on C2
Washington’s Gilbert Arenas surged past Vince Carter in the final days of All-Star voting to claim the second Eastern Conference guard spot by 3,010 votes Thursday, the fourth-closest margin for a starting spot.
Buzzer-beater boosts Duke
Washington knocks off seventh-ranked Oregon
January 26, 2007 in print edition on C4
David McClure has earned his minutes by grabbing rebounds, getting steals and bringing energy off the bench while his Duke teammates grab most of the headlines. On Thursday night, McClure made the most of his chance to take the big shot.
P.M. vows no letup against terrorism
January 26, 2007 in print edition on A7
Iraq’s prime minister insisted Thursday there will be “no safe place in Iraq for terrorists,” hours before a suicide car bombing killed at least 26 people in the Shiite neighborhood of Karradah and two rockets slammed into the heavy fortified Green Zone not far from the U.S. Embassy.
Federal advisers endorse 5-in-1 childhood vaccine
January 26, 2007 in print edition on A4
A five-in-one vaccine that could reduce the number of jabs children receive is both safe and effective, federal health advisers said Thursday.
No concern
January 26, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: The Kansas-Missouri football game is to be played at Arrowhead in 2007 and 2008.
On the record
January 26, 2007 in print edition on B2
LMH group honors volunteers, donors
January 26, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association recently presented four Elizabeth Watkins Community Caring Awards to individuals and groups that donate money or time to improving the area’s health care system.
Anti-abortion extremist guilty in doctor’s death
January 26, 2007 in print edition on A3
A man already serving time in a state prison for the sniper-shooting death of a doctor was convicted Thursday on a federal charge of targeting and killing the man because he provided abortions.
Lawmakers grapple with university repairs
January 26, 2007 in print edition on B2
Lawmakers on Thursday wrestled with the issue of paying for hundreds of millions of dollars in repairs at public universities, hoping to get a plan together next week.
Moon Bar site to rise again
Asian restaurant with a new name, theme expected to open in month or two
January 26, 2007 in print edition on C8
The Moon Bar is poised to get back in business - under a different name, with a different theme and operating with different hours.
13-year-olds accused of taping sex assault
January 26, 2007 in print edition on A3
Two 13-year-old boys videotaped themselves sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl and recorded sexual contact between her and two other young children, police said.
Acting 101 class earns program nod
January 26, 2007 in print edition on C8
Annette Deghand, special populations division supervisor for the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department, accepted the Outstanding New or Innovative Recreation Program Award from the Kansas Recreation and Park Association’s Recreation Branch.
5-year-old takes gun to school
January 26, 2007 in print edition on B8
A kindergarten student whose mother told his father to get a gun out of the house took it upon himself to do just that.
Mayer: Self has same rep as Owens
January 26, 2007 in print edition on C1
Bill Self could be hooked on the horns of the same dilemma that periodically surfaced during the 19 seasons for Ted Owens as Kansas basketball boss - great recruiter but journeyman coach, visa versa, or periodically a little of both?
Wife fends off cougar, rescues husband
January 26, 2007 in print edition on A3
Wildlife officials on Thursday credited a woman with saving her husband’s life by clubbing a mountain lion that attacked him while the couple were hiking in a California state park.
Kansas signee Reed battles ankle injury
6-foot-3 guard has yet to play in 2007
January 26, 2007 in print edition on C1
Burlington High senior point guard Tyrel Reed, who has yet to play in a game in January because of a severely sprained right ankle, has resumed running full speed and cutting at practice. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Kansas University signee could return to game action in a week or so.
State Department senior official resigns
January 26, 2007 in print edition on A8
Robert Joseph, the State Department’s senior arms control and security official, has resigned.
Local radio station hopes to re-establish Lazer’s attitude
January 26, 2007 in print edition on D1
There won’t be any more ZZ Top heard on Lawrence’s X 92.9 FM. This month the classic rock station changed to a format of “active rock,” which means listeners can expect about two-thirds contemporary artists such as Godsmack and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as cuts from bygone ‘90s acts such as Nirvana and Alice in Chains.
Bill would require HPV shot for girls
January 26, 2007 in print edition on A1
A bill introduced Thursday in Topeka would require all sixth-grade girls to be vaccinated for a sexually transmitted infection that can cause cervical cancer - a killer of 3,700 women nationwide each year.
Animal shelter benefits from young entrepreneur’s efforts
January 26, 2007 in print edition on B1
When 11-year-old Heather Cistola started making caramels last month to sell as part of a fundraiser for a Washington, D.C., trip, she never imagined she would raise nearly $3,000.
People in the news
January 26, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Nicole Kidman in minor car crash during filming ¢ Keith Urban to kick off U.S. leg of tour in June ¢ ‘Idol’ finalist Chris Daughtry to perform free concert ¢ Sawyer hopes to awaken U.S. to poverty at home ¢ Trumpeter sentenced to year in prison for tax evasion
Bush brings health care message to K.C.
President’s plan to increase insurance coverage creates questions about tax implications
January 26, 2007 in print edition on A1
President Bush’s trip to the Kansas City area was brief but served its purpose. After recognizing Susan Hoskins, a volunteer with the Mid-America Medical Reserve Corps, for her work, Bush spent his afternoon talking about health care.
Mother of four battles rare illness
January 26, 2007 in print edition on B1
Lyn McMahon was diagnosed with a rare condition in October, and since then the life of the young mother of four has changed drastically. McMahon, of Bonner Springs, has Guillian-Barre syndrome. The cause is unknown and strikes about 1 out of every 100,000 people. The condition causes weakness and even paralysis of some muscles.
Afghan government won’t spray poppies
January 26, 2007 in print edition on A6
Rebuffing months of U.S. pressure, Afghan President Hamid Karzai decided against a Colombia-style program to spray this country’s heroin-producing poppies after the Cabinet worried herbicide would hurt legitimate crops, animals and humans, officials said Thursday.
Sloppy in first minute, Lions roll in Capital City
January 26, 2007 in print edition on C1
Kristin Mallory leaped to her feet and called time.
Found sound
KU’s Music and Dance Library showcases recorded works
January 26, 2007 in print edition on D1
One library on the Kansas University campus is as focused on sound as it is words. As such, don’t expect the librarians at the Thomas Gorton Music and Dance Library to go around shushing patrons for being too noisy … that’s part of the place’s function.
Some PMI payments qualify as deductions
January 26, 2007 in print edition on C8
A new law allows some homeowners to deduct their annual payments for private mortgage insurance.
U.S. threats continue to grow
January 26, 2007 in print edition on B7
There will be plenty of time to talk about Hillary, or “American Idol” or the antique ritual known as the State of the Union. Let’s talk instead about the fate of the union.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
January 26, 2007 in print edition on B6
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
January 26, 2007 in print edition on B6
Grossman’s bad reputation
Bears quarterback under scrutiny for spotty record
January 26, 2007 in print edition on C6
When Rex Grossman climbed to the podium in the middle of Soldier Field on Sunday evening, the cheers were loud and strong and came right from the heart of Chicago.
Reputed Klansman pleads not guilty in 1964 killings of two black teens
January 26, 2007 in print edition on A3
A reputed Ku Klux Klansman accused in the 1964 slayings of two black men pleaded not guilty Thursday, and in a measure of how things have changed across the South, the judge he stood before was a black woman.
Brownback favors proposal for smaller troop increase
January 26, 2007 in print edition on A7
Kansas presidential hopeful Sam Brownback said Thursday that he disagreed with both President Bush’s increase of troops in Iraq and a Senate committee resolution critical of Bush’s plan.
Lawrence Datebook
January 26, 2007 in print edition on B2
January 26, 2007 in print edition on B7