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Local sports agency looking to take basketball to the next level
January 29, 2007
‘Dynasty Sports Management’ has formed an exploratory committee to research bringing a professional USBL basketball team to Lawrence.
Kidcast for January 29th, 2007
January 29, 2007
A bit of weather history, brought to you by a local youth.
KU shines on defense in rout over Nebraska
January 29, 2007
In a game which saw the Nebraska Cornhuskers go without a single point for over 13 minutes of game-play, KU earned another victory in the Big 12.
Funding approved for highway interchange near Tonganoxie
January 29, 2007
A highway interchange near Tonganoxie will become reality as Kansas Turnpike officials give funding approval late last week.
Local children celebrate Kansas’ birthday
January 29, 2007
Here in Lawrence, first graders at Sunflower Elementary joined in on the celebration of Kansas’ 146th year of being a state.
America’s dependence on foreign oil is changing the way we look at agriculture
January 29, 2007
While food may be fueling our economy, it is leaving some to wonder if it’s the best option for dealing with future energy needs.
Former city manager is keeping busy in real estate
January 29, 2007
Mike Wildgen, former Lawrence City Manager, now has his hands in the commercial real estate market.
Police seize another loaded weapon outside a downtown bar
January 29, 2007
With yet another loaded weapon found near a downtown bar, the city appears poised to take action. City officials are looking to seek help from the state to battle these gun issues.
Haskell University closer to naming new president
January 29, 2007
Officials at Haskell Indian Nations University are coming closer to finding a new president. It is down to 2 potential candidates.
Local residents called upon to help design future neighborhoods
January 29, 2007
Lawrence residents, prepare to plan! A team of 16 consultants will converge in Lawrence Wednesday, for a week-long meeting to design what the city’s neighborhoods could potentially look like in the future.
L.A.N. celebrates 20th Anniversary
January 29, 2007
The Lawrence Associated of Neighborhoods celebrates it’s 20th Anniversary tonight and welcomes 3 new members to the group.
The Basehor-Linwood boys basketball team is the surprise of Kaw Valley
January 29, 2007
After suffering through a 4-win season last year, the Bobcats enter February atop the Kaw Valley Conference standings.
Kansas Reads’ program kicked off today
January 29, 2007
The program encourages Kansas adults to experience reading together. The program kicked off featuring a book by Kansas native Gordon Parks.
One member of the 2006 LHS football to turn pro?
January 29, 2007
Senior place kicker Abby Vestal tried out for the Kansas Koyotes, an indoor football team part of the American Professional Football League.
Bill battle over Kansas metal thefts
January 29, 2007
The battle to fight a recent increase of metal thefts in Kansas has moved to the Statehouse.
Week-long meeting to help plan Lawrence’s look in the future
January 29, 2007
In tonight’s 6News or tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, consultants to bring ideas about new look for neighborhoods, Kansas celebrates 146 years of statehood, and a look at the career of the longest-serving city employee.
Debate erupts over report on jobless benefits
Democrats angry at Republican press release
January 29, 2007
The Lawrence Journal-World reported the audit’s findings on Friday. It showed that Kansas had the highest overpayment rate of any state in the nation from 2003 through 2005.
Coal plant moratorium likely to fail
Sunflower head says bill would kill company plans
12:01 p.m., January 29, 2007 Updated 12:59 p.m.
Flora’s bill comes as state officials are considering a project by Sunflower Electric Power Corp. to build three 700-megawatt coal-fired plants in western Kansas.
Musical madness
Why do those pesky tunes get stuck in your head?
January 29, 2007 in print edition on D1
“It’s a small world, after all. It’s a small world, after all. It’s a small world after all. It’s a small, small world.” That first paragraph was a test, just to mess with your mind. Did it work? Has the tune burrowed its way into your head?
Climate goals gain momentum
January 29, 2007 in print edition on B6
When I tell friends I’m off for the World Economic Forum in Davos, they usually assume this is some kind of boondoggle. Five days in a Swiss alpine town, at a conference with more than 2,400 global political, economic and cultural leaders, including 800 top CEOs - the assumption is that Davos is one big party on the ski slopes.
Clinic seeks volunteers for benefit run
January 29, 2007 in print edition on B2
Health Care Access is in need of volunteers to help with its Lawrence 1/2 Marathon and 5K event. The event will be at 8 a.m. April 15. The half-marathon and 5K runs will benefit Health Care Access Clinic and the one-mile fun run/walk will benefit a surgery fund for Gibson Huston, grandson of Raintree School’s directors.
McLouth middle school honor roll
January 29, 2007 in print edition on B2
McLouth Middle School announced its second quarter 2006-2007 honor roll.
On the record
January 29, 2007 in print edition on B2
Wine industry’s cup no longer runs over
January 29, 2007 in print edition on A8
The nation has nearly drunk its way out of a six-year wine glut. Whether that’s good news depends, of course, on whether one is in the business of making wine or consuming it.
Ugly shots sink UCLA
Stanford completes sweep of L.A. teams
January 29, 2007 in print edition on C5
Lawrence Hill rattled in a 14-footer to tie the game. His go-ahead three-pointer was only slightly prettier: It banked in.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
January 29, 2007 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Jan. 29, 1907: “The state Senate today passed Rep. Mitchell’s bill to abolish capital punishment in Kansas.
A voice for the oppressed
January 29, 2007 in print edition on B6
When Desmond Tutu speaks out about morality in politics and foreign policy, his nation and the rest of the world should listen. By criticizing the government he worked so hard to bring into being, the South African Nobel laureate raises some of the key issues of our time.
Huckabee announces 2008 presidential bid
January 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Sunday announced plans to form a presidential exploratory committee, hoping to carve out a conservative niche in an increasingly crowded field of Republican candidates.
Gunmen attack police in Mogadishu
January 29, 2007 in print edition on A6
The government’s grip on the city of Mogadishu is far from stable.
Serving up fitness
Cardio Tennis coming soon to Lawrence
January 29, 2007 in print edition on C6
Part of what makes tennis such a good all-ages sport is also what makes it not so good for whole-body fitness.
Rec calendar
January 29, 2007 in print edition on C6
Historic book centerpiece of statehood anniversary
January 29, 2007 in print edition on D1
The book is worn and 153 years old, but it’s still important today.
Super Bowl Monday? Group wants long weekend
January 29, 2007 in print edition on C1
This is the real State of the Union: An estimated 85 million Americans voted in November’s midterm elections; next week’s annual National Football Lollapalooza is expected to draw a U.S. viewing audience almost double that, roughly 140 million. In North Carolina, four men are collecting signatures for a petition that would seek national-holiday status for the Super Bowl.
LHS kicker Vestal tries out for pros
January 29, 2007 in print edition on C5
After starring on the Lawrence High football team, Abby Vestal has kicked the competition level up a notch.
Bikes and the city
January 29, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: This is in response to a letter regarding state concern about the fitness of our children published Jan. 25 where it was implied, more or less, that it would become a task for schools.
Pelosi, Afghan president discuss troop strength
January 29, 2007 in print edition on A6
Nancy Pelosi got a firsthand look at Afghanistan on Sunday. Not a bad idea, considering President Bush’s latest budget request.
Federer continues awesome run
Swiss star wins Australian Open without losing a single set
January 29, 2007 in print edition on C2
Roger Federer held back the tears this time. He didn’t hold back much else at the Australian Open.
People in the news
January 29, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Will Smith a Modern Master ¢ Bacon uses ‘6 degrees’ notoriety for charity ¢ Angelina Jolie’s mother, Marcheline Bertrand, dies
Today, it’s a state of celebration
Kansas children share what they like most about their home as it marks its 146th birthday
January 29, 2007 in print edition on B1
Amphibians, sports and extreme heat were among the things Lawrence children said they enjoyed most about Kansas, which is celebrating its 146th birthday today.
No more troops
January 29, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: In the State of the Union speech on Jan. 23, President Bush repeated his call to escalate the Iraq war. His proposal to send an additional 21,500 American troops to Iraq is wrong for several reasons.
Capitol Briefing
News from the Kansas Statehouse
January 29, 2007 in print edition on B8
Kansas University student government leaders will push for passage of several bills during the 2007 legislative session, including a proposal to give tenants more protection that has been the subject of tough hearings before in the Legislature.
Sinn Fein votes to cooperate with police
January 29, 2007 in print edition on A6
Northern Ireland’s largest pro-Catholic political party voted overwhelmingly Sunday to cooperate with the predominantly Protestant police force, a remarkable reversal that was widely seen as a critical step toward cementing peace in a British province recovering from three decades of sectarian war.
Spoof ‘Epic Movie’ is tops
January 29, 2007 in print edition on A2
The comedy spoof “Epic Movie” debuted atop the box office as Oscar contenders got a bump in the first weekend since the Academy Award nominations were announced, according to studio and industry estimates Sunday.
Queen,’ ‘King’ take SAG acting honors
January 29, 2007 in print edition on A2
Helen Mirren of “The Queen” and Forest Whitaker of “The Last King of Scotland” won Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday as best lead players, their latest prizes on the road to the Academy Awards.
Hair Experts stylist a certified colorist
January 29, 2007 in print edition on A8
Courtney Quirarte, of Hair Experts Salon & Spa, has been certified as a haircolorist by Redken.
Intel reveals chip-design advance
January 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
Intel announced this weekend that it had mastered a new design that makes computing more powerful, less expensive and so much more efficient that mobile devices like cell phones soon may accomplish tasks reserved until recently for desktop computers and other equipment with larger processors.
In hindsight, 2002 class didn’t shine
Besides Vince Young, many of college football’s top recruits that year had trouble living up to the hype
January 29, 2007 in print edition on C2
Lorenzo Booker might have been Reggie Bush. OK, the statement seems a stretch these days. Bush has a Heisman Trophy on his mantel and NFL millions in the bank.
Cabinet appoints first Muslim minister
January 29, 2007 in print edition on A6
The Israeli government overwhelmingly approved the appointment of the country’s first Muslim Cabinet minister Sunday, billing it as an important step for a long-suffering minority.
No clear winner emerging from fighting
January 29, 2007 in print edition on A6
No clear winner is emerging from the deadly fighting in Gaza between the Hamas and Fatah movements, a sign that neither is strong enough to knock the other out.
Health Department welcomes director
January 29, 2007 in print edition on A8
Daniel Partridge started work earlier this month as director of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department.
Clinton asks Bush to bring troops home
January 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
If Hillary Rodham Clinton is elected president in 2008, she doesn’t want to have to worry about the war in Iraq.
Tree concerns
January 29, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: To our open-pocketbook community, especially the taxpayers, I have noticed there are a lot of trees being planted in the medians of our streets. Seems like a big waste of money.
Wichita murderer seeking women on Web site
Criminals’ online postings attract large response, law enforcement experts say
January 29, 2007 in print edition on B3
A Wichita man whose crime spree with his brother left five people dead and one seriously injured is looking for a supportive woman - even though he currently sits on death row.
Best foot forward
NU center gave up soccer for hoops
January 29, 2007 in print edition on C1
A check of all the sporting-goods stores in Sydney, Australia, proved fruitless. None had soccer boots in stock to fit 15-year-old goalkeeper Aleks Maric’s huge feet.
Navy identifies sailors killed in helicopter crash
January 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
Military officials Sunday released the identities of four sailors killed when a helicopter crashed in the ocean off the San Diego coast. Three of the bodies had yet to be found.
Man found dead in airplane wheel well
January 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
A man was found dead in the wheel well of a British Airways airplane Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport, airport officials said.
Magazine notes work of economics professor
January 29, 2007 in print edition on B3
Kansas University economics professor Elizabeth Asiedu is one of 10 researchers and educators named “Emerging Scholars for 2007” by Diverse magazine.
Fishing vessel found; crew members missing
January 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
Four crew members are feared dead after the Coast Guard discovered a fishing vessel Sunday submerged 36 feet in Nantucket Sound.
Guard revamp puts battalion’s colors on hold
Members of Army unit will be reassigned to other state sites
January 29, 2007 in print edition on B1
It was a solemn service in Ottawa, one fit to memorialize the passing of an Army unit that traced its lineage back to World War I.
Shaq chases alleged hit-and-run driver
January 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
Shaquille O’Neal put his police skills to use early Sunday.
Important goal
A successful capital campaign to fund enhanced facilities at Lawrence Memorial Hospital is an important community goal.
January 29, 2007 in print edition on B7
Good health care is an essential ingredient for any city whose leaders are eager to have it continue to grow and be attractive.
Six areas chosen for development study
January 29, 2007 in print edition on A1
If the upcoming weeklong planning session works the way city leaders hope that it will, it will provide community members with detailed examples of how areas can be redeveloped in an old-style way.
Smithsonian-Showtime TV unit announces programs, BBC deal
January 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
Actor Tom Cavanagh’s newest gig is taking him behind the scenes at the Smithsonian’s museums.
Planning event may shape city’s future
January 29, 2007 in print edition on A1
Lawrence residents, here’s your chance to go back to the future. A team of 16 consultants will arrive Wednesday and be in Lawrence through Feb. 6. They will play host to 11 meetings for landowners, developers, elected leaders and the public. Their topic of conversation will be simple: How should Lawrence grow?
Secrets’ cashes in on ‘Housewives’ intrigue
January 29, 2007 in print edition on D1
“Desperate Housewives” may have lost a bit of its luster, but it still inspires imitators. The new 15-episode true-crime series “Suburban Secrets” (9 p.m., Court TV) features an unseen female narrator with a droll delivery and a credit sequence that hints at the graphic techniques of the show set on Wisteria Lane.
Democrats ignore ‘one person, one vote’
January 29, 2007 in print edition on B6
There they go again. House Democrats should at least provide variety in their venality. Last Wednesday, fresh from legislating new ethics regarding relations with lobbyists, they demonstrated that there are worse forms of corruption than those involving martinis and money.
On the money
January 29, 2007 in print edition on A8
Finding certificate of deposit rates offering a good return is no easy task. But if you are in the market for a CD, several Web sites offer an array of insights and search tools to help consumers track down the best rates.
Scottish Fest welcomes ‘auld’ acquaintances
January 29, 2007 in print edition on B1
Scottish music, Scottish food and Scottish kilts took over Sunday at the Lawrence Arts Center for the 11th annual Lawrence Scottish Fest.
A new trend: public proposals
January 29, 2007 in print edition on D1
Forget candlelight dinners. In the 21st century, nothing says romance like an intimate moment shared with millions of perfect strangers.
Keegan: Arthur’s decline obvious
January 29, 2007 in print edition on C1
A review of the telecast of Kansas University’s basketball victory over top-ranked Florida revealed an interesting statement by Dick Vitale.
Pentagon trying to cut forced extensions for troops
January 29, 2007 in print edition on A4
In an action branded a backdoor draft by some critics, the military in the past several years has held tens of thousand of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines on the job and in war zones beyond their retirement dates or enlistment length.
Fierce fight in Iraq has apocalyptic overtones
Battle near holy city kills 250 insurgents
January 29, 2007 in print edition on A1
Iraqi and American forces killed several hundred fighters apparently trying to ambush religious pilgrims Sunday in the holy city of Najaf, during a daylong battle in which a U.S. helicopter crashed, killing two U.S. troops, Iraqi security officials said.
Iran needs time to review plan calling for a time-out to sanctions, enrichment
January 29, 2007 in print edition on A6
Iran said Sunday it needs time to review a plan proposed by the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency that calls for holding off on imposing U.N. Security Council sanctions if Tehran suspends uranium enrichment.
Joe’s Bakery now delivers doughnuts
January 29, 2007 in print edition on A8
Joe’s Bakery does more than bake 200 dozen doughnuts a day.
On the road for Big Monday
Jayhawks getting used to traveling on Sundays
January 29, 2007 in print edition on C4
Kansas University tonight at Nebraska plays its 12th ESPN Big Monday game in the Bill Self era.
Lottery-casino pair a legislative gamble
January 29, 2007 in print edition on B3
It’s that time of the year again, when supporters of expanded gambling in Kansas are at the Statehouse trying to drum up support for casinos and slot machines. But the beat may be different this year.
KU again going after ticket scalpers
Policy looks past parking lot to punish faculty profiteers
January 29, 2007 in print edition on A1
It was about 9 degrees outside. The wind was blowing and the streets and sidewalks were covered in snow and ice.
Sweating over an interview
January 29, 2007 in print edition on A8
Q: I got a job right out of school more than a year ago, and recently learned that our company will be closing this division. I’ve started looking for a new job and have had several interviews, but no follow-up.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
January 29, 2007 in print edition on C4
KU leads the all-time series, 159-71, including a 14-16 mark in Devaney Center. KU has won six straight in the series and 15 of the last 16. KU’s last loss to NU was a 74-55 decision on Feb. 15, 2004, in Lincoln, Neb. KU has won seven straight in Lawrence and two in a row in Devaney.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
January 29, 2007 in print edition on B6
Contributions and pledges for the Kansas University Program for Progress drive had topped the $5 million mark, with Lawrence residents so far contributing more than $350,000 of that amount.
Comics change
January 29, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: When my dad opened up the Sunday comics he exploded! He was so damn mad he dictated a letter to the editor.
Lawrence Datebook
January 29, 2007 in print edition on B2
Big crowds a big deal for K-State, Mizzou
January 29, 2007 in print edition on C1
Neither Kevin Durant’s 34 (points scored), nor Texas Tech’s 10 (straight scoreless minutes), nor Colorado’s 35 (losses to Kansas in 36 games) were the most impressive numbers being thrown around in the Big 12 this weekend.
Governor’s order takes energy-saving steps
Executive directive aims to improve government’s efficiency, recycling efforts
January 29, 2007 in print edition on B1
By requiring everything from using smaller cars to embedding energy conservation into new college buildings, an executive directive by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will change the way state government operates, officials say.
Pride, grief, anger fill residents near Taliban recruiting area
January 29, 2007 in print edition on A6
Near Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan, pride mixes with grief and anger over dozens of young men lost to a stepped-up recruiting drive for the Taliban.
Lawsuit against Yosemite threatens access to parks
January 29, 2007 in print edition on A1
The plunging waterfalls and soaring crags chiseled by the Merced River draw millions of visitors each year, but the crowds are precisely what threatens the waterway and the park.
Area school honor rolls for fall semester 2006-07
January 29, 2007 in print edition on B4
Central Junior High School and West Junior High School announced its fall 2006-07 semester honor roll.
Events calendar
January 29, 2007 in print edition on D2
Horoscopes
January 29, 2007 in print edition on B5
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