Archive for Tuesday, January 30, 2007

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73%
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23%
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3%
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Light snow possible by Wednesday afternoon
January 30, 2007
6News meteorologist Jennifer Schack gives the local forecast.
KU students dies in morning wreck
January 30, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, a 23-year-old KU student was killed in a traffic accident on O’Connell Road in the early morning, and the latest on efforts to bring a new youth recreation complex to Lawrence.
Death penalty opponents offer bill to repeal Kansas law
Say mistakes are too common
January 30, 2007
Death penalty opponents Tuesday introduced legislation that would do away with capital punishment in Kansas after a former death row inmate talked about how he was almost killed by a broken judicial system.
Roberts to address Legislature on defense lab
Will speak Monday
January 30, 2007
Eighteen sites in 14 states are vying for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. The two Kansas sites are Leavenworth and Manhattan.
Statewide smoking ban hits snag in committee
New amendment to bill raises questions
January 30, 2007
The Judiciary Committee was set to vote on the measure Tuesday, but a new amendment to the bill raised several questions, so Chairman John Vratil, R-Leawood, postponed action.
Lawrence’s recycling leader leaving
January 30, 2007
The city leader who is responsible for overseeing Lawrence’s recycling efforts has accepted a job in Spokane, Wash.
KU student killed in rollover accident on county road
Authorities: Car went out of control where pavement switched to gravel road
05:42 a.m., January 30, 2007 Updated 12:13 p.m.
One man was killed and a second man was injured in a rollover accident early this morning on a county road east of Lawrence.
KU pharmacy school organizes career fair
January 30, 2007 in print edition on B8
Kansas University’s School of Pharmacy will offer its annual Senior Pharmacy Student Career Placement Day and Undergraduate Pharmacy Student Career Information Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
KU offering drama classes for children
January 30, 2007 in print edition on D2
First- through sixth-graders can take free after-school drama classes this spring through Kansas University’s theater and film department.
Natural talent
Teen named Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year
January 30, 2007 in print edition on D2
Rick Stanley can’t remember a time when he didn’t love nature - prowling around in the forest and learning about animals. But he definitely remembers his first camera, which was given to him by his mom when he was 8. That gift allowed Rick to turn his love of nature into award-winning photography.
Stolen laptop holds patient data
January 30, 2007 in print edition on B8
A laptop computer containing personal information about patients at Salina Regional Health Center has been reported missing, putting up to 1,100 patients at risk for identity theft.
Blood center seeks donors for drive
January 30, 2007 in print edition on B3
A blood drive, sponsored by the Community Blood Center, 1410 Kasold Drive, will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 13 in the multipurpose room at West Junior High School, 2700 Harvard Road.
Political fight erupts on jobless audit
Democrat criticizes news release as ‘partisan attack’
January 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
A partisan fight erupted Monday stemming from a state audit that shows Kansas ranks first in the nation in “overpayments” of jobless benefits.
People in the news
January 30, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Charges recommended against Brandy in crash ¢ Stiller, Johansson to receive Hasty Pudding awards ¢ Model Niki Taylor sues E! for slander
Suspect in sheriff’s killing ordered to stand trial
Officer shot during 2005 raid of suspected meth lab
January 30, 2007 in print edition on B3
A man accused of fatally shooting a southeast Kansas sheriff was ordered Monday to stand trial on charges of capital murder and six other felonies.
horoscopes
January 30, 2007 in print edition on B5
Van Go set to stage Valentine’s Day art sale
January 30, 2007 in print edition on B3
A Lawrence arts jobs program for teens will have a Valentine’s Day art sale next week.
Korean War not a good model
January 30, 2007 in print edition on B7
“As I look at Iraq, I recall the words of former general and soon-to-be-President Dwight Eisenhower during the dark days of the Korean War, which had fallen into a bloody stalemate. ‘When comes the end?’ : And as soon as he became president, he brought the Korean War to an end.” This was part of freshman Virginia Sen. Jim Webb’s much ballyhooed stentorian Democratic response to President Bush’s State of the Union address.
Beware of financial aid scams
January 30, 2007 in print edition on C8
Where there is complication or confusion you often find a scam. Such is the case as parents panic in their search for free money for their college-bound children. Many are being victimized by scholarship and financial aid scams.
GOP hopes to reclaim 2nd Congressional District seat
Ryun suggests he may challenge Boyda in 2008; state Treasurer Jenkins also considered a contender
January 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, a Democrat, has been in office less than one month, but potential Republican opponents in 2008 are starting to angle for a shot at making her a one-term congresswoman.
Ex-ambassador with Kansas ties sees potential in nuclear weapons negotiations with N. Korea
January 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
North Korea, with cajoling from China, eventually will agree to give up its nuclear weapons program in exchange for more aid, said a former U.S. diplomat and Kansas native.
Al Franken to end radio talk show
January 30, 2007 in print edition on A5
Al Franken announced Monday that he will end his radio talk show on Feb. 14, increasing speculation that he is preparing to run for Minnesota’s U.S. Senate seat in 2008.
Science leader to speak on transportation issues
January 30, 2007 in print edition on B8
William Colglazier, executive officer of the National Academy of Science and chief operating officer of the National Research Council, will speak Thursday at Kansas University.
Careless leader?
January 30, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Is this president the most careless in recent memory? President Bush regularly declares that the war in Iraq will set the course for peace and prosperity in the Middle East, that a democratic Iraq will be a beacon of hope throughout the region and that a progressive democratic government in Iraq will be a blueprint for change for its neighbors. Yet in a 50-minute State of the Union address, the president spent hardly more than five minutes recycling failed policies and broken promises.
World Company wins ‘Edgie’ online awards
Lawrence.com, Ellington Web framework receive multiple honors for fifth straight year
January 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
For the fifth year in a row, The World Company has won multiple New Media Federation Digital Edge Awards sponsored by the Newspaper Association of America.
Paraeducator receives ‘Class Act Award’
January 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
Abbey Jones, a Free State High School paraeducator, recently was honored by the Lawrence school district and KU Credit Union with a “Class Act Award.”
Vice provost named to board of trustees
January 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
William “Lindy” Eakin, Kansas University’s vice provost for administration and finance, has been named chairman of the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees. Eakin will serve a one-year term in the post.
No mercy
Rep. Boyda has been instrumental in pushing through an important measure involving congressional crooks.
January 30, 2007 in print edition on B6
Any law-abiding American is certain to be pleased that the U.S. House of Representatives has passed, by a 431-0 vote, legislation that will deny congressional pensions to members of Congress who are convicted of crimes such as bribery, fraud and perjury.
Real candidate
January 30, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I wonder if the Democratic National Committee would tell me who a “real” person is. This was their response to Brownback’s candidacy for president: “Brownback places ‘his uncompromising ideology over the needs of real people’ ” (Journal-World, Jan. 21).
Preventing HPV
January 30, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I was fairly disappointed in the coverage given to the HPV bill in the Journal-World on Jan. 26. The article in question never mentions that the vast majority of HPV transmissions occur during premarital sex, and that waiting to have sex until marriage is the surest means of prevention.
Army opens high-tech rehab center
January 30, 2007 in print edition on A4
Of the roughly 20,000 soldiers injured since the start of the Iraq war, more than 500 have lost a limb - many of them in roadside bombings.
Campus crunch
How to gently help package your senior for college
January 30, 2007 in print edition on D1
It’s senior year, and your child can’t tick off a list of prestigious awards and leadership activities to fill out his/her college application? Start panicking! Wait, hold that. Don’t.
Miami planning post-Castro celebration
January 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
The city of Miami is planning an official celebration at the Orange Bowl whenever Cuban president Fidel Castro dies.
Just for Juniors’ offers chance for class ring
January 30, 2007 in print edition on B2
The Kansas University Alumni Association is accepting applications for its new “Just for Juniors” program, which recognizes student dedication to the university and the community.
Former NFL player to speak on homosexuality
January 30, 2007 in print edition on B2
Esera Tuaolo, a former defensive lineman for the Atlanta Falcons, will discuss his experiences as a gay man in the National Football League at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union.
Child molester gets 152-year sentence
January 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
A man prosecutors say is one of the nation’s most prolific child molesters was sentenced Monday to 152 years in prison for abusing two 12-year-old boys.
Peace coalition seeks award nominations
January 30, 2007 in print edition on B2
The Lawrence Coalition for Peace and Justice is accepting nominations for the 2007 Tom and Annie Moore Peace and Justice Award.
Hubble telescope loses main camera capability
January 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
Two thirds of the observation ability on the popular Hubble Space Telescope’s main camera have been permanently lost following power supply problems, NASA announced Monday.
World War II veteran wins Powerball prize
January 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
Jim Wilson II, 84, and his wife, Shirley, 79, on Monday claimed the winning prize from Wednesday’s Powerball drawing.
Old Hometown - 100 years ago
January 30, 2007 in print edition on B6
Oklahoman is new Miss America
January 30, 2007 in print edition on A2
Lauren Nelson, an aspiring Broadway star, was crowned Miss America on Monday night, the second year in a row that a Miss Oklahoma has won the crown.
Court allows use of dead soldier’s sperm
January 30, 2007 in print edition on A6
In a precedent-setting decision, an Israeli court has ruled that a dead soldier’s family can have his sperm impregnated into the body of a woman he never met.
Sick of ‘solution’
January 30, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Once again George Bush finds a way to hurt the working and middle class, with the spin that he’s helping them. Look at his “solution” to health care. Bush proposes a $15,000 tax deduction to offset the cost of health insurance.
Commodities
January 30, 2007 in print edition on C8
On the record
January 30, 2007 in print edition on B2
Ghana beats Sudan for African Union post
January 30, 2007 in print edition on A6
The African Union chose Ghana to head the 53-member bloc Monday, turning aside Sudan’s bid for the second year in a row because of the worsening bloodshed in Darfur.
Fishman & Co. enters real estate market
Firm hires former city manager to handle commercial efforts in Lawrence
January 30, 2007 in print edition on C8
An Olathe real estate company is moving into Lawrence with two new agents, including one already plenty familiar to property owners, contractors and developers in town. Fishman & Co., an Olathe-based firm that handles commercial and industrial real estate sales, leasing, development and property management, this month expanded into the Lawrence market by hiring two Lawrence residents: Mike Wildgen and Mark Talley.
Commentary: Media Day not exactly one big lovefest
The cool weather that has settled over South Florida isn’t helping anyone’s mood
January 30, 2007 in print edition on C2
It happens today: The supreme axis of excess. It’s Media Day at Dolphin Stadium! This is the event at which thousands of bleary journalists arrive in a slow, mooing herd and interview one team of players who would rather be sleeping, and then the next. Annually, it’s a close call to determine whether it’s the writers or the players who are more bored and want less to be there.
World’s oldest person dies at age 114
January 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
Emma Faust Tillman, who became the world’s oldest known living person last week, died at a nursing home. She was 114.
Mayor vows never to permit gay parade
January 30, 2007 in print edition on A6
The mayor of Moscow, Yury Luzhkov, vowed Monday never to allow a gay rights parade.
Energy needs
January 30, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Kansas fought and won a 40-year court battle with Colorado for water rights from the Arkansas River. Now, if the proposed coal plants are built in western Kansas, we would use much of that hard-won resource to generate electricity, most of which will be sent back to Colorado.
Cold-shooting Seabury splits
Burch helps girls overcome; boys lose halftime lead
January 30, 2007 in print edition on C3
It was a shoddy shooting night for both Seabury Academy basketball squads against Williamsburg on Monday. The only thing was, the Seabury girls still came away with a 41-24 victory, while the boys team lost, 57-41.
KU Hospital receives national recognition
January 30, 2007 in print edition on B8
Kansas University Hospital’s Primary Stroke Center in Kansas City, Kan., has received the Annual Performance Achievement Award for stroke care from the American Heart Association.
KU notches third rout
Jayhawks also blew out CU, Baylor
January 30, 2007 in print edition on C5
Kansas University, a team some have accused of playing to the level of its competition, has been pounding so-called inferior Big 12 basketball foes of late.
Alleged Congo warlord ordered to stand trial
January 30, 2007 in print edition on A6
The International Criminal Court on Monday ordered an alleged Congolese warlord to be tried on charges he recruited child soldiers and sent them into battle, making him the first suspect to stand trial at the permanent war crimes court.
Free state high school honor roll for First semester 2006-07
January 30, 2007 in print edition on B4
Free State High School announced its first semester 2006-2007 honor roll. To be eligible for honor roll, a student must obtain a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher for the semester. At least five classes must be taken for a letter grade; four of those classes must be taken at FSHS.
Big 12 baseball coaches tap Texas No. 1, Kansas ninth
January 30, 2007 in print edition on C3
Defending regular-season champion Texas is the preseason favorite to win the Big 12 baseball title in a vote of the league’s head coaches announced Monday by the conference office.
City athletes of the week
January 30, 2007 in print edition on C6
Jayhawks jump to 6th in AP, coaches polls
January 30, 2007 in print edition on C3
The Kansas University men’s basketball team jumped two spots to sixth in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Top 25 polls.
Keegan: Rush, offense clicking
January 30, 2007 in print edition on C1
Right from the beginning of this, his sophomore season, Brandon Rush’s jump shot looked different. It looked better than a year ago. It looked as if he had stepped out of one of those textbooks on basketball fundamentals. Great elevation. Released at the top of his jump. Beautiful follow-through. Balanced body. Everything was perfect, except that it wasn’t going in all that often.
Parents devote lifetime of love in caring for disabled son
January 30, 2007 in print edition on B4
His eyes are closed, and he’s wearing a self-satisfied smile, humming a high-pitched, happy hum. Ricky Reyes rocks slightly in his bed and suddenly starts clapping. His palms and delicately long fingers make a series of surprisingly vigorous smacks.
Ashura holiday points to Shiites’ past and future
January 30, 2007 in print edition on A7
As Shiite Arabs observe their most significant and distinctive annual holiday, they stand at a critical juncture, one marked by potential peril and once-unimaginable opportunity for their sect, long considered second class in the Sunni Arab-dominated Middle East.
Gifted student feels Left Behind
Lawrence ninth-grader to speak up for high achievers during Capitol visit
January 30, 2007 in print edition on A1
As No Child Left Behind policy is reviewed this year, there is one group of students some think may have been left behind - those who are high achievers.
Bush offers firm warning to Iran
January 30, 2007 in print edition on A7
President Bush said Monday the United States “will respond firmly” if Iran escalates military action in Iraq and endangers American forces. But Bush emphasized he has no intention of invading Iran.
Game secondary to parties
Celebrities, pseudo-celebrities, athletes flocking to ‘winter Hollywood’
January 30, 2007 in print edition on C1
Want to cozy up to Alyssa Milano? Pretend like you are part of Jeremy Piven’s entourage? Take a turn with Emmitt Smith on the dance floor? No need to go to Hollywood. They will be in Miami, where countless other celebrities and athletes will arrive this week to be part of the biggest Super Bowl party yet.
LHS wrestlers seek more glory across town
January 30, 2007 in print edition on C6
Lawrence High’s wrestlers hope their next appearance in the Free State High gym will be as successful as last week’s 47-27 dual victory against the Firebirds.
Global warming report undergoes final revisions
January 30, 2007 in print edition on A6
The planet’s temperature is rising, sea levels threaten to swallow coastlines and the world’s residents want to know how much to be afraid. An authoritative answer comes this week.
Debate is shifting on global warming
January 30, 2007 in print edition on B6
A political issue has reached critical mass when its natural adversaries throw in the towel. That is what is happening in the United States on global warming, with President Bush and much of corporate America signaling they are through disputing whether temperatures are rising enough to portend future woes.
A longtime voice for equality focused on ‘human’ relations
January 30, 2007 in print edition on A1
It was the 1970s in Lawrence, and a young black man who pumped gas at one of the local filling stations asked his boss for a day off to attend to family matters. He got that day off and several more. When he returned to work the next day, he was told his services were no longer needed.
The healing power of winter
January 30, 2007 in print edition on B7
It was good to watch the Bears and Saints play football recently with snow falling around them. It made a dreamy picture, a receiver running his pattern and looking back for the pass coming through the flurries. And to look out my window and see the backyards of St. Paul swathed in snow, white blankets covering the rooftops, the good citizens hard at work grooming their sidewalks.
Former White House spokesman refutes Libby at CIA leak trial
January 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer testified Monday that he learned the identity of a CIA operative from vice presidential aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby over a lunch in the White House mess July 7, 2003 - three days before Libby has said he first heard about Valerie Plame.
Transition game boosts Pittsburgh
Panthers hold off Villanova in final minutes
January 30, 2007 in print edition on C3
With its inside game stifled, Pitt got its transition offense going just in time.
City asks state for advice on bar safety
Police arrest 2 more for guns downtown
January 30, 2007 in print edition on A1
The city has sent a letter to the state Alcoholic Beverage Control division asking the licensing agency what action, if any, the state could take against troublesome bars in Lawrence.
Kansas basketball notebook
January 30, 2007 in print edition on C5
Nebraska big man Aleks Maric did not score in the first half and finished with just nine points off 3-of-8 shooting with seven rebounds in Kansas’ 76-56 rout of the Cornhuskers on Monday.
Lawrence Datebook
January 30, 2007 in print edition on B2
Nuclear reactor security outlined
Military to defend against attacks; plants must control radiation
January 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
Making nuclear power plants crash-proof to an airliner attack by terrorists is impracticable and it’s up to the military to avert such an assault, the government said Monday. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, in a revised security policy, directed nuclear plant operators to focus on preventing radiation from escaping in case of such an attack and to improve evacuation plans to protect public health and safety.
Fox slows its ‘Idol’ juggernaut
January 30, 2007 in print edition on A2
That sound you hear is the collective sigh of relief from the programmers for five networks as “American Idol” (7 p.m., Fox) pulls back from two hours to one. As expected, the talent spectacle has set the ratings standard for the young year, crushing everything in its path. Wednesday’s two-hour “Idol” attracted a bigger audience than its rivals CBS, ABC, NBC, CW and MY Network - combined.
Palestinian suicide bomber kills 3 in Israeli resort town
Attack, first in nine months, comes as Hamas, Fatah try to end infighting
January 30, 2007 in print edition on A6
A Palestinian suicide bomber killed three Israelis at a bakery Monday in the first such attack inside the country in nine months, and the two radical groups that claimed to have sent him said they were trying to end weeks of Palestinian infighting by taking aim at Israel instead.
Barbaro loses fight against injury
Derby winner euthanized eight months after breaking leg
January 30, 2007 in print edition on C2
So many people felt a stake in Barbaro’s recovery. They imagined his pain, grimaced each time he faltered, took heart as each day passed and he was still alive, making painfully slow progress.
Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging earns grant
January 30, 2007 in print edition on B8
The Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging Inc. has received a $20,000 grant from Sunflower Foundation: Healthcare for Kansans.
Old Hometown - 40 years ago
January 30, 2007 in print edition on B6
China aging at alarming rate
January 30, 2007 in print edition on A6
The principal’s office is now the mah-jongg room. Classrooms have become bedrooms equipped with bells to summon the nurses. And the clamor of more than 1,000 elementary school students has faded into the shuffle of slippers through the halls.
House bill could ‘kill’ coal plant projects
January 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
A proposed two-year moratorium on new coal-burning power plants would increase electric rates and kill a plan to build three 700-megawatt plants in western Kansas, utility executives said Monday.
Creamed corn
Wright beastly in rout
January 30, 2007 in print edition on C1
Brandon Rush knew beleaguered Kansas University basketball teammate Julian Wright would play inspired basketball Monday night.
Lawrence High School honor roll for First semester 2006-07
January 30, 2007 in print edition on B4
Lawrence High School announced its first semester 2006-2007 honor roll. To be eligible for honor roll, a student must obtain a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher for the semester. At least five classes must be taken for a letter grade.
Microsoft’s Vista system launched with a bang
January 30, 2007 in print edition on A4
Acrobatics, blaring music and plenty of hype accompanied Microsoft Corp.’s long-delayed debut of its new Windows Vista operating system.
Robotic garage to open in New York
January 30, 2007 in print edition on A4
Would you trust a robot to park your car? The question will confront New Yorkers in February as the city’s first robotic parking opens in Chinatown.
Iraqi army halts cult’s attack plan
January 30, 2007 in print edition on A1
Iraq’s army said Monday it killed the leader of a heavily armed cult of messianic Shiites in a fierce gunbattle aimed at foiling an attack on leading Shiite clerics and pilgrims in the city of Najaf on the holiest day of the Shiite calendar.
Former columnist gives college advice
January 30, 2007 in print edition on D1
Double Take: Q & A with Dr. Wes Crenshaw & John Murray.
NU freshman shines
Anderson gets 19, but ‘I want to win’
January 30, 2007 in print edition on C4
Plenty of college freshmen would take the night Nebraska’s Ryan Anderson had Monday against Kansas University in a heartbeat.
Q & A with Melissa Burnside
FSHS bowler rolling big numbers
January 30, 2007 in print edition on C6
January 22 seemed like an ordinary day for Melissa Burnside. The Free State High senior bowler finished classes and made her way to Royal Crest Lanes for practice.