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Archive for Sunday, December 14, 2008

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12:00 a.m.
The holidays can be a wonderful celebration for families but a hazardous time for pets. A familiar environment suddenly filled with poinsettias, lights, ornaments and candy can be bad news for your furry friends. Holidays can pose hazard for pets
December 13, 2008 in print edition on 1A
The holidays are filled with things that bring us joy: twinkling lights, poinsettias, mistletoe, Christmas trees filled with ornaments, gifts wrapped in ribbon and, of course, food. Lots and lots of food. Unfortunately, all of these can be deadly to our pets.
6:00 a.m.
City commissioners met Tuesday, June 21, 2011, to discuss how to better enforce the city's occupancy limits. The policy states that no more than 3 unrelated people may live in a home in a single-family zoning district, or four unrelated people in a single residence in a multidwelling zoning district. Census: Housing costs more here
December 14, 2008 in print edition on 1A
There may be more homeowners in Lawrence feeling stretched thin these days than in other cities in the state, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The latest release from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey project found that Lawrence had the highest percentage of homeowners who spend 35 percent or more of their monthly income on housing costs.
10:00 a.m.
Andrew Padilla, right, shows a portrait he just painted to his subject, Martha, a resident at Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, 4851 Harvard Road, during a recent visit. Van Go Mobile Arts employees are regularly visiting residents at the center and painting their portraits. Model citizens: At-risk artists, retirement home residents pair for portrait project
December 14, 2008 in print edition on 1D
Tillie Dodson is sitting on her walker, striking her best pose. Three feet away, Kyle Ostrom-Klaus is studying her every feature — yes, every wrinkle — and sketching her portrait. Dodson laughs at the question: What’s it like to have her very first portrait done at age 91?
2:00 p.m.
Kansas University architecture student Anna Davies, Tulsa, Okla., senior, pulls on the galvanized steel platform she and her classmates were building Friday for a new overlook at KU Field Station and Ecological Reserve, north of Lawrence in Jefferson County. KU wants the outlook to attract visitors who will enjoy the view and nature of the preserve. Students help build overlook for public
December 14, 2008 in print edition on 1B
As part of an ongoing effort to open up the Kansas University Field Station and Ecological Reserves, students helped construct a scenic outlook this weekend. The field station is an area north of Lawrence just over the Jefferson County line where KU researchers conduct tests, such as determining how to best preserve the naturally occurring prairie there.
7:40 p.m.
From left, Kennedy School cafeteria workers Jackie Stone and Kathy Barnes make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches Wednesday. As the economy has gotten more shaky, the number of children receiving a free lunch or reduced lunches has increased in Kansas public schools. Free lunches increase in state
December 14, 2008 in print edition on 1A
In perhaps another sign of the shaky economy, the number of children receiving free or reduced-price lunches in the Kansas public school system has risen sharply. A total of 152,798 school children are receiving free lunch this school year, which is 13,133 more than last year. That represents an increase of 9.4 percent, according to the Kansas Department of Education.

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Mark’s on the Move: What’s next?
December 14, 2008
This fall, 6News reporter Mark Boyle has run gambit of local activities. Mark joins us now for the fall season wrap-up.
When enough is enough: ways to test blood alcohol content
December 14, 2008
‘Tis the season to be merry, and for some people, to overindulge in alcohol. But there are certain ways to know when enough is enough.
Boomer gifts ideas for youngsters
December 14, 2008
If you’ve got grandchildren to buy gifts for this season, Boomergirl.com’s Cathy Hamilton has three timely ideas for you.
HUD pick rounds out economic team
December 14, 2008 in print edition on A3
In naming his choice for housing secretary, President-elect Barack Obama on Saturday rounded out his economic team and gave new prominence to the mortgage crisis that has dragged the country into a recession.The selection of Shaun Donovan as secretary of Housing and Urban Development puts the current New York City housing commissioner at the forefront of one of the more nettlesome economic challenges confronting the new administration.
Christmas tree trains keep on chugging
December 14, 2008 in print edition on D2
Chris Forsyth’s best Christmas was when he woke up to a train chugging around the tree, a conductor’s hat and a little pair of overalls.
Kids scope out Santa Claus at breakfast
December 14, 2008 in print edition on B1
Max Adams, 6, wasn’t drawn to the crafts table or the face-painting station. He didn’t even seem fazed by the smell of fresh pancakes and sausage that was in the air. He had one mission for Saturday morning’s Breakfast with Santa: to give his handwritten list to the big guy himself.
Students help build overlook for public
December 14, 2008 in print edition on B1
As part of an ongoing effort to open up the Kansas University Field Station and Ecological Reserves, students helped construct a scenic outlook this weekend. The field station is an area north of Lawrence just over the Jefferson County line where KU researchers conduct tests, such as determining how to best preserve the naturally occurring prairie there.
Boomer issues rallying cry for ‘Call in Gray Day’
December 14, 2008 in print edition on D1
I’m not sure how many people actually called in gay to work last Wednesday to protest anti-homosexual ballot initiatives in California and other states.
Gunman’s confession sheds light on massacre
December 14, 2008 in print edition on A3
The gunman captured in last month’s Mumbai attacks had originally intended to seize hostages and outline demands in a series of dramatic calls to the media, according to his confession obtained Saturday by The Associated Press.
Freshman Jayhawks have worst game yet
December 14, 2008 in print edition on C7
Tyshawn Taylor was asked if Kansas University’s freshmen took a step back in their development in Saturday’s 61-60 loss to Massachusetts. He didn’t hesitate with an answer. “Definitely. Especially myself,” the freshman guard said. “I didn’t play good at all. I just did some things that I shouldn’t have done. There were a lot of things that I could have done that I didn’t do.”
How Lawrence stacks up in the state
December 14, 2008 in print edition on A4
Here’s a look at other data from the recent U.S. Census Bureau study of midsize communities.
Apothecary tools shed light on early medicine
December 14, 2008 in print edition on D8
In past centuries, medicine was very different than it is today
Jayhawks floored
Minutemen stun KU at Sprint Center
December 14, 2008 in print edition on C1
Sherron Collins lay face down on the Sprint Center floor, overcome by the agony of defeat after Kansas University’s 61-60 loss to UMass on Saturday afternoon in KU basketball’s home-away-from- home. KU’s 5-foot-11 junior go-to guy, who misfired on a tough, possible game-winning six-foot left-handed shot in the lane with six seconds left, definitely took this loss harder than the Jayhawks’ only other setback against Syracuse.
Bank blast kills police officer, bomb expert
December 14, 2008 in print edition on A3
A bomb explosion at a bank killed both a police officer and a state bomb disposal technician, and state police do not have any suspects, officials said Saturday. “That person is dangerous and needs to be found as soon as possible,” said Oregon State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings.
White House assessing options for carmakers
December 14, 2008 in print edition on A2
The White House weighed its options Saturday for preventing a collapse of the troubled auto industry, once the backbone of the U.S. economy. So far, the only thing certain is that the Bush administration wants to avoid the possibility of a disorderly bankruptcy of any of the Big Three.
Marketers target the tween crowd
December 14, 2008 in print edition on E1
The recent success of the movie “Twilight” showed the power of both a vampire romance and the tween dollar. A big part of the movie’s success — it had the fourth most lucrative weekend opening of the year — came from female moviegoers in the teen and so-called tween demographic, usually described as being between 8 and 14.
Sebelius supports auto bailout
December 14, 2008 in print edition on B8
The Kansas congressional delegation should support development of a relief package for the nation’s struggling automobile manufacturers, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Friday. “At this time of serious economic downturn,” Sebelius said, “it would be a disaster to our state and our country to lose American auto jobs.”
Kansas women edge Creighton in overtime
December 14, 2008 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team hung on to defeat the Creighton Bluejays, 59-58, in overtime Saturday afternoon at the Omaha Civic Auditorium.
KU basketball notebook
December 14, 2008 in print edition on C7
Kansas University coach Bill Self was hit with a technical foul by ref John Higgins with 5:45 remaining — KU down by one — after Self waved his arms in an animated matter in the direction of the official. Ricky Harris hit two free throws to give UMass a 55-52 advantage. However, the Minutemen did not score on the ensuing possession.
Veritas falls
December 14, 2008 in print edition on C10
Taylor Zook had 16 points and blocked four shots, but Veritas Christian School’s boys basketball team suffered a 42-40 setback Saturday in the final game of the Goessel Invitational.
Governor weighs options
December 14, 2008 in print edition on A6
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich met with a renowned Chicago criminal lawyer Saturday as he weighed his legal options on how to fight a scandal that has left his career in tatters and disrupted President-elect Barack Obama’s White House transition.
Milk company banks on old approach
Family combines emphasis on quality with taste for nostalgia
December 14, 2008 in print edition on E1
Adding volume to keep pace with ever-slimming profit margins has been part of the challenge since Arnold and Rose Hildebrand began milking cows in 1930. Today, two of their grandsons — and their wives — have decided on a different model, banking that “better” might just trump “bigger,” after all.
Census: Housing costs more here
Percent of income paid surpasses average
December 14, 2008 in print edition on A1
There may be more homeowners in Lawrence feeling stretched thin these days than in other cities in the state, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The latest release from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey project found that Lawrence had the highest percentage of homeowners who spend 35 percent or more of their monthly income on housing costs.
Model citizens: At-risk artists, retirement home residents pair for portrait project
December 14, 2008 in print edition on D1
Tillie Dodson is sitting on her walker, striking her best pose. Three feet away, Kyle Ostrom-Klaus is studying her every feature — yes, every wrinkle — and sketching her portrait. Dodson laughs at the question: What’s it like to have her very first portrait done at age 91?
Indian navy captures 23 pirates off Somalia
December 14, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Indian navy captured 23 pirates who threatened a merchant vessel in the lawless waters of the Gulf of Aden and a German naval helicopter thwarted another attack Saturday on a freighter being chased by speedboats off Yemen.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
December 14, 2008 in print edition on B7
Douglas County and the local school district were studying ways to cooperate on a local census to get a more accurate count The population totals dictated distribution of tax funds from the state, and Douglas County and the school people felt the locale was often shortchanged by faulty census figures.
U.S. Postal Service card shop cuts out middle man (that’s you)
December 14, 2008 in print edition on D2
You’re busy. Add in a lengthy holiday to-do list, and you are beyond busy.
On the record
December 14, 2008 in print edition on B2
• A 21-year-old female reported battery in the 4100 block of W 24th Place. The incident occurred at 4:30 a.m. Friday. • A 21-year-old female was the victim of reported disorderly conduct and criminal damage to a vehicle at 1247 Tenn. at 2:15 a.m. Friday. About $500 worth of damage was reported. • An 18-year-old female reported aggravated assault in the 2400 block of Cedarwood Avenue. The incident occurred at 1:50 a.m. Friday.
War veteran widows wrongly denied help
December 14, 2008 in print edition on A2
Surviving spouses of war veterans have been wrongfully denied up to millions of dollars in government benefits over the past 12 years because of computer glitches that often resulted in money being seized from the elderly survivors’ bank accounts.
Third-quarter run dooms LHS boys
December 14, 2008 in print edition on C8
A great start helped push Lawrence High’s boys basketball team to a 10-point third-quarter lead Saturday night against Ralston (Neb.) High. Four minutes later, a four-point deficit stood in its place. The Rams went on to deal the Lions a disappointing 73-65 defeat in the third-place game of the Blue Valley Shootout.
LHS girls fall, 49-48
December 14, 2008 in print edition on C8
The Lions fell in gut-wrenching fashion on Saturday evening in the third-place game of the Saints Classic at Overland Park Aquinas.
Pizza man’s cheesy weapon foils a stickup
December 14, 2008 in print edition on A3
Police say a pizza delivery man fought back with the one weapon he had handy when a gun was pulled on him in a stickup: A large, hot pepperoni pizza. Delivery man Eric Lopez Devictoria, 40, flung the steaming pie at the gunman, buying time as he ran for safety, police said.
Energy efforts
December 14, 2008 in print edition on B6
To the editor: We need energy conservation. The good news is that conservation is cost-effective. If you happened to hear Ray Anderson at Kansas University last spring tell how he directed a thorough-going change in his carpet manufacturing company to conserve energy and limit CO2 emissions, you may have been surprised to learn that the result was an additional $50 million of profit.
Chizik takes over at Auburn
ISU AD: It’s ‘hurtful and disappointing’
December 14, 2008 in print edition on C2
Auburn has hired Iowa State’s Gene Chizik as its new football coach. Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard said that Chizik told him Saturday he was accepting the Auburn job. He called the timing of the situation and how it transpired “hurtful and disappointing.”
Air Force: Indian jets violated airspace
December 14, 2008 in print edition on A2
Indian aircraft violated Pakistan’s airspace Saturday but were chased back over the border by Pakistani fighter jets, an Air Force spokesman here said. The alleged incident comes amid heightened tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals over last month’s deadly attack in Mumbai. India has said the attack, which left more than 170 people dead, had roots in Pakistan.
Bankruptcies
December 14, 2008 in print edition on E1
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection during the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Trainers from U.S. to stay in Iraq
December 14, 2008 in print edition on A1
Some American troops will remain in Iraqi cities after a June 30 deadline for combat soldiers to leave urban areas, the top U.S. commander said Saturday. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, meanwhile, dismissed suggestions by his own spokesman that the Iraqi government may ask some U.S. troops to remain behind as trainers after the Dec. 31, 2011, deadline for the withdrawal of all American troops set by the new U.S.-Iraq security agreement.
Simpson still a Hall of Famer
December 14, 2008 in print edition on C5
O.J. Simpson’s portrait hangs in the Heisman Trophy exhibit at the new Sports Museum of America. He’s a member of the college and professional football halls of fame, his jersey number has been retired by the University of Southern California, and he is featured on the Buffalo Bills’ Wall of Fame.
Late-night mayor must leave City Hall by 11
December 14, 2008 in print edition on A3
Fed up with the nocturnal work habits of its mayor, a California city council has approved a curfew limiting how late she can work at City Hall. South El Monte council members say they have safety and liability concerns for Mayor Blanca Figueroa, who frequently works until the wee hours of the morning. She must now leave the building by 11 p.m.
Kansas kindness
December 14, 2008 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I want to thank all those who helped my sister and her husband and their dog when their van crashed on the highway in Lawrence on Tuesday evening. They slid on black ice, their luggage and dog flew out the broken windows, and my sister was sent to the Kansas University Medical Center.
Hormone use firmly tied to breast cancer
December 14, 2008 in print edition on A2
Taking menopause hormones for five years doubles the risk for breast cancer, according to a new analysis of a big federal study that reveals the most dramatic evidence yet of the dangers of these still-popular pills. Even women who took estrogen and progestin pills for as little as a couple of years had a greater chance of getting cancer. And when they stopped taking them, their odds quickly improved, returning to a normal risk level roughly two years after quitting.
Castro visits Chavez on 1st presidential trip
December 14, 2008 in print edition on A3
Raul Castro began his first international trip as Cuba’s president in Venezuela on Saturday, a symbolic choice of destination aimed at strengthening ties with the island’s socialist ally and main benefactor. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has long been a close ally of Raul Castro’s iconic older brother — Fidel Castro — who in February ceded power to the 77-year-old Raul because of illness.
Protesters in Greece riots attack police station, banks
December 14, 2008 in print edition on A8
Rioting youths in the Greek capital attacked a police station, stores and banks and fought running battles with police late Saturday, authorities said, as violent protests against a police killing continued for the eighth straight day.
Free State boys lose, 68-55
December 14, 2008 in print edition on C10
Had it not been for a dreadful shooting performance in the first quarter, the Free State High boys basketball team might have joined its female counterparts in bringing home third place from the Metro Prep Classic.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 14, 2008 in print edition on B7
Eighth-graders due to graduate with the Lawrence High School Class of 1988 were advised to knuckle down so they could meet a new set of graduation requirements set by the school board. The requirements were to stiffen the bid for an LHS diploma.
Bradford snares Heisman
December 14, 2008 in print edition on C1
Sam Bradford’s biggest score: the Heisman Trophy. Oklahoma’s amazingly accurate and quick-thinking quarterback won the Heisman on Saturday night after guiding the highest-scoring team in major-college football history to the national championship game.
Wheel Genius: Road work this week
December 14, 2008 in print edition on B3
See below for some projects and detours that could delay your travel during the coming week near the Kansas University campus in Lawrence, or to or from the Kansas City metro area, according to government and agency officials.
Farmers’ Market reconvenes for holidays
December 14, 2008 in print edition on B1
As Barry Billings was making the rounds at the Holiday Farmers’ Market, his tote bag was nearing capacity. It was stuffed with elk burgers, cornmeal hamburger buns, jellies, dog bones and a magic cabbage. “I love coming out here and seeing all the stuff. It’s a great place to get Christmas gifts for people, and the food is always great,” the Lawrence resident said.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 14, 2008 in print edition on B7
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 14, 1908: “All the dairymen around Lawrence are testing their herds for tuberculosis and getting rid of infected cows. This is the result of a state inspection program and the desire of the dairy people to give their patrons pure milk while also having experts inspect their herds. Local cows have been found remarkably free from the disease.
Charities struggle to fill all needs
December 14, 2008 in print edition on B4
Holiday charity programs in Wichita are in dire shape. Organizers expected problems because of the economic downturn, but even they are shocked. “It’s probably the most difficult situation we’ve been in since I’ve worked here,” said Tim Brown, Salvation Army development director, who has been with the organization for nine years.
Rower rescued off Australia after 10-month journey at sea
December 14, 2008 in print edition on A2
An Italian adventurer who spent 10 months rowing more than 9,500 nautical miles across the Pacific was rescued a mere 65 nautical miles short of his goal — Australia — after rough weather sapped him of his final shreds of energy.
Death on TV reveals haven for suicides
December 14, 2008 in print edition on A9
Twice a week, on average, in a nondescript building by the railroad tracks, a foreigner comes to die. Most are terminally ill. Some are young and physically healthy except for a permanent disability or severe, debilitating mental disorder.
Shoppers should scrutinize warranty offers
Product quality, longevity affect overall value
December 14, 2008 in print edition on B1
So you are finally going to do it. You just told the sales clerk you are ready to buy that 50-inch plasma television you’ve been wanting. You can’t wait for it to be delivered and set up for your Super Bowl party. Next question from the clerk: “Can we interest you in our extended warranty? It’s only a few dollars more and you’ll have a couple of extra years of protection.”
Health care reform is daunting task
December 14, 2008 in print edition on B6
On the same morning that President-elect Barack Obama introduced Tom Daschle, the former Senate majority leader, as his prospective secretary of health and human services and his point man on health care reform, a panel of key constituency group leaders met to assess the prospects for success.
Late-night practice inspires FSHS girls
December 14, 2008 in print edition on C10
Free State High girls basketball coach Bryan Duncan was less than pleased with his team’s effort in a semifinal loss at the Bonner Springs Metro Prep Classic on Friday night. So instead of returning to town and letting his girls get a jump-start on their Winter Formal weekend, Duncan called for a late-night practice.
LHS wrestler places second
December 14, 2008 in print edition on C3
Three Lawrence High wrestlers advanced out of pool play Saturday at the Eudora Tournament of Champions, and one advanced to the finals.
Last chance
The 2009 session is the Kansas Legislature’s last chance to set up a better redistricting system before the 2010 Census.
December 14, 2008 in print edition on B6
California’s Proposition 8, which banned gay marriages in the state, got most of the attention in the November election, but the state’s Proposition 11 sets an important example that other states, including Kansas, should consider following.
Free lunches increase in state
December 14, 2008 in print edition on A1
In perhaps another sign of the shaky economy, the number of children receiving free or reduced-price lunches in the Kansas public school system has risen sharply. A total of 152,798 school children are receiving free lunch this school year, which is 13,133 more than last year. That represents an increase of 9.4 percent, according to the Kansas Department of Education.
180-year-old Rookery gets facelift
December 14, 2008 in print edition on B2
It’s Kansas’ oldest residence, and the myths, legends, ghost stories and speculations that surround it are just a few elements that make Fort Leavenworth’s Rookery special. From the people and their families who lived there to the explorations that were discussed and embarked on during their stay, the building’s historical significance can still be felt in its walls.
Illinois corruption: Deep roots, tough to weed out
December 14, 2008 in print edition on A6
More than 25 years ago, a visiting small-town judge stashed a tape recorder in his cowboy boot and came away with shocking evidence of bribe-taking and bagmen in Chicago’s courts. Former Judge Brocton Lockwood was part of an unprecedented FBI sting operation in the Cook County courts called “Operation Greylord” that uncovered judges, lawyers and clerks taking cash, fixing cases and engaging in other brazen judicial corruption.
Horoscopes
December 14, 2008 in print edition on D5
You might be surprised by how many projects land on your plate this year. Work with others directly, touching base with their needs more often. If you are single, know that you could meet someone at any time after the first week of January. If you are attached, soon the two of you will want to hang out together like if you were just married.
Third-quarter lethargy hurting young Chiefs
December 14, 2008 in print edition on C3
They’ve brainstormed, soul-searched, and studied film until their eyes turned bleary. In their quest for an answer to this perplexing mystery, they’ve bounced theories off each other and off the wall. Still, nobody can solve Kansas City’s case of the disappearing third quarter.
Baldwin boys, girls lose
December 14, 2008 in print edition on C10
A two-point first quarter got Baldwin started off on the wrong foot Saturday.
Zimbabwe: Cholera introduced by West
December 14, 2008 in print edition on A9
Zimbabwe on Saturday accused the West of waging biological warfare to deliberately start a cholera epidemic that has killed hundreds of people and sickened thousands. The spread of the disease has focused the world’s attention on the spectacular collapse of the southern African nation, which often blames its troubles on the West.
Cheeks axed by Philadelphia
December 14, 2008 in print edition on C8
The Philadelphia 76ers fired coach Maurice Cheeks and replaced him with assistant GM Tony DiLeo.
Attitude likely to affect sales
December 14, 2008 in print edition on B3
It’s all a question of perception. That’s how Kansas University associate business professor Dennis Rosen describes consumer behavior as the holiday shopping season continues. “Consumers are going to be looking for sales at this point, and there’s going to be some real belt-tightening,” Rosen said.
UMass coach gets redemption
December 14, 2008 in print edition on C6
Without a doubt, the pregame highlight video broadcast by the Kansas University men’s basketball team before home games is meant, at least in part, to let opponents know what kind of hornet’s nest they’re walking into.
Collins lacking in trust
December 14, 2008 in print edition on C1
The time has come for Kansas University junior guard Sherron Collins to make this his team. In order to accomplish that, Collins first must make this a team, not a collection of individuals. Collins didn’t do that Saturday afternoon in the Sprint Center, where Kansas lost to UMass, 61-60, in front of 17,252 fans.
What did Jones expect with T.O.?
December 14, 2008 in print edition on C2
Always the drama. But this is what you get when you employ a drama queen like Terrell Owens.
Governor offers cautionary tale for Obama
December 14, 2008 in print edition on B7
How dumb can you get? Very (expletive) dumb, to use the vernacular favored by newly indicted Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich. With obscenity-laden bravado, Blagojevich continued to discuss new corruption schemes on his bugged phone long after receiving clear signs that he was under FBI investigation.
Recession is time to relearn economic lessons
December 14, 2008 in print edition on B7
So how much trouble are we in? Are we in more or less trouble than in the early Reagan years, when a deep recession prompted the biggest opponent of taxes ever to inhabit the White House to push through the biggest peacetime tax increase in American history?
Choosing a train for the Christmas tree
December 14, 2008 in print edition on D1
Looking for a train to put around the Christmas tree? Here are some tips on how to choose the right one.
Obama facing heady challenges that are growing only worse
December 14, 2008 in print edition on A2
President-elect Barack Obama, relatively young and inexperienced, is facing a rapidly growing list of monumental challenges as he prepares to take the reins of a nation in turmoil.“I do not underestimate the enormity of the task that lies ahead,” Obama said after his historic election a little more than a month ago.