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Archive for Wednesday, February 6, 2008

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Births
Obituaries
On the street
Podcasts
Polls
What's your favorite Girl Scout Cookie?

Poll results

Response Percent
Thin Mints
 
41%
Caramel deLites
 
23%
Peanut Butter Patties
 
13%
Peanut Butter Sandwich
 
8%
Shortbread
 
5%
Lemonades
 
4%
Thanks-A-Lot
 
2%
Cinna-Spins
 
0%
Total 430
Were you able to attend a caucus last night?

Poll results

Response Percent
No.
 
56%
Yes.
 
43%
Total 303
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
A packed house at the Douglas County fairgrounds for one of Lawrence's three Democratic caucuses Tuesday night. Tsunami Tuesday ends first wave of campaigns
February 6, 2008 in print edition on 8A
As a former president might put it, maybe it depends on what the definition of “win” is. Was it winning states or winning delegates? Was it coming closer than expected and winning delegates all the same? Was it losing where a candidate was expected to win or winning where a candidate was expected to lose?
9:00 a.m.
Kim Patton, Lawrence, rallies her side of the room for Sen. Barack Obama as caucus-goers file into the room at the National Guard Armory. More than 1,200 people participated in the caucus at that location. Overflow crowds jam caucus sites
February 6, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Steady rain and blowing winds did not deter 4,872 Douglas County Democrats from caucusing Tuesday as the three sites across Lawrence saw large crowds and overwhelming support for Barack Obama. Statewide, Obama was set to pick up a majority of the 32 delegates at stake, but the state party leaders had not released that calculation late Tuesday night with a few caucus sites yet to report results.
12:00 p.m.
Kansas University freshman Kent Szlauderbach, 19, bundled up this morning for a walk to the campus library to study. KU canceled classes today - the first time since February 2004. Storm forces cancellations
4:39 a.m., February 6, 2008 Updated 12:58 p.m.
The snow caused several local and area schools to cancel classes today, including Lawrence public schools, Kansas University and Haskell Indian Nations University.
4:00 p.m.
Workers sort beans at the Cafetin coffee facility in Costa Rica, owned and operated by Kansas University graduate Tim O'Brien. O'Brien says he's working to pay fair wages for his employees. Social stimulant
February 6, 2008 in print edition on 1C
Tim O’Brien is growing his form of social change from the ground up. The Kansas City, Mo., native and graduate of Kansas University, is using the coffee plant to change lives in the Costa Rican hamlet of San MartÃ-n.
10:00 p.m.
Two KU students hang on to their sled as they catch some air over a bump on slopes Wednesday near Potter Lake. Overnight snowfall in Lawrence led to the cancellation of KU classes and local schools. More snow isn’t (all) fun and games
February 6, 2008 in print edition on 1A
The snow came. The salt didn’t. Lawrence street crews are expected to run out of road salt sometime today, meaning that snow may be sticking around on city streets longer than anyone wants. “We can get plenty of sand, and it churns up the snow, but it doesn’t melt it,” said Dena Mezger, the city’s assistant director of public works. That will make the city’s street plowing operations more critical, Mezger said.

All stories

6News video: KU calls off classes
February 6, 2008
Snow led KU officials to cancel classes for only the thirteenth time in 30 years.
6News video: City salt supply expected to be gone
February 6, 2008
City officials expect to be out of salt by Thursday, leaving road crews with only sand and snow plows to clear city streets.
6Sports video: Lady Lions work to snap skid
February 6, 2008
The Lawrence High School girl’s basketball team focused on their defense during practice on Sunday to snap a two-game losing streak.
6Sports video: Snow delays local football intent letters
February 6, 2008
Six Firebirds and Lions were scheduled to sign football letters of intent on Wednesday, but a snow day means they’ll put pen on paper Thursday.
6News video: Robbery suspect in custody
February 6, 2008
A suspect in last week’s attempted robbery and attack on a clerk at a Lawrence gas station is in the Leavenworth County jail.
6News video: Carjacker’s request for lower bond denied
February 6, 2008
A judge denied a request on Wednesday to lower the bond for a man accused of leading police on a chase, carjacking a woman and assaulting several others with a handgun in downtown Lawrence.
6Sports video: Baylor tops Tech
February 6, 2008
Pat Knight’s head coaching debut didn’t quite go the way he would have liked on Wednesday night against the Baylor Bears.
6Sports video: KSU handles Huskers
February 6, 2008
K-State’s freshman sensation Michael Beasley took over against Nebraska on Wednesday night.
6Sports video: Self looks for better defense against Baylor
February 6, 2008
It’s hard to imagine there’s much to complain about when it comes to the Kansas men’s basketball team, but if head coach Bill Self is allowed to be picky, he’d love to see better team defense this weekend.
6Sports video: Aldrich steps up against Mizzou
February 6, 2008
KU center Cole Aldrich came up big against the Missouri Tigers on Monday.
6News video: Caucus dust settles
February 6, 2008
6News reporter Cory Smith reports on lessons learned from Tuesday’s Democratic caucus and what we can expect for Saturday’s Republican caucus.
6Sports video: KU women go back to basics against ISU
February 6, 2008
The Kansas women’s basketball team held the Iowa State Cyclones to just 39 percent shooting in Saturday’s victory.
6Sports video: Texas victorious in red river shootout
February 6, 2008
Texas junior A.J. Abrams led the Longhorns to victory over Oklahoma on Wednesday night.
6Sports video: Kansas football signs 20
February 6, 2008
The Orange Bowl champion Kansas football team welcomed 20 new members to the Jayhawk fold on Wednesday.
6News video: Local celebs do supermarket shuffle
February 6, 2008
It was off to the races on Wednesday for local celebrities, including 6Sports reporter Kevin Romary, at the Hy-Vee at Clinton Parkway for National Food Checkout Day.
6News video: Tornadoes twist through southern states
February 6, 2008
It was a terrifying night across the south as dozens of tornadoes slammed in to state after state.
6News video: Hit-and-run trial continues
February 6, 2008
Trial continued on Wednesday for the man accused of killing a KU student in a hit-and-run accident in September, 2006.
More snow isn’t (all) fun and games
City expected to run out of road salt today
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A1
The snow came. The salt didn’t. Lawrence street crews are expected to run out of road salt sometime today, meaning that snow may be sticking around on city streets longer than anyone wants. “We can get plenty of sand, and it churns up the snow, but it doesn’t melt it,” said Dena Mezger, the city’s assistant director of public works. That will make the city’s street plowing operations more critical, Mezger said.
Signing Day Q&A: Tanner Hawkinson
February 6, 2008
One position sure to have a fiery competition this spring for the Kansas University football team is the starting tight end spot. With the graduation of Derek Fine, sophomore Bradley Dedeaux will be the lone holdover in 2008. One of three incoming freshmen who will have a shot to earn the seat at the table is in-state product Tanner Hawkinson. The 6-foot-6, 245-pounder out of McPherson had 30 catches for 500 yards and five TDs as a senior, which followed up a 24-catch, 363-yard, nine-score showing in 2006. Hawkinson seems to be a natural fit for Ed Warinner’s spread offense with his athleticism and size being an asset when splitting out wide. He signed his letter of intent Wednesday morning, then later in the day took some time to chat with Ryan Greene.
Signing Day Q&A: Daymond Patterson
February 6, 2008
Kansas University’s football program continues to make its mark in the state of Texas on the recruiting front. Grabbing guys overlooked by other schools has paid big dividends for the Jayhawks in recent years. Several of those guys - such as Aqib Talib, James McClinton, Dexton Fields and Anthony Collins - were integral in KU’s 12-1 run and Orange Bowl win in 2007. On signing day 2008, the Jayhawks landed six high school prospects from the Lonestar State. Included is 5-foot-9, 175 pound receiver Daymond Patterson of North Mesquite High. A 2007 first team Class 5A selection, Patterson was a jack of all trades. He had 69 receptions for 826 yards and 12 scores, 16 kick returns for 469 yards and two TDs, then 194 punt return yards and another trip to pay dirt. Patterson took time to catch up with Ryan Greene after signing his letter of intent Wednesday morning.
KU inks 20 recruits on Signing Day
February 6, 2008
In all, the Jayhawks inked 16 high schools players and three junior college players. They also signed Alonso Rojas, a punter who last played at Bowling Green. The star of the class may be Jocques Crawford, a 6-foot-1, 230-pound running back out of Cisco (Texas) Junior College. Crawford was the NJCAA offensive player of the year in 2007 after rushing for 1,935 yards.
6News Now: Snow shuts down schools
February 6, 2008
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, at least five inches of snow has canceled classes at KU and area schools.
City about to run out of road salt
Officials warn that residential streets will be rough-going for awhile
February 6, 2008
Lawrence street maintenance crews are expected to soon run out of road salt to treat city streets, which means that some streets will be in snow-packed conditions longer than normal.
Signing Day press conference canceled due to weather
February 6, 2008
As schools across the country traditionally do, KU coach Mark Mangino was planning on sharing his thoughts at 3:30 p.m. today on the 2008 signing class, which is expected to consist of around 20 players. But a snowstorm hit Lawrence and canceled classes, and KU has delayed Mangino’s press conference until Tuesday.
Storm forces cancellations
04:39 a.m., February 6, 2008 Updated 12:58 p.m.
The snow caused several local and area schools to cancel classes today, including Lawrence public schools, Kansas University and Haskell Indian Nations University.
Group’s quest for knowledge remains strong
Zodiac Club celebrates 130 years of focusing on literacy, education
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A3
For most of Danny Drury’s life she was known as “Mrs.” The 87-year-old Lawrence resident grew up in an era when women were identified through their husbands. “We didn’t use first names until the ‘50s or ‘60s,” she said. “People went by their married name. I was always Mrs. Drury.”
Woodling: Knight’s Lubbock exile ends
February 6, 2008 in print edition on B1
Napoleon Bonaparte had it better than Bob Knight. After being deposed by the French government, Napoleon spent less than a year in exile on the remote island of Elba. Knight spent seven long years in exile on the vast Llano Estacado of west Texas after being deposed by Myles Brand, then the president of Indiana University, because of a “pattern of unacceptable behavior.”
KU snags several in-state recruits
February 6, 2008 in print edition on B1
Some years, the state of Kansas is hard-pressed to produce five Division-I football prospects. Total. This was not one of those years. And when the in-state harvest is rich, the in-state schools often win.
Winter high school sports notebook
February 6, 2008 in print edition on B8
After his team’s 17th-place showing at the Rose Hill Invitational, in which 135-pounder Blake Greenfield was the only wrestler to earn a medal, Lawrence High coach Pat Naughton talked about ways to better prepare his team for the make-or-break weeks that lie ahead.
Break Obama infatuation
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A13
In human relationships, there is the flirtation stage, followed by what my grandparents called “courting” and, if that works out, marriage. For those who are cohabiting, that was once the order of things, before disorderly social conduct took over.
Sigler Pharmacy adding location
February 6, 2008 in print edition on B12
Sigler Pharmacy, Lawrence, is preparing to open its second location within the next couple of weeks.
Grand jury access to abortion provider’s records blocked
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A6
The Kansas Supreme Court temporarily blocked a Sedgwick County grand jury’s access Tuesday to patient records from abortion provider Dr. George Tiller.
Intelligence officials: Terror threat to US growing
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A10
A steady stream of Western recruits to al-Qaida camps on the Pakistani border bolsters the group’s ability to strike the United States, the nation’s top intelligence official said Tuesday.
Squash is king at tiny Trinity
College sports’ most dominant dynasty
February 6, 2008 in print edition on B9
The sport was once the exclusive preserve of the Ivy League. But for the past decade, Trinity College has towered over the likes of Harvard and Princeton in college squash, winning its last 179 matches and nine consecutive national titles. It rules the game as UCLA once did in basketball and along the way helped change the face of the sport in the United States.
Auditor ready to begin critiquing city operations
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A3
City commissioners soon will have a new set of watchful eyes in City Hall. Michael Eglinski, a Lawrence native and longtime auditor with the city of Kansas City, Mo., has been named Lawrence’s first city auditor - a new position that will conduct performance reviews of city services and seek to improve efficiency in City Hall.
Influenza more severe at KU this year
Those who are ill urged to stay home
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A3
Influenza strikes about this time every year on the Kansas University campus, but this year’s outbreak seems be the worst in nearly a decade. Dr. Patricia Denning, chief of staff at KU’s Watkins Health Center, sent an e-mail Tuesday to students, faculty and staff that encouraged those who were sick to stay home and heal to help stop the transmission of the disease. She added that she hoped teachers and supervisors would be understanding.
Six getting settled in new role
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A5
Kansas, get used to an attorney general who doesn’t act like the new sheriff in town. Stephen Six, 42, of Lawrence, has been on the job less than a week and is getting familiar with all the employees, legal cases and the Legislature. He was also trying to find the office thermostat as he took time to conduct a few media interviews Tuesday. But the former judge and trial attorney seems unruffled by all the changes.
Walk talk
City officials need to tackle a comprehensive plan for sidewalk repairs.
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A12
The city of Lawrence needs a sidewalk strategy. A proposal to use federal Community Development Block Grant funding to build some new sidewalks and repair some others barely scratches the surface of - and could even add to - the problem.
Jayni Carey cooks romantic dinner for 2
February 6, 2008 in print edition on C2
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Two’s Company.” Host Jayni Carey will prepare the following recipes: Snow Crab Claws and Shrimp with Mustard-Dill Dipping Sauce, Fennel-Roasted Pork Loin with Plum Sauce, Baby Broccoli with Garlic and Red Pepper, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Individual Chocolate Souffles.
Bush’s budget priorities criticized by both parties
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A2
Top administration officials were on Capitol Hill Tuesday defending President Bush’s $3.1 trillion budget plan from complaints by Democrats that it adds almost $800 billion to U.S. debt and doesn’t pay for the war in Iraq.
Free State bowlers ‘solid’ in loss
Coach’s daughter leads girls squad
February 6, 2008 in print edition on B4
Bailey Carlson didn’t reach her goal when the Free State bowling squads faced Olathe South at Royal Crest Lanes on Tuesday. But her performance sure made for a proud moment for her mom - and Free State coach - Anita Carlson.
Blood center hosting drive Feb. 15 at LMH
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A5
The Community Blood Center will host a blood drive from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 15 at in the Jayhawk Auditorium at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 325 Maine.
James pleads no contest to driving 101 mph
February 6, 2008 in print edition on B3
LeBron James pleaded no contest to driving 101 mph on his 23rd birthday in December and was ordered to pay $259 in fines and court costs.
Shaq expects he’ll be traded
February 6, 2008 in print edition on B3
Shaquille O’Neal is prepared for the Miami Heat to trade him, a confidant of the 14-time All-Star center told The Associated Press on Tuesday night.
De Soto girls win despite first-quarter goose egg
February 6, 2008 in print edition on B4
De Soto High’s girls basketball team went scoreless in the first quarter but started hitting shots and squeaked by Baldwin, 37-35.
National biodefense lab project gets $35.6M support in president’s budget
February 6, 2008 in print edition on B12
As the federal government prepares to find a home for a new $451 million national defense lab, Kansas officials are welcoming the latest sign of progress out of Washington: President Bush wants to spend $35.6 million, beginning as early as Oct. 1, on construction planning. Game on.
Commission prepares for Oread Inn report
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A3
City commissioners met briefly Tuesday to pay bills and take care of other routine matters, but spent most of their time talking about next week’s meeting that will feature several items related to The Oread Inn project.
Tait: Stepping into the limelight
February 6, 2008 in print edition on B8
Rosie Hull has been through this before. Three years ago, as a freshman at West Junior High, Hull watched as twin sister Maggie was injured during Free State High’s softball season. Maggie missed the rest of the year. Rosie went on to earn second-team all-Sunflower League honors.
Across the nation, voters excited
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A8
She had a 13-hour window to vote in the Arizona presidential primary, but Mona Reese decided she couldn’t wait. She didn’t even brush her teeth or change out of her pajamas before leaving home.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who taught Beatles, dies
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A10
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a guru to the Beatles who introduced the West to transcendental meditation, died Tuesday at his home in the Dutch town of Vlodrop, a spokesman said. He was thought to be 91 years old.
OSU halts No. 5 Baylor’s 13-game winning streak
February 6, 2008 in print edition on B7
Danielle Green scored 16 points, and Maria Cordero added 15 points and 13 rebounds as No. 17 Oklahoma State beat fifth-ranked Baylor, 77-67, Tuesday night to snap the Bears’ 13-game winning streak.
Israel retaliates for suicide bombing
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A2
Israeli air and ground attacks in the Gaza Strip killed nine Hamas fighters Tuesday as the armed Palestinian movement asserted responsibility for a suicide bombing that had killed an Israeli woman a day earlier. If proved to be the work of Hamas, Monday’s suicide bombing in the southern Israeli town of Dimona would be the first by the militant group within Israel since 2004.
City athletes of the week
February 6, 2008 in print edition on B8
Nolan Frank & Taylor Bird
Prosoco Inc. hires new receptionist
February 6, 2008 in print edition on B12
Jennifer Sawyer has joined the staff at Prosoco Inc., Lawrence, as receptionist.
Texas A&M too much for Iowa State
February 6, 2008 in print edition on B7
Bryan Davis and Josh Carter took charge of the usually balanced Texas A&M offense and led the Aggies to their most decisive road win of the season. Davis scored 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting, Carter added 12 and No. 18 Texas A&M cruised past Iowa State, 69-51, for its fourth straight win.
Gates won’t estimate war costs
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A10
Defense Secretary Robert Gates says a realistic estimate of next year’s war costs is almost impossible to discern, in part because he doesn’t know how many troops will be in Iraq this fall.
Horoscopes
February 6, 2008 in print edition on B13
This year could be far more significant than you realize. You are likely to either make major changes to your professional status and personal life, or there could be transformations that might be unanticipated. If you are single and desire to change your status, you probably could meet someone significant in the next year. If you are attached, if you would like to re-create the old romance that used to be between you, spend more quality time together.
Trial in highway chase set to begin April 21
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A5
A trial is scheduled to begin in April for a woman charged last year with leading a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper on a chase in Osage County following a fatal accident in Douglas County.
Apple adds memory to iPhone, iPod
February 6, 2008 in print edition on B12
Apple Inc. said Tuesday it has expanded its iPhone and iPod touch product lines by adding new devices that double the memory of earlier models.
Fool me thrice
Lions’ attempts to tie fall just short
February 6, 2008 in print edition on B1
Lawrence High’s boys basketball team could not have asked for a better opportunity with the game on the line Tuesday night. With precious seconds ticking away and the Lions trailing by three at Shawnee Mission South, LHS ran the perfect play to get one of its best three-point shooters, Bobby Davis, open in the corner for three. And when that didn’t fall, the Lions got the rebound and found another one of their best three-point shooters open in Dorian Green. But his shot didn’t fall, either.
Commodities
February 6, 2008 in print edition on B12
Agriculture futures traded mixed Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.
Asian markets sink after Wall Street’s plunge
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A2
Asian markets plunged today after a steep drop on Wall Street overnight fanned investors’ fears the U.S. economy was sliding into a recession that would sap demand for Asian exports.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A12
From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 6, 1908: “The KU basketball team won from Missouri last night at Robinson Gymnasium. The score was 21-10 and Missouri often held the lead There was a big crowd and the two teams are due to meet here again tonight. Coach Allen was pleased by the victory : Evidence is that more governors are favoring prohibition of liquor and consider the process vital to the nation and its people.”
Complex issue
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A13
To the editor, Last Thursday night’s standing room only sustainability forum “Focus the Nation” at the Dole Institute of Politics was very informative. Though I thought I understood climate change and alternative energy issues, it is far more complicated and urgent than I knew.
Fluoride risks
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A13
To the editor: An eight-page article by Dan Fagin in the January 2008 “Scientific American” voiced concerns about fluoride. He wrote that the report by the National Research Council panel in 2006 (chaired by John Doull, professor emeritus of pharmacology and toxicology at the Kansas University Medical Center) advocated that the Environmental Protection Agency should lower the current limit of 4 mg/L of fluoride in drinking water because of health risks to children and adults.
Transition to Pat Knight will be easy, Raiders say
February 6, 2008 in print edition on B6
Pat Knight was too busy preparing for his opening game as the new coach at Texas Tech to show up for his first news conference since replacing his father. Instead, several players appeared Tuesday to discuss the surprising move that saw Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight resign and turn the team over to his son with 10 games left in the regular-season.
Don’t be left hanging with bad laundry buy
February 6, 2008 in print edition on B12
When it comes to buying a new washer and dryer, the trick for consumers is to know what to look for - as well as what they need and can afford. Consumer Reports’ latest tests found that many of this year’s budget-friendly machines can perform at a very high level.
McCain takes commanding lead on GOP side
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A1
Sen. John McCain seized command of the race for the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night, winning delegate-rich primaries in all regions of the country. Democratic rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama traded victories in an epic coast-to-coast struggle with no end in sight.
Rejecting feminist label doesn’t change values
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A12
Brace yourself. I’m going to use a word that offends folks. I’m talking the “F” word. Feminist. This woman sent me an e-mail Monday and it got me thinking. See, in describing herself, she assured me she was not “a ‘women’s libber”’ - the late 1960s equivalent of feminist. She also said she was retired from the U.S. Navy. There was, it seemed to me, a disconnect there: She doesn’t believe in women’s liberation, yet she is retired from a position that liberation made possible.
Less sports?
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A13
To the editor: I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiments expressed in the Saturday Column, Feb. 2, that “Attention to athletics exceeds far more significant matters.”
Kansas teen wins Pancake Day race
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A6
A southwest Kansas high school student won the annual trans-Atlantic pancake race Tuesday, beating the winner of the British leg of the race by about three seconds.
Gunman may have targeted women at Illinois store
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A11
The killer of five women at a Lane Bryant store in Tinley Park made sexual advances on at least one of the victims before the slayings and may have targeted a women’s shop to avoid confrontation with men, a source said.
Tomato Mint Couscous
February 6, 2008 in print edition on C1
Olive oil, mint, fresh black pepper and tomato combine to make this couscous a treat.
White chocolate makes cookie guilty pleasure
February 6, 2008 in print edition on C1
Every so often, I am confronted by what I deem to be the tastiest cookie ever invented, which features hazelnuts and chunks of white chocolate as its main ingredients. Usually, this cookie appears in a display case as an alternative to the more pedestrian yet more popular milk chocolate chip cookie. And happily, the run on cookies made with milk chocolate chips usually means there’s an ample supply of my preferred cookie.
It’s a Giant day for New York sports
Super Bowl champions honored with parade, rally
February 6, 2008 in print edition on B2
On a day for jumping and whooping it up, Michael Strahan showed the throngs of jubilant fans just how it’s done, New York Giants style. The star defensive end fires up his team - a wildly improbable NFL champion - with a leap that he calls “stomping you out.” And with that, Strahan jumped skyward on the podium at a Super Bowl rally Tuesday, lifting his knees to his shoulders.
Hospital set to host Healthy Hearts Fair
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A5
The annual Healthy Hearts Fair is set for Saturday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 325 Maine.
Suspects charged in homicide
Second-degree murder counts have maximum prison sentence of 54 years
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A1
Charges of second-degree murder were announced Tuesday against two people suspected of beating to death an east Lawrence man. Douglas County Judge Pro Tem Peggy Kittel set bonds at $500,000 each for Jerod E. Buffalohead, 36, and Shanna R. Friday, 37, during their first court appearances. They are being held in the Douglas County Jail.
Confidant accused of drugging, controlling Spears
February 6, 2008 in print edition on C4
A restraining order against the man who’s been at Britney Spears’ side during her downward spiral portrays him as a Svengali figure who held her a virtual hostage in her home, drugged her, took over her finances and controlled the ravenous paparazzi “like a general.”
What’s become of The History Channel?
February 6, 2008 in print edition on B13
It’s sad to see a cable channel lose its way. The History Channel was always so dependable. After a hard day, Tony Soprano could take refuge in a quart of ice cream and watch a documentary about Rommel and the Afrika Corps. OK, some people ridiculed it as “The Hitler Channel,” a place where World War II seemed to go on forever, playing on an endless loop.
Falling stars: New Iraqi flag waves
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A2
A new Iraqi flag - stripped of the three green stars of Saddam Hussein’s toppled Baath party - was hoisted over the Iraqi Cabinet building Tuesday in a symbolic break with the past nearly five years after the U.S.-led invasion.
KU hall of fame to induct 33
February 6, 2008 in print edition on B5
Several Olympians and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famers will be among those inducted Saturday into Kansas University’s Athletics Hall of Fame.
Pump patrol
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.86 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Els’ 3-year plan becoming self-destructive
February 6, 2008 in print edition on B9
After one of his many crushing losses to the world’s No. 1 player, Ernie Els once described Tiger Woods as a legend in the making. Woods was 24 at the time with only two majors. “He’s probably going to be bigger than Elvis when he gets into his 40s,” Els said after losing to him in a playoff at Kapalua.
On the record
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A4
Two people were injured in an automobile accident Tuesday morning on the Kansas Turnpike. Nathaniel J. Milburn, 27, of Excelsior Springs, Mo., was driving a 1997 Chrysler near milepost 202.9 when he swerved to avoid another vehicle, lost control, and struck the bridge rail, Milburn reported to police.
Lobbyists, activists descend on Senate
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A2
Senior citizens are knocking on senators’ doors. Lobbyists for the homebuilding and energy industries are burning up their telephone lines. Interest groups ranging from vulnerable people who tug at lawmakers’ heartstrings to powerful contributors to their political campaigns have joined the push for $40 billion in add-ons to a House-passed economic stimulus bill.
Power repair work going slowly in central China
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A10
Driven from her home by the bitter cold, Shi Ying was lucky to find a room at a hotel with a generator. But other residents of the central city of Chenzhou will ring in the Chinese New Year by candlelight.
US service sector shrinks, causing recession fears to grow
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A2
Lingering hopes that the U.S. economy might avert a recession withered Tuesday after the nation’s service sector - its banks, travel companies, contractors and stores, among others - shrank for the first time in five years.
Lack of focus, execution’ vexes Firebirds on road
Second quarter dooms Free State in narrow loss to Cougars
February 6, 2008 in print edition on B1
Focus was the word of the night for coach Chuck Law on Tuesday at Shawnee Mission Northwest. Unfortunately for him and his Free State High boys basketball team, the Firebirds were lacking in that category and fell to the Cougars, 61-56.
Airline delays in ‘07 were 2nd-worst ever
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A11
A quarter of domestic flights failed to arrive on time in 2007 - the industry’s second poorest performance on record - and analysts say it is likely to get worse. More than 26 percent of commercial flights in the U.S. arrived late or were canceled last year as rising passenger demand and an industry preference for smaller planes intensified congestion in the skies and on runways.
Large and in charge
Senior center copes with good and bad of being tall
February 6, 2008 in print edition on B8
What’s it mean to be a 6-foot-7-inch 18-year-old? To be a 6-7 teenager is to duck under doorways in your parents’ house just to use the bathroom. It means you gladly would trade in your smaller, decade-old four-door Pontiac for an SUV just for the extra leg room. It also means you’re the first person students recognize walking down the high school hallways.
Run-up winners take it 1 step at a time
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A10
Wearing knee-high black socks, Thomas Dold of Germany scampered up 86 breath-sapping flights Tuesday to win the Empire State Building Run-Up for the third straight year.
7 indicted in eBay scheme
February 6, 2008 in print edition on B14
Federal prosecutors have charged a Kansas City man and six associates with a scheme to steal items from local retailers and sell them through online auctioneer eBay.
Lunar New Year good time for culinary adventure
February 6, 2008 in print edition on C1
With the Lunar New Year arriving Thursday, Korean, Chinese and Vietnamese families are abuzz. They’re headed to Asian shops and restaurants for dishes and ingredients needed during New Year celebrations. Even if you don’t follow the lunar calendar, the New Year is a good time. It allows adventurous diners the chance to taste unfamiliar flavors. And since some of these dishes are lucky, they may even bring you good fortune.
Social stimulant
KU graduate’s coffee mill boosts Costa Rican town
February 6, 2008 in print edition on C1
Tim O’Brien is growing his form of social change from the ground up. The Kansas City, Mo., native and graduate of Kansas University, is using the coffee plant to change lives in the Costa Rican hamlet of San MartÃ-n.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A12
A record high spring semester enrollment of 14,389 students was reported at Kansas University by registrar James K. Hitt. That was up from 13,649 the previous spring. The new military draft structure was expected to hit the KU graduate school enrollment, with deferments fading at age 24.
Hoyas overcome slow start
February 6, 2008 in print edition on B7
The worst team in the Big East was leading the conference’s best team by nine points late the first half. South Florida was shooting 77 percent. One player, DuJuan Summers, had accounted for four of Georgetown’s meager tally of five baskets.
Program boosts nutrition, wellness for seniors
February 6, 2008 in print edition on C3
Q: Are you offering the PATH program again? Oh, yes! We are offering PATH, the acronym for “Personal Actions To Health,” to individuals ages 55 and over starting Feb. 19 through March 13 at the East Lawrence Recreation Center, 1245 E. 19th St. This four-week course will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Diddy urging young people to vote
February 6, 2008 in print edition on C4
Four years ago, Sean “Diddy” Combs took his hip-hop swagger across the nation in an effort to get young people to vote, with the bold slogan “Vote or Die.” On the eve of Super Tuesday’s primary contests, the entertainer had just a simple message: Go vote.
Knight always did what he thought was right
February 6, 2008 in print edition on B6
Pick a list regarding coaching and Bob Knight was at the top of it or not far away. Victories. National championships. Tirades. Respect. Loathing. What Knight did while running a college basketball program or a U.S. national team always made headlines - good and bad.
Jaws-of-life’ free boy, 4, from washing machine
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A14
Talk about an oversized load: A 4-year-old boy got stuck when he climbed into his family’s top-loading washing machine, and firefighters had to use a metal cutter to slice into the appliance to get him out.
Subpoena received for Tiller records
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A5
The Kansas attorney general’s office received a subpoena Tuesday for abortion records in connection with a grand jury investigation into allegations against Wichita abortion provider Dr. George Tiller.
Warm weather brings out revelers
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A7
Douglas Barry spent Mardi Gras shouting warnings at the wildly costumed merrymakers on Bourbon Street as he carried a big sign reading, “Heed the Words of God.” “We don’t really approve of Mardi Gras,” said Barry, a member of the Bible Believers, a Christian group that travels to large gatherings to preach. Around him were men dressed in pink baby-doll pajamas or leather loincloths and women flashing glimpses of flesh for beads.
43 indicted on drug charges
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A6
Forty-three people were indicted Tuesday after an investigation into two separate drug rings that authorities allege distributed more than $12 million worth of cocaine, crack and other drugs in northeast Kansas and the Kansas City area.
Tsunami Tuesday ends first wave of campaigns
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A8
As a former president might put it, maybe it depends on what the definition of “win” is. Was it winning states or winning delegates? Was it coming closer than expected and winning delegates all the same? Was it losing where a candidate was expected to win or winning where a candidate was expected to lose?
Jurors view video in hit-and-run case
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A3
The trial continues for a Lawrence man charged in connection with a fatal hit-and-run in September 2006.
Study: Heart shrinks at age 50
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A14
The human heart undergoes an inevitable - and inexplicable - shrinkage at the half-century mark, a phenomenon that its discoverer is calling the “age 50 effect,” a mysterious development that affects both genders.
Overflow crowds jam caucus sites
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A1
Steady rain and blowing winds did not deter 4,872 Douglas County Democrats from caucusing Tuesday as the three sites across Lawrence saw large crowds and overwhelming support for Barack Obama. Statewide, Obama was set to pick up a majority of the 32 delegates at stake, but the state party leaders had not released that calculation late Tuesday night with a few caucus sites yet to report results.
US has keen interest in Pakistan elections
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A12
There’s another election happening this month that may be as important to Americans as Super Tuesday. I refer to parliamentary elections on Feb. 18 in Pakistan. Pakistani elections will play a crucial role in that country’s ability to combat a growing threat from jihadis. Even as progress has been made in combating al-Qaida in Iraq, the organization has been sinking deeper roots in Pakistan’s tribal areas along the Afghanistan border.
Peace Corps pull-out worries business leaders
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A2
The Peace Corps said Tuesday it has suspended operations in Kenya after weeks of postelection violence, another blow to confidence as business leaders voiced concerns over the turmoil’s effect on the economy.
Kansas football moves celebration
February 6, 2008 in print edition on B5
Kansas University is moving its public football celebration to 7:30 p.m. on March 8. It will be held in Allen Fieldhouse.
Ex-Jayhawks Langford, Thomas honored
February 6, 2008 in print edition on B6
Former Kansas University basketball players Keith Langford and Billy Thomas have been named NBA Development League all-stars. Langford, who plays for the Austin (Texas) Toros, and Thomas, who toils for the Colorado 14ers, will play in the D-League all-star game at 2 p.m., Feb. 16, at Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The game is part of NBA All-Star weekend.
Commentary: Knight ends career with a whimper
February 6, 2008 in print edition on B2
In the end, against all odds and most predictions, Bob Knight, a coach unrivaled in genius as well as temper, went out with a whimper. No victimized players. No fuming bosses. No farewell tour. No bouquets. No last zinger. No more fire.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A12
Plans for redeveloping parts of downtown Lawrence submitted by a team of consultants could be improved by combining some of the more popular Sizeler Realty designs, several local architects said. They were Craig Patterson, John Lee and David Evans.
Tornadoes tear across Southern states; at least 17 dead
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A2
Tornadoes across four Southern states tore through homes, ripped the roof off a shopping mall and blew apart warehouses in a rare spasm of violent winter weather that killed at least 17 people and injured dozens more.
House speaker: Sebelius not serious about compromise on coal power plant
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A4
House Speaker Melvin Neufeld on Tuesday said that both proposed coal-burning power plants in western Kansas must be built and that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ offer to allow one plant was not made in good faith. Sebelius vehemently denied the charge.
Rebels call for cease-fire
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A10
Chad’s rebel leaders called for a cease-fire Tuesday as their attempted coup against President Idriss Deby continued to falter in the face of military resistance and international condemnation. Red Cross officials in Geneva said the recent fighting had caused more than 1,000 casualties.
People in the news
February 6, 2008 in print edition on B13
¢ De Niro makes 50 Cent feel ‘like a normal person’ ¢ Ferguson tapped for correspondents’ dinner¢ Hatcher wins ruling in lip-plumping suit¢ Pimp C died of accidental overdose of ‘syrup’¢ Vanity Fair’s Oscar party canceled