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Photo galleries
LHS girls vs. SM West
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Polls
Should beer be allowed to be sold at the Kansas Union?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes.
 
63%
No.
 
34%
Not sure.
 
1%
Total 565
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
A federal plan would construct a new medium-security federal prison in Leavenworth, which would operate alongside the existing U.S. Penitentiary, above. Prison could boost economy
February 7, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Anticipated construction of a new medium-security federal prison in Leavenworth would be welcome news for the area as the economy continues to slow. “We’re talking millions and millions of dollars in expenditures, in construction,” said Charlie Gregor, executive vice president for the Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce. “This would be for several years, tying up almost all the local contractors with various contracts: concrete, carpenters, wood framing.
9:00 a.m.
Kansas University senior Lindsey Wiegele, Shawnee, bowls at the Jaybowl in the Kansas Union. The Kansas Union's board of directors passed a proposal that would allow sales of 3.2 beer in the Jaybowl and Hawks Nest on the lowest level of the union. The proposal must be approved by the provost's office. Proposal would bring beer back to KU
February 8, 2008 in print edition on 1A
A student-led proposal from the Kansas Union’s board of directors would turn the taps in the Jaybowl back on after beer sales ended nearly a decade ago. Union directors recently approved a proposal to allow 3.2 beer sales in the Jaybowl and Hawks Nest on the lowest level of the union. Drinkers would be limited to two beers per person per evening, and those 21 and older would have their IDs scanned before receiving a wrist band indicating they were OK to purchase beer.
1:00 p.m.
Brian Conrad, of Eudora, uses the new Zarco 66 gas station at Ninth and Iowa streets Thursday to fill up his Bobcat tractor. The station offers several biofuels. "I'm liking it; I saved 40 cents a gallon," he said. "That makes it worth driving across town." New gas station touts its biofuels as ‘earth-friendly’
February 8, 2008 in print edition on 3A
Thursday saw the grand opening of Zarco 66, an “eco-friendly” gas station that specializes in biofuels. “We’ve got our earth-friendly fuels location up and running,” said Scott Zaremba, president of the Zarco 66 at Ninth and Iowa streets. The station sells E10 ethanol, E85 ethanol, biodiesel and off-road biodiesel. Each type of biofuel is supposed to lower emissions of greenhouse gases harmful to the environment and the air we breathe.
4:00 p.m.
Brewmaster Steve Bradt of Free State Brewing Co., 636 Mass., measures out hops for the next day's brewing. Hopping mad
February 8, 2008 in print edition on 1C
Joe Yoder takes great joy in bitterness. “Different people have different tastes when it comes to food or drink,” says Yoder, a 10-year member of the Lawrence Brewers Guild. “I like beers that have a more pronounced bitterness. There are people who prefer a sweet taste, and they prefer the maltier beers like an Octoberfest or a bock. I enjoy making really hoppy beers.” Unfortunately, that bitterness is starting to reflect the overall mood of micro/craft and home-brewers around the world.

All stories

6Sports video: Tonganoxie boys fall short against Lansing
February 8, 2008
The Tonganoxie boy’s basketball team was defeated by the Lansing Lions by the final score of 47-41.
6News video: ‘Red Dog’ has his day
February 8, 2008
Don ‘Red Dog’ Gardner became the first local celebrity to receive a Van Go Mobile Arts Bench today.
6Sports video: Lady Cardinals top Lady Blazers
February 8, 2008
The Eudora girl’s basketball team defeated the Gardner-Edgerton Lady Blazers by a final score of 44-33.
6News video: 2008 William Allen White Award presented at Kansas Union
February 8, 2008
On Friday, KU handed out its 2008 William Allen White Foundation National Citation Award. The award is given for excellence in journalism.
6Sports video: KU ready to take on Baylor
February 8, 2008
The Kansas men play for the first time in five days on Saturday against Baylor. It’s a matchup of two teams in the top four in the Big 12 conference.
6News video: City hall shooting raises local safety concerns
February 8, 2008
After a gunman killed five people inside the Kirkwood, Mo. city hall Thursday, local government officials are looking into whether added security is needed for Lawrence public meetings.
6Sports video: KU women heading West to battle K-State
February 8, 2008
A big one for the Kansas women’s basketball team awaits on Saturday. The Jayhawks make the trip West to Manhattan to take on the K-State Wildcats.
6News video: Legislative committee pulls the plug on energy bill
February 8, 2008
A legislative committee Friday morning pulls the plug on work for a comprehensive energy bill.
6Sports video: Lady Chieftains hold off Lansing Lions
February 8, 2008
The Tonganoxie Lady Chieftains narrowly defeated the Lansing Lady Lions by a final score of 52-47.
6News video: City consultant assesses Oread Inn proposal
February 8, 2008
A city consultant determines that it’s reasonable for a controversial hotel project near the KU campus to receive public subsidies.
6News video: Friend 2 Friend: Advances in breast reconstruction surgery
February 8, 2008
They may not be saving the lives of breast cancer patients, but two local plastic surgeons are helping to improve the quality of life of women who get the diagnosis. In this month’s ‘Friend 2 Friend’ series, we take a look at the advances in breast reconstruction surgery.
6News video: Last Call owner accuses city of racism
February 8, 2008
Last Call owner Dennis Steffes says city officials told him if he changed his crowd and music they would back off efforts to get rid of his liquor license.
6Sports video: Free State falls against Pioneers
February 8, 2008
The Free State boy’s basketball team was defeated by the Leavenworth Pioneers by a final score of 55-48.
6News video: Man sentenced to probation for police standoff
February 8, 2008
A judge sentences a rural Douglas County man to serve two years of probation for setting his family’s home on fire during a 10-hour standoff with police.
6News video: Jury in deliberation for hit-and-run accident
February 8, 2008
Five hours of deliberation and still no verdict in the case of a Lawrence man charged in a deadly hit-and-run accident.
6Sports video: Eudora boys fall to Blazers
February 8, 2008
The Eudora boy’s basketball team was defeated by the Gardner-Edgerton Blazers by a final score of 60-40.
6News Now: Hit-and-run trial enters jury deliberations
February 8, 2008
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, jurors are deliberating the trial of a man accused of killing a KU student in a 2006 hit-and-run incident, and this mont’s Friend 2 Friend series examines the advances in breast reconstruction surgery.
Last Call owner accuses city of racism during hearing
February 8, 2008
Last Call owner Dennis Steffes said Friday that city officials told him if he changed his crowd and music they would back off efforts to get rid of his liquor license.
Jury deliberating in hit-and-run trial
12:41 p.m., February 8, 2008 Updated 01:49 p.m.
Jurors are deliberating in the hit-and-run trial of a Lawrence man accused of running over and killing a Kansas University student in September 2006.
LHS bowling second at Topeka
February 8, 2008 in print edition on B4
Lawrence High’s Jessica Demaline rolled a 611 series, and Ben Wyatt had a 706 series in bowling competition Thursday.
Balloonarts owner speaks in Wichita
February 8, 2008 in print edition on B11
Tena Santaularia, owner of a local balloon delivery business, Balloonarts, recently served as featured speaker during a valentines seminar at Balloon World, a meeting in Wichita.
UK to extradite Islamic preacher to US
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
Britain’s Home Office on Thursday approved the extradition of an Islamic preacher who is accused of trying to establish a terrorist training camp in Oregon, a spokesman said.
Fun’ in the extreme
Next Level aims to make fitness enjoyable
February 8, 2008 in print edition on B6
Chad Richards has this philosophy: Fitness should be fun. It’s the foundation upon which Richards and co-owner wife Laura built their Next Level gym at 644 Locust St. in North Lawrence, and it’s what drives the couple as they strive to build a mega-gym - in Chad’s words, a “one-stop shop for fitness.”
Memphis player Dozier accused in complaint
February 8, 2008 in print edition on B7
A former girlfriend of Memphis basketball player Robert Dozier filed a complaint, saying he hit her in the face after they got out of their cars and argued at an intersection.
Congress sends $168 billion economic aid plan to president
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
Congress, facing the prospect of an election-year recession, passed an emergency plan Thursday that rushes rebates of $600 to $1,200 to most taxpayers and $300 checks to disabled veterans, the elderly and other low-income people. President Bush indicated he would sign the measure.
Free Radio’ keeps things fresh, dumb
February 8, 2008 in print edition on B10
Tired of comedy repeats? Don’t miss “Free Radio” (8:30 p.m., VH1), a loosely scripted improvisational comedy combining the cracked logic of “The Office” and the celebrity cameo appeal of “Extras.”Lance Krall (“Joe Schmo”) stars as Lance, an intern without a clue at a local radio station.
CIA director: Waterboarding’s legality in doubt under current law
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A8
Debate over waterboarding flared Thursday on Capitol Hill, with the CIA director raising doubts about whether it’s currently legal and the attorney general refusing to investigate U.S. interrogators who have used the technique on terror detainees.
Horoscopes
February 8, 2008 in print edition on B10
You’ll have your hands full this year, as a particular associate or partner could be very demanding. Agreements and joint finances don’t flow with the ease you might like. Not everyone you come into contact with will be easygoing. If you are single, many people appeal to you. If you are attached, the two of you need to work on one very important goal together.
McLouth boys clipped
February 8, 2008 in print edition on B4
Mike Rome had 16 points in a losing cause as McLouth High’s boys basketball team fell to Troy, 56-45, on Thursday.
Clemens, congressmen talk
Trainer McNamee speaks under oath
February 8, 2008 in print edition on B2
Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee brought their vastly different stories to Capitol Hill on Thursday, when the star pitcher met one-on-one with congressmen informally and his former personal trainer met with House lawyers for a sworn deposition.
Shaq happy in Phoenix
February 8, 2008 in print edition on B8
Shaquille O’Neal had strong words for those who doubt he can fit in with the Phoenix Suns. “I’m very upset,” he said Thursday at a news conference to introduce him as a member of his new team. “You just don’t really want to get me upset. When I’m upset, I’m known to do certain things - like win championships.”
Commentary: Recruiting interest getting out of hand
February 8, 2008 in print edition on B2
The 2011 BCS championship was won Wednesday. If you don’t believe it, ask BamaHound or Irishfever. Those are the Internet names for a couple of recruiting devotees. On behalf of everybody who looks down on this sub-species of sports fan, I’d like to apologize.
LEA supports raising local-option budget
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A4
The Lawrence Education Association supports giving the school board more authority to raise its local-option budget. Lawrence school district voters will decide in an April 1 election whether the district can raise about $680,000 through a projected half-mill property tax increase likely to fund teacher salaries and other requests.
Dozens injured in refinery explosion
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A9
An explosion and fire at a sprawling sugar refinery rattled this Savannah suburb Thursday night, severely injuring dozens of people and sending authorities into a nearby river to search for possible victims, officials said.
Nation’s retailers report worst January in almost 40 years
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A9
Here’s a sign of how shaky the economy has become: Wal-Mart says its shoppers are redeeming their holiday gift cards for basic items - pasta sauce, diapers, laundry detergent - instead of iPods or DVDs.
Niccum: Naked audio reveals good, bad and ugly voices
February 8, 2008 in print edition on C1
In the 1980s, a tape surfaced that featured Linda McCartney singing with husband Paul in the band Wings. Paul had decided to add his wife to the touring lineup of his popular post-Beatles project, subsequently teaching her how to play keyboards and sing backing vocals. The tape was culled from a board mix of a concert version of “Hey Jude” in which the engineer had decided to isolate Linda’s vocals. The motive was because they were so excruciatingly bad.
New gas station touts its biofuels as ‘earth-friendly’
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A3
Thursday saw the grand opening of Zarco 66, an “eco-friendly” gas station that specializes in biofuels. “We’ve got our earth-friendly fuels location up and running,” said Scott Zaremba, president of the Zarco 66 at Ninth and Iowa streets. The station sells E10 ethanol, E85 ethanol, biodiesel and off-road biodiesel. Each type of biofuel is supposed to lower emissions of greenhouse gases harmful to the environment and the air we breathe.
Gambling cut could threaten higher ed
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A3
House Republicans on Thursday removed from budgetary consideration any potential new gambling dollars. This could put in jeopardy increased funding for higher education and a number of other initiatives proposed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Five slain at public meeting
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A1
A gunman with a history of acrimony against civic leaders stormed City Hall during a council meeting Thursday night, killing two police officers and three city officials before law enforcers fatally shot him, authorities said. The mayor was critically injured in the rampage.
KU to host national conference on Hispanic issues
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A5
A surging Hispanic population in the United States has put issues such as immigration, labor policy and border patrol at the forefront of national and local discussions. The Latino population is the fastest-growing ethnic minority in the United States, according to 2000 U.S. Census Bureau data. In Kansas, the Hispanic population has grown nearly 32 percent from 2000 to 2006, according to the Pew Hispanic Center.
League to present land-use seminar
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A5
The League of Women Voters will present a crash course on land use and planning at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
Democrats’ money battle strengthens
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A12
Battling for every dollar and delegate, Barack Obama raised $7.2 million in Super Tuesday’s wake and Hillary Rodham Clinton pulled in $6.4 million, stunning totals reflecting the intensity of their neck-and-neck race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Stars come out for Madonna’s bash at U.N.
February 8, 2008 in print edition on C3
Nothing draws celebrities like cocktails, fellow A-listers and a good cause. “It’s a safe bet to say that this is the event of the year so far - everyone I’ve spoken to is saying they’re stunned by how grand this whole thing is,” said Debra Messing, who attended Madonna and Gucci’s “A Night to Benefit Raising Malawi and UNICEF” party Wednesday night with her husband, “Fool’s Gold” writer Daniel Zelman.
KU softball players seethe over low pick
February 8, 2008 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s softball players were peeved. “I was furious,” Kansas junior Val Chapple said. “I was very upset.” Shortstop Stevie Crisosto felt the same way. “I was sitting at home with my roommate (pitcher Val George),” Crisosto said, “and we were pretty upset when we heard it.” Echoed catcher Elle Pottorf, “I was angry.”
Back & better than ever?
Brandon Rush’s knee injury might have been a blessing in disguise. Just ask his mom.
February 8, 2008 in print edition on B1
Brandon Rush still remembers the words of his mother, Glenda, who offered a pep talk to the Kansas University basketball player last June - a couple of weeks after surgery on his right anterior cruciate ligament.”Blessing in disguise : that’s what my mama said. This might be a blessing in disguise,” Rush said before Thursday’s practice at Horejsi Center. “My mom always knows what she’s talking about, especially about basketball.”
Seabury drops pair to JCN
February 8, 2008 in print edition on B4
Seabury Academy’s boys basketball team wasn’t intimidated by a Class 3A Jefferson County North team that had a clear advantage in number of bodies. Unfortunately for the Class 1A Seabury squad, the disadvantage on the bench resulted in a disadvantage on the scoreboard. The Seahawks lost, 68-39, on Thursday at Seabury.
Top 25 Roundup: Indiana survives Illinois in 2 OTs
February 8, 2008 in print edition on B7
Indiana’s Eric Gordon finally gave Illinois fans something to cheer about. Armon Bassett wasn’t as kind. Bassett scored 11 of his 16 points in the second overtime, and No. 14 Indiana rallied to beat Illinois, 83-79, Thursday even though Gordon struggled for much of the night.
Keep some - not all - real estate papers
February 8, 2008 in print edition on B11
Many homeowners keep lots of billing statements and receipts, leading to overwhelming clutter. Some of the paperwork can be thrown out now, but others should be kept for several years or indefinitely.
UN report: ‘Tobacco epidemic’ could kill 1 billion people in 21st century
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A9
The World Health Organization warned in a new report Thursday that the “tobacco epidemic” is growing and could claim 1 billion lives by the end of the century unless governments dramatically step up efforts to curb smoking.
People in the news
February 8, 2008 in print edition on B10
¢ Hearing held in Spears conservatorship case¢ Theron named Hasty Pudding Woman of Year¢ Cher to be headline act at Caesars Palace¢ Winehouse visa denied, won’t attend Grammys¢ Ex-beauty queen released from jail
Rec calendar
February 8, 2008 in print edition on B6
Lawrence recreation calendar
Pump patrol
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.86 at several locations.
Proposal would bring beer back to KU
Provost’s office has final say on alcohol at union
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A1
A student-led proposal from the Kansas Union’s board of directors would turn the taps in the Jaybowl back on after beer sales ended nearly a decade ago. Union directors recently approved a proposal to allow 3.2 beer sales in the Jaybowl and Hawks Nest on the lowest level of the union. Drinkers would be limited to two beers per person per evening, and those 21 and older would have their IDs scanned before receiving a wrist band indicating they were OK to purchase beer.
KU soccer signs five
February 8, 2008 in print edition on B4
Kansas University’s soccer team signed five players to letters of intent, coach Mark Francis announced Thursday.
Fact-based action
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A10
Kansas legislators serve their constituents best when they sort through the facts and put partisanship aside. “If the Legislature is going to make a serious effort at immigration reform in 2008, then it is time to separate facts from partisan rhetoric.” - Rep. Nile Dilmore, D-Wichita.
Kansas men’s golf in 14th in Hawaii
February 8, 2008 in print edition on B4
Kansas University’s men’s golf team remained in 14th place after the second round Thursday of the Hawaii-Hilo Invitational.
Significant sites
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A11
To the editor: We would like to thank the residents of Lecompton, Douglas County, news media, chamber of commerce and county commission for their comments and suggestions of support for Constitution Hall in Lecompton as one of the “8 Wonders of Kansas.” The outcome shows what a great state Kansas is to live in and the many excellent sites we have to offer to tourists.
Lecompton council election has low number of candidates
February 8, 2008 in print edition on B12
The city of Lecompton barely has enough candidates to have an April general election. Three council seats are up for grabs, and only four candidates have filed. The filing deadline was last month. Ed Smith is the lone incumbent seeking re-election to another two-year term.
Gunman kills 4, shot dead in standoff
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
A gunman killed three apparent relatives and a veteran SWAT officer and wounded another officer before police shot him to death Thursday in a home that erupted in flames during a long standoff. A woman escaped near the end of the siege.
Immigration law
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A11
To the editor: Once more Elizabeth Black gets it wrong, this time trying to equate support for law enforcement on illegal immigration with scapegoating Latinos, particularly Mexicans (Journal-World, Feb. 4). Frankly, I wish candidates I otherwise can accept would support more such law enforcement.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A10
From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 8, 1908: “Kansas defeated Missouri 24-18 in basketball for the second straight night. Coach Allen’s team edged the Missourians 21-20 the night before and there were large crowds at Robinson Gymnasium for both games.
Scratching an itch is more than skin deep
February 8, 2008 in print edition on C1
Skin ointments to relieve chronic itching often ease - but don’t completely stifle - the urge to scratch. Now scientists think they know why. Researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina used magnetic resonance imaging to look at the brain activity of 13 healthy volunteers while they were scratched on a lower leg with a small brush.
Ex-executive to get treatment for AIDS
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
A gravely ill former executive of the dismantled oil giant Yukos will be transferred from jail to a civilian clinic for treatment for AIDS-related cancer and tuberculosis, Russian prison officials said Thursday.
Transit priority
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A11
To the editor: In our crowded, polluted world, mass transportation is economically and environmentally essential. Millions of private gasoline-burning automobiles produce dangerous air pollution. Gas, at about $3 a gallon, impoverishes auto drivers. Overcrowded highways increase accidents.
McCain will be formidable candidate
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A10
The continuing drama of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination should not diminish what John McCain has accomplished on the Republican side of this campaign.
Inspiring events
This week’s political caucuses may not run like clockwork, but they are an important cog in our democratic system.
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A10
Thousands of local residents wanting to take part in the selection of a presidential nominee was both good news and bad news for the Democratic Party Tuesday night.
Government declares nationwide curfew
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
The government imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew Thursday across Chad and said it was scouring the capital for coup plotters and their accomplices who were in hiding after days of fighting killed hundreds and caused thousands to flee.
Hopping mad
International hops shortage poses threat to local brewers
February 8, 2008 in print edition on C1
Joe Yoder takes great joy in bitterness. “Different people have different tastes when it comes to food or drink,” says Yoder, a 10-year member of the Lawrence Brewers Guild. “I like beers that have a more pronounced bitterness. There are people who prefer a sweet taste, and they prefer the maltier beers like an Octoberfest or a bock. I enjoy making really hoppy beers.” Unfortunately, that bitterness is starting to reflect the overall mood of micro/craft and home-brewers around the world.
Royals sign Greinke, Teahen
February 8, 2008 in print edition on B2
Right-hander Zack Greinke and outfielder Mark Teahen agreed Thursday to one-year deals with the Kansas City Royals, getting the team’s final two arbitration-eligible players under contract for 2008.
Robber who licked toes given probation
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A7
A man who robbed a woman of her keys and cell phone, then licked her toes, was sentenced Wednesday to five years’ probation.
Museum talk to feature famous Kansans
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A4
The Watkins Community Museum of History announced the first program in its 2008 Local History Makers Series.
School pulls newspaper for recipe using schnapps
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A7
Officials at a junior high school spiked an edition of the student newspaper because it contained a recipe for hot chocolate that included peppermint schnapps.
Mayer: Bruins trouble in tourney
February 8, 2008 in print edition on B1
Not again! I’m pleading with the bracketology gods of college basketball to prevent Kansas and UCLA meeting before the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament. Why such fervent prayer? KU is 0-5 against the Bruins in tourney play; right now the Ukes are better than the ‘08 Jayhawks. If KU is doomed to 0-6, don’t let it happen before only Memphis, Duke, UCLA and Kansas remain.
Police: Missouri players seen at other incidents
February 8, 2008 in print edition on B5
Two University of Missouri basketball players involved in an altercation that left one with a broken jaw and the other facing criminal assault charges were seen at two earlier fights that resulted in gunfire last year, police said Thursday.
FBI arrests alleged militant in 1983 robbery
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A9
A Puerto Rican militant suspected in a 1983 Connecticut robbery - among the country’s largest cash heists at the time - was arrested Thursday in the U.S. territory, where he lived quietly under an assumed name, the FBI said.
Time to sweep out mistakes
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A11
Only February and already it’s a fine political year here in our great roisterous republic with a carnival cast of colorful drones and smiley eminences huffing and puffing across the field of battle and tumbling off the cliff, leaving one or two serious contenders in each party.
Caucus on despite exit of Romney
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A1
Don’t worry. The Kansas Republican caucuses will go on as planned Saturday, even though one contender ended his campaign Thursday. But how the exit from the race of former Gov. Mitt Romney, of Massachusetts, will affect turnout and the results in Kansas was unclear Thursday, party and campaign leaders said.
Man suspected of stabbing wife found dead
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
A man charged into a school where his estranged wife was a teacher Thursday morning, firing a gun before stabbing her as her fifth-grade class watched, police said. He later was found dead in his home after apparently shooting himself during a standoff with police.
McCain all but nabs GOP nomination
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A12
John McCain sought to mend his tattered relationship with conservatives and unify a splintered GOP as he all but clinched the party’s presidential nomination Thursday. Mitt Romney, his former chief rival, dropped out, and a parade of prominent Republicans swung behind the Arizona senator.
KUMC, KU Hospital earn lawmakers’ praise
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A4
What a difference a year makes. On Thursday, members of a House committee applauded - literally - after Kansas University Medical Center and KU Hospital officials briefed them on their signed agreement.
Dog survives week in snowy Montana backcountry, avalanche
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
Tom Pick saw the frightened look on his dog’s face as the snow gave way, but he could only watch as a small avalanche swept the black Labrador retriever down the mountainside.
LHS girls tumble to Vikes
Lawrence rallies, but SM West prevails at end
February 8, 2008 in print edition on B1
There was no doubt in Cassie Potter’s mind. With eight seconds remaining and Shawnee Mission West’s Lizzy Jeronimus driving toward the hoop in a tie game, Potter, Lawrence High’s hard-nosed guard, backpedaled, planted her feet under the bucket and braced for contact. “I was set, and I was ready,” Potter said.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A10
Burglars entered the Ober Clothing Store, 821 Mass., on a Sunday morning and made off with more than $7,000 in men’s clothing. Bob Radcliffe, manager, didn’t discover the theft until early Monday.
Trial continues over KU student’s death
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A3
Friends walking with Ryan Kanost weren’t sure what happened to him after he was struck by a speeding car during the early hours of Sept. 23, 2006.
Merck to pay $671M settlement
Company overcharged government, prosecutors allege
February 8, 2008 in print edition on B11
In one of the biggest U.S. health care fraud settlements ever, Merck & Co. will pay $671 million to settle claims it overcharged the government for four popular drugs and bribed doctors to prescribe its drugs, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
Baby found alive in tornado debris offers hope in South
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A6
At first, rescuers thought it was a doll. Then it moved. In a grassy pasture strewn with toys, splintered lumber and bricks tossed by the tornado’s widespread wrath, 11-month old Kyson Stowell was lying face down in the mud, 150 yards from where his home once stood.
Defendant found guilty of raping 7-year-old
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A5
A 42-year-old man was found guilty by a jury in Franklin County District Court on Wednesday of raping a 7-year-old child.
Hedges Realtor earns certification
February 8, 2008 in print edition on B11
Kathy Bailey, a Realtor with Realty Executives Hedges Real Estate, recently received certification as a property imaging consultant, after training in Wichita.
Putin uses power to punish ailing opponent
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A10
Another presidential campaign is under way this week - this one in Russia. On March 2, Russians will vote in a pro-forma election for a successor to KGB man Vladimir V. Putin. The Kremlin has handpicked a former law professor, Dmitry Medvedev, though Putin may try to remain the power behind the scenes.
Refurbished house to serve visiting scholars
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A5
Kansas University is dedicating its recently renovated International House and recognizing donors at a private ceremony Saturday morning.
Commodities
February 8, 2008 in print edition on B11
Agricultural futures traded mostly higher Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for March delivery jumped 30 cents to $10.63; March corn fell 2 cents to $4.995; March oats added 2.25 cents to $3.4075; March soybeans rose 13 cents to $13.315.
Students to rally for Darfur assistance
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A5
Kansas University students will be host to a fundraiser Feb. 16, with all proceeds earmarked for emergency aid to those who live in Darfur.
New salt shipment to come this week
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A3
Chuck Soules, director of the city’s public works department, said Lawrence snow plowing crews are still without road salt, which means that crews are struggling to keep some city streets ice-free.
Police arrest suspect in illegal kidney operation
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A9
The alleged mastermind of a shadowy organ transplant operation in India that illegally removed hundreds of kidneys - sometimes from unwilling donors - has been arrested at a jungle resort in southern Nepal, an official said today.
House debates raising cigarette taxes
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A5
Lawmakers on Thursday started what promises to be a fiery debate over a proposed increase in the state cigarette tax. After a hearing in the House Tax Committee, Chairman Kenny Wilk, R-Lansing, said the measure faces strong opposition.
Flaw allows voters at both caucuses
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A7
There’s an unintended procedural flaw that could allow some Kansans to vote in both caucuses this week. Unlike the Democratic caucus Tuesday where participants could register or change their party affiliation at the door, GOP leaders have said anyone who wants to caucus had to be a registered Republican by Jan. 25. The party purchased a list of voters from the Kansas Secretary of State.
Storms don’t stop science fair
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A3
A winter storm and school testing cut the 2008 Douglas County Science and Engineering Fair’s participants by about 300 this week. But one first-grader was excited nonetheless. Logan Grose, who goes to Broken Arrow School, worked on a project titled “Eggsactly Why You Should Buckle Up.” He made a visit back to the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds to see his results. He won second place for the first-grade category.
On the record
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A4
A stolen 1994 blue Dodge Spirit valued at $1,000 was recovered Tuesday. A 56-year-old Lawrence man reported that the theft occurred between 11:15 a.m. and 6:41 p.m. Tuesday in the 100 block of North Michigan Street.
Dillons discounts generic prescriptions
February 8, 2008 in print edition on B11
Hutchinson-based Dillon Stores, a division of The Kroger Co., this week launched a program offering discounts on generic drugs.
NBA Roundup
February 8, 2008 in print edition on B8
Scores from around the league.
Thomas: Knight’s honesty rare
February 8, 2008 in print edition on B5
The free-wheeling point guard from the city and the controlling coach who early in his career established himself as a bit of a tyrant seemed not the best of fits. Isiah Thomas confirmed as much.
Parliament revolt freezes bill on local elections
February 8, 2008 in print edition on A9
Dozens of Iraqi legislators walked out of parliament Thursday to protest parts of a draft law that would lay out rules for provincial elections later this year, marking another potential setback for U.S.-backed proposals to ease Iraq’s sectarian rifts.
Wood Re New owners attend convention
February 8, 2008 in print edition on B11
Bret Sanford and Matt McPherson, owners of the Wood Re New franchise in Lawrence, attended the company’s annual convention Jan. 24-25 at the Radisson Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.
Savages’ takes aim at family limitations
February 8, 2008 in print edition on C1
Estranged brother and sister Jon and Wendy Savage (Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney) are screwed-up and self-absorbed, but they certainly seem realistic. Sometimes they’re shrill, sometimes they’re scared, often they’re incredibly thoughtless and have no qualms about lying to each other.
Ledger’s father: Death should serve as warning
February 8, 2008 in print edition on C3
Heath Ledger’s death by accidental overdose should serve as a warning to others not to mix prescription drugs, his father said, calling the loss an enduring agony for his family.