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Births
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
Addison Whitenight LHS boys vs. Olathe North FSHS boys vs. Shawnee Mission North LHS girls vs. Olathe North Liver Transplantation
Podcasts
Polls
How much cash do you contribute to charity in a year?

Poll results

Response Percent
More than $1,000.
 
31%
Between $1 and $99.
 
25%
Between $100 and $249.
 
14%
Nothing.
 
11%
Between $250 and $499.
 
9%
Between $500 and $999.
 
7%
Total 289
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Lawrence Police officers search for bullet casings surrounding Last Call, 729 N.H. A shooting about 3 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008, morning sent three people to the hospital. 2 arrests made in Last Call shooting
February 13, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Two Topeka women were arrested late Tuesday, accused of helping a gunman who fired multiple shots toward a crowd of people early Sunday outside Last Call. The women were in the gunman’s getaway car, according to Lawrence police Sgt. Paul Fellers. One woman, 30, was arrested on a charge of aiding a felon, and the other woman, 20, was arrested on a charge of aiding and abetting in an aggravated battery. A 15-year-old Topeka boy and two Last Call employees were shot about 3 a.m. Sunday outside the club at 729 N.H.
1:00 p.m.
The proposed Oread Inn as seen from 12th Street. Oread Inn wins approval from city
February 13, 2008 in print edition on 1A
A large-scale hotel is far better than a large-scale apartment complex being built on the edge of the Kansas University campus, city commissioners agreed Tuesday. Commissioners at their weekly meeting unanimously approved the Oread Inn project - a seven-story, $37 million hotel project slated for the area near 12th and Indiana streets. The project received nearly an hour’s worth of public comment - including strong support from the business community but concerns from historic preservationists.
5:00 p.m.
Carol Brown delivers flowers for the Habitat for Humanity Women Build Valentine's Day Fundraiser on Tuesday in Lawrence. Brown is the recipient of a house that will be built with the help of money through the fundraiser. Habitat for Humanity beneficiary makes flower deliveries in return
February 13, 2008 in print edition on 5A
Who says Christmas is the only time for giving? For Carol Brown, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to give back to those who are giving her the gift of a home.

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6Sports video: KU women top Buffs
February 13, 2008
Back in late January, it was the Kansas women surrendering a ten-point advantage to Colorado in Boulder. Tonight, Bonnie Hendrickson’s squad laced ‘em up for their second installment with CU within the friendly walls of Allen Fieldhouse.
6News video: Police investigate kidnapping
February 13, 2008
A Lawrence woman told police she was approached by a man this afternoon who displayed a knife and forced her into her car.
6News video: Two women charged in Last Call shooting
February 13, 2008
Felony charges are filed today against two Topeka women for aiding a man who fired several gunshots early Sunday outside Last Call.
6News video: Free State principal to retire
February 13, 2008
After 12 years as Free State High School principal, Joe Snyder will retire at the end of this school year. Snyder is the only principal Free State has had since opening in 1997.
6News video: Baldwin City woman killed in car accident
February 13, 2008
A 59-year-old Baldwin City woman is identified as the victim in a one-car fatal crash Tuesday afternoon southeast of Lawrence.
6News video: Judge orders trial for suspected carjacker
February 13, 2008
A judge orders a man to stand trial on charges stemming from a carjacking and a police chase in late January that resulted in a number of car accidents.
6News video: City to reevaluate entertainment licensing
February 13, 2008
Changes could be in store for the way the city of Lawrence regulates bars and nightclubs. City commissioners are set to discuss new licensing requirements for bars when they meet next week.
6Sports video: Hawks up against CU for round two
February 13, 2008
A rematch takes place tonight in Lawrence when the Colorado women face Kansas. 6Sports reporter Kevin Romary joins us live from the Fieldhouse for pregame talk and trivia.
6Sports video: Mangino speaks about new recruits
February 13, 2008
Better late than never: today coach Mark Mangino addressed the media, one week after signing day, regarding his incoming class of 2008.
6Sports video: LHS swimmers prep for state tournament
February 13, 2008
In less than 48 hours, the boys of the Lawrence High swim team will compete for the state championship.
6News video: Police looking for robbery suspects
February 13, 2008
Lawrence police are looking for two men in connection with a home invasion and robbery early this morning at a central Lawrence apartment complex.
6News video: Sunflower Broadband wins Governor’s award
February 13, 2008
6News parent company Sunflower Broadband receives a special award today in Topeka.
6News video: KU chancellor promises to cap tuition increases
February 13, 2008
KU chancellor Robert Hemenway today pledged to bring future KU tuition increases in under less than six percent. The pledge came after the Board of Regents failed to set a cap on the amount of tuition increase for all six universities.
6News video: Second Chances: Addison’s story
February 13, 2008
Life is a waiting game for one Lawrence family wondering every day if they’ll get the call that will save their 16-month-old daughter’s life. Over the next few nights we’ll introduce you to three Lawrence families with one common bond: they all know firsthand the importance of organ donation. We start tonight with Addison’s story.
McCray’s offensive explosion leads KU women to 70-59 win over Colorado
February 13, 2008
There’s little question sophomore wing Danielle McCray is the most talented player Kansas University has on its women’s basketball roster. She officially showed it Wednesday night, snapping out of an offensive funk which has plagued her throughout Big 12 play, scoring 24 points to go with 10 rebounds in the Jayhawks’ 70-59 win over Colorado in Allen Fieldhouse.
Free State principal to retire
Joe Snyder will leave school at end of the year
February 13, 2008
Lawrence Free State High School’s first and only principal, Joe Snyder, will retire at the end of the school year, Lawrence Superintendent Randy Weseman announced this afternoon.
Hemenway: Tuition will increase no more than 6 percent
Regents not interested in setting cap
04:20 p.m., February 13, 2008 Updated 05:53 p.m.
Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway today pledged to bring KU’s tuition increase for next year in under less than 6 percent.
6News Now: Two men sought in home invasion
February 13, 2008
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, police are looking for two men in connection with a home invasion and robbery this morning, and Google Maps brings your front door to the internet.
Baldwin City woman identified as victim in fatality accident
Car overturned on county road southeast of Lawrence
February 13, 2008
A Baldwin City woman has been identified as the victim in a fatality accident Tuesday southeast of Lawrence.
Police seeking two men in home invasion
Suspects, armed with handgun and machete, rob five people
February 13, 2008
Lawrence police are looking for two men in connection with a home invasion and robbery that took place at midnight Tuesday in an apartment at 1411 W. Seventh St.
Community colleges shift focus to helping students move on, not just letting them in
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A3
As elite universities debate Congress over how much of their multi-billion-dollar endowments to spend, a new report argues that higher education’s heavy-lifters - community colleges - need both more money and better results.
Pump patrol
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.84 at BP, 19th Street and Haskell Avenue.
2 arrests made in Last Call shooting
Topeka women charged with aiding shooter
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A1
Two Topeka women were arrested late Tuesday, accused of helping a gunman who fired multiple shots toward a crowd of people early Sunday outside Last Call. The women were in the gunman’s getaway car, according to Lawrence police Sgt. Paul Fellers. One woman, 30, was arrested on a charge of aiding a felon, and the other woman, 20, was arrested on a charge of aiding and abetting in an aggravated battery. A 15-year-old Topeka boy and two Last Call employees were shot about 3 a.m. Sunday outside the club at 729 N.H.
Use of ‘race card’ deemed improper
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A12
Dennis Steffes, owner of the troubled downtown nightclub Last Call, twice has alleged the city has unfairly targeted his club for enforcement because it caters to largely a black crowd. But leaders of two of the city’s larger black organizations aren’t convinced.
The art of the free throw
Coaches say charities key, but it’s tough to get practice balance just right
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B1
Free State High boys basketball coach Chuck Law will be the first to admit that free-throw shooting has become a lost art. “When kids walk into the gym,” Law said, “the first thing they definitely do not do is step to the foul line and start shooting 15-foot jumpers. The three-point line has become the shot that everyone wants to make.”
Woodling: Ballplayer remains mystery
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B1
Somehow Bob Edmondson fell through the cracks. For decades, Ralph Houk has been listed as the first Lawrence High product to play baseball in the major leagues. Not true.
OU receiver granted season
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B2
Oklahoma wide receiver Brandon Caleb has been granted a hardship waiver by the Big 12 Conference, restoring a sophomore football season cut short by injury.
Some TV shows to return after writers vote to end strike
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A2
A devastating three-month walkout that brought the entertainment industry to a standstill ended Tuesday when Hollywood writers voted to lift their union’s strike order and return to work today.
Courses aim to protect churches from embezzlers
February 13, 2008 in print edition on C10
The globe-trotting priest from Connecticut drove a Jaguar, shopped at Bergdorf Goodman and bought jewelry from Cartier, all of it with money stolen from his church’s coffers. By the time the parish finance council caught on, he had embezzled $1.3 million.
President: Flooding a national disaster
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A11
President Evo Morales declared Bolivia’s devastating floods a national disaster on Tuesday, freeing more government funds to confront a crisis his government has linked to global climate change.
Boyda salutes veterans at area VA hospitals
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A12
Leonard Mitchell was sitting on the edge of his hospital bed eating lunch Tuesday when in walked U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda. “Are they treating you well? Anything you want me to know about?” the Kansas Democrat asked.
City athletes of the week
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B8
Jack Caywood & Brian Cain
Lawrence High girls bury O-North
Irked by another slow start, Lions run wild in second half
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B14
The residual effects of losing three games in its last four tries appeared to be creeping in ever so slightly Tuesday evening for Lawrence High’s girls basketball team. Here the Lions were, against lowly Olathe North - a bunch that had accumulated just one win and 41 losses the past two seasons - and LHS trailed by one after the first quarter.
GOP must get past Reagan
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A15
This just in: Ronald Reagan is dead and he’s not coming back. Now, can conservatives please move on? Reagan always spoke about the future and its possibilities. Today’s conservatives, however, can’t seem to break with the past and the nostalgia for the Reagan years.
Community colleges play vital role
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A14
Some will argue that America will not win the skills race and strengthen the middle class without greater might at two-year institutions, and I agree with them. The presidential candidates need to read and digest a study commissioned by the nonprofit College Board, a document that illustrates community colleges carry a disproportionate student load with inadequate resources.
Chocolate obsession all the rave
February 13, 2008 in print edition on C1
Being infatuated with chocolate really didn’t become stylish until the gourmet foodie craze gained traction in the 1970s - at least not in America. I’m not certain when the term “chocoholic” was coined, but I sense the presence of marketers hoping to convince average Americans that a heart-shaped box of Russell Stovers would no longer pass muster on the Day of Love.
Horoscopes
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B15
Focus on efficiency and information this year. You need to be sure you are working with facts and not theories on a daily basis. If you are single, you want the comfort of a best friend and a lover. If you are attached, the two of you need to spend quality time together.
Focused’ Firebirds tip Indians
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B1
Kris Wilson had had enough. Enough of the Free State High boys squad starting games slow and not being focused. So the senior stepped in to deliver the pregame speech before the Firebirds faced Shawnee Mission North on Tuesday.
KU to hold track clinic
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B5
Kansas University will serve as host for a USA Track & Field Officials Certification Clinic on February 24th at Hadl Auditorium.
Careers reach 10th frame
LHS seniors seek state title to complete legacy
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B8
Rare are the high school athletes in the modern era who can lay claim to being pioneers of their sport. In football, basketball, soccer and most every other game, competitions began at the prep level ages ago.
MLB American League capsules
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B9
A look at each American League MLB team.
Top 25 Roundup: Purdue stops No. 10 Michigan St.
North Carolina survives another scare
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B6
Purdue students didn’t storm the court after the Boilermakers beat Michigan State. That’s because they’re no longer surprised when the Boilermakers win big games.
Addison awaits transplant, better life
16-month-old Lawrence resident suffering from rare liver disorder
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A1
Ring. Ring. Ring. A hopeful mother smiles and her eyes light up behind her glasses. “This could be it,” she said as she gets up to answer the phone. Nope. It’s just a telemarketer. And so the long wait continues for Shawna Davis and Jeffrey Whitenight. They are awaiting a call from Children’s Mercy Hospital, where they hope their 16-month-old daughter, Addison, will have a liver transplant. She’s been on the transplant list since May 29.
On the record
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A4
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical reported the following fire calls:
Fire victim praises rescuer
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A3
George Robson said he knew an outreached arm came to his aid just at the right time. The 69-year-old lifelong Lawrence resident was rescued from a fire at his south Lawrence home Monday, and he was released from Lawrence Memorial Hospital on Tuesday afternoon after treatment for smoke inhalation.
Oread Inn wins approval from city
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A1
A large-scale hotel is far better than a large-scale apartment complex being built on the edge of the Kansas University campus, city commissioners agreed Tuesday. Commissioners at their weekly meeting unanimously approved the Oread Inn project - a seven-story, $37 million hotel project slated for the area near 12th and Indiana streets. The project received nearly an hour’s worth of public comment - including strong support from the business community but concerns from historic preservationists.
NBA Roundup
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B7
Scores from around the league.
Free State bowlers get revenge for earlier loss
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B4
Free State High’s bowling team exacted some revenge Tuesday on Topeka Seaman in a road quad at Topeka’s Gage North Lanes.
Missouri kicks Hannah off team
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B6
Missouri guard Stefhon Hannah, the central figure in a nightclub fracas that led to the suspension of five players, was kicked off the team on Tuesday
Winter high school sports notebook
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B8
2007 Lawrence High graduate Lauren Kelly, a freshman softball player at Bradley University, is expected to take on another former Lawrence softball player this week at a tourney in Las Vegas.
Jayhawks seek atonement
For KU, ‘everything was bad’ in last meeting with Colorado
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B5
No basketball coach can avoid the clunker, and that includes Kansas University’s Bonnie Henrickson. Throughout her coaching career, Henrickson has suffered through her share of poor overall team performances, notably the Jayhawks’ shabby outing a few weeks ago at Colorado.
Giddens becomes a team player
Ex-Jayhawk ‘matured’ with Lobos
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B5
J.R. Giddens was recruited to Kansas University by Roy Williams and now plays at New Mexico under Steve Alford. In between, he was stabbed in a bar fight and reluctantly agreed with Jayhawks coach Bill Self to leave Kansas. The notoriety lingered when then-New Mexico coach, Ritchie McKay, prematurely predicted Giddens would be an NBA lottery pick.
Treasurer’s office satellite now open
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Douglas County Treasurer’s Office will have a ribbon-cutting today to mark the opening this week of its branch office in Baldwin City.
Ugly offseason about to end
Camps begin to open today in Florida, Arizona
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B9
After all the talk about the Mitchell Report, it’s time for Mitchell to report. Mitch Talbot is all set to get in his car next week and make the 36-hour drive from Cedar City, Utah, to St. Petersburg, Fla., for spring training with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Pettitte: Clemens said he used HGH
Rocket to testify today at congressional steroids hearing
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B2
Roger Clemens told Yankees teammate Andy Pettitte nearly 10 years ago that he used human growth hormone, Pettitte said in a sworn affidavit to Congress, the Associated Press learned Tuesday.
People in the news
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B15
¢ Farrow, Spielberg draw attention to Darfur¢ Sheryl Crow taking ‘Detours’ on new album¢ Mel Gibson sued over ‘Passion’ screenplay¢ Actor aids fight against human trafficking¢ Bon Jovi to boost lung cancer research
Self: Jayhawks not tough enough again
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B5
A calm, rational Hawk Talk radio show caller stumped Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self for a second on Tuesday night. “What would be a good way for me to say this without headlines tomorrow in the paper?” Self, said, thinking out loud when asked by a fan if there was a “common thread” in KU’s two losses this season.
Driver killed after losing control on county road
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A5
A Douglas County resident was killed Tuesday in a single-vehicle accident on E. 1900 Road.
Annexation near Lecompton advances
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A12
Plans to annex an area near the Lecompton interchange of the Kansas Turnpike are moving forward.
Electability’ not a criterion
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A15
As the presidential primary season progresses, a number of fascinating aspects of contemporary American politics have begun to surface. Most noticeable, of course, is the early and rapid narrowing of the field in both the Republican and Democratic camps.
Jayhawks improved from the stripe
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B3
The new year’s resolution was simple for the Kansas University men’s basketball team: Find a way to fix the Jayhawks’ string of dismal performances from the free-throw line.
This month, break your fast with a hot meal
February 13, 2008 in print edition on C1
There are more weird holidays out there than one can count - February alone is National Pet Dental Health Month, National Bird Feeding Month and Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month - but none of those can keep you warm on a frigid winter day.
MLB National League capsules
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B11
A look at each National League MLB team.
Sweet dreams
Custom candies make great Valentine’s Day gifts
February 13, 2008 in print edition on C1
A box of chocolates? Red roses? Jewelry? All of the above? When Valentine’s Day rolls around, lovers have plenty of choices, from the perfect (and perfectly cheap) card to sparklers weighing in at a couple of carats. But what if you want to make something for your special someone instead of just making credit card payments in remembrance of what you bought?
Practicality suggests gun compromise
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A14
You have no right to read this. The First Amendment gives me the right to write it, but doesn’t necessarily give you the right to read it. Or so I was once told by an attorney.
Smoking strategy
Letting counties across the state vote on a smoking ban may be the best option.
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A14
Although a statewide ban on smoking in public places has a certain appeal, letting each Kansas county vote on whether to institute such a ban may be a more practical and realistic approach. The Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee is hearing testimony this week on a bill that would place a smoking ban measure on the ballot in all Kansas counties on Nov. 8.
Astronomers spot galaxy forming billions of years ago
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A13
Astronomers took pictures of a far-off lumpy galaxy just forming 13 billion years ago, putting it among the earliest and most distant cosmic objects ever photographed.
Committee considers smoking ban
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B16
Supporters of banning smoking in restaurants, bars, casinos and most other public places got a quick lesson Tuesday in practical politics when they urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to rewrite the bill.
Lenders to offer 30-day reprieves to borrowers
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A13
The Bush administration and six large mortgage lenders unveiled a plan Tuesday to offer 30-day reprieves to some homeowners facing foreclosure.
Veritas makes road trip worthwhile
Boys, girls victorious in Manhattan
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B4
Veritas Christian broke open a close game with 19 points in the second quarter and went on to defeat Flint Hills, 46-19, on Tuesday night in high school boys basketball. Veritas led just 5-4 after one quarter but outscored Flint Hill 19-8 in the second quarter for a 24-12 halftime lead.
Natural control
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A14
To the editor: We would like to thank the Journal-World for printing the article “Endangered ferrets return to Kansas: The rare animals are back after 50-year absence” (Dec. 25). We think the article helped more people realize what was happening in Logan County and a natural way to manage prairie dogs.
Provision in economic stimulus plan could mean $87M hit for Kansas
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B14
Battle lines formed Tuesday over news that the federal economic stimulus package could short Kansas’ coffers by $87 million. House Minority Leader Dennis McKinney, D-Greensburg, said losing that much tax revenue in a tight budget will “decimate” services for the disabled, elderly and education.
More home sales resulting from foreclosures
February 13, 2008 in print edition on C10
A growing share of home sales are from foreclosures, especially in states hardest hit by the housing bust. In some parts of California lately, nearly 50 percent of home sales come from foreclosed houses.
Are we shifting into ‘American Idle’?
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B15
Twenty-four semifinalists emerge on “American Idol” (7 p.m., Fox). While there have been some interesting personalities to date, no talent has really stood out. Has watching “Idol” becoming more of a chore than a joy? Is it fun? Or merely a habit?
Area Roundup: McLouth sweeps a pair
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B4
Three McLouth High boys basketball players reached double figures and another added nine points for the Bulldogs, who used a 39-point second half to knock off Doniphan West, 52-45, on Tuesday night.
Reliable source
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A14
To the editor: Childhood was a time for trust in my life. I believed everything I heard. I believed in Santa Claus and that fat people were healthier than skinny ones. Any airplane flying overhead was piloted by Lindbergh, and penny candy always came in a small white paper sack. Lowell Thomas was the only newsman in the world, and Amos and Andy were real people.
Couples often hide financial details
February 13, 2008 in print edition on C10
Many of us have a curious relationship with money. It’s a subject more taboo than sex. Bring a sweetheart into the mix, and it becomes a strange “menage à trois” indeed. Turns out, we frequently hide our finances from the person we hold most dear.
Beagle is truly numero Uno at Westminster
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A2
America has a new Snoop doggie. Barking and baying up a storm, Uno lived up to his name Tuesday night by becoming the first beagle to win best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club.
Johnson, Hack cleared of potential charges
AG investigation finds insufficient evidence for conflict of interest cases in Deciphera deal
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A3
Neither Douglas County Commissioner Bob Johnson nor Mayor Sue Hack will face charges that they violated the state’s conflict of interest laws by owning a piece of a company to which the city and county offered financial incentives. The Kansas Attorney General’s Office has found that there’s not enough evidence to pursue a case against Hack and that Johnson’s ownership interest in Deciphera Pharmaceuticals is not of the type that puts him in jeopardy of violating the conflict of interest laws.
Habitat for Humanity beneficiary makes flower deliveries in return
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A5
Who says Christmas is the only time for giving? For Carol Brown, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to give back to those who are giving her the gift of a home.
Universities seeking more research funds
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A7
Scientists and university leaders are seeking $500 million in emergency spending for basic research in the physical sciences, an investment they say will save jobs, the economy and the nation’s standing in the international scientific community.
Retrial in 2004 shooting continues
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A3
The prosecution will continue calling witnesses today in the first-degree murder trial of Lafayette Cosby, which is being held in Douglas County District Court.
De Soto officials want riverfront authority
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A4
De Soto officials Tuesday urged lawmakers to approve creation of a riverfront authority to help spur development on the Kansas River. “I believe it (De Soto) is on the verge of great discovery,” state Sen. Julia Lynn, R-Olathe, told the Senate Committee on Elections and Local Government.
BlackBerry outage caused by upgrade
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A13
The company behind the BlackBerry smart phones says Monday’s three-hour outage was caused by an upgrade designed to increase capacity.
Ban urged on devices to repel kids from shops
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A2
England’s commissioner for children and a civil liberties group joined in a campaign Tuesday to ban high-frequency devices intended to drive away kids who congregate outside shops and in other areas.
Budget deficit doubles pace set last year
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A13
The federal budget deficit is running at a pace that is more than double last year’s imbalance through the first four months of the budget year.
Traffic signals for new Wal-Mart area OK’d
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A12
Plans for a traffic signal at Sixth Street and Congressional Drive are moving ahead. Commissioners on a 4-1 vote approved a benefit district that will pay for the costs of the traffic signal and other improvements near the intersection that will become a major entrance for a new Wal-Mart store.
Commentary: Steroids hearing will solve very little
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B2
Roger Clemens will raise the right arm today that made him rich and famous, swear he’s going to tell the truth, and then try to convince a group of politicians more interested in their re-election prospects than they are about syringes in the clubhouse that he didn’t win seven Cy Young awards by cheating.
Alumni Association hosting ‘Life After KU
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A4
The KU Alumni Association will host a seminar titled “Life After KU,” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Adams Alumni Association, 1266 Oread Ave.
Buffeted by $38.7B loss, GM plans buyouts
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A2
General Motors on Tuesday reported a $38.7 billion loss for 2007, its largest ever, and said it would offer its unionized workers a fresh round of buyouts meant to remove more high-cost veteran employees from its payroll.
Shaq unlikely to make his Suns debut tonight
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B7
Shaquille O’Neal doesn’t want to slow the Phoenix Suns. That’s why he may make them wait a few more days before playing his eagerly awaited first game in purple and orange.
Israel plans more homes in eastern part of city
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A11
Israel announced plans Tuesday to build more than 1,000 homes in disputed east Jerusalem, infuriating the Palestinians and triggering a new crisis in already troubled peace talks.
Falling moose nearly takes out trooper
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A2
Motorists in Alaska have seen the highway signs that warn of falling rocks, and they’ve seen the ones that warn of moose crossing.
Survey shows American health care pessimism
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B14
Americans have lost confidence in the U.S. health care system and yearn for reforms that will free them from worry about losing coverage if their circumstances change or if they fall ill. In a recent Consumer Reports survey, more than 80 percent of the 1,200 Americans age 18 and older polled said that a reformed system should guarantee the following:
Armed escorts needed for Valentine’s roses
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A11
In a country strangled by anger and fear, it is taking armed escorts and emergency airlifts to make sure that Kenya’s most warmhearted export - the rose - arrives in time for Valentine’s Day.
Commodities
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B14
Agriculture futures traded lower Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for March delivery lost 41 cents to $10.07l; March corn fell 5.75 cents to $4.9775; March oats dropped 2.5 cents to $3.415; March soybeans declined 5 cents to $13.21.
Lions say enough’s enough
Challenged by coach, LHS boys edge Eagles, end losing skid
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B1
Tired of the Lawrence High boys basketball team’s losing ways, coach Chris Davis issued a challenge to his players before Tuesday night’s contest at Olathe North. He described it as a “line-in-the-sand game” - a call to cease the hemorrhaging from a long losing streak immediately.
State oil company halts sales to Exxon Mobil
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A2
Venezuela’s state oil company said Tuesday that it has stopped selling crude to Exxon Mobil Corp. in response to the U.S. oil company’s drive to use the courts to seize billions of dollars in Venezuelan assets.
Study: Delayed treatment of prostate cancer may be OK
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A10
Older men with early-stage prostate cancer are not taking a big risk if they keep an eye on the disease instead of treating it right away, suggests the largest study to look at this issue since PSA tests became popular.
Tait: The great debate
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B8
I get it. I really do. Games like the KU-K-State game in January or Monday’s KU-Texas game, where the atmosphere is so electric and the action so invigorating that you can’t help but love every second of it, show why so many high school athletes develop the dream of playing their chosen sport at the highest collegiate level.
KU champs aim to ‘take over’ NBA
Members of 1988 basketball team rising as executives in league
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B14
Kevin Pritchard is convinced one of his teammates will join him atop an NBA franchise’s front office. That would make three players or staffers from Kansas University’s 1988 NCAA championship team to ascend to the top rung of an NBA team’s executive ladder. “Milt (Newton) will be an NBA GM, no doubt about it,” said Pritchard, general manager for the Portland Trail Blazers. “He will be a great GM.”
Oklahoma nudges Texas A&M
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B6
Courtney Paris scored 20 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead 10th-ranked Oklahoma to a 68-56 win against No. 20 Texas A&M on Tuesday night.
Australian Parliament apologizes for policies harming Aborigines
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A11
Aborigines organized breakfast barbecues in the Outback, schools held assemblies and giant TV screens went up in state capitals as Australians watched a live broadcast of their government today apologizing for policies that degraded its indigenous people.
Speaker threatening to disband parliament
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A6
The speaker of Iraq’s fragmented parliament threatened Tuesday to disband the legislature, saying it is so riddled with distrust it appears unable to adopt the budget or agree on a law setting a date for provincial elections.
Storm hinders travel, voting on East Coast
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A13
Winter’s latest delivery of misery slid across the East Coast after icing over parts of the Ohio Valley, snarling primary-day voting, delaying air travel and causing hundreds of traffic accidents.
Walk Kansas pushes new fitness goals
February 13, 2008 in print edition on C2
Q: When does Walk Kansas start this year?
KU vaulters Sultanova, Scott honored by league
February 13, 2008 in print edition on B5
Kansas University pole vaulters Kate Sultanova and Jordan Scott were named Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week for their record-setting performances last weekend.
Evaluating the surge, a year later
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A6
A year ago in Baghdad: Shiite militiamen and Sunni insurgents owned entire neighborhoods and key areas beyond. Iraq’s government was adrift, and U.S. commanders weighed the real possibility of being trapped in a full-scale civil war.
Jayni Carey prepares savory winter meal
February 13, 2008 in print edition on C2
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Tucking In: A Savory Winter Meal.”
State senator seeks congressional seat
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A4
State Sen. Donald Betts, D-Wichita, on Monday filed papers to run for Kansas’ 4th District congressional seat.
Obama wins 3 primaries, takes lead in Democratic delegates
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A2
Barack Obama powered past Hillary Rodham Clinton in the race for Democratic convention delegates Tuesday on a night of triumph sweetened with outsized primary victories in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Senate to open coal-plant hearings
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A12
The state Senate today will consider legislation aimed at getting two coal-burning power plants built in southwest Kansas despite the objections of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and several environmental groups.
Thousands await new organs; how the system works
February 13, 2008 in print edition on A1
Every day, an average of 17 people die because of a lack of available organs for transplant. As of Feb. 8, there were 105,102 people across the nation waiting for organ transplants. Of those, 373 were from Kansas. “There is a much lower rate of organ donation in the U.S. compared to other countries,” said Dr. Ramsey Hachem, pulmonologist at Barnes Jewish Hospital, a world-renowned transplant center in St. Louis. To become a donor, it’s essential to notify your family.