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Archive for Monday, February 18, 2008

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Audio clips
Births
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
KU vs. Nebraska women's basketball
Podcasts
Polls
Do you think the KU women's basketball team (15-9 overall, 4-7 Big 12) will make the NCAA Tournament?

Poll results

Response Percent
No, but they’ll make the WNIT
 
68%
No, no postseason
 
17%
Yes
 
14%
Total 694
Which trivia category are you best at?

Poll results

Response Percent
Entertainment.
 
32%
History.
 
27%
Sports.
 
15%
Geography.
 
11%
None of the above.
 
8%
Literature.
 
5%
Total 206
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Lawrence Fire Chief Mark Bradford works out in his home last week. Bradford had a heart attack in September and is undergoing a relaxed workout every day to try to get stronger and back into good health. Surviving the widow-maker
February 18, 2008 in print edition on 1A
This was going to be the day. It was Sept. 17 - a warm Monday that summer wouldn’t quite let go of - and Lawrence Fire Chief Mark Bradford did something he normally doesn’t do. He went home to eat lunch with his wife.
12:00 p.m.
Joe Fitzsimmons climbs aboard a Johnson County Transit K-10 Connector bus last week at the intersection of 19th Street and Naismith Drive. Ridership on the bus service between Lawrence and Johnson County set records in January and February. Transit service a success
February 18, 2008 in print edition on 3A
Ridership on the shuttle service between Lawrence and Johnson County continues to climb. Johnson County Transit’s K-10 Connector bus system set new records during January and February, reflecting an increased interest in the area’s public transit.
4:00 p.m.
Aaron Hoare, at left, Whitney Gallagher and Erin Leary, of the Johnny's Tavern team, react to Leary's answer to a quiz question Sunday during the sixth annual Irish Pub Quiz at Zig & Mac's, 1540 Wakarusa Drive. Irish Pub Quiz raises about $2,400
February 18, 2008 in print edition on 3A
Without the aid of Google, relying only on their wits and the combined brainpower of their teammates, nearly 100 trivia fanatics gathered Sunday night at Zig & Mac’s, 1540 Wakarusa Drive, to test their knowledge of the random and to raise money for the Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee.
10:00 p.m.
Ian Nelson checks on the robot created by a team of students at Lawrence High School during a practice exercise after class Monday at the Lawrence Virtual School, 2145 La. Nelson, a freshman at Kansas University, is a former LHS student who is a member of the robotics team. Students gear up for competition
February 18, 2008 in print edition on 3A
It stands 12 feet tall and weighs more than 100 pounds. Pose it just the right way, and the robot looks like the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex that is ready for battle. The machine is the brainchild of the Lawrence High School robotics team.

All stories

6Sports video: Eudora boys get the job done
February 18, 2008
The Cardinal boys tried to make it a double-header sweep tonight against Atchison.
6Sports video: Hawks shut down CU’s Roby
February 18, 2008
The first time the Kansas men saw Colorado’s Richard Roby this season, the Buffaloes’ guard was dominant. That was not the case on Saturday.
6News video: City to examine Bauer Farm development
February 18, 2008
City commissioners will debate taxes and traffic as part of a proposed shopping center development in northwest Lawrence.
6News video: Coal plant approval halfway through House
February 18, 2008
A bill allowing two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas wins first-round approval in the House.
6News video: KU paleontologists to appear on PBS
February 18, 2008
Two KU scientists are going on television to offer their answer to an ongoing scientific debate: which came first, dinosaurs or birds?
6Sports video: McCray seals the deal
February 18, 2008
On Sunday the Kansas women’s basketball team pulled out another victory at Allen Fieldhouse.
6News video: Employee health clinic lowers costs for local business
February 18, 2008
A Lawrence production center is working to close the door on rising health care costs.
6News video: Last Call shooting suspect awaits extradition
February 18, 2008
A man wanted in connection with a shooting outside a Lawrence nightclub earlier this month remains in a Kentucky jail.
6Sports video: Lady Cardinals roll Atchison
February 18, 2008
Eudora hosted a make-up double header against Atchison tonight.
6News video: Move boosts ArtStar’s career interests
February 18, 2008
Alex Kim didn’t think art could be a career for him until he moved to the United States. Journal-World features editor Terry Rombeck tells us about the ArtStar winner for February.
6Sports video: Former KU players, coaches return for party, win
February 18, 2008
It was a celebration 110 years in the making and the kind of turnout the University of Kansas could only dream about.
6Sports video: Tokarcyzk takes Hawks to top
February 18, 2008
The Jayhawk tennis team’s current success dates back farther than their Saturday shut-out of UMKC. Less than 10 days again, freshman Magdalena Tokarcyzk was promoted to #1.
6News video: KidCast
February 18, 2008
Isiah Barfield gives tonight’s KidCast.
6News video: Lawrence resident wants to be a millionaire
February 18, 2008
A Lawrence film critic is using his knowledge of movies in hopes of winning one million dollars.
6News video: LHS robots ready to rumble
February 18, 2008
Local students are gearing up for a fierce competition, and they’ll have to drive their way to victory. 6News reporter Lindsey Slater has more on the mechanics of the Lawrence High Robotics Team.
Students gear up for competition
Lawrence High School team’s robot to be tested next month
February 18, 2008 in print edition on A3
It stands 12 feet tall and weighs more than 100 pounds. Pose it just the right way, and the robot looks like the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex that is ready for battle. The machine is the brainchild of the Lawrence High School robotics team.
6News Now: Local production center works to cut down health care costs
February 18, 2008
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, a Lawrence production center is working to close the door on rising health care costs.
Lawrence legislator upset over deal between KSU-Sunflower plant developers
February 18, 2008
State Rep. Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, said Monday an incentive offered by Sunflower Electric Power Corp. and announced during debate on a bill sought by the company “kind of smells.”
Kansas House OKs coal plant bill; final approval set for Tuesday
February 18, 2008
A bill allowing two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas won first-round approval Monday in the House after members rejected proposed limits on carbon dioxide emissions.
Transit service a success
K-10 Connector system sets records in January, February
February 18, 2008 in print edition on A3
Ridership on the shuttle service between Lawrence and Johnson County continues to climb. Johnson County Transit’s K-10 Connector bus system set new records during January and February, reflecting an increased interest in the area’s public transit.
143 million pounds of frozen beef recalled
February 18, 2008 in print edition on A1
The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Sunday ordered the recall of 143 million pounds of frozen beef from a California slaughterhouse, the subject of an animal-abuse investigation, that provided meat to school lunch programs.
KU women nudge Nebraska
February 18, 2008 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s Danielle McCray thought she might be tooted for a turnover after crumbling to the floor in the lane. “I was scared at first it was an offensive foul,” McCray said. Nebraska’s Kelsey Griffin was thinking offensive foul, too. “I tried to take a charge,” Griffin said, “but I guess I was a little late.”
Falkenstien, Davis rave about 110-year banquet
February 18, 2008 in print edition on B1
As emcee of Kansas University’s 110 years of basketball banquet, Max Falkenstien visited with a majority of the 200-plus ex-Jayhawk players and coaches who attended Saturday night’s gala in the massive showroom-turned-banquet hall at Crown Automotive.
New housing development at issue
February 18, 2008 in print edition on A4
Commissioners will deal with some preliminary issues related to a proposed infill housing development on the west side of the 1300 block of Iowa Street.
Democrats seek ouster of state senator for handling of polling data
February 18, 2008 in print edition on B10
A Democratic state senator with a history of butting heads with his party has run afoul of party leaders again, this time over what they said he did with sensitive polling data.
Transit system could be vital link to area colleges
February 18, 2008 in print edition on A5
Eudora school Superintendent Marty Kobza said the Johnson County Transit K-10 Connector bus system could be an integral piece in a proposed partnership among Eudora schools and area colleges.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
February 18, 2008 in print edition on A7
A $300,000 two-story addition to the west side of Kansas University’s Allen Fieldhouse was approved by the Kansas Board of Regents.
Energy decisions will catch up with us
February 18, 2008 in print edition on C1
Boy, am I relieved. The Japanese have invented a supplement to help cows produce less methane gas, which is an even worse greenhouse gas than CO2. We could have a serious threat brewing to our west with all the giant feedlots in western Kansas plus those coal plants we all know will get built - profit for big business always trumps health, whether our own or our planet’s.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
February 18, 2008 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 18, 1908: “The athletic board of KU has approved the following 1908 fall schedule for the Jayhawker aggregation next fall: William Jewell, Emporia, Ottawa, Manhattan, Oklahoma, Iowa, Washburn, Nebraska, Washington ad Missouri. “
On the money: Capital gains tax rates
February 18, 2008 in print edition on B9
Federal tax rates for capital gains have dropped significantly in recent years, allowing people to save more from the sales of stocks and real estate. For more information, check out these Web sites.
Irish Pub Quiz raises about $2,400
Nearly 100 people gather at Zig & Mac’s for annual fundraiser
February 18, 2008 in print edition on A3
Without the aid of Google, relying only on their wits and the combined brainpower of their teammates, nearly 100 trivia fanatics gathered Sunday night at Zig & Mac’s, 1540 Wakarusa Drive, to test their knowledge of the random and to raise money for the Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee.
Fast-food facts on your phone
February 18, 2008 in print edition on C1
Ignorance may be bliss, but if you have a cell phone, it may no longer be an excuse to indulge in unhealthy eating, at least not at chain restaurants.
Crazed or crusader?
Local author, professor delves into the psyche of one of Kansas’ most iconic historical figures
February 18, 2008 in print edition on C1
John Brown had all of his marbles. He had a wife and many children, too. A strict belief in his faith. Many failures in his personal and professional life. And a single-minded belief in the equality of man, black or white.
Royals’ Bale eyes starting rotation
Slimmed-down veteran draws praise from new manager; Bannister returns to practice
February 18, 2008 in print edition on B5
After appearing in 26 games for Kansas City last season as a reliever, John Bale has lost 20 pounds and is contending for a slot in the Royals rotation.
Suicide bombing kills up to 80
February 18, 2008 in print edition on A8
A suicide bomber penetrated a crowd watching a dog-fighting competition in the Taliban’s former stronghold Sunday, killing up to 80 people in one of the bloodiest bombings since the regime’s 2001 ouster.
Tips help wake up your bedroom
February 18, 2008 in print edition on C1
Here are some ideas from the Washington Post on how to take the design blahs out of the bedroom.
Blue Devils battered by Wake Forest
February 18, 2008 in print edition on B4
Jeff Teague scored 26 points and Wake Forest shocked No. 2 Duke 86-73 on Sunday night, ending the Blue Devils’ 12-game winning streak and giving first-year coach Dino Gaudio his first big victory as the heir of the late Skip Prosser’s program.
Need help going green? Here are 5 simple ways to save energy
February 18, 2008 in print edition on C8
It’s easier than you think to paint your house “green.” Simple changes can save resources and energy - and perhaps slow global warming. A growing demand for energy efficiency topped findings from the American Institute of Architects’ home-design trend survey for the second quarter of 2007.
Staff member dies after fall from 19th floor
February 18, 2008 in print edition on A2
A woman who worked for the United Nations died Sunday after falling from the 19th floor of the U.N.’s Secretariat Building, authorities said.
No. 8 Baylor steamrolls No. 10 Oklahoma, 79-59
February 18, 2008 in print edition on B4
Rachel Allison and Angela Tisdale stopped in the middle of the court and leaped together in celebration. That was less than seven minutes into the game, and the fun was just getting started for eighth-ranked Baylor.
West Junior High School Honor Roll
February 18, 2008 in print edition on C8
West Junior High announces its fall 2007 honor rolls.
Two comeback stories add another chapter
February 18, 2008 in print edition on B6
The first weekend of spring training was potentially pivotal in two of baseball’s longest running comeback stories.
Southwest Junior High School Honor Roll
February 18, 2008 in print edition on C8
Southwest Junior High School announces its fall 2007 honor rolls.
Jumper’ hurtles to top of weekend box office, bringing in $27.7 million
February 18, 2008 in print edition on B8
The globe-trotting thriller “Jumper” leaped to a box office win with $27.2 million on a weekend when Hollywood offered something for everyone, with new films for action fans, teens, family audiences and the date-movie crowd.
Dynasty divided
February 18, 2008 in print edition on B1
For two years, Cassie Potter, Jasmyn Turner and Ashli Hill played basketball without losing a game, finishing their careers at Southwest Junior High with an undefeated record. A banner in the gym at Southwest celebrates that accomplishment.
LMH employees named ‘Heroes in Healthcare’
February 18, 2008 in print edition on B9
Dr. Matt Harms, a hospitalist at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, and Debbie Miers, the hospital’s director of food and nutrition services, are being recognized by Ingram’s Magazine as 2008 Heroes in Healthcare.
Surviving the widow-maker
Fire chief relives day heart attack nearly killed him
February 18, 2008 in print edition on A1
This was going to be the day. It was Sept. 17 - a warm Monday that summer wouldn’t quite let go of - and Lawrence Fire Chief Mark Bradford did something he normally doesn’t do. He went home to eat lunch with his wife.
Horoscopes
February 18, 2008 in print edition on B8
Explore your options this year. Verify and confirm plans, meetings and understandings. Often, a snafu could occur. Learning and more effective communication will be instrumental in your success, not only this year but also throughout your life. Learn from hassles. Observe a tendency to go overboard and be self-indulgent.
Spirit corrupted
February 18, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: It has become clear that fear of terrorism in the post-9/11 world has been corrupting the spirit of our nation. Who knew on Sept. 10, 2001, that six years later we would live under a government that engages in warrantless wiretapping of its people, secretly installs devices at AT&T to copy and analyze our Internet traffic, tortures suspected enemies and disseminates misinformation to manipulate us into a war.
Olmert: Army can attack Palestinian militants
February 18, 2008 in print edition on A2
Israel’s prime minister on Sunday gave his military a “free hand” to attack Gaza militants after a rocket slammed into a house after the visiting U.N. humanitarian chief had just called for an end to the daily salvos.
Freshman tied for first at women’s golf invite
February 18, 2008 in print edition on B3
Kansas University freshman Grace Thiry was one of two golfers to finish under par Sunday, putting her in a tie for first place after day one of the Qdoba Invitational.
Conservative help is too slow to arrive
February 18, 2008 in print edition on A7
And once again, into the breach. Or if Shakespeare (misquoted, yes, I know) is not your cup of tea, maybe you’ll accept Michael Corleone: “Just when I thought I was out … they pull me back in!”
Late innings vex KU in tournament
February 18, 2008 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s softball team dropped a pair of one-run games Sunday, giving up the deciding runs in the final inning of both.
Sandcastles needs promoter, fundraiser
February 18, 2008 in print edition on A4
Sandcastles, an organization that assists children who experience life-altering illnesses, needs assistance with fundraising and promotion.
Shooter’s girlfriend says he called to say goodbye
February 18, 2008 in print edition on A2
The girlfriend of the man who killed five people and himself at Northern Illinois University said Sunday that he called her early on Valentine’s Day, the day of the shooting, to say goodbye.
Board’s role
February 18, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: The problems at the Watkins Museum are due to a series of inadequately performing boards. Installing a new director at Watkins will not solve that problem.
Kitten found after 25 days in subway tunnels
February 18, 2008 in print edition on A2
A skittish kitten that scampered out of its carrier on a subway platform has been found after 25 days in the underground tunnels.
3 dead after airplane, helicopter collide
February 18, 2008 in print edition on A2
Three people were killed after a light plane and a helicopter collided in mid-air north of New Zealand’s capital Sunday, police said.
Commentary: New Orleans has priorities other than Hornets
February 18, 2008 in print edition on B2
Oh, there is plenty to do in New Orleans this weekend. There are roofs to be repaired. There are homes to be salvaged. And there are entire governments - federal, state and city - to be cussed and blamed for levees that broke and help that never came.
Group picks area for 2009 conference
February 18, 2008 in print edition on B9
The State Science and Technology Institute, a national organization dedicated to improving the economy through science and technology, has selected Overland Park as the site for next year’s annual conference.
Falls sends former first lady Reagan to hospital
February 18, 2008 in print edition on A2
Former first lady Nancy Reagan was hospitalized Sunday after falling in her home in Bel-Air but is doing well, her spokeswoman said.
China concerned by plans to shoot down satellite
February 18, 2008 in print edition on A8
China said Sunday it was concerned about U.S. plans to shoot down a damaged spy satellite that is hurtling toward Earth with 1,000 pounds of toxic fuel.
Tornadoes hit South; Midwest gets more ice
February 18, 2008 in print edition on A2
Severe weather howled through much of the nation Sunday, producing damaging tornadoes in the South that injured nearly 30 people and treating winter-weary parts of the Midwest to freezing rain, snow and flooding.
On the record
February 18, 2008 in print edition on A4
Marriage licenses issued
Impress friends with executive-level trivia
February 18, 2008 in print edition on C1
Today is Presidents Day. In case you don’t have the day off (like most people) or you just don’t feel in the patriotic mood, here are a list of random presidential facts that might get you humming “Hail to the Chief.”
Penske team claims Daytona 500
Late pass leads Newman to victory in ‘Great American Race’
February 18, 2008 in print edition on B2
Ryan Newman snapped an 81-race winless streak Sunday, using a huge push from teammate Kurt Busch to give car owner Roger Penske his first Daytona 500 victory.
Keegan: Sunday starts white, ends pink
February 18, 2008 in print edition on B1
The snow piled up on the driveway hinted at what surely would be a small turnout for the Kansas University women’s basketball team’s “Think Pink Day” in Allen Fieldhouse. The snow figured to keep most sports fans in front of their televisions.
East tames West, 134-128
Allen, James combine for 55 in East’s victory
February 18, 2008 in print edition on B4
In a proud city still restoring its unique beauty, the Eastern Conference repaired its own image. Ray Allen scored 28 points, making three straight three-pointers in the final 3:15, and LeBron James added 27 as the East, widely considered the NBA’s weaker half, beat the Western Conference 134-128 in Sunday night’s All-Star Game.
Seabury set for regional tournaments
February 18, 2008 in print edition on B5
Seabury Academy’s basketball teams are the lowest seeds in this week’s Class 1A regional basketball tournament bracket at Blue Valley-Randolph.
Projects likely to increase congestion on area highways
KDOT seeks input from counties before conducting study on traffic
February 18, 2008 in print edition on A3
Caution: Increased traffic ahead. That’s the sign the Kansas Department of Transportation and representatives of some area counties are seeing when they look toward the future.
Kosovo declares independence from Serbia; Russia protests
February 18, 2008 in print edition on A2
Revelers fired guns, waved red-and-black Albanian flags and set off fireworks over Kosovo on Sunday after parliament proclaimed independence in defiance of Serbia and Russia, which condemned the declaration of the world’s newest nation.
Capitol Briefing
News from the Kansas Statehouse
February 18, 2008 in print edition on A4
The almost annual battle to increase the state minimum wage, which is the lowest in the nation, returns to the Capitol this week.
Officers humble in receiving awards
February 18, 2008 in print edition on A4
On a day when much praise was laid upon them, two Lawrence emergency officers had little to say in response.
Taxing decisions
Do your homework to find the right preparer
February 18, 2008 in print edition on B9
April 15 may seem like a long way off, but for those who don’t actually enjoy waiting until the last minute to file their 2007 tax return, it’ll be here before you know it. And if you dread the prospect of tackling a 1040 on your own, you might want to consider enlisting the assistance of a certified public accountant.
People in the news
February 18, 2008 in print edition on B8
¢ County rethinking investment in film¢ Singer, 104, who sang for Hitler draws protesters
Leaders urge Congress to stay out of endowments
Iowa senator wants money used for more tuition relief
February 18, 2008 in print edition on A1
Some state higher education officials say they hope Congress keeps its hands off the college endowment business. In a briefing last week to the Kansas Board of Regents, Kansas University Endowment President Dale Seuferling said, “We don’t see that there is any reason to overreact to a short-term situation.” But some in Congress see a problem.
Pakistan begins voting in crucial elections
February 18, 2008 in print edition on A8
Pakistanis voted today for a new parliament in elections shadowed by fears of violence and questions about the political survival of President Pervez Musharraf - America’s key ally in the war on terror.
Cottonwood Inc. earns national defense award
February 18, 2008 in print edition on B9
Cottonwood Inc. in Lawrence was among the award recipients Tuesday when the Defense Logistics Agency honored 23 industry partners, customers and individuals with its Business Alliance Awards.
Honesty the best policy
February 18, 2008 in print edition on B9
Q: I worked for five months for a manufacturing firm as an executive assistant. It was a temp-to-hire position through a recruitment agency. After three months, my supervisor told me that they were interested in hiring me. I did not tell them I was expecting a baby.
Perry-Lecompton High School Honor Roll
February 18, 2008 in print edition on C8
Perry-Lecompton High School announces its fall 2007 honor rolls.
Train thoughts
A new passenger rail route through Lawrence is worth investigating.
February 18, 2008 in print edition on A7
It’s going to take more than a few hundred miles of track to make a proposed new Amtrak route a viable travel alternative in Kansas and Oklahoma. But depending on the availability and price of gasoline over the next decade or two, train travel may become a more attractive option for many travelers.
Nobody is better in this ‘entertainment’
February 18, 2008 in print edition on B8
Too bad the strike didn’t end soon enough to prevent “My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad” (8 p.m., NBC). Dan Cortese hosts this contest between dads and their kids.