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6Sports video: ‘Hawks handle Boston College
January 6, 2008
On Saturday, the Jayhawk men’s basketball team remained perfect after a 85-60 beating of Boston College.
6News video: Anonymity case sparks national criticism
January 6, 2008
Just how anonymous are we? It’s a question that online bloggers may be asking more frequently. A recent case involving the web site is sparking national criticism from first amendment advocates who say local law enforcement went too far in trying to find the identity of an online poster.
6Sports video: Trojans top Free State girls squad
January 6, 2008
The Free State Firebirds girls basketball team was defeated by the Topeka Trojans by a final score of 58-55.
6Sports video: Free State boys fall to Topeka
January 6, 2008
The Topeka Trojans defeated the Free State Firebirds boys basketball team by a final score of 65-46.
6News video: Construction cleared up at SJHS
January 6, 2008
Students and teachers of one Lawrence junior high are finally settled into a finished home. Weather delays pushed back the completion of South Junior High, but after winter recess, kids and staff received a present of their own.
6News video: Bridge near Clinton Lake to be closed this week
January 6, 2008
The Douglas County Department of Public Works announced the bridge on North 1400 Road near East 190 Road will be closed Monday for deck replacement.
6Sports video: Red uniforms remain undefeated
January 6, 2008
Before KU’s 24-21 Orange Bowl victory over Virgina Tech, head coach Mark Mangino decided to have the team wear their undefeated red uniforms.
6News video: Former KU coach thinking healthy on the web
January 6, 2008
She led the Jayhawks girl’s squad on the basketball court for more than 30 years. As editor Cathy Hamilton reports - now she wants to lead the country to better health through the internet.
6News video: Crews work to clean up oil spill
January 6, 2008
A water and oil mixture leaked out of an oil pump and an estimated 100 gallons of oil spread across a field and into a nearby creek.
6Sports video: Lions rout Lincoln Prep 73-31
January 6, 2008
The Lawrence High Lions girl’s basketball team easily defeated Lincoln Prep over the weekend by a final score of 73-31.
6News video: Bullwinkles closes its doors
January 6, 2008
First it was The Crossing - a popular student watering hole near 12th and Indiana Streets. Now, just around the corner, Bullwinkles, another longtime college hangout, closes its doors.
6News video: Kansas weathering mortgage crisis
January 6, 2008
In 2007. a storm of foreclosures swept the nation. But Kansas - and Lawrence in particular - weathered the mortgage crisis better than most.
Eagles: KU just faster
Leader’s foul trouble hurt BC
January 6, 2008 in print edition on C6
Speed kills. Having its leading scorer - junior guard Tyrese Rice - spend 10 second-half minutes on the bench in foul trouble only compounded the problem for Boston College’s men’s basketball team.
Buzz about Botox attracts 30-something
January 6, 2008 in print edition on A1
Aging gracefully isn’t easy for me. I think this characteristic comes from my father, who is age 29 and holding - right, Dad? Since turning 21, I haven’t divulged my age unless necessary.
Person’ blends procedural, family drama
January 6, 2008 in print edition on D3
In her third novel, Edgar-winner Theresa Schwegel turns in an intense look at obsession as she explores a cop whose career and mental health are about to implode while his fragile family steadily falls apart.
Baylor surrenders lead; Knight wins 899th
January 6, 2008 in print edition on C5
Sonny Weems scored 18 of his 21 points after halftime, including consecutive three-pointers that tied the game and four free throws in the final 19 seconds, to help rally the Razorbacks to an 85-78 victory over Baylor on Saturday night.
U.S.-educated candidate headed for presidential win
January 6, 2008 in print edition on A9
President Mikhail Saakashvili headed for victory in Saturday’s election, according to an exit poll in this former Soviet republic where he is fighting accusations of authoritarian tendencies four years after coming to power as a champion of democracy.
Sweet victory
January 6, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: The orange that has been sitting on my desk for the last few days tasted especially sweet this morning. The Jayhawk on my shirt looks particularly fine. For the past four months I have taken such a ribbing about my beloved ‘Hawks.
New Year’s memorabilia increasingly popular among collectors
January 6, 2008 in print edition on D4
The New Year is here, and Father Time has disappeared along with 2007. Baby New Year, dapper in diaper, sash and top hat, is growing older each day. Ever wonder how these symbols developed?
A&M tight end to enter draft
January 6, 2008 in print edition on C2
Texas A&M tight end Martellus Bennett said Saturday he would skip his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.
Kidnapping charges filed in case of missing hiker
January 6, 2008 in print edition on A3
Authorities said Saturday they believe a hiker who disappeared from the northern Georgia woods on New Year’s Day is dead, and they charged the man who was reportedly last seen with her with kidnapping.
Don’t mistake a dynasty for Democracy
January 6, 2008 in print edition on B7
As the U.S. election season shifts creakily into higher gear, our leaders are enthusiastically lionizing slain Pakistani politician Benazir Bhutto.
Rutgers rips Ball State in International Bowl
January 6, 2008 in print edition on C10
Ray Rice ran over Ball State and through the 2,000-yard barrier in the International Bowl, giving Rutgers the second postseason victory in its 138-year history.
January 6, 2008 in print edition on D3
Fiction 1. “Double Cross,” by James Patterson (Little, Brown, $27.99).Nonfiction 1. “I Am America (And So Can You),” by Stephen Colbert, Richard Dahm, Paul Dinello and Allison Silverman (Grand Central, $26.99).
Slow start dooms FSHS girls
January 6, 2008 in print edition on C1
A slow start by the home team and a sizzling start for one visitor led to a disappointing finish for the Firebirds on Saturday night.
Cavs showing stability
Gooden part of consistent front line
January 6, 2008 in print edition on C8
Last month, as his starting lineup was changing and players were shuttling back and forth between getting heavy minutes and being on the inactive list, Cavaliers coach Mike Brown stated the obvious when he proclaimed himself in “search mode.”
Regents seek more grants for students
January 6, 2008 in print edition on B1
It’s not the biggest ticket item in the Kansas Board of Regents’ request for an increase in state funding. But officials say it is needed to ensure that more Kansans can get a college education.
Oil spills into ditch, creek along road
January 6, 2008 in print edition on B1
Crews worked Saturday to stop the spill of oil into a ditch and small creek, above, in the 600 block of East 1850 Road.
Ballin’ and bawlin’
Emotional Jackson lifts Jayhawks past BC
January 6, 2008 in print edition on C1
Darnell Jackson stood outside a tunnel of Conte Forum, desperately trying to compose himself before returning to the court at halftime of Saturday’s Kansas University-Boston College game. Jackson, the Jayhawks’ 6-foot-8, 250-pound senior forward, sobbed after exploding for 15 points and six rebounds and helping KU to a 47-29 lead en route to an 85-60 blowout victory.
Courtney victim forgave pharmacist before death
January 6, 2008 in print edition on B3
The woman whose lawsuit was used to secure a civil judgment against drug-diluting pharmacist Robert R. Courtney forgave him before her death, her husband said.
Kenyan president offers unity government to resolve vote
January 6, 2008 in print edition on A9
President Mwai Kibaki told the top U.S. diplomat for Africa that he was willing to share power and the opposition backed off demands for his resignation on Saturday, offering hope for an end to Kenya’s deadly electoral crisis.
Seahawks turn table on ‘Skins
Late surge lifts Seattle, 35-14, in playoff opener
January 6, 2008 in print edition on C10
In less than 21â2 fourth-quarter minutes, the Seattle Seahawks watched a 13-point lead turn into a one-point deficit. Nothing was going right - they couldn’t even catch a simple kickoff.
Pump patrol
January 6, 2008 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.84 at Jayhawk Food Mart at 701 W. Ninth St.
Antarctic marathoners return triumphant from icy odyssey
January 6, 2008 in print edition on B1
No one said running a marathon in one of the coldest places in the world would be easy. For Mark Andresen of Shawnee and Mike Ketchmark of Leawood, the Antarctic marathon was the ultimate way to honor Andresen’s father, who recently died after a long battle with cancer, while taking another step toward their goal of running a marathon on every continent. But a few more challenges were thrown their way.
City’s ‘tree-cycling’ ends next week
January 6, 2008 in print edition on B1
The city of Lawrence is continuing its “tree-cycling” program for two more weeks.
Bridge to close near Clinton Lake
January 6, 2008 in print edition on B1
A bridge on North 1400 Road near East 190 Road will be closed Monday for deck replacement, the Douglas County Department of Public Works has announced.
Lawrence to help qualified homeowners make repairs
January 6, 2008 in print edition on B3
The city of Lawrence has money available for residents who need help making necessary home repairs. Up to $25,000 per homeowner is available to qualifying residents through the Comprehensive Rehabilitation loan program administered by the city.
Disney World bans kids from restaurant
January 6, 2008 in print edition on A3
The home of Mickey Mouse, Tigger and Tinkerbell has banned kids from its fanciest restaurant.
High school freshman downs 16-point ‘dream buck’
January 6, 2008 in print edition on B4
Jacob Ostermeyer grew tired of waiting for deer on his hunting expedition, so he decided to grab some food. As the Tonganoxie High School freshman bit into a doughnut, a 16-point, nontypical buck appeared out of nowhere at a park near Osage City. So much for the doughnut.
Al-Qaida videos can be downloaded onto phones
January 6, 2008 in print edition on A2
Al-Qaida video messages of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri can now be downloaded to cell phones, the terror network announced as part of its attempts to extend its influence.
Positive effort
It’s great to see the local NAACP branch taking the lead on an effort to help minority and low-income students succeed.
January 6, 2008 in print edition on B6
Congratulations to the Lawrence school district and the local NAACP branch for tackling an educational problem that is plaguing schools across the nation: a trend toward lower academic performance by students who are members of certain racial groups or who come from low-income families.
Commentary: Clemens’ account difficult to believe
January 6, 2008 in print edition on C2
I don’t know a whole lot about law, but if I’m a member of Roger Clemens’ legal team, I tell him the B-12 vitamin defense is not one I would personally mount if I were being hounded by accusations of steroid use and had been invited to testify before a congressional committee.
Pilot program helps autistic kids
January 6, 2008 in print edition on B3
A new program that will provide intensive services to about 25 children with autism is a small but promising step in efforts to understand and help those with the disorder, advocates say. The program, which begins this month, will provide up to three years of services for children from birth to 5 who are chosen to participate.
Band memories
January 6, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: I read with interest the recent article about the father and son who had been KU band members in previous Orange Bowls. It brought back memories of the KU band trip to the 1948 Orange Bowl.
Populists show tendency to be slow learners
January 6, 2008 in print edition on B6
Like Job after losing his camels and acquiring boils, the conservative movement is in distress.
Trail of chicken bones leads police to burglary suspect
January 6, 2008 in print edition on D8
A trail of chicken bones left at a burglary scene has led investigators to a Kansas prison inmate with a long rap sheet and a hefty appetite.
Baldwin City calls for aid in building Habitat home
January 6, 2008 in print edition on B1
Help is needed in Baldwin City. Habitat for Humanity and Baker University are partnering to build a house in Baldwin, but they need assistance in several ways.
Imagine the worst: It can happen here
January 6, 2008 in print edition on B6
The authorities would just come into your home, grab your mother, your brother, your dad, and take them away. No warning, no warrant, no appeal.
Home builders elect new officers
January 6, 2008 in print edition on E1
The Lawrence Home Builders Association elected new officers for its board of directors during a meeting Jan. 3.
Spring bulbs
January 6, 2008 in print edition on D1
Lingering spring bulbs still can be planted in soil that has not frozen. They will not survive a whole season out of the ground.
People in the news
January 6, 2008 in print edition on D5
¢ Dr. Phil: Britney Spears released, needs help¢ Police: ‘Bounty Hunter’ associate caught naked¢ Poppy Montgomery, boyfriend new parents¢ Hawn: Aspen filled with aggressive paparazzi
Hedges Realtor contributes to book
January 6, 2008 in print edition on E1
Rob Lang, an Executive Realtor for Realty Executives-Hedges Real Estate in Lawrence, joined hundreds of agents across the country as a contributing author to “Real Estate in 2008.”
January 6, 2008 in print edition on E1
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection for the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records
Back into focus
Photography tips kick off return of Journal-World feature
January 6, 2008 in print edition on D1
Editor’s note: The Journal-World is bringing back a feature called “Behind the Lens,” in which staff photographers will tell how they captured the images you see in the paper and offer other photo advice. The feature will appear Sundays in the Pulse section. To kick things off, photographer Mike Yoder gives his top 10 tips for using a digital camera.
Even with writers on strike, there’s stuff worth watching
January 6, 2008 in print edition on D5
Welcome to the nightmare after Christmas. With no end to the Writers Guild strike in sight, you can expect the airwaves to be clogged with reality shows, most of them more monstrous than anything chasing you in your sleep. But don’t go hide in the closet. Despite the circumstances, the next six weeks offer plenty of original programming, some of which is downright dreamy.
Keep your pets warm - safely
January 6, 2008 in print edition on D8
Yes, your pets have fur, but sometimes in the winter months, they might look like they’re chilly and you want to help. Should you pull out your heating pad? No, according to Bonnie Beaver, a professor at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
Deciding when to draw Social Security benefits
January 6, 2008 in print edition on E1
This year the first wave of baby boomers turns 62, making them eligible to claim Social Security benefits - and many of them will. The temptation seems hard to resist. In 2005, 53.3 percent of all women and 48.6 percent of men opted to take the money as soon as they could. But should they?
Fired-up teams trade words
Chalmers, Sanders yap, but ‘it was no big deal’
January 6, 2008 in print edition on C7
There was no real pushing or shoving and certainly no fisticuffs exchanged. But plenty of words were traded between Kansas University’s Mario Chalmers and Boston College’s Rakim Sanders with 9:55 left in KU’s 85-60 pasting of Boston College on Saturday in Conte Forum.
The science of forgiveness
Research boosts idea that letting go can improve health
January 6, 2008 in print edition on D2
Close your eyes and think of someone who has hurt you. The offense might be profound or small but deeply painful, a single arrow to your heart or a thousand wounding slights. The perpetrator might be a stranger - the guy who caused your accident, the person who hurt your child. More likely, it will be someone close and trusted. The sister who killed herself. The parent who lashed out, the spouse mired in addiction, an unfaithful lover.
Ice pioneer to tackle remote glaciers, vanishing clues to climate
January 6, 2008 in print edition on A9
For 5,000 years, great tongues of ice have spread over the 3-mile-high slopes of Puncak Jaya, in the remotest reaches of this remote tropical island. Now those glaciers are melting, and Lonnie Thompson must get there before they’re gone.
Warrant sparks free speech concerns
Journal-World objects to disclosing identity of online user
January 6, 2008 in print edition on B1
A local judge, the district attorney and the Kansas University police department are being roundly criticized by First Amendment advocates for a search warrant that sought access to online subscriber files of the Journal-World.
Topeka High pulls away in 4th quarter
January 6, 2008 in print edition on C3
Jumping out early on your opponent apparently isn’t always a foreshadowing of things to come. Playing its first game in more than two weeks, the Free State High boys basketball team showed no signs of holiday rust Saturday night in the opening minutes - the Firebirds led by as many as nine in the first quarter at home against Topeka High. But that was the high point of the evening as FSHS fell to the Trojans, 65-46, thanks in large part to a disappointing second- quarter effort.
Supreme Court to weigh lethal injection
January 6, 2008 in print edition on A3
With execution chambers from California to Florida idled, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday will offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the justices assess the swirling legal conflict over the grim business of administering a fatal dose of drugs to death row inmates.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
January 6, 2008 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Jan. 6, 1908: The wife of a local shoemaker died suddenly Saturday night and neighbors say she may have been a victim of a dose of Rough on Rats, an arsenic compound, administered by her husband. A coroner’s inquest is to be held and her stomach will be removed for testing and an autopsy.”
Plane carrying 10 people crashes off island
January 6, 2008 in print edition on A2
A small plane crashed Saturday in waters off Kodiak island in southern Alaska, killing at least six of the 10 people on board, authorities said.
Enjoy life - take some advice from a dog
January 6, 2008 in print edition on D8
As we get ready to bring another year to a close and embark on the next, most of us think about New Year’s resolutions. And what better time to reflect on what would really bring meaning and happiness to our lives in the upcoming year?
Fragrance refresher
January 6, 2008 in print edition on D1
Scouring flea markets and yard sales for furniture is a smart way to find style, function and vintage personality at reasonable prices. But sometimes older pieces are accompanied by funky old smells, especially inside long-closed cupboards and drawers.
Arkansas crushes Tech
January 6, 2008 in print edition on C5
Ayana Brereton scored 16 points, and No. 25 Arkansas beat Texas Tech, 80-57, on Saturday to improve to 15-0, the best start in team history.
News sites ponder online user policies
January 6, 2008 in print edition on B5
Anonymous posters on news Web sites are creating ethical questions - not just legal ones - for newsrooms across the country.
Mommy’s big helper
More firms provide care for workers’ families
January 6, 2008 in print edition on E1
Evett Kornegay-Washington was facing a dilemma familiar to many working parents. The school that her 6-year-old daughter, Morgan, attends was closed for the holidays. Kornegay-Washington must work. Her options are limited.
Road info
January 6, 2008 in print edition on B3
Road info in and around Lawrence
Ryan Wood’s Kansas Football Notebook
January 6, 2008 in print edition on C3
The Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star is reporting that KU assistant coach Tim Beck “appears” to have been hired by Nebraska.
Old duffel bag
January 6, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: I just can’t stop thinking about that old Orange Bowl duffel bag at Downtown Barber Shop in Lawrence. It was from 1969. This old bag is just one of many collectibles in Jon Amyx’s shop. His shop is chock full of KU collectibles and everyone who works there is a Homer.
Romney wins Wyoming caucuses
January 6, 2008 in print edition on A3
Mitt Romney captured his first win of the Republican presidential race on Saturday, prevailing in Wyoming caucuses for a much-needed boost to his candidacy three days before the New Hampshire primary.
Lawrence High girls roll to 7-0
January 6, 2008 in print edition on C3
The Lincoln Prep Tigers traveled from Kansas City, Mo., on Saturday for a match-up against Lawrence High’s girl’s basketball team. They may have wished they hadn’t bothered.
KU basketball notebook
January 6, 2008 in print edition on C7
Rice is nice: Boston College’s Tyrese Rice scored 14 of the Eagles’ first 22 points and finished with 18 the first half.
Fire damages New York paper’s printing plant
January 6, 2008 in print edition on A3
Firefighters battled a blaze at a Daily News printing facility and warehouse early Saturday.
Scary Pakistan demands new U.S. policy
January 6, 2008 in print edition on B7
Americans are focused this week on the presidential primaries, but an election campaign halfway around the world will have enormous impact on their lives.
Iraqi soldier accused of killing two US service members
January 6, 2008 in print edition on A2
An Iraqi soldier is accused of turning on two decorated American servicemen and shooting them to death during a joint operation in northern Iraq, the U.S. military said Saturday. An Iraqi official said the suspect may have links to militant groups.
Study: Male monkeys ‘pay’ for sex with grooming
January 6, 2008 in print edition on A2
Male macaque monkeys pay for sex by grooming females, according to a recent study that suggests the primates may treat sex as a commodity.
Pets can be harmed by second-hand smoke
January 6, 2008 in print edition on D8
We all know that secondhand tobacco smoke is bad for people, but ongoing research indicates that it poses health risks to pets as well. Secondhand smoke has been linked to lymphoma in cats, as well as lung and nasal cancer in dogs.
Pac-10 powers drop league games
January 6, 2008 in print edition on C4
Oregon played like the Pac-10 contender it is supposed to be. “Finally,” coach Ernie Kent said. Malik Hairston tied his career high with 29 points, and the Ducks shot 56 percent from the field Saturday to beat Arizona at McKale Center for the second year in a row, 84-74.
High school sports roundup
January 6, 2008 in print edition on C3
Jake Phannenstiel and Blake Greenfield took first place in their weight classes, leading Lawrence High’s wrestling team to a third-place finish Saturday at the Shawnee Mission South Invitational.
A&M names Cromwell coordinator
Former Kansas quarterback to coach Aggies’ offense
January 6, 2008 in print edition on C2
Seattle Seahawks receivers coach Nolan Cromwell was named Texas A&M’s offensive coordinator Saturday. Cromwell, who played quarterback at Kansas University in the 1970s, will join the Aggies and new coach Mike Sherman after the Seahawks’ season ends. Seattle beat Washington, 35-14, in an NFC wild-card game Saturday and will play at Green Bay next weekend.
Man dug holes on bike trail to get revenge
January 6, 2008 in print edition on A3
Police said they arrested a man who acknowledged digging holes on a park bike trail as payback for nearly being run down by a cyclist.
Bhutto’s husband calls for UN probe
January 6, 2008 in print edition on A2
Benazir Bhutto’s widowed husband accused members of Pakistan’s ruling regime of involvement in his wife’s killing and called Saturday for a U.N. investigation, as British officers aiding Pakistan’s own probe pored over the crime scene.
January doldrums sink in
January 6, 2008 in print edition on D1
Whew! Between learning a new language, ridding my fridge of fattening and/or expired foods, nurturing my spiritual side, following through on my commitments, enhancing relationships with family, friends and co-workers, and organizing my self-help books, I’ve had a busy 2008 so far.
Stolen rodeo bulls found, but rustler at large
January 6, 2008 in print edition on A3
Somebody hijacked a truckload of rodeo bulls bound for a professional bull riding show, then abandoned them after running out of gas, authorities said.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
January 6, 2008 in print edition on B6
While many of the nation’s top retailers reported small sales gains for the past year, merchants in the Lawrence area said they had enjoyed one of their best years in 1982.
Star Wars’ - fashionable enough for you, old man
January 6, 2008 in print edition on D7
If you have ever spent any time thinking, “My clothes are OK, but what I’d really like is to go to work looking more like a Jawa,” do I have joyous news for you: Fashion designer Marc Ecko has unveiled a clothing line inspired by “Star Wars,” an announcement that has fans igniting their lightsabers in glee, and one that makes him sci-fi fashion’s Ecko leader.
Does Obama win in Iowa hint at American colorblindness?
January 6, 2008 in print edition on A5
Ray Ballentine was waiting for a sign to throw his support to Barack Obama. And when Obama coasted to victory in Iowa’s caucuses, there it was - evidence that the senator had the broad racial appeal to get to the White House.
Sunday brunch: Baked eggs with something extra
January 6, 2008 in print edition on D1
Skip the bagels and cream cheese. Instead, bake your smoked salmon with eggs for this simple, savory breakfast from “Easy Breakfast & Brunch” by publisher Ryland, Peters & Small.
January 6, 2008 in print edition on D5
You might walk into a hot or touchy situation this year - so much so that you might ask yourself what you are doing. You start a new luck and life cycle this year. This year might have a lot to do with the following 10 years. You have an inordinate amount of energy and feel as if you can conquer the world. Often, others might feel challenged. Identifying with them could be equally as difficult.
Zoo attendance up after fatal tiger attack
January 6, 2008 in print edition on A2
Attendance was up at the San Francisco Zoo following a tiger attack that killed a young man on Christmas Day, a zoo spokesman said Saturday.
Poet’s showcase
A Deep Heart’ by Tony Jones
January 6, 2008 in print edition on D3
‘A Deep Heart’ by Tony Jones
Debates set tone for N.H. primary
January 6, 2008 in print edition on A1
Democratic presidential candidates sparred, sometimes intensely, over who among them was the true change agent, while their Republican counterparts held a virtual tea party Saturday night, as both groups held back-to-back debates just days before New Hampshire’s Tuesday primary.
Storms, flood take toll out West
January 6, 2008 in print edition on A1
A ruptured levee sent a frigid “wall of water” from a rain-swollen canal into this high desert town early Saturday, flooding hundreds of homes and forcing the rescue of dozens of people by helicopter and boat.
Late kick saves Jaguars
Jacksonville overcomes collapse to defeat Steelers, 31-29
January 6, 2008 in print edition on C10
Never in the Steelers’ 75 seasons had a team beaten them twice in Pittsburgh in the same season. The Jaguars beat history - and the Steelers - despite a memorable fourth-quarter collapse that nearly cost Jacksonville its season.
Journey of a lifetime
While on treacherous fishing trip in Alaska, divorced dad salvages relationship with son
January 6, 2008 in print edition on D3
When newspaper editor Lou Ureneck took his teenage son Adam on a 110-mile river journey through the Alaskan wilderness in August 2000, he had more in mind than observing wildlife and catching salmon and Arctic char.
Town meeting planned on homeless concerns
January 6, 2008 in print edition on D1
The Coalition on Homeless Concerns has announced its fourth annual Town Meeting on Homelessness will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at First Christian Church, 1000 Ky. The focus will be on housing and employment.
Honor coach
January 6, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Mangino Stadium. It does roll right off the tip of your tongue. We need to do something to honor this man besides mere words in our newspaper.
GodTube flock goes forth with online videos
January 6, 2008 in print edition on A4
It makes sense that a Web site exists called Its theme is “Broadcast Him.” It features the anti-rap video, a Bible-themed parody of Sir Mix-a-lot’s 1992 dance hit, now renamed “Baby Got Book,” that has been viewed more than 600,000 times. More than 300,000 people have viewed a pretty funny 1-minute 16-second religious take on the “I’m a Mac - I’m a PC” TV commercials.
In our genes to forgive
January 6, 2008
Forgiveness of others long predates organized religion as a desirable practice. Michael McCullough, a psychologist at the University of Miami and author of a forthcoming book on the subject, surmises that higher primates and early humans who were more forgiving were more likely to maintain the family and social relations that would help them fend off predators, secure food and go on to reproduce, thereby passing a tendency to forgive on to future generations.
Population growth in South, West to pay political dividends
January 6, 2008 in print edition on A4
Fast-growing Southern states could gain nine new congressional seats after the 2010 census, largely at the expense of their neighbors to the north, judging from the latest government data.
Rimadyl questions
January 6, 2008 in print edition on D8
If there is any veterinary drug that has been vilified, particularly on the Internet, it is Rimadyl, which is sold under the generic name carprofen. Critical sites abound, including the cheesy Part of a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, or NSAIDs, carprofen was identified as the cause of liver toxicity documented in 21 dogs in a 1998 Colorado State University study.
Keegan: Arthur shows ceiling
January 6, 2008 in print edition on C1
Ask NBA scouts to name the Kansas University player who will make the most money in his basketball career and most will answer Darrell Arthur. They watch him run the court so swiftly, consistently getting back on defense, which allows the guards to protect the perimeter against three-point shots. They watch Arthur catch the ball reliably. They watch him throw down a one-handed slam as he did in Saturday’s 85-60 blowout against Boston College in sold-out Silvio O. Conte Forum.
Naples mayor urges residents to stay calm about trash pileup
January 6, 2008 in print edition on A8
The mayor of Naples appealed to residents Saturday to stay calm over the city’s garbage collection crisis, but scattered clashes between youths and police continued, news reports said. Collectors stopped picking up trash Dec. 21 because there is no more room for it at dumps, and it has accumulated in stinking mountains in the city.
Americans shun crime-littered Mexican beaches
January 6, 2008 in print edition on A8
Assaults on American tourists have brought hard times to hotels and restaurants that dot Mexican beaches just south of the border from San Diego. Surfers and kayakers are frightened to hit the waters of the northern stretch of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, long popular as a weekend destination for U.S. tourists. Weddings have been canceled. Lobster joints a few steps from the Pacific were almost empty on the usually busy New Year’s weekend.
Society picks ‘subprime’ as Word of the Year
January 6, 2008 in print edition on A2
Even the American Dialect Society knows how risky home mortgages are these days. The group of wordsmiths chose “subprime” as 2007’s Word of the Year at its annual convention Friday.
Cupboard far from bare for KU football
January 6, 2008 in print edition on C1
Kerry Meier knows what’s up. Just minutes after Kansas University’s football team defeated No. 3 Virginia Tech, 24-21, to win the Orange Bowl, KU’s sophomore utility man was asked to put the present aside for a second and think about the future. It was hard work to get here, Meier answered. It will be even harder to stay.
Pondering some of the great movie endings of all time
January 6, 2008 in print edition on D6
There’s just no overstating the importance of a great ending to an otherwise great - or even just decent - movie. We’ve all walked out of the theater or shut off the DVD player after a clunker closing, wishing we could have our money back - better yet, our time.
New tune
January 6, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Now the KU band can add “The Hokey Pokey” to its repertoire of football game songs.