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6:00 a.m.
Sherman Tolbert attempts to light a cigarette in a downtown Lawrence alleyway en route to the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. Tolbert is a Lawrence homeless man who has been in and out of jail during his more than 30 years living on the streets. Officials at the Douglas County Jail will soon launch a new program aimed at providing services to offenders after they leave jail to lessen their chances of returning to custody. New jail program could ease transition to life on the outside
January 7, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Sherman Tolbert has been in and out of jail and prison for more than 30 years. He has been a regular abuser of alcohol and drugs. And he has been homeless virtually his entire adult life. “I’ve been addicted to the streets even more than the drugs,” Tolbert, 54, said during a recent interview. Tolbert ended his most recent stint in the Douglas County Jail on Nov. 29. Convicted of threatening someone, he is now on probation for a year. He is still homeless, but said he intends to make sure he doesn’t go back to jail.
2:00 p.m.
Housing crisis considered at ‘halfway point’
January 7, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Lt. Steve Brown stood on the landing of the Douglas County Law Enforcement Center last week and started the sheriff’s sale at 10 a.m. sharp - just as he had for almost every Thursday the year before. Wearing jeans and work coats, prospective buyers of the foreclosed properties leaned against a wall and listened as Brown auctioned off two houses in under five minutes. Bank representatives in wool coats and gloves stood in front of Brown.
5:00 p.m.
Three current Free State High basketball players are grandsons of members of the 1952 Kansas University basketball team that won the national championship and the Olympic gold medal. They are, from left, Bill Hougland and his grandson Matthew Ruder; Charlie Hoag and Chase Hoag; and Bill Lienhard and grandson Ryan Scott. Greats’ grandsons
January 7, 2008 in print edition on 1B
When Free State High junior Chase Hoag was in sixth grade, he experienced something very few young men get to encounter during their lifetime. Hoag, a budding basketball fanatic, had a one-on-one conversation in his living room with legendary coach and former Jayhawk Dean Smith.
10:00 p.m.
Don's Steak house has closed at 2176 E. 23rd St., but a new barbecue joint is set to take its place. The new eatery is expected to open by mid-March. BBQ ‘joint’ to replace icon
January 7, 2008 in print edition on 7B
Don’s Steak House, a grilling institution since 1962 at the southeastern edge of Lawrence, is giving way to a new barbecue restaurant. Gary Bartz, who has owned the place since buying out founder Don Scott in 1990, has closed the restaurant and sold off its equipment and fixtures to a group headed by a businessman from Wichita. The group intends to remodel and reopen the place as a barbecue joint. Bartz, meanwhile, plans to rest, recuperate and remember the good times.

All stories

6Sports video: Jackson becomes ‘a beast’ for senior year
January 7, 2008
It turns out the starting lineup is the perfect place for KU basketball senior Darnell Jackson.
6News video: Friend 2 Friend returns
January 7, 2008
We continue our Friend 2 Friend series tonight with a 7th grade social studies teacher who learned the hard way that sometimes the most important life lessons can’t be found in books. 6News reporter Sophia Spencer brings us her story.
6Sports video: Bird sisters the key to LHS girls’ great start
January 7, 2008
Opponents of the 7-0 LHS girls basketball team are still trying to figure out which ‘Bird’ to stop. Andrew Baker has more on LHS’ sharp-shooting sisters Danielle and Taylor Bird.
6News video: Free parking in downtown Lawrence?
January 7, 2008
Long-term free parking may soon become available in downtown Lawrence.
6News video: Lawrence Health Agency looking to improve hospice care
January 7, 2008
Douglas County offers a few options when it comes to hospice health care, but an in-patient program has yet to be established. 6News reporter Lindsey Slater describes how the Lawrence Health Agency wants to add another option.
6News video: Lawrence may get one step closer to second Wal-Mart
January 7, 2008
At their weekly meeting tomorrow night, City Commissioners are scheduled to consider final plans for the development on the NW corner of 6th Street and Wakarusa Drive.
6Sports video: KU assistant coach heading to Nebraska
January 7, 2008
Kansas University football assistant coach Tim Beck was officially named running-backs coach at Nebraska on Monday.
6News video: United Way of Douglas County has a new leader
January 7, 2008
Erika Dvorske will start work January 14th as the new president and CEO of the United Way of Douglas County.
6News video: Boyda discusses immigration legislation
January 7, 2008
U.S. Democratic Congresswoman Nancy Boyda says she expects congress to take another stab at immigration legislation this year.
6Sports video: Talib, Collins to enter NFL Draft
January 7, 2008
As expected, Juniors Aqib Talib and Anthony Collins will skip their senior seasons to enter the NFL Draft.
6News video: Michael Vick headed to Leavenworth
January 7, 2008
Michael Vick, who pleaded guilty to federal dogfighting charges, will serve the remainder of his 23-month sentence in Leavenworth.
6News video: Don’s Steak House closes its doors
January 7, 2008
Don’s Steak House has served its last beef and catfish dinners, as owner Gary Bartz recently closed the operation that opened in 1962.
6News video: City leaders to consider approving plans for Eastern gateway to city
January 7, 2008
The Southeast Area Plan specifically explains future uses for the land South and East of 23rd Street and O’Connell Road.
BBQ ‘joint’ to replace icon
Longtime steakhouse closes, but rooftop bull to remain
January 7, 2008 in print edition on B7
Don’s Steak House, a grilling institution since 1962 at the southeastern edge of Lawrence, is giving way to a new barbecue restaurant. Gary Bartz, who has owned the place since buying out founder Don Scott in 1990, has closed the restaurant and sold off its equipment and fixtures to a group headed by a businessman from Wichita. The group intends to remodel and reopen the place as a barbecue joint. Bartz, meanwhile, plans to rest, recuperate and remember the good times.
Vick confirmed at Federal Prison Camp in Leavenworth
05:08 p.m., January 7, 2008 Updated 05:17 p.m.
Michael Vick, who pleaded guilty to federal dogfighting charges, appears to be transferring to a drug rehabilitation program in Leavenworth County.
6News Now: Naughty But Nice vacates premises
January 7, 2008
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, an adult novelty store complies with a court order to vacate its Mass. Street location, and United Way of Douglas County has a new leader.
Collins confirms entry into 2008 NFL Draft pool
January 7, 2008
KU junior offensive lineman Anthony Collins confirmed to the Journal-World on Monday that he will skip his senior season and declare for the NFL Draft. “I’m done with KU,” Collins said when reached by cell phone. “I loved every minute of it. I enjoyed my time here. I enjoyed working under coach Mangino. I felt like there was nothing else to prove. I felt like I need to get better at the next level.”
KU assistant Beck heads to Nebraska
January 7, 2008
Kansas University assistant football coach Tim Beck officially has been hired to coach running backs at Nebraska. The Huskers made the announcement on Monday, ironically the same day new Nebraska coach Bo Pelini was preparing for one last game - the BCS National Championship Game - as defensive coordinator of LSU.
Talib going to NFL
January 7, 2008
As expected, Kansas University football standout Aqib Talib plans to skip his senior season and enter his name into the NFL Draft, according to his father, Theodore Henry. “God has blessed him and not let him get injured,” Henry said. “It’s time.” Talib long was considered to be on his way out if he had a healthy, productive junior season. He did, playing all 13 games and registering 66 tackles and five interceptions, two returned for touchdowns.
Local group proposes in-patient hospice center
Visiting Nurses Association asks county for land on Ridge Court
January 7, 2008
A proposal to build an in-patient hospice center in southern Lawrence will be explored by Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association and the county commission.
Jackson named Big 12 Co-Player of the Week
January 7, 2008
Kansas University senior forward Darnell Jackson, whose career-high 25 points and nine rebounds paced the Jayhawks’ 85-60 win at Boston College Saturday, was named Monday as the Big 12 Conference’s Co-Player of the Week alongside Texas sophomore point guard D.J. Augustin. Jackson is the first Jayhawk to be honored by the league in the 2007-08 season, while this is Augustin’s second time being named Player of the Week (Dec. 10). Jackson also scored 20 points in the Jayhawks’ 86-53 thrashing of Yale to close out the calendar year in Allen Fieldhouse on Dec. 29.
United Way of Douglas County announces new president/CEO
January 7, 2008
The United Way of Douglas County has hired Erika Dvorske of Kansas City, Kan., as its new president and CEO, the agency announced this morning.
San Diego breaks out of funk
Chargers get first playoff victory since 1994 season
January 7, 2008 in print edition on B4
LaDainian Tomlinson jumped for joy. Norv Turner’s eyes were red. It was rainy and gloomy, but it might as well have been a sunny day. Yes, the San Diego Chargers can win in the playoffs.
D-Day today for pair of KU football players
January 7, 2008 in print edition on B1
Kansas University football juniors Anthony Collins and Aqib Talib are expected to make an official announcement today regarding their futures. The two are considering skipping their senior seasons to enter their names in the NFL Draft.
Supreme Court examines lethal injections, pausing executions
January 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
A quarter-century has elapsed since the U.S. experienced as long a pause in executions as the one the Supreme Court has occasioned with its current examination of lethal injections.
Bush plans busy travel itinerary
January 7, 2008 in print edition on A8
With an eight-day tour of the Middle East starting this week, President Bush hopes to spur negotiations among Israeli and Palestinian leaders vowing to make peace and lay the groundwork for two independent states by year’s end.
Obama appears strong, GOP scrambles
January 7, 2008 in print edition on A7
It may seem paradoxical, but New Hampshire is poised to close down the race for the Democratic presidential nomination and launch a wide-open Republican contest.
Title game end of wild year
Tonight’s BCS championship culmination of crazy football season
January 7, 2008 in print edition on B1
After months of twists, turns, detours, U-turns and upsets, tonight’s Bowl Championship Series title game has arrived. Ohio State (11-1) vs. LSU (11-2) in the Superdome is not necessarily the game everyone pined for or expected.
Immigrants add to identity theft woes
January 7, 2008 in print edition on A3
When Air Force veteran Marcos Miranda had his identity stolen, he went from being a valued customer and employee to a government statistic - one of thousands of identity theft victims caught up each year in the crackdown on illegal immigrants.
Report: Sarkozy to marry girlfriend
January 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
Recently divorced President Nicolas Sarkozy will marry his former supermodel girlfriend next month, a French newspaper reported Sunday.
Be concerned about Pakistani nukes, not democracy
January 7, 2008 in print edition on A7
My New Year’s resolutions: I resolve to worry more about Pakistan’s 75-weapon nuclear stockpile than about global warming. I am more worried about being incinerated by a loose nuke than I am about the water table rising a few feet.
Advice
A New York Catholic Church project might help lessen the dangers of sex predators and their impact on children.
January 7, 2008 in print edition on A7
The Catholic Archdiocese of New York is trying to counteract the bad reputation the church gained in recent years because of sexual abuse scandals by priests. While it is uncertain how well the project might work, at least there is an effort to acknowledge the long-hushed problem and prevent repeat occurrences.
Publishing on a ‘desktop’
Internet offers authors wealth of options for printing
January 7, 2008 in print edition on C1
When Randy Breeden’s church group asked him to design a cookbook with recipes they’d shared through the years, he figured he’d head to a copy machine and put it together himself. That was before he met Lulu.
Horoscopes
January 7, 2008 in print edition on B8
Others often associate you with financial strength. If you don’t see that trend evolving, you might want to revise your approach and thinking. If you are single, know that it’s your choice to remain solo this year, as other options will appear. If you are attached, recognize that your sweetie must have equal say to really make this bond work.
Will ‘Wars’ wear out ‘Dancing’?
January 7, 2008 in print edition on B8
Scant weeks after the conclusion of “Dancing with the Stars,” the spin-off series “Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann” (7 p.m., ABC) arrives. That’s not good. The popular reality shows that retain their audiences appreciate the old adage “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” “American Idol” airs but once a year, to tremendous ratings.
Parents get reprieve on children’s allergies
January 7, 2008 in print edition on A1
Breast-feeding helps prevent babies’ allergies, but there’s no good evidence for avoiding certain foods during pregnancy, using soy formula or delaying introduction of solid foods beyond six months.
New jail program could ease transition to life on the outside
Training aimed at helping offenders find success, avoid reincarceration
January 7, 2008 in print edition on A1
Sherman Tolbert has been in and out of jail and prison for more than 30 years. He has been a regular abuser of alcohol and drugs. And he has been homeless virtually his entire adult life. “I’ve been addicted to the streets even more than the drugs,” Tolbert, 54, said during a recent interview. Tolbert ended his most recent stint in the Douglas County Jail on Nov. 29. Convicted of threatening someone, he is now on probation for a year. He is still homeless, but said he intends to make sure he doesn’t go back to jail.
Residents directed to clean up Prairie Park
January 7, 2008 in print edition on A3
The city has asked homeowners whose property abuts Prairie Park Nature Center to remove items on park land.
Wikia Search opens to public this week
January 7, 2008 in print edition on B9
The founder of Wikipedia says taking the online encyclopedia’s collaborative approach into the field of search won’t dethrone Google Inc. or another major search engine - at least not soon.
Keegan: Stability welcome at KU
January 7, 2008 in print edition on B1
From now until election day, the political buzzword “change” will bombard our senses. For the next 10 months, candidates will jockey for position to try to make more vague promises of “change” than the competition.Hillary Clinton placed first in the change count among the 10 candidates who debated Saturday night in New Hampshire on ABC. She used it 21 times.
Red Cross helps Lawrencians displaced by house fires
January 7, 2008 in print edition on A3
Natalie Clayton, 21, awoke just before 3 a.m. Dec. 9 to a banging on her front door and the realization that her house was on fire. The Kansas University student from Omaha ran out the front of 1129 Vt., barefoot, in the dress and tights she wore the night before. In shock, she huddled in the cold Sunday morning and watched as flames destroyed the three-story home she and six roommates rented.
Giants continue road dominance
January 7, 2008 in print edition on B4
First stop, Tampa. Next stop, Texas. As long as it’s on the road, the New York Giants can’t complain.
Tulsa rolls in GMAC Bowl, 63-7
January 7, 2008 in print edition on B3
Paul Smith and the nation’s top-rated offense turned a little charity into a lot of history in the GMAC Bowl.
Survivors of plane crash help investigators
January 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
A chartered plane that crashed into a shallow harbor after taking off from Kodiak Island, killing six people, was carrying a group of fishermen from a dissident sect of the Russian Orthodox Church home for Christmas.
US ranks near bottom in individual privacy
January 7, 2008 in print edition on B9
Individual privacy is under threat around the world as governments continue introducing surveillance and information-gathering measures, according to an international rights group.
Money tip: Investing in gold
January 7, 2008 in print edition on B9
After the assassination of Pakistan’s opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, demand for gold has lifted its price to over $850 an ounce, up from about $630 a year ago.
Iraqi soldiers blunt force of suicide bomb attack
January 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
Three Iraqi soldiers threw themselves on a suicide attacker wearing an explosives vest at an Army Day celebration Sunday - an act of heroism the U.S. said likely prevented many more deaths. Iraqi police said at least 11 people were killed in the blast, the deadliest in a series of bombings in Baghdad.
Hawaii coach pondering SMU job
Jones in Dallas trying to choose between two jobs
January 7, 2008 in print edition on B2
June Jones spent Sunday night trying to decide whether to accept an offer to coach SMU or return to Hawaii, where the governor is among those trying to keep him.
Housing crisis considered at ‘halfway point’
January 7, 2008 in print edition on A1
Lt. Steve Brown stood on the landing of the Douglas County Law Enforcement Center last week and started the sheriff’s sale at 10 a.m. sharp - just as he had for almost every Thursday the year before. Wearing jeans and work coats, prospective buyers of the foreclosed properties leaned against a wall and listened as Brown auctioned off two houses in under five minutes. Bank representatives in wool coats and gloves stood in front of Brown.
Voting by mail starts in California
January 7, 2008 in print edition on A8
Vote-by-mail ballots go out this week in the nation’s most populous state, forcing presidential campaigns to consider using scarce dollars to lure early California voters while contests unfold in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.
Patriots prepare for Jags
January 7, 2008 in print edition on B4
Bill Belichick spent more time during the weekend studying Jacksonville than his other possible playoff opponents. It was time well spent.
Treasure’ digs up more gold with $20 million weekend
January 7, 2008 in print edition on B8
Nicolas Cage may be running out of storage room for his loot. Disney’s “National Treasure: Book of Secrets,” with Cage as a history buff on the trail of a lost city of gold, was the No. 1 box office draw for the third straight weekend with $20.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Organize holiday decor
January 7, 2008 in print edition on C1
As you begin to dismantle the tree and take down other holiday decorations, get organized for next year. Review the ornaments you did not hang this year, the stuffed Santas and extra stockings you did not display. Donate them or throw them out. If you didn’t need them this year, chances are you won’t need them next.
Hitachi Ltd. to debut 500GB drive for laptops
January 7, 2008 in print edition on B9
Notebook computers can be as powerful as desktops these days, especially as hard-disk makers like Hitachi Ltd. grab industry bragging rights by unveiling a 500-gigabyte drive for laptops.
Greats’ grandsons
Three Firebirds trace lineage to ‘52 Jayhawks
January 7, 2008 in print edition on B1
When Free State High junior Chase Hoag was in sixth grade, he experienced something very few young men get to encounter during their lifetime. Hoag, a budding basketball fanatic, had a one-on-one conversation in his living room with legendary coach and former Jayhawk Dean Smith.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
January 7, 2008 in print edition on A7
Chances of substantial state aid to help finance a local public swimming pool seemed to be fading and were likely to be scaled down by some $150,000. Voters had approved a public pool for the first time in local history.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
January 7, 2008 in print edition on A7
For financially strapped college men, registration during the coming fall was to take on a double meaning.
Clemens defends himself on television
January 7, 2008 in print edition on B2
Sounding indignant and defiant in his first interview since his former personal trainer accused him of using steroids, Roger Clemens seemed to set up a confrontation with Brian McNamee in front of Congress if the pair testify under oath at a Jan. 16 hearing.
On the record
January 7, 2008 in print edition on A4
A 33-year-old Topeka man was injured Sunday evening after he was thrown off his motorcycle in Jefferson County. Paul D. Klemme Jr. was not wearing a helmet when a vehicle rear-ended him while traveling eastbound on Kansas Highway 4 and attempting to turn left onto 46th Street, north of Grantville, near the Shawnee County line.
Romney, McCain clash in GOP debate
January 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
Mitt Romney and John McCain sparred Sunday over their tax and spending records and who was a better agent for change, in the second Republican debate of the final weekend before the New Hampshire primary.
VNA hospice request on county agenda
January 7, 2008 in print edition on A4
The Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association wants county commissioners to donate land it owns for a new hospice center.
NBA Roundup
January 7, 2008 in print edition on B6
Scores from around the league.
Some trends will hang on in 2008
January 7, 2008 in print edition on C1
Trend watching can be a strange business. How exactly does one explain the way a humble tulip skirt or pair of wide-leg jeans becomes a bona fide Look of the Moment? The trickle-down theory (from runway to reality) once had currency, but trends travel in all directions: from high to low, sure, but also from sidewalk to catwalk to red carpet to clearance rack. Here’s a guide to what will still pack a punch in 2008 and beyond.
Boy, 12, charged with first-degree murder
January 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
A 12-year-old boy beat a toddler to death with a baseball bat because she was crying while he was trying to watch TV, authorities said.
President may retain post by narrow margin
January 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
Georgia’s embattled leader appeared to have narrowly won re-election to the presidency in a tightly contested snap vote, elections officials announced late Sunday.
Handling a delicate application question
January 7, 2008 in print edition on B9
When filling out a job application and you’re currently employed, what is the proper response to the question: May we contact your present employer?
Chopra wins in a playoff
January 7, 2008 in print edition on B2
A long, nail-biting start to the PGA Tour finally ended as the sun dipped below the Pacific’s horizon when Daniel Chopra two-putted for birdie on the par-5 ninth to beat Steve Stricker in four extra holes at the Mercedes-Benz Championship.
Carolina survives scare
Duke wins; Huggins stuns No. 10 Marquette
January 7, 2008 in print edition on B5
No. 1 North Carolina passed its first true test - barely. Wayne Ellington’s three-pointer with 0.4 seconds left in overtime lifted the top-ranked Tar Heels to a 90-88 victory over 19th-ranked Clemson on Sunday night.
Actors talk about writers strike, Spears at film festival
January 7, 2008 in print edition on B8
Britney Spears’ hospitalization and concerns over whether the continuing Hollywood writers strike would keep next week’s Golden Globes ceremony off the air dominated red-carpet chatter at the 2008 Palm Springs International Film Festival gala.
Democrats approach homestretch to primary
January 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
The leading Democratic presidential candidates clashed Sunday over each other’s claim to be the true candidate of change in the final hours of the slushy New Hampshire homestretch. Hillary Clinton told voters they should elect “a doer, not a talker.” Barack Obama countered that his rivals are stuck in the politics of the past.
Airline food at new heights
Celebrity chefs are joining forces with carriers
January 7, 2008 in print edition on B9
What celebrity chef worth his lamb chops with pomegranate glaze would risk culinary shame by creating airline food - the butt of innumerable jokes about reheated hash that always seems to taste like chicken or even a salty tire?
Year-end wrap-up tough sell in 2007
January 7, 2008 in print edition on C1
I decided sometime in the middle of December that I wanted to be one of those columnists who writes a year-end wrap-up. I’ve always loved those things. Take Dave Barry’s annual month-by-month review of the year. He’s the only writer who can make me laugh out loud. The word guffaw comes to mind, as unfeminine as that sounds.
Kansas among half-dozen remaining undefeateds
January 7, 2008 in print edition on B1
Just six of the country’s 341 Div. I men’s basketball teams take perfect records into Week Two of the New Year. The Sensational Six? North Carolina (15-0), Memphis (13-0), Washington State (13-0), Vanderbilt (15-0), Mississippi (13-0) and Kansas University (14-0).