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6:00 a.m.
Matthew Bohn's Christmas gift purchases caught up to him when his Visa bill arrived. The ease  of availability and acceptance of credit cards is putting many users at risk of increasing debt. Consumers learn debt lessons the hard way
January 11, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Matthew Bohn didn’t let lack of money diminish his Christmas shopping list. He ignored price tags and whipped out his Visa card. But when the season ended and Bohn’s bill arrived, his heart sank along with his credit score.
2:00 p.m.
Joan Golden, left, a friend of Deanell Tacha, right, announces Tacha as the winner of the Citizen of the Years Award on Friday at Liberty Hall. The award is from the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce and recognizes a lifetime of commitment to the community. Tacha is a judge for the 10th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals. Judge named Citizen of the Years
January 12, 2008 in print edition on 1B
Everyone, it seems, has a Deanell Tacha story. Cathy Lewis remembers being urged by the U.S. Appeals Court judge to “leave a legacy.” Joan Golden marvels at her friend’s ability to bring people with diverse opinions to consensus on important issues.
7:35 p.m.
Kansas forward Darrell Arthur warms up at half-court of the Devaney Center in Lincoln, Neb., before the Jayhawks' match-up with the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday. Rush’s 19 points, aggressiveness, key Kansas in Big 12 opener, a 79-58 win at Nebraska
4:04 p.m., January 12, 2008 Updated 10:05 p.m.
LINCOLN, Neb. - Four days after Bill Self again used a public forum to express his want for Brandon Rush’s offensive aggressiveness to show through, the junior guard responded. Rush scored a game-high 19 points on 5-of-7 three-point shooting, plus went a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line, as KU continued its warpath through the 2007-08 schedule with a 79-58 win at Nebraska to open Big 12 play. Nebraska (12-3 overall, 0-1 Big 12) was led by Aleks Maric, who finished with 16 points. Ryan Anderson was just 3-of-10 from three-point range and scored 12. The Jayhawks (16-0, 1-0) have a quick turnaround, as they’ll host Oklahoma for Big Monday in Allen Fieldhouse at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

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Rush’s 19 points, aggressiveness, key Kansas in Big 12 opener, a 79-58 win at Nebraska
04:04 p.m., January 12, 2008 Updated 10:05 p.m.
LINCOLN, Neb. - Four days after Bill Self again used a public forum to express his want for Brandon Rush’s offensive aggressiveness to show through, the junior guard responded. Rush scored a game-high 19 points on 5-of-7 three-point shooting, plus went a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line, as KU continued its warpath through the 2007-08 schedule with a 79-58 win at Nebraska to open Big 12 play. Nebraska (12-3 overall, 0-1 Big 12) was led by Aleks Maric, who finished with 16 points. Ryan Anderson was just 3-of-10 from three-point range and scored 12. The Jayhawks (16-0, 1-0) have a quick turnaround, as they’ll host Oklahoma for Big Monday in Allen Fieldhouse at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
KU women tumble at Nebraska, 71-51, drop to 11-4 overall, 0-2 in Big 12 play
January 12, 2008
LINCOLN, Neb. - Foul trouble again hurt the Kansas Unversity women’s basketball team in insurmountable ways. First, when leading 19-16 in the first half, fouls on sophomore Danielle McCray and senior Taylor McIntosh put both on the bench, while Nebraska then went off on a 17-2 run. The other crippling product of the Jayhawks’ 21 personal fouls Saturday afternoon was the Huskers’ 30-of-32 performance from the charity stripe. Both aided equally in Nebraska’s 71-51 win over KU, dropping the Jayhawks to 11-4 overall on the season and 0-2 in Big 12 play.
House Republicans unveil priorities
January 12, 2008 in print edition on A5
A back-to-school sales tax holiday, cracking down on illegal immigration and limited spending were among the top priorities unveiled Friday by House Republicans.
Friends alleged to have taken dead man’s body to cash check
January 12, 2008 in print edition on A2
Their bumbling actions have brought two guys in an alleged Hell’s Kitchen check cashing scam worldwide attention for their only-in-New York similarities to the dark comedy, “Weekend at Bernie’s.”
Report: Mysterious crowd stopped Bhutto
January 12, 2008 in print edition on A7
Two new reports on the assassination last month of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto suggest that the killing may have been an ambitious plot rather than an isolated act of violence and that the government of President Pervez Musharraf knows far more than it’s admitted about the murder.
Authorities: Pregnant Marine’s body found
January 12, 2008 in print edition on A3
Authorities said Friday they believe they found the shallow grave of a pregnant Marine in the back yard of a comrade she accused of rape, along with evidence inside his home that suggested she had been killed.
Two families agree to end ‘mustache war’
January 12, 2008 in print edition on A7
Two families in southern Egypt that captured and forcefully shaved each others’ leaders earlier in the year have agreed to end their dispute, the Al Ahram daily reported on Friday.
Around and about
January 12, 2008 in print edition on D3
Around and about Lawrence
Horoscopes
January 12, 2008 in print edition on D7
This year opt to head down a new path or do something quite different. Lady Luck sits on your shoulder, perhaps adding a certain sense of magic. If you are single, someone significant to your life could pop up out of the blue. If you are attached, enjoy the element of surprise that is in your lives. Accept your sweetie.
Olathe Christian sinks Veritas girls
January 12, 2008 in print edition on C5
Veritas Christian’s girls basketball team held off as long as it could. Throughout the first half and into the third quarter of Friday’s game against Olathe Christian, the Eagles kept the streaking Warriors within striking distance. But eight turnovers by Veritas and a 10-point Warrior run late in the third did the Eagles in as they fell to the visitors, 61-45.
Quarter earned
Perfect fourth lifts Firebirds to win
January 12, 2008 in print edition on C1
Down three points at Shawnee Mission East on Friday night, the Free State High boys basketball team had toiled and fought back and forth with the Lancers for 24 minutes. Then the fourth quarter happened.
Jackson takes charge
January 12, 2008 in print edition on C1
When Jadkhen Kerr, Olathe South’s best player, drove to the hoop in the final quarter of a close game Friday night, Lawrence High girls basketball forward Tania Jackson was ready in the lane. She wanted that charge, and she wanted it bad.
Seahawks, Pats, Chargers, ‘Boys to advance
January 12, 2008 in print edition on C3
If you listen to the Seattle Seahawks, taking on Brett Favre in Green Bay is tantamount to tackling Odin in the halls of Valhalla. After all, it’s not a well-known fact, but scholars believe Odin wore a No. 4 jersey.
O-South buries LHS early
January 12, 2008 in print edition on C5
Olathe South’s boys basketball team didn’t just beat Lawrence High on Friday night. No, that description would do a disservice to their performance. The Falcons swooped in, devoured the timid Lions and left nothing but a dried out carcass, heading out of town with an 89-60 annihilation of LHS.
Oil industry seeks to quash ‘hot fuel’ lawsuits
January 12, 2008 in print edition on B2
An attorney for the oil industry said Friday that it isn’t fraudulent to sell “hot fuel” because it is legal to sell gasoline and diesel in the U.S. that’s not adjusted for temperature.
Leopard, polar bear attempt escape from San Francisco Zoo
January 12, 2008 in print edition on A3
Since a tiger escaped its pen and killed a person, a snow leopard has ripped a small opening in its wire cage and workers have had to dart a polar bear to goad it into its night enclosure, San Francisco Zoo officials said Friday.
Army begins clearing garbage mounds
January 12, 2008 in print edition on A7
The Italian army has began clearing garbage, piling along the city streets of Italy’s province of Campania since December 21 when regional garbage dumps filled to overflowing, local media said on Friday.
Book of Mormon word change sparks debate
Critics say passage about American Indians contradicts original scriptural claim
January 12, 2008 in print edition on D8
The introduction to the 2006 edition of the Book of Mormon has a new word: among. It sounds trivial, but to some it represents a huge change to teachings that have been passed on for generations within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Inquiry proceeding into former premier
January 12, 2008 in print edition on A7
A formal government inquiry into allegations that former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney received money from an arms dealer while still in office will begin once a parliamentary panel completes its own probe, Canada’s leader said Friday.
Universe portrayed as odd, violent with rogue black holes
January 12, 2008 in print edition on A8
The deeper astronomers gaze into the cosmos, the more they find it’s a bizarre and violent universe. The research findings from this week’s annual meeting of U.S. astronomers range from blue orphaned baby stars to menacing “rogue” black holes that roam our galaxy, devouring any planets unlucky enough to be within their limited reach.
80 people arrested in Guantanamo protest
January 12, 2008 in print edition on A3
Eighty people were arrested at the Supreme Court on Friday in a protest calling for the shutdown of the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Williams falls, needs stitches
January 12, 2008 in print edition on B2
North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams cut his scalp and needed five stitches Friday when he tripped over a cord in his office and hit his head on a door, giving the Tar Heels a bumpy start to their final day of practice for today’s game against rival North Carolina State.
Clinton back in her political groove
January 12, 2008 in print edition on B6
By Wednesday, the headlines that had blared “Panic” and “On the Edge” were as infamous as “Dewey Beats Truman.” The advance stories written to explain Hillary’s defeat had all been sacrificed to the delete button.
T.O. practices: ‘See you Sunday’
January 12, 2008 in print edition on C3
Terrell Owens warmed up for practice Friday, then went to see a trainer about his injured ankle. Problem? Nope, quite the opposite.
Jones headed to prison
Track standout sentenced to six months
January 12, 2008 in print edition on B2
Marion Jones was sentenced Friday to six months in prison for lying about using steroids and a check-fraud scam, despite beseeching the judge that she not be separated from her two young children “even for a short period of time.”
De Soto’s Linzy sinks Eudora in OT
January 12, 2008 in print edition on C5
De Soto’s Andre Linzy banked in a three-pointer from the top of the key to force overtime, then scored eight points in two extra sessions, leading De Soto past Eudora, 68-60, in double overtime Friday.
Henry added to Shrine roster
January 12, 2008 in print edition on C8
Kansas University senior wide receiver Marcus Henry was added Friday to the West squad for the East-West Shrine Game, to be played Jan. 19 in Houston’s Robertson Stadium.
Jags’ Web site removes asterisk from Pats’ win
January 12, 2008 in print edition on C3
The asterisk the Jacksonville Jaguars had on their Web site next to New England’s perfect record, a mark indicating the Patriots were caught cheating in one game this season, has been removed.
The Rosies
A California site focuses on the many women who performed so nobly during World War II.
January 12, 2008 in print edition on B6
The countless women who made innumerable contributions to the national welfare during World War II are getting the tribute they so richly deserve at a special national park in California.
Leak leads to $1.6M marijuana bust
January 12, 2008 in print edition on A3
Overwatering your plants is never a good idea, especially if they’re illegal.
Pig prank: Fetuses impaled on car antennas
January 12, 2008 in print edition on A3
Several members of a high school swim team were suspended after they impaled 15 car antennas with fetal pigs and smeared crawfish on hoods and windshields in their rival school’s parking lot, their coach said.
Feelings over policy pure self-indulgence
January 12, 2008 in print edition on B6
Politicians don’t usually get me excited, but Barack Obama does. Maybe it’s the contrast between him and the elocutionally-challenged President Bush. Having lived through and reported on the Civil Rights movement, perhaps the source of my euphoria is the possibility of a black man being taken seriously as a presidential candidate when just four decades ago in America he would have been barred from certain hotels, restrooms, lunch counters and neighborhoods.
KU track wins 4 titles at Arkansas
January 12, 2008 in print edition on C8
Junior Zlata Tarasova, sophomore Kelsey Erb, senior Jordan Scott and freshman Amanda Miller each won their respective events for the Kansas University track and field teams Friday at the Arkansas Invitational.
Up to 61 killed after 5 days of heavy snow
January 12, 2008 in print edition on A7
Heavy snow has claimed up to 61 lives in Afghanistan covering some regions of the country with over two meters of snow, national TV channels said on Friday.
Ineffective action
January 12, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Nancy Boyda’s co-sponsored legislation is nothing more than an election year attempt to convince voters that she and the Democratically controlled Congress are trying to address the illegal immigration issue. This is nothing more than a bullet point she can put on her re-election brochure.
Former Harvard student admits stabbing teen
January 12, 2008 in print edition on A3
A former Harvard graduate student was sentenced to two years in prison Friday after he pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for stabbing to death a teenager who made fun of him.
Obama talks to union, gets governor’s support
January 12, 2008 in print edition on A2
Barack Obama, his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination bolstered by endorsements, told a cheering union hall on Friday that he would provide relief for homeowners struggling to make mortgage payments and deliver tax cuts to the middle-class.
O.J. Simpson jailed, accused of violating bail
January 12, 2008 in print edition on A2
O.J. Simpson returned to jail Friday, where he will spend several days before a judge hears allegations that he violated terms of his bail in an armed robbery case, officials said.
Sebelius appoints KU grad to appeals court
January 12, 2008 in print edition on B2
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius Friday appointed Melissa Taylor Standridge to the state Court of Appeals.
Faith Forum: Can I provide service to my church instead of tithing?
January 12, 2008 in print edition on D1
¢ Time can’t be substituted for money: The Rev. Tom Brady, senior pastor, First United Methodist Church¢ Gospels address importance of money: Rob Martin, pastor, Lawrence Vineyard Church
Light shift
January 12, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: I have a suggestion for the overabundance of street lighting on Kasold. You can use some of them to replace the burned-out streetlights in east Lawrence.
Exceptions?
January 12, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: State Republican leaders want to toughen Kansas’ in-state tuition law to exclude children of some undocumented immigrants (Journal-World, Jan. 5).
Studies link autism to genetic defects
January 12, 2008 in print edition on A8
Researchers this week identified two separate genetic defects linked to autism, one that directly causes the disorder in about 1 percent of all cases and a second that may play a role in a larger percentage of patients by increasing their susceptibility to environmental or other genetic influences.
Twins separated at birth later fell in love, married
January 12, 2008 in print edition on A2
A pair of British twins who were separated at birth later married, completely unaware that they were brother and sister, the House of Lords has heard.
Kansas City voters could see competing smoking ban proposals
January 12, 2008 in print edition on B8
Kansas City voters could have two different smoking bans to consider in the April election. The Kansas City Council voted 8-3 Thursday night to put its own smoking prohibitions on the ballot. And a separate citizens-led petition proposal also appears headed for the April 8 ballot.
US Agency now needs court order to sedate deportees
January 12, 2008 in print edition on A3
U.S. immigration agents must not sedate deportees without a judge’s permission, according to a policy change issued this week.
Giuliani campaign staffers forgo pay
January 12, 2008 in print edition on A3
About a dozen senior campaign staffers for Rudy Giuliani are forgoing their January paychecks, a sign of possible money trouble for the Republican presidential candidate and last year’s national front-runner.
Professor: Mongolians first to discover America
January 12, 2008 in print edition on A2
A Mongolian professor of history has said America was discovered by the Mongolians and not Christopher Columbus, as is popularly believed, the Xinhua news agency reported late on Thursday.
Moon’ shows how the West was wicked
January 12, 2008 in print edition on D7
Just when you thought both the TV Western and the miniseries were dead, “Comanche Moon” (8 p.m., Sunday, CBS) arrives. The six-hour miniseries airs over three nights (continuing on Tuesday and Wednesday) and marks the final chapter in the “Lonesome Dove” story written by Larry McMurtry.
Have a yappy hour
January 12, 2008 in print edition on D1
Woof-themed wines are a big hit with dog lovers. With the Dog Wine Lovers Club, you can have several new wines delivered to your door every month, labeled with an original dog illustration.
Student given detention for Playboy pants
January 12, 2008 in print edition on A2
Gateway High School junior Elizabeth Johnson got an unexpected fashion lesson this week: two days of detention for wearing a pair of sweats with the Playboy name and logo on them.
Criminals kidnapping criminals becoming common in US
January 12, 2008 in print edition on A4
A woman leaving an eyeglass store is grabbed in the parking lot by four men who force her, kicking and screaming, into a pickup truck. The kidnappers demand a $900,000 ransom. But police soon realize her family is holding something back and isn’t fully cooperating with them. Later, investigators find out that relatives have arranged the woman’s release on their own. And they discover that members of the family are heavy into marijuana trafficking.
Rare flurries delight Baghdad
January 12, 2008 in print edition on A7
The flakes melted quickly. But the smiles, wonder and excited story-swapping went on throughout the day: It snowed in Baghdad.
On the record
January 12, 2008 in print edition on B2
Lawrence police recovered a stolen Yamaha moped and key ignition switch Thursday. An 18-year-old Lawrence man reported the theft occurred between noon Dec. 1 and 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the1700 block of Ohio Street. The estimated value of items recovered is $4,900.
Rodeo presentation, exhibit set for Sunday
January 12, 2008 in print edition on B1
A presentation on “Rodeos, Cowboys and Cowgirls: Broncos and Trick Rides” will be Sunday at Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass.
Parents plead not guilty to rape, alcohol charges
January 12, 2008 in print edition on B2
A Haysville couple is accused of providing alcohol to their newly adopted 13-year-old daughter and a friend at a party last year and then raping them. The girls told Sedgwick County District Judge Greg Waller on Thursday that the father raped them following during a party to celebrate the girl’s adoption.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
January 12, 2008 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Jan. 12, 1908: “A coroner’s inquest has been called after a chemist found poison in the stomach of Vailla Vancil, suspected of having been poisoned by her husband.”
Royals caravan coming to town Jan. 23
January 12, 2008 in print edition on C8
The Kansas City Royals caravan is scheduled to make a meet-and-greet stop from 3:30-4:15 p.m. on Jan. 23 at Hy-Vee on West Sixth Street.
Commentary: Careers can be destroyed quickly
January 12, 2008 in print edition on B2
The line lasted less than a second. “Lynch him in a back alley,” Kelly Tilghman said Friday, responding to partner Nick Faldo’s banter that the young players should “gang up” on Tiger Woods.
Many state issues would benefit from nonpartisan approach
January 12, 2008 in print edition on B1
Next week, Kansas legislators will gather in Topeka to begin their 2008 session and, from all indications, the lawmakers are going to face many difficult, challenging issues that are sure to result in a contentious, bumpy session.
Oregon RB to turn pro
January 12, 2008 in print edition on B2
Oregon running back Jonathan Stewart will pass up his senior season and enter the NFL Draft. The school confirmed Stewart’s decision Friday. The junior ran for a school-record 1,722 yards.
Club news
January 12, 2008 in print edition on D3
Club news from around Lawrence
Vols tap Richmond coach
January 12, 2008 in print edition on C2
Richmond coach Dave Clawson resigned Friday and accepted a job as Tennessee’s offensive coordinator.
Neufeld says he won’t hold up session over coal-fired plants
Kansas House Speaker pushes voter fraud bill, alleges illegal immigrants are registering in state
January 12, 2008 in print edition on A1
House Speaker Melvin Neufeld on Friday said he wants the coal-fired power plants built, but denied he intends to lock up the upcoming legislative session over the issue.
How to safeguard yourself against the flu this winter
January 12, 2008 in print edition on D5
As we enter peak flu season, Dr. Donna Casey hopes her friends and family are using this year’s Christmas gift from her: a toothbrush sanitizer. “If you cultured a toothbrush, you’d be appalled by all the germs there,” said the internist affiliated with Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. “Same goes with a grocery cart or elevator button or any handrail in an airport.”
Door open for more Sudan sanctions
January 12, 2008 in print edition on A7
The United Nations Security Council opened the door Friday to new economic, political or military sanctions against Sudan because of an attack by its troops on a U.N. peacekeeping convoy earlier this week.
A place to call home
Indigenous church raising funds to finish site
January 12, 2008 in print edition on D1
The tune is familiar, but the words are different. Thirty members of the Lawrence Indian United Methodist Church are singing “Amazing Grace,” using a hymn book that has the words in Kiowa. The congregation just got done singing hymns in Cherokee and Creek - to represent the tribes of those who are filling the pews this Sunday.
Feds seek to revoke counsel for doctor
January 12, 2008 in print edition on B5
The government is seeking to revoke the court-appointed counsel for an indicted Kansas doctor and his wife accused of illegally prescribing drugs that led to at least four deaths.
Judge named Citizen of the Years
January 12, 2008 in print edition on B1
Everyone, it seems, has a Deanell Tacha story. Cathy Lewis remembers being urged by the U.S. Appeals Court judge to “leave a legacy.” Joan Golden marvels at her friend’s ability to bring people with diverse opinions to consensus on important issues.
Customers won’t notice much change
January 12, 2008 in print edition on A2
If you’re among the millions of homeowners who are customers of Countrywide Financial Corp., you’re probably wondering how the sale of the troubled lender to financial-services giant Bank of America Corp. affects you. The answer is, not much.
Lawrence native helps discover new frog species
January 12, 2008 in print edition on A1
Growing up in Lawrence, Emily Moriarty Lemmon developed a fascination with frogs when she was 11 years old. “We had a creek in our back yard that I’d go down to and catch turtles and frogs down there,” the 29-year-old Moriarty Lemmon said. “I’ve been interested in studying frogs for a number of years now, and one of my lifetime goals was to ascribe a species, eventually.”
Last season’s blowouts still sting Cornhuskers
January 12, 2008 in print edition on C4
There was nowhere to go, nowhere to hide. Aleks Maric simply had to grin and bear it - and try to do something about it - as Kansas University’s No. 8-ranked basketball team built a commanding 43-8 lead over his unranked Nebraska Cornhuskers on Jan. 29, 2007, in Devaney Center.
Planned pipeline project passes regulatory hurdle
Oil line would pass through northeast Kansas
January 12, 2008 in print edition on B4
A proposed oil pipeline that would pass through northeast Kansas and deliver Canadian crude to U.S. refineries has passed another regulatory hurdle.
Air travelers stuck in license showdown
January 12, 2008 in print edition on A4
Millions of air travelers may find going through airport security much more complicated this spring, as the Bush administration heads toward a showdown with state governments over post-Sept. 11 rules for new driver’s licenses.
Commodities
January 12, 2008 in print edition on B4
Agricultural futures traded higher Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for March delivery jumped 26.75 cents to $9.0925; March corn added 20 cents to $4.95; March oats climbed 9 cents to $3.36; January soybeans surged 38.5 cents to $12.9875.
Pump patrol
January 12, 2008 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.87 at several locations.
How to improve the perfect BLT sandwich
January 12, 2008 in print edition on D1
Some would argue the BLT is a perfect triumvirate unsuited to tweaking. Some might say a little enhancement never hurts.
Bank of America takes $4.1B risk on Countrywide Financial
January 12, 2008 in print edition on A2
In a career defined by blockbuster deals, Bank of America chief executive Ken Lewis has taken his biggest gamble yet with an attempt to rescue the country’s biggest mortgage lender, Countrywide Financial.
Firebirds ‘figure it out’ in loss
January 12, 2008 in print edition on C5
Although its up-and-down season stayed true to form - win-loss-win-loss, etc. - the Free State girls basketball team turned a corner Friday night.
Terracon promotes Lawrence resident
January 12, 2008 in print edition on B4
Terracon Consultants Inc., a national consulting engineering firm with corporate headquarters in Olathe, has announced that Kevin Langwell, Lawrence, has been promoted to senior vice president for client development.
Networking group to welcome visitors
January 12, 2008 in print edition on B4
Business Networking International Lawrence Chapter 2 will conduct a visitors’ evening Thursday.
Keegan: Mangino wins fans with class
January 12, 2008 in print edition on B1
Ask him his name and he’ll answer, “First name, ‘Cow,’ last name ‘Boy.’” Refer to him as Larry Wiezorek and some of his friends might not know the name. They know him as Cowboy, the proud Kansas State fan working in Lawrence as project superintendent for Gene Fritzel Construction.
Wichita buys pristine prairie land, plans park
January 12, 2008 in print edition on B1
A chunk of Kansas prairie just purchased by the city of Wichita includes about 40 acres of native grass and woodlands that has never been touched by a plow.
Wheat plantings down
January 12, 2008 in print edition on B2
Kansas farmers planted a half million fewer acres of winter wheat for the 2008 harvest, the government reported Friday in a surprise report that has shaken grain markets.
Stocks fall amid worries over credit and earnings
January 12, 2008 in print edition on B4
Wall Street plunged again Friday amid renewed fears that the financial sector’s troubles with bad credit won’t end soon and that some consumers are buckling under the weight of a slowing economy. The major indexes each lost more than 1 percent, including the Dow Jones industrials, which finished down nearly 250 points.
Ex-KCC chairman leads new group
January 12, 2008 in print edition on A5
A former utility regulator is leading an advocacy group formed by supporters of two coal-fired power plants heading into a legislative debate over the state’s decision to block their construction.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
January 12, 2008 in print edition on B6
Ewing Kauffman, 51, president of Marion Laboratories, was approved by the American League to become the owner of Kansas City’s 1969 expansion baseball franchise. He would replace Charles O. Finley as Kansas City owner. Finley had taken the KC Athletics to Oakland, Calif.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
January 12, 2008 in print edition on B6
The new Lawrence bus station was operational at the southwest corner of Sixth and Michigan. The old location had been at 638 Mass. where the Free State Brewing Co. currently operates.
LHS honors KU duo
Ex-Lions McAnderson, Seymour feted
January 12, 2008 in print edition on C8
Former Lawrence High football players Brandon McAnderson and Brian Seymour, honored Friday morning during an assembly at their old high school, looked back on their Kansas University football careers without regrets.
AG hasn’t paid ex-prosecutor in Tiller case
January 12, 2008 in print edition on B5
Six months after receiving a bill, Attorney General Paul Morrison hasn’t paid a special prosecutor who handled a criminal case against abortion provider Dr. George Tiller.
Pentagon releases video of clash between US and Iranian forces
Navy also describes December incident with warning shots
January 12, 2008 in print edition on A6
Recent clashes between Iranian and U.S. Navy forces in the Persian Gulf reflect Iran’s shifted military strategy to use its Revolutionary Guard’s fast boats more aggressively in the region, the top U.S. military officer said Friday.
Bush: US should have bombed Auschwitz railway to help Jews
January 12, 2008 in print edition on A6
A teary-eyed President Bush stopped in front of an aerial photo of Auschwitz on Friday at Israel’s Holocaust memorial and said the U.S. should have sent bombers to prevent the extermination of Jews there.
Sarkozy book won’t be stopped by judge
January 12, 2008 in print edition on A7
President Nicolas Sarkozy’s ex-wife lost a legal battle Friday to stop publication of a book in which she allegedly called her former husband “cheap” and a “womanizer.”
People in the news
January 12, 2008 in print edition on D7
¢ Directors will begin talks with studios¢ Federline’s attorney requests police report¢ Alba, Dawson among celebs celebrating V-Day¢ Toni Collette gives birth to daughter Sage¢ Starr headlines opening of Capital of Culture ¢ Yayo’s lawyer: Drop teen-slapping charges¢ Naomi Campbell talks hostages with president
Today’s capsules
January 12, 2008 in print edition on C3
¢ Seattle at Green Bay¢ Jacksonville at New England
A thief from the start
Chalmers showed knack for swiping balls at early age
January 12, 2008 in print edition on C1
Squatting in a defensive stance while wearing his “Golden Green Gang” uniform, Mario Chalmers must have looked like the cutest, most innocent little 5-year-old basketball player in Anchorage, Alaska, Military League history.
Can KU women rebound?
Jayhawks must bounce back: Sky-high Huskers await
January 12, 2008 in print edition on C8
Thursday’s Kansas University women’s basketball practice session - a little more than 12 hours removed from a 59-54 loss in the Big 12 opener to No. 25 Oklahoma State - was a tad quiet. A year ago, that might have concerned Bonnie Henrickson.
County judge may be on list to become AG
Stephen Six was appointed to bench by Sebelius in 2005
January 12, 2008 in print edition on A1
As speculation increases over whom Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will name as attorney general, one name that has been mentioned as a possible finalist is Douglas County District Judge Stephen Six.
Couple face life terms in sex abuse cases
January 12, 2008 in print edition on B1
A Baldwin City couple are facing life in prison for sex crimes involving their children. A 28-year-old Baldwin City woman, who made her first appearance Friday in Douglas County District Court, is charged with three crimes involving her 3-year-old son and another crime involving her boyfriend’s daughter.
Interim arts leader chosen
January 12, 2008 in print edition on B1
A former corporate executive has been named interim executive director of the Lawrence Arts Center. June Jones started in the role Monday, the day after 33-year director Ann Evans retired.