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State of the State Address
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Polls
Will race or gender politics make a difference for voters in the campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes.
 
63%
No.
 
26%
Not sure.
 
9%
Total 226
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Senior professor Roger Boyd helps Nick Wagoner with sewing on a quail in a taxidermy class at Baker University in Baldwin City. Students are spending six to nine hours per day for three weeks in the interterm class. Stuffing in extra learning
January 15, 2008 in print edition on 3A
Taxidermy, the art of preparing, stuffing and mounting the skins of animals, is back as an interterm course at Baker University. “I don’t recall how many times, but I think I’ve taught it five or six times during interterm,” said Roger Boyd, senior professor of biology. Before the three-week class ends Friday, Boyd’s students will have stuffed and mounted deer, bobcats, coyotes, raccoons, opossums, jackrabbits, eastern cottontails, pheasants, quail, ducks, Canada geese, minks and a fox.
8:00 a.m.
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius greets state representatives after delivering the 2008 State of the State address on Monday at the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka. During her speech, Sebelius challenged the Legislature to help her create a climate change action plan and said Kansas was poised to play a historic role in the nation's development of wind energy and alternative fuels. Aiming for the stars
January 15, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Monday called on Kansas lawmakers to confront climate change, increase education funding and make health care more available. “Let us once again aim for the stars,” Sebelius said in the State of the State speech to kick off the start of the legislative session. Sebelius also reaffirmed her endorsement of a 50-cent-per-pack increase in the cigarette tax and a statewide ban on public smoking in indoor places.
12:00 p.m.
Custom Highline, 1527 W. Sixth St., plans to reopen next month, in anticipation of settling debts of at least $2 million. The business is closed, and its vehicles are to be sold at Auto Exchange in Lawrence. Custom Highline deals with debt
January 15, 2008 in print edition on 11B
Custom Highline, a Lawrence business that locates, buys and sells luxury automobiles, is hoping to reopen next month as it works to settle debts with creditors of at least $2 million. The business, 1527 W. Sixth St., is closed now that its remaining cars have been taken to another Lawrence dealership for sale - with the expected proceeds set to pay off portions of debt owed to Central National Bank and National Bank of Kansas City, Mo.
4:00 p.m.
Sisters Elana, left, and Jolie Cohen visit their great-grandmother, Barbara Rukovina, who is losing her memory because of Alzheimer's disease, at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, Md. The fatal illness kills brain cells that help people remember, think and behave. Trickle-down effect
January 15, 2008 in print edition on 1C
When Elana and Jolie Cohen visited their great-grandmother in Gaithersburg, Md., recently, she greeted them with a gleeful “Oh, my girls! My girls!” But what followed wasn’t a typical chat. Their great-grandmother, Barbara Rukovina (whom the girls call Mucker), usually makes no sense. She doesn’t remember their names. Often, she doesn’t seem to know where she is.
5:00 p.m.
House Speaker Melvin Neufeld on Wednesday declared there would be no attempt to override Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' veto of legislation that would have authorized construction of two coal-fired power plants. Discussions about coal plants continue
January 15, 2008 in print edition on 3A
Comments from Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and House Speaker Melvin Neufeld raised speculation Monday about whether a deal is being worked out that would allow a coal-burning power plant in western Kansas. When asked about whether negotiations were occurring, Sebelius said, “What is happening right now I would characterize more as conversations. There is a lot of information that I think is important for everybody to have.”
10:00 p.m.
Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius thanks local heroes who rose up to help their storm-devastated neighbors in the 2008 State of the State Address on Monday at the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka, Kan.  "Kansans came together," Sebelius said on Monday to a packed House chamber. Democratic congressional leaders announced Tuesday that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will deliver their party's response after President Bush's State of the Union Address later this month. What is she up to?
January 15, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Democratic congressional leaders announced Tuesday that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will deliver their party’s response after President Bush’s State of the Union Address later this month. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Harry Reid of Nevada praised Sebelius’ bipartisan work “to create jobs, grow the economy, make historic investments in education, and make college more affordable.” This is an audition of sorts, observers say, and could be an opportunity for her to be showcased for a national office.

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6Sports video: Bobcats sneak by Platte
January 15, 2008
The Basehor-Linwood Bobcats handled the Platte County Pirates in the Basehor-Linwood Invitational on Tuesday night.
6Sports video: Tongy duals Atchison
January 15, 2008
The Chieftains took on the Atchison Redmen in the Tonganoxie Invitational Tournament on Tuesday night.
6News video: City commission goes green
January 15, 2008
Lawrence city leaders unanimously approved a request to establish the Climate Protection Task Force in an effort to reduce Lawrence’s carbon footprint.
6News video: Cordley has first ‘teacher of the year’
January 15, 2008
Cordley Elementary School announced it’s first Teacher of the Year nominee on Tuesday.
6News video: School district holds math competition
January 15, 2008
Brain power was on display Tuesday at Lawrence school district headquarters.
6Sports video: Lady Chieftans handle Rossville
January 15, 2008
The Tonganoxie girls took on the Rossiville Lady Bulldogs in the Tonganoxie Invitational Tournament on Tuesday night.
6Sports video: Jayhawks sorry to see OU’s Griffin hurt
January 15, 2008
The last thing Darnell Jackson wanted to see Monday night was his buddy, Blake Griffin, hit the deck because of a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
6Sports video: EHS girls take on Atchison
January 15, 2008
The Lady Cardinals took on the Lady Redmen in the Tonganoxie Invitational Tournament on Tuesday night.
6News video: City leaders get lesson
January 15, 2008
After the questionable practices regarding the Deciphera deal, Lawrence city leaders got a lesson on Tuesday afternoon on the state’s open meetings act.
6News video: School board approves athletic facility funding
January 15, 2008
Major upgrades could be on the way to athletics facilities at the city’s two high schools.
6News video: Drivers fight law, law wins
January 15, 2008
Speeding was the primary violation found by Lawrence police and Douglas County Sheriff’s officers during saturation patrols conducted Friday night and Saturday morning.
6News video: Community discusses homelessness
January 15, 2008
Dozens of community members met Tuesday night to discuss a city-wide plan to address the problem of homelessness.
6News video: Haskell kicks off spring semester
January 15, 2008
Haskell Indian Nations University officially welcomed students, faculty and staff for the spring semester on Tuesday.
6News video: Raintree Montessori reenacts King speech
January 15, 2008
Raintree Montessori honored the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. by reenacting one of his most famous speeches.
6Sports video: Cardinals battle Rossville
January 15, 2008
The Eudora boy’s basketball team took on the Rossville Bulldogs in the Tonganoxie Invitational on Tuesday night.
6Sports video: ‘Hawks half way home
January 15, 2008
The midway point has come and gone for the Kansas men’s basketball team, and the Jayhawks are still perfect.
6News video: Sebelius asks to increase budget
January 15, 2008
Governer Kathleen Sebelius would like lawmakers to increase the state’s budget in the next fiscal year.
What is she up to?
Governor picked to provide Democrats’ response to State of the Union address
January 15, 2008 in print edition on A1
Democratic congressional leaders announced Tuesday that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will deliver their party’s response after President Bush’s State of the Union Address later this month. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Harry Reid of Nevada praised Sebelius’ bipartisan work “to create jobs, grow the economy, make historic investments in education, and make college more affordable.” This is an audition of sorts, observers say, and could be an opportunity for her to be showcased for a national office.
6News video: Contractor drills through water main
About 24 homes without water
January 15, 2008
Residents of the 1800 and 1900 blocks of Louisiana and Mississippi streets will be without water until late this evening, following damage to a water main near 19th Street today, according to an announcement from the city.
6News Now: Bowersock Dam repairs could be costly
January 15, 2008
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, planning for repairs along the Bowersock Dam could cost the city $120,000, and new proposals for school athletic facilities.
6News video: KU to celebrate Orange Bowl win
Allen Fieldhouse site of event
January 15, 2008
Kansas athletics officials have scheduled a free public event to celebrate the football team’s Orange Bowl victory.
Sebelius to deliver Democrats’ response to Bush speech
January 15, 2008
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has been selected to deliver the Democrats’ official response to President Bush’s State of the Union address on Jan. 28.
KU, KPERS beneficiaries in $13.6 billion budget
Sebelius says all-day kindergarten must wait for funds
January 15, 2008
Kansas University and public employee retirees will get some help in a “lean” budget.
Governor to unveil budget plan
January 15, 2008
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius outlined her recommendations for the legislative session on Monday. Now come the details.
Extra Minutes: Kansas 85, Oklahoma 55
January 15, 2008
Tying up loose ends from KU’s 85-55 win over Oklahoma Monday night. Four Jayhawks scored in double figures, further brandishing the team’s overall balance, and KU showed continued improvement from the free throw line, converting 17 of 18 attempts.
Bittersweet blowout
Jayhawks sorry to see OU freshman phenom Griffin hurt in loss
January 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
The last thing Darnell Jackson wanted to see Monday night was his buddy, Blake Griffin, hit the deck because of a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. “I was looking forward to playing against him. I know he was looking forward to playing against me. I’ve known him since he was a little kid,” Jackson, Kansas University’s senior forward, said of fellow Oklahoma native Griffin, who went down battling Jackson for a defensive rebound five minutes into KU’s 85-55 annihilation of Griffin’s Oklahoma Sooners at Allen Fieldhouse.
City’s job focus ‘behind the times’
January 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
After wading through pages of documents about what area cities do to attract new jobs and businesses to their communities, City Commissioner Mike Amyx offered one brief summary. “It seems to me that we’re kind of behind the times,” Amyx said as part of a City Commission study session Monday morning about economic development activities.
Texas A&M still clicking
January 15, 2008 in print edition on B3
Losing its head coach and best player doesn’t seem to be slowing down Texas A&M one bit. If anything, says Texas Tech assistant coach Pat Knight, the Aggies are better than last year, when Billy Gillispie and Acie Law led them to a school-record 27 wins in one of their greatest seasons ever.
Patriots’ Maroney makes his mark
January 15, 2008 in print edition on B5
Laurence Maroney ran to his left and waited. His chance was about to come. Tom Brady scanned the defense then turned toward him and threw a short pass. Underutilized most of the season, Maroney caught it and raced up the left side for a 33-yard gain. It was the Patriots second offensive play.
Report: Sprint Nextel to cut thousands of jobs
January 15, 2008 in print edition on B11
Sprint Nextel Corp., the nation’s third-largest wireless carrier, plans to cut thousands of jobs in an attempt to reassure investors that new Chief Executive Officer Dan Hesse is serious about streamlining the company’s operations, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
Pump patrol
January 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.84 at Conoco, 23rd and Harper streets.
Elderly are hardly shy and retiring
January 15, 2008 in print edition on B10
As frequent readers of this column surely know, I’m reluctant to dole out adjectives like “heartwarming” and “touching.” That’s Oprah’s job.
Commentary: Giants fans can’t ignore the Tiki factor
January 15, 2008 in print edition on B2
Tiki, take a bow. If the Giants and their fans - this includes the ones in the stands and the ones disguised as media members - are inclined to blame Tiki Barber for the team’s woes last season, they have no choice but to credit him for its resurgence this season.
Group wants environmental task force
Team would help to create a plan for reducing greenhouse emissions
January 15, 2008 in print edition on A5
If the city wants to be a leader in reducing global warming, it needs a new blue-ribbon task force to help guide its environmental practices, city commissioners will be told tonight.
SRS offers energy bill assistance
January 15, 2008 in print edition on A5
Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services will accept applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program Jan. 22 through March 31.
2008 State of the State Address
January 15, 2008
Remarks as prepared for delivery by Governor Kathleen Sebelius
Commissioners support study but decline resolution
January 15, 2008 in print edition on A4
A countywide assessment of services for senior citizens is being recommended by local and state advocates. “It allows the county to take a look at itself and see how it can meet the needs of senior citizens,” said Blanche Parks, senior manager at the Kansas Department on Aging.
Discussions about coal plants continue
January 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
Comments from Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and House Speaker Melvin Neufeld raised speculation Monday about whether a deal is being worked out that would allow a coal-burning power plant in western Kansas. When asked about whether negotiations were occurring, Sebelius said, “What is happening right now I would characterize more as conversations. There is a lot of information that I think is important for everybody to have.”
Stuffing in extra learning
Baker students take on the art of taxidermy in three-week interterm course
January 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
Taxidermy, the art of preparing, stuffing and mounting the skins of animals, is back as an interterm course at Baker University. “I don’t recall how many times, but I think I’ve taught it five or six times during interterm,” said Roger Boyd, senior professor of biology. Before the three-week class ends Friday, Boyd’s students will have stuffed and mounted deer, bobcats, coyotes, raccoons, opossums, jackrabbits, eastern cottontails, pheasants, quail, ducks, Canada geese, minks and a fox.
Aiming for the stars
Sebelius emphasizes energy, education
January 15, 2008 in print edition on A1
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Monday called on Kansas lawmakers to confront climate change, increase education funding and make health care more available. “Let us once again aim for the stars,” Sebelius said in the State of the State speech to kick off the start of the legislative session. Sebelius also reaffirmed her endorsement of a 50-cent-per-pack increase in the cigarette tax and a statewide ban on public smoking in indoor places.
Social lending has potential for problems
January 15, 2008 in print edition on B11
Person-to-person lending, or “social” lending, is growing at a phenomenal pace on the Internet as consumers look for an alternate way to pay off debt, according to new research by Javelin Strategy & Research. Javelin predicts that the demand for person-to-person lending services, or P2P, to pay off credit card debt may grow from $38 billion to $159 billion during the next five years.
Study: If it costs more, it tastes better
January 15, 2008 in print edition on A8
Apparently, raising the price really does make the wine taste better. At least that seems to be the result of a taste test. The part of the brain that reacts to a pleasant experience responded more strongly to pricey wines than cheap ones - even when tasters were given the same vintage in disguise.
Residents of rural Texas town abuzz over UFO sightings
January 15, 2008 in print edition on A8
In this farming community where nightfall usually brings clear, starry skies, residents are abuzz over reported sightings of what many believe is a UFO.
Commodities
January 15, 2008 in print edition on B11
Agricultural futures traded mixed Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for March delivery rose 7.75 cents to $9.17; March corn added 17 cents to $5.12; March oats lost 5.5 cents to $3.305; January soybeans slipped 2.25 cents to $12.965. Beef futures fell and pork futures rose on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
Custom Highline deals with debt
Auto dealer closes while working to settle with creditors
January 15, 2008 in print edition on B11
Custom Highline, a Lawrence business that locates, buys and sells luxury automobiles, is hoping to reopen next month as it works to settle debts with creditors of at least $2 million. The business, 1527 W. Sixth St., is closed now that its remaining cars have been taken to another Lawrence dealership for sale - with the expected proceeds set to pay off portions of debt owed to Central National Bank and National Bank of Kansas City, Mo.
Speed costs
January 15, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: Upset about the high price of gas? The first and easiest answer is to drop the speed limits back to 55 mph.
Homeless concern
January 15, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: I am concerned about the condition of the homeless in Lawrence, some of whom have been turned away because our current facilities can no longer accommodate them, even in frigid weather conditions. Again and again, efforts have been made to expand and improve the facilities we now have. Again and again, little or nothing has been done.
Concert to aid GaDuGi SafeCenter
January 15, 2008 in print edition on A5
A benefit will take place for GaDuGi SafeCenter on Jan. 24 at Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Mass.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
January 15, 2008 in print edition on A7
J. Eldon Fields, Kansas University professor of political science and a faculty member since 1946, was named winner of the HOPE Award voted by the senior class to an outstanding teacher.
Blueprint offered for conservative revival
January 15, 2008 in print edition on A7
How’s this for a change agenda? Help average-wage workers retire as millionaires. Bring affordable health care to all. Push conservation and alternative energy sources through a “carbon tax,” with the proceeds going to working-class tax reductions.
People in the news
January 15, 2008 in print edition on B10
¢ President reportedly marries supermodel¢ Wesley Snipes’ trial on tax charges opens¢ Court won’t alter Spears’ custody status¢ Bjork tears into news photographer
Skins interview Williams again; Mora in running
January 15, 2008 in print edition on B5
Assistant coach Gregg Williams interviewed again Monday for the Washington Redskins’ coaching vacancy, and the team was also planning to speak to Seattle Seahawks assistant Jim Mora.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
January 15, 2008 in print edition on A7
The year-old Penn House headquarters at 1035 Pa. was proving a successful operation, with more than 8,000 client visits the past year. The house had been put up, from scratch, over a weekend by a group of local volunteers.
Lakers center Bynum out at least 8 weeks
January 15, 2008 in print edition on B4
Andrew Bynum, a big factor in the Los Angeles Lakers’ strong start, will be out at least eight weeks because of an injured left knee.
Blue Jays, Cards swap third basemen
Toronto ships Troy Glaus to St. Louis in exchange for Scott Rolen
January 15, 2008 in print edition on B2
Scott Rolen was traded from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday for Troy Glaus in a swap of All-Star third basemen that was finalized after both players passed physicals.
NBA Roundup
January 15, 2008 in print edition on B4
Scores from around the league.
Reported Iran threats could have been hoax
January 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
A threatening radio message at the end of a video showing Iranian patrol boats swarming near U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf may have come from a prankster rather than from the Iranian vessels, the Navy Times newspaper has reported.
Chargers QB Rivers questionable for Sunday
January 15, 2008 in print edition on B5
The euphoria of the San Diego Chargers’ stunning win against the defending Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts was replaced by reality Monday.
Foot thermometer may save diabetics’ feet
January 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
Diabetics, watch out: A hot spot on your foot can signal an ulcer is brewing, a wound that could cost your limb.
US House military construction chairman visiting Kansas posts
January 15, 2008 in print edition on B12
Army officials told a key member of Congress on Monday that the rapid expansion of the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley is coming along fine so far.
3,200 Marines prepare for Afghanistan surge
January 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
Military officials said Monday that about 3,200 Marines are being told to prepare to go to Afghanistan - a move that will boost combat troop levels in time for an expected Taliban offensive this spring.
MySpace aims to protect young users from online predators
January 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
MySpace, the world’s most popular online hangout, plans to put the cyberspace equivalent of a chaperone at the party and to check IDs at the door.
Search for missing Marine goes nationwide
January 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
Federal authorities plan to post billboards nationwide with the picture of a Marine wanted in the slaying of a pregnant colleague, and the sheriff announced a $25,000 reward Monday for information leading to his arrest.
Attacks kill 7 at luxury hotel
January 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
Militants stormed Kabul’s most popular luxury hotel Monday, killing at least seven people as they hunted down Westerners who cowered in a gym - a coordinated assault that could signal a new era of brazen Taliban attacks.
Life as a piano prodigy
January 15, 2008 in print edition on C1
When Yuja Wang was 14, she moved from Beijing halfway around the world to Canada. Her parents stayed in China. Such is the life of a piano prodigy.
Race quickly becomes controversial issue for Clinton, Obama
January 15, 2008 in print edition on A1
Barack Obama accuses Hillary Rodham Clinton of making an “unfortunate” remark about Martin Luther King Jr. She retorts that King’s a hero to her - and no one should be thinking Obama is a new MLK.
Mich. GOP primary today
January 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
Michigan takes its turn today as a presidential primary battleground after a week of sharpening arguments by Republican contenders over how to revive a state laid low by disappearing auto factories and jobs.
School district buys land for school
January 15, 2008 in print edition on A5
Eudora school district has finalized purchase of 47 acres where it will construct a $27 million elementary school.
Date set for hearing on molestation charges
January 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
A former Baldwin City woman accused of molesting her 3-year-old son was back in Douglas County District Court on Monday, and a judge set a preliminary hearing in her case.
Kansas changes stripes
Jayhawks improved from line
January 15, 2008 in print edition on B7
Now - two weeks into the new year - is typically about the time those new year’s resolutions tend to deteriorate, whether they be to lose weight, quit smoking or not to curse so much. So far, the Kansas University men’s basketball team has bucked that trend - at least at the charity stripe.
On the record
January 15, 2008 in print edition on A4
A 33-year-old Kansas City, Mo., man was transported Monday to Research Medical Center after an accident involving two semitrailers on I-70. Juan Milligan was driving a semitrailer eastbound about 7:30 p.m. when his vehicle rear-ended a semitrailer driven by Phillip Degenstein of Bow Island, Alberta, Canada. Milligan was transported to the hospital.
Horoscopes
January 15, 2008 in print edition on B10
This year you are a source of endless ideas that could serve to build your security. Your property or family businesses could succeed, while others might not be as fortunate. If you think a lot is going on with either you or others, slow down. If you are single, you could meet someone very special this year.
Pack’s ‘Big Five’ to make comeback
January 15, 2008 in print edition on B5
For much of this season, the Green Bay Packers have been causing fits for opposing defenses with their “Big Five” formation - five wide receivers and an empty backfield.
Car crashes after chase is called off
January 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
Three people were injured early Sunday when the car they were traveling in went into a ditch 3 miles north of Baldwin City.
Keegan: Can KU win ‘em all? Don’t ask Self
January 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
As minds go, Bill Self’s is about as quick as Mario Chalmers’ first step when the guard pops into a passing lane. Self’s always quick with a one-liner and is even quick to check his swing when he thinks the quip that popped into his head might come back to haunt him. He’s quick to ask for a stranger’s name, slow to forget it.
Unbeaten trio leads AP poll again
January 15, 2008 in print edition on B3
The last of the unbeatens are 1-2-3 in the Top 25 - again. North Carolina, Memphis and Kansas, the only Division I teams yet to lose this season, were the top teams in the Associated Press’ college basketball poll for a seventh straight week Monday.
Trickle-down effect
Alzheimer’s disease has impact on children, too
January 15, 2008 in print edition on C1
When Elana and Jolie Cohen visited their great-grandmother in Gaithersburg, Md., recently, she greeted them with a gleeful “Oh, my girls! My girls!” But what followed wasn’t a typical chat. Their great-grandmother, Barbara Rukovina (whom the girls call Mucker), usually makes no sense. She doesn’t remember their names. Often, she doesn’t seem to know where she is.
Australian Open in full swing
January 15, 2008 in print edition on B2
Novak Djokovic beat Benjamin Becker 6-0, 6-2, 7-6 (5) today in his first-round match at the Australian Open, racing through the first set in just 22 minutes, generating sympathy for underdog Becker, who couldn’t seem to find anything that worked and won only three points on his serve.
Pitt overcomes injuries, Hoyas
January 15, 2008 in print edition on B3
A few days after Pitt lost starters Levance Fields and Mike Cook to injuries last month, coach Jamie Dixon delivered a simple message to his nine healthy scholarship players.
Kansas basketball notebook
January 15, 2008 in print edition on B7
The 30-point margin of victory tied for the second largest in Lawrence against OU. It tied for KU’s third-largest overall versus the Sooners. KU beat OU by 37 points back in 1970 and 30 in 1978, both at Allen.
School board eyes tax increase
January 15, 2008 in print edition on A1
An election may be on the horizon this spring for Lawrence voters. Lawrence school board members on Monday night explored asking for a property tax increase that would generate an estimated $680,000 that could fund raises for teachers and help to provide mental health services.
Heisman runner-up heading to NFL
Arkansas’ McFadden declares for draft; Ohio State LB Laurinaitis decides to return
January 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
An NFL Draft rich with running backs has a new star at the head of the class: Darren McFadden.
Mean Mom’ sells son’s car
January 15, 2008 in print edition on C2
Last week, she was the meanest mom on the planet. This week: the coolest. Jane Hambleton, 48, gained a worshipful parental following when news of a classified ad she’d placed in the Des Moines Register was picked up by the Associated Press.
Political postcard
Rather than focusing on hot-button issues that further their political goals, members of the Kansas Legislature must look at their broader duty to the state.
January 15, 2008 in print edition on A7
They’re called “postcard” issues because they can be reduced to simple statements that easily fit on a campaign postcard. During an election year like this one, members of the Kansas Legislature face a full agenda of important statewide issues, but all of them who want to stay on the job also will face the voters in November.
Out-of-shape’ Wizard a near-perfect shooter
January 15, 2008 in print edition on B4
It seems safe to say he owns the highest shooting percentages of anyone on an NBA payroll. Even Gilbert Arenas wouldn’t dare challenge him to a three-point contest.
In Saudi Arabia visit, Bush announces arms deal
January 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
President Bush delivered a sophisticated weapons sale for Saudi Arabia on Monday, trying to bolster defenses against threats from U.S. adversary Iran and muster support in this oil-rich kingdom for a long-stalled Mideast peace agreement.
2008 Republican Legislative Vision Delivered by Speaker Melvin Neufeld
January 15, 2008
Good evening, I’m Melvin Neufeld, Speaker of the Kansas House of Representatives.
Appropriate age for sexual activity always a tough call
January 15, 2008 in print edition on C1
Q: Dr. Wes and Julia: How young is too young for sex?
Sooners say KU No. 1
They are the best team in the country’
January 15, 2008 in print edition on B6
Kansas University might not be at the top of the national basketball rankings, but upon losing to No. 3 KU, 85-55, Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse, Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel thinks the Jayhawks should be.”They are the best team in the country,” Capel said.
Intolerant view
January 15, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: I happen to think that public criticism of other people’s religious beliefs and actions can be useful, legitimate, and even politically necessary. However, open religious bigotry is wrong. But how do you draw the line? Here are some clues: