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Who do you think should be ranked No. 1 in the land?

Poll results

Response Percent
Kansas
 
86%
North Carolina
 
8%
Memphis
 
4%
Total 2240
We all know KU doesn't have a designated 'go-to guy.' But in a late game situation, who do you want taking the final shot?

Poll results

Response Percent
Mario Chalmers
 
71%
Brandon Rush
 
18%
Sherron Collins
 
3%
Darnell Jackson
 
3%
Russell Robinson
 
1%
Darrell Arthur
 
0%
Someone else
 
0%
Total 1678
The Democrats have chosen Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to deliver their response to President Bush's State of the Union Address. What impact could that have on her political career?

Poll results

Response Percent
The Democrats must be grooming her for bigger things, like a cabinet post or vice president.
 
57%
None, it’s just an honor.
 
25%
She’s the answer to those who are anti Hillary Clinton.
 
9%
Not sure.
 
7%
Total 358
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.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.
8:00 a.m.
Kansas cornerback Aqib Talib high-steps into the end zone after picking off a pass during the first half as quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) pursues. Talib was named MVP of the Jayhawks' 24-21 victory over Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl on Thursday in Miami. Kansas University athletics officials have scheduled a free public event to celebrate the football team's Orange Bowl victory. KU to celebrate football season
January 16, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Kansas University athletics officials have scheduled a free public event to celebrate the football team’s Orange Bowl victory.
12:00 p.m.
Southwest Junior High School student Doh Yun Kim gives his teammates high fives Tuesday at the Lawrence Junior High Math Contest at district headquarters, 110 McDonald Drive.  The numbers don’t lie: These kids enjoy computation competition
January 16, 2008 in print edition on 3A
Students from Lawrence junior high schools got the opportunity to flex a little brain muscle Tuesday. Nearly 50 seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders competed in the second Lawrence Junior High Math Contest, adding and subtracting their way through a series of difficult math questions.
4:00 p.m.
High School Spodcasters
Lawrence schools show their ability halfway through season
Posted January 16, 2008
As the high school basketball season approaches its halfway point, the boys and girls teams at Lawrence's two 6A high schools have shown what their teams are made of. In this week's High School Spodcasters segment join Matt Tait, Benton Smith and Jesse Temple for a midseason analysis of all four teams.
10:00 p.m.
Priscilla, a cloned calf, left, is with her surrogate mother in a pasture near Austin, Texas, in this 2005 file photo. This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said meat and milk from cloned animals is as safe as that from their counterparts bred the old-fashioned way. Identigen to track products, market response
January 16, 2008 in print edition on 11B
Now that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it’s perfectly healthy for Americans to eat meat and drink milk from cloned animals and such animals’ offspring, leaders at a Lawrence company are waiting to see whether consumers - and the companies who feed them - buy into the notion.

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6News video: Mayor Hack turns to ethics commission
January 16, 2008
Lawrence Mayor Sue Hack is turning to the state’s Governmental Ethics Commission for guidance on how to properly separate her family’s business interests from her duties as a city commissioner.
6Sports video: KU women fall 59-35 to Baylor
January 16, 2008
The Kansas University women’s basketball team’s rough start to the Big 12 slate got no smoother Wednesday night, as No. 6 Baylor slugged Bonnie Henrickson’s squad 59-35 in Waco, Texas.
6Sports video: From LHS Lions to KU seniors
January 16, 2008
In 2002, they led Dirk Wedd’s team to a 8-3 record and a spot in the Class 6A Semi-finals. Five years later, they helped Mark Mangino’s squad to a 12-1 record and an Orange Bowl win. Coincidence? Certainly not! Kevin Romary takes a look at the careers of Brian Seymour and Brandon McAnderson.
6News video: Plans grounded for business park near airport
January 16, 2008
Plans for a new business park near the Lawrence Municipal Airport are now grounded.
6Sports video: ‘Hawks ready themselves for Columbia
January 16, 2008
The Kansas Jayhawks men’s basketball team will travel to Columbia on Saturday to take on rival Missouri.
6News video: New program designed to keep kids out of principal’s office
January 16, 2008
A new program at a Lawrence Junior High changes the three R’s of education and gets better student behavior. 6News reporter Lindsey Slater has more on what’s keeping kids out of the principal’s office.
6News video: Board of Regents to discuss limiting tuition increases
January 16, 2008
The Kansas Board of Regents serves notice to state universities to not expect business as usual when setting tuition rates for next year.
6Sports video: Rush hopes to remain hot against Missouri
January 16, 2008
Columbia, Mo. is the perfect place for junior guard Brandon Rush to continue his torrid conference shooting stretch.
6Sports video: Young denies accepting Miami job
January 16, 2008
Kansas University defensive coordinator Bill Young denied a published report stating he accepted a job at Miami on Wednesday. “I haven’t accepted a job anywhere,” Young said when reached Wednesday evening.
6News video: United Way of Douglas County celebrates your generosity
January 16, 2008
Tonight’s event was held in honor of the non-profit’s 2007 campaign which received 1.7 million dollars in donations.
6News video: Snowy conditions keep emergency crews busy
January 16, 2008
Snowy and slick road conditions keep emergency crews busy responding to a number of accidents across our viewing area tonight.
6News video: Identigen to track cloned animal products
January 16, 2008
If meat products from cloned animals are headed to market, a Lawrence-based company will be able to track them.
6News video: Local students gain better understanding of M.L.K. Jr.
January 16, 2008
A special guest at a Lawrence school helps students gain a better understanding of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
6News video: Proposal underway to re-energize coal-fired plant discussions
January 16, 2008
Efforts could be underway in Topeka to re-energize a proposal for two coal-fired power plants in Western Kansas.
6News video: Government investigating faulty power plant
January 16, 2008
The federal government is investigating what went wrong at a SE Kansas power plant.
Identigen to track products, market response
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B11
Now that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it’s perfectly healthy for Americans to eat meat and drink milk from cloned animals and such animals’ offspring, leaders at a Lawrence company are waiting to see whether consumers - and the companies who feed them - buy into the notion.
KU women fall 59-35 to Baylor, drop to 0-3 in Big 12 play
January 16, 2008
The Kansas University women’s basketball team’s rough start to the Big 12 slate got no smoother Wednesday night, as No. 6 Baylor slugged Bonnie Henrickson’s squad 59-35 in Waco, Texas. The Jayhawks drop to 0-3 in conference play and 11-5 overall.
Young denies accepting Miami job
January 16, 2008
Kansas University defensive coordinator Bill Young denied a published report stating he accepted a job at Miami on Wednesday. “I haven’t accepted a job anywhere,” Young said when reached Wednesday evening.
Ethics commission says mayor can serve on board
January 16, 2008
Lawrence Mayor Sue Hack is turning to the state’s Governmental Ethics Commission for guidance on how to properly separate her family’s business interests from her duties as a city commissioner.
Snow advisory in effect; roads getting more hazardous
January 16, 2008
Roads crews have begun to treat roads for possible snow accumulation, but the Kansas Department of Transportation still cautions drivers to travel with caution because of hazardous conditions. The National Weather Service issued a snow advisory that is in effect until 6 a.m. Thursday. A hazardous weather advisory was also issued for the evening due to strong winds.
Plans put on hold for business park near Lawrence airport
January 16, 2008
Plans for a new business park near the Lawrence Municipal Airport have been temporarily grounded after the project sparked concerns by area residents and created budget questions in City Hall.
6News Now: West Junior high program cuts down on disruptive behavior
January 16, 2008
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, a new program at West Junior High changes the “Three Rs” to Respect, Responsibility and Readiness.
Regents concerned about tuition hikes at state universities
January 16, 2008
Board wants to know why tuition continues to out-pace the consumer price index.
No one hurt in school bus mishap
January 16, 2008
A school bus carrying 20 West Junior High students backed into another vehicle this morning near Sixth Street and Monterey Way, but no injuries were reported.
Police seek information in stabbing incident
January 16, 2008
Around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, police were called to the 2300 block of Ridge Court to investigate a stabbing.
People in the news
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B13
¢ Actor Brad Renfro found dead at 25¢ Oprah Winfrey gets own TV network¢ Unauthorized biography of Cruise hits stores¢ Harvard magazine honors Paris Hilton¢ Keillor sues neighbor to block garage addition
Universities deserve support
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A13
For me, one of the most pleasant aspects of living in Kansas is not to hear constantly whose son or daughter has been admitted to Harvard or other Ivy League schools. Except for the occasional basketball game when we play against - and usually destroy - an Ivy League team, the “Ivies” don’t make the news much here.
Oklahoma cornerback leaving
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B2
Cornerback Reggie Smith has become the third University of Oklahoma junior to declare for the NFL Draft.
Texas proves it can sustain departures
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B6
Untrained observers might have wondered how Texas could have defeated two top-10 teams in November and be ranked as high as No. 4 without Kevin Durant, unequivocally the best player in college basketball last season.
Jayhawks relieved Griffin to return
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B1
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self was relieved Tuesday to learn Oklahoma freshman forward Blake Griffin would not need surgery on his injured left knee. “It’s great news in what could potentially have been a terrible situation. It’s not good, but better than what it could have been,” Self said, commenting on reports Griffin will be out up to four weeks after suffering a sprained medial collateral ligament five minutes into Monday’s 85-55 victory over the Sooners in Allen Fieldhouse.
Bowling benefit starts in February
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A4
Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2008, a benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County, is set for three dates in late February and March.
Top 25 Roundup: Boston College back on track
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B5
Tyrelle Blair blocked five shots against Miami, and that was enough to make the Hurricanes worry about him every time they put the ball up.
Cookie sales begin Saturday
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A5
Girl Scout cookie sales in Lawrence and across the region begin Saturday and run through Feb. 10. Troops will be taking orders for such treats as Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, and the new Cinna-Spins, the first Girl Scouts cookie to come in 100-calorie single-serve packs. The cookies are $3.50 per box for the public.
Commentary: Steroids hearing has a familiar ring
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B2
The Bud and Don Show returned to the air on Tuesday, and all you can figure is that the writers must still be on strike. Bud Selig and Don Fehr were still using the same script they brought to the congressional hearing into baseball’s steroid problem in 2005.
Jayni’s Kitchen’ serves menu of regionally raised dishes
January 16, 2008 in print edition on C2
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “From Farm to Fork” with environmental journalist Simran Sethi.
Horoscopes
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B13
Many opportunities will land on your plate this year. Stay centered knowing your limits and restrictions, and choose what works for you. You’ll be successful with what you focus on. If you are single, by your next birthday a very interesting person will have entered your life.
Taliban attacks to target foreigners
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A11
The Taliban said Tuesday that its suicide bombers would attack restaurants where Westerners eat in Kabul, an ominous new threat that forced American and European workers to restrict outings in the Afghan capital.
Raising Pakistan one school at a time
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A12
Pakistan has made news lately as the world’s most dangerous country: a nuclear-armed state that has become a base for al-Qaida, the Taliban and other fanatic Islamists.
Breakfast nutrition takes back seat to sweet tooth
January 16, 2008 in print edition on C1
For at least 30 years, I have embraced the adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I’m not sure when the epiphany occurred, because I frequently missed breakfast in college and my early working years, but at some point my body or common sense persuaded me that breakfast was necessary enough that I prepare and eat it every morning before I leave the house.
Saudis reject oil supply increase
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A11
The world’s leading supplier of oil maintained Tuesday that it will not boost production simply to ease pressure on prices, despite President Bush’s warnings here that rising oil prices jeopardize the American and world economies.
City leaders receive open meetings lesson
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A3
City commissioners on Tuesday were given their state-mandated lesson in the state’s open meetings law after the Kansas attorney general found commissioners violated it by holding an improper executive session.
New fields proposed for high schools
School board considering artificial turf to save energy
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A1
Proponents say it’s a long time coming. Coaches and athletes at Lawrence’s two high schools are celebrating a school board decision Monday night that paves the way for improvements to the district’s outdoor sports fields. “This has been a long, magical mystery tour to try to get this far,” board member Scott Morgan said.
County considering ways to cut heating bills
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A3
Last winter, it cost nearly $5,600 to pay the natural gas heating bills for the Douglas County Courthouse during January and February. While there is no reason to think this year’s heating bills will be cheaper, county leaders hope there will be some relief by winter 2009.
Board gets ball rolling on sports field upgrades
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A8
School board members took a step this week toward improving high school outdoor athletic facilities, but many key decisions remain. The board’s most vocal proponent hopes at least some fields at Lawrence High School and Free State High School can have artificial turf installed and be ready for fall sports practice.
City commission to apply for grant to pay for buses
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A5
City commissioners agreed Tuesday to move ahead on a grant application to help pay for new public transit buses, but at least one commissioner said that wasn’t a sure sign the city was going to still be in the public transit business next year.
KU to celebrate football season
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A1
Kansas University athletics officials have scheduled a free public event to celebrate the football team’s Orange Bowl victory.
Seabury Academy girls, boys stumble
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B9
Bria Phipps scored 21 points in Seabury Academy’s 67-23 girls basketball loss to Center Place Restoration School on Tuesday.
Heightened expectations
Even coach didn’t foresee hot start
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B1
In the quietest moments of the fall, Free State High boys basketball coach Chuck Law found himself wondering about the 2007-08 season. He never imagined it would be anything like this. “I thought this team would be pretty good in February,” Law said. “I didn’t have any idea it would be this good this early.” It is. And Law and the Firebirds are enjoying the ride.
Grocery guidance
With supermarkets becoming larger and more confusing, fresh shopping strategies are a must
January 16, 2008 in print edition on C1
Most people pay for their groceries with three currencies: money, time and angst. Grocery stores are getting bigger and more complicated. Unless you have all day, wandering aimlessly through the store can be frustrating, and it can wreck your budget, says Susan Mitchell, a nutritional consultant for SuperTarget stores.
High school sports notebook
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B8
That’s a possibility for Lawrence High’s girls basketball team in the coming week. The Lions will travel to Overland Park Aquinas on Tuesday for the delayed final of the Saints Classic. That title game had been scheduled for Dec. 8, but was postponed because of bad weather.
Tri-City Christian sweeps Veritas
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B9
After hanging tough for the first quarter, Veritas Christian’s girls basketball team was overwhelmed in the second and fell to Tri-City Christian, 66-48, Tuesday.
Hospitality network for homeless progresses
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A7
Some families struggling with homelessness crash at the homes of friends or they sleep in cars by the lake, advocate Katherine Dinsdale said.
Area Hoops: Baldwin rolls, 77-21
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B9
Justin Vander Tuig scored 14 points, and Brandon Tommer and Drew Berg each added 10 as Baldwin High opened the Baldwin Invitational Tournament with a 77-21 boys basketball blowout of Ottawa Christian on Tuesday at BHS.
Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook
January 16, 2008
One of the most intriguing positions Kansas is pursuing in the final weeks of recruiting is running back, with the loss of Brandon McAnderson to graduation still on the minds of KU coaches.
Watson Library to close for 2 hours this morning
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A5
Kansas University’s Watson Library will be closed from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. today so work can be done on electrical equipment.
Tait: Big-time bounce back
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B8
Haley Parker saw it coming. With her team trailing Shawnee Mission East late in the fourth quarter last Tuesday, the Lawrence High sophomore sat on the bench with her head in her hands, watching as her teammates attempted to rally.
City athletes of the week
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B8
Weston Wiebe & Haley Parker
KU women not panicking, but No. 6 Baylor awaits
Jayhawks head to Waco still looking for first conference victory
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B6
Back-to-back Big 12 Conference defeats don’t mean Bonnie Henrickson is reaching for the button with the capital P on it.
Perfect Patriots make easy targets
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B7
Patriots owner Robert Kraft sat behind his wide desk and marveled at how his team’s jersey could be the target of so many boos - even when it’s worn by a 14-year-old girl. This wasn’t Randy Moss or Rodney Harrison hearing the catcalls. They’re used to it.
FSHS second at swim meet
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B9
Free State’s Mitch Moore won the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke, and the Firebirds’ 200 freestyle relay team of Julian McCafferty, Eric Gruber, Kendall Harris and Moore qualified for state in a high school swim quadrangular Tuesday at Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center.
KU athletes set GPA record
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B9
Kansas University student-athletes earned a combined 2.93 grade-point average during the 2007 fall semester, setting an athletic-department record for a fall semester.
Fehr, Selig grilled by Congress
Tejada could be investigated for lying to authorities
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B2
Taking on baseball’s steroids problem once again, Congress kept the finger-pointing and tough questioning to a minimum. Maybe that’s because the people under the most scrutiny this time - Miguel Tejada, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens - were nowhere to be seen.
Free State teacher receives Horizon honor
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A5
A Free State High School history teacher is one of 32 teachers to receive the Kansas Horizon Award for exemplary first-year educators.
Nene ‘recovering well’ from testicular surgery
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B4
Denver Nuggets forward Nene underwent surgery Monday to remove a testicular tumor, and a biopsy will determine if it was cancerous.
Cal receiver to enter draft
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B2
California receiver DeSean Jackson will skip his senior season to enter the NFL Draft. Jackson, a punt returner who had an underwhelming junior season as a receiver, waited until the last possible day to declare his long-assumed intention to leave the Golden Bears (7-6), who lost six of their final eight regular-season games.
Woodling: Kansas all over the dial
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B1
I’m like most of the rest of you. I watch Kansas University’s multi-talented men’s basketball team on television. This, of course, has been an adjustment after covering the Jayhawks in person for nearly four decades. Sure, I miss the fieldhouse buzz and all that, but that’s not really the biggest change.
Chiefs linebacker Thomas among Hall finalists
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B7
Derrick Thomas, Cris Carter and Darrell Green are finalists in balloting for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility.
Bush’s visit cost Dubai $120 million
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A2
The visit of President George Bush to Dubai cost the city $120 million as businesses closed down and ordinary life ground to a halt on Monday, the local Gulf News newspaper said.
Attacks on Gaza leave 19 dead
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A2
Israeli forces killed 19 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, most of them Hamas fighters, in an armored raid and air strikes that the Palestinian Authority called “a slap in the face” of stepped-up peace efforts by President Bush.
New photos show Castro frail but alert
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A10
Fidel Castro looked frail but alert and even playful in a series of official photographs taken during a meeting with Brazil’s president on Tuesday, the first images of the ailing Cuban leader released in about three months.
Democrats make nice in Las Vegas
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A2
In a city known for its impromptu marriages, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama bonded Tuesday night in the name of party harmony after a week of bickering over racial issues, with both blaming overzealous surrogates for their conflict.
Gourmet modernizes look
January 16, 2008 in print edition on C2
A year ago, the nation’s oldest food magazine realized it still had some growing to do.
Chicago’s costs detailed
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B2
Building 16 of the 27 venues that would play host to the 2016 Olympic Games on the city’s downtown lakefront and in nearby neighborhoods will cost an estimated $900 million.
Tonganoxie recipe finds way into new corporate cookbook
January 16, 2008 in print edition on C1
Shari Paynter of Tonganoxie is featured in this year’s regional “Wal-Mart Family Cookbook.”
Explosion targets US Embassy vehicle
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A2
A bomb hidden on a Beirut highway hit a U.S. Embassy vehicle Tuesday, killing at least three Lebanese bystanders in the first attack in years targeting American diplomatic interests in the country.
Citigroup reports record $10B loss
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A11
Bad bets on mortgages drove a $10 billion loss for Citigroup Inc. in the last three months of 2007, the worst in its 196-year history.
Design flaw cited in bridge collapse
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A11
Steel plates connecting steel beams in the Interstate 35-W bridge in Minneapolis were too thin by half and fractured, “the critical factor” in the collapse that killed 13 people and injured 145, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.
Homes lose water after contractor’s mishap
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A3
About 24 homes in the 1800 and 1900 blocks of Louisiana and Mississippi Streets were without water service Tuesday afternoon and evening after a private contractor working on 19th Street west of Louisiana Street drilled into a water main.
ACLU files brief defending Sen. Craig
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A11
The American Civil Liberties Union has again come to the defense of U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, with a friend-of-the-court brief that argues police violated the constitutional rights of the Idaho Republican when he was arrested in a sex sting last summer.
Japan will release anti-whaling activists
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A2
Australia said Wednesday that Japan has agreed to release two activists detained after going aboard a Japanese whaling ship near Antarctica, as whale hunters and defenders traded accusations of piracy.
Consumer spending weakens considerably
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A11
Consumer spending, the critical bulwark that has kept the country out of recession, is showing signs of cracking. Retail sales plunged by 0.4 percent last month as consumers handed retailers their worst Christmas in five years. Consumers have been battered by a sinking housing market, rising unemployment and the credit crunch.
Romney’s Michigan victory keeps GOP race wide open
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A2
Who says you can’t go home again? Mitt Romney returned to his native state of Michigan looking for his first major Republican presidential victory, and the state welcomed him back with a convincing win. He could finally celebrate - after $17 million in TV ads in three states and embarrassing defeats in two of them.
Gambling commission to triple regulating staff
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A6
The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission eventually will triple its staff to regulate four resort casinos and two race tracks with slot machines expected in the future.
Haskell sets goal to be ‘cutting-edge’ at convocation
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A7
Before giving her first Spring Convocation address at Haskell Indian Nations University, President Linda Warner looked up convocation and what it meant. It is generally referred to as a formal gathering, but it also is the collective noun for eagles. She thought the latter definition was more fitting for Tuesday’s gathering.
Tax rebates, cash payments cost-effective economy stimuli
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A1
Economic stimulus proposals favored by Democrats, including tax rebates, extended unemployment benefits and a temporary increase in food stamps are cost-effective ways for Congress to try to boost the economy, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.
Police cite speeding as top violation
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A4
Speeding was the primary violation found by Lawrence police and Douglas County sheriff’s officers during saturation patrols conducted Friday night and Saturday morning.
In quick Baghdad visit, Rice hails Iraq’s progress, presses for more
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A11
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice brought Iraq’s leader a double-edged message Tuesday: praise for progress toward ending the nation’s sectarian rifts, but also a warning not to squander the momentum after many false starts on reconciliation.
On the record
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A4
A vehicle burglary was reported to Lawrence police Monday night by a 46-year-old Lawrence man. The vehicle was parked in the 600 block of Kentucky Street. Taken were two speakers, an equalizer, toolbox and tools, steaming iron, carpet stretcher and other carpet tools. Losses were listed at $2,800.
Officials: Colby man may have died from rare brain disease
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B14
A Kansas man may have died of Creutzfeldt-Jakob, a rare disease that turns brain tissue spongy, health officials said. The disease also affects the central nervous system.
Bridge near Clinton Lake set to reopen
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A3
A bridge on North 1400 Road near East 190 Road is expected to reopen by 5 p.m. today, the Douglas County Department of Public Works announced.
Commentary: In NBA, Noah qualifies as a punk
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B4
There is a thin line between a free spirit and a jackass. There is a thinner line between excitable and egotistical. There is an even thinner between being outspoken and being an outcast.
Commodities
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B12
Agricultural futures closed mixed Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for March delivery rose 15 cents to $9.32; March corn fell 3 cents to $5.09; March oats lost 1 cent to $3.295; January soybeans added 5 cents to $13.015. Beef futures fell and pork futures rose on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
$60,000 anonymously given for Habitat home
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A3
Thanks to an anonymous gift from a Lawrence couple, Edye Cable and her family will receive a new home through Lawrence Habitat for Humanity.
Authority boosts push for lab
Nationwide effort at K-State to battle animal-borne diseases
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B12
The Kansas Bioscience Authority is spending $2.5 million to start a nationwide research effort designed to protect Americans, and the U.S. economy, from the potential effects of intentionally inflicted animal-borne diseases.
Human rights
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A12
To the editor: The Latin phrase reductio ad absurdum is used to describe the logical technique of taking a point to its extreme conclusion in order to reveal its weak or contradictory foundations. George Gurley’s essay on how humans inadvertently cause pain to other species (Journal-World, Jan. 13) is an example of this technique.
NU’s Lucky says he’ll return
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B2
With a deep pool of running backs set for the NFL Draft, Marlon Lucky announced he would return to Nebraska for his senior season.
Winter remains the season for ales
January 16, 2008 in print edition on C3
When the ground turns white, the brews go dark.
Cloned animals are safe for use as food, FDA says
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B12
Just over a decade after scientists cloned the first animal, the last major barrier to selling meat and milk from clones has fallen: The U.S. government declared this food safe Tuesday. Now, will people buy it?
The numbers don’t lie: These kids enjoy computation competition
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A3
Students from Lawrence junior high schools got the opportunity to flex a little brain muscle Tuesday. Nearly 50 seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders competed in the second Lawrence Junior High Math Contest, adding and subtracting their way through a series of difficult math questions.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A12
From the Lawrence Daily World for Jan. 16, 1908: “A local couple were overcome by fumes from a stove in adjoining room and are fortunate to have survived, say those who treated them.
Immigration package offered to doctors
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A2
Israel has offered Jewish doctors from the U.K., U.S. and Canada who immigrate to the country a package of incentives worth $60,000, the Haaretz newspaper reported on Tuesday.
Missing climbers rescued from Mount Hood
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A8
A pair of climbers who misjudged the weather on Mount Hood and got caught in whiteout conditions were taken to safety Tuesday after spending a night in a snow cave.
U.S. Congressman, KU work to ease pharmacist shortage
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A6
Right now, seven counties in Kansas don’t have a pharmacy. Last summer, that number was just two. The Kansas University School of Pharmacy has a plan to help end the shortage, and U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, visited the school Tuesday to find out what he could do to help make that plan a reality.
Mideast peace effort doomed
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A13
During his recent trip to Israel, President Bush visited several places that reaffirmed his faith, including Bethlehem and the Sea of Galilee. Then exhibiting far greater faith than believing Jesus could walk on water, he asserted that “peace” could be had between Israel, the Palestinians and her Arab neighbors.
Salary puzzle
The Kansas Legislature’s current consideration of additional funds for teacher salaries may argue for the local district holding off on additional tax increases for that purpose.
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A12
It’s a given that any governmental entity always thinks it needs more money to do the things it wants and needs to do. Nonetheless, local taxpayers would be grateful if the Lawrence school board would consider holding off on a proposal to add a half-mill to the local property tax levy in order to max out its local option budget.
Heave with caution
Free State boys unwilling to rely on three-pointers
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B8
To three or not to three? That is the question Free State High boys basketball coach Chuck Law and his Firebirds are contemplating. Although they drained a season-high six three-pointers in the Dec. 20 City Showdown against Lawrence High, proving that they are not just a fast-break and inside-scoring team, the Firebirds seem to be leaning toward answering that question with: “Thanks, but no thanks.”
Celebrate age
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A12
To the editor: I read with dismay the Jan. 6 front-page spread on retaining youth. The author not only equated “healthy aging” with Botox, hair dye and cosmetic surgery but also put her “stamp of approval” on the stereotype by having herself injected with Botox.
Jobs unveils iTunes movie rentals; ultra-slim Mac laptop pushes envelope
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A14
With an ultra-slim notebook computer and online movie rental service unveiled Tuesday, Apple Inc. is building on surging Macintosh sales and doubling its bet on delivering video to portable devices and televisions over the Internet.
Officials confirm bird flu outbreak
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A2
India’s agriculture officials confirmed on Tuesday that an outbreak of bird flu in poultry in the east of the country was the deadly H5N1 strain.
Boy turns to police to evade piano lessons
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A2
A 9-year-old boy from the northeast Chinese city of Changchun took drastic steps to avoid music lessons - he told police his father was planning to sell him, the China Daily paper said on Tuesday.
Ellen DeGeneres guests on ‘Deal or No Deal’
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B13
Ellen DeGeneres guest stars on “Deal or No Deal” (7 p.m., NBC), but not as a contestant or a guest host. The comedienne will appear as one of the suitcase models. The idea of the self-conscious talk-show host holding a large sum of money has all of the makings of a great sight gag. There’s no truth to the rumor that she’s been playing “the banker” all along.
Exercise caution when choosing a gym
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B12
Health clubs touting state-of-the-art equipment, fun classes and special amenities that keep workouts challenging can charge up to $95 a month. Yet a survey of more than 10,000 ConsumerReports.org subscribers indicates that the health-conscious might be happier spending a lot less. Respondents gave higher marks to the YMCA, community centers and office gyms than to most of the big chains that Consumer Reports rated.
Bump in birth rate gives US a ‘baby boomlet’
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A14
Bucking the trend in many other wealthy industrialized nations, the United States seems to be experiencing a baby boomlet, reporting the largest number of children born in 45 years.
Big 12 Roundup: Baylor runs record to 14-2
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B5
Henry Dugat scored 23 points as the Baylor Bears got off to their best start since the 1940s with a 79-71 victory over Oklahoma State Tuesday night.
Pump patrol
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.84 at multiple locations.
Pregnant Marine didn’t fear colleague suspected of killing her
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A10
A 20-year-old pregnant Marine who disappeared in December told victims’ advocates at Camp Lejeune that she didn’t feel unsafe in the presence of the colleague now wanted in her death, Marine Corps officials said Tuesday.
HINU splits conference debuts
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B3
What better way to end a four-game losing streak than by opening conference play against a team that has only two victories?
Sebelius gambles on slots, casinos
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A1
Slots for pharmacists? Before Kansas has received one cent from new gambling revenue, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius proposed on Tuesday spending the funds on a number of initiatives. Those include expansion of the Kansas University School of Pharmacy, a cost of living increase for public employee retirees, maintenance and repairs on college campuses, and a 2.5 percent state employee pay raise.
Kansas Legislature seeks 20 percent budget increase
Proposal also calls for ‘computer strategic plan’
January 16, 2008 in print edition on A6
Kansas lawmakers have requested a hefty budget increase even as they have demanded that state agencies tighten their belts.
NBA Roundup
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B4
Scores from around the league.
Cowboys coordinator interviews with Ravens
January 16, 2008 in print edition on B7
Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett spent more than six hours Tuesday interviewing for the head coaching job of the Baltimore Ravens, but left the team’s training facility without filling the vacancy.