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6News video: Hazmat cleans chemical spill
January 28, 2008
Hazmat crews assisted in the cleanup of a chemical spill on Monday in eastern Lawrence.
6Sports video: Eudora hosts Lady Sabres
January 28, 2008
The Eudora girl’s basketball team handled the Sumner Lady Sabres with ease on Tuesday night.
6News video: County approves storm sirens
January 28, 2008
Two new storm sirens will be up and running in Douglas County by the time tornado season arrives this spring.
6News video: Sunday fire accidental
January 28, 2008
The Lawrence-Douglas County Fire and Medical Department said on Monday that Sunday’s blaze at a vacant home in eastern Lawrence was accidental.
6News video: KidCast
January 28, 2008
A bit of weather history brought to you by a local youth.
6Sports video: Jayhawks brush off Beasley guarantee
January 28, 2008
KU players fended off questions regarding KSU freshman Michael Beasley’s comments that the Wildcats would beat the Jayhawks at Bramlage, in Allen Fieldhouse and even in Africa.
6Sports video: Self says current streak not best
January 28, 2008
According the Kansas head men’s basketball coach Bill Self, the Jayhawks’ current win streak of 20-0 isn’t as impressive as the end of the 2005-06 season’s 15-1 run.
6News video: Bush addresses nation
January 28, 2008
President Bush gave his final State of the Union address on Monday night and said while U.S. troops in Iraq are hitting enemies hard, they’re still not defeated and there will be tough fighting ahead.
6News video: City’s low home sales still beat U.S. average
January 28, 2008
New homes available last year in Lawrence went faster than the national average.
6News video: Sebelius responds to Bush’s address
January 28, 2008
Governor Kathleen Sebelius gave the Democratic response to Bush’s State of the Union Address on Monday night.
6News video: Sebelius’ son behind controversial board game
January 28, 2008
Governor Kathleen Sebelius’ son is behind a controversial board game that’s only being sold in Kansas.
6Sports video: KU women struggling in conference play
January 28, 2008
For Bonnie Henrickson and the Kansas women’s basketball team, the first six games of the Big 12 season haven’t gone according to plan.
6News video: Hit-and-run trial nears
January 28, 2008
Both sides are preparing to go to trial in the case of a Lawrence man accused of killing a KU student in a hit-and-run accident in September 2006.
6News video: Internet company seeks city backing
January 28, 2008
A non-profit Internet service provider is seeking city backing for a loan of nearly $5 million.
6News video: School board votes for election
January 28, 2008
The Lawrence school board will send voters to the polls in order to potentially raise taxes.
6News video: Still no decision on coal plants
January 28, 2008
Governor Sebelius says there’s still no deal on two proposed coal-fire power plants in southwest Kansas.
6News video: Residents at mercy of windy weather
January 28, 2008
Chicago may be the “windy city,” but Lawrence had it’s fair share of strong gusts on Monday as well.
6Sports video: Lady Lions look at loss
January 28, 2008
For only the second time this season, the Lawrence High girl’s basketball team had to practice after a loss.
Options sought for funding new roads
January 28, 2008 in print edition on A3
State and national highway officials said Monday that policymakers need to figure out new ways to raise money to build roads - including the possibility of a mileage tax. Lawmakers took no action but were briefed on inadequacies in the current motor fuels tax to keep pace with transportation needs.
Mangino undergoes medical tests
January 28, 2008
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino released a statement Monday evening indicating that he underwent medical testing this week in Lawrence. “I underwent some tests over the past couple of days at Lawrence Memorial Hospital,” Mangino said. “These are tests that I had put off until after the season. The tests have been completed, I’m fine and I’ll be back in the office and recruiting starting tomorrow.”
Gov. Sebelius’ State of the Union response: An American Call to Action
January 28, 2008
Remarks as prepared for delivery by Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius:
Hospitals join cancer alliance
January 28, 2008
Five hospitals joined forces today to form an alliance aimed at increasing patient access to cutting-edge cancer treatment statewide.
6News Now: School Board may increase budget
January 28, 2008
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, a special election could be in store if the school board members decide tonight to seek a 1% increase in the district’s local option budget, and more about Gov. Sebelius’ remarks as she gives the Democratic Response to the president’s State of the Union address.
Congressional Democrats heap praise on Sebelius
Governor to deliver response to Bush’s State of Union speech tonight
January 28, 2008
Democratic congressional leaders this morning heaped praised on Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as she prepared to deliver the Democratic response to President Bush’s State of the Union address.
Brady: Look, MA, no boot
January 28, 2008 in print edition on B5
Relax, Patriots fans. A smiling Tom Brady says not to worry about his much publicized and photographed ankle. It won’t keep him out of Sunday’s Super Bowl.
Warriors want Webber
Despite rocky past, Golden State coach would like former player back
January 28, 2008 in print edition on B4
Coach Don Nelson wants to bring free agent forward Chris Webber back to Golden State, nearly 14 years after a feud ended their first stint together.
No Country for Old Men’ picks up Oscar momentum
January 28, 2008 in print edition on B10
“No Country for Old Men” solidified its Academy Awards prospects Sunday by taking overall cast honors alongside Javier Bardem’s supporting-actor prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, which may stand as the highlight of Hollywood’s film-honors season if the writers strike undermines the Oscars.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
January 28, 2008 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for Jan. 28, 1908: “Susan Laptad had a miraculous escape this morning at the Union Pacific grade crossing on Bridge Street when an eastbound engine struck her buggy amidships and smashed it to smithereens.
Capitol Briefing
News from the Kansas Statehouse
January 28, 2008 in print edition on B12
In endorsing Barack Obama for president, a group of Kansas Democrats may have had self-preservation in mind.
January 28, 2008 in print edition on B10
Often this year you will need to start from square one. How you deal with someone and the end results could vary substantially, as you often note confusion or mixed messages. Learn to confirm what you have heard. If you are single, you’ll head in a new direction or start on a new life course.
Striking a pose for the nation
Sebelius’ speech tonight reflects her appeal to Democrats
January 28, 2008 in print edition on A1
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has impressed Democrats nationally by winning two terms in a Republican state, and party leaders are giving her a plum speaking role before a prime-time television audience. Top congressional leaders picked her to give the Democrats’ response tonight to President Bush’s last State of the Union address.
Dogs reign in Barkus parade
January 28, 2008 in print edition on A8
Carnival season in New Orleans is the prime time to see all the crazy people. Just add their dogs to the mix, as they did Sunday, and it becomes the annual Krewe of Barkus parade.
Campaigns temper candidates’ resolve
January 28, 2008 in print edition on A7
You would never realize how big the stakes are in Tuesday’s winner-take-all Florida Republican primary if you judged only the behavior of the leading presidential candidates these last few days.
City Commission agenda: Intersection improvement suggestions to be heard
January 28, 2008 in print edition on A4
Commissioners will be presented with an idea for improving the intersection of Ninth and Iowa streets.
Freshman class
KSU boasts top two rookies - maybe players - in league
January 28, 2008 in print edition on B1
For a change, the best player in the Sunflower Showdown wears purple and white, instead of crimson and blue. An argument could be made that the second-best player does, as well. Kansas State’s Michael Beasley and Bill Walker, both classified as freshmen and both already built like NBA veterans, have combined for 41.1 points and 19.3 rebounds. Both men were recruited to Manhattan by Bob Huggins and play for first-year coach Frank Martin.
Money Tip: Minimize divorce’s impact on your credit
January 28, 2008 in print edition on B11
If you’re planning to file for divorce this year or are already splitting your assets with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, your credit is likely to take a hit.
Top 25 Roundup: Duke rallies to topple Terps
January 28, 2008 in print edition on B6
Facing its biggest deficit of the season in a hostile environment, No. 4 Duke showed its resilience in denying Maryland another upset. DeMarcus Nelson scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half, Gerald Henderson added 23, and the Blue Devils rallied to beat the Terrapins, 93-84, Sunday night.
Mormon church President Gordon B. Hinckley dies at 97
January 28, 2008 in print edition on A2
Gordon B. Hinckley, the Mormon church’s oldest president who presided over a period of great expansion, died Sunday. He was 97.
Rachel’s challenge
Foundation keeps girl’s memory alive
January 28, 2008 in print edition on C1
In Rachel Scott’s diary, the former Columbine High School student wrote this: “I will not be labeled average.” Next to the quote is a hole from a bullet fired during the 1999 shootings at the suburban Denver school, in which 12 students - including Scott - as well as a teacher were killed. Twenty-three more people were injured during the shooting spree.
HBO’s ‘Treatment’ may prove addictive
January 28, 2008 in print edition on B10
One of the many things to celebrate in “In Treatment” (8:30 p.m., HBO), the daring and provocative new cable series, is the return of the powerful half-hour drama. Anyone who has ever spent a New Year’s Day watching a “Twilight Zone” marathon knows how much good acting, dialogue and story can be packed into a mere 30 minutes.
New union puts pressure on SRS
January 28, 2008 in print edition on A3
The rates the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services pays for child care have remained stagnant for six years. As a result, there seem to be fewer centers and homes taking SRS-funded children. Some have been forced to close. What SRS pays for child care is among the core concerns of the recently formed statewide union - Child Care Providers Together.
Figure-drawing class starts next month
January 28, 2008 in print edition on C1
Kansas University’s School of Fine Arts now offers an open drawing class on the following Saturdays: Feb. 2 and 9, March 1, 8 and 29, and April 5, 12, 19 and 26.
Border breach prompts political scrambling
January 28, 2008 in print edition on A2
Egypt worked diplomatically and on the ground to restore its breached border with the Gaza Strip on Sunday, tightening checkpoints and choking off supplies to curb buying by Palestinians coming across the frontier for the fifth day.
Republican candidates have much at stake in Florida
January 28, 2008 in print edition on A6
Republican Mitt Romney sought to lock up the Florida primary by refusing to talk Sunday about little else but the economic jitters confronting the nation. His rivals took different tacks toward the same goal as they fanned out across the Sunshine State.
Soaring to new heights
Eagles Day celebrates symbol’s resurgence
January 28, 2008 in print edition on A1
It’s hard to imagine that the bald eagle, stoic symbol of the United States, was once on the brink of extinction. Thanks to a booming human population and widespread use of the chemical DDT, bald eagles struggled to survive for many years in the 20th century. But today, the bird is thriving once again, and the Jayhawk Audubon Society’s Kaw Valley Eagles Day was a celebration of the bald eagle’s resurgence.
Space heaters may help save money
January 28, 2008 in print edition on C1
Using space heaters during the winter months can actually help your electricity bill. But you must use them thoughtfully.
Rains raise fears of mud, rock slides
January 28, 2008 in print edition on A2
Fast-moving thunderstorms brought new waves of rain on Sunday to Southern California, following days of drenching weather and heavy mountain snowfall and raising fears of mudslides and flooding.
Morrison to decide about campaign funds
January 28, 2008 in print edition on B12
Attorney General Paul Morrison, who is leaving office over a sex scandal, must decide what to do with the money in his campaign account.
Spoof top draw in theaters
January 28, 2008 in print edition on B10
The epic spoof “Meet the Spartans” narrowly conquered “Rambo” to nab the top spot in the weekend box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.
KU football player arrested, released
January 28, 2008 in print edition on A4
Scott David Webb, 23, a Kansas University senior and kicker for the 2007 Jayhawk football team, was arrested Saturday on a failure to appear charge. He was originally issued a notice to appear in Municipal Court for having a dog at large on Oct. 30. He failed to appear in court on that charge.
More products get microchips
Privacy advocates cringe at proliferation of RFID
January 28, 2008 in print edition on B11
Here’s a vision of the not-so-distant future: ยข Microchips with antennas will be embedded in virtually everything you buy, wear, drive and read, allowing retailers and law enforcement to track consumer items - and, by extension, consumers - wherever they go, from a distance.
Indonesian ex-dictator Suharto mourned, scorned at funeral
January 28, 2008 in print edition on A2
Tens of thousands of people mourned former Indonesian President Suharto during his state funeral today, with many praising the Cold War ally of the United States whose brutal military regime killed hundreds of thousands of left-wing political opponents.
Celebrating Ag Women’ event set for Feb. 8-9
January 28, 2008 in print edition on B11
A health fair and wine tasting are being added as preconference offerings for “Celebrating Ag Women,” the 2008 Women Managing the Farm Conference scheduled for Feb. 8 and 9 at the Grand Prairie Hotel and Convention Center in Hutchinson.
Mac group offers ‘Set Your iPod Free’
January 28, 2008 in print edition on B11
The next meeting of the Lawrence Apple Users’ Group 2.0, “Set Your iPod Free,” will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 6 in the community room at Signs of Life bookstore, 722 Mass.
Seniors program seeks Friendly Visitors
January 28, 2008 in print edition on A5
Volunteers are needed to provide companionship and support to senior citizens through the Douglas County Senior Services’ Friendly Visitor Program. Volunteers commit to spend one hour a week as a Friendly Visitor volunteer.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
January 28, 2008 in print edition on A7
Kansas Sen. Bob Dole was honored at Kansas University for his long record of support for the university through his work in Congress both as a representative and as a senator.
K-State clips OSU for 9th straight win
January 28, 2008 in print edition on B6
Marlies Gipson had a season-high 21 points and 16 rebounds, and Kimberly Dietz hit four three-pointers in the second half to help No. 22 Kansas State win its ninth straight game, beating No. 14 Oklahoma State, 68-63, on Sunday.
KTEC is launching ‘Come Home to Kansas’
January 28, 2008 in print edition on B11
The Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation last week launched “Come Home to Kansas,” an initiative aiming to recruit bioscience and information-technology professionals and investors to Kansas.
File-sharing launch hits sour note
January 28, 2008 in print edition on A8
A revamped online file-sharing service that promised to offer unlimited, free music downloads from all the major record labels hit an apparent snag Sunday after one denied it had given the service permission.
NBA Roundup
January 28, 2008 in print edition on B4
Scores from around the league.
Hinrich’s 31 not enough
Phoenix outlasts Chicago in brick fest
January 28, 2008 in print edition on B4
Shots were flying in all directions. They hit the rim, they hit the backboard. They seemingly hit everything but the bottom of the net until Leandro Barbosa got going early in the fourth quarter and buried the Bulls again.
Mizzou guard hospitalized
January 28, 2008 in print edition on B2
Missouri senior point guard Stefhon Hannah was in serious condition at University Hospital Sunday night, a hospital representative told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Oklahoma St. remembers anniversary
January 28, 2008 in print edition on B2
The message on the card attached to a bouquet of red roses was simple, yet eloquent. “We all love you and miss you. Still.”
Nene apologizes for Web-site goof
January 28, 2008 in print edition on B4
Nuggets forward Nene, who is recovering from testicular cancer, issued an apology and a thank you Sunday.
DNA link brings arrest for 1997 rape, killing
January 28, 2008 in print edition on A2
A Wyoming prison parolee has been arrested in the 1997 rape and beating death of a University of Colorado senior after he was linked to the case by a DNA match and other evidence, Boulder police said Sunday.
Henry’s decor nod to English ways
January 28, 2008 in print edition on C1
The last things I expected to find in a coffee shop in the middle of America were a replica of the black front door of No. 10 Downing Street, home of the British prime minister, and brass signage from Victoria Railway Station, London, indicating that trains leaving for Brighton would call at Three Bridges and Hayward’s Heath in Sussex.
Student should try temp jobs
January 28, 2008 in print edition on B11
Q: I currently am working to obtain a bachelor’s degree and have graduated from computer school. I have gone on numerous interviews for clerical and data-entry positions; however, the only job I have been hired for is as a cleaner through a cleaning company. One employer asked me why I even applied for their office clerk position because he said he could not imagine anyone hiring me without any office experience. I felt so worthless I wanted to cry. I feel so degraded working this cleaning job. I don’t know what else to do.
Month of violence claims nearly 800
January 28, 2008 in print edition on A2
Gangs of youths armed with machetes and clubs fought running battles with police on Sunday and burned tribal rivals alive in their homes in western Kenya, pushing the death toll from a month of escalating ethnic violence to nearly 800.
Flames engulf vacant house
Fire reported shortly after remodelers left premises
January 28, 2008 in print edition on A3
Firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire Sunday in east Lawrence. Flames shot out of the roof and windows of the one-story home at 1207 E. 13th St., which neighbors said had been vacant for several years.
Gray matters
January 28, 2008 in print edition on C1
Five things you may not have known about poliosis.
On the record
January 28, 2008 in print edition on A4
William Anderson, 52, Lawrence, was listed in good condition at Kansas University Hospital, according to a nursing supervisor. Anderson was injured in a two-vehicle collision on Friday morning.
Jayhawks relish work at annual clinic
Kansas players, coaches spend ‘day off’ working with Special Olympians at Allen Fieldhouse
January 28, 2008 in print edition on B1
The Streak continues for another year. Not Kansas University’s 24-game winning streak against Kansas State in men’s basketball in Manhattan. That’s still to be decided, with the latest edition of the Sunflower Showdown set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bramlage Coliseum. It’s KU’s 24-year uninterrupted stretch of working with Special Olympians that continued Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse.
Toxins may have long-term effects on health of brain
Lead, pollutants may hasten mental decline in old age
January 28, 2008 in print edition on A1
Could it be that the “natural” mental decline that afflicts many older people is related to how much lead they absorbed decades before?
Cocaine penalties to be reviewed
January 28, 2008 in print edition on B12
Federal court officials in Kansas are going over crack cocaine cases that may require resentencing because of a U.S. Supreme Court decision in December and changes in sentencing guidelines made last year. At least two Douglas County cases are to be reviewed.
Campaign money spent on phone bills
January 28, 2008 in print edition on A4
Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline spent nearly $5,000 left over from his unsuccessful campaign for attorney general on cell phone bills and gifts last year.
Initiative focuses attention on global warming
Teach-in, panel discussion at KU have multidisciplinary scope
January 28, 2008 in print edition on A3
This week, Kansas University students and faculty will be part of a nationwide initiative to focus attention on global warming. The initiative, Focus the Nation, will be a combination of a teach-in - billed by organizers as the nation’s largest - and a panel discussion featuring local and state leaders. The initiative, organized by KU Hillel and the KU Center for Sustainability, will be spread over two days, Wednesday and Thursday.
Djokovic captures Australian Open
Serbian defies odds, crowd to win first Grand Slam title
January 28, 2008 in print edition on B2
Novak Djokovic started making peace with the crowd as soon as he lifted the trophy.
So what if Barack Obama was a Muslim?
January 28, 2008 in print edition on A7
Barack Obama is not a Muslim. We know this because he has told us so. We know it because there is no credible evidence to suggest otherwise. We know it despite a campaign of lies and whispers from various bloggers, pundits and head cases. Barack Obama is not a Muslim. But, what if he was?
Combat duty
There is some good news about American combat time - but not enough.
January 28, 2008 in print edition on A7
There is good news of sorts out of Washington: The Army is considering a proposal to cut soldiers’ battlefield tours from 15 months to 12 months beginning in August to try to reduce the stress on a force battered by more than six years of war.
A lot on line for Super Bowl ads
January 28, 2008 in print edition on B1
The story lines are unabashedly goofy. Cavemen invent the wheel to transport a beer cooler made of stone, and a car buyer enlists the help of a tribal warrior in case he needs some extra negotiating leverage at the dealership.