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Kansas women to play final exhibition game on Sunday
November 7, 2008
On Sunday, the Kansas women’s basketball team plays its second and final exhibition game of the 2008-2009 season against Washburn.
KU hopes to end streak at Nebraska
November 7, 2008
The Kansas football team is trying to end a 40-year drought tomorrow against Nebraska. KU hasn’t defeated NU in Lincoln since 1968.
Downtown gets festive lighting
November 7, 2008
You may have noticed some colored lights in downtown Lawrence. The Parks & Recreation Department is lighting 300 trees on Massachusetts Street for the holiday season.
City looks to buy Farmland Industries plant
November 7, 2008
The city’s looking to buy the empty Farmland Industries plant and turn it into a business park. Those plans may be picking up steam.
Firebirds defeat SM Northwest; Lions fall to Blue Valley
08:20 p.m., November 7, 2008 Updated 09:40 p.m.
Free State High defeated SM Northwest, while Lawrence High lost to Blue Valley in the state football playoffs.
Jury finds Shanna Friday guilty in Deshazer murder trial
03:14 p.m., November 7, 2008 Updated 04:57 p.m. in print edition on A1
A Douglas County jury Friday found Shanna Friday guilty of second degree murder in the beating death of 62-year-old Jerry Deshazer.
Lawrence Arts Center selects new director
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B1
David Leamon, the former director of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library has been hired to lead the Lawrence Arts Center.
I-435 interchange slated to reopen on Monday
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B1
A new interchange at Interstate 435 and Antioch Road in Johnson County is on track to open to all traffic by late Monday afternoon.
Murder victim’s parents plan national campaign to encourage service to others
Parents of Jana Mackey start campaign
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B1
Jana Mackey’s parents were overwhelmed by the 1,100 people who attended their daughter’s July 9 funeral service. The 25-year-old Kansas University law student had been found murdered inside her ex-boyfriend’s Lawrence home six days earlier.
State budget situation leads to minor trims to capitol renovation plans
Majority of the project still on track
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B3
Surprises keep popping up eight years into a massive renovation of the Statehouse, including a hidden fireplace and newly discovered marble. Kansas’ looming budget crisis also is providing a few surprises of its own.
Beating death case in jury’s hands
November 7, 2008
The case against a woman accused of killing 62-year-old Jerry Deshazer has been handed over to a Douglas County jury.
County to review provisional ballots on Monday, finalize vote totals
November 7, 2008
Even though Douglas County’s election results seemed decisive in most national, state and local races Tuesday night, election officials still have work to do.
Early-season blizzard traps motorists
November 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
A wintry blast of punishing wind and close to 4 feet of snow in places pummeled the Northern Plains on Thursday, stranding unknown numbers of motorists for a day or more and knocking out power to thousands. State officials said some people could be without power for days, but they had a simple message for anyone thinking of trying to drive in western South Dakota’s blizzard: Don’t.
Veterans Day plans march forward
November 7, 2008 in print edition on A3
Veterans Day is Tuesday, but in Lawrence a series of events paying tribute to military veterans begins today and will continue through the weekend. Parades with hundreds of entries will be Saturday in Ottawa and Tuesday in Leavenworth.
Army looking into recruiter suicides
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B5
The Army has agreed to investigate a disproportionate cluster of suicides among recruiters in an East Texas battalion, as well as allegations by other soldiers and family members that they were pressured to cover up serious problems in the battalion, Army Secretary Pete Geren said.
Country ‘ready to deal with’ Obama
November 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
A North Korean diplomat says the communist country is ready to deal with any new U.S. administration following Barack Obama’s election to the presidency as talks continued over dismantlement of its nuclear weapons program.
Activists unite in Whale Wars
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B8
Animal Planet waits for the end of the election season to get political. Fans of the odd Wes Anderson project “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” should not miss the new reality series “Whale Wars” (8 p.m., Animal Planet).
Coin flips likely out
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B2
No more flip decisions. Rather than heads or tails, baseball general managers plan to recommend that sites for division and wild-card tiebreakers be decided by wins and losses, rather than coin flips. MLB staff is drafting a proposal for the GMs to consider next month when they gather at the winter meetings in Las Vegas, according to Jimmie Lee Solomon, executive vice president of baseball operations in the commissioner’s office.
Oil steady at $61 after 2-day plunge
November 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
Oil prices were steady near $61 a barrel today in Asia, pausing after a two-day plunge, but vulnerable to another steep fall as evidence of a severe U.S. recession continues to mount. Light, sweet crude for December delivery was up 59 cents at $61.36 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange by midday in Singapore.
Curlin sale bid fails
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B2
A sale to buy a minority interest in Horse of the Year Curlin failed to produce an acceptable offer. The sale was by sealed bid, and the next step is a private sale of the 20 percent stake in North America’s career money winner.
Local resident elected to humanities council
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B9
John Pierce, affiliate faculty member with the public administration department at Kansas University, recently was elected to the Kansas Humanities Council. The council is a statewide nonprofit organization that provides resources in support of cultural programs in communities across the state.
LMH to offer support group, presentation
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B9
Lawrence Memorial Hospital will offer Baby Talk, a free support group for parents and their new babies under 6 months of age. The next workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the hospital’s auditorium. The topics will include nutrition, crying, sleeping, development, play, safety and common illnesses. Call ConnectCare at 749-5800 to enroll.
Obama’s choices show switch in tone
November 7, 2008 in print edition on A7
Barack Obama is signaling a shift in tactics and temperament as he moves from candidate to president-elect, picking sharp-elbowed Washington insiders for top posts. His choice Thursday for White House chief of staff - Rahm Emanuel, a fiery partisan who doesn’t mind breaking glass and hurting feelings - is a significant departure from the soft-spoken, low-key aides that “No-Drama Obama” surrounded himself with during his campaign.
Italian leader: Obama ‘handsome, tanned’
November 7, 2008 in print edition on C8
Italy’s famously impolitic Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi described U.S. President-elect Barack Obama on Thursday as “young, handsome and even tanned.” Berlusconi appeared to be joking about America’s first black president at a news conference following talks with Russia’s president.
Detroit seeks more loans
November 7, 2008 in print edition on A6
Detroit’s automakers appealed to congressional leaders Thursday for $25 billion more in federal loans, low-interest emergency borrowing and a share of the Wall Street bailout to help rescue an ailing industry battered by the economic crisis.
No charges for Spitzer in prostitution case
November 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
Federal prosecutors said Thursday that they will not bring criminal charges against Eliot Spitzer for his role in a prostitution scandal, removing a legal cloud that has surrounded the former New York governor since his epic downfall eight months ago.
Lions tickled to be in playoffs
LHS motivated after missing out on postseason last year
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B2
Throughout the last several decades, playoff football appearances at Lawrence High have not been luxuries but expected opportunities. That all changed last season, when the Lions dropped two of three district games and were left out of the postseason picture.
Money move
Money is the primary motivation for efforts to extend the deal to play Kansas-Missouri football games in Kansas City.
November 7, 2008 in print edition on A9
Kansas University officials finally have fessed up that they are studying or negotiating a renewed deal to play the annual Kansas-Missouri football game in Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium. The original plan called for two games to be played in the Kansas City venue; one Kansas University “home” game would be taken off Mount Oread, and one Missouri University “home” game would be moved to Kansas City.
Post-vote points
November 7, 2008 in print edition on A9
To the editor: Now that the elections are over, some things come to mind: 1. Why did the candidates for the 3rd District Kansas Senate seat take so much money from out of state (like unions in St. Joseph, Joplin, Columbia and Jefferson City, Mo.) sources for their campaigns?
Pena claims Gold Glove
Rays first baseman first-time winner
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B2
Carlos Pena grabbed attention for all those balls he hit. Now the Tampa Bay first baseman is getting noticed for the ones he caught. The Rays standout raised his profile Thursday when he won the Gold Glove, one of four newcomers on the AL team.
Girl is 29th child left under safe-haven law
November 7, 2008 in print edition on A3
Nebraska authorities say an 11-year-old girl has become the 29th child to be left at a hospital under the state’s much-criticized safe haven law. State child and families division chief Todd Landry says the girl was left Friday morning at Bergan Mercy Hospital in Omaha. She’s from Douglas County, which includes Omaha. Landry says the girl was dropped by her mother.
Iran leader offers landmark congrats
November 7, 2008 in print edition on C8
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday congratulated Barack Obama on his election win - the first time an Iranian leader has offered such wishes to a U.S. president-elect since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Jags receiver fires back
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B2
Jacksonville receiver Matt Jones snapped back at Joey Porter on Thursday, a day after the outspoken Miami Dolphins linebacker questioned how Jones could still be playing despite having a felony cocaine charge against him earlier this year.
Brotherly love
Competitive Lawrence siblings share football bond
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B1
To understand truly the relationship between brothers Tyler and Blake Lawrence, it is probably best to go back to the Golden Gun incident. This occurred sometime while they were in elementary school, age 11 or 12.
Man ‘accidentally’ stole car
November 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
A motorist confronted by a state trooper said he was stunned when the officer told him the car had been stolen. Charles J. Schultz explained that he was driving his Chevy Cavalier and everything was fine. That’s when the trooper informed Schultz that he was actually behind the wheel of a Ford Escort.
FSHS gets rematch
Firebirds open playoffs with SMNW
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B6
Shut down tailback Chucky Hunter, figured Aaron Barnett, and Free State High’s football team would struggle. Basically, that’s what Barnett’s Shawnee Mission Northwest football team did. “But not paying attention to Camren (Torneden),” Barnett said, “almost cost us the game.”
Stick named to hall of fame
November 7, 2008 in print edition on A10
A magic wand, a fishing rod or a royal scepter? The lowly stick, a universal plaything powered by a child’s imagination, landed in the National Toy Hall of Fame on Thursday along with the Baby Doll and the skateboard. The three were chosen to join the Strong National Museum of Play’s lineup of 38 classics ranging from the bicycle, the kite and Mr. Potato Head to Crayola crayons, marbles and the Atari 2600 video game system.
Some ‘looking for help,’ politely
November 7, 2008 in print edition on A1
Damian Scott might be the friendliest panhandler in town. “Excuse me, could you possibly spare some change?” asks Scott of downtown shoppers while on a bench outside an area coffee shop. When they decline and say “sorry,” Scott replies, “Don’t be sorry, just have a nice day.”
Therapist attends pain conference
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B9
Dorian Logan, a physical therapist at Lawrence and Baldwin Therapy Services, recently attended a three-day chronic pain course in Seattle. The course was sponsored by the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.
Obama to inherit dangerous times
November 7, 2008 in print edition on A9
A tale of two unique U.S. presidential candidates has ended, and one of them - Barack Obama - will inherit, along with the White House, what has been called the most dangerous of times. Against that general backdrop, it should be noted that we also face the best of times in terms of the positive changes that could take place in America and the world.
New chief of staff known as ‘Rahmbo’
November 7, 2008 in print edition on A7
A student of ballet, Rahm Emanuel has shown a flair for theatrics over his years as a Democratic operative. His fancy dancing has been anything but delicate, however. Upset with a Democratic pollster during a long-ago congressional race, Emanuel mailed him a big dead fish.
Craigslist cracks down on prostitution ads
November 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
Under the watchful eye of law enforcement in 40 states, including Kansas, Craigslist pledged Thursday to crack down on ads for prostitution on its Web sites. As part of Craigslist’s agreement with attorneys general around the country, anyone who posts an “erotic services” ad will be required to provide a working phone number and pay a fee with a valid credit card. The Web site will provide that information to law enforcement if subpoenaed.
Matteson up by one
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B2
Troy Matteson opened the Children’s Miracle Network Classic at Disney with an eagle on the Palm Course, ran off three straight birdies at the turn and wound up with a career-low round of 9-under 63 to take a one-shot lead.
Kiddie costumes
Area children show off their best Halloween attire
November 7, 2008 in print edition on C1
A week ago today, Lawrence was invaded by ghouls, goblins, action figures and a menagerie of animals. We asked readers to submit their photos from Halloween to LJWorld.com. The pictures show the variety of costumes and celebrations that spanned the city.
Obama influencing new baby names
November 7, 2008 in print edition on C8
Barack Obama may have a “funny name,” as he once said - but it might just catch on among the nation’s newborns. A Florida couple became among the country’s first to bestow it on their child, even before most news outlets had declared the Illinois senator the president-elect.
Wall Street hammered by bleak new economy reports
November 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
A fresh wave of bad economic news, including a half-million Americans newly out of work and the weakest October retail sales in nearly 40 years, pummeled the stock market Thursday, driving the Dow Jones industrials under 9,000 again with a stunning two-day decline of 10 percent.
Auto workers fret over cuts
November 7, 2008 in print edition on A6
With their employers poised to announce billions more in losses and further job cuts today, it’s worry time once again at General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. factories across North America. Both companies are spending billions more than they’re making amid the worst economic crisis in decades.
NBA Roundup
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B4
Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis scored 20 points apiece, and Orlando overcame Dwight Howard’s foul trouble to beat Philadelphia. With All-Star center Howard limited to only four minutes in the first half, the Magic got strong performances from Tony Battie and Lewis, who picked up the rebounding slack as Orlando won its third straight game.
Area deer surveyed
November 7, 2008 in print edition on A5
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and a Kansas University environmental studies field class teamed up last week to survey the number of white-tailed deer in the Lawrence area. Varying deer populations across the state have an impact on the number of vehicle-deer collisions, especially this month because it’s deer mating season.
Paloma strengthens to hurricane, turns north
November 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
Paloma strengthened to a hurricane with winds near 75 mph on Thursday as it churned toward the Cayman Islands and Cuba. Forecasters say the storm is expected to continue strengthening as it moves north and could become a major Category 3 hurricane by Saturday as it approaches Cuba.
On the record
November 7, 2008 in print edition on A4
Kansas University police captured a bee suspected of spraying her “pollen” on a campus building. The costumed female threw yellow paint on the front of Watkins Home, 1540 Sunflower Road, a KU Public Safety Office report said. The alleged crime happened between 10:45 a.m. and 11:20 a.m. Tuesday, the report said. The graffiti damage was reported to police around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Some advice for the Obamas
November 7, 2008 in print edition on A9
A golden November day under a blue sky and an air of sweet amiability at the polls and at the end of the day, we elected the right guy, no doubt about it. Yes, we can and we did. A nation spread its wings and achieved altitude.
Commentary: Time wrong for free-agent spending
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B2
A.J. Burnett must be hopelessly underpaid because he didn’t think twice about telling the Toronto Blue Jays that his current contract guaranteeing him $12 million a year just wasn’t going to cut it anymore. Hard to blame him, because fellow pitcher CC Sabathia figures to make double that by the time he reports to spring training a few months from now.
Rachel’ provides Oscar-worthy turn
November 7, 2008 in print edition on C2
“Rachel Getting Married” is a magical wallow in excess, a too-happy, too-sad, too-indulgent plunge into an overplanned wedding. Jonathan Demme’s gorgeously messy movie is shot and acted like real life - real life that’s over the top in its emotions, its family strife, its blend of awkward farce and painful drama.
Top 25 Roundup: Undefeated Utah topples TCU
Virginia Tech turns back No. 23 Maryland
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B4
The BCS Busters II are still alive. Brian Johnson led No. 10 Utah to a thrilling comeback, marching the Utes 80 yards in the final minutes and completing a nine-yard touchdown pass to Freddie Brown with 48 seconds left in a 13-10 victory against No. 11 TCU on Thursday night.
Banks have money but lack takers
Borrowing drought most dramatic for small businesses
November 7, 2008 in print edition on A1
Billions of federal bailout dollars are flooding the financial system, credit markets are loosening and many banks say they are ready to lend. But a crucial piece needed to solve the credit crisis is still missing: borrowers. With the economy slowing, banks are seeing a big decline in the number of people seeking loans because nervous consumers and small businesses are scaling back their borrowing.
A young family, a new style
November 7, 2008 in print edition on C8
It was a mere fleeting image amid all the others that were beamed into our living rooms on that momentous election night: 7-year-old Sasha Obama in her black party dress, bounding gleefully up into her father’s arms, each in turn planting a happy kiss on the other’s cheek.
People in the news
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B8
¢ Critic John Leonard dies at age 69¢ 2 ‘Oprah’ debuts: ‘Mr. Man’ and will.i.am video¢ Hall & Oates sue over ‘Maneater’ recording¢ Mos Def sought over camera scuffle¢ ‘Girls Next Door’ co-star engaged
Firing of KSU’s Prince, KU’s Allen comparable
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B1
The athletic director at a major university in the Sunflower State fires his football coach with three games remaining in the season. Did this week’s action by Kansas State athletic director Bob Krause sound familiar?Seven years ago, Kansas athletic director Al Bohl did the same thing.
Stenson leads in China
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B2
Sweden’s Henrik Stenson made a 20-foot birdie putt on his final hole Thursday for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke lead over defending champion Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Anthony Kim and Adam Scott in the HSBC Champions.
Horoscopes
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B8
Keep communication flowing this year. Learn to say what you think in a way that others will hear. You see life from a renewed perspective because of a willingness to live in the moment. If you are single, a relationship blooms and allows greater exchange and happiness in your life. If you are attached, you discover the closeness of the bond and could act like newlyweds once more. Go out on an old-fashioned date.
Foreclosure option can help protect credit
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B9
Home foreclosures nationwide have more than doubled during the past year. Sometimes, signing a deed-in-lieu is a homeowner’s best option to protect a credit score and obtain a mortgage in the future.
Financial crisis creates complications for the president-elect’s transition
November 7, 2008 in print edition on C8
As president-elect, Barack Obama faces a tricky task as he begins dealing ever more directly with the economic meltdown, grappling with the worst financial crisis in seven decades but not yet wielding the power to do much about it.
Rec calendar
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B6
Various rides Tuesday through Sunday. Call Paul Corcoran at 842-5273 or e-mail pcorcoran@sunflower.com.
Venus defeats Serena
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B2
Venus Williams defeated her sister, 5-7, 6-1, 6-0, on Thursday to reach the semifinals of the WTA Tour’s season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships, a match Serena Williams called her worst of the year.Venus Williams won on her fifth match point and is 3-0 in round-robin play of a tournament that features the top eight players.
Niners receiver sidelined
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B2
Receiver Arnaz Battle will miss the San Francisco 49ers’ game at Arizona on Monday night because of a sprained right foot. Battle, the 49ers’ second-leading receiver with 24 catches for 318 yards, has played in 42 consecutive games.
Fenway getting more seats
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B2
The Boston Red Sox are wrapping up almost a decade of renovations to Fenway Park that should keep their venerable ballpark open for another 30-50 years. While the legal capacity - including those who work at the ballpark - will remain 39,928, the net result of the changes will be the addition of about 350 more seats and a sellout crowd of about 37,750 for night games.
Peavy likely leaving
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B2
ake Peavy probably will be traded by the San Diego Padres before the winter meetings next month. After spending four days at the annual general managers’ meetings, Padres GM Kevin Towers said it was unlikely the 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner would remain with San Diego. The 27-year-old Peavy was 10-11 with a 2.85 ERA in 27 starts last season.
Mayer: Marshall cultural visionary
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B1
The late Thurgood Marshall, a sports fan with a vastly broader perspective, called the shots about the significance of a Barack Obama presidency 50 years ago during a visit to Lawrence.I was too dumb and non-visionary to recognize the importance of his comments about athletics, minority status and the need for more role models beyond the realm of jocks. I finally got it.
Cutler helps Broncos rally past Browns
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B4
John Elway isn’t the only Denver quarterback capable of breaking Cleveland’s heart. Jay Cutler pulled off this fourth-quarter comeback, turning Brady Quinn’s big night into his own prime-time showcase. Cutler passed for a career-high 447 yards and threw three touchdown passes in the final 15 minutes Thursday night.
City reviews policy regarding leaf disposal
November 7, 2008 in print edition on A4
City staff members are reminding residents of the rules for disposing of leaves. Current city code makes it illegal to simply blow or sweep leaves into the street. Instead, if residents want to dispose of leaves, they must place the leaves in cans, carts or compostable paper bags, and place the containers on the curb by 6 a.m. Monday.
KU’s Garlington named Academic All-District
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B3
Kansas University volleyball sophomore Karina Garlington was named to the ESPN The Magazine Third Team Academic All-District on Thursday. Garlington became the sixth Jayhawk and fourth in the last two years to earn the award for her success on the court and in the classroom.
Marcus Morris working on foul woes
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B1
Bill Self believes some of Kansas University’s newcomers were “humbled a little” during Tuesday’s exhibition basketball victory over Washburn. “Not because their expectations were so high,” KU coach Self said of the five freshmen and one junior-college transfer who played in the 98-79 victory. “No disrespect to Washburn, but when a big guy can foul you out in seven minutes, that’s not exactly Blake Griffin we’re going against.”
Marte’s option declined
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B2
Reliever Damaso Marte’s $6 million option was declined Thursday by the New York Yankees, who chose to pay the left-hander a $250,000 buyout. Marte was obtained with outfielder Xavier Nady from Pittsburgh on July 26 for pitchers Ross Ohlendorf, Jeff Karstens and Daniel McCutchen and outfielder Jose Tabata. Marte was 1-3 with a 5.40 earned-run average in 25 games with the Yankees and 5-3 with a 4.02 ERA overall.
Net Worth: New ‘illiteracy’ exposed during presidential election
November 7, 2008 in print edition on C1
“Future Shock” author Alvin Toffler is widely credited with being among the earliest to predict a “digital revolution.” He is responsible for a quote that has of late taken on even greater meaning: “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”
Prep Henry won’t decide until spring
November 7, 2008 in print edition on B2
Xavier Henry, a 6-foot-6 senior guard from Putnam City (Okla.) High, who had surgery Thursday to repair a broken cheekbone, told ESPN.com he will not choose a school until the spring signing period. Henry’s dad, Carl, on Thursday said his son - who ultimately will choose between Kansas and Memphis - will be on medication and not be able to practice basketball the next four to six weeks.