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KU vs. Texas FSHS football vs. Olathe North KU women's basketball vs. Sacred Heart
If KU makes a bowl game in a warm location, what will you do?

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Watch it on TV
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Read about it the next day
None of the above
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What grade would you give KU's first-half performance against Texas?

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Will KU beat No. 4 Texas?

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Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
From left, Bishop Seabury Academy seniors Steven Peng, Kristin Capps and Arielle Spiridigliozzi keep warm by a fire Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008 outside their high school. On the bottom right is senior Jennifer Hughes. The students were setting up for a camp out to kick off their fund raiser. The students camped outside the school for 24 hours, starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, to raise awareness of their drive, which is for non-perishable foods. Students forgo shelter, meals for annual food drive
November 14, 2008 in print edition on 3A
Members of Bishop Seabury Academy’s student senate were ready to spend a night without a roof over their heads or food in their stomachs. Thursday night, the 17 students kicked off their annual food drive by sleeping outside the school in boxes.
6:00 a.m.
Registered Physical Therapist Holly Emmot, of Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Rehabilitation and Hospice Care, works with Rosie Cain at Cain's home near Linwood. VNA is one of 25 nonprofit agencies that gets funding from the United Way of Douglas County. United Way’s official campaign wraps up
November 15, 2008 in print edition on 1A
The United Way of Douglas County’s official fall fundraising campaign ended Friday, but that doesn’t mean the giving will stop. The organization set a campaign goal of $1.72 million and hopes to increase Douglas County residents’ participation from 6.5 percent to 10 percent. The United Way has received about half of the pledges from area employee campaigns as of Friday.
11:15 a.m.
KU quarterback Todd Reesing (5) warms up Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008 before the Jayhawks take on Texas at Memorial Stadium. FINAL: McCoy’s 3 TDs lead Texas to 35-7 victory
9:35 a.m., November 15, 2008 Updated 5:00 p.m.
FINAL, Texas wins 35-7. Colt McCoy threw for 255 yards and rushed for 78 more, leading the Texas Longhorns to a 35-7 victory over Kansas on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

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FINAL: McCoy’s 3 TDs lead Texas to 35-7 victory
09:35 a.m., November 15, 2008 Updated 05:00 p.m.
FINAL, Texas wins 35-7. Colt McCoy threw for 255 yards and rushed for 78 more, leading the Texas Longhorns to a 35-7 victory over Kansas on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
November 15, 2008 in print edition on B7
F.C. Jackman, 59, well-known Lawrence industrialist and rancher, died following a brief illness complicated by an attack of pneumonia. The cause of death was uncertain because doctors were not sure of the condition which had triggered the case of pneumonia. Jackman has been instrumental in the success of the old Jerry Wren flour operation here.
Around and about
November 15, 2008 in print edition on D5
Douglas County Sheriff Ken McGovern was honored at the 32nd Annual Governor’s Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. Sheriff McGovern was recognized by TFI Family Services for his outstanding law enforcement services for Kansas Children and Families. The Governor’s Conference was Oct. 29-30 in Wichita at the Airport Hilton.
Safety Lynch to retire
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C2
John Lynch, a nine-time Pro Bowler with the Denver Broncos and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will announce his retirement on Monday in Tampa, Fla. The hard-hitting safety had 1,277 tackles and 26 interceptions in 224 regular-season games. Lynch played 11 seasons with Tampa Bay, winning a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers during the 2002 season.
Marine Corps birthday celebration recalls realities of war
November 15, 2008 in print edition on B7
It was a cold, gray Kansas morning with winter but a few days away. The Marine Corps was having its annual birthday celebration at the Dole Institute. It would be a time for all Marines to get together with others in the community to celebrate another birthday, another year of survival, and a time to remember those who did not make it.
500K illegal immigrants defy deportation
November 15, 2008 in print edition on E6
Zeituni Onyango came to the United States seeking asylum from her native Kenya but was turned down and ordered to leave the country in 2004. Four years later, she is still here. And her nephew is about to become president of the United States.
World leaders move toward tougher financial rules
November 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
World leaders prepared Friday to adopt an early warning system for financial calamities, a commitment to tougher accounting rules and other modest steps to try to prevent future crises like the one now threatening the livelihoods of billions of people around the globe.
Space shuttle Endeavour blasts off
November 15, 2008 in print edition on A8
Space shuttle Endeavour and a crew of seven blasted into the night sky Friday, bound for the international space station and the most extreme home makeover project ever attempted by astronauts.The shuttle rose off its launch pad at 6:55 p.m. CST, right on time, in a brilliant flash of light visible for miles around.
Kings coach Theus fined $25,000
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C4
The NBA has fined Sacramento Kings coach Reggie Theus $25,000 for comments he made about the officiating following a loss to Detroit. The league also penalized the Kings $25,000 for Theus’ actions. Theus said it was “ridiculous” that the Pistons took 36 fouls shots to just 17 for the Kings in Detroit’s 100-92 victory in Sacramento on Tuesday.
No. 22 Cincinnati remains in hunt for Big East title
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C8
Seconds after the gun sounded to end No. 22 Cincinnati’s soggy 28-20 victory over Louisville on Friday, several Bearcats sprinted to the end zone and grabbed the Keg of Nails, the trophy that had tormented them for years.This was one keg party coach Brian Kelly had no plans of interrupting. Besides, for the surging Bearcats the good times might just be starting.
Alarm sounds over economy as retail sales drop sharply
November 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
The worst monthly drop on record for retail sales set off new alarm bells about the economy Friday, stepping up pressure on policymakers to figure out how to combat what increasingly looks to be a severe recession. Confronting opposition by the Bush administration, Democrats in Congress said they would try next week to pass $25 billion in emergency loans for the auto industry, so wobbly that one or more of Detroit’s Big Three could go under.
Obama threats exceed all other presidents-elect
November 15, 2008 in print edition on A1
Threats against a new president historically spike right after an election, but from Maine to Idaho law enforcement officials are seeing more against Barack Obama than ever before. The Secret Service would not comment or provide the number of cases they are investigating.
Ex-staffer: Mayor’s wife cause of tensions
November 15, 2008 in print edition on B8
Mayor Mark Funkhouser’s former chief of staff said he resigned because of tension in the mayor’s office caused by the mayor’s wife, Gloria Squitiro. Ed Wolf said he also was concerned that Funkhouser was violating the Missouri Constitution’s ban on nepotism by having his wife in his office as a nearly full-time volunteer.
NBA Roundup
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C4
Raymond Felton scored 23 points, Gerald Wallace added 22, and Charlotte defeated Utah. While the Bobcats played without top scorer Jason Richardson (knee), the Jazz were without point guard Deron Williams (ankle), sixth-man Andrei Kirilenko (finger) and center Mehmet Okur, who is with his sick father in Turkey.
McCray keys KU to opening rout
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C1
Slow down, Danielle McCray, you’re moving too fast. McCray eased up on the pedal and matched her career-high with 29 points as Kansas drubbed Sacred Heart, 106-64, in women’s basketball on Friday night in Allen Fieldhouse. “She’d been exceeding her speed limit,” KU coach Bonnie Henrickson said about the 5-foot-11 junior guard/forward. “Not on defense, but on offense, and I said, ‘Let the game come to you.’”
Suh an offensive threat, too
NU defensive lineman gets wings as ‘Ducky’
November 15, 2008
When Ndamukong Suh lines up at fullback for Nebraska, things are just “Ducky” for the offense. Suh has emerged as one of the Big 12’s dominant defensive linemen this season. But it was his touchdown reception in last week’s victory over Kansas University that has earned the 6-foot-4, 300-pound junior nicknamed “Ducky” his celebrity.
Speculation surrounds Sumner Co. casino
November 15, 2008 in print edition on B4
Rumors are circulating that Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. plans to withdraw from operating a state-owned casino planned for Sumner County, but the Kansas Lottery’s chief said Friday that the company hasn’t notified the state of any such plans.
KU receiver Meier finalist for Biletnikoff
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C3
Kansas wide receiver Kerry Meier has been named as one of 10 finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation’s top wide receiver. Meier is tied for 14th in the nation in receptions per game at 6.90 and ranks 36th in the country with 79.40 yards per game.
Bridge design flaws may go undetected
November 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
The design flaw that brought down a highway bridge in Minneapolis went undetected for 40 years. Federal safety officials say that, even today, government design reviews might not detect similar problems. The National Transportation Safety Board made official Friday what has been clear for months - that the failure of undersized, steel gusset plates was the probable reason Interstate 35W bridge buckled and then fell into the Mississippi River.
NASCAR suspends testing
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C2
NASCAR has suspended all testing at its sanctioned tracks next season in a cost-cutting measure that should help teams save several million dollars in their 2009 budgets. The moratorium, announced Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, bans testing at any NASCAR-sanctioned track, including facilities where its low-level Camping World East and West series race.
Baker sits on bubble for NAIA playoffs
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C8
Call it the bubble. Call it limbo. By whatever name, Baker University’s football team is either on it or in it. “It’s a shame,” BU coach Mike Grossner said, “but we are.” If the Wildcats knock off Avila University in their regular-season finale today, they’ll have a shot at an at-large berth in the NAIA playoffs for the first time since 1993. Kickoff will be at 1 p.m. at Liston Stadium in Baldwin City.
Democrats show little interest in state treasurer role
November 15, 2008 in print edition on B3
A member of one of the state’s most prominent political families isn’t interested in being state treasurer, nor is a legislator whose name also surfaced as a potential candidate. Jill Docking, a Wichita stockbroker and financial adviser, and Rep. Raj Goyle, also from Wichita, became the second and third potential candidates in four days to remove themselves from consideration. Both are Democrats.
Former city dwellers find refuge in rural lifestyle
November 15, 2008 in print edition on B5
Flooded country roads. Roving packs of dogs with no owners in sight. Overgrown weeds as far as the eye can see. Leaving Southern California for the sprawling Midwest plains was a no-brainer for Dale and Marilyn Johnson, retired occupational therapists who moved to Fort Scott, Kan., last year to be closer to their daughter and five grandchildren.
Vote moves to extend presidential term
November 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
Russian lawmakers moved to lengthen the presidential term from four to six years on Friday with a vote that opponents called a step toward Vladimir Putin’s return to power. The change means that the powerful prime minister could serve a total of 20 years as president if he returns to the position as many expect.
ABCs plus playing nice equals better pre-kindergarten smarts
November 15, 2008 in print edition on A1
Should preschool be more about ABCs or learning to play with others? With the help of Twiggle the Turtle, scientists found out that youngsters do better if they do both. So concludes a major study in Head Start programs in Pennsylvania, research with implications for preschools and parents everywhere.
Audit: Sharpton’s ‘04 campaign owes $500K
November 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
Federal auditors have concluded the Rev. Al Sharpton’s 2004 campaign owes the government nearly $500,000 for illegal donations and other financial improprieties. Sharpton has been feuding with the Federal Election Commission for years over his accounting in his failed run for president, for which he received $100,000 in so-called government matching funds that authorities later concluded he did not deserve because he hadn’t followed campaign laws.
Family’s hobby assists weather service
November 15, 2008 in print edition on B2
When the men from the National Weather Service drove into Jack Kersting’s farmyard 35 years ago, they asked whether he would do them a favor. The good deed became a daily commitment. Each morning after some form of precipitation has fallen, whether in the form of rain or snow, Kersting steps out the front door of his farmhouse on the Ford/Edwards County line and checks the standard rain gauge that has been a fixture at his home all these years.
FSU suspends five after campus fight
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C8
Five Florida State wide receivers will miss tonight’s homecoming game against Boston College for their roles in a midweek campus fight, coach Bobby Bowden said Friday. Taiwan Easterling, Bert Reed, Corey Surrency, Cameron Wade and Richard Goodman will sit out today’s crucial Atlantic Coast Conference contest, Bowden said.
Counting the dead becomes more complicated in Iraq
November 15, 2008 in print edition on A5
This much is agreed - a double bombing in Baghdad struck a school bus and those responding to the first blast. But the difference in casualty figures was stark. Iraqi officials said 31 people died; the U.S. military put the death toll at five.
Nash, Alston, Barnes suspended for fight
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C4
The NBA has suspended Steve Nash and Matt Barnes of Phoenix and Rafer Alston of Houston for their roles in a fight. Alston and Barnes were suspended for two games without pay and Nash for one. The league also fined Shaquille O’Neal $35,000 and Tracy McGrady $25,000 on Friday for their actions during the Rockets’ 94-82 win in Phoenix on Wednesday.
Plymouth Congregational displays rare 1800s Sunday school posters
November 15, 2008 in print edition on D1
One never knows what he or she will find when cleaning a basement. Will it be something unsavory like cobwebs or rats, or a jackpot like a rare antique or a baseball card worth thousands of dollars? For the members of Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vt., a thorough cleaning definitely revealed a jackpot, even if it doesn’t equal a huge payday.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
November 15, 2008 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Nov. 15, 1908: Four new buildings and a total appropriation of $300,000 to construct them will be in the budget Kansas University Chancellor Frank Strong will submit to the Legislature next February. Most important of all the appropriations is $75,000 to construct a dormitory on Mount Oread for the girls of the university.
Baker volleyball advances in tourney
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C3
The Baker University volleyball team defeated Evangel in four sets to advance to the Heart of America Athletic Conference finals. Baker will face Lindenwood in the finals, which will begin at 2 p.m. today in St. Charles, Mo.
Big 12 Women: Duke rallies past Okie State
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C5
Chante Black scored 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Duke’s come-from-behind victory on Friday. Carrem Gay added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Blue Devils, who won their 18th consecutive home opener. Abby Waner and Jasmine Thomas also scored 10 points. Duke trailed 44-35 at halftime but ripped off a 20-0 run early in the second half to seize control.
Get real
Kansas University is getting $2 million for anti-smoking research that may create more questions than it answers.
November 15, 2008 in print edition on B6
Most Americans are more mindful than ever about such costly congressional earmarks, boondoggles involving bridges to nowhere and outright fraud and criminality among some of our financial leaders. So it’s not surprising a number of us have noticed a $2 million sum aimed at creating Internet-based video conferencing to help smokers quit the habit.
Raised in Kansas: Why I voted for Obama
November 15, 2008 in print edition on B6
I couldn’t be more WASPy, eligible for membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution and Daughters of the 1812. And, at age 56, I should be part of the demographic most people assigned to Hillary Clinton: an old(ish) white woman. But from the start of Obama’s campaign, I was drawn to qualities in him, to ideas and the way he expressed them. I heard something deeply and appealingly familiar.
United Way’s official campaign wraps up
Agency, dependent partners grateful for donations all year
November 15, 2008 in print edition on A1
The United Way of Douglas County’s official fall fundraising campaign ended Friday, but that doesn’t mean the giving will stop. The organization set a campaign goal of $1.72 million and hopes to increase Douglas County residents’ participation from 6.5 percent to 10 percent. The United Way has received about half of the pledges from area employee campaigns as of Friday.
KU soccer dumps Denver, moves to second round
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C2
Katie Williams and Shannon McCabe scored first-half goals, and the Kansas University soccer team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 2-1 victory over Denver on Friday at Cagan Stadium on the campus of Stanford University.
Justice Dept. OKs beer merger with hiccup
November 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Justice Department approved a $52 billion beer buzz Friday, allowing Belgian-based InBev SA to buy out Anheuser-Busch and create the world’s largest brewer. But InBev’s buzz comes with a slight hiccup: it must sell subsidiary Labatt USA before regulators let the merger go through.
Scouting news
November 15, 2008 in print edition on D3
Jim Adams and David Lewis received Eagle Scout awards at a joint Court of Honor on Oct. 30 at Camp Bromelsick. Adams and Lewis reached their Eagle rank in Boy Scout Troop 64, Eudora. The young men joined Troop 64 in 2001 from Cub Scout Pack 3064, Eudora.
Former rivals in the mix for Cabinet spots
McCain to meet with president-elect Monday, but not for administration offer
November 15, 2008 in print edition on A7
President-elect Barack Obama has interviewed primary election rivals Hillary Clinton and Bill Richardson for secretary of state, according to Democratic officials who revealed his secret meetings with both as he weighed the decision on folding former foes into his new administration.
Missouri must replace 22 seniors
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C2
As strong as the veteran presence has been for Missouri (8-2, 4-2), the influx of first- and second-year players has been just as impressive. Through 10 games, the Tigers have put 11 true or red-shirt freshmen on the field; three of them started games this season.
Hostage standoff at clinic ends with 2 dead
November 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
A gunman took his ex-girlfriend hostage Friday at a health clinic where she worked, allowed her to make a goodbye call to her family and killed her before police gunned him down, authorities said. The shootings took place at St. John’s Mercy Urgent Care Center in O’Fallon, about 30 miles northwest of St. Louis. No patients or other clinic workers were injured.
Simons: Veterans Day reminds country of great debt owed to military
November 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
This nation and its citizens just celebrated Veterans Day, which recognizes and honors those currently serving in our country’s armed forces as well as those who have served in the past. The record of these men and women is glorious. Living American veterans have served the United States in World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and now in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Murray ousts Federer
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C2
Defending champion Roger Federer was eliminated from the Masters Cup on Friday with a 4-6, 7-6 (3), 7-5 loss to Andy Murray. Federer, a four-time winner of the season-ending tournament, appeared to be bothered by a sore back.
Edwards qualifies fourth
Reutimann claims Homestead pole
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C2
Carl Edwards got the jump on Jimmie Johnson in Friday’s qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Edwards, facing a daunting 141-point deficit heading into Sunday’s Ford 400, qualified fourth, trailing only first-time pole winner David Reutimann, rookie Scott Speed and Roush Fenway Racing teammate Matt Kenseth.
Area Football Roundup: Perry advances in 4A playoffs
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C3
Senior quarterback Shane Gimzo threw for three touchdowns and ran for another in Perry-Lecompton High’s 35-23 Class 4A football quarterfinal victory over Louisburg on Friday night. Gimzo completed seven of 13 passes for 132 yards and TD strikes of seven and 39 yards to Joel Gantz and 10 yards to Mark Higgins. Gimzo also had a two-yard TD run. He finished with 92 yards off 30 carries.
McCoy latest Heisman-caliber foe
November 15, 2008
Were members of the Heisman Trophy voting committee in need of some additional information before making their pick for the 2008 winner, they might be wise to seek out members of the Kansas University football team.
Club news
November 15, 2008 in print edition on D5
The Wednesday Afternoon Duplicate Bridge Club’s game on Nov. 5 was stratified and directed by Chris Lane. The North-South winners were Mark Osborne and Gary Joyce, first in A and B; Harry Shaffer and Ed Howard, second in A; Suzanne Wassmer and Wanda Durbin, third in A and second in B; Lois Clark and Lester Dalton, fourth in A and third in B; Yvonne Hedges and Sally Taylor, fourth in B; and Earle Core and Albert Ballard, first in C.
Big 12 Men: Post-Beasley ‘Cats cruise
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C5
Denis Clemente had 19 points, and Jacob Pullen added 17, helping Kansas State open the post-Michael Beasley era with an easy 96-57 victory over Florida A&M Friday night. Kansas State relied heavily on Beasley last season, reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 12 years behind the All-American.
Veteran guard Hunter signs with Bulls
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C4
The injury-depleted Chicago Bulls have signed veteran point guard Lindsey Hunter. With a Bulls’ backcourt thinned by injuries, the 37-year-old Hunter brings 15 years of experience to the team. He played 24 games for Detroit last season. Guard Kirk Hinrich could be out for three months after thumb surgery, and Larry Hughes hasn’t played this season because of a preseason shoulder injury.
Benson takes truck title
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C2
A two-tire stop and a late decision to stay on track during a caution period were just enough to give Johnny Benson the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series title by seven points over Ron Hornaday on Friday night in a race that went to overtime.
Top 25 Men: UConn rolls in opener
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C5
Hasheem Thabeet had 23 points and 17 rebounds to lead Connecticut to a season-opening victory. DeJuan Blair was overpowering inside with 17 points and 13 rebounds in slightly more than a half.
Royals name adviser
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C2
The Kansas City Royals have named Mike Arbuckle as their senior adviser for scouting and player development. The hiring was announced Friday. Arbuckle has been with the Philadelphia Phillies for 16 years.
Gallinari receives shot for his ailing back
November 15, 2008 in print edition on B4
Knicks rookie Danilo Gallinari received another cortisone shot for his ailing back and will have an “extended period of rest” while seeking additional opinions on treatment. Gallinari met with two specialists Thursday and received the shot. He will get more opinions in the next few weeks on his “long-term management options,” the Knicks said Friday.
TV station accused of age, gender bias
November 15, 2008 in print edition on B4
Three on-air personalities at KMBC-TV in Kansas City, Mo., are suing the station alleging age and gender discrimination. Kelly Eckerman, Peggy Breit and Maria Albisu-Twyman - known on air as Maria Antonia - filed suit Thursday in Jackson County Circuit Court. They allege a “pattern and practice” of discrimination and harassment of veteran female reporters.
Show respect
November 15, 2008 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Where is the respect? I have been to several funerals in the last year, and Lawrence’s true colors really showed. What happened to pulling over to the side of the road to show your respect to the deceased and their families? There were only a few people who did this, and the ones that did not were rude.
Chamber, KU center offer ‘thriving’ advice
November 15, 2008 in print edition on B4
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce and Kansas University’s Small Business Development Center will conduct a seminar and roundtable discussion, “Thriving in a Challenging Economy,” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the center, 734 Vt.
Hero material
Free State coach helps organize inspirational youth event
November 15, 2008 in print edition on D1
Jesse Brinson doesn’t wear a cape. Or tights. Or some silly mask that only covers half his face. But he’s a hero. Any way you cut it, he’s hero material. He doesn’t have superpowers, but he does have a supersized heart, uncommon dedication and an attitude attuned to overcoming life’s obstacles.
Jarrett to be senior White House aide
November 15, 2008 in print edition on A7
Valerie Jarrett, a prominent Chicago business and political figure and influential member of President-elect Barack Obama’s inner circle, is poised to play a crucial role in the White House as a public liaison and senior aide to the president.
Dunwoody first female four-star general
November 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
Call it breaking the brass ceiling. Ann E. Dunwoody, after 33 years in the Army, ascended Friday to a peak never before reached by a woman in the U.S. military: four-star general. At an emotional promotion ceremony, Dunwoody looked back on her years in uniform and said it was a credit to the Army - and a great surprise to her - that she would make history in a male-dominated military.
Zarco 66 boss speaks to ‘Skyways’ group
November 15, 2008 in print edition on B4
Scott Zaremba, president of family-owned Zarco 66 Earth Friendly Fuels, was a featured speaker last week at the Blue Skyways Collaborative annual meeting in San Antonio. Zaremba, a recipient of a Blue Skyways Partnership Award, discussed green technologies - including ethanol and biodiesel fuels, energy-efficient lighting and signs, informational pump displays, and production of wind and solar energy - at his station at the corner of Ninth and Iowa streets in Lawrence.
Thanksgiving not much of a blessing for turkey industry
Meat producers struggle with high cost of ingredients
November 15, 2008 in print edition on E6
Thanksgiving is bringing turkey producers little to celebrate this year, while diners anticipating the most poultry-centric of holidays may be grateful that they won’t see much difference in the cost of their bird. Meat producers have been struggling this year with higher costs for key ingredients like corn, soybeans and oil, part of why the cost of beef and chicken has risen so much.
Obama wins 1 of state’s electoral votes
November 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
President-elect Barack Obama won one of Nebraska’s electoral votes, the first time in history that the state has split its votes and the first time in 44 years that it had given a vote to a Democrat. After remaining ballots were counted Friday, Obama had a 3,325-vote lead over Republican John McCain in unofficial results for the 2nd Congressional District.
Iraqi ambassador says U.S. will remain ally
November 15, 2008 in print edition on A5
Iraqi leaders are certain their country will retain its alliance with the United States when Barack Obama becomes president, Iraq’s U.N. ambassador said Friday. Ambassador Hamid al-Bayati said Iraqi officials have been meeting with Obama’s transition team, “and they assured us they’re going to listen to the experts on the ground - political, military experts - and even to Iraqi officials and Iraqi experts about the situation in Iraq.”
Suns guard Barbosa heads home to Brazil
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C4
Phoenix Suns guard Leandro Barbosa returned to Brazil after his mother died. He flew to his hometown of Sao Paulo late Thursday after learning of the death of his mother, Ivete Barbosa. Team officials are not sure when Barbosa will return. His mother had been ill, and he missed two weeks of training camp because she was hospitalized.
KU vs. UT: Head to head
November 15, 2008
After a strong ground presence in recent weeks, the Jayhawks struggled to get a substantial running game going against Nebraska. Kansas rushed for just 118 yards as the Huskers’ front line proved too dominant. Texas ranks sixth nationally against the run, holding opponents to 86 yards a game.
Common Cents
November 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters and radiators as needed. Make sure they are not blocked by furniture, carpeting or drapes.
Obama transition team contacts Sebelius
November 15, 2008 in print edition on B3
Yes, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius had a conference call with President-elect Barack Obama’s team. No, she said, it wasn’t about whether she’ll be joining the administration. Sebelius said Thursday’s call involved 30 Democratic governors and John Podesta, Obama’s transition chief. She said the call was designed to keep the governors informed about the transition.
Online dialogue on health care extended
November 15, 2008 in print edition on B4
A national online discussion about health care reform, which was to end next week, has been extended. The discussion is the culmination of a yearlong effort - “Voices for Health Care” - in Kansas, Ohio and Mississippi to gather public input into health care reform. Organizers have opened up the online discussion to the rest of the country.
Firefighters battling blaze at wind’s mercy
November 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
Firefighters were holding their own Friday against a wildfire that destroyed more than 100 homes in a wealthy, celebrity-studded enclave, but authorities warned that evening wind gusts could send the blaze on another destructive sprint.
China wrestles with safe, mass disposal of tainted milk
November 15, 2008 in print edition on A8
China faces a new problem with the tainted milk that has sickened babies and battered public confidence: How to get rid of the toxic stuff. It has been burned, buried and mixed into coal. One trash-hauling company dumped a load into a river, turning the waters a frothy white and raising fears about the safety of the drinking water.
Jayhawks land four local senior products
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C3
Signing week proved profitable for four local prospects and Kansas University. During the first official high school signing period of the 2008-09 season, KU landed three area softball players and one city hoops standout, three of whom made their commitments official Friday afternoon.
Transition’s start has been promising
November 15, 2008 in print edition on B6
So far, so good. The first week of Barack Obama’s transition to the presidency has gone about as well as anyone could imagine. His few public appearances have been gaffe-free and the initial decisions in setting up his administration have been strongly reassuring.
Texas did KU 2 favors
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C1
Kansas won the first football games it played against Texas, 1901 and 1938, but there’s a 0-6 drought for the 1996-present stretch. Yet the Longhorn program did KU a massive favor by spawning two of the most colorful and successful operators in local history - Don Fambrough and Jack Mitchell, one a native Texan, the other a Kansas kid.
4-H news
November 15, 2008 in print edition on D3
Four Leaf Clover 4-H club met Nov. 10. The club sang “Did You Ever See a Turkey?” Awards were given to community leaders and to members for their record books. The club gave a party for Paula Aiken for having almost 40 years of involvement in 4-H.
OSU sets sights on new goals
November 15, 2008
Since the preseason, Oklahoma State football players have worn orange wristbands with black lettering that reads “Big 12 Champs.” It’s a goal that no longer can be reached. The Cowboys’ 56-20 loss at No. 2 Texas Tech on Saturday night knocked them out of contention for the conference title. Oklahoma State (8-2, 4-2) conceivably could share the Big 12 South title but would lose tiebreakers to represent the division in the conference title game.
VMI stuns Kentucky
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C5
illy Gillispie didn’t mention Gardner-Webb, but his postgame assessment was verbatim from the last time his Kentucky team was shocked like this. “They whipped us,” Gillispie said of the Wildcats’ 111-103 stunner to Virginia Military Institute Friday night.
Chinese ambassador exhorts U.S. to keep strong free trade policies
November 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
China will be hoping that the lanes of free trade remain wide open under President Barack Obama, and that the U.S. returns to a foreign policy that involves more consultation with other world powers. Ambassador Liu Zhenmin, China’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, told a Kansas University crowd Friday afternoon that America has much to lose if it begins to restrict free trade with his country.
Defense delivers
Free State ‘D’ dominant in quarterfinal victory
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C1
The fourth playoff victory in Free State High football history did not come without a price Friday night. As the Firebirds headed for the buses with their second trophy of the postseason in hand, one member of the team limped off slowly - head coach Bob Lisher. “I hurt my hammy in the celebration,” Lisher said after his team’s 10-6 victory over Olathe North in the Class 6A state quarterfinals.
On the record
November 15, 2008 in print edition on B2
A 21-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Friday night on a warrant for two counts of criminal damage to property greater than $1,000 and one count of disorderly conduct. A Douglas County Sheriff’s officer made the arrest near the Midland Junction north of Lawrence, according to Douglas County Jail records. Further information about the case was unavailable Friday night.
Gervais’ standup not so special
November 15, 2008 in print edition on D7
It’s little exaggeration to say that Ricky Gervais revolutionized TV comedy. So I was looking forward to “Ricky Gervais: Out of England: The Standup Special” (8 p.m., today, HBO), and I was surprised and a little confused when I found myself not laughing.
UMKC tumbles
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C5
Daniel Harkins scored 14 points and Travis Bledsoe added 13 as North Dakota beat Missouri-Kansas City 61-56 Friday night in the season opener for both teams. It was the first NCAA Div. I game for the Fighting Sioux, who had won 1,422 games in Division II.
Faith Forum: What do I do if I don’t believe?
November 15, 2008 in print edition on D1
We humans live with the knowledge that we will die, and religion is our response to the question, “How then, are we to live?” In search of answers, we wonder: What does it mean to be human? What is the source of good and evil? Do we have souls? Is there a God? Is there anything beyond the natural world?
Web videos to be used for presidential addresses
November 15, 2008 in print edition on A7
This isn’t your grandfather’s fireside chat. President-elect Barack Obama plans to tape a weekly address not just for radio listeners, as presidents have for years, but for YouTube Internet viewers, too. Well, what else would you expect from a president born at the tail end of the baby boom?
Commentary: Sports beginning to feel the pain
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C2
Jerry Jones is looking for a loan, the Yankees are looking for some well-heeled renters, and NASCAR might be looking at a future once thought unimaginable. Across the pond, they’re looking at an Olympics that won’t be quite as grand as the British first envisioned.
People in the news
November 15, 2008 in print edition on D7
¢ Costner releases debut CD with his band¢ West says he’s ‘voice of this generation’¢ Whoopi to produce a musical ‘Sister Act’¢ Jennifer Hudson appears in new Gap ads¢ Joe Jonas on breakup: I am not a cad
Hearing in abortion case to focus on 2 prosecutors
November 15, 2008 in print edition on B5
Before Dr. George Tiller goes to trial for allegedly violating a state law on late-term abortions, two former Kansas attorneys general will be in court to defend their actions - one accused of being overzealous and the other of letting his mistress sway him.
Obama’s disciplined message springs several leaks
November 15, 2008 in print edition on A7
With a penchant for secrecy finely honed during a disciplined campaign, President-elect Barack Obama may well have thought he could continue to control his message as he has hunkered down behind closed doors since he won the election.
Alicea hired by Mets
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C2
Luis Alicea was hired Friday by the New York Mets to replace Ken Oberkfell as first-base coach. Alicea spent the past two seasons as first-base coach of the Boston Red Sox.
2 months after Ike, tent living still common
November 15, 2008 in print edition on E6
Truong Van Cao and two other fishermen share a cramped, muddy tent amid the wreckage of homes, including his own, destroyed when Hurricane Ike stormed across this tiny Southeast Texas town. Seventy miles to the northeast, Bridge City retirees Ferrel and Jerry Ashby waited a month to get a mobile home from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after the storm flooded their house.
Society calendar
November 15, 2008 in print edition on B5
Sunday Afternoon Bridge Club, 1 p.m., Kaw Valley Bridge Center in the I-70 Business Center, 1025 N. Third St., Suite 120. For more information, contact Chris Lane at 842-2655 or
Wife catches husband having virtual affair, files for real divorce
November 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
A virtual affair is ending a real-life marriage in southwest England. Amy Taylor filed for divorce when she discovered her husband cheating in Second Life - an online community where players adopt personas called avatars, mingle with others and teleport themselves into a series of artificial worlds.
Pump patrol
November 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.80 at several locations.
U.S., Pakistan prospects good
November 15, 2008 in print edition on B7
Pakistan is often described as the most urgent foreign-policy headache facing President-elect Barack Obama. Al-Qaida and the Taliban have sunk roots in its tribal regions, from which they mount attacks on coalition troops in Afghanistan. A frustrated Bush team has unleashed missile attacks on militants in Pakistan, but the country’s government warns that the strikes undercut its own efforts to fight the jihadis.
November 15, 2008 in print edition on D7
Empathy often makes relating easier. Add this quality to your interactions this year. Develop this skill by walking in another’s shoes more often. If you are single, you are likely to meet someone quite exquisite and different. Relating to this person opens many doors you never even knew about! If you are attached, planning a special trip together could redefine your bond.
Phillies raise ticket prices
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C2
The Philadelphia Phillies are raising ticket prices for next year after winning their first World Series title since 1980. Most tickets will increase by $2 or $3 in 2009 and top premium seats will cost $6 to $50 more. Prices for season tickets range from just over $1,300 to $4,100.
Els, Dyson share lead
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C2
South African Ernie Els and England’s Simon Dyson share the Singapore Open lead today after the completion of the delayed second round. Els shot a 1-under 70 and Dyson had a 67, with both finishing the round Friday, to top the leaderboard at 6 under. American Phil Mickelson finished off a second-round 68 today, leaving him five strokes back in the Asian Tour event.
India’s first lunar probe lands
November 15, 2008 in print edition on A8
The first lunar probe from India landed successfully on the moon Friday as part of a two-year mission aimed at laying the groundwork for further Indian space expeditions, the Indian Space Research Organization said.ISRO chairman G. Madhavan Nair said cameras on board have been transmitting images of the moon back to Indian space control, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.
Jazz guard sidelined by ankle injury
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C4
Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams was sidelined again for Friday’s game against Charlotte, as coach Jerry Sloan acknowledged they brought him back too soon from a left ankle injury.Williams played in the past two games after missing the first six because of the injury.
Rivera a finalist for Wuerffel Trophy
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C3
Kansas linebacker Mike Rivera was named as one of 15 finalists this week for the 2008 Wuerffel Trophy, a national award that honors the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement.
Rams’ Jackson sidelined
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C2
Rams running back Steven Jackson will not play Sunday against the 49ers because of his injured right thigh, and coach Jim Haslett said he won’t even make the trip. Jackson did not practice Friday. By sitting out at San Francisco, he will have missed three of the last four games.
Faith briefs
November 15, 2008 in print edition on D3
BridgePointe Community Church601 W. 29th St. TerraceWednesday: Praise and prayers, 7 p.m.Friday: “Flora’s Luncheon Special” benefit for the youth computer program, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost is $7 for each lunch. Call 979-9435 for delivery.
Stewart-Haas jobs filled
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C2
Stewart-Haas Racing filled two key positions on Friday, hiring Bobby Hutchens as director of competition and Tony Gibson as crew chief for Ryan Newman’s new No. 39 Chevrolet.
Stanford up by two
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C2
Angela Stanford shot a 6-under 66 on Friday in the second round of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational to take a two-stroke lead over LPGA Championship winner Yani Tseng. Stanford had a 10-under 134 total on the Guadalajara Country Club course. Tseng, No. 2 in the world behind Ochoa, shot her second straight 68. Ochoa followed her opening 73 with a 71 on her home course, leaving her 10 strokes back.
Baker soccer advances in HAAC tournament
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C2
Baker University scored a goal with seven minutes left in overtime to beat MidAmerica Nazarene, 3-2, and advance to the championship match of the Heart of America Athletic Conference men’s soccer tournament on Thursday. Baker (12-6-2) will face Graceland in the title match today.
Save cash at Thanksgiving
November 15, 2008 in print edition on D5
You’ll have more to be thankful for at Thanksgiving if you use a few smart strategies to cut costs:¢ Don’t do a thing without a plan. Make lists, keep spreadsheets or download the Holiday Control Journal at¢ Brine your bird. Recipes are available on the Web.
Quentin says wrist is fine
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C2
White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin said his surgically repaired right wrist has responded well, and he’s been able to do some light hitting without any problems. Quentin was leading the AL with 36 homers on Sept. 1 when he broke his wrist.
Nuggets’ Hunter has knee surgery
November 15, 2008 in print edition on C4
Denver Nuggets center Steven Hunter was expected to be sidelined at least 12 weeks after arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday. Hunter had the surgery at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail.Hunter has had a chronic knee problem that was aggravated in training camp.