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Archive for Monday, December 7, 2009

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Births
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On the street
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The day in photos, December 7, 2009
Polls
Renovations of the Santa Fe Railway depot in Lawrence could cost more than $1 million. Do you support making those renovations?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
51%
Yes
 
41%
Not sure
 
6%
Total 1022
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Kansas forward Markieff Morris defends a shot by UCLA guard Michael Roll during the first half, Sunday, Dec 6, 2009 at Pauley Pavilion. At right is UCLA guard Malcolm Lee. FINAL: Markieff Morris scores career-high 19 points in KU’s 73-61 win over UCLA
3:33 p.m., December 6, 2009 Updated 7:39 p.m.
KU’s 6-foot-9 forward made eight of 11 shot attempts and added six rebounds in the Jayhawks’ first true road victory of the season.
6:00 a.m.
Kansas head coach Bill Self grabs the attention of his players during the second half against UCLA, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009 at Pauley Pavilion. Self is about to embark on the recruitment trail for most of the month of July. Thanks to Self, KU reloaded better than UCLA
12:00 a.m., December 7, 2009 Updated 9:08 a.m. in print edition on 1B
Eleven national championships. John Wooden. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Bill Walton. Jackie Robinson. Gail Goodrich. Walt Hazzard. Keith Wilkes. Marques Johnson. Dave Myers. Richard Washington.
10:00 a.m.
Solid waste division workers Travis Lindquist, left, and Derrick Jackson empty containers into the back of a trash truck as they make their rounds Thursday on Thorn Tree Court in west Lawrence. Recommendations are being made by the city’s Sustainability Advisory Board to charge residents based on the amount of trash they throw away. Trash talk takes a turn: Plans for bills based on usage studied
December 7, 2009 in print edition on 1A
You’ve seen the type before. It looks like they’ve unloaded an entire Wal-Mart truck in their house and then thrown away all the boxes on the curb
2:00 p.m.
Former KU coach Roy Williams has a new book out, and copies are selling in Lawrence. This book display is at Borders, 700 N.H., which put in a second order for the books after brisk sales of the first shipment. Roy Williams puts up a few points in bookstore battle
December 7, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Rock Chalk it up to home-court advantage. As expected, Bill Self’s chronicle of coaching basketball at Kansas, “Bill Self: At Home in the Phog,” continues to outpace the latest literary effort from his predecessor: “Hard Work” by Roy Williams. In Lawrence, anyway.

All stories

Defendant in baseball bat attack case says he was only trying to defend daughter
Girl claims that defendant hatched plan to kill her mother
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A1
A very different story emerged Monday from an attempted-murder suspect regarding the events of June 16, a day that prosecutors say the man and his two children tried to kill his ex-wife.
Thousands of low-income Kansans benefit from new medications act
December 7, 2009 in print edition on B9
At least 18,000 prescription drugs were given to Kansans who couldn’t afford them this year, thanks to passage of the Utilization of Unused Medications Act.
Kansas business leaders organize to raise money for KU’s quest for NCI designation
Fundraising council starts with $1M gift Monday
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A3
The effort got an initial boost Monday from the Sunderland Foundation, which announced a $1 million gift to the KU Cancer Center.
Warinner candidate for Akron head coaching job
04:47 p.m., December 7, 2009 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B3
Kansas University offensive coordinator Ed Warinner interviewed today for the head coaching job at the University of Akron, a source with knowledge of the situation told the Journal-World.
Cottonwood celebrates milestone in its work with military
December 7, 2009 in print edition on B7
Five million cargo straps have passed through the doors of Cottonwood Inc. in south Lawrence and put in the hands of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines alike.
Red Cross cancels annual volunteer recognition because of concerns about weather
December 7, 2009 in print edition on B8
The Douglas County chapter of the American Red Cross has canceled its annual volunteer recognition dinner that was set for Tuesday night at the Robert Dole Institute of Politics.
Ole Miss official: Kansas hasn’t inquired about Rebels coach Nutt
Official: Kansas hasn’t inquired about Nutt
04:31 p.m., December 7, 2009 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
Despite reports that Ole Miss football coach Houston Nutt has expressed interest in the head coaching vacancy at Kansas University, an official from the school said Monday evening that Ole Miss athletic director Pete Boone hadn’t been contacted by KU officials.
Kansas receives $2 million in federal stimulus funds to expand access to Internet in rural areas
December 7, 2009 in print edition on B7
Kansas has received a $2 million federal grant that officials say will help provide access to high-speed Internet service throughout the state.
Labor leaders fear that unemployed could soon lose benefits
December 7, 2009
Millions of unemployed Americans, including thousands in Kansas, could lose jobless benefits if Congress doesn’t act soon, state labor officials and workers’ advocates said Monday.
Kansas agency cancels youth home contract
December 7, 2009
The Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority is canceling a contract with a youth home in Atchison because of budget cuts.
Winter storm warning issued for Douglas County
03:17 p.m., December 7, 2009 Updated 11:26 p.m.
A winter storm warning has been issued for Douglas County and nearby counties Osage and Lyon. Lawrence and Emporia are included in the warning.
Federal judge rules Yellow House co-owner competent to stand trial
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A4
During a brief hearing Monday afternoon, a federal judge declared Carrie Neighbors, an owner of the Yellow House Store in Lawrence, competent to stand trial in three cases she faces.
City of Lawrence now seeks to create two well-lighted paths between campus and downtown
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A1
City commissioners at their meeting on Tuesday will be asked to allow staff members to move ahead on a $530,000 plan that would make sidewalk and lighting improvements along both 12th and 14th streets.
Report: KU’s Perkins met with Gill on Sunday
01:43 p.m., December 7, 2009 Updated 10:35 a.m.
Buffalo football coach Turner Gill interviewed Sunday for the Kansas University head coaching position, a Buffalo News report indicated Monday.
New Lawrence team forms to promote bone health, prevent hip fractures
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A3
An estimated 1.5 million people experience a fracture from falling each year, and only 20 percent of them receive follow-up treatment for osteoporosis.
Jury in baseball bat attack case views video of girl discussing alleged attempt on mother’s life
December 7, 2009
The defense continued its presentation Monday in the attempted first-degree murder case against Arthur Davis III by showing the jury a police interview with Davis’ daughter, who was 12 years old and present during the alleged attack on her mother, who is Davis’ ex-wife.
MoveOn council to stage support for health care reform
December 7, 2009 in print edition on B8
The Kaw Valley MoveOn Council will be staging its support for health care reform Tuesday, Dec. 8, at Ninth and Massachusetts streets.
Flashy freshman: Henry earns first honor of KU career
12:11 p.m., December 7, 2009 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
Kansas guard Xavier Henry earned Big 12 rookie of the week, the Big 12 conference announced Monday.
Statehouse Live: Internet access initiative gets federal grant; Charter school group gives Kansas an ‘F’
12:04 p.m., December 7, 2009 Updated 09:54 a.m.
State receives $2 million for broadband; Organization says state’s restrictive law could impact ability to get federal grant
Coping With Holiday Grief’ sessions rescheduled due to winter warning
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A3
Due to the winter storm warning, Heart of America Hospice has rescheduled its Dec. 8 “Coping with Holiday Grief” sessions.
Midwestern secretaries of state convene to discuss voting for members of the military
10:28 a.m., December 7, 2009 Updated 03:37 p.m.
Four Midwestern secretaries of state were meeting in Kansas City on Monday to discuss changes in federal military voting programs.
Pair together a stylish look with socks
December 7, 2009
Every year for Christmas, my brothers and sister and I get socks. Our stockings have always been filled with essentials: new toothbrushes, loads of candy, playing cards and socks. Until last year, that is, when we received no socks. Now, perhaps we did complain in the past, but really? A sockless Christmas?
Pump patrol
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.47 at several stations.
Wolf recovery at crossroads
December 7, 2009 in print edition on B10
A decade has passed since the federal government began returning endangered Mexican wolves to their historic range in the Southwest. It hasn’t worked out — for the wolves, for ranchers, for conservationists or for federal biologists.
For crafting fans, glitter makes everything better
December 7, 2009
Glitter adds sparkle to even the most mundane items, especially at holiday time. Consult a few glitter fanatics and the project ideas pour out like, well, so much superfine glitter.
Markieff answers Self’s call
December 7, 2009 in print edition on B1
Markieff Morris played as if he had something to prove on Sunday in Pauley Pavilion.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
December 7, 2009 in print edition on B5
Stats, facts and other notes from KU’s 73-61 victory at UCLA.
UCLA falters in post
December 7, 2009 in print edition on B4
If he had to do it all over again, UCLA coach Ben Howland would have ordered more attention to Kansas University’s big men not named Cole Aldrich.
KU women roll; coach unimpressed
December 7, 2009 in print edition on B1
Bonnie Henrickson wasn’t awarding any gold stars Sunday afternoon. Kansas University had just walloped Northern Colorado, 81-54, in Allen Fieldhouse, and KU’s women’s basketball coach sounded like the Jayhawks had lost by 27.
Thanks to Self, KU reloaded better than UCLA
12:00 a.m., December 7, 2009 Updated 09:08 a.m. in print edition on B1
Eleven national championships. John Wooden. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Bill Walton. Jackie Robinson. Gail Goodrich. Walt Hazzard. Keith Wilkes. Marques Johnson. Dave Myers. Richard Washington.
Alabama to meet Texas for BCS title
December 7, 2009 in print edition on B3
Alabama and Texas get to play in a national title game. For TCU, Cincinnati and Boise State, the math doesn’t quite add up but they still get a spot in a BCS bowl.
Chiefs thumped
Denver runs over Kansas City, 44-13
December 7, 2009 in print edition on B1
Kyle Orton outplayed Matt Cassel, the man who hastened his move to Denver, and the Broncos used a punishing running game to manhandle the Kansas City Chiefs, 44-13, on Sunday.
How to Help: Auditor’s services are requested
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A4
The PTO at Kennedy School, a low-income elementary school, is in need of a volunteer professional auditor to examine its financial statements (deposits and disbursements) and coordinate them with the appropriate line items (spirit shirts, book fairs, fundraisers, fun nights, music programs).
Divorces granted
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A4
Divorces granted by the Douglas County District Court.
Marriage licenses issued
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A4
Marriage licenses issued by the Douglas County District Court
Lawrence man treated for possible injuries after Sunday rollover accident
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A4
A 33-year-old Lawrence man was treated by paramedics Sunday afternoon after a single-vehicle accident on Kansas Highway 10 east of Lawrence.
Obama urges Democrats to pass health reform
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A6
Casting health care overhaul as a legacy for the American people and failure as politically unthinkable, President Barack Obama on Sunday rallied Senate Democrats to deliver on their party’s half-century quest to expand the social safety net by providing access for all.
Lawmakers reach deal on parliamentary vote
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A6
In a last-minute compromise reached under heavy U.S. pressure, Iraqi lawmakers on Sunday approved a law on seat distribution for the upcoming parliamentary election.
4 detained in club fire; death toll at 112
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A6
Grieving relatives on Sunday begin to bury the victims of a nightclub fire that left at least 112 people dead, as four people were ordered held pending an investigation into the country’s worst blaze in decades.
President wins re-election victory
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A6
President Evo Morales easily won re-election Sunday, according to unofficial results, getting an overwhelming mandate for further revolutionary change on behalf of Bolivia’s long-suppressed indigenous majority.
Access to Internet blocked before rallies
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A2
Government opponents shouted “Allahu Akbar” and “Death to the Dictator” from Tehran’s rooftops in the pouring rain on the eve of student demonstrations planned for today. Authorities choked off Internet access and warned journalists working for foreign media to stick to their offices for the next three days.
Administration to slash bailout estimate
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A2
The Obama administration plans to cut its estimate of the projected costs of the government bailout program by more than $200 billion, a Treasury official said Sunday.
Inmate to get 1-drug, slower execution
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A2
Condemned killer Kenneth Biros could become the first person in the country put to death with a single dose of an intravenous anesthetic instead of the usual — and faster-acting — three-drug process if his execution proceeds Tuesday.
Queen Elizabeth II tells paparazzi to back off
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A2
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has warned newspapers not to run unauthorized paparazzi photos of the royal family, Buckingham Palace said Sunday.
Opera singer hears, heeds call
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A3
There are times in life when a palpable shift occurs. The Earth doesn’t move and the clouds don’t part with a bright, shining light pointing the way. But at that moment, the waiting is over, and life will never be the same.
Statehouse renovation questioned as cuts continue
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A3
Is there anything wrong with this picture? While the state has closed prisons, cut funding to schools, universities, services to Kansans with disabilities, and health care, it continues full-speed-ahead with a $285 million renovation of the Capitol.
Horoscope for December 7, 2009
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A9
For Monday, Dec. 7: This year, make an effort to complete projects, as distractions often surround you. Others find you to be very interesting, but socializing could demand a lot of your thought and time. If you are single, others surround you, but a foreigner or someone very different could come into your life. If you are attached, you will open up to a different mode of thinking, establishing a new level to relate on.
KU research offers understanding of pre-Alzheimer’s
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A3
New research at Kansas University may have changed our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease, a neurological disorder that plagues an estimated 53,000 Kansans.
Doctor to discuss neurological therapy
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A3
Dr. Troy Rockers, owner of AllergiCare Relief Centers in Olathe, will give a presentation about neurological stress reduction therapy and how he uses it to treat a variety of medical conditions.
Roy Williams puts up a few points in bookstore battle
Self’s book a clear winner, but former coach still has fans
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A1
Rock Chalk it up to home-court advantage. As expected, Bill Self’s chronicle of coaching basketball at Kansas, “Bill Self: At Home in the Phog,” continues to outpace the latest literary effort from his predecessor: “Hard Work” by Roy Williams. In Lawrence, anyway.
Lottery to parents: No tickets for kids
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Kansas Lottery is asking parents not to give their minor children lottery tickets for the holidays.
Meteorologist to chat about winter storm
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A3
Do you have questions about Tuesday’s predicted winter storm? Then join us on LJWorld.com at 3 p.m. today for a chat with 6News Chief Meteorologist Matt Elwell.
Pearl Harbor sailor recalls rescue effort
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A10
Ed Johann will always remember the sound of planes diving out of the sky to bomb U.S. battleships, the explosions and the screams of sailors. He still recalls the stench of burning oil and flesh.
Trash talk takes a turn: Plans for bills based on usage studied
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A1
You’ve seen the type before. It looks like they’ve unloaded an entire Wal-Mart truck in their house and then thrown away all the boxes on the curb
Climate efforts gaining ground
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A1
Delegates converged Sunday for the grand finale of two years of tough, sometimes bitter negotiations on a climate change treaty, as U.N. officials calculated that pledges offered in the last few weeks to reduce greenhouse gases put the world within reach of keeping global warming under control.
‘The Blind Side’ eclipses ‘New Moon’ with $20 million
December 7, 2009
The football-inspired drama “The Blind Side” has become the underdog hit of the season with a $20.4 million weekend and a box-office victory over “The Twilight Saga: New Moon.”
A fond farewell to the Uh-Oh decade
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A7
A few days from now and not a moment too soon, we say farewell to the Ohs.
Shop local: Lawrence residents talk about value of keeping dollars in town
December 7, 2009
Rachel Myslivy doesn’t pay lip service to the “shop local” mantra. She lives by it every day. “I’m a huge fan of The Toy Store,” she says. “I’m also very dedicated to Stitch On Needlework and The Yarn Barn because my daughter and I — and my whole family — are very crafty individuals. And I love M & M Office Supply for kids’ craft materials because if they don’t have it, they can get it for you overnight.”
Next summit not Earth’s last chance
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A7
With 20,000 delegates, advocates and journalists jetting to Copenhagen for planet Earth’s last chance, the carbon footprint of the global warming summit will be the only impressive consequence of the climate change meeting.
Changing jobs? Don’t forget your 401(k)
December 7, 2009
In the current economic environment, many people have found themselves displaced from the work force for a variety of reasons. After a new position is obtained or if an extended period of unemployment arises, it is important not to forget about what could be a major portion of your net worth, your 401(k). Company retirement plans such as 401(k) accounts benefit employees by offering a tax-deferred way to save for retirement. In many cases, an employer match of the funds is also contributed.
A new lesson plan: Technology and culture change the face of Lawrence schools
December 7, 2009
The slide rules have turned into high-powered graphic calculators, and the stopwatches have turned into adaptable computer programs. Teachers no longer just lecture at the front of the class; they stream videos, use interactive computer programs and receive immediate feedback from students.
Tecumseh farmhouse pays homage to cherished past
December 7, 2009
Gary Gilbert has fond memories of boyhood time spent at his grandparents’ farm. That fondness is reflected throughout his 5,000-square-foot home situated on 350 acres in Tecumseh, just outside of Topeka.
Keep laundry room heat indoors
December 7, 2009
Covert your clothes dryer into an extra source of heat by installing a dryer vent heat economizer. Once installed, the simple flip of a switch will save energy by redirecting the dryer’s warm, moist exhaust air inside during the winter months.
Winter treats: Lawrence restaurants share recipes for cozy nights
December 7, 2009
Winter weather means finding ways to keep warm inside and out. One of the perks of that task is making delicious comfort food to ward off the chill.
Nineties nostalgia: Love for decade’s trashy TV, grunge style resonates in Lawrence
December 7, 2009
Although some may argue that it never left, nostalgia for 1990s music, fashion and entertainment is back in trend. From our TVs to our closets, the ’90s have influenced comeback shows like The CW’s “Melrose Place” and “90210” and the resurgence of grunge fashion, inspired by bands like Pearl Jam.
Heavy load: Lawrence experts offer weightlifting guidelines for kids
December 7, 2009
Among issues about the fitness of American children, few are more contentious than whether they should lift weights.
Lawrence elementary school lunches
December 7, 2009
Card carrier: ‘GiveBack’ promoter thinks global, shops local
December 7, 2009
Constance Wolfe, 41, co-owner of Halcyon House, creator of the Dining Card Group and Lawrence GiveBack card, is passionate about supporting local businesses and helping nonprofit organizations in spite of the gloomy economy. Although she’s traveled throughout the United States as a competitive Ultimate Frisbee player and halfway around the world as a fifth-grader, her heart’s in Lawrence.
Clever wrapping cuts down on holiday waste
December 7, 2009
My mother overdid things. Her favorite book was “Cheaper by the Dozen.” She had four kids, all daughters, and as many as my father could stand. A child of the Depression, she bought us all too much for Christmas because she finally could, and then insisted on wrapping every single thing, even a Hippity Hop.
Paper trail: Lawrence residents switch to electronic billing to save on environmental waste
December 7, 2009
Saving the environment is an easier sell when it’s convenient and saves money. A recent study found by switching to electronic billing, customers and businesses can significantly reduce paper usage. Electronic billing means that customers no longer receive paper statements, nor do they mail checks for bills such as credit cards, student loans, mortgages and utilities. Customers receive and pay their bills online.
Lawrence Public Library’s top 10
December 7, 2009
Here are the top-10 most-requested books at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt., as of Nov. 30.
Horoscopes
December 7, 2009
This week’s birthdays: It is always important to do what you say you are going to do, and this week drives the point home. Our word is one of the most meaningful things we can give. To honor one’s own promise is a deed of strong moral character. Mercury, the communication planet, and Pluto, the mysterious master of transformation, align in the highly responsible realm of Capricorn, reminding us of what we intend to do and helping us to follow through.
Some (pre-)assembly required
December 7, 2009
’Twas the night before Christmas … And while the children were nestled all snug in their beds, Dave and I stealthily pulled out the toys Santa had carefully hidden, unaware of how underqualified we were for the job ahead.
Dealing with internal crisis takes courage, support
December 7, 2009
Most of our clients come to us when a struggle has become a crisis. It is important to consider that the actual external trigger to the crisis — illness, death, financial struggles, relationship struggles — is not the crisis itself. The crisis is internal. The words one may use at the time may be “I feel like I am going crazy” or “I can’t take it anymore.” The internal strife may be more accurately expressed as a spiritual crisis and a crisis of spirit.
25 years ago: KU’s radiation biophysics program discussed
December 7, 2009
The fate of Kansas University’s radiation biophysics program was to be the topic of a public hearing. Robert Lineberry, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, had proposed the past spring that the program be dropped. There was concern about the status of local high technology research and the loss of government funding that came here through such work.
40 years ago: KU turnaround concerns fans
December 7, 2009
There continued to be concern among Kansas football fans about the Jayhawks’ 1-9 record in 1969 the season after a 9-2 and Orange Bowl appearance. Some contended that coach Pepper Rodgers’ recruiting policies needed to be sharply altered in time for a more respectable mark in 1970. One of Rodgers’ most notable recruits during the period was David Jaynes, a Bonner Springs product who originally had been signed by Bear Bryant at Alabama.
100 years ago: Robbers hit meat market
December 7, 2009
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 7, 1909: After laboriously using what seemed to be a pocket knife to hack their way into the Seidel meat market on Henry Street, robbers either got frightened or failed to find what they wanted and got away with nothing more than the damage of cutting through two doors… . The city council has made a number of changes in the original grant of the Lawrence Street Railway franchise and seems to have come up with a more suitable agreement for all concerned. The line will not be built between Massachusetts and New Jersey. Permission has been given to build to Haskell… . Commander Robert Peary is due to get $50,000 from Hampton’s Magazine for his story of his discovery of the North Pole. That will amount to an astounding $1.18 a word… . Two city council members appeared ready to fight at the latest meeting but there were no blows, observers said… . The area apple crop this year was not up to par but one orchard in Ottawa turned out about 10,000 bushels, saying a special spray helped boost the yield.
Bin Laden may periodically go back into Afghanistan, U.S. says
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A2
Osama bin Laden may be slipping back and forth from Pakistan to Afghanistan. Or the U.S. might not have a clue, more than eight years after the al-Qaida leader masterminded the terrorist attacks on America.
Will everybody love Romano’s new show?
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A9
Ray Romano of “Everybody Loves Raymond” gets serious with “Men of a Certain Age” (9 p.m., TNT), serving as star, creator and executive producer. “Men” follows the middle-aged malaise of three guys, pals since college.
Springsteen, De Niro among Kennedy Center honorees
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A9
“I’m the president, but he’s The Boss.” With those words, President Barack Obama greeted Bruce Springsteen Sunday night at a White House reception before the iconic rocker was lauded with Kennedy Center Honors along with Robert De Niro, comic genius Mel Brooks, jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck and opera singer Grace Bumbry.
A quiet turnover as Sawyer to take ABC anchor post
December 7, 2009
This may come as a surprise, but ABC’s Charles Gibson is retiring at the end of next week and Diane Sawyer will replace him as “World News” anchor. Really.
Afghan crooks
So we are sending more troops to Afghanistan. What about the crooked leadership and its support?
December 7, 2009 in print edition on A7
A disturbing aspect of America’s commitment to provide more military help to Afghanistan is that president Hamid Karzai has not satisfactorily responded to U.S. demands that he root out corruption in his government — and among many civilian Afghan agencies and their people.