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Have you changed your eating and grocery buying habits as a result of the recent salmonella outbreak?

Poll results

Response Percent
No.
 
80%
Yes.
 
19%
Total 689
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Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Mrs. Robert Palmer, left, and Mrs. George Lauppe, show the new uniforms adopted by the Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association, Inc. in this Journal-World file photo. They were the first nurses to work for the nonprofit agency that officially opened Feb. 2, 1969. VNA celebrates milestone
January 30, 2009 in print edition on 1B
A nurse who had moved to Lawrence from the East Coast had a vision for her new community. She had worked for a visiting nurses association where nurses provided care inside a patient’s home. She wanted to offer that same service in Lawrence.
6:00 a.m.
Olympia Tyner, clinic assistant for the Women, Infants and Children program at Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, prepares Wednesday to weigh and measure 18-month-old Arely Lopez-Garcia. Arely’s mother, Maria Alicia Garcia, is pictured at left. The health department has cut $204,840 from its budget and raised fees. Feeling the pain
February 1, 2009 in print edition on 1A
When it comes to lack of funding, Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is experiencing a triple whammy. The department, which provides essential public health services to Douglas County residents, depends on funding from the state and federal government, as well as the city and county. For 2009, it received a $1,000 increase in local funding — a drop in the bucket when dealing with a $3.2 million budget.
10:00 a.m.
From left, Alissa Sutter, Kansas City, Mo., Sean Maher and Sarah Hinman, both of Lawrence, try to choose which ceramic pieces to purchase during the annual Souper Bowl Saturday, a benefit for the Lawrence Arts Center ceramics program. More than 800 bowls were available at the sale in the main gallery of the arts center. Souper Bowl scoops up funds
February 1, 2009 in print edition on 1B
Brian Horsch stood back Saturday afternoon and watched while those attending the annual Souper Bowl Saturday event inspected his work. Among the hundreds of bowls that sat on display at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H., were his creations of animal sculptures and boxes. Of the 20 pieces he had brought to the event, only a few remained. “It’s very strange,” Horsch said of his first experience of having his work up for sale.
4:07 p.m.
Crews with I-CON Underground were installing a sewer line material that goes over existing lines without having to excavate the ground for access. The blue polyester material will become a Cured-In-Place-Pipe. City cuts costs by relining sewers
February 1, 2009 in print edition on 1B
A sewer-maintenance company has been leaving bright green signs on the doors of Lawrence residents. And those who haven’t received theirs yet will in the next 10 years. The sign — from I-CON Underground — notifies the resident of a scheduled sewer-line reconstruction. It usually states the project will last all day and cut off the residence’s access to the main sewer line for that time.

All stories

Laid off? Be proactive, not panicky
February 1, 2009
Losing your job can be a frightening and frustrating experience. But it doesn’t have to be a permanent setback if you take a proactive approach.
Meet the New Boss
Fix-it specialist David Leamon steps up to guide the Lawrence Arts Center through uncertain times.
February 1, 2009
New Lawrence Arts Center Director David Leamon is faced with the Obama-like challenge of resurrecting an ailing institution in tough economic times, and of regaining the respect of local artists, many of whom now criticize the LAC’s exhibition policies as largely unrepresentative of Lawrence’s varied and vibrant arts scene.
Veritas girls win fourth straight
February 1, 2009 in print edition on C3
Goodbye, six-game losing streak. So long, 1-10 record.Say hello to the new Veritas Christian girls basketball team: the one confidently toting a shiny four-game winning streak following its 44-40 comeback victory against Midland Adventist Saturday night at the Eudora Community Learning Center.
Dad who shock-collared kids gets 16 years
February 1, 2009 in print edition on A3
An Ohio man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for disciplining his children with a dog shock collar.David Liskany of Jamestown had pleaded guilty to charges of felonious assault and attempted felonious assault.In court Friday, Greene County Common Pleas Judge J. Timothy Campbell compared the punishments to torture.
Obama prepares road map for new bailout spending
February 1, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama on Saturday promised to lower mortgage costs, offer job-creating loans for small businesses, get credit flowing and rein in free-spending executives as he readies a new road map for spending billions from the second installment of the financial rescue plan.
City cuts costs by relining sewers
Covering old pipes saving time, money
February 1, 2009 in print edition on B1
A sewer-maintenance company has been leaving bright green signs on the doors of Lawrence residents. And those who haven’t received theirs yet will in the next 10 years. The sign — from I-CON Underground — notifies the resident of a scheduled sewer-line reconstruction. It usually states the project will last all day and cut off the residence’s access to the main sewer line for that time.
College character: Author’s experiences in Lawrence influence writings on university towns
February 1, 2009 in print edition on D1
Blake Gumprecht isn’t the first person to describe Lawrence as “the quintessential college town.”
Super Bowl matchup: yin vs. yang
February 1, 2009 in print edition on C1
Dynasty vs. doormat. The Pittsburgh Steelers have signified success in the Super Bowl era with their stable ownership, brilliant coaching and throwback style. A victory today will give them a record sixth Super Bowl title, and they are 61⁄2-point favorites to get it against the Arizona Cardinals.
KU to meld past heritage with future development in framing campus plan
February 1, 2009 in print edition on B1
Officials at Kansas University are taking steps to preserve the historical and natural beauty of the Lawrence campus. A Campus Heritage Plan at KU outlines ways to maintain existing features while being mindful of future development. The plan was developed using a $130,000 grant from the Getty Foundation.
American people key to recovery
February 1, 2009 in print edition on B7
I was pheasant hunting in western Kansas some months ago when I overheard two men trading jokes about Barack Obama. It wasn’t virulent racism. They were simply airing some vulgar, cut-rate slurs and lewd innuendoes to reinforce their sense of superiority by virtue of being white.
Collector creed: If you like it, buy it — if you can
February 1, 2009 in print edition on D2
“If you like it, buy it” is the motto of many successful collectors.
The ‘shame’ of luxury
The wealthy turn stealthy as economy weakens
February 1, 2009 in print edition on E1
Throwing your money around is so pre-recession. As the economy weakens, the wealthy and the businesses that cater to them say it’s more common — even chic — to scale back extravagant spending and play down affluence. Retailing experts call it luxury shame, or stealth wealth.
Lions’ rally falls short
February 1, 2009 in print edition on C3
Lawrence High’s girls basketball team stormed back in the fourth quarter, but ran out of time in a 48-42 loss to Shawnee Heights on Saturday in the Thunderbird Classic.
Turnovers doom Kansas women in 73-60 loss against Texas A&M
February 1, 2009 in print edition on C6
Danielle McCray scored 24 points, but the Kansas University women’s basketball team committed 26 turnovers in a 73-60 loss to No. 7 Texas A&M on Saturday.
Warm weather, wind spur grass fires
February 1, 2009 in print edition on B3
A brush with spring Saturday brought with it a rash of grass fires in Douglas County. The number stood at eight Saturday afternoon, a figure that is more akin to springtime responses. Fire crews from area townships fought the majority of the blazes.
Happy birthday, VNA
For 40 years, Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Rehabilitation and Hospice Care has provided caring help to thousands of local residents.
February 1, 2009 in print edition on B6
On Monday, the community will celebrate the 40th birthday of a nonprofit agency whose service to Douglas County stretches as long as its name.
Iraq sculpture honoring shoe-thrower removed
February 1, 2009 in print edition on A2
The director of an Iraqi orphanage says a sculpture honoring an Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at former President George W. Bush has been removed. Fatin al-Nassiri says Iraqi police told her the statue had to be removed from the orphanage in Tikrit because government property should not be used for something with a political bias.
Cockfighting a felony?
February 1, 2009 in print edition on B5
A cockfighting case that started with a two-year investigation at a massive chicken operation near Gardner all but ended quietly this week. Some cockfighting opponents are making noise though, sparking an effort to turn cockfighting into a felony in Kansas.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
February 1, 2009 in print edition on B6
Kansas University was expecting another strong spring semester enrollment figure. The total for the preceding fall had been 16,842 and the spring headcount was due to be around 15,500. Spring totals were consistently lower than those for the fall terms.
Deadline for civilian safe passage ends
February 1, 2009 in print edition on A2
A Sri Lankan government deadline for Tamil Tiger rebels to let civilians leave the northern conflict zone ended Saturday with only about 100 reaching safe areas. The government accused the insurgents of holding the civilians as human shields.
15 dead, 20 injured in Lunar New Year bar fire
February 1, 2009 in print edition on A2
Revelers celebrating a birthday set off fireworks inside a bar in southern China, triggering a blaze that killed 15 people and injured 20, state media said. The fire in Changle, a city in the southern province of Fujian, started just before midnight on Saturday, when 10 people lit the fireworks at their table, the Xinhua News Agency said. Fireworks are sold and set off everywhere during Lunar New Year festivities, which lasted all week and ended Saturday.
Dad decries removal of kids named after Nazis
February 1, 2009 in print edition on A3
The father of three children who have names associated with Nazis is accusing the state Division of Youth and Family Services of taking his children under false pretenses and says one of the kids appeared neglected when he saw them last week.
GOP governors back Obama’s stimulus plan
February 1, 2009 in print edition on A6
Most Republican governors have broken with their GOP colleagues in Congress and are pushing for passage of President Barack Obama’s economic aid plan that would send billions to states for education, public works and health care.
Series to explore U.S. immigration laws
February 1, 2009 in print edition on B1
An exploration into the lives of immigrants and how U.S. immigration laws affects them will take place in Spooner Hall on Feb. 8 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. American studies and sociology professor Tanya Golash-Boza will present the information based on nine immigrant couples she interviewed last year.
Tax issues not expected to hurt Daschle
February 1, 2009 in print edition on A2
Former Sen. Tom Daschle’s failure to pay his taxes on time isn’t expected to derail his confirmation as health secretary for the Obama administration, Republicans and Democrats say. Daschle, the South Dakota Democrat chosen to lead President Obama’s health reform efforts, recently filed amended tax returns to report $128,203 in back taxes and $11,964 in interest, according to a Senate document obtained by The Associated Press.
America’s abortion debate reaches slums in Africa
February 1, 2009 in print edition on A8
Nairobi’s sprawling Kibera slum is far from America but not from America’s battle over abortion. Aid workers and experts say President Barack Obama’s decision to allow aid money to flow again to international groups that offer abortion counseling will help restart programs desperately needed in Africa, the continent hardest hit by a so-called “gag rule.”
Wheel Genius: Road work this week
February 1, 2009 in print edition on B3
As President Obama steers his economic stimulus plan — now an economic “recovery” plan, several transportation officials said — here’s a look at some of the road projects that already are under way and could affect your travel in and around the Lawrence area.
McConnell gets new residents
February 1, 2009 in print edition on B8
An influx of more than 640 people at McConnell Air Force Base will likely mean a boost for the region’s economy, authorities said. The additions are part of the Air Force’s plans to transfer more refueling tankers to McConnell. About 30 people have arrived since October; the rest will move in over the next two years from air bases around the nation.
Attempted rape reported on Sixth St.
February 1, 2009 in print edition on B1
Officers are investigating the reported rape of a homeless person at a Lawrence business, police said. Police said they discovered the incident at 7:21 p.m. Thursday in the 500 block of West Sixth Street. Officers had been called to the scene regarding an unknown emergency. The 44-year-old victim was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Library sets events for ‘Kansas Reads’ selection
February 1, 2009 in print edition on D1
In terms of intriguing fiction set in Kansas, Roy Bird figures “The Virgin of Small Plains” is about the best.
Report: Insurers overcharged Medicare for prescriptions
February 1, 2009 in print edition on A2
If you buy medicine through Medicare’s prescription drug program, you could be paying too much. The taxpayers who finance Medicare aren’t doing too well, either. Insurance companies involved in the Medicare prescription drug benefit have overcharged subscribers and taxpayers by several billion dollars, according to the inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
February 1, 2009 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 1, 1909: “The expected pilgrimage of state legislators to Lawrence and the university for tours and funding discussions failed to materialize because of the huge wind storm of two nights ago…”
Marks for city leaders down
February 1, 2009 in print edition on A1
As the budget turns, morale churns at Lawrence City Hall. A new survey of city employees found that city workers are becoming more disenchanted with the city’s upper management and with the City Commission.City Commission received its lowest marks in the history of the survey, which is conducted about every three years.
Obama Super Bowl party goes bipartisan
February 1, 2009 in print edition on E8
Sure, it’s all about bipartisanship. Not to mention the perks of watching the Super Bowl at the White House with the first fan playing host. President Barack Obama is inviting a group of lawmakers — some Republicans, many Democrats, and a few from Pennsylvania and Arizona — to join him for today’s championship game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
February 1, 2009 in print edition on B6
Barbara Marx Hubbard, 53, author and futurist researcher, declared her candidacy for the Democratic vice presidential nomination at a gathering in Lawrence. She lived in Palo Alto, Calif., but came here to announce her candidacy in a visit to the Lawrence Holidome.
Tax credit available for wind power, some hybrid cars
February 1, 2009 in print edition on E1
Did you put off getting those new double-pane thermal windows or an energy efficient hot water heater or furnace? From a tax perspective, your procrastination could save you money.
Entitlements crippling federal budget
February 1, 2009 in print edition on B6
“Recidivism” is Rep. Jim Cooper’s laconic explanation of why he, although only 54, has spent portions of five decades on Congress’ payroll. Responding with aphorisms (e.g., “Bad government starts at the grass roots”) to the tedium of Congress’ culture of avoidance, he grows more laconic as the welfare state’s implosion approaches.
NBC sells out Super Bowl ads
February 1, 2009 in print edition on A1
NBC said on the eve of today’s Super Bowl that it has sold the last two of the 69 advertising spots for the game, pushing total ad revenue for the event to a record $206 million.The network said its total of $261 million in ad revenue for all of Super Bowl day also is a record, calling it an especially impressive feat in the middle of the economy’s steep downturn.
Markieff leads class
February 1, 2009 in print edition on C1
Barry Hinson, that guy wearing glasses who sits next to Jeremy Case on the baseline at Allen Fieldhouse, spoke to an alumni group recently and sprinkled the air with a dose of reality. “One thing you really want to do is take freshmen, and you want to shove them into a microwave, and you want to speed the process up,” Hinson, the former Missouri State coach now working in external relations in the athletic department, told the alumni.
Book helps readers make jewelry
February 1, 2009 in print edition on D4
There’s handmade jewelry and then there’s, literally, handmade jewelry.
Dinosaur skeleton in Wichita gains stomach
February 1, 2009 in print edition on B2
Ivan the T. rex gets to tuck in his gut from now on at the Museum of World Treasures in Wichita. Alan Komrosky, the paleontologist who discovered the 40-foot-long T. rex four years ago, has been working on resin casts of the big boy’s bones since finding him in South Dakota and helping display his skeleton in a fighting pose at the museum two years ago.
Souper Bowl scoops up funds
February 1, 2009 in print edition on B1
Brian Horsch stood back Saturday afternoon and watched while those attending the annual Souper Bowl Saturday event inspected his work. Among the hundreds of bowls that sat on display at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H., were his creations of animal sculptures and boxes. Of the 20 pieces he had brought to the event, only a few remained. “It’s very strange,” Horsch said of his first experience of having his work up for sale.
KU football focuses on future
Jayhawks celebrate season, but stress there’s more work to be done
February 1, 2009 in print edition on C1
Kansas University’s football team celebrated its 8-5 season with a forward-looking awards ceremony at the Lied Center.
Area roundup: K.C. Christian tops Baldwin girls
February 1, 2009 in print edition on C3
A 10-0 run early in the fourth quarter sparked Kansas City Christian’s comeback Saturday in the third-place game of the Top Gun Tournament.
Anti-police protest gets police escort
February 1, 2009 in print edition on B2
A protest condemning police brutality and state oppression ended up getting a police escort through the Oread neighborhood and downtown Lawrence on Saturday night. A little before 7:30 p.m., a group of more than 30 protesters took off from South Park marching in the street, banging on drums, carrying signs and shouting chants that denounced the police.
Commissioner’s seat goes to challenger
February 1, 2009 in print edition on B2
Lynn Luck, the woman who ran against Jefferson County Commissioner Don Edmonds and lost in 2006, has been appointed to serve the remainder of his term. The Jefferson County Republican central committee met Saturday morning, and convention delegates voted 5 to 4 for Luck to fill Edmonds’ seat. One other person, McLouth business owner Jim Schonherr, applied for the seat.
Behind the Lens: Sports photographers require arsenal of defensive moves
February 1, 2009 in print edition on D2
It’s a popular belief among many that the sports photographer has the best seat in the house when it comes down to the full experience.
Hutch edges Free State
February 1, 2009 in print edition on C3
The Free State High girls basketball team came oh-so-close to snapping its eight-year drought at the Firebird Winter Classic on Saturday.
Kansas tennis team tops UTEP
February 1, 2009 in print edition on C8
Kansas University freshman Erin Wilbert won her singles match against UTEP’s Vicky Michaud, 6-2, 6-2, to give the Kansas women’s tennis team the 4-3 victory over UTEP Saturday afternoon at First Serve Tennis Center.
Horoscopes
February 1, 2009 in print edition on D6
You often consider your life’s many different options. When all’s said and done, actions count too. Learn not to overthink and to act once the path is clear. The waiting game can work against you. Your family, personal life and domestic well-being become primary focuses. Be careful investing.
On the record
February 1, 2009 in print edition on B2
A noninury, rollover accident was reported near the intersection of 23rd Street and Franklin Road at around 5:45 p.m. Saturday. A 1999 Ford SUV was heading westbound when the 18-year-old driver fell asleep and veered off the road, according to the Lawrence Police Department. Neither the driver or the 18-year-old passenger were injured. Both were wearing seat belts.
Buffs improved
CU happy to throw scare into KU
February 1, 2009 in print edition on C4
Colorado senior Jermyl Jackson-Wilson admitted that Saturday’s 66-61 loss was his best experience in Allen Fieldhouse. “I can say this is the first time I have been here where they didn’t start singing that song with 10 minutes to go,” Jackson-Wilson said with a laugh, referring to KU’s Rock Chalk Chant. “It is a big improvement for our team, and, obviously, we have to grow from this, but I want to win.”
Credit union to promote new name during Super Bowl ads
February 1, 2009 in print edition on B4
A credit union with two branches in Lawrence is changing its name today, as part of a marketing effort to eliminate confusion affiliated with its Wichita-based roots. And promoting the change during the biggest sporting event of the year is all part of the game plan.
Labor agenda faces rougher waters
February 1, 2009 in print edition on E1
Labor, riding high after quick wins with President Barack Obama, faces the harsh reality that the Democratic-controlled Congress will not find it easy to push more fiercely contested legislation to improve the status of workers or the unions trying to organize them.
City Commission agenda: Confirmation sought for air quality
February 1, 2009 in print edition on B5
City commissioners will be asked to submit a letter to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment asking the organization to find that Douglas County complies with stricter ozone air quality standards.
Rigid ideology stymies rational debate
February 1, 2009 in print edition on B6
This one is for Doug. He was one of maybe 2,000 readers who fired off e-mails in response to a recent column criticizing that paragon of political analysis, Rush Hudson Limbaugh III. I excoriated Limbaugh for saying of Barack Obama’s presidency, “I hope he fails.” As is generally the case when you exact a pound of flesh from Brother Limbaugh’s hide, his legions of listeners were vociferous and unstinting in his defense.
Haskell women defeat York, 77-50
February 1, 2009 in print edition on C8
The Haskell Indian Nations University women’s basketball team defeated York College, 77-50, on Saturday.
Protesters rally in anger at economy
February 1, 2009 in print edition on A8
Thousands of protesters rallied against the government in cities across Russia on Saturday, reflecting mounting anger over the nation’s economic woes. The protests posed a challenge to the Kremlin, which faced little threat from the fragmented opposition during the years of oil-driven boom.
Midland takes down Veritas boys
February 1, 2009
Seventy-eight seconds was all Veritas coach Doug Bennett could stand of his team’s play before calling a timeout.
Google users get bogus warning on searches
February 1, 2009 in print edition on A3
Computer users doing Google searches during a nearly one-hour period Saturday morning were greeted with disturbing but erroneous messages that every site turned up in the results might be harmful. The company blamed the mistake on human error and apologized for any inconvenience caused to users and site owners whose pages were incorrectly labeled.
Executive new state GOP chairwoman
February 1, 2009 in print edition on B8
The Kansas Republican Party has a new leader, a corporate executive from Johnson County who managed Sen. Sam Brownback’s last re-election campaign. The party’s State Committee unanimously elected Amanda Adkins as its chairwoman Saturday. The 34-year-old Overland Park resident was the only candidate, and she will serve a two-year term.
Home repairs summon husband’s alter ego
February 1, 2009 in print edition on D1
Don’t tell the feds, but I’m living in a polygamous marriage.
Pump patrol
February 1, 2009 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.74 at Wood Oil, 920 N. Second St.
Republican tops list for commerce position
February 1, 2009 in print edition on A3
President Barack Obama appeared Saturday to be leaning toward appointing a third Republican to his Cabinet, a move that would place the fiscally conservative Sen. Judd Gregg at the head of the Commerce Department even though a liberal Democrat was initially tapped for the post.
Suspect charged with indecent liberties
February 1, 2009 in print edition on B1
Douglas County prosecutors filed one charge of aggravated indecent liberties with a child against a 40-year-old Lawrence man on Friday. Police said the incident involves unlawful sexual relations between a minor female and the suspect, who are known to each other. The crime occurred in July 2008 at a North Lawrence home, police said.
Thomas tapped for Hall of Fame
February 1, 2009 in print edition on C2
Derrick Thomas, the late Kansas City Chiefs linebacker, and five others made the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, while former commissioner Paul Tagliabue was denied entry for the third straight year.
Wii Fit brings out couple’s competitiveness
February 1, 2009 in print edition on D8
Husband Ray and I spent the month of January skiing.
KU football team awards
February 1, 2009 in print edition on C8
A list of awards earned by Kansas football players.
Halftime show grown a lot since days of donkey costume
February 1, 2009 in print edition on E8
Way before Prince, Paul McCartney or the Rolling Stones ever stepped onto a Super Bowl stage, there was Shirlee Bertolini. In her donkey costume. So much has changed since she paraded around the Los Angeles Coliseum field for that very first halftime show. Truth is, she wouldn’t mind seeing things more like they were in 1967.
Kansas basketball notebook
February 1, 2009 in print edition on C5
Sherron Collins, who missed 12 of 16 shots, including nine of 10 three-pointers, simply chalked it up as a bad day. “It was one of those days my teammates carried me when I was struggling,” Collins, Kansas University’s junior point guard, said after scoring 11 points with four assists and three turnovers in Saturday’s 66-61 home victory over Colorado.
Feeling the pain
Health department cuts services, staff deeply to make ends meet
February 1, 2009 in print edition on A1
When it comes to lack of funding, Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is experiencing a triple whammy. The department, which provides essential public health services to Douglas County residents, depends on funding from the state and federal government, as well as the city and county. For 2009, it received a $1,000 increase in local funding — a drop in the bucket when dealing with a $3.2 million budget.
Kansas, by a nose
Aldrich’s faceguard can’t mask ugly win
February 1, 2009 in print edition on C1
Cole Aldrich looked into the stands, only to see his dad and three uncles wearing white tape on the bridge of their noses. “That gave me a good laugh. I thought it was pretty funny,” Aldrich, Kansas University’s sophomore center with a broken schnoz, said, smiling.
Full Army National Guard deployed for storm cleanup
February 1, 2009 in print edition on A3
Gov. Steve Beshear deployed every last one of his Army National Guardsmen on Saturday, with his state still reeling after a deadly ice storm encrusted it this week. More than half a million homes and businesses, most of them in Kentucky, remained without electricity from the Ozarks through Appalachia, though temperatures creeping into the 40s helped a swarm of utility workers make headway.
Iraqi elections avoid violence but complaints loom
Obama says country taking important step toward future
February 1, 2009 in print edition on A7
Passing through razor-wire cordons and police checkpoints, Iraqi voters Saturday took another step in the nation’s quest for stability in provincial elections that were carried off without major violence but tarnished by claims of flaws and threats of challenges.
Woman with octuplets obsessed with having kids, her mom says
February 1, 2009 in print edition on A3
The woman who gave birth to octuplets this week conceived all 14 of her children through in vitro fertilization, is not married and has been obsessed with having children since she was a teenager, her mother said.
Agencies converge over stolen mail
February 1, 2009 in print edition on B1
A wide range of mail thefts in recent months in northeastern Kansas counties and Missouri has sparked a coordination effort of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. The reported thefts have agencies targeting a set of suspects in one case. However, as officers met last week in Oskaloosa, they also expressed concern about an increasing trend of stolen checks and credit cards during tougher economic times.
2 congressmen vie for Senate seat
February 1, 2009 in print edition on B5
Rep. Todd Tiahrt kicked off his campaign Saturday for the Senate in 2010, jumping into a clash with fellow Rep. Jerry Moran that some Republicans had hoped wouldn’t occur. They’re seeking the seat held by GOP Sen. Sam Brownback, who’s running for governor. Tiahrt (TEE’-hart), from Goddard, has represented the Wichita-centered 4th Congressional District since 1995.
Bipartisan support of stimulus worth some effort
February 1, 2009 in print edition on B7
When Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced in early January that there would be no mid-February recess for Congress unless the giant economic stimulus bill demanded by Barack Obama were on its way to the White House, she accomplished two things.