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The day in photos, Feb. 2, 2009
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Polls
Which Jayhawk reserve would you like to see get more minutes?

Poll results

Response Percent
Travis Releford
 
47%
Quintrell Thomas
 
20%
None. I’m happy with each player’s minutes.
 
19%
Tyrone Appleton
 
6%
Jordan Juenemann
 
4%
Other
 
1%
Total 512
If a budget cut had to be made in Lawrence city government, what cut would you make first?

Poll results

Response Percent
Cut city recreation programs.
 
43%
Reduce pay for city employees.
 
28%
Cut city employees.
 
16%
Cut city services.
 
12%
Total 1020
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Stair climber Keith Dowell, Lawrence, and his dog Spank race up a set of stairs west of Memorial Stadium on the campus of Kansas University in this Jan. 30, 2009 file photo. Dowell is set to compete in the "Vertical Mile" urban stair-climbing competition Feb. 20, 2011 in Cincinnati. Stair master: Runner to race up Empire State Building
February 3, 2009 in print edition on 3A
When Keith Dowell walks around a city for the first time, he focuses on buildings — more specifically, the stairs in buildings.
5:51 a.m.
Crossing guard Marilyn Wiggins assists Nate Robinson, a fourth-grader at Cordley Elementary school, cross Mass. St. at 19th Street Monday, Feb. 2, 2009. Wiggins has been a crossing guard for 4 years. If the state cuts its budget like planned, the city will respond with many cuts of its own, including participation in the school crossing guard program. Budget proposals would deeply affect community
February 3, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Birds would likely be euthanized, programs for at-risk youths would be trimmed, and staples of the Lawrence community would be eliminated or scaled back under proposals by the city’s top administrator.
10:30 a.m.
Online chat
State epidemiologist chats about national salmonella outbreak
February 3, 2009
D. Charles Hunt, the state's epidemiologist and director of the health department's office of surveillance and epidemiology, will chat live on LJWorld.com about the seemingly ever-widening salmonella outbreak. So far, victims of the outbreak — linked to peanuts — have been four in 43 states, including Kansas. Bring questions about how this happens, if there's still a danger in peanut products and anything else you want to know.
10:30 a.m.
Online chat
State epidemiologist chats about national salmonella outbreak
February 3, 2009
D. Charles Hunt, the state's epidemiologist and director of the health department's office of surveillance and epidemiology, will chat live on LJWorld.com about the seemingly ever-widening salmonella outbreak. So far, victims of the outbreak — linked to peanuts — have been four in 43 states, including Kansas. Bring questions about how this happens, if there's still a danger in peanut products and anything else you want to know.
10:30 a.m.
Online chat
State epidemiologist chats about national salmonella outbreak
February 3, 2009
D. Charles Hunt, the state's epidemiologist and director of the health department's office of surveillance and epidemiology, will chat live on LJWorld.com about the seemingly ever-widening salmonella outbreak. So far, victims of the outbreak — linked to peanuts — have been four in 43 states, including Kansas. Bring questions about how this happens, if there's still a danger in peanut products and anything else you want to know.
10:30 a.m.
Online chat
State epidemiologist chats about national salmonella outbreak
February 3, 2009
D. Charles Hunt, the state's epidemiologist and director of the health department's office of surveillance and epidemiology, will chat live on LJWorld.com about the seemingly ever-widening salmonella outbreak. So far, victims of the outbreak — linked to peanuts — have been four in 43 states, including Kansas. Bring questions about how this happens, if there's still a danger in peanut products and anything else you want to know.
4:00 p.m.
Bowersock Mill and Power Company workers, clockwise from left, Rich Foreman, plant manager, Ed Dumas and Shannon Porter, make their way along the icy conditions of the Kansas River Tuesday, Jan. 27. Because of low water levels and no water moving over the top of the dam, the crew has been able to install new boards along the top of the dam. City, Bowersock to discuss dam repairs
February 3, 2009 in print edition on 9B
A dam that helps preserve Lawrence’s supply of drinking water while pumping up production for a hydroelectric power plant behind City Hall is poised to get a $1 million face-lift.
6:35 p.m.
Town Talk
Check back after 6:35 p.m. for live blog of commission's discussion of budget cuts
Posted February 3, 2009
City Hall reporter Chad Lawhorn will be at tonight's City Commission meeting — where possible budget cuts will be a major topic of conversation.Post questions ...

All stories

Junior high students to compete in international yoga contest
February 3, 2009
Two Lawrence Central Junior High students will criss-cross the country to compete in the International Bikram Yoga School competition.
Virtual high school at risk of being cut
February 3, 2009
Administrators have recommended cutting the virtual high school, in light of a tight budget and stagnant enrollment.
Tuesday, February 3 weather at 10 p.m.
February 3, 2009
Warming up a little Wednesday, with sunny skies and a high 40 and a low of 4.
Morris to return in Colorado match up
February 3, 2009
Sade Morris will make her first appearance at Allen Field House since suffering a concussion on Jan. 17.
Kansas AG’s office: Millions recovered in Medicaid fraud cases
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A5
More than $17 million was recovered last year by the Kansas Attorney General’s office in a crackdown on Medicaid fraud.
Proposed bill would limit authority of Health and Environment secretary, effectively allowing coal plants
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A3
The fight over building two coal-burning electric power plants in southwest Kansas starts again Wednesday with a public hearing on House Bill 2182 in the House Energy and Utilities Committee.
KU pushes for legacy tuition plan for out-of-state descendants of alumni
Program would allow nonresident relatives of alumni to attend at reduced prices
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A1
Kansas University officials Tuesday asked lawmakers to allow them to grant tuition breaks to students from out of state who are children or grandchildren of KU alumni.
18-year-old KU student arrested on suspicion of rape
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A3
Kansas University Public Safety officers arrested an 18-year-old male KU student Monday on a rape charge after a female acquaintance made an allegation during the weekend.
Lawrence school board candidate withdraws from race
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A3
Lawrence school board member John Mitchell has decided not to seek a second term in the April 7 election.
Extended-stay hotels faring better than traditional ones
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A3
A new product in the hotel industry, extended-stay hotels enjoyed a better fate than the rest of the hotel industry last year.
Transit surveys to help guide coordination effort between KU on Wheels and the T
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A3
Consultants hired to help boost coordination of Lawrence’s two dominant transit systems are getting some free help.
Debate scheduled on deficit reduction plan that would cut deeper into public schools
11:42 a.m., February 3, 2009 Updated 11:26 p.m. in print edition on A3
House members are scheduled Wednesday to debate a deficit reduction plan that would cut deeper into public schools.
Spending mistake
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A9
To the editor:I would just like to thank the 188 congressmen and congresswomen that voted against perhaps the most irresponsible spending bill in U.S. history.
People in the news
February 3, 2009 in print edition on B8
• TV host arrested on suspicion of DUI• Blagojevich continues the media rounds• Jon Bon Jovi named to N.J. Hall of Fame• Badu’s birth blog• Spears in court• Streisand remembers “Yentl”
FDR legacy
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A9
To the editor:I would like to respond to Craig Smith’s Jan. 29 letter that FDR’s New Deal prolonged the Depression. It’s easy for revisionist economists and historians to criticize events that occurred 70 years ago.
UConn remains atop women’s AP poll
February 3, 2009 in print edition on B3
The Huskies were a unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press poll for the 10th straight week Monday.
New books, resources tackle bullying
February 3, 2009
Here are some recently released titles that deal with school bullying, both for kids and parents.
Adoptive families struggle a decade later
February 3, 2009 in print edition on C8
When a small-town pastor persuaded his congregation to adopt 72 of the most abused and neglected foster children in Texas, the church won praise and publicity from Oprah, People magazine and a reality television show.
Daschle pleads his case to keep nomination alive
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A2
Fighting to salvage his Cabinet nomination, Tom Daschle apologized from morning to night on Monday for failing to pay more than $120,000 in federal taxes. President Barack Obama said he was “absolutely” sticking with his choice for health secretary, and a key senator added an important endorsement.
City, Bowersock to discuss dam repairs
Structure may need substantially more work than planned
February 3, 2009 in print edition on B9
A dam that helps preserve Lawrence’s supply of drinking water while pumping up production for a hydroelectric power plant behind City Hall is poised to get a $1 million face-lift.
Can secret agents be too secretive?
February 3, 2009 in print edition on B8
“Nova” (7 p.m., PBS, check local listings) presents “The Spy Factory,” an expose of the National Security Administration (NSA). Three times the size of the CIA and many times more secretive, the NSA’s own initials have inspired many nervous jokes, such as “No Such Agency” and “Never Say Anything.”
UConn is 4th straight new No. 1 in poll
February 3, 2009 in print edition on B3
It’s Monday, so there must be a new No. 1.
Google Earth allows exploration of oceans, Mars
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A1
Google Inc. on Monday launched a new version of Google Earth that allows users to explore the oceans, view images of Mars and watch regions of the Earth change over time.
Soldier on 1st skydive leads dying instructor
February 3, 2009 in print edition on C8
Strapped to his dying instructor a few thousand feet from the ground on his first skydive, Daniel Pharr found himself floating toward a house and some trees.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A9
Lawrence Mayor John Emick said he would not seek re-election to the City Commission. He had not completely recovered from recent surgery and said more surgery would be needed to correct a chest condition.The people of Planned Parenthood began organizing here, with KU Chancellor and Mrs. Clarke Wescoe among the supporters.
Super Bowl ratings second highest ever
February 3, 2009 in print edition on B1
An estimated 95.4 million people tuned into the Super Bowl.
Study: Most kids taking vitamins don’t need them
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A1
About a third of U.S. children and teens take vitamins, even though most of those taking the pills are healthy, active kids who probably don’t need them, a new study suggests.
Anbar province is put under curfew
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A8
Iraq’s military clamped a vehicle ban Monday on the Sunni-dominated province of Anbar after tribal sheiks sent gunmen into the streets claiming Sunni rivals linked to the Shiite-led government stole votes in last weekend’s elections.
FEMA praised for storm response
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A10
In the first real test of the Obama administration’s ability to respond to a disaster, Kentucky officials are giving the federal government good marks for its response to a deadly ice storm.
Chocolate use among U.S. Indians dated
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A2
Chocolate for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? Folks may be surprised to know how far back chocolate goes — perhaps 1,000 years in what is now the United States.
Macy’s to cut 7,000 jobs, slash dividend
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A7
Macy’s Inc. announced Monday that it will eliminate 7,000 jobs, almost 4 percent of its work force, and cut capital spending, reduce its contributions to its employees’ retirement funds and slash its dividend to preserve cash amid a severe pullback in consumer spending.
On the record
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Kansas University Public Safety Office reported the theft of two 32-inch flat-screen televisions from the Anderson Family Football Complex. The incident occurred between 5 a.m. Jan. 18 and 6:30 a.m. Jan. 19. The televisions are valued at $1,400.
K-State’s Clemente wins Big 12 award
February 3, 2009
Hundreds of good players and dozens of great ones have put up shots in the Erwin Center since Texas opened the facility on Nov. 29, 1977.
Santonio: Don’t follow Plaxico’s lead
February 3, 2009 in print edition on B2
Santonio Holmes had just won the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award, but he wasn’t much into celebrating the moment. At least not in the conventional sense.
Head off summer turmoil with plans for graduating seniors
February 3, 2009
Wes: If I had to return to one point in my adolescence, I’d pick the summer after my senior year.
Consumer spending, incomes fall; savings on upswing
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A6
Consumer spending fell for a record sixth straight month in December as recession-battered households, worried about surging layoffs, boosted their savings rates to the highest level since May.
UPS driver wins safety award
February 3, 2009 in print edition on B9
Harold Roberts, Lawrence, a package car driver for UPS, was recognized by the company for completing 25 years without an accident.
Twins impress Bears’ coach
Drew surprised by contributions from Morrises
February 3, 2009 in print edition on B1
Baylor coach Scott Drew didn’t expect what he saw from Kansas’ Markieff and Marcus Morris in Monday’s 75-65 loss to the Jayhawks.
Snow shuts down British capital
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A8
The biggest snowfall to hit London in 18 years was hardly a blizzard, but it still shut down the city that beat back the Blitz.
Hamas contacts ruled out, force threatened
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A8
Israel’s foreign minister threatened Monday to keep hitting Hamas as long as it attacks Israel, ruling out negotiations with the Islamic rulers of Gaza just eight days before national elections in which she is running for prime minister.
OU denies Summitt; Paris’ streak ends
February 3, 2009 in print edition on B3
Pat Summitt’s 1,000th victory will have to wait at least another game. Courtney Paris’ record 112-game double-double streak came to an end, but Whitney Hand matched her career high with 20 points Monday night.
Luncheon to benefit heart association
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A4
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. One in three women has some form of cardiovascular disease, which kills one woman every minute.
Budget proposals would deeply affect community
Nature center, City Band concerts, wading pool, crossing guards among targeted items
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A1
Birds would likely be euthanized, programs for at-risk youths would be trimmed, and staples of the Lawrence community would be eliminated or scaled back under proposals by the city’s top administrator.
Good Samaritan beaten outside bar
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A4
A 25-year-old Lawrence man said he had to intervene early Saturday morning when he saw that four men had jumped another man in a downtown Lawrence alley.
Doctors test device to serve as artificial liver
February 3, 2009 in print edition on C8
There’s help for failing kidneys and failing hearts. But there’s no fix for a dying liver.
KU basketball notebook
February 3, 2009 in print edition on B4
News and notes from the Jayhawks’ victory over Baylor.
Octuplets’ mom gets TV, book offers
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A10
The mother of the world’s longest-living octuplets is being deluged with offers for book deals, TV shows and other business proposals, but has not decided what she might do other than care for her children, her newly hired spokeswoman said Monday.
Knight could return to coaching
February 3, 2009 in print edition on B3
Bob Knight would consider returning to the sideline if the right coaching opportunity presented itself.
Trio puts ‘power’ in power forward
February 3, 2009 in print edition on B1
Power forward. That two-word combination seldom seemed accurate for a Kansas University basketball team that for much of this season desperately needed somebody, anybody, to give center Cole Aldrich a helping elbow.
Horoscopes
February 3, 2009 in print edition on B8
How you communicate and what you say this year have far more implications than you think or would perhaps want. If you are single, you might greet a very exciting romance. If you are attached, the two of you could rediscover each other if you nurture your relationship. Gemini provokes wild thinking.
New bookkeeping service offered
February 3, 2009 in print edition on B9
Connie K. Grob, Lawrence, an accounting professional with more than 25 years of success in financial and bookkeeping management, announces a new service. Grob can provide bookkeeping services for individuals and small- to medium-size businesses, and provide the financial information necessary to manage their personal finances or small business.
Media suppress shoe toss accounts
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A2
China’s media, quick to report when a shoe was thrown at former President George W. Bush last year, sidestepped any direct mention or images today of a protester hurling his shoe at the Chinese premier during a speech in Britain.
U.S. seamen being trained to fend off pirates
February 3, 2009 in print edition on C8
With an alarming number of tankers and cargo ships getting hijacked on the high seas, the nation’s maritime academies are offering more training to merchant seamen in how to fend off attacks from pirates armed not with cutlasses and flintlocks but automatic weapons and grenade launchers.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A9
From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 3, 1909: “Prof. Charles Edward Hubach, dean of the voice department at the university, will leave in May with a group of 12 top students who will study with him and other teachers in Florence, Italy, this summer.
Victim’s friend: Defendant spied on slain student
February 3, 2009 in print edition on B10
An Arkansas City man accused of raping and killing a Cowley College student two years ago had spied on the woman for at least six years, a friend testified Monday.
UConn routs Louisville, 68-51
February 3, 2009 in print edition on B3
A recap of men’s Top 25 basketball action.
Newspapers: Don’t write us off yet
February 3, 2009 in print edition on B9
Several newspaper executives launched a public relations campaign Monday to counter what they call “gloom-and-doom” reports of the industry’s demise.
Retired general offers Mideast view
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A9
U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell has what many people would consider a thankless task: taking on a panoply of complex antagonisms that are steeped in history and agitated by religious tensions, ambitions to acquire weapons of mass destruction, disputed land, war, competition for resources, statelessness, ethnic rivalries, terrorism and ideological jockeying for influence.
Up to 26 million migrants now jobless
February 3, 2009 in print edition on C8
The global economic crisis has taken hold deep in China’s impoverished countryside, as millions of rural migrants are laid off from factory jobs and left to scratch a living from tiny landholdings — creating unsettling prospects for a government anxious to avoid social unrest.
Quiznos honors local franchisee
February 3, 2009 in print edition on B9
Quiznos has announced that Brian Wise has been awarded the second annual Working Together Award for 2008. The award, sponsored by FreshPoint Foods, is given each year to the franchise owner who best represents and exemplifies the Quiznos brand.
Stair master: Runner to race up Empire State Building
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A3
When Keith Dowell walks around a city for the first time, he focuses on buildings — more specifically, the stairs in buildings.
Dole Institute series on Lincoln to begin
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A3
The 2009 Presidential Lecture Series is set to begin this weekend at the Dole Institute of Politics.
Jayhawks grow up
‘Relatively’ young KU blitzes Bears
February 3, 2009 in print edition on B1
Bill Self smiled, then cut off a questioner in mid-sentence when asked if he was surprised his “relatively” young Kansas University basketball team played so well against an experienced Baylor Bears squad Monday night in Ferrell Center.
Police to review JonBenet case
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A2
The slaying of JonBenet Ramsey will be investigated as a cold case with all evidence and actions taken 12 years ago reviewed anew, the Boulder police chief said Monday as the department resumed a probe for which it had long been criticized.
Sponsors support Phelps — for now
Several companies sticking by swimmer after apology
February 3, 2009 in print edition on B2
Michael Phelps doesn’t seem to be in much hot water with his sponsors despite his public apology after being photographed inhaling from a marijuana pipe.
Fewer drivers hit the road, but tolls rising
February 3, 2009 in print edition on C8
As the recession accelerates and people drive less, collections on toll roads are slowing down. At the same time, maintenance and constructions costs are going up.
Steelers, Cardinals continue thrilling Super trend
February 3, 2009 in print edition on B1
The Steelers’ 27-23 Super Bowl victory over Arizona was the latest in an era of great games.
Kellogg’s products added to recall
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A2
Kellogg Co. said Monday it is recalling some Keebler Cookies and Special K Meal Bars amid the growing scope of a national salmonella outbreak linked to a Georgia peanut butter plant.
Engineering firm promotes employees
February 3, 2009 in print edition on B9
Laura Blanchard has been promoted to principal/partner and Matt Murrell has been promoted to associate in the Hoss & Brown Engineers Inc. Lawrence office.
Talk with state officer about outbreak online
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A3
Peanut products in 43 states — including Kansas and Missouri — have been linked to at least 529 cases of salmonella, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Pass it on
From one level to another, governments are passing the buck on budget shortfalls.
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A9
Faced with funding cuts from the state, Lawrence city officials looked at their own budget and made the only logical move: Pass as many of the cuts as possible on to someone else.
Senate confirms Holder, nation’s first black attorney general
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A2
The Senate confirmed Eric Holder as the nation’s first African-American attorney general by a vote of 75-21 Monday, opening a new chapter for a Justice Department that had suffered under allegations of improper political influence and policy disputes over wiretapping and harsh interrogation practices.
Olivia, spunky girl pig, gets Nickelodeon series
February 3, 2009
Olivia, the little girl pig with the big imagination, is stepping out of her picture book world into a bold, new and much more colorful life on Nickelodeon.
Pump patrol
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.76 at BP, 19th and Haskell.
Greener is better under stimulus plan
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A1
Kansas’ lack of green energy initiatives may cost it another kind of green under the federal economic stimulus package, officials said Monday.
Search chairman wants aggressive pace in seeking new chancellor
February 3, 2009 in print edition on A3
The chairman of the search committee tasked with winnowing the field for Kansas University’s next chancellor called for an aggressive timeline for naming KU’s next leader.