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The day in photos, Feb. 3, 2009
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Polls
Should out-of-state Kansas University students pay lower tuition rates if one of their parents graduated from KU?

Poll results

Response Percent
No.
 
50%
Yes.
 
44%
Not sure.
 
4%
Total 990
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.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 ...
4:40 a.m.
An overflow crowd watches the proceedings of the city commission hearing on budget cuts on a closed circuit television. Nature center to stay open
February 4, 2009 in print edition on 1A
You can’t beat Mother Nature, and evidently you can’t close her either. Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday quickly backed away from a staff recommendation to close the city-owned Prairie Park Nature Center.
10:00 a.m.
Transit surveys to help guide coordination effort between KU on Wheels and the T
February 3, 2009 in print edition on 3A
Consultants hired to help boost coordination of Lawrence’s two dominant transit systems are getting some free help.
6:00 p.m.
Online chat
Chat with KU football four-star signee Toben Opurum
February 4, 2009
The four-star running back/fullback will join KUSports.com to talk about signing to play football with KU coach Mark Mangino and the Jayhawk football team. Opurum will be here Wednesday at 6 p.m. to take your questions.
7:30 p.m.
Construction worker Ray Rinne, superintendent for A.M. Cohron & Son Inc., rests in his extended-stay hotel room at the America's Best Value Inn. Extended-stay hotels faring better than traditional ones
February 3, 2009 in print edition on 3A
A new product in the hotel industry, extended-stay hotels enjoyed a better fate than the rest of the hotel industry last year.

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Young researchers exhibit projects in science fair
February 4, 2009
Students from kindergarten to high school are setting up their projects this week at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.
Veteran musher speaks about dogsledding
February 4, 2009
Three-time Iditarod musher Karen Land spoke about her experiences in the Alaskan race.
House moves forward on deficit reduction plan
Legislators split along party lines on budget
February 4, 2009 in print edition on A1
House Republicans on Wednesday pushed through budget cuts that they described as tough but fair, but Democrats called the reductions too drastic, especially to public schools. “We’re taking a step backwards,” said House Democratic Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence.
Obama OKs expansion of health insurance program for kids, but Kansas effect uncertain
February 4, 2009 in print edition on A1
President Obama on Wednesday signed into law an historic expansion of a program that provides health insurance to lower-income children, but whether that means any more Kansas kids get covered remains in doubt.
Students from Paraguay make Lawrence their (temporary) home
February 4, 2009 in print edition on A5
A group of students from Paraguay has spent the last three weeks taking in the sites, sounds and language of the United States.
In reversal, U.S. House makes it all but certain the digital TV transition will be in June
February 4, 2009
Congress has now decided to give people four more months to prepare for the upcoming transition from analog to digital TV broadcasting.
Hawks, Cops & Kids event scheduled for Feb. 14
February 4, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Big Brothers Big Sisters annual Hawks, Cops & Kids will take place on Valentine’s Day, Saturday, Feb. 14, in the Robinson Health Center on the Kansas University campus.
Legislative leader expects tough fight for statewide smoking ban
02:35 p.m., February 4, 2009 Updated 04:58 p.m.
A bill banning smoking in most public places in the state, including bars and restaurants, faces an uphill fight in the Legislature.
Federal judge to hear arguments over Sunflower Electric lawsuit
February 4, 2009
A federal judge will hear arguments over whether to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the state over a decision not to allow two coal-fired plants in western Kansas.
Sebelius still seen as serious candidate for Obama cabinet position
February 4, 2009
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius continues to face speculation about whether she is a candidate for President Barack Obama’s Cabinet.
Business groups pushing for coal plants
Legislative panel considers bill that aims for plants’ OK
11:35 a.m., February 4, 2009 Updated 04:47 p.m. in print edition on A3
Business groups Wednesday pushed for a bill allowing construction of two coal-burning power plants, while environmentalists lined up in opposition in a re-do of last year’s fight over the project.
House takes up latest version of deficit-busting bill
February 4, 2009
The Kansas House is debating a bill to eliminate a state budget deficit.
Kansas House gives preliminary approval to resolution against bringing Guantanamo detainees to Kansas
February 4, 2009
House members give first-round approval to a resolution against bringing detainees from Guantanamo Bay to Kansas.
KU adds four-star recruit McDougald to signing class
February 4, 2009
Kansas picked up its fourth four-star recruit on Wednesday, as Bradley McDougald will sign with the Jayhawks, Rivals.com is reporting.
School basics
February 4, 2009 in print edition on A9
To the editor:If we listen to or watch the recent news, we are fully aware of the problems facing the economy of not only the United States but also our beloved state of Kansas.
GOP reaches out
February 4, 2009 in print edition on A9
To the editor:I’m glad to see that the Republican Party has chosen Michael Steele as its next national chairman. Michael Steele, former Maryland lieutenant governor, was the first African-American elected to a statewide office in Maryland in 2003.
People in the news
February 4, 2009 in print edition on B9
• Joaquin Phoenix: Rapper• Bale’s f-bomb tirade• Ben Stein cancels speech after evolution row• Elton John to close Vegas show• Jonas Bros. to show sneak peek of movie• Belushi gets famous Mardi Gras spot
‘Thunder’ triggers memories
February 4, 2009 in print edition on B1
Back in mid-December, a man named William Thornton died in Columbia, Mo. A succinct newspaper obituary mentioned he had once been an assistant football coach at Missouri University.That was about it. Until more than a month later when someone in Nebraska realized who that William Thornton was.
The best washing machines come clean
February 4, 2009 in print edition on B6
Cleaning ability has little to do with price, according to Consumer Reports’ latest washing-machine tests, which revealed great values among top- and front-loaders.
Flag concern
February 4, 2009 in print edition on A9
To the editor:I’m making my mother proud by writing this letter because the subject is one of her pet peeves!
Obama: ‘I screwed up’
February 4, 2009 in print edition on A2
Barack Obama on Tuesday abruptly abandoned his nomination fight for Tom Daschle and a second major appointee who failed to pay all their taxes, fearing a lingering ethics dispute would undercut his claims to moral high ground and cripple his presidency in just its second week. “I screwed up,” Obama declared.
Supplier woes may mean fewer choices
February 4, 2009 in print edition on B6
Bye bye endless varieties of men’s shoes in black. So long, five-pocket jeans in five different colors.
Psyched-out Seabury falls
Shorter Seahawks tumble to University Academy
February 4, 2009 in print edition on B7
Seabury fell to University Academy, 57-50.
U.S. auto sales plunge to 26-year low
February 4, 2009 in print edition on B6
Consumers frightened by the prospect of losing their jobs stayed away from auto showrooms again in January and sent U.S. car and truck sales falling 37 percent, a familiar refrain for the struggling industry but an unwelcome start to a critical year for U.S. carmakers.
Sutton helps ’Cats subdue ISU
February 4, 2009 in print edition on B5
Dominique Sutton had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Kansas State relied on its defense Tuesday night to grind out a victory over Iowa State.
Facts, stats, notes and video on the 2009 Kansas commitments
12:00 a.m., February 4, 2009 Updated 12:25 p.m.
Today, the first day high school recruits are allowed to sign national letters of intent, Kansas University is expected to sign 24 high school players in what could be the most talented recruiting class in head coach Mark Mangino’s tenure.
Firm defends, then cancels lavish Vegas trip
February 4, 2009 in print edition on A1
Wells Fargo & Co. abruptly canceled Tuesday a pricey Las Vegas casino junket for employees after a torrent of criticism that it was misusing $25 billion in taxpayer bailout money.
‘Mother’ of Iraqi women bomber network arrested
February 4, 2009 in print edition on A10
A woman accused of helping recruit dozens of female suicide bombers looked into the camera and described the process: trolling society for likely candidates and then patiently converting the women from troubled souls into deadly attackers.
Panera Bread donates $11,000 to nursery
February 4, 2009 in print edition on B6
Panera Bread’s “Share the Warmth” promotion raised $11,024.92 for Children’s Mercy Hospital’s Neo-Natal Intensive Care Nursery in Kansas City, Mo. Guests were offered free samples of new coffee, parfaits and grilled breakfast sandwiches Jan. 28.
NAACP head outlines ‘human rights’ focus
February 4, 2009 in print edition on A6
The NAACP’s new leader intends to hold President Barack Obama accountable for his promises about civil rights regardless of Obama’s status as the first black occupant of the White House.
Cakes make sweet Valentine’s treat
February 4, 2009 in print edition on C2
Hot fudge pudding cakes form a rich, thick sauce on the bottom during cooking. The recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups of weak coffee. Use either 1 cup of regular coffee diluted with 1/2 cup water or 1 1/2 cups of water mixed with 2 teaspoons instant espresso or instant coffee. Serve with ice cream.
Cozy pairings: what to drink with chocolate
February 4, 2009 in print edition on C1
On Valentine’s Day, true love tends to speak in chocolate. But what works well when time to toast to that love?
Proposal would create arts license plate
February 4, 2009 in print edition on B10
The Kansas Arts Commission wants to create a new license plate to help fund its programs.
KU vaulter Scott honored
February 4, 2009 in print edition on B3
Jordan Scott was named Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Male Athlete of the Week.
Jury in slain student trial visit crime scenes
February 4, 2009 in print edition on B10
Jurors in the capital murder trial of a man charged with abducting and killing a Cowley College student traveled Tuesday to sites connected with the case and heard from witnesses who testified the man had stalked them.
Pump patrol
February 4, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.77 at several locations.
Veritas girls tumble, 51-21
February 4, 2009 in print edition on B7
Veritas Christian’s girls basketball team fell to Marais des Cygnes Valley, 51-21.
Sebelius seen as potential Daschle successor
February 4, 2009 in print edition on A5
The departure of Tom Daschle as President Barack Obama’s nominee for secretary of health and human services on Tuesday fueled speculation that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius may be picked for the job.
KU, CU women similar
February 4, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas University will play host to another team that has turnover problems — Colorado.
Haskell sweeps Central Christian
February 4, 2009 in print edition on B3
Haskell’s men won, 75-71, and the HINU women rolled, 75-59.
Pending home sales post increase
February 4, 2009 in print edition on A2
An index that tracks signed contracts to purchase existing homes rebounded in December, as buyers snapped up properties at deep discounts, especially in the South and Midwest.
Mo. man sues over wind turbines
February 4, 2009 in print edition on A4
A northern Missouri man has filed a lawsuit against farm equipment maker Deere & Co. and a wind energy company alleging nearby wind turbines have hurt his property values and made him ill.
Quarter lapse
Lackluster third period hurts Firebirds
February 4, 2009 in print edition on B1
For most of the Free State High boys basketball season, it has been a minute or two lapse at some point during the game that has sealed the Firebirds’ fate. Tuesday night, it was an entire quarter.
On the record
February 4, 2009 in print edition on A4
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical reported no fire calls Tuesday.
Sunflower Broadband gives $6,500 to schools
February 4, 2009 in print edition on B6
Sunflower Broadband is awarding more than $6,500 this year to area schools as part of the company’s Gold for Schools program.
Crossing guards may get cut
February 4, 2009 in print edition on A8
Under recommendations from top Lawrence city administrators, the school crossing guard program could be axed.
Horoscopes
February 4, 2009 in print edition on B9
Expect the best this year, and you just might get it! You are lively, caring and animated. Others find you to be nearly an endless source of creativity. If you are single, your animal magnetism speaks. Others hear it and come toward you all year long. If you are attached, you discover the power of being a couple. Gemini loves to flirt.
Holder promises break with Bush policies
February 4, 2009 in print edition on A2
On Attorney General Eric Holder’s first day on the job, he signaled a clean break with past policies of the Bush administration and promised to hold Wall Street accountable if any major financial institutions engaged in fraud that contributed to the global financial crisis.
Mother of octuplets is not getting showered with gifts
February 4, 2009 in print edition on A2
Where is the lifetime supply of diapers, formula and baby wipes? The free van? The brand-new house?
Buckeyes trip Purdue in OT
February 4, 2009 in print edition on B5
A recap to men’s Top 25 basketball action.
Enrollment starts for Walk Kansas
February 4, 2009 in print edition on C1
It’s time to register for the 2009 Walk Kansas program, an eight-week physical activity program offered through Douglas County.
Texas leads Big 12 recruiting classes
Longhorns’ class ranked No. 3
February 4, 2009
With college football recruits signing on the dotted line all around the country today, here’s a look at a prized prospect from each Big 12 school in the class of 2009:
Preps Plus Notebook
February 4, 2009 in print edition on B7
Free State’s Haley Harrington was named to the All-State Academic cross country team.
Hawker Beechcraft laying off 2,300
February 4, 2009 in print edition on B10
Airplane maker Hawker Beechcraft Corp. told employees Tuesday that 2,300 of them will lose their jobs before the end of the year and warned more layoffs may be coming.
Plate setting: Meal-prep service host to school program that teaches cooking skills to young adults
February 4, 2009 in print edition on C1
It’s late morning at Blue Plate Dinners, 4931 W. Sixth St., and five young adults are huddled around bins of ingredients. With frequent glances at a recipe list, they carefully measure out the right amounts for two dishes: chicken tortilla casserole and breakfast burritos.
Survey: Living on the edge
February 4, 2009 in print edition on A1
We’re not smart cookies when it comes to eating cookie dough, and too often engage in all kinds of other risky behavior.
Professor to discuss judicial appointees
February 4, 2009 in print edition on A4
A Minnesota law professor is scheduled to discuss potential President Barack Obama nominees to the federal court at the Kansas University School of Law next week.
Couple who led gay marriage fight divorcing
February 4, 2009 in print edition on A2
A lesbian couple who led the fight for gay marriage in Massachusetts have filed for divorce.
Survey: College important but pricey
February 4, 2009 in print edition on A2
The number of Americans who think a college degree is essential for success has risen dramatically in recent years, a new survey shows, but two-thirds of them also believe that higher education is priced out of reach for some qualified students.
Middle East rage on display in Davos
February 4, 2009 in print edition on A9
In the 12 years I’ve been attending Davos, I’ve never seen anything like it. An extraordinary, emotional debate over Gaza took place between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Israeli President Shimon Peres at the World Economic Forum on Thursday. It ended with Erdogan storming off stage and saying he would never return to Davos, after the moderator refused him more time to respond.
Pilot calls landing in Hudson ‘surreal’
February 4, 2009 in print edition on A10
In his first public comments about what it was like to safely land a passenger jet in the Hudson River, US Airways pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger described the ordeal as “surreal” and said the silence in the cockpit after both engines lost power was “shocking.”
Bug-be-gone biz new reality series
February 4, 2009 in print edition on B9
If you insist on creating a new documentary series about a fractured family in the pest-control business, you might as well call it “The Exterminators” (9:30 p.m., A&E) and set the action in rural Louisiana, where exotic bugs, snakes, rodents, gators and colorful characters run wild.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
February 4, 2009 in print edition on A9
From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 4, 1909: “Lawrence no longer has a Haskell Road. The city council has changed the name of the macadam highway to the government institute to Barker Avenue to honor Mayor George Barker.
Nominee bumps
With a campaign focused on changing the way Washington does business, President Obama should have expected his nominees to be held to high ethical standards.
February 4, 2009 in print edition on A9
Despite questions about unpaid taxes and possible conflicts of interest, many observers thought Tom Daschle would be confirmed by his former Senate colleagues as President Barack Obama’s secretary of Health and Human Services.
Steelers’ fans turn out for party
February 4, 2009 in print edition on B2
More than 300,000 black-and-gold bedecked Pittsburgh Steelers fan — about the population of the city itself — packed the streets of “Sixburgh” on Tuesday for a parade celebrating the storied franchise’s unprecedented sixth Super Bowl title.
No offense …
February 4, 2009 in print edition on A9
To the editor:A recent letter to the editor lamenting the photo of a young deer hunter and his trophy has a point. By spotlighting hunters, the newspaper encourages participation in this controversial sport.
Nature center to stay open
February 4, 2009 in print edition on A1
You can’t beat Mother Nature, and evidently you can’t close her either. Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday quickly backed away from a staff recommendation to close the city-owned Prairie Park Nature Center.
KU class ranked No. 29 in nation
12:00 a.m., February 4, 2009 Updated 10:25 a.m. in print edition on B1
The Kansas University football team’s 2008 Orange Bowl championship — coupled with its Insight Bowl victory the following year — look to be paying dividends in the area of recruiting.
Face mask limits KU’s Aldrich
February 4, 2009 in print edition on B1
Cole Aldrich’s clear face mask with the bulky white straps has protected his broken nose effectively during Kansas University’s last two basketball games.It also has limited him a little bit.
Quick start propels BHS boys
February 4, 2009 in print edition on B7
Baldwin used a 13-0 start to beat Northern Heights, 61-50, in area high school basketball.
Mexican dish a ‘manly’ option for Valentine’s
February 4, 2009 in print edition on C3
Ingrid Hoffmann, star of Food Network’s “Simply Delicioso,” says that if the love of your life likes food seriously spicy, serve up Mexican pulled pork.