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The day in photos, Feb. 6, 2009
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Have you ever scalped a ticket to an event?

Poll results

Response Percent
No.
 
56%
Yes.
 
43%
Total 770
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Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Jack Collins’ home is a study in contrasts. Entertaining is also a big part of Collins’ life, so a large dining table was a requirement. Rooms without rules: Interior designer Jack Collins is all about individuality
February 5, 2009 in print edition on 1C
Rule No. 1 in interior design: Stop purchasing matching sets of anything!
6:00 a.m.
Students stroll past Osborne Chapel on the Baker University campus in this 2006 file photo. Baker layoffs likely
February 6, 2009 in print edition on 1A
A faltering economy likely will produce layoffs at Baker University. The private university in Baldwin City is facing a $1 million budget shortfall, and university President Pat Long confirmed Thursday that staff layoffs are one of several options the school is considering.
10:00 a.m.
Fans mill about before the game. Selling your tickets on campus property is prohibited, and KU has been cracking down on the practice, even assigning plain-clothes officers to monitor ticket transactions. KU tries new tactics in getting scalpers to stop selling basketball tickets
February 5, 2009 in print edition on 1A
As Robert Miller was trying to get the attention of other fans outside the entrance to the Booth Family Hall of Athletics, KU Public Safety officers approached him. They gave him a warning about soliciting the sale of tickets on KU property, which is prohibited.
2:00 p.m.
Lawrence High School engineering students, from left, Austin Strout, Vienney Phiomavong and Tyler Parker practice for the Construction Challenge competition, which will be this weekend in Kansas City. The students gathered Thursday at the school, 1901 La. LHS students prepare for engineering competition
February 5, 2009 in print edition on 3A
Some Lawrence High students will be heading to Kansas City this weekend to compete in something they’ve never done before.
5:26 p.m.
Cem Basoflas, left, has been accused of sodomizing and killing a dog. Basoflas made his first appearance in court Friday from the Douglas County Jail. KU student faces animal cruelty charge in dog’s death
10:05 a.m., February 6, 2009 Updated 4:55 p.m. in print edition on 4B
Lawrence police on Friday were continuing to investigate an animal cruelty case involving a dead dog and which may include other animals, Sgt. Bill Cory said.

All stories

Sebelius meets with senior Obama advisers amid speculation she could be the next nominee for HHS secretary
04:47 p.m., February 6, 2009 Updated 06:08 p.m. in print edition on B2
Kathleen Sebelius, was seen Thursday night meeting at the Ritz Carlton with Obama’s senior adviser.
Senate committee OKs increase in court docket fees to make up for budget cuts
February 6, 2009
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-3 Friday to approve a bill allowing Kansas courts to temporarily raise docket fees to offset expected budget cuts.
Kansas House won’t revisit gambling legislation
February 6, 2009
House Speaker Mike O’Neal said Friday that he doesn’t want his chamber debating whether to change the state’s gambling law, saying lawmakers have more important things to consider.
The day in photos
February 6, 2009
Images from the past 24 hours.
Democrats lash out at Republicans over effects of budget plan on schools
February 6, 2009 in print edition on B1
Democratic legislative leaders Friday went on the offensive, saying a Republican plan to cut public schools would have a devastating effect.
Douglas County imposes burn ban
February 6, 2009
Campfires, brush burning and other outdoor burning are banned in unincorporated areas of Douglas County through Friday, Feb. 13, emergency officials have announced.
Homeland Security secretary to visit Kansas next week
February 6, 2009 in print edition on B4
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will visit Kansas next week during her first trip as secretary, it was announced Friday.
2 arrested, 1 sought after series of robberies at KU’s McCollum Hall
12:09 p.m., February 6, 2009 Updated 06:03 p.m. in print edition on B1
Kansas University Public Safety officers are still looking for one suspect after a series of reported robberies Thursday night at McCollum Hall.
Program targets heart disease
February 6, 2009 in print edition on B8
It may not be Valentine’s Day yet, but don’t be surprised to see people in red. Today is the American Heart Association’s national Go Red Day for women.
KU student faces animal cruelty charge in dog’s death
10:05 a.m., February 6, 2009 Updated 04:55 p.m. in print edition on B4
Lawrence police on Friday were continuing to investigate an animal cruelty case involving a dead dog and which may include other animals, Sgt. Bill Cory said.
With 598K jobs lost in January, nation’s unemployment rate rockets to 7.6 percent
February 6, 2009
Recession-battered employers eliminated 598,000 jobs in January, the most since the end of 1974, and catapulted the unemployment rate to 7.6 percent. The grim figures were further proof that the nation’s job climate is deteriorating at an alarming clip with no end in sight.
Sebelius finds herself in Washington as cabinet talk persists
February 6, 2009
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is in Washington to deliver a speech amid renewed speculation that she’s on President Barack Obama’s short list for health and human services secretary.
Emergency crews life-flight one after pedestrian-vehicle accident
07:33 a.m., February 6, 2009 Updated 05:36 p.m. in print edition on B1
Lawrence police are investigating a traffic accident involving a vehicle and a pedestrian, emergency dispatchers said.
Chiefs hire Arizona O.C. Haley
February 6, 2009 in print edition on B1
The Kansas City Chiefs have hired Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley as their new head coach, Foxsports.com first reported Thursday night.
Police investigating aggravated robbery at McCollum Hall
12:37 a.m., February 6, 2009 Updated 02:01 a.m.
KU Public Safety officers are investigating an aggravated robbery that occurred at McCollum Hall late Thursday night.
LHS boys come up short by three pins
Lions girls topped in triangular by Washburn Rural, Topeka Seaman
February 6, 2009 in print edition on B1
When you lose a bowling meet by three lousy pins, it’s easy to look back at the 12 games and 120 frames that just were rolled and find one or two spots where those three pins could have fallen.
Dinosaur fan turns scrap into art
February 6, 2009 in print edition on B10
Most people recycle to help conserve the world around them. Jim Boydston recycles to help conjure up a world that once was. Working out of his business, Shawnee Auto Trim, Boydston services automotive interiors. Like any manufacturing process, he deals with waste material, but Boydston’s fascination becomes clear when walking into Shawnee Auto Trim, which feels more like a museum than an auto upholstery shop.
Housing industry welcomes tax credit
February 6, 2009 in print edition on C8
For Gail Robinson, a real estate agent in Connecticut who has seen her business limp along since the stock market plummeted last year, it was the best news in ages. With Congress considering a new tax credit intended to turn around the battered housing market, she hopes lawmakers have found the long-awaited silver bullet.
KU softball catcher’s No. 1 goal: stay healthy
February 6, 2009 in print edition on B6
Maybe it’s an even-year, odd-year thing with Elle Pottorf. Then again, perhaps it’s biorhythms. Or her horoscope. Or sun spots. When all is said and done, however, you can probably just chalk Pottorf’s injury woes up to fate.
Phelps draws suspension
February 6, 2009 in print edition on B2
Michael Phelps’ day grew lousier by the hour on Thursday.
‘Coraline’ conjures dark world of wonder
February 6, 2009 in print edition on C1
A labor of love in every frame, “Coraline” pushes the envelope of animated moviemaking while tugging at the heart.
Gary Bedore’s KU Basketball Notebook
February 6, 2009 in print edition on B6
Sophomore Cole Aldrich revealed the teammate who nicknamed him, “Phantom of the Phog” for his face mask, which looks like the one worn in “Phantom of the Opera.”
People in the news
February 6, 2009 in print edition on B8
• Hero pilot faces off against octuplets mom• Ticketmaster told not to direct buyers• Zellweger a Hasty Pudding honoree• Etta James ‘can’t stand’ Beyonce• Artists to honor Neil Diamond• Judge tosses lawsuit against 50 Cent
Prime minister’s bloc wins provincial vote
February 6, 2009 in print edition on A2
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s allies swept to victory over Shiite religious parties during last weekend’s provincial elections in Iraq — a rousing endorsement of his crackdown on extremists, according to official results released Thursday.
Board members join county senior services
February 6, 2009 in print edition on B9
Douglas County Senior Services Inc. announces the following individuals have joined the board of directors. They are Lee F. Young, former acting dean of the School of Journalism, Kansas University; Ferry Keizer, creative director, Callahan Creek; Emily Donaldson, attorney, Stevens & Brand; Joanne Hurst, community member, president of Lawrence Memorial Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary.
Athletic departments struggling
February 6, 2009 in print edition on B1
It’s said that the main difference between the rich and the poor is that the rich have more money. Makes good sense, especially during our current economic maelstrom. Yet this financial firestorm has even the rich among us, including the wealthiest athletic programs, looking grimly over their shoulders.
Med Center gets funding for complex
February 6, 2009 in print edition on B9
The Kansas University Medical Center has received the go-ahead to receive $26.4 million over 10 years from a Kansas Bioscience Authority committee. The money would be used to help fund a $50 million renovation to KU Med’s Wahl Hall/Hixon research complex in Kansas City, Kan., said Erica Brown, a KU Cancer Center spokeswoman.
Lebanese ship seized for carrying aid to Gaza
February 6, 2009 in print edition on A2
The Israeli navy intercepted a ship carrying humanitarian supplies from Lebanon to the Gaza Strip and towed the vessel into port Thursday, foiling a new attempt by international activists to break Israel’s blockade of the Palestinian territory.
Justice Ginsburg has cancer surgery
February 6, 2009 in print edition on A6
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had surgery Thursday for pancreatic cancer, raising the possibility that one of the ideologically divided court’s leading liberals — and its only woman — might have to curtail her work or even step down before she had planned.
Warner praise
February 6, 2009 in print edition on A8
To the editor: I am disappointed that the Journal-World staff has found it appropriate to comment on a controversy at Haskell Indian Nations University that, it seems, they know little about. Regardless, the J-W claims “Evidence is mounting…” even though that evidence consists entirely of gossip and speculation.
On the record
February 6, 2009 in print edition on A4
Lawrence police arrested a 24-year-old Lawrence man outside the Phoggy Dog, 2228 Iowa, after he confronted bar staff with a knife. Sgt. Susan Hadl said police were called to the bar at 2 a.m. Thursday morning to reports of drug activity in the parking lot. The bar staff confronted the individuals and asked them to move along, Hadl said.
Some TV stations stick to Feb. 17 transition
February 6, 2009 in print edition on A10
Television viewers who use antennas and were expecting a few more months to prepare for digital TV may not have much time left before their sets go dark: Many stations still plan to drop analog broadcasts in less than two weeks.
City writer named as new poet laureate
February 6, 2009 in print edition on A3
Another Lawrence writer will serve as the poet laureate of Kansas, it was announced Thursday. Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg will take over the position from Denise Low on July 1. Mirriam-Goldberg’s career as a poet, fiction and nonfiction writer, teacher, mentor and facilitator focuses on how literature can help people have more meaningful lives, the Kansas Arts Commission said.
Warnings against reusing syringes raised
February 6, 2009 in print edition on A2
Patients who got hepatitis from contaminated syringes and medicine vials are joining infection control advocates to warn Americans about a problem they say is more common than people think. A recent federal report suggests they are right.
Recalled peanut butter was in emergency meals
February 6, 2009 in print edition on A2
Nearly 168,000 emergency meal kits sent to Kentucky in the wake of an ice storm had been recalled more than two weeks earlier because some contained peanut butter that could have been contaminated by salmonella, federal officials said Thursday.
Study shows brain’s response to colors
February 6, 2009 in print edition on C8
We learn from toddlerhood that red means danger — so should we use red ink for medication warnings? And if blue signals the freedom of open skies, how about brainstorming in a room painted blue? Maybe so, says new research into how the brain reacts to colors: Red seems to improve attention to detail while blue sparks creativity.
Empathy needed
February 6, 2009 in print edition on A8
To the editor: Kathleen Christian wrote a letter venting about a trip to the store where she endured a screaming child. I am writing as I assume that she was writing about me and my child, as she very well could have been. I have a well-behaved toddler. He is cared for at home with a parent.
Octuplets’ mom’s veil of secrecy vanishes
February 6, 2009 in print edition on A2
The veil of secrecy octuplets’ mother Nadya Suleman shrouded herself in for more than a week was lifted Thursday with the release of public documents showing that the 33-year-old struggled with depression for years until she finally began to realize her childhood dream of having a huge family.
Climate control: Spencer Museum of Art exhibit examines human interaction with North, South poles
February 6, 2009 in print edition on C1
The term “climate change” is steeped in divisiveness. Politics vs. science, nature vs. doomsday, Al Gore vs. George Bush. But what about the artistic aspect of the phrase? Such is the concept behind “Climate Change at the Poles,” a new exhibit at Kansas University’s Spencer Museum of Art.
Four Perry players sign letters of intent
February 6, 2009 in print edition on B3
Four members of Perry-Lecompton High’s Class 4A state runner-up have signed college football letters of intent.
K-10 dangers
February 6, 2009 in print edition on A8
To the editor: I sometimes joke that my auto accident was the most exciting 10 seconds of my life. I know it rightfully scared my wife and two children. That routine drive home from work on K-10 Highway in October left me with multiple injuries, a lengthy hospital stay, and more insurance paperwork than I thought possible.
Bazaar and flea market to take place monthly
February 6, 2009 in print edition on B9
Meredith Thomas and Audrey Berg, sisters and Lawrence residents, have started a monthly bazaar and flea market in downtown Lawrence. Local artists, crafters, jewelers, and retailers display their wares from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every second Saturday of the month at Camelot II Ballroom, 1117 Mass.
Getting tax breaks for energy conservation
February 6, 2009 in print edition on C8
Looking to buy a new furnace or air conditioner or replace drafty windows? Congress may soon give you a break that could save you hundreds of dollars. There’s also money to install solar panels for the water heater, or add insulation to the attic — maybe even put up a small windmill.
Smokehouse to receive makeover
February 6, 2009 in print edition on B9
A prominent Massachusetts Street storefront soon will get a major overhaul. The two buildings that house Buffalo Bob’s Smokehouse, 719 Mass., will get new facades by this spring. Owner Bob Schumm said the building that houses the southern portion of the barbecue restaurant will have its exterior restored to a look similar to the 1930s design that the building had when it was a photography studio.
Panel suggests investment of $3.25M in bioscience facility
February 6, 2009 in print edition on B9
Lawrence economic development leaders were hailing a multimillion-dollar victory that they believe will make the city a major player in the bioscience industry. A key committee of the Kansas Bioscience Authority on Thursday recommended investing $3.25 million into a proposed bioscience incubator facility on Kansas University’s West Campus.
U.S. Navy watches as pirates nab $3.2M
February 6, 2009 in print edition on A7
As U.S. Navy ships looked on, Somali pirates sped away Thursday with $3.2 million in ransom after releasing an arms-laden Ukrainian freighter — ending a four-month standoff that focused world attention on piracy off Somalia’s lawless coast.
Dugan Arnett’s KU football notebook
February 6, 2009 in print edition on B6
As expected, the Kansas University football team announced Thursday that Tom Sims, a 12-year college coaching veteran, would be taking over as the Jayhawks’ defensive line coach.
Union rejects Boeing offer
February 6, 2009 in print edition on B10
Union engineers at Boeing Co.’s military aircraft plant in Wichita voted overwhelmingly Thursday to reject what the company called its final contract offer. Negotiators for the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, which represents 700 engineers at Boeing’s Integrated Defense Systems plant, had urged members to reject the offer.
KU swimmers to meet Iowa State
February 6, 2009 in print edition on B3
In its final home meet of the season, Kansas University’s swim team will meet Iowa State in a two-day dual at Robinson Natatorium.
‘Scramble’ draws hundreds to Tonganoxie for squirrel-hunting contest
February 6, 2009 in print edition on A1
Squirrels in Tonganoxie run for cover Saturday during an annual hunting event.
South Junior High School honor roll
February 6, 2009 in print edition on A4
South Junior High School has announced its first semester honor roll.
Baker layoffs likely
February 6, 2009 in print edition on A1
A faltering economy likely will produce layoffs at Baker University. The private university in Baldwin City is facing a $1 million budget shortfall, and university President Pat Long confirmed Thursday that staff layoffs are one of several options the school is considering.
Army reports alarming spike in suicides in Jan.
February 6, 2009 in print edition on A10
The Army is investigating an unexplained and stunning spike in suicides in January. The count is likely to surpass the number of combat deaths reported last month by all branches of the armed forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere in the fight against terrorism.
Wetlands history
February 6, 2009 in print edition on A8
To the editor: A century ago, Kansas University Chancellor Strong wanted to close Manhattan’s campus and turn Haskell into an agricultural “satellite” campus under his control. This power-grab involved Superintendent Hervey Peairs, who tried to convince Washington officials his Haskell Institute was no longer needed for Indian education!
Confusing votes
February 6, 2009 in print edition on A8
To the editor: The “Kansas Tally” (Journal-World, Feb. 2) showing how U.S. Sens. Brownback and Roberts voted in two key votes in the week ending January 30 seems confused. There are two ways to interpret their voting for including a rule in the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) that life begins at conception and in voting against renewing this program, which provides insurance for children of the working poor.
Illness could lead to Obama appointment
February 6, 2009 in print edition on A6
Some presidents are handed the chance to remake the Supreme Court for a generation, if enough justices leave. Others wait in vain to make even one appointment. President Barack Obama took office with a strong prospect that his first four years in office could bring two or more openings on the high court, though he may well be replacing aging liberal justices with younger ones.
Web sites shouldn’t be used to sell animals, local officials say
Pets bought on Internet may be used for illegal purposes
February 6, 2009 in print edition on A3
County animal officials are warning residents against using Web sites to sell or get rid of animals. People are using classified ad Web sites to obtain animals and do illegal things with them, said Midge Grinstead, Lawrence Humane Society executive director. “People who want to hurt animals, that’s a good way to find them,” Grinstead said.
Faith-based office created
February 6, 2009 in print edition on A7
Declaring that “there is a force for good greater than government,” President Barack Obama on Thursday established a White House office of faith-based initiatives with a broader mission than the one overseen by his Republican predecessor.
City raises
Funds for employee raises should at least be part of the budget-cutting discussion at City Hall.
February 6, 2009 in print edition on A8
City employees wouldn’t be the only Lawrence workers who didn’t get a raise this year. To deal with expected reductions in state funding, city officials have compiled a list of potential cuts in the current year’s budget. The list put before city commissioners included cuts to recreation programs and social service agencies, but notably included no reduction in the funds dedicated for employee raises this year.
Businesses seek delay in toy safety law
February 6, 2009 in print edition on B9
Environmentalists are battling small businesses to preserve a law that would pull children’s products that may contain lead and chemicals from shelves by next week. The environmentalists won a round Thursday, when a federal judge overturned a decision by a government commission and said manufacturers and retailers cannot sell children’s products containing “phthalates,” which are chemicals used to soften plastic, after Tuesday.
Kansas editors size up issues
Newspaper leaders weigh recession’s effects in their cities
February 6, 2009 in print edition on A3
Kansas newspaper leaders from across the state gathered Thursday evening in Lawrence and offered their opinions on issues facing the state. The editors and publishers joined local Kansas University officials and other members of the William Allen White Foundation for a dinner at Alvamar Golf and Country Club. All across the state, jobs and the economy remain particularly salient issues in local communities.
International cease-fire request rejected
February 6, 2009 in print edition on A2
Sri Lanka’s prime minister rejected calls for a cease-fire Thursday from donor countries worried by reports of growing civilian casualties in the South Asian nation’s civil war, instead demanding the Tamil Tiger rebels’ unconditional surrender.
Kansas golf in 14th place
February 6, 2009 in print edition on B3
After two days of play, the Kansas University golf team was in 14th place out of 17 teams at the Hawaii-Hilo Invitational entering today’s final round.
Home show to focus on green projects
February 6, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Lawrence Home Show is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the First Serve Tennis club, 5200 Clinton Parkway. The event is also 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, sponsored by the Lawrence Home Builders Association.
Board of Accountancy announces candidates
February 6, 2009 in print edition on B9
The Kansas Board of Accountancy announced 56 candidates successfully passed the computerized examination in the October/November 2008 exam period. As of January, 10,756 individuals were issued CPA certificates, of which 3,647 hold active permits to practice and 536 are approved to practice by notification.
Net Worth: Online doctoring of celebrity rants is all the rage
February 6, 2009 in print edition on C1
Filmmaker Werner Herzog recalls witnessing a 1950s incident involving Klaus Kinski in which the famously nutty German actor locked himself in a bathroom for 48 hours.
Has nice trumped vice on ‘THS’?
February 6, 2009 in print edition on B8
Scant weeks into a new administration and knee deep in a bad economy, has the pop culture entered a new phase? If “True Hollywood Story” (8 p.m., E!) is any guide, the answer may be yes. Best known for gossipy and salacious takes on celebrities who have been overexposed in every possible way, “THS” appears to be on a “nice” spree, celebrating famous faces with nary a scandal to their bold-faced names.
Three’s company
Little to help spell KU’s Morningstar at ‘3’ spot
February 6, 2009 in print edition on B1
Never in Bill Self’s wildest dreams did he think he’d play sophomore Brady Morningstar a full 40 minutes in a Big 12 basketball game.
Obama asks Democrats to quickly pass stimulus plan
February 6, 2009 in print edition on A2
Pushing Congress to pass his economic plan by next week, President Barack Obama implored House Democrats on Thursday to reject delaying tactics and political gamesmanship that often stymies legislation and keep a promise to voters who booted Republicans from power.
Buyers rarely win suits over low values
February 6, 2009 in print edition on B9
I purchased a home in a new housing tract in January of last year for $224,950. When sales got bad, the developer cut the price of its identical homes to $199,950 — which took away $25,000 of my equity because no one would want to buy my house now. Can I sue the builder for the loss in my property’s value?
Updike a great observer
February 6, 2009 in print edition on A9
Ten a.m. A phone call from my daughter’s school, and instantly the father’s mind goes to Dark Foreboding, but no — this is her teacher calling to say that the child scored 96 on the spelling test. The child’s instant reward is the phone call home and the words of praise. She sits at her desk pretending not to listen, basking in the acclaim. Well done.
Obama fairy tale didn’t last long
February 6, 2009 in print edition on A8
Catastrophe, mind you. So much for the president who in his inaugural address two weeks earlier declared “we have chosen hope over fear.” Until, that is, you need fear to pass a bill. And so much for the promise to banish the money changers and influence peddlers from the temple. An ostentatious executive order banning lobbyists was immediately followed by the nomination of at least a dozen current or former lobbyists to high positions.
FBI renews interest in ‘Tylenol Man’
February 6, 2009 in print edition on C8
James W. Lewis has a habit of getting into trouble. And a knack for getting out of it, too. He was charged with killing and dismembering a man in Kansas City, Mo., in 1978, but the case was thrown out. He was jailed on rape charges decades later in Massachusetts but went free when the victim refused to testify.
Horoscopes
February 6, 2009 in print edition on B8
You make a difference this year. Discover what might be necessary in order to make life flow well. You need a lot of quiet time to recharge your batteries and assess situations. If you are single, you will meet people with ease, but choosing the right person will take talent and considerable dating. If you are attached, consider taking a class in massage and practice on each other.
Debunking Lincoln myths
February 6, 2009 in print edition on A9
Had enough of Abraham Lincoln? Of course you haven’t. In the bicentennial year of his birth, Lincoln is more interesting than ever. There are two Lincolns — the one we studied in school, the one full of myths that we fashioned into the image we wanted him to be, and the other, the real Lincoln, warts and all.
Pump patrol
February 6, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.77 at several locations.