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In the face of two wars, students in Geary County try to overcome anxiety in the classroom.

The way it is

In the face of two wars, students in Geary County try to overcome anxiety in the classroom.

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Seeking jobs from Wal-Mart The day in photos, Feb. 11, 2009 Free State girls vs. Shawnee Mission Northwest Free State boys vs. Shawnee Mission Northwest
Defense Secretary Robert Gates ordered a review Tuesday of a Pentagon policy banning media from taking pictures of flag-draped coffins of military dead. Should the media be allowed to photograph the coffins?

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Turnpike bridge work to close North Third Street periodically
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A3
The major traffic artery flowing through North Lawrence will be closed nine times, for up to 15 minutes at a time, as part of bridge-construction work that could begin as early as Friday.
Fewer employers than usual attend KU job fair
February 11, 2009 in print edition on B9
Kansas University hosted its annual job fair Wednesday, bringing in 86 employers from across the country and a line of students eager to hand out resumes. Among the companies were AT&T and Target, which both made significant layoffs at the beginning of this year.
NAACP celebrates centennial
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A3
Three months after the country elected its first black president, the NAACP today celebrates it centennial as the nation’s most well-known civil rights organization.
Area residents seeking jobs with Wal-Mart
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A1
After layoff notices have begun to pile up locally, area residents turned out in strong numbers to try to land a job with the city’s newest Wal-Mart.
Lawrence Habitat builders plan Valentine’s Day deliveries as fundraiser
February 11, 2009
Members of Lawrence Habitat WomenBuild will be making floral deliveries Friday and Saturday — Valentine’s Day — for Owen’s Flower Shop, 846 Ind.
Hemenway advises state lawmakers: ‘You can’t cut your way to excellence’
04:36 p.m., February 11, 2009 Updated 04:01 p.m.
Leaders of state universities said Wednesday that budget cuts in the 7 percent range so far have been painful, but manageable. But they said further cuts that are under discussion would cause serious damage.
House works on another bill to allow construction of Sunflower coal plants
04:25 p.m., February 11, 2009 Updated 05:28 p.m.
A House committee rewrote part of an energy bill Wednesday in hopes of clearing the way for two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas despite opposition from Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
State identifies $500 million in ‘buy last’ spending priorities
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A7
State agencies identified $500 million in “buy last” spending priorities, according to an audit released Wednesday.
Montana governor to speak at Kansas Democrats’ event
February 11, 2009
Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer will deliver the keynote address at the Kansas Democratic Party’s annual Washington Days celebration in Topeka.
Kirk Schulz introduced as K-State’s next president
02:11 p.m., February 11, 2009 Updated 11:00 p.m. in print edition on A3
The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday introduced Kirk Schulz as the 13th president of Kansas State University.
Business group may ask city to raise downtown parking rates
February 11, 2009 in print edition on B10
Several leaders of Downtown Lawrence Inc. on Wednesday were open to the idea of increasing the price people must pay to get a parking spot along Massachusetts Street.
State representative from Leavenworth to be deployed to Iraq
February 11, 2009
Newly elected Kansas Rep. Melanie Meier, D-Leavenworth, has been called to report for active duty.
Transplant program’s expansion to open Monday
February 11, 2009
A new 7,500-square-foot addition for Kansas University Hospital’s Blood and Marrow Transplant Program is set to open on Monday.
State’s reading program reaches out to Lawrence youth
February 11, 2009 in print edition on B4
A state reading program has grown like the young minds it serves. Kansas Pediatric Foundation’s program “Turn a Page, Touch a Mind” provides new books to children through clinics and doctors’ offices. It began in 2004 by offering books at one location in Chanute. It now provides books at 30 locations, including Lawrence.
Negotiators reach deal on state budget deficit reduction legislation
10:15 a.m., February 11, 2009 Updated 11:01 p.m. in print edition on A7
The Legislature’s top two leaders are still trying to end a budget impasse.
KU says budget cuts would be two times the budget of School of Nursing
February 11, 2009
The cuts the governor has recommended already amount to $22 million, which is more than twice the annual budget for our entire School of Nursing.
Australia wildfire death toll expected to pass 200
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A12
The high death toll from hundreds of wildfires across southeastern Australia has forced authorities to re-examine an accepted survival strategy when blazes threaten: Get out early or hunker down and fight.Many people waited too long and perished as they tried to escape the weekend infernos.
People in the news
February 11, 2009 in print edition on B10
• D.A. asks for more investigation of Brown• Billy Joel, Elton John to play Wrigley Field• ‘Sopranos’ actor settles assault suit
Balanced Tongie boys rout Bonner
Baldwin boys fall to St. James, but Tonganoxie, BHS girls claim victories
February 11, 2009 in print edition on B6
Tonganoxie High’s boys beat Bonner Springs, 83-62.
City defers action on land preservation
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A5
Commissioners indefinitely deferred action on regulations that would provide more detailed protection to environmentally sensitive areas as part of the city’s development process. Commissioners said they needed a better explanation of the regulations. They sent the item back to the Planning Commission for more review.
Birds by the thousands fill trees
‘It’s a phenomenon. It’s an extraordinary event’
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A1
Birds — mostly robins by the thousands — are making a daily evening trek to extreme western Lawrence where they roost in cedar trees for the night. It is a thrilling spectacle for neighbors in the area of George Williams Way, Diamondhead Drive and other nearby streets.
CR picks top models of sewing machines
February 11, 2009 in print edition on B11
Television shows like “Project Runway” and “Trading Spaces” have introduced sewing to a generation that never took home economics. Consumer Reports recently tested 18 sewing machines and found seven standouts. Singer, synonymous with sewing, leads in sales but not in CR’s tests. Sewing machines from Brother, Bernina and almost everyone else did better.
Payback sweet for Lions
February 11, 2009 in print edition on B1
To hear Lawrence High guard Bobby Davis tell it, beating Shawnee Mission South on Tuesday night meant an awful lot more than most other “W’s” have this season. To Davis, the Lions’ 67-43 boys basketball victory at home signified sweet payback a year in the making. And the backstory had him and his teammates plenty fired up.
Love Italian-style: Antipasti an easy, satisfying Valentine’s Day meal
February 11, 2009 in print edition on C1
Buy the best ingredients you can afford for this easy Valentine’s Day dinner.
Iran receptive to Obama
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A10
Iran gave its first sign Tuesday that it’s interested in exploring President Barack Obama’s offers of dialogue, with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad saying his country “is ready to hold talks, but talks in a fair atmosphere with mutual respect.”
Farmland protection document approved
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A5
On a 3-2 vote, commissioners approved a new planning document on future industrial development. Commissioners approved Chapter 7 of Horizon 2020, which had become contentious over the issue of how much protection prime farmland should receive from industrial development.
Self: Marcus deserved technical, not benching
February 11, 2009 in print edition on B1
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self says freshman forward Marcus Morris received a technical foul not for what he said, but what he did, in inadvertently bumping into referee Scott Thornley early in the second half of Monday’s game against Missouri at Mizzou Arena.
LHS stifles SM South
Raiders held scoreless for 10 minutes
February 11, 2009 in print edition on B3
Lawrence High’s girls basketball players should have carried some cream cheese in their gym bags Tuesday night. They served up quite a defensive bagel at a most opportune time on the court.
Registration for races in marathon open
February 11, 2009 in print edition on B12
Registration has begun for races of the Lynn Electric Kansas Marathon on April 19 in Lawrence. The 2009 races include a half-marathon, 10K and 5K. Organizers plan to include a full marathon in April 2010.
February 11, 2009 in print edition on B10
This year, discover the many possibilities that your life has to offer. Your biggest issue will be making the right decision, as each choice eliminates a road. If you are single, your life takes a new, exotic tone, where you will want to be with others. Relax; the right person will come forward. If you are attached, a newfound closeness draws the two of you together.
Tips for getting creamy risotto just right
February 11, 2009 in print edition on C2
Not just any rice will suffice for risotto. The quality of the liquid is key to the flavor of the dish, so skip the bargain canned broth. Also pass on cheap wines or cooking wines for flavor — use something you’d actually drink. This recipe’s secret is the vermouth.
Frugal holiday ahead
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A1
Even in this loveless economy, chocolate and a candlelit dinner have a date for Valentine’s Day. Diamonds and special-delivery flowers, though, are on the outs. Lovers have their pick of promotions from restaurants and travel companies sensing an opportunity with Valentine’s Day falling on a Saturday this year. But that same calendar quirk may be making losers out of florists, since sweethearts won’t be ordering bouquets to the office.
Wal-Mart cutting 700 jobs at headquarters
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A2
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will cut 700 to 800 jobs at its Arkansas headquarters as it builds fewer new stores this year and makes other operational changes, the world’s largest retailer announced Tuesday. The cuts are in Wal-Mart’s real estate, apparel and health and wellness departments, spokesman David Tovar said. Wal-Mart would not say how many jobs will be cut in each segment.
Consultants to deliver ideas for bus system
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A5
Ideas on how to improve the city and Kansas University’s bus system should start becoming clear in about two weeks. City commissioners were told Tuesday by consultants studying the issue that they plan to deliver their first set of recommendations by March 1 to the city and KU.
What Keegan says: Big 12 basketball
February 11, 2009 in print edition on B5
While watching Missouri and Kansas, a pair of gangs that couldn’t shoot straight Monday night in Mizzou Arena, a thought occurred: For all the momentum Big 12 North basketball teams seemed to be gaining on the South, the root of it lies not as much in strides made by North programs as in this being a bad year for the South.
Hemenway receives Mentor’s Award
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A3
Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway on Sunday received recognition from the American Council on Education. Hemenway received the 2009 Council of Fellows/ Fidelity Investments Mentor’s Award. He has served as a role model for nine ACE fellows since 1991, according to a release.
Stamp prices to go up 2 cents in May
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A2
The post office will get an extra 2-cents worth when you mail a letter starting in May. The U.S. Postal Service announced Tuesday that the price of a first-class stamp will rise to 44 cents May 11. That gives plenty of time to stock up on Forever Stamps, which will continue to sell at the current 42-cent rate until the increase occurs. They will remain valid in the future regardless of rate increases.
KU-MU makes North respectable
Sorrentino’s lightning round
February 11, 2009 in print edition on B5
I can’t help but think of the 2007 college football season when talking about the rise of Big 12 North teams this season in college basketball.
Survey: European anti-Semitism strong
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A2
The Anti-Defamation League said Tuesday that a survey it commissioned found nearly a third of Europeans polled blame Jews for the global economic meltdown and that a greater number think Jews have too much power in the business world.
Israeli election close as 2 top parties claim win
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A2
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and hard-line rival Benjamin Netanyahu both claimed victory Tuesday in Israel’s parliamentary election, but official results showed a race so close it could be decided by a third candidate — a rising power among the hawks.
First lady is Vogue cover model
February 11, 2009 in print edition on B10
It’s official: Michelle Obama is the first lady of American fashion, appearing on the cover of the March issue of Vogue. Every first lady since Lou Hoover — save Bess Truman — has been featured in the high-fashion magazine, but Mrs. Obama is only the second to grace the cover. She appears wearing a magenta silk sheath dress by Jason Wu, who also designed her inaugural gown.
Former governor to speak in Lawrence
February 11, 2009 in print edition on B11
Former Gov. Bill Graves will be back in Kansas this month to discuss the economy’s effect on the transportation of goods. Graves — who is president and chief executive officer of the American Trucking Associations — is scheduled to deliver a lecture, “Transportation at a Crossroads,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Lied Center.
Tejada charged with lying to Congress
February 11, 2009 in print edition on B2
All-Star shortstop Miguel Tejada has been charged with lying to Congress about steroids, with the baseball player scheduled to appear in court today where he is expected to plead guilty.
Overtures to Iran get mixed responses
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A11
It was supposed to be the first U.S.-Iranian exchange under the Obama administration. Iran invited eight members of the U.S. women’s badminton team to play in an international tournament that started Friday, and the Iranian team was to visit the United States in July. The Americans were told to pick up their visas in Dubai, but when they arrived, the visas were denied.
House on Fourth Street to get repair work
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A5
Commissioners agreed to give the property owner at 617 W. Fourth St. more time to make repairs to a dilapidated house on the lot. Commissioners previously had ordered the home to demolished, but on Tuesday agreed to back off the order after a $60,000 bid to repair the structure was received by the property owner, which is an estate led by Jeanette Denton.
Salazar rejects Bush drilling plan
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A2
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has rejected a Bush administration plan to open vast waters off the Pacific and Atlantic coasts to oil and gas drilling, promising “a new way forward” in offshore energy development including new wind projects.
Cruel irony
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A11
To the editor: I hope I’m not the only one to note the cruel irony of your paper’s coverage of a Kansas University student’s felony charge for animal cruelty while featuring Tonganoxie’s third annual Squirrel Scramble on the front page.
Proposal for tuition breaks approved by committee
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A3
A House committee Tuesday approved legislation that could allow Kansas University to offer tuition breaks to out-of-state students. The Higher Education panel approved the measure over the objections of state Rep. Joe McLeland, R-Wichita.
Octuplets mom says she’s done having babies
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A2
The Southern California mother of octuplets who already had six other children says she’s done having babies. In an NBC “Dateline” interview aired Tuesday night, 33-year-old Nadya Suleman says the octuplets were a sign from God that she should stop having children.
Senate, Fed, Treasury attack crisis
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A2
On a single day filled with staggering sums, the Obama administration, Federal Reserve and Senate attacked the deepening economic crisis Tuesday with actions that could throw as much as $3 trillion more in government and private funds into the fight against frozen credit markets and rising joblessness.
On the record
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A4
A 15-year-old boy was robbed at gunpoint in Lecompton on Tuesday night. Douglas County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Steve Lewis said deputies were dispatched at 8:01 p.m. to the 600 block of Whitfield Street in front of Lecompton Elementary School. The 15-year-old, who lives in the area, said that a man in his mid-20s approached him with a pistol and demanded his wallet.
New K-State president to be announced today
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Board of Regents will formally select the new president of Kansas State University during its meeting today. The only finalist still vying for the post is Kirk Schulz after two other finalists withdrew from the selection process. Schulz is a vice president at Mississippi State University.
Danger rising
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A12
Australia may be getting a glimpse of its globally warmed future. Experts agreed Tuesday that no one drought, flood or wildfire can be attributed to global warming, but they stressed that the eucalyptus forest and farms of southeastern Australia are becoming warmer, drier and more prone to fire as the planet heats up.
KU proposal would eliminate Stop Day
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A4
A proposal before a university committee would eliminate Stop Day from the Kansas University academic calendar. The day is on the chopping block because of a desire to see spring semester classes start on the Tuesday after Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and for fall semester classes to start on a Monday. Now, Stop Day hinders the university’s ability to do that.
NBAF research could begin early
February 11, 2009 in print edition on B11
Research on biological threats could move to Kansas State University before the federal government finishes building a biosecurity lab near the campus, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday. Speaking during a Manhattan visit, Napolitano tried to dispel concerns about risks to the surrounding community by the planned National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility or by research into animal diseases and other threats.
Review of photo ban on coffins ordered
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A7
Defense Secretary Robert Gates ordered a review Tuesday of a Pentagon policy banning media from taking pictures of flag-draped coffins of military dead, signaling he was open to overturning the policy to better honor fallen soldiers.
Building confidence is the key
February 11, 2009 in print edition on B11
All indicators are that the American public is becoming more and more nervous about the present economic situation and the seeming inability of government at both the state and local level to put in place programs designed to make things better. In the space of only a few months we have moved from talking about an economic “downturn” to a recession to an “economic meltdown.”
Tough choices
Recent Lawrence school board decisions will make it harder for some local students to graduate and for many others to take driver’s education.
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A11
Being a school board member isn’t an easy job, especially during financially uncertain times like these. Everyone understands that difficult choices have to be made, but a couple of recent decisions by the Lawrence school board could have a negative impact on our community and its young people.
Bailout bonuses
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A11
To the editor: Thank you, President Obama, for requiring limits on CEO compensation for companies that will be receiving U.S. taxpayers’ bailout money. Finally, we have a president who actually represents the hard-working average Americans in this country.
KU softball team ranked No. 25
February 11, 2009 in print edition on B7
For the first time since 2006, the Kansas softball team is ranked in the Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll, coming in at No. 25 on Tuesday.
Sussex spaniel oldest winner of dog show at 10
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A7
This old dog taught Westminster a new trick. At 10, a Sussex spaniel called Stump became the oldest best in show winner at America’s top canine competition, coming out of retirement last week and taking the big prize Tuesday night. “He hasn’t slowed down a bit,” expert handler Scott Sommer said. “I thought it would be fun.”
Ex-Jayhawk Jackson back with Cleveland
February 11, 2009 in print edition on B7
The Cleveland Cavaliers have recalled forward Darnell Jackson from the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League, Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry announced Tuesday.
Rowing team to host boathouse open house
February 11, 2009 in print edition on B7
Kansas rowing will host an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 28 at the new Kansas Rowing Boathouse at Burcham Park.
Jayhawks need to help McCray
February 11, 2009 in print edition on B7
Danielle McCray can’t do it all for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team.
Demetri Martin: Smart, silly, funny
February 11, 2009 in print edition on B10
I’m so happy when a comedian doesn’t resort to contrived anger and constant profanity that I’m prone to overpraise. That said, I laughed hard and often at “Important Things with Demetri Martin” (9:30 p.m., Comedy Central).
Gibbs lifts Seabury over Wetmore
February 11, 2009 in print edition on B6
Bill Gibbs scored 26 to lead Seabury’s boys basketball team to a 77-67 victory over Wetmore.
Gates: Decision near on Afghanistan troops
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A7
President Barack Obama is days away from approving a new Afghanistan troop buildup, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday, as the new administration confronts a worsening war and the prospect of fiercer fighting in the spring.
Pump patrol
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.76 at BP at 19th Street and Haskell Avenue.
Free State boys can’t stop Cougars
February 11, 2009 in print edition on B3
Before Shawnee Mission Northwest, one of the state’s best boys high school basketball teams, scored a point, Free State’s Alec Heline had hit an elbow jumper, and teammate Nick Hassig had drained a baseline jumper.
North teams carrying Big 12
Mizzou, K-State, Nebraska pleasant surprises in conference
February 11, 2009 in print edition on B5
Technically, there’s not a Big 12 North or South division in college basketball, but teams from the North seem to be swinging the pendulum of talent away from the South in 2009.
Tornado kills at least 4
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A2
A large, violent tornado ripped through a southern Oklahoma town late Tuesday evening, killing four people and injuring up to 50, authorities said. Severe weather also caused damage and power outages in metro Oklahoma City and western Texas.
Craft not quite cure for common cold, but cute
February 11, 2009 in print edition on C1
Cold season is here, which means children are arriving home from school with sniffles and sneezes along with empty lunch boxes and homework.
City wants ideas for homeless campsite
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A3
As a steady rain fell and a steady stream of homeless service advocates lamented the community’s lack of shelter space, city commissioners on Tuesday said they wanted to learn more about creating a campsite for homeless residents.
Whole truth still elusive for A-Rod
February 11, 2009 in print edition on B2
Telling the truth can be liberating, or so Alex Rodriguez would like us to believe.
Groups across city cross fingers for stimulus funds
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A5
The federal stimulus package may provide an extra $300,000 to $400,000 for a city grant program that gives funds to organizations that serve low- to moderate-income citizens. Margene Swarts, assistant director of planning and development services for the city, said staff members are keeping their fingers crossed that funding for the Community Development Block Grant program and the HOME fund program receive additional federal dollars.
Unexpected lift
Reserve forward Scrivo leads Firebirds
February 11, 2009 in print edition on B1
Ashleigh Allam didn’t play, sidelined by a broken nose. Chantay Caron coughed when she didn’t wince from swallowing with such a sore throat. From head-to-toe, she had that wicked-flu look. Somehow, she gutted out seven minutes.
Kellogg’s move fires up potheads
Lobbyist says decision to drop Phelps ‘disgusting’
February 11, 2009 in print edition on B8
Pot advocates are calling for a boycott of Kellogg Co. after the company dropped its sponsorship of Michael Phelps.
Colleague will be missed
February 11, 2009 in print edition on B1
We’re supposed to be competitors, but the propinquity of the press box turns sports writers more into friends than foes.
Simple tips limit sodium intake
February 11, 2009 in print edition on C1
Q: My blood pressure is a little high. How much salt can I eat in a day? A: With February being American Heart Month, this is a good time to emphasize the importance of watching your sodium intake. You can help prevent and control high blood pressure by cutting down on salt and other forms of sodium.
In Junction City, wars invade classroom
Conflicts in Middle East have lasted most of students’ lives
February 11, 2009 in print edition on A1
With roughly 16,000 troops stationed at the base, the children of soldiers make up about two-thirds of the Geary County school system, and most of them are used to the idea of war. It is a fact of life for them and their classmates. It’s well understood by teachers and administrators, 35 percent of whom are part of a military family.