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KU at KSU The day in photos, Feb. 14, 2009 Lawrence High School boys vs. Shawnee Mission West Free State girls vs. Leavenworth Free State boys vs. Leavenworth Lawrence High School girls vs. Shawnee Mission West
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Who gets the gameball after the Jayhawks' 85-74 victory over Kansas State?

Poll results

Response Percent
Marcus Morris
 
50%
Cole Aldrich
 
39%
Brady Morningstar
 
7%
Sherron Collins
 
2%
Other
 
0%
Total 627
Who was KU's first-half MVP against K-State?

Poll results

Response Percent
Marcus Morris
 
58%
Brady Morningstar
 
26%
Cole Aldrich
 
13%
Sherron Collins
 
2%
Other
 
0%
Total 244
What do you think is the biggest key for KU against K-State?

Poll results

Response Percent
Get Cole Aldrich the ball
 
59%
Get Sherron Collins going
 
28%
Limit Denis Clemente on defense
 
8%
Limit Jacob Pullen on defense
 
4%
Total 74
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Bonnie McLean, Enid, Okla., runs though an agility course with her dog Okl on Friday, Feb. 13, 2009 at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds. Dog agility contest livens up fairgrounds this weekend
February 13, 2009 in print edition on 1A
About 260 pure-bred dogs of all sizes and from across the Midwest are in town through Sunday competing in the American Kennel Club-sanctioned event where they jump over bars, run through tunnels and on top of objects.
6:00 a.m.
Hy-Vee employee Nima Khoshsabegheh, left, makes Valentine’s deliveries Friday. His first afternoon delivery was to Marci Ramsay, who works at Douglas County Child Development Association, 935 Iowa. Valentine’s Day business brisk at Lawrence shops
February 13, 2009 in print edition on 1B
Roses are red; violets are blue. Cards, candy, roses; Lawrence businesses thank you.
10:00 a.m.
Ten-year-old Michael Douglas is wheeled out to the playground at Wellsville Elementary School by his classmates Gavin Wilson, 11, and Dylan Leckner, 11. Michael suffers from interstitial lung disease and has been on oxygen since he was 1 year old. The two classmates pay special attention to the needs of their friend, often hanging out indoors with Michael during recess as he is unable to participate in high-level activities or be outside when temperatures dip below 50 degrees. While the friends started recess outside on Feb. 5, they ended up playing inside because of the chilly wind. 10-year-old Jayhawk fan fights rare lung disease
February 13, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Dragging around a small oxygen tank, 10-year-old Michael Douglas shoots baskets during recess. He doesn’t let the plastic tubing, which runs from the tank to his nose, get in the way.
2:00 p.m.
KU's Cole Aldrich warms up before taking on Kansas State in Manhattan on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009. FINAL: Aldrich’s 21 points lead KU to 85-74 victory over KSU
12:59 p.m., February 14, 2009 Updated 10:53 p.m.
Sherron Collins added 19 points while Marcus Morris had 15 in KU’s win.
6:00 p.m.
Anne Osborne is a legally blind massage student at MTTI Wellspring, which has a Lawrence campus at 947 N.H. She recently practiced her technique on fellow student Sharee Riley. The right touch: Legally blind student pursues calling in massage therapy
February 14, 2009 in print edition on 1D
If everything goes her way, this will be the last Valentine’s Day Anne Osborne will have free for a while. She’d like to think that come this time next year, she’ll be so booked up with work she won’t have any time for noshing on candy hearts.

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FINAL: Aldrich’s 21 points lead KU to 85-74 victory over KSU
12:59 p.m., February 14, 2009 Updated 10:53 p.m.
Sherron Collins added 19 points while Marcus Morris had 15 in KU’s win.
Survey: 1 in 4 wrong about recall
February 14, 2009 in print edition on A5
Most Americans know about a peanut-based national salmonella outbreak but many are wrong about what products are involved and few have confidence in food safeguards, according to a Harvard survey released Friday.About 1 in 4 of those polled mistakenly think that national peanut butter brands are involved in the product recalls, but fewer than half are worrying about recalled snack bars, baked goods, ice cream and dry-roasted peanuts.
Model railroad show coming to fairgrounds
February 14, 2009 in print edition on B2
The eighth annual Lawrence Model Railroad Show and Swap Meet is rolling into town next weekend. The show lasts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 21 in Building 21 of the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2120 Harper St.Today, Checkers will accept donated canned foods for the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen in exchange for $1 off admission to the train show.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
February 14, 2009 in print edition on B6
The American death toll for the Vietnam War was listed officially at 31,562, with nearly 200,000 more wounded. Opposition to the war continued to mount, particularly on campuses such as at Kansas University.City officials reported 15,020 Lawrence residents eligible to vote in the coming City Commission and school board primary elections.
No shortage of certitude
February 14, 2009 in print edition on B7
The president, convinced that the only thing America has to fear is an insufficiency of fear, has warned that “disaster” and “catastrophe” are the certain alternatives to swift passage of the stimulus legislation. One marvels at his certitude more than one envies his custody of this adventure.
Grade-A BBQ? Students eat meat for college
February 14, 2009 in print edition on A8
Four college students walk into a smoky restaurant, sit at a table under a blaring TV and order up their class work for the day — two slabs of spare ribs dripping with reddish sauce, white bread on the side. But this isn’t lunch. It’s writing about barbecue for an A.
Free State girls pound Pioneers
Allam energizes FSHS in 38-18 drubbing
February 14, 2009 in print edition on C1
A masked woman appeared inside Free State High’s gymnasium Friday night, putting quite a scare into her opponents on Friday the 13th. No, this wasn’t some kind of costume party. It could, however, be considered a coming-out party of sorts. The shielded starter was Firebirds forward Ashleigh Allam, who returned to the court for the first time with a new protective face mask for a broken nose.
Hijacked ship crew welcomed home
February 14, 2009 in print edition on A8
Twenty joyful but exhausted sailors stepped off a plane and into the arms of their loved ones Friday — a happy ending to an emotionally searing four-month hijack drama off the coast of Somalia. Embracing sobbing wives and parents in the freezing cold outside Kiev’s Boryspil Airport, the crew of the MV Faina — 17 Ukrainians, two Russians and a Latvian — recounted how they were crammed into a tiny room and haunted by the fear of never seeing their families again.
Superior surge
Late Lions rally enough to topple SM West
February 14, 2009 in print edition on C1
It did not take too terribly long to crack the code that was the Shawnee Mission West boys basketball team’s strategy against host Lawrence High on Friday night. From the opening tip, the Vikings’ goal was abundantly clear: Slow the game down to a trickle, eliminate any kind of Lions transition game, and hope for the best.
Biden puzzled by adversarial House
February 14, 2009 in print edition on B6
When Joe and Jill Biden moved to Washington on Jan. 20 as he took up his duties as vice president, they moved their bed down from the family home in Wilmington, Del. But unlike their predecessors, the Gores and the Cheneys, who already lived in the Washington suburbs and had houses filled with furniture they were ready to transfer to the official residence on Massachusetts Avenue, the Bidens had empty rooms to fill.
Report: Boy becomes father at 13
February 14, 2009 in print edition on A2
He’s 13. He scarcely looks 10. And according to a British tabloid, he’s a father. Baby-faced and only 4-feet-tall, the boy, Alfie, was just 12 when he impregnated Chantelle, now 15, The Sun reported Friday. Shown in a video posted Friday on the tabloid’s Web site, the diminutive Alfie takes the newborn girl in his arms.
Jet nosegear collapses in landing
February 14, 2009 in print edition on A3
The nosewheel of a British Airways passenger jet collapsed with a loud bang as it landed Friday evening at London City Airport, sending the plane scraping across the tarmac with 71 people aboard, officials and witnesses said. All aboard escaped by emergency slides, but one person was taken to a hospital with a minor injury.
Legislative body ponders Sebelius’ schedule change
Governor keeps silence on Cabinet post rumors
February 14, 2009 in print edition on B2
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius caused a stir Friday by canceling a planned meeting with legislative leaders while the Statehouse buzzed about her chances of joining President Barack Obama’s administration. The meeting was set for 8 a.m. Monday, and legislative leaders confirmed that they were told by e-mail that it had been scuttled.
Suspect charged with arson in wildfire
February 14, 2009 in print edition on A3
Police charged a man with deadly arson in one of southern Australia’s wildfires and put him in protective custody as survivors expressed fury that anyone could set such a blaze. Authorities also doubled the property toll on Friday, saying more than 1,800 homes were destroyed in the Feb. 7 blazes. Officials say 181 people were killed and expect that total eventually to exceed 200.
Independence Inc. seeks nominations
February 14, 2009 in print edition on B2
Independence Inc. is now accepting nominations for its Community Access Awards, which recognize people who have advanced the life and integration of the community of people with disabilities.The award ceremony is set for May 6 at Independence Inc., 2001 Haskell Ave.
Hugh Jackman looks forward to hosting ‘intimate’ Oscars
February 14, 2009 in print edition on D7
Hugh Jackman says he knows the Oscars ceremony isn’t about him, but he’d better enjoy it all the same. “Celebration is the key. I’m certainly going to have a good time. If I’m not going to have a good time, how the hell is anybody else?” said Jackman, who sounded up for the job in a phone interview Friday, less than two weeks before the Feb. 22 ceremony airing on ABC.
Pet awareness
February 14, 2009 in print edition on B6
To the editor: The article “Economic woes take a bite out of Westminster dog show” blamed the dog show’s low attendance on the poor economy. It is possible that the real reason for the decline is increased awareness.
Setting boundaries
February 14, 2009 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Children screaming in a store represent the universal parenting challenge: Who’s in charge. All shoppers find screaming irritating. But, we’ve all been there, so have some sympathy for parents. They have the most important job in the world. And it’s not easy!
Irresponsible vote
The “historic” economic stimulus bill was approved by members of Congress who probably hadn’t even read it.
February 14, 2009 in print edition on B6
What could be more ridiculous or irresponsible than for members of Congress to vote on a so-called stimulus bill, numbering close to 1,000 pages and involving millions, billions or even trillions of dollars, when only a handful of these congressmen has read the entire bill?
City Commission agenda: Water, sewer project list compiled
February 14, 2009 in print edition on B4
City commissioners are expected to sign off on a list of water and sewer projects that the city hopes to receive federal stimulus dollars to complete. The state has asked the city to submit applications for projects that could be started by June.
Youth Turkey Hunt set at Clinton Lake
February 14, 2009 in print edition on B3
The fourth annual Youth Turkey Hunt will be April 4 at Clinton Lake. Applications are being taken by the Army Corps of Engineers from youths 10 to 16 years old who will be assisted by a mentor during the hunt. The hunters will be selected in a drawing from among the applicants. Those chosen will receive a phone call. Applications must be turned in by 4 p.m. March 17.
Trump quits casino company’s board
February 14, 2009 in print edition on A3
Donald Trump fired himself Friday from the casino company that bears his name. Spurned by bond holders who rejected his effort to buy Trump Entertainment Resorts, the real estate mogul and his daughter Ivanka are resigning from its board of directors.
Kidnappers threaten to kill American U.N. employee
February 14, 2009 in print edition on A7
Kidnappers threatened on Friday to kill an American employee of the United Nations within 72 hours and issued a grainy video of the blindfolded captive saying he was “sick and in trouble.” A letter accompanying the video delivered to a Pakistani news agency said the hostage, John Solecki, would be killed unless authorities released 141 women it said were being held in Pakistan.
County to recoup state fuel taxes
February 14, 2009 in print edition on B1
Douglas County is one of 20 counties that will receive a portion of funds that were lost because of a state miscalculation of state fuels taxes. Douglas County will receive $1,152,562 under the budget adjustment bill passed by the Legislature on Thursday and sent to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. In the area, Leavenworth County will receive $655,874 and Shawnee County nearly $3.3 million.
Referendum on term limits, Chavez divides Venezuelans
February 14, 2009 in print edition on A7
Before Hugo Chavez became president, Rafael Alvarez was so close to his older brother that he called him “papi.” Now the two don’t speak. The Alvarez family is like much of Venezuela, split down the middle by 10 years of Chavez rule and a fierce struggle by his opponents to end it. A referendum Sunday that could remove constitutional term limits altogether has polarized the country even more.
Chancellor’s search a top priority for KU and Kansas
February 14, 2009 in print edition on B1
Earlier this week, Kirk Schulz was introduced as the incoming president for Kansas State University. He currently is vice president for research and economic development at Mississippi State University. The 45-year-old chemical engineer appears to be an excellent choice to assume the leadership of KSU, and all Kansans, regardless of their various school loyalties, should hope Schulz enjoys a successful career as K-State’s president.
KU softball splits
February 14, 2009 in print edition on C4
The Kansas University softball team split games against Western Carolina and South Carolina on Friday.
Preparations begin for St. Patrick’s Day
February 14, 2009 in print edition on B4
Events leading up to the 22nd annual Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day parade are starting this weekend. This year, money raised in conjunction with the parade and other events will benefit Boys and Girls Club of New York School, Lawrence Parents as Teachers, GaDuGi Safe Center and the LHS-Positive Support Team.
Club news
February 14, 2009 in print edition on D5
University Bridge Club announces results of its Feb. 7 meeting. Hosts were John and Jane Golden. Blue winners were Bonnie Haney, first; Dale Kring, second; Dan Harden, third; Roz Zimmerer, fourth; and Al Smith, fifth. Pink winners were Karen Zimmerer, first; Janet Dunn, second; Carolyn Harden, third; Rhetta Jo Noever, fourth; and Myrna Ikenberry, fifth.
Scouting news
February 14, 2009 in print edition on D3
Eudora Boy Scout Troop 64, sponsored by the Eudora Lions Club, conducted an Eagle Court of Honor Oct. 30 at Camp Bromelsick to honor two new Eagle Scouts, David Lewis and Jim Adams. Both Scouts graduated from Lawrence High School in May, with Lewis completing his Eagle Board of Review Nov. 27, 2007, and Adams completing his review Sept. 22.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
February 14, 2009 in print edition on B6
Eight wasn’t enough for Kansas University’s scholarship hall facilities and chancellor Gene Budig was pushing efforts for more such halls on the school’s west campus. The Lawrence school board was considering an 11 p.m. curfew on its meetings after a series of long-winded sessions.
Love is all around us — and on cable
February 14, 2009 in print edition on D7
The calendar conspires to place St. Valentine’s Day on a Saturday night, making it the most romantic date night of the year — or the most forlorn, depending on your situation and attitude. For those who spend this pink night bathed in the blue glow of a television, the schedule offers many ways to celebrate or denigrate the occasion.
How to shop for Valentine’s Day roses
February 14, 2009 in print edition on D1
When buying roses this Valentine’s Day, look for signs of freshness: Buds that are robust but not open. Roses with tight buds and showing little color have been harvested too early and will not have as long a vase life as those with more developed buds.
Bankruptcies
February 14, 2009 in print edition on E1
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection during the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Horoscopes
February 14, 2009 in print edition on D7
You see life from a new perspective this year. Others note this growth and compassion. Often, others put you on a pedestal. If you are single, you will meet someone through work or through someone you put on a pedestal. If you are attached, the two of you will become closer because of a parent or a community commitment.
LHS girls fall to SM West, 48-44
February 14, 2009 in print edition on C4
Despite failing to make a field goal in the fourth quarter, the Shawnee Mission West girls basketball team was able to overcome a double-digit second-half deficit to top Lawrence High, 48-44.
There’s a second chance to collect last year’s stimulus credit
February 14, 2009 in print edition on E1
It’s not often the government gives you a second chance at some extra cash if you miss out the first time. But that’s the case with the Recovery Rebate Credit, part of the economic stimulus package that was passed by Congress in 2008. The idea was that if you put more money into the hands of consumers, they would start spending again and help spur more economic activity.
Moms offer sober reality check on multiple births
February 14, 2009 in print edition on E6
Nadya Suleman’s daunting future of raising octuplets into adulthood may best be understood by the exhausted but proud parents of other multiples and the researchers who study them. And if there’s anyone who could give Suleman some frank advice, it’s a mom with five toddlers.
3 Topeka stations stick to digital switch date
February 14, 2009 in print edition on B5
Three of the four Topeka network TV stations will be making the digital switch next week. Though Congress allowed stations to keep their analog signals on the air until June, many stations around the country — including KTKA-ABC in Topeka, WIBW-CBS and KTWU-PBS — will all go ahead and turn off their analog signals by Tuesday, the date originally scheduled.
Self, KU look to start new streak
February 14, 2009 in print edition on C1
Perhaps for old time’s sake, the media resurrected talk of “The Streak” this week. You remember: Kansas University’s 24-game men’s basketball win streak over Kansas State on the Wildcats’ homecourt, a streak that finally ended when the Michael Beasley-led Wildcats slapped KU, 84-75, Jan. 30, 2008, at Bramlage Coliseum.
Clinton urges N. Korea against provocation
February 14, 2009 in print edition on A2
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, making her first major policy speech, urged North Korea on Friday not to take any “provocative” actions that could undermine peace efforts. Amid press reports that North Korea might be preparing a long-range missile test, Clinton pledged to hold the communist regime to its commitments to give up its nuclear programs in return for international aid and political concessions.
Baker campuses adjust to layoffs
Reductions represent 5.2% of workforce
February 14, 2009 in print edition on B1
Of the 23 people who were laid off recently from Baker University, eight had worked at Baldwin City’s College of Arts and Science campus. There were also eight layoffs universitywide, six at the School of Professional and Graduate Studies and one in the School of Education. Baker’s Overland Park and Wichita campuses have educational and graduate programs. The exact number of layoffs at each of those campuses wasn’t available.
FSHS boys tripped by Leavenworth, 52-46
February 14, 2009 in print edition on C4
Coach Chuck Law said his team executed its game plan the best it has all season Friday night.
Deadly Abilene blaze ruled accidental
February 14, 2009 in print edition on B4
Authorities say an Abilene fire that killed three children was sparked by combustible materials left too close to the furnace. The State Fire Marshal’s Office has ruled that the fire was accidental. Abilene Police Chief Bryan Dunlap has said that the mother of the children, Diane Baquero, “was in close proximity to the home studying for a test” when the fire broke out on Feb. 7.
4-H and FCE news
February 14, 2009 in print edition on D3
Kanwaka FCE met Tuesday at the home of Aliene and David Bieber, 533 Lindley Drive. Mary Ann Strong presented the lesson, “Someone’s In the World Being Green.”
Zoo, teen’s family settle over tiger attack
February 14, 2009 in print edition on A3
The parents of a 17-year-old boy killed by an escaped tiger at the San Francisco Zoo reached a settlement in their wrongful death lawsuit, their lawyer announced Friday. Attorney Michael Cardoza said the family of Carlos Sousa Jr. has asked that the amount of the settlement remain confidential. He said the zoo agreed to erect and maintain a bench in memory of the San Jose teen as part of the settlement.
Paraguay’s displays, bouquets praise little-celebrated U.S. President Hayes
February 14, 2009 in print edition on E6
As the U.S. celebrates Presidents Day on Monday, citizens of this small South American country wonder why anyone would overlook Rutherford B. Hayes. Forget Lincoln or Washington. Hayes — a one-term U.S. president who is undistinguished at home — has a holiday, a province, a town, a museum and a soccer team all named in his honor, thanks to an 1878 arbitration in which he handed Paraguay 60 percent of its land.
Tonganoxie educators looking for ways to save money
February 14, 2009
Education leaders in Tonganoxie recently passed a plan to improve the infrastructure of their schools, all in an effort to ‘go green.’
Stocks fall as investors can’t shake woes
February 14, 2009 in print edition on A2
Investors sent Washington a message this week: They won’t commit to stocks until the government commits to a plan. Stocks ended lower Friday, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average to its lowest close since last November and leaving it with a weekly decline of 5.2 percent.
Pump patrol
February 14, 2009 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.77 at several locations.
Around and about
February 14, 2009 in print edition on D3
Kirsten and Darrin Mock, Lawrence, announce the birth of their daughter, Elizabeth Claire Mock, on Jan. 29, 2009, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. Elizabeth has a brother, Hayden Mock, 2. Her maternal grandparents are Lynn and Karen Olson, Lawrence; paternal grandparents are Fern Baker, Lawrence, and Gary Mock, El Paso, Texas; great-grandparents are Adolph and Dixie Olson, Lawrence, Don Barron, Shawnee, and Rex Craig, Burnet, Texas.
Everybody in baseball suspect now
February 14, 2009 in print edition on C2
Miguel Tejada had a few drinks the night before he appeared in court to confess his sins.
The right touch: Legally blind student pursues calling in massage therapy
February 14, 2009 in print edition on D1
If everything goes her way, this will be the last Valentine’s Day Anne Osborne will have free for a while. She’d like to think that come this time next year, she’ll be so booked up with work she won’t have any time for noshing on candy hearts.
KU women to face No. 2 OU
February 14, 2009 in print edition on C4
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team will entertain the No. 2-ranked team in the country tonight. Powerful Oklahoma, 21-2 overall and 9-0 in the Big 12, visits for a 7 p.m. tip in Allen Fieldhouse.
Westar’s Wittig pays $1 million fine
February 14, 2009 in print edition on B5
The former head of a Kansas utility has paid a $1 million fine associated with his federal conviction in a bank loan conspiracy. Court documents show the payment was made Thursday. Former Wester Energy Chief Executive David Wittig was fined and sentenced to four years in prison in February 2004. The sentence was later reduced to two years.
Kansas Senate to debate smoking ban
February 14, 2009 in print edition on A4
The top leader of the Kansas Senate says a bill creating a statewide smoking ban has a good chance of winning Senate approval. The measure would bar smoking in most public places, including bars and restaurants, and in workplaces and government buildings. Debate in the Senate is set for Monday. Senate President Steve Morris predicts the measure will pass — if there aren’t too many amendments attached.
Haskell takes two from Peru State
February 14, 2009 in print edition on C7
Haskell’s men’s and women’s basketball teams claimed home victories.
Police bring charges of attempted murder
February 14, 2009 in print edition on B2
Lawrence police arrested an 18-year-old Lawrence man at 3:45 p.m. Friday on charges of attempted second-degree murder. Lawrence Police Sgt. Richard Nickell said that police arrested the man in connection with reports of shots fired last month along 23rd Street. Nobody was injured in the incident.
Completed chat with GoPowercat.com’s Michael Ashford
February 14, 2009
Michael Ashford of GoPowercat.com completed a chat with KUsports.com readers at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13
Baylor mentions Manning in lawsuit against Clippers
February 14, 2009 in print edition on C5
One of the most provocative allegations in the lawsuit filed by former Los Angeles Clippers executive and NBA Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor against the Clippers, the NBA and owner Donald Sterling and team president Andy Roeser dealt with a comment allegedly made by Sterling about his former player, Danny Manning.
Military news
February 14, 2009 in print edition on D3
Army Pvt. Ashley M. Tillman has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. The private also has graduated from the Petroleum Supply Specialist Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Lee, Petersburg, Va. The course is designed to train students in receipt, storage, issue, shipping, and distribution of petroleum, oil and lubricant products used by the Army.
Malaise at the mall
The great American hangout may be in jeopardy
February 14, 2009 in print edition on E1
Something’s amiss at the mall. The parking lots at the biggest shopping centers are still filling up on weekends, the food courts bustle with hungry customers and walkways are crowded with gangly teenagers and stroller-wielding moms. Look closely, though, and you’ll see there aren’t many bags. That’s because shoppers at some of the country’s busiest retail centers aren’t buying. Not much, anyway.
Female suicide bomber kills 40
February 14, 2009 in print edition on A7
A female suicide bomber struck a tent filled with women and children resting during a pilgrimage south of Baghdad on Friday, killing 40 people and wounding about 80 in the deadliest of three straight days of attacks against Shiite worshippers.
People in the news
February 14, 2009 in print edition on D7
• Kevin Costner, wife welcome another son
Durant drops 46 in Rookie Challenge
February 14, 2009 in print edition on C5
Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant scored a Rookie Challenge-record 46 points to lead the NBA’s sophomores to a 122-116 victory over the rookies on Friday night.
$787 billion stimulus plan pushed through Congress
Voting practically split along party lines in House, Senate
February 14, 2009 in print edition on A2
In a major victory for President Barack Obama, Democrats muscled a huge, $787 billion stimulus bill through Congress late Friday night in hopes of combating the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Republican opposition was nearly unanimous.
Pucker up for stress relief? Science of smooch is chemistry
February 14, 2009 in print edition on A2
“Chemistry look what you’ve done to me,” Donna Summer crooned in Science of Love, and so, it seems, she was right. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a panel of scientists examined the mystery of what happens when hearts throb and lips lock. Kissing, it turns out, unleashes chemicals that ease stress hormones in both sexes and encourage bonding in men, though not so much in women.
Candidate forum to occur Monday
February 14, 2009 in print edition on B2
Lawrence City Commission and school board candidates will participate in a question-and-answer forum on Monday. The City Commission portion of the forum will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the school board portion at 8 p.m. Both will take place at Lawrence City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets. The forum is sponsored by the Voter Education Coalition, and will feature questions regarding budget and economic issues both from panelists and from members of the audience.
Trove of Bess Truman’s papers made public
February 14, 2009 in print edition on A3
Family papers detailing the private life of former first lady Bess Wallace Truman were released Friday, with no apparent bombshells about the wife of President Harry Truman in the more than 24,000 pages. The Truman Presidential Library and Museum opened the family papers to mark the 124th anniversary of Bess Wallace Truman’s birth.
Wildcats mindful of horrid start
February 14, 2009 in print edition on C1
Kansas State’s basketball players felt as if they’d been run over by the Wabash Cannonball.
In shift, Blackwater dumps tarnished name
February 14, 2009 in print edition on A2
Blackwater Worldwide is still protecting U.S. diplomats in Iraq, but executives at the beleaguered security firm are taking their biggest step yet to put that work and the ugly reputation it earned the company behind them. Blackwater said Friday it will no longer operate under the name that came to be known worldwide as a caustic moniker for private security, dropping the tarnished brand for a disarming and simple identity: Xe, which is pronounced like the letter “z.”
Faith Forum: What is your favorite Scripture about love?
February 14, 2009 in print edition on D1
I have two favorites. The first is I John 4:7-21. “Let us love one another, because love is from God … for God is love. Those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.” There is much more in these verses, and I encourage you to read the whole fourth chapter. It simply states where love comes from (God) and how we are called to share God’s love with others. We are to love as God loves, without limits or conditions.
Seabury upends Elwood
February 14, 2009 in print edition on C7
Bill Gibbs and Reed Grabill led Seabury past Elwood, 61-41.
Jordan a finalist for hall
February 14, 2009 in print edition on C2
Michael Jordan, John Stockton and David Robinson were among the 16 finalists for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Friday.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
February 14, 2009 in print edition on C4
Mario Little chose Kansas University over Kansas State and Illinois in recruiting. “A guy that we went nose-to-nose with Kansas recruiting — and there’s a reason why we recruited him because we thought he was good — was Mario Little,” KSU coach Frank Martin said of the former Chipola (Fla.) Community College forward.
NTSB: Plane crew saw significant ice buildup before crash
February 14, 2009 in print edition on A3
The crew of the commuter plane that fell on a house, killing all 49 people aboard and one person on the ground, noticed significant ice buildup on the wings and windshield just before the aircraft began pitching and rolling violently, investigators said Friday.
Presidents Day to shut offices, services
February 14, 2009 in print edition on B4
Lawrence city offices and some other services will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day. Federal offices and Douglas County District Court offices also will be closed. Douglas County administrative offices will be open. City offices in McLouth and Eudora will be closed, as will county offices in Franklin and Jefferson counties.
Free State High School honor roll
February 14, 2009 in print edition on B8
Free State High School has announced its first semester 2008-09 honor rolls. To be eligible for the honor roll, a student must obtain at least a 3.5 grade-point average.
Failed system
February 14, 2009 in print edition on B6
To the editor: For a nation that never misses an opportunity to declare itself “the greatest country in the world” (thus further isolating us), our health care situation is a disaster unparalleled in the “developed” world. Despite overblown medical fees and overblown administrative staff, we are still “the best” and resist considering a single-payer option enjoyed by “lesser nations.”
Ticket inflation
Never mind the tight economy, the price of Kansas University football tickets is going up.
February 14, 2009 in print edition on B6
While most American businesses appear to be facing extreme economic challenges by cutting their work forces, reducing prices to attract customers and initiating other cost-saving actions, the Kansas University Athletics Department apparently believes that KU football tickets for the upcoming season will be in such high demand that they can afford to raise the prices.
Clinic warns of possible contaminant exposure
February 14, 2009 in print edition on A2
Thousands of patients at a Veterans Affairs clinic in Tennessee may have been exposed to the infectious body fluids of other patients when they had colonoscopies in recent years, and now VA medical facilities all over the U.S. are reviewing their own procedures.
Program for young entrepreneurs expands
February 14, 2009 in print edition on B5
Brett Henderson, a Lawrence High School senior, doesn’t plan to wait long before his start in the business world. “I plan on being an entrepreneur when I graduate,” Henderson said. Thanks to a longtime program in Kansas high schools, including LHS, Henderson and 16 of his classmates get hands-on experience with business fundamentals through the Youth Entrepreneurs Kansas program.
Peanut butter scare changes kids’ lunchbox rituals
Company at center of product recalls files for bankruptcy
February 14, 2009 in print edition on A5
The nationwide salmonella outbreak has left many parents in a situation as sticky as peanut butter itself: Should they pack their kids’ lunches with PB&J or stay away from the old standby? Jarred peanut butter sales were down significantly last month compared to the previous year, suggesting that many children are going without their favorite sandwiches even though leading brands of jarred peanut butter have not been recalled.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
February 14, 2009 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 14, 1909: “A group of people came in from Parsons today and plan to ask the city to give them a franchise for an electric line. They again represent Dayton, Ohio, financiers who have been seeking to set up the transit system. They say then ‘mean business’ and hope to leave with approval for the work.
Chieftains sweep Santa Fe Trail
THS girls win, 45-44; boys roll, 58-44
February 14, 2009 in print edition on C7
Tonganoxie swept a pair of high school basketball games with Santa Fe Trail.
On the record
February 14, 2009 in print edition on B2
Lawrence police arrested a 22-year-old Lawrence woman for battery in the 1400 block of Tennessee Street Friday morning. Police reports indicate that she battered a 23-year-old Lawrence man at her residence. The incident occurred at 2:15 a.m.
Woodworker revels in art of rustic furniture
February 14, 2009 in print edition on B3
Seated at an old-time shaving bench where cedar limbs are converted to chair tenons, a wide smile crosses Jay Yoder’s face at the thought he might have been born too late. “Probably not,” he answered.