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KU at OU Police recruit training Kansas women vs. Iowa State The day in photos, Feb. 23, 2009
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Polls
Who gets the game ball after KU's 87-78 victory over Oklahoma?

Poll results

Response Percent
Sherron Collins
 
65%
Tyshawn Taylor
 
28%
Cole Aldrich
 
5%
Other
 
0%
Total 709
Who was KU's first-half MVP against Oklahoma?

Poll results

Response Percent
Tyshawn Taylor
 
88%
Cole Aldrich
 
9%
Other
 
2%
Total 179
Who will score the most points in tonight's game?

Poll results

Response Percent
KU’s Sherron Collins
 
45%
OU’s Willie Warren
 
27%
KU’s Cole Aldrich
 
24%
OU’s Austin Johnson
 
2%
Total 98
What is your assessment so far of President Barack Obama's economic stimulus program?

Poll results

Response Percent
I don’t like it
 
41%
Too soon to tell
 
37%
I like it
 
20%
Total 857
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Aidan Jayaranan, 5, Lawrence, watches a garden scale train set making its rounds Saturday at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, building 21. The fairgrounds was host to the Lawrence Model Railroad Show and Swap Meet on Saturday. Making fast tracks: Annual show captivates train lovers of all ages
February 22, 2009 in print edition on 1B
Like most boys under five, Ryan and Aidan Orth have Thomas & Friends trains. But at Saturday’s Lawrence Model Railroad Show and Swap Meet, dad Mike Orth said there were many others they would love to have. “Him more than anyone,” wife Kim Orth said, pointing to her husband. “He is the biggest kid.”
6:00 a.m.
Heather Roman, an undergraduate student from Lenexa, works on a piece of her art. Kansas University is dismantling its School of Fine Arts, and will move various departments into other schools. A new School of Music and School of the Arts would be created, and other programs including interior design and industrial design would go to the School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Finishing touches applied to fine arts reorganization at KU
February 23, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Kansas University is working to make an upcoming reorganization of its School of Fine Arts as seamless as possible for students and staff. The plan, approved by the Kansas Board of Regents this year, would eliminate the existing School of Fine Arts, and organize its various functions into new and existing schools on campus.
10:00 a.m.
Robert Krause, left, and Simon Bates — purveyors of gourmet burgers and fries at The Burger Stand. Chef brings gourmet burger operation to downtown
February 23, 2009 in print edition on 3A
Lawrence chef Robert Krause has gained a national reputation for serving $100-per-plate, six-course meals out of his east Lawrence home. You know the type: Seared scallops with carrot puree, smoked New Zealand mussels in a lobster-saffron broth, prime tenderloin in potato gratin with a red wine reduction, roasted garlic chive oil, and — of course — pistachio butter.
2:00 p.m.
Jamie and Adam Gabriel consult with Jerrad Humerickhouse in preparing their income tax forms. The Hume’s Econotax office has seen many changes in the way people are filing their taxes due to the recession and increasing unemployment. Tax filers line up early for refunds
February 23, 2009 in print edition on 3A
February is always a busy month for income tax preparers, but this year it’s a little busier for some. “It’s definitely more than normal. More people are wanting to get their tax refunds early,” said Jerrad Humerickhouse, owner of Hume’s Econotax, 305 E. Seventh St. And that’s because some of those people are unemployed and need their refund more than previous years, Humerickhouse said.
6:00 p.m.
Julie Miller chats with James Ortiz, head custodian at West Junior High School, during a recent physical education class she was supervising. This is Ortiz’s first year as head custodian. Mr. Clean: West’s head custodian a role model for students
February 23, 2009
With his red hair and his trademark overalls, Groundskeeper Willie — the janitor/groundskeeper in “The Simpsons” — utters an “Ach, Wendel. ’Tis a mighty puddle of puke” in a 1989 episode from the cartoon sitcom. “I’m sorry,” says Wendel, the Springfield Elementary School student, who had vomited. “That’s all right, lad,” Willie says. “You reminded me of why I got into this work in the first place.”
8:00 p.m.
Kansas guard Sherron Collins pulls up for a jumper during warmups before taking on Oklahoma at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Oklahoma. FINAL: Collins’ clutch threes secure KU’s 87-78 victory over No. 3 OU
6:35 p.m., February 23, 2009 Updated 2:09 a.m.
Sherron Collins hit five of his final six threes, while Tyshawn Taylor contributed a career-high 26 points and Cole Aldrich added 20 rebounds in the Jayhawks’ victory.

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6News Top Six
February 23, 2009
Every Monday, 6News staff compile the area’s top six sports plays from the previous week.
Kidcast: Alexis Kriegh
February 23, 2009
The record high for February 24 is 73 in 1982. The record low is -2 in 1910.
FINAL: Collins’ clutch threes secure KU’s 87-78 victory over No. 3 OU
06:35 p.m., February 23, 2009 Updated 02:09 a.m.
Sherron Collins hit five of his final six threes, while Tyshawn Taylor contributed a career-high 26 points and Cole Aldrich added 20 rebounds in the Jayhawks’ victory.
Lawrence man accused of raping 11-year-old girl
February 23, 2009 in print edition on A3
Prosecutors filed a charge of child rape against a 21-year-old Lawrence man on Monday, Douglas County District Court records said.
$71.5 million in Medicaid stimulus funds headed to Kansas
February 23, 2009 in print edition on A6
As Kansas legislators struggle to balance the state budget, help will arrive this week in the form of $71.5 million in federal stimulus funds, officials said Monday.
Blood drive set for Friday at LMH
February 23, 2009
The Community Blood Center is always out for blood — donations, that is.
MBA students honing skills for upcoming competitions
February 23, 2009 in print edition on B9
MBA students at Kansas University will have the chance later this semester to compete in two different competitions to hone their real-life business skills.
Douglas County in line for money for neighborhood stabilization
February 23, 2009 in print edition on A4
Douglas County is one of 21 Kansas counties that could receive funds to be used to get repossessed homes moving through the real estate market.
Bill to abolish death penalty will get legislative hearing
02:57 p.m., February 23, 2009 Updated 04:39 p.m.
A bill abolishing the Kansas death penalty is scheduled to have a Senate committee hearing.
Griffin ruled out tonight against No. 15 Jayhawks
02:03 p.m., February 23, 2009 Updated 02:30 p.m.
Oklahoma star forward Blake Griffin won’t play in tonight 8 p.m. matchup against Kansas, according to a report by the Oklahoman.
Kansas Democrats chief to seek another term
01:12 p.m., February 23, 2009 Updated 02:56 p.m.
Kansas Democratic Party Chairman Larry Gates is seeking another two-year term in the job and doesn’t appear to face any opposition.
Amyx a familiar face in city politics
12:54 p.m., February 23, 2009 Updated 01:33 p.m. in print edition on A3
A 29-year-old Mike Amyx stood in the Douglas County Clerk’s office and watched an election official scrawl vote totals on a chalkboard. “I’m an excited young man,” Amyx told a Journal-World reporter, as he learned that he had enough votes to win a two-year term on the Lawrence City Commission. That was in 1983, and you would have thought the excitement would soon wear off.
City commission to debate alternative-fuel buses
February 23, 2009 in print edition on A1
The federal stimulus package has spurred city leaders to seriously begin exploring ditching its aging fleet of diesel transit buses and replacing them with alternative fuel vehicles.
KU ranked No. 15 in latest AP/ESPN polls
12:23 p.m., February 23, 2009 Updated 01:10 p.m.
The Kansas University men’s basketball team is ranked No. 15 in the latest Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls that were released today.
Two Douglas County projects on latest list for state’s stimulus money
Projects would come from a separate funding source than was given out last week
11:56 a.m., February 23, 2009 Updated 04:05 p.m. in print edition on A4
Douglas County has a chance to obtain road improvement funds from the federal stimulus package signed last week by President Barack Obama.
Collins named Big 12 player of the week
February 23, 2009
Kansas University junior guard Sherron Collins was named the Big 12 Player of the week, it was announced today.
Lawmakers tend to fallout at home from stimulus plan
Lynn Jenkins defends her vote against it
February 23, 2009 in print edition on A5
Maryland Democrat Frank Kratovil carries both the weight and the promise of the stimulus package on his shoulders more than many other lawmakers do. He’s a freshman from a conservative district that voted against the package before he voted for it. If the economy keeps sinking now, there could well be heck to pay in the next election. Nearly 1,200 miles away, from another precarious perch, Kansas Republican Lynn Jenkins was out defending her vote against the new stimulus law and, like Kratovil, holding her finger to the wind.
Horoscopes
February 23, 2009 in print edition on A9
This year is one of completion, thought and luck. You might be quieter, or you might hold more inside than usual. If you are single, you’ll want to carefully check out each person you would like to get involved with. If you are attached, the two of you often disagree.
Interest revives in marine shipping
February 23, 2009 in print edition on A10
An idea that dates to Lewis and Clark’s trek west is experiencing a rebirth thanks to the truck traffic that increasingly chokes highways: shift more of the nation’s freight burden to boats that can traverse rivers, lakes, canals and coastal waters.
Pump patrol
February 23, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.75 at several locations.
Book helps decipher race and politics
February 23, 2009 in print edition on A7
Gwen Ifill, a familiar face to audiences of PBS’ “Washington Week” and “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” has just published her first book, “The Break-Through: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.” I may be biased, because Gwen is a good friend and a former Washington Post colleague, but I found this volume the best available guide to the many puzzles of what some have (mistakenly) called “post-racial politics.”
Five tips for balancing your work, family
February 23, 2009
With almost 12 years of parenting under my belt, I feel like I have a good routine (most days, anyway). I’m here to tell you new moms out there: You can work and raise healthy, happy children.
‘Stuffed Nation’ author ponders hazards of junk food withdrawal
February 23, 2009
Hank Cardello doesn’t think you have to stop eating junk food in order to lose weight. As a matter of fact, Cardello, an author from Chapel Hill, N.C., believes the very opposite.
Chef brings gourmet burger operation to downtown
February 23, 2009 in print edition on A3
Lawrence chef Robert Krause has gained a national reputation for serving $100-per-plate, six-course meals out of his east Lawrence home. You know the type: Seared scallops with carrot puree, smoked New Zealand mussels in a lobster-saffron broth, prime tenderloin in potato gratin with a red wine reduction, roasted garlic chive oil, and — of course — pistachio butter.
Kansas softball splits at tourney
February 23, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas beat Cal, 3-2 in eight innings, then fell to Cal Poly, 3-1, at the Cathedral Citiy Classic.
Bonds, A-Rod shame record books
February 23, 2009 in print edition on B2
The next great baseball moment probably will come in about five years, when Alex Rodriguez hits home run No. 763 and is greeted at home plate, one cheater to another, by Barry Bonds. Greater still would be if that moment occurs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington so not only can Bonds be there, but A-Rod’s former teammates on the Texas Rangers, most of whom were more jacked up than the Bulgarian Olympic women’s weightlifting team.
Mickelson wins at Riviera — barely
Lefty nearly blows four-stroke lead in wild round
February 23, 2009 in print edition on B2
Los Angeles — Phil Mickelson nearly blew the biggest lead of his career, then had to scramble for par to avoid a playoff.
Newspaper owner files for Chapter 11
February 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
The owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Sunday in an effort to restructure its debt load. Philadelphia Newspapers Inc., owned by Philadelphia Media Holdings LLC, is the second newspaper company in two days, and fourth in recent months, to seek bankruptcy protection.
Forecasters see higher unemployment in 2009
February 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
Brace yourself: The recession is projected to worsen this year. The country stands to lose a sizable chunk of economic activity in 2009 as consumers at home and abroad retrench in the face of persistent economic troubles. And the U.S. unemployment rate — now at 7.6 percent, the highest in more than 16 years — is expected hit a peak of 9 percent this year.
Village militias to be armed to fight terror
February 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
Authorities in a Pakistani border province plan to arm villagers with 30,000 rifles and set up an elite police unit to protect a region increasingly besieged by Taliban and al-Qaida militants, an official said Sunday. Stiffer action in the North West Frontier Province could help offset American concern that a peace deal being negotiated in the Swat valley, a Taliban stronghold in the province, could create a haven for Islamist insurgents only 100 miles from the Pakistani capital.
Rescue ending at mine where 74 killed
February 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
Rescuers ended efforts today to find more survivors at a northern China coal mine where at least 74 people were killed the day before in underground explosions in the country’s deadliest mine disaster in a year. Of the more than 300 survivors of the accident at the Tunlan mine, 114 remained in the hospital, five of them in critical condition, said an official with the Shanxi provincial government spokesman’s office, speaking on condition of anonymity, citing policy.
Explosion in bazaar kills 1, injures 21
February 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
A homemade bomb exploded in a 650-year-old bazaar packed with tourists Sunday, killing a French woman and wounding at least 21 people, most of them foreigners. Within an hour, police found a second bomb and detonated it safely. Security officials said three people were in custody.
Tests to begin at nuclear power plant
February 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
Iran’s first nuclear power plant will undergo a critical series of tests starting Wednesday before full-scale operation begins later this year, Iranian state radio reported Sunday. The plant is a highly symbolic facet of Iran’s controversial nuclear program. Iranian leaders insist the country’s nuclear ambitions are peaceful, but the United States, Israel and some European nations have charged that Iran is trying to produce nuclear weapons.
Lawmaker implicated in Green Zone attacks
February 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
A Sunni Arab lawmaker is wanted in connection for a string of retaliation attacks and mortar strikes on the fortress-like Green Zone compound after a pair of his senior bodyguards stepped forward with incriminating confessions, a military official said Sunday.
Official: Investigator to lead stimulus oversight
February 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama plans to announce today a former Secret Service agent who helped expose lobbyists’ corruption at the Interior Department as his pick to oversee the $787 billion economic stimulus plan. Obama is set to name Earl Devaney as chairman of the new Recovery Act Transparency and Accountability Board, an administration official said Sunday.
On the record
February 23, 2009 in print edition on A4
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical reported no fire calls Sunday.
Volunteers lined up for Day of Caring
February 23, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Roger Hill Volunteer Center is getting ready for Day of Caring 2009, and lining up volunteers for the April 25 communitywide day of service.
Chloe-Janis battle looming on ‘24’
February 23, 2009 in print edition on A9
With the White House in disarray and the FBI compromised, the fate of the free world rests in the sweaty palms of Chloe O’Brien (Mary Lynn Rajskub) on “24” (8 p.m., Fox). I’m sure I wasn’t the only viewer who was let down last week by the lack of personal friction and interaction between neurotic IT nerds Chloe and Janis (Janeane Garofalo).
‘Slumdog’ rules Oscars with 8 prizes, best picture
February 23, 2009 in print edition on A9
“Slumdog Millionaire” took the best-picture Academy Award and seven other Oscars on Sunday, including director for Danny Boyle, whose ghetto-to-glory story paralleled the film’s unlikely rise to Hollywood’s summit.
Jayhawks baseball tumbles
February 23, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s baseball team fell to Memphis, 2-1, at the Service Academy Classic.
Senate to vote on civil union measure
February 23, 2009 in print edition on A10
Hawaii, the state that adopted the nation’s first “defense of marriage” constitutional amendment a decade ago, has now become the latest battleground in the fight for same-sex civil unions. It would become the fifth state to legalize the alternative to gay marriage if the Democrat-dominated Legislature and Republican governor approve a civil union law. The measure was passed by the state House this month but it now faces the Senate, where a divided committee is to vote Tuesday.
2 escape prison by helicopter for 2nd time
February 23, 2009 in print edition on A10
For the second time in their lives, two robbers escaped from a high-security prison Sunday by scaling a rope ladder to a hovering helicopter amid a gun battle with guards. The men remained missing late Sunday night. They had been scheduled to appear before a magistrate today about their first escape — from the same prison — three years ago.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
February 23, 2009 in print edition on B4
Three teams remain in contention for the Big 12 regular-season men’s basketball title entering tonight’s Kansas University-Oklahoma game, set for an 8 p.m. tipoff at Noble Center. KU and OU are 11-1, Missouri 10-2. MU plays at KU on March 1; OU is at Missouri on March 4.
McCray pleases crowd
February 23, 2009 in print edition on B1
Danielle McCray had 24 points and 16 rebounds and signed countless autographs after the Kansas women’s basketball team upset Iowa State, 58-47.
Sebelius reports there’s nothing to tell
February 23, 2009 in print edition on A1
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, mentioned as a top candidate for health secretary, said Sunday she has not talked with President Barack Obama about joining his Cabinet. “There really isn’t anything to tell. I haven’t had any meetings about the position,” Sebelius, 60, said in an interview with The Associated Press during the winter meeting of the National Governors Association.
Lumps of coal wrapped inside ‘green’ package
February 23, 2009 in print edition on A1
For the second straight year, Kansas lawmakers have put green wrapping around a carbon dioxide-emitting coal-fired power project. Legislative leaders say House Bill 2014, which would pave the way for construction of two 700-megawatt coal-burning plants near Holcomb, will be up for a vote this week. “It’s a pretty comprehensive bill,” House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, said.
Finishing touches applied to fine arts reorganization at KU
February 23, 2009 in print edition on A1
Kansas University is working to make an upcoming reorganization of its School of Fine Arts as seamless as possible for students and staff. The plan, approved by the Kansas Board of Regents this year, would eliminate the existing School of Fine Arts, and organize its various functions into new and existing schools on campus.
Charity designed to help soldiers hoards millions
February 23, 2009 in print edition on B10
As soldiers stream home from Iraq and Afghanistan, the biggest charity inside the U.S. military has been stockpiling tens of millions of dollars meant to help put returning fighters back on their feet, an Associated Press investigation shows.
Tax filers line up early for refunds
February 23, 2009 in print edition on A3
February is always a busy month for income tax preparers, but this year it’s a little busier for some. “It’s definitely more than normal. More people are wanting to get their tax refunds early,” said Jerrad Humerickhouse, owner of Hume’s Econotax, 305 E. Seventh St. And that’s because some of those people are unemployed and need their refund more than previous years, Humerickhouse said.
Soldiers from Kansas travel to Saudi Arabia
February 23, 2009 in print edition on A3
Soldiers from the Kansas National Guard arrived over the weekend in Saudi Arabia to take part in a bilateral exercise with the Saudi military forces. The exercise, called Friendship One, will include 180 soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 137th Infantry Regiment under the command of Lt. Col. Anthony Mohatt. They will provide armor and infantry platoons along with support units to support the validation of a Saudi Land Forces armor brigade.
City to conduct native grass burnings
February 23, 2009 in print edition on A3
The city’s Parks and Recreation Department plans to burn several areas of native prairie grass through May 15. The city has 15 sites throughout the city where burning will need to take place. The practice is used to help keep native grass areas healthy by stimulating new growth.
Relay for Life kickoff rally set
February 23, 2009 in print edition on A3
The annual kickoff rally for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Douglas County will be Tuesday. The event will be at the Free State High School library, 4700 Overland Drive, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The kickoff rally is free and open to anyone interested in the Relay for Life event. Team captains are encouraged to register their teams during the rally.
For corrections programs, budget cuts do not pay
Eliminating officers, programs could cost taxpayers more if offenders end up behind bars
February 23, 2009 in print edition on A3
Ron Stegall, Douglas County’s chief probation officer, is watching the Kansas Legislature’s budget wrangling with interest, wondering just how deeply his department will be affected. As legislators work on their Fiscal Year 2010 budget expecting a $1 billion shortfall, officials at the county’s state-funded community corrections program are watching nervously.
Nation less polarized than Congress
February 23, 2009 in print edition on A7
Both sides seem pleased with their performances in the first big battle of the Obama presidency. The president and his Democratic allies are hailing their stimulus victory and predicting the massive measure Obama signed Tuesday in Denver will spur an economic revival. Opposition Republicans tout their unity in opposing what they regard as an ill-conceived bill and remain convinced it won’t succeed.
Ironic response
February 23, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: Seeing the Rev. Earl Meyer accuse Leonard Krishtalka of “prejudice, bias, and vituperation” and of making it hard for people to “dialogue” in “the pursuit of truth,” one doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry at the irony. The same when Mark Jarboe identifies Krishtalka’s open-minded, empirically guided world view as self-centered.
Burris out
The longer Roland Burris talks, the more obvious it is that he should resign from the U.S. Senate.
February 23, 2009 in print edition on A7
It seems that every time Roland Burris discusses his ascension to a U.S. Senate seat representing Illinois, the story is altered in some way, adding to the perception that he might be lying or at least employing some self-protective spin.
The Edge
February 23, 2009
• ‘Do You Love Me?’ (Books) • ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’ (Music) • ‘Ruin’ (Games)
Financial aid season here: All students should fill out a FAFSA form
February 23, 2009
Lu Ann Nystrom sat in Eaton Hall recently with her soon-to-be college-age daughter, Stephanie Nystrom. Together, the pair were trying to negotiate the Free Application for Federal Student Aid — the FAFSA form that unlocks not just federal aid, but all sorts of institutional aid as well.
Mass Street Chic meets the Spring Fashion Show
February 23, 2009
Mass St. Chic columnist Caitlin Donnelly sets her sights on New York City, where Spring Fashion Week ended Friday. Today and next week, she’ll offer her take on the trends and versatile looks from America’s hottest designers.
Motherhood sheds light on an earlier life
February 23, 2009
In my early 20s, I had a friend who lived in a studio cottage in a gardener’s backyard. I loved his little house, and when he announced that he was moving out to travel, I begged him to introduce me to his landlord. That’s how I got my beloved two-room cottage.
These tips will sharpen your mowing skills
February 23, 2009
A sharp blade is the first step to maintaining a gas or electric push mower. The blade should be sharpened or replaced at least once a year, preferably at the beginning of the mowing season.
Jayni’s Kitchen: Asian Wraps with Chef Nancy Stark
February 23, 2009
On the menu: • Vietnamese spring rolls with peanut dipping sauce • California rolls • Thai coconut curry lettuce wraps
Library Top 10
February 23, 2009
Fancy breakfast on a budget: French toast
February 23, 2009
As meals go, breakfast typically is the least expensive of the day. That also means it is easily transformed into something special without spending a fortune.
Lawrence elementary school lunches
February 23, 2009
Club with a conscience: Free State High School group expands to hundreds of members
February 23, 2009
When the Free State High School Social Awareness Club started collecting books for children in Uganda, members didn’t know for sure what the response would be. “We thought we’d get a few hundred,” says Meaghan Travis, a senior.
Pesky problems solved quickly
February 23, 2009
“The Experts’ Guide to Doing Things Faster,” edited by Samantha Ettus, contains 100 chapters of time-saving ideas, including “Discuss a Difficult Issue with Your Spouse,” “Find a Parking Spot” and “Getting Ready in the Morning.” The last has tips from Hannah Storm, morning anchor for ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” The mother of three gets up at 4 a.m. weekdays.
Study: Happiness is in doing, not in owning
February 23, 2009
Money is an emotional issue, especially during economic hard times. Social scientists have always warned that once a person’s basic needs are met, money doesn’t buy happiness. But if you’re wondering, or maybe even arguing over, what to do with any precious discretionary income these days, a new study suggests how to get the biggest emotional bang for your buck.
Horoscopes
February 23, 2009
This week’s birthdays: You are in the exact place you need to be in order to succeed in a difficult arena this year. You are humble enough to see that you need to work hard, yet confident enough to see that, at your best, you can absolutely outshine the competition. Next month improves your love life. Singles make a connection with someone witty and fun. Couples add a new exciting element to their routine. April features a stylish purchase. There’s an increase in your workload in June.
Destination unknown: Tight budgets squeeze travel plans, but good deals are out there
February 23, 2009
Whether you’ve done something embarrassing befitting of a Southwest Airlines commercial, or you’re just tired of the land where the buffalo roam, sometimes you’ve got to get away, and a vacation can be just the ticket. But economic woes may hold some back.
Mr. Clean: West’s head custodian a role model for students
February 23, 2009
With his red hair and his trademark overalls, Groundskeeper Willie — the janitor/groundskeeper in “The Simpsons” — utters an “Ach, Wendel. ’Tis a mighty puddle of puke” in a 1989 episode from the cartoon sitcom. “I’m sorry,” says Wendel, the Springfield Elementary School student, who had vomited. “That’s all right, lad,” Willie says. “You reminded me of why I got into this work in the first place.”
More children facing tooth decay
February 23, 2009
Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease affecting children in the United States.
Fun & fit: Wii game connects moms
February 23, 2009
Jenn Hethcoat, a mother of two, works out for at least 45 minutes four times per week. Her routine consists of balance exercises, aerobics and yoga. However, unlike others trying to lose weight, she doesn’t go to a fitness center, she’s not enrolled in a special class and doesn’t have a home gym — unless you consider a Nintendo Wii Fit a home gym.
Gifted teacher: Drama therapist works to bring out students’ talent
February 23, 2009
“I’m a believer in multiple intelligences and working to make everyone proficient and confident in their area of giftedness,” says Lanell Finneran, 56, special education teacher and drama therapist at Lawrence Public Schools’ therapeutic classroom at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center.
Kitchen renovations update ‘heart of the home’
February 23, 2009
Commonly referred to as the “heart of the home,” kitchens typically offer one of the best returns on investment for homeowners. This week, “Home and Away” visits three homeowners who resuscitated the functionality and pumped new life into the style of their kitchens. The renovations range from a complete makeover to a budget-conscious update. The Treff family knew that a total kitchen remodel was a priority when they purchased their home a year and a half ago.