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12:00 a.m.
Jennifer Lutz relaxes in her Old West Lawrence home with cat Friday and dog Buddy. Lutz has been renovating the house since buying it in 1989. She has discovered a deed to the house that dates back to the 1860s. Home with a history
February 26, 2009 in print edition on 1C
Jennifer Lutz has lived in her Old West Lawrence home for 20 years.
6:00 a.m.
Aaron Morrison, 12, from left, Deanna Morrison, 2, and Branyn Morrison, 9, children of Beverly Morrison, eat at The Salvation Army on Thursday. Salvation Army to close homeless center
February 26, 2009 in print edition on 1A
The Salvation Army will close its 42-bed homeless shelter on May 1, leaving the community with a single shelter that already operates at capacity.
10:00 a.m.
Amarr Garage Door Group, a major employer in Lawrence, is one of many businesses that announced employee layoffs in 2008, and followed up with another much smaller round of layoffs Thursday. Amarr Garage Doors lays off 18 more workers
February 26, 2009 in print edition on 11B
Amarr Garage Doors on Thursday laid off another 18 employees in Lawrence, less than three months after the manufacturer cut 100 jobs amid a weak national housing market.
2:00 p.m.
Pharmacist Mark Smith, left, and interns Katherine Ward and Mike Hrenichir fill prescriptions on Wednesday at Orchards Drug, 1410 Kasold St. A genetic drug company called Ethex, which was available at Orchards Drug, has recently been pulled from the shelves. Massive drug recall causing shortage of certain prescription medicines
February 26, 2009 in print edition on 1A
ETHEX Corp. recalled dozens of drugs recently as a precautionary measure, including the generic form of the blood pressure medicine Toprol XL that it manufactured. The drugs have been recalled at the wholesale and, in some cases, the retail level.
9:20 p.m.
Lawrence High senior forwards Lance Kilburn, left, and Paul Eltschinger look to trap Free State junior center Michael Swank during the first half of the city showdown Friday, Feb. 27, 2009 at Lawrence High. In back is Lawrence High senior guard Robbie Wright. FINAL: Defense keys LHS boys’ 49-34 victory over Free State
4:30 p.m., February 27, 2009 Updated 10:16 p.m.
Earlier, the FSHS girls used a fourth-quarter rally to defeat LHS, 47-42.

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American Legion pancake feed boasts long history
Program increases from 300 in 1st year to 900 in 2008
February 27, 2009 in print edition on B1
Alan Fisher, a longtime member of the American Legion Dorsey-Liberty Post No. 14 in Lawrence, knows the long history behind the Legion’s annual pancake feed.
FINAL: Defense keys LHS boys’ 49-34 victory over Free State
04:30 p.m., February 27, 2009 Updated 10:16 p.m.
Earlier, the FSHS girls used a fourth-quarter rally to defeat LHS, 47-42.
Abortion foes vow to fight to keep Sebelius from HHS nomination
February 27, 2009 in print edition on B2
National anti-abortion groups promise a vigorous fight if President Barack Obama nominates Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as U.S. Health and Human Services secretary. Abortion foes said Friday an important issue is a reception Sebelius once had with a late-term abortion provider who’s now facing criminal charges. They also said Sebelius’ abortion-rights views are “radical.”
Dogs relinquished by breeder handed over to rescue organization
February 27, 2009 in print edition on B1
Lawrence served as the trade point Friday for dozens of dogs that state animal health officials removed from a western Kansas breeder.
Minnesota man sent to prison for intent to sell cocaine
February 27, 2009 in print edition on B1
A Minnesota man convicted in one of the largest-ever cocaine seizures in Kansas has been sentenced to nearly 20 years in federal prison.
Kansas Senate panel expected to vote on death penalty next week
February 27, 2009
The Senate Judiciary Committee will decide Wednesday whether to endorse a bill abolishing the Kansas death penalty.
Sebelius amends budget to include federal stimulus dollars
02:11 p.m., February 27, 2009 Updated 04:49 p.m. in print edition on A1
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Friday proposed an amendment to her budget that she said will allow the state to draw nearly $1 billion in federal stimulus funds and avoid deep cuts in education and social services.
Lawrence Paper Co. lays off 15 workers
12:25 p.m., February 27, 2009 Updated 05:21 p.m. in print edition on B5
At 7 a.m. Friday, Leigh-Ann Woody reported for work at the Lawrence Paper Co., just as she had been doing every day for two years.
KU plans new poster to honor top male students
February 27, 2009 in print edition on B10
Gary Green, a Kansas University football player, said he always noticed the “Women of Distinction” calendar when walking around on campus.
House approves coal-fired power plants by less than veto-proof margin
Sebelius has vowed to veto the bill
10:09 a.m., February 27, 2009 Updated 03:35 p.m. in print edition on A1
The Kansas House today gave final approval to House Bill 2014, which would allow the construction of two 700-megawatt coal-burning power plants. The measure passed 79-44, which was short of the two-thirds majority, or 84 votes in the 125-member House, that would be needed to override a promised veto from Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Contrasts mark Obama talk
February 27, 2009 in print edition on A11
After weeks of “talking down” the economy and concern among some of his supporters that his sobering prognosis for the nation’s recovery might be affecting America’s natural optimism, President Obama delivered a speech to Congress on Tuesday, parts of which sounded as if they could have been written by a Republican.
Slain teen’s parents urge students to be aware
February 27, 2009 in print edition on A6
After their daughter was kidnapped and murdered in June 2007, they vowed to turn the tragedy into something positive. Greg Smith spoke to seniors at Free State and Lawrence high schools on Thursday about the importance of being vigilant of their surroundings. Smith’s daughter, Kelsey, was abducted from a parking lot in Overland Park, shortly after her high school graduation.
Scientists find tooth-forming gene
February 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
Ever wonder why sharks get several rows of teeth and people only get one? Some geneticists did, and their discovery could spur work to help adults one day grow new teeth when their own wear out. A single gene appears to be in charge, preventing additional tooth formation in species destined for a limited set.
3 charged in swap of 2 kids for pet bird, cash
February 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
A Louisiana woman is accused of trading two young children in her care for a pet cockatoo and $175 cash from a couple who had been trying for years to have their own child, authorities said Thursday. Donna Greenwell, 53, a long-haul trucker with an arrest record from Pitkin, is charged with aggravated kidnapping, along with would-be adoptive parents Paul J. Romero, 46, and Brandy Lynn Romero, 27, of Evangeline Parish.
Mutiny ends after tanks enter capital
February 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
Tanks rolled through the Bangladeshi capital in a show of force that finally persuaded mutinous border guards to lay down their arms, ending a two-day revolt that threatened to spread across the impoverished South Asian nation.
Rocky Mountain News closing today
February 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
The Rocky Mountain News, Colorado’s oldest newspaper and a Denver fixture since 1859, will publish its last edition today. Owner E.W. Scripps Co. said Thursday the newspaper lost $16 million last year and the company was unable to find a buyer. “Today the Rocky Mountain News, long the leading voice in Denver, becomes a victim of changing times in our industry and huge economic challenges,” Scripps CEO Rich Boehne said.
Somali militant group triggers terror concerns
February 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
As people crowded into the capital for Barack Obama’s inaugural celebration, senior counterterrorism officials huddled in the White House situation room, frantically trying to unravel intelligence about a possible attack on Washington.
U.S. banks post quarterly loss
February 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
The nation’s banks lost $26.2 billion in the last three months of 2008, the first quarterly deficit in 18 years, as the housing and credit crises escalated. Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Thursday that U.S. banks and thrifts also more than doubled the amount they set aside to cover potential loan losses, to $69.3 billion in the fourth quarter from $32.1 billion a year earlier.
Cost-plus deals tend to benefit contractors
February 27, 2009 in print edition on B11
Cost-plus contracts usually work in favor of the builder or remodeling contractor, rather than the property owner. Under a typical cost-plus deal, the contractor gets paid for the materials needed, but also negotiates his profit margin. This can save the homeowner money if the contractor keeps costs under control and accepts a modest profit margin, but can prove disastrous if, say, the cost of lumber or even tile for the job suddenly goes up.
2 assistants join Orthopaedic Surgery
February 27, 2009 in print edition on B11
Karla Crose, PA-C, and Amy Hecker, PA-C, have joined the staff of Lawrence Orthopaedic Surgery PA, 1112 W. Sixth St., Suite 124. Crose earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education at the University of Arkansas in 2006 and a Master of Science in physician assistant studies (MSPAS) from the Nebraska Medical Center in 2008.
Pediatric dentist joins county clinic
February 27, 2009 in print edition on B11
The Douglas County Dental Clinic has a new pediatric dentist. Dr. Michael Browning will begin seeing patients at the clinic, 316 Maine, on March 12. The nonprofit clinic serves low-income and uninsured patients. Browning grew up in Winfield and graduated from Kansas State University in 2001.
Executive director of Castle Tea Room named
February 27, 2009 in print edition on B11
The Board of Directors of the Libuse Kriz-Fiorito Historical Foundation has announced André N. Bollaert as the executive director of the Castle Tea Room, 1307 Mass. He will be responsible for all operational aspects of the Castle Tea Room and begin working full-time work Sunday.
Tiger makes early exit
February 27, 2009 in print edition on B2
Just about everything went according to plan for Tiger Woods in his celebrated return to golf. Except he didn’t plan on leaving this early.
On the record
February 27, 2009 in print edition on A4
Lawrence police have identified the Kansas University student who was hit by a car on Wednesday afternoon as Zachary Kastens, 21. Kastens, of Herndon, was hit while crossing the street near the intersection of Crestline Drive and University Drive. The KU junior theater and film major was taken by helicopter ambulance to a Kansas City-area hospital with head injuries.
Engine trouble possible cause of plane crash
February 27, 2009 in print edition on A8
Engine trouble may have caused the Turkish Airlines crash that killed nine people in the Netherlands, the head of the agency investigating the accident said Thursday. Other officials identified the dead as five Turks and four Americans.
Boeing: 2 workers among dead
February 27, 2009 in print edition on A8
Boeing Co. says two of its employees were among nine people who died when a Turkish Airlines jetliner crashed into a muddy field in the Netherlands. The company said in a statement late Thursday that the U.S. State Department also confirmed that a third Boeing employee is among the injured.
Haskell women primed for MCAC playoff run
February 27, 2009 in print edition on B8
Haskell’s women’s basketball team will face Peru State in a MCAC tournament semifinal. So why is Haskell Indian Nations University’s women’s basketball team the No. 2 seed is this weekend’s Midland College Athletic Conference tournament?
Event celebrates Langston Hughes
February 27, 2009 in print edition on A3
Kansas University’s Africana Club will be host to a Black History Month celebration for elementary and middle school children. Parents are welcome. The event, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Percolator, 913 R.I., is in honor of Langston Hughes and will feature music and poetry sessions. A band will play a series of Hughes’ poems put to music. Refreshments will be served.
Veritas boys, girls fall
February 27, 2009 in print edition on B3
Veritas Christian’s boys couldn’t hold on to an early lead, dropping a 63-43 decision to Olathe Christian on Thursday in the KCAA State Basketball Tournament at Olathe Christian School.
St. Patrick’s Day charity auction set
February 27, 2009 in print edition on A3
The major fundraiser for the Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade has a new location this year. The 2009 Charity Benefit Auction will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 6001 Bob Billings Parkway. A $15 per person donation is suggested at the door. Deb Drummet, auction chairwoman, said more than 230 items have been donated, including a basketball autographed by the 2008 Kansas men’s national championship team.
KU swimming in 4th at Big 12 meet
February 27, 2009 in print edition on B5
Kansas University’s swimming and diving team is in fourth place after two days of the Big 12 Championships.
KU tennis moves
February 27, 2009 in print edition on B5
Kansas University’s scheduled tennis match with UMKC has been moved inside to First Serve Tennis Center because of expected bad weather.
McCray finalist for Naismith Trophy
February 27, 2009 in print edition on B5
Kansas University’s Danielle McCray is a Naismith Trophy Mid-Season candidate. McCray is listed as one of 30 mid-season candidates. The Big 12 has six of those candidates: Kansas State guard Shalee Lehning, Oklahoma forwards Ashley and Courtney Paris, Oklahoma State guard Andrea Riley and Baylor forward Danielle Wilson.
Roger Hill center honors volunteers
February 27, 2009 in print edition on A3
Sarah Stern has been volunteering for four years. She helps throw birthday parties for the homeless, worked with Latino children during the summer and volunteers with several other Lawrence nonprofits. Stern is the Wallace Galluzzi Outstanding Youth Volunteer of the Year — and she hasn’t even graduated from high school yet.
KU mulls Gridiron Club
February 27, 2009 in print edition on B5
Kansas University is considering the formation of a Gridiron Club, which would include a new premium seating section at Memorial Stadium. In a March 7 meeting for Williams Fund members at KU’s Wagnon Student Athlete Center, the university plans to address the possibility of forming a Gridiron Club, which would include a new premium seating section within the confines of Memorial Stadium.
FSHS girls looking to snap streak
February 27, 2009 in print edition on B1
Two games ago, she scored a school-record 36 points. Last time out, she tallied 24.
City wrestlers amped for state trips
February 27, 2009 in print edition on B3
The good news for city wrestling fans is this: If Free State senior Jack Caywood and Lawrence High freshman Reece Wright-Conklin are forced to face each other in the top half of the 152-pound state tournament bracket this weekend, it will be in the state championship match.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
February 27, 2009 in print edition on B7
Some analysts have compared Kansas University’s Cole Aldrich to former NBA great Kevin McHale. “Well, they are both tall, they are both white, and they are both from Minnesota so there’s obviously some similarities, and both have funky shots,” KU coach Bill Self said with a laugh.
Obama budget record-breaking
February 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
Trillion is the new billion. No longer is it a billion here and a billion there that add up to real money. Swap a “t” for the “b” if you want a measure of what’s at stake under President Barack Obama’s first spending plan. Obama charted a dramatic new course for the nation Thursday with a bold but contentious budget proposing higher taxes for the wealthy and the first steps toward guaranteed health care for all — accompanied by an astonishing $1.75 trillion federal deficit that would be nearly four times the highest in history.
Outrageous sports salaries relative
February 27, 2009 in print edition on B2
The crazy money athletes make long has been a sore spot with fans. Now it feels more like an open wound. The economy stinks. A culture of greed has come back to bite us. And nobody does greed like jocks, right?
Here we go again
Boys, girls reverse spots in analyzing rivalry
February 27, 2009 in print edition on B1
The views from the bench and the bleachers are often very different. The city’s four high school basketball coaches know that as well as anyone. That’s why, when given the chance to step away from the enormity of their own games, to size up the matchup that will take place before or after them for change, players and coaches at Lawrence High and Free State jumped at the opportunity.
When cold was really cold
February 27, 2009 in print edition on A11
Some friends from the Confederacy came to visit us in St. Paul last week when the temperature was around zero and so we had to haul out electric blankets and crank the thermostat up to 68, but they still felt “chilled” and so I made them go for a walk outdoors, and when they returned, they felt warmer. They only needed to get perspective. Cold is not so cold if you compare it to actual death.
Hinrich amazed by honor
Ex-KU guard grateful for jersey retirement
February 27, 2009 in print edition on B1
Kirk Hinrich, who won two Big 12 championships and played in two Final Fours at Kansas University before being tapped seventh overall in the 2003 NBA Draft, says the greatest moment of his storied hoops career will take place Sunday.
Imitation sincerest form of television
February 27, 2009 in print edition on B10
It seems there are only four original ideas at work on cable TV right now, and all of them have been in the rinse-and-repeat cycle for far too long. “American Loggers” (9 p.m., Discovery) debuts tonight. If you think you’ve seen this before, you have. Many times.
People in the news
February 27, 2009 in print edition on B10
• Jerry Seinfeld bringing reality series to NBC • Jewel says injury won’t keep her from ‘Dancing’ • Robin Williams heads to Broadway • Film union says Kilmer’s great; endorses Denish • MC Hammer to focus on family in TV show
February 27, 2009 in print edition on B10
You have the power and opportunity to turn your life in a new direction if you so choose. Your smile and upbeat ways will make a distinct difference to those around you, affecting not only your popularity but also your entire year. If you are single, you will greet new friends, but be careful who you choose. If you are attached, the two of you benefit from more quiet time spent together. Love builds.
Budget plan sparks protest
February 27, 2009 in print edition on A7
He’s not being timid, that’s for sure. President Barack Obama’s first federal budget lays out the most far-reaching agenda for American life since Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. But paying for it by having upper-income earners shoulder much of the cost quickly provoked cries of class warfare in Congress.
Colleges warn students about Mexico travel
February 27, 2009 in print edition on C8
The U.S. State Department and universities around the country are warning college students headed for Mexico for some spring-break partying of a surge in drug-related murder and mayhem south of the border. “We’re not necessarily telling students not to go, but we’re going to certainly alert them,” said Tom Dougan, vice president for student affairs at the University of Rhode Island.
‘Slumdog’ kids return to shantytown
February 27, 2009 in print edition on C8
From the shantytown’s corrugated tin roofs to its squalid streets, proud relatives and neighbors cheered, celebrated and warmly embraced the two child stars of the Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire” who returned home Thursday.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
February 27, 2009 in print edition on A10
A national survey of university salary scales showed a gap still existed between salaries for male and female faculty members at a host of U.S. schools, including Kansas and Kansas State universities. Females generally earned only about 90 percent of what males did, the survey said, but women leaders said that, in most cases, their situation was “not that good.”
Easy choice
Kansas should join the majority of states — and all of its neighbors — in making cockfighting a felony offense.
February 27, 2009 in print edition on A10
This should be one of the easiest issues facing the Kansas Legislature this year. Cockfighting is illegal in every state; in 38 states it is a felony offense. Those 38 states include all four states that border Kansas, but not Kansas. It’s time to change that. Cockfighting is a brutal and gruesome affair. Although fighting with roosters may not trigger the same kind of emotional response as fights involving dogs, it is a sadistic and cruel practice.
Davies stellar in Royals’ 7-2 victory
February 27, 2009 in print edition on B1
Kyle Davies started spring training the same way he finished last season. Davies pitched two scoreless innings, and Ross Gload hit a bases-loaded triple to help the Kansas City Royals beat the Texas Rangers, 7-2, on Thursday.
Historical society to meet at Baldwin City
February 27, 2009 in print edition on B12
The annual meeting of the Santa Fe Trail Historical Society will be at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The meeting will be in Fellowship Hall of Baldwin First Methodist Church. Society officers and directors will be elected during the meeting.
Former governor calls for transportation investment
February 27, 2009 in print edition on B11
Former Kansas Gov. Bill Graves called for more state and national investment in transportation infrastructure Thursday. Graves, now the president and CEO of American Trucking Associations, made the comments during the 13th Kansas University School of Business Anderson Chandler Lecture at the Lied Center.
Haskell men in MCAC debut
February 27, 2009 in print edition on B8
Haskell Indian Nations University’s men’s basketball team will face Oklahoma Wesleyan in a semifinal game of the MCAC tournament.
Pump patrol
February 27, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.69 at several stations.
Boathouse dedication upcoming at KU
February 27, 2009 in print edition on B5
Kansas University’s rowing team will dedicate its new boathouse at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
Obama outlines bold policy agenda
February 27, 2009 in print edition on A10
Not a great speech, but extremely consequential. If Barack Obama succeeds, his joint address to Congress will be seen as historic — indeed as the foundational document of Obamaism. As it stands, it constitutes the boldest social democratic manifesto ever issued by a U.S. president.
Draft gossip quiet
12:00 a.m., February 27, 2009 Updated 10:44 a.m. in print edition on B1
One of the most delightful aspects of this Kansas University basketball season is the absence of incessant blattering about which Jayhawk underclassman will be turning professional after NCAA time. No seniors have even a faint prayer.
Bishop who had denied Holocaust apologizes
February 27, 2009 in print edition on C8
A British bishop whose denial of the Holocaust embroiled Pope Benedict XVI in controversy has apologized for his remarks, a Catholic news agency said Thursday. Bishop Richard Williamson, with the conservative Society of St. Pius X, had faced worldwide criticism over a television interview in which he said no Jews were gassed during the Holocaust.
Modern gait found in ancient footprints
February 27, 2009 in print edition on C8
More than a million years ago an ancient human ancestor walked across a sandy plain in eastern Africa, leaving footprints that scientists are now hailing as the earliest evidence of modern upright walking. The footprints, dated to between 1.51 million and 1.53 million years ago, were discovered at Ileret, Kenya, researchers report in today’s edition of the journal Science.
Dog owners fear Obama effect
February 27, 2009 in print edition on C8
It’s nothing against the Obamas. But some Portuguese water dog owners aren’t thrilled the breed is a front-runner for the first family. The choice could mean a spike in the dogs’ popularity — and that could mean a rise in shady breeders and fickle owners who don’t understand the dogs and eventually abandon them, owners of Portuguese water dogs say.
Indonesia’s psychedelic fish named new species
February 27, 2009 in print edition on C8
A funky, psychedelic fish that bounces on the ocean floor like a rubber ball has been classified as a new species, a scientific journal reported. The frogfish — which has a swirl of tan and peach zebra stripes that extend from its aqua eyes to its tail — was initially discovered by scuba diving instructors working for a tour operator a year ago in shallow waters off Ambon island in eastern Indonesia.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
February 27, 2009 in print edition on A10
From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 27, 1909: “The University of Kansas has reported on ‘flunks’’ for the past semester and most numerous were those in engineering, chemistry, mathematics and foreign languages. One hundred and 83 engineers were enrolled in chemistry and of these, 64 failed or got incompletes.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
February 27, 2009 in print edition on A10
The 69th Infantry Brigade, called up for support in the Vietnam War, was due for release from active duty soon. About 90 members of the group were from Lawrence.
Conversation on race calls for listening
February 27, 2009 in print edition on A10
Just so we’re all clear on why black folk tend to get annoyed when newspapers compare them to animals. For all that, though, it was not the New York Post’s now-notorious chimp cartoon that offended me. Rather, it was everything that came after.
‘Business’ remains relevant musical
February 27, 2009 in print edition on C1
Mechele Leon had no idea the overtones the musical she’s directing at Kansas University would bring with it.
Late Night’ antics: New host Jimmy Fallon vows to connect with younger, tech-savvy generation
February 27, 2009 in print edition on C1
After a bullish staff meeting (which ended with a cheer) and before a wardrobe fitting (strictly suit-and-tie), Jimmy Fallon took time to marvel at how busy he is these days. “The busiest I’ve ever been in my life,” he tells a visitor to the new “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” offices at NBC.
Net Worth: Co-workers’ suggestions lead to fresh Web sightings
February 27, 2009 in print edition on C1
Since I’m the one with the “Internet column,” you would think folks would always be asking me for suggestions about intriguing new sites.