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Sub-state hoops brackets set
Free State girls host LHS girls in Rd. 1 on Thursday
February 28, 2009
The city’s basketball teams learned of their postseason destinations on Saturday.
Kansas officials react to Sebelius’ departure
February 28, 2009 in print edition on A1
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ departure for Washington could upset the political balance in Kansas like “putting state politics in a blender.”
Snowfall leads to many car accidents
February 28, 2009 in print edition on B1
The significant Saturday snowfall in the Lawrence area appears to be finished. About 2.5 inches fell since about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service in Topeka. The storm brought in colder temperatures and moved from the northern Plains, dropping as much as 6 inches in areas of western Missouri, said Josh Boustead, a NWS meteorologist in Topeka.
Obama taps Sebelius for HHS secretary
04:49 p.m., February 28, 2009 Updated 06:19 p.m. in print edition on A1
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is President Barack Obama’s choice for secretary of health and human services, a White House source said Saturday. The source, who was not authorized to speak on the record, said Obama will formally announce the nomination on Monday.
Ottawa man hospitalized after early-morning accident
February 28, 2009 in print edition on B1
An Ottawa man was taken to an Overland Park hospital early Saturday morning after a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 35 in Franklin County. According to a Kansas Highway Patrol report, 47-year-old William P. Mauszycki was ejected from his 1981 Plymouth Reliant at 12:20 a.m. as it rolled over in the ditch west of the southbound lanes. It occurred about 1.4 miles northeast of Kansas Highway 68, also northeast of Ottawa.
Missing shoe links man to auto theft
February 28, 2009 in print edition on B2
A Lawrence man stole a car, abandoned it six blocks away and began tinkering inside another person’s vehicle before he was arrested Saturday morning. Sgt. Susan Hadl said police were able to link the sole to the suspect with “a little bit of Cinderella investigation.”
Lawrence man beaten, robbed near KU campus
05:16 a.m., February 28, 2009 Updated 06:11 a.m.
Police are looking for a man who beat a 22-year-old Lawrence resident, stole his wallet and took off in a white SUV. The incident occurred near 12th and Oread streets about 2:30 a.m. Saturday. The man was returning to his home in the area when he was knocked down and beat in the head.
Board narrows superintendent picks
February 28, 2009 in print edition on B1
In the search to fill the district’s top administrative position, Lawrence school board members hope to whittle the field down to three people after this weekend. “We read through the applications, and they’re strong, good candidates. … I’m feeling really good about the potential,” board member Linda Robinson said.
KU softball to play in North Texas event
February 28, 2009 in print edition on C7
For the fourth straight week, Kansas University’s softball team (6-9) will take to the road this weekend. The Jayhawks (6-9) will compete in the North Texas Invitational in Denton, Texas. KU will play North Texas (8-6) and Harvard (0-0) on each day of the two-day tournament. The Jayhawks will meet Harvard at 11 a.m. today and 9 a.m. Sunday, and North Texas at 1:30 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Mayrovich, Kuzhil place in top five
February 28, 2009 in print edition on C7
Kansas University had several strong individual performances Friday at the Big 12 swim championships. Leading the Jayhawks were Maria Mayrovich and Iuliia Kuzhil, both of whom had top-five finishes in their respective events. Stephanie Payne continued to improve upon her school-record 400-yard I.M. time by earning 10th-place finish in a time of 4:15.69.
Haskell men fall in MCAC semifinals
February 28, 2009 in print edition on C7
Oklahoma Wesleyan defeated Haskell Indian Nations University, 102-80, on Friday night in the semifinals of the MCAC men’s basketball tournament. The Indians’ record fell to 14-17.
Two Lions wrestlers finish 2-1
Free State’s three qualifiers go 1-1
February 28, 2009 in print edition on C3
Blake Greenfield and Dustin Walthall went 2-1 for Lawrence High in the first day of the Class 6A state tournament on Friday.
‘Skin taxes’ can tempt, but face 1st Amendment issues
February 28, 2009 in print edition on A2
It’s enough to make you blush: Some politicians want a bigger taste of the economy’s naughty side, pushing for special taxes on dirty magazines, racy movies, sex toys and strip clubs. In Washington state, a half-dozen cash-strapped legislators recently endorsed a huge sales tax increase on explicit movies, magazines and other sex-themed products.
Airlines sued over Buffalo plane crash
February 28, 2009 in print edition on A3
Relatives of a passenger killed when a commuter plane crashed into a house outside Buffalo have sued Continental Airlines and the flight’s operators, claiming the aircraft had inadequate deicing equipment and an improperly trained crew.
Guard leaving New Orleans 3 1/2 years after Katrina
February 28, 2009 in print edition on A3
Three and a half years after Hurricane Katrina, the National Guard is pulling the last of its troops out of New Orleans this weekend, leaving behind a city still desperate and dangerous. Residents long distrustful of the city’s police force are worried they will have to fend for themselves.
Injured good Samaritan won’t be ticketed
February 28, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Colorado State Patrol has withdrawn the $22 jaywalking ticket issued to a good Samaritan who was seriously injured by a pickup after he pushed three people out of its path. Bus driver Jim Moffett of Denver and another man were helping two elderly women cross a busy Denver street in a snowstorm when he was hit Feb. 20.
Rocky Mountain News publishes final edition
February 28, 2009 in print edition on A3
On the day his newspaper published its final edition, Rocky Mountain News Editor John Temple advised a gathering of Colorado journalists to focus on local news and suggested creating online content that niche audiences might pay for.
Soldier found guilty of murdering detainee
February 28, 2009 in print edition on A3
An Army officer who shot and killed an Iraqi detainee during an interrogation was convicted of murder Friday night by a military jury. First Lt. Michael Behenna of Edmond, Okla., avoided conviction on the more serious charge of premeditated murder in the death of the detainee he took aside for questioning last May.
Obama wants to rescind Bush abortion rule, source says
February 28, 2009 in print edition on A3
President Barack Obama plans to repeal a Bush administration rule that has become a flash point in the debate over a doctor’s right not to participate in abortions. The regulation, instituted in the last days of the Bush administration, strengthened job protections for doctors and nurses who refuse to provide a medical service because of moral qualms.
Court: Man, not state, owns Declaration copy
February 28, 2009 in print edition on A2
A rare 1776 copy of the Declaration of Independence belongs to a Virginia technology entrepreneur, not the state of Maine, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled Friday. Richard Adams Jr. of Fairfax County purchased the document from a London book dealer in 2001 for $475,000. But the state of Maine claimed it belongs to the town of Wiscasset, where it was kept by the town clerk in 1776.
Vatican: Apology on Holocaust not enough
February 28, 2009 in print edition on A2
An apology from a bishop who denied the Holocaust wasn’t good enough, the Vatican said Friday, adding that he must repudiate his views if he wants to be a Roman Catholic clergyman. The statement by Bishop Richard Williamson “doesn’t appear to respect the conditions” the Vatican set out for him, said the Rev. Federico Lombardi, a spokesman for the pope.
Aquarium blames flood on curious octopus
February 28, 2009 in print edition on A2
Staff at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium in California say the trickster who flooded their offices with sea water was armed. Eight-armed, to be exact. They blame the soaking they discovered Tuesday morning on the aquarium’s resident two-spotted octopus, a tiny female known for being curious and gregarious with visitors. The octopus apparently tugged on a valve and that allowed hundreds of gallons of water to overflow its tank.
Focus on the Family chairman resigns
February 28, 2009 in print edition on A2
Conservative evangelical leader James Dobson has resigned as chairman of Focus on the Family but will continue to play a prominent role at the organization he founded more than three decades ago. Dobson notified the board of his decision Wednesday, and the 950 employees of the Colorado Springs, Colo.-based ministry were informed Friday morning, said Jim Daly, the group’s president and chief executive officer.
Dozens more bodies found at mutiny site
February 28, 2009 in print edition on A2
Firefighters searching the headquarters compound of Bangladesh’s border guards on Friday uncovered the grisly results of the force’s two-day mutiny — dozens of senior officers massacred, their bodies hurriedly dumped into shallow graves and sewers.
Veritas honor roll
February 28, 2009 in print edition on B4
Veritas Christian School has announced its second quarter honor rolls. To be named on the high honor lists, students must earn a grade-point average between 3.75 and 4.0; a grade-point average between 3.74-3.25 is needed for the honors list.
Bishop Seabury honor roll
February 28, 2009 in print edition on B4
Bishop Seabury Academy has announced students named to its fall 2008 honor roll, by earning a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher.
Meningitis kills 3 in Sedgwick County
February 28, 2009 in print edition on B8
Three people in Sedgwick County have died of bacterial meningitis since January, but only one of the victims suffered from a more contagious variety of the illness, health officials said Friday. A Sedgwick County resident died in January, and two others died in February, according to Jennifer McCausland, spokeswoman for the Sedgwick County Health Department.
A human sign of hard economic times
February 28, 2009 in print edition on B4
His wife didn’t want him to take the job. “She thought it was beneath me,” Kurt Wilson says. But here he is, standing on a thin strip of sidewalk in the bitter cold at 8 a.m., the start of a four-hour shift along a commercial strip of Brentwood Boulevard. Tall, with blue eyes and a brown beard, Wilson wears a silvery green gown over several layers of winter clothing.
Guard’s Afghanistan mission: farming
February 28, 2009 in print edition on B8
They call themselves “combat farmers,” and most members of a 64-soldier team from the Kansas National Guard heading to Afghanistan have deep agricultural roots. For the next year, the soldiers will use their farming expertise to assist Afghan farmers and ranchers trying to rebuild crop and livestock production after more than 30 years of war.
4th-grader to advocate for arthritis foundation
February 28, 2009 in print edition on B3
Ten-year-old Carter Stacey, Lawrence, has been elected to advocate for the Arthritis Foundation beginning Monday in Washington, D.C. Carter, a fourth-grader at Quail Run School, will participate in the Arthritis Foundation’s Advocacy and Kid’s Summit, which is Monday through Wednesday in Washington. Carter, the daughter of Greg and Tracy Stacey, has juvenile reactive arthritis, an autoimmune disease that affects an estimated 3,000 children in Kansas.
Ex-solicitor general to visit Dole Institute
February 28, 2009 in print edition on B3
A former solicitor general of the United States is scheduled to visit the Kansas University campus Sunday and Monday. Paul Clement, who served as the nation’s 43rd solicitor general under George W. Bush from 2005 to 2008, argued in the Supreme Court on behalf of the government in 49 cases.
Foundation seeks to honor educators
February 28, 2009 in print edition on B3
The Lawrence Schools Foundation is looking for nominations for its 2009 Educator of the Year awards. Both an elementary and a secondary educator will be honored with $1,000 each during the 2009 Foundation Follies. Nominations may be submitted to the foundation office at 110 McDonald Drive by any school district parent, student or employee.
KU Wild Science series to discuss water safety
February 28, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s Andrew Short has an interesting way of telling whether water is safe to drink. The KU research scientist just looks at the bugs. According to Short’s research, the number and variety of insects in a watershed can determine whether the water has been affected by human activity.
On the record
February 28, 2009 in print edition on B2
Lawrence police arrested a 32-year-old Lawrence man on charges of aggravated assault and disorderly conduct Thursday night. The man was arrested at Jayhawk Mobile Home Court, 1417 E. 15th St. Sgt. Damon Thomas said the man was fighting with his girlfriend’s family. He threatened one individual with a knife and threw a glass at another person. Nobody was seriously injured.
Court rejects bid to stop wiretapping suit
February 28, 2009 in print edition on A5
The Obama administration has lost its argument that a potential threat to national security should stop a lawsuit challenging the government’s warrantless wiretapping program. A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Friday rejected the Justice Department’s request for an emergency stay in a case involving a defunct Islamic charity.
Budget goals depend on recovery
GDP has worst quarterly showing in 26 years
February 28, 2009 in print edition on A5
President Barack Obama’s ambitious plans for a new era of big-government activism depend on a full economic recovery — and those prospects don’t look good anytime soon. More grim economic news out Friday means it will be even harder to get the economic growth that Obama baked into his bold new $3.6 trillion budget.
Death inspired mom’s road actions
February 28, 2009 in print edition on B3
Eric Harris loved to drive the countryside when it was raining. Harris would drive the roads of Franklin County in east-central Kansas when thunderstorms rolled into the area. “Any time a storm or rain would come in, he’d drive around to see what all got hit and rained on,” said his stepmother, Janet Harris of Wellsville.
Mo. family fears losing suburban cave home
February 28, 2009 in print edition on A8
A lot of people are struggling to keep their homes in these tough economic times. One suburban St. Louis family is trying to keep its cave. That is, a cave that’s also a home. Curt and Deborah Sleeper of Festus bought 3 acres of property and a cave in Festus in 2004, after they spotted it online. They fell in love with the unique geography of the old mining cave and figured out how to build a house inside of it.
Airline pay toilets? Ignore that beverage cart
February 28, 2009 in print edition on A9
When nature calls at 30,000 feet, is $1.40 a wee price to pay? Or could it force passengers without correct change into a whole new kind of holding pattern? The head of budget European airline Ryanair unleashed a flood of indignation and potty humor Friday when he suggested that future passengers might be obliged to insert a British pound coin for access to the lavatory to get some in-flight relief.
U.S. troops say Iraqis ready for withdrawal timetable
February 28, 2009 in print edition on A9
At a sandstorm-battered base near Saddam Hussein’s hometown, U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Siwatu Spikes agrees it’s nearly about time for combat troops to leave Iraq. He hopes the Iraqis are ready for it. It was dinnertime at the sprawling Camp Speicher in north-central Iraq, and Spikes was in the chow hall, glued to one of several wide-screen TVs showing President Barack Obama outlining his plan for withdrawing combat troops by Aug. 31, 2010.
City looking for volunteers to keep the bloom on downtown
February 28, 2009 in print edition on A1
It has always been a sure sign of the season — hundreds of spring flowers waiting to be planted in downtown planters. But now, it is the sign of another season — the season of a strained city budget. City Hall leaders on Friday put out a call for volunteers to help plant hundreds of orange, yellow and blue pansies in planters throughout downtown this spring.
K-State’s Clemente following legacy
February 28, 2009 in print edition on C5
Denis Clemente is driven by the legacy of a man he never met. Passionate, competitive, motivated to become the best at whatever he does — so much of what defines Kansas State’s point guard comes from his connection to a second cousin who died 14 years before he was born: Puerto Rican baseball great Roberto Clemente.
KU hoping for third straight win
February 28, 2009 in print edition on C5
Kurt Budke trotted out everything he had in his arsenal to try to stop Kansas standout Danielle McCray. Nothing worked for the Oklahoma State women’s basketball coach.
Tonganoxie boys upend K.C. Piper
February 28, 2009 in print edition on C9
Nursing a two-point lead with a minute remaining in the fourth quarter, the Tonganoxie High boys held on for a 65-64 victory over Piper at home on Friday.
KU, Mizzou in good position entering matchup
February 28, 2009 in print edition on C1
Border rivals Kansas and Missouri are playing for the highest of stakes entering the last week of the Big 12 Conference men’s basketball regular season.
Coach’s T motivates Firebirds
February 28, 2009 in print edition on C1
At the time, Bryan Duncan appeared to have pulled a sideline rock. Less than half an hour later, however, Free State High’s girls basketball coach looked like a genius. Duncan was tooted for a technical foul with about 5 1⁄2 minutes remaining and, instead of shifting momentum to Lawrence High, the reverse happened and the Firebirds pulled off a stunning 47-42 victory Friday night in the LHS gym.
LHS boys win sixth straight
February 28, 2009 in print edition on C1
It will forever be known in the history books as the Baby Powder Game. But it will be remembered for something completely different by the teams that played. Friday night at Lawrence High, in the regular season finale for both teams, the LHS boys upended Free State, 49-34, and in doing so won their sixth game in a row.
Poor shooting dooms Eagles girls in 53-45 loss
February 28, 2009 in print edition on C3
Melissa Hardee and Kirsten Bennett scored in double figures, but the Veritas Christian girls basketball team lost to Flint Hills Christian, 53-45, in the KCAA 2A state tournament.
Veritas boys lose close one, 39-37
February 28, 2009 in print edition on C3
The Veritas Christian boys basketball team lost, 39-37, to St. Mary’s Academy in the consolation bracket of the KCAA 2A state basketball tournament on Friday.
Defense propels Lions
February 28, 2009 in print edition on C1
All the baby powder in the world couldn’t have made the game played Friday night in Lawrence High’s Jungle smell beautiful.
Haskell women reach title game
February 28, 2009 in print edition on C7
Haskell Indian Nations University won its opener Friday in the Midland College Athletic Conference women’s basketball tournament. The Indians overcame an early 10-point deficit to defeat Peru State, 76-61, and set up a meeting today with College of the Ozarks for the championship.
Around and about
February 28, 2009 in print edition on D5
Northwest Missouri State University announces area students named to its president’s honor roll for the fall 2008 semester, by maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average. Area students are: Britany Bahr, Lawrence; and Stephanie Gaines, Overbrook.
McIlroy eliminates Clark
February 28, 2009 in print edition on C2
Teenage sensation Rory McIlroy did his part to put some excitement back into the Accenture Match Play Championship, advancing to the quarterfinals by crushing the player who knocked out Tiger Woods.
Typical family would get tax cut under Obama budget
February 28, 2009 in print edition on A6
A typical American family would get a tax cut under President Barack Obama’s budget proposal, and their low-income neighbor would fare even better. Their wealthier counterparts, however, would face some steep tax increases, starting in 2011. Families making as much as $50,000 would owe no federal income taxes, as long as they have at least two children, according to an analysis by Deloitte Tax LLP.
Syrup’s rising cost spurs Vt. gold rush
February 28, 2009 in print edition on A10
For years, Errol Tabacco was a maple sugar hobbyist. Each February, he’d tap about 100 trees on his property, haul buckets of sap to his garage and boil it into syrup for his family and friends. This year’s different: There’s gold in these here hills.
E-cigarettes gain ground amid safety concerns
February 28, 2009 in print edition on A10
With its slim white body and glowing amber tip, it can easily pass as a regular cigarette. It even emits what look like curlicues of white smoke. The Ruyan V8, which produces a nicotine-infused mist absorbed directly into the lungs, is just one of a rapidly growing array of electronic cigarettes attracting attention in China, the U.S. and elsewhere — and the scrutiny of world health officials.
Vick not welcome
February 28, 2009 in print edition on B7
To the editor: I read today that several NFL teams are considering adding Michael Vick to their rosters. As an animal lover, many of the recent stories published about his animal cruelty have caused me great distress. I feel for the innocent victims in his violent crimes, and that why is I am taken aback at how easily Vick is being welcomed back into society.
Adoption choice
February 28, 2009 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Have you ever met anyone that has had an abortion instead of an adoption? If so, then you know someone who has taken away a life. I know a lot of people incorrectly think a fetus is nothing more than a developing form of cells. A fetus is so much more; it is a life that will be able to love and be loved if it is given the chance.
Next KU chancellor must deal with less state fiscal aid
February 28, 2009 in print edition on B1
In all likelihood, Kansas University and the other Kansas Regents schools are going to have to learn how to adjust and get along with less state fiscal aid. A news story Friday told of Kansas Senate budget writers recommending a 13 percent cut in funding for higher education. This comes on top of a 4.2 percent cut already approved in the current fiscal year.
Coal stealth
February 28, 2009 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Your Monday edition provided a great public service with the front page item about Kansas House Bill 2014, which is presented as “green jobs” legislation but actually is intended to overturn previous decisions and enable two 700-megawatt, coal-burning power plants to be built near Holcomb.
Scouting news
February 28, 2009 in print edition on D5
Cub Scout Pack 3077 conducted its annual Blue and Gold Banquet Feb. 16 at Sunflower School. More than 120 people attended the event. The awards were presented by Larry Dykes, Cubmaster. Second year Webelos receiving the rank of Arrow of Light, the highest rank in Cub Scouts, were: Noah Christilles, Sam Dykes, Sam Goodwin, Marshall Griffin, Noah Koppes, K.C. McLaughlin, Gabriel Mullen, Chase Odgers, Jack Ryan, Alex Stark and Kyle Trompeter.
Obama seeks realistic approach to budget
February 28, 2009 in print edition on B6
Since the global financial crisis exploded in September, the government’s emphasis has been on devising and enacting massive and expensive measures to stabilize the economy. This week, Americans are getting some sense of the long-term fiscal cost. It’s not a pretty picture.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
February 28, 2009 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 28, 1909: “The legislature voted today to adjourn on March 6. … The new Lawrence Building and Loan Assn. here has been quite busy and a number of splendid loans have been negotiated the past month. … Old Aunt Jane, known all over Kansas as one of the most persistent violators of the prohibitory law, was arrested again here yesterday for selling ‘booze.’ She was taken down to court again.”
Sex, food trade spots on moral compass
February 28, 2009 in print edition on B6
Put down that cheeseburger and listen up: If food has become what sex was a generation ago — the intimidatingly intelligent Mary Eberstadt says it has — then a cheeseburger is akin to adultery, or worse. As eating has become highly charged with moral judgments, sex has become notably less so, and Eberstadt, a fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, thinks these trends involving two primal appetites are related.
Energy innovation
Why not have plants in Holcomb set a standard for the rest of the country?
February 28, 2009 in print edition on B6
The fate of two 700-megawatt coal-burning power plants near Holcomb, Kansas, remains in limbo. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has successfully vetoed three previous efforts to build the plants. On Friday, Kansas Legislators gave final approval to House Bill 2014, which would allow construction of the giant power plants, but the 79 to 44 vote was short of the two-thirds, or 84 votes, necessary in the 125-member House to override an expected veto by the governor.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
February 28, 2009 in print edition on B6
The unemployment rate in Douglas County had edged slightly higher in January, posting a mild increase from the adjusted rate of 3.9 percent in December to 4 percent the past month. Statewide the rate was 4.8 percent and nationally the average was 8 percent.
Pump patrol
February 28, 2009 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.79 at several locations.
Hiroshima survivor to speak March 8
February 28, 2009 in print edition on B1
A Hiroshima survivor will speak about her experiences March 8 at the Nunemaker Center, 1506 Engel Road. Sachiko Masuoka was 18 years old when Hiroshima, her home town, was destroyed by an atomic bomb. She lost her brother and her sister in the explosion. Masuoka moved to the United States in 1962. She has been talking about her experiences publicly for only the past couple of years.
Saturday is now boys night in?
February 28, 2009 in print edition on D7
Saturday nights used to belong to chick flicks, a chance for WE or Oxygen to air “Under the Tuscan Sun” for the 400th time. But if today’s schedule is any indication, it’s the guys who are scanning the dial for comfort food. Why else broadcast two helpings of Adam Sandler: “Happy Gilmore” (7 p.m., today and 9 p.m., Family)?
February 28, 2009 in print edition on D7
You often wonder just how much energy and reserves you have. This year, you will come into contact with your limits and potential. Honor what you discover rather than react to it. If you are single, you see others with nearly X-ray vision. If you are attached, the two of you benefit from better communication and understanding.
Westar reports profit surge
February 28, 2009 in print edition on B5
Westar Energy Inc. says fourth-quarter profits surged 67 percent as it was able to recoup more of its operational costs and received tax incentives for investing and creating jobs in Kansas. The Topeka-based utility on Friday reported earning $22.6 million, or 21 cents per share, compared with $13.5 million, or 15 cents per share, during the same period a year ago.
Strong voices: Lawrence Children’s Choir to premiere works at national convention
February 28, 2009 in print edition on D1
Brooke Fox admits it’s not just excitement she’s feeling as the Lawrence Children’s Choir prepares for a major national performance next week.
Faith Forum: What would God and Jesus talk about at the dinner table?
February 28, 2009 in print edition on D1
What would God and Jesus talk about at the dinner table?
Arts Commission awards won’t include money this year
February 28, 2009 in print edition on D1
Ben Ahlvers thought the $1,000 grant he was going to receive from the Kansas Arts Commission would help pay for a residency this summer in Montana.
Camp brings Tourette’s sufferers together
February 28, 2009 in print edition on D8
At 6, Scott Loeff developed a speech impediment that no doctor could explain. Seven years and a slew of specialists later, a team of Chicago physicians shared a diagnosis with Loeff and his parents: Tourette’s syndrome, a neurological disorder that’s characterized by tics, such as his stutter.
Review: LCT’s ‘Doubt’ a superb play
February 28, 2009 in print edition on D5
On a dimly lit stage of Lawrence Community Theatre, Father Flynn asks the question central to John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt: A Parable”: “What if there is no answer?” “Doubt,” which opened Thursday at LCT, besets the characters in Shanley’s awarding-winning play brought to life in this very fine production.
U.S. sees serious threat in Mexico drug violence
Survey also says Afghanistan opium trade still poses risk
February 28, 2009 in print edition on A8
Spiraling drug violence in Mexico, narcotics trafficking elsewhere in Latin America and a thriving opium trade in Afghanistan pose significant national security threats to the United States, the Obama administration said Friday. In its annual survey of global counter-narcotics efforts, the State Department painted a grim picture of the situation in Mexico, where government attempts to fight traffickers are hindered by rampant corruption.
Turnpike bridge making way across river
Span a massive feat of steel
February 28, 2009 in print edition on A1
Contractors are keeping their heads well above water as part of an ongoing bridge-replacement project along the Kansas Turnpike. Crews are working about four stories above the Kansas River, connecting massive steel beams that will support enough rebar, concrete and guardrails to carry nearly 30,000 vehicles per day beginning this fall.
Seahawks qualify for sub-state
February 28, 2009 in print edition on C3
Seabury Academy qualified for a Class 1A boys basketball sub-state berth Friday night with a 62-51 victory over Wetmore.
People in the news
February 28, 2009 in print edition on D7
• McMahon hospitalized with ‘serious’ condition • Page explains why he left Barenaked Ladies • Hudson: Performing is ‘like therapy’ • ‘Plow’ producers plan to file for arbitration • Hamilton says he’s a competitive ‘Apprentice’ • Simmons happy to pay $40K a month for kids
Club news
February 28, 2009 in print edition on D3
University Bridge Club announce results of its Feb. 21 meeting. Hosts were Paul and Carolyn Jordan. Blue winners were Lois Liebert, first; Ray Ikenberry, second; Dottie Miller, third; Al Smith, fourth; and Willie Stoltenberg, fifth. Pink winners were Janet Dunn, first; Sadie Deaton, second; Alice Akin, third; Darlene Schneider, fourth; and Myrna Ikenberry, fifth.
Wrong solution
February 28, 2009 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Dr. David Goering’s recent opinion that a single-payer system, i.e. government-run health care, is the ultimate solution for America’s health care financing is naive. He lauds the Medicare model when, in fact, Medicare spending has spiraled out of control and, even before the onset of the current recession, the program was slated to go broke by 2019.
KU vaulter Scott takes Big 12 title
February 28, 2009 in print edition on C7
Jordan Scott won his third-consecutive Big 12 Championship in the pole vault after tying a career-best vault of 18-21⁄2 to lead Kansas University on Friday at the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships. “It feels great to come here and keep my streak alive,” Scott said. “This is my third indoor championship, so it’s good to know that I keep getting better.”
Violence between car owners, repo workers on the rise
February 28, 2009 in print edition on A7
Alone in his mobile home off a winding dirt road, Jimmy Tanks heard a commotion at 2:30 a.m. just outside his bedroom window: Somebody was messing with his car. The 67-year-old railroad retiree grabbed a gun, walked out the back door and confronted not a thief but a repo man and two helpers trying to tow off the Chrysler Sebring. Shots were fired, and Tanks wound up dead, a bullet in his chest.
Obama announces firm date to end Iraq war he inherited
February 28, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama consigned the Iraq war to history Friday, declaring he will end combat operations within 18 months and open a new era of diplomacy in the Middle East. “Let me say this as plainly as I can: By August 31, 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end,” Obama told Marines who are about to deploy by the thousands to the other war front, Afghanistan.
New Citi plan may serve as model for banks
February 28, 2009 in print edition on B5
The government made another run at saving Citigroup Inc. on Friday, giving taxpayers a bigger stake in its fortunes with a plan that could become a model for saving the nation’s most troubled big banks. But significant questions remain about whether the approach will succeed.