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KU women's basketball vs. New Mexico State
If you could pick one KU coach to instruct your child's youth league team, who would you pick?

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Men’s basketball coach Bill Self
Football coach Mark Mangino
Baseball coach Ritch Price
Women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson
Soccer coach Mark Francis
Volleyball coach Ray Bechard
Track and field coach Stanley Redwine
Softball coach Tracy Bunge
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McKinney sworn in as treasurer, while Brownback explores 2010 gubernatorial run
January 5, 2009
Dennis McKinney took the oath of office for state treasurer yesterday. Also, Sen. Sam Brownback is taking steps for a 2010 run for the governor’s office.
Jan. 5, 2009 Kidcast: Roderick Cody
January 5, 2009
6News Kidcast, featuring Roderick Cody.
Robbery suspect appears in district court
January 5, 2009
The suspect in a 2008 southwest Lawrence robbery was extradited from Missouri, and made an appearance in Douglas County District Court.
6 Weather Morning Forecast for Tuesday, January 6, 2009
January 5, 2009
Partly sunny with a high of 43 and a low 17.
Transit leaders looking for consultant to coordinate KU service
January 5, 2009
Local leaders are looking for an expert to coordinate KU bus service throughout Lawrence.
Challenges ahead for KU before conference play begins
January 5, 2009
The Jayhawks play Siena, then no. 8 Michigan State, before Big 12 play begins.
KU’s Sutherland has break-out game
January 5, 2009
Aishah Sutherland had played 32 minutes and scored four points in KU’s first seven games. On Sunday against New Mexico, she played 16 minutes, logging six points, four boards and two assists.
Preschoolers play in fir trees
Lawrence Arts Center classes plant seeds of creativity
January 5, 2009
Preschool students at Lawrence Arts Center get a fir-y experience with recycled Christmas trees.
Lansing inmate who escaped pleads guilty to firearms charge
January 5, 2009
A Lansing Correctional Facility inmate who made a short-lived but celebrated escape from custody with a prison volunteer has pleaded guilty to a federal charge associated with the escape.
Brownback kicks off fundraising for his Kansas gubernatorial campaign
January 5, 2009
The 2010 race for governor got energized Monday as U.S. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., opened up his gubernatorial campaign committee for fund-raising business.
Douglas County Democrats plan inaugural celebration
January 5, 2009
The Douglas County Democratic Party will sponsor a celebration of President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at Abe and Jake’s Landing, 8 E. Sixth St.
Grass fire extinguished east of Baldwin City
02:49 p.m., January 5, 2009 Updated 03:30 p.m.
Palmyra Township firefighters have responded about 2 p.m. Monday to a grass fire east of Baldwin City.
Prayer vigil to be held for missing 44-year-old Perry resident Shawn Fowler
January 5, 2009
A prayer vigil will be held for Shawn Fowler, 44, who went missing Dec. 10 from his Perry home.The vigil’s scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, at Williamstown Assembly of God, 1225 Oak St. in Williamstown.
City commissioner Sue Hack won’t seek third term
January 5, 2009
City Commissioner Sue Hack announced Monday that she would not seek a third term on the Lawrence City Commission.
Lawrence’s Bowersock Mill, Bonner Springs marble company among finalists for 8 Wonders contest
Lawrence’s Bowersock Mills, Bonner Springs’ Moon Marble Co. are candidates
January 5, 2009
From a nuclear plant to a bait shop, 24 finalists have been chosen for the 8 Wonders of Kansas Commerce contest.
Two lawmakers accuse bioscience authority of KU bias
January 5, 2009
Some Wichita lawmakers are accusing the Kansas Bioscience Authority of costing their city jobs by delaying a $31 million grant.
Neighbors, developer butting heads over duplex rezoning request
January 5, 2009
There’s an axiom in City Hall that vacant fields in Lawrence won’t stay vacant forever. That’s why Jason Pendleton said he and his neighbors near Overland Drive and Eldridge Street didn’t expect their pretty little pasture view to be permanent. But they did expect the approximately 10-acre tract of ground near their homes to be developed with single-family houses.
Marketing and sales professional says he’ll run for Lawrence City Commission
12:34 p.m., January 5, 2009 Updated 01:51 p.m.
James Bush, a marketing and sales professional, plans to formally file Tuesday for a seat on the Lawrence City Commission.
Despite high price of legislation, area legislature wants healthcare for working poor to be on agenda
January 5, 2009
Anthony Brown said the difficulties confronting the Kansas Legislature in the coming session was underscored by a message Republican members received last week from Speaker of the House Mike O’Neal.
Queens Road neighbors might be in for costly surprise
Homeowners may have unknowingly signed up to fund reconstruction work
January 5, 2009
“I haven’t read them yet, and I’ve been here a year,” Mary Tate said of the couple inches of paperwork that was part of buying her home in the 200 block of Campbell Drive. She — and many of her neighbors along Queens Road in northwest Lawrence — may soon wish that they had. That’s because when hundreds of residents in the Westwood Hills and Park West neighborhoods bought their houses, they agreed — perhaps unknowingly — to help pay for the reconstruction of adjacent Queens Road.
Collins wins Big 12 player of the week
January 5, 2009
Kansas University guard Sherron Collins was named the Big 12 player of the week, the conference announced Monday.
Sebelius says she’s not interested in Commerce position
January 5, 2009
A spokeswoman says Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius isn’t reconsidering her decision not to seek a job in Washington.
Legislature to consider speed-based tolls
Those who speed would face higher fares on Kansas Turnpike
08:52 a.m., January 5, 2009 Updated 09:26 a.m.
A Kansas senator wants speeding turnpike drivers to pay more in tolls.
Two people arrested after knife incident in Baldwin City
03:22 a.m., January 5, 2009 Updated 03:01 p.m.
Two people were arrested early Monday morning after an attack involving a knife outside of Puckett’s Bar, 309 Ames St. in Baldwin City.
Madoff victims selling memorabilia on eBay
January 5, 2009 in print edition on A2
Did you get fleeced by Bernard Madoff? Or did you buy that Madoff Securities fleece jacket on eBay? Madoff, who was arrested last month after allegedly telling investigators he lost as much as $50 billion of investors’ money in a giant Ponzi scheme, promoted his firm by putting its name on everything from T-shirts to beach towels, tote bags and umbrellas.
Wagon made in NE Kansas in parade for inauguration
January 5, 2009 in print edition on A3
For years, Don and Connie Werner have led the Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade down Massachusetts Street in their covered wagon. On Jan. 20, one of Don’s handcrafted wagons will parade down a much bigger street: Pennsylvania Avenue. “We are just elated, just plum tickled about that,” said Don, who owns Horton-based Werner Wagon Works along with his wife.
Governor’s allies vanish as impeachment vote nears
January 5, 2009 in print edition on A10
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich doesn’t have many friends these days, particularly among the lawmakers who will decide whether to throw him out of office. The vote to begin impeachment proceedings was unanimous. Former allies have fallen silent since his Dec. 9 arrest on federal corruption charges. Members of a special impeachment committee are uniformly negative in their comments and questions.
January 5, 2009 in print edition on A9
This year, channel your unusually high energy into important projects. Your drive can make the difference between success and failure. If you are single, romance ranks high in your year. You will like the choices. If you are attached, your sweetie could be very romantic.
Diet right: Simple changes will cut fat, calories in your diet without suffering
January 5, 2009
Two prep wideouts commit to KU
January 5, 2009 in print edition on B3
Erick McGriff of Tampa, Fla., and Chris Omigie of Arlington, Texas, gave Kansas University’s football team nonbindingn oral commitments.
‘Story of India’ hits all the right notes
January 5, 2009 in print edition on A9
Memorable documentary series require at least three elements: a great story, big ideas and dazzling photography. The six-part history “The Story of India” (8 p.m. and 9 p.m., PBS, airing on Mondays through Jan. 19) has all three and much more.
Participants sought for MLK program
January 5, 2009 in print edition on A4
Come express yourself the day before Martin Luther King Day! Write a speech, poem, song or story that reflects King’s life and message and share it with the community. Or read someone else’s work if you’d rather. How has King’s story inspired you? How does his legacy relate to your life? What’s your dream? Listen, speak, sign up to serve with an open mind and heart!
Quick stimulus unlikely, leaders in Congress say
January 5, 2009 in print edition on A2
President-elect Barack Obama received a rude welcome to Washington on Sunday as congressional Democrats dashed his hopes for a speedy response to the worst economic crisis in decades. Even before Obama’s plane landed, House and Senate Democratic leaders put him on notice that he won’t have a broad economic stimulus plan ready for his signature as soon as he takes office Jan. 20, as he had hoped.
Economists say much uncertainty lies ahead
January 5, 2009 in print edition on A1
Any improvement in the national economy in 2009 is likely to be uncertain and slow, some business and financial experts say. “There’s a lot of uncertainty all over the board,” said Doug Houston, a Kansas University professor and area director in finance and economics in the School of Business.
Former lawmaker leaves legacy of service
Branson was tireless advocate for health, art concerns
January 5, 2009 in print edition on A3
Jessie M. Branson, who spearheaded child passenger safety restraint laws in the Kansas Legislature and advocated for people with mental disabilities, died Saturday of natural causes at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor. She was 88.
Series of quakes kills 1, injures dozens
January 5, 2009 in print edition on A2
A series of powerful earthquakes killed a 10-year-old girl and injured dozens in remote eastern Indonesia, briefly triggering fears of another tsunami in a country still recovering from 2004’s deadly waves. One of the quakes — a 7.3-magnitude tremor — was felt as far away as Australia and sent small tsunamis into Japan’s southeastern coast.
Critics say ban on barbed wire gives criminals a boost
January 5, 2009 in print edition on B10
Some business owners in this crime-plagued city say recent enforcement of a decades-old ordinance prohibiting some types of barbed wire and razor wire is making Newark more attractive — to thieves. Burglaries are up 17 percent from 2007 through November in Newark, which has a young, charismatic mayor who has vowed to help the city rebound from decades of official inaction, incompetence and outright criminality.
Having a High Definition family moment
January 5, 2009
So, it happened in my household the way people who predict stuff predicted it would: Christmas came, and we got an HDTV. I had heard this was the big item that Americans were getting this year, but I didn’t think it was in the cards for us. My mom came out from California, however, and this was a gift from her.
Pakistan is given evidence on attacks
January 5, 2009 in print edition on A2
India handed evidence today to Pakistan that it says links the deadly Mumbai attacks to Pakistani “elements” and called on authorities across the border to investigate further and help bring the culprits to justice. India has blamed the November attacks that killed 164 people on Pakistani-based militants, but Pakistan has denied the accusations saying India had yet to provide proof.
Political dialogue offers hope in Iraq
January 5, 2009 in print edition on A7
As violence diminishes and U.S. troops draw down, Iraqis are trying to figure out what kind of political system will emerge when American influence fades. The nature of that system matters to Americans, too. The purpose of Gen. David Petraeus’ “surge” strategy was to stabilize Iraq so it would no longer provide a haven for al-Qaida or a fertile field for Iranian intervention.
Female bomber at Shiite shrine kills 38
January 5, 2009 in print edition on A2
A woman hiding among Iranian pilgrims with a bomb strapped under her black robe killed more than three dozen people Sunday outside a Baghdad mosque during ceremonies commemorating the death of one of Shiite Islam’s most revered saints.
Civilians struggle during Gaza battle
January 5, 2009 in print edition on B10
Anas Mansour sleeps in his street clothes in a south Gaza refugee camp, with his ID in his pocket so he can flee quickly if fighting gets worse. In Gaza City, the 10 members of the Karam family huddle in their hallway at night, kept awake by artillery fire booming outside.
City Commission agenda: SmartCode up for approval
January 5, 2009 in print edition on A6
Commissioners will consider approving the Lawrence SmartCode, a new development code that will give developers the option of building neighborhoods in a less suburban style. The plan has drawn criticism from some neighborhood groups, who fear that the new development code will give City Hall staff members too much power to approve developments administratively.
Jayhawk women rout Aggies of New Mexico
Katie Smith has hand in victory
January 5, 2009 in print edition on B1
Seldom-used senior captain Katie Smith had career highs in points and rebounds in Kansas University’s 91-49 rout of New Mexico State.
Ravens fluster Miami
Baltimore turns turnovers into 27-9 wild-card victory
January 5, 2009 in print edition on B5
Baltimore had four interceptions in a 27-9 rout of the Dolphins.
Help your kids learn a foreign language
January 5, 2009
Sure, your little one can say “Hola” to Dora and “Ni hao” to Kai Lin, but where do you turn if you want to gain more exposure to a second language?
Israeli troops and tanks slice deep into Gaza
January 5, 2009 in print edition on A2
Thousands of Israeli troops backed by tanks and helicopter gunships surrounded Gaza’s largest city and fought militants at close range Sunday, the first full day of an overwhelming ground offensive in the coastal territory.
Lawrence elementary school lunches
January 5, 2009
Art deco furniture comes back in style
January 5, 2009
Art Deco was one of the shortest-lived design periods in history. All about sensational, freewheeling modern living and daring new designs, Deco was hit hard by the looming second World War. It was time to pack up the Charleston records, put away glamorous accoutrements and face harsh reality.
Flush your toilet problems away with new tank flapper
January 5, 2009
If you have recently replaced the tank flapper and your toilet is still running, it may be time to pull out the big guns and replace your ball cock, aka fill valve. I prefer the Fluid Master Brand fill valves over the old style floating ball types. They are much easier to adjust and tend to have fewer problems in the long run.
Try swapping some books
January 5, 2009
It’s like getting a present,” Christa Cothrel, of Arlington, Va., says a little gleefully. The self-described bibliophile has been getting books in the mail for four years — free.
Father accused of killing son owed $4K
January 5, 2009 in print edition on A6
Danny Platt said he was under a lot of pressure. He apparently owed his estranged wife $4,000 in back child support. But there were no signs of stress when the 22-year-old father, accused of killing his 2-year-old son over the child support debt, went to pick up his little boy for a weekend visit, his mother said Sunday.
Hey, ma! This dunk’s for you
Taylor’s mother on hand for son’s slams in UT victory
12:00 a.m., January 5, 2009 Updated 09:06 a.m. in print edition on B1
Mother Jeanell Taylor and other relatives of Kansas University’s Tyshawn Taylor watched as the Jayhawks slammed Tennessee, 92-85.
Parmigiano-Reggiano with Aged Balsamic, Granny Smith Apples
January 5, 2009
Rather than relegate great cheese to a before-the-meal appetizer, let it shine the Italian way — as the course just before dessert. This simple fruit and Parmesan offering is a great introduction to the idea of cheese as a course, not just an ingredient.
Falcons’ Smith named coach of year
Dolphins’ Sparano finishes one vote behind
January 5, 2009 in print edition on B2
Mike Smith and Tony Sparano performed so brilliantly as rookie head coaches it was almost impossible to separate them.
Homemade thank-you notes add special touch
January 5, 2009
If after the holidays you have someone you’d like to thank in a special way, here are three card-making ideas.
Indoor makeover: Winter perfect time to spruce up home
January 5, 2009
Winter need not be synonymous with such words as “stuffy” and “blah.” The cold weather makes it a perfect season to spend time indoors freshening up a home’s interior, according to area designers.
Supporters rally behind Blagojevich pick for Senate
January 5, 2009 in print edition on A10
Just days before a high-stakes showdown in the nation’s capital, the man selected to take President-elect Barack Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat sought spiritual and political support on Sunday at a South Side Chicago church.
Teachers as parents: What lessons learned in the classroom translate in the home?
January 5, 2009
Jon Stutler has two biological children. But Mondays through Fridays he inherits dozens more.
College football has gone over top
January 5, 2009 in print edition on B2
Other than the disrespect it will show this week by playing on Elvis’ birthday, the BCS national championship game raises images of … what?
City reviews progress on 2007 goals
January 5, 2009 in print edition on A3
It’s not exactly the equivalent of resolving to shed a few pounds or to become more organized or whatever else people decide to commit themselves to on a late Dec. 31 night. But Lawrence city commissioners do have goals, too — eight of them, actually, which are written down and included as part of the city’s budget. Like the weight loss efforts or the organization project, results are mixed.
Snow ice cream: It’s fun and tasty. But is it safe?
January 5, 2009
It’s cold outside — blustery and snowy, in fact — but all you can think about is a nice big bowl of vanilla ice cream.
Face lifts: Hands of time moves on two tracks in ’09
January 5, 2009
The hands of time move forward into the new year on watch faces that embrace two opposing trends: industrial designs and delicate, jewelry styles — and they don’t necessarily break along gender or cost lines.
Recession to steal some glitz from gadget show
January 5, 2009 in print edition on A9
The International Consumer Electronics Show, the largest trade show in the U.S., opens this week in Las Vegas with a full slate of giant TVs and inventive gadgets, despite the pall of a recession hanging over the industry.
Longhorns motivated by bowl snub
January 5, 2009 in print edition on B3
Texas still has a shot at the national football championship, but it’s a long shot — and the Longhorns have to take care of Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.
Hate sit-ups? You’re in luck. Five exercises women should avoid
January 5, 2009
If you hate sit-ups, you’re in luck. They’re one of the top five exercises women should completely avoid, says personal trainer Kristal Richardson.
Obama joins family in Washington
January 5, 2009 in print edition on A2
President-elect Barack Obama rejoined his family in Washington on Sunday evening after bidding a poignant farewell to his Chicago home as he begins final preparations for his Jan. 20 inauguration. “I’ve got to tell you, I choked up a little bit leaving my house today,” Obama told reporters aboard a government 757 plane typically used by vice presidents and first ladies. It was his first trip on a government aircraft since winning election Nov. 4.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
January 5, 2009 in print edition on A7
The Kansas University chancellor search committee said it hoped to submit the name of five finalists to succeed Dr. Clarke Wescoe by mid-January. Wescoe had resigned to take a position in private medicine.
How long must we be subjected to more of the Blagojevich charade?
January 5, 2009 in print edition on A7
It seems there is no earthly limit to the depth of shame of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Surely there must be some quicker way than we have seen to get him out of office and out of the public spotlight. He contends he will not resign in the face of glaring charges of bad behavior in office and he keeps waving his celebrity status in our faces. Among all his faults is the probability that he tried to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.
Dealing with unintended consequences
January 5, 2009 in print edition on A7
Like pebbles tossed into ponds, important Supreme Court rulings radiate ripples of consequences. Consider a 1971 Supreme Court decision that supposedly applied but actually altered the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Eagles fly past Vikes
McNabb passes Philly to 26-14 win
January 5, 2009 in print edition on B5
Donovan McNabb and the Philadelphia Eagles beat Minnesota, 26-14.
Artist’s skills range from blacksmith to musician
January 5, 2009
When you think of a blacksmith do you imagine a large, heavilymuscled male? If so, you’ll need to adjust your image when you meet local blacksmith artist Kate Dinneen.
On the record
January 5, 2009 in print edition on A4
One man was transported early Sunday by air ambulance to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., after a single-vehicle rollover accident at 447 E. 2100 Road, about four miles northeast of Baldwin City.A nursing supervisor was unable to provide a condition update for Sean E. Lawrenz, 22, Lawrence.
Utah worthy of No. 1
12:00 a.m., January 5, 2009 Updated 03:15 p.m. in print edition on B1
Tom Keegan makes the case that it’s hard to ignore Utah when talk turns to picking the national football champion.
Wall Street braces for 2009’s first full week
January 5, 2009 in print edition on B10
Wall Street will open for trading today at a two-month high as investors have grown more optimistic that the worst of the market’s rout might be over. But, analysts contend, the real test is still to come. There will be no shortage of economic data and potential corporate news as traders get back to work after the holidays.
Depot getting back on track to handle more rail travelers
January 5, 2009 in print edition on A1
Before the days of jumbo jets and turnpikes there was rail travel, an American staple since the 1830s. Today, it’s almost a quaint reminder of a bygone era. But the spiffed-up Burlington Northern Santa Fe depot in east Lawrence is reminding travelers that rail travel is still here, and it may be gaining, um, steam.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
January 5, 2009 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for Jan. 5, 1909: “More than 100 are due for the annual Commercial Club banquet for local business and professional men. Most are ending outstanding years and are looking ahead to 1909 with optimism. The Eldridge House will be the site for the meeting (of the forerunner of the chamber of commerce).
Who’s backing up this batch of ’backers?
Departing seniors Holt, Rivera, Mortensen say: Don’t worry; new wave of talent ready to take over
January 5, 2009 in print edition on B1
Senior linebackers James Holt, Mike Rivera and Joe Mortensen said their position will be in good hands in the immediate future.
Space odyssey: Former astronaut Steve Hawley, now a KU professor, answers questions from fourth-graders at Prairie Park School
January 5, 2009
1. What does it look like up in space? (Lindsay Martin)Well, it depends on what “it” you’re talking about, how the Earth looks from space or how space looks from space. You notice some things that you might normally not think about when you look at the Earth from orbit.