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Archive for Saturday, January 10, 2009

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Audio clips
Births
Blog entries
Couples
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
KU vs. Michigan State People & Places
Podcasts
Polls
How many road games will KU win during the Big 12 conference season?

Poll results

Response Percent
4
 
25%
5
 
24%
6
 
15%
3
 
12%
8
 
6%
2
 
6%
0
 
4%
7
 
2%
1
 
1%
Total 431
Will KU beat Michigan State?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
50%
No
 
42%
Undecided
 
7%
Total 26

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Lawrence kids step into national spotlight with two network TV appearances
January 9, 2009
Several Lawrence kids became national TV stars today after their unique stories appeared on LJWorld.com, in the Lawrence Journal-World and on 6News.
6:00 a.m.
Sebelius, Parkinson outline plan for solar, wind energy programs for Kansas
1:19 p.m., January 9, 2009 Updated 10:55 a.m.
Kansans would have new incentives to install solar panels and wind generators under an energy proposal unveiled by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson.“It’s time we take the next step toward a clean energy future,” Sebelius said.
12:00 p.m.
Kansas guard Sherron Collins grabs a pass during before taking on Michigan State at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Michigan. FINAL: Strong 1st half pushes MSU to 75-62 win
11:10 a.m., January 10, 2009 Updated 5:27 p.m.
Michigan State outscores KU, 37-18, in opening 20 minutes.
4:00 p.m.
Dr. Sherri Vaughn, check the ears of 8-month-old Madison Culbertson at Vaughn's office at Mount Oread Family Practice, 3510 Clinton Parkway, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009. In choosing a family doctor Vaughn recommends asking co-workers, neighbors and friends. How to choose a doctor
January 10, 2009 in print edition on 1A
With 10,350 licensed doctors in Kansas, picking one can be a daunting task.
7:00 p.m.
After lobbying the city to make hedgehogs legal, 11-year-old Judson King is now the proud owner of his own pet hedgehog, Little Luke. Lawrence boy, hedgehog appear on ‘Fox & Friends’
January 9, 2009
When an 11-year-old petitioned a law that prohibited hedgehogs in the city of Lawrence, he had no idea what kind of attention he would receive.

All stories

Three in custody following K-10 shooting
11:40 p.m., January 10, 2009 Updated 03:46 p.m. in print edition on B3
Three people were taken into custody early Saturday morning following a shooting incident on eastbound Kansas Highway 10, near Eudora.
Two injured in accident at 23rd and Massachusetts
11:01 p.m., January 10, 2009 Updated 02:33 p.m. in print edition on B2
At least two people were injured in a two-vehicle accident at 23rd and Massachusetts streets about 10:15 Saturday night.
K-State women trounce KU
January 10, 2009
Taking on host Kansas State in the Big 12 conference opener for both teams, the Kansas University women’s basketball team fell behind early and couldn’t recover, falling 72-39 to drop to 11-3 (0-1 in conference play) this season.
Louisville assistant named KU co-defensive coordinator
03:56 p.m., January 10, 2009 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Bill Miller, who spent the past season as the defensive coordinator at the University of Louisville, has been named linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator of the Kansas University football team, the school announced Saturday.
FINAL: Strong 1st half pushes MSU to 75-62 win
11:10 a.m., January 10, 2009 Updated 05:27 p.m.
Michigan State outscores KU, 37-18, in opening 20 minutes.
Global threat
January 10, 2009 in print edition on B6
To the editor:Global oil production will hit its peak in a few decades, at which point oil prices will skyrocket and consumers like the U.S. and China will quickly drain every last barrel they can afford to buy. As supplies dwindle, an economic disaster dwarfing Katrina will unfold.
Report questions avocado board perks
January 10, 2009 in print edition on A3
Something is rotten at the state agency behind a splashy $7.3 million annual marketing blitz on television, billboards and in food magazines to promote California-grown avocados, a new state audit indicates.
Marcus faces challenge
January 10, 2009 in print edition on C1
Marcus Morris, the Kansas University basketball player who has the most untapped potential, has identified the problem. Finding the cure presents a greater challenge.
KU golfer Gockel in 26th at tournament
January 10, 2009
KU’s Meghan Gockel shot 155 over the first two rounds of the Harder Hall Women’s Invitational.
States with high jobless rates share root causes
January 10, 2009 in print edition on A4
Unlike the last recession, today’s unemployment hot spots are all over the map.
Evidence disputed as ’pill mill’ trial nears
January 10, 2009 in print edition on B5
With trial three weeks away, attorneys for a doctor and his wife accused of running what the government calls a “pill mill” are in a battle with prosecutors over what evidence jurors will hear.
‘Luck’ prospers on level playing field
January 10, 2009 in print edition on B6
There was a time when any woman who attributed her success to luck risked getting ticketed by the feminist police. To say that your crowning achievement was a matter of good fortune rather than your own smarts, ambition and hard work was as politically incorrect as a blush.
Teacher sentenced to jail, probation
January 10, 2009 in print edition on B1
A former Basehor Elementary School fifth-grade teacher on Friday received 30 days in jail and a three-year probation sentence after he pleaded in November to three counts of inappropriately touching students.
Westboro member sues St. Joseph
January 10, 2009 in print edition on B2
A Westboro Baptist Church member has sued the city of St. Joseph over its ordinance banning protests at soldiers’ funerals.
FSHS girls grind out 38-33 win
January 10, 2009 in print edition on C3
A handful of Olathe North girls basketball players left their home gym Friday night physically feeling the brunt of their loss to Free State.
Rare, heavy snowfall shuts down airport
January 10, 2009 in print edition on A3
An unusually heavy snowfall coated downtown Madrid in white on Friday, shutting down the city’s airport but providing rare opportunities for snowball fights.
Brother held for forced abortion in cowshed
January 10, 2009 in print edition on B3
A 14-year-old Afghan rape victim told the doctor that her brother took her to a cowshed, where he and her mother held her down as he cut out her 5-month fetus with a razor blade, then stitched up the wound with string.
Moore letter indicates intent to seek 7th term
January 10, 2009 in print edition on B1
It appears that Democratic Rep. Dennis Moore likes his position in Washington, D.C.
FCE news and 4-H news
January 10, 2009 in print edition on D5
Meadowlark 4-H Club celebrated its December meeting with community service. The club participated in 4-H Sunday by attending Plymouth Congregational Church. After a club meal, members and their families volunteered to set up and work the annual Bromelsick Christmas Party. They also met for an informal meeting at Pioneer Ridge, which included caroling and making tray favors for Meals on Wheels and the residents of Pioneer Ridge.
Watch party set for KU-K-State game
January 10, 2009 in print edition on B1
GaDuGi SafeCenter, Douglas County’s rape victim and survivor service center, will play host to a basketball watch party Tuesday.
Obama OKs changes in tax proposal
January 10, 2009 in print edition on A7
Pushed by fellow Democrats, President-elect Barack Obama agreed to modest changes in his proposed tax cuts on Friday after inviting lawmakers to “just show me” ideas for fixing an economy shedding jobs at an alarming rate.
Defendant flees before probation verdict
January 10, 2009 in print edition on A2
A man who would have been on probation for his drug conviction will now have to spend six months in jail — all because he fled before hearing a jury’s sentencing verdict.
Idaho pizza workers use tips for holiday
January 10, 2009 in print edition on A4
Employees at an Idaho pizzeria are using more than $115,000 earned from tips over the past 13 years to pay for a weeklong tropical vacation.
Judge rules against White House on records
January 10, 2009 in print edition on A2
A federal judge on Friday rejected the Bush administration’s latest attempt to keep secret the identities of White House visitors and declared that the government illegally deleted Secret Service computer records.
Union plans to file Blazers grievance
January 10, 2009 in print edition on C4
The NBA players’ association plans to file a grievance against the Portland Trail Blazers, who have threatened litigation against any NBA club considering signing Darius Miles.
KU’s Self recognized as Kansan of Year
January 10, 2009 in print edition on C6
A group promoting Kansas history is honoring Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self as one of two Kansans of the Year.
Club news
January 10, 2009 in print edition on D5
Club news for January 10, 2009
Moore confirms he’s running again in 2010
January 10, 2009
It appears that Democratic Congressman Dennis Moore likes his position in Washington, D.C. After he won a sixth term in November, speculation swirled on national political blogs that Moore might retire at the end of his term.
O-North lineman picks KU — again
January 10, 2009 in print edition on C3
The recruiting process of Olathe North High defensive end Kevin Young has taken some interesting turns, but ultimately has led to Kansas University.
Military news
January 10, 2009 in print edition on D5
Army Pvt. Gabriel H.J. O’Brien has graduated from A Company 2nd Battalion 81st Armor Regiment One Station Unit Training at Fort Knox, Ky. The 15-week program consists of U.S. Army heritage and tradition, drill and ceremony, Army physical fitness program, first aid, combatives, weapons, training, marksmanship, tactical movement and urban operations training, check point training, land navigation training, and HMMWW and M1A1 Abrams tank crewman training.
CDC director is out, federal e-mail says
January 10, 2009 in print edition on A2
The head of the federal government’s public health agency is stepping down, according an e-mail sent Friday night to federal employees.
BBC Persian channel starts controversy
January 10, 2009 in print edition on A2
Professional and impartial journalists, or a bunch of spies?
On the record
January 10, 2009 in print edition on B2
Lawrence police on Friday night were looking for two men suspected of an attempted armed robbery in east Lawrence.
Boeing cuts jobs as airline demand falls
January 10, 2009 in print edition on B4
Boeing Co., the world’s second-largest airplane maker, plans to cut about 3 percent of its work force as a weakening global economy lowers demand for jetliners.
Gaming on hold
There won’t be much gambling revenue to help Kansas legislators balance the state budget this year.
January 10, 2009 in print edition on B6
There’s not a lot of activity at the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission right now.
Jobless for 1st time, citizens feel desperate, depressed
January 10, 2009 in print edition on A1
Behind the latest unemployment figures showing another 500,000-plus Americans lost their jobs is a sad truth: The deeper the recession becomes, the more it touches people whose livelihoods have never been threatened by dark financial times.
Obama completes his national security team
January 10, 2009 in print edition on A3
Promising to protect the United States while adhering to its core human values, President-elect Barack Obama formally unveiled his intelligence team Friday, praising their integrity, management skills and willingness to tell him the truth.
Free State boys suffer 49-46 setback to O-North
January 10, 2009 in print edition on C3
Free State senior Douglas Compton did not play a single second of the Firebirds’ game at Olathe North on Friday night. But he nearly played a huge role in helping the team earn a victory.
Bush takes last look back
January 10, 2009 in print edition on B7
Entering the West Wing reception area for my last interview with President George W. Bush is a surreal experience. There is no one there, other than two Secret Service agents, a White House police officer and a receptionist. The place used to teem with people eager for a moment with the commander in chief, now people speak in hushed tones. A small TV set in the coatroom is tuned to Fox News. That will soon change. The news anchor is talking only about President-elect Obama. With two weeks to go in the Bush administration, it’s all about the “O,” not the “W.”
Arson, burglary trial set to start Feb. 2
January 10, 2009 in print edition on B3
The February arson and burglary trial is scheduled to go forward for a 43-year-old Lawrence man accused of setting his ex-girlfriend’s mobile home on fire last summer.
Fledgling migrant from south sends U.S. birders atwitter
January 10, 2009 in print edition on A8
Birders with binoculars and cameras are flocking to a remote state park in search of a small yellow-chested bird that apparently crossed the U.S. border for the first time from its high-mountain habitat to the south.
Doctors pay to hear parents against vaccines
January 10, 2009 in print edition on A7
There are so many parents in this free-spirited, unconventional small town who won’t get their kids vaccinated that federal researchers are paying money just to hear their side of things.
5 people shot after high school ball game in Chicago
January 10, 2009 in print edition on A3
Five people were shot as spectators left a crowded high school basketball game Friday in what police called a possibly gang-related attack that sent panicked students running into a snowy street on the city’s South Side.
Students have ideas for Obama
January 10, 2009 in print edition on B6
During his frequent travels in the past 24 months, President-elect Obama always paused long enough to solicit views from his audiences. He seemed to thrive on difficult questions and comments that revolved around education, the environment, global affairs, war, poverty, equity, energy and immigration.
Citigroup, Morgan Stanley mull merger
January 10, 2009 in print edition on A2
Officials at the embattled banks Citigroup and Morgan Stanley will negotiate over the weekend about possibly combining their wealth management businesses, a deal mostly aimed at bolstering Citi with much-needed cash.
KU women seek ‘signature win’
Jayhawks have closed the gap on Kansas State recently
January 10, 2009
Kansas University will open Big 12 play Saturday at undefeated Kansas State.
Stocks slide on dim spending outlook
January 10, 2009 in print edition on B4
The first full week of 2009 didn’t bring Wall Street any huge shocks, but it didn’t bring much for investors be happy about, either.
Gary Bedore’s KU Basketball Notebook
January 10, 2009 in print edition on C6
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo was asked this week about his No. 8-ranked Spartans trying for a “marquee win” against the defending national champs.
Lawrence boys fall to ONW, 59-47
January 10, 2009 in print edition on C3
The Lions’ guard-heavy lineup chucked it from the cheap seats, firing up 27 three-point attempts in a 12-point loss against the Ravens.
Love stories evoke different emotions
January 10, 2009 in print edition on D7
Sometimes a wrong turn can put you in the right direction. That’s the message of the the feel-good movie “Expecting a Miracle” (8 p.m. today, Hallmark). The “Expecting” part applies to an overworked and seemingly infertile couple, Pete and Donna (Jason Priestley and Teri Polo). The “Miracle” arrives later when, on a spur-of-the-moment Mexican vacation, their big SUV runs into a ditch outside of a sleepy Disney version of a Mexican village, home to happy, laughing peasants and their priest (Cheech Marin). This is hardly the first movie about nervous fish out of water who learn to go with the flow. And it’s hardly the worst, either.
District judge prepares to pass gavel to successor next week
January 10, 2009 in print edition on B1
A transfer of power will occur next week in Douglas County District Court. After 15 years on the bench, Judge Jack Murphy is handing over the gavel to Lawrence attorney Sally Pokorny.
Casino meeting violated law
January 10, 2009 in print edition on B3
The head of the Ford County Commission unintentionally violated the Kansas Open Meetings Act last fall when he failed to notify the public about a discussion with a casino developer, the county attorney says.
Around and about
January 10, 2009 in print edition on D5
Around and about, January 10, 2009
Police: Tattoos gave away puppy thief
January 10, 2009 in print edition on B2
Police say a suspect’s unique tattoos helped solve a dognapping crime in Dodge City.
Army breaks ground on ‘warrior’ complex
January 10, 2009 in print edition on B8
With earth movers rumbling outside, officials broke ground Friday on the Army’s first permanent complex devoted to healing wounded soldiers.
Kansas swimming routs Florida International
January 10, 2009
Kansas lost just one event in a 178-78 rout of Florida International.
Barkley to take leave of absence
January 10, 2009 in print edition on C4
Charles Barkley is taking a leave of absence from the broadcast booth.
Mayor accused of pocketing gift cards
Sheila Dixon indicted on counts of perjury, theft
January 10, 2009 in print edition on A4
From Best Buy to Saks Fifth Avenue, from Old Navy to Giorgio Armani, prosecutors allege Mayor Sheila Dixon went shopping in a big way with other people’s money.
Horoscopes
January 10, 2009
This year you often waver back and forth about any important decision. Others might find this behavior irritating, as you are generally clear and direct. If you are single, you have a host off choices and possibilities. If you are attached, the two of you will get along much better if you accept your differences. Cancer can be challenging.
Border Patrol: Plaza used by smugglers
January 10, 2009 in print edition on A3
The top U.S. Border Patrol official in San Diego says he closed a half-acre oceanfront plaza on California’s border with Mexico to enhance security.
Illinois lawmakers impeach Blagojevich on 114-1 vote
January 10, 2009 in print edition on A2
Gov. Rod Blagojevich was impeached Friday by Illinois lawmakers furious that he turned state government into a “freak show,” setting the stage for an unprecedented trial in the state Senate that could get him thrown out of office.
Eudora gets sweep at BHS
De Soto, Paola split; Tongie takes two at Ward
January 10, 2009
Eudora’s girls basketball team beat Baldwin, 43-29, and the EHS boys won, 47-45 in overtime.
Clemson hires Steele
January 10, 2009 in print edition on C5
Clemson hired Alabama’s Kevin Steele on Friday as defensive coordinator under coach Dabo Swinney.
Energy, farming help keep unemployment low for 5 states
January 10, 2009 in print edition on A4
Insulated from the harshest effects of the housing bust — and buoyed by an abundance of energy and agriculture — five contiguous rural states have the lowest unemployment rates in the land.
Lawrence High grad sworn in as judge
January 10, 2009 in print edition on B2
A Lawrence High School graduate was sworn in Friday as the newest 1st Judicial District judge.
Governor: 6 killed by suicide bomber
January 10, 2009 in print edition on A2
A suicide bomber detonated explosives strapped to his body inside a produce shop in southern Afghanistan on Friday, killing six people, the provincial governor said.
Workshop offered for home buyers
January 10, 2009 in print edition on B4
A workshop for first-time home buyers will be today at the United Way of Douglas County building, 2518 Ridge Court.
Veritas sweeps Topeka Heritage
January 10, 2009
The Veritas boys beat Heritage, 66-37, and the Eagles’ girls won, 51-21.
Faith Forum: Should a self-serving prayer request be considered sinful?
January 10, 2009
Faith Forum: Should a self-serving prayer request be considered sinful?
Baby moose falls into family’s bedroom
January 10, 2009 in print edition on A2
A Spokane family got an uninvited visitor when a moose calf fell through a basement window and into a bedroom.
People in the news
January 10, 2009 in print edition on D7
No luck for Polanski; actor Ryan O’Neal pleads guilty; Bono: Newspaperman; Swayze in hospital with pneumonia; ‘Dexter’ stars marry.
Hit the trail for a fitness challenge
January 10, 2009 in print edition on D1
Hiking trails are good for more than a challenging outdoor walk.
Job losses hit 2.6 million nationwide in 2008
January 10, 2009 in print edition on A3
A staggering 2.6 million jobs disappeared in 2008, the most since World War II, and the pain is only getting worse with 11 million Americans out of work and searching.
KU track shines at Arkansas Invitational
January 10, 2009
KU claimed six individual titles at the Arkansas Track Invitational.
St. Louis streetcar to get new life
January 10, 2009 in print edition on B5
A streamlined streetcar that once rocked along the streets of St. Louis is getting a top-to-bottom spiffing by volunteers at the Museum of Transportation, where they plan to run it as a reminder of the old days.
Title game more fitting for C-SPAN
January 10, 2009
The national championship has never seemed more mythical.
Student workshops stress financial skills
January 10, 2009 in print edition on B3
Two consumer workshops for high school students will be in March by the Kansas Attorney General’s office.
Police: Masked man waited to rob bank
January 10, 2009 in print edition on A4
An Ohio man may have tipped off his intentions when he stood in line at a bank wearing a ski mask before staging a holdup.
Troops capture key rebel base at pass
January 10, 2009 in print edition on A2
Sri Lankan troops on Friday captured Elephant Pass, the Tamil Tigers’ last stronghold on the Jaffna peninsula, seizing control of a base and a symbolic highway, and isolating the retreating rebels in a shrinking slice of northeastern jungle.
Gonzalez tapped All-Pro
January 10, 2009
A changing of the guard — and tackles and running backs and receivers — saw 15 first-timers make the Associated Press 2008 NFL All-Pro team announced Friday.
FSU’s Bowden to return
January 10, 2009 in print edition on C5
Bobby Bowden says he’ll be back for a 34th season as coach at Florida State.
Negotiator: Pirates get $3 million for tanker
January 10, 2009 in print edition on A8
After reportedly receiving a $3 million ransom dropped by parachute, pirates said they released a captured Saudi supertanker Friday, ending a two-month drama that helped galvanize international efforts to fight piracy off Africa’s coast.
Teen gets probation in murder-for-hire plot
January 10, 2009 in print edition on B5
An Independence teenager has received two years’ probation for introducing his high-school classmate to two would-be hit men.
UMass coach resigns
January 10, 2009 in print edition on C5
Massachusetts football coach Don Brown has resigned to become the defensive coordinator at Maryland. UMass athletic director John McCutcheon said a national search would begin immediately for a new coach.
Economic crisis touches previously secure professions
January 10, 2009 in print edition on A7
These are the stories of people nationwide who have recently lost their jobs for the first time.
H&R Block plans reopening ceremony
January 10, 2009 in print edition on B4
H&R Block, 3300 Mesa Way, is having a grand reopening on Thursday. The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m.
Gators in prime position for repeat
January 10, 2009 in print edition on C5
Florida coach Urban Meyer wrapped both hands around the crystal football Friday, started to lift it off its stand and then nearly fumbled the whole trophy. He might have an easier time holding on to the championship next year.
Pump patrol
January 10, 2009 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.65 at several stations. If
Loud and proud ‘Izzone’ ready for KU
January 10, 2009 in print edition on C1
Teams that venture into Michigan State’s Breslin Center not only have to contend with the traditionally tough Spartans. They must also try to overcome MSU’s raucous student section — which wraps around more than three-fourths of the 14,759-seat arena’s bottom tier.
Overtime thriller
Potter’s return fuels 48-43 Lions comeback
January 10, 2009 in print edition on C1
It took the season’s first eight games, but the Lions’ lineup finally returned to full strength for the first time Friday night, culminating with a 48-43, come-from-behind surge to knock off league foe Olathe Northwest in overtime.
How to choose a doctor
There are thousands; which one is right for you?
January 10, 2009 in print edition on A1
With 10,350 licensed doctors in Kansas, picking one can be a daunting task.
Tech WR Crabtree entering NFL Draft
January 10, 2009 in print edition on C5
Michael Crabtree’s father says the Texas Tech receiver is going to the NFL.
Ex-Husker hit with DUI
January 10, 2009 in print edition on C5
Former Nebraska football player Hunter Teafatiller has been sentenced to 10 days in jail and fined $500 for a second drunken-driving offense.
Faith in film: KU graduate’s book explores movies, religion
January 10, 2009 in print edition on D1
What connects ‘Fight Club,” “Kung Fu Panda” and “Star Wars?”