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Archive for Sunday, January 11, 2009

Also from January 11

Births
Couples
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
Veritas boys pick up two victories KU women vs. Kansas State Tibetan travels Local scouts test engineering skills in Pinewood Derby
Polls
Have you ever sent a text while driving?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes.
 
57%
No.
 
41%
I don’t drive.
 
1%
Total 1049
Videos

Lead stories

12:04 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
Vehicles travel on U.S. Highway 59 just south of Lawrence. A lawsuit filed Friday in federal court is the latest litigation intended to block completion of the South Lawrence Trafficway's eastern leg through the Baker Wetlands. The western segment of the trafficway ends at U.S. 59. Stimulus talk spurs SLT hope
January 11, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Barack Obama’s imminent presidential inauguration — and, in particular, his plans for billions of dollars in infrastructure investment — is stimulating hope for completing the South Lawrence Trafficway in Lawrence.
10:00 a.m.
George Sommers, an assistant Sergeant of Arms in the Senate at the Statehouse in Topeka, sets out notebooks for legislators Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009. Sommers and other state employees were making preparations for Monday's State of the State address and the opening of the legislative session for 2009. State budget in bad shape
January 11, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Lawmakers start the 2009 legislative session on Monday during a budget crisis that gets worse every day.
2:00 p.m.
Julia Pitner, a 1981 Lawrence High School graduate and 1991 Kansas University graduate, is head of projects for the nonprofit Internews Network in the West Bank. She is helping coordinate an effort to get solar-powered radios that can be hand-cranked to help Palestinians in Gaza get news and humanitarian information during the current conflict with Israel. LHS grad helps spread news to embattled Gaza residents
January 11, 2009 in print edition on 1B
Julia Pitner has spent the last week in the Middle East working to try to connect Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to the airwaves to give them information about humanitarian aid.
6:00 p.m.
A woman waits in her shop for customers to come buy knick-knacks and jewelry. In the past several years, tourism has boosted the Shangri-La economy. 
Tibetan travels: KU alumna explores simple life on teaching assignment
January 11, 2009 in print edition on 1D
Kansas University graduate and former Journal-World photographer Megan True is teaching English in China.

All stories

Chamber’s new CEO learning the ropes
January 11, 2009
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce’s new CEO, Tom Kern, is preparing for the group’s annual meeting.
KU regroups after Michigan State loss
January 11, 2009
The Spartans beat the Jayhawks 75-62 Saturday.
Judge Murphy set to hang up the robes
January 11, 2009
A change of power is in the works at the Douglas County Courthouse.
Tonganoxie school board to make decision on superintendent
January 11, 2009
Last month, the Tonganoxie board of education voted not to retain Supt. Richard Erickson. His fate now rests on a school board vote tonight.
Lawrence school board grapples with budget
January 11, 2009
The Lawrence school board meets Monday, and will discuss raising costs of driver’s education.
Not your typical basketball team
January 11, 2009
The Kansas Wheelhawks take their basketball seriously.
6 Weather Morning Forecast for January 11, 2009
January 11, 2009
Partly cloudy with a high of 42 and a low of 24.
Lawrence man arrested after early-morning chase
04:02 a.m., January 11, 2009 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on A4
A 40-year-old Lawrence man led Lawrence police officers on an early-morning chase that extended past city limits.
Poet’s Showcase: Heroes
January 11, 2009 in print edition on D3
Who is this creature of skill and talent just shooting hoops in the back yard?
Cardinals stun Panthers, 33-13
January 11, 2009
The Arizona Cardinals were expected by most to be easy prey in another futile trip to the East Coast.Instead, Kurt Warner has the Cardinals within a victory of their first Super Bowl appearance — with a big assist from Jake Delhomme and the bumbling Carolina Panthers.
Amtrak support
January 11, 2009 in print edition on B6
To the editor:Last April a group of local citizens formed Depot Redux to ensure a more certain future for local passenger trains and our depot. Alex Parker’s article “Depot Getting Back on Track” (Journal-World, Jan. 5) describes well our efforts to clean up and improve the safety and service at our passenger rail station in east Lawrence.
Veritas wins two straight
January 11, 2009
One month = zero victories. Twenty-four hours = two victories.Quite a nifty equation for Veritas Christian’s boys basketball team this weekend.
KU’s Gockel ties for 34th
January 11, 2009 in print edition on C3
Kansas University junior golfer Meghan Gockel tied for 34th in the Harder Hall Invitational on Saturday.
Litigious society lacks common sense
January 11, 2009 in print edition on B7
Called to a Florida school that could not cope, police led the disorderly student away in handcuffs, all 40 pounds of her 5-year-old self. In a Solomonic compromise, schools in Broward County, Fla., banned running at recess. Long Beach, N.J., removed signs warning swimmers about riptides, although the oblivious tides continued. The warning label on a five-inch fishing lure with a three-pronged hook says, “Harmful if swallowed”; the label on a letter opener says, “Safety goggle recommended.”
Wilderness bill causes friction in Senate
January 11, 2009 in print edition on A3
In an early showdown for the new Congress, senators are considering setting aside more than 2 million acres in nine states as wilderness.
Country enforcing ban on bathing suits
January 11, 2009 in print edition on A2
Bikini- and Speedo-clad tourists beware.
Feel sorry for Utah, but not Texas
January 11, 2009
Ultimately, the Texas Longhorns turned out to be right. A 10-point loss on a neutral site meant that the Oklahoma Sooners were not championship-worthy.
Local scouts test engineering skills in Pinewood Derby
January 11, 2009
Local Cub Scouts participated in the Pinewood Derby Saturday at Prairie Park School.
Big old lobster avoids date with dinner plate
January 11, 2009
A huge lobster that was destined to adorn a dinner plate is back in the ocean after a New York City restaurant granted him a reprieve.
KU football hires new co-defensive coordinator
January 11, 2009 in print edition on C1
Bill Miller, former defensive coordinator at Louisville University, has been named linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator of the Kansas University football team, KU announced Saturday.
College grads avoid brunt of recession-fueled layoffs
January 11, 2009 in print edition on A5
For one group of workers, the recession hasn’t hit quite so hard. Their unemployment rate was nearly half the overall workforce in December. When they do lose jobs, they tend to find work more quickly than others. Their wages are higher, and they typically have enough savings to survive between jobs.
5 pirates drown with ransom share
January 11, 2009 in print edition on A2
Five of the pirates who hijacked a Saudi supertanker drowned with their share of a $3 million ransom, a relative said Saturday, the day after the bundle of cash was apparently dropped by parachute onto the deck of the ship.
Obama inaugural address must soothe, inspire
January 11, 2009 in print edition on B7
It is a day — often cold, sometimes downright frigid — when the heat of the nation’s daily bickering somehow cools. It is a day above party, which is why, in 1801, Thomas Jefferson used the occasion to declare: “We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists.”
States rethinking prison policies
Budget woes have led to early release for thousands of inmates
January 11, 2009 in print edition on A6
Their budgets in crisis, governors, legislators and prison officials across the nation are making or considering policy changes that will likely remove tens of thousands of offenders from prisons and parole supervision.
Snowstorm grounds flights, ices roads throughout Midwest
January 11, 2009 in print edition on A3
A powerful winter storm blasted large swaths of the Midwest and Northeast with snow and freezing rain on Saturday, grounding flights and stranding vehicles along icy roads.
Kline to teach at Liberty University
January 11, 2009 in print edition on B3
Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline is headed to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., where he will be a visiting law professor.
Huskers hold off Missouri, 56-51
January 11, 2009 in print edition on C6
A recap of Big 12 men’s basketball action.
Auto show strips out glitz in rough times
January 11, 2009 in print edition on A3
The streets of downtown Detroit will be free of cattle this year, and there won’t be any Jeeps flying through the windows of the convention center.
Kansas City church’s pipe dream comes true
January 11, 2009 in print edition on B4
The first time Rosi Penner Kaufman set eyes on the pipe organ now in Rainbow Mennonite Church, she saw mostly dirt and grime.
Searchers comb woods for missing boy
January 11, 2009 in print edition on B5
Investigators used search dogs Saturday to scour a wooded area along the banks of the Whitewater River as they continued looking for a Kansas boy whose disappearance went unreported for a decade.
Bush reportedly rejected plea to raid Iran
January 11, 2009 in print edition on A2
President George W. Bush rejected a plea from Israel last year to help it raid Iran’s main nuclear complex, opting instead to authorize a new U.S. covert action aimed at sabotaging Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program, The New York Times reported.
Rare twin kangaroos born at Nebraska zoo
January 11, 2009
To their surprise, officials at a Lincoln zoo are seeing double and laying claim to a new record.
Ex-prosecutor formally sworn in as judge
January 11, 2009 in print edition on B5
U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren has been formally sworn in as the 27th federal judge in the Kansas judicial district.
Biden pledges support in terrorism fight
January 11, 2009 in print edition on A2
Vice President-elect Joe Biden pledged long-term American support for Afghanistan during a visit Saturday, and the commander of NATO-led forces told him that thousands of new American troops expected this year will need more support against surging Taliban violence.
Credit counselors see business go up
January 11, 2009 in print edition on B8
Some Kansas credit counselors say their business is up as the economy continues to have problems.
LHS grad helps spread news to embattled Gaza residents
January 11, 2009 in print edition on B1
Julia Pitner has spent the last week in the Middle East working to try to connect Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to the airwaves to give them information about humanitarian aid.
Israel warns Gazans to brace for escalation of offensive
January 11, 2009 in print edition on A2
Israel dropped bombs and leaflets on Gaza on Saturday, pounding suspected rocket sites and tunnels used by Hamas militants and warning of a wider offensive despite frantic diplomacy to end the bloodshed.
Deal reached on gas transit monitoring
January 11, 2009 in print edition on A2
Ukraine today accepted a deal on the European Union-led monitoring of Russian gas transit across its territory, opening the way for restarting Russian natural gas supplies to a freezing Europe after a four-day halt in shipments.
Few topics are safe for Muslims
January 11, 2009 in print edition on B6
Today’s column is presented as a public service for Muslim readers. Call it a list of Things Not To Say If You Are Muslim.
Obama advisers: Plan would create up to 4.1M jobs
January 11, 2009 in print edition on A3
President-elect Barack Obama countered critics with an analysis Saturday by his economic team showing that a program of tax cuts and spending like he’s proposed would create up to 4.1 million jobs, far more than the 3 million he has insisted are needed to lift the country from recession.
Ravens kick Titans out
January 11, 2009 in print edition on C7
A not-so-raw rookie and a trustworthy veteran lifted the Baltimore Ravens to the brink of the Super Bowl.<
Wheel Genius: Road work this week
January 11, 2009 in print edition on B3
Now that the holidays are done and gone, work crews are gearing up to continue road and highway projects that could affect your travel — whether it’s across town or into a nearby metro area.
Couple give a fast food ‘I do’ at Taco Bell
January 11, 2009 in print edition on A4
Wedding bells meant Taco Bell for Paul and Caragh Brooks.
Mayor shows she’s not easily rattled
January 11, 2009 in print edition on A3
It was easy to find the symbolism in Mayor Sheila Dixon’s first public event since being indicted on theft and perjury charges.
Bus crashes into ravine, killing 33
January 11, 2009 in print edition on A8
Peruvian police say at least 33 people are dead and 23 injured after a bus ran off a remote, rain-slicked mountain road.
Linen closets simplify organization
January 11, 2009 in print edition on D8
The holidays have come and gone.
Duke turns to Henderson in 66-58 win
January 11, 2009 in print edition on C6
A recap of Top 25 men’s basketball action.
Stimulus talk spurs SLT hope
January 11, 2009 in print edition on A1
Barack Obama’s imminent presidential inauguration — and, in particular, his plans for billions of dollars in infrastructure investment — is stimulating hope for completing the South Lawrence Trafficway in Lawrence.
Kansas households move in ‘near-perfect balance’
January 11, 2009 in print edition on E1
Economic-development types like to say that Kansas never records the market highs of California, Las Vegas or any other red-hot market — nor does the state suffer the rock-bottom collapses of, say, California, Las Vegas or other swing-susceptible areas.
Kansas basketball notebook
January 11, 2009 in print edition on C5
News and notes from KU’s loss to Michigan State.
Smoking stand
Although local smoking bans have encountered initial resistance, their popularity clearly is spreading across the state. It’s time for legislators to consider a statewide ban.
January 11, 2009 in print edition on B6
The number of Kansas communities that have passed or are considering smoking bans fuels discussion of legislation that would impose such a ban statewide.
Rare depressor brings in a tongue-wagging $14,100
January 11, 2009 in print edition on D4
“What’s-its” are fun, but were rarely made by great artists.
Child care licensing orientation set
January 11, 2009 in print edition on B4
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is having an orientation meeting about child care licensing.
Protests or not, Japan keeps eating whale
January 11, 2009 in print edition on A8
As diners sit down to lunches of whale meat in Tokyo and elsewhere across the nation, Japan’s whaling fleet is on its annual hunt in the Antarctic, drawing protests from environmental groups, international governments and whale-lovers worldwide. So why does Tokyo persist?
Landmark hires market manager
January 11, 2009 in print edition on E1
Ryan Wedel has joined Landmark National bank as vice president and manager of its Lawrence market.
Wildcats wallop Jayhawks
January 11, 2009 in print edition on C1
As far as Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson was concerned, there wasn’t too much to say Saturday night after her team’s matchup with rival Kansas State.
A&M too much for MU
January 11, 2009 in print edition on C6
A recap of Big 12 women’s basketball action.
Over 75 years, Brides embraces, trends, revamps advice
January 11, 2009 in print edition on D2
In 75 years worth of Brides magazine, the main characters — husband and wife — have remained the same.
Ogilvy increases lead
January 11, 2009
Geoff Ogilvy ran off three straight birdies on the back nine and shot an 8-under 65 on Saturday to make the rest of the winners-only field at the Mercedes-Benz Championship feel as though they were playing for second.
Police chase suspect on, off roads
January 11, 2009 in print edition on B4
A man suspected of stealing a car led Lawrence police and Kansas Highway Patrol troopers on a chase through Lawrence that turned into an off-road pursuit Saturday night.
State budget in bad shape
Money problems loom as session starts
January 11, 2009 in print edition on A1
Lawmakers start the 2009 legislative session on Monday during a budget crisis that gets worse every day.
Lamenting the loss of Oscar surprises
January 11, 2009 in print edition on D7
If “Slumdog Millionaire” doesn’t snag the Oscar for best picture, then the academy might consider creating a new award for it this year: the only Oscar-buzzed film you didn’t feel like you had already seen before you actually saw it.
LHS wrestling fifth
January 11, 2009 in print edition on C3
Blake Greenfield and Dustin Walthall took titles in their weight classes, and Lawrence High placed fifth Saturday in the Shawnee Mission South wrestling invitational.
Loneliness considered a positive force in ‘Way of Life’
January 11, 2009 in print edition on D3
A book called “Loneliness as a Way of Life” (University Press, $23.95) might seem like an odd title from a political science professor at Amherst College, but Thomas Dumm has come up with an intriguing volume whose slimness belies its often-scholarly tone and wide range.
On the record
January 11, 2009 in print edition on B4
Lawrence emergency blotter for January 11, 2009
Ad Astra: Poet Poage utilizes unusual connections
January 11, 2009 in print edition on D3
Michael Poage has been a Kansan since 1985, when he began serving United Church of Christ congregations in Council Grove, Lawrence and Wichita.
MSU key: Collins
Spartans aimed to stall ‘engine’
January 11, 2009 in print edition on C4
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo had a plan to stop Kansas University’s offense: Put six different eyes on Sherron Collins.
Rainforest wood used in beach town repair draws criticism
January 11, 2009 in print edition on E8
New Jersey’s most popular beach town is about to make a decision that has been criticized by environmentalists around the world — using wood cut from Amazon rainforests to repair a section of its boardwalk.
Zantzinger, villain in Dylan song, dies
January 11, 2009 in print edition on A3
William Zantzinger, a Maryland socialite whose fatal beating of a black barmaid was recounted in a Bob Dylan protest song of the 1960s, was buried Friday. He was 69.
Down for the count
No. 8 Spartans clobber Collins, Kansas
January 11, 2009 in print edition on C1
The Jayhawks (11-4), who led 7-1 and 11-6 before getting outscored, 31-7, to close the half, talked more about the future than the horrid stretch in which they missed 11 of 14 shots and committed 10 turnovers the final 15 minutes of the first half.
Horoscopes
January 11, 2009 in print edition on D5
Know that this year many possibilities surround you. At first you might not see your options, especially if you are around people who might be negative or difficult. Take a step out into the unknown. Be willing to risk and experience much more. Try understanding where others come from. If you are single, a foreigner or someone very different could walk through your door. Be open to learning a much different way of thinking. Communication flows no matter what your status. If you are attached, talk about doing something special, just for your relationship. Leo always has a positive suggestion.
Progress on assistance for homeless raises hopes
January 11, 2009 in print edition on B1
At a time when the numbers coming into Lawrence homeless shelters are rising fast, progress is being made on how to house them.
A noisy muse: Anthology inspired by Sonic Youth tracks
January 11, 2009 in print edition on D3
The origins of the severed hand in the park were uncertain.
Stumbles mar Obama’s transition
January 11, 2009 in print edition on B6
It was not lost on anyone that the president-elect of the United States, riding the crest of his popularity, and the Democratic leadership of the U.S. Senate were outsmarted last week by a state politician who won his last election almost 20 years ago.
History calls on Obama to uncork great inauguration speech
January 11, 2009 in print edition on A7
The pressure’s on for Barack Obama, orator. History wants something for the ages in his Jan. 20 inaugural speech. Not just pretty words that melt like gumdrops but something that will settle in the nation’s soul and be worth making schoolchildren memorize 100 years from now.
Obama’s inauguration by the numbers
January 11, 2009 in print edition on A7
One ton each of chocolate and cheese. About 1,500 cases of beer. Eight hundred pounds of bison. Those are just a few items that the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington’s largest hotel, is stocking for the 49,000 meals it expects to serve Jan. 17 through Inauguration Day. The hotel is among many businesses and government agencies trying to quantify whatever they can before President-elect Barack Obama’s swearing-in on Jan. 20.
People in the news
January 11, 2009 in print edition on D5
Will Ferrell promises surprises with Bush Broadway show; what’s next for TV’s “Monk”?; Fantasia’s house won’t be auctioned.
Rookie big men struggling
January 11, 2009 in print edition on C1
Timing is everything in life, and on the topic of the Kansas University basketball team’s frontcourt, the timing shapes up as less than perfect.
Nation’s capital rolls out green carpet for Obama inaugural celebrations
January 11, 2009 in print edition on A1
For the inauguration of a president who promised to be a friend of the environment, what would you expect but carbon-neutral inaugural balls, hybrid Lexuses, organic menus and valet bicycle parking?
Patient seeks scaled-back annual exam
January 11, 2009 in print edition on D1
I am fidgeting nervously in my internist’s waiting room, listening expectantly for my name to be called.
Small business woes have big impact on economy
January 11, 2009 in print edition on E8
Not every small business is facing impending doom. But the economic quicksand brought on by the longest recession in a quarter century is getting worse as the nation’s unemployment rate reaches a 16-year-high and banks become more careful about lending money. That’s consuming even local favorites like Heinemann’s restaurant chain in Milwaukee, Olsson’s Books & Records in Washington, D.C., and The Music Mill, a popular performance space in Indianapolis.
New car must prove itself before becoming family
January 11, 2009 in print edition on D8
Ol’Blu was a good car and, while I didn’t shed any tears when we traded her for a newer model, the lump in my throat confirmed that I wanted to.
Top tech trends of the year
’08 lacked a standout product but had important developments
January 11, 2009 in print edition on E1
One of the fastest-growing segments in recent years has been so-called “casual” games, the card and puzzle games that can be played quickly and easily on a computer. The market for casual titles has grown to more than $2 billion, and women comprise three-quarters of the consumers who purchase the games.
Tibetan travels: KU alumna explores simple life on teaching assignment
January 11, 2009 in print edition on D1
Kansas University graduate and former Journal-World photographer Megan True is teaching English in China.