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12:09 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
State universities in Kansas have managed the recent budget cuts relatively well, but the Kansas Board of Regents warns of the overall effects the cuts could have. Regents warn cuts could have negative effects on enrollment and graduation numbers. KU agenda keeps state funding to a minimum
January 12, 2009 in print edition on 1A
During the upcoming state legislative session, Kansas University hopes to make it through budget cuts as well as possible, while potentially instituting some new programs.
10:00 a.m.
The 4-H GIS Tech Team looks over a map recently discovered by Leavenworth County Geographic Information Systems director Jeff Culbertson, left. The map, dated 1877, shows the locations of old schoolhouses in Leavenworth County. Tech Team members, from second left, Cody Koch, 13, Carl Hecht, 12, Levi Koch, 12, and Garrett French, 12, compared the locations on the old map with the locations they discovered. Leavenworth County 4-H’ers help map area’s history
January 12, 2009 in print edition on 3A
If they were lucky, 4-H’ers in the Geographic Information Systems Tech Team would find the remains of an old one-room schoolhouse in Leavenworth County, take a reading on their portable Global Positioning System units and take a photo of the building for their records.
2:00 p.m.
Toy stories: Lawrence residents share their collections
January 12, 2009
Twenty-nine-year-old Nick Spacek embraces his inner child. “I think more people should buy toys,” says Spacek, a Lawrence resident and collector of wrestling figures and other toys. “I don’t think there’s anything to be embarrassed about.”
6:00 p.m.
Pastor Rick Burcham speaks to his congregation at the Williamstown Assembly of God during a prayer vigl Sunday night for Shawn Fowler. Fowler, 44, has been missing since Dec. 10, 2008. Service offers prayers for missing man, family
January 12, 2009 in print edition on 3A
The Rev. Rick Burcham stands in front of more than 170 bowed heads at the Williamstown Assembly of God. He offers sanguine messages to family and friends of Shawn Fowler.

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Republican response to the State of the State Address
January 12, 2009
I am Stephen Morris, President of the Kansas Senate. It is my responsibility tonight to offer the Legislative Republican perspective on the State of the State. This commentary is traditionally referred to as the “Republican Response” to the Governor’s address. That is misleading, though, because no one is allowed to preview the Governor’s speech before it is aired. So for our purposes, let’s just consider this an overview of the Republican perspective and priorities for the 2009 Legislative Session.
Sebelius pledges to hold the line on taxes
07:30 p.m., January 12, 2009 Updated 09:20 p.m. in print edition on A1
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Monday promised a no-new-taxes budget and cuts to most state agencies but urged lawmakers to preserve essential services even during hard economic times.
2009 State of the State address
January 12, 2009
As we gather again to assess the state of our State, I want to welcome the new members of the House and Senate and our new House leadership. On behalf of all Kansans, I thank you for your willingness to run for office and serve during a difficult time in our history, pledging to put people before partisanship. I look forward to working with all of you to meet our challenges and secure our future.
Woman still hospitalized after weekend accident at 23rd and Mass.
January 12, 2009
A Lawrence woman remained hospitalized in Kansas City, Kan., Monday after a two-vehicle wreck Saturday night at 23rd and Massachusetts streets.
Baby Mangino bowls over the competition for 2008 Sports Human of the Year honor
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A4
At 8 months old, Bode Lubbers is already an Internet superstar. And all the young Wichitan had to do was let his mother put on an eyeliner mustache and a KU sweat suit. And, of course, channel his inner Mark Mangino.
Charges filed in weekend K10 shooting
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A3
Douglas County prosecutors charged three people Monday related to a weekend crime spree that included an alleged Lawrence robbery and shots fired at a vehicle near Eudora Saturday morning on Kansas Highway 10.
Roberts’ office: NBAF officially awarded to Kansas
Homeland Security Dept. confirms Manhattan as site
06:07 p.m., January 12, 2009 Updated 06:13 p.m. in print edition on A1
A hub for protecting the country from disease outbreaks and bioterrorist attacks indeed will be built in Kansas.
LHS principal to resign at year’s end
Nilhas to step down at end of school year
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A3
LHS Principal Steve Nilhas will resign at the end of the school year, Lawrence Public Schools said in a statement released Monday afternoon.
Republican lawmaker from Wichita switches to Democratic Party right after being sworn in
January 12, 2009
Just moments after being sworn into office for another term, a veteran Republican legislator from Wichita switched to the Democratic Party.
Lawrence, area to celebrate Dr. King as Obama assumes presidency
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A5
On the eve of President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration as the first black president of the United States, Lawrence will be concluding its annual recognition of the man who paved the way.
Runners to flood Mass. Street in April for Kansas Marathon
Routes for Kansas Marathon event would go through downtown
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A3
An estimated 1,500 to 2,000 people are expected to run down Massachusetts Street on April 19 as part of an inaugural long-distance race that is expected to grow into a full marathon in future years.
Lawrence Parks and Rec to offer self-defense class
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A3
Lawrence Parks and Recreation will host a three-hour self-defense class Saturday for people 13 and older.
Douglas County Dental Clinic plans free day for children
January 12, 2009
The Douglas County Dental Clinic will provide free dental examinations and X-rays for children under age 18 for “Give Kids A Smile Day” on Feb. 6.
General manager of KJHK to seek City Commission seat
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A5
A Kansas University employee who oversees the student-run radio station KJHK is the latest person to file for a seat on the Lawrence City Commission.
State of the State address on tap for tonight
January 12, 2009
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ State of the State address is the main business for legislators on the first day of their annual session.
New Douglas County commissioners take office
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A4
The face of Douglas County government changed Monday as two long-time commissioners gave way to their newly elected replacements.
The Edge
January 12, 2009
• ‘Where’s My Fifteen Minutes?’ (Book)• ‘My Best Friend’s Girl’ (DVD)• ‘Eat This, Not That’ (Book)
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A7
The City Commission unanimously passed a “resolution of intent” to issue $2.5 million in industrial revenue bonds to fund an expansion for E & E Specialties at 910 E. 29th. Roger White was E & E president.Beverly Bradley was chosen the new Douglas County Commission chairman for 1984. It would be her fourth time in the position. She was in her second four-year term as a commissioner.
Good kids
It’s fun to see some Lawrence youngsters getting national media attention for doing something good.
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A7
Is there anything much cuter than a line of little boys wearing neckties?
Kansans with disabilities invited to inauguration
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A5
Five disabled Kansans and their caregivers are headed to Washington, D.C., for the presidential inauguration, the guests of a millionaire providing free hotel rooms to the needy.
Withey ready for fresh start
January 12, 2009 in print edition on B1
Jeff Withey on Sunday night jammed as much stuff as he could into a pair of suitcases. “I’m really excited. I’m packing right now. I’ll be in Lawrence tomorrow,” Withey said in a phone conversation from Tucson, Ariz.
Laura Linney visits Lipton’s ’Studio’
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A9
Laura Linney, acclaimed actress of stage, screen and television, appears with James Lipton on “Inside the Actors Studio” (6 p.m., Bravo). She has received an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Abigail Adams in the HBO miniseries “John Adams” and has been nominated for Academy Awards for her performances in “You Can Count on Me,” “Kinsey” and “The Savages.”
Obama seen as vanguard of next generation
Technically a baby boomer, president-elect breaks from past
January 12, 2009
When George W. Bush lifts off in his helicopter on Inauguration Day, leaving Washington to make way for Barack Obama, he may not be the only thing disappearing into the horizon.
Beekeeper: Elective course piques interest in insect
January 12, 2009
Most people avoid bees like the plague. They certainly don’t welcome them at summer gatherings.
Don’t let storms knock out family fun
January 12, 2009
When a winter storm wipes out the electricity, the list of family-fun activities shrinks. Suddenly there’s no electric lighting, let alone television or video games.
On the record
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A4
Emergency callsLawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical reported no calls Sunday.
Lawrence Public Schools Elementary Lunch Menu
January 12, 2009
This week on ‘Jayni’s Kitchen’: The Humble Bean
“The Humble Bean: Recipes with LMH Dietitian Cass Ryan”
January 12, 2009
Bean Granola Bars
FDA may overlook financial conflicts
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A2
Missing information, loopholes and weak oversight hamper efforts to uncover financial conflicts by researchers who test experimental drugs before companies seek government approval, an internal watchdog finds.
Better tracking of cell phone use sought on accident reports
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A3
Driving + Texting = Death.
Watchdog judges fewer countries as free
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A10
Freedom was on the march downward in 2008, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and the former Soviet Union, a private democracy watchdog organization reported.
Rights group: Phosphorus used in attacks
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A2
Human Rights Watch said Sunday that Israel’s military has fired artillery shells with the incendiary agent white phosphorus into Gaza and a doctor there said the chemical was suspected in the case of 10 burn victims who had skin peeling off their faces and bodies.
Military action won’t bring Mideast peace
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A7
Israel’s military campaign in the Gaza Strip is failing, but there may be a silver lining. The war against Hamas is proving — once again — that the Middle East’s extremist movements cannot be eliminated by military means. If the incoming Obama administration absorbs that lesson, it will have a better chance of neutralizing Iranian-backed groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah, and of eventually brokering an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement.
Facebook not just for kids
January 12, 2009
Facebook was once the domain of college students, but today the online social network has a different face.
Audit regarding missing boy sought
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A5
State officials plan to conduct a review of whether they had any contact with a Kansas boy who went missing a decade ago but whose disappearance wasn’t noted until this month.
Biden: U.S. will help fight terrorism in Afghanistan
January 12, 2009 in print edition on B10
Vice President-elect Joe Biden promised U.S. support for Afghanistan’s struggle against terrorism, drugs and corruption, in surprise visit Sunday to a dangerous Taliban-stronghold area of Afghanistan.
Tips for men to step up style
January 12, 2009
There is something attractive about a naturally put-together man. No, this does not mean uber-trendy boys walking the streets in runway-esque digs with obvious, overdone cover-up and the drippings of incorrectly applied mascara. Just recognize that Gene Simmons has already claimed that get-out-of-jail-free card!
His own worst critic
Taylor’s approach changing
January 12, 2009 in print edition on B1
Bill Self’s “think about the next play” command isn’t easily learned by emotional young athletes just out of high school.
Service offers prayers for missing man, family
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Rev. Rick Burcham stands in front of more than 170 bowed heads at the Williamstown Assembly of God. He offers sanguine messages to family and friends of Shawn Fowler.
Israeli forces advance deep into urban areas in Gaza
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A2
Israeli ground forces made their deepest foray yet Sunday into Gaza’s most populated area, with tanks rolling into residential neighborhoods and infantry fighting urban warfare in streets and buildings with Hamas militants who kept up their rocketing of southern Israel.
Quick tapping of unspent $350B in works for stimulus
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A2
Senate Democratic leaders said a vote could come as early as this week on providing a second $350 billion for the financial industry, after assurances Sunday by President-elect Barack Obama and one of his top economic advisers that the money would be better monitored and spent.
Leavenworth County 4-H’ers help map area’s history
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A3
If they were lucky, 4-H’ers in the Geographic Information Systems Tech Team would find the remains of an old one-room schoolhouse in Leavenworth County, take a reading on their portable Global Positioning System units and take a photo of the building for their records.
KU agenda keeps state funding to a minimum
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A1
During the upcoming state legislative session, Kansas University hopes to make it through budget cuts as well as possible, while potentially instituting some new programs.
Skirts, the issue
January 12, 2009
We don’t get to say it often in fashion, but: the bigger the better.
U.S. automakers polish images
North American show opens in Detroit
January 12, 2009 in print edition on B10
We’re different, and our new stuff is really good. In a nutshell, that’s what General Motors, Ford and Chrysler tried to tell consumers — and taxpayers — Sunday as they rolled out an array of new vehicles at the North American International Auto Show.
Truth be told, kids really do say the darndest things
January 12, 2009
Parent/teacher conferences are pretty low-key in our family, these days. Our first event of this type was an open house at my daughter’s preschool. The teacher greeted my husband and me, pointing out those areas that interested our child: music, animals, art. One wall was covered with paintings that each child had made of their family. The teacher took down our daughter’s. As she handed it to me she said, “I didn’t realize you have a baby at home.”
How to find part-time work
January 12, 2009
Ilyse Shapiro, founder of the job search Web site MyPartTimePRO.com, offers tips for job seekers looking for part-time or flexible employment opportunities.
Brief workouts help
January 12, 2009
Don’t have an hour to labor away at the gym getting your cardio and strength training in?
Is your partner lying to you?
January 12, 2009
Trust is the foundation of any lasting relationship, and that’s difficult when you suspect your partner is lying. If you already feel suspicious, here are five simple steps to spotting a lie.
U.S. needs new strategy in Iran
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A7
In dealing with Iran, I have favored caution, along with a strategy that does not hesitate to criticize but also to engage in a proactive fashion. To me, such an approach offers far more potential than the preferred method of the Bush administration, which has combined criticism with alienation. I look to the incoming Obama administration to change course.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for Jan. 12, 1909: “To run the city government of Lawrence the past year cost the citizens a little more than $125,000 exclusive of the issuance of bonds for special improvements. This seems like a tremendous sum but when the various items are explained it can be seen that Lawrence has an extremely efficient and economical city government. The facts and figures are available to the public.
Installing a dimmer switch saves money, creates mood
January 12, 2009
Along with creating a relaxed mood, installing a dimmer switch will save you money by reducing your energy bill and extending the life of your incandescent bulbs.
Cooperative effort
Amtrak’s support of local efforts to upgrade the Lawrence depot are heartening.
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A7
It’s gratifying to know that Amtrak officials are willing to step up and assist local efforts to enhance facilities and services for rail travelers.
Bean counter: New survey ties health benefits, lower weight to nutritional powerhouse
January 12, 2009
Bring on the bean-filled chili and soups. A National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey of 8,300 adults compared those who commonly ate beans with those who seldom ate them. Those who ate an average of 1.5 servings per day had a 22 percent lower risk of being obese, a 23 percent lower risk of having a large waist size and tended to have lower blood pressure.
Is ‘Marley’ right for you?
January 12, 2009
Premiering at No. 1 in its opening and following weekend, “Marley & Me” is a bona fide hit, but the American Kennel Club (AKC) would like to remind moviegoers about the importance of making careful, educated decisions when considering adding a dog to their family.
Storm sinks ferry, 250 feared dead
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A2
Huge waves and driving rain hindered rescuers today as they searched for about 250 people missing and feared dead after a ferry packed with passengers and cargo capsized in a cyclone off Indonesia’s Sulawesi island.
Cutting the connection
January 12, 2009
Breaking up is hard do, especially when it’s with your hairstylist. But sometimes it’s necessary, especially if the customer has asked for a specific style or color and the stylist isn’t listening, says Desiree Strecker, owner and stylist at Headlines Salon, 520 W. 23rd St.
Total cell phone ban while driving sought
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A2
A national safety group is advocating a total ban on cell phone use while driving, saying the practice is clearly dangerous and leads to fatalities.
How to help: Youth Volunteer Corps setting 2009 agenda
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A5
How to help: Youth Volunteer Corps setting 2009 agenda
Library Top 10
January 12, 2009
Here are the top-10 most-requested books at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt., for the week of Dec. 23 to Jan. 5.
QB Tebow thrills Gator faithful
Florida signal-caller tells fans he’ll return next year
January 12, 2009
Tim Tebow says he’ll return to help Floriday try to defend its national football championship.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A7
A Lawrence High student-faculty committee recommended that new policies be tried in choosing cheerleaders to allow for proper representation of all groups at the school. The alleged “all-white” history of the selection process had come under fire of late.
Steelers secure home field in topping Chargers, 35-24
January 12, 2009 in print edition on B5
There is a home-field advantage in the NFL playoffs after all, and it belongs to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Salmonella prompts peanut butter recall
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A10
An Ohio distributor says it has recalled two brands of its peanut butter after an open container tested positive for salmonella bacteria.
Take an oral history from a family member
January 12, 2009
So you’re at that family reunion. People are scooping the last of the baked beans from the Crock-Pot. The kids are out playing on the playground, and nobody wants to play Jenga again.
Lawrence animal lovers pack natural ingredients into homemade pet treats
January 12, 2009
When Khristina Kirstatter got her first dog, Maggie, almost 20 years ago, she went to the store to stock up on some treats for the little pup. When she flipped over package after package, she was appalled to see the unpronounceable ingredients on the back.
Cozy at home
January 12, 2009
Jane Austen wrote, “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” Some of us are natural homebodies, but when both the weather and the economy turn frosty, we’re all headed indoors for some reassurance.
‘Slumdog Millionaire’ wins 4 at Golden Globes
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A9
“Slumdog Millionaire” lived up to its underdog theme at Sunday’s Golden Globes, sweeping all four of its categories, including best drama and director for Danny Boyle.
States’ lottery sales rising in recession
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A2
Even in these tough economic times, many people are feeling lucky.
Tar Heels reeling
Wake Forest hands UNC another loss
January 12, 2009 in print edition on B4
A recap of Top 25 men’s basketball action.
Check out these kid music reviews
January 12, 2009
Looking for some kiddy music reviews? California bloggers Trine Gallegos and Sofia, her adorable music expert, age 6, weigh in on two brand-new CDs.
Sunday sports trivia
January 12, 2009
When was the last time the Kansas State men’s basketball team beat KU in Lawrence?
Eagles, McNabb knock out defending champs
January 12, 2009 in print edition on B5
Donovan McNabb will get another chance to chase that elusive Super Bowl title. Eli Manning threw away his opportunity to defend it.
Midwest, New England storm troubles mount
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A2
A weekend winter storm blanketed parts of the Midwest and Northeast with up to a foot of snow, causing a 59-vehicle pileup and at least four traffic fatalities.
Tonganoxie school board to make decision on superintendent
January 12, 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.
Horoscopes
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A9
You might be stunned by everything that goes down this year. Sometimes you — yes, even you — don’t have a clue as to what might be going on. If you are single, check out someone you meet and would like to date with care. If you are attached, the two of you need to review your goals and communicate more frequently. Leo pushes you hard to get to the bottom of problems. The Lion proves to be intense.
Horoscopes
January 12, 2009
Clutch your cell phones ladies and gentlemen, the planet Mercury is going retrograde and it’s so easy to lose track of those handy little accessories and other communication devices. Day to day logistics are at risk as well, so keep your schedule straight, your car fueled and your bills in order. When extra attention to organization is paid, you can get through this transit, which goes through Feb. 1, unscathed.
OU’s Griffin brings out best in foes
January 12, 2009
Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin has given the Big 12 another candidate for player of the year.
Spikes still a work in progress
January 12, 2009 in print edition on B1
To hear Kansas University red-shirt freshman Jeff Spikes talk about what it was like manning the left tackle position early in the season is to picture a youth basketball player learning the proper mechanics of shooting a layup.
Toy stories: Lawrence residents share their collections
January 12, 2009
Twenty-nine-year-old Nick Spacek embraces his inner child. “I think more people should buy toys,” says Spacek, a Lawrence resident and collector of wrestling figures and other toys. “I don’t think there’s anything to be embarrassed about.”
Number of young vegetarians on the rise
January 12, 2009 in print edition on A1
Sam Silverman is co-captain of his high school football team — a safety accustomed to bruising collisions. But that’s nothing compared with the abuse he gets for being a vegetarian.
Yoga effective against stress of daily living
January 12, 2009
When hyperventilating sometimes seems the only option to stress, Petri Brill has a healthier suggestion: yoga.