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Sue Siegfreid honored as Teacher of the Month
January 14, 2009
A Woodlawn Elementary teacher is January’s Sunflower Bank Teacher of the Month.
FINAL: Sade Morris scores 20 points as KU women take down Mizzou, 75-58
06:39 p.m., January 14, 2009 Updated 10:19 p.m.
Nicollette Smith adds 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting
Kansas gets poor grades on tobacco laws
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A1
Kansas is doing poorly when it comes to tobacco laws, according to a report by the American Lung Association Wednesday.
Doctors’ group criticizes claim that physicians improperly billed Medicaid
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A6
The Kansas Medical Society on Wednesday strongly criticized a recent state audit that alleged numerous suspicious billing claims in the state’s Medicaid program.
Prairie Park second-grade teacher wins Kansas Horizon Award
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A3
A second-grade teacher at Prairie Park School is just one of 32 teachers from across the state to receive a Kansas Horizon Award.
Sheriff says father in Scranton, Kan., killed children, self
02:53 p.m., January 14, 2009 Updated 05:19 p.m. in print edition on B8
Authorities say a man in a small northeast Kansas town killed his three children, set their home on fire and shot himself.
House Republicans release priorities
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A6
House Republicans on Wednesday unveiled their legislative priorities that included no new taxes, approval of the coal-burning power plants and a “back-to-school” sales tax holiday. Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, said the to-do list represented “a very, very strong consensus” of House Republicans, who outnumber Democrats 76-49.
LHS educator earns teacher of the year honors
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A5
Lawrence High School social studies teacher Tracy Murray received a nice surprise Wednesday afternoon when Wal-Mart honored her with its local teacher of the year award.
Trial ordered for driver accused in police chase; injured officer says he feared for his life
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A3
The case of a Topeka woman accused of using a stolen car to intentionally hit and injure a Lawrence police officer, ram into a second officer’s police cruiser and run a third officer off the road, can be heard by a jury, a judge ruled Wednesday morning.
Texas considers lawsuit over decision to locate NBAF in Kansas
10:42 a.m., January 14, 2009 Updated 03:09 p.m.
Texas officials are considering suing the Department of Homeland Security over its decision to award the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility to Kansas.
Announcement expected at 1 p.m. about arson-related deaths 30 miles southwest of Lawrence
January 14, 2009
Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn plans to talk to reporters this afternoon about the arson deaths of four people in Scranton.
Kansas gets ‘Fs’ from American Lung Association
January 14, 2009
The American Lung Association flunks Kansas in its annual report card on smoking in three out of four categories. And the fourth was just a notch above an “F.”
KU, Mizzou to battle
January 14, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team will put its unbeaten home record on the line tonight when it plays host to rival Missouri.
People in the news
January 14, 2009 in print edition on B9
• Publicist: Hargitay has partially collapsed lung• Affleck, Garner name daughter Seraphina• ‘WALL-E,’ ‘Man on Wire’ win Golden Tomatoes• Producer: Cherry Jones has gallbladder surgery
SAG strike vote to move ahead
January 14, 2009 in print edition on B9
The Screen Actors Guild is going to press on with plans for a strike authorization vote, but needs to reassess when to send out ballots after the end of a contentious 30-hour meeting, its president said Tuesday. A date for the ballots to be mailed out was undecided after a two-day meeting at which upset board members attempted but failed to fire lead negotiator Doug Allen, SAG’s national executive director, who supports a strike vote.
Clinton confirmation looks imminent
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A6
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton gave a glimpse of the firm hand in the velvet glove she may employ as a diplomat, charming her way through the mostly gentle questioning of fellow senators at her confirmation hearing but testily deflecting ethics concerns about her husband’s international charity work.
Free State girls fall to Olathe East
January 14, 2009 in print edition on B3
The Free State High girls didn’t fare much better than the boys Tuesday, as they, too, fell behind early and never found a way to get back on top, losing 42-35.
Parachuting investor caught in Florida after ditching plane
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A2
With his world crumbling around him, investment adviser Marcus Schrenker opted for a bailout. However, his plan to escape personal turmoil was short-lived. In a feat reminiscent of a James Bond movie, the 38-year-old businessman and amateur daredevil pilot apparently tried to fake his death in a plane crash, secretly parachuting to the ground and speeding away on a motorcycle he had stashed away in the pine barrens of central Alabama.
Crabtree says he’ll go pro
January 14, 2009 in print edition on B2
Two years of college football, two years of being chosen the best receiver in the country. There wasn’t much left for Texas Tech’s Michael Crabtree to accomplish.
Oklahoma, Texas early favorites in Big 12 hoops
January 14, 2009
The Big 12 is a young conference this season in men’s basketball. Of the 344 Division I schools, not a single Big 12 team ranks in the top 50 in experience level. But there’s still expectations of deep NCAA Tournament runs for a few of the conference’s finest. Here’s a preview of the Big 12 hoops season to get you amped for the crux of conference play:
Airplane ban stripped from bailout bill
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A5
Bank executives will get to fly their company jets after all. House legislation placing restrictions on financial institutions that get assistance through the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program had included a provision that recipients of the money would be prohibited from owning or leasing private aircraft.
Kansas could go 6-0
January 14, 2009 in print edition on B1
When talented young basketball players look bad, they can look really bad, and when they look good, they can look really good. Naturally, the tendency is to get too down on them when they look bad and to get too high on them when they look good.
‘Just play’ pays off
Taylor heeds advice
January 14, 2009 in print edition on B1
Down in the dumps over his recent slump, Tyshawn Taylor sought the advice of some of his elders this week. Namely, he visited with veterans Sherron Collins, Brady Morningstar, Tyrel Reed and Cole Aldrich. “I talked to Sherron about it. He went through it. I talked to Brady, Tyrel, Cole. They all went through it. It’s something I had to overcome,” Taylor, Kansas University’s freshman point guard said, referring to a sudden lack of confidence midway through his rookie season.
Thermometers to get workout measuring swings in temperatures
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A3
If you thought it was cold Tuesday, just wait until Thursday. “The daytime high on Thursday will be in the mid-teens, and that could be a stretch,” said Matt Elwell, 6News chief meteorologist. “That may be on the high side. It could be colder than that.” A mass of Arctic air has stationed itself over northeastern Kansas, and the blustery winds today will drop the wind chill to between zero and 10 degrees.
Veritas falls twice
January 14, 2009 in print edition on B3
Taylor Zook scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds, but the Veritas Christian boys basketball team fell to Topeka Cair Paravel, 59-53, on Tuesday.
Brownback asks Obama to tour Leavenworth
January 14, 2009 in print edition on B10
Sen. Sam Brownback has invited Barack Obama to Fort Leavenworth, saying the president-elect should see for himself that Guantanamo Bay detainees should not be moved to Kansas. Brownback, a Kansas Republican, extended the invitation Monday. Obama had said Sunday on ABC News’ “This Week” that closing the detainee operations at Guantanamo Bay was one of his biggest challenges in taking office.
Kansas basketball notebook
January 14, 2009 in print edition on B5
Chicago natives Sherron Collins and Jacob Pullen talked to each other a lot during the game. Collins finished with 24 points, five rebounds, four assists and four turnovers; Pullen had 13 points, two assists and no turnovers. “We were more making jokes than talking smack,” Collins said. “I hit the floor, he said, ‘Ah, he’s all right.’ He pulled my shirt. I pulled his shirt. No hard feelings. It’s fun.”
Largest study of U.S. child health begins
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A6
Scientists begin recruiting mothers-to-be in North Carolina and New York this week for the largest study of U.S. children — aiming eventually to track 100,000 around the country from conception to age 21. “We are embarking on the road to discovering the preventable causes of the major chronic diseases that plague American children today,” Dr. Philip Landrigan of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, one of the lead researchers, declared Tuesday.
Authorities: Man sought in killings arrested
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A2
A man being sought in connection with the deaths of an Oklahoma woman and her four young children was captured in Texas on Tuesday night after a car accident, authorities said. Joshua Steven Durcho, 25, was taken into custody in Texas’ Hamilton County, said Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown.
Herbal medicine popular in bad economy
Consumers turning to cheaper, though less proven, alternatives
January 14, 2009 in print edition on B6
The choice between $75 prescription sleeping pills or a $5 herbal alternative is a no-brainer for Cathy and Bernard Birleffi, whose insurance costs have skyrocketed along with the nation’s financial woes. The Calistoga, Calif., couple seem to reflect a trend. With many Americans putting off routine doctor visits and self-medicating to save money, use of alternative treatments is on the rise — even though evidence is often lacking on their safety and effectiveness.
Jayhawks’ Little takes one for team
January 14, 2009 in print edition on B4
There was one main reason Mario Little said he decided not to red-shirt. “The team,” the junior said after Kansas University’s 87-71 victory over Kansas State on Tuesday. “The team needed me.” Though the 6-foot-5 junior-college transfer still isn’t fully healed from a stress fracture in his left leg, he chose to play in Tuesday’s game fully knowing the consequences.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A8
From the Lawrence Daily World for Jan. 14, 1909: “Wheat over Douglas County reportedly is not suffering from the intense snow on account of a covering blanket which fell at the right time to protect the crops. Most farmers say the happening will put their wheat in splendid condition.
Seabury suffers first loss
January 14, 2009 in print edition on B3
Bill Gibbs scored 25 points, but it wasn’t enough to prevent Bishop Seabury Academy from suffering its first boys basketball loss.
Obama presses lawmakers to OK new bailout funds
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A2
Tested before taking power, President-elect Barack Obama privately delivered a pre-inauguration veto threat to fellow Democrats on Tuesday, saying they would not deny him use of the remaining $350 billion in federal bailout funds.
STDs up; experts cite better testing
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A2
Sexually spread diseases — for years on the decline — are on the rise, with reported chlamydia cases setting a record, government health officials said Tuesday. The increase in chlamydia, a sometimes symptomless infection that can lead to infertility in women, is likely because of better screening, experts said. In 2007, there were 1.1 million cases, the most ever reported, said officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Air quality
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A9
To the editor: I applaud Governor Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Environment Rod Bremby and legislators in the House and Senate for resisting the immense pressure to build two 700-megawatt coal-fired power plants near Holcomb, Kan., in 2008. As a citizen of Kansas I am grateful for this courageous and lifesaving action.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A8
Kansas Gov. Robert Docking, former Lawrence banker, was sworn into office for his second two-year term and pledged to secure “a government of quality rather than quantity.” His father, George, also a onetime local banker, had served earlier as governor. Both were Democrats.
Haskell kicks off 125th year
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A4
Joseph Tuckwin was one of the first students to attend what has become Haskell Indian Nations University. He attended the then-boarding school in 1884. Five generations and 125 years later, his great-great-grandson Alex Tuckwin was one of the speakers at this year’s spring convocation Tuesday. “Haskell has been a lot of my life,” Alex, a freshman, said. “Going here is kind of a family tradition.”
Officials link salmonella to deaths
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A2
Three deaths associated with a national salmonella outbreak occurred in Virginia and Minnesota, health officials confirmed Tuesday. Two adults in Virginia had salmonella when they died, though it’s not clear that the illness is what killed them, said Michelle Peregoy, a spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Health. She did not release details about the two people.
On the record
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A4
Cristy White, 29, Lawrence, was released from Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., on Tuesday, said Bob Hallinan, a hospital spokesman. White was injured Saturday night in a two-vehicle wreck at 23rd and Massachusetts streets.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A8
A federal jury in Joplin, Mo., awarded Christine Craft $225,000 in actual damages on her claim that KMBC-TV management in Kansas City made fraudulent promises when it hired her and had criticized her appearance and her lack of “deference to men.” She was 39. There was no immediate decision on possible punitive damages.
Timetable OK’d for wage talks
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A4
Commissioners agreed to begin negotiations with the city’s police and firefighters employee organizations a month earlier than usual. Both sides sought the earlier start to negotiations, given that the last set of wage talks was protracted. The two sides will now begin negotiating in April rather than May.
Hell fiction
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A9
To the editor: Writing to defend “hell” against those of us who oppose the idea, who passionately condemn the teaching of it to children — or to anyone — Richard Smith displays irrefutable logic, given his assumptions and priorities. His treasured hell certainly is a place to be feared, and any decent person would wish to defend children from it. I wish to.
Successful dieters share their secrets
January 14, 2009 in print edition on B6
Though most Americans find themselves overweight by middle age, an enviable minority stay slim throughout their lives. Are those people just genetically gifted? Or do they, too, have to work at keeping down their weight?
Report critical of former Justice official
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A5
A former top Justice Department official made false statements to Congress and violated federal law in overseeing the agency’s civil rights division, investigators say. The accusations against Kansan Bradley Schlozman, the former acting head of the civil rights division, are included in a new report by the department’s inspector general, Glenn Fine.
City to provide aid for new race
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A4
City commissioners are game for a race. Commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting agreed to provide about $6,000 worth of in-kind services to the Lynn Electric Kansas Marathon on April 19. The event will serve as a fundraiser for Health Care Access, which caused commissioners to say they were fine with providing city services to the event.
Warm salads satisfy winter appetite
January 14, 2009 in print edition on C1
Salads can be a hard sell in winter. Iceberg lettuce when there’s ice on driveway just doesn’t work. But in her latest cookbook, “Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics,” Ina Garten offers several succulent salads perfect for cold weather. Her roasted tomato caprese salad, for example, makes use of plum tomatoes (common at most grocers year round).
January 14, 2009 in print edition on B9
This year, extremes earmark your communication. Though you have a strong, incisive mind, others are drawn to your warm and easy manner, which evolves to another level. If you are single, you attract others like honey does bees. Learn to get to know people rather than dive in full speed ahead. If you are attached, you make friends with ease.
Miller sets school record in FSHS loss
January 14, 2009 in print edition on B3
Free State High senior Jake Miller set a school record with 35 points against Olathe East on Tuesday night, but only a few of those came with the Firebirds in the basketball game.
A strategy for GOP recovery
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A8
As a practicing Roman Catholic, Louisiana’s Republican governor, Bobby Jindal, knows a lot about repentance and penance. And in an interview last Wednesday at the governor’s mansion, Jindal sounded a lot like a preacher listing the sins of a party he hopes will soon see the light.
Kaw Valley Homes joins Buffett company
January 14, 2009 in print edition on B6
Clayton Homes, a subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, has acquired the Lawrence and Topeka locations of Kaw Valley Homes, which sells modular and manufactured homes, the companies announced this week.
Forum extends application deadline
January 14, 2009 in print edition on B6
InvestMidwest has extended the deadline to Friday for high-growth firms seeking funding to apply to present this year at the venture capital forum. The InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum provides an annual showcase of the best technology and high-growth companies throughout the Midwest.
Healthy mentality can create change
January 14, 2009 in print edition on C1
I enjoyed your column a couple of weeks ago that focused on “stages of change.” When it comes to healthy eating and increasing physical activity, how do you help move someone from the precontemplation to the contemplation stage?
Pay equity
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A9
To the editor: The Jan. 11 Journal-World feature, “How your U.S. lawmakers voted” noted that two bills pertinent to women’s rights were passed by the House recently. One, HR 11, gives plaintiffs more time to file pay-bias lawsuits (within 180 days of the last infraction rather than 180 days from the first infraction) thus voiding the Supreme Court decision that denied a female supervisor, employed by Goodyear, her court claim for equal pay because she had discovered the inequity years after it had begun.
‘American Idol’ not all that’s on
January 14, 2009 in print edition on B9
“American Idol” (7 p.m., Fox) may be dominating the ratings and the water-cooler conversations, but tonight’s schedule offers a powerful reminder that many of television’s best dramas are just now returning to the network and cable schedule.
Clemens’ Hall hopes are fading fast
January 14, 2009 in print edition on B2
On a day that belonged to Rickey Henderson, the federal government took the first steps toward putting Roger Clemens in jail, proving the existence of alternate universes. The Man of Steal is on his way to Cooperstown while the Rocket is sweating out the Justice Department’s next move.
Demeaning act
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A9
To the editor: The front page of the Jan. 11 Journal-World reports that President-elect Obama’s inaugural celebration will allow a group, PETA, to promote its cause by taking advantage of other human beings.
Bush leaves behind damaged GOP
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A8
We already know that George W. Bush will walk away from his wreckage next week, having bequeathed us record budget deficits, a tanking economy, a needless war costing half a trillion dollars and thousands of lives, a sullied global image and so much more.
Some state budget advice
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A9
The Kansas Legislature is now in session and faces a daunting task: how to deal with what may be a prospective $1 billion deficit in the state budget. I can claim no expertise in dealing with such matters; I doubt that there are very many of us who can, but, for what it’s worth, here are my suggestions.
Bright spot
There wasn’t a lot of good news in the governor’s budget message, but the work of the Kansas Department of Corrections provided a welcome bright spot.
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A8
Although Gov. Kathleen Sebelius tried to paint the state’s current status in the best possible light Monday night, the budget figures that followed on Tuesday didn’t provide a lot of reason for good cheer. However, one area of state government that Sebelius highlighted in her State of the State Address is deserving of praise because of the positive impact it has had on Kansas lives while also saving the state money.
K-State latest slow starter
January 14, 2009 in print edition on B5
Well, this is becoming a bit repetitive, isn’t it? Every week, it seems, some opposing coach stands perched in front of a group of media members in an underground tunnel at Kansas University’s Allen Fieldhouse and attempts to answer a dozen versions of the same question: Why, exactly, did your team come out so flat?
2009 nutrition landscape offers new health trends
January 14, 2009 in print edition on C2
Our troubling economy, concerns about the environment and the desire to prevent age-related ailments are behind many of the top-10 food and nutrition trends that will shape supermarket shelves and restaurant menus in 2009.
A closer look at higher education cuts
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A7
The state’s public higher education system includes seven public universities, 19 community colleges, and six technical colleges.
Top 9 threats to transportation
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A3
The top nine threats to transportation, according to Kansas University’s Transportation Research Institute.
LHS wrestlers rally to victory
January 14, 2009 in print edition on B3
Anyone who believes wrestling is an anticlimactic sport clearly was not in attendance for Lawrence High’s Senior Night. In a heart-pounding, come-from-behind effort, the Lions edged Olathe Northwest, 38-36, Tuesday at LHS.
Grant funds salaries for preschool teachers
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A5
A recent $45,000 grant from the Ethel and Raymond Rice Foundation will allow the East Heights Early Childhood Family Center to continue to receive funding for teacher salaries from the Lawrence Schools Foundation.The East Heights center, 1430 Haskell Ave., is home to the district’s Readiness program, which provides preschool for about 100 at-risk 4-year-old Lawrence students.
City may lose about $1M in funds
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A1
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ proposed cuts to the state’s budget would create at least a $1 million shortfall in the city’s already approved 2009 budget, city leaders estimated Tuesday evening. City Manager David Corliss said he’s most concerned about the governor’s proposal to withhold from the city all tax collections made on liquor sales at bars and restaurants.
Lancers hold off Lions, 66-58
January 14, 2009 in print edition on B3
Dorian Green couldn’t offer so much as a hint of a smile Tuesday night. Not after the Lawrence High point guard’s exceptional 16-point, fourth-quarter performance. Not after yet another dazzling 34-point outburst for the game. No joy accompanies losing in conference play.
Threats to transportation include funding shortfalls
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A3
President-elect Barack Obama is talking about injecting billions of dollars into transportation projects to repair, upgrade and build roads, bridges, tunnels and anything else that could generate jobs and get the country’s economy going again.
‘Best Job in World’ not short on applicants
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A1
Position: Island caretaker. Duties: Lazing around Australia’s Great Barrier Reef for six months. Salary: $100,000. It sounds too good to be true, but it’s for real. Billing it the “Best Job in the World,” Australian tourism officials say they are seeking one lucky person to spend six months relaxing on Hamilton Island, part of the country’s Whitsunday Islands, while promoting the destination on a blog.
Pump patrol
January 14, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.61 at Presto, 602 W. Ninth St.
On the borders: Eudora restaurant specializes in Mexican, Chinese cuisines
January 14, 2009 in print edition on C1
Mexico is nearly 7,000 miles from China, but at Jasmin Restaurant the two exist side by side.