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Who is Scott Pioli?

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Response Percent
General manager of the Kansas City Chiefs
 
88%
President-elect Barack Obama’s nominee for treasury secretary
 
6%
A finalist for Kansas State University’s presidency
 
3%
Winner of the Nobel Prize in chemistry
 
1%
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12:00 a.m.
Jerry Tuckwin, Lawrence, former coach and athletic director at Haskell Indian Nations University, was honored along with members of his family at Haskell’s spring convocation. Five generations of Tuckwin family members have attended Haskell since 1884. The convocation was the official launch of events held in commemoration of Haskell’s 125th year. Haskell kicks off 125th year
January 14, 2009 in print edition on 4A
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.”
6:00 a.m.
Certified medical assistant and pharmacy technician Patty Webb turns to her computer monitor as she fills a prescription recently at Health Care Access, 1920 Moodie Road. Because of space issues, Webb’s desk has been placed in the room where supplies and medicine are stored at the clinic. Lawrence’s health care provider for uninsured running out of room
January 15, 2009 in print edition on 1A
While the building at 1920 Moodie Road may be small, the nonprofit agency located inside has a big job. Health Care Access provides medical care to Douglas County’s uninsured, which is estimated at 12,000 people.
10:00 a.m.
An overview of Kansas University. Regents grapple with proposed cuts
January 15, 2009 in print edition on 1A
The Kansas Board of Regents absorbed more glum economic news Wednesday, hearing a specific outline of budget cuts they had been warned about for months. It was the beginning of a process as regents and other state higher education officials began to digest the cuts outlined in a 365-page report from the governor.
2:00 p.m.
The Kansas Senate passed a bill banning smoking statewide on Tuesday. In this file photo, a resident is pictured smoking a cigar outdoors. Kansas gets poor grades on tobacco laws
January 14, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Kansas is doing poorly when it comes to tobacco laws, according to a report by the American Lung Association Wednesday.
6:00 p.m.
Elementary School children make designs while stopping at Pinckney Elementary School to unload on Thursday. Temperatures were in the single digits, giving Lawrence the coldest day this year. Outdoor workers brave bone-chilling cold
12:26 p.m., January 15, 2009 Updated 5:15 p.m.
Despite bitter cold temperatures and wind chills below zero, some had little choice but to be out in the frigid elements Thursday.

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Free State boys prepare for SME Lancers
January 15, 2009
The Firebirds take on Shawnee Mission East in the Hy-Vee Game of the Week.
6 Weather Morning Forecast for January 16, 2009
January 15, 2009
Sunny and cold, with a high of 30 and a low of -4.
Buffaloes up next for KU
January 15, 2009
Colorado is reeling after a 107-62 loss to Mizzou.
State’s first virtual school continues to pave the way
January 15, 2009
The Basehor-Linwood school district celebrates Kansas’ first virtual school; it’s become a model for similar programs.
Mitchell likely to run again for school board post
January 15, 2009
John Mitchell was first elected to the school board in 2005.
School district, LHS neighbors settle lawsuit
06:26 p.m., January 15, 2009 Updated 09:53 a.m. in print edition on A1
The Lawrence school board voted early Thursday night to settle a lawsuit with neighbors near Lawrence High School to build additional athletics fields near the school.
SRS director concerned about effect of budget cuts on vulnerable Kansans
January 15, 2009
Vulnerable Kansans could lose their assistance and progress in public school achievement would be dealt a setback if the Legislature instituted across the board cuts, officials said Thursday.
Disabled jet ditches into NYC river; all rescued
03:00 p.m., January 15, 2009 Updated 04:42 p.m.
A US Airways pilot ditched his disabled jetliner into the frigid Hudson River on Thursday afternoon after a collision with a flock of birds apparently knocked out both engines, but rescuers pulled all 155 people on board into boats as the plane sank, authorities say.
Talks at Constitution Hall commemorate bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth
January 15, 2009
Constitution Hall will hold its 13th annual series of talks and dramatic interpretations on the violent conflict over the issue of slavery in Kansas Territory and the Missouri border.
Auditor seeks public’s suggestions on city’s efficiency
January 15, 2009
The city employee in charge of pointing out how local government can be more efficient is seeking potential topics to study.
Outdoor workers brave bone-chilling cold
Bitter cold plagues outdoor workers; warmer weather on way
12:26 p.m., January 15, 2009 Updated 05:15 p.m.
Despite bitter cold temperatures and wind chills below zero, some had little choice but to be out in the frigid elements Thursday.
Kansas AG questions legislature’s plan to regulate charity telemarketing
January 15, 2009
The attorney general’s office questions the constitutionality of a bill for protecting consumers from unscrupulous telemarketers.
Committee named to find replacement for KU Chancellor Hemenway
11:43 a.m., January 15, 2009 Updated 05:31 p.m.
The Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday named the remaining members of the 18-member search committee to replace outgoing Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway, who will retire in June.
Regents approve realignment of KU School of Fine Arts
January 15, 2009
The Kansas Board of Regents Thursday morning approved Kansas Universty’s proposed reorganization of fine arts programs.
Governor’s budget proposal means cuts to local schools
Plan would result in less funding per pupil
09:18 a.m., January 15, 2009 Updated 12:17 p.m.
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ plan to hold harmless public school finance actually does harm school districts in that it will result in less funding on a per pupil basis, officials confirmed Thursday.
It may have been an F on smoking, but Kansas gets a B for dental health
January 15, 2009
Dental health in Kansas has improved since 2003.
Send us your stories, photos, videos and reflections about the inauguration
January 15, 2009
On Jan. 20, the United States will inaugurate its 44th president. LJWorld.com would look to memorialize your experiences — be they in Lawrence, Washington, D.C., or anywhere in between — in photos, videos, stories and personal recollections.
Pioli era begins in K.C.
January 15, 2009 in print edition on B1
If Herm Edwards is on his way out as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, his new boss isn’t saying.In his first news conference since being hired as the final authority on all Chiefs football operations, new general manager Scott Pioli would go no further Wednesday than to say he intends to visit with Edwards.
Texas ponders suing over NBAF choice
January 15, 2009 in print edition on A4
Kansas officials answered criticism Wednesday from counterparts in Texas who say the decision to award Kansas a federal biothreat laboratory was flawed. Texas officials are considering a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security’s choice to put the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility at a site in Manhattan near Kansas State University.
Bonsai puts lots of creativity in small space
January 15, 2009 in print edition on C2
A bonsai is a small tree or shrub grown in a shallow pot.
Douglas County Bank again rated ‘superior’
January 15, 2009 in print edition on B7
Douglas County Bank has earned the highest rating for financial strength and sound operations for the 20th consecutive year from BauerFinancial Inc., the nation’s leading independent bank rating firm.BauerFinancial analyzes and reports on the financial condition of all U.S. banks with assets of at least $1.5 million.
Fewer clogged arteries may need stents
January 15, 2009 in print edition on A2
A new study gives fresh evidence that many people with clogged heart arteries are being overtreated with stents, and that a simple blood-flow test might help prevent unnecessary care. Fewer deaths, heart attacks and repeat procedures occurred when doctors implanted fewer of these tiny artery props, using the blood-flow test to decide when they were truly needed, the study found.
Bin Laden urges jihad against Israel
January 15, 2009 in print edition on A2
Osama bin Laden urged Muslims to launch a jihad against Israel, seeking to harness anger over the Gaza offensive with a new message posted on the Internet on Wednesday. The al-Qaida chief vowed to open “new fronts” against the U.S. and its allies beyond Iraq and Afghanistan and also criticized Arab leaders, accusing most of them of being allies of the U.S. and Israel.
Business leader touts ‘inclusive’ view
Chamber of Commerce CEO mulls job growth
January 15, 2009 in print edition on B7
Phil Struble was tongue-tied. The longtime leader of Lawrence’s Landplan Engineering was supposed to be introducing the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce’s relatively new president and CEO to a crowd of legislators and community leaders.
United Way raises $1.7M, just shy of goal
January 15, 2009 in print edition on A5
United Way leaders and volunteers are celebrating their 2008 campaign success that has raised $1.7 million in a tough economic climate. During a Wednesday night event at Maceli’s, 1031 N.H., leaders with the United Way of Douglas County announced the campaign reached 98.8 percent of its 2008 goal — falling just $20,000 short of the goal to raise $1.72 million.
Kellogg pulls crackers after recall by supplier
January 15, 2009 in print edition on A2
A peanut butter maker that sells bulk supplies to institutions issued a nationwide recall as officials on Wednesday reported two more deaths associated with a salmonella outbreak. Its client Kellogg Co. later asked stores to stop selling a variety of peanut butter crackers.
On the record
January 15, 2009 in print edition on A4
A Franklin County Sheriff’s deputy helped rescue a child from a mobile home that was in danger of a fire Wednesday night east of Ottawa, an emergency dispatcher said. Cutler Township firefighters had responded to the fire on Tennessee Road south of Kansas Highway 68. No injuries were reported after two mobile homes were in danger of sustaining damage, dispatchers said. Additional information from fire department supervisors was unavailable Wednesday night.
Pump patrol
January 15, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.76 at several locations.
GOP: Public school funds can be cut without harm
January 15, 2009 in print edition on A6
Republican legislative leaders Wednesday said public school funding could be cut without harming classroom instruction. “To the extent that the schools are saying we can’t suffer any cuts in the current fiscal year, I don’t think is correct factually,” said House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson. “I think they (cuts) can be made, and I think they can be made without impacting instructional dollars.”
Program for dads to start at West
January 15, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Watch DOGS program — Dads of Great Students — will kick off today at West Junior High School. The program is led by parent Everett Ledbetter, who participated in the Sunset Hill School program. “It’s a way for fathers to get back involved in school and to get connected with their children,” he said.
County OKs spending on aerial photography
January 15, 2009 in print edition on A3
Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday night voted to spend $53,000 for orthophotography — or aerial photography — of about 344 square miles in the county. Commissioners unanimously agreed to award the bid to Aero-Metric. The photographs are used by county departments to locate buildings and property.
Countries cut ties with Israel over Gaza
January 15, 2009 in print edition on A2
Venezuela and Bolivia broke off diplomatic relations with Israel on Wednesday to protest its military offensive in Gaza. The decisions by the leftist governments of Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales came about a week after Venezuela expelled the Israeli ambassador in Caracas, Shlomo Cohen, and seven embassy staff members to protest the Jewish state’s actions in Gaza.
Investigators dig at missing boy’s home
January 15, 2009 in print edition on A5
Investigators found no human remains while digging at the mobile home park where a Kansas boy missing for about a decade once lived, the local sheriff said Wednesday. But Butler County Sheriff Craig Murphy said searchers have found some “items of interest” they will be evaluating further, including possibly conducting some chemical tests on them.
Ways to ease plastic out of your life
January 15, 2009 in print edition on C2
It seems like hardly a day goes by without some new report about the health hazards of plastics.
CO2 trend
January 15, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: Mr. Smalter (Public Forum, Jan. 8) correctly quotes atmospheric measurements which show that the CO2 content has increased from about 370 to 385 parts per million (ppm) over the past 10 years.
Firebirds traveling to Washington to see Obama sworn in
January 15, 2009
Four Free State High students are heading to Washington, D.C., to see the 44th president get sworn in on Jan. 20.
Landplan opens office in Manhattan
January 15, 2009 in print edition on B7
Landplan Engineering P.A. has opened a new branch office in Manhattan. The office at 315 Houston St. will be managed by Janelle Phillips, a graduate of both Kansas State University and Kansas University. Phillips will be responsible for client development and project management.
Identigen co-founder to discuss DNA, meat
January 15, 2009 in print edition on B7
Ronan Loftus, co-founder and director of global development for Identigen Ltd., will discuss the company’s DNA TraceBack system during a Tiffin Conference Series event, “Lessons Learned in the Red Meat Industry,” set for Jan. 22 at Lethbridge College in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
African-Americans see hope in Obama White House
January 15, 2009
Barbara Ballard said that while growing up during the Civil Rights era she always believed that during her lifetime the United States would elect a female president and an African-American president.
House extends children’s insurance
January 15, 2009 in print edition on A2
Making a down payment on President-elect Barack Obama’s promise of universal health coverage, the House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to expand government-sponsored insurance to 4 million more children in working families with income too high to qualify for Medicaid.
Withey’s welcome warm
Freshman praises Fieldhouse energy
January 15, 2009 in print edition on B1
All eyes, except those of Kansas State University’s basketball players and coaches, were glued to the Allen Fieldhouse videoboard prior to the introduction of Kansas University’s starting five Tuesday night.
Border beatdown
Bitter memory sparks KU victory over MU
January 15, 2009 in print edition on B1
That bus droning out of Manhattan on Saturday night took only about 90 minutes to reach Lawrence. Unless you were most of the passengers — members of Kansas University’s women’s basketball team.
Kansas delegates split on SCHIP
January 15, 2009 in print edition on A2
Kansas’ House delegation split on a bill expanding health care coverage for children from working families. U.S. Reps. Dennis Moore, D-Lenexa, and Jerry Moran, R-Hays, voted for the proposal, which passed 289-139. U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, and Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, voted against.
Atheists want God stricken from oath
January 15, 2009 in print edition on A2
President-elect Barack Obama wants to conclude his inaugural oath with the words “so help me God,” but a group of atheists is asking a federal judge to stop him. California atheist Michael Newdow sued Chief Justice John Roberts in federal court for an injunction barring the use of those words in the inaugural oath.
Health care a strong U.S. ambassador
January 15, 2009 in print edition on A7
When George W. Bush was running for the presidency, he said he aspired to be an education president. He followed through in his first year by pressing Congress to pass the bipartisan No Child Left Behind Act. He found an effective partner in Margaret Spellings, who served first as the White House staff person in charge of drafting the legislation and then as secretary of education.
Lawrence’s health care provider for uninsured running out of room
January 15, 2009 in print edition on A1
While the building at 1920 Moodie Road may be small, the nonprofit agency located inside has a big job. Health Care Access provides medical care to Douglas County’s uninsured, which is estimated at 12,000 people.
Woodland living the dream
January 15, 2009 in print edition on B1
It took all of one swing from his playing partner that day for Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self to know that he was in for a treat.
Heisman winner Bradford stays at OU
January 15, 2009 in print edition on B1
Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford wasn’t ready to give up the life of a college quarterback — not without a national championship. The third-year sophomore quarterback will return to Oklahoma next season.
Cuts in funding for care of disabled spurs protests
January 15, 2009 in print edition on A3
Vicky Tuttle knows her disabled brother and sister are getting good care at their Lawrence home. Tuttle herself is the one providing that care under a program through the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. “I do have good family backup,” Tuttle said of other relatives who sometimes assist her.
Some blacks choose Obama inauguration over work
January 15, 2009
Asante Bradford gave his bosses nearly three months notice that he would not be at his desk on Jan. 20. A day after Barack Obama’s historic presidential win, Bradford knew he wanted to be able to whoop it up when Obama was sworn in as the nation’s first black chief executive — and that he couldn’t do that at work.
China economy grew to 3rd largest
January 15, 2009 in print edition on A8
China’s economy grew to the world’s third-largest in 2007, new data showed Wednesday, another milestone in the country’s stunning ascent in the global pecking order that puts it behind only Japan and the United States.
Money manager charged in ill-fated flight
January 15, 2009 in print edition on A8
A daredevil money manager whose run from ruin was halted when investigators interrupted his suicide attempt at a Florida campground found his legal problems compounded Wednesday as authorities filed federal charges against him in the three-day ordeal.
Apple CEO backtracks on health, takes leave
January 15, 2009 in print edition on A2
Even as Apple Inc. acknowledges that all is not well, the extent of Steve Jobs’ health problems remains a closely guarded secret. The Apple chief executive, a cancer survivor, said Wednesday he is taking medical leave until June, a move that sent the company’s shares plunging 7 percent.
Cold case: Organize your refrigerator
January 15, 2009 in print edition on C1
A messy refrigerator can spoil your mood and your food.
Study: Simple list cuts surgical deaths in half
January 15, 2009 in print edition on A1
Scrawl on the patient with a permanent marker to show where the surgeon should cut. Ask the person’s name to make sure you have the right patient. Count sponges to make sure you didn’t leave any inside the body.
Bradford’s return makes Red River even more intense
Sorrentino’s lightning round
January 15, 2009 in print edition on B3
The return of Heisman quarterback Sam Bradford — who would have easily been a Top 10 NFL Draft pick — to Oklahoma was huge news on Wednesday for two reasons.
Regents grapple with proposed cuts
KU says, ‘There will probably be some layoffs’
January 15, 2009 in print edition on A1
The Kansas Board of Regents absorbed more glum economic news Wednesday, hearing a specific outline of budget cuts they had been warned about for months. It was the beginning of a process as regents and other state higher education officials began to digest the cuts outlined in a 365-page report from the governor.
Attention to details: Watkins museum houses history, painstakingly planned design elements
January 15, 2009 in print edition on C1
You’ve no doubt seen the Watkins Community Museum of History on the corner of 10th and Massachusetts streets.
Humane Society to conduct campaign
January 15, 2009 in print edition on A3
People deciding whether to get a pet may want to visit the Lawrence Humane Society on Jan. 24. Hill’s Pet Nutrition Co. will sponsor a statewide adoption campaign that day. As part of the campaign, Hill’s Pet Nutrition will contribute $80 toward the purchases of the first 10 pets sold next Saturday at participating animal shelters.
Plants offer us valuable lessons
January 15, 2009 in print edition on C1
We learn lessons in life from many things: our experiences, people we interact with, children, pets and more.
Passing the buck
Taking away funds pledged to local governments by state law isn’t a fair way to balance the state budget.
January 15, 2009 in print edition on A7
Taking away funds pledged to local governments by state law isn’t a fair way to balance the state budget.
Bonner Springs teen taking trip of a lifetime to DC for inauguration
January 15, 2009
When the trip of a lifetime presented itself, Bailey Nairn didn’t hesitate to accept. The 16-year-old Bonner Springs High School junior is leaving Saturday for a five-day visit to Washington D.C. that will include a coveted spot at the inauguration of Barack Obama as president and dancing at a black-tie gala inaugural ball.
Law waives required IRA withdrawals
January 15, 2009 in print edition on B7
It’s hard to keep up with all the legislative changes undertaken as the federal government grapples with the recession. One change that President Bush signed just before Christmas affects a lot of seniors’ pocketbooks.
Swayze plays beastly FBI agent
January 15, 2009 in print edition on B6
Fresh from an interview with Barbara Walters about his career and state of health, Patrick Swayze stars in the cable detective drama “The Beast” (9 p.m., A&E). He’s the grizzled and enigmatic FBI veteran Charles Barker, who mentors a brash young rookie partner, Ellis Dove (Travis Fimmel).
Horoscopes
January 15, 2009 in print edition on B6
Get past immediate situations. That attitude will be one of your ways of handling issues this year. By detaching, you will gain additional insight into the people and problems involved. If you are single, you meet people with ease. If you are attached, the two of you can get along better together, especially if you are willing to listen more to your sweetie and understand where he or she is coming from.
People in the news
January 15, 2009 in print edition on B6
• Run-DMC, Metallica top list of 2009 Rock Hall• Mr. Roarke of ‘Fantasy Island’ dies at 88• ‘Prisoner’ actor Patrick McGoohan dies• Swayze says he’s almost over pneumonia• Ford, Fraser pair for medical drama
Bush should feel history’s sting
January 15, 2009 in print edition on A7
Dear President Bush: I am glad you are, at 62, still a relatively young man. I am glad you are in robust health. This means there is a good likelihood of your being with us for decades yet to come and I dearly want that. You see, history’s verdict is on the way and I want you to see it for yourself.
Can Obama make change happen?
January 15, 2009 in print edition on A1
Outside observers agree: It’s pretty likely that newly minted President Barack Obama will be able to deliver on the change he has promised the country. At least parts of it, anyway.
Exiting president has left legacy in Kansas
January 15, 2009 in print edition on A1
President George W. Bush’s eight years in office, the actions of his administration and the policies he put in place have marked Kansas — and Lawrence — in unexpected ways.
Hollywood on the Potomac: Where the stars will be
January 15, 2009
If you thought the Golden Globes was a party, just wait until you see Barack Obama’s inauguration. Next week, Washington will look a lot like a colder version of Hollywood.
Inaugural organizers face financial balancing act
January 15, 2009
From the announcement of Barack Obama’s candidacy to the management of his presidential transition, his organization — including the biggest fundraising operation in U.S. political history — has rolled forward with seemingly flawless precision.
Details of economic stimulus package eagerly awaited
January 15, 2009
As Barack Obama prepares to become the 44th President of the United States, most political observers are betting that his administration’s signature piece of legislation is already in the hopper. Even before it has been hatched, the expected economic stimulus package is being labeled as the largest public works project since the creation of the U.S. interstate system.