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The day in photos, Jan. 10, 2009
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Has your employer ended or suspended a previous employee benefit in the past three months?

Poll results

Response Percent
No.
 
56%
Yes.
 
33%
I am not employed.
 
9%
Total 524
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Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
The dome of the Kansas Statehouse in downtown Topeka is reflected off the windows of a nearby building. Legislative committee advances 3.4 percent across-the-board budget cut
9:47 a.m., January 26, 2009 Updated 5:40 p.m.
Republicans on Monday pushed through committee a 3.4 percent across-the-board cut to the state budget that Democrats said would hurt schools and services for vulnerable Kansans, and force local tax increases.
6:00 a.m.
A gathering of geese wander out onto the ice from the beach at Lake Perry Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009. Kansas reservoirs are filling with sediment because of runoff and bank erosion. Lake Perry is one of the lakes in eastern Kansas most affected. Sedimentation threatens sources of drinking water, flood control
January 27, 2009 in print edition on 1A
State officials are warning that Kansas reservoirs and lakes are quickly filling with sediment, which could lead to severe water shortages.
10:00 a.m.
Frank Harwood, seen here in a 2005 file photo, will replace Mary Rodriguez as the Lawrence school district's chief operations officer, according to a school board vote on Monday, Jan. 26, 2009. Information resources specialist, Chantel Nicolay, will step into a new position -- division director of technology and library media services. The position combines her current tasks with the duties of the technology director.

The information resources specialist position will be cut, saving about $60,000. School board approves leaner administration, hears about construction’s progress
January 27, 2009 in print edition on 5A
Lawrence school Superintendent Randy Weseman wants to streamline administrative personnel in order to save money, and the school board approved the changes at its meeting Monday night.
2:00 p.m.
Digital age: January ArtStar combines love of photography with modern, entrepreneurial spirit
January 27, 2009
Maybe it’s good that Sarah Stern now takes photos with a digital camera.
6:00 p.m.
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius enters the House chamber as she prepares to deliver her State of the State address on Jan. 12. Sebelius promises to veto GOP proposal to cut $300 million from state budget
3:09 p.m., January 27, 2009 Updated 4:56 p.m. in print edition on 7A
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius promised Tuesday to veto a plan drafted by Senate Republicans for eliminating a deficit in the current state budget after calling their proposed cuts “draconian.”

All stories

Super Bowl week longest of year
January 27, 2009 in print edition on B2
The longest week in sports officially kicked off Monday with this less than startling revelation:The Arizona Cardinals seem to dress better than the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Tuesday, January 27 weather at 10 p.m.
January 27, 2009
Wednesday will be chilly and sunny, with a high of 34 and a low of 4.
Opening Day almost here for KU softball
January 27, 2009
Senior Ellie Pottorf hasn’t played in almost a year, after recovering from an injury.
Area communities have full slate of candidate for spring elections
January 27, 2009
The April 7 election will feature several races in Douglas County cities and school districts, including Baldwin City, Eudora and Lecompton.
Low water level enables much-needed maintenance to Bowersock Dam
January 27, 2009 in print edition on A1
Since Jan. 17, Bowersock crews have been overhauling the dam’s network of wooden boards, metal doors and support systems — components that work together to raise the water level up to 4 feet in the area immediately upriver from the dam.
No primary needed, but 8 will vie for school board, city commission seats
Not enough file to require primary
January 27, 2009 in print edition on A1
The scorecard is set for upcoming city commission and school board races.
Longtime Lawrence resident, social worker seeking school board position
January 27, 2009 in print edition on A4
A longtime Kansas social worker and Lawrence resident is seeking a seat on the Lawrence school board.
Kansas judiciary wants to raise docket fees to offset budget cuts
January 27, 2009
The Kansas judicial branch wants to offset proposed budget cuts by raising docket fees.
Police send prosecutors information about student who brought gun to LHS
January 27, 2009
Police said the case of a Lawrence High School student who admitted to taking a gun to school was forwarded to prosecutors on Tuesday.
KU, KSU team up on cancer institute designation
January 27, 2009
Kansas University and Kansas State University on Tuesday signed an agreement to work together to try to get National Cancer Institute designation for the KU Cancer Center.
Advocate for living wage, public transit seeks another term on City Commission
January 27, 2009
A former city commissioner who has been an advocate for Lawrence wage earners and the city’s public transit system is making a run for the City Commission.
Former director of planning to run for City Commission
January 27, 2009
The community’s former longtime leader of planning efforts wants to jump back into City Hall as a city commissioner.
Sebelius promises to veto GOP proposal to cut $300 million from state budget
03:09 p.m., January 27, 2009 Updated 04:56 p.m. in print edition on A7
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius promised Tuesday to veto a plan drafted by Senate Republicans for eliminating a deficit in the current state budget after calling their proposed cuts “draconian.”
City commissioners delay action on development issues
January 27, 2009
City commissioners have deferred two items from their meeting tonight.
Kansas House expected to vote by week’s end on deficit reduction plan
January 27, 2009
A Kansas House committee’s chairman says it will vote this week on a plan for eliminating a deficit in the current state budget.
Justices question whether water case is ripe for review
January 27, 2009
Kansas Supreme Court justices Tuesday questioned whether they should get into a Douglas County case that involves a fight over condemnation of land and acquisition of water rights.
School board election draws eight candidates
January 27, 2009
Eight candidates will be vying for three seats on the Lawrence school board in the April election.
Eight candidates file for City Commission election — not enough for primary
January 27, 2009
The race for the Lawrence City Commission is set, and for the first time in recent memory it won’t involve a primary election.
Victims describe shock of being robbed in Burger King drive-thru
January 27, 2009
They were sitting in the Burger King drive-thru lane waiting on some grub, when a 250-pound stranger came up to their car.
KSU athletic director Krause announces resignation
January 27, 2009
Less than a year after taking over as Kansas State’s athletics director, Bob Krause announced Tuesday that he is leaving that job to direct fundraising for a new K-State campus in Olathe.
Waterline work may inconvenience motorists near 23rd and Louisiana streets
January 27, 2009
Motorists and a few residents near 23rd and Louisiana streets should expect to be inconvenienced by waterline work on Wednesday.
Legislature to take up exceptions to open records law
January 27, 2009
The Kansas Senate plans to debate a bill extending the life of 30 exceptions to the state’s open records law.
Former planning director, former commissioner file in city race
10:50 a.m., January 27, 2009 Updated 10:57 p.m. in print edition on A6
A former director of the city’s planning department and a former city commissioner became the two latest candidates to file for seats on the Lawrence City Commission.
Business lobbyists seek deeper cuts for education, want to kill plan to stop phase-out of estate tax
Groups hope to kill proposal by Sebelius that would repeal phase-out of the estate tax
10:19 a.m., January 27, 2009 Updated 01:02 p.m. in print edition on A1
Kansas businesses will have realized more than $1 billion in tax breaks from the Legislature through the next several years.Even so, leading business groups on Tuesday were lobbying lawmakers for deeper cuts to education and human services, and protection of business tax cuts as the state faces a budget crisis.
State unemployment rate climbing
07:30 a.m., January 27, 2009 Updated 11:01 p.m.
The state jobless rate increased, and officials say the situation is expected to worsen.
Sign him up
January 27, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor:Reading Dolph Simons’ column in Saturday’s paper reminds me why I’m not a conservative and why we should always look at the facts, not the spin.
Get creative
January 27, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor:After reading the recent letters by young people about their concerns (Journal-World, Jan. 20), Sally Landoll, language arts teacher, deserves recognition for the art of encouragement.
Sister opportunity
January 27, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor:As a Latin teacher, I have often taken students abroad to witness firsthand the landscapes that comprise the backdrop for our society.
Employers slash 55,000 jobs as recession continues its toll
January 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
The nation’s employers, including some of its largest and most sturdy, announced plans Monday to slash more than 55,000 jobs, a staggering one-day toll that highlighted how quickly layoffs are accelerating and how widely misery is spreading throughout the labor market.
Coach pleads not guilty
January 27, 2009 in print edition on B2
A Kentucky high school football coach on Monday pleaded not guilty to reckless homicide in the heat-related death of a 15-year-old player who collapsed while running sprints at a sweltering August practice.
Greinke, Royals make 4-year deal
Pitcher agrees to $38 million contract, avoids arbitration
January 27, 2009 in print edition on B2
The Royals and pitcher Zack Greinke agreed to a $38 million, four-year contract.
LHS loses dual with Leavenworth
January 27, 2009 in print edition on B3
Chad Boyd had boys high series, but Lawrence High lost a bowling dual Monday with Leavenworth High.
UNC women plummet
January 27, 2009 in print edition on B2
After its worst week in seven years, North Carolina made an unprecedented slide down the Top 25. Connecticut remained the unanimous top choice in the Associated Press poll for the ninth straight week Monday after routing the Tar Heels, 88-58.
KU brings experience to field
12:00 a.m., January 27, 2009 Updated 11:42 a.m. in print edition on B1
Like any coach, Tracy Bunge will let the chips fall where they may. Yet it sounds like one of those chips already has landed. On her shoulder.
Court hears BTK lawsuit
TV station says it did nothing wrong naming suspect
January 27, 2009 in print edition on B8
A Wichita television station that lost a defamation lawsuit for naming a possible suspect in the BTK serial killings told the Kansas Supreme Court on Monday that it did nothing wrong and shouldn’t be penalized for its reporting.
P.M. expects faster pullout by U.S. forces
January 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
Iraq’s prime minister said Monday he believes the U.S. will withdraw its troops more quickly than the three-year timeline set down in a U.S.-Iraq security agreement. The U.S., meanwhile, suffered its biggest single loss of life in months when two helicopters crashed, killing four service members.
Eagles upend Irish
January 27, 2009 in print edition on B4
Jerel McNeal had a season-high 27 points, and Wesley Matthews made some key baskets down the stretch Monday night to lead No. 8 Marquette to a 71-64 victory over Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish’s fourth straight loss.
Cobalt Boats to receive award
January 27, 2009 in print edition on B7
Tucker Carlson, senior political correspondent for MSNBC, will be the keynote speaker, with Sen. Sam Brownback as the master of ceremonies, on Feb. 3 at the Kansas Chamber of Commerce annual dinner in Topeka. Cobalt Boats will receive the Chamber’s Ad Astra Award, an honor presented each year to one business that exemplifies both business and civic excellence within the state.
Pedroia’s brother arrested
January 27, 2009 in print edition on B2
The older brother of AL MVP Dustin Pedroia is facing child molestation charges. Woodland police say 30-year-old Brett Pedroia was booked at the Yolo County jail Jan. 9 on two counts of oral copulation and lewd acts with a child under age 14.
Ex-Viking Eller guilty
January 27, 2009 in print edition on B2
Former Vikings great Carl Eller was convicted Monday of assaulting a police officer who tried to arrest him after he swerved and nearly struck a squad car last April.
Pettitte, Yanks agree
January 27, 2009 in print edition on B2
Andy Pettitte’s only thought was to stay with the New York Yankees. He had no interest in returning to his hometown Houston Astros.
Douglas County Bank promotes Boyd-Akers
January 27, 2009 in print edition on B7
Adrienne Boyd-Akers, Lawrence, was promoted to the position of financial services officer at Douglas County Bank by the bank’s Board of Directors.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
January 27, 2009 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for Jan. 27, 1909: An awful blow will descend upon the heads of a few student rooming house landladies in the next few days. Fire Chief Reinisch has been looking up the fire escape law and has ruled that all houses that have 20 or more people staying there must obey the provisions of the law, which would require many fire escapes where none now exist. …
Last baby a surprise as octuplets are born
January 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
A woman gave birth Monday to eight babies, only the second time octuplets have survived more than a few hours, doctors said.
Curiosity about coaches
January 27, 2009 in print edition on B1
Although I didn’t realize it at the time, something unusual occurred on the sidelines in Saturday’s Kansas-Kansas State women’s basketball game.Neither K-State coach Deb Patterson nor KU coach Bonnie Henrickson had a male serving as a full-time assistant coach.
Basking in the limelight
Steelers, Cardinals excited to arrive in Tampa, Fla.
January 27, 2009 in print edition on B1
The pilot of their airplane stuck a team flag out the cockpit window as the Arizona Cardinals landed in a place few could have imagined.
Mideast envoy brings record of patience
January 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
Launching the Obama administration’s first Mideast peace mission, former Sen. George J. Mitchell brings a track record of patience and persistence in protracted negotiations.
Big 12 honors Brackins
January 27, 2009 in print edition on B2
Iowa State’s Craig Brackins has been named Big 12 player of the week on the heels of one of the finest games in conference history. The 6-foot-10 junior scored a career-high 42 points in an 82-67 loss to Kansas on Saturday.
Seminar to feature historic weapons
January 27, 2009 in print edition on A3
A Fort Leavenworth military history professor will give a seminar on the history of weapons on Thursday at Kansas University.
School board approves leaner administration, hears about construction’s progress
January 27, 2009 in print edition on A5
Lawrence school Superintendent Randy Weseman wants to streamline administrative personnel in order to save money, and the school board approved the changes at its meeting Monday night.
Gottfried quits ’Bama job
January 27, 2009 in print edition on B2
Mark Gottfried resigned as Alabama’s basketball coach Monday, leaving in the middle of his 11th season amid criticism of both the team’s play and the departure of a star player.
Sean Casey to retire
January 27, 2009 in print edition on B2
Three-time All-Star Sean Casey planned to announce his retirement today to join the MLB Network. MLB Network president Tony Petitti scheduled a conference call to make the announcement.
Geithner confirmed as treasury secretary
January 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
New York Federal Reserve Bank President Timothy Geithner won confirmation Monday as President Barack Obama’s treasury secretary despite personal tax lapses that turned more than a third of the Senate against him.
New tournament in works
January 27, 2009 in print edition on B2
A new men’s postseason basketball tournament has been scheduled in March by CollegeInsider.com for 16 teams not chosen for the NCAA and NIT tournaments.
Houston player suspended
January 27, 2009 in print edition on B2
Conference USA suspended Houston guard Aubrey Coleman one game Monday for violating the league’s sportsmanship policy when he stepped on another player during the Cougars’ game at Arizona.
Overland Park host to new work by Baldwin artist
January 27, 2009
In music, Matt Kirby tries to perform the same, no matter the size of the audience.
Zvonareva reaches semis
January 27, 2009 in print edition on B2
Vera Zvonareva ran off 11 straight games in a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Marion Bartoli at the Australian Open today to reach the semifinals for the first time in 25 majors.
Med Center puts hiring on hold
January 27, 2009 in print edition on A3
State budget woes aren’t just affecting Kansas University’s main campus — officials are feeling the effects at the KU Medical Center, too.
Tonganoxie hires new superintendent
January 27, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Tonganoxie school board didn’t look far for its next superintendent.
On the record
January 27, 2009 in print edition on A4
• Lawrence police arrested a 38-year-old Topeka man on charges of rape Monday morning. • A Lawrence police report indicates alcohol may be to blame for an accident early Saturday morning that sent a Kansas University student to a Kansas City hospital. • No one was inside a southern Leavenworth County home when a fire started Sunday, according to Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office reports.
Schooling
Education costs at all colleges are huge, but look at what it takes to go to Harvard.
January 27, 2009 in print edition on A7
The American educational system is faced with the same kinds of financial problems as all our other entities, and there are increasing calls for belt-tightening and budget-altering, particularly at the college and university level.
Traces of mercury found in corn syrup
January 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
A swig of soda or bite of a candy bar might be sweet, but a new study suggests that food made with corn syrup also could be delivering tiny doses of toxic mercury.
Chair choice will signal GOP direction
January 27, 2009 in print edition on A7
For a party out of political power, the election of its new national chairman is often the first clue to its future direction.
Habits to help plug winter energy drain
January 27, 2009
January makes you want to eat potatoes, drink wine and sleep forever.
Gang retaliation blamed for ‘brazen’ wake shooting
January 27, 2009 in print edition on B8
A “very brazen” drive-by shooting at a weekend wake that left two people dead and eight others injured was apparently gang retaliation for a slaying at a wedding two years ago, police said Monday.
Symphony grows with new conductor
January 27, 2009 in print edition on C2
Maestro Michael Stern, since taking the helm of the Kansas City Symphony just four years ago, has taken his gifted colleagues on an artistic voyage of increasingly impressive reach. Significantly, Stern’s aura has also attracted new audiences and donors.
Blagojevich takes case to TV
January 27, 2009 in print edition on A1
Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s impeachment trial opened on Monday with a vacant chair reserved for the governor, who boycotted the proceedings and instead spent the day on the TV talk-show circuit in New York, complaining he is being railroaded.
Obama’s ‘heroic’ parents message poses lesson to teens
January 27, 2009
I hadn’t intended to write about Obama’s inaugural speech, largely because I hadn’t expected him to comment on parenting or teenagers.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
January 27, 2009 in print edition on A7
The city-county planning commission decided to adjust the city’s comprehensive downtown plan to accommodate a proposed retail shopping development in the 600 block along Massachusetts. The move was made by an 8-1 vote despite some protests.
State leaders: Cancer center distinction next milestone
January 27, 2009 in print edition on A1
Basking in the glow of winning a federal biosecurity laboratory, state leaders Monday indicated that winning national designation for the Kansas University Kansas Cancer Center will be the state’s next major goal.
Astros agree with pair
January 27, 2009 in print edition on B2
The Astros have agreed to one-year contracts with their last two players in salary arbitration, giving Wandy Rodriguez $2.6 million and Geoff Geary $1.7 million.
Obama takes aim at energy woes
January 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama opened an ambitious, double-barreled assault on global warming and U.S. energy woes Monday, moving quickly toward rules requiring cleaner-running cars that guzzle less gas — a must, he said, for “our security, our economy and our planet.”
Applications accepted for Dole scholarships
January 27, 2009 in print edition on A5
The application period has begun for Robert J. Dole Public Service Scholarships, given annually through Kansas University’s Dole Institute.
Pump patrol
January 27, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.72 at several stations.
Senate OKs delay in digital TV changeover
January 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
The Senate on Monday voted unanimously to postpone the upcoming transition from analog to digital television broadcasting by four months to June 12 — setting the stage for Congress to pass the proposal as early as today.
Duke No. 1 in AP poll
January 27, 2009 in print edition on B2
Duke returned to the top of the Associated Press’ college basketball poll Monday, a place the Blue Devils have been very familiar with in recent years. The Blue Devils (18-1) moved up one spot to No. 1, their first appearance there since the final poll of 2005-06.
Rams hire 3 assistants
January 27, 2009 in print edition on B2
New St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo hired three coaches for his staff Monday, including Dick Curl as his assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach. Spagnuolo also hired Paul Ferraro as a defensive assistant and Frank Leonard as an offensive assistant.
Widow settles suit
January 27, 2009 in print edition on B2
The widow of Minnesota Vikings lineman Korey Stringer reached a settlement with the NFL over his heatstroke death during training camp in 2001.
Self praises freshman Thomas’ attitude
January 27, 2009 in print edition on B1
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self singled out an unsung — some might say forgotten — freshman in the winner’s locker room Saturday at Iowa State’s Hilton Coliseum.
Super Bowl XLIII, in a nutshell
January 27, 2009 in print edition on B2
A quick look at the big story lines leading up to Super Bowl XLIII.
Sedimentation threatens sources of drinking water, flood control
January 27, 2009 in print edition on A1
State officials are warning that Kansas reservoirs and lakes are quickly filling with sediment, which could lead to severe water shortages.
OU survives Bedlam scare
January 27, 2009 in print edition on B4
Just when Oklahoma State looked like it might make a Bedlam comeback to remember, Oklahoma came back with a 1-2 punch that has been putting just about every opponent down for the count.
People in the news
January 27, 2009 in print edition on B6
• Prince Harry’s Royal split• Charges in Travolta extortion scheme• Space: The Final Frontier (and Star Trek creator’s resting place)• “Thriller” comes to Broadway• Cat Stevens performs song for Gaza• Claim: Tyler Perry owes thousands to contractors
Diapers, diamonds in new TLC show
January 27, 2009 in print edition on B6
Life is about choices. For one of the deranged stage mothers featured in the documentary series “Toddlers & Tiaras” (9 p.m., TLC), it comes down to the decision whether to apply a spray tan to a 2-year-old.
Horoscopes
January 27, 2009 in print edition on B6
Don’t push yourself too hard in what could be an extraordinary year. Your strength comes from reflection and evaluation at first, and then from a willingness to walk a different path or head in another direction. If you are single, you make waves and will have to work in order to keep your present status. If you are attached, the two of you need to share more in general. A fellow Aquarius challenges you effectively.
Owens Flower Shop, University Floral merge
January 27, 2009 in print edition on B7
The Owens Flower Shop and University Floral, both in Lawrence, have merged.
Digital age: January ArtStar combines love of photography with modern, entrepreneurial spirit
January 27, 2009
Maybe it’s good that Sarah Stern now takes photos with a digital camera.