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What grade would you give Kathleen Sebelius for her work as Kansas governor?

Poll results

Response Percent
A
 
37%
B
 
21%
F
 
18%
C
 
12%
D
 
9%
Total 1163
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical personnel run to take a dip Saturday into Clinton Lake for the Polar Plunge fundraiser for Special Olympics. Several teams braved the single-digit temperatures and stiff wind to participate in the event at Bloomington Beach on the west side of Clinton Lake. Community members brave chilly plunge for special cause
March 1, 2009 in print edition on 1B
Just another Saturday on the beach at Clinton Lake. Dozens of people prepared to take a quick dip in the water just off Bloomington Beach. A typical Saturday afternoon swim with the temperature steady at 20 degrees, the wind blowing snow throughout the area. You know, firefighters dressed in coconut bras and grass skirts — an average event for late February in Douglas County.
10:00 a.m.
Tonika Jones, left, and Chipmpe Mpondela from Western Illinois University listen to Renee Rodriguez Batman from the University of Nebraska on Friday during the Big 12 Career Fair at the Kansas University Union. Students are facing an extraordinarily tight job market this year. Job hunt a hard lesson for students
March 2, 2009 in print edition on 5A
One didn’t need to look any further than an architecture career fair last week at Kansas University to see how some students are facing this economy. Students crammed into the ballroom on the fifth floor of the Kansas Union, lining up to talk to potential employers, résumés in hand. The news they got wasn’t always pretty.
10:00 a.m.
The Jayhawk student section displays an enlarged and modified version of artist John Steuart Curry's "Tragic Prelude" painting, which features abolitionist John Brown holding a rifle, and in this case the 2008 National Championship trophy. How did KU get this good, this fast?
March 2, 2009 in print edition on 1B
The secret to the remarkable success of the Kansas University basketball program under coach Bill Self isn’t much of a secret at all. The players improve so much during the course of a season that it stands to reason the team would, too.
6:00 p.m.
Ruby gives a tarot reading to Journal-World staff writer Chad Lawhorn. He’s happy to learn he ought to be able to afford a new car in 2009. He doesn’t need one, but he’s glad to know there will be automakers still in business. Wild cards: We turn to a Topeka psychic for advice on the struggling economy
March 2, 2009
So, in one of those cutesy, decorative baskets in my bathroom — yes, I’m married — are about 15 unopened tubes of toothpaste. This seems curious to me. But then I realize the answer: Coupons. My wife has been on a coupon-clipping binge. Thus, I surmise, she has gotten some type of “deal” on toothpaste.

All stories

Self named finalist for USBWA coach of the year
March 2, 2009
Kansas coach Bill Self is one of ten finalists for the U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s Henry Iba Award, given annually to the association’s choice for coach of the year.
Funding a question for Douglas County judge position
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A4
Douglas County’s chief judge says he will likely have to go back county commissioners to request funding for a judge pro tem in 2010.
Danielle McCray earns conference player of the week
March 2, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas women’s basketball guard/forward Danielle McCray was named Big 12 player of the week, the Big 12 announced Monday.
Community college loses grant money because coal plant construction was put on hold
March 2, 2009
Garden City Community College has lost a nearly $2 million federal grant because of delays in state approval for two new coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas.
School district to offer developmental screenings for preschoolers
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A3
Lawrence Early Childhood Special Services is providing free developmental screenings for children between the ages of 3 and 5.
City to hear about need for repairs to dam on Kansas River
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A3
City commissioners are set to discuss a multi-million dollar project that could have major impact on future water rates.
Police want to certify more officers to use Tasers
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A3
After using Taser guns eight times to subdue people last year, Lawrence police are seeking to expand their deployment of the weapons.
KU says Provost Richard Lariviere leaving for Oregon post
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A1
Kansas University Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Richard Lariviere will leave KU to become the president of the University of Oregon, according to a KU news release Monday.
Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson moves to center stage in Kansas as Sebelius tapped for Cabinet post
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A3
While Gov. Kathleen Sebelius received star treatment at the Democratic National Convention in Denver last summer, Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson joked about the blank stares he got from news photographers wondering who he was.
As Sebelius heads for D.C., she leaves an incomplete budget behind
March 2, 2009
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ nomination for a Cabinet job in Washington comes even as work on the next Kansas budget remains unfinished.
KU moves to 9th in latest rankings
12:29 p.m., March 2, 2009 Updated 12:58 p.m.
In the ESPN/USA Today poll out this afternoon, KU moves from No. 15 to No. 9. Their rankings in the Associated Press is expected later this afternoon.
Helping city from the bottom up is candidate’s aim
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A3
Dennis Constance remembers a lot about Lawrence in the 41 years since he first came to the city as a Kansas University student. He remembers that he was out of town the night the Kansas Union burned in the 1970s, and how he had to prove to a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper that he actually lived in the city before he could return home. He remembers the political “chaos” of the mid-1980s when he served on the Lawrence City Commission as developers sought to build a mall in Downtown Lawrence.
KU plans test of emergency alert system
March 2, 2009
Kansas University will be testing its emergency alert systems at 12:30 p.m. today.
Collins, Taylor sweep Big 12 awards
March 2, 2009
KU’s Sherron Collins and Tyshawn Taylor were named this week’s Big 12 player and rookie of the week, the Big 12 announced Monday.
Senate panel considers creating database to help fight meth creation
09:27 a.m., March 2, 2009 Updated 10:14 a.m.
A measure that would help authorities track and locate methamphetamine makers is expected to come up for a vote in a Kansas Senate committee this week.
Obama unveils Sebelius as his latest choice for HHS secretary
Short introductory press conference held at White House
09:24 a.m., March 2, 2009 Updated 03:20 p.m. in print edition on A1
President Barack Obama turned to Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius Monday to help him overhaul a health care system whose cost has risen four times as fast as people’s wages in recent years.
Free agency, Detroit Lions don’t mix
March 2, 2009 in print edition on B2
Free agency is hard for the Detroit Lions. I don’t just mean because they are usually really bad at it. I mean it is harder for the Lions than for most teams.
Job hunt a hard lesson for students
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A5
One didn’t need to look any further than an architecture career fair last week at Kansas University to see how some students are facing this economy. Students crammed into the ballroom on the fifth floor of the Kansas Union, lining up to talk to potential employers, résumés in hand. The news they got wasn’t always pretty.
Pump patrol
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.75 at several stations.
The Edge
March 2, 2009
• ‘The Renegades’ (books) • ‘Years of Refusal’ (music) • ‘George Gently’ (DVD)
Wild cards: We turn to a Topeka psychic for advice on the struggling economy
March 2, 2009
So, in one of those cutesy, decorative baskets in my bathroom — yes, I’m married — are about 15 unopened tubes of toothpaste. This seems curious to me. But then I realize the answer: Coupons. My wife has been on a coupon-clipping binge. Thus, I surmise, she has gotten some type of “deal” on toothpaste.
Search narrows for superintendent
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A3
After interviewing six candidates for superintendent of Lawrence public schools, the Lawrence school board cut the field in half during a meeting Saturday. However, the three finalists’ identities were not revealed. Board President Craig Grant said Sunday that the board will be keeping specific information, including the candidates’ names, confidential until the winner is announced, hopefully at next week’s school board meeting.
KU beat Mizzou at own game
March 2, 2009 in print edition on B7
When Mike Anderson took over as coach of the Missouri University men’s basketball team three years ago, he brought with him a style of play known affectionately as “40 minutes of hell.” It is a system built on constant motion, a controlled chaos, the objective of which is to apply constant pressure, push the pace at all times and attempt to translate that into as many easy baskets as possible.
KU notebook
March 2, 2009 in print edition on B7
Kirk Hinrich stood in the fabled northwest tunnel of Allen Fieldhouse at halftime of Sunday’s Kansas University-Missouri game. He craned his neck to watch a highlight video of his storied KU basketball career playing on the center scoreboard.
Reed has big game in front of hero
March 2, 2009 in print edition on B6
Tyrel Reed remembers the day in high school when he took a recruiting trip to Kansas State. Just a few feet in front of him, mega-recruit Michael Beasley received a loud ovation from the Wildcat students while walking across the Bill Snyder Family Stadium turf. Reed, meanwhile, was the recipient of a smattering of boos as he moved toward his seat.
Meche struggles in 6-4 Royals loss
March 2, 2009 in print edition on B3
Shane Moseley pitched two hitless innings in Los Angeles’ 6-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.
How did KU get this good, this fast?
March 2, 2009 in print edition on B1
The secret to the remarkable success of the Kansas University basketball program under coach Bill Self isn’t much of a secret at all. The players improve so much during the course of a season that it stands to reason the team would, too.
Unrivaled rout
Jayhawks exact revenge on MU
March 2, 2009 in print edition on B1
Tough taskmasker Bill Self turned into a softie Sunday afternoon in discussing his 2008-09 Kansas University basketball team. “I’m falling in love with this team,” KU’s sixth-year coach said after his Jayhawks pounded Missouri, 90-65, in Allen Fieldhouse. “They try hard, and they are getting more and more aggressive all the time.”
Merkel, E.U. reject bailout for E. Europe
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A2
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other EU leaders flatly rejected a new multibillion dollar bailout for eastern Europe on Sunday, suggesting that additional aid be given to struggling nations only on a case-by-case basis.
Fewer kids have high lead levels, government research shows
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A2
In a stunning improvement in children’s health, far fewer kids have high lead levels than 20 years ago, new government research reports — a testament to aggressive efforts to get lead out of paint, water and soil. Lead can interfere with the developing nervous system and cause permanent problems with learning, memory and behavior.
Joint chiefs chairman: Iran has fissile materials for bomb
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A2
The top U.S. military official said Sunday that Iran has sufficient fissile material for a nuclear weapon, declaring it would be a “very, very bad outcome” should Tehran move forward with a bomb. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, offered the assessment when questioned in a broadcast interview about a recent report by the U.N. nuclear watchdog on the state of Iran’s uranium enrichment program.
L.A. County to try for cuss-free week
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A2
Pay no attention to that eerie silence in the nation’s most populous county this week; it will simply be the sound of 10 million people not cussing. At least that’s the result McKay Hatch is hoping for once his campaign to clear the air is recognized by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. On Tuesday, the board is scheduled to issue a proclamation by Supervisor Michael Antonovich making the first week in March No Cussing Week.
Obama aide: Limbaugh a top GOP leader
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama’s chief of staff says talk show personality Rush Limbaugh is a top figure in the Republican Party. Chief of staff Rahm Emanuel says Limbaugh is the “intellectual force” of the GOP. Emanuel says Republicans now have to live with that choice.
N. Korea and U.N. Command hold talks
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A2
High-level military officials from North Korea and the U.S.-led U.N. Command held urgent talks at the border today amid heightened tensions in the region and concerns that the North intends to test-fire a long-range missile. The talks at the village of Panmunjom inside the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea were hastily arranged after the North proposed them last week, U.N. command spokesman Kim Yong-kyu said.
Olmert to be indicted, Israel’s A.G. says
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A2
Israel’s attorney general notified Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Sunday that he plans to indict him on suspicion of illicitly taking cash-stuffed envelopes from a Jewish-American businessman — a sensational case that turned public opinion so sharply against the Israeli leader that he was forced to resign.
Gorilla found dead at St. Louis Zoo
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A5
A gorilla at the St. Louis Zoo was found accidentally strangled in his sleeping cage over the weekend. Zookeepers said they found the body of 8-year-old Muchana tangled in some rope Saturday morning. Assistant general curator Bill Houston told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch that it appeared Muchana managed to pull apart some of the rope used for climbing and it became wrapped around his neck.
25 homes destroyed by wildfire near Austin
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A12
A wildfire fueled by grass, brush and trees has destroyed at least 25 homes and three businesses in central Texas. Officials say two National Guard helicopters joined other aircraft Sunday in dropping water on the blaze near the towns of Bastrop and Smithville. Gov. Rick Perry has activated state resources, including four helicopters equipped to drop water and fire retardant, firefighters and equipment.
Rare snow blankets South as East braces for storm
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A12
A potent March snowstorm blanketed much of the Southeast with snow Sunday before barreling toward the Northeast, where officials prepared snowplows and road-salt for a wintry assault. The icy blast threatened to drop up to a foot of snow in the Philadelphia area, 13 inches in New York and 15 inches across southern New England late Sunday.
Parkinson gets bipartisan praise, criticism
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A6
Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson enjoys the respect of the Kansas Legislature’s top leaders as he waits to become the state’s next governor, and they describe him as intelligent and approachable. But Parkinson also carries some political baggage.
Sources: AIG to have access to another $30B for bailout
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A7
American International Group will gain access to $30 billion more in taxpayer money as part of another restructuring of its federal bailout, sources involved in the negotiations said Sunday. It marks the fourth time the government has stepped in to save the ailing insurance giant since September.
New safety net brings uncertainty
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A7
The Obama administration rushed to include a health care safety net for laid-off workers in the recently signed stimulus bill, but has not told employers exactly how to make it work. As a result, tens of thousands of jobless people could wait months before getting help paying for health insurance that their employers previously had covered.
‘Rules of Engagement’ breaks no new ground
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A11
Tales of male insecurity abound on the third-season premiere of “Rules of Engagement” (8:30 p.m., CBS). “Rules” has come and gone and moved so often that viewers couldn’t be blamed for having never seen it. Patrick Warburton plays the same aloof and generally insensitive blockhead he played on “Seinfeld.” Only now we’re supposed to believe he’s long married to a much hipper Megyn Price (“Grounded for Life”).
More TV ads projecting images of racial harmony
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A11
Ever see an inner-city schoolyard filled with white, Asian and black teens shooting hoops? Or middle-aged white and Latino men swigging beer and watching the Super Bowl on their black neighbor’s couch? Or Asians and Latinos dancing the night away in a hip-hop club?
Horoscopes
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A11
Many unique periods mark this year. Investigate the possibilities with open eyes and a willingness to break past previous assumptions. You will gain and grow in a new direction if you open up to what is new and different. If you are attached, you’ll discover a warming up of your bond. If you are single, life presents dynamic people. Check out each person with extreme care. Taurus reads you cold.
New deadline is set for U.S. hostage
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A8
A suspected separatist group that has been holding an American U.N. worker in Pakistan for a month said it would kill him in four days if the government does not release more than 1,000 prisoners. The threat on the life of John Solecki was made in a letter sent Sunday to local news agency Online International News Network that was also read by an Associated Press reporter.
Israel threatens painful response to rockets
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A8
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert threatened a painful response to Palestinian rocket fire menacing southern Israel, suggesting Sunday that the blistering offensive against Gaza Strip militants fell short of its goals. The prospect of heightened hostilities in Hamas-ruled Gaza cast a pall over a week of crucial diplomatic activity, including an international conference designed to drum up billions of dollars to rebuild the heavily damaged territory.
1,000 border guards charged in mutiny
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A8
More than 1,000 border guards were charged Sunday with murder and arson in an uprising that left at least 148 people dead or missing, most of them army officers whose bodies were hurriedly discarded by the mutineers. The details of what the prime minister called “a planned massacre” emerged after the government withdrew its promise of amnesty and sought to repair its increasingly tense relations with the military.
Sebelius crunches new budget numbers
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A5
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius wants to use a big chunk of Kansas’ share of federal stimulus money to keep the state budget balanced into 2011 without cutting aid to public schools. She also proposes using stimulus dollars for one-time projects, such as building maintenance, on the higher education campuses. But state universities would not escape the cuts in their operating budgets that she’s already proposed.
Prom Dress Drive scheduled for April 11
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Roger Hill Volunteer Center is organizing a Prom Dress Drive to benefit the young women of Lawrence High School and Free State High School. The event will be from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 11 at the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St. If you have a dress you would like to donate, clothing racks you could lend, or would like to help organize donations, contact Paige at 865-5030 or by e-mail at volunteer@rhvc.org.
Pathways to host volunteer training
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A4
Pathways Animal Assisted Therapy Inc. will be hosting a volunteer training session at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. There are two types of volunteer positions available, leader and side-walker, both of which involve assisting students with horseback riding lessons.
Volunteers enlisted for Day of Caring
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Roger Hill Volunteer Center is getting ready for Day of Caring 2009, and lining up volunteers for the April 25 communitywide day of service.
On the record
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A4
Lawrence police arrested two Lawrence residents for beating a 22-year-old Haskell basketball player at a party early Sunday morning, police said. Jimmy Wilkett was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital around 4 a.m. Sunday morning with injuries to his head and an eye. A nursing supervisor said Wilkett was treated and released on Sunday.
KU tennis sweeps UMKC
March 2, 2009 in print edition on B3
The Kansas University women’s tennis team swept UMKC, 7-0, at First Serve Tennis on Sunday.
Lawrence Humane Society seeks volunteers for fundraiser
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Lawrence Humane Society is in need of volunteers to staff its fundraising event on March 20 at Maceli’s, 1031 N.H. There will be two shifts, 7 to 9 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m., in which volunteers will act as servers and help the event run smoothly. Also sought are photography submissions to be sold throughout the event.
KU softball run-rules Harvard, 10-1
March 2, 2009 in print edition on B3
The Kansas University softball team produced a 10-1 run-rule victory over Harvard on Sunday at the North Texas Invite.
Falling oil prices stymie Iraq’s security spending
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A8
Falling oil prices will force Iraq to cut back on military spending, leaving questions about whether it can handle tasks such as protecting oil platforms in the Persian Gulf once the American pullout is complete, a top U.S. commander said.
Recycling coordinator needed
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A4
Habitat ReStore, 800 Comet Lane, is looking for a volunteer recycling coordinator. Responsibilities will include finding the best price for metal, overseeing metal sorting and storage, and helping recruit more recycling volunteers. The store is also always in need of volunteers to help with day-to-day donation intakes and organization. Call KH at 856-6920 for more information.
Bryant’s makeover winning people over
March 2, 2009 in print edition on B5
When checking in with a buddy who now lives in Arizona to say I’d be in the area this weekend to cover the Lakers-Suns game on Sunday, I got quite a jolt. He volunteered this surprising news: “I’m coming around on Kobe.”
Sacramento waives ex-Jayhawk Gooden
March 2, 2009 in print edition on B5
The Sacramento Kings waived Drew Gooden on Sunday night, freeing the recently acquired forward to join a contending team for the playoff run.
Volunteers needed for Watkins museum
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass., needs a greeter for Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers are also needed to assist in cataloging the museum’s historic collection, as well as to help keep the building clean. If interested in any of these positions, contact Helen at 841-4106, or e-mail her at wcmhist@sunflower.com.
Busch passes field for Vegas win
Driver declares hometown victory bigger than Daytona
March 2, 2009 in print edition on B2
Kyle Busch has had plenty of highlights in his short NASCAR career: setting a record as the youngest winner in series history, giving Toyota its first victory and returning Joe Gibbs Racing’s flagship car to prominence.
HHS job brims with challenge
Sebelius seen as fit to take on task
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A1
A health care system overhaul, weak finances in Medicare, lapses in food safety. Those challenges and more await Kathleen Sebelius as President Barack Obama’s health secretary. Obama planned to introduce Sebelius today as his nominee to lead the Health and Human Services Department. Later this week he is to host lawmakers and representatives of major interest groups at a White House summit on health care reform.
Baker student puts spotlight on professor who electrified town
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A3
A Baker University student is shedding some light on W.C. Bauer, the father of electricity in Baldwin City. Tracy Light, a senior from Naples, Italy, is doing a documentary on Bauer, a professor of physics and chemistry, who in 1906 brought electricity to Baker and Baldwin City. Towns of Baldwin City’s size simply didn’t have electricity back then.
‘Disaster week’ to test response to several scenarios
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A3
Late this month, Kansas will be plagued by a series of disasters. It will only be a drill. “The purpose is to test the abilities of hospitals and local health departments to work in coordination with our Homeland Security partners, like law enforcement and emergency management,” said Mike Heideman, spokesman for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Medical campus facing funding challenge
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A3
Policymakers are trying to figure out how to fund Kansas University School of Medicine’s Wichita campus, which trains a large share of the state’s doctors. The Wichita Center for Graduate Medical Education, or WCGME, is a public-private consortium that includes the KU School of Medicine and the state’s two largest hospitals, Via Christi Regional Medical Center and Wesley Medical Center.
Walk Kansas a step toward better health
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A3
An eight-week program that aims to get Kansans in shape begins soon. It’s called Walk Kansas and is sponsored by K-State Research and Extension. Residents are encouraged to form teams of six and walk a total of 423 miles, or the width of Kansas, between March 8 and May 2. Participants are encouraged to get 150 minutes of exercise each week and to tally their consumption of fruits and whole grains.
Fundraiser organizes run, motorcycle ride
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Kansas Education EDS and Support Group is hosting a fundraiser for a rare connective tissue disorder, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. The fundraiser will be both a run and a motorcycle ride. The procession will depart from Almost Home Cafe, 3536 U.S. Highway 24 Road, Grantville, at noon on May 9. Mandatory registration for motorcyclists will start at 11 a.m.
Enough business
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A9
To the editor: In his Feb. 20 Saturday Column, Dolph C. Simons Jr. supports the idea that Congress needs to call attention to not just the chief executives of major banks but their directors as well. Good point. But then, without apparent evidence, he says: “Maybe one of the problems is that most of those serving in Congress have been in the business of politics most of their adult lives. How many congressman have had to meet a payroll or run a business?”
Private life as public obsession
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A9
Are you happy now?? All you eyes pressed to the window staring at the detritus of someone else’s life, all you mouths chattering together like birds on a wire, all you watchers and voyeurs, you Peeping Toms and Thomasinas, you eye spies and inquiring minds that had to know, did you get what you needed, did you see what you wanted? Are you happy now?
New leader of Illinois a different story
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A9
In his first few weeks in office, President Barack Obama has caught very few good breaks. But last week he had one. When he entertained the nation’s governors at his first formal state dinner, he did not have to figure out what to do about Rod Blagojevich.
Notable
The head of the University of Missouri has taken a step designed to aid his system’s budgetary crises.
March 2, 2009 in print edition on A9
In troubled economic times such as those we face right now, a lot of citizens look to people in positions of leadership to, in effect, put their money where their mouth is. One of a number of officials who has been doing that of late is Gary Forsee, the president of the University of Missouri system.
Go with the flow when replacing bathroom faucet
March 2, 2009
If your lavatory faucet is beyond repair, or you just want an updated look, replacing an old bathroom faucet is easier than you think.
Mass Street Chic meets the Spring Fashion Show: Part 2
March 2, 2009
Mass St. Chic columnist Caitlin Donnelly wraps up her take on New York Fashion Week with a focus on what looks will successfully translate to the Sunflower State.
Fashion tries to fight downturn
March 2, 2009
Whether it was the urban warrior, a Stormtrooper, a rebel rock ‘n’ roller or the woman with the corner office as the muse, designers took an aggressive stance with the fall styles previewed at New York Fashion Week.
Four ways to find your muse
March 2, 2009
Jill Elaine Hughes has built a multifaceted writing career in genres ranging from theater to erotic fiction. (Her new book, “Market for Love,” came out recently on Virgin Books under the pen name Jamaica Layne.) We asked Hughes, 34, to help readers turn their writing passions into reams of pages.
Helping one person can improve economy
March 2, 2009
Do you know at least one person who is overwhelmed by financial difficulty? This person might be wrestling with unemployment, too much debt, the threat of foreclosure or loss of other economic resources.
Adjust your schedule to daylight saving time
March 2, 2009
Most people struggle to maintain a healthy sleeping hygiene, says Dr. John Whipple – especially during daylight saving time. Whipple, who is the medical director of Acumen Institute in Lawrence, says a healthy person should head to bed between the hours of 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Causes of bad breath
March 2, 2009
That nasty stench just won’t go away. You’ve brushed and flossed until your gums bleed, swished mouthwash until it stings. But your breath still reeks of last night’s meatloaf or this morning’s maple syrup oatmeal.
Cookbooks for keeps: Some culinary collections just aren’t the same online
March 2, 2009
Don’t ask Rachel Wydeven Oliverius to trade in her collection of cookbooks for their online counterparts. She wouldn’t do it. Wydeven Oliverius, who co-owns Blue Plate Dinners with Lori Johns, wouldn’t dream of giving up her collection of more than 75 cookbooks for online versions.
Something new to try and do: Chimichurri Chicken
March 2, 2009
Lawrence elementary school lunches
March 2, 2009
A run for the money: Lawrence fitness enthusiast launches merchandise business
March 2, 2009
Find your spirit. Those three words serve as inspiration for Marsha Odgers, personally and professionally.
YouTube changes face of music instruction
March 2, 2009
Brian Baggett grows nostalgic when looking back on his career as a musician and guitar instructor. “Back in the day, they use to focus on one piece of music,” says Baggett, a Lawrence resident and jazz guitar instructor for 18 years. “You talk to older guys who say they wore out a record learning every note on it. That’s getting lost with the abundance of information.”
Horoscopes
March 2, 2009
This week’s birthdays: You’ve come a long way, and it’s time to celebrate your wins. There’s a glamour about you as you gather with friends and family this week. Being the center of attention boosts your confidence. Let the high carry you into a new arena. The next 10 weeks show you extending your reach and learning to mingle well among a different set of people. You’ll showcase your talent in May, perhaps in the form of a presentation. Financial means are more abundant in June. A July vacation is divine.
Kid reads: ‘Great Expectations’
March 2, 2009
Few of us grasp the meaning of life during our early years. Our existence, the very factor controlling us, draws its veil to shield us from dark secrets and lessons. However, what happens to one whose life has turned upside down? Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations” illustrates the struggle, disappointment, wrath and jealously of one youthful soul, Pip.
What to ask? Conferences offer face time with teachers
March 2, 2009
When Shala Stevenson heads March 13 to Central Junior High School for parent-teacher conferences, she’ll know what to expect in more ways than one. Thanks to e-mail and the Skyward Family Access program — which allows parents a chance to look at grades and test scores online — she already knows exactly how her daughter Sameah is doing in her eighth-grade courses as well as what each teacher thinks of her daughter as a student.
Library Top 10
March 2, 2009
Here are the top-10 most-requested books at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt., for the week of Feb. 16 to 22.
Not too young to plan ahead: Young workers still encouraged to invest in retirement
March 2, 2009
Holly Garber started selling real estate when she was 18. She also bought her first house then. “That was the beginning of my retirement plan,” says Garber, now 26, who owns her own real estate firm. “My plan was to buy 10 houses by the time I was 30 and use them for rental property.”
Trips to the movie theater aren’t always picture-perfect
March 2, 2009
Atmy grandparents’ funeral service, my dad was asked to share a childhood memory. He recounted a time when his parents had taken him and his five siblings (including two toddlers and a baby) to the drive-in movies to see Fellini’s “La Strada.” My dad sat in the back of the station wagon, reading the subtitles. He was 9 years old.
Head of the school: Chance encounter leads to late career in education
March 2, 2009
“Nearly everyone in my family was a teacher or wanted to be one, but I decided I wanted to do something different,” says Nancy DeGarmo, 56, principal of New York School. She resisted thoughts of becoming a teacher for more than 30 years until a free parking space and a chance encounter changed her mind.
Pet Sounds: Music CD tailored for dogs
March 2, 2009
The English playwright William Congreve wrote, “Music has charms to soothe the savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.” But can music soothe dogs, too? Skip Haynes, of Laurel Canyon Animal Company, says it can.