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Archive for Wednesday, February 3, 2010

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KU vs. Colorado Michael's sporting adventures LMH nurse helps in Haiti Lawrence High vs. Olathe North Lawrence High girls vs. Olathe North Free State vs. Topeka High
Podcasts
Polls
Who was KU's first-half MVP against CU?

Poll results

Response Percent
Cole Aldrich
 
80%
Brady Morningstar
 
8%
Marcus Morris
 
4%
Tyshawn Taylor
 
2%
Other
 
2%
Total 102
Which ESPN color announcer do you like better?

Poll results

Response Percent
Bob Knight
 
66%
Bill Raftery
 
25%
Undecided
 
8%
Total 171
Do you believe Lawrence public schools can cover a $5 million budget deficit without closing schools or laying off teachers?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
64%
Yes
 
29%
Not sure
 
5%
Total 971
How much do you owe in medical bills?

Poll results

Response Percent
Nothing.
 
56%
$101-$500.
 
13%
$1,001-$5,000.
 
13%
$1-$100.
 
6%
$501-$1,000.
 
4%
$5,001-$10,000.
 
4%
Over $10,000.
 
3%
Total 123
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
"Lost" fanatics (from left) Joe Noh, Joel Pfannenstiel, Jacki Becker and Drew James. Save the best for ‘Lost’
February 2, 2010
For those on the outside looking in, what exactly inspires the “Lost” cult following can be a bit mystifying…
6:00 a.m.
K2 is a legal, smokable herbal mixture with chemical properties similar to THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, a Johnson County Sheriff’s deputy said. K3 is a new drug that is legal because its compounds have been altered from what was found in K2. Ban on K2 advances in the House
11:55 a.m., February 2, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on 5A
The Legislature’s march to snuff out K2 continued Tuesday, as the House gave preliminary approval to make illegal the chemicals in the herbal mixture that some say creates a marijuana-like high.
10:00 a.m.
On a mission to help Haiti
February 3, 2010 in print edition on 1A
With only a garden shovel, a man attempted to dig through a giant pile of concrete rubble as the Caribbean sun lowered behind him. For Lawrence Memorial Hospital nurse Karin Feltman, the magnitude of that man’s task was echoed in the kaleidoscope of images she saw throughout Haiti.
2:00 p.m.
The Lawrence Board of Education discussed their study of budgets ideas for the school district Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010. Superintendent Dr. Rick Doll, left,  spoke during the study session meeting. District weighs budget options
February 3, 2010 in print edition on 1A
It was two and a half hours of talk about options for budget cuts in Lawrence schools, including fewer secondary school courses, more students in elementary classes, fewer positions, and even closing some elementary schools.
6:00 p.m.
Sunchokes, raw form before cooking. What do I do with sunchokes: The knobby root provides a ready-to-eat flavor
February 3, 2010 in print edition on 1C
One would think that being the head chef at a successful Lawrence restaurant would mean that Rick Martin would have free rein to use any food he desires when he puts on his chef’s coat…
8:00 p.m.
Kansas forward Xavier Henry pulls up for a shot during warmups before tipoff against Colorado, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010 at the Coors Event Center in Boulder. FINAL: KU escapes with 72-66 overtime win over CU
6:37 p.m., February 3, 2010 Updated 11:24 p.m.
The Jayhawks started overtime with a 7-0 run and held off the Buffaloes from there, surviving a nightmarish 18-for-38 effort from the free-throw line.

All stories

Gill breaks down first recruiting class
February 3, 2010
As expected, the Kansas University football team signed 18 players to its 2010 recruiting class during today’s National Signing Day.
FINAL: KU escapes with 72-66 overtime win over CU
06:37 p.m., February 3, 2010 Updated 11:24 p.m.
The Jayhawks started overtime with a 7-0 run and held off the Buffaloes from there, surviving a nightmarish 18-for-38 effort from the free-throw line.
Without cutting teachers, closing schools, school district only half-way to closing budget deficit
Cuts to fine arts, sports, administration, other areas only add up to $2.5 million
February 3, 2010 in print edition on A1
The painful list of Lawrence school budget cut options — from dropping support staff to after-school music programs and athletic coaches — will only get board members halfway to covering a $5 million deficit.
New legislation in Kansas House would overturn local smoking bans, including Lawrence’s
Bill would implement weak smoking ban statewide, no stronger measures allowed
February 3, 2010 in print edition on A1
Advocates of a statewide ban of smoking in public places, criticized a new bill Wednesday that they said would overturn local anti-smoking ordinances, including the one in Lawrence.
Sporting adventures continue for KU fan with rare lung disease
Wellsville resident Michael Douglas meets basketball heroes in Oklahoma City
February 3, 2010
Wellsville resident Michael Douglas, 11, continues sporting adventures during battle with rare lung disease.
Former legislator McKechnie picked to fill regents slot
Ed McKechnie to fill seat vacated by William Thornton
04:10 p.m., February 3, 2010 Updated 05:37 p.m. in print edition on A3
Gov. Mark Parkinson on Wednesday appointed former legislator Ed McKechnie to the Kansas Board of Regents.
House Speaker O’Neal representing plaintiffs in lawsuit against state over budget bill
03:34 p.m., February 3, 2010 Updated 06:26 p.m. in print edition on A1
Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, who has been a vocal critic of schools suing the state, is serving as an attorney for a number of groups that have filed a lawsuit against the state over a budget bill passed by the Legislature.
Hit-and-run accident victim in serious condition at hospital
February 3, 2010 in print edition on A3
A Lawrence woman injured in a hit-and-run accident Sunday morning was listed in serious condition Wednesday at a Kansas City-area hospital.
Recommendations made to reduce infant mortality in Kansas
01:32 p.m., February 3, 2010 Updated 05:16 p.m. in print edition on A1
Health officials Wednesday issued recommendations aimed at reducing Kansas’ infant mortality rate, which is 20 percent higher than the national rate.
House gives final approval to bill to ban K2
February 3, 2010 in print edition on A4
A bill aimed at stopping the spread of synthetic marijuana won the Kansas House’s approval Wednesday, as legislators move quickly to enact what they believe is the nation’s first ban on altered herbs sometimes known as “K2” or “Spice.”
Convenience store, bus station reopen on Sixth Street
February 3, 2010 in print edition on A4
A Conoco convenience store at Sixth Street and Crestline Drive in Lawrence is back open, once again giving Greyhound Bus passengers a place to wait indoors.
Smashburger plans to open Lawrence location in spring 2010
February 3, 2010 in print edition on B7
Smashburger is bringing its made-to-order burgers, flash-fried vegetables and rosemary-and-garlic-seasoned fries to Lawrence this spring.
CU’s Burks won’t play Wednesday night against KU
February 3, 2010
Colorado freshman guard Alec Burks will not play in Wednesday night’s game against Kansas, CU coach Jeff Bzdelik announced Wednesday.
Lawrence Athletic Club closes east-side location
February 3, 2010 in print edition on B10
Lawrence Athletic Club was turning away customers from its east location Wednesday, after shutting down for undisclosed legal reasons, the owner said.
Statehouse Live: Senate Judiciary Committee recommends approval of resolutions dealing with school lawsuit, 10th amendment
11:18 a.m., February 3, 2010 Updated 11:51 a.m. in print edition on A10
Non-binding measures now go to full Senate
School district’s landscaping bids come in almost 50 percent under budget
February 3, 2010 in print edition on B2
The Lawrence school district doesn’t have to pick and choose pieces of landscaping for the outdoor athletic high school facilities. The board-approved bid is about half of what the board budgeted.
Judge denies subpoena stay for Dodge City reporter
February 3, 2010 in print edition on A10
The Kansas Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a request to stop a subpoena that orders a reporter to testify about sources in a murder investigation. The state Supreme Court issued its one-paragraph ruling after considering the petition by Gatehouse Media Kansas Holdings II and Dodge City Daily Globe reporter Claire O’Brien.
Transportation secretary says Toyota drivers should seek repairs; Lawrence dealer awaiting recall details
10:11 a.m., February 3, 2010 Updated 01:10 p.m. in print edition on A1
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood now says he misspoke when telling owners of recalled Toyotas to stop driving them.
State House committee to consider removing sales tax exemptions for non-profits, religious groups
Process is part of effort to close $400 million budget deficit
February 3, 2010
A Kansas House committee plans to spend two weeks reviewing proposals to eliminate exemptions to the state’s sales tax.
Free State bowlers see results
February 3, 2010 in print edition on B3
The Free State High bowling team received the ultimate compliment after sweeping Kansas City Turner in a dual on Tuesday at Royal Crest Lanes.
County to consider aiding city road work
February 3, 2010 in print edition on A5
Douglas County commissioners todaywill consider providing $277,715 to assist the city in improving 31st Street and Kasold Drive.
City tosses around ideas about trash
February 3, 2010 in print edition on A3
City commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting directed a city-appointed advisory board to begin studying ways to get feedback from the public on new types of trash rates that would charge residents based on how much trash they throw away.
Horoscope for February 3, 2010
February 3, 2010 in print edition on B8
For Wednesday, Feb. 3: You could become overwhelmed quickly by everything that is happening. Even if you don’t understand what is occurring, you will be able to make progress. If you are single, you meet people with ease. Take your time getting to know a new suitor.
Life’s simple seven
February 3, 2010 in print edition on C1
Since February is American Heart Month, this is a perfect time to focus on your heart and learn about the seven simple steps that you can take to start living your best life.
Obama starts useful dialogue
February 3, 2010 in print edition on A9
President Obama was right to converse with congressional Republicans last Friday in Baltimore. Cynics may label it as political theater, but I suspect the public appreciated the give-and-take.
100 years ago: Rugby proposed for KU
February 3, 2010
The board of regents of the university says it wants the game of rugby adopted here even though many believe it is too rough and brutal.
40 years ago: Slowest start for new buildings in 5 years
February 3, 2010
Building in Lawrence in 1970 got off to the worst start in five years. Not since January of 1965 had the permit total fallen as low as the past month’s valuation of $148,300. The slump was attributed to the severe cold early the past month.
Greatest KU games: No. 7
Jacque’s shot shocks Hoosiers
February 3, 2010 in print edition on B1
When 12th-ranked Indiana strolled into Allen Fieldhouse on Dec. 22, 1993, the stage was set for a fantastic showdown between powerhouse programs. Not only did the two schools have great tradition on their sides, but both were ranked in the Top 15 at the time, and both were just a few seasons removed from national championships — KU in 1988, Indiana a year earlier.
On a mission to help Haiti
Nurse sees courage in ravaged country
February 3, 2010 in print edition on A1
With only a garden shovel, a man attempted to dig through a giant pile of concrete rubble as the Caribbean sun lowered behind him. For Lawrence Memorial Hospital nurse Karin Feltman, the magnitude of that man’s task was echoed in the kaleidoscope of images she saw throughout Haiti.
Kansas at home in Boulder
Jayhawks have won 17 of 18 in Boulder
February 3, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s basketball team last Saturday won in Kansas State’s Bramlage Coliseum for the 21st time in 22 seasons. It’s off to another so-called home-away-from-home tonight.
District weighs budget options
Deficit likely to stretch to $5M
February 3, 2010 in print edition on A1
It was two and a half hours of talk about options for budget cuts in Lawrence schools, including fewer secondary school courses, more students in elementary classes, fewer positions, and even closing some elementary schools.
Collins a Wooden candidate
February 3, 2010 in print edition on B1
Heisman Trophy winners generally come from schools that spend much of the season competing for a national title. The Heisman winner is one of 22 players on the field.
Video and notes on KU’s football 2010 recruiting class
February 3, 2010
Today, new Kansas University football coach Turner Gill will introduce his first recruiting class as part of 2010 National Signing Day. Highlighted by four-star prospects Brandon Bourbon (running back) and Keeston Terry (wide receiver), the group is expected to include 18 players.
17 expected to sign with KU football team today
February 3, 2010 in print edition on B1
As recently as a month ago, the state of recruiting within the Kansas University football program was far from ideal.
CU coach sees opportunity
Victory tonight would be biggest of Bzdelik’s career
February 3, 2010 in print edition on B5
Third-year Colorado coach Jeff Bzdelik has the Buffs over the elusive .500 mark (11-10 overall, 2-5 in league) entering today’s 8 p.m. home game against Kansas University. His first two CU teams went 12-20 and 9-22.
10 teams that can win it all: No. 7, BYU
Don’t sleep on Cougars
February 3, 2010 in print edition on B5
BYU boasts impressive statistics and an ultra-productive guard
Seabury falls to University
February 3, 2010 in print edition on B3
Reed Grabill accounted for over half of Seabury Academy’s points Tuesday in a 76-56 boys basketball loss at University Academy. Grabill scored 29, while the rest of the Seahawks combined for 27.
Veritas cruises past Blue Ridge
February 3, 2010 in print edition on B3
Veritas Christian rolled to a 19-point first-quarter lead and never looked back in a 62-34 high school boys basketball victory Tuesday night against Blue Ridge Christian. Nate Scott led the Eagles with 13 points, followed by Ethan Kay with 12 points and Elijah Penny with 11. Veritas totaled 13 assists and 10 steals
Firebirds falter at start
February 3, 2010 in print edition on B1
Chuck Law couldn’t help but toss in a little sarcasm Tuesday night.
Tough lesson: Lions gain experience in 2OT loss
February 3, 2010 in print edition on B1
The lessons continue to come fast and furious for the young and improving Lawrence High boys basketball team, which fell to Olathe North, 92-86, in a thrilling, double-overtime game Tuesday at O-North.
Gill to greet fans at Oread Hotel tonight
February 3, 2010
Kansas University football coach Turner Gill will be at the Oread Hotel (12th Street between Indiana and Louisiana streets) this evening to showcase the program’s new signing class and meet with fans.
Intelligence: Al-Qaida likely to attempt attack
February 3, 2010 in print edition on A2
Al-Qaida can be expected to attempt an attack on the United States in the next three to six months, senior U.S. intelligence officials told Congress Tuesday.
Ahmadinejad proposes prisoner swap for hikers
February 3, 2010 in print edition on A2
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday proposed a swap of Iranians in U.S. prisons for three American hikers being held in Tehran.
Court: Sentence too lenient for terrorist
February 3, 2010 in print edition on A2
A federal appeals court says a 22-year prison sentence is too lenient for an al-Qaida-trained terrorist convicted of plotting to bomb Los Angeles International Airport at the turn of the millennium.
Report linking autism to vaccine retracted by medical journal
February 3, 2010 in print edition on A2
Twelve years after Dr. Andrew Wakefield published his research in the international medical journal the Lancet purporting that the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine causes autism, the journal on Tuesday formally retracted the paper.
Democrats plan jobs bill offering tax credit for hiring
February 3, 2010 in print edition on A2
Scuffling over jobs and taxes, congressional Democrats began refining their election-year jobs package Tuesday in a challenge to Republicans to balance their party’s complaints about big spending with action to help unemployed Americans.
Pump patrol
February 3, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.37 at several stations.
Web site expands ‘classified’ information
February 3, 2010 in print edition on A3
Advertising in Journal-World classifieds still carries the familiar length limits, scheduling rules and payment procedures.
Lift military ban on gays, U.S. defense officials say
February 3, 2010 in print edition on A1
It’s time to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and allow gay troops to serve openly for the first time in history, the nation’s top defense officials declared Tuesday, with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff proclaiming that service members should not be forced to “lie about who they are.”
A generous world’s aid backed up, facing bottlenecks
February 3, 2010 in print edition on A6
A generous world has flooded Haiti with donations, but anger and desperation are mounting as the aid stacks up inside this broken country.
Study: Child abuse down
February 3, 2010 in print edition on A6
A massive new federal study documents an unprecedented and dramatic decrease in incidents of serious child abuse, especially sexual abuse. Experts hailed the findings as proof that crackdowns and public awareness campaigns had made headway.
Casino developer opposes changing gambling laws
February 3, 2010 in print edition on B10
Developers of a casino in Kansas City have asked legislators not to change the rules governing gambling in Kansas to benefit a potential competitor to the detriment of their $386 million project.
Punxsutawney Phil tries out texting
February 3, 2010 in print edition on A2
Punxsutawney Phil might be an expert at shadow spotting, but texting? Not so much.
Palin coming to speak in Wichita in May
February 3, 2010 in print edition on B10
Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is scheduled to speak at a fundraiser in May in Wichita.
Color of Money: Obama’s middle-class overtures are weak
February 3, 2010 in print edition on B9
In reaching out to the middle class in advance of his State of the Union address, President Obama issued what looks to me like some fairly modest proposals.
Woman who shot Tiller warns of violence
February 3, 2010 in print edition on B10
The woman who shot and wounded Dr. George Tiller in 1993 has warned that abortion providers will “continue to be stopped,” despite a Kansas jury’s first-degree murder conviction of the doctor’s confessed killer.
Theft of computers, TV reported
February 3, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 31-year-old Lawrence woman on Sunday reported a burglary, criminal damage and felony theft.
Oscars go big and small with ‘Avatar,’ ‘Hurt Locker’
February 3, 2010 in print edition on B8
“Avatar” is a dreamy space fantasy that has made more money than any movie in history. “The Hurt Locker” is a ground-level dose of war-on-terror reality and one of the lowest-grossing best-picture contenders ever.
Snip, snip here, snip, snip there …
February 3, 2010 in print edition on B8
It’s been some time since Bravo lost “Project Runway,” but the series remains the network’s most influential show.
Militants floating bombs toward Israel
February 3, 2010 in print edition on C8
Palestinian militants said Tuesday they had launched a large number of floating explosives into the Mediterranean Sea to avenge the death of a top Hamas commander, a day after two bomb-laden barrels washed up on Israel’s coastline.
Taliban refuse to prove leader survived strike
February 3, 2010 in print edition on C8
Pakistani Taliban refused Tuesday to provide proof their leader survived a U.S. missile attack, just one day after promising to do just that.
Saudis want Taliban to expel bin Laden
February 3, 2010 in print edition on C8
Saudi Arabia said during a visit by Afghan President Hamid Karzai Tuesday that it will not get involved in peacemaking in Afghanistan unless the Taliban stops providing shelter and severs all ties with Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida movement.
Twitter, Facebook popular with gang members
February 3, 2010 in print edition on C8
When a gang member was released from jail soon after his arrest for selling methamphetamine, friends and associates assumed he had cut a deal with authorities and become a police informant.
Good signs in housing market boost stocks
February 3, 2010 in print edition on B9
Signs of strength in the housing market pushed the Dow Jones industrial average to its second straight gain of more than 100 points.
Sony trumps Oscar season with 18 nods
February 3, 2010 in print edition on B9
Sony Pictures emerged as the biggest winner of Oscar nominations this year, reaping 18, the most it has scored in many years, if not ever.
Obama banking plan complicates bill
February 3, 2010 in print edition on B9
The Obama administration’s stepped-up demand for tougher restrictions and new taxes on big banks is complicating Senate efforts to write a bipartisan financial regulation overhaul, even drawing a sharp rebuke from a top presidential ally in the Senate.
Commodities
February 3, 2010 in print edition on B9
Agriculture futures rose Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.
Clean up on the best washers and dryers
February 3, 2010 in print edition on B9
If it seems you’re always doing laundry, join the club. But here’s a real brightener: The price of many washers has dropped by as much as 33 percent compared with a year ago, according to Consumer Reports.
Most U.S. auto sales rise in Jan.
Toyota trips over safety fears
February 3, 2010 in print edition on B9
Toyota’s auto sales fell 16 percent in January, a month when it recalled millions of vehicles and halted sales of several models. Most other automakers reported higher sales and looked for opportunities to snatch sales from the troubled Japanese automaker.
Show of compassion
Physicians should be able to express sorrow without having it used against them in court.
February 3, 2010 in print edition on A8
Apparently, there’s a fine line between compassion and self-incrimination. Kansas legislators are trying to help the state’s physicians negotiate that line with a measure that is being referred to as the “I’m sorry” bill. The goal of the legislation is to allow a physician to show simple compassion by expressing sorrow to a patient or family without that expression being used in court as some admission of wrongdoing.
Universities have key role in job creation
February 3, 2010
With reason, countless Americans are fixated on the number 10, the percentage of unemployed family members, friends, neighbors and acquaintances who are without work and a predictable future. More than a few have lost hope and others fear the possibility of a jobless recovery.
Obama puts country over politics
February 3, 2010 in print edition on A8
“Come now, let us reason together …” — Isaiah 1:18 A few words about that important speech President Obama gave last week. No, not “that” important speech, the other one.
Factual sources?
February 3, 2010 in print edition on A9
What are the facts? Occasionally, writers have expressed views in articles appearing in the Opinion section of the Journal-World relating to health care efficiency and cost in the United States vs. unidentified other countries.
Buying votes
February 3, 2010 in print edition on A9
Letting corporations “buy” our elections will be the end of democracy, the end of our freedoms, the end of our financial stability and the ruin of our environment.
Bad precedent
February 3, 2010 in print edition on A9
There have been letters on this page assailing the recent Supreme Court decision cutting back the power of the Federal Election Commission over campaign finance. The First Amendment prohibits interference with speech.
Not a choice
February 3, 2010 in print edition on A9
Jon Stewart, (“A tidal wave of diabetes,” Journal-World, Jan. 31) informs us that this diabetes “epidemic is born largely out of choices people make.”
What do I do with sunchokes: The knobby root provides a ready-to-eat flavor
February 3, 2010 in print edition on C1
One would think that being the head chef at a successful Lawrence restaurant would mean that Rick Martin would have free rein to use any food he desires when he puts on his chef’s coat…
25 years ago: New trial requested for 80-year-old’s murder
February 3, 2010
The attorney for Donald E. Alexander, convicted of first-degree murder, rape and aggravated battery, filed motions asking his client be acquitted or granted a new trial. Attorney Wes Norwood cited alleged irregularities in the conviction for the beating death of 80-year-old Marguerite Vinyard of Lawrence.