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The day in photos, February 7, 2010 Save our Schools march Chad Lawhorn helps the city
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12:00 a.m.
Leonard Pitts Jr., a nationally syndicated and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Miami Herald, talks with those gathered Friday at KU's Woodruff Auditorium. Pitts was presented with the 2010 William Allen White Foundation National Citation. Pitts tells Lawrence audience that pursuing facts must be the basis of forming opinions
February 5, 2010 in print edition on 1B
Nationally syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts told a Kansas University audience the importance of pursuing truth on Friday.
6:00 a.m.
Kansas forward Marcus Morris goes for a rebound over Nebraska defenders Brandon Richardson, Christian Standhardinger and Lance Jeter in the first half, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. Marcus Morris old reliable again
February 7, 2010 in print edition on 1C
The only consistent thing about most young men living the college life is that they behave inconsistently.
10:00 a.m.
Journal-World reporter Chad Lawhorn got first-hand experience Tuesday helping city sanitation workers do their routes in Lawrence. Walking in a sanitation worker’s shoes
February 7, 2010 in print edition on 1A
In the fraternity of Lawrence trash truck crews, it is known as the dog feces story.
2:00 p.m.
A group of girls leads a march, organized by Save Our Neighborhood Schools, on Saturday from Liberty Hall, 644 Mass., down Massachusetts Street. Hundreds of students and parents turned out to protest the Lawrence school board’s consideration of closing some elementary schools to close a budget shortfall. Hundreds rally to keep schools open
February 7, 2010 in print edition on 1A
The chant “Save Our Schools” rang through downtown Lawrence on Saturday afternoon as a crowd of protesters spanning two city blocks marched along Massachusetts Street.
6:00 p.m.
Isaac Ward, Bishop Seabury Academy eighth-grader, wins first place at the Douglas County Spelling Bee on Saturday. Seabury student bee champ 3rd year in a row
February 6, 2010 in print edition on 1B
With the word “squalor,” Isaac Ward had a clean win for his third and final title as Douglas County Spelling Bee champion.

All stories

Tickled Pink
McCray cheers KU past ‘Cats
03:12 p.m., February 7, 2010 Updated 05:19 p.m. in print edition on B1
In its first game without Danielle McCray, the Kansas University women’s basketball team edged Kansas State, 70-60, on Sunday in Allen Fieldhouse.
Walking in a sanitation worker’s shoes
February 7, 2010 in print edition on A1
In the fraternity of Lawrence trash truck crews, it is known as the dog feces story.
Study shows more Americans staying put
February 7, 2010 in print edition on A7
Christy Nameche moved with her family to Kendall County, Ill., in 2007, joining thousands of other hope-filled newcomers who made the county No. 1 in population growth in the nation that year.
‘Tea party’ is Palin’s people
February 7, 2010 in print edition on A7
Sarah Palin declared “America is ready for another revolution” and repeatedly assailed President Barack Obama on Saturday before adoring “tea party” activists, a seemingly natural constituency should she run for president.
No ‘I’ in team: Study suggests saying ‘we’ strengthens marriage
February 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
Micki Sievwright has a new set of wheels that her husband constantly refers to as “my truck.” The same goes for their apartment and the backyard grill.
Japan balks at $2B bill to host U.S. troops
February 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
In a country where land is a precious commodity, many U.S. bases in Japan boast golf courses, football fields and giant shopping malls whose food courts offer everything from Taco Bell to Subway and Starbucks.
Withey gives Jayhawks early lift
February 7, 2010 in print edition on C4
Kansas center Cole Aldrich says he sees a little bit of himself in teammate Jeff Withey.
Gary Bedore’s Kansas basketball notebook
February 7, 2010 in print edition on C4
Kansas University’s basketball team had a so-so week, claiming an overtime victory at Colorado on Wednesday and 75-64 decision over Nebraska on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse.
KU track earns eight medals
February 7, 2010 in print edition on C3
Kansas University captured the win in the women’s 4x400-meter relay, while seven other members of the track and field team earned a spot on the podium Saturday at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational.
Squirrels scarce at scramble
February 7, 2010 in print edition on C10
When Aaron Kaser and his two stepsons, Christjen, 9, and Hunter Schmidt, 8, signed up to participate in some squirrel hunting, he wanted to spend some time doing things dads and sons do.
Americans opting for cheaper spirits
February 7, 2010 in print edition on C8
Americans’ love affair with top-shelf booze cooled last year as the recession took a toll on high-priced tipples.
Exhibit chronicles era of school segregation
February 7, 2010 in print edition on B4
The ugly history of school segregation in Wichita is the focus of a newly opened exhibit.
City commission agenda for Feb. 9
Planned complex requires rezoning
February 7, 2010 in print edition on B4
The city commission agenda for February 9, 2010.
Until politicians shape up, we should all be independents
February 7, 2010 in print edition on B7
The ongoing attempt to cobble together a health care bill has given us a priceless opportunity to see government in action. It was a “teachable moment,” as the president likes to say. The lesson in this case was that politicians are inherently incapable of reforming anything.
Time ‘Bomb’: Garry Wills’ new book claims Congress and the courts have become immaterial
February 7, 2010 in print edition on D3
It’s time we revised our eighth-grade social studies textbooks. America has no presidency any longer, but a monarchy.
Hundreds rally to keep schools open
February 7, 2010 in print edition on A1
The chant “Save Our Schools” rang through downtown Lawrence on Saturday afternoon as a crowd of protesters spanning two city blocks marched along Massachusetts Street.
KU football fields new ticket prices, locations
February 7, 2010 in print edition on A1
One new coach. Eighteen incoming signees. Three thousand new seats still planned by the end of this year.
Saints America’s Team
February 7, 2010
For one game, the Saints were America’s Team — champions, too, after a 31-17 victory over the Colts on Sunday night.
Aints no more: Saints stun Colts, 31-17
February 7, 2010
The New Orleans Saints, for decades the NFL’s lovable losers, used the biggest stage Sunday to answer the question their fans have been asking for 43 years. Who Dat think they gonna beat them Saints? The answer: nobody.
100 years ago: Haskell to remain Indian school
February 7, 2010 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 7, 1910: “From Washington comes news that Haskell Institute probably will be retained by the government as an Indian school.
Heartbroken Jayhawks to face Wildcats Sunday
February 7, 2010 in print edition on C1
Fate has dealt Kansas University’s women’s basketball players a bad hand. First the Jayhawks lost starting point guard Angel Goodrich to an anterior cruciate ligament injury in January. And now leading scorer Danielle McCray has been hit with a similar affliction.
40 years ago: 2nd man placed on probation following assault of officer
February 7, 2010
A second 20-year-old man was placed on probation following an assault on a local police officer. There had been several such instances of late and the source of the animosity was being sought by officials.
25 years ago: Funding sought for Lecompton interchange
February 7, 2010 in print edition on B6
The Chamber of Commerce asked county officials to finance a $15,000 study of a proposed new Kansas Turnpike interchange in the Lecompton area. A plan that called for a south bypass around Lawrence was not presented at the time.
Writers’ block: County inmates work through emotions in poetry class
February 7, 2010 in print edition on D1
They file into the classroom wearing uniforms of orange, blue and white. It’s 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon, time for the men’s poetry class, one of the most popular programs at Douglas County Jail…
Horoscope for February 7, 2010
February 7, 2010 in print edition on B5
This year, you must not lose your focus. You are capable of creating new realities and making what you want occur. However, others will distract you. Your finances could be subject to wild swings up and down. If you are single, you can meet Mr. or Ms. Right. However, don’t jump into anything. If you are attached, work on making a mutual goal a reality. Sagittarius points the way.
Shiite militants kidnap American
February 7, 2010 in print edition on A8
A missing Iraqi-American contractor was kidnapped by Shiite militiamen who lured him into central Baghdad by promising to help him find distant relatives, an Iraqi defense official said Saturday.
Teenage Spanish matador kills 6 bulls
February 7, 2010 in print edition on A8
A 16-year-old Spanish matador killed six bulls in one afternoon Saturday, pulling off a feat normally attempted only by seasoned veterans and winning trophies for his skill — ears from animals he had just slain.
Frustrated job seekers calling it quits
Unemployed workers deciding to return to school, start own businesses
February 7, 2010 in print edition on A4
Many jobless people have reached a conclusion that captures the depth of the unemployment crisis: Looking for a job is a waste of time.
Obama seeks to rally glum Dems
President, GOP sparring over job proposals
February 7, 2010 in print edition on A4
Just a year after celebrating Barack Obama’s inauguration, despondent Democrats on Saturday heard from their party leader who urged optimism in the face of Republicans’ strong challenge to their congressional dominance.
Mudslides sweep away cars, assault Calif. homes
February 7, 2010 in print edition on A7
Thunderous mudslides damaged dozens of homes, swept away cars and pushed furniture into the streets of the foothills north of Los Angeles on Saturday as intense winter rain poured down mountains denuded by a summer wildfire.
‘Snowmageddon’ buries Mid-Atlantic under white
February 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
Skiers lapped the Reflecting Pool along the National Mall; others used the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for a slope.
Officials dismiss Iran nuclear proposal
February 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
Western powers pressured Tehran on Saturday to commit to a proposal designed to dispel concerns about its nuclear program, dismissing conciliatory comments from Iranian officials as mere rhetoric meant to forestall new sanctions.
Missionary held in N. Korea arrives in U.S.
February 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
An American missionary who strode illegally into North Korea on Christmas Day and was detained by the communist regime for 43 days was welcomed back Saturday evening to the United States in an emotional reunion with family members at Los Angeles International Airport.
Whalers, activists clash again off Antarctica
February 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
Anti-whaling ship the Bob Barker and a Japanese harpoon boat collided in icy Antarctic waters in the second major clash this year in increasingly aggressive confrontations between conservationists and the whaling fleet.
Authorities: 2 planes collide; 3 die
February 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
A small plane clipped the towline of another plane pulling a glider Saturday, sparking a fiery midair crash in Colorado and killing three people, authorities said.
Lt. gov. replaces Nagin as New Orleans mayor
February 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
Frustrated by term-limited Mayor Ray Nagin’s leadership of New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina, voters elected Louisiana Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu to succeed him Saturday, turning to a political scion to speed up the city’s recovery.
Behind the Lens: Three functions control camera exposure
February 7, 2010 in print edition on D2
For the next few columns I’m going to cover some camera basics geared for beginners or those not always familiar with the settings on their cameras…
Poet’s Showcase: ‘Renewable’
February 7, 2010 in print edition on D3
The drawers were stuffed, boxes,envelopes, recipe books old, and even older.Across the pages were her notes,scribbled in ink, pencil,even a purple crayon.
Playwrights tap their memories of theater
February 7, 2010 in print edition on D3
Theater can be a transformative experience, particularly for those who choose it as a career.
Marcus Morris old reliable again
February 7, 2010 in print edition on C1
The only consistent thing about most young men living the college life is that they behave inconsistently.
Relief supplies in shipping limbo
February 7, 2010 in print edition on A9
Cases of bottled water and cardboard boxes full of blue jeans, diapers and cans of tuna are piled several feet high in Ruth Estriplet’s living room.
Haitian women become crime targets after quake
February 7, 2010 in print edition on A9
Bernice Chamblain keeps a machete under her frayed mattress to ward off sexual predators and one leg wrapped around a bag of rice to stop nighttime thieves from stealing her daughters’ food.
Fanning the flames
Fired-up Collins sparks Jayhawks
February 7, 2010 in print edition on C1
Kansas University point guard Sherron Collins received a batch of phone calls and text messages from family members and friends all day Saturday.
OU stuns slumping UT
February 7, 2010 in print edition on C7
Scores from Saturday’s Big 12 men’s basketball games.
Manning best? You bet
February 7, 2010 in print edition on C6
Is Peyton Manning the greatest quarterback of all time? Or will he be?
Foul disparity frustrates head Husker
February 7, 2010 in print edition on C5
Doc Sadler — apparently well versed in the rules and expectations of the Big 12 Conference — had little interest in criticizing the officiating following his team’s 75-64 loss to Kansas University on Saturday.
2 LHS wrestlers medal
February 7, 2010 in print edition on C3
The Lawrence High wrestling team earned two medals on Saturday at the Rose Hill Invitational.
Veritas girls fall
February 7, 2010 in print edition on C3
The Veritas Christian girls basketball team fell to Flint Hills Christian, 40-29, on Saturday.
Veritas boys triumph
February 7, 2010 in print edition on C3
Elijah Penny scored 15 points to lead the Veritas Christian boys basketball team to a 33-15 victory over Flint Hills Christian on Saturday.
Haskell women win
February 7, 2010 in print edition on C3
Maria Parker scored 18 points and Haskell Indian Nations University defeated York (Neb.) College, 62-40, in women’s basketball action on Saturday.
Jayhawk swimmers top Cyclones in final Big 12 dual
February 7, 2010 in print edition on C3
The Kansas University swimming and diving team won four of eight events on the second day of competition to defeat Iowa State, 164-136, Saturday.
KU’s Bonds wins mile
February 7, 2010 in print edition on C3
Kansas University senior Lauren Bonds was the first to cross the finish line in the mile at the Meyo Invitational Saturday, as the senior from Hutchinson beat 60 other competitors in the event with a season-best time of 4:44.09.
FSHS earns bragging rights
Firebirds finish 6th, Lions 7th at Sunflower League swimming meet
February 7, 2010 in print edition on C3
Although neither team posed much of a threat to Sunflower League champion Shawnee Mission East, the Free State and Lawrence High boys swimming teams waged quite a war between themselves at the league finals on Saturday at Prairie Trail Junior High in Olathe.
Rice, Smith among seven elected to Hall of Fame
February 7, 2010 in print edition on C2
All-time greats Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith led a class of seven into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Super showdown awaits
Manning’s Colts 51⁄2 -point favorites over rejuvenated Saints
February 7, 2010 in print edition on C1
Hoosiers and Who Dats. And, oh yes, the two best teams in the NFL also happen to be on hand for today’s Super Bowl.
Model railroad club preparing for show
February 7, 2010 in print edition on C10
Lawrence Model Railroad Club is looking for contestants to enter this year’s model train show.
Toyota drivers pull in for repair
Prius reportedly recalled in Japan
February 7, 2010 in print edition on A8
Responding to two recalls and facing the prospect of another one, Toyota dealers across the country were repairing thousands of cars Saturday, the first weekend day that many drivers had a chance to take action.
Mortgages
February 7, 2010 in print edition on C8
The Douglas County register of deeds recorded 51 mortgages in the weekly period ended Thursday. Breakdown by dollar value:
Bankruptcies
February 7, 2010 in print edition on C8
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection during the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records:
$2.5M Super Bowl ad meant to help census
February 7, 2010 in print edition on C8
Faced with record levels of red ink into the foreseeable future, Washington is spending $2.5 million to create buzz for the census — by advertising during the Super Bowl.
Around and about in local business
February 7, 2010 in print edition on C8
Local business news for February 7, 2010.
School vision
February 7, 2010 in print edition on B7
The number crunchers have been talking about how much money could be saved per student if Cordley and New York elementary schools were closed. How about the economic impact to our fair city? We are constantly trying to attract new businesses. Are we going to tell them that the neighborhoods with the most affordable housing no longer have neighborhood schools due to a lack of long-term vision by our school board?
The big race
February 7, 2010 in print edition on B6
It’s not about efficiency; it’s about winning. That’s the strategy with top fuel racing. Burning fuel at 100 gallons per minute wins the race. You could drop a Prius drivetrain into your dragster and dramatically improve efficiency, but you’d lose.
De Soto school hooks worms into sustainable class services
Students cut down on waste through cafeteria composters
February 7, 2010 in print edition on B1
Slimy, slithering worms recently took over Starside Elementary School, and students have welcomed them with open palms.
Wheel Genius: Road work planned during this week
February 7, 2010 in print edition on B4
Road work scheduled for the week of February 7, 2010.
Man gets life term in 1998 slaying of boy
February 7, 2010 in print edition on B3
A man has been sentenced to life plus 59 months in the 1998 drive-by killing of an 8-year-old Wichita boy.
Free state High School honor roll
February 7, 2010 in print edition on B2
Free State High School has announced its first semester 2009-10 honor rolls.
Passion for firearms inspires woman leading rifle group
February 7, 2010 in print edition on B1
Patricia Stoneking’s life path seems to have taken a natural flow.
Dentist fixes injured eagle’s broken beak
February 7, 2010 in print edition on A3
An Alaska dentist has given a bald eagle a unique beak — using a temporary crown, sticky poster putty and yellow highlighter.
Heavy snowfall likely tonight
4 inches to 8 inches of precipitation expected
February 7, 2010 in print edition on A1
Winter in Lawrence took a break Saturday, but it’ll be back before the weekend’s over.
Desperate Haiti
February 7, 2010 in print edition on B7
In defense of the 10 American missionaries accused of kidnapping children in Haiti, I would like to state the following. As director emeritus of Kansas University’s Institute of Haitian Studies, I speak from experience of some 50 years in Haiti, with stays of from three weeks to six months.
Winter storm warning canceled; snow still likely
Douglas, surrounding counties included in advisory
12:00 a.m., February 7, 2010 Updated 11:58 a.m.
The National Weather Service has canceled a winter storm warning for Douglas County and surrounding counties, but an advisory is still in effect for Sunday evening through 6 p.m. Monday.
Blacks in military an enduring paradox
February 7, 2010 in print edition on B6
It is the enduring paradox of our centuries here. It is the paradox that stood its ground at Bunker Hill, paradox that made a doomed charge on Fort Wagner, paradox that stormed San Juan Hill, advanced through the Meuse-Argonne, landed on Iwo Jima, liberated Seoul and was taken prisoner in Hanoi.
In the trenches
While they’re waiting for new revenue estimates, legislators might take time to get a first-hand look at the school budgets in their communities.
February 7, 2010 in print edition on B6
Gov. Mark Parkinson said Thursday that once legislators plug the holes in the current year’s budget, there’s not a lot for them to do until April. That’s when the state’s budget experts will deliver an updated estimate of how much revenue they expect the state to collect in the fiscal year that starts July 1.
No love lost on U.S. economy
February 7, 2010 in print edition on B6
Pay attention carefully, but above all, pay attention quickly. This month we’re finally talking economics. Maybe that’s because this is the shortest month of the year. It’s also the month that includes Valentine’s Day, so full of romance and hope, and the release of the president’s federal budget proposal, so full of sobriety and despair.
Prune fruit trees now to improve summer crop
February 7, 2010 in print edition on B8
The apple tree in the backyard really needs some attention, and despite the cold, late winter is the best time to give your fruit trees a little tender loving care…
Furniture names sometimes misleading
February 7, 2010 in print edition on B8
Furniture names often are confusing.
Boomer Girl Diary: Sleep numbers don’t add up with this family
February 7, 2010 in print edition on D1
am sitting on the end of my living room sofa, unable to move.
Jest for Grins: Valentine’s Day brightens February’s gray days
February 7, 2010 in print edition on D2
Ah, February, the month of freezing temperatures, gray days, heavy snowfalls … and LOVE.