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Archive for Sunday, January 3, 2010

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12:00 a.m.
Mark Grinstead is among the employees at the Lawrence Humane Society who are carrying concealed weapons on the job. The shelter is the only one in the state that investigates all cruelty and neglect cases in its county, and workers occasionally encounter disgruntled people who have threatened workers’ safety. Humane Society workers now armed
January 2, 2010 in print edition on 3A
Workers at the Lawrence Humane Society have started carrying concealed guns to work, and they say it’s for a very good reason.
6:00 a.m.
Kansas guard Sherron Collins charges up the court after stripping the ball from Temple guard Juan Fernandez during the first half, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010 at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pa. Collins, Aldrich still key for Kansas
January 3, 2010 in print edition on 1C
Now that looked like the No. 1 team in the nation that tore into the Liacouras Center and blitzed Temple, ranked 18th, 84-52, Saturday evening.
10:00 a.m.
Steve Lowe, from left, and Ron May spot Zach Marrs as Marrs does a series of squats with more than 360 pounds. Marrs is co-owner of Olympic Iron Gym, 520 E. 22nd Terrace, where several competitive weightlifters work out. Old-school gym offers life lessons, along with serious muscle-building
January 3, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Ron May talks about the old days as his voice competes with the clanking of heavy iron on weight bars and heavy metal on a speaker system.
2:00 p.m.
The dome of the Kansas Statehouse in downtown Topeka is reflected off the windows of a nearby building. State forecast gloomy for 2010
January 3, 2010 in print edition on 1A
When the 2009 legislative session started last January, state officials knew the Kansas economy was falling, but they didn’t know it would tank.
6:00 p.m.
Forbes steps up to the soda fountain on her second visit Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009. She admits that she knows all the shift workers at the Hillcrest BP gas station, 914 Iowa, by name. Change of habit: Advice to make your resolutions stick
January 3, 2010 in print edition on 1D
At their core, most new year’s resolutions are about breaking bad habits and replacing them with better ones. Out with the old unhealthy behaviors; in with the new and improved…

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KU women falter at New Mexico State
Former Longhorn Boyd leads Aggies with 25 points
January 3, 2010
Crystal Boyd scored 25 points to lead New Mexico State to a 61-60 upset of No. 21 Kansas on Sunday.
Gardening trends for the New Year
Expect tropicals, edibles and gadgets in 2010
January 3, 2010 in print edition on D8
Every January, in addition to visiting garden centers just to smell the fresh air, I start looking for hot new items…
Roads partly snowpacked; Snow flurries to continue overnight
Temperature expected to drop to 1 degree overnight
12:00 a.m., January 3, 2010 Updated 05:44 p.m. in print edition on A1
The brunt of Sunday’s snow has passed northeast Kansas, but the National Weather Service projects flurries to continue through the night with temperatures dropping to 1 degree.
Lawrence residents jump into health app market
January 3, 2010
Dr. David Dunlap’s venture is part of a burgeoning trend in medical mobile apps, known in the health care industry as “mHealth.”
Oh, Brother!
KU twins win big in return home
January 3, 2010 in print edition on C1
Marcus and Markieff Morris completed a brief on-court interview with ESPN2’s Len Elmore Saturday night in Liacouras Center, then raced over to their own 50-person cheering section behind the Kansas University basketball bench.
Retooled Aggies next test for Kansas women
January 3, 2010 in print edition on C1
Danielle McCray and her Kansas University basketball teammates will finish the nonconference portion of their schedule today against the Aggies.
People in the news
January 3, 2010 in print edition on D5
People in the news for January 3, 2010.
2010 election situation worsens for Democrats
January 3, 2010 in print edition on A5
An already difficult situation for Democrats in Congress is worsening as the 2010 political season opens.
Lessons of a weekend of free health care
Nonprofit group offers help to the uninsured through the desperate
January 3, 2010 in print edition on A4
The two-hour drive is done, but Hannah and Jack Hurst leave the Honda’s engine running.
Obama says suspect in airliner bomb plot linked to al-Qaida
January 3, 2010 in print edition on A2
An al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen apparently ordered the Christmas Day plot against a U.S. airliner, training and arming the 23-year-old Nigerian man accused in the failed bombing, President Barack Obama said Saturday.
Broncos need help, win over Chiefs
January 3, 2010 in print edition on C2
Things have gotten so bad for the Denver Broncos that they’re starting to point fingers — at themselves.
2 charged in use of dead woman’s credit
January 3, 2010 in print edition on B8
Two people have been charged with using a credit card of a woman whose frozen body was found in a car outside a northeast Kansas hospital.
Woolgatherers ponder worst case scenarios
January 3, 2010 in print edition on B7
It’s not uncommon when driving across Kansas to come upon a sign outside some small town proclaiming, “Home of Someone You’ve Never Heard of” or “Girls Class C Volleyball Champions 1954.” Why is there no sign outside Lawrence announcing, “Woolgathering Capital of the World?”
Hunter, wife stay sharp with bows
January 3, 2010 in print edition on B5
Tom McGee is a procrastinator, and the evidence is in his living room.
Old-school gym offers life lessons, along with serious muscle-building
January 3, 2010 in print edition on A1
Ron May talks about the old days as his voice competes with the clanking of heavy iron on weight bars and heavy metal on a speaker system.
Kansas ranks high on U.S. religious index
January 3, 2010 in print edition on B1
How religious are Kansans?
Change of habit: Advice to make your resolutions stick
January 3, 2010 in print edition on D1
At their core, most new year’s resolutions are about breaking bad habits and replacing them with better ones. Out with the old unhealthy behaviors; in with the new and improved…
Behind the Lens: Seeking plethora of photo submissions
January 3, 2010 in print edition on D2
I’m looking for ideas for subjects to discuss or techniques to illustrate. Whatever your interest, we want to provide answers or insight to your questions and help you become a better photographer…
What would grandma do? Self-help from your grandmother
January 3, 2010 in print edition on D4
It all started with a terrible pie.
Picasso, Rousseau works stolen
January 3, 2010 in print edition on E8
About 30 works of art, including paintings by Pablo Picasso and Henri Rousseau, have been stolen from the home of a private collector in southern France, police said Saturday.
Afghan parliament rejects Cabinet list
January 3, 2010 in print edition on A7
A chastened President Hamid Karzai must submit new Cabinet picks after defiant lawmakers rejected 17 of his 24 nominees Saturday, including a powerful warlord and the country’s only woman minister.
Survivor of 1906 quake dies at age 107
January 3, 2010 in print edition on A6
Jeanette Scola Trapani, one of the oldest survivors of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, has died at age 107.
Police: Driver passes out; meth lab in back
January 3, 2010 in print edition on A6
Police say a driver passed out in his car at a Tennessee gas station while a batch of methamphetamine was cooking in the back seat.
Pinball wizard: Collector dreams of opening museum
Landscaper owns 867 machines
January 3, 2010 in print edition on A6
David Silverman has 867 pinball machines and a $2 million dream.
Supreme Court saves toughest cases for 2nd half
January 3, 2010 in print edition on A5
The Supreme Court entered its holiday intermission with the starkest drama put off until the second act.
Cities, counties take back tax breaks
January 3, 2010 in print edition on A4
Cash-strapped communities have a message for corporations that promised jobs in return for tax breaks: A deal’s a deal.
Looking to get rich? Try yellow undies
January 3, 2010 in print edition on A2
A visitor here might be confused when suddenly, at the end of December, there appears in street stalls and market bins a mountain of underwear for sale.
Pastor takes in $2.4M after plea for donations
January 3, 2010 in print edition on A2
Evangelical pastor Rick Warren’s plea for donations to fill a $900,000 deficit at his Southern California megachurch brought in $2.4 million, Warren announced to cheers during a sermon at the church on Saturday.
Alleged drug lord captured by police
January 3, 2010 in print edition on A2
Mexican police have captured alleged drug lord Carlos Beltran Leyva, just two week after his even more powerful brother was killed in a shootout with troops — back-to-back victories in President Felipe Calderon’s drug war.
Hopes fade in hunt for mudslide survivors
At least 64 dead in S.E. Brazil
January 3, 2010 in print edition on A7
Firefighters using heavy machinery, shovels and bare hands dug for survivors Saturday but only found corpses under a mountain of red earth and crushed lodgings — the worst of a spate of mudslides and floods that killed at least 64 people in southeastern Brazil.
Country says it will make own nuclear fuel
January 3, 2010 in print edition on A2
Iran set a one-month deadline Saturday for the West to accept its counterproposal to a U.N.-drafted nuclear plan and warned that otherwise it will produce reactor fuel at a higher level of enrichment on its own.
Collins, Aldrich still key for Kansas
January 3, 2010 in print edition on C1
Now that looked like the No. 1 team in the nation that tore into the Liacouras Center and blitzed Temple, ranked 18th, 84-52, Saturday evening.
U.S. commander: Troop drawdown on track
January 3, 2010 in print edition on A2
The nearly two-month delay in holding Iraq’s nationwide elections will not keep American combat troops from leaving the country as scheduled by the end of August, the top U.S. commander in Iraq told The Associated Press in an interview Saturday.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
January 3, 2010 in print edition on C5
Kansas University coach Bill Self noticed extra fire in his basketball team Saturday afternoon.
Bigs impress Owls
Temple overpowered in paint
January 3, 2010 in print edition on C4
A few times, Temple fans screamed for junior Lavoy Allen to shoot more in the first half of Saturday’s game against Kansas University.
Seven turnovers doom Cowboys in Cotton Bowl
January 3, 2010 in print edition on C8
Before having to figure out life without Dexter McCluster in the backfield, Mississippi coach Houston Nutt was going to use the speedy back as much as possible.
Longhorns’ ugly win leaves Barnes displeased
January 3, 2010 in print edition on C3
It’s not very often a coach calls a victory a “huge step backward.”
Early 1900s plane found in Antarctica
January 3, 2010 in print edition on A2
Remains of the first airplane ever taken to Antarctica, in 1912, have been found by Australian researchers, the team announced Saturday.
Texas Tech trainer offers dissent
January 3, 2010 in print edition on C2
A Texas Tech athletic trainer told university officials he did not agree with Mike Leach’s treatment of receiver Adam James after the player was diagnosed with a concussion. In an affidavit released Saturday by the university, Texas Tech trainer Steve Pincock said he told James he was “sorry” for having placed the player inside an equipment shed near the practice field.
Wichita district to vote on suing state
January 3, 2010 in print edition on B8
The state’s largest school district is considering whether it wants to pay more to take the state to court over school funding.
DA’s overlooked gun being investigated
January 3, 2010 in print edition on B8
The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Department is investigating after District Attorney Chad Taylor carried a gun into the county courthouse last month.
Wichita district to vote on suing state
January 3, 2010 in print edition on B8
The state’s largest school district is considering whether it wants to pay more to take the state to court over school funding.
Wichita’s Intrust Bank Arena makes its debut
January 3, 2010 in print edition on B8
Freezing temperatures didn’t stop crowds from turning out for the grand opening of the Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita.
Kansas City ends year with 110 homicides
January 3, 2010 in print edition on B8
Kansas City has ended the year with 110 homicides, a 13 percent drop from 2008.
Study: Future-minded people make healthier decisions
January 3, 2010 in print edition on B8
Health decisions ranging from whether to smoke or wear sunscreen are rooted in people’s perspective about the future.
City slap
January 3, 2010 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Well, it seems the city commissioners, in their infinite benevolence, have chosen to slap those individuals, both owners and renters, and businesses of Lawrence who for whatever reason — moral grounds, safety or respect for city ordinances — cleared their sidewalks while saying to those who choose to ignore those same precepts a pass by choosing to not enforce the city ordinance covering snow removal.
Party vote
January 3, 2010 in print edition on B7
To the editor: I’m saddened by the fact that our two senators voted along party lines against the health care bill.
It’s not working
January 3, 2010 in print edition on B7
To the editor: After the Christmas Day near-terror tragedy on the plane to Detroit, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano had the gall to say that “the system worked.” Only a self-serving bureaucrat could say such a thing.
America’s to-do list for a new decade
January 3, 2010 in print edition on B7
From the well-worn couch in front of the fire, the view out the window is obscured.
40 years ago: Residents renew license tags
January 3, 2010 in print edition on B6
Kathy Sedlak, 17, managed to be No. 1 in line for the first county license tag of the year, ousting the Billy Chappell family which had managed to capture No. 1 for the previous three years.
100 years ago: Three drunk drivers released
January 3, 2010 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Jan. 3, 1910: “There were only three prisoners at the city jail, for being drunk on New Year’s Eve, so the doors were thrown open so they could leave.
Abortion foes plan to renew debate
January 3, 2010 in print edition on B5
Anti-abortion legislators in Kansas are pushing again this year to rewrite state restrictions on late-term procedures and for other initiatives, despite the murder of Dr. George Tiller.
Wheel genius: Road work this week
January 3, 2010 in print edition on B5
Road construction for the first full week of January, 2010.
Tech topples MSU in thriller
January 3, 2010 in print edition on C8
The focus never completely returned to football even with Saturday night’s entertaining Valero Alamo Bowl after a brutally long week in Red Raider nation.
Classes teach coping skills for cancer
January 3, 2010 in print edition on B3
Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. There are unfamiliar medical terms, tests and treatments that can leave patients and their families feeling overwhelmed.
Township board changes meeting time
January 3, 2010 in print edition on B3
The Wakarusa Township board has changed its meeting schedule for 2010.
City Commission agenda for Jan. 5
Lease for lab space considered
January 3, 2010 in print edition on B2
The Lawrence City Commission agenda for January 5, 2010.
Police-chase suspect dies from injuries
January 3, 2010 in print edition on B2
A driver accused of leading Kansas City police on a chase and causing a three-vehicle wreck has died.
Arkansas edges East Carolina in Liberty Bowl
January 3, 2010
Alex Tejada kicked the ball through the uprights, turned around and ran toward the opposite end of the field. His Arkansas teammates chased him all the way to the end zone amid a wild scene of celebration and relief.
KU schedules more makeovers of student housing
January 3, 2010 in print edition on B1
One all-women’s residence hall at Kansas University will open to men, and one more Jayhawker Tower building is in line for renovations as part of scheduled housing improvements.
Coal plant nearing next step
Application for permit, public hearings expected soon
January 3, 2010 in print edition on B1
The battle over building a coal-burning electric power plant in western Kansas is likely to arise again soon.
Mizzou hoops mauls Georgia
Big 12 roundup
January 3, 2010
Laurence Bowers scored a career-high 23 points, leading Missouri to a victory over Georgia on Saturday. Bowers put an exclamation point on the first half by completing a thunderous alley-oop dunk from Miguel Paul at the buzzer.
Obama in denial about terrorist threat
January 3, 2010 in print edition on B6
Janet Napolitano — former Arizona governor, now overmatched secretary of homeland security — will forever be remembered for having said of the attempt to bring down an airliner over Detroit: “The system worked.”
Texting in traffic
January 3, 2010 in print edition on B6
Drivers encounter many potentially deadly distractions, but sending text messages on a cell phone is one of the worst.
Bankruptcies
January 3, 2010 in print edition on E1
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:
Understanding mutual funds
January 3, 2010 in print edition on E1
Mutual funds allow investors to purchase a variety of stocks and bonds in a pool form.
State forecast gloomy for 2010
January 3, 2010 in print edition on A1
When the 2009 legislative session started last January, state officials knew the Kansas economy was falling, but they didn’t know it would tank.
Mortgages
January 3, 2010 in print edition on E1
The Douglas County register of deeds recorded 89 mortgages in the weekly period ended Thursday.
Film highlights the harm done by cyberbullies
January 3, 2010 in print edition on D4
Hundreds of Bergen County, N.J., teachers are being trained to use a new film, “Sticks and Stones,” to help students understand the irreversible consequences of cyberbullying via social networks, e-mail, cellphones, instant messages and texting.
Boomer Girl Diary: New Year’s follow-through so difficult with good TV on
January 3, 2010 in print edition on D1
It all starts tomorrow, people. New year, new decade, new me.
Here’s how your body works
January 3, 2010 in print edition on D2
So you’re over 50 and you’re starting to feel old. All the physical stuff you used to do, everything that used to be so easy, is much harder now that you’re the boomer age of 50 and older. But guess what? It’s not because of your age.
Bygone ironing tools are valuable collectibles
January 3, 2010 in print edition on D8
The old iron your great-grandmother used to iron her clothes with would not seem to be of much use or value today, but there are many collectors who want irons and other laundry-related collectibles.
Churches offer overnight shelter to homeless
When temperatures are below freezing, no one is left to sleep in cold
January 3, 2010 in print edition on B1
Three downtown churches have agreed to a partnership with the Lawrence Community Shelter to provide additional sleeping space for homeless people during cold weather.
Homeless shelter still planning move
January 3, 2010 in print edition on B3
Lawrence Community Shelter leaders continue to focus on moving the homeless shelter to the former Don’s Steakhouse site on East 23rd Street, even though the shelter’s contract to purchase the property expired last month.
Funeral held for son of powerful mobster
January 3, 2010 in print edition on E8
The bells of an Italian Renaissance-style church in Montreal chimed softly Saturday as pallbearers carried the gold coffin of the son of the reputed head of Canada’s most powerful Mafia family.
New form of malaria threatens Thai-Cambodia border
January 3, 2010 in print edition on E8
O’treng village doesn’t look like the epicenter of anything.
Down year for biodiesel ends on dour note
January 3, 2010 in print edition on E8
An alternative fuel for diesel engines is off to a shaky start this year though it emits fewer pollutants and cuts down on petroleum use because it’s made from environmentally friendly waste and vegetable oil.
Horoscope for January 3, 2010
January 3, 2010 in print edition on D5
This year, you open a door that allows greater opportunities to come forward. Be sensitive to your spending, and support yourself in building greater strength and security. If you are attached, remember your significant other when choosing your options. If you are single, you could meet someone who is quite different and exciting. Leo pushes you hard to spend.
Feds must avoid California-style spending
January 3, 2010 in print edition on B6
The U.S. economy survived the traumas of 2009, thanks to good policy and good luck. What worries me, looking ahead, is what might be called the “Californiaization” of America — the growing tendency of our political system to make promises in social spending programs that it isn’t prepared to pay for with tax increases.
The text-Web hybrid: As books move beyond print to multimedia experience, what happens to reading?
January 3, 2010 in print edition on D3
Predicting the eventual death of the traditional novel sounds practically heretical. But the genre has actually existed in English for only about 300 years, and that experimentation and evolution have always been a part of the way we tell stories…
Poet’s Showcase: ‘A Short Life’
January 3, 2010 in print edition on D3