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Baker University freshman meets life-saving blood donors
‘Meeting her makes all of those years of donations worthwhile’
January 7, 2010 in print edition on A1
Eighty-three-year-old John Reber braved the bitter cold Thursday morning and drove on snow-packed roads from his longtime residence in Topeka to the Community Blood Center in Kansas City. He didn’t want to miss an opportunity of his lifetime.
Once snow melts, potholes expected to be less prevalent than years past
Maintenance aims to keep roads from crumbling
January 7, 2010 in print edition on A3
Sure, the wind chill’s below zero. Your shovel doesn’t stand a chance against the ice still buried on your driveway. And you’re still afraid to venture out for the mail — fearing the arrival of a “Pay-$72-Because-You-Didn’t-Clear-Your-Sidewalk” letter from City Hall.
North Lawrence intersection will be closed for months longer
January 7, 2010 in print edition on A1
Unexpected underground discoveries are pushing back completion dates and adding to the cost of rebuilding the intersection of North Second and Locust streets in North Lawrence.
Martin Luther King Jr. chili feed on tap for next week
January 7, 2010 in print edition on A5
The 23rd annual Martin Luther King Chili Feed is set for Tuesday night at New York School, 936 N.Y.
Ottawa man sentenced to prison for role in resale of stolen items
January 7, 2010 in print edition on A3
A federal judge has sentenced an Ottawa man to serve more than two years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty in 2008 to a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Basketball tournament expected to attract about 100 teams to Lawrence this weekend
Youth tournament expected to draw 4,000 people to city
January 7, 2010 in print edition on A3
It is not just Kansas University basketball that can draw a crowd to Lawrence.
Resident sends message about lack of snow removal by breaking window
Lack of snow removal angers resident
January 7, 2010 in print edition on A4
A resident who was apparently upset about snow removal at a Lawrence apartment complex on Thursday complained in a destructive fashion.
Conflict over slavery is focus of upcoming series at Constitution Hall in Lecompton
January 7, 2010
Constitution Hall in Lecompton is sponsoring a lecture and dramatic interpretation series on “Bleeding Kansas 2010.”
Study finds strong economic incentives for new Amtrak route through Kansas
11:26 a.m., January 7, 2010 Updated 05:46 p.m.
The proposed Amtrak Northern Flyer train line that would run through Wichita could generate $3.20 in regional economic impact for every $1 invested, according to a new study.
Kansas State Library launches phone, text message help lines
January 7, 2010
Kansas residents wanting to know the name of their legislator or the status of a bill can now text the Statehouse for answers.
Kansas school district group decides to ask court to re-open school funding lawsuit
08:00 a.m., January 7, 2010 Updated 03:21 p.m. in print edition on B8
A legal dispute over the funding of Kansas public schools is heading back to court, challenging recent cuts in education spending by the state.
Weather-related cancellations this week
12:01 a.m., January 7, 2010 Updated 07:09 p.m.
Weather has forced cancellation of events in the area.
Dr. Drew points to a societal cancer
January 7, 2010 in print edition on A9
Now in its third season, “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” (9 p.m., VH1) leaves me with more questions than answers. “Rehab” chronicles Dr. Drew, a real doctor, as he counsels the well known or formerly notorious through detox, withdrawal and rehabilitation.
Dawson reaches Hall of Fame on ninth try
January 7, 2010 in print edition on B2
Andre Dawson was elected to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday in his ninth try, while Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar fell just short of earning baseball’s highest honor.
Accused Holocaust museum gunman dies
January 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
The 89-year-old white supremacist charged in a deadly shooting at Washington’s Holocaust museum died Wednesday in North Carolina, where he’d been held while awaiting trial, authorities said.
Yemen official says U.S. troops not wanted there
January 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
As Yemen becomes the new front in the war on terror, its leaders want this to be clear: It does not intend to become another Iraq or Afghanistan with thousands of U.S. troops on the ground.
Vampires stake their claim as fan favorites at People’s Choice Awards
January 7, 2010 in print edition on A9
The people have chosen vampires.
Wind chill warning continues; Clinton Lake Dam road closed
Winter weather advisory also in effect
12:00 a.m., January 7, 2010 Updated 04:51 p.m.
A Winter Storm Warning for Douglas County — as well as Jefferson County — is set to run through 6 p.m. Thursday. A Wind Chill Warning is also in effect through Saturday morning.
Cornell didn’t falter
Big Red not intimidated by KU
January 7, 2010 in print edition on B5
Generally speaking, there is a moment in every men’s basketball game played at Allen Fieldhouse when the opposing team seems to take stock of its surroundings — Kansas University’s stable of All-Americans, the unrelenting fan base, the decades of history packed into the old venue — and realizes that it’s in over its head.
Commute to be slow and snowy
January 7, 2010 in print edition on A1
After receiving more than 3 inches of snow Wednesday, the city’s high temperature could top out at 5 degrees today with wind chill figures between 10 and 20 below zero, according to 6News chief meteorologist Matt Elwell.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
January 7, 2010 in print edition on B4
Tyrel Reed’s one bucket was a big one. His three from the corner, following a pass from Sherron Collins, gave the Jayhawks a 61-60 advantage with 3:55 left.
Morningstar locks down
Guard answers challenge
January 7, 2010 in print edition on B4
Kansas University guard Tyshawn Taylor had seen enough.
Troubling? Nonsense; this one was wonderful
January 7, 2010 in print edition on B1
Danger loomed on the unsalted, unplowed roads. Cars spun out of control. Others stopped dead on hills, unable to climb the incline. Still, most of the 16,300 fans who held tickets showed up Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse and were rewarded with one magnificent college basketball game between No. 1 Kansas and underrated Cornell.
Horoscope for January 7, 2010
January 7, 2010 in print edition on A9
For Thursday, Jan. 7: You accept a lot of different ideas, though this year you are more prone to test them out. Your pragmatic nature emerges, making it possible to create a great deal of stability in a period that could be marked with change, most certainly on a daily level.
Wind chill poses physical dangers
January 7, 2010 in print edition on A1
Every winter, Lawrence Memorial Hospital emergency department doctors treat people who suffer from hypothermia and frostbite. What those patients may not realize is that it’s the wind chill — not just the cold temperature — that’s usually to blame.
Cuts hurting Kansans, groups say
January 7, 2010 in print edition on A1
Leaders of organizations that provide a social safety net for thousands of people said Wednesday that recent state budget cuts will have a devastating effect.
IRS might just be too busy for you
January 7, 2010 in print edition on A1
Need help with your taxes? Good luck reaching the IRS. Three out of 10 people who call the toll-free help line this tax season won’t get through to a human being — and that’s if the agency meets its goals for service.
Winter weather forces cancellation of high school events
January 7, 2010 in print edition on B3
The Free State bowling team will have to wait until Saturday to start its season, as the Sumner Invitational was canceled because of the weather on Wednesday night.
Our Town Sports
January 7, 2010 in print edition on B3
Four-Mile Run/Walk: Love 2 Run four-mile run/walk with couples and solo divisions will begin at 9 a.m. Feb. 13 at Free State High. Register online at For information, contact DJ Hilding at 393-1180 or at
Better antiseptic curbs post-surgery infections
January 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
Looks like doctors aren’t the only ones who should scrub before surgery. Bathing patients with an antiseptic and squirting medicated ointment up their noses dramatically cut the rate of dangerous staph infections afterward, researchers found.
Study: Terror suspects mostly young men
January 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
A new study on homegrown terror found that most American Muslims who planned violent attacks in since 2001 were young, male U.S. citizens who became radical as part of a group.
Bluebloods Texas, Alabama battle for another title
January 7, 2010 in print edition on B1
The undefeated Crimson Tide and Longhorns each will try to add another championship to their considerable pedigrees today, a meeting that will pit All-American quarterback Colt McCoy of Texas against the player who beat him for the Heisman Trophy, running back Mark Ingram of Alabama.
Special Olympics forced to ax events
January 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
Tommy Sliva takes great pride in his Special Olympics medals because they show he can ski better than many of his friends without special needs.
Big Red menace: Collins rescues Jayhawks
January 7, 2010 in print edition on B1
Sherron Collins grabbed the final rebound of the game, then after tossing the basketball high in the air, found himself face-to-face with Kansas University’s other preseason All-American — Cole Aldrich.
Father’s alleged assault plan foiled by own kids
January 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
A Colorado man accused in a weekend break-in was nabbed when police say he ran into some unexpected guests — his own kids.
Nigerian indicted in plot to blow up plane
January 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
A Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas Day was indicted Wednesday on charges including attempted murder and trying to use a weapon of mass destruction to kill nearly 300 people.
County moves forward on lease for lab building
January 7, 2010 in print edition on A4
The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday approved a 25-year lease agreement with the Lawrence-Douglas County Bioscience Authority to operate the former Oread Labs building.
Pump patrol
January 7, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.49 at several stations.
Lawmakers meet on Haskell leadership
January 7, 2010 in print edition on A3
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts isn’t the only federal lawmaker concerned about leadership issues — both in Lawrence and in Washington — regarding Haskell Indian Nations University.
No injuries reported after fire in Linwood
January 7, 2010 in print edition on ANone
Neighbors of a nearly 80-year-old Linwood man said he was OK after his house caught on fire Wednesday afternoon.Matt Hilt, who works at Old World Cabinet Inc., 322 Main St., Linwood, said the man came to the door to say his house was on fire.
Alzheimer’s treatments better when combined
January 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
Alzheimer’s disease may be better treated with a cocktail of therapies that limit production of plaque that impairs the brain rather than with one treatment alone, a study in mice suggests.
Scot Topic: Jayhawk and NBA star Scot Pollard sounds off on everything from Twitter to Tiger
January 7, 2010
Can someone known for his larger-than-life persona really retreat quietly into domesticity or muzzle his notoriously opinionated mouth? Nope…
Sidewalk obsession
January 7, 2010 in print edition on A5
To the editor: In response to the Journal-World’s recent editorial urging enforcement of the city’s sidewalk snow ordinance, let me just say: May the city’s law enforcement officials and courts find this ordinance as big a nuisance as the homeowners who are also stuck with it.
Shaving debate
January 7, 2010 in print edition on A5
To the editor: The Dec. 17 article “Belly Bump and Grind” generated a heated comments debate.
Pertinent questions
January 7, 2010 in print edition on A5
To the editor: It was gratifying to see Mark Larson’s letter in response to my climate change article of Dec. 16, asking pertinent questions and searching for more information, so in contrast to the ad hominem attacks so frequently appearing in this international debate.
Teaching, coaching
Why wouldn’t an education degree be the choice for an aspiring coach?
January 7, 2010 in print edition on A5
It was interesting to read that among the notable students who have graduated from the Kansas University School of Education in the last century were three top university basketball coaches: Phog Allen, Dean Smith and Adolph Rupp.
Man reports theft of tires, wheels
January 7, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 69-year-old Lawrence man reported Monday felony theft of tires and wheels.
Grab a shovel
January 7, 2010 in print edition on A5
To the editor: I am sick and tired of people complaining about the sidewalks.
Colleges still rally ’round football teams
January 7, 2010 in print edition on A5
In 1957, Queen Elizabeth, attending a Maryland-North Carolina football game, asked Maryland’s governor, “Where do you get all those enormous players?” He replied, “Your majesty, that’s a very embarrassing question.”